Beginners' Guide to Vaping

So you're ready to take the plunge into the world of vaping, but need to know a bit more about the terminology.

This handy guide answers the key questions that beginners need to know. it will help you make an informed choice about the type of kit that's right for you, making it more likely that your switch to vaping will be a success!

What components make up my vaping device?

Different types of vaping equipment


CE4 Kit

Compact, basic and the cheapest option. Usually found in petrol stations & newsagents and used by beginner vapers. These devices are OK and can help to quit smoking but generally not powerful enough to last more than a few hours so heavy smokers would need a few of them to see the day out.  As a result of this we do not actively promote these pens as they are generally seen less and less nowadays as the more powerful Vape Pens have become more affordable.  We do supply it as an low cost introduction to test vaping and can be bought here: CE4 Kit

CE4 Kit


Vape Pen

Slightly bigger and still inexpensive, Starter Vape Kits & Pod Vape Systems come with options that have seen great improvement over the original CE4 devices. Usually with bigger, better and lower ohm coils to give more flavour and a bigger hit. E-liquids with a higher VG content can usually be used.

Vape Pen


Mod & Tank

Numerous different designs of Advanced Vape Kits exist. These are the most effective way to vape with increased battery life and power. Designed for both low and high VG e-liquids.  We off the Mods on their own too.

Mod & Tank

RDAs & RTAs 

For the advanced vaper there are also Rebuildable Dripping Atomisers (RDA), Rebuildable Tank Atomisers (RTA) 

RDAs are not tanks and don’t hold e-liquid other than what is held in the cotton and the small well at the bottom of the unit. These work by simply dripping your e-liquid onto the coil and then firing the device, hence the name ‘Dripper’.

RDTAs are similar to RDAs but are actually tanks that are designed to hold e-liquid. Instead of using pre-made factory coils, the user can build them to their own preference and resistance, then wick with cotton.

Mouth to Lung (MTL)

This is achieved by using less airflow on the atomiser and drawing the vapour into your mouth with your cheeks before inhaling into your lungs, replicating the effect of smoking. Learn more.

Lung Inhale (DTL)

This is achieved by using more airflow (usually in the larger atomisers with wider drip tips) and using your lungs to draw the vapour whilst inhaling directly into the lungs. Learn more.

What is in e-liquid?

E-liquid uses base ingredients which typically consist of PG (Propylene Glycol) and VG (Vegetable Glycerin). PG and VG are combined with natural or artificial flavours in an almost unlimited variety, which means you’ll be sure to find something you can use as an all-day-vape (ADV). Our e-liquids have a variety of PG / VG ratios from your standard 50% PG / 50% VG as well as higher VG blends. E-liquid can also contain dilutants such as distilled water.

What is PG or Propylene Glycol?

Propylene Glycol is used as a flavouring carrier in food products, as an ingredient in food colouring and also used as an additive in various medicines. PG provides the throat hit sensation and is thinner in consistency than Vegetable Glycerine. Propylene Glycol is non toxic.

What is VG or Vegetable Glycerine?

Vegetable Glycerine is a sweet, vegetable based liquid. VG provides the vapour production which simulates smoke and is thicker than Propylene Glycol. Vegetable Glycerine is non toxic and the more VG in an e-liquid, the smoother it will be to vape.

What is sub-ohming?

Sub-ohming is vaping on a device where the atomiser coil has a resistance of less than 1.0 ohm. The reason some advanced vapers ‘sub-ohm’ is to increase the power output from their devices, creating more vapour and flavour from their e-liquid.

When vaping using sub-ohm coils a substantial amount of vapour is produced compared to using coils above 1ohm on the same device. Typically sub-ohm vapers take lung hits meaning they inhale straight to their lungs, increasing the vapour they can inhale each puff. Those who vape sub-ohm usually favour e-liquid with a higher percentage of vegetable glycerine than propylene glycol. The reason for this is that the vegetable glycerine creates larger clouds and denser vapour production. Because of the additional output and vapour produced and inhaled on each pull when vaping sub-ohm, it is the norm to use lower nicotine strengths (typically 6mg/ml and under).

Sub Ohm Coil


Of course, there is more to the world of vaping than we have included in this beginners' infographic; but this is a good place to start as an introduction. 

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