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How to Vape Properly? 5 Tips for Beginners

September 24, 2021

When it comes to vapes, you want to make sure you're doing it right. You may not know the proper vaping method, or maybe you were inhaling it wrong and didn't even realize it. Either way, RELX is here to walk you through everything you need to know about the vape experience.

For the best results, you should always vape properly. Follow our step-by-step guide now, including our five tips for beginners, and become an expert vaper in no time! RELX is here for you every step of the process.

So let's dive right in and help you understand all there is to know! 

How to Vape Properly?

To properly use your device, you should first understand how it works.

Vapes are nothing new, with the first patent for an electric vaporizer filed as early as 1927 by Joseph Robinson. Suffice it to say, they've been around for decades and have only gotten better and better over the years. 

The device's basic operation has remained pretty much the same: the battery powers up a coil that gets extremely hot and instantly vaporizes the e-juice within the atomizer. Then you inhale that vapour through the mouthpiece. 

Before you begin to vape, make sure your device has sufficient charge and is functioning correctly.

The actual vaping process is not very difficult, but there are a few things you need to know before jumping into your puffs and throat hits.

The steps below contain all the proper instructions for an ideal experience with your device.

How to Inhale Vape?

You already know how to breathe, so the vaping process won't be so hard. However, there is a bit more of a technique than inhale/exhale with vaping.

Let's break down the most popular ways to inhale through your device:

Mouth to Lung

This method is a good place for beginners to start. 

You simply breathe the vapour into your mouth as if you are using a straw. Keep the vapour in your mouth for just a moment, then slightly open your mouth and inhale slowly into your lungs. Give a gentle exhale, and you'll have a small cloud of vapour exit your mouth.

The mouth-to-lung method achieves a less powerful hit and will not overwhelm your lungs. This method is also ideal for tasting all the flavours of your vape, as it rests on your taste buds for longer.

Direct to Lung

A slightly more advanced move, the direct-to-lung method gets you a bigger, faster hit.

Think of this method as letting a filled balloon release into your lungs.

Take a single large inhale that rushes past your mouth and ends up deep in your lungs. Hold it for a second, and exhale. This long draw will achieve a large and satisfying vapour cloud.

For beginners, this method may cause some slight coughing. It could take a few attempts until you master the direct to lung. But there's no need to push yourself — start with just one second of holding the vapour in your lungs until you can increase it to three or four seconds.

Only Mouth

Some people will suck vapour into their mouths, taste the flavour, and immediately exhale. You may hear this method referred to as “puffing.”

Avoiding the lungs is an option for those who do not enjoy vapour in their lungs.

Is There a Right Way to Inhale Vape?

There is no right way to inhale the vapour. There is only what works for you. Everyone prefers one method or the other.

Experiment with the techniques, and you will discover what best suits your needs. 

The only way to inhale incorrectly is by keeping the vapour in your lungs for too long. Your lungs might feel uncomfortable if you hold on to the vapour for extended periods. Just follow the above methods, and you are guaranteed to have a good hit and a satisfying inhale every time.

Your reason for vaping is up to you, but the rules for inhaling are cut and dry. Once you determine whether you prefer the DTM method or the MTL style, you'll have a better sense of what device to buy. There are kits specially designed for both methods.

How to Choose the Right E-liquid?

E-liquid may at first seem confusing. With so many options, how do you know what's right for your specific expectations?

Let's talk about this essential ingredient and all the details you need to know to be an informed consumer.


Picking a flavour that tastes great is one of the most critical steps when it comes to e-liquids. You won't enjoy a hit if you are gagging at every pull. 

Nicotine Strength

The amount of nicotine in your device comes from your chosen e-liquid. The general range is about 1mg to 36mg of nicotine per e-liquid container.

Higher doses are best for seasoned vapers. For those who have recently switched to vaping, starting at a lower nicotine level will help you find a comfortable level. 

Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerol 

You'll often see PG vs. VG when looking through different e-liquids. These are the ingredients that make e-liquid a liquid. You'll want to understand the difference before purchasing anything.

PG, or Propylene Glycol, is less viscous and therefore provides smaller smoke clouds. An advantage of PG is the hits are much more robust in the back of the throat. The runny liquid also means your device is less likely to build up residue and should be easier to clean.

VG, or Vegetable Glycerol, is thicker and provides an exceptionally smooth hit. You can achieve larger vapour clouds, and VG tends to have a naturally sweet taste as well. One disadvantage is that the dense liquid is more likely to build up in your device and necessitates more cleaning. 

Most e-liquids these days are combinations of both PG and VG, often a ratio of around 40:60. Over time, you will find which combination works the best for you and feels right.

Mix It Up

You probably won't find your favourite e-liquid on the first try. Look for sample packs with a variety of all the above aspects. After a while, you will narrow down your go-to attributes and get partnered up with some premium e-liquid.

Never go for a discount e-liquid, or you risk inhaling impure and toxic substances, as counterfeit e-liquid refills are unfortunately very prevalent. RELX has first-rate e-liquids perfect for the curious consumer still getting to know what's out there. 

5 Vaping Tips for Beginners

You may be eager to get started vaping now that you know how to do it. But check out these tips first to make sure you treat your body and device right and have the best experience possible.

1. Take a  Small Puff First

Take a small draw at first — no need to inhale to the point of bursting. Just take an easy hit and see how you feel. Take your time between puffs; you don't need to rush.

Going slow will get you accustomed to your vape and help you practice the methods you have learned.

2. Only Use the Best

Never risk the use of a non-reputable vape pen or e-juice. Always buy quality products that won't break down or fail on you.

Higher-quality juices will also contain fewer impurities and make your hits much smoother. 

3. Switch It Up

When you stick to one flavour for too long, you may develop a ‘vaper’s tongue.' This phenomenon removes your ability to taste your current flavour. 

All you need to do is switch to a new e-liquid and fresh flavour, and the problem should clear up in no time.

4. Clean Your Device

If you have a disposable device, this won't apply. But if you have a rechargeable kit, wash the tank and mouthpiece with warm water at least once a week, and let it air dry.

Without proper cleaning, your device will gunk up with residue that blocks a full throat hit. 

5. Invest in Backup Batteries

If you're out for the day, you don't want your pen to die and not be able to vape.

Always carry an extra pair of batteries, so you are ready for your next night out.


Every person has a unique vape practice. Some people take big hits, and some people like the taste of menthol. Some people like small pens, others large devices. The fun comes from getting to customize based on your preferences.

Now that you know how to vape, it is time to get outfitted with the best products on the vape market. 

The RELX Classic Starter Kit has everything you need to enjoy your introduction to vaping. Get a pen, pod, and charging cable now and enjoy the highest standard of vaping. Subscribe today and get 10% off your order.

Head on over to our shop and start putting your new skills to the test!

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