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Electronic Cigarette Co caters for all levels of vaping. Whether you are new to the world of e-cigarettes or you're an experienced vaper looking for the next level, we take a look at what each of the five levels of vaping have to offer.
Level 1 is suitable for all users and relates to e-cigarettes in their most basic form. These devices require very little in terms of technical skill and maintenance and are generally ready-to-use straight out of the packet.
Some may require a battery recharge.
These were the first e-cigs to hit the market at the very beginning of the ecig industry. They had two basic parts, a rechargeable battery and a disposable cartomizer containing eliquid. When the battery is activated the liquid is heated which then creates a vapour for the smoker to inhale.
These devices are still available today, but due to the demand from vapers for greater satisfaction and more sophisticated devices, they are less popular.
Level 2 is also suitable for all users but things begin to require a little more knowledge, know-how and diligence.
Users benefit from longer-lasting batteries which they can recharge, plus they can refill the tank with more e-liquid instead of disposing of it after use.
Users also benefit from being able to choose from the different types of heating parts inside the tank, some get hotter than others which affects the flavour, amount of vapour and overall vaping experience.
The e-liquid is usually sold separately which means you get to choose from lots of different types of flavours and again you can opt for a juice that produces low vapour clouds or lots of vapour.
At this level you will learn about priming a coil. 'Priming' is the process involved in ensuring the cotton or wicking material inside an e-cig heating coil is sufficiently wet with e-liquid before you start to vape with it. This will minimise the risk of experiencing a burnt taste and a ruined coil. You can learn about priming a coil here.
At this level you will also be learning and understanding some of the maintenance basics such as cleaning the battery connection area to maximise your e-cig's performance.
Level 3 is suitable for those with some prior experience and in some cases those users willing to take the time to understand their device and how to use it properly and safely.
The biggest difference from level 2 to 3 is that these devices have a variable power output and, in some cases, temperatures modes, and it's important to understand how to use these devices safely.
At this level they're often referred to as an APV which stands for Advanced Personal Vapourizer. These devices are more challenging but with patience, understanding and following the correct user guidance, they're pretty straight forward to use.
Essentially you have greater control and more options to tailor your vaping preferences, by that we mean you're controlling the temperature of your vape, the taste of the liquid, and the amount of vapour produced.
By the time you're at level 2 and 3, it really pays to understand which e-liquid is best for the particular heating coil inside your tank. It all sounds very complicated at first but essentially these little parts will work better with some liquids and not so well with others.
Imagine lining up a number of different types of e-liquid and trying them all with your e-cig. Some will taste great and flavoursome, others will taste really feint or bland. There's a reason for this and our help page will explain why this is, so to learn more about the best e-liquids for different heating coils click here. This article also explains how liquids with higher PG give a harsher throat hit and those with more VG are much smoother.
Level 4 is for mechanical mods. This is advanced vaping and you must have sufficient knowledge and a very clear understanding of how to work with these devices safely.
Mechanical mods don’t have circuitry (intelligent safety circuitry) so you need to know what you're doing because the device itself has no mind and simply responds to what you ask of it, whether it's safe or not.
These mods rely on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to power them and the user may opt for a standard tank with pre-built heating coils, however, at this level users will often use a tank that allows them to build (and test for safety) their own coils.
These details are provided for information only, please DO NOT purchase a mechanical mod unless you are quite certain you have the knowledge and experience to work with such a device safely.
Finally, level 5 is all about sub-ohm vaping. This is the most extreme stage of e-cig vaping, although the extremes themselves do vary quite a bit nowadays.
In basic terms it means you’re using a coil with a resistance of less than 1.0 Ohm. This potentially gives you massive clouds of vapour (with the right e-liquid) and purer flavours. If you're using a standard coil (eg 1.8 Ohm) you're not sub-ohm vaping. It is only when you're using a coil with less than 1.0 Ohm you are sub-ohm vaping.
Generally speaking, only experienced vapers should consider opting for a device at this level, however, increasingly there are sub-ohm devices coming onto the market which have been designed for less experienced users. They tend to have restricted features an power outputs, and currently you'll see them described or marketed as an 'all-in-one' e-cig or vaping device.
At the more extreme end of sub-ohm vaping, the user will require a mod with the capability of a much higher power output in order to fire the coils in the tank.
It's very important that the user understands how to stay safe regardless of the device being used.
With regarding to extreme sub-ohm vaping, potentially there's a lot of power being pulled from very powerful lithium-ion batteries and with improper use, neglect or mishandling, injury, fire and explosion can be the result!
RBAs, RDAs, RTAs
Levels 5 is also the level where for tanks that are rebuildable, by that we mean you rebuild the heating coils inside the tank yourself, by hand, which in turn need to be tested to ensure they're electrically safe.
So in addition to all the safety warnings for level 5 and sub-ohm vaping, there are additional warnings with regard to building your own coils.
Rebuildable atomizers with their coils and wicks have known risks and should not be used by inexperienced users. You can easily damage your equipment if don’t know how to construct and install a coil.
Also you should always test your coils before using them to ensure they are not causing a short or the resistance is too low.
Which One Should You Choose?
This really is down to you but if you’re new or fairly new to ecigs we recommend starting from level 2.
The EVOD 2 is not the latest device to hit the market but it's good value, comes with 2 batteries, 5 spare coils, charger, etc and at this level the flavour and vaping experience is good. This is a tube style e-cig. Evod 2 Ecig Kit – click here
See also the Innokin T22 kit, this is a box style ecig which will look very different to the EVOD 2 but despite their appearances they both have regulated power outputs so you don't have to worry about the complication of turning the power up or down. Innokin T22 eCig kit – Click here
The next level is variable power outputs, different operating modes, and sub-ohm coils. If you're ready for this stage our favourites are:
Remember, we've written loads of helpful tips and hints and information sheets for happy trouble-free vaping and they're all available for free on our website.
Please click these handy links below for further information: