How do E-Cigarettes Work?
What are E-Cigarettes and how do they work?
If you're new to vaping, understanding how e-cigarettes work can seem daunting. However, it's important to have a basic understanding of the mechanics behind the device in order to use it safely and effectively. In this post, we'll break down how e-cigarettes work in layman's terms, using UK English.
What is an E-Cigarette?
An e-cigarette, or vape, is a device that creates a flavoured vapour that is inhaled and exhaled by the user. The device consists of a battery, a heating element, and a tank or cartridge filled with e-juice.
How Does an E-Cigarette Work?
An e-cigarette works by heating up a liquid, known as e-juice or vape juice, which is then turned into a vapour that can be inhaled by the user. The device is made up of several key components:
Battery - This is the power source for the device. It provides the energy needed to heat up the heating element.
Heating Element - The heating element is typically made up of a coil of wire that is wrapped around a wick. When the battery is activated, it sends an electrical current through the coil, which heats up the wick.
Tank/Cartridge - This is where the e-juice is stored. The tank or cartridge is typically made of plastic or glass and can hold anywhere from 1ml to 5ml of e-juice.
E-Juice/Vape Juice - This is the liquid that is heated up by the heating element. It is typically made up of a combination of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavourings, and sometimes nicotine or other chemicals.
When the user activates the device, either by pressing a button or by inhaling on the mouthpiece, the battery sends an electrical current to the heating element. The heating element then heats up the e-juice, turning it into a vapour. The user can then inhale the vapour through the mouthpiece, which is typically located on the top of the device.
Once the user has inhaled the vapour, they can exhale it, creating a cloud of vapour that resembles cigarette smoke. The device can be used repeatedly, with the tank or cartridge being refilled as needed.
Types of E-Cigarettes
There are several different types of e-cigarettes available, each with its own unique features and design. Some of the most common types include:
Cigalikes - These are small, disposable e-cigarettes that resemble traditional cigarettes in shape and size.
Vape Pens - Vape pens are larger than cigalikes and often have a longer battery life. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be refilled with e-juice.
Mods - Mods are larger, more advanced e-cigarettes that allow for more customisation and control over the vaping experience. They often have longer battery life and can produce larger clouds of vapour.
How to Use an E-Cigarette
Using an e-cigarette is relatively simple. Here's a step-by-step guide to getting started:
Charge the battery - Before using the device, make sure the battery is fully charged.
Fill the tank/cartridge - Open the tank or cartridge and fill it with e-juice, being careful not to overfill it.
Prime the coil - If using a new coil, it's important to prime it by applying a few drops of e-juice directly onto the coil before using the device.
Turn on the device - Depending on the device, this may involve pressing a button or simply inhaling on the mouthpiece.
Inhale and exhale - Once the device is activated, inhale the vapour