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Guide to E-Cigarettes Puff Count

Published 25 November 2021, Updated 10 April 2024

Guide to E-Cigarettes Puff Count

Disposable e-cigarette vapes have taken the market by storm. Due to their key features and simple designs, disposable vapes are becoming a popular and attractive alternative to cigarette smoking.

Disposable vapes are seen to bridge the gap between cigarette smoking and vaping pod systems and are a great way to quit smoking. Cigarette smokers are looking for healthier alternatives to kick the smoking habit and turn to vaping. Disposable vapes allow any ex-smoker to inhale nicotine and experience nicotine intake to satisfy their cravings without the toxic chemicals and carbon monoxide that traditional cigarettes possess.

Due to the vast amount of flavours available, such as the Elf Bar Kiwi Passion Fruit Guava and the desirable nicotine hits, more experienced users are turning to disposable vapes as their day to day vape or to use as their backup device. Many smokers who switch to electronic cigarettes start with flavours they are used to, such as the Geek Bar Tobacco or Elfberg flavour.

What is Puff Count?

"Puff count" is the approximate number of puffs you will get from a disposable vape or an average cigarette before it finishes.

How Are Disposable Vape Puffs Calculated

The number of puffs in a disposable vape depends on several factors, including the vape juice capacity and the size of the internal battery. In the UK, many disposable vapes have a vape juice capacity of 2ml or less, such as the Geek Bar Mango Ice. However, there are some instances where the e-liquid capacity is larger, thus showing more puffs.

Please note that any product with an e-juice capacity of over 2ml with a nicotine concentration over 0mg is illegal for sale in the UK.

Studies show that smokers generally inhale 10 to 15 puffs in 5 to 8 minutes, making 12.5 puffs the average number of puffs for one single cigarette. This means a 20-pack of cigarettes is equal to approximately 250 puffs. As such, a 600-puff disposable vape device such as the Elf Bar Pink Lemonade is the equivalent of about 48 cigarettes.

The speed of absorption and method of smoking cigarettes is very different to vaping. Vaping contains very few chemicals compared to tobacco cigarettes. The main ingredients of e-cigarettes are Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin.

How To Count The Number Of Puffs When Using Disposable Vapes

Disposable vapes do not have an electronic puff counter on them. The only practical way of measuring the number of puffs is to count manually after every puff. However, each puff will differ according to each individual, depending on your vaping style and method.

How Many Puffs In a Day Is Normal For Vaping

You should only vape to quit smoking by satisfying your nicotine cravings, as it is a less harmful alternative to cigarette smoking. Once you have achieved your desired satisfaction, you should stop vaping.

The vaping system and e-cigarettes are very different from traditional cigarettes, and there isn't a perfect answer. The number of puffs in a vaping system is handy to know, but it's more of a case of how much nicotine you are inhaling and the acceptable daily intake.

Nicotine is an addictive substance. Constantly vaping a high percentage of nicotine level could lead to nicotine poisoning in extreme cases and other biological factors, so getting your desired nicotine content right is essential. However, it may take some trial and error to see what works for you to improve your vape knowledge to get the best vaping experience.

Nicotine Intake Levels

We recommend that you vape until you satisfy your cravings and needs, as it is challenging to calculate nicotine intake per puff. Most disposable vapes, such as the Geek Bar Lite Blueberry, have nicotine concentration levels of 20mg. This is the absolute maximum nicotine concentration you are legally allowed in the UK.

The concentration of nicotine varies based on what you are trying to achieve. We recommend 20mg as a starting point for any vapers or heavy smokers wanting to stop smoking altogether and give up their smoking habits. A nicotine strength of 20mg will provide you with an excellent throat hit.

Disposable vapes use salt nicotine e-liquids, which provide a smoother vape, rather than other types of freebase nicotine, which gives a harsher taste.

How Do I Calculate Nicotine Levels Per Puff

You can determine your vaping nicotine level based on the kind of flavours you like and other factors, such as the VG/PG ratio. Many disposable vapes have introduced low concentrations of 10mg and 0mg nicotine. Vapour at 10mg will feel a lot smoother when inhaled. However, your vaping nicotine level depends on several factors that will become clear after some trial and error.

Calculating the amount of nicotine per puff is difficult as this varies depending on the e-liquid you are vaping. This can also vary as it depends on the length of time you puff. Someone having a 2-second puff will take less nicotine into their system than someone having a 4-second puff. However, by a simple mathematical calculation, you can find out roughly how much nicotine you are taking per puff by dividing the amount of nicotine (mg) by the number of puffs.

Elf Bar Lemon Tart disposable vape pen has a nicotine concentration of 20mg and is approx 600 puffs. All you need to do is 20 divided by 600, which equates to 0.03mg of nicotine per puff.

Different Nicotine Levels In Disposable Vapes

To date, three different legal nicotine levels are available in disposable vapes. You may see 30mg and 50mg nicotine levels being sold in the UK, but please note that these are illegal as they are above the 20mg legal limit and can cause serious health issues due to the higher nicotine level, which provides a much harsher taste.

0mg Nicotine

0mg nicotine is best suited for users who are seeking to achieve nicotine cessation, as the feeling of inhaling vapour stops them from smoking cigarettes. 0mg is useful for vapers who have worked themselves down from higher nicotine levels to get off nicotine and vaping altogether.

10mg Nicotine

10mg nicotine strength is perfect for vapers who vape daily and on the go. There is a wide range of flavours available at this strength and a good amount of nicotine to satisfy cravings.

20mg Nicotine

20mg is best used for heavy smokers who are trying to switch to vaping. 20mg is also beneficial for social vapers who like to vape whilst having alcoholic beverages. There is also a wide range of available flavours in this strength.

How To Determine Your Vaping Nicotine Level

Finding out what nicotine level you should be vaping at is dependent on several factors. As we have said above, if you are a heavy smoker, then we recommend you start at 20mg nicotine strength.


If you vape socially, then we recommend a 20mg or 10mg nicotine strength, as you are not inhaling as much. However, if you vape all day every day, then we recommend you vape a low concentration nicotine strength such as 10mg or 0mg.

Throat Hit

The throat hit is a major factor in why people smoke or vape. This initial 'hit' that people feel is the start of the satisfaction and 'feel-good' factor. It is important to choose a nicotine concentration that gives you this satisfying throat hit. Higher concentrations can make this throat hit intolerable.

Flavour & Taste

The flavour and taste of vaping play a huge part in the whole experience. This, of course, comes down to personal preference. Some users may enjoy vaping a Geek Bar Watermelon Ice flavour, whilst others would rather vape an Elf Bar Blueberry. You may have a more pleasurable experience vaping one flavour than the other; however, this comes down to personal opinion.

How To Make Puffs Last Longer

Many vapers question the number of puffs advertised on a disposable vape. However, it all depends on how you vape. Taking longer and deeper puffs will shorten the lifespan of disposable vapes, as well as constantly vaping throughout the day.

To make your puffs last longer, take smaller puffs with bigger breaks in between. You should see a real difference in the length of time it takes for your disposable to finish.

You may also want to explore how often you vape. Since vaping doesn't require any burning, it is very easy to get comfortable and vape anywhere and everywhere. It is important to be disciplined whilst vaping and not let yourself get carried away with the amount you vape. This will reduce the number of puffs, therefore resulting in a more cost-efficient quit smoking habit.

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