vaping 101

Beginner's Guide to Vaping: Everything You Need to Know

Written by: cbd relx



Time to read 7 min


So, you're just getting started with vaping? Before taking that first puff, there are several important factors to consider. You have to select the right device and learn how to use it properly. You need to choose the right e-liquids. Lastly, you must learn proper maintenance of your vape. 

With so much to think about, it can feel quite overwhelming. But we are here for you. In this vaping 101 guide from our brand, RELX, you’ll know every essential information about vaping. Let’s begin!

What is Vaping?

Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device. According to the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction, over 80 million people across the globe are into vaping. 

Vaping involves heating a liquid. This contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals to create a vapor. This modern alternative is growing in popularity as it offers various juice flavors and the devices are pretty much customizable to fit any style.

The following components make up most of today’s e-cigs:


Mouthpiece: A cartridge fixated to a tube’s tip. Inside, you can find a tiny plastic cup with absorbent material soaked within a liquid solution.  


Atomizer: In charge of heating the liquid, causing this to vaporize so the vaper could inhale it.  


Coil: A tiny piece of resistive wire located within the atomizer. As electricity flows through this coil, it heats up, converting the solution into vapor. 


Battery: Powers up the heating element.  


Sensor: Responsible for activating the heater as soon as you suck on the vape device. 


E-liquid: The solution that may contain a blend of nicotine, flavoring, and base, which is commonly propylene glycol.  


Flavors vary greatly. Take ours, for instance. We have flavors such as dessert-inspired, menthol, and tropical paradise. 

As you start sucking on the mouthpiece, the heating element vaporizes the e-juice, the one you “vape” or inhale.

Choosing Your First Vape Device

So how does a beginner vaper like you choose your very first vape device? For beginners, any of these general types of vape devices can work for you:


Vape pens: These pens are some of the most recommended e-cig starter devices mainly due to their ease and convenience. As their name implies, they look like pens, fitting discreetly and neatly in your grip. 


Pod systems: Meanwhile, these kits offer beginner vapers the best of both worlds as it is a mechanical mod device that offers the benefits of a vape pen.  


Cigalikes: Then, you have the cigalikes, looking like a traditional cigarette but not. They have rechargeable batteries and simple refill systems. 


Vaping beginners are advised to shop at stores like ours, RELX, for their first vape device. Here are the most recommended options:

New RELX Spin

Sold in over 70 countries, the new RELX Spin produces 4,000 puffs from a system engineered and designed with four attributes that are easy to remember: upgraded battery, easy twist, easy-to-view e-liquid level, and easy-to-know battery level. 

What’s more, aside from the single flavors your friends have been used to – Cherry Ice, Blueberry Splash, Triple Berry, and more – our Spin device lets you get four different flavors in one! What a way to kick off your vaping. For example, a flavor set comprises Sour Apple, Pineapple Ice, Kiwi Passion Guava, and Triple Mango.

Essential Starter Kit

Perhaps the best way to describe our Essential Starter Kit is through its Super Smooth feature, proudly engineered by our brand. This is made possible by two groundbreaking technologies: the Air Boost with negative pressure airway design, and the Active-Steam Pro for a more constant and balanced atomizing. All of what you need as you plunge into your new habit at a fabulous price.

Infinity 2 Device

Our Infinity 2 Device is the perfect choice for beginners in vaping who are not afraid to take risks. This is because you can enable three power levels: Eco mode for light puffs, Smooth mode, and Boost mode for bigger clouds with a richer taste.  

Find the color that suits your fashion. Choose from Obsidian Black, Green Navy, Royal Indigo, Blue Bay, Dark Asteroid, Pearl Glitter, and Cherry Blossom. Whether you’re donned in casual or formal, the Infinity 2 Device will match your style.

RELX MagicGo GA600

Last on this list is our MagicGo GA600. Available in several flavors from Blueberry Splash to Pineapple Passion, this device makes way for up to 600 puffs. Thanks to its MESH Coil 2.0, its flavors are maximized to their fullest potential. You also get a long-lasting and high-performing battery of 400mAh pure cobalt. Definitely a great choice that you won’t regret.

How to Use a Vape Device

Once you’ve made your selection, it is time to learn how to use the device. We’ll introduce the process to you in four easy-to-follow steps.

Step 1: Unbox and Assemble

When you’re ready to unbox your package, carefully remove the device and all the components. Reading the manual is very important before you start the assembly. 

Begin by attaching the battery to the atomizer or tank. If the vape device has a separate coil, you may need to screw it into the base of the tank. Make sure every part is snugly fit without overtightening.

Step 2: Charge 

Using the USB charger that comes in the package, connect the device to a power source. Some may have removable batteries that need an external charger. There is usually an LED light indicating when the device is charging and when it is fully charged. Before using the device for the first time, ensure that it is fully charged.

Step 3: Fill With E-Liquid

To open the tank, unscrew the top cap or slide the tank’s top fill port open. With an e-liquid bottle, start to fill the tank by dripping the solution into the holes on the side. Be careful here, as you’d want to avoid the central chimney, a part that directly leads to the mouthpiece.  

After you’ve securely closed the tank, you need to prime the coil. Allow the solution to soak fully into the coil for around 10 minutes before using the device. Don’t forget this, as it is important to prevent the occurrence of dry hits and ensure the coil will last long.

Step 4: Turn It on and Enjoy Vaping

The last step before you can enjoy vaping is to turn on the device. Don’t feel bad if you cannot perfect the inhalation. There are actually two kinds of inhalation techniques:


Mouth-to-lung: For a few seconds, slowly draw vapor into your mouth. Then, for about two seconds, hold this vapor with your mouth closed. Now open your mouth and breathe in the vapor toward your lungs (this is not a “swallow”). Once vapor is inside the lungs, exhale.  


Direct lung: Two steps here. First, draw vapor directly and quickly to your lungs. Lastly, exhale the vapor almost abruptly. 


Understanding E-Liquids

E-liquids are available in different types based on their ratios:

  • VG (vegetable glycerin)
  • PG (propylene glycol)

Then, you also have:

  • Nicotine

VG is capable of producing thicker vapor. For a stronger throat hit, go with PG. Meanwhile, levels of nicotine range from zero to 50 milligrams. 

If you’re coming from just a light smoking background, you can start with three to six milligrams. Otherwise, if you were a heavy smoker before, you can start with 12 to 18 milligrams. For the flavors, it all boils down to what suits your taste.

Vape Battery Safety Tips

Part of ensuring you get the best vaping experience is caring for your vape’s batteries. Here are some tips:

Don’t carry the battery around with you inside your pocket: If you’re traveling with your vape, place it inside a good battery case.  


Use a battery wrap: Or else you will risk your safety. 


Use the right charger: Using any vape battery with just any charger is a big no. And have a high-quality charger, too. 


Throw away damaged batteries: If you see any sign of damage in your batteries, whether small or significant, there’s no point in still keeping them around. 


Don’t leave batteries unattended while charging: Otherwise, it is also a safety risk.  


Look after your batteries: Keep them charged up. This ensures you get the most out of your e-cig.   


Common Vaping Mistakes to Avoid

1. Vaping as if You’re Smoking

Don’t make hard, quick puffs! If you vape the same way as you smoke, the throat hit from the juice would be underwhelming. Therefore, you won’t get a cloudy vapor. Patience is a virtue here.

2. Buying the Wrong Juice

First-time vapers normally fall into the trap of buying e-liquids based on how attractive they look. This isn’t the way. Instead, make your choice according to the VG to PG ratio. Subdued vapor gives you a sore throat while vaping.

3. Dry Hits and Burnt Coils

Dry hits happen when taking a draw from the vaporizer containing insufficient juice in the coil or tank. Also, vaping without giving ample time for the juice to saturate the wick causes burnt vape coils, the culprits for that repugnant burnt taste in your mouth. Filling the tank with enough liquid and priming your coil are the solutions for these, respectively.

4. Not Using the Right Tools

As a beginner vaper, don’t jump into buying devices meant for experienced vapers. Not gonna work. Our brand has several starter kits designed for those trying vaping for the first time.

Follow these tips on proper vape device maintenance and troubleshooting:

  • Regular cleaning prevents the buildup of residue. 
  • Always check if the battery and coil connections are tight and clean.
  • Make sure to replace the coils routinely.
  • This ensures your vape is at optimal performance at all times.
  • Place your vape device in a cold, clean, and dry area.
  • Once you notice e-liquid leaking, make sure to have it fixed immediately.

It's natural to feel excited when starting your vaping journey as a beginner. Make sure you follow the tips above so you can take care of your new investment. Visit and shop at RELX for some of the industry's high-quality vape devices and flavor pods.

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