Beginning vapers are often confused by the terms used with electronic cigarettes. They often need information and may not know what type of device they should get. Unless you live in an area with a physical store for vaping supplies you’ll most likely end up buying something from an online vendor. This overview will give you a basic understanding of the different types of batteries and about how long they should last you.
The Mini or Pen-Style e-Cig
This is the one that many people are familiar with and is available at many gas stations, convenience stores and online retailers. Some of the most popular brands are Njoy, Green Smoke, Volt and Halo G6. These batteries are classified as either a 510 connection or as a KR808D. This refers to the threading on the battery and the cartomizer compatibility. 510 threaded cartomizers will only work on a 510 battery and the same with the KR808D batteries and cartomizers.The battery for these devices runs between 180 and 280 milli amp hours. Typically, these batteries will hold a charge between 4-6 hours depending on how often the user puffs on them.
The cartomizer or cartridge unit screws onto the battery and contains a polyfil material soaked in e-liquid that produces a water vapor when the user draws on the mouthpiece. Many first-timers choose this style to start with because it looks and feels like a cigarette, making switching easier. My personal feelings are that is easier to transition to e-cigs when the look and feel of it is the same. One you get the hang of vaping, even if you still smoke cigarettes, you’ll notice that you are so satisfied with the electronic version that you sometimes “forget” to smoke.
The Ego, KGO Batteries
The Ego and KGO batteries are a bit larger and have a longer battery life. You’ll find that eventually the pen-style and mini cigs are no longer that satisfying, this is usually after you have been vaping for a while and no longer smoke. Many users like to keep the stick batteries for using at work or for stealth vaping. It is easier to take a couple of charged batteries and filled cartomizers in your pocket or purse on trips where you will not have access to a charger or electrical outlet.
The Ego style batteries are the next step up from the mini e-cigs. When you are ready for a bit more power and longer time between charges, move up to the Ego or any other 650 mah battery. Smokeless Image makes a similar battery called the Volt Spinner if you like the KR808D style of batteries and cartomizers. The average battery in the 650 milli amp hours or (mah) range will last between 6-8 hours of use before needing to be recharged.
These can also be used with cartomizers, clearomizers (a clear cartomizer with a wicking system) and cartomizer tank systems such as the DCT, Aspire BCD, Kanger Protank, ProTank Mini and Vivi Novas. My advice is to stick with the 510 threading because there are a variety of toppers that are compatible with these batteries. It will be cheaper to stick with the same format with supplies.
Big Battery Mods
Once you have mastered the other battery types and you feel that you need to move up to a bigger, more powerful device there are several good mods on the market. One that I would suggest trying first is the Innokin MVP 2.0 or the Vamo V2. The MVP charges from a charging cable so you don’t have to mess with batteries, you charge it just like the ego batteries. The larger batteries for the Vamo and similar mods require a plug-in wall charger.
Now you should have a basic idea of the different types of electronic cigarette battery styles and be able to choose the one that is right for you if you are interested.
For beginning vapers, I recommend you start with the smallest battery style as this will be the cheapest option for those with a limited budget for vaping supplies. Cartomizers will cost you between $5 and $10 for a box of 5 blank or pre-filled cartomizers. As you get more experienced at vaping and learn more about batteries, ohms and resistance then you can move up to the next level which is the Ego or KGO batteries. The big battery mods are for the more advanced vaper who is experienced in rebuilding coils and has a larger budget because they tend to get very expensive. You can read my own vaping story here….Electronic Cigarettes: Why I Choose to Vape
Source: Personal Experience
Vapor Beast: Innokin MVP 2.0 http://www.vaporbeast.com/innokin-mvp-2-0-full-kit.html
Smokeless Image Volt http://www.smokelessimage.com