New to Vaping What Do I Need to Know
If you’re new or thinking about switching to vaping, you might be forgiven for being a little confused. With so many things to consider you’re probably unsure where to start! So let’s go through a few basic things to help you navigate your way round.
Just to be clear, we are only going to look at the vapor who is a ‘beginner’. We won’t focus on the more advance aspects of vaping such as mixing e-juices or the different wattage features some advance vape kits have. We don’t want to confuse you at this stage. Instead, by understanding some of the basic guidelines you can then build on this knowledge and take your vaping experience to a whole new level.
People start vaping for many different reasons. Most often, many will be ex cigarette smokers who are concerned with the health implications or the sheer cost of smoking cigarettes. Unsurprisingly this is a very expensive habit. Read the post ‘How Much Does Vaping Cost?‘ to see the difference in cost between a smoker and a vaper.
Choosing a Vape Kit
The most obvious starting point is buying a vape kit. These come in a whole variety of shapes, sizes and features. However, as a beginner, you should start with a moderately powerful, mid-range device. That way you can at least ‘test the waters’. In contrast, if you go for the high end kit, apart from the obvious point that it costs more, reality is, you’re probably not going to use the advance features at this early stage. A device such as the Aspire Breeze 2 would be a good kit for a beginner. It is decently powerful but at the same time won’t overwhelm you with all the features.
There also the ‘pen style’ devices. These can be purchased from as little as under £10. Generally, I wouldn’t advise getting them, simply because they are limited in what they can do. For example, you don’t get the true ‘throat hit’ as the coils don’t ‘burn’ well. If you are one of those who prefer a thick cloudy smoke experience, you simply won’t get that as well. Also, most don’t have power mode features that let you increase or decrease the vape concentration.
If you break a vape kit down, along with the instruction manuals, charger and leads, you also get a mod, tank, coils and battery.
Normally this is the rectangular shaped device that you hold. In most kits the ‘fire’ button that allows you to vape will be featured here. In most kits the tank is screwed onto this. A good mod generally will display things such as battery life, wattage power and even whether the coil needs to be changed.
This is the ‘glass container’ where you pour the liquid into. In most cases you will unscrew this from the mod either to change the coil or clean the tank.
If you buy a full kit, the tank comes as standard. However, certain models allow you to buy a bigger tank which enables prolong use without the need to keep topping up liquid. If have the tendency to vape throughout the day, it might be a good idea to purchase a kit with a larger tank.
You can write a whole topic on this alone. But for this purpose, the coil is what ‘burns’ the e-liquid to give the flavour and taste. Coils come in a variety of makes and purposes, but a ‘standard’ one should suffice. However when purchasing, be sure to buy coils that are compatible with your device. If unsure always ask staff in the shops. That way you won’t buy something that is not for your device.
The most obvious question we get all the time is, how long should a coil last? Unfortunately this depends on the quality of the coil and your vaping habit. However a good indication is, once you get a ‘burnt’ taste or cannot taste the flavour, you know it’s time to replace the coil.
A few kits have built-in battery but most require you to insert one in. A good quality battery enables your device to perform well. You’re unlikely to experience strong flavour from your e-liquid or get a clean vaping experience if your battery is inadequate or too old.
It is advisable to change the battery every 6 months. However if you’re a moderate user and your battery is high quality you could extend beyond this time.
Nicotine Strength and E-Liquid
Once you’ve bought your vape kit, you need to buy e-liquid to pour into your tank. Without the e-liquid your kit will not really work and you’ll just the burn the device. You can go into most vape shops and ‘try out’ the flavours. That way you’ll buy something you’ll like. Some people may prefer to mimic the taste of tobacco smoke and will choose tobacco flavoured liquids. However, others prefer the vast array of flavours ranging from coffee, vanilla, fruit or even ice flavoured e-liquid, each to their own.
With this, you need to choose the nicotine strength. Of course, each individual is different and their body reacts differently to nicotine. However generally, the below is a good guide as to what might be an appropriate strength for you.
0mg – social smoker
3mg – 1-5 cigarettes a day
6mg – Up to 10 per day
12mg – 11 to 15 per day
18mg – Suitable for those smoking 16-20 cigarettes a day
Keep in Mind
If you look after your kit, it will probably last you a while, in the long run help you save money. Also it is important to clean it every so often. For example, make sure to unscrew and take all the parts out and soak it in lukewarm water. Otherwise it will clog up and give that ‘muggy taste. You won’t get to experience the raw flavour.
With time you’ll get the hang of things and go on to explore other aspects of vaping such as making your own vape juices!
Hope you found this post useful. For any queries or questions, why not get in touch or if you prefer pop down to your local Vape Lagoon store. Our friendly staff are always happy to help.
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