How to Choose an Electronic Cigarette
By Lindsay Fox Posted February 21, 2013
If you’re new to the world of electronic cigarettes, navigating through the different options and arriving at the right product for you can seem like an overwhelming process. There are a plethora of options available and new e-cigs are surfacing onto the market each week, so there is a lot of competition. Looking through reviews is the best method of finding the right e-cigarette, but you’ll still need to know what to keep an eye out to get the right one for your specific needs. This guide will help you think about what you’re looking for in an electronic cigarette and make your choice.
Generally speaking, most users of electronic cigarettes are looking for something to replicate the smoking experience without the associated health risks. However, a cigarette-like appearance may or may not be important to you. All e-cigs bear some resemblance to their tobacco counterparts, but some more so than others. If this is important to you, some brands have an orange-red glowing tip, long white battery with cigarette paper style faux-rings and even beige-colored, speckled butts. After you get used to using e-cigarettes, it may not be as important, but when you first make the switch it can be helpful.
The amount of vapor produced is extremely important if you’re looking for a smoking-like experience. Most brands will give a decent amount of vapor, although it is often notably less than a cigarette. This is another aspect that you grow more accustomed to over time, but more vapor is always a good thing. You’re also more likely to get a smoking-like “throat hit” if there is plenty of vapor in your electronic cigarette.
It’s also a good idea to think about how much nicotine you’ll need. If you’re a heavy smoker (more than 20 per day) it might be a good idea to find a brand which offers 24mg cartridges. This makes it more likely that the e-cig will satisfy your cravings and you won’t drain the battery too quickly to get the nicotine hit you’re looking for. 18mg cartridges are enough for most users, though. If you’re trying to reduce your nicotine consumption, you should ensure there are at least four different options. These are usually spread apart by 6mg.
The most important thing with regards to the battery is how long it will last. Generally, you’ll find batteries that last for between 200 and 300 puffs, with longer or thicker varieties providing the most usage before requiring charging. Most starter kits come with more than one battery, which means you can always keep a spare in case the one you’re using runs out. There are also two types of battery, manual and automatic. For a cigarette-like experience (and minimum fuss), automatic batteries are better because they activate when you inhale, producing vapor when a cigarette would produce smoke. Manual batteries are activated by a button on their side. This may seem laborious, but you do get greater control over the amount of vapor produced.
Although it may seem like a superfluous, bonus element of the electronic cigarette, the variety of flavors you get and their quality should be an important consideration. The nicotine is what you’re looking for, but you can also enjoy flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, coffee and even more unusual varieties like pina colada. Tobacco is always well-represented, but some versions of it are more accurate than others. More flavor options is good, but always try to determine the quality of them through reviews. Even if you don’t think a variety of flavors is important to you, it’s better to have options because most “vapers” (users of e-cigs) prefer to switch tastes regularly.
If you know what to look for in an e-cig, the decision becomes much simpler. Once your choice is narrowed down to a few high-quality electronic cigarettes, the final decision can be made based on the most important elements for your needs. Reading reviews gives you an idea of which e-cigs are worth consideration, but the ultimate decision should always come down to why the features of a particular product are right for you. Get this right, and your first e-cigarette will be just what you were looking for.