Updated January 2022
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 2022
|Innokin Go Series||3 versions to choose from|
|Uwell Whirl S||Stylish design|
|Smok Stick V9||Mod features in a vape pen|
|Innokin Endura T1811||Uber popular & easy to use|
|Uwell Caliburn G2 & A2||Best for flavour|
|Hexa Pro||Best closed pod system|
|Aspire PockeX||Best throat hit|
|Vaporesso GTX GO 40 & GTX GO 80||Great for clouds|
Innokin Go Series: 3 versions to choose from
The Innokin Go series is a collection of easy to use, single-button vape pens.
The original Go-S has impressed users with its long-lasting battery and simple automatic output and by being one of the few vape pens with a convenient fixed-coil disposable tank – great for those who don’t want the fuss of changing coils. When the coil inside the tank reaches the end of its life you simply replace it with a new one.
In 2021 Innokin released two new Go devices. The Go-Z is a replaceable coil version of the Go-S, working with 0.8Ω and 1.6Ω Z coils for a longer-lasting tank and is great for the more environmentally conscious vaper.
While the Go-S and Go-Z are Mouth-to-Lung devices, the GoMax provides something previously unseen – an easy to use vape pen with fixed low-resistance coils capable of providing big clouds. You’ll find the GoMax is chunkier than the Go other devices but with good reason – it has double the battery capacity at 3000mAh.
See our in-depth review of the latest Go devices here.
What we like:
- 3 options to suit different users
- Easy to use
- Sliding top fill
Uwell Whirl S: Stylish design
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
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
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 G2 and Caliburn A2: Best for flavour
Originally, the Uwell Caliburn G was featured in this post due to its popularity and unrivalled flavour.
But now we’re adding two newer versions from the Caliburn range – the Caliburn G2 and Caliburn A2. Both devices continue the ease to use of their predecessor with a simple design, automatic output and inhale firing – plus some updates for an even better vape experience.
The Caliburn G2 is just as easy to use as the Caliburn G but improves on it with a larger battery capacity and even better flavour thanks to Uwell’s PRO-FOCS technology. There’s also the addition of a new haptic feedback feature – with different vibration patterns alerting you to issues with the device.
The Caliburn A2, while having a smaller battery capacity, offers even more convenience for new vapers as its fixed-coil pod design means there’s no need for manual coil changes.
What’s to like:
- Great flavour
- Open system – use with your favourite e-liquid
- Choice of coils (Caliburn G2)
- No-fuss fixed-coil pods (Caliburn A2)
- Works well with nicotine salts
Hexa Pro: Best closed pod system
The Hexa V2.0 was one of our favourite pod systems thanks to its great combination of technology and e-liquid. While the V2.0 has been discontinued, Hexa has given us a new, upgraded version with the Hexa Pro – featuring improved battery and fast charging design.
The easy to use device is super compact and lightweight, requires hardly any setup and uses a combination of nic salts and freebase e-liquid for a draw and throat hit similar to cigarettes. This makes it great for new vapers looking for a fuss-free vape experience that resembles smoking.
Most of the vape pens in this guide are open systems, which means you can refill the e-liquid. The Hexa Pro is a fixed-coil 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.
Also see the Hexa Mini for a more compact version.
What we like:
- 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
Vaporesso GTX GO 40 & GTX GO 80: Great for clouds
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.