Posted on August 11, 2015 by Paul McNamara

E Cigarette Starter Guide Part 1

Buying an electronic cigarette for the first time can be confusing. There are so many different types and brands available that it can get awfully confusing for anyone starting out. Trust me you’re not alone, it’s the same for everyone.

What you will see at Vaphilia is that none of the products I sell are branded with the Vaphilia Logo. The reason for this is simple: the electronic cigarette market moves so quickly and so often that to settle on a particular product and to order in sufficient quantities to make branding cost effective commits me to a product which will be out of date within six months. Believe me that is how quickly this market moves. Innovation is occurring at a rapid pace. Most companies selling products branded with their own logos are selling products that have been superseded by better products – sometimes 3 or 4 times over.

So how does a beginner choose between the vast array of different products? Well here is a short primer at what to look for. First and foremost is what type of clearomizer does it use? What is a clearomizer?The clearomizer is simply a tank that holds the juice and coil. It looks like this:

The coil is what heats and vaporizes the juice. The coil is the most important part of the clearomizer and hence pretty much the most important part of any e cigarette. What type of coils are there and how do I choose? Here is a very brief history of the coil and its evolution:

Above is the first type of coil used in the clearomizer. It sits at the top of the tank, you can’t see the actual coil but it is sitting at the top where the silica wick comes out. These type of coils sitting as they are at the top of the tank all suffer from the same problem - gravity. In order to get juice onto the coils the juice must travel up the wick to the coil. Dry hits are common when using this type of clearomizer. A dry hit BTW is when the coil is not sufficiently saturated with juice and gives off a dry and/or burnt taste. To overcome this problem manufacturers added more wicks such as seen here:

This improved things somewhat, but still far from perfect. The next development was to place the coils at the bottom of the tank so that the juice would be sitting on top of the coil. They look like this:

These type of coils sitting at the bottom of the tank, had the opposite problem – they tended to flood and gurgle. The manufacturers tried to solve this problem by adding an extra wick on top of the coil to prevent flooding but only succeeded in preventing the juice from properly saturating the coil and thus producing more dry hits. The big improvement in coil technology came when they enclosed the coil completely as seen here:

You probably can’t see from the picture but the housing in which the coil sits has four small holes that allow the juice to seep in through the wicking material that surrounds the coil inside. This was a major improvement on everything that came before it. These coils are made by KangerTech and use dual coils hence the name BDC (Bottom Dual Coils). By enclosing the coils most of the wicking problems where solved. Ironically they borrowed the idea of enclosing the coil from Aspire which was the first company to bring out the BDC coils. Since then Aspire has gone on to develop the Bottom Vertical Coil (BVC) – which improve again on the Bottom Dual Coils (BDC) - 

The main difference between the Bottom Dual Coils (BDC) and the Bottom Vertical Coil (BVC) is that the BVC work better at higher temperatures than the BDC. Both however are excellent coils. I myself rate the Aspire BVC coils slightly higher than the Kanger BDC coils which is why I offer them in my E Cigarette Starter Kits butclearomisers using either coils are excellent choices. The Kanger BDC coils tend to give a slightly cleaner taste but produce less vapor than the Aspire BVC coils. But as I said, either coil is a good choice. The Aspire clearomizers using BVC coils are cheaper than what Kanger offer which is why I include them in my Starter Kits.


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