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How to Use a Vape For The First Time

How to Use a Vape For The First Time: A Brief Overview

Vaping is straightforward. But it’s not the same as smoking. While many people believe the two are interchangeable, this is entirely wrong. For starters vaping has different devices, and each device has its requirements. In today’s blog, we quickly and briefly explain how to vape two of the most popular beginner vape devices for the first time like a complete pro. 

Table of Contents:

  1. What Kind of Vape Do You Want To Use?
  2. How To Use a Disposable For the First Time?
  3. How To Use a Pod System For the First Time?
  4. Conclusion

What Kind of Vape Do You Want To Use?

Before we can teach you how to vape for the first time, you have to know what type of vape you plan on using since the vape you choose will dictate your experience and how you will vape. In vaping, there are three significant devices: disposables, pod systems, and box mods.

Disposables are vape devices that are widely available and are the easiest to use. You don’t have to fill them with vape juice, and you also don’t have to charge them. They come prefilled and precharged and have zero buttons, so all you have to do is inhale, and they start working. Once they run out of battery or vape juice, you throw them out. 

Pod systems are one level above disposables, but they are similar in shape. Small and compact, these vape devices are great for travel, but you do need to charge them and fill them with vape juice. Some of them require pods that come prefilled with vape juice, while some come with open pods that allow the user to refill them with vape juice without buying new pods. 

Box mods are the more powerful out of the three but are also bulkier and bigger. They are not ideal for taking with you outside your home because of their size, but they create large plumes of vapor and have longer-lasting battery life. 

We recommend you stick with the first two pod systems and disposables since these are the easiest to use for beginners. 

How To Use a Disposable Vape Pen For the First Time?

Although you might think this should be a fairly straightforward affair, it's a little more complicated than expected. While it is true that most disposable products don't have buttons and all you have to do is inhale to get it to work, you also need to consider technique and how much nicotine you will be using. 

There are two types of vaping inhale techniques: mouth to lung and direct to lung. The mouth to the lung is used for disposables and pod systems. Mouth to lung works as follows: You want to slowly and softly inhale from your disposable vape device into your mouth, wait a few seconds, and then inhale into your lungs. This technique is entirely different from smoking, in which inhaling hard and fast creates more smoke. In vaping, at least, in the mouth to lung devices (disposables and pod systems), slow and soft is better to generate more vapor. Then there is the issue of how much nicotine you should use. 

Most disposables nowadays use nicotine salts, one of the two nicotines available in vaping (to learn more about nicotine salts, you can check out this blog over here). Nicotine salts differ from the traditional form of nicotine (called freebase nicotine) in that they are more potent. 

That means that you might find 25mg or even 50mg in a disposable device while you'll only find 18mg of freebase nicotine in a box mod. So when vaping for the first time, you need to decide which nicotine strength works better for you.

Since disposables only offer 25mg and 50mg, some people find it too strong and opt for a pod system that can use both types of nicotine. 

How To Use a Pod System For the First Time? 

Right from the box, the first thing you'll want to do is charge your pod system. This can take a couple of hours depending on the type of vape you bought, but after charging, you'll want to fill it with vape juice if it comes with an open pod, but if it comes with a closed pod, which is a pod you buy separately that already comes with vape juice, all you have to do is insert it. 

With an open pod, you'll need to fill it with your vape juice, which is the perfect opportunity, if you found the nicotine of the disposable to be too harsh, to try out a low nicotine strength of freebase nicotine which most vape juices are made out of. 

If the device has buttons, read the manual to see how it works, but if it doesn't, try pressing the firing button five times to turn it on. Once it's on, a light should flash green, often meaning the device is fully charged. After prolonged use, the light will start to flash red, indicating the battery has been drained. 

No inhale and press the firing button simultaneously, and use the mouth-to-lung technique of slow and soft, and you're in business. You are now a full-fledged vaper.


Although this brief overview for beginners does not go into too many details about all specifics, we hope it gives you a quick idea of using a vape device for the first time. We hope you consider your nicotine type and strength before buying a vape to have the best possible vaping experience. 


EjuiceDB articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them. Furthermore, Vaping products and nicotine use are only meant for persons over the age of 21.

Children, breastfeeding and pregnant women, persons with risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or that take medications especially for depression or asthma should not use nicotine or vaping products. Always consult a licensed physician prior to use.

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Andres Roman

Andres Roman is a content writer with 3+ years of experience, a former 3 pack a week smoker who used vaping to kick the habit, he now wants to educate the world about vaping. You can find him on Linkedin and Twitter.