I've used my fair share of “affordable” (I was scraping pennies together lol) pens in my day. Would you be surprised if I told you I had a pen that costs less than $15? Yes, those do exist but the quality, obviously, isn't the greatest. But I remember when I was looking for the cheapest vape pen I could find, I wasn't concerned with quality. I just wanted something that would get the job done. The devices below will get the job done without forcing you to withdraw from your retirement.
The Brand New Air 2 Mini Vaporizer – $19.99
This little device is brand spanking new. It just came out on June 12th, 2017.
It's a solid device and performs like a champ. As far as quality goes, it doesn't get any better than this for this price range. Even though this is a solidly build pen, it's not for everyone.
The biggest drawback to this pen is the fact that it has a 350mAh battery. That makes it tough to recommend this pen as a go to pen. However, it does make for a great complimentary device for when you need a smaller, stealthier device.
You can also buy some extra atomizers that will allow you to convert this pen into an oil vaporizer. The upgraded atomizers costs $8, but they're unnecessary if you are only going to be using it for e-liquids.
The best thing about the Air 2 Mini is the size and quality. Sometimes a small device is exactly what you need, especially if you normally use one of those big brick box mods. Don't get me wrong, I love box mods but sometimes I just want to wear athletic shorts and a tank top and slide a little pen into my pocket. This one is perfect for that.
If you're looking for an all-day vape, this isn't it. But if you just want something that's portable, convenient, and high quality, look no further.
You can only buy it from VaporFi since it's their baby.
The Cheapest Vape Pen We Approve – $14.95
Suprisingly, for just shy of $15 you can get a vapor pen that will get the job done. It'll produce decent vapor that can assist you in cutting back on the cigs or quitting all together. You also can use a pen like this just to get introduced into vaping and enjoy some of the flavors while you see if vaping is right for you.
The Eleaf iCare 140 is a great pen for vapers on a budget. It has a sleek unibody design which makes it great for people of all (legal) ages. The tank is built into the base which make it nearly impossible to break. If you have butter fingers or just don't want to be bothered with the possibility of shattering your tank, then a unibody pen like this would be perfect for you.
It has a 650mAh battery which is par for the course at this price range. For an extra $5, you can get a starter pen with a much bigger battery as you'll see in some of the pens below. But for your first pen, a 650mAh battery will perform its duty of introducing you to vaping and hopefully helping you kick cigarettes to the curb. Just make sure you charge it before leaving the house.
The iCare 140 boasts a 2mL tank which is actually pretty darn good for the price. I've seen much more expensive pens and tanks that have the same or smaller capacity. This size is actually a sweet spot for many vapers, as you'll see when you start using bigger tanks.
What makes this kit a steal is the replacement coils. It comes with two replacement coils which will last you for quite some time. I never expect kits at this price to come with replacement coils, let alone two of them.
As if Eleaf didn't do enough with this pen already, they added on another feature to make this pen even better. It has a spiral drip tip which is the latest technological advancement in drip tips. You'll see spiral drip tips on tanks that cost twice as much with this pen and don't even come with a battery/mod. Spiral drip tips enhance the flavor of your vapor, allowing you to taste a greater range of notes.
The vapor production that comes off the iCare 140 is consistent and definitely above average for the price.
If you decide to give this pen a rip, save money and get it at Direct Vapor for under $15.
SmokeStik ULTRA Portable – $18.95
This is a little pen but it has a big heart! It comes in at a slim 14.5mm (0.57 inches) wide and 137mm (5.4 inches) tall. That's pretty damn small. It boasts a milliliter tank and a 650mAh battery that will power up this little portable pen with pride.
You'll be able to get a couple hours of continuous vaping out of this pen on one charge. If you're not pounding this pen then it'll last longer. Batteries of this size are not designed to last all day.
Another upside is the size. It's highly portable and can fit in your pocket without much of a bulge. It's about the size of the thinner Sharpies which is awesome.
The best use for a pen like this is to give vaping a try. If you're not sure if you want to switch over to the whole vaping thing but want to give it a shot, this is a small investment that's well worth it.
You'll risk $18.95 and you may not like it. Worst case, you're out of 19 bucks. But the upside potential is huge. If you do happen to like it, you're down 19 bucks (which you'll save in no time since vaping is cheaper) but you no longer have to inhale all the chemicals in cigarettes.
I'm sure you know all about the chemicals in cigarettes so I'm not going to get into a passionate rant here. But I'm passionate about this and I know the upside potential is huge to these little cheap starter kit. You can buy this kit from SmokeStik ULTRA.
SMOK Vape Pen 22 – $19.95
This quirky little vaporizer pen would make a great first pen. It has beginner friendly features such a low resistance, short circuit, and low voltage protection. It has a micro USB charging port which supports pass-through charging. That's great for those of us who forget to charge our gear. I called this kit quirky because the tank is built into the base of the pen. That means you can swap out or upgrade the tank.
You probably wouldn't want to anyway since whatever tank you would upgrade to would cost more than this whole kit. Only the bottom half of the tank is built into the base. When you get the pen you'll have to screw in the atomizer, place the glass on top of the base, and screw on the wide bore Delrin drip tip.
Of course, make sure you have some e liquid in the tank and you're all set. The tank holds 2mL of vape juice. It boasts a powerful 1600mAh battery so you'll be able to vape for quite some time on it. The 22 in the name of this pen is for the 22mm diameter.
One thing that's worth mentioning, this pen seriously kicks out some massive clouds and also produces great flavor. That's mainly why we put it on the list. We're not the biggest fans of the build in tank but the Vape Pen 22 is a quality pen. You'll feel like you're vaping on a $60 pen. It's that good.
You can buy this little beast for under $20 at DirectVapor.
Joytech eGo AIO Kit – $19.95
Okay, so this pen has a built-in tank as well, but it's different. The difference is, the glass is part of the built-in tank. With the Smok Vape Pen 22, the glass is a loose piece that you have to place on the base. It's exposed, meaning it's more likely to break. If it breaks, you're SOL because it doesn't come with a replacement. However, the glass on the eGo AIO starter kit is highly unlikely to break because it's not exposed as much.
The battery on the eGo AIO is a long lasting 1500mAh. You'll be vaping for quite some time before needing to recharge. The built-in tank holds 2mL of e liquid. The pen comes in at 19mm in diameter which means it's nice and sleek. You'll get to use two different drip tips with this pen; a glass drip tip and a spiral one. The spiral drip tip enhances the flavor.
Joytech has become famous for their eGo line of pens and for good reason. They vape nicely and are reliable. What more can you ask for in a $20 pen. When buying cheap vapes, it's always good to go with trusted ones like the pens on this list. You can pick this up at VaporDNA for $21.99 or Direct Vapor for $19.95.
Eleaf iJust2 Mini – $25.95
The iJust2 Mini starter kit is a nice option. It should last you a long time, even if you decide to upgrade the battery. The tank is a sub ohm tank and it can handle up to 80W.
Of course, the iJust2 Mini battery cannot put out that much power for too long, but you'll have a tank that will still be solid once you eventually upgrade to a mod that can kick out some juice. This is a mini device so it's nice and portable. The tank can hold 2mL of e-liquid which is right on par for the price range, even though it's a compact device.
The one thing I don't like about the tank is that it is a bottom-fill tank. I'm not a big fan of those. When I was new to vaping, I would accidentally unscrew the top of the tank when trying to remove the tank from the battery. It resulted in me spilling quite a bit of e-liquid. When using a bottom-fill tank, just be careful and make sure you unscrew it properly.
The atomizer has a resistance of 0.3ohm which will give you a nice sub ohm vaping experience. You'll get great vapor quality from this tank. It also was designed with the latest heat dissipation technology, allowing your tank to stay cool to the touch even when vaping at high wattages.
The kit comes in at 22mm in diameter and has a 1,100mAh battery. The battery provides enough juice for you to vape for hours while still being small enough to easily fit in your pocket or purse. The battery is just 61mm tall. Click here to get the high performance iJust2 Mini for a basement bargain.
General Information On Vaporizers
Here's a list of the different kinds of devices out there and benefits vs. trade-offs for each one based on my experience. I'm going to start off with cigarette alternatives, as those are largely popular and what our site is about. Although, we can't forget our medical marijuana friends either.
These are made up of two parts, the battery & the cartomizer (cartridge+atomizer). The cartridge holds the flavor and the nicotine while the atomizer vaporizes it.
Cartridges last for about 300 puffs, or 30 cigarettes. The batteries only last for about the equivalent of 10 cigarettes before they have to be recharged.
E-cigs are expensive in my opinion. They're not much different from regular cigarettes in the look and feel so that is a definite plus. But they cost more than other vapor devices, don't last as long, and offer fewer flavor alternatives than other vaporizers.
They're still pretty cheap on an individual basis, but you'll pay more in the long run. They're a great alternative to smoking, but not the best in my opinion.
These are the most popular alternatives to smoking. After using e-cigs for a week or two, you'll probably be ready to switch back to cigarettes or over to vape pens. A lot of e-cig users are left looking for a fuller experience. That's what beginner pens can provide.
They consist of three parts: the battery, atomizer (wick+coil), and e-juice tank. It works similarly to an e-cigarette but more efificently and delivers way better vapor. With better quality vapor, you get better nicotine delivery as well.
Nicotine strengths offered are 0mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg, 24mg. The tanks usually hold 2-4 ml of juice, but there are some larger tanks available. Atomizers have to be replaced every 2-3 weeks, and batteries can last a day or more. They can hold virtually any liquid vape juice.
Oeprating them is fairly easy and you can learn in a few minutes. These types of devices are our number one recommendation because of the good vapor quality, consistent nicotine delivery, and cost effectiveness.
Mods are a favorite among vape hobbyists and ex-smokers. Similar to the cheap pens mentioned above, they have a battery and an atomizer. Atomizers can last two weeks, and tanks can use any brand of e-juice and come in larger sizes.
The batteries can be shared among other mods, and some the atomizers are rebuildable & can be enhanced for different effects. Mods blow thicker vapor, and the e-juice is very potent. They are more expensive than vape pens and e-cigs, but the experience outweighs the difference in price.
With meetups, trade shows, and underground auctions – you can quickly make a hobby of vaping that also helps with quitting tobacco for good. There is a strong community standing by waiting to support you every step of your journey.
Now I'd like to discuss cheap options for marijuana users.
A classic option is the tabletop vaporizer. These are best for people who like to medicate at home and don't want to walk around smelling like they just ripped a bowl. They're great for everyday use as long as you don't mind the setup. It takes about the same amount of time as rolling a joint unless you're a joint rolling pro.
Volcano-style machines are a high-priced, high-performance monopoly in the vaping industry. They're essentially desktop-sized vaporizers that pack a huge punch. A vaping aficionado will instantly recognize the Volcano brand, and be thrilled to give it a try.
With oil-based pens, as I mentioned above, you’re drawing from very high-THC concentrate, so it’s a good pick if you use marijuana regularly enough to have a tolerance. You just plug it into a USB charger, and you're golden. They're very discrete, smooth, and cheap. I can even get away with vaping one of these in a crowded public setting.
Gas-powered devices require you to use a tank filled with butane gas, rather than an atomizer. Why some people opt for such an unhealthy option in 2017 is beyond me. Personally, I don't know anyone that uses this option. However, it still exists so there must be a market for it, right?
Wax-based devices, similar to the oil-based pens, have a very high THC percentage and are a little more complex than oil-based pens. Oil based pens come with pre-filled oil tanks so they're no setup on your part. With dab pens, you have to load the dab before using.
Plant-based pens, usually advertised as flower or dry herb, allow you put marijuana directly inside of them. The perfect choice for traditional marijuana users. It's something like a high-tech joint. By pulling the THC straight from the source, you can achieve the same effects of a joint.
Stealth vapes have the appearance of an inhaler. If you like to be very discrete (or stingy), a couple of puffs of this will give you a buzz without ruffling any feathers. People will think you've just got allergies. It's portable, easy to use, and very private.
Premium-priced devices don't belong on this list of cheap vape pens, but The Herbalizer, an elite $700+ unit has such a crisp, high-tech, huge hit. It even offers an aromatherapy mode and other luxurious, completely unnecessary but awesome benefits.
Vaping is a much healthier alternative to smoking, whether it be tobacco or weed.
If you're a smoker and are tired of smelling like weed or raunchy tobacco, then you should give vaping a serious look. Don't be afraid to start with something simple, like the cheaper options listed above. It's a smart and economical place to start.
You can afford to be more adventurous with your e-liquids since they're so affordable. I lean towards fruity, dessert flavors like strawberry and caramel. Anyone new to vaping should try flavors that are basic (grape, bubblegum, coconut, mango, etc.) as well as more complex combinations like each companies specialty blend.
By getting experimental with the flavors, you're giving yourself a better chance of finding one that you absolutely love. Once you find your flavor, switching will become a whole lot easier.
I hope this brief list helps you with finding some inexpensive vape pens that can give your lungs a break from the tar filled cigarettes.
Kanger Top Evod – $14.95
The Kanger Top Evod is a decent pen made by one of the most reputable companies in the vaping arena. Kanger specializes in making devices for the every day person. You'll see vaping enthusiast with a Kanger device every now and then, but not too often. They're solid devices but don't have all the bells and whistles as some of the other high-end devices.
The Top Evod sports a 650mAh battery and has a 1.7mL tank capacity. It has safety features like overcharge, low resistance, and short circuit protection. You'll also get a warning from the LED indicator when your battery is low. For less than $15, this pen is a steal. It has some cool features that make this pen legit.
If you are looking to get the most out of your vaping experience and enjoy all the little nuances of vaping, this isn't the pen for you. But if you're just looking for something good and cheap to start vaping with and eventually quit smoking, this is a solid purchase.
Platinum E Series – $24.99
This is a good starter pen. It's a simple pen that will do a good job of helping you make the transition from smoking to vaping or from e-cigs to vaporizers. The highlight of this pen is the size. It a very slim pen coming in at just 14mm in width. You could have it in your pocket and it would not make a big bulge. A dry erase marker would stand out more than this pen.
As you could probably guess, with a slim pen you have to sacrifice something. The battery is pretty good, coming in at 1100mAh but the tank is on the smaller side. It only holds 1.5mL of vape juice. That makes it the smallest tank on this list. The next smallest is the Kanger Top Evod at 1.7mL. Honestly, you wouldn't really notice the a 0.2mL difference, but a tank that is 0.5mL bigger would be very noticeable.
The other great thing about this starter kit is that it comes with everything you need to start vaping, literally. The E Seriest starter kit comes with a free 10mL bottle of vape juice. This pen made the list because it's cheap, well liked by vapers, comes with vape juice, and can definitely help you make the switch. It's reliable and produces good vapor. You can buy this starter kit from Platinum Puffs' website.
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