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.
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 2020).
10 – Smok D-Barrel
The Smok D-Barrel is one of the best beginner e-cigarettes if you’re on a budget but you still want the sort of performance you’d get from a higher-end, much more expensive device. It’s a dual-battery device (so you’ll need to pick up two 18650 batteries separately), but it manages to stay pretty portable considering this, and of course it lasts much longer than smaller mods between charges. It features an ergonomic body design, with a trigger-style fire button and curved sides, and the display screen is positioned on the top edge of the device, beside the 510 tank connection.
The D-Barrel puts out up to 225 W, as well as supporting temperature control vaping with nickel, titanium and stainless steel coils. In terms of features, it does as much as most devices on the market, and even though it doesn’t do anything you can’t find elsewhere, for the price it’s a solid choice. It performs well, it’s comfortable to use and it does everything you’re likely to need.
Eleaf’s iStick series has always meant the same thing: good mods at almost shockingly affordable prices. The quality hasn’t always been consistent, but when they hit the mark with a mod it’s often one of the best deals you can find. So if you’re looking for the most affordable box mod, the iStick Mix 160 W is a great choice: it runs on two (separately-purchased) 18650 batteries, but it has a really cool resin design and still packs in more than enough features for most vapers.
The top power output for the iStick Mix is 160 W, which is less than most other dual-battery devices (including others on this list) but it’s still more than enough for most vapers’ needs. The mod has a big fire button and two adjustment buttons to control your settings, and a clear OLED display screen so you can always see your current settings. It doesn’t have temperature control, however, if you’re not interested in the feature, the compact design and affordability of the mod makes it a solid option regardless.
The A-Priv from Smok is another example of the brand doing what they do best: cramming a surprising amount of features into an affordable device. The A-Priv is very much similar to the D-Barrel in terms of what it can do, with up to 225 W of power and temperature control vaping with nickel, titanium and stainless steel coils. The display screen is top-mounted, again, and the adjustment buttons are neatly tucked onto the side near the display.
The design and the fire button are the two biggest differences. First off, the mod has a layer of LED lights below the metal chassis, so when you hit fire the interior glows in a color of your choosing. You can even set it to respond to music if you want to. It also makes use of a firing bar instead of a button, which makes the device much more comfortable to use because all you have to do is squeeze it when you want to vape. Like the D-Barrel, it runs on two (separately-purchased) 18650 batteries.
Wismec makes its first entry onto this list of the best cheap box mods with the Predator, a high-wattage mod with a simple design but a good set of features for a low price. The Predator puts out an impressive 228 W of power – more than most vapers will need – and also supports temperature control vaping, including giving you the option to make fine adjustments to the TCR value. It runs on two 18650 batteries, which you need to pick up separately, but they took care over the design so it’s still pretty comfortable to hold for such a sizeable device.
The layout of the Predator is really simple: there is a large 0.96 inch OLED display screen on the front, with two adjustment buttons below it, and a side-mounted fire button so you just squeeze to fire. There’s also a USB charging port below the adjustment buttons, if you don’t have a dedicated 18650 battery charger. It also has upgradeable firmware, which you do using the same port. While the device is pretty simple, it performs well and gives you plenty of options for getting your ideal vape.
The Luxotic Surface from Wismec is one of the more unique entrants onto this list, offering a single-battery squonk mod for an impressively-low price. The device only has a maximum power of 80 W, but if you’re not massively into cloud-chasing this will probably be plenty of power for your purposes. It also works in bypass mode (like a mechanical mod) and supports temperature control vaping with nickel, titanium and stainless steel coils, so it’s not exactly short on features.
The big selling-point for the mod is the squonking function, though. It incorporates a 6.5 ml bottle of juice into its body, with a hole in the bottom corner so you can squeeze juice up onto the deck of a compatible RDA. It’s pretty compact as well, measuring under 8 cm tall by just over 4 cm wide, with a choice of four designs for the side panel. The device is operated with a fire button and two adjustment buttons, which are either side of the small but well-presented display screen on the front edge.
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 – GeekVape Aegis Mini 80 W TC
The Aegis Mini from GeekVape is another option that doesn’t push things as far as they can go in terms of power but manages to squeeze a lot of features into a compact device. The Aegis Mini has rounded edges and an ergonomic design, with a flat front face for the display screen, fire button and two adjustment buttons, but a curved back so it fits comfortably in your hand. The mod is just over three inches tall (78 mm to be exact), and it has a 2,200 mAh internal battery. This isn’t the biggest battery you can find, but if you’re looking for something portable it does a good job of balancing battery life with a small footprint.
The mod puts out up to 80 W in VW mode, and it also features a bypass mode which makes the mod essentially work like a mech (basing the voltage and wattage on the remaining battery life). It also offers TC vaping with nickel, titanium and stainless steel coils, with the option to adjust the TCR value if you want more fine control. Some devices offer more in the way of features, but this is everything you could realistically need unless you’re looking to produce some serious clouds.
A final selling-point of the Aegis Mini is that it’s waterproof, dust-proof and shockproof, which makes it one of the best devices there is for outdoor use. You can pick it up for $45.
2 – Vaporesso Gen
The Gen mod from Vaporesso makes this best cheap vape mods list for two simple reasons: it’s affordable and it’s a powerhouse. It has a fairly basic design, although the body curves out a little in the middle and has a textured coating to make it nicer to hold, with a basic display screen, a fire button and three buttons for changing modes and settings. It runs on two 18650 batteries, so it’s a slightly bigger device, but for the extra size you get a much more powerful mod with a focus on the most important features you’re looking for in a mod.
The Gen puts out up to 220 W of power, with two extra modes (beyond the standard variable wattage mode), Pulse Mode (which applies power in pulses rather than continuously) and Power Eco Mode (which tweaks the output for maximum battery life). The Gen also features “smart TC” mode, which basically means that the device automatically detects which type of coil you have connected for TC mode, taking the work out of navigating to the right setting.
You can buy the Gen for $45.95, easily making it one of the best deals in vaping.
1 – Wismec Reuleaux RX Gen 3
The Reuleaux RX Gen 3 from Wismec’s excellent series of devices earns the top spot and the title of best cheap vape mod under $50. The key benefits are shared by many of the devices in the Reuleaux line, including the sleek, stylish design and the added comfort that comes from the diamond-like profile of the device. The RX Gen 3 is bigger than the others in the series because it takes a massive three batteries, but the battery life you get as a result is hard to fault: you’re unlikely to find a mod that will last you as long between charges.
On top of this, the three batteries on the Reuleaux RX Gen 3 mean that it puts out a serious amount of power. In variable wattage mode, it can put out up to 300 W, which is so high there’s unlikely to be a time you’d actually need that big a wattage. Of course, it also supports temperature control vaping with nickel, titanium and stainless steel coils, as well as offering the option to adjust the TCR value. It has a 1.3 inch OLED display screen, which provides three battery indicators, a clear display of your current setting and three more key bits of information about your setup (in VW mode, voltage, resistance and current).
The RX Gen 3 is currently on-sale for $49.99. Admittedly, the off-sale price is $5 above the $50 limit, but while you can pick up this for such a good price, it’s definitely one to consider.
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 – Smok T-Storm
Smok always raises the bar when it comes to offering capable devices for very low prices, and the T-Storm is the perfect example of this: it isn’t one of the best e-cig starter kits overall, but if you’re on a budget the mod is definitely worth considering. It puts out up to 230 W of power from dual 18650 batteries, and supports temperature control vaping with all common wire types. In short, it does everything you need from a mod, and has a side-mounted firing bar so it’s really comfortable to use too. You can get it for just $29.99.
9 – Aspire Cygnet
The Cygnet from Aspire doesn’t push the power like some of the other affordable box mods on this list, but it performs well and it’s one of the more compact mods on the market. It runs on a single 18650 battery, and offers up to 80 W of power in VW mode. It also offers bypass mode if you want performance more like a mechanical mod, but it doesn’t offer temperature control vaping. However, if you aren’t interested in TC, it’s a compact and well-presented mod, and it performs exceptionally well considering the $35 price tag.
8 – OBS Cube X
The Cube X from OBS makes this list of the top e-cigs around $50 thanks to its cool and compact design. In terms of features, the Cube X has a maximum power output of 80 W – which is enough for most vapers – but no TC functionality. The device has a rectangular shape, like a boxy vape pen, with a 510 connection on the top, battery compartment on the bottom (you need to pick up an 18650 battery separately), a display screen on the front face and a fire button and two adjustment buttons on the right. You can pick up the Cube X in your choice design from five options for $41.99.
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 – Vapor Storm Subverter
The Subverter from Vapor Storm is a beautifully-designed and lightweight dual battery box mod, made from ABS plastic with hollow side panels. Aside from the eye-catching design, it looks like most other dual 18650 box mods, with a kind of boxy shape, a display screen, fire button and two adjustment buttons on the front panel and a battery door on one of the large sides. It puts out up to 200 W, and also supports temperature control vaping with nickel, stainless steel and titanium coils. It’s one of the most eye-catching mods on the market, and you can pick it up for the impressive price of $46.
5 – Eleaf iStick T80
It’s hard to imagine a list of the most affordable e-cigarettes under $50 without including at least one Eleaf device, and for good reason: they make solid devices and sell them cheap. The T80 has a pretty standard look for the iStick series, with a curved body, a large circular fire button, an LED display and two adjustment buttons, and so small it fits comfortably in your hand. It offers up to 80 W of power, and has a 3,000 mAh internal battery, and performs surprisingly well considering the low price. You can buy it for just $31.65.
4 – iJoy Mystique 162 W
The iJoy Mystique is one of the more capable devices on this list in terms of features, with a maximum power output of 162 W, temperature control vaping included and with a bypass mode if you want mech mod like performance. It takes two 18650 batteries, but it has a curved body design with a spiderweb-like design on the large faces, so it’s pretty comfortable to hold and it looks cool too. It also has a really wide base around the 510 connection so you can use it with tanks up to 26 mm in diameter without overhang. You can pick it up for $46.99.
3 – Vaporesso Target Mini 2
The Target Mini 2 from Vaporesso makes this best box mod under $50 list for offering one of the best devices for vapers on a budget looking for something small and compact. The Target Mini 2 still features the trigger-style fire button the series is known for, with a clear OLED display screen below it and two function keys for changing settings and modes. It has a 2,000 mAh battery built-in, and can put out up to 50 W of power. If you don’t already have a battery and you’re not big on cloud chasing, this is potentially the best affordable option on the market. It costs $45.90.
2 – Dovpo Nickel 230 W
The Nickel from Dovpo is a powerhouse box mod that doesn’t break the bank, offering a massive 230 W of power from two 18650 batteries, and a full-featured TC mode on board. The mod has a kind of boxy look, but they’ve taken this to extremes to give it a rugged, angular design that makes it look like the mod could stand up to a knock or two. It has a 0.96 inch TFT color screen, and you adjust settings and modes with two dedicated adjustment buttons and one large fire button. For the price of $49.99, it’s a great dual battery box mod.
1 – GeekVape Aegis Solo 100 W
The 100 W version of the Aegis Solo gets our pick for the best cheap box mod under $50, pushing the boundaries of what you can do with a single battery with the huge power output. The mod has the same ergonomic design as the Mini on the main list, with a curved back side and a flat face for the display screen, fire button and two-way adjustment button. It runs on a single (separately purchased) 18650 battery, but still boasts a waterproof, shockproof and dust-proof design, as well as offering full-featured TC vaping and a bypass mode for a direct voltage output. You’d struggle to find anything that performs this well for the $44 price tag.
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.