When someone talks about the various types electronic cigarettes, you probably think of one kind: possibly a disposable, the sort purchased at a garage. These are cheapest, but there are many different kinds available; most of them rechargeable. Since the technology was first developed in China, it has also grown more varied and countless companies have jumped on the bandwagon. Take a look at the many types of e-cigarettes on the market today, but remember: something new is in development as we speak.
Disposable E Cigs
These are one-timers; non-rechargeable devices. They cost anywhere from $3 to $11, but you shouldn’t be paying $10 for a disposable when they can be so tasty and powerful at $6. Most brand-name rechargeable varieties are also available in this format. Examples are the White Cloud Fling, Green Smoke disposables, and V2 Cigs one-timers.
Unless you know precisely what you are doing, a disposable cannot be taken apart, not even to look at the insides. It cannot be refilled with e liquid. Recycle the battery when it dies, though, to prevent creating unnecessary waste. Companies usually carry just tobacco and menthol versions and they typically contain moderate to high levels of nicotine. Another version of the disposable is an e-hookah filled with fruit or dessert flavors. E-cigars are also available as one-time products lasting about 1,000 puffs. They usually cost $12 or more.
They look just like disposables, but rechargeable cigarette-style e cigs can be taken apart. Battery and cartomizer screw together or sometimes snap in place. The tip lights up to simulate the glow of a burning cigarette.
Most of these products are made up of 2 pieces: the atomizer is built into the cartridge. Each time an empty cartridge is replaced, so is the atomizer. This is said to prevent the problem of uneven heating caused by a dying atomizer. Some three-piece devices still exist, notably a 510-threaded set-up by JoyeTech. Smoke 51 also makes them, but they charge a hefty and unreasonable price.
When you look for rechargeable cigalikes, brands selling well right now are Eversmoke, VaporFi, Halo Cigs, White Cloud, 777, and South Beach Smoke. V2 Cigs is a big name and Bull Smoke is in this group. Vapor4Life has been around for a while, but Clearette is relatively new. Try Cigavette, Volt, or 21st Century Smoke. Any of these is a reliable, quality product. Many of them are compatible with blank cartomizers or clearomizers allowing you to choose e liquid you enjoy.
After a little while you notice the effort involved in being a vaper. Cigarettes were easy: you lit them and puffed. You didn’t recharge them. Only rolling your own made the process more difficult if somewhat cheaper. Electronic cigarette batteries have to be recharged and their e liquid refilled. While this made vaping cheaper than smoking by several hundred dollars annually, within the first few months you hardly notice the financial advantages (although your lungs feel better).
Ego e cigs reduce your work load and cut costs. Batteries are at least twice as powerful, often 8 or 9 times more powerful than cigalike batteries. They usually work with tanks (the Cigavette Mega being an exception, which operates with blanks or pre-filled Mega cartomizers) so you refill them with e liquid. Both batteries and filled tanks last for hours, even a whole day. By the time your battery is empty it’s bed time, so you just charge it over night.
Egos are available in countless colors and produce excellent vapor. Compared to cigalike vapor, you will be living in a fog with an Ego. Joyetech makes some of the most popular Ego batteries. The Kanger Evod and Vision batteries are two more possibilities. Cigalike companies that produce bigger batteries include VaporFi with their Pro, Apollo which sells a Superior Ego kit, and Volcano, known for their Inferno E Cig. The Halo Triton is another option.
Most Ego batteries are available in a Spinner format, which means a dial at the bottom can be turned to change voltage. Only a small range is available to you, but this is an introduction to the next level of e cig.
Advanced Personal Vaporizers
APVs or Personal Vaporizers allow vapers to take control of heating their e liquid by changing voltage. Up until this point, you could possibly alter the resistance of your clearomizer or tankomizer if it were rebuildable. Now, you can change voltage and resistance to run your unit hot or just warm. The temperature will still be high enough to create vapor, but some flavors taste better at a lower temperature than others. This could be owing to their complexity, your tastes, or the ratio of propylene glycol/vegetable glycerin they contain.
Advanced electronic cigarettes are batteries with LCD screens which display voltage and, usually, your battery charge. They sometimes show how many puffs you have taken, but only the eVic displays the temperature (that will no doubt change with new models coming out). An APV kit comes with a clearomizer or tank plus extra atomizer heads and sometimes e liquid. Apollo sells their VTube kits with juice and a Volcano LavaTube comes with e liquid as well.
Most APVs are sold by general e cig retailers who act as distributors for various brands: Innokin or JoyeTech, for instance.
Notable devices are the VaporFi Rebel, Innokin VV V3.0, and the Vamo, plus the ones mentioned above. You can usually buy a kit for about $60, which also comes with a USB charger.