Originally Posted by ooties
Wait, let me get this straight - For some reason I always thought once I just get the kit, I won't have to do anything else except buy juice every once in a while?
Lol, I'm super wrong aren't I? Do I have to sort of have to replace the whole 'e-cig' every once in a while even after I've bought a starter kit? lol :| Argh so confusing.
Yes and no. Think of it like putting together a home entertainment kit. You can go to best buy and get an all-in-one solution that will do the job, or you can hand pick the components you use to get the best possible experience. The difference is that with e-cigs, everyone turns into that hardcore audiophile that wants the best, so you may as well start with the best. Especially since it's really no more expensive.
Don't get an ego-t. Entertainme recently (in the last few weeks) made a good shopping list for a new user. Have a look for it, but I'll try to boil it down. Hers had links for examples. I'm lazier than that. This is not a mix and match list. You need everything on it to get started, just to give yourself an idea about the different approaches to vaping.
-Lavatube or equivalent: The lavatube type is sold under a bunch of brand names, but they are all the same device and made in the same factory. Mine was sold as a "Knight Rider" in Canada. This is the king of the hill device right now, and is stupidly cheap for what it is. If it doesn't come with 2 batteries where you order it, order extras. The lavatube uses a "510" sized threading, so everything you use with it will have to be 510 compatible.
-Drip tips (510 size): Get a few drip tips in different colours/styles. No matter what setup you go with, you are going to want aftermarket tips as a mouthpiece. Having different colours allows you to sort and differentiate your flavours. Cheapo vinyl or delrin ones would be fine, and can be had for under $5.
-Atomizers: You're going to want a few atomizers to try direct-dripping on, at least 3 to start. I don't use atomizers much, but the Cisco 510 atomizers seem to be recommended as a very good bang for your buck atomizer.
-Cartomizer: Get 2x5packs of Boge 510 cartomizers to try. These can be used as-is, or modified to work in a tank-mod once you get a bit more experienced. Tank mods are completely different from an ego-t type tank.
-Clearomizer: Or CE2 style cartomizer. The CE2 is a different design of cartomizer that uses a no filler material delivery system. It is still a cartomizer, but performs very distinctly differently from the filler type (boge type). Get 1 pack of 5 to try. These can also be modded for tank use later.
-Juice: I don't know much about what juice to get, I make my own. There has been a lot of juice discussion in the thread, and a few vendors seem to be head and shoulders above the rest. I'd get at least 5 or 10 samples to try, and at least 60ml or more of juice. Anything that you don't like/use can be traded on the ecf forums if you're worried about being stuck with juice that you don't like.
All juice is NOT equal. Try to start with some well-reviewed flavours at first just so that you understand what vaping can be. As a beginner, I'd suggest starting with 18mg nic content unless you were a very heavy or very light smoker.