Most Common Mistakes Made by Vaping Beginners

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If you’re a beginner looking to buy vapes in NZ, you’ll want to make sure you don’t run into any of the common pitfalls that new vapers often do. Even though a lot of stores have heaps of information out there on how to get into the hobby, it’s still common for people to put a foot wrong, mostly because there’s just so much to choose from when starting out.

Don’t let a simple mistake turn you off vaping for good, especially if you’re using vaping to help conquer a smoking addiction. Read on to find out about the common mistakes, so you can steer clear, and enjoy the vaping hobby how it’s meant to be enjoyed.

Choosing the right device

First up: vape devices! This is a big one, because there are so many devices out there to choose from. The first thing you should know is that they range in complexity, so it’s entirely possible to accidentally get an advanced model of vape device right from the get-go. While vaping is generally intuitive, you may find that an intermediate device is a good fit right from the beginning. However, jumping too high on the learning curve can make getting into vaping a struggle for some.

It’s also worth mentioning that even though many beginner devices have fewer variables that you can control. There are still some which are complex and nuanced, they just automate a lot of the complexity, so you don’t have to worry about controlling it. That means that there could be a seemingly simple beginner vape device which can achieve some really outstanding results. The important thing is to shop around.

As a rule of thumb, starter vapes are simple and tend to have just a simple single-button interface. Some of them even activate when you inhale, and so have no buttons at all. Starter devices often use pre-filled or refillable pods. Beginner vapes also tend to be better for quitting smoking, as they often have higher nicotine counts.

From there, you can upgrade into tube mods, which often have the capacity to yield a better flavor and bigger clouds, but require a bit more know-how, as you’ll want to be changing your coils, refilling your own tank, etc. After that, many people upgrade again to box mods. These devices are much more customizable and are generally best suited for those who want to spend hours tinkering with their device to get the perfect hit.

Remember to prime!

If you do opt for an intermediate vape with a coil and tank, you’ll need to learn how to replace coils properly. With tank-based vapes, coils make a huge difference to the quality of hit. They can vary in extremely subtle ways, and if you vape long enough, you’ll start to notice the fine distinctions between good and bad coils.

That said, no matter how good your coils are, there’s one sure-fire way to ensure you’re getting the best out of them—and that’s priming.

To prime your vape, just put a few drops of your vape liquid onto the exposed cotton of the coil before you install it. Give it about a minute to absorb properly before installation. Once it’s in, fill the tank, and let it sit for about 10 minutes before your first hit. This way, the coil is soaked through before you start a vape session. You don’t want to be firing up with a dry coil, as this can lead to unnecessary strain to the coil itself.

Choose the right level of nicotine

When you’re starting out in vaping and you’re leaving tobacco cigarettes behind, replicating the amount of nicotine isn’t easy to get perfect straight away. If you’re used to having the amount of nicotine you smoke perfectly proportioned, getting used to measuring it yourself can take a little getting used to.

The trick here is that everyone who’s quitting cigarettes is coming from a different level of nicotine, so there’s no one way to approach this. You really do just have to keep adjusting until you get it right, and don’t give up if it’s a little tricky at first.

However, there are a few guidelines to keep in mind. For example, if you only used to smoke a few cigarettes a day, you probably don’t need more than six to eight milligrams of nicotine. Generally, you need to use your own common sense to figure out what level works for you, and then start lowering it as you need.

Don’t forget to charge up

Finally, don’t forget to keep your battery topped up! There’s a prevalent urban myth that it’s better for your device to let it run dry on charge to ‘re-calibrate it’ before charging up again, but the truth is, this just puts more stress on the battery. Keep it on the charger when you’re not using it!

For more advice, get in touch with the experts

If you want to know more, contact Big Vape today. We’re a local specialists in all things vape Auckland-wide. We can help you find the right nicotine level, the right device, and help make your transition into vaping as smooth as possible. Don’t wait, talk to the pros today!

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