Buying your first vape can be overwhelming.
There are disposable vapes, geek bars, the best vape kits for beginners, and an endless number of other things to think about before you make the decision.
This ultimate guide will walk you through everything that you need to know when buying your first vape!
1. If you’re new to vaping, it’s essential that you know the basics
Vapes come in lots of different styles, sizes and shapes.
However, all vapes have the same four key components:
The mouthpiece is what you inhale from to take a drag of the vape.
The battery powers the device and heats the coil.
The coil heats up to very high temperatures and vapourises the e-liquid.
Coils are commonly wrapped in cotton; the cotton absorbs e-liquid to bring the juice as close as possible to the coil to heat efficiently.
The e-liquid or vape juice is what heats up to create the vapour. This is the vapour you can breathe in and exhale as if it were smoke coming out of your mouth!
2. There are many different types of vapes on the market, but not all of them are created equal
While all the devices have the same vital parts, there are many different variants of vapes.
The first key difference to know is between disposable vapes and reusable vapes.
Disposable vapes, as the name suggests, are single-use. The most common are Geek Bar and Elf Bar.
Users can not charge the battery, refill the juice, and the coil can not be replaced.
In disposable vapes, the e-liquid/juice are soaked directly into the cotton around the coil.
On the other hand, reusable vapes can last months and even years if looked after properly.
In vape kits, the e-liquid is held in a tank that can be refilled.
Reusable vapes also come with rechargeable batteries that can be charged directly in the device or taken out to charge separately.
Likewise, users can replace the coils and the tanks holding the liquid.
Beyond this, reusable vapes can have many other features like adjustable airflow, variable voltage and much more.
These more complex features are not necessary when starting with your first vape.
3. You’ll want to take into consideration your lifestyle and what type of vape would be best suited for it
The first question to ask yourself is why you want to start vaping.
It is never recommended to start vaping if you have not vaped or smoked previously.
If you’re looking to quit smoking, the first thing to do is work out the best nicotine strength for you.
If you smoke more than half a pack of cigarettes a day, the highest legal nicotine strength of 20mg in the EU is recommended.
If you smoke less than this, it is better to start with 12mg nicotine strength and reduce or increase from there.
One of the most common reasons for smokers not sticking with vaping is because they don’t get enough nicotine, so it is key to choose the correct strength.
For your first vape, the easiest way to start is with a disposable vape.
There are lots of different disposable vapes, but we would recommend you buy geek bar to start.
Disposable vapes are great when starting or when you’re out and about.
They have their drawbacks as you don’t know when they’re going to run out, and they can quickly become faulty.
In the long term, reusable vapes are by far the best way to go.
While there is a larger upfront cost to purchase the vape kit, they are significantly cheaper in the medium to long run.
The cost of 5 geek bars is the equivalent of getting a starter kit and 40ml of juice.
Reusable kits have far more choices in e-liquid flavours and are ultimately better for the planet.
4. Here are some things you should look out for when buying a vape so that you don’t get ripped off
With disposable vapes, always ensure you are buying from a trusted seller.
Geek bars and Elf bars have become a very lucrative industry very quickly.
However, this leads to an increased risk of fraudulent and illegal products that are dangerous for consumers.
We recommend looking out for the Prime certification, which indicates a product has come directly from a verified manufacturer.
With reusable vapes, being more expensive does not always mean better.
We would recommend starting with a simple entry device like the Caliburn and upgrading only when you understand more about the world of vaping.
After reading this article, you should now be able to make a more informed decision about which type of disposable or reusable vape is best for your lifestyle.
If disposable vapes are what you’re after, we recommend buying from trusted sellers and checking the Prime certification before purchasing.
Make sure you purchase disposable vapes that have been certified as coming directly from an approved manufacturer if possible.
For those looking into getting a reusable device instead, it may seem like there are too many options available at first glance, but our advice will help guide your decision-making process!
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