The e-cigarette industry is growing so fast that users can hardly keep up with new products entering the market.
Buying a new e-cigarette should be done by taking a smart approach. Just follow this guide to get the perfect product for your needs.
What is Vaporisation?
Vaporisation is the transition of a liquid into vapour. A heating mechanism extracts the active ingredients of a compound converting them to vapour.
Vaping can be defined as the act of inhaling vapour through a personal vaporiser and is an alternative to smoking which involves combustion. Unlike a cigarette, you don’t end up with a bad smell and breath, cigarette burns, dirty ashtrays and the harmful carcinogens associated with vaporisation.
E-cigarettes VS Vaporisers: What’s the difference?
Vaporisers tend to be used for dry herb, whilst electronic cigarettes are used to vape e-liquids. E-cigarettes are used to recreate the feel of smoking.
A vaporiser is a device used to vaporise the active ingredients of plant material, commonly cannabis, tobacco, or other herbs. It contains a fitted tank for the herb and basic temperature control. By pressing a small button on the side of the battery, the user engages the heating element which vaporises the herb.
For plant or dry herb, vaping is an effective way of ingesting the essential compounds such as the cannabinoids and terpenes, of the plant.
An e-cigarette is a handheld electronic device that vaporises a flavoured liquid. E-Cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provide inhaled dosages of CBD or nicotine vapour. E-cigs are made from 3 main components, a battery, atomiser and tank/cartridge. There are many variants, some that attempt to look like conventional tobacco cigarettes and others that look nothing like conventional cigarettes, but they all work along the same principles with the same primary component parts.
E-cigs are made from 3 main components, a battery, atomiser and tank/cartridge. There are many variants, some that attempt to look like conventional tobacco cigarettes and others that look nothing like conventional cigarettes, but they all work along the same principles with the same primary component parts.
The liquid in the e-cigarette, called e-liquid, is usually made of propylene glycol (PG), glycerin (VG), flavourings and CBD ( or nicotine). VG will create bigger clouds when PG will give more flavour to your hit. The VG and PG ratio effect the “throat hit” of the e-liquid so the experience can be different depending on the e-liquid.
How does an E-cigarette Work?
There are a few basic parts that all vaping devices have in common. Often they look different in appearance but perform the same basic functions. Let’s take a look at their different parts.
- Tanks: This part of the device houses the wicks, e-liquid and heating coil.
- Atomizer: This is the heating element which heats up the e-liquid which causes the liquid to vaporise for then to be inhaled.
- Coils: a replaceable section of wire that has been wound into a spring-like coil shape. The coils are then wicked with an absorbent material, like cotton, which absorbs the e-liquid. The wire coils are then heated to vaporise the e-liquid on the wicks.
- Batteries: This powers the device or Mod, some devices use an integrated battery while the others use replaceable cells. You will mainly find two types of batteries, the automatic ones and the manual ones Automatic batteries are powered by drag. They have a built in switch that activates each time you draw on the e-cigarette.Manuals, are button-operated, which means you have to hold down a small button on the side in order to activate them.If you’re looking for a smoking-like experience, the automatic seems like a fair choice
- Vape Mods: The device housing batteries that connects and transfers power to the atomizer
- E-liquid A mixture of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, food flavourings, and CBD which is heated to create vapour for inhalation
Know the Differences Between Atomizer Materials
Various materials can be used to craft an atomiser, including quartz, ceramic, copper, titanium, and titanium alloys. It’s important to know the benefits and limitations of each one.
- Quartz atomisers (preferably coil-less ones) offer the best efficiency and smoothest taste of all four materials. Ceramic
- Ceramic atomisers, while safe to use, don’t yield vapour hits as large as those delivered by their quartz counterparts.
- Titanium is known for getting a great taste with the ability to deliver huge hits.
- Titanium alloys are metals that contain a mixture of titanium and other chemical elements. They are light in weight and the ability to withstand extreme temperatures.
Know the Limits of Temperature Control Technology
Batteries that truly ensure temperature specificity to within a few degrees are expensive and tricky to produce.
Most e-cig use lithium-ion batteries, which are better and last longer. However, a few cheap brands use older battery technology.
Variable Voltage and or Variable Wattage e-cigarettes, make it possible to change the voltage/ wattage of your device to give you the flavour, throat hit and vapour to how you want it to be. The difference is that a variable voltage/wattage E-cig has a circuit that stores and regulates power from the battery, delivering it to the atomiser/tank at the voltage you choose.
Therefore, you want to confirm that the vaporiser uses lithium ion before purchasing. Longer battery life allows you to get your ‘fix’ anytime, anywhere, without any worries.
For further reading on styles of vaporisers and recommended brands, have a look at this independent ranking by quitsmokingcommunity.org