First Time e-cigarette Beginners Guide

First Time e-cigarette Beginners Guide

Your First time with an e-cigarette

This beginners area is designed for those of you who know little to nothing about the electronic cigarette. Perhaps you saw a friend with an e-cigarette, or heard about them in the news.  If you are confused as to what is what, and want beginners advice on which e-cigarette and what e-liquid will work best for you, this is where you should start.  Please set aside 15-20 minutes and give this article some time, as there is a lot to cover!
Let me begin by saying that electronic cigarettes do have a bit of a learning curve. It will take some time for you to get used to the feel and weight difference. Putting plastic in your mouth instead of paper, filling your e-cigarette with liquid, charging batteries, etc. all take time to get used to. Give yourself time to adjust to the differences, and in no time it will feel like second nature.

What is an electronic cigarette, and how does it work?
An electronic cigarette is a battery operated device that heats up e-liquid, converting it from a liquid to a vapour. It is designed as an alternative to cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. Many people who have had little to no success quitting smoking by traditional means — cold turkey, the patches, the gums, the drugs, etc. — have had much greater and long lasting success using electronic cigarettes. An electronic cigarette so closely mimics a tobacco cigarette, it provides the most realistic and satisfying smoking experience. The electronic cigarette does not contain the cancer causing agents known to be in tobacco products, leaving you with just a few ingredients.

Every electronic cigarette, no matter how big or small, require three things to work.

#1:  A Battery.
Electronic Cigarette batteries can be as small as a cigarette, or as large as a double A battery, but they are all designed to provide power to the e-cigarette. All of the batteries at Canada Vapes are lithium ion batteries. This means that they do not have a ‘memory’ and can be recharged many times in a row, maintaining their power. All of our batteries can be charged using a USB adapter, allowing you to easily charge your batteries anywhere there is a computer, laptop, or with the optional cigarette lighter adapter for your car. You can also charge our batteries through any standard wall plug. Batteries have a control chip that regulates the power provided that keeps your battery performing optimally.
#2:  Heating Element (A way to heat the liquid)
The heating area of an e-cigarette is The atomizer or heating coil.  This is the part of an e-cigarette that heats the e-liquid into a vapor.  An atomizer contains a heating element — usually a heating coil.   The heating coil is a thin piece of coiled metal that instantly heats when you activate the battery. The e-liquid touches the heating coil and instantly converts to a vapor, which carries the e-liquid in vapor form to you and provides the ‘simulated smoke’, taste, and throat hit.
#3:  Somewhere to store the liquid (a tank, a cartridge, etc.)
The final requirement for an e-cigarette is an area for the e-liquid to be stored. This is where most differences between e-cigarettes occur. These options include a cartridge, a tank, a cartomizer, or a clearomizer. Each of these has three tasks: To store e-liquid, to move the e-liquid to the atomizer/heating coil, and as a place to put your mouth.

Pretty Simple, don’t you think?
That’s all there is to it!  If you can remember these three things — a battery, an atomizer/heating coil, and a place for e-liquid to be stored (tank or cartridge, for example), you can easily understand even the most complicated e-cigarettes the marketplace.
Many of the newer models of e-cigarettes combine the heating element and e-liquid storage into a single accessory.   This makes things even easier, with just 2 parts to these e-cigarettes.  These are typically called cartomizers (a mouthpiece, e-liquid storage area and coil combined)  clearomizers ( a mouthpiece, e-liquid storage area and coil combined that you can see through), or glassomizers(a mouthpiece, e-liquid storage area made of glass and/or metal)

Which electronic cigarette will work best for me?
This question isn’t really as hard to answer as you may think. There is really only one question to ask, and then everything else is personal preferences.
The Big Question: Battery style – Do you want longer battery life, or do you want a very small unit similar in size to a tobacco cigarette? The biggest drawback to the small ‘cigarette style’, e-cigarettes is a shorter battery life. The batteries are much smaller, so their battery life is less than the bigger battery units. The benefit is of course their small size. Some customers really want an e-cigarette that is as close as possible to looking like a cigarette.   A big battery will last most customers the entire day between charges. A typical EGO style battery (the bigger battery) will last up to 10+ hours for many customers, whereas the smaller batteries will typically last 2-4 hours.
One other factor to consider is that the larger batteries will work with MANY MORE of the accessories we sell.  The bigger EGO style batteries are the most popular on the market, and therefore most manufacturers make products specifically for these batteries.  If you choose a smaller battery, you will be limiting the different kind of accessories you can use with your batteries.
The other factor to consider is how much you currently smoke. If you smoke 5-10 cigarettes a day, a small battery unit should be all you need, as you won’t charging it as much. If you smoke around half a pack a day or more, I would recommend going with a bigger battery. For now, just decide if you absolutely must have the small cigarette style battery, or if you’re okay with a larger sized battery. If you choose the small battery, please read “I Must have a Small Battery” below. If you choose the big battery, please read “I want a big battery” below.


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