Want to try vaping but don’t know where to start? This article is for you!
Picking your first vape can be overwhelming. There are a huge variety of different devices on the market and many of them are quite different from each other in how they perform.
Let’s start by dividing the devices into two main categories:
- Larger, higher-powered kits – designed for big clouds and maximum flavour
- Smaller, lower-powered kits (inc. pods etc.) – More discrete, smaller clouds and much less bulk in the pocket.
Now keep in mind that these are only rough groups, there are some devices which bridge the gap or can do both or are just hard to fit neatly into either category but for our purposes these groupings are useful.
The larger, more powerful kits often include what’s known as ‘Tank and Mod’ kits and are made up of two parts: The battery module or “mod”, and a tank which holds your e liquid and is attached or screwed into the mod which delivers the power to it.
The Geekvape Aegis L200 kit is a good example of this type of kit. The mod is capable of delivering up to 200W of power (although this is massive overkill as most users would run it at the 50-90W range), and the tank that comes with it is designed for high airflow, great flavour and big clouds. Ever stop at the lights and see a massive plume of vapour coming from the car in front? Well that’s most likely coming from this type of device.
These devices are almost always adjustable, i.e. they have a digital display and you can turn the power up and down to find your desired level but generally work best within a specific range. For example the range of coils available for the L200 Kit mentioned above are designed for between 45W and 90W.
Because these kits produce large, thick clouds of vapour, people generally use less nicotine in their liquids than they would in smaller kits. The general rule is: High power > lower nicotine or Low power > Higher nicotine.
At the other end of the spectrum we have the smaller, lower-powered options. These include most “pod” devices such as the Uwell Caliburn G2 kit.
Often marketed as ‘starter kits’ or ‘beginner friendly’ due to their simplicity, they generally don’t have any adjustable power settings like their big brothers we covered earlier. The main benefit of this style is the size of the device. They tend to be slim and discrete and much more pocket friendly.
The trade off for using a much smaller device is that the amount of vapour produced is also much smaller. This is why most people who opt for this style of device tend to use higher strength nicotine liquids in order to balance out the satisfaction from the device.
This is also where nicotine salts become useful. Nicotine salts are much less harsh than traditional freebase nicotine in higher concentrations which allows users to generate a satisfying nic-hit from these low powered kits without the harsh ‘throat-hit’ that would otherwise come from freebase nicotine at the same level. Please see our article: “Nicotine Salts Vs Freebase – Which Nicotine Is Better?” for more information on this topic.
Are you a flavour chaser who wants big clouds and likes to tinker with settings to find the perfect vape? Grab a High-Powered Kit and don’t use too much nicotine in your liquids
Instead prefer something discrete and simple that you just fill and vape? Grab a Lower-Powered Kit, use Nicotine Salts, and bump up the nicotine content to find your satisfactory level.
Still confused? We are always happy to help, check out our contact page and reach out to us via email or phone or just come in to our Sydney vape store at 239 Marrickville Road, Marrickville for all your vaping needs and inquiries.