Best Vape Pens & Vape Pen Reviews 2018

Which Vape Pen Should You Buy?

Features Expert Rating
Juul Vapor System
The Juul Vapor System
  • Battery: 700 mah battery
  • Liquid Capacity: 2 mL
  • .75 coil heads
(96%)
Triton 2
Halo Triton 2
  • Battery: 200 mAh
  • Liquid Capacity: 0.7 mL
  • Maximum output 8W
(96%)
eLeaf iCare Solo
eLeaf iCare Solo
  • Battery: 320 mAh
  • Liquid Capacity: 1.1mL
  • Maximum output power: 15W
(96%)

Our # 1 Vape Pens for 2018

 

After a combined 30 hours of testing, inhaling, charging and running our top 20 picks through their paces, we can confidently say that the Juul is our Editor’s Choice and the #1 Best Vape Pens for E-Liquid. 

Why the JUUL?

  1. It offers a MTL vaping experience similar to smoking that new vapers need.
  2. Higher nicotine level for new vapers transitioning over from traditional cigarettes..
  3. Juice pods are easy to replace when empty and available in most vape shops and online retailers..

Editor’s Choice

The Juul – The Best Vape Pen of 2018


(96%)

Find The Best Vape Pens That Fit Your Needs?

Are all vape pens the same? Not exactly. Many of them are similar in design and function. Some are meant to be used for vaporizing e-liquid, some are capable of vaporizing oils and concentrates as well as loose leaf/dry herbs. Vape pens that are classified as 3-in-1 pens have the ability to be used for all three with separate cartridges for each one. This is a great option because it means only carrying around one device for all your vaping needs.

E-liquid Vape Pens

Someone looking to vape e-liquid only should consider buying an e-liquid vape pen. This type of vape pen only works with e-liquid and will not work for concentrates or dry herbs. The reason for this is that the heat settings are not high enough to vaporize anything but liquids. Pens like the Juul, iCare Solo, Smok Stick and VaporFi VAIO are vape pens that use e-liquid only. For someone wanting to vaporize dry herbs or wax, a better solution would be to purchase a pen that does those materials or works for all three like a 3-in-1 vape pen. These types are listed below and worth checking out if you so choose.

 

Vape Pens for Dry Herb

These types of vape pens are meant for dry herb only. Someone looking to vaporize cannabis or other herbal materials should choose one of these as they are designed with a heating chamber that uses heated air to extract the benefits of the herbs without combustion. These types of vaporizers are usually purchased by people looking to vape their dry herbs instead of smoking them. They may have quit smoking cigarettes for health reasons and feel that vaping their herbs follows that method as well. Some examples of a dry herb vaporizer are The Pax 2, Atmos RX, and Atmos Jump.

 

Vape Pens for Wax and Dab

Vape pens for wax and concentrates are similar to e-liquid vape pens in that they have a cartridge or chamber for vaporizing solids into vapor. They may come with a glass globe or atomizer chamber. These types of vaporizers often include a dab tool and a small brush for cleaning the screens and chamber. Some examples of wax pens are the Yocan Evolve Wax Vaporizer, Yocan Pandon Wax Vaporizer and KandyPens Donuts Vaporizer.

 

3-in 1 Vape Pens

3-in-1 vaporizers, also called multi-use vaporizers, are a combination unit designed to work with e-liquid, wax and dry herbs. Some have separate chambers that can be switched out for the different material or a cartridge for concentrates and a chamber for dry herbs. Also some units may have the capability for multi-use but additional parts may be sold separately. The benefit of this type of vaporizer is that you can purchase one unit for all of your vaping needs. Examples of 3-in-1 vaporizers are the XMax V2 Pro, Yocan Evolve Plus Magneto, and V2 Pro Series 3 Vaporizer.

 

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What to Look For

 

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Big battery, tanks size and sub-ohm coils

For the frequent vaper those things might be long battery life, a good size e-liquid tank and the ability to use  sub-ohm coils. Battery life is determined by the milliamp hours. Someone who vapes frequently will want a battery of at least 1,200 mah and a tank of 3 mils or more.

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1-Button Functionality

1-button functionality is ideal but not mandatory. That said, 1-button makes for a sleek and easy to use Vape Pen. Moreover, it’s “less to break”, meaning your Vape Pen is less complicated and now so is your life :).

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2 Mil Tank

A 2 mil tank might be a little small for frequent vapers but may be just right for someone who vapes less frequently. The choice comes down to preference and function. What may be a drawback for one might not be for another, it’s all subjective.

What to Avoid

 

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Cig-a-like Devices & Stick Batteries

Avoid cig-a-like devices (aka stick batteries). They do not have enough power to make a satisfying vape. These are the little 510 battery and cartomizers you find at gas stations and convenience stores that resemble traditional cigarettes. In short, you won’t be satisfied with the “puff”.

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Don't Shop Where You Buy Gas

Save your money and go to your local vape shop or buy from an online retailer. Always buy your e-liquids, tanks and devices through a reputable vendor because if something goes wrong you have a better chance of getting the item replaced or a refund. The best vape pens are sold in shops that cater to the customer and will replace items that are defective.

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Don't Stick to Just One Device

Loyalty is good, but not to the exclusion of other devices. Backups are good to have on hand. Why? If one breaks, then you have a backup to prevent you from falling back into old habits. 

Specialized Reviews Ranking System

At License to Vape, we employ a comprehensive evaluation system to analyze and measure the full value of products, by looking at the ingredients, clinical studies, safety, projected effectiveness, return policies, and overall customer satisfaction. This method is known as the License to Vape Ranking System.

Top 5 Vaping Pens For 2018

After hours of extensive research, testing and reviews, we’ve determined the best products (for any budget) on the market today.”

The Juul Vapor System - Best Vape Pen for Cartridges

96%
OUR SCORE
Features
Battery
8.9
Ease of Use
10
Reliability
9.7
Value
9.2
Vape Experience
10
Pros
  • Cute design, small and portable
  • Juice pods are leak-proof
  • Tap twice to view battery life
  • Easy to change flavors
  • Good for smokers wanting to try out vaping
Cons
  • Pricey compared to other kits of the same price
  • $15.99 for 4 pack refill pods
  • No varying levels of nicotine (50mg) strong
  • Short battery life, takes an hour to charge
The Bottom Line
The Juul is very popular with beginning vapers because it is so easy to use. Refill cartridges can be purchased in packs of 4. The Juul made by Pax Labs is a small, compact vape pen that changed the shape of e-cigarettes altogether. What makes this little device so different is its unique design. Its flat, rectangle-shaped appearance looks nothing like a traditional cigarette but produces a good amount of vapor in 4 delicious flavors: mint, cream, fruit and Virginia tobacco. The Juul is an enclosed system so there is nothing to fill and no issues with leaking. When the pod is empty simply remove it and replace it with a full one. During our testing, we determined that this device is is perfect for someone looking to quit cigarettes. The draw is very similar to a cigarette and the vapor production is very good. For smokers looking to try out vaping without a subscription service, this is the one for you. Learn More About Our Top Pick

Halo Triton 2 – Best E-liquid Vape Pen

96%
OUR SCORE
Features
Battery
8.3
Ease of Use
10
Reliability
9.8
Value
10
Vape Experience
10
Pros
  • Variable voltage for a more customized vape experience
  • Larger juice flow ports provide better saturation and reduce dry hits
  • Triton 2 tanks are equipped with an airflow control system
  • Simple, easy to use system that fits right in your pocket
  • 2 coil options
  • 1-button functionality
Cons
  • due to the fact it is a popular item, it is often out-of-stock from online retailers
  • parts and components are not compatible with the original Triton, so you cannot use them interchangeably
The Bottom Line
This device is great for first-time vapers as well as advanced users. This simple device gives you the option for MTL and DL vaping with a chic, stylish look and great performance. The Triton 2 has larger juice flow ports and an airflow control system to let the individual user customize his or her vape to the way they like it. The sub-ohm coil allows users who may have never tried sub-ohm coils the opportunity to try it without worrying about purchasing separate batteries and understanding ohm’s law. It also has a more powerful 700-mah battery, a sub-ohm tank and the ability to use either direct lung hits with the .75 ohm coil head, or choose mouth-to-lung hits using the 1.5 and 1.2 ohm coil heads. The look and feel of the device is similar to the original and comes in a variety of colors. It is also our top pick for the best vape pens for e-liquid. Learn More About Our Top Pick

eLeaf iCare Solo - Best Cheap Vape Pen

96%
OUR SCORE
Features
Battery
9.1
Ease of Use
9
Reliability
10
Value
10
Vape Experience
10
Pros
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Good flavor and vapor
  • Compact size, fits discreetly in a pocket
  • Internal tank system
  • 3 LED battery level indicator lights: green, yellow, red
  • Good first-device for beginners
  • Economical
Cons
  • No direct lung capability
  • Not for cloud chasers
  • Short battery life
The Bottom Line
The eLeaf iCare Solo good quality, inexpensive vape pen for beginning vapers with a smaller budget. Moreover, it's a slim all-in-one device that fits nicely in your pocket or purse for discrete stealth vaping when you don't want to carry a big mod around. Its size makes it perfect for vaping on-the-go, and the 320mah lithium ion battery has an LED indicator light that tells you when your battery is getting low and needs to be recharged.The tank on the device holds 1.5 milliliters of e-liquid and you can refill it with your own juice. It functions as a mouth-to-lung device but has adjustable airflow for individual preference. To fill the tank, remove the mouthpiece and the air pipe and fill just to the line. Replace the air pipe and cap and vape away. Learn More About Our Top Pick

VaporFi VAIO GO

93%
OUR SCORE
Features
Battery
8.6
Ease of Use
9.8
Reliability
9.5
Value
8.9
Vape Experience
9.9
Pros
  • Good flavor and vapor production
  • 3 mil tank capacity
  • Top-fill tank design
  • MTL or DL draws
  • Short-circuit protection
  • Charges via USB cable
  • LED battery indicator lights: green, yellow, red
Cons
  • Wattage is not adjustable
  • Built-in tank not replaceable
  • No bypass mode
The Bottom Line
The VaporFi VAIO Go is an all-in-one device that offers vapers the choice of using MTL or DL hits based on your choice of drip tip and coil head. The design is simple but elegant and comes in 6 color choices. It is a very stylish-looking device with 1-button functionality. The airflow control valve makes it easy to customize the vape pen for a tighter, or looser draw depending on your preference. The small bore black tip is for MTL and the silver wide-bore tip is for DL hits. The device has a top adjustable airflow control and is easy to fill and vape. The LED power indicator lights tell you when the battery is fully charged (green), at 50% or less (yellow), or needing to be charged soon (red). It charges with a micro USB cable via a charging port on the front of the device. Learn More About Our Top Pick

Smok Stick AIO

95%
OUR SCORE
Features
Battery
9
Ease of Use
9.7
Reliability
9.3
Value
9.4
Vape Experience
9.9
Pros
  • Top-fill tank for easy refilling
  • Great vapor production
  • Built-in, leak-proof glass tank
  • Short-circuit protection
  • 1-button functionality
  • Cons
    • Top airflow control is not adjustable
    • Wattage is also not adjustable
    • Small 2 mil tank capacity
    The Bottom Line
    The Smok Stick AIO from Smoktech is a pen-style battery with an updated sub-ohm tank that packs a punch for those vapers who want a little more power and vapor production in an easy to use, all-in-one device. The appeal of this vape pen is due to the fact that it is a compact device with 1-button functionality. It is simple to fill and simple to use, with no screens to worry about or extra buttons to press. It is just an easy device to use and doesn’t require any technical knowledge to maintain. The coil sits under the top cap making it easy to change when needed. The downside for more experienced vapers is that 2 mil tank capacity is a bit small for those who vape frequently. You'll need to carry juice for refills and the 1600 mah battery may or may not last you all day depending on how much you use the device. Learn More About Our Top Pick

    Hailing from the east coast, Lisa is a long time Vaper whose knowledge is derived from years of experience and testing a wide variety of vaping products. If you have questions or comments don’t hesitate to reach out. lisa@licensetovape.com

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