You’re new to vaping. I’m sure you’re absolutely bombarded with information about devices and liquids from all angles. The internet is telling you one thing (or a thousand), your vaper friends are telling you another. It’s almost enough to get you back on to tobacco.
Well, I’m here to try to stop that from happening. In this article, I’ll give you a few ideas on what to look for in a device and liquid, as well as a couple of examples, depending on whether you are replacing cigarettes or hookah (shisha).
1. To Replace Cigarettes
If it’s cigarettes that you’re looking to replace, you need a mouth-to-lung (MTL) device. This simply means that you take the vapour into your mouth before sucking it down into your lungs, the same action as smoking a cigarette. Within this, you have a few options:
a. Pod Devices:
A pod device is a simple vape. It will usually be made up of two parts: the base, which contains the battery and can be plugged straight into a USB port to charge; and the pod, which contains the heating coil and the e-liquid. Most pod systems are usually not re-fillable, which can make it quite expensive to keep buying them. But one of the exceptions to this is the “JustFog MiniFit“, which comes with refillable pods. I personally strong recommend it because of the price and performance. But if you are heavy smoker, who will do chain vaping (non-stop), then you need to get with it another MTL (mouth-to-lung) mod, as it is bigger and more powerful.
Here is a review about: JustFog MiniFit.
Which liquid will be best with the pod system?
This depends on how much you smoke. If you’re a heavy smoker, use salt nicotine pods, which deliver a higher dose of nicotine like a cigarette (just for the first week, then you have to stop it). Apart from this, you can use an MTL free-base nicotine liquid which will come with a lower nicotine percentage. It’s probably best to start with a low percentage and work your way up, until you find the strength that’s right for you. To know why salt nicotine is a big no, please go to: The Truth About Salt Nicotine.
b. Box mod with MTL tank
Box mods are larger devices with changeable parts. An MTL (mouth-to-lung) tank is designed for low-wattage, higher nicotine vaping and is therefore more like a cigarette. This is a good option for MTL and chain vaping.
The “Aspire Zelos” is a good vape for MTL smoking. It has a screen that allows you to change the wattage. This means you can change the amount of liquid being vaporized and personalize the cloud-size, throat hit and nicotine hit. Read: The Aspire Zelos Kit Review.
Which liquid will be best with the box mod for MTL tank?
For the MTL box mod, you need an MTL liquid, not a salt nicotine liquid. The “50/50 MTL free-base nicotine liquid” has 50% Vegetable Glycerine (VG), and 50% Propylene Glycol (PG). The Nicotine level starts from 3% up to 18%, but start with the 3% then decide. And for the brand and flavor, it is up to your preference, and there are 100s of brands available in the market.
2. To Replace Shisha
To replace shisha, you need a Direct-to-lung (DL) device. This mimics the action of smoking a shisha pipe, where the vapor is taken straight down into your lungs. For this you have a couple of options:
A basic DL device:
This is the cheaper option. The basic DL device will allow you to vape and it will satisfy your shisha cravings, but it will lack the ability to do much more. Take for example, the “Aspire Priv V8“. It’s a good vape and it will do the job, but it lacks a control panel, so doesn’t give you the option to change cloud size, flavor intensity etc. If you are serious about vaping, it is better to go one level up and buy one of the more advance models I will show now.
Read: SMOK Priv V8 Kit Review
A more advanced model:
If you have a little more money to spend, something bigger and stronger, such as the “Vaporesso Revenger X” or the “SMOK Devilkin“. These devices are bigger, stronger, and more convenient. And all of the devices mentioned are upgradable.
What DL liquid is best?
You should never be using a liquid containing nicotine salts with a DL or MTL device. Whether you choose a basic or more advanced device you need to use a DL liquid. The difference between DL and MTL is the Vegetable Glycerine (VG), in DL liquids the % will go to 70% VG and 30% PG, and the nicotine level starts from 0% up to 12%. Much the same as with an MTL device, it’s better to start with a weaker nicotine percentage and work your way up.
You also read this article for more information: Vaping In Style!
Kindly note that with any mod you can use different tanks (1 for MTL and 1 for DL), this applies to Aspire , Vaporesso, SMOK, and others. What is important is the wattage. For example with the MTL tanks you should adjust the wattage between 11W-12W, which with the DL tanks and liquids you should adjust the wattage between 40W-60W. Each coil displays clearly on its face the best wattage to use with. NOTE: If you used more power you will destroy the coil, for example if you use 40W for the MTL coil, definitely it will burn!
Again, one of the best decisions you will take in your life is to quit smoking and start vaping, so well done. Happy vaping 🙂
Note: This is not a sponsored advertising to any product, but this article is based on my own personal experience.