When you first start vaping, everyone is going to have advice for you. And we do mean everyone. From which e-cigarette you start out with to which e-juices you should try, you are going to get hit from all angles by experienced vapers who want to show you the ropes.
We want to stress that this is not a bad thing. One of the things that makes the vaping community so amazing is that it’s very welcoming, and there will always be someone around to give you a hand if you need help. It can be confusing to get the hang of vaping at first, so this will come in handy and you should take advantage of the knowledge that other vapers have and use it to your benefit.
However, you should also learn to sift through the good advice and the bad advice that you receive, because there are undoubtedly going to be some vapers who think that they know everything simply because they have been vaping for more than a few weeks. And they will try and fill your head with information that won’t necessarily be the best info for you.
You should always trust your gut, and if something doesn’t sound quite right, you should research it further to double check what you have been told. It’s how you will learn more about vaping and how you will avoid some of the mistakes that vapers make when they’re first starting out.
You should also keep a close eye and ear out for some of the bad advice that you are sure to receive when you’re just getting started. Here are just a few examples of some things that should go in one ear and out the other.
1. “You need to buy the most expensive vaping device on the market to get the best experience.”
Most vape shops are great about working with new vapers and showing them their entry-level vaping devices, but every now and then, you’ll get a vape shop that is only looking after itself when it comes to helping a newbie pick out an e-cigarette. These types of shops might try and push a more powerful device on you for the sake of making a few extra bucks.
But the truth is that a powerful vaping device isn’t going to do much for you if you don’t know how to operate it properly. And unless you’re willing to put in time and effort to learn all about the device, you’re probably going to end up feeling overwhelmed when you use it. It could even deter you from wanting to learn more about vaping.
When you’re first starting off, you should go with a device that you feel comfortable with, regardless of the price or the power behind it. This will help you to acclimate yourself to the vaping experience and to gradually learn more about the vaping device you are using.
2. “You should vape with the highest nicotine level you possibly can.”
In most areas of life, choosing the “extra strength” option of something is almost always a good idea. After all, if a regular pill can get rid of a headache in 10 minutes, can you imagine what an extra strength pill will do for you? It will knock that headache out in no time!
That’s not a bad approach to take in other situations, but when it comes to e-juices, you should always select the lowest nicotine level for your specific needs. If you are not a smoker, an e-juice without any nicotine at all might be your best bet. But if you have smoked in the past, you might be able to handle something with a little bit more nicotine in it.
Regardless, it’s always better to try an e-juice and then move up nicotine levels if you have to, rather than trying an e-juice with a lot of nicotine in it and getting hooked on that amount. So resist your natural urge to go with the e-juice with more nicotine in it and start low instead.
3. “You should stock up on a bunch of e-juices right away.”
There are so many delicious e-juices on the market right now, so when you walk into a vape shop for the first time or check out a vape shop’s website, you will likely want to try everything. And while it’s never a bad thing to have plenty of options, you should probably slow down when it comes to buying your first batch of e-juices.
You’re going to want to experiment with different e-juices to find what you like, but the last thing you want to do is buy 10 e-juices that taste like cream only to realize that you don’t like the taste of these kinds of e-juices. Rather than buying everything in sight, why not buy four or five bottles of different e-juices to see which ones you prefer?
This will help you to avoid vaper’s tongue (this is a very real thing, beginners!), but it will also help you to try out a range of e-juices to find what works best for you.
4. “You shouldn’t buy into all those bogus news reports about battery safety.”
As you might imagine, we can’t stand the fact that a lot of people automatically think about the news stories about e-cigarette batteries blowing up when they think about vaping. Those stories are terrible PR for the vaping industry and make all of us look bad.
But we do need to stress that you must be careful when it comes to your e-cigarette batteries. We have broken down how to do this in the past, but in general, you always want to make sure your batteries are installed properly. You also want to make sure you charge your e-cigarette the right way and remove it from the charger when you’re not around.
You should always be mindful about the fact that you are using a device that is powered by a battery, and you should treat it accordingly. By taking the proper precautions, you should have no problem avoiding the battery-related problems that some other vapers have experienced.
5. “You can use cheap vaping products and they’ll work just as well as any other ones.”
When you vape, you’re going to need to invest in quality products to do it. From the e-cigarette that you ultimately decide to use to the bottle or bottles of e-juice you buy, you should only purchase products manufactured by legitimate companies.
You will have plenty of cheaper options, but these options won’t deliver the kind of taste you should get when you vape. They may also end up being harmful to your health in the long run. And at the end of the day, you might not actually enjoy vaping if you use substandard products. So why risk it just to save a few bucks?