Starter kits turn a potentially expensive initial payment for electronics into a more affordable decision to try vaping. These bundles are like any kind of bundle you would find in any department store.
When you buy knives individually, they cost more than if you purchase a set in a block. Garden equipment like a hand shovel, trowel, and gloves sold in a package are cheaper than each individual item. Pillow cases and sheets are more affordable as a bundle.
Starter kits reduce the price of one battery, cartridges, and a USB charger at a minimum, but there are lots of starter kits.
Companies that Carry Starter Kits
Moreover, there are many brands of e cig starter kits sold mostly online by the company but sometimes at vape shops. Next-level starter bundles with eGo batteries and clearomizers or tanks are also on sale with lots of general e cig vendors.
Brands of first-level e cigs include the Volt by Smokeless Image, the Express by VaporFi, the Magma by Volcano, South Beach Smoke, Green Smoke, and White Cloud. V2 Cigs, Cigavette, Crown 7, Mig Cigs, and 777 all carry their own kits. Halo, Vapor4Life, and Eversmoke do the same.
For eGos there are Kanger, JoyeTech, Smok, and Innokin options. Some of these brands also make 510 kits which look like mini cigs but have separate atomizers. Halo, Volcano, VaporFi, and South Beach Smoke also carry intermediate sets.
Most cigalikes come apart into two pieces: a battery and an atomizer cartridge.
The second part used to also come apart into two more pieces: the atomizer and cartridge.
Today’s cartridge is atomized so that consumers get a new atomizer with each 1 ml of e liquid (a single replacement cartridge). They are known as cartomizers, a blend of “atomizer” and “cartridge.”
In a starter kit, there are typically at least two of these plus a battery and a basic USB charger. The customer is only testing the device; finding out how to recharge it and change the cartomizer. He discovers quickly that one battery is not enough, but if he thinks this method could work for him then there are bigger starter kits available.
He might be given the choice of a manual battery or an automatic one. The atomizer warms up automatically when you puff an automatic cell. If it is manual, you press a button. Sometimes there are two or more color choices. Halo offers 9 for their G6 cigalike.
These kits come with a second or even two more batteries, at least 5 cartomizers, a USB charger, wall adapter, and sometimes additional pieces. Those might be the car charging adapter, a portable carry case, a regular carry case, a lanyard, or a power-cig that draws power directly from a USB port.
In general, consumers would argue there isn’t any point buying the tiny 1-battery kit or any kit with a single battery. Even though they cost around $20 (anything higher is a rip-off), they aren’t great value.
That second battery is necessary because mini cig cells hold their charge for about 2 to 4 hours. That is not long enough for the average smoker.
He is either going to need a disposable e cig in the meantime, or will have to light up a cigarette unless he plans to cut back and put himself through torture.
But the other way around, when customers get too many choices, can make shopping difficult too. It’s easy to imagine that you must need all the extra pieces sold as part of a large bundle, but do you?
Would it be cheaper to buy some items separately (like more cartomizers)? Will a portable charging case be useful to you? Do you work at a computer where the USB-cig would be plugged in? Sometimes the extras don’t make sense.
Starter Kits for Big eGos
An eGo e cig more than doubles the power of a regular e cig battery. Small mini cigs provide 180 mAh with 280-mAh and sometimes 340-mAh options.
The Triton kit comes with a 650-mAh battery although there is one smaller choice and two bigger ones. With 650 mAh, you can vape most of the day on a charge.
This type of kit contains a USB charger, clearomizer or tank, and sometimes extra coils for the tank. It might also come with e liquid, although that is not a standard feature.
For instance, the Halo Triton does not. Neither does a kit from VaporFi. South Beach Smoke doesn’t throw e liquid in either. Generally, there are loads of colors to choose from, perhaps even crystal-encrusted (777 carries these).
A kit at this level might contain one battery or two plus a case. Kanger, Joye, and Smok items generally come packaged with a small soft case, but there are also blister packs for around $20 with no case: just one full e cig, a USB charger, and no additional coils.
One can expect to pay about $30 to $40 for a one-battery eGo with a case. Two-battery kits cost around $50 to $70. If you are seeing a price tag over $70, this either means the company is providing some kind of extra item (e liquid, a fancy case, a bigger battery, or another sort of charger) or they are charging too much money.
A few of these kits feature 1100-mAh or 1300-mAh batteries, possibly even Spinner batteries. These provide voltage control through a small range and the accompanying clearomizer is usually rebuildable.
There are also packages like the Innokin iTaste MVP 2.0. Firms like Mount Baker Vapor sell it with a tank and e liquid thrown in. Do not assume a tank will be included: sometimes it is and sometimes you get just the box mod.
Companies such as VaporFi offer even more advanced starter kits and discounts like their Vox 50 with an RDA, but you can also buy either one on its own, so read the product profile very carefully.
Frequently, e cig companies will offer a deal: buy a kit and receive a discount on your purchase of a bottle of e liquid.