What Are the Different Types of Vapes?


Published on 19 Apr, 2022

Technology has seen an evolution in vaping devices into different sophistication levels enough to make your head spin when deciding what to buy. If it is your first time at a vape shop, it’s tempting to go for the fancy and colorful box mod, and mostly it is not what you need.

The best vape shops will have vaping products for both experts and beginners. Careful not to land on a category not meant for you. Thankfully, this article will help you discern the different types of vaping devices.

Basic Components of a Vaping Device

Before we jump into explaining the different types of vaping devices, you should first know the major components of vaping devices across all types.

  1. Battery
  2. Atomizer
  3. E-liquid/vape juice

E-cigarettes work by vaporizing the e-liquid that contains flavorings, nicotine, and other constituents. The battery is the energy source that powers the atomizer, which in turn vaporizes the e-liquid. The different types of vaping devices works under this principle. Each has different properties but the basic structure is the same across all brands.

Let's also answer some common questions by most vapers and explain some terms.

What are E-cigarettes?

The definition of e-cigarettes is relative. Most people associate e-cigarettes with smaller vaping devices like disposable vape pens and cig-a-likes. However, the term e-cigarette refers to all electronic vaping products, be it vape mods, pod mods, vape pens, and other vape types.

Is Vaping legal in Kenya?

There is no law in Kenya prohibiting vaping. Therefore, you can buy and use vaping devices at any place without fear.

How old do you have to be to vape in Kenya?

Vaping is for adults above 18 years. No minor is allowed to buy or use vaping devices in Kenya. Vape Lab online shop strictly adheres to these criteria. You will be asked to show your ID during delivery.

What is a Cig-a-like?

A Cig-a-like is a small vaping device that resembles a traditional cigarette. Most vape pens fall under this category. Ciglalikes are usually draw-activated with no buttons to press. Some brands have an LED light at the base that mimics the burning ash-like appearance of a cigarette. Cigalikes are available in disposable and refillable types.

That aside, we can now describe the different vape types available in Kenya. Here are the types of vaping devices you will find in popular vape shops in Kenya:

Vape Pens

Vape pens or vaporizer pens are the most popular types of vaping devices. They are usually slim and lightweight, designed to mimic traditional cigarettes. They differ in size, from the small size of a regular cigarette or bigger to the size of a cigar. They are usually smooth and streamlined in a pen shape, more like a marker pen but smaller.

Vape pens have a heating element and a tank known as an atomizer or cartomizer that vaporizes the e-liquid, powered by either a rechargeable or non-rechargeable battery. You put your preferred e-liquid type in this tank. E-liquids, also called e-juice, are available in different brands and flavors in the market. Vape pens are available in various types, as you are about to find out.

Disposable Vape Pens

Disposable vape pens and other cig-a-likes are the simplest forms of electronic cigarettes. They mimic traditional cigarettes. They are lightweight, sleek, and easy to use. Most disposable vape brands are prefilled with e-juice and have an inbuilt non-rechargeable battery.

Disposable vape pens are draw-activated. No button to press. This makes it a very simple device to use. Once the e-liquid is spent, you dispose of it.

Refillable Vape Pens

Refillable vape pens give you an option to refill with your desired e-liquid. You can buy any type of e-juice from any brand you like and manually refill it in your vape pen once it is used up. These may have a button press to activate the vape pen. An example of a refillable vape pen brand is the Evod vaporizer.

Dry Herb Vaporizers

Dry herb vape pens use ground material to produce vapor. Dry herb vaporizers use natural forms of material where users typically grind this material themselves. In countries that have legalized marijuana, users use these devices to smoke weed.

Dry herb vape pens are portable, lightweight, and easy to use. Grind your herbs to the finest quality you can and fill in the vaporizer’s chamber. On turning on the device, the ground material will be heated and vaporized. Inhale and enjoy.

Pod Systems

Pod devices and pod mods are the latest devices and gaining popularity among vapers in Kenya and the world. Pod systems contain a plastic pod that stores e-juice that is removable and disposable. There is usually a small filling port on the side of a vape pod where you refill the e-juice once depleted.

Most pod systems are draw-activated, meaning that you do not need a button to activate it. You simply inhale to vape. They are easy to use hence perfect for beginners. Pod system devices are designed to offer the best performance with nic salts e-liquids.

Pod mods devices use pod systems in a more advanced manner, with features the same as those of vape mods. They are a great stepping stone for vapers seeking to move into more advanced vaping with box mods. Pod mods have excellent features that let you fill the pod system easily with your preferred e-juice and provide easy cleaning and disposing of.

It would be a great idea to buy pod mods if you have been using other entry-level pod systems like those in Vape Lab’s Pod devices category. It would be real graduation to a device with a larger set of features. It transitions you from a beginner gradually into an experienced vaper. Vape mods are advanced in such a way that, you get the full vaping experience that you would get with vape mods.

Vape Mods

Vape mods are the most sophisticated of all vaping devices. They are large and powerful, usually in designs of a box shape, hence sometimes known as box mods. Their large size enables them to hold large batteries. Some are even big enough for two battery cells.

Vape mods are the latest edition of vaping devices and are known for their advanced features and power. The development of these box mods features fancy designs and elements that deliver powerful clouds of vape smoke.

The sub-ohm coil is the greatest invention in vape mods that allows greater firepower without a need for high voltage large batteries. Sub-ohm coil means the resistance of less than 1Ω (one ohm). This means that current flows at a higher rate, hence bigger clouds and more nicotine delivered for nicotine-based e-liquids.

You may have heard of the sub-ohming vaping style. It involves the production of large clouds of smoke and the devices used for this are the vape mods.

As expected, the fancier the vaping device and the more features it has, the higher the price. Vape Lab brings you all types of vaping devices, e-liquids, and vape accessories. All you need to do is to pick what strikes your fancy depending on your experience level of vaping and we will bring it to your door. Our electronic cigarettes store has the best quality devices and the most affordable vape price in Kenya. We offer free e-cigs delivery in Nairobi and its environs.


Published on 19 Apr, 2022