From One Noob to Another
Toward the end of my second week of vaping I had already invested over $250 USD and didn’t even have a Provari. For something that started as yet another attempt to quit cigarettes I knew I was going a little overboard. Especially given my track record with other attempts. Gum, patches, medication – some worked better than others but all ended the same way. A cigarette in my mouth.
I’m what you could call a tech enthusiast. I build computers for fun. Install a Linux distro on the weekend only to format it later that day. A tinkerer by nature. Vaping and all that goes with it is a natural danger for me. Too many goodies to play with it thus so many goodies to buy. Smoking was never a hobby. Vaping clearly is. For me I think that’s part of the appeal and why I’m confident I’ll never pick up a cigarette again.
Back to my temporary insanity in spending trying to start up this latest cessation method / new hobby. I made a series of purchases over 10 days. I’d buy one thing only to read about something else I “need” later that day or the next. The amount of options out there are overwhelming to say the least. There is no clear cut “winner” for a carto, clearo, battery and so on. Like your favorite brand of cigarettes its subjective. You can cite your compelling reasons for choosing Marlboro over Camel but those reasons will be lost on a Camel fan. The same applies here only more so given the amount of fragmentation and product options.
With this I bought, and bought and bought. Purchase after purchase I would find something else. Initially this was with batteries. Once you run through those you soon realize its just a battery. Some have more control over the vape than others but arguably the biggest contributor to the “vaping experience” and ability to find your own “sweet spot” is in the delivery device. Your carto, clearo, atomizer etc. This can also be the most dangerous to your wallet. Death by papercuts. These things are cheap. So cheap you have no problem throwing a few in your cart and hitting “order.” The same applies to ejuice. Deceptively cheap but oh so important to your experience. The greatest gear in the world won’t make bad ejuice taste good and even more important is its so subjective you can’t always rely on others opinions.
What does on do? Well I can only provide hind sight from my own experiences. Hopefully it’ll save you a few dollars from experimenting.
- Batteries. If you’re starting out buy two. The many recommendations for backups is legit. If you’re quitting tobacco and rely on this thing to keep you on the wagon then its wise not to count on a single product produced in mass out of China. If you’re not concerned with a size similar to a cigarette I’d recommend an eGo Twist or Vision Spinner. It’ll give you scale in performance that will help prevent you from wanting to immediately upgrade over a smaller device and can last nearly all day if not all day depending on vaping habits.
- Cartomizers. I strongly recommend Boge brand from my own experience with others. Single coil. If you enjoy the vape then invest in a tank (carto tank setup) that’ll allow you to hold 3-6 ml’s of juice with out refilling.
- Clearomizers. In my experience most of these are great. Stardusts, Kanger T3′s, Vivi Novas etc. all provide a solid vape thats easily refillable and in my opinion a simpler way to start out. I personally prefer carto tanks at this point but as mentioned – there’s a huge amount of subjectivity in this. Regardless I recommend starting here.
- Atomizers. One of the biggest things I wish I did in the beginning was get an atomizer for dripping. eJuice comes in so many varieties you’re going to want to try quite a few unless you’re lucky enough to find a favorite right off the bat. Easily the most subjective part of vaping since it involves flavor. Filling a carto with ejuice just to find out you hate it is quite annoying. You can clean and dry the cartomizer but it’s really a pain in the butt. Dripping directly into an atomizer will allow you to sample a few drops of juice at a time. For non-rebuildables the HH 357 atomizer is recommended but on the pricey end.
- eJuice. Read, read and read. Not so much for the reviews (don’t dismiss them though) but for the descriptions of the flavors. I bought too many juices off the name alone. Obviously I was a little trigger happy but do yourself a favor and read as much as possible. Make posts asking around.
Now I’m off to go buy something else.