Archive for the ‘E-Cig Technology’ Category

3 E-Cig Terms You Might Not Be Familiar With

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Let’s start easy: cartridge, e-juice, atomizer, cartomizer. If you are a vapor smoker, or even if you’ve just heard a little bit about them, these are most likely terms that you are familiar with.

More frequent vapor smokers may recognize e-cig terminology like clearomizers, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, mods, and dripping. So, what about veteran e-cig users? Is there anything they don’t know?

Whether you are a novice, veteran, or non-user, test your knowledge of e-cigs by seeing if you know these three advanced e-cig supplies.

The Nano Clearomizer

Some e-cig companies carry versions of, or products similar to, a device called the nano clearomizer.

As its name suggests, the nano clearomizer is a smaller version of the clearomizer, which is essentially a clear cartomizer. In contrast to traditional clearomizers that hold up to 2.5 ml of e-juice, the nano holds just 1 ml, making it ideal for sampling new flavors.

Nanos, like cartos and clearos, are reusable by simply emptying out one flavor and refilling it with another of your choice. The mouthpiece comes already attached to the device, and it is ready to use right out of the box.

The Nova Tank

The nova tanks are types of cartomzers that use wicking strings and an atomizer head that is similar to a clearomizer. The benefit of the nova tank is that it holds larger quantities of e-juice than a regular clearomizer—2 to 3.5 ml when full.

Novas are also replaceable, but vapor smokers have to occasionally tilt the e-cig to keep the wick moist, otherwise you could get a “dry hit.”

The Cartotank

A cartotank is when a cartomizer is placed in an e-juice tank to provide longer durations of vapor smoking than when used normally. For a cartotank to work, one or two small holes must be drilled into the cartomizer to allow the juice from the tank to seep into the device.

Pre-punched cartomizers already come with a small, laser-drilled hole towards the bottom of the device, and are ready to be put in the tank immediately. However, vapor smokers must make their own holes in their cartomizer if it is un-punched in order to create a cartotank.

It is recommended that vapor smokers only use stainless steel cartomizers to make a cartotank, since it is more difficult to make holes in cartos with rubber or black stickers. Also, the corrosive properties of e-juice can damage or tarnish cartos with coverings.

If you already knew these terms, then you can consider yourself a vapor smoking master. If you didn’t, don’t sweat it. There is a lot to learn. And every year, more and more new products are being developed to satisfy every e-cig user’s cravings and preferences.

Learn more e-cig terminology by checking out our vapor smoking glossary.

International Perceptions of E-cigs

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Look on the back of a picture frame. Or the bottom of your children’s toys. Or even the tag on your pillows, linens, and clothes. In most cases, you’ll find the small black words “Made in,” followed by one of many foreign countries—usually an Asian one.

We live in a global marketplace, but it has not always been so. When the first e-cigs came out of China in 2003 and its popularity spread throughout the U.S.—thanks mostly to the use of internet sales—it signified a new era in global exchange. No longer could countries prevent their citizens from being introduced to products from the other side of the planet.

A new survey by researchers from the U.S., United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada, examined, for the first time ever, international awareness, use, and perceptions of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). As lead investigator of the survey Richard O’Connor, PhD, at the Department of Health Behavior in Buffalo, New York, explains, “We were not aware of any studies to date that examined cross-national patterns of ENDS use. No studies have examined use in markets where ENDS are nominally banned.”

ENDS are banned in Australia and Canada, so researchers were curious to see how the perceptions of devices like e-cigs differed from America and the U.K., where they are allowed, albeit restrictively. Among the more fascinating finding were:

  • E-cig awareness ranged from 73% in the U.S. to 20% in Australia. (E-cigs are banned in the Australia and legal in America)
  • People 18 to 24 years old, non-minority populations, and people with higher incomes generally had greater awareness of e-cigs
  • 16% of respondent had tried e-cigs
  • More than 70% of respondents said that e-cigs are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes
  • More Americans perceived e-cigs as harmful than British people
  • A majority of respondents agreed that if e-cigs are less harmful than traditional cigarettes, it would be illogical to ban them (since tobacco products are still legal)

As far as the reasons people around the world use ENDS such as e-cigs, the survey found that nearly 80% of respondents said they believed ENDS were less harmful than tobacco smoking, and 85% of respondents also said that they used ENDS to quit smoking. Other popular reasons for using e-cigs included being allowed to use them where smoking is prohibited, and smoking fewer cigarettes.

The significance of this study to e-cig users and the industry cannot be overstated. For one, the high percentage of e-cig awareness in countries that ban them altogether, demonstrates that internet sales is promoting the product effectively and will no doubt continue to do so in the coming years.

But also, even though e-cigs are not marketed as a smoking cessation aid—like nicotine gum or patches—the survey found they are frequently being used for this purpose by many people around the world. Because the long-term health effects of ENDS are still being studied, e-cig companies advertise their product as an “alternative” to tobacco smoking, but it seems that many smokers are using e-cigs as a healthier replacement of traditional cigarettes and a way to quit smoking altogether.

Dr. O’Connor summarizes the importance of the survey’s findings by saying:

This study represents a snapshot in time of the use of ENDS from mid-2010 to mid-2011. As the market evolves, awareness, trial, and use of ENDS is likely to increase. If credible evidence can be provided to regulators, through independently researched, well-controlled studies, that ENDS reduces the number of cigarette smokers and does not attract use among nonsmokers, then the net public health effect is likely to be positive.

The survey is scheduled to be published in the March issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, but is available for early release viewing online, which has already got the medical and scientific communities talking about the international perceptions of ENDS, and what this means for the future of e-cigs.

Read our blog to learn about further studies being done on e-cigs, and check back for updated information on how this new data on the global awareness and use of e-cigs is impacting the future of the industry.

Clearomizers: The Next Step for Electronic Cigarettes

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

In 1975, IBM invented the world’s very first “portable” computer. (It weighed 55 pounds and had a 5 inch display. Good luck trying to carry that to your local coffee shop.

Thirty five years later in 2010, Apple introduced the iPad, the world’s very first consumer tablet—improving the speed and performance of IBM’s original model, and making it significantly less bulky and putting a smarter, more accessible computer in the consumer’s hand.

And while we still don’t have hovercars, the automobile industry has come a long way since Henry Ford’s day, with many new cars now equipped with GPS and Google’s self-driving vehicles being tested and perfected every day. Technology is continually pushing forward the threshold of what we think is possible and establishing the new normal.

In the already innovative industry of electronic cigarettes, the new normal has emerged which promises to be the future of vapor smoking—a device called the clearomizer.

The very first electronic cigarettes featured cartridges and atomizers, which were soon replaced with a more efficient combination of the two, known as a cartomizer. Now, the clearomizer, or “clearo” as it’s being called, is replacing the cartomizer as the most user-friendly and effective way to vapor smoke.

How a clearo functions is similar to a cartomizer. Much like a Tiki torch, the clearomizer’s wick absorbs the liquid—in this case nicotine—and when the user takes a drag on the electronic cigarette it triggers the battery to release voltage which travels to the wiring twisted around the wick. The voltage heats the nicotine-saturated wick and turns it into vapor, which is inhaled by the user through the mouthpiece.

The main noticeable difference between the new clearomizer versus the cartomizer is the clear outer shell that allows the user to see the amount of nicotine left in their electronic cigarette. Knowing when you are low on e-liquid used to be a guessing game, or require you to disassemble the device to check, which can be a hassle. With the clearomizer, it’s easy to see when you are running low (no disassembly required), and just as easy to refill.

Clearos also improve on the usability of cartomizers by allowing users to replace the atomizer without tossing out the whole thing. With cartomizers, once the heating element burned itself out, user’s would have to replace the whole cartomizer, since it all came as one device—mouthpiece, cartridge, nicotine tank, etc.

Clearos on the other hand separate the heating element from the rest of the device, making it easily replaceable when it burns out, without having to get rid of perfectly functioning parts. This makes clearomizers a cheaper and easier innovation.

As far as the taste goes, vapor smoking with a clearomizer provides a stronger and smoother throat hit than older electronic cigarette technology, and lasts longer than cartomizers and atomizers that use a fiber filling.

And the best part about clearomizers: there’s no learning curve that all-to-often comes with new technologies. Users can vapor smoke with a clearomizer the same way they would with a cartomizer, and refilling the nicotine liquid is a simple three step process:

Sandra Kaeo, the CEO of Modern Vapor, Inc, feels confident in the future of clearomizers as the next big thing to vapor smoking, saying, “Clearomizers are the next logical step in the progression of e-cigarette technology.”

Every day scientists and inventors work to create technologies that challenge what we think is possible. Innovation is a window into the future, but, in a way, it also brings the future to the present. With electronic cigarettes, clearomizers offer users the future of vapor smoking now.

Check out the new normal of vapor smoking today by shopping for electronic cigarette clearomizers in our online store. Or learn more about clearos in our knowledge center.

Electronic Cigarette Holiday Gift Guide

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Are you shopping for a vaper this holiday season, or hoping to help a smoker in your life make the switch to electronic cigarettes? If you’re a vaper yourself you probably already have some ideas in mind, but if you aren’t, you might be more than a little confused. Don’t worry, though. We’ve got you covered.

Electronic Cigarette Gift Ideas for Smokers

If the person you’re buying for is a smoker who hasn’t yet tried electronic cigarettes, your job is actually a bit easier. What you’re looking for is a starter kit.

E-cig starter kits are the perfect introduction to vaping. They provide everything necessary, conveniently packaged together. Of course, deciding to buy a starter kit is only step one. You next need to select the right electronic cigarette, and determine which features the smoker in your life needs.

Batteries: If budget is a big concern, then a starter kit with a single battery might be your best alternative. If you can swing it, though, a kit with at least two batteries is a better choice for the long term. E-cig batteries need to charge, so a single battery means no access to vaping during charging times.

As for the choice between a manual or automatic battery, automatic batteries are usually better for new vapers. Since they don’t require pressing a button, they more closely mimic the smoking experience.

Chargers: Any kit you buy will come with a wall charger, but if you’re buying for someone who spends a lot of time in the car, look for a kit with a car charger or charging case.

Supplies: Most kits will come with pre-filled cartomizers or empty cartomizers and refill liquid. Both are good options, but pre-filled cartomizers may have a slight advantage here. Ease of use is important when smokers are first switching to electronic cigarettes. Experimenting with filling cartomizers, using clearomizers and trying out different e-liquid flavors will come later, but for now it’s best to keep it simple.

Look and Feel: For most, vaping is a process that starts with a device that resembles a traditional cigarette as much as possible. Many eventually move on to e-cigs that don’t resemble cigarettes much at all. Once someone starts viewing themselves as a nonsmoker, they want to distance themselves from their old habit. At first, though, something like the Sidesho will probably make your smoker more comfortable with switching.

What to Buy Someone Who Already Vapes

Depending on where your vaper is in the process, a starter kit might work here, as well. He or she just might be ready to move on to something slightly larger like the 902, or our largest and longest-lasting battery, the Lux. If, on the other hand, you’re buying a holiday gift for someone who already has an electronic cigarette model they love, nicotine liquid is an excellent option.

You can probably find out what nicotine concentration to buy very easily, without tipping your gift recipient off and spoiling the surprise. Just casually ask, “So how much nicotine is in that, anyway?” If the person you’re buying for is like most vapers, he or she will not only answer your question, but give you a complete lesson on e-liquid and nicotine concentration.  Vapers love to talk about e-cigs.

Flavor is subjective, so rather than buying one or two large bottles of liquid, opt for several smaller bottles so that your vaper can sample multiple options. We can’t imagine any vaper out there who wouldn’t be ecstatic at the thought of a stocking full of new e-liquid flavors to try.

So vapers, what’s on your holiday e-cig wish list?

Changes Coming to Our Store

Monday, September 24th, 2012

We’ve been busy here at Modern Vapor lately! We’ve got some pretty exciting developments to share with you – not to mention some exciting sales.

Moving to the two-piece model

We’re in the process of updating our e-cig technology from the three-piece model to the two-piece. Now instead of keeping up with an atomizer and separate cartridges, you can purchase cartomizers, which are cartridges with built-in atomizers. You can say goodbye to cleaning atomizers and just get a fresh one with each new cartomizer.

This means less cleaning and maintenance, and better vapor quality throughout the life of your equipment. We’re pretty excited about it, and we hope you are, too.

You can already see this change reflected on the site, and cartomizers for our Sidesho and our 902 and LUX models are already available for purchase.

You’ll also see this update in our 902 and LUX starter kits, all of which now come standard with cartomizers instead of cartridges and atomizers.

Clearing out previous merchandise

Of course, we still have three-piece style parts in our inventory, which means now is the perfect time to stock up and save if you are so inclined. All older-style cartridges for the 902 and LUX are currently 30% off.

As we continue updating our technology, we’ll be adding more and more items to our clearance section, so keep an eye out!

More changes to come

These current changes are just the beginning. In the coming months, we’ll also be updating all of our Sidesho starter kits to replace cartridges and atomizers with cartomizers, and we’ll be adding brand new kits for the 902 and LUX.

We’re very excited to be moving from the three-piece model to the two-piece, and we hope you’re happy, as well. This change will take much of the day-to-day maintenance out of your vaping, making it even more convenient than before.

So go check out our store to see the updates, and continue checking back as the changes keep rolling in. We’ll keep you posted on this end.

Have an opinion on the change from three-piece to two-piece? That’s what the comments section is for, so let us have it!

Topping off Cartomizers: Advanced Techniques Part II

Friday, September 7th, 2012

As promised, here is the second installment regarding advanced techniques for topping off your e-cig cartomizer. This lesson is all about knowing when to stop so you can avoid overfilling. The more precise you can be with refilling and topping off your cartomizers, the less time you spend tending to them and – more importantly – the less you waste your e-liquid.

Of course, it would take a ridiculous amount of e-liquid waste to make electronic cigarettes cost anywhere near what you used to spend on analogs, but it’s the principle. So many people start vaping specifically for the financial savings that there’s just no reason to be wasteful afterward.

At any rate, there are two methods you can use as a new vaper to help you know when your cartomizer is full, at least until you develop your own intuition.

Is Your Cartomizer Noticeably Heavier?

This one sounds a bit difficult to pin down because, of course, cartomizers are very small and lightweight. Still, though, you can tell when one is heavier than another.

Since cartomizers come in packs, you should have an empty one to compare to, which is all you will really need at the beginning. Cartomizers don’t hold a weighty amount of liquid either, meaning that if there is enough e-liquid in the cartomizer to create a noticeable difference in weight, there is enough for a good amount of vaping time.

How Slowly is the E-liquid Being Absorbed?

This method is a bit more tangible than the weight method, but it does require some practice.  It all goes back to remembering that the filler inside your e-cig cartomizer is essentially a sponge.

Think about how sponges behave when used for other things. An empty sponge will drink up liquid rapidly, but as the sponge becomes saturated, the rate of absorption slows. The filler inside your electronic cigarette cartomizer behaves in the exact same manner.

As you top of your cartomizer, watch the liquid. If you are adding e-liquid because the top of the filler appears dry, then as you add those first drops you’ll see the filler drink up the liquid nicotine very quickly.

However, as you continue to add drops and saturate, you will eventually add a drop that doesn’t disappear into the filler immediately the way the others did, but instead sits up around the edge absorbing very, very slowly. This is your last drop.

You can help this last drop absorb by twirling the e-cig cartomizer between your fingers slowly until all of the liquid has disappeared. When you are new to this method, make sure to perform steps nine and ten detailed here after you top off to keep from leaking onto your battery. As you become more comfortable you will eventually be able to skip this step.

Got any different techniques you’d like to share with the electronic cigarette community? Tell us about them in the comments!

How to Refill Your E-Cig Cartomizer

Monday, August 6th, 2012

There are several methods for refilling e-cigarette cartomizers, but a number of these are more suited to experienced vapers. After vaping for a while and learning your equipment, chances are you will develop your own variations on whatever method you choose.

If you are new, however, and just learning about the nuances of electronic cigarettes and e-liquid, you need a straightforward, step-by-step process to get you started.

Refilling E-Cigarette Cartomizers

Things you’ll need:

An electronic cigarette cartomizer
A bottle of e-juice
Paper towels
A toothpick or unbent paper clip
A well-lit area

1. Lay down one or two layers of paper towel on a flat, well-lit surface. A small amount of e-liquid may drip through the bottom of your cartomizer, so be sure to work above the covered surface.

2. Take your toothpick or paper clip and slide it through the hole in the rubber end of your cartomizer, then use it to gently remove the rubber plug. Set the plug aside.

3. Hold the cartomizer with the open side up and toward the light, so you can easily see the filler and inside edges.

4. Gently drip 2-3 drops of eliquid around the edge of the cartomizer. Be careful to keep all liquid at the edge and avoid allowing it to drip down the center hole of the cartomizer.

5. Hold the cartomizer at a slight angle and spin it rapidly from side to side between your fingers, still keeping the open side facing up. Spin until the e-liquid has absorbed into the filler.

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5, turning the cartomizer slightly each time you add more e-liquid to ensure full and even saturation. Continue doing this either until a small amount of e-liquid drips through the metal end of the cartomizer onto the paper towel, or until the top of the filler takes on a slushy appearance and absorption slows down noticeably.

7. Re-insert the rubber plug and place the cartomizer on the paper towel with the metal end down.

8. Allow the cartomizer to sit this way for at least ½ hour while the e-liquid absorbs evenly throughout the filler. This is to allow the e-liquid plenty of time to settle and saturate the area nearest the heating element, which prevents the possibility of burning the filler and using up your cartomizer prematurely. The extended wait time is only necessary for the first fill. When refilling, you’ll only need to wait about 10 minutes.

9. When the waiting period has completed, hold your cartomizer up to your mouth with a paper towel covering the metal end, and blow through the rubber end. This step removes any excess liquid, preventing it from making its way into the center of the cartomizer.

10. With a paper towel, blot and wipe the metal end of the cartomizer until it is thoroughly free of liquid.

Although the multi-step process outlined here may seem confusing, it should become second nature to you after just a few sessions. Be patient, follow the steps above, and soon you’ll be refilling your e-cigarette cartomizers like a pro.

E-Cig Cartomizers: When to Fill and When to Toss

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Electronic cigarettes tend to follow one of the undeniable truths of the universe: the best way to save money is to do it yourself. In other words, e-cigs are cheaper than traditional smoking, but the trade off is that they require maintenance.

Still, the savings are significant enough to make it worthwhile for a growing number of vapers each day. The ones who are most successful at making the switch, though, are the ones who understand and know how to maintain the hardware.

How do you know when your e-cig cartomizer needs filling?

The fact that these devices require maintenance is one aspect, but the other is that they require practice. Don’t feel bad. There is every chance you will burn out at least one e-cig cartomizer prematurely before you get adept at knowing when a refill is needed.

The filler inside most standard electronic cigarette cartomizers behaves like a sponge, so you are not dealing with a chamber that will become empty. Instead, the liquid in your cartomizer will usually spread to cover the available area.

This is quite helpful when it comes to understanding when you need a refill for your e-cig cartomizer. As the liquid thins out, you’ll begin to notice loss of flavor and vapor production, which is usually your best early sign that you are starting to run low.

Of course, loss of vapor production can also be a sign that your battery is losing charge, at least with some e-cig models. If you’re unsure, try swapping out your e-cig battery for one that has a fresh charge.

The second sign you’ll notice is a slight burning taste. Some describe it as scorched, while others think it has a bit of a chemical flavor. As you spend some time vaping, you’ll get better at identifying this flavor, both through practice and because your taste buds may begin to reawaken after years of smoking.

Once you get to the point where the flavor changes, though, you have very little time to refill. Add more e-liquid as soon as you notice a burning taste to your electronic cigarette vapor, or you risk burning out your cartomizer prematurely. Most vapers combat this by topping off their e-liquid every few hours, or more often when they are vaping heavily.

When is it time to toss out an old e-cig cartomizer?

Usage is subjective, of course, but most vapers report that a cartomizer lasts 3-4 weeks when properly maintained. An internet search will find you methods that a few swear by to clean their cartomizers, but they are disposable for a reason.

Two things will tell you it is time to toss that old e-cig cartomizer.  The first is clogging, which will result in thin or no vapor production. Again, though, the first check to make when your vapor production is thin is to confirm that your battery charge isn’t low. If thin vapor is not caused by a low e-cig battery or the need for more e-liquid, chances are it’s time to get a fresh cartomizer.

The second sign of an e-cig cartomizer that needs replacing is that aforementioned burning smell. If it is consistent even though you have confirmed that you don’t need an e-liquid refill, your cartomizer is probably toast.

Modern Vapor E-Cigarette Glossary

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Ever see any terms related to e-cigarettes either here or around the Internet and go “…what in the world does that mean”?

Ever wish there was a place you could get a quick description of what an atomizer or cartomizer is or what we mean when we say “modding”?

Well your wishes have been answered with Modern Vapor’s quick reference glossary of important e-cigarette terms.

We invite you to cruise on over to our e-cigarette knowledge center anytime you stumble onto a term you don’t understand.

And if you see any terms out there you don’t know and we don’t have on our list, let us know. We’ll be sure to give you a clear definition and add it to our list as quickly as possible.

Getting the Desired Effect from Your E-Cigarette – Proper Inhaling

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

One of the most common complaints we hear from new e-cigarette users is that they feel the vaping device isn’t measuring up to their expectations…they use the device much like they used traditional cigarettes but in the end, they feel like they’re not getting the satisfaction they believed they should be getting.

After making the investment in time and money to switch to e-cigarettes, it can certainly be frustrating to say the least.

Much of this frustration can be attributed to one thing about 98% of the time – inhaling technique.

Many novice e-cigarette users who are switching from traditional cigarettes find themselves in this situation. With regular cigarettes, you take short, quick puffs to inhale the smoke. If you apply a similar methodology to e-cigarettes though, you will not get the desired effect.

E-cigarettes require you to take long, slow drags to get the desired effect

While the owner’s manual of your Modern Vapor Sidesho, Lux or 902 model will have some information on the proper way to inhale (…along with scattered information online), many of our customers and fellow vapers simply don’t have clear understanding of how they’re supposed to use their e-cigarette.

So to help our fellow vapers get more from their e-cigarette devices, here are suggestions we found on an e-cigarette forum post that can help you.

  1. If you have a manual e-cigarette, press the button for 1-2 seconds before you start inhaling
  2. Keep the button down as you start drawing on your e-cigarette…slowly inhale for a minimum of 5 seconds
  3. Hold the vapor in your lungs for a few seconds before exhaling
  4. If you have an automatic model, take a “primer puff” then follow the same slow, 5-second drag method described above

    Of course a longer drag will certainly yield more vapor going into your lungs so if you’re searching for a fuller effect, simply continue a slower drag for longer. However, we’ve found that 5 seconds is typically the average length of time a drag needs to be in order to have the desired effect.

    On average, a maximum of 7 puffs like this should provide an average smoker the full effect although many of our veteran users say 3-5 slow, long puffs is enough.

    And unlike a traditional cigarette, you will not use the entire nicotine supply in a cartridge all at once but rather over the course of several times you actually pick up the device and use it. How much nicotine you use during each time you use your device depends a lot on (1) how many puffs you take and (2) the nicotine content of the cartridge.

    For example, an 11 milligram cartridge will only use around 0.27-0.35 mg of nicotine per every 5-7 puffs. A 24 mg cartridge on the other hand though will consume somewhere in the neighborhood of 0.61-0.85 mg per 5-7 puffs.

    In the end, if you feel dissatisfied with your e-cigarette, don’t give up. It could be that you’re trying to use the e-cigarette like you used your former “smokes.”

    Try and take slow, longer drags before giving up on e-cigarettes.