Choosing Your First Vape Kit

Choosing Your First Vape Kit

November 15, 2017

If you're reading this article, it's because you've decided that you are finally done with smoking. You've done your research, and you've decided that vaping is the alternative you need. We at VCT would like to congratulate you. Every time a smoker switches to vaping, it's a victory against tobacco. The only thing that's left is to choose the perfect vape kit. We classify e-cigarettes by four major types. In this article, we'll explain their benefits and drawbacks.

Cigalike

If you can buy e-cigarettes in your local convenience store, it's most likely that the store carries cigalikes. A cigalike is the smallest type of e-cigarette; it's about the same shape and size as a tobacco cigarette. Buying a cigalike is an easy, inexpensive way to try vaping because the starter kits are very cheap. The companies that make cigalikes don't earn their profits from selling starter kits -- they earn their money from selling the refill cartridges. A single refill cartridge for a cigalike can cost $3.00 or more, and many cigalikes are proprietary devices that don't work with cartridges from other makers. In addition, it usually isn't possible to use bottled e-liquid with a cigalike because the cartridges are sealed. Cigalikes generally don't have great battery life, and you may use more than one cartridge per day to satisfy your nicotine needs. For some, the price of cartridges may mean that using a cigalike actually costs more than smoking. Nevertheless, many people use cigalikes and are completely happy with them. A cigalike has a familiar size and shape, and it's extremely easy to use.

 

Vape Pen

A vape pen has a long, narrow tube shape. It usually includes a tank that you can fill with the e-liquid of your choice. You'll pay a bit more if you buy a vape pen rather than a cigalike as your first vape kit, but your total ownership cost will likely be lower because you can use it with bottled e-liquids rather than cartridges. While filling an e-cigarette tank isn't quite as easy as swapping pre-filled cartridges, using an e-cigarette with a tank has the major benefit of allowing you to use the e-liquid of your choice. While many cigalikes have only around a half dozen flavors from which to choose, there are hundreds of different e-liquid flavors available throughout the world. You could try a new flavor each day for years without running out of e-liquids to sample. Some vape pens have adjustable power settings. With an adjustable vape pen, you can change the power level to customize your vaping experience. A higher power level results in larger, warmer vapor clouds. If you'd prefer to buy a first vape kit that's as simple as possible, though, you can buy a vape pen with no controls except for a single fire button.

 

Regulated Mod

A regulated mod is often a box with a size and shape similar to that of a pack of cigarettes. Out of all the different types of e-cigarettes available, a box mod gives you the most options for customizing your vaping experience. A regulated box mod works with any type of e-cigarette tank or atomizer. Box mods typically have advanced safety features to prevent injury from overheating, high amperage and short circuits. Box mods almost always let you select from different wattage levels when vaping. Some even let you personalize your vaping experience with a custom wattage curve. A box mod may also have a temperature limiting function that lowers the power if the atomizer coil becomes too hot. Regulated box mods are among the most popular e-cigarettes available today. You should only buy a box mod as your first vape kit, though, if you're comfortable tinkering with personal electronics. A box mod has many settings that you can adjust, but you may not want that level of complexity when you're first making the switch from smoking to vaping.

 

Mechanical Mod

A mechanical mod is the simplest type of e-cigarette because it's nothing but a tube with a button, a battery and some threading for a tank or atomizer. Mechanical mods have no electronic components, so they are very inexpensive and reliable. On the other hand, the fact that a mechanical mod has no electronics also means that it has no safety features. A mechanical mod can't tell you if you aren't using good safety practices. It can't tell you if the battery's voltage is dangerously low or if the output current is too high. People who prefer mechanical mods love them because of their simplicity and reliability. A mechanical mod doesn't really have any parts that can fail. A regulated box mod, on the other hand, has an LCD display and internal electronics. If an electronic component of a regulated mod goes bad, you'll have to replace the entire mod. If the fire button on a mechanical mod becomes a bit loose, you can simply replace the button. Because mechanical mods have no safety features, though, they are best left to experts who understand and know how to manage the risks.

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