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Vaping 101 – Beginner’s Guide to start your vaping journey

Vaping is a modern alternative to traditional smoking that has gained popularity for its potential to offer a less harmful experience. Before you start vaping, it’s important to understand the basics. Vaping involves inhaling vaporized e-liquid, typically containing nicotine and flavorings, through an electronic device called a pod system, mod, sub-ohm, and more.

To begin, choose a vaping device that suits your preferences and skill level, along with a flavor of e-liquid that intrigues you. Familiarize yourself with the device’s components, such as the battery, tank, and coil, and learn how to properly assemble and maintain them. Remember, if you’re transitioning from smoking, vaping is not risk-free, but it can potentially reduce exposure to certain harmful chemicals that smoking cigarettes can produce. Always approach vaping with responsible and informed decision-making, especially if you’re new to this experience.

Now that you’ve got your vaping device, below is our simple guide to setting up your new vape. We will explain the basics of setting up sub-ohm vapes and pod system vapes (vape pen style).

GUIDE TO SETTING UP YOUR NEW VAPE

There are various types of vaping devices available, such as pod systems, vape pens, and box mods. Select a device that suits your preferences and experience level. Your vaping kit should include the essential components such as the battery/mod, tank/pod, coil, drip tip/mouthpiece (not available in pod system), and a charging cable.

Some devices might come with pre-installed coils, while others might require you to install them yourself. Remember that safety is paramount when using vaping devices. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, practice proper battery safety, and be aware of the risks associated with vaping.

If you’re new to vaping, it might be helpful to seek guidance from experienced vapers or visit a local vape shop to receive personalized assistance and advice. View our store’s location and contact details here.

HOW TO SET UP SUB-OHM TANK VAPES?

  • Remove the tank from the machine and remove the pre-installed coil.
sub ohm tank and mod diagram
cotton and coil diagram
  • Apply a few drops of e-juice to the cotton window (where cotton is exposed) until the cotton is saturated. This is to prevent the coil from burning before use.
  • Reinstall the coil back into the tank. (The coil will have a recommended wattage (e.g 10W-30W). This is the recommended wattage to burn the coil when vaping. Going above the range will burn the coil faster, while going below the range will cause leaking)
  • Close the airflow and fill the tank with your chosen e-juice – different tanks have different entrances for filling e-juice, please refer to your instruction manual. (Only fill what you use to prevent leaking)
  • Inhale 5 times while the airflow is closed (dry suck) This helps the cotton to saturate the coil faster.
  • Wait between 5-10 minutes for the coil to absorb the liquid. (If you use your vape straight away, it will burn the coil, leaving an awful taste.)
  • Reinstall the tank back to the mod and enjoy vaping!

HOW TO SET UP A POD SYSTEM KIT?

Non-removable coil

  • Remove pod from the device.
  • Fill the pod with your chosen e-liquid. Make sure the coil in the pod is covered with e-liquid. (Only fill what you use to prevent leaking)
  • Leave the pod standing up for 5-10 minutes to fully absorb the e-liquid. (If you use your vape straight away, it will burn the coil, leaving an awful taste)
  • Place the pod back onto the device and enjoy vaping!

Removable coil

  • Remove pod from the device and remove the pre-installed coil.
  • Prime your coil – Apply a few drops of e-juice on the cotton window (where cotton is exposed) until the cotton is saturated. This is to prevent the coil from burning before use.
  • Place the coil back into the pod and fill the pod with your chosen e-liquid. Make sure the coil in the pod is covered with e-liquid. (Only fill what you use to prevent leaking)
  • Leave the pod standing up for 5-10 minutes to fully absorb the e-liquid. (If you use your vape straight away, it will burn the coil, leaving an awful taste)
  • Place the pod back onto the device and enjoy vaping!

COMMON VAPING ISSUES EXPLAINED

Awful taste when inhaling – When to know to change your coils

Simply put, vape coils don’t last forever. Sooner or later your coil will start to deteriorate, leading to issues like flooding.

Signs of a deteriorating coil can include:

  • a decreasing amount of vapour
  • strange or burnt taste
  • just not working!

Fortunately, most devices now come with replaceable coils. To extend the life of these as long as possible, always prime the coil first (ensuring that the cotton in the coil is saturated before you vape it), while remembering not to overdo it. When vaping, always ensure that the coil is covered in e-liquid to ensure it doesn’t dry out and burn.

My vape is leaking, what do I do?

Every vapers will experience leaking, and it is very common! Whether you are experienced or new to vape, leaking is something that everybody deals with.

Leaking occurs when e-juice escapes from your tank, usually through the airflow holes.

Below are the common cause of juice leakage:

  • Over filling – This is a common mistake that beginners do. The cotton in the coil acts like a sponge. It will continue to absorb the juice even when you don’t use your vape. So only fill what you use.
  • Outside Heat – Leaving your vape in a cool dry area is a way to prevent leaking. Do not leave your vape in a spot where it is always hot (e.g. leaving it in a car). The heat will cause the cotton to absorb liquid much faster.
  • Dud coils – Every now and then, you may find a faulty or malfunctioning coil in a brand new pack of coils. Millions of coils are manufactured every day, and sometimes one makes its way into the pack. Coils are relatively cheap to replace. If you have a problem with leaking, changing coils can be a solution.
  • Abandonment – Leaving your tank/pod in the device for a long period of time without use, can cause leaking and damage to the mod.
  • Dirty Tanks – This not only causes leakage but can also give you off-flavours and deterioration to your vape.

Why Is My Vape Spitting?

Vape spitback, also known as “spitting,” occurs when drops of e-liquid are ejected from the coil of an e-cigarette or vape device and into your mouth when you inhale. There are a few reasons why vape devices can experience spit back:

  1. Over-Priming – If you over-saturate your coil or wick when priming it (preparing it for use), it can lead to excessive e-liquid being present in the coil. This excess liquid can pop and sizzle, causing spit back.
  2. Over-saturated coils – Spit back occurs when there is excess e-liquid in the coil, and when you start to burn the coil, that residue will go through the mouthpiece and into the mouth of the vaper. This can also cause leaking from the airflow as there are too much e-juice build up. If your tank/pod has been left sitting with e-liquid inside for longer than 24 hours without use, there is an increased chance of a leak occurring. If you don’t regularly vape, it’s best to top up only when you intend to use the device
  3. Overfilling your tank – If the vape is spitting due to the tank being flooded then there’s a good chance you’ve simply filled up your tank too high. The cotton in the coil acts like a sponge. It will continue to absorb the juice even when you don’t use your vape. To avoid flooding, be sure to fill it up around halfway (ensuring it covers the coil) and only fill what you use.
  4. High Wattage – Running your vape device at a very high wattage can vaporize e-liquid too quickly, resulting in more spitting and popping.
  5. Improper Coil/Wick Setup – If your coil and wick are not set up correctly, it can lead to uneven heating and, subsequently, spitback. Make sure your coil is properly installed and the wick is neither too tight nor too loose in the coil.
  6. Condensation – Condensation can build up in the vapor pathway or around the coil, causing e-liquid to be pulled back into the coil and potentially leading to spitback.
  7. Thin E-juice – A vape juice that is too thin can over saturate a coil and cause spit back and leaking. 50/50 vape juice ratio can be too thin. You might want to switch to a thicker liquid. Thin e-liquid can also be caused by leaving the juice bottle / filled tank in an environment where it is too hot (like inside a car or by the window).
  8. Flooded Coil: Sometimes, a flooded coil can be caused by inhaling too forcefully or too frequently. This can lead to e-liquid being pulled into the coil too quickly.
  9. Aggressive Inhaling – In some cases, it’s possible to pull on your vape with a little too enthusiasm, resulting in the e-juice being sucked into the chamber which gradually accumulates. Tone it down a tad and see if this fixes the problem
  10. Gravity – It can cause flooding and spit back. If a vape is left on it’s side or upside down, vape juice can leak into the chimney and mouthpiece. The first vape from a device that has been upside down can lead to a mouthful of juice!
  11. Coil Design: Some coil designs are more prone to spitback than others. For instance, coils with a vertical design can sometimes be less prone to spitback than horizontal ones.

To minimize or prevent spit-back, you can try the following:

  • Check Wattage/Power – Ensure you are using the recommended wattage or temperature range for your coil. This helps with proper vaporization and reduces the likelihood of spit back.
  • Avoid Overfilling – Don’t overfill your tank or drip excessive e-liquid onto the coil.
  • Prime the Coil – When installing a new coil, make sure to prime it by allowing the e-liquid to saturate the coil’s wicking material before vaping.
  • Flick the tank – The easiest way to remove excess e-liquid from the centre of your vape coil is to give the vape tank a couple of short, sharp flicks downward. It’s best to do this over a sink or some tissue as the excess liquid should fly out of your mouthpiece. It’s also a good idea to do this whenever you’ve just filled the tank, or before you use a new coil for the first time, as this will help keep your coil clear.
  • Fire your battery before inhaling – This tip works well in conjunction with the flicks mentioned above. Simply hold down the button on your device to fire it, without inhaling, and do this a couple of times for a few seconds each time until you stop hearing any popping. This will vaporize that excess liquid without the risk of inhaling any spit back.
  • Reduce your airflow or take smaller inhales – Take slow, gentle puffs to allow the coil to vaporize the e-liquid evenly. If you like to take quite long or deep inhales, this can sometimes pull more e-liquid into the coil than it can handle. The same can also happen if you like to have the airflow wide open. Taking smaller inhales will help, or you can switch to a Direct Lung coil if you prefer bigger inhales. You can also close off the airflow partly, but be sure not to start taking bigger inhales to compensate.
  • Clean the Device – Regularly clean your vape device, especially the area around the coil and airflow system, to prevent buildup of e-liquid residue.
  • Use Different E-Liquids – Opt for higher-quality e-liquids with appropriate VG/PG ratios for your device.
  • Try a Different Coil – If you consistently experience spit back with a particular coil, consider trying a different one with a different design or resistance. Sometimes the issue can be just the coil. Either the coil is defective or simply too old. As coils age, they can lose their ability to absorb e-liquid. Coils vary significantly in how long they last. This depends on things like the wattage and e-liquid you use, as well as the coil design and resistance. For example, some low-resistance coils, used at high wattage, may only last a few days. Some higher resistance coils, when used at low wattage, can last for weeks. Nowadays, coils from quality manufacturers are generally very reliable. Most problems are caused by user errors (such as not priming the coil, or using the wrong e-liquid or wattage settings). As a rule of thumb, replace your coils as soon as flavour or vapour starts to deteriorate. However faulty coils can still occur, and these can cause flooding. If you’ve followed all the steps correctly and still get flooding, this is a good sign that you have a faulty coil.

If you continue to experience spitback despite these precautions, it might be worth consulting the manufacturer’s guidelines or seeking advice from experienced vapers to troubleshoot the issue further.

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR VAPE:

  • Do not overfill. Only fill what you use in a day.
  • Do not leave your vape in a car or by the window. Store your vape in a cool dry area and avoid anywhere hot!
  • Remove the tank/pod when you are not using it for a long period of time (including sleeping). The coils can over-absorb the juice when you are sleeping and cause leakage.
  • Always change your coils when they’re burned out or if you have not used your vape for a long period of time.
  • For Sub-ohm tank: Regularly cleaning your tank can improve vape longevity (We recommend every fortnightly). Remove coils and rinse tank under luke-warm water. Use a cotton bud to remove any dirt or residue.
  • It is recommended to remove the vape when it is fully charged. Try not to overcharge it, as it will cause the battery to deteriorate over time.
  • If you are using external batteries for your vape, getting an external charger will keep your batteries’ life longer.