Tips for Transitioning to E-Cigarettes

e-cigarette-reutersE-cigarettes may seem totally different than traditional cigarettes to those who are considering switching, but keep in mind, they are made to be similar and give you a very similar feeling. Here are some tips for switching to vapor, just to make it go a little easier. Intimidating as it can be, remember that it has worked for millions!

-Go easy on yourself. Switching may not go over in a day or a week, so don’t have hard expectations on yourself. Take it slowly, and don’t get anxious about it. You may have to learn to like vaping, so give yourself the chance to do so.

-It’s okay to alternate traditional cigarettes with e-cigs as you get used to them. Lots of people go this route, and find it makes the whole experience easier.

-Experiment with products and flavors, as this will allow you to find what you like and don’t like, and make vaping fit into your life better.

-Consider the differences between e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes. If you’ve smoked cigarettes for any considerable amount of time, you have gotten very used to having a lot of chemicals building up in your system. It can come as a shock to no longer have them when you switch; you may feel different!

-Drink lots of water. It can help your system flush out toxins better, and a clean palate allows you to experience e-cigarette flavor in a cleaner, fresher way.

-Choose a brand of e-cigs wisely. Go for quality and options, as you’re more likely to have a positive experience with a good brand that performs well as opposed to a low quality product with bad performance that only lets you down. Read reviews, look at e-cigarette FAQ’s, and do some research before settling.

-Time limits for quitting are not a good idea; they can add more stress to the experience. Instead set reasonable goals monthly, so you have the ability to accomplish them instead of having overblown expectations you cannot possibly meet.

Switching doesn’t have to go over with difficulty if you plan accordingly. More and more smokers are choosing to go with e-cigarettes, and hopefully you can too with some preparation! Good luck!

Update Your Smoking; Update Your Life

ecigs130506_250Smoking traditional, old fashioned tobacco cigarettes has gotten to be well, old fashioned. Between feeling like a leper anytime you’d like to smoke in public, to having to shell out a fortune to keep up with the habit, turning people off with the smell of smoke, and basically having to maneuver your way around everything and everyone just to get some nicotine, it’s a wonder that anyone even smokes cigarettes anymore!

Not to mention, smoking bans have popped up everywhere, smokers have never been so discriminated against, and even employers are discerning when it comes to hiring those who have tobacco habits. The answer for today’s day and age, my friends, is to take your smoking to the next level and drop the tobacco and smoke. Go with electric cigarettes.

Millions upon millions of smokers have made the decision to go with electronic cigarettes as a way to avoid so many of the pitfalls of smoking. Their reasons to switch to e-cigs are plentiful. Many enjoy the additional control they have with vaping, as opposed to the control cigarettes generally wrangled over them. Being able to consciously choose how much nicotine you want in your cartridges is one of the various perks. Many enjoy the conveniences of purchasing online, often with convenient delivery services (such as our own Cartridge Replenishment Program) that enable them to sign up for automatic deliveries at set times.

So many smokers who have transitioned to electronic smoking enjoy that they no longer have to be worried about how they smell around others, they can enjoy their e-cigarettes while in public, indoors, and around groups of people. The ability to have the conveniences of electronics, which allow users to charge batteries, ditch the lighters, and maintain greater cleanliness are excellent; no one ever misses the ash and trash of cigarettes once they’ve switched!

Like everything these days, digital and electronics have taken over, and for very good reason. E-cigarettes are the modern way to smoke, and they are loaded with benefits, unlike their smoky counterparts!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

Accessories Just Make Life Better

header_img_banner_accessoriesWant to know how our e-cigarette accessories work and what they can do for you? Keep reading!

Batteries:

Essentials and also accessories, batteries are the main component to e-smoking. Have a few extra so you have backup, and to extend the life of each battery. Two sizes: the High Capacity and the Mini give you options as well, get to know both of them!

Chargers:

Not something you can really live without, when you’re vaping your battery will need to be charged. Luckily for you, we’ve got a very nice selection of chargers to choose from. The Vehicle Charging Adapter, the USB Charger, and the Wall Charger give you a lot of choices and the ability to use them in a very wide variety of places. The USB charger is perfect for your desk at work, or to keep in your computer bag for access to anytime you are using your laptop. The Vehicle Charging Adapter enables you to charge whenever you are in your vehicle, and if you drive a lot, commute, or just happen to spend a lot of time in your car, it will really come in handy. In fact, this charger is so useful, it’s smart to just keep it in your car so it’s ready whenever you need it.

Cases:

Not essentials, but definitely useful, carrying cases can really help you stay organized and ready for vaping all the time. It’s great to have a case that safely holds your e-cigarette gear under all circumstances. Another reason to love these is that they are designed with a sleek profile in mind, so that they are comfortable and small enough to fit into a pocket so you can brings them anywhere you want. Choose from the Optima Hard Pack Case and the Compact Carrying Case.

Digital products and accessories kind of go together. Electronic cigarettes are made to be user-friendly, and allow for a lot of versatility, and having the right accompanying gear makes them all the more enjoyable! Let our e-cigs and accessories make e-smoking work for you!