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What is a Disposable Vape?

What is a Disposable Vape?

what is a disposable vape?

Disposable vapes are pre-charged and pre-filled vapes that are ready to use of out of the box. They have taken over the vaping community recently, with thousands of options and hundreds of brands, people flocked to disposables and love them. People who already vape love disposables as they’re easy to use and require no maintenance. People who have never vaped before and have made the switch to disposables from smoking may not understand what a vape is fully, so we’ve wrote this blog to help you understand and guide you through your vaping experience so you get everything out of it. If you're new to disposables and don't know which flavours to choose, we've made a guide on the top ten elf bar flavours to ease your transition.

Disposables are designed to help you quit smoking, and the majority of them come in 20mg (2%) which is the nicotine strength recommended for smokers wanting to quit. They all include 2ml of e-liquid inside of the pod ready to vape, and you don’t need to worry about refilling it or changing the coil so you can vape away.

The Makeup of a Disposable Vape

A disposable vape contains a (usually lithium-ion) battery that is fully charged ready to use. The battery heats up the coil that vaporises the juice that has saturated the cotton coil. This then travels up the vape and into your mouth, giving you the nicotine hit and flavour of the e-liquid. 

Are Disposables Worse For You?

Disposable vapes contain the same e-liquid you would find in a bottle of e-liquid. This means they are TPD compliant and no better or worse for you than a regular vape. Although they’re not any more harmful for you, they are considered more harmful to our planet due to the mass amount of e-waste (like the battery) that’s ending up in our landfills.

How Long Does a Disposable Vape Last?

Disposable vapes hold 2ml of e-liquid. This has been approximated to just over 20 cigarettes. A disposable may last you longer depending on how many cigarettes you usually smoke a day. A disposable like the Elf Bar last approximately 600 puffs, and will flash when they’ve fun out. How long your draw is and how often you puff can reduce the life-span of a disposable, so if you take longer drags you will still use 2ml of e-liquid it just won’t last as long as if you took smaller drags. If you’re finding yourself puffing a lot on a vape, then you may not be inhaling the right nicotine strength for you, maybe try upping the nicotine concentration.

Would I Benefit From Using a Disposable Vape?

There are many people that benefit from disposable vapes and have managed to quit smoking with them too. If you’re looking to give up smoking, try using a disposable vape as a substitute for some of your cigarettes you smoke a day, and gradually increase your use. Disposables are particularly great for new vapers as they require no maintenance at all. You simply take it out of the box and puff. People who may struggle with maintaining a kit, for reasons like disability, lack of time, or just ease of use can really benefit from using a disposable. Some people who use refillable kits still use disposables as their secondary vape for ease, especially if their vape runs out of charge.

 So, now you know the main information about disposables, let's look at the pros and cons;


Ease of use: simple for any type of vaper, including beginners and advanced vapers. 

Selection of brands: There are so many different brands that you have a large choice in which disposable to go for. With some containing mesh coils, different mouthpeices and more, there's a lot of leeway when picking a disposable vape.

No maintenance: there are no coils to change, no buttons to press, and no pod to clean. The maintenance is super easy meaning you know your disposable will be there when you need it and it won't need recharging or filling up.


Wasteful: Disposable vapes cause a lot waste for landfill, and creates a lot of pollution to the planet. Every time one disposable is thrown away, one battery, one coil, and the plastic/metal body is discarded together meaning recycling it virtually impossible. Where as when using a refillable kit, the only waste is a coil and a plastic recyclable bottle when finished with.

More expensive: it may be cheaper to buy one disposable than a kit set up, however as you are paying £4-5 for 2ml of e-liquid, it quickly gets more expensive than you realise. Check out our blog ‘Are disposables more expensive?’ To see the full in-depth analysis of this. 

Less selection: compared to kits that you can refill, there are hardly any flavours to choose from, and less variation of nicotine strength too. With nicotine salts, free base e-liquid, or shortfill liquid, the flavours are immensely ranged and are customisable for your desirable nicotine strength. 

Disposable vapes have made vaping more accessible for a lot of people, and have managed to stop many people from smoking. Vaping is a great harm-reduction tool and we encourage people who feel ready to switch to a refillable kit. We have so many options available and if you’re stuck for choice, we have a guide on the top ten best pod kits so you can make a decision easier and get to sustainable vaping quicker. Now you understand disposables, you can check out our full range of disposables including big brands like Elux, Elf Bar, Crystal Bar, and more.

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