First Time e-cigarette Beginners Guide

Your First time with an e-cigarette

This beginners area is designed for those of you who know little to nothing about the electronic cigarette. Perhaps you saw a friend with an e-cigarette, or heard about them in the news.  If you are confused as to what is what, and want beginners advice on which e-cigarette and what e-liquid will work best for you, this is where you should start.  Please set aside 15-20 minutes and give this article some time, as there is a lot to cover!

Let me begin by saying that electronic cigarettes do have a bit of a learning curve. It will take some time for you to get used to the feel and weight difference. Putting plastic in your mouth instead of paper, filling your e-cigarette with liquid, charging batteries, etc. all take time to get used to. Give yourself time to adjust to the differences, and in no time it will feel like second nature.

What is an electronic cigarette, and how does it work?

An electronic cigarette is a battery operated device that heats up e-liquid, converting it from a liquid to a vapour. It is designed as an alternative to cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. Many people who have had little to no success quitting smoking by traditional means — cold turkey, the patches, the gums, the drugs, etc. — have had much greater and long lasting success using electronic cigarettes. An electronic cigarette so closely mimics a tobacco cigarette, it provides the most realistic and satisfying smoking experience. The electronic cigarette does not contain the cancer causing agents known to be in tobacco products, leaving you with just a few ingredients.

Every electronic cigarette, no matter how big or small, require three things to work.

#1:  A Battery.

Electronic Cigarette batteries can be as small as a cigarette, or as large as a double A battery, but they are all designed to provide power to the e-cigarette. All of the batteries at Canada Vapes are lithium ion batteries. This means that they do not have a ‘memory’ and can be recharged many times in a row, maintaining their power. All of our batteries can be charged using a USB adapter, allowing you to easily charge your batteries anywhere there is a computer, laptop, or with the optional cigarette lighter adapter for your car. You can also charge our batteries through any standard wall plug. Batteries have a control chip that regulates the power provided that keeps your battery performing optimally.

#2:  Heating Element (A way to heat the liquid)

The heating area of an e-cigarette is The atomizer or heating coil.  This is the part of an e-cigarette that heats the e-liquid into a vapor.  An atomizer contains a heating element — usually a heating coil.   The heating coil is a thin piece of coiled metal that instantly heats when you activate the battery. The e-liquid touches the heating coil and instantly converts to a vapor, which carries the e-liquid in vapor form to you and provides the ‘simulated smoke’, taste, and throat hit.

#3:  Somewhere to store the liquid (a tank, a cartridge, etc.)

The final requirement for an e-cigarette is an area for the e-liquid to be stored. This is where most differences between e-cigarettes occur. These options include a cartridge, a tank, a cartomizer, or a clearomizer. Each of these has three tasks: To store e-liquid, to move the e-liquid to the atomizer/heating coil, and as a place to put your mouth.


Pretty Simple, don’t you think?

That’s all there is to it!  If you can remember these three things — a battery, an atomizer/heating coil, and a place for e-liquid to be stored (tank or cartridge, for example), you can easily understand even the most complicated e-cigarettes the marketplace.

Many of the newer models of e-cigarettes combine the heating element and e-liquid storage into a single accessory.   This makes things even easier, with just 2 parts to these e-cigarettes.  These are typically called cartomizers (a mouthpiece, e-liquid storage area and coil combined)  clearomizers ( a mouthpiece, e-liquid storage area and coil combined that you can see through), or glassomizers (a mouthpiece, e-liquid storage area made of glass and/or metal).


Which electronic cigarette will work best for me?

This question isn’t really as hard to answer as you may think. There is really only one question to ask, and then everything else is personal preferences.

The Big Question: Battery style – Do you want longer battery life, or do you want a very small unit similar in size to a tobacco cigarette? The biggest drawback to the small ‘cigarette style’, e-cigarettes is a shorter battery life. The batteries are much smaller, so their battery life is less than the bigger battery units. The benefit is of course their small size. Some customers really want an e-cigarette that is as close as possible to looking like a cigarette.   A big battery will last most customers the entire day between charges. A typical EGO style battery (the bigger battery) will last up to 10+ hours for many customers, whereas the smaller batteries will typically last 2-4 hours.

One other factor to consider is that the larger batteries will work with MANY MORE of the accessories we sell.  The bigger EGO style batteries are the most popular on the market, and therefore most manufacturers make products specifically for these batteries.  If you choose a smaller battery, you will be limiting the different kind of accessories you can use with your batteries.

The other factor to consider is how much you currently smoke. If you smoke 5-10 cigarettes a day, a small battery unit should be all you need, as you won’t charging it as much. If you smoke around half a pack a day or more, I would recommend going with a bigger battery. For now, just decide if you absolutely must have the small cigarette style battery, or if you’re okay with a larger sized battery. If you choose the small battery, please read “I Must have a Small Battery” below. If you choose the big battery, please read “I want a big battery” below.

Battery Size Comparison between 510 and EGO


Great! Now that you have determined that you want the small battery, the last thing you need to decide is what options for heating and storing the e-liquid you want to use. Each method has strengths and weaknesses, which I will go over now:e-dart-kit

Option 1:  The E-Dart:  RECOMMENDED KIT WITH THIS SETUP:  The E-Dart Starter Kit.  Our e-dart starter kit is a great entry level simple device.  It uses a 2 piece e-cigarette, with just a battery and a cartomizer, and is a very affordable price.  If you want something that simulates a cigarette, the E-Dart is for you.

The E-Dart comes with everything you need to get started.  It really looks and feels like a traditional cigarette.  Don’t let the low price fool you, these batteries can be recharged over 100 times!  The e-Dart comes with 6 cartomizers which each last about 10-15 fills, and all of our starter kits come with a complimentary 10ml bottle of e-liquid!

Option 2: The Clearomizer: — RECOMMENDED KIT WITH THIS SETUP: The S-510 Starter Kit — The S-510 starter kit is a great clearomizer kit.  Clearomizers make things simple, which is what its all about.  Simply unscrew the mouthpice, fill up to 1.0ml of e-liquid into the clearomizer, screw the mouthpiece back in, and you are ready to go!    The S-510 clearomizer is disposable, meaning after 10-15 fills, it will start to lose its vapor production.  When it does, simply throw out your clearomizer and pop on a new one!  The S-510 starter kit comes with 4 S-510 cleaormizers, and more clearomizers are available on our website.  The s-510 batteries typically last 200+ charges! S 510 Starter Kit

The S510 starter kit is a great and simple entry level starter kit that has a few more options then the E-Dart kit.


Good Choice! The big battery units are all long lasting, durable and powerful units. There are many choices for the big battery units. Let’s go over them now:ets-kit-1



Option 1: Glassomizer Starter Kit: — RECOMMENDED KIT WITH THIS SETUP: The ET-S Starter Kit — The ET-S glassomizer is great because of its simplicity, and high quality.  The glassomizer contains a replaceable heating coil (atomizer), meaning that when the heating element starts to wear out, you can take apart your glassomizer and replace just the coil.  The starter kit comes with an extra 5 replacement coils, giving you essential 7 ET-S glassomizers in 1 kit!   This starter kit setup has a slightly higher learning curve, so if you are really wary about any complications, look at the clearomizer kit below.

This glassomizer starter kit comes with variable voltage batteries.  This means that you can adjust the voltage of your battery with a simple spin of the bottom of your battery.  This is a little more advanced, however for many it is the preferred way to vape.  Personally, the ET-S is my go to glassomizer.  These batteries work with all accessories we sell!

Option 2: The Clearomizer: — RECOMMENDED KIT WITH THIS SETUP: The Clearomizer Starter Kit — Clearomizers are a great simple an inexpensive option for beginners.  They are really easy to fill and use, and work well.   The batteries that come with the clearomizer starter kits are great as they will work with all the accessories we sell.     Additional clearomizers are available here.
Option 3:  The ‘Box Mod’ Starter Kit: — RECOMMENDED KIT WITH THIS SETUP:  The ITaste MVP — The box mod is a larger ‘box’style e-cigarette, which houses a larger itaste-mvpbattery.  The advantage to a kit like this is that the battery will last you all day long, and often several days.  You can just charge these each night before bed, similar to how you use your cell phone.  The iTaste MVP is one fo the most popular box mod e-cigarette kits on the marketplace, as it combines a great variety of features, high durability, and a low price point.  The iTaste MVP comes complete with 2 clearomizers to get you going, and the iTaste is compatible with all clearomizers and glassomizers we sell, so you can mix and match any accessories we sell with your iTaste!

Option 3: Mix And Match:RECOMMENDED METHOD. All of our larger style batteries are fully compatible with each different accessory, so if you find several accessories you think you will like, purchase a kit and then some accessories from another kit. For example, if you want to try the clearomizers and glassomizers system, just order the clearomizer starter kit and add an ET-S glassomizer. This way you can experience multiple methods for vaping and determine what works best for you!

If you do not have any preferences at all: Here is what I recommend: Buy an ET-S Starter Kit Order a few clearomizers and a Davide Glassomizer. This will give you several different accessories to try on your electronic cigarette: With an atomizer and cartridge, dripping with an atomizer, using cartomizers, and using clearomizers. You can experiment with these four options and determine what works best for you!

Keep in mind also that our E-cigarettes we sell are very versatile, and the batteries can be used with many different accessories. Once you get into vaping, you will soon discover how many awesome options there are for you to try. This is just a beginners guide to get you started, but be aware that we sell many different varieties of accessories for the Ego style batteries.

What e-liquid should I buy?


Hopefully you have found the perfect electronic cigarette for you. But what good is an electronic cigarette without e-liquid? E-liquid is the gas that drives the engine! Regarding e-liquid, there are just two choices to make, and then a few questions that I will answer for you.

Question #1: What nicotine strength of e-liquid should I use? — The e-liquid is available in five nicotine strengths: no nic (0mg/ml), ultra low (6mg/ml), low (12mg/ml), medium (16mg/ml) and high (24mg/ml). For most customers who smoke between 1/2 a pack and 1 pack a day of low to average strength cigarettes, I recommend medium strength. If you smoke over a pack a day, or smoke very strong cigarettes you should use high strength. If you smoke less then 1/2 a pack a day or smoke very light cigarettes, you should start with low strength. You may find it useful to have a higher strength on hand for when they get a really intense craving, often right in the morning or right after a meal. Many customers wrongly assume that having a higher strength e-liquid will make them more successful at quitting. This is not at all the case. It is best to match the strength with your current cigarette use as described above.

  • Question #2: What flavour of e-liquid should I use? — Asking this is like asking someone what song should I listen to. E-liquid taste is very subjective and although I do my best to describe the flavours on the site, everyone has different taste preferences. What I recommend to my customers is to read through the reviews on the website and see what other customers are saying about the e-liquid. Our to 5 most popular tobacco flavours are:
  • Canadian smooth
  • Play it Light
  • Do More Eh
  • Expert Eh?
  • Canadian Menthol

Commonly asked e-liquid questions:

How long will e-liquid last me? – This is another tricky question. Every different model of e-cigarette uses e-liquid at a slightly different rate. The size and length of your draws, and of course how often you use your e-cigarette will be big factors in how long the e-liquid lasts. On average customers have reported using between 1-3ml of e-liquid per day. This means a 30ml bottle should last anywhere form 10 days to one month. We offer both 10ml and 30ml e-liquid bottles. If you currently smoke a lot — expect a bottle to last about 10-14 days. If you smoke less often, a bottle may last up to a month.

Which e-liquid tastes the most like a tobacco cigarette? — There are a few points to make on this question. The first is this: No e-liquid will ever truly taste exactly like a tobacco cigarette, and here is why: When you smoke a cigarette, you are also smoking the burning paper that holds the tobacco. This burning paper and tobacco creates a taste that cannot be exactly replicated without actually burning something. Since electronic cigarettes do not ignite e-liquid, it is impossible to completely simulate a cigarette taste. The second point is that many customers start off their journey by thinking they only want something like their cigarette in taste and feel. After a week or two their mind is opened to the possibilities of the enormous flavour options available. They very soon start experimenting with many flavours, and many customers eventually never go back to tobacco flavours again. Each person is, of course, different. I have vaped for over four years, and still enjoy many tobacco flavours. Again, I would recommend reading through the reviews of the various tobacco flavours and choosing one that sounds good to you, and that has lots of positive customer reviews.

Other things to consider:

You’ve got your starter kit chosen, and you have your e-liquid picked out. This is all you need to get started, but there are some other items you may want to look at. Here are a few recommendations for additional items that will make your experience that much better.

If you vape from home a lot or at an office — Get yourself a USB passthru.  EGO series USB Passthrough. It is essentially a battery that has a cable at the back. It plugs into a USB port and offers continuous vaping with no batteries. This is fantastic for people who work from home and spend a lot of time in front of a computer, or even in your den or living room with a laptop or other USB plug.  NEW!  We also sell mini USB passthroughs that don’t use a battery, but plug into a USB port and offer continuious vaping without charging.  You can see these HERE.

If you are out and about a lot — Get yourself a carrying case. I have three sizes of carrying cases available. The small carrying case is perfect to hold your extra batteries, or a few extra atomizers/cartomizers/clearomizers.  We also sell both the Large cases and X-Large Cases. Both are capable of holding a fully built EGO style e-cigarette.

If you are in a car a lot — Get yourself a cigarette lighter USB charger. Charge your batteries in your car with this simple USB battery charger.

Consider getting extra parts! – The starter kits all have what you need to get you going, but many people find just a few extra parts will ensure they are never left without their e-cigarette. Having an extra battery and USB charger for your work, cottage, car, etc. will keep you going anywhere you are. Also, its a good idea to have extra atomizers/cartomizers/clearomizers/etc. on hand in case one dies on you.

If you have any further questions or concerns, we are here to answer all of your questions!  Visit the store and click the “Get Help” button on the right side of the page, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.