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Why Do Disposable Vapes Taste Better?

November 12, 2023

Are you tired of the lacklustre flavour from your regular refillable vape? You're not alone. 

Many vapers are switching from refillable vape devices to disposables, and for good reason. Disposable vapes come in stronger, smoother flavours that most users find more satisfying. 

In this guide, we'll explain why disposable vapes taste better than traditional refillable vapes and how you can achieve a richer taste with reusable vape kits. 


Vape juice contains flavourings and sweeteners. When you vape the sweeteners, they slowly stick to the coil, making the flavour worse over time. To ensure that a coil in a refillable vape kit lasts for around ten days or more, the companies that make e-liquids must be careful about how much sweetener they put in their bottles.

However, disposable vape manufacturers don't need to worry about this as much. The coil in a disposable vape only needs to last as long as the e-liquid inside, which means they can make the e-liquid in their disposables sweeter because it runs out before the coil worsens.

Pre-Soaked Cotton Wicks 

Disposable vapes come pre-filled with e-liquid during manufacturing and may remain in storage or transit for months, which means that the cotton inside the coil has had sufficient time to absorb all the e-liquid by the time you purchase and use the device.

To achieve the same e-liquid saturation level with refillable vape kits, you need to prime the coil in the pod or tank. Doing so involves adding a few drops directly onto the exposed cotton on the coil and filling the pod or tank. 

Afterward, you should wait at least 10 minutes to ensure the e-liquid completely saturates the cotton. This process is important for effective vaping, ensuring the coil heats properly and delivers excellent flavour. 

It also prevents the burnt taste, which can occur when the cotton isn't fully saturated. 

Nic Salts 

Disposable vapes use nicotine salts, which generally contain a lower pH and deliver a flavorful and smoother experience than the traditional freebase e-liquids used in refillable vape kits. 

Freebase e-liquids can be harsher on the throat. It's important to note that nicotine salts aren’t exclusive to disposables, and a wide variety of flavours and nicotine strengths are also available for refillable vape kits. That said, there’s a maximum concentration of nicotine allowed in vaping products made or imported into Canada. 

Higher Propylene Glycol Ratios 

The propylene glycol (PG) ratio to vegetable glycerin (VG) in e-liquids can significantly influence their taste. PG is a common component in e-liquids and impacts flavour delivery. When the PG ratio is higher, it leads to a more pronounced flavour, while a lower ratio can result in a milder taste.

Disposable vapes are known for their higher PG ratios, which enhances their bold and pronounced flavours.

No Flavour Carryover 

Most disposable vapes are created to be compatible with a single type of e-liquid, which ensures that when you switch to a new disposable vape, you can savour a different flavour without concerns about the previous one's taste lingering.

On the other hand, with vaping devices with refillable tanks, the flavour from one e-liquid might carry over into the next one, leading to a less satisfying taste.

How to Achieve a Richer Taste With Reusable Vape Kits?

The good news is that not all hope is lost. If you're an avid user of reusable vape kits, there are ways you can customize your experience to more closely replicate the taste of disposable vapes. Here's how: 

Quality E-Liquids 

When purchasing e-liquids, it's best to opt for well-established, reputable brands. This decision not only saves you money but also ensures that you're getting a high-quality product. 

Before buying a bottle, check the product label for the ratio of propylene glycol (PG) to vegetable glycerin (VG). It’ll also tell you the expiration date and the nicotine concentration in each e-juice bottle. 

E-liquids with more VG than PG are likely to have a milder flavour than those with a higher PG content. 

Different Flavour Pods 

Since disposable vapes are intended for one-time use, their coils and wicks don’t need to last as long as those in reusable devices, which means that e-liquids in disposables can be richer and sweeter, as there’s less concern about prematurely wearing out the coil due to high sweetener content.

You can achieve a similar taste by simply experimenting with different flavour pods. For example, RELX offers a wide array of vape flavours to cater to different taste preferences. You'll find everything from fruity and dessert flavours to more standard choices like mint and tobacco. 

Just remember, it’s normal for the flavour of a vape pod to sometimes fade over time. 

Vape Kit Maintenance

Reusable vapes have a significantly longer lifespan than disposable ones, meaning their components will naturally wear out over time and require replacement. 

Coil wear and tear can impact the taste of your e-liquid in the coil, and it's generally recommended to swap out your coils approximately every two weeks, depending on your usage.

Another part of vape kit maintenance is regular cleaning. When you've used up the current vape juice in your reusable vape, you can refill it with a different e-liquid. However, it's important to clean the pod thoroughly before switching liquids. 

Otherwise, the flavours might clash. Ultimately, not cleaning your device properly will impact the flavour of your e-liquid and your overall vaping experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Do Disposable Vapes Taste and Hit Better?

Disposable vapes often use high-quality nicotine salt e-liquids, which have a smoother throat hit and a fuller flavour than freebase nicotine e-liquids commonly used in refillable vapes. Nic salts provide a more satisfying vaping experience. Also, disposable vapes have a higher concentration of flavourings and sweeteners. 

How Do I Get My Vape to Taste Like a Disposable?

If you want your refillable vape to taste like a disposable, try choosing nicotine salt e-liquids. The type of coil in your vape device plays a major role in flavour production. Pick a coil known for delivering excellent flavour, such as mesh coils. 

Final Thoughts

If you've been craving a more satisfying flavour experience, you may want to consider switching to disposable vapes or try these tips to replicate the experience with your reusable vape. 

As disposable vapes provide richer, smoother flavours, it's clear why so many vapers choose disposables instead of reusable vape kits – but there are still things you can do to emulate that experience in your reusable device. 

Whatever your vape preference is, we’re bound to have something for any vaper in our collection at RELX, where we have a huge selection of sleek, compact devices that pack a real punch. With vape devices, pods, and disposable vapes, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Check out what we have to offer today! 

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