Vaping is one of the fastest growing markets worldwide, with millions turning to vaping as their quit smoking solution. Most smokers wishing to quit turn to vaping as the solution to quit once and for all.
But what is vaping, and what equipment is there on the market? Let's take a look.
The Types of Vaping Equipment
There is no industry standard to how vaping equipment is named. Often a term will be kicked around forums and popular YouTubers will repeat the terms in their review videos and the names stick.
The common term for all vape equipment is known as the electronic cigarette, commonly shortened to the e-cigarette or e-cig. This is the term that the media tend to use when describing the equipment, but there are many different forms of e-cigarette which include the following:
Each of the e-cigarettes above has a form of tank attached either screwed in separately or built-in. They hold both a coil and the e-liquid which is vaped.
What is e-liquid?
Every type of e-cigarette above and on the market requires e-liquid which can either be sold in a separate bottle or comes in a prefilled pod, tank or cartomizer. They consist of 4 basic ingredients:
- Propylene Glycol (PG)
- Vegetable Glycerin (VG)
How Do Vapes Work?
All e-cigarettes, regardless of their type and size work with the same principles. They have a power source which are either internal or removable batteries, a coil wrapped around a small piece of cotton and e-liquid to soak the cotton. When the coil heats and the air is drawn around the coil, the e-liquid evaporates creating a vapor. This vapor is drawn into the lungs and vaped.
Although the principles are simple, each part has a varying degree of complexity. Take the coils for example, which can be made of various metals like stainless steel for standard wattage vaping, titanium or nickel to allow for temperature control vaping. As well as having different styles of coils with different wrap designs to produce a more custom vape. Mesh coils have also been introduced which instead of a typical wound wire consist of a mesh-like design and produce even greater flavor.
Vaping is one of the most misunderstood products on the market, thanks to the taboo associated with smoking. To learn more about the truth, read our vaping facts page.
How Do People Vape?
Although the equipment and e-liquid sound complicated most vapers start with a simple starter kit which consists of a battery pack and tank. They only have to buy the e-liquid as flavor and strength comes in a variety of forms.
They start by soaking the coil (also known as an atomizer) with e-liquid. They are actually just saturating the cotton around the coil to avoid it from burning the first time they fire the device. They then fill the tank with e-liquid and let it soak in for 5-10 minutes.
The e-cigarette is then ready to vape. As most people starting with vaping are smokers wishing to quit, they will be using a coil of over 1-ohm. This is designed to be vaped in a similar way to smoking i.e. Mouth to lung.There's plenty of information around our small yet detailed site to help you quit. Take a look at our quit vaping tips for some simple, small and slow steps to cut down your nicotine consumption and ultimately quit vaping altogether.