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Hardware FAQ

Welcome to the frequently asked questions page about vaping hardware. These frequently asked questions may relate to any of the components as part of the assembled e-cigarette, including atomizers, clearomizers, batteries, chargers and more. These FAQ's are dynamic and more topics may be added over time. Feel free to suggest questions to be added to this list, we're always looking to improve the information on our website which may be helpful to beginner and advanced vapers.

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Frequently asked questions about vaping hardware from Texas Select Vapor

WHAT IS AN E-CIGARETTE

A battery powered device that vaporizes a premixed liquid (e-liquid) to create vapor. An e-cigarette is used as an alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes and mimics the act of "smoking" by producing vapor rather than smoke.

WHAT IS THE BEST E-CIGARETTE TO GET?

This question cannot be answered by anyone but yourself. People can tell you what their opinion, but the end result will ultimately rely on your personal preferences. E-Cigs are relatively affordable, so don’t be afraid to experience a few different types and brands to find what fits you best.

Remember, this decision will heavily affect the outcome on your vaping experience. I hear so often smokers saying “I tried e-cigs, but they just didn’t give me enough of a hit” or “E-Cigs didn’t work for me”. Let me be perfectly honest - Electronic Cigarette work perfectly. What it boils down to is, people try one type of e-cig or one brand and if that e-cig isn’t up to par with them, they give up on them and try nothing else. E-Cigs are about experience and finding that sweet spot to satisfy your addiction, rather it be a nicotine addiction or the hand to mouth movement.

ARE ALL E-CIGS THE SAME?

No. In fact, there are 3 different types of electronic cigarettes:

  • The STICK E-CIG is for a traditional size and often an appearance.
  • The EGO E-CIG is about the size of a small traditional cigar and is meant for compact size with a step up in battery life.
  • ADVANCED PERSONAL VAPORIZERS come in a variety of shapes and sizes but typically feature advanced functionality and the largest capacities available.

HOW DOES AN E-CIGARETTE WORK?

An e-cig is very simple, though many are confused with how it actually works. It’s [the e-cig] comprised of an atomizer (which holds the heating coil and vaporizes the e-liquid), a battery (which gives the heating coil power) and a button (which is used to activate the power to the heating coil).

WHY IS IT CALLED "VAPING"?

When you used to use tobacco cigarettes, it was called ‘smoking’ because a cigarette produces smoke. When you use e-cigs, it’s called ‘vaping’ because your e-cig produces vapor. Vape is what you do, Vaping is what you’re doing, Vapor is what you inhale from the e-cig and Vaper is who you are.

ARE E-CIGS SAFE?

We're sure that safety is a major concern with many consumers interested in electronic cigarettes and while we would like to be able to answer this question for you, we are not qualified to do so (because we are not doctors). What we can tell you is that the chemical structure of what is put into electronic cigarettes (the e-liquid) has a fraction of what traditional cigarettes contain. Unlike traditional cigarettes (estimated to be approximately 4,000 chemical compounds found in a burning cigarette), electronic cigarette liquid is manufactured with a select group of ingredients. The primary ingredients include Propylene Glycol (PG), Glycerin (VG), FEMA/GRAS Artificial and Natural Flavorings, and L-Nicotine (to order). Not all manufacturers use the same ingredients and we can only speak for what we use in the manufacturing process. That being said, the number of ingredients that are used in the manufacturing of e-liquids are marginal compared to that of traditional tobacco cigarettes.

OKAY, BUT ARE THEY FDA APPROVED?
As of right now, no. The reason for this is - The FDA will eventually regulate the electronic cigarette industry, and they haven’t already because the benefits and health effects of electronic cigarettes are still being researched (and, the FDA is taking it's sweet time). Though there are many studies proving electronic cigarettes contain less chemicals than tobacco cigarette, the FDA still need more research. It’s a slow and on-going battle to guide everyone into understanding how beneficial electronic cigarettes are, but science and peoples voices are making an outstanding difference. Mark my word, electronic cigarettes will eventually replace tobacco cigarettes altogether.

WHICH KIT SHOULD I START WITH?

The best way to answer this question is going to be to ask yourself how ready are you to switch away from smoking?

Vaping is an investment, while not a cheap investment, it's much more cost effective (compared to purchasing regular cigarettes) in the long run. If you're ready to enter the vape lifestyle and feel comfortable investing in a starter kit, we offer several different options. We do not recommend that you start with the most expensive product we sell. Just because it's expensive does not make it the "better" option. Some kits offer functionality that is far more advanced than the average beginner may need. Typically, you'll want to start off with a kit because it will include most everything needed to get started. If you're still unsure, CONTACT US, we'd love to help you figure out a good solution to get away from analogs.

HELP! THE BUTTON ON MY BATTERY KEEPS GETTING STUCK!

Preventative maintenance is key to ensuring that your battery lasts as long as possible. We’ve got a couple tips to help you though in the event that your button keeps getting stuck in the “ON” position after you initiate the battery.

1. Most cases where battery buttons malfunction are a result of contaminants or buildup on the button. This can be caused by dust, dirt, grime, or other foreign debris entering the passages around the button. In most cases where a button is getting stuck, simply turning off the battery (using the 5-click function) and gently applying compressed air all around the button in brief passes (2-3 times per edge) is sufficient enough to free the button of gunk. Be sure that the compressed air that you are using is free of moisture or you could risk moisture entering the battery and potentially causing other issues with the circuitry.

2. As a means of preventative maintenance, you should occasionally clean your battery by first turning it off, then using an alcohol pad to gently clean any exposed surfaces, being careful to not allow any moisture to enter any opening(s) on the battery. Allow your battery to dry completely (approximately 3-5 minutes) before using again.