The Beginners Guide To Starting To Vape
Can Vaping Really Save You Money?
Vaping vs Smoking - In terms of cost the answer is yes, of course, vaping is cheaper than smoking.
Aside from the obvious health benefits of quitting smoking, it can have a great impact on your finances.
However, vaping comes with some initial costs and hopefully, this guide will help you find the right vaping products and avoid any unnecessary expenses. If you are vaping on a budget it's important to get the best kit for your money and use a reputable retailer.
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Vaping with the right device and the right juice is important if you are a smoker looking for the same satisfaction that you get from a cigarette. Vaping comes with the added benefit of different flavours to choose from. Before you rush to get a vape kit, you need to understand that there is a learning curve that new vapours have to go through. This learning curve will ensure that you are getting the most out of your kit and choosing the right product to start with.
Pick Your Experience
Before you buy a device, you need to think about what you like about smoking and how this could impact the choice that you make. Vaping is meant to be enjoyable and provide the satisfaction that smoking does, but it is also more versatile and enables you to have different experiences based on the device and juice combinations you choose. To determine the experience, you might want to ask yourself these four questions first:
- Are you looking for the satisfaction that nicotine provides along with a punchy hit?
- Are you looking for the sensory effects of smoking that you get from menthol and flavoured cigars?
- Are you looking for big clouds of vapour or would you prefer to be a bit more discreet in your experience?
- Are you looking for a big device that leaves an impression when shown to other people or are you looking for something smaller and more portable?
Once you have answered these questions, you will generally be ready to start shopping around.
Choosing Your Device
Now that you know what type of vapour you want to be, you have to consider the device. There are a lot of complete kits that you can get which will help you as a beginner. However, you need to determine which device will suit your vaping style the most.
If you are looking for a large and satisfying nicotine hit, you need to look at the heating element. The recommended devices for this experience will be those that have a heating element with a high level of resistance. These devices are generally less power hungry and allow you to use vape juice that contains a high level of nicotine.
This type of device will often, but not always, be more discreet and smaller than others. As they do not use as much power, their batteries will also last longer, and you will be able to get a decent amount of vapour out of them. These devices are generally considered to be ideal if you want to vape discreetly, and not have a lot of people noticing you.
If you are looking for big clouds of vapour, you should look for a different type of device. For this, you need a device that has a heating element with low resistance. It is important to note that these devices do use more power, which means that they are going to be larger. This is due to the fact that they need a larger battery to provide the experience that you want.
The tank or reservoir of the device will also be larger. This is due to the fact that low resistance heating elements will vaporise more juice per puff than high resistance ones. To get that big cloud of vapour that you want, you need to have more vape juice available.
Choose Your Vape Juice
Vape juice, which is also known as e-liquid, e-juice and juice, is basically a liquid which contains humectants. This will either be vegetable glycerine or propylene glycol which is used to create the vapour. The juice will also contain some nicotine and flavourings. To use the juice, you will have to put it into your vaping device, and follow the instructions.
The issue that new vapours find is that buying vape juice can be daunting. This is due to the large variety available and the vast number of brands on the market. However, when it comes to making a decision, you need to consider two things which are how much nicotine you want and the flavours that you enjoy the most.
When looking at the first consideration, you need to think about the device you have. If you have a large device with a low resistance heating element, you need to go easy on the nicotine. These devices make large clouds and you will be inhaling a larger amount of vapour which increases the amount of nicotine that you get per puff.
Most of the vapours who use these high powered devices will look at liquid with a nicotine level of 1.5 mg/ml, 3 mg/ml or 6 mg/ml. It is important to note that this is a simple guideline and not an exact science. You will have to tweak the liquid that you use to find the one that works for you.
If you have a device with a higher resistance element and lower power needs, you should consider liquid with a higher nicotine level. This will provide a more intense nicotine experience because the concentration of the vapour will be greater. While you will still be able to have a great experience with a lower nicotine level, if you want that satisfying hit you should be looking at juice with 12 mg/ml or higher.
This liquid should not be used with a high-powered device because the sensation and flavour will often be too harsh. If you are making the transition from smoking to vaping, you should look at a liquid with more nicotine. A 12 mg/ml or 18 mg/ml liquid is often considered the best choice.
If you are a committed smoker, or have tried vaping before but found it to be unsatisfying, you should consider nicotine salts. Nicotine salts are the newest generation of vape juice and are a slightly different form of nicotine. The juice containing these salts will have a more intense hit and will provide satisfaction closer to that of cigarettes.
Another benefit of nicotine salts is the fact that the liquid has been designed to be less harsh on the throat. This means that you will be able to use a higher nicotine concentration when you are vaping. It is not uncommon to find these juices with levels of 30 mg/ml to 50 mg/ml, but you will need to test them before you make any decisions.
The second consideration is the flavour of the juice. This is purely personal preference and you need to consider the flavours that you like. It is recommended that you try out a few different flavours in different strengths before you make any final decisions. This ensures that you are able to find the right combination of nicotine and flavour for your vaping experience.
Get the Right Parts
In order to make the most of your vaping device, you need to have 2 key spare parts. These are coils and batteries which you need to have on hand at all times. It is important to note that you will only be able to get a spare battery for devices that have replaceable batteries.
The coils will be the most important and this will apply to all devices. These are the heating elements in the device which creates the vapour. They will be located in the tank of the device and have to be replaced regularly per the instructions you get with the device.
Over time, the coils will start to wear out as they constantly heat and cool. The wear will cause the juice to develop a bitter taste. This means that any changes in the taste of your vapour should alert you to the fact that you have to change your coils. There are many vapours who have to do this around once per week.
The coils that you get will need to be compatible with the device that you have. Some brands sell their own spares, but you can get generic brands that are compatible as well.
If you have a device that allows you to change the battery, you need to get a few spares as well. Of course, you need to ensure that you are storing the batteries safely. Mishandled and overcharged batteries can cause accidents that you will want to avoid. If you have a device with a built-in battery, you should look at getting a spare device. Fortunately, these devices are generally cheaper than those with replaceable batteries.
Read the Instructions
While this might seem obvious, you need to ensure that you read the instructions that come with the device. This will ensure that you complete all of the initial steps required to vape correctly and get the satisfaction that you want. While the instructions might not state this, you should not vape immediately after filling the tank with liquid.
You should allow this to stand for around 5 minutes to ensure that the coil is completely covered in liquid. When you do this, you will decrease the chances of a dry hit. A dry hit will generally have a bad flavour and will often ruin the coil.