Vape the Best – Our Top Reviewed Starter Kits

Regardless of whether you’re a vaping veteran or are brand new to the hobby, you don’t want to waste your time with inferior products. We’ll be sharing some of our best user-reviewed products across a few different vaping categories to get you going.

Life’s too short to mess around with anything less than the best. Of course we can’t all live in crazy opulent mansions or drive cars that cost more than most homes around the country – but thankfully, when it comes to vaping at least, the best of the best won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Continuing our series of compiling our highest reviewed products on (you can check out our previous entry on our top-reviewed e-juice flavors here), let’s jump right into four of our highest rated starter kits on our store.

Eleaf iStick Basic

Eleaf iStick Basic Before we jump into product specifics, just a refresher to those who are possibly 100% new to vaping. Starter kits are still in the entry-level area of vaping, but are a definite step above the so-called “gas station” style e-cigs (which look like regular cigarettes and aren’t renewable/reusable). Starter kits typically include at least one atomizer, battery, charger, and a cartridge (many times several) pre-filled with e-juice. Now that the generalities are out of the way, check out one of our more popular starter kits – the Istick Basic starter kit from Eleaf. The iStick Basic is a great entry point for those just getting started as it’s affordable, simple to use and operate, yet offers quite a bit of features for a starter kit:

“The all new iStick Basic Kit consists of the iStick Basic device and the GS Air 2 Atomizer. The iStick Basic boasts many features, including a 2300mAh built-in rechargeable battery and direct output voltage, meaning the output voltage ties in directly to the battery life.” “When it comes to the GS Air 2 Atomizer, the performance increases greatly. The iStick Basic offers an outstanding design, where the GS Air 2 Atomizer sits inside of the device. To establish a solid connection, the iStick Basic utilizes the Eleaf’s new Magnetic Connection system, which is the first of its kind introduced to Eleaf branded products.”

Other features include:

  • 1x iStick Basic Body
  • 1x GS Air 2 Atomizer (14mm)
  • 2x GS Air Atomizer Head (0.75 ohm)
  • 1x 510 Connector
  • 1x eGo Connector
  • 1x Micro-USB Charging Cable
  • 1x User Manual

A perfect 5/5 average review from our users, one of which (Sharyn on January 25, 2015) had this to say:

“I have only been using for a couple of days and so far so good, magnet connection is nice, no worries about breaking a tank, throwing this in my purse or pocket. I bought this for all day on the go, just make sure you have extra juice as the 2.0 ml tank is small. I just wish they had a battery life display like on my 20w, I will charge fully at nite!” “1st purchase from and great customer care service and fast shipping, I will use this company again! Hurry and get yours before they are gone, very glad I purchased the iStick Basic Kits here!”

Kanger Subox Nano

Kanger Subox Nano This starter kit also boasts a perfect 5/5 score on our site, and that’s from five different reviews. The Subox Nano from Kanger (whose website, as you can see at the previous link, features a really cool intro animation of a fully deconstructed vaping device coming together). As the name suggests, the Nano is a bit smaller than previous Kanger boxes, but it doesn’t give up much in the way of power to give you that smaller, easier to tote size. Here’s the official product description:

“Kanger introduces its newest starter kit, the Subox Nano. Firing up to 50W and atomizers as low as 0.3ohm, the Subox Nano builds upon a new and improved Kbox device. The Kbox Nano is smaller than the original Kbox and uses a single 18650 battery, with USB charging port. The Subtank Nano has an updated airflow control valve with dual slots, 510 connector, and has a tank capacity of 3ml.”

Other features include:

  • One 0.5 coil, one 1.5 coil, Pyrex glass tube and USB cable
  • 510 Drip Tip (Delrin)
  • OCC 0.5ohm, direct lung inhale from 15W to 60W
  • OCC 1.5ohm, mouth to lung inhale from 10W to 26W
  • Minimum resistance: 0.3ohm
  • Adjustable wattage setting: 7W-50W using 0.1 increments
  • 18650 battery is not included.

One might think having the battery not included would be a drawback, but check out the rave reviews – like this one from December 2015 from Kyle:

“I just got my kanger subox nano today and I love it…ecig has the best prices by far and their customer service is amazing thank to Thomas for all your help…great starter kit for anyone just getting into vaping like me what more can I say I love my subox nano thank you ecig and Thomas for the amazing prices and some of the best customer service I’ve ever had.”

SMOK Amazing III

SMOK Amazing III As is readily apparent from the reviews for the above Kanger and Eleaf products, they’re truly fantastic products that we’re pleased to offer here at But they are of the boxier design mold – they allow for some serious hardware and vaping power to be packed in a small device, but depending on your lifestyle and needs, you may need something that’s closer to the vape pen style design. Something like the Amazing III starter kit from SMOK. As vaping hardware technology in general advances, it never ceases to amaze (pun intended) us how much can be fit into a small cylinder and still have all the components work so well together. Just check out a bit of the official specs from the Amazing III:

“The Smok Amazing III Kit offers a great vaping experience that you’ll soon come to enjoy. It offers two batteries that have a tubular design. The top of the battery has eGo threading, which is compatible with many similar tanks. Furthermore, the two batteries have a 900mAh capacity, meaning you’ll receive approximately 8.25 hours of battery life. When it comes to power, you won’t miss out with these Aro Winder Batteries, as they have a variable voltage feature. The variable voltage feature allows you to range from 3.2 volts and up to 4.8 volts, to truly dial in to your precise preference. What’s even better is that each battery holds the variable voltage feature, meaning you’ll get the same power you’re used to with both, and you’ll never be left waiting for a charge since there’s two batteries.”

Other features include:

  • 2x Smok Variable Voltage Winder Batteries (900mAh)
  • 2x Smok Pyrex Aro II Tanks
  • 2x 2.4 ohm Replaceable Coil Heads
  • 1x Micro-USB Charging Cable
  • 1x USB A/C Adapter

Earlier this year, Paul was extremely pleased with his Amazing III kit, and had this to say in his five star review:

“I has done it again! I purchased one of these as an upgrade/alternative to another kit I purchased here. Wow! This kit arrived as advertised & works like a dream. Simple yet versatile! I am very pleased with my purchase. As always, processing, packaging & shipping were great!”

Joytech eGo One

Joytech eGo One While not quite as thin as the Amazing III from SMOK, Joytech’s eGo One starter kit also espouses the easy-to-carry cylindrical vape pen design and also is heavy on the features. It’s really a fantastic option for neophyte vapers as well as experienced ones, and packs quite a bit of power in a relatively small package:

Both the tank and the battery that come in this kit have a stainless steel finish that looks great. They are both 19mm in diameter and look super sleek together. However, since both have standard 510 connections you can use the tank on any mod and the battery with any other tank (the 1100mAh battery paired with a Subtank Nano makes for a wonderful little stealth setup that can hold 3ml of juice). The eGo One is a great kit for anyone looking to start vaping on something that they will not feel compelled to upgrade in a few weeks. It also works as a back up piece for vapers who don’t want to lug their big boxes around every time they run to the store. Just keep it charged and slip it in your pocket when you’re on the go.

Other features include:

  • 1 x eGo One battery
  • 1 x eGo One Atomizer Tube
  • 2 x eGo One CL Atomizer Head (0.5/1.0ohm)
  • 1 x eGo One Atomizer Base
  • 1 x eGo One Mouthpiece (Metal)
  • 1 x eGo One Mouthpiece (Glass)
  • 1 x Micro USB Cable
  • 1 x Manual and Warranty Card
  • 1 x Wall Adapter (1A)

Here’s a review from Jason back in June of 2015 who gave it 4 out of 5 stars due to a couple minor cons in his opinion:

Makes lots of vapor! Comes with a 0.5 and 1 ohm atomizer. You can actually sub-ohm with this little beauty! A couple of cons however are that the ejuice level is difficult to determine due to the tiny windows on tank, and the lack of ability to adjust wattage. Other than that this puppy is perfect.

Check back into our blog for future “Best Of” installments for mods, coils, and more! By Jerry Whitehead III

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