Quit Smoking Community believes that electronic cigarettes are one of the best ways to switch the way you intake nicotine. By publishing these reviews on the top electronic cigarettes, we hope that you will consider switching from smoking to vaping.
eCigarette Rankings and Reviews for 2016
V2 Electronic Cigarettes is the best brand there is at present and holds the #1 title on our list! Their fantastic selection of highly reliable electronic cigarettes has earned them a great deal of loyal customers. They are the largest online e-cig retailer to date, and are popular for products that perform well and way above their competitors.
Find out more and learn why it is considered the top brand for 2016 by reading our V2 Review or go directly to their website and use the coupon code QSC10 to save 10% off your entire order!
UK residents: V2 products are also available in the UK under the brand name "Vapour2". If you live in UK, use this link (Vapour2) to check them out.
Second on our list is VaporFi, a brand that carries a fantastic selection of refillable, tank-style e-cigarettes. All of their most recent models have superior vapor production, taste, and battery life. VaporFi also offers over 30,000 custom blends of high quality yet affordable e-liquids. If you are looking for value and quality, then you need to check them out now..
Mig Vapor is the fastest growing e-cigarette brand right now. Their tank and battery setups are powerful, and their products made to last. For a power setup, go with the SR72 or the iStick 30Watt Kit. Another product to check out is the Mig 21, one of the best miniature e-cigarettes available today. It can vape with the larger e-cigarettes in both power and taste, yet it is the size of a traditional cigarette. Take a look at this revolutionary brand.
Halo Cigs is an innovator in the industry. Halo offers very competitive and advanced e-cigarette hardware that both new and experienced vapers will enjoy. We have reviewed their Triton Tank System, which we were very impressed with (click below for details). They are also very well known for their wide selection of flavors, though we thought V2 Cigs had a slight edge on them in that respect. Be sure to check out our Halo Cigs Review to learn more about what is possible with the Triton Tank System as well as with other product they offer.
Apollo is a very good brand that we recommend particularly to more advanced e-cig users. This is because they offer not only the typical e-cigarette model, but the eGo model as well. eGos are fantastic batteries that connect to a wide range of tanks. You can fill these tanks with any brand of juice you can find, which makes a more personalized and open source experience. Check out our Apollo E-Cig Review for more information.
South Beach Smoke has been around for a very long time. They haven't quite improved as much as some other brands but they are still a solid choice for beginning e-cig users. If you are interested in a brand that has a great selection of flavors and a solid history, than South Beach Smoke is definitely an option. For more information, read our South Beach Smoke Review.
Juul stunned everyone with their recently released e-cig. In fact, owing to their simple yet stylish designs, they are called Apple of Vaping. But the design isn't the only commendable thing about Juul, it's extremely easy to use, and outperforms some of the more expensive competitors. Juul offers four free cartridges with the starter kit, each has a unique, amazing flavor.
You'll love everything about Juul, from memory stick-like design to great performance, and yet it's not expensive at all. Read our detailed Juul Brand Review for further information.
After trying out most of the products that e-cigarette brands offer, it is with great enthusiasm that we present to you our list of the best e-cigs in each category. Based on our personal judgment, we have carefully evaluated each product’s value for money, performance, battery life, design, build, and overall quality. We’ve come up with the following list to help you choose the best e-cig product for your personal needs.
Review Rating: 97.5%
The Winner: V2 Standard EX Kit
The V2 Standard E-Liquid Kit – EX Series offers a stylish start for those who are switching to vaping and are unsure where to start because of a plethora of options available on the market. It’s not the cheapest kit on the market, but it surely is the most affordable kit with great technology that the V2 EX series has to offer, plus the kit has everything you need to get started without all the complexities linked to vaping for newbies. As for flavors, there are about twelve different, with V2 Red, Sahara, Menthol and Grape being our personal favorites. Overall, the V2 EX kit gets two thumbs up for the great performance and value it offers for your money.
Review Rating: 99%
The Winner: VaporFi Vice Starter Kit
It is not something you can buy at the price of a cigarette, but given the quality of its performance and power, the Vice Starter Kit is definitely a great buy at $99.99. This sub-ohm kit includes a 2200mah battery, Vice sub-ohm tank, two extra atomizers (1.2 & 0.5 ohms), and USB charger with an AC adaptor. Users particularly love the intense flavor and vapor density from this device, with an easy set-up that anyone who is into vaping would enjoy.
Review Rating: 98.7%
The Winner: Mig 21 Clear Fusion Starter Kit
A well-praised kit for its ease of use and portability, the Mig 21 Clear Fusion Kit is one of the best miniature e-cigs we have found. With all what you get for the price, this kit offers unsurpassed vaping experience for anyone willing to switch from smoking to vaping.
Not only does it include everything you need to kick-start your vaping hobby, but the Mig 21 Clear Fusion also allows you to vape in style as much as you want.
Review Rating: 98.1%
The Winner: V2 Standard Starter Kit
The V2 Standard kit offers you all the essentials to enter the smoke-free vaping world. Every accessory included in the kit is simply top-notch. The 79mm long batteries are designed to be lightweight yet long-lasting (up to 3 days on a single charge). You can choose either manual battery for more control and thicker vapor clouds, or automatic batteries for hands-free, hassle-free vaping. All in all, considering the price and performance, the V2 Standard kit is simply hard to beat and is unanimously selected by our team as the best in its class.
Basic Information on Electronic Cigarettes
Many people put off the decision to switch to e-cigarettes because they are worried that the technology or amount of options will be too overwhelming. But as those of you who have actually made the switch know, e-cigarettes are actually very easy to use. We've put together this section in order to help new or potentially new e-cigarette users understand how these new devices work.
Our View on eCigarettes and Quitting Smoking
Here at Quit Smoking Community, we believe that electronic cigarettes are a perfectly acceptable tool to help you substitute the way you intake nicotine. You should always remember that nicotine is an addictive substance, and electronic cigarettes were not tested by FDA, therefore you should not consider any information you will find on this page as a medical advice.
We have decided to publish this page and reviews because of our personal belief (as well as feedback from our visitors) that switching to vaping can help people to increase the quality of their lives.
The recently published research from Public Health England (you can read it here) also supports the idea of the potential effectiveness of electronic cigarettes to help smokers quit. Some of the best electronic cigarettes available on the market may fulfill your nicotine cravings.
The Essential Parts of Every Electronic Cigarette
As far as the average e-cig user is concerned, electronic cigarettes are really just composed of 3 main parts. Those two parts are the battery, the cartridge, and the e-liquid.
E-liquid, sometimes called E-Juice, is the fuel of any electronic smoking device. It contains flavoring and nicotine, along with a base to hold it all together. Once the device is activated, the e-liquid becomes vapor to be inhaled. There are almost an infinite amount of e-liquid flavors available all over the internet, so it's important to understand how it works.
E-Liquid comes not only in different flavors, but with different amounts of nicotine as well. Strength of the liquid is typically measured in milligrams of nicotine per milliliter of liquid. You'll usually see strengths labeled with "mg/ml". Below is some information on typical nicotine levels and which one would be best for you:
6 mg/ml: Low volume smoker, less than half a pack per day
12 mg/ml: Average smoker, between half and full pack a day
18 mg/ml: High volume smoker, more than a pack per day
24 mg/ml: Chain smoker, this is typically the highest strength sold by any reputable retailer
If you buy a starter kit, which we recommend for first-time buyers, it will include e-liquid. But it is the one part of an e-cig that you will need to replace regularly.
Recommended E-Liquid Vendors:
V2 Cigs — Top-Rated Manufacturer. Their Menthol is Hugely Popular
Vapor Fi — A huge selection, even have a "create your own flavor" feature
Halo - They Are Well-Known For their Lineup
To learn more, read our Full E-Juice Guide
Cartomizers, Clearomizers, Tanks and Cartridges
Cartomizers: this piece of an electronic cigarette has many names. Cartomizer, cartridge, clearomizer, tank, and often any of those two words combined. But they all serve the same function. It is the piece that holds the reservoir of e-liquid and facilitates the process of vaporizing it.
Inside the cartridge is a small device called an atomizer, which is the vaporizing element. As the user puffs on his e-cigarette, the cartomizer feeds liquid onto the atomizer via small fiber wicks. If you buy a cheap cartridge, it may become frustrating for you because there are many things that can go wrong with cheap cartridges. However, some brands have very high quality cartridges that work very well and will not require frequent replacement.
Brands With Starter Kits That Have The Best Cartridges:
V2 Cigs - Recently released 2 new cartridges under the "EX" line, and they are fantastic.
Halo - Their Triton Tank System comes with a great tank that holds a lot of liquid and has very few issues.
Apollo - Their eGo Starter Kits come with a "CE4" clearomizer, which is cheap and decent quality.
Make sure you choose a brand with quality cartridges, they can make or break the flavor and smoothness of your vapor. You can find more information about vape tanks and more advanced atomizers in our complete Vape Tanks Guide.
The final piece of the puzzle is the battery, which provides the power needed to generate the atomizer and vaporize the e-liquid. Batteries are fairly straightforward: the bigger the battery, the longer it's going to last and the more vapor it's going to be able to generate. Some people prefer the miniature e-cigarettes because they want to mimic the tobacco cigarette experience. Others prefer the eGo style (sold by Halo and Apollo) because they are a bit larger and have a longer battery life. Some eGo models even allow you to adjust how much power you want your battery to release when you are puffing. Other vapers have gargantuan "mods" that have incredibly long battery life but are not portable at all.
The most popular types of electronic cigarettes are in the list below.
- Miniature e-Cigarette (Cig-a-Like) Models
- eGo Style
- Mods and APVs (Advanced Personal Vaporizers)
- Mechanical Mods
- Miniature e-Cigarette or 'Cig-a-Like' Models
There are a few different aspects of batteries that are variable beyond just their size. They are:
1. mAH - This stands for milli-ampere-hours and it's a measure of how much energy can be held in your battery overall. So basically, the higher the mAH, the longer that battery will hold a charge. eGo batteries typically range from 600 to 1300 mAH, while miniature "cig-a-like" brands are a little lower.
2. Automatic vs Manual - This used to be a big debate in the e-cig community around 2012, however since then manual batteries have become the more popular choice. The difference is just as it sounds, the automatic batteries will start to vaporize right when you start inhaling on the device. The manual batteries require that you push a button while inhaling. It's common knowledge that manual batteries can hold a charge longer, are safer, and create more vapor than the automatic ones. You'll still find automatic batteries around but we certainly recommend manual.
3. Voltage - Whereas mAH is the measure of how much energy a battery can retain, voltage is how much it can put out. So the higher the voltage, the hotter the atomizer is going to get, resulting in some very big, very hot vapor. The industry standard used to be 3.7 volts for the "cig-a-like" batteries, but things have gotten much crazier since then. Most eGo batteries are now "variable voltage" which means you can adjust the range of power you want the battery to output when you press the button. They typically start a 3.0 volts and top out at just below 5 volts, allowing the vaper to try and find the setting that they like best.
When it comes down to it, it's a personal preference thing. I don't like to draw a lot of attention to myself, therefore I wouldn't go around whipping out something like this thing at a party. I personally like to have an mid-size battery like the eGo around for when I'm working or sitting around, but for driving or working around the house, I love to have a "cig-a-like" in my mouth. I used to love working in the yard with a real cigarette loosely hanging out of my mouth, and I can have that again with a miniature e-cigarette.
Brands Whose Kits Have Great Batteries:
V2 Cigs - They recently released an improved battery, also with the "EX" line. It is still the shape of a real cigarette but it has much more power.
Vaporfi - They offer some of the best batteries on the market. Most of their vapes will stand few days of heavy vaping without recharge.
Halo - The Triton Tank System is a beautiful thing. The battery is short and squat, but it packs a punch.
Apollo - Once again, their eGo starter kits are a great option, this time because of the eGo batteries included.
From Set Up to Maintenance
E-Cig Set Up
Now that we've gotten the basic setup of these devices out of the way, we can talk about how to use them and keep them running smoothly. And truth be told, it's really not that hard.
Your shiny new starter kit just arrived in the mail. You peeked inside and saw a scene that was a bit more complicated than you imagined. But don't worry, it's most likely all of the accessories that come with the kit. The only things you really have to worry about are the three components we covered above.
Charging the Batteries: The first thing you should do is take out the battery(s) and start charging them immediately. Hold off on setting up your e-cig until it's fully charged. This will allow it to work better and have a longer lifespan.
Putting the Pieces Together - The next step depends on what type of kit you purchased. If you purchased a kit with prefilled cartridges, than all you have to do once the battery is charged is screw one of the cartridges onto the end of the battery and you're ready to puff away. If you bought a kit with a refillable tank, you'll need to fill it first before you attach it to the battery.
Filling the Cartomizer: Start by taking the top off of the cartomizer, then hold the whole thing at a 45 degree angle. When you go to start dripping the juice, aim for the sides of the opening, you dont' want any liquid to go into the air hole that sits in the center. If that happens, you'll be getting e-liquid in your mouth for the next 2 minutes, and that's the worst feeling ever. Once it's filled up, just put the tip back on and you are good to go. Have a napkin on hand because this process can get messy.
Miscellaneous Preparation: If your kit didn't come with any sort of case, you may want to find something to hold your e-cigarette. Otherwise it ends up rolling around in your pockets when you're not using it. If your kit came with a "Personal Charging Case" you should also charge that fully once your e-cigarette battery has been recharged.
E-Cigarette Maintenance and Continued Use
Electronic smoking is not like being a traditional smoker, you don't simply finish up a tank of e-liquid and toss the whole thing away (unless you buy disposables, which you shouldn't be doing). Also, it's important to keep things clean so that the moving parts aren't interrupted by dirt or loose e-liquid. Here's some tips on making the most and saving the most during your e-cigarette experience.
Watch the E-Liquid Levels - If you use a refillable tank, than make sure to monitor how much is left. Try not to let the levels get below 1/4 because that can end up ruining the atomizer, meaning you have to buy a whole new cartridge. So just like you don't keep driving on empty, don't keep puffing on low e-liquid either!
Cleaning - You'll want to take the time to clean off the end of both the battery and cartomizer so that the connection between the two remains strong. When there's gunk in there, it interferes with the voltage.
Expect That You'll Have to Replace Things - Over time, every aspect of an e-cigarette wears down. The e-liquid, obviously, gets vaporized. The wicks and atomizers in the cartridges get worn down from the extreme heat. The batteries, over several years, eventually lose their ability to hold a charge. Even though there are some consumable parts with e-cigarettes, it is a lot cheaper than smoking tobacco cigarettes. .
Shopping For the Best Electronic Cigarette
Shopping for electronic cigarettes can be a bit frustrating. We've seen some "review" sites out there that don't even sound like they have tried the product or even ever been a cigarette smoker in their life. We've been there, and we understand. Our goal is to provide you with the best analysis of the e-cigarette brands out there.
With that said, it's time to help you figure out which brand will best suit you. We'll go through a list of different types of smokers and suggest the e-cigarette brand that suits their style. Please check it out and figure out which brand will help you quit smoking!
Smoking on the Run
If you are constantly on the go and have no time to stand around for a smoke break, you are definitely a smoker on the run. You love to puff while you drive and take long drags as you stroll down the street.
We Recommend: V2 Cigs
Their new EX line of batteries offers the power of larger batteries, without the bulkiness. You'll have no problems with it getting in your way, plus their EX cartridges are fantastic. Check out their line of EX starter kits right here!
Big Puffs Every Time
If you're the type of person to light a cigarette and then immediately take a 10 second drag, you like the feeling of your lungs being filled with smoke. Well, you can still achieve that, only with much less harmful vapor. Many vapers' favorite aspect of vaping is the "throat hit" or the feeling of the vapor hitting your throat and lungs. If you like big clouds of vapor and powerful throat hits, we recommend Halo.
We Recommend: Halo E-Cigs
Their Triton Tank Starter Kit comes with two batteries that will provide you with the vapor production you're looking for. If you want big clouds, than go Halo all the way. Check out their site.
You are the person known to talk about the differences in taste between various tobacco brands, even though everyone pretty much felt they all tasted the same. You care about quality flavor and want the same in an e-cigarette.
We Recommend: VaporFi
VaporFi has a ton of flavors, plus they allow you to combine them into custom orders. You'll never run out of flavors to try.
You can also use our Vape Shops Locator, to find the local vape shops in your area.
Our Stance on Electronic Cigarettes
Many people who have successfully quit, have done so with the help of electronic cigarettes. Many of us have tried other methods to quit smoking, such as the patch, nicotine gum, or even cold turkey. For many people, those attempts ended in relapse.
Finally, a product was introduced that allowed you to get your nicotine fix without smoking tobacco or chewing gum: e-cigarettes. Non-smokers don’t realize that the allure of smoking isn’t just the nicotine, but also the ritual of smoking. Smokers enjoy the action of holding up a cigarette to their lips and taking a drag of smoke. Although you don’t have to fumble with a lighter, e-cigs give the vaper an experience very similar to smoking tobacco cigarettes.
E-Cigarettes vs Tobacco Cigarettes
We believe that electronic cigarettes can help to reduce harm. According to the United Kingdom's Department of Health, electronic cigarettes are "around 95% less harmful than tobacco." The smoke from burning tobacco contains many chemicals which are not present when you use an e-cigarette or vaping device.
The Truth About E-Cigs
We feel that there are a lot of misconceptions about e-cigarettes. In fact, a lot of the stigma on smoking has been unfairly passed on to vaping. It is time to think of vaping as something completely different from smoking.
When first trying to make the switch from smoking to vaping, it can become overwhelming. There are so many brands out there. How do you know which one is the best? In our efforts to help those navigate the world of vaping, we personally review all of the top brands available today. Check them out, and you will find an e-cigarette that is right for you. If you have any questions, just remember that the Quit Smoking Community is here to help.