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Welcome to TABlites

TABlites offer you a real alternative to smoking cigarettes. Providing a clean nicotine hit without the thousands of harmful chemicals found in traditional tobacco.

From our headquarters in the thriving Northern Quarter area of central Manchester, we supply our market-leading products to smokers who seek a satisfying alternative. We consider ourselves thought leaders in the electronic cigarette market, always focusing on providing products of quality and practicality.

We can provide you with everything you will ever need to smoke electronically, whether that is an entirely new starter kit, an e-liquid refill or a new battery. We are the experts in electronic cigarettes, sourcing only the finest products out there.

Why convert to electronic cigarettes?

Not only do we think that electronic cigarettes are substantially better for your overall health, but we know they are much cheaper than cigarettes as well. Your starter kit will help you to get the ball rolling, so you will be able to find out whether e-cigarettes are for you. It is much more economical than smoking analogue cigarettes.

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) stated in a March 2014 report which seemed to be approve electronic cigarettes: “Smoking is the largest preventable cause of premature mortality in the UK.”

The same ASH survey states that, as of 2013, 11% of UK smokers now use electronic cigarettes of some description. In 2012 the percentage was 7%, and in 2010 only 3% of smokers used electronic cigarettes. Now that the safety and reliability of electronic cigarettes is becoming properly recognised, more and more smokers are making the right choice by converting to these alternative products - and thanks to our expertise and a bit of research, we are proud to offer the very best ones out there.

In 1976, Professor Michael Russell, a pioneer in the study of tobacco-dependence, said: “People smoke for nicotine but die from the tar.” Here at TABlites, our aim is to provide you with nicotine without you having to also take in a great many of the thousands of harmful substances which enter your body through the smoking of cigarettes.

This is exactly why were are in business: to finally offer smokers a smoking solution that will satisfy their nicotine needs without simultaneously causing serious damage to their lungs or threatening their health and fitness in general.


Tobacco contains the alkaloid nicotine, which is why people smoke. Traditional cigarettes, as we all know, are lit in order to create smoke, which the smoker then inhales into their lungs, providing them with the dosage of nicotine that they crave. The nicotine alkaloid itself is no more harmful than, say, caffeine, but the toxic chemicals created by the smoke are extremely harmful to both short-term and long-term health. Electronic cigarettes are a work of genius because they facilitate the intake of nicotine without the accompanying intake of those life-threateningly dangerous chemicals.

In their most basic form there are three main parts of an electronic cigarette:

  • The cartridge and/or tank - this is the part which contains the nicotine solution, or ‘e-liquid’.
  • The atomiser - this is the part which vapourises the e-liquid, and consists of the heating element and a wicking substance to move the liquid from the tank onto the element.
  • The rechargeable lithium-ion battery - this is the component which powers the rest and facilitates the entire process

All three of these components are connected to create the fully functioning electronic cigarette. They are inhaled just the way regular cigarettes are, and when exhaled even create what looks like smoke but is in fact vapour. This is why you may have heard the smoking of electronic cigarettes referred to as ‘vaping’. There are a couple of variations to this system, but they remain essentially the same.

Starter Kits

Everybody has to start somewhere, which is why we have made sure that we always have a great variety of starter kits to choose from, in order to make your transition from traditional cigarettes to electronic cigarettes as pleasant and effective an experience as possible. We have starter kits to suit every individual smoker and their budget. Whatever your requirements are nicotine-wise, we can accommodate that. Our very own TABlites e-liquids come in various nicotine strengths and a variety of delicious flavours! (We even have tobacco and cigar flavours for the traditionalists out there or those who simply like the taste of cigarettes.) You can experiment and try different things out - that is one of the beauties of converting to electronic cigarettes.


The atomiser is instrumental to the electronic cigarette. The atomiser is the electronic cigarette’s heating element and it heats the liquid to produce a vapour which the user inhales into their lungs instead of inhaling smoke. Here at TABlites, we carry a wide choice of atomisers to suit every e-cig convert, new and veteran alike.


Probably the most popular type of atomiser tank, clearomisers are transparent (the name is a merging of ‘clear’ and ‘atomiser’) devices that consist of a tank to store e-liquid and an atomiser coil, or ‘head’, that heats the e-liquid. Clearomisers provide the benefits of being cheap, reliable and easy to use. Many feature replaceable heads that allow the user to save the tank itself and replace the spent coil when it’s required.

Clearomisers allow you to see how much e-liquid you have left in a tank, so you know when it’s time to top up and you can monitor how much e-liquid you’re using.

TABlites stock clearomisers from some of the biggest names in the electronic cigarette industry such as Innokin, Kangertech and Aspire.

E-Liquids - Premium Range

At TABlites we take pride in giving you the very best e-liquid available; that’s why we’re a member of ECITA (the Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association) who test every batch to ensure it is pure, free from contaminants and contains the amount of nicotine stated on the label, so you know exactly what you’re buying. All of our various flavours (over 40!) have been picked by our team, so you will always be able to find something you like. These flavours include:

  • Tobacco (0mg, 6mg, 11mg, 18mg, 24mg)
  • USA Mix (6mg, 11mg, 18mg, 24mg)
  • Silver Blend (11mg, 18mg)
  • DK4 (24mg)
  • Midnight Blend (18mg)
  • Menthol (0mg, 6mg, 11mg, 18mg, 24mg)
  • Triple Menthol (6mg, 11mg, 18mg, 24mg)
  • Amaretto (18mg)
  • Apple (6mg, 11mg, 18mg, 24mg)
  • Banana (11mg, 18mg)
  • Blackberry (6mg, 11mg, 18mg)
  • Blueberry (0mg, 6mg, 11mg, 18mg, 24mg)
  • Cappuccino (18mg)
  • Cheesecake (0mg, 6mg, 11mg, 18mg)
  • Cherry (0mg, 6mg, 11mg, 18mg, 24mg)
  • Cherry Cola (11mg, 18mg)
  • Chocolate (18mg)
  • Cinnamon (18mg)
  • Coconut (18mg)
  • Cola (11mg, 18mg)
  • Empire Cigar (18mg, 24mg)
  • Flavourless (0mg, 18mg)
  • Grape (18mg)
  • Juicy Peach (6mg, 11mg, 18mg)
  • Lemon (11mg, 18mg)
  • Lemon & Lime (11mg, 18mg)
  • Mango (6mg, 11mg, 18mg)
  • Melon (11mg, 18mg)
  • Orange (18mg)
  • Passionfruit (18mg)
  • Peanut Butter (18mg)
  • Pineapple (11mg, 18mg)
  • Power Drink (6mg, 11mg, 18mg, 24mg)
  • Raspberry (6mg, 11mg, 18mg)
  • Spearmint (6mg, 11mg, 18mg)
  • Strawberry (0mg, 6mg, 11mg, 18mg, 24mg)
  • Strawberry Mint (18mg)
  • Vanilla (6mg, 11mg, 18mg, 24mg)
  • Waffle (18mg)
  • Watermelon (6mg, 11mg, 18mg)

E-Liquids - Decadent Range

Alongside our Premium Range E-Liquids we also stock ranges from some other great E-Liquids makers, for example our Decadent Range, from Decadent Vapours. You can try such varied flavours as:

  • Absinthe
  • Bubblegum
  • Candyfloss
  • Custard
  • Dandelion & Burdock
  • Fruit Punch
  • Lemon Meringue
  • Liquorice
  • Lime Zinger
  • Mentholyptus
  • Mojito
  • Orange Tactics
  • Parma Violet
  • Rainbow Fruit

E-Liquids - Pink Spot

All the way from Las Vegas, Nevada, Pink Spot Vapors craft some mouth-watering, delicious E-Liquids in these great flavours:

  • Banana Nut Bread
  • Chubby Chimp
  • Dutch Apple Pie
  • Fire and Ice
  • Gummy Bears
  • Jamaican Me Crazy
  • Nutty Buddy Cookie
  • Peach Green Tea
  • Pink Spot
  • Strawberry Bubblegum
  • USA Menthol Blend

E-Liquids - Five Pawns

The benchmark of luxury, gourmet E-Liquids comes to us from California. Five Pawns describe themselves as 'Perfectionists' and when you try their unbelievably great E-Liquids you'll come to know why.

  • Absolute Pin
  • Bowden's Mate
  • Castle Long
  • Fifth Rank
  • Gambit
  • Grandmaster
  • Lucena
  • Perpetual Check
  • Queenside
  • Sixty-Four


Cartomisers, the refill tips used in devices such as the TABseries rechargeable e-cig, bring the nicotine cartridge and the atomisers together in one single piece (hence the name - a merging of ‘cartridge’ and ‘atomiser’). They still have an atomising coil and a wicking material, but they are prefilled with e-liquid and cannot be refilled. They are available in a range of flavours too, including:

  • Tobacco
  • Menthol
  • Blueberry

Advanced personal vaporiser ('Mods')

In the early days of electronic cigarettes people would sometimes remove the inner workings of their e-cig and place them into other objects such as torches (even Nintendo control pads), these devices were called ‘mods’, because they were modified electronic cigarettes.

These days the term ‘Mods’ is used to describe some of the larger, more complicated devices available, that are more correctly known as ‘Advanced Personal Vaporisers’ or ‘APVs’. These devices are now produced in factories, rather than by individuals tinkering with existing devices. Some become valued as collector’s items, or become overwhelmingly popular simply due to their ease of use and reliability.

The advantages of Mods include longer battery life (a key part in determining whether something is ‘a mod’, is whether it uses separate, removable and rechargeable batteries) and quite often the ability to adjust the voltage and wattage settings of the device. These settings change the feel of the vapour produced, making it warmer or cooler, giving it more kick or making it smoother.

TABlites are happy to provide some of the best Mods available on the market today. We have devices from the biggest names in the APV world, such as Innokin, Eleaf, Aspire, Sigelei and Aspire

History of e-cigs

The full name for electronic cigarettes - a name by which they are sometimes, but not often, referred to - is ‘electronic nicotine delivery systems’ (this is acronymised to ‘ENDS’).

The story goes that the first electronic cigarette was invented in 1963 by a man called Herbert A. Gilbert, who patented it that same year. The invention was apparently described as a “smokeless non-tobacco cigarette” which heated a nicotine solution and produced steam which was inhaled by the user. This meant that nicotine was able to be inhaled without the burning of tobacco and paper, and thereby offered a way to smoke without smoking, as nonsensical as that sounds! (This would later become referred to as ‘vaping’, many decades later.)

Four years after Mr Gilbert invented this ingenious device, he was approached by several companies who were very much interested in working with him to begin manufacturing his invention. For one reason or another, however, this never happened and the device or the idea behind it was never heard of again after 1967. Until 2003, anyway…

The invention of the first electronic cigarettes - as we know them today - is accredited to a fellow called Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist. His product worked by vapourising a liquid (made up of nicotine and a propylene glycol solution), which the user could inhale into the lungs in exactly the same way as they would with a traditional cigarette, as it would deliver nicotine into the lungs in precisely the same fashion.

An electronic cigarette working on the same principles but with a slightly altered design broke onto the Chinese market in May of 2004. Not long after that, Hon Lik’s company, Golden Dragon Holdings, changed its name to reflect their emphasis on the production of smoking replacement products. The new name was Ruyan, which is said to translate into English literally as ‘resembling smoking’. Ruyan began to export their e-cig products in 2005, and then in 2007 it received its very first international patent.

In 2006, electronic cigarettes began to more closely resemble the aesthetic we associate with them today. Two brothers, Tariq and Umer Sheikh, pioneered the cartomiser that year, which is the device that joins the liquid chamber to the heating coil.

Now that electronic cigarettes are starting to seriously compete with traditional cigarettes, some big tobacco companies are beginning to enter the electronic cigarette market. This is presumably so that they do not get caught out and left in a cloud of dust, so to speak (or should that be smoke?) if/when e-cig convert numbers continue to rise. If 3% of smokers used electronic cigarettes in 2010, which rose to 11% in 2013, then there is no reason why that number can’t double again by the time we get to 2016. The initial apprehension towards electronic cigarettes was that they were unsafe, but that myth is finally being gradually busted.

Another thing that does not have to be worried about with electronic cigarettes is second hand smoke. When someone smokes a traditional cigarette, the smoke produced is not only inhaled by the smoker, but the people around them too, and thereby poses a threat to their health. If a parent smokes around their child, the child can be at risk from this second hand smoke and it can damage their lungs. With e-cigs, this is not a problem whatsoever.

ASH seem to agree with this assertion, as they said in their 2014 report: “ASH supports regulation to ensure the safety and reliability of e-cigarettes but, in the absence of harm to bystanders, does not consider it appropriate to include e-cigarettes under smokefree regulations.”

Here at TABlites we are committed to providing you with a genuine alternative to smoking cigarettes which is as enjoyable as it is effective. We are one of the premium electronic cigarette retailers because we only stock the very best products out there, and that isn’t going to change.

If you have any queries whatsoever regarding our electronic cigarettes or our other products, please do not hesitate to get in touch with is. Call us up on the phone, email us, or even pop into one of our shops. Whether you are a prospective e-cig convert or a long-established e-cig user looking to further enhance their electronic cigarette experience, we have the knowledge and the expertise to help you get exactly what you want.


Here at TABlites we’re absolutely dedicated to providing you with only the very best e-cigarettes, liquids and accessories sourced from around the world. Products and liquids are all fully compliant with UK and EU law and regulated and tested by ECITA.


We offer next day delivery on all of our products, so you can get your TABlites starter kits, clearomisers, accessories, e-liquid, ‘mods’, atomisers and everything else as soon as possible.


We’ve grown considerably since TABlites was first founded, and we now have a number of stores nationwide, so you can purchase your essential electronic cigarette products throughout the UK and online too!