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The Top 10 Most Common Vape Beginner Mistakes

Beginning a new hobby can be both exciting and frightening, and as a beginner, you’re bound to make mistakes. But it would help if you didn’t let that deter you from starting, so with that in mind, we decided to put together a list of the most common vape beginner mistakes. Not only to help you avoid the most common vaping mistakes but to give you a better chance of becoming a vaper and leaving cigarettes behind for good. So if you’re ready, let’s get started. 

Table of Contents

  1. Not Doing Research
  2. Not Investing in a High-Quality Vape
  3. Not Choosing The Right Nicotine Level
  4. Getting the Wrong VG/PG Ratio
  5. Choosing a Flavor you Won’t Like
  6. Not Priming Your Device
  7. Not Doing Proper Maintenance
  8. Vaping Like You Used to Smoke Cigarettes
  9. Not Following Vape Etiquette
  10. Not Trying out Different Vape Juices
  1. Not Doing Research

The first mistake newbies make is not doing enough research. They head over to the vape shop and start buying vape devices and vape juices without understanding the vaping basics. Just like with any hobby, you first have to do independent research before diving into vaping. This will save you a lot of grief, time, and money. 

We recommend you first understand the types of vape devices available, how to choose a nicotine level, and how to maintain your vape. These three topics are essential for beginners to grasp, but the more you learn, the better. That way, you’ll be better equipped to make your first vape purchase.

  1. Not Investing in a High-Quality Vape

The second biggest mistake most beginner vapers might make is not spending enough money on their first vape. Buying quality should be the first thing on your mind when stepping into the vape shop. Since you’re most likely a beginner, we recommend you get a pod system. Pod systems are the newest generation of vapes, and they are easy to use. Depending on which pod system you buy, you might need to buy pods or cartridges that come prefilled with vape juice, or you can buy an open pod system that allows you to fill it with vape juice. Again doing your research here is super important since you want a pod system you can take care of. 

We should also add that you shouldn’t buy a mech mod on your first go since these devices require that you know about battery safety, Ohm’s law, and how to build coils. Only experienced vapers should handle these vapes.  

  1. Not Choosing the Right Nicotine Level

Another mistake most beginners make is not choosing the right nicotine level when buying a vape juice, or at least not considering this as a factor. Choosing the right nicotine will dictate your experience. That’s why you must choose the right level. Too much nicotine could make you sick, give you a headache, and cause nausea. Too little nicotine might not be enough to curb your nicotine cravings, making you go back to cigarettes or use them simultaneously with your vape, which is not the right idea. 

To avoid this, we recommend using the following approximations to equate the number of cigarettes you used to smoke to the nicotine level you should buy. So, for example:

  • 0mg of Nicotine: Equals to about a couple of cigarettes on the weekend. 
  • 3mg of Nicotine: Equals to about 5-10 cigarettes a day
  • 6mg of Nicotine: Equals to about half a pack a day
  • 12mg of Nicotine: Equals almost a pack a day
  • 18mg+ of Nicotine: Equals to about a pack a day and more. 

However, you should remember that these are close approximations, and the nicotine level that works for you could be completely different from the ones stated here. You should also consider that there are two types of nicotine: nicotine salts and traditional nicotine used in most vape juices. 

Nicotine salts come with higher nicotine levels (to 50mg), but that’s because they are entirely different than traditional vape juices. So when buying your vape juice, remember to ask if you’re getting nic salts or regular vape juice.

  1. Getting the Wrong VG/PG Ratio

Another small but significant factor when picking your vape juice should know the type of vegetable glycerin, and propylene glycol ratio is. Although most vape juices come standard as 70VG/30PG, it’s essential to understand how each of these ingredients affects your vaping experience. 

For example, vegetable glycerin creates denser clouds and makes for a smooth throat hit, while propylene glycol carries the flavor better and creates a harsher throat hit. For those trying to flavor chase, for example, a higher PG ratio is more appropriate than a high VG level.

  1. Choosing a Flavor you Won’t Like

Believe it or not, this can happen more often than you would like. Many times beginners go with exotic flavors they think they might like but end up hating. We recommend that you first try out the flavor if possible in the vape shop. That way, you don’t end up wasting your hard-earned money on vape juice you’ll end up throwing away. 

  1. Not Priming Your Device

If your device has replaceable coil heads, you must always, before using the coil, prime it to burn and go to waste. Luckily priming is easy. Before beginning to vape, all you have to do is drip a couple of drops of your vape juice on the cotton inside the coil and wait ten minutes or longer (tops 15 minutes). This will ensure your coil is saturated before you take your first hit.  

  1. Not Doing Proper Maintenance

Taking care of your vape equipment will affect the lifespan of your device and the flavor you get. That’s why it’s so important to clean it thoroughly, especially when you plan on filling it with new vape juice. 

If you have a pod system, you probably won’t need to worry about this. If you bought a box mod, remember to clean the tank and all the other pieces you can take apart by letting them soak inside a bowl full of soapy water, then using q-tips get rid of the gunk and dirt that builds up in the parts that make up the tank and the drip tip. 

  1. Vaping Like you Used to Smoke Cigarettes

This is something small, but it could potentially change your vaping experience for the better. By learning to take longer and softer inhales rather than quick and hard draws like you are used to with cigarettes, you’ll be able to enjoy your vape juice and its flavor more accurately. Plus, you’ll also learn to appreciate and blow vast plumes of vapor using this method.  

  1. Not Following Vape Etiquette

Getting a vape means that you can indulge in your nicotine past time without worrying about leaving a smell behind, ashing on floors, or smoking indoors. While this is all true, you should remember to follow vape etiquette. Don’t blow vapor on people’s faces, don’t vape at work (unless you’re allowed), and ask permission before vaping indoors. Vaping has many advantages, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be considerate of others around you. 

  1. Not Trying out Different Vape Juices

Although this might seem like counterintuitive advice (after all, in mistake number five, we told you to choose a flavor you will like), half of the fun of vaping is discovering brand new flavors you never thought you would like. For example, Mountain Dew vape juice might seem like a bad idea on paper, but don’t knock it until you try it. You never know, it could become your all-day-vape. Do this, of course, after you’re more familiar and hip to the vaping world, and you’re sure to become a fan of unexpected flavors you never thought you would like. 


We hope that with this blog, you learn about the most common vaping mistakes to avoid. But it’s key to remember that just like any hobby, the best way to learn is by trial and error, so even if you make some of the mistakes above, remember to get back up and keep trying. Eventually, and with time, you’ll become a vaping expert. 


DISCLAIMER: 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.