Electronic Cigarettes, Vape Pens and Vape Mods
What is the difference between eCigs, Vape Pens and Vape Pen Mods?
What in an E Cigarette?
An ecigarette, or electronic cigarette, is a personal vaporizer device. They can come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are typically used with a special nicotine solution called e juice that gets turned into a vapor which the user inhales, one of which is called an eGo Ecig (which is a step above a normal cigalike) and can be compared to a vape pen. There are some people who also use a non-nicotine solution with ecigarettes. Electronic Cigarettes are gaining massive press, becoming increasingly more popular and have become widely available at gas stations, smoke shops, convenience stores, grocery stores and many other retail locations. With the gaining popularity Electronic Cigarettes, the rise in vape shops are starting to appear across the nation, some of them carry Electronic Cigarettes and some do not (because the pretty much suck).
Why Do People Use E Cigarettes?
- Health Reasons (Some say its more healthy)
- Cost Savings
- None of the other drawbacks of analog cigarettes: No mess, No Smell, social acceptance, etc
- Health reasons
People’s preferences are increasingly leaning towards using personal vaporizers and Electronic Cigarettes, rather than inhaling combusted smoke from a cigarette, to get their nicotine because the combusted smoke has thousands of chemicals like carbon monoxide and other undesirable compounds that people do not want to get in their bodies. Electronic Cigarettes have become a huge Segway to the growing popularity in vape pens which use E-Juice or E-Liquid. The E-Juice is suppose to be better for you, but no one can make claims at this point of Electronic Cigarettes being better for you or not as the FDA has not evaluated them (August, 2, 2014).
The E-Juice contains a base like propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, nicotine, and water or a sweetener, so it is often viewed as a reduced risk alternative to smoking in many people’s eyes because the vapor is just water vapor and does not contain all the harmful chemicals that cigarette smoke has. With that said, there has not been enough scientific studies to make a conclusive decision as to which is healthier, as ecigarettes are so new.
- Convenience: Lets face it, vaping is much more convenient than smoking a cigarette. You can smoke indoors without it smelling and bothering other people. You can vape for long periods of time with one device. You don’t need to carry a lighter. The list goes on and on.
- Cost savings: Even though the initial investment for an ecigarette can be more, the longterm use of ecigarettes is usually much more cost efficient, especially if you get a vape pen (as explained below).
- Other Reasons: Cigarette smokers have to deal with smelling like smoke, yellow teeth, burn holes on clothes, messy ashtrays, and possible social rejection. With ecigarettes these are all basically eliminated.
- Are there different Types of Ecigarette?: “Ecigarette” is a very broad term, covering many different types of devices. There are three main types of ecigarettes, or personal vaporizers that are under the wider category of “ecigarettes” include eCigs, Vape Pens
and Vape Mods.
- What is an eCig?: An eCig looks very close to a real (analog) cigarette. They sometimes are black, white or yellow, and some even have paper coverings that mimic the look and feel of a real cigarette. These are often all that people really know about when they think of an “ecigarette.” This is because they have gotten a lot of media attention and marketing, not to mention wide distribution in local convenient stores.
- Looks like a real cigarette
eCigs do have some benefits like the smallness factor for offering extreme portability. Many also look very close to a real cigarette, which is appealing to some people.
- Bad Battery Life
- Less than stellar vaping volume and experience (compared to vape pens and vape mods)
- Not as cost efficient as vaping with a vape pen (explained below)
- Use a Disposable Cartridge (most)
Looks like a real cigarette (some don’t want the negative connotations associated with cigarettes when vaping)
eCigs have more drawbacks than they do benefits, just by the nature of their design. For one, they are tiny and thus have a very small battery. This can cause a lot of frustration when people try eCigs, as they can run out of batteries every few hours, depending on usage.
eCigs also don’t give many people the satisfaction of smoking cigarettes, vaping with a vape pen, or vape mod because eCigs don’t always give the best vaping experience or volume due to their smaller battery and design.
eCigs usually cost more than a vape pen and vape mod, because they are usually cartridge based so you have to replace the cartridge often. You also end up having to throw out ejuice because of the cartridges. What happens is when you get low on e juice, the vapor will start giving a burnt taste. Usually this is because the atomizer (heating element) is not receiving enough e juice to turn to vape. Instead of refilling up the e juice like you can in a vape pen and vape mod, you just have to throw away the cartridge, and in effect, you end up throwing away perfectly good ejuice.
eCigs also typically look just like a real cigarette, which is a drawback to some and a benefit to others. It all depends on the person’s perspective for this one.
What is a Vape Pen?
The next type of ecigarette is the very popular vape pen. There are many styles and types of vape pens, but the ego is the most popular of these type of vape pens including the popular ego vape starter kit. Vape pens vape great and last a long time compared to the less powerful eCigs. Many people move from the ecigs to the vape pens once they learn more about the world of vaping, or if they have a friend that tells them about vape pens.
Vape Pen Benefits
- Portability (about the size of a fountain pen)
- Great battery life (lasts a day or more depending on vaping frequency)
- Cost efficient
- Lasts Long in between refills
- Gives a great vape
- Vape Pen Drawbacks
- Not as portable as the eCig (Bigger than an eCig)
The Vape pen is still portable, but obviously not as portable as an eCig. Vape pens are about the size of a beefy fountain pen, whereas some other vape pens are about the size of a normal fountain pen.
Vape pens offer battery life that is way better than typical eCigs. They often come in 650mAh, 900mAh, 1100mAh, 1300mAh and even larger sizes. The 650mAh is plenty of battery power for many users and should last all day or more, depending on how much you vape with it.
Since Vape Pens typically have refillable or atomizer tanks, they are more cost efficient than buying disposable cartridges like you have to do with eCigs. They are also more cost efficient than buying regular packs of cigarettes. Vape pens also last longer in between refills or in between changing cartridges with the eCig.
Vape Pens give a great vaping experience. They give plenty of vape volume, enough take big puffs and get plenty of satisfaction, unlike the ecigs, which can give subpar amounts of vapor.
What is a Vape Mod?
A vaporizer pen mod is for people that really get into vaping and want that extra power out of their personal vaporizer. Vape mods are like a beefed up vape pen. They have a much bigger battery and are usually customizable to allow for the perfect power and voltage, which will give a more customized vaping experience. You can get a cooler vape, a warmer vape or much more vape volume with many mods.
Vape Mod Benefits
- Very good battery life
- Variable voltage and customized settings
- Good vape volume
- More powerful
Vape mods are usually the vaping device of veteran vapers, even though they will most likely own a classic ego vape pen. They typically will use a vape mod for personal day to day use, whereas they may take a vape pen on the go for more portability.
The vape mods offer more power and better battery life, but the flip-side to this is they are going to be a bit bulkier, due to the battery size. They offer great functionality for the use because a lot of vape mods offer variable voltage and wattage. This will allow you to change the type of vape, whether you want warm or cool, along with the vaping volume. Many like the customized vaping experience, after they have been vaping for a while.
Vape Mod Drawbacks
- Big and bulky
- Costs much more than a vape pen and ecig
- Too much vape power for some
With all this power there’s going to be some drawbacks to this, namely the bulky size and the increased price point. They typically will cost much more than an ego vape pen and an ecig and can be the main deterring factor when making the purchasing decision. To the veteran vapers, however this price may be irrelevant for the person that wants the extra functionality.
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