For a lot of people the e cigarette is looked at as a ‘fad’, nothing more than a gimmick that will disappear as quickly as it arrived.
I have to admit, I looked on them as a kind of gimmick at first, despite that I saw an offer for a well-known e cigarette brand here in the UK and thought I would give it a go. The results for me were fantastic, from day one I stopped smoking, this is the reason I started this blog, to make it easier for smokers to make a decision when switching to e cigs.
This post is going to go back to basics to focus on what you want from an e cigarette. Once you can answer this question it will be a lot easier for you to pick the right brand/product for you!
Ok, so lets take a look at some of the features to look out for.
E Cig Cost – Upfront & Ongoing Costs
I am starting with the price as lets face it we all love a bargain and want to get the best value possible. The problem with approaching an electronic cigarette purchase like this is that cheaper is not necessarily better. When I say cheap I am talking mainly about the cheap e cigs that can be bought in newsagents, petrol stations and so on.
These are usually disposables and while they can sometimes be ‘ok’, the ones I have tried are not a patch on the rechargeable, refillable kits that are now available.
A few friends of mine were actually put off the idea of electronic cigarettes due to trying the cheap ones and not liking them, they assumed all e cigs would be the same. If this sounds like you then I would urge you to try again, you will be pleasantly surprised!
As well as the up front costs, which can range from £20-£150, you will also need to keep an eye on the cartridge refill cost. Again this can range massively depending on the options you choose.
So to recap, quality is something to keep in mind as well as the cost of the refill cartridges.
The actual quality of e cigarette is something to consider, if you are going to be using it out and about, maybe in bars, then you want something that feels good to hold and also looks the part.
Luckily most brands we have covered on this site have a quality feel to them although some slightly better than others.
E Cig Size
This is something that I personally focused on when choosing my first e cigarette, I was looking for something that didn’t draw too much attention and some of the e cigs I came across were the size of cigars!
I have since moved away slightly from the micro batteries due to battery performance but a small enough size is still possible while keeping a certain level of battery life.
E cigarette brands that make small batteries:
Sky Cig (Micro Battery – Similar to a real cigarette)
Green Smoke (2 battery options including a short)
V2 Cigs (3 battery sizes)
Is A Realistic Look Important For Your E Cig?
Some brands have decided to keep their electronic cigarette design as close to the real thing as possible. This includes the faux rings, cartridge (filter) colour and tip colour that can be red, blue, orange or green.
Others have gone for different battery colours to allow customisation to fit in
more with each individuals taste.
Realistic looking e cig brands:
Customisable e cigs:
Choosing The Right Type Of Battery
There are two types of battery, automatic and manual. What’s the difference? The manual battery has a button that needs to be pressed before taking a drag in order to activate the battery. Simply taking a drag activates the automatic battery.
The reason why some prefer the manual battery that it heats up the e-liquid prior to taking a drag and can produce a better vapour on your first drag without having to take ‘primer drags’ that some automatic batteries require.
There isn’t much in it but I personally like the manual battery a touch more than the automatic. If both were available it would be good to buy both
Brands that sell only automatic batteries:
Brands that offer both automatic and manual
Flavours & Nicotine Content
This is one of the most important areas to consider, after-all if you don’t like the flavour then you won’t like the e cigarette. The good thing about electronic cigarettes is the variety of flavours available. Think of a flavour, you can most likely vape it! I have tried waffle, cherry, cola, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and pina colada just to name a few.
If these kinds of flavours are not your thing then you will need to concentrate on the brands that have good tobacco flavours.
All this really comes down to a personal preference so if you are not sure then you may want to buy a brand that has a lot of flavour options or allows you to use refill cartridges that you fill with any e-liquid.
Nicotine content is also important, the great thing about e cigs is that there is a range of nicotine strengths available including zero nicotine. If you are looking at quitting smoking altogether then this is a great way to wean yourself off nicotine by reducing the strengths gradually.
Brands reviewed with good tobacco flavours:
For flavoured carts the following brands rated well:
Disposable Cartridges or Refill Your Own?
For those new to electronic cigarettes it may be better to stick with the disposable cartridges to start with. These come pre-filled with e-liquid and you simply replace them when they run out. It allows you to get used to the product without adding extra hoops to jump through as well.
Of course this is entirely up to you and for those that want to save a little more money then buying e-liquids and refilling your own cartridges is probably the way to go. If choosing this option then you will buy empty cartridges and buy bottled e-liquid to ‘drip’ into the cartridge yourself.
The other benefits (apart from the monetary savings) are that you open up a massive selection of liquid flavours as you can buy them from anywhere.
Brands that sell both disposable, empty refillable carts and bottles of e-liquid:
Vapour Volume – Does The E Cig Produce A Good Cloud?
Vapour is another important feature, we love an e cig that produces a good amount of vapour, and maybe this is something you are looking for as well?
The thickness of the vapour is the combined result of a good battery and cartridge.
Brands we have found to produce the best vapour:
Returns & Warranties – Can You Send It Back If You Don’t Like It?
A good return policy offers a little peace of mind and also shows how confident the company is in their product!
This really does vary with each brand, I won’t go into detail about each of their returns as they could change without notice. The best thing is to check with each as things can change so I won’t list. The same is said for the warranties/guarantees on the products.
So, are things clearer now?! Hopefully I haven’t confused things even more! For those that are still struggling, or for anyone with any questions, you can get in touch with me by email or just leave a comment below and I will try and answer the best I can.
For instant recommendations then our particular favourites are Green Smoke, V2 Cigs and Jacvapour. Don’t get me wrong, we haven’t come across any e cigs we don’t like (oh… apart from Clearsmoke) so if you were to buy any of the brands we have reviewed then you won’t go too far wrong. The three we mentioned before are the ones we found ourselves going back to, they also offered a mix of great customer service and great product.
Whatever you do, give e cigs a try! You won’t be disappointed and according to this National Geographic article they could also be a better option environmentally.