The demand for disposable vapes has gone up significantly in the last several months. Puff Bars, Air Bars, and Hyde Disposables are just a few of the disposable vapes out there. They can be very convenient because of their size and the fact that they’re disposable, but they can also be expensive if you use them on a regular basis. Before making disposable vapes your go-to, consider these pros and cons.
The Pros of Disposable Vapes
Living in Texas, the summer heat lingers which means more river time for us! Floating the river is one of our favorite things to do to beat the heat. However, it can get a bit complicated with worrying about a cooler, phones, and vapes.
With a disposable vape, you don’t have to worry about ruining your favorite vape setup. Disposables are cheap, they're light and compact, they're disposable, it’s no big deal if you lose or break them.
For the Workplace
Disposables are handy for vapers who work in chemical plants. Several of them don’t allow rechargeable devices, so disposables are the perfect vape setup for work.
Plus, industrial job sites like these are tough on vape kits if you drop them. Not that dropping your vape anywhere couldn’t damage your device, but you get the idea.
If you have a favorite local vapor shop but travel often for work (or for fun), you can find disposable vape pens almost anywhere. So, if you ever find yourself in a pickle where your last coil just burned out and the nearest vapor shop doesn’t carry your specific coil, you can just pick up a disposable to tide you over until you get back home to your local shop.
The Cons of Disposable Vapes
High Nicotine Concentrations
Disposables are pre-filled with salt nicotine and most are only available in high strengths like 5%. Keep in mind, 5% may sound like a low number, but it equates to 50mg. If you have a long workday with only one short break, a high nicotine strength could be beneficial to tide you over for the next several hours, but you may as well just get a small device paired with salt nicotine if that's the case.
Long Run Cost
Disposables generally last a few days. You can find some that are rechargeable or have a larger battery so they last a little longer, but eventually, they die or run out of E-Liquid and need to be thrown away or recycled. Best case scenario, a rechargeable disposable with 10mL of E-Liquid could last you maybe a week (let’s say 5 days to keep the math simple). The rechargeable ones cost around $20 a piece, so if you’re vaping disposables as your daily device, you’re spending $20 every 5 days. With 30 days in the month, you’re spending $120 a month on something that you throw away every 5 days!
Again, disposables can be handy, but not for every day regular use. Instead, opt for a small kit paired with salt nicotine or a high strength freebase. A 30mL bottle of salt nicotine could last you about 3-4 weeks and only costs about $20. Pods or replacement coils for small devices cost around $5 a piece which can last about 5-7 days depending on a few factors like how often you vape, which flavor you're vaping, etc. After the initial purchase of a small device (between $30 and $45), you can cut costs significantly. Not to mention, using refillable and rechargeable devices cuts down on unnecessary waste, even if you do recycle.
More Difficult to Drop Down Strengths
There aren't step down options for salt nicotine like there are for freebase nicotine. Disposables are pre-filled and you get what you get which is almost always 50mg of salt nicotine. That’s why we feel freebase nicotine is much more effective with helping smokers make the switch to vaping. It makes it easier to overcome a nicotine dependence by gradually dropping your nicotine strength down to nicotine-free (0mg) and ultimately cutting out your vaping habit altogether.
Now that you’ve weighed the pros and the cons, do you think disposable vapes are right for you?