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Vaping & Devices 101 — How To Get Started + 5 Top Tips

by Jax Robertson - 11 minute read - June 13, 2023 -

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Are you thinking of switching from smoking to vaping? Do you want to know the benefits of vaping over smoking? Are you overwhelmed with the different types of equipment, devices and components?

Don’t worry; in this Vaping 101 blog post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about vaping. We’ll take you through what you should consider when switching from smoking, how to get started, all the different types of equipment, devices and components, troubleshooting tips, where to buy e-liquids, and hints, tips, and tricks to get the most out of your vaping experience.

Vaping Benefits Vs. Traditional Cigarettes.

First, let’s start with the benefits of vaping over smoking. Vaping is a cleaner, healthier alternative to smoking, as it doesn’t produce the same toxic chemicals found in cigarettes. It’s also easier to control your nicotine intake with vaping, as you can choose the strength of the e-liquid and gradually decrease the nicotine level over time. Additionally, vaping doesn’t produce that same unpleasant odour and doesn’t leave stains on your teeth, amongst other unsightly things!

When it comes to switching from smoking, there are a few key things to consider. One of the most important is the type of device you want to use. It’s best to start with a beginner-friendly device, such as a vape pen or pod system, and gradually work your way up to more advanced equipment. Another key consideration is the e-liquid you choose. Make sure to choose a flavour that appeals to you and has a nicotine level that matches your needs.

Many different types of equipment, devices, and components are available on the market, from basic vape pens to advanced MODs and rebuildable atomizers. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, and it can take some time to find the one that’s right for you. Generally, most vapers start with a simple, easy-to-use device like a vape pen or pod system.

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What Different Types Of Devices Are Available To Me?


Cigalikes are, as the name suggests, similar to traditional tobacco cigarettes. They’re small, easy to use, and often disposable. Their advantage is that they closely resemble traditional ciggies, making them ideal for those who are new to vaping.


You may have heard the name Elf Bar floating around in recent months. These single-use devices are very popular amongst new vapers, as they’re extremely easy to use and don’t require charging or any maintenance. However, they are currently shrouded in negative media attention due to their high nicotine content and impact on the environment.

Vape Pens

Vape pens are larger than cigalikes and disposables, but still relatively simple to use. Most vape pens come with a rechargeable battery, a refillable tank section to add your e-liquid and often a swappable mouthpiece for additional user comfort.

Pod Systems

Pod systems have taken the world by storm in recent years and are similar to vape pens but use pre-filled or refillable pods instead of tanks. They’re great for new vapers as they’re lightweight, discreet, and don’t require any maintenance. Once the pod has seen its best days, simply replace and refill a new one.

MODs (Mechanical/Regulated)

MODs are more advanced devices, often featuring adjustable wattage and temperature control. They can initially be daunting for new vapers but can produce better flavour and bigger clouds than simpler devices. We recommend starting with easier-to-use devices and then progressing to MODs once you’ve gotten more comfortable with vaping.

Rebuildable Atomisers (RBAs)

Finally, rebuildable atomisers are the most complex type of device. These require a fair bit of knowledge to use safely and effectively, so they’re best reserved for experienced vapers. The general purpose of RBA’s and similar bits of kit is to fully customise your vaping experience by building/rebuilding your own coils for the ultimate vape.

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What Device Should I Begin With?

The device you choose will depend on your preferences and vaping goals. For example, a pod system might be the best option if you’re looking for something discreet and easy to use.

A MOD would be more suitable if you want to produce bigger clouds packed full of flavour. But generally, it’s best to start with a beginner-friendly device such as a vape pen or a pod system, then gradually work your way up to more advanced equipment when you feel ready.

Are Pod Systems Better Than Disposables?

Both disposable and pod systems have their own advantages. Disposables are light, easy to use, and don’t require any maintenance. However, they tend to be more expensive than pod systems in the long run and can’t be refilled. Pod systems offer more cost-efficient vaping, but require recharging and regular refilling.

What Effect Do Disposable Devices Have On The Environment?

You may have seen much media pointing towards the negative effects Disposable devices have on the environment. Due to their single-use nature, disposable devices are not recyclable and tend to end up in landfill sites. To reduce waste and save money in the long run, opting for a refillable device such as a pod system or vape pen is best.

Are There Any Other Advantages To Using Pod Systems Over Disposable Devices?

Cost efficiency should be considered when deciding which device is best for you. Pod systems are usually more cost-effective than disposable devices, as you can get multiple uses out of one. They also typically have a larger battery capacity, which means they last longer than disposables.

And the cost savings don’t stop there either; opting for a pod system opens up a world of e-liquid flavours and options in various bottle sizes and nicotine strengths, meaning you get more for your money over a longer period of time!

Understanding Different Types Of Coil And Their Varying Resistances.

You may have noticed the overwhelming variations when it comes to coils and pods. And this is usually due to the different resistances each coil offers. As well as the system they use for delivery, such as standard, mesh or ceramic. Mesh coils are a staple these days, offering a more consistent delivery and, most importantly, better flavour.

The lower the resistance, the more power it requires and the faster its heating rate. Generally, if you want to produce bigger clouds of vapour and enjoy a stronger throat hit, higher resistance coils are the way to go. However, lower-resistance coils are the way to go if you want a smoother draw and more subtle flavour. It’s also worth noting that your preference for coils/pods is subjective, like taste. And the best way to get the most from your experience is through trial and error.

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Where Can I Buy Reputable E-Liquids?

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When it comes to e-liquid, choose a company you trust and ensure the ingredients are of high quality. You’ll find plenty of liquids online and in shops, but be sure to check reviews and research the brands before purchasing. When I first took to vaping and ditched the traditional smokes, I found it incredibly useful to obtain as much knowledge as possible from vape store staff up and down the country. Better still, I was able to visualise every aspect of vaping. From refilling tanks to the types of e-liquid on offer all the way through to rebuilding coils for unregulated devices, all in the safest way possible, and in a way that I could understand.

When it comes to the top choice liquids – it’s safe to say that Vape Juice carry an incredible collection! With many brands that are known the globe over, with a reputation for being some of the highest quality in the UK. These tried and tested liquids arrive courtesy of one of the most reliable and trusted manufacturers within the vaping industry – Prohibition. Arguably the country’s most successful and notable of manufacturers, they’re winners of this year’s ‘Best Manufacturer’ award and the guys behind the brand Yeti and Potions.

What Kind Of E-Liquid Flavours Can I Expect To See?

It’s worth mentioning at this stage that, like anything, trends change, but over the years, we’ve seen anything from fruity and sweet e-liquids such as blueberry, apple and mango to more unique concoctions like wasabi or peanut butter and jelly sandwich. We’ve also seen a plethora of menthol liquids like the famed Yeti collection, coffee flavours, milkshakes and even doughnuts!

There’s something for everyone, with thousands of flavour combinations in the mix. So if you’re looking for something different, it’s worth exploring the market to see which flavours appeal to you!

Where Do I Find The Best Vaping Tutorials?

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What often can’t be taught in person, can be taught via the mediums of social media and platforms like YouTube. If you’re just starting out, then watching some of the many tutorials on YouTube can be a great way to learn about vaping.

There are so many helpful and informative videos for beginners. There’s something for everyone, from device reviews to handy hints and tricks. Check out the likes of Matt From SMM, Mike Vapes, GrimmGreen, Todds Reviews and our good friends over at Flavour Vapour, for great in-depth reviews, tutorials and how-to’s.

Whether you’re an experienced vaper or a complete beginner, there’s no denying that social media is an incredibly useful resource. From selecting the right device for you to finding reputable e-liquid suppliers and learning the basics, there’s a lot to consider when getting into vaping.

Troubleshooting Devices.

Hopefully, your device won’t give you any trouble. However, a few common issues can arise when starting out. One of the most common that vapers face is problems with their devices and components, such as leaks, burnt coils, and clogged atomizers. If you run into any of these issues, don’t panic – there are a number of easy solutions that can help you get back to vaping in no time. For example, if you’re dealing with a leaky tank, try adjusting the seal on the coil or changing the tank’s O-rings. If you’re still having difficulties, it’s best to seek advice from the store you purchased from, the products manufacturer or simply refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Hints, Tips & Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Vaping.

1. Start with a small, beginner-friendly device like a vape pen or pod system so you can get to grips with the basics.

2. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different liquids and flavour combos to find what you like best.

3. Ensure all components are securely attached before vaping so that you don’t experience any unexpected leaks.

4. Take battery safety seriously! Always use a quality charger and read the manufacturer’s instructions before charging or handling batteries. For more on battery safety – click here.

5. Use high-quality e-liquid from reputable suppliers to ensure the best experience possible.

Take Away Points

Vaping can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience, but it’s important to remember the basics. From selecting devices that suit your needs to finding reliable suppliers for e-liquid, there are a few key steps you should take before getting started. Be sure to watch tutorials online and read up on device safety, so you know what to do in case any issues arise. Finally, try out different flavours and find something you enjoy – there really is something for everyone! With this knowledge in mind, you’ll be well on your way to a successful vaping experience.

We hope you found this blog useful and that it provided you with all of the info you need to get started with vaping. Remember, vaping is a safer, healthier alternative to smoking, and with a little experimentation and patience, you can find the perfect device, e-liquid, and set up to meet your needs. There’s a lot to consider when you take up vaping. But fear not; over the coming months, we’ll begin delivering our very own video tutorials and deeper dives into specific vaping elements, here on the Vape Juice website and YouTube.

Until then, if you have any other questions or queries, don’t hesitate to drop us a line. Happy vaping! 💨💨💨

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Jax Robertson
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