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The Best Vape Starter Kit: What You Need To Know

Vaping has experienced a surge in popularity over the last decade, with its technological advancement allowing for a diverse range of products to suit all needs. At Higher Grade Smoke Shop, we are dedicated to helping you navigate this extensive landscape, whether you’re a novice vaper or a seasoned pro.

A Breakdown of the Best Brands For Your Vape Kit*

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In this ever-changing industry, it’s crucial to choose the right brand to ensure you’re getting a quality product that suits your needs. The best vape starter kits for beginners depend on the type of user and their preferences.

At Higher Grade Smoke Shop, we stock a range of reputable brands, all boasting their unique features and benefits.


Freemax is a brand that has made significant strides in the vaping industry, courtesy of its unwavering commitment to quality and innovation. Their devices consistently deliver in terms of performance, durability, and user-friendliness. Among their standout products is the XROS series - the XROS 3, 3 Mini, and 3 Nano. These pod systems are popular for their shared pod replacements, which offer an added level of convenience and cost-effectiveness. With their sleek design, solid build, and easy-to-use interface, the Freemax XROS series is an excellent choice for both beginners and seasoned vapers.


Smok is a globally recognized brand, known for its high-performing and feature-packed devices. They've created a wide array of vaping systems, each designed to offer a unique vaping experience. The Smok Novo 5, for instance, is a versatile pod mod system. It boasts a 5-30 watt adjustable power output, enabling vapers to dial in their preferred vaping experience. The Smok Nord 5, on the other hand, provides the flexibility of using both salt nicotine and freebase e-juice, making it a great fit for vapers who appreciate the ability to switch between a stronger nicotine hit and a smoother, more flavor-focused experience.


Voopoo is a brand synonymous with technological sophistication and convenience. Known for their seamless blend of advanced tech and user-friendly design, Voopoo devices deliver a satisfying and tailored vaping experience. A shining example of Voopoo's offerings is the Drag X. This pod mod system allows users to tweak their power settings, enabling a personalized vaping experience. With its robust build and sleek aesthetics, the Voopoo Drag X caters to both newcomers and experienced vapers seeking to experiment with different power ranges.


Geekvape has made a name for itself through its commitment to consistent quality and innovative design. Their devices are renowned for integrating high-tech features with robust construction. The Geekvape B60, a notable pod mod system, exemplifies the brand's dedication to quality and performance. It offers an adjustable power range, giving users the freedom to explore and find their perfect balance of flavor and vapor production. Paired with the Aegis Geekvape T200 and Geekvape Zeus Tank, users can expect a superior vaping experience.


Innokin is a brand that stands out for its user-friendly and durable devices. They are particularly popular among beginners due to the simplicity and affordability of their products. The Innokin Endura T18II is one of their flagship products, offering a quality MTL experience. It comes with an adjustable airflow and power settings, providing a customizable experience that caters to various vaping preferences.


Vaporesso is a pioneer in the vaping industry, boasting a broad range of high-quality devices that cater to all types of vapers. Known for its sleek design, innovative technology, and consistent performance, Vaporesso devices provide a top-notch vaping experience. Our Vaporesso Luxe PM40 is a versatile pod mod system that offers an adjustable wattage range, allowing vapers to fine-tune their vaping experience.


Uwell is another reputable brand that we carry, offering premium vaping devices renowned for their reliability, build quality, and flavorful vape. The Uwell Caliburn G is an excellent example of this brand's commitment to quality. It's a sleek and simple pod system that is ideal for beginners, offering a comfortable MTL draw and satisfying vapor production.

Lost Vape

Lost Vape is recognized for its balance of high-end design and impressive functionality. The Lost Vape Orion Plus DNA is a testament to this, featuring a sophisticated design and robust performance. This pod system offers a mix of power and flavor, with a customizable wattage setting that makes it a favorite among both beginners and experienced vapers.


Known for their creative and fun packaging, PINUP offers a variety of e-liquid flavors inspired by classic pin-up girls, like Betty and Marilyn.

Understanding Vape Starter Kits: From Basic to Advanced Systems

In the infancy of vaping, starter kits, including those of the vape pen variety, were simple and low-powered. Today, thanks to technological advancements, we categorize these as pod systems, pod-mod systems, and versatile mods compatible with vape pens and tanks. This signifies a leap in vaping power and complexity, including vape pen starter kits and disposable vape pens.

Pod Systems

Pod systems are ideal for beginners due to their simplicity and portability. They come with an internal battery and use pods or cartridges filled with e-liquid.

At Higher Grade Smoke Shop, we recommend The Boulder Rock for those new to vaping. This cost-effective, user-friendly device employs inhale activation and offers an optional power button. It’s designed for use with high-strength nicotine salts (around 48mg/50mg), providing a satisfying mouth-to-lung experience.

For a slightly more advanced pod system, consider the Freemax XROS 3, 3 Mini, or 3 Nano. These devices balance versatility and convenience, sharing pod replacements for cost and hassle reduction.

Pod Mod Systems

Pod mod systems, a hybrid between basic pod systems and advanced mods, meld simplicity with increased power output control.

Among the pod mod systems we offer, the Smok Novo 5 enables power adjustments from 5-30 watts, allowing users to tailor their vaping experience to match their preference for nicotine strength and vapor production. It’s a sort of vape pen starter kit with more control.

Other notable pod mod systems include the Voopoo Drag X and Geekvape B60. These adaptable devices can accommodate both salt nicotine and freebase e-juice, based on the coil selection. They represent a step towards more complex vape pen starter kits and may also be used with disposable vapes.


Vape mod starter kits are designed for high-power vaping enthusiasts who value customization and advanced features like wattage control, temperature regulation, and adjustable airflow.

The Aegis Geekvape T200 paired with the Geekvape Zeus Tank is one of the top mod kits we offer. This combo allows you to customize your vaping experience and is known for excellent vapor production and flavor.

Vape mods like the Aegis Geekvape T200 require two 18650 batteries, and using an external charger is always recommended. As the power increases, the nicotine concentration typically decreases for a balanced experience. A vape mod kit offers an advanced journey into the world of vaping.

Combining Accessories for an Optimal Vaping Experience

The right combination of accessories can enhance your vaping experience significantly. Beyond the essentials that come with your beginner vape kit, you might want to consider additional accessories like replacement o-rings, gaskets, and vape pens.

Understanding Your Preferences

Before diving into vaping, it’s essential to understand your preferences. This understanding guides the selection of the ideal vaping device and e-juice.

For instance, if you’re transitioning from traditional smoking and require a high nicotine hit, you might want to start with a pod system like the Smok Novo 5 or the Boulder Rock, known for delivering strong nicotine hits.

Alternatively, if you’re more interested in exploring an array of flavors and impressive vapor production, you might prefer a pod mod system such as the Voopoo Drag X or Geekvape B60.

Selecting Your Starter Kit

Your first vape device should cater to your specific needs. For beginners, pod systems are the go-to due to their simplicity and user-friendliness. The Boulder Rock system is an excellent starter kit. It’s not only affordable but also has an inhale activation feature and optional button power for those who like to have control over their vaping experience.

For vapers who want to step up their game, pod mod systems offer more flexibility. The Smok Novo 5, for instance, has a 5-30 watt adjustable system, allowing users to customize their vaping experience.

Choosing Your E-Juice

The e-juice you select can drastically affect your vaping experience. It impacts the flavor, throat hit, and overall experience. If you prefer a high-nicotine, more cigarette-like experience, a salt nicotine juice, like the 50mg options from reputable brands such as Naked 100 Salt or Solace Salts, is an excellent choice.

If you’re more into a smooth, flavor-focused experience, freebase nicotine juice is the way to go. Brands like Charlie’s Chalk Dust and Cosmic Fog offer a range of exciting flavors in 3mg/6mg/12mg nicotine strengths.

Proper Maintenance

Proper maintenance of your device is essential for longevity and optimal performance. This includes regular cleaning, prompt coil replacement, and battery care. For instance, if you’re using the Geekvape Zeus Tank, keeping an extra set of Geekvape Zeus Mesh Coils will ensure you can promptly replace them when needed.

Similarly, investing in a good quality battery charger, like the Nitecore Intellicharger, is recommended for devices that use external batteries, such as the Aegis Geekvape T200. Regular cleaning of your device using accessories like cleaning brushes or vape cleaning kits will also significantly enhance your vaping experience.

Shop For Beginner Vape Kits at Higher Grade

At Higher Grade Smoke Shop, we are committed to helping you navigate the dynamic world of vaping. Whether you’re a beginner seeking your first starter kit or an experienced vaper ready to explore more advanced devices, our wide range of products and expert guidance ensures you’ll find the perfect fit for your vaping journey.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is there an age limit for vape use?

You must be 21 years of age and have a valid ID to purchase anything from our store.

What payment methods do you accept?

We currently accept cash, debit, credit cards, apple pay, samsung pay and NFC payments. 

How do I know when my vape device needs to be replaced?

Generally, the lifespan of a vape device depends on its battery and usage. You may need to replace the device after a certain period of time or if the battery life begins to diminish. Additionally, if your device is not performing as it should, it may be time for a replacement.

What is the best way to clean a vape device?

The best way to clean a vape device is to use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol and gently wipe down all surfaces of the device. You should also make sure to clean the tank and coil regularly to avoid buildup and clogging.

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