Frequently Asked Questions | Columbo Vape Ltd.
Vaping is the act of inhaling vapor from an e-liquid (or e-juices) through a personal vapour device.
Vapour devices consist of three (3) main parts: the atomizer, the mod and drip tip.
The atomizer is the core of the vapour device; it is the part which contains the e-liquid (within a tank) and evaporates it when powered by the mod. The quality of vaping depends mainly on the technology and design of the atomizer.
The atomizer is powered by the mod. The mod is the part of the vapour device that holds the battery and powers the atomizer. There are cube-shaped and tube-shaped mods.
Some companies have merged the atomizer with the mod, making it a single unit. You should be aware that – in general – the quality of vaping in such units is lower than a separate good quality atomizer joining to a mod.
Finally, the drip tip is the mouthpiece through which the user inhales the vaporized e-liquid.
The two main parts of an atomizer are the tank and the resistance. The tank holds the e-liquid. The resistance is a piece of cotton wrapped around a heating element, usually a small gauge wire.
There are two (2) types of mods in the market today, the mechanical mods and the regulated (or electronic) mods.
Mechanical mods are simple metal tubes with a firing pin which allows the current in the battery to reach the atomizer. The mechanical mods don’t have any circuitry inside. As a result, the voltage of the current isn’t steady and the vapour gets weaker throughout the battery life.
Unlike the mechanical modes, the regulated mods come with a circuitry inside. The circuitry allows the user to regulate the current so that the production of vapour is consistent throughout the life the battery and regardless of its charge level. They also provide better protection from damaging the mod and the atomizer.
Finally, a third type of modes (increasingly popular lately) can additionally regulate the temperature of the vapour.
The inhaled e-liquid slowly flows through specially designed canals and soaks the resistance. At the same time, the battery creates the current which heats up the wire of the resistance and as a result, vapourizes the e-liquid in the soaked cotton of the resistance.
An e-liquid basically consists of propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycol (VG), some food grade flavoring and – optionally – nicotine.
PG and VG are colorless, odorless and fairly sweet substances.
Nicotine is measured in milligrams (per milliliter). Today, there are e-liquids on the market ranging from 0 up to 24 mg. However, according to the recent EU legislation, e-liquids must not contain nicotine in excess of 20 milligrams. Not all e-liquids contain nicotine. It is up to the user to select an e-liquid with nicotine or a nicotine-free e-liquid.
The choice of the e-liquid flavour is quite subjective. There are plenty of different flavours in the market today, the most common of which are sweet-based, fruit-based, mint-based and tobacco flavours.
However, besides the flavour, it is good to know that the higher the percentage of PG against VG, the stronger the throat sensation or “throat hit” (as commonly referred to). On the other hand, the higher the percentage of VG against PG, the weaker the throat hit and the more vapour is produced.
In addition, the higher the nicotine the stronger, the throat hit produced.
Thus, it is the consumer’s choice to select the preferable flavor, PG/VG percentages and the amount of nicotine included in the e-liquid.
Vaping is a new habit/ behaviour which is widely adopted in the last years by an increasing number of consumers. As such, there hasn't been enough time to test and prove their effects on health. However, there are strong indications that vaping is much safer than the traditional tobacco smoking. According to the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians, the hazards to health arising from long-term vapour inhallation from the e-cigarettes available today is unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm from smoking tobacco. To learn more, you can read the full article.