One of the great things about vaping with electronic cigarettes instead of smoking is that it is so much more fun and adventurous. When you smoke, you pretty much have two choices: tobacco and menthol. Of course, menthol is actually tobacco flavored with menthol. You might also get some tobacco flavored with cloves or some tobacco flavored with cherry or apple or some-such, but it’s basically all tobacco. When you vape with electronic cigarettes, you can choose from literally hundreds of different flavors of eliquids. If that’s not enough for you, you can create your own custom blends. In this article, we will discuss what you should look for in a good eliquid and what your vaping options are in terms of prefilled cartridges and cartomizers or DIY cartridge and cartomizer filling. Read on to learn more.
When e cigs first came out, some suppliers went kind of crazy with the flavors. There were (and probably still are) suppliers who offer 200+ flavors including such oddball offerings as “roast chicken”. Some people like this sort of thing, and if you’re one of them, more power to you!
Most vapers tend to start out with an eliquid that is as close as possible to the tobacco brand they are used to. This is pretty easy to do. All of the major e cig brands offer basic tobacco and menthol flavors that resemble Marlboro, Parliament, Camel and Kool. It is important to start vaping with a well established, reliable e cig company that has a good reputation for producing high quality eliquids. In this way, you can be more certain of being satisfied with your choice.
The best thing to shoot for is a company that produces its own eliquids in the US or the UK because production practices are more standardized and ingredients are more likely to be safe and fully disclosed. Eliquids made in the US are made with FDA approved ingredients. Even though e cigs, themselves, are not FDA approved, it’s good to know you are inhaling vapor from an eliquid that is made of purified water, food grade vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol, food grade flavoring and pharmaceutical grade nicotine.
The top e cig companies that produce their own eliquid offer very high quality products. They may not have 200 outrageous flavors, but the flavors they do have are generally good, safe and satisfying. If you find a company that offers the basic classics in tobacco and menthol flavors and then offers a nice selection of novelty flavors, such as coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, peppermint and various berry flavors, you have probably found a good choice.
Another thing to keep in mind when choosing eliquids is that it is important to have a wide range of choices in nicotine levels. Some smokers like to start out with a low level because the nicotine hit from vapor is often perceived as much stronger than from tobacco cigarettes. Still other new vapers like to start out with the strongest nicotine strength available. Finding a company that offers a sampler pack of cartridges or cartomizers that allows you to try a full array of flavors and strengths is an excellent way to go. Then you can make your choices in an informed manner.
There are basically three ways to purchase eliquid. You can buy prefilled cartridges or cartomizers, or you can buy the eliquid in bottles and fill blank (empty) cartridges and cartomizers yourself.
The advantage of buying prefilled cartridges or cartomizers is convenience. These units are disposable and recyclable, so when you finish one, you simply unscrew it from your battery, dispose of it responsibly and replace it with another.
Alternately, you can unscrew it from your battery, clean it carefully, allow it to dry and refill it with your own eliquid. Quite frankly there is not a lot of advantage to this. It’s quite a bit of trouble and doesn’t save you any money to speak of.
If you want to mix your own eliquid blends, you can purchase blank cartridges or cartomizers and fill them yourself. The advantage to this is that you will have your very own proprietary selection of flavors. The downside is that it’s a bit of trouble, and it doesn’t really save you much (if any) money.
So there you have it! Choosing eliquid brands and options may seem confusing, but it’s really pretty simple. Remember, no matter what choice you make,at the end of the day you’ll save a ton of money compared with the cost of tobacco cigarettes.