How to Set Up a New Vape Pen? 

Setting up a vape pen might seem confusing, particularly to someone who’s recently switched from smoking, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s how to set up a new vape pen for the first time. 

First, charge your device. Your vape pen is likely to have some charge when you first set it up, but it’s worth spending a couple of hours charging it fully before you begin to use it. It’s worth noting if you have bought a disposable vape you won’t need to charge this device. 

Then, if your device is an open system, check the coil to make sure it’s fully tightened, and prime the coil – add a few drops of liquid to the coil before filling up the tank, giving the liquid the chance to soak into the cotton and reducing the risk of a burnt taste or dry hit when you use the vape.  

Vape pens tend to be simpler than some other vape devices, like box mods, so it can be easier to set them up. With more complex devices, it might take longer – or you might need to follow more steps. Of course, it’ll differ from device to device, so it’s worth following any instructions from the manufacturer first and foremost. 

When setting up your new vape pen, it’s worth making sure that you’ve got everything you need. If you’ve bought a vape pen kit, you’ll likely have everything you need, but if it’s just a vape pen you might need to buy some e-liquid, for example. 

Key Things to Know with your New Vape 

Before you start vaping, there are a few things that are worth knowing. 

To start with, it’s important to choose the right device for you. Often, people who’ve recently switched from smoking will choose a vape pen, as they’re easy to use but still give you plenty of choice in terms of the e-liquid you go for. However, some vapers prefer cigalikes, which are designed to resemble cigarettes, pod mods, which are easy to use and disposable but don’t give the vaper as much choice, or box mods, which are much more customisable but not as easy to use for people new to vaping. It’s worth weighing up the pros and cons of each type of vape to decide on which is best for you. 

When new to vaping, you should know that some e-liquids are better suited to some devices than others. Most e-liquids will contain four main ingredients: propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), flavourings, and nicotine. The ratio between VG and PG is something that’s important to take note of – VG is quite thick, whereas PG is thin. E-liquids with more of the former produce large clouds of vapour with no throat hit, while e-liquids with more of the latter produce less vapour but give a stronger throat hit. 

50/50 e-liquids tend to suit most devices and vapers, but high VG e-liquids suit devices with low-resistance coils and vapers who prefer direct-to-lung vaping, while low VG e-liquids are better for devices with high-resistance coils and vapers who like mouth-to-lung vaping. 

Good Habits to Get into with Your Vape 

Once your vape is set up, it’s important to take care of it. Residue and dirt can build up if you don’t clean it on a regular basis, affecting both the taste and the performance, while you should change your coil regularly too – depending on how often you vape, this could be once a week or once a month. 

Remember to store it correctly too. It shouldn’t be kept somewhere that’s too hot or too cold, or anywhere in which it might be exposed to water. Likewise, it’s probably not the best idea to use your vape in the rain or extreme weather. 

Now you should know how to set up a vape pen. However, if you’d like to know more about the different types of vape devices, you can check out our guide here.  

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