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Top 5 Disposable Vapes

December 14, 2021 10 min read

Top 5 Disposable Vapes

Most adult vapers are looking for a compact, discrete, and easy to use device that provides great flavor and satisfying performance. Modern disposable vapes offer these features in spades.  

The best disposable vapes combine delicious flavor, reliable performance, and a high puff count. With a disposable device, there is no battery to charge, buttons to push, or coils to prime. All you need to do is open the packaging, remove the draw activated vape pen and inhale. 

Disposable vapes can often be found at convenience stores, but you can save a lot of money by ordering ahead from ELiquid.com. We have the very best disposable vapes on the market. They come in many sizes, but all deliver the satisfaction and great flavor that adult vapers are looking for. 

Here are our choices for the Top 5 Disposable vapes. They are also the most popular disposables, as word travels fast in the vaping world. 

Fiji Melons Ripe Bar Disposable Vape

The Fiji Melons Ripe Bar Disposable Vape has a misleading name. You might expect a honeydew infused nic salt flavor with tropical fruit notes. There is no shortage of honey dew disposables and nicotine salt juices on the market. But the Ripe Bar Fiji Melons disposable features the flavors of Fuji apple, watermelon, and tropical guava. This is a more unique flavor and Fiji Melons happens to be exceedingly delicious as well. 

The Fuji apple flavor is the star. It is a juicy and sweet flavor. There are enough tart and authentic notes to keep the flavor balanced. The essence of apple is bold and integral to this cohesive flavor. 

Watermelon flavor is wildly popular because it simply works as a vape juice. Ripe Bars take on watermelon flavor is not too perfumed or overly floral. A twist of tropical guava adds dense, dank flavor and balance. This well-matched trio of nicotine salt flavors combine to make an ideal all-day vape. 

Ripe Bar Disposable Device

The formulators at Ripe Bar have crafted an exquisite fruit flavor combination. With tons of flavor depth, it is perfectly paired with the draw activated Ripe Bar disposable device. 

The Ripe Bar is a classic stick style vape pen, nearly identical to the best-selling Puff Bar. The Ripe Bar is powered by a 280mAh battery. The manufacturer estimates a puff count of about 300. The nicotine level is 50mg, and the e-liquid capacity of this disposable device is 1.3ml. While 1.3ml may not seem large compared to some of the longer lasting disposable vapes on the market, it is about twice the volume of a Juul pod. And the Ripe Bar is priced to move as well, making it easy to stock up on multiple flavor profiles.  

The Ripe Bar has a sleek and squared off design. It fits easily in your hand or pocket. As it is an autodraw, there is no danger of button activation during transport. The bar or stick style disposable vape is a time-tested design known to generate tremendous flavor clarity. The technology is simple and reliable. Nicotine salt juice is loaded into the cotton polyfill, and the autodraw activation and heating element do the rest. Multiple redundant stoppers are in place to reduce and prevent leaking. 

The Ripe Bar is also relatively inexpensive. This allows adult vapers to switch between disposable vape devices and flavors. Experimentation with flavors may not be an economical option with an 8ml disposable vape but is quite viable with the 1.3ml Ripe Bar. 

Orange Soda Oro Disposable Vape

Featuring the flavor of fresh squeezed orange and cooling menthol, the soda pop inspired Orange Soda Oro Disposable is a flavor gold mine. There are orange inspired salt nic flavors that taste a bit too much like orange drink powder.  This is not the case with the Oro Disposable. There is also a nice fizzy overtone that adds even more balanced to the flavor. The tart and citrus notes really elevate the foundation of sweet orange. The cooling at the end makes for a flavor you can enjoy all day. 

Oro Disposable Device

The Oro Bar Disposable Device is another stick style disposable. This reliable design generates amazing flavor and holds 1.3ml of e-liquid. The nicotine strength is 50mg, or 5 percent by volume. The 280mAh lithium-ion battery has plenty of power to extract every drop from this compact and discrete disposable vape design. The manufacturer estimates 300 puffs can be extracted from the delicious Oro Disposable Vape. 

Captain VaporLax Disposable Vape 

There is more to disposable vape flavors than fruit and menthol blends. The Captain VaporLax Disposable is an outstanding dessert inspired vape that is loaded with rich and creamy flavors. A crunchy yet soft flavor, Captain takes inspiration from cream pie desserts and is loaded with whipped cream flavor. The buttery crust flavor is perfectly executed and adds great flavor depth. The butter adds a savory element that provides incredible balance as well. Sweet , rich and creamy, it is a flavor that can stand toe-to-toe with all the popular mint, lush ice and mango flavors and boldly announce, “I’m the captain now!”

VaporLax Disposable Device

The VaporLax disposable has a robust cylindrical body. This shape has become the go-to in disposable vapes. Expandable cylinder designs allow for impressive e-liquid capacity, are easy to manufacture and fit easily in your hand. 

VaporLax has made a perfect device for adult vapers on the go. Holding 6.5ml of nicotine salt e-juice, the manufacturer claims that the VaporLax Disposable has an estimated puff count of 1500+. This makes the VaporLax one of the longest lasting disposables on the market. It is powered by an impressive 1000mAh lithium-ion battery. It has plenty of power on tap to extract tons of flavor from delicious salt nic flavors such as Captain.

Dr Farsalino's groundbreaking study, which provided definitive proof that the vast majority of adult vapers prefer fruit and beverage flavored e-liquids, had yet to be conducted. 

It is hard to believe that a study was needed to prove adult vapers prefer delicious flavors, but such is the skepticism and hostility towards vaping in the United States.

Freebase Nicotine

The performance of early disposable e-cig designs was limited by the characteristics of freebase nicotine. Freebase nicotine is just a fancy word for the regular nicotine found in any e-liquid not labeled as a nicotine salt. 

Freebase nicotine is great for max-VG juices and any e-liquid with a lower nicotine strength. But freebase nicotine has a relatively high pH level and gets a bit harsh at higher concentrations. 

The High-PG Juices of the 2010s

Unfortunately for the makers of early disposable devices and cartomizers, their products required a high nicotine strength, or the product would be essentially useless because the vapor production was so minimal. 

Keep in mind that the VG/PG ration was basically inverted on cartomizers and even on the juices fed into the second-generation eGo cartomizers. 70 percent PG was selected because of a near total emphasis on flavor and not vapor production.

With higher-VG products gained in popularity, for cigalikes and disposables there was no way to increase vapor production. The small cigalike form factor simply could not fit a larger battery, coil, or e-juice reservoir.

Max-VG Juices

The natural response to the harshness of freebase nicotine at higher strengths was to switch to devices that generated more vapor. These allowed freebase nicotine juices to be added to e-juices at a much lower strengths, generally ranging from 0 to 6mg, and could still provide a very satisfying and flavorful experience. 

Sub-ohm tanks and vape mods powered by multiple lithium-ion batteries are the apogee of vaping technology. While old fashioned cigalikes, high-PG juices and cartomizers seem to be going the way of the dodo, max-VG juices and box mods remain very popular to this day. 

If you are looking to reduce your nicotine consumption, something we at ELiquid.com certainly suggest, consider max-VG juices with freebase nicotine as an option. 

There are also a few lower nicotine juices that use nicotine salts instead, One Hit Wonder’s Tru Nic being the prime example, but this is not the norm as we will see. 

Technological Limitations

The reason today's disposable vapes deliver amazing flavor and satisfying performance is salt nicotine. The manufacturers of early disposable vapes were right in so many ways. 

While there will always be vapers interested in the latest and greatest hardware, satisfaction, flavor, and ease of use are priorities for many adult vapers. This is especially true for novice vapers and smokers seeking an electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) to replace their combustible cigarettes. 

 

There has always been great demand for slender, draw activated devices. Design a good one and it will sell.  But the early disposable e-cigarettes were plagued by some key limitations and the biggest was the chemical properties of freebase nicotine. 

Early Disposable E-Cigarette Problems

The problem with the earliest disposable e-cigarettes was not nicotine strength per se. The Blu had a strength of 48mg. The issue was that it lacked compelling flavors, generated little to no vapor and still quite harsh on the throat. 

While the technology found in refillable devices advanced swiftly in the years between 2011 and 2015. Vape mods emerged willing and able to provide a satisfying experience. They were able to do so because they have plenty of power on tap, many are powered by two 18650 lithium-ion batteries, and the vapor production makes up for the lower nicotine strength. 

On the gas station and c-store vapes front, things were stagnant. Then salt nicotine hit the market in 2015. It was the ultimate vaping game changer. 

Nicotine Salts

We will spare you the full scientific breakdown on how salt nicotine is made by adding benzoic acid to freebase nicotine. What matters to the vaper is that it has a lower pH level. According to Juul, it also crosses the blood brain barrier more readily.  

The lower pH level of salt nicotine means you can add it in higher concentrations without making the vaping experience harsh. Freebase nicotine gets a bit rough at 24 to 36mg. Freebase nicotine is perfect for 0 to 6mg. 

There are even vapers, specifically the minority who prefer tobacco flavors and high-PG juices, who think throat hit and chest burn add authenticity to the vaping experience. These “benefits” can be enjoyed at 12, 18, 24 and 36mg strength. But once you hit 50mg with freebase nicotine, you are approaching the limit of human tolerance. Unless the vapor production is miniscule, which was the approach of Blu and others in the early days of vaping. 

Nicotine salts are usually sold in strengths between 24 and 50mg. The lower option allows vapers to cut nicotine consumption, but this is still a high nic level. Unfortunately, most disposable vapes are only available in a single nicotine strength, generally 50mg/5 percent nicotine by volume. 

Juul Pods

Everything in vaping changed when Juul arrived on the scene with their nic salt filled vape pods. Their product boasted higher nicotine concentrations, smoother performance, and better flavor options than their brick-and-mortar rivals manufactured by Big Tobacco. Juul did not compete directly with the first generation of disposable e-cigarettes and vape pens, these had largely fallen by the wayside and had been replaced with rechargeable devices that used swappable cartomizers. 

Suffice it to say, the prefilled vape pod with nic salt design won in the marketplace of ideas. Rival prefilled vape pods from MyBlu and Vuse hit the market. Altria then purchased a big percentage of Juul, bringing the brick and mortar vape market back under the control of the tobacco industry. 

Refillable Vape Pod Kits

A new generation of refillable vape pod kits emerged to compete with the prefilled pods. These used the same style of nic salts found in prefilled pods. But using a bottle instead of a prefilled pod allowed vapers to save big money. Refillable vape pods also boast much better battery life and e-liquid capacity. 

Reducing Nicotine Consumption

The current generation of refillable vape pods is quite capable of vaping max-VG juices and generating plenty of flavor and vapor. This is a great option for vapers looking to reduce their nicotine consumption. In other words, you have a device that can completely replace a prefilled salt nic vape pod or put together a convincing imitation of a mod. 

Federal Ban on Prefilled Vape Pods Flavors

In January 2019, the federal government banned characterizing flavors in prefilled vape pods. Characterizing flavors are essentially any vape flavor that is not tobacco or tobacco-menthol. The regulations outline all sorts of bizarre flavors that haven’t been vaped with any frequency in a decade, I am looking at you chocolate, but unfortunately the fruit and beverage flavors that adult vapers prefer are also covered. 

The law passed in response to an uptick in underage vaping. In one fell swoop the most popular prefilled pod flavors, such as Juul Mint, were removed from the market. 

What the FDA describes as characterizing flavors in vape juices has always been a demand side phenomenon. They exist because fruit and beverage e-liquids are what adult vapers want. 

At Eliquid.com, we have no interest in selling our products to minors or to adults that do not currently smoke or vape. We use industry leading age verification software and require adult signature on delivery with every order. 

New Generation of Disposable Vape

A few salient facts have been established. Most adult vapers prefer sweet flavors and not tobacco. Most adult vapers want a compact, satisfying, and easy to use device. The arrival of salt nic juices has made small disposable vape pens a viable option for even veteran vapers. The most popular style of compact salt nic device with minors and at brick-and-mortar locations, the prefilled vape pod, has been stripped of its best flavors. 

Not surprisingly, a new style of convenient, compact, and satisfying autodraw vape, still available in the flavors that adults prefer, has filled the enormous chasm left by the federal flavor ban. 

Nicotine salts and superior technology has allowed the once humble disposable e-cig into a flavor tour de force.

Disposable Vape Features

It is easy to see why disposable vapes are so popular. The biggest feature is that they are incredibly easy to use. There are no buttons to push, coils to prime, wattages to adjust, tanks to fill and e-liquid bottles to tote about. Disposable vapes are ready to use out of the box. The lithium-ion battery comes precharged. With a nicotine strength usually around 50mg, they deliver satisfying performance. Their flavor is amazing. 

There are features other than the availability of flavors that make disposable vapes a better option than prefilled vape pod kits. Most models hold much more e-liquid, even the smallest disposable vape pens have a greater e-juice capacity than a 0.7ml Juul pod. This also makes disposable vapes a much better price performer than a prefilled pod, if not a refillable (open) vape device. 

 

As a disposable device, you can take them almost anywhere and not worry about their fate since at the end of the day (or week), they end up being pitched.

 


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