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Disposable Vape Puff Counts and What They Mean

Disposable Vape Puff Counts: What Do They Mean?

If you’ve ever been shopping for a disposable vape pen device, then you’ve probably encountered the puff count either on the label of the vape, or on the product’s website description.  In fact, a lot of disposable vapes have the puff count as part of their name.

The puff count is one of the biggest determining factors when it comes to choosing which disposable to buy.  But, what exactly does it mean, how is it calculated, and is it actually accurate?  Let’s find out.

What is the Puff Count of a Disposable Device?

As you may have guessed, or probably already know if you’re a disposable vaper yourself, the puff count tells you how many puffs of vapor you’ll be able to get out of a single disposable.  Unlike other vaping systems, like pod mod systems and box mod vape systems, disposables are “fixed” in that you can’t refill their cartridges with e-liquid once they run out.  Because of this, you can only get a certain number of draws out of a disposable before it needs to be thrown out and replaced.

This is why the puff count is so important.  If you’re going to be paying money on a vaping device, you want to know you’re getting your money’s worth.  A $20 disposable that only gives you 200 puffs, for example, is simply not worth it, as you can find a disposable that gives you, say, 5,500 puffs, such as Mr. Fog Disposable Vapes, for less than that amount of money.

How is the Puff Count Calculated?

How many puffs you can get out of a single disposable relies on three distinctive components of the device: the amount of e-liquid inside the cartridge, the capacity of the battery, and the coil.  Let’s elaborate.

E-Liquid Amount

The amount of e-liquid in the cartridge that’s attached to your disposable determines a lot about the puff count.  The more e-liquid in the cartridge, the more puffs you’ll be able to get – as long as the battery and capacity can accommodate that amount, which we’re about to get into next.  The disposables on today’s market come in a huge range of e-liquid amounts according to the milliliter.  Some contain as little as 2ml e-liquid, and others up to 15ml.  Generally, the more e-liquid, the bigger the device.

Battery Capacity

The second factor is battery capacity.  You can have 15 milliliters of e-liquid in your disposable, but if the battery can’t be recharged, and has a low capacity, it will end up dying before you finish all of that 15ml.  We’re seeing that more disposables that contain high amounts of e-liquid come with rechargeable batteries, such as the SWFT Disposable Vape, so that you can be sure that the battery lasts until the last drop of e-liquid has been vaporized.


To a lesser, but still important extent, the coil in your device is also imperative.  The coil has to be able to last for the duration of time it takes to get through all of that e-liquid, as coils do die after a while.  The resistance level of the coil, therefore, has to be compatible with the output capability of the battery, so that the battery’s power doesn’t actually burn out the coil prematurely.  And, of course, the coil has to be generally well-constructed, as a cheaply made coil just isn’t capable of lasting no matter what.

Why the Puff Count Will Never Be 100% Accurate

Now, here’s the thing.  The puff count that you see when you’re shopping for disposable vaping devices is never going to be 100% accurate, for a very good reason.  We don’t all puff e-liquid in the same way.  There’s a big difference between taking 100 tiny, short, and shallow puffs, as opposed to taking long, deep, and big puffs.  Naturally, the latter will mean that you’re running through e-liquid a lot faster than the former.  So, how many puffs you can get out of, say, 10 milliliters of vape juice, is all going to depend on how you draw on your mouthpiece.

For example, it’s estimated that there are about 100 puffs for every milliliter of e-liquid.  Compare that to the approximate 12-13 puffs estimated per every cigarette.  Now, that 100 puffs is just the average number, if you were to take puffs that aren’t too deep/long, or too shallow/short.  This means that instead of counting on, say, 2500 puffs as advertised, use this information as something of a guide instead, to get a general idea of how much you’re going to get out of each disposable.

On a similar note, when shopping for disposables, also look at the amount of e-liquid advertised, and the advertised battery capacity.  That will give you a more complete picture of how much vaping you can get out of each one.  That information is also accurate, and not based on an average number.

The Puff Count May Not Be Exact, But It Still Matters!

The bottom line is that the puff count is a great component to take into consideration when shopping for a disposable.  But, the chance of getting exactly, say, 3000 puffs out of a disposable, when that’s the amount that’s being advertised, is not as likely as you may think – then again, it’s unlikely that you’re counting every single puff anyway.

Now, you know what goes into determining the puff count, and that information is just as important, since it gives a more accurate idea of how much vaping you can get out of a single disposable vape pen.  All that being said, the next time you go looking for a new disposable vape, you can take all of this information into account to better decide which disposable is right for you.

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