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
One 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
Usually, 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.