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.