You would very much like to quit smoking, but have a tight psychological bond with this process, and you heard that a vape costs a lot, and there's never enough time to sit down and pick an option with the best ratio of price to quality. Relax, take it easy! We gave it a thought and decided to do it all for you.
The first question is where to buy it all. There are two options: buying from your country's online and offline vape shops, or ordering from China, namely such websites as Fasttech, GearBest, HeavenGifts, AliExpress etc. Each option has its own pros and cons.
The first option the is the easiest and includes pleasant bonuses in the form of customer support and a warranty on your goods. However, local prices are usually higher than those you might find on Chinese sites, and you might fail when looking for a rare device. What you certainly should buy locally are batteries and liquids: the former will take too long to get to you by sea, and the variety of the latter is meager, not to mention the weird flavors.
When buying online from China you will find everything you need, and new stuff appears there faster. The main disadvantages of this method are potentially long delivery times (2−4 weeks, sometimes several months) and the risk of a paid parcel disappearing without a trace or getting damaged while in transit.
The sufficient minimum
Get a compact electronic cigarette in which the battery and atomizer are in the same housing. Their tight draw and automatic (or manual via a button) activation make the process as similar to smoking a cigarette as possible. Some pros: no need to buy batteries or chargers, fluid consumption is low, and you can charge it anywhere with a micro-USB cable.
These are the most compact devices that produce a moderate amount of vapor, so you won't be scaring passers-by with big clouds. Operating it doesn't take a lot of knowledge, the electronic insides will take care of everything. You'll just need to change the inexpensive atomizer heads and add liquid every once in a while. By the way, if you're used to strong cigarettes, then you will need liquid with a high nicotine content.
You shouldn't use expensive confectionery liquids with such devices — their flavors simply won't be able to open up to their fullest. Tobacco liquids are a perfect fit — their taste will pleasantly surprise you, especially compared to cigarettes.
Devices: Eleaf iCare 2, Eleaf iJust, My Von Erl, Joyetech eGo AIO (€ 11−28)