Vaping is the simple act of inhaling and exhaling vapor from an electronic cigarette or similar device, for example a vaporizer or vape pen. The actual device used for vaping is a small battery powered device that heats e-liquid into an inhalable vapor, similar to how steam is formed. E-liquids come in a variety of flavors and nicotine levels, including nicotine-free.

There’s a wide range of choices when it comes to devices, e-liquids, tank systems and batteries. At first, it may seem like an overwhelming world to enter, but it doesn’t have to be. Read on to learn some of the basics.



Electronic cigarettes are often referred to as “cigalikes” because they were created to imitate the look and feel of a traditional (combustible) cigarette. E-cigs provide a simple setup with minimum parts. They use a rechargeable or disposable battery, combined with disposable e-liquid cartridges, which means that there’s no tank to fill.

When engaged by pressing the power button on the device, or in some cases simply by inhaling, the battery heats an element in the device called the cartomizer. This is a small component that contains a heating coil wrapped in polyfill. The polyfill wrapping soaks up the e-liquid, which is then heated until it turns into vapor for inhalation. All this takes place in just a few seconds.

E-cigs are the perfect solution for someone who wants a commitment-free, low-cost entry into the world of vaping. There are no tanks to refill and very little maintenance to worry about. Just charge your battery and enjoy!


Vaporizers use a rechargeable module combined with interchangeable e-liquid. Vape users like the broad range of options available and the variety of devices and liquids available. Generally a little larger than an e-cig, vaporizers also tend to offer longer battery life.

A vaporizer works in much the same way as an e-cig. A rechargeable battery heats a small element that in turn vaporizes the e-liquid in the device. Unlike e-cigs though, most vaporizers use a tank to hold the e-liquid rather than a cartridge. As the tank gets low, or if you want to change flavors, you simply add additional e-liquid of your preferred flavor and nicotine strength to the tank. Some vaporizers, like the Logic Pro, use a pre-filled capsules instead of a tank, which can be more convenient and less messy. In the case of Pro, capsules can be swapped in and out as often as you like. No need to finish one before switching to the next.

If the traditional look and feel of a cigarette isn’t important to you and you like a slightly larger device, a vaporizer is the right choice for you.