This is a wonderful time to be a new vaper because you’ve never had more options for vape starter kits than you do right now. If you want to find a vape kit that feels like smoking a cigarette, you can find it – and if you want something that produces a bit more vapor, you can find that too. Every person has slightly different priorities, and the enormous product variety ensures that you’ll have no trouble finding something perfect for you. The only challenge is knowing what’s perfect for you if you’ve never vaped before – and that’s where this article is going to help.
Are you a vaping newbie looking for your first vape starter kit? This is the article for you. In this buyer’s guide, we’ll walk you through the process of buying your first vaping device when you aren’t sure what you want. Let’s begin!
Why We Only Sell Refillable Vape Starter Kits
Although you may not have purchased your first vape starter kit yet, it’s likely that the kits here at VapeJuice.com aren’t the first that you’ve ever seen. Since most tobacco retailers carry e-cigarettes, you’ve seen them just about everywhere – at convenience stores, gas stations, supermarkets and more. The big difference between those kits and the ones that you can buy here, though, is that we only sell refillable vaping devices.
So, why is that? Obviously, it’s much easier to use a vaping device with pre-filled pods that you can simply use and throw away. Why would we recommend that newbies buy more complicated refillable vape kits?
It all comes down to flavor. When you look at the pre-filled vaping devices in your local stores, you’ll see that they all have very limited flavor selections. That’s because legal regulations prevent companies from releasing pre-filled vaping devices in flavors other than tobacco and menthol. Bottled vape juice, on the other hand, has no flavor restrictions. When you’re faced with the choice of a vaping device with two different flavors and a device with potentially hundreds of different flavors, the decision is obvious. The bit of extra effort involved in using a refillable vaping device is worthwhile if it means that you’re going to have an infinitely better vaping experience.
The other major benefit of using a refillable vaping device is that it costs significantly less than using a prefilled device. Pre-filled vape pods are very expensive for the amount of e-liquid they contain. Bottled e-liquid, on the other hand, is much more affordable. Using a refillable vaping device is always the least expensive way to vape.
How to Choose a Vape Starter Kit for Your Inhaling Style
After the choice between a pre-filled device and a refillable device, the next most important choice that you’ll make as a new vaper is whether you want to buy a device designed for mouth-to-lung inhaling or direct-to-lung inhaling. For new vapers, we strongly suggest starting with a mouth-to-lung vape starter kit because the mouth-to-lung inhaling style is what feels like smoking a cigarette. It’s also the only inhaling style that delivers the same satisfying throat hit as smoking.
The direct-to-lung inhaling style, on the other hand, is something that many experienced vapers enjoy. After you’ve been vaping for a while, you may decide that other aspects of vaping – like the delicious flavors – are more important to you than the throat hit. At that point, you may decide to switch to direct-to-lung vaping because the bigger clouds and lower-nicotine e-liquids will allow you to taste the flavors of your favorite e-liquids more clearly. For now, though, you will probably find that a higher-nicotine vaping setup will make it easier for you to switch successfully to vaping. The best time to start thinking about what you can do to make your vaping experience even better is after you’ve switched successfully.
So, how can you tell if you’re selecting a vape kit that’s designed for mouth-to-lung inhaling? It’s very simple – just look at the device’s mouthpiece. You need something that’s designed to restrict the airflow a bit, just like a cigarette filter restricts airflow. If the mouthpiece is around the same size as a cigarette filter, you’ll probably be very happy with the device.
How to Decide Between a Pod System and a Vape Pen
The next thing that you’ll need to do is choose between a pod-based vaping device and one that uses a traditional tank. For many years, the most popular vaping devices for beginners and experts alike were vape pens and mods with refillable glass tanks. Today, though, pod-based devices like the Uwell Caliburn G and the SMOK Novo 3 have become increasingly popular.
A pod vaping system stores its e-liquid in a translucent pod that you install or remove simply by pushing it into the device or pulling it out. A vape pen, on the other hand, stores its e-liquid in a cylindrical glass tank that screws into threading at the top of the battery. On the surface, those two types of vaping devices may not seem so different from one another. Why should it matter whether your vaping device stores its e-liquid in a pod or a tank? As it turns out, though, the two types of vaping devices will give you very different experiences.
The first thing you need to know about pod systems is because they’re easily the sleekest and most stylish vaping devices on the market. That’s because their pods are designed specifically for them. It’s also because a plastic container can be much thinner than a glass one. Many people find that, compared to pod systems, vape pens look a bit old fashioned. The other thing to consider is that pod systems are the most modern vaping devices currently on the market. They’re designed to give you a good experience with nicotine salt vape juice, and that’s almost certainly the type of e-liquid you’ll use. We’ll discuss that in a bit more detail momentarily.
Although the vape pen is an older type of vaping device, vape pens have two benefits that most pod systems lack. The first benefit is that, if your vape pen has a threaded vape tank, you’re always free to remove that tank and use a different one. That’s not possible with pod systems because those devices are proprietary. Although a vape pen can work with most of the vape tanks on the market, a pod system can only work with the pods designed for it.
The second benefit of vape pens is that, compared to pod systems, they’re often larger and have more powerful batteries. Having a larger battery obviously means that your device will work longer between charges, but the other benefit is that a vape pen can deliver a higher amperage safely and can therefore work with very demanding tanks. Typically, a vape pen can generate much larger vapor clouds than a pod system. If you’re a very heavy smoker with higher nicotine needs than most, you may appreciate a vape pen’s capacity to generate more vapor per puff.
How to Buy the Right Vape Juice for Your Device
The last thing you need to know about buying a vape starter kit is that you can’t start vaping until you have vape juice – so don’t forget to add some to your cart before you check out.
If you’ve spent any time browsing VapeJuice.com or another vape shop, you’re already aware that there are literally hundreds of different e-liquids on the market. How could you possibly choose the right vape juice for your vaping device if you’ve never even vaped before? We have two pieces of advice that may help.
We’ll assume at this point that you’re most likely going to select a pod system as your first vape starter kit. Pod systems are simply the most modern vaping devices on the market, and they’re the devices that new vapers almost always choose. If you’re going to use a pod system, we strongly suggest starting with nicotine salt e-liquid as your first vape juice purchase. Nicotine salt e-liquid is incredibly popular among new vapers because it’s available in higher nicotine strengths than traditional freebase nicotine e-liquid and because it delivers the same satisfying throat hit that you’d get from smoking.
Unless you’re a very infrequent smoker, you should choose the higher 40-50 mg/ml nicotine strength when buying nicotine salt vape juice for the first time. If you feel like you’re getting too much nicotine, you should step down to the lower 20-25 mg/ml nicotine strength.
The last decision you need to make when buying vape juice for the first time is what flavor you’re going to buy – and since you’ve never vaped before, you have no way of knowing what your favorite flavors will be. We suggest buying several bottles of vape juice with your first vape kit. You’re naturally going to want to try a tobacco or menthol e-liquid to try to recapture the experience of smoking, but it’s also a good idea to try an assortment of sweeter e-liquids. Trying several different flavors will help you learn what your preferences are, and it’ll make your second e-liquid purchase even more enjoyable.