A couple of things I would say to people looking to get into vaping:
Number one, don't get ripped off. If you are buying a standard "mini" e-cig, the ones that look pretty much like regular cigarettes, NEVER EVER pay
more than $50 for EVERYTHING, that means for well under $50 you can get two batteries, a charger, a number of cartomizers, or two atomizers and a
number of cartridges. There are tons of horribly overpriced kits out there, they are a straight up rip-off and should be avoided. The 510 is pretty
much the standard for entry level e-cigs, and a complete kit for the highest quality brand can be had for 30 bucks.
Number two, which kind of goes along the lines of not getting ripped off, is don't bother buying the pre-filled carts and cartos. They are another
waste of money. Buy bottles of e-juice and re-fill them.
The third thing I would suggest, is to take it easy. Don't expect to pick up an e-cig and then never touch another cigarette. While e-cigs are pretty
close to the experience of a real cigarette, they aren't identical, and most people take some time and self control to get to the point where they
quit smoking and only vape. Start off with cutting down to 3-4 cigarettes a day in addition to vaping whenever you feel like it. Cigarettes contain
MAOIs which are antidepressants, e-juice does not. You will not get the boost of emotion and pleasure you get with a normal cigarette, but you will
get the nicotine, which makes things easier.
Fourth, go to www.e-cigarette-forum.com...
and read for however many hours you have a day, every day. There are so many different types, brands,
and styles of e-cigs that you really need to do a lot of research to find what is best for YOU. ECF is the best forum on the web for this, by a long
shot. Most people have a "sweet spot" where they find a perfect combo of battery, atty/carto, and juice that works the best for them. You will have
to shell out some cash, and you will have to experiment to find yours.
Personally I'd suggest using cartomizers over atomizers and carts. Attys burn out just like cartos, but attys are more expensive and don't work as
well, in my opinion. You have the option of dripping when you use attys, which is using a drip tip (just a hollow tube basically) in place of the
cartridge, and then using a bottle of juice, you just drip a couple drops straight onto the atty. While it works great, I find it to be a hassle, and
I stick with nothing but cartomizers these days. Back in the day cartomizers had issues with a burnt taste, none of the quality cartos out now have
As far as the e-cig vs. real cig math, don't even bother. Just know that the continued purchase of juice is far cheaper than the continued purchase
of cigarettes. The difference in nicotine strength, difference is how each person takes a hit, voltage difference, atty/carto difference, all of these
variables make it impossible to say "xx amount of juice equals xx amount of cigarettes" Just vape until you feel like you don't need to vape
anymore, then stop. Don't worry about trying to figure out what equals your regular cigarette.
In my opinion, the "minis" (ones that look like regular cigs) are a waste of time and money. Their battery life is terrible, they don't hold much
juice, and just don't perform as well as the larger units. The batteries don't last very long either, before they need to be replaced.
The eGo, or one of its many clones, is the best budget entry into the vaping world. For $50 you can get two 900mAh batteries (comapred to the 150-300
mAh batteries the minis have) 4-5 cartos, charger, and a nice case. The performance on these units is excellent, and they are 510s so most of the
cartos and attys on the market will work with them. You can get the mega dual coil cartos that look great on the eGo batts, and they hold a TON of
juice, and produce ridiculous amounts of vapor and throat hit.
Then you can step up to the mods, which use user replaceable batteries, usually have a higher, or variable voltage. You can get them with pretty much
any threads, which means you can use pretty much any attys or cartos out there. These are usually a bit more expensive, but most will last you a
I know there are several people here with a lot of knowledge of vaping, and I know quite a bit myself, so if anyone has specific questions feel free
to ask here and I'm sure someone will answer!