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Why Electronic Cigarette Users Should Take a Fresh Look at Using a USB Passthrough

By Paul Rucci

Friday February 8, 2013
Have you considered using a USB pass through e-cig? If not you should

Why Electronic Cigarette Users Should Take a Fresh Look at Using a USB Passthrough

So you’ve taken a look at the title and you’re thinking… “What in the world is a USB Passthrough?“. Well, you’re not alone.

In fact, there are many new “words” that have been coined since the birth of electronic cigarettes back in 2005 that many users still do not understand. It’s a whole new industry that is still in it’s infant stages and electronic cigarette consumers and companies alike are coming up with new catch-phrases as fast as new products are being developed.

If you take a look at the photo above, you’ll see that there is a USB cord attached to the LED light tip at the end of what normally would be the electronic cigarette battery. The fact is though, that this is not a battery at all. It looks like a battery and feels like a battery, but it simply is NOT a battery. It’s a passthrough. Thus, the name…. USB Passthrough.

The main difference between a Li-Po (Lithium-Ion Polymer) rechargeable electronic cigarette battery and USB Passthrough is that the USB Passthrough cannot be charged or re-charged.


It’s simply a battery housing with all the components in it to deliver power to the cartridge/cartomizer, only through a USB powered connection. In fact, if you do not have the USB Passthrough connected to a powered USB port, it will not work.

So what is the benefit of using a USB Passthrough? Well simply put… convenience.

Let’s say you’re sitting at your computer surfing the internet or writing up an important Word document and you have your rechargeable batteries charging so that they are ready for tomorrow when you go to work. Since your batteries are charging and being prepped for the next day, what will you use to puff on your ecigarette while you’re working?

This is where the USB Passthrough becomes quite handy. Just plug your USB Passthrough (sometimes referred to as a USB ecig) into a powered USB port and presto-chango… you’re happily vaping away!

Another really convenient place to use your USB Passthrough is in your car. If you purchase a DC car adapter (some ecig starter kits actually include the car adapter), you can plug your USB e-Cigarette right into the USB port on the adapter and vape away while you are driving. Just make sure the cord is secured in a safe place so that you don’t get tangled up in it!

If you do not have a USB e-Cigarette yet, why not take a look into getting one? Most companies offer the USB Passthrough as an accessory. If one or more of your batteries were to fail, you’ll always have a back-up and this ensures that you won’t have to go back to the stinky tobacco cigarettes while waiting for a replacement battery. Perish the thought!



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