The Ultimate Guide to Different Types of Vapes
Many people don't even bother to start vaping because there are so many different gadgets and accessories out on the market these days.
It doesn't have to be that difficult, though, because even though there are many kinds of vapes, none of them are too complicated to understand. In fact, there are a lot of vapes out there that are extremely simple and able to be used immediately after you buy them.
If you're new to vapes, read this guide to understanding the difference between the most common types of vapes on the market.
Understanding Different Types of Vapes
Vapes have developed over time, getting more complicated as they've evolved. For that reason, we'll start with the basics and work our way through the more complicated models.
E-Cigs and Cig-a-Likes
The beginning of vapes is found in the e-cig, which typically looks exactly like a cigarette. These products are still widely available in gas stations and tobacco stores, and really any place where you can buy cigarettes.
A lot of the cheaper models can be bought and used without having to charge or add any liquids of any kind. These are typically ones that are disposed of right after they're out of vapor or they lose their charge. Some e-cigs, however, have rechargeable batteries and are able to be refilled.
These models are great for those who are trying to find an easy alternative to cigarettes. They offer the "throat hit" that smokers crave, as well as a body that looks and feels like a cigarette, requiring the same hand motion as the cigarette. If you're looking to get into vaping at the basic level, you should definitely try out the e-cig or cig-a-like.
Vape pens are essentially the e-cig 2.0 in the sense that they have a similar shape and look, but they are comprised of more complicated parts that provide advantages if you know how to use them. The vape pen typically has a battery, start button, coil, wick, and a removable tip.
Because a battery is connected to different elements that heat and produce vapor, there's a higher chance that the device can overheat if you pull on it for too long. This is because the battery is only designed to operate for a certain amount of time, but there is nothing stopping the user from going over that time limit.
For this reason, the device has a chip that controls temperature levels and prevents it from overheating. There are different styles and modifications that can go along with these devices, but the basics of all vape pens are listed above.
Mods and Kits
More recent developments in vape technology have led to the more complicated devices that you see releasing crazy amounts of vapor, seemingly moving through a spaceship-like handheld device that looks beyond all comprehension. Luckily, there are no pieces of space-age technology to understand.
It's actually pretty simple once you get into it. In the same way that a bicycle needs a frame, wheels, pedals, and brakes, a vape kit needs its own respective parts to function properly.
Mods are the complicated devices you see people using. People also tend to talk a lot about their rigs, not recognizing that some people don't understand half of the words they're using. While these people are deep into their hobby of vaping, the average vape-er doesn't need to get too deep to enjoy their product.
There are really just five parts that a person needs to understand in order to have a decent vape kit. We'll cover those parts next.
The mod is the technical center of the vape, allowing you to control specific elements of how the system works. This is the larger, central part of the device that typically has buttons, a small l.e.d. screen, and sometimes a cool design engraved onto the metal plating.
Some models come with a battery and some do not. If you buy a model without a battery, you'll have more versatility things like resistance, vape production, and temperature. That being said, those things require a little more know-how, and you can simplify your experience by just buying a mod with a battery.
There are two options of mods with batteries. There is the series connected battery that outputs double the energy of a battery, giving you a higher possible vapor output. These batteries have a higher resistance to temperature as well, reducing the risk of overheating.
The other option is the parallel battery. This version has a lower energy output but allows for a longer battery life.
The piece of the vape that actually turns the juice into vapor is called the atomizer. The battery from the mod heats the coil, which heats up the liquid inside of the atomizer. When the juice heats up in this way it is transformed into vapor, which, as everyone knows, is the point of vaping!
Atomizers are often contained in pre-assembled vape kits, which is recommended if you are new to vaping and want to start out with a mod. There are also atomizers with replaceable coils, entirely disposable atomizers, and other varieties of non-disposable atomizers.
How Should You Start?
When you're just starting out with vaporizers, you seek to air on the side of caution. By this, we mean that you should try and buy disposable parts rather than the more expensive, versatile components.
Work your way up to the more complicated pieces as you start to gain a deeper appreciation for things like temperature, vapor volume, and mod specifications. A great way to start is by purchasing a pre-assembled vape kit that will have all of the parts you need to have a functioning rig.
Try and buy a kit that has interchangeable parts, allowing you to mix and match new equipment as you develop your taste for vapes. It's also important to understand some of the laws and regulations about vaping in order to keep up on what to buy and where to get it.
Interested in Learning More About Vapes?
There's a lot of culture out there that you can gain access to with a little knowledge about the different types of vapes. There's a huge online community that discusses the pros and cons of different components, laws, regulations, and more.
If you're interested in learning more about vapes and vape culture, we have everything you need.
- Blazed Vapes Staff