What to Look for When Choosing an Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit


What to Look for When Choosing an Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit


You’ve decided to “pull the trigger” and purchase your first electronic cigarette starter kit. You made a wise decision.

There’s just one problem…

You’re not exactly sure what to look for when choosing a starter kit. Don’t sweat it. It’s a common issue among new vapers … completely normal.

The good news is that I’ve purchased my fair share of e-cig starter kits and know what’s quality and what’s not.

Below, I’m going share with you the four key components every quality starter kit should have, along with a couple of my personal favourites.

By the time you’re through with this article, you’ll know all you need to know to make a confident purchasing decision. Let’s get started!

Key Component #1: Multiple Batteries

In the beginning, you’re going vape a lot – more than you did when you smoked tobacco cigarettes. This means you’ll be ploughing through batteries like it’s nobody’s business.

One battery isn’t going to cut it. And that’s because once you drain that battery, you don’t have another one to replace it with. It’s bad enough when you’re at home and have to wait a couple of hours for the battery to charge, but it’s pure hell when you’re at work and realize you forgot to charge it last night.

Multiple batteries mean you always have a backup charged and ready to go. When one dies, another takes it place (and does its job while the first battery recharges). Multiple batteries aren’t a negotiable, they’re a necessity.

Key Component #2: Replacement Coil

Ignore this component if you’re taking the cartridge route. You’ll simply replace the cartridge and go about your day.

However, if you plan on purchasing an eGo version, you’ll want to have a replacement coil offered in your starter kit. Here’s why…

Most new vapers don’t realize that the coil and wick in the eGo’s tank will inevitably go bad. Its shelf life greatly depends on the manufacturer, but a good rule of thumb is to expect both to last for between 8-12 e-juice refills.

After that, the coil and wick will need to be replaced. And unless you purchased your model from a local vendor (in which you more than likely overpaid for it), then you’ll have to order the parts online and wait for them to arrive in the mail.

However, if you purchase an electronic cigarette starter kit that already includes a replacement coil and wick, then you’ll be good to go for the foreseeable future.

Key Component #3: 1.8mL or Larger Tank

This component piggybacks on the previous component. A larger tank means fewer e-juice refills and, consequently, a longer shelf life. But that’s not the only benefit…

A larger tank also means more e-juice to vape with per session. It’s a known fact that most cartridges don’t last near as long as a tank-based models do. That’s because they can’t hold near as much liquid as tanks.

As a result, you’ll end up spending more money to buy new cartridges versus buying new e-juice. Not to mention, you’re limited on the flavours you can use.

In my opinion, tanks are the best way to go. But you want to aim for at least a 1.8mL tank or larger. Anything smaller than that will cost you more money in the long run.

Key Component #4: Sturdy Carrying Case

I admit it’s tempting to carry your e-cig around in your pocket all day. But doing so drastically increases its risk of being damaged.

Most e-cigs are surprisingly fragile, and doing something as simple as sitting down with it in your jean’s pocket can break it.

While carrying cases can be bulky and difficult to carry at times, they’re a much better option for protecting your investment. They give your e-cig that extra layer of protection it needs. But not just any carrying case will do…

Cloth cases (bags, really) aren’t ideal for e-cig protection because they’re not sturdy enough. It might protect the e-cig from dust and debris, but it won’t protect from spills and drops. For those purposes, you’ll want either a faux leather or hard plastic case – something sturdy and durable.

My Top E-Cigarette Starter Kit Picks

Keep the above four components in mind when shopping around for your first e-cig starter kit and I can all but guarantee you’ll be thrilled with your purchase. The only thing you’ll have left to consider is the overall quality of the e-cig you’re purchasing.

If you want to take the research and guesswork out of the equation and get on with your vaping journey, then here’s a couple of JacVapour starter kits I recommend to new vapers every day:

  • Jac 510 Manual 900MAH Starter Kit – Comes with all of the components mentioned in this article and is still to this day one of the most enjoyable vaping experiences I’ve had with a starter kit.
  • Jac Series-E Protank Starter Kit – Standard kit comes with only one battery, but an additional battery can be added for only 15 pounds (an EXCELLENT deal!). If you’re looking for a premium vaping experience, this is the route you want to take. (Review here)

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