We’ve all heard some of the scare stories about how ecigarette batteries can be a fire hazard, and eliquids can be poisonous, but with small amount of mindfulness, consideration, and care, these potential risks can almost be eliminated completely from your vaping experience.
The absolute number one way to stay safe while vaping; simply do your research. In this day and age of instant gratification, we all unfortunately seem to forget to read the instruction manual, but we always, always advise to take your time, and to do your research. Know your device, and be sure of how to use it properly.
Keep all eliquids tightly sealed, and out of the reach of small children and animals. All regulated and genuine eliquids are now manufactured with child-safety caps to eliminate any potential accidents, but extra care should be taken anyway to ensure your home is a safe environment.
If eliquid has been split on your skin, please don’t panic, a thorough wash will be enough to rid of any that would cause harm. The amount of pure nicotine in a single drop of eliquid is of such a low quantity that it would likely require a person to take something similar to an eliquid bath for any sort of danger to present itself.
The majority of cases with nicotine poisoning has occurred with people that harvest tobacco leaves (green tobacco sickness) and instances of using certain medicinal creams, some of which contain nicotine. A person would likely have to drink much more than a bottle of 24mg Astro for it to have any effect worse than making you feel very ill. We do not, under any circumstances, recommend that you try this for yourself – it might not kill you but it’ll be no fun for anyone involved.
Unless you have a comprehensive understanding of ohms law and electrical current, we do not recommend building your own coils, as winding incorrectly can create a coil that will generate too much heat, and could be a potential safety issue.
Only use specific wire types to create your coils (kanthal, nickel, ni-chrome, steel), other types of metal will not work at all, and other more volatile metals may induce a potential safety issue, as their resistance will fluctuate too much.
Mods & Batteries
Always ensure your vaping device is turned off when not in use, especially if placing into a bag or pocket. Sometimes buttons can be accidentally pressed with enough pressure, and while more and more mods do feature a safety cut-off mechanism. It’s obviously still the best practice to ensure the device is switched off when not in use.
If you’re carrying spare batteries around, you’ll need to ENSURE there are no metal objects (such as keys or coins) in contact with the batteries, or with your mod, especially if it has a battery inserted into it. This has been the feature of many a newspaper headline, and in most of these stories it’s not reported or explained why it has occurred.
Batteries do not simply ‘combust’ without being encouraged somehow, and this can ONLY be achieved by completing the electrical circuit with a conductor, and ‘shorting’ the battery. All types of batteries for all purposes function in the same way, and all have the potential to pose a danger; vaping batteries are no different. In fact, the very same batteries we use in our mods have been used for a long period of time for high-end torches, with the NiteCore charger you may be familiar with being used predominantly for utilities, exploring, and other outdoor pursuits.
For more detailed information on staying safe with batteries, including replaceable batteries, please see our guide.
While most USA produced eliquids seem to be a product of the Californian bubble, Vape Wild reside in Dallas, Texas. They pride themselves on creating the perfect balance between excellent flavours, and great value for money for their customers, and having a great old time while doing it! Customer satisfaction is their number one priority, and with the ethos; Enthusiasm, not sarcasm! Check out their legendary Space Pawn ejuice.
Using only the highest quality pharmaceutical and food grade ingredients, Vape Wild can be considered similar to the tailors of great ejuice (without the hefty price tag), as they also custom create bespoke eliquids in a variety of nicotine strengths, as well as VG/PG consistencies.
Vape Wild E-Liquid Ingredients
Vape Wild’s flavour profiles cover quite a range of different tastes, and include refreshing iced fruits, citrus cereals, along with a blueberry pies, and a classic vanilla custard. The pre-steeped range is available in a 30ml bottle size with 65% VG for a fairly rounded vape experience, both smooth and full of flavour. These will be available in a range of nicotine strengths from 0 to 18mg (0, 3, 6, 12, and 18mg).
Vape Wild E-Liquid Flavours
Murica E-Liquid by Vape Wild
Inspired by the fruity ice lollies we used to get from the Ice Cream Van on a hot summers day, Murica from Vape Wild is characterized by blue raspberries, red cherries, and a tart lemon and lime to finish.
Fruit Hoops E-Liquid by Vape Wild
Vape wild’s Fruit Hoops is characterized by a bowl of citrusy fruit cereal, dunked in a pool of sugary cereal-infused milk. An homage to a certain American brand of breakfast cereal, that shall not be named.
On Cloud Custard E-Liquid by Vape Wild
On Cloud Custard from Vape Wild is, surprisingly, a vanilla custard themed eliquid, and features full and creamy overtones of vanilla custard, delicately finished with a big ol’ dollop of… vanilla custard
Cowboy Cooler E-Liquid by Vape Wild
A complex blend of mixed berries and menthol, Cowboy Cooler from Vape Wild is a tart and refreshing blend that balances both flavours exceptionally well.
(S+C)2 E-Liquid by Vape Wild
Vape Wild’s (S+C)2 contains their unique formula for a legendary blend of cream and strawberries. Basically, it’s strawberries and cream, multiplied. By two.
Smurf Cake E-Liquid by Vape Wild
Smurf Cake from Vape Wild has a definitively blue theme to it, and is characterized by Blueberries, Milky Cream, and accurately finished with a delicious crunchy pie crust.
Peache Guavara E-Liquid by Vape Wild
A revolutionary blend of fruits, Vape Wild’s Peache Guavara is a delectable mingling of exotic Guavas and the familiar taste of sweet, summer-time Peaches.
Circus Bear E-Liquid by Vape Wild
Circus Bear from Vape Wild is a delectable blend of fresh and fruity Strawberries and Bananas, and is finished with the now classic dollup of creamy custard.
Why is this so interesting you may say! Well, this is our first glimpse of what the future of vaping may look like, and going by the very little info we have on it, the future is looking pretty good.
For those that are not already aware, The TPD is EU wide legislation directly impacting vaping, which comes into effect as of May this year.
With the TPD, there will be regulations with regards to vaping hardware, the CLTANK from Kanger is the designed to be compliant with these regulations.
We’re guessing the “CL” portion of the name stands for “Child Lock” and this mechanism looks to function much like childproof lids on eliquid bottles currently function, with the need to firmly press down on the top of the tank and then twist it to open it.
Kanger also claim the CL TANK is leak free, another of the stipulations of the TPD, which I’m sure we can all agree is no bad thing at all.
More standard features you’ll likely be familiar with include topfill, a Pyrex glass tank, and at present, two different sizes: There’s the TPD compliant 2ml version, and also the slightly larger 4ml version as well.
What do you think about the CL TANK? Is this the future of vaping? What about those symmetric airflow holes, what are they all about?!
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
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?
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?
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)
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?
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)
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.
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?
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:
Combination of tank and battery
Pre-filled with eliquid
Combination of tank and battery
Disposable polycarbonate clearomiser tank
Houses heating element
Usually made from glass and steel
Heats the eliquid
Available in a variety of types and resistances
Houses the battery
Often provides adjustable settings
For more advanced users
Predicts how coil resistance changes depending on the power being supplied.
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 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.