June 11, 2020

1. WHAT IS VAPING?Understanding what vaping actually is.

2. WHY DO PEOPLE VAPE?The difference between smoking and vaping.

3. HOW DOES AN E-CIGARETTE OR VAPE WORK?The simple version.

4. HOW CAN I GET STARTED WITH VAPING?Helping you make the right choice.

    4a. WHAT IS MTL OR DL?

    4b. PEN VAPE VS BOX MOD

5. WHICH VAPE JUICE TO BUY?The beginners guide to choosing a liquid.

    5a. WHAT NICOTINE STRENGTH?

    5b. DO I HAVE TO ADD NICOTINE? DO YOUR PRODUCTS CONTAIN NICOTINE?

    5c. WHAT IS VG/PG?

    5d. WHAT VG/PG RATIO TO CHOOSE?

    5e. WHICH FLAVOUR IS THE BEST?

    5f. TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR CURRENT JUICE SELECTION

6. HOW DO I SET MY VAPE UP?The basics.

    6a. PRIMING THE COIL

    6b. CHARGING YOUR DEVICE

    6c. WHEN DO I REFILL MY DEVICE?

    6d. HOW DO I CLEAN MY VAPE?

7. STILL CONFUSED?We don’t want that!


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  1. WHAT IS VAPING?

Vaping through the use of electronic cigarettes is an alternative to traditional tobacco products. Rather than combustion, vaporisers utilise a battery source, heating element, wicking material and e-liquid to create a similar sensation to cigarettes.

Tired of smelling like cigarettes? Tasting nothing but cigarettes when you’re trying to eat a nice steak? Or hacking up gunk that's coloured in a way that probably shouldn't be coming out of a human being? If you are, then switching to e-cigarettes, aka vaping, might be one of the best decisions you ever make in your life.

 

  1. WHY DO PEOPLE VAPE?

You can pretty much consider “vaping” and “smoking” as opposites sides of the same coin. Vaping is an alternative to smoking cigarettes and here’s why: Cigarettes contain approximately 600 different ingredients. With smoking, burning these ingredients releases about 4000 different chemicals with 50 known to cause cancer and many are poisonous at best.

Some of these nasty chemicals include arsenic (found in rat poison), lead (used in batteries), carbon monoxide and much more. Nasty right?

Eliquids on the other hand usually consist of only three ingredients, vegetable glycerine (commonly found in processed drinks, dairy goods and baked products), Propylene Glycol (commonly used in salad dressings, cake mixes and soft drinks) along with food-grade flavourings as would be found in many of your favourite snacks and treats.

 

  1. HOW DOES AN E-CIGARETTE OR VAPE WORK?
  • Ejuice, juice, or e-liquid is put into a tank, cartridge, pod or, for more advanced users, a rebuildable such as an RDA or RTA. 
  • A button is pressed or sometimes the mouthpiece is inhaled through, which activates a battery attached to the tank.
  • The battery sends electricity to a metal coil wrapped around a wicking element that has absorbed the juice (usually made of silica, ceramic, cotton, or wire mesh). This device made up of the coil and wick and together is called the “atomiser”.
  • The metal coil heats up, much like the coil on a stove, and vaporises the e-liquid, turning the liquid into steam and vapour which is what is inhaled. 

  1. HOW CAN I GET STARTED WITH VAPING?

First, you’ll need some kind of vaporiser! We typically recommend purchasing a starter kit. These kits can come in all different shapes and sizes and usually, everyone can find something to suit their needs.

We have a wide range of starter kits from as little as $37.95 (that's basically the same as a single pack of smokes) and they can be found here. 

Can't find the starter kit or additional hardware you were looking for? Head over to www.wickandwireco.com.au for more hardware.

 

     4a. WHAT IS MTL OR DL?

Most of the vaporiser products can be broken into two categories.

Firstly, Mouth to Lung (MTL) is much closer to the feel of a cigarette and is restrictive with its airflow (similar to the filter on a cigarette). Most of our starter kits are based on this type.

Direct Lung (DL) on the other hand is all hands-on deck! It can vary from feeling slightly more open than a wide-open MTL tank to as WIDE as normal breathing!

 

     4b. PEN VAPE VS BOX MOD

As devices get more powerful, the size of the device goes up too. Not everyone wants a pen-shaped device and not everyone wants a large box-shaped device. The smaller the device, the less power and less vapour it generally produces. For most people starting out pen vapes can come in either MTL or DL, the BOX MODS are less likely to come with an MTL variant and are about 80% designed for the DL market.

 

  1. WHICH VAPE JUICE TO BUY?

The first choice you need to make is if you want the nicotine to be added before you buy the liquid or after you buy the liquid. After that it is the smaller details and flavour choice.

 

    5a. WHAT NICOTINE STRENGTH?

Which nicotine strength is the most common question we get asked business-wide!

How much do I buy or add? Well, there is no right or wrong answer, so this question can be hard. Here we’ve simplified the most common strengths that people use, dependent on device, to make it a little easier.

Freebase nicotine:

  • <3mg: Uncommon, but seen with DL devices, people who enjoy the flavour and those who enjoy the hand-to-mouth motion.
  • 3mg: On the lighter end, generally used by those with higher wattage, DL devices and higher vapour production.
  • 6mg: Commonly used with both DL and MTL depending on how much throat hit is wanted.
  • 12mg: Primarily used for MTL and heavier smokers looking for a higher throat hit.
  • >12mg: Used for MTL devices and lower wattage devices where previously the highest cigarette consumption was had.

Salt nicotine in Pod Systems and pre-filled pods:

  • <20mg: On the lighter side for those not looking for much throat hit.
  • 20-30mg: Still a little lighter but a little more throat hit.
  • 30-40mg: For those looking for a higher amount of throat hit.
  • 40-50mg: Much stronger with lots of throat hit for the heaviest smokers.

Pro Tip: Click the strength level to view the juices that can be purchased in those strengths! Don't forget to check the selected strength before adding it to your cart.

You may drift outside of these recommendations but if you’re starting, these ranges are what we most commonly see with our customers.

 

     5b. DO I HAVE TO ADD NICOTINE? DO YOUR PRODUCTS CONTAIN NICOTINE?

All of Wick and Wire Co New Zealand’s products contain nicotine. You don’t need to add nicotine to any of our products unless you want to make it stronger. We offer two different ways to purchase nicotine, mix yourself for liquid bought elsewhere (think of this like cordial) or pre-mixed (like a can of soft drink).

To add it yourself, purchase some unflavoured nicotine, some flavoured 0mg liquid from Wick and Wire Co Australia and use the nicotine calculator to do the maths. If you are fortunate enough to live in Melbourne, Australia the staff at any of the Wick & Wire Co. stores would be happy to take you through it.

To buy it already added and ready to vape, use the menus at the top of the page. You can sort by Flavour profiles or brand names.

 

     5c. WHAT IS VG/PG?

VG or Vegetable Glycerine, is a sweet, thick liquid. Used to help lower the fat content in products like cookies, thicken liqueurs and an alternative sweetener that doesn’t cause plaque and dental cavities. In vaping, it is used to thicken the liquid, create more vapour and add a bit of sweetness.

 

PG or Propylene Glycol, is a thinner less sweet liquid. Used in many products ranging from coffee-based drinks to ice creams and even soft drinks. In vaping though it acts a great flavour carrier, provides a throat hit and is easy to work with (especially in nicotine base).

 

     5d. WHAT VG/PG RATIO TO CHOOSE?

That’s another hard one! The first place to start is to check your devices user manual, it will generally give you a starting point. In case it doesn’t, he is a rough starting guide:

 

  • Pod vapes: 50/50 is generally the recommended ration
  • Small pen vape starter kits: 50/50 for more throat hit, 60/40 for more clouds
  • Small box starter kits: 60/40 for more throat hit and 70/30 for more clouds
  • Medium wattage tanks: 70/30 is the most versatile
  • High wattage tanks: 70/30 - 80/20 for the best results
  • Advanced rebuildable: 50/50 - Max VG

 

      5e. WHICH FLAVOUR IS THE BEST?

It comes down to your personal preference. Think of your favourite fruit, dessert or drink and use the search bar at the top of the page or the menus by flavour profile. Our best sellers are Disco Clouds, our home brand, Just Fruit and Not Another Tobacco.

 

     5f. TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR CURRENT JUICE SELECTION

Modifying or choosing a different e-liquid can fix or improve your vaping experience.

  • Leaking:A thicker (more VG content) liquid can stop this
  • Too harsh:A lower nicotine can lessen the throat hit
  • Coil burning out too fast:Thinner liquid (less VG content) can help this
  1. HOW DO I SET MY VAPE UP?

Each vape might look different and operate slightly differently but they all work on the same basic principles. Reading the manual at this point can also give you a head start but most devices will turn on with 3 or 5 rapid clicks on the fire button, be sure not to turn it on until you prime the coil though!

 

     6a. PRIMING THE COIL

Coil based device (Most devices) have a removable coil in the tank.

  • Option 1: Fill the tank and leave for 20 minutes to soak in
  • Option 2: Drop several drops of e-juice in each opening that cotton can be seen. Leave for 5-10 minutes to finish soaking in

 

Pod vapes generally need the whole tank (known as a pod if the coil can’t be removed) section replaced.

  • Only Option: Fill the pod and leave for 20 minutes to soak in

 

     6b. CHARGING YOUR DEVICE

Some vapes have screens, this is great for working out when to charge your device. Vapes without screens have an LED, check your manual as to which colour means low but it is usually solid red or flashing red.

In New Zealand we only sell devices with built-in and non-removable batteries, these can only be charged with a micro-USB cable. We highly recommend to use a wall adaptor with no more than 1amp output. Any more can shorten the life of the device and void warranty.

Some devices sold by Wick and Wire Co Australia and other vape companies have removable and rechargeable batteries. They can be charged in the same way or removed and charged separately to extend their usable life.

 

     6c. WHEN DO I REFILL MY DEVICE?

If you are lucky enough, your device might have a line that says ‘min’. Once it gets close to this line, fill it back up to either the ‘max’ line if you have it, or to the top if you don't. No minimum line? Look for the juice inlet on the coil, it will be either slots or circular holes, don’t let the e-liquid get below the highest inlet point.

 

     6d. HOW DO I CLEAN MY VAPE?

Removable tank and coil:

  1. Remove tank, drain e-liquid and dispose of the used coil
  2. Use a tissue or paper towel to wipe down your threaded connection and any other liquid on the device
  3. Rinse the tank (do not rinse the electronics) in warm soapy water. Rinse all the soap off very thoroughly
  4. Wipe the tank down with a lint-free towel or paper towel and place aside to finish drying
  5. Prime coil and fill like the first use once completely dry.

 

Pod Vapes:

  1. Remove and dispose of the used pod
  2. Wipe out any liquid from the device connections and body of the device
  3. Prime new pod and insert once saturated.

  1. STILL CONFUSED?

At Wick and Wire Co we want to make everyone’s switch to vaping to be as smooth as possible and the correct choices of nicotine level can be hard if you’re just getting started but remember the guidelines we’ve mentioned above and if unsure go for the lower end of the strength recommendations and you can’t go wrong.

If you need one on one assistance please do not hesitate to use our contact us form available here.


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