10 Best Vapes Under £50 in 2022 (UK Market Guide)

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Hello and welcome back to another MIST tech roundup! Now, while we all like heading on down to the vape store come payday to stock up on our favourite juice and browse the new hardware, we appreciate that your vape doesn’t care how far away payday is when it takes a tumble down some concrete steps. Sometimes you need the best vape kit under £50 that you can get.

Similarly, one of the best reasons to get into vaping – health benefits aside of course – is how much cheaper it is than smoking. Once you’ve made the initial plunge on a kit and some juice, you’ll find that vaping very quickly pays for itself when compared to smoking cigarettes and rolling tobacco.

However, there’s no need for that initial investment to break the bank, so in the spirit of savings we’re going to be taking a look at the best vapes under £50!

Best Vape Under £50 Overall: Zelos 3

While each of these devices have their own reasons for being considered the best budget vapes available, ultimately we had to hand it to the Aspire Zelos 3!

The Aspire Zelos is the best vape under £50

The frankly gargantuan internal battery capacity provides days of session vaping, and the new and improved Nautilus 3 tank is stunningly versatile, allowing you to fit coils from anywhere between 0.4ohm and 1.8ohm, making this tank and kit perfect for all kinds of vaping, be it MTL, DTL or RDL. 

The Aspire Zelos 3 may be a little bigger than what some are looking for, but it’s a brilliantly designed piece of kit and, in our eyes, the best of the best vapes under £50 that you can find!

The 10 Best Vapes Under £50 are: 

  1. Aspire Zelos 3
  2. Aspire Flexus Q
  3. GeekVape Wenax S-C
  4. Aspire R1 Pod Kit
  5. Juul
  6. Smok Acro Kit
  7. Smok Stick N18
  8. Aspire Vilter
  9. Geekvape Aegis Nano
  10. Voopoo Drag X

Note: The best vapes under £50 are listed in no particular order

1. Aspire Zelos 3 Kit

Best for: Vapers who want a battery that lasts for days

Score – 10/10

Aspire’s Zelos 3 is an absolute powerhouse of a vape kit that provides days of satisfaction for both sub-ohmers and MTL vapers alike.

The Aspire Zelos is the best vape under £50

Specifications

Battery3200mAh
Wattage1-80W
Dimensions38mm x 81mm
Weight217g

Pros

  • Huge battery
  • MTL and DTL use
  • Compatible with all Nautilus coils

Cons

  • Too large and heavy for some

Key Features:

  • Huge 3200mAh battery often resulting in several days of vaping
  • Durable tank with easy refills
  • Compatible with entire Nautilus coil range
  • Type C charging

The Zelos series has long been one of Aspire’s biggest draws, stylish and ergonomic kits with decent wattage ranges that also utilise the incredibly popular Nautilus coil series.

The Aspire Zelos 3 kit builds upon this legacy and raises it to new heights of power and versatility. The weighty battery mod now contains 3200mAh of power, which can often result in several days of use without the need to charge. 

And then it does come time to plug it in, the welcome addition of a USB-C port ensures you won’t be waiting long.

While the Zelos 3 is easily the best vape mod under £50 that you can find today, the kit also comes with the Nautilus 3 tank included, a fantastic and durable tank with a secure sliding top fill method and seven distinct airflow settings. 

The Nautilus 3 tank is capable of fitting any of the Nautilus coils, which range in resistance from 0.4ohm to 1.8ohm, meaning it’s perfect for any kind of vaping. And with a wattage range reaching up to 80W, it’s absolutely valid as a cloud production machine.

MIST price

£48.99

2. Aspire R1 Pod Kit

Best for: Vapers looking for a well-made ultra budget vape

Score – 7.5/10

Aspire have long been renowned for their incredibly well-made vape units that pair good construction with noticeable style, but now they’re trying their hand at affordable pod vapes.  

Aspire's R1 Pod Kit in orange.

Specifications

Wattage Output650mAh
Wattage3.7V constant
Dimensions100mm x 22mm
Weight32.7g

Pros

  • Small and lightweight
  • Auto-draw
  • Disposable pods

Cons

  • Not a huge battery

Key Features:

  • Disposable pods mean no messy coil changes
  • Auto-draw breath activation for ease of use
  • Very lightweight and travel friendly
  • USB-C rapid charging

The Aspire R1 pod kit is a simple kit with a simple purpose; delivering satisfying vape hits with every button-free puff! This draw-activated device houses a 650mAh battery, generally large enough for those who want something to take out on a smoke break.

The pods are disposable, meaning there’s no need for any messy coil changes, and the in-built coils are not only 0.8ohms – giving a seriously solid hit with every inhale – but also constructed with mesh materials, which increases flavour and dramatically cuts down on the likelihood of dry-hits and burnouts.

The Aspire R1 is a great choice for the budget-conscious vaper who wants something that’s as affordable as it is reliable, and with a kit this cheap you’ll find that vaping immediately pays for itself, compared to tobacco! Easily one of the best vapes under £50, heck, probably the best vape under £10 at that!

MIST price

£7.99

3. JUUL

Best for: Vapers who value convenience and simplicity

Score – 7.5/10

The JUUL is a long-standing champion in vaping, prized for it’s absolutely no-thrills design and total lack of operational headaches.

JUUL Device Kit in grey

Specifications

Battery200mAh
Wattage6-10W
Dimensions87.2mm x 15.1mm
Weight14g

Pros

  • Convenient
  • Mess free, fuss free
  • Pods widely available

Cons

  • Lack of customisation options

Key Features:

  • Convenient device that requires no maintenance
  • No need to change coils, just swap old pods for new
  • Double tap the JUUL to see power level
  • Auto-draw breath activation

The JUUL still stands as one of the most popular vape pens out there, due in no small part to the unmatched convenience of the device. With the JUUL, you don’t have to learn about coils, ohmage, resistance, wattage, VG or PG. You just acquire the device and some JUUL pods, plug a pod in and start puffing. 

That’s it, that’s the entire process. When the pod is empty, just throw it away and plug in a new one.

Many vapers appreciate being able to make choices about things like power and flavour, but the JUUL is for an audience whose main goal is the simple elimination of smoke from their lives.

The JUUL features a 200mAh battery, on the smaller side but it charges fairly rapidly and is mainly intended for infrequent smoke breaks rather than all day session vaping.

MIST price

£9.99

4. GeekVape Wenax S-C Pod kit

Best for: Style-conscious vapers who also want power and portability

Score – 8.5/10

The GeekVape Wenax S-C is the latest iteration of the Wenax series of pod vapes, and it brings a host of battery and design improvements to the table.

Geekvape Wenax S-C in gold.

Specifications

Battery1100mAh
Wattage9-16W
Dimensions18.85mm x 112mm
Weight50g

Pros

  • Stylish
  • Auto-draw
  • Adjustable power

Cons

  • None!

Key Features:

  • Stylish design with eye-catching oxidized coating
  • Comes with wide-bore and tapered mouthpieces for varied vaping
  • Charges rapidly with USB-C port
  • Often up to two days of vaping per charge

Following on from the Wenax K1, the GeekVape Wenax S-C is a much more glamorous affair than its older brother. With seven colours to choose from and a classy oxidised coating, it catches the eye just as much as it satisfies the senses.

And talk about satisfaction! The Wenax S-C features a 1100mAh battery, often enough for two days of solid vaping, which is surprising for a device with such a slim build. The device also features three levels of easily adjusted power and comes with two different mouthpieces, so you get a surprising amount of customisation with the device.
The Wenax S-C is best used as an MTL device, as the Wenax S-C coils aren’t especially good at absorbing thicker vape juices.

MIST price

£19.99

5. SMOK Acro Kit

Best for: Vapers on the go who want something neat and discreet.

Score – 8/10

The SMOK Acro is easily one of the most slimline and pocket-friendly vape kits ever released, with a surprising amount of wattage adjustment for such a small unit.

The SMOK Acro costs less than £50

Specifications

Battery1000mAh
Wattage5-25W
Dimensions30.2mm x 103mm
Weight48g

Pros

  • Slimline build
  • Adjustable power
  • Disposable pods

Cons

  • MTL use only

Key Features:

  • Extremely slimline and lightweight build makes it great for travel
  • Adjust power between 5-25W with small side buttons
  • Comfortable duckbill mouthpiece
  • Very pocket-friendly for easy of portability

The SMOK Acro is something rather special from SMOK, who have already proved their pod vape mastery with the Nord and RPM lines. The SMOK Acro is an incredibly slim unit, able to fit into any pocket no matter how tight your jeans are.

Yet this incredibly portable vape is loaded up with a 1000mAh battery, more than enough for a solid day of session vaping, as well as power adjustment within a range of 5-25W. Absolutely more than you expect from a device so small!
The SMOK Acro features disposable Acro pods, so there’s no need for messy coil changes. With adjustable airflow and optional draw-activation, it’s frankly shocking how many features SMOK fit into this tiny MTL pod vape!

MIST price

£24.99

6. Aspire Flexus Q Pod Kit

Best for: Vapers who want the best depth and clarity of flavour

Score – 9/10

Another Aspire pod kit, the Flexus Q delivers insane levels of flavour and adjustable airflow in a tiny discreet package! 

Aspire's Flexus Q in Sierra Blue colour

Specifications

Battery700mAh
Wattage12-18W
Dimensions30mm x 14mm
Weight57g

Pros

  • Auto-draw
  • Lightweight
  • Charge to 80% in 10 minutes

Cons

  • MTL use only

Key Features:

  • Extremely rapid charge, can go from depleted to 80% in 10 minutes
  • Airflow control
  • Coils specifically designed for heightened flavour

The Aspire Flexus Q is one of Aspire’s new pod devices, and it’s a rather sophisticated little device! Loaded up with a 700mAh battery, the Flexus Q features ludicrously fast charging; thanks to the 3A charging system, you can get the battery back up to 80% from empty in only 10 MINUTES! So as long as you can plug it in you’re never without your vape for long!

The Aspire Flexus Q features optional draw-activation and adjustable airflow as well as three levels of power adjustment. The pods feature changeable coils, and what coils they are! The Flexus Q coils feature organic cotton and vertical mesh interiors, intricately designed to deliver the best possible flavour with every puff!

The Aspire Flexus Q is a great choice for the on-the-go vaper who doesn’t want to sacrifice depth of flavour for portability.

MIST price

£22.99

7. SMOK Stick N18

Best for: Vapers who want the best of both worlds

Score – 8.5/10

The SMOK Stick N18 is a welcome return to roots for SMOK, who have spent the last few years utterly dominating the pod vape scene. And the Stick N18 is an incredible return to form!

SMOK N18 in a silver colour

Specifications

Battery1300mAh
Wattage9-30W
Dimensions18mm x 145mm
Weight88.3g

Pros

  • Adjustable power
  • Massive range of coils
  • MTL, DTL and RDL use

Cons

  • Quite heavy

Key Features:

  • Compatible with full range of Nord and RPM coils, granting wide versatility of use
  • Perfect for both MTL and DTL vaping
  • Large battery great for all day vaping

The SMOK Stick N18 has a very cool and old-school design; a stick vape with a certain heft to it with a rotating dial at the base for switching between five distinct power settings, which are easily explored thanks to the sizable 1300mAh battery packed into the cylinder.

However the real gold star feature of the SMOK Stick N18 is it’s coil system; the N18 tank is proprietary and only works with the Stick N18 device, and can fit ANY coil from the Nord and RPM ranges! This gives you a massive range of use, from MTL to DTL to RDL, and the choice to use absolutely any vape juice you like!

The SMOK Stick N18 is the best vape kit under £50 for vapers who don’t like to be pigeon holed and want to explore the full spectrum of vaping, from moderate tight hits to big powerful clouds.

MIST price

£24.99

8. Aspire Vilter

Best for: Vapers who want to accurately simulate smoking

Score – 8/10

The Vilter is a new pod kit from Aspire, and one that fulfills a very pressing need for many new vapers; perfectly replicating the sensation of smoking!

You can get a vilter vape for under £50

Specifications

Battery450mAh
Wattage10-15W
Dimensions107.2mm x 22mm
Weight31g

Pros

  • Cigarette-esque
  • Auto-draw
  • Disposable pods

Cons

  • MTL use only

Key Features:

  • ‘Paper’ mouthpieces give extremely similar sensation to cigarette smoking
  • Lightweight design
  • Auto-draw use only

The Aspire Vilter is a little different from a number of other Aspire pod vapes. The pods are disposable, meaning there are no messy coil changes to worry about, and the device is entirely draw-activated, meaning there’s no a single button to press.

While we can talk about the ergonomic design and rapid charging provided by the USB-C port, the Aspire Vilter has something of an ace up it’s sleeve; paper and PET plastic mouthpieces!

The kit comes with an acrylic mouthpiece as standard, but also comes with two ‘paper’ mouthpieces that provide the exact same ‘mouth-feel’ as a cigarette filter! Puffing on one of these, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d accidentally lit a cigarette! While the mouthpieces do degrade over time, you can purchase a pack of 10 replacement Vilter tips for as little as £2.99!

The Aspire Vilter is one of the best vapes under £50 for a recent smoker who misses old habits.

MIST price

£12.99

9. GeekVape Aegis Nano

Best for: Vapers who want a durable MTL vape

Score – 8.5/10

GeekVape have given us durable cloud engines and neat and discreet pod vapes, but they’ve finally given us both at once!

Aegis Nano Kit from Geekvape costs less than £50

Specifications

Battery800mAh
Wattage5-30W
Dimensions86mm x 33mm
Weight65g

Pros

  • Durable IP67 protections
  • MTL and RDL use
  • Power adjustment

Cons

  • 800mAh not quite enough for all day 30W use

Key Features:

  • Extremely durable, with shock, dust and rainproofing protections
  • Good for both MTL and RDL vaping
  • Disposable pods means no messy coil changes

The GeekVape Aegis Nano is the logical next step in GeekVape’s ascendancy as one of the flagship vape manufacturers of today. The shock, dust and water-proof protections of the larger Aegis units combined with the compactability and pocket-friendliness of their smaller Wenax pod vapes.

The GeekVape Aegis Nano has an inbuilt battery capacity of 800mAh, enough for a solid day of vaping, as well as power adjustment between 5-30W, a surprising amount of kick for such a compact unit!
The airflow control switch allows you to move seamlessly between MTL and RDL vaping, with the two disposable Aegis Nano pods included with the kit come loaded with pre-fitted 0.6ohm and 1.2ohm coils, giving you both moderate and powerful options. The pods connect via powerful magnets and the Aegis Nano will automatically detect the ohmage of the on-board coil, so there’s no need to worry about accidentally firing at the wrong wattage!

MIST price

 £26.99

10. Voopoo DRAG X Plus Pod Kit

Best for: Vapers who want power and portability

Score – 8.5/10

The Voopoo DRAG X Plus is a stunning evolution of the DRAG pod series, and one which delivers a frankly shocking amount of power in a relatively small device.

Drag X Plus is one of the best vapes under £50

Specifications

Battery18650 external battery
Wattage5-80W
Dimensions141mm x 34mm
Weight133g

Pros

  • Powerful cloud production
  • GENE FAN.2.0 power protections
  • 510 thread

Cons

  • None!

Key Features:

  • Capable of up to 100W of output with just one 18650 battery
  • 510 thread means you can use any other tank on the market with the DRAG X mod
  • Tank/pod hybrid utilises TPP coil system but gives you option to change tanks
  • GENE FAN.2.0 chipset ensures constant coil monitoring and power protection

The Voopoo DRAG X Plus pod kit takes obvious inspiration from the DRAG S and Argus units and revamps the design to feature a 510 connection, allowing you to fit any tank you like to the mod. The included pod comes with a 510 adaptor as well, so you can still use your TPP coils if you still have them!

With the help of an external 18650 battery, the DRAG X Plus can reach wattage heights of 100W – stunning when you consider the relatively small frame of the unit! And being a Voopoo device, you can vape in peace knowing that the GENE FAN.2.0 chipset is monitoring your device and coil to ensure that you get all the flavour production and power protections on offer!

The Voopoo DRAG X Plus pod kit is a true powerhouse of a unit, and shows how far vapes have come. Used to be you’d never get such a sophisticated, reliable and powerful vape that sits neatly and comfortably in the hand, but Voopoo are nothing if not innovative!

MIST price

£39.99

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