Lately, there has been a lot of talk about e-cigarettes, and you have probably noticed people in restaurants proudly flaunting them, proud of the fact that they can now ‘smoke’ without having to go outside and be shunned from the non-smoking public.
We hear so much about these e-cigs, but what is an e-cig? Is it really a safer alternative to smoking conventional cigarettes, and how do e-cigs work?
An e-cigarette (electronic cigarette) looks similar to a real cigarette, but works differently. Instead of burning tobacco, the mechanism heats up a liquid which turns into vapor, which is then inhaled, or "vaped." If you have ever heard of smoking an e-cig being referred to as ‘vaping’, this is why.
The e-cig is battery-operated and can also emit non-nicotine vaporized solutions. The e-cigarette is a great alternative for tobacco smokers who want to avoid inhaling tobacco, as the device creates the same effect as one would attain from a real cigarette, but without the harmful tobacco which causes lung cancer. Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 different chemicals, many of which are hazardous for human health.
E-cigarettes run on a lithium battery, as well as a vaporization chamber and a cartridge filled with liquid. When you puff on your e-cigarette as you would a regular cigarette, the battery powers the device to heat the liquid and vaporize it.
The e-cig emits no smoke, no carbon monoxide and no odor so you won’t have to excuse yourself to go smoke outside when you are out at a restaurant. All that you are emitting, is a vapor which can also be flavoured .
Below, is a small explanation of each of the parts which make up and e-cig:
E-cig battery: The battery is rechargeable, with a voltage and wattage which is adjustable.
Microprocesser/ LED sensor: controls the LED indicator light of the e-cig. The sensor tells the processor when the user takes a drag to switch on the heater.
Cartridge or Tank: The cartridge holds the e-Liquid and it is refillable.
Atomizer/Cartomizer/Clearomizer: heats up the liquid and vaporizes it, producing the vapor which looks like smoke.
What is Atomizer:
Atomizers are one of the first e-cig devices, easy to refill, have a small liquid capacity and are usually the best for people who prefer e-liquid dripping which means that you can switch between different flavors of juices very fast, There are many designs available but the main atomizers have a heating coil on the bottom with metal mesh on top. Some atomizers utilize silica wick instead of metal mesh.
Cartomizers are very similar to the atomizer the only difference is that the cartomizers have polyfill wrapped around the heating coil. the polyfill soaks e-Liquid and allows longer vape time. most designs have larger tank that holds larger capacity of e-liquid.
The Cartomizers Hold more e-Liquid then the atomizer, it is easy Easy to refill and easy to rebuild.
Clearmizers are the newest and most popular e-cig devices on the market. Clearmizers are cylindrical and feature a clear polycarbonate plastic or pyrex glass tank. The Clearmizers clear tank allows you to see the exact amount of e-juice left inside of the clearomizer. E-Liquid is delivered to the heating coil by ways of a silica wick.
The Clearmizers has a Large capacity for e-Liquid, typically around 1.6ml – 3ml, Some models are rebuildable, and come with a replaceable coil, the Clearmizers have a Longer life-cycle and Some people claim that clearmizers with wick system offer superior flavor delivery.
Drip tip: This is the part which you suck on. It is available in various materials and even some interesting shapes which are becoming more and more fashionable.
If you are planning on trying an e-cigarette, we hope that this article has answered your question of ‘what is an e-cig?’