Like the baby boomers started booming right after World War 2, the new vapers also started right after 2010. Well, why shouldn’t they? After all, vaping was gaining immense popularity among the youth, middle-aged people, and everyone alike.
Are you also fascinated by the big smoke clouds that one can make with a vape pen? Well, before you start vaping, here are X of the most common mistakes that a beginner in vaping makes. Please read them and make sure that you don’t commit the same ones.
Choosing a Substandard Product
Anyone who is planning to start vaping for the first time thinks of vaping with a cheap product. The beginners in vaping don’t want to invest a hefty sum of money in something that they’ll be using as just a means of pass time.
If you decide to buy cheap vape liquid, then you’ll be compromising with the quality, and this might negatively affect your health. Apart from using substandard vape juice, you shouldn’t also try using vape devices that come at a cheap price and aren’t produced by an authorised dealer/producer. Their circuits might short in between operations, posing you a threat of injury.
Trying to Become a Pro in the First Go
Just like compromising with quality over price point, trying to become a pro at vaping for the first time is not a good idea. There is a whole lot of fancy equipment available on the market for vaping.
You need not purchase every new product available in the market for vaping. So don’t think of starting with a sub-ohm or mechanical mod when you vape for the first time. Instead, you should begin with a cigalike for your first-time vaping experience.
Not Charging on Time
If you were a smoker, you’d take out a cigarette, find a lighter, light up the cigarette, and start smoking right away. Well, you need to know that here, you will not be smoking, but you’ll be vaping. So you need to charge the battery of your vaping device regularly to keep it completely functional.
If you don’t get into the habit of charging your device regularly, then you’ll be stranded with a discharged vape device when you want to vape.
Not Taking Informed Decisions About Nicotine Levels
Well, the vapers who are beginning their vaping journey, most of them couldn’t get over cigarettes. And they take the aid of nicotine to give themselves a cigarette-like experience. Although, there’s no problem in adding nicotine to your e-liquid. But there’s a big problem in adding an uncertain quantity of nicotine, without even knowing its aftereffects.
Read our dedicated blog post on nicotine levels in e-liquids and become an informed vaper.
Not Knowing Why You Want to Vape
Different people vape for different reasons. Some vape for recreation, some people choose to vape because they want to quit smoking, and others want to chase clouds.
For every different motive behind vaping, the vaping industry has different types of vaping devices. If you want to become a cloud chaser, then you should use a sub-ohm mechanical mod. Suppose you want to mimic the feeling of smoking a cigarette. In that case, you should buy a cigalike in the United Kingdom.
We’d insist you to go through our vaping guides to understand about different vaping devices.
They Fail to Prime the Coil
If you don’t prime the coil regularly, it will lead to burns in the coil, or maybe too much of strain.
To prevent this extra burning of the coil, vapers should prime the coil of a vaping device.
For those of you who don’t know about the coils, they are very crucial in providing you with the desired flavour, smoke, and hit.
How Can You Prime the Coil?
You just need to add a few drops of e-liquid to the exposed cotton of a coil. Let the coil absorb the priming e-liquid for a few seconds, maybe a minute. Now fill the e-liquid tank with the e-liquid, and let it rest for a good five to ten minutes. Priming will ensure that your tank is completely soaked, and no extra strain or burn will be there when you start to vape.
New vapers are always looking to experience the unique flavours, and that too more regularly than the experienced vapers. This leads to new vapers changing too many liquids again and again, and that also, with the same coil. Or even worse, they change the e-liquid without even rinsing the tank. This results in the older e-liquid flavour’s smell getting stuck into the tank and the coil.
So here are a few steps to enjoy a new flavour:
- First, use your coil entirely with the former e-juice.
- Rinse the tank thoroughly with water.
- You can also buy different tanks for different flavours of your choice.
Don’t be a Pain for Others
Well, the research has already proved that vaping is safer than smoking, and second-hand smoke might not cause health problems to those inhaling it. But does it mean that you’ll always vape and let other people handle the vapour? No, that’s not how it should be. You need to ask the formal consent of people sitting with you before you begin to vape in public in the UK.
Alternatively, it’s a great idea to get your space cleared, or go to a different place where there are fewer people who don’t smoke or vape.
Also, you shouldn’t become a preacher cum lawyer of the vaping concept. Yes, we know that it’s incredible that you skipped the carcinogens from smoking, and you have found a healthier alternative than smoking.
Phew…!! You made it to the end, congrats…!! These were the top mistakes that beginners make when they start to vape for the first time. Make sure you read these mistakes religiously and not commit these same ones. Also, try out our new vaping devices and e-juices available at Punkmonkey.co.uk
Are you new to vaping and boggling your mind with absolutely new terms? Are you struggling to walk and talk along with your friends openly about vaping because you might say the wrong vaping term?
Well, you need not worry because this article has the sole purpose of decoding the whole vaping glossary, so you can feel more comfortable while talking about vaping in public.
Here are some of the most basic vaping glossaries you should be familiar about. Go through all of them to not feel left out.
Vaping Terms You Need To Know, Right Now…!!
APV (Advanced Personal Vapouriser) - These are also called vape mods, or advanced e-cigarettes. They come with batteries bigger in size than the general ones. Another plus point of having these is that you can change the voltage or wattage as per your preference.
Atomiser - The electronically thermal component in the vape devices that turn the e-juice into vapour.
All Day Vape (ADV) - This term is used to signal the fact that a particular vape juice is so good that one can vape it all day long, without exhaustion.
Airflow - The volume of air trapped inside an atomiser is called the airflow of a vape device. If the airflow is plenty, then a nice cloud can be formed. On the contrary, if you keep the airflow tight, you can experience a more intense flavour.
Ass Juice - A slang term for a horribly tasting e-juice for an e-cigarette.
Breathing - To produce a better taste, e-liquids are left uncovered in the air, so the alcoholic content in them dries out. The process is termed as ‘breathing’.
Cartomiser - A duo of cartridge and atomiser is the cartomiser. It has the tank and the heating coil. Also, they are purely disposable for better usability.
Cartridge - This holds the e-juice for the vaping kit. The battery is attached to this same cartridge.
Cigalike - If one were speaking slang language, they would call an electronic cigarette by this name. Cigalikes come handy for most of the users who are just starting to vape.
Cloud Chasing - When an e-smoker tries to make the biggest of vape clouds while vaping, it is called cloud chasing. Many vaping enthusiasts gather up and host a competition that crowns the #1 cloud chaser in the community.
Coil - It's a metal wire that's a part of the circuit in a vaping device. The coil heats up the e-liquid and produces the vapour essential for every cloud chaser out there.
Disposable - As the name suggests, this type of e-cigarette is disposable. These are not refillable and just 'use and throw' type.
Drip Tip - This is an accessory for the vaper's mouthpiece. With a Drip Tip, the e-liquid directly drops over the atomiser, creating a better flavour.
Dry Hit - If you want to burn all the impurities in your atomiser, you'll have to fire it without any e-liquid. This is called a Dry Hit.
Dragon Coil - This is a coil that comes into existence when the wick is wrapped on to it. It's an upgraded coil for better cloud chasing, even with the restricted airflow.
E-NIC - Synonym for the e-cigarettes.
E-Juice - Slang for the e-liquid that's used in vaping.
Flooding - Do you often hear a gurgling noise coming out from your vape pen? That's probably because you have 'flooded' your vape device. It's slang for overfilling.
Formaldehyde - When people vape at high temperature for too long, Formaldehyde is a carcinogen that appears in the vapour. If it's vaped frequently, it can be too dangerous for your health.
GRAS - It's a shorthand for Generally Recognised As Safe. The FDA uses the term to categorise the vaping devices in the UK that are safe to use.
Glassomiser - As the name suggests, a clearomiser that's made up of glass instead of plastic.
HV (High Voltage) - A vaping device or a vape pen that is functional on a range that's more than 3.7 Volts.
Heat Sink - Layers projecting out from an atomiser or a vaping device to disperse the extra heat that builds up in the device.
ICR - It's a term for the battery of vape devices that are made from Lithium. I = Ion; C = Cobalt; R = Rechargeable.
IMR - This is also a term for the vape battery, made up of Lithium. I = Ion; M = Manganese; B = Battery.
Juice - Just another term for e-liquid.
Kick - "Does this vape give you a good kick?" Kick is used as slang instead of a throat hit.
Leaking - As the name suggests, this is a term that's used to describe the situation when the e-liquid is leaking/coming out of the vape tanks, atomisers, or cartomiser. If the e-liquid accidentally goes into the battery, the batteries might stop functioning.
Li-Po - Batteries that are reusable and are made of Lithium and Polymer.
mA (milli-Ampere) - This denotes the charges of a vaping device. For the nerds, it's 1/1000th of an Ampere (unit of current).
Manual - The names make everything clear. This is a type of e-cigarette that has a button. Without pressing that button, the vapour will not be produced.
Mechanical Mods - These are vape mods that don't have any regulatory wires. These are completely manual.
Milligram Strength - This is used to analyse the strength of an e-liquid in terms of nicotine. The MG strength denotes how much of nicotine (in mg) is present in 1 mL of an e-liquid.
Mouthpiece - The tip of any vaping device that touches the mouth of any user. Through the mouthpiece only, people inhale the vapour.
Nicotine Level - The name makes it pretty clear, this means the amount of nicotine in any e-juice.
NRT - It's a shorthand for 'Nicotine Replace Therapy'.
Noob - Are you a Noob in vaping? This term is used to signalise that someone is a newbie in doing something. They are in the beginner's phase.
Ohm - This is the standard unit for resistance. Ohm reading is inversely proportional to the temperature of the vapour from a vaping device in the UK.
Priming - To saturate the wick of a vaping device, a couple of drops of the primer are poured in the atomiser and kept inside it for a good while.
Primer - This is used for priming the atomisers or cartomisers. It's an e-liquid that's often based on Vegetable Glycerin.
Rebuildables - These are tanks or atomisers that are rebuildable on the fronts of their wicks and coils. With these types of devices, vapers can adjust the wattage, voltage, etc.
Ribbon - A flat resistance wire, rather than being rounded. This provides more surface area. This lets the device conduct more heat flow to the e-liquid. Pro vapers believe that the ribbon provides better hit than what a round wire provides.
Smart Chip - It's a chip present in the advanced vaping device to make them function seamlessly.
Smoke Juice - Alternatively, you can call an e-liquid by the name of smoke juice; only to feel cooler.
Sub-ohm Vaping (Sub Ohming) - Cloud chasers use this technique to produce large vape clouds. They use coils that have their ohms rating below 1 ohm.
Sweet Spot - When a vaper succeeds after extensive hit and trial method on fronts of finding the best resistance, e-juice, and MG strength. The amalgamation of all these perfect settings is called the 'Sweet Spot'.
Throat Hit - The feeling when you inhale from a vape pen and the vapour hits your throat, this is called the throat hit.
Toot - When you draw from an e-cig, then we'll say that you have taken a toot.
Vape Safe - Reflective to its name, it is a fuse used in mechanical mods for a shield against short-circuiting.
Vaper's Tongue - When someone vapes for 'too long' their tongue starts to feel a tickling sensation, this is called vaper's tongue.
Wick - It absorbs the e-liquid from the tank to transport it to the heated coil for producing vapour.
Well, now you can call yourself a vaping genius. You've got your degree from the School of McVape. Now, you can easily flaunt your vaping knowledge among your friends and can be a master of vaping jargons yourself.
Vaping is increasingly popular worldwide. Market research data estimates that adult vaping will reach 55 million by 2021. As awareness regarding vaping is expanding and supplies readily available in many places, most people do not want to part with their habits even while travelling.
Travelling is gearing up post-Covid. But while wearing masks and using sanitisers have become a new usual, people who vapes have their concerns. At present, is it possible to travel with vapes? Are there any changes to vaping rules? Can you carry your e-cigarettes without the risk of confiscation and penalties? This article will help you to know all about hassle-free vaping while you move around.
Carrying Vapes Abroad
Although the airline rules have gotten strict after lockdowns, you can easily travel with your device if you follow definite rules and regulations. The vaping guide in the UK made the rules quite clear to their travellers.
The right packing is key to a smooth security check. Ensure you follow all the packing guidelines to avoid any spillage or damage. Here are a few tips to help you through.
Careful packing is one of the most vital parts of your journey with vape equipment.
- A dedicated case is the best protection you can provide to your device. In case you don’t have a casing, wrap your pods, mods, tanks, or any other parts of the device in a soft cloth or bubbles.
- Disconnect the tanks and carry them in the hand luggage.
- The lithium batteries have an increased risk of fire. Detach the batteries from devices to pack in protective containers.
- Seal the terminal of batteries with tapes to prevent any short-circuiting. It’s better to bring new packed batteries.
- At most, you can travel with two batteries that must have a rating of not more than 160 Wh.
- You can keep all your gears in the waterproof pouches to protect them, especially if you’re visiting damp areas, like beaches.
- For e-liquid, the carrying capacity of any container should not be more than 100ml. As per the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority), like other liquids, you have to place the e-juices inside a transparent plastic pouch.
Before starting from home, charge your mods and batteries. You can also use the charging points at the airport but, must remember, charging your device is strictly forbidden when you board the flight.
Know Airport Vaping Rules
Airport vaping rules change from one place to another. You must know about the regulations of every destination or layovers before commencing your journey. Keep in mind that only those airports allow vaping where smoking is permitted. For instance, in the UK, using e-cigarettes is prohibited in many airports.
Since 2013, Heathrow airport started allowing people to vape in a designated area. Birmingham, Bristol, Gatwick, Stansted, and Manchester are the few airports that followed the pattern and allowed vaping likewise. All these airports have specific spaces for vaping that is usually situated outside the terminal building. It means you can not vape once you cross the security control.
For any other country, it is not as simple as vaping in the UK. Be sure to check the airport rules that are mentioned on the various third-party websites. This information will let you track smoking spaces across several airports and help plan accordingly.
Using Vape - Inside The Airplane
Transporting vapes on flights are almost similar across the world. While all airlines permit you to bring equipment, vaping is strictly forbidden on board. Some flights, like British Airways, sell e-cigs in flight but using them inside is not allowed. An exceptional case is Ryanair that permits the purchase and use of their exclusive smokeless e-cigs in-flight. For the rest of the flights, the answer to vaping is negative. If you are confused about the laws, check with the airlines prior to booking.
Familiarise with the International Laws
You have to be sure about the International Vaping Guide associated with the country you are planning to visit. In many parts of the world, you might travel with vapes, but there are a lot of exceptions as well.
- Places that Permit Vaping
Before travelling abroad, get detailed information about the legalities involved with vaping. In some nations, including Austria, Canada, China, France, and Germany, vaping is legal. However, there can be restrictions on where you can vape, such as public places.
- Nations where Vaping is Non-permissible
There are countries where vaping is illegal, and carrying vaping gear can ask for a hefty fine or even serving a jail term. Some of these include:
- Places that Restrict Vaping
While in a few countries there’s no ban on vaping, but there are restrictions related to use and sales. For instance, Australia, Denmark, Japan, and Norway are the nations that do legalise vaping, but you may have trouble finding nicotine-based vape juices.
As vaping laws are continuously changing, it is better to check for the respective rules.
For convenient travel with your e-cigs or vaping device, follow the rules regarding the same. Vaping is not common in all nations as in the UK. So, before blowing clouds in public, remember to show basic courtesy and modesty.
Also, keep in mind rules are subject to change regarding vaping. Check all the regulations regarding the same to avoid any trouble in foreign lands. Ultimately, what matters most is the hassle-free journey without compromising on your daily rituals.
More than ten years ago, UK people got familiar with a set of words like e-cigarettes, vaping, and vape juice. Ever since, the majority of smokers have planned on turning to vape, leaving behind traditional smoking.
But why? Because most people consider e-cigarettes to be a healthier alternative to cigarettes that are full of carcinogens.
Well, people might have moved on from traditional cigarettes. However, they are still unaware of vaping rules and regulations in the UK.
This article brings you a detailed account of where you can vape in the UK and other necessary vaping rules you need to know.
Are there any Age Restrictions for Vaping in the UK?
Yes, sir, there definitely are age restrictions for vaping in the UK. Well, what are they? Let's see them at a glance.
- People need to be over 18 years of age to purchase a vaping device, electronic cigarette, and vaping juice in the UK.
- To avoid minors from taking up smoking as a ''cooler'' stunt, the government has also ordered the advertising agencies and vaping companies to follow a guideline. The guideline is that they cannot display someone who doesn't appear to be older than 25 in a country's vaping advertisement.
All the Restrictions about Vaping Products in the United Kingdom
- Vape juices in the UK cannot contain diacetyl.
- The maximum nicotine strength of vape juices has been preset at 20mg/ml.
- E-Liquid containers cannot be more than 10 ml in volume capacity.
In addition to that, producers of e-cigarettes and vaping devices in the UK have to submit detailed product descriptions to the governing authorities.
Can you Vape in a Pub?
Well, there are no legal guidelines that bar you from vaping in a pub in the UK. But everything's a question of moral ethics and duty. Most pubs in the country do not forbid you from using electronic vaping devices on their premises. Still, you need to respect the choices of people sitting in the pub.
Famous fast-food chains like Starbucks and KFC have put a complete blanket ban over vaping on their premises.
Vaping at Work
If you can or cannot vape at your workplace entirely depends upon what type of work field you are in. Whether you work openly in the field, or in a cubicle, or are closing deals with clients all the time, you can vape or not. It depends on your employer.
If you own a business, it's up to your customers that you can vape or not while you are with them.
Vaping on a Train
Anyone will be a fool if they try to vape on a train. It's considered dangerous as well, as it may make passengers along with you a bit uneasy. Apart from that, vaping is strictly banned on all the trains in the country. In addition to that, vaping is strictly prohibited on all passenger stations in the country.
Vaping on a Flight
Just like regular cigarettes, vape pens are also experiencing a backlash from the airline industry. Vaping on a flight is strictly prohibited. If you think that you can go to the toilet for a sneak peek, just don't act on this sinister thought. Why? Because the smoke alarms in the toilet will go off, and you'll be in an awkward situation.
Although you can carry a vape pen with you on a plane, you can't use it. That's a negative.
Can you Vape while Watching a Football Match?
Well, that depends where you are headed to? If you are thinking about vaping in well renowned and maintained stadiums like the Old Trafford, then no. You can get in trouble for trying to vape in these high-end stadiums.
Talking of some small stadiums, yes you can vape there, but the rules aren't very static there as well.
So what's the safest way to vape in a stadium without getting in trouble? To ask the management about the latest vaping rules.
Vaping on a Cruise
If you wish to vape on a ship, do that in areas that are meant for smoking. Most of the cruise operators have banned cigarettes on their ships, and vaping might be next in the line.
Well, now you know where you can and cannot vape in the United Kingdom. In a vast country like the United Kingdom, where rules and regulations vary from county to county, it becomes difficult to form clear boundaries. Still, we tried to sum up everything on the topic where you can vape in the UK.
The possibilities are boundless, so we'd advise you to get your favourite vape device and enjoy vaping in your safe haven. Which is your favourite vape pen? What are your preferred nicotine levels in e-juice? Do tell us everything. Until then, happy vaping…!!
Are you also boggling your mind over what an e-cigarette is or you are a beginner with vaping and want to know what all different types of e-cigarettes are available on the market? Well, don’t worry, every pro vaper was once a noob and was trying to find answers to a hundred different questions about vaping.
By the end of this post, you’ll have answers to these questions:
- What is an e-cigarette?
- How many types of e-cigarettes are there on the market?
- Which e-cigarette is best for you?
- Are e-cigarettes safe to use?
Let’s take up the first question, and clarify what an e-cigarette is.
What is an e-cigarette?
Unlike a traditional tobacco cigarette, e-cigarettes, as their name suggests, are battery-powered. They could be vaporisers or even normal electronic cigalikes.
Another unique thing about vapes and e-cigarettes is that they have nothing to do with tobacco, lighters, or even ash. These electronic vaporisers use a cartridge or a refillable tank filled with e-juice.
Optionally, you can also add nicotine to your e-liquid that comes with various flavourings. Broadly, e-liquids consist of two main ingredients - vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol. Read more about e-liquids and nicotine strength on our blog.
How many types of E-cigarettes are there?
There are literally a host of e-cigarettes available online, the list could go on and on. Still, we will be concisely mentioning every type of e-cigarette or vapes one could find.
As the name reveals, these are very much similar in design to conventional cigarettes. The whole purpose of these cigarettes is to imitate the overall feel of a traditional cigarette.
Another good thing about these is that they also give you a ‘throat hit’ similar to a conventional cigarette. Although you get the throat hit, that doesn’t come with the harmful carcinogens that are abundantly present in cigarette smoke.
Cigalikes have a battery that may be rechargeable and refills or cartridges that contain all the flavour.
The battery is not so robust and lasts a few hours if used regularly during the day.
Some generous cigalike makers also place a light at the end of the cigarette for it to imitate a real tobacco cigarette.
There are both disposable as well as rechargeable cigalikes available in the market.
Traditional Vape Kits or MTL (Mouth-to-Lung) Vape Kits
If you couldn’t recognise these devices from the name in the heading, try to remember it by reading these names - vape pens, vapes, etc.
These devices come with a more robust battery than that of a cigalike. This means that the vapour created from this device will be denser. Also, the battery lasts longer than a cigalike.
Their vape tank is also refillable with different types of e-liquids. This gets fixed on to the main battery, and the battery heats up the coil to produce vapour.
These devices are great for users who love subtle vapour production and who are fans of flavours, as there is a wide array of e-liquid flavours available for these devices when compared to routine cigalikes.
Sub-Ohm Vape Kits or DTL (Direct-to-Lung) Vape Kits
These sub-ohm kits are direct-to-lung vape kits and are a whole lot more advanced than our former two listings in the article.
Resembling the classic MTL vape kits, these vape kits also have a rechargeable battery and a tank that can be filled with e-liquid.
Sub-ohm as the name suggests use resistance less than one ohm and because of the powerful battery they possess, they are loved by cloud chasers.
You have to adjust the device as per your preference on fronts of wattage and voltage as well to produce the right kind of vapour.
Read more about sub-ohm vaping on our dedicated blog post.
Which E-cigarette is Best for you?
So now you know the different types of e-cigarettes available on the market, but which one is best for you?
Well, it all depends on what type of vaper are you?
Suppose you are a cigarette smoker and want to move towards vaping. In that case, cigalikes are a perfect product to start your vaping journey. These cigalikes will give you the closest feeling of smoking a cigarette. Along with that, they are also easy to use as well as cheap.
If you are a level above from a traditional cigarette smoker, then the classic vapes are the best choice you have. They are more advanced than a cigalike, and easier to operate than a DTL vape pen. Also, if you are a heavy smoker, their long-lasting battery will come in handy for you.
Now, if you are an advanced vaper, don’t even try to go for the above two options. We know that you love smoke clouds and the smooth hit that comes with it.
Choose sub-ohm vaping, if you love to play around with different wattage, voltage, and resistance.
Are E-cigarettes Safe to use?
Well, it all depends on what quality of e-cigarettes you use. If you are buying your supplies from sub-standard sellers, you are vulnerable.
Choose to buy your vaping devices from premium sellers like www.mcvape.co.uk and shield yourself against the risk of sub-standard vape products.
This article was all about the different types of e-cigarettes available on the market, and which one you should be using. Check out a vast range of e-cigarettes available on our online store and order the most suitable vaping kit for you. Which e-cigarette are you utilising today?
So you have gone through our posts that tell you about different styles of vaping, how vaping is better than smoking, and how much nicotine strength you need while you vape. And now, you are more than ready to take the leap of faith, make the switch from smoking to vaping. This article is all about Vaping vs Smoking cost in the UK. By the end of this article, you’ll be able to answer “is vaping cheaper than smoking”, and “how much does vaping cost in the UK”.
The Cost Of Smoking: On Your Pocket
If you are aware of cigarette prices in the UK, you might know that the cigarette prices had gone up since March 2020, when the tax over tobacco was increased in the UK. Analysts believe that one pack of cigarettes would cost anywhere between £12.50 to £13.
For an average smoker who smokes a pack of cigarettes every day, you’ll have to multiply £12.50 with 365, and you’ll get £4562.5. Whoa…!! That’s a whopping cost. You can go on a month-long vacation with that money.
So if you are an average smoker, now you know how much is a pack of cigarettes in the UK worth it? And this is only the cost of smoking on financial grounds. Let’s talk about the medical front here.
The Cost Of Smoking: On Your Health
Do we need to go lengths on how much damage does smoking cause to your health? We think not.
But for the sake of a nerd in you, here’s what smoking does to your health:
A British study shows that over half of the lifelong smokers die of their excessive smoking habit. That’s the cost of smoking too much - death…!!
Although not all smokers die a painful death, some also suffer from chronic diseases like lung cancer and obstructive lung disease.
Cost Of Smoking: On People Around You
You should know that people not only inflict damage upon themselves when they smoke, but they also cause harm to people near them.
An Italian study suggests that thirdhand smoke does inflict as much harm as a firsthand contact with a cigarette’s smoke. And maybe that’s why Wales have already banned public smoking across its geography.
Vaping For Your Health
As per a research report by NHS, vaping is 95% safer than smoking, and that’s the reason why you should consider vaping over smoking.
Apart from the minimal effects of vaping over your health, it’s also known by people that it helps you quit smoking too. Try out MTL vape tanks if you plan to quit smoking, they give you just the feel of smoking a cigarette. Also, you should check out our post on nicotine strength for vaping e-liquids, to help you find the best nicotine for your MTL vape tanks.
Vaping & Your Bank Balance
For novice vapers, who use MTL vaping to mimic a cigarette’s feel, it costs between £15 to £25 for a starter vape kit. How long this kit lasts, depends from user to user, and how frequently they use it. This vaping cost compared to cigarettes is considerably lower.
Even if we combine the cost of e-liquid, vape coils, and all other things that a pro vaper might need, everything adds up to a maximum of £50 per month, and £600 per year. This amount is surprisingly lower than the amount for one pack of cigarettes a day, for an entire year.
Are you still thinking about making the switch? Do it already…!!
Vaping & Environment
We are still waiting for sound research that advocates vaping or smoking over the other one when it comes to environmental damage. But one thing’s for sure, that vaping doesn’t harm the health of those around you by the phenomenon of thirdhand smoke.
Bottom Line: What’s Your Call? And, Some Great Vape Recommendations
So now you know the full cost of smoking as well as vaping cost compared to cigarettes on all levels - financial, medical, and environmental. It’s up to you to decide between one. Until you decide on what’s cheaper, here are the best vape recommendations available on McVape.
MTL Vape Tanks
So you want to quit smoking and start vaping? Here are the best MTL vape tanks for you.
DTL Vape Mods & Tanks
For the experienced vaper in you, try our range of Mech mods and tanks to satisfy the cloud chaser in you.
So you are just planning to buy a vape kit for personal use, and you land on a website to complete the purchase of your vape kit. But now you are super confused and cannot decide if you should go with ‘direct to lung’ vape or ‘mouth to lung’ vaping? That's why we are here to help you determine what's best for you when it comes to vaping. Along with highlighting the right one in the MTL Vs. DTL, we'll also be suggesting you the best hardware for each type of vaping. Without wasting any more time, let's dive into what matters.
Mouth To Lung (MTL) Vs. Direct To Lung (DTL)
It's been years since vaping made a subtle entry and turned into something grand. Still, people are struggling to decide the winner in the MTL Vs. DTL Vaping. Not anymore…!!
Mouth To Lung Vaping
Direct To Lung Vaping
More air-flow in comparison with MTL vaping
Produces less vapour
Produces considerably more vapour than MTL vaping
Power consumption is less for MTL vaping devices; hence they are power efficient
Since DTL vapes produce more vapour than the MTL ones, they require more power
The battery is also smaller than that of DTL vaping devices
The battery of DTL vapes is quite bulky than that of MTL vapes
These are more compact in size
If you want a compact vaping device, then you should stay away from DTL vapes. Straight to lung vape devices are larger than MTL vaping devices
Emulates drawing from a traditional cigarette
Doesn’t give you a feeling of smoking a cigarette
The vapour is more flavourful than that of the DTL vapour
The vapour is less flavourful, but the cloud is something that you’ll ignore the flavour for…!!
Best for a casual and laid back experience
DTL vape devices are something to hold on to for “cloud chasers”
Which Nicotine E-liquid is Best for MTL Vape Devices?
The thing observed more frequently is that MTL users take up the e-liquid with high nicotine strength. Since the concentration of nicotine is higher for MTL vapers, even a smaller cloud will provide more hit than a bigger cloud from DTL devices. You should also know that high nicotine strength is just a choice; there are many options in the market with zero nicotine strength. These e-liquids can contain nicotine up to 50 mg in each millilitre.
Want to know more about nicotine strength, and what's the perfect power for you? Check out our dedicated blog post on Nicotine Strength.
Preferable E-liquids for DTL Vape Devices
Generally, people don't prefer e-liquids with high nicotine strength to combine with their DTL vape devices. Why? Because a high nicotine strength with an enormous cloud of DTL vaping can be dangerous for one's health.
In contrast to MTL vapers, DTL vapers might not even cross the bar of 24 milligrams of nicotine in per millilitre of their e-liquids. And 24 is an upper cap; most vapers stay in the band of zero to twelve mg nicotine in per ml of e-liquid.
Recommended Coil Resistance for MTL Vapes
The most common coil resistance that you can use for MTL vaping varies between 1.50 ohms to 1.80 ohms. Although, everything above 1 ohm is considered more than sufficient. If we talk about the upper cap of the coil resistance for mouth to lung coil, it extends to 2.80 ohms.
Recommended Coil Resistance for DTL or Straight to Lung Vape Devices
A perfect example of the most suitable direct to lung coil is a sub-ohm vaping coil. Why? Because DTL vaping is just sub-ohm vaping. Any coil that has its resistance below 1 ohm is recommended for DTL vaping. Lower resistance indirectly means that the vape device can be operated with more power, allowing users to produce big smoke clouds.
From a scale of 0.1 ohms to 0.9 ohms, 0.5 ohms is the most common coil resistance for a direct to lung coil.
Best MTL Vape Kits
If you are thinking about quitting smoking, then MTL is by far the best option for you. Not only for people who want to quit smoking, people who want a more cig-a-like experience can also turn towards MTL vape tanks.
Here are the best MTL Vape Tanks available online at McVape.
Best Sub-Ohm or DTL Vape Tanks
Are you a pro-vaper and chasing clouds? Then DTL or Sub-ohm vape tanks are perfect for you…!! Take an e-liquid with moderate nicotine strength, and go for the perfect smoke. You can choose some of the best DTL vape mods online from our website.
From what is MTL vaping to decoding what the best vape tanks for DTL method are, we've seen everything in between. The things in between included what DTL Vaping is, recommended nicotine strength for MTL and DTL vaping, and much more. Hope you liked our post, and everything is crystal clear…!! Happy Vaping, Chase The Clouds…!!
hange is the only constant.
The vaping industry took this quote a bit seriously. Maybe, that's why we all are witnessing so many changes when it comes to vaping and its accessories. The e-smoking started with traditional, sometimes rechargeable e-cigarettes. Then, came the vape pen or vape devices, and now, we have the vape mods.
What is a vape mod? What is a good vape mod? Are you also asking all these questions to yourself? If that was a yes that we heard, then you're at the right place. Here's everything a vape mod that you can know…
What is a Vape Mod?
A vape mod is a device best used with e-liquids and e-juices. Vape mods are bigger than e-cigarettes. The primary function of a vape mod is to create more and more smoke clouds. The design of vape mods and vape pen might be somewhat relevant, but the functionality isn't.
Some of the advanced features of vape mods over vape pens are:
- Bigger battery size and capacity.
- Improved capacity to hold more e-liquid.
- Robust heating mechanism.
- Vape pens are recommended for users who are new to the concept of vaping. While vape mods are for the advanced e-smokers.
What Are The Type Of Vape Mods Available In The Market?
Looking at the dynamic scene of the vaping market, we can make out that there might be a plethora of vape mods available in the market - the most powerful vape mods, or the ones that make the largest smoke cloud, or vape mod for beginners, and so on. If you don't want to carry around bulky batteries for your vape mod, you can even choose a vape mod with an internal battery. Here's a formal introduction about all of them:
For starters, Mech is short for Mechanical, and Mech Mods are Mechanical Mods. Now, you might think what a mechanical vape mod is. Housing unit that holds a battery and rebuildable drip atomiser (RDA) makes up a mechanical mod. This type of mods has two caps in them - one at the bottom, one at their top. The top one is a positive side, and the bottom is the negative one. To make these types of vape mods operational, you'll have to use a fire button, present at the bottom of the device.
Before we tell you about squonk mods, and you think if it's the best way to vape, you should know what 'squonking' means? Squonking literally means dripping an e-juice into the atomiser. Now, when we talk about dripping manually, you may have to drip the e-liquid in your atomiser every few minutes, and this will take all the fun out of vaping. That's why nowadays squonking has been made easier with the introduction of squonk bottles. Although these bottles don't come with pre-filled e-juice, you'll have to fill them manually.
Now, whenever you feel like vaping with a squonk mod, you'll have to squeeze the squonk bottle present in the vape mod. There are also some top-quality squonk mods friendly RDAs available in the market.
For those of you who are still searching the internet for what is a regulated mod, we've made your task easy. As the name suggests, regulated vape mods are the mods that are always regulating your battery's safety. Usually, regulated vape mods are box mods. When your battery's too low, a regulated vape mod won't allow the vaper to continue vaping. For those who fancy a regulated hit every time, regulated vape mods serve their purpose. Every time the user presses the fire button, a fixed wattage (mostly 25 watts) is released to give an even hit.
Before you come to a verdict for which vape mod is the best vape mod for you, don't forget to know about unregulated vape mods. As the name suggests, these vape mods aren't regulating every hit users take. Generally, mech mods are unregulated mods. These aren't the safest options available in the market for people who are searching for vape mod for beginners.
Components of a Basic Vape Mod
Here's what a vape mod is made up of:
- A hard case to house the powerhouse of the mod - battery.
- The powerhouse itself, battery.
- Rebuildable Dripping Atomiser, to heat things up…!!
- E-liquid Tank to hold all the juice.
- Mouthpiece where the smoke cloud is accumulated for you to inhale.
- Wick (cotton) or rope (ekowool & silica).
How Exactly To Use A Vape Mod?
So you have purchased one of the best new vape mods available in the market, and the vape mod with magnetic battery cover is the new eye-candy for you, but how to use a vape mod? Here's how…
1..2..3… Da-dumm… Prepare Your Vape Mod For Vaping…!!
Unbox the device and place it on a flat table, make sure it's set the sunny side up.
Drip-drip…. Fill Up The Pod With E-liquid
Initially, you'll have to make out where the filling cavity of your pod is. Generally, the filling cavity is either at the top or at the sides of a pod. You can skip this hassle if you clearly read the instructions written on the packaging box. Once you find the cavity, fill in the e-juice, and close the cap. Ensure not to overfill the tank/pod.
Rest it a bit… Prime The Pod & Coil
So you have one of the best vape mods the UK ever produced along with a quality vape mod kit, and you can't wait to blow up a giant smoke cloud, but you'll have to wait. This wait will definitely pay off. Let your tank with the e-juice rest a bit. In this resting period, the e-juice will prime the pod and the cotton or silica or ekowool coil quite good to give you a smoother hit.
All this wait was to eliminate even the slightest chance of that dry hit.
To do or not to do, that is the question? Manual/Automatic Power Settings
Now, some mods come with settings that let you change the power input, and some mods don't come with this particular feature. Now, if you have a screen over your vape mod along with controls, you can control the power. This is perfect for advanced users. You'll have to set the wattage as per your soothing.
If your vape mod doesn't have a screen as well as control buttons, you don't have any option to manualise the process. You'll have to go with the flow.
Inhale… Exhale… Nirvana…!!
Hmm, so you know everything about a vape mod, and you also know how to use a vape mod, so what are you waiting for? Put the mouthpiece to your lips, and inhale. While inhaling, push the fire button, and feel the vapour fill all your insides. Congrats bloke…!! You're a pro vaper now…!!
This post was all there is to know about a vape mod. We hope it cleared all your questions ranging from ‘what is a vape mod’ to ‘how to use a vape mod’. Now that you have all your answers, why are you still at the fence? Purchase the best vape mods online, and start your vaping journey today…!!
Are you new to vaping? Most probably, it’s the case that you’ve got tired from deciding so many minute settings before vaping like setting up the resistance, temperature, e-liquid, and whatnot. One such area of concern for all the new vapers is the “Nicotine Strength” of their vape juice.
If you are searching for terms like “what strength nicotine e-liquid should I use?” then this article is definitely for you. Read on…
What is Nicotine?
Before we start talking about nicotine level in cigarettes and other vaping devices, you ought to know what nicotine is. For starters, nicotine is a stimulant and is found in almost all things tobacco.
The foremost thing it stimulates is your brain. Although, you should know that even if it’s a stimulant, consuming it in excessive doses can be harmful to the nerve cells. If we talk about its chemical makeup, it contains nitrogen in it.
Plants like coffee also have nitrogen making them somewhat similar to nicotine. Just like coffee, nicotine also takes its time to show its effects on the body. In this way, vaping is very much diverse from traditional smoking with a cigarette.
How Much Nicotine is in a Normal Cigarette?
If you want to know how much nicotine is in one cigarette, then there’s no fixed answer to that. Roughly putting, one cigarette has an approximate value of 10 to 12 mg in terms of nicotine.
However, the human body doesn’t consume every milligram of nicotine from the cigarette. The result is only about 1 milligram of the total nicotine present in a cigarette
Why so? The rest of the nicotine is exhaled out while smoking, and hence the body doesn’t absorb it. Now, depending upon how often one smokes, a person can find out how much nicotine they intake every day.
Why are we grouping cigarettes and nicotine in e-liquids together?
The vaping e-liquids often come without nicotine, but we can add nicotine into them if we want to. This nicotine can help you switch to vaping from smoking, giving you the same stimulation in vaping that a traditional cigarette can offer. So…
What’s the Difference Between Smoking & Vaping?
The most fundamental difference between vaping and smoking is that of how each process treats its essence.
While smoking, we are burning tobacco; hence we get the direct hit of nicotine in our system. On the contrary to that, when we talk of vaping, we are heating the e-juice to produce the vapour and then inhale it. Also, you can customise the e-juice in vaping to contain or not to contain nicotine in it.
Apart from that, you can choose from a plethora of flavours to maximise your experience while vaping. But this facility doesn’t come handy while smoking cigarettes.
The deal sealer on the “Vaping vs Smoking” is the upper hand that vaping has over traditional smoking when it comes to carcinogens. People consider e-cig vapours to carry up to 95% fewer carcinogens than what cigarette smoke carries.
That’s the reason why nowadays, people list vaping ahead of smoking when it comes to recreational nicotine intake. Now that you know about nicotine in e-liquids, you should also know about…
How are Nicotine Levels Measured in e-Liquids?
Percentage format is used to measure the nicotine present in e-liquids. The percentage written on the bottles indicates the percentage of nicotine used in the particular e-liquid.
Commonly, you will see e-liquid labelled with their nicotine level in percentages like 0.6%, 1.8% etcetera. Now, if you want to understand nicotine levels in a simpler way other than the percentage, then another method is to calculate it in milligrams.
With this, you shouldn’t forget that even if the nicotine is measured in milligrams, the e-liquid will always be measured in millilitres. Missing your science lectures already?
How to calculate nicotine levels in milligrams?
It’s pretty simple - 1.2% nicotine level on a label means that the e-liquid has 12 milligrams of nicotine in per 1 mL, and so on. So what does that mean? For instance, if you are about to fill your e-juice tank with 5 mL vape juice, that has 12 mg/mL nicotine, then you’ll have 60 mg (12*5=60) of nicotine in your vape tank.
Now that you know how to calculate nicotine in mg/mL, you should also introduce yourself to the percentage calculation.
While the mg/mL depicts the milligram of nicotine in per mL of e-juice, the percentage depicts the volume of nicotine in the total volume of an e-liquid. For instance, if you have a bottle with a label of 1.8% nicotine over it, it means the full bottle content or any particular amount you take from it would have 1.8% nicotine, and the rest 98.2% is vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol and flavourings.
Now, converting mg/mL into percentage is quite simple, please take note:
If we were to convert a nicotine strength of 12 mg/mL into a percentage, we’d just have to divide 12 with 10. That gives us a solid 1.2% nicotine by volume.
For vice versa calculation, you should multiply the percentage count with 10 to know the presence of nicotine on mg/1mL basis.
You have understood the concept of weighing the nicotine levels in an e-liquid, you should also know about what’s right for you to answer the question - “how much nicotine do I put in e-juice to make the experience worth it?”
Which Nicotine Strength is Right for Me?
The internet is filled with queries like “what strength nicotine e-liquid should I use?” “what’s the best nicotine configuration for me?”, and the list goes on and on. But the answers to these questions vary significantly from person to person.
You could be a social smoker or a hobbyist who smokes only once in a while. Or you could be a chain-smoker.
Broadly, the vaping e-juice market has these strengths to offer - 0 mg, 3 mg, 6 mg, 12 mg, 18 mg, and 24 mg. Here’s how each type of strength will be good for different people.
0 Milligram Nicotine
3 Milligram Nicotine
6 Milligram Nicotine
12 Milligram Nicotine
18 & 24 Milligram Nicotine
Lowest available nicotine strength in e-liquids
It's somewhere in the middle of almost negligible nicotine but with a hit of the aftereffects
This variant has enough nicotine to prevent people from craving a cigarette
These two variants are grouped together because of their highest nicotine level in vape juice
Perfect for social smokers
Suitable for light smokers who are limited to very fewer cigarettes every day
Better option for people who smoke about 8-10 cigarettes a day
Know anyone who empties a packet in a day? Suggest this variant to them
They are recommended for people who are used to smoking more than one and a half packets a day
Some Good Vape Juice Recommendations
We have different recommendations for every type of vaper who’s reading this:
- Lemon Sponge Cake 100 mL by Alienz Vape Co with 0 mg nicotine for social smokers
- Simply e-Liquids Tobacco Series - 50 mL with 3 mg nicotine for people looking at the final stage of getting over smoking
- Raspberry Ting 100 mL by Puffin Rascal e-Liquids. This vape juice is customisable with two types of nicotine shots - 18 mg and 24 mg
We hope that you got the swing of things about what nicotine actually is and how to assess it for your vape juice? Now, you also know if or not you need it for your e-liquid. Or how much nicotine is sufficient for you? Or if you should get a high nicotine e-liquid.
So are you too thinking about switching from smoking to vaping now? We hope you got everything about nicotine here. See you in the next post…!!
Meanwhile, check out a host of e-liquids available at our store…
What are Nic Salts?
Nic Salts or Nicotine Salts are the chemical compounds that are found within the tobacco plant. It is the normal form of nicotine that is mixed with liquid and thus makes an acceptable e-cigarette that can be vaporized. Nicotine in Nic Salts is more absorbed into the bloodstream than pure nicotine in standard e-liquid / freebase nicotine. It is because 'salts' change the pH level of liquid that is more consistent with human physiology and makes for stronger absorption.
Nicotine Salts are a good fit for whom?
Now that you know what nic salt is, the next thing that you should know is that nic salts are suitable for what kind of people. Nicotine salts can be a perfect choice for:
- A transition smoker looking for the strongest e-liquids
- People who have been reluctant to totally lay down cigarettes
- People who prefer high strength nicotine with less vapour production
- People who have tried switching to vaping and were unsuccessful
Having a clear understanding of nic salt vs regular e-juice and choosing the correct e-juice nicotine level can be critical before you actually start using it.
Difference between Nic Salts & Freebase Nicotine
Although most vapers are familiar with freebase nicotine, users don't know anything about nic salts so they wonder if converting from freebase e-liquids to nic salts would be appropriate for them. You can have a look at the comparison table as it explains all the difference between nic salts and freebase nicotine.
Contains Benzoic Acid
Requires frequent inhales
Requires less frequent inhales
Benefits of Nic Salts
There are a number of potential benefits of nic salts e-liquid while vaping which are mentioned:
(i) Small Compact Devices - The majority of nic salt vaping kits and tanks are very small as nic salts do not need high power to operate. You don't need a big tank, because you don't need that much e-liquid. It makes the use of lightweight, pocket-sized vaping kits with beautifully salted pen-style more frequent. Really easy & without any hassle!
(ii) Less Use of E-Liquid - Nic e-liquid salt will last with you for longer than with conventional e-liquid because you will most likely vape less often. Most first-time vapers choose Nic Salts as nicotine salts help mimic the high amounts of nicotine that a tobacco cigarette provides. Many first-time consumers have seemed to enjoy the taste of nic salts relative to conventional e-liquid that seems to make it more popular with smoking-quitting vapours.
(iii) Longer Battery Life - If you don't vape much, you can find the batteries in vape units or pod systems last longer, very much like the above argument of having small and compact devices. This helps manufacturers to make smaller battery-sized batteries that are lighter & quicker for recharging.
(iv) More Nicotine - Chain vaping is a popular theme among vapers. Vapers tend to strike their vaporizing machines much more frequently than smokers. This is because normal e-liquid nicotine absorption is very poor and requires 'maintenance drugs' to retain sufficient levels of nicotine. Since nic salts contain a higher amount of nicotine that is ingested through the bloodstream, you would have to vape even less often than a typical e-liquid from your nic salted unit.
What devices can you use Nic Salts with?
Alright, nic salts are known for the higher amounts of nicotine, and it's the key explanation to consider excellent hardware that gives cigarette-like sensation. Moreover, you can vape at lower temperatures because you need a less powerful device.
Believe it or not, going over 8 watts can be harmful to your health. The better the vape devices, the higher the amount of nicotine that they contain. Considering the notion of the overall strength of 25-50 mg, this could be too much for well being. So avoiding strong gadgets is safer.
Nic salt pods are the devices used to vape nic salts. They are similar to the regular vaping devices that are used to vape other e-liquids, but they run at a much lower power. Usually, they contain less vape content (i.e., nic salts), and therefore have reduced battery life because these machines are generally smaller. The bottom line, however, is that pod systems are ideal for nic salts because they can have an effective hit to nicotine.
Are Nic Salts safe to use?
Generally, this is one of the most common questions that vapers ask. Typically speaking, nicotine salts are comparable in terms of their health to conventional e-liquids. Both types of vaping are considered to be around 95% healthier than cigarettes containing tobacco. Nevertheless, for good salts, there are a few more factors.
First, owing to its greater intensity, there could be an increased tolerance to nicotine salts. Unless you are currently vaping a very small (3 mg or less) typical e-liquid that transfers to nicotine salts that increase nicotine addiction. That can be compensated as standard nic salt consumers claim that they vape with conventional e-liquid even less every hour than that.
Third, there are currently no long-term findings on the impact of benzoic acid inhalation. It is the element in nic salts that reduces PH and assists in the smoothness of the e-liquids. While it is commonly considered a better alternative to smoking and some tests have pointed to findings that support its health, it can pose a potential danger officially.
Benzoic acid is USDA's GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe), which is commonly present in many foods which applied to many others, including cranberries, plumbs, milk, fried beef, soft beverages, chocolate, pickles, ice cream, fruit juices, jams, and jellies. This is also used in many packaged foods as a nutritional preservative for increasing their shelf life.
In the vaping community, Nic Salts are becoming increasingly common, particularly as we see an increase in DIY sub-ohm nic salt juice. And just rising in importance. When you want to try Nic Salts, the first thing you can do is research the pod and what e-juice you'd like to use to test it out