What is an e-cigarette/vape?
An e-cigarette, commonly known as a vape, is an electronic device that heats a liquid (often containing nicotine) to produce a vapor which is inhaled by the user. It typically consists of a battery, an atomizer or coil, and a tank or cartridge.
How does an e-cig differ from traditional smoking?
Traditional cigarettes involve burning tobacco, producing smoke that's inhaled. E-cigs, on the other hand, heat liquid to create a vapor without combustion. This means they don't produce tar or many of the harmful chemicals found in tobacco smoke.
Are there different types of e-cigs and vapes?
Yes, there are several types, including cig-a-likes (which look like traditional cigarettes), vape pens, box mods, and pod systems. Each offers a different vaping experience and is suitable for various user preferences.
Usage & Maintenance
How do I clean and maintain my vape device?
Regular cleaning involves disassembling the device, cleaning each component with warm water or isopropyl alcohol, and letting them dry completely. Replace coils and wicks as needed to ensure optimal performance.
How do I choose the right nicotine strength for me?
Start with a medium strength and adjust based on your experience. If you feel lightheaded or unsatisfied, consider switching to a lower or higher strength, respectively.
Why is my vape leaking and how can I fix it?
Vape leaking can be due to several reasons, such as overfilling, damaged seals, or changes in altitude. Ensure the tank isn't overfilled, regularly check and replace any damaged parts, and always store the vape upright.
Purchasing & Legality
Are there age restrictions for purchasing vape products?
Yes, in many countries and regions, you must be of legal smoking age, typically 18 or 21, to purchase vape products.
What should I look for when purchasing a vape or e-cig?
Consider factors like battery life, device type, build quality, brand reputation, and user reviews. Always buy from reputable vendors.
Can I travel with my vape or e-cig?
Generally, yes, but always check airline and local regulations. In most cases, batteries should be carried in carry-on baggage, and there may be liquid restrictions.
Flavour & Ingredients
Why are there so many different e-liquid flavours?
The vast array of flavours caters to diverse user preferences, making vaping more appealing to a broader audience and potentially aiding in smoking cessation by offering varied experiences.
Are there concerns with flavoured e-liquids?
Yes. While flavours can make vaping more appealing, there are concerns, especially with flavours that might attract younger audiences. Some regions have regulations or bans on certain flavors due to these concerns.
Can I mix e-liquids?
While it's possible to mix e-liquids, it's essential to understand how different flavors and nicotine strengths might interact. Always ensure you're using safe combinations and understand the resulting nicotine concentration.
Cost & Economics
How much can I expect to spend on vaping compared to smoking?
Initial costs for vaping can be higher due to purchasing the device. However, over time, many find vaping to be more economical than smoking, especially as e-liquids and replacement coils can be cheaper than continually buying cigarettes.
Are there eco-friendly vaping options?
While vaping inherently produces waste like used coils and empty e-liquid bottles, some brands offer recyclable options or biodegradable components. Users can also opt for rebuildable setups, which reduce waste.
Why are there significant price differences between vaping products?
Prices can vary based on brand reputation, build quality, features, and the complexity of the device. More expensive doesn't always mean better, so research and reading reviews is essential.
Can I vape anywhere?
While vaping doesn't produce smoke, not all places permit it. Respect local laws and private property rules. Always practice good vaping etiquette.
Do e-liquids expire?
E-liquids have a shelf life of about 1-2 years. Always check for changes in color, consistency, or smell, which might indicate it's time to replace them.
What are PG and VG, and why are they used in vape liquids?
PG (propylene glycol) and VG (vegetable glycerin) are base liquids in e-juices. PG offers more flavor but less vapor, while VG provides denser clouds but can mute flavors. The ratio in e-liquids affects flavor, throat hit, and vapor production.
What is sub-ohm vaping?
Sub-ohm vaping refers to vaping with a coil resistance below 1 ohm. It typically produces more vapor and potentially more flavor but requires more power and can consume e-liquid faster.
What are the differences between MTL (Mouth to Lung) and DTL (Direct to Lung) vaping?
MTL is similar to the way one would smoke a cigarette, where you first draw the vapor into your mouth and then inhale it into your lungs. DTL is where you inhale directly into the lungs. MTL usually requires less vapor and is used with higher nicotine strengths, while DTL requires more vapor and is often used with lower nicotine e-liquids.
What are rebuildable atomizers?
Rebuildable atomizers (RBAs) allow vapers to build their own coils rather than using pre-made ones. They offer more customization but require more expertise.