Vaping for Beginners

Entering a new world of technology such as vaping can be exciting but overwhelming. How do you know if you’re doing it right? What are the terms that you’re supposed to use?

Fortunately, this guide will help you learn the rules of vaping, as well as some of the terms that you might hear around other vapers. With a little bit of study, you’ll sound like a pro when you’re at the vape shop.

Vaping Dos and Don’ts

Following etiquette helps you to be a productive member of society. Being considerate of others while you’re vaping will take you far.

For the most part, try to vape outside. This includes if you’re riding public transportation or if you’re at a friend’s house. Many people view vaping and smoking to be the same thing, and appreciate if you take it outside.

If you’re around pets or kids, it’s polite to not vape when they’re around. Also, if you vape and someone starts coughing loudly, this is their non-verbal cue for you to not do that anymore.

However, If someone asks what you’re doing, or if you’re vaping, and you’re comfortable with it, it’s polite to offer to let them take a hit.

Best Beginner’s Vape

If you’re new to vaping, you might be wondering which rig is best for you. It’s recommended that beginners find a vape that has as few parts as possible.

A good suggested is regulated devices with a low output with internal batteries that are integrated.

Being Safe

In order to not have toxic amounts of nicotine, many vapers do not smoke cigarettes. The tanks in the vaporizers have a lot of nicotine in them, and it’s important to recognize signs of nicotine intoxication. This includes dizziness or nausea.

Overall, you’ll find that you save money by switching to vaping. A pack of cigarettes can cost around $10, while a vape cartridge will be around $2.

Choosing the Right E-Liquid

E liquids come in 5 nicotine levels. The one that you choose varies depending on how much you smoked before you started vaping. Some e juices have no nicotine, while others have considerably more.

If you smoked more than a pack a day, you might need 18 mg nicotine level e-liquid to start off with. There are many flavors you can choose from, according to your own tastes and preferences.

Charging the Vape

If your vaporizer comes with a charger, be sure to use that one. Overcharging the battery could lead to an explosion. There are smart chargers available that measure the voltage that a battery needs.

Cleaning and Maintenance

It’s important to maintain and clean the vaporizer. This will help it to last longer and prolong its life. Remove any vapor residue, and inspect the device for any signs of damage. Before you take it apart, take a picture or get a diagram so you can be sure you know what it looks like.

Cleaning the tank is easy. You submerge it into warm water. If it’s especially dirty, you can add a few drops of cleaning fluid. Once it’s done soaking, you can clean it with a toothbrush.

When it’s done soaking, you can wipe it down with a towel. After, you can let it air dry. Some manufacturers recommend using a microfiber cloth.

Once it’s dry, you can lube your o-rings. You also might want to add a new coil.

Terms to Know

It might be helpful to learn some of the most important terms to vaping. Here is a glossary with some important words and their meanings.

  • 510: Industry standard size of battery
  • AFC: Air Flow Control
  • Airflow: how much air is sucked in by the user
  • Atomizer: this area holds the wick and coil, and it is heated to make vapor
  • Automatic: vapor is automatically produced when the user pulls on the mouthpiece
  • Box Mod: a vaporizer in the shape of a box
  • Bridge: where the e-liquid is in an atomizer
  • Cloud chasing: the practice of exhaling large vapor clouds while vaping. Some events or shops might hold contests.
  • Deck: where the positive and negative posts are located on an atomizer
  • Direct to lung: when the vaper takes a hit right to the lungs, and it feels like inhaling a helium balloon
  • Drip: refilling an atomizer by dripping e-liquid onto the cell
  • Flooding: when the vaper accidentally floods the air passage of the vape with e-liquid
  • Gear acquisition syndrome: When vapers become preoccupied with accumulating the latest and greatest of vaping gear
  • Heatsink: layers made to cool
  • Hot spot: a coil that gets too hot, which might be caused by a short. Might cause trouble vaping or could potentially snap the coil
  • LR (Low resistance): low ohm rating produces a large amount of vapor but the battery burn out quickly
  • Manual: a vape that requires you to touch a button while you are inhaling in order to produce vapor
  • Mg: stands for milligram strength per milliliter
  • Ohm: a unit of measurement that measures electrical resistance
  • OLED: organic light emitting diode. A screen that displays stats about the vape
  • Propylene Glycol (PG): One of the ingredients in vape juice
  • Resistance: The build of the coil will determine how much resistance a vape has, and this is measured in ohms
  • Spitback: When liquid enters your mouth after you pull on the vape
  • Starter kit: Beginner’s starting point that might contain an e-cig, atomizer, and a charger as well as an additional cartridge
  • TC: temperature control, and it allows you to set a maximum temperature which is ideal for safety
  • Vaper: One who uses a vape
  • Vape Tongue: When you develop a resistance to the flavors used in vapes
  • Vegetable Glycerol or Glycerine (VG): One of the ingredients in vape juice
  • VW: Stands for variable wattage and allows the vaper to adjust the power settings
  • Wattage: The amount of power that goes from the coil to the battery
  • Wick: Part of the vape that is made from cotton and it absorbs the e-liquid

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