So… I am one of many technicians in the show-business industry and as professionals, we apply the strictest safety standards in order to keep people happy and…. alive and well.
We rig tons of overhead structures, from lighting truss to gigantic complicated moving structures. Over the performers, the staff, the public and even, sometimes, we suspend performers in the air over the staff and the public. It is of capital importance for everybody’s sake to do so as safely as humanly possible.
Now! The hardware that we use to anchor, attach, counter balance, lift, deviate and so forth have what we call a working load limit (WLL) and a breaking load limit.
The working load limit of a shackle for instant is a weight limit that is assigned by the manufacturer of the said shackle and we are legally obligated to work within this limit. The breaking load limit is, just that: the breaking point of the item. Never are we allowed to come close to it.
When we suspend a performer in the air, we are talking about a human life here so we are extra careful. We divide the WLL by 10! If the manufacturer tells us that this shackle can easily take a 1000 pound load… We will not use it on someone that weighs more than 100 pounds. Way….. Way lower than the breaking point of the shackle….
So, when I see people push the batteries that they place at 1 inch from their faces way past the amp limit (that can be understood as a working load limit) it makes the tech in me go nuts, we are basically suspended to our battery when we vape. Why push it to the limit of your battery, do yourself a favor, be extra careful and stay under its amp limit.
If you don’t think that a 1 ohm coil is a good enough vape on your RBA + Mech: learn about wicking and airflow. Some people can put the performances of your ridiculous 0.2 ohm quad coil to shame using a properly wicking and properly air fed 1.8 ohm coil… on a mech………. with the same battery that you are using.
Will vaping kill me? I don’t know!
Does pg/vg break down into formaldehyde or other carcinogens when vaped? I don’t know!
Does silica shards or dust escapes from the wick and gets stuck in my lungs and eventually give me a nice silicosis or what not? I don’t know!
Does chromium oxides and other nasty stuff escapes from my KICKASS oxidized gennies stainless steel mesh, inflicting me with god knows what chromium oxides does to the body? I don’t know!
Will vaping plasticize my whole body rendering my corpse indestructible for the next million years making me the most sought after remnant of the human kind by future intelligent species on this planet. I don’t know!
Will smoking kill me? You bet it will!!!
I am a test subject in this whole new vaping thing and I am well aware of it. Because of me… because of us, the next generation might have a truly safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes… or not.
If you ask me… That is worth every pennies I’m putting into it. (read several 100's of dollars)
Happy vaping every body!
3: The Variable voltage/wattage devices
This is where things get interesting. What is a variable voltage or wattage device?
In its most simple form, a variable device is a battery that allows you to adjust the power that will be pumped into your atomizer.
Despite its name, an atomizer is a very simple piece of hardware and all of them work using the same principle. It is composed of an absorbent material that will hold your e-liquid called a wick, and a little piece of wire that is wrapped around that wick called a coil. When you fire the device, the coil becomes so hot that it boils and evaporates the e-liquid held inside of the wick and is then inhaled by the user.
So what does that have to do with variable devices?
When adjusting the voltage or wattage of your battery, that coil will get hotter or cooler, exactly like the options on these fancy toasters: bagel or normal bread. This will heat the e-liquid at varying temperatures, producing more or less vapor. If it is too hot, all the liquid that your wick contains will evaporate very rapidly and you will most likely get an extremely bad flavor and harsh throat hit (the “smoking sensation”) because the wick became dry while you were inhaling. On the other hand, if the coil doesn’t get hot enough you will get very little vapor, very little flavor and very little throat hit.
So a variable device will grant you the power to find your personal “sweet spot” that will produce the optimal amount of vapor while preserving the flavor and the throat hit on a given atomizer. This is considered by a large majority of vapers to be the best way to get a satisfying vape.
Is there any difference between voltage and wattage devices?
Absolutely! Although the end result will be the same i.e. you will get to tailor your vape experience to your likings, there is a fundamental difference between the 2.
But before getting into it, we must briefly talk about some super easy, basic electrical stuff.
The coil that we were talking about earlier is nothing more than an obstacle to the electricity that comes running out of your battery, meaning that electricity have a hard time going through it and when electricity have a hard time going through something, it heats that thing up: this is true for your oven, toaster, hair dryer and everything else that heats up when your apply electricity to it. This phenomenon is called “electrical resistance” or simply “resistance” or “ohms (this is a value assigned to a resistance level ex: 2 ohms is more resistant than 1 ohm)”.
As mentioned earlier, not all atomizers are created equal , therefore some coils will have higher or lower resistance level depending on what you buy. So let’s move on to what these devices do.
A variable voltage device will let you adjust… wait for it… the voltage of your battery! Grimmgreen, very candidly describes variable voltage devices as follows: “The higher the ohms, the higher the voltage, the lower the ohms, the lower the voltage”.
This is basically all you need to know to operate a variable voltage kind of device. But let me try to explain what it does a little further.
By raising or lowering the voltage of your battery, you change the power (measured in watts) that your coil will receive given a certain resistance. For example: a 2.0 ohm coil fired at 3.7 volts will pump into your coil 6.8 watts of power. But if we change the resistance of the coil by attaching a different atomizer onto our device but don’t change it’s voltage, let’s say a 1.5 ohm coil instead at that same 3.7 volts we will get 9.1 watts of power.
Therefore, we will experience a different vape (stronger in this case) if we don’t adjust the voltage of our battery when we screw on an atomizer that have a higher or lower resistance level.
We can summarize all of this crap as follows: changing the voltage of your device will automatically adjust the wattage (or power) that your coil will receive.
The variable wattage device will do the exact opposite: changing the wattage (or power) of your device will automatically adjust the voltage of your battery.
Although the variable wattage device is less common, a lot of vapers finds that this is the most convenient option since no matter what resistance you screw onto your device you will always get the same power (watts) to your coil. You do not have to worry about resistances anymore, just set your device to the power you like the most, leave it as it is and then hop from one atomizer to the next without the need of adjusting anything!
Welcome to the wonderful world of variable vaping!
The most popular “noob” devices are the eGo Twist and the Vision Spinner. They are great devices for new vapers who wants to try what variable vaping as to offer. Some more “advanced” devices like the Vamo, the Sid or the Provari will enable you to measure the ohms (resistance) of your atomizer, see the remaining life of your battery and a few more options. Some of them will even let you adjust both the voltage or wattage on the same device.
2: The starter kits
I would classify 2 types of electronic cigarette starter kits:
“The proprietary starter kit” and the “Custom made starter kit”:
The proprietary starter kit is the most popular, hassle free, widely available and expensive kind of kit. They usually come with 1 or 2 batteries, a battery charger (often USB), 2 or 3 cartomizers (cartridges) and a carrying case that may or may not be able to charge your batteries. They often imitate the cigarette form factor (cig-a-like) which offers less battery power than bigger devices that are less readily available. You can find them at your local pharmacy, gas station, convenience store and over the internet. They are massively advertised on the internet by dubious “reviewing” websites like this one. Don’t be fooled, these sites are nothing more than a masquerade, publicity in disguise.
Being proprietary they are very simple to use, screw the cartomizer on the battery and vape it, when the cartridge is empty, get another one. The down side is that they mostly offer very little flavoring options, very little versatility and forces you to buy the perishable items that you need from their company. Although there is ways around these obstacles they will not make it easy for you to refill their cartridges on your own and will strongly advise against doing so.
While being the most popular type of kit, they’re the least recommended by the vaping community and experienced vapers because of their poor versatility, poor performance, expensive pricing and “client fidelity” approach to vaping.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of proprietary starter kits: Blu, NJoy, Greensmoke, V2 Cigs, Zero Cigs and Eversmoke.
The custom made starter kit on the other hand are the exact opposite. They are usually a lot cheaper, offers an overwhelming range of possibilities, not as easily available and may or may not be finicky. They are mostly found on the internet or in specialized bricks and mortars vaping stores. With these, you have the power to buy what suits your needs and are not restricted to a single vendor to buy the perishables needed to keep you going.
The Joyetech eGo battery became a standard in the premium electronic cigarette industry. With it's larger format it packs a whole lot more battery life than your typical "cig-a-like" batteries making them more convenient but at the same time less appealing to smokers although a lot of people (myself included) that made the switch from cigarette to e-cigs have reported having a very short adaptation period accommodating to the larger form factor.
Due to it's success, innumerable manufacturers have copied the eGo style battery and it's charger, they are now available on every single websites dedicated to electronic cigarettes (excluding the proprietary websites).
The incredible amount of e-liquid delivery systems that is compatible with the eGo battery can be extremely overwhelming to new vapers. Atomizers, clearomizers, cartomizers, glassomizers, and all the other mizers... The jargon goes on and on and makes you want to grab a beer and have a cigarette just so your head doesn't explode, we will call them "atomizers" here for the sake of simplification. And then you have to fill them with one of the thousand of different juice flavors that are out there.
Although none of them makes unanimity, some of these atomizers have gained a better reputation than others and some of them that have made their way to the top of the community recommendations are the Kanger Protank and the Kanger Evod bcc for their ease of use and consistent vapor production. The Vivi Nova and the iClear30 are reputable as well. And let us not forget the old school atomizers and cartomizers like the Boge or the 357.
Despite this seemingly nightmarish ocean of possibility, a versatile and customizable kind of kit like what the eGo and it's compatible atomizers can potentially offer is one of the most recommended starter kit by the community, surpassed only by variable voltage or wattage devices that will be covered in the next section.
1: The Disposable electronic cigarettes
Most people first get a taste of vaping with these. They are considered by some, myself included, a very important device that should be carried by whoever sells regular cigarettes. They are the perfect scheme to attract people into vaping. Unfortunately, they usually SUCK! With a capital “S” followed by a capital “UCK”.
Of the plethora that I tried, only the NJoy King (not to be confused with the OneJoy or simply NJoy) packs the necessary punch to convince the largest number of people that: There might be something to this new vaping thing that everybody is talking about!
“Equivalent to 1 pack of cigarettes!”<- Lie
Contrary to what one might think, they are very expensive little devices. 10$ for more or less 1ml of e-liquid is outrageously expensive when compared to the vast amount of juice vendors out there that will charge you about 10$ for 15ml of liquid.
If you are a pack a day smoker, there is no way in Hell, not even in Heaven, let alone in Sweden (?) that they’ll last you a full day: This is an outright lie! False advertisement on the part of the disposable industry that serves no other purpose than appealing to their potential customers.
With their disposable batteries they are not the “greenest” way to vape and with their ridiculously high price point they are certainly not a sustainable alternative to smoking. But their wide availability makes them an easy way for the new comers to experience what vaping can potentially offer.
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