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VU101 Intro to Vaping

Welcome to the first lesson from Vape University, at Mister-E-Liquid.com. In this lesson, we're going to be explaining the basics of vaping. We'll talk about what vaping is, the basics of vape juice, what vaping equipment is used and how it works, and how to set up your first starter kit.

Mister-E's RY4 being filled
Mister-E's RY4 being filled

Let's discuss vaping itself, first. Vaping is simply heating a liquid nicotine solution to its evaporation point, creating a vapor that the user can then inhale and exhale. While it might at first seem similar to smoking, vaping doesn't result in any combustion: nothing is being set on fire, and nothing is burning. That liquid nicotine solution - called vape juice, e-juice, or e-liquid - is generally made up of just four types of ingredients:

  1. Propylene Glycol, commonly found in respirators and inhalers, and used to bring the flavor to the user
  2. Vegetable Glycerine, used by diabetics as a replacement sweetener, and used to produce the visible vapor
  3. Flavorings, generally used in foods and beverages, and used to create a satisfying experience
  4. Nicotine, typically derived from plants like tomatoes and tobacco, which can be purchased in different concentrations to give more or less nicotine to the user, and to give additional "throat hit", the sensation of the vapor as you breathe it in

The way the e-cigarette produces vapor is actually really simple. There are just two main components - in starter kits, often bonded together for simplicity - which are the battery (also known as "Mods" when they're a separate unit), and the atomizer. Atomizers come in many different shapes, sizes, and designs, and some, like rebuildable dripping atomizers, are even user-rebuildable, but they all have essentially the same design. Inside is a small coil of wire that heats up when electricity is run through it, much like your toaster or electric stove. That wire is wrapped in wick, generally cotton, which is saturated in vape juice. When the coil heats up, the vape juice evaporates - or, more accurately, "atomizes" - allowing the user to breathe in the nicotine-filled e-liquid. Currently, the most popular style of atomizer is the tank, which holds a large supply of vape juice, and generally uses replacement coils, so putting a new coil in is as simple as unscrewing and discarding the old one, and screwing the new one in; we'll talk more about how to prepare coils in a moment.

If you're just starting out, an ideal choice of vaping device is the starter kit. These e-cigs are simple, easy-to-use, comparatively small, but provide a vastly superior experience to "cig-a-likes", the electronic cigarettes often found in gas stations, which are shaped and sized like cigarettes. These cig-a-like devices have limited battery life, limited e-juice supply, and are very low-powered. They are simply an inferior experience compared to starter kits, and Mister-E-Liquid does not sell them to our customers: cig-a-likes give vaping a bad name.

The most important first step is to read the owner's manual - I know, I know! Please, class, take your seats and bear with me. These manuals typically aren't very long, and because they're used internationally, often are chock full of helpful diagrams. But the general trend for setting up any starter kit is going to be the same. First, you'll need to access the coil, generally by unscrewing it from the base of the atomizer. Then the coil needs to be primed. When cotton is dry, it doesn't absorb liquid well at first, and it's important that the entire wick be saturated with e-juice to prevent heating up the coil when it's surrounded by dry cotton - known as a "dry hit" - which can burn the cotton, producing acrid, unpleasant smoke, rather than tasty vapor.

Joyetech Atopack Penguin, removing cartridge
Joyetech Atopack Penguin, removing cartridge

Priming the coil is as easy as putting a couple drops of vape juice down the center of the coil. You'll notice as you do so that the liquid will ball up on the cotton at first, then quickly start to absorb in as the cotton begins to saturate. It's better to err on the side of too many drops on the coil than too few, but generally it only takes 2-4 drops to prime the coil. Once you've got those drops of e-juice down the middle of the coil, screw the coil back into the tank. Then simply fill the tank with e-liquid, making certain not to overfill the tank - they'll often have a fill line on the glass - because there will need to be room in the tank for the coil. Then just reassemble everything, and wait a minute or two for the e-liquid to completely saturate that cotton wick. If your device has a firing button, you may need to click it five times to power up or unlock the device. Once that's done, simply press the firing button (if you have one), give a low, slow inhale, and enjoy!

(Later lessons will explain exactly how to set up each of the starter kits Mister-E-Liquid sells. Then you won't even have to look at those directions at all. But you still should!)

Eleaf iStick Basic Starter Kit
Eleaf iStick Basic Starter Kit

That's all for today's lesson on the basics of vaping. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us, either by phone at 855-647-8373, by email at CustomerService@Mister-E-Liquid.com, or via live chat on any page of Mister-E-Liquid.com. If social media's more your thing, you can find us on Facebook or Instagram: we're always happy to help!

Thank you for joining us today at Vape University. Class dismissed!

For a more visual treatment of the subject matter, check out the video version of today's lesson, below!

WARNING: This product contains nicotine.
Nicotine is an addictive chemical.


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