Vaping 101 – the basics

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So, you decided to start vaping. Awesome! Whether you’re making the plunge because you want to quit smoking cigarettes, or you just think it looks cool, you’ve set off down a road that you will likely never regret. You could just jump right into it, but if you’re a cautious consumer, there are a few things you might want to know first.

Turning it on

Here’s the thing: Inhaling an e-cig is a lot different from inhaling a regular cigarette. When you pull on an e-cig, you’re going to want to use slower, more controlled puffs, and here’s why: Pulling on an e-cig means literally pulling the e-fluid into the atomizer’s reservoir. It’s kind of like sipping a drink through a straw, except the liquid never gets into your mouth in liquid form. Depending on the type of e-cig you have, this sucking action may also activate the heating coil turning the e-liquid into the vapor that you inhale. If you have a manual switch, however, you can suck and suck all you want and there won’t be any vapor until you press it. All the sucking will do is bring more e-liquid onto the wick.

Cleaning it

No one cleans their e-cig vaporizer in exactly the same way. Some wash it every day, some wait ‘til it gets all cloudy after a week, some dip it in cleaning alcohol, some just run some water through it. This is something that’s really going to depend on your preference, but whatever you decide, make sure that it’s nice and dry and clear of any cleaning agents before you start vaping again.

What is e-juice?

Well, I’m glad you asked! E-juice, or e-fluid, is the liquid that goes into your tank system and turns into the vapor that you inhale after it comes in contact with a heating agent. You can get e-juice in a variety of different flavors, but you don’t necessarily have to have nicotine in it. Some people prefer the taste with the nicotine, some prefer it without. You may be able to wean yourself off of nicotine dependency by slowly lowering the nicotine content of your e-juice over time. But the important part of e-juice (as far as we’re concerned) is the flavor! E-juice is made up of Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and Propylene Glycol (PG). PG is generally the default base liquid for e-juice, but some people can experience an allergic reaction to it. VG makes up a certain percentage of most e-juice to balance out flavor, but it can also completely replace PG in case of allergies.

Are there downsides?

Everyone reacts to vaping differently, but it’s good to know what can happen so you’re not caught off guard if it does happen. First of all, it might feel like you’re spending too much money on your vaping hobby at first, but once you find your groove, that’ll get a lot easier to manage. If you’re switching from cigarettes, you may feel some symptoms of withdrawal, like headaches or cold sweats, but if you can push through those, you’ll find that you come out the other side breathing better and feeling more healthy overall.

Hot tips

  1. Always have at least two batteries. That way you can charge one while using the other.
  2. If you want the vapor to be hot before you inhale, get an e-cig with a manual switch.
  3. If you don’t like the flavor of your e-liquid, don’t keep vaping it! Try to pick up some sample packs first and see what kind of flavors you like. Once you find your flavor, you’ll be set.
  4. Don’t buy your e-cig from a gas station. These are the worst possible PVs on the market and probably won’t even last a day.

And that’s it.

Enjoy your vape life! Remember that vaping is all about your own personal style. From the way you do it, to the flavors you choose, to whether or not you continue using nicotine, you’re the one who sets your own agenda. And we’ll be here for you every step of the way!

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