Updated: July 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.
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
|Innokin Endura T1811||Easy to adjust heat and airflow|
|Uwell Caliburn G||Best for flavour|
|Hexa V2||Best closed pod system|
|Aspire PockeX||Best for throat hit|
|Aspire Vilter||Closest to a cigarette|
|Geekvape Mero AIO||Stylish, long-lasting battery, good option for dense vapour|
|Aspire Favostix||Light, strong, choose between restricted or airy vape|
|Vaporesso Go 40 & 80||Best option for clouds, easy-to-use|
Innokin Endura T1811: Uber-popular, easy-to-use
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
Uwell Caliburn G: Best vape pen for flavour
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
Hexa V2: Best closed pod system
We’ve tested many closed pod systems over the years. The Hexa V2 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 is also super compact and lightweight, and fits neatly into the tightest pocket.
- Super easy to use
- Similar to smoking
- Slim, compact and lightweight
Aspire PockeX: Best vape pen for throat hit
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
- Great build quality
Some people miss the throat hit from smoking. For other people, it’s the aesthetics and the feel of smoking, the soft tip of the filter gently held between your lips.
Fortunately, two new devices absolutely nail in terms of feel – the EQ FLTR (review) and the Aspire Vilter. Both come with a filter tip which closely resemble the end of a cigarette. Both also come with a regular mouthpiece too, so you don’t need to replace the filter when it comes to the end of its life.
The FILTR was groundbreaking when it came out earlier this year, and we loved the fact the packaging is eco-friendly and the filters are 100% biodegradable. However, there are a couple of usability issues (highlighted in the review above). While Innokin are working on improving these, the Vilter is a better option for vapers looking for a fuss free device.
The Vilter is no cloud machine. However, it is light, compact and very economical with e-liquid. It will also deliver a satisfying mouth-to-lung experience that closely resembles that of a cigarette.
What we like:
- Similar feel to a cigarette
- Light, compact and portable
- Economic with e-liquid
Geekvape Mero AIO: Larger clouds of vapour
Most of the devices here are designed to pretty much replicate the experience of smoking with tighter draws and concentrate streams of vapour. But what if you want an airier vape and larger clouds of vapour?
Enter the Geekvape Mero AIO. This device works with lower resistance coils to produce more vapour and a looser vape. It’s best used with e-liquids with a higher VG ratio.
What we particularly like about this device is that it combines the option for thicker vapour with relative ease of use. There are just three power options to choose between (low, medium or high) which makes it a great entry-level device for people new to cloud vaping.
There’s a lot more to like about this device. It comes with a 2100 mAh capacity battery, which is impressive for a vape pen. What’s more, the pod/tank can be used with other mods and devices when used with a 510 connector.
What we like:
- Great for clouds
- Excellent battery capacity
- Tank cross compatible with other devices
Aspire Favostix: Restricted or airy vape
The Aspire Favostix is a neat device from one of the big names in the vaping industry. Used with the 1 ohm pod, it delivers a restricted vape similar to that of smoking, but if you choose to use the 0.6 ohm pod you’ll get a looser vape with larger clouds of vapour.
Some of the devices here have a choice of three power levels. That’s great for ease of use, but if you prefer precise power control, the Favostix is the best bet. You can choose to set the power anywhere between 1 and 30 watts, which means you can customise the vape to meet your needs.
Continuing the slightly more advanced theme, the Favostix also comes with an OLED screen which displays vaping information such as wattage levels and remaining battery levels. Overall, it’s the perfect choice for the vaper who wants a device a little bit more advanced – and a little bit more flexible – than a standard vape pen.
- Choose between less or more clouds
- Precise power control
- Vaping info displayed on screen
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.
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.