What are disposable vapes?
Disposable vapes come in many shapes and sizes but at their core, they are all fairly similar. The main similarity between them is that they come fully charged and pre-filled with e-liquid. They are meant to increase convenience to the customer so they are designed to be ready to use out of the package. Most companies who produce these vapes strive for simplicity which means there is nothing to adjust and no settings to fiddle with. They will most likely be draw-activated, which means simply inhaling will trigger the vape to produce vapour. Once the pre-filled e-liquid has been exhausted, the vape can be disposed of. Most disposable vapes brands in Canada will have several sizes of vapes that allow for shorter or longer device lifespans. The lifespan of disposable vapes is usually measured in how many draws the device will produce (eg. 400, 2500) before it’s empty.
How do disposable vapes work?
Disposable vapes are composed of an internal battery which powers a coil. The coil heats up another internal compartment which holds pre-filled e-liquid. Once the e-liquid is heated, drawing on the vape will let you inhale the vapour produced.
The major difference between these vapes is that rather than filling them with your own e-liquid, they come pre-filled and ready to use. Since these types of disposable vape pens are designed for simplicity and ease of use, they have no charging ports or any way to refill the liquid. They simply require you to take it out of its packaging and begin vaping.
What are the advantages of disposable vapes?
Disposable vapes aim to be easy to use, affordable, portable, and discreet. In this regard they are far superior to their non disposable counterparts.
While the image that comes to mind with most vapes is a large and sometimes loud unit, disposables are quite the opposite. Most disposable vapes fit easily in your pocket or purse and are far more portable than other types of kits. Their small size helps them be far more quiet and discreet than almost any other type of vape. Most disposable kits will fit easily in the palm of your hand and be almost invisible compared to the larger non-disposable kits. People will often bring these to social events while keeping their larger kits at home for regular use.
Non-disposable vapes come with a number of features such as the ability to adjust the temperature of the coil, the ability to switch coils, different sized e-liquid tanks, and adjustable air flow. These features can be intimidating to new vapers who are unsure of what is ideal for them and their particular vape. Disposables try to solve this issue by making them as easy to use as possible. These units are as easy to use as opening the package and drawing on the mouthpiece. Those looking to try vaping for the first time find this extremely appealing since it takes much less time and research in order to give it a try.
Price is a huge advantage of disposable vapes, at least in the short term. Disposable vapes are priced much lower than a new vape kit along with a bottle of e-liquid. The low entry point of disposable kits makes them extremely popular. Cheap disposable vapes allow people who are curious about vaping to spend a low amount of money in order to see if vaping is right for them rather than spending a lot more on a high-end kit.
People new to vaping find disposable units to be the perfect entry point. Since the nic salt e-liquid they use is absorbed by the body much more efficiently and faster than freebase nicotine, people who are used to cigarettes really favour these early on in their transition away from smoking. There are a number of studies that show people who start vaping disposables have a high chance of quitting smoking due to the fact that it requires the smallest amount of change on the part of the smoker. Since vaping is largely meant as a way to help stop smoking, this advantage can not be understated.
What are the disadvantages of disposable vapes?
Like anything else, disposable vapes also have some disadvantages and may not be ideal for everyone. The things to consider are price, e-liquid, lack of customization, and the environment.
While individual disposable vapes are less expensive than a new vape kit, after purchasing a few of them, the price may exceed other kits. If you are going to be vaping often or buying several disposables it may be more economical to buy a vape kit that allows you to refill the e-liquid. A 30ml bottle of e-liquid has enough to fill several disposable vapes and is only slightly more expensive than 1 or 2 disposable vapes. That same bottle can potentially last as long as 5 or 6 disposable units. If you find that vaping is right for you, it may make sense to buy a refillable vape kit and begin to buy bottles of e-liquid instead of continuously buying disposables.
Disposable vapes come in a wide range of flavours but still have far fewer options available than when buying bottles of e-liquid. Since the production of disposables requires a large investment from manufacturers, they tend to only offer a few flavours they know have wide appeal. This means that they will have far less options for you to try. Manufacturing a bottle of e-liquid is much more economical to manufacturers and can be produced in smaller batches, which allows them to be far more experimental and niche with their offerings.
Due to their simplicity, disposable vapes have far less options in order to customize your vaping experience. Non-disposable vapes often allow users to adjust the airflow, coil ohm, coil heat, e-liquid tank size, as well as being able to fill with any e-liquid you’d like. These features allow vapers to adjust their kit in order to lean into the things they like while limiting the things they don’t enjoy. A fully adjusted kit will provide a much more enjoyable experience than a pre-set disposable kit is able to achieve.
The last consideration you need to take into account is the environment. Disposable kits are as their name implies, disposable. This means they will produce much more waste than buying non-disposable kits. Disposable kits are constructed from plastic components along with a battery and are not able to be recycled. If this is a concern for you, then we would suggest trying disposables until you can upgrade to a new non-disposable kit.
What kind of e-liquid is used in disposable vapes?
Disposable vapes will almost always contain e-liquid with nicotine salts. Due to the relatively small amount of liquid in disposable vapes, nicotine salt e-liquid is needed in order to deliver an adequate amount of nicotine to the user. Since nicotine salt is faster and easier for the body to absorb even with much smaller amounts of e-liquid than freebase nicotine, it is much better to use in these kits. Nic salt e-liquid has the added benefit of having a smoother throat hit and quick nicotine delivery that people new to vaping tend to really enjoy.
Where should I start?
We suggest testing the water by ordering a single disposable vape in a flavour you are sure to enjoy. This will allow you to get used to vaping, as well as to how disposables look and feel. It will allow you to see if they are right for you at a relatively low cost. Companies offer a wide range of flavours and product lifespans allowing you to make the right decision for you. Calling customer service with any questions you may have is always advised. Hopefully, this guide has provided some insights and guidance for your next vaping experience in order to get your vape on!