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I will admit it, when I first got into vaping, I had no idea what mods, coils or e-liquids were. All these different terms may be overwhelming at first but you will soon catch on. When switching over from cigarettes to an electronic cigarette, it is vital that you choose a vape device (electronic cigarette) and an e-liquid that provides you with the same satisfaction that you would usually get from smoking a cigarette.

Benefits of Vaping

Switching from cigarettes to vaping can have many positive benefits, such as:

  • No smell of smoke on your breath, clothes or furniture.
  • No risk of cigarette burns or tobacco stains.
  • Fewer restrictions in public spaces.
  • Vaping often works out cheaper than smoking cigarettes.

A study done in the United Kingdom has shown that vaping is up to 95% healthier than smoking tobacco. Details about the study can be found here.

Choosing a Device

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There are many different devices available, choosing one that suits your needs will depend on a number of factors such as:

Budget

Vape devices generally range anywhere from R400 to R2000. There are many devices out there that can go for a lot more, but for someone new to vaping, spending that much is not necessary.

There are many decent vaping devices available that cost around R400 to R600, these devices are usually very basic, however they do get the job done. Starting off with a cheaper device is always recommended. Once you have successfully switched from cigarettes to vaping, you can then invest more money into a more expensive device.

Style

Do you prefer a small or big vaping device? Perhaps one that looks similar to a cigarette? There are hundreds of different mods available, all with different styles. Whether it be a small or big mod, black or pink, you will be able to find one to your liking.

The 3 main different electronic cigarette styles are as follow:

Cig-a-like: These are devices that look very similar to your traditional cigarette. They are small and easy to use.

Vape pens: These devices are usually made up of 3 parts: A battery, atomizer and mouth piece. Vape pens are the most popular choice for beginner vapers.

Box mods: These are bigger and bulkier than vape pens, they usually replaceable batteries and often used by more advanced users.

Convenience

If you live a busy lifestyle and don't have time to spend building coils for your device, then you may want a device that uses pre-built coils.While pre-built coils generally end up costing more over time, they are much easier to use and require no additional learning. If you don't mind spending the time to learn and build your own coils, then a device that can use custom built coils may be for you.

Choosing an E-liquid

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Once you have figured out what kind of device you want to start off with, it is time to choose an e-liquid that will best fit your needs. With vaping becoming increasingly popular, there are now many different e-liquid manufacturers offering a range of different flavours and nicotine strengths.

Nicotine Strength

Choosing the right nicotine strength plays the most important role when trying to quit cigarettes. Generally the more cigarettes you smoke in a day, the higher the nicotine strength of your e-liquid should be. For someone who has been smoking a pack a day for years, it is recommended they start with an e-liquid containing a nicotine strength of at least 6mgs. Once you have successfully switched from smoking to vaping, you can slowly decrease the nicotine strength of your e-liquid.

Brand

There are literally hundreds of different e-liquid brands available in South Africa. Some are good and some are not so good. When it comes to e-liquids, you generally get what you pay for. Opting to buy cheap e-liquids will often leave you unhappy with your purchase. Producing quality e-liquids that taste great, often require a lot of time and money. It is not as simple as throwing some flavours together and ending up with a great tasting product. Manufacturers will spend a lot of time fine tuning their recipes until they end up with a great tasting e-liquid. Quality locally produced e-liquids usually cost between R140 and R200 for 30mls.

Flavour

We are really spoilt for choice when it comes to e-liquid flavours. There are flavours to suit anyone's needs, whether it be apple pie or fizzy cola, whatever flavour you like you will be able to find.

The most popular flavours are usually pudding flavours such as apple pie, strawberry milkshake, peach yogurt etc...