Should I Buy a Cigalike or a Vape Pen?

Selecting the first device to buy is one of the most difficult decisions that you’ll make as a vaper. If you visit a local convenience store, you’ll primarily see cigalikes on the shelves. A cigalike is a small e-cigarette that’s about the same size and shape as a real cigarette. When you visit local vape shops or online sellers, though, you won’t see many cigalikes at all. Instead, the e-cigarettes marketed to beginners will generally be vape pens. A vape pen is slightly longer and wider than a cigalike. They’re generally about the same size as ballpoint pens.

While appearance is definitely one factor that will influence your decision to buy a cigalike vs. a vape pen, but it’s not the only factor. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process.

Size and Shape

If discreet vaping is important to you, you’ll like the fact that cigalikes and vape pens are both very small and light. If you’d prefer for your vaping not to become a point of conversation, though, you may prefer a cigalike. Cigalikes are easy to conceal and can fit in any pocket. If you keep your smoking habit from your friends and coworkers because you fear the stigma of nicotine use, you can still do that if you use a cigalike when you switch to vaping.

Convenience and Ease of Use

Here at Electronic Cigarette Info, we believe that ease of use is one of the most important factors that determine whether your switch from smoking to vaping will be successful. Smoking is an easy habit; you need to replace it with something that’s also easy. Using a vape pen is easy; all that you need to do is fill an e-liquid tank periodically. Cigalikes, though, are even easier to use because the cartridges are pre-filled. When a cartridge loses its flavor, you can throw it away and begin using a new one. The convenience of cigalikes, though, comes with a trade-off; pre-filled cartridges for e-cigarettes are very expensive. They generally cost about $2.00 each, and you’ll probably need to use more than one cartridge per day. When you buy bottled e-liquid for filling a tank, on the other hand, you can vape for less than $1.00 per day. The long-term ownership cost of a vape pen is far lower than that of a cigalike.

Vapor Production

With most gadgets, miniaturization is a sign of improved efficiency and performance. Every year, you can buy a phone, tablet or computer that does more than the previous year’s model. An e-cigarette, however, doesn’t operate in the same way. An e-cigarette contains a heating coil that vaporizes the e-liquid so you can inhale it — and the less surface area a heating coil has, the less vapor it’ll produce. A cigalike may be small, cute and concealable — but it won’t produce as much vapor as a vape pen. The volume of vapor that an e-cigarette produces is an important factor in the level of satisfaction you can achieve when using that e-cigarette. Since a vape pen has a larger heating element than a cigalike, it produces more vapor and is more satisfying.

Freedom and Flexibility

If you’ve only looked at e-cigarettes in your local convenience stores and have never visited a vape shop, it might shock you to learn that a cigalike doesn’t work with even 1 percent of the e-liquid flavors that exist. A typical cigalike has about 6-10 different flavors available — often at just one nicotine strength — and doesn’t work with any other company’s cartridges. What is the nicotine strength is wrong for you? What if you don’t like any of the flavors? If either of those is the case, you’ll have wasted your money. With a vape pen, you have the freedom to experiment. There are hundreds of different e-liquid flavors out there. Having the ability to choose your own e-liquid can be the key that makes your switch from smoking to vaping successful.