Guide to Temperature Control Vaping

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What Is Temperature Control Vaping?

Nobody likes a dry hit. It’s unpleasant, tastes foul, and having to change a coil at an inopportune moment can leave us in a bit of a tizz. Temperature Control aims to combat this by monitoring and limiting the temperature of the coil, and not allowing it to exceed a certain temperature, ensuring dry hits and burnt wicks are a thing of the past. Here’s our brief guide on Temperature Control vaping.

How Does Temperature Control Work?

Temperature Control mode (TC) is becoming more of a standard feature, but isn’t available on every device. If you’re looking to purchase a device to use TC mode, it’s worth checking that the device has this function before buying.

Temperature Control works by allowing the user to pre-set a value in either Fahrenheit or Celsius, with the device limiting and cutting off the power if the temperature exceeds this value.

TC mode allows the coil to remain at a fixed and consistent rate, whether you’re chain vaping volcanic-sized clouds, or doing the more easy going mouth-to-lung method.

If putting in a brand new coil, it must be installed at room temperature, otherwise it will not work, and the mod’s calculations will be incorrect. Also if you’re building your own Temperature Control coils, we do not recommend pulsing them. If you do accidentally pulse them, allow the coils to return to room temperature before using to vape on.

To set up TC for the first time you will need to first ensure sure that your device is TC compatible. Variable Wattage and Variable Voltage (VW/VV) devices will simply not work with Temperature Control coils, and you’ll need to ensure that both your device and coil are TC capable with Variable Temperature (VT).

After this you’ll need to consider the wire type you’re using in your TC coil, usually Nickel (Ni) or Titanium (Ti), or Stainless Steel (SS), and set your mod to the correct type of TC mode, which will be wither Ni, Ti, or SS, depending on the coil.

Once installed, you’re then free to adjust the wattage to your preference, but it’s recommended to use the manufacturer’s recommended wattage for the coil. The idea is that the device will power to your desired wattage, but not over the limits of the TC setting.

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Properties Of Nickel, Titanium, & Stainless Steel Wires

The two most common wire types for Temperature Control are Nickel (Ni) and Titanium (Ti). There are other wire types available, including Stainless Steel (SS) but Ni and Ti are the most prevalent on the current market.

Nickel is used in many pre-made coils such as Ni200’s, and are most often rated at 0.15Ω. It has a very high temperature co-efficient, meaning that its resistance doesn’t fluctuate very much when heated, and remains quite stable at high temperatures.

Titanium is relatively new for the vaping market, but is becoming used more and more for TC as it’s much stronger in its construction than Nickel, and has almost double the resistance. This means that less wraps can be used in a wind to achieve the same resistance as with Nickel.

Constructed from a mix of Carbon, Nickel, and Chromium, Stainless Steel (SS) wire has some decent functional properties that allow it to be used with both Variable Wattage as well as Variable Temperature modes. The most common SS wire is 316L; a medical grade metal that’s grown steadily in popularity among vapers for use in TC devices.

While most of the more recent mods on the market have a dedicated setting for SS, some of the older mods don’t have this function, so it’s a good idea to double check before making a purchase.

Compared to Titanium and Nickel, Stainless Steel wire is cheaper, stronger, and is deemed to be a bit easier to work with in terms of building, as it lacks the springy quality that other wire types possess.

Benefits & Drawbacks Of TC Vaping

A major benefit of vaping in Temperature Control modes is dry hits are no longer an issue, due to the more accurate regulation of the TC coils. This also means the atomisers themselves tend to last a bit longer as well.

If the wick becomes dry, the temperature will increase, and the TC mode will immediately protect the coil by cutting off the power. Rewicking Nickel can be a little tricky, as it’s more fragile that Kanthal, and heavy-handedness can cause it to lose its structural integrity, so it’s recommended to be extra careful if rebuilding coils made of Nickel.

Temperature Control can take a little bit of time to get used to, but is relatively easy to pick up and understand after spending a little time on it. We recommend learning which temperature and wattage is the best for maximum output.

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If you’d like to talk to us about Temperature Control modes, or anything else featured on our website, please do get in contact with our team.

How To Fill A Unicorn Bottle With eLiquid Spill Free

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How to use a unicorn bottle? It might seem like a simple task to complete, but the handy unicorn bottle can be a little tricky to fill efficiently without having our precious eLiquid doing a Steve McQueen and trying to escape. Here’s our simple guide to ensure a quick and effective decanting of your favourite eLiquid into a manageable and transportable vessel.

  • Step 1 – Take the small unicorn bottle in your hands, and remove the nose or tip at the end. It may be a little tight, but can be removed with relative ease.
  • Step 2 – Grab the larger unicorn bottle that you’d like to decant from, twisting open the nozzle, and holding it upside down, being careful not to squeeze it. Insert the nozzle into the opening where the smaller unicorn bottle’s nose was positioned.
  • Step 3 – Gently squeeze the smaller unicorn bottle, rather than the larger one. Air will be forced out of the small bottle and into the larger bottle, which creates a vacuum. eLiquid will then decant into the unicorn bottle due to air pressure. Gently squeeze the unicorn bottle repeatedly until the bottle is almost full.
  • Step 4 – Lastly, twist the nozzle on the larger bottle closed while keeping it in the neck of the smaller unicorn bottle. Although not completely necessary, this step will ward off any desire that your eLiquid may have to escape, and should prevent and loss or waste. Then replace the nose of small unicorn, and you’re away!

 


If you’d like to speak to us about unicorn bottles, or anything else on our website, please don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated team.

How To Install And Use Premade Coils On Your RDA

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Building coils can be a slightly intimidating and daunting task, but they shouldn’t be considered completely out of the realm of possibility. They’re a great way to vape your eLiquid, although requiring a slightly different method to use properly.

If you’re interested in rebuilding, we’d recommend getting yourself some pre-built coils to use in your RDA. From regular and simplified wound coils, to the more advanced claptons and hive coils, we stock a wide range to suit every vapers need.

All you’ll need to do is select your RDA or RDTA, and use the following steps to install your pre-built coils onto the deck.

  1. Clean your RDA of eliquid, removing the cotton old coils and cotton
  2. Select and prepare your new coils
  3. Insert the new coils into the posts, and gently tighten screws to secure
  4. Centre the coil with a screwdriver, and use wire cutters to trim legs
  5. Use an ohm reader to check your resistance and make sure there are no shorting problems
  6. While firing the coils use ceramic tweezers to gently squeeze them to ensure the coils heat up evenly
  7. Cut a strip of wicking material a similar size to the coil – twist into shape
  8. Insert the cotton through each coil, trim any excess evenly, tucking the cotton into the well.
  9. Add juice until your cotton is nice and saturated
  10. VAPE!!

If you’d like to speak to us about Prebuilt coils, RDA’s, RDTA’s, or any of the other products on our website, please contact our team.

Find Your Favourite Vape With Our Eliquid Explorer

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So you’re looking for your next big flavour. Maybe you’re bored of your current eliquid, and you’re looking for your next all day vape, or perhaps you’re a brand new vaper feeling a bit swamped by all the choices on offer; our eLiquid Explorer. is here to help.

While it’s not going to tell you “what is the best eliquid”, you’ll be able to narrow down your choices and hopefully find your next favourite with our patented, space-age eLiquid Finder.


 

Flavour Groups

Firstly you’ll need to select what kind of flavour you’re looking for. There are a variety of options to choose from, and multiple choices can be selected. So if you’re looking for two eliquids; one citrus flavour, and one menthol flavour, you can select both and see what’s available.

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Reviews

Next you’ll be able to select the rating, within a range of 1 – 5 stars. These ratings are based on existing customer reviews; vapers who have already sampled an eliquid and have kindly reviewed it for other customers to make an informed opinion. Remember to always bear in mind that taste is a subjective thing, and what one vaper loves, another may find unpleasant.

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Nicotine Strength

The next option is for the strength of nicotine, which ranges between 0mg (nicotine free), all the way up to a full-on 18mg. The bar slides from both the left and right, so just choose your minimum and maximum strength, and let the explorer do the work and show you what’s available.

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VG Percentage

Now you’ll just need to select your preferred VG percentage. To put it basically, an eliquid higher in VG will be thicker in your tank, and smoother on your throat. At the other end of the spectrum, a higher PG eliquid will be runnier with a harsher throat hit, with the vast majority being a varied blend. Also bear in mind the type of device you have; High VG is generally suited to sub-ohming, and High PG for non-sub ohming.

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Bottle Size

The next variable to decide on is which sized bottle you wish to have. Most vapers who wish to just try out an eliquid go for the smallest size; usually 10ml or 15ml, as this size is a great way to sample flavours without committing to a larger 30ml or 60ml bottle. Although, if there’s a particular flavour you enjoy a lot, it’s sometimes worth getting the biggest bottle you can, as it will save you both time and money in the long run.

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Price Range

The next option to select is the price. First and foremost, the quantity of eLiquid can variate the price, but as well, some eLiquids contain a differing number of ingredients. Some with a smaller number may be slightly cheaper, whereas others can have a huge array of flavour notes, with some containing gourmet and premium ingredients that can be difficult to source, and this can sometimes be reflected in the price.

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Specialty

If you’re looking for something in particular, you can use the Specialty tab to really fine tune your selection. Select between glass and plastic bottles, or perhaps you’re looking for an item that comes in a presentation box. For those vapers out there who have to be careful with the ingredients they use, we’ve also included the ability to select alcohol free eliquids, as well as vegan friendly.

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Origin

Finally, you can select the origin of your eliquid with this variable. The vast majority of the eLiquids we stock are manufactured in the USA, but we also stock ranges from both Europe and Canada, as well as some great home-made juices from right here in the UK.vc-eliquid-explorer-uk-origin


 

If you have any questions about our eLiquid explorer, or if you’d like to speak to us directly about anything on our website, please contact our team.

Vape Maintenance Tips

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While it’s of the utmost importance to stay safe while vaping, we can forget that our tanks, mods, and even our eliquids also need some love and care to keep them running smoothly, and tasting their best. This guide aims to help you keep your equipment and eliquid in tip-top condition, but for safety tips please see our safety tips for vaping guide.

ELiquid

  • To keep your eliquid at its best once opened, always replace the lid and store in a cool and dark place, away from heat and sunlight.
  • Some eliquids may become crystalised due to some of the ingredients used, menthol is one good example of this. If you find your eliquid has become crysalised, leave it to warm up in a bowl of warm water.

Coils

  • To maintain your coil and optimise it’s longevity, always use within the recommended wattage or temperature range, and start from the bottom. Putting too much power into your coil will increase the potential for it to burn out, and it will be rendered useless.
  • Some vapers will rinse out a used coil and reuse it, and while this may work for a little while and can extend the life of the coil, we generally don’t recommend as cleaning with tap water can leave residue and bacteria on the coil that will remain when dried.

Tanks

  • We always recommend cleaning your tank every two weeks; changing to a fresh coil is always good reason to give the whole thing a clean. Clearomiser tanks can become clogged over time and will need to be cleaned to remain functional. Not maintaining your tank can increase the potential for things to go wrong. If you’re unsure of how to clean your tank, please see our guide.
  • Always store your tank in an upright position, especially with tanks that have airflow systems. Leaving a tank on its side will very likely cause it to leak, as surprisingly, gravity is still a very universal force of nature.

Mods

  • Similar to your tank, ensure your mod is clean from excess eliquid and debris, as the oily nature of eliquids can mean your mod can become difficult to hold and can slip from grasp. This also applies to the 510 thread, as it can become difficult to screw a tank on if the threading has been compromised.

Batteries

  • Please ensure spare batteries are stored correctly, ideally in a protective sleeve so they cannot be knocked, scratched, or dented
  • It’s handy to label and date your batteries, so you can tell how long you’ve been using them. Generally we don’t advise using a battery consistently for longer than a year.

This is not an exhaustive list, and we always advise to do further research to get a comprehensive understanding of the nature of these devices. These are also tips on keeping your equipment and eliquid in the best condition, for information on staying safe, please see our safety tips for vaping and safety tips for batteries guide.

How To Stop Your Tank From Leaking

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Tips to Fix A Leaking Vape Tank

It’s never a good look to have spots of eliquid all over your white chinos when you’re busy painting the town red. Unfortunately there’s no 100% fool-proof method to eliminate leaks from your tank, due to the devastating duality of gravity and airholes, but with proper care and maintenance, these leaks can almost be eliminated completely.

We always advise getting to know your device properly before use, and to clean your tank regularly. For quick tips on cleaning your tank, see our helpful guide.

  • Sometimes leaks can occur when a coil has simply expired and needs to be replaced.
  • Avoid getting eliquid in the center tube, this is the airflow chimney, and must remain clear at all times.
  • The coil can become loose when removing the base for refilling, ensure this has been tightened before using again. Also ensure you’re threading correctly, and not crooked or cross-threading.
  • Always use and store your tank upright. Leaving the tank on its side or upside down will allow eliquid to seep through the holes, including the airflow chimney and mouthpiece. Because, gravity.
  • Ensure no eliquid is sitting under the coil, as instead of being vaporized from the wicking material, this eliquid will simply boil, and create a gurgling sound.
  • Sometime when inhaling too forcefully in your tank, this can induce flooding, as too much eliquid is drawn into the coil from the tank, but not enough has been vaporized.
  • Not using your device at a high enough wattage can also induce flooding, due the same principle of too much eliquid to rate of vaporization.
  • If your tank has an airflow system, close the airholes when refilling the tank, as this creates a cushion of air when rotated back to the upright position. As air is drawn up through the airflow, more will replace it, and this maintains the cushion of air in the airflow chamber, preventing eliquid from flowing through it.
  • Ensure your coil is sitting firmly in the base unit, must not be overtightened, just hand tight. A coil that is not firmly fitted will allow eliquid to seep through the threading. This goes for all parts of the tank, ensure everything is just hand tight, as over tightening can break the seals, and cause leaks.

These are just a few tips to help stem any potential leaks that my arise from your vape tank. For general tips on maintaining all of your vaping equipment, please see our Vape Maintenance Guide. If you have any issues or queries about any of these tips, please contact our team.

Beginner’s Guide To Sub Ohm Vaping

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What Is A Sub Ohm?

In short, Sub Ohm vaping means the heating coil has a resistance value of less than 1.0 ohms. ‘Sub’ simply means ‘below’ in Greek, so it can be considered ‘below’ one ohm.

A low resistance coil such as a Sub Ohm allows for a higher amount of current and more electrical energy to reach the coil quicker, and this means the coil will heat up at a faster rate, and will reach a higher temperature. A hotter coil will allow for a larger amount of eliquid to be vaporized at one time, and when combined with an open airflow, will increase both flavour and vapour production.

Sub Ohming with Nicotine and Eliquid

Due to the increase in temperature when using a Sub Ohm coil, a larger quantity of vapour is produced than with a coil rated above 1.0 ohm. Within this larger quantity of vapour will be a higher percentage of nicotine, as more has been vapourised due to the increase in heat. As such, we don’t recommend using a strength higher than 6mg, as higher strengths tend to taste harsh under these conditions for the vast majority of vapers.

Vapers who Sub Ohm also have a tendency to use eliquids high in VG, as it has almost no throat hit on its own, and also produces larger and denser clouds. Heating eLiquid at higher temperatures allows for these bigger clouds and flavour, but one of the downsides is that you’ll also be vapourising more of your ejuice at a higher rate, meaning you’ll be refilling your tank sooner than you may be used to.

Mouth to Lung VS Direct to Lung

If you’re just starting, or are already on your vaping journey, it’s fair to assume that you’ve been a regular smoker for a period of time. Traditional tobacco cigarettes are consumed by first drawing smoke into the mouth, and then inhaling into the lung; a two-stage process that’s referred to as Mouth-To-Lung.

While this method is also applicable to vaping, the Sub Ohm method requires a slightly different approach, and is referred to as Direct-To-Lung. This method requires the user to inhale straight into the lungs, bypassing the mouth stage, and is similar to using a shisha pipe.

Is Sub Ohm Better?

In short, yes and no. It depends what you’re looking to get out of your vaping experience. Both high and low resistance coils offer a different vaping experience, and each have different benefits and drawbacks. A lot of vapers have been quite happy and continue to use regular coils (between 1.0 – 2.0 ohms), and devices such as Aspire’s Nautilus tank have stood the test of time and remained exceptionally well-regarded among the vaping community.

Generally speaking, Sub Ohming is suitable for more experienced vapers looking to push the boundaries of flavours and vapour, whereas mouth-to-lung vaping is better suited to beginners and those looking for just a simple way to consume nicotine without smoking tobacco.

Sub Ohm Vape Kit – What You’ll Need

In order to successfully Sub Ohm vape you’ll need four main things; a tank with a wide airflow, a Sub Ohm coil that’s compatible with your tank, a mod capable of providing enough power (usually at least 30w), and an eliquid high in VG (60% and above) and low in nicotine (6mg or below)

A wide airflow on a tank is needed to cool down the coil, and also to produce the large cloud of vapour. You’ll need a coil that’s capable of allowing a large amount of electrical current though, and also a mod that’s powerful enough to reach to around 30w. Use eliquids that are high in VG to get the best experience, as these particular eliquids create the smoothest vapour without the harshness that high PG can create.

If you’re still unsure of Sub Ohm vaping or the kit it requires, please see our guide to vaping hardware, or get in touch with our team.

Safety Tips For Vape Batteries

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We can often overlook things that are so ingrained in our lives. A rack of kitchen knives are great tools for feeding us, but also can be dangerous implements when not properly used, or stored. The same can also be said for batteries. We can forget that the simple battery contains a concentrated source of power, and to think they don’t need some care and TLC, is to not give the humble battery the respect it truly deserves.

We’ve compiled the following tips as a way of helping those who aren’t sure, because we understand it’s a little confusing when you’ve found an alternative to smoking, and have suddenly ended up with a bunch of batteries. They’re an essential part of our modern lives, and with correct use and care, can continue to be a help, and not a hinderance on our ecigarette journey.

Safety Tips For Vape Batteries

  • Please ensure spare batteries are stored correctly, ideally in a protective box or silicone sleeve, or another protective material. This ensures your batteries cannot be knocked, scratched, or dented, and will prolong the life of them. Do not use a battery if it has been dented or compromised, and don’t let it come into contact with water.
  • Don’t expose your battery to extreme heat or cold, and refrain from charging in cold temperatures or direct sunlight. The charging process for a battery is much more sensitive that discharging, and extra care should be taken because of this. It’s unlikely you’ll find yourself in need of a charge atop a volcano or in an igloo, but you may be considering charging a device in your car during the summer sunshine, which we do not advise, due to the potential changes in the car’s atmosphere over a period of time.
  • Also if using a sub ohm coil, make sure your battery can handle the amps. If in doubt, please ask in your local vape shop or give us a call. Always buy from a reputable retailer that you trust.
  • Please don’t leave batteries charging over-night, or unattended. This is not just limited to vaping devices, and goes for all rechargeable batteries in all their many uses. If you find that your battery is taking a very long time to charge, chances are it will need to be replaced. Remove and dispose safely.
  • Always use the correct charging equipment for your device, if in doubt see advice from your supplier. Most dedicated consumer chargers, such as the NiteCore range, offer many intelligent features that vastly improve the safety of electrical charging, but care should be taken regardless.
  • The PVC wrapping around your battery may seem initially like a nice decorative colour, but it actually has a very important function. Be careful that this wrapping has not become compromised, as tears and rips that expose the battery underneath can cause the battery to short out, especially when close to the negative and positive contact points. Please don’t worry if the wrapping has come off your battery, they are replacement wraps that can be purchased online, but do not use the battery until it is safely wrapped again.

Please note: These tips are far from a definitive list of everything you should know about vaping safety, and we always advise to conduct your own research. This guide is specifically about safety with batteries, for information on general vaping safety please see our guide.

Beginners Guide To Vape Hardware

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You may be just a beginner to vaping, brand new to the whole culture, or perhaps you’ve been visiting a friend, and you’ve seen they have a vaping device that’s peaked your interest. Maybe you’re a smoker desperate to quit, and can’t find another way to do so. Regardless of how you may have found your way to here, this beginners guide to vaping aims to give you the knowledge to be confident in picking the right vaping kit/equipment for you, as well as choosing what you need for it. If you’d like more information on the eLiquids used in these devices, then please see our guide.

History Of The E-Cigarette

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The early eCigarette design from Herbert Gilbert in 1963.

The first e-cigarette can be traced back to American inventor, Herbert A Gilbert, who patented a design for a device that “replaces burning tobacco and paper with heated, moist, flavored air”.

While he produced some prototypes, his e-cigarette didn’t receive much attention, mainly due to the popularity and prevalence of tobacco cigarettes at the time.

It wasn’t until 2003 when Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik patented the modern design that we’ve become familiar with today.

 

Purpose Of An E-Cigarette

Starting from the very beginning, the purpose of an ecigarette is simply to deliver a portion of nicotine to its user. In order to do this, nicotine is mixed into a gel-like liquid substance consisting of a special blend of organic compounds, which then can be easily absorbed into cotton, and vapourised within a heated coil, where the resulting vapour is inhaled by the user.

What Is A Cigalike?

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Consisting of a small rechargable battery and a pre-filled cartridge, the humble Cigalike is the most similar vape device to a tobacco cigarette.

Although all e-liquid vapourisers function in essentially the same way, the cigalike is the most basic e-cigarette device, and looks very similar to a traditional tobacco cigarette, both in terms of its size and aesthetics.

The bottom bit of the ecigarette, where the filter/butt on a tobacco cigarette would be, is referred to as a Cartomiser, and this is what contains the heating element, and the vapable eLiquid.

The long, white bit on the ecigarette is the battery, and this contains the charge used to power the device, and vapourise the eLiquid.

The cartomiser on a cigalike is disposable, and once the eliquid runs out, it will have to be replaced.

Which Is A Basic Vape Kit?

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Both the eGo and EVOD kits can be considered among the most basic vaping devices around, and are both easy to use and good value-for-money.

Moving on from cigalikes, the next level of ecigarette hardware are the most basic eGO and EVOD style kits.

These can be thought of as the vaping equivalent of a biro or bic pen, in that the initial design has been generalized, copied, and slightly altered by a number of different companies, all released under the eGo or EVOD title.

Similar to the cigalike ecigarette, the eGo/EVOD instead allows the user to refill the top bit, instead of having to purchase pre-filled cartomisers.

While the kit is still disposable, and parts will have to be replaced after a period of time, the eGo/EVOD kit still offers advantages over the cigalike, as they generally house a larger capacity battery, as well as the ability to personalise and refill the vape flavour.

What Is A Vape Tank? (Top Bits)

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More upmarket Clearomiser tanks, such as the Nautilus, only require the heating element (coil) to be changed.

If you’ve purchased yourself a basic piece of kit, you might be looking to upgrade the top bit, or clearomiser tank.

There’s many to choose from, and often with different attributes that will alter the vaping experience slightly.

The very basic clearomiser tanks are made from polycarbonate plastic and include GS-H2’s, CE4’s and CE5’s. You might recognize these if you have an eGO or EVOD kit, as it’s the tank that comes as standard with that kit.

Other tanks are made from sturdier materials, such as steel and glass, and some also offer an airflow system that cools the vapour before it reaches the mouth-piece.

What Are Replaceable Coils?

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A range of different coils, including some low resistance sub ohm coils on the top row, and some high resistance mouth-to-lung coils on the bottom.

These replaceable coils (sometimes referred to as a coil, atomiser head, heating element or atomiser) are the aspect of the ecigarette that affects the vaping experience the most, with a vast range of different coils for a number of different functions and uses. Coils are the part of a vape device that heats the eliquid up to the point of vapourisation.

With these more upmarket clearomiser tanks, only the coil will need to be replaced, rather than the entire unit. However, due to this, your tank will require regular cleaning and maintenance in order to remain in good service.

Some coils have low resistance and allow for more power, and a large amount of vapour to be produced, whereas others have higher resistance, requiring less power, and provide a smaller and cooler amount of vapour.

What Is A Vape Mod? (Bottom Bits)

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Some of the more upmarket vape mods contain variable settings, along with an LCD display screen.

The bottom part of your ecigarette device is most commonly referred to as a mod, and this contains the battery needed to power the device.

The most basic mods, such as the cigalikes, do not even contain an on and off switch, and are activated by simply inhaling on the device.

Other more upmarket mods do have buttons and switches, and can also feature adjustable settings to alter the vaping experience, and can provide more or less vapour on a single inhalation. Premium mods will sometimes feature a visual display, usually an LCD screen, to assist in changing the settings more easily.

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Some mods will have a built-in battery, but others such as this Kanger mod will require a replaceable battery that can be taken in and out.

 

Integrated And Replaceable Batteries 

An important thing to note is that some mods will have a built in, or integrated battery, that cannot be removed, whereas others require a separate replaceable battery that can be removed and recharged quite easily.

Regardless of their construction and settings, the vast majority of mods on the market have circuitry and safety protection, and these are referred to as Regulated Mods.

What Are Mech Mods, And What Is Temperature Control?

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An example of a Mechanical Mod. It has no buttons or safety features, and should only be used with great care.

The most advanced vaping devices on the market are technologically the simplest, even more so than the basic cigalike.

Referred to as Mechanical mods, they feature no settings or power regulation, and due to this, they can be potentially dangerous to use without vaping experience, as there are no safety settings to cut the power if something goes wrong. All that’s needed to turn on a Mech Mod, is to simply to insert the battery. There is usually no screen, no buttons, or any settings, and this makes Mech Mods some of the easiest to use, and also the most dangerous for inexperienced vapers.

While most mods operate using a range of watts or volts, we should mention that there are some more modern vaping devices that use a Temperature Control function to control the heating process. A TC mod works by measuring the resistance of the coil, and then predicts how that resistance changes depending on the power being supplied. TC does require certain parameters to work properly, including a mod with the function, and a heating coil made from either Nickel or Titanium.

Here’s a quick recap of the main points we’ve discussed in this article:

Cigalikes

  • Very basic
  • Disposable
  • Combination of tank and battery
  • Pre-filled with eliquid

eGo/EVOD Kit

  • Starter Kit
  • Combination of tank and battery
  • Disposable polycarbonate clearomiser tank
  • Refillable eliquid

Clearomiser tank

  • Non-disposable
  • Houses heating element
  • Usually made from glass and steel

Replaceable Coil

  • Heats the eliquid
  • Available in a variety of types and resistances

Vaping Mod

  • Houses the battery
  • Provides power
  • Often provides adjustable settings

Temperature Control

  • For more advanced users
  • Predicts how coil resistance changes depending on the power being supplied.

Mechanical Mods

  • For advanced users
  • Can be potentially dangerous without knowledge and experience

For any questions, or more information on any of these parts or devices, please don’t hesitate to contact our team.

How Do I Choose Nicotine Strength?

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Which Nicotine Strength?

How to choose your nicotine strength is one of the more confusing parts of beginning your vaping journey, and if you’re still unsure about the general properties of eLiquids, please see our Beginner’s Guide to ELiquid before reading on.

If you’re ever unsure of which strength to use, and if in doubt, we always advise going for the lower one. A lower strength can always be vaped through, even if it’s not strong enough, whereas an eliquid with too much nicotine can leave the user with an unpleasant experience, and not being able to vape their eliquid due to it being too strong.

It initially can be difficult to choose your nicotine strength, as there’s not a completely effective way of comparing eLiquids to traditional tobacco cigarettes. If you’re at the stage where you’re looking to replace smoking with vaping, it’s fair to assume you’re a regular smoker already, and we generally advise going in at around 12mg, as it’s strong enough to give a kick, but not too over-powering.

Another factor that affects nicotine strength would be how often you think you might vape during a day. Similar to having a traditional cigarette break, some vapers will go outside and have a few puffs on a high strength, whereas other vapers can happily sit and chain vape all day on a lower strength. Nicotine is still administered in both methods, but at a differing rate to suit the user.

The general rule (a rough guide) is that if you were a heavy smoker previously and with strong cigarettes, you’ll probably want to look towards the high nicotine strengths, but if you were more of a light cigarette smoker, you will want to use a lower level of nicotine to get an experience that’s as close as possible to what you would be used to.

Also when choosing your nicotine strength, you’ll need to consider the method of vaping you’ll be using. If using a Sub Ohm device, we don’t advise using an eliquid higher than 6mg (0.6%) of nicotine, as vaping with a sub ohm device will vapourise a higher percentage of nicotine than with a mouth-to-lung device. If using a mouth-to-lung style device, you’re generally free to use any nicotine strength you prefer.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our team.