With the cost of a pack of cigarettes hovering at $40 AUD in Australia and $38 NZD in New Zealand, the two nations have the highest cigarette prices in the world by a large margin. The most common reason why people start vaping is because they want to switch from cigarettes to a smoke-free alternative – but the desire to save money is an almost equally powerful motivator.
Can switching to vaping help you save money? The short answer to that question is “yes” – you can save thousands of dollars per year by switching from smoking to vaping. We think it’s helpful, though, for you to have a better understanding of how much money you’ll need to budget if you make the switch.
So, how much are vapes? In this article, we’re going to break down the cost of vapes in Australia and New Zealand by discussing all of the associated expenses. How much does it cost to get a nicotine prescription in Australia? How much do vape kits and vape pods cost? How much can you expect to pay for shipping, and how often will you need to buy pods, coils or vape juice? By the time you’re done reading this article, you’ll know how much you can expect to spend on vaping and what your monthly budget should be.
How Much Does a Nicotine Prescription Cost in Australia?
If you want to buy nicotine vapes in Australia, the only way to do so is with a prescription because Australian law requires people to obtain prescriptions in order to buy vaping products with nicotine. We have a guide on obtaining nicotine prescriptions in Australia that you might find helpful, and the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association can provide further assistance. Our research indicates that most people pay about $70.00-100.00 AUD for a nicotine prescription, although the cost may be lower if you have Medicare. Typically, you need to renew your prescription each year.
How Much Does It Cost to Ship Vapes to Australia?
It typically costs upwards of $100.00 to ship a moderately sized package from New Zealand to Australia, and that’s why we offer free DHL Express shipping for orders over $100.00 NZD (about $92.00 AUD at the time of writing). Take advantage of this bulk deal to save on shipping expenses and keep your vape costs as low as they can be.
We generally ship orders received by 10:00 AM New Zealand time on the same day. Orders received after that time go out the next business day. DHL Express shipping from New Zealand to Australia typically takes 1-3 business days.
When you buy nicotine vapes in Australia, keep in mind that there’s a limit to how much you can import at a time. You can import no more than a three-month supply in one order and no more than a 15-month supply per 12-month period. You need to refer to your prescription to determine what constitutes a one-month supply.
How Much Are Disposable Vapes, and How Long Do They Last?
We offer disposable vapes at a wide range of prices from $8.00-29.00 NZD ($7.36-26.70 AUD at the time of writing), and the e-liquid capacity of the device is the primary factor that determines its price. When you shop for disposable vapes, you’ll notice that each device delivers an approximate number of puffs – ranging from about 200 to 2,500 – before it runs out of e-liquid. Devices with less e-liquid are typically smaller and sleeker. Disposable vapes with higher puff counts are a bit larger, but they also last longer and cost less in the long run.
A disposable vape’s puff count is your primary guide in knowing how long the device will last. We have an article elsewhere on this site that can help you understand how many cigarettes are in a disposable vape. In general, every 200-300 puffs that you get out of a disposable vape will provide about the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes – but note that a disposable vape rarely delivers exactly the number of puffs stated on the package.
How Much Are Pod Systems, and How Long Do They Last?
We offer a wide range of pod vape devices here at Premium Vape. Here are a few of the most popular models available. Prices in AUD are correct at the time of writing.
- Vuse ePod 2: $12.00 NZD ($11.05 AUD)
- PodPods® JUUL®-Compatible Device: $15.00 NZD ($13.81 AUD)
- ICON: $21.00 NZD ($19.33 AUD)
- STLTH: $28.00 NZD ($25.78 AUD)
- Alt: $29.00 NZD ($26.70 AUD)
- Myle® V5: $38.00 NZD ($34.98 AUD)
- Bo One: $55.00 NZD ($50.63 AUD)
- JUUL®: $79.00 NZD ($72.73 AUD)
- JUUL® 2: $44.00 NZD ($40.51 AUD)
The life of a lithium-ion battery depends primarily on how many times it’s charged and discharged – so depending on how many times you charge your device per day, you can expect a pod system to last anywhere from several months to a year.
When you use a pod system with pre-filled pods, replacement pods will be your primary expense. The typical prices for most packs of refill pods range from $14.00-$29.00 NZD ($12.89-26.70 AUD) depending on the brand, and we frequently offer bulk deals that can help you save money. You can generally expect one pod to last through about one or two days of use.
How Much Are Refillable Vapes, and How Long Do They Last?
If you want to keep your vaping costs as low as they can possibly be, it’s wise to consider a refillable vape kit because bottled e-liquid costs less than vape pods and disposable vapes in the long run. We believe that the Voopoo V Thru is the best refillable pod vape on the market at the time of writing. It costs $55.00 NZD ($50.63 AUD), and with 1.2- and 0.7-ohm pods available, the V Thru provides an excellent experience with both low-nicotine and high-nicotine e-liquids.
When you use a refillable vaping device, you’ll need to replace the coil or pod periodically when the device’s flavour begins to change. With the Voopoo V Thru, each pod includes a new coil. Pods cost $12.00 NZD ($11.05 AUD) per pack of two. A pod may last anywhere from several days to a few weeks depending on the e-liquid you use. If your vape juice is heavily sweetened, the life of your pods will be reduced.
Vape juice is the most significant cost of vaping when you use a refillable device. We sell nicotine salt e-liquid in 30-ml bottles at prices ranging from $32.00-39.00 NZD ($29.46-35.90 AUD) depending on the brand. The Voopoo V Thru pod holds 3 ml of vape juice. If you use one pod per day, you can expect a bottle of vape juice to last 10 days.