What Do I Need to Get Started With Vaping?
Admit it: you’re curious about vaping.
Maybe you’ve seen other people vaping and are impressed by the cool clouds they’re able to blow. Maybe you’re intrigued by the vape community. Or maybe you’re ready to quit smoking cigarettes and are looking for something new to try.
There are plenty of reasons to try vaping. There are also plenty of different ways to get started with vaping.
But don’t let it intimidate or overwhelm you! This post is designed to take the mystery out of vaping for beginners so that you can get started simply and easily.
What is Vaping?
First off, let’s get clear about what vaping actually is (and what it is not.) Vaping involves the use of an electronic device, which is sometimes called an electronic cigarette (or e-cigarette). This is what is referred to as the “vape” itself.
Vaping is like smoking in that you bring the device to your mouth with your hand. However, unlike smoking a cigarette, you’re not inhaling and exhaling burning tobacco.
Inside the device, a liquid (called “vape juice” or “e-juice”) is heated with a battery-powered coil. This turns the liquid into vapor. This vapor is what you inhale and exhale.
There are a great variety of reasons why people choose to vape. Here are just a few:
- A much-needed breakup with cigarettes: For many people, vaping is the perfect way to quit smoking cigarettes.
For many smokers, it’s not just about the sensation of burning tobacco. It’s the mental break that a cigarette break offers, and the hand-to-mouth motion of smoking cigarettes. Vaping allows you to still have the sensation of smoking.
Vape juice is available without nicotine or with varying levels of nicotine. This allows you to slowly wean off of cigarettes, and eventually ditch the nicotine entirely while still enjoying the mental break that a “smoke break” offers.
- Community: When you start vaping, one of the benefits is that it offers a community. It’s sort of like a club, where people like to get a little geeky about things like e-juice, vape devices, tanks, and blowing clouds.
In this day and age when our lives are largely lived online and through social media, vaping offers the chance to connect with others. For many vapers, this sense of connection and community is a huge draw!
- Tricks that aren’t for kids! One of the really fun parts of vaping is what some people call “cloud chasing.” This is when you blow massive plumes of vape.
Unlike smoking cigarettes or cigars where maybe you can blow a ring or two, you can actually perform some pretty incredible tricks with vapor. It’s become a phenomenon: there are even competitions and tutorials online to help you refine your vape tricks! Curious to learn more? Check out our post about how to get started with some easy vape tricks.
Getting Started With Vaping
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed as you dive into the world of vaping. After all, even a quick Google on the topic will take you down a wormhole of the complicated tricks, mods, and accessories that more experienced vapers discuss on message boards.
Take a deep breath. Don’t get overwhelmed. Instead, focus on educating yourself. Here are some quick and easy tips for how to get started with vaping:
What Kind of Vape Experience Are You Looking For?
First, take a little time to consider what draws you to vaping. Are you intrigued by the many e-juice flavors? If so, you’ll want to choose a vape store that has a big variety of different flavors so that you can try them all, from creamy custard to Granny Smith apple and beyond.
Looking to slowly taper off of cigarettes? In that case, you’ll probably want to look for vape juices that have higher nicotine levels so you can begin to taper off slowly.
Interested in doing tricks? You’ll want to educate yourself on the many kinds of tricks and choose a high wattage device and a VG-based vape juice so that you can blow the biggest and best clouds.
Are you looking for something discreet that you can travel with? A small device like the cig-a-like or a vape pen could be just right for you.
Having a general idea of what you’re looking for and your objectives with vaping will help you get on the right track.
Of course, it’s important to also leave yourself room to grow. As you educate yourself and try things, your tastes may evolve and grow. That’s part of the journey!
What Are the Different Vape Devices?
When you’re getting started with vaping, it’s important to understand the different types of devices that are available to you.
There are a few key types devices: disposables, vape pens, mechanical mods, and box mods. Let’s take a minute to explore them:
Disposables: Disposable vape devices are probably the easiest for absolute beginners. They’re inexpensive, intuitive, and when the battery dies you can simply discard them. No muss, no fuss, and very low maintenance. It’s a great way to test the waters and see if the vape lifestyle suits you.
Vape Pens: This is one of the most popular options for beginners. Vape pens are vape devices shaped like a pen that allow you to switch out the coil, tank, and more, offering a little bit more customization than the standard disposable vape. They also have a pretty long battery life, and can be charged with a standard USB cable.
However, it is necessary to spend some time and effort on maintenance to make sure your vape pen remains in tip top shape. Because of this, it’s often the second step after trying out a disposable.
Mechanical Devices: These are more complicated mods, and they use a lot of power. Typically, this is not the type of mod that is suggested for new vapers.
- Box-Style Devices: These are larger in scale, and can come with hardware including a tank and coil that allow you to customize your device. They require a bigger battery than some of the other options, and offer the ability to monitor wattage, the temperature of the liquid, and more.
Once again, it’s not necessarily the best choice for a beginner, but if you’re interested in cloud chasing, you may want to have this type of device on your radar.
Vape Kits: For new vapers, often a complete vape kit is a great starting point. You don’t have to worry about forgetting something like you would when ordering a la carte or piecemeal.
Vape kits are available with various e-cig devices. The benefit of the kit is that it will include everything you need. Sometimes, it even includes the battery!
How to Vape
Once you’ve chosen your mod and have it in-hand...how do you actually get started?
Pick Your Vape Juice
Unlike cigarettes, vaping offers you all sorts of flavor sensations. You can seek out options that mimic the cigarette experience with menthol or tobacco, or you can seek out some wild flavors that are like candy, savories, or any number of different flavor experiences.
A great way to go is to pick a sample pack of vape juices, so that you can get a feel for what you like. Once you have some juice, you’re ready to roll!
Follow the Directions
Each device will come with directions for how to load up your device and how to turn it on. Once you turn on the device, it’s a good idea to keep the settings on the “low” setting for safety and so that you can acclimate yourself to the vape experience.
Bring the device to your mouth, and slowly and evenly inhale. Don’t go too fast at first, because you need to get used to this new style of device. Then, slowly exhale.
Pro tip: take it slow! Even if you’ve been a smoker for years, this is a different experience. If you’ve never smoked a cigarette, it may feel even stranger, but just take it slow! You’ll get used to it.
As you become more comfortable, you can begin to experiment with different types of hits.
Vaping for Beginners: Where Can You Get Supplies?
Now that you’ve got an idea of what you need to get started and how to actually start vaping....where can you find the tools you need? It’s important to choose the right resource for shopping, because your materials matter and choosing high quality device and the ability to find a vape juice that suits you will improve your experience.
It’s also important to find a shopping resource where you can easily find information on the products you’re interested in.
Blazed Vapes is dedicated to helping you on your vape journey. We have products that are suited for all levels of vaping, from the complete newbie to the practiced professional.
We’re also committed to educating you on our offerings. Not only does our website offer a huge variety of the best products, but our blog is a treasure trove of information about vaping best practices, information, and news.
Getting started with vaping can feel overwhelming. The terminology, tools, and overall experience may seem somewhat foreign at first.
However, once you actually begin to explore vaping, you’ll find that it’s an extremely welcoming community and it’s really quite easy to get started.
Armed with a bit of education on the basics and a few starter tools, it’s easy to get started with vaping quickly and easily. So don’t delay...start your vape journey today!
We’re curious: what interests you about vaping? Leave a comment and let us know!
- Blazed Vapes Staff