The first e-cigarette hit the shelves in 2004 in China. Since then, the vaping has become one of the fastest-growing and spirited industries with newly developed products. It shows no signs of slowing down. The estimated global market for these products was approximately $14 billion in 2017 and the prediction is that it’s going to be at $25 billion by 2025.
Vaping technology is very dynamic ranging from e-juice, pod, to CBD cartridges. The aim is to completely satisfy users. The first e-cigarette models didn’t provide the kind of experience modern pod vapes do.
The Evolution of Vaping Devices
You can break down vaping equipment into 3 product generations:
- 1st generation products. These strongly resemble combustible tobacco cigarettes. However, they’re a bit bigger and heavier. That’s why these basic devices are called “cig-a-likes.” They’re available in both disposable and rechargeable models.
- 2nd generation products. These are larger than their predecessors. They’re rechargeable and their battery life is longer than that of cig-a-likes. With their pen-style design, they’re portable, cost-effective, and offer quality vapor. Some of them allow you to adjust the voltage so as to have a more customizable experience. Typically, they have a clearomizer style tank.
- 3rd generation products. There are Mods and Advanced Personal Vaporizers (APVs) that do not resemble traditional cigarettes. The latest products in this group met the requirements of dedicated hobbyists who were looking for devices that could provide full customization control during their vaping sessions. With a higher and variable wattage and voltage, temperature setting control, airflow control, sub-ohm tank, and digital display, Mods and APVs are more expensive.
The Current Direction of Vaping Technologies
In spite of the latest generation of vaporizers setting a pretty high bar, developers are still working to improve the whole vaping experience. Here are some things manufacturers are currently doing:
- Elaboration of atomizers that use nickel or titanium wires. It allows for easy coupling with high wattage and more sensory temperature regulation. The coils last longer and the nickel wires create more flavorful hits and thicker clouds of vapor.
- The most advanced technology currently available is sub-ohm vapes. Most vapers prefer them for their provision of immense vapor clouds.
- The latest trend is to use organic cotton coils (OCC). Unlike the commonly used cotton, these are clean and do not bleach.
- The best products that even lead in sales are pod vapes with in-built OLED and LCD displays. It’s easy to control your vaping sessions since you can see all the necessary parameters like temperature.
The Future of the Vaping Industry
In the beginning of the vaping industry, the aim was to achieve smooth and clean hits. Developers placed emphasis on thicker and more flavorful vapor. The production of vapors is still a major challenge, along with better devices that utilize more cutting-edge technology.
Here are some trends to consider about this industry’s future:
- Developers are working on improving battery life and energy efficiency of vaper devices
- Ongoing research focuses on developing longer lasting atomizer coils that can go for months
- Development of flavor intensity
- Production of more reliable and durable devices
- And much more
From the current look of things, the vaping industry won’t stop evolving. It’s likely that the coming vaporizers are going to be more efficient, more user-friendly, safer, more customizable, and of more compact sizes.