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The world of vaping can be a big and confusing place for a newcomer. Terms like atomiser, coil, mod, PG and VG make vaping sound a lot more complicated than it actually is. In reality, vaping is quite simple and even more easy to start. However, it’s definitely best to familiarise yourself with the basic concepts of vaping to make sure that you get the most out of the experience. We’ve designed a simple three guide to walk you through the first things you’ll need to know to get yourself started.
Step 1 – Learning the basic lingo
This is a list of the essential vaping terminology that you need to know:
Mod / Device: This is the main part of your device, where the button and screen are. They come in different sizes, colours and functionalities.
Atomiser / Tank: This is the top part of the device, which holds the coil and the e-liquid – it’s where the vapour is created.
Coil: These are the small metal pieces that contain the heat-resistance wire that vaporises the e-liquid. They come in different resistances and materials to match to the device.
E-liquid: This is the liquid that you vaporise and inhale. It contains the flavour and the nicotine. Picking the right e-liquid is vital to your vaping experience – more about that later.
Step 2 – Choosing your device
Choosing your device becomes the main part of vaping because it determines the style of vaping you do. Many expert vapers choose to have multiple devices to rotate their vaping style.
For those that are new to vaping though, we recommend having an integrated battery device with a lower output. Basically, this type of mod will be a complete one-piece design that already has a tank and battery built into it. They normally produce less vapour than a more complex device, but that doesn’t mean you’ll lose out on flavour.
Starting with this kind of mod will give you a basic understanding of what it’s like to vape and provide a nice middle ground where you can decide what type of vaping you want to pursue in the future. To check out some good starting options, look at our range of starter kits here.
Step 3 – Choosing your e-liquid
E-liquid is the heart of what makes vaping enjoyable. It can be split into three elements: flavour, mix and nicotine. We’ll go through these individually because getting the right combination of all three will make sure that you get the best out your vaping experience.
Flavour: When it comes to flavour, the vaping industry spoils you for choice. There are countless flavours out there for you to choose from so you it’s really a case of trying a few out and discovering your favourite. Lots of ex-smokers start off with a tobacco flavour to simulate a similar feel to smoking and then move onto different things.
Mix: ‘Normal’ e-liquids are made with a mix of PG and VG. The ratio of these two substances determines what kind of e-liquid you use. PG (Propylene Glycol) provides a throat-hit which catches in your throat like smoke, it is odourless and tasteless which means the flavour ingredients in the liquid stand out and it produces less vapour. VG (Vegetable Glycerin) provides a smoother inhale, it is naturally sweet and slightly dilutes flavours in the e-liquid and produces much more vapour. Most starter kits are best to use with a 50/50 PG/VG mix.
Nicotine: Finding the right nicotine strength for you is very important: not enough and it might not be enough to satisfy your cravings, but too much could make you vaping experience unpleasant.
If you’re new to vaping and you’re looking to give it a go this 3-step guide is a good way of figuring out where you stand. It’s important to remember that vaping only has to be as complex as you want it to be. There are some vapers that like to explore the full extent of its technological limits, and there are others that are more than happy with the basics.
With such a wide variety available, choosing your first starter kit can have your head in a spin. To help you think clearly, we’ve created a guide – all the relevant information for you to get started on your journey.
Closed-System Pod Devices
These devices are by far the cheapest and the easiest to use on the market. They use a re-fillable cartridge system, whereby the cartridges containing the e-liquid has to be replaced when it runs out. The main body contains the battery and the heating element that vaporises the e-liquid, this can be recharged usually with a micro USB port.
- Cheap to buy
- Easy to use
- Re-fillable cartridges are widely available
- Limited vapour
- Less vapour
- Limited battery life
Recommended for: Ex social smokers or very light smokers that will be vaping for short periods of time.
Open-System Pod Devices
The main body on these mods contains a button: the button usually has a five-click on and off setting and must be held down when inhaling. Additionally, they have a tank which can be refilled with e-liquid until the coil burns out, at which point they must be discarded and replaced. The refillable nature of these devices makes them cheaper to run than a closed-system pod device.
- Cheaper to use
- Closed pod
- More vapour and flavour
- 4-6x longer battery life
- Must be refilled by hand
- Larger in size
Recommended for: Light to moderate ex-smokers that are sceptical about vaping
Standard device (pen mod/box mod)
These devices are the best quality starter kits you can buy and provide premium vaping performance. They have main body which has the battery and button on/off function but may also have some additional technology features. These may include temperature control and/or power settings which will adjust vapour production and flavour. Their tanks can also be re-filled with e-liquid, but they aren’t disposable. Instead, they contain a replaceable coil which must be replaced when it is burnt out.
- Cheapest to use
- Best vapour and flavour
- Longest battery life
- More complicated technology
- Largest in size
- Most expensive to buy
Recommended for: Moderate to heavy smokers that are ready to start their vaping journey
We hope this guide has given you enough starter kit knowledge to make an informed decision to start your vaping journey. There’s no right or wrongs when it comes to picking your first device.
Just consider how much you want to spend, how much you’re going to use it, and how much you used to smoke (if you’re an ex-smoker) then adjust accordingly.
When it comes to vaping, it is important to observe some general rules and manners around vaping etiquette.
This is definitely the one that catches most people out, as it can be unclear what the rules are from place to place. However, most public places will have a vaping policy even if it’s not signposted – so if you’re in doubt, it’s always best to ask.
There is also etiquette when it comes to outside areas and we think it’s best to try and select a spot where you think people will be les bothered about you vaping. That means avoiding families (especially if they’ve got little ones onboard).
Vaping is a big part of being social for many of us, but that doesn’t that it is for everyone else. Even if you’re around your close friend’s house for a party or a get together, it’s always good to ask if you can vape inside. If they would rather you didn’t, then accept it – arguing why you should be able to vape in someone else’s house is not a good look.
If your host is perfectly ok with you vaping inside, we would still recommend that you give it a break when people are eating and refrain from the room where the nibbles are. Even though vaping usually carries a very pleasant scent, this can still conflict with the taste of food for lots of people.
Finally, you’re amongst vapers, it’s time to relax and blow clouds to your hearts content, right? Well, yes and no. Generally, vapers will be far more accepting with your habits than those that don’t vape. However, it’s still important to show some respect. The most important thing to remember is to not blow vapour into anyone’s face, because that can be easy to forget when everyone is puffing away.
When you’re with other vapers, there is also a tendency to want to try other people’s flavours. Sharing your favourite new flavour or mod, is one of the best parts about being part of the vaping community. However, people can get a bit funny when it comes to sharing their mouthpiece, so don’t grab their device and start inhaling! If they’re more relaxed then go for it, but if not then it doesn’t hurt to carry around a plastic tip to attach to other people’s mouthpiece.
Vaping is becoming increasingly popular, and people are becoming more accepting of it. However, it’s always best to remember your Ps and Qs when you’re around other people. We’re not saying that you have to tiptoe around on eggshells, but we think that the more people that have a good image of vapers, the better.
Check out our wide range of flavours and try something new today.
Tanks and Atomizers
One of the first big step of becoming a committed vaper is fine-tuning your equipment! And one of the main ways to do this is to customise your device.
Why should I customise my device?
In simple terms, all vaping devices work pretty much in the same way. E-liquid is absorbed by the atomiser which heats the e-liquid to produce the vapour you inhale. However, when you customise your device, you can tweak this process – which essentially changes your vaping experience.
You could want:
- Bigger clouds
- More flavour
- e-liquid to last longer in your device
This is why customising your device is a great way to finely-tune your experience to your preferences.
Customising your battery/mod
The battery/mod is the heart of your device, it provides the power which transforms into heat in the atomiser. Customising your vape device via the battery/mod is a fairly simple process. You just need to select a battery/mod that can adjust its power settings digitally.
So why should you customise your mod?
The vape battery adjusts its power settings in a few ways. You can adjust the wattage, the voltage, the temperature or all three. These three variables will adjust the rate at which you heat up the e-liquid, which results in different flavours and vapour production.
Customising the atomiser
So, what is an atomiser?
It’s the part of the device which heats up your e-liquid and turns it into vapour. The part of the atomiser that is the most customisable in the wick is the coil (i.e. the metal parts which heat up the e-liquid).
Why should I customise my atomiser?
Customising your coil is all about resistance, which is measured in Ohms. Essentially, if the Ohm is high, less vapour will be produced, the vapour will be colder, and the e-liquid will last longer. If the Ohm is low, more vapour will be produced, the vapour will be warmer, and the e-liquid will be used at a quicker rate.
No matter how you would like to customise your device, the main thing to remember is balance. Your atomiser must be able to withstand the power of your battery/mod, and vice versa – there’s no point having a super-resistant atomiser with a relatively weak battery/mod. Customising your vape device opens up a whole new world of vaping, where you can fine-tune the experience you are looking for. Once you’ve got your head around how to customise your device, you can create multiple ones to choose from – creating several experiences you can match up to your mood on the day!
There are so many options when it comes to choosing your vaping equipment. When you buy your new device, your mind can easily focus on the coolest mod, the newest atomisers and the latest technology you can get your hands on.
However, enough credit isn’t given to the humble battery. The battery is the heart of your device, it decides what power is transferred to the coil which determines the way the e-liquid is heated up. The power that the battery provides is at the core of the way you vape. Therefore, one of the main things you need to consider when buying your vape is the battery. We’re going to give you the lowdown on Integrated vs Removable batteries.
So, what are integrated batteries? They are the simpler of the two vape battery types. They form part of two kinds of device: a vape pen or a compact mod.
A vape pen combines the battery, technology, and tank all as one singular piece of equipment. Most of them are easily recharged by removing the tank and screwing a charging lead to the connector, or by the use of a micro USB port. They are the simplest power source you can use for a vape. Vape pen batteries are very simple to use and can be the perfect choice for newcomers to vaping. However, they do have a limited battery life. Even when they are charged properly, this kind of device won’t last an average vaper for all day without recharging.
Then there are compact mods. These are slightly more sophisticated pieces of kit which allow you to adjust the power and give you temperature control, which is ideal for intermediate vapers who want a more personalised vaping experience. They are charged via a micro USB port and also have a longer battery life than vape pens, with most versions lasting an average vaper all day.
All integrated batteries, whether they are in a vape pen or compact mod have the same problem: they will eventually die completely and not be able to be recharged.
The biggest advantage to removable batteries is that you can effectively never run out of power. They carry a lot more power than integrated batteries and as long as you carry a few charged batteries spare, you can replace the old ones and carry on vaping. This means that you get all the advantages of an advanced mod without having to rely on a plug. This option is great for experienced and heavy vape users, who want to leave the house in the assurance that they’re going to vape as much as they like.
The only problem with removable batteries is that you need to be experienced. Using removable batteries means having to know your stuff: you need to know the right ones for your device, how long they can be charged for and what kind of charger they need. If you get any of this wrong, you can end up damaging your device.
Whether you’re somebody buying your first vaping device, or a seasoned pro picking up a new device, you should make sure that you consider the type of vape battery you’re using. There are major pros and cons to both, and what it essentially comes down to is personal preference. Our recommendations are as follows:
Stick with integrated batteries, they tend to be safer and less prone to user error. They last almost as long and in 2021 can produce almost as much power as a non-integrated battery.
We’ve come up with a step-by-step guide to walk you through the thing that makes up the main part of your e-liquid, VG and PG.
VG/PG: The Basics
First, we’re going to run through what these abbreviations stand for.
VG = Vegetable Glycerin
Vegetable Glycerin is a natural chemical that is based from vegetable oils. It is used in several medical, food and personal care products, such as:
- Pet food
- Soap and hand cream
PG= Propylene Glycol
Propylene Glycol is a petroleum bi-product. It is used in many household items including:
- Asthma inhalers
- Baby wipes
VG vs. PG
The consistency of your e-liquid affects how quickly it will be absorbed by the coil in your device which will decide how much time you must allow between filling up and vaping. It will also affect the build-up of goo there is inside your vaporiser, which will require cleaning
VG: Thick consistency
Vegetable Glycerin is a thick solution which means you have to give it more time to soak into your coil before vaping. It also causes more of a gunk build up which will require you to clean your vape more often.
PG: Thin consistency
Propylene Glycol is a thinner solution which means it is more easily absorbed your coils, and it causes less build-up of goo inside your vaporiser.
This is one of the most important things to consider when buying e-liquid; you could have your nicotine levels right, and get the right e-liquid for your vaping style, but if you don’t like the taste of it then you won’t use it.
VG: Sweeter, diluted flavour
Vegetable Glycerin is naturally sweet but this causes the chemical to dilute the overall flavours of your e-liquid. This isn’t ideal if you’ve invested in an e-liquid with complex notes.
PG: No effect on flavour
Propylene Glycol is a tasteless and odourless substance. This means that it doesn’t alter the taste of the e-liquid at all, and all the lovely tastes of the e-liquid will come through.
Often ex-smokers that prefer a stronger throat hit because it replicates the feeling of smoking cigarettes, but the only way to find out which group you fall into is to try them both out.
VG: Less throat hit
Vegetable Glycerin gives you less of a throat hit and has a much smoother sensation. This is great for vapers who like to ‘chain-vape’ or will be using their vaporiser at more regular intervals.
PG: More throat hit
Propylene Glycol provides a stronger throat hit, which is great for vapers looking to replicate a cigarette-style sensation but can dry out the mouth and throat if used too frequently.
Almost every bit of vaping advertisement you will have ever seen features someone with a thick plume of vapour coming out of their mouth, but that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. It all comes down to the style of vaping you’re looking for.
VG: More clouds
Vegetable Glycerin has a thicker consistency means that it will produce much more vapour. This makes it great for sub-oHm vaping and for performing vape tricks such as blowing rings.
PG: Less vapour
Propylene Glycol is a thinner substance which means that it has lower vapour production, which suits people who want a smoking feel to their vape and might want to vape indoors.
It’s important to remember that there’s no right and wrongs when it comes to your VG and PG preferences, but it is good to know how they perform so you can choose the right ratio for your style of vaping.
Check out the T-Juice PG/VG range here and start mixing your perfect ratio today!
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Nic Salts are a term that’s started to make a bit of noise for itself in the vaping community. The science behind Nic Salts is slightly complicated to understand even for experienced vapers. So, we’re here to Nic guide you through the world of Nic Salts.
What are Nic Salts?
Nicotine Salts, Salt Nicotine, Nic Salts and Salt Nic all mean the same thing. It’s a crystallised form of nicotine. In other words, Nic Salt is a manmade version of the same nicotine that derives from a natural tobacco leaf.
So, how is it made?
We don’t want to bog you down with too much scientific jargon so here’s the basics:
- Nicotine in tobacco leaves are bound to amino acids
- A chemical process is used to extract nicotine from these acids to give us free base nicotine, which is the type of nicotine in most normal e-liquids
- Scientists adjust the pH levels of this free base nicotine to create nicotine salts
What are the advantages?
Satisfaction: The main thing that fans of Nicotine Salts will tell you is that they provide a quicker delivery of nicotine to the system than ‘traditional’ e-liquids. Lots of Nic Salt users say that it gives you a nicotine rush that’s closer to the sensation of smoking a cigarette.
They’re smoother: The way that Nicotine Salts vaporise mean that they provide a much smoother delivery of vapour. This means that vapers who need more nicotine will find they can do so much more comfortably with Nic Salts.
What are the disadvantages?
Too much: Whilst recent ex-smokers and heavy vapers will enjoy the nicotine hit provided by Nicotine Salts, people who were lighter smokers or those who have become accustomed to vaping may find it too much.
Limited options: Nicotine salt-based liquid will only suit certain mods. They are most widely used with pod systems. They can be used with other vaporisers, but it is best not to use them in very high powered devices.
Try a T-Juice Nic Salt today available in our best-selling flavours.
Picking the right e-liquid is vital to getting the most out of your vaping experience. Not only does your e-liquid have to suit your particular mod and provide the amount of nicotine you need, but it’s also important that it reflects your tastes. With many aspects to consider when choosing the right e-liquid, it can be a bit of a minefield – especially if you’re new to vaping. We’ve created a guide on picking e-liquids to get you off the ground.
Flavour – Always comes first
The first and most important thing to consider when choosing an e-liquid is flavour. We offer every flavour you could possibly think of from fruits, tobacco, gin, lime and lemongrass, aniseed and custard– there really is something for everyone!
Another important bit of advice is to make sure you always have one flavour you know you like. Making sure you have plenty of your favourite e-liquid, means that you can experiment with smaller samples of flavours whilst making sure that you don’t run out of e-liquid!
Also, whilst it’s very tempting (especially when you start vaping) don’t waste your money on cheaper products. Cheaper e-liquids will be chucked in the bin or left in a draw somewhere when they don’t hit the mark – trust us, we’ve all been there! High-quality products are the way to go. Simple.
PG and VG – Made easy
This is one of the more confusing parts of vaping, especially for people that are new to vaping. Here’s a really simple guide to understand all that you really need to know about the two.
PG (Propylene Glycol):
- Thin consistency
- Does not alter flavour
- Stronger throat hit
- Less vapour
VG (Vegetable Glycerin):
- Thick consistency
- Makes flavour sweeter but more diluted
- Less throat hit (smoother)
- More vapour
Those are the bare essentials, but if you want to know more you can check out our blog article here.
Nicotine – How much is enough?
Getting the right nicotine strength is very important. We’ve done a cigarette comparison to make it easy to know what will suit you best:
- Zero: 0mg
- Low: 6mg and below
- Medium: 9mg and 12mg
- High: 18mg
It can take an investment of time and effort to find the perfect e-liquid for you but remember that part of the fun of vaping is trying new things, so don’t be afraid to try out different flavours and brands. Once you’ve had a few experiments with flavours, nicotine and PG/VG, you’ll get into a rhythm and become a true e-liquid expert!
Check out our range of e-liquids here!
With the mind-boggling number of flavours available on the market, it’s no wonder that lots of vapers have a go at creating their own flavours! Arguably the key component to doing this right is selecting your concentrates.
DIY it your own way
Concentrate is the part of your DIY e-liquid that contains the flavour. Much like the name suggests, it is a concentrated, extra-strength version of its flavour. In more recent years, concentrates have become increasingly popular for vapers, so you can make your own e-liquids.
The concentrate must be added to three other elements in order to be diluted and form a tasty (and vapeable!) e-liquid: Vegetable Glycerin (VG), Propylene Glycol (PG) and Nicotine.
Normally, a concentrate will need to be added at a ratio of 15-20% to a DIY e-liquid to provide the right amount of flavour. However, depending on the concentrate, the VG/PG mix – as well as your vaping device itself – this can vary slightly.
There’s no doubt that the world of vaping can be a confusing one to enter, especially when you take the lingo into consideration. It seems like as the industry grows, so do the amount of words used to talk about it!
With phrases like cloud-chaser, box mod, drip-tip and throat hit being regularly circulated amongst users, it’s easy to feel like an outsider. So, we’ve come up with an essential A-Z glossary of vaping terms which will help you to get your tongue around vaping terminology.
The airflow is adjusted (by most devices) by holes in the side of the tank. It affects the amount of draw, vapour and flavour you get from your vape.
All Day Vape
This is essentially a term for an e-liquid that is good. It’s a flavour that you can vape all day!
The atomiser is the electric part inside your device that heats up the e-liquid and turns it into vapour.
This is the mixture that consists of PG and/or VG. Flavour and nicotine are added to this to create e-liquid.
This is one of the most important parts of your vaping device, it powers the heating components which turn e-liquid into vapour. The type of battery you have can affect your vaping style.
Cloud-chasers are vapers that enjoy types of vaping which provide thick, dense plumes of vapour (clouds).
This is the new trendy word for atomiser. Coil has now become the common-use term for the electrical part which turns e-liquid into vapour.
Direct to Lung (DTL)
Direct to Lung is a type of vaping where the user directly inhales the vapour into their lungs without taking into their mouth first.
This is the mouthpiece on the top of your vaping device, it is the part where you put your mouth on to draw and inhale the vapour.
Whether you knew what this means or not, you’ll know if you’ve had a dry hit. It’s a draw on the device that tastes burnt, usually from an overly used wick.
When you flood your tank it’s often because you’ve overfilled it, or you’ve spilt some into somewhere you shouldn’t have. You’ll notice a gurgling sound and reduced performance.
When you switch e-liquid flavours sometimes you can taste the previous flavour, this is called flavour ghosting.
Originally the term for vaping device that had been modified by the user. Now refers to a wide number of devices.
Mouth to Lung (MTL)
Mouth to Lung vaping is when you take the vapour into your mouth first before inhaling it, much like you would with a cigarette.
Nicotine Shot (Nic Shot)
A nicotine shot is a flavourless, odourless liquid which comes in 10ml quantities. It is used to add to an e-liquid or base mix.
This is a measure of resistance. The higher the ohms, the more the resistance. A lower resistance coil will heat up faster and provide plenty vapour but it will burn out faster. The reverse is true of a high resistance coil.
This is the process of preparing your coil for vaping. It usually involves putting a few drips through a hole in the coil to your wick, or by talking a draw on the vape without heating the e-liquid.
Propylene Glycol (PG)
This is one that most newcomers struggle with. Propylene Glycol or PG, is one of the main ingredients used to make e-liquid. It provides more of a throat hit, and holds more flavour but produces less vapour. For more on PG read our blog article.
Starter kits will contain everything you need start vaping. A standard starter kit will have a simple device, an atomiser and a charger.
This is the process of improving and enhancing the flavour of your e-liquid by shaking, heating and leaving the mixture to ‘steep’.
Sub-Ohm vaping is when you use a low-resistance coil to increase the vapour production.
This the top part of your vaping device which holds the coil and the e-liquid, it is also connected to the mouthpiece.
This is a multi-purpose term which refers to the action of vaping (i.e. ‘I’m going for a vape’) and the device itself (i.e. ‘Take a look at my new vape’).
This naturally derived chemical partners up with PG to make e-liquid. It provides lots of vapour production, has a smoother throat hit but slightly dilutes flavour.
Wicks have nothing to do with candles, well not in this case. It is the absorbent material inside the coil which carries the e-liquid to the heating component which vaporises it.
Believe it or not, this is a short glossary which covers the essentials that you need to know to “speak vape”. As the vaping industry continues to grow, users are coming up with more interesting and unique ways of describing the vaping experience. However, for newcomers and beginner vapers, all you need to know is right here – so get practising!