Answers to the Vape Questions You're Afraid to Ask
Everyone who makes the switch to vaping has to begin somewhere, and the transition usually comes with lots of questions. I was no different - I tried to switch to vaping without talking to anyone who had already made the change, and I learned a lot of lessons the hard way. It doesn't have to be that way though; there are tons of resources available to you, particularly our very own Breazy magazine.
Is Vaping Going to Save Me Money?
This is a question I've had multiple people ask me. The answer, unfortunately, is more complicated than the yes-or-no response someone wants. Yes, vaping can save you money as compared to your current smoking habits, but - this is where the answer becomes more complicated - it's also an investment. If you put the same price of a pack of cigarettes into your vape investment, it may not meet your needs, and you'll end up feeling like you've wasted your money. I burnt through multiple cheap vape pens before I opted for a vape with more power. Yes, this cost me more in the short run than a pack of cigs, but with proper care this vape is going to last me much longer than it's equivalent in cigarettes.
For some, vaping becomes a passion, and they put money aside to spend on supplies to build their own device from scratch. And with new technology coming out all the time, it can be tempting to splurge on the new hot tank or mod, even if your current device is working fine.
The answer is multidimensional, yes vaping can save you money, but it depends on how much you currently smoke, and if you're willing to make the investment in a device that will best suit your needs. If you're going to be vaping a lot at high power you may need to dish out a bit more for your first purchase.
What Kind of Vape Should I Get?
Let's face it, with all of the different types of vapes and e-cigs on the market it can be a bit overwhelming to decide which one is right for you. My first mistake was to base my decision on color. I went for this beautiful pastel pink vape pen that seemed like an amazing deal, and turned out to be total junk. Color can be great in expressing your personality through your vape, but it should be part of the multiple factors you consider when shopping, not your main concern. You'll want to think about how much you currently smoke and how long you think you'll be vaping.
If you're looking at using vaping as a transition from smoking to nothing at all, a standard vape pen may be good for you. Likewise, if you're curious about what vaping can do but don't want to spend a lot of money up front, this can be a good way to dip your toe in the water. Don't be fooled, however, into believing that you'll get a top-notch experience from cheap gear - if you see some potential but aren't quite getting what you need out of a cheap device, it may be a good idea to invest in some mid-grade gear to keep exploring.
If you think you'll be vaping for longer as part of your journey to smoking cessation, a higher-powered vape with a better set of features may be better suited for you. Think about what you'd like to get from your vape, and consult an expert, like our support team here at Breazy. Check out starter packages to see what options may work for you.
Do I Need To Replace Batteries or Coils?
The simple answer is yes, yes you do. The more complicated answer is when. This varies from person to person. If you take good care of your vape and follow the instructions from the manufacturer, your batteries and coils will last longer than if you choose to misuse them. To get the best life out of your batteries, try to change them when the charge level falls to about half, rather than pushing them until they're completely dead. Doing this, you can expect about 300 charge cycles out of a good set of 18650s from a reliable manufacturer - pushing them hard or charging at a high speed (above 500 mAh) can cut that in half.
Coils can last from one week to a month, depending on how often and how hard you vape. If your e-juice changes in taste or takes on a burnt flavor, it could be time for a fresh coil, or a re-wick if you're using a rebuildable device.
Keep batteries "married" or always used together as sets so that you don't mix old and new batteries. If one battery goes and your device takes two, don't replace the dead battery with a new one, replace the set together. Knowing your batteries need replaced is much easier than knowing coils need replaced. When batteries stop holding a charge or working all together, it's time to buy some more. Proper charging precautions and battery care ensure you get the most out of your battery life.
It can be intimidating to enter the world of vaping, but you shouldn't be afraid to ask questions. I've found lots of vapers who have been happy to share advice and favorite products as well as answering questions. Fear of asking questions shouldn't prevent you from seeking out vaping as a means of smoking cessation.