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In this post, I will describe the steps of tweaking your fresh CE2 Cartomizer, so you will have the best experience possible.

First off, a few tips on CE2 Use:

You should keep the cartomizer upright when not in use, this will prevent any possible leakage. (I keep my unit in my shirt breast pocket, and it doesn’t leak at all)  If you allow it to rest horizontal, you may experience leaking from the tip.

If you taste a light burned flavor, or not enough vapor, invert the cartomizer and gently squeeze the tube to force a little extra juice into the coil wick.

First look:

Photo 1 – The nice box they come in.

Photo 2 – Single Cartomizer removed from box.

Photo 3 –  Removed from wrapping.

Photo 4 – This is a dental chisel / hoe that I use for manipulating my vaping gear, I highly recommend finding one for your kit!!

After removing the unit from it’s wrappings, you want to remove the silicone mouthpiece, as well as the anti-leak barrier. (Photos 5&6)

Next, you want to insert your tool into the opening and under the lip, and gently raise the cap about 1-2mm, be very gentile as this silicone cap can tear easily, and if you pull too hard, you can pull the cap out completely, and then have to re-seat it.  (Photo 7)

The point is to lift the cap just enough to leave a very small gap between the top of the wick braid and the cap, to promote air and fluid exchange.  If you look closely at the picture, you will see the small gap. (Photo 8)  If the gap is too large, you may get leakage.

The next step is to fill your syringe, and insert it into one of the small holes in the cap, then fill the unit until it is full. (Photos 9 & 10)

After you have filled the unit, you should drip a small drop or two of fluid directly on the wick and coil to saturate it, and help with the initial wicking. (Photo 11)

After you have replaced the anti-leak barrier and mouthpiece, turn the unit upside down and give a gentle squeeze of the tube, to push a small amount of fluid into the wick and coil, to finish the initial wicking process.

Screw the unit onto your battery of choice, and vape away!  If the unit is too dry or tastes burned, feel free to invert and squeeze the tube again to push more fluid into the coil.


This is a great video for all new vapers to watch.  I think most of us went through this, and wish we would have went straight to the 3rd or 4th stage when we began 🙂


Good for you!  You’ve made a decision that will most probably change your life.

You have done a bit of research, there are so many choices, so many units, so many flavors, so many sizes, it’s just too much to take in!

Where do you start?

I think it’s best for me to tell you first, where NOT to start.  The PV/e-cig world is pretty new, there are a lot of scammers, gimmicks, and ripoff artists just waiting to take your money for a substandard product.  Here is a short list of things to avoid when starting out:

  • Gas station e-cigs  – Generally over priced, and substandard hardware.  It will not last you more than a few weeks, and you’ll be spending too much.
  • Free Trials – AVOID THESE LIKE THE PLAGUE!  There is not a true e-cig free trial anywhere to be found on the Internet.  By the time you receive your unit, you will have already been charged, and unable to cancel, as well as concurrent charges for shipments of disposable hardware, they are all scams.
  • Brand name online stores (Blu, NJoy, Greensmoke etc) – They are usually just branded generic hardware, at a slightly higher price.  Not all of them are bad, however.  You should do some in depth research if you want a “brand named” unit.  Cruise the various forums out there ( is one of the best), and find out what people are saying about the company.
  • Disposable e-cigs – “Disposable” e-cigs aren’t worth the money.  You can find a fully functional e-cig at many trustworthy vendors for just a few dollars more, literally.

So, now that you’ve been warned, what do you want to get?

As mentioned before, there are MANY different models of PV’s out there.  Each one suited to a different style, and each having strengths and weaknesses.

First, you need to ask yourself a few questions:

  • Do I absolutely need it to look and feel like an analog cigarette?
  • Do I want to have to charge it every few hours, or carry 6+ batteries for a day?
  • How do I want to refill?

I personally recommend that all new people interested in PV’s to get a Genuine Joye 510, or one of the bigger battery units with the 510 connection.  The Joye 510 is about the size of analog, a little longer, and has many options available for color, battery life, manual or automatic switches, etc.  Battery life differs dependent on what mAh rating you purchase.  A 180mAh battery will last the average vaper about 1-3 hours between charging, and takes between 30 minutes to an hour to charge.  The higher the mAh rating, the longer you can go between charges.  I have seen standard 510 batteries up to 360mah (3-5 hours between charges).  If you want a PV that can last all day, then I would recommend the eGo series, which ships with a standard 650mAh battery (8-15 hours between charges), or the optional 1000mAh battery (24+ hours between charges).  My “between charges” ratings are by personal experience, and always depend on how much you use it.

The big difference is in size.  While the 510 is pretty close to cigarette-size, the eGo is best compared to a Sharpie marker, being just a little bit thicker, and about the same length.  The 1000mAh battery will make it about 3/4″ longer than a sharpie.

Ok, so you’ve picked your battery size.  Now, on to the fun part.  The 510 has 3 different possible methods of use, while the eGo has 4.

  • Atomizer and Cartridge – The original way, the atomizer produces the heat to vaporize the juice, and the cartridge holds the juice in a polyfill material that is then wicked onto the heating coil.   Atomizers can last from one week to a year+ if you take care of them.  You can also refill the cartridges.
  • Atomizer and Drip Tip / Blank – Shortly after e-cigs were released, people got tired of refilling the cartridges too often.  They discovered you can just drip 2-4 drops of e-juice directly into the atomizer and vape, this produced a much better flavor, vapor, and throat hit than using the cartridges.
  • Cartomizer – The second iteration of the e-cig.  It is an atomizer and cartridge built into one unit, they are disposable after several uses.  You can refill these as well, using various methods.
  • Tankomizer (eGo Only) – Uses an atomizer and a tank of fluid to deliver a solid, steady vape.  This is my preferred method.  Easy to refill tanks, less mess, less to carry around.  The juice is delivered to the atomizer with each puff, using airflow to suck it out of the tank.


Ok, I’ve picked a model I like, where should I buy it?

If you head to the forum I referenced earlier (, you will see they have a long list of suppliers, each with their own forum.  These vendors have been tried, tested, and proved to be trustworthy sources for your PV needs.  Once again, you should do your research, and read what people are saying about each one you are considering.

You may be asking: “Who do you use, Zombienerd?”  Well, I’ll be glad to tell you!  I have had great luck with a couple different suppliers so far.

  • – EXCELLENT Customer Service, Fast shipping, and good prices.  They offer a good diverse line of 510 and eGo kits, but their juice selection is lacking.
  • – They carry some good starter kits, lots of adapters, and miscellaneous accessories, they ship fast.
  • – This is my “go-to” shop for my e-liquids, pretty quick shipping, and an excellent selection.  (He is currently moving his shop, so no orders would ship until March 1st 2011)
  • – Another excellent source for starter kits, juice, accessories.  It’s a “One Stop shop”

If you have any questions, feel free to comment, I will definitely help you if I can!

Congratulations!  You’ve taken the first step just by being curious!

There are many reasons why the PV is better than “Analog” cigarettes.


  • Their smoke contains over 4000 chemicals.
  • Their smoke leaves you smelling like an ashtray.
  • Cigarettes are very expensive.
  • Cigarettes produce ash.
  • Cigarettes produce trash.
  • Cigarettes cause cancer.
  • Cigarettes cause heart problems.
  • This list could go on for pages.


  • Limited ingredients, you know what you’re inhaling
  • Produces vapor, not smoke.
  • Vapor doesn’t cling to you, you won’t smell like an ashtray.
  • No lighter required.
  • No ashtray required.
  • Can be used pretty much anywhere, very few places have banned their use.
  • With the proper equipment choices, Vaping is MUCH cheaper than smoking.
  • You choose how much nicotine you get, from Zero MG up to 30mg.
  • No smelly clothes.
  • No yellow teeth.
  • Sense of smell returns.
  • Sense of taste returns.
  • This list could also go on for pages.

PV’s are not really designed to help you quit smoking, but they have that effect.  They are a nicotine delivery device, much like cigarettes, snuff, chew, snus, the patch, or nicotine gum.  The reason that PV’s are so successful in helping people quit tobacco, is that they give you everything a cigarette does:  the oral fixation, the “motion” of smoking, the nicotine, as well as feeling it hit your throat/lungs/mouth.

You will not find an eLiquid (the juice that the PV uses) that tastes exactly like smoking a cigarette.  This is quite impossible, as that taste is created by burning material, and in order to get that taste in a PV, you would need to add in many of the harmful chemicals that we all want to get rid of!  The standard tobacco flavors that you will find with the starter kits taste more like what a fresh cigarette smells like before lit.  That is the actual taste of tobacco.

“So, will it work for me?”

It absolutely will, as long as you want it to.  There is a bit of brain play involved.  Vaping is not 100% identical to smoking, there are many subtle differences.  Vaporized e-juice’s nicotine is slower to absorb into your system than that of burned tobacco.  Some thought and planning have to go into making yourself successful.

The hardest part for me was first thing in the morning.  I used to wake up, go straight outside and have a cigarette, it was all that was on my mind.  The nicotine from a cigarette hits your brain in seconds, it’s instant gratification.  Waking up since I started vaping was a bit different.  I found that I had to get a good 7-8 puffs in before I started feeling the same as I would on the first drag of the cigarette.  How I combated this, was to do my “morning vape” before I even got out of bed.  I have children, so I have not smoked in the house for years, this small change has helped me significantly in this regard.  Now, I can just lay there, and take several puffs to get my brain happy before I even have to pull back the covers.

Each person’s physiology is a bit different, you may have a harder time giving up the analogs than I did.  You may take your first vape, and never think of analogs again.  It’s best to get yourself psyched out before you ever start vaping.  You must know that this is going to work before you ever try it.  I was so excited when I got my first PV that I never even thought of lighting up again.

Standard disclaimer:  Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV)