Just like your elementary biology class, knowing the anatomy of your vape kit is essential for you to get the right setup that suits your vaping needs.
There are vape kits that are used to vaporized herbs (we don’t discuss that here since it’s illegal in our country of operation), and some that are used to vaporize liquid.
Here are the usual parts of your vape kit:
The battery supplies power to your vaporizer. This is where the magic happens. Your battery dictates how much build resistance your kit can tolerate, as well as how long you can enjoy vaping one full-charge.
While some mods have them built-in, most batteries are external. This ensures that you can continue using your mod even if your battery dies out by purchasing another set of cells for your vaporizer. We know for one that a battery is only good for a few thousand cycles, so an external battery is the better choice.
Batteries are also the main culprit for vaping accidents, so it is important to ensure that you know battery safety very well.
Your vape mod is the muscle of your vape kit. The mod that you use dictates how much power is supplied to your atomizer. There are different type of vape mods, so choose one that aligns with your vaping goals.
For starters, we would suggest something handy like the iStick Pico. It has just the right amount of power at a small form-factor, as well as safety features that are not available on a mechanical mod. More advanced vapers can get fully-mechanical mods or multi-celled regulated box mods for an extra oomph.
Like your vape mod, there are different types of atomizers. Modern vape atomizers usually have a 22-25mm diameter, and there are some manufacturers that make bigger atomizers.
In theory, an atomizer with bigger airflow holes produces more clouds but less flavor, and smaller airflow holes mean otherwise. Pick your poison.
For some atomizers, there are OCCs (organic cotton coils), which are coils that come with a built-in wick and are disposable, and a rebuildable deck which lets you build your own coil after it has gone bad.
To keep enjoying your vaping experience, we would recommend that you use a rebuildable atomizer, since OCC production tends to get discontinued when the atomizer used for it is phased out.
The coil is your vaporizer’s heating element. As mentioned above, your heating element may be an OCC, or something that you can make yourself (for rebuildable atomizer decks).
Rebuilding a coil has a wide array of options. Some of the most common coil materials are:
If you are a beginner, we would suggest that you go with kanthal since it has the highest resistance (safer) compared to other wire materials.
Also, there are special wires built for cloud chasing and flavor chasing. Some of these are:
We would suggest that you use these types of wires if you already know the basics of building coils. These wires can stress out your battery and might cause accidents if you don’t know how to use them correctly.
The wick is that part of material inserted into your coil that absorbs your e-liquid. The type of wicking material that you use defines how often you need to drip e-liquid into your coil, and how flavorful it can get.
These are some of the most popular wicking materials available on the market:
Cotton would be our recommended wicking material since it is widely available, and absorbs a lot of flavor compared to the others on the list.
Your e-liquid, also called as e-juice, is the fluid that is being vaporized by your atomizer.
E-liquids are available in a wide array of flavors; pastry, fruity, mint, tobacco, candy, and sometimes a combination of multiple types.
Most e-juice brands are available in various nicotine strengths; usually from 0-36mg. If you are a heavy smoker, we would suggest that you get an e-liquid with nicotine to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
The ratio of your e-liquid defines if it’s good for vapor or flavor. An e-liquid with a higher VG content produces more clouds, while an e-liquid with a higher PG content produces more flavor.
The golden ratio that we have found (both for flavor and clouds) would be 70/30 (70% VG, 30%PG).
Before you purchase your first personal vaporizer, make sure that you are aware of what you are buying, and how each part of it works. Making the wrong purchase is a waste of time and money, so choose every part of your kit wisely.