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Disposable vs Prefilled vs Refillable Vapes

When it comes to vaping, there are various types of devices available, each with their own advantages and considerations. Understanding the differences between disposable, prefilled, and refillable vapes is essential for choosing the right device for your specific vaping needs. In this article, we will explore the characteristics, along with pros and cons of each type to help you make an informed decision when purchasing your next vape kit.

Whether you prioritise convenience, customisation, or cost-effectiveness, we will delve into the features of disposable, prefilled, and refillable vapes to guide you in finding a vaping solution that best suits your personal preferences. So, let's dive into the world of vaping devices and discover which option aligns with your vaping style and requirements.

In this article we will cover:

  • What is a Disposable Vape?
  • Disposable Vape Pros
  • Disposable Vape Cons
  • What is a Prefilled Vape?
  • Prefilled Vape Pros
  • Prefilled Vape Cons
  • What is a Refillable Vape?
  • Refillable Vape Pros
  • Refillable Vape Cons
  • Conclusion

What is a Disposable Vape?

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Disposable vapes are compact, single-use e-cigarette devices that come pre-filled with vape juice and a fully charged battery. They are designed for convenience and simplicity, making them an accessible option for beginners or vapers on the go. Here are some key features of disposable vapes:

Pre-Filled with E-Liquid

Disposable vapes arrive pre-filled with salt nicotine vape juice, typically in a variety of flavours and sometimes nicotine strengths (0mg, 10mg and 20mg) depending on which brand you choose. They eliminate the need for manual refilling, making them easy to use without any mess for a hassle free vaping experience.

All-in-One Design

Disposable vapes are self-contained devices, meaning the battery, e-liquid reservoir, and atomiser coil are all integrated into a single unit. This design allows for a simple and streamlined vaping experience without the need for separate components or maintenance.

The battery, pod, coil and e-liquid come pre-assembled and are non-reusable once the battery and/or e-liquid has been depleted.

No Charging

Disposable vapes arrive fully charged and are ready to use right out of the packaging. Once the e-liquid is depleted or the battery runs out, the entire device is safely discarded and replaced with a new one.

There are now some large capacity UK-legal disposables that require charging.

No Changing Coils

Disposable vapes feature a built in vape coil, once the battery runs out of power, or the vape juice levels run low you can safely dispose of the device and start a new one. Removing the need to replace the atomizer coils, making disposables a convenient option for on-the-go vaping.

Compact, Lightweight and Portable

Disposable vapes are typically small and lightweight, making them highly portable. They can easily fit in a pocket or bag, allowing for discreet and convenient vaping wherever you are.


Disposable vapes are designed with draw-activated technology, meaning you simply inhale on the mouthpiece to activate the device and produce clouds of vapour. There are no buttons or settings to adjust, making them user-friendly and easy to use.

Limited Lifespan

Since disposable vapes are intended for single-use, they have a limited lifespan. Once the e-liquid or battery is depleted, the device is disposed of and cannot be refilled or reused. Disposable vapes in the UK generally provide the user with up to 600 puffs before they can safely discarded.

Discreet Vapour Production

Disposable vapes are specifically designed for mouth-to-lung (MTL) vaping, which involves inhaling the vapour into the mouth and then into the lungs. This two-step process creates a more discreet vaping experience compared to direct-lung (DL) vaping, which produces larger vapour clouds.

Disposable vapes typically operate at lower wattages or power outputs compared to high-performance devices, resulting in less vapour production and further enhancing their discreet nature. These devices often come prefilled with nicotine salt e-liquid, which is blended with a 50/50 PG/VG ratio. This blend provides a satisfying throat hit and produces a modest amount of vapour cloud, ensuring a balanced and discreet vaping experience.

Nicotine Salt Vape Juice

Disposable vapes are prefilled with nicotine salt e-liquids. They are created by combining nicotine with specific acids, resulting in a modified form of nicotine that offers certain advantages. Nicotine salts are known for providing a smoother throat hit even at higher nicotine concentrations, allowing vapers to experience a more satisfying sensation without the harshness typically associated with traditional freebase nicotine. This makes them popular among individuals who are transitioning from smoking to vaping or those who desire a stronger nicotine delivery. Additionally, nicotine salts are generally absorbed by the body more efficiently, meaning vapers can achieve the desired nicotine satisfaction with fewer puffs and keep cravings at bay for longer periods of time.

Disposable Vape Pros

Disposable vapes offer several advantages that make them a popular choice for many vapers. Here are some of the pros of disposable vapes:


Disposable vapes are incredibly convenient, especially for first time vapers and those on the go. They come pre-filled with e-liquid and are ready to use right out of the box. There is no need for refilling, charging, replacing coils, or cleaning. Simply inhale on the mouthpiece, and you're good to go.


Disposable vapes are compact and lightweight, making them highly portable. They easily fit into pockets, purses, or bags, allowing for discreet and hassle-free vaping wherever you are. They are perfect for travel, music festivals, nights out, or situations where carrying larger and heavier vaping devices may be impractical.

Zero Maintenance

With disposable vapes, there is no need to worry about cleaning, maintenance, or replacing parts. Once the e-liquid is depleted or the battery runs out of power, you can safely dispose of the entire device and replace it with a new one. This eliminates the hassle of regular upkeep and ensures a consistently fresh vaping experience.


Disposables have a low upfront cost to purchase. At Tablites you can purchase 5 disposables for £20. This makes them budget-friendly, with a low initial layout.

No Vape Knowledge Required

Disposable vapes are beginner-friendly and require no prior knowledge or experience with vaping. They are designed for simplicity, making them accessible to anyone who wants to try vaping without dealing with complicated settings or having to replace coils. Remove the device from the packaging and inhale on the mouthpiece, it’s that easy.

Wide Choice Of Flavours

Disposable vapes come in a wide range of flavours to suit different preferences. Whether you enjoy traditional tobacco, cooling menthol, full bodied fruity blends, refreshing fruity blends with ice, sweet candy, or indulgent desserts, there are disposable vape flavour options available to cater to your specific taste buds.

Nicotine Strengths

While most disposable vapes like the Lost Mary BM600 and SKE Crystal Bar are only available in 20mg nicotine strength, which is classed as high strength. Other disposable devices like the Elf Bar 600 offer different nicotine strength options, allowing you to choose the level of nicotine that best suits your needs. This makes it easier to satisfy your nicotine cravings and helps in transitioning away from traditional cigarettes.


Disposable vapes are widely available, being sold at convenience stores and gas stations across the UK, disposables are easily accessible for new vapers looking to test e-cigs.

Disposable vapes provide a convenient and hassle-free vaping experience, making them a popular choice for first time vapers who value simplicity, portability, and ease of use, helping make the transition from smoking to vaping a smooth and uncomplicated task.

Disposable Vape Cons

While disposable vapes offer convenience and simplicity, there are also some cons to consider before choosing this type of vaping device. Here are a few drawbacks of disposable vapes:

Limited Lifespan

Disposable vapes are designed for single-use and have a limited lifespan (generally up to 600 puffs). Once the vape juice is depleted or the battery runs out of power, the entire device needs to be safely discarded and replaced. This can result in additional waste and ongoing purchasing costs if you frequently use disposable vapes.

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If you are looking for a longer lasting disposable vape, why not take a look at the Elf Bar AF5000? This uniquely designed disposable vape boasts an impressive USB C rechargeable battery and comes supplied with a 10ml bottle of vape juice that attaches to the device. The innovative design of the AF5000 will provide the equivalent of 5-6 disposable vapes worth of vaping (up to 5000 puffs) while being fully TPD compliant and legal in the UK. The cartridges are fitted with a mesh coil for increased surface area, even heating, mouth-watering flavour and improved cloud production.

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More Expensive Per Puff

In the long run, disposable vapes can be more expensive compared to other vaping options. While they may have a lower upfront cost, the cost per puff is typically higher. Constantly buying new devices can add up, especially for frequent vapers.

One 10ml bottle of e-liquid will provide approximately 3000 puffs, the equivalent of 5 disposable vapes for a fraction of the cost.

Limited Personalisation

Disposable vapes have limited customisation options. You can’t adjust the power output, coils resistance, airflow (in most cases), or change the e-liquid flavour once the device is purchased. This may not be ideal for vapers who prefer a personalised vaping experience or who enjoy experimenting with the different settings on their vape.

Limited Battery Life

Disposable vapes often have limited battery life compared to rechargeable devices. If you're a heavy vaper or using the device over an extended period, the battery may not last as long as you would like, potentially leading to a shorter vaping experience. Once the light blinks on the device this is an indicator that the single-use disposable is nearly out of power with little to no prior warning.

Environmental Impact

Disposable vapes contribute to waste and can have a negative impact on the environment if disposed of incorrectly.

Disposable vapes are constructed using a combination of plastic, metal, silicone, cotton wicking material, and a lithium battery. Although these devices can be recycled, it is alarming to note that approximately 1.3 million disposable vapes are discarded in the UK every week. Opting for a refillable and rechargeable electronic cigarette like the Aspire Gotek X can be a more environmentally friendly choice, and the batteries can be depleted and recharged up to 300 times.

At Tablites we have partnered with the Green Wings Project so you can now bring your used disposable vapes to participating Tablites store locations around the UK for recycling.

Read more: Green Wings Disposable Vape Recycling Program

Limited Flavour Options

While there’s a large choice of disposable vape flavour options available, there’s far less choice when compared to bottles of vape juice. Disposable vapes are filled with heavily flavoured nic salt juice, so if you are looking to blow larger vape clouds your best option is going for a sub-ohm kit like the Geek Vape Max100 compatible with high VG e-liquids.

Disposables produce less vapour volume and muted flavour due to lower powered coils and batteries. In some cases draw-activation may also affect the quality of each puff.

Limited Nicotine Strength Options

While some disposable vapes offer various nicotine strength options, the range may not be as extensive compared to refillable devices. If you have specific nicotine level requirements, disposable vapes might not provide the flexibility you need. The nicotine in disposable vapes is usually on the high side.

It's important to weigh the pros and cons of disposable vapes to determine if they align with your vaping preferences, budget, and environmental considerations. Considering alternative options such as prefilled or refillable vapes might provide more flexibility and cost-effectiveness in the long term.

At Tablites we advise first-time vapers to start with disposable vapes for the initial transition to vaping. Once they have grown accustomed to vaping, we recommend switching to a more durable and cost-effective device that promotes sustainability in the long run.

While disposable vapes are sold in many locations including newsagents and grocery stores, make sure you always purchase your vapes from trusted suppliers like Tablites to ensure you are getting legal and genuine products that have been thorough vigorous testing required by the TPD laws in the UK.

Read more: Eco-Friendly Vaping

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What is a Prefilled Vape?

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A prefilled vape, also known as a pre-filled pod system, closed system vape or cartridge-based vape, is a type of e-cigarette that comes with pre-filled e-liquid cartridges or pods.

These devices are designed for simplicity and convenience, offering a ready-to-use vaping experience. Here's how prefilled vapes typically work:

Pre-Filled Cartridges or Pods

Prefilled vapes consist of a rechargeable battery and pre-filled flavour cartridges or pods.

These cartridge pods are prefilled with nicotine salt vape juice, eliminating the need for manual filling or refilling with e-liquid, offering an excellent choice for those new to vaping.

The nicotine salt e-liquid solution comes pre-packaged in pod cartridges designed specifically for each device. The coils are also built-in for your convenience.

For charging, these devices typically feature a USB connection located at the base, allowing for convenient recharging. Two notable examples of prefilled vapes that offer an excellent vaping experience are the Elf Bar Elfa and SKE Crystal Plus. These devices come with prefilled pods that offer a diverse selection of flavours, ensuring there is something to satisfy a wide range of tastes.

Magnetic or Snap-In Connection

The pre-filled cartridges or pods attach to the battery or device using a magnetic or snap-in connection. This ensures a secure and hassle-free attachment so your pod and device stay connected even when vaping on the go.

No Manual Refilling

With prefilled vapes, you don't need to worry about purchasing e-liquid separately or refilling the device manually. The pre-filled pod cartridges are ready to use, allowing for a convenient and straightforward vaping experience.

Disposable Cartridges

Prefilled vapes feature disposable cartridge pods that are discarded and replaced when the vape juice is depleted.

Flavour Options

Prefilled vape pods are available in a range of flavours to suit different preferences. Flavour options can range from traditional tobacco and menthol flavours to a wide range of fruits, desserts, and other unique flavour profiles based on the best-selling disposable vape flavours.

User-Friendly Operation

Prefilled vapes are designed for ease of use, often incorporating inhale-activated technology. This means you simply inhale on the mouthpiece, and the device automatically activates, producing vapour without the need for buttons or setting adjustments.

Prefilled vapes provide a convenient and hassle-free vaping experience, particularly for those who prefer the simplicity of pre-filled cartridge pods. They offer a wide range of flavours, nicotine strengths, and often come in compact and portable designs. It's important to note that prefilled vapes require the purchase of compatible replacement cartridges or pods when the e-liquid is depleted.

Prefilled vapes differ from disposable vapes because the device is made from durable materials and designed to last. The battery can be recharged via the USB port and used over and over again, you just need to replace the preloaded pods once they run out of vape juice.

Prefilled Vape Pros

Prefilled vapes offer several advantages that make them a popular choice among vapers. Here are some of the pros of using prefilled vapes:


Prefilled vapes are incredibly convenient and user-friendly. They come pre-filled with e-juice, eliminating the need for manual filling or refilling. This makes them ideal for beginners or vapers who prefer a hassle-free vaping experience.

Ready to Use

Prefilled vapes are ready to use right out of the box. There is no need to purchase separate e-liquids or worry about filling the device. Simply attach the prefilled pod or cartridge to the device, and you're good to go. Inhale on the mouthpiece to trigger a sensor that will automatically activate (inhale-activation) the device and produce vapour in the flavour you choose.

Consistent Flavour

With prefilled vapes, you can expect consistent flavour delivery. The e-liquid in the prefilled pods or cartridges is professionally blended and formulated to provide a consistent and satisfying vaping experience. You can enjoy the same flavour every time you use a new pod.

You also don’t have to worry about coil deterioration as the coils only last as long as long as the volume of e-liquid in the tank. Each time you start a new pod, you get a brand new coil to ensure optimal flavour on every puff. The standard power output ensures that the coil present in the pod doesn’t over heat the e-liquid to avoid a burnt taste.

Wide Flavour Selection

Prefilled vapes offer a wide range of flavours to choose from. Choose between some best-selling Crystal Bar flavours including Lemon & Lime, Kiwi Passion Fruit Guava and Blueberry Sour Raspberry. If you opt for the Elf Bar Elfa kit, you can choose between some of the most popular Elf Bar disposable vape flavours including Cola, Elfbull and Apple Peach.

No Mess or Leakage

Since the e-liquid is pre-filled and sealed within the pod cartridges with no access points, you don't have to worry about any mess or leakage. Prefilled vapes are designed to prevent leaks and ensure a clean vaping experience.


Prefilled vapes are compact and portable, making them easy to carry with you wherever you go. They are perfect for on-the-go vaping and can easily fit in your pocket or bag. Many customers purchase a pre-filled pod kit as a secondary device for times when refilling with e-liquid isn’t practical or your main kit is too heavy and bulky to take with you.

Controlled Nicotine Strength

Prefilled vapes are most commonly available in 20mg nicotine strengths to cater for high strength vapers. This makes it easier to satisfy your nicotine cravings and helps in transitioning away from traditional cigarettes for first time vapers or those looking for additional convenience.

Prefilled vapes provide a straightforward and consistent vaping experience, making them an attractive option for vapers who value simplicity, flavour variety, and ease of use.

Prefilled Vape Cons

While prefilled vapes offer convenience and simplicity, there are also some cons to consider before choosing this type of vaping device. Here are a few drawbacks of using prefilled vapes:

Limited Flavour Options

Prefilled vapes typically come with in a limited selection of flavours. While there may be a variety to choose from, the options may not be as extensive compared to using refillable vapes with bottles of e-liquid. If you enjoy experimenting with different flavours or have specific flavour preferences, prefilled vapes may not offer the options you desire.

Limited Nicotine Strength Options

Prefilled pods are most commonly available in high strength nicotine (20mg/ml), which is advantageous for transitioning smokers. If you are looking to reduce your nicotine intake and require a lower nicotine dosage you may be best choosing a vape kit that is compatible with bottles of e-liquid available in a rage of nicotine strengths.

At Tablites we offer a wide range of nicotine strength options in our PG e-liquid collection. You can choose from 0mg, 3mg, 6mg, 12mg, and 18mg to cater to the varying preferences and needs of vapers.

Higher Cost Per Prefilled Pod

Prefilled vapes work out more expensive compared to purchasing bottles of vape juice separately for refillable vape kits. Over time, the expenses of continuously purchasing prefilled pod cartridges can add up, especially if you vape more than the average.

If you find you are spending too much on prefilled pods, purchase a more permanent refillable device like the popular Vaporesso XROS 3 that comes with everything you need to get started including a free 10ml bottle of e-liquid for only £27.99.

Prefilled Pod Availability

The availability of specific prefilled pods or cartridges may vary depending on the brand or manufacturer. While popular pre-filled pods like the Elf Bar Elfa and SKE Crystal Plus will be widely available at specialist vape stores, you may struggle to find replacement pods in convenience stores and newsagents.

Pod vape kits are compatible with PG, 50/50 PG/VG and nicotine salt e-liquids that are widely available. So if you run out of juice while out and about, you can top up your e-liquid levels by visiting a local store or petrol station.

Please make sure you are purchasing your vape supplies from trusted vendors to ensure you are receiving genuine products. Always opt for a brand you have heard of, even if it costs you slightly more to guarantee quality.

Environmental Impact

Prefilled vapes contribute to waste and can have a negative impact on the environment. Since prefilled pods are disposable they contribute to plastic waste, if there’s remaining nicotine containing e-liquid in the pod this can cause hazardous waste which can be catastrophic for the environment.

The vape pods are predominantly composed of plastic, which means they are not biodegradable, making them less environmentally friendly compared to using refillable and rechargeable vape devices.

It's important to weigh up the pros and cons of prefilled vapes to determine if they align with your vaping preferences, budget, and environmental considerations.

At Tablites we always recommend eco-friendlier alternatives such as refillable vapes, they also offer a more cost-effective vaping solution in the long run.

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What is a Refillable Vape?

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A refillable vape, also known as an open-system vape, is a type of e-cigarette that allows users to manually refill the e-liquid into the device. Unlike disposable or prefilled vapes, refillable vapes offer more flexibility and customisation options. Here's how refillable vapes typically work:

Tank or Pod System

Refillable vapes consist of a rechargeable battery and a vape tank or vape pod chamber to store the e-liquid. Both pods and tanks house the vape coil (heating element) and they both feature a mouthpiece or drip tip to vape from. Coils come in different capacities and styles like bottom coil, mesh coil, sub-ohm, etc. In the UK both tanks and pods are limited to a maximum 2ml capacity limit under TRPR (Tobacco and Related Products Regulations).

Over the past few years vape pods have become a more popular choice for vapers as they are most often easier to maintain, feature easy to install press fit coils, lighter in weight and are less susceptible to damage and leakage. They are also best suited to nic salts, the latest vaping craze.

Most pod kits are designed for MTL (mouth to lung) vaping, while vape tanks are available for both MTL and DL (direct lung) vaping for those who want to blow larger vapour clouds and prefer VG e-liquids and shortfills.

Manual Refilling

With refillable vapes, users manually fill the e-liquid into the tank or pod via the filling port. This offers them the freedom to choose their preferred e-liquids brands, flavours, and nicotine strengths. The tank or pod can be opened, and the e-liquid is poured or dripped into it.

Make sure your e-liquid levels are topped up regularly to avoid dry burn, this is when the device is fired with insufficient levels of vape juice resulting in the coil burning. Following this step will prolong the life of your vape coils and provide the best vape possible.

Adjustable Settings

Many refillable vape kits offer more ways to tailor the vape to suit your personal vaping preference. You can adjust the wattage (increase/decrease the power output), many devices feature airflow control, battery status updates, puff count and a whole host of other ways to fine-tune and customise your vaping experience.

Longer Lifespan

Refillable vapes have a longer lifespan compared to disposable or prefilled vapes. They are made from more durable materials that are built to last longer. They can be used repeatedly with the purchase of replacement coils or pods, reducing waste and cost over time.

Refillable vapes like the OXVA Xlim Pro Kit is fitted with a 1000mAh larger capacity battery and can provide up to three days’ worth of vaping on a single charge.

Fast Charging

Many modern refillable vapes feature a Type-C charging port that can quickly recharge a depleted vape battery. The Aspire Cyber X pod kit features Type-C 2A high speed charging, so when your battery runs low you will be vaping again in no time.

Maintenance and Cleaning

Refillable vapes require regular maintenance and cleaning. This includes cleaning the tank or pod, replacing coils or pods, and ensuring proper airflow and functionality.

Replaceable Coils or Fixed-Coil Pods

Refillable vape pods feature changeable coils or fixed-coil (built-in coil or preinstalled coils) pods to suit your preference. The coil is the heating element which is responsible for turning the vape juice into vapour.

When it comes to vape pods, there are two main types: pods with replaceable coils and fixed coil vape pods. Let's compare these two options:

Pods with Replaceable Coils

These pods have a removable coil that can be replaced when the coil starts to taste burnt or vapour production is reduced. The ability to replace coils offers flexibility and customisation, as you can choose from a variety of coil resistance options, coil materials and coil designs (mesh, vertical, dual-coil, etc).

Replaceable coils require slightly more maintenance compared to fixed coil pods, but are still very easy to use. Once the coil reaches the end of its life, pull out the used coil from the pod and replace it with a new one, the pod can be reused over again resulting in less waste for a more sustainable vaping option. As the pod can separate from the coil, you can clean and maintain it, ensuring a longer lifespan for the pod itself.

If you are looking for the most economical way to vape pods with removable coils are the best option.

Fixed Coil Vape Pods

Fixed coil vape pods come with a built-in coil that cannot be replaced. Once the coil reaches the end of its lifespan or starts to degrade in performance, you need to replace the entire pod.

Pods with built-in coils are generally more user-friendly and require less maintenance, as you don't have to worry about changing coils or cleaning them separately making them a popular choice for new vapers, those with dexterity issues, or vapers who prefer more convenience and a hassle-free vape experience.

There are limited coil resistance options when comparing preinstalled coil pods to removeable coils, but as the coil is fixed, they can be less prone to leaking and you can’t install the coil incorrectly.

Both coil options are responsible for heating the e-liquid and producing vapour. They need to be replaced regularly to maintain optimal performance.

Refillable Vape Pros

Refillable vapes offer several advantages that make them a popular choice among vapers. Here are some of the pros of using refillable vapes:


Refillable vapes can be more cost-effective in the long run compared to disposable or prefilled options. Instead of continuously purchasing new devices, you can simply refill the e-liquid, saving money on buying new pods or cartridges. Replacement coils and new e-juice are the only ongoing expenses.

Less Waste

When using refillable vapes, less waste is produced because you are only discarding old coils and empty e-juice bottles rather than full cartridge assemblies. Over time, less plastic waste is produced as a result for a more eco-friendly vaping option.

Wide Flavour Selection

Refillable vapes provide the flexibility to choose from a wide variety of e-liquids. You can explore an extensive range of flavours, including tobacco, fruits, desserts, menthol, and more. This allows for a personalised vaping experience tailored to your taste preferences.

You can now experience the exact same vape flavours found in disposables and prefilled pods, in 10ml bottles of vape juice compatible with refillable vape devices. These flavours are available in both 10mg and 20mg to cater for both medium and high strength vapers. The most popular bar salt ranges include Elux Legend vape juice, Elfliq by Elf Bar, Bar Juice 500 and Seriously Bar Salts by Doozy Vape and IVG Bar Favourites.

Flavour Quality

Refillable vape tanks and pods often have higher power output capabilities and adjustable settings, producing thicker, tastier vapour compared to disposables and devices that use prefilled pods.

Nicotine Strength Control

Refillable vapes allow you to control the nicotine strength in your e-liquids. This is especially beneficial for those who are gradually reducing their nicotine intake or prefer different nicotine levels at different times. You can easily switch between various nicotine strengths to find what works best for you.

Customisation Options

Refillable vapes often offer more customisation options, such as adjustable airflow and wattage settings. This allows you to fine-tune your vaping experience, adjusting the vapour production, throat hit, and flavour intensity according to your preferences.

Environmentally Friendly

Refillable vapes are more environmentally friendly compared to disposable options. By reusing the device and refilling e-liquids, you can significantly reduce waste and minimise the impact on the environment.

Longer Battery Life

Many refillable vapes feature larger and more powerful batteries compared to disposable or prefilled devices. This results in longer battery life and extended vaping sessions between charges.

More Control Over Device Maintenance

With refillable vapes, you have control over maintaining and cleaning the device. This allows you to ensure optimal performance, longevity, and cleanliness, providing a better overall vaping experience.


Refillable vapes are compatible with a wide range of e-liquids, including different PG/VG ratios, nicotine salts, and freebase nicotine. This versatility allows you to experiment with different e-liquid types and find what suits your preferences and vaping style.

Refillable vapes offer the freedom to customise your vaping experience, save money, and enjoy a wider range of flavours and nicotine strengths. They are a popular choice for vapers who value flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and the ability to tailor their vaping experience to their liking.

Refillable Vape Cons

While refillable vaping systems offer many advantages, they also come with some drawbacks. Here are some cons of using refillable vapes:

Complexity for Beginners

Refillable vapes can be more difficult to operate, especially for beginners who may be unfamiliar with vaping. For individuals who are unfamiliar with vaping devices, filling the pod or tank with e-liquid, priming the coil, replacing coils and altering settings might be intimidating.

Potential Mess and Spills

Refilling vape tanks can sometimes result in spills and leaks, especially if not done carefully. This can lead to wasted e-liquid and a messy vaping experience, which may discourage some users.

Ongoing Maintenance and Cleaning

Refillable vapes require regular maintenance and cleaning to ensure optimal performance and longevity. Neglecting maintenance can lead to reduced flavour, and overall poor vaping experience.

Need for Separate E-Liquid

Unlike prefilled or disposable vapes, refillable vapes require users to purchase and carry separate bottles of e-liquid. This may not be as convenient for on-the-go vapers who prefer the simplicity of disposable devices.

Potential for Dry Hits

If the coil is not properly primed (adding a few drops of e-liquid directly onto the exposed cotton wicking ports) or the e-liquid level gets too low, refillable vapes can be prone to dry hits, resulting in a burnt taste and unpleasant vaping experience. Once your coil starts to taste burnt you will need to replace it.

Learning Curve for Coil Replacement

Replacing coils in refillable vapes can be intimidating for first time vapers. With a bit of practice, coil replacement becomes a quick, clean and easy task. Just remember to prime the coil, start with a low power setting, and replace the coil once the flavour declines.

Higher Upfront Cost

The initial investment of purchasing a refillable vape device may be higher than that of a disposable or prefilled vape. Users need to invest in the device, e-liquids, coils, and other accessories. When comparing the cost of using disposables, prefilled and refillable vapes, the refillable works out much cheaper in the long run.

That being said, you can purchase entry level pod system vape kits like the Aspire Gotek X or Eleaf iStick IORE 2 for only £9.99. Both these kits come supplied with a charging cable, e-liquid and everything you need to get started.

Despite these drawbacks, many vapers prefer refillable devices due to the customisation options, cost savings in the long run, better overall performance, and the ability to use a wide variety of e-liquids. However, it's essential to weigh the pros and cons based on individual preferences and vaping habits before choosing a vaping device.

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Disposable vapes provide the ultimate ease-of-use and portability, but generate a lot of waste and become costly over time with their short lifespan. They appeal mostly to first time or social vapers.

Prefilled pod systems are also convenient, but offer slightly better performance and more flavour options than disposables. However, having to frequently replace cartridges keeps running costs high. They suit transitioning smokers looking for a simple setup.

Refillable vape kits require more knowledge yet provide the best vaping experience with superior customisability in terms of vapour production, nicotine levels, and vape juice flavours. The initial investment pays for itself long-term. Avid vapers get the most value from refillable vape kits.

When choosing a new vape, consider your needs as a beginner or experienced user, budget constraints, patterns of use, and desire for variety. Disposables serve starters well, while prefilled pods better suit moderate users. But for most dedicated vapers, refillable tanks and refillable pods provide the greatest flexibility, best bang for your buck and are more environmentally friendly.

The right vaping device comes down to assessing your priorities between affordability, simplicity, performance and personalisation. All three formats have viable places in the market depending on individual habits, preferences and budget.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. We hope you found it informative and helpful in understanding which style of vape device will work best for your specific vaping needs.

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