By: Geoffrey “InspectorGadget” Schumann
Before I start this article, I wanted to make clear, that this posting is not to promote, nor deter the usage of smoking tobacco products. I am very much aware, like all of you, of the countless Surgeon General's Warning that we see on tobacco products, of the four standards that are out there: Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema and may complicate pregnancy, quitting smoking now greatly reduces serious risks to your health, smoking by pregnant woman may result in fetal injury, premature birth and low birth weight, cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide.
This article is my research in something that was underground for a handful of years, but now has entered into the limelight, that would be eSmoking.
First and foremost, the usage of a device like this is for ADULTS ONLY. Depending on where you live in the world, generally that means you have to be generally 21 years of age (I am told some States/Countries 18 is the legal age limit) before you're allowed to Smoke.
In this article, I am covering the personal Vaping equipment that all have the look and feel of a modern day cigarette. "Vaping" the term that is used by those who use this type of product. When one smokes an eCigarette type of product the device produces and dispenses into your mouth by way of inhalation of an atomized glycerin-water vapor that is released/deployed by way of different adapters that have a personal atomizer contained within. The Propylene Glycol (PG) is on the Food and Drug Administration's list of substances for the most part is acknowledged as safe, and it’s used in everything from artificial flavors to fog machines.
All products being sold currently generally contains different levels of Nicotine content (Ultra Light = Approx 8-10mg, Light = Approx 12-14mg, Full = Approx 16-18mg, Mega = Approx 24mg) and some companies are also selling Nicotine-free products as well. One of the benefits of eSmoking, or Vaping over a traditional tobacco cigarette is that there are no carcinogens, tar, CO, etc that you have to worry about.
When "burning" on a regular tobacco product.
Do keep in mind, that even thou (for the most part) Propylene Glycol is considered to be safe, as its the base liquid used in fog machines, fog guns, etc. Some companies do create a Vegetable Glycerin as an alternative to the traditional Propylene Glycol, as some people have allergies to the propylene glycol overall.
One company that makes the Vegetable Glycerin base is called Johnson Creek. Like in traditional smoking, where the smoke produced by burning tobacco products, causes an after smell, that can linger, stick to just about anything it comes into contact with, and releases all the nasty chemicals that the FDA has been warning us about for years, Vaping is a different animal, you get the Nicotine fix that you are looking for, however, you get flavors, a water or vegetable based smoke, and not only is pleasing to you, its not offensive to others. Allegedly there are places, where the no-smoking rule is golden; Vaping is more acceptable, and not shunned. Also one of the best things about Vaping is, you don't walk in smelling like a wet ashtray.
In my research of personal atomizers, I came across three companies that all sell a similar product. Green Smart Living has the lowest intro-startup price, the S801 Super E-Cigarette (contains 1 battery (2.7volt / 22mAh), 2 cartomizers and one USB charger) MSRP $24.95 on their site, but their local distributors generally sell this product for around $20.00. Their S808 Refill pack contain 5 disposable cartomizers for only $10.00..
Each cartomizer I am told contains 1.21Milleters each, They only offer you five (5) flavors at this time (I am told more over the next several months are in the works), they are Regular (a Marlboro style/flavor), Menthol, Vanilla, Strawberry and Peach. At this time, they also only offer their cartridges in the full strength (18mg) and a low (11mg) is coming soon. I was curious to how their cartridges worked, so I took one and dissembled it, and the insides were different then what I expected. Instead of finding a foil-covered ampoule, I found a fibrous material, with what seemed to be a piece of media that contains the content. I did not feel any moisture from the fibrous material, however I can't disprove that it was not there. Also the atomizer is part of the cartridge. The cartridge is a metal tube, and the atomizer is firmly part of it,trust me, I tried with pliers, and could not separate the tube from the atomizer, its very well made.
The device works very well overall, and from tests, it produces a larger amount of vapor when exhaled then other products tested. The battery & cartridge also are longer/thicker then other products that I've been shown. The flavors aren’t' bad, but not as sweet as other vendors, however some people prefer flavors’ not as sweet, but the overall functionality of this device is top notch, for a very low start cost. What you don't get in fancy packaging, you gain in product stability, a long lasting cartridge (which is the equivalent to 1 pack (20 cigs!) and an overall high quality product.
The next product is the PureSmoker ACE (KR808D-1). Their starter kit is $29.99 on their site and you get 2 batteries (brushed silver or matte black), 1 USB charger (works with the wall charger), and 1 wall charger. The disposable Atomizer/cartridges are not included, they're a separate purchase. Each of their atomizer/cartridges comes in a package of 5 and on their website, sell for $8.49 each.
They currently offer 27 flavors at this time from their website and the are: Riskee Yuice/Minty Mint/5*5*5 Blend/Blueberry/Peanut Butter/Carmel Apple/Blank-Refillable (purchase your eLiquid separately from www.puresmoker.com and load in what you want
Their current flavors are:
TONIC Bananaca/TONIC Berroidca/TONIC Appleonia/TONIC Mellonica/TONIC Tango Tea/TONIC Curtis' Coffee/TONIC 'Ccino/TONIC Firecracker/TONIC Karma Scotch/TONIC Silver Leaf Menthol/TONIC Minthia/TONIC Silver Leaf Tobacco.
Each of these are $4.99 and you get 6mL. They do offer higher mL product, 15mL is only $11.99 and they do offer up to 120mL but you'll need to contact them directly for those prices, but its nice to know between 6mL - 120mL for your ordering needs. Its nice that they have their own lab, so you'll not have to wait long for more product, if that is your wish. Their cartomizer holds approx 1mL and they do have blanks available for $1.09 each, that you can re-fill up to three times (the inside is a cotton like white filter that holds their liquid product) before you have to throw it away.
Also once you pick a flavor, you'll need to stick with it, as the cartomizer for the ACE series can't be cleaned out, however you can blend your own flavors, so an example, first run Menthol thru it, then pick a flavor you want to feel the menthol flavor, etc.. you get three per usage.
The ACE series battery is a 280mAh, the extended battery are 350mAh (that's 3.7 volts!). You can expect the usual 2-3 hours of normal usage, but if you get the extended battery they offer, you're looking at approx 6-10 hours. So from my research the "bang for the buck" with the PureSmoker product, would be the following configuration:
PureSmoker ACE USB/Wall Charger @ $10.99, PureSmoker Extended ACE manual battery (350mAh) - Stainless Steel w/ Blue LED @ $13.99, Blank/Refillable Atomz (Cartomizer) @ $1.09 each (remember, you can fill these up to three (3) times, that's 3mL per $1.09)) you're looking at $33.25 for this custom configuration, but keep this in mind, this is for a 3.7 volt system, this is only if you want/prefer the higher volt system and don't forget that you still have to purchase your flavors as noted above.
The third in this series is a product called BluCigs. Their starter kit is $59.95 and thou its the steepest in price, you get the following: 1 hard case (has a bay for 1 eCig, 1 bay to re-charge your battery
Personal Vaporizing, or Vaping as you have learned in this article isn't designed to get you to quit smoking, however for those of you who are going to smoke, this seems to be a healthier alternative for yourself, the people around you, the stuff you own, etc. There is little to no second hand Vapors that could offend (unless you have a flavor that is relatively stronger then most, then the aroma may cause a small stir). If you drop a personal Vaping instrument in your lap while smoking, you don't have to worry about personal injury, starting a fire, burning holes in anything or everything, and the product is reusable for a very long time (if cared for) so its overall easier on your pocket book, and better for the environment.
Of the three items listed in this review, I have to honestly recommend two of the three. If you want a good "my first eCig" I would go with the S801-Regular-$20 starter product from as its a good starting point, to see if you even like doing any of this. I wished I had known about them before I tested the BluCigs, the S801-Regular dwarfs the BluCig both in girth, battery capacity and cartomizer.
Once you get the hang of it, and you like what you're experiencing, you should consider making another purchase, where by you pick up the PureSmoker ACE (KR808D-1) with the extended battery and the Blank/Refillable Atomz. Yes it will cost a little bit more at the startup cost, but its cheaper then the BluCigs brand, but a little more then the Green Smart Living product. I have yet to try to refill the S801, but when I do, I'll be blogging about that experience too.
In conclusion, the S801-Regular is the best bang for the buck. You get a very well built personal Vaping eCig for the money but you're limited in available flavors. You get the convince of using it with very little prep time, aside from pre-charging the battery and overall you get a good throat hit.
But where the ACE KR808D-1 comes in, you have several options for accessories, a multitude of e-Juice cartomizers or empty ones for pre-loading your choice of e-Juice, you're also not limited to where you can buy, you even can buy the hardware from Pure Smoker and then use the Johnson Creek SmokeJuice products.
I’ve recently acquired the PureSmoker ACE starter kit, and I have to tell you, for the $29.99 startup cost, its well worth it. Right out of the box, everything is nicely packaged. One of the two batteries came fully charged. Each Atomz (their brand of Cartomizer) are thicker, and just feel well built. The Atomz are sold separately from the starter kit, however you do get a wide range of flavored options. The flavors aren’t as good as Johnson Creek’s products, however, if you never tasted anything from Johnson Creek then PureSmoker would be the bees-knees. I would recommend the PureSmoker Extended Long-Life Ace Manual Battery for $13.99 each, you get a longer battery, but obviously you get more battery time.
In a perfect world I would use the PureSmoker product, with a blank Atomz and fill it with the Johnson Creek brand eLiquid. Overall, I wish I had their product when I wrote this article, my initial outcome would have been different. In the end, the best “bang for your buck” is the PureSmoker ACE starter kit, for your first time purchase.