Vaping 101 - All About the different vaping devices

September 08, 2017

Vaping 101 - All About the different vaping devices

   Vaping devices come in all shapes and sizes from basic electronic cigarettes that mimic the look and feel of traditional smokes to larger more powerful devices that can require a little extra effort. Here we'll go through the different styles and types of vaping systems so that you'll have the basics of each type of device along with the advantages and disadvantages to each system. First up....

 

Cig-A-Likes

   Cig-A-Like e-cigarette systems such as the EVO Premium Kit are the smallest of the vaping devices and are popular amongst beginner and novice vapors as they offer the least complicated form of vaping. They are usually about the size of a normal cigarette, are light weight and are very simple to use on a day to day basis

   Cig-A-Like e-cig batteries usually last about 4-5 hours on a single charge and can be recharged in about an hour by simply plugging the battery into a USB or wall charger adapter. They don't have any complicated tanks or settings, rather they use replaceable, single use cartomizers that screw into the end of the battery. These devices are very easy to use and require almost no knowledge of vaping to begin enjoying immediately out of the box.  

Cig-A-Like Advantages:

Cig-A-Like Disadvantages:

  • Cig-A-Likes offer a clean, easy to understand transition point between traditional tobacco cigarettes and more advanced vaping devices.
  • They can be used without any hassle. This convenience makes them very attractive to those who are looking to make the switch.
  • Low up front cost and a single kit provides everything you need to begin vaping immediately.
  • Not as efficient or as high performing as it's more advanced counterparts such as tank style vape pens or sub-ohm systems. You'll always get a better draw and flavor from the higher end vaping devices. 

 

 Tank Style (Vape Pens)

   Tank Style Vape Pens such those found here have been on a massive upswing in popularity recently and it's easy to see why. Vape pens don't use cartomizers like their cig-a-like counterparts. Rather users of vape pens use e-liquid in refillable tanks.The tank detaches from the battery for charging and can be refilled over and over again with different e-liquids. These devices offer more power, longer battery life, freedom for more flavors, and great portability.   

   Tank Style Vape Pens are a little bit more complicated than cig-a-like e-cig systems. The first thing to know is that when you order your kit you will also need to order at least one bottle of e-liquid.  Any flavor or strength e-liquid will work with any tank style system. The next thing to know is that tank style systems will need to have the tank replaced every so often after it starts to produce a burnt taste. Some even have rebuild-able tanks, meaning that you can save money by keeping the same tank and only replacing the atomizer. Take for example our popular Mini Pro system which gives you the option of either replacing the entire tank, or replacing just the atomizer. We list each replacement part right in each kits description so you know what you'll need quickly and easily.  

Tank Style System Advantages:

Tank Style System Disadvantages:

  • More power and better vapor production, longer battery life and better overall performance.
  • Tank Style systems are very portable.  
  • Slightly more complicated but overall still very easy to use.
  • Lower long-term cost due to rebuild-able tanks and longer lasting e-liquid.
  • Slightly higher upfront cost when you factor in purchasing back-up batteries and separate e-liquid.
  • Not as powerful as sub-ohm systems.

Sub-Ohm Systems

   Sub-Ohm systems are in a category all their own. These sytems are very powerful and are the most complicated form of vaping. To many folks the trade off is well worth it! Sub-Ohm systems, such as those found here have many different features, each serving to enhance the vaping experience above any other system. Some, such as the Triton II are smaller and sleaker, about the size of a Tank Style Vape Pen. While others are full featured variable voltage devices giving you the power to tweak the settings for each individual e-liquid for maximum flavor and vapor production, such as the Reactor Kit. What each has in common is these devices are designed for high volume vapor production. I won't get into all the details of sub-ohm vaping here, but you can check out "What is Sub-Ohm Vaping" for more info. 

Sub-Ohm Vaping Advantages:

Sub-Ohm Vaping Disadvantages:

  • High powered, high performance devices.
  • Huge clouds of vapor and intense flavor.
  • Some offer variable controls allowing you to customize the power on each individual juice.
  • Some offer the ability store different tanks into memory so that you always have the correct setting for each tank.
  •  Some Sub-Ohm devices are complicated requiring extra attention to settings.
  • Some Sub-Ohm devices are large and less portable than tank style systems and cig-a-likes.
  • Sub-Ohm devices produce so much vapor that users are encouraged to use good vaping etiquette around others.   

    Thats the basics of each style of vaping device! As you can see each system has its own advantages and disadvantages and each can be well-suited for different settings. Many people, myself included use multiple devices throughout the day. I prefer the Triton Kit for my regular tobacco flavors as it's very portable, reliable and easy to vape all day long. But I also carry my Reactor Sub-Ohm system for my exotic flavors and for those times that i want to vape big clouds.

Be sure to check out my article on How to Stick with it Over Traditional Smokes!