Getting Started Vaping - For Beginners
The Parts of a Vaporizer
Your basic Vaporizer is a combination of 4 different parts, the battery, the atomizer / fluid holder, the coil, and the fluid. At times there will be other parts as well such as drip tips or other accessories. Throughout this article all these pieces will be explained.
*note* If there is any terminology that you do not get, I have a section dedicated to general terminology that you are likely to find on websites and forums.
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Advantages of Vaping over “Analog Cigarettes”
- Proven to be over 700% healthy of an alternative then cigarettes
- Makes quitting (for those who want to) easier
- Brings resting heart rate down
- Clears the lungs
- No odor
- Sinus clearing
- Taste bud recovery
- Better circulation
- Reduced chance of cancer and other health effects of cigarettes
- Better tasting
- More defined level of Nicotine (nic) as you know a accurate estimate of how much your intaking right from the bottle.
- And many many more advantages!
Battery / chip
As with any electronic device, there is power behind it, and a vape is no different. For Vaporizers there are several different battery styles that are used but we wont go over each one as that is a LOT of detail. However we will explain what you need to know which is the difference between the ego / kgo batteries and the APVs also known as mods.
For many beginners your introduction to Vaping is going to be more than likely one of two things; either a cig-a-like or an ego /kgo. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about (possibly people who have never vaped before), a cig-a-like are your general ecigs such as the “blu”, and an ego /kgo is a battery with a 510 adaptor on it (see below picture). The ego /kgo is more along the vaporizer spectrum and is what we will be covering however.
The ego / kgo battery is a cylindrical tube that had what is known as a 510 connector on it and a button. When the button is pressed and a carto is attached the atomizer inside the fuel holding device fire vaporizing liquid. This is generally the same for all vapes. The ego and kgo vary in size depending upon the size of the battery inside which is measured in milliamp hours or MaH. Along with varying in size there are also different models of ego and kgo such as the ego-t and the ego-c twist or the Kgo VV. These batteries make great starters or even long term vapes for the people who are just casual vapers. It is ok to stick with Kgo and Ego or even a cig-a-like if that is what you are happy with!
For those who are wanting to move past the basic ego style battery there are multiple different options. Mods are an ever expanding community of different devices, but for most mods they fall into either or both categories; variable voltage / wattage, and mechanical mods. Then there are hybrids of both.
Variable voltage and / or wattage devices are devices where you can change the voltage and wattage of the device up and down to get the best flavor and vapor out of a juice. This is based on the ohms or resistance of the coil in the fuel holding device. This is all based upon a principle called ohm’s law. These are often devices that are expensive but good for their money and will last a good amount of time. Some good recommendations would be;
- The Vamo
- The Tesla
- The Innokin SVD
Mech mods are much simpler then VV / VW devices. They are often time a casing with batteries inside and a simple button. What you put in with these mods are what you get out. Meaning the voltage the batteries put out is exactly what your device is going to out out. Nothing more. These devices are good for long term use as you can often get bigger batteries that last longer than the ego. Plus they look pretty damned cool. Some recommendations would be;
- The K100
- The Sentinel
- Chi You
The different fluid holders:
Cartomizers are cylindrical tubes with a polyfill inside of them alone with a coil and a 510 connector. These were a great find back in the day before clearomizers, but are still incredibly useful today, Less storage of fluid, but more control. Still a prefered method of juice storage for many and used in tanks and clearomizers.
Typically a clearomizer will contain 2 or 3 separate parts. The “tank” which holds 1+ ml of liquid, then a wick or head, then the atomizer at the bottom. These are usually what most starter kits will have in them and are very basic but decent.
Think of a tank as a really big clearomizer. Often times not getting below 3ml. Tanks are a broad term delivered to many of fluid holders. Generally however they have the same function as clearomizers except for a few which have actual cartomizers in them that are punched. These are called Carto Tanks.
What Is a Coil
The coil is part of every fuel holder there is wether its a cartomizer or a head type device. The coil wraps around the wick(s) providing electrical resistance. These are often rebuilt by people who are “advanced” users with an understanding of the electronic components. Coils are measured in ohms and often come in different varieties such as dual coil, top coil, bottom coil, and so on, all with their own advantages.
What are Drip Tips
A drip tip goes on top of a clearo, carto, or tank and acts as a mouthpiece and allows for the dripping of fluid directly into the carto. They come in many designs and many materials. Keep in mind when using a drip tip some liquids can degrade plastic like materials.
What is E-liquid / E-juice
E-Liquid is a solution of multiple ingredients that CAN have nicotine but does not always. Usually flavored in a multitude of flavors and with different nic levels, E-Liquid is USUALLY comprised of 3 different components;
Vegetable Glycerin (VG)- A carbohydrate derived from plant oils and used in as a sweetener in many different products. Also used in cosmetic products, alcohol. Produces the smoke like vapor. Often times found as;
- Sugar substitute
- Pet food
- Skin and hand cream
- Baked goods
Propylene Glycol (PG)- No this is not anti-freeze as many media outlets would want you to believe! Totally different thing! PG is an organic alcohol that is often odorless and tasteless. Used in a wide range of consumer products such as food products, animal feed, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. Used to dilute the nicotine. Allows for atomization to take place at lower temps and deliver the nicotine.
Nicotine (nic)- Nicotine is an ingredient that we all know and so I wont explain it much here. But there is some misinformation out there about nicotine.
- Not all E-liquids have nic in them
- Nic is not known to cause cancer it is known to cause heart disease though
- Nic is poisonous in high dosages WHICH is why its DILUTED!
WARNING! NICOTINE IS ADDICTIVE! E-Liquids MIGHT also contain other chemicals in them, always check the side of the bottle and the ingredients list!
APV- Advanced Personal Vaporizer, anything not a ego / kgo / cig-a-like
VV- Variable Voltage, a device that can change voltage limit
VW- Variable Wattage, a device that can change wattage limit
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