You know that you want to get away from tobacco or you want to help a loved one pull the escape hatch and ditch the cigarettes. Just to get started with ecigs can be confusing. You look online and see all manner of contraptions promising you lots of vapor. Do you even want lots of vapor? That’s no help.
Next, you’re walking around and you see someone carrying a box shaped powerful ecig and making huge clouds of vapor. You stop and ask them how their ecig works for them. They say “My ecig is awesome, I stacked the bats in this mech and I got this wicked new Kanthal wire and my atty resistance is point oh four plus with my max VG I am getting huge clouds.” Great! That sounds…. um …. good? Wait, what?
Don’t be intimidated or confused! Yes, there are a lot of passionate vapers out there who are utilizing complex technologies in the pursuit of massive vapor. There are between three and four million people in this country who now vape instead of smoke and there is no wonder why they are so passionate. Some day you may be as well but that is not really important right now. What’s important is getting away from cigarettes. You probably don’t need huge vapor clouds to help you with that. You just need a reliable, quality ecig to start out with.
How To Get Started With Ecigs
We have put together a list of key steps that can help you to get started with ecigs. It is not so simple as going to a gas station and buying one. You need to know what you are getting.
If you have a loved one who smokes and you want to find an ecigarette for them, these tips to get started with ecigs can help you, too.
Veteran vapers, obviously you do not need these tips and in fact, you may have some tips of your own. Please feel free to leave additional tips in the comments section below. Tweet your favorite tips to #eccrtips.
For those of you wondering where to get started, it all begins with choosing the right ecigarette.
Tip # 1 – Choose The Right Ecig
Choosing a quality electronic cigarette that is going to be both reliable and consistent is essential.
That may sound easy but in reality the search for a quality ecigarette is fraught with pitfalls and mirages.
There are more than 500 brands of ecigarettes on the market right now. Most of those brands are prepackaged, low quality products made with factory seconds and sold at huge margins for the seller.
The cheaply made ecig brands that you see in retail stores placed right beside the cigarettes are usually Big Tobacco ecig brands that offer you very few options. This brings us to our first and absolutely critical point, don’t put your fate in the hands of a cheaply made ecigarette sold at retail stores and gas stations.
I guess telling you which ecig not to pick is only partially helpful, huh? You want to know which ecigs you can rely on for quality, value and performance. You are in luck, there are a lot that you can choose from and all are available online in a huge range of options.
To get started, you are going to want an easy to use ecigarette. When you are ready to get started with ecigs, ease of use is a big factor in helping you succeed. Later on, you may want a more sophisticated electronic cigarette but for now, keeping it simple can make the transition from smoking to vaping a more natural process.
When it comes to easy to use electronic cigarettes there are few better options than a cigalike. A cigalike is an electronic cigarette that looks and feels like a cigarette.
A cigalike is a two piece design involving a rechargeable ecigarette battery and an ecig refill cartridge, often called a cartomizer. To use a cigalike, all you have to do is attach the cartridge to the battery and begin puffing just as you would smoke a cigarette.
There are a lot of advantages to starting with a cigalike. The most obvious advnatage is that fact that a cigalike mimics smoking in every way including appearance and feel. You can hold the cigalike between your two fingers, just like a cigarette and it actually looks like you are smoking.
There is more to smoking addition than just the nicotine. There are the rituals, routines and habits that go with smoking. A “smoke break” for example is often a positive experience not only because of the nicotine fix but because it represents a break from routine, stepping away from your work and shutting the world out for a minute. A cigarette after a meal fulfills a symbol of reward as in your day’s work is done, you enjoyed a fine meal and now it is YOUR time. And YOUR time often involves a cigarette.
In moments like that you don’t just need a nicotine fix, you need an experience fix. A cigalike mimics that experience to a T but without the toxic sludge of smoking a deadly cigarette.
Finding a great quality cigalike is a great place to start. If you are a heavier smoker or if you want to experience more vapor right off the bat then a basic ecig tank system can still be a good place to start. Today, ecig tank systems like the Apollo Endeavor, the Halo Triton or the Atlantic Nautilus are very easy to use.
A basic ecig tank system involves filling an ecig tank with eliquid and then attaching the tank to the battery. Ecig tanks do not look like cigarettes but they can behave like cigarettes. If you use an ecig tank the same way that you would a cigarette, ie you hold it between two fingers horizontally and puff, it may not work as well as it could. That’s because the ecig tank works differently than a cigalike.
In an ecig tank, if you hold it horizontally the eliquid can pool on one side of the tank leaving one of the wicks unsaturated. You are best to use an ecig tank by holding it vertically.
The advantage of an ecig tank vs a cigalike is that the ecig tank system should give you more vapor and a stronger throat hit, the sensation you experience when inhaling something.
To wrap up the first point, I believe that cigalikes are an ideal first ecig but in saying that we also have to recognize that today’s introductory ecig tank systems are so easy to use that they cannot be overlooked. For example, the Apollo Endeavor ecig is very easy to use and so consistent that it is going to be that reliable performer that you need from a first ecig.
Have a look at out ecig reviews and see which ecig companies lead the way in quality and performance. You can also look at the consumer ecig reviews to see the top rankings as determined by consumer reports.
Tip # 2 – Choose The Right Nicotine Level
Choosing the right nicotine level is obviously very important in helping you switch from smoking to vaping. You have to be careful here. Have you seen those Vuse TV commercials lately?
Well, you won’t find it printed on the packaging because Vuse may not want you to know but when you puff on a Vuse you are getting a serious jolt of nicotine.
Vuse has 4.8 mg of nicotine. Wondering how much nicotine is in a cigarette? The answer is about 12 mg. Big difference, huh?
The last thing that you want to do is to make your nicotine addiction worse. You need to know how much nicotine is in the ecig that you are buying. If the nicotine level is not clear, do not buy it.
How do I choose the right nicotine level for my ecigarette? This is not an exact science. When you smoke a cigarette, you absorb about 1 mg of nicotine. When you vape an ecigarette, the absorption rate is not as high so you have to vape a higher level to get the same nicotine absorption.
There are a couple of reasons that smoking causes more absorption than vaping and both of them are gross. The first reason is that tobacco companies put toxic additives like ammonia into tobacco to make the nicotine from a cigarette to be absorbed and get to the brain faster. The other reason is that when you burn something you break it down to minute, chemically altered elements so that the size of the particles that invade your body when you inhale smoke is so small it penetrates deeply into the lung tissue.
Thankfully, when you vape you are heating a liquid, not combusting. The particulates do not break down as much so they are not so penetrating and there are no tobacco additives or noxious chemicals added to eliquids.
How does this translate to real world choices? One thing that you do want to err to the lower side when choosing a nicotine level. If you try vaping and feel like you need more throat hit, you can always increase nicotine later. That’s the beauty of ecig technology, it can be very precise. Believe me, if Big Pharma had thought of ecigarettes and established proprietary control, you would hear nothing but good things about vaping. Anyway, with ecig technology you can always change nicotine level but the main point is that it is easier to adjust it up if needed rather than try to reduce later. So, start low.
Nicotine levels are measured either as a percentage or in milligrams, mg. For example, 2.4 % is 24 mg.
With that said, here is a general guideline. If you are a pack per day smoker start with a nicotine level of 16 mg or 18 mg. If you find that you are not getting the satisfaction or sensation that you are looking for, then try 24 m, but start at 16 or 18, it will probably do the trick quite nicely!
Heavier smokers, you folks who like a pack and a half to two packs a day, you are probably going to need a 24 mg nicotine level to feel satisfied. You may also find that you need an ecig tank system that generates a lot of vapor. In your case, you may want to consider starting with a heavier product like the aforementioned Apollo Endeavor, Halo Triton or Atlantic Nautilus.
Lighter smokers, for example a half pack per day smoker, you should start at no higher than 12 mg. Casual smokers should start at 6 mg. Again, this is not an exact science but a place to start.
The type of cigarette that you smoke can also play a factor in choosing the right nicotine level. If you like strong cigarettes, you are probably going to want a higher nicotine level. Choosing the right eliquid nicotine level is not exact, but do some homework, start lower and try not to overdo it.
To wrap up, if an ecig brand does not offer multiple nicotine levels, don’t buy their product. You need options and you want to deal with a brand that cares about vaping and the needs of smokers. A good ecig brand should offer four or more nicotine levels.
Tip # 3 – Buy Extra Batteries And Cartridges
When you are ready to get started with ecigs, the best buying option is an ecig starter kit.
An ecig starter kit gives you everything you need to start vaping as soon as you open the box. That includes ecig batteries, cartridges and a battery charger.
Buying an ecig starter kit is the best way to get started with ecigs. It gives you an ideal way to become very familiar with a particular ecigarette brands and determine fully if it is the right ecig for you.
Once you find the right one, the one that helps you avoid cigarettes, go with it.
Once you decide, make sure that you always have an extra fully charged battery and extra cartridges available to you at all times. You do not want to experience a craving and not have the option of vaping to satisfy it. If you do not have a cartridge or a fully charged battery handy, you may end up lighting a cigarette.
Ecig batteries and cartridges are not expensive. Order large quantities and always keep a ready supply. Obviously money is always a factor so feel free to look at the list of ecig kits and brands that have the best long-term value.
Bottom line – you want to have extra cartridges and batteries available so that whenever you experience a craving, you have a ready option of vaping instead of smoking.
Tip #4 – Use Your Ecig The Same Way You Used Cigarettes
When you smoke a cigarette, it is probably part of a routine. Maybe you go outside and smoke. Maybe you have a cigarette with your morning coffee.
Whatever the routine is, use your electronic cigarette the same way.
When you smoke a cigarette, there is almost an escape factor for the time that you spend smoking. On top of that, when you smoke a cigarette you are going to take at least 10 puffs and absorb 1 mg of nicotine into your system.
When you use an ecigarette, keep the routine the same. Vape on your ecig ten times or so and take the same amount of time. Hold it the same way. Mimic the entire routine. This may help you avoid the more intense cravings that can sometimes be a part of nicotine withdrawal.
Many smokers will puff on their ecig one or two times and hold it completely differently than they hold a cigarette. After one or two puffs, they put it away. This can still help for sure but I do advise using the ecig like you would a cigarette.
I have seen many people struggle to transition and I always notice that they are not using the ecig in the same way that they would smoke a cigarette. Use the ecig as a substitute.
Tip # 5 – Ecigarette Safety
Electronic cigarettes are battery powered electronic devices that vaporize a fluid that contains nicotine. Right off the bat there are two glaring points that you need to be aware of. When you get started with ecigs, it is a good idea to keep safety in mind.
First, your ecig cartridges or eliquids contain nicotine. Nicotine is not a carcinogen and is not what causes cancer or smoking related disease. Be that as it may, nicotine is still a stimulant that can be harmful in large doses. Children are particularly vulnerable to nicotine.
Children and teens have far less tolerance than adults.
Treat your eliquid and ecig cartridges like you would a medication. Keep eliquids and cartridges out of reach. In any case, you want to store nicotine liquids and cartridges in a cool, dark place so a high cupboard of a locked medicine chest would be appropriate.
Like your laptop and cell phone, your ecig battery will be powered by rechargeable lithium ion batteries. The advantage of lithium ion batteries is that they pack a lot of power into a small space. Your ecig starter kit is going to come with a battery charger that it is designed to recharge that particular brand of ecig battery. Don’t mix and match batteries and chargers.
The safest thing that you can do is to use the ecig as directed by the manufacturer. Whenever you hear about an ecig battery overheating or catching fire, you can almost always trace the incident back to improper use. Some of the cheaper ecig brands may also be vulnerable because of lower quality materials.
According to the US fire administration, cases of ecigs causing fires are incredibly rare. When they do happen, they almost always occur while the battery is charging. As long as your are using the proper charger and a quality ecig product you’ll be fine.
Make sure not to try and modify your ecig in any way. Vape safe and don’t void your warranty!
There is nothing to fear when you get started with ecigs. It is 99% common sense. Be safe with your ecig cartridges and eliquids by keeping them out of the reach of children.
To sum it all up make sure you choose a quality electronic cigarette. Choose a proper nicotine level. Make sure that you have vaping supplies available so that you always have the option of vaping instead of smoking. Substitute vaping for smoking including the habits and routines that you use when smoking a cigarette. Use your ecigs as directed and keep cartridges and nicotine safe from children.
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