Puff Bars And Disposable Vape Pens-The Great Future of Vape In The UK?
So you must have seen the puff bar craze that’s been going on around the world over the last six months? It seems that everyone is vaping them these days. From Geek Bars to Elf Bars, 575 to 1500 puffs disposable vape pens. It’s all anyone is talking about right now. So how did this vape trend begin, and does it signal a shift in the way vaping in the UK will look in the long term future?
The Vape Story So Far…
Vape Beginnings in the UK
Vaping arrived in earnest in the UK around 2013, but when vaping exploded in 2015, we were all introduced to vape pens and starter kits like the Innokin Endura T18 and the Aspire PockeX. Of course, we all know the ‘Open Vaping System’. You get a vape device, and it has a coil. You buy some e-liquid and refill the tank when it’s empty. Pretty straightforward.
However, there were some drawbacks. Some of them leak. Well, most of them spread a little. You had to replace coils as they became burned. And different devices and manufacturers varied wildly in the quality of their coils.
Some tasted great but didn’t last long, and some vice versa. So finding the right vape for you could end up being a series of vape purchases and experimentation. Nevertheless, vaping worked, and there was a good deal of fun about it all, right? We felt good about quitting, and a sense of a vaping community was evident.
Then Came Vape Clouds
The arrival of Direct Lung (DL) vaping had a major impact on vape culture in the UK and fast. With the release of the Baby Beast V8 tank and other Smok Vape Kits, all of a sudden, people were throwing out huge clouds, and we could see them everywhere. Fast to follow was Vaporesso and several other vape brands. Even today, DL vaping is still popular because of the amazing levels of cloud and flavour they produce.
Open and Closed Pod Systems
As the sustained vape trend of direct lung vaping began to calm and vaping had almost become mainstream, manufacturers turned their attention back towards the conversion market. Enticing smokers to switch from cigarettes to e-cigarettes became the focus. As a consequence, much smaller and more convenient vape pods were developed.
With pre-filled Kilo E-liquids, the Kilo 1k pod device was released, and the race was on from manufacturers such as Aspire, Voopoo, Smok and Minifit to dominate the new vape frontier with both pre-filled and refillable pod kits.
This was when closed vape pod units were really introduced into vaping. Strangely, closed systems were the original idea. Remember disposable e-cigarettes from Blu? Even big tobacco, realising the tide was turning, tried to get in on the action in the form of Vype and Blu pod devices.
Nicotine Salt E-liquids
Nic Salts were the next big evolution Smoother and absorbing around 10 times quicker into the brain’s bloodstream, we could now get higher concentrations of nicotine into e-liquids and have them still taste great. This meant you could satisfy nicotine cravings with less vapour, and that meant a smaller device…Pods! Nicotine Salts have remained increasingly popular, with around 80% of today’s vapers using them.
Modern Disposable Vape Pens UK
The logical next step for vape was actually a full circle. A return to the original concept of pre-filled disposable pods and pens. However, the vaping industry has learned a lot in the last 5-7 years, and technology has advanced. So when Beco Bar and Elux Bars were released, the performance and flavour levels were phenomenal. Nobody could believe how good little these things were performing. The price had now come down to a reasonable level, and they looked really cool! Super convenient and pocket friendly.
Disposable vape pens were an instant hit. The trend quickly picked up in the US, and a Tik-Toksocial media explosion rapidly spread worldwide from the US to Japan and the UK vape scene.
Are Disposable Puff Bars The Future?
Well, that’s a good question. Approximately 3 million puff bars are being used every month in the UK currently. That’s a very strong indicator that a shift toward more convenient and user-friendly vaping devices and styles is becoming increasingly popular. There is, however, a very obvious elephant in the room when it comes to disposable vape pens in the UK. Currently, they are not recyclable. They contain a lithium-ion battery that needs to be removed, and added to that is the fact that nicotine residue falls under chemical waste.
Furthermore, the sealed vape pods cannot be disassembled easily and so currently pose a growing problem. 36 million disposable vape kits in landfill sites is a big problem! Fortunately, the bigger brands have begun to realise this and Dinner Lady, one of the UK’s biggest and best-loved brands, are leading the way with a fully recyclable disposable vape on the way soon. Let’s hope all other manufacturers follow suit and fast.
The vape industry moves fast and is always evolving. It will be interesting to see where it goes regarding the new demand for convenience and compact design. Maybe a whole new category of vape devices will come to the fore in the months to come.
The developers, designers and manufacturers will always respond to the demands of the market. I’m excited and hopeful to see what they come up with. But, for now, puff bars and disposable vapes are kings. Just a trend? Who knows? I suspect something new is just around the corner.
Pros and Cons of Disposable Vape Pens
- Size/Pocket Friendly
- Flavour intensity
- Attractive Design
- Smooth Nicotine Delivery
- Affordable Price
- Widely Available
- Not Recyclable
- Not Adjustable
Where to Buy Disposable Puff Bars
Now widely available, you can buy many different brands such as Geekbar, Vapeman Solo, True Bar, Elux Bar, Nasty Fix, and in various puff strengths from 575 puffs to Vozol 1000 puff bars and Elf Bar 1500 puff from stores and online. You will find them cheaper in online stores like Vapeaholix Online Vape Shop UK and often with bulk discounts on multiple units. Prices vary from around $5-$8 per puff bar.