Joining the world of vaping can be a very confusing experience. There’s a lot of devices to choose from, and you can’t quickly tell which one is the best fit for you. Even if you ask experienced vapers, you’ll get different and even conflicting answers.
Thankfully, you can skip all through those troubles with this simple guide about the different types of vaping devices.
Disposable vapes have been trending in the market in the past few years. The upside is that it’s excellent for newbies who don’t want to go through the horror stories of vapers regarding configuration, maintenance, charging, and other whatnots of their vaping units.
You can get disposable vapes online and start vaping right away once you get your unit. Remove the packaging and inhale the vapor from the mouthpiece. When the juice or battery runs out (or it stops working), you can just dispose of it in the proper electronic waste disposal facility near you.
Cig-a-likes are the first form of e-cigarette developed and released in the market. It was developed by a smoker, inventor, and pharmacist in China. The most significant advantage of cig-a-likes is their form. They’re often small, lightweight, and discreet. And they were lauded as the future of cigarettes.
They’ve disappeared in store shelves after more powerful types were invented, but they’ve recently made a comeback. Most cig-a-likes nowadays are often sold as disposables.
If you don’t feel like generating e-waste but you’re not ready for the technicalities of vaping yet, you can settle for pods. Pods are lightweight vaping devices. They can be as big as a USB flash drive or as big as a box cutter. Operating them is as simple as inhaling the vapor from their mouthpiece while pressing a small button.
Maintenance and juice refill or replacement is as simple as replacing the pod’s cartridge. Charging can be done by plugging it on a USB cable for your phone or the charging device that comes with the unit.
Pods are a great option if you want something discreet, portable, and low maintenance. Disposable pods are also available as an option.
Now, if you want to start vaping seriously, a vaping pen is a suitable gateway device for you. Note, most disposable vapes are in the form of pens. However, the most significant differences between vapers generally refer to as vape pens and disposables are customizability and reusability.
With vape pens, you can have the option to modify or replace mouthpieces, batteries, and atomizers. Also, you can recharge the battery and use any e-juice available to you.
Pens have greater battery capacity and can generate thicker clouds than pods.
Tubes are basically thicker pens. The main differences between tubes and pens are the former’s capability to use a wide array of rechargeable batteries and the latter’s limitation to proprietary and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) batteries. Also, tubes have more customization options.
Tubes have fallen out of fashion for the past few years, but you can still find a few of them being sold in the market.
Once you’re hooked on vaping, you’ll naturally gravitate towards box mods or simply mods. It’s the kind you’ll often see people—who compete and generate thick clouds—use. Box mods top almost every other type in terms of customization, power, design, capacity, and even size.
And true to their roots, mods come in many forms. Some can be as big as a small fire extinguisher, while some are made to look like hookahs. But most common mods are as big as a pack of cigarettes.
Feature- and customization-based type
Vapes are often classified based on form and reusability. However, you can also categorize them based on their customization or features. Some of them are the following:
• Atomizer: You have replaceable, rebuildable, and disposable.
• Operation: The two most common vaping operations are push button and pneumatic. The former requires you to push a button to vape. The latter activates when you draw air from the mouthpiece.
• Juice delivery system: You have cartridge-, tank-, and drip-type systems. You can also classify based on the atomizer setup: clearomizer, cartomizer, and glassomizer.
• Vaping material: While most vape devices atomize e-juice, some can vaporize herbs and oils.
• Circuitry: There are three common types.
◦ Full mechanical or full-mech: The battery is directly connected to the atomizer, and the casing itself is used as an electrical conductor. A mechanical switch button often breaks or connects the circuit.
◦ Regulated or variable: A circuit board comes between the battery and the atomizer. The circuit may provide wattage control over the atomizer, act as a safety mechanism, and add other advanced features.
◦ Semi-mechanical: It also has a circuit board, but much simpler. Their boards mostly act as switches, breakers, and in some cases, battery indicators.
• Heating material resistance: Typically, this is divided into regular and sub-ohm builds. Some vape devices are capable of regular builds, but not all can’t do sub-ohm.
The information laid here is enough to get you started and have a working knowledge of the vaping devices you’ll encounter when you shop. However, it’s highly encouraged that you look further into each and one of them, particularly the features. Good luck with your research.