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Vaping for Dummies - Learning the Basics

Vaping for Dummies - Learning the Basics

Posted by Crystal Means on Mar 3rd 2017

Most people who start vaping do so because they want to quit smoking. There’s a fair amount of people who started simply because they love the smell and feel of it and picked it up. But for most people, like me, I wanted an alternative to smoking cigarettes. No matter why you began, we break down, in laymen’s terms, everything you need to know from devices to flavours to the science of blends. It’s all right here and simple enough to follow your own methods when you’re ready to start.

The History of Vaping

Before we begin, let’s take a look at the history of devices and how they got their start. You’ll be pretty surprised at how long it’s been a concept. In 1963, Herbert Gilbert filed a patent for the world’s first “smokeless, non-tobacco cigarette.” This was a very elementary device that was made up of a battery, heating element, and a narrow cylindrical tube that resembled a cigarette. Unfortunately for Gilbert, the patent expired before he was even able to create a commercial version of it.

Fast forward to 2003 and Chinese pharmacist and small time inventor Hon Lik was able to patent a smaller and sleeker version of an electronic cigarette. While it didn’t function the same as the e-cigs of today, it certainly revived an interest in vaping altogether. With time, other e-cigs emerged, the first of which being Blu eCigs. They used a heating element and built-in battery and were convenient to use and carry. It has been duplicated many times since its inception. These days, people are seeking more power and want something that has strength and blow clouds and provide the best elements of the flavours they choose.


In today’s modern vaping market, there are generally four types of e-cigarettes: disposables, pen-style mods, box-style mods, and mechanical mods (or mechs). With mods, the unit usually contains a battery or battery housing unit. The power button fires the heating element, or atomiser, in your tank, which we’ll touch on.

Disposables are pretty much your standard “ciggalikes” that resemble the look and feel of an actual cigarette. They can come in disposable form or with a rechargeable battery, much like the pen mods, the step up from disposables. They are a bit larger than the standard cigarette and come with a tank and heating coil and a tip for drawing the vapour out.

Pen-style mods combine the convenient size and portability of disposables with the power and customization of a full box mod. A great place to start for beginners would be the  Aspire PockeX AIO starter kit which features a TPD compliant 2ml tank with top fill design and the ability to use different Aspire coils.

Box mods and mechanical mods have way more components than that of a disposable or a pen style mod. The increasingly popular  SMOK Alien mod is a fine example of this. The SMOK Alien is a 220W mod with an digital screen and the ability to utilize a variety of tanks. It's a great option for new vapers looking to step up to a full box mod setup.

The SMOK Alien can be fitted with a tank, like the Klanger CL, or an RDA, great for drippers, like the Sapor V2. They are certainly more powerful, coming equipped with wattage.

eLiquids and How to Choose Them

The excellent thing about vaping is that it’s such a personal experience and totally subjective to your likes and dislikes. When initially starting out, it can be daunting finding a device that works for you and then you have thousands of e-liquid companies with various flavours and blends and it adds further to your complication. But the best way to decide what flavour you want to start out with is by figuring out what you actually like to eat.

Yes, I know it sounds strange but most e-liquid flavours mimic food, drinks, desserts, and candies that you already consume. So, if you know you like cakes and pies then start there. If you prefer fruits and candy, then you’ll start there. Once you figure out what you like to taste all the time, it becomes easier to select a flavour and company that you love. Keep in mind that as your taste buds begin opening back up, your tastes can change. Adjust as you need to. 

Fortunately, with VapeWild, we’ve got a wide range of flavours in every category to satisfy whatever kind of taste you crave.

eLiquid Blends

Every liquid on the market is comprised of 4 main elements: propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), artificial food grade flavouring, and nicotine (which is always optional). PG is a thin, watery liquid used in many food based products we already use today. It is known for giving the “throat hit” of a cigarette that most vapers tend to look for. A higher PG concentrate will be thinner in viscosity and can be a harsh vape. It carries the flavour of the liquid so it will make your e-liquid sweeter as well. VG is a thicker, colourless liquid that is also food grade and safe to consume. It provides the “clouds” that most cloud chasers are looking for. Because of its viscosity, it’s not generally recommended for tanks, as it can clog up your coils and produce and unsatisfactory vape. flavouring and nicotine are added to these in precise measurements, according to the blend you prefer. Again, it’s all personal and based on your device.

Nicotine Rule of Thumb

Now that you’ve selected your blends, your flavors, and device, it’s time to think seriously about the nicotine level you’ll need. We’ve created a table (below) that will help assist in choosing which level works for you the best. Heavy smokers are typically encouraged to start with a higher nic, like 12mg. As you begin to get familiar with your device and your flavors, you’ll start to wean yourself down lower and lower. If what you’re seeking is the throat hit of a cigarette, try a 50VG/50PG blend with a 9-12mg nic for a stronger feeling. Higher PG, as we discussed above, gives you the feeling of a cigarette type of vape.

As time progresses, however, you’ll be looking for a higher VG concentrate and a lower nicotine content, as the nicotine is slightly more concentrated in liquid form and the probability to get nic sick is high. If you find you’re still confused, find help in a forum, or feel free to head to our site and one of our chat agents will assist you! 


Keeping it Simple

Now that you know a little bit more about what you’ll need to get started, I’ll leave you with some words of advice: keep it simple. Don’t get caught up in YouTube videos and reviews that try to sway you one way or another. Start small and search for what works for you. Find a vendor that can take the time to show you what you’re looking for or point you in the right direction, and stay there. If you find that pen-style mods work more for you, find the e-liquid blend that will work in that device and vape to your heart’s content. When you’re ready to upgrade, start with what you like and dislike and choose from there.

VapeWild has an amazing selection of devices and hardware, including starter kits that have everything you need to get started. Not to mention the myriad flavours we offer as well. No matter where you’re at in your vaping journey, we’re here every step of the way to answer questions and make recommendations. You’re not alone. We have a large community of vapers from all over the world who are knowledgeable and friendly and can be found through our various social media channels. You can do this! We’ll make sure of it.