Since Green Smoke was founded in 2008 in the USA, they have sold millions of units worldwide and have quickly become one of the largest, most respected electronic cigarette suppliers in the market. Their main focus is consumer happiness and their biggest goal is to create the best electronic cigarette experience possible to allow people to tap back into that quality of life that they could never get with a regular tar filled cigarette. Greensmoke are now hitting the big time in the UK with their reputation for quality and price exceeding all others.
Since 2007, UK based E-Lites have been developing and improving their products to try and create the most authentic smoking experience available on the electronic cigarette market. All of their products are rigorously tested and subjected to both Quality Control & CE Assessment. Marketing themselves as number one in the UK and claiming to be able to save the average smoker 70% on their annual costs compared to tobacco cigarettes, hence why they boast to be the perfect smoking alternative.
Based in the city of Peterborough, Neatcigs was founded in 2011. With a view to providing top quality electronic smoking products since its inception, they have fast become a market leading company championing several innovative brands. With over 15 full time members of staff, Neatcigs pride themselves on fantastic customer service, a broad product range, fast delivery times and proclaim to genuinely care and be passionate about vaping and the electronic cigarette community.
Located in Guildford just 30 miles south of London, UK based Vapouriz are fast becoming one of the leading retailers of Premium Electronic Cigarettes and E Liquid in Europe. Although only trading since 2011 they have certainly learnt from all the best companies that started before them. They offer a wide variety of electronic smoking devices from beginner friendly disposable devices to the more advanced rechargeable versions like the Gemini Starter Kits and e liquid powered Tank. They offer more than 65 different flavours of e liquid in three different strengths of nicotine in two different sizes.
UK based Intellicig are part of the CN Creative Group, a Bioscience company committed to the development of the next era of nicotine products designed to enhance and accelerate smoking harm reduction. Employing over 40 staff in their two sites in Accrington and Manchester it’s fair to say that since their electronic cigarette was launched in 2008 they have gone from strength to strength clearly marking them as a leading manufacturer and supplier of top quality electronic cigarettes and eliquids.
As one of the market leaders in this country for e-cigarettes, UK based SKYCIG started out with the goal of providing the best e-cigarette in the UK, so that all of their customers could have the best electronic cigarette experience possible! Have they delivered this promise? SKYCIG also have an ever-growing presence not only online but also in the world of sport, printed media and television.
Despite being fairly new on the scene, Kent Based SmartCigs are a rapidly growing outfit in the UK e-cigarette market with an increased online presence, stemming from their flourishing Twitter and Facebook followings. Their mission is simple - strive to be the electronic cigarette industry leader in customer service and satisfaction by continuously offering best-of-breed products combining the newest technologies, highest quality manufacturing, unsurpassed safety and competitive pricing that provides the greatest experience and value to their customers.
OKcigs is a very new player in the ecig market, born in London last year, to a group of smokers who wished that cigarettes weren't all bad. After giving electronic cigarettes a try and liking them but still feeling that they weren't a spot-on substitute they decided to give things a try for themselves because as the old saying goes - if you want something done properly.
After hunting down the highest quality ingredients and endlessly testing and trialling, the team behind OK were happy that they had invented the perfect electronic cigarette - one that people would be happy to swap for their traditional packs.
E-cigarettes, which are essentially miniature smoke machines like the kind you’ll find in a night club, have a number of different parts, the quality and style of which determine the kind of e-cigarette smoking experience you’ll have. As smoking traditional cigarettes becomes more and more looked down upon especially in public places, the e-cigarette provides a perfect healthier alternative. The e-cigarette world also has a number of unique terms. Knowing the parts of the device and the related terms can help you figure out which e-cigarette is right for you.
Battery: Arguably the most important component of the e-cigarette is the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which is the largest part of every e-cigarette. The size and voltage output of the battery governs both how long you can “vape” — the term for “smoking” an e-cigarette — before re-charging, and plays a significant role in how much vapor your e-cigarette creates. You tend to find that the smaller batteries that are designed to look and feel like a traditional cigarette have the smallest battery life but this is not a problem if you invest in more than one - this way you can always have a fully charged battery whilst another is charging.
Cartomizer: The cartomizer is the other essential element of e-cigarettes. The cartomizer, which screws on to the end of the battery, is where you put your mouth. The cartomizer contains a cotton-like material, which holds the “e-liquid,” and a heating element (the “atomizer”), which boils the e-liquid, creating the vapor. When e-cigarettes first hit the market, cartomizers were divided into two parts, the atomizer and the cartridge. Combining these two parts was one of the primary advancements in e-cigarette technology.
E-liquid: E-liquid is made primarily from propylene glycol, which is used in everything from asthma inhalers to deodorant. E-liquid is often mixed with a number of other ingredients, including various potencies of nicotine. This is what you “smoke,” and is used to refill the cartomizers. Any e-liquid can be used to refill any cartomizer, though not all cartomizers will fit all batteries. E-liquid come in a wide range of flavors, ranging from those that roughly mimic the flavor of different brands of cigarettes to flavors like grape, watermelon and atomic fireball.
Other parts and terms:
PCC: The portable charging case, or PCC, is basically just a case that contains a larger lithium-ion battery, to which your e-cigarette battery can attach, and recharge. PCCs make it more convenient for keeping all your e-cigarette batteries charged when on the go. This means that when one battery runs out you can charge whilst out and about so you do not miss out on any vaping time.
LED: At the end of many e-cigarettes is an LED, which lights up in a way that more or less mimics the cherry of a tobacco cigarette. Nowadays, these LEDs come in a wide range of colors, including white, blue, yellow, orange and green.
Starter kits: Most e-cigarette companies offer some type of “starter kit,” and most offer starter kits at multiple price points. The most basic starter kits usually include at least one battery, five pre-filled cartridges and a charger.
These days, most e-cigarettes have a sensor at the cartomizer end of the battery, which is triggered via pressure applied when taking a drag. The sensor turns on the battery, which engages the heating element (the atomizer) in the cartomizer. The atomizer boils the propylene glycol solution, and creates the vapor. When you stop pulling, the battery turns off, which stops the e-liquid from boiling. Some e-cigarettes have a button, which replaces the sensor. Simply press the button and take a drag.
Vaping is designed to mimic smoking a regular cigarette as much as possible; simply suck on the end, and vapor enters your mouth and lungs. Unlike tobacco cigarettes, which produce more smoke the harder you pull, e-cigarettes produce the same amount of vapor whenever the atomizer is turned on. This means that it’s better to pull as slowly as possible to trigger the sensor, which will result in the most amount of vapor.
When your e-cigarette begins to produce less vapor, either your battery is low on charge, your cartomizer is out of e-liquid, or both. Simply swap in a new battery, or a full cartomizer, and you’ll be back to normal vaping levels. From my experience, the two often run out at about the same time — the length of which is dependent upon the size of the battery — so it’s a safe habit to simply change out both when your vaping begins to weaken.