Vaping is inhaling and exhaling the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette. It is the healthier option to smoking tobacco cigarettes. If you are new to vaping and looking to make the switch from traditional cigarettes I will break down the process of vaping from an experienced vapers view. So, firstly.
You might ask what are the short and long term benefits of vaping? Well, the obvious one is health. As everyone knows, cigarettes have many carcinogenic ingredients which damage almost every part of your body. The flavoured liquid used to vape commonly referred to as ‘E-Juice’ or ‘E-Liquid’ only contains a few chemicals, including Nicotine, Propylene Glycol, and Vegetable Glycerine. This means that it is much healthier for you, but also, has no nasty smells.
To start vaping you can use a variety of different kits. One of the most common is the Ego Twist with the CE4 atomizer. This is a relatively cheap kit which allows you to learn the basics of vaping as well as introducing a Variable Voltage (VV) battery which I will talk more about later on. Starter kits can range from £10 to £30 while advanced kits can be in the hundreds! However, in comparison to traditional cigarettes, vaping is much cheaper.
One of the main choices to make when beginning to vape is your E-Liquid. Most vape shops sell E-Liquid in 10, 20 and 30ml bottles. However, due to recent government regulations, all bottles will soon be sold at 1oml. Now, flavour and strength, if you smoke cigarettes, you will probably want to buy a tobacco flavoured E-Liquid with a high strength. Usually, the strength is measured in the amount of nicotine, most commonly but not always ranging from 0mg to 24mg. Flavours can range from tobacco, fruits, confectionery, drinks and others. Also, liquids can be higher Propylene Glycol (PG) or higher Vegetable Glycerine (VG). PG is a thinner liquid, that carries more flavour and more ‘throat hit’ whilst VG is thicker and produces thicker vapour. We believe the best mix is 70/30.
To maintain a basic setup, you do not need to do much. You simply change the atomizer every 2/3 weeks. If you have a more advanced setup, you can clean and change the coils in your atomizer every 2/3 weeks. Some people can push 4 weeks or even longer out of one coil however I do not recommend this.
Now let’s talk about Variable Voltage (VV) Variable Wattage (VW) and Temperature Control (TC) devices. Firstly, VV devices are quite common, they let you adjust the voltage of your device to get more flavour etc. and find a vape suitable for you. VW devices allow you to control the wattage of your device, this is common on more expensive devices. Adjusting the wattage automatically adjusts the voltage depending on the resistance of your atomizer coil. The last device is TC which is the most expensive out the three, this allows you to adjust the temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius. The main reason for doing this is to get a warmer vape, however, this option is only available if you are using a temperature sensing coil and is not for beginners.
When you learn more about vaping and all the range of devices out there, you will be shocked. Vaping devices can range from £10 up to hundreds of pounds as mentioned earlier. Some people vape to stop them smoking, some people vape as a hobby. Many people including myself like to try ‘cloud chasing’ which is trying to get the most vapour out of your vaping device. Some advanced mods can reach 200watts or higher. This is generally for people that have been vaping for quite a while and are curious about what they can do next.