So you're interested in vaping and don't know how to go about it. Well, if your a solitary smoker that wants to make the transition to worlds most interesting vaper, then it can be a lot of work. From learning the history of vaping to choosing a device, components, and accessories there's a plethora of knowledge.
Things to consider first:
- Desired Use and Frequency
One thing to consider is the cost of your vaping upstart. Many of those trying to simply quit smoking will attempt to do so as cheaply possible. However, that has some benefits and some troubles.
The problem is like much of our favorite wares, they tend to endure use and abuse and daily wear. Thus, a high-quality vape will last longer and possibly save money in the long run.
The average starter vape ranges from twenty to thirty bucks. That's not too bad, also consider that the average price for a 15ml bottle of e-juice goes for roughly ten bucks. So consider the quality of the investment you'd like to make.
Before buying, consider what it was that you enjoyed so much about smoking and how that might the habits of your vaping?
Vaping to replace smoking is best done if you feel satisfied with the experience. You shouldn't be craving a cigarette at all if you're finished with a vape session.
If your smoking habits were those of heavy tobacco or dense smoke, maybe even hand-rolled cigarettes then you should consider getting more of a throat hit-centered e-liquid. There are even flavors of e-liquid that still have similar nuances of tobacco, just in case, the flavor was your favorite aspect.
Vape devices–called e-cigs, mods, or boxes, depending on the style and size–are comprised of a battery, heating element, wicking material, and usually a tank that holds the liquid to be vaped. The liquid, often containing a percentage of nicotine, is usually referred to as “e-juice” or “e-liquid.”
Consider also the purpose of the device, discretion or do you want to impress your friends with some vape tricks and big box-style device. Do you want a big device that makes an impression when you show it to people or would you prefer something smaller and more pocket-friendly?
You're just about ready to hit the local vape store and make your selection.
Stay with us for a moment.
Pick your device
So you’ve decided what kind of vaper you’d like to be. Before thinking about flavors, you should look through our selection of complete kits and determine what kind of device fits you best.
If you’re after that big satisfying nicotine hit, we recommend you go for something that uses a heating element (known as a coil or a wick) with a high level of resistance. Resistance basically means more power.
Coils are the most important aspect of the device, and these apply to any kind of device. These small heating elements make a difference and require proper upkeep and eventually replacement. If you're vaping very frequently then it's likely you'll be replacing your coils on a weekly basis.
Additionally, every vape device has the ability to be set for power. These are the important concepts you should know before entering the vape shop to purchase.
Otherwise known as e-juice, e-liquid, juice and all sorts of other things.
E-liquid comes in a variety of flavors and styles.
Essentially you're able to have a variety of flavors with some of the same base ingredients. The two major ingredients are either propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine. Based on the percentage of these in your juice you'll have different experiences.
Propelyne glycol is more responsible for the throat hit that many cigarette smokers will be used to. On the other hand, vegetable Glycerin is more responsible for the vapor that many of the cloud chasers seek.
Buying vape juice for the first time can be a little challenging since there are many varieties. Additionally, there is Salt-based nicotine liquid. Nicotine Salt is a type of processed nicotine used in vape juice. Many vapers find nicotine salts more satisfying than regular "freebase" nicotine. This is likely due to the strong nicotine concentration.
Large vaping devices with low resistance coils and higher power are what the cloud chaser goes for. It's recommended though that if that is the style you're going for that you consider going easy on the nicotine content. This is because you’ll be inhaling a larger volume of vapor each time you take a hit. More vapor volume means you’ll get more nicotine per inhalation than if you used a low-powered device.
A higher powered device might be best paired with nicotine levels of 1.5 mg/ml, 3mg/ml or 6mg/ml.
It's, of course, a preference but your local vape shop will usually have good recommendations for these pairings as well.
On the other side of the coin, a kit with a higher resistance coil and lower power might be better paired with a higher nicotine content.
Nicotine salts are usually best for those who have had little success quitting cigarettes and really want to make the change. From here one can wean off the cigarettes and slowly but surely get down to a less strong vape juice. Here's our full-fledged article on Salt Nicotine.
There's much more that goes into a proper vape system. Check out the rest of our articles and stay tuned for the rest of our series. Also, if you've found this article helpful please consider sharing it with other like-minded individuals int he vaping community.