e-Cigarette Holiday Gift Guide

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eGo-T? Joye 510? Cartomizer? Atomizer? So many choices, so little money and time for holiday shopping.  According to the buzz, Christmas 2011 looks to be the season for giving electronic cigarettes.  E-cig sellers like Njoy and Green Smoke are all vying for your attention as you shop for the perfect e-cigarette gift this holiday season. What should you get?   If you are looking for help with electronic cigarette related gifts, you’re in the right place.
Welcome to the first annual Holiday e-Cigarette Gift Guide!

This buying guide will provide you with some great gift ideas for that special someone on your list.  Whether you are new to e-cigarettes and looking for a product to help a loved one make the switch, or a seasoned veteran vaper looking for a unique present, we’ve got you covered!

Deck the halls with lots of cartos!

Products are broken down by category from ideas for new users to high-tech mod e-cigarettes and of course, accessories and stocking stuffers.  Each category will have several ideas within several price ranges.  You’ll find descriptions of the product along with links to the merchant selling the item along with any coupon codes if available as well as links to the in-depth reviews this site is famous for.

For those looking to mix and match or to purchase gear for someone who already has e-cigarette equipment, each entry includes compatibility information. This information will allow you to match what’s known as the thread pattern to make sure everything will work together.

So grab a cup of piping hot cocoa, and get some holiday shopping taken care of from the comfort of your computer.

New to e-Cigarettes
Traditional e-cigarettes resemble tobacco cigarettes in size and shape.  Many are activated simply by puffing on the devices and have a tip that glows via an LED light to help mimic the smoking sensation. A lot of smokers considering e-cigarettes find this style easier to transition to because they work in a familiar style.  Generally, these models feature pre-filled cartridges (although refilling cartridges is always an option, see the Stocking Stuffers section for e-liquid suggestions).

Reusable Disposable e-Cigarette $9.99
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Product: Disposable e-Cigarette
Buy it from: MadVapes
What is it: If you have someone on your list that you want to introduce to e-cigarettes without breaking the bank, the MadVapes disposable kit might be what you are looking for.  Unlike most disposable units which are truly one-time use, the MadVapes kit is rechargeable!  While it’s rated for only a few uses, many users have reported getting reasonable lifespans out of the devices.  Each kit comes with a USB charger, one battery, one atomizer and three pre-filled cartomizers in regular or menthol.
Compatibility: Joye 510


USB e-Cigarette $29.95
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Product: Notebook Cig

Buy it from: V2Cigs
Discount: 10% off with code stevevape
Review: V2Cigs review
What is it: The V2Cigs Notebook Cig is ideal for people who spend a lot of time with their computers. This device doesn’t have a battery like a traditional e-cigarette.  Rather, it gets its power directly from the computer’s USB port.  This model also boasts higher power output for excellent vapor production.  This is a great gift for someone who already has a compatible e-cigarette kit but wants to conserve battery life.  Comes with 5 flavor cartridges.
Compatibility: KR808D-1


Entry-level e-cigarette starter kit $39.95
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Product: Protege Essential Starter Kit
Buy it from: Revolution Vapor
Discount: 20% off with code STEVEVAPE
Review: Revolution Vapor e-Cigarettes Review
What is it: The Protege Essential Starter Kit from Revolution Vapor is an entry level e-cigarette starter kit featuring one rechargeable battery, USB charger, wall adapter and five cartridges.  This kit is intended for people who want to dip their toes in the water.  Kits with additional batteries along with accessories are also available.
Compatibility: KR808D-1

Easy to Refill Tank e-Cigarette $49.95
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Product: Innokin 510 Tank e-Cigarette
Buy it From: Eliquid Planet
Review: Innokin 510-T Review
What is it: The Innokin 510-T features a specialized atomizer and tank cartridges in place of the typical e-cigarette cartomizer.  This tank provides an easy way to use separate e-liquid with your e-cigarette.  See the stocking stuffers section for e-Liquid suggestions.
Alternative: For visitors in the UK (and the rest of Europe) ECigarette Direct recently unveiled a tank system of their own, the Smoker’s Halo Tank for £34.99.  I will be reviewing this model in the near future.
Compatibility: Joye 510


e-Cigarette starter kit with charging case $64.95
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Product: Volt Pro Starter Kit
Buy it from: Smokeless Image
Discount: 10% off with code SIVOLT88
Review: Smokeless Image Volt e-cigarette review
What is it: The Volt kit features a thin and attractive “personal charging case.”  This case allows you to charge one e-cigarette battery anywhere without being tied to a desk through the case’s high capacity battery.  The case can recharge the e-cigarette 3-4 times before needing a recharge via a USB connector.  The kit includes the case, two batteries of your choice and five refill cartridges.
Compatibility: KR808D-1


Splurge: Ultimate starter kit $159.95
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Product: V2 Ultimate Kit
Buy it from: V2Cigs
Discount: 10% off with code stevevape
Review: V2Cigs review
What is it: This is the kit for the person who wants to go all-in with e-cigarettes.  The kit includes 3 batteries (mix and match), 25 flavor cartridges, a USB adapter, AC adapter, car charger, portable charging case, regular carrying case and a USB pass-through (a larger version than the one mentioned earlier).  This single kit puts together enough gear to jumpstart anyone’s e-cigarette transition.
Compatibility: KR808D-1

“Big Battery” e-Cigarettes
Big battery style e-cigarettes are suitable for new users and are also popular with vapers who are looking for something a little more robust than traditional style e-cigarettes.  As the name implies, these models have larger batteries than the previous style and may more closely resemble in size, a small cigar.

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For new users able to get past the size issue, this style offers many benefits including longer battery life.   These models often do not come with pre-filled cartridges and are meant to be used with e-liquid purchased separately.  Most vendors that carry these e-cigarettes will also sell the liquid. See the e-liquid entry in stocking stuffers for more information.

Removable Battery e-Cigarette $27.99

Product: Sparki SP3
Buy it from: SparkplugForSmokers.com
Review: Sparki SP3 e-cigarette review
What is it: Technically, the Sparki SP3 counts as a “mod” style e-cigarette because it features a removable battery.  However, the company markets this device to new users, and it is sold as a starter kit complete with everything needed to begin using the device right away including batteries, charger and e-liquid.
Compatibility: 801

Popular e-Cigarette Style $48.99
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Product: SmokTech eGo Starter Kit
Buy it from: MadVapes
Review: an opinion piece I wrote about eGo e-cigarettes
What is it: The eGo is quite possibly the most popular of the larger battery e-cigarettes. The device offers a considerable boost in battery life while remaining fairly small in size.  The SmokTech kit includes five pre-filled cartridges and a nice zippered carrying case.  These devices also work with many of the cartomizers listed in the stocking stuffers section.
AlternativesVapor Alley has a similar kit featuring larger batteries with USB pass-thru charging and genuine Joye parts for $11 more. Sterling Vapor has a KR808D-1 compatible version of the SmokTech kit that features dual coil cartomizers for $59.99
Compatibility: Joye 510

High Tech Option $49.95
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Product: Innokin Lea
Buy it from: ELiquid Planet
Review: Innokin Lea review
What is it: The Innokin Lea is similar in size and function to the eGo e-cigarette.  The Innokin features a tank cartridge to allow for easy e-liquid filling and a stylish pen-style cap.  The e-cigarette also features a light up button that indicates battery life and the device can be charged with a USB cable via the built-in USB port on the end of the e-cigarette.
Compatibility: Joye 510

Mod e-Cigarettes
e-Cigarette mods (short for modification) generally use an external battery.  Many mods look nothing like a cigarette and might be more accurately described as personal vaporizers than e-cigarettes.  While mostly popular among users with some experience, there are some people who based on research or input from others purchase a mod right away.  To learn more about e-cigarette mods, visit this article.

Inexpensive Variable Volt Mod $34.95
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Product: Vari-Volt Box Mod
Buy it from: MadVapes
Batteries required: 2×14500
Review: Variable Voltage Box Mod Review
What is it: The MadVapes vari-volt box mod is about as utilitarian as they come.  Built from a battery box, this device is designed to provide function over form.  For a very low price, this device allows users to select voltage using a small dial to customize their vaping experience.
Compatibility: Joye 510

Hand-crafted Wood Mod for a Steal at $45
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Product: Natural Wood Mods
Buy it from: ECig Workshop
Batteries required: 1×18650 or 18350 depending on model
Review: ECig Workshop Handmade Mod Review
What is it: ECig Workshop’s line of e-cigarette mods are each hand made from a solid block of wood.  The devices feature a hinged door with a magnetic lock and recessed hinges.  The wood is protected with a wax and oil seal to keep the natural wood look.  Inlays and more exotic woods are available for a modest up-charge of $10.
Compatibility: Joye 510

Something for the Rugged Adventurer $59.95
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Product: Original Copper Hex
Buy it from: Vapor Alley
Discount: 5% with code SteveK
Batteries required: 14500 for 3.7 or 2x CR2 for 6v
Review: Original (Hex) Copper Review
What is it: The Copper Hex is about as macho as an e-cigarette can be.  Crafted from brass pipe, the Hex is one tough customer.  Featuring a unique push top firing mechanism, the hex will certainly draw some attention.  For those with more refined tastes, there are rounded, polished and petite versions of the Copper line available as well.
Compatibility: Joye 510

Compact Juice Feeder $75
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Product: the V-MOD
Buy it from: Vapage
Batteries required: 14500
Review: Vapage V-MOD Review
What is it: The Vapage V-MOD is a very compact e-cigarette with a built in bottle to hold e-liquid.  Simply give the bottle a gentle squeeze to add liquid to your atomizer or cartomizer without having to drip.  The device travels well in a pocket or purse, and can be customized with fashionable replacement shells.
Compatibility: 510 threaded, Vapage hardware recommended

Compact and Tough $82
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Product: Icon 1.1
Buy it from: PureSmoker
Batteries required: 14500
Review: PureSmoker Icon 1.1 Review
What is it: the Icon (and its big brother, the Prodigy) are some of the original USA made e-cigarette mods.  The Icon is a little bit larger than an eGo style device and features a mechanical activation button on the bottom of the device.  If there’s one thing the PureSmoker mods are known for is their durability; these things can handle some rough treatment.
Compatibility: 510

Variable Voltage For Under $100
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Product: Lavatube
Buy it from: VolcanoEcigs (Available December 1, 2011)

Batteries required: 18650 IMR (1 included)
Review: Volcano Lavatube Review
What is it: Volcano’s Lavatube is the first mass-produced variable voltage e-cigarette.  The devices allows you to customize your vaping experience by selecting the power output by the device.  Adjustments are made through easy-to-use buttons and an LCD display shows the selected voltage. The device is available in flat black or chrome
Compatibility: 510

Splurge: Flagship e-Cigarette $159
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Product: ProVari
Buy it from: ProVape
Batteries required: 18490, 18500, 18650 (with expansion cap) Power 2500
Review: ProVari Review
What is it: The ProVari is on the wish list of many a vaper.  The Provari is a fully-loaded model with more bells and whistles than a luxury car.  The device is microprocessor controlled and features variable voltage, an LED read out, battery meter, resistance meter and advanced protection circuitry to keep your investment safe.  So if you know someone who loves e-cigarettes and has been extra nice (or naughty) this year, the ProVari will put the happy in their holidays.
Compatability: 510

e-Cigarette Accessories
Every cool toy under the tree has to have accessories to make things more fun.  e-Cigarettes are no exception.  So if you’re picking up something from one of the e-cigarette lists above, or you want a little something for someone who currently has an e-cigarette setup, why not give some of these things a shot.

DIY e-Liquid Starter Kit $7.50
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Product: DIY Starter Kit
Buy it from: Eliquid Store
Discount: 5% off purchase with code Flavor5
Review: Eliquid Store Shopping Experience
What is it: Is there someone on your list who might like to experiment with creating their own e-liquid? Think of this as a classic chemistry set for vapers.  The kit comes with 20ml of nicotine liquid base, 20ml of propylene glycol, pipettes, mixing bottles and 1 dram glass bottles.  The kit doesn’t include concentrate, but the site carries a huge selection in 1 dram bottles with most costing just a dollar.

Aftermarket Replacement Cartridges From $7.99
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Product: Refill Cartridges
Buy it from: The Magic Mist
Discount Code: TasteTheMagic (25% one time use per customer)
What is it: Big-name e-cigarette companies like Blu, V2, The SafeCig, Green Smoke and South Beach Smoke have a large customer base.  These brands are also many user’s first e-cigarette.  Replacement flavor cartridges for these types of e-cigarettes can be expensive.  The Magic Mist offers aftermarket replacements guaranteed to work with these e-cigarettes for a lower cost than the original manufacturer
Review: The Magic Mist Replacement Cartridges Review
Compatibility: All major e-cigarette brands

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Inexpensive Dual Coil Cartomizer Tank $11.99

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Product: Dual Coil Tank
Buy it from: Vapor Alley or MadVapes
Discount: 5% discount at Vapor Alley with code SteveK
Review: SmokTech Dual Coil Cartomizer Tank Review (coming soon)
What is it: The SmokTech dual coil cartomizer tank is a polycarbonite tube and endcaps into which a cartomizer with a hole punched into the side is inserted.  This allows the cartomizer to feed from the liquid inside the tank expanding the amount of e-liquid to up to 6ml, greatly reducing the need to top off cartomizers.
Compatibility: Joye 510 (specially punched cartomizers)

Keep Direct Dripping Messes under control $12.99
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Product: Drip Shield
Buy it from: Empire Mods
Review: Empire Mods Drip Shield Review
What is it: The Drip Shield was originally designed for use on the Empire Mod.  The shield is an aluminum tube with gaskets that slides over a 901 atomizer (or 510 with adapter) and contains any excess e-liquid that might escape the atomizer when dripping.  Available in many colors and styles, the drip shield is also a handsome accessory for dressing up your mod.
Compatibility: DSE 901 (fits 510 with a 510-510 “shorty” adapter)

Funky Looking Juice Feeding Attachment $16.99
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Product: Drip on Demand (DoD)
Buy it from: MadVapes
Review: Drip on Demand e-Cigarette Auto Feed System Review
What is it: this strange contraption fits onto the end of an atomizer like a drip tip.  It holds an e-liquid bottle in the top and has a stem where the drip tip attaches for vaping.  The idea is that the vacuum from vaping forces small drops of liquid out of the bottle each time, continually reapplying e-liquid to the atomizer.  Should things dry out a little, simply give the bottle a squeeze to get the juices flowing again.
Compatibility: Most popular atomizers (except 306)

Splurge: Sleek Cartomizer Tank $34.99
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Product: Big Daddy Tank (Steel Caps)
Buy it from: Big Daddy Vapor
Review: Big Daddy Tank Review
What is it: The Big Daddy is similar to the SmokTech tank, but features end caps made from milled stainless steal.  These caps look sharp and should last a good long time, especially since the gaskets and tank tube are all replaceable.  The tank will work with any XL cartomizer that has holes punched in it (you can do it yourself).  Also available is a lower priced kit with derlin caps and a “Lil’ Mama” tank holding 3ml of liquid and using standard length cartomizers.
Compatibility: 510 (other cartomizers of the right size could be used)

Stocking Stuffers
What holiday is complete without the delightful little trinkets that are found in the Christmas stocking?  Here’s some ideas for some inexpensive vape-related bits of shiny for your vaper to find in his her stocking.

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Drip Tips
Price: $1 and up
Ideal for: everyone
Compatibility: Most popular standards
Buy it from: Most vendors that carry general supplies
What is it: Drip tips are small tips constructed from aluminum, plastic or other materials that fit on mouthpiece end of a cartomizer or atomizer.  Originally, the tips were intended to allow for easy dripping of liquid onto the atomizer.  However, drip tips are popular among many vapers as it provides a comfortable feel to e-cigarettes.  The vast array of styles and colors also make them a great accessory for customizing an e-cigarette.
electronic cigarette holiday gift guide electronic cigarette christmas gift ecig product imageReview: A review for a unique porcelain drip tip from Sterling Vapor.

e-LiquidPrice: $3 and up

Ideal for: everyone
Compatibility: n/a
Buy it from: Multiple vendors including Johnson Creek, MadVapes, ELiquid Planet, MyFreedomSmokes, Halo and most places where finer e-cigarettes are sold.
What is it: e-liquid is the nicotine infused liquid that every e-cigarette uses to produce vapor.  e-Liquid is available in a huge spectrum of flavors and strength.  There’s literally something for everyone.
Review: For more detail on e-liquid, read this article

SmokTech Low Resistance Cartomizers
Price $1.59 each

Ideal for: Users with some experience
Compatibility: 510, 808, 901 and others
Buy it from: MadVapes
What is it: SmokTech cartomizers are excellent performing cartomizers that use a single coil to heat e-liquid into a vapor.  These single coil cartomizers work very well on lower voltage (3.2 – 3.7v) devices; outperforming dual coil cartomizers on the same devices. For more information at cartomizers in general, take a look at this article.
Review: SmokTech “Resurrector” cartomizers review

SmokTech Dual Coil Cartomizers

Price: $9.99/5-pack
Ideal for: experienced users
Buy it from: Vapor Alley, MadVapes and others
Discount Code: Vapor Alley: SteveK (5% off)
Compatibility: 510
What is it: Dual coil cartomizers are one of the hottest trends in e-cigarettes currently.  The devices feature dual heating coils to produce exceptional vapor, especially with higher voltage devices.
Review: This review is of the larger version of these: XXL Dual Coil Cartomizer Review

Twisted Jumbo Dual Coil Cartomizers
Price: $7 each
Ideal for: Users who want to make a fashion statement
Buy it from: Nhaler
Compatibility: 510
electronic cigarette holiday gift guide electronic cigarette christmas gift ecig product imageWhat is it: These cartomizers are identical in function to dual coil cartomizers, but capable of holding 3.5ml of e-liquid. The hallmark of these cartomizers are the colors and unique patterns of the plastic tubes.  Unlike many cartomizers, the thick and durable tubes are impregnated with color, rather than the color coming form a sticker.
Review: Twisted Dual Coil Cartomizer Review

Adapters
Price: $3 and up
Ideal for: users who want to mix and match styles
Buy it from: MadVapes and Vapor Alley
Discount Code: Vapor Alley: SteveK (5% off)
Compatibility: (any to any)
What is it: These devices allow users of one type of e-cigarette to use cartomizers and accessories for another type of e-cigarette using a different standard.  For example, an adapter can allow a user of a KR808D-1 compatible e-cigarette to use 510 compatible dual coil cartomizers.
Review: n/a

Lanyards
Price $2.99
Ideal for: people who drop things
Buy it from: MadVapes
Compatibility (small to mid-sized devices)What is it: The lanyard is a leatherette pouch attached to a string.  Simply wear it around your neck and put your e-cigarette in the pouch when not in use to keep it handy at all times.  Depending on your e-cigarette you may even be able to use the device without taking it out of the pouch.

Happy Holidays!
Thanks for taking a look at the e-cigarette buying guide for your holiday shopping. Of course, this list is nowhere near exhaustive.  And if I left out a favorite of yours, I apologize profusely.  This article is quite long as it is.  Of course if you’re still hunting for that perfect gift, feel free to browse the review archives or use the menu at the top of the screen to narrow down the reviews by category.

Happy vaping to all, and to all a good night!

Disclosure: Many of the links in this article are for companies with which this site has an affiliate or sponsored relationship.  Each review linked will have full disclosure details at the end.

Photo Credits

Title image: Master isolated images
Gift Icons: digitalart
Stocking images: Stuart Miles
SmokTech Dual Coil Tank: Vapor Alley

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8 Comments

  • Nice work Steve, go ahead and take some time off, your deserve it.after this and all the other time consuming work you've done recently. :)

    Got my tank from MadVapes and it is a really nice unit, much nicer than the previous two purchased from another vendor. Could have duplicated those two units for about $2 each thanks to that link you sent me.

    My tank from MV came with a pre-drilled hole in the carto that was about 1/32" and it will not feed my VG liquid being that small. If yours is that small I suggest you test it with a small amount of liquid before filling it up, you may end up having to drain it and drill a bigger hole as I did.

    Errol

    • The hole is tiny on those. I have mine in hand and have a review that will come out next week. I don't do VG, but basically the secret with these is to fill the cartos like you would with any other carto, and then use it in the tank. The hole is too small to initially fill the carto, but it does ok with keeping it wet. Other users have reported that even VG works as long as the carto is wet first.

  • Can you see the level in the tank going down. I used mine all day and could only get a decent vape by topping it off. The liquid level never dropped. Pulled it apart and drilled an identical second hole in the area of the upper coil to insure better saturation at the top. It sat for hours with the holes submerged between vaping and nothing came through from the tank.

    Curious if the one you have has the same size hole as mine at .032, that's the size of the smallest paper clip or a very small safety pin. Just curious if we have identical unit as I will have drill some larger holes to get my tank to work on this carto. Does vape nice when it's topped off though. :)

    Errol

  • Apologize for wasting your time on this. Once I realized the tank and carto were SmokeTech I did some research and find that of course your tank and mine are identical and most are having success with the tiny hole. Will have to experiment with larger holes to get mine to wick.

    Errol

    • No need to apologize. MadVapes was probably just the first. It appears now that just about everyone is carrying these tanks. I'm behind the curve on this one since my review on these tanks won't be out until this coming Thursday.

  • KATHY TEPSIC

    (11/29/99 - 2:00 pm)

    love mine

  • This is a wonderful idea Steve, going to make my fishing around for ideas on starter kits for xmas gifting much much easier.

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