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Although vaping seems simple enough, there are plenty of potential mistakes that can negatively impact your experience. Vapers of any experience level can make a mistake, but they’re definitely most common among beginners.
If you recently started vaping, here are the seven most common beginner mistakes to watch out for.
1. Failing to Prime Your Coil
This one is easy to forget, and it can lead to those nasty burnt hits. By priming your coil, you’re getting some e-liquid on the wick before you use it, which reduces your odds of a burnt hit and can help your coils last longer.
Using your e-liquid bottle, apply small drops to the exposed areas of the wick. The exact procedure for this will depend on your setup, but it’s a simple process regardless. When you first use a coil, take a couple light draws on your vape without hitting the fire button, and then wait at least five minutes before you use it. This ensures your coil is primed.
2. Not Taking Care of Your Battery
Taking proper care of your battery makes a huge difference in how long it lasts. When you’re not using your vape, turn it off to avoid draining the battery for no reason. Unplug your vape when it’s done charging. Many vapers make the mistake of leaving their vapes plugged in overnight, which is an easy way to ruin the battery life.
Make sure you never leave your vape in the car on a hot day, either. The battery could be heavily damaged from the temperature and possibly even explode.
3. Getting the Cheapest or the Most Expensive Gear
When you’re starting out, it’s smart to stick to that middle ground of quality gear that doesn’t break the bank. If you go for the cheapest gear you can find, it will be low quality, and your vaping experience won’t be very good. Spending too much isn’t wise, either, as you don’t know yet that you need the latest, most high-tech gear.
There are plenty of great starter kits in the $50 to $100 range. For that price, you can get a good vape that will last you a long time.
4. Picking an E-Liquid with the Wrong Nicotine Level
E-liquids come in a variety of nicotine levels. If you’re trying to quit smoking, the optimum amount is just enough to keep you from turning back to cigarettes, and you can gradually work your way down to lower strengths. If you’re just vaping as a hobby, start with a low nicotine level, as going too high could make you sick.
5. Using the Same E-Liquid Every Time
It’s natural to find e-liquids that you really like, but if you only vape the same flavor every time, you can get what’s known as vaper’s tongue. That means you’ve used the same flavor long enough that you can’t even taste it. To avoid this, experiment with different flavors on occasion. You can have your favorites, but mix in something new to surprise your taste buds. Besides avoiding vaper’s tongue, you can also find new flavors that you enjoy this way.
6. Not Changing Your Coil Enough
Coils only last so long, and once a coil starts dying, your vaping experience won’t be as good. You’ll get a weaker flavor because the coil isn’t strong enough anymore, and you’re more likely to get burnt hits.
There is no set timeframe for how often you should change your coil, as this depends on how much you vape and the coil itself. If you vape occasionally throughout the day, an average coil will typically last about two weeks, but this can vary quite a bit. When you start to notice changes in the strength of your hits, it’s probably time to replace the coil.
7. Vaping without Consideration for Other People
Vaping doesn’t have the same detrimental health effects or lasting odor as cigarettes, but you should still be careful about where you vape. Not everyone is going to like being in the same area as your clouds.
As a general rule, if it would be rude to smoke somewhere, you should avoid vaping there or at least double check before you do. When you’re courteous about you’re vaping, it gives people a more positive impression of vapers.
With time, you learn what to do and what to avoid when it comes to vaping, but it’s also good to know what the most common mistakes are. Keep the mistakes listed above in the back of your head to be a better vaper.
Abby Drexler is a contributing writer and media specialist for Pink Spot Vapors. She regularly produces content for a variety of vaping blogs.