What is an electronic cigarette?

Electronic Cigarettes are smokeless nicotine vaporizers, used as an alternative to traditional smoking. 
901 pcc

Electronic cigarettes are battery powered devices that heat flavored nicotine liquid into a fine mist, which is then inhaled by the user.  Electronic cigarettes produce no smoke, or horrible smell associated with smoking, and can often be used where smoking bans are currently in place.   Electronic cigarettes are offered in a variety of styles, shapes, and colors.

Electronic Cigarettes are not nicotine reduction therapies or quit-smoking devices.  They are simply a smokeless solution and alternative to tobacco smoking.  Electronic cigarettes contain 4000 less chemicals than traditional cigarettes, and are offered in a variety of flavors and nicotine strengths.

 Due to FDA regulations, we can not promote any health-benefits or make any safety statements about this product. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do e-cigarettes help you quit smoking?
A: Electronic cigarettes are not nicotine reduction therapies or quit-smoking devices.  They are a simple smokeless alternative to nicotine inhalation.  For stop-smoking assistance, or help quitting cigarettes: please contact your doctor.

Q: What is the advantage of the e-cigarette?
A:  Electronic cigarettes contain over 4000 chemicals LESS than a regular cigarette.  They are also often able to be used in places where smoking bans are currently in place, as they produce no smoke.

Q: You say e-cigs are smokeless, but I see smoke, can you explain this?
A:  Electronic cigarettes use a heating coil to vaporize nicotine liquid into a vapor.  The vapor is designed to look and feel like smoke, without the actual properties or characteristics of smoke.  There is no combustion, or acrid smoke smell.

Q:  What is the difference between all of these models? 510, eGo, 901, etc.
A: In general, we call the e-cigarette by it's manufacturer model number.  These numbers and names correspond to the thread size of the atomizer connection piece on the e-cigarette.  We use them to define and identify the type of cigarettes, as well as compatible components.

Q:  What exactly is in E-liquid?
A:  E-liquids are mainly composed of Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin(VG), and Natural & Artificial Food grade flavorings, as well as liquid nicotine.  The components of PG, VG, and the flavorings are all considered GRaS (Generally Recognized as Safe) for use by the US FDA.  Nicotine is extremely dangerous and addictive.  E-liquid is not regulated by the FDA - please use at your own risk.  There is no scientifically peer-reviewed study to prove any danger, harm, or safety of these components when mixed together as E-liquid.

Q:  I heard E-cigarettes contain Antifreeze, is this true?
A:  No, not at all.  One of the ingredients of E-liquid: Propylene Glycol is a chemical generally considered safe.   It is used in hospital and school settings, pumped into the air.  PG is also used in fog machines, flavorings, shampoos, and various other household consumable products.  Propylene glycol is used in the creation of some types of NON-TOXIC antifreeze, along with water.  The PG = Antifreeze rumor stems from an E-cigarette smear campaign enacted by the FDA some years ago, it was a non-scientific report of little factually accurate information.

Q: Can anyone use an e-cigarette?
A:  Electronic Cigarettes are not available to minors, or anyone under the legal smoking age.  People allergic to Propylene Glycol should not use e-cigarettes.  Women pregnant, nursing, or expected to become pregnant should not use e-cigarettes.  Do not use e-cigarettes if you suffer from heart or lung disease, poor kidney function, or any other form of illness.  Before any e-cig use, please consult your doctor. 

Q: Does nicotine cause cancer?
A: There is no factual evidence to suggest nicotine can cause cancer.  People with cancer should not use nicotine products as it will slow the regeneration of healthy cells, and allow cancers already formed to spread more quickly.

Q: I am using my e-cigarette, but I keep getting a burned taste. Why?
A:  To ensure the proper taste and function of an e-cigarette please be sure to keep liquid in the atomizers.  This requires a full cartridge, tank, cartomizer, or adequate dripping.  If you are tasting a "burned" taste, you will need to add more e-liquid to your e-cigarette.

Q:  How do I clean my atomizer?
A:  Atomizers are self cleaning devices, and with proper use, and clean e-liquid they should function properly without need of cleaning.  Cleaning atomizers is the number 1 cause of atomizer product failure.  If your atomizer is clogged, or not functioning correctly: blow into the disconnected threaded end so the excess liquids come out of the mouth end.  Allow atomizer to drain, and clean the threaded end with a paper towel before reconnecting.  Refill with liquid before continuing use after cleaning.

Q:  Do e-cigarettes really save people money?
A:  Yes, by our calculations the average pack a day smoker will save over $1,600 a year by switching to e-cigarettes from regular cigarettes.  Learning to use your device correctly is the most important part of this, as proper maintenance of your product will extend it's life.

Q:  I bought my e-cig from another company, can I use your e-liquids to fill it?
A:  Yes, our e-liquids can be used in other e-cigarette products.

Q: How long will my e-cigarette last?
A:  This is entirely dependent upon you.  While some models and manufacturers are better than others, proper care and maintenance are required to keep your device running smoothly.  

Q:  Can I have a free sample?
A:  We have a very clear policy about this;  Ask and ye shall not receive.  Our products are noticeably less expensive than our competitor's prices, and are usually of higher quality.  We don't sell gimmicks, and won't charge you 80 dollars for a 20 dollar unit, promising a free $4.00 bottle of liquid.  
Occasionally we do send samples with orders, in fact we like to do it when we can, but asking for hand-outs is frowned upon here. If you ask or demand us to send you something for free, you definitely won't be getting it. 

Q:  How long does it take an order to ship?
A:  Orders are shipped in the order that they are received.  We guarantee to ship your package within 3 business days, after the date of the purchase.  We do not offer same day shipping.  Once shipped, USPS can take anywhere from 2-7 business days to deliver the package.  Please do not contact us about your order unless the shipment of your order is beyond these timeframes.

Q:  I saw something about low-resistance.  What is the difference between Low Resistance and standard devices?
A:  Low resistance atomizers use thinner atomizer coils to create more wattage, and generate more heat.  Low resistance components are nice for low voltage battery devices (2.8-3.7V) because they can simulate a higher voltage's 'hit.'  Low resistance components should not be used with high voltage devices as they will get too hot, and burn out or break very quickly.  Low resistance components should also never be used with low capacity (less than 600mAh) or mosfet batteries, as they can overdraw the cell and cause it to break indefinitely, lose it's ability to keep a charge, or over discharge and explode. 

Q: Can you vaporize other things in an electronic cigarette?
A:  The electronic cigarette is designed to work with E-liquid and can not be used to vaporize solid compounds.  It is not the same as a traditional vaporizer, and not designed for use with herbs, incense, or other products not made specifically for use in e-cigarettes.

Q: The tracking for my order isn't showing anything, has it been sent?
A:  We ship orders with USPS Delivery confirmation.  The tracking number may not update until the item is delivered and reaches your mailbox.  If you received a tracking number e-mail from us, your item was shipped on that day.

PV Lingo

E-cigarettes or PV's:

PV stands for Personal Vaporizer.  A PV (also known as an e-cigarette) is a device that warms atomized liquid into a vapor which can be inhaled by the consumer.  These vapors often contain nicotine and flavorings, and are used to simulate a smoking experience, without the actual smoke.

Atomizers:

510 atomizer
Atomizers are a small device component, metal casing surrounds a small ceramic pot that holds your e-liquid.  There is a NiChrome coil inside of the ceramic pot which is heated to vaporize e-liquid into nicotine mist.  Atomizers are the work-horse of the E-cigarette, when the battery of an e-cig is activated, a charge is sent to the atomizer from the battery or power source, warming the NiChrome coil inside of the atomizer.  The atomizer then heats the liquid into a vapor ready for inhalation.  Atomizers work by vaporizing liquids and do not cause combustion, so the atomized vapor carries nicotine and simulates smoke without actually creating it.

Batteries:

510 Manual batteries
Batteries are often the largest or longest part of the e-cig, forming the body of the device.  A battery's primary function is to power the atomizer, and control the on/off function of the device.  Most electronic cigarettes will have a glowing LED on the end to either simulate a cigarette "cherry" which is to notify you when the battery is active and sending a charge to the atomizer. The LEDs are also available in colors like blue and green so as to not be mistaken for real cigarettes.
The battery reacts to an internal switch that is either activated automatically or manually.  An automatic battery does not have a button on the device, and is activated by either microphone or pressure sensor in the device.  Automatic batteries can be activated by sensing someone taking a puff or 'draw' on the device.  Manual batteries are activated by the press of a button, allowing more control over when the battery is active or not.

Cartridges and Drip Tips:

801 cartridge
Cartridges or "carts" are simple plastic reservoirs that hold liquid inside.  Most cartridges make use of a poly-fill stuffing that holds in liquid but still allows it to be "wicked" down into the atomizer by the atomizer bridge.  Cartridges are also available without liquid for those who prefer to fill their own.  Some cartridges are considered "tank systems," which have no poly-fill stuffing, and slowly leak liquid into the atomizer.

Drip tips are replacements for cartridges, which allow the user to drip nicotine liquid directly into the atomizer, giving fuller control of the atomizer's function.  Drip tips should be used by advanced e-cigarette users (vapers) as overfilling, or under filling the atomizer can damage your unit.

Cartomizers:

cartomizers
Cartomizers are one-piece atomizers with attached cartridges.  The metal tube of the cartomizer is filled with a poly-fill stuffing similar to the cartridge, which holds the e-liquid.  In the center of the stuffing is a wire with a nichrome coil similar to the atomizer.  In this unit the liquid is kept in the same part of the e-cig as the heating coil.  The advantage of cartomizers is that they hold more liquid, however they are considered disposable pieces.

Passthroughs:

passthrough
A passthrough is a replacement for the battery device that connects to an atomizer, but instead of a battery it plugs directly into a power source via USB or wall socket.  Passthroughs are a good way to save time and not change batteries.  Also great in the car (with USB-Car adaptor) or at the desk!  Although they usually will not function without a steady source of power, they can provide larger voltage capabilities than e-cigarette batteries, and do not require charging.  Some passthroughs are passthrough/battery combinations - or USB batteries.

Mods:
Alpha mod e-cigarette 
Mods are a short term for electronic cigarette 'Modifications.'  Usually non-traditional in design, mods provide a variety of new functions to the e-cigarette in terms of durability, battery life, or increased voltage.  E-cigarettes come in a variety of designs, shapes, sizes, and functions.  Each is different in it's own right.

Refilling Cartridges and adding liquid

The visible vapor created from an is created by warming a liquid nicotine solution, often referred to as e-liquid.  E-liquid can be added by using pre-filled cartridges, or empty cartridges filled by an e-liquid bottle.
cartfill
Most e-liquid bottles have dropper caps where a person can simply drip liquid from the bottle directly into the cartridge until it is wet and visibly full.  This is the most recommended method of refilling.  In addition you could use a blunt-tipped syringe to inject liquid into the cartridge, ensuring it to be completely filled.  The injection method can also be used to fill cartomizers.


Cartomizers models can be filled by dripping, and allowing time to let the liquid sit and sink into the filling.  Injecting works well with cartos because you can more quickly fill the unit through to the bottom without waiting for the liquid to sink in.  There is also the carto-cap method of refilling cartomizers, where the rubber seals on the device are used to fill the cartomizer.  Although there are various ways to fill a cartomizer, different people prefer different methods. Our advice is this: Make sure you keep them completely wet at all times, this will increase the life of the unit, and avoid the burned taste.  Dr. Vapor put out an excellent video quite some time ago about various methods of refilling cartomizers.  We've included a video of our preferred method, and additional video tutorial method links below.

{youtube}fe8A_O9Atn0{/youtube}

Note: For 510 model cartomizers, please remove the rubber mouth-cap and fill from the mouthpiece end of the cartomizer, not the threaded connector end.

 

Additional Methods:
Care and Feeding of Cartomizers: Part 1
Care and Feeding of Cartomizers: Part 2
 
There are methods of dripping e-liquid out of a bottle directly into the atomizer, this is called "dripping."  This can be very harmful to the product, since liquid can be overfilled and leaked into the battery. In most cases this tends to be the preferred method of keeping a PV filled, but due to the damage it may cause, dripping will void any warranties on most products.  You should only attempt dripping once you have a good feel of how the e-cigarette works, and are not satisfied with cartridges or cartomizers.
 
note: most manual batteries are sealed where they connect to the atomizer, protecting it from liquid leaking in.  Always be sure to check that no liquid has leaked from the atomizer before activating the battery.  You will want to avoid liquid getting into the center hole, in the middle post of the battery connector.  This can damage the switch and destroy the battery, or in extreme cases, cause it to explode.

Using a Personal Vaporizer

Most personal vaporizers function in similar ways.  To use one, you inhale through the mouthpiece as if smoking a cigarette or drinking through a straw.  E-cigarette models vary and come in different sizes and shapes, but almost all operate in this simple fashion.
e-cigarettes
A standard e-cigarette comes in either a two piece or three piece design.  A two piece model consists of a battery, and a cartomizer which is simply a disposable atomizer with a sealed liquid cartridge attached.  The three piece models will come with a battery, atomizer, and liquid cartridge.  There are two types of switches, even for the same model of e-cigarette.  Automatic batteries on an e-cigarette will activate upon inhalation either by a pressure or microphone switch.  Manual batteries require the press of a button in order to activate.
Ecig_Smoking_Parts
The first step in using your e-cigarette would be to assemble it, by attaching the cartomizer or atomizer unit to the battery.  If you are using an atomizer (3 piece) device, you will then insert your nicotine cartridge into the atomizer.
To put things simply, first:  Charge the battery, screw on an atomizer/cartomizer (filled with PV liquid) and then begin to vape.
Once the charged cigarette is assembled, you only need to put your mouth on the cartridge/cartomizer end, and puff.  If you are using a manual battery, hold the button down and puff, releasing the button when you are finished.