So you want to start vaping?

So, the other week, we put together a proper vaping glossary in order to allay some of the confusion a first-time vaper must feel when confronted with the dizzying array of parts and products available. One of the best parts about vaping is how much you can customize your experience in order to fit your own tastes. Sadly, one of the worst parts about vaping is that sometimes it seems like all you can do is customize your own experience to fit your own tastes. What, then, is a beginning vaper to do? And what do you really need to think about when you want to buy your fist kit?

Once you get to the stage that you’re willing to seriously consider a switch to DIY vaping, there are two ways to go about it, you can go all-out on the DIY front, including the preparation of your own e-liquids, or you could focus on just choosing your own hardware and working with pre-mixed e-liquids. Both of these are perfectly good options, but exactly what equipment do you need to start with?

Every vaper is going to need the following items:

  • A Battery
  • A clearomizer
  • A wick
  • A battery charger
  • E-liquid

That’s pretty much it. Something like this very inexpensive starter kit has everything you need besides e-liquid. And the premixed e-liquids are going to be your weapons of choice in this case. For starter flavors, we recommend a tobacco flavor (RY4 is popular, and delicious), a simple flavor (something like vanilla, or clove), and a flavor that just tickles your fancy. If you want to have two flavors you can switch on the go, you may want to pick up a second clearomizer (like these), and you may want to get a second battery, too, in order to always have one available while the other is charging (like this one). This additional equipment will help you from backsliding to actual smoking.

If you want to go all-out and also make your own e-liquids, then you’re going to need a bit more gear. In specific, you’re going to need:

  • Propylene Glycol
  • Vegetable Glycerin
  • Unflavored nicotine liquid
  • Flavorings
  • An eye dropper or a syringe
  • Empty bottles
  • A pair of gloves

The PG and VG might be optional depending on how you buy your unflavored nicotine liquid. Thankfully, you can get a complete kit rather easily, or you can get parts piecemeal from this site under Flavorsàe-liquid ingredients. Although this seems like a lot more equipment, it’s really fairly basic. After all, you’re going to need to be able to calculate and create your own e-liquids from scratch, and that’s going to require some accuracy, as well as some basic safety measures. We recommend mixing e-liquids on a cleanable, non-porous surface of some sort, like glass.

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