I am assuming that we will all survive the apocolypse tomorrow, and the sun will rise in the morning, just as it has done for the last billion years that I have been around...
Now that we have that out of the way. I will celebrate one year completely stinkey-free on January 9th, and in retrospect, I have come so far fron where I was; wheezing, coughing, out if breath and stinking to high heaven. I had been introduced to e-cigs by my son, he was worried about my over-all health. I ordered a "starter pack of one battery, a charger and a container of cartomizers which promised, but did not deliver "a pack-and-a-half of cigarettes" on my second day of vaping, I realized that the two packages I bought were NOT going to last me two WEEKS, more like 4 or maybe five DAYS...so, I promptly ordered 4 more packages and expected them to last me two weeks! I began waiting at the mail box. The original shipment, ordered on Monday morning, arrived in Wednesday. So, I believed I would have my refills in 2-3 days...four at most...and I was about to learn my FIRST lesson about the vaping world. Never have less than at least a full paydays supply in vape storage!
When I hadn't received the package on day 5, I was jones-ing, throwing nic-fits and trying my very best NOT TO GO BACK TO CIGARETTES!!! To make a LONG story short, I did not receive my package from them for 6 weeks. By the time it DID arrive, I had already found a DIFFERENT e-cig vendor, placed an order from the new vendor and received it in 3 days, and had placed another order.
The second vendors merchandise arrived January 9th, and I began my Vaping Adventure.
If, by chance, you are reading this in preparation of beginning your own Vaping Adventure, or if you somehow went back to stinkies, and are considering a new start for 2013, I want to assure you that you CAN give those things up in favor of a nice clean vape!
First, don't let anyone's comments deter you. But I want to give the new, or returning Vaper a few "hints for success" and "wise buys".
For beginner, there are many options to choose from and much to learn. I asked my vaping friends what they wished someone had told them when they first started, so I take a lot of the information from them for this blog.
At first, you might feel overwhelmed by all of the information, all the equipment and of course, all of the juices! We all had/have the same goal: to quit smoking, and hopefully, feel a little bit better, to stop burning holes in our clothing, our cars, and the rare occasion our bed sheets or the dog. My goal was to QUIT SMOKING, where and how, was another matter. Some bought their first set up at the mall, paying upwards of $200, others at the swap-meet or flea market, paying $120 or more, and others of us just googled "electronic cigarette" and ended up at a place that supposedly ranked "the best of the best", and only later found out that the companies PAID to be on that website, it has NOTHING to do with being "the best"! The "best" is whatever gets you off cigarettes, and then KEEPS you off cigarettes. It could cost $5,000, but if it doesn't work, it's worth nothing, right?
And Some of Us are lucky enough to know a Vaper. THAT is the best help you can have, someone you know, who will always be on call for your questions, and be available at all hours! So, if you don't know a Vaper, you have me! (And thousands of other vapers who are willing to help you too!)
First, no matter where you buy, online or in person, do NOT pay $100 or more for your first kit! Here is a rundown of what you REALLY need in your first weeks:
A battery (two, if you are feeling flush)
Cartos, either prefilled or blank
Juice, if you have blank cartos, or know that you want to try your own juices.
To be honest, the carrying case is nice but not necessary, the charging case is nice, but not necessary and the pass-thru is nice, but unless you are a trucker or stuck at your desk for 8 hours every day, you don't really need it. I bought one, used it for two days and put it in the vape-junk drawer...I didn't like being tied to a 3 foot cord all day. You DO need enough cartomizers/blanks to get you through from one order to the next; I order once a month, so, I need enough to see me through a month plus shipping time.
I ALWAYS order online! The best deals are found there, you can ask questions without pressure and the selection is better than a "brick and mortar". I have been to two very different Vape Shops, one locally, where the kid on duty knew little to nothing about the product his boss carried and the other was one that I drove 150 miles to get to! It is owned and run by a "mom and pop" team of vapers who were EXTREMELY helpful, answered all my questions AND because I had purchased from them online, gave me the online discount. If you happen to live anywhere near Edgewater, Florida, go see LJ's E-smokes, 2329 S Ridgewood Ave, Edgewater, FL 386.402.8688. Ljsesmokes.com. These folks are good people, and can help you! (Tell them that the Vocal Vaper sent you!)
So, lets take this item by item! First: batteries.
Batteries come in every form, shape and style, beginning at the $10 disposable at Walgreens to the 24kt gold plated ProVari, to stainless steel batteries made in Greece, which are impossible to get unless you are willing to pay 3-5 times the original selling price to a "collector" who is trying to finance his next Ferrari by selling his collection.
You "might" want to buy a battery that replicates the feel, color, texture and flavor of your cigarette...totally understandable, I felt that way myself! But let me address "taste" first. NO electronic cigarette will taste "just like" your cigarette. With each inhale from your cigarette, you are not only inhaling "4000 chemicals" including formaldehyde, you are inhaling the smallest microns of ash...yes, the same ash that is on the tip of your smoke. So, NOTHING but a cigarette tastes like a cigarette. I can almost promise you that if you vape, without cheating, for a week, that when you break (and you will, and is okay, almost ALL of us do) you will discover just how awful cigarettes taste. I know, I know...I used be be a smoker! For 35 years, I did not believe that anyone could smell the cigarettes on me, on my clothes, on my breath, in my hair... I swore that every person ho saw me smoking, then started ACTING like she was choking and declaring herself "DEATHLY allergic" was so full of poo that her eyes were brown!
It wasn't until I was cigarette free for over a month that I realized that the only person I was fooling was myself.
See part Two, more battery information!