So, you’ve blown out that last delicious puff from your disposable vape, and now you’re wondering what to do next? That’s where refillable vapes come in! As a beginner, you’ve got two core options available: pod kits and pen-style kits.
In this blog post, we’ll be summarising everything you need to know about switching from disposable vapes to refillable vape kits, including what they are, how they work, and how to use them correctly.
Navigating the world of vaping may seem tricky at first, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, once you know the basics, vaping becomes as easy as pie. (That reminds us, there is such a thing as pie flavoured e-liquids!)
Disposable vape kits are portable, inexpensive devices that are super easy to use and carry around. They come pre-filled with 2ml 10mg/20mg nicotine salt flavours with a set puff count, meaning you don’t need to worry about topping up your device. Each disposable vape also comes fitted with a built-in battery, so there’s no need to spend time charging up your device either.
These types of vaping devices are great for new users who want to practice vaping and test out new flavours before committing to larger, non-disposable devices. While convenient, they’re not the most cost-effective or eco-friendly option, which is why you should try to opt for pod kits or pen-style kits when and where you can.
Disposable vapes don't have any confusing operative buttons, meaning need only inhale as you would with a cigarette. Once all the pre-loaded juice inside has run out, all you need to do is dispose of your device, replace and repeat. It’s as easy as that!
Pod kits are lightweight, simple-to-operate devices which provide an experience similar to smoking cigarettes, just like what you get from disposable vapes.
As such, they’re considered to be the best option for those who have just quit smoking or those who have tried disposables but want a more long-term device to vape with.
Rather than tanks like pen-style kits, pod kits come with small detachable pods which hold your eliquid securely in place until it is ready to be heated up and vaporised by the device’s coil. Many pod kits even come with pre-filled pods which usually include a high nicotine content. This is another reason why these kits are popular among those who have just made the switch from smoking to vaping!
It’s great to know that most pod devices offer a tighter draw and a better throat hit, which will help to keep those cravings for cigarettes down.
To use any pod kit, inhale slowly and hold the vapour in your mouth. Before exhaling, make sure to inhale into the lungs. This is known as Mouth-to-Lung vaping, which is exactly what disposable vapes offer!
Pod kits are easy to clean and maintain, with some even including variable wattage options, as well as replaceable coils which can be cost effective.
There’s also a number of advanced pod kits on the market which can utilise both a Mouth-to-Lung and Direct-to-Lung inhalation style. However, these types of kits are recommended for more experienced vapers.
Pen-style kits, also known as vape pens are another type of beginner-friendly vape devices which provide customisation through features such as adjustable airflow and variable power.
The best part? These features are able to enhance both your device’s flavour distribution and vapour production! These kits feature high-powered removable batteries, but are still very compact and travel-friendly. Rather than pods like pod-style kits, pen-style kits utilise a component known as a tank, which houses your e-liquid.
Using a pen-style vape kit couldn’t be easier! They have a single button interface for both turning and firing the device.
Now that you know more about pod-style and pen-style kits, it’s time to start thinking about eliquids.
E-liquids, also referred to as vape juice, e-juice, or even just juice, are what you’ll be putting into your vape device. When your device is activated, whether by inhaling or through the press of a button, the coil inside your vape heats up the e-liquid and turns it into delicious vapour.
Disposables are pretty handy in that they come prefilled with 2ml 10mg/20mg nic salt flavours, but with a refillable vape, the flavour choice is near infinite!
With a refillable pod kit, you can use this same device with THOUSANDS of e-liquid flavours of your choice, allowing you to experiment with different juices and make the most out of your vaping sessions. There’s not just one vape juice flavour variety to choose from, but many, including fruit, sweets, dessert, drinks, menthol, and tobacco!
Plus, not only can you vape with nicotine salts, but you can also use 50/50 e-liquids, a freebase form of e-liquid which offers a balanced blend between flavour and vapour production.
Before you go, let’s quickly go over nicotine strengths. First off, it helps to know that nicotine strength ranges from 3mg-20mg.
So, if you were previously a light smoker, you’ll benefit most from 3mg-6mg.
For mid-range smokers, 12mg is advised, however if cravings increase, we recommend upping your intake until you’re satisfied. It’s always best to go for a higher strength nicotine e-liquid than risk going back to cigarettes.
If you consider yourself as a heavy smoker, we recommend starting off with higher strengths of 18mg-20mg.
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