Ever since vaping became a thing circa 2011, the industry has grown in leaps and bounds to become a multi-billion-pound sector. The number of vapers has been on an exponential growth curve since, with the global number of active electronic cigarette users estimated to hit 55 million by 2021, according to stats from market research group Euromonitor. Vaping as a practice, though, has a bit of a basic learning curve every beginner needs to get acquainted with. Otherwise, you risk making some mistakes that could compromise your vaping experience or damage your equipment. Which means with more and more individuals joining the party, the more the potential for these pitfalls. In this post, we outline some common vaping mistakes to be wary of and what you can do to avoid them.
- Opting for Cheap Hardware
When you get started on your vaping journey, you realise there is more to it than you imagined. While vaping can be a cheaper alternative to smoking, that does not mean it’s not without its costs. When they realise things are getting expensive, some vapers are tempted to start cutting corners in the name of cost savings. Sure, we all love to save some money. But when you start skimping on costs with regard to your kits and e-liquids, there will be a price to pay. The phrase ‘cheap is expensive’ definitely rings true when it comes to buying vaping kits. Cheap vape hardware not only compromises your vaping experience, but also doesn’t last long. It can malfunction easily. Even worse, some cheap devices are health hazards due to bad manufacturing. While budgets do differ, we always advise our customers to hold off on buying and save up just a little more to invest in authentic equipment. If you have knowingly or unknowingly bought counterfeit spare parts for your bike, vehicle, or other machinery, then you know the drawbacks that come with cheap equipment. It is no different in vaping.
- Vaping like a Smoker
If you are a former smoker, you might be used to hard, quick puffs. Vaping is different, though. If you vape in this manner, the throat hit you get from the juice will be underwhelming and the vapour won’t be as cloudy as it should be. Vaping likes a more patient approach – that of relatively longer, softer inhales before you blow out the vapour. This delivers better satisfaction and results in more decent clouds.
- Choosing the Wrong Juice
If it’s your first time vaping, it is easy to fall into the pitfall of choosing e-liquids based on how good they look while ignoring their ‘genetic makeup’. In other words, the ratio of VG to PG is very important and before you buy your first device (let alone e-liquid) you should find out what these words mean. If the vapour is subdued, or you find that you get a sore throat when you vape, it might be a good idea to up your VG (vegetable glycerine) ratio. If in doubt, you can always give us a ring or send an email and our support team will address that and all questions you may have.
- Dry Vaping and Burnt Coils
Dry hits are another common mistake many new vapers make. A dry hit is an occurrence that happens when you take a draw from your vaporiser without enough vape juice in the tank or coil. You know it’s a dry hit when you get a dry, burning sensation in the mouth and throat. Similarly, vaping without allowing enough time for e-juice to saturate the wick leads to burnt vape coils, resulting in a repugnant burnt taste in the mouth. This especially happens when you install a new coil or when your device has been lying idle for an extended period of time. The solution for burnt coils is known as priming – the process of soaking your cotton wick with e-liquid prior to vaping.
In closing, we can say vaping has the potential to be a feel-good habit if you do things right. To avoid some of the most common vaping problems, follow these tips and you should be home and dry.