Beginners guide to vaping- what you need to know

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now for the fact!!!

What is a vaporizer?

A vaporizer is an electric device that turns E juice   into vapor. A vaporizer usually consists of battery(called the mod ) cartridges, and atomizer or cartomizer. The battery generates the power for the heating element in the atomizer or cartomizer, which contacts the vaping material and transforms it into vapor for inhalation.

Imagine a kettle element - the element heats to boil water -this produces steam , the principal is very similar to how vapor is produced - the battery(mod) powers the coil (element) its not such a scary prospect once you debunk the process . The only difference is the E-juice gets to the coil via wicking material - the wick gets highly saturated and once the coil heats vapor is produced . 

So we understand that the mod is purely to power the delivery system :

a few examplesstarter kits


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back to tanks - this is where it gets a tad confusing . there are quite a few forms of vapor delivery . The most common being a stock tank Beginners guide to vaping- what you need to know

stock tanks use premade manufacturer coils , the stock tank systems on the market are the easiest to use and come in various designs ,colours and styles , easy coil replacement is the big bonus point , and practicality is in mind when it comes to design and customer use - easy liquid fill and generally an airflow control to adjust to your vaping style . coils last from 4 days up to 2 weeks as a rule of thumb, this depends on the liquids you use ( highly sweet liquids effect coil life ) All starter kits and kit form mods come with either an inbuilt stock tank or removable tank . removable tanks are easier to clean and maintain !!!

next is rebuildabes- these come in the form of RDA /RDTA/RTA Beginners guide to vaping- what you need to know

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above is an rda ( or known in the industry as a dripper ) drippers have no tank - Building a coil is not for a new vaper it takes research and knowledge of ohmslaw and battery safety - this however shouldn't be something to put you off - youtube is a wonderful source of information on learning to build coils and battery maintenance is relatively simple ..... do your research and practice , get that perfect glow every time and make sure the battery capacity is suitable for the coil ohms and your good to go

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simply drip you e juice onto the wick and coil and your good to delve into the world of rebuildables - a more cost effective and extremely flavourful vaping experience 

next up is the rta /rdta 

rta are basically a stock tank on which you build your own coils 

rdta are a combo of dripper and rta (rdtas generally have a more open chimney for dripping (see below for an example of an rdta system

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Last up is pod systems 

pod systems offer the eaiest user interface imaginable - they have inbuilt coils which cant be replaced making them 100% user friendly . if the pod is finished simply discard and enter a new pod - fill up with e juice of choice and away you go . pods are generally quite expensive in comparison to stock coils but your paying for a very easy experience , the devices themselves 99% of the time have no wattage adjustments as theyre designed to run at a manufacturers set tolerance to ensure longevity of the pods and ease of use for you the customer ( below is an example of a pod system )

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What E-juice is best for your needs?

What is the vapor in a vaporizer?

Vapor is defined as “a substance diffused or suspended in the air which is originally a liquid or solid turned into a gaseous form.” The vapor in a vaporizer  is the gaseous form of any of the vaping materials. The vapor looks thicker than smoke, however, smells much better, and quickly dissipates into the air.

Vegetable glycerine (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are simply additives from the food industry used, for example, to sweeten or preserve food.  Flavourings are blended to create a hugely  differing range of flavours.  And nicotine needs no introduction, other than to say it is the only toxic part of eliquid.

When you see an e juice listed as 70% VG, this means that 70% of the blend is VG, while the remaining 30% is PG, flavourings and nicotine (for those blends that contain nicotine). Flavourings in general make up around 10% of the e juice.

How the Blend Affects Vape Experience

VG is thick in its consistency, and as a result a high VG blend can create lots of vapour. But it requires more power from the device to do so.  A smaller, low powered device would struggle to heat high VG blends effectively. 

PG is thinner and therefore needs less power to create the vapour, but the amount of vapour produced is also much smaller. PG also gives you the throat hit that’s similar to the feeling of smoking a cigarette.

 As it’s the vapour that carries the flavours and the nicotine, creating more vapour will potentially bring more of those features.  More VG needs more powerful hardware.

But because of the dense vapour from high VG blends, vaping a high nicotine blend with a high VG blend would deliver much more nicotine than an average person could stomach.  So when using high VG blends it’s common reduce the nicotine levels in the  juice  to compensate for the increase in vapour.

In contrast vapers using the high PG blends that are suited to lower powered devices tend to use a higher nicotine content because the vapour produced is less dense and therefore can’t carry as much.

Ultimately the blend is a very individual thing, and not all eliquid ingredients are agreeable to everyone.  It’s a good idea to experiment with the different ratios in pursuit of your perfect blend - the majority of e juice blends are 70vg/30pg this is industry standard through research 

most ejuice now comes in the form of shortfills - shortfills are more cost effective than traditional 10ml bottles and since the introduction of subohm tanks the need for 12 and 18mg nicotine liquids has dropped substantially . the go to nicotine levels are 3mg and 6mg with 6mg satisfying the heaviest of smoker 

simply take the lid off a shortfill and add nicotine - available in 10ml bottles at 18mg strength (known as nic shots )

general rule of thumb is 

50ml shortfill - 1 x 18mg nicshot= 3mg

                        2 x 18mg nic shots =6mg

(note 50ml shortfills generally only have 60-65 ml capacity giving 3-4.5mg strength)

100ml shortfill- 2 x 18mg nicshots =3 mg

                        4 x 18mg nicshots = 6mg 

(note 100ml shortfills generally have around 120ml final capacity giving 3 mg strength) its always best to start off low to ensure a pleasant experience more can be added to increase to taste and needs  - remember you cant remove nicotine !!!! so never go all out with your nic shots , after a few tanks you can increase the strength by topping up your shortfill 

all that being said we wish you every success and will support wherever possible !!!

its not such a scary venture with the right support 

thanks for reading 

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