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
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;
Heads / Coils
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.