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||Best vape pen starter kit||200 mAh|
What is a vape pen?
A vape pen, also commonly referred to as a vape pen or vapor pen, is a pen shaped vape capable of vaping either e-liquids, dry herb or wax/dabs. Vape pens are most commonly used for vaping e-liquid, which can either contain nicotine or be nicotine free. Vape pens are popular given their size and ease of use for smokers looking to switch to vapes.
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Why vape pens?
Vape pens are the one of the best starting points for new vapers or ex-smokers given their small size, decent battery life and ease of use. They also provide great flavor and can also produce large clouds of vapor should you want to chuck some clouds. The experience provided by a vape pen is far superior to that of an e-cigarette (cig-a-like) due to the more powerful battery which in turn helps provide more vapor and flavor for a better experience. Whilst vape pens don’t have the battery life of a vape mod (box mod), they do provide a far more convenient form factor making them more inconspicuous and easier to carry around. Not everyone wants a huge vapor device and a lot of new vapers and smokers want something that looks good and that will help them to get off cigarettes.
Different types of vape pens
The most common form of vape pen. Can be used for e-liquids with or without nicotine. Often used by smokers looking to quit or switch to a less damaging alternative.
Vape pens intended for use with weed/cannabis. These pen vapes are a smaller stealthier version of their larger portable vaporizer counterparts.
Vapor pens used with cannabis concentrates also often referred to as dabs, wax or oils.
Quick start guide
Once you have selected your first vape pen starter kit, it is time to start vaping. Follow the steps below to get your vapor pen fired up for the first time:
- Charge your vape pen battery fully with the provided charger
- Place the coil/atomizer inside your vape pen
- Fill your pen vape with e-liquid and let the coil saturate for 5 minutes
- Once your coil is saturated turn your vape pen on. This is commonly done by pressing the fire button 3-5 times quickly.
- Find the right airflow for your atomizer/coil by adjusting the airflow control if you have one
- Hit the fire button to start your vape and inhale at the same time
- Enjoy your new vape pen!
Different inhaling styles
A tight draw that mimics the draw of a cigarette. Often preferred by smokers and those looking to use higher nicotine e-liquid. With mouth-to-lung your first draw vapor into the mouth and then into the lungs like you would with a cigarette.
- Uses less e-liquid and therefore reduces your e-liquid costs
- Often used with higher PG e-liquid to provide a bigger throat hit
- Similar to a cigarette draw
- Less flavor
- Less vapor production (clouds)
Direct Lung Inhale
The direct lung inhale is similar to the draw of a shisha and is a very airy. Users draw vapor directly into the lungs. This inhaling technique has become more popular because of its greater flavor and vapor production. For direct lung a higher VG e-liquid is used (usually 70% VG or higher).
- Great flavor
- Huge vapor production
- Good for vape tricks
- Uses larger volumes of e-liquid (higher e-juice bill)
- You will need to re-fill your vape pen more often
- Uses more battery as often used with lower resistance coils
Choosing the right e-liquid
E-liquid consists of mostly four main ingredients: Vegetable Glycerin (VG), Propylene Glycol (PG), Flavorings and Nicotine. The PG to VG ratio varies depending on the type of vaping style you are looking for. What e-liquid and PG/VG ratio you use with your vape pen depends on your inhaling technique, as talked about above. If you are opting for an MTL style draw then we suggest a 50/50 VG PG ratio e-liquid and if you are an ex-smoker a nicotine level of 18mg or above. If you are, however looking to direct lung as you want greater vapor production, then opt for a high VG e-liquid (70% or higher) as VG produces more vapor. The recommended vape pens below will often focus on either or, but there are some vapor pens that can vape both!
Buying from reputable vendors
Make sure when purchasing your first vape pen starter kit you purchase from a reputable vendor with good customer service. Given the poor track record of many Chinese manufactured vapes, it is important you select a shop based in your country with customer service also based in that country. A lot of the vendors we recommend on the site also have strong warranties and sometimes also money back guarantees. Check before you buy your vapor pen!