Hardware FAQ

Let's get technical, technical! Ready for the fun stuff? Here are the details to really help you understand e-cigarettes. It's all basic electronics. Don't feel overwhelmed--we'll get you through it and on to an even better vaping experience. Always feel free to ask questions no matter how experienced or inexperience you are with vaping or these concepts. We can never talk about safety too much in this community.

Which kit is the best?

The answer to this is different for everyone. There are the apparent differences, and there are the ones you can't see on a website: the technical stuff. One of the secrets in the e-cig industry is that there are only a few types out there. The manufacturers are more than happy to stamp whatever brand name vendors want on them for a price. This is why many of the bulk kits out there all look and act the same--they are the same!

What are the parts of an e-cig?

No matter what e-cigs look like, they have the same basic parts. A battery connects to the atomizer--whatever form it may be in. The atomizer is heated when the battery is activated. The e-liquid is drawn towards the atomizer by a wicking material and when heated produces vapor.

What do resistance (ohms) affect?

Simply stated, resistance (measured in ohms) is how much of the supplied voltage the atomizer allows at the heating coil. This can get confusing, but remember, the lower the resistance of your atomizer the hotter it will get. Low resistance is considered 1.0 - 2.9 ohms, and 3.0 ohms is considered standard resistance. Anything lower than 1.0 ohms is considered sub-ohm. 

Why are voltage, amps, and milliamp hours important?

Voltage is (loosely) the amount of "energy" you are sending to the heating element. Most devices operate around 3.7 volts. There are others that offer more or even allow you to change voltage. The benefit to higher voltage is a stronger, more flavorful vape with greater vapor production. However, if you push voltage too high you can burn out your atomizer. 

Milliamp hour (mAh) is a measure of how much "energy" a battery can store. The higher this number, the longer the battery will last between charges. Amps are basically how fast the battery can discharge the needed voltage. It is extremely important to know how many amps you are drawing (especially for sub-ohm vaping). Batteries are designed to a certain amp draw specification and if that is exceeded it can cause the battery to overheat and vent.

There is a simple formula to calculate your amp draw: voltage/resistance (or V/R). For example, a 3.7-volt battery and a 0.5-ohm coil would draw approximately 7.4 amps. Whatever battery you are using would need to supply that continuously. If you're in doubt, please check with us.