WARNING: This product contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical.

Frequently Asked Questions


Black Mesa Vapors is committed to helping new and existing vapers answer questions they may have regarding electronic cigarettes. Below I try my best to answer many of them.

I'm new to electronic cigarettes...What do I need to get started?
You should purchase a Starter Kit and a couple bottles of eliquid. Most of our customers prefer a Starter kit and a bottle of USA Mix or Menthol. The DCT Starter Kit is a great choice because it gives the user two e-cigs. While one battery is charging, you can still use your other e-cig without having to wait for it to finish charging. 

How much can I save if I make the switch from smoking to vaping?
For a pack per day smoker, the savings are typically about $1800 per year. Use our Saving Calculator to find out for yourself.

What is an electronic cigarette?
An electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, is an electrical device that simulates the act of tobacco smoking by producing an inhaled vapor bearing the physical sensation, appearance, and often the flavor (with or without nicotine content) of inhaled tobacco smoke, without its odor. The device uses heat to vaporize a propylene glycol or glycerin-based liquid solution into an aerosol mist, similar to the way a nebulizer or humidifier vaporizes solutions for inhalation.

Are electronic cigarettes safe?
There has been media coverage about the safety of electronic cigarettes, which may be confusing and a bit scary. Electronic cigarettes are intended to be a less‐toxic alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes, but not as a treatment for nicotine addiction.

Can electronic cigarettes help me quit smoking?
There is a lot of anecdotal evidence and even some scientific research surveys that strongly indicate that e-cigarettes are an effective alternative to smoking. Surveys show that up to 80% of e-cigarette users quit smoking traditional cigarettes while using e-cigarettes.

However, while some users have gradually reduced the nicotine levels down to zero, the majority of e-cigarette users treat the devices as an alternate source of nicotine and not as a nicotine cessation program. So there is not as much scientific evidence yet that show how effective e-cigarettes are when used to treat or cure nicotine addiction. Yet, anecdotal reports by users who have used e-cigarettes as a way to wean from nicotine also indicates they seem to be very effective way to break smoking triggers and dramatically reduce nicotine levels. As with pharmaceutical NRTs, it depends upon the smoker and the strength of his or her addiction and resolve to quit. E-cigarettes also appear to be a much safer option for short-term use in the event of relapse.

The good news is nicotine by itself has very low health risks, so switching to e-cigarettes can be nearly as good as quitting altogether. The most important thing for those who cannot or will not quit nicotine to do is to stop the exposure to the harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke and e-cigarettes can help them do it.

What is the "smoke” that is released?
The simulated "smoke” is simply the vaporized contents of the nicotine cartridge. This smoke is water vapor that evaporates into the air within seconds and leaves virtually no odor. There are no additional / unwanted chemicals produced in the vaporization process because there is no chemical reaction or combustion taking place as with regular cigarettes.

What ingredients are in eliquid?
Eliquid ingredients:

Liquid nicotine
Propylene glycol
Vegetable glycerin

Liquid Nicotine
Eliquid is available in different nicotine strengths as well as nicotine-free.

The eliquid solution is available in a wide variety of flavors. The taste is very subjective, so it is a good idea to try many flavor in order to find  the ones you most enjoy. Sample packs are a great way to get started on your taste-testing adventure.

Many e-cig users begin with tobacco flavored ejuice, but quickly find that others flavors are better. Vaping is a method of smoking enjoyment, but it is different from smoking cigarettes. Some of the most surprising flavors turn out to be more enjoyable that tobacco flavored ejuices.

Non tobacco flavors include just about every flavor you can think of, including: fruit (blueberry, watermelon), beverages (blue cola, doc peppah, beer, rootbeer), and desserts (chocolate, cream, caramel, double mint).

Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin
Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG) are added to the eliquid to produce smoke-like vapor. The eliquid contains a mix of the two. Both are common food additives approved by the FDA.

What is propylene glycol?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined propylene glycol to be "generally recognized as safe” for use in food, cosmetics, and medicines. It is used in food coloring, and flavoring, as an additive to keep food, medicines and cosmetics moist, and in machines that simulate smoke, although usage in simulating smoking devices is not currently included in the list of uses generally recognized as safe by the FDA. Propylene glycol is used in electronic smoking devices to make the water vapor appear more like smoke and to keep the cartridges from drying out and losing flavor.

Does nicotine cause cancer?
No. It is widely believed that nicotine does not cause cancer by the medical community. Nicotine research is on-going and the medical research has found some advantages and disadvantages of nicotine consumption. Determine through your own research if nicotine alone is a net gain or loss for your health.

Do electronic cigarettes taste the same as regular cigarettes?
Eliquid is offered in tobacco and menthol flavors that taste similar to light cigarettes and cigars but are smoother and less harsh.  Eliquid is also offered in a wide variety of other flavors that you may like better than tobacco and menthol flavors. Try our fruit flavors like watermelon or peach.

How many puffs on an electronic cigarette equals a tobacco cigarette?
Currently there have not been any tests to determine the number of puffs on an electronic cigarette compared to that of a tobacco cigarette. The quantity of nicotine in vapor has yet to be determined. We do know that vaper's blood test results have shown about the same levels as smoker's blood test results. The end result is that nicotine consumption will vary by individual.

How long does a 10ml bottle of eliquid last?
A 10ml bottle of eliquid typically lasts a 1-2 pack/day smoker about 1 week.

How long do the batteries typically last before needing a recharge?
Electronic cigarette batteries will last 1 – 3 days before re-charging, depending upon the style of battery (pen-style, mini, cigar etc.) and intensity of usage. Longevity will vary by individual as well.

How many times can a battery be recharged?
This varies by style (pen-style, mini, cigar etc.). On average a battery can be recharged over 300 times.

How do you fill the DCT Tank?

DCT Tank Assembly includes:
1 - Tube Assembly
1 - Dual Coil Cartomizer
1 - Plastic Drip Tip
Note: Although the pictures do not show it, filling a DCT tank is easier if you keep the cartomizer attached to the battery. Tilting the DCT tube also helps the filling process.

1. Obtain DCT tank assembly and a bottle of eliquid.

2. Remove the drip tip from the cartomizer.

3. Fill the by dripping 15-20 drops of eliquid around the edges into the fabric filler. Be careful not to get eliquid into the center hole.

4. Slide the cartomizer partially out of the DCT tank.

5. Drip eliquid into the DCT tank around the cartomizer. As it fills, slide the cartomizer up to prevent liquid from going into the cartomizer. You can fill as close to the top as you would like without allowing the liquid to leak into the cartomizer.

6. Slide the cartomizer back into the top hole of the tank and align the bottom (threaded end) with the slot on the end of the DCT tank so it is fully inserted into bottom of the DCT tank.

7. Replace the drip tip. You will need to apply pressure to the bottom of the cartomizer while pushing the drip tip on to prevent the internal cartomizer from sliding out of the tube tank.

8. Screw onto your battery device and you are ready to use the DCT tank assembly.

Can I mix my eliquids together to create other flavors?
Yes, many of our customers enjoy mixing flavors together. Many add menthol to various fruit flavors like watermelon or blueberry. Check out our eliquid recipes for more tasty vapes.

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