The best MTL vape kits of 2023

Whether you’re new to vaping and you’re looking for a good place to start or you’re well experienced and interested in what’s new to the market, we’ve got a selection of the best MTL vape kits of 2023 to suit you.

Get all the inspiration you need to find your next MTL vape kit, with our guide to the best of the bunch for 2023.

What are MTL vape kits?
MTL, also known as mouth-to-lung, is a vaping style where you take the vapour into your mouth and then inhale it into your lungs. The alternative is DTL, direct-to-lung vaping, where you breathe vapour straight in your lungs the same way you breathe air. MTL vape kits offer an experience that is closer to smoking cigarettes and that’s why nearly all starter kits are MTL. That said, lots of experienced vapers enjoy MTL as well as DTL, and may use both – it’s really a matter of personal preference.

Best MTL vape kits for beginners
Most MTL vapes are designed to help you replicate the experience of smoking, which means they can be a great choice for those transitioning from cigarettes. Hoping to get into vaping and not sure where to start? Be confident.

Prefilled pod kits for beginners
If you’re new to vaping, then prefilled pod kits are a great option. They’re super straightforward and easy to use, so you can get started enjoying all the benefits of vaping right away. A few of the top picks for 2023 include:

Elf Bar Mate 500 bundle
This handy vape kit includes a draw activated Elf Bar Mate 500 device, a USB-C charging cable and two twin packs of Elf Bar pre-filled P1 pods. The device is fast charging and has a 500 mAh internal capacity battery.

SKE Crystal Plus bundle
Including a sophisticated and sleek pod device, charging cable and two twin packs of SKE Crystal Plus pods, this is a great kit if you’re looking for a chic solution. The SKE Crystal Plus device has a 400 mAh internal battery, offering around 600 puffs before needing recharged.

Vuse Pro bundle
The Vuse Pro is a compact and very easy to use device that comes with some nifty features, including splash resistance, a clear battery indicator, quiet-draw technology and fast charging. It comes with a magnetic USB charger and two pod twin packs.

Elf Bar ELFA PRO bundle
This draw activated device is nice and compact, making it ideal for when you’re on the go, and comes in a great range of colours. The kit also includes one pod as well as two twin packs of ELFA PRO flavour pods.

Refillable pod kits for beginners
Refillable pod kits can also be a great option for beginners, most notably the ones that don’t have changeable coils which are easy to use and low maintenance.  The nice thing about refillable vape kits is the fact that you can pair them with any compatible e-liquid, letting you select the exact nicotine strength that best suits you. You have a much wide range of e-liquid flavours available and they are significantly more economical that prefilled pod kits, Here are a few great options:

Vaporesso XROS 3 Mini Pod Kit bundle
Enjoy using the Vaporesso XROS 3 0.6 ohm mesh pod to create incredible flavours courtesy of the COREX heating technology, adjustable airflow, integrated AXON chipset and 1000 mAh internal capacity battery. You can choose from a few different colours and the bundle comes with two 10ml Ohm Brew 50/50 nic salts and a charging cable.  

Vaporesso LUXE Q pod kit
The LUXE Q pod kit from Vaporesso is a small yet powerful device equipped with a 1000 mAh internal capacity battery. It also has SSS leak-resistant technology, adjustable airflow and a top-filling feature, making it perfect for new vapers.

Geekvape Sonder Q pod kit
The Geekvape Sonder Q is a great on-the-go refillable vape kit which is portable and compact and offers approximately two days of charge. It comes with a Geekvape Q 0.6 ohm resistance pod and has handy features like precise airflow control so you can tailor the pull of your device, as well as a 1000 mAh internal capacity battery.

Best vape kits for portability
If what you really want to know is which kits are perfect for picking up and popping in your pocket or bag, then our guide to the most portable options for 2023 is perfect. Prefilled pod kits are the ideal choice as they tend to be small in size and very easy to store.

Vaporesso XROS 3 Nano pod kit
For a compact, ergonomic device that even comes with a lanyard, for extra easy portability, the Vaporesso XROS 3 Nano pod kit is an excellent pick. It manages to pack great features like COREX heating tech, an AXON chipset and SSS leak-prevention into a very small device and is compatible with all Vaporesso XROS pods.

Vaporesso ECO Nano pod kit
Another great choice from Vaporesso is the ECO Nano, a lightweight and compact refillable pod kit offering a 16 W power output and draw activation. It has an 1000 mAh internal capacity battery and COREX heating technology and is only 77 mm by 44.7 mm.

Geekvape Aegis One + 30ml e-liquid
With smooth vapour production, the Geekvape Aegis One pod kit is another excellent portable option. It has a 750 mAh battery, three adjustable power levels, top fill refilling pods and a great slimline shape.

VOOPOO Argus Z + 10ml e-liquid
This is a small but powerful pod system featuring a 900 mAh internal capacity battery and great features like ITO coil technology, adjustable 4-hole airflow and multi-layered leakage-proof designed pods. It also has an ergonomic mouthpiece and a smart, compact design.

Best vape kits for heavy smokers
If you were a heavy smoker and you’re looking for a vape kit that will help you kick the habit, then you’re likely to be looking for a durable vape kit with a decent battery life. Because heavy smokers are likely to use their vape kit more than lighter smokers, they may enjoy a pen style vape kit. These tend to have more powerful built-in batteries, which last longer than the ones in small pod kits. Heavy smokers may also prefer a high nicotine strength like 18 mg/ml or 20 mg/ml when choosing their e-liquids. Here are a few of our top vape kits for 2023 for heavy smokers.

Innokin Endura T20-S kit
Offering a tight MTL draw similar to traditional smoking, the Innokin Endura T20-S comes with a 1,500 mAh internal Li-Po battery and offers the ability to vape while charging. It has a next generation tank and coil system designed to maximise flavour and throat hit, and the kit comes with a spare coil and drip tip.  

Aspire PockeX AIO kit
Discreet yet powerful, the Aspire PockeX AIO kit has a large top airflow and a 1500 mAh internal capacity battery. The device is easy to top fill, so you can change the coil whenever you need to, without having an empty tank or losing any remaining e-liquid. It also comes with a spare coil.

Innokin Endura T18 II kit
The Innokin Endura T18 II is easy to operate, allows adjustable airflow and has three adjustable power settings, so you can tailor your experience to suit you. It has a 1300 mAh built-in battery and is powered by the T18 Prism coil for maximum flavour and enjoyment. This vape also has a magnetic cap that keeps the drip-tip clean and clicks to the base while vaping.

The advantages of MTL vaping
The biggest benefit of MTL vaping is just how easy it is and how familiar it will feel to people who are using vaping as a way to quit smoking cigarettes. With MTL, you can experience the sensation of drawing the vapour into your mouth before inhaling it into your lungs, which some people find more satisfying that DTL vaping, especially when they’re just starting out.

MTL vapes also tend to be small and compact, meaning they are easy to travel with.

What are MTL tanks?
MTL tanks are the part of the vape that’s designed to mimic the experience of smoking a tobacco cigarette. They are often also called clearomizers (an amalgamation of the words “clear” and “atomizer”) and are comprised of a clear tank made of glass or plastic, a replaceable coil that screws on the tank’s base, a small chimney that connects the coil and the top cap, and a mouthpiece.

Common features of MTL tanks
MTL tanks offer vapers a tight draw through the design of several features, including the chimney, the tightness of the coils and the narrowness of the airway channels leading to the coils.

When vapes were first invented, all tanks were similar and there was no need for the term MTL. The introduction of new technology that allows for different experiences means that we now differentiate between MTL and DTL tanks.

How to use MTL tanks
If you choose a refillable MTL vape kit then there are some small bits of maintenance it’s a good idea to get to grips with. One of the most important is priming your coil before filling and firing up your vape. All you need to do is drip around 5 drops of e-liquid on the exposed cotton of your coil before inserting it in the tank. Then, you can fill up your tank to the top and sit back and give it a few minutes for the wick to get wet. This is a good way to preserve the life of your coil and also to avoid dry hits.

If you want to find out more about the different vaping styles, and how mouth-to-lung vaping differs from direct-to-lung vaping, take a look at our post ‘What does MTL and DTL vaping mean?’