August 19, 2022 8 min read
The popularity of disposable vape pens may seem inexplicable to veteran vapers who purchase bottled vape juices and especially to the hardcore who once built their own coils. Yet their appeal cannot be denied. Adult vapers have flocked to disposable vapes and they have continued to evolve. Today’s disposable vapes are far removed from the cigalikes that were one of the few brick and mortar products a decade ago, which were usually available in just tobacco flavors, used freebase nicotine and whose wispy performance was rarely satisfactory.
The basic designs of disposable vape pens all deliver comparable performance in terms of flavor and vapor production. Yet several stand out for their combination of value, practicality, and flavor. We will discuss some of the technological evolutions below but first let us take a look at the best disposable vapes of 2022.
Generating an estimated 5000 puffs, the Esco Bars Mega is a longer lasting disposable that holds 14ml of nic salts. It is the flagship of the Esco Bars Disposable Vape Pen lineup. The Esco Bars Mega holds close to half the capacity of a bottle of nic salt. The nicotine strength is 5%. A USB-C cable is not included but this is a rechargeable disposable. The built-in lithium ion battery is precharged for immediate use and has a capacity of 600mAh. This is over twice the capacity of a Juul battery. The disposable itself has TWENTY FOLD the vape juice capacity of a Juul pod. There are also some amazing flavors, such as Root Beer Float, which a break from the typical tropical fruit ice flavor found in most disposable vape pens.
For vapers who want a longer lasting disposable disposable that does not require recharging, the Esco Bars Mesh is a great fit. With a 6ml nic salt capacity, it holds three times more juice than a refillable Smok Novo pod. The 1100mAh battery is competitive or greater in size than most of its refillable competition as well. The flavors it generates are top-tier thanks to a fast heating mesh coil. The manufacturer estimates that the Esco Bar Mesh is good for 2500 puffs.
The Egge by 7 Daze is a diminutive disposable vape that packs a big punch. The egg oval chassis easily fits in your palm. The 400mAh battery is plenty for the daily needs of most vapers and comparable to a UWell Caliburn. The capacity of 7ml of nic salt juice, with a nicotine strength of 50mg, is said generate 3000 puffs. Everything you need in the palm of your hand; this is a perfect device for vaping on the go and comes in a selection of superb flavors.
The I Love Salts Disposable Vape Pen has the same great Mad Hatter nic salt flavors that you can purchase in bottled form. They even have a tobacco flavor for those impacted by flavor bans. With 50mg nicotine strength and a capacity of 5.5ml, the manufacturer estimates this mesh coiled disposable vape pen can deliver 2200 puffs. The lithium ion battery is not rechargeable, which means even less effort is required to enjoy this tremendous device.
There are compact and affordable disposable vapes that are not simple stick bars that may not last a busy afternoon. The 2ml Vaptio Beco XL has a 400mAh battery and generates an estimated 550 puffs. The flavor is perfect thanks to the classic polyfill design. A small cylinder, it fits easily in the palm of your hand. Just open the box and puff away.
At some point, Hyde became the next big thing in disposable vapes. Great reliability and flavor became synonymous with this brand. They have several models but the 3300 puff Hyde Edge Rechargeable is among the best. The 50mg nicotine strength is standard. The compact size allowed by the charge port makes for a very convenient package.
With a 12ml capacity and micro-USB recharge, the name Retro seems a bit disingenuous. This is the format of a cutting edge disposable vape. The flavors and vapor production are superb. It arrives ready to roll right out of the box with Hyde flavor and a nicotine strength of 50mg.
The modern disposable vape competes head to head with refillable vape pod kits filled with nic salt vape juices. And they compete on relatively even terms when it comes to performance. They greatly exceed the gas station prefilled pods in terms of value and flavor.
The secret of the disposable vapes popularity is the use of nic salt juice. This allows a smaller device to deliver satisfying performance at a relatively low wattage. No 18650 battery or sub-ohm tank is required. It does not take a plume of vapor to satisfy. They are discrete, easy to use and satisfying. They now come in nearly as wide of a range of sizes and style as they do flavors.
The reality is that most adult vapers are looking for ease of use, reliability, satisfaction, and flavor. Disposable vape pens deliver on all four counts. They are draw activated and have no buttons to push. They are charged and ready to use out of the box. Disposable vapes occasionally have adjustable airflow and some are rechargeable. Even with these complications, disposables represent vaping distilled to its core components.
There are several schools of thought when it comes to the design features of disposable vapes but almost every model on the market is filled with salt nic juice with a nicotine strength of around 50mg. There are a few lower nicotine strength models but a vaper looking to cut their nicotine intake should seriously consider switching to a refillable device, which will save money and thanks to technological innovations are easier to use and fill than ever.
There are obviously a ton of disposable vapes on the market. Most fall into one of several categories. There are the basically defunct cigalike disposables, the stick bar disposable vapes like the original Puff Bar, longer lasting disposable vapes shaped like cylinders that are not rechargeable, and smaller long lasting disposable vapes that are rechargeable.
The first generation of disposable vapes attempted to mimic the form factor of a combustible cigarette. They also attempted to copy the flavor.
The original disposable vapes were small and produced very little vapor, so the strongest possible freebase formulas were used. Freebase nicotine has a higher pH than nic salts, which results in a harsher hit at higher concentrations. This was sold as a feature a decade ago, marketed as throat hit and chest burn.
Freebase nicotine is ideal for high-VG vape juices used in box mods. But in old fashioned disposables it was not a particularly popular combination and existed more out of necessity than virtue.
The very first nic salt disposables were rectangular and had a similar form factor to the popular Juul prefilled vape pod kit. Beneath the hood, their hardware was not all that far removed from the original cigalikes. The difference was the use of nic salts. Smooth and flavorful, names like Puff Bar, Posh, and Hyde became synonymous with a flavorful and satisfying vaping experience.
This first wave of disposables vape pens usually held between 1.3 and 1.8ml of 50mg strength nicotine salts. They used a 280mAh lithium ion battery and were draw activated. What was at first seen as short term solution was increasingly adopted the primary vape of many adults. The logical response was to create a longer lasting device with better vapor production, flavor, and reliability.
Stick bar style disposables did not have a particularly long service life. This is why they were soon challenged by cylindrical disposable vapes. These longer lasting disposables took full advantage of their wider body to install larger batteries, better coils and more vape juices. They were still compact and draw activated.
A feature of using a cylindrical design that they could be upsized to almost any length of width. There are many longer lasting disposable vapes that hold more than 10ml of vape juice and Many of these longer lasting disposables contain batteries with over 1000mAh of capacity and hold 10ml of vape juice. By manufacturers estimate, there are disposable vapes which can generate over 5000 puffs. There is no reason a company could not make a disposable the size of large flashlight that held even more vape juice and had an even larger battery.
But part of the original appeal of disposable vapes was their compact size. To create a smaller footprint, manufacturers are cutting back on the battery size and making rechargeable disposable vapes.
The rechargeable disposable has several advantages. The first is that they can still have a huge vape juice capacity, but it does not require a similarly huge battery. Another benefit is a bit more discrete. Being a one-time use product, disposable vapes do not have sophisticated chips. This means that their performance will diminish as the battery runs low. There is even a danger of the battery giving up the ghost before the vape juice has been drained from the pod.
A rechargeable disposable vape avoids this potential issue. Just like their non-rechargeable brethren, the lithium ion battery is fully charged and ready to go out of the box. It will be a large enough battery to get vapers through the day in most use cases. At this point, a USB port and cable can be used to recharge it. The cable and charging deck are almost never included.
Then there is the issue of logistics and costs. Batteries cost more than vape juice. Shrinking the size of the battery reduces the cost of the disposable while keeping the nic salt volume the same.
There are two products in the crosshairs of the disposable vape pen. As referenced above, the prefilled vape pod is totally overmatched by the modern disposable. Prefilled vape pods are limited to tobacco flavors. They cost more per milliliter. Their batteries are generally smaller and compared to a longer lasting disposable they have a fraction of the puff count. The lack the sophisticated mesh coils and air flow controls of the more sophisticated disposable vapes.
The refillable vape pod kit is much tougher competition. The combination of bottled nic salt and vape pod kit is less expensive; this is true even when comparing disposables that have vape juice capacities nearly half the volume of a bottled salt nic. The flexibility to switch to any vape juice you want and utilize lower nicotine options is the biggest advantage of the refillable vape pod kit. They also have a much smaller environmental footprint because they are not thrown away after every use.
Almost every refillable vape pod kit has a pod for freebase nicotine, high-VG juices as well. This allows vapers to choose nicotine free and lower nicotine vape juice options (3 and 6mg), and also utilize the same potent 50mg nic salts found in disposable vapes.
There are countless disposable vape flavors on the market, but a huge majority of the options are fruit or fruit menthol combinations. The new generation of mesh coils has brought some dessert flavors to the forefront, but these are the exception. While there are differences between brands, chances are if you like one brands blue raspberry ice then a rivals take can serve as a suitable alternative. Since the days of the now banned Juul Mango and Juul Mint, tropical flavors and cool menthol notes have been exceedingly popular with adult vapers.
Here are a few of the most popular disposable vape flavors. In the last several years, Aloe has been incorporated in place of menthol in several popular disposable vapes.
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