Let’s make something perfectly clear off the top…
Friends don’t let friends use ‘arm-sized’, ‘backpack-hauled’ or ‘generator-wheeled’ e cigs.
E cig size matters and we’re happy to point out the best compact e cigs available. Additionally, if you’re interested in learning about all the best e cigs currently on the market, check out our ‘Best E Cigs of 2017‘ article.
Outside of the ‘social acceptability’ rules of e cigs, size is most important factor for those who are trying to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes. As the physical addiction of traditional cigarettes is half the battle in quitting smoking. Therefore, it is important for those new to e cigs to find something they feel comfortable using anywhere and everywhere and that closely mimics the real and practical size of cigarettes which are small, compact and frankly normal sized or practical.
Introducing the Best Compact E Cigs
Compact electronic cigarettes are perfect for those new to vaping and for those who prefer systems that closely resemble classic tobacco cigarettes. When it comes to e cigs, we’ve come a long way in terms of social acceptability and more importantly the technology that composes them. Just as cell phones have been innovated into smaller, sleeker and more powerful units over the years, so to will electronic cigarettes.
The V2 Pro Series 7 compact e cig is hands down the most sleek and innovative electronic cigarette product on the market today. It’s 1800 mAh battery blows all ‘cig-a-like’ style e cigs out of the water in terms of performance (overall hit & vapor production), all while maintaining a relatively sleek & compact design. Additionally, unlike similarly performing advanced electronic cigarettes, the V2 Pro Series 7 is incredibly easy to use & maintain. It’s an intuitive system that can be relied upon daily to vape your favorite e liquid flavor. If it’s price point doesn’t sit well with you, we’d like you to know 2 things. Number 1, we’ve ranked the Series 7 as the best all around e cig literally since it’s release & still do. Number 2, purchasing e liquid & Series 7 e liquid tanks is incredibly less expensive than constantly purchasing additional ‘cartridges or cartomizers’ (which are typically non-refillable), most commonly known as a cig-a-like setup. In fact, you’ll completely cover the difference in cost in month 1.
The Halo G6 compact e cig is one of the most solid choices for those seeking that classic ‘cig-a-like’ style or design. Like any cig-a-like design, the G6 isn’t going to blow anyone away in terms of performance or battery life. However, there are still some people out there who are completely new to vaping (believe it or not) and are essentially ‘sticking their feet’ in the proverbial vaping waters for the first time. Trying to determine if this whole ‘vaping’ thing is going to work for them, and we understand that – in fact, we’ve been there. When we were newbies, we started with random disposables and eventually gave the G6 a shot. We found that Halo was a great brand to do business with, the G6 was more economical than disposables and Halo had tons of great flavors to choose from for their G6 cartomizers (cartridges). So, if you’d like to go through the process yourself, testing a trusty classic rechargeable cig-a-like before spending the money on a high performance system like our number 1 (V2 Pro Series 7) pick, by all means, consider the G6. And whatever you do, don’t get the G6 without purchasing plenty of cartomizers (you never want to run out) – we recommend the Tribeca flavor without question.
The V2 EX compact e cig is the perfect option for those of you looking for the absolute best compact or true ‘cig-a-like’ style e cigarette. We would frankly rank it in our number 2 overall position, if it wasn’t for the incredibly alluring price of the Halo G6. The Halo G6 is better overall value wise – however, if you’re obsessed with the absolute true compact e cig size, the EX Series from V2 Cigs is the best performing on the market today. Many e cig brands offer a true compact or cig-a-like option, such as Halo Cigs, Vaporfi, NJOY, Blu Cigs, VUSE, White Cloud and most of the rest. However, when comparing every aspect of these e cigarettes, it’s evident that innovation and craftsmanship in the EX Series surpasses them all. Bottom line our first option is and always will be the Series 7 (until perhaps the 7X, 9 or 9X is finally officially released), but for those newbies out there or those users who will never try a vaping system that doesn’t look exactly like a traditional cigarette, the EX Series from V2 is the next best thing.
The V2 Pro Series 3X compact e cig is the latest sleek option in the Series 3 lineup. The Series 3 itself has been around for a few years now. When it first burst onto the scene, it was perhaps one of the best vaping options overall in an innovative and sleek design (second to the Series 7 of course). Those that rode the original Series 3 bandwagon eventually upgraded to the Series 7 as it offers more battery life and overall performance. However, as so many smokers continued to pour into the vapor space, the Series 3 stuck around for quite awhile and is still considered a phenomenal option for beginners and intermediate vapors who simply want the next step up from disposable or cig-a-like styles. In fact, the Series 3 had such a strong following and continued market share that V2 decided to simply launch an upgraded version in the V2 Pro Series 3X. The difference between the original and the upgraded version is battery life, vapor production and major tweaks to the e liquid tank system, making it a more powerful and versatile e cigarette.
The Vapor2 Trinity compact e cig is slightly different than those mentioned above. The Vapor2 Trinity by V2 Cigs is an advanced vaping option for those looking for ultimate performance and adjustability in a compact design. We like to keep it as simple as we can at Vapestaff, if an e cig or vaping system features digital wattage, voltage or temperature adjustability or functionality, we consider it advanced. This isn’t to say that it requires a ridiculous amount of technical knowledge to operate at all, it’s just a statement so that beginners and novices have some idea as to what they’re getting into, especially when freshly leveling up from a common disposable or rechargeable device. With all that being said, the Vapor2 Trinity is an awesome little e cig, packing a total of 40 adjustable watts into a very slender design. So, our recommendation is for some of you who are desperately looking for more performance and adjustability (sub ohm vaping etc), in an overall compact design – definitely consider the Trinity. It’s been a solid performing unit for awhile now and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Get the Trinity and stock up on your favorite e liquid and plenty of atomizers.
The Halo Reactor Shorty compact e cig is one of four in the Reactor line. The Reactor Shorty is a phenomenal sub-ohm e cig system designed in a compact design. It supports an adjustable range of up to 75 watts of vaping power and also features plenty of room in the e liquid tank with a 2 mL capacity. We’d classify the Reactor Shorty as an advanced option only because it does have wattage adjustability and sub-ohm coil/atomizer functionality. This is not to say that’s it’s ‘difficult’ to adjust or tune, simply to point out that users can expect to need to adjust their Shorty to match their personal vaping style. When it comes to the Reactor line by Halo Cigs, you can’t go wrong – no matter your level of experience. Just be sure to stock up on atomizers/coils as well as your favorite e liquid.
The Vaporfi Rebel 3 compact e cig is by far the most powerful in our top 12. Supporting a whopping 3000 mAh battery, for those of you urning for more vapor/power, the Rebel 3 is the way to go. Additionally, much like the V2 Pro Series, the Rebel (unique to most Vaporfi systems) has been designed with innovation in mind. Most importantly, it’s been designed with performance, aesthetics and size as it’s primary building blocks. So, built into the most compact design possible is Vaporfi’s version of a compact e cig – keen on performance and satisfaction. Notably, the Rebel 3 stunts an absolutely giant 5.8 mL e liquid tank. For those of you who don’t know, for 95% of users, this is plenty for 2+ days without the need to refill. It’s wattage ranges from 30 – 70 watts and it’s tank supports sub-ohm atomizers. If you think you can handle it, go with the Rebel 3 and as always, stock up on lots of atomizers and e liquid.
The JUUL Vapor compact e cig is one of the most innovative ‘cig-a-like’ style systems to hit the market in quite some time. As you might have concluded throughout reading our electronic cigarette articles, we’re big fans of innovation and intuitiveness. While the JUUL is by no means the holy grail of e cigs, it’s a sure step in the right direction. You can tell just by looking at it that it’s been thoughtfully and tastefully designed to set itself apart from all the other ‘cig-a-likes’. It’s sleek, aesthetically pleasing and offers a handful of amazing flavor pods to choose from. Where we of course ask for more is in the battery or power realm as well as fine-tuning the flavor pods as they can sometimes ever so slightly dribble e liquid onto your lips and tongue without being vaped through the internal atomizer/cartomizer (which isn’t good for anybody). So, if you’re a fly by night vapor and truly just want something semi-stylish to bust out while your out on the town, consider the JUUL. If you’re like us, cross your fingers that JUUL continues to innovative and take a raincheck until version 2 is released.
The White Cloud Cirrus 3X compact e cig is a no nonsense ‘cig-a-like’ style system, designed and marketed for those less interested in gimmicks and more interested in compact reliability. As noted previously in this article both the G6 from Halo Cigs and EX Series from V2 Cigs are primo compact options, however the Cirrus 3X is truly deserving to be in that same mix. Sure, it’s slightly more expensive than the G6 but it’s actually pretty in line with the EX Series. Additionally, the Cirrus 3X offers a more powerful 380 mAh battery than both that of the max battery options for the G6 & EX Series (280 mAh). The White Cloud Cirrus 3X will never get it’s ‘dues’ in today’s provocative marketing atmosphere, but it should and were here to make sure it at least gets some attention. So if you happen to be one of those old souls who likes basic, dependable and in this case, compact – consider the Cirrus 3X and stock up on as many cartomizers as you can. (Side note, White Cloud has some amazing e liquid flavors – something to also keep in mind when you graduate to a tank based e cig system.)
The ZFG compact e cig is one that we’re actually quite excited about. It’s one of the newest truly compact e cigs to hit the market in late 2017 and it’s done so in a big way. As you know, we love innovation and intuitiveness in basically all things electronic and the ZFG option from White Cloud encompasses both of those things brilliantly. The ZFG packs the performance of an intermediate pen class electronic cigarette all in the size and simplicity of a classic ‘cig-a-like’. Additionally, the ZFG utilizes magnetic technology for connecting it’s cartridges to it’s batteries (rather than the classic ‘screw’ style) which we found absolutely delightful – much like that of the V2 Pro Series designs. The ZFG has a great assortment of flavors and we expect the full White Cloud e liquid lineup to be available in ZFG cartridges in the coming months. Lastly, ZFG cartridges feature a huge 2.5 mL of e liquid – making them one of the most desirable compact e cig options on the market (lastly typically 1.5 days).
The Blu Plus compact e cig is a solid new option for those in a bind and who prefer compact e cigs. The latter because they’re frankly available at nearly every corner store in America. The former because there are now so many other options to choose from. The Blu Plus kit is by far and away a better electronic cigarette system than the older ‘version 1’ Blu Cig starter kit. The first version had many problems including poor battery life, cartridges not functioning properly and the actual rechargeable packs not working or recharging properly. The Blu Plus however seems to have fixed most of those problems. The only negative that remains a ‘knockable’ item on the Blu Plus’s record is it’s relatively low powered battery at only 140 mAh. On a much higher note, Blu now offers their e liquids separately, so all of us that fell in love with their tobacco flavors can now purchase it and use it with a proper electronic cigarette.
The CYNC compact e cig was released in mid 2017 and is most closely associated with NJOY (they seem to have some sort of agreement in place). Additionally, Five Pawns E Liquid (some of the finest gourmet e liquid you’ll ever come across) has recently began offering the CYNC compact e cig. The CYNC system itself is actually quite sleek, innovative and intuitive. It’s 380 mAh battery is right in line with where it should be given it’s physical size and users can expect to get a full day of vaping out of it on a full charge. Perhaps most alluring to newbies seeking ‘cig-a-like’ or compact electronic cigarettes is the price of the CYNC, which is probably the cheapest of our entire top 12. The CYNC system uses enclosed ‘CYNC Pods’, which hold a respective 2.35 mL of e liquid (again, of which will last the typical user about 1.5 days).
*Also, whatever compact e cig system you choose, be sure to understand whether or not it uses cartridges or e liquid and stock up accordingly. When it comes to first starting compact e cigs that use cartridges, you can expect to go through 1 to 3 per day dependent on the cartridge size and your individual intake preference. Additionally, when it comes to e liquid tanks, typically, users can expect to go through about 2 mL of e liquid per day.
Traditional tobacco cigarette and e cigarette size comparisons:
Traditional Cigarette Sizes
Traditional Tobacco Cigarette Sizes:
Traditional tobacco cigarettes vary in size, from the classic non-filtered to trendy mini capri’s there is a wide range of actual sizing. However, the most well known modern day traditional tobacco cigarettes are a standard 84mm (3.31 inches) and the longer 100mm (3.94 inches).
However, if you can handle something slightly larger (about the size of a cigar) and are more concerned about overall performance and cost efficiency, we’d point you towards our favorite overall e cig, which is the V2 Pro Series 3.
Halo G6 Compact E Cig Sizes:
The G6 by Halo Cigs is widely known for is similar size but superior performance to that of Blu Cigs. The G6 far and away surpasses Blu on every single level. From Battery Life and Vapor Production to Monthly Cost of Using, the G6 is one of the very best small electronic cigarette options available on the market today.
For those of you who are searching for a great ‘small’ electronic cigarette, we salute you. As long time cigarette users looking to make the switch to vapor, we more times than not want something of similar size to easily transition.
This is of course compared to buying a full size tank system type electronic cigarette that may be incredibly effective, but also incredible large and cumbersome.
People looking for small or compact electronic cigarettes however shouldn’t be dismissed in terms of available performance. Again, this is why Halo Cigs and particularly their G6 model is the best solution.
The Halo G6 is the best compact e cig available on the market today. While competitors like Blu have mastered things like marketing campaigns, Halo has been busy working on their products and ultimately the quality of the G6. The G6 is compact in size and is almost identical relative to a traditional tobacco cigarette.
Where the G6 blows away the competition is battery life and cartomizer (also known as refills or cartridges) quality. Before you throw your money away on store bought e cigs like Blu Cigs, know that you will soon be regretting your decision and realizing that you need a premium quality compact e cig, an e cig that delivers time and time again, an e cig like the Halo G6.
V2 Cigs Compact E Cig Sizes:
V2 Cigs offers incredible options for beginner and advanced e cig users alike. If you’re completely new to e cigs and want something very similar in size to traditional tobacco cigarettes, we recommend their EX Series option.
V2 of course offers a standard line of e cigs that are also compact in size, however we feel that the performance and overall usage savings of the EX Series is well worth the slightly higher price point. The EX Series is available in a handful of cool finishes and features outstanding battery life, especially when compared to Blu.
If however you’re willing to venture to a slightly larger unit, we strongly recommend the V2 Pro Series 3. It’s roughly the size of a standard cigar but features incredible battery life and cost effectiveness.
The Series 3 is sort of a hybrid option being that it is basically a tank system but was built in a very sleek way. This is of course compared to most other tank systems or mods that are gigantic and hard or just plain not easy to use while on the go.
I personally use the Pro Series 3 everyday and get about 1.5 days out of a full charge and the monthly cost is only around $50 (for e liquid).
However, as we often say, not all e cigs are created equally. Some e cigs may be compact or small in size yet horrible in performance. In fact, we have an entire article on Blu Cigs Not Working. Which is worth pointing out because Blu Cigs are in fact very compact, which is nice, their batty life and overall performance on the other hand is way below par.
Compact E Cig Comparison Table
Need help finding the best compact e cig for your specific vaping style? Utilize our compact e cig comparison table below to help determine exactly which electronic cigarette is best for you.
|E Cig||Experience Level||Price||Battery mAh||Tank Size||Battery Duration|
|V2 Pro Series 7||Intermediate||$129||1800 mAh||2.4 mL||48 hrs|
|Halo G6||Beginner||$35||180 – 280 mAh||Cartridge||5 hrs|
|V2 EX Series||Beginner||$59||280 mAh||Cartridge||5 hrs|
|V2 Pro Series 3X||Intermediate||$99||750 mAh||1.6 mL||24 hrs|
|Vapor2 Trinity||Intermediate||$99||1200 mAh||2 mL||36 hrs|
|Halo Reactor Shorty||Advanced||$65||2000 mAh||2 mL||54 hrs|
|Vaporfi Rebel 3||Advanced||$69||3000 mAh||5.8 mL||72 hrs|
|JUUL Vapor||Beginner||$49||200 mAh||Pod||5 hrs|
|White Cloud Cirrus 3X||Beginner||$89||380 mAh||Cartridge||6 hrs|
|White Cloud ZFG||Beginner||$59||450 mAh||Cartridge||8 hrs|
|Blu Plus||Beginner||$42||140 mAh||Cartridge||4 hrs|
|CYNC||Beginner||$25||380 mAh||Pod||6 hrs|
Best Compact E Cig Summary
It doesn’t involve some 500 pound generator to charge or some ridiculously huge backpack of a tank to run.
It’s simple, smokers are looking for very similar but smarter and ‘healthier’ solutions in electronic cigarettes. This of course takes an electronic cigarette that is sleek, compact or small in size but big on throat hits and vapor production.
As ex-smokers or future ex-smokers, we need something we can use all the time and something that will last more than just a few months like all the other junk cluttering the market. We’ve been there and done that when it comes to quitting smoking and the e cigs outlined above are the best chance you have of finally ridding the habit.