Best Vape Pens for E-Liquid
By Lindsay Fox Posted December 21, 2017
Vape pens are everywhere these days. While some are designed to handle marijuana concentrates like waxes or oils, most vape pens are specifically for e-liquid. For anybody looking to quit smoking, they’re the go-to-option, smaller and simpler than the mods longer-term vapers use but still offering excellent performance and enough battery life to get you through the day.
The big challenge is finding one that ticks all of the boxes for you and has what it takes to help you make the switch from smoking. But thankfully there are tons of fantastic options out there, and we’ve put this guide together to help you find the best vape pen for e-liquid.
Top 10 Best Vape Pens for E-Liquid
If you’re looking for the best vaporizers for e-liquid, there are so many options available that wading through them can be pretty difficult. But for anybody who’s feeling overwhelmed, we’ve put together this list of high-quality e-liquid vape pens to help you make your decision. If you need more information about the basics of vape pens (like what they are, how they work and how to use them) scroll to the end of this post for a crash course.
10 – Halo Tracer Twist
Halo’s Tracer Twist takes the standard formula for an e-juice vape pen, adds a sub ohm tank, beefs up the battery a little and adds variable wattage functionality. It works a lot like the eGo Twist, with a wheel around the bottom of the battery to control the wattage. The wheel allows you to choose wattages ranging from 5 to 30 W, although with the two 0.5 ohm atomizer heads included with the kit, you’ll spend a lot of time at the higher settings. The battery has a 2,300 mAh capacity, though, so you’ll be able to vape through most of the day even at 30 W. This solid power output combined with a great battery is why it's in the running for the title of best vape pen for e-liquid.
The Tracer Twist comes in a kit with the 3.5 ml Tracer tank, the coils, a charger and wall adapter, two mouthpieces and the manual for $55.
9 – Subvod Mega TC
As the name suggests, the Subvod Mega TC is a beastly device, and it’s easily one of the best vaporizers for e-liquid in its class. It has a sizable 2,300 mAh battery, which is more than enough for a full day of vaping even at higher power. The battery is paired with the Toptank Mini, which is a top-filling sub ohm tank that can hold 4 ml of e-juice. This comes with one 0.1 ohm and one 0.5 ohm coil, offering excellent vapor production and flavor for such a simple device. It also supports temperature control (TC) vaping with nickel coils, which you can pick up as an extra for the tank. Plus, the 510 connection is standard so you can use it with any atomizer provided the coil is no less than 0.1 ohm in resistance.
The short version is that the Subvod Mega TC is a solid device with excellent battery life paired with a capable tank. For the price of $34.95, it’s a great deal for one of the top e-juice vape pens.
8 – Eleaf iCare Solo
Eleaf made their name through the iStick series of mods, but they’ve recently put out something really unique for new vapers. The iCare Solo is a great e-liquid vape pen thanks to its simplicity and portability more than anything else. It’s pretty small – with just a 350 mAh battery and a 1.5 ml juice capacity – but it’s really easy to use and offers a solid mouth-to-lung style vape that’s perfectly suited to smokers. It comes with a couple of 1.1 ohm coils, the vape pen itself and a charging cable for an impressively low price of $14.95.
7 – Joyetech eGo AIO D22 XL
Joyetech’s eGo AIO (all-in-one) was an excellent device, and easily one of the best vaporizers for e-liquid in its own right, but the D22 XL version makes it even better. The new version is basically the same: a battery-and-tank combination with a top cap you can remove to either fill the tank or change your coil. The specs have improved, though, with a 2,300 mAh battery to keep you vaping through the day and a 3.5 ml tank makes it a much more serious contender to become your go-to device. It comes with two 0.6 ohm coils (designed for mouth to lung vaping), and these offer well-defined flavor and tons of vapor. You can pick up the eGo AIO D22 XL for $23.95.
6 – Smok Stick V8
The Smok Stick V8 takes a spot as one of the best e-juice vape pens thanks to its impressive battery life and excellent performance with the included sub ohm tank. The Smok Stick V8 has a 3,000 mAh battery, which is more than enough for a day of use even at higher wattages. The e-liquid vape pen works like a mechanical mod in that the voltage it puts out is dependent on the remaining battery life rather than a specific setting. The kit comes with the 5 ml capacity TFV8 Baby Beast tank, which includes a 0.15 ohm coil and a 0.25 ohm coil. Both of these coils allow for astounding vapor production even with such a simple device, and the flavor is consistent and clear. The kit costs $39.95 new, and includes the vape pen, the tank and two coils in addition to spare parts and a manual.
5 – Innokin Endura T20
Innokin’s Endura series has been a favorite of new vapers for a while now, but the new T20 version takes the series to the next level. The Endura T20 is incredibly simple to use and offers a mouth-to-lung vaping experience perfectly suited for smokers making the switch to vaping.
The T20 has a 1,500 mAh battery, and comes with the Prism T20 tank with a 1.5 ohm coil. This means that it operates at lower wattages than many devices on this list – with a maximum output of 13 W – but for mouth-to-lung vaping this is more than enough. Working at a lower wattage also means your battery lasts longer between charges, so you can be confident you’ll be able to keep vaping throughout the day on a single charge.
However, potentially the biggest factor in ranking the Endura T20 among the best e-liquid vaporizers is its simplicity and flexibility. There is only one button on the device, and the tank is top-filling so it’s really easy to refill. All you have to do is fill up – the coils can cope with any e-liquid, even high-VG ones – wait a few minutes for the vape juice to soak in to the wick and start vaping. You might not win any cloud contests, but you’ll get a satisfying, flavorful vape every time.
The Endura T20 costs $24.95 new, and it comes with the battery, the Prism T20 tank, a couple of spare drip tips, a USB charging cable and a set of spare O-rings.
4 – XEO Void
The XEO Void is a unique-looking device from V2, with a triangular body and an all-in-one style design that makes it perfect for newer vapers looking for a top-rated vape pen. The Void has a 1,500 mAh battery with a 2 ml tank incorporated into it, with a child-protected top cap which you unscrew to refill the tank or change the coil. This is great for new vapers because it’s really easy to use and the design makes it completely leak-free.
The Void doesn’t offer a range of voltage options like many devices do, but with a 0.6 ohm coil and a 1 ohm one included as standard, you do get some control over the sort of performance you get from the device. Both coils offer great flavor and solid vapor production, but the lower-ohm option has more potential to satisfy longer-term vapers. The only downside is that the all-in-one style means you have to use the integrated tank when you vape with the Void, but it performs so well this is unlikely to be an issue. Like the Endura T20, this device is better for mouth-to-lung vaping and just-switching smokers, overall.
The XEO Void e-liquid vape pen costs $59.95.
3 – VaporFi Rocket 3
VaporFi’s Rocket 3 ranks as the third best e-liquid vape pen thanks to its winning combination of excellent battery life, great airflow and high performance sub ohm coils. It also boasts more features than the vast majority of e-juice vape pens, though, offering a temperature control mode in addition to ordinary wattage-based vaping. This really puts the Rocket 3 ahead of most of the competition when it comes to ejuice vaporizer pens, because TC is a feature more commonly found on mods than vape pens.
The Rocket 3 battery has a basic design, with a USB port for recharging and a “fire” button being the only things on the body of the device. The battery has a 2,500 mAh capacity, which puts it head and shoulders above most vape pens on the market, and can keep you vaping through the day even with the low-resistance atomizers included with the kit. The Rocket 3 tank has a 0.5 ohm atomizer pre-installed, but also comes with a 0.1 ohm Ni200 coil for use in TC mode. It also has a top-filling design and a 3.5 ml capacity, making it easy to use but ensuring you don’t have to refill too frequently.
The Rocket 3 is a great vape pen for e-juice that works in a conventional way. It might stand out from the competition by offering TC vaping, but overall it looks and functions just like you’d expect. You can pick up the kit for $49.99 (at time of writing).
2 – JUUL by Pax
The JUUL is a revolutionary device. Its position among the best e-liquid vape pens comes more from its unique design and approach than its raw specs, but it’s still a great device. It looks more like a USB stick than traditional flavored vape pens, but there are lots of benefits to the unconventional style. The device uses “JUULpods” – small e-juice containing pods – in place of a traditional refillable tank, with five flavors available that use high-strength nicotine liquid to ensure you get a satisfying vape.
The JUUL’s battery is quite small, but since it’s been designed to work with the pods, you can get a full day of use out of it before you’ll need to recharge. And when you do have to recharge, it only takes an hour to go from completely drained to fully charged. Everything about the JUUL is designed with ease of use in mind, so the pods simply push right into the open slot at the top of the device (no need to refill or anything like that) and the charger connects magnetically. It’s a flavored vape pen that’s as easy to use as a cigalike.
The JUUL also puts out an impressive amount of vapor, especially considering the size of the device, and it’s more than enough to keep smokers satisfied. The high-nicotine liquids (which use nicotine salts) have a big part to play in the satisfaction, but the flavor and vapor production have an important part to play in how enjoyable the device is to vape.
If you’re looking for the best e-liquid vape pen but want something that’s as easy to use as possible, the JUUL should be right at the top of your list. The kit costs $49.99, and comes with a four-pack of JUUL pods, a charger and the device itself.
1 – V2 Pro Series 3X
V2’s Pro Series is another game-changing set of devices, and the 3X is our pick for the best vape pen for e-liquid on the market today. That said, it can do a lot more than just vape e-liquid. The Pro Series devices are all “three in one” vaping devices, capable of vaporizing dry herb and concentrates or waxes in addition to e-liquid. The device has a 750 mAh battery, which is a little less than some of the other entries on this list, but the 3X can do so much more than most devices this small downside is definitely forgiveable.
The device works through three magnetically-connecting cartridges, which you just drop into the opening at the top of the battery to attach. It comes with two e-liquid cartridges as standard – one with replaceable atomizer heads and one disposable option – and if you drop either one of these into the device it acts like an ordinary vape pen. There is also a dry herb cartridge, which essentially contains an empty chamber for you to fill with material, and a concentrates cartridge, which has an exposed coil you can add concentrates or oils to directly.
The 3X is still largely an e-liquid vape pen, though, and drastically improves on what the Pro Series 3 had to offer by including sub ohm coils and including an adjustable airflow system. There are three voltage settings available in e-liquid (or concentrate) vaping mode, ranging from 1.8 to 3.3 V, and you get a choice of 0.9, 1.2 and 1.5 ohm coils to use with it. With the airflow open, the device turned right up and the sub ohm coil installed, the performance is out of this world, easily comparable to many mods on the market. When you’re vaping dry herb, the voltage settings turn into temperature settings.
In short, the V2 Pro Series 3X is one of the best vaporizers for e-liquid on the market, but with the ability to vape concentrates or dry herb thrown in, it’s basically in a class of its own. You can pick up the 3X for $99.99, with the additional cartridges priced at $24.99 each.
A Crash Course in E-Juice Vape Pens
What is a Vape Pen?
A vape pen is a pen-like e-cigarette used to vape e-liquid. Most are around the size of a marker pen, and have two main parts: the battery and the tank. The battery provides the power for your setup, and has a “fire” button on the body to activate the battery and start vaping. The tank is a little more complicated, but consists of a reservoir for your e-juice and an “atomizer head” which contains a coil and a wick. The liquid from the tank reservoir soaks into the wick (which is usually made from cotton) and is vaporized when you press the fire button. The vapor then travels up to the mouthpiece (at the top of the tank) to be inhaled by the user. This is how an e-juice vaporizer works in the most basic terms.
The distinction between a vape pen and a vape mod can be vague in some cases, with tube mods in particular looking a lot like fat vape pens, but it doesn’t matter too much. The short version is that a pen-like e-cigarette can be considered an e-juice vape pen, even if it could arguably be described as a mod too. There are also vape pens intended for marijuana concentrates or “dry herb,” but these are essentially defined in the same way, albeit working a little differently.
How to Put Vape Juice in a Vape Pen
The simplest and most common thing you’ll have to do with an e-juice vape pen is fill it up with e-liquid. Most e-liquid vaporizer pen tanks work in a similar way, so you’re unlikely to need instructions specific to your device. Your tank will either open from the top or the bottom to be filled, with most modern devices using a top-filling system. To fill it up, you unscrew the top or bottom to get access to the tank.
Inside, there will be a “chimney” extending up the center of the tank, running from your coil to the mouthpiece. This is the path the vapor travels up for you to inhale. The golden rule to remember when learning how to put juice in a vape pen is that you don’t want to get e-juice down this central tube. Drip your e-juice down into the tank while completely avoiding this central tube. Some devices have “fill holes” which lead directly into the tank and make it really easy to fill up (as shown above), but even if yours doesn’t, all you have to do is ensure the e-juice goes directly into the tank section.
For bottom-filling tanks, it should go without saying that you’ll need to hold the tank upside down until you’ve screwed the base back on. In these cases, you also need to be sure that you don’t overfill the tank and let e-juice spill down the chimney.
Before You Vape: Priming Your Coils
After learning how to put juice in a vape pen, you’re pretty much ready to vape. However, “priming” a new atomizer head helps you maximize its lifespan and helps you avoid dry hits. Prior to filling, if you unscrew your tank to get access to your coil, you should be able to see the wick material inside it. If you directly apply e-juice to the wick – through the windows in the side and from the top – this prevents the wick from getting burned when you first vape. If you’ve already filled your tank without doing this, it’s no problem – just wait five to ten minutes before you take your first puff to give it time to absorb in.
Choosing the Best E-Liquid Vape Pen
Finding the best e-juice vaporizer for your needs can be a bit of a challenge even if you have suggestions like those given above. How do you choose one option out of several on your shortlist? How do you know which one is best suited to your vaping needs? While we won’t be able to cover everything here, thinking about the following points can help you make the right choice.
- How important is battery life? In general, bigger batteries last for longer. So if you’re looking for the most portable e-liquid vape pen you can find, you’ll probably end up with one that only has a limited battery life. Choose one with a higher capacity (a higher number before the “mAh”) and the battery will last longer between charges, but it will be bigger too. We’d recommend prioritizing battery life, but ultimately it’s up to you which you see as more important.
- How important is vapor production? Some vapers are looking for big clouds, while others are just looking for something reasonable to help them quit smoking. Although these two aren’t mutually exclusive, it’s generally the case that sub ohm coils produce bigger clouds, and many smokers are looking for something a bit more discreet. Sub ohm vape pens are preferable for many long-term vapers, but if you’re just looking for something to help you quit smoking, then you don’t necessarily need one.
- Mouth to lung or direct to lung inhales? Tied to the previous point, smokers inhale “mouth to lung,” which is a two-stage process, whereas longer term vapers tend to inhale “direct to lung,” a one-stage process. In general, sub ohm vape pens are geared for direct to lung inhales, which may feel unnatural to a smoker at first and lead to some coughing. If you want something with a tighter draw more suited to new vapers, choose a “mouth to lung” vape pen.
- What e-juice will you be vaping? Modern e-liquids are often high in VG, which makes them a little thicker than more PG-heavy juices. Most vape pens released these have at least have one coil that can cope with high-VG juices, but with some simpler vape pens, you can run into wicking problems. In some cases (like with the V2 Pro Series 3X), there are coils designed for VG or PG e-juices and some that are more well-suited to PG e-juices. The refillable entries on this list all have at least one coil that can cope with high-VG e-juice, but it’s something to keep in mind when shopping around.
- All-in-one or separate battery and tank? All-in-one style e-juice vaporizers have some definite advantages. It couldn’t get much simpler if you’re new to vaping, and it means you get everything you need all in one place. However, traditional style vape pens have advantages too. Unlike with an all-in-one style device, they make it much easier to upgrade because you can easily pick up a new tank. Most all-in-one devices perform great (and we would recommend them to new vapers), but if you’re likely to keep vaping, it may be worth getting a more versatile vape pen.
- What are you vaping? If you’re looking for the top e-juice vape pen, you’re probably more interested in avoiding cigarettes than anything else, but vape pens can offer a lot more. The Pro Series from V2 and similar devices also support vaping marijuana or concentrates of it, and if you use marijuana medically or recreationally, devices like this are definitely worth considering. If you’re vaping instead of smoking, there’s no need to limit the change to tobacco.
Finding the best vape pen for e-liquid isn’t really easy. But the problem isn’t that there aren’t many good options; it’s that loads of vape pens on the market today offer great battery life and perform like champs. The suggestions in this list will steer you in the right direction, but in reality, as long as you know the basic factors to consider and you check out plenty of vape pen reviews before making a purchase, you’ll find something you enjoy more than you ever enjoyed smoking.