About Electronic Cigarettes and How Do They Work?
If you are a beginner who wants to switch from traditional cigarettes to e-cigs and are not sure what this hype is all about, we have got you covered.
Let’s start with the basics first. Simply put, an electronic cigarette is an electronic device that lets you inhale vapor generated from the e-liquid.
E-cigarettes work by vaporizing the liquid which is then inhaled by the user instead of smoke. The best part of an e-cigarette is that you can choose from a range of liquid flavors with varying nicotine levels which is not the case with traditional cigarettes.
An e-cig allows you to decide your own nicotine levels as per need. Thus, you can cut down your nicotine level and quit smoking altogether!
The whole device is actually battery-powered which can be charged based on your requirement.
Components of an Electronic Cigarette
In order to understand what an electronic cigarette is and how it works, let us first focus on the different components of an e-cigarette.
The first and the most important component of an electronic cigarette is the set of batteries. The electronic cigarette batteries power the whole device and thus they prove to be very important. These are known to come in different shapes and sizes depending on the device you get.
An e-liquid, or an e-juice is what provides you with varied flavors and tastes. The type of eliquid you choose depends upon your preference.
To sum up, there is an array of e-liquid flavors available today including the likes of berry, cereal milk, tobacco, menthol and many more.
In addition to providing various flavors, an e-liquid also decides your vaping experience. The better the liquid and the more you like the flavour the better experience you will have.
Up next is a tank. This component of electronic cigarette stores the e-juice and the built in atomizer generates the vapor. How good the vapor is will depend largely on the atomizer and device.
Electronic cigarettes that usually look like a normal cigarette are called cig-a-likes. But there are various models that provide alot more power and a better vaping experience which come equipped with a button.
You need to press the button as you inhale. It will take some time to get used to the whole process, but in the end, it is a much better expeirence as the device is a lot better..
When you are using certain electronic cigarette devices, you have the choice to actually change the vape settings in order to get the best out of it. With the help of the wattage settings, the device can be adjusted according to your flavour requirements.
Initially, for beginners, it is a good idea to start the device on the low wattage values and thereafter, you can increase the wattage. At the end of the day it is all down to personal preferences and finding your own settings.
How Does An Electronic Cigarette Work?
So, now that we have a clear understanding of the different parts and components of the electronic cigarette, let’s put these bits of pieces of information together in order to draw the clear picture. Let’s have a quick look at how e-cigs work: (this is based on the Smok Stick V8 Kit which is one of the most popular beginners kits)
1. Prime the coil
First you will need to prime the coil. this is basically making sure that the coil is saturated. If you miss this step you run the risk of burning the coil when you first inhale! To prime the coil, you simply soak the cotton with e-liquid directly. To get access to the coil you will need to take it out of the tank. Just a few drops of liquid onto each cotton opening will be sufficient in priming the coil. Once the coil is saturated with liquid you can insert the coil back into the tank.
2. Fill the tank
Now that you have primed and attached the coil you can proceed to the next step. Simply fill the empty tank with your liquid, we recommend filling it to around 3/4 to avoid any leakage.
3. Inhaling with no battery - bonus tip
A good tip to avoid any dry hits is to inhale on the tank before attaching it to the battery, this is so you can draw liquid into the coil to make sure the cotton is saturated. Only need to do this quickly for a couple of draws.
4. Attaching the tank to the battery
This is pretty simple as the tank will just screw into the battery. You are basically ready to go!
5. Turning the battery on
To turn the battery on press the button 5 times rapidly (pressing the button rapidly 5 times will turn battery off and on).
You are ready to go! hold the button down as you inhale, to start we recommend taking a few small puffs to get use to the experience and to warm up the device making sure it is working correctly.
Types of Electronic Cigarettes
There are different kinds of electronic cigarettes available in the market. Here are some of the varieties.
Essentially, cigalikes look very similar to a cigarette. Here, the longer component is the battery area and the filter contains the atomizer and the liquid reservoir.
- Pen Style Device
This is one of the most popular choices for electronic cigarettes today. It is the ideal option for a beginner starting into the world of e-cigarettes. The batteries are known to be more effective and can last a long time. For these devices, you can actually replace the e-liquid by inserting it separately.
- Vape mods
These are very similar in operation and function to the refillable e-cigarettes. However, these come with bigger batteries and offer various atomizers for you to explore.
This brings us to the end of this article. We hope you would have got a basic idea of the way an e-cig works.
Still, if you have any queries, do shout out in the comments.
- Zack O'Hare