Vaping is a huge subject to dive into which can make starting vaping an intimidating or confusing experience for newbie vapers! From acronyms such as MTL and DTL or RDA and RTA, not to mention all the tricky terminology such as ‘drip tip’, it’s easy to get lost when it comes to vaping before you’ve even begun.
If you’re a vaping beginner, take a look at our Vaping 101 blog to help you understand the process behind choosing a vape and an e liquid that works for you. From the basics such as what the vaping components are and what vaping models are available to what e liquid is made from and which vape mods are best for beginners, we have you covered in our beginners guide to vaping here at LiQuid.
Let’s start off with the basic components of a vaping device. Although vaping equipment can differ in appearance and size, these vaping components remain throughout.
Battery / Regulated Mod
This section of the vaping device is where your electronics or battery are kept. These components are needed in order to heat your coil. Often the battery capacity will be noted in milliampere hours (mAh) whereas a power output of a vape mod will be displayed in watts (W) or volts (V).
This is a metal coil that’s surrounded by a wicking material such as cotton. You need to make sure that you change your vape coil regularly depending on your usage to avoid getting a burnt taste from your vape device.
The tank of your vaping device is where your e liquid will be stored.
This is the area of the vape device that you inhale from.
Of course not every vaping device is exactly the same, and there are a few different vaping equipment styles that you can choose from.
CE4 Kit Vape
Before vape pens were more readily available, CE4 kits were the most popular kind of vaping equipment. Favoured for their compact design and cheaper price point, CE4 kits work well with 50/50 PG/VG e liquids that produce less vapour.
More sophisticated than the standard CE4 kits in their function, vape pens are the most popular choice of vaping equipment. Vape pens are still compact but offer a wider range of options for vapers to choose from so they get a more tailored vaping experience. Vape pens often have bigger coils which allow you to take a bigger hit with more flavour. If you like an e liquid with a higher VG content, vape pens are likely the best option for you.
Mod & Tank
Slightly more complex than a vape pen and much bulkier in their design, mods and tanks are best for vapers with a little more experience. With so many designs to choose from, you need to have a good understanding of what you want out of your vaping experience. However, mods and tanks are the most effective way to vape thanks to their increased battery power and battery life – plus you can use both low and high VS e liquids with this vaping equipment style.
RDAs & RDTAs
Thinking of taking the next step up from vaping? RDAs and RTAs are for the slightly more advanced vaper as they require a lot more DIY involvement in the build and use of the vape. RDA stands for Rebuildable Dripping Atomiser, while RDTA stands for Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomiser.
RDAs are built without a tank and therefore don’t hold any e liquid other than what can be held by the cotton and small well. You drip your e liquid straight onto the coil then immediately fire the device in order to vape.
RDTAs on the other hand, are built with tanks that can hold e liquid. While many vaping devices come with a pre-built coil, RDTAs require you to build your own coil to suit your preference in terms of resistance then wick the coil yourself with cotton.
MTL and DTL
MTL and DTL refer to the way that you inhale your vape. MTL stands for mouth to lung and most closely replicates the experience of smoking as you draw the vapour into your mouth before inhaling it into your lungs. DTL stands for direct to lung which allows you to inhale the vapour straight into your lungs; if you prefer the DTL experience, you’ll need to look for an atomiser with a wider drip tip to achieve more airflow.
What Is E Liquid Made From?
There are two base ingredients that make up e liquid – PG (propylene glycol) and VG (vegetable glycerin). These two ingredients are then combined with a huge range of flavours to create delicious e liquids you’ll love to vape all day long. The only element that differs between e liquid mixes is the PG to VG ratio.
PG is most often used as an ingredient in food colouring, an additive in certain medicines, and as a flavouring carrier in food products. Non toxic and a thinner consistency than VG, when you feel the throat hit sensation, it’s the PG you’re feeling.
A sweet vegetable based liquid, VG is the element that stimulates vapour production and makes your e liquid smoother to vape. The higher the VG ratio, the smoother your vape will be and the bigger vapour clouds you’ll produce.
What Are The Best Vape Mods Available For Beginners?
The electronic cigarette industry has come along way in the last couple of years and like every emerging market things are changing fast. A few years ago the selection of vape kits was relatively small. You had the cig-a-likes and a few EGO style batteries with a CE4 clearomiser.
The biggest choice was “which battery size should I go for?” Well move forward a couple of years and there are now 100’s of different styles of starter kits and hardware. Ranging from simple CE4/CE5’s to rebuild-able atomiser tanks and drippers (RBA’s & RDA’s). There is also a huge selection of batteries, some of which can control the wattage and others that can control the temperature of the coils. There are also mods with removable batteries and some with fixed batteries.
Which are the best vape mods that would suit you? That depends on what vaping experience you are looking for, but hopefully this short guide will help you make up your mind.
Low Maintenance Kits
If you are looking for an electronic cigarette that is easy to maintain, easy to use and is not too expensive, then an EGO style kit could be for you. These generally consist of a battery (a little larger than a fountain pen) and a disposable clearomiser. You unscrew the mouthpiece from the clearomiser and fill it with e-liquid, leave it for a minute or two, screw it on to the battery and vape away. An EGO battery is a manual battery so you have to press and hold a button while taking a drag. Once the heating element (coil) in the clearomiser burns out you just throw it away and buy another.
These are still easy to use and similar to EGO style kits but most clearomiser have replaceable heating elements that can be bought individually or in packs of 5. The best example of these been the Kanger EMOW or the Aspire Nautilus Mini. The batteries also vary in size and function. The main styles are box mods (like the eLeaf iStick) or tube mods like the Vision Spinner V2. These both have adjustable power outputs that are changed via a button or dial. This means that you can change the wattage or voltage to increase flavour or vapour production.
Advanced Kits and Sub Ohming
There are more advanced kits available which have rebuild-able tanks. This means that you can build your own coils in different sizes at different resistances (measured in ohm’s). There are a few styles but the main ones are rebuild-able tank atomisers (RBA or RTA for short) which have a reservoir where the e-liquid is stored and rebuild-able dripping atomisers (RDA) where you drip a couple of drop of e-liquid on to the coils. Coils can be built from different types of resistance wire such as Kanthal and Nichrome. You can also use different wicking material like cotton and silica.
Sub ohming is where the resistance of the wire in the tank or dripper is less than 1 ohm. You can buy pre-made coils that are generally around 0.5 ohms. The most popular sub ohm tanks are the Kanger Sub Tank and the Freemax Starre Pro.
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