Here’s a Question for You: What Are E-Cigs?

header_img_banner_how_it_worksIf you’re new to e-cigarettes, you may be wondering exactly what they are. You may have seen them, you may have heard of them, but if you’re wanting to know more about how e-cigs work and exactly what they do, read on!

Beginners start somewhere, even when it comes to electronic cigarettes. Guaranteed, if you were curious and confused before reading this, you won’t be afterwards! And, if you’re a tobacco smoker, you may even be interested in trying our e-cigs just to finalize the experience for yourself!

E-cigarettes are electronic cigarettes. They contain no tobacco, produce no tar, emit no smoke, and produce no odor. They are powered by electricity, not fire. However, they provide an experience that recreates the whole process of smoking, including the nicotine.

There are several main components to e-cigarettes: the battery, the cartridge, the atomizer (which is held inside of the cartridge) and the e-cigarette unit that houses them all. Inside of the disposable cartridge is a specifically measured amount of liquid nicotine, this is what gets vaporized during the smoking process. It gives the user the feeling of smoking, with vapor instead of smoke, all the while carrying the nicotine.

E-cigs can look almost identical to traditional cigarettes, down to the slightest details, including the light on the end, yet they are made of entirely different materials. Inside of an e-cigarette is a battery, which gets its power from being charged. There is also a microprocessor smart chip, which works by activating once a signal is sent when the user puffs on the unit. The battery then sends a charge of power to the atomizer inside of the cartridge, which in turn heats the e-liquid, vaporizing it into the hit for the user. All of this happens within seconds of the user bringing the e-cigarette to their mouth and puffing!

It’s amazing how much technology goes into these little devices, isn’t it? In short, e-cigarettes are electronic cigarettes. They are alternative cigarettes. And they are smokeless cigarettes. While these are all names they are called, they basically describe these awesome products that make smoking possible sans the smoke!

The Most Littered Item in the World: Cigarettes

cigarette-butts-2As if you needed another reason to drop the cigarettes for good, recent news tells us that cigarettes are the world’s most polluted item. And there’s a lot of pollution in this big wide world of ours! Electronic cigarettes are the more environmental choice for tons of reasons, and when you consider that it’s the responsibility of every person to keep this planet clean, it’s one more (really good) reason to make the switch to alternative smoking options.

Perhaps the problem with cigarettes is, is that they are just too easy to drop on the ground when they’re finished being smoked. Maybe the smokers who drop them just assume because they are so small, it doesn’t really matter. Sure, they’re tiny, insignificant, finished, seemingly made of paper that may biodegrade, but in reality they are anything but!

Cigarette butts are loaded with toxins, the filters are made of additional chemicals that do not actually biodegrade, and when they hit the ground, they unleash all of these chemicals into the environment where they are tossed. Lovely, isn’t it?

When cigarette butts are left laying around, floating in bodies of water, and piled into the ground, they are a constant target of wildlife. Fish, marine mammals and birds typically mistake them for food and eat them, with often ill consequences.

While it may seem like pollution isn’t that big of a problem, it is on a global scale. Cigarettes belong trash bins when they are done; nowhere else, no exceptions. As casually acceptable as some smokers find discarding their cigarettes this way to be, it isn’t.

If you’re looking for a better way to smoke, and to avoid being a part of this massive environmental problem, consider electric cigarettes. They are very much reusable for a long period of time. The cartridges and liquids used in them usually go a long distance, much farther than a single pack of cigarettes. Because cartridges are made of plastic or metal of some sort, they are much easier to toss in a receptacle, as opposed to on the ground somewhere; most people will not be changing their cartridges in such casual settings anyway. They accumulate less waste overall, promote recycling for disposal, and they encourage users to use a single product for a longer period of time instead of constant (often irresponsible) disposal.

Looking to make the switch to electronic cigarettes now? Check out our e-cigarette starter kits; there’s no better place to start!

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?

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.

 

How to Choose an E-Cig Flavor

Choosing an electronic cigarette flavor may seem hard at first, because with a selection of so many, how do you choose just one? Here is a little guide to helping you deiced which route to go, for the ultimate in satisfaction!

If you are just switching over from cigarettes, consider what you currently smoke. Do you smoke reds? Lights? Menthols? Are you happy with what you are using at the moment, or do you want to try something new? If you are worried about what e-cigarettes taste like, and if they will be similar or totally different from traditional cigarettes, keep in mind that everyone experiences taste differently, and really the only way to know what works for you personally is to just jump right in!

If you want to stick to tobacco, our Tobacco flavor was designed to be a classic, full-bodied, and exceptionally rich version, without the trappings of actual tobacco! Many of our customers have been thrilled with it, and have given feedback that it’s really similar. If you prefer a lighter version, remember that our cartridges come in four different strengths.

Menthol is an absolute staple, and it goes just as perfectly with e-smoking as it does with cigarettes. Our menthol was made to be an excellent balance of flavor and that signature cool menthol tingle, without venturing into minty territory.

If you think fruity is your thing, have a go with our Cherry flavor. It’s sweet, slightly tart, and very delicious.

If you crave something more exotic, try our Vanilla or Java flavors. Both offer new directions in taste when e-smoking, and are totally satisfying if you like sweet and rich flavors.

For those who are just not sure, and intrigued by all of our offerings, what we suggest to you is to try our Optima Flavor Sampler. In fact, we created this selection for those who are just starting out and need the variety of being able to try everything conveniently and cost effectively.

So when it comes to choosing a flavor, don’t let it intimidate you! Go for what you know, or try everything! We like to keep things simple, hope you enjoy!

Ways Optima Hooks You Up!

280010We really like our customers and one thing we are pretty darn proud of is how much we offer our customers. Not to brag, but we want to make being a customer a total pleasure and we whole-heartedly believe in making our customers happy. Want more reason to use to be an Optima Cigs user? Keep reading!

Great Products at Great Prices

The e-cigarette market is loaded with plenty of products that are overpriced and underperforming. We put our focus into having great products that perform when you need them to, so you won’t be let down. We also ensure that we are giving you a good deal, because you deserve the best at a fair price!

Cartridge Replenishment Program

If you are a customer who buys cartridges from us, we want to make sure you are getting the most for your money. This amazing program allows you to sign up for free, and receive your cartridges every month (or whatever interval you want) without having to reorder. It entitles you to a lifetime warranty on all of your parts, and there is no contract- you cancel whenever you want to, if you ever want to. You set the frequency, how many packs of cartridges you want, and await your deliveries. It’s nice not having to remember, and even nicer when what you need automatically arrives at your door! Another bonus is that you receive 20% off your cartridges for being a member! And did we mention, it’s free to join!

Top Notch Customer Care

Great customer service should be an automatic, but not every company takes the time to give it. We do. We stand by everything we sell, and want to make sure you are always satisfied. We offer numerous ways to get in touch with us, and are always working hard to ensure we’re pleasing our patrons.

Why 2-Piece Electronic Cigarettes Are Awesome

imagesElectronic cigarettes come in all kinds of different varieties. There are tons of different styles, and so many different options. Every brand offers their own take on the alternative cigarette, and what we specialize in is the 2-piece e-cig.

Some types require you to measure, mix, and fill your own liquids. Not everyone wants these additional steps, which can be messy, dangerous, and an absolute hassle if you are pressed for time. Being able to order pre-filled cartridges and whip out a new one every time the old one has expired is extremely simple, and it’s very convenient to do no matter where you are.

Another great feature of 2-piece e-cigarettes is that they look like traditional cigarettes, and many users, especially beginners, really appreciate that familiarity. They feel like traditional cigarettes, both when you hold them and use them. If you are smoking in the company of a crowd, they will allow you to blend in a little more easily, and not draw too much attention to the electronic device you are using; if that’s what you’re going for.

2 piece e-cigarettes are exactly that; two pieces. The battery is the main part, and the nicotine flavor cartridge connects to it. Within each part are other essential parts, but it is in these two main parts that they come together to create the magic that is e-smoking.

Inside of every battery is a computerized smart chip, a sensor, and the LED light that works as a signal for the user. Inside of every cartridge is pre-filled, flavored nicotine liquid and the atomizer, which is responsible for heating and vaporizing the liquid. Atomizers are known to have a very short performance life, and having them built into the cartridges allows for a new one with every cartridge change; resulting in optimal performance, and less frustration for the user.

With so many different electronic cigarettes available out there, it can be tricky choosing the perfect style. If in doubt, go with the 2-piece. Options, convenience, and having a similar body to a traditional cigarette will do you good!

E-Cigs: Better for Thanksgiving, and All Year Long

o-THANKSGIVING-facebookFamily gatherings, good times, lots of people hanging together, eating great food and finding yourself with very limited personal space: that about sums up the holidays, doesn’t it? If you smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes, does it tend to grate the nerves of your family members? Even if you do your best to keep the fumes to yourself, are you still self conscious about others around you being disturbed?

E-cigarettes are the answer. This year, get yourself prepared and arm yourself with vapor for all those family gatherings. They won’t leave you smelling of smoke, (or anything for that matter) and they won’t have anyone getting all stunk up about second hand smoke. Sure, you could go outside to smoke them, just to be extra courteous, but you don’t have to. Vapor cigs release vapor, and it leaves no trace, dissipating clean.

Another cool fact about e-cigarettes at family gatherings is that they make really great conversation starters. “Hey Ma, look! No smoke!” You can explain to everyone how awesome they are, how fun they are to use, and how no can smell anything remotely like smoke!

Cigarettes have long been a problem for nonsmokers, and smokers are often left to work around them. Yes it can suck, but when you are smoking e-cigarettes, you have a lot more flexibility on your side. You can get your fix, de-stress because we all know those family gatherings can get pretty stressful, and keep everyone happy at the same time!

This Thanksgiving, prepare ahead of time and set yourself up to be vaping. What goes down better after a highly satisfying meal than deliciously flavored nicotine (hint, hint: we’ve got amazing flavor cartridges)? Even better when you can do it as peacefully as possible!

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!

Still Smoking? Here Are 10 Reasons to Try E-Cigarettes

quitsmokingcigaretteE-cigarettes are revolutionizing the way smoking is enjoyed. They have changed the game entirely, and brought about an incredibly modern movement that is set to become a billion-dollar industry this year. So if you’re still puffing away on tobacco, have you thought about giving vapor a go? If you haven’t, here are 10 reasons to try them out. Who knows, you may come to realize how awesome it can be to go smoke-free!

  1. They cost less. Way less. And we all know how expensive cigarettes can be, especially if you live in a major metropolitan locale.
  2. E-cigs are more versatile; you have many more options as to where you can smoke them. You can also customize your products to your liking.
  3. No horrendous smell. Vapor is so much cleaner than smoke! It doesn’t stick to surfaces or stick around for the long haul, making your life smell stale.
  4. Those crazy chemicals that get laced into traditional cigarettes aren’t welcome with e-liquids.
  5. There is no tobacco, so nothing actually gets burned as you smoke. This means no tar and no ash.
  6. No toxin-loaded filters.
  7. E-cigs are better for the environment; not easy to pollute with, they’re reusable, and they last much longer.
  8. No need for lighters, matches, gum to conceal your smoker’s breath, or tons of fragrance to mask the smell.
  9. You’ve got more convenient options; such as our Cartridge Replenishment Program that hooks you up with automatic deliveries of your e-cigarette cartridges.
  10.  Convenience in mass quantities. You can use them around nearly anyone because they do not emit smoke, have no smell, and simply are not cigarettes.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! The many benefits, and ways electronic cigarettes can fit into your lifestyle are incredible. They are much more in tune with modern life than tobacco cigarettes, and they truly offer a digital alternative that is making a huge difference in the lives of others. Yes, they look awesome, feel  amazing, and give smokers a lot of freedom but in order to get the full scope of what e-cigarettes do, you’ve got to try them!