Here at Vapeshop Mania our ultimate goal is to help people make the transition from cigarettes to e-cigarettes, we understand it can be overwhelming when trying to choose a device for the first time which is why we made this handy guide to help you on your journey to Kick-It!
To get started it helps to know the terminology, and what actually makes up your vaping device.
First of all, every device will have a battery. Devices such as the Geek Vape (as well as most starter kits), the VooPoo Drag 2, or even the Vaporesso Gen S will come with internal batteries. This means the batteries are not removable, and will be charged through an input somewhere on the device itself, usually a micro USB although some starter kits use a special input.
Larger devices such as the Geek Vape Aegis Legend 2 or the Geek Vape T200 will use external batteries, which are removable and require a separate charging station.
Secondly, every device will have a tank or atomizer. This is the glass piece that holds your e-liquid and also where the coil generally sits.
Coils are what actually turn your e-juice into vapor. It is basically cotton, wrapped in a metal wire. As you fire off your device, your coil will heat up, and the e-juice will begin to evaporate off the cotton.
Now that you understand the terminology, that leaves us with the question of ...
Which Device Should I Choose?
Generally a first time vaper should take a look at choosing from one of our many starter kits. These devices are not too large, very easy to operate, and provide a small to moderate amount of vapor. Among these the Uwell Caliburn Kits tend to be the most popular due to the compact size, and the fact that the draw from these devices will be the most similar to smoking. Some people use a sub-ohm device, which means they can interchange tanks and batteries, where as with a starter kit or pen style device you generally can not.
So you have chosen your starting device, you have to now fill it with juice, we have over 150 flavors so most aspects of selecting juice is all personal preference, however the one question we get the most is...
What Nicotine Strength Should I Be At?
Cigarettes have anywhere between 8-20 mg of nicotine in them. It’s generally accepted that for every cigarette you smoke, the actual nicotine absorption is around 1-2 mg of nicotine per cigarette. This is because a lot of the nicotine is exhaled when you breathe out. It’s actually a pretty inefficient way of getting a nicotine hit, especially if you take into account the health drawbacks from smoking cigarettes.
If you’re looking to switch to vaping, you can roughly work out how much nicotine you’ll need in your vape based on the above. If you usually smoke 10 cigarettes a day, you’ll be after roughly 10 mg/ml of nicotine in your vape juice; if you smoke 20 cigarettes or more, you’ll want 20 mg/ml of nicotine.
It’s important to note there isn’t an exact science with measuring nicotine levels in cigarettes and vapes; it depends on a whole host of factors, even coming down to your own body composition and lung capacity.
The vaping experience is highly customisable depending on what type of throat hit you’re after. There are thousands of different vape kits and e-liquids available on the market, each with different designs and features that make them more suited to different types of vapers.
What is the Deal With Changing Coils?
Like stated above, coils are what actually turn your e-juice into vapor. In order to do this the metal must heat up the cotton inside. Over time (roughly 5-10 days) your cotton will start to lose the ability to hold juice. When this happens you will notice the cotton (or even your liquid) darkening and a lack of flavor or even a burnt taste will be present when vaping. This means it is time to change your coil! Changing coils may seem difficult but it is actually very simple. Follow along with this video, or the steps listed below and you should have no problem!