Attack of the Clones

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Clones are one of the most controversial issues in the vaping community and no matter which side of the fence someone falls on, they always seem to have a very strong opinion. So why is this such a hot button issue? To understand that, we have to delve in and learn a little more about what clones are and how they are used.

A clone is essentially a vaping device that is designed point by point to mimic another developer’s design. Usually clones are knock-offs of really expensive electronic cigarettes that another company has made using cheaper parts so they can sell it at a much lower price. In some cases, the clones look so much like the original that it’s hard to tell the difference. If someone handed you both of them, you might not even be able to tell the authentic device from the knock-off.

As a general rule, clones are mostly limited to mechanical mods and rebuildable atomizers. This is because these are the most expensive items you can buy in the vaping world and they offer a big opportunity for companies to cash in by making a cheaper version that looks so much like the original that vapers will buy them in droves.

If you want to know if your device is a clone, there are a few things you can do. First, research it well and read the reviews. This is the easiest way to spot a problem if it exists. You should also know your vendor well and choose to buy from companies that have a good reputation. If you can actually look at the inside of the device, you might be able to spot the differences. The original is usually made with expensive high quality hardware while the interior of a clone might have a junkier build.

One of the main reasons that clones are controversial comes down to an ethics issue. Is it fair for some vendors to make knock-offs of another company’s well-loved design? On the other hand, if companies hold their designs too closely and refuse to ever open themselves up to the vulnerability of cloning, it could stifle the innovation in the ecig industry. Some designers might be too afraid to even release their newest innovations because they fear the idea will simply be snatched away by a third party and they will never be adequately rewarded for the effort involved in the design.

On the flip side, the original designer gets a big leg up on the clone business because it earns prestige. Inevitably, clones are going to exist, but people are only buying the clones because they really want the original version and for whatever reason cannot buy it.

There really isn’t an obvious answer here, but each vaper has to decide whether clones are a good choice or not. There are some benefits and cost savings when you buy clones, buy you are potentially sacrificing quality and integrity in the process. Do you think clones should be avoided or they just a necessary part of the ecig world?

Dustin has been vaping for almost a decade. He found e-cigarettes in 2008 and quickly became drawn to them as an early adopter. He's been writing reviews ever since and has established himself as a well-versed authority on the subject.

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