Best Cheap Vape Mods Under $50
By Lindsay Fox Posted April 6, 2019
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 most recent update (April 2019).
10 – Smok Priv V8
The Smok Priv V8 kicks off this list of the best beginner e-cigarettes on the market thanks to the super-affordable price, it’s compact and stylish design and the fact it still has a substantial power output. It runs on a single 18650 battery – which you have to pick up separately – but it’s still really beginner-friendly and the performance is up there with that from much more complicated mods.
The Priv V8 is a direct voltage output device, which means that the power you get from it depends on the charge level of the battery. On a full charge and with a 0.15 ohm coil, you’ll be vaping at an impressive 60 W. It has a side-mounted fire bar, so you just squeeze to vape, and LED lights serve as indicators to let you know the battery level and help you monitor charging. The device comes with the TFV8 Baby Beast tank, which has a top-filling design, a 3 ml juice capacity and two 0.25 ohm dual coil atomizer heads.
The price is one of the biggest selling-points of the device, available for just $31.95. If you want a straightforward but high-performance vaping experience without breaking the bank, this is an outstanding option.
9 – Tesla 26650 Invader
The Tesla 26650 Invader is one of the most affordable box mod devices on the market today, especially when you consider the substantial power output from the device. It isn’t as stylish as the Priv V8 or many of the more feature-packed mods, but if you’re looking for raw power in a straightforward pacakage, it’s a solid option.
The mod is about as basic as you can get in terms of appearance. The box-shaped mod has a fire button, a magnetic door to cover the battery slot and a 510 connection: that’s it. Attach your tank or atomizer, insert your batteries and then you’re ready to vape. The high power output comes from the fact that it’s powered by two 26650 batteries (although you have the option to use 18650s if you prefer), although the output voltage depends on the remaining charge in the cells. It’s essentially like a mechanical box mod, but it has short circuit and battery polarity protection to ensure you can vape safely, as well as a 0.1 ohm minimum resistance.
It’s a no-nonsense mod, and the price is pretty no-nonsense too, at just $34.95 for the device.
8 – Vaporesso Armour Pro
The Armour Pro from Vaporesso is a compact but powerful mod with a solid set of features and an affordable price. The mod runs on a single battery, but takes either 21700, 20700 or 18650 sizes, with the bigger battery sizes supporting higher power output. The mod has a nicely-presented color display screen on the front edge, with the same face serving as the firing bar, so you just squeeze it to vape. Three buttons underneath control settings and modes.
The Armour Pro can put out up to 100 W of power in VW mode, with a minimum coil resistance of 0.03 ohms. It also has temperature control functionality with all common TC coil materials, as well as the usual range of safety features you’d expect from any regulated mod. Although you use a separate battery, the 2A onboard charging means your battery recharges pretty quickly using the included USB cable.
7 – Eleaf iStick Pico Dual 200 W TC
The iStick Pico Dual 200 W TC is one of the best cheap box mods on the market thanks in large part to its substantial power output. The Pico series has always been about compact devices, and the Dual 200 W TC manages to maintain this tradition while taking the series to the next level in terms of power and performance.
It runs on two 18650 batteries – which need to be high-drain – and puts out a massive 200 W of power. It also supports temperature control vaping with titanium, stainless steel and nickel coils, as well as offering adjustable TCR so you can tailor the response of TC mode to suit your preferences. As with the original Pico, the adjustment buttons are along the bottom of the device, and it has a basic OLED display screen along the front edge.
Although there are settings and modes to contend with, the Pico Dual 200 W TC is still pretty user-friendly, and for the price of $36.95, it’s ideal if you want high-power vaping without paying too much.
6 – GeekVape Nova 200 W TC
The Nova from GeekVape is another device that has a basic, boxy shape and a fairly generic interface, but pushes the power further than you’d think possible for under $50. It runs on two 198650 batteries, and puts out up to 200 W of power in wattage mode, and also offers a full-featured temperature control mode with the option to adjust the TCR.
The device does have a blocky shape, but the body is adorned with resin sections that make it stand out visually, with colorful and unique patterns occupying the larger sides of the mod. The front panel has a basic OLED display screen, with a fire button above and two adjustment buttons below to control your settings and vape. It also has a micro-USB port so you can charge your batteries on-board if you don’t have a separate charger.
Overall, it’s a no-nonsense vaping device, doing what you need it to in style without any unnecessary frills. The price is impressively low, though, at $35 for the device at time of writing.
5 – OBS Cube
Not all of the top inexpensive vape mods under $50 are powerhouses, though. The OBS Cube looks like a weird hybrid of a box mod and a vape pen, with a cuboid shape, a large fire button and two adjustment buttons on the face beside the LED display screen. The device has a 3,000 mAh integrated battery, which is pretty impressive for such a compact mod, and saves you messing around (and paying extra) to work with separate batteries.
The Cube offers vaping at up to 80 W of power, which is more than enough for most vapers, but won’t please the cloud-chasers as much as many of the mods on this list. It doesn’t have TC mode, but if you’re looking for an affordable mod this probably isn’t a huge deal. The good news is that it’s really easy to use, and comes with all the safety features we’ve come to expect from any VV/VW mod. It charges at 1.5 A too, so it can go from completely flat to fully charged in less than three hours.
The device is stylish, compact and capable enough for most vapers purposes, so for the price of $34.95 it’s a great deal.
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 – Vaporesso Polar 220 W TC
The Polar from Vaporesso is a very high-end looking mod, considering the very affordable price. The first thing you’ll notice about the device is the color display screen, which admittedly doesn’t add anything to what it can do but it adds a really awesome element to the look of the device. It runs on dual 18650 batteries, which you have to buy separately, but has on-board 2.5 A charging from the micro-USB port.
The device puts out up to 220 W of power, which is right up there with the highest-power box mods on the market, and supports resistances as low as 0.03 ohms. As well as offering a mech-like bypass mode, it also supports temperature control vaping with all common TC coil materials, with the option of adjusting the TCR. The device also features a side-firing mechanism for extra comfort when you’re vaping.
All of this still comes for less than $50, making it one of the most full-featured mods you can pick up for such an affordable price. It costs $48.95, though it’s worth pointing out that you need to pick a couple of batteries up separately.
2 – Smok Stick V9 Max
The Smok Stick V9 Max is one of the best devices that blurs the boundaries between mods and vape pens, offering high-power vaping but only featuring one button for operation. One of the biggest selling points of the chunky, tube-shaped device is the huge 4,000 mAh battery, which will last you up to two days between charges depending on how much you vape.
It’s a direct voltage output device, so the power you vape at depends on how much battery life is remaining. At the peak, it puts out up to 60 W, but the performance is excellent throughout your charge. Unlike many of the devices on this cheap vape mods list, the Stick V9 Max comes with a tank as standard. The V9 Max tank is a top-filling device with a huge 8.5 ml capacity, and comes with two 0.15 ohm atomizer heads.
1 – Wismec RX Mini
The RX series from Wismec includes plenty of excellent devices, but when it comes to the best cheap vape mod under $50, the RX Mini knocks the competition out of the park. It isn’t a device for high-power vaping and serious cloud-chasing, but for day-to-day use it has tons of advantages. As well as offering up to 80 W of power – which is nothing to balk at – it has a compact and cool design, a clear OLED display screen and an ergonomic design.
As well as VW mode, the RX Mini supports temperature control vaping with nickel, titanium and stainless steel coils, and three memory slots for setups with a custom TCR value. The device is powered by a 2,100 mAh internal battery, which can easily get you through a day of vaping on a single charge, and it charges at 1 A with the included micro USB cable. It’s easy to use, too, with two adjustment buttons located on the bottom of the device, and a well-designed circular fire button on the front panel above the display.
The mod costs $39.99, and although this is just for the device and the USB charging cable, it’s a really beautifully-designed mod and a great choice regardless of how long you’ve been vaping. We have a full review of the RX Mini if you want more information.
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 – Tesla Stealth 70
The Stealth 70 from Tesla is a fairly straightforward mod, and although it just comes with the device so it couldn’t be considered one of the best e-cig starter kits, the device makes a great starter mod if you pick up a tank and battery elsewhere. It offers up to 70 W of power in VW mode, and supports temperature control vaping with nickel, titanium and stainless steel coils. It runs on a single 18650 battery and has a unique design so your tank sits right beside the body of the device rather than on top. You can pick it up for $49.95.
9 – Eleaf iPower 80 W TC
The iPower 80 W TC from Eleaf has quite a basic design, but it puts out enough power to satisfy the majority of vapers and it has an impressively big internal battery to keep you vaping for longer. The maximum power output is just 80 W, and it also works in bypass mode (like a mech mod) supports temperature control vaping. The most impressive element is definitely the huge battery, which has a 5,000 mAh capacity that puts it ahead of the vast majority of mods on the market. The device costs $39.95.
8 – Innokin iTaste MVP 100W
The MVP series may have been going for a long time now, 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.
7 – Artery x Tony B. PAL 2
The PAL 2 from Artery and Tony B (from Vapor Trail) is a unique all-in-one style vape mod, being the only AIO device to make this best cheap ecig mod under $50 list. The device has a 1,000 mAh battery – much more than most pod-style devices – and the overall look of a box mod. But it has a pod-like tank built into the body and a small mouthpiece that protrudes out from the top. The pod is refillable and has changeable coils (with one sub ohm and one mouth-to-lung option included), giving it all the advantages of an ordinary tank. The device is a bargain at $28.95.
6 – Eleaf iKonn 220 W TC
The iKonn 220 W TC from Eleaf is another device that manages to both be impressively affordable and offer high-power vaping. It’s pretty similar in appearance and form to the Alien 220 W from Smok, with a firing bar mechanism and running on two 18650 batteries, but it’s a great option if you can’t quite stretch to the other device. The performance from the iKonn is still excellent, hitting hard in VW mode and with a full-featured TC mode too. You can pick the device up for just $38.95.
5 – Wismec Predator 228 W
The Predator from Wismec is another entry onto this list of the most affordable e-cigarettes under $50 that pushes the power as far as many more expensive mods. The 228 W maximum power output can even keep cloud-chasers happy, and it comes with temperature control functionality. It’s a dual battery mod, and it includes a USB cable so you can charge on-board and also upgrade the firmware. Admittedly, it doesn’t do anything particularly unique, but it hits hard and performs well, so for the $39.99 price tag it’s an excellent option.
4 – Smok Alien 220 W
The Alien 220 W may have been superseded by some of Smok’s newer offerings, but the truth is that the mod still has a lot going for it. It’s a dual 18650 device with a side-mounted firing bar and an ergonomically-designed body that fits comfortably in your hand. It offers temperature control vaping with all common TC coil materials, including the option to adjust the TCR to suit your preferences. The performance is hard to beat and the price of $49.99 puts it among the best deals on the market today.
3 – Sigelei Fuchai R7 230 W
The Fuchai series includes many great devices, but the R7 makes this best box mod for under $50 list for combining the excellent performance you expect from any Sigelei mod with a bargain price. The device runs on two 18650 batteries and puts out up to 230 W – one of the highest-power options on this list – and supports temperature control vaping with any TC-friendly coil. It also has a very unique, jagged and futuristic design that definitely stands out from the crowd. It costs $43.95 new.
2 – Smok I-Priv 230 W
The I-Priv from Smok is another very high power, high-tech device that you can pick up for under $50, offering vaping at up to 230 W and a full temperature control suite. It has an awesome, almost armored look and a full color OLED display screen, and boasts voice control functionality. The device takes two 20700 or 21700 batteries, and will fire any coil down to 0.06 ohms in resistance, working through a firing bar on the side of the mod. The I-Priv costs $48.95.
1 – Wismec Reuleaux RX Gen 3
The Reuleaux series of mods from Wismec includes many top-quality mods, and the RX Gen 3 is our pick for best cheap box mod under $50. It takes three 18650 batteries, but it puts them to good use, offering up to 300 W – yes 300! – along with the expected temperature control mode and adjustable TCR. It has the same awesome design as the rest of the devices in the RX series, down to the circular “JayBo” fire button and the clear, well-presented display. For $49.99 it’s a fantastic deal and pretty difficult to beat.
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 RX Mini 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.