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The Best Vape For A Heavy Smoker

The Best Vape For A Heavy Smoker

If you’re a heavy smoker looking to quit with the aid of a vape device, you may be wondering which device would suit your needs the best. This can be confusing for beginners with little to no knowledge of vapes – and that’s before we’ve even considered the type of liquid to use!

In truth, you’re right to wonder which device and liquid to use, because depending on which one you choose, this can seriously impact your vaping experience. So rather than purchasing the first one you see, you need to choose carefully to give your attempt at quitting smoking with a vape the best chance of success.

The issue is that complete newbies will likely have no idea what vapes suit heavy smokers. If you’re currently in this boat and you’re pulling your hair out wondering which device to go for, fear not as we’re here with all the info you need to get started.

In this guide, we’ll tell you which devices are suitable for heavy smokers, as well as which liquids and coils you need to start your vaping journey.



So let’s start off with the type of device you’ll need. Assuming you’ve never vaped before, there are a few types of devices that will be suitable.

The amount you smoke will determine the e-liquid you opt for (more on that below), but when it comes to choosing a device, how often you light up doesn’t make too much of a difference; it’s more about your level of experience with vaping.

If you’re a complete novice, then it’s advisable to start off on a low-powered device. These come with a built-in battery, unlike some of the more powerful kits that have external batteries. So this will give you a chance to get used to your new device without the need to worry about external batteries or battery safety.

There are two types of devices that are perfect for beginners: starter kits and pod devices. Let’s go over each to give you an idea about their features and why they’re good for beginners.


Starter Kits

Most people choose a starter kit as their first device. Simple with zero fuss, these kits are designed for beginners and come with everything you’ll need to get started.

Starter kits usually come with a pen-style device. These are low-powered and provide a smooth, simple vape, without any complicated buttons or settings, ensuring their suitability for beginners.

Starter kits also come with replacement coils, and if you’re lucky, you might even get an e-liquid thrown in!

The pen devices that come with starter kits provide a mouth-to-lung (MTL) vape, which is basically the same sensation you’re used to when smoking cigarettes.

These devices also pair well with 50:50 VG:PG e-liquid and stronger juices, which are precisely what a heavy smoker will need. We’ll go over which e-liquids to choose below.

You can buy great starter kits HERE.


Pod Kits

Much like starter kits, pod devices are designed to be as easy and hassle-free as possible.

Pod kits are a clever evolution of vaping devices that came to the market a few years ago. Since their arrival, they’ve steadily established themselves as some of the most popular kits around and they’re now the go-to choice for many vapers, particularly those just starting out.

These kits typically consist of two main components: the battery/mod and the pod. The pods are removable and interchangeable, so if you want to change liquids, rather than having to empty your tank and add more liquid like you would usually, with a pod kit you can just swap your pods around in a matter of seconds.

This is great if you enjoy a bit of variety or get bored of the taste quickly as you can have many flavours on rotation.

Most pod kits come with limited buttons (or none at all) so they’re ideal for beginners who have little understanding of customisable settings or buttons.

DIY e-Liquids sells the best pod kits in the UK; buy them HERE.



Once you’ve chosen your kit, it’s time to get your e-liquids. This is where the amount you smoke can really come into play. 

If you’re a very heavy smoker, then you’ll need to choose a strong juice. Otherwise, if you opt for a weaker liquid, this will be unlikely to stave off your nicotine cravings and you may end up lighting up a cigarette.

Having said that, vaping is a slightly different sensation from smoking. So just because you’re a 40-a-day smoker, that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to handle the strongest e-liquid on the market. 

Chances are, if you’ve never vaped before, this will make you cough, which is not what we want, as a bad early experience may put you off and see you smoking again. With all this considered, try to opt for a moderately strong juice. 

E-liquids typically range from 2mg to 20mg (some may be stronger but 20mg is usually the max). We usually advise beginners to vape something like 10mg or 12mg juice. If you’re a particularly heavy smoker, you may find a 16mg more suitable. This is guaranteed to deliver a strong nicotine hit, while it shouldn’t be too strong on the throat.

It may also be wise to order a few smaller bottles with different strengths, then you can find your sweet spot.

We offer a great range of e-liquids, here at DIY e-Liquids. Find them HERE.


The last consideration to make is which type of vape coil or pod to buy. In the end, this will come down to the type of device you’re using.

Hopefully, you’ll be following our guidance and going for a starter kit or pod device, in which case you’ll probably need coils from around 0.8 ohms to 1.5 ohms. 

This is just a rough guide and may be slightly out, but the device you purchase should come with the correct coils or pods so this will tell you which replacements to buy once you run out. 

If you’re looking to buy replacements at the same time you’re purchasing your device then it should be easy to find out what you need. For instance, when purchasing from our site, you’ll find this info in the product description.


So that’s what vape device, e-liquid and coils you’ll need as a heavy smoker. As you can see, the amount you smoke only really matters when selecting your e-liquid. Follow our guidance and you should have every chance of making your quit attempt a raving success!