Vaping - Vaping is when you use heat to atomize an eLiquid, leaf or wax for the purpose of releasing nicotine or scents to be inhaled. Vaping the liquid, leaf or wax means that it is not actually burning, therefore it produces no smoke, ash or tar. Most people agree that vaping is healthier for this reason. Because leaves/herbs/wax and eLiquid are vastly different in how they are vaped, there are 2 distinct categories for Vaporizers: Dry Herb or Wax devices, and eLiquid devices, commonly referred to as eCigs, eCigarettes, vapes, APVs (Advanced Personal Vaporizer) or Mods. Devices like the one pictured have the ability to switch tanks, allowing you to use the Vaporizer as an eCig or Dry Herb vape.
eLiquid / eJuice - eLiquid is the fluid that contains varying levels of nicotine and flavoring in an eCig or Advanced Personal Vaporizer. Some devices use disposable cartridges, while others, like those that you see producing large vapor “clouds” use refillable eJuice tanks. The juice itself is made from few ingredients. Besides liquid Nicotine, they contain natural and artificial flavors, Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin. The levels of nicotice vary to allow for one to wean themself off when trying to quit smoking.
Vegetable Glycerine (VG) - A colorless, odorless liquid that is produced from plant oils, typically palm oil, soy, or coconut oil. VG is the ingredient that creates vapor clouds.
Propylene Glycol (PG) - A viscous colourless liquid which is nearly odorless but possesses a faintly sweet taste. PG is used often in food and is sometimes added to antifreeze because it actually makes it safer if ingested. PG is the ingredient that carries the flavor of the ejuice.
eCigs refers to all vaporizers that use eLiquid (liquid nicotine). The smallest of these devices are disposable or utilize replaceable eLiquid cartridges. The majority of devices however utilize two separate pieces, a battery and a tank. The eLiquid tanks allow users to refill their eCig with eJuice flavors and brands of their choosing. eLiquid Tanks also have replaceable atomizers, meaning to continue using your eCig indefinitely all you need to purchase regularly is eLiquid and atomizers. Though tanks and batteries have a wide range of costs depending on size and quality, buying replacement atomizers and eJuice are typically cheaper than smoking cigarettes.
eLiquid Tanks can come in dozens of varieties so it can often be hard to choose the best one for you. Only certain tanks will work on certain batteries, our helpful staff at one of our many Smokers Choice retail locations throughout New York and Pennsylvania can assist you in determining which tanks will work for your device or vice versa. Tanks come in various sizes designed to hold different amounts of eJuice at a time. They also differ from each other in that some have control over airflow, which will allow you to customize how much vapor it produces. Tanks utilize replacement atomizers that can come in various sizes. The larger the coil in an atomizer, the more vapor it will produce. Tanks with the largest coils are known as “Sub-Ohm” tanks.
Starter kits usually include vaporizers commonly referred to as “eGo Style” devices. These are the simplest of devices and usually come in kit form including a battery and tank designed to work specifically with that battery. If you would like to try vaping for the first time, this is a great place to start as they are inexpensive and easy to use.
Dry Herb or Wax vapes are usually self contained devices with a battery and chamber for putting your herbs or wax in. Devices with replaceable atomizers are used for wax and oils while those that do not use an atomizer are for Dry Herbs only. eCigs able to use different tanks can use Dry Herb and Wax tanks as well, though the best devices for dry herb vaping were designed for that exclusively.
Sub-Ohm vaping is when you use a tank with an atomizer of a resistance rating lower than 1 ohm. Ohm is the unit of measurement that determines the resistance of a coil in an atomizer. Resistance correlates to the size of the coil, gauge wire used and number of wraps on the coil. This mean that the lower your resistance rating, the more flavor and vapor clouds you’ll get out of your tank. Typically, sub-ohm tanks use a .5, .3 or .2 ohm atomizer. Not every battery can power a sub-ohm tank, for the most part you will need one with higher adjustable wattage. Our Smokers Choice employees can assist you in finding the correct battery for a sub-ohm tank.
Box Mods are the vaporizers you see which are smart phone size/shaped devices. These types of devices are required for the use of sub-ohm tanks because they have higher, adjustable wattage or lack regulatory circuits altogether, allowing the atomizer to draw as much power as it needs directly from the battery. Because of their increased size these types of devices sport much longer battery life as well. If you want to produce the largest possible vapor clouds, you will need a box mod with a Sub-ohm tank.
Mechanical or Mech Mods are most often used by experienced vape enthusiasts because they offer the most control over your vaping experience, however, they are not controlled by electronics; there are none inside a mech mod, it is a completely mechanical device. Users of mech mods customize the amount of vapor their device produces by building custom coils in their atomizers. The coils draws directly from the battery all the power it needs to heat up. Battery life with these devices is dependent on how much power is required to fully heat the coils you build. The bigger the coils the shorter the battery life. Because these devices require a knowledge of vaping and do not contain safety circuits that protect the battery from shorts, they are not recommended for new or inexperienced vapers.