Vaping is extremely popular in the U.S. and expected to become even more prevalent in the years ahead. Whether you decided to smoke electronic cigarettes because you’re a transitioning cigarette smoker or just like the taste, smell and texture of vaping, choosing the best vape kit for you in particular is no simple task. In order to help, here are five important tips posed as questions that you should answer before making your choice.
1. Does size matter to you?
When e-cigarettes were first introduced, nearly all of them were modeled after an actual cigarette. The thinking was that if you were going to attract a smoker, you’d need a somewhat comparable product. As vaping became more popular, larger devices became more prevalent. If you prefer something that is discreet and looks a lot like a traditional cigarette, an e-cigarette is a great option, but be mindful that you’ll be limited in terms of the battery and the vapor production.
2. What kind of vaper are you?
This is probably the most important tip because it affects every other decision you’ll make. It’s impossible to know if you’ve never vaped before, so if you get the opportunity to try it before choosing a kit do so. There are two kinds of vapers: direct lung and mouth to lung. A DL vaper inhales directly from the device into his/her lungs, and the MTL vaper fills his/her mouth with the vapor before passing it onto the lungs. There’s no right or wrong approach. It’s a matter of preference.
However, the preference does dictate which kind of vape kit is best for you. Devices for MTL vaping are generally above 1 Ohm, while devices for DL vaping are generally less. Additionally, DL vapers should generally not choose a nicotine level above 6 mg since it can burn the throat and result in poor flavors. Sub-ohm vaping is preferable for low nicotine levels or even no nicotine at all.
3. What level of vapor production do you need?
The amount of vapor that a device can create is essential to your experience. Consider the different expectations of a smoker who prefers a light cigarette and the smoker who prefers a non-filtered cigarette. If your vape kit can’t generate enough vapor, you’re going to feel frustrated, so it’s generally better to opt for vapor production that’s too high than too low. You’ll usually have options to throttle down the production or at least take lighter hits. If the production is too weak, then your options are more complex or perhaps even non-existent.
4. How much capacity do you require?
Vaping requires electricity, so you’ll need a capacity that’s suitable to your lifestyle. If you’re on a jobsite for eight or more hours a day and need a device that will last, then the average person is going to need at least two fully charged batteries on hand. If, on the other hand, you’re in an environment where you can charge as you go—even through a USB port, for instance—then you may be able to get by with just one battery. It all comes down to how much you vape and for how long you’ll be without recharging.
5. Is the kit system complete or a la carte?
Complete systems—whether we’re talking about an e-cigarette or something more sophisticated—are generally more convenient. You just choose one item with a disposable atomizer or perhaps a replaceable coil. A la carte systems are more complex since you have to choose individual components. That’s not particularly convenient for novices, but what is intriguing is that poor choices are often limited to a particular piece rather than the entire system.
Your ability to choose the best vape kit will be directly tied to your experience as a vaper. Novices shouldn’t expect to make the perfect choice. There are just too many options available. As you become more experienced, you’ll learn what you like and what you need. Your tastes will probably also evolve. Enjoy the journey and perhaps gravitate to products that give you the most options moving forward.