How Much Does Vaping Cost?
The popularity of vaping has grown exponentially over the past few years. Many people turn to vaping to help them quit smoking, some use it as a CBD or THC delivery device, and others just like adding a little flavor to their lives. If you are new to the vape game, you may have some questions. One of the more common questions asked is how much vape products cost. While prices can vary, depending on what you are looking for, you can certainly find something that fits into your budget. This guide will give you a good idea of what to expect when shopping for the first time.
How much does it cost to buy a vape?
A vape can be broken down into a few main components. The battery is the power source, and its housing may contain buttons or displays for controlling the device. The tank or atomizer holds the e-liquid, and typically contains the mouthpiece or drip tip. The coil is the part that heats up when the battery is turned on and heats the e-liquid which is pulled to the coil with a wicking material. You can buy parts individually if you know what you are looking for, but you can also buy starter kits that contain everything you need to get started.
The place you will likely want to start with when looking into vapes is the battery. This piece is essential to the vaping experience and can give you the power to control your draw. These pieces range from disposable sticks at the very low end, to box mods and all in ones at the higher end. While there are higher priced options with all the bells and whistles you can imagine, most of these will run you somewhere from $4 to $10 for disposables, and somewhere from $15 to $50 for pod systems.
Now that you’ve picked your battery, you will need a tank. First and foremost, you need a tank that is compatible with your battery. Most products are interchangeable and use a standard 510 connection, but be aware that some brands will have issues with incompatible devices. Next, how much e-liquid do you want to hold. How long does a vape last? If you vape a little, a small tank might be just fine. If you don’t want to be refilling your tank constantly, you may want to opt for a larger tank. If you’ve vaped before, and know a little bit about what you are looking for, you can also choose among different resistance levels. For instance, a sub ohm tank offers very little resistance, and will produce thicker vapor and more flavor. No matter what choice you make, this piece likely won’t break the bank. Expect to spend somewhere between $5 and $40 for the tank.
The coil will need to be replaced every week or two, and they run anywhere from $1-5 apiece. The coil your vape requires will have to do with the tank you choose, so this is something to keep in mind when estimating ongoing costs. As your coil ages, you will lose performance from your device. The more often you use your vape, the more often you will need to replace your coil. Although small, this is an ongoing cost you should be aware of when getting into vaping.
Whether you plan on buying each piece separately or in a bundle, you can definitely get a quality vape for under $100. Beyond that, we get into your monthly cost.
How much does it cost to vape per month?
Now that you have your device assembled you can get to the fun part. Choosing your favorite e-liquids will not only dictate your experience, but it will determine the ongoing costs associated with vaping. There are thousands of flavors out there, and your choice will ultimately be a very personal one. What do you like? Some e-liquids are simple and straightforward, while others are complex and give you a little something new with each puff.
E-liquids are typically sold in 30, 60, and 100ML bottles, and can run you anywhere from $10 to $40, depending on quality. Most vapers typically go through less than 150ML per month, so you can expect to spend anywhere from $15 to $50 per month on e-liquid, and another $3 to $20 on coils. This can serve as a rough guide when comparing the cost of vaping compared to smoking. Cigarettes are around $10 a pack these days, so even if you vape a lot, your entire investment is recouped in a couple of weeks.
For those of you who are thinking of purchasing a vape as a CBD delivery device, the process is nearly identical. CBD e-liquids are commonly sold in pre-filled CBD cartridges which are compatible with most batteries on the market. The cost of CBD cartridges varies widely because they come in so many different potencies. If you want to refill your own tank, you will need something that can handle a little thicker viscosity than tanks for traditional e-liquids, which are very affordable.
If you want to see what vaping is all about, you can try your hand with a small investment, and build the kit from there. The experience will teach you what you like, and a good shop can point you in the right direction.