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10 mistakes that vapers make

The 10 Biggest Mistakes New Vapers Make

Switching to vaping is more complicated than you might think. You feel like it’ll be really easy, like all you have to do is just pick up an e-cig and vape instead of smoking, but things can (and often do) go wrong. Every vaper has a story about a rookie mistake that they made when they were new to the hobby, but if you plan ahead and do your research, you can avoid the most serious ones. So if you’re just considering picking up your first vaping device or you already have, here are 10 of the most common new vaper mistakes to watch out for!


1 – Buying Cheap Devices and E-Juice


Saving money is one of the biggest advantages of switching to vaping, but the old rule that “you get what you pay for” still applies. If you go for a cut-price vape pen or mod, you’re much more likely to run into issues, have it not perform as it should or even just stop working one day. You could end up with dry hits, uncontrollable leaking or a wide range of other annoyances. Choose an e-cig from a major manufacturer with positive reviews, and don’t be afraid to spend a little more to get a dependable device.


For e-juice, cut-price blends can be good, but most of them won’t hit the mark when it comes to flavor. You might be able to find something you like, but it’s much easier if you’re willing to spend a bit more to get something high-quality.


2 – Choosing a Device That’s Too Complicated for a New Vaper


If you look on vaping forums or websites, you’ll see a lot of enthusiastic recommendations for high-end mods, sub ohm tanks, rebuildable atomizers and a lot more. The only problem is that for a smoker just switching to vaping, a lot of these devices are pretty advanced. If you blindly follow these recommendations, you could easily end up with something so complicated you don’t really know how to use it.


If you put the time into reading the manual and looking for information online, it really isn’t too hard to use higher-end vaping gear, but that might not be for you. Many smokers just want something simple that gets them the nicotine they’re looking for and don’t care about much else. Vape pens are perfect for this, but if you’re looking for something more hard-hitting, chunky vape pens like the eGo One range and the Smok Stick V8 strike a great balance between simplicity and performance.


3 – Not Planning for Low Battery


Running out of battery can be a serious issue for a smoker just switching to vaping. If you’re away from the house and can’t recharge, you’re left without nicotine and the temptation to go buy a pack of cigarettes can be really hard to resist. So how do you avoid this?


The simplest advice is to get a backup device. If you have a spare vape pen with you whenever you leave the house, you’ll always have something to vape even if your main device dies. We’d recommend every vaper get at least one backup device for this reason.


But if you’ll always have time to plan ahead, just make sure you fully recharge your battery before you leave the house. You can also bring the USB charging cable with you so you can recharge at any USB outlet.


4 – Getting the Wrong Nicotine Strength for Your E-Juice


Choosing the right nicotine strength for your needs is a big topic, and we have a whole post on covering the issue in detail. If you go with too high a nicotine strength, you might find vaping really harsh on your throat or you might start to feel sick after just a few puffs (a sign of having too much nicotine). And if you go with too low a strength, you might miss the “throat hit” from the nicotine, but more likely, you just won’t get enough nicotine to make vaping satisfying.


For anybody using a basic vape pen, 1.8 % nicotine e-liquid (18 mg/ml) is a good place to start for just switching smokers, but if you’re using something that puts out more vapor (such as a sub ohm vape pen or mod with a sub ohm tank) 1.2 % (12 mg/ml) or even 0.6 % (6 mg/ml) is the best place to start. This depends on how much you smoke, though. So if you get through a pack a day or more, 1.2% or 1.8% is probably the best place to start, depending on your device, but if you smoke less, starting at 0.6% or 1.2% is likely a better choice for you.


If you’re buying e-juice for the first time, get a couple of different nicotine levels and see which you prefer. Or, if you can try a friend’s setup, this should give you a good idea of what you’re likely to need.


5 – Choosing the Wrong PG/VG Ratio for Your E-Juice


The other major thing to consider when buying e-juice is the ratio of PG to VG in the liquid. New vapers might unwittingly pick up a high-VG e-liquid to use in a device not well-suited to it, or they could need the stronger throat hit offered by higher-PG e-liquids.


The standard PG/VG ratio used these days is 50/50, and that’s what we offer here at Black Note. This works well in any type of atomizer, and offers the ideal balance of throat hit (from the PG) and vapor production (from the VG). We’d recommend most new vapers start with a 50/50 e-juice or something close to it.


Higher-VG liquids are great if you want big clouds of vapor or a smooth throat hit, but they don’t soak into your wicks as quickly as lower-VG juices because VG is thick and viscous. This can cause problems for people using basic vape pens, because they often don’t wick quickly enough to cope with the thicker e-juice.


In general, unless you’ve been vaping for a while (or don’t mind a milder throat hit) and have a sub ohm tank or rebuildable atomizer, it’s best to avoid high-VG e-juices.


6 – Forgetting to Prime Your Coils


Forgetting to “prime” your atomizer heads is a big mistake that can ruin the whole coil before you even get to use it. When you get a new coil, the cotton wick inside it is completely dry. If you vape when the coil is dry, you burn the wick and ruin it for good.


This is why vapers prime their coils. This just means manually applying e-juice to the wick itself before you install the coil. You can usually see the wick from the top of the atomizer head, and it will also have little wicking ports around the side with some wick visible through them. Use some e-liquid to soak the wick from the top and from the ports around the side. Don’t go overboard; just thoroughly soak the cotton with e-juice before you install the coil. Wait five minutes after you fill the tank before starting vaping to make extra-sure you won’t burn the wick.


7 – Not Looking After Your Coils and Devices


If you don’t maintain your e-cig, you’re likely to run into problems eventually. Maintenance for vaping devices includes everything from cleaning your tanks to making sure your coils stay in a good condition. This doesn’t take up much of your time, but if you don’t do it, you could easily ruin your vaping experience and cost yourself more money.


Cleaning your tanks is easy. All you have to do is take them apart – just unscrew all the pieces – and then run the individual components under warm water before leaving them to dry off. If the wicks inside your atomizer head look gunky or have turned dark over time, you can also rinse these under a hot tap to revive them a little. With atomizer heads, you need to make sure they’re thoroughly dry before you vape again, though – leave them drying on a paper towel for a day before using them again.


You should also regularly clean any spilled e-juice off your mod or vape pen. E-liquid often ends up around the 510 connection and tank threading, and regularly wiping this area with a Q-tip or a paper towel keeps everything working as it should.  


8 – Inhaling Like a Smoker


When you smoke a cigarette, short, sharp inhales work well. However, many new vapers run into issues when trying to do the same thing using an e-cigarette. You might “flood” your atomizer with e-juice (which can lead to gurgling, leaking and generally poor performance), but even if you don’t, short, strong inhales get you what you’re looking for.


Unlike when you smoke, slowly, gentler and longer puffs are the best approach when you vape. Try to break the habit of puffing harder when you want more vapor; just take your time and inhale more gently and you’ll have a better experience.


9 – Forgetting to Stay Hydrated


Both PG and VG suck moisture out of their environment, and this means you can get a really bad dry mouth when you vape. You might not expect this as a smoker just making the switch, but it’s important to drink more water than usual so you stay hydrated when you vape. If you don’t do this, as well as a dry mouth, you could also end up suffering headaches or having other problems related to dehydration.


10 – Being an Inconsiderate Vaper


Switching to vaping is a positive change in your life, and it means you’ll be doing less harm to yourself and others around you than when you smoked. But not everybody agrees, and even though you might not technically be banned from vaping in public places, it’s important to remember that you could still upset or annoy people by doing so. People might not like the smell of vapor, or might be worried about the risks, and you should be considerate of this when you’re thinking about vaping in public.


We’ve covered this in more detail in our vaping etiquette post, but the key things to remember are to ask permission before vaping indoors, don’t blow huge clouds in public and if you’re ever in doubt, just restrict your vaping to where you’d usually smoke.


Conclusion: Avoiding Mistakes Helps You Enjoy Vaping


There’s a lot to take in when you first start vaping, but it’s better to learn lessons now than learn them the hard way when you’re trying to quit smoking. The more you know when you’re making the switch, the less likely you are to waste money on low-quality devices and the more likely you are to smoothly transition to vaping.

Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson

Writer at Black Note
Lee Johnson is a writer and vaper from the UK. He started vaping in 2012, and since then has contributed to E-Cigarette Reviewed, E-Cigarette Direct’s Ashtray Blog and Vaping360. He strongly believes smokers need accurate information about vaping and other reduced-harm alternatives to smoking. He has a degree in physics from the Open University and a passion for all forms of science.
Lee Johnson

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What is Naturally Extracted Tobacco E-Liquid?

E-juice, also known as e-liquid or vaping liquid, is the liquid that’s placed in the vaping device and subsequently atomized into vapor. When you go to buy e-juice, you’ll notice it contains a mix of several ingredients. These typically include vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), some type of flavoring, and nicotine.

VG and PG form the base of the e-liquid. VG is a component used in food and personal care products; its role in e-liquid is to create a thick, dense vapor. PG is another popular solvent used in a variety of everyday items. It carries the e-liquid flavor, provides the “throat hit,” and enhances the vaping liquid’s ability to soak into wicks or cartomizer materials.

Nicotine is an optional ingredient, often available in different levels. E-juice also contains some type of flavoring.

Black Note leads the pack of tobacco vaping liquid by using only natural flavoring – extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste. When you go to buy e-juice from other companies, you may find any number of chemicals used to create synthetic flavors that include fake strawberry, manufactured vanilla, and even man-made tobacco flavors.

If your aim when you buy e-liquid is to experience the subtle nuances, genuine flair and authentic taste of real tobacco, then you’ll be on the mark if you buy e-juice from the Black Note lineup.

Best E-Juice

When you’re going to buy e-liquid, it’s only natural you’ll want the best e-liquid. But what, exactly, does it “best e-juice” mean? We’ll tell you.

For starters, you’ll want an e-juice that doesn’t contain all kinds of strange chemicals and concoctions that you can’t even pronounce. True, even the best e-liquid will contain vegetable glycerin (VG) and proplene glycol (PG), which serve as the base of e-juice, but you don’t necessarily need a host of other chemical compounds.

The best e-juice will stick to natural ingredients, like real tobacco extract, rather than rely on synthetic flavorings, colorings and other additives. Diacetyl is one of those synthetic ingredients that has gotten a pretty bad rap, although its use is not all that uncommon for producing sweet e juice flavors.

Definitely read the ingredient list before you buy e-juice to ensure you recognize what’s on it. Better yet, see if the e-juice company offers a lab report to confirm what’s actually inside the e-liquid.

In addition to having as few chemical ingredients as possible, the best e-juice will have an amazing taste. For those who enjoy authenticity over imitation, the most amazing taste is the most natural taste, especially when it comes to tobacco. Since Black Note uses real extract from tobacco leaves, we not only avoid all those weird chemical flavorings, but we also produce the most authentic experience: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like tobacco.

Best E-Liquid on the Market

Anyone looking for the best e-liquid on the market need look no further than Black Note. Black Note tobacco vaping liquid ranks as the best e-juice across the board in every category, starting with the taste.

Black Note’s main claim to fame is producing a tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. That because we use real tobacco extract, not chemicals, to create the best e-juice tobacco flavor. Using extract from real tobacco leaves retains tobacco’s nuances and flavor notes, giving you the most authentic and multi-faceted tobacco experience.

In addition to being the best e-juice for tobacco taste, Black Note also has the best e-liquid manufacturing process. We spent years researching and testing various production methods, and finally landed on one that we believe is absolutely perfect.

It starts with growing carefully selected tobacco seeds, followed by an equally precise of steps that include an extensive natural extraction process. Even our bottling and packaging is done with the utmost care, using recycled and recyclable packaging materials to ensure our products are as earth-friendly as they are vapor-friendly.

One more category where Black Note ranks as the best e-liquid is with the value. Every order comes with free domestic shipping, one-to-three day domestic shipping guarantee, and a 90-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, or don’t agree we’re the best e-juice on the market, send it back on us and we’ll refund your money.

Vape Juice Ingredients

Vape juice ingredients can be pretty straightforward – or not. At the very least, most vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and some type of flavoring. Nicotine has largely become an optional ingredient that can be included at varying levels or left out altogether.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are usually the two main ingredients that make up the base of most vape juice.

VG is a plant-based substance with the ability to produce a dense, thick vapor. PG is an additive found in many food items and certain medicines. It carries the flavoring, provides the “throat hit” and enhances the vape juice’s ability to soak into the wicking materials.

Nicotine levels can vary, as can ingredients that make up the flavorings. The components that make up vape juice flavoring are where ingredients can get rather complicated.

Vape juice that relies on artificial flavorings can contain any number of extraneous chemicals and other additives, whatever it takes to recreate the flavor the ecig juice is going for.

Black Note uses only natural flavorings: extract from real tobacco leaves. That keeps our ingredient list incredibly simple, backed by a lab report to prove it. You won’t find any strange chemical concoctions used to produce our tobacco flavor, just real tobacco extract that delivers a real tobacco experience.

What is the Best Flavor for Ecig Juice?

From strawberry shortcake to banana rum, ecig juice comes in tons of flavors. While folks can debate and discuss all the fruity, sweet or food-like flavors all day long, the best flavor for e-cig liquid is straight-up tobacco.

Why? Vaping was originally created as an alternative for traditional cigarettes, mainly for those who enjoy the taste of tobacco. And when you can find an e-cig liquid that is able to recreate tobacco’s full-bodied yet delicate flavor notes and nuances, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, then you’ve found the best ecig juice.

Recreating tobacco’s complex flavor isn’t easy, especially when it’s attempted with artificial ingredients. That’s why Black Note sticks to the real thing, extracting the essence of real tobacco leaves to flavor our vaping liquid. Not only does this avoid the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, but it also eliminates the flavoring chemicals found in many ecig juices. The end result is real tobacco taste, an authentic tobacco experience and the best flavor for ecig juice you can find.

Notice also we said the best e-cig flavor was straight-up tobacco, not plain old tobacco. Black Note’s real tobacco vaping liquid happens to come in a variety of different blends, from the light and airy to the peppery and robust. Not all tobacco is created equal, and different blends capture the specialized subtleties that make each tobacco unique.

Best Sweet Tobacco E-Juice

When it comes to sweet tobacco e-juice, your options can be broken down into two categories.

The first category contains tobacco e-juice that overlays the tobacco flavor with artificial chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fruity or other dessert-like flavorings. We wouldn’t classify any such flavors as the best tobacco e liquid, simply because they typically use chemicals and other artificial ingredients to create the tobacco taste, the sweet taste, or both.

The second category of sweet tobacco e-juice is where you’ll find the best tobacco e-liquid, sweet or otherwise. This category contains vaping liquid created using only natural flavorings, which is exactly where Black Note fits in. Instead of concocting flavors using synthetic ingredients, Black Note uses an extensive extraction process that slowly and deliberately extracts the tobacco essence from real tobacco leaves.

The result is the best tobacco e-juice: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. And if you’re going for the best sweet tobacco e liquid, we have a few tobacco blends that offer varying levels of sweetness.

Prelude is our sweetest tobacco e-liquid, containing golden Virginia tobacco. Made from fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, Sonata is our Cavendish blend with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. Solo is our menthol blend, giving you a semi-sweet minty taste created from natural menthol crystals extract from dried mint leaves.

For the best tobacco e-liquid that’s naturally sweet and remarkably delicious, Black Note is at your service.

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