What is an electronic cigarette?
An electronic cigarette consists of three parts; a battery, a liquid holder and eLiquid.
The battery unit usually has a lithium-ion battery, which is rechargeable and this powers the device. Entry-level electronic cigarettes have an internal battery but more advanced devices have a removable battery which can be changed once it is no longer holding charge.
The liquid holder is usually referred to as a clearomizer or tank and contains a heating element within called an atomizer (head). This is powered by the battery and heats the eLiquid, which, once inhaled produces vapour.
The eLiquid is the final element of an electronic cigarette and this is available in different flavours and strengths.
Why are there so many different ecigs available?
Different ecigs have different functions and come in all shapes and sizes. In addition, there are many ecig manufacturers on the market, with each having unique products. Vapour Republic is proud to offer such a huge range to its customers.
What do I need to get started?
We recommend that you purchase one of our kits that come complete with everything you need to get started. In addition, we recommend that you purchase extra eLiquid with your kit to ensure that you have sufficient supplies.
Why does the eLiquid sometimes change colour?
With some eLiquids when they are exposed to air and light they sometimes change colour, this is perfectly normal. If the eLiquid in your clearomizer turns into a dark brown/black colour, you may need to change your clearomizer or replace the atomizer head in the unit (if it is a replaceable clearomizer).
How should I store my e-juice?
Ideally, you want to store your e-juice somewhere cool (not higher than room temperature) and dark. Light can adversely affect your e-juice, and it’s especially important to store them somewhere dark if the bottles are clear. You also want to keep them away from pets and children, like you would any product containing nicotine.
Should I steep my e-juice? How do I do it?
Steeping is the process of aging your e-juice. It is certainly not necessary, but some swear by it.
There are a few different methods to it, but the purpose is to get rid of the “perfumey” flavor/taste some e-juices (especially citrus) have when they are fresh. Some recommend letting your e-juice sit with the cap off to achieve this, but we do not recommend this. E-juice is very easy to contaminate. If the wrong spec of dust gets into your e-juice, it could ruin the flavour for the entire bottle.
Our recommended method is to just let it age naturally with the cap on, and make sure you shake it well before use. If you want to speed up the process a bit, you can let the e-juice “breathe” by opening the cap and exchanging the air between the cap and the e-liquid every few days.
Steeping will also allow water in the VG (one of the ingredients in your e-juice) to evaporate, thus strengthening the flavour.
The best thing to do is taste the e-juice as soon as you receive it, then if you find it tastes/smells “perfumey”, or you just don’t enjoy the flavour, steep it for 1-2 weeks and give it another try.
Some vendors offer different VG/PG blends. Do you offer different e-juice ratios here?
The VG/PG blend will vary by manufacturer, and sometimes even by flavour. All of our e-liquids come in the standard VG/PG ratio chosen and blended by the manufacturer. However we do have a supplier that we can order bespoke VG/PG ratios from within their flavour range chosen by the customer.
How do I tell when my atomizer needs replacing?
The majority, of clearomziers/tanks we sell are replaceable units; this means that the only part that needs to be changed within the unit is the atomizer head. You can tell if the atomizer head needs to be replaced when there is a significant lack of vapour or if you get a burning almost smoky taste.
Can I use the same clearomizer/tank with another liquid?
Yes you can but it is recommended that your have a different tank for each eLiquid you use. This is because unless you clean the clearomizer/tank meticulously, there will always be a hint of the previous flavour.
What different types of ecigarettes are there?
Like anything else, eCigarettes come in a pretty substantial variety. For people new to vaping or even for veterans looking to move up the product tiers, it can be hard to figure out what comes next or where your eCigarette fits into the spectrum of things. Here’s an easy breakdown of the different levels of eCigarettes and which models generally fit into them:
Look Alike / Disposable
Disposable eCigarettes are exactly what they sound like: single use eCigs that are designed to familiarise people with the concept of vaping. These eCigarettes are usually more widely available to the everyday consumer because they’re sold in many stores and petrol stations across the country. The upside is, they’re super easy to use; the downside is, they’re not much cheaper than buying a pack of cigarettes when it comes to the value that you’re getting.
Generally, people who progress up from disposable eCigarettes generally find their way to a refillable tank eCigarette, which is familiar to them because it’s essentially a higher-quality, refillable version of a disposable. This is where rechargeable batteries first come into play and clearomizers reign supreme. Fewer pieces to manage means an easier learning experience for someone looking to get involved in eCigarettes on a more cost effective level.
Rebuildable Tank Kits
Rebuildable tank kits offer a step up from traditional refillable kits by offering even more features and cost effective parts. Rebuildable tanks themselves have a longer lifespan than traditional clearomizers and the ability to manage the atomizer separately allows for easier replacement in the event of a problem or strained unit. Rebuildable tank kits also bring with them more customisation options, allowing vapers to fine-tune their experience to fit unique preferences: adding clearomizer components, more advanced batteries and personalised accessories.
MODS and Advanced Kits
MODS and other advanced kits are the final frontier for vapers, in the sense that they allow for maximum customisation and optimal usage. However, with all of these exceptional features comes a steep learning curve, which involves mechanical knowledge of resistances, amperages and voltages. Generally, these units have variable voltage operational capabilities and massive tank add-ons that allow for longer vaping experiences.
How Long Should My Product Last?
Because eLiquids are subject to use more than any other product sold at Vapour Republic, the lifespan of your bottle will vary greatly. You will notice that some flavors outlast others and certain nicotine levels will show more extended lifespans depending on your preferences.
The average lifespan of a bottle of eLiquid, based on a former “pack-per-day” smoker is based on a 1mL = 1 pack ratio. Essentially, the number of milliliters (mL) in a bottle is equivalent to the number of days that the bottle should last (ex. 15mL=15 days). If you’re a former heavy smoker of more than a single pack per day, simply divide your old habit by the milliliters in a bottle (ex. 1.5 packs per day/15mL=10 days).
The lifespan of batteries is based on two chief components: amperage and age of the battery. Batteries with lower amperage will tend to burn out faster than those with higher amperages and all batteries are subject to lower lifespans as they age overall. All batteries have an overall lifespan of 3-5 months, however with proper care and charging technique, some larger batteries have been known to live for up to a year.
Atomizers are the wicking element of the electronic cigarette and are subject to extreme wear and tear based on your vaping habits. Generally, atomizers will last a moderate vaper between 2-4 weeks. Heavy users may experience a loss in quality from their atomizers in as little as a week, while some light vapers can achieve more than a month of use from a single unit. Your atomizer will show signs of wear by taking longer to wick, burning eLiquid or simply not firing at all.