For a smoker first making the switch to vaping, or for a vaper who wants to keep things as simple as possible, finding the best vape pen brands on the market is a big priority. Offering vast improvements in performance in comparison to cigalike devices and being considerably more compact and simple than the vape mods many long-term vapers gravitate towards, vape pens are the perfect middle-ground for the vaper who wants solid performance without a lot of unnecessary bells and whistles.
Traditionally, vaporizer pens were basically eGo-style devices, with 650 to 1000 mAh batteries and fairly small, high-ohm coil clearomizers, but the best vape pens for 2017 extend beyond these traditional boundaries, with many devices sporting bigger – almost mod-like – batteries and supporting sub-ohm resistances. This might blur the boundaries between vape pens and mods, but it’s added some excellent performers to the class.
So here’s our list of the best vaporizer pens for e-liquid currently on the market, ranging from the more basic, traditional styles through to the modern, sub-ohm capable beasts that push the category to breaking point.
10 – Aspire CF-VV+
The Aspire CF-VV+ battery is a bigger device than some of the more basic vape pens, but with substantial battery life and the ability to adjust the power you send to your atomizer, it easily ranks among the top vapes on the market today. The device has a carbon fiber exterior and a single, flat fire button on the front. The voltage can be adjusted from 3.3 to 4.8 V using the dial on the bottom of the device, which allows you to tailor the power output to suit the atomizer you’re using, and the battery has a 1000 mAh capacity. This should last most vapers through a day of use. It also features a spring-loaded 510 connector so it works effectively with a wide range of atomizers and tanks.
The CF-VV+ comes in a kit with the Aspire Nautilus for under $50, offering a 2 ml capacity tank with five spare 1.8 ohm vertical coils, a USB charging cable and wall adapter. Overall, it’s a great deal, and even though it’s a fairly old device, the excellent performance and variable voltage functionality keeps it in the running as one of the best options on the market.
9 – Kanger Evod VV
The Evod VV from Kanger is a very similar device to the CF-VV+, in many ways, offering variable voltage through a dial at the base of the battery and a substantial 1000 mAh battery, but being a little cheaper to pick up (priced at $18.95) and widely available outside a pre-defined kit. The device has variable voltage between 3.2 and 4.8 volts in 0.4 V increments, allowing fine control over your setting while still maintaining a vapor pen like simplicity in operation. The device is available in a wide selection of colors, and the eGo/510 threading means it can be used with most atomizers on the market, with a beauty ring being advised for 510 atomizers to cover the eGo threading.
This is another option that’s a little bigger than standard eGo-style vaporizer pens – measuring 5.2 inches tall and having a ½ inch diameter – but the benefit of longer battery life and adjustable voltage makes it more than worth the extra size.
8 – Innokin Endura T18
Innokin might be best-known for their MVP series of box mods, but the Endura T18 sees them venturing into the field of entry-level devices, and it’s one of the best vaporizer pens on the market today. The device might be a bit lower in battery capacity and power output than some of the options on this list, but the vape pen still has a lot to offer, with a simple one-button operation, top-filling tank and a sleek, appealing design.
The Endura T18 features a 1000 mAh battery and a 14 watt output when paired with a 1.5 ohm coil, putting the battery as less capable than many bigger devices but still providing more than enough vapor and a long enough battery life for less intensive vapers. It comes with a USB charger, and allows vaping while charging, meaning you never have to go without something to vape. The device is paired with the Prism tank, which has a 2.5 ml juice capacity and uses organic cotton coils for superior flavor. The tank is top-filling, with the top twisting open and revealing ample space to refill. The setup is designed for the mouth-to-lung hits smokers are accustomed to, so it’s a stand-out option for anybody new to vaping.
The Endura T18 comes in a kit with the battery, tank, a replacement coil, USB charger and a unique vape stand, all for $27.95.
7 – Apollo Ohm Go
Apollo has been in the e-cigarette industry for a long time, and they’ve kept pace with the developments in the industry by expanding from basic cigalikes to vapor pens and even box mods. Their Valiant kit is still a great option, but their entry into this list of the top vape pens on the market comes in the form of the Ohm Go kit. The device the kit takes its name from puts out a substantial amount of power – up to 50 W when paired with the right type of coil – and is actually self-adjusting, making it a near-unbeatable option for new vapers unsure about appropriate settings and just looking for a simple experience.
The battery has a substantial 1900 mAh capacity, and comes with a USB charging cable, as well as working in passthrough mode so you can vape while you’re charging. All of this makes it a fantastic option for beginners looking to get their first serious device, and the included Portal tank only makes this better. It’s a 3 ml capacity sub-ohm tank, coming with two atomizer heads – one 0.5 ohm and one 1.0 ohm – and designed with ease-of-use in mind. The kit costs $39.95 at time of writing.
6 – Eleaf iJust 2
Eleaf may be best known as the creators of the iStick series of box mods, but the iJust series offer some next-generation eGo-style vape pens, maintaining the simplicity of a classic style vape pen but also supporting sub-ohm resistances. The iJust is a bit chunky, but maintains the vape pen style with just a single “fire” button for operation and a purpose-built atomizer.
The battery for the iJust has a huge capacity of 2600 mAh, which will easily last you through a day of use, and supports resistances down to 0.3 ohms, for a huge output power of up to 80 W. You don’t need to adjust settings or anything like that: just fill the massive 5.5 ml tank with e-liquid, screw it on and vape away. The tank features adjustable airflow, a bottom-filling design and organic cotton coils, allowing you to tailor your vaping experience to suit your preferences without getting needlessly complicated.
The device offers mod-like performance in a much simpler package, and comes in a kit with the tank and USB charger for just $29.50.
5 – Kanger Subvod
The Subvod sees Kanger putting out one of the best vape pens for e-liquid users today, with a compact-yet-capable battery that supports sub-ohm vaping and a simple, user-friendly design. The Subvod battery has a 1300 mAh capacity, which is lower than some of the options on the list but allows them to keep the size down to 3 ½ inches tall by ¾ of an inch in diameter. It supports resistances down to 0.4 ohms, meaning it’s capable of powering most of the sub-ohm tanks on the market today, and can be charged up via the included USB cable.
The Subvod kit comes with the battery and the Toptank Nano, a 3.2 ml capacity sub-ohm tank featuring adjustable airflow, a glass tank and a top or bottom filling design. The tank comes with a 0.5 ohm stainless steel organic cotton coil, so all you have to get to start vaping is some e-juice. The combination of simple filling on the tank and the one-button operation of the battery makes this a stand-out option for new vapers, and the performance with both of them together is hard to fault.
The kit costs $38.95, making it a fantastic deal for anyone looking for a modern, more powerful vaporizer pen in a slightly less chunky package.
4 – VaporFi Rocket
VaporFi has a wide range of devices on offer, ranging from cigalikes right through to high-powered, temperature control box mods, but their mid-size range includes some of the most popular vaporizer pens on the market. Although the VaporFi Edge offers bigger vapor production and a higher-power vaping experience, as a beginner-friendly vaporizer pen starter kit, the VaporFi Rocket is their best offering. The device features a 1600 mAh battery, and supports variable voltage from 3.2 to 4.8 volts, allowing you to adjust your vaping experience to suit your preferences and the specific juice you have loaded up. The voltage setting is controlled by a ring on the bottom of the battery.
The VaporFi Rocket vaporizer comes with a purpose-built tank, which holds 2.5 ml of juice and comes with one 1.8 ohm atomizer head installed and five more spare. The tank has an airflow control system much like that on the Kanger Aerotank, allowing for fine control over your draw and supporting both mouth-to-lung and straight-to-lung inhalation styles. The VaporFi Rocket tank has a bottom-filling design but both refilling and changing coils are very straightforward, making it a solid option for new vapers.
The VaporFi Rocket comes in a kit with the vape pen, tank, five spare coils, USB charger, wall adapter and user manual for $89.99. This is the most expensive vaporizer on the list, but the build quality is excellent and VaporFi has a stand-out US-based customer support team – a big deal for newer vapers.
3 – Joyetech eGo One
The eGo from Joyetech is basically the original vaporizer pen, so it’s no surprise that Joyetech has one of the best vape pens on the market. Like many manufacturers, although they still put out standard-style vape pens, Joyetech has progressed to larger, higher-power designs while still keeping operation as simple as possible. The eGo One brings the classic device into the modern era of vaping, supporting resistances down to 0.5 ohms and featuring a 2200 mAh battery (with a 1100 mAh version also available), and being paired with a 2.5 ml tank with different atomizer heads to suit either mouth-to-lung or straight-to-lung inhalation styles.
The core functionality of the eGo One is as simple as the older eGo devices, with a single button for firing and little else to contend with, but the huge battery capacity and low-resistance atomizers puts the performance well beyond that offered by previous versions. The tank is also straightforward, with coil-changing and refilling being simple processes, and the adjustable airflow working through a basic control ring. The upshot is that you can’t do much better than the eGo one if you’re a new vaper, or even an experienced vaper looking for a straightforward device.
The eGo One also comes in two sizes, with the 2200 mAh version being the best choice in terms of battery life, and being priced at $47.99 at the time of writing. It comes with a battery, atomizer, two coils, two mouthpieces, USB charger and wall adapter. There’s also an 850 mAh Mini option if you want something more compact, priced at $39.95.
2 – V2 Pro Series 3
V2 Cigs has been a huge name in the industry since it first started taking off, and the Pro Series sees them moving with the trends in the vaping world and even more. The core selling-point for the Pro Series 3 and Series 7 is the ability to vaporize e-liquid, loose leaf and wax, making them more than just normal vaping devices – they’re capable of dealing with anything you want to vape. They really are game-changers.
Although the V2 Pro Series 7 has a bigger battery and a larger loose leaf capacity, the V2 Pro Series 3 is our pick for the best vaporizer pen because it manages to fit all of the same core features into a trimmed-down, vape pen-sized package. The devices work with three different styles of cartridge – one for e-liquid, one for loose leaf and one for wax – and they drop in place magnetically to minimize fiddling. The Series 3 has a 1.6 ml e-juice capacity and a 385 cubic mm loose leaf capacity, and is really designed for e-juice users looking for solid performance. It comes with an e-liquid cartridge and you can add others if you need them.
The V2 Pro Series 3 also features automatic voltage control, so the device dials in the ideal setting for your particular cartridge, and it recognizes which you’re using automatically. The battery is only 650 mAh (compared to 1800 mAh for the Series 7), but this helps the device remain portable, and the performance – regardless of what you’re using – is outstanding.
You can pick up the V2 Pro Series 3 for $59.99, and comes with the vape pen, a USB charger and an e-liquid cartridge as standard, with the option to add extras. If you want the bigger, more capable V2 Pro Series 7 it’s $169.99, and it comes with both the e-liquid and loose leaf cartridges, as well as USB charger, wall adapter and a pick and brush for dealing with the loose leaf.
Read our full V2 Pro Series 3 review and V2 Pro Series 7 review for more information.
1 – JUUL Vapor
The JUUL by Pax is unlike most vaping devices on the market. It blurs the lines between cigalikes and vape pens, with a unique, USB pen drive-like design and pre-filled cartridges that use nicotine salts to provide a much more satisfying vape. While the other devices on this list are more likely to blur the line in the other direction – arguably being more like mods than vape pens – the JUUL shows that something more cigalike-ish can also knock it out of the park.
The big benefit of the JUUL is that it offers vape pen-like performance while still remaining even simpler than most cigalikes on the market. To use it, you simply drop the cartridge section into the top of the device and inhale from the end like you would from a cigarette, and you can tap the top twice to see your remaining battery level. It’s hard to imagine an easier device to use. Even better, the vapor production is easily in line with what you get from much bigger, more complicated devices. Finally, the high-nicotine e-liquid (50 mg/ml) used makes it satisfying for even the heaviest smokers.
The main downside is the fact that it uses “JUULpods” instead of a refillable atomizer, which means you’re limited to the five flavors offered by JUUL. However, these cover most bases, with one tobacco, one menthol, a fruit medley, mango and a creme brulee option available. This is more than enough for just-switching smokers, and with some extra options for longer-term vapers not interested in tobaccos or menthols.
The JUUL is game-changing for anybody previously put off by the complexity of vape pens, and who finds conventional e-liquid unsatisfying.