Making the switch to vaping can be daunting. You might be set with your first e-cig, your chosen e-liquids and your head is full of advice. It might still be challenging, but here are some vaping hints and tips.
Most people who are wanting to start vaping instead of smoking are attempting to break years of habitual behaviour. Whether it’s that first cig with your coffee in the morning, when you are driving to work or even when you’re out having a drink with friends.
While vaping makes stamping out the cigs easier, it can still be difficult. So, this is your guide to the first stages of vaping. What should you expect and how can you avoid common pitfalls that may have you reaching for your lighter.
Hints and Tips About Kits
Ensure you have picked an e-cig that meets your needs and will help you replicate the sensation of smoking. Choosing the right device is the first key step. The device you use needs to have the right features to make sure that it suits your vaping needs.
Set yourself up for success by starting with a simple device with minimal set-up and maintenance. There are many vapes on the market now that don’t require you to change coils or worry about adjustable settings. These devices are ready to pick up and vape. We recommend you start with the simplest device to suit your needs. If you are completely new to vaping, this might even mean using disposable vapes for your first few days while you get used to making the switch. The life of a disposable can vary depending on how much you vape, make sure you always have a spare so you’re not caught short when it expires.
Hints and Tips About Charging
You don’t want your e-cig running out of charge halfway through a stressful work day so make sure you have the correct charger.
If you were a heavy smoker and you can’t charge your vape throughout the day then you’re going to either need a device that has a larger battery, that will last you all day, or consider buying a second battery so that you’re never caught short. If you’re often around somewhere that you can charge your device, then a device with a smaller battery that has quick-charge will be suitable (such as the Skope Air).
It’s also important to make sure that you’re using the correct charger, as using an incorrect power source can damage the battery of your device causing it to hold less charge. For a device that uses a micro USB, the one shaped like a ‘D’, then a 1 amp charger or and USB port is perfect. For USB-C charged devices, the one shaped like an ‘O’, then you can use up to a 3 amp charger.
Hints and Tips About Atomizers
Vaping and smoking are very different, sometimes drawing on an e-cig can take some getting used too. You don’t want to accidentally burn out your atomizer and be left with none.
When you’re using a vape to quit smoking, choosing a device that replicates the draw of a cigarette can be important to satisfy that habit. Higher resistance coils have a more restricted airflow to draw on and more closely imitate a cigarette.
If you are using a vape with a replaceable coil then at some point your coil is going to burn out. You’ll get used to how long coils last you on average, based on your vaping habits, but there’s no way of telling exactly when this will happen. Carrying a spare coil around is always a good habit to get into, so that you’ll always have a spare if it happens to you unexpectedly.
Hints and Tips About E-liquid
Now, don’t go mad and buy every flavour. But having a couple of e-liquids choose from is great in case you quickly go off a flavour or think you have picked the wrong strength.
Knowing that there are people on hand to help can help ease worries.
Ensure your family and friends know about the journey you are making, so they can help if you are struggling.
Your local vape shop is always a source of advice. If you cannot get into a store use our live chat or forum. Remember no question is a silly one. All of our staff are NCSCT trained, so we’re fully trained to help.
Other vapers love sharing knowledge. Go on social media and ask a question, you might be surprised at the support you receive.
They might still happen, just remember that they are short lived. Have a couple of draws on you e-cig and know that they will have passed within 10 minutes.
If you are consistently craving cigarettes there is a chance that you need a different strength e-liquid. So, pop into your local Totally Wicked store to discuss your options, you can chat to any of our staff if you need advice regarding your nicotine strength.
Tips About Coughing
Do not let this put you off. Most people cough when they first start vaping. This is due to the fact that vapour has a different sensation to smoke, it can take a short while to get used to.
Drink more water than usual and keep in mind that it will pass.
If the cough is bothering you then liquid containing nic salts (such as the Switz Smooth range) may help ease this transition.
If it doesn’t there is a chance that your nicotine strength is slightly too high, as above pop into your local store for advice.
Read the manual
Although you may have had your kit set up in store by a staff member, it’s easy to forget things. Don’t forget that your manual contains everything you’re likely going to need to know. If you’re still unsure about anything then feel free to contact our staff in store or online.
Don’t give up
Even if you are struggling at first, don’t give up. Talk to us, we are a company of vapers who have been through exactly the same journey as you and we are always on hand to offer a friendly ear.
Have these vaping hints and tips been useful? If you’re still unsure then feel free to contact our staff in stores or online, we’re always happy to help!
This article was updated 02/02/2022