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    Choosing Your First Vape | The Best Starter Vape Kits

    Are you looking to switch to vaping for the first time? Here at House of Vapes - London we’re here to help you find your first starter vape kit that you’ll love to start you on your vaping journey.

    Do you have further questions? Feel free to get in touch with your questions to our customer service team or check out our FAQ section.

    Why Switch To Vaping?

    Vaping has been studied by a variety of health authorities such as University College London, Public Health England, and many more. They have identified many benefits from making the switch from smoking to vaping, such as:

    University College London: Vaping is the most effective way to give up smoking, especially when combined with a stop smoking specialist.

    Public Health England: Found Vaping to be 95% less harmful than smoking and e-liquids do not contain any of the countless toxic substances that are found within cigarettes. 

    Action on Smoking & Health (ASH): 2021 report found smoking costs society around £17 billion annually.

    How Do Vape Kits Work?

    Vape kits
    , also known by names such as e-cigarette, e-cig, vaporiser, electronic cigarette and more works by sending power to a heating element, which is saturated with e-liquid and produces vapour. 

    These kits can be split into 3 main parts:

    • Battery - usually the part of the device with buttons on.

    • Tank/Pod - this is where the coil and e-liquid are housed.

    • Coil - this is the heating element, which is effectively a metal spring with cotton wrapped in between.

    The battery sends power to the coil inside the tank, which produces heat and vaporises the e-liquid saturated in the coils cotton to produce vapour which is then inhaled.

    How To Choose Your First Vape Kit

    It can be quite confusing when trying to decide which e-cigarette to start with - so we have broken them down into two types of starter kits: Pod-Style Vape Kits & Pen-Style Vape Kits.

    Ideally you should pick something you are comfortable with using, as the plan is for this vape kit to last you a while until you eventually upgrade or get something different.

    If you still have further queries on deciding which vape kit to start with, then check out our blog post How To Choose Your E-Cigarette or get in touch with our customer service team here.

    Pod-Style Vape Kits

    Pod-style vape kits
    offer small and compact devices, which usually utilises a pod that sits within the device, as opposed to a tank/clearomiser which sits on top of the device.

    Pod kits come in all shapes and sizes, but they tend to be more compact and lightweight than pen-style vape kits. Like pen-style devices, pod kits can offer features like variable wattage and adjustable airflow, if this is what you are looking for.

    Prefilled Pod Kits

    These kits feature replaceable pods, which are already filled with e-liquid. 

    Devices such as the JUUL2 Starter Kit or Vuse ePod Device Kit are an example of prefilled pod kits.

    Refillable Pod Kits

    Although similar to prefilled pod kits, these are pod kits which can have their pods refilled. Some devices such as the Uwell Caliburn G2 or SMOK Nord Pro offer pods that you can also replace the coils in.

    Pen-Style Vape Kits

    Pen-style vape kits tend to be longer and thinner than pod-style vape kits, and use tanks or clearomisers in place of pods. The tank sits on top of the device and can often be unscrewed and removed.

    The Pen-style design was most popular at the start of vaping as more devices evolved from cigalikes into pen-style vape kits, however brands are still creating pen-style vape kits today such as Aspire’s PockeX AIO kit.

    Pen-style vape kits are usually what most new vapers start on due to their simplicity to use and are easily stored in pockets or bags. 

    A variety of brands offer features within these devices such as a magnetic drip tip cover with the Innokin Endura T18-II Kit and variable wattage to increase or decrease the amount of vapour produced from the kit.

    What Does Variable Wattage Mean?

    Variable wattage is a feature that some vape kits offer that allows the user to increase or decrease the amount of power sent to the coil within the tank or pod.

    By increasing the wattage sent to the coil, the coil stays hotter for longer, meaning you will heat through more e-liquid producing more vapour subsequently.

    By decreasing the wattage sent to the coil, the coil is hotter for a lesser amount of time, meaning you heat through far less e-liquid and produce less vapour.

    All coils have written on them or the box the range in which they should be used for example: 10 - 15 W which means that your device should be set between this range or you might come across leaking or burning out your coil too quickly.

    What Does MTL & DTL Mean?

    Mouth-to-lung (MTL)
    This vaping style sees the user inhale produced vapour into their mouth, then with a closed mouth taking in another breath into your lungs to inhale the vapour. 

    This vaping style is most common with starter kits as it is a similar experience to traditional smoking and is usually the style most starter vape kits are designed to do.

    Direct-to-lung (DTL)
    The direct-to-lung vaping style sees the user inhale straight into their lungs without the need for a second inhale. 

    This vaping style produces vast amounts of vapour compared to the MTL vaping style and is most common with sub ohm vape kits as they use high VG containing e-liquids.

    What does adjustable airflow mean?

    Airflow open (right), airflow half closed (middle), airflow almost closed (right).

    Helpful Vaping Tips

    • When you install a new coil, leave it in a tank/pod full of e-liquid for 10-15 minutes before use to allow the cotton within the coil to saturate fully.

    Between each vape, give your coil 10-15 seconds to re-saturate to reduce the chance of burning it out early

    Carry a spare coil with you, as you never know when you might need to change it

    Keep your tank/pod topped up with e-liquid as much as you can, to avoid any dry hits.

    Go for a nicotine strength that matches your prior smoking rate & reduce at your own speed

    Lock or turn off your device when you’re not using it

    Ask for help: if you ever get stuck, ask us for help - there are no silly questions!


    1. University College London, 08/21
    2. Public Health Englands, 08/15
    3. Cancer Research, 01/22
    4. Action on Smoking & Health (ASH): 01/21
    5. University of Catania, 08/21