Battery Basics 101 - Types and Sizes
So, you are bewildered by the array of batteries available from Vapor4Life? Let's learn about them.
MODs and "OEM" Kits aside, Vapor4Life has 2 major types of battery, with three different sizes within each type, and a manual or automatic selection of each of these. We'll discuss the basics here.
First, lets tackle sizes.
Within each category, there is a "shorty", a regular and an "XL". If Vapor4Life does not say it is "shorty" or "XL", then it is regular size. The longer the battery is, the longer it will hold a charge. However, obviously the smaller a battery is, the easier it is to store and carry and manipulate. So there is a trade off. I believe new users should start with a "regular" and then try short and XL to see what works best for them.
Next, Manual or Automatic mode of operation.
Manual batteries require a button be pressed to begin the atomization, whereas the automatic battery detects when you puff and turns itself on. Automatic would seem to be the most popular choice, but you would be surprised how many users love manual. There are many reasons for these personal preferences. New users should try one of each to decide which one is right for them.
Now, about the two major types....
Well, actually there are three, or maybe 4, but lets start with two for now.
The first type is older technology and is most easily identified by having a grey plastic "ash cap" on the end, which lights up when activated to simulate the burning end of an "analog" cigarette. These are tried and true and are included in most of the Starter kits. As with the other types, they are available in manual or automatic activation, and in shorty, regular and XL lengths. Of these, the lengths are equal between auto and manual. (e.g. a shorty auto is the same length as a shorty manual).
The second type is actually 2 subgroups: Diamonds and Stealths. (so now we are up to three)
The only difference between diamonds and stealths is that the diamond series has a jewel tip that lights up (vs grey plastic ash cap on their older cousins), while the stealth has no light in the tip whatsoever, just a plain cap. Color patterns vary too. Both the diamond and stealths share the same internal battery technology which is newer and superior to the older ash cap models. All other things being equal (e.g. comparing an auto XL), the diamond and stealth series will hold charge longer, and give more power than the older ash cap models. Having said that, these newer-tech batteries live long lives best with the newer-tech SlimLine Chargers. The other chargers will work, but have a tendancy to overcharge and shorten their lifespans.
OK, this next part is where its going to get confusing.... Like the older ash-cap models, stealths and diamonds come in manual or automatic. HOWEVER, the manual diamond and stealth brothers are even newer technology than their auto sisters. The manuals are also slightly longer within each given size, and have slightly more run-time than their automatic sisters. But again, among these manual brothers, the only difference between stealths and diamonds is the LED placement: The manual stealths have a nifty light behind the button. (the auto stealths have no LED at all)
So, to summarize, the three sizes of ash-cap (manual or auto) are the same sizes as auto diamonds and auto stealths, but each size of manual stealth or diamond is a bit longer than all of the rest for the given size. Oh darn.... I just confused you again after unconfusing you so far.
Here I am going to list each battery in ascending order by physical size, and will skip a line when physical size changes.
Shorty auto ash-cap
shorty manual ash-cap
shorty diamond auto
shorty stealth auto
shorty diamond manual
shorty stealth manual
Regular auto ash-cap
Regular manual ash-cap
Regular diamond auto
Regular stealth auto
Regular diamond manual
Regular stealth manual
XL auto ash-cap
XL manual ash-cap
XL diamond auto
XL stealth auto
XL diamond manual
XL stealth manual
That's a total of 18 permutations of the 3 sizes, two modes, and 2 (or was it 3 or 4 major types)!
There are other nuances like draw tightness, which ones are better for home-filled cartos, voltage curves, best chargers for each and many other things. Those are subjects for a more advanced discussion.
For now the key things you need to know:
* the bigger the battery, the longer the charge, regardless of series or type
* stealths are like diamonds except they do not have a light on the end
* diamonds and stealths are both more advanced and improved over the ash-cap models
* stealth and diamond manuals are longer in each size than the others
* stealth and diamond manuals have the most advanced cell technology of them all
I would like to acknowledge far too many to list individually for this, but in particular the Vapor4Life staff, and members of this forum and ECF. And especially Morandir835 in particular for his awesome testing and detailed reporting.
See also: http://www.vapor4life.com/battery-types.html