Making the switch to e-cigarettes can be challenging, especially if you are making the change on your own. But once you make the commitment and get started, and with a few helpful tips and tricks, you will really start to enjoy it and wonder why you didn't make the change years ago! To help make the transition easier, we have put together some helpful tips for beginners.
This may seem obvious, but knowing what to use and how to use it is really important. There are plenty of resources online for vapers, including blog articles, facebook groups and you-tube review channels that can help you understand how to use your vape kit and also what products are best for you. Avoiding inferior products is really important when you are starting out, so make sure you have an idea of the reputable brands. Having an initial bad experience when you buy a knock off (sometimes at an inflated price too!) that doesn't give you a good vape experience can put you off. It is also important to know how your vape works so that if you do experience any issues, you can more easily identify the problem and get back to vaping instead of reaching for a dart!
We recommend newbies start out with something simple, like pen style kit with one button function. These usually replicate the draw of a traditional cigarette, and the one button functionality is easy to use. The easier the transition is, the more likely you are to stick with it. Once you get the hang of the more basic kits and how it all works, you can always graduate to a more powerful kit! Check out our beginner options here.
The first thing to remember when you have is to prime your vape coils before you start using your vape. Most kits come with one or two coils, these are the heating element of the vape and are usually made from metal and cotton. They usually last for between 1-2 weeks, but it depends on usage, the type of juice you are using and your vape style. It is important to prime the cotton to avoid it burning and ruining the coil. To prime, simply squeeze a few drops of your e-liquid directly onto the exposed cotton before filling your tank. Once you have filled with liquid, let it sit for about 5 minutes to get it well soaked. This should be done every time you use a new coil.
A common issue some new vapers face is e-liquid leaking from the tank, whether on their hands, in their pocket or bag. Most tanks have adjustable airflow so you can customise your vape experience, and an easy way to avoid leakage is to close the airflow when refilling your tank. Other ways to reduce this from happening is keeping your tank/mod upright, not letting it sit for long periods with e-liquid in the tank without use (days/weeks), and if you are really struggling with leakage, try switching to a top airflow tank which are less prone to leakage.
Turning your vape off when you have it in your pocket or bag is really important to avoid dry firing. If the fire button is pushed and you are not inhaling, you can burn your coil which can produce a very bad burnt smell. You will also have to replace your coil.
Vaping is a very personal thing, some people like to chuck huge clouds, other prefer a tighter draw of a more basic mouth to lung kit, some people prefer nicotine, others prefer without. Something we have seen is a really important choice for new vapers especially, is the e-liquid flavour. If you don’t like a flavour, it can put you off the experience. That’s why we recommend trying a few different flavours before discounting vaping as an option for you. There are so many to choose from, you are bound to find one that you like, from tobacco to menthol, fruity to creamy, whatever works for you to stay off the smokes! Check out our huge range of flavours of e-liquids.
Coils are the heating element of electronic cigarettes and need to be replaced every 1-2 weeks depending on usage. It is important to know when to change your coil to avoid getting put off using your kit. You will know when it is time to change your coil when you have less vapour production and have a distinct burnt or unpleasant flavour. Some flavours can be quite potent, such as menthol's and coffees, and can stain the coil so if you refill with a different flavour once the tank is empty it can still come through when vaping the new flavour. The best way to reduce this is sticking with a similar type of flavour in one tank or for the life of the coil, eg fruity flavours or creamy flavours, to reduce this affecting your vape experience.
Vaping replicates the hand to mouth action and inhaling sensation of a traditional cigarette but it is more of a dry hit than smoking. It can take a week or two to adjust to this. We recommend staying hydrated to help with the transition and using lower wattage basic kits such as mouth to lung options when starting out. The more powerful the sub ohm kits are (similar to shisha) the more difficult it will be to handle, as a first kit for most smokers making the switch. Once you get used to the dry style of your mouth to lung, you will probably want something more powerful like a sub ohm or direct lung style kit.
Online research can have it’s limitations, especially when you don’t have the time to spend troubleshooting or keeping up with the latest kits and flavours. Visiting your local vape store can be very helpful when you need advice on an upgrade, to help with any issues or problems you are having, to get helpful tips, personalised recommendations and see new options you may have missed online. We find our in-store customers really benefit from having a chat to someone about vaping, especially if they don't know any other vapers. There are vape shops in most states in Australia, so next time you are out of juice, support small business and google your closest Vape shop!
When you make the change to e-cigarettes it is important to give it a good go! Remember why you made the change in the first place, whether it is family motivations, financial reasons or simply a lifestyle change, this will help you stick to it if you are thinking of reaching for a cigarette. If you are unsure about anything, if you are having problems with your kit, ask the retailer for help or assistance, most shops and online stores are happy to help with any queries you have. If you are bored or unsatisfied with your vape, change it up! Try a different flavour, a new kit - whatever works for you. Many people change to e-cigarettes with the intention to ween themselves off traditional cigarettes, which is great if you can manage it, but if you can’t, choose the digital option as a long term option instead of the alternative.