The Ultimate Guide to E-Cigarettes

The only guide to e-cigarettes you will ever need!

If you choose to make the transition from regular smoking to electronic cigarettes, it’s easy to get confused. There’s an abundance of information currently available and it can often feel overwhelming for beginners.

This ultimate guide will give you an overview of all the important information relating to e-cigarettes, whether you are a novice or simply want to learn more about e-cigarettes in general.

How do electronic cigarettes work?

Although there are a number of different e-cigarettes on the market, the following information is relevant to the majority.

Inside the cartridge or tank of an electronic cigarette is an atomiser. This is usually a separate part that needs to be screwed onto the end of your e-cigarette or into your tank and should be replaced fairly regularly. A wicking material of some kind soaks up the e-liquid, drawing it into the atomiser.

The atomiser will activate when you inhale or press the button. When activated, the atomiser heats up the e-liquid and evaporates the e-liquid. A vapour is then created which looks like smoke, although it does not contain the thousands of toxins associated with regular cigarettes.

The vapour which is produced during the process is propylene glycol and vegetable glycerol. It’s completely safe. These chemicals are used in cosmetics, medicines, stage smoke and even air conditioners.

What’s an e-liquid?

No matter what electronic cigarette you choose, an e-liquid is required. This is also true if the e-cigarette is a prefilled cartomizer or a fluid tank system.

E-liquids consist of a fairly simple solution and contain the following three ingredients:

Nicotine: The main stimulant that you find in normal cigarettes, which people find addictive is nicotine. When you choose an e-liquid, you can opt for a nicotine strength that is best suited to you. These are available with either a high vegetable glycerin or high propylene base, and sometimes a 50/50 mixture of the two.

Flavouring: Nicotine doesn’t actually have a discernible taste. However, a significant reason that people are drawn to e-cigarettes is that they have the choice of flavour. Some have a standard tobacco taste and others offer something more excotic, such as strawberry cheesecake.

Diluents: The final aspect of e-liquids is the diluent. It has three main functions:

  • It dilutes the mixture of both flavour and nicotine so that it’s at the correct strength.
  • It adds the part of a solution that creates the vapour, allowing it to transport the nicotine and flavours from the e-cigarette to the user.
  • Finally it creates what is known as the “throat hit”. This is the sensation a user can experience when both the vapour and flavour hits the back of their throat.

Which strength is best for me?

When you first start smoking an e-cigarette, it can often be a difficult process when trying to ascertain the best strength for you. A good general rule is that 12mg is the same as a fairly weak cigarette. 18mg might be more appropriate if you smoke cigarettes regularly or if you are used to strong cigarettes.

Given that pure nicotine doesn’t have all of the chemical additives you normally inhale with standard cigarettes, it tends to get absorbed more slowly in the body. For this reason, there’s a chance you may prefer a higher strength e-liquid strength. You can then adjust the strength to a level that suits your tastes.

How does an e-cigarette compare to a normal cigarette?

Weight: One of the first things you’ll notice with an e-cigarette is the weight. Although most basic devices don’t weigh much at all, it’s still likely that you’ll feel a difference. Nevertheless, it’s easy to get used to the weight difference and as time goes on you may want to opt for a larger and heavier model.

Taste: Depending on the cigarettes you smoke and the e-cigarette flavour you prefer, the taste may be incredibly similar. You may wish to choose a flavour similar to regular cigarettes, such as menthol or tobacco, and then further down the line try something a bit more exciting such as TABlites Premium Range Blueberry.

Throat hit: One of the biggest topics that e-cigarette users discuss is the ‘hit’ at the back of your throat after you inhale with an electronic cigarette. It does, however, depend on the e-cigarette you use. The hit can can range from a slight tickle to one identical to a normal cigarette.

What type of electronic cigarettes are there?

There are two main types of e-cigarettes that you are able to choose from:

Regular 'Pen-style' E-Cigarettes

One of the main reasons that people like the 'pen-style' e-cigarettes is due to their availability and compact, portable form. They are also simple to use, and usually only require you to fill a tank and press one button.

'Mods' or 'Advanced Personal Vaporisers'

These e-cigarettes are intended for heavier, more long term use compared to the pen-stlye versions. You also have much more freedom when it comes to choosing which atomiser tank to use, and they usually have much longer battery life. Mods also usually allow the user to change power output settings in order to tailor their vaping experience by varying the temperature of the vapour.

Mods, like the pen-style ecigarettes, periodically need charging which can often by done via a standard micro USB cable . You simply plug the e-cigarette into a laptop or computer, or similar USB port, and in a short space of time the device will be fully charged.
Some mods use removable batteries which can either be charge in the device via USB or in separate chargers like the Efest MC2.

E-cigarettes and the future

Hopefully this guide will answer any questions that you have about e-cigarettes. If you do have any additional questions, please contact us today. Our expert staff at TABlites have the experience and knowledge to assist you with any potential query.