An e-cigarette (aka electronic cigarette or vaping device) is a hand held battery-operated device that delivers vapour from heating a nicotine-based solution otherwise known as e-liquid.

Devices come in many variations; however, there are some shared components. Most e-cigarettes usually have the following components; a battery, a tank (clearomizer or cartomizer), and an atomizer. 

There are currently three device generations available on the market and Liberty Flights sells 2nd and 3rd generations.

• 1st generation devices resemble the look of cigarettes (aka ‘cig-a-likes’). They contain an automatic battery (90 or 120 mAh) with a short charge time and small cartomizer.

• 2nd generation devices consist of a manual, higher-capacity battery (650 - 1600 mAh) and charged by USB. These provide a longer life span, more vapour production and a better throat hit. The e-liquid can be refilled in the clearomizer. There is also an additional safety on/off feature.  There is a wide choice of atomizers or clearomizers that are available for this type of device.

• 3rd generation devices (aka ‘Mods’ from modifications). Mod devices come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  They can be typified by their larger battery capacity and tend to be used by people who explore the notion of the devices using larger tanks and lower resistance atomizers thus producing higher volumes of vapour.

There is clear evidence that e-cigarettes do not contain the 4000+ harmful poisons (such as tar) found in traditional tobacco cigarettes from tobacco smoke.  Many smokers find that the electronic cigarette offers a viable alternative to using actual cigarettes and may prefer to use electronic cigarettes and e-liquid. 

E-cigarettes are much cheaper than cigarettes. The set-up price of vaping may be a little higher than an average packet of traditional cigarettes, but the month-to-month cost is much less. The savings will depend on device type, vaping frequency and e-liquid.

Liberty Flights uses only the highest quality ingredients. Our PG, VG and Nicotine are all pharmaceutical grade and flavourings are food grade. All of the e-liquids are Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) tested at an independent UKAS accredited lab to ensure that they are free from diacetyl and other harmful components. After bottling, each batch undergoes a series of tests to ensure product consistency of flavour and nicotine strength and quality throughout the process. Test results and material data safety sheets (MSDS) are available upon request.

Liberty flights quality control systems are built using ISO 9001 and all of our hardware comes with CE and RoHS certification and test reports. 

Our expertise and experience is well founded and we have built strong partnerships with only first-class device manufacturers. Because of this, we are one of the few companies who collaborate closely with product design teams to develop one of the best ranges of devices and vaping kits on the market today. Liberty Flights is also a passionate ambassador for the industry by founding the Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA) with other industry leaders to support all levels of the supply chain.

What is a mod?

The word ‘mod’ literally refers to something that has been modified.  In vaping terms, a mod is basically a battery operated device that has been crafted to give you that ultimate vaping experience.  It works by using replaceable batteries and will give a constant voltage output throughout its use.

Mechanical versus regulated mod?

A mechanical mod is a tube that houses your battery and has no internal wires or circuit boards.  A top cap makes contact with the positive side of your battery, and a bottom cap makes contact with the negative side of your battery to create a circuit. The benefit of this is that there is less risk of parts breaking.

Regulated mods are more complex.  These mods take power from a battery and deliver it via a chipset to the atomizer.  This gives the options of variable voltage/wattage and generally have a led screen showing other information.  The benefit of a regulated mod is you have better control over your desired vape and output.

Which batteries can be used with mods?

For regulated mods, we recommend that you use our Liberty Flights branded SAMSUNG INR18650-25R 2500mAh High-drain Batteries.  Mods take different sized batteries so please refer to individual product listings for specific variations.

What is a Rebuild-able Atomizer (RBA)?

A rebuild-able atomizer or RBA is an atomizer that one builds from scratch.  The RBA differs from mass produced atomizers whereby the device is constructed using the right technique and component parts.  The advantages to building an RBA are that people can custom make their own devices and can get a sense of satisfaction and there will be a longer term cost saving. The disadvantages are that it requires good working knowledge of the processes and an awareness of the potential dangers associated with this process.  Liberty Flights does not recommend any person undertaking a rebuild unless they are confident of their own capabilities when concerning ohms and battery safety issues.

What do I need in order to rebuild?

The materials and tools required for rebuilding are as follows: Kanthal wire, wicking material i.e. cotton or silica, mini screwdriver set, wire snips, scissors, ohm reader or multi meter.  Liberty Flights does not recommend any person undertaking a rebuild unless they are confident of their own capabilities when concerning ohms and battery safety issues.

What ohms will my build be?

This will depend on the thickness of the wire you use as well as how many times you wrap the wire into a coil.  As a general rule, the thicker the wire and more wraps, the higher the ohms will be.

Check to see if the battery needs to be charged.  Each type of battery has a different charge cycle.  For example, an eGo 650mAh battery will charge somewhere around the 2 hour mark. Check the specific web page item descriptions for your type of battery.

If the button on your battery does not light up when pressed it may be that the battery is turned off.  Most batteries have a three or five click activation, this means if you press the button three or five times in quick succession, this will activate the battery, or switch it off. Switching the battery off (by clicking three or five times) when being stored in a pocket or hand bag is recommended.

ADV – Acronym for ‘All-day vape’ - an e-liquid that you don't tire of using on a daily basis.

APV – Acronym for ‘Advanced personalised vapourizer’, a term recognized in the electronic cigarette industry as a more accurate name for modern day devices used for vaporizing e-liquid.

Atomizer - The atomizer is the heating element that produces vapour. These generally need a cartridge to hold the e-liquid, but there are different types of these, including dripping atomizers and rebuild-able atomizers.

BCC - Bottom Coil Clearomizer (such as Kanger Protank, Mini Protank, EVOD, T3D, etc.). The atomizer coil sits at the bottom of the clearomizer tank near to the battery connection.

Battery – A battery is the component that supplies the current (power) to heat the atomiser which in turn will vapourize the e-liquid.  They contain a sealed rechargeable battery cell that are charged generally through the threading part of the battery.

Clearomizer / Cartomizer – A clearomizer has an atomizer and a tank that holds the e-liquid. These can also be referred to as ‘tanks’.

Direct Lung Inhale (DLI) – A direct lung inhale involves drawing the vapour straight down into the lungs. This menthod of vaping is more commonly used when sub-ohming.

E-Cig – Shortened terminology for ‘e-cigarette’. 

510/eGo Connection - This refers to the type of threading a battery has, where the clearomizer /atomizer connects. A 510 fitting is the industry standard fitting and will fit a clearomizer with a protruding 510 post via the inner threading of the battery.  The eGo fitting is the outer threading of the battery that allows clearomizers with a skirting (a hidden post) to screw onto the outside of the battery connection.

Genesis style Rebuildable Atomizer – Is an atomizer that consists of a tank to hold the liquid and a top section with the air holes, fill holes and posts.  This is where the wick/mesh and conductive coil are built by the user. Wicks such as silica, steel mesh amongst other material are often used.

Hybrid - Hybrids are a mechanical mod and Rebuild-able atomizers in one unit and are designed to be used in only one way. Most mods have a certain connection that allows us to plug in anything with that size connection. A hybrid cannot use anything else but what was made with it.

Juice – Juice, or e-juice, are names some people generally refer to for e-liquid.  It consists of a Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), flavourings and nicotine.

Ohms/Resistance - ohms is a measure of electrical resistance or how freely electricity is able to travel through something.  The lower the number (0.5 ohms) the hotter the clearomizer will burn.  The higher the number (1.8 ohms) the cooler the vape will be.

mAh -  Means Milliamps per hour and refers to the battery capacity.  The higher the mAh, the longer the battery will last between charges.

Mechanical Mods - Mechanical mods (Mech's) means that the mod has no circuit boards to start the battery power, just a battery making contact directly to the atomizer or coil with a push button of some variety. Most people use Mech's for the simplicity and or to sub ohm vaping on a dripper.

Mouth To Lung (MTL) – This is when you take the vapour into your mouth first, before inhaling it in to the lungs. It’s similar to sucking on a straw, you take a long draw and let your mouth fill with vapour first.

Pass-through - An alternate way of powering a battery or mod.  They are connected directly to a power source via a USB lead.  They can usually be used whilst charging. Some pass-through batteries do not have internal battery cells so will need a direct power source to work, others have a battery cell that will hold a charge so you can take the device out and about.

PG - Propylene Glycol (PG) is a base used in e-liquid.  It carries flavourings well and gives the user a greater throat hit.

Rebuildable Atomizers (RBA’s) - These are atomizers that are designed to have the coils and wicks built by the customer before use.  With a RBA you only have the cost of wick and wire which works out cheaper than buying replaceable atomizer heads.  A rebuild-able is designed for ease of use and ease of rebuilding.

Sub-ohming - This is just a way to get more power using 3.7v by making a coil of less than 1 Ohm resistance for your device. As above, as you lower resistance you increase current (the fabled Ohm's law) so you need to be sure that your batteries can handle the extra drain.  This gives you faster and more intense vapour production. There are dangers of draining the battery too much and cause it to vent.  If you do decide you want to sub-ohm, then the safety aspect to do this would be to use a multi-meter so you don’t destroy your items.

Throat Hit – This is a term commonly referred to as the feeling you get in the back of your throat when you inhale, replicating the feeling you get when smoking conventional cigarettes.

Variable Voltage Power - Some batteries have a Variable Voltage (VV) option.  You can set the voltage of the battery and control the amount of power coming from it.  This allows you to use different resistance atomizers or cartomizers and still get the desired throat hit and vapour production by adjusting the power.

Variable Wattage Power - Variable Wattage (VW) allows you to control how many watts your device will produce. Variable wattage will allow you to set the wattage, no matter what resistance atomizer or cartomizer you use with the device. If you set it to a desired wattage, it will always give you the same desired outcome no matter what resistance atomizer you use.

VG - Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is a base used in e-liquid.  It is a sweeter base and gives the user more vapour.  It is usually an option for people sensitive to Propylene Glycol (PG).

Wick - Parts that holds e-liquid will have at least one wick – some have more.  The wicks can be silica, cotton, stainless steel mesh and other materials that soak up the e-liquid.  These are wrapped inside a coil where it is heated and the e-liquid turned into vapour.

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