Thanks for stopping by our site. We’ve been into vaping for some time now (that’s what we call using e-cigs, rather than smoking), and we have some pretty extensive experience with these devices, and hope we can steer you towards the right product for your needs.
How To Recognize The Best Cigalikes
Cigalikes are e cigs that resemble cigarettes. When a battery and atomized cartridge are combined, they are roughly as long as a cigarette, weigh only a fraction of an ounce more, and they glow like a cigarette. The tip contains an LED bulb activated by puffing so, much as the embers of your lit cigarette glow when you draw on the tip, the bulb glows when you draw on the cartomizer.
By now you know that e cigs do not contain tar or tobacco. Some liquids are made with tobacco extracts, but at the earliest level of vaping you won’t encounter those. Cartomizers are filled with e liquid that tastes like tobacco or menthol cigarettes.
That cartomizer is heated by a battery-activated coil which gets hot enough to vaporize but not burn the liquid. As a result, you produce no ash and there is no tar. Nicotine is usually an ingredient in the liquid, particularly if you vape a disposable e cig first. In this case, you use it to the stated number of puffs or usually fewer and recycle the battery at your nearest depot. Rechargeable batteries can be charged up to 300 times and usually offer a few hours of vaping on a charge. Cigarettes, of course, last until they are all puffed out and then you dispose of the ashes.
The Best Cigalikes
Read some reviews and follow the charts, especially ones that post reader and expert opinions. Pundits have the advantage of trying many types of e cigs but many of the readers who post comments have nothing or few products to compare with the one they are reviewing. So if they think it is great, they might not know how much more they could expect. Conversely, if they think the product is terrible, their views could be anomalous.
You should read a lot of these reviews to get a full picture about any brand of cigalike. The very best ones, however, are generally the ones that editors and consumers agree are excellent. Even if they don’t give the same number of stars or they would reverse positions, the trends you see online are fairly accurate.
Top Selling E Cigs
Some of the best brands right now are South Beach Smoke, Vaporfi, Green Smoke, and V2 Cigs. Halo, Volcano, Cigavette, 777, and Eversmoke make good products. White Cloud, Apollo, and Nuvocig sometimes join the list, but you have to be aware that some brands are well loved for their intermediate e cigs, not as much for their cigalikes.
For instance, the Halo G6 is good but the Triton is excellent. Cigavette makes three levels of battery, all of them easy to use but only one of them similar in size to a cigarette. The Vaporfi Express is their only cigalike out of 8 products. Nuvocig’s eGo battery is the one they get the most press about and the same is true of Apollo. Volcano’s Magma e cig resembles a cigarette, but their most famous and beloved products are the Inferno and LavaTube.
Out of these companies, few do not produce disposables e cigs. Eversmoke, Vaporfi, and Halo, for instance, produce only rechargeable products. While these are more cost effective and environmentally responsible, disposables act as a way in to the uncharted land of vaping when you are nervously examining the possibilities.
V2 Cigs makes a line of tobacco and menthol disposables that are easy to find in stores and to purchase online. They’re everywhere. South Beach Smoke sells disposable e cigs online, but you have to buy 4 at one time or more. White Cloud offers the best variety of disposables in all their various flavors. Cigavette only carries flavored disposable e hookahs and e cigars, so you can’t try their tobacco or menthol flavor as a one-off.
Each of these e cig brands features starter kits which are affordable bundles containing chargers, cartridges, and batteries. It is good advice to buy a two-battery kit. You should always have one charging while the other is in use. Out of all these companies, the one with the most choices is probably V2 Cigs. The most authentic looking e cigs, however, could be attributed to almost any of these. V2, Halo, South Beach Smoke, Eversmoke, and Green Smoke provide multiple color options, including a realistic white and tan combination.
Electronic Cigarette: The Good, The Bad, And The Unknown
The topic of e cigarettes has been controversial since they first started appearing in gas stations a decade ago. Now, with the FDA approaching each American company that makes e cigs and e liquids, eager to perform tests, there will be some official answers in the near future concerning regulation and standards.
This will be a relief to many, the end of a business for plenty, and an opportunity for still other entrepreneurs to begin on a solid platform and know what it is they must do to satisfy the government and reassure the public. What is all of this controversy about?
Electronic Cigarette Injury
Whatever individuals are arguing about, the focus always comes back to safety. Are e liquids safe? Will vaping cause lung or heart damage? Should e liquid contain nicotine? Will e cigs explode?
That last question sounds like a joke designed to see if readers are paying attention. But there have been stories in the news where electronic cigarettes exploded or caught fire. Early chargers were not fitted with overcharge protection and sometimes overheated, causing electrical fires.
Compare e cigs to cars. The industry can release lots of caveats: that a car remains relatively safe so long as the operator maintains it and drives the car safely, fills it with approved fuel, additives, and oil, and drives on inflated tires. If the driver obeys the speed limit, washes his windscreen, pumps up his tires, and uses the correct fuel, his car is relatively safe. If he veers from that course, there is no telling what could happen.
E cigs are much like that in one respect. Manufacturers recommend reading the manual that comes with a rechargeable device. They warn people not to overcharge their e cigs and to use approved chargers. Consumers should not open up their cartridges and refill them with homemade e liquids which might burn them or cause a chemical reaction.
But consumers do these things and they get hurt. More worryingly, many customers have bought cheap devices, which malfunctioned with injurious consequences even though these people followed instructions conscientiously. Their experiences raise questions for insurance companies and put some would-be e cig converts on their guard.
Numbers of injuries are relatively small. For the hundreds of thousands of people worldwide who have used e cigarettes, the proportion experiencing such dramatic consequences as burning or explosion is less than 1%.
Electronic Cigarette Liquid
E liquid is another matter, and although it is unlikely to cause burns to your mouth, there are other, more insidious consequences of vaping low-quality stuff. E juice is frequently mixed by people who, in a previous life, were bartenders, chemists, and gourmet chefs. Many of these individuals understand what a good flavoring is, apply food-safe techniques, and know what constitutes a low-quality ingredient. Many do not.
Anyone could be mixing e liquid and he might be doing it anywhere. Conditions are often clean but not sterile. Testing is non-existent or inconsistent. Then again, certain companies have been careful from the beginning, creating laboratory conditions, mixing USP-grade ingredients, and ensuring their staff is fully trained to safely and hygienically perform their jobs.
Very few companies use strictly natural ingredients in their e liquid. Most bottles contain natural and artificial flavorings, sometimes coloring. One e juice maker began by innocently mixing a toxic colorant into his highly popular e juice; a brand that sold out as soon as it was released. He has clearly cleaned up his act because the brand and flavor still exist sans colorant.
Smoking vs. Vaping
The scientific community is still locked away in their labs coming up with ways to test this new technology and creating safety parameters, both in comparison to cigarettes and independently of them. Virtually everyone agrees that vaping is better than smoking. Combustion and inhalation of thousands of chemicals is the biggest threat from smoking. Nicotine is also highly addictive and dangerous. Since e cigarettes vaporize material that contains far fewer chemicals, it has to be better.
That is not the same thing as saying e cigs are safe. The comparison stage is over; now electronic cigarettes have to stand alone. E liquid is made with and without nicotine, so that danger can be removed, although choice remains with consumers. Even with nicotine gone, however, there are other questions.
Ingesting certain ingredients, namely propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, is different from inhaling its vapor. Certain consumers have experienced discomfort or illness which might be associated with these ingredients in vapor form. Their symptoms could have been caused by the medium of distribution: metal or plastic. Contents of small e cigs are not contained within a glass compartment, so perhaps the use of an eGo e cig with a glass tank is safer than using a plastic tank, but the jury has yet to decide. Tests could continue for years before the community knows for sure if e cigs are truly safe.
That community includes many vapers who were smokers and the family members who watched them struggle under the weight of addiction. Smokers usually wish they had never started and they want to quit. They try to give up cigarettes, going cold turkey, taking pills, chewing gum, wearing patches, and visiting hypnotists. Countless individuals return to cigarettes in spite of their efforts to overcome addiction.
Once they are introduced to electronic cigarettes, lost hope is found once more. Through the use of e cigs they give up smoking, even stop using nicotine, and some claim improvements in health. (It is important to note that there is much unknown, and the long term effects of e cigs, good or bad, are unknown, and they are not classified as aids to quit smoking by the FDA or any other regulatory bodies).
Family and friends of vapers are grateful and become advocates of e cigarettes. These individual stories highlight the value of personal testimony. It really is an emotional industry, one in which more than money but also pain, grief, and triumph are tightly bound together.
The Future of E Cigs
This is a billion-dollar industry which is still getting stronger. There is much excitement about the innovation yet to come. Vaping will eventually overtake smoking until cigarettes become novelties and smokers have to visit specialty shops to find cigarettes. Controversy has merely acted as advertising, and all advertising is good.