How to find the right vape kit for you


Getting started

People start vaping for many reasons but the two I hear most often are either looking for a healthier alternative than smoking, or simply because the person has been hanging around with vapers and those clouds always smell so good.

But there is a confusing amount of options to choose from if you don’t have anyone to advise you and let’s face it, some vape shop employees are just not as helpful as others when it comes to advice. Sometimes they’re more interested in meeting sales targets than giving the customer what they really want or need. Others are practically savants and will find exactly the right fit for you.

Craig at The Happy Vape Co is more than happy to chat with anyone to find out what they’ve tried, what they don’t want to try and where they’d like to go next on this journey through the clouds.

The changes in the vape industry in the past 5 years have been astounding. With millions more people switching to vaping, hardware and juice manufacturers are being truly innovative to try and make their own mark in what is rapidly becoming a congested marketplace. But I believe right now we are in the best place we will ever be as vapers.

Countries around the world are suddenly trying to regulate the industry and devise taxing revenue from a phenomenon that has taken everyone by surprise with the speed it’s grown. New regulations like the revisions to the Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) in Europe have hampered innovation and choice and this trend is only likely to continue. The United States is clamping down differently in different states. Some countries will even jail you if you’re caught vaping and yet they allow traditional tobacco products.

But until the (dust) clouds settle, we have a dizzying array of products to choose from to find what works best for each person

Sub Ohm or MTL?

Most people seem to agree that the first step away from cigarettes works better if the physical sensation whilst vaping is as close as you can get to taking a draw on a cigarette. This is why tobacco flavoured juice variants are so popular. But the flavour is only part of it. You want a restricted air draw similar to the amount of air which passes through a cigarette filter and something small and simple to use. When I first tried vaping, the only devices readily available were the same size, shape and colour as cigarettes. The airflow was the same, but the major drawback was the amount of vapour I was inhaling. It was so thin and disappointing I only lasted a couple of days before sparking up a coffin nail. These were the first mouth to lung, or MTL products. Named so because you draw the vapour into your mouth before inhaling it into your lungs, just like the way most people inhale cigarette smoke.

Since then, MTL kits with a battery and clearomiser/cartomiser became the entry device. The clouds were slightly better, but they looked like cheap toys and the batteries died way too quickly.

But now, you have a vast range of MTL kits to choose from and if these aren’t what you’re after, you can opt for pod devices. The principles are very similar, but the pod devices are the next evolution of the MTL kit. Some are even capable of MTL and DTL on the same device by adjusting the type of pod inserted and changing the air flow restriction. (DTL stands for direct to lung, which is simply inhaling straight from the device into your lungs.)

DTL vaping is usually done with sub ohm equipment. This refers to the resistance in the coils inside the vape device you’re using, known for producing much larger clouds and usually much more vibrant, intense flavours. Although some of the more intricate flavour profiles can be slightly muted when you’re taking in these large clouds.

DTL devices are where the most choices of style, size, colour and interface options are available in the kit you choose. You can go for box mods like the Eleaf istick tc40 and buy your own atomiser to stick on top. Or buy a kit which comes with complementing mod and tank. Whether it’s a sub ohm tank using premade coils, a rebuildable tank atomiser (RTA) which allows you to choose exactly what type of coil and wick you want to use in the tank, or a rebuildable dripping atomiser which is typically an open deck plate on which you install your own coils and wick allowing for much more frequent changes in juice flavour than a tank allows for.

When looking for e-liquid to go with your chosen device, 50/50 VG/PG ratio is the mix you should look for when vaping on MTL devices, and 7030 or higher for DTL

Most MTL users eventually switch to DTL vaping but the beauty of vaping is you can change your devices and juices however you like, whenever you like, subject to your available budget. Have a browse of the hardware pages on The Happy Vape Co website and I’m sure you’ll find something to suit your needs and please, feel free to contact us if you want any advice on which direction to take

James Hardaker

James Hardaker

The Happy Vape Co’s resident blogger

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