How much does it cost to vape in South Africa?

Vaping has become a great alternative to smoking cigarettes. Not only is it a healthier option with a wide variety of flavours to choose from, vaping is also a much cheaper option in the long run than smoking cigarettes. Vaping is at least 7% cheaper than smoking on an annual basis, making it clear to see why more people are choosing this option.

Start-up cost of vaping

Buying a vaping device is a once-off payment (although most vapers like to use two devices per year as new technology approaches). Thereafter, you will only need to buy new coils and e-liquid.

The price of a vape device usually ranges between R250 and R600. More advanced devices with specific modifications have a much higher average cost. 

Coils should be replaced once every two weeks. These are usually between R60 and R140. The higher quality coils usually last longer and provide a smoother vaping experience. Coil reliability will also depend on the material your coil is made from. You can also make your own vape coils and lessen your coil expenses.

The last item you will need is e-liquid. There are different sizes of e-liquid bottles, and although bigger sizes are more expensive, they will also last longer. At Vaperite, you can choose from a variety of wild flavours and add your nicotine strength level. We have e-liquid bottles of 30ml, 60ml, 100ml, and 120ml, so you can choose whichever size suits you. How long your vape juice lasts will be based on how much you vape. There are also some tips and tricks you can use to make your e-liquid last longer

These are only the basic necessities you will need for your vaping experience. If you like many different flavours, want to upgrade your device regularly, or need some maintenance on your device, your total basic cost will increase.

Long term costs of vaping

When comparing the annual cost of vaping to smoking cigarettes, vaping is at least 7% cheaper than the cost of cigarettes for the average smoker. The average South African smoker spends between R9 000 and R10 000 minimum per year. Vapers only spend between R7 000 and R8 000 per year.

When comparing vaping to smoking cigarettes, vaping is approximately:

  • 7% cheaper than smoking 20 cigarettes per day
  • 12% cheaper than smoking 10 cigarettes per day
  • 24% cheaper than smoking 5 cigarettes per day

Vaping is also much safer for your health than smoking cigarettes, as smoking causes combustion. This releases many harmful toxins within the cigarette, which you then inhale. Vaping produces vapour, which already contains much less harmful ingredients than cigarettes and forms at a lower heat, removing the possibility of releasing harmful toxins upon combustion.

Reusable vs. disposable vapes

Reusable vapes are designed for durability and long-term use. They come with refillable pods or tanks as well as a rechargeable battery. You can also find many add-ons and modifications for your reusable vape, and there are usually different power settings. These vapes are created for users to personalise their vapes and get the perfect vaping experience by modifying and mixing.

Disposable vapes are not refillable, and once your liquid runs out or the battery stops working, you will need to discard the entire vape. These vapes are more suitable for those who are occasional vapers and just want a simple device that is ready whenever they want it.

Reusable Vapes


  • Many options, designs, flavours, and nicotine strengths to satisfy all your needs
  • High quality products that are built to last longer
  • Great performance and long battery life
  • Allows for customisation and modifications
  • Lower costs for the long-run


  • Requires regular refills and recharges
  • Some advanced devices can be complex to figure out with your first use
  • A higher initial purchase price (once-off)
  • More parts to keep track of and reassembling

Disposable Vapes


  • Easy to use with no moving pieces
  • Convenient for short-term use, no commitment needed
  • Perfect for trying out a new flavour
  • Ready for immediate use


  • More expensive for long-term users
  • Limited variety of e-liquid flavours (and you cannot add your own flavour mixes)
  • Buying new devices each time instead of simply refilling vape juice
  • Not as economical or sustainable as rechargeable vapes

Both reusable and disposable vape devices have their own benefits. First time vapers can start off with a disposable vape to see if vaping suits your preferences. If you find vaping enjoyable, we recommend that you go for a starter kit, as this allows for customisation and is cheaper in the long run.

Cost-efficient vape kits

If you are looking for high-quality and cost-effective vape kits, Vaperite has you covered. Some of our most cost-efficient vape kits include:

Voopoo Vinci Q Kit

The Voopoo Vinci Q Kit has a delicate cartridge taste for a delicious vaping experience. It has adopted the newest technology to maximise the coil’s atomising effect, allowing for an even better flavour delivery.

Our Voopoo Vinci Q Pod Kit is available for R250.

Uwell Popreel N1 Kit

The Uwell Popreel N1 Kit features an integrated 520mAh rechargeable battery, 1.2ohm integrated coil, and 2ml pod capacity. This lightweight and portable device is made from PC materials, improving durability. The draw-activated firing mechanism makes the device easy to use and delivers exceptional flavours.

Our Uwell Popreel N1 Kit is available for R280.

Vaporesso GTX GO 40 Kit

The Vaporesso GTX GO 40 Kit has a top-filling system with SSS leak-resistant technology. This makes refilling easy and mess-free. You can easily adjust the device’s airflow, and its built-in battery has a fast-charging system.

Our Vaporesso GTX GO 40 Kit is available for R395.

Vaporesso Luxe Q Kit

The Vaporesso Luxe Q Kit has a long battery life, leak-free technology and comes in the form of a sleek and compact device. You will also be able to adjust the airflow to fit your preferences.

Our Vaporesso Luxe Q Kit is available for R400.

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