The Beginners Guide to E-Cigarettes

The Beginners Guide to E-Cigarettes 1

By now there probably isn’t anyone left who hasn’t at least seen an e-cigarette. Perhaps someone using one on the street, in the office or even on TV, you may even have looked into making the switch from tobacco to vaping yourself.

At TABlites we understand how daunting it can be to start out in the world of e-cigarettes, especially trying to find something suitable for you in stores with hundreds of devices that wouldn’t look out of place in the new Star Trek movie.

That’s why we’re here to help you make the choices that will let you get the best out of your vaping experience.

First and foremost let’s get the most basic question out of the way:

What is an e-cigarette?

An e-cigarette is a replacement for traditional tobacco smoking. It delivers nicotine and the familiar sensations of smoking while cutting out the overwhelming majority of the harmful aspect of smoking.
How does it do this? By using vapour!

The ‘smoke’ that you inhale and exhale when using an e-cigarette is not smoke at all, it’s vapour made up of the base ingredients of the e-liquid you’re using (more on e-liquid soon). These ingredients are almost universally vegetable glycerine (VG) and propylene glycol (PG). Both have been used in nebulisers and inhalers, among other products, for over 60 years and are much safer to inhale than smoke from burning tobacco.

The vapour is produced when a battery heats up an element known as an atomiser. The atomiser is a coil of wire that is surrounded by wicking material which delivers the e-liquid to it. By heating the coil the e-liquid is evaporated and is ready to be inhaled.

How to Pick the Right E-Cigarette

Everyone is a little different when it comes to their preferences for e-cigarettes, just they are on everything else but the main factors you want to look out for are:

Battery Life

The battery life of your e-cigarette is going to dictate how long you are able to use it before you have to charge it up again.
Batteries are usually rated in mAh and a higher mAh rating means longer life between charges.
rechargeable batteries by their very nature last around 6 months and should really be replaced after that as they lose capacity and won’t be working at their best.

Some batteries have the ability to vary the power output they provide, either variable-voltage or variable-wattage, which allows the user to adjust the way their vape feels, the ‘throat-hit’ or kick and the warmth of the vapour produced.

E-Liquid or Pre-Filled Cartomisers?

The majority of e-cigarettes you spot in the street these days use a clearomiser or atomiser tank that the user fills with E-Liquid, but there are devices that use pre-filled carts that contain an atomiser unit.
Usually disposable, these cartomisers mean the user doesn’t have to fiddle around refilling tanks.
They are really only seen on devices known as ‘cig-a-likes’ which resemble traditional cigarettes. These devices are usually small, which means they lack the battery life and power of the larger e-liquid using devices and quite often the flavour selection available in cartomisers is limited.
However, many people prefer them as they are the most similar visually to traditional cigarettes, but the similarities end there. These devices are usually the cheapest, with TABlites own TABseries Starter Kit coming in at just £9.99 for a battery, 2 cartomisers and a USB Charger.

E-Liquid is the more popular choice, mainly because the variety of options is HUGE. Different nicotine strengths, myriad different flavours, even different base mixtures that alter the thickness of the liquid. (The thicker a liquid is the more vapour it will produce when heated. It’s made thicker with the inclusion of more VG than PG, although above a 60%VG – 40%PG mixture you need to start looking into specialised ‘Cloud Tanks’ or ‘Sub-Ohm Atomiser Tanks’ to be able to use them).

Buying e-liquid to fill your own tank also works out a little cheaper in the long term than buying pre-filled cartomisers, too.

Starter kits that use e-liquid are available in various guises and prices, but basic kits are generally affordable, like the TABlites Cyclone V4 Kit, which contains a battery (with variable power output so you can adjust it to get the vape you want), a clearomiser, a USB charger and includes a free bottle of E-Liquid for just £24.99.

Sub-Ohm or Not Sub-Ohm?

A Sub-Ohm Atomiser is a tank that is designed to use thicker E-Liquids to produce larger clouds of vapour. This allows the user to get a satisfying sensation and still use very low strength liquids. The name comes from the resistance of the atomiser coil, which is less than one ohm.
These tanks are designed to be run at high power on larger devices, and while they tend to be recommended for seasoned vapers there are some options for people looking to start out in the world of vaping with a sub-ohm device.
Something like the Vaptio P1 is the perfect place to start in the world of Sub-Ohm vaping. It’s easy to use, has a simple interface without lots of confusing numbers, and comes with a fantastic sub-ohm atomiser tank.
The Vaptio P1 kit is just £39.99 from TABlites and is exactly what you need to get a feel for sub-ohm or big cloud vaping.

Starting out with e-cigarettes does not need to be a confusing ordeal, and if you’re still unsure about something you can always get in touch with any questions you may have.

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