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Have you decided to stop smoking and switch to vaping? If so, there are likely a few things you'd like to know and bits of kit you need to buy before you can get going.
Switching from smoking to vaping can seem confusing at first, as cigarettes are swapped for E-Liquid, but here we will share the basics to get you started on your journey to quitting tobacco.
A vaping device comprises four essential parts, a mouthpiece, an E-Liquid tank, a coil heating element and a battery. When a button is pushed, the battery causes the coil to heat the E-Liquid, turning it into a vapour. The vapour then gets drawn through the mouthpiece when you inhale.
A vape kit is a great place to start for beginners – a pre-constructed vape pen or device. These will have all the parts you need to vape – you'll need to choose your e-liquid!
Vape pens are great for beginners as they are often relatively inexpensive while offering a more discreet vaping experience. They are small, pen-like devices that are portable and easy to use.
Disposable pod devices can be another good option for beginners. These compact devices are easy to use and rely on disposable cartridges of E-Liquid, which click into the pod.
You'll be able to switch easily between different pods and flavours without having to worry about the juice leaking. Check out our complete guide on the vape pod system to master the art of vaping.
Your very first vape device might not be an exact fit for you forever. Luckily, vaping devices can be customisable and can be adapted to suit your needs and experience. You'll probably discover different mods or tanks that appeal to you as you learn more about what you want from your vape.
The coil is a vital element of the vape, which helps to heat and vaporise the E-Liquid. The coil also features a wick that draws the E-Liquid to the coil.
On average, coils need to be replaced in your vape every couple of weeks. This advice is dependent on usage, though, so someone who rarely vapes could go a month or more, whereas someone who constantly puffs may need to change it after a few days! Check out how to notice when to replace your coil here.
As such, it's always a good idea to have a few extra coils to hand for if it needs changing. It's good practice to routinely change the coil every couple of weeks to get the most out of your device and keep it running smoothly. You'll also need to change it if you hear a gurgling noise or the vape gives off a burnt taste.
The next step when starting to vape is to choose an E-Liquid. The most significant consideration when picking an E-Liquid is strength. If you're switching to vaping from smoking, this usually depends on how many cigarettes you smoked a day.
As a guide, we recommend:
- Light smokers (1-5 cigarettes a day) - 6mg/ml.
- Light/Moderate smokers (5-15 cigarettes a day) - 10mg/ml.
- Moderate/Heavy smokers (15-20 cigarettes a day) - 14mg/ml.
- Heavy smokers (20+ cigarettes a day) - 18mg/ml.
There are also nicotine-free E-Liquids that provide a flavoured vapour, which can be chosen instead if you would like to replicate an act similar to smoking without intaking any nicotine.
Shortfills are bottles of 0mg e-liquid that aren't filled, allowing you to add a Nic shot booster and control the amount of nicotine vaped. Shortfills can also offer a more varied flavour selection or make more significant clouds for those looking for a more exciting vaping experience!
Once you've selected the strength of E-Liquid you want, you can explore and experiment with the different flavours on offer. There's something for everyone, from familiar flavours for smokers like tobacco and menthol e-liquid to more inventive options, like sweets, desserts and drinks!
Here at RED Box Vape, we have everything you need to get started with vaping, from vape kits to a vast range of E-Liquids.
Check out our range, or get in touch with our expert team, who will be happy to assist you in finding the perfect vape experience for you to start with on your journey to quitting smoking! Many team members have had personal experiences with using vaping to help quit smoking, so understand the challenges this transition can present.