How to Choose the Right Vaping Kit for You

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Invented in 2003, the modern e-cigarette or vape has fast grown in popularity due to it containing less harmful chemicals and being more convenient (being able to smoke it indoors). Following a survey by the Health Promotion Agency in 2016, apparently 1 in 6 New Zealand adults had tried a vape. With this rise in popularity, more and more people are moving away from the humble cigarette and investing in a vaping kit.

When you first start vaping, some of the kit can seem a little daunting but once you get to know the lingo, you’ll be vaping like a pro. Currently New Zealand law allows you to import up to 3 months’ supply of nicotine containing e-liquid for your own use, but not for supply. Let’s take a look at what each part of your vape does and what kit would be best for you.

The Four Main Components of the Vape

  • The tank. This part holds the e-liquid and replaceable coil. One side contains a mouthpiece you draw from and the other the thread.
  • The coil. The coil heats the e-liquid producing a vapour and is screwed into the tank.
  • MOD/batteries. The Mod provides power to the coil, creating heat to vaporize the liquid.
  • E-liquid/e-juice is what you vape. It comes in a range of flavours and nicotine strengths.

What Type of Vape Kit Should You Buy?

First you have to decide on how you want to use a vaporizer. If you want to feel like you’re smoking a real cigarette, then a mouth to lung device is what you need. This type of device has a more restrictive air-flow, simulating the same tight draw you’d get with a real cigarette.

If you’re a fan of smoking shisha and enjoy the big draws of smoke into your lungs, you need a direct to lung vaporizer. These devices create more vapour and will use more power from your device. The increased amount of vapour goes direct to the lungs mimicking the shisha pull.

Which Nicotine Strength Should You Choose?

You can use any nicotine strength in any device but there are a few pointers to consider. If you’re an ex-smoker weaning yourself off cigarettes, you’d want the high to medium strength which is 18mg or 12mg of nicotine. Light or social smokers might want to consider the low 3mg nicotine strength.

Direct to lung users would want to use light or zero nicotine strength. The high 6mg strength can be harsh on the throat therefore the low 3mg of nicotine is generally the most favoured strength.

To help you get started with vaping, have a look at the starter kits which have all the parts needed and are easy to use. You can choose from a range of colours and price ranges to get a vapour kit that really suits your needs.

If you’d like some help selecting your first vapour kit, contact the Hooper’s Vapour team via the contact form.

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