I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the electronic cigarette lately. Most are found in various places on the site, but for ease of use, I will try to give a few quick answers and the most frequently asked questions and the electronic cigarette.

Q. What is the difference between an e-cigarette and an electronic cigarette and an e smoke?

A. Nothing….just various names for the same product.

Q. What is the difference between the electronic cigarette and the mini electronic cigarette?

A. Size is the biggest difference. The white electronic cigarette we sell and the mini electronic cigarette work in the same manner. The regular electronic cigarette (also referred to as the white e-cigarette) is about the size of a pen, while the mini electronic cigarette is just slightly larger than a traditional tobacco cigarette. The nicotine cartridges for the normal sized electronic cigarette tend to last slightly longer than those for the mini.

Q. How does the electronic cigarette work?

A. The electronic cigarette is essentially three parts; the battery, which screws into the atomizer, where the mouth piece/nicotine cartridge fits into. When you inhale, the atomizer vaporizes a small amount of the liquid nicotine in the cartridge which is then delivered through the mouth piece. We also have a video about how the electronic cigarette works.

Q. Does the vapor smell?

A. The vapor is exhaled and appears like smoke, but does not smell. The liquid nicotine contained in the cartridge does have a slight odor of the flavor of the cartridge.

Q. What are the nicotine levels?

A. A nicotine cartridge (or ELiquid) can come in high, medium, low and no nicotine levels. This is the amount of nicotine in a cartridge. If you are a heavy smoker or smoke cigarettes with no filter, we recommend starting with high. Smokers of mild or light cigarettes should try the medium.

Q. What flavors are available?

A. We offer Tobacco and Mint (Menthol) flavored nicotine cartridges. We can get other more exotic flavors if you wish. We don’t stock these as they are very low demand. However, if you do want one of these flavors, feel free to contact us with your request and we will order it for you or at least consider carrying it in the future. There is no additional cost, only a longer waiting period to receive your order.

Q. How long does one refill cartridge last?

A. Testing has shown the average inhales of a tobacco cigarette is approximately 15 puffs. A filled cartridge, depending on the model of electronic cigarette, will last from 30 to 60 puffs or 2 to 4 cigarettes. Don’t fall for the “one cartridge is a pack of cigarettes” line….this is simply not the case. WIth that said, a prefilled cartomizer will last longer or about 15 cigarettes worth. These cartridge/atomizer combinations have a much larger wick than a refillable cartridge. In any case, we have switched to ELiquid Smoke Juice that is used to fill empty e-cigarette cartridges. We find this makes for a more satisfying esmoking experience.

Q. How will I know when a nicotine cartridge needs to be replaced?

A. When inhaled, no vapor will be present. This will let you know you need to replace or refill the cartridge.

Q. Do you need to turn on the electronic cigarette?

A. No, when inhaled the electronic cigarette will automatically activate. There is no on/off switch.

Q. How long does a battery last?

A. The battery life will vary greatly with use, but on average about 3 hours under heavy use. For some lighter smokers the battery will last all day. Both the electronic cigarette and mini electronic cigarette come with 2 batteries and a charger so you never need to go without your electronic cigarette.  When the battery needs to be recharged, the led light on the end will begin to blink.

Q. Will the electronic cigarette help me quit smoking?

A. The electronic cigarette has not been proven as a smoking cessation device and should not be considered a viable way to quit smoking.

Q. Is there a warranty?

A. Our components come with a 30 day replacement warranty.  We have found defective parts will generally be noticed within this period. We take care of our customers, so call or email us if you have problems, even after the warranty period and we will do what we can.

Q. Where do I buy and should I get a set?

A. We offer the INSTEAD Electronic Cigarette Set (2 batteries, 2 atomizer, 5 empty cartridges, 1 charger, carrying case and pouch) and we offer sets that comes with a bottle of Eliquid. Buy Electronic Cigarettes Here.

2 thoughts on “Electronic Cigarette FAQ

  1. Interested more how the mini e cigg works…do I need a battery or any other components?? I have tried the longer ones but would prefer the shorter style….can u please help me??

    1. All e-cigarettes work in the same basic manner. There is a rechargeable battery which is used to power an atomizer or heating element, and a cartridge or mouthpiece where the e-liquid is contained. The relative sizes is really a function of the size and capacity of the battery. As a general rule, smaller e-cigarettes have less power, produce less vapor and have a shorter battery life than larger ones.

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