Introduction

The vaping scene in the UK has exploded in recent years, driven by the innovations of the industry and the enthusiasm of the community. More people than ever are using it as an alternative to smoking, coming over after years of using conventional tobacco products and eager for something new. This demand has driven a huge amount of effort into redesigning vape devices, fitting more powerful coils and batteries into slimmer, sleeker cases, all whilst advancing the specifics of controls and customisability. Today we can enjoy a market that is overflowing with powerful, high-tech vape pens, with something in there for every vaping enthusiast.

But which is the one for you? How do you know which device will suit your needs? What’s the best vape pen the UK market has to offer? Look no further, because we’ve gone through every vape pen readily available in the UK today and picked out the very finest of them for you. Cost, performance, flexibility, longevity, user-interface and customisability, all of these factors came into consideration to help us figure out the ten best vape pens on the UK market.

Without further ado, let’s get into the best vape pen UK retailers can offer you.

10.  VooPoo DRAG Nano

Crown pod

OUR RATING (/5):

3.0

PROS

  • Good battery capacity.
  • Safer drag-activated switch.

CONS

  • A little basic, limited customisability.
  • Limited coil range, relatively low voltage output.

Overall Review

VooPoo is an old hand in the vaping industry, a household name with many years of experience developing vape devices. Their DRAG Nano is an attempt to pack some of their finest hardware into a compact, pocket-sized case. In this they’ve been quite successful, as the VooPoo DRAG Nano could be called the best option for those wanting an easily concealed vape. With a 750 mAh battery capacity it has more than enough charge to get you through a day without worry, whilst the 20 minute charge time certainly is impressive. It’s drag-activated firing mechanism is certainly a fantastic choice, avoiding both the extra bulk of a firing switch and ensuring transport safety for a device of this size. Together with an integrated Gene.Pod Chip with advanced temperature control, what you have is a solidly designed pocket-vape that you can carry around with confidence.

However, though this level of hardware in so small a device is impressive, it can’t be denied that the DRAG Nano is limited in what it can achieve. A small tank with a small coil and a low voltage output, it certainly isn’t a universally appealing device. The DRAG Nano fills a very specific role and fills it well -for a fantastic price too- but this lack of adaptability is what keeps it in #10.

RRP: £15-£20

9. Eleaf IJust AIO

Eleaf IJust AIO

OUR RATING (/5):

3.5

PROS

  • Double adjustable airflow.
  • Adaptable coil.
  • Adjustable airflow.

CONS

  • Short battery life, not optimised for high setting.
  • Small tank.

Overall Review

The Eleaf iJust AIO steps up to the mark where the VooPoo DRAG Nano faltered, offering another unassuming device but with a wide range of customisability. The coil pods use GT mesh coils with a wide ohm range, coming in a well-designed and easy to use tank. This is matched by an adjustable airflow ring as well as three distinct power settings. The refill method for this device involves twisting the pod itself, aligning the tank with the hollow window of the device to provide an easy and secure refill method.

For a Pod of this size the Eleaf iJust certainly surpasses some expectations for capability. Although the tank is a little on the small side and the battery isn’t designed for sustained use at its highest setting -tending to deplete rather quickly- this vape pen is still a wonderful choice for many vapers looking for something small and discreet.

RRP: £20

8. Thorvap 30W

OUR RATING (/5):

3.8

PROS

  • Long lasting battery with respectable output.
  • Adjustable airflow.
  • Suitable for sub-ohm vaping.

CONS

  • Some leakage issues reported.
  • Supposedly will only work effectively with a 70% VG or higher E-liquid.

Overall Review

The Thorvap 30w is another compact vaping device designed with safety and comfort in mind. It’s five-click on/off switch is one of those easy safety steps that many manufacturers choose to ignore, but goes a long way in ensuring the safety of these pocket-sized devices. This is matched by another well-designed temperature limitation system. All of this supports a relatively high output battery and the support for a wide range of coils, making the Thorvap 30w an effective device for sub-ohm vaping. Add to this an adjustable airflow ring and what you have is a well-designed vape that pairs power with safety.

However, one glaring issue of the Thorvap 30w is it’s E-liquid limitation. The official documentation for the Thorvap 30w suggests only using an E-liquid of 70% VG or higher, otherwise there is a risk of leakage. Indeed, judging by user reviews the Thorvap 30w does seem to suffer from an unusually high number of leaks. With this in mind, despite its otherwise effective design, the Thorvap 30w is stuck firmly at #8.

RRP: £20-£25

7. Vaporesso Target MP30

Vapouresso

OUR RATING (/5):

4

PROS

  • 3 pre-set power modes.
  • Good battery size and coil range.

CONS

  • Overly complex coil replacement system.
  • Limited output settings.

Overall Review

Vaporesso is another vape manufacturing veteran, known for its sleek designs and market-leading hardware. The Target PM30 is their modern take on the classic vape pen, providing vapers with a solid workhorse device in a nicely decorated casing. With 3 pre-set power modes it offers a good range of potential in how you vape, though sadly it lacks any further customisation potential in power output. The size of the battery and range of coil support allows for a little more variation in your experience -and it certainly won’t leave you lacking for power- but this is unfortunately where the flexibility ends. Though the coils it supports are effective, there have been reported issues with the complexity of coil replacement and the device as a whole has been accused by some vapers as being physically “over-engineered”.

In all the Vaporesso Target PM30 is a solid choice for those looking for a straightforward vaping experience. It’ll get the job done and it’ll look good doing it, but there isn’t necessarily a lot going on under the hood.

RRP: £22-£25

6. Innokin Jem

Innokin Jem

OUR RATING (/5):

4

PROS

  • Good price.
  • Effective flavour concentration.

CONS

  • Limited coil support range.
  • Not for those looking for harder hits.

Overall Review

The Innokin Jem is a sleek, pocket-sized pen following the classic E-cigarette design philosophy. For a device that is little more than a cylinder with a button you’d think it would be far too simplistic, but Innokin has been able to pack some surprises into this subtle device.

Although the tank itself is rather small they’ve been able to incorporate a decently sized battery into the Innokin Jem, ensuring that you shouldn’t be met with that awful blinking red light too often. This is fitting perfectly with the target market of the device: vaping beginners and those who want a less intense experience. Though the coil range is limited -and it certainly can’t support any harder hits- the Innokin Jem has been built around ease and simplicity. This is reflected in everything from the single-button interface to the twisting top-fill tank.

What makes it stand out from other simplistic designs is the attention to flavour. The Innokin Jem uses ceramic coils designed to enhance the flavour of E-liquids, helping to maximise the taste of a vaping experience without the large clouds or power guzzling of sub-ohm devices. The results certainly can’t be disputed, in our experience and those published through the many reviews online. At an eminently affordable RRP the Jem is an excellent choice for beginners, a solid backup for experiences vapers, or a well-rewarding main device for those who like their E-liquids less intense and much more flavourful.

RRP: £15-£18

5. Argus Pro

Argus Pro

OUR RATING (/5):

4.2

PROS

  • Magnetically locking tank.
  • Advanced interface with a wide range of settings.
  • Good coil range.

CONS

  • Small tank for anyone attempting sub-ohm vaping.
  • High power usage on highest settings.

Overall Review

The Argus Pro is another example of high-end software and hardware packed into a small device. This vape boasts an impressive 3000mAh battery with a maximum output of 80W, certainly on the larger end of vape pens, and supports a wide range of coils both regular and sub-ohm. The Argus Pro itself is topped with an adjustable airflow ring placed just below a magnetically sealing tank, making it easy to remove and refill whilst remaining secure against any leaks. The real star of the Argus Pro however is its software. Driven by a Gene ID Chip, the Argus Pro supports a superb level of customisability with everything from an adjustable wattage output to pre-set timing and an automatic firing mode. This all works in concert with an advanced safety system, measuring for everything from excessive temperatures to burn-out and short-circuiting.

In all, the Argus Pro represents a fantastic choice in vape pens for those looking for a truly customisable experience. In almost every aspect it is a fantastic device for sub-ohm vaping and regular vaping alike. Unfortunately that smaller tank, the battery not quite being optimised for highest settings, and the relatively steep price for devices this size does set it back to #5, it is nevertheless a wonderful choice for those vapers looking for something a little more powerful and truly customisable.

RRP: £30 – £35

4. Freemax Twister 80W

Freemax Twister

OUR RATING (/5):

4.5

PROS

  • High output potential with adjustable wattage.
  • Cotton-blended coils for better flavour, available in a wide range.
  • Range of design and colour choice.

 

CONS

  • Cost.
  • Decent battery but not optimised for highest output.

Overall Review

The Freemax Twister 80W is all about power. A little large for a classic vape pen, it is built specifically to get the most out of its 2300mAh battery and does so with spectacular success. The wattage output covers everything from 5w to 80w, giving consistent power support to every manner of vaping on top of a decent battery life. Paired with a wide coil compatibility, this device truly is suitable for everything from regular vaping to sub-ohm. The coils themselves are made with an advanced cotton blend, drawing out flavour from E-liquids more effectively than conventional single-cotton coils. Placed inside a casing that comes with a huge selection of colours and designs, what you get from the Freemax Twister 80W is a singularly stylish device devoted to power and possibility.

RRP: £35 – £40

3. Uwell G Caliburn

Uwell G Caliburn

OUR RATING (/5):

4.6

PROS

  • Effective high-power USB C charging port for quick charging.
  • Optional control, either drag-fired or firing button.

CONS

  • Simplistic interface.
  • Overall low power output.

Overall Review

The Uwell G Caliburn is the latest evolution in Uwell’s range of pocket-sized vapes. A compact and discrete device, this is one vape that has been made with a minimalist mindset. The simplistic design relies on its solid internals to carry it to success, using the classic drag-firing mechanism -though paired with an optional firing button- to keep the design tight and uniform. The replaceable coils can go as low as 0.8ohms, offering a hint of sub-ohm vaping whilst still remaining firmly in the realm of a regular vape.

In all, the Uwell G Caliburn is ranked so highly here because it has one of the best capabilities of vaping pods that we’ve seen. Many vapers will decide to go with a full pen or even a box-mod device once they have their hand in the vaping game, so the pod is a somewhat neglected corner of the vaping world. Nevertheless it remains an entirely legitimate choice for many vapers out there, appealing to the wide selection of the community that prefer their vapes smooth and discreet whilst still carrying a suitable impact. If you’re that kind of vaper, there’s no better option for you than the Uwell G Caliburn.

RRP: £20-£25

2. Aspire PockeX

Aspire Pockex

OUR RATING (/5):

4.8

PROS

  • Wide coil range.
  • Good sized battery with decent output.
  • Wide, leak-resistant drip tip.

CONS

  • A little heavy and large for its size.

Overall Review

The Aspire PockeX represents one of the best uses of that classic cylindrical shape available on the vaping market today. As a vape pen it balances the need for greater power with that ease and simplicity that drive vapers towards pens rather than the larger box mods.

The 1500mAh battery in the Aspire PockeX is more than sufficient to power a decently sized coil for a day of vaping. With the output capacity to match, this device is able to properly support a range of coils from regular vapes all the way down to a solid 0.6ohm. The top-facing airflow means you’ll be able to enjoy these hits without worrying about how the size of the vape might impact its ability to control its temperature. Matched by a wide, leak-resistant drip tip, this is the compact device for those vapers who want big clouds and intense flavours without the hassle of a larger vape.

RRP: £20- £25

1. Aspire Odan

XEO Void

OUR RATING (/5):

5

PROS

  • Wide coil support.
  • In-built tank, secure against leaking.
  • Subtle adjustable airflow.

CONS

  • A little large for a pen.
  • Limited control customisability.

Overall Review

The XEO Void is a vape pen that takes the best elements from the other entries mentioned on this list, bringing them together in a single elegant design. The slightly curved shape of the XEO Void stands out against the mostly cylindrical silhouettes of our previous entries; a striking choice that both helps to define the XEO Void and give it a comfortable, ergonomic grip.

This choice in casing is just the most visible sign of the careful design philosophy that has gone into every aspect of the XEO Void. It’s in-built tank, although limiting the customisability somewhat, is an effective way of ensuring a completely leak-proof design. The pen itself is built around this, with the majority of the remaining space in the body of the device being dedicated to a respectably sized 1500mAh battery. This power supply supports a wide range of coils, with the XEO Void able to support up to a 0.6ohm coil to give users a solid sub-ohm option. Paired with a subtle adjustable airflow, the XEO Void can be tailored in this way to fit any vaper’s preferred experience.

Although the XEO Void has less software-supported customisability than some of the other options on this list, it’s solid and reliable design is undeniable. Pairing straightforward design with careful craftsmanship, the XEO Void is overall the most well balanced vape pen on the UK market today. If you’re looking for a device with a range of capability that can be used every day for many years without fail, the XEO Void is for you.

RRP: £35 – £40