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If you’re looking for the best vapes for someone who smokes Marlboro Red, you’re not messing around. They’re like the Big Daddy of cigarettes. That’s what I always thought. Every time someone would pass me a ciggie from one of those red and white boxes, I’d practically cough up a lung, and I wasn’t much of a fan of the white and gold boxes either. I always found Marlboro Lights to be a bit too light for me.
Who do I think I am? Goldilocks?
I’ve been asked a few times what I would recommend to a new vaper who usually smokes strong cigarettes, such as Superkings Black or Marlboro Red. Today, I’m giving you a few of my suggestions. As always, I’d love to hear what you think, so feel free to leave your comments and ideas in the space below this blog post.
Let’s help those heavy smokers find a vape they actually like, shall we?
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BEST VAPE FOR SOMEONE WHO SMOKES MARLBORO RED — SOME HELPFUL ADVICE
I thought I might start things off with some helpful advice. You can just scroll right past if you’re not interested and want to skip right to my vape recommendations.
I personally wouldn’t mess around with cigalikes or anything light and flimsy. Those were what I used right at the beginning, and although they did the job, there are much bigger and better models.
Image from: OK E-Cig Starter Kit Review
If I were going to start vaping/stop smoking right now, I’d steer clear of anything that looked remotely like a cigalike. There’s more bang to be had for your buck with other devices — vape pens, pod vapes, etc. This is definitely the case if you’re on the hunt for vapes for someone who smokes Marlboro Red or other strong ciggies.
*Cigalike = an e-cigarette that looks like an actual cigarette.
Click here if you want to read reviews of the cigalikes I’ve tried over the years.
Don’t start out looking to make big clouds with whopping great vape devices
Sub-ohm vaping — the type that gives you those big clouds — involves inhaling like you would with a shisha pipe and uses different eliquid. It’s thicker and contains more VG than PG.
MTL or Mouth-to-Lung vaping is the kind of vaping that closely mimics smoking an actual cigarette. You first inhale into the mouth, and then down into the lungs. It’s a two-step process. Sub-ohm vaping is a one-step process, inhaling right down into the lungs in one go.
If you’re expecting to vape like a cigarette but purchased a sub-ohm device/tank/coil/eliquid, you’re going to end up with a device that doesn’t work or a throat that feels like it’s on fire.
I would personally recommend mouth-to-lung vapes for someone who smokes Marlboro Red.
Helpful blog post: What is Mouth-to-Lung Vaping?
Look into Naturally Extracted Tobacco
A lot of people don’t like tobacco-flavoured eliquid.
I do. Very much so, in fact. I usually vape tobacco-based eliquids in my mouth-to-lung devices, mixing things up with all sorts of weird and wonderful-flavoured treats when I sub-ohm [big cloud] vape. Also, I tend to MTL vape when I leave the house [more discreet] or when I get SUPER stressed out — when I would reach for a cigarette if I were still a smoker.
Sub-ohm vaping is my evening-in-front-of-the-TV vape style.
Image from: Black Note Legato Eliquid Review
I personally found tobacco flavours were great for me when I first quit smoking. You won’t know if this is the case or not for you until you try, but I would definitely look into the idea of NET or Naturally Extracted Tobacco. The flavour actually comes from the tobacco leaves, giving you a really authentic taste. I’d have killed for tobacco flavours like that when I first made the switch.
Helpful blog post: What is NET – Naturally Extracted Tobacco?
And also nicotine salts
These are designed to give you a stronger, faster-acting nicotine hit with less harshness on the back of the throat. They’re also less cough-inducing, in my experience, and I also tend to reach for the device less frequently throughout the day. Nicotine salts eliquids also give you a longer-lasting hit. In theory, someone looking into vapes for someone who smokes Marlboro Red would probably get on very well with nic salt-based eliquids.
I haven’t yet published my little blog post on nicotine salts. It’s coming soon, but until then I highly recommend giving this a read >What Is Salt Nicotine Eliquid and How To Use It? | vapeclub.co.uk
BEST VAPE FOR SOMEONE WHO SMOKES MARLBORO RED — THE SUGGESTIONS
Right, I’ll stop talking and get right to the recommendations now …
📍 EASY-PEASY VAPING
If you’re on the hunt for something easy to use, literally plug-in-and-go, I highly recommend having a little look at the Aspire Gusto Mini. It’s cheap, the non-refillable pods aren’t too expensive and last for a few days, and it’s great for a heavy soon-to-be ex-smoker. It’s strong and I gave myself head-rush the first couple of times I used it.
You can use the device as both a sub-ohm and an MTL one without changing the coil or eliquid (it’s like magic!), and the NS20 pods (nicotine salts-based) are likely to offer a new strong cig-quitter the kind of hit they’re looking for.
Read the full review: Aspire Gusto Mini Review
Check out my videos for full unboxing and video reviews.
Aspire Gusto Mini – £18.99 – vapeclub.co.uk
I like NS20 Honey Roasted Tobacco Eliquids Pods by Element – £9.99 / 3-pack – vapeclub.co.uk
📍 SUPER SAVE (Under £16)
I’ve not used a Vapouriz device in quite a long time, but I have the fondest memories of the Vapouriz Fuse vape-pen. It’s a pretty old-skool e-cigarette when you compare it to the weird and wonderful devices you can get today, but about five or six years ago, this was the only device I used for such a long time.
The Fuse is a mouth-to-lung vape pen that worked really well for me, rarely leaked, and was about as simple as it got. It’s similar to the e-cigs you can buy from those stalls that pop up every now and then in the shopping centre. It’s also the same type of e-cig/vape that my Nan had the most success with. I’ve personally recommended it to at least five people who have gone on to quit smoking for good.
It looks as though you can buy replacement coils for Fuse tanks these days, and sub-ohm coils, and a new glass tank. The device sure has come a long way. All we had ‘back in the day’ were disposable tanks! (And I still loved it.)
💰 The Vapouriz Fuse Starter Kit is £15.99 and also includes 3 x 10ml bottles of eliquid + FREE delivery! 💰
It’s a cheapie device, but one of the good vapes for someone who smokes Marlboro Red and is looking to quit! I recommend checking out the 12mg and 18mg eliquid strengths that you can add on with your starter kit. I quite liked Classic Tobacco, and my menthol-vaping friend had only good things to say about Millionaire’s Menthol.
📍 CHEAP N’ CHEERFUL (Under £20)
If you wanted something that looked a bit “snazzier”, I’ve been considering the Aspire Sprite AIO Kit for a while. No1EJuice has the MTL device for £19.95 in a range of cute colours, and it comes with two coils – one that works best with regular eliquid, plus a second one that is better designed for nicotine salts-based eliquids. I’ve not tried this yet, but all I’ve seen are good reviews so far.
The Aspire Breeze kit looks pretty promising too, for a cheapie, and you’ll find that at No1EJuice for £19.95. They both have 650mAh batteries, so you’d need to have a charger handy OR a second device. This is just my personal opinion but one 650mAh device/battery would never have been enough to last *me* an entire day. You tend to vape a lot more when you first make the switch from smoking to vaping too.
You should also take a peek at the eGo AIO ECO Vape Pen by Joyetech, £18.99 at ecigarettedirect.co.uk. I’ve not personally tried this device, but I do know of quite a few vapers that tried this as their first vape, used it for a few weeks, and then was confident enough to move on to bigger and better things.
Finally, how about the Vaporesso Orca Solo – on special offer at vapeandjuice.co.uk for £19.99 (usually £29.99)? I’ve seen a few really good reviews on it.
📍 SAVE (Under £22)
For the grand ol’ price of £21.99 [at ecigarettedirect.co.uk], you could get your hands on the Jac Vapour Series-S17. It’s a pen-style vape that offers both MTL and sub-ohm vaping, and I absolutely love mine. I use it both ways, have had very few problems with it, and it delivers a really great vaping experience — and quite a powerful one. You can read more about that in my review if you like?
Read more >>> Jac Vapour Series-S17 Review
If you want a decent eliquid to go with it, I can highly recommend SMOKING — Jac Vapour’s strong and hearty nic salt-based eliquid range. I’ve tried Tobacco and can confirm that 12mg has quite the kick to it. It’s definitely one that would come straight to mind if someone were to ask for strong eliquid recommendations, and the flavour is pretty amazing.
Read more >>> Jac Vapour SMOKING UK Tobacco Eliquid Review
📍 STILL SAVING (Under £25)
While we’re on the subject of budget-friendly vapes that are actually worth the money, I think it’s definitely time for the Vaptio Tyro device to get a little mention. I recently reviewed it and gave it 4.5 stars out of 5, and I’m using it right now.
Exhale big cloud of caked-loveliness.
You can get a great deal on the Vaptio Tyro right now at ecigwizard — you’ll get the starter kit and 3 x 10ml bottles of eliquid for £24.99. The RRP is £37.96. The device on its own is £22.99. If you want my “expert” opinion, I’m definitely saying it’s worth a shot. Offering both MTL and sub-ohm vaping, you get one of each coil in the box. If you’re a newbie to the world of vaping, this gives you the opportunity to try both ways and see which one is best for you. I don’t personally recommend starting vaping/quitting smoking using a sub-ohm device and eliquid, but that’s not to say it can’t be done. Many happy vapers* start out with the big cloud devices.
*If you’re one of them, let me know in the comments below!
I also love Jac Vapour’s VIM device — a little pod-style AIO device that can offer you both MTL and sub-ohm vaping. It’s £24.99 from ecigarettedirect, has a battery life that actually does last all day, delivers great flavour, and rarely gives me problems. You can fill the tank with any kind of eliquid you like — MTL eliquid, sub-ohm eliquid, nicotine salts, CBD, etc., and you also have a variety of coil choices, both sub-ohm and MTL. Even better than that: those coils also work in the Series-S17, Wee VIM, and Series-S22.
Image from: 19 Mistakes New Vapers Make
Read my full review >>> Jac Vapour VIM Review
📍 SPEND (Under £35)
I asked Fred …
Fred is the owner of Mist, and this is what he said when asked about the best vapes for someone who smokes Marlboro Red …
“If you’re a Marlboro Red smoker I would recommend a device that can run at around 16-18w or power, with a 0.8ohm coil. The Innokin EZ.WATT is perfect for replicating a hard hitting, or strong cigarette, especially when coupled with a 12mg PG E-Liquid”
The Innokin EZ.WATT Kit [EZ.WATT box + Innokin T20s Prism Tank] is £34.99 from misteliquid.co.uk, and it offers both mouth-to-lung and sub-ohm vaping, with both coils available in the kit to try. Don’t forget to check out the Mist Originals eliquids too — you can try 5 of the 35 different flavours for just £3 by using the code LIQUID during checkout. Take a peek at 12mg and 18mg strengths for a strong throat hit and nicotine level.
📍 SPEND A BIT MORE (Under £40)
I’m not going with a complete kit for this one, but rather a tank and box mod separately. I avoided this combo like the plague at first, but if you want a battery that’s going to last you for a long time, you could do a lot worse than a box mod.
I also think that putting your favourite ‘bits n’ pieces’ together gives you a better chance of making vaping work. I’ll quite often come across a kit where I love the tank but hate the box – or vice versa. Take a peek at photos in my previous reviews and you’ll see the Jac Vapour Series-S22 tank on top of the Vapor Storm Subverter box and similar weird-looking combinations.
The Vapor Storm Eco 90W box mod – £19.99 – simplyeliquid.co.uk – is a cracking bit of kit. I love mine! It comes in a range of colours, isn’t overly complicated, doesn’t have a bunch of buttons, lights or screens to worry about, and does most of the hard work for you. I’ve used it with both sub-ohm and MTL tanks/coils/eliquids with few problems.
Image from: Vapor Storm Eco Hawk Review
Need a decent MTL tank suggestion to help you make the change? Look at something like the Aspire 2.0ml Mini Nautilus tank (£14.99 – simplyeliquid.co.uk) or the Aspire Nautilus 2 tank (£18.99 – simplyeliquid.co.uk).
You can get the Vapor Storm Eco 90W box mod and either of those tanks for under £40*. You can also mix n’ match with a lot of other vape-bits too— upgrading the tank later on and still use the same box mod, or get a new box and use the same tank.
*You will need to buy 1 x 18650 battery for the Vapor Storm box mod.
📍 SPLURGE (Under £50)
My friend Dave has been using the Aspire Zelos 50W 2.0 Kit [Zelos 50W mod + Nautilus 2S tank] for a while, and he’s absolutely raving about it. I haven’t personally tried the mouth-to-lung device myself, but I’ve had pretty up and down experiences with Aspire as a whole. I LOVE the Gusto Mini, but the PockeX was a really leaky pain in the butt. It took me a while to get to grips with the Cleito EXO tank [sub-ohm] too, but once I did I loved that.
The Zelos 50W is a splurge at £49.99 (and that’s a special offer on vapour.uk, regular price £54.99 AND on other websites for £80+), but it’s one I’m considering buying for myself. I loved my old Nautilus Mini tank and would be very interested to see how the newer version performs.
If you’ve already tried the Zelos mod or Nautilus 2S tank, let me know what you think in the comments below! Should I get it?
If you do order the Zelos Kit from vapour.uk, you’re given the option to add on a few eliquids for £5.75 — Black Note Prelude and Solo Menthol being just two of them. These are Naturally Extracted Tobacco eliquids – very high quality, really great flavours, and usually £6.75/10ml.
You can see all of my Black Note reviews right here.
I’ve tried Legato, Quartet, Prelude and Forte. Black Note Forte was the flavour that packed the biggest punch for me. Almost too much punch, actually. The 12mg version was too strong for me. (I was a B&H Silver Capsule cigarette smoker and couldn’t handle Marlboro Red cigarettes.)
📍 AN ELIQUID DUPE
But don’t tell Black Note I said this, okay 😉
I’ve mentioned Black Note eliquids a few times in this post, and I’ve also recommended them to a lot of people. They’re great for flavour — real, authentic tobacco tastes, and I also think they’re quite hearty when you get into the 12mg and 18mg territories. In other words, perfect for someone who’s looking for a vape juice that can offer what a Marlboro Red cigarette once did.
However … I haven’t seen Black Note eliquid in the UK in anything bigger than a 10ml bottle. (Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, please.) Singularly, bottles are £6.75 per 10ml or you can buy them in 3x10ml batches for £19.99.
No cheaper, larger, short fill option.
No nicotine salts option.
Now, let me introduce you to Drake’s Eliquid – £4.99/10ml.
Read my reviews right here.
Shortfill bottles are available for £18.99, and you can add nicotine salts shots to them.
60ml Black Note = £39.98.
60ml Drake’s Eliquid = £20.49 and that includes a £1.50 nicotine shot.
I’ve ‘blind’ compared Drake’s NET eliquids to Black Note’s NET eliquids … and I can’t tell the difference between them. If you want my advice, find a Drake’s flavour you love, invest in a shortfill bottle, and throw nicotine salts shots in if you want to. I liked Kentucky in 12mg. Strong, but not too strong.
Helpful blog post: Eliquid: What Does Short Fill Mean?
And there you have them …
… a few of my personal suggestions for the best vapes for someone who smokes Marlboro Red. What do you think? Are you a heavy smoker who wants to try vaping and will now look at one or more of the ideas I’ve thrown your way? Or have you got your eye on a different device entirely? I’d love to know. Tell me all about it.
Finally, if you’re a vaper who thinks they can offer some helpful advice: please do!
Leave your recommendations below to help the next person make the successful transition from smoker to vaper. What did you use to quit? And what are you vaping now? What would you recommend to someone looking into vapes for someone who smokes Marlboro Red?
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog today. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day! ✨
*Prices & information correct at time of writing.
HONESTY POLICY: Some of the vape devices and eliquids suggested in this post have been gifted to me. This includes items from OK E-Cig — Starter Kit, Vape Club, Jac Vapour, Vapour UK, VapeMail, and Vapor Storm. Non-reviewed vape devices are recommendations based on my own research of products and reviews. I’d never recommend something to you that I wouldn’t consider buying for myself. I did not pay for the vape products sent to me for review. I was not paid for my reviews. All opinions are mine and in no way influenced by affiliate status, store, brand, or manufacture.
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