I have talked in several other blogs about single-use disposable vape devices. This article aims to help you decide if you want to up your game to a cheaper, more sustainable alternative.
The rise in popularity of disposable vapes has been undeniable in recent years. These convenient devices have captured the attention of many new vapers, but their environmental impact and cost have raised concerns. This article will explore some of the best alternatives to disposable vapes, allowing you to enjoy vaping without contributing to unnecessary waste.
If you are intent on using single-use devices, it’s essential to mention the importance of responsible disposal. Please make sure to dispose of them properly. Recycling programs are now available in some vape shops – where you can recycle your disposables responsibly. By doing this, you can ensure that your waste is handled in an environmentally friendly manner.
In conclusion, many alternatives to disposable vapes allow you to enjoy vaping without contributing to excessive waste and breaking the bank! Whether you opt for refillable pod systems, rechargeable vape pens, rebuildable atomisers, or commit to responsible disposal, every effort counts towards a greener vaping experience. Let’s embrace these alternatives and positively impact our costs, vaping enjoyment and the environment.
What Is a Disposable Vape and Why Consider an Alternative?
Disposable vapes, such as Elf Bars, Lost Marys, Crystal Bars, Geek Bars, etc., are single-use electronic cigarettes. They work the same as a vape pod system by having a battery heat up e-liquid via a coil. The only real difference is that the lithium battery contained in the (usually) plastic shell has no means of being recharged. Likewise, the Tank (atomiser) at the top of the device has no way of being refilled – despite a mesh coil being able to heat many times the amount of liquid allowed to be contained in the atomiser under UK law. The idea is that they are convenient for the end user. If you consider not being able to charge or refill a device convenient
The Downsides of Disposable Vapes: Waste, Cost, and Lack of Customisation
This level of “convenience” generates several problems, including toxic waste, Increased personal costs and not to mention the bad press it’s giving the vape industry.
The Environmental Impact of Disposable Vapes
While disposable vapes have gained popularity among new vapers due to their ease of use, their convenience comes at a considerable cost to the environment. The single-use nature of these devices contributes to unnecessary waste, as they cannot be refilled or recharged.
It is currently estimated that over 5 Million disposable vapes are being discarded in the UK every week – an enormous amount of waste that could be avoided. (Source: Material Focus)
When these disposable vapes are discarded, they end up in landfills, adding to the growing problem of electronic waste. These devices’ lithium batteries and plastic shells can take years to decompose, releasing harmful chemicals into the environment during the process. This poses a threat to our ecosystem and affects our overall well-being.
Moreover, the cost of constantly purchasing new disposable vapes can quickly add up. While they may seem affordable initially, the long-term expenses can be significant. This is where exploring alternatives becomes crucial, as it reduces waste and saves money in the long run.
The Financial Cost of Disposable Vapes
Disposable vapes can cost anywhere from £5 to £15 per device. If a person uses one disposable vape per week, this adds up to between £260 to £780 per year spent on vapes alone. Over time, the costs become substantial, and money could have been saved on more long-term solutions.
The Lack of Customisation with Disposable Vapes
Since disposable vapes contain a set amount of e-liquid and use pre-determined coil resistances, there is no opportunity for customising aspects like nicotine strength, flavour or vapour production. Some vapers enjoy experimenting with different variables to find their perfect vape. Disposables do not allow this kind of personalisation and fine-tuning of the vaping experience.
The Unsustainable Nature of Disposable Vape
Beyond the waste and cost aspects, disposable vapes represent an unsustainable model that is ultimately at odds with harm reduction principles. Since they are designed to be used once and then disposed of, they promote a “use and discard” mentality that is hard to reconcile with a more sustainable future.
Is switching to a reusable vape a better alternative for you and the planet
Switching to a reusable vape can be a better alternative for you and the planet. It addresses the issues of waste, cost, and lack of customisation associated with disposable vapes and promotes a more sustainable approach to vaping.
Investing in a reusable vape device can significantly reduce the amount of waste generated. Instead of discarding multiple disposable vapes every week, you can refill and recharge your reusable vape, minimising the environmental impact. This small change can make a big difference in the long run, especially considering the alarming number of disposable vapes being thrown away each week in the UK.
In addition to being environmentally friendly, reusable vapes can also save you money. While the upfront cost of a reusable device may be higher, the long-term savings are substantial. Rather than constantly purchasing disposable vapes, you only need to buy e-liquid and replacement coils for your reusable device. This not only reduces your expenses but also provides an opportunity for customisation.
Unlike disposable vapes, reusable devices allow you to customise various aspects of your vaping experience. You can choose from multiple e-liquids with different nicotine strengths and flavours, tailoring your vape to suit your preferences. Furthermore, reusable devices often offer adjustable settings for vapour production, giving you the flexibility to fine-tune your vaping experience to perfection.
By embracing reusable vapes, you are making a wise financial decision and aligning yourself with a more sustainable future. It’s a step towards reducing electronic waste, conserving resources, and promoting a healthier environment. Additionally, reusable vapes support harm reduction principles by providing a long-lasting alternative to the “use and discard” mentality prevalent with disposable vapes.
In conclusion, switching to a reusable vape is undoubtedly the way to go if you want a cost-effective, customisable, and environmentally-conscious vaping solution. It allows you to enjoy your vaping experience while minimising waste and contributing to a more sustainable world. Make the switch today and be a part of the positive change.
What Can I Use to Switch From Disposable Vapes?
While some devices are particularly suitable for use as a disposable vape alternative, literally any vape device can be used as an alternative. At their core, all vape devices are a battery heating a coil – even disposables. So the choice is massive.
That said – as disposable users are likely looking for convenience. – there are a few subsets of devices that are more useful as alternatives than others
One popular option is the refillable pod system. These devices offer simplicity and ease of use, making them an excellent choice for those transitioning from disposable vapes. With refillable pods, you can fill the pod with your favourite e-liquid and replace the coil when needed. This provides a hassle-free vaping experience while minimising waste.
Another alternative worth considering is the vape pen. Vape pens come in various shapes and sizes, but they all have similar functionality. These devices are often beginner-friendly and offer a seamless transition from disposable vapes. With a vape pen, you can enjoy the convenience of a compact design while still having the option to customise your vaping experience. Often, you can get pre-filled pods – the disposable manufacturers sometimes make rechargeable versions of their disposables – often with replaceable pre-filled pods.
If you’re looking for something compact and discreet, pod mods might be the perfect fit for you. These devices combine the convenience of pod systems with the power of box mods, offering a portable and versatile vaping experience. With pod mods, you can enjoy a wide range of flavours and nicotine strengths while reducing waste and environmental impact.
Box mods are excellent for those who prefer a more advanced vaping experience. Box mods offer a wide range of features and settings, allowing you to fine-tune your vaping experience to perfection. With their replaceable batteries and adjustable wattage, box mods provide longevity and versatility. They are an excellent option for vapers who want to take their vaping journey to the next level.
This kind of article often forgets that the most critical aspect of switching is not necessarily the device; the e-liquid and flavour are what you are looking for, and finding a suitable vape juice for you is arguably more important or at least just as important as finding the device.
Nic salts, freebase, and shortfills are all different types of e-liquids you can use with your chosen vape device. Understanding their differences can help you find the perfect vape juice that suits your preferences and needs.
Nicotine salts, also known as nic salts, have recently gained popularity. They are a form of nicotine extracted from tobacco leaves and combined with benzoic acid. Nic salts offer a smoother throat hit and faster nicotine absorption than traditional freebase nicotine. Many vapers appreciate nic salts for their ability to deliver a satisfying nicotine experience without the harshness commonly associated with higher nicotine concentrations. They are often found in higher strengths, making them ideal for those who crave a stronger nicotine hit. These, more often than not, are the types of E-liquids found in Disposable vapes – and are likely to be your first stopping point – in fact, many disposable vape manufacturers also make the very same liquid they use in their devices available for use in open vape systems such as pod mods etc.
On the other hand, freebase nicotine is the purest form of nicotine commonly used in e-liquids. It is known for its strong and intense throat hit, especially at higher nicotine concentrations. Freebase nicotine e-liquids are available in a broader range of flavours and nicotine strengths, catering to various vapers’ preferences. They are a good option for vapers who enjoy a more pronounced nicotine sensation or who want to reduce their nicotine intake gradually. Freebase nicotine lends itself better to deeper, more layered flavourings and tobacco flavours.
Shortfills are nicotine-free e-liquids in larger bottles, usually with extra space to add nicotine shots or nic shots. These bottles are often filled to 80% capacity, allowing vapers to mix their desired nicotine strength. Shortfills offer flexibility and customisation, as you can choose the nicotine level that suits you best. They are popular among vapers who prefer to control their nicotine intake or enjoy experimenting with different flavours and nicotine strengths.
When selecting your vape juice, consider your nicotine tolerance, desired throat hit, and flavour preferences. Experimenting with different types of e-liquids can help you discover your perfect vaping experience. Always choose reputable brands and ensure your e-liquids are compatible with your selected device.
Examples of Disposable Vape Alternative Hardware
I have written blogs before on this subject, but times in the vape industry move quickly! And there are many more options these days – so here is a more recent set of hardware – aimed more at the new switcher.
The closest thing (but not necessarily the best) to a disposable vape is the rechargeable vape device version of disposable vapes themselves. It is excellent for a first-time switcher – though less sustainable than some other devices on this list.
Our full range of Disposable alternative hardware is here: Disposable Vape Alternative – Hardware.
Rechargeable Disposables :
The Elfa Pro By Elf bar – An environmentally friendlier Elf bar! Replaceable pre-filled pods and rechargeable.
The Oxbar RDD by Oxva – is a compact, rechargeable and refillable disposable vape device that will long outlast a standard disposable device. Also available as a Just Juice Kit collaboration.
Crystal Bar Plus Rechargeable Pod Device – Another rechargeable device that uses pre-filled pods based on the SKE Crystal range of Disposable vapes.
Pod Kits and vape pens :
More sustainable than the rechargeable disposables and more configurable – and you choose the e-liquid!
Eco Nano Pod Kit by Vaporesso – This tremendous little Pod kit is ideal as a disposable vape alternative but just as good for anyone who needs a little long-lasting pod kit for out and about.
Oxva Xlim SE Bonus Kit – This is a perfect disposable alternative with its pen-like shape and a great starter kit for anyone.
Argus Z Vape Pod Kit by Voopoo – Stylish Starter kit with a 900mAh battery and simplicity that makes this a great alternative.
Innokin GoMax Pen Kit – All-in-one vape pen kit built around simplicity with its easy-to-use slide-filling port. A 3000mHa battery and refillable nature make this a stand-out alternative to disposables.
Box Mod Kits
These allow you to fine-tune your vaping experience to perfection. Utilising replaceable batteries and adjustable wattage, box mods provide longevity and versatility. These are more about taking your vaping to the next level.
Aspire Zelos X Vape Kit – The Aspire Zelos X Vape Kit is a powerful and versatile vaping solution that combines the Zelos X Mod and the Nautilus 3 Tank 22mm. This compact and reliable kit is ideal if you are looking to advance from disposables.
Vaporesso Gen 80 S Vape Kit – The power-packed Vaporesso Gen 80 S Vape Kit is a compact and ergonomically designed device that delivers an incredible sub-ohm vaping experience. Great if you are looking to upgrade to clouds.
Voopoo Drag 4 Vape Kit – Another Sub-ohm alternative to disposable vaping – clouds, bro.
Examples of disposable vape alternative E-liquids
The list of E-liquids you can use for a disposable alternative is endless! So here is a selection derived from juices specifically designed as disposable vape juices and inspired by Disposable E-liquids. But remember – you do not have to stick to that – the E-liquids world contains many different flavours and styles of liquid, from complex tobacco and desserts to fruits and Drinks.
You can find our full range of Disposable alternative E-liquid here: Disposable Vape Alternative – Juices.
Elfliq – Elf Bar Eliquids in 10ml – These are the juices from the popular Elfbar range of disposables; if you are an elf bar user – these may well be what you have already been vaping!
Elux Legend Nicotine salts – Elux Legend Nicotine salts Are the juices from the popular Elux Disposable vape bars.
SKE Crystal Bar Salts – These Crystal Bar e-liquids are the official bar salts from the Crystal Bar Disposable vapes.
Vampire Vape Bar Salts – Vampire Vape Bar Salts Are the Vampire Vape Disposable Vape Bar Flavours in 10ml bottles.
Bar Salts – Vape Juice flavours inspired by Disposable vapes.
Bar Juice 5000 – Bar Juice 5000 vape juice recreates the most popular disposable vape flavours.
Riot Squad – Riot Squad creates Multi Award E-Liquids, all Manufactured in the UK.
But – why stop there? So many E-liquids are available to try; you will be spoiled for choice! Something you don’t get with disposable vapes.
Verdict – Our Disposable Vape Alternative Recommendations.
In the spirit of enquiry, I have tried disposables of all types – and thankfully, they are not for me. I wouldn’t say I like things too sweet, for starters, and most disposable vapes are hugely over-sweetened and flavoured for my tastes. That said – I know the kit, and I know e-liquids. Although e-liquid flavours are personal, it seems pointless to recommend flavours. Still, I can recommend a kit, and I will recommend it based on what I use – a lot of these Pods, Pens and mods are not just disposable alternatives; they are significant bits of kit in their own right – my current personal favourites are :
Eco Nano Pod Kit by Vaporesso has taken over my love of the Caliburn AK2 and Oxva Xlim (though the Xlim remains a great bit of kit, and I would also recommend it) – this small kit has a huge battery life, and you can get replacement pods in 6ml! This is my top Pod Kit of the moment (as of October 2023).
Oxva Xlim SE Bonus Kit – is a simple-to-use and inexpensive device. This is a perfect alternative to single-use devices.
Of course, if you are looking for ultra-convenience and the disposable way of life is something you do not want to stray too far from – then the pref-filled pod-based system such as the Elfa Pro By Elf bar or the Crystal Bar Plus Rechargeable Pod Device are probably more up your street. I would encourage you to push your boundaries and explore the world of refillable Pod devices further.
I hope this article has been helpful to you if you are considering the sensible switch.
Let’s make a conscious effort to switch to these alternatives and positively impact the environment. By choosing refillable pod systems, rechargeable vape pens, rebuildable atomisers, or responsibly disposing of single-use devices, we can enjoy vaping without contributing to excessive waste, and you can save yourself money. Together, we can create a greener future for our vaping enjoyment and the environment and stop the media and the anti-vaping fraternity from bleating on about environmental impact and youth vaping.
Let’s be part of the solution – not the problem.