An e-cigarette has quite a few differences with a traditional cigarette. The main thing they have in common is that they are both used to deliver nicotine. However, that is where the similarity ends. The differences are easy to understand.
Combustion vs. Vaporization
In a traditional cigarette a flame is applied to the tobacco. This heats it enough so it will continue smoldering for as long as it is drawn on. An electronic cigarette does not use fire, and produces more “smoke”. Smoke is the particulate result of combusting matter. Smoke sometimes contains vapor as well. Vapor, which is emitted by the e cig, is simply a liquid that has been transformed into a gas by means of heating. The vapor drawn from an e-cigarette may or may not contain nicotine. However, it does not contain the hundreds of toxins found in traditional cigarette smoke that are known health hazards. E cig vapor does not contain tar.
Tobacco is sometimes mentholated, but beyond that the tastes are very limited. Vaporizers use a fluid that contains flavoring if desired, and the flavor is much more apparent than it is in the limited number of flavored tobaccos on the market. The flavors include everything from pina colada to coffee to tobacco. There is a variety available. One of the ways that smokers use vaporizers to get over the cigarette habit is by picking a flavor that tastes much better than the cigarettes they are used to.
An e-cigarette is a very simple device. Smokers need to be aware of three main components.
Power Source: This is either the battery or a USB pass-through that allows smokers to heat the atomizer, and produce smoke. There are numerous different patterns available, and they have to be matched with the atomizer or cartomizer the smoker has.
Atomizer: A heating element that attaches directly to the battery. Some are used with fluid-filled cartridges, and some are dripped on directly by the user.
Cartridge: The reservoir that holds the fluid. If the carriage attaches to an atomizer, it is properly called a cartridge. If an atomizer is included it is called a cartomizer. One atomizer will last through many cartridges. Cartomizers last a shorter amount of time, but have a new atomizer included with every one.
The batteries sold with e-cigarettes, as with any other battery, have a limited amount of times that they can be recharged. However, they usually last, on average, many months. They should be drained fully before recharging. When a battery becomes weaker, smokers will receive less of a hit off of the vaporizer. This means the battery needs a recharge.There are numerous accessories that go along with e-cigarettes including more advanced chargers, atomizers, and so forth. Experimenting can be fun. Smokers who are so inclined can experiment with the many different flavors of e-juice if they wish to try a different taste now and then. There are also different colored LEDs available on the ends of these cigarettes.