NEVER VAPED BEFORE?
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If you’re just looking into picking up your first vape kit, you might find it’s a little more complicated than popping down to your local off license and grabbing a packet of cigarettes. There’s definitely more to consider, but once you get started it’ll all come pretty naturally. We’ve written a whole host of guides covering just about every topic relating to vaping. However, there’s a lot of reading in there. If you want to know which ones to start with and the correct order to do things, we’re here to hold your hand through the process.
We’ll boil down each guide a little, pull out the key bits you’ll want to know and let you do the rest. There is a logical sequence to doing things when it comes to getting yourself set-up with an e-cig so let’s start right at the beginning.
THE KEY BITS YOU’LL LEARN IN DEPTH:
- How quickly you’ll notice the difference after you stop smoking. Things like your sense of taste and smell will start to return as quickly as 48 hours and after two to four weeks your circulation will begin to improve.
- E-cig users have around a 30% - 40% success rate, one of the highest success rates for any smoking cessation method(1). Vaping has also been endorsed by Public Health England as being 95% safer than smoking(2).
- There are two inhalation styles with vaping. One is mouth to lung (the same way you inhale with a conventional cigarette) and the other is direct to lung vaping. Most people start out with this style as it emulates how you would smoke a conventional cigarette. The other style you may move onto (or start with) is direct to lung vaping. This is where you inhale more slowly and deeply straight into your lungs.
While e-liquid matters hugely, there’s a more specific detail you’ll want to consider before anything else. The “step one” of vaping if you will. Nicotine. Finding the right nicotine strength is massively important because if it’s too low, it won’t be satisfying enough to get rid of cravings. Too strong and you’ll get the nicotine head spins (not fun). So, you want something just right.
Enter: the guide to nicotine.
WHAT DO WE GET INTO HERE?
- What nicotine actually is (because a lot of people think of it as the dangerous part of smoking - it’s not). Nicotine is the addictive part in smoking because it’s what causes the release of dopamine in your brain - that feel good hormone. However, it’s the other chemicals in cigarette smoke like tar, carbon monoxide and ash that are the most harmful for your health. Vaping contains nicotine but does away with the ill-effects of tobacco.
- We explain the different strength levels and who needs what - breaking it down to “if you smoke X number of cigarettes a day, you’ll want Y strength.” The strengths range from a high level of 20mg for heavy smokers (a pack plus a day), down through to moderate levels of 12mg and 6mg (moderate smokers), right down to very low levels of 3mg for the light and social smokers.
- Generally speaking, heavy smokers with be best off with a 20mg nic salt e-liquid. If you’re more of a moderate smoker, you might want to try a few strengths. Going slightly lower is often a good idea as you can vape until you’re satisfied. If you’re needing too many puffs to alleviate those cravings, you can go up to the next level.
Once you know what kind of strength you’re looking at, things get a bit more interesting. You want to look at e-liquids more generally now - including their ingredients and what the different ratios on the bottles mean. There are two main ingredients in e-liquids that are represented as a ratio on all bottles. These are the finer details that affect how your vape feels and tastes when you inhale.
IN THIS GUIDE YOU'LL FIND:
- An explanation about those two main ingredients - vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol. Vegetable glycerin is the thicker of the two, is slightly sweet and is what creates most of your vapour. Propylene glycol is thinner and more easily vaporised, it’s there to carry your flavour.
- The next thing to consider is your e-liquid VG:PG ratio. Depending on how you like to vape, it’s likely you’ll either use a 50:50 ratio or a 30:70 ratio. In short: higher strength nicotine usually comes in a 50:50 ratio while low nicotine options come in a high VG content. The more PG (and nicotine), the harsher the throat hit is, it’ll also be less cloudy. More VG will give you a smoother inhale and a more voluminous plume of vapour.
- Once you’ve decided which matters to you more (throat hit and less vapour or a gentle inhale with more vapour) you can look at which kit matches your e-liquid. For example: a 50:50 e-liquid with a 12mg nicotine strength is best suited to a lower powered pod mod or vape pen. A 3mg 70:30 e-liquid is best paired with a higher powered Sub Ohm vape pen.
Once you’ve graduated through the e-liquid and nicotine basics, we can get into vape kits. Arguably the more exciting part, the kit you need is largely defined by the e-liquid ratio and nicotine strength you’re using. Your kit will fall into one of two camps - mouth to lung (made for high strength nicotine) or direct to lung (low strength nicotine).
In the guide to vape kits, we cover all the basics
IN THIS GUIDE:
- Each part of a vape kit is explained. The basic components start with your battery which powers your kit. The next important part is your tank, which is the piece that actually holds our e-liquid. Inside the tank you’ll find the coil. This part serves to absorb e-liquid and heat it to turn it into vapour. Coils come in different resistance levels - if the resistance is less than 1.0ohm, it’s made for direct to lung vaping (also referred to as Sub Ohm vaping). If it’s 1.0ohm or more, it’s made for mouth to lung vaping.
- There are three kinds of kits: pod mods, vape pens and box mod kits. The coil in each is what defines the kind of e-liquid they’ll work best with.
- Pod kits are the low maintenance, easy to setup option made for new vapers and those who need a high strength nicotine level. As they’re lowered powered and usually have a plus Ohm coil, they’re best paired with thinner 50:50 liquids. Some pod kits come with pre-filled pods - meaning you just vape them until the pod runs out then pop a new one into place.
- Vape pens are a little more versatile - many come with a Sub Ohm coil and plus Ohm coil so can be used for mouth to lung vaping and direct to lung vaping. This means you can use a wide variety of e-liquids in them so they’re a safe place for many people to start. They allow you to experiment with a number of e-liquid ratios and strengths and you can also figure out which inhalation style you like best.
- Box mod kits give you more control over how much power you use. Generally speaking, these will almost exclusively be made for direct to lung vaping. They’re much more powerful and have controls allowing you to change the wattage. Most people will move onto a box mod after they’ve gotten used to simpler kits.
That should be enough reading to keep you entertained for a while. Before long you’ll have graduated from the school of vaping and will be ready to get into the more advanced stuff too (if that’s what you fancy). If you’re still a bit stuck or have more questions after that, you can always jump on live chat, send us an email or give us a call.
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