Disposable Nicotine Vapes vs. Open System Nicotine Vapes: An Informed Comparison

Disposable Nicotine Vapes vs. Open System Nicotine Vapes: An Informed Comparison

As vaping continues to evolve, it's important for consumers to understand the intentions and benefits behind different vaping devices. Whether one is transitioning from traditional cigarettes and aiming to reduce nicotine consumption, or just looking for a quick nicotine fix, the choice of device can significantly influence the outcome. This breakdown provides a comparison between disposable nicotine vapes and open-system nicotine vapes to guide informed decisions.

Disposable Nicotine Vapes


  • Convenience: These devices are ready-to-use and require no prior setup. Also, if one can only consume in short bursts (like on an office work break), a disposable vape can accomplish the fix quickly. 
  • Compact Design: Their sleek nature ensures portability and discretion.
  • No Learning Curve: Easy to use with no complicated instructions.


  • Environmental Concerns: Being single-use, they contribute to increased environmental waste.
  • Cumulative Cost: While initially appearing cost-effective, regular usage will lead to higher expenses over time. At Smokeless our disposables range from $20-$29 for 6.5ml-9.5mls of eliquid.  In comparison, a 30ml to 60ml bottle of eliquid containing up to 5 to 10 times that amount is $17-$22.
  • Fixed Nicotine Levels: Users cannot adjust the nicotine content, limiting the ability to reduce nicotine intake gradually. Most disposable vapes are made with very high mg level options, often far more than the average smoker/vaper would need to feel satisfied. This is especially concerning for never smokers. Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances known to man. Disposables often have a fixed mg level of 4% -6% or 40-60mg. They are stronger than any level of nicotine we sold for our first 10+ years of business, while successfully still helping thousands of traditional tobacco users throw their cigarettes in the trash. 
  • Challenges in Transitioning: While they can offer an initial step away from a heavy cigarette addiction, their static nicotine levels can hinder the process of quitting nicotine altogether if that is the goal. 

Open System Nicotine Vapes


  1. Environmentally Friendly: Their reusable nature results in less waste.
  2. Long-Term Cost Efficiency: Despite a higher initial investment, the cumulative cost is often lower than disposables.
  3. Adjustable Nicotine Levels: Users can start with a nicotine strength that matches their current habit and gradually decrease it, offering a structured path to reduce or quit nicotine.
  4. Variety of Flavors: Users have the freedom to explore a much larger, diverse range of e-liquids. They can also start with an eliquid flavor that mimics the cigarettes they are transitioning off of, which is much more difficult to find in the disposable market. 
  5. Closely Mimics Smoking: With Mouth-to-Lung (MTL) tanks, the experience is akin to traditional smoking, aiding smoother transitions.
  6. Rechargeable/Extended Battery Life: These devices often come with longer-lasting batteries, ensuring consistent performance.


  • Maintenance Required: Regular upkeep, including refilling e-liquids and changing parts, is necessary.
  • Initial Learning Curve: Some users might need time to familiarize themselves with the device's functionalities.


In evaluating the two, it becomes evident that if the objective is to quit smoking and subsequently reduce or eliminate nicotine consumption, open-system nicotine vapes offer a more structured and flexible approach. They provide users with the ability to control nicotine levels and are financially and environmentally more sustainable. Conversely, while disposable vapes serve as a convenient bridge from cigarettes, they may not be the optimal choice for long-term nicotine reduction goals and are more geared towards those with no plan to wean down or quit.  

Regardless of the choice between disposable or open-system devices, it's imperative to align the selection with one's intentions and to be well-informed about the advantages and limitations of each.


Recommended liquid for transitioning from Disposable to Open System vapor devices:

503 eLiquid (COLD VERSIONS):

Available in 8 flavor varieties 

Recommended open systems for transitioning from Disposable to Open System vapor devices:

Vaporesso XROS 3 Mini Kit:

1000mah battery, autodraw, easy starter for those not familiar with open systems. 


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