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By now (January 2023) Elf Bars have seen their peak and their inevitable decline is ever-looming, whether due to new restrictions or the volatility of the market & the change in demand. But still they remain prolific in our convenience-led culture and many of us are asking the same question: How long do Elf Bars Last? In Short, up to 3 days.

This is a generalized answer and the longevity of an Elf Bar may differ enormously depending on how it’s used, who it’s used by, puff length and frequency of use, among other things. In this article we seek to provide a detailed look at how long an Elf Bar lasts and what effects their longevity.

What are Elf Bars?

Before we address the issue of how long an elf bar lasts, we’ll start with the basics. An Elf Bar is a single-use (disposable) vape device which delivers nicotine to the user through the mouthpiece when inhaled on. An integrated battery provides current to the heating element (coil) which atomises the E-Liquid in the surrounding wicking medium, producing a vapour containing the nicotine and flavour.

Elf Bar’s aim to assist people in quitting smoking by providing the most similar sensation and experience in terms of simplicity and nicotine hit. Nicotine Salt provides a quicker nicotine hit than standard Freebase Nicotine and is used in all disposable vapes for this reason. It is much less harsh on your throat so it can be vaped at higher-strengths to better satisfy nicotine cravings – thus closely mimicking the sensation of smoking a cigarette, but without the toxic fumes.

Elf Bars are simple and come in a huge range of simple yet strong flavours. They’re excellent tools for smokers to make that big first step and have proved to be wildly successful for that reason. Unfortunately, disposables are the least environmentally friendly vape devices available due to their single use nature. The integrated battery contains enough charge to last up to 600 puffs (for the 600 V2 model) and once it’s capacity has depleted (or the e-liquid has run dry) – it’s meant to be disposed of.

Elf Bar Battery capacity tends to be in the range of 300mAh to 550mAh, with other disposables also falling into this size range. All disposable vapes in the UK are legally limited to a liquid capacity of 2ml in accordance with the Tobacco Product Directive (TPD).

Elf Bar Battery: how long does an elf bar last?

Elf-Bar-Battery

Model Battery Capacity Rechargeable Longevity
Elf Bar 600 350mAh No Up to 3 Days
Elf Bar 600 V2 350mAh No Up to 3 Days
Lost Mary BM600 360mAh No Up to 3 Days
Elf Bar Cigalike 280mAh No Up to 2 Days
Lost Mary QM600 350mAh No Up to 3 Days
Elf Bar Elfa 500mAh Yes Up to 3 Days on a charge

The “classic” Elf Bar – the Elf Bar 600 provides up to 600 “puffs”. But what is meant by a puff? When companies like Elf Bar claim a product can provide 600 puffs, it’s a bit of a generalisation and it has to be because we all vape differently. For example, bigger people tend to take larger puffs due to increased lung capacity whilst smaller people take shorter puffs for the opposite reason.

The average person should get UP TO 600 puffs from a single Elf Bar however. But this number doesn’t really mean anything to the average smoker/vaper because after all, no one is counting the number of puffs they take. You may have seen claims floating around on social media and in the news regarding their comparison to cigarettes, with the most popular claim being 48 Cigarettes. That means that a single Elf Bar would provide the same number of puffs you’d get from smoking 48 cigarettes.

Again this is a bit of a guess as it really depends on how you smoke. Some people will smoke a cigarette slowly and take long pauses between each inhale, which actually means you’re smoking less than a person who doesn’t take such long pauses. If you light a cigarette and don’t inhale on it, it will burn for some time – reducing the amount of tobacco left inside it.

The table below demonstrates the claimed number of days each model will last, as well as how many puffs it should deliver.

Model Battery Capacity Number of Puffs Number of Days Useage
Elf Bar 600 350mAh 600 Up to 3 Days
Elf Bar 600 V2 350mAh 600 Up to 3 Days
Lost Mary BM600 360mAh 600 Up to 3 Days
Elf Bar Cigalike 280mAh 400 Up to 2 Days
Lost Mary QM600 350mAh 600 Up to 3 Days
Elf Bar Elfa 500mAh Unlimited Up to 3 Days on a charge

What Affects How Long an Elf Bar Lasts?

There are a number of factors which dictate how long an Elf Bar lasts, from how often you pick it up to vape to the length of the puff you take. Even storing your Elf Bar may affect it’s longevity!

Frequency of Use

Obviously the biggest factor is how often you use your Elf Bar. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably rarely separated from it and use it at your desk when working, when you’re driving and everything in-between. This makes you a heavy vaper and an Elf Bar may last you up to a day. If this sounds familiar, it’s high time to check out cheaper alternatives in the form of Pod Kits.

The average Elf Bar user doesn’t vape so heavily though and the typical use pattern is more casual, allowing for a couple more days use before it’s either run out of charge, or the e-liquid has depleted.

Length of Puff

As mentioned before, the actual length of the puff affects how long the device will last you. Shorter puffs will extend its life, whilst longer puffs will reduce it. Consider your puff habit and you will have a very rough idea of how long and Elf Bar will last you. We recommend using disposable Elf Bars for a short period of time before switching to a rechargeable device like the Elf Bar Elfa, or a more capable device like the Oxva Xlim Pro.

Since everyone vapes differently, don’t be surprised if the number of days you get out of a single device is wildly different to anything claimed here in this article. It’s mostly a guessing game!

Storing Your Elf Bar

Yes, even storing your Elf Bar may effect how long it will last you. Batteries don’t hold a charge forever, even with zero use. So if you’re bulk buying them, the older ones may see less life. The longer an Elf Bar is stored, the lower the battery capacity will be. All batteries lose a charge slowly and gradually in storage.

Another factor which can affect longevity is temperature. E-Liquid contains Vegetable Glycerine and Propylene Glycol and just like anything else, they’re affected by changes in temperature. Think about it like this: when you heat honey it becomes runnier. The same is true with E-Liquid. so if your Elf Bar is stored in a cold place the E-Liquid will become more viscous (thicker). Thicker E-Liquid is more difficult to atomize by the heating coil within the device – so if you’re vaping a cold Elf Bar you may notice the coil starting to burn – producing a burnt cotton taste.

Conclusion

There’s no straight-cut answer to the question but a general rule of thumb gives you an idea. If you’re looking to quit smoking but you find the prospect of vaping daunting and complicated, Elf Bars are your best bet. They’ll provide a quick nicotine hit to satisfy your cravings with absolutely zero effort required to do so. You simply inhale on the mouthpiece!

Typically, you’ll receive 600 puffs from an Elf Bar 600, the rough equivalent of 48 cigarettes. If you find that you’re going through them too fast but they’re effective in helping you quit smoking – consider upgrading to a Pod Kit. These provide a similarly simple experience but are rechargeable, refillable and much, much cheaper in the long run. Check out our Crystalize E-Liquids below as well as some devices we highly recommended.

Sustainable Alternatives – E-Liquid

Vimbull Ice

Crystalize Vimbull Ice
Mixed Berries & Fruit
120ml “Longfill”
Just Add Nicotine
Super Strong Flavour
Kind on Coils

Dragons Blood E Liquid - Crystalize

Crystalize Dragon’s Blood
Dragonfruit & Custard
120ml “Longfill”
Just Add Nicotine
Super Strong Flavour
Kind on Coils

Crystalize Bar Salts 120m Menthol

Crystalize Menthol
Simple but strong Menthol
120ml “Longfill”
Just Add Nicotine
Super Strong Flavour
Kind on Coils

Crystalize Bar Salts 120m Blackcurrant Ice

Crystalize Blackcurrant Ice
Blackcurrant Ice
120ml “Longfill”
Just Add Nicotine
Super Strong Flavour
Kind on Coils

Sustainable Alternatives – Devices

Vaporesso-Xros-Pro-Orange

Vaporesso Xros Pro
Rechargable & Refillable
Auto-Draw/Button Activation
Replaceable Pods
Excellent flavour production
AXON Super Pulse
Up to 30W Power Output

Oxva Xlim Pro

Oxva Xlim Pro
Rechargeable & Refillable
Auto-Draw/Button Activation
Large range of Replaceable Pods
Excellent flavour production
Up to 30W Power Output

Puremax SX mini Product Black

Yihi PUREMax SX Mini
Rechargeable & Refillable
Auto-Draw Only
Replaceable Pods
Excellent flavour production
Industry-first technology
Up to 20W Power Output

Vaporesso-Xros-3-Mini

Vaporesso Xros 3 Mini Rechargeable & Refillable
Auto-Draw Only
Replaceable Pods
Excellent flavour production
Award winning Pod Kit

Frequently Asked Questions

Your Elf Bar may need replacing if the battery dies or if the E-Liquid has run dry. If the battery has died before the E-Liquid has run out, you’ll notice the LED light flashing and it won’t activate to produce vapour. If the E-Liquid depletes before the battery, you’ll notice a burning cotton taste.

Extending the life of an Elf Bar ultimately comes down to using it less frequently. This may mean taking fewer puffs and/or reducing the length of each puff. If you find that doing so doesn’t satisfy your nicotine cravings, you may need to consider switching to a rechargeable vape so you don’t have to buy so many devices.

Elf Bars are readily available at maximum legal strength (20mg/ml or 2.0%). This strength is usually recommended to ex smokers (especially heavy smokers) as it will more closely mimic the sensation of smoking and will deliver a similar nicotine hit.