There’s a lot to learn and a lot to get used to when you first start vaping. This is especially true for smokers who switch to vaping for the first time.
There are plenty of things you have to learn about vaping etiquette and practice before you get a feel for what the vape life really entails. If you want to benefit from everything vaping has to offer, you’ll need to do some research and learn the ropes.
The first step to a positive vaping experience is avoiding the common pitfalls that rookie vapers tend to fall in to. The best way to do this is to learn from the mistakes of past vapers that have tried and failed before you.
It’s certainly okay to make mistakes while you’re still learning, but it’s even better if you can avoid them altogether. So, without further ado, here are 5 common rookie vaper mistakes you should avoid if you want to have a positive experience with ecigarettes.
Vaping Without Permission
For many smokers, one of the things that makes ecigarettes so alluring is the freedom of being able to vape in more public places. However, it is still important to be respectful of those around you and adhere to local public vaping bans.
Some new vapers just assume that, because it doesn’t produce any smoke, they can use their ejuice wherever and whenever they want. But this isn’t the case; you should always ask before vaping indoors anywhere besides your own home, and you should always be mindful of any unwitting children or adults who might be in the path of your vapor.
Also, many parks, campuses, and entire cities have banned vaping in all the same places that smoking are banned. Whether or not you agree with the laws, it’s important to respect them. Make sure to check the local vaping laws and ordinances before using your ecigarette in any place that you are unsure about.
Not Having a Backup
Unlike a pack of cigarettes, most ecigarettes require extra maintenance and equipment to work. If you don’t plan ahead, you might find yourself with a dead battery or empty tank and be tempted to buy a pack of smokes instead.
To avoid the hassle and temptation, you should always be prepared in case something happens to your vape. It’s a good idea to carry extra batteries, extra e-liquid, and even an extra e-cigarette in case you find yourself in a bind.
Many vapers keep a handy vape travel case for these supplies so they always have them on hand. Many also have one or two backup e-cigarettes, usually older or cheaper models they can use if their preferred vape is out of service for any reason.
Another common mistake new vapers make is not sampling the range of options that the vaping world has to offer. In fact, studies show that one of the main reasons smokers give up on e-cigarettes is because they don’t try different varieties.
Many people start with disposable cig-a-like devices, like Blu, which more closely mimic the feeling and habit of smoking. However, these first-generation ecigarettes are very limited and don’t have a fraction of the features and power that second-generations devices like mods have to offer.
Because of this, some new vapers who have only tried cig-a-like’s give up, not realizing that there is a vast number of different, literally thousands of e-cigarette styles and flavors to choose from. They give up at the first inconvenience instead of looking for a type of vape that fits their needs.
Not Knowing Battery Safety
Many of the e-cigarette fires and explosions you hear about are a result of an ignorant vaper who was not practicing proper battery safety. This is why, if you’re a new vaper, it’s very important to educate yourself about how to handle and charge your e-cigarettes battery (or batteries) right.
You should always take care when transporting or handling your batteries in any way. Keep loose rechargeable batteries in a plastic case, not loose in your bag or pocket. Never let them come into contact with metal, including loose keys and coins.
Always discard your battery if you notice any scratches, tears, or other damage. If you have removeable batteries, it’s better to charge them in a separate battery charger instead of your e-cigarette. If you have a vape pen or mod with a built-in battery, never use it while it’s plugged in and take care to unplug it as soon as it’s charged to full power.
In the worst case scenario, damaged batteries can overheat and catch fire or explode. While this is a rare occurrence, it’s still important to take every precaution you can and handle your batteries with the utmost care.
Not Asking for Help
Now that you know some of the most common rookie vaper mistakes, you should know better than to repeat them. But there’s still lots to learn, so don’t be afraid to ask for help whenever you need it.
There are endless resources online, this article included, designed to help new vapers get their footing. You can visit vaping forums, blogs, and online communities for all types of guides, tutorials, and general advice.
When you need some personal help, don’t be afraid to visit your local vape shop or lounge for some pointers. Most employees are happy to answer questions and help new vapers learn the ropes.
If you avoid these common beginner’s mistakes, you’ll have a much more positive vaping experience. And then, once you feel more comfortable with e-cigarettes and make it past the rookie stage, you’ll be able to pass on your knowledge to the next group of new vapers and help them find their footing, too.