Cig-a-likes were the first way most people discovered vaping and electronic cigarettes. Their name, credited to cig-a-like reviews, comes from their resemblance to tobacco cigarettes. The early styles of cig-a-likes were self-contained, so they held all the critical parts - e-liquid, battery, coil - in one unit. Being self-contained meant that when either the battery of liquid ran out, users could throw away the entire apparatus.
This made using cig-a-likes attractive, as users could get a new device without recharging the battery or refilling the tank. Later versions used a separate tank that was refillable or had a removable coil. While cig-a-likes were popular for some time, they have since fallen out of favor with most vapers. The pod mod has surpassed them both in style and popularity. Cig-a-likes, as well as cig-a-like reviews, are hard to come by, as a result. VapeRevs still review cig-a-likes, so this is the best place to find them.