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Puff Count Per E-Cigarette – The Real Story

We have been in the e-cigarette business for many years now, in one form or another.  And during that time one thing has been consistent – the inconsistency of puff count claims.  Many e-cig suppliers make outlandish claims of “200 puffs per cartridge” or more.  Although in recent years there have been some developments in cartomizer technology that have allowed for higher puff counts, the vast majority of electronic cigarettes contain far less puffs than advertised.  This discrepancy may come from marketing hype or direct from a manufacturer who based their count on a machine test, which rarely indicated real world use.  Below are some general guidelines to figure out how many puffs your e-cigarette cartridge should realistically give you.  Please remember the exact puff count will vary based on the exact e-cigarette model and user habits.

If you have a three piece e-cig model such as the original Njoy or Smoking Everywhere then you likely have a cartridge that can be detached from the atomizer.  Inside you will see a cotton wick to soak up and hold the e-liquid.  These cartridges can be refilled multiple times and usually hold enough e-liquid for 12 to 20 puffs.

If you have a cartomizer style electronic cigarette, then the atomizer and cartridge are one piece.  These “cartomizers” should really only be used once.  Multiple uses by refilling them can lead to burning of the wick on the inside, which means you will be inhaling stuff as bad as tobacco cigarettes.  Cartomizers hold more e-liquid than regular cartridges.  Puff counts range, depending the on the actual size of the cartomizer, between 20 and 40 puffs.  Many newer brands sold in convenience stores use this cartomizer system, including disposables.

The last style is a tank system.  This is where the e-liquid is contained within a tank with no wick.  Models range from the Joyetech eGo-T to those with “clearomizers” which is a tank system with the heating element enclosed within the tank.  Tanks hold much more e-liquid than either cartridges or cartomizers.  Normal puff counts range from 50 puffs and up, depending on the tank size.

We hope these general guidelines help you pick the right e-cigarette model for your needs and help you avoid being disappointed with purely marketing driven claims.

E-Cigarette Cartridge and Atomizer System

E-Cigarette Cartridge and Atomizer System

E-Cigarette Cartomizer System

E-Cigarette Cartomizer System

E-Cigarette Tank System

E-Cigarette Tank System

Best Newbie E-Cigarette

newbie e-cigaretteIf you have smoked for some time and recently came across the idea of an electronic cigarette, you are now probably wondering what model/brand of e-cig you should start with.  I am sure you have found many different options out there but are unsure what would be the best choice for a vaping “noob”.  Well here are some guidelines and points to consider when buying your first e-cigarette.

1. Any e-cigarette is better than smoking.  Don’t let the choices overwhelm you.  Don’t worry about buying the perfect e-cigarette right off the bat.  The fact that e-cigs are so much cheaper (in the long run) than tobacco cigarettes, gives you some margin for error.

2. Don’t get caught up in the add-ons and accessories.  There are many options from portable chargers to drip tips to laynards.  Just get the basic kit to try.  You may even want to start with a disposable just to get an idea of what it is like.  The only issue with disposables is that if you don’t like the e-liquid that comes in it, there is no way to change it.  This leads to the third point.

3. Get an easy to use unit with multiple e-liquid flavor options.  Flavor is based on the individual and what your friend likes may not suit you.  So flavor options are important.

4. Don’t buy from out of country.  E-cigarettes are still in regulatory no-mans land.  If you buy from outside of your country, customs may be an issue.

5.  Our recommendation in Canada?  SmokeInstead.ca is a good option.  They carry Aurora which is a great starter kit for newbies.  They also carry Joyetech products for more advanced vapers.  In the US, try E-Cig.org for some reviews and ratings on different options.