Vaping may seem daunting with lots of different electrical devices and accessories.
But when you understand how to vape at a very basic level, it’s as simple (and yet a healthier alternative, according to many health professionals) as smoking.
Essentially there are two techniques to inhale and exhale the vapour - one that is similar to smoking and one that is slightly different.
Once you’ve decided if you’re in the mouth-to-lung (MTL) or direct-to-lung (DTL) camp, you’ll then need to think about how many cigarettes you smoked and replicate that amount of nicotine. Hopefully, when you’re ready you can reduce your level to zero, removing vapes and cigarettes from your life completely to lead the best healthy lifestyle.
Once you pick the right device and match it with your chosen technique, the task is a lot more straightforward. Pop the e-liquid into the device along with the coil, press the fire button or auto inhale and puff away.
Granted vapers do come across minor setbacks such as coughing when they inhale, swallowing vapour and occasional technical struggles with the kit itself, but we wanted to answer all of your questions in this guide below so you know exactly how to vape and achieve the best results.
MTL vs DTL vs RDL (New Craze) - How Do You Vape With Each Technique?
Let’s start with the basics. You can inhale the vapour, which is created by heating the e-liquid inside your tank or pod, either directly into the lungs or mouth to lung. With MTL, it’s the same technique as you would smoking. This means holding in the mouth for a few seconds and then inhaling before exhaling back out of the lungs. It means picking a thin high PG or nic salt e-liquid, which we will explain more about later. And pairing this with a low-powered vape and a high-resistance coil instead of a Sub-Ohm coil.
In contrast, a direct into the lung vapour hit means inhaling more e-liquid, which creates a bigger puff of vapour.
Because DTL devices can absorb more e-liquid through increased power, you bypass holding the vapour in the mouth and inhale straight into the lungs.
Then you exhale straight back out for larger clouds and more flavour.
Typically DTL is not tested straight away by beginners because the sensation is new and often means picking a more advanced powerful vape kit and a lower resistance Sub-Ohm coil below one Ohm.
More recently, we have seen the emergence of a restrictive direct lung hit (RDL). This is when you can adjust the airflow on your device and yet puff an equal amount of vape juice. apering the airflow down to a restrictive level can allow a direct lung hit but not as smooth as a fully open airflow control would allow. You get the best of both worlds - a more restricted direct lung hit that still produces plenty of flavours but more of a throat hit to match.
How Many Cigarettes Did You Smoke? - Deciding the Type of E-Liquid and Nicotine You’ll Need
Once you know which technique to use, it’s important to think about the type of e-liquid you will need. There is no point getting a bigger strength of nicotine than you require, a flavour you don’t like, one that produces more cloud than you prefer or too intense/not enough of a throat hit. All of these decisions matter, making a difference to highlight whether your switch from smoking is a success or not. Here are the milligrams of nicotine in your e-liquid we recommend based on previous habits:
- Heavy smoker - 20 cigarettes or more per day - start on 18-20mg
- Social smoker - 10-15 cigarettes per day - 10-14mg
- Casual smoker - 1-9 cigarettes a day - try 6mg or less
For heavy smokers, it’s best, to begin with at least, if you try smooth nic salts or high PG e-liquids, which will be less harsh on the throat and produce fewer clouds to match the habit of smoking.
Social smokers tend to choose 10mg nic salts, 10mg freebase nicotines or something slightly higher based on personal preference plus trial and error. You’ll know when you vape it whether the throat hit, airflow, cloud production and flavour are right based on the kit you pair your vape juice with.
You can try and match the wattage of your device with the coil recommendation, which will be on the coil. Go high or low on the wattage up and down buttons on the vape kit to find the sweet spot for you.
Finally, for casual smokers who just want to quit, don’t go too high in terms of nicotine. Best to go with a low milligram 50VG/50PG balance that produces just enough cloud and flavour, while keeping the throat hit at a moderate level.
Select Your Vape Device
Based on our recommendations from points one and two, you should have a good idea of what vape kit you’ll need.
Beginners and in particular heavy smokers typically pick disposables and compact pod kits currently, based on their easy-to-use setups.
Meanwhile, intermediate vapers with a good grasp of how to vape go with pod-mods or advanced mod kits. You just have to decide if you want a refillable device, a closed system pod or a disposable all-in-one kit that you throw away when you’re done.
Look in the product descriptions as well whether it has a fire button or auto-draw only, meaning you inhale on the mouthpiece like you would a cigarette to activate. Some devices offer the option of both.
So there you have it, a simple rundown of how to vape, starting with recognising whether you’ll stick with mouth-to-lung vaping like cigarettes or try to inhale directly into the lungs to achieve more flavour and cloud production from a more powerful kit.
Once you’ve found your favourite type of e-liquid and grabbed a device, you should be good to go. Just remember to spend 15-30 seconds in between each inhalation to give yourself and the device time to recover. Take your time to save your coils. Keep in mind your nicotine levels - don’t go higher than you would smoke previously and drop gradually when you feel ready.
Finally, just bear in mind that vaping is meant to be a cessation tool to help smokers quit. It shouldn’t be picked up by a non-smoker as nicotine and inhaling substances into the lungs isn’t good for your general health.
Vaping may seem daunting with lots of different electrical devices and accessories. But when you understand how to vape at a very basic level, it’s as simple (and yet a healthier alternative, according to many health professionals) as smoking.