Getting started with ecigs



The world of vaping can be daunting. A quick Google search will provide hundreds of thousands of links to differing opinions on what constitutes the best kit for vaping, different mods, and much more. If you’re a beginning vaper who wants to see what all the fuss is about, we’ve got your starting point right here.


What an e-cigarette looks like


The term “e-cigarette” was coined to describe early vaping devices which were designed to look like traditional cigarettes. Ecigs are pretty much old hat now, but the term is still used to describe what we would call vaping kits. These kits are inexpensive, generally 15 to 30 pounds for a starter kit such as the Flare+ Vape Kit.


This is a diagram of a typical e-cigarette:

Diagram of an e-cigarette


The chargeable battery powers the ecig, and in particular the atomiser. The atomiser is where eliquid is turned into vapour by a coil of heated wire. The cartridge is where the eliquid is stored, and this part is interchangeable with “clearomisers” and “cartomisers”, which are essentially cartridges made from different materials. The cartridge will need eventual replacement on all e-cigarettes, and replacement cartridges for most manufacturers are cheaply available on our website or from any vape shop.


Some ecigarettes have a voltage control function which allow you to increase the voltage, and subsequently the amount of heat going through the atomiser. This generally allows for more vapour and flavour.


The ecigarette you buy depends on your smoking habits


If you are a pack-a-day smoker, you’ll need a kit that can keep up. You’ll also want to determine if you want something small and compact that mimics the traditional look and feel of a cigarette, or something larger that will let you get more flavour and vapour out of your eliquid.


Our Ozone starter kit looks and feels like a traditional cigarette, and automatically activates the battery when you inhale through the cartridge - skipping your usual step of lighting a smoke. However, if you are a heavy smoker and are highly mobile, the larger Flare Pro vape kit has enough battery life to take you through the day without recharging - although any of our starters can easily be charged with an included USB charger in your car, at work, or at home.


The usual ecig kit most of our beginners buy is the Flare+ vape kit.


The fun part: selecting your eliquid for your ecigarette


Eliquid is added to the cartridge of your ecig kit, following the instructions from the manufacturer. You can purchase eliquid in varying nicotine strengths, and in differing blends - you can even use our eliquid mixing calculator to work it out quickly and easily. The exciting part about it is all of the different flavours you can try - Vapemate manufactures all of our own eliquid in an ISO-certified lab right here in the UK, and we have an excellent reputation for providing tasty, high-quality eliquids. An introductory eliquid comes with your ecigarette starter kit as well.  


Eliquid contains four main components:


1.Propylene glycol

The acronym “PG” is usually used to describe this ingredient. The more PG in your eliquid, the higher the impact to the throat is. A heavy smoker may want to start out with a higher PG and adjust from there.

It is an odourless, non-toxic food-grade organic compound.

2. Vegetable glycerin

Vegetable glycerin is the compound that produces vapour, and it is typically abbreviated to “VG”. If you want more vapour, choose an eliquid with higher VG.

3. Flavour

We use a number of natural and chemical flavouring agents.

4. Nicotine

A heavy smoker will want to start with a higher nicotine concentration and then, if desired, ramp it down gradually if they want to wean themselves off of nicotine. You can purchase eliquid in strengths of 0-3% nicotine.


To get started with ecigs, there are only two steps. Select your starter kit, then choose from a range of tasty eliquids. That’s it. If you don’t want it to be more complicated than that, it doesn’t have to be, but if you want to turn vaping into a hobby, there are a range of different modifications you can make to your kit.


For more about how to get started with e-cigarettes, see the “Getting Started” section of our website.