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Starter Kits vs. Disposables – Choosing the Right Electronic Smoking Device

Explore the pros and cons between smokeless cigarette starter kits and disposable devices intended for one-time use

Electronic smoking has quickly gone from a fad to entering the mainstream. With each passing year, we're delighted to see how smokeless cigarettes are becoming more and more accepted as an alternative to traditional smoking.

They're becoming more and more available too – just in the last couple of years, smokeless cigarettes have begun appearing alongside other more traditional nicotine delivery methods in gas stations and truck stops.

If you're searching for an alternative to traditional cigarettes, or you're an adult otherwise interested in alternative smoking and nicotine delivery, a smokeless cigarette may be something for you

If you're completely new to electronic smoking, probably the first decision you will encounter is the type of device you buy – should I go for a disposable unit, or a rechargeable starter kit?

Each type of smokeless cigarette device is similar in some ways and different in others – each has their own advantages and disadvantages.

Continue reading for a brief explanation of each:

Smokeless cigarette starter kit

A starter kit can be defined as a rechargeable smokeless cigarette. They generally come with multiple cartridges and even more than one battery. They're meant to be used over the long-term. While available in some traditional stores like a truck stop or tobacco shop, starter kits are typically ordered directly from the main retailer online. Starter kits can run anywhere from $40 to $200.

Disposable smokeless cigarette

Many of the smokeless cigarettes you encounter in a gas station are disposable, meaning they're only used for as long as you have nicotine juice in the unit's cartridge. Once that and/or the battery runs out, you throw the device out and get another one – there's no changing or recharging parts like a starter kit.

Like anything, each of these types of electronic smoking devices has their own advantages and disadvantages. Continue reading for a brief breakdown of the pros and cons of both types of smokeless cigarettes.

Starter Kits


A starter kit has several advantages over a disposable unit. If you're a heavy user, the starter kit will most certainly cost less. Individual disposable units do cost a bit more, so if you're vaping about the equivalent of a cartridge a day, this can get quite expensive. You can also try different flavor cartridges with a starter kit. The battery typically has a pretty good lifespan, and you have more options to personalize your smokeless cigarette.

Starter kits are also the more eco-friendly option since you don't have to throw away an entire device each time you run out of nicotine juice or battery power.


Costs are a disadvantage with starter kits as well. If you're looking at different brands and not ready to commit, a starter kit will be seem unnecessary and expensive. Starter kits also require a specific charger for the battery, so you'll need to make sure you have a way to charge your battery on hand at all times. And depending on the quality of your device, vapor production can be light and the battery requires constant charging. Considering the cost of most starter kits, being caught with sub-standard equipment can be frustrating.

Disposable smokeless cigarettes


These types of smokeless cigarettes are most commonly available in gas stations, tobacco shops and truck stops. They're ideal for new vapers since they allow you to try e-smoking without a big up-front investment. They're also convenient, as you can simply buy one, open the package and use it. If cost is of no concern for the long-term, you don't have to deal with charging your battery or buying refills – just open it up and use it.


Over the long-term though, disposable smokeless cigarettes can be quite expensive – in some cases, as costly as traditional cigarettes. You're also limited in flavor and nicotine strength with a disposable. You can't charge the battery, which can be problematic if the unit you have is mediocre in quality. So while disposables do offer convenience for trying out a particular smokeless cigarette, you will run into different issues like this, especially if you try and use them over the long-term.

As you can see, there are several things to consider when choosing between a starter kit/rechargeable or a disposable smokeless cigarette.

If you're completely new to electronic smoking, you may want to buy a disposable first. It's a cost-effective way to try a brand without having to commit to a starter kit.

However, if you've found a brand you like and want to stick with it, consider a smokeless cig starter kit . It will be more cost-effective in the long term, and provide you with additional options for flavors, nicotine strength, personalization and much more.

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