Compared to smoking, vaping is an excellent way to save money, but some vapers try to maximize their savings by refilling cartridges instead of using disposable ones. Although you have to manually refill the cartridges, the potential for cost savings is much greater. Many users are left unsure as to whether it’s actually worth the effort, given the ease of disposable cartomizers. This guide will help you make a decision.

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E-Liquid Benefits

The biggest and most obvious advantage is the cost-saving, thanks to getting more out of each atomizer. The specific figure can vary, but the difference will be substantial, as a 20 per day smoker will use two or three 30ml bottles per month, compared to a cartridge or more per day. It’s cheaper to work in larger amounts, but even the 10ml bottles represent a potential cost saving.

There are numerous additional positives to using e-liquid:

  • Eliminate waste – no more constantly disposing of cartridges.
  • Plenty of flavour options and nicotine strengths, as well as the potential to mix your own blends!
  • You can change from propylene glycol to an alternative ingredient like vegetable glycol if you’re allergic.
  • The liquid can be used across brands, increasing flavour options for the refillable brands.

Cartomizer Benefits

Although many more budget conscious and tech-savvy vapers opt for the refillable liquid, there is still something to be said for going disposable. The most obvious is the ease of use – the most difficult thing you have to do is screw the cartridge on and take it off again when it’s drained. This means no contact with liquid nicotine, no carefully dripping solution into cartridges and no atomizer replacement. It’s the perfect entry-level option because no real knowledge is required.

The cartomizer-style cartridges also have more room for liquid, which means you get more puffs out of each. They’re also the industry standard, so virtually all companies provide them, as opposed to the select few which offer e-liquid. The cost of electronic cigarettes is much lower than smoking anyway, so most users won’t prioritize any additional savings straight away.






A recent national study from the US-based Centre for Disease Control and Prevention found nearly 1.8 million middle and high school students had used electronic cigarettes in 2012. That figure is double that of the previous year. The CDC based its findings on a questionnaire from thousands of students from grades 6 through 12.

Health and public officials are concerned the data suggests electronic cigarettes may be a gateway drug to smoking, that kids may be getting hooked on nicotine through electronic cigarettes then transition to smoking conventional tobacco cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes emit no smoke, but heat liquid nicotine and flavours into a vapour. While electronic cigarettes may look like the real thing, they’re not subject to U.S tobacco laws. The electronic cigarette industry is largely unregulated.

Recently, around 40 state Attorney-Generals urged the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the electronic cigarette industry the same way it regulates the tobacco industry and restrict use by minors.

The Ohio House is also considering a bill, House Bill 144 that would prevent minors from using or buying alternative tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes.

Part of the public concern comes from the way electronic cigarettes are marketed.  It’s been decades since cigarette commercials were on television, but now flashy electronic cigarette news and ads are on the Internet, and are advertised during late night television broadcasts. Some of the ads feature cartoon characters and celebrity endorsements.

Also of concern are the flavours of some electronic cigarettes.  While you can find traditional tobacco, you can also get electronic cigarettes with flavours that include cherry, bubble gum and blackcurrant. Critics claim that those flavours are especially appealing to children, since it would be rare to find adults who were interested in bubble gum cigarettes. This would seem to be a deliberate attempt to market electronic cigarettes to minors.

The Food and Drug Administration is soon expected to formally release its proposed regulations for electronic cigarettes.


To understand the difference between electronic cigarettes and traditional cigarettes, it is necessary to understand the individual components and parts that make up an electronic cigarette. It is also important to review the raw materials that are used within the cigarette itself.

Manufacturing of electronic cigarettes is a simple process where different components are brought from third party suppliers, then assembled either manually or by automatic tools.

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The liquid nicotine helps in delivering a smoking experience that is similar to that of traditional cigarettes. It does this by insulating the nicotine in the form of water vapour. The liquid nicotine usually contains nicotine suspended in propylene glycol and glycerine. The level of nicotine in the cartridges may vary and most also contain flavourings.

Another component is the battery. The electronic cigarette battery produces heat in the nicotine chamber, and is responsible for producing the vapour that smokers inhale. A good example is the 650mAh battery for CE4 electronic cigarette starter kit.

A key component of any electronic cigarette is the atomiser.  The atomiser, together with the help of air sensors, is responsible for turning the battery on and off. It also powers up the LED found at the tip of the electronic cigarette.

The electronic cigarette also contains a cartridge, which is the cylinder that contains the nicotine. This component is replaceable and the smoker needs to replace it after the nicotine inside is used up.

The process by which the electronic cigarette works is simple. When a smoker takes a puff of the cigarette, the atomiser turns the battery on; this in turn heats the liquid and causes vapour to be produced from the liquid nicotine. The vapour delivers the nicotine to the user. There is no side-stream smoke but some nicotine vapour is released into the air as the smoker exhales. The atomiser also turns on the LED light at the tip, indicating that the cigarette is working properly.

The electronic cigarette produces very little waste, as it can be recycled. The cartridge can be either replaced or refilled with liquid nicotine, providing another benefit of electronic cigarettes.