How to Use an E-Cigarette
You’ve completed the necessary research, made an informed purchasing decision with your first e-cigarette and now you’re simply waiting for it to arrive neatly wrapped upon your doorstep. Let us be the first to say congratulations on your choice to try an alternative to cigarettes. We firmly believe that making the choice to try e-cigarettes is one of the best things we’ve ever done. You might soon think the same.
While you’re waiting for your first e-cigarette to arrive, you may think it’s a good idea to spend some more time researching e-cigarettes online. There’s little tricks to using an e-cigarette that make it a more enjoyable experience by allowing the device to produce more vapor in a more consistent way. Because of this, you’ll find that a lot of e-smokers agree that there’s a learning curve when it comes to e-smoking. It might take a little time before you perfect your e-smoking techniques for the best experience.
The purpose of this article is to help guide you through the use of your e-cigarette while helping you to establish and explore some of the more professional e-smoking techniques.
How to Use an E-Cigarette
Charging Your E-Cigarette Battery
In just about every e-cigarette package, you’ll find a USB charger for your battery. Some may include chargers for wall outlets and car cigarette lighters, but these are relatively uncommon compared to USB chargers. Your USB charger is the thing that enables you to e-smoke. It keeps your battery charged, so it’s important to keep it in a place where you won’t lose it.
To charge your e-cigarette’s battery, you just need to screw the end of the battery into the threaded end of the charger. Most e-cigarette USB chargers will have a small light that blinks to let you know that your battery is charging. Depending on the type of e-cigarette and USB charger, the light may also turn off when your battery’s fully charged or it may change color.
Portable Battery Cases
A few choice e-cigarettes will come with a battery case in addition to the standard USB charger. Some may replace the charger for the battery case. If this is the case, you’ll need to charge the battery case before you can charge your e-cigarette. Most portable battery cases will come with a USB charger or wall outlet connection. Most will also have an indicator that displays how full the case’s internal battery is.
After you’re done charging the case, you can charge your e-cigarette’s battery by simply screwing it in to the threaded opening on your battery case. You may need to hold down a button on the case or wait for an indicator light to start blinking to know your battery is charging.
Using Your Cartridge or Cartomizer
Your e-cigarette will likely use one of two designs: the three-part e-cigarette with a battery, atomizer and cartridge, or a two-part e-cigarette that has a battery and a cartridge combined with an atomizer.
To use a cartridge with your e-cigarette, you need to find the small metal atomizer included with it, screw it on the battery and then push the cartridge over the atomizer.
To use a cartomizer, you need to simply twist it into your e-cigarette battery. Because a cartomizer has an internal heating coil, there’s no need to use a separate atomizer.
Using Your E-Cigarette
You might find that your e-cigarette has a manual or automatic battery. It may even have both.
A manual battery requires you to press a button to produce vapor, which can give you more control over your vapor production. The trick to using them correctly is to press the button just before you start puffing, so that you inhale more vapor and less air.
An automatic battery produces vapor in response to negative air pressure created by ‘puffing’ on your e-cigarette. While you can’t press a button to ready an automatic battery, you can take a few short puffs before taking your long one to prime an automatic battery.
Automatic batteries may be more fun to use, but we’ve found that they don’t give you the same degree of control during your e-smoking. For beginners, we recommend that you start with a kit that has both so that you can figure out the style of battery that gives you the most comfortable e-smoking experience.
Replacing Your Cartridge or Cartomizer
If you notice that the flavor quality or vapor production begins to diminish as you use your e-cigarette even when the battery is nearly full, then it may be time to replace your cartridge or cartomizer. You can do so by unscrewing your cartomizer or pulling the cartridge off the atomizer. You can then use the same instructions we outlined earlier to install a new cartomizer or atomizer.
Different E-Liquids in Different Flavors
Once you have a good understanding of how your e-cigarette works and how to use it, you may start to look for ways to save money while e-smoking or you may begin to experiment with the wide variety of flavors out there. There’s dozens of e-liquid companies in the United States, China and the rest of the world. Many of them create their e-liquids from scratch, which results in unique flavors that you won’t find anywhere else.
While most e-cigarettes come with e-liquids made in China, we highly encourage you to try locally made products. You might find something that you like even more.
How to Refill Your Cartridge or Cartomizer
Refilling an empty e-cigarette cartridge isn’t that hard, but it does take some practice. You remove the cartridge from your e-cigarette and turn the cartridge so that you can see the sponge on the inside. You then add several drops of e-liquid from a bottle until the sponge appears saturated with liquid.
When you’re done, you can simply install the cartridge on your e-cigarette again.
It’s worth noting that you can only do this so many times with a cartridge before the sponge begins to degrade or you start to see signs of leaking. When you see either of those signs, it’s time to replace the cartridge.
Refilling a cartomizer isn’t much harder, but we recommend doing so before it becomes dry. While a cartomizer will still produce vapor while it isn’t completely dry, you will notice that, when you pry the cover off of it, the filler material at the top appears dry.
You can refill it by slowly adding e-liquid to this filler material a few drops at a time until it looks like the filler material is wet. Replace the cover and install your cartomizer on your e-cigarette again.
You’ll need to avoid the hole in the center of the cartomizer, as that’s where the vapor travels to reach your mouth.