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So you bought your first e-cigarette also known as a vape. Now what do you do? How do you set up your first e-cig? Where does the e-liquid go? What’s a coil?
First of all let us go over the actual components of a vape.
The Mod: This is the battery and powerhouse of a vape. Whether it’s a pod-based device or a sub-ohm setup the functionality is the same. The hardware that provides power to the other components of your vape. Some have built in batteries and some with external batteries, usually 18650 lithium Ion (Li-ion) batteries. Whereas internal batteries are usually lithium polymer (LiPo).
External Batteries: Usually 18650 Li-ion cells that you charge in an external charger. Please be sure the plastic sleeve on the outside is not damaged.
Tank/pod: The tank or pod has one purpose and that is to hold the e-liquid and vaporize it. This saves users from the old way of having to add liquid every couple of puffs. Most tanks hold upwards of 5mLs of e-liquid.
Coil: These come in all shapes, ohms and sizes. Most coils are not compatible with other tanks or pods. They are usually manufacturer specific. Each brand may offer 5 or 6 different types of coils for the same tank/pod. From .16ohm to dual coil to mesh. The selection may be confusing however, most tanks come with 1 or 2 coils so if you are unsure of which to use just order the same style as the ones it came with.
Drip Tip: You may notice on certain tanks that the top where your mouth goes is removable. This is the drip tip. Named from the infancy of the industry where we had to drip e-liquid through the drip tip into the coil chamber as tanks weren’t as common. These are usually 510 drip tip however there are all shapes and sizes. If yours breaks you can get replacements very cheap, so don’t throw away your tank just because of the drip tip missing.
Now that we know the components of the vape we should look into how to set them up. The easiest way is to break this down into hardware types and e-liquid types. The reason being is setup may be different for each device.
Sub-ohm vape setup
Pod Devices with replaceable coil
Pod Devices without replaceable coil
As you can see the steps are very similar. However the importance of priming the coil are a big part of whether the vape will taste good. There is always a “break in” period for vape coils, this can be the reason for muted flavor or burning the coils early. It’s an overlooked step as many just want to add e-liquid and vape. Unfortunately this step can be a big part of whether vaping is enjoyable for some. Many get discouraged due to improper setup. If you ever need help setting up your vape please reach out to us here.
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