The Beginner’s Guide to Electronic Cigarettes
Why use Electronic Cigarettes?
If all the smokers stopped smoking cigarettes and started vaping e-cigarettes we would save millions of lives. It’s a massive potential public health prize. 99% of the problem with smoking is not nicotine, it’s the combustion. When you burn tobacco, you create thousands of chemicals, dozens of carcinogens and tar.
Electronic cigarettes do not burn tobacco. The device vapourises a liquid (called e-juice or e-liquid). While we have yet to identify all the chemicals in cigarette smoke, we know exactly what is in e-liquid. (Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerine and Flavouring).
Can you quit smoking with an Electronic Cigarette?
Electronic cigarettes are not marketed as a smoking cessation device. No company has yet been able to develop an electronic cigarette which matches this medical authorisation.
Nevertheless, a number of studies suggest that smokers may be able to quit smoking – or at least switch to a different form of nicotine usage.
How do electronic cigarettes work?
There are a few simple devices that make up the e-cigarette. A battery, a clearomizer and of course e-liquid.
Contained within the clearomizer is an atomizer. A wick extends from the atomizer which soaks up the e-liquid, and draws it down to the atomizer. The atomizer is activated when you press a button on the battery. As you inhale, the atomizer heats up the e-liquid which creates vapour.
The vapour produced is created by the use of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin which is also used in stage smoke, air-conditioners, drinking water, medicines and cosmetics.
Variable Voltage/Wattage E-Cigarettes
Variable voltage/wattage e-cigarette devices have become increasingly popular. Variable voltage/wattage electronic cigarette devices allow you to increase or decrease the amount of voltage passing from the battery through the atomizer. As a result, you can fine-tune the power output of the device to suit your personal taste.
You will need to experiment to get the perfect sweet spot. Make it too low, and you won’t get enough vapour. Make the voltage too high, and you could get a burnt taste. You may also need to adjust the voltage/wattage to suit the e-liquid you are using. Variable Voltage/Wattage devices are recommended for experienced users as there is a learning curve associated with these devices.
Mod = Modified E-Cigarette.
A Mod has the same purpose as an e-cigarette only with better circuitry, variable voltage/wattage, and better battery life. There are many great mods out there.
What makes a Mod is the electronics. Mods control the power output through electronics giving you the ability to adjust the voltage/wattage to the type of atomizer that you are using.
Mods generally utilise external 18650 lithium ion rechargeable batteries, these batteries are larger, so you get a longer life span, and better performance. These batteries must be treated with far more care and respect than ordinary rechargeable batteries.
Below is a list of different types of Mods:
Mechanical Mod – This is a mod without any circuitry. Usually e-cigarettes like eGo’s have a circuit board to regulate the electricity. Sometimes they even provide different functions such as variable voltage, variable wattage, puff counters, resistance meters, ect. A true mechanical mod won’t have circuity of any kind and most don’t even have wires. They are simply a battery tube with a button, when you press the button you complete a circuit that power’s the attached atomizer.
Regulated Mod – Same as an APV, it’s a mod with circuitry and it’s electrical current is regulated.
PV – Personal Vaporizer, Basically it’s another term for an e-cigarette.
APV – Advances Personal Vaporizer, usually applies to a mod that has circuity. Most of the time an APV will have features like variable voltage (VV), Variable Wattage (VW), and other advanced features.
Hybrid Mod – This is an e-cigarette mod with a custom rebuildable atomizer.
Telescopic / Telescoping Mod – This is a mod that can extend to fit a range of battery sizes, usually 18350, 18500, and 18650.
What’s in e-liquid?
There are a few simple ingredients that are used to make e-liquid.
– Propylene Glycol
– Vegetable Glycerine
– Food Flavouring