In recent years, the tobacco industry has witnessed significant advancements in technology, leading to the emergence of innovative alternatives to traditional smoking. IQOS, a brand developed by Philip Morris International, has been at the forefront of this evolution. Their latest IQOS ILUMA technology takes tobacco heating to new heights, delivering a balanced and satisfying experience for those looking to explore smoke-free alternatives. As a beginner, understanding how to use IQOS devices correctly is key to achieving the optimal IQOS experience. In this Guide to IQOS, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive guide to help you get acquainted with IQOS devices and ensure a smooth transition from traditional smoking.
IQOS (short for “I Quit Ordinary Smoking”) is a heat-not-burn device that heats specially designed tobacco sticks (HEETS for IQOS DUO, Fiits for lil Solid and TEREA for IQOS ILUMA) instead of burning them. This innovative technology thermalizes the tobacco, producing a flavorful nicotine-containing vapor without combustion, fire, ash, or smoke.
Prepare Your device
To begin your IQOS journey, you’ll need an IQOS device, a charging cable, and a pack of tobacco cartridges. Let’s explore the basic steps:
- Charge the Device: Before the first use, connect your IQOS device to a power source using the provided USB cable. Wait until it’s fully charged to maximize its performance.
- Inserting the tobacco cartridges: Open the IQOS device’s lid and insert the stick into the holder with the tobacco end facing down and logo of the stick upwards. Make sure it goes all the way in.
Use of the Device
Now that your IQOS device is charged and the stick is inserted, let’s dive into the usage process:
- Turning It On: Press and hold the device’s button for a few seconds until the LED light starts blinking. This indicates that the device is warming up and ready for use.
- Taking Puffs: Once the LED light stops blinking, take a gentle puff from the device, like you would with a traditional cigarette. Avoid taking too rapid or forceful puffs, as it may affect the vapor quality.
- Device Vibrations and LED Indicators: During your usage, the device might vibrate or display different color lights. These indicate various statuses related to battery life, heating, and the completion of your smokeless experience.
To ensure consistent performance and optimal taste, it’s essential to maintain your IQOS device:
- Cleaning after Each Use: Remove the used HEETS, FIITS or TEREA stick from the device. For IQOS DUO and lil Solid users – gently clean the heating chamber using the dedicated cleaning tool or a soft brush. It helps remove tobacco residue and ensures a smooth experience. New IQOS ILUMA 4th generation devices DO NOT need to be cleaned at all.
- Regular Deep Cleaning: After every 20 HEETS or FIITS sticks (or as needed), perform a deep cleaning using IQOS-approved cleaning solutions and the cleaning tools provided with your device. Follow the instructions carefully to maintain its longevity.
Transitioning from traditional smoking to IQOS devices, especially with IQOS ILUMA technology, offers a promising alternative with reduced harm potential. By following this beginner’s guide, you’ll quickly familiarize yourself with the simple but crucial steps required to enjoy a smoke-free experience. Remember, with IQOS, you can still savor the taste of real tobacco while minimizing the impact on your surroundings and your own well-being. So, take a step towards a new smoking experience and explore the world of IQOS technology.