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Mini E-Cigarette Guide: Is a “Cig-a-Like” Right For You?

Mini e-cigarettes are usually the first type of electronic cigarette that people try. They also go by names such as "cig-a-like" and pen style, but generally they are all the same type of setup. A typical starter kit looks like this:

mini e-cig starter kit

So What Is a Miniature Pen-Style or “Cigalike” Setup?

 There are a great variety of electronic cigarettes on the market today. One of the always popular styles, and the one that is most often thought of when the word e-cig is mentioned, are the pen-style or “cig-a-like” style of electronic cigarette. There are a few good reasons why these continue to be popular among established vapers, and a solid option for those who have yet to try e-cigs.

 

Advantages & Disadvantages of the Cig-a-Like Model

As with all things in life, there are both advantages and disadvantages to miniature eCigarette models.

 

Advantages of Pen Style: Miniature Size, Portability, Ease of Use

pen style e cig womanOne of the most obvious advantages to using this type of e-cig is its size. The small, cylindrical shape of these e-cigarettes make it easy for them to fit into a shirt pocket, or a pants pocket, or even a small purse. These can literally go anywhere you go with very little hassle or effort.

Another advantage is their ease of use. With more complicated and larger devices, you might get more longevity, but they also require more work to maintain. Meanwhile pen-style miniature e-cigarettes  are generally sold with pre-filled cartomizers. While this may limit the user to a smaller selection of flavors, that does not mean they do not have choices. There are still a good variety of flavors available on the pre-filled side of things, and just think of the convenience. Instead of carrying around a box or carrying case filled with bottles and tanks all you need is your battery and a couple pre-filled carts.

The quick, discreet, and stylish look of these cig-a-likes is what has made them popular with those who don’t want to carry around a huge box mod all day. They are often the first choice for people who are trying an electronic cigarette for the first time. The fact that the cartomizers for most models are pre-filled makes for a much smoother introduction to the world of vaping. While the charge might not last that long, every single cig-a-like kit you find will come with a USB charging cord, and in today’s world that means you can recharge just about anywhere.

 

Disadvantage: Shorter Battery Life, Less Power, Less Customization

One of the biggest advantages of mini ecigarettes are their size and portability, but this has adverse effects on performance. Small batteries tend to have less power and life than the larger models such as the eGo or mods.

Another big problem is that most mini ecigarette brands make their cartomizers almost impossible to refill. And even when you are able to pop the cap off with a paperclip and drip some e-liquid inside, it just doesn’t taste that great.

 

Who Knows What the Future Holds for Miniature Electronic Cigarettes

While these disadvantages still exist to some degree with certain brands, there are advancements being made in cigarette look-a-like models that are giving them longer battery life, better vapor production and refillable options. The V2 Cigs new EX series is a perfect example of that.

 

 

Cig-a-Like Use Among Veteran Vapers

 Another use that some e-cig veterans have for these pen-style e-cigs is for travel. When going on short trips, it is sometimes seen as a hassle to bring along their advanced personal vaporizer or mod because of all the extra materials required. Who wants to go through the TSA with a large cylindrical object and bottles of nicotine fluid?  It’s situations like these where miniature models have the advantage.

 

Mini Style Electronic Cigarettes: The First Love of Vaping

cig-a-like loveUsually, as people gain more experience and knowledge about vaping, they move away from the small pen-style type of e-cig and into the eGo tank setups, or more complex and customizable mods. But this by no means should give the impression that the pen-styles do not have their fair share of uses.

It makes sense for a newly transitioned smoker to start with a cig-a-like, just to get a basic sense of what e-cigarettes are all about. And can you imagine the confusion that would ensue if you handed a complete beginner a rebuildable atomizer and a bottle of e-liquid? I personally would have given up trying and gone back to the pack. In many ways, they are the lasting image of the industry, the first product that brings each vaper into the vaping world and the image that pops into anyone’s mind when they think “electronic cigarette”.

But cig-a-likes are not going to be outdated technology. Already there are companies doing big things, such as cig-a-like hybrids. Just take a look at the V2 Cigs EX line of products for instance. They combine the portability of the mini e-cig with the power and flavor of an eGo setup and you really can tell the difference compared to their classic style.

As with any hobby, which vaping has surely become, people have multiple tools and items in their arsenal. Having a miniature pen-style e-cig that can accept both pre-filled carts and empty ones can come in handy. You will never know when you might need that quick and discreet vaping option.

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6 Responses to "Mini E-Cigarette Guide: Is a “Cig-a-Like” Right For You?"

  • Ana Maria Couto
    October 31, 2014 - 5:15 pm Reply

    Hello Kentaro

    I am a 73 y.o. lady, who smokes for 56 years. I am perfectly healthy and love to smoke, but my kids decided, I should try e cigarettes to try quitting completely. I smoke 15 to 20 cigarettes a day. I would like your advise, regarding the Mini Style E Cigarettes, as I spend most of my time at home. I also would like to know, if I can find it, with different amounts of nicotine.

    Thank you very much

    Ana Maria Couto

  • william bowden
    February 1, 2015 - 1:53 pm Reply

    hello i am 37 years old and have smoked since i was 12.It now is causing serious health problems. I am disabled and would love to try one of these brands but truly it’s hard to afford the starter kit. does anyone know where i might get some coupons to maybe help me out a little bit. thank you guys and MAY GOD BLESS.

  • Kimberly Hunter
    February 7, 2015 - 2:30 am Reply

    Would Love to try these vapor pens but was wondering how to find them a little cheaper..The one I found was over 50.00..And that was a cheap one..

  • PAT
    February 14, 2015 - 4:59 pm Reply

    I GOT MINE AT A STORE FOR 19.00 AND I GOT MY LIQUID AT THE MALL . I SAVE A LOT OF MONEY. I GOT 2 FOR 19.00 DOLLORS I CAME WITH EVERTHING. THE LIQUID WAS 4.99 AT THE MALL. AND IT WAS THE SAME CIGARETTES I SAVE ALOT OF MONEY BY GET THEI SKE 1BACK ADAY. NOW BY BYEING THIS I SAVE A LOT OF MONEY. AND IT HELP TO . DON”T GOT TO THE STORE AND GET YOUR LIQUID GO TO THE MALL.IT IS A LOT BETTER. I FELL LIKE I AM SMOKING A REAL CIGARETTES I HAVE 2 OF THEM I KEEP ONE ON CHARGE AT ALL TIME.I HAVE GOT ONE AT THE MALL AND THE ARE HIGHT.

  • PAT
    February 14, 2015 - 5:15 pm Reply

    MY SISTER WAS SMOKEING 3PAGE A DAY NOW SHE STOP WHEN SHE GOT HER ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES. BUT SHE GOT HER AT GREENVILL MALL. THE SAME CIGARETTES I GOT AT THE STORE. BUT THE LIQUID IS BETTER AT THE MALL.I GOT THE MENTHOL BECAUSE I SMOK MENTHOL CIGARETTES . BUT MY SISTER DID NOT SMOKE MENTHOL . BUT MENTHOL HELP HER BETTER BECAUGHTERSHE WAS SMOKERING 3 PACK ADAY. SHE HAS STOP SMOKER NOW FOR 4 YEAY.

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