Pros and Cons of Automatic vs. Manual Batteries

SouthBeach Smoke helps e-smokers understand the different vapor cigarette battery options, and choose the best one for them

In this day and age of technology, it seems some device always needs to be charged. It can get very annoying but then again, think of all the good things that come from these devices.  I know in my house, the saying "I need the charger" or "Where is my battery?" are constant statements and questions made by multiple family members. 

Batteries are vital and a GOOD battery is even more vital! 

This of course applies to vapor cigarettes as well – unless you're planning to always use your device through a USB power supply, you will need to choose which type of battery you will have for your vapor cigarette.

Read further to figure out what is the best type of vapor cigarette battery for you – manual or automatic.

Knowing how the vapor cigarette battery works is a very important concept to understand before you purchase one.

Relax, you don't have to know every little detail of how the battery works like you would have to know all details on a college exam, but a general understanding is good so that you can see just how important it is to buy quality. Just like the battery in your car, phone or laptop, this is where your power comes from for your e-cig to work properly.

So, the battery and cartridge work together and go together. Inside the cartridge, there is a heating coil that vaporizes the nicotine-infused liquid that you inhale.

What are automatic batteries all about?

When you have an automatic battery, the heating element engages immediately when you begin taking a puff on the device.  If you are used to a traditional analog cigarette, this may be something that is the most comfortable for you.  The computer chip will activate as soon as you take a drag.  However, there is an automatic shut off within 5 to 6 seconds. 

Some PROS to the automatic battery are that it actually holds a charge 25% longer than a manual battery.  This can be a great thing when you are hanging out having a great time with friends so that you don't have to say, "Oh, I need to go charge my battery!"  Speaking of a drag!  Another pro, it activates as soon as you take a puff instead of having to press a button or anything. 

There are some CONS of course because we don't live in Utopia.  Sometimes you can be in a club, frat house or any loud party and all of the sudden, it may engage on its own by being triggered by the loud noise. You can tell all your friends to be quiet but doubt that will happen.  So, just be on the watch for that if you buy the automatic battery.

Another con is that the automatic 5 to 6 second cut off may limit your amount of drags.  Lastly, it is not sealed like the manual battery which may cause an issue of leaking that could damage your battery.

What about the manual vapor cigarette battery?

On the manual battery, you actually have to push a button in order for the heating element to engage.  Now, that may be frustrating at first.  Many new e-smokers begin with automatic batteries because they are more comfortable, and then after a period of time, may choose to switch to a manual.  It's all a matter of choice. 

Some PROS of the manual are that you have more control over the amount of drags you take and how long the drag is because there is no automatic shut off.  Also, the manual battery is actually sealed unlike the automatic.

Some CONS are that the battery does not last as long as an automatic.  So, you definitely want to prepare for that and make sure it is good and charged before heading out for that long, fun evening.  Another con is that it can also engage on its own and drain the battery just like the automatic. This can happen if it is in your purse or pocket and the button gets pushed.  If the thought of it engaging in your pocket isn't something you find appealing, be on the watch for that as well!

So, with many things in life, it's all about choice and preference.  Many e-smokers actually have both a manual and automatic battery and use whichever one is best for the time and situation. 

At SouthBeach Smoke, we can help determine the right option and provide you with choices that will suit your needs and lifestyle.  Check out our extensive line of vapor cigarettes and let us provide you with a quality battery of your choice that will help make e-smoking the fun experience it is meant to be.
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