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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

Free Electronic Cigarettes?

electronic cigarette free trialIf you are looking for electronic cigarettes online, it is hard not to come across an offer for “free electronic cigarettes” or “free starter kit” or some sort of trial offer.  Tempting to be sure, but two old adages come to mind; if it seems to good to be true it probably is and you get what you pay for.  These so called freebies can turn out to cost you more time and money than you think.  Here is how most work, although I am sure there are other methods with the same outcome.

You sign up with your information and credit card with the promise of receiving a free e-cig starter kit.  These kits may or may not be quality.  You also agree to a monthly subscription to receive cartridges on a monthly basis.  This is analogous to the old buy a CD for a penny scam.  At first glance it seems like a great deal since you will of course need new cartridges for as long as you continue vaping.  The issue arises when you decide to not continue receiving cartridges for one reason or another.  It may be because the unit broke or you moved on to a different model or you simply don’t vape anymore.  When you try to cancel you subscription and subsequently monthly billing, you can’t get a hold of customer service or even if you do the billing doesn’t stop.

This is compounded when you compare the cost of cartridges for “free” starter kits compared to those provided by reputable companies or especially compared to the cost of buying e-liquid and refilling your own cartridges.   Companies don’t make money by giving away electronic cigarettes and they do make money.  So obviously they make enough from the cartridges to cover the cost of the kits.

Don’t get fooled.  E-Cigarette kits cost money.  If you want to vape, buy one.  If you want a free one, dream on…..maybe the best things in life are free but electronic cigarettes are not.

If you are looking for electronic cigarettes, here are some companies with good product and good reputations:  V2 Cigs, Green Smoke, Dragonfly Ecigs, Aurora Cigs, Joyetech.