What to Know Before You Buy
What to Know Before You Buy
So, you’re ready to make the switch to vaping. You have a lot of questions. Don’t worry - while some basic vaping knowledge is important for proper usage and safety, there are some simple tips that you can follow to make your first purchase an easy decision. Let’s chat about that a bit.
There’s a lot of vape-specific jargon that can take some getting used to: mod, tank, clearomizer, atomizer, coil, electrical resistance, RDA, RTA, RBA, mech, watt, ohm, volt, PG, VG, Kanthal, temperature control - the list goes on. But you don’t need to know everything before you get started.
Let’s start with the basics, like what does a vape consist of anyway? The entire device works to turn e-juice into vapor. It does this through a series of steps utilizing the various components. First, your battery delivers an electrical current to the coil, which is exactly what it sounds like - a coil of metal wire. The coil translates that electricity into heat, which then vaporizes the liquid that’s delievered to the coil by wicking, which is usually organic cotton. The coil and wick is most often contained in a tank - most tank walls these days are made of clear glass, which is why they’ve also been called clearomizers or glassomizers. This whole process is controlled by a computer chip inside of your primary device, or “mod,” which also houses the battery cells and attaches to the tank.
Confused yet? Maybe we can simplify things: fill tank with liquid, push button, get vapor.
Unfortunately, it can’t quite be that simple. Proper battery selection and care, for example, is of utmost importance. Failure to follow safety precautions can cause the battery to not function, or worse, start a fire, or cause an explosion. For more information on battery safety, we’ve got you covered right here.
The coil, like we mentioned, is composed of wire that has been wound into a metal coil shape. Coils work along with wicks to create the vapor that you will then inhale. For more information on types of coils, and how to make your own check out our article here. Confusing but worth knowing: a coil can refer specifically to the actual coiled wire, or it can refer to a disposable package that contains the coil, wicking, and positive/negative poles to which the coil is attached to receive its electric jolt - this whole package of items considered at once could also be considered an “atomizer.”
When should I change my coil? Changing your coil depends on a variety of factors, like the type of e-juice you’re using (liquids that use a lot of artificial sweetener tend to gunk up coils faster), how often you use your device, or how high your power settings are (hotter, higher-power vaping will put more strain on your coil and wicks). Any of these can impact the life of your coil. If you accidentally burn your wick by letting it run dry, you’ll know it right away - from that point on every draw on your vape will have a harsh, burnt taste. Your coil is officially dead. Failing that, your vape may begin to slowly fade, with flavors failing to shine through and vapor production falling off. If you notice that your vape just isn’t as crisp as it was and it’s been a few weeks since you’ve changed your coil unit, now might be the time.
What is a tank, and what kind do I need? Vape tanks are the part of the device responsible for holding the atomizer and e-liquid. The most popular tanks on the market, as we’ve mentioned, are glass-walled clearomizers - most offer a variety of coils and airflow settings, though some tanks are designed to appeal more to mouth-to-lung (cigarette-style inhale) or direct lung (big inhale, big cloud) vapers. There are countless options for vape tanks, so you’re sure to find the one that is right for you.
Buying a device can be confusing and even overwhelming at first. But by considering your budget, what type of result you are looking for, and knowing a little about vaping, the process can become much easier. And as always, us at Breazy are available to help hook you up with a device you will love.