A Simple Guide to Electronic Cigarettes

A quick breakdown of how e-cigs work, their components, and determining the best type of vape setup for your needs

What is an electronic cigarette?

The term electronic cigarette refers to the battery-powered hardware used to vaporize liquid nicotine (known as e-liquid or e-juice) so that it can be inhaled — simulating the tobacco smoking experience, but without the thousands of toxic chemicals produced with combustible tobacco cigarettes.

What components make up an e-cigarette?

Electronic cigarettes come in all shapes, sizes and colors, but the core components include:

  • A clearomizer — or tank — where the e-juice is stored and heated. Tanks come in different sizes and materials, and are usually attached to a mouthpiece.
  • An atomizer, consisting of a heating element (usually a coil) and a wicking material, is the part that actually heats up to convert e-juice into vapor. The quality of atomizers can vary greatly. Some last only a couple weeks and must be disposed of. Others include replaceable parts that can extend their use indefinitely.
  • A rechargeable battery, typically a lithium ion battery, provides power to the atomizer. Batteries are the component with the most diversity in terms of price, quality, size, shape and color.

Tanks and batteries have plenty of diversity in terms of price, quality, size, shape, color and style of vape. At Crescent City Vape, we carry a huge selection of every kind you could want.

E-Cigarettes turn e-juice into vapor without combustion.

Unlike traditional cigarettes that rely on burning tobacco leaves to generate smoke that can be inhaled, e-cigs use a processed liquid that typically contains natural flavorings, vegetable glycerin, and nicotine (usually ranging from 0-36mg in concentration). At Crescent City Vape, we offer only the highest quality e-juice crafted in the USA by the most reputable brands in the industry. Learn more about our e-juice brands and the wide range of flavors we carry.

Types of e-cigarettes and their benefits.

When e-cigs first hit the scene, they were predominantly the disposable kind. Since that time, e-cigarette technology has advanced exponentially, and reusable e-cigarettes — sometimes called personal vaporizers or PVs— have grown in popularity because they provide a far superior vaping experience at a much lower cost over the long run.

These more “open-system” vapes, with refillable e-liquid and replaceable atomizers, also provide a stronger hit and more flavor and vapor.

They are far better for both quitting smoking and having a pleasurable vape. They also last a great deal longer, with only the atomizer (coil) needing regular replacement.

Disposable e-cigarettes or cheaper quality pen setups like you might buy at a gas station do sometimes work well enough to help a smoker quit tobacco, and are a cheaper initial investment. However, it’s important to note that switching to a better quality, reusable electronic cigarette setup will provide a much more satisfying vaping experience, and comes out much less expensive in the long run.

If you have any questions about electronic cigarettes, e-cig parts and accessories, or anything else, please contact us at (504) 309-8134 or via our contact form. We’re here to help!


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