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Volume 20, Number 4

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34 tobaccoasia / Issue 4, 2016 September / October By Nattira Medvedeva With e-cigarettes growing ever more popular with consumers, we have come a long way from the e- cigarette's humble beginnings a little more than a decade ago when the "cig-a-like" was introduced, followed by the second generation of e-cigarettes that looked like pens and had batteries that lasted longer, to today's advanced personal vaporizers (AVPs) with either a mechanical or regulated mod. Along with more advanced e-cigarettes or vaporiz- ers, a rapidly-growing list of accessories has entered the market. The following are some of the more es- sential (and coolest) e-cig accessories out there. Powerbanks and chargers Today's lifestyle sees us constantly on the go, un- fettered by the traditional norms of a more sta- tionary life. Electronics like mobile phones, tab- lets, and notebook computers enable us to work and play pretty much anywhere we please, as long as those devices are charged. The same goes for electronic cigarettes and vaporizers – they need to be charged. Since e-cigarettes and vaporizers are charged by USB like mobile phones, tablets, and notebook computers, a powerbank or external battery comes in handy for those who do not have immediate access to a wall socket or car charger. The average e-cigarette or vaporizer battery has around 2,600 milliamp hours (mAh). Powerbanks start at around 6,000 mAh, so vapers can choose the powerbank size that best suits their needs. There is also a wide variety of chargers in the market: universal car adaptors that can charge all types of electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, and oth- er devices such as mobile phones; USB-to-main charging adaptors that allows vapers to charge through a wall socket; e-cigarettes that are sup- plied only with a USB cable; high-capacity bat- tery chargers that charge faster; wireless charges where batteries are placed directly on the charger for charging; even a nifty world USB charger, simi- lar to a world travel adaptor, for those who find themselves in a foreign country trying to recharge their e-cig or vaporizer through a wall socket with incompatible plugs. The world USB charger can be used in more than 150 countries and can be used with any kind of USB device. Vaping Accessories Serena Williams said it. Even Coco Chanel may have said it. "Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!" Those words have rung true for decades in the fashion world and lend themselves perfectly to the new world of electronic vaping.

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