Our highly anticipated best vape pens 2018 list is finally ready. We've selected top devices ranked according to performance and general feedback from our readers. These small personal vaporizers are usually easy to use and affordable however there are some key aspects which define their functionality. From battery life to the type of coil used, these are intended for different types of users and vaping styles. This is why we only picked seven top vaporizer pens and grouped them according to user relevant criteria. We will continue to update the list as we stumble upon devices which deserve the credit.
Vape pens are usually great for beginners making the switch from regular cigarettes, simple ego vape devices or rudimentary cig-a-likes. However these don't offer the performance and vapor quality as top of the line products. Powerful batteries, sub ohm coils and even temperature control features stand between entry level vape pens and real pocket friendly cloud machines. Great flavor, outstanding vapor production and a complete set of accessories earned these devices a place in our top.
Great performing vape pens – Winter 2017-2018 list
Because so many aspects are important when it comes to a good vape pen, we didn't only stick to the ratings we gave during tests. We included durability over time, price to quality ratios and the feedback from multiple readers to assess the key aspects of these products. So rest assured, we ended up with a list that includes only the best vape pens money can buy.
By experience (live site chat) we know that some will not agree on some rankings or ratings. We encourage vapers to contact us trough site chat. Our team loves hearing your opinion on the box mods you love. We take this information and process it when making the next top list.
VaporFi Rebel 3 Kit
An absolute powerhouse built for sub ohming, the VaporFi Rebel 3 features a 3000mAh battery and impressive 0.5 Ohm coils. With a tank capacity of 5.8ml you won't need to take the e-juice bottle with you even for a full day at the office. Solid, well-built and easy to use, this is the type of vape pen we recommend for performance. A bit bulky considering the 30mm diameter, but reliable and great for big clouds.
Pro's: Build quality, value, battery life
Cons: Bulkiness, coils work with VG concentrations up to 70%
Verdict: Top performance, great flavor and big clouds – all in a pocket friendly device Read the Full VaporFi Rebel 3 Review here
Best Quality to Price
Morpheus Vape Mod Kit
Style meets power and functionality in the case of the Morpheus Vape Mod Kit and it's the kind of device you can't go wrong with. With a gorgeous carbon fiber finish and a 3000mAh battery, this vape pen deliver clouds like no other. And while the 0.2 Ohm coils give off pretty hot vapor, the 0.4 Ohm versions are stellar.
Pro's: Looks, build quality, battery life, great coils
Cons: Vapor tends to get hot with the 0.2 Ohm coils
Verdict: Built for power and looks, the Morpheus Vape Mod Kit is an amazing personal vaporizer. Easy to use, packed with all the accessories you need and excellent for high VG liquids, this one is a must buy. Read the Full Morpheus Vape Mod Kit review here
Best Overall Experience
Auto Vapor Zeus Kit
This one comes as a real surprise, but we were simply amazed by the vapor quality it delivers. Not exactly built for cloud chasing, the Auto Vapor Zeus Kit makes the best impression in overall experience. The flavor is incredible, it's light, easy to use and it automatically activates each time you take a puff.
Pro's: General experience, great flavor, great for beginners, automatic activation with each puff
Cons: Takes long to refill the cartridges
Verdict: Don't let appearances fool you. While this may look like a rudimentary two piece cig-a-like it's actually ones of the best vape pens we tried so far. The overall experience is outstanding and it packs a lot of punch for such a tiny product. Read the Full Auto Vapor Zeus Kit review here
Smok Stick One Basic Starter Kit
In terms of performance it's hard to find a rival for any version of the TFV4 tank, and the Smok Stick One Basic Starter Kit is clearly built to impress. A great combo between a powerful 2200mAh battery and a TFV4 Nano tank, this small vape pen delivers amazing clouds and excellent flavor. It's fun to use, reliable and a great back-up to any high performing box mod.
Pro's: Vapor, flavor, build quality, awesome coils
Cons: Battery capacity should be slightly higher for bigger autonomy
Verdict: If you like the original TFV4 tank, you'll love the Nano version and the quality of these coils. Flavor and vapor production are top notch from such a small, portable vape pen. Read the full Smok Stick One Basic Starter Kit review here
Best Mid Range Vape Pen
Halo Tracer Kit
Offering an excellent price to quality ratio, the Halo Tracer is one of our favorite vape pens. It's built from high quality materials, has a great battery and an equally powerful tank. The flavor you get off it is really amazing and the kit comes with a 30ml bottle of top shelf e-liquid.
Pro's: Great flavor, easy to use, reliable
Cons: Only one type of coils
Verdict: A really nice and well-built vape pen that's extremely portable. It does the job perfectly every time and the liquid you get with the kit is so delicious. Read the full Halo Tracer Kit review here
Best Entry Level Vape Pen
V2 Void Vaporizer Kit
Designed in Germany, this leak-proof all in one vape pen is ideal for people on the go. The V2 Void Vaporizer Kit comes with two different types of coils for high VG and high PG liquids and is fully compliant with the European TPD law.
Pro's: Easy to use, leak proof
Cons: Vapor quantity could be more generous
Verdict: Not a cloud chasing device, this is ideal for people looking for a well performing device that works with both highVG and highPG liquids. The all in one device makes it easy to refill and replace atomizer heads. Read the full V2 Void Vaporizer Kit review here
Apollo Ohm Go Kit
With a very futuristic and appealing design, the Apollo Ohm Go Kit earned a place in our best vape pens list for its build quality, performance and durability over time. It's one very sexy personal vaporizer powered by a 1900mAh battery that's super simple to use. Features two coils for both sub ohm and mouth to lung vaping.
Pro's: Looks amazing, performs great, two types of coils
Cons: Battery capacity is not that great
Verdict: A perfectly balanced vape pen kit that's reliable and durable on the long run. Great flavor, good vapor and two types of coils for mouth to lung users as well as direct lung users. Read the full Apollo Ohm Go Kit review here
Best Closed System
By far one of the best performing closed system vaporizers on the market, the JUUL Ecig delivers a very satisfying vape and a great throat hit. Excellent for current smokers and so easy to use.
Pro's: Futuristic, easy to use and very reliable
Cons: Battery life could have been better
Verdict: The JUUL Ecig is the ideal vape pen for any beginner looking for a closed system starter kit. Pods are easy to swap, flavor is awesome and vapor production is ideal. Read the full JUUL Ecig review here
VaporFi Rocket 3
Simple to use, elegant and reliable, the VaporFi Rocket 3 is our choice for best beginners' vape pen. It automatically detects the type of coil used and switches between regular wattage mode and temperature control mode. Flavor is really good and vapor quantity is way above average with the 0.5 Ohm atomizer.
Pro's: Easy to use, auto temperature control, great coils
Cons: Would have loved a mouth to lung coil inside the kit
Verdict: The VaporFi Rocket 3 lets users experience a cutting edge vaping experience in either power mode or temperature control mode. Read the full VaporFi Rocket 3 review here
Leading Vape Pen kits – Early 2018
- VaporFi Rebel 3 Kit – performance winner
- Morpheus Vape Mod Kit– best quality to price ratio
- Auto Vapor Zeus Kit – best overall experience
- V2 Void Vaporizer Kit – best entry level performance
- Halo Tracer Kit – best mid range performance
- Smok Stick One Basic Starter Kit – best tank on a vape pen
- Apollo Ohm Go Kit – best looks
- Juul Ecig - best closed system vaporizer
- VaporFi Rocket 3 – best beginners' vape pen
We didn't have the chance to test all vape pens on the market, but these are the best we've tried so far. However, things like flavor, throat hit and vapor production are many times subjective and depend on the style of use and type of e-liquid involved. If you're still having problems picking the right one for your needs, contact us and we'll gladly help you out.
*Note: We update this list on a regular basis. The prices mentioned are the lowest at the moment. If by any chance you find these vapes somewhere for less please contact us and we will make sure you will always get the lowest rates.
Vape Pens Explained
What is a vape pen?
Vape pens are portable vaporizers shaped like a pen. Also known as vaporizer pens, these can work with e-liquids, dry herb or concentrates, depending on the case. Most vapor pens are intended to be used with e-juices. In terms of performance they are then next step when transitioning from disposables, cig-a-like or pod mods. Some of the higher end products are as powerful as box mods and feature temperature control.
All vape pens are electronic vaporizers and can be regulated or unregulated. A regulated vape pen will deliver the same amount of vapor regardless of battery charge. Vapor coming from an unregulated device will start to diminish as soon as the battery loses more than half its charge.
What are the components of a vapor pen?
The wide majority of vape pens consist of a battery and a tank. The battery usually has a single button and an LED notification light. It’s charged via regular micro-USB port and capacity ranges between 650 - 3000mAh. Diameter is between 19mm and 30mm and matches that of the tank.
The tank, or clearomizer consists of a replaceable atomizer head and a reservoir for the e-liquid. Depending on brand or model, these tanks can be compatible with one or multiple types of atomizers. Atomizer resistances range from regular 1.2 - 1.8 Ohm to sub ohm value like 0.2 - 0.6 Ohms. Some tanks are intended for mouth to lung vaping. The wide majority however is built for direct lung or mixed vaping.
All in one vape pens have a unibody design, where the tank is integrated within the battery. The only removable part is the top cap, which also includes the chimney and coil. These devices are leak proof and the tank cannot be removed.
Most popular vape pen features
Portability and ease of use are probably the main reasons why most people choose a vape pen. These devices have single button operation and they are highly intuitive. An LED notification light will blink whenever the battery is too low or when there’s a problem with the atomizer. Easy to carry around in any pocket or purse these are ideal when running errands, going to work or traveling.
A great feature of some vape pens is their ability to work with different types of coils. Any regular 1.2 - 1.5 - 1.8 Ohm is perfect for mouth to lung vaping. Sub ohm coils on the other hand like 0.2 - 0.6 Ohms are perfect for clouds and flavor. These products are particularly great for beginners, as they can easily transition from cig-a-like type draw to a more efficient hookah style draw.
And while temperature control is not that common with vape pens, there are some brands which offer this feature. Whenever the user swaps the regular Kanthal coil with its Nickel alternative, the battery detects this change and switches to TC mode automatically.
Vape pens for dry herb
Not all vape pens are intended to be used with e-liquids. Some of these products are designed for dry herb. Hiding compact ovens instead of atomizers, dry herb pens are great for on the go use.
Instead of firing each time the button is pressed, these devices use conduction to heat up the plant mixture. Once the optimum temperature has been reached an LED light notifies the user.
Vapor production and battery life are not as great as with conventional dry herb vaporizers, but they often do a pretty good job.
Vape pens for concentrates
Of course there are also vape pens intended for concentrates and waxes. These usually have ceramic or quartz chambers and one or several temperature profiles. Very easy to use and to carry around they provide a stealthy alternative to conventional vaporizers.
Some brands offer more than one atomizer and therefore make these products extremely versatile. Everything from quarts and ceramic rods inside the oven to a ceramic dish to suit all kinds of concentrate viscosity.
Multi purpose vape pens
Multi purpose vape pens are the most complex. These can switch between operating modes and can work with e-liquids, dry herb and concentrates. Some feature micro-chips within the atomizers to detect operating mode automatically. Others do it manually whenever the cartridge is replaced with a different one.
And since they use different containers for different materials, you can always swap between atomizers and enjoy a hassle free vape experience. No mess, no fuss, just vapor and flavor.
Vapor pens for beginners
For beginners we always recommend mouth to lung vape pens. These starter kits include atomizer heads which mimic the pull of actual cigarettes. They are perfect for those used to smoking and the overall experience is very similar.
Vape pens with MTL and DL coils are also great. These help the user make the transition from moderate to big clouds. They don’t require extra batteries or chargers and work with standard micro-USB cables.
Vape pens for intermediate users
Sub ohm vaporizer pens are great for intermediate users. Combining low resistance coils with big capacity tanks these devices deliver plenty of vapor and flavor. They are more portable than your average mod so it’s easier to carry them around all day long. Optimum resistance is between 0.4 - 0.6 Ohms for a smooth and relaxing vape.
Vaporizer pens for advanced users
Most advanced users consider vape pens as back-ups for their powerful mods. In this case we recommend purchasing the absolute best. Devices with big 3000mAh batteries, powerful tanks and lots of features. Most of these products are compatible even with high VG e-liquids.