Smoking is out, steaming is in. The e-cigarette box mod, which has been on the market since 2004 and replaces the smoking of traditional glow stalks, is becoming increasingly popular. Why? Because here no combustion process takes place and the body absorbs fewer pollutants.
In contrast to normal cigarettes, e-cigarettes often do not contain nicotine: this health risk can be avoided if you decide to use the e-cigarette. Anyone who deals with the critical voices, however, wonders how clear the benefits really are.
One thing is certain: who does not smoke, of course, protects his health even better. The e-cigarette but are less harmful than nicotine cigarettes in each case. Various studies have found that modern e-cigarettes actually cause little damage to their health. While tobacco cigarettes contain toxins such as carbon monoxide and tar, E-cigarettes only contain low-dose chemicals that have little effect on the organism. As a result, consumers of e-cigarettes feel much fitter than those who “smoke properly”. In addition to the well-being of consumers, there is still a positive criterion: In the beginning, you have to spend a bit more money as a smoker of e cigarettes, but then it will be much cheaper. With a beginner set you get relatively cheap with the necessary equipment and the follow-up costs are relatively low. The electronic cigarettes also have a great variety of flavors to choose from. In addition to the finished flavors, it is possible to create an individual blend. This is not just about the flavor itself, but also about the relationship between propylene glycol and vegetable glycerol (PG and VG). The PG promotes the typical, pleasantly relaxing feeling familiar with smoking. The VG is responsible for the development of smoke, which may be stronger or weaker for the e-cigarette.
What types of e cigarettes are there?
These should be described here in more detail, so that the prospective buyers can decide better. The breakdown applies in principle to all models of E cigarettes , however, the disposable products are not to be taken apart. The evaporator contains an evaporator head in which one or more small heating coils are located. This evaporator head gets its energy through a battery, which brings the heating coils to the correct temperature. When the liquid enters the evaporator head via the carrier material, it becomes hot and turns into a mist. The air flow channel in the evaporator allows for some devices a fine adjustment of the draft resistance. As the consumer pulls on the e cigarette and at the same time presses the button to activate the heating coil, the airflow drives the vapor so that it can be inhaled or puffed. Both the carrier for the liquid and the heating wire are consumables. That’s why it makes sense to choose an evaporator with replaceable elements. An exchangeable head evaporator makes it possible to remove only the head with the heating coils and the carrier and to insert a spare part. In a disposable evaporator, however, you have to replace the entire part, because here the heating coils and the liquid carrier cannot be removed.
A self-winding evaporator, abbreviated SWVD and also known as RBA (Rebuildable Atomizer), allows the exchange of the carrier and Heizwendels: Here, a single exchange is possible. Typically, the evaporators are equipped with a storage tank in which the liquid is located. This tank is made of glass, plastic or metal. For the transport of the liquid the negative pressure principle or the capillary effect is used: Thus the device transports the liquid from the tank to the evaporator chamber. The drip evaporator and depot evaporator are constructed without a tank. Here comes the liquid in drop form directly on the heating coil. In the trickle evaporators, up to twenty puffs are possible on the e-cigarettes, in the depot models up to 100. When the dribbled liquid has evaporated, the next supply is necessary. The batteries in the e-cigarettes are also widely used and are available in various capacities to choose from. For some models, the voltage can be regulated, but usually, it is 3.7V. If it is a variable volt mode, settings from 3.3V to 4.8V are possible. In general, the batteries for e-cigarettes are between 12 and 19 mm thick. They often have a double thread at the contact end to which the evaporator head is attached. With the external thread, they are compatible with the commonly used eGo evaporators and the 510 thread has been standard for some time.
If you are already familiar with the e-cigarettes from the 2017 test , you are more than happy to use battery carriers that work with lithium-ion cells and can be easily replaced. This is also the case with many lithium-manganese cells, but they do not dive that often. Here, the battery cells provide for the regulated or unregulated delivery of stored energy to the evaporator element. For the 510 thread, the diameter is 7 mm and there is a thread pitch of 0.5 mm.
The adjustable battery carriers can be changed by the variable voltage or power. This is possible via a corresponding electronic circuit or with a circuit. Other functions such as overvoltage and undervoltage protection, temperature protection and resistance measurement often also belong to such a circuit. In part, there is also a measuring function for checking the temperature at the heating coil. The unregulated battery carriers have no additional electronics integrated so that the battery voltage is routed directly to the coil. The handling is correspondingly more difficult so that for safety reasons these batteries can be recommended primarily to experienced consumers.
The drip tip is the mouthpiece of the e-cigarette . Especially the products made of stainless steel and glass are considered hygienic, but also the wooden models are popular. The mouthpieces made of plastic work indeed and are very inexpensive, but here is always the desired hygiene ensured, also can be contained in the plastic questionable substances.
The liquids are the liquid base that turns to steam when consuming the e-cigarettes from the test. They consist for example of 50% glycerol, so from a vegetable substance to 40% of propylene glycol and the remaining 10% are water. Add flavors and possibly nicotine. If it is a liquid that has almost 100% water content, then it can not evaporate, because the temperature of the heating coil is not enough for this.
In order for the e-cigarette to work properly, the secondary flow of the liquid must be ensured. When it breaks off, it results in a slightly burnt aroma, which the connoisseurs call Dry-Hit or Dry-Puff . In order to avoid such a mistake, one must check whether the depot contains enough liquid. Otherwise, the heating coil does not get the required cooling and only a small part of the liquid can evaporate. This leads to overheating of the heating coil unless one uses a battery carrier with temperature control. As a result, the remaining liquid decomposes. In the process, acrolein can be formed from the remaining glycerol , which is toxic and irritates the mucous membranes.