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Vaping FAQ

What is vaping?
Vaping means the use of a vaping device (aka e-cigarette/personal vaporizer/mod/APV)! There are numerous such devices available, from the cigalikes to the 3rd generation APVs, but vaping is the term that unites them all.

How do vaping devices work?
All vaping products operate using the same principals. A battery powers a coil which heats a liquid solution known as e-liquid or e-juice . This produces a vapor which is then inhaled and simulates smoking. However, these fundamentals can be applied in a large number of ways, and many products have been developed to meet the demands that people have from their vape.

Why should I vape?
Vaping is an alternative to smoking. It provides a person with the sensations, rituals and nicotine that smoking provides. People choose to use the products for a number of reasons; some because they want to save money and some for convenience. It is our belief that people should, as soon as they are able, transition fully away from smoking into vaping.

What device do I need to buy?
This is a very tricky question, but our advice is that at the minimum, you should purchase a 2nd generation device (eGo style batteries). The reason we suggest this is because our belief is that the principal goal for a person to use these products is to become completely smoke-free in as short a space as possible. Our experience has shown that 2nd generation devices offer the best balance between satisfaction and price, and should be the entry point for any smoker wishing to try vaping.

Can I vape anywhere?
The short answer here is no. Sadly, many Cities and Counties have chosen to prohibit vaping in public places, shoehorning vaping into smoke free legislation. Thankfully, vaping is still permitted in public places in the majority of the US, but this is continuously under threat. Nevertheless, it’s wise not to assume that you can vape anywhere just because it’s not illegal. Premises owners are entitled to prohibit vaping on their property, and many do.

What are PG or VG liquids?
PG (propylene glycol) and VG (vegetable glycerin) are ingredients in e-liquid which create the vapor. Both are widely used in a variety of products for human consumption. PG is associated with a stronger “throat hit” but with less visible vapor, whereas VG has a sweetish taste and produces a much more visible vapor. Most e-liquids contain a blend of both ingredients to balance out the characteristics of each.

I am not getting the vapor volume I expected; what’s wrong?
Although vaping an Electronic Cigarette simulates smoking a tobacco cigarette with the hand/mouth/inhaling actions, there are important differences in the technique that you will easily become accustomed to when vaping. There are two slightly different techniques incorporated by most seasoned vapers: 1. try taking a slower draw lasting from 3-5 seconds, holding the vapor in your mouth and then inhaling when the draw is completed, or 2. try taking a short “primer puff”, to heat the atomizer, followed by a longer, slower draw. You will quickly become acclimatized to vaping and develop your own technique and style!

What strength e-liquid should I buy?
The heavier a smoker you are, the stronger the e-liquid you should start with. But do remember that nicotine strength isn't the whole story. For example, some people vape more than others and choose to use lower strength e-liquid. Stronger liquids cause a more intense “throat hit”, so do bear that in mind when making your first purchase. Another issue is that some devices kick out more of the vapor per puff. As a rule of thumb, choose lower nicotine concentration e-liquid for more powerful devices. Finally, vapers self regulate their nicotine intake. In other words, it’s as if there’s a thermostat which nicotine users have. As soon as they have enough, it switches off. So, if you want to vape less, use a stronger e-liquid, if you find you’re getting too much nicotine from the amount you like to vape, move to a less strong liquid.

Can I step down my nicotine levels?
Sure! We offer nicotine levels in the following amounts:
24 mg, 18 mg, 12 mg, 6mg, 3mg and 0mg.

How do I store my e-liquids?
Store your e-liquids in a cool, dark place that is OUT OF REACH of children, and AWAY from pets! Do not expose e-liquids to excessive heat or prolonged sunlight. Liquids may be stored in the refrigerator – in a place furthest from the freezer. Wine coolers are perfect for storing e-liquids! The color may darken with time; however this will not affect the taste. The shelf-life of nicotine liquids is about 1 year from purchase date.

Can I save money over smoking?
Yes, absolutely. Although how much you will save depends on several factors:
How much cigarettes or tobacco costs where you live and the amount you spend on devices (this becomes a hobby for many!). That said, with a good setup you should be able to save considerable amounts of money.

What are the consumables, or what will I need to keep buying?
Going forward, you will need to replace coils/wicks and e-liquids depending on how much you vape.

What should I look for when choosing a vaping device?
There is a huge range of vaping devices available, and they come in all shapes and sizes. When choosing your first device you will be making your choice based on aesthetics and price/performance, and it’s hard to give generic advise on this. However, do make sure you consider this: You will always want to have a device charged up and on hand. So, for example, if you’re buying a second-generation device (eGo type batteries) you will want to think about having two or three batteries so you can keep them charged up. Also, make sure you have enough of the consumables (tanks, coils/wicks and e-liquid) so you don’t run out.

What is battery mAh and why is it so important?
mAh (milliampere-hour) is a unit of electrical charge in batteries. Simply put, the higher the number, the longer you can enjoy vaping between charges.

Can I quit smoking by vaping?
It is impossible to say whether YOU can quit smoking by vaping. The only thing we can say with certainty is that there are many people who are known to have quit smoking by substituting vaping for cigarettes. The only way to find out is to try! We believe that vaping offers a unique opportunity for smokers to transition away from smoking, and that the products are improving all the time, and more smokers are finding the right devices for them.

When should I change my atomizer/cartomizer (Coil/Wick)?
There is no hard and fast rule here to be honest. Vaping atomizers/cartomizers made by many different manufactures are not made equal and one can last anywhere between 2 to 6 weeks, it really varies. The three most common signs of a faulty coil/wick are:

Less Vapor
One of the tell tale signs that it’s time for me to change a coil/wick is when the amount of vapor gets significantly less. When taking a drag, you will notice that you need to suck much harder to get any vapor out of the tank. However, another cause of reduced vapor production can also be due to a dying battery, so I recommend you swap or recharge your batteries beforehand, just to make sure.

Burnt Taste When Vaping
When you burn the wicking material, the flavor gets nasty. You will experience a burnt or chemical-like taste. You can try re-priming the wick but if that does not work, it is time for a new coil/wick.

Leaks or gurgling
Lastly, when you notice leaking or gurgling, it’s time to change the wick/coil. If you’re over filling, it will do this as well.

Care and maintenance of all vaping equipment:
Your e-Cigarette is a complex electronic device, and should be treated with the same care as a cell phone or camera. Do not expose it to liquids, extreme temperatures, flames or drop on hard surfaces.