What Is Vaping? A Beginners Guide

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What Is Vaping? A Beginners Guide

It would surprise you how many times we actually get asked this question, despite vaping becoming increasingly popular across the UK.

Certainly as more and more people are looking to give up tobacco with a method of support, vaping is at the forefront of their thinking

So as ever at PK Vapes in Belfast, we like to be helpful. Enjoy our new blog.

What Is Vaping?

You might have heard the more common terms such as e cigarette or electronic cigarette. These items are part of the toolkit that vapers use to allow them to give up the dreaded tobacco and make improvements to their daily health.

The e cigarette basically vaporise’s a liquid via a heat source such as a battery powered coil. That liquid which is normally vegetable based glycerin becomes a vapor that can be inhaled and still delivers an element of nicotine to help you over the withdrawal phase.

Vaping Devices

Vaping devices now come in a variety of colors and shapes. Some vapers prefer the physiological boost of an atomiser that looks similar to a traditional cigarette.

Your preference may be a device that resembles a pen, box, tube, or other designs. They will all serve the same purpose, which is to utilise the power from the battery and deliver it to the liquid to be atomised.

If you still find yourself a little confused by the many vaping terms, then check out our recent blog posts on the differences between an e-cig, vape pen and a vaporiser box mod!

Vaporiser Components

The Battery is a crucial part of the device, being its power source. There are devices that use a non-replaceable battery, but the large majority use replaceable or rechargeable batteries.

Always ask about battery life when purchasing your first device, and if you opt for rechargeable ones, then when you travel “don’t forget to pack the charger”.

The Atomiser This is the part of the device that is heat resistant and it houses the wire coils it will normally have a type of reservoir for your liquid.

As a beginner this area can be very confusing with terminology “Rebuildable dripping tank atomizers, Genesis, Rebuildable Tank Atomizers, Hybrid Atomisers” and many more.

It’s a good idea to get some advice and when you are looking for reliable vaping advice then PK Vapes at the Park Centre, Belfast is ready to assist you. We have many customers who visit us from Lisburn, Newtownabbey and across Belfast.

The Coil. The resistance wire fabricated into a coil shape that looks like a spring. Its resistance determines how much electricity is required to power it and deliver the required amount of heat.

The most common materials for coils are Kanthal and Nichrome and more recently Nickel. All of which are safe for vaping..

The Juice

Commonly known as e liquid or e-juice, the solution commonly comprises propylene glycol, food flavorings, and some offer nicotine. It comes in a variety of flavours. Colours and nicotine strengths.

As a beginner you may start with a higher nicotine solution, and then slowly reduce that. Flavour is often a large area of choice and can be a matter of trial and error.


Now you have a greater understanding of how e-cigarettes, personal vaporizers, and other vapor devices work and the range of e-liquids they use, you’re ready to start vaping.

If you are still unclear about what to do or what equipment to purchase, then call us at PK Vapes or drop into our store in Belfast.

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