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The 6 Things Every Vape Beginner Should Know

The 6 Things Every Vape Beginner Should Know

Are you thinking of giving vaping a try but don’t know where to start? Are you a vape beginner shopping around for your first device and/or first vape juice? If so, then this is the blog for you. In it, we break down the six things every vape beginner should know when shopping for their first device or when starting this brand new and exciting hobby. But, before we get started, let’s begin by first defining what vaping is. 

Table of Contents:

  1. What is Vaping?
  2. What Do I Need To Vape?
  3. 1. Don’t Get Put Off By The Terminology
  4. 2. Know The Main Types of Vape Devices Available
  5. 3. There are Two Kinds of Nicotine
  6. 4. When Vaping, Don’t Vape Like You Used to Smoke
  7. 5. Transiting to Vaping Isn’t Always Smooth Sailing
  8. 6. Learn About VG/PG Ratios
  9. Conclusion

What is Vaping?

Vaping is the act of using an electronic cigarette to inhale the vapor that may or may not contain nicotine and flavors. It is an alternative to cigarettes. It was invented in 2003, and since then, it has become a global phenomenon that gives smokers an alternative way of inhaling and dealing with their nicotine addiction. 

What Do I Need To Vape?

In order to vape, you need the following: an electronic cigarette and vape juice. Electronic cigarettes come in many different shapes and sizes, and we’ll talk about this further below, but basically, you need to add the vape juice to the vape device you plan on using in order to vape. And that’s basically it; that’s the only two things you need in order to vape, so let’s get started with the six things every vape beginner needs to know.

1. Don’t Get Put Off By The Terminology

First things first, as you do research, you’ll come across many acronyms that may or may not make sense at first. Don’t worry; this is only natural. In the vaping world, there are also many interchangeable terms. For example, “vape” could refer to vape juice, to your device, or the act of vaping (to vape). Below you can find some of the most common definitions you need to know as a beginner:

  • Atomizers: Atomizers are the containers that house the coil and wicking material and where the vape juice turns into vapor.
  • All Day Vape: A vape juice you can vape on all day. A flavor of vape juice you won’t get tired of trying all day.
  • Coils: The vape parts that heat up thanks to the battery and evaporates 
  • RBAs: RBAs stand for rebuildable dripping atomizers, a type of vape device that allows the user to build his/her own coils. 
  • Resistance is the unit of measure determining how much vapor and how hot the coils become and produce. 
  • MTL: it means mouth-to-lung. It could either mean the technique, whereas one vapes first by inhaling into the mouth and then into the lungs. Or it could also mean MTL devices that are low-powered and perfect for the MTL technique.
  • DTL: Direct-to-lung. It could either mean the inhaling technique where one inhales directly into the lungs, or it could mean the more powerful DTL devices that create lots of vapor and must be vaped directly to the lungs.  
  • Vaper: A person who vapes.

As always, we won’t be able to cover all of the terms that exist in the vaping world; however, you can visit our handy vaping glossary, which you can find here if you stumble upon a term you don’t know. So, now that you know some of the basic terms let’s move forward with the next thing you should know.

2. Know The Main Types of Vape Devices Available

Every vape beginner should be aware of the main types of vape devices available to them. By knowing these devices, you can better understand which one will fit your goals the best. There are three types of devices that every vaper should know these are:

  • Disposable Devices: Devices that are relatively cheap. There is no need to charge them or fill them with vape juice since they come ready to be used right from the packaging. Once you use them, you must throw them away. 
  • Pod Systems: Pod systems are small vapes that need to be charged, but instead of being filled with vape juice, use pods that come prefilled with vape juice. The most popular brand of these vapes is the JUUL vape device. 
  • Sub-ohm Devices or Box Mods: Named box mods because they use box-like containers where the batteries are housed; these devices are high powdered and use coils with very low resistances (or that are sub-ohm, hence the name). They tend to be more expensive.  

3. There are Two Kinds of Nicotine

As a beginner, you should also know that there are two kinds of nicotine. One of them is called the freebase nicotine, which is the most common one. Nicotine strengths for this type of nicotine range from 0mg all the way to 18mg, with the most common strength being 3mg and 6mg. This nicotine is what is used in traditional vape juice. 

The other kind of nicotine is nicotine salts. Which are liquid as well; they do not look or taste like salt. Salts refer to their chemical structure. On the other hand, Nicotine salts have very high amounts of nicotine ranging from 25mg all the way to 50mg. 

Freebase nicotine is most commonly used with sub-ohm or box mods devices since they burn hotter and quickly evaporate and drive the nicotine to the bloodstream. There’s also the fact that freebase nicotine becomes unbearable and difficult to inhale at higher strengths, which is why it has such low strengths. 

However, with nicotine salts, which the creators of the JUUL recently invented, you can vape the high strengths of nicotine salts without any discomfort. However, they only work in low powered devices like the JUUL or in pod systems, since if you tried to vape, let’s say 25mg of nicotine salts in a box mod, due to the high power of these devices, the nicotine salts would enter the bloodstream very quickly and would make you cough uncontrollably since your body would absorb too much nicotine too quickly. 

4. When Vaping, Don’t Vape Like You Used to Smoke

Another major thing to remember is that vaping is completely different from smoking cigarettes, and it requires different techniques. The most important thing to remember when vaping is that you have to inhale softly and slowly. Unlike cigarettes, where the harder you pull or inhale on the cigarette, the more smoke you create, with vaping, you’ll not only create more vapor, but you might flood the chimney and cause a vape juice leak or even spit back that burns your throat, lips, and your tongue. So when vaping, remember to inhale softly and slowly instead of hard and fast. 

5. Transiting to Vaping Isn’t Always Smooth Sailing

If you are a smoker that is transitioning into vaping, the transition won’t always be smooth sailing. First, you’ll probably cough on your first try of the e-cigarette since your body is new to the sensation of vapor. You might also find yourself coughing out of nowhere even if you are not vaping since your body is getting rid of the toxins cigarettes produce. You might get dry mouth from vaping too much, which is why you need to stay hydrated, and lastly, but more importantly, you might get discouraged and feel as if the e-cigarette is not working. If this happens, we recommend that you try a higher-strength nicotine vape juice or try nicotine salts. Transitioning into vaping takes time, and you might fail a couple of times, but if you manage to do it, the money you’ll save alone by vaping will be well worth the effort. 

6. Learn About VG/PG Ratios

As a beginner, you need to learn about VG/PG ratios. To simplify this topic, you need to know that your vape juice is composed of four ingredients: vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), nicotine (which is optional), and artificial flavorings. Vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol might be the two most important ingredients since they determine the experience you have while vaping. 

In short, more VG in your vape juice means that the clouds will be bigger and thicker and will provide a more clean and smoother throat hit or throat sensation when the vape is inhaled. More PG in your vape juice means that there will be a more harsh throat hit, but the vape juice will be more flavorful. When picking a vape juice for the first time, you should ask the clerk what the ratio of the vape juice is depending on the type of experience you’re looking for. 


We hope that you are able to put these six tips to good use when you begin your vaping journey. Remember to not be put off by the terminology; while there are many terms you won’t understand right away, with a little bit of practice, you’ll soon find yourself using vaping lingo. Remember also that you might have difficulty transitioning from cigarette smoking to vaping. This is completely normal; our best advice is to not give up and experiment with different vape juices with different VG/PG ratios, maybe try out nicotine salts, or change your device. Like with any hobby, experimentation is key to find the perfect vape you’ll absolutely love.


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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