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9 Best Vape Pens for 2021 (UK)

Updated: September 2021

So you’re looking for a vape device, but not for a huge device designed to block out the sun with massive clouds of vapour?

A vape pen might well be your best choice! Small, lightweight and discreet, these devices are often easy to use and make a great choice for the office. 

In this post we’ll cover the best vape pens currently available. If you’re looking for a wide selection of vape devices, do check out our best vape kits round up. 

Contents

What are vape pens?

When vape pens first made their arrival on the scene, they were called pens because they were slim, narrow and often cylindrical. Their similarity to pens gave them the name vape pens. You’ll also hear them called ‘pen-style’ vapes.

The definition does seem to be shifting, though. In fact, some vapers call any device a vape pen. I’ve gone slightly down the middle road with this post, including vapes that look like a pen, as well as pod vapes that have a stubbier look to them than the traditional vape pen. 

Regardless of the design, all vape pens will consist of the battery part of the device which heats up the device, as well as a tank or pod which is filled with e-liquid. The battery section usually has relatively simple controls compared to a vape mod. The tank or pod consists of a section to hold the e-liquid and a coil. When the coil heats up, it changes the e-liquid into vapour.

All of the devices here are suitable for beginners. Most are not designed to chuck out tonnes of vapour, but they are generally easy to use while still satisfying your nicotine cravings. 

Top Vape Pens for 2021

DeviceWhat’s Special?
Geekvape G18 Starter Pen3 step flavour boosting
Innokin Go S Long-lasting battery
Uwell Whirl S Stylish design
Smok Stick V9Mod features in a vape pen
Innokin Endura T1811Uber popular & easy to use
Uwell Caliburn GBest for flavour
Hexa V2.0Best closed pod system
Aspire PockeXBest throat hit
Vaporesso GTX GO 40 & GTX GO 80Great for clouds

In-depth

Geekvape G18 Starter Pen: 3 Step flavour boosting

Geekvape G18

The G18 Starter Pen has a classic vape pen design with a single button and, as its name suggests, is a great first device for new vapers.  

The G18 has two standout features that set it apart from other vape pens. Firstly, its unique 3-step power level boosts the flavour of your e-liquid with a low, medium and high setting, intensifying flavour with each step.   

Secondly, the G18’s crystal clear, all-glass pod makes it extremely easy to see your e-liquid levels. This means it is simple to ensure that you always have your coil covered with e-liquid and ensures longer lasting coils. 

The G18 boasts a very respectable 1300mAh battery. Combined with the lower power output, this means it will last most users a day between charges. 

What we like:

  • Flavour-boosting 3-step output
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Crystal clear pod

Innokin Go S: Long-lasting battery

Innokin Go S

With a wattage output of 13W and an impressive 1500mAh battery, the Go-S vape pen should last most people a day or more of use on one charge and is one of the few vape pens you’ll find that uses a fixed-coil pod tank.

 Many of the Go S’ best features lay in the pod tank. Firstly, the fixed-coil design brings convenience as there’s no need to change the coil when it burns out as you simply replace the whole tank. Secondly, Go S pod tanks have a sliding top fill design which makes it super easy to top up your e-liquid.  

Look out for the new GoMax and Go Z also coming soon!

What we like:

  • Fixed-coil pod tank
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Sliding top fill 

Uwell Whirl S: Stylish design

Uwell Whirl S

The Uwell Whirl S mixes both style and substance for a device that looks great, is simple to use and can be used for both a restricted or a loose and airy vape.

The compact vape pen is created from durable yet sleek stainless steel for a stylish aesthetic. 

It’s an easy-to-use device with auto output, a top filling pod and an auto draw option, but also offers room to experiment with vaping styles. Although it works with only one coil option, the Whirl S tank’s adjustable airflow can provide both Mouth-to-Lung (MTL) and restricted Direct-Lung (RDL) styles – perfect for new vapers who want to experiment with different styles as they become more confident, without having to buy a new device. 

What we like:

  • Sleek and stylish design
  • Supports MTL and RDL
  • Easy to use

Smok Stick V9: Mod features in a vape pen

Smok Stick V9

The Smok Stick V9 is a stand out in the vape pen category, combining 60W of power,  a 3000mAh battery, 510 connection and the big cloud potential you’d usually find in more advanced devices with the compact design and easy-to-use features of a vape pen. 

Its single-button design makes the device easy to fire and wattage is auto-determined by the coil being used. The Stick V9 kit pairs the Stick V9 device with the  TFV8 Mini Tank and Mini V2 coils for sub-ohm, Direct-Lung vaping but, thanks to its 510 connection, it can be paired with most other tanks and coils. 

What we like:

  • Big power range & battery capacity
  • 510 connection – pair with most tanks 
  • Easy automatic output

Innokin Endura T1811: Uber-popular & easy to use

Innokin Endura pens in different colours.

The Innokin Endura series has been incredibly well received by vapers. The Endura T1811 is no different, garnering 135 reviews on E-Cigarette Direct with an average rating of 4.8. 

One feature that comes up again and again in reviews is that it’s easy to use. The Endura T1811 allows you to adjust the heat of your vape (for more or less vapour) and the airflow (for a tighter or more restricted vape) and it makes it easy to do so too. 

We also really like the magnetic top that clips on to the top of the mouthpiece. While not standard across vape pens, this keeps the mouthpiece clean, dust-free and hygienic.  

What we like:

  • Easy to use
  • Adjustable heat and airflow
  • Hygienic

Uwell Caliburn G: Best vape pen for flavour

Blue Uwell Caliburn G

The original Uwell Caliburn was widely considered the best pod system for flavour, and the Caliburn G builds on that reputation with several improvements.

The Caliburn G comes with lines etched into the body to improve grip. The pod can also be switched around to change the airflow, which allows you to choose between a tighter or more restricted vape. 

The original Caliburn came with fixed coils. The new version comes with replaceable coils, which is both more economical and offers a choice of vaping styles. Combine the 1 ohm coil with the restricted airflow for a tighter vape similar to that of smoking, or use the 0.8 ohm with the open airflow for an airier vape with larger vapour clouds.  

What we like: 

  • Great flavour
  • Adjustable airflow
  • Choice of coils

Also see the Uwell Caliburn A2 for a fixed coil version.

Hexa V2.0: Best closed pod system

Hexa V2 on a black background.

We’ve tested many closed pod systems over the years. The Hexa V2.0 remains our favourite. That’s all down to the interplay between the technology and the e-liquid. 

Most e-liquid is either freebase (with a harsher throat hit) or uses nicotine salts (for a super-soft throat hit). Hexa uses a combination of both to achieve a throat hit which is very similar to smoking. 

Most of the vape pens in this guide are open systems, which means you can refill the e-liquid. The Hexa V2 is a closed pod system, so when the e-liquid in the pod runs out you just replace it with another one. This is ideal for vapers who don’t like refilling pods or changing coils. 

The Hexa V2.0 is also super compact and lightweight, and fits neatly into the tightest pocket. 

See also: The Hexa Mini and Hexa Pro

What we like:

  • Super easy to use
  • Similar to smoking
  • Slim, compact and lightweight

Aspire PockeX: Best vape pen for throat hit

The Aspire PockeX in new colours.

Most of the devices in this guide are relatively new. One exception is the PockeX. In the fast changing vape market, it’s rare to see a device that first became available in 2016 still on sale. 

Despite that, the PockeX remains hugely popular. It’s sturdy, reliable and easy to use. But the biggest reason for its popularity is its throat hit. For smokers who really miss the throat hit from smoking it’s hard to beat. 

If the PockeX has one flaw, it’s that the glass can crack easily when dropped. It’s worth putting a vape band around the glass for extra protection. Fortunately, the glass is replaceable, so it’s not the end of the world if you do crack it. 

What we like: 

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

Read full review

Update: A new alternative is the PockeX Box (review), which has a tougher glass.

Vaporesso GTX GO 40 & GTX GO 80: Great for clouds

Vaporesso GTX GO 80

For years, vapers who wanted to combine decent clouds with a simple vape pen had few options other than the Smok Stick V9. Vaporesso have recently opened up this field with not one but two devices that combine the form factor of a pen with the power needed for clouds.

The Vaporesso GTX GO 80 combines a 3000mAh battery in a lightweight (but chunky) pen-style device. As the name suggests, the device can output up to 80 watts of power. Compatible with the GTX coil range, it can work with resistances as low as 0.2Ω, so can provide some serious clouds. Vapers who prefer a more compact size and need less power might want to choose the Vaporesso GTX GO 40.

Both devices are simple to use. There’s no wattage to adjust, and no display to get your head around. Instead, the device automatically selects the best wattage for your coil. That means even less experienced vapers can enjoy a device that has plenty of oomph.

How we chose the devices

Our selection process combines three factors:

First, when a new device lands in the UK we put it through a testing process. That, combined with over 12 years of experience in the industry which has involved using many hundreds of devices, gives us a good idea of how it will perform. At the same time, we monitor independent blogs to see how the very best reviewers rate the device. 

Finally, after a product has been launched, we monitor feedback and reviews to get an idea of how the device performs in the long term and how reliable it is. 

There are a lot of great vape pens available, but for this list, we were either looking for a stand-out device or a device that fulfils a specific need. For example, the EQ FLTR meets the needs of vapers who miss the soft tip of a cigarette, while the PockeX is a great choice for people who need a stronger throat hit. 

Wrapping up

As you can see from this post, different vape pens suit different uses. If you want clouds, for example, you’d choose the Geekvape Mero AIO, while if you prefer ultimate ease of use you’d go for the Hexa V2. 

That said, our top choice is definitely the Endura T1811. That’s because it’s been tried and tested by hundreds of vapers, gaining consistently positive feedback in the process. While fancy features can catch your eye, sometimes it’s worth choosing a device that’s just easy to use and uber-reliable. 

Our runner-up is the Uwell Caliburn G. The original Caliburn was already a great device, with the taste it provides making it the stand-out choice.  With so many improvements on the original device, the Caliburn G is definitely a great choice for a vaper looking for an easy-to-use, flexible vape pen with consistently good taste.

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