Five Mistakes Every Vape User Makes
As vaping popularity soars in Australia and around the world, more and more people are choosing to pick up a vape device for the first time to see what the fuss is all about. Whether you’re swapping tobacco cigarettes for e-cigarettes or just want a fun way to relax and socialise with like-minded friends, vaping is an excellent way to do it.
For new vapers just starting out on their vaping journey, there is a lot to learn and plenty of pitfalls to avoid if you want to have the very best vaping experience possible. Mistakes are to be expected - after all, making mistakes is part of the learning process and will help you to master the skill and become a pro!
However, one of the best ways to side-step mistakes is to know about them in advance. We’ve put together the 5 most common vaping mistakes that newbies make so you know what to look out for plus the best ways to avoid them to save you time, money and frustration.
Using cheap and low-quality e-liquids in your device
One of the most common mistakes that new users make is to fill their vape device with a cheap, low-quality e-liquid. Before we discuss why this is a problem, let’s take a closer look at e-liquids. These essentials are what flavour your vapour and turn every puff into a pleasant, sensory experience. Also called e-juices, they are made up of a ratio of propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG) and come in a stunning range of flavours that range from menthol and tobacco to fruity, dessert and more. The ratio of VG to PG also affects the smoothness and throat hit of the vaping experience so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs.
If you’re new to vaping, it can be tempting to save money by purchasing cheap e-juices when you come across them. Here’s the problem - poor quality e-liquids are much more likely to build up on the inside of your vaping device, leaving you with an accumulation of gunk and debris.
This will degrade the taste of your vapour and make it harder for you to taste new flavours. There are also other problems with cheap e-juice. Ingredient lists may be vague, making it difficult to know what is inside each of them which can result in anything from a chemical taste to a dry and scratchy throat or worse.
You can avoid this mistake by always choosing quality e-liquids from a trusted provider like Vape Store. We sell a massive range of nicotine-free juices from major brands with a diverse selection of flavours to suit every user. Please note that as of now, no e-juice is FDA-approved.
Not using the proper tools
To get the most out of the experience, you need to start with the right tools. With so many vape devices, vape juices and vape accessories to choose from, it’s easy to get confused and end up with something that doesn’t quite meet your needs.
Let’s start with the wrong vape kit. In most vape shops, you will find starter kits and advanced kits. Vape kits are a great way to get the essentials in one purchase and are ideal for beginners. As a new user, a starter kit will give you everything you need to get started. They’re easy to use, compact and super convenient for taking your vape anywhere.
Using the wrong device as a newbie can also be a problem. A vape pen or pod vape kit is an excellent option for new vapers as are disposable vapes that let you dip your toe into the world without commitment. If you find that you enjoy the experience, you can upgrade to a box mod kit later which will allow for a stronger draw and more customisation.
You can buy everything you need to get started on your journey at the Vape Store. We cater to both beginner and advanced users in Australia with a wide selection of starter kits, advanced kits, disposable vapes, vape pens, vape mods and vape accessories, including replacement coils, tanks and batteries.
E-liquids are too sweet for your coil
When you first dive into the exciting world of vaping, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of e-juices out there. If you have a real sweet tooth and tend to burn through coils too quickly, the problem could be the flavour. Sweeter e-liquids tend to crystallise and build up on the coil quicker as they usually have sweeteners added to them which do not vaporise as cleanly. This leads to dreaded ‘coil gunk’ which can then lead to a burnt taste when you inhale. You can avoid this by simply choosing a less sweet flavour for your liquids.
Another mistake is choosing the wrong e-juice ratio for your device which can result in a leaking tank, a burnt coil and a bad taste in the mouth. To avoid this, make sure you’re using the right juice for your vape kit. Liquids with a VG ratio over 70% should be reserved for sub-ohm or DTL kits with a high wattage while liquids with a PG ratio of 50% or higher should be used with an MTL kit, such as starter kits and pod kits. High PG ratios produce a strong throat hit while high VG ratios produce a smooth throat hit with big clouds.
Dry hits can occur when you don’t have enough liquid in the wicking material and leave you with a dry mouth and bad taste that brings down the entire experience. They can also happen when too much power is being sent to the coil which can result in a burnt coil and an unpleasant burnt taste when you inhale. If this has already happened, you’ll need to change the coil. To avoid it from happening, make sure that you pre-soak the wicking material in your chosen e-juice or leave plenty of time for the wicking material to soak up the liquid before you take a hit.
If you are vaping e-juices with nicotine content, one of the most common mistakes is choosing the wrong nicotine level. The amount of nicotine in the juice will affect your experience; too much nicotine will only enhance your cravings while a lower nicotine strength could have you going back to smoking traditional cigarettes. As a general guide, heavy smokers (20+ a day) should choose a 2% concentration, moderate smokers (up to 20 a day) should choose a 1.8% concentration and social smokers should choose a low percentage or nicotine-free liquids.
Overcharging your vape
Overcharging your e-cigs can lead to a hot vape device, power issues and a much shorter battery life. If these problems are happening to you and you’ve had your device for less than 6 months, chances are you are overcharging it.
You can avoid this common mistake by not leaving your device plugged in when it’s fully charged. Similar to mobile phones and laptops, you can shorten the battery lifespan significantly when you do this. Only charge your device until it is full, then unplug it. This means not leaving your vape to charge by itself overnight! It’s also a good idea to let the battery deplete to empty once in a while as keeping it topped up constantly can bloat it and cause power issues.
Not taking advantage of airflow and wattage
Airflow and wattage are two features of electronic cigarettes that you’ll need to familiarise yourself with. Getting them wrong is one of the least known mistakes but one that can negatively affect your vaping experience. It’s important that you choose the right airflow and wattage for your style to avoid problems such as coughing and sputtering when inhaling vapour and producing either too much or too little vapour.
One of the things you can do to fix this is to open your airflow valve all the way and inhale deeply so that the vapour goes smoothly to your lungs. This will stop it from hanging at the back of your throat and causing you to cough. When you inhale vapour without the addition of clean air, the vapour is too concentrated and is much more likely to irritate your throat on the way down.
Changing the wattage on your device will impact the intensity of your vape. For example, if the wattage is turned down too low, it can feel weak on the throat and not provide the satisfying hit you need. On the other hand, if the wattage is too high, the hit can be too harsh on the throat. Play around with the wattage levels until you find a level that suits your style and needs.
In advanced vape kits, the coil has a lot to do with wattage level. Most will have a recommended range that you need to ensure you stay within. If you want less power, turn it down to the lower end of the range. If you want more power and vapour, turn it up towards the higher end of the range until you get the desired results.