Although most often considered as aimed at beginner vapers, the term best vape starter kit actually refers to a kit which includes all the main vaping components which you can buy and use out of the box for all vapers including intermediate and advanced.
Since there are virtually hundreds of starter kits out there, we'll help you decide which kit to buy by providing the essential info and present the reviews of our top pics in this category.
To make it as simple as possible, we’ve come up with this guide and review article so let’s start at the beginning.
What Does A Vape Starter Kit Include?
Table of Contents
- 1 What Does A Vape Starter Kit Include?
- 2 Best Vape Starter Kit – Read our reviews, take your pick and vape on!
A vape starter kit includes a mod and an atomizer with a preinstalled coil which is wicked (mostly with Japanese cotton nowadays) and ready to vape once you fill the tank with your favorite e-liquid. You also get a USB cable for charging and software upgrading and a user manual.
In addition, some vape starter kits also include spare parts for the atomizer and one or two extra coil heads of the same or different resistance and heating wire.
These come in different wattages from moderate 30 watts to powerful 220 watts. They usually come without a battery so you will have to buy one or two, depending whether the mod is single or dual 18650.
Some mods, however, have a built-in battery, again with different power output and the capacity. The power output is clearly indicated in the specs and the integrated battery may come with capacity ranging from 1,000mAh all the way up to 5,000mAh.
The choice of the mod should take more consideration because you will be able to use a range of different atomizers other than the one in the kit using the same mod. The same goes for deciding whether to choose the mod without the battery or with one.
The advantages of the mods without batteries are huge: you can use a quality 18650 battery (or batteries) of your choice. When they are drained, you simply pop out the battery door, and replace the battery. Apart from a spare pair of batteries, you need a quality battery charger. This way, you can continuously use your vape starter kit.
Alternatively, all mods have onboard charging via USB so you can recharge the battery using a regular USB charger and wall adapter. If the mod has a balanced charging, you’ll be safe and the batteries will work fine.
I always recommend a few spare batteries and an external 18650 battery charger. They are made for the purpose of recharging and they save vape time.
The mods with an internal battery also have some advantages. You don’t have to have spare batteries and an external charger. However, once the integrated battery is drained, you need to plug the mod to charge it. Also, when the internal battery loses its capacity after about 300 charging cycles, you need to buy a new mod.
Most atomizers which come with the kit match the design and the dimensions of the mod. Some tanks can be found in several different kits complementing different mods.
The majority of the tanks come with preinstalled coil heads so all you need to do is prime the head for the first time, fill the tank with your favorite juice and vape!
If you don’t prime the coil head (saturate the wicking material by dripping the juice straight from the bottle onto the coil head liquid intake holes), you can fill the tank and let it sit for a few minutes until the wicking material is fully saturated.
Again, if you like the tank, you can use it on other box mods, just like you can use the mod from the kit with your personal favorite sub-ohm tank or RDA. You may not get that matchy-matchy look but you can certainly make your own personalized combos.
A great feature of atomizers in kits is if they come with a few extra coils or, better still, with a rebuildable coil head. If that is not the case, make sure to do a little research if there is a RBA head available separately so that you can make your own coils.
Don’t forget to check whether the atomizer is suitable for your style of vaping (direct to lung or mouth to lung). Also consider whether the coil heads included are in the power range that you like. For example, a 0.2 ohm Kanthal A1 coil head is for 80-100W, 0.5 ohm is for 30-40W and a M2L head of 1.8 ohms is for 9-11W for mouth to lung style of vaping.
If you use temperature control on you mods, check whether the atomizer comes with SS, Ni or/and Ti heads and when you use these, adjust the TC mode accordingly.
Lastly, if the atomizer in the kit doesn’t come with an RBA head and there isn’t one available for you to buy separately, check that the prices of replacement coil heads are affordable.
As we said, there are matchy-matchy combos for everyone’s taste so, apart from the performance features, you can choose between box mods or tubular mods or even vape pens, depending on your preferences and budget.
We do recommend buying a vape kit by renowned manufacturers and from reputable shops. The best starter kits will most likely be made of good materials and perform well.
As for the design and a multitude of colors available, the choice is overwhelming so read our reviews and pick a vape kit which suits your needs and fits the budget.
Best Vape Starter Kit – Read our reviews, take your pick and vape on!
Our rating: 4.8/5
The amazing Alien 220W TC kit from Smok is probably the best option for all you high power lovers. The superb design and outstanding performance from both the mod and the tank all around!
It features one of the most advanced SMOK displays and chipsets to date to deliver up to 220W of power in three output modes. The full temperature control works as intended and the menu is easy enough to adjust all the settings.
You will need to buy the two high-drain 18650 batteries separately and marry them in order for them to run in series perfectly and safely. This mod will let you chuck those thick clouds and enjoy your yummy juice effortlessly.
The much-loved TFV8 Baby Beast sub-ohm tank complements the Alien mod perfectly. The compact size and the 3 ml capacity are brilliantly combined with a range of SMOK coil heads you can use.
The Alien 220W TC kit by SMOK includes a dual coil V8 Baby Q2 Core. This baby beast is designed to be run between 40 to 80W. In addition, you also get one octuple core V8 Baby T8 head which performs best in the range of 50 to 110W, depending on your vaping preferences.
Our rating: 4.7/5
ASPIRE ZELOS 50W NAUTILUS 2 STARTER KIT is a welcome kit for the mouth to lung and restricted direct lung style of vaping. In addition, it’s a perfect kit for those of you who prefer an internal battery. Zelos has a 2500 mAh battery which provides ample vape time at low and moderate wattages.
Matched with Nautilus 2 tank, this is a perfect mouth to lung starter kit!
The Aspire Zelos kit includes the Zelos 50w TC box mod, the Nautilus 2 tank, a kanthal 1.8 ohm coil, a kanthal 0.7 ohm coil and one derlin drip tip. You will also find a spare SS drip tip, a spare glass tank, a micro USB cable, and the user manuals.
The Zelos 50W TC box mod has a solid 510 connection made of stainless steel and with a smooth threading. The positive pin is gold plated and it has a short but firm throw to it. The dimensions of the mod restrict the choice of atomizers up to 22mm, which is a standard for M2L vaping.
The screen is easy to read and bright enough. It has a really cool auto flip feature: whichever way you hold the mod, the screen will automatically flip so that you can read the data conveniently.
The Nautilus 2 tank is top fill and wide open for filling as it comes without a traditional chimney top cap. The airflow is adjustable and the AF holes are on one side only. There are 5 holes, each smaller than the previous one, which allows you to really tweak your airflow preferences. The 510 on the tank base is gold plated and the threading is really smooth.
In the kit you get 1.8 ohm coil for M2L vaping and one 0.7 ohm coil for restricted D2L style.
The tank doesn't leak and, if you like the design resembling a diving helmet and the stealthy 2ml capacity tank, you will enjoy this popular matchy-matchy starter kit from Aspire.