A Guide to Starter or beginner e Cigs

Innokin Endura T18
Innokin Endura T18
all in one starter e cig
Wysmec MyJet

Starter e Cigs or starter kits, are primarily designed for beginners, but they're also fairly common among more experienced vapers. Many make perfect secondary or back up devices, and they're handy to slip into your pocket when you're heading out and about; what I refer to as a 'Date Vape' 

Most are sold in a kit form, and come with extra atomiser coils, a manual and a USB charging cable.

Many models, as well as a variety of tanks, offer a very similar draw to smoking, making them even more effective as a smoking cessation device.

This type of draw, or style of vaping, is known as MTL or Mouth To Lung. It's one of the more important terms to remember. In contract, DL or Direct Lung, refers to the method of sucking the vapour directly into the lungs, and is generally done when using tanks with adjustable, wider airflow control.  It's not a style of vaping that beginners need to be concerned with.

Starter e Cigs are fairly simplistic and offer less features than they're more advanced siblings, Mods. Today's popular AIO models provide just a simple single fire button, so learning how to use them can be as easy as filling a tank and pushing a button. However, one should have an understanding of how and why they work, and where possible, how best to maximise performance.

Advantages of Starter E Cigs

  • Simplicity in terms of features and operation
  • The learning curve is far less than with many Mods or Mods & Tanks
  • Most of today's models provide sufficient power /satisfaction to assist with transition
  • Cost of kits are generally less than that of a complete Mod set-up
  • Many make perfect stealth devices
  • Size and portability

In contrast, Mods are fully customisable and can offer more flexibility in terms of power/wattage output, battery life, and the means to experiment with virtually all tank and atomiser systems. In order to do this though, there's a steeper learning curve.

However, this does not mean that a Mod will provide more satisfaction, nor assist more in transitioning from smoking.

introduction to mods
Mods are often larger, yet more flexible

Battery Life

As I've mentioned, most starter e Cigs today perform very well, but depending on the actual device, there can be an issue relating to battery life.

This is a concern not just for those that spend a lot of time outdoors, it's also a concern if you happen to be somewhere without access to an outlet or a USB charging source. If your battery dies, then what?

Batteries have a mAh rating, (milliamp  hour) and the higher that number, the greater potential for increased battery life. Other factors are the resistance (ohms) of a given coil, and what wattage is being used. Generally, a starter e Cig that comes with a tank, be it separate or part of the device, will be optimised for the best possible performance and battery life. 

Most of today's starter e Cig batteries are rated between 650 mAh and 1500 mAh. obviously, try and aim for the highest mAh possible, especially if you intend on using them a lot whilst outdoors. 

A 650 mAh battery can provide anywhere from 3 to 6 hours or so of vape time. 1500 mAh may offer up to 8 hours, depending on frequency of vape and again, wattage and resistance. If you're using a low resistance or sub ohm coil, which is becoming increasingly common, a 1500 mAh battery may only last you 3 hours.

The solution to battery life is to purchase more than one, if the unit takes replaceable batteries. In the case of enclosed devices such as AIO's, you will need to buy at least one additional device.

Types of Starter e Cigs

Whilst there are a variety of designs, most are either an All In One (AIO) or a more simplistic e Cig Mod offering limited features. Quite often these are a two part system comprising of a battery section and a separate tank.

All In One's - AIO's

All In One's can be a great option for those wanting simplicity, without skimping on performance. There's a few that even rival the flavour and vapour of higher-end Mods.

Performance is governed by the type and ohm rating of the coil, with a number of these devices offering high performance sub ohm varieties. 

joyetech ego aio
Juul Pod all in one

Pod Systems

Pod style e Cigs are a fairly new addition to the starter category, and although they pack quite a punch, they suffer from rather short battery life.

Depending on the model, pod sizes range from around 0.7 - 2.5 ml, and are purchased pre-filled and allow for refilling yourself. 

Mod Styled Starter e Cigs

The SmartBox from Innokin is an example of a Mod styled starter kit that utilises 18650 rechargeable batteries. These designs are great and solve the issue of battery life. Kits generally come with extra coils, a USB charge cable and a manual. 

Some kits, such as this one, come with a compatible tank, which takes the guess work out of the equation. These are my favourite styled starter e Cigs as they're very practical; being suitable for both beginner and more experienced vapers.

Unfortunately, as with most things vaping related, finding the perfect set-up comes down to trial and error. However, I generally offer two recommendations. An AIO such as the PockeX by Aspire, or a Mod styled 2 piece system like the SmartBox.

If you decide to go with an enclosed system such as the PockeX, be prepared to purchase at least one extra unit. Sure, try it first, but battery life is a real issue with devices like these, and since they can take up to 3 hours to charge, you need to have a backup unit.

And whenever possible, I'd suggest you grab them both. At least two of something, you'll thank me for it later..

From The Table,
Charles

It's all about the juice..

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