Despite the fact that millions of Americans vape regularly, many people still find themselves asking “what is vaping?” and “is it right for me?” If you’re one of these people, the best way to learn more about vaping is to try it for yourself.
With thousands of vaping devices on the market, it can seem overwhelming to try and decide which one is right for you. Here’s an overview of some of the different types of vapes out there to help you understand more about how they work, and which one might fit your personal vaping style.
What’s Inside a Vape?
Before we go over the different types of vapes, let’s break down the basic anatomy of a vape. Most vapes consist of five main parts, the coil, the tank, the batteries, the mod and, of course, the vape juice.
The tank is the main part the houses the coil and the vape juice. The coil is a type of wire that is attached to material like cotton, which absorbs the vape juice and is then heated to turn the juice into vapor. The coil should be replaced regularly, based on how often you vape. There are different types of coils, from wick coils to ceramic coils, but they all serve the same main purpose.
The mod is the device that houses the batteries and delivers power to atomizer that heats the coil. Most mods on the market are regulated mods that monitor the temperature and wattage of the batteries, though there are some unregulated mods out there as well, but it’s often recommended that only experienced vapers use this type of device.
Finally, there’s the vape juice. There’s a seemingly infinite amount of vape juice flavors out there, and this variety is one of the things that makes vaping such an enjoyable experience. When you first start vaping, you can try out different juices to decide which one is right for you, and how much nicotine you want in it.
Types of Vapes
The first type of vape many beginners use is a cig-a-like device. These are vapes that are designed to be as much like a cigarette as possible and fall into two categories – disposable and refillable. You can find these types of vapes everywhere, from vape shops to convenience stores. Refillable models can be filled with different vape juices, while disposable are meant to be thrown away after a week or so of uses, depending on how much you smoke. While these devices are compact and easy to use, they are not very effective at producing a lot of vapor, which is why many beginners start out with these and then move on to more sophisticated devices.
The next type of vape people move on to after cig-a-like devices are pen vapes. These can have a similar shape to cig-a-likes but are slightly larger, have a longer battery life, and are meant to be reused. While some vape pens allow you to adjust the voltage to create larger clouds, many of them use the same type of high-resistance coils as cig-a-likes, so they usually don’t produce that much vapor. There are many different types of vape pens on the market from basic pens to high-tech ones that detect changes in the coil’s resistance as it heats to prevent overheating.
Box mods are another common type of vape and the logical next step most people take after using vape pens. These devices are shaped like a box and because they are larger than vape pens and cig-a-likes they can hold a much more powerful battery that allows you to create bigger clouds and better taste the flavor of vape juices.
When you first use your vape, you want to be sure to prime the coil to prevent it from burning. To do this, fill your tank with vape juice and inhale on the tip of the vape three times without pressing the button to actually fire up the vape. Then, let your vape sit for about 10 minutes. After that, the coil is primed and ready to use.
Once you’ve become a vaping expert, you may consider switching from cig-a-like or vape pen devices to unregulated or mechanical mods. These types of vapes are very simple in how they’re constructed because they don’t have the type of circuitry regulated mods have to control the temperature and batteries. While these devices may be simple, they should only be used by experienced vapers because they don’t come with the many safety features that are now common in commercially available regulated mods. If you’re very familiar with vaping devices and understand understand how to use an unregulated mod safely than these can be great for creating massive vapor clouds and getting the most out of your e-liquid flavor.
After you’ve decided which vape you want to use, you get to choose from the thousands of varieties of vape juices on the market. From fruit-flavored e-liquids to chocolate and pancake-flavored ones, there’s something to match anyone’s personal style and flavor profile. You can also choose high-nicotine concentration juices, or e-liquids that contain no nicotine at all, depending on how long you’ve smoked cigarettes.
Choosing your first vape can be difficult, which is why it’s important to take the time to familiarize yourself with with wide selection of beginner’s vapes on the market. If you’re still having trouble choosing, head over to your local vape shop and ask the owner or employees for their recommendations. In the end, it all comes down to how often you plan smoke and what you’re trying to get out of your vaping experience. What type of vape pen do you think that you want to try? Leave us a comment below.