Electronic cigarettes have become increasingly popular as an alternative to smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes. If you have made the choice to make the change to vapor smoking, you will want to use your new product as safely as possible while enjoying vaping your new e cig. Through a little education and reading, you can properly use your electronic cigarette and keep off of tobacco.
What Are the Parts of Your Electronic Cigarette?
When you buy an electronic cigarette, it will either be a two or three piece design. Regardless of what type of design it is, the major components of the electronic cigarette are the atomizer, battery, and the e cig cartridge. The atomizer of your ecig is the component that heats the e liquid or e juice contained in the cartridge to create the vapor smoke that you inhale. The cartridge is the container which holds your e cig’s e liquid.
The First Use of Your Electronic Cigarette
When you first get your electronic cigarette, most manufacturer’s will recommend that you charge the battery for at least 8 hours. If you have a two piece electronic cigarette like GreenSmoke, the atomizer is combined with the cartridge. You will then connect it to the battery after the charging period is completed. If you have a 3 piece e cig, you will connect the battery to the atomizer and then to the cartridge. You will want to make sure that you have a cartridge with e liquid before attempting to vape your e cig or you can burn out the cartridge lining. You also want to make sure that you inhale smoothly off of the e cig and not too fast or you will not get the sufficient amount of vapor. If you are puffing too quickly, some models are designed to have their LED light blink on and off. This same indication is also shown when the e cig battery is running low on charge. Subsequent charging periods for e cig batteries are normally 3 to 4 hours after the initial 8 hour charge.
Maintaining Your Electronic Cigarette
The connection of where your battery plugs into the cartridge in a 2 piece design or into the atomizer for 3 piece design e cigs can become dirty after you have been using the e cig for a bit. If there is too much dirt built up, the electronic cigarette may fail to work correctly. In order to clean your atomizer and battery connection, you can use a q-tip or paper towel dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean the connections. On the sides that have grooves you can alternatively use a toothbrush to clean it.
For three piece units that have separate atomizers, if you find that it becomes difficult to pull vapor from the unit or it does not make a lot of vapor, the atomizer may be gummed up with e liquid. If this is the case for your unit, you can blow through the atomizer side to get rid of the e liquid. Make sure you do not ingest the e liquid when doing this step and consider wearing protective gloves to keep from getting the e juice on your skin. You will want to dry the unit with a paper towel when cone.
If you still have issues with your battery, you can try to fill a cartridge with a few drops of warm water. Then, vape the water without inhaling until the vaping amount improves. Make sure you use an empty cartridge when trying this step. If you still don’t have any luck, you can also try blowing on the LED or end-side of your battery for up to 12 seconds. If you still have issues, you may want to consider cleaning the atomizer to battery with rubbing alcohol directly followed by a several hour drying period. If still no luck, then you may want to consider buying a new atomizer for your e cig.
Electronic Cigarette Safety
The nicotine in your e cig’s e liquid is poisonous. You never want to leave it out where your kids can get into the e juice. You also want to make sure that you don’t overcharge the battery when you can help it. For example, if your unit has a full charge, you will not want to leave it plugged in to the wall. When you are not using your e cig, many companies will also recommend that you disconnect the battery to prevent inadvertent triggering of the atomizer
Who Shouldn’t Use E Cigs?
The FDA has not approved nor evaluated electronic cigarettes and as such it is considered a “Use at Your Own Risk” product. The majority of e cig companies recommend electronic cigarettes as an alternative to traditional tobacco smoking. Also, its recommended that pregnant and nursing women do not use e cigs as well as those who are allergic to propylene glycol, glycerin, or nicotine. The age of use is governed by your state or country of residence, with most locations requiring you to be at least 18 years old to use e cigs.