Best Cheap Vape Mods Under $50
By Lindsay Fox Posted March 6, 2017
Getting started with vaping doesn’t have to be expensive. We conducted several polls asking vapers to vote for their favorite devices, and this post will use the results to put together a definitive list of the best cheap vape mods, ecig mods, and box mods under $50. Not only are these devices widely-loved by vapers, you can pick each one up for less than the average price of 10 packs of cigarettes – and much fewer if you live in a state with high cigarette prices like New York.
So what are the best vape mods for under $50? For anybody interested in starting to vape but not wanting to spend too much getting set up, these affordable e-cigarettes are the perfect solution.
This isn’t an exhaustive list, though, so even if none of our readers’ or our staff's picks for the best ecig mods under $50 appeals to you, there are many other options on the market too – we’ll be adding a buying guide soon to help you find a device that’s both high quality and affordable.
See also: Best vape mods under $100
Top 10 Cheap Vape Mods, Box Mods Under $50
So here’s the top 10 cheap vape mods for under $50! This list was created based on the results of our polls of the best starter kits and VV/VW (variable voltage and variable wattage) vape mods, and based on prices at the time of writing (September 2015).
10 – Eleaf iStick 30 W
In many ways, the iStick 30 W is one of the best beginner e-cigarettes on the market. When you consider the low price – currently available for less than $30 – and what it has to offer, it’s hard to beat for a new vaper.
The device, as the name suggests, allows you to vape at up to 30 W of power, and comes with a built-in 2200 mAh capacity battery – which is more than enough to get you through a day of vaping. If you’re looking to pair it with a sub-ohm tank, it’s capable of supporting resistances down to 0.4 ohms, making it compatible with the majority of the sub-ohm tanks on the market.
It’s also very user friendly, with an OLED screen to display all of the information you need, two buttons to allow you to select your power setting and USB charging. It might be a little step up from some of the simpler, eGo-style devices, but the iStick 30 W is still well-suited to beginners.
9 – Kanger Kbox
The Kbox from KangerTech is an affordable box mod that places the emphasis on simplicity, performance and affordability, offering up to 200W of power, featuring a spring-loaded 510 connection and working with atomizers over 0.5 ohms in resistance – making it perfect for sub-ohm tanks.
The Kbox is notable for its simplicity, allowing you to cycle between the seven available wattage settings with the dedicated wattage button. Although it doesn’t offer the same level of fine control over settings as many of the devices on this list, the available settings range from 7 to 200 W, increasing in 5W increments.
The biggest difference between the Kbox and the other devices on this list is the fact that it requires two separate batteries. However, you can pick up compatible high-drain 18650 batteries for pretty cheap, and this also means you can take a spare battery with you so you can stay out of the house for a while without needing to recharge. The Kbox has a battery life indicator too, so you’ll always know how much charge is left in your battery.
Undoubtedly the best thing about the Kbox is the very low price, ordinarily priced at $59.95 at DirectVapor but currently-available on sale for just $39.95.
8 – Innokin Disrupter Box Mod
The Innokin Disrupter is a box mod with a difference, bridging the gap between in-built and separate batteries with the Innocell vaping power system. The Innocell is effectively a replaceable battery – and it can be charged separately – but it’s specifically designed to work with the Disrupter, so it slots right into place and looks much like an in-built battery.
The Disrupter itself offers between 6 and 50 W of power, and can fire coils with resistances as low as 0.2 ohms, making it ideal for sub-ohm tanks and high-power vaping. The device has an OLED screen that displays the resistance of your coil, the current voltage and wattage and the remaining battery life. The device also comes with a spring-loaded 510-connection and comes with all the safety features you’d expect from a VV/VW mod.
You can pick up the Disrupter with a 2000 mAh Innocell battery for $49.99 at the time of writing.
7 – Joyetech eGrip
The eGrip from Joyetech is the only device to make our list of the best cheap box mods for under $50 – and one of the only options on the market – that incorporates the battery and atomizer into the same device.
In terms of appearance, it’s a mini box mod, and it allows variable wattage between 8 and 20 W, but the fact that it’s an all-in-one device with simple operation makes it ideal for beginner vapers. The eGrip features an in-built 1500 mAh battery – enough to support most vapers through a day of use – and the on-board atomizer has a substantial e-liquid capacity of 3.6 ml.
The device is really easy to use: you turn the ring to set your wattage, and fill the atomizer with e-liquid using the port on the side of the device. Changing the 1.5 ohm atomizer head is done from the bottom, and simply requires you to unscrew the used one. You can also make adjustments to the airflow, allowing for detailed control over your vaping experience. The e-cigarette is charged using the included micro-USB cable, and it allows you to vape while you charge.
The eGrip starter kit is currently available for $48.99.
6 – Innokin Coolfire IV
The Coolfire IV from Innokin is an inexpensive compact box mod, offering up to 40 W in power and coming with an in-built 2000 mAh battery. This is more than enough power for most vapers’ needs and the battery will comfortably last a day or more of vaping. The device will also fire resistances down to 0.3 ohms, making it an ideal device for powering sub-ohm tanks.
The Coolfire IV has a spring-loaded 510 connection, an OLED display screen – with two dedicated buttons for adjusting settings, as well as a fire button – and a micro USB port underneath it for charging. The device also offers passthrough, so you can vape while your battery is charging. You also get all of the protections you expect from any regulated mod, including overheating, short circuit and over-discharge prevention.
The Coolfire IV is currently available in a kit with the iSub G – a 4 ml capacity sub-ohm tank – for just $48.95.
5 – Eleaf iJust 2
From the manufacturers of the popular iStick line of mods, the iJust 2 is basically an eGo-style e-cigarette on steroids, and for the low price it comfortably earns it’s spot as one of the top inexpensive vape mods under $50.
The iJust 2 is a tube-style e-cigarette, with a huge 2600 mAh battery and mechanical-mod style functionality where the output voltage is determined by the remaining charge on the battery. This means the device puts out 4.2 V on a full charge, but this slowly decreases as you work through your battery life. However, supporting resistances down to 0.3 ohms, this still allows for some substantial power, with the output ranging from 30 to 80 W.
It also comes with a sizable 5.5 ml tank, which uses dual coil atomizer heads and has an airflow control ring to allow you to adjust your draw to suit your preferences. The kit includes everything you need to get started apart from e-liquid, including a USB cable for charging. It’s currently priced at just $34.95.
4 – Halo Triton 2 Tank
Halo’s Triton Tank kit makes this list of the best cheap e-cigarettes under $50 after picking up a substantial share of the vote in our best starter kits poll. The device is a fairly straightforward eGo-style e-cigarette, offering 400 or 650 mAh batteries with a simple manual operation and eGo-threading to suit basic clearomizers. This makes it an ideal option for just-switching smokers and vapers looking for a simpler experience than what’s offered by many of the entries on this list.
The device doesn’t offer variable voltage or other features, although there are variable voltage versions of the battery available (with an output ranging from 3.3 to 4.8 V). The standard Triton Tank kit comes with two batteries (400 or 650 mAh), two tanks, a USB charger and wall adapter, a carry case and a cone mouthpiece, all for $45.
3 – Joyetech eGo One
The eGo One is the new eGo device from Joyetech, bringing the successful eGo series of device up-to-date by offering support for sub-ohm coils. The eGo one kit comes with its own tank, and supports atomizer heads down to 0.5 ohms in resistance. Like the iJust, it works from the battery voltage (rather than allowing you to set it to your desired level), but still offers substantial vapor production.
The kit comes with a battery tube, an atomizer (with tube, base and two choices of mouthpiece), a USB charging cable, a wall adapter and two atomizer heads (one 0.5 ohm and one 1 ohm).
You can pick up the eGo one in two different battery capacities (1100 mAh and 2200 mAh), but only the smaller model is available for under $50. The larger version, however, still only costs $52.99. The capacity of the atomizer tank also varies accordingly, with a 1.8 ml capacity to go with the smaller battery and a 2.5 ml atomizer to accompany the larger battery.
2 – Eleaf iStick 50 W
Although the lower-wattage iStick already made the list, the 50 W version is a substantial improvement, and was the eighth highest-rated device in our overall (not price limited) poll of the best VV/VW vape mods on the market. The reason: it has a lot to offer to vapers, both those just getting into the habit and experienced long-term vapers.
The device offers between 5 and 50 W of output power, and supports resistances ranging from 0.5 to 5 ohms, making it ideal for everything from sub-ohm tanks to more traditional higher-ohm clearomizers. The in-built battery is arguably the biggest selling-point of the device, with a capacity of 4400 mAh, which is enough to get even a heavy vaper through a couple of days’ worth of use on a single charge.
It comes with all the same safety features as the other devices in the iStick series, has an OLED screen, dedicated buttons for adjusting the wattage (or voltage, depending on the mode selected), has a spring-loaded 510 connection, stainless steel threading and a micro-USB charging port on the side.
The device is currently available for just $37.95. The 100 W version of the iStick is also available for under $50, but unlike the 50 W version, it uses separate batteries (two 18650 size batteries, sold separately).
1 – Pioneer4You iPV D2
The iPV D2 is the best cheap vape mod under $50, according to our poll of vapers, and actually ranks as one of the best VV/VW vape mods on the market too.
The iPV D2 offers up to 75 W of power, which makes it the most high-power device on this list, offering more than enough for the vast majority of vapers. It also features temperature control, ranging from 200 to 580 °F, and allows you to set the output anywhere between 5 and 50 joules in temperature control mode (1 watt is just 1 joule per second, so you can think of joules as the same as watts for vaping purposes).
Combined with the spring-loaded 510 connection and the ability to fire coils down to 0.2 ohms in resistance in standard mode and 0.05 ohms in temperature control mode, the iPV D2 works excellently with almost any atomizer on the market. And of course, it has a clear display screen, two buttons to adjust your settings and all of the expected safety features.
The device runs on a single 18650 battery, which you have to purchase separately (and make sure it’s a high-drain option, too), but for a high-power device that’s compact (being just slightly bigger than a 30 W iStick) and such an impressive range of features, the price of $49.95 makes it really hard to beat.
Best Cheap Vape Mods, Ecig Mods (As Recommended by ECR Staff)
There are plenty of great devices featured above, but the vast array of affordable vape mods and eGo-style devices on the market means that you have tons of options beyond those covered on the list. So we’ve put together some additional recommendations for great devices available for under $50, including both VV/VW vape mods and eGo-style devices.
10 – Apollo Valiant Starter Kit
This device received a substantial number of votes in our poll of the best e-cig starter kits, but not quite enough to make it onto this list. It still has a lot to offer, though, including a 1300 mAh battery offering variable voltage between 3 and 6 V and variable wattage from 3 to 15 W, putting it as one of the more capable eGo-style devices on the market. It also comes with a Kanger ProTank 2, as well as a 10 ml bottle of e-liquid, making it a great choice for new vapers – offering everything you need to get started for just $49.95.
9 – Innokin iTaste MVP 100W
The MVP series may have been updated with the new MVP 3 and Pro versions, but if you’re looking for one of the top e-cigs around $50, the 100W version of the MVP 4.0 is a great option. With an output wattage between 6 and 100 W and output voltage between 3.3 and 7.5 V, along with an in-built 4500 mAh battery, it still has plenty to offer. It’s not built for sub-ohm tanks – having a minimum resistance of 1 ohm – but it has some fantastic features (including the ability to charge other electronics) and is currently available for just $57.95.
8 – Kanger Evod VV
The Evod VV battery is another eGo-style device incorporating variable voltage, with a 1000 mAh battery that allows you to adjust the voltage between 3.2 and 4.8 V using a dial on the bottom end of the device. The battery capacity and voltage range may not be the best on the market, but it's still great for the price. It’s eGo-threaded but it also has 510 compatibility, so it can work with most of the atomizers on the market, with the aid of a beauty ring. The battery is currently priced at $18.95.
7 – Kanger EMOW
Another eGo-style VV device from Kanger makes our recommendations for the best cheap ecig mod under $50: although it got slightly fewer votes than the Evod in our poll, its 1300 mAh capacity means you can vape for longer between charges, and still offers the same maximum voltage. The only downside is that there are only three options for voltages – 3.7 V, 4.2 V and 4.8 V – which you select by pressing the fire button three times. The device is available in a starter kit with the airflow-control EMOW clearomizer (and five spare atomizer heads) for $39.95.
6 – Vision Spinner 2
The Vision Spinner 2 is another eGo-style VV battery available for under $50, offering a huge 1600 mAh capacity battery and variable voltage from 3.3 to 4.8 V. You select your voltage by twisting the dial on the bottom of the device, with options of 3.8 and 4.3 as well as the maximum and minimum settings. The power button also glows three different colors to give you an indication of the remaining battery life, and you can lock the battery to prevent accidental activation. The Vision Spinner 2 is available for $29.99 (reduced from $34.99 at time of writing – October 2015).
5 – Tesla Sidewinder 2T
The Tesla Sidewinder 2T is the ultimate device if you’re looking for a simple device with VV functionality, easily putting it among our picks for the most affordable e-cigarettes under $50. The device has a substantial 2200 mAh battery – more than enough to get you through a day of vaping – and features variable voltage from 3 to 6 V, as well as working with resistances as low as 0.5 ohms. It has eGo threading but includes an adapter to work with 510 threaded atomizers, meaning that it’s capable of powering sub-ohm tanks. The only downside is that you have to buy a charger separately. The Sidewinder 2T costs $25.95.
4 – Aspire ESP 30 W
The Aspire ESP 30 W is a basic mod designed for portability, offering a user-friendly design and simple operation to make it a great option for beginners. The mod offers up to 30 W of power, and comes with an in-built 1900 mAh battery. The ESP features a self-adjusting 510 connection and fires coils down to 0.3 ohms in resistance, making it well-suited to use with sub-ohm tanks. The mod is charged by micro-USB and features pass-through capability so you can vape while it’s charging. The ESP 30 W is priced at $34.99.
3 – Koopor Mini 60 W TC
The Kooper Mini is a compact box mod offering up to 60 W of power and temperature control from 200 to 600 °F, making it one of the few temperature control devices on this list of the best box mod under $50. The mod supports resistances down to 0.1 ohms in standard mode and down to 0.05 ohms in temperature control mode, making it well-suited to most sub-ohm tanks on the market, and it runs on a single 18650 battery (sold separately). The Kooper Mini costs $44.95.
2 – Eleaf iStick 40 W TC
The iStick series does a great job when it comes to combining affordability with functionality, and the 40 W TC version adds temperature control from 200 to 600 °F (with nickel and titanium coils) while still keeping the price low. The mod features and in-built 2600 mAh battery, up to 40 W of power, an OLED display screen, a spring-loaded 510 threaded connection and a minimum supported resistance of 0.15 in standard mode and 0.05 in temperature control mode. The device is available for just $34.95.
1 – Eleaf iStick 100 W
Although it doesn’t have temperature control, and it needs two 18650 batteries to run, the substantial power output makes the iStick 100 W our pick for the best cheap box mod for under $50. With an OLED display, spring-loaded 510 connection, support for coils of 0.15 ohms and upwards, a dual magnetized battery cover, the standard array of safety features, a USB port for charging your batteries (with passthrough) and a user-friendly design, it’s the ultimate affordable mod. The iStick 100 is on sale for $39.95.
It’s a testament to how far the vaping industry has come that so many of the best cheap vape mods, box mods, and e-cigs under $50 also rank among many vapers’ favorite devices even when price isn’t a consideration. New vapers in 2016 aren’t stuck with the cigalike models that flooded the market in the early days of the industry: now you have a pretty wide choice of full-featured, VV/VW devices with substantial battery life and broad compatibility to choose from alongside the more straightforward eGo-style models.
If you’re looking for inexpensive vape mods, e-cigs or box mods, there’s no need to lose out on functionality, and in all honesty, most of the devices on this list have more than enough to offer. So even though the iPV D2 technically takes the prize in our main list, most vapers will be more than happy with any of the options in the top 10, and there are plenty of other options in our list of recommendations too. If you want something else, check back soon and we’ll be adding a guide to finding high-quality e-cigarettes without spending too much.