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Vaping devices have evolved at an incredible rate since the invention of the first modern e-cigarette in 2003.
With the different types of vape devices and eliquid flavors out there, it can be a headache on knowing where to start. Especially if you are just starting to learn to vape.
This guide will help you get one step closer to choosing the right vape.Before we begin your vaping journey, let’s get acquainted with the vaping lingo because it can get confusing.
What you need to know before we get started is that there are 3 main components in a vaping device:
Now that we know the basics let’s get into the different devices out there.
Vaping devices can be broken down into 4 categories:
Due to technological advancements in vaping, each device is characterized by innovative features that were not present in prior devices before. Hence, the numbered generation classification.Currently, the newest devices have third generation features. Don’t get it twisted though. The devices you choose do not have to be the latest and greatest. It all depends on what works best for you. You will also notice that the older generation type devices will have features that are up to today’s standards. So, keep this in mind when you go shopping!
Vape mods are the latest edition of devices in the vaping community known for its firepower and advanced personalization features. The term mod originates from a time when vapers would modify their flashlights into a vaping device. The reason vapers macgyvered flashlights into vapes was for one simple reason - more clouds baby!
Back in the day, vape enthusiasts experimented in making the existing devices better and the macgyver in them wanted to know how far they can push their vapes. Although they got their fat plumy clouds, it didn’t come without some sketchy moments and some explosions.
Nowadays, the mods you see in your vape shop look anything but sketchy. Due to the mainstream adoption and commercial availability of these mod devices, you can find a wide range of stylish designs that safely delivers powerful clouds of vape.
The innovative feature that allowed for greater firepower was the adoption of the sub-ohm coil. Instead of using a larger battery with more volts, using a less resistant coil allows for more energy to flow through the coils without having to increase the battery. A sub-ohm coil has a resistance less than 1, and because of this, the electrical current flows at a higher rate. With more current flowing through the coil, bigger clouds are produced meaning more nicotine delivered. Unless you are vaping at 0 mg ;)
Depending on the wattage of your device, the manufacturer will recommend the optimal coil resistance to use. To get a better understanding of how to choose the resistance, it takes a working knowledge of Ohm's law and meter.
Let’s take a look at the different kinds of vape mod devices.
Let’s talk about the 2 kinds of regulated mods:
Tube mods are essentially vape pens updated with sub-ohm tanks. When vape pens originally came out in the mid-2000’s, the devices were equipped with a less powerful clearomizer tank. Essentially, tube mods have become the new go-to device for beginners since it is equipped with the latest vaping technology for better performance. Most vape pens on the market currently are tube mods and have one button to press. We will cover more of this in detail in the vape pen section!
If you’re looking into getting a Tube Mod, check out our beginner’s starter kit article for bundle deals to get you started!
Unregulated Mods are mods that have none of the built-in features found in regulated mods. What this means is that there is no electrical circuitry implemented to protect the users from device malfunctions. All it includes is a battery, an atomizer, and a case to hold it all in. This presents a risk to the users since it has no safety features implemented. Only vapers with advanced knowledge of Ohm's law and electrical systems should handle these devices.
There are several kinds of unregulated devices on the market, and it should be noted that these devices are not for beginners.
Mechanical Mod is a simple device with pure battery power that is housed in either a metallic tube or in a box. Mechanical mods are used by vape enthusiasts who build their own atomizers to create an ideal vaping experience.
Vapers build their own coils instead of buying them and this allows vapers to customize their experience to their liking. These self-constructed atomizers are called Rebuildable Drip Atomizers (RDA) where e-liquid is dripped on top of custom built coils. Vapers also use Rebuildable Tank Atomizers (RTA) where it functions as a tank.
Vape tricksters and cloud chasers who compete in cloud chasing contests will build mech mods to produce ginormous clouds.
These devices are not for beginners so let’s go through the commonalities of the different box mods found in the market.
Vape pens are cylindrical and come in various styles. Vape pens are larger than their predecessor (cig-a-likes) to increase battery power and cloud production. When vape pens came out in the mid-2000’s, the larger battery size, microchip inside the battery, and the use of a different atomizer (clearomizer) was considered innovative at the time. With the advancements in vaping technology, today’s vape pens have some of the latest features incorporated into vape pens. Vape pens have also risen in popularity due to the cannabis industry as it is used to vape flower, concentrates, and oils.
And while some vape pens and e cigarettes have been popular in the media lately for catching on fire or sometimes exploding. With proper vape battery care and also buying a a high quality device, vape pens are a great choice to vape.
Let’s go through the anatomy of vape pens that are on the market today!
Note: Not all vape pens on the market currently are sub-ohm. When vape pens were made initially, it did not use sub-ohm coils since it was not commercially available at the time.
1. Fixed Voltage: When vape pens came out originally, all vape pens were what we call fixed voltage. Fixed voltage means that the device has a consistent voltage output. This means that there is no need to tinker with the settings since it comes with only one option which is firing the button.
2. Vape Carts: The most common vape pen setup you find today do not have added features such as variable voltage and variable temperature. It also makes it simpler to use since it only has one button to press and the sheer power of the battery size and the use of sub-ohm tanks make it sufficient to address nicotine cravings. We will cover this in more detail in the next mod sections.
3. Variable voltage: this is an innovative feature used to personalize the vaping experience. Older models of the vape pens use variable voltage but on less powerful batteries. The ability to increase or decrease the voltage can be a great feature to play around with the flavor intensity, cloud production, and throat hit.
4. Variable Temperature is a feature found in third generation devices and have been implemented into the older style vape pens. Not all vape pens carry this feature but what it does is it automatically adjusts the power output depending on the temperature defined by the user by automatically adapting to the coils resistance in the vaping device to avoid dry hits.
Vape pens can be adjusted to be an MTL or Direct to Lung hit device due to the ability to change the airflow intake. Direct to lung (DTL) hit are a common characteristic in sub-ohm devices and mod devices. DTL devices allow for massive cloud production since the vape directly travels to your lung. The more the airflow is open, this will provide a direct to lung hit. On the market today, vape pens have a combination of second and third generation features.
Let’s go through some commonalities that you will find in vape pens among the market.
Vape pens are affordable and are much better than cig-a-likes when it comes to the vaping experience. If you’re looking into getting your first vape, vape pens will deliver a lot of value when it comes down to flavor intensity, cloud production, and efficient nicotine delivery.
Before we start hating on cig-a-likes, let’s take a look at what makes these devices different from Mods and Vape pens.
You may not know what a Cig-A-Like is, but you most likely have seen one before. Cig-A-Likes are devices often seen in gas stations and used as an entry level vaping device. The devices are called cig-a-likes because of the similar appearance and size to a real cigarette. This is also where the term electronic cigarettes originated from. The idea behind it was to mimic the smoking experience as close as possible to make a smoother transition from smoking to vaping.
Cig-A-Likes are known for its simplicity and are characterized by these features:
What makes a cig-a-like unique besides the appearance of the device is the cartomizer, and the draw activated feature.
A cartomizer combines the atomizer and flavor cartridge into one piece.
At the time, a cartomizer was an innovative feature since it simplified vaping from a three-piece setup (flavor cartridge, atomizer, and battery) to a two-piece setup (cartomizer and battery).
With no buttons to press, the cig-a-like is a simple device with a short learning curve.
For the disposable cig-a-likes, you would buy pre-filled e-liquid cartridges that usually come in packs of 5. After the cartridges are spent, you would replace and vape on!
Refillable cig-a-likes give you the option to refill with your preferred e-liquid manually. Cartridges will still need to be replaced when the wicking material gets used up. You can buy blank cartridges in packs of 5 or more.
A cig-a-like is a mouth to lung hit (MTL) device to mimic the smoking experience. What this means is that you hold the vape in your mouth before inhaling it into your lungs. Much like smoking a cigarette or how you would fill cigar smoke in your mouth to retain the flavor.
Mouth to lung devices have these common characteristics:
Cig-a-likes, in general, have these features:
Cig-a-likes are known for its simplicity and can be a great introductory device. Most vapers have started off with a cig-a-like and transitioned into vapes with stronger performance.
For smokers, we do not recommend cig-a-likes as your first investment since there are other devices such as the vape pen and pod mods that are comparable in price and have greater value. Let’s take a look at a similar device called pod mods next.
Pod mods are the latest devices that are gaining popularity in the vaping community. Pod Mods are low wattage devices that are similar to a cig-a-like and are used with nicotine salt e-juices. Pod systems are a new and improved version of the cig-a-like, and they are the closest device on the market right now to smoking a cigarette.
The pod is referred to the cartridge and are similar to the cartomizer as we have explained above in the cig-a-like section.
Both devices are low wattage and are extremely simple to use with no buttons to press since it is draw activated.
We recommend these devices in this order:1. Pod Mods are simple to use and are much more efficient than the cig-a-likes that were popular in the past. With a similar price investment to cig-a-likes, we would recommend vape pod mods over cig-a-likes any day.
2. Vape pens are the second best device that we recommend to new vapers. Vape pens or tube mods are simple to use, and the devices are effective in delivering nicotine satisfaction as well as flavorful clouds. A great way to get into the sub-ohming world and the overall vaping experience.
3. Vape Box Mods are not the greatest device for smokers who are new to vaping unless one is willing to learn the different settings. Either way, the device can deliver powerful clouds and flavor.
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