Getting Started With E-Cigarettes

Welcome to the guide on getting started with e-cigarettes and is designed for those who are new to vaping and are looking to make the switch from traditional cigarettes. 

We’ll cover the basics of e-cigarettes, including the different types of devices, nicotine levels, and e-liquids. Then we’ll discuss safety precautions and tips on how to use e-cigarettes effectively. Whether you are a smoker looking to quit or simply curious about vaping, this guide will provide you with the information you need to get started with e-cigarettes.

What are the key differences between e-cigarettes and standard cigarettes?

E-cigarettes and standard cigarettes differ in a lot of ways.

Vaporization vs. burning

For starters, e-cigarettes use a battery-powered heating element to vaporize a liquid solution (known as e-liquid or vape juice) that typically contains nicotine, flavoring, and other chemicals. Traditional cigarettes burn tobacco leaves which release smoke that contains nicotine and other harmful chemicals. 

Shape and size

Another major difference is that e-cigarettes come in various shapes and sizes, from small, cigarette-shaped devices to larger, box-shaped devices, whereas traditional cigarettes are mostly the same size and shape. 

Strength and flavor

Additionally, e-cigarettes have a wide range of nicotine levels and flavors available, whereas traditional cigarettes are limited to just a few flavors and nicotine levels. E-cigarettes also don’t produce the smell and ash associated with traditional cigarettes, and they don’t leave a lingering smell on clothes or in cars.

The different types of e-cigarettes

  1. Cigalikes: These are the most basic type of e-cigarettes and are designed to resemble traditional cigarettes. They are small, compact, and easy to use, making them a popular choice for beginners.
  2. Vape Pens: Vape pens are larger than cigalikes and have a cylindrical shape. They usually have a larger battery and can hold more e-liquid than cigalikes. They also tend to produce more vapor and have more advanced features than cigalikes.
  3. Mods: Mods are the most advanced type of e-cigarettes and are designed for more experienced vapers. They come in various forms, like box mods and tube mods, and they have a wide range of features and capabilities. They can be customized with different tanks, coils, and different levels of power output.
  4. Pod systems: Pod systems are similar to cigalikes and vape pens, but they use pre-filled pods instead of tanks, and they are often draw-activated instead of button-activated. They are very compact, easy to use, and offer a good balance between convenience and performance.
  5. Cig-a-like disposables: These are a one-time-use e-cigarette and are designed to resemble traditional cigarettes. They are usually pre-charged, pre-filled with e-liquid, and can be disposed of after use.
  6. Hybrid vaporizers: These devices combine the functions of both Mods and Pod systems; they are usually refillable, have a larger battery, and can accommodate different types of tanks.

Things to consider when choosing an e-cigarette

Battery life

Consider the battery life of the device, as well as how long it takes to charge, as longer battery life and shorter charging time will be more convenient for daily use. It’s important to check the mAh of the battery as this is an indication of how long the battery will last between charges. The higher the mAh, the more battery life. Additionally, look for devices that have pass-through charging, which allows you to use the device while it is being charged.

Vapor production

The amount of vapor produced by a device is determined by several factors, including the type of device, the power output, and the coil resistance. Mods and sub-ohm devices tend to produce more vapor than cigalikes and pod systems because they have a higher power output and lower coil resistance.

Sub-ohm tanks and rebuildable atomizers are also known for producing more vapor than regular tanks and atomizers.

The airflow also plays a role in vapor production; devices with adjustable airflow allowing you to customize your vaping experience and inhale more or less vapor, depending on your preference.

It’s also important to note that more vapor doesn’t always mean a better experience; some people prefer a tighter draw and less vapor, while others prefer a loose draw and more vapor. It’s important to try different devices and settings to find what works best for you.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that if you’re looking for a discreet vaping experience, you might want to consider devices that produce less vapor.

Nicotine strength

Nicotine strength is typically measured in milligrams per milliliter (mg/mL), and it can vary widely, from 0mg/mL to as high as 50mg/mL. It’s important to choose the right nicotine strength to meet your needs, as choosing a nicotine strength that is too high or too low can affect the overall vaping experience.

If you’re a smoker trying to quit, you may want to start with a higher nicotine strength and gradually decrease it over time. A good starting point would be around 12mg/mL to 18mg/mL.

If you’re a light smoker or you’re using vaping as a hobby, you may prefer a lower nicotine strength, like 3mg/mL or 6mg/mL. Nicotine-free e-liquids are also available for those who are looking to enjoy vaping without nicotine.

Keep in mind that the nicotine strength can also vary depending on the device you’re using, as some devices are more efficient at delivering nicotine.

E-liquid flavor options

The e-liquid flavors vary greatly and can range from traditional tobacco and menthol to more exotic flavors like desserts and fruits. Some e-liquid manufacturers offer a wide variety of flavors, while others may specialize in a specific type of flavor, like menthol or desserts.

Some devices come with pre-filled cartridges or pods that are disposable and have limited flavor options. While other devices allow you to use your own e-liquid, which opens up a wide range of options.

Keep in mind that some flavors may not be compatible with certain devices, so it’s important to check the device’s specifications and the e-liquid’s compatibility before making a purchase.

Also, some people may be sensitive to certain ingredients used in e-liquids, such as Propylene Glycol (PG) or Vegetable Glycerin (VG), so it’s important to check the ingredients and ensure that you’re not allergic to any of them.

Our conclusion

Getting started with e-cigarettes can be a bit overwhelming due to the wide range of options available. So, it’s worth trying different types and experimenting with different settings to find what works best for you. 

With so many choices, there will be a combination that works for you. Happy vaping!