Beginners Guide To Vaping

The Basics

The e-cigarette industry has grown at an exceptional rate in the last few years making vaping hugely popular. This can be a very confusing process to step into. RDA’s, Mechanical Mods, Variable Voltage Mod, Temperature Control, Ohms, what do all these mean? Not to worry, the team at OhMyVape intend to break down all of the complexities of electronic cigarettes or vaping and make it as easy as possible for you to understand.
There are four key components to every e-cigarette, and they will all be covered within this Guide to Vaping page, they are as follows;
·         Tanks / Clearomisers
·         Batteries
·         Atomiser Heads / Coils
·         E-Liquid (Juice)


Tank / Clearomizer

What exactly is a tank/clearomizer? What do they do? Well, let’s keep it short and simple. Tanks and Clearomizers are different names for types of devices which serve the same purpose. To deliver you the E-Liquid in a vapourised form. The tank (or clearomizer) holds the e-liquid and within the tank is a special component called an atomizer head or coil which helps to vapourise the liquid. The role of the tank is to simply connect to your battery, heat up your e-liquid and produce vapour for you to inhale.
Your tank works directly with your battery, and your atomizer head (also known as a coil) in order to produce vapour. The majority of tanks require a coil in order to function, the coil is connected through your tank to your battery and this is the part of your device that heats up and vapourises your E-Liquid. Luckily, most batteries and tanks share a 510 connection thread, which means that they will screw right on to each other, allowing you to keep up to date with the best hardware on the market. Once your tank is full with E-Liquid you must ensure that your coil is primed, to do this simply let your juice settle in your tank for a few minutes, and then it’s ready to vape.


Batteries

No matter what kind of vaper you are, or what level you are at, batteries must always be used properly, and with caution. Batteries come in all sorts of shapes and sizes but every battery has the same function, to provide the necessary power needed to heat up the coil inside your tank and E-Liquid. Most batteries that you will come across simply require you to press and hold the button as you inhale, that’s it!
You will come across some terms that may need defining, we’ve added a few here for your convenience. They are as follows:
mAh – mAh stands for milliamp hours, which is basically the amount of time between recharges. The more mAh your battery is, the longer it takes before it dies.
Voltage – Voltage is how much power is being used.
Variable Voltage – Variable Voltage is when you can control the amount of power being driven to your tank. More voltage generally means thicker vapour is produced, basically HUGE CLOUDS!
Whether you are a beginner vaper or an advanced user, it is always important that safety is placed above all else. Charging a vape battery is very important and steps must always be taken to ensure that safe and responsible battery charging is followed.

Coils / Atomiser Heads
 
As we mentioned earlier in the Tanks section, coils have a central role in the vaping process. The coil is what heats up your e-liquid turning it into those sweet smelling, beautiful thick clouds.
Inside the Atomiser Head you will find some cotton as well as a coil which forms the heating element. The battery provides power to the metal heating element which then heats up the cotton (cotton that must always be soaked with e-liquid) and vapour is produced. Atomiser heads are replaceable and should be replaced ideally every two weeks or so.
This timeframe is dependent on many things though. For example, what wattage you are vaping at, how consistently you vape and even the thickness of the juice you are using. How to tell when to change your coils? You will know when a new coil is needed because the flavour begins to taste burnt, or the vapour being produced reduces. This is the case with all coils, whether you are vaping on an advanced or standard tank. So remember to always be aware of your coils.
Please be advised that the level of nicotine you choose should vary depending on whether you are sub-ohming or vaping from a standard tank. Sub-Ohm tanks are more powerful and produce more vapour so it is advisable to lower the nicotine level you may typically use to remove some of the harshness.

E-Liquid (Juice)
 
As the vape world grows, more and more E-Liquid becomes readily available. From fruity to dessert based liquids as well as traditional tobacco. There is a huge variety of E-Liquid flavours available to you, so no matter what flavour you think you will like, you can get your hands on it.
For the majority of e-liquids currently on the market, the main ingredients are Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), assorted flavourings, and nicotine. As a beginner, there is no right or wrong answer as to what juice you should be vaping on, but nicotine levels do matter. 0mg, 3mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg and 24mg are the most common nicotine strengths widely available in the vaping world. If you are somebody who smokes quite a lot, then you would be looking toward the higher end of nicotine levels. This would mimic the throat hit, due to harshness, and would provide the same level of nicotine that you may already be used to. For beginners, we would recommend 3mg or 6mg to start with as both provide enough nicotine and harshness to mimic that of a cigarette.

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