Before you learn how to vape, there are some prerequisites and cautionary knowledge you should know first. Researching the best vape pen kit is only the beginning. This isn’t to bum you out or waste your time with information that you don’t need, after all the vaping industry is still adjusting to the new regulations.
Don’t worry, you shouldn’t need to worry about reading tomes of legal mumbo-jumbo. Instead, we’ll show you all the important facts about how to vape and how to avoid looking like a novice. Even former smokers can stand to learn about vaping, as the whole experience is totally different.
Without further ado, let us explore the wonders of how to vape and all the benefits, as well as responsibilities, that come with it!
Get to Know Your Vaporizer
First thing’s first, make sure you have read the instruction manual that came with it. Not all vapes work exactly the same, despite using the same elements. They have their own little quirks and tips that come in handy.
For example, some heating elements activate differently, which can affect how you vape. Some recommend certain volumes of juice for maximum flavor and etc. Learning how to vape is easy, as long as you do your homework.
Because an e-cig or vape pen uses electricity, it is important that you know how to care for it before hot to vape. Being rough with it or mashing on the igniter can quickly wear down its components.
Turn it ‘On’
Most vaporizers have a simple on and off switch. This switch or button is usually not activated from a single press, for safety reasons. The most common activation is with five quick clicks.
It may seem a little excessive at first, but considering how fast and convenient it is how to vape, you’ll quickly forget about it.
E-cigs can also carry an array of power settings, which allow fine-tuning of temperatures. This ensures that you can get the best flavor and volume of vapor as possible. Generally, you will be starting at the lowest setting and working your way up until you reach your personal comfort zone.
Don’t start at the highest setting first, it might burn your e-juice and create a really bitter flavor that will make you regret it. This can also occur when you don’t have enough juice loaded, which results in a dry, dirty taste. Never vape if you’re running low on juice, just keep a healthy supply stocked.
If you try to be cheap, you may end up ruining your tank, coil, or wick. Avoid these mistakes and you’ll never risk damaging your vaporizer:
Forgot to press the button to activate
If you are a former cigarette smoker, you might fall into this bad habit. The idea of pressing a button before taking an inhale might seem foreign to you. If you happen to take a puff before or during the press of the button, you’ll just get a fizzle.
This puts stress on the vaporizer and can damage it over time. Slow down, take your time when learning how to vape.
Leaving it on in your pocket
Another big no-no when trying to maintain the longevity of your e-cig. Not only can you drain your battery fast, you can also run into leaking issues. Nothing worse than having e-juice leaking in your pocket and having to walk around smelling like a brownie all day.
Don’t beat yourself up about this if it happens to you, though. Just don’t make a habit out of it or you’ll be kicking yourself after having to clean/replace your vape pen.
Filling it incorrectly
This is why you need to read all the instructions carefully for your vaporizer. The order operations here is important, don’t take any shortcuts. Make sure you unscrew your clearomiser from its battery and hold the vaporizer upside-down. These steps help prevent leaking e-juice all over the place.
After you fill your e-juice, screw it all back in carefully and make sure the coil is in tight. You’ll want to wait a few minutes before turning it back on and taking a drag. The wick needs a chance to absorb the juice, otherwise you might end up taking a dry hit, which is not good.
Too hard and fast
After you’ve waited a bit, don’t make the mistake of pulling too hard and fast. If you try to smoke like it’s a cigarette, you’re going to have a bad time. The key is to take long, slow drags, which gives you maximum vapor and flavor.
If you want to learn how to vape clouds and do tricks, you’ll see that soft and long drags are paramount. Lung capacity will also be key to those long, elaborate smoke rings seen all over social media.
How to Vape Tips and Etiquette
While vaping is certainly healthier and safer than smoking, it still has its stigmas. There has been a lot of regulatory studies and outright bans that have taken place in recent years. It is important to know where it is safe to vape before pulling out your e-cig in public.
The best practice is to simply ask any business or restaurant where you’re at if it is okay to vape. Honestly, most small businesses usually won’t mind because they typically won’t receive complaints unless someone is just billowing clouds all over the place.
Where you’ll run into problems are bars or restaurants who have complied with local bans on e-cigarettes. You’ll usually notice a sign out front that explicitly says no vaping of any kind. This is regardless if you use nicotine or not.
Yes, we know, it sucks that such blanket regulation is being applied, but public education is still ongoing. Represent the vaping community by learning how to vape respectfully and intelligently.
It is worth noting that when inhaling to vape, there are two options: lung or mouth inhales. This means you can either inhale the vapor to fill your lungs or just the inside of your mouth. The difference in experiences become apparent in both flavor and comfort.
Some prefer to only fill the mouth because it delivers stronger and higher quality flavor. Usually, those who prefer to inhale fully will be those who want to deliver the maximum amount of nicotine, like a smoker. This will come down to personal preference, so experiment!
Advice on How to Vape for Smokers
Those coming into the vaping world as a substitute for smoking cigarettes will feel a little lost. Don’t worry, practice makes perfect! There are some key distinctions between vaping and smoking cigarettes, which we have touched on some. Let’s take a closer look at vaping.
Vaping too much isn’t quite like smoking too much, in that you won’t be accelerating your risk of cancer and death. There is such thing as vaping too much. The common symptoms are dry throat and mouth, headaches, irritation, etc.
Knowing how much is too much isn’t as straight-forward as smoking, of course. When you pull all the way to the end of a cigarette butt, you get an obvious sign that you’re out of tobacco. With e-cigs, you can keep pulling for hours, as long as you have the juice, of course.
This is why it is important to form good habits early when you learn how to vape. Take breaks between vaping; puffing every five or ten minutes is a good goal. You could time yourself, but eventually it will become second nature to you.
For those who really want to vape more often than your typical smoke session, aim for lower nicotine formulas.
Avoid the Dead Battery Downer
Getting caught out in public with a dead battery can suck. When you lose your charge it will require a relatively long wait until your next puff. This can be tough to get used to when learning how to vape as a former cigarette smoker.
To combat this, get yourself a backup battery for your vape pen. You may need to refer to your instruction manual to see how you can replace the batter, but the most common model, the 510 battery, is easy to purchase online. Just double-check the compatibility before you use it.
Be Prepared for Curious Minds
Vaping out in public is often a mixed bag. Sometimes you’ll get lots of compliments and interest from others, and other times you’ll be met with very judge-y and bitter reactions. Be prepared to repeat yourself a lot and to keep your cool at all times.
We know it can be unfair having to represent an entire community, but, do your best to handle convos with care. There is a lot of misinformation out there.
Basic Info on E-Juice Types
Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin
This is what you’re going to come in contact most often when learning how to vape. Get to know what they are and the significance of the concentrations of both in your e-juice selection. PG and VG are the delivery bases for all the various flavors and nicotine.
You don’t need to get juice with nicotine, of course, all brands offer nicotine-free flavors. For those who prefer a really premium tobacco flavor, you can get signature juice blends that cater to your tastes. No matter what, you are safe with PG and VG blends.
For a brief rundown on the two: PG is lighter vapor. It carries flavor better and gives more intense notes. It can, however, dry out your mouth faster. Some vapers are more sensitive to PG than others. PG makes less vapor, so it is a good choice for those who want to keep a low profile.
VG is comparatively thicker, which makes it superior for vape tricks and fuller puffs. VG doubles as a preservative, so your juice will keep its flavor much longer on the shelf. Some special VG juices are exceptional choices for learning how to vape large clouds.
Food Grade Flavorings
When it comes to how your juices are flavored, don’t listen to all that noise about “mystery” ingredients or untested chemicals. The truth is, we know exactly what is being used in vape juices for all reputable brands on the market. As long as your vendor is using non-oil based flavorings, you are good to go.
Typically, the cheaper vendors will be the ones to avoid. We recommend going for premium e-juice vapes. These go through a stringent test of flavors and longevity. In fact, many flavorings are like fine wine, in that they taste better with age.
We know the variety of flavorings can be a little overwhelming, but thankfully there’s a big community out there to provide advice or even sampling. Heck, show up to a vape bar and you’re bound to meet someone who will trade you to add to their collection.
Start Sampling the Rainbow
We hope this short guide on how to vape makes you feel more comfortable with your purchase. There’s a whole world of flavors and sensation out there to explore. Of course, you will likely be upgrading and modifying your vaping experience based on personal preferences.
That’s why we’re always here to help you with anything you need. Have questions you still aren’t clear about? Don’t be afraid to contact us.
Slim’s has a whole crew of vaping enthusiasts who can help you locate the best vape products and recommend juices for beginners. Those who have a flavor in mind that they would like to see stocked in our store, pass along the info and we’ll see about getting it added!
Now, go on my young padawan! Vape slow like Vader and enjoy the galaxy of flavors!