What’s best: a device that looks like a cigarette or a vaporizer?
Compared with smoking, vaping can do wonders for your health and wealth. But when you’re buying your first device, what should you go for – a vaporizer or an e-cigarette? You can be confronted with thousands of choices in vape shops and websites, especially as you’ve got e-liquids to think about too.
Standard e-cigs look very similar to the tobacco cigarettes you may have smoked before. Although they have been very popular in recent years, vaporizers continue to become more widely used – even trendy – among seasoned vapers.
Before you make a purchase, here’s a few useful facts to set e-cigarettes and vaporizers apart.
In their most basic form, e-cigarettes were born in 2003 thanks to an invention by Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist. He wanted to create something that would deliver nicotine and produce vapour which was flavoured and inhalable. The design emulated the appearance and feel of old-fashioned cigarettes – even down to the filter.
Similar in size, weight and shape to a traditional smoke, these e-cigarettes consist of three components: a silicone mouthpiece, a cartomizer combining an e-liquid cartridge and an atomizer, and the battery. An LED light mimics the burning tip of cigarettes by glowing on the battery’s end when the user inhales. Typically, the flavour cartridges are disposable once they have been used.
- If you’re giving up smoking and want familiarity, these e-cigarettes are ideal
- Pre-filled cartridges such as VaporFi Express Cherry Crush mean there won’t be any messy refills
- It’s hard to know when the cartomizer is nearly empty
- Their small size mean that cartridge capacity and battery life can be disappointing
- Some people will easily mistake them for traditional cigarettes, and this could lead to awkward confrontations in public
- Nicotine isn’t always delivered consistently
- You’ll have no choice but to buy e-liquids and cartomizers from the same company that manufactures your battery – narrowing your choices
Vaporizers haven’t been around as long as e-cigarettes, but they have speedily gained momentum and become extremely popular in the UK. Research by the Office for National Statistics recently estimated 2.9 million Britons now use e-cigarettes – and it seems many of them are opting for vaporizers.
These customisable machines look more like a big fountain pen than a cigarette, and you could say that they are an upgrade from the first e-cigs on the marketplace. Vaporizers typically boast a bigger battery, a mouthpiece and a clear tank where you can see how much e-liquid is remaining. A small button on the battery’s side is used to heat up e-liquid and produce delicious vapour.
- Your battery will last longer
- There’s a greater range of flavours and e-liquids to choose from
- Vaporizers are easier to customize
- Nicotine is delivered more smoothly
- Clear reservoir tanks help you keep track of e-liquid use and know when it’s time for a refill
- Cheaper than disposable e-cigarettes because they can be refilled
- They can be bigger than standard e-cigarettes
- They don’t look or feel like a traditional cigarette
- You’ll have to refill the e-liquid when you’re running low
- Getting started costs more than when buying a more basic model
So… what next?
Given the pros and cons of e-cigarettes and vaporizers, it’s worth taking some time to think about what you want out of the experience – and what you’ll be most comfortable with. Although they resemble traditional fags, e-cigs offer limited flavours, can lack consistency in nicotine delivery and sometimes have a poor battery life.
Meanwhile, vaporizers are larger and lack the familiarity of old-fashioned cigarettes. That said, you’ll enjoy a longer battery life and there loads of features and flavours to discover.
If you’re tempted by the sound of a vaporizer, take a look at our range of functional, high-powered devices – and don’t forget to check out our impressive selection of e-liquids. You might want to read our blog and guides to discover more about how these devices work, rules about using them in public, and more.