In this blog you have plenty of information to start your vaping journey. However, it is possible that you are a bit lost with so many blog posts and terms about vaping. Therefore, this blog posts is intended to help vaping beginners to understand the very basics of vaping. I’m going to summarize everything you need to know about vaping for beginners.
Vaping is not a complicated process, but it requires some basic knowledge about types of vapes, e-liquids and vaping styles. As a vaping beginner, is it better to vape a powerful mod or a pod system? What is the best VG:PG ratio for a vaping beginner?
What is Vaping?
Vaping is the process of vaporizing an e-liquid. It was created to resemble tobacco smoking but instead of inhaling smoke, the user inhales vapor (an aerosol). A vaping device consists of a battery a tank with a coil (heating element) and a drip tip to inhale the vapor.
It is a very simple process. The e-liquid stored in the tank is absorbed by the wick (usually cotton) and heat up by the coil to create vapor (technically an aerosol).
Vaping is much safer than tobacco and its long-term effects are unknown. Vaping was intended not only to resemble tobacco smoking but as a safer and healthier alternative to smoking. In addition, vaping for beginners is fun! Vaping isn’t complicated, but you need to know a few things before you start vaping such as: coil replacement, keep your vape clean, types of vaping devices, e-liquids…
Vaping for Beginners: Types of Vaping Devices
There are many types of devices. The first vapes were the classic cig-a-like vaporizers. These devices were very simple, and they consisted of a battery and disposable pods. Over time, vapes developed into different styles. For example, powerful mods, pod systems and vapes on the go. Vaping for beginners isn’t that complicated, just choose devices that are easy to use. For example, rebuildables aren’t the best option for beginners.
Perhaps not the most suitable option for vaping beginners. Vaping mods are suitable for cloud chasers and vapers who are looking for more flavor and vapor in each single puff. However, it’s possible to vape a mod at lower wattages and still have a satisfactory vaping experience.
Generally speaking, vapers pick vape mods for vapor production and more flavor; and AIO and pod systems for nicotine intake. Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean you can’t vaporize nicotine with a mod. With your mod you can perfectly vape nicotine, but many users find AIOs and pod systems more convenient for nicotine.
Pod Systems and AIO Devices
Vape pods are more comfortable, compact, and easier to vape than mods. For example, pod systems are generally devices for auto-drawing with just some simple settings. Usually, pods don’t have adjustable wattage as they are designed to resemble cigarette smoking. For example, vape pods are mouth to lung devices (MTL) like cigarettes. However, many pod systems, such as Aspire Breeze NXT or Aspire AVP Pro have adjustable airflow.
Are AIO suitable for vaping beginners? Vaping for beginners is easier with pod systems and AIO devices.
An AIO is an all in one vaping system consisting of a battery and a refillable pod. In other words, they combine the battery and the pod into a lightweight and compact vaping unit.
You would need to replace the coil with an AIO when it is burnt or unusable. In general, after a few weeks, you would need to change the coil. Such lightweight vapes come in a single piece or two. They are easy to vape and therefore, suitable for vaping newbies.
Vaping for Beginners: Types of E-Liquids
E-liquids consist mainly of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, nicotine and flavorings. Propylene glycol gives the vaper a throat hit sensation while vegetable glycerin is responsible of producing vapor.
In addition, vape juices have flavorings (menthol, orange, coffee and many more). In the US, many flavorings are forbidden though.
Furthermore, nicotine e-liquids come with different concentrations. Vaping has e-juices with different concentrations of nicotine, ranging from 3 mg/ml, 6 mg/ml, 12 mg/ml, and 18 mg/ml and some e-juices containing concentrations of 24 mg/ml. As you can see, there are many concentrations to assist you in the control of your nicotine intake.
Moreover, you can progressively reduce your nicotine intake. Nonetheless, it is very important to implement the right strategy to help you control your nicotine intake.
In conclusion, you can choose between non-nicotine and nicotine e-juices. Moreover, you need to consider the PG:VG ration. In other words, vaping beginners should think about: nicotine strength (are you a heavy smoker? then choose higher concentrations of nicotine).
If you want bigger clouds, choose e-liquids with more vegetable glycerin. On the other hand, if you are looking for a stronger throat hit, then choose e-liquids with more propylene glycol.
There are many different vaping styles. However, the most common ones are: DTL or direct-to-lung vaping, MTL or mouth-to-lung vaping and restricted DTL. I’m not going to explain that much about vaping tricks as this is more for advanced vapers.
MTL vaping: this vaping style is the style the better resembles tobacco smoking.
DTL vaping: this is much different than puffing a cigarette. DTL vaping means that you don’t puff with your mouth but direct to your lungs. There’s another kind of vaping called ‘restricted DTL’, which means trying DTL vaping with a device with restricted airflow.
Finally, it depends on your vaping preferences. As previously mentioned, if you are looking for big clouds, then you need to vape e-juices with more vegetable glycerin.
Vaping for Beginners: Conclusion
Vaping is quite simple, however, there are a few aspects you need to consider before picking up vaping. Firstly, choose a suitable device for you. If you just care about portability and nicotine intake, then a pod system or an AIO is a good option for you. On the other hand, if you want bigger vaping clouds, you can choose a powerful sub-ohm mod and combine it with vape juices with a higher VG:PG ratio.
Finally, you need to think which vaping style suits you best. Do you prefer DTL vaping or MTL vaping? Remember, MTL vaping resemble more cigarette smoking and DTL vaping is a pure vaping style.