Finding The Perfect E-Cig Starter Kit
You've probably tried a disposable e-cig from the local gas station - and maybe realized that they weren't the solution for you. Whether it's because they didn't taste that good or they didn't provide you enough of a throat hit, they just didn't work. You've tried using your buddie's vape pen (or box thingy or whatever they call it) and seemed like it required more time and effort than you care to devote to it. You want to quit smoking but taking on another daily commitment is not the answer.
E-cigs look remarkably similar to disposables so what's the big difference? Realistically, everything from the taste - throat hit - and savings over the long haul - is all far greater with a e-cig starter kit. Disposables have a place, and I am not knocking them, but most of us need more out of our vaping experience. Because of the amount of options and styles available, buying the best cig-a-like starter kit for your needs can be confusing, especially for the first time buyer.
Your ultimate goal, of course, is to find the right e-cigarette to help you forget about smoking tobacco cigarettes. Buying a pile of worthless parts, will turn your hopes of a tobacco-free life into a disappointing waste of money. If this has happened to you already, do not give up. Just keep trying different electronic cigarettes until you find your perfect device.
Most people in this scenario have found that a rechargeable e-cig kit is the perfect solution. This style of electronic cigarette fits right between the two styles mentioned above and can cost you much less than either of them. This method always starts off with a "kit" to get you everything you need to get started.
The best e-cig starter kits will come with:
- At least 1 rechargeable battery - usually at least two so you can have an extra battery for travel
- Pre-filled flavor cartridges - you simply pick the flavor and nicotine strength
- Multiple chargers - usually one for home and a USB one
- A carrying case of some sort
The great thing about rechargeable e-cigs compared to disposables is that the only thing you have to purchase is the flavor cartridges after the original kit. Most vendors offer heavy discounts on their cartridges and offer multiple flavors to choose from something that you are going to be more open to after a few weeks with your new device. Most cartridges come in a pack of five (5) and run between $10 - $20. With the typical cartridge lasting a few days, you can see how the savings could add up quickly. So they are not only a better alternative to smoking, they are far less expensive.
Even though these may look like that e-cig you bought at the gas station a few weeks ago - they will offer you much more than that and on a much higher quality level. Unlike that throwaway, the e-cig style have a battery with a flavor cartridge screwed on one end. The battery on a full charge will typically last even the heaviest smoker most of the day, (light smokers can usually go a day and a half). Thanks to the multiple chargers that come with most kits - you can charge it back up quickly in your car, at the office, and even from your laptop.
Somewhere out there, is the perfect electronic cigarette for you. If you have already tried a disposable electronic cigarette, you should already know a little about what you are looking for. You will want to focus your attention on the qualities you find most valuable. You may have wanted more flavor or a longer lasting battery. Keep these desires in mind as you shop and remember, the bigger the battery, the longer it will work before needing a recharge.
If you choose the smaller sizes, get at least two batteries so you can charge one while using the other. Most manufacturers estimate the number of puffs per cartridge or associate one cartridge to blank packs of smokes, but that will vary depending on the intensity of your drag. Most claim 1-2 packs equal one cartridge. I find these estimates to be seldom true at best. Many smokers will tend to take deeper & longer drags with an e-cigarette at first because the vapor is not as dense as a tobacco cigarette.
The pre-filled flavor cartridges typically last two or three days with a heavy smoker and longer of course with a light smoker. Once it's empty, you simply toss it and screw on a new one. The best e-cig kits keep the whole day-to-day process extremely simple - which only helps to encourage you to stick with it!
When it comes to taste, well that's obviously in the eye of the beholder. I may say one vendors tobacco flavor is excellent but you may think otherwise, with that said it's always wise to grab a few flavors in the beginning until you find that one that keeps you going. Unlike a vape pen, there is no messy e-juice to fiddle around with, possible leaky tanks, or bulky devices to haul around.
Most smokers are looking for a burning feeling in their lungs that is just not present with a vape. Remember, it is the nicotine you are addicted to. You don’t need the heavy feeling in your lungs to be satisfied.
Keep this in mind, the ultimate goal is to keep you from grabbing that cigarette. If these work for you, that's great if you need more vapor than moving up a to vape pen might be the answer. Almost all veteran vapers started with a e-cig kit, some stayed with it, some moved on to bigger devices, and, unfortunately, some went back to tobacco. Besides the latter, if the flavor is what is keeping you from vaping, rest assured there is a solution because every vendor's traditional flavors will all taste different compared to one another. One part of making our favorite starter kit list is the flavor that these vendors offer because when you first start vaping it HAS to taste good.