Free Shipping on orders above £20 (UK Mainland)
Need Help? Call Us! 0121 690 9294
Earn up to 5% Cashback With Super Payments

A Beginners Guide to Vape Starter Kits

If you have visited this page, it means you wanted to know all about vape starter kit. At Grey Haze, we have covered all the information you need to choose your first e-cigarette.

What is a vape starter kit

Starter Kits have been specially designed for use by new vapers and are ready to use out of the box, and you need to fill the e-liquid. These are simple to use and an ideal choice if you're looking to quit smoking or want to enjoy hassle-free vaping. Starter vape kits require minimal maintenance, with a replacement coil or pod being the only part in the device. Most starter kits feature MTL (Mouth to Lung) inhaling style and will produce a smoother throat hit if you use nicotine-based e-liquids.

Choosing the right starter kit for you is so important - if you're not satisfied with your choice, you could end up smoking cigarettes again, and nobody wants that to happen!

Whether you're looking to upgrade to a better 'Mouth To Lung' (MTL) device or you're ready to take your first step into advanced vape kit for Sub-Ohm vaping, we have something for everyone.

What is Vape Kit, Vape Starter Kit and Guide

What should I look for in a Vaping Starter Kit?

What new vapers will primarily be concerned about when choosing their first vape kits are: cost, ease of use, and appearance. If you’re overwhelmed by the options on offer, simplicity is key – avoid getting bogged down in the complexities of modifiable and customizable options, and instead stick to something easy to use, maintain, and understand. You can always upgrade later, but it is best to start with something simple.

How much will a starter kit cost me?

The cost of a vape kit ranges from £20 to £80, depending on your choice of style or brand. If you’re looking for something slightly more advanced, you can spend up to £100 on a vape kit, but as a newbie, you’ll need to be prepared to spend in the region of £20-60. You’ll also need to consider the cost of the e-liquids moving forward.

Do I need to have the technical knowledge to start vaping?

No. While long-term vapers tend to have an excellent working knowledge of Ohms Law, Joules Law, etc., as a beginner, this is unnecessary. There are many good starter kits available with simple, easy-to-understand instructions, so there is no need to be an electrician or a rocket scientist to get started. If you want to progress and vape the giant cloud possible, you will need to do some research, but there is no need to have intimate knowledge of the technical features of vaping when starting.

Understanding your own needs!

Lots of smokers underestimate what exactly they need to get off traditional cigarettes. We have found that many smokers love MTL (Mouth to Lung) styling vape and higher nicotine strength; they will choose Pod Kits or Vape Pens. This will give them the required nicotine to ensure they don't revert to cigarettes.

Whereas some smokers prefer low-nicotine and big vapour, they would do best with pod mod or sub-ohm vape kits that utilize high VG e-liquid.

On top of that, your lifestyle plays a significant role, as some people prefer compact pen-style vapes with minimal or no maintenance; they will choose pod kits or disposable vapes.

Types of starter kits

Type Of Stater Vape Kits Guide

Pod System

Pod Kits, also known as pod systems, pod vape, or pod mods, are compact and easy-to-use vape kits. These are designed for new vapers or people who want to quit smoking. Pod kits have two parts, a battery and a pod (Refillable or Pre-Filled). Pod devices feature MTL (Mouth to Lung) style vaping and are draw-activated to replicate the sensation of smoking a traditional cigarette. Utilize nic salt e-liquid for high nicotine strength and produce a smooth throat hit.

Prefilled  Pod Kit - Closed Pod System Vape

Closed System/Pre-Filled Kits: Also known as pre-filled pod kits, they are compact, convenient, and require no prior knowledge of vaping. They are specially designed for MTL vapers or smokers who want a hassle-free switch while maintaining a cigarette-like feel and nicotine fix.

Pre-filled pod kits has two parts: a rechargeable battery and a pod. The vape kit cartridge is pre-filled with e-liquid by the manufacturer and tends to have a dedicated range of pods and selective flavours. The most famous examples are ELF Bar Mate 500, ELF Bar ELFA, JUUL, and RELX. These aren't designed to be refilled, so you can switch to a new pod once your e-liquid is finished.

Refillable Pod Kit - Vape Starter Kit Guide

Open Pod System/Refillable Kits: As the name indicates, these vape kits are open systems to refill your tank when the e-liquid runs out. These vape kits are now the most popular and used among vapers and ex-smokers. A refillable vape system allows you to fill your cartridge with your favourite e-liquids. Instead of buying a lot of pre-filled pods, you can save money by purchasing a larger bottle of your favourite liquid and refilling the pod/tank. So, you can remain switched to your favourite flavours without changing them every time.

In a refillable pod kit, you can choose a DLT-style pod mod kit and pair it with a high VG e-liquid for big clouds with lower nicotine or an MTL-style pod kit for mild vapour with high nicotine strength. Popular brands are Uwell, GeekVape, Smok, Innokin and Vaporesso.

Disposable Vape Pod Kit - Ultimate Guide to Starter Kits

Disposable Vapes: Disposable vapes are the simplest option available in the market today, and these are the ideal choice for new vapers or anyone looking for a compact, convenient device with no maintenance required prior to use.

These devices are also popular among existing vapers who use them as a backup for their everyday vape kit, as a more discreet solution.

Disposable vape kits come with pre-filled e-liquid and a non-rechargeable battery. There are many options when it comes to flavours, nicotine strength, and improved technology means they last longer, especially with nicotine salt e-liquid, these devices deliver intense vapour and a smoother throat hit. On top of that, there are no limitations on flavours, and you can choose from menthol to fruity and tobacco to dessert.

The inhale activation makes it very similar to a traditional cigarette. Disposable pod devices are designed for one-time use, and you cannot refill e-liquid or recharge the battery. We at Grey Haze Uk have an excellent selection of the best disposable vapes in UK from leading brands such as ELF Bar, Lost Mary, Geek Bar, and IVG.

Vape Pen Starter Kit Guide

Vape Pen

Vape Pens are one of the most popular choices when it comes to starter kits. These are sleek, compact in design, and thin enough to slip into pockets and bags easily. Vape Pens have tanks rather than pods, which makes them a little larger than your typical pod kit. Vape pens produce more vapour and can be referred to as DTL (Direct to Lung) because of their tank. Some vape pens deliver less vapour and are known as MTL devices or sit-in-between, called RDTL (Restricted Direct to Lung).

Due to their larger size, vape pens tend to have a longer battery life than pod system kits, although the battery life depends upon the usage.

Sub Ohm Pod Mod Kit Guide

Sub-Ohm / Box Mod Kits

Box Mod Vapes are considered advanced kits and better suited to experienced vapers as they usually have more settings and adjustable features than pod kits or vape pens. Box mod vape kits feature a large battery and, in most cases, a high power wattage output for DTL vaping and bigger clouds. When using these devices, the vapour needs to be inhaled directly into the lung rather than mouth to lung like you do with cigarettes. These are packed with a sub-ohm vape tank that uses coils with a resistance below 1.00 Ohm.

These are heavier than pod kits or vape pens because they use larger batteries, sometimes two to three 18650 external batteries. However, the box mod will allow you to recharge batteries within the device using a USB cable. There are also some built-in battery box mods kits available in the market.

Why Choose A Starter Kit?

There are so many benefits and advantages to selecting a Starter Kit; they're relatively inexpensive to buy and cheap and easy to maintain. With the current cost of living crisis, there's never been a better time to cut back on expenses.

Starter Kits also offer a pleasant and painless vape experience due to how simple and easy they are to use and maintain - even the ones with adjustable settings are a cinch!

Upgrading Your Vape - What's Your Next Step?

Mouth-To-Lung (MTL)

So you've been vaping for a while now, and you're ready to take the next step on your vape journey. When upgrading our vapes, we always want something better, but not necessarily bigger - it's with this and the Cost of Living Crisis in mind that I'd recommend one of the following for those who want to improve their MTL experience without spending a small fortune.

VooPoo Drag Q Vape Starter Kit

Voopoo Drag Q Vape Starter Kit £23.33

Buy Now
Key Features
Brand: VooPoo
Model: VooPoo Drag Q
Battery: 1250mAh
Power Output: 8-25W
Voltage Range: 3.2-4.2V
Dimensions: 51.45*21.5*21.5mm

The Drag Q by Voopoo is hands down one of the best MTL Starter Kits on the market right now. Its small stature and ergonomic design give it that perfect handheld feel.

The Drag Q contains a 1250mAh battery - so you can vape all day long, and the battery will still be going strong. You'll know when the Drag Q needs charging as it possesses a unique LED strip that displays how much charge is left in its battery. This same LED is also synchronous with how much power you're using and how restricted your airflow is. It's a perfect and seamless device for those interested in a bespoke vape experience.

Aspire Onixx Vape Starter Kit

Aspire Onixx Vape Starter Kit £23.99

Buy Now
Key Features
Brand: Aspire
Model: Aspire Onixx
Battery: 2000mAh
Display: 0.87” OLED
Power Output: 1-40W
Dimensions: 85mm*29mm*23mm

The Onixx by Aspire is another great Starter Kit, especially if you're looking to expand your horizons. This Starter Vape Kit would make for an exceptional upgrade from one of the more basic models that have come previously.

The Onixx is a delightfully designed Vape Kit that combines a 2000mAh battery with a user-friendly interface. This kit features a clear, bright LED screen so you can easily see how much battery life is left. The Onixx also has adjustable airflow and adjustable power settings, making for a perfect personalised experience. We'd highly recommend this durable bit of kit if you're looking to upgrade but want to stick to an MTL device.

Direct-To-Lung (DTL)

Maybe you've progressed beyond MTL devices, or maybe it's your first time, and you're looking for the perfect DTL device for you - whatever the reason, we believe these are the best budget-friendly Starter Kits for Sub Ohm vapers.

VooPoo Drag X PnP X Pod Mod Kit

Voopoo Drag X PNP-X Pod Mod Kit £18.75

Buy Now
Key Features
Brand: VooPoo
Model: Voopoo Drag X PNP-X
Battery: Single 18650 External
Power Output: 5-80W
Voltage Range: 3.2-4.2V
Resistance Range: 0.1-3.0ohm

We see improvement with every generation of the Drag by Voopoo, but they've outdone themselves this time. The sheer assortment of coils available for this device is outstanding; they've thought of everything you could want or need - from 10 Watts through to 80 Watts.

The variety of coils makes this device ideal for all vapers, as the lower wattages would be favoured by those that prefer a tighter MTL style of vape, and the higher wattages would be beneficial to those that prefer a stronger DTL vape. To surmise, if you're after a smooth vape with phenomenal flavour - this is the device for you!

Geekvape Aegis Boost 2 Pod Kit - B60

Geekvape B60 Pod Kit £29.99

Buy Now
Key Features
Brand: VooPoo
Model: Aegis Boost 2 (B60)
Battery: Built-in 2000mAh
Power Output: 5W~60W
Voltage Range: 7.5V
Dimension: 25.9* 71.6 mm

The B60 by Geekvape is the latest in their Boost range, and it's difficult to grasp how they could possibly get any better! The B60, as its name suggests, is a 60 Watt device that hosts a collection of cool features; it's water, shock, and dust resistant!

The B60 has an in-built airflow adjustment, which makes it incredibly adaptable, as do its wide variety of coils - from 15 Watts all the way through to 58 Watts! You won't find a better, more durable DTL device than this!


Starter kits are best option for the all those who want to quit smoking cigarettes and switching to the vaping conveniently and with a some simple devices to fulfil their nicotine cravings. You can choose from a wide range of devices and customise your vape according to your preference and needs of nicotine strengths and different flavours of e-liquids.

Author: Taz Dean

Taz Dean has had a ten year career in the vaping industry. He has helped build business', develop products and create e-liquid lines globally. As an ex smoker, avid vaper and vaping advocate, he has years of knowledge and experience on aspects of the vaping industry, from the shop floor all the way to distribution . This unique insight helps with his unique perspective and engaging informational content.

What are you looking for?

Your cart