Many improvements have been made in the electronic cigarette industry in the last couple of years. When you buy an e-cigarette today, you can generally expect it to work quite well. However, as an e-cigarette user you’ve probably experienced huge, satisfying puffs of vapor as well as more than a few small ones that make you consider — even if only for a moment — picking up a pack of cigarettes on your next trip to the convenience store. It doesn’t have to be that way; with these simple e-cigarette tips and tricks, you can have a better e-smoking experience and produce large, satisfying vapor clouds more consistently.
E-Cigarette Tip 1: Primer Puffs
If your e-cigarette has an automatic battery, the vapor puffs the e-cigarette creates will rarely be as large as those produced by an e-cigarette with a manual battery because of the short delay between inhaling and vapor production. With a manual battery, you can pre-heat the coil in the atomizer or cartomizer by holding the button down before you inhale. You can get nearly the same effect with an automatic battery by taking one or two short puffs before taking the long puff that you intend to inhale. These short puffs are called “primer puffs.”
E-Cigarette Tip 2: Don’t Overfill
Whether you use an e-cigarette with an atomizer or cartomizer, the engine that vaporizes the liquid is basically the same; it consists of a metal heating coil wrapped around a wick. The wick collects liquid and brings it into contact with the coil. The heat generated by this process causes the wick to draw more liquid from the reservoir or tank. However, if the wick is already saturated, adding more liquid won’t cause it to produce more vapor. In fact, it may produce less vapor because the excess liquid drops below the wick and begins to block the bottom hole of the atomizer or cartomizer, restricting airflow. If you hear a gurgling noise when you puff on your e-cigarette, you’ve added too much liquid.
E-Cigarette Tip 3: Experiment With E-Liquids
The base fluid used to create an e-cigarette liquid contains a mix of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin. Both substances turn to vapor quickly and at relatively low temperatures. However, propylene glycol is a better carrier of flavors and vegetable glycerin produces thicker vapor. So, the ideal e-liquid for most e-smokers contains a mix of the two. For example, Volcano’s e-liquids contain a little over 10 percent vegetable glycerin, while Halo’s e-liquids contain around 20 percent. Experiment with different e-liquids to find your ideal mix, or read e-liquid reviews to see what other e-smokers think of the latest products.
E-Cigarette Tip 4: Try Dripping
Some e-smokers find atomizers superior to cartomizers because they have no filler material to restrict vapor from entering your mouth. However, you eliminate this benefit when you use e-cigarette cartridges because cartridges are packed with dense, saturated foam. Instead, try purchasing a hollow drip tip and adding e-liquid directly to your atomizer from a bottle. You’ll enjoy much larger vapor clouds, less airflow restriction and improved flavor.
E-Cigarette Tip 5: Use Low-Resistance Attachments
If your e-cigarette has a battery at least the size and capacity of a 650 mAh eGo e-cigarette, try swapping out your standard-resistance 2.5 and 3.0 ohm atomizers and cartomizers for a 1.5 ohm low-resistance attachment. These atomizers generate more power in watts using the same battery voltage, creating larger and more satisfying vapor puffs. Volcano makes a low-resistance atomizer I like called the Lava, but you can get low-resistance atomizers from just about any reliable vendor. Low-resistance cartomizers are also available, but I don’t find them much better than standard-resistance cartomizers.
E-Cigarette Tip 6: Charge Your Battery
The voltage of an e-cigarette battery drops slowly as you use it, but the resistance of the atomizer stays the same. This means that a partially discharged battery will produce a lower power level in watts than a fully charged one. If your e-cigarette battery has a high enough capacity to last for several days of normal usage and you suddenly feel like the vapor puffs produced are small and unsatisfying, it’s probably time to charge the battery.
E-Cigarette Tip 7: Use Better Batteries
The higher capacity an e-cigarette battery has, the more vapor puffs it can produce while remaining at or near its maximum voltage. If you experiment with different types of cartomizers or low-resistance atomizers, you should be using an eGo e-cigarette or a large-battery mod, which I’ll discuss in the next section. With smaller batteries, you’ll get poor performance as these batteries can’t deliver power at high loads. Some, in fact, will stop working entirely when low-resistance attachments are used.
E-Cigarette Tip 8: Buy USA-Made
USA-made electronic cigarettes or “mods” are designed differently from the original Chinese e-cigarettes; in a Chinese e-cigarette, the body of the e-cigarette is also the battery. In a mod, the body is a hollow box or tube and the battery is removable. These larger e-cigarettes hold high-capacity lithium polymer and lithium manganese battery cells made by companies such as AW, Sanyo and Sony, delivering power longer and more reliably. Products like the ProVari also include boosters that allow you to change their voltage settings.
E-Cigarette Tip 9: Become a Full-Time E-Smoker
Electronic cigarettes don’t taste like real cigarettes. The nicotine also seems to enter your bloodstream differently. As a result, the two provide very different experiences. If you switch to e-smoking full-time, it won’t be long before you stop craving real cigarettes entirely. As a result, you can expect your e-smoking experience to be far more satisfying.