Are you looking for an alternative to smoking? Perhaps you're here to help a friend or family member learn about switching over to using e-cigs. However you found V4L doesn't really matter - the point is that you found us! We are in the business of changing lives, that's why our slogan is "Because it's your life." Figuring out how to choose an e-cigarette can be  confusing -  if you go it alone. Luckily, we are here to help, along with our great community of fellow vapers and  customers - which is what we call our "V4L family." This article gives the most fundamental information needed to understand what exactly an electronic cigarette is and how it works. The Basics An electronic cigarette is made of two parts: a cartomizer and a battery. The cartomizer is the disposable part of the ecig that holds a liquid solution of flavoring and nicotine. The battery is the longer part of the ecig. The battery  heats  the e-liquid to produce vapor. Terminology

  • An electronic cigarette  (a.k.a. e-cig, e-cigarette, or personal vaporizer) is made of two parts: a cartomizer and a battery.
  • A cartomizer  (a.k.a. cart, carto, cartridge, or filter)  is the combination of a cartridge and atomizer. It holds flavoring and nicotine.  A built-in coil heats  this liquid  solution to produce vapor.
  • E-liquid  (a.k.a. liquid or juice) is comprised of propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), food-grade flavoring, and nicotine (optional).
  • A  battery  (a.k.a. batt) is the  main part of the ecig that provides the power needed to create vapor. It is a long skinny tube-shaped like a traditional cigarette.  One end usually has an LED tip that lights up when in use. The other end has a threaded connector that screws into a cart.
Cartomizers V4L sells a few kinds of carts. There are CoolCarts, which have a higher resistance, and WOW carts  which have a  lower resistance. Cartomizers come either pre-filled with e-liquid, or blank. The pre-filled  ones are ready to use right out of the package. E-liquid must be added to blank carts. Batteries There are different battery types.  V4L sells  manual and automatic. A manual battery  is activated by pressing a small button on the side. They have a cut-off that turns off the battery after a certain time period (10-20 seconds, depending on type).   Automatic batteries  are activated by inhalation. When a user sucks in, the atomizer begins heating the e-liquid inside the cartomizer. It turns off when he/she stops inhaling. V4L carries three different battery styles. The first is the regular Vapor King. The LED tip on the end is covered by a gray-colored 'ash cap.' When not in use, the tip is gray. When in use, the tip shows whatever color the LED is on the particular battery. Diamond  batteries have a bejeweled  sparkly tip covering the LED on this battery style. When in use, the LED lights up to the specific color light inside. The last style is called Stealth. These batteries are made  to be  less noticeable. There is no LED on the tip, so no light shines whether the battery is turned on or off. They're good for people who are shy, don't want to draw attention to themselves, or simply don't want to get asked questions about their ecig. All battery types and styles are available in three different lengths. Short  with a cart attached is about the same size as a traditional cigarette. The Regular length is as long as a 100s cigarette. The XL is the longest. Still Confused? There is a lot to learn about electronic cigarettes. If you're still confused, want to learn more, or have questions, please contact V4L! We want to help you  as much as we can!  Knowledge is power, so  feel free to  contact us via phone, live chat online, support ticket, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, this blog post comment section,  our forum, or stop in to our Smokeless Lounge & Store in Northbrook, Illinois. We're here for you!