Best Vape Pens for E-Liquid
By Lindsay Fox Posted May 18, 2019
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 – Joyetech Exceed D19
The Exceed D19 from Joyetech represents an improvement on the standard e-juice vape pen, incorporating a sub ohm tank and a slightly larger-than-average battery. The overall design is in line with what you expect – a tube-shaped device with a single button for operation – but it’s thicker to accommodate the 1,500 mAh battery and the tank has two prominent adjustable airflow slots around the base. The tank has a convenient top-filling system, but the best thing about is it that it comes with two coils – one 1.2 ohm and one 0.5 ohm option – for mouth-to-lung (MTL) and direct-to-lung (DL) draws, respectively. This is great because along with offering better vapor production from the low-resistance coil, the higher-ohm option is perfect for taking cigarette-like MTL draws. You can also vape in direct output mode (where the voltage reduces as the battery drains) or constant voltage mode depending on your preferences.
The device costs just $16.20.
9 – Kanger K-Pin Mini
The K-Pin Mini from Kanger is another example of a simple but great e-liquid vape pen that’s ideal for newer vapers or anyone looking for something user-friendly to get started with. It has a pretty cool look, with a small window so you can see the e-liquid level, six color options for the main body and a black strip running up the front with the fire button at the top and five indicator LEDs towards the bottom. It features a 2 ml tank that works with Kanger SSOCC coils, with a 0.5 ohm option included in the kit, and a 1,500 mAh internal battery. It might not be the hardest-hitting device or the one with the biggest battery, but it performs well and has an excellent design. You can pick it up for $25.90.
8 – VaporFi VAIO Go
All-in-one vaping devices effectively make the tank part of the overall unit, and that makes them some of the best vaporizers for e-liquid when you’re new to vaping. The VAIO Go from VaporFi does just this, with a 3 ml tank at the top of the tube-shaped pen, which has a top-filling design, adjustable airflow and both MTL and DL mouthpieces (0.5 and 1.5 ohms, respectively) included, as well as two styles of mouthpiece to better support the different coils. It has a 2,000 mAh battery, which is comfortably enough to get you through a day of vaping while you’re out at work (and possibly longer), and it uses a traffic light style battery level indicator so you always know when you’ll need to charge. All of this works from a single button, but despite its simplicity the performance is hard to beat.
It costs $44.99 with the two coils and two mouthpieces, as well as a USB charging cable.
7 – Freemax Twister
The Freemax Twister follows from the example of the classic eGo Twist to earn its spot as one of the best vaporizers for e-liquid. The main selling-point of the device is that you twist the bottom to adjust the wattage output, which gives you more control than the majority of vape pens on the market without making anything needlessly complicated. It has a 2,300 mAh battery capacity, and comes with the FireLuke 2 tank, with a 5 ml juice capacity, adjustable airflow and a slide-open top filling system.
The tank works with X and TX series mesh coils, and comes with a TX2 0.2 ohm and a TX1 0.15 ohm coil as standard, both of which perform excellently alongside the capable vape pen. The kit comes with the metal edition of the Twister, the two coils, the tank, a spare 5 ml bubble glass body for the tank, a USB cable and replacement O-rings, and costs $34.95.
6 – Joyetech eGo AIO (10th Anniversary Edition)
Joyetech’s eGo AIO was one of the first all-in-one style vape pens to hit the market, and the 10th anniversary edition still has enough going for it to earn a spot as one of the best e-juice vape pens on the market today. It’s pretty compact, with a 1,500 mAh battery and a 2 ml tank incorporated into the body, a simple top-filling design for the tank and coils that attach directly the underside of the top cap. There’s a unique adjustable airflow system so you can have some control over the type of draw you get, but the two 0.6 ohm coils included with the device work best with a MTL style inhale. The device operates with a single button, and it has some unique extra features such as a child lock for the tank and a customizable LED light inside the tank. You can pick it up for $29.68 and we have a review of the original version here.
5 – Aspire Tigon
The Aspire Tigon earns a spot among the best e-liquid vaporizers thanks to the sizable battery and no-nonsense design that still offers control over the performance that you get. It looks basically like a chunky vape pen, with a single button for operation and a basic-looking tank to top it off. However, the 3.5 ml capacity tank comes with both 1.2 ohm MTL and 0.4 ohm DL coils so you can vape whichever way you prefer, or even use nicotine salt juices with the device and the higher-resistance coil. To support this, there’s also an adjustable airflow system so you can get the type of draw you’re looking for, and you get a drip tip for each “mode” too.
The battery is nothing to balk at either, with a 2,600 mAh capacity that’s comfortably enough to get you through a day of use, or likely longer if you’re using the higher-resistance coil. The maximum power output is 28 W, which isn’t huge but is more than enough to give you satisfying clouds with the lower-resistance coil while still allowing you to get the most out of the Tigon’s battery. As well as offering simple operation thanks to the single button, the tank also has a slide-open top filling system for maximum convenience.
You can pick up the Tigon for $39.99.
4 – Innokin Gomax Tube Pen
The Gomax from Innokin makes the rankings as a top-rated vape pen because it offers an excellent design but with more of a focus on the “average” vaper than Innokin’s next entry onto this list. It boasts a huge maximum power output and makes use of the cloud-producing capability of the Plex3D “matrix” coils it uses, which are essentially an evolution of mesh coils. The most unique thing about the Gomax, though, is that the tanks are “disposable” once the coil dies, which makes things much easier for newer vapers but debatably reduces the potential of the vape pen for longer-term vapers. Although it works with other tanks, so it’s still worth considering.
That said, the 5.5 ml, top-filling tank with the 0.19 ohm Plex3D coils offers excellent performance in terms of both flavor and vapor. This is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery that offers up to 80 W of output, and this combined with the unique coil design and the adjustable airflow system on the base of the tank can lead to huge cloud production.
The Gomax is pretty affordable too, at $32.99 for the device, a USB cable and one disposable tank.
3 – Innokin Zlide Tube Pen
Innokin has made many excellent devices during its time in the industry, and so it isn’t much of a surprise that they also have more than one device on this list, and the position of third best e-liquid vape pen goes to the Zlide Tube. At first glance, it looks pretty similar to the other entries on this list: it’s a chunky-looking vape pen with a standard style tank and one button for operation. However, the device is beautifully put together and designed, and care has been taken over every aspect, from the slide-open but still child-locking top filling system for the tank to the constant 16 W output to maximize performance while still preserving battery life.
The battery itself is pretty big too, at 3,000 mAh it’s easily enough to keep you vaping through a whole day. The kit comes with 1.2 ohm and 0.8 ohm Z coils, allowing you to adjust the type of draw you get by choosing coils and using the adjustable airflow system on the tank. Flavor is really the focus of the Zlide, and the coils and mouthpieces (you get two with the kit) are both designed with that in mind. It has a 4 ml tank and there’s a juice window so you always know how much you have left.
You can pick up the Zlide for $49.99.
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 – Vaporesso Sky Solo Plus
The Sky Solo Plus from Vaporesso takes top spot as the best vape pen for e-liquid on the market today. This isn’t even necessarily due to excellent manufacturing (like the Zlide) or game-changing levels of innovation (like the Juul), it’s just a case of offering everything you need, done right and priced reasonably enough to convince a smoker to give vaping a try. The basic look of the device isn’t anything impressive: it has a bubble-style tank and a chunky battery with a single button for operation and a USB charging port on the opposite side.
But the tank can hold a massive 8 ml of e-juice, and comes with two 0.18 ohm mesh coils as standard. These offer great performance in terms of both flavor and vapor, and the device offers adjustable airflow so you get some control over your experience. One downside is that the tank is actually built into the battery section itself (so you can’t switch it out), but it has a simple top-filling system and is well-supported by the 3,000 mAh battery from the device itself. In short, it isn’t the most technologically-advanced or even ambitious vape pen out there, but it does everything it needs to well.
For the price of $21.99, it’s an absolute bargain.
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.