What is a Rechargeable E-Cigarette?

As its name suggests, a rechargeable e-cigarette is a type of electronic cigarette - otherwise often known as a vape - that can typically be recharged. Usually, when a rechargeable e-cig runs out of e-liquid, you can refill it with more. These types of rechargeable devices are generally designed to last longer than disposable e-cigarettes. However, the lifespan of a device depends on the exact product and brand. 


How Does a Rechargeable E-Cigarette Work?

A rechargeable e-cigarette typically serves the same function as other vaping devices – by heating an e-liquid to produce a vapour. There are a number of different reusable e-cigarette types and designs. One common design for a rechargeable e-cigarette is one that includes a wick and coil.

Below is a step-by-step guide on how some rechargeable e-cigs with a wick and coil work: 

  1. Power from the rechargeable battery typically heats the coil - the coil is a piece of conductive wire, often responsible for heating e-liquid. 
  2. The coil usually heats the wick - the coil is generally wrapped in a spiral coil shape around the wicking material. When a coil is primed properly, the wicking material should be moist with e-liquid to allow it to vapourise properly.
  3. The wick and coil should vapourise the e-liquid - once heated, the coil shouldvapourise the e-liquid - soaked up by the wick – to produce a vapour. 
  4. Vapour is produced – vapour should emit from the mouthpiece. 

Once the vape runs out of battery, it will likely not work again until it’s been sufficiently recharged. It’s worth checking manufacturer guidance for the device in use, then follow the instructions accordingly. To recharge the device, you’ll likely need to plug it into a power outlet and wait for it to charge up. When charging up a rechargeable e-cig, it’s important to use a compatible charging kit - i.e., one provided with the vape or recommended by the manufacturer. This may help the e-cigarette charge safely, and potentially prevent damage.


Rechargeable E-Cigarette Pros

There are several potential differences you may notice from purchasing a rechargeable e-cigarette over other, non-rechargeable options, including the following:  

  • Longer lasting - rechargeable e-cigarettes are usually built to last longer than other, non-rechargeable options (i.e., disposable e-cigs). 
  • A range of e-liquids – a rechargeable e-cigarette can typically be refilled. Depending on the device and the manufacturer, adult vapers may be able to explore a variety of different compatible e-liquids to use with their rechargeable e-cig. 
  • Potentially more cost-effective - a single disposable e-cig is often cheaper than a single rechargeable device in the short-term. However, a rechargeable e-cigarette could be cheaper in the long-run, depending on the adult user’s individual vaping pattern. Disposable e-cigarettes should usually be discarded and replaced with a new device once they run out, whereas rechargeable options might not need replacing as often.  


Rechargeable E-Cigarette Cons

Rechargeable e-cigarette devices could be an option for adult smokers who would otherwise continue to smoke. However, they may present drawbacks. The best decision any adult smoker can make is to quit tobacco and nicotine consumption entirely. Potential drawbacks from rechargeable e-cigarettes include the following:  

  • Often cost more initially - buying a rechargeable e-cigarette could cost more to begin with when compared to buying a disposable, non-rechargeable device.  
  • Usually require more maintenance - more upkeep is typically required with a rechargeable e-cig compared to a non-rechargeable device. This could include charging, refilling the vape tank, and periodical coil care

While it might take more technical know-how to use a rechargeable e-cigarette, learning about these devices and which ones work best for different preferences could optimise your vaping experience. 


Rechargeable Smoke-Free Alternatives

Those looking for a rechargeable smoke-free alternative may want to explore a number of different devices.  A rechargeable e-cigarette starter kit could be a suitable option for adult smokers to consider. Alternatively, so could certain heated tobacco devices – which typically heat tobacco instead of burning it. While the best course of action for any adult smoker is to quit tobacco and nicotine use entirely, rechargeable e-cigarettes and other smoke-free products like heated tobacco devices may be a better option than continuing to smoke. Of course, this should be substantiated on a product-by-product basis. 

IQOS is a provider of heated tobacco devices. IQOS provides real tobacco taste and satisfaction. In fact, studies* showed that the satisfaction of those who switched completely to IQOS is comparable to those who continued to smoke cigarettes. IQOS emits on average 95% lower levels of harmful chemicals compared to cigarettes.** Explore IQOS’ heated tobacco range on our website.  

Important information: This does not necessarily equal a 95% reduction in risk. IQOS is not risk-free.

*  3 month clinical studies conducted in US and Japan with 160 adult smokers each under real conditions (ambulatory). 
**Reductions in levels of the 9 harmful chemicals the World Health Organization recommends to reduce in cigarette smoke, which do not include nicotine. See Important Information on IQOS.com.

IQOS is not risk-free and provides nicotine, which is addictive. IQOS products are not designed as cessation aids and are not alternatives to quitting. 

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