Vaping 101

Vaping in general is used and was designed as an alternative for smoking. So if you are a long term or a smoker who smokes a pack a day or a few cigarettes a day, or you might be a hookah smoker, then sure!! you should definitely give vaping a shot to help kick the habit of smoking cigarette or hookah or other means of combustible tobacco consumption methods out of your life.

When tobacco is consumed via combustion i.e cigarette’s etc, it produces smoke which contains over 4,000 chemicals, of which more than 70 are known to cause, initiate or promote cancer and are called “carcinogens”. Exposure to tobacco smoke increases the risk of developing cancer. We at AkDistro strongly suggest if you are not a smoker vaping isn’t really for you. That being said if you still choose to vape, rest assured you will definitely will be avoiding inhaling all those chemicals.

Since We are eliminating the combustion of tobacco, we are therefore eliminating all those 4000 chemicals. That being said there have been studies done by leading health organizations who have deemed vaping to be around 95% safer than a traditional cigarette.

UK’s Department of Health published a report in 2015 through Public Health England – a prestigious group of highly qualified scientists, researchers, and public health professionals, you can check the detailed report here.

Due to this many major European countries have legalized vaping under certain rules and regulations such as UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain etc.. You can find more information here.

We have added further links to help you understand the detailed information regarding the topic how safe vaping is against smoking.

https://www.vapeclub.co.uk/how-to-vape-guide/vaping-vs-smoking

An electronic cigarette / e-cigs, is an electrical device that simulates the act of tobacco smoking by producing an inhaled mist bearing the physical sensation, appearance, and often the flavor and nicotine content of inhaled tobacco smoke, though lacking its odor, and intended to omit its health risks. The device uses heat, or in some cases ultrasonic, to vaporize a propylene glycol also known as (PG) or vegetable glycerin (VG) based liquid solution into an aerosol mist, similar to the way a nebulizer or humidifier vaporizes solutions for inhalation.

Most electronic cigarettes are portable, self-contained cylindrical devices the size of a ballpoint pen or magic marker, though sizes vary, mainly due to differing battery capacities. Many electronic cigarettes are designed to resemble actual cigarettes or cigars, or even pipes. Most are also reusable, with replaceable and refillable parts, but some models are disposable.

The primary stated use of the electronic cigarette is an alternative to tobacco smoking, or a smoking cessation device, as it attempts to deliver the experience of smoking without, or with greatly reduced, adverse health effects usually associated with tobacco smoke.

CONSTRUCTION

Most electronic cigarettes take an overall cylindrical shape although a wide array of shapes can be found: box, pipe styles etc. First generation electronic cigarettes were usually designed to simulate smoking implements, such as cigarettes or cigars, in their use and appearance.

New generation electronic cigarettes often called mods, PV’s (personal vaporizer) or APV’s (advanced personal vaporizer) have an increased nicotine-dispersal performance, housing higher capacity batteries, and come in various form factors, including metal tubes and boxes

Many electronic cigarettes are composed of streamlined replaceable parts, while disposable devices combine all components into a single part that is discarded when its liquid is depleted. Common components include a liquid delivery and container system, an atomizer, and a power source.

E-juice is the key part of your alternative to smoking. The selection of flavours available e-liquids are as wide as your imagination.

Vaping e-liquids mainly have four basic ingredients

  • Nicotine, the main culprit whose addiction doesn’t allow you to quit smoking. Like seriously!!! Nicotine is the reason you end up inhaling 4000 chemicals unwantedly or unknowingly.
  • Propylene Glycol or PG which is normally used as a base to carry the flavours and to give a “roughness” or “throat hit” to the vapour.
  • Vegetable glycerin or VG to smooth out the flavour and texture of your vapour, this is also the main component that creates the “cloud” that you actually see.
  • Flavours is the final component that actually give taste to your e-liquids.

Nicotine –

One of the most important ingredients (if not the most important part) is the nicotine, you know that stuff that just doesn’t allow you to stay away from lighting that white stick up…

There are five main strengths of nicotine..

18 mg – 12 mg – 6 mg – 3 mg – 0 mg

Ratio –

When you buy vaping e-liquids you will often be asked to choose your PG / VG ratio. A 50 / 50 ratio means that the liquid will be half vegetable glycerin (VG) and half with propylene glycol (PG). The PG is used for flavour, more PG the higher the flavours but with that comes a second part, throat hit. Throat hit is how “rough” the vapour is in your throat.

First of all congratulations on choosing to quit! the choice is the hardest part, and a major step forward. Since you’ve just decided to step into the world of vaping, I urge you not to buy into the whole cloud chasing trend, that’s for later part if you choose to. Let me assure you that the ‘big cloud people’ is a small portion of our populous.

Vaping today consists of many styles, that is one to be sure (cloud chasing) but, it is one of many. We are writing this for you, whom are currently still smoking cigarettes. One thing you would notice if you picked up a mod from some vapors is that the draw will choke you, because of the power applied and the open airflow. Those are vape gear pieces you would certainly not want to look at. You would also have seen starter kits or, things we refer to as ‘cig-a-like’, and ‘egos’. A cig-a-like would be something similar to a Blu or Fuse. The ego, looks like a pen with a container on top.

There are a few options that come very close to emulating a vape like a cigarette smokes.

Now, if you want to get a little more complex and are drawn to other sides of vaping we need to look at starting with variable voltage and wattage.

And if you’d like any further assistance, feel free to contact us on customersupport@akdistro.in.

Best of luck to you, welcome to the family of vapors  and congratulations on making the healthiest choice to improve your life.

Ohm’s Law deals with the relationship between voltage and current in an ideal conductor.

This relationship states that –

  • The potential difference (voltage) across an ideal conductor is proportional to the current through it.
  • The constant of proportionality is called the “resistance”, R.

The above is the definition of the ohm’s law, and yes it is vital for a vapor to understand the concept of ohm’s law as we are dealing with circuits which have electricity flowing through it powered by a battery. Don’t worry we have simplified this with an example below for you to understand  how ohm’s law works. I know this taking us back to our school days.. sigh… but hang in there !!!

Think of a circuit as a hose. The water flowing through the hose is the electricity or current (amps). The pressure pushing the water is the voltage. Now pinch the hose. Pinching the hose is adding resistance. The pressure building up is voltage and the current flow has now decreased because you applied resistance.

Now if you take that Voltage or pressure and multiply it by the Current or Amperage you are given your power or wattage measurement.

The problem comes in when you have a 20A battery but are trying to force it to give you more current than it has to offer.

All 4 parts that make a circuit happen are happening in conjunction with each other and as an added note to the beauty of it, whatever energy is put in must be equal to the energy coming out. What this means is that all you need are two bits of information to determine the others.

Ohms law is basically the relation of those bits of information. If you multiply the resistance applied by the current you are then given your voltage or force applied.

For ease of use, the formulae are

vaping ohm's law

V=IR and P=VI
when:
V= voltage
I=current (amps)
P=power (watts)
R= resistance (ohms)

To put it in simple terms or rather in one word “BATTERIES”… yes… you’re dealing batteries, hence its vital for us to know… don’t we’re here for you…

A battery is a limited space to hold energy. This means that we have to work within our limits. You don’t want to overdraw on your batteries. If you do bad things can happen, such as venting a battery or causing a battery to explode.

Make sure you use a battery with a 20 Amp limit, meaning that if we assume the voltage after the spike from charging to be between 3.7 and 3.8 volts then the most we want to push the battery is about 75watts with a 0.18 ohm load at best. I try and preach that we stick with 20A batteries from known manufacturers. This essentially narrows down to four – Samsung 25r, Sony vtc4 & vtc5, and LGhe4.

What if my mod takes two batteries? In the event that your mod uses multiple batteries, use batteries purchased together from the same manufacturer and keep them together. We call that “married pairs” when one stops working replace them both.

Whenever possible use a standalone charger. I say this for two reasons, for one, its better for the battery. The second is that a lot of mods offer upgradeability and, if you break the charge port you also break the upgradeability.

Chargers are inexpensive now. We would recommend looking at XStar, EFest and Nitecore.

Temp control is basically the concept of not letting your coil go over a predetermined temperature. Many say this provides a more consistent flavorful vape without sacrificing clouds. It operates on the principal of the linear relationship between heat and resistance that some metals have. As the temperature rises on those metals so does the resistance.

Because the metals used are still being found and refined, I will not make a recommendation here on which to use, feel free to ask around or pop in the forum. What I will say is that this is where upgradeable firmware is important as is the option to enter in a tcr value for a metal of your choosing. The Dna200 and Yihi’s sx350 & rx200 boards all have this feature, and I am sure more are available now.

The best thing we can tell you is before you even look at individual mods is to write 3 lists.

  • features that a mod absolutely has to have for you
  • features you would like, but are not necessary
  • deal breakers, features that you would definitely not want

Then we would look at how you vape, and how would you like to vape in the future. Are you more for flavor and lower wattage? Or do you want to ‘BLOW CLOUDS BRO’? maybe both? or in between?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions ! Look at the options available out there and buy something that you know will work for you.

No one truly knows other than you. Keep in mind there is no wrong way to vape, except for unsafely.

So, get what you will enjoy and keep on vaping !

Amazingly getting e-liquid is not as complicated as you think.

You’ll see a ratio and a nicotine content in mg’s.
The ratio will appear as a fraction, for example: 50/50 or 70/30
Normally the first number is the VG or vegetable glycerin and the second is the PG. The VG smoothens out the texture and is the component which creates the thick cloud. The PG is usually what suspends the flavoring and nicotine; and allows for throat hit.

For a new vapor just off of a cigarette I would advise you to stick with a 50/50 juice. Again, we don’t know yet, how you will tolerate the vapor and we want to simulate a cigarette experience as closely as possible to wean you off of combustible tobacco. If you opt for something like a pen or anything with a 1 ohm resistance or higher, and a tighter draw is advisable.

We suggest to choose a higher nicotine strength liquid such as E-Fast.If you smoked a pack a day or more we would suggest an 18 mg nicotine. if you smoked half a pack or less perhaps a 12mg. Your body will tell you if you need to increase or decrease your nicotine level but these appear to be the two best places to start.

People who vape for clouds normally vape what is called “max” vg. This is normally 80-90 percent vg. They are also normally vaping a very low resistance coil and a higher wattage. The volume of vapor consumed pushes them to using a lower concentration of nicotine.

If you are starting with a sub-ohm tank around 30watts or more, we would suggest beginning with 6 mg nicotine for a pack a day or more smoker or 3 mg for half a pack or more.

You will probably want to come down from your starting point after a few weeks to months but lets not forget your goal. You are aiming to get off of cigarettes, and stay off.

Check out the max vg products here at our Shop.

Now that we have the numbers sorted out lets get to the fun stuff…. Flavors!

You’re just getting off cigarettes and your taste buds are shot, you probably can’t taste the fun stuff much and are mentally geared towards Marlboro or menthol. The most common flavors for a new vapor would be the ry4s and cowboy blends. Most vendors will carry these in there tobacco sections and both will have menthol or ‘ice’ versions.

If you are looking to kick the butts, I would suggest sticking with tobaccos and saving the deserts, fruits and other things until you’re a few weeks in. This will give you a goal and something else to think about; while crossing over to the dark side.

So there you have it, get yourself some juice, a starter kit, and good luck!!!!

Always store your e-liquid bottles away from light in a dark place. That’s what it is advised, as too much or constant exposure to light will end up spoiling your liquids.
Carrying liquids outside for few hours will not cause it to go bad.

Suppose you keep your liquids on a desk beside a window, thats a big no no as the bottles will be under direct contact of light or sunlight. Store them in a cupboard or a shoe box, you get the point.

By just filled my tank / atomizer you mean 5 mins – 8 mins then yes its ready to vape, if lord behold you mean 1 min to 30 secs, then please no. Its not ready to vape.

We know you are excited but please wait at least 5-6min before you vape, as the wick in the coil needs some time to soak up the e-liquid you’ve just filled in.

Calm down! No you don’t have to buy a new mod, rather since you have been using the same coil for a week, assuming you have been vaping a lot since it’s your first week after you quit smoking has sadly gone bad.

So all you have to do is change the wick or the coil in your atomizer/tank… thats it.. and yeah if you’ve been smoke free COMPLETELY then man congratulations!!! another step in the right direction.

Oh! Well if you aren’t tasting anything all of a sudden, this means that you have a vapors tongue…. There is nothing to worry.

This usually this happens when you vape one liquid for a looooong period or have been vaping consistently. All you have to do is switch the flavors preferably to fruity flavors such as grape etc… This should last for 1-3 days, possibly longer than that.

If switching flavors didn’t work stop vaping for sometime, anytime between this, please feel free to seek medical help, cause its better to be safe than sorry.

Vaping Dictionary

 

A

  • Adapter – An adapter allows a certain atomizer or cartomizer to fit a different battery than the standard.
  • Analog – A traditional cigarette that takes a flame.
  • APV – Advanced personal vaporizer. Generally requires separate batteries, tanks, and atomizers. Can be mechanical or electrical.
  • Atomizer or Atty – One of the central components of an ecig. It heats up the liquid and vaporizes it.
  • Automatic Ecig – A type of ecig that automatically activates during inhale. As opposed to manual, which has a button that activates the device.

B

  • Battery or Batt – Supplies the power to the atomizer which in turn vaporizes the liquid. Can be a one time use or, more likely, rechargeable.
  • Bridge – Sits inside of an atomizer and secures the cartridge above the coil. It also helps the liquid flow through the wick to the coil.

C

  • Cartridge or Cart – A plastic tube that is generally stuffed with some type of absorbent filler material that holds the liquid.
  • Cartomizer or Carto – A cartridge and atomizer in one. They generally are disposable, fairly inexpensive and pre-filled with juice.
  • Charger – A battery charger. Used to recharge your ecig battery.
  • Cig-a-Like – An e cig which very closely resembles a traditional cigarette in size and function.
  • Clearomizer – A clear tank storage and atomizer in one. They are refillable and supply liquid to the coil via a wick system. They hold anywhere from 1ml to 6ml of liquid.
  • Clone – A knock-off of an ecig. Generally clones only exist for the more expensive ecigs.
  • Coil – The part of an atomizer that heats the liquid.
  • Cloud Chasing – Vapers who try to achieve the largest clouds of vapor.

D

  • DNA Mod – An e cig mod with a DNA circuit board to control variable wattage or variable voltage. The DNA chip is made by Evolv Vapor.
  • Drip Tip – The very top piece attached to an atomizer which you put your mouth on.
  • Dripping – A method of adding juice to the atomizer. A user drips a few drops directly onto a wick and coil before vaping. Many users feel this method produces the best vapor production and taste.

E

  • E-Juice – Also referred to as E-Liquid, Juice, or Smoke Juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.
  • E-Liquid – Also referred to as E-Juice, Juice, or Smoke Juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.
  • eGo- A style of electronic cigarette that utilizes the 510 threads, 510 components and has a larger battery. Many people feel this is one of the best and easiest models of e-cigs that are available.
  • Electronic Cigarette or E-Cig – A device that heats a liquid solution consisting of nicotine, propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycol, and flavoring which produces vapor you can inhale.

F

  • FDA- Abbreviation for the (United States) Food and Drug Administration.
  • Filler Material or Filler – The absorbent material that is placed inside of a cartridge. It is used to help deliver the juice to the atomizer without flooding it. Most cartridges come with PolyFill as the filler material, some people also use cotton.
  • Flooding – Something that can occur when too much juice is applied to the atomizer. Since atomizers require some air to properly vaporize liquid, adding too much juice to an atomizer will cause a decrease in vapor production and flavor.

H

  • High Voltage Vaping or High Powered Vaping – An advanced vaping technique which produces hotter vapor and requires less draw to produce the same amount of vapor.
  • Hookah Pen – Another term for a slightly larger, disposable cig-a-like e cig which may or may not contain nicotine.

J

  • Juice – Also referred to as E-Liquid, E-Juice, or Smoke Juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.

L

  • Leaking – This can happen when too much liquid is added to an atomizer or cartomizer. Liquid can leak out of the bottom of the heating element and onto the battery, which in some cases can cause damage to the device.
  • Liquid – Also referred to as E-Liquid, E-Juice, Smoke Juice, or Juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.
  • Low Resistance or LR – An atomizer or cartomizer with a lower Ohm rating than the standard equipment. This generally causes the heating element to get hotter faster and produces vapor more quickly. In many cases it produces more vapor than an atty or carto that has a standard resistance rating.

M

  • Manual – A type of electronic cigarette that activates the heating element when a button is pressed. Generally found on eGo’s and other APV’s.
  • Mech Mod or Mechanical Mod – There are no electrical components like a circuit board in these advanced personal vaporizers. Some purists say there should be no soldered connections in a mechanical mod.
  • Mesh – Often stainless steel and used to create a wick for bringing e-liquid to the coils of an atomizer.
  • Mini – A type of e-cig that is generally about the same size as a traditional cigarette. They have the shortest battery life of any style. They are also often made of two parts, a pre-filled cartomizer and a battery.
  • Mod – Dual usage – Can be used to describe modifications to a device or accessory (such as getting more vapor production out of your cartridges) or a design variation of a commonly manufactured electronic cigarette. In the latter context, mods typically use larger rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries and allow the user longer battery life and increased vapor production but at the cost of the device looking like a traditional cigarette. Many mods will also allow the user to increase or decrease the voltage of their device to achieve optimal performance.

O

  • Ohm – A measure of electrical resistance. A lower number indicates lower resistance and faster heating.

P

  • Passthrough – A device that plugs directly into the USB port of a computer or charger and allows the user to vape without having to worry about battery life.
  • Pen Style – One of many styles of electronic cigarettes available. Slightly resembles a ball point pen in appearance.
  • Personal Charging Case or PCC – A portable charger that can be taken with a user on the go to charge electronic cigarette batteries. They are generally made to hold mini’s.
  • Propylene Glycol or PG – An ingredient found in many brands of E-Juice that produces a vapor that can be inhaled. Typically, PG produces less vapor than it’s VG counterpart but provides more flavor and throat hit. This substance has been used as a primary ingredient in medical inhalers for years.

R

  • RBA – Re-Buildable Atomizer
  • RDA – Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer

S

  • Smokeless Cigarette – A term used to refer to an electronic cigarette. This term is used commonly due to the fact that no actual smoke is inhaled or exhaled while using an e-cig.
  • Starter Kit – A kit that includes basic e-cigarette equipment. Typically includes everything needed to begin vaping. Most starter kits come with 1 or more atomizers, 1 or more batteries, a charger and 5 cartridges pre-filled with Juice.
  • Stealth Vaping – A technique used by vapors who want to hide their vapor clouds.

T

  • Tanks – A plastic or glass storage chamber that holds the liquid.
  • Throat Hit or TH – The tingling feeling one feels in the back of the throat when vaporizing juice that contains nicotine. Typically, since nicotine is a large contributing factor in throat hit, when a juice that contains zero nicotine is vaporized, there is no throat hit.

V

  • Vape or Vaping – The action of “smoking” an electronic cigarette. Since e-cigs actually produce vapor (rather than smoke) people refer to this as “Vaping”.
  • Vapor Production – Typically associated with Juices. Indicates how much vapor is produced using an average inhale of an e-cigarette.
  • Vaper(s) – A person or group of people who vape.
  • Variable Voltage or VV – A dial on a battery that allows you to change the variable heat at the atomizer coil. When changing the voltage, there are acceptable ranges for the resistance measured in Ohms. You have to manually adjust your clearo, cart, and/or atomizer to get the right resistance.
  • Variable Wattage or VW – A dial on a battery that allows you to change the wattage or power. The PV will then automatically adjust the voltage for the resistance.
  • Vegetable Glycerol or Vegetable Glycerin or VG – An ingredient found in many brands of E-Juice. This is one of the ingredients used that when heated will produce vapor that can be inhaled. Typically, VG produces more vapor than it’s PG counterpart but provides less flavor and throat hit. Some users who are allergic to Propylene Glycol use 100% VG juices.

W

  • Watt – A unit of power measured as one Joule per second.
  • Wick – A narrow piece of poly string or cotton(organic) roll that is inside many styles of atomizers that allows easier delivery of juice to the heating element.

All of the information provided here has been sourced from the following sources.
VapingUnderground
vaping360
wikipedia
google
personal experience..