Last updated on June 28th, 2019
It’s a well known fact that vaping is cheaper than smoking cigarettes…but how much cheaper is it to vape rather than smoke?
In 2015 Time inc.’s online magazine, Money.com said “Vaping Is 95% Healthier and 40% Cheaper Than Smoking”.
Well, it’s now several years later and the vaping industry has grown. Ecigs are saving even more lives, and there are a lot more ways to save on vaping products.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a new vaper or you’ve been vaping for years.
You Can Save Even More Money Vaping vs. Smoking By Following Our Vape Tips
The average vaper will spend between $35 to $45 dollars on an ecig starter kit. Some people will spend a lot more. Why do they do that? Usually they think an expensive vaporizer is more likely to help them quit smoking, but that’s not true. There are now low priced vaping devices that are remarkably satisfying.
1- Start Out With a Vape Pen Designed for Beginner Vapers
If you’re just starting to vape, choose a vape pen that’s good for beginners. That doesn’t mean it’s inferior to intermediate or advanced models – it will just be cheaper and it will be designed for ease of use.
Your first e-cig doesn’t have to be a cigalike either. Some vape pens, are as lightweight and as portable as a cigarette; in fact, they’re specifically designed for smokers making the transition to vaping.
There are great beginner vape pens that sell for as little as $39.95!
Some larger beginner vape pens, like the Vaporfi Pro 3 let you add your own e-liquids. This model won’t burn up e-liquid as fast as more advanced vaporizers and you’ll still get great vapor and full flavor.
2- Buy From the Discount Vape Companies – They Really Are Cheaper
Whether you’re just starting out, or a you’re a seasoned vaper, you can save more money vaping by buying from a discount ecig company. I like DirectVapor because they’re not only cheaper than other ecig companies, they guarantee the lowest prices on all their vaping products.
They’ll even refund the difference if you find the same model for a lower price.
DirectVapor is a U.S. company, but they are a registered seller of popular imported ecig brands like Kanger, Aspire, Eleaf, Innokin, Smoktech, Vaporesso, and more. When a company qualifies to be registered it means you’re guaranteed to get a quality vaping device – not a cheap clone or a knockoff. You’ll also get a warranty.
According to an e-cigarette forum poll, most vapers use between 2-5 milliliters of e-juice per day. In a large survey conducted by world renowned researcher, Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, vapers used an average of 3ml per day.
At an average cost of $16 per 30ml bottle, expect to pay about about $389.33 per year on e-liquids. That’s a whole lot less than the yearly cost of tobacco cigarettes (estimated in 2014 to be around $2,569), but there are now ways to save even more money.
1– For New Vapers, Smaller is Better
If you want to add your preferred e-liquid flavor to your vape pen, I suggest you start out by buying small bottles of e-juice.
There are thousands of e-liquid flavors and hundreds of companies selling e-liquids. E-liquids from two different companies may have the same flavor name, but they can taste dramatically different so expect to experiment!
Some of my favorite e-liquid companies sell economical sample packs. You can even choose your flavor samples. Here are some of the best.
2- For Those Already Vaping, Bigger is Better
If you’ve already found your preferred flavor e-liquid and want to reduce your cost, you’ll save more by buying larger bottles, even if they cost more than the 10 or 20 ml bottles.
Many companies – including those on our “safest e-liquids list” now have 30, 50 100 and 120 ml bottles.
You can guarantee, if it’s a U.S. Holiday, there’s a vape sale on. I have to admit, it takes a bit of work finding those sales, but I do it, and compile the list during those major holidays. We include all the best deals and coupon codes. Just use our search box and put in the name of the holiday.
It’s best if you check back to this website right before a national holiday for the most up to date deals. Or you can just join our mailing list and we’ll keep you posted.
That said, there are two companies that always have an e-liquid sale. I know I’ve mentioned them before, but Halo Cigs is relentless with their weekly e-juice deals. They almost always a BOGO sale. Check out the Halo website and I bet they have a two-for-one on all bottle sizes right now. That’s less than $8.50 per 30ml.
Vaporfi, on the other hand has an on-going “Buy 3 get One Free” deal. If you like to mix and match flavors, you’ll get over 30,000 combinations. They do have a lot of delicious, true to taste juices – all diacetyl free, by the way.
1- Don’t Choose Sub-Ohm Vaping
Nothing uses up e-liquid faster than a vaporizer with a sub-ohm atomizer coil. If you don’t know what an atomizer coil is, it’s the part of your ecig that heats the e-liquids.
Sub-ohm coils can produce some amazing vapor clouds, but it takes a toll. Not only on your e-liquid by burning it faster, but on your atomizer which has to work harder.
If you really want to save money on e-liquids, choose an atomizer with an ohm resistance above 1.0. Most beginner vape pens work great with those atty’s.
2- Clean Your Tank and Atomizer at Least Once a Week
Keeping your atomizer clean does more than just improve the flavor of your vape. Cleaning your atomizer will actually extend it’s life.
Yes, one of the ongoing costs of vaping is buying a new atomizer pack about once a month. Eventually your e-liquid will start to taste burnt.
3- Rebuild Your Atomizer Coils
If you’re a serious vaping hobbyist, you may want to rebuild your own coils. You’ll find a wide selection of RTA’s RDA’s at Mt. Baker Vapor and at discount seller DirectVapor’s rebuildable atomizer page.
4 – Join Your Favorite Vape Company’s Loyalty and Auto-Ship Programs
The best vape companies want your continued business! That’s why they offer those added discount programs that give you reduced prices on your e-liquid and atomizer coil supplies.
If you already have a preferred vape company, check to see if they have some kind of rewards program.
Here are the programs I have used. You can always change your delivery frequency and quantity preferences or cancel at any time. Some programs are better than others, so read on.
Halo Cigs – With Halo’s program, you gain points with each purchase made on their website. You can also gain points by sharing on social media or writing product reviews on their website.
You redeem your Halo Points for free products from the Halo Rewards Catalog. The only downside to the program is that the Catalog is limited to e-liquids.
If you want a better program check out…
Vaporfi -Rewards Program – For every 2 dollars spent on ANY VaporFi product, you will earn 1 point. When you earn 200 points, you will get a $20 credit towards your next purchase – any product – e-liquid or hardware – site-wide. Free Shipping too.
To learn more visit their rewards page.
Vaporfi Also Has An Auto Delivery Program
Here’s what you get:
- 20% Off VaporFi Express Cartridges
- 10% Off Off All Other Items
- Private Sales Events for members
- Set Your Own Delivery Frequency and Quantities
- No Commitment – Cancel Anytime
To learn more visit Vaporfi’s Auto Delivery page
South Beach Smoke
SBS has a nice Home Delivery Program similar to Vaporfi.
- 20% off all Cartridge Shipments
- 10% off all E-Liquid Shipments
- Cancel anytime, or adjust your quantity or delivery date.
- Free Shipping
DirectVapor also has an AutoShip Program
- You save 10% when you join.
- You’ll continue to save 5% on automatic deliveries of e-liquids, batteries, coils, wires, and accessories.
- Free Shipping too.
To sign up, select AutoShip at checkout. Here’s where to learn more about it.
5- Make Your Own E-Liquids
It’s not that difficult to make your own e-juice if you’re an ecig hobbyist. After your initial output for supplies, it’s much cheaper than buying them. All you need is a few ingredients:
- Flavorings made to inhale,
- Vodka or distilled water
- Diluted Nicotine
- Mixing supplies such as empty plastic bottles and rubber gloves
Here’s a great video tutorial, but you’ll first need your basic supplies! My favorite supplier, (and the one recommended by e-cigarette forum) is MyFreedomSmokes. They also have an economical start kit and they have 3 additional videos that really get into the details of mixing your home-made e-liquid.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for cigarettes were 169.15% higher in 2018 versus 2000.
Those prices are expected to continue rising. Vape products, on the other are getting cheaper as the industry grows.
That’s all great news, but you can keep down the cost of vaping even more if you follow our tips for savvy vaping.
You’ll find that 40% cheaper than smoking can easily turn into 80% cheaper.