Complete Guide: Vaping for Beginners

By Patrick Banks

Posted 2 years agoOTHER

Vaping has increased in popularity over recent years, to the point that the number of people enjoying the process is now estimated to be tens of millions globally. The simplicity of inhaling and exhaling vapor clouds is part of the reason it is popular. Another reason it continues to draw interest is you can customize the journey to meet your needs.

Vaping uses a device to create a vapor cloud from liquids. Users have a variety of flavors and nicotine levels to choose from. Many vapers are smokers trying to quit dangerous tobacco products or are former smokers who have succeeded in stopping. Others are curious about the buzz surrounding vaping.

Today’s market offers many types of vape devices. The workings are similar between devices, but many modern designs let you modify your experience. From an E-cigarette that looks like a traditional smoke to open systems like the Suorin Drop 2 Pod Kit, vapes offer you several options.

Let’s look at the techniques, equipment, and liquids to see where you might want to start.

The Techniques of Vaping

Those new to vaping might assume that it is similar to smoking cigarettes, cigars, or pipe tobacco. Smoking is combustion-based, involving the process of burning tobacco and inhaling smoke filled with substances like carbon monoxide, tar, and thousands of other chemicals. Vaping “vaporizes” a liquid that creates a cloud of mist from a heated coil. That vapor cloud does not contain the thousands of toxins that fill smoke from burning tobacco and paper.

There are some things that you will need to vape. A disposable vape be the easiest way to get started. You use it until it is out of E-juice or the battery dies, then you dispose of it properly and get a new one. These are a great way to help transition from smoking, as the devices are similar to a cigarette.

One of the driving forces behind the industry is customization, though. You can get a starter kit that you feel comfortable using that meets your needs. Some things to consider include design, ease of use, battery life, and cost.

Inhaling: Mouth to Lung

One method of inhaling is Mouth to Lung (MTL). With this method, you inhale the vapors from the device into your mouth and then further into your lungs. It is a beginner-friendly method that resembles how many people smoke cigarettes. Devices you plan to MTL vape need coils with one or more ohms of resistance.

Inhaling: Direct to Lung

Another method of inhaling is Direct to Lung (DTL), or sub-ohm. Here, inhaling the vapors from the device goes directly into your lungs. The process is similar to taking a breath of air. Novice vapers might feel overwhelmed by a thicker cloud, so DTL is often the choice for more experienced users farther along in their journey.

The Equipment Used for Vaping

You might feel overwhelmed by the device selection if you are new to vaping. These break down into four types of devices you can buy based on your lifestyle (making it easier to understand).


The cheapest and simplest E-cigarettes are disposables. If you want to try vaping out or are trying to stop smoking, this is the place most people start. You buy it, use it, and discard it. Disposable E-cigarettes are found everywhere, from corner stores to retail shops.

Starter Kits

A logical place to start your journey would be a vape starter kit. They come with an E-device, vape juice, and a battery charger. Most are discreet and easy to carry.


These are step-ups from your starter kit designs. They will allow you to vape longer between charges, and the battery is replaceable. You will also have variable wattage and power modes to choose from here.


Pods like the Suorin Drop 2 Pod Kit are one of the newer innovations. They are more compact and use E-juice cartridges. That juice contains a mixture of nicotine salts, propylene glycol, and vegetable glycerin that you can select to meet your needs.

The Liquids Used for Vaping

Many vapers consider the E-liquids, also called E-juice, the first place to customize their experience. E-juice comes in a wide variety of flavors and nicotine levels. Examples of the 1,000s of flavors include beverages, fruits, and desserts.

Most liquids contain flavorings, nicotine salts, propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerine (VG), and water.       

About the author Patrick Banks

Patrick is a Berlin-based dating advisor, motivational speaker, a huge fitness and vegan diet enthusiast and the main editor at Wingman Magazine, specialised in men's health. His ultimate goal is to share with men around the world his passion for self-development and to help them to become the greatest version of themselves. He believes a healthy body and successful social interactions are two main keys to happiness.