For the first part of the article click here: A beginners guide to vaping in 2015
RDAs on the other hand are a totally different story. They allow the users to build their own coils and experiment with different layouts, different wicking and different types of wire. Building your own coils is not extremely difficult and there are numerous tutorials online, as long as you are willing to learn some basics about electricity. RDAs, like the Holmes RDA are also referred to as drippers because – as opposed to clearomizers – they don’t have a tank to store the e-liquid in. Instead they have something called a ‘well’ located on the base where the wicking material needs to be placed and the user has to constantly drip e-liquid on the cotton to keep it saturated. So after a few puffs, depending on the size of the well, it’s going to need more e-juice. So with all the fuss, you might ask yourself why are these so popular – well, because they offer unparalleled flavor and a massive vapor production that’s hard to match with regular clearomizers. However, there are some sub-ohm tanks out there (with sub ohm heads) that come very close at mimicking the experience you get with an RDA.
So we have a battery or a mod, a tank or an RDA – all we need is some e-liquid. And the choice is yours because there are so many brands out there and the variety is endless. From genuine tobacco flavors for sweet, fruity and even gourmet flavor, there no doubt you will find at least one to suit your needs. Many of them come in customizable VG to PG ratios, predefined nicotine levels and if you’re not entirely satisfied with what you can buy from vendor you do have to option to do it yourself with the wide range of bases and flavor concentrates.
Last but not least, you are going to need something to recharge your battery with. eGo batteries (with some exceptions) need eGo chargers, advanced personal vaporizers usually require micro-USB cables and mechanical mods require an external smart charger. You need to know that not all mods come with chargers and you need to be very careful on the box contents and figure out if you require an extra cable. Usually this involves doing some research on the manufacturer’s website, reading a few reviews or downloading the PDF manual.
Ok, now that you have an understanding of the fundamental principles, it’s time to pick your first ever vaping gear. Some starter kits are a great choice for any beginner, but I’m not referring to those mediocre one you buy in a pouch or blister. Yes, they get the job done, but chances are you’re never going to be completely satisfied with the experience. This is why I recommend increasing the budget for a bit but purchase something truly worth making the switch from combustible analogs.
The Aspire Premium Starter Kit is a wise choice for instance. It comes with a powerful Variable Voltage battery, a Nautilus Mini Tank, a wall charger & USB cable, and a five pack of atomizer heads that are going to last you for at least 2-3 months. There are many variations on the Aspire kits, but all of them are worth it. Then we have the EVOD & EMOW kits from Kanger, which are also packed with enough power and plenty of goodies to get you started (if the kit doesn’t include the spare atomizer heads, make sure you get one that does or make sure to order them separately). Further down the list we have the Joyetech eGo ONE kits which also come in numerous variations, depending on the size of the battery and color – these also are some of the best alternatives on the market today. If you prefer a compact box mod that comes in a kit then you might want to take a look at the eGrip from Joyetech.
If you are a beginner or intermediate vaper and want to go straight for high end vape gear that includes sub-ohm tanks and is able to match the RDAs in terms of vapor production and flavor, then we have a couple of suggestions: The eGO ONE Mega kit from Joyetech includes a big battery, a charger & wall adapter, a tank and two atomizers that pack a massive punch. Other alternatives are the Kanger Subox Mini Kit, the Joyetech eVic VT, and the Innokin MVP 3.0 60W Kit.
However, these suggestions don’t necessarily mean you only have to stick with them. You can make your own starter kit now that you know everything that is required for a good vaping experience. You can pick any eGo battery for instance and go for a smaller eGo threaded tank – the Kanger Mini Protank 3 and the Aspire K1 are great alternatives. You can also create a sub-ohm kit with Aspire’s CF SUB-OHM battery one the Atlantis Tank. Or you can buy an advanced personal vaporizer / mechanical mod and a separate tank / RDA. Just be careful on what’s included in the box and what else you need to get things going. Don’t forget about the batteries, chargers, spare atomizer heads or DIY tools for building coils – depending on the case.
A good e-liquid can transform the whole experience and it represents the soul of vaping itself. Make sure you read a few reviews before picking a bottle and may we suggest going for a sampler pack at first with different nicotine concentrations just to have an idea about your preference. You can only figure this out by trying and you have enough alternatives out there to find the perfect flavor. Just be careful that there’s a huge difference from vaping the same e-liquid with a regular eGo battery and a regular tank as opposed to vaping from a sub-ohm combo. If for instance a 1.2% nicotine e-liquid had the ideal throat hit in the eGo, the same e-liquid is going to be too harsh in a sub-ohm tank. This is why, it’s better to start with lower nicotine levels such as 0.6%.
I sincerely hope that this small guide can help you decide on which kit or combo to go for, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.