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Electronic Cigarette Intro: Part 1
Electronic Cigarette Intro: Part 2

Selecting the Right Device for You

 

Whatever model you choose, ensure that your initial order includes at least two atomizers, two batteries, one battery charger, 10 cartridges or cartomizers, and 30–60 ml of e-liquid ... and some means to ensure continued vaping for a full day (e.g., extra batteries, PCC, Passthrough, or high-mAh battery Mod). [NOTE: The following suggestions are organized by type of model, not in order of quality or recommendation.]

1. DSE901 or Joye 510 Yeti

If you want to start with an e-cig close to the size and shape of an analog (and are willing to cope with frequent battery recharging), consider either the DSE901 or Joye 510 Yeti:

  • The tried and true 118 mm DSE901 gets the job done, very well. It is an excellent choice if you would prefer an automatic switch battery – delivering power to the atomizer by sucking on the mouthpiece, rather than pressing a button. The $47 starter kit includes two batteries, one atomizer, wall charger & cord, five prefilled cartridges, and an instruction manual.

 

 

To ensure all-day vaping for at least two weeks, supplement the starter kit with:

 

o        At least one extra $10 DSE901 atomizer. Otherwise you would be paralyzed if your only atty gives up the ghost.L

 

 

o        The $23 Yeti USB Passthrough and $6 Adapter (510 battery to 901 atomizer) to save your two charged batteries for when you are away from the computer … and/or one or two extra $14 DSE901 batteries in order to have at least two fully charged backup batteries when you venture out into the world.

 

 

o        Last, but foremost, blank carts and juice! The cartridges in the starter kit will last you a couple days. In fact, the hardware will likely keep you going for one or two months. Buy two $2.85 five-packs of unfilled cartridges … and two to four 15-ml bottles of $11 Non-USA AltLiquid and/or $15 USA-Made AltLiquid. I recommend trying a variety of flavors.

 

 

 

  • The 112 mm Joye510 Yeti is the most popular model among those in the know and produces more vapor than any other electronic cigarette. It is the ideal choice if you want full control of the vaping experience by pressing a button to engage its manual switch battery. The $50 starter kit includes two batteries, two atomizers, wall charger & cord, five prefilled cartridges, and an instruction manual.

 

 

To ensure all-day vaping for at least two weeks, supplement the starter kit with:

 

o        The $23 Yeti USB Passthrough to save your two charged batteries for when you are away from the computer … and/or $20 Yeti PCC to charge one battery while vaping the other (and hold an extra atty and three carts), even when you are out and about.

 

 

o        And, of course, the blank carts and e-liquid as suggested for the DSE901. Buy two $2.85 five-packs of unfilled cartridges … and two to four 15-ml bottles of $11 Non-USA AltLiquid and/or $15 USA-Made AltLiquid.

 

 

 

2. KR808D

 

If you want the simplest, easiest to use e-cig and more puffs per battery charge (tie with the Penstyle, but short of a Mod), consider the KR808D: the two-part e-cig using an integrated cartridge and atomizer. You just screw on a pre-filled cartomizer and vape. No juice dripping or cart filling required (although you may want to do so to save money).

 

The $33 KR808D Starter Kit includes the PCC (with built-in USB charger), one 280 mAh battery, and two high strength cartomizers.

 

 

To ensure all-day vaping for at least two weeks, supplement the starter kit with:

 

·         Additional ways of powering your cartomizers, either:

 

o        One or two extra KR808D batteries in order to vape one battery while the other is being charged in your PCC, when you venture out into the world. You can pick one up for $14.95, KR808D Manual Battery.

 

 

o        And/or the $23 Yeti USB Passthrough and $6 Adapter (510 battery to KR808D cartomizer) to save your batteries for when you are away from the computer

 

 

·         And cartomizers and/or e-liquid! The cartomizers in the starter kit will last you only a day or so.

 

o        Buy two $9.50 five-packs of filled cartomizers (in any of six flavors)

 

 

o        Or two $9 five-packs of empty cartomizers (in any of six colors) and two to four 15-ml bottles of $11 Non-USA AltLiquid and/or $15 USA-Made AltLiquid. I recommend trying a variety of flavors and colors. [Colors add flair to the appearance of your e-cig and can enable you to color-code the flavors of e-liquid you insert.]

 

 

 

3. Silver Bullet or BB

 

If you want to be able to vape all day without using a charger, PCC, or PT and make a long-term investment in a personal vaporizer that can last a lifetime (and are comfortable with a device much larger than an analog cigarette) – the Silver Bullet or BB is for you.

 

·         The larger, virtually indestructible Silver Bullet ($99) is the ultimate in day-long vaping. It is available in its original namesake finish or in smooth black, with a fitting for the Joye510 Yeti atomizer.

 

 

You also need to order:

 

o        Two protected 18650 2400mAh batteries ($8 each) + a dual-battery charger ($14), both available from AltSmoke. NOTE: Always use protected batteries only.

 

 

o        Atomizers and/or adapters: two 510 attys ($16/pair) … or two 901 attys ($16/pair) + 510 to 901/KR808D/Greencig adapter ($6) … or a blank KR808D cartomizer five-pack ($9) + 510 to 901/KR808D/Greencig adapter ($6).

 

o        And, of course, the cartridges and e-liquid described previously for the smaller models.

 

 

·         The smaller but equally indestructible BB ($99) is for those who want many hours of uninterupted vaping in a more streamlined package. It is available in its original namesake matte black finish or in pink or purple, with a fitting for the Joye510 Yeti atomizer.

 

 

You also need to order:

 

o        Two protected 14500 900mAh batteries ($5 each) + a dual-battery charger ($14), both available from AltSmoke. NOTE: Always use protected batteries only.

 

 

o        Atomizers and/or adapters: two 510 attys ($16/pair) … or two 901 attys ($16/pair) + 510 to 901/KR808D/Greencig adapter ($6) … or a blank KR808D cartomizer five-pack ($9) + 510 to 901/KR808D/Greencig adapter ($6).

 

o        And, of course, the cartridges and e-liquid previously described.

 

 

·         If you’d like to have your cake and eat it too, i.e., have the smaller, streamlined BB and be able to access increased power, get the BB and the $55 BB Passthrough.

 

 

It attaches to the top switch portion of BB unit, replacing the battery with 5V of sustained power from a USB port on your computer.

 

 

 

How to Use Your E-Cig

 

Charging Up and Plugging In

 

The first thing to do when your order arrives is to charge your batteries fully – at least until the charger light turns from red to green, although four to eight hours is recommended for the initial charge. [NOTE: If you ordered the KR808D, the PCC is your battery charger, so skip to the next paragraph.] Connect the charger and cord and plug into a wall outlet or power strip. Screw a battery into the charger (notice that the LED on the battery flashes briefly and the light on the charger turns red). Or, if you ordered the Silver Bullet or BB, insert the batteries in the dual charger.

 

 

If you ordered a PCC, charge that fully as well. Connect the miniUSB cable to the Yeti PCC and plug the cable into a USB port on your computer. For the KR808D PCC plug the built-in USB connector. The red light will turn on and, when the PCC is fully charged, the green light turns on. Tip: You can charge one of your batteries in the PCC, as you are charging the PCC itself.

 

 

If you ordered the USB Passthrough, you can begin vaping immediately, even while your batteries are charging. Insert that slender blue 320 mAh battery into the black box on the cord (line it up the end with the bump at the + sign and the flat end at the spring). Close the little black box and plug the cord into your computer. [The tiny plug of the miniUSB cord goes into the bottom of your PCC; the larger plug goes into a USB port on your computer.] From now on, you can use your PT just like a battery, following the instructions in the next section.

 

 

While all that charging is going on, why don’t you sit back and read the little manual that came with your starter kit … and watch this review and demonstration of the Joye510 PCC (branded “Titan” by TECC) by Scott (“igetcha” of E-Cig-Reviews.com):

 

 

 

Your First Vape

 

Open up one of the cartridge (or cartomizer) packets. You see that there is a plastic “condom” on the end (to keep the juice moist). You remove that and put it to the side (you might have a need for it later). If you have the KR808D, skip to the next paragraph. Otherwise, remove the temporary empty mouthpiece from the atomizer and put it to the side (you might want to use that in the future also). Push the cartridge into open end of the atomizer.

 

 

For an optimum vaping experience, orient the cartridge as shown and described here by eclypse:

 

[NOTE: The filler in your cartridge is not blue. What’s shown in this photo is the “blue foam mod” described in the Appendix.]

 

Screw the atomizer/cartomizer into a fully charged battery (or passthrough). [In the case of the Silver Bullet or BB, unscrew the two portions of the battery housing, insert the battery into the housing (plus side up), screw the housing back together, and screw in the atomizer/cartomizer.]

 

 

Now the big moment! You stick it in your mouth and puff. [If you have an automatic battery, e.g., DSE901 or KR808D, skip to the next paragraph.] Nothing happens.L Oh, that’s right! I forgot to press the button. So you do it again, pressing the button while you inhale.

 

Oh, I felt something there, but not much. And where’s this vapor everybody talks about? Has AltSmoke let me down? Nope.

 

The problem is not with your new e-cig; it’s with your drag technique. You’re attempting to do it the same way as you have smoked an analog cigarette: a short, sharp puff directly into your lungs. But an e-cig, although similar in some ways, is not an analog (it’s better, but different). So some brief instruction is in order…

 

Using his penstyle e-cig (with an automatic battery), joshuajamerson explains and demonstrates what you did wrong and contrasts that with the more effective way to do it:

 

 

[NOTE: If you have a model with a manual battery, you don’t have to worry about that “fine line” he mentions. You just press the button and drag as long as you want.]

 

One aspect of puffing on an e-cig that he doesn’t mention is the two-phase inhale that most of us use. That long leisurely drag is not directly into your lungs (as with an analog), but into your mouth … and then inhale into your lungs.

 

Why don’t you give it a try? That was much better, wasn’t it? Lots of vapor and you really felt it. Oh, you want to go right back and do it again, huh? OK! Have at it … and start evolving your own puffing/inhaling style!

 

If you are using the Yeti or DSE901 atomizer, you may notice a rather unpleasant taste as you are vaping. Don’t worry; you are about to find out how to take care of that. We need to learn some…

 

 

Basic Operating Procedures

 

The Joye510 Yeti and DSE901

 

For these models, let’s bring in ECF’s and VF’s Kristin. Her Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your 510 tutorial provides the foundation for effective continued use of either the Yeti or DSE901 [or for the use of the SB and BB using Joye510 or DSE901 atomizers and cartridges]. We’ll supplement her wisdom with that of others from the vaping community, who will be joining us in photos or by video.


In the Getting Started portion of her tutorial, to get rid of that unpleasant taste, Kristin advises you to:

 

…blow out your atomizer. The atomizer comes from the factory with a “primer fluid” to keep it moist, but it tastes terrible. [Actually, I don’t think it’s that bad.] Simply place your mouth over the threaded end and blow hard [and steadily] onto a paper towel until no more liquid comes out.

 

 

[NOTE: This is the same thing to do if your atomizer ever becomes flooded with too much e-liquid at once.]

 

There may still be some primer fluid on the atomizer, so drip TWO drops [of e-liquid] directly onto the metal coil in the atomizer, attach the [mouthpiece/cartridge] to the atomizer and then screw the atomizer onto the fully charged battery.

 

 

[Then]…take a few puffs into your mouth [but don’t inhale into your lungs] and blow it directly out, to get the liquid flowing into the atomizer….If you continue to taste a burnt/chemical taste, this is the atomizer burning off the primer fluid. Continue to “puff & blow” until the taste diminishes.

 

From then on you will be able to vape contentedly with that atomizer. After awhile, you’ll notice the flavor, vapor, and/or TH (i.e., throat hit) begin to falter. That means you need to top off your cartridge. In the first half of this video, Dustin (aka “RatInDaHat”) of E-cigReview.com shows us how to do that (using a different model e-cig) and also introduces us to dripping.

 

 

 

As Kristin cautions, “DO NOT OVERFILL. Use the dropper to drip the liquid until it no longer absorbs into the filler. Usually around 15 drops [with a blank cartridge]. If some liquid pools at the top, dab with a paper towel…. drip TWO drops directly onto the metal coil in the atomizer.” And continue vaping.

 

The KR808D

 

[Also applies to the SB and BB using KR808D cartomizers.] Cartomizers were originally designed to be used once and thrown away. However, most users extend the life of their cartomizers by refilling them with juice (or by filling empty cartomizers from scratch). They hold approximately 1ml of fluid which means you can refill them less often than DSE901 or Yeti carts.

When you notice a change in flavor (some people say it tastes slightly plastic) or a drop in vapor, it's time to refill the cartomizer. [If you ever taste a harsh burnt flavor, throw the cartomizer away.] There are two ways to do that: the simple (but less effective) way and the more effective method (which requires a bit more effort).

 

The simple way: Drip into the hole at the battery end. The more effective way: Remove the end cap (and the plastic washer beneath it) at the mouthpiece end; and then fill the batting inside with juice. GrimmGreen demonstrates both techniques in this video:

 

 

 

Conclusion

There is a lot more you can learn about AltSmoke’s Yeti, DSE901, KR808D, Silver Bullet, and BB and how to enjoy them. Refer to the following Appendix, browse the threads in ECF’s Joye 510, DSE 901/b *Mini*, and KR808D-1 Model Specific Discussion forums, the Order of the Silver Bullet and AltSmoke forums, and search throughout
ECF and Vapers Forum. Ask the wise men and women we’ve consulted in this guide (including in the Appendix). Shown below are those we called on the most. [You’ll recognize the guys from their videos. We read the words of Kristin (in the top row) and will hear the words, and see the hands, of Ms T (in the lower right).]

 

 

As a last resort, you can even ask me! [That “last resort” crack was modest self-deprecation and not meant to discourage you. Actually, I’d love to hear from you! Be forewarned: I am not very technically savvy.]

Of course, for any questions about the items you receive – or want to order – from AltSmoke, don’t hesitate to contact Rob (“halopunker” on ECF), AltSmoke’s proprietor extraordinaire.


In his inimitable way, pugilist BigIceDog points the way to find out even more about vaping:

 

Enjoy your electronic cigarette and accessories, all the great AltLiquid … and your interactions with one of the best vaping suppliers in the world!

~DonDaBoomVape



Electronic Cigarette Intro: Part 1
Electronic Cigarette Intro: Part 2