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Beginner's Vape Guide

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Hey there, want to know more about vapes? Our comprehensive beginner's guide will tell you everything you need to know to get going.


Vaping has grown to 40 million plus users worldwide bringing exciting new flavours to vapers and helping cigarette users switch to a cleaner lifestyle.

This ultimate quick guide covers all the vaping basics from vape types to the role of vaping liquids in a vape device.

Read more to learn how to choose the right vape type and things to consider when choosing your vaping liquid.


  What makes  

 a Vape? 

Vapes have 3 vital components...

  • Liquid

  • Coil

  • Battery


Vaping Liquids are flavoured mixtures which are held inside a vape's tank or pod.

The vape coil heats this liquid, turning it into vapor.

This coil is powered by a battery which can be built-in or external.


Every vape device has a  battery  that powers its   coil   which heats and vaporizes the  liquid

You can choose from 3 types of vaping devices.


Disposable Devices or Vape Sticks which are ready to go. They are fully charged and filled with flavour blends. Vape sticks range from 300 to 2000 puffs depending on the vape's size. Devices are draw activated. To use a vape stick, just open the box and start vaping. To browse disposable vapes, check out the flavour section here.


Closed Pod Devices that use pre-filled flavour pods with built-in coils inside the pods. These devices are draw activated and re-chargeable. Only the pods need to be replaced when finished. Ideal combination of convenience and flavour options. To view pods for sale, check out the falvour section here.


Open Pod Devices have re-fillable pods or tanks. The tank holds the vaping liquid. These devices have re-chargeable batteries which may be built-in or external. The coils in these devices are also replaceable. Open-pod devices have Add-ons such as power control and are also called Mods or Box Mods. Mods are the ultimate choice for maximum flavour options and customization.

Mods may come with Add-ons and features like:

  • Wattage Control

  • Replaceable Pods or Coils

  • LED/OLED Screens

  • Usage Monitors

  • Touch Screens

  • RTAs, RDAs and RDTAs

  • Squonking

RTAs or Rebuildable Tank Atomizers are vape tanks with coils that can be built manually.

RDAs or Rebuildable Dripping Atomizesr are tanks that allow dripping liquid directly onto the coil and wick. Great for quickly switching flavours but they hold less liquid.

RDTAs or Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizers are a hybrid of RDA and RDTA. This means liquid can be dripped onto the coil and wick and it also has higher liquid holding capacity.

Squonk Mods have a flaxible E-Liquid bottle inside which feeds E-Liquid to the tank when pressed to prime the coil.


There are 3 main factors to consider when choosing an E-liquid.

 The VG/PG Ratio  - VG is slightly denser than PG and a higher level of VG is required for high power vaping.

 Nicotine Level  - Higher nicotine levels are more comparable to the experience of smoking and is recommended for anyone looking to make the switch from smoking to vaping.

 The Flavour  - Possibly the biggest factor in choosing an E-liquid is its flavour and this is something that highly depends on personal preference. You might try a few before you find the ones that really work or you might just love the first one you try. Luckily, we have a huge selection of flavours neatly arranged for you :)

What's in the E-liquid?

E-Liquids or E-Juices are used with open pod devices. They are flavour blends with 2 base ingredients. Vegetable Glycerin or VG and Propylene Glycol or PG. All liquids have a VG and PG ratio along with added flavours and Nicotine. Liquids can also contain Nicotine Salts which are best suited for lower power devices or closed-pod systems such as the JUUL.


 Choosing your   E-Liquid 


So you've got the vaping basics down and now you're probably wondering how can the guide still be going! Thats because we want to tell you about the different styles of vaping.

There's 2 ways to go about this ...


 Mouth to Lung Vaping or M-T-L 

Mouth to lung vaping is a 2 step inhale. Vapour is first drawn into the mouth and then into the lungs. This type of draw is slightly restrictive and is common in disposable vapes and closed-pod vapes. It is also similar in sensation to smoking.

 Direct to Lung Vaping or D-L 

Direct to lung vaping is a less restrictive style of vaping and the vapour is inhaled directly into the lungs with a single draw. Direct to lung devices usually have higher power settings and produce thicker vape clouds. This is similar in sensation to shisha or hookah smoking.


WOW! You made it all the way. Thank you for staying with us till the end. Finding your perfect vape can take some experimenting and Instasmoke makes trying easier with clutter-free menus and flexible returns.

If you'd like to know more about vape types and device options, let us know. We'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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