Hello all. I'm a mid-20s smoker of some years. Around a pack a day smoker (full flavored 100s).
I've tried free samples in malls (lookalikes) and have sampled a couple from friends who own PVs (mid-sized); only tried menthol and tobacco flavors, generally stronger juices in terms of nicotine (beggars can't be choosers). I like the experience, and I'm interested in getting my own PV and saying goodbye to ashtrays.
I've done a fair amount of research but I'd like a little help in answering some of my questions. I have a fair idea of what I want and just want some confirmation and guidance.
I work between 10-12 hours a day and have access to a car charger almost all day. If possible, I'd like to have a battery that will last me the whole workday with minimal recharging; sometimes the majority of the day is driving, sometimes it's a lot of working away from the car for several hour stretches.
I've got large hands and am used to cigars, so the size of large batteries and mid-sized units isn't an issue. I'd like to be able to leave most of the equipment in a single carrying case in the car and just leave the unit in my pocket when I'm doing work, so I'd like to not need to carry around tons of batteries and converters and liquids and carts and whatnot.
So, for my first question: what would give me that 10-14 hour stretch with some recharging, and with enough liquid to make it through the day, without being bogged down with more than a single carrying case? Will the 1000 mAh battery, an eGo, and a car charger (with the USB cable) manage to all fit in one carrying case and do the job? I'm pretty much completely un-interested in lookalikes and minis and small batteries since I work long hours. I may eventually get a lookalike as a backup or something, but to start out I just want something that will last me the whole day with little fuss.
My second question is this: I've recently (within the past couple weeks) switched from smoking full-flavored 100s to smoking light 100s. The nicotine level is not a problem in full-flavored cigarettes, but the smoke (i.e. the tar/carcinogens/etc) of full-flavored has just been a bit too heavy for my lungs with a recent respiratory illness. Given this, what level of e-liquid juice do you think would be a good starting fluid? I plan to buy several different flavors, but I'd like to not be stuck with any nicotine level that's too light since you can't really make it stronger I'm told. I've smoked my friend's 24mg (I believe) juice and had no headache problems and it's been pretty satisfying.
Thanks for any responses! Also, any tips/recommendations on where to purchase would be awesome. I'm really lost with the sheer amount of suppliers and websites and all the scams I've heard about that I'm kind of frozen on picking a store. Plus the whole "don't buy from China" thing.