If you have tried e-cigarettes, you have probably bought at least one disposable e-cigarette in a convenience store or tobacco shop. This is a logical decision before you start seriously vaping, because it is cheap and it is right in front of you! Full starter kits can seem very steeply priced and you want to be sure it is a product you are interested in. I have not tried all of the ones on the market yet, I focus more on starter kits instead. But let’s check out some of the pros and cons of different brands of disposables, shall we?
If you have seen them, you notice that these guys are a bit longer than tobacco cigarettes. On average, 125 mm. They are often available online, and I will tell you more about that later, but most people buy them at 7-11, or whatever is your local convenience store. It is immediate and they seem like a nice alternative to coughing the next day, right? They usually come with a charged battery, a full cartridge (either tobacco or menthol) and a plastic package.
Once you open it, you can use it immediately. Some are manual, so you will need to press and hold the button, but most are automatic. These things usually have about the equivalent of two packs of traditional cigarettes, which means that you have 2-3 days, depending on how much you usually smoke. You cannot refill these, so please recycle them!
Some quality issues do remain within the electronic cigarette industry, and some states are looking at legal action against these manufacturers.
If you live in NYC, tobacco taxes are awful! And they vary depending on where you live. In some of the more reasonably priaced areas, they can be a pretty good deal when compared to the two packs that they are replacing. Usually they are around $10-12 and it is pretty cool that they are ready to go right away. Everytime I have tried one or puffed on a friend’s, they worked quite well. They last long too. So they are a great option for those considering getting into e-smoking before they make a large purchase on a starter kit.
One of the biggest cons is the price in the long run. I have seen them comparably priced to real cigarettes in some places, and you cannot reuse them. This means waste. These are a pretty wasteful buy, as they end up in a landfill somewhere or in some cases, recycled. I suppose these are a great alternative for someone who is only a social smoker. It’s a good idea for you to try them out, of course, as it might result in you making the change, but it is a much better idea to invest in some products you can reuse. Or you could buy them in bulk.
So like I just told you, disposable e-cigarettes are more expensive in the long term when compared to buying a starter kit. Starter kits have all those components that you can re-use and equal out to weigh more stuff than buying a few e-cigarettes for the same price. If you are wary of spending more than $10 though, I understand that it makes sense to buy a disposable and see if you like it. Maybe you don’t want extra stuff. Maybe you are only a part time smoker and really not interested in e-smoking and just want something new. Or maybe you are about to get on a long plane ride and want to be able to get some nicotine in on the ride. Perhaps you only smoke when you drink and the bar sells disposable e-cigarettes. I am sure there are some other ones, but those are all fairly solid reasons to buy a disposable.
So if you are interested in a disposable e-cigarette, you should choose the best ones. I have tried a few, and so I have written up mini-reviews for all of the ones I have tried. When it comes to the strength of nicotine, go for 16 to 18 mgs!
Green Smoke Disposable E-Cigarette: Green Smoke calls their disposable the “Vapors,” which reminds me of an old southern woman. And I don’t love these (though I have nothing against old southern women). I can say though that their Absolute Tobacco flavor is really great though for a disposable. These come in packs of 6 and you can mix and match flavors. These have an automatic battery, so it is activated by you puffing on it.
V2 Disposable E-Cigarette: V2’s starter kits now often contain one of these for travel. It is a lot like the Envy Delight in the way it performs and tastes – but a little better. I like that it has a manual battery, and it delivers good vapor. It has only one strength of nicotine though. It comes in three packs and not single ones if you are ordering just disposables. You can go for a pack of up to 20 though, which works out to be about $4.50 for each one – around 2.25 for the same amount of puffs in an average pack of real cigarettes.
Blu Disposable E-Cigarette: Blu is the one I see most commonly amongst the popular brands. I am not a huge fan of Blu overall. I have seen some of their ads on TV and something about it I dislike. They do use American e-liquid, which is a nice bonus. Most every other brand has Chinese liquid in it. Their base is vegetable glycerin too, which is nice news if propylene glycol gives you a negative reaction.