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Electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes or personal vaporizers) are an alternative to tobacco cigarettes. They are battery-operated devices that create an inhalable, water-based mist instead of smoke. The rechargeable battery powers a heating element called an “atomizer.” The element uses low heat to turn liquid in the cartridge, which contains propylene glycol, glycerin, food flavoring and nicotine, into a fog-like mist.
There are many models of e-cigarettes available. Some look like traditional cigarettes, others look similar to a pen and some even look like small flashlights. Some have LED lights, some have built-in liquid reservoirs, others have combined atomizer cartridges, some are tubular, and some are even rectangular boxes. They come in all shapes and sizes and have different features for former smokers who wish to distance themselves from anything resembling a traditional cigarette or want a longer battery life and/or better performance.
It stands for a milliampere hour. In basic terms, it means that the larger the number, the longer your battery should last. So a 1000mah battery will last longer than a 650mah.
You need to find a battery that will not only be functional, but will be the most stress free while you transfer from analog cigarettes over to vaping. We honestly cannot answer that question for you, so we always recommend talking with our staff for the one that best suites you.
This is the most common question on e-cigarette forums. The best answer to that question is “none” and “it doesn’t matter.”
Since those considering e-cigarettes are usually seeking to replace tobacco cigarettes, they are under the assumption that having the most realistic, tobacco-flavored e-cigarette will bring the most satisfaction. The truth of it is that after switching to e-cigarettes for a few weeks, the vast majority of users discover that looks ultimately don’t matter – performance does. And the best performing e-cigarettes don’t necessarily look anything like traditional cigarettes because they require larger batteries. And the most popular flavors with experienced users are often as far from tobacco-tasting as one can get.
One problem is that none of the tobacco flavors really taste like burning tobacco – they taste more like fresh tobacco smells and slightly sweet. So, experienced e-cigarette users will tell you that nothing tastes exactly like a burning tobacco cigarette. But, we know you won’t believe us and insist on buying something that looks and tastes like a tobacco cigarette. That’s ok – we’ve all been there!
A tank is the general term for the part of your device that holds the liquid. RDA stands for “Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer” but also goes by RBA (Rebuildable Atomizer). This is an atomizer that does not take replacement heads; but you wrap your own coils. This is what is required for true Sub-Ohming and is the reason most people buy RBA/RDAs. Make sure you are aware of Ohms Law and Battery Safety before you decide on an RBA/RDA.
The resistance of a replacement heads is broken down in “ohm.” The lower your ohm, the faster the liquid will heat up. So a 1.8ohm will heat up faster than a 2.1ohm coil. Most people prefer the 1.8ohm coils because it is just warm enough without burning out the coil too fast. Sub-Ohm is when your resistance is below 1.0ohm. Sub-Ohm is popular in the Cloud Chasers circle and requires Max-VG liquid with very low nicotine (0mg-6mg) or you will get a very strong throat hit and it is not enjoyable. Sub-Ohm is good for those looking to rebuild their own RBA and get very large clouds. Just make sure you understand Ohms Law and Battery Safety before jumping into the world of Sub-Ohming.
That is the part that heats up your liquid in the tank. Since it is a wick wrapped up in wire and heats up the liquid, it will eventually burn out and taste bad, so you will need to replace the coil (or “head” as some people call it) so you can keep tasting your liquid the way it’s supposed to be. Infamous Vape Shop carries a large selection of coils from almost every tank available on the market.
The liquid used in electronic cigarettes, often called E-Liquid, is usually a base mixture of Propylene Glycol (PG) and/or Vegetable Glycerin (VG) with flavoring and/or nicotine added according to preference. As the vapor is inhaled by the user they are able to both taste the flavoring and absorb the nicotine that is diluted in the E-Liquid, if any.
Both PG and VG are considered GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA and EPA. They are common ingredients found in many of the foods we eat, cosmetics we use, medications we take, and common household items such as toothpaste, mouthwash, and soap. They are also used in the fog machines used in theaters and night clubs.
PG is a very thin liquid that dilutes and carries flavors very well, making it the optimal base for mixing, but when thinned out even further by the addition of flavoring and nicotine it may produce less vapor. PG based liquids are recommended with standard tanks like CE4s, Kanger Protanks, Aspire Tanks, iClear tanks, etc. Also, a very small percentage of the population experiences a sensitivity to PG that may present itself in a number of ways from throat irritation to skin irritation. However, most people with this sensitivity are still able to use liquids that contain a lower amount of PG without any negative effects.
VG is a slightly sweet and very thick liquid in its pure form, which results in much higher vapor production than PG. However, the downside to this thickness is that it may cause wicking, clogging, or burning issues in some devices if the VG concentration in the liquid is too high, which is why VG based liquids are not recommended to be used with regular tanks. This VG-based liquid is what is required for Drippers and Subtanks. Also, due to the inherent sweetness of VG it tends to alter or dull the flavor slightly and reduce the amount of throat hit experienced by the user.
Ultimately, the E-Liquid mixture percentages of each user are merely personal preference based on the tradeoff between flavor, throat hit, and vapor production. However, it is recommended for most standard devices that no more than 15-20% VG be used in the E-Liquid to provide a boost in vapor production without the negative effects of higher VG concentrations; in SubOhm systems at least an 80% VG is recommended, though some Premium eLiquid brands that manufacture 50/50 blends that work well in both drippers and standard tank systems.
No. This myth was created by a 2009 FDA press statement regarding electronic cigarettes. The FDA tested 18 cartridges from 2 companies. Of those 18 cartridges, 1 tested positive for a non-toxic amount of diethylene glycol (approximately 1%). While diethylene glycol is occasionally used in anti-freeze, the chemical is not a standard ingredient in e-cigarette liquid and it has not been found in any other samples tested to date.
The base liquid for e-cigarette liquid is usually propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is considered GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA and EPA. While it is also sometimes found in anti-freeze, it is actually added to make the anti-freeze less toxic and safer for small children and pets. Propylene glycol is a common ingredient found in many of the foods we eat, cosmetics we use, and medications we take. It is also used in the fog machines used in theaters and night clubs.