Beginner Vaping Questions, Vaping 101

New to vaping? No problem. Here are a few frequently asked questions that may help!


What is the difference between a cigarette and an electronic cigarette? 

Traditional cigarettes contain tobacco that contains nicotine; the addictive ingredient that has kept you smoking. In order for the tobacco to stay lit, tobacco companies must lace the tobacco with additives. Burning tobacco produces heat and it is this heat that vaporizes the nicotine. Burning the tobacco leaf also vaporizes the resin (tar) and the plethora of chemicals that are either naturally present or added by the tobacco company. Herein lies the significant health issues that come with smoking tobacco. The tar that is produced by the combustion adheres and coats anything it comes into contact with, along with all those chemicals. If you have ever smoked for any length of time in a room or your car, you know what this tar coating looks like - a yellow-brownish film.

Electronic cigarettes, on the other hand, vaporize nicotine by heating a liquid base that contains a small percentage of pure nicotine extract in a propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerin liquid base, and is available in a wide variety of flavors. These flavorings are typically concentrated, sugar-free, candy or food flavorings and make up from 5% to 20% of the base liquid volume.

The vapor produced by electronic cigarettes does not contain the burned resins and chemicals that are in traditional cigarettes, the unhealthiest part of cigarette smoke. The vapor is also free of the ash and burning odor that the combustion of tobacco produces. Because of the added food flavoring, the vapor gives off aromas that are familiar and pleasant to most people.

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How does an Electronic Cigarette work?

Electronic cigarettes (regardless of the style, type, or brand) vaporize the nicotine liquid with just three basic components; a battery, a heater or atomizer unit, and a reservoir for the nicotine liquid. The nicotine liquid, commonly called e-juice, is delivered into an enclosed chamber of the atomizer unit that is heated by the electricity produce from the battery, until the liquid in the atomizer unit is vaporized. Because there are no resins from the tobacco leaf in the liquid, no tar is produced.


What is the difference between these batteries? 

E-Cigarette batteries come in all different shapes, sizes, and features. Batteries are rated by their power storage capacity; 650mAh, 1000mAh, 200mAh, and 2800mAh. The mAh is an abbreviation for milli-Amp-hours. In general, the higher the mAh, the more storage capacity a battery has, and the longer the battery will last between charges.

Variable Voltage  - These batteries let you adjust the output voltage, typically from 3 to 5 or 6 volts. As the battery drains down, you can adjust the voltage back up. 

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What is an Atomizer?

An atomizer, sometimes referred as the heating coil or heating head, is the most critical component of the E-Cigarette and is responsible for turning the e-Liquid into vapor. It is also the component that takes the most wear and tear of the device as it is constantly heating up and cooling down. Most atomizers should be changed out every 1 to 2 weeks, depending upon how “hot” you run your battery, and how frequently you draw the vapor. 

Different e-Liquids can also affect an atomizer. Some e-Liquids contain ingredients that tend to wear out an atomizer sooner than other e-Liquids. Whenever your atomizer becomes harder to draw the vapor out of, it is probably past the time you should have changed it out for a new one. Based upon usage experience, you will discover the correct time to exchange a worn atomizer out for a new one, but typically, vaping the fruit flavors seem to make the atomizer last longer, whereas the dessert flavors, tend to wear them out quicker. The other flavors fall somewhere in between.

Atomizers may come in a variety of resistance ratings; from 1.8 ohms to 2.8 ohms. The lower the resistance, the more power, and hence the hotter they burn. It is really up to your personal preference, but all resistance ratings will produce good vapor.

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What is E-Juice?

E-Liquids, commonly referred to as “E-Juice”, are a mixture of Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), distilled water, flavoring, and nicotine. The ratios of these ingredients can vary greatly from 0-100% PG, 0-100% VG, 5-20% flavoring, and 0-2.4% (or more) purge nicotine. Most commercially available e-Juice has a combination of 50-75% PG, and 25-50% VG. The exact ratios is not always known or published as this can be a trade secret of the manufacturer.

A rule of thumb is that the more PG in the liquid, the more throat hit it will produce. The more VG in the liquid, the more vapor will be produced and have a sweeter taste.

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