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The Electronic Cigarette The Electronic Cigarette is a device that is battery-powered to produce inhaled doses of nicotine by way of a vaporized solution. It makes use of a rechargeable battery that powers a heating element (coil). The E-Liquid (more on E- Liquid further on) comes in contact with the coil and is then vaporized.
Essentially, the battery provides power to a switch, which when activated will heat a wired coil. In this wired coil is a wicking material.
When e-liquid is placed onto this wicking material and reaches the coil, the e-liquid is then heated to the right temperature in order to turn the e-liquid into vapor. As you pull from the electronic cigarette, vapor travels directly from the coil and into your mouth, where it is then to be inhaled and exhaled by the user.
Beginner Tip: When someone uses a tobacco cigarette, they are smoking since the cigarette produces smoke. When someone uses an electronic cigarette, they are vaping since the e- cigarette produces vapor.
Electronic Cigarette Parts An Electronic Cigarette is quite simple is design, but there are multiple parts that can make up or be used with the electronic cigarette. Below is the basic parts that make up a complete electronic cigarette. Some can be replaced with other style parts. Keep in mind, this version of electronic cigarette is an older style and since the vaping market has progressed, they’ve become less commonly used. Box mods (devices they retain the shape of a box) are now more commonly manufactured and used.
Tube (or Box): The tube is the housing to the electronic cigarette. Some tubes come in a variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate certain battery sizes and internal electronics. The tube part of the device is typically the bottom part of the electronic cigarette.
Battery: The battery comes in many shapes, but the typical battery is similar to an AA battery styling and varies in specific sizes.
Power Button (Manual or Automatic): The power button is what activates the battery, which then delivers power to the heating element (atomizer or cartomizer).
Some buttons have multiple use functions. The button is considered as a ‘manual’ e- cig. An ‘automatic’ e-cig has no button and is activated by a sensor that detects when you’re pulling vapor from the device. Many e-cigarette users (or vapers) tend to like a manual e-cig more because an automatic e-cig can be triggered to activate attimes when not in use, which will deplete the battery life.
Connector: The connector is a part that sits at the top of the electronic cigarette and is used to accept the atomizer (or cartomizer). The connector has female (or male) threading. The connector will range in various styles such as 510 (the most common), 801 and 901 just to name a few.
Atomizer (or Cartomizer): The atomizer is a small metal tubed casing that has a male (or female) threading at the bottom to be attached to an electronic cigarette. The top of the atomizer is an opening to allow the use of e-liquid. To fill an atomizer, the user will typically drip 2 to 3 drops onto of the coil (which sits inside and on the bottom of the metal atomizer tubing). The cartomizer is much like the atomizer, except that the metal tubing is a bit longer. Inside the metal tubing of a cartomizer is a filler material. This filler material acts as a wicking system. To fill a cartomizer with e-liquid, the user will pour e-liquid onto the filler material until it has a full or soggy look. A cartomizer is also used inside of tank systems.
Tank System (or Clearomizer: The tank system is more commonly used today, and is also designed to hold more e-liquid than the outdated atomizers that were once leading the market. The tank is a tube that is usually made from either a plastic or a Pyrex glass material. The top of the tank system has a drip tip (mouthpiece), the middle is where the e-liquid is held, and the bottom is a base where the replaceable coil head will sit.
Drip Tip: A drip tip is the mouth piece that will sit on top of the atomizer or clearomizer. The casing on an atomizer or clearomizer can sometimes become hot to the touch, so a drip tip is used so that your lip does not come in contact with that heat.
A drip tip was also designed so that you could easily drip e-liquid into your atomizer without taking off the mouth piece. This is done by pouring your drops of e-liquid into the center hole of the drip tip.
As the vaping market has progressed, new electronic cigarette products have emerged. Even though they’ve taken on a new shape and more advanced parts, the electronic cigarette continues to work the same. Below is an image to help you understand what the parts are on a modern electronic cigarette.
Vape Juice Vape Juice or better referred to as E-liquid (or eJuice) is the liquid that is used to vaporize.
E-Liquid typically contains Vegetable Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Nicotine and Flavoring. The user can generally custom order e-liquid by requesting a certain VG (Vegetable Glycerin) percentage and PG (Propylene Glycol) percentage. However, as the industry has progressed, many e-liquid manufacturers are distributing e-liquid with a set VG/PG percentage.
The user can also request a certain nicotine strength. Nicotine isn’t required to be in vape juice in order to vaporize it. There are some users who in fact do not use nicotine. These type of ‘vapers’ are called “No-Nic” vapers. The common nicotine strengths are from 0mg to 24mg. It is said to be safer to not exceed 24mg of nicotine and most electronic cigarette vendors will not offer more than that amount either. The most common nicotine strength used is 18mg on the high side and 12mg on the low side.
As new products continue to emerge, more advanced electronic cigarettes have enabled vapers to drop their nicotine strengths since these advance devices deliver nicotine more efficiently. In fact, there’s a study that has been published proving that advanced devices deliver nicotine greater than cig-a-likes (an e-cig that looks very similar to a real tobacco cigarette). Choosing the right flavor can become a make it or break it deal for your vape journey. There are many vapers that enjoy fruit flavored vape juice, while there are others that enjoy menthol vape juice. It all comes down to your preference.
How To Vape Using electronic cigarettes and understanding how to vape is pretty simple. Although it requires more action than the traditional tobacco cigarette, it is far less harmful. Once you grasp what it takes to use an electronic cigarette (which consists of a charged battery and an atomizer/tank filled with e-liquid), here’s some useful tips on how to vape.
For your first time inhaling vapor, it’s a lot different to your lungs and it doesn’t recognize it. Your lungs are used to tobacco smoke, which is completely different from vapor. With a traditional cigarette, you pull hard to get smoke, but with vaping – you’ll pull slow and steady. Remember, liquid is inside your atomizer/cartomizer, so you don’t want to pull hard enough to suck that liquid into your mouth.
When you inhale vapor, the longer you hold it in your mouth, the less vapor you’ll blow out.
There two different types of inhales: one where you pull the vapor into your mouth, hold it there, then inhale the vapor. The other is where you pull the vapor into your mouth and directly to your lungs without holding it in your mouth. The first is called a “mouth hit” while the other is called a “lung hit”.
Remember, this is about you… so find your own style of vaping and what feels most comfortable to you.
Tip: Many people are beginning to favour lung hits because the products that are being manufactured today are designed specifically for that way of vaping.
What You Need For Vaping
To get started with vaping, you’ll need the following:
A battery (if using a modified type device, you may need a tube and battery) A clearomizer or type of atomizer A mouth piece A charger E-liquid Usually vendors offer starter kits that come with everything you need to start vaping. Some offer e-liquid with the kit and for those who don’t, just order you a bottle of e-liquid that interests you. Many new vapers today are starting off with an advanced device so that they don’t have to keep upgrading, which allows them to adjust the power to their liking. Using such a device will also give you longer battery life.
The Setbacks of Vaping The only setbacks to just starting to vape is having to learn about e-cigarettes. Although that isn’t much of a setback, it can be a little confusing to some at times. The other setback is finding the right e-liquid for you. When you first start ordering e-liquid, try to find sample packs. Many vendors will offer a sample pack of small bottles in assorted flavours for you to try. Finding the right e-liquid can be a hassle sometimes and can make you feel like there’s a hole in your pocket, but once you find the right flavour, it’ll be a breeze from then on.
Never settle for a bad tasting e-liquid. We have many vendors that have tons of different flavours that will suit your taste buds. China made e-liquid is much cheaper than the rest, but many avoid it because the flavors aren’t that great, and it’s built an ugly track record. UK & USA made e-liquid has much more of a quality taste in flavour and feel. If there is a vape shop in your area, head that way and try a few flavours to find the type of flavours you enjoy most.
What To Expect From Vaping When you first make the switch from tobacco cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, you’ll notice some changes that are good. Some vapers have said that they could breathe better, get less winded, no more terrible coughs and another that I’ve heard from many – notice an improved better immune system. However, there are some things to expect that come with removing yourself from the 4,000 chemicals in tobacco cigarettes. Here are a few of those that we’ve heard of or experienced. (This doesn’t necessarily mean that this will happen to you.)
If these issues continue, I advise you to consult with your local physician.
Save Money By Vaping Saving money was possibly one of the reasons you switched to electronic cigarettes, and though switching has already saved you a bit, there are many other ways to save even more.
Here are a few to help you get started.
Find The Best Prices: We have many electronic cigarette vendors and some have better prices than the others. Always look for the best priced product with the best quality.
Look For Discount Codes: Search for discount codes. Most vendors have a never expiring discount code, while others have weekly and monthly discount codes.
Order In Bulk: Once you’ve found the e-liquid flavor you’re comfortable with and the clearomizer or atomizers that you like, order them in bulk. Just like with any other product, when you order in bulk, it helps you save in the long run.
Don’t Get Tricked Many vendors are in this market to help you, while others are out just to make a buck or trick you. Here’s a few tips that will help you not get tricked.
Don’t Fall For Free Trials: You’ll see many ads or receive emails that will offer you a free trial e-cig. Do not fall for this trick. To get the free trial, they’ll ask you to give you a credit card number, but they won’t charge you. After that, they’ll bill you and charge you quite a bit for a horrible product.
Don’t Buy From Gas Stations: Do not buy an electronic cigarette from a gas station. The e-cig you’ll get is horrible and the worst on the market. The disposable e-cigs claim to last 24 hours, but they don’t and for most smokers, it won’t satisfy them.
Don’t Be Fooled By Kiosk Pricing: Many kiosks are over-charging people for products. Don’t be fooled by the nice products, because they come with a high price.
Purchase from local vape shops or online vape shops. Feel free to click one of the ads to vape shops here on GTV. All of our advertised vendors have great pricing and quality products.
Research First Do not be fooled by these low quality electronic cigarettes that are being sold at gas stations and such. Just because it looks like a real cigarette doesn’t mean it performs the best. I’m not going into a full article on why it’s common sense to do research before making a purchase, but I will tell you, it’ll save you a lot of time, money and stress by doing the research first and getting the best electronic cigarette for you.
Support The vaping community has become one of the best support systems for smokers switching to electronic cigarettes. All of us more veteran vapers have been down the same road as you and there are many offering to be your crutch. You can share, discuss and be entertained by thousands upon thousands of vapers on electronic cigarette forums, chats, shows, blogs and the many social networks.
Abbreviations So you’re new to the whole scene of vaping and very confused with all the abbreviations people are using on forums, websites.
Noob – Beginner Analog – Regular Cigarette Mod – Homemade or modified PV Pull – The act of sucking on the mouthpiece to pull the vapor into your mouth TH – Throat Hit (The tingling sensation in the back of your throat) Vapor – the “smoke” emitted from an e-cigarette Vape, Vaping – The use of an e-cigarette (similar to the term “smoking” when referring to an analog) Topping off – Adding drops of e-liquid to your current cartomizer.
Dripping – Vaping by adding a few drops of e-liquid directly on the atomizer instead of using a cartomizer.