Beginners Guide to Vaping!

Writer: Cally Humphrey


What do I need to start vaping?


Device (vaporiser)

Vaping devices come in a variety of colours and shapes dependent on their specific uses. Some look like traditional cigarettes while others might resemble a pen, a tube, a box, or other forms; however they all serve the same purpose.

Battery


Some devices require a battery. Others are chargeable via a plug or USB cable. If you are using a device that requires a battery you must make sure you get the correct battery for your device to ensure your safety.

E-Liquid


May also be known as e-juice. Typically most cigarette smokers switching to e-cigarettes will start using high nicotine juices and move towards lower strength juices over time. It is common for most people to start out using strengths as high as 18mg/ml (heavy smokers as high as 24mg/ml) but often will soon switch to 12mg/ml e-liquids for their improved flavour (as nicotine content drops flavour increases). We do not recommend use of e-liquid with a nicotine strength above 18mg/ml. It is important to note advanced users using devices that produce more vapour will typically use lower strength nicotine because when more vapour is produced and inhaled, the overall nicotine concentration stays the same. The need for higher nicotine concentrations is exclusive to devices producing smaller amounts of vapour. Those using advanced devices will typically favour liquids in 3mg/ml or 6mg/ml.


Atomizer-Cartomizer-Clearomizer


Atomizer, Cartomizer, and Clearomizer are devices that you screw on a battery or power supply to deliver e-liquid in a vapour form. All three type of devices work on the same principle of heating e-juice to a temperature of vaporisation. Whether you choose an Atomizer, Cartomizer, or Clearomizer it is totally personal preference. Some people prefer one over the other; they each have their own pros and cons.

Atomizer


Atomizers are one of the original devices, there are different designs but most atomizers have a heating coil on the bottom with metal mesh on top of the coil. Some atomizers utilize silica wick instead of a mesh.

  Pros   Cons

  - Simple design
  - Low cost

  - If you vape a lot, you need to continuously refill
  - Some models of atomizers are able to be rebuilt but require considerable skill
  - Hard to track amount of e-juice left inside.



Cartomizer


Cartomizers are similar to the atomizer. The difference is that cartomizers have polyfill wrapped around the heating coil. Polyfill soaks e-juice and allows for longer vape. There are some designs of cartomizers that are put inside a larger cylindrical tank so it holds larger capacity of e-juice.

  Pros   Cons

  - Holds more e-juice over an atomizer
  - Low cost
  - Easy to refill
  - Fairly easy to rebuild

  - Might not be suitable for heavy vaping.
  - Some people claim that polyfill material dulls the liquids flavour
  - May retain flavour from previous e-juice



Clearomizer


Clearomizers are one of the newest and most popular devices on the market. These devices are usually cylindrical and feature a clear polycarbonate plastic or Pyrex glass tank. A clear tank allows you to see the level of e-juice you have. E-juice is delivered to the heating coil by a silica wick. Some designs feature top heating coil with longer wicks, others have bottom heating coil with short wicks which allows for easier wick saturation.

  Pros   Cons

  - Clear tank allows you to see exact amount of e-juice
  - Some models are able to be rebuilt, and come with replaceable coil
  - Longer life-cycle
  - Some people claim that clearmizers with wick systems offer superior flavour

  - Usually more expensive than atomizers or cartomizers
  - May retain flavour from previous e-juice
  - May leak depending on manufacturer and model
  - Top coil design may require you to tip clearomizer to absorb left over e-juice



Coils


These are small pieces of resistance wire that is made into a coil shape resembling a spring. The type of wire, the diameter of the coil and the number of wraps will all affect the coil's resistance. The resistance is what determines the amount of electricity it will need to power it and the amount of heat it will produce. Coils are commonly made from Kanthal and NiChrome and more recently Nickel and are considered to be the safest to use for vaping.

There we have it, our basic guide to vaping! Keep your eyes on our website for new and exciting products! You can find our range of Vapes and Liquids here!