For those considering vaping, it can be a daunting first-time experience. One can easily be overwhelmed with too much information. We at Puckerfish like to keep things simple. In doing so, we limit the variety of stock we keep in house so everything we sell is compatible, but don't let that dismay you. If you want a special item, we have established relationships with the best manufacturers in the industry and can get our hands on anything. That said, let's break it down for the virgins!
What's the deal with all these numbers?!?!
510, 808, KR808, 401, 402, 403, 306... on and on and on. These numbers simply refer to the style of batteries and atomizers on the market. Puckerfish, as a standard, sells only 510-compatible batteries and atomizers. Don't worry about accidentally purchasing a piece that doesn't fit on another piece.
What's the difference between e-cigarettes and your products?
Some people assume electronic cigarettes are only the kind that resemble traditional cigarettes (otherwise known as "analogs"). Any device that allows you to vaporize a nicotine juice (e-juice) is considered an e-cigarette.
So how does it work and what do I need to get started?
Keeping it very simple, there are really two main parts to vaping: the battery and the atomizer. The battery has a button that allows you to turn it on and off. When it's on, hold the button to vaporize the juice in the tank (atomizer). Inhale and enjoy.
What's the difference between an atomizer, a cartomizer, a clearomizer and a tank?
Because people love using fancy lingo and like to be all hipster-ish, they apply multiple terms to the same damn thing. They're all serving the same purpose: they hold the e-juice. (Hey, have we told you about our awesome juices yet? They're amazing!) When the battery is triggered, it heats the coil in the atomizer / cartomizer / clearomizer / tank and vaporizes the liquid.
To be completely honest, there are slight differences between these items. Tanks generally hold more fluid and some are more complex than others. Atomizers and Cartomizers also heat the liquid in slightly different ways. Some people prefer one style over the next and that, my friends, is the beauty of choice.
Again, we like to keep things simple and all our general stock batteries and tanks are compatible.
The tip that's attached on top of the atomizer. Put your mouth over it and pucker up. Inhale.
Why don't you sell the kind that look like traditional cigarettes?
Well, because they kind of suck and we actually quite enjoy being all hipster-ish. If you've ever tried one of those e-cigarettes one can buy at convenience stores and big-box stores, you may or may not have been impressed. In our humble opinion, the experience you get with these more powerful batteries and atomizers far better resembles the feeling one gets when smoking. It's important to those who are giving up or replacing traditional cigarettes. Also, the flavors are amazing.
What are the benefits, if any, to vaping?
The throat hit. It's utterly shocking how much it feels like a cigarette, but without the thousands of excessive chemicals, the buildup of tar in one's lungs, and the terrible odor that comes with it (pro-tip: if you smoke traditional cigarettes, you carry that odor around no matter how hard you try not to). Also, this just tastes better.
This is still too complicated!
No, it isn't. Driving a car is far more complicated. Watching an episode of Sex in the City and resisting the urge to shoot yourself in the face is far more complicated. But allow us to be clear: We're not out to get people to try this for the sake of trying this. We're here for the options, the choice and freedom.
Why don't you sell liquids in higher strength than 2.4%?
We've done a ton of research and testing. Even the heaviest smoker could simply take a couple extra puffs of our maximum strength and be satisfied if they needed to. (Well, everything is always a matter of personal opinion.) However, we performed blind nicotine-strength tests that proved to us that anything over 2.4% nicotine content wasn't really beneficial.
How safe is vaping?
Nicotine is a powerful stimulant drug, much like caffeine. Unfortunately, the most common way of delivering that drug into one's system (usually) means shortening their life span. We don't know yet (yes, FDA, we're totally aware) what the effects of long-term vaping will be until we get decades of data.
Are there any real immediate dangers?
Actually, yes. Nicotine, in concentrated form, can be dangerous to one's health if consumed in large doses (so DO NOT drink the liquid) or even absorbed into the skin in large doses. It's one other reason we dilute our brand to a maximum strength of 2.4% (24mg/ml).
BE SAFE! Always keep liquid bottles securely capped (child-proof caps), and always away from the reach of children and pets. You should never smoke in bed, and frankly, you should never vape in bed, either. You risk rolling over, breaking the atomizer and getting liquid soaked into your skin.
Nicotine is a drug. Treat it like one.