Starting To Vape
Despite the vast amount of information about vaping online, it is still difficult to find out exactly what you need to buy so that you can start vaping. When you’ve read this article you’ll know exactly what you need to start vaping in a way that suits you.
To keep things simple this article will only cover vaping with e-liquid. E-liquid is the most popular choice as there are thousands of flavors available as well as varying nicotine strengths.
To start you need:
- A vape pen or vaping mod (a mod is simply a vaping device)
- A clearomizer (the transparent tank that sits on top of the vape mod. It’s where you put the e-liquid and it contains the atomizer which is what heats the e-liquid)
- A drip tip (the mouthpiece)
- A battery
- A charger
Unless you buy a vape starter kit these things are sold separately. Due to the sheer volume of different batteries, atomizers, and vape mods, it is advisable to buy a starter kit. If you buy the components separately you will need to ensure that they are designed to work together. It is actually fairly complicated and will require a lot of research.
A vaping starter kit is easier and cheaper, and designed to provide a vaping experience that will be satisfying for beginners.
Box mods are box-shaped vaping devices. Their size means they can offer longer battery life, variable voltage and wattage, temperature control, extensive safety protections, and many more features than e-cigs or vape pens.
Box mods typically fall into two main categories:
Regulated and Unregulated.
- Regulated: If a device has variable voltage or variable wattage settings it is a regulated mod.
- Unregulated mods, also known as mechanical mods do not regulate the current.
Unregulated mods are generally used by vaping enthusiasts who understand their potential safety concerns.
Tanks are a type of atomizer that are the simplest to start with for new vapers and also the easiest and most convenient to use.
There are 2 styles of tanks.
- MTL (Mouth to Lung) which are higher resistance and lower wattage coil with a similar draw to smoking and;
- Sub Ohm Tanks which are DTL (Direct to Lung) tanks which are higher wattages with lower resistance coils with more airflow and you inhale directly into your lungs.
This list will give you all the best options for both styles of vaping.
One of the main reasons vaping has become so popular is due to the popularity of best pod system vapes. A pod system is a simple device that any ex-smoker can use to kick that nasty cigarette habit. It’s kind of a happy medium between a Juul type of system and a full-blown external battery device with a sub ohm tank.
While early pod devices were extremely simple and really didn’t have a lot of settings to them, the newer ones that are coming out are getting a little bit more complicated. Some of the newer systems coming out have screens and variable wattage features. That was not true as little as a year ago.
use a PG (Propylene Glycol) or VG (Vegetable Glycerin) base which the flavors and nicotine is then suspended in.
If you just want the quick answer for what e-liquid to buy, for clearomizer set ups like the ones we’ve mentioned, high VG e-liquids are not suitable. Go for high PG fluids or a fifty fifty ratio VG and PG. The coils won’t be able to handle thick VG fluids properly and it will lead to a poor vaping experience.
Propylene Glycol, commonly abbreviated ‘PG’, is an odorless, colorless liquid that is less thick than VG. It is safe to inhale, asthma inhalers also use PG. High PG e-liquids can be used to provide a ‘throat hit’, which is similar to the sensation you get when smoking cigarettes. PG also carries flavor more effectively. For some people high PG e-juices irritate their throat.
Vegetable Glycerin, usually abbreviate to ‘VG’, is a slightly sweet tasting, very thick liquid which is derived from vegetable oil. The thickness of the liquid gives a thickness to the vapor and a smoother hit. High VG e-juices will reduce the life span of your atomizer due to the thick liquid clogging up the coils. Setups with smaller coils, such as clearomizers or eGo tanks, are not suitable for high VG liquids and will lead to dry hits and tasting burnt cotton.
Most e-liquids use a mix of VG and PG. Flavoring and nicotine are usually suspended in PG but it is possible now to buy 100% VG juice. High VG e-liquid can give people a dry mouth and sore throat so drink plenty of fluids if you’re using these.