GETTING STARTED

Last Updated: 08/22/14

INTRODUCTION

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Where do I start?  What voltage, what device, what the hell is an Ohm and why should I care?   If you’re looking for information on terms (Ohms, Attys, Cartos, Volts, Etc), you might first want to have a look at the Vaper’s Glossary section.   I also have a video called the Beginners Guide to E-Cigs and E-Cig Tech.  If you’re looking for a suggestion on what to buy, you’ve come to the right place.

If you’re just getting started, you may be overwhelmed by the number of forums, Facebook groups, and information out there on the web. I know, it’s crazy!

Or maybe you’ve come across the “guys in the mall” and have concerns about what you’re really buying and how much you should be spending.

Let me try to help.

FIRST, WHAT IS VAPING AND WHY IS IT CALLED THAT?

Vaping is the current preferred term used by people who use electronic cigarettes. In vaping, electronic cigarette liquid (also known as e-liquid or “juice”) is vaporized (thus the term “vaping”) by some type of heating element. Power is supplied to the heating element by a battery.

The resulting vapor is taken into the lungs and exhaled much like the smoke of a regular cigarette.

If you don’t smoke, DON’T VAPE! Why create a new habit for yourself? But if you do, vaping may allow you to continue to enjoy your habit but with a reduced risk to your health.

IS IT SAFE?

It’s a good question. It’s an important question. The answer I can give you is a very confident, “I DON’T KNOW!” One of the reasons I say in all my reviews as well as the disclaimer of this website to “Use any electronic cigarette product at your own risk”.

Before I became an electronic cigarette user, I did a lot of research, read a lot of articles, and came to my own informed decision. The decision was to make the switch because, based on what I’d read, it was a far safer alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes.

As I said in the “About Me” section, “Months after I started vaping, I noticed a few things. First, EVERYTHING tasted better! In my case, not necessarily a good thing :-) . So my sense of taste along with my sense of smell improved. Second, I didn’t become winded as quickly as before. I could work in the yard or around the house without gasping for air. Finally, after a night out of heavy smoking, that first deep breath of the morning would hurt. I think many of you current and/or ex-smokers know what I’m talking about. Since vaping, NO MORE!! I could take that first deep breath of the day without any pain.”

As more and more people move to vaping, more and more data will become available. In both short and long term exposure.

For more information on the safety of electronic cigarettes including articles and videos, check out my Is Vaping Safe page.

I’M INTERESTED. WHAT SHOULD I BUY?

If you’re just starting out, you want to get something that will give you an excellent vaping experience without breaking the bank.  This is the most important thing you can do for yourself.  It will give you the best possible chance for success.  You will want a setup that will provide you with good power, good vape time, and good performance in VTF (Vapor, Throat Hit, & Flavor).  Electronic cigarettes come in all shapes & sizes.  Here are a few suggestions to get your started.  Remember that tastes and opinions vary.  I can only speak to my experience and what has worked best for me.

Your first decision is what kind of device to you want to start out with.

Oh, and by the way, I know how some of these sites work. Don’t think I’m getting paid if you click on one of the links below. That’s not how this works. That’s not how I work. I do this because 1) I love to vape, 2) I love to help people with vaping, & 3) I love to entertain people through my vaping videos.

As I find product that I feel would be better than those suggested below for a beginning vaper, those listed will be updated.

ANALOG EQUIVALENT

I can no longer recommend a analog equivalent as a beginning electronic cigarette.  Too many people I’ve talked to have tried them and failed.  Until one comes along with the potential for success this section will remain blank.

I want you to be successful.  I want you to quit smoking!

EGO TYPE DEVICES

The popularity of variable voltage & variable wattage (VV/VW) devices has exploded.  Varying your voltage or wattage allows you to tailor your vape to your attached device’s resistance whether it be a cartomizer, atomizer, clearomizer, etc, as well as the liquid you’re using.  If you need “a little more” you can pump up the volts/watts, if you need “a little less”, you can dial it down.  But remember…

Go too high and you could get a burnt taste… go too low and you won’t get a very satisfying vape.  You can check out THIS PAGE for more information.  But stop sweating the setting!  The only RIGHT setting is the setting that’s RIGHT for you!

I recommend an eGo Twist type battery over anything with a screen simply because, as your first device, I don’t want you to become bogged down with numbers, resistances, etc.  Learn to live with your vape first, get off those cigarettes, and then explore if you like.

The battery I’m recommending now for a beginner would be the CLK from Innokin.  I like this battery since it moves away from the old dedicated chargers of eGos past and now features a micro USB port on it’s side for charging.  Makes life a little more convenient.

There is a small dial on it’s base that allows you to raise or lower the voltage to tailor your vape.

But the battery is only half of the equation.  You need to screw something onto that battery that will hold and vaporize your e-liquid and look “right”.  I’m currently recommending the new Kanger AeroTank.  Very simple to use and the heads are replaceable so you won’t need to buy a new one every time.  Very easy to fill as well.  You unscrew it from your device, hold it upside down, unscrew it’s base, fill it up with e-liquid, put it back together and enjoy your vape.

It also features an air flow controller that allows you to adjust your draw.  Not only with this adjust your draw, but also the amount of liquid that gets pulled into the coil.  So if you’re flooding, try opening your draw.  If you’re getting dry, scratchy hits, tighten it up.

More info on the Innokin CLK can be found here.
More on the Kanger AeroTanks can be found here.

WHAT ABOUT THE JUICE?

Believe it or not, it’s going to be a lot easier for me to recommend devices than it will be to recommend juice.  Why?  TASTE IS SUBJECTIVE!!  Taste, along with other variables associated with the juice make it difficult to suggest juice, ESPECIALLY if you’re just starting out.

I can tell you that when I started, I vaped an 18mg, 100% PG liquid, and my primary flavors were watermelon, peach, and chocolate.  Oh, and that was after I tried (unsuccessfully) to find a juice that tasted JUST LIKE a Marb light.  Now, something JUST LIKE a Marb light would be the LAST thing I’d want to vape!

I’m now down to a 12mg, I prefer a 70/30 PG/VG blend, and I vape LOTS of different flavors.

PG (Propylene Glycol) and VG (Vegetable Glycerin) are the two base ingredients in electronic cigarette e-liquid or “juice”.

It is generally believed that PG provides more throat hit (that feeling you get in the back of your throat when you take a drag of a real cigarette) and carries flavor better.  VG produces more vapor.

I’ve had 100% PG that has poor throat hit and good vapor and 100% VG that has terrific throat hit and flavor so I’ll let you validate that belief on your own.

To me, the VG added to the PG provides a “smoother” vape which is why I prefer it.  Also, people have been known to be sensitive or allergic to PG requiring less of it or none at all in their juice in order to continue vaping.  Again, something you’re going to need to find out on your own.   The best I can do is tell you to watch some reviews, take a look at different juice vendor’s website, and try some different juices.  There are a lot of vendors who offer trial size or sampler packs.

You can also take a look at my top juice recommendations.

CONCLUSION

What about variable wattage?
What about tanks?
What about mods?
What about rebuildables?

SLOW DOWN THERE KILLER!

This is the Getting Started section. You have to start somewhere.

I strongly recommend starting cheap BUT GOOD.  You need to be sure you can successfully make the transition to vaping before spending more money on devices.

I hope you found some of this information helpful.  Always feel free to ask me a question.  No question is beneath me or “dumb”.  We all started somewhere!

Thank you and Happy Vaping!

Pbusardo