What is an E-cig?
E-cigs, vapes or E-cigarettes are a handheld device that let’s you inhale nicotine as a vapour rather than smoke. The main benefit being, you get the nicotine without any of the bad stuff.
Simply fill the e-cig with some e-liquid that soaks into a wick with a coil wrapped around it. Then press a button to heat up the coil, releasing a vapour you can inhale.
WHAT TYPES OF E-CIGS ARE THERE?
There are three types of e-cigs.
Vape pens are designed to resemble real cigarettes, they have small batteries and a tube that stores e-liquid.
These are what you will have seen the most, they are the large boxy devices with big batteries and larger tanks for more e-liquid.
Pod systems are used to inhale nicotine salts, the devices themselves are the middle-ground between a vape pen and a vape mod.
E-liquid is made from water, alcohol, flavourings and nicotine. It’s a harmless solution that allows you to inhale nicotine as opposed to smoking.
The addictive stimulant found in cigarettes. E-liquid contains varying amounts of nicotine to help people quit smoking.
Water is used as the base ingredient to ensure the liquid can easily be absorbed by a wick.
Propylene glycol (PG)
A tasteless, colourless alcohol. It’s thin and runny, so it gets absorbed by the wick quicker and doesn’t last as long as VG. It produces a stronger throat-hit than VG, similar to tobacco cigarette
Vegetable glycerin (VG)
A sweet alcohol which is non-toxic and safe to eat. It’s used in cough syrups, beauty creams and food flavourings. It’s thicker than PG, so lasts much longer when vaped. It’s smoother to vape and also produces big thick clouds. A downside is that gunk builds up quickly, so your e-cig needs cleaning more often.
This is what gives e-liquid its taste.
Types of E-liquid
There are 2 main ways you can buy e-liquid. TPD or Shortfills. TPD are the 10ml all in one solution wich already contain nicotain premixed for you, they tend to be an expensive way to buy e-liquid.
Shortfills are the large 60/120ml bottles you see which contain no nicotine but leave space for nic shots to be added. These are the most cost effective way to buy your e-liquid.
WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND
This best way to start in our opinion…
Vape mods are the most popular way to vape, they last longer, feel better in the hand and are very reliable. It can be a good idea to try a vape pen just to see if vaping is definitely for you before buying a mod.
A shortfill is sold in large 60ml bottles with 50ml of e-liquid and no nicotine. Simply add a 10ml nicotine shot, give it a shake, let it settle for a while and you’re good to go. This is by far the cheapest way to buy e-liquid.
Your preferred strength will vary. We recommend starting off with 3mg and only go higher if you feel the need to. The lower the strength the more you will save.