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What to Look For When Buying a Vape Pen

If you're new to the world of vaping, it can be challenging to know where to start. There are so many products around, and the e-cigarette industry has grown significantly since the UK's first vape pen entered the market in 2005.

If the words mod, pod and pen mean nothing to you, or you have no idea what MTL and DTL are, then keep reading - because we're going to clear everything up. 

This post will look at the vape pens available and what you should look for when buying one. Whether you're a heavy smoker that wants to ditch the cigarettes forever, or you enjoy recreational vaping, there's a kit for you. 

Let's get straight to it.

What Is a Vape Pen?

Vape pen devices are designed to heat e-liquids into vapour, so when someone inhales through their vape pen, they get a hit of flavour and nicotine. Some newer pens can heat dried herb mixtures, and each device has specs that let you know how powerful it is. 

The majority of vapers are ex-smokers, so e-liquids containing nicotine are the most popular combinations. One reason vape kits are so popular is their health benefits - which are abundant when you weigh them up against smoking. 

As vape pens work on an e-liquid and vapour basis, you don't need to worry about inhaling toxic chemicals and dangerous substances like carbon monoxide and tar.

Which Pens Can You Buy?

There are so many vaping devices available, but vape pens are popular because they're often considered a starting point for new vapers. Both inexpensive and easy to use, all you need to do with a starter kit is insert the coil, add your e-liquid, and you're good to go. 

We've recently seen an increase in flower vape pens, which are designed for herbs and cartridge pens. 

Cartridge pens are often the cheapest, but some people find them too restrictive because they don't offer as much flexibility to change flavours.

Important Things to Consider

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So now you know the basics of vape pens, it's time to think about which is right for you. We all have varying needs and preferences, but plenty of pens are available, so you'll have no problems finding one. 

However, it would help if you thought about the following things before making a purchase.

Portable Pen Vs Desktop Pen

 Even seasoned vapers might not know about desktop vape pens, but they can be helpful if you only vape from home. Portable pens are compact and lightweight, making them easy to move around, but desktop vapes are heavier and resemble a bong. 

You should also know that desktop vapes can set you back a couple of hundred pounds, so if you'd rather have a vape device that you can take everywhere with you, the portable and cheaper vape pen is the best choice.

What's Your Budget?

Investing in a high-quality vape pen can save you a fortune - especially when you think about the amount a pack of cigarettes costs today. There are plenty of models to choose between, but the more powerful kits are often expensive. 

We recommend you buy a disposable vape kit first because they're a lot cheaper and will discover if vaping is right for you. 

That way, you'll save money and will be able to choose a more permanent device with confidence. 

What Matters Most to You?

Every vaping device has its advantages and disadvantages, so it's good to think about which features matter more to you to choose one that meets your needs. Taking the time to consider your priorities is particularly helpful when you're on a budget because you'll be able to save money but still get everything you need from your vape pen. 

Flavour Intensity

Some vape pens are specifically made to enhance the flavour with each hit you take. This can be a handy feature for people who are giving up smoking because the flavours can replicate tobacco. 

In most cases, the way the vapour heats and the airflow are responsible for flavour intensity, so a more customisable vape kit can give you more flexibility to sample the taste of your e-liquid. 


While some people might only use their vape pen at home, others will take it everywhere with them. A compact design is best if you want to use it at work or while socialising because larger pens can be pretty heavy. 

We especially recommend compact designs for vapers who are trying to quit smoking. It can be useful to have the pen in your pocket, and you're much less likely to head to the cigarette counter when you get stressed. 


All vape pens need regular charging, but the battery capacity depends on the device you buy. More expensive kits usually have a better battery, which can last 24 hours or more depending on how often you use your vape. 

If you work from home or have regular access to a charger, you'll be OK with a budget kit, but if you travel frequently, it's best to go for a high capacity battery. 


Most manufacturers avoid using cheap materials because they can cause a vape to melt. But just in case, you should watch out for kits that contain silicon, Teflon and titanium alloys. It's rare to find them, but carbon fibre, pyrex glass, and stainless steel are the best options if you want a long-lasting vape pen. 

Ease of Use 

If you're searching for a new vape kit, then it's common to shop around. As a leading vaping retailer in the UK, we always tell our customers that there's no perfect kit for everyone, and the pen you choose should work for your needs. 

Whether that's by using a cartridge refill system rather than bottled e-liquids, having more control over your temperature and airflow or a one-click activation button, you should think about what matters most to you. 

Buying a vape pen doesn't have to be a stressful process. The team here at Vape Emporium is always available to offer advice and support on starter kits, upgrades, e-liquids and everything else related to the world of vaping.