01 Oct Need help with your transition from smoking to vaping, look no further and take a look at our ultimate starter guide
How Can Vaping Help you?
You’re probably reading this because you would like to learn more about vaping or are looking to leave smoking for good, but we all know that leaving cigarettes entirely has its challenges and many smokers fail several times before they manage to successfully stop. The NHS have found that vaping can be “twice as effective at helping smokers give up tobacco than other alternatives such as nicotine gum or patches”. From a smoker’s standpoint the transition to vaping can be a hard process as you are unaware of what it is and the initial learning curve can be put off. Will it work compared to other notable options. What is MLT or DLT? Which e-liquids shall I choose, What is PG/VG or how much do I need? What does all of this technical jargon mean? Here at EcigMaverick, we have set out to simplify the transition for smokers and newbies, whilst ensuring you are given the correct information to make the right choices to obtain the desired outcome. From the various different types of vape kits to e-liquid, this guide will cover everything that you need to know about vaping and make the process seamless.
What does Vaping mean?
You probably have heard and seen Vaping before, but may not have heard the actual meaning of Vaping. Vaping is defined as the action or practice of inhaling and exhaling the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette(e-cig) or similar device like a pod system. However, here at EcigMaverick we believe it’s more than just a process of inhaling and exhaling vapour produced from an ecig, but more much more than that. We believe that Vaping is a lifestyle; an opportunity and a rational choice for smokers to lead a less harmful lifestyle. It’s an option for leaving cigarettes entirely and leaving the harmful chemicals behind and making a change for the greater good. The e-cigarette market has continually taken the necessary steps to grow each year socially, political and technologically with a plethora of devices available on the market. To us the technological steps are a beautiful sight, it also means that it can be a daunting step to make as a beginner vaper due to the learning curve. We intend to ease the learning curve with this step-by-step guide into the foundations of vaping.
VAPING IS CHEAPER THAN SMOKING.
Year after year cigarettes have steadily been on the rise, now it’s the perfect time to save money, whilst leading a healthier lifestyle. According to research, smokers who have recently made a switch to vaping have “saved on average £346.32 a year after kicking the habit”. A 100ML of e-liquid that is vaped with a device such as the Aspire Pockex kit will last longer than multiple packs of cigarettes and prices start from just £8.99.
IT LEAVES YOU WITH A BETTER TASTE.
When it comes to flavour, e-liquids beat cigarettes 10/10 because of the numerous offers that you have to choose from with hundred of different flavour profiles available. As the vaping industry expands and pushes the boundaries on things with new recipes, you’ll never run out of new ones to try. Some of the most popular options include fruit, desserts, menthol and tobacco. We recommend that you start off with our most popular range, King, which has over 30 flavours to choose from.
LEARN MORE ABOUT E-LIQUID.
What is E-liquid?
E-liquid commonly acts as a nicotine solution; it is the flavour agent in electronic cigarettes(Ecigs). The large clouded vapor that you see vapers tout from their Ecigs is created by heating the e-liquids to make an aerosol, which replaces the traditional smoke from traditional cigarettes.
While not all e-liquids contain nicotine, which can be seen in 120ML shorfills that leave room to provide space to add nicotine, they are typically made up of nicotine, propylene, glycol, glycerin, and flavour agents that give off the desired effect of the flavour.
E-liquid has many names and is commonly known as e-juice or vape juice. While traditional cigarettes produce smoke, e-liquids help to produce vapor in e-cigarettes. The e-juice is passed through the coil of the e-cig while the current from the battery is also passed, both of which trigger the e-liquid to heat up and produce vapor.
PROPYLENE GLYCOL (PG)
Propylene Glycol(PG) is a mixing agent which is mainly used in a variety of products that you’re likely to use on a daily basis, such as various food products, make up and body creams. PG is a non-toxic substance and it’s entirely safe for consumption. In the vaping world it carries the flavour of the e-liquid, hence why it’s used in a variety of products. PG is mainly used to provide a “Throat hit”, which is intended to give you a sensation experienced when you’re smoking a traditional cigarette. If you are looking for a strong flavour with a harsher throat hit, then we recommend a higher PG based e-liquid.
VEGETABLE GLYCERINE (VG)
VG is a natural mixing agent which gives e-liquid its resistance. The amount of VG within an e-liquid will control how much vapur that you can produce. Just like PG it is a safe substance for consumption and is used in common foods such as baked goods, cheese and processed vegetables. If you find your experience with an e-liquid gives you a throat hit that is too harsh, then we advise that you consider a higher VG e-liquid.
There’s a common misconception that nicotine is a harmful substance in traditional cigarettes, but this isn’t true because nicotine is a naturally occurring substance that is found in plants and a number of foods, including egg plants, tomatoes and potatoes. It’s the harmful toxic substances that are found in a traditional cigarette that make it harmful. Nicotine is what makes vaping such an effective substitute for smoking, as vapers are able to satisfy the cravings of a traditional cigarette without intaking the harmful substances found in cigarettes. E-liquids are available in a variety of nicotine strengths, so you are able to select how much nicotine you want to vape based on your personal preferences. Nicotine also allows you to obtain the desired experience of a good “throat hit”, so if this is what you are looking for then you should consider using an e-liquid with high nicotine strength.
What makes e-liquid a better alternative to traditional cigarettes is the wide choice of delicious flavours, and at the end of the day it comes down to finding your favourite flavour, as well as exploring new flavours that may turn into your most favoured. E-liquid is flavored with food-grade additives, all of which are perfectly safe to inhale.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF E-LIQUID
50/50 VG/PG E-LIQUID
These are great for starter vapers, e-liquid’s with a higher PG content to create a vape with a harsher throat hit. These are an ideal choice of former smokers, as it gives them the same sensation effect in a traditional smoking
HIGH VG E-LIQUID
With this option, you will see that these e-liquids are more suited for sub-ohm vaping kits. This is because they are thicker than your average e-liquid, resulting in as smoother vape and greater cloud production
SHORT FILL E-LIQUID
Short fills are high VG e-liquids that typically don’t contain any nicotine and tend to come in larger bottles. Each bottle contains extra room for you to add a nic shot and adjust the nicotine strength to your desired strength.
NIC SALT E-LIQUID
Nic Salts are very different to the previous types as it uses a salt based nicotine, instead of freebase nicotine, which is what you will find in regular e-liquids that contain nicotine. With Nic Salts, you will see that they are absorbed into your system faster than standard freebased nicotine e-liquid, whilst giving you a quicker kick. Nic Salts come in a variety of strengths, but will often be available in higher nicotine strengths, you get a more powerful hit to help you stave off your nicotine cravings. You will also find that Nic Salts higher strength provides a much smoother vape than a freebase equivalent, allowing you to get a stronger hit of nicotine with a less harsh throat hit.
GETTING TO KNOW E-CIGARETTES
What is an e-cigarette?
An e-cigarette, also known as a ecig is an electronic tobacco smoking substitute that creates a vapor cloud to replicate the experience of smoking a traditional cigarette. There are various types available for those first starting their journey on budget or looking to splash out on the sickest machines and builds.
What are the benefits of e-cigarettes versus regular cigarettes?
Traditional smoking contains over 4,000 chemicals, including +40 carcinogenic compounds and + 400 toxins. These range from nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, as well as ammonia, formaldehyde, arsenic, DDT and hydrogen cyanide
Whereas E-Cigs are non-combustible devices and, therefore do not contain the contaminants seen in traditional smoking, such as ash, tar or carcinogens. They also do not smell like traditional cigarettes and widely considered by health bodies to pose no cause for concern to bystanders.
What is an atomiser?
The market is forever changing with new products being introduced and technologies within the e-cigarette market going from strength to strength, as you would see with atomizers that sit on top of an e-cigarette battery and use the heat to vaporise e-liquid. They can be self-contained, use replaceable coils, be disposable or be rebuildable for experienced vapers who want to take full control of their vape experience and create the ultimate machine.
What is a coil?
You may have seen this word circulating around and wondering what this means and what they are to e-cigs. Coils are the heart of your vaping device. Coils were generally manufactured(previously known as wicks, you would normally see a small wired wrapped cotton. The cotton is then soaked in e-juice, when the wire is heated by the battery, it turns the e-juice into vapour.
The resistance of the coil is defined in ohms, which tells you how much current will pass through the coil. The lower the resistance, the more heat will be generated, which means that you produce more vapour and experience a more intense flavour from your e-juice. The only downside to experiencing your e-juice is that you will go through more e-juice and your battery life will be reduced, meaning less time to enjoy your favourite e-juice.
What is sub ohm vaping?
Just like coils being a common word swung around within the vaping community, you may have heard of this expression. If you have seen a vapor producing massive clouds at a given time, the chances are they are sub ohming. If you were to go back a couple of years ago, you would have seen that sub ohm vaping was reserved for those who built their own coils and modified their batters. However, times have changed because these days you will see sub ohm tanks, pre-built coils and capable batteries are now easily available.
There two essential ways to increase the amount of vapour you can get out of your coil. The first is to increase the power of your battery in order to increase the heat; but you would be hit with the limitation on the amount of power you can put through the coil before it stops creating more vapour and heats up. This will lead to your coils prematurely burning and you will be hit with the taste of burning coil, as opposed to your nostalgic e-juice.
A sub ohm coil has a resistance of less than 1ohm; it combines a thicker wire with a higher air flow so you utilise more power before you start generating excessive heat. The thicker wire will increase the surface area which is in contact with the wick(cotton), in other words it means more e-liquid is vaporized, and bigger clouds are produced.
When should I replace my coil?
You would wish that coils could last forever, but coils need to be replaced periodically; the length of time between changes will depend on a number of factors. This boils down to device use, chosen e-juice, power settings and other variables that can affect the lifespan of the coil. The rule thumb in vaping is to replace your coil as and when you encounter a burnt or poor taste from your atomizer.
How do I prime my coil to avoid premature burnout?
It’s really important to make sure your coil is primed properly before you turn your device on. To achieve this successfully we have set out simple instructions to follow.
- First things first, you must drip some e-liquid into the holes in the top and the side of the coil, allowing the wick(cotton) inside to soak it up between drips. You must be careful because if there is any excess once the cotton is fully saturated you can simply flick the coil and let it come out naturally.
- Refill the coil and fill your tank with vape juice.
- Allow it to sit for a few minutes to soak.
- Once that is done you should take a few “Primer Puff’s” by pulling on the atomizer, as if you were actually vaping, but without activating the e-cig.
- If you have the luxury of being able to adjust the wattage, start by turning it to a low setting and fire it there.
- Once that is complete, work the power to higher intervals until you are back at your preferred level.
- Once you’ve done that you would have successfully primed your coil !
What is the difference between ‘mouth to lung’ and ‘direct to lung’ vaping?
If you were to ask a vaper a few years ago what “mouth to lung”(MLT) or “direct to lung Vaping(DLT), they would have probably looked at you with a funny face. These terms are nuances within the vaping community and have come about due to the new technology available in vaping devices, which have become more powerful than they used to be. If you are new to the vape scene, you will need to understand the differences so that you can make an informed decision about which may be the best for you.
With MLT, you will inhale the vapour and collect it in your mouth before breathing it fully into your lungs. The atomisers used for this to provide a tight draw and are what new vapers should start with first to get off smoking traditionally.
The process closely mimics the effects of traditional smoking and is what early adopters and newcomers wou;d be used to as the first e-cigarette kits only allowed for the MTL method. Additionally, MTL set ups usually require fewer power settings(wattage) and can handle higher nicotine levels and PG levels.
The process closely mimics the effects of smoking, and is what early adopters of vaping will be used to as the first e-cigarette kits only allowed for the MTL method. Additionally, MTL setups usually require fewer power settings (wattage) and can handle higher nicotine and PG levels.
DLT vaping is different to MLT, as it’s much closer to breathing normally. The DLT devices are newer than the MLT devices, as they are more advanced in their setups and their atomisers have a much looser draw that requires the use of your lungs directly to inhale.
Fare more vapour is produced(cloud chasing), there is more flavour and the hit can be more intense and satisfying than MLT. This is because of the bigger hit ability, with the use of DLT it’s important to to use lower nicotine content( usually no more than 6mg). DLT users will often favour a higher VG liquid, which is much smoother and a vape kit that comes with airflow control.
Which nicotine strength should I go for?
When choosing your desired e-liquid, you have the option of having no nicotine. However, this option means that you have the choice to add nicotine or vape without. Most non-nicotine e-liquids come in either a 60 ML bottle filled with 50ml of e-liquid or 120ML filled with 100ML e-liquid to leave space to add your nicotine.
However, there are some E-liquids that come with nicotine and have different nicotine strengths and are normally listed in the number of milligrams of nicotine per millilitre in a bottle. This would translate into a 10ml bottle of 6mg nicotine e-liquid would have 60mg of nicotine(6mg X 10ml).
The new TPD legislation has restricted e-liquid to a nicotine strength of no more than 20mg/ml. If you would like to read more about TPD regulations set out by the government here.
If you were to smoke traditional cigarettes(Marlboro Red), there would approximately be 1.2 mg of nicotine in each cigarette or 24mg of nicotine per pack.
The nicotine strength listed for e-liquid is the number of milligrams of nicotine per millilitre in a bottle. That means a 10ml bottle of 6mg nicotine e-liquid would have 60mg of nicotine (6mg x 10ml).
As you make the switch to vaping from regular cigarettes, you can consider this as a guide to the nicotine strength you would like to try. It’s important to understand that this isn’t as clear cut as other factors, such as VG/PG ratio and your chosen flavour can have an effect on the nicotine hit, so you should always experiment with a few variants.
The best breakdown would be here :
10+ regular cigarettes per day = 18 mg nicotine strength
Up to 10 light cigarettes per day = 12 mg nicotine strength
Up to 10 ultra-light cigarettes per day = 6 mg nicotine strength
Very light/occasional smokers = 3 mg nicotine strength
Nicotine free = 0 mg nicotine strength