Vaping-The Facts- E-cigs or APVs
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Depositphotos_19969187_m-2015For vaping devices there two general types. These are the e-cig and APVs, also known as advanced personal vaporizers. The e-cig, also known as an e-cigarette, is the better known device. It looks very much like a traditional cigarette. The APV has a wider body style. This device comes in various shapes, styles and sizes.


Both devices are often referred to as e-cigarettes. Their body shapes are different but their technology is the same. They both have three main parts which consist of the battery, the atomizer, and the e-liquid. The battery is the power source that activates the atomizer. This heats the coil. The hot coil warms up the e-liquid which creates the vapor.


Both devices are used the same way. The vape smoker inhales through a mouthpiece. This triggers a sensor that switches on the power, which warms the coil. When the coil is hot it heats up the e-liquid. This creates a vapor that the smoker inhales. It also creates a vapor cloud which is much like the smoke in a traditional cigarette, but it’s tobacco-free. Some e-cigs have a light that when the smoker inhales lights-up to make it look like the lit end of a traditional cigarette.


New users tend to try the e-cig device first. This tends to be because of its similar look and feel to a traditional tobacco cigarette. Much like the size and shape of a traditional cigarette, the e-cig is a smaller sized device. The e-cig contains a prefilled e-liquid cartridge. E-cigs are often a disposable, one-use product.


Mod devices or advanced personal vaporizer (AVP), are also known as vape pens, or vape mods. The Electronic Cigarette Buyers Guide explains that mod devices have two basic main shapes. These two styles are the tube mod and the box mod. Tube mods tends to have a more cylindrical body style. While the Box mods have a more square or rectangular body style. Mod devices have a variety of products with variations on their body styles. These devices give the user more control over their use than an e-cig does. Mod products are reusable and refillable. The mod user is also able to regulate the power level to fit his personal preferences. For the vape user that wants the vape cloud, mod devices have the ability to create a larger vapor cloud than the e-cig.


Initial investment wise e-cigarettes tend to be less expensive. Due to the fact that it’s a reusable and refillable device the mod, in the long run, can be less expensive than the e-cig. With its ability to be reusable and refillable the mod gives vape smokers a much wider variety of e-juice flavors and nicotine levels.


There are a wide variety of products available to vape smokers. Deciding on the best products can be difficult. For assistance come in to our Houston e-cigarette store. Our knowledgeable staff has the training to help you find the vape products and e-liquids that will fit all your personal vaping needs.



  1. Electronic Cigarette Buyers Guide. Advanced Personal Vaporizers.

23 May 2016