You may decide that you want to start vaping for one of many reasons from helping to kick the smoking habit to being part of the growing vaping community and all that it offers. Vaping is on the rise in the UK, with over 3 million adults vaping, a steep rise on figures from six years ago. Here’s how to start vaping.
Enjoyable vaping for the newbie
Whatever your reason to start vaping, it can be a confusing landscape for the newbie. There are many confusing different types of vapes, flavours, liquids and equipment. You’ll have so many questions too – just who do you turn to for the answers? You’re in the right place as we’ll take you through the five steps to start vaping, specifically for newbie vapers.
Step 1: Choose your vaping experience
Before diving straight in and buying all the vaping gear you can get your hands on, you need to ask yourself a few questions about what you really want to get from vaping.
Do you want a big device that makes an impact when you whack it out in front of your friends or are you looking for a slightly more discreet device that easily fits in your coat pocket?
Is a big nicotine hit something that you're after or are you just looking to enjoy the more sensory aspect of smoking, such as the different flavours of ‘juice’? You may especially be interested in this side of vaping if you enjoy the experience of different cigars, for example.
Would you like to create big clouds that resemble a steam train, or would you like to keep it subtle and not be a one-man-smoke-machine?
The answers to these questions helps in step two, deciding which device is right for you and the best e-liquids.
Step 2: Choosing your device
When you’re ready to buy your first vaping piece of kit, you’ll find a confusing array to choose from. Ditch confusion and opt for a starter kit, an affordable way to get your hands on simple vaping kit.
If you’re looking for a big nicotine hit, we would highly recommend buying a vape that has a coil or wick. This is a heating element inside the vape that has a high level of resistance. These types of devices will get you the results you’re after.
These devices are usually less power hungry too, which will result in being able to use vape juice that contains a higher nicotine content. These devices are usually smaller and more discreet versions of vapes but there are other, larger pieces of kit if you want to make a statement.
Battery life is important because you don’t want an empty battery halfway through an enjoyable vaping sessions. The batteries in smaller devices tend to last longer - always a bonus! - and they're the best choice for those of us who like to keep our vaping habits under the radar.
But if you’re looking for the big clouds and a bit more of a substantial vape, you should look for a device that has a coil or wick with low resistance. The plus side is big clouds but the downside, although they are more powerful, the battery tends to empty its charge quicker as a result.
Vaping devices that heat the e-juice in the tank tend to be much larger devices with high resistance but it will vaporise a lot more juice each puff resulting in the big steam train like clouds!
Step 3: picking your vape juice
With your decision of vape device made, now it’s time to decide on which vape juice you’d like to use with your device - and yes there are LOTS of options! But this is the fun part, we think.
Vape juice is the liquid that is made up of either propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine and is responsible for the vapour or ‘clouds’ that appear when you exhale. All you do is put it in your vape (follow the instructions provided), switch on, wait a few seconds for the device to warm up and away you go.
Just like vaping devices, there are many different types of e-liquids on the market and hundreds of brands to choose from. But it all comes down to two things;
- the level of nicotine you want or not as there are no-nicotine juices available too
- what flavours would you like to enjoy?
If you’ve chosen a large device that creates big clouds, you will need to choose a juice that has a lower nicotine content. This is because you will be taking in a lot more vapour each time you take a puff than if you chose the latter option.
Most vapers that are using high powered devices usually use nicotine levels of 1.5 mg/ml, 3mg/ml or 6mg/ml (milligrams of nicotine per millilitre of liquid). But in all honesty, this step is trial and error, a chance for you to try out different juices, working out which juice you like the most.
If you’re just transitioning from smoking, choose a liquid with a little more nicotine – perhaps 12mg/ml or 18mg/ml. However, if you're trying to quit smoking, the obvious option is to choose a liquid with very little to no nicotine in.
Non-nicotine e-juices are great fun, perfect for vaping for fun or relaxation. There are a huge range of flavours from fruit e-juices for those of use who have a sweet tooth to mellower flavours for a relaxing vape.
E-liquid sample packs are a great way to dive in and try different flavours. People often come to vaping with a fixed idea as the flavours they will like and won’t like but by experimenting, find a whole new palate of flavours.
Step 4: Picking the right parts to go with your vape
Now you’ve picked your new vaping device, it’s best to have a couple of the most common spare parts so you can continue to use your vape in the unlikely event something goes wrong.
Coils and batteries are the main spare parts you’ll need to buy – but remember to check that your vape has replaceable batteries. If your device does have replaceable batteries then it is well worth stocking up.
We recommend you get spare coils when you get a new device so you always have them on hand in case you need them. Make sure the coil you’re purchasing is compatible with your device.
Step 5: Read the instructions
Once you receive your new device, we recommend spending a few minutes reading the instruction booklet it comes. After you’ve filled your new vape with liquid for the first time, you should wait at least 5 minutes to ensure the coil is completely covered in liquid. If not you may end up ruining the coil with a dry hit.
Boosted by high quality products and juices, it’s no wonder more people are turning to vaping in the UK. Enjoy!