If you're looking for a water vape without nicotine, you'll likely have difficulty finding something with that exact combination of features.
That's because there's only one water-based vaping technology available — called AQ30 — and it's used pretty much exclusively by manufacturers who sell vapes that contain nicotine, not nicotine-free vapes.
There's only one nicotine-free vape on our list below (VitaStik) that uses water as the carrier base for its other ingredients. But does that mean you're out of luck and stuck with just one option? No!
While it may not be possible to explore a range of different water-based nicotine-free vapes, it is possible to find lots of non-nicotine vapes using the now-standard vegetable glycerin base.
Let's dive into a few of our top zero-nicotine vape picks in that category (as well as one in the water-based category) so you don't leave this page with only a single option.
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Of course we may be a little biased, but we think MELO, HELO, and ARRØ are three of the best choices for zero-nicotine vapes. Our lineup of nicless vapes consistently hits the mark for people who want an enjoyable vaping experience, but don't want the dangers and adverse health effects associated with imbibing nicotine.
HELO replaces nicotine with caffeine for those looking for an energy boost, while MELO replaces nicotine with melatonin for nicotine-free vapes that can provide a bit of relaxation.
Both of these nicotine free vapes have a short list of natural ingredients, and they contain none of the harmful compounds diacetyl or Vitamin E acetate, both of which are known to cause health issues.
Additionally, both MELO and HELO come in a wide variety of popular flavors like Cotton Candy, Gummy Bear, Cosmic Berry, Strawberry Ice, Tropic Slush, and Caramel Coffee.
This wide selection is just one of the reasons these brands consistently top our lists of Best Nicotine Free Vapes, 8 Best Vapes to Quit Smoking, and Healthy Vape Alternatives. HELO also tops our list of Energy Vapes with No Nicotine.
ARRØ vapes, meanwhile, aren’t based on either water, vegetable glycerin, or any other kind of e-liquid. Instead, they fall into the "flavored air" category of nicotine-free vapes, meaning they contain nothing that's heated or vaporized at all. They simply contain flavoring and aroma that you inhale.
The idea behind devices like ARRØ is that they give your hands and your mouth something to do besides fidgeting with — and inhaling the smoke from — a cigarette, or imbibing the nicotine-laced "smoke" of a traditional vape.
Suppose you're concerned with the safety of inhaling any substance whatsoever. In that case, a diffuser like ARRØ is going to be just about as close as you can get to simply not vaping at all, while still enjoying the appeasement of your oral fixation.
VitaStik has been featured on CNBC, FoxNews.com, and The Doctors TV show, as well as in publications ranging from Men's Health to Vogue and Good Housekeeping to Bazaar. It’s known for its aromatherapy "diffuser sticks" featuring essential oils, vitamins, and herbs in a water-based carrier.
There are lots of options to choose from with VitaStik, with 12 different formulations seemingly geared toward just about any effect you can imagine.
We don't have room here to go through them all, but they range from Energize, which features sweet orange and grapefruit oils with B12 and ginseng, to Calm, with green tea, vanilla, rose oil, and valerian root extract.
Relax contains blackberry, blueberry, currant, lavender and ylang-ylang oils; Sleep has lavender and honey; and Handsome offers coconut, honey, and goat weed extracts.
VitaStik lets you know that every ingredient in its diffusers is edible — with nothing besides crushed fruits, flowers, herbs, vitamins (and water) in any of its products.
VitaStiks can be used like a traditional vape and inhaled through your mouth, or breathed in through your nose as a nasal inhaler.
If you know the effect you're after, you should be able to find a formulation here that fits the bill. Or, if you prefer to sample different varieties, VitaStik offers combo packs that let you purchase several at once.
VitaminVape is another single-ingredient nicotine-free vape. Its active ingredient is Vitamin B12, a compound long associated with increased energy.
While many people think B12 is analogous to caffeine in its ability to give you an energy boost, caffeine is actually far more effective. Still, B12 is a popular supplement, and many feel it can increase your overall energy level over the long term, so we're mentioning it here.
VitaminVape is available as both a disposable pen and as a pod-based system in a Mango flavor, though the ingredients are still the same — vegetable glycerin USP, deionized water, organic fruit flavor extract and Vitamin B12.
These vapes are also free of the harmful compounds propylene glycol, diacetyl, acetyl propionyl, and Vitamin E acetate found in earlier, more dangerous vape concoctions.
Each of VitaminVape's pods contains over 300 servings, with a serving being 5-10 puffs, while each disposable has 30 of those same servings. It's recommended that you take only one serving per day, which means each disposable is designed to last one month.
Sparq offers three formulations of non-nicotine vapes — Fuel, Pure, and Melt — with each one available in either Vanilla or Strawberry flavor. Like the other vapes on this list, the carrier base is vegetable glycerin (not water), with the functional ingredients and natural flavorings rounding out the rest of the ingredient list.
Fuel's claim to fame is energy enhancement. It features Beta-Alanine (which Sparq says increases exercise capacity), along with L-Theanine for mental focus and L-Choline for mood enhancement and regulation.
Pure is all about what the producer calls "the two most eminent nutraceuticals in the anti-aging community — Grapeseed Extract and Blueberry Extract." There's also L-Choline thrown in for good measure.
Finally, there's Melt, which Sparq says is intended to boost your metabolism (presumably to help with weight loss).
Melt contains green tea extract (well known as a compound that helps burn fat), along with Acai berry (also a popular weight loss supplement) and, again, L-Choline.
All of Sparq's no nicotine vape offerings are available as disposable pens or vape juice pods for use with a rechargeable device and are lab-tested to ensure they’re free of harmful additives like diacetyl, acrolein, or acetoin.
Finally, Sparq features a recycling program, which is in keeping with its commitment to be an environmentally friendly manufacturer, along with a rewards program that lets you earn and redeem points if you plan to be a frequent purchaser.
VitaBar has been featured in several national publications in the U.S., including CNet, Inc., Vox, and Cosmopolitan, for its brand of "Vitamin-Infused Aromatherapy On-the-Go."
Like other nicotine-free entrants on this list, VitaBar features a variety of different formulations, each designed to produce a specific mood or physical state — from a boost of energy to a state of calm and relaxation.
VitaBar's six formulations include Energy, with caffeine, Vitamin B12, L-Carvone, and L-Theanine in a citrus flavor; Boost, a wild berry and mint flavored combination of Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, L-Theanine, L-Lysine, and Vegan-Friendly Taurine; and Vital, a blend of Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B12, Vitamin A and Coenzyme Q10 in a minty lime flavor.
Rounding out the list are Chill, a lavender and cassia flavored combination of chamomile, valerian root, passionflower, and L-Theanine; Soothe, with melatonin, passionflower, chamomile, valerian root, and L-Theanine in a peppermint flavor; and Restore, a lychee flavored combination of collagen, glutathione, L-Carnitine, B-Ionone and geranium.
Each nicotine-free VitaBar disposable should last around 800 puffs. You can also buy combo packs (of the three formulations geared toward energy, for example), which will allow you to save a bit of money versus buying each variety separately.
Capnos offers an entirely different take on non-nicotine vapes. It isn't water-based or glycerin-based. Rather, like ARRØ, Capnos is a flavored-air inhaler.
The Capnos device is described by its producer as a "behavioral aid" designed to help people give up cigarettes and quit smoking or kick a nicotine vape juice habit.
Featured in Forbes and Yahoo! News, Capnos delivers a similar "throat hit," or tingle, to the one that you might get with a nicotine vape or cigarette. However, it uses only pressurized air to mimic that sensation.
There's nothing to heat up, nothing to vaporize, no "smoke," and really no indication to an outsider at all that you've taken a "hit." Because of this stealth, you can use Capnos pretty much anywhere, which is one of its main attractions.
Capnos uses "flavor caps" to make things interesting, and they come in three flavors: Orange Citrus, Lavender, and Mint. The company claims that each cap can last up to four weeks before the flavor disappears and the cap needs to be replaced.
While it may not be easy to find a wide variety of water-based vapes that don't contain nicotine, it's certainly not impossible. And if you're open to expanding your search beyond water based vapes without nicotine, and to include nicotine-free vapes that use the standard vegetable glycerin base, your options open up even more.