New to Vaping? Here are 13 Things to Know About Vaping
If you've taken a curious look at a vaping website, chances are good that you didn't understand all the specialized information.
What does DTL or MTL mean? What is e-juice? How does vaping even work?
These questions are a few of the curiosities most beginners have when looking at vaping for the first time. And it can seem overwhelming when you don't know where to start.
Don't worry. There are certain things to know about vaping that will get you started on the right foot. Things that all beginners should know.
Down below, we go through all of this information with you so that you can make a confident first purchase.
1. How Vaping Works
The quick and dirty version is this: you put your mouth over the mouthpiece, press the button on your device, and then inhale the vapor. Exhale and repeat.
The more in-depth answer begins with the vape juice stored in your device's tank. Sitting inside of this tank is a cotton wick which draws up the vape juice into the coils.
When you press the button, those coils heat up with the battery's power and evaporate the e-liquid into a vapor. It's this vapor that you inhale.
Each device is different, so this process could vary depending on which device you use. But the main process is still the same regardless.
2. Types of Vaping Devices
If you're wondering "what vape should I buy?" then you'll want to take a closer look at the types available. A lot of these devices are often referred to as "mods", which is the nickname for "modified electronic cigarette".
Most people think of the e-cig style device that does its best to look like a fake cigarette. That was the type of device that was introduced first before vaping started to take hold.
There's a pen or tube-style mod that is long and thin, often easy to take with you anywhere you'd like. Most have a way for you to customize your vaping experience.
Box mods are the beefiest of the mods, giving you ultimate amount of customization and battery choice. Their shape makes them nice to hold as well.
There's also the pod device. There are some that are similar in shape to a USB stick and they're the most portable of the devices. It doesn't offer much in terms of customization, but it does get the job done if you want something simple and easy.
3. Importance of Device Settings
Before you begin using your chosen device, take the time to read through all of the manuals you receive when buying a vape starter kit. It's not the fun time you might have envisioned, but it will help you understand your device much better.
Knowing those intricate details can help you keep the device in working shape. It also ensures that you learn how to customize your own experience.
Some devices allow a lot of setting changes towards things like power output or airflow. Take the time to get familiar with your own device before you start vaping.
4. DTL vs MTL
There are two big differences when it comes to the way you inhale the vapor.
DTL, which means Direct to Lung, is when you inhale straight from the device to your lungs. This is the way most old cigarette users would be most familiar with.
MTL, on the other hand, means Mouth to Lung, which is when you draw in the vapor to your mouth before inhaling it to your lungs.
Some devices are meant to be used one way and not the other. Whereas other devices have interchangeable mouthpieces so that you can have the best of both worlds. Neither way is better than the other, it's all personal preference.
5. How to Take Care of Your Gear
As with all electronics, vape gear wears down over time and needs regular upkeep to retain a good working condition.
The wick within your device needs changing every two weeks or so.
Coils need changing every once in a while. A good rule of thumb is that when things start to taste a little different, change your coils for new ones.
You should rinse out your tank with water on a regular basis, but don't use any soaps or detergents. Residue could remain in the tank, making its way to your coil. Inhaling the remnants could be dangerous.
How often you clean your gear all depends on how much you vape on a daily basis.
6. What is E-Juice?
E-juice is the liquid you put into your vape tank. Most juices are made up of only a few ingredients.
You have the flavorings and the nicotine. Then the base of the liquid is either vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), or a mixture of the two.
7. Coughing Is Normal At First
It's sort of the same as when a person first inhales smoke. Coughing is a normal reaction to inhaling anything into your lungs. After the first few times are over, you'll find that the coughing disappears.
Take it easy the first few times to give your body a chance to get used to the sensation.
8. Is Vaping Better Than Smoking?
A lot of people find switching to vaping is one of the best decisions they could have made. Although there is still nicotine in most vaping liquids, there are none of the carcinogenic substances you find in cigarettes.
There's also much more customization when it comes to vape, letting you decide how your experience feels.
In a health sense, and in a fun sense, vaping is better than smoking on all accounts. This could help explain why vaping is becoming so popular.
9. Not All Places Allow Vaping
Vaping is not the same as smoking and doesn't have the same second-hand detrimental effects. Regardless, there are places that don't allow vaping in their buildings or venues.
Regulations are becoming stricter as vaping grows in popularity. Before bringing in your vaping gear to a new place, make sure to check out whether or not it's allowed. Better to know beforehand than to feel disappointed later.
10. Possible Side-Effects
If you were once a smoker, the detoxification of your body when you quit often causes cold-like symptoms for a while. This isn't a side-effect of vaping in itself but is still something worth mentioning.
Another thing to know is that some people have a sensitivity to PG based e-liquids. It causes them to have a dry or irritated throat when vaping. It could even cause dehydration.
An easy fix to this is to switch to VG liquids instead.
It's always a good idea to drink lots of water while vaping to fight against any of these side-effects.
11. Pay Attention to Ingredients in E-Liquid
When buying a vape juice, you'll want to pay attention to the ingredients. While most e-liquids have few ingredients, some use certain flavorings that can cause problems.
Diacetyl is one such ingredient you should steer clear from. It is often added to "butter" flavors but can cause something called "popcorn lung", otherwise known as bronchiolitis. Giving a quick glance at the ingredients in your e-liquid takes only a second but can keep you from danger.
Extra sweeteners in an e-liquid can coat your coil in a glaze-like substance as it heats up. This doesn't harm you in any way but can lower the life of your coil in a significant way.
Always make sure you're buying your favorite vape juice from a reliable source.
12. Be Careful With Batteries
The batteries used for vaping aren't the normal everyday batteries we are familiar with.
Lithium-ion batteries can be dangerous if not handled with a little bit of care. Most devices these days come regulated so that you don't overpower the device and cause damage to the battery.
If you get a mechanical mod, however, those regulations are not in place. You need a lot of knowledge of how the device works in order to use it safely.
You also need to ensure nothing metallic touches the ends of the batteries. This will cause a sudden discharge that could result in an explosion or a fire.
13. Buy Extras
Vaping gear needs constant upkeep and you'll always need more vape juice than you thought.
To keep your vape going strong, have a good amount of replacements and vape juice on hand. That way, when something runs out or needs a change, you have all of the equipment on hand. You won't need to interrupt your experience by running to the store or making an online purchase.
These 13 Things to Know About Vaping Will Make Your First Purchase a Breeze
Starting something new always takes a bit of time. But knowing the basic things about vaping will make everything a whole lot easier.
Keep this information in mind when you go to purchase your first set of gear. You'll find that you know a whole lot more than you thought. Instead of being overwhelmed, you'll now have a much better idea for your first purchase.
But don't forget to ask any questions if you need some extra help.
In fact, you can contact us at any time if you need more information on anything vape related!
- Blazed Vapes Staff