Introduction

The vaping market is filled with fantastic hardware that only gets better year after year. Despite every setback, 2020 saw some absolutely stunning vapes rise into prominence, taking advantage of improved technology and a deeper understanding of customer needs to give us some truly top-rate equipment.

With innovation in the vaping industry lasting from January to December, the only comprehensive way to make a best vape list is by doing it once the year has finished. With that in mind these are our Best Vapes of 2020, the best kit for to have had last year and the best to serve you for the years ahead. Whether you’re looking for a new vape to last you for the foreseeable, or if you’re just window-shopping for a future upgrade, this is the absolute best that 2020 had to offer the world of vaping.

10.  Uwell Crown Pod

Crown pod

OUR RATING (/5):

3.5

PROS

  • Sleek, in a range of colours.
  • Good power and tank capacity for its size.
  • Good range of coil support.
  • Affordable.

CONS

  • Less powerful and lower capacity compared to Mod vapes.
  • Virtually no customisability.

Overall Review

Let’s start out with a straightforward vape that shows some real design priority; nothing flashy, just a solid and reliable Pod. The Uwell Crown fits some fantastic tech into a sleek and compact casing, able to support coils ranging from 0.6 to 1ohms. With a tank capacity of 3ml and a 1250mAh battery, there’s more than enough in here to keep you well supplied throughout the day. Although it is definitely limited as a Pod, at an average price between £25 and £30 you couldn’t ask for a better discreet device for everyday use.

RRP: £25-£30

9. Innokin Kroma-R 

OUR RATING (/5):

3.2

PROS

  • Fantastic coil support range.
  • Well designed and visually appealing.
  • Good range of digital customisation.

CONS

  • Small tank.

Overall Review

Following the sleek design philosophy of the Uwell Crown but packing significantly more power, the Innokin Kroma R-Zlide is a fantastic vape with a wide range of uses. It’s hidden screen and subtle firing button keeps it visually tidy, whilst the replaceable 18650 battery gives it enough juice to go for a full day at a respectable power output. Supporting coils from 0.05-3.5ohms it has the flexibility to cater to every kind of vaper, from the far end of mellow all the way to the most intense sub-ohm vapes.

RRP: £50

8. Aspire Nautilus GT

OUR RATING (/5):

3.5

PROS

  • Quick recharging time.
  • Good battery capacity.

CONS

  • Small tank.
  • Limited digital customisability.

Overall Review

The Aspire Nautilus GT is a vape perfect from someone looking to step up from a conventional vaping experience to full sub-ohm vape. Although it lacks some of the customisability an experienced sub-ohm vaper might desire, it’s battery capacity and output of anywhere between 1-75W with alternating output modes makes it perfect for someone new to sub-ohm. Most Aspire Nautilus GT kits come with a few coils, from a 0.7ohm to a larger 1.6, giving you a range of options well suited to either MTL or DTL vaping. This is a solid vape, a workhorse with a straightforward range of capabilities that will serve you well for years.

RRP: £45-£50

7. Jac Vapour B-Series

Jack

OUR RATING (/5):

3.5

PROS

  • In-depth digital customisation.
  • Advanced temperature control settings.
  • Charging/in-use multifunctionality.

CONS

  • Primarily compatible with Jac Vapour S22 Vape Tanks, which have a 2ml capacity limit.

Overall Review

Another entry that oozes style, the B-Series DNA75 is a fantastic piece of hardware that matches high-end technology with a visually sleek and compact casing. Using an industry leading DNA75 Evolv chip to control its functions, this vape lets you customise every aspect of the vaping experience through a straightforward interface. With a wide range of safety features to match, including advanced voltage and polarity protection, the B-Series DNA75 from Jac Vapour is a wonderfully well designed high-tech vape perfect for those with very particular tastes.

RRP: £55-£65

6. VOOPOO Vinci X

Vinci X

OUR RATING (/5):

3.7

PROS

  • Large, detailed colour screen.
  • Magnetically sealing chimney.
  • Good power output complemented by wide range of coil support.

CONS

  • Small tank.
  • Only compatible with PnP coils.

Overall Review

The VOOPOO Vinci X is a superb balance between power and range, giving you the kind of capacity for sub-ohm vaping you would only expect to see in larger kits. With an adjustable output ranging from 5W to 70W and coil support from anywhere between 0.1ohms and 3.0ohms, this device has everything needed to properly handle sub-ohm vaping. With a removable, magnetically sealing chimney it’s easy to both check and refill the tank without any hassle. If you’re looking for a vape with a moderate level of digital customisability to begin your sub-ohm experience, the VOOPOO Vinci X has you covered.

RRP: £30-£35

5. Smok G-PRIV 3

Jack

OUR RATING (/5):

4

PROS

  • Dual 18650 batteries.
  • Large colour screen.
  • Screwing, top-fill tank.

CONS

  • Small tank.
  • Relatively bulky.
  • Touchscreen, not for everyone.

Overall Review

If you’ve got the hang of sub-ohm vaping and want to step your game up into something with a huge range of capacity and customisability, the Smok G-PRIV 3 is the kit for you. With settings more in-depth than anything else we’ve seen on the market, this vape lets you have a huge range of control over your experience. Most kits will come with two sub-ohm coils to choose from, a lite-mesh and dual-mesh coil respectively, expanding the customisability even further. Running from a pair of 18650 batteries, it’s safe to say this is one of the most powerful kits available to buy today.

RRP: £69.99

4. VOOPOO ARGUS PRO

Jack

OUR RATING (/5):

4.5

PROS

  • Wide range of coil support.
  • High output matched by a high battery capacity.
  • In-depth controls run by a high-tech Gene Chip ID.

CONS

  • Small tank.

Overall Review

VOOPOO has made a name for itself when it comes to sleek, visually smooth vapes that are packed with cutting-edge technology. The Argus Pro is perhaps the best they’ve come out with so far, using some truly impressive hardware and software to create a top-of-the-line vape within the casing of a moderately sized Pen. With some of the best software customisability around the capacity for customisation is unrivalled, covering everything from wattage to automatic firing and the best in digital safety measures. The sheer range of coil support is matched by a solid 80w output, giving you the full checklist for a great sub-ohm experience. Overall the Argus Pro is a versatile device for new and experienced users, and it even comes at a very reasonable market price.

RRP: £32.99

3. Smok Alien

Smok alien

OUR RATING (/5):

4.5

PROS

  • Wide range of customisability with different tanks and coils.
  • Small, compact and discreet compared to other Box vapes.
  • Dual 18650’s, does what the Smok G-PRIV 3 does but better.

CONS

  • Some reported design issues, a loose battery door and easily damaged paintwork.
  • Very complicated interface, takes a while to get to grips with.

Overall Review

When it comes to customisability and power, the Smok Alien is an absolute masterpiece. A relatively small handheld Box, especially when paired with the TFV8 Baby Beast tank, it’s able to hold a pair of 18650 batteries along with an extremely in-depth customisation system. The capacity for coil and tank support is impressive, covering a huge rage of coils and with the wattage output to match, whilst the mod itself is compatible with tanks of various sizes. Thanks to the size of the vape, even with the biggest tanks it’ll stay relatively easy to carry. The Smok Alien 220W is the definition of customisable, the perfect platform to tinker and tailor to your specific needs.

RRP: £60

2. Vaporesso Gen

Vaporesso Gen

OUR RATING (/5):

4.5

PROS

  • Massive wattage output.
  • High-end software allowing for huge customisation range, as well as in-depth safety measures.
  • Large range of pre-set output modes

CONS

  • Limited coil compatibility.

Overall Review

Vaporesso is known for their innovative use of technology, leading the market with some of the most well-designed chips and software. The Vaporesso Gen displays the peak of their skill, giving us a device with a wealth of customisation options without being overwhelming. Running of dual 18650 batteries with an absolutely astounding 220W output, the Vaporesso Gen has the ability to go along the entire spectrum of vaping experience. It’s AXON chipset gives the user a selection of modes including specific timings, intensity curves, pulses and power-saving modes, whilst keeping settings clear enough to avoid the confusion caused by models like the Smok Alien. In many ways these two vapes share a similar capacity, but for sheer ease-of-use and user engagement the Vaporesso Gen takes 2nd place.

RRP: £50- £60

1. Uwell Nunchaku 2

Uwell Nunchaku

OUR RATING (/5):

4.5

PROS

  • Compact sub-ohm device.
  • Advanced self-cleaning tank technology.
  • 6 axis motion sensor.

  • Mechanical mode paired with advanced safety systems.

CONS

  • Small tank.
  • Output maximum of 100W.

Overall Review

Each of the vapes on this list does something great, whether it’s an unmatched range of power, an exceptional use of new technology or an impressive mastery of design. The Uwell Nunchaku 2 does all of that in one go. This relatively small Pen vape, whilst remaining slim and discreet, manages to make use of some truly cutting-edge technology. A condensation holder allows for unvaporised E-liquid the be collected and fed back into the coil, preventing wastage and minimising necessary maintenance. An advanced 6-axis motion sensor takes advantage of the way you hold the vape itself, allowing you to switch between modes with a simple flick of the device itself. This allows the device controls to be much more straightforward, featuring fewer buttons and allowing space for the large 18650 battery, or even larger 20700 or 21700s, without increasing the size of the casing. On top if this the software features top-of-the-line temperature controls and other safety features, whilst also having a mechanical mode for the hardest of hits. For the huge range of features it offers, the more-than reasonable price and for having the best sub-ohm support we’ve seen packed into a device of this size, the Uwell Nunchaku 2 takes 1st place.

RRP: £45-£55

FAQ:

 

WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT IN A VAPE?

Vapes come in all different forms and with a huge range of different features. Some prioritise power, others put accessibility or customisability first, whilst others have general versatility as their prime concern. Odds are when you’re looking for a vape you’ll have a particular use for it in mind, whether that’s to explore the widest range of E-liquids, dose CBD or beat a cigarette habit. Whatever you value most in a vape, there are a few universal points that you should always be considering:

  • Quality of manufacturer.
  • Size and weight of the device.
  • Compatibility between the device, coils, tanks and E-liquids.
  • Price.
  • Battery capacity and output.
  • Range of coil support.  

These are some of the most common initial concerns surrounding a vape. Although your particular needs will require further specifications, so long as you consider these basics you’ll have a good chance of finding the perfect vape for you.

 

WHAT SHOULD I BE WATCHING OUT FOR?

Being new to the world of vape it can feel like you’re extra-susceptible to potential scams. Although the vaping market has improved its standards in recent years thanks to the hard efforts of its manufacturers, retailers and customers, there unfortunately remain a select few who seek to take advantage of new vapers. When you’re shopping for a vape device or an E-liquid for the first time, here are a few things to bear in mind:

  • Reputability of the retailer.
  • The presence of a warranty for a vaping device.
  • Any unsubstantiated or overblown claims about the ‘health benefits’ of vaping.
  • Device descriptions that lack any information about coil support range, wattage or compatibility.
  • In the case of CBD infused E-liquids, anything claiming a presence of THC over the UK legal limit of 0.2%.

 

HOW MUCH SHOULD I BE SPENDING?

When you’re buying a vape your price range should reflect what it is you’re hoping to get from your vaping experience.

If you’re using vaping as a means to quit smoking and are perfectly happy to use disposable E-cigarettes, there’s no need to consider large boxes or anything capable of sub-ohm vaping. Most disposable E-cigarettes can be purchased in packs for between £10 and £40, a relatively wide range that reflects a moderate number of uses for a low price tag.

If you’re looking to get into vaping for a longer-term experience, starter vapes can cost anywhere between £15 and £30 depending on the size and capability you want to stretch to.

For those who have already been vaping for a while or are looking to jump into the deep end from the start, higher end vapes can cost anywhere between £30 and £100 pounds. A good example of a solid vape with good capability for a decent price tag is our number 4 winner, the Argus Pro. This vape is perfectly balanced between newbie-friendly and useful to an expert, displaying both a clear starting ability and the capacity for growth in a price tag under £40.

When budgeting for your vape it’s also important to remember that the device itself isn’t the only factor. Coils, E-liquids and batteries all factor in to how much you’ll be spending.

 

HOW SAFE ARE VAPES?

Vaping has had an impressive track-record of growth in recent years, enjoying both increased popularity and a more thorough level of government recognition. As it has we’ve seen a general shift of the vaping world towards a more official approach, moving from the homegrown roots of enthusiasts making and adapting their own devices to official, industry-driven R&D. Thanks to this vaping is safer than ever, with modern manufacturers meeting safety standards that are enforced by the market worldwide. Most common amongst these are stringent standards for production materials, safety measures to protect against overcharging and short-circuiting, regulations of battery quality and strict controlling of E-liquid ingredients. In the UK vaping has now become a recreational activity as well regulated as any other.

That is not to say vaping is healthy: it isn’t. Like any recreational substance, from alcohol to tobacco, vaping comes with health drawbacks. Although more research is needed before we fully understand the long-term health risks of vaping, with the laws and regulations of recent years vaping has become safer than ever before.

 

WHAT VAPES ARE BEST FOR CBD E-LIQUIDS?

Many people use vaping as a way of taking a dose of CBD. CBD infused E-liquids are an increasingly popular corner of the vaping market, appearing in online and physical shops worldwide.

The vast majority of CBD E-liquids are essentially the same as any other E-liquid, with the exception that they contain CBD rather than nicotine. Because of this, as the PG:VG content and flavourings tend to be the same, the majority of vapes will work perfectly fine with a CBD E-liquid.

Some CBD E-liquids will require a specific heat to be utilised properly, meaning it will need a certain wattage of current passing through a coil. Any E-liquids that require this level of specificity should have the relevant information on their packaging.

 

IS IT LEGAL TO VAPE IN THE UK?

Yes, it is currently legal to vape in the UK for anyone over the age of 18. Vaping follows similar regulations to tobacco and alcohol, including vape products that do not contain any nicotine.

Some private venues will have specific rules about vaping, particularly indoors or in crowded areas. To avoid causing upset, always be sure of these rules and observe common courtesy when considering where to vape.