Hey all you awesome vapers out there. Chris here at Koko Fulton. This will be the first part of “Tips for new Vapers” in the Koko blog. Now, being that most new vapers have little to no knowledge of vaping, I will use language that will be as simple as possible. I will also attempt to add pictures when necessary to illustrate. And when I get a bit technical, I will attempt to explain as completely as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to message me or any of the Koko Krew on the website, Facebook, or you can just call in and we will be happy to answer. So let’s get to it.
First a simple explanation of a basic vape pen.
You have 3 parts to your basic vape pen. The battery, tank, and coil/wick.
The battery: Provides power to the coil. They are often single setting devices that only require that you push the button to begin vaping.
The tank: Sits on top of the battery and holds your vape liquid. These can vary in size but are basically the same for most devices.
The coil/wick: The business part of the device. This is the part that actually heats up and creates the vapor. It is typically a wire coil with a cotton wick tucked into it to allow the vape juice to flow through it. The coil can vary in size and power but function in the same basic manner.
Now to explain how it all comes together to create vapor. You press the button on the side of the battery. The battery sends power to the coil which heats up to the vaporization temperature of the juice. The juice is drawn in through the wick from the tank and vaporizes on contact with the coil. While holding the button down, draw in like you would on a cigarette. When you have inhaled to your satisfaction, release the button and the device will stop producing vapor. Simple as that. Here is a breakdown of a basic vape pen. From top to bottom: Tank, Coil, Battery. (This particular device is the Kanger EVOD 650mah from a basic blister pack)
This is the usual starter for a new vaper. It works well and is very simple to use. Of course as you continue to vape this may become less desirable as you come to enjoy vaping more and want bigger “clouds”. But for a beginner, I would always suggest one of these. The bigger the vape, the more involved and difficult to work it becomes. But we will get into that in later blogs.
Now let’s talk about E-Juices.
All of our E-Juice selections will work in any of our tanks. But finding the right juice for you can seem overwhelming, as we have over 150 different flavors. But don’t be alarmed. This is so that you can be sure to find a juice that you will enjoy. There are a few things to consider when choosing a new juice. So let’s go over the main ingredients in E-juice.
There are only 4 ingredients in E-Juice. Propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavoring, and nicotine. But what are those things you may ask.
Propylene Glycol: (PG): This is a colorless liquid which is nearly odorless but has a slight sweet taste. This organic compound is used in a number of things we use every day. From medicine and vitamins to food items like soda and ice cream. A slight number of people may have an allergic reaction to PG which is usually minor. Some people complain of dry skin around the lips or tightness in the chest and throat. If you find that you have any of these symptoms, look for e-juice that has lower or no PG and instead go for a higher “VG” based juice.
Vegetable Glycerin: (VG): This is another colorless, odorless liquid that has a sweet taste. It is another organic compound that’s used in almost everything we use on a daily basis. It is a major food additive that is used in place of sugar to give a sweet taste to anything that must be low sugar. It is also used in medicine and personal care products, such as cough syrups, toothpaste, mouthwash, skin care products, and many others. This ingredient to e-juice rarely causes allergic reactions and if you have a PG allergy, it is recommended that you use a max VG or 100% VG juice.
Nicotine: This is the only part of e-juice that is not used in daily products. It is a stimulant that is a natural part of tobacco. This is the addictive part of cigarettes that causes the withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking. This additive is used so that smokers can use vaporizers as a substitute for cigarettes so that the withdrawal symptoms will be lessened. This is usually measured in milligrams or mg or can be listed by percentage. There are multiple levels of strength, ranging from 0mg/0% to 24mg/2.4%. Some e-juices have a higher nicotine content but the 0-24mg range is most common.
Flavoring: This usually consists of natural flavors derived from essential oils. Occasionally an artificial flavoring agent is used but these are still the same artificial flavors that you would consume in any food product that is artificially flavored. This, like PG and VG, is something that is already consumed on a nearly daily basis.
So there you have it. A very basic breakdown of vaping. Of course there is a whole world of information beyond this. In the future, I plan to elaborate on this with explanations for sub ohm vaping and RDA’s. But that will have to wait for another day. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please use the comment section in this blog. I will try to answer every question as completely as possible. Have a great vape day everyone!