All websites have a blog post like that somewhere, don’t they? Ecig advice you won’t find anywhere else… The ecig advice that is guaranteed to save you money, make you healthier, get you stuff for free.
Unlike the stuff you will have found on other review websites, this is actually the ecig advice you won’t find anywhere else. Trust me… I’ve reviewed enough ecigs and vaped with them for long enough to know the real tricks of the trade. All of which I’m willing to share with you right now!
Are you ready? Sitting comfortably? It’s about to get real!
1 – Don’t have just ONE e-cigarette!
Right, you might think that picking one favourite brand and going with that one is the way forward but honestly, it’s really not.
If you have just one e-cigarette, you’re going to be using it, charging it, using it, charging it, so on and so forth. This causes the batteries to run down a lot quicker than when you are alternating your e-cig with another one from another brand. Either that or you’ll need to buy yourself a ton of spare wicks / coils and batteries.
Another thing you might find is that your e-cigarette will get quite warm from time to time. This generally happens when you’ve been using it repeatedly for a long period of time. The best way to deal with this problem is to have a couple of e-cigs that you regularly use, and alternate between them. Let’s say you’ve been using your V2 Cigs Ex Series for a while, and you’ve noticed the top of the battery / bottom of the tank or cartridge getting pretty hot. Simply put it down for a couple of hours and use your Vapouriz Fuse instead.
I normally have at least three brands of e-cig on the go and from my experience with talking with other e-cig users, that tends to be the growing trend these days. When I first starting vaping I was using something like cigalikes just like Neo Cig or Smoko. These are classic two-piece designs with cartridges that you can purchase pre-filled or you can save a bunch of money and refill them yourself.
After a couple of years, I moved onto the personal vaporiser / tank style e-cigarettes – JacVapour 510, Vapouriz Fuse, that kind of thing. These are ‘rebuildable’, which means you can replace internal coils rather than entire tanks, and with long-term use, these rebuildable ones tend to be cheaper to run. When the tank starts to taste bad, you simply buy a pack of new coils, which will last you another few months.
I still use the older classic two-piece designs sometimes when I am out and about and fancy something smaller and a bit more discreet. Vapour Couture, for example, is a very pretty e-cigarette that are designed for girlies. It’s not really one I would say is great for long term use though.
At home these days, I tend to use a much bigger tank like the Jac Vapour Series-E. It’s massive and bulky but well worth the money you’ll pay for it – it doesn’t need regular charging, can easily deal with a few bumps and drops, gives me a great throat-hit for that after-dinner vape, and is a real pleasure to smoke. It’s too big for me to want to use when I am out and about in public though.
Most of the time, I use a regular EVOD or eGo style e-cig like the Vapouriz Fuse or the Kangertech EVOD. A lot of the time, you’ll even find that the various brands are even interchangeable with each other.
The Vapouriz Fuse battery and cartomisers work with the Kangertech EVOD, for example, and you can even use the coils / wicks from the Kangertech in the Jac Vapour Series-E tank. This means that most of the chargers will be the same, and after a while, you’ll start to mix and match.
This, in the long run, will save you a lot of money. If your battery dies, you don’t need to buy a new one. You just start to use a battery from another brand. I tend to buy the e-cigarettes when they are on offer (like the recent Vapouriz Fuse Groupon deal for under £20 which is now BACK!) and then you’re not paying full price for them anyway. Plus, with my exclusive discount codes, you’ll save even more money. What’s not to love about that?
Long story short – go with a couple of brands that you love – a big one for at home, a more discreet one for when you are at work (for example) and a regular eGo/EVOD tank for all other occasions. Trust me – you’ll have much better luck and you’ll enjoy the experience a whole load more.
2 – Don’t throw out old e-cigarette stuff!
Here’s some great ecig advice! The old coils? Well, you can wash them. Believe it or not, I’ve accidentally had coils in my pockets in the washing machine and they have come out just as good as new. Now I’m not saying that you should throw your coils in the wash and hope for the best but I am planning on getting a small laundry bag (with really tiny holes so the coil or wick doesn’t escape) and giving them a whirl next time I do a big towel wash… just to see what happens.
I have managed to get coils apart to wash the wicks within them too. When you are waiting on an order and desperately hating the burning taste you get with the coil you’re using now, every little helps. Squeeze the excess liquid out of the coil and then give it a rinse with some water. Just remember to let everything dry out before you try and reuse it. Oh and it’ll probably void your warranty too so remember that.
I have also called on old batteries from really old starter kits I bought in sticky situations. That’s how I realised that some of the chargers, tanks and other e-cig accessories were interchangeable in the first place. When my Jac Vapour Series-E coil had gone and was tasting vile but I was waiting a bit longer than expected on the package to arrive, I just tried the Kangertech EVOD one and it worked. It’s well worth a shot anyway!
3 – Use a brand with replaceable parts!
With cartridge-style e-cigarettes, once the filler material has become dry or burnt out, it tastes awful and you won’t want to use it anymore. This means you’ll need to buy new cartridges every now and again. Most of them will only last for around eight to ten refills before you get the burning taste.
Great ecig advice – if you opt for a tank such as the Vapouriz Fuse, you can replace the coils and wicks so if it starts to taste funny, you only need to pay out a couple of quid for the new part rather than a brand new tank or cartomiser.
Just take a peek at the accessories page to see if you can buy replacement parts. Alternatively, take a look at my reviews. That’s the kinda information I think is very important!
4 – Don’t be afraid to shop around!
You don’t need to buy all of your replacement parts from the website you bought the initial e-cig from. I used to do that but when I came across websites such as ElectricTobacconist (and even Amazon has replacement parts for ecigs these days too) I realised that things like batteries, tanks and even coils / wicks could be bought for much cheaper than what I had been paying for them.
5 – Always use a discount code!
Even if you are a returning customer, you’ll still be able to reap the savings and that’s the case for all of the e-cigarette discount codes you’ll find on my website. Plus, always remember to check back as I reveal the latest and exclusive deals that you won’t find anywhere else. If it’s a good enough deal, I’ll buy it I’ll make sure to share the love! 🙂
Oh, I’ll review them too so you’ll know they aren’t utter rubbish before you buy them! That’s great ecig advice! 😉
6 – Keep the ‘good’ e-liquid bottles!
I have a thing about e-liquid bottles and once you’ve been smoking e-cigarettes for a while, you’ll start to notice that the shape, size and design of the bottle makes a world of difference to how easy it is to refill your e-cig cartridge or tank.
Best4Ecigs, as far as I’m concerned, have come up with a brilliant, genius bottle that makes refilling a whole load easier, to the point where I can refill my Vapouriz Fuse just walking along the street. The bottles have a great needle-tipped design that fits right down into the cartomiser which means there is less chance of drips and leakages. You are in complete control of where that e-liquid ends up.
The V2 Cigs bottles (apart from the taster bottles) have a great pipette design with a slightly diagonally-curved end to make refilling easier but in my opinion, the pipette end should be thinner to again, make it easier to push down right into the cartomiser to avoid spillages.
Although I love the No1Ejuice e-liquids, the bottles frustrate me as I find their tips aren’t long enough to get into the cartomiser, and I tend to find myself making a mess a lot.
What I love to do is keep the old Best4Ecigs bottles with the needle-tips and rinse them out when they are empty. When the various e-liquid suppliers offer discounts and sales on their e-liquids, I buy the bigger bottles (such as 50ml bottles offered by V2 Cigs) and refill the smaller needle-tipped bottles as and when I need to. By doing this, I can save a small fortune on e-liquid by buying in bulk, and I have less spillages and leakages with the easier-to-use bottles. It’s something small but every little helps! 🙂
7 – Read the reviews!
Right, although there are some crap e-cigarette review websites out there, there’s some really great ones too (like this one obviously!) and I really don’t understand why people don’t read reviews on the product they are buying before they buy it. I would never part with my hard-earned cash if I wasn’t sure whether or not it would be worth it.
Read the reviews on the various websites before you decide to buy an e-cigarette. If it is prone to breaking, you’ll soon start to see a pattern emerging among the good review sites – they’ll say that the e-cigarette keeps breaking. You’ll find out whether or not other people have reviewed the product good or bad before buying and if there are a lot of bad reviews, it might be worth reconsidering your options. They’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to.
Video reviews are another great tool at your e-cig buying disposal. It’s easier to write down whatever you like (true or not) but in a video, it’s hard to fake a good product, you know? I have a few reviews on my YouTube channel, so why not check them out here:
If you have any requests for video reviews, just let me know! There’s a good chance I will already have tried the ecig and just haven’t been brave enough to get my face on camera again! 😉
8 – Make use of sales & special offers!
Although buying in bulk can seem expensive, it doesn’t have to be and in the long run, it might save you a small fortune. I made use of one sale for e-liquid that I found on No1Ejuice and bagged myself 100ml of e-liquid for just £14 – that’s £1.40 for a 10ml bottle!
When I spot sales, I normally jump on them. If No1Ejuice is doing a great deal on taster e-liquid bottles, I’ll buy it. When you consider that you’d normally pay around £4 – £6 for 10ml of e-liquid, you can appreciate how much of a bargain it is.
At the same time, if I spot the Vapouriz Fuse on Groupon for £19.99 with five bottles of e-liquid thrown in for good measure, and free delivery, I’ll jump upon the chance to buy it too. Having a spare is always a great idea and let’s face it, you always need e-liquid so essentially the deal is worth it for the liquid alone. My regular, every day e-cigarette is the Vapouriz Fuse so I’d rather have too many batteries and cartomisers than not have enough. I lost my whole e-cigarette on the bus the other day, for example. I had spare coils and batteries at home, but I didn’t have a spare cartomiser so you can imagine my relief when just the next day, my latest Groupon Vapouriz Fuse buy arrived in the post and all was right with the world again.
I don’t freak out too much if something breaks or I lose my e-cig as I always have plenty at home to fall back on. What you need to remember is that you may not have that luxury, especially if you’re brand new to the world of e-cigarettes.
9 – You get what you pay for!
Right, as much as I love a great deal, I know when something is too good to be true, it normally is. This is very much so the case with electronic cigarettes. If you’re buying an e-cigarete for a pound from the local pound-store, surely you’re questioning the quality. If all other starter kits or disposables are around £4-5 each, why would you trust the safety of something that costs a fraction of this?
The JacVapour Series-E is an expensive e-cig and normally, I wouldn’t have spent quite that much but I’m very glad I did. Months and months later and it’s still going strong and I reckon the price is worth it on this particular brand. Durable, sturdy and a real pleasure to smoke, I’d recommend it to anyone looking for something that is powerful and lasts.
There are some really good brands out there that settle in the mid-way price range and I have fallen in love with a couple of those too. I’m not saying the more expensive option is always better, but if you’re buying a £1 e-cig, I’d start to wonder about the quality of them… You know?
10 – Don’t ever assume you have enough!
You might think that you have everything you need in order to not resort back to regular cigarettes but think about it – do you really?
Take me the other day – I regularly smoke the Vapouriz Fuse on a day to day basis and I lost the entire e-cigarette out of my jacket pocket when I was out and about. Getting home I realised I had spare coils, spare batteries and plenty of e-liquid for my e-cig, but no cartomiser. Luckily, I’d recently ordered a Groupon deal so the next day, a brand new Fuse starter kit showed up and I was fine again. But what would have happened if I hadn’t ordered that Groupon deal? I would have been left without a cartomiser and therefore, without an e-cigarette.
Always have spares. If you see things on sale – buy them. Having five spare cartomisers is a better idea than having none spare and potentially risk losing or breaking the one you are currently using.
What happened if your battery falls into your cup of tea and doesn’t work anymore? Do you have one spare to replace it with? What happens if your coil burns out and you can’t bear the taste of it anymore? Do you have a clean, new one to hand so that you can swap them over? Do you have enough e-liquid? Will it last for a couple of days in case Royal Mail doesn’t arrive with your next day delivery (which seems to so frequently happen to me!)?
You should always make sure you have spare e-cig parts just in case. The things that you don’t think will happen, will actually happen. And then what will you do? Buy cigarettes?
11 – Always have disposables!
Carrying on with the above point, disposables are always a great idea. When I lost my Fuse the other day, having a disposable in my handbag would have prevented me from buying ten cigarettes and freaking out because I didn’t have an e-cig to rely on. When Dan forgot his charger when he went to work the other day and his battery died, having a disposable at his desk would have prevented him from stealing a cigarette from a friend that afternoon. When our friend Graham ran out of charge on his Jac Vapour battery in the car in the midst of a heavy traffic jam and had to survive three hours on the M25 without any nicotine to carry him through, a disposable in the glove box would have been very well received!
The moral of the story – get the disposables and have them safely stashed. You’ll be glad you did!
12 – E-cig maintenance is important!
If you don’t want your electronic cigarette to break down on you, you’ll need to take care of it. That means cleaning it, preventing it from getting damaged, and using it properly so that you don’t cause any nasty accidents.
Cleaning your e-cig battery, for example, is a great way to ensure the contacts don’t get dirty and you get a decent, reliable smoke out of it every time. Cleaning out the tank will reduce the chances of cross-contamintaion of flavours, and will also prevent things from getting clogged up. It might seem like a lot of hassle when nothing appears to be wrong with it, but if you take care of your e-cig before it breaks down you, you’ll find that things last a lot longer.
For more tips and advice on e-cigarette care, check out some of these:
13 – Don’t charge your e-cigarettes with the wrong charger!
Now, from time to time, emergency situations will happen and you might need to use the charger for your Jac Vapour Series-E to charge your Kangertech EVOD but please try not to make a habit of this. You know all those scare stories you keep reading in the paper about people whose e-cigs have blown up? Well, nine times out of time, those bad stories start because they are using the incorrect charger, they are leaving the e-cig plugged into the charger too long, or they are leaving it unsupervised with kids or pets around. All electrical should be treated with respect, and e-cigarettes are no exception to the rule.
I am guilty of mixing and matching my e-cigarette components, as I’m sure many of you are, but if you are going to do so there are a few things you should remember. Firstly, different batteries will have different chargers. They may fit but the currents between the different batteries may be different. Charging a low-power e-cig with a charger designed for a high-power e-cig will mean too much electricity passing through and a potential high risk for it catching fire or blowing up.
Just think about it and be sensible – you wouldn’t plug in your hair straighteners with a cord from the washing machine, right? (Strange metaphor but I’m sure you get what I’m talking about!)
14 – Portable phone chargers are perfect for last minute e-cig emergencies!
You know those smart little boxes you can buy to charge up your mobile phone on the go? Well, those are great for charging up your e-cigarette in emergency situations. Again, you will need to be careful of the potential fire risks and never use bits together that you aren’t sure about but I used the portable mobile phone charger from Vodafone to charge up my ecig on a few occasions and for those situations where you are left without something to smoke, they might just come in handy for more than just charging up your phone.
15 – After refilling, give it five minutes!
Once you’ve refilled your cartridge or tank with e-liquid, give it a few minutes before you start smoking it again. There’s a couple of reasons for this – firstly, if you don’t, you’re running the risk of getting e-liquidin your mouth which is beyond disgusting. Secondly, you know that bubbling and gurgling noise you hear right after you refill it? You’ve got e-liquid in places there shouldn’t be e-liquid. Flick it out into a tissue, give everything a wipe down and give it five minutes. You’ll find you won’t have any more problems post-refilling!
16 – Try not to mix flavours in your cartomisers!
I once used Grape flavoured liquid in the cartomiser I regularly used tobacco flavours in and after that, it tasted so gross with the two flavours combined, I couldn’t use it anymore. Not even buying a new coil fixed it, I needed to get a brand new cartomiser.
If you are going to play around with flavours, try not to try them all in the same cartomisers. Once you have mint or another strong-flavoured liquid in there, it will be impossible to get rid of the taste and it will make future liquids you throw in there taste bad.
I generally have one cartomiser for the tobacco liquids, and another for the minty ones. If I play around with other delights such as bubblegum or other fruity treats, I’ll try to use a different cartmoiser again. Trust me – it might seem like hassle but it will be well worth it. You’ll only end up buying a new one when you realise you can’t get rid of the taste anyway.
17 – Use your referral schemes!
Right, let’s get to the point here – people are going to ask you about what you are smoking. What is it? What does it taste like? Have you really managed to quit smoking?
When people ask you about your new electronic habit, rather than getting irritated, think about the money-making opportunities you have here. Most of the big e-cig brand names offer some sort of referral scheme so that when you refer a friend, you get money off and they get money off, or something similar along those lines. Smart people would have business cards or something to hand out… Even complete strangers could be earning you money off your e-cig stuff and without enough referrals, you may even get stuff for free!
18 – Don’t let your coil get very dry!
If you let your coil or the wicks get dry for a long period of time, it’ll get brittle and when it gets to that point, it’s not going to be that nice to smoke. Brittle wicks mean that you’re not getting the full potential out of your liquid so the throat hit may be ‘scratchier’ than usual, or less enjoyable.
Don’t regularly let your cartomiser get really low on juice. When you do that, you’re heating it up by still inhaling on it and again, that will cause it to get dry and brittle, leaving it to break down before it would otherwise.
If you ever have any questions, give me a shout! You can reach me on my Facebook page, on my Twitter page, or even on here! Just leave a comment and I’ll get right back to you! Alternatively, feel free to leave your reviews on the various e-cigs I’ve already tried. I’d love to know what you thought of them!