If you’re a smoker and are thinking about making the switch to vaping, there’s a good chance that you’re strongly considering buying a disposable vape. If you read about vaping online, you’ll probably notice that it sometimes feels as though disposable vapes are all that people talk about these days. They’ve become so common that you don’t even have to go to a vape shop to buy one; your favorite local convenience store probably has quite a few disposable vapes available as well.
Disposable vapes are popular because they offer a number of benefits that other types of vapes can’t match. They’re incredibly easy to use, making them excellent for new vapers who don’t really know what they’re doing yet. They’re also the only vaping devices on the market that are completely prepared for use by the manufacturers. You can remove a disposable vape from the package and start using it immediately.
Before you go out and buy your first vape, though, it’s important to understand that a disposable vape isn’t always the best choice for all people. Along with their benefits, disposable vapes also have a few significant drawbacks that you should know about before you buy one. Are you sure that a disposable vape is really the best choice for you? These are the reasons why you might want to buy a different type of vape instead.
Disposable Vapes Limit Your Flavor Choices
One of the biggest drawbacks of disposable vapes is that they greatly limit your flavor selection compared to other types of vapes. When you use a refillable vape like the OXVA Xlim Pro, you can fill your device with any e-liquid you like – and one visit to a local vape shop will show you the enormous number of vape juice flavors being produced today. Although some of the most popular disposable vapes now have dozens of flavors available, there’s still no way that disposables can compete with the huge variety of bottled e-liquids on the market.
In addition to the national vape juice brands that all of the major distributors carry, you can often find a few local and regional brands that are only carried in your area. All told, you probably have hundreds of different e-liquid flavors available to you at any given time and could never possibly try them all. If you’re the type of person who’s always on the hunt for new experiences, disposable vapes may not be right for you.
Disposable Vapes Are Terrible for the Environment
One of the biggest drawbacks of disposable vapes is the terrible toll that they take on the environment. A disposable vape has a lithium-ion battery. Lithium batteries should never be discarded with standard trash because the lithium can escape the landfill and contaminate the groundwater supply. The lithium in a disposable vape is recoverable, and it’s particularly desirable today due to the massive amounts of lithium required to satisfy the demand for electric cars. The problem, though, is that the batteries in disposable vapes aren’t easy to remove – so it’s hard to find a recycling company that knows how to handle them. The end result is that Americans throw away about 4.5 disposable vapes every second because they’re not sure what else to do with them. If you’re thinking about buying a disposable vape – and you care what happens to your local environment – it’s a very good idea to contact your local recycling companies first and find out if any of them accept disposable vapes. Otherwise, you may find yourself with no option except to throw your used devices away.
Refillable vapes also have batteries, so they suffer from the same problem as disposable devices. The difference, though, is that a disposable vape usually lasts a few days at the most before you need to replace it. If you’re a full-time vaper, you might go through as many as 100 disposable vapes in a year. A single refillable vape, on the other hand, can easily last an entire year because a lithium-ion battery usually lasts through hundreds of charge-discharge cycles. Refillable vapes have a much lower environmental impact than disposables – and when a refillable device does die, it’s usually not too difficult to pop it open and remove the battery for recycling.
Disposable Vapes Don’t Let You Customize Your Experience
As you become a more experienced vaper, it’s likely that you will eventually want to customize your experience in some way. Experienced vapers often have specific demands for airflow characteristics and vapor intensity, and it’s not going to be easy to find a disposable vape that meets your demands. A disposable vape doesn’t have adjustable power settings and doesn’t allow you to select different coils. In most cases, a disposable vape doesn’t even have adjustable airflow.
With a good refillable vape, you have a much greater level of freedom to customize your vaping experience and make it exactly what you want. Even the smallest and simplest pod systems often have multiple pod or coil options, and that allows you to enjoy exactly the level of warmth and intensity that you want. The more complex a device is, the more options it’ll offer.
Disposable Vapes Don’t Let You Reduce Your Nicotine Intake
The last drawback of disposable vapes is one that you might not be thinking about right now if you’re new to vaping. If you’re currently a smoker, you’re probably not too worried about your long-term goals because your only goal right now is to switch to vaping and stop smoking.
One of the things that you might like to do after you’ve switched fully to vaping, though, is reduce your nicotine intake. Vaping can make it very easy for you to lower your nicotine consumption because bottled e-liquid is available in a wide variety of nicotine strengths. Reducing your nicotine consumption, therefore, is as simple as switching from your current strength to a lower one – but that’s only true if you use a refillable device. With disposable vapes, you’re often stuck with a single nicotine strength and don’t have any way to step down to something lower. That’s fine when you’re new to vaping, but you’ll find it very limiting once you’ve switched to vaping on a full-time basis and are trying to plan your next step.
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