How Long Does a Vape Last?

By Eina Panayotova

How Long Does a Vape Last?

Vape devices cover a wide range of styles and models, and each variation has a different lifespan. There are several important components to vape pens, cigalikes, and box or pod mods. Some are designed to be replaced relatively frequently; some are not.

Although the precise amount of time that you can expect your vape to last depends on a multitude of factors – from how you use it to what juice you choose to vape – it’s essential to understand that part replacement is a key element of vape maintenance. Let’s explore all this in a little more detail.

Vape Pens

Vape pens are generally very user friendly, and keeping them in good condition can be as easy as removing a worn coil and replacing it with a new one.

Pod Mods

Pod mod vapes generally don’t have any removable parts (apart from the disposable refills or pods) as they don’t feature a tank, wick, or coil that will need regular replacement.


Like vape pens, cigalikes are relatively user friendly, completely disposable refills. The only part of a cigalike that is used continuously is the base, which holds the battery. When the base is past its prime, you can then easily dispose of it and buy a new one.

Box mods

As a more complex type of vape device, box mods allow for much greater customisation. As a result, they can be made to feature more replaceable parts, from batteries and atomizers to tanks. Essentially, box mods allow people to build their vape devices to their exact specifications.

How Long Does a Vape Battery Last?

It’s difficult to know precisely how long a vape battery lasts because it’s heavily dependent on how the vape is used. The amount of time you spend vaping is a factor, with multiple daily vaping sessions likely to wear a battery down faster than a single vaping session per day. Furthermore, other factors (like consistently overcharging your vape or, in the case of a box mod, setting your wattage extra high) can also drain the lifespan of a battery faster than usual.

Of course, even with the best maintenance, your batteries will need replacing eventually. At the end of its lifespan, you will likely find that your vape battery simply isn’t lasting as long as usual. If you have a battery level indicator on your vape, you might notice that this never appears full even after a charge. These are usually good indicators that you will need to replace the battery with a new one. If your vape has an in-built battery, then you may need to replace the whole unit.

How Long Does a Vape Coil Last?

Vape coils are found in the top part of the vape, comprising the wick and heating element. Coils come in a variety of models, but if you opt for the simple screw-on, screw-off option (this is a common option in some vape pens), then you can expect your vape coil to last between one to two weeks with regular use.

RDA coils are designed to break down to composite parts. The main offender in worn-out coils is the wick, which can burn or ‘gunk up’ even on first use. Rebuildable tanks allow you to replace just the wick, not the whole head. However, all coils wear down eventually and will need replacing every few weeks.

How Long Does a Vape Pen Last?

Given that each component has its own lifespan, the longevity of any device varies massively. So, how long does a vape pen last? It all depends on the quality of the parts that make the whole.

Devices such as box mods allow for many parts of the device to be easily replaced, so wear and tear doesn’t mean the end of the unit’s life. Slim vape pens may have limited longevity as they have an in-built battery. It’s also important to consider the potential impact of a tank leak, which can sometimes lead to damage.

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