5 Vaping Mistakes Most Beginner Vapers Make

When you decide to make the switch from smoking to vaping, it can be pretty intimidating when seeing the hundreds of options for hardware available. Even with the guidance of your friendly neighborhood vape shop, it can still be daunting.  To help you out with this, here are a few some rules of thumb to make your first purchases a little easier. Here are five things that some first time vapers tend to do wrong, which you can learn to avoid.

Buying Poor-Quality Device

When people first get into vaping, they get inundated with a literal plethora of choices. There are lots of e-liquid and devices to choose from, including  low cost / poor quality devices that might be cheap but also won't work well of for very long. Not splurging on your first e-cig is a good idea, but not spending enough for something with a fair bit of quality isn't.

Don't buy something that only costs $10 just because it's the cheapest one in the lot. You're buying your first device to have a reliable option to smoking, so low-quality vaping equipment will only make for lousy experience with bad flavor and unsatisfactory usability. Nothing makes vaping feel more like a hassle than having to deal with a leak, malfunction, or device failure in the first few days. 

To prevent this from happening, you may want to do your homework beforehand. You can read blog articles, reviews, and forum posts to see what you may be getting yourself into. After that, you can then visit a local vape shop, look around, and ask questions.  Most vape shops have very experiences staff that will be happy to walk you through the many options and also give their input on reliability, ease of use and the experiences of other customers. 

Using the Wrong Nicotine Strength

If you're starting to vape as an alternative to  smoking, you'll have to know how to go about it the right way. You're basically using the nicotine from the e-liquid to slowly but surely taper your habit down until you can comfortably walk away from smoking once and for all.  Sometimes this happens right away, and for others it may take some time. Either way it's key to understand about nicotine strength and options. 

In terms of nicotine delivery, the one thing you should remember is that vaping doesn't deliver the same amount as a cigarette in the same amount of time. That means if vaping doesn't satisfy your craving at the moment, it may leave you unsatisfied and have you tempted to reach for a cigarette again.

One major development on this front are Nicotine Salts.  With Nic Salts you’ll get more nicotine, more quickly: In general, nicotine salts paired with the right device seem to get nicotine to your blood more quickly.  This experience is more closely resemble the experience of users with combustable tobacco. For more on this, check out our article on Nicotine Salt Devices   

If you go with traditional eLiquids (aka Freebase Nicotine) you should start off with a higher nicotine e-juice if you're coming from a full-on smoking habit. If you're using a subohm device  - one that usually runs on higher power, you'll probably want to try 6MG nicotine. Higher than that can taste quite harsh.  Using a lower powered device you may try up to 12MG. Most companies don't offer freebase nicotine in anything higher than 12MG.   Keep in mind that nicotine is not great for flavor - so it's best to start a little higher when switching but always nicer to lower your nic levels to get the best flavor out of your favorite eLiquids. 

Buying the Wrong Vape Device

It's tempting to get the biggest most advanced device you see if you have the money for it. A fancy box mod with high wattage and lots of advances setting can be not only expensive - but also very complicated and are not really necessary for basic vaping.  

Since big box mods tend to be expensive, buying one on impulse and realizing that it's not a good fit for your lifestyle can be quite the buyer's remorse you wouldn't want to experience. For instance, if you want a device that can fit your pocket and be taken just about anywhere, you wouldn't necessarily want a box mod.  

We would recommend getting a highly rated simple device  -one that fits in your pocket, doesn't have complicated buttons and settings and offers reasonable battery life.   There are a lot of newer devices that fit into this category - especially the MTL Pod Mod devices that are best for Nic Salts.  

Picking the wrong e-Liquid

Being able to fine tune every bit of your experience is a big part of vaping, and much of it has to do with the e-liquid flavors. We would recommend going to your local vape shop as they usually have a most of their brands and flavors available to try before you buy.  This should save you a lot of wasted time and $ of ordering and hoping for the best. 

In general, their are several main categories for eLiquid flavors: Tobacco / Menthol/ Fruity / Desserts / Beverages (ie Tea  or coffee) and Creamy - with seamingly an infinite varieity in each of these categories.  It can be daunting but it's worth trying a few styles to see what suites your tastes best. 

Often people like to start with Tobacco flavors - since that's what they are used to. Sometimes people also keep a few flavors handy and change things up depending on what they are drinking (ie Tobacco pairs nicely with Beer )  

Buying Too Many Items To Start

The tendency for a lot of people who get into a new hobby is splurging—spending a lot of money to acquire what they may think is everything they need to get started. The truth is all you really need at first is a vaping device, some e-liquid and possibly an extra battery depending on the type of device you have.  And that's it.



kurt sonderegger
kurt sonderegger


Founder/CEO of Cafe Racer Craft E-Liquid

1 Response

Bob Smith
Bob Smith

May 30, 2019


Thanks for sharing this blog, It will really helpful for every beginner. I suggest all beginners about their starter kit. Try STIG Pod. I personally use this device and it really awesome. To know more in details visit: https://stigpods.com/

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