Welcome to the world of vaping!

As you take your first steps into this new and exciting world, it’s okay if you don’t know where to begin. At Vape Retailer, we can explain everything you need to know on how to get started and before too long you’ll be a seasoned vaper.

Let’s start at the beginning – we’ll start with first explaining the different types of devices used, what e-liquid is followed with a guide on how to start.


Here are at least 4 main types of vaping devices quickly broken down to explain their differences and how they are suitable for new and experienced users.


E-cigarette has become a catch-all word for many sorts of vaping, but really it refers to a vaporiser that’s designed to simulate the look and feel of a cigarette – without the trouble of having to light it.

You can get them as single-use disposable devices, or rechargeable multi-use versions and the way they work is really simple – there’s a replaceable cartridge that holds the e-liquid, and a battery section with some bits to heat the liquid and makes the vapour.

E-cigs are a perfect entry into the world of vaping, and for many people represent as far as they need to go. However, if the device doesn’t satisfy the users or they are looking to move on from these types of devices, there are other types of devices they can consider to change their vaping experience.

Pod System

Also known as pocket vaporisers, these are a slightly more sophisticated system with a range of other internal technology that can improve your vaping experience. Different levels of airflow and amount of vapour produced means you can find a pocket vape to really match your preferred style of vaping.

[{https://www.vaperetailer.co.uk/vaping-hardware/?types=Pod+System+Kits>Pod Kits}] tend to come in a range of shapes and sizes, from some that look like miniature phones to teardrop shapes and a few others besides. These pod system kits are ideal for users who like the idea of having small, compact vape devices instead of slightly larger devices like vape pens.

These types of devices can also come with pods that are refillable but do not have the features of more advanced devices such as power output. There are some pods on the other hand such as the Aspire Gusto Mini, that requires disposing of the whole pod cartridge and replacing it completely with already filled e-liquid.

No cleaning and no leaking. Dispose and replace the cartridge and you're good to go.

Vape Pen

It’s a little bulkier than e-cigs and pods kits, but it’s also a little more capable in terms of battery power and a tank that you can fill with the e-liquid of your choice (no more disposable cartridges).

The term vape pen came from the look of these designs originating from the slim e-cigarette model. These pens come longer, wider and hold the same cylindrical shape just like a normal writing pen. The Innokin Endura T18II, built with top standards in quality and engineering, is a perfect example of a beginner vape pen many people are happy to use throughout the day.

They have much larger integrated batteries which allow the atomizer to heat up at a faster rate for a more prominent vapour hit. The additional choices of choosing different coil resistances allow some flexibility for users to change their vaping experience from throat hit to more flavour.

Generally, all the above devices (e-cigs, pod systems) including vape pens are categorised under Starter Kits since they do not have many optional features and require minimal maintenance.

Box Mod

In every area of technology, there must be something to sit at the top. In the world of vaping, the king of devices is the Box Mod type. This type of device is for more experienced users and is not recommended to someone unfamiliar with vaping.

Also known as sub-ohm devices, this larger box-shaped device gives the user the ability to make several adjustments (in terms of power, heat and other vaping variables) to produce a customised result for a preferred vaping experience. They are sold either on its own or as a Sub-Ohm Kit which include its own tank, coil(s) and accessories.

Sub-ohm refers to the resistance of the atomizer coil being under 1 Ohm. This allows the atomizer to heat up at a slower rate, which results in larger vape clouds and more flavour. For coils over 1 Ohm, they heat up faster for a more instant hit and are commonly used with entry and starter kits to imitate the way cigarette smoke is delivered.

Conveniently, some mods also allow the benefit of changing coils with different resistances like the Innokin Cool Fire Mini Zenith D22 Kit which can use both 0.5 Ohm and 1.6 Ohm; one for flavour and cloud production and the other for a direct hit. The best of both worlds.

For those who love to tinker around with different profile settings, these devices provide a perfect match.


E-liquid, vape juice, e-juice, vape liquid, are all interchangeable terms for the same thing – is the liquid that is vaporized and consumed by the user.

It provides the flavour and the nicotine hit and it does it in a form that’s much healthier than the tar filled smoke that comes from a traditional cigarettes.

Here are a few things about E-liquid:
  • It contains 4 main ingredients: Vegetable Glycerine (VG), Propylene glycol (PG), nicotine and flavourings.
  • If there is more VG is in an e-liquid, it will provide less of a throat hit, more vapour production.
  • If there is more PG is in an e-liquid, it will provide more of a throat hit, less vapour production.
  • In Great Britain, bottles can contain various levels of nicotine up to 20mg or nicotine-free.
  • It is is available in many different flavours, from apple to donuts.
  • Vaping e-liquid is said to be less harmful than smoking cigarettes.


There are 2 types of nicotine products you can choose from currently.

Nicotine Shot

Nicotine Salt

Both of these will either come either in 10ml TPD compliant bottles ready to use or separately to add in nicotine-free short fill bottles.

Nicotine Shots is the traditional nicotine booster shots many used before the arrival of nicotine salts. Some prefer one or the other. The feel of the throat hit is much more noticeable the higher the strength is and can be too strong and harsh.

Nicotine Salts makes the vapour delivery much smoother on the throat and is absorbed more quickly through the body than usual nicotine, making it a step closer to matching an immediate effect like a cigarette.

You can use already filled 10ml e-liquid bottles with various strengths and flavour for direct use. You will have roughly 5 full tanks worth since the max capacity for tanks in the UK is 2ml or you can purchase a shot of nicotine or nicotine salt and add it into a short fill bottle.

When it comes to adding these into short fill bottles, many of these products will have different specifics such as flavour bases like flavourless, ice-hits, flavoured nicotine with VG/PG ratios such as 100/0, 70/30 and 50/50.

Check out our Nicotine Strength Guide for a complete table and an easy way to calculate strengths.

There is nothing wrong with adding a 50VG/50PG nicotine shot into a 70VG/30PG short fill bottle as the most it will likely do is increase the throat hit. If you prefer to keep the base as it is, then matching a 70VG/30PG nicotine shot will be sufficient.

Depending on the device being used, high strengths in normal nicotine may be too harsh for liking, so switching to nicotine salt is a recommendation for those who prefer something more subtle, but immediate.

We recommend you give both a try and see what you prefer.

The recommended strength chosen for:
  • Light smokers of roughly 10 cigarettes a day would be in the range of 3 – 6 mg of nicotine.
  • Medium smokers of roughly 10 – 20 cigarettes a day, most try 6mg before heading to 12mg if it not enough.
  • Heavy smokers of over a pack a day should start from 12mg and seeing if it suits before heading to higher strengths towards 20mg.


Hopefully by now you’ve already chosen which type of device is suitable for you. Here we will leave you with some easy steps to get you started on your vape journey.

1. Choose a vaping device – E-cigarette, pod system or a vape pen is the ideal starter kit for someone who has never tried vaping before. Some people have tried sub-ohm kits before even testing lesser devices and decided to start from there. We recommend beginning with starter kits to gradually transition over comfortably. Some kits will arrive with a spare coil but it won’t be long until you will need to replace them.

2. Decide what nicotine strength you need – The recommended strength chosen for light smokers of roughly 10 cigarettes a day would be in the range of 3 – 6 mg of nicotine. For medium smokers of roughly 10 – 20 cigarettes a day, most try 6mg before heading to 12mg if it not enough. For heavy smokers of over a pack a day should start from 12mg and seeing if it suits before heading to higher strengths towards 20mg.

3. Choose an E-liquid – Before doing so, make sure your device has a tank for refillable e-liquid or if it only accepts replacement pods. You can start with 10ml bottles including nicotine with strengths as 3mg, 6mg, 12mg and 18mg respectively. Larger short fill bottles come nicotine-free and have spaces to add either 1 or 2 10ml nicotine shots. If this is the case you will also need to purchase nicotine shots/salts to add.

4. Check our FAQs and Guides – Keep up to date with important news/blogs and pick up on vaping terminology to get a better understanding of vaping in general. It is imperative to know other information to keep vaping to the best it can be to avoid any unpleasant experiences. For example, for battery safety, storing batteries should not be taken lightly as they have a possibility of exploding if it comes in contact with metal items.

5. Treat vaping with respect – Although Vaping is legal in Great Britain, a great way to go about it is to treat it the same as smoking. Don’t vape indoors unless allowed. Keep it away from children even if second-hand vapour isn’t as harmful. Avoid blowing vapour towards nearby people.

There may still be many questions you may have in regards to general vape knowledge, laws, products, safety and troubleshooting. If we have not covered these in our FAQs, guides or blogs, please get in contact and we will try to answer your question as best as possible!
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