How To Choose Your First Vaping Kit
You have decided to switch from smoking to vaping. You have read all the literature about the benefits of vaping and are ready to make a move. But the moment you start exploring different vaping options, you are baffled by hundreds of devices available in the market. You realize that it is not as easy as you thought. We can feel you and through this guide we will help you choose your first vaping kit.
Important Things To Consider
If you have explored some of the vaping options in the market, you would know that there are several factors apart from the cost, which are going to impact your vaping experience and satisfaction. Factors such as device type, inhaling technique, battery, and resistance of heating coils, play an important role in vaping. Let us go through some of the most crucial factors that will help in choosing a kit.
Disposables Vs Pens Vs Pods Vs Box Mods
Vaping kits are available in four different types. The first ones are the disposables such as cig-a-likes, which have a fixed battery, cannot be refilled and customized. Second are the pen kits, which offer slightly more power but with limited customization. Next are the pod kits that are larger and offer more customization. Finally, comes the box mods that are the most advanced.
If you are a beginner checking whether vaping is right for you, disposables are good to begin with. If you have resolved to switch to vape for few months, you should opt for pen kits. If you are already vaping for a few months and are looking to up your game, pod kits are for you. If you love customization and want to take vaping to a new high, you should go for box mods.
Mouth-To-Lung (MTL) Vs Direct-To-Lung (DTL)
Unlike smoking where you take quick and short drags, vaping needs you to take long and slow drags until your mouth is filled with vapour. There are two methods to inhale the vapour, first is Mouth-To-Lung (MTL), wherein you would take vapour first in your mouth and then into the lungs, and second is Direct-To-Lung (DTL) in which the vapour is inhaled directly into the lungs.
Since MTL devices closely resemble the feeling of smoking cigarettes, they are good for people who switched to vaping to quit smoking. On the other hand, DTL devices resemble smoking a Hookah and produce dense clouds. If you are into vaping to enjoy socially with friends and are doing it for the sake of clouds, flavour, and a pleasant experience, DTL devices are for you.
Internal Battery Vs Removable Battery
Battery is the ultimate power source of a vaping device, which powers all other components. Most kits use a lithium-ion battery as it is rechargeable. Based on the device strength, number of batteries vary. Some devices will have a single battery, and some may have up to four. They can either be internally fixed or removable, where they can be taken out and replaced.
Majority of disposables and few pen kits come with an internal battery. They can be recharged but they have limited power capabilities, and once the battery depletes, the device has to be replaced. High-performance kits like pods, box mods and few pen kits come with a removable battery which can be replaced timely and a single device can be used for a longer period.
Regular Kits Vs Sub-Ohm Kits
Regular vaping kits have a heating coil resistance of 1Ω or greater, whereas sub-ohm kits have a resistance of less than 1Ω. Due to low resistance in sub-ohm kits, the heat generated is much more, which causes a dense smoke cloud. Regular vaping kits can be MTL or DTL, but sub-ohm kits are primarily DTL as they produce much more vapour that is inhaled directly into the lungs.
If you have recently switched to vaping and want to mimic the sensation of smoking cigarette with a high nicotine strength and a throat hit, you should go for a regular vaping kit. But if you want a smoother experience like a Shisha or Hookah with much less nicotine strength, drawing denser clouds of smoke and enjoying the flavour, you should opt for a sub-ohm kit.
Choosing The Right E-Liquid
An e-liquid is the soul of a vaping kit. Most vapers are not looking merely for smoking alternatives, but for something that can give them a pleasant experience while helping them quit smoking. That is why choosing the right e-liquid is crucial. Amongst the various e-liquid options available, choosing the right one depends on two critical factors and these are your device and your previous smoking habits.
If you are a mild smoker, you should go for PG, VG and 50/50 e-liquids with nicotine strength up to 6 mg. If you are a moderate smoker, you should opt PG and 50/50 e-liquids with nicotine strength up to 12 mg. If you are a heavy smoker, you only have the option of PG e-liquids. In addition, you can choose the flavour as per your taste buds. For more details, you can refer our in-depth guide on e-liquids.
Other Deciding Factors
We have already seen some of the crucial factors that must be considered before buying your first kit. In addition to those, there are a few obvious things that must not be ignored. Let us look into them.
One major mistake that first time vapers make is to overpay for a kit whose value is much less. Therefore, you must try to visit a few online platforms to check the price and then compare it with local shops. This will fetch you the best value for your money and a kit worth every penny.
Most kits often look quite fancy on websites but turn out to be completely different in reality. Therefore, it is recommended to read online reviews thoroughly and then buy a kit. Purchase only from a reputed website and if possible, physically visit local vape stores to purchase a kit.
While you are new to vaping, there will be someone in your network who would have tried it and maybe you could find someone who is experienced as well. You can reach out to them for recommendations. They can help you with everything, right from buying to using your first kit.
Enjoy Your First Vape
We have covered all the basic information that you will need to choose your first kit. To summarise all the above things, we would give our final suggestions. If you only want to experience vaping and aren’t sure about continuing it, go for disposable MTLs with PG or 50/50 e-liquids. If you are resolved to quit smoking and switch to vaping, start with pen kits with PG liquids and after few months, switch to pods with 50/50 e-liquids. If you are into vaping only for the fun, flavour, and dense clouds, you must go for sub-ohm pod kits or box mods with VG e-liquids. Whatever you choose, we hope you will enjoy it.