The terms e-cig and vape are often used interchangeably. However, e-cigs and vapes are distinctly different devices that offer varying experiences. So let's compare and contrast e-cigs and vapes so you can better understand what device will work for you. Let's dive right into it.

General E-Cig and Vape Definitions

First let’s start with the basics and define exactly what e-cigs and vapes are. 

E-cigs are affordable and maintenance-free vaping devices with built-in cartridges and batteries. They are similar to traditional cigarettes in shape and size. Most e-cigs don’t have refillable cartridges, so you have to swap them out. E-cigs are also generally lighter, smaller, simpler, and more discreet than vape devices. 

Vapes are rechargeable devices that store e-juice in a small tank. They operate in fundamentally the same way as e-cigs – the battery turns the nicotine e-juice into a vapor that you inhale. In addition, vapes come in more variations than e-cigs and are generally more fully featured and customizable.

Comparing and Contrasting E-Cigs and Vapes 

So now let’s put these two types of devices side by side and see how they differ in various aspects. 


E-cigarettes tend to mimic cigarettes in appearance. Vapes, on the other hand, are often larger and bulkier than e-cigarettes with more adventurous designs. E-cigarettes are often a popular option for those that like the feel of holding a cigarette in their hands.

Battery life 

Vapes have bigger, bulkier batteries than e-cigs. These more robust components mean that vape batteries tend to last longer. 


Both e-cigs and vape devices open you up to a huge range of flavored juices. However, if you want more variety and customization, a vape is better, especially since you can mix your own blends of multiple vape juices. 


Electronic cigarettes offer the most basic functionality -- simply inhale the vapor from the mouthpiece. This can be perfect for folks who want an easy to use, no fuss device. Vapes, on the other hand can have a variety of more complicated features such as: 

  • Wattage and voltage settings that allow you to control the atomizer's power, which affects how many clouds the device produces
  • Temperature control which affects the flavor's intensity
  • Preheat function that heats the device and optimizes power consumption
  • Safety features and thermal protection that prolong the life of the device

E-Cig and Vape Pros and Cons:

Now let’s delve into the pros and cons of both e-cigs and vape devices:

E-Cig Pros

  • More affordable
  • Low maintenance
  • Simple design and operation
  • Small and portable

E-Cig Cons

  • Less variety in features and flavors 
  • Smaller e-liquid capacity 

Vape Pros

  • Large vape juice capacity 
  • Can be filled with custom e-liquid 
  • Many sizes and designs available
  • More fully-featured 
  • Can be modified and customized 

Vape Cons

  • Coat more than e-cigarettes
  • Require more set-up and maintenance 
  • Bulkier than e-cigs 

So there you have it! We hope this article was helpful in clarifying the differences between e-cigs and vapes. South Beach Smoke offers only the highest quality e-cig kits, cartridges, and accessories. Explore our entire collection today.