The industry continues to evolve into a more vibrant sanctuary of former smokers, but one question remains:
What electronic cigarette to suggest to a current smoker?
It seems like this question should be reanalyzed each month because of the increased production of new products reaching the electronic cigarette market. Though the suggestion should mainly rely on what exactly the smoker is looking for, it’s a bit tough getting that information being that the majority of them don’t know themselves. There are so many options of hardware accessories, devices and brands, that even an experienced user has to rethink the dilemma.
When smokers gain interest in electronic cigarettes or are looking for an alternative to traditional cigarettes, they don’t know what to purchase. It’s very confusing to someone who has no knowledge of the products or the industry itself.
Smokers face a hefty choice when it comes to ecigs. Like many of you, I was faced with this same kind of uncertainty. So, in order to suggest an ecig to a smoker, you have to think like a smoker. You have to remember what you wanted when you were looking to make the switch. Trade-offs are important to your suggestion as well. You have to know what trade-offs the smoker is willing to endure. For example, if they want longer battery life, they can’t have a smaller stick style ecig.
Stick Ecig: The stick ecig has all the looks of a traditional cigarette, which typically makes a current smoker comfortable and more apt to purchase. Though its look-a-like appearance may put people more at ease when out in public, it doesn’t always give the best first experience because of the smaller battery life.
eGo Ecig: The eGo Ecig offers a longer battery life, but it doesn’t have the look of a traditional cigarette. Being that the battery is a bit larger, the eGo has the ability to produce a tad bit more power as well. The longer battery life may entice some, but others may not feel completely comfortable with an e-cigarette that is the size of a cigar. That said, using the eGo ecig can potentially cause new users to give up the because of other staring at them or giving them odd looks. However, if they can look past the weird moments out in public, the eGo can give them a much satisfying experience.
Modified Ecig (Mod): Mod’s are typically much larger than even a cigar sized ecig. However, this type of ecig has a potential battery life of several days, depending on the battery used. In addition, the battery on mod’s usually have to be charged externally, requiring a larger charger. Though these devices carry quite the hefty size, they produce a good amount of power. They may do well on power and satisfying ones needs, but sadly, it doesn’t stop the uncomfortable feeling you get when using the device in public, nor is it the most pocket friendly ecig to carry around. A mod can give a satisfying experience, but is it worth chancing being uncomfortable and the possibility of them picking back up the traditional cigarette?
Advanced eGo: As I said earlier, eGo’s are the size of a cigar, so if the user can look past it’s minor leap in size, then it would make for a nice vape. An advanced eGo carries all the traits of a standard eGo, with added benefits. It gives the user an ability to dial in a voltage, thus producing more power and a vape that can satisfy even the most experienced of users. Due to increased power consumption, it probably won’t last as long as a standard eGo (dependent on the user). An advanced eGo is possibly the closest ecig to meeting both worlds – having a smaller device and abilities to produce more power.
Advanced Personal Vaporizer (APV): The APV is the big daddy of vapor. It takes the battery life from a normal mod, then adds in advanced features similar to an advanced eGo… and then some. An advanced personal vaporizer is typically large in size, but depending on the battery used, it can last for days. The performance of an APV is the best you can get – it usually offers multiple functions, like variable voltage, variable wattage, on top of a variety of diagnostic functions. In addition, screens are very common in these devices. Users can get the full and complete package, not missing a beat in their nicotine delivery, but again, expect odd looks in public.
These are the choices you have when suggesting an e-cigarette to a current smoker and I know what you might think… offering them a larger device is out of the question because it may make them feel uncomfortable. Though that may be true, the smoker will also need to understand that times are changing and it’s not about worrying about what others might think, but instead, they need to worry about what satisfies them, gives them a complete experience that will keep them away from picking up another tobacco cigarette. If anything can do it… it’ll be these larger devices.
For me personally, I tend to suggest an advanced eGo, such as an eGo Twist. They’re a step up in battery life and they have the ability to satisfy a user at almost any power preference. If the user is a light smoker, then 4 volts may hold them over and give them the vapor they want or maybe they’re a heavy smoker and really need something with a punch. The advanced eGo can definitely leave users with a great experience, especially if they’re new to electronic cigarettes.
It’s important to suggest the right electronic cigarette to current smokers. You want them to have a great first experience, whether it be from a bangin’ power house of a mod or even the small, pocket friendly ecig. If you think this topic is a joke, then you’re sadly mistaken on what’s important in this industry. It’s our job to help this industry grow, help users make the right choices and guide current smokers into the right direction. You want users to become successful with e-cigarettes; a higher success rate will encourage others to give this alternative a go. Ecigs have helped you, so now is the time for you to help them.
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