Expert vape tips and hacks
Monday, 10 February 2020
Our team here at Vapourcore consists mostly of vapers - from newbies who've just picked up their first starter kit to quit smoking to the old guard who still remember the days before TPD: when you could buy bottles of nicotine-containing e-liquid bigger than 10ml and strengths higher than 20mg. It's safe to say we've learned a lot over the years, and now we want to share our favourite vape hacks with you!
Vape tank stuck on mod
Picture this: you're trying to remove your vape tank from your mod and it's totally stuck. You bring it in to your local Vapourcore store, and one of our friendly sales assistants brings it out to the back of the shop. They emerge with the tricky tank successfully unscrewed as if by magic. How did they do it?
The unlikely star of the show is: a door. If you are finding it tricky to exert enough grip on the tank without just spinning the airflow ring round or breaking the glass, place your tank between the door frame so that as the hinge closes, the base of the tank (the most sturdy part) becomes sandwiched between the door and the frame. Use one hand to hold on to the door handle, closing it further if you need more grip, and the other hand to turn your mod. We recommend going slowly and steady for this method and do try to use a wooden door rather than a metal one. Please note that it is possible to scratch or scuff your vape tank using this method - we recommend it as a last resort only.
Alternatively, wrapping several thick rubber bands around the base of the tank can provide some much needed traction for gripping an unusually stubborn tank.
If you vape a lot and use higher-VG e-liquid, it's not uncommon to find that a small amount of slippery e-liquid residue builds up in the areas you vape the most. This is simply the VG condensing, and the trick to getting rid of it depends on the surface:
Vapes firing while not in use
This is more of a safety tip than a convenience tip - if you're putting your vape in your pocket or bag, turn it off completely first. While many vape devices now do have a "lock" mode, we feel that it's better to err on the side of caution. The absolute last thing you want is to accidentally lean on your device while out and about, causing it to start firing. This can lead to overheated and damaged devices and burnt coils. In the absolute worst case scenario, the hot device could lead to injury. One Vapourcore staff member lost an entire box mod and tank set up when it accidentally fired in the bottom of a bag, causing the coil to totally char and the mod to become flooded with hot e-liquid. For peace of mind, we recommend getting into the habit of switching off your devices before you put them away.
If you are a user of an unregulated mechanical mod (these are pieces for advanced users only) we of course recommend removing the battery before storing the device. These devices traditionally contain little to no circuitry and are fired by pushing the battery directly up to the connector.
Your perfect e-liquid does exist
Life is too short to put up with e-liquid that is just "okay". Ask any of one of our staff - we would rather you find your perfect e-liquid even if it means we have to go through our whole selection with you, than have you walk away with something you are not totally happy with. And in our experience, the more you enjoy vaping your e-liquid, the less likely you are to be tempted to smoke a cigarette. This process can take time though, so don't fret if you still haven't found The One.
But how do you choose the perfect e-liquid? The amount of choice on our website, in our stores or at other good vape retailers can feel overwhelming if you don't know what you are looking for. If you are feeling stuck, we recommend thinking over the following points before buying e-liquid online or in store:
My e-liquid has no flavour
If your favourite vape juice seems to have suddenly lost it's appeal, you may have what is commonly known as "vaper's tongue". Luckily, this isn't a medical condition, and is only temporary. Once you've checked that your coil or pod doesn't need replacing, we recommend the following steps:
If you're a dual user - someone who vapes and smokes cigarettes - this can also have an effect as smoking is known to damage the sense of taste. Of course, we recommend quitting smoking completely!
Changing nicotine strength
The nicotine strength you start off with doesn't need to be the one you stay with. Many vapers start with a nicotine strength on the higher end of the spectrum, somewhere between 10mg and 20mg, with the intention to gradually decrease their strength. The most important thing about picking a nicotine strength is how effective it is in keeping you away from smoking.
If you require any help, advice or recommendations on vaping, vape products or e-liquids, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the Vapourcore team by emailing us at [email protected] or visit one of our London Vapourcore store branches.
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