In 2015, the e-cigarette industry has found itself in a state of transition. With FDA regulation looming, some companies have worked to distance themselves from e-cigarette terminology by giving their products other monikers such as “e-hookahs” and “vape pens.” Other companies have given their e-cigarettes greater flexibility by allowing them to vaporize loose leaf tobacco and other nicotine products along with e-liquid. We’ve seen one Big Tobacco company — Altria — invest itself more heavily in the e-cigarette industry with the acquisition of Green Smoke. Reynolds American, meanwhile, plans to purchase rival tobacco company Lorillard and is actively lobbying with the FDA to ban “open vaping systems.”
Through it all, the base of e-cigarette users has grown and looks to continue doing so. Today, you are more likely than ever to see people on the street puffing on e-cigarettes instead of tobacco cigarettes, contributing to better smells and less coughing all around. If you’re in the market for an e-cigarette, our list of the best e-cigarettes of 2015 is designed to help point you in the right direction whether you’re buying your first e-cigarette or looking for an upgrade.
Best E-Cigarette of 2015 (Beginners): V2 Cigs
Price: $24.95 and up | Shop Now
V2 Cigs Coupon: 15% Off Starter Kits
While e-cigarette makers largely moved away from small “cig-a-likes” in 2015 in favor of larger devices, V2 Cigs bucked that trend in favor of making sweeping improvements to its core product. While you can still get started with V2 Cigs for under $25, the new V2 Cigs EX series, priced from $79.95, is where it’s really at. The V2 Cigs EX battery begins with the best automatic battery in the business, generating maximum vapor from the moment you begin puffing. V2’s new windowed EX cartridges hold more liquid than the standard polyfill cartridges most vendors sell, while increasing vapor production thanks to the improved airflow. Matching caps for the EX batteries complete the look of the sleekest and best performing cig-a-like on the market.
Best E-Cigarette of 2015 (Alternative): JUUL
Price: $49.99 | Shop Now
Over the past couple of years, the most significant advancements in the vaping industry have appealed primarily to the experienced — products such as rebuildable atomizers, sub-ohm tanks and temperature control mods. This trend changed in 2015 with the release of JUUL, the most revolutionary e-cigarette for beginners that we’ve seen in quite some time. With its simple drop-in cartridge system and light, rigid metallic body, JUUL is both durable and incredibly easy to use. Also, unlike the vast majority of e-cigarettes on the market, JUUL is made in the United States. However, the primary reason why JUUL is 2015’s best e-cigarette for beginners is the patented e-liquid contained within the cartridges. JUUL’s parent company — PAX Labs — has developed an e-liquid using a new form of nicotine salt designed to mimic the blood-nicotine levels that you would achieve with a real cigarette. The JUUL e-cigarette makes it easier than ever to switch from smoking to vaping — in fact, you may never want to use anything else.
Best E-Cigarette of 2015 (Bigger Vapor): VaporFi Rocket
Price: $89.99 | Shop Now
VaporFi Coupon Code: 12% Off
VaporFi is a newer e-cigarette vendor that first caught our attention in 2014. In an industry that often suffers from a lack of variety and product differentiation, VaporFi stands out with a product lineup that defies direct comparison with other vendors. In the middle of the price range is the Rocket, VaporFi’s best selling e-cigarette. The Rocket boasts all of the features you’d expect to find in a vaporizer at this price, including variable-voltage operation for superior vapor production and a tank system with replaceable atomizer heads. What makes the Rocket stand out from the crowd, though, are all of the features that you might not notice unless you’ve done a great deal of comparison shopping. For example, the Rocket includes six atomizer coils in total. Generally, you can expect only one coil with a vaporizer that includes a tank system. There’s also the design of the tank itself; because it is made of glass, it won’t crack or alter the taste of your e-liquids. The tank also boasts a metal sheath, helping to prevent damage if the Rocket is accidentally dropped. Finally, VaporFi is one of the rare e-cigarette companies that manufactures its e-liquids in the United States. These additions make the Rocket an excellent value and well worth the investment if you’re looking for an upgrade. It is one of the best e-cigarettes of 2015 at any price.
Best E-Cigarette of 2015 (Alternative): Halo Triton
Price: $64.99 | Shop Now
If you can’t afford the price of the VaporFi Rocket, the Halo Triton — Halo’s second entry in our list of the best e-cigarettes of 2015 — is an excellent alternative. With the Triton, you won’t get a variable-voltage battery unless you buy one to go along with the kit, and you won’t get a glass tank. You will, however, get a solid performer that’s inexpensive, easy to fill and produces noticeably more vapor than any cigarette-shaped e-cigarette. Don’t forget to pick up a sample pack of Halo’s marvelous e-liquids before checking out.
Best E-Cigarette of 2015 (Enthusiast): VaporFi VOX II
Price (Kit): $164.99 | Shop Now
Price (Device Only): $134.99 | Shop Now
VaporFi Coupon Code: 12% Off
Until now, we have always recommended the ProVari as the best e-cigarette for enthusiasts. In the past year, though, the ProVari has really begun to lag in terms of the features that vaping enthusiasts demand. The VOX II is the new standard bearer, with a maximum power of 50 watts and massive 2100 mAh battery. It also includes a rebuildable atomizer — an accessory that normally costs upwards of $100 on its own — and the supplies needed to build several atomizer coils. The VOX II is also tops in safety with a vented battery case and protection from over- and under-current conditions. To truly understand what makes the VOX II the go-to device for vaping enthusiasts in 2015, look no further than the maximum current limit of 22 amps. For comparison’s sake, the ProVari P3 has a maximum current of just 5.5 amps. This means that the VOX II can use a wider variety of atomizers and tanks than the ProVari while driving them harder and producing more vapor. If you want the device that truly delivers on its promise to produce more vapor than any other e-cigarette, the VaporFi VOX II is the best e-cigarette of 2015.
Best E-Cigarette of 2015 (Alternative): ProVari P3
Price: $249.95 |
Although the new ProVari P3 doesn’t reach the same maximum power levels as the VOX 50, it has plenty of other attributes to merit your consideration. First, the ProVari P3 is one of the very few e-cigarettes made in the United States. Of the USA-made e-cigarettes, it is by far the most advanced. One could also argue that it has perhaps the highest build quality of any e-cigarette on the market. The ProVari P3 is also a significant upgrade over previous ProVari models, featuring an improved menu system, more safety features than ever, a nicer display and a new design that makes it feel much smaller in the hand. If there’s any drawback to the ProVari P3, it’s the fact that some devices such as the VOX 50 outclass it in terms of battery life and maximum output power. In addition, the ProVari P3 has no coupon codes and rarely goes on sale. You’d be hard-pressed, though, to find an owner who isn’t happy with it.
Best Disposable E-Cigarette of 2015: NJOY Kings
Price: $29.95 for five, quantity discounts available | Link removed due to NJOY bankruptcy
We aren’t normally huge fans of disposable e-cigarettes. Not only do they produce an experience inferior to that of rechargeable e-cigarettes, but they are also single-use — you have to buy them over and over again. The NJOY King, however, is something completely different. The King is incredibly small and light and features a soft tip similar to that of a real cigarette. You can actually allow it to hang from your lips if you like, which is virtually impossible with other e-cigarettes due to their length and weight. While the NJOY King doesn’t produce enormous vapor clouds, it hardly matters because the amount of nicotine contained within the e-liquid is nearly double that of what most companies offer. The end result is that using the King feels more like smoking a cigarette than possibly anything else on the market. NJOY offers frequent sales and discounts, and if you’re willing to buy the King in packs of 100 the savings can really stack up.
Best E-Cigarette of 2015 (Mechanical Mod): Volcano Pele
Price: $139.99 (device only) or $199.99 (full kit) | Shop Now
If you enjoy tinkering with your vaping setup or simply prefer simplicity, a mechanical mod might be just what you’re looking for. Unlike some of the power-regulated devices listed above, a mechanical mod is nothing more than a battery tube with an atomizer connection and a fire button. Mechanical mods contain no electronics and can be produced and purchased extremely cheaply. This actually makes the Pele mechanical mod one of the more expensive e-cigarettes on the market — but what a device it is. The Pele is the first all-steel e-cigarette to be designed and built in Hawaii. The fully adjustable atomizer connection is machined from brass, and the bottom fire button has a twist-to-lock function. If you buy the full kit, you’ll also receive a 35 amp 2800 mAh battery, a bottle of Volcano’s new Lava Line e-liquid and the exclusive Caldera rebuildable atomizer. The Caldera is also made in Hawaii and features a spiral pattern at the top to prevent e-liquid from condensing and entering the mouth.
Best Rebuildable Atomizer of 2015: Volcano Cauldron
Price: $19.99 and up | Shop Now
The Volcano Cauldron is pretty much everything you could ever want in a rebuildable atomizer. Its three posts are super easy to access, and having a nice, deep well means that you’ll rarely need to worry about overfilling. The Cauldron comes with an attractive black sleeve, and you can also purchase replacement sleeves in a variety of different colors if you’d like to change the look of your vaping setup. Volcano sells a coil jig that makes wrapping your own coils easy, and the website also has a one-stop shop for all of the types and gauges of wire that you could ever need.
Best E-Cigarette Tank of 2015: VaporFi Volt Hybrid Tank
Price: $59.99 | Shop Now
VaporFi Coupon Code: 12% Off
You’re probably already aware of the fact that sub-ohm vaping — using an atomizer with a resistance of less than 1 ohm — can give you some really amazing vapor production if you use a device that can handle the load. Unfortunately, sub-ohm vaping usually requires wrapping your own coils, which can be time-consuming and even dangerous if done improperly. The Volt tank changes all of that with its pre-assembled atomizer heads that you can buy in packs of five and simply drop into the tank’s threaded base. The 0.5-ohm atomizer heads generate some truly enormous vapor clouds, and replacing them requires virtually no effort.
Best E-Liquid of 2015: Black Note
Price: $29.00 | Shop Now
Black Note is the first truly revolutionary e-liquid company to hit the market in quite some time. Black Note’s lineup contains nothing but tobacco flavors, each created from an extract of a specific type of tobacco leaf. Whether your tastes lean toward Virginia, Cavendish or Havana, you’ll find something you like from Black Note. Black Note charges no shipping fees for any order, and a sample box is available if you can’t decide which flavor you’d like to try. You can earn free e-liquid by returning your empty packaging, and if you aren’t happy with the e-liquid you can return it for a full refund. How can you go wrong?