How To Save Money By Switching
HOW TO SAVE MONEY BY SWITCHING TO VAPING
Although the primary motivations for most people to quit smoking are health-related, people often cite lower cost as being a factor for making the switch to vaping.
Prospective vapers should be pleased to hear that in almost every case, vaping is cheaper than smoking cigarettes.
In this post, we’re going to talk about ways to maximise savings while maintaining a vaping experience that will give you the best chance of quitting smoking for good.
Invest In A Quality Device
Your first vaping device is an investment in the commitment to quitting smoking for good.
Although entry level vaping devices have increased in quality and decreased in price over the years, it’s still important to choose a reliable product as your first purchase. Going with the very cheapest device possible, from an unknown brand, may end up costing more in the long run due to poor quality control or lack of supported coils.
Many new vapers make the mistake of choosing the cheapest possible device when starting their journey. Though this might seem frugal, it often results in having to purchase replacement devices more frequently. The cost of doing this adds up quickly.
Recognised brands now produce a number of reliable devices for under £40. Since these devices have been battle-tested by thousands of consumers, you know what to expect in terms of running costs and the availability of replacement coils.
It’s important to remember that the cheapest devices, even from recognised brands, are often not designed to have a particularly long lifespan. These are simply compromises that have to be made in order to produce a device that performs well at a lower price point.
The price gap between an unbranded vape pen and known device is now so small that it’s always worth investing the little extra to access a better quality product, with a longer lifespan.
This philosophy applies to many devices in the mid-price bracket (£35-50) and if possible, we recommend starting there.
Devices such as the VooPoo V-Suit and FreeMax Maxus 100 are more expensive than your average entry level kit, but that extra money goes into features such as waterproofing, shock resistance and superior build quality that allow the device to last a much longer period of time, making vaping cheaper than smoking.
Consider Mouth To Lung Vaping
There are two main styles of vaping: Mouth to lung (MTL) and direct to lung (DTL). MTL is a great option if you want to minimise the cost of vaping.
MTL devices tend to use less power than DTL devices and create a smaller cloud of vapour. Part of this trade off is that MTL devices consume far less e-liquid, which is one of the main running costs of vaping.
As an added bonus, MTL vaping more closely mimics the sensation of smoking. MTL devices have a tighter draw and are more suited to high-nicotine e-liquids, which create a “throat hit” similar to traditional cigarettes.
Avoid Super Sweet E-liquid
Many of us enjoy sweet flavours, but lots of new vapers don’t realise that super sweet e-liquids come with additional running costs.
In order to achieve true to life sweetness of certain desserts and fruits, some e-liquids contain sweeteners. Sweeteners caramelize on the coil when heated, causing the coil to burn out much more quickly.
Fortunately, there are many e-liquids on the market with little or no sweetener. The best way to find these e-liquids is with the guidance of a specialist vape shop.
Since specialist shops carry such a wide range of e-liquid, their staff will be able to find a blend that suits your palate, without any added sweetener.
If you are truly determined to make vaping cheaper, this will have a noticeable effect, since your coils will last for substantially longer periods of time before needing to be replaced.
How to prime your coils and pods to avoid premature burnout
It’s really important to make sure your coil or pod is primed properly before you first fire the device. To achieve this, you can follow these simple instructions:
- Drip a fair amount of e-liquid into the top of the coil, allowing the cotton inside to soak it up between drips until you see the white cotton through the holes at the sides become wet. Be generous; if there is any excess once the cotton is fully saturated you can simply flick the coil to let it come out. We recommend doing this onto a paper towel or outside to prevent juice landing in unwanted areas.
- Refit the coil and fill your tank with vape juice
- Allow to sit for a few minutes to soak (around 10 minutes should be perfect)
- Take a few ‘Primer Puffs’ by pulling on the atomiser as if you were vaping but WITHOUT firing the device (Even keep it turned off to be double sure!)
- If your device has adjustable power, turn it to a low setting and fire it there (we recommend starting at around 10W and turning up 1-2W every 5-10 puffs for MTL devices and start around 20w for DTL Devices)
- Work the power higher at intervals until you are back to your preferred power level
- CONGRATS! You should now have successfully primed your coil!