E-cigarettes are a popular tool for smokers wanting to quit and have helped many to leave cigarettes behind. Unfortunately, the vast number of e-cigarettes on the market can make choosing one a confusing and time-consuming task. It is therefore important to educate yourself on the different types of vaping devices. When choosing an e-cigarette, three things should be considered when making your decision: your budget, the amount of experience you have with vaping products and the size of the device.
The Different Types of Vaping devices
The most widely known e-cigarettes are those sold in convenience stores and that are designed to look and feel like tobacco cigarettes. These compact devices (sometimes called “cigalikes”) rely on smaller batteries. They are often disposable and serve as an introduction to the world of vaping for many people. These devices tend to be relatively inexpensive but come with a couple of major downsides. One of those is due to their smaller batteries. Smaller batteries have reduced capacity. Lower capacity means that the battery will have a shorter life, which can be frustrating for heavy users. Disposable devices also cannot be refilled and in some cases, cannot be recharged.
Advanced Vaping Devices
Users who are dissatisfied with the smaller cigalikes often upgrade to advanced devices and those can be grouped into two categories: regulated and unregulated. Both of these categories are recommended only for experienced vapers. Advanced vaping devices typically come with larger batteries in the form of one or more 18650 cells, or lipo packs.
These devices have been popular for a long time and exist in two form factors: tube devices that typically use one battery and box devices (“box mods”) that allow multiple batteries to be used in a parallel or serial configuration. They are cost effective and allow the user to take advantage of the power that larger batteries can provide. More power means thicker, more flavorful vapor and a stronger nicotine hit. Multiple batteries in parallel can provide longer vaping time without the need to recharge. The downsides of unregulated mods include the fact that they have no safety features in the event of short circuits or overheating and that the user has no control over the power provided by the batteries.
Regulated devices provide users with a range of safety features including short circuit and overheating protection. They also allow users to increase or decrease wattage and thus alter the flavor and density of the vapor. Recently, temperature controlled devices have become popular with many regulated devices allowing users to set their preferred temperature. Regulated devices are typically more expensive than unregulated devices.
The atomizer is the part of the e-cigarette that actually produces the vapor. There is a wide variety when it comes to these as well. They range from the cartridges typically seen on cigalikes to tank systems and dripping atomizers used on advanced devices. Factors that should be considered when choosing an atomizer include the resistance of the heating coil and the e-liquid capacity. Atomizer resistances range from below 1 ohm (recommended for experienced users only) to 1.5 ohms or above. Coil selection is especially important when using unregulated devices as a low-resistance coil could place too great a load on the battery potentially causing it to fail. In some cases, battery failure can result in harm to the user.