Buying Electronic Cigarette’s in Australia

I have completely overhauled this guide which can now be found here: Couponic Ecig Guide.

You have probably scoured the net and read all the positive comments on the e-cig phenomena so are ready to buy an electronic cigarette?

If so, you are in for a treat as switching to this battery powered product is definitely a healthier and cleaner alternative to conventional cigarettes and other forms of tobacco smoking.  Personally, switching to e-cigs is one of the best things I have ever done.

What to buy for a first time e-cig purchase? Updated 13th November 2011

For a first time user I would definitely recommend a Joye 501 starter kit or a Ego / Riva starter kit which is similar to the Joy 501 but has a higher capacity battery.  You have a choice of manual and automatic types though I really recommend manual as you can control the vaping experience to suit and as previously discussed, the auto versions can have some serious issues.

JOYE 510, is one of the most popular types of electronic cigarettes.  The starter pack if ordered from a store like Health Cabin comes with 2 manual batteries, 2 atomizers, and 5 cartridges, everything you need in order to make the switch.

JOYE eGo, is a unique design incorporating easy charging with excellent long lasting battery life including 2 atomizers, 2 3.7V 650mAh rechargeable batteries, 2 Atomizer covers, a AC-USB Adapter(US or Euro Plug), a USB Charger, pouch and 5 Standard tobacco flavour cartridges.

JOYE eGo-T, The eGo-T is the first e-cigarette to apply the new tank system for dripping e-liquid directly into its tank cartridge without the use of tissue inside the tank. This new system makes dripping easier and less frustrating for consumers in general.  The eGo-T atomisers can work well on regular all ego batteries (650mah,900mah or 1000mah).

I personally recommend the LR(LOW RESISTANCE) Type B eGo-T over the type A though this is more personal preference than a definite recommendation.  If you can, get a pack of LR type Cartomizers which work well with the EGo type batteries.  A pack of LR cartomises costs around 4 to 5 dollars and this is what I use 90% of the time.

The standard Joye 510 e-cigs look a lot like an analogue cigarette, even including a LED tip to further stimulate the conventional smoking experience.  Most people after trialling the JOYE 510’s usually upgrade to the higher capacity versions.  I get around 1 hour of vaping using the 510 between charges but get around 8 hours using the Joye and similar versions like the Riva.

E-juice/E-Liquid, sometimes referred to as nicotine juice, e-liquid, or smoke juice, is a cost effective way of extending the life of your cartridges.  Once your cartridge is empty, simply put a few drops of e-juice into your cartridge.  I smoked about 25 medium strength cigs a day, which were about 8mg rated and found that 18mg e-juice was perfect for my needs. Ecigs deliver nicotine differently to your body so using a higher mg strength juice than what you were normally smoking ends up being quite normal.  Tests have shown the body receives 5 times as less nicotine than the old tobacco ciggie, though compensates by producing a quicker hit of nicotine in the short term.

Whatever you do, don’t rush out and buy an electronic cigarette from just any online store.

Not all e-cigarettes are created equal, there are copies, some good, some bad and new sites are appearing daily offering varying degrees of quality merchandise. Some users have issues ranging from simple mechanical failures like battery lifespans, atomizers that have been produced poorly causing them to either get clogged way too easily or arrive dead on delivery.  A dodgy atomizer produces poor vapor quality and lack of volume which could put off a potential tobacco smoking convert – Something I would hate to see happen.

The best way to avoid these problems is to educate yourself on the best models, brands and manufacturers of electronic cigarette products.  Recently a  vast majority of manufacturers are producing cheaply made inferior products which are blatant copies of the original.  The good news is that there are a handful of reputable companies with top of the line ecig goodness that will give you a realistic smoking experience which WILL help you make the switch.

I personally recommend Health Cabin for purchases requiring nicotine, price and quality is top notch, and if you require non nicotine purchases, Ecigz Australia is another local place I frequent for my ecig goods but you shouldn’t have any trouble with any aussie supplier.  For other Quality overseas vendors which sell nicotine based ecig products you could try Heaven Gifts and Eastmall.

It is illegal In Australia to sell nicotine products, so most reputable local suppliers only sell non nicotine products in regards to their electronic cigarette wares, it is however fine to import nicotine ecig products for personal use from stores like Health Cabin.

You can also find Electronic Cigarette Coupon Codes at EcigCodes.

18 thoughts on “Buying Electronic Cigarette’s in Australia”

  1. Been Vaping for about 10 days now and loving it. Ordered a LOT of various flavors ‘n 900mah batteries for the ego all up $400 worth in total from various sites.

    That however is the cost I’ll spend for 12 months worth of vapor cigs.

    $1.10 per day vs $20 per day = awesome.

    Cheers mate : – )

  2. I just found out today that Electronic Cigarettes containing nicotine are not just banned from sale here in Australia but are now “illegal” to use according to a representative of the Drugs & Poisons Regulatory Group who read to me like scripture, a paragraph about the illegalness of Electronic Cigarettes that contain nicotine from the Drug & Poisons Regulation Act of 1981?

    Can anyone else confirm this as true?

    When did they sneak this through parliament?

    If it is true what can we do about it as this surely breaks some fundamental freedom of choice issues right?


    • Tobacco cigs have nicotine, not to mention all the Nicorette so-called quit smoking products. The problem is the law is a reflection of nicotine use via tobacco products – not ecigs as per the 1981 date.

      If you search online in regards to nicotine as a standalone product, you cannot find anything.

  3. VapersDelight Says:
    5. August 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I just found out today that Electronic Cigarettes containing nicotine are not just banned from sale here in Australia but are now “illegal” to use according to a representative of the Drugs & Poisons Regulatory Group who read to me like scripture, a paragraph about the illegalness of Electronic Cigarettes that contain nicotine from the Drug & Poisons Regulation Act of 1981?

    Can anyone else confirm this as true?

    Nah your allowed to use it. the exact ruling is…

    “the importation of nicotine for the purpose of resale is considered illegal.

    As for the rest of it… its basically a battery and a piece of wire and we all know u cannot class that as a drug.

  4. No, not a drug… Drug paraphernalia.

    It is quite ridiculous, I will be bringing this up with federal government.. I am not a smoker, in fact I despise the fact that smokers are able to smoke around our children etc etc.. That is why it makes no sense that we can not freely purchase these nicotine items in Australia. One day I’d like to see this as the only option available on the market. It just makes sense, it is the nicotine that hooks smokers. New Zealand researchers have tested these products and discovered that the standard cartridges contain no more nicotine than a patch. Of course there are still risks with something like this, but when something that is on the market with the same chemicals can be improved, that is what we should do. This product not only kicks the addiction, but also the habit and of course keeps our kids safe.

    What is not to love!

  5. I purchased an e-cig from the Markets on the weekend. I love it compared to the analogue smokes, the Guy who sold it said it was legal twice.

    I had pre juiced cartridges with it that had 15 mg of nicotine inside each cartridge. This cartridge was marked as High Nicotine level, but when I asked him if it had nicotine he said “No”. I have almost completely switched from analogue to digital cigs in four days. It’s awesome to smoke and tastes heaps better than analogue carbon burning tobacco.

    I began searching online, found it was hard to get juice with nicotine, Get 35mg nicotine level Over Seas and mix it down with some vegetable glycerin food grade from the supermarket in the cake section.

    This will make it last longer, anyways, so I went to the tobacconist, and found nobody sold e-juice, even the no nicotine level,they all say its illegal. Damn it, so I smoked it in westfield shopping centre to see if anyone approached me, nothing happened, cool hey. So I smoke it anywhere I am not supposed to smoke real cigarettes and its awesome.

    So now I vape instead.

    I just hope our backwards government in in OZ pulls their finger out and stops using lame excuses to ban a perfect alternative to smoking.

    How many other things are dangerous for our children that we can buy over the counter easy, how lame and stupid to say this is dangerous for children, it is nowhere near as bad as smoking real cigs around kids and leaving lighters around for them to light up….der!!

    ….We should make our own decisions we are mature enough..

    • Hello,
      If you want to nab a 510 EC set in Brisbane, I have 3 new in silver, black or white. Take your pick! I have some flavoured juices too – all zero nic (but you can order your nic OS if you need it). Quality juices are often good enough for people to make the switch successfully though – they are a very good place to start for us Aussies. Flavours include tratitional tobacco flavours like B&H, Winnies through to the tropical cherry, jaffa (orange and chocolate), or even coffee and vanilla for a treat.
      Email if you want to meet up around the CBD for a try/buy.

  6. I so don’t know how I was awarded that avatar…but it’s not one of my first choices… Mine would have a curly blond hair, rosey cheeks and happy eyes…

    Wonder if I’ll be stuck with the same Avatar when I click ‘Submit Comment’?

    ………….Let’s see……….

    ..Here goes..

  7. All of us ‘vapors’ need to write to Today Tonight and complain about the stupid laws that are preventing us from having and selling the E-cigs.
    I wrote to them today and hope to God I get a response.

  8. I am interested in e cigarettes, but will not purchase over the internet. Just send me bare information on what stores keep the product in Brisbane Queensland Australia. Do not send me photos and other junk mailings, just a once only information on outlet stores in Brisbane. I will have you and the company blocked from my email address if you send me any other mail but the request of brisbane retail outlets.

    • Nice response LOL, this is a blog not a company and I don’t email spam on any occasion.

      You cannot buy a nicotine based e-cigarette product within Australia only hardware and the like so you are probably out of luck unless you want non nicotine.

      Some local markets in you area may be your best bet though there really
      isn’t any reason not to buy over the internet to be honest.

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