Have you decided to quit cigarettes?
Are you interested in what all the fuss is about?
Or just have questions you can’t find the answer to?
Fear not, you’re in the right place. This page is the beginner’s one-stop-shop for all your vaping needs and information.
Here at Vapebuzz we’ve been in the vaping industry since it began, we’ve spent a ton of time learning all the ins and outs of this amazing technology so that we can pass it on to our customers. Unfortunately we can’t always answer everyone’s questions as quickly as we would like – therefore we created this Ultimate Beginners Vaping Guide to help all those new to vaping figure out exactly what vaping is, why we and millions of other people are so crazy about it, and which vaporizer is right for you.
Chapter 2: Why are e-cigarettes better for you than traditional cigarettes?
It sure looks like smoking and you’re still getting the nicotine, isn’t that the bad thing in cigarettes? The answer isn’t quite so simple Yes, nicotine is an addictive substance, a mild stimulant and toxic in large doses. But so is caffeine. In fact, nicotine and caffeine share a number of qualities; both are stimulants, raising energy and focus. Both occur naturally in plants. Both constrict the blood vessels, raise blood pressure and increase the heart rate and cognitive function of the user. Both are addictive. Both can cause harm in large enough quantities.
Not really; it’s the combustion of organic material. The act of burning the plant matter causes a whole bunch of chemical reactions, releasing nasty chemicals like carbon monoxide, tar, benzene, and hydrogen cyanide.
These poisons slowly destroy the body and causes massive systemic damage over long periods of time. While inhaling anything that isn’t air is unlikely to be good for your lungs, there can be no debate that tobacco smoke is absolutely catastrophic for your body.
E-cigarettes and vaping is about harm reduction not harm elimination. A common approach to vaping is to start with a nicotine dose that matches what you would have received from your smoking habit, and then slowly, over the course of time lower the dose until you reach 0mg nicotine in your juice. At that point you can be sure that it is only the psychological habit that keeps you reaching for the vaporizer, we have heard many customers report that they simply stopped using their vaporizer, without any conscious effort.
There’s a reason why David Nutt, former advisor to the Ministry of Defence, Department of Health and the Home Office, described e-cigarettes as “probably the most significant advance [in medicine] since antibiotics”.
There has been talk that e-cigarettes are being marketed to children because of the brightly coloured, sweet tasting juices that are available, the truth brings us to another point regarding the qualities of e-cigarettes – the delicious flavours! Firstly, the idea that adults don’t want sweet things is patently ridiculous, I’ve seen adults eat desserts, chocolate and ice cream with my own eyes. Sweet things taste great. I like them, my friends like them, our customers like them. It’s not solely children with a sweet tooth.
Secondly, how many brands of traditional cigarettes offer a tiramisu flavour? Or vanilla custard cream? Or strawberry and lime? Let’s be honest, tobacco smoke tastes and smells pretty bad. If there’s a choice between smelling like an ashtray or a sweet factory, we’ll take the latter.
Sweet isn’t the only flavour available either, for those who do enjoy the taste of tobacco there are various flavours that imitate your favourite cigarette brand available, as well as menthol and even anise flavourings. In fact, nearly anything that exists as a food flavouring can be found as an ejuice for your vaporizer!
Chapter 4: What do you need to start vaping?
We live in an age of misinformation overload, and the vaping industry is no exception. When researching for the right vape, it’s worth asking yourself a few questions.
How committed are you?
There’s no shame in admitting it, quitting smoking is hard, that’s why despite everything we know about them 6 million people still die every year of smoking related diseases. If you’re not sure how committed you are to doing the big quit, you probably don’t want to invest money into something you may never use again. But beware! The cheapest e-cigarettes tend to fail to deliver a satisfying and proper vapor production, leading many to decide that e-cigarettes just aren’t for them! If you do want to quit, make sure you invest enough that you have a device that will perform what you need it to.
How much do you smoke?
People who smoke two packs a day will need a stronger vaporizer and stronger ejuice than someone who has three or four cigarettes a day. It’s important that in the beginning you get the right nicotine dose, or you will find yourself gravitating towards the cigarettes once more. A great vape beats the daylights out of smoking. Caramel flavoured cigarettes don’t exist, and if they did they’d be disgusting.
Do you want discretion, function, or durability?
This is less of a question that it used to be a few years ago, smaller, less ostentatious devices are available for the discerning socialite. While heavier, more durable and longer lasting mods are available for customers who do physical labour or are often moving around. If you want to blow big clouds like the cool kids, you’ll want a precision device capable of adjusting the parameters necessary. If you just want something pretty, there’s a range of delicious looking devices to satiate your desire for splendour.
How long until you can charge it again?
For most, this is a non-issue — most mods will be capable of giving you a day’s worth of vaping without trouble. In some cases some though – people with the very small box mods or the non-stop vapers – they may need something a little bigger. Alternatively, ensure your vaporizer has replaceable batteries and keep a spare set with you.
What’s your budget for a vaping kit?
This is a great question and let’s be honest – if you’re a smoker you should consider investing a little more upfront. Why? Because a decent vaporizer kit and ejuice will satisfy your cravings and let you move away from burning tobacco, which as mentioned is the most harmful element of smoking. How much do you spend in a week on cigarettes? Consider how much you can save in the long run by switching to vaping, not to mention the health benefits.
Kits starts as low as £24.99 for the Joyetech EGO AIO, which is for many only a week or two of cigarette money.
If you’re still unsure, check out our recommended vaping kits below.
What features do you want for your vape kit?
This is the question that we try and answer in this guide. At the low end you have simple mechanical mods with a push button that completes the circuit and runs an electrical current through your coil. On the higher end you have microchipped APV’s with full colour displays and temperature control. How much you want or need is up to you. We recommend beginning with a starter kit in order to learn the ins and outs of vaping once you have found your feet you’ll be able to move on to more complex mods. See our guide below for a thorough breakdown of our favourite e-cigarettes and mods.
Where will you be vaping mostly, on-the-go or at home?
If you need a vaporizer for at home only, consider going with something with a smaller battery, as recharging will be less of an issue. If you’ll be moving around and vaping a lot, a larger capacity battery might be handy. Of course, if you’re concerned you can always buy a spare battery or two and keep a charged one on you, this will ensure you’re never caught without battery power, which is the number one way people end up using cigarettes again, plan ahead.
What are the kinds of batteries available and how many will you need?
There are such a vast array of battery sizes, power rating and discharge ratings that it almost deserves its own article. Suffice to say, the battery you’ll need will depend on the mod type you buy. For most however, 18650 batteries are the most common size, and come from a range of excellent companies such as eFest and Sony.
You can always call or email us to discuss your options if you’re unsure.
What accessories will you want?
This is another one of those things that again falls upon the personal preferences of the individual. There are always new chargers, new mods, new batteries and new coils. One usually finds their own style as they learn about vaping and begin to customise their mod to their preferences. If you’re using separate batteries a decent charger will always be a good investment.
Chapter 6: FAQ
Here you will find the questions we most commonly answer in store and online. If you have a question that you don’t see answered here, please contact us directly using our contact page.
What are the best starter kits for vaping?
In this reviewer’s humble opinion; the four products listed above.
What is temperature control?
Temperature control uses a sensor to read the resistance of the coil as it heats up and changes that data is passed back to the control unit (a little microchip in the mod) which adjusts the wattage to keep the coil at an exact temperature. You can read our guide to vaping temperature control here.
What is the recommended temperature on a temperature controlled mod or vape?
Normally the temperature is set somewhere between 200’C – 250’C.
Why does my vapour taste burnt?
An easy mistake to make, you’ve probably just let your eliquid/ejuice run too low. It’s best to replace the coils now as the cotton may be burnt, but this isn’t always necessary depending on how long the coil was heating without e liquid.
To avoid this in the future, simply ensure that your eliquid doesn’t get lower than about ¼ of the tank. If in doubt, refill.
I got eliquid in my mouth, am I okay?
Unless it was close to a whole bottle you’ll be fine, and even if it was you’ll just feel sick from the overdose of nicotine. Ensure you wash out your mouth with water (don’t swallow it), even if it’s only to get rid of the taste. You may feel a little unwell for an hour or so dizziness, nausea, etc.
If symptoms persist visit the doctor.
What should I avoid?
Generally speaking e-cigarettes that are designed to look like cigarettes, also known as “cigalikes”, are best avoided – they’re often cheaply constructed and built to attract impulse buys. They often fail after a short time and tend to deliver either a decent nicotine hit or a decent cloud of vapour. Very unsatisfying.
Ensure that whatever you’re buying is well recommended around the internet, and you’ll be fine. There are some really wonderful pieces of tech in the vaping industry now.
How do I change the batteries on a vape mod?
For mechanical mods, simply unscrew either the head or base of the mod, slide the battery out and replace it with a fully charged one. See our range of batteries and chargers here.
How do you know when the coils in your vape mod need to be changed?
This is hard to give a definitive answer to as different users will vape at differents rates, using different ohms and ejuices. The best indicator will always be when the taste of your vapor begins to drop in quality, this means the coil is no longer fresh enough to properly vaporize the ejuice. As a general rule, you’ll want to change it at least once a month, with two weeks being more common. If you vape at sub-ohm and blow big clouds all day, you might need to change your coil as much as once a week.
Are vapes allowed on international flights?
No, vaporizing of any kind is illegal across the globe when on board aeroplanes. It’s also illegal in some public spaces and private spaces, depending on the laws of your country.
How do you wrap a vape mod in vinyl?
This is an easy and simple way to drastically alter the look of your mod and give it that personal touch if you’re so inclined. Simply clean your mod thoroughly with a wet rag and dry it with a lint-free towel. Remove a portion of the protective backing from the wrap and line it up on your mod. Then using the palm of your other hand, firmly press the wrap to the vape mod, and rotate the mod, keeping an even pressure on the wrap. Remove a little more of the backing and repeat the process until the mod is covered. Air bubbles may be carefully removed with the flat side of a credit card.
What tank should I get for my 80w vape mod?
Check out our tank page with an overview of each tank, including its pros and cons, and even a description of how they work.
What is a good looking vape mod?
If you want a Vape Mod that will draw the eye, look no further than the SMOK Alien 220w TC Starter Kit. For those with a slightly higher budget, the SMOK G-Priv 220W Kit has enough technology in it to be mistaken for a mobile phone. Both offer that sweet temperature control that ensures you’ll never have a dry hit again.
I recently bought a G-priv kit. What does TC and VW mode mean? What does Adjust-TCR and Initial OHM mean?
The G-priv deserves a guide on its own, for all its simplicity and clever UI design, the touchscreen and multiple options can be intimidating at first. Here’s what the options mean and do;
The Temperature Control icon allows you to activate the temperature control function and offers a myriad of settings with which to fine tune your vape – material, preheat, ADJ TCR, and Initial Ohms.
- Material – Options and presets regarding the material choice of the coil – nickel, titanium and stainless steel.
- Preheat – This lets you set the limit for coil wattage before the temperature control activates. Don’t set this too high.
- ADJ TCR – Temperature Coefficient of Resistance or TRC for short is a number that relates to the changing resistance of a coil as it heats. This information can be used to fine tune your mod by giving the onboard computer the precise values of your coil, allowing it to maximise the coil’s performance. You will need to google your coil for the TCR number.
- Initial Ohms – Use this to manually set the resistance of the coil.
The Variable Wattage icon takes you to the settings of Variable Wattage mode. Here you can activate the function and play with the effects panel to achieve your perfect hit. The panel will let you adjust the ramp-up curve of coil temperature and a sliding button to quickly decrease or increase the wattage.
What’s the difference between a Vape Mod and a Skyhigh vaporizer?
A vape mod is used for eliquid which often contains nicotine – it’s for those who would like to stop smoking cigarettes. A Skyhigh vaporizer is used for vaporizing cannabis oil and waxes.
Should I adjust my ohms to what it says on the coil or keep it at what it reads?
Only if the difference is greater than 0.5 ohms. The number on the coil is a median, manufacturing tolerances can be smaller or greater than this number. The type of mod, coil, and sensor usd can all affect the resistance of the coil by small amounts. If the difference is greater than 0.5 ohms, check your connections.
My vape mod battery doesn't last as long if I charge and vape simultaneously vs when I charge the battery and don't use it at all. Is this normal?
Yes, when you vape you’re draining the battery slightly, so over multiple uses this drain can increase the charging time by noticeable amounts.
Can I use my passthrough vape mod on a powerbank?
I probably wouldn’t recommend this – it will strain the batteries, represented by an increase in heat. Instead, buy a spare set of batteries for the mod so you can replace them when they’re drained. Take care of your batteries and you’ll save a ton of money over the long run.
What strength e-liquid is right for me?
This is a hard question to answer in a straightforward fashion – the amount of nicotine you’ll want will depend on several factors including how much you used to smoke, what brand, and your own personal preferences on mouth feel and throat hit.
For some people low powered devices with high nicotine (12-18mg/ml) content will be satisfying, for others, lower content nicotine (6mg/ml) on higher powered devices like mods and APV’s will be more satisfying.
Further, the amount you use will probably change over time, usually dropping as the addiction to nicotine is slowly tapered down. Ultimately it’s something you’ll have to experience for yourself, but the above guidelines will help if you’ve already chosen your vaping device. Remember that the higher the nicotine, the harsher the throat hit.
Can I save money by not smoking?
Certainly, for many this is a major benefit of vaping over smoking. Even those with the most severe nicotine addictions should be able to satisfy their cravings with ejuice which cost half the price of a pack and last twice as long.
Variables like how much you smoke and how much you spend on e-cigarettes, vaping devices etc. will determine the saving ultimately, but paying attention to this factor can help you make more financially smart decisions. Some people have over a dozen different vape mods, and that adds to the cost. On the other hand, investing in the hobby tends to mean sticking to it – it’s a balance you’ll have to find for yourself. If you are unsure, you can always call or email us here.
MTL and DTL, VW and TC, mAh and ohms. We hope that these terms no longer cause you to recoil in confused terror. This oft-maligned technology truly has the potential to save lives, but the fact that you’re reading this guide means the industry still has some way to go to making vaporizing accessible and user-friendly. Perhaps this guide has helped you to make a decision. If it has done the opposite, leaving you more befuddled than ever, do give us a call or email via our contact page — we’ll be happy to help unfuddle you and answer any of your questions.
To summarise the mods; rank beginners might go with the Aspire PockeX. it’s a great device with enough functions to keep a beginner happy. If you’re wanting to dive in a little closer to the deep end, then you can’t go wrong with the SMOK V8 Kit, which will let you do some cloud chasing and give you a bit more flavour. For the in between, the other two devices will fill that gap.
Thanks for reading,