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What are “E-Cigs”?

“E-Cig” is short for “electronic cigarette”.  Electronic cigarettes are a nicotine delivery device that uses a battery to power a heating element, which is usually wrapped around a wick.  The wick is saturated in “e-liquid”, and when the heating element heats up, it vaporizes the e-liquid, which is then inhaled by the user.   Electronic Cigarettes come in many shapes & sizes, but our staff is excellent in establishing your smoking habits, and then setting you up with an e-cig that is best for you.

What is “e-liquid”?

This is the substance that creates the vapor.  In most cases it is made up of Vegetable Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, nicotine, and flavoring.  The ratio of VG (Vegetable Glycerin) to PG (Propylene Glycol) varies from company to company.  VG creates a large amount of vapor, whereas PG creates a good “throat hit”.  Most of the juices sold at Paradise Vapors are mixed at a 60% PG to 40% VG ratio.  E-liquid comes in hundreds and hundreds of different flavors, as well as different levels of nicotine strengths.

Are E-Cigs Safe?

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about electronic cigarettes, as well as many different people doing everything in their power to locate the negatives about e-cigs.  It seems that most of these individuals are forgetting what it is that e-cigs are replacing.  CIGARETTES!  Chemical & tar-filled cigarettes that kill millions of people every year.  There is not a single proven case of someone getting cancer or diseases from electronic cigarettes.  The ingredients found in the vapor are the same ingredients found in your food, and even found in IV medications.  Since e-cigs are such a new product, there has not been extensive research studying the long-term effects of inhaling e-liquid ingredients into your lungs. However, when it comes to eating, drinking, and shooting it directly into your bloodstream via I.V., extensive research of the ingredients in e-liquid HAS been done, and the FDA has categorized them all as safe.  The truth is, the only thing that is completely 100% safe to be inhaled is oxygen.  So the question that needs to be asked is, “Are e-cigs safer than cigarettes?”, in which case there is absolutely no comparison.

What makes Paradise Vapors different from all the other e-cig websites/retailers?

Visit our store just one time and you will see the answer to this question is obvious.  At Paradise Vapors, we make it our personal mission to get you switched from cigarettes to e-cigs.  Anyone can go into a gas station or big box retailer and buy a cheap e-cig off the shelf, but the problem with that is the fact that the chances of that e-cig matching your individual smoking habits/needs are slim to none.  If it has too much nicotine, you’re going to get sick or have a headache. If it isn’t enough nicotine, you’re going to pick your cigarettes right back up and think to yourself that e-cigs don’t work. When you come in to our store, we make sure to find out what kind of cigarettes you are smoking & how many of them you smoke in a day.  With this information we are then able to get you set up with a system that gives you the same amount of nicotine your body is already accustom to.  At first, the process of sitting up your e-cig, filling it, repairing it, changing your atomizers, etc. can seem daunting, but after shopping at Paradise Vapors you will go from novice to expert in a matter of minutes.  We take the time to show you every single detail about your electronic cigarette, and we give you all the tips & tricks to help you avoid common problems.

Why is my e-cig leaking?

There is not a e-cig user out there who has not asked this question at some point.  There are a few different reasons why your e-cig could be leaking.  The first thing you need to know is that if your tank/clearomizer/cartomizer is leaking, there is a reason for It, and in most cases it can be fixed very quickly.   The first, and most obvious, thing you need to make sure is that you are filling your clearomizer/cartomizer to the appropriate level.  The next thing you need to make sure of is that your atomizer/wick is completely secured.  Some atomizers are pushed down, whereas others have to be screwed down, either way you need to make sure that it is attached as tightly as possible.  If your atomizer is secure, then you need to make sure that your tank does not have any cracks in it, and that it is still sitting securely in its housing.  If you have a CE5/CE4 tank, and you carry it in your pocket, it is not uncommon for the plastic tank to work its way out of the metal housing.  The best way to tell if this has happened is to sit your CE5 on a level surface, and see if the inner post is leaning to one side.  If it is, you can press straight down on top of it to “pop” it back in place.  However, once it has worked its way out, it will remain loose and you will always have to keep an eye on it.  So the best way to avoid this problem is to try to keep them out of your pocket as much as possible.  If keeping them out of your pocket is not an option, you should consider an iSmoka and/or Kanger tank.  The final reason your e-cig might be leaking is if your atomizer/wick is burnt up and needs to be changed.  When the wick burns up completely, it is not able to “soak up” the e-liquid anymore, so the only place for the e-liquid to go is down and out the bottom.  If you are having any issues involving leaking, please feel free to come into our store and we will be more than happy to help you out!

 

Why does my e-cig taste burnt?

This is another common question we hear quite often.  The burnt taste problem comes down one thing: your atomizer/wick.  The best indicator of when you should change out your atomizer/wick, is when it starts tasting burnt.  A lot of people ask us, “How long are atomizers/wicks supposed to last?”  The answer to this question depends entirely on the user.  The life expectancy of an atomizer/wick can be anywhere from 3-4 days to 1-2 months.  There are things you can do to ensure you get the most out of your atomizer/wick:

-          Make sure your wick stays saturated with e-juice.  If it is a top coil atomizer and has a long wick, make sure and keep your fluid level topped off.

-          If you have a variable voltage battery, make sure you don’t have your voltage turned up too high.

-          Make sure your battery voltage is accurate with the resistance of your atomizer.

 

What is the difference in atomizer resistance?

The main difference between low-resistance (1.8ohms) and normal to high resistance (2.2 – 2.8ohms) atomizers is the temperature at which the coil heats up to.  The low-resistance atomizers (1.8ohms) burn at a hotter tempature, which gives you more vapor and a stronger throat hit.  However, the low-resistance atomizers will “burn out” quicker, requiring you to change them more often.  Normal to high-resistance atomizers “burn” at a lower temperature, giving you a smooth hit with a mild throat hit.  So it is a give-and-take situation, big hits = changing your atomizer more often.

How much will an e-cig cost me?

The price range will usually be between $46 and $80, depending on how many e-liquids you get, and what size battery you choose.

 

What level of nicotine should I get?

This is probably the MOST important part of the entire electronic cigarette experience.  A lot of people out there will try out the cheaper, disposal e-cigs, and come to the conclusion that electronic cigarettes don’t work.  The truth is, if you get the right level of nicotine, along with a flavor that you like, you will most likely never want another cigarette ever again.  When it comes to choosing the correct nicotine strength, it isn’t so much what KIND of cigarette you smoke, but rather how MANY cigarettes you smoke.  If you are a pack-a-day or more smoker, we highly recommend you start around the 18 – 30mg range.  Keep in mind, the higher amount of nicotine = more throat hit.  So if a hard throat hit is something you are looking for, then go with a 24mg or 30mg.  If you want a smooth, mild throat hit, we would recommend going with a 6 – 16mg level.  Some people are afraid of getting a high level of nicotine, so they choose a low strength.  We ask you to remember that nicotine isn’t the ingredient in cigarettes that is killing people, it’s the tar, chemicals, and carcinogens.  So while they think they are being “healthier” by keeping their nicotine down, it makes no difference because they are just going to use their e-cig more to make up the difference. 

 

What are the differences in the battery sizes?

The only difference in the different battery sizes is the battery life between charges.  A 650mah battery will not stay charged as long as a 1,000mah.  On average, a person with a 650mah battery can expect to get about 600 to 700 puffs on a fully charged battery.  With a 1,000mah battery, you can expect to get around 1,000 to 1,200 puffs.  One thing we recommend to customers who want a long battery life, but don’t want a really long/big battery, is to go ahead and buy two 650mah batteries.  This way you always have one on the charger when the other one dies.

 

What are the differences in bottom-coil and top-coil tanks?

Bottom-coil tanks, like iSmoka and Kanger, have their atomizers/wicks positioned at the bottom of the clearomizer.  This ensures that the wick will always stay saturated as long as you have juice in your tank.  A top-coil tank is the exact opposite.  The wicks in a top-coil tank are much longer, and are positioned at the top, with the wicks hanging down.  As long as you keep your juice topped off, keeping your atomizer/wick saturated should not be a problem.  We get asked all the time, “Which is better?”.  This is completely subjective.  Some people love top-coil tanks and hate bottom-coil ones, while others feel the opposite. 

 

What does “variable voltage” mean?

Variable voltage refers to an option that is available on some of the different batteries.  A battery that is “variable voltage” gives the user the ability to vary his/her voltage usually from 3.2v to 4.8v.  The more voltage you set your battery at, the more power you are sending to the atomizer, which results in it burning hotter.  Before you adjust your battery’s voltage, it is very important to know what your atomizer/wick’s resistance is.  If you are using a low resistance atomizer (1.7 – 1.9ohms), you want to keep your battery turned all the way down, otherwise you will burn your wick very quickly.   Here is a key that will help you use the correct voltage based on your atomizer’s resistance:

1.7 – 1.9ohms                   3.1 – 3.4v

2.1 – 2.3ohms                   3.5 – 3.8v

2.4 – 2.6ohms                   3.9 – 4.2v

2.6 – 3.0ohms                   4.3 – 4.7v

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