The use of disposable vapes has grown in popularity now that smokers are ready to transition to vaping alongside seasoned vapers. But choosing between a disposable or rechargeable/refillable e-cig can be a tough decision. Which style is right for you? And which is more cost-effective?
Understanding Disposable Vapes
The disposable vape is intended to be used for a certain period of time and thrown away after the e-liquid has run out. They come in a variety of styles, including pen-style vapes, box-style vapes, and cigarette-style vapes. They’re often fitted with non-removable pods or cartridges that have to be thrown away when they run out of juice. Most disposable vapes will last around 500 puffs, which is roughly equivalent to a 20-pack of cigarettes.
Pros of Disposables
Ease of use is a big advantage of disposable vapes. They’re very convenient, especially during nights out. That’s why they’re so popular with younger people. Disposables also require no maintenance at all. They’re pre-filled and pre-fitted, which means you don’t have to wait for them to charge.
As far as the cost, disposable vaping is cheaper up front, with prices ranging from £4.99 ($6.00 US) to £8.99 ($10.80). There’s also no long-term commitment. If you don’t like the flavor, simply switch to another.
Cons of Disposables
While the upfront cost of disposable vaping is less than rechargeables, they can be more expensive in the long run. When you break it down, 2ml of e-liquid costs up to £9 ($11). Plus, the battery can affect the vaping experience. As the battery drains, you may find yourself taking weaker and shorter puffs.
Disposable vapes come in limited flavors, and many of the flavors from one brand may taste the same as those from other brands. This can result in a lack of variety.
Most disposables come prefilled with salt-based nicotine, which is less harsh than regular nicotine but also used in much higher concentrations. They contain 3-5% salt-based nicotine, while refillable vapes contain 0.03-0.12% regular nicotine.
Finally, there’s an environmental impact connected to disposable vapes. Most will end up in landfills, and with millions of people using disposables, that’s a lot of waste. Disposable vapes also contain non-biodegradable or non-recyclable materials, and their throwaway nature and mass production set the stage for a potential environmental crisis.
Understanding Rechargeable Vapes
A rechargeable vaping device can either have a non-removable or removable battery. To function, they need four main components – a battery, a tank, a coil, and e-liquid. Rechargeables allow you more control over things like voltage, wattage, and coil resistance, which lets you customize the vaping experience.
Pros of Rechargeables
Compared to their disposable counterparts, rechargeable vapes are much better for the environment. Although they require the use of e-liquid bottles, these can be recycled. Plus, you won’t be throwing away a plastic vape when the battery dies.
Rechargeable vapes are more cost-effective in the long run. It’s estimated that smokers will save £3,200 ($3850 US) a year when they quit cigarettes and switch to a rechargeable. There are small costs associated with maintaining and using them, but they’re still much more affordable than disposables. Plus, because the build quality is much better for rechargeable vapes, they can withstand everyday wear and tear.
Finally, you’ll enjoy more variety with a rechargeable. Choose between more e-juice flavors, e-liquid strengths, e-liquid nicotine types, coil resistance, output wattage, vape style, e-cigarette shape, and airflow options.
Cons of Rechargeables
There’s considerably more maintenance required when using a rechargeable. You have to refill them with e-liquid, charge the battery periodically, and change the coil regularly.
While more cost-effective in the long run, the initial investment is higher. You’ll have to buy your e-liquid and a rechargeable vape kit, which isn’t a worry with disposables. For a starter vape kit, you’ll pay anywhere between £14 ($17) – £35 ($42). However, it’s much more cost-effective in the long run.
Pick the Vaping Option That Fits Your Lifestyle
Disposable vapes can be a brilliantly handy tool when you're on the go and have cravings. However, if vaping becomes a regular habit, they can be extremely costly compared to rechargeable vapes. The choice all comes down to your vaping needs, so consider the points above and choose wisely.
This article was produced and syndicated by Wealth of Geeks.