E-Cigarettes and vaporizers are extremely popular currently, and they offer two completely different ways to vape. In an attempt to showcase both the positives and negatives, in an unbiased fashion, here is a look at how they compare to one another and what the benefits of each are.
While they essentially do the same thing: offering users an alternative to tobacco while recreating the act of smoking with vaporized nicotine liquid, vaping with an electronic cigarette, or ‘cig-a-like’ and vaping with a vaporizer (Advanced Personal Vaporizer, or APV) are two different things entirely. They produce the same result and same action, however with much different performance, and appearance in the process. Here is a look at the ways they differ, and how to understand how each works.
Main Similarities and Differences
Vaporizers and e-cigarettes differ in looks as well as in the components they work with. Essentially, the main functions are the same: they both have a battery for power, a cartridge of some sort that is filled with e-liquid, and an atomizer that vaporizes the liquid into the vapor.
With vaporizers, there are many technicalities, and different options for creating customized performance by using different accessories. E-cigarettes allow for simpler use, and offer less in the way of customizing.
Vaporizers come in an extremely wide variety of different shapes and designs, some look like pens, and others look very modern and advanced. E-Cigarettes mimic the look of traditional cigarettes, and aim to come as close to the real thing as possible.
Cartridges, Cartomizers, and Tanks
Another area of great contrast is that of how the e-liquid is carried in the unit. With E-Cigarettes, the liquid comes prepackaged in cartridges, which are disposable, and very simple to use. Cartridges typically contain built-in atomizers, and every time the user replaces a cartridge, they get a fresh atomizer.
This enables them to have great performance overall, without mishaps from the atomizer, which do not have very long shelf life. Cartridges, though available in limited flavors, are easy to use, and they enable their users to have a basic setup that requires very little effort.
Many people enjoy their familiar design, and the freedom they have when using them. They are excellent when it comes to convenience, ease of use, and very nonchalant when used in public.
Vaporizers, on the other hand, work with disposable and reusable tanks, atomizers, and cartomizers. Those who use them prefer their larger size, larger capacity, more powerful batteries, and the individualized options as opposed to e-cigarette cartridges because they typically prefer having more control over their vaping.
Tanks allow the user to hold more liquid at a time in their vaporizer, which lasts longer and provides larger amounts of vapor. E-Liquids are available in a very large array of different flavor options, and this is a great benefit to those who spend a lot of time vaping.
While vaporizers take more time to use, when it comes to filling them and setting up with cartomizers, they offer greater performance. Yes, they take more work and effort than cig-a-likes, their users do not mind based on the potent flavor, large vapor production, and exceptional throat hits they get from these devices.
E-Liquids vs Cartridges
Vaporizers almost always work with e-liquids directly, while the only way to use e-liquids with cig-a-likes is if you purchase separate refillable cartridges designed for such purposes. E-Liquids may take some time and effort to learn to use properly, however they cost less than disposable cartridges as well as traditional cigarettes, and 30ml (the general quantity sold at a time) lasts somewhere in the equivalent of 2-3 packs of cigarettes. Cartridges, with all of their simplicity and conveniences, last approximately the equivalent of 1 pack of traditional cigarettes, and they are more costly than using liquids.
When it comes to choosing between using E-Cigarettes or vaporizers, it’s important to understand the differences between the two. There are many benefits to both, and basically they offer a similar end result, while providing entirely different delivery systems.