Choosing the Right Vaping Device in 3 Easy Steps
Buy the Best E-Cigarette for Your Needs With This Actionable Guide
One of the things that makes smoking so addictive is that it’s incredibly easy. Every cigarette that exists works in the same way – just light and puff. There’s nothing to get between you and your nicotine – and that’s why it’s so easy to get hooked. E-cigarettes, on the other hand, are completely different. There are dozens of different vaping devices on the market – possibly hundreds – and each one has its own unique set of features and capabilities.
The variety of the different vaping devices available adds an extra layer of complexity to the switch from smoking to vaping. Some people think about the added complexity and decide that maybe they’d rather not make the switch after all. Don’t let that happen to you! Choosing the right vaping device might not be easy, but it doesn’t have to be that hard.
Although every vaping device has some unique aspects, you can group most of the devices on the market into a few loose categories. By choosing the category that works for you – and identifying the features that you require within that category – you can simplify your buying decision and choose the vaping device that’s perfect for you. We’ll show you how.
Are You a Current Smoker?
Nicotine Salt E-Liquids Work Best for Smokers
Are you currently a smoker, or have you already switched to vaping? A current smoker typically has much higher nicotine requirements than someone who already vapes, and the best solution for satisfying those higher nicotine needs is nicotine salt e-liquid. Nicotine salt e-liquids usually have higher nicotine strengths than standard e-liquids; ours contains 45 mg of nicotine per ml of e-liquid. The higher nicotine strength makes it possible for you to use a nicotine salt e-liquid and attain about the same blood-nicotine level that you’d get from smoking.
Small Devices Work Best With Nicotine Salt E-Liquids
When you use a high-nicotine e-liquid, you need to use a low-temperature vaping device. If you used a nicotine salt e-liquid with a high-temperature vaping device, you’d inhale so much vapor that the experience would be overwhelming and unpleasant. Smaller devices are also best for new vapers because those devices are designed for mouth-to-lung inhaling. Using a small vaping device with a nicotine salt e-liquid, in other words, will feel much like smoking. Larger vaping devices, on the other hand, are usually designed for direct-to-lung inhaling. Many existing vapers prefer the direct-to-lung inhaling style, but most smokers do not.
A Pod Vaping System May Be Right for You
If you’ve decided to give nicotine salt e-liquid a try, a pod vaping system with refillable pods may be the best choice for you. Those cigarette-shaped e-cigarettes that you see in your local convenience stores might be tempting, but those devices are actually based on older technology. Pod vaping systems are more reliable and last longer with a full battery charge. They’re also designed for use with nicotine salt e-liquids and produce just the right amount of vapor for a satisfying, richly flavored experience with those e-liquids.
Do You Already Vape?
A Vaper’s Nicotine Needs Often Decrease With Time
Have you been a full-time vaper for a while? If you have, you probably find that you no longer think about tobacco cigarettes as much as you used to. You may, in fact, no longer crave tobacco at all. At that point, you may want to start thinking about changing your vaping experience a bit. Do you still need a high-nicotine e-liquid that duplicates the powerful throat hit of a tobacco cigarette, or would you rather have a vaping experience that allows you to taste the flavor nuances of your favorite e-liquids more clearly?
If you’re ready for a more flavor-forward experience, it’s time for a larger vaping device. When you switch to a device with better vapor production, you can decrease the nicotine strength of your e-liquid without reducing the total nicotine that your body absorbs. When you vape, you’ll get the flavor without the powerful throat hit.
A Vape Pen May Be Right for You
Vape pens get their name from their general shape; they look a bit like ballpoint pens or markers. Compared to the small e-cigarettes marketed to beginners, vape pens are more powerful and offer better battery life. Since a vape pen is more powerful than a device such as a small pod vaping system, it allows you to reduce the nicotine strength of your e-liquid while enjoying fuller flavor and bigger vapor clouds. While a nicotine strength around 45 mg is ideal for a small pod vaping system, people who use vape pens typically prefer nicotine strengths ranging from 3-18 mg. What’s the reason for the wide range of nicotine strengths? It’s because vape pens differ so much in their capabilities.
All Vape Pens Aren’t the Same
Before you buy any vape pen, you need to know the answers to these two questions.
- Is it a sub-ohm vape pen? You can determine this by looking at the resistance of the vape pen’s atomizer coils. If the resistance is under 1.0 ohm, it’s a sub-ohm vape pen. Some vape pens include tanks that work with both sub-ohm and above-ohm coils.
- Does the vape pen have a wide or narrow mouthpiece?
Once you know the answers to those questions, you can determine whether a vape pen is the right one for you.
- If it is a sub-ohm vape pen with a wide mouthpiece, it’s designed for direct-to-lung inhaling and will work best with low-nicotine e-liquids.
- If it is a sub-ohm vape pen with a narrow mouthpiece, it’ll work with a range of inhaling styles and nicotine strengths.
- If it isn’t a sub-ohm vape pen, it’s designed for mouth-to-lung inhaling and will work best with high-nicotine e-liquids.
Do You Want to Chase Clouds?
Cloud Chasing Is the Endgame for Many Vapers
Once you’ve fully gotten over the hump of switching to vaping and no longer crave tobacco as you once did, you’re likely to upgrade to a larger vape pen as many intermediate vapers do. After a while, though, you may decide that you’d like to enjoy even better vapor production. If big clouds are good, after all, then bigger clouds might be even better. An advanced vaping device allows you to enjoy the richest flavors and biggest clouds that vaping has to offer. You can use extremely low-nicotine e-liquids – 3 mg is the most popular strength among users of advanced vaping devices – and enjoy all the flavor with none of the throat hit. The longest-term vapers tend to use the most powerful vaping devices because they want to enjoy the biggest flavors that vaping can offer – they no longer have any desire to recreate the experience of smoking.
An Advanced Mod May Be Right for You
You can identify an advanced vaping mod from its shape and capabilities. An advanced mod typically has a boxy shape and may support the use of multiple batteries simultaneously. You can tell a lot about a mod, in fact, from the number of batteries it supports. While a single-battery mod typically delivers up to about 70-100 watts of power depending on the battery type that it uses, a dual-battery mod may deliver more than 200 watts. A dual-battery mod also delivers up to twice the battery life of a single-battery mod. Vaping at a high wattage setting, however, mitigates some of the advantage in battery life. Advanced mods are typically a bit more complex than vape pens. By the time you’re ready for an advanced mod, though, the extra complexity won’t be a problem for you. You’ll probably appreciate it because more complexity means that you’ll have greater flexibility to tailor the device to your vaping style.