- Firstly, you need to warm up your mod. Once you’ve fully charged the battery and screwed in the e-liquid cartridge, you can take a few “primer puffs” on the end of the mouthpiece by closing off the airflow and using the device without pressing the power button. Don’t expect any vapour to come out at this stage, though; you’re just helping the air flow into the device.
- Once your e-cig is ready, it’s time to find your “sweet spot”. Start on a lower wattage and work your way up until the taste is to your liking.
- There are two main ways to use an e-cigarette: Direct lung (DL) and Mouth to Lung (MTL). MTL is more similar to the way you would have smoked a traditional cigarette, where you draw air through the mouthpiece, into your mouth then inhale once finished. DL is where you inhale straight into your lungs without collecting vapour in your mouth and is for people who are used to vaping and want more clouds. Effectively you leave your airways open for DL whereas it’s closed for MTL.
Changing the ratio of PG to VG in the liquid depends on the setup you have, as most are only suitable for one or the other.
- To get a throat hit – a kick at the back of the throat which ex-smokers crave – use a high PG liquid.
- For a smooth flavour – use a high VG liquid to get a smoother feeling on the throat. If the flavour feels muted, use more power to produce more vapour
- For stealth vaping – high PG liquids produce less vapour when exhaled, which can keep vaping low key.
- Cloudchasers – use as high a VG level as possible to produce dense clouds of vapour.
Shortfills are large, typically 50ml or 100ml bottles of 0mg (nicotine-free) liquids that can be used in your e-cigarette kit. Shortfill bottles are slightly larger than necessary to allow adding an extra nicotine shot to your juice.
Nicotine shots, sometimes referred to as ‘nicotine boosters’ or ‘nic shots’ are 10ml bottles of 18mg/ml nicotine e-liquid (like this PlusNic 18mg Nicotine Shot) that you can add to your shortfill to create the desired nicotine strength in your liquid. In the example below, we will be showing how to achieve a 3mg/ml nicotine strength – depending on the size of your shortfill bottle, you may need an extra one or two nic shots.
50ml shortfill e-liquid in a 60ml bottle: add 1 nicotine shot to create an end product of 60ml 3mg/ml.
– 100ml shortfill e-liquid in a 120ml bottle: add 2 nicotine shots to create an end product of 120ml 3mg/ml.
Mixing guides for shortfills can usually be found on labels, or under Peel & Reveal stickers, but we have included a general guide below:
- Ensure you are adding a nic shot to a 0mg, non-nicotine base liquid, then check the guidelines above to determine how many nic shots you will need to add to reach desired strength.
- Remove cap and nib from non-nicotine base liquid. A pair of non-slip gloves and/or a small tool to lever the nib off will help with this.
- Remove the cap and tamper seal from the nicotine shot, and slowly squeeze the contents of the bottle into your non-nicotine base, being careful to ensure no spillages. Wash hands thoroughly with warm water if any spillages do occur.
- Once nicotine shot has been fully decanted into non-nicotine base, replace the nib, removing any temporary silicone seals that were present, ensuring it makes a solid seal.
- Replace cap, and shake bottle by hand thoroughly for ten minutes to ensure full mixture of both liquids.