The Best Disposable Vapes
Disposable vapes were once viewed as transitional devices for smokers looking to dip their toe in the vaping pool. Advances in wicking and ejuice flavors, and the willingness of customers to pay a premium for the convenience of a prefilled device, have made them a viable alternative to vape pods.
With mouth to lung and restricted vaping coming back into vogue, expect to see even more competition in the disposable vape field. The market seems to prefer potent ejuice and smaller clouds. The difference between mouth to lung and direct to lung vaping is discussed here.
Thanks to the proliferation of potent nic salt vape juice, disposable vape devices are able to provide an authentic experience that can satisfy discerning vapers and former smokers. If you are looking for the best price performer, check out our Top Ten Juul Alternatives feature. For juice selection and value, nothing is going to touch a refillable vape pod, or any other refillable device like a vape mod for that matter. And it is not even close.
But if you use prefilled vape pods, or are looking for a disposable vape for when you travel or emergency purposes, you have come to the right place. It is also worth noting that despite being single use, each of these disposable vapes is actually cheaper to operate than a Juul. And often by a wide margin.
Now let us take a closer look at some of the best disposable vapes on the market and see which one is right for you. Here is the tale of the tape.
A Winning Formula?
A quick review of the dimensions reveals that the Stig, Mojo and Z-Pen are virtually identical in dimensions and design. The Z-Pen is slightly longer, and gives it a greater juice capacity. The Mojo uses colorful plastic and has squared off edges. But inside, the designs of the Mojo, Z-Pen and Stig are virtually identical. The battery lies parallel to a pod that contains ejuice and the mouth hole. At the base of the juice pod is the wicking and coil.
This leaves the other two devices in the comparison as the outliers, right? From the outside, the V4L disposable cigalike and the Posh could not look more different. The V4L cigalike looks like, well a cigarette. The Posh closely resembles a Juul or a Bo Vape. But beneath the surface, the Posh and the V4L disposable e-cigarette are very close relatives.
Instead of an enclosed plastic pod, both utilize a polyfill material that is saturated with ejuice. This is why the Posh, which resembles a prefilled pod externally, is good for only one use. It copies the form of a modern vape pod but relies on the technology of a classic disposable.
I used the Posh and the Stig as examples. Why? Because I did not feel like destroying my entire inventory of disposables. And this image is enough to illustrate the differences. The Cigalike is shaped a bit differently, and has a few extra features. So the Posh and V4L cigalike don’t share quite as much DNA as the Stig, Mojo, Z-Pen trio. But beneath the surface, the general design is the same.
Below is an image of the innards of the two schools of design.
V4L Disposable Vape Cigalike
There is no better place to start than with the traditional Vapor4Life disposable e-cig. Rated as the best disposable e-cig by Spinfuel and Vapor Digest magazines, this distinctively designed disposable resembles an actual cigarette.
V4L disposables are great starter device for former smokers and very handy to keep on hand for emergency, or travel purposes. Despite their diminutive size, this cigalike packs a very strong throat hit with a nicotine level of 3.6%.
When you drill down, you find some differences as well. Compared to the Posh, it has a narrower cylindrical insert in the ejuice laden polyfill stuffing. This gives it a tighter hit. Although it does give up a bit in the nicotine potency department.
There are several new faces on the block, but if you are looking for a vaping experience that is most akin to smoking, the classic V4L cigalike disposable is the device for you.
Because it uses freebase nicotine, the Vapor4Life disposable has a better throat hit. Ergonomically, the device looks exactly like a cigarette. It has similar weighting, and it was designed to have a draw that mirrors a filtered, combustible cigarette.
In a competition this close, flavor matters. And the V4L is available as the wildly popular and wintery Peppermint disposable vape. The V4L disposable is also available in an authentic strong Tobacco and Menthol flavors. The Coffee makes a perfect breakfast vape, but if fruit is more your speed, the Watermelon disposable vape is sweet and refreshing. My favorite flavor of these was the Peppermint.
Posh Disposable Vapes
The Posh disposable vape is a perfect device for beginning vapers, but it will never be mistaken for some cheap gas station disposable. You will be impressed with the metallic finish and sleek shape. It looks a lot like some of the big prefilled vape pods on the market, and with 1.5ml of nic salt ejuice it has over double the capacity of a Juul.
The Posh is not just a pretty face. The unique, double-baffled mouthpiece design delivers a firm, restricted hit. It has two restricted openings, and with an autodraw, it provides a satisfying vaping experience.
Pod users and mouth to lung vapers will love how much flavor the line of the Posh line of disposable vapes generates. Made by Fuma, an established manufacturer of disposable vapes, it has a polyfill wrap that is saturated in salt nic ejuice. As mentioned above, the cylindrical insert gives it a more open mouth feel. Powered by a 280mAh battery, it is over-engineered to make sure that you are out of ejuice before you are out of battery juice.
If you accept the conventional wisdom that a Juul is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes, the Posh would be akin to over two. It contains more than twice as much ejuice as a Juul, and the ejuice itself is 20 percent more potent.
The Posh is available in eight strong flavors of 6% nic salt ejuice: Frozen Grape, Blueberry Ice, Cool Melon, Lush Ice, Mango Frost and Pineapple Slush. Despite the menthol themed names like Lush Ice, only the Blue Berry Ice delivers a strong menthol taste. The Posh is rated for 400 puffs.
Of all the flavors tested, my personal favorite was Posh Pineapple Slush.
Stig Disposable Vape Pod
The Stig Disposable Vape Pod is a relative new comer, but it is quite impressive. Check out our complete review of the Stig here. The first thing you notice about the Stig is how small it is, under 3 inches. Despite its small footprint, it still manages to pack in 1.2ml of nic salt ejuice, which has a strength of 6 percent.
Admittedly, the Stig is not quite as attractive as the metallic Posh. It also has a smaller juice capacity, although it is still rated for 270 puffs and contains 70 percent more ejuice than a Juul.
But since these are disposables, it is up to you to determine how much value you place in appearance versus design. The Stig is a close relative of the Mojo and Z-Pen. All of these devices store their vape juice in a cylindrical tube. At the bottom of the tube is the wicking and coil. Whether you prefer the performance of the polyfill disposables like the Vapor4Life disposable and Posh is entirely subjective. Both designs work quite well.
Despite its small size, generates a robust amount of vapor, and the flavor is crystal clear. It is also exceedingly light. Not that the other disposables reviewed here are large, in fact the V4L disposable is smaller still, but the Stig is certainly a very discrete device. The laying the battery parallel to the juice and coils is a real space saver.
We don’t encourage vaping where you are not supposed to, check out our guide to vaping etiquette for some basic pointers, but realize that there are many times that stealth vaping is preferable to whipping out a mod the size of a service revolver and unleashing rock concert worthy fog clouds. The Stig is quite capable of delivering an outstanding restricted and mouth to lung vaping experience.
As has been mentioned above, the Stig, Mojo and Z-Pen rely on a similar design. So your personal preference may boil down to the flavors offered. The Stig has a strong lineup. VGod formulated the Lush Ice, Stig Iced Mango Bomb, and Cubano. If you are a smoker or love tobacco ejuices, Stig VGod Cubano is pretty darn solid flavor.
SaltNic provided the Mighty Mint and the Tropical Mango. My favorite flavor was the Stig Mighty Mint, but the consensus of the office was that
Stig Lush Ice, a delightful watermelon menthol, was the standout flavor.
Mojo Disposable Vapes
The Mojo Vape bears more than a passing resemblance to the Stig and Z-Pen. This is because they rely on similar designs. But you know this by now.
The battery is one side and the ejuice is located on the other. They are all within a couple millimeters in size and 1ml in juice capacity, the Z-Pen taking advantage of its 2mm length advantage to squeeze in a bit more ejuice.
The Mojo is probably the most attractive, although the more colorful livery may make it a less discrete option. It has a more angular design and colored plastic for additional flare.
The basic design simply works. The Mojo disposable vape is an authentic alternative to conventional cigarettes. Featuring five solid flavors, Mojo pods deliver a strong throat hit and restrictive draw that heavy smokers will appreciate.
With 1.2ml of 5.0% nic salt vape juice (a Juul holds only 0.7ml), each Mojo is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes. There is even a solid Mojo Tobacco flavor and an icy Mojo Menthol. Both of which are unapologetically aimed at current smokers. The Mojo is available with three additional flavors: Cool Melon, Lemon Dessert and Pineapple Ice. I am a fan of the Mojo Lemon Dessert, which evens out the tartness of lemon with a sweet, almost custardy, exhale.
Z-Pen Disposable Vapes
You may have detected a theme here. The final entrant, the Z-Pen Vape, closely resembles the Mojo and Stig on paper and in person. It is a smidge longer, which gives it a greater juice capacity, but is still a total feather weight. The Z-Pen tested did seem to have a tighter draw than the Stig and Mojo. This is perhaps due to its greater length.
Remove the markings and it would be tough to tell the Stig and Z-Pen apart in a police lineup. But they offer a totally different constellation of flavor choices. The Stig gives up capacity, but has more potent nic salt ejuice. Whether this is a feature or not is entirely dependent on the user.
Where the Posh and V4L disposable provide totally different user experiences, the V4L providing an experience that more closely resembles smoking and the Posh doing a commendable prefilled pod impersonation, the Z-Pen, Mojo and Stig are quite evenly matched.
I am a mark for Strawberry Milk Ziip Pods, and Vapor Titan Strawberry cartridges, So for me, it is easy to pick my favorite: the Z-Pen Strawberry Milk. I also prefer the Z-Pen’s tighter draw. But it is a tight race. If you prefer one flavor over the other, it is easy to make the case for that disposable vape. But this is hardly an intractable issue. These are disposables. None of them will last forever, so it is easy to mix and match, and compare the various flavors head to head.