What is an e-cigarette
First things first - A New Vaper's Guide
This text is aimed at anyone who is interested in the subject of e-cigarettes for the first time. Be it because you want to quit smoking or just to have fun with the e-cigarette. At first most of us are overwhelmed with the mass of new information we are facing. The really important information usually has to be laboriously searched for and filtered.
Therefore, in our PowerCigs guide, we have tried to compile the most important beginner questions on the subject of e-cigarettes. If we should have forgotten an important point, please contact us or post it in the comment area.
What is vaping?
The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is called vaping, e-vaping or vaping. As the name suggests, vaping is one Alternative to tobacco cigarettes. The largest target group for e-cigarettes are smokers or ex-smokers who want to say goodbye to tobacco and who, according to current knowledge, have found a far safer method in vaping. Nicotine can also be consumed when vaping, but e-steam contains significantly fewer harmful substances than tobacco smoke.
How do e-cigarettes work?
Finds in e-cigarettes no burning instead of. The inhalant is created by the evaporation of liquids, so-called liquids (also e-liquid or e-juice). The basic functionality is very simple. The evaporation is caused by heat. Electric power is used to generate this heat.
An e-cigarette consists of three main components:
A battery or a rechargeable battery supplies the required power to the evaporator unit. Inside the vaporizer there is a coil of wire through which the current flows. The coil is usually called a heating wire, heating coil or coil. As with a stove top, the coil is heated by the flow of current. In the core of the coil there is a wick material (usually cotton wool or silicate) which is soaked in the e-liquid. The liquid evaporates due to the resulting heat. This vapor is inhaled through the mouthpiece. There are different types of e-cigarettes. You have the choice between smaller baking steam devices or powerful sub-ohm e-cigarettes for direct lung vaping. So-called Cig-A-Likes are the most compact e-cigarettes and are both visually and functionally reminiscent of a conventional tobacco cigarette.
What do i need to start vaping?
Anyone who wants to start vaping is initially confronted with a huge range of products. Without knowing what is really needed, it can quickly become overwhelming.
The basic equipment for new steamers is very manageable. All that is absolutely necessary is an e-cigarette, consisting of a battery carrier, vaporizer unit and liquid.
Almost all manufacturers now offer so-called starter sets. Starter sets contain the complete hardware that is needed to get going.
Alternatively, entry-level sets are also aimed at beginners, as they are also fully equipped and also particularly user-friendly. Most of the time, a charger for the battery is already included and, if necessary, various atomizer heads. Starter and entry-level sets are priced between approx. EUR 30 and EUR 80.
The selection of different liquids is now almost unmanageable. Here you should just listen to your taste. In the beginning it is advisable to have a small selection of different liquids ready. So you can quickly find out which flavors suit you.
Realistic expectations are very important, especially if the e-cigarette is intended as a means of smoking cessation. Overall, e-vaping has a lot to do with trying out and experimenting. In advance you should think a few things about what is important to you personally in terms of vapor development, design and price, and choose an appropriate e-cigarette on this basis. If you would like personal advice, please feel free to contact our friendly and competent customer service at any time. He is available via chat, e-mail and by phone.
What types of e-cigarettes are there? How do they differ?
A lot has happened since the first e-cigarette was launched in China in 2004. And even if the basic principle has remained the same, the products, and above all the variety and the performance, have improved by worlds.
While there was only one type of e-cigarette in the beginning, today we differentiate between regulated and unregulated e-cigarettes, depot and tank systems, and disposable and reusable products. We explain what this means in detail in the following section.
Unregulated battery mod
The first e-cigarettes were exclusively unregulated. Unregulated means that the output voltage of the battery is applied directly to the heating wire and thus specifies the output. If the performance of the battery decreases, the development of steam also decreases. The only way to vary the output of an unregulated e-cigarette is to use coils with different resistances.
Unregulated vaping still has its fan base, but in general it is hardly of any importance.
Regulated battery mod
Most current mods have control units so that the power can be regulated at the push of a button. Users no longer have to worry about electrical resistance, wire size and winding.
In the beginning, regulated battery mods had the disadvantage compared to unregulated ones that the performance was significantly lower. Less power means less steam. However, modern e-cigarettes nowadays also achieve a regulated output of over 200 W and have thus also eliminated this problem.
With electrical circuits, the safety of e-cigarettes has also been significantly improved. Today's models have protective measures that protect the battery from overheating or deep discharge, for example.
Variable volts and variable watts
In the case of battery mods with VV and VW, you can directly influence the electrical power without having to deal with Ohm's law. E-vaping has a lot to do with electrical engineering. The relevant parameters voltage, resistance, current strength and power are each dependent on one another. The arithmetic is done by the e-cigarette. All that has to be done is set the desired watt or volt number at the push of a button and start steaming. The output voltage is converted by the e-cigarette into the desired voltage with which the vaporizer works. The higher the power, the higher and faster the wire coil is heated.
The selected settings and also the charge level of the battery can usually be read on a display. Whether the variable watt (VW) or the variable volt mode (VV) is used is irrelevant for the result. It's all about producing the right amount of steam and aroma.
Temperature controlled e-cigarettes
The latest technical achievement on the e-cigarette market are battery mods with temperature control (TC). The possibility of specifying a temperature for the e-cigarette that the heating coil should not exceed makes the search for the sweet spot even easier and easier to understand. In the vaping scene, the sweet spot denotes the best possible vaping experience (taste, temperature, volume). In addition, fluffy dry hits are reliably avoided with temperature-controlled steaming.
Temperature-controlled steaming works for the user in the same way as steaming in VV or VW mode. The only thing that needs to be considered is that not all atomizer heads can be used. The temperature is measured via the specific electrical resistance of the coil. For this, the wire must be made of certain materials (zinc or certain types of stainless steel). Thanks to the latest TCR technology, however, other types of wire can now also be used as coils for temperature-controlled steaming. Temperature-controlled battery mods are currently the easiest way to achieve optimal vaping results.
What must be considered in terms of safety when vaping?
In recent years there have been repeated reports in the media that have described the risks of e-cigarettes in very clear and sometimes exaggerated terms. The dangers ranged from formaldehyde to exploding batteries. These reports are not made out of thin air, but in the end they could always be traced back to incorrect and negligent use.
E-cigarettes pose no greater risk than any other item that surrounds us on a daily basis and, if used properly, will not make your life difficult. Nevertheless, please always observe the following safety instructions:
Purchase only from reputable dealers!
The electronic cigarette market has grown rapidly in recent years. Unfortunately, this always attracts uninvited guests who want to earn quick money with counterfeit products (cloning) and inferior goods. These black sheep do a large part of the damage to the reputation of the industry and in doing so also accept health risks for the consumer. Therefore, when shopping, please pay close attention to who you are doing business with, whether it is liquid or hardware.
E-cigarettes are always delivered with a certificate of authenticity. This also means that the devices have passed appropriate security checks and can be used without risk.
With the liquid, you should pay attention to whether and how the ingredients are specified. Serious manufacturers and dealers place great value on transparency and, of course, the health of their customers.
So you are on the safe side
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