Entry-level vaping device – Is it a cigarette?

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Entry-level vaping device – Is it a cigarette?

Let’s have a look at the entry-level vaping device for beginners and those new to vaping – the cig-a-like.

As its name implies, a cig-a-like is a mouth to lung hit (MTL) device that mimics the smoking experience. What this means is that you hold the vape in your mouth before inhaling it into your lungs, much like smoking a cigarette, or filling your mouth with cigar smoke to retain the flavour.

Cig-a-likes are known for their simplicity and can be great introductory devices. They’re often the choice of device for beginners, who then transition to stronger, more sophisticated vapes.

The entry-level vaping device is often characterized by these features: having a battery and a cartomizer, being draw activated, and having an LED light to mimic the ash-like appearance of dragging on a cigarette.

The cartomizer, and the draw-activated feature are unique features of a cig-a-like. (A cartomizer combines the atomizer and flavour cartridge.)

The different types of cig-a-likes

There are two different types of cig-a-likes:

  • Disposable (pre-filled e-liquid): You buy pre-filled e-liquid cartridges, usually in packs of 5. After the cartridges are spent, you replace and vape on! 
  • Refillable (manually fill cartomizer with e-liquid):  You have the option to manually refill with your preferred e-liquid. Cartridges still need to be replaced when the wicking material is used up. You can also buy blank cartridges in packs of 5 or more.

Common characteristics of mouth to lung devices:

  • Low wattage
  • Less vapour production, so less e-juice consumption
  • Tighter draw
  • Entry-level devices
  • Holds about 1 ml of e-juice (20 drops)
  • Rechargeable with wall charger or one-piece disposable

Pros and cons

User-friendlyShort battery life
Use less e-juiceLow e-juice capacity
Fuss-free vaping deviceLow vapour production
Ultra-portableTight airflow


Making the move to vaping can be dauting, but with the right information at your fingertips, you’ll be on your way in no time. Head on over to Vaper’s Corner and check out our Rookie starter kits for more information.