Four Affordable & Stylish Electronic Smoking Pipes
When I first got into pipe smoking, I fell in love. There’s something about puffing on a pipe that just makes the world slow down.
Smoking a pipe takes time. You get to relax, take in your surroundings, get lost in thought, and appreciate the experience.
Unfortunately, like all burnt tobacco, there are considerable health concerns. Wanting to live a long life, I set the ‘toby’ aside.
I immediately started looking around for a good electronic smoking pipe that could take its place. I was surprised by the lack of good information about affordable e-pipe options.
It’s not that they don’t exist, they simply seem to be scattered across the web, with very little reliable information ready at hand.
So what are the best e-pipes at a cheap price point?
This article is written to help the reader find a good, affordable e-pipe without breaking the bank. We’ll take a look at four of the realistic options on the market, weighing the pros and cons of each one.
Hopefully these electronic pipe reviews will help you end up with something that’d make Gandalf proud! Let’s get started.
Gimmick or All-Day Vape?
Before we get into the reviews proper, I think it’s worth mentioning the novelty factor.
I don’t think that any of the cheaper e-pipes out there should be considered as an ‘all-day vape’ device. They’re all best suited for around the house vaping and parties and such.
Why? They tend to be a bit more complicated, a bit less compact, and they incorporate more ‘cosmetic’ touches than your average cigalike or mod.
That said, I know a few people who use their cheap e-pipe as their go-to device. Really, it comes down to finding something that works best for you!
1) Kamry K1000: One of the best, cheap e-pipes around
Kamry’s popular and affordable K1000 e-pipe is what I’d classify as a ‘vanity vape’, a device designed with looks and aesthetics primarily in mind. Form over function. Each one is colourful, stylish, attractive and eye-catching.
And fortunately, the fun colour and design doesn’t diminish from the capability of this fun little vape!
It uses a built-in tank clearomizer which comes included with the kit. This is a passable atomizer with decent vapour. It’s nothing special, but it works. The tank uses a standard X6 V2 atomizer head, which you can replace as you burn through them. It features a plastic window instead of glass.
You’re not limited with atomizers either, as you can upgrade to whatever you like… the Kamry K1000 is compatible with anything with a 510 connection. In fact, I highly recommend an upgrade after an initial tryout. The included tank isn’t bad, but there are better and slicker looking options out there. You might even find something that will colour-match your pipe.
The battery is housed inside the pipe bowl, and it’s fired manually using a button on top of the bowl.
It utilizes a small 18350 battery, (which you sometimes have to purchase separately, make note!) which provides enough power for an enjoyable session. The voltage is fixed at about 3.7V and can’t be adjusted or modded.
Depending on which brand you choose, you should have about 800 mAh of juice per charge. It probably wouldn’t last all day for a moderate to heavy vaper, but because the battery is separate and removable, you can always carry a spare with you.
The Kamry K1000 is a great looking, inexpensive e-pipe with good reviews and sharp looks. It’s top of the list to consider.
Pros: Highly affordable, many colours to choose from, readily available
Cons: Small battery capacity (18350s), external tank
2) Kamry K1000 Plus: An attractive upgrade on Kamry’s successful K1000 line
Kamry is one of the few e-cigarette manufacturers to realize that there’s a good market for e-pipes. They’ve developed a higher end version called the K1000 Plus, which features better looks and a more premium finish.
It’s different enough in form and function that I figured it should be listed separately from its lower-priced sibling.
Like the original, it features a 510 connector and an external tank clearomizer. Unlike the original, the Plus features all stainless steel and glass construction, giving it a more premium feel in the hand and a nice weight to it.
Despite the looks, there is no wood in this e-pipe. The “bowl” is metal wrapped in a faux wood vinyl. The tip appears to be a urethane covered in the same wrap.
The clearomizer tank is a real upgrade, with adjustable airflow, a 4ml capacity, and replaceable coil heads. The drip tip’s length and construction mean it doesn’t transmit heat and will stay cooler than what you’re likely used to.
Despite its looks this is not a mechanical mod. Unlike its sibling, this e-pipe has a non-replaceable battery rated at 1100 mAh, which is nearly 50% more capacity.
It looks great in person and costs just a little over $30 at the time of writing. The Kamry K1000 Plus is one of the best budget-priced e-pipes around today.
Pros: Premium finish, nice tank clearomizer, 1100 mAh battery
Cons: Visible tank, no real wood components
3) Smoktech E-Pipe: Great reviews, cheap price, solid, simple and awesome
Another very popular pipe-style electronic cigarette is the inimitable Smoktech e-pipe. It’s an all-metal beast that would probably survive a bomb blast.
It’s quite a departure from the look and feel of a traditional tobacco pipe. The housing is full brass coated with chrome for a sleek appearance. That chrome continues up the whole body.
It’s best suited to someone who prefers the feel of a pipe in the hand, rather than the looks. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s really sharp, it just doesn’t look ‘traditional.’
Mechanically, it’s a very simple device. The main chamber unscrews to contain an 18350 battery, and it fires using a top mounted button. It fits beautifully in the hand and it’s a breeze to use. The button action is crisp, but beware that it doesn’t come with a lockout, so there could be some ‘pocket firing’ if you’re not paying attention.
It comes fitted with a 510 connection, so most of your atomizers and tanks will fit on nice and flush. It does not come with an atomizer / clearo / carto, you’ll have to buy one separately.
Vapour depends on what kind of cartomizer, atomizer or clearomizer you use with it, but it’s usually awesome at up to 4.2V.
Overall, this is a powerful, durable and great little electronic pipe, one of the best around.
Note: You’ll see a lot of knockoffs of this particular mod around the internet. The ‘authentic’ version is superior because it has some insulation around the battery housing. Otherwise, there is little difference.
Pros: Indestructible, affordably-priced, simple, versatile
Cons: Doesn’t come with a tank, clearomizer or cartomizer, doesn’t look like something Gandalf would smoke
4) 618 E-Pipe: A good-looking imitation of the real thing
If you’re wanting something that has the look as well as the feel of a traditional tobacco pipe, then you’d do well to consider the 618 electronic pipe. It reviews nicely and has the look and charm of the real thing.
From a distance, no one would realize it’s an electronic smoking pipe. In the hand the difference is obvious: the housing is made from plastic.
Like you, I’d have preferred to see wood. However, plastic means this is a cheap electronic pipe to buy. It still feels quite good in the hand.
It has a little diamond plastic cap over the battery which lights up when it fires. Not my cup of tea, but not the end of the world.
It comes with a cartomizer tank. That’s a technology that you don’t see as often, but it works well. You’ll just have to pick up new cartos every so often. You get a spare tank so you can mix up your juice flavours.
Like most, this unit runs on an 18350 battery, which fits snugly in the bowl. The battery is automatic, meaning it’s fired by just inhaling (rather than by pushing a button). That’s actually a really nice thing, and it makes for a more authentic pipe feel.
If you feel inspired, you can replace the tank with another 510 atomizer. That versatility is really what makes the 618 e-pipe worthwhile in my mind. And frankly, it looks awesome with just about any atomizer, clearomizer or cartomizer you throw on there. It’ll get loads of comments.
The 618 is a good, affordable electronic smoking pipe that has the looks most people are after.
Pros: Has a very traditional pipe look, replaceable battery, 510 compatible
Cons: No wood, not a big fan of the “diamond” in the bowl.
5) F-30: Classic-looking, inexpensive, variable wattage e-pipe
Most of the electronic pipes available for sale today tend to be fixed wattage / voltage, but the F-30 e-pipe is a variable wattage vaporizer that also happens to be very authentic looking.
Whereas most pipes tend to feature a button on top of the bowl, this one has an LCD screen and some controls. They’ve been careful to match the colours pretty nicely so it doesn’t stand out too much.
You can adjust the wattage from 5w to 30w, and the pipe will work with coils with a recommended resistance ranging between 1-1.5 ohms. That versatility can really help you find the sweet spot on your tank atomizer.
Speaking of, this pipe does not come with a clearomizer, cartomizer or atomizer. It’s compatible with anything with a 510 connection, which is the industry standard.
Please note: the above photo is an example of a complete pipe for illustration. The F-30 does not come with a tank, drip tip or mouthpiece.
It features a fixed internal battery with a 1400 mAh capacity. That’s the largest capacity on this list, making the F-30 a viable all-day vape, depending on your habits. You can charge the pipe with a simple micro USB input.
With the right clearomizer, this is probably the most traditionally pipe-like of this entire list. It’s made from a durable, faux wood polycarbonate. It has a nice curvature, and it’s pretty large, slightly bigger than an authentic tobacco pipe would be.
If you’re after the best e-pipe with variable wattage, the cheap F-30 is a true bargain.
Pros: Budget-friendly, realistic looking, variable wattage, high capacity battery
Cons: No clearomizer included, not real wood
Honorable Mention: Janty Kuwako
Curious about that gorgeous e-pipe in the introductory photograph? Well, it’s actually a customized e-cigarette with a Janty Kuwako attachment.
Janty created a clever and affordable little plastic piece that fits snugly on the end of most eGo batteries.
Some people consider it a gimmick, but I own one. Not only does it look great, it keeps your eGo batteries from rolling off the table!
What’s the next step in the electronic pipe world?
Ok, so this article has stuck to cheap e-pipes for budget buyers. However, what if price wasn’t an issue? If you increase your budget, you’ll find yourself in a magical world of incredible mods.
Epipemods is a fantastic example. All their pipes are hand crafted with fine attention to detail. They’re loaded up with options and you can pretty much customize it to fit your exact specs. Of course that makes them expensive. But you won’t find many negative reviews for these guys!
Limelight Mechanics has a line of handmade e-pipes that I’ve been dying to check out. I can’t vouch for them since I haven’t seen anything up close, but they look pretty legit. Again, higher price tag (not to mention costly shipping if you’re located in North America.)
Mycroft Milverton has a line that he upcycles from used tobacco estate pipes. These are bespoke, and he probably makes them each by hand, personally. For that reason, they’re pricey! But beauty comes at a price after all.
Got any suggestions that I missed? Have any questions to ask? Leave comments below!