When it comes to the types of vaping devices the sky's the limit as far as choices go. Choosing one however can be daunting, especially if you are new to the world of vaping. Making the right choice for your personal needs is important, and we’re here to help you narrow down the choices.
I always quiz people who come into the shop looking for a new vape device so I can help narrow down the choices for them. Is this your first time vaping? What nicotine levels are you looking for? How hard are you on devices? Do you use concentrates as well?
Before we delve any deeper, we’re going to have a small anatomy class, but don’t worry, you won’t be graded at the end. All types of vaping devices have the same basic builds to them, and many will have some of these elements combined as well.
Batteries: These power the entire device. They are lithium ion, and are not only powerful but can be dangerous if not taken care of properly. Do not allow the ends to touch and if the protective cover for these are damaged in any way do not use them. Some devices now come with the batteries built into the device as well.
Mods: Now that I have scared you let's talk about the body of the vape device, which carries
the power from the batteries to the atomizer/clearomizer. These generally will have settings you can change to customize your vaping experience, or to fall in line with the limits set on your coils.
Coils: The coil is set into the tank and through cotton or another similar wicking device soaks up e-juice which is then heated by a metal coil, nestled against the wicking material. All of this produces vapor.
Tanks: These are where the juice and coil are housed. In this photo the coil is in place in the tank to show you how they are housed.
Anatomy lesson done! Let’s move onto the different types of vaping devices. We will be covering several types, cig-a-likes and disposables, pod systems, all in one devices, and custom built.
Cig-A-Likes--or disposables--are a good way to test if vaping is the right move for you. Generally less expensive than other vape devices, you won’t empty your wallet just to find it’s not the right choice for you. These are generally small and resemble a cigarette and carry a higher percentage of nicotine; If you are quitting smoking, this might be a good choice for you. With an automatic draw and a mouth-to-lung inhalation style, it mimics the mechanics of smoking very well. We carry types such as the Puff Bar which has ~300 puffs, all the way up to a Vaporlax which has ~1500 puffs in it. Either way you can experiment with a huge array of flavors to help you decide what works well for you.
Pod systems are also a newer and easy way to dip your toes into the world of vaping. These are also generally inexpensive and come in a wide variety of styles and customizations. The juice and coil are both housed in a pod that has a small hole to put your juice in on the side, and allows for several refills before a replacement is necessary. Many pod systems have different coil types as well, so you can still customize your experience. The Mi-Pod system is a great choice for beginners because it allows for the use of salt-nic (higher percentage of nicotine, up to 55mg) or your more traditional e-juice which goes up to 12mg without having to do anything on your end other than pick out your juice. For people who love the idea of being able to change your vape setting, the SMOK Nord X or the SMOK RPM160 are both great choices as well. Pod devices also have a battery built in 99.9% of the time (I’m sure there’s one out there I don’t know of that doesn’t).
All in one devices or (AIO) are pretty self explanatory, they contain everything you need and you’re good to go. These are fantastic for beginners because other than juice and coil replacements there’s not much to do other than enjoy yourself. Most of these vaping devices also allow for you to be able to change out your tank (which allows you to explore other coil types) so you’re not stuck with one vaping style. Devices like the VooPoo DRAG Mini are not only aesthetically pleasing but come with a hybrid pod style tank that makes it easy to maintain your device. If you’re hard on devices in general and don’t want to have to replace your mod regularly due to mishaps, the Geekvape Mini Solo is made for the accident prone with all of their mods being more hardy than the average device. I have even met a gentleman who works construction who dropped his from three stories and it lived to tell the tale. Many mod devices are also compatible with attachments that allow for you to be able to use concentrates. I personally have a DRAG Mini
mod that I attach the Pulsar Barb Fire to when I’m gaming to allow me to use concentrates with minimal effort.
Custom built devices are another ball game entirely, but they allow you to truly customize your vaping experience in a way that no other category can compare to. There are atomizers such as RDA and RTA where you put in the coils and cotton yourself. These types of vaping devices are amazing to behold and are a testament to the people who build them. I will warn you that getting a custom built device is not something I would recommend to new vapers. There’s a lot of variables and safety issues for people lacking experience.
We’re at the end of our delve into the basics of vaping devices. Hopefully you now have a better idea of what device would work well for you. As always we are available to help you narrow the choice down further until you have found the device that makes sense to you. Whether that’s a disposable, pod system, mod or even building your own device. Either way we hope you’re able to get your vape on.
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