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Just Got Your First Vape Mod? Here Are 7 Things You Need to Know

If you’re just making the switch to vaping, feeling overwhelmed with the range of devices available and the settings on your existing device is normal. Whether you’ve been vaping for a while with a simpler device or you’re switching directly to a more complex device, at first sight, VW vape mods can be a little daunting. Which mode should you use? How do you navigate the menus? What are ohms? What is the right setting to use? What’s the best nicotine strength to use with higher-power devices? Here are 7 things you need to know to get to grips with your new vape mod.


1 – Understanding the Parts of Your Mod


The first thing you’ll notice about your mod is that it has many more parts than simpler vape pens, which usually just have a spot to connect your tank, a USB charging port and one button to operate it. Vape mods vary a lot in their exact design, but the most important design features are generally consistent across devices.


First, you should be able to spot the place to connect your tank quite easily. It’s a small circular section with threading around the side leading to a contact point. This is always on the top edge of the mod. Most mods also feature a display screen on the front of the mod or on one of the edges. This just gives you the key information about your coil, the remaining battery life, your setting and your current mode.


Then there are the buttons. The “fire” button (which you press multiple times to switch the device on and hold down to vape) is usually the biggest, and the two smaller buttons are for changing your setting. There may be an extra button solely used for switching modes, but this isn’t too common.


Finally, if you have a mod which takes batteries you buy separately, there will be a slot or panel somewhere which you remove to get access to the battery slot.


2 – What are Watts, Volts, Ohms and Amps?


Unlike vape pens, if you’re vaping with a mod, you’ll have to have a basic grasp of a few different electronics terms. This is pretty easy, though:


  • Watts are a unit of power. If you vape at 30 W, you’ll be sending twice as much energy to your coil as you would vaping at 15 W. If you increase the wattage, your device will produce more vapor.
  • Volts are a unit of electrical “potential.” This is a little tricky to understand, but the short version is that the more volts you send to your atomizer, the more current and power will flow. Most devices these days only let you change the voltage indirectly by adjusting the wattage.
  • Ohms are a unit of electrical resistance. A higher-ohm coil has more resistance to electrical current than a lower-ohm one. So if you’re sending the same voltage to the coil, a lower resistance coil will have more current and more power going through it.
  • Amps are a unit of electrical current. By ohm’s law, the current is the voltage being sent to the coil divided by the resistance of the coil. This is sometimes displayed on mod screens, but is more useful for checking you’re working within the limits of your battery than anything else.


3 – Understanding the Different Modes


Most mods these days have two or more operation modes, and you might not be sure which is right for you if you’re new to them. The standard mode is variable wattage (VW) mode, but there also may be temperature control (TC) mode and bypass mode. Here’s a quick run-down of what they are and what they’re used for:


  • VW Mode: This is the most commonly-used mode for most vapers. Because of this, it’s included on pretty much any mod you’ll come across. You choose a wattage and the device adjusts the voltage going to your coil so it sends a consistent amount of power to your coil. This mode is intended to be used with kanthal, nichrome or stainless steel coils. The type of coils you have will be indicated either on the coil itself or with the instructions you get with your tank.
  • TC Mode: This mode focuses on the temperature of your coil, and adjusts the wattage so the coil remains at that temperature as much as possible. The benefit of TC vaping is that you don’t get “dry hits” or a burnt taste when you’re vaping, because it prevents the high coil temperatures that cause them. This is designed to be used with nickel (Ni200), titanium (Ti) and stainless steel coils, but the support for different coils depends on the device.
  • Bypass Mode: This is basically a “mechanical mod” mode, where the voltage sent to your coil depends on the remaining battery life of your device. This means you’ll be vaping at a higher power when your battery is fully-charged compared to when it’s empty. This is designed for the same coil types as VW mode.


4 – Getting Around the Menu System


Many modern vape mods have menu systems which you use to switch to a different mode or make other fine changes to your settings. How to enter the menu depends on your specific device. Usually you do this by pressing the “fire” button three times in quick succession. Then the adjustment buttons are used to navigate and the fire button is used to advance to the next sub-menu. On some devices (for example, on most Smok mods) you press the fire button to change to the next option and hold it down to make your selection.


The most common thing you’ll have to do using the menu is change the mode you’re vaping in. This is ordinarily easy to do for that reason, and will usually be indicated by a “mode” option on the menu. Then you choose either VW, TC or Bypass mode. If you select TC mode, you’ll usually have to select your coil material next, from the options supported by your mod.


In some cases, there will be a button combination you can use as a shortcut for changing modes. There may even a dedicated button for the purpose, but to find out more you’ll need to check the manual for your specific device.


5 – Making Sure You Get the Right Battery


If your mod doesn’t have a battery built-in and doesn’t come with one, you’ll need to make sure you get the right type. This means two things: getting the right size battery and getting one that you can safely use at the power you’ll be vaping at.


Battery size is thankfully quite simple. Most mods use 18650 batteries, and you can buy these at pretty much any online or brick-and-mortar vaping store. However, it’s becoming more common for other battery sizes (like 20700 or 26650) to be used in mods. These are still widely-available, but if your mod takes one of these battery sizes, you’ll need to make sure you get the right one. The battery size you need will be indicated in the manual and on the site where you bought the mod.


Battery safety is a bigger topic – and we have a post addressing it specifically here – but the short version is that batteries with a higher “maximum continuous current” rating are safer to use. If you can get a battery with a 20 to 30 A maximum continuous current, you’ll be able to run any setup your mod supports safely.


These aren’t common anymore – for just this reason – but the only time you need to be more careful is if you have an unregulated “mechanical” mod. Otherwise your mod will have a minimum allowed resistance so you won’t be able to vape with any potentially dangerous coils.


6 – What Wattage or Setting Should You Vape At?


When you’ve got everything set up and you know your way around your mod, it’s time to choose a setting and start vaping. This is a challenge for new vapers, though. What is the right wattage to vape at?


The answer depends a lot on the type of tank you’re using and the specific coil. Sub ohm tanks are the most common companion to a mod, and these use coils with less than 1 ohm of resistance. The coil will be housed in a metallic container, and there is usually a suggested wattage range printed on it. For example, a coil may say “30 W – 60 W” on the body, and this means it’s recommended to be used at between 30 and 60 W.


The best advice is to start at the low end of this recommendation and try it out. If you don’t get much vapor or flavor, try increasing the wattage in increments of 5 W. Keep doing this until the performance starts to improve. If you go too high, you might get a burnt taste. This is unpleasant and can actually damage your coil if you keep vaping at this level. This is why it’s better to start low and work your way up.


For higher-resistance coils (for example, 1.5 ohm options), the recommended wattage is usually much lower. Again, this should be indicated on the coil itself or on your tank. If it isn’t, start at around 8 W and work upwards in small increments (2 to 3 W). Continue doing this until you hit the “sweet spot” in terms of flavor and vapor. Conversely, some coils (like Clapton coils) work better with higher wattages, but these will almost always be indicated on the coil itself.


For TC settings, the temperature you vape at is really up to you. However, above 400 °F is recommended if you want to get a consistent vape. Usually you’ll get good performance at around 450 °F, but this is really up to you. Again, start low and work up until the flavor and vapor production start to work well for you. It’s easier to get the right settings in TC mode, because the performance is more consistent due to the stable temperature. Sometimes you can also adjust the wattage (called “ramp up”) in TC mode, and for that you can generally follow the advice above.


7 – Getting the Right E-Liquid


Mods generally support higher-power vaping, so the e-liquids you’ll need are a bit different to the ones you use in a vape pen. This is pretty easy, but it’s worth mentioning in case you’re brand new to vaping.


Usually, if you’re vaping at a higher power, you won’t need to vape e-liquid with as much nicotine as you would in a basic vape pen. For use in a sub ohm tank, you’re unlikely to need a nicotine level higher than 12 mg/ml. In many cases, vapers switch down to 6 mg/ml when they start vaping sub ohm. Try different options out and see what works for you. However, if you’re vaping in a mod you’re unlikely to need 18 mg/ml e-liquid.


The PG/VG ratio of your e-juice is a little more flexible when you’re using a mod. With a basic vape pen and clearomizer setup, higher-PG e-liquid is strongly recommended. With a sub ohm tank and mod, you can use pretty much any PG/VG ratio and still get great performance. From Black Note’s 50/50 PG/VG blends right up to higher-VG options, you won’t run into issues with a high-performance tank and mod.


Mods Are Simpler Than They Look


For all the apparently-complicated screens and buttons you’ll be faced with when you pick up your first mod, it’s really quite straightforward to start vaping with one of them. Provided you’re comfortable with the basics, your vaping experience will step up substantially and the learning curve is much gentler than you might imagine. If you’ve got these key points under your belt, all that’s left to do is start 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.
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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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