Lifespan of the typical E-cig starter kit?
What’s the lifespan of the typical E-cig starter kit?
E-cig starter kits will tend to have different lifespans, depending on exactly what types of kits they are. For the purposes of this article, we’re going to separate starter kits into three main categories
- Disposables/low tech electronic cigarettes
- Vape pens/eGos/medium tech E-cigs and vapourizers
- Box mods/advanced personal vapourizers/high-tech vaping devices
To calculate the longevity of a vaping device, you need to figure out which category it falls under – and that alone will give you a lot of information that you can use to determine how long it might last.
To get started, we’re going to talk about the first category.
Disposables and low tech electronic cigarettes – how long do they last?
Disposable E-cigs will only last until the battery is dead or until the cartomizer is empty. Depending on the E-cig and on how often you vape, this could range from a few days to a few weeks. These types of E-cigs have the shortest lifespan because there is no way to refill or recharge them.
But you can also buy very inexpensive rechargeable E-cig minis, which will tend to last quite a bit longer because you can buy replacement cartridges for them and recharge the batteries.
But even so, batteries don’t last forever – which is usually what causes these types of kits to stop working eventually. Lithium Ion batteries are really efficient, but they do have a limited lifespan. Unfortunately, no matter how much you do to try to take care of your E-cigs, you’re probably going to find that after a few months, you’re going to need to buy replacements for them anyway.
Dropping your E-cig (regardless of how expensive it was or how high tech it is) will also shorten the lifespan, as this can break the electronics and cause the E-cig itself to fail. It might not happen the first, second, or even third time – but rest assured that dropping an E-cig, no matter how heavy-duty it is, will almost certainly shorten its working lifespan.
Vape pens, eGos, and medium-tech E-cigs
Vape pens are usually different in the sense that they’re not designed to look like cigarettes. They’re designed with a battery and a tank, and are usually re-filled with E-liquid when they run out. These types of devices have larger batteries, and will tend (in general) to last a lot longer than the smaller cig-a-like kits that you can buy.
But with that being said, they are still prone to a few of the problems that plague smaller kits. Plus, they also have a few more things that can go wrong with them. With these types of kits, you’ll notice that the tank is more exposed and vulnerable to damage – so they might be even more likely to break if dropped.
The atomizer in the tank will also need to be replaced from time to time (usually every few weeks), which will require some basic maintenance.
But really, the tank and the battery are the only things that can be damaged – so these types of vape pens should last you several months to a year, if not even longer than that. If you buy an especially high-quality vape pen, you can probably count on the device lasting at least a year, if not more.
Box mods and advanced vapourizers
At the most expensive end of the spectrum, you’ll find box mods and advanced personal vapourizers. These usually come with bigger batteries and more sophisticated tanks and electronics. Sometimes, these types of E-cigs will tend to be heavier-duty, and will last years. But I’ve also seen them break after being dropped a few times. I once saw my friend drop a $200 sub-ohm vaping setup onto the ground and break it after only having it for about a week – but I’ve also seen people use similar setups for up to two years without much of a problem.
Keeping them maintained, of course, is extremely important. The batteries in these types of E-cigs are probably going to last a lot longer – but even these will not last forever, so keep in mind that you will need to spend at least a little bit of money every year keeping your device running smoothly (by buying new atomizers, batteries, and accessories).
But with care and maintenance, you should be able to make higher-dollar devices last for a long time. Some of them might even last you a lifetime if you really take care of them.