The Life of a Vaper: Things only One who Vapes Experiences

e-cigarette-cartoonNeed some e-smoker humor to brighten your day? Ever get the feeling when you’re vaping that you’re experiencing things only someone who vapes would get? You’re not the only one! Here are some occurrences you’ve surely felt at some point or another, and proof that you aren’t alone in all the little things that make it awesome to vape!

-When you taste something really amazing, like an exotic dessert or tropical fruit and think, “wow, that would be an awesome cartridge flavor!”

-When you suddenly smell the odor of cigarettes and get grossed out, only to remember that you previously spent years surrounded in that funk! Thank goodness you switched, right?

-When you first started vaping, how many times did you forget that you no longer needed lighters to get it going?

-On the same lines, have you ever (irresponsibly) tossed your e-cig out the car window, forgetting it wasn’t a traditional cigarette?

-You get excited when you are on line in a convenience store and see the prices of cigarettes; it’s so nice to see your money go elsewhere! $12 a pack is outrageously ridiculous, and unaffordable if you are smoking a pack a day.

-You tend to experience euphoria every month when your supply of cartridges arrives at your door via the Cartridge Replenishment Program; never again will you be dipping out at midnight for a pack of cigarettes!

-You feel thrilled and thankful when you can lay in bed and peacefully vape next to a nonsmoking, smoke-hating partner as you cuddle and watch tv together, knowing it was never possible when you smoked cigarettes.

-When you vape openly in public, and you get to avoid the typical nasty stares smokers are used to for puffing amongst the nonsmoking of our species. The liberation rocks!

-After a few months of switching entirely, glancing at your smile in photos or in the mirror and noticing that your smile gleams so much brighter and whiter without the tobacco stains… e-cigs make you want to smile more, don’t they?

Vaping at Work: What you need to know

vapers-collageThere’s been a lot of buzz about electronic cigarettes in the workplace. It can be a topic as controversial as smoking itself, as some employers allow them to be used freely, and others deem them no different than traditional cigarettes; citing more research is needed before they can be allowed. As e-cigarettes gain popularity, many employers are seeing them as an ideal compromise to traditional cigarettes, which have long been an issue in the workplace. Here’s what you need to know about e-smoking at work, and how to handle the situation if your work environment is new to the whole electronic cigarette thing.

In many circumstances, employers see e-cigarettes as a great alternative to tobacco. They are fine with employees using them at their discretion, knowing they carry no smell, no second smoke, and the vapor basically dissipates into the air without a trace. In many places, it allows smokers to enjoy their e-cigs as they work, without the constant interruption of cigarette breaks, or coming back into the workplace smelling foul and creating an additional disturbance for others.

However, not all places of work are as tolerant, seeing e-cigs as too new to be allowed casually. In these cases, employees typically have to use them under the same rules that apply to traditional cigarettes: outdoors, in a designated location.

If your workplace is on the fence about e-smoking, here are some tips to provide your boss with to help them understand more about electronic cigarettes.

-Everyone involved should be educated on what e-cigarettes are, what they look like, and how to distinguish their appearance from traditional cigarettes. Awareness is key.

-Employers as well as e-smoking employees should be knowledgeable and understanding that these products require proper disposal in regards to electronic cigarette batteries, as they are considered to be electronic waste. Batteries do last a long time, so there would not be a heavy influx of batteries getting disposed of, however.

-Some areas have restrictions regarding smoking in the workplace, including some local governments, 29 states and the District of Columbia. While these laws do not apply to e-cigs, some places are stricter than others in regards to it.

Above all, if your employer is interested in allowing e-cigarettes in the workplace, just a minimal amount of research will be necessary. The most important step towards tolerance is awareness, and for employers, boosting productivity can be a very big motivator!

Using your Starter Kit

premium_plus_kit_265x265When it comes to starter kits, the market has a lot of options for you. When it comes to our starter kits, we have a great selection, and highly recommend them all depending on your needs and budget. When you are first starting out, we highly suggest using one of our kits because you get everything you need, and are able to start right away once you receive it.

When Your Kit Arrives

When your e-cigarette starter kit arrives at your doorstep, you may be surprised by how small it is, but remember e-cigs are not big! Depending on which package you ordered, you will receive one or two batteries, a couple of chargers; most likely the wall and USB ones, and a certain amount of cartridges.

When you get your batteries, have a good look at them, they may have some power to them and may not seem like they need charging before you use them. Charge them up to full capacity regardless, as it is the proper way to do things, and it ensures a better performance from your battery. When charging your battery, wait until it reaches 100% capacity before removing it from the charger, and do not leave it on the charger longer than necessary; that can also contribute to less than optimal performance.

After charging, you will be ready to vape. Connect your cartridge to the battery, and have a go at it! We recommend taking small, quick puffs to prime your battery; this contributes to better vapor production and throat hits.

What You Need to Know About Cartridges

Your starter kit will come with either 5 or 10 cartridges, which last according to your usage. After a couple days of vaping, especially if you are vaping continuously, you probably want to reorder cartridges to avoid running out. You will probably have a good idea about flavors, and which you’d like, so that most likely won’t be an issue.

Accessories

Depending on what your kit came with, you may want to upgrade to having a few additional accessories to work with. If your e-cigarette starter kit only came with one battery, definitely get at least one more because you will probably need it for those times when the first battery is charging. Our selection of e-cigarette cases is also great, and having one can help you stay organized and keep your e-cigs safe; consider using one for all of your storage needs.

 

Get Ready for 2014 with E-Cigs!

New-Years-Eve-Pic2014 is right around the corner, and if you plan on celebrating, don’t forget your e-cigarettes! While it may seem convenient to dabble with traditional cigarettes on big nights like New Year’s Eve, don’t bet on it. Electronic smokes go a lot further, and will help you enjoy your night all the better!

Here a few great reasons e-cigs are a better party match than smoke. Don’t let tobacco cigarettes drag your party down!

-They are much more portable. Carry them in an Optima Hard Pack Case, or safely stash your e-cig around your neck on a lanyard, and they are ready when you need them.

-E-Cigs can be used around nonsmokers, without a problem. No smell, no smoke, no tar, and no ash make them very convenient.

-Unlike traditional cigarettes, they are often permitted indoors and in many public places.

-They are more attractive. Hey, on a night like NYE, you want to look your best in every possible way, even down to your accessories!

-E-Cigarettes make excellent conversation starters. You never know who you’re going to be talking to, and who is going to be curious about your stylish e-cig.

-E-cigarettes won’t have you smelling gross, if you happen to be on date.

-If you only want a few puffs, that’s all you need to take. Unlike regular cigarettes, you don’t need to feel pressured into finishing entire cigarettes if you don’t want to.

-If you are currently an e-smoker, enjoy what you’re used to! If there is one night to really live it up, and enjoy life to the fullest, it’s New Year’s Eve. Send 2013 out with a bang, and enjoy your vapor as you do it!

Wherever you may be celebrating, whether it’s at a big city-wide event, or a wild, raucous house party, make sure you bring your e-cigarettes. Parties are always more fun when you’re relaxed and content, and being able to smoke as you please will only contribute! Happy 2014 from your friends at Optima!

Live an Active Lifestyle? Choose E-Cigs!

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If you’re an active person, smoking cigarettes is entirely not conducive. And we don’t just say that because we are in the business of e-cigarettes! We say it because we mean it! Traditional cigarettes can be entirely cumbersome, they can take you off your groove, and really just get in the way. If you’re busy being busy and active, e-cigs present a way better lifestyle option!

If you spend time doing outdoorsy things, like biking, hiking, communing with nature, or anything that gets you outside and moving, you know how well cigarettes fit into the equation. They don’t. They need to be lit, they need to be smoked around people who are okay with them, they need proper disposal because polluting is foul, they make you smell bad, and they are simply inconvenient. Stopping to smoke, handle your lighter, spend the time waiting through the whole cigarette, and then dealing with the trash takes time. When you are super busy, in the middle of something fun, and possibly hanging out with a group of people who may not be keen on fitting your smoke breaks into the time schedule, you just need a better, more appropriate option for nicotine!

Imagine you are on the go, and all you have to do to smoke is reach down and grab the device from the lanyard around your neck? You puff, it turns on, you vape, get your nicotine, and let it rest when you’re done. Sounds a whole lot simpler than tobacco , doesn’t it? You have the option of many different e-cigarette accessories, and this adds to the convenience and mobility in a really huge way.

For people with busy lives, traditional cigarettes are entirely passé. They don’t work well with others, they present way too many obstacles, and they are difficult to use in public places. Electronic cigarettes give you so much freedom to enjoy the things you love, no matter where you are, without having to fend off a guilty conscience. If you’re an active person, e-cigs will fit your lifestyle better!

Why E-Cigarettes Are Lighting Up the Competition

4017120_origVaping has gotten so popular in recent times, some smokers may refer to e-cigs as just a trend. However, they are proving to be far beyond just a fad, as so many smokers have taken to their many positive attributes and acquired a new lifestyle in the process.

More Options, More Access

Smokers are surely sick of being told “no.” Of not being able to smoke as they please in the company of others, in most public spaces, indoors, and often whenever they like. How e-cigarettes work allows them to recreate the cigarette experience without any tobacco, therefore producing no smoke. Having an alternative that brings about more ability to have what you want and when you want it makes life more pleasant, and just a little nicer than having to scheme anytime you want to sneak a smoke in.

Choice is Yours

Unlike buying a pack of smokes, you’ve got more choices than just the brand and two flavor options with electric cigarettes. You can choose flavor, nicotine level, which battery style you want, as well as the accessories you want to use. Choices are great, all smokers are different. Vaping gives you more!

Big Savings

Everyone wants to save money, especially smokers who chuck out very unhealthy sums to support the habit. Vaping costs a lot less, with so many more benefits. It’s painful to spend in upwards of $10 a pack everyday for pack-a-day smokers! Please tell me why anyone is still lighting up with tobacco?

Simplicity is Key to Happiness

E-cigs are simpler to use, handle, maintain, and deal with than traditional cigarettes. Ask any e-smoker. Sure there is a bit of a learning curve involved in the beginning, but seriously? Did you figure out how to do all those snazzy tricks with your smart phone right off the bat? Exactly. Electronic cigarettes take the whole concept of smoking and simplify it in a very efficient, modern, mess-free, hassle-free way. They’ll make you happier!

E-Cigs: Tons to be Thankful for!

header_img_banner_03With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the spirit of thankfulness is ever abundant. If you vape, have you thought about all the ways electronic cigarettes enrich your life? If you vape, what have you got to be thankful for?

Convenience:

Convenience doesn’t just make like easier, it can add precious time and make your days better spent. There’s more to life than making sure it all goes smoothly, but having extra moments of time and the ability to get a little more done to add to your feelings of accomplishment are priceless! In that vain, e-cigarettes do a lot to add time and convenience. You can use them anywhere, anytime, especially when you’re on the go. You don’t have to wait to smoke through entire cigarettes; if you want just a puff, you can have just a puff without the threat of waste. E-Cigarette accessories also add to the easiness, allowing users even more options to stay ready.

Savings:

The holiday season is always a great time to be thankful for extra savings! Electronic cigarettes enable users to save incredible amounts of money, which is always useful. If switching to e-cigs saves you $1,500+ a year, aren’t you thankful? Some people put that savings towards a vacation, splurge on something special, or just leave it in the bank, but wherever it goes, it surely isn’t going up in smoke!

Cleanliness:

E-cigs make life cleaner. They produce no ash, tar, smoke, or butts. Using them indoors will not have your furnishings and walls layered with yellow tar. You do not have to deal with the endless flow of butts that seemingly never end. You don’t have to worry about hot cherries falling off and burning anything. Your hands and teeth stay (more attractively) cleaner. Simply put, cleanliness is awesome and vaping allows your life to be just a little tidier; tell me you’re not grateful for that!

If e-cigarettes have positively impacted your life- be grateful! These products have changed the lives of so many people, and their benefits are mind blowing! Be thankful life is so sweet when vaping!

E-Cigs: Use them Anywhere?

112919_most_people_smoking_electronic_cigarettes_in_one_place-300x177When it’s said that electronic cigarettes can be used anywhere, can this really be done? For the most part, yes, actually. Unless there are specific bans, and specific rules that say they are not to be used somewhere, the amount of public places where you can vape far exceeds places you are able to smoke traditional cigarettes.

Some banned places are obvious, like on airplanes, where there are tight restrictions on many types of electronic products, but otherwise you’ve got enormous freedoms that were never possible with tobacco.

At Work

Unlike cigarettes, which haven’t been allowed in the workplace in at least 30 years, many employers are totally cool with employees vaping as they work. It boosts productivity for smokers who are likely to be taking too many breaks. Vaping doesn’t have the negative consequences for those nearby like cigarette smoke, and they have no smell so they do not bother anyone. Smokers can cost employers more money than nonsmokers, so in many cases they are happy to accept electronic smoking into the picture because of their many benefits to their employees who would otherwise be a liability by smoking tobacco.

At Restaurants and Bars

Keeping customers happy usually means more sales in the hospitality industry, and e-cigarettes allow smokers to smoke and nonsmokers to be happy in restaurants and bars. Restaurant owners have found that allowing customers the ability to vape as they please keeps them in the location longer, which comes out to more sales. They also cause no drama with nonsmokers, making e-cigs perfect for social settings.

In Public Transportation

In metropolitan areas, millions of people rely on public transportation to conveniently get around, even though it comes with it’s own variety of stresses. If you lit up a cigarette on a public bus, you’d definitely raise some eyebrows, and most likely get asked to stop. Vaping with e-cigarettes on the other hand, will not be an issue most of the time because no one will smell the vapor, nor breathe in any second hand smoke, making them the better option if you want to pass time more smoothly while commuting.

Freedom to do as you please is a great thing, especially when you don’t make anyone uncomfortable. If you spend any amount of time outside of your home, e-cigarettes are the better choice for enjoying your nicotine: however you like, whenever you like, wherever you like!

 

 

How E-Cig Parts Work Together

header_img_banner_how_it_worksE-cigarette parts are very interesting. Through technology, a little bit of power and e-liquid, traditional cigarettes are simulated and the result is a feeling extraordinarily similar. So how do e-cig parts work together to make the magic happen? Here’s a look at each crucial part, and what it does to make this experience possible!

The Battery

This is the main part of the e-cigarette. It is the body, as well as the main source of power. Within the sleek aluminum shell is a powerful lithium ion battery cell. The battery can come in different sizes, with different features such as the crystal end tip, and vary in looks from one brand to another, but you simply cannot vape without one. The battery gets charged with different chargers and adapters, and the cartridges connect to it to make it work.

The Cartridge

The cartridges are disposable; when they exhaust all their liquid and no longer produce vapor, they get thrown away. Cartridges are fitted with built-in atomizers, which are known to have short life-spans. A fresh atomizer in each cartridge ensures excellent performance.

The Atomizer

The Atomizer, located within the cartridge, is responsible for heating the e-liquid and vaporizing it into vapor.

The Operating Mode Sensor

When the user takes a puff, the sensor automatically detects it, and sends a signal to the smart chip, which then signals the battery to send a charge of power to the atomizer to activate and do it’s job.

The Microcomputer Smart Chip

The Microcomputer Smart Chip is in control of the heat and the light of the e-cig.

Crystal LED Tip

More than just an attractive touch, the light at the end of the battery indicates when the e-cigarette is in use, lighting up when the user drags on the mouthpiece. It also flashes to alert you to when charging is needed.

Pretty interesting stuff, right? As you puff on yours, it’s amazing to consider the amount of technology behind all that flavor and pleasure! Just another reason electronic cigarettes are the new way to smoke!

Get the Most Out of Your E-Cigs When You’re On the Go

rushingLife is super hectic for most people, and in this digital age, we are all looking to multitask at the highest level possible. If you’re a smoker, electronic cigarettes take the cake over the performance of traditional cigarettes. Want to up your productivity and savor your nicotine at the same time? Vapor smoking is the answer.

Think about cigarettes and how you use them. You have to carry an assortment of items with you to be able to smoke and keep it clean. Having your cigarettes and a lighter is the bare minimum. You have to prepare for after the fact; i.e. with fragrance to cover the smell on your clothes, and with gum or mints to make sure your breath is not offensive. You also need to dispose of them properly because littering is never cool, even if it’s something so small and seemingly harmless as a highly toxic cigarette butt.

E-cig batteries get charged beforehand, so lighters are not necessary. If you’re vaping a lot, prepare ahead of time with a couple batteries that you keep charged as needed. They create no smell, so your breath and overall aroma won’t get affected. You simply take them out, turn them on, vape, and put them away. Sometimes you may even have to exert the effort of changing a cartridge.

Smoking also requires you to maneuver a bit. You have to smoke at designated times, in designated areas, and quite possibly not as often as you’d like if you’re busy and all over the place. Most people who do not smoke don’t want to come into contact with your tobacco fumes, and most rules generally rule in their favor.

E-cigarettes are simple; no maneuvering involved most of the time. No smoke and no smell give them the ability to be used as covertly or openly as you like. You won’t be offending anyone, and you won’t have to stick to “designated only” places to enjoy.

And then there are the additional benefits of accessories. These up the options you have, and enable you to keep your vaping as convenient as you want. They are leaps beyond traditional cigarettes, which offer little in the way of flexibility. Got a busy life and still want to have nicotine enjoyable? Electronic cigarettes are the answer.