In our previous blog post we have briefly explained the history of an electronic cigarette. Today, we would like to focus on an evolution of e-cigarettes. We can confidently talk evolution - compare your today's vaping device to the first, cig-a-like analog e-cigarette. Experienced cloud chasers are already familiar with the generations of electronic cigarettes, however there are many new vapers who might not understand, for example, the difference between an eGo battery and an APV. Therefore, in this blog post, we take a look at four different electronic cigarette generations to make it all more comprehensible for all you newcomers in the vaping scene!

First generation e-cigarette (analog / cig-a-like)

V-Revolution PCC Kit analog e-cigarette

The first genereation e-cigarettes look very similimar to traditional cigarettes. A cig-a-like is a bit heavier than your regular cancer stick, though, and it sports an LED light on the end of the device which lights up when inhaling.

Some cig-a-likes are disposable e-cigarettes, meaning that you can vape on them until the non-reusable battery discharges, and after that you just throw them away. However, cig-a-likes may also feature rechargeable batteries and replaceable cartridges (cartomizers).

These electronic cigarettes have been tested in clinical trails and are sold by major tobacco companies.

Second generation e-cigarette (mid-size / ego)

mid-sized e-cigarettes

Second generation electronic cigarettes usually look like pens or laser pointers, and they are considerably larger than cig-a-likes. When using a typical second-gen e-cigarette, you need to manually press the ‘fire’ button while you inhale.  These personal vaporizers also feature batteries of much larger capacity (mostly 3 -7 times larger; 450 – 1100 mAh) than cig-a-likes, meaning that they, in most cases, can provide you with vaping power for a day or two.

Ego e-cigarettes offer variable Voltage are not sold by major tobacco companies.

Third generation e-cigarette ( advanced personal vaporizers / APV's)

V-revolution vision spinner 2 apv's

It might be hard to identify a third generation e-cigarette just by the looks of it – they simply come in many different sizes and shapes, from the shape of a screwdriver to a box of the size of a big, bulky smartphone. In most cases, they are, however, considerably larger than cig-a-likes or second-gen e-cigarettes. Almost all third gen e-cigarettes feature a manual ‘fire’ button, therefore, these are considered manual e-cigarettes.

The main element of a third generation e-cigarette, in most cases, is a ‘mod’ – the ‘brain’ and the power source. There are two types of mods:

  • Mechanical Mods – Actually, a mechanical mod is a very simple device – there is no electronic circuitry in it. Such a mod features only a fire button, a battery compartment (usually for a 18650 type battery), and a connector. They are not suitable for every vaper. Why? While mechanical mods are technically simple, some knowledge and the ability to put things together when it comes to volts, watts, ohms and amps is required to use them safely. However, mechanical mods have become favorites of advanced vapers because, when used properly, these devices can be very effective in delivering plenty of flavorful vapor.
  • Regulated Mods – Regulated mods are more complex than mechanical mods: they incorporate control hardware that lets the vaper modify the voltage and/or wattage output; often have additional features like electrical resistance meters, as well as safety features like reverse battery polarity protection. Regulated mods can be very powerful, but they are also much more user-friendly than mechanical mods.

Mods, unregulated or regulated, are usually paired with all kinds of different atomizers – it can be a standard clearomizer, a sub-ohm tank, a rebuildable atomizer or a rebuildable tank atomizer.

Although the e-cigarettes are usually categorised in 3 generations, many vapers like to say there is the forth one - the Innovate regulated mods.  Mods with automatic temperature control and ability to handle very low ohm builds, as well as sub-ohm clearomizers (or rebuildable tanks) themselves featuring adjustable and dual airflow slots – we would like to include all of these devices in the fourth generation. All of them are far, far superior to cig-a-likes and eGo style battery powered devices, and they are much more advanced even than the majority of mods released in 2014.

Innovate regulated mods