How To Choose Your First Vape (The #1 Guide For Beginners)

By Drake Equation •  Updated: 09/27/20 •  9 min read

How To Choose Your First Vape – A Quick N’ Easy Guide For New Vapers. Below, You’ll Find Out Everything You Need To Know About Vape Kits, Different Styles of Vaping Devices, E Juice, and How To Choose The Perfect, First Vape Kit For Your Exact Needs…

Don’t want to mess around and read the entire post? No problem, use the quick links below to find EXACTLY what you’re looking for:

Want a more detailed overview of buying your first vape? Read on! This post covers all the basics…

Buying Your First Vape: A Guide (By An Expert) 

You’ve made the decision to quit smoking. You’ve read all the literature about the benefits of switching to vaping. You’re ready to make a move…

And then you realize there are literally THOUSANDS of options to choose from when it comes to vape products. A sinking feeling engulfs you, and you think: this isn’t going to be as easy as I thought…

How does one go about buying their first vape? It’s confusing, right?

I know this feeling. Trust me. It’s exactly how I felt when I first started looking into vaping as a way to quit smoking. This is why I have put together this detailed, easy to follow guide on how to choose your first vape.

I want to help you avoid the #1 most-common pitfalls most people experience when quitting smoking and switching to vaping.

Right! Let’s do this…

Buying Your First Vape Kit (The Proper Way To Do It…)

As with most things in life, there’s a right and wrong way to go about choosing your first vape kit. The wrong way is simple enough: go into your local vape shop with ZERO ideas about what you want.

This mistake is made by millions of people every year. It’s silly because there is no way to know whether what the owner is selling you is any good…

Case in point: back when I first started, I paid almost $50 for a vape pen kit (which I later found out retailed for $10 online).

Don’t make this mistake.

The right way to choose your first vape kit is also pretty simple too: do some research, like reading this post, and understand EXACTLY what you want from a device.

Knowledge is power in all walks of life, and it also pays dividends in the vape marketplace too. By knowing what you want before you pull the trigger on a vape kit, you’re in control. You know how much you should pay, what to expect, and whether a certain device or style of device is suitable.

Types of Vape Kit – All The Different Vapes You Can Buy

Whether you’re looking for your first vape kit or your first vape mod – you got options.

Plenty of them!

Below is a brief description of all the different types of vaping devices you can buy right now.

What’s The Best Vape Device For Your First Vape – Mods or Pods?

If you’re brand new to vaping, you are 100% best off with something simple.

This will ensure you DO NOT run into any issues when setting up or using the vaping device.

The #1 Option For Flavor
Freemax Autopod50 Pod Mod

Fully compatible with Freemax’s AX2 coils, the Freemax Autopod50 is yet another gem from the company that basically invented mesh coils. This pod is perfectly sized, made from zinc-alloy, so it looks and feels great, and it delivers incredible flavor with all-day-long battery life. It’s slightly pricey, but that’s what happens when you have market-leading flavor production…


For this reason, I’d recommend either a Box Mod and Vape Tank kit or a Pod Mod (if you want something super-simple, like the one listed above).

Personally, I would also go with a box mod and tank combo over a pod mod…

Why’s that?

Simple: battery life, the ability to change settings, such as power and wattage, plus with a box mod you’re free to change vape tanks whenever you like.

Box Mod & Tank Checklist

✔ You’ll Need Vape Batteries (Two Usually)
✔ You’ll Also Need A Vape Battery Charger (This One is Exceptional)

Pod Mod Vapes: Things To Keep In Mind (PROS & CONS)

A pod mod is an all-in-one device, so they’re very simple.

However, they often have poor battery life and devices like the JUUL do not let you use your own E Juice – and this sucks!

You also have to run Nic Salts E Juice in them too (check out the Best Nic Salts Brands here).

Inside our Guide To The Best Pod Mods, we only recommend pod vapes that are 100% refillable.

The reason? They’re cheaper to run and a lot better in the long run.

Let’s Talk About Vape Tanks (Because They’re Super-Important)

A vape mod is important. But a vape tank is what you’ll be tasting and inhaling the vapor through, so it’s important to get the right one.

The Two Main Styles of Vape Tanks (How They Draw)

The inhale, or the way a tank draws is key – especially if you’re brand new.

There are two main styles of “inhale” on a vape tank: mouth to lung (MTL) and direct to lung (DTL).

This is why a lot of people cough when they first use a proper sub ohm tank; the draw is so different from a cigarette.

You have to take it all the way down on the inhale, otherwise, it doesn’t work properly.

Knowing which style of tank you want is KEY.

Bottom line?

If You Want A Similar Sensation To Cigarettes Get A MTL Tank.

Best Vape Tanks: The #1 DTL Vape Tanks Right Now
The Best MTL Vape Tanks: My #1 Picks For Late-2018

What About E Juice?

E Juice is probably the most important aspect to consider when vaping. It’s what you’re breathing in, so you need to ensure it is good quality.

But the type of E Juice you use will also depend on the device and/or tank you’re using:

Bottom line?

CASE IN POINT: I tend to use RDA tanks most, so I run E Juice that is 80% to 90% VG (with just 10% PG).

If I’m using an MTL tank like my Kayfun, I use Nic Salts E Juice or higher PG E Juice (50/50 PG/VG concentration).

Guides To The Best E Juice

If you’re in the market for either high VG E Juice or Nic Salts E Juice, we got you covered below:

👌The 18 Most Popular E Juice Brands of 2018 (DATA-STUDY)
👌The Best Nic Salts E Juice Brands: Our #1 Picks

Wrapping Up…

OK, so that’s your basic options covered. I don’t know what device is best for you – only you know that.

But based on the above information and you’re own personal tastes, you have the following options:

I’m now going to suggest posts from our site that will advise you on the best options for each option.

If you’re going the Box Mod & Vape Tank route, check out our Guide To The Best Vape Mods – most of the listed mods come with tanks.

If you’re more interested in a pod mod, read VapeBeat’s Guide To The Best Pod Mods – they’re all great and 100% refillable.

If you want an MTL vape kit, but don’t want a pod mod, check out our Guide To The Best MTL Vape Kit – it’s a box mod and tank combo, and it’s brilliant for those after an MTL vaping experience.

All of the products we recommend in these lists have been tested and vetted by our experienced team of reviewers.

Only the most exceptional devices make it onto our Best Lists, so if a device is on one of them, it has beaten out hundreds of other competing devices.

I hope that all made sense and you feel more confident about choosing your first vape kit.

If you have any other questions, or you think I missed something, do not hesitate to contact me via Facebook!

Or… if you’re after premium-grade, high VG E Juice that comes in big bottles and tons of AWESOME flavors, check out The Official VapeBeat Store.

Drake Equation

Co-founder and Editor of VapeBeat. I make the words.
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