Considerations for Buying a Vape
Has your socially and environmentally conscious side been nagging you to ditch cigarettes? Or are your savvy friend trying to get you to convert to vaping?
Vapes are all the rage now. They quickly became amust-have from a niche item. Whatever your reasons, if you're finally considering giving vaping a try, we'd like to help!
Vaping has evolved from basic cig-a-likes to complex devices with customizable features, and the array of choices can be daunting. You must have many questions if you're on the fence about switching from smoking tobacco to vaping.
What kind of vape is best for me? What nicotine strength should I start with? Do I need to buy a separate vaporizer to vape dry herbs?
Before any more confusion sets in, let's look at some things you should consider before buying your first vaporizer.
What's Your Type?
The world of vaping has something for everyone.
Cig-a-likes are the simplest type of e-cigarette that look and feel a lot like traditional cigarettes. These devices are usually small, light, and easy to use, making them an excellent choice for smokers trying to switch to vaping.
If you're looking for something with a little more power, though, you might want to consider a vape pen. Vape pens are larger than cig-a-likes and have refillable tanks. It means they can hold more e-liquid and produce more vapor, giving you a better vaping experience. There are disposable options, too. These come in various flavors and have a specific puff count. For instance, the fume extra disposable vape pens have 1500 puffs each.
Mods and pod mods are the most advanced type of vaporizers. Mods are usually larger than vape pens and have customizable features like variable wattage and temperature control. Pod mods are similar to mods but use pre-filled cartridges or pods instead of tanks. Pick one, keeping your vaping goals and habits in mind.
What Do You Want to Vape?
Not all vaporizers can be used for everything.
If you want to stick to e-liquids, any type of device will do. There are many flavor options, but your taste buds can decide better whether the tangy, fruity, or minty profile is for you. But if you're interested in trying other types of material, like dry herbs or wax, you'll need to buy a vaporizer designed for that specific purpose, like a weed vaporizer.
You'll want a device with sub-ohm vaping capabilities if you're chasing big clouds. These devices can handle high VG e-liquids and produce a lot of vapor. But if you're more interested in flavor than clouds, look for a device with a higher wattage.
As for the substances:
- E-liquids are available in multiple flavors from different brands.
- Dry herbs can be vaped as is or mixed with e-liquid.
- Waxes and oils must be used with devices with a ceramic or quartz chamber.
Your preference will help you cut down the long list of options to a manageable few.
What Nicotine Strength Should I Start With?
What's your purpose for vaping? Are you trying to quit smoking cigarettes, or are you just looking for an alternative to traditional tobacco products?
If you're trying to quit smoking, you might want to start with a high nicotine level and then slowly work your way down. If you're just in it for the flavor, you can start with a lower nicotine level or even zero-nicotine e-liquids. Think about how much nicotine you're used to consuming, and start from there. You can always adjust the nicotine level later, so don't sweat it too much.
The nicotine levels range from 0mg to 36mg/ml. Most users start between 12 and 18mg and then adjust as needed.
What's Your Budget?
Your box of cigarettes probably costs you around $20 a week, give or take. Vaping will cost you less than that in the long run, but there is an upfront investment.
A decent cig-a-like can cost anywhere from $15 to $50, while a good vape pen will set you back $50 to $100. Of course, you can spend more than that if you want a high-end mod or pod mod. The good news is that you don't need to spend a lot of money to get a quality device. Just make sure to do your research before buying anything. You might find a great deal on a used device, for instance. But, don't buy anything without reading reviews first.
How Much Maintenance Can You Bear?
Some of us are easy-breezy when it comes to taking care of our belongings. Others? Not so much!
Think about how much time and effort you're willing to put into taking care of your vaporizer. Cig-a-likes are the simplest type of vaporizer, requiring the least amount of maintenance. You just need to charge them and replace the cartridges or pods when necessary.
Vape pens are a bit more complicated. You'll need to clean the atomizer regularly and make sure the tank doesn't run dry. If you're using a mod or pod mod, you'll need to do all that, plus clean the battery chamber and change the coils from time to time. Research the devices you're considering to better understand their maintenance process. Then pick one that best aligns with your cleaning temperament and capabilities.
Check the Legal Status
In some places, vaping is completely banned, while in others, it's subject to the same restrictions as smoking cigarettes. Before you buy a vaporizer, check the legal status of vaping in your country, state, or province.
For example, you must be 21 years old to purchase a vaporizer in the United States. Several states like New York have banned flavor and online sales. You also won't be able to vape in some public places, like bars, restaurants, and parks. It's always best to err on the side of caution and find out the laws before you buy anything. You don't want to get yourself into any trouble.
Vaping is a personal choice, so ensure you're doing it for the right reasons.
Only you can decide if it is the right choice for you. Weigh the pros and cons, do your research, and then make a decision. And, if you decide to vape, be sure to do it safely and responsibly. Start with a lower nicotine level and work your way up. Don't vape in public places where it's not allowed. And most importantly, don't vape around children or animals.
Buying the right device is only part of the equation. You also need to find the right e-liquid. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of flavors to choose from. And you can find e-liquids with or without nicotine. If you're unsure where to start, ask the people at your local vape shop for recommendations. They should be able to help you find the perfect device and e-liquid for your needs.