All e-Cigarettes are basically all built on the same concept as shown below. We have found that smoking it somewhat like a cigar with a quick couple of "primer" drags (to warm up the atomizer) and then a long draw and inhale provides the best results. It really is a lot like smoking a regular cigarette! We really believe anyone who tries the e-Cigarette will prefer the taste of it compared to traditional cigarettes.
One thing to keep in mind when shopping for a e-Cigarette is typically the smaller they get, the shorter the battery and cartridge life becomes. The really tiny cigarette looking models sometimes do perform pretty good but they just don't have the battery and cartridge life that the larger models do. The first e-Cigarette I ever purchased was from the mall, you know the gold and black box, and I wanted that style no ifs ands or buts about it. However I quickly found myself wanting to upgrade for better performance and battery life. That was a $125 lesson learned quick.
The various parts of the e-Cigarette:
Inside the "battery" is a small circuit board at the tip with two LEDs, a lithium-ion battery, a small microchip and a very tiny mechanical switch which is turned on when you draw on the mouthpiece. The LEDs indicate to you if it is activating or if the battery needs recharged. They will also flash if your drag is longer than 5 seconds. This lets you know it has cut power to the atomizer and you must wait a few seconds before taking another drag. A long rapid flash means the battery needs recharged.
The Atomizer is really the business "end" of the vaporizer. It basically has a very small heating coil inside. Just above that coil is a metal wick "bridge". The height of this bridge varies among manufacturers and models. Our bridges extend further into the cartridge than most others and we believe this provides better wicking of the liquid from the cartridge to the atomizer. We also think it utilizes more of the liquid in the cartridge so none is wasted.
The cartridge consists of a mouthpiece, a small cup (the white part in the photo above) filled with polyester wick and in the case of a pre-filled cartridge, liquid. The atomizer bridge contacts the wick and draws liquid near the atomizer to be heated by the coil. This is what produces the vapor you see when you puff on the vaporizer.
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