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The 14 Best Vape Kits for 2021 (UK)

Updated: September 2021

When I started vaping in 2008 there wasn’t much choice when it came to vape kits in the UK. But as 2021 approaches, the opposite is almost true – there are so many devices and kits available that it’s hard to wade your way through the myriad of options.

What helps, though, is to narrow down your criteria. Are you looking for a starter kit or a high powered mod? What’s more important – flavour or clouds? Do you need something light and compact or is battery life more of a priority?

After all, the best vape kit for a new vaper will be a very different beast from the best vape kit for an experienced vaper who takes part in cloud-chasing competitions!

So, to help navigate to the best option for you, you’ll find a table view below which identifies what is special about each device in this post, along with a more detailed write up highlighting their key features.

Contents

How we selected these kits

It’s always tempting when writing a post like this to fill it with the latest, shiny devices.

But that would be a mistake.

Despite advances in technology, there are older vape kits that have withstood the test of time – and they’ve done so for a good reason.

The Aspire PockeX is a prime example of this – although it’s been around for several years now, it retains huge popularity. That’s probably down to the superb throat hit it gives – pretty much unmatched by any other starter kit we’ve experienced.

Instead, to select the kits here we’ve used a combination of our own ratings, the popularity of these devices, both in terms of sales and ‘on the scene’, as well as taking into account customer feedback. Very occasionally we’ll add a just launched kit to the list – but only if it totally blows us away in testing.

All the kits here are made to UK standards and are compliant with EU and UK regulations.

Types of vape kit

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

Pod Systems: Pod vape systems were designed to be more compact and easier to use than mod systems. Typically, a pod system consists of a pod that clips into the part of the device that holds the battery. Closed pod systems refer to pods that come pre-filled with e-liquid (and can not usually be refilled), while open pods are refillable. See our round-up of the best pod systems here.

Pods have been evolving, and some devices have a power, battery life and functionality approaching that of an advanced mod device. These are often referred to as ‘pod mods’.

All-in-one vape devices: These devices contain everything you need to get started except the e-liquid. 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 on the right track. See our round up of the best vape pens here.

Mod/tank kits: Mods are usually larger, more powerful vapes, often with a box design, and come with a separate tank. Some vape mods also come with more advanced functions and modes. You can find our buying guide to the best vape mods here.

In this post you’ll find we also refer to MTL (Mouth-to-Lung) or DL (Direct-Lung) inhale. You can find an explanation what these terms mean in our MTL v. DL guide.

Vape kits by type and suitability

Product nameProduct typeWhat’s special?Who’s it for?
Vaporesso Xros MiniPodEasy to use, little set upAll experience levels
Aspire VilterPodSoft filter tipAll experience levels
Aspire PockexAll in one deviceGreat throat hitAll experience levels
Smok Nord 2Open podCompact, stylish, flexibleAll experience levels
Smok Nord 4PodSuperb airflow controlAll experience levels
Innokin Adept ZlideModLong battery, choice of vape stylesAll experience levels
Uwell Caliburn GOpen podSuperb flavourAll experience levels
Voopoo Drag S/XPod ModStunning aestheticsExperienced vapers
Oxva Velocity 21700Pod ModSuperb flavour, choice of battery typesExperienced vapers
Aspire Zelos 3Mod & tankLarge battery, 6 vaping modesIntermediate to advanced vapers
Smok Morph 2Mod & tankPowerful 230W outputIntermediate to advanced vapers
Geekvape Aegis L200 (Aegis Legend 2)Mod & tankSuper toughExperienced vapers / Outdoor vapers
Eleaf iStick Power 2ModGreat MTL vapeAll experience levels
Falcon II tank + Innokin MVP 5/Smok G-Priv 3Mod & tank comboSuperb cloudsAdvanced vapers

Best Vape Starter Kits for 2021

Vaporesso Xros Mini: Super easy to use

Vaporesso Xros Mini

The Vaporesso Xros Mini is a classic no-fuss pod device. Slim, compact and buttonless, its easy-to-use features make it a perfect fit for new vapers and anyone looking for an MTL device that requires little set-up or maintenance. 

An upgrade on the original Xros thanks to its improved battery capacity, the Xros Mini comes with fixed coil pods, bypass output, auto inhale and leak proof top-filling pods that make using it really simple. To get started, all you need to do is charge the device, fill the pod and inhale. 

Also see the Vaporesso Xros 2

What’s to like about it?

  • Fixed coil pods
  • No fuss auto output 
  • Little set up required

Aspire Vilter: Cigarette-style tips

Aspire Vilter

The Innokin EQ is a great device, but some teething issues with the bung knocked it out of the running for our best vape kits post. Fortunately, shortly after the launch of the EQ the Aspire Vilter came along. 

The Vilter is similar to the EQ – the key being the soft tip filter that replicates the look and feel of a regular cigarette. The vape it delivers is similar to that of a cigarette, it’s economical with e-liquid and delivers great flavour. We’ve also had excellent feedback from customers since this device was launched.

What’s to like about it?

  • Replicates the feel of a cigarette
  • Great taste
  • Economical use of e-liquid.

Aspire Pockex: Best throat hit

Aspire PockeX in different colours.

It’s not the first time that the Aspire PockeX makes it into our list of best starter kits. For a device which has now been around several years, it’s seen enduring popularity – not without reason. In addition to a solid build quality, this device produces one of the best throat hits we’ve experienced from an entry-level device. It also gives a superb throat hit, which I suspect is why it’s been so popular for so long.

What’s to like about it?

  • Easy-top-fill
  • Great throat hit
  • Great build quality

Top tip: It’s well worth putting a vape band around the glass in the tank. These cost just 99p, but help to protect the tank if it is dropped. Alternatively, the new Aspire PockeX Box (review) is a bit tougher than the original.


Smok Nord 2: Compact, stylish, flexible

Smok Nord 2 in multiple colours.

If there’s been a serious challenger to the Aspire PockeX in recent years, it’s been the Smok Nord. The Smok Nord 2 is still a compact device but now comes with a longer lasting 1500 mAh battery, while an increased wattage range (up to 40 watts) and compatibility with lower resistance coils means you can get thicker, denser vapour. The Nord 2 retains the comfortable, duck-billed mouthpiece which many customers have told us they love.

What’s to like about it?

  • Compact
  • Comfortable mouthpiece
  • Larger battery capacity and wattage range than the original Nord

Smok Nord 4: The most powerful Nord

Smok Nord 4

The Nord 4 is the most powerful of all devices in the uber-popular Nord range, with an 80W output and 2000mAh battery. This wider wattage range and compatibility with both RPM and RPM 2 coils mean it’s capable of supporting both Mouth-to-Lung & Direct-Lung vaping styles. 

This sleek device is available in a range of styles, including chic leather options and features a unique rotating airflow control designed to look like a steering wheel. This gives both simple adjustment and precise control over tailoring your air intake and allows you to easily switch between a tighter or looser vape.

What’s to like about it?

  • Supports MTL & DL
  • Unique rotating airflow control

Innokin Adept Zlide: Long battery life, choice of vape styles

Innokin Adept Zlide, white, pictured on a table next to a laptop.

Not everyone wants a compact device, and for people looking for a chunkier mod device that still makes a great introduction to vaping, the Innokin Adept Zlide is a brilliant option. This device comes with a long-lasting 3000 mAh battery that easily beats the battery levels of most entry-level pod systems, while with a switch of the coil and a tweak of the airflow settings, you can go from a tight, restricted vape to a loose, airy vape with more vapour.

What’s to like about it?

  • Tough, rugged, water-resistant
  • Auto-coil detection makes it easy to use
  • Long-lasting battery

Uwell Caliburn G: Best kit for flavour

Uwell Caliburn G - blue.

The original Uwell Caliburn had already won a reputation for being the best kit for flavour. The new Caliburn G retains this emphasis on great taste, but with several improvements. A bigger battery capacity means you can vape for longer between charges, while a combination of adjustable airflow and replaceable coils means that you can vary your vape experience with a change of the coil.

What’s to like about it?

  • Great flavour
  • USB-Charging and longer battery life than the original
  • Dual airflow system

Also see the Caliburn A2 for a fixed coil version.


Best Pod Mod Kits for 2021

Voopoo Drag S/X: Stunning aesthetics

Voopoo Drag X - classics.

The Voopoo Drag S/X devices use a combination of leather and metal for a device which has stunning aesthetics and is comfortable to hold. There are two versions to choose from here. The Drag S comes with a fixed 2500 mAh battery and can produce up to 60 watts of power. Meanwhile, the Drag X, which can pump out up to 80 watts, is powered by a replaceable 18650 battery (not included) which makes it great for vapers who like to swap out the battery when it runs out of power instead of attaching the device to a USB-C cable.

What’s to like about it?

  • Stunning aesthetics
  • Plenty of power
  • Anti-scratch, antiperspirant and anti-fingerprint

See all Voopoo Drag devices compared.


Oxva Velocity 21700 Kit: Best pod mod for flavour

The Oxva Velocity Kit - black leather.

At the time of writing, we’re still waiting for the official UK launch of the Oxva Velocity kit, but after our product team told us that the sample they have is the best pod mod they’ve used all year, I had to include it. This device is well made and comes with great aesthetics, but is also unusual in that it takes three types of battery; 18650, 20700 or 21700. Choose 18650 for a smaller, lighter battery, 20700 for the longest life or 21700 for something in between. However, the biggest reason for including this device is the flavour it produces – which is simply superb!

What’s to like about it?

  • Well made
  • Long battery life
  • Superb flavour

Read the full review…

If pod mods are your thing, do check our full round-up of the Best Pod Mods for 2021.


Best vape mod kits for 2021

Aspire Zelos 3: Precise airflow control

Aspire Zelos 3

The Aspire Zelos 3 is a truly versatile vape kit. Combining the Zelos 3 mod with the Nautilus 3 tank means it works with the entire Nautilus coil range – giving you the option of both MTL & DL vaping. The tank’s choice of 7 different-sized airflow holes also means you can tailor your vape to give you anything from a tight restricted to vape to a loose, airy inhale.

The Zelos 3 itself outputs up to 80W, has a respectable 3200mAh battery and is fairly compact for a mod. The impressive factor in the Zelos 3 mod is its choice of 6 different modes, with a mode to suit vapers of most experience levels (although we wouldn’t recommend it to a complete beginner). From battery-dictated bypass mode all the way up to the more advanced Temperature Control mode, there is an option to suit anyone. 

What’s to like about it?

  • Wide range of modes
  • For MTL & DL 
  • Large battery capacity 

Smok Morph 2: 230 Watts of power

Smok Morph 2

The most powerful mod on this list, the 230W Smok Morph 2 isn’t the newest device out there but still gets a mention thanks to its powerful, tough and stylish design. 

A combination of leather and zinc alloy makes the Morph 2 not only attractive but also tough and light. It’s also powered by dual 18650 batteries which provide plenty of battery life and can easily be swapped should they run out. There’s the option of standard Variable Wattage (VW) mode as well as more advanced Temperature Control (TC) mode for the more advanced vapers among us.   

The Morph 2 kit includes the TFV-Mini V2 tank and Mini V2 coils capable of producing big flavour and vapour. Combined with a high-powered output, this kit is a great choice for cloud chasers.  

What’s to like about it?: 

  • Compact & lightweight, yet tough
  • Big flavour & vapour
  • Replaceable batteries

Geekvape Aegis L200: Super tough & perfect for the outdoors

Geekvape Aegis L200

The Geekvape L200 is one of the toughest vape mods you’ll find. This 200W mod is a newer, smaller yet more durable version of the Aegis Legend. Rated IP68, it’s dustproof, shockproof and waterproof which, combined with its external battery design and flip charging port cover and the fact it can withstand a temperature range of -20 to 60°C, makes it the perfect outdoor vape. There’s also the inclusion of a sliding locking button that will prevent accidental firing and help extend both your battery and coil life. 

The L200 kit combines the L200 mod with the Geekvape Zeus (Z) tank (widely known as the best sub-ohm tank on the market) and Zeus (Z) coils, making it suited for Direct-Lung vaping. However, as both the mod and tank have 510 connections you can simply swap the tank with a different one if you prefer to vape Mouth-to-Lung. 

What’s to like about it?

  • Extremely tough
  • Compact
  • Lock feature

Eleaf iStick Power 2: Best for MTL Vaping

Eleaf iStick Power 2

I’ve long been a fan of the iStick series, and the new iStick Power 2 doesn’t disappoint. This solid device boasts an impressive 5000 mAh battery. That means when you use it as an MTL device (which is where its strengths lie) the battery can last for days.

The carbon fibre and leather design make for great aesthetics, and Smart Mode means it is really easy to use, even for vapers with limited experience. It also produces excellent taste and a warm vape when used with the GTL pod tank (included in the kit linked above).

What’s to like about it?

  • Long-lasting battery
  • Great aesthetics
  • Easy to use

Read full review.


Horizontech Falcon II tank + Innokin MVP 5/Smok G-Priv 3 Mod: Best for clouds

Blue Falcon II Tank

The Horizontech Falcon II tank remains the best tank we’ve seen for clouds. A lot of that is down to the fan woven conical mesh coil, which funnels the air up from the bottom of the coil for superb vapour clouds and in intense flavour, while the cotton and wood pulp filling material is designed to hold plenty of e-liquid.

White MVP 5 mod.

To handle the low resistance coils, you need to match the tank with a mod which can supply at least 75 watts of power. We suggest using it with either the superb Innokin MVP 5 mod, which comes with a long-lasting 5200 mAh fixed battery and a host of survival features, or the Smok G-Priv 3 with its colourful 2.4 inch screen and touch-screen controls.

What’s to like about it?

  • Thick, dense vapour
  • Wide wattage range with both mods
  • Suitable for advanced vapers

What’s going to happen in 2021?

Vape companies are continuously innovating, and one thing we can count on is more vape kits next year. In our expert predictions roundup, Vaporesso told us they expect 2021 to be the year of the pod mod, with devices increasingly being built to cater to both MTL and DL vapers. Innokin also sees a continued focus on pod systems, with efforts focussed on improving flavour, safety and providing more environmentally-friendly products.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on the best kits and updating this post as the year goes on. In the meantime, do let us know what your favourite kit is and why in the comments below!

5 thoughts on “The 14 Best Vape Kits for 2021 (UK)”

  1. Hello James, now we are out of the EU can we petition the government to revert back to 5 ml tanks and 2.4 mg fluid strength?
    Alan Kultschar

  2. I gave up smoking 4 years ago after 45 years
    My daughter brought me an arc 5 I have it set on 12.0 and use fusion 6mg liquid . Tried many many but hate them all . It’s easy to change coil and the new push lid makes it simple to fill . They still sell for £35.00 new . When it breaks I will give up the vape forever .

  3. Hi James just wanted to say thank for the review. I am always looking for advice and the best vape equipment and always revert back to your excellent reviews.
    Kind regards
    Nick

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