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Vaping FAQs

What is vaping?

Vaping is the inhalation of a vaporised flavoured liquid which may or may not contain nicotine that is produced by an e-cigarette. The battery powered e-cigarette or vape kit contains a coil which heats the e-liquid to turn it into the vapour which is then inhaled.

What do I need to start vaping?

To get started with vaping you’ll need an e-cigarette and e-liquid. We recommend purchasing a start kit such as the Smok Stick V8 Baby or the Vaporesso Veco Solo Kit as this will contain all of the easy to use hardware you need.

We stock a wide range of e liquids for many leading brands. Take a look at our e-liquid guide for more information on choosing the right one for you.

What are the age restrictions on vaping?

By law e-cigarettes and other vaping products can only be purchased by over 18’s.

Where can I vape?

Whilst vaping is allowed in public places, there are bans on vaping on public transport, within stadiums and arenas and often in workplaces. Establishments will have their own policies on vaping, be sure to check what these are before firing up your e-cigarette.

How do I choose an e-cigarette?

There are a wide variety of vape kits to choose from with lots of choice between brands and features. Starter kits offer everything you need to get started with vaping whilst box mods offer more power and better performance for the more experienced vaper.

What is in e-liquid?

E-liquid contains four key elements:

  • Flavourings
  • Propylene glycol (PG), derived from petroleum
  • Vegetable glycerine (VG), produced from vegetable oils
  • Nicotine of varying levels ranging from 0mg to 18mg

What is the best VG PG mix?

The ratio of PG/VG in e-liquid impacts the vaping experience. A higher VG mix produces larger clouds whilst a higher PG mix offers a mix of clean flavours and smaller vapour production.

For starters, a good choice is a 50/50 mix which offers clean flavours, moderate vapour production and a mild throat hit.

For more spectacular clouds a 30/70 mix of PG/VG offers much greater vapour production with a reduce throat hit.

How long will a 10ml bottle of e-liquid last?

How long a 10ml bottle of e-liquid will last is very dependant on the frequency of use and the type of vape kit or mods used. As a rough guide, a 10ml bottle will last between 4 (for heavier users) and 7 days.

Why does e-liquid change colour?

If you have found your e-liquid changes colour over time don’t panic, this is a natural process caused by oxidisation. In the sealed tamper-proof bottles, no oxygen comes into contact with the e-liquid. Once you’ve opened the bottle oxidisation occurs and can cause colour changes due to the highly reactive nature of nicotine substances.

If your e-liquid has undergone an extreme colour change this is more likely to be a sign that it has expired.

What is the shelf life of e-liquid?

Whilst e liquids do not have specific best before dates generally it should last at least a year if stored correctly.

How should e-liquid be stored?

To ensure that your e-liquid lasts and continues to taste as it should there are some simple steps you can take when storing it:

  • Don’t expose it to heat and light for long periods as this will cause e-liquid to lose its flavour – a windowsill is the worst place to leave them.
  • Keeping e-liquid cool is the perfect way to keep the flavours at their best, so pop it in the fridge if you aren’t going to be using that particular bottle for a while.
  • If you are storing e-liquid bottles for any length of time, choose glass bottles as plastic ones can degrade the flavour over time.
  • Be sure to store your e liquids in a safe place away from anyone under 18 or household pets.

How do I choose e-liquid nicotine strength?

It is important to choose e liquids which contain the most suitable level of nicotine for you. Opting for too high of a level can results in nausea and headaches whilst choosing a level that is too low may not satisfy nicotine cravings.

Nicotine levels in e liquids are measured in milligrams (mg) or as a percentage eg 12mg is the same as 1.2%.

The nicotine levels available at Vapetto within our range of e liquids are: 0mg, 1.5mg, 3mg, 6mg, 11mg, 12mg and 18mg.

What is an atomizer and why does it need replacing?

The atomizer is the heating element of the e-cigarette and contains a heating coil, a wick to soak in the e-liquid and a mesh bridge. Due to this element of the e-cigarette constantly heating and cooling and processing e-liquid it will slowly degrade and requires replacing.

When should I replace my atomiser?

The performance of your atomizer will begin to degrade after 4-12 weeks depending on your frequency of usage. The following signs will let you know it is time to replace your atomizer:

  • E-liquid begins to leak from your atomizer as it isn’t heating as efficiently as it should be.
  • Unusual noises that sound like gurgling are usually a sign that your atomizer might need replacing.
  • Vapor production is gradually reducing
  • If you are tasting a burnt flavour when inhaling the coil may have burnt out

Why can I still taste other e liquids when I vape new flavours?

If you’ve switched to try a new e-liquid but find that you’re still tasting hints of the previous flavour this can result in a slightly unpleasant blend of the two.

To avoid this be sure to clean the tank thoroughly before adding the new flavour. Also, clean your coils and wicks to remove any residue. If you’re looking to try lots of new flavours, consider purchasing multiple tanks to make it quicker to switch between them.

Are vape batteries safe?

Batteries used in e-cigarettes are similar to other lithium-ion batteries used in a wide range of electronic devices, however, they tend to be a little more powerful to provide the amount of power needed for vaping.

The best way to stay safe with vape batteries is to purchase quality products that are compatible with your device and ensure you practice safe usage.

How do I find the right battery for my device?

At Vapetto you’ll find all of the information you need on which battery your device needs in the product description section of the page. Most commonly 18650 batteries are used, but make sure you double check you are buying the correct size and output for your vape kit.

When do I need to replace my battery?

As with all rechargeable batteries, vape batteries have a maximum lifetime charge cycle. Most batteries offer at least 300 full charges before their ability to hold a charge diminishes.  

What does TPD compliant mean?

You may have noticed the TPD compliant stamp on Vapetto pages. The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) simply put is a set of regulations put in place to promote safe products and, as of May 2017, ensure that only TPD compliant products are sold in the UK. You can find out more about TPD compliance here.