How to Start Vaping

How to Start Vaping


What is vaping? Vaping is the act of inhaling vapour produced by a vapouriser (electronic cigarette). The vapour is produced by heating e-liquid.

What is a vapouriser? A vape (e-cigarette) is comprised of 3 parts; a coil, a tank and a battery.

What is a coil? The coil is where the vaping happens! This is located within the tank and is generally made up of a coil of wire surrounded by cotton. Coils are disposable and will need to be replaced, generally after 1-4 weeks dependent on usage. With less frequent use, you may find your coils lasting longer.

What is a tank?  The tank is used as a reservoir which holds the e-liquid, feeding it slowly into the coil.

What is a mod (battery)? Vaping mods are the powerhouse of your vapouriser. The mod is the battery component of your vape that provides the power to the coil. This in turn heats the coil, heating the liquid into a vapour. There are many different types of mods, some which are called ‘regulated mods‘ which have the ability to change the power output, this will change how warm your vape is – which will affect the flavour and vapour produced.

E-Liquid: E-liquid or e-juice as it is sometimes called in NZ is the liquid that is used inside vaping devices that gets atomised (turned into vapour). E-liquid generally consists of three ingredients; propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerine (VG) and flavouring. E-liquid may also contain nicotine.
Here at VAPO we use only the highest quality ingredients consisting of VG, PG and food-grade flavouring. VAPO E-Liquid is manufactured to the highest standards in an ISO7 clean room here in New Zealand by Myriad Laboratories. All of our e-liquid is tested by an independent lab in Australia to ensure it is free of diacetyl and acetyl propionyl. Make sure you choose the right e-liquid by reading our guide first. Alternatively, learn more about nicotine salts too.
You can check out our range of NZ made e-liquid right here. 

Vaping while charging: Please do NOT use your vape while it is charging. It is safe to use once it is completely unplugged from the charging port.




Every time you use a new coil, you need to ‘prime’ it. This is the act of soaking your coil in liquid, which will help preserve the life of the coil and ensure it doesn’t burn out prematurely. To prime the coil, simply drop 2-3 drops of e-liquid directly down the centre of the coil, fill the tank all the way to the top and let it soak into the cotton for 15-20 minutes before usage.


Most devices are turned on/off by clicking the fire button 3 or 5 times consecutively. We recommend to turn your vape off if you aren’t using it to ensure it doesn’t accidentally fire while not in use, which can lead to the coil burning out or batteries overheating.


To start off vaping, make sure first that your coil is primed correctly. Begin inhaling and hold the fire button until you have finished your drag and then let go of the fire button. You never want the device to be firing while not inhaling through it as this will cause the coil to burn out prematurely. If you have trouble vaping, have a read of our help section or feel free to contact us.


An e-cigarette or vape is a battery-powered device that provides power to the heating element which is often referred to as a coil, which vapourises e-liquid  and produces vapour that is inhaled by the user. The purpose of a vape is to simulate a traditional cigarette sensation without the harmful carcinogens that the user is exposed to when smoking cigarettes. 


The main difference between vaping and smoking is that smoking delivers nicotine by combusting tobacco which causes exposes the user to thousands of deadly carcinogens and chemicals, causing smoking-related illnesses such as lung cancer. Using vaping to quit smoking provides the user nicotine by heating e-liquid in a much less harmful way – vaping has been proven to be up to 95% less harmful than smoking cigarettes – 

Smoking traditional cigarettes does not allow you to control and dictate the amount of nicotine that is delivered to your body, whereas with vaping the nicotine is dependent on the strength you choose. For example, if you smoke 1 pack of cigarettes per day, you’re able to request a nicotine strength in your e-liquid that is most suited to you and gives you the same satisfaction from a cigarette. This also allows you to not only simulate the feeling you get from a traditional cigarette but you’re also able to decrease your nicotine intake over time. 

Vaping is NOT smoking, but most people find that vaping works to help them kick their habit because it offers the same experience and satisfaction of smoking, in a lot less harmful manner. Vaping has a very similar hand-to-mouth action as smoking which also helps ex-smokers transition a lot more seamlessly.   

Please go to the Ministry Of Health NZ’s amazing campaign called Vaping Facts which provides excellent information around the facts of vaping and also provides you with proven stories of New Zealanders who have used vaping to quit smoking! 


Vaping is popular because it is a proven way to help smokers transition from cigarettes to a less harmful method of delivering nicotine to the user. 

Ex-smokers who used vaping to help kick the habit often describe their journey as pleasant and much more effective than patches or gum, as it provides a similar experience, but without the thousands of deadly carcinogens that cigarettes contain. Another reason as to why vaping is so popular among ex-smokers is because it tastes a lot better, it’s less harmful and smells much more pleasant,  does not stick to your  fingers, clothes or ruin taste buds like cigarettes do. 

Another reason as to why vaping is so popular is because of the evolution of the devices themselves. Traditional cigarettes were the most effective way of consuming nicotine, but in a harmful manner. The latest vaping devices are small, discreet and don’t produce large amounts of clouds that the previous devices did which means that people can use them most places, all the time. These devices will produce a similar amount of vapour as a cigarette does smoke, and is a lot more socially pleasant than the smell of a cigarette burning. 


Vaping is significantly cheaper than smoking traditional cigarettes! 

Aside from the initial set-up cost which can range from $30-$150, vaping costs approximately 10% of what you would spend with cigarettes. For example, if you smoke a pack a day it will cost you approximately $8000-$9000 a year, whereas vaping could cost approximately $800-$900.

Check out the Vaping vs. Smoking Cost Calculator and see how much you can save!


It’s important to know how to inhale correctly, especially first time vapers. This can make or break the experience for the newcomers and can lead to an unpleasant experience. Also be aware that you do not have to inhale if you don’t want to.

There are essentially two types of inhalation techniques, one being Mouth-To-Lung and the other being Direct Lung.The ideal technique varies depending on the person, ex-smokers will more than likely use the Mouth-To-Lung technique as it simulates a cigarette type draw. To do this, follow the below steps: 

  1. Slowly draw vapour into your mouth, as much as you require
  2. Hold in your mouth until you’re ready to inhale 
  3. Open mouth and breathe in the vapour
  4. Exhale right after vapour enters lungs 

The direct lung technique will be ideal for larger vape devices with low resistance coils and using a low amount of nicotine such as 3mg and 6mg. To do this technique is simple, follow the steps below:

  1. Quickly draw vapour directly into the lungs (Unlike Mouth-to-Lung)
  2. Exhale the vapour immediately after it enters the lungs

Some vaping devices give you the option of adjusting the Airflow Control (AFC) so that you can find your own sweet spot. Some may like a restricted direct lung hit so they can slightly close their airflow on their Direct Lung device while others may want a Mouth-To-Lung hit with a little more air, simply open the Airflow Control wider. 

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