The consistency of your vaping experience can be attributed to your device, vaping habits, and expertise. If you don’t want to suddenly go coughing wildly or waste e-juice just because you thought it started to taste bad, you may want to follow these tips:
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1. Choose the ideal device for you
Finding the best vaping device for you isn’t difficult. To get you started, determine how familiar you are regarding vaping in general. If you prefer disposables, you may want to check this guide to disposable vapes. If you’re entirely new, it’s highly suggested that you start with disposable vape pens, too.
Moreover, if you crave thick vapors and like to keep puffing every second of the day, then get a high-powered box mod. If you don’t like throwing away electric devices when you’re done with them, but you don’t need high-powered devices, then you can do away with small pods with replaceable cartridges and rechargeable batteries.
2. Familiarize yourself with e-juice compositions
Even if you use disposable vapes, you still need to know a bit about e-juice compositions, vaporizers, and the materials you can vaporize. Mainly, you need to be familiar with the percentage of ingredients present in the e-juice your device will vaporize.
For example, if you want thick vapor, you may wish to consume e-juices with high vegetable glycerin (VG) content—around 80% to 100% is ideal. On the other hand, if you want to make the flavor more pronounced and give you some throat hit, get e-juices with propylene glycol (PG). Typically, a balanced mix of 50% VG and 50% PG will do.
On the other hand, if you want a more substantial throat hit, thicker flavor, and a bit of harshness, you may wish to e-juice that contains some nicotine. If you haven’t vaped a juice with nicotine, you can start one with 3mg nicotine. You can gradually work your way up to 24mg to 30mg and determine the right nicotine strength for you.
If your favorite flavor doesn’t come with a lot of variety when it comes to nicotine content, you may want to learn more about nicotine salts and how you can use them to modify your e-liquid’s nicotine content.
3. E-liquid storage
Storing your e-juice properly is vital to ensure you’ll get consistent flavor when you vape. Before and after you drip some juice into your atomizer, make sure to shake the e-juice bottle. Remember that the different components in your e-liquid have different weights, which separates them when the bottle is left alone unshaken.
Also, never leave the bottle in open sunlight or warm places. Heat and light can make the flavor and other contents of your e-liquid deteriorate fast. Moreover, be sure to keep the cap closed at all times to prevent the taste from escaping from the bottle.
4. Atomizer and tank maintenance
If you don’t own a disposable, chances are you’re using a vaping device with a rebuildable atomizer. To keep your vaping experience tremendous and consistent, know that you need to clean and maintain your atomizer and tank (if you’re on a rebuildable tank atomizer (RTA) or rebuildable dripping tank atomizer (RDTA) setup) at least once a week. Doing so will prevent you from vaping foul-tasting residues of the old e-liquid you used and eliminate the gunk accumulation in your atomizer and tank.
To get started, empty your tank. Disassemble your atomizer, and rinse metal and plastic parts with hot water—warm water will do for rubber parts like o-rings and mouthpiece parts. Wipe everything with a lint-free cloth and air dry.
While some veteran vapers may advise you to dry burn your coil to clean it, it’s not advisable. Dry burning can have multiple detrimental effects to your coil and your health. First, it can reduce the lifespan of your coil. Second, it can release toxic particulates that you might inhale. Third, it can speed up the corrosion process of your coil, which will further reduce the lifespan of your coil.
5. Track your vaping habits if you’re using a rebuildable
Your wick or coil’s speed deteriorates depending on your vaping habits, coil setup, and e-liquid you use. Because of that, there’s no set time or interval for coil and wick replacement as it’ll be different for everyone.
As a rule of thumb, it’s time to rewick when gunk has partially covered your coils, and it’s time to rebuild when the coil has lost its springiness. To ensure that you don’t get burnt, dry, dull, flavorless, or yucky hits, determine how many puffs before your device needs rewicking or rebuilding. Thankfully, that’s easy to do nowadays since most mods and vapes come with puff counters.
6. Realize when you have vaper’s tongue
After puffing a single e-liquid for a while, you may experience a condition called vaper’s tongue. It’s a situation when your tongue starts to get numb from a single flavor, making it taste nothing but water.
Thankfully, vaper’s tongue isn’t a serious medical condition. You can reduce how fast you develop this condition by drinking water often and keeping yourself hydrated. Proper oral hygiene greatly helps as well.
However, when a vaper’s tongue happens, it happens. If you want to keep vaping the same flavor but your tongue can’t taste it anymore, vape a tank full of a different flavor instead. Typically, after that single tank, your tongue will be able to recognize or taste your favorite flavor again.
There’s a reason disposable vapes have become popular. They offer a very consistent vaping experience you won’t quickly get with other types of vaping devices. However, it doesn’t mean that reusable vapes are bad. In reality, they offer better quality and offer the best bang for your buck. But for you to maximize the experience with those devices, you need to follow the tips listed above.