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Welcome to E-Cig 101!


Tardy again?? Well it's OK, here at E-Cig 101 there is no homework, no mid-terms or thesis to write and best of all no outrageous tuition fees! You can even light up a smoke or pop a beer in class if you like. E-Cigs are basically pretty simple & a lot of fun and we think that learning about them should be too!

E-Cig 101 covers the basic information about E-Cigs in general and the Joye eGo & 510 in particular. We focus on this model because they are the most popular Electronic Cigarettes in the world.


What is an Electronic Cigarette?

The E-Cig was first developed in 2003 by a Chinese firm, SBT. An Electronic Cigarette (E-Cig) is a device that uses electricity to vaporize a liquid (E-Liquid or Juice) to create a vapor that is inhaled similiar to smoke from a cigarette. Unlike a traditional cigarette nothing is burned and there are no ashes or cigarette butts to deal with.

An E-Cig consists of three components (some models combine the Atomizer and Cartridge into a single unit called a cartomizer or clearomizer).



a) The Cartridge
The cartridge (sometimes referred to as a "cart") contains a porous poly-fill material that absorbs & holds the E-Liquid. This liquid or "juice" is transferred to and used by:

b) The Atomizer
The atomizer (aka "atty" or "att") is an electronic heating element that atomizes (vaporizes) the liquid into the vapor that simulates the smoke that is created by burning tobacco. The atomizer is powered by:

c) The Battery


The battery pictured is the Joye 510 manual battery, the battery unit consists of the battery, a switch and LED indicator at the end of the battery. Virtually all E-Cigs use a lithium rechargable battery.

Batteries come in two basic types, manual & automatic. A manual battery has a switch that is pressed by the user to energize and heat the atomizer. An automatic battery is activated by airflow and turns on automatically when the E-Cig is drawn on and off when the user stops inhaling on the cartridge.

Although the automatic battery is beneficial in some respects, particularly hands free operation, these benefits are far outweighed (in our opinion) by the vastly increased reliability and control that is offered by the manual battery. The Joye 510 & eGo Kits we offer comes exclusively with manual batteries and are completely sealed (unlike automatics). This means that you do not have to worry about juice leaking into & destroying your battery. The sealed manual battery is also conducive to "dripping" which is a technique where a cartridge is not used (or a cartridge with no filling is used) and the juice is dripped directly on the atomizer.

The LED indicator at the end of the battery lights when the atomizer is energized and also will flash when the battery is depleted and needs to be recharged.

It is important to note that atomizers and batteries do NOT last forever. In our experience the average usable life of an atomizer is about 2 weeks and a battery usually lasts about 2 months.


What is E-Liquid?

E-Liquid or "juice" is mostly comprised of three basic ingredients:

1) Propylene Glycol (PG) and/or Vegetable Glycerin (VG)

PG and VG are common compounds used in many household & food products such as toothpaste & shampoos. It is also commonly found in food colorings & mixes. It is used in these applications for the same purpose as it used in E-Liquid, to suspend or keep the other ingredients mixed and properly distributed. In E-Liquid the PG keeps the nicotine & flavorings suspended in the liquid. Propylene Glycol is categorized by the FDA as "GRAS", which stands for Generally Regarded as Safe for inhalation.

VG is a thicker, sweeter liquid than PG. VG produces more vapor than PG. Most liquids are a blend of both PG & VG.

We Offer Two E-Liquid Blends for Our American Made Flavored E-Liquids:


The Blend Is the Ratio of VG (Vegetable Glycerin) to PG (Propylene Glycol), Flavoring/Flavoring Carriers (generally PG or Alcohol) & Nicotine (excluding 0mg strength)

Standard Blend is 50% VG & 50% PG, Flavoring/Flavoring Carriers & Nicotine (excluding 0mg Strength) - We Recommend This Blend For Most Users

Max VG is Approximately 70%-80% VG (varies by flavor depending on how much flavoring/carrier is used) With the Balance Being Flavoring/Flavoring Carriers & Nicotine (excluding 0mg Strength). Max VG is not available for Cinnamon based flavors as it will not mix properly with pure VG.

Max VG Is Very Thick & Will Produce the Most Vapor but May Not Wick (flow freely to the heating coil) Properly in All Devices.

Max VG Also Does NOT Deliver as Much Flavor as the Standard Blend - Max VG DOES Contain Extra Flavoring to Compensate but Still Does not Provide as Much Flavor/Flavor Accuracy as the Standard Blend. This is the Nature of VG & Is True For ALL High VG Liquids - We're Just Up Front About It!

Max VG is Recommended for Hard Core Cloud Chasers Only!

Max VG is Going to Come Out of the Bottle Very Slowly (especially when cold). Do NOT Attempt to Squeeze the Bottle Excessively to Force It Out or the Nozzle/Tip May Become Dislodged Resulting in a Liquid Spill & a Big Mess!

Always Shake the Bottle Thoroughly Before Dispensing Max VG


2) Nicotine

The nicotine in E-Liquid is derived from tobacco. The strength of the nicotine in any given juice is measured in milligrams (mg) per milliliter (ml) and E-liquids are made in a variety of strengths from 36mg all the way down to nicotine free (no nicotine or 0mg). Generally:

36 mg = Extra High/comparable to Non-Filter Cigarettes
24 mg = High/comparable to Full Flavored Filtered Cigarettes
12 mg = Medium/comparable to Medium or Light Cigarettes
6 mg = Low/comparable to Light Cigarettes
3mg = Extra Low/comparable to Ultra Light Cigarettes
0
mg = Zero Nicotine

Important!: Advanced devices using higher powered batteries (higher than 20 watts) & subohm (coil resistance of less than 1 ohm) atomizing devices will produce more vapor & deliver the nicotine much more efficiently. We highly recommend using liquid with a maximum strength of 12mg with these devices. Most users of these devices find that 0-6mg is optimal.


3) Flavoring

Flavoring is added to give the juice its taste. E-liquid is available in a dizzying array of flavors from the standard USA Mix (similar to the big domestic brands) and menthol to chocolate, coffee and every fruit flavor imaginable. But this list just scratches the surface, juice is concocted and sold in just about every flavor you can think of...and some you wouldn't, or might not want to! (kung-pao chicken, anyone?).

You can also buy the ingredients and create your own juices. The DIY (do it yourself) juice is becoming increasingly popular and a part-time hobby to some & full time obsession to others.

All of the E-Liquids that we sell are comprised of VG, PG, natural & artificial flavorings and nicotine (except for the 0mg-no nicotine strength). There is no water or other components added to the liquid.

All of the liquids that we sell are 100% Diacetyl free.




What We Like & Don't Like About E-Cigs


All in all we really like the exciting new technologies of Electronic Cigarettes & E-Smoking (or vaping as it is sometimes known). First it is extremely important to point out that Electronic smoking devices are relatively new and are NOT approved (or classified) by the FDA, nor does the FDA approve of them as a tobacco cessation/quit smoking devices and we make no claims regarding health issues.

However, there is no doubt on a few points. E-Cigs are significantly less expensive than "analogs" and they offer a range of flavors and varieties that tobacco cigarettes will never come close to. And they do not generate the odor, the messy ashes or butts that "analogs" do.

Are they for everyone? Simply...NO. The major drawback of E-Cigs is convenience. Truth is that E-Cigs require a bit of care, maintenance and are more work than simply lighting up a cigarette and throwing away the butt.

Are E-Cigarettes for you? Well there is only one way to know for sure, try one for yourself & see!


Ahhh darn...there's the bell. Well we hope that you have found E-Cig 101 to be informative, impartial and most of all fun! For more information please see our
E-Cig FAQ page.

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