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What is an electronic cigarette?

In this guide we will answer the top vape related questions. What is an ecigarette? & What do i need to get started? Read on to discover vaping along with some helpfull tips.

An electronic cigarette is a handheld electronic device. It works by heating a liquid to generate vapor, that the user inhales.

The modern e-cigarette was invented in 2003 and has grown rapidly to be a very popular alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes.

There are 4 main components:

Caktus Vape - what is an ecigarette
Caktus Vape vape tank

1. Tanks

The Tank holds the eliquid and the replaceable coil. The mouthpiece on the top is where you draw from. Most if not all tanks have a 510 thread on the bottom which means they can be used across many different Mods.

Caktus Vape vape coil

2. Coils

The coil heats the eliquid to create the vapor. It is screwed into the tank and draws the e liquid in through the small holes on the side of the coil. A coil is based on resistance ranging from 0.2Ω - 1.8Ω (ohms)

Caktus Vape vape mod

3. Mods

The Mod is what provides the power to the coil to create heat to vaporize the eliquid. There are 3 main ways a mods power output is measured; Watts, Volts, and Temperature. On advanced devices these can be manually changed.

Caktus Vape vape eliquid

4. Eliquid

E-Liquid, also known as e juice, is what your vaping device heats to create vapor. Its made of propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), flavoring, & sometimes nicotine. Learn more about nicotine strength further in the guide.

What type of kit should I buy?

The type of kit you buy is dependant on how you want to use a vaporizer. There are two ways to vape - Mouth To Lung & Direct To Lung (See Below)

Caktus Vape vape mouth to lung

Mouth To Lung

Mouth to Lung devices are designed to simulate the feeling of smoking a real (analogue) cigarette. These devices achieve this by using a coil resistance upwards of 1Ω (ohm) and have a more restrictive airflow to give you the same tight draw you would experience with a cigarette.

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Direct To Lung

Direct to Lung devices will have a coil resistance lower than 1.0Ω (Sub-ohm) this creates more vapour and requires more power from your device. The increased hit of vapour goes directly to your lungs and can be compared to big draws from shisha. Direct to Lung devices will have wide open airflow to cool the vapor.

What Nicotine Strength do i get?

Eliquid is produced in many flavours; fruit, desert tobacco & plenty more. Flavour wise this is subjective to your preferred taste. So if you are unsure we recommend experimenting to find what works for you. You can use any nicotine strength in any device, but there are some pointers to help you decide where to start... (see below)

Caktus Vape vape nicotine eliquid

Ex Smokers | Mouth To Lung

Mouth to Lung users who are coming off cigarettes would use either 18mg (High) for heavy smokers or 12mg (Medium) for regular smokers (12mg being the most popular with Mouth to Lung users)

Caktus Vape vape nicotine eliquid

Sub Ohm | Direct To Lung

Direct to Lung users would vape lower nicotine strengths. 3mg (Low) would be the most popular and max would be 6mg of nicotine. High nicotine strengths in a direct to lung device can be harsh on the throat.

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