Keep it simple: 5 basic mistakes that newbie vapers often make

Newbies to vaping often don’t know where to begin when purchasing their very first vapor product and e-liquid.  Travel to any e-commerce site, and it’s filled with lots of colorful gadgetry that boast temperature control mechanics, extended battery life, and other often confusing terminology.  And when it comes to selecting your very first e-liquids, the numerous choices and brand names can leave you stymied.

So, what’s a newbie vaper to do?  How do you enter the world of vaping while minimizing your chances of a smoking relapse?  Keep it simple.  Here are five of the most common mistakes to avoid.

1.  Spending too much on your first vaping device.

Novice vapers can sometimes mistakenly assume that a vape mod with a higher price tag is automatically the better product.   Unfortunately, higher prices do not necessarily translate to higher quality.

Do your research online and come up with three or four possible options.  Travel to social media forums and chat rooms to ask veteran vapers if you are on the right track.   If you happen to have a local vape shop nearby, the sales associates are usually very helpful.

But stick to your guns. You don’t want to overspend, but you also don’t want to skimp either.   And you definitely don’t need all the fancy bells and whistles for your very first vape.  Remember:  Keep it simple. 

2.  Buying poor quality e-juice.

The proper e-liquid (or e-juice) is perhaps the most critical component of your first vaping experience.  Flavor descriptions and creative packaging may temporarily trick you into believing that the juice will inevitably be mouthwateringly delicious, but the real test comes when you finally vape it.

In the old days prior to the FDA Deeming regulations – say about three or four years ago - local vape shops would let you experiment and taste-test with different flavors right in the shop.  Now that’s illegal.

Your best bet is to buy small bottles of about three or four different flavors, each from a different e-liquid manufacturer.  Their textures, flavor intensities, and other characteristics will vary.  Test them all to determine what you like best.  Remember:  Keep it simple. 

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3.  Avoid the upsell (at first).

There is a ton of vaping technology on the market.  Some of it is rather outdated (and very likely on sale) but still very good for a newbie vaper.  Beginners need a device that is easy to use, portable, convenient, and simple.  Look for a starter kit from one of the top name brands.

It’s also a good idea to perform a web search for product reviews about the specific device.  Research the vape’s battery life, ease of use, typical vaping experience, and management issues.  Consider watching a few YouTube videos to learn more about it, too.

Those big box mods and super-thick vape pens with all the metallic colors can look mighty powerful and uber-radical, but many of them are specifically designed that way to trick you into buying them.  When it comes to buying your first vape pen, don’t fall for the upsell until you know what you’re doing.  Remember:  Keep it simple. 

4.  Inhaling the vape like you’re smoking.

Combustible tobacco cigarettes are designed to burn faster as you inhale harder.  E-cigarettes are substantially different, and it may take a day or two for you to get used to the new feelings and sensations of vaping.  Don’t give up before the miracle happens.

With vaping, its best to avoid taking those short, fast, hard drags from the vape pen.  You tend to draw in less vapor, and if you’re not careful, you’re likely to suck in a bit of e-juice in the process.  The best way for newbies to begin vaping is to take softer drags using puffs that are longer and gentler compared to smoking.  Remember:  Keep it simple. 

5.  Forgetting to charge your battery.

The quickest way to relapse back into smoking is to forget about charging your battery.  Misplacing your cigarette lighter was never a big deal.  After all, you could always use the nearest toaster as an alternative source of fire, right? 

Vaping is different. Unless you’ve purchased a primary and a backup vaping device – which most newbies shouldn’t really do until they find a device that they truly love - then you’re going to have to wait a bit before your vape is totally recharged.

And it only takes a few seconds of nicotine withdrawal to trick you into heading to the corner convenience store for a pack of smokes.  So, remember, keep your vaping device’s battery charged…and keep it simple.

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