What is the Difference Between an E-cig and a Vaporizer?

Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers: what’s with all the buzz? How are they different and how are they alike? These are some of the questions you or maybe someone you know is asking, especially if they’re unfamiliar with smokeless devices.

Here is a brief rundown!

What Are E-cigs?

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigs, are not to be confused with traditional cigarettes. These may look and feel like traditional cigarettes, but the difference is huge. E-cigs are battery-powered devices that contain a recyclable cartridge and an adjustable nicotine level. It generally uses an atomizer, a heating element that is activated when you inhale.

What Are Vaporizers?

Vaporizers or “vapes” are different from e-cigs. Vaporizers don’t look anything like traditional cigarettes, and they don’t feel like them either. Vapes are bulkier because they’re not specifically designed to look like real cigarettes. Vapes also have an atomizer, but instead of using a cartridge like e-cigs, they have a cartomizer which holds the e-liquid that is usually flavored and with various amounts of nicotine.

For people who want their cessation aid to look and feel like a traditional cigarette, e-cigs are a better choice.

Similarities & Differences

Both e-cigs and vapes can be used to satisfy the cravings that traditional cigarette smokers have. They both produce water vapor rather than smoke, and the vapor is odorless, which is one of the favorite aspects of smokeless devices for traditional smokers.

Both e-cigs and vaporizers have different flavor options, but the flavor options for e-cigs are more limited than the options for vaporizers. The flavors for e-cigs are already pre-packaged and most people buy e-cigs according to the flavor and nicotine level they want. Since vaporizers have a cartomizer that carries e-liquid, the flavors and nicotine levels can be personalized and changed at anytime.

Battery life is also a big difference. Most e-cigs are disposable, but rechargeable e-cigs are also available. The battery life between charges for e-cigs is shorter than that of vaporizers, especially since vapes can be customized to have larger batteries for a longer life.

Though these two devices can be similar in many ways, their differences are what makes them unique. Their style and function appeal to a variety of different people and their design sets them apart. You can’t go wrong either way!