The CSM-eSTEP was designed as a cost effective E-cigarette puffing machine. Because of it's small size and SIGNIFICANTLY lower cost (when compared to traditional smoking/vaping machines), the eSTEP is ideally suited for small scale analytical or inhalation exposure applications as well as pilot studies.
The system consists of a micro-controller, either a positive or negative pressure driven control box and a modular holding chamber or block which can be crafted to accommodate disposable, or cigalike types as well as tank types (either button or flow activated). E-power is not controlled nor supplied. The modular E-cigarette holding blocks and chambers are custom designed for the end user's brand and model of E-cigarette. It is engineered to fulfill a wide range of application requirements. The eSTEP can be adapted to work with any combination of cartomizer (tank) and battery regardless of style or size (note: extra cost options apply).
The device's operation is simple and intuitive:
- The E-cigarette device is first manually loaded into the specified holder designed for positive or negative pressure puffing
- Next, the user selects their desired puffing protocol (CORESTA-style protocol, custom protocol, etc.)
- Finally, puffing begins while an optional air driven actuator (for button activated types), triggers the E-vapor device so that heating operation is synchronized with every positive pressure puff
The eSTEP utilizes traditional negative pressure or newer positive pressure puffing (note CORESTA CRM 81 defines puffing by suction) a puffing method that is very attractive for analytical applications that require non-aged E-cigarette vapor to be generated or sampled right from the mouthpiece of the vaping device. The user can select a pre-programmed CORESTA style vaping protocol or create a custom protocol. This custom vaping device allows the user to adjust the puff length, puff volume and puff period all from an intuitive, push button display.