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A Guide to Vape Starter Kits

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What is a vape starter kit?

A vape starter kit is a kit that includes everything you need to get started with vaping. It is also referred to as an ecigarette starter kit and although there are several different types, the purpose of a vape starter kit is to make the transition from smoking to vaping as easy as possible. It is essentially a beginner vape kit with all essential items in one package, ready to use.

If you are trying to quit smoking then trying a vape kit is the best place to get started. According to the NHS, you’re twice as likely to stop smoking if you use an ecigarette.

What does a vape starter kit include?

Vape starter kits include everything you need to start vaping, including e-liquid. This means that when your first kit arrives with you, it can be set up and you can start vaping straight away and ditch those cigarettes.

Here is what you might find included with your vape starter kit:

Vape Battery

Vape Battery

Your vape battery provides the power for your e-cig and is one of the key components of your kit. Each one will differ slightly, some will be bigger with a larger battery capacity, and others may have adjustable settings. To vape safe read our Battery Safety Guide or full a in depth overview check our Guide to Batteries.

TECC CS Air Tank

Vape Tank

Each e-cig starter kit has to have a vape tank, this is the part of your e-cig that not only houses your coil, but also contains your e-liquid. Again there is a lot of variety in vape tanks, although they will all have an e-liquid capacity of 2ml or under due to our regulations in the UK.

CS Coils

Vape Coils

Every e-cig has its own range of vape coils to accompany it. If the vape battery and tank are the body of your e-cig, then the vape coil is the heart. It is responsible for the main part of your vaping experience, it produces vapour from your e-liquid that you inhale.

TECC E-Liquids

Vape Liquid

Vape liquid, or e-liquid, is a viscous liquid that contains nicotine and flavouring, as well as diluents. This is another key component in your vaping experience and is the fun part of vaping. There are hundreds of flavours and nicotine strengths to choose from. For a great value vape read the 10 Best Cheap E Liquid in the UK.

Types of vape starter kits

Now we have established what is in each starter kit, we can explore the different types of starter vape kits. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, so let’s take a look at each.


Designed to look and feel as close to a cigarette as possible, cig-a-alike vape starter kits work well for those completely new to vaping. The Joyetech eRoll MAC is a fantastic cig-a-like to get started.

PROS: The design is small and compact making it easy to store in a pocket.

CONS: The smaller battery means it wont last as long as other kits.

Joyetech Eroll MAC

Starter Box Mods

Box mods are named as such because they are a box shape. These will have adjustable settings and will be refillable with e-liquid, you will also be able to change the coils.

The TECC arc Mini is an exceptionally popular starter box mod.

PROS: They are more cost effective in the long run as you can maintain most aspects. The large battery life also keeps you vaping for longer.

CONS: They require more maintenance than other starter ecigs.


TECC arc Mini

Starter Vape Pens

A vape pen looks like a pen, it is cylindrical with a vape battery and vape tank on the top. They are similar to box mods, as you can usually change the coil and refill it with e-liquid, but a noticeable difference is most don’t have settings to adjust.

The Eleaf iJust D20 is a great vape pen to start your vaping journey.

PROS: More advanced than a cig-a-like, but is still light and compact.

CONS: Smaller battery life than a box mod and less settings to choose from.


Starter Vape Pods

Vape pods continue to increase in popularity and with good reason. For new vapers these are an ideal way to quit smoking. They use high resistance coils designed for MTL vaping, which is the ideal method for new vapers.

The Uwell Caliburn G is brimming with the highest build quality, great for all day vaping.

PROS: Both the coils and pod are usually push fit, which makes it easy to use and maintain.

CONS: Most pod kits are designed for MTL vaping and don’t cater to DL vapers.

Uwell Caliburn

Choosing your vape starter kits

Choosing the right vape starter kit is an important step, but there is an element of trial and error. There is an ideal e-cig for everyone, but finding it is the key step. You can make it easier by identifying what the most important step in your vaping journey is, essentially what you want out of your e-cig.

Best vape starter kit for complete beginners

Most beginners will use a disposable such as an Elf Bar or Elux to get started. This is because it is one of the easiest ways to vape and doesn’t require any maintenance. Once it is empty it can be replaced with a new one. However, this type of kit will cost more in the long term and is also less sustainable.

Best vape starter kit to quit smoking

Although they require more maintenance the best type of kit to quit smoking is a box mod device such as the TECC Specter. This type of device is specifically designed to help new vapers switch to a safer alternative. Plus, the wide selection of settings allows you to adjust the layout until it suits you.

Best vape starter kit for holidays

If you need a device to take on holiday, then a pen style kit is the best option. The battery life will last long enough to use all day, and can be recharged when you get back to the hotel. Plus, the compact size makes it easy to carry around.

Longest lasting vape starter kit

Mod kits are the best for battery life. If you need a device that will last multiple days before needing to recharge then this is the best choice. However, if you aren’t a heavy vaper most kits with a battery bigger than 1000mAh should last at least a couple of days.

Vape starter kit with the best flavours

The flavour is mainly down to the e-liquid inside the kit, however the type of device you use to play a factor. Nic salt e-liquid works best with kits that use coils with a 0.8ohm resistance or higher. Whereas, shortfill e-liquid works best with powerful kits with low resistance coils.

Quitting smoking with vape starter kits

If you want to quit smoking and have been considering switching to vapes, a vape starter kit is the easiest, most convenient way to try. Studies continue to show that those giving up cigarettes have a higher success rate when using vapes.

There is a huge selection of vape starter kits on offer so that you can ditch cigarettes for good without patches or expensive treatments. Entry level vape starter kits begin at around £9.99 so the overall cost and value for money makes sense too. You can read more about vaping vs smoking in our guide.

Buying a vape starter kit

Here at The Electronic Cigarette Company, we have a massive range of vape kits available and we break our starter kits down into their own section.

Each one has a detailed description to help you choose your perfect starter kit. They are also delivered with everything you need to start vaping, including e-liquid.

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