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New to Vaping Article submitted by Scott Black
If you’re new to vaping, you’ll quickly learn that ecigs are a great lifestyle change for a smoker to make.
But learning about vaping can be quite intimidating for newcomers, thanks to the vast array of ecigs on offer as well as the technical jargon used to describe them.
In this article, we’re going to look at five mistakes we see those who are new to vaping making time and again, to give you all the info you need to make the most out of vaping and ecigarettes.
We’ll be using some terminology in this article that those who are new to vaping may not be familiar with, so if you come across a term you don’t know, you can look it up on this glossary of ecig terms.
1. Bad Product
Poor quality ecigarettes are probably the biggest cause of smokers giving up on vaping. A bad ecig makes any ecig juice taste terrible, makes vaping unpleasant and can even leak ejuice and have battery fires.
The problem is, the vaping industry is growing at such a rate that many manufacturers are hopping on the ecig band wagon, and many of them produce poor quality products.
The best way to get an idea of what best electronic cigarette you should get is by researching online.
As well as that, there are many good independent review sites such as VapeHut.
2. Vaping the Wrong Ejuice Mix
There is much more to finding a good eliquid than just choosing a flavour that tastes good. Ejuice is made from two main base liquids; propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine.
Propylene glycol (PG) is a thinner liquid which gives an ecigarette more of a throat hit, better replicating the feel of inhaling tobacco smoke. Vegetable glycerine (VG) is a more viscous liquid which produces larger clouds of vapour.
Finding the right mix for your individual tastes through trial and error can be quite pricey, but if you have access to a brick-and-mortar vape shop, you should head over and sample some of the eliquid on offer to find a mix which suits you best.
If you haven’t got access to a vape shop, start out vaping a 50%PG, 50%VG mix and experiment from there.
Another mistake new vapers often make is nicotine eliquid with an inappropriate nicotine level, be it too high or too low. As a rough guide to nicotine strength we recommend:
- Heavy smoker – 20 or more a day
- Medium smoker 10-20 a day
- Light/social smoker – up to ten a day
3. Not Understanding Ecig Batteries When You’re New to Vaping
The battery is one of the most essential components of an ecigarette, and it is important that you have a basic understanding of how they work so that you can make an informed purchase and find a battery which will work for your needs.
If you’re new to vaping, unless you plan on jumping straight into modded batteries (which we strongly suggest you do not) you only really need to understand 2 things.
Ohms are the unit used to measure electrical resistance. A high ohmage has more resistance to electrical current, which means that less power flows through a circuit. This is relevant to ecigs because atomizer coils come in a variety of different ohmages.
The coil is the element which heats the eliquid and creates the vapour you inhale. A coil with a higher resistance needs more voltage flowing to it to produce vapour. Most entry-level clearomizers have coils with an ohmage somewhere in the 1-3Ω range.
This means that if you buy an ecigarette battery with variable voltage, you need to match the voltage to the ohms to produce the right power. This might sound complicated, but thankfully there are a number of resources online which do the maths for you, such as the one on this page from ecigarettedirect.
The other technical term new vapers should understand is mAh, which stands for milliamps per hour. This is a measure of the electrical capacity of a battery – in other words how long it will last between charges. The bigger the mAh, the longer the battery can power your ecig.
If you use your ecigarette a lot, you should go for a battery with a mAh larger than 1300 to get a full day’s vaping, whereas those who don’t vape very regularly can get by with a 650 mAh rating.
Before you buy your ecigarette, make sure to look up these specifications and ensure that it has enough mAh for your usage. Similarly, if your ecigarette has variable voltage functionality, make sure that you have matched the voltage to the ohm of your atomizer coil.
4. Not Priming a New Atomizer Before Use
The more you use your ecigarette, the more the atomizer will degrade, reducing vapour production and dulling the flavours of your ejuice. Ordinary vapers using normal atomizers can expect an atomizer to last around two weeks before it needs replacing, but for heavy vapers and those using sub-ohm atomizers, they can need replacing more regularly.
Fortunately, atomizers are easy to replace and cheap to buy, but before you start vaping with a new atomizer, it is important that you prime it for use beforehand. Failing to do so can burn the wicking material, resulting in a burnt taste and an unpleasant vape.
Priming an atomizer is just about making sure that the wicking material is thoroughly saturated before firing any power into the coil. To do this follow these steps:
- Drip a small amount of ejuice into the juice holes of the atomizer, wait for it to soak in and then repeat once more.
- Screw the atomzier into a full tank of eliquid
- While covering the airholes with your fingers, gently suck on the ecigarette, without the power on. This should draw out any bubbles of air trapped in the atomizer
- Leave the atomizer for 5-10 minutes to allow the wick to fully soak in ejuice before taking your first drags with the power on
5. Bad Vaping Etiquette
Vaping doesn’t fall under the same legal regulations as smoking, which means that you have much more freedom to vape in public places. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can (or should) vape anywhere you want, at any time.
Although you can’t please everybody, and especially if you’re new to vaping, these check points should keep you in people’s good books when vaping.
- Check with staff before you start vaping in bars or other public settings. Although you may be allowed to legally vape indoors, this ultimately falls down to whether the management allow it in their establishment.
- Vapour is far more visible and dense than cigarette smoke, which means that it can linger and blow into people’s faces. When vaping be aware of where your vapour is going and make sure that it isn’t blowing into anyone’s face or causing a nuisance.
- Don’t vape in places where it will disturb others, such as the cinema or in restaurants. No one wants plumes of vapour blown into their faces when they’re trying to enjoy a nice meal!
- Respect vaping laws in places like airplanes and trains. Although you might be able to get away with stealth vaping or nipping into a toilet cubicle at your local bar, sensitive smoke alarms fitted in airplane toilets and on trains can be triggered by ecig vapour, and I’m sure you don’t want to be responsible for creating a false fire alarm!