How to Take Care of Your Vapes Coil and Tank
Ah, that feeling of opening your brand new vape for the first time - the sunlight glistening on the shiny, untouched mod with its clean coil and tank. But alas, after many uses you notice that there starts to be a burnt out, giving a bad taste each time you vape and that once-new tank starts to feel sticky and uncomfortable to use. The bottom line is, whether you are an amateur or vaping-pro, one of the crucial parts of your vaping experience is looking after your vape by knowing when to replace and clean the parts.
Why is it important?
You might be wondering why it is SO important to take care of your vape by keeping both the coil and tank clean. Firstly, your vape can harbour plenty of harmful bacteria which in the long-term will decrease the life-span and performance of your vape. After you have purchased the vape itself the only recurring costs you should experience is the cost of the vape juice and the coils themselves. By taking care of the vital components of your vape you could be saving yourself a lot of money!
How do you know when to change your coil?
One of the most important ways to prolong your vape life and performance? Knowing when to replace the coil. Generally speaking, coils last 2-3 weeks but can last much longer. To help you know when to replace your coil, we’ve put together a list of telltale signs that it's time to be out with the old and in with the new:
1) There is a burnt taste in your mouth when you are vaping
2) There is a burnt smell
3) The juice doesn’t taste the same as it normally does or how you expect it should be
4) The tank is getting too hot
5) Difficulty in producing enough vapour
6) The tank starts to leak
If you are experiencing the above telltale signs, it is quite easy to unscrew the old coil and replace it with a new coil. Just baring in mind you allow enough time for the cotton within the coil to become saturated with the juice. This can be done by allowing the juice to sit in the tank for 5-10 mins. Bigger the coil more time is required!
It is possible to speed the process up by adding few drops of your liquid directly to the cotton within the coil and then fixing the coil to your tank. Once fixed you can fill your tank with juice and put it together to vape. Without putting the tank on you can mimic the vaping action and this helps draw the liquid into the coil. It is advisable to draw quite heavily on the vape about 5-7 times which should be sufficient to saturate the coil.
Coils are relatively cheap, and for a single coil, you can expect to pay around £2-6. Coils can also be bought in multipacks, which is handy due to their short life span because no one wants to be caught short without a replacement. Explore our wide range of individual and multipack coils here.
How to take care of your tank
So your coil has been replaced, but what about your vape’s tank? As we have established, for an optimal vaping experience it’s important to keep your vape’s coil and tank clean of any excess vape juice. Vapes can come in all different shapes and sizes, so when taking your vape’s tank apart pay close attention to how everything fits together and familiarise yourself with its components.
One way you can clean your tank is using a standard rinse. To do this, you can rinse the tank using warm water and then dry it using a paper towel. If you feel your tank is much dirtier than usual you can leave it to soak in boiling water until the water itself cools down. If you choose to air-dry your tank we would again recommend leaving it to thoroughly dry overnight to ensure there is no water or condensation left inside. Some people may choose to dry their tank using a hair dryer, however, be careful as using too much heat can damage the O-rings.
You may not know, but your kitchen cupboard is home to some simple household items which are great for giving your tank a deep clean. Baking soda or vinegar mixed with a drop of water will remove any tough residue and leave your tanks glistening once more. If you do choose to go down this route you must make sure you have undergone a thorough rinsing process otherwise the tank will be left with a lingering smell.
For those vaping pros out there, you might decide to invest in an ultrasonic cleaner so your coil and tank can be the cleanest possible. Ultrasonic cleaners are used for cleaning jewellery and other precious metals, so as long as you can find one that cleans for over ten minutes you will be good to go. Ultrasonic cleaners are an effective and simple way of cleaning your coil and tank because all you need to do is simply fill it with water and run it until you can see that your tank has been effectively cleaned.
In conclusion, the more you take care of and correctly clean your coil and vape, the longer you will prolong the life of your vape, ultimately saving yourself money and unnecessary trips to the vape shop! If you would like more information on how to effectively take care of your coil and tank, why not sign up with us so we can stay in touch on all things vape-related
The Best PG/VG Mix for Vaping
If you are in the early stages of switching from cigarettes to vaping or you are thinking about vaping as an option to help you quit. Understanding the liquid that goes into your tank can make the difference between sticking it out or returning back to cigarettes. If you are stuck wondering what VG & PG are we have a quick guide for you.
PG & VG – So What Exactly Are They and What Does It Mean?Put simply, these are abbreviations for ‘propylene glycol’ and ‘vegetable glycerin’ – odourless liquid bases that are mixed with nicotine and flavour additives to create the e-juice for your vaporiser. PG and VG bases also have different consistencies and taste too, and they both give a different hit at the back of the throat. Hence why it’s important to know the correct mix ratio when trying a new flavour, or if you’re new to the vaping club. As this is not an exact science and more of a personal preference, it can take a few attempts to get to know your sweet point in terms of flavour and nicotine, but most people realise their preferences early on. Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is a viscous, sweet liquid and imparts a sweeter flavour to your vape. VG is also responsible for producing luscious clouds of vapour. Propylene Glycol (PG) on the other hand is a thinner, tasteless liquid. PG gives more of the ‘throat hit’ simulates the feeling of smoking better. However PG has a higher rate of sensitivity and some people can’t use it all in their vape, always check whether you are sensitive to PG before using. PG liquid is less viscous than VG giving a better throat hit. VG, on the other hand, has a slightly sweeter taste, even though some vapers consider PG to be a better flavour carrier base. Also, VG is a lot smoother than PG, and some manufacturers will use 100% VG in their e-liquid formulas, especially when they’re catering to sensitive vapers.
40/60, 20/80, 50/50? Get The Ratio Right For Your Perfect Vape Mix
E-liquids are a mixture of nicotine, flavouring and a PG and VG base. Depending on how much nicotine you put into your e-liquid, this will determine the strength of the vape. So let’s say your e-liquid is 10% nicotine, another 10% will be made up of flavouring with around 80% of the remaining mixture made up of water and a PG and VG mixed base. Starting off with a 50/50 ratio of PG to VG is a great way to ‘get a feel’ for vaping. You can make adjustments to your e-liquid whether you prefer more of a throat hit, or like to billow out those luscious plumes of white vapour. Most vapers prefer a 70% VG to 30% PG mix base, for a smoother vape without overpowering the throat.
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Here at Tidal Vape, we have a fantastic selection of PG and VG mixes for novice vapers, regulars and the professional cloud chasers out there. We also have a selection of e-liquids in delicious flavours such as vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, citrus fruits, menthol and some in the early stage prefer to stick to the tobacco flavours.
Try the different mix combos, available in a choice of delicious flavours to find the best vape for you. And if you need any advice on finding the best concentration our team are always available.
5 Things All Vapers Should Know
The world of vaping has boomed since it entered the market in 2011 with a massive cloud of vapour. It’s so popular there are even conventions dedicated to the activity, some even consider it a sport. While there are people who are extremely dedicated to vaping, there are still people who are either just starting or just don’t consider it a sport. No matter your view on vaping here are 5 things all vapers should know:
1. Choose the right juice for your tank
What you load your tank with can determine the longevity of your e-cigarette so choosing the right one is important. Different juices work differently with different tanks. It’s all down to the PG (propylene glycol) and VG (vegetable glycol) mix as these are the base ingredients for e-liquids. VG is a really thick liquid and when it's heated it creates more gunk in your tank. VG creates a larger cloud so if you are a cloud chaser you are better opting for a heavy duty tank. PG, on the other hand, is lighter, tasteless and odourless - this means it carries flavour better. It also provides that throat hit that ex-smokers would look for. As it is a light formula it would be more suited to a smaller tank. VG/PG can be mixed to create a formula that is suited to your personal preference. However, for a small tank, its advised to use a PG liquid to avoid blockages.
2. What is sub-ohm?
A phrase you will hear a lot on the vaping scene is sub-ohm or sub-ohming. Put simply, sub-ohming is when you use a coil with a resistance lower than one ohm (hence the “sub”). This allows you to put high power through your device and produce those massive clouds that vapers love. Most vapers start out on above-ohm devices before moving to sub-ohm ones as they become more comfortable and experienced with vaping. 3. How To Store Your E-liquids E-liquids have a shelf life of two years but if stored incorrectly this can be shortened. Light and air can affect your e-liquid so it’s important to store them correctly so that you can get the most out of them. Over time, nicotine can alter the colour of your liquid but still keep its properties. Flavours, however, can deteriorate and light and air can speed up this process through oxidisation. So to keep your flavours fresh and tasty store them in a cool dark area. Another way of slowing the process of oxidisation is by keeping your liquids in a fridge. You can even freeze your liquids for longer-term storage, just make sure you transfer the liquids from a plastic container to a glass bottle (if you can, storing your liquids in a dark glass container is always the best option). 4. Keep Your Vape Clean As the expression goes, cleanliness is next to godliness and never is this truer than with vaping. Keeping your tank clean ensures that your clouds retain their flavour and your vape performs to the best of its abilities. When liquid is heated up to produce vapour, the residue left over can gunk up your tank. This is especially true for juices that have a higher level of sweeteners in them. To minimise this, you can disassemble, then gently wash your tank components with warm water (obviously disconnect it from the battery first!) then use something like kitchen roll or a cotton bud to wipe down all the surface where residue has collected. Follow this routine and you’ll be enjoying great tasting vapour for longer.
5. Prep Your Vape CoilsVape coils can sometimes be temperamental, lasting anywhere from a few days to two weeks depending on your usage. The best way to ensure consistency and maximise their life is to ensure you adequately prepare them before fitting to your vape. The most common issue vapers encounter is a burnt coil where the cotton wick inside the coil gets heated too much, producing a foul taste (if you’ve had it, you know just how bad it can be). To avoid burning out your coils, it important to prime them thoroughly by squirting liquid directly onto the wick. You can also allow your coil to stand in a full tank for an hour after fitting to ensure the maximum amount of liquid is absorbed, giving you a clean taste and a flavour that should remain strong. If that half an hour is too long to wait, there may be value in investing in a second tank to ensure nothing gets in the way of your vaping experience.
Now that you are armed with 5 things all vapers should know why not check out our range of vape tanks and hardware and selection of e-liquids.
How to Quit Smoking Using Vape
There are many benefits of vaping over smoking which has been backed by research and studies. Cancer Research UK even support vaping in their fight against cancer. There are also financial benefits when switching to vape. If you are smoking an average of 20 cigarettes at £11 a day you’d save £3,402.95 a year - just from quitting cigarettes and using a vape. You can calculate how much you’d personally save using the Smoking v. Vaping: Savings Calculator here. While transitioning to vaping can be a lot easier than quitting cigarettes cold turkey, it doesn’t come without its own set of hurdles to overcome. To help you quit smoking and transition to vaping here are 6 things you should know.
Choose the right e-cigarette for youMuch like having a favourite brand of cigarettes, there will be a certain type of e-cigarette that you will prefer. Most transitioners start with e-cigarette pens as they mimic the action of taking a drag. However quality in pens can vary dramatically, and some can offer a weaker hit of nicotine which can deter smokers from vaping. A good starter kit with the correct juice is paramount to help kick the habit. Starting with a device which has adjustable controls allows you to control what you vape and also help satisfy those nicotine cravings with an efficient ‘hit’. Check out the Pockex Starter Kit,or the similar but adjustable Aspire X30 Rover. These devices are more suited to beginners who are still finding their feet and need that important nicotine hit.
Choose the right nicotine strengthThere are several levels of nicotine strength and it is important to understand which will be best for you. The typical levels you will find on the market are 0mg, 3mg, 6mg, 12mg and 18mg. For a beginner who smokes an average amount, 6-12mg is a good place to start and will provide similar levels of nicotine to the cigarettes you currently smoke. If you are a particularly heavy smoke, you can start on 18mg. You can then look to gradually move down the strengths if you want to quit nicotine completely, one level at a time.
Understand PG and VG
When starting out vaping, a lot of acronyms will be thrown at you. Two of the most common are PG (propylene glycol) and VG (vegetable glycol). These form the basis of any vape liquid and then have flavourings and nicotine added to them. Often you will find liquids have various ratios of PG to VG so it is important to understand the difference.
PG is a runny, odourless and tasteless liquid - making it a great flavour carrier. It also is what helps create the throat hit that many former smokers will be looking for from vaping. VG is much thicker and it also creates a larger vapour cloud - perfect for cloud chasers. However, if the aim is to stop smoking we recommend the starter kits and 50/50 PG/VG to stop the nicotine cravings.
Starter kits combined with 50/50 juice and nicotine will give you the optimum chance of giving up smoking as the nicotine hits quicker with these products. During the early days of vaping the aim is to give up smoking by taming the nicotine cravings quickly.
Choosing a PG/VG mix is very much a personal choice, depending on what you want to get from your vape. The only thing to remember is that quality smaller pens and starter kits often require 50% PG liquids to ensure they do not become blocked.
Understanding the hardware
Although vape mods can look quite intimidating when starting out, they really break down into 3 simple components: a battery, a coil and a tank.
When you fire your mod and suck on the tank, the liquid is drawn over the coil and heated up, turning into the vapour you breathe in.
Batteries can come in various sizes and can either be replaceable or fixed in your mod. It is important to always look after them and never use a mod that has been damaged.
Coils are disposable and can last anywhere between a few days to two weeks. With use, they gradually burn out which can damage the flavour of your vape as they become gunked up with the by-products of your juice of choice. This is especially true if using a high VG liquid. Make sure you know the size of coil your tank takes as there is a huge range available.
At their most basic, tanks are just a way to hold your liquid in place. They come in a variety of styles and sizes allowing you numerous customisation options for your device.
The important thing to remember is that vaping is different from smoking. It will feel different and you will have to take some time to adjust. However, with the great range available at Tidal Vape, we are sure you’ll be fully switched over in no time. Check out our range of vape tanks and hardware and selection of e-liquids.
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