How Does an E-Cigarette Work?

22 April 2016

You know how to whistle, don’t you? You just put your lips together and...blow! Well, an e-cigarette works much the same. It’s really simple – we’ll talk you through.

Power Up

First things first, we need to power up. You can’t run without energy or drive a car without fuel and, similarly, vapourisers rely on a battery to work. This battery will be included with your vape and is rechargeable, so you can use and charge your device much the same as you would do with your mobile phone. 

Different models have different battery lives. Cigalikes or e-cigs, the smaller vapes which resemble traditional cigarettes, tend to have a shorter life due to their smaller battery size. You can even purchase disposable e-cigs which you simply throw away when they run out of battery.

Vape pens and mods are all round more powerful versions of the standard e-cig. Vape mods in particular are often adapted for greater battery strength. The more powerful the battery, the more vapour your device can produce – which is why mods are the best choice for cloud-chasers!

Feeling Juicy

Next step is the e-liquid, the love juice, the sweet honey, the flavour fluid...whatever you want to call it, this is the stuff that really gets your vape going. Music’s no fun without a good beat, clothes are boring without a sense of style and using an e-cigarette would be bland and pointless without e-liquid flavour!

If you have a cigalike, you simply insert a cartridge into the e-cig. This cartridge holds the e-liquid and you can replace it when the juice is finished. Sort of like a fountain pen!

Unlike cigalikes, vape pens and mods have a tank which the user refills themselves. Whilst this has the potential to be a bit more fiddly, it also means you have a wider choice of flavours. This is because you don’t need to use a specific cartridge compatible with your device, as you do with a cigalike. It also enables a bit more imagination, allowing you to mix and match different flavours and create your own personal blend. Let your creative juices flow!   

Things are Heating Up

So now that we’re feeling both powerful and juicy, it’s time to turn up the heat! When the user inhales on a cigalike, the action activates a component of the device called an atomiser. This heats the liquid in the cartridge via a coil and wick, converting it to a vapour.

Vape pens and mods work much the same, although sometimes include a button which you press as you inhale to activate the atomiser. With any electronic cigarette nothing is burnt, only heated. This means NO SMOKE is produced – just vapour.

And Breathe

The user inhales via the mouthpiece of their device, the same way one would with a traditional cigarette. Relax, breathe in the light vapour, enjoy your flavour choice and watch the clouds form as you exhale. Ahhhhh...

Now you know how to work an e-cigarette, the fun starts! With practically limitless flavours to try, you’ll be on cloud nine in no time. Start your ascent today at Vape Mountain!

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