For many people, vaping seems like a new fad. What most people do not know is that vaping started a long time ago. Yes, even longer than this century. In fact, it was in the 1960s when the first electronic cigarette patent was filed by Herbert A. Gilbert. His early version of e-cigarette included a flavor cartridge, heating element, and smokeless vapor. However, his design was never commercialized as the tobacco cigarette industry was in the limelight at that time.
Fast forward to the 2000s, a Chinese pharmacist and medical researcher from Beijing named Hon Lik created the first modern e-cigarette. He reportedly made the device after his father died from smoking-induced lung cancer and he was determined to end his addiction to smoking. He worked for a company named Golden Dragon Holdings, which later developed the device and changed its name to Ruyan (which translates to “like smoke” in English).
In 2006, the first electronic cigarette appeared in Europe. It contained a plastic cartridge, a battery, an ultrasonic atomizer, and a nicotine solution that was suspended in propylene glycol. Between 2006 and 2007, the electronic cigarette was also introduced to the US.
After the birth of the first modern electronic cigarettes, two brothers in the United Kingdom named Umer and Tariq Sheikh invented the first cartomizer. This new development allowed e-cigarettes to be more viable for commercial use as it was more user-friendly.
Before the cartomizer, a separate cartridge that is attached to an atomizer (heated or ultrasonic) was needed. Cartomizers replaced the need for those multiple pieces with only one self-contained disposable unit. Cartomizers contain a tube filled with a dense wicking material surrounded by a heating element. This wicking material helps absorb the e-juice and keeps it in place. Its convenience of use made this popular for the public. But if you want to go old school, the classic atomizer/cartridge combo still exists.
The increasing popularity of e-cigs also meant the birth of new ideas. People sought more out of their vaping experience. Thus, a lot of vapers started tinkering and modifying their configurations. For instance, modded flashlights were produced. They are relatively easy to work with though as they only need a hollow tube for batteries, a switch, and threading to where you will screw the bulb.
That is the humble history of vaping. A lot of people continue to demand better performance from their devices. Most mods are customizable and modifiable nowadays.
Mods now come in different shapes and sizes, such as vape pens, cylindrical mods, mod box, and cig-a-likes. There are also more options to choose from a wide array of atomizers, rebuildable atomizers, and rebuildable dripping atomizers. Vapers can also set the voltage and wattage settings as well as sophisticated circuitry. But the most interesting part for many though is the thousands of e-juices choices available. There are e-liquids with desserts, candies, tobacco, menthol, custard flavor and a whole lot more.
Vaping used to be seen as a niche that would soon fall into obscurity. But contrary to that initial notion, a lot of people are starting to learn and enjoy the benefits of vaping. The vaping industry continues to thrive in the face of stringent FDA laws and misleading comparisons with traditional cigarettes. In fact, the vaping industry is one of the fastest growing global sectors. It is expected to be worth a staggering $32.11 billion by 2021.
It is clear that the vaping technology has gone through remarkable changes. We have seen atomizers, and cartomizers evolve into box mods and advanced personal vaporizers. With tons of awesome e-cigarettes launched every year, it is pretty certain that there is something for everyone. So whatever your demands or expectations, you won’t be disappointed.
As the technology evolves with time, you can expect vaping devices to get better and better.