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10 Best Vape Starter Kits For 2021 (UK)

Updated: January 2021

A year’s gone past (and this year, it’s easy to say ‘thank goodness!’) since we first wrote this post, and it’s time to update it again with the best new kits available.

We don’t just add a kit here because it is new, though. After all, just because a kit is not brand new doesn’t mean it’s not a great kit. At the same time, just because a kit is new doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better than an older kit.

So you’ll still see some steady favourites here, such as the Aspire PockeX and the Hexa V2. But you’ll also find some new devices here, such as the Uwell Caliburn G.

Also see: The Best Vape Kits for 2021

Types of vape starter kits

In this post you’ll find four types of beginner vape devices.

Pod Systems: Vape pods are super easy-to-use and come with a pod that clips into a compact battery. They come with either pre-filled or refillable pods.

All-in-one vape devices: These devices contain everything you need to get started. AIOs distinguish themselves by having no separate pod or tank, with e-liquid simply being filled into the top of the device itself.

Pen-style devices: Just as the name suggests, these devices are like an oversized pen and fit easily in the hand. Think chunky marker pen as opposed to a biro and you’ll be along the right track.

Mod/tank kits: Mods are usually larger, more powerful vapes, often with a box design, which also come with a separate tank.

So as we enter 2021, here’s 11 of the best starter kits to choose from. Read on to see each device in more detail.

ProductTypeWhat’s special?
Uwell Caliburn GOpen PodBest for flavour
Aspire PockeXAll-In-OneMost popular, great build quality
Hexa V2Closed podHybrid e-liquid for great throat hit
Innokin Go STankLack of fiddle, ease of use
Innokin Adept ZlideModTough, best battery life
Smok Nord 2Open podStylish, can handle different e-liquid types
Innokin Endura T18IIPen styleClassic style, highly rated by users
Vaporesso XROSOpen podCompact size, great performance
Smok Priv N19ModCompact size, easy-to-use

Uwell Caliburn G: Best for flavour

Blue Caliburn G on a white background.

Last year the Uwell Caliburn featured in this post – this year we have replaced it with the newer version, the Uwell Caliburn G. Like the original, the Uwell Caliburn G has a deserved reputation for producing probably the best flavour of any pod device.

It now also comes with a choice of interchangeable coils, which means you can change the coils to choose between more or less vapour. Other changes include an improved grip, so it doesn’t slip out of your hand, more battery life and adjustable airflow so you can choose between an airy or restricted vape.

What’s to like:

  • Great flavour
  • Open system – use with your favourite e-liquid
  • Choice of coils
  • Works well with nicotine salts

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Aspire PockeX: Most popular

Aspire PockeX in different colours.

The Aspire PockeX has been around for a while now – indeed, it made it into last year’s round up – but its popularity shows no signs of slowing. The PockeX was one of the first devices to combine a traditional pen-style device with a lower resistance coil to create some real oomph in an otherwise easy-to-use starter kit. Indeed, many of our staff continue to use the PockeX, which is saying something given they are exposed to a constant influx of new devices.

What’s to like about it?

  • Easy-top-fill
  • High quality vape
  • Great build quality

Top tip: It’s well worth putting a vape band around the top tank. These cost just one pound, but help to protect the tank if it is dropped.

Update: It’s also worth checking out the new Aspire PockeX Box (review) which features several improved features.

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Hexa: Best pre-filled pod system

When we first trialled the Hexa, I was very surprised to see our mod-loving, cloud-chasing product manager using this Belgian pod system constantly. We’ve since brought it into our stores, and when customers try it they frequently choose it over the far better known JUUL.

What makes it popular? While it’s a great device in its own right, I believe the key to the success of the device is at least partly down to the e-liquid used. Most systems use either freebase nicotine (which has a stronger throat hit) or nicotine salts such as Nasty Juice Reborn (smoother throat hit, faster delivery of nicotine).

In contrast, the Hexa is one of the first devices to use hybrid e-liquid, which combines nicotine salts and freebase e-liquid. This gives less of a hit than freebase, but is more recognisable than nicotine salts and provides a particularly satisfying vape.

What’s to like:

  • Super easy to use
  • Light and compact
  • Great throat hit

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Innokin Go-S: No-Coil Changes

Innokin Go-S in different colours.

The Innokin Go S is a simple and easy-to-use device which has proven popular with customers and staff alike. Although this is a tank system, the device is really easy to use, and is ideal for people who struggle with coil changes, as the coils are built into the tank. Despite its simplicity, the Go S produces an excellent vape.

What’s to like:

  • Super easy to use

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Adept Zlide Kit: Toughest device

If you vape outdoors a lot, or have a job which involves knocks and scrapes, the Adept Zlide might be the device for you. Water-poof, dust-proof and shock-proof, this vape kit is designed to last even when conditions are not ideal.

But there’s more than toughness to this tank system. For a start, it comes with a very impressive 3000mAh battery meaning that it has tonnes of battery life, while an intelligent wattage selection mode automatically selects the right power settings for the coil you are using. This takes the guesswork out of selecting the right coil and helps ensures the coils last longer.

What’s to like:

  • Built to withstand knocks
  • Superb battery life
  • Auto-wattage selection means longer lasting coils

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Smok Nord 2: Stylish, compact, versatile

Smok Nord in hand.

The original Smok Nord, which also featured on the original version of this post, proved one of the most popular devices of 2020 due to its duck-billed pod designed to fit the contours of the mouth, stylish design and excellent performance.

The new Nord 2 comes with some major improvements. It replaces the original wattage range of 10-15 watts with a much-increased range of 1 – 40 watts, which means you can get much larger clouds of vapour by increasing the power. It also comes with a choice of pods and coils, one suited for a restricted vape and one for an airier vape with more vapour.

What’s to like about it:

  • Can handle two types of e-liquid
  • Stylish
  • Comfortable mouthpiece

Innokin Endura T18II: Classic Pen Style

Innokin Endura T18II

This may not be the newest device on our sites, but this popular device has garnered 116 reviews with an average rating of 4.8/5. The device is easy to use while allowing you to adjust the heat and airflow so you can customise your device to your preferences. Customers have also praised the battery life of the device and the long-lasting coils, which make it economical to use.

What’s to like:

  • Easy-to-use
  • Adjustable airflow and heat
  • Excellent performance

Vaporesso XROS: Discreet, compact, great performance

Silver XROS on a white background.

At just under 12 cms long and just over 2 cms wide, this tiny device is little bigger than a credit card. This device is also highly regarded by independent reviewers for its superb performance. We also like that it has a choice of fire methods, inhale or button activation, which makes it a great choice for people new to vaping who are figuring out which works best for them. It’s also designed for quick and easy refilling – which you can even do with one hand!

What’s to like:

  • Very compact and discreet
  • Great performance
  • Easy to fill

Smok Priv N19: Compact Mod

Smok Priv N19

With so many pod systems in this post, we wanted to find another mod device which is suitable for users – and the Smok Priv N19 certainly fits the bill. Rated 4.8/5 by our customers on Feefo, the Smok Priv N19 is one of the best-selling devices on E-Cigarette Direct, and is the only compact mod we know of which delivers a tight, restricted vape suitable for new vapers. This kit makes an ideal vape for someone who wants a similar performance to the Adept Zlide but in a less bulky package.

  • Compact mod
  • Mouth-to-Lung vape
  • Easy-to-use

The future?

Vape trends continue to evolve, and technology continues to improve. So, just like last year, we’ll continue to monitor new products and add the very best to this post.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear what YOUR favourite starter kits are, so do let me know in the comments!

5 thoughts on “10 Best Vape Starter Kits For 2021 (UK)”

  1. Been following your posts for some time now (5 years). Always informative. Sorry to be so pedantic but: “So as we enter 2020, here’s 7 of the best starter kits to choose from. Read on to see each device in more detail”. Then you list 9 as per your headline.
    Great read though..
    Thank you.

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