Part One: The Definitions of Vaping
by, 05-07-2011 at 12:27 AM (1048 Views)
So, welcome to the world of e-cigarettes (which now that your being schooled, are referred to as Personal Vaporizers (PVs) by folks that get into Vaping*).
First some Important Information:
eCigarettes do not contain the 2000 odd-some chemicals that a traditional cigarette does.
eCigarettes do not create 2nd hand smoke.
eCigarette may or may not help you quit smoking traditional cigarettes.
And if any tells you "They use anti-freeze in those!", first and foremost, they're an idiot. No, thats Diethylene glycol that's in anti-freeze.
eCigarette eJuice uses Propylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycerine, which is used in lots of products you digest everyday.
Now, how did I learn about all this stuff?
I went to http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/
This site is filled with lots of information, friendly folks who want to help and a community to answer your questions.
Join ECF, it's free and it will be your go-to source for questions and concerns.
Take a look in the New Members Forum New Members Forum
Many of the noobie questions are answered there, and if it's not a quick search or a posting will get you the information you seek.
This post Frequently Asked Questions is a posting that will cover many of the basics.
No time to peruse the forum for hours?
Well, you're in luck. The information I am giving you here will save you about 5 hours of trying to figure out a lot of stuff.
This is your Personal Crash Course in Vaping.
I did about a 100 hours or research on this crap.
Don't be a weenie, take the 15 minutes to read this and the other blog posts. It'll save you a lot of headaches and some cash.
To Start Here's A Quick List of Definitions:
PV: personal vaporizer (aka e-cigarettes). There are many different types, which I'll cover in the next email.
*Vaping: What we call using a PV. You do not "smoke" a PV, you vape a PV. Smoking is due to combustion of flammable materials. Vaping is done by the vaporizing of fluid (eJuice) on a heating element (atomizer).
Vaper: What a former smoker becomes when transitioning to using a PV.
eJuice / Smoke Juice / Juice: The liquid nicotine fluid use in a PV. eJuice contains various degrees of Propylene Glycol (PG), and/or Vegetable Glycerin ( VG), nicotine and flavoring. And hoo-boy, is there flavoring. It doesn't stop at "Tobacco" or "Menthol"... right now I'm vaping Strawberry Lemonade. Basically if you can think of a flavor, someone probably makes it.
Atty / Atomizer: The part of an PV that heats up and produces the vapor.
Cart / Cartridge: Small plastic cartridge containing a non-flammable batting material that holds eJuice. Carts are used in combination with an Atomizer. Available in round and whistle tip.
Carto / Cartomizer: A single unit that holds both an atomizer and either a cartridge-like batting or reservoir for the eJuice. Cartos last longer than Carts, and require less topping off.
Condom: NO, I didn't put this in here to see if you are paying attention. A Condom is the small plastic cap used on the end of Carts and Cartos to seal the unit, keep the juice fresh, and prevent leaks. What can I say, guys came up with this crap...
Tank Atomizer: A newer innovation that uses a Tank atomizer in combination with small plastic "tanks". This system is is by far the easiest to use and to fill. However it has people on both sides of the fence that love them or hate them. Some people experience no issues, some people experience nothing but issues. These are now available in 510-Tank models or eGo-Tank models.... more on that later.
Tank: Used with the Tank atomizer, this is a whistle tip container that hold the eJuice. When placed on an Tank Atomizer, it drip feeds into the atty . This method has no mysterious batting. Just an eJuice reservoir tank and an Atomizer.
Cone: A cylindrical cone used on a number of PVs to give the PV a smooth silhouette. Debates are on-going as to whether or not it's necessary.
Battery: The power unit to every PV. In the very least you need 2 batteries per person.
PCC / Personal Charging Case: A case that houses additional batteries for your PV. Dependent on the type of PV you purchase this may, or may not be necessary. Some look like cigarette packs, some look like old-timey flat metal cigarette cases that stylish broads would use when out on the town. Some look big enough to smite your enemies.
That's Part One, I hope you enjoyed it. Part Two will reveal the different types of PVs available.
Oooo, the excitement mounts!