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Over the past few years, I’ve seen vaping grow in popularity. I had never tried and I didn’t have any close acquaintances who were doing it either. Little did I know that I would start working for a vape company and would have a crash course in all things vape.
Since my experience in learning about all things vaping would likely be similar to, I thought it would be fun to write about my first six weeks as a vaper. Hopefully, new vapers will get some insight from the blog, and experienced vapers will be able to reminisce about their early days.
My first lesson focused on kits and batteries. I got the SMOK Alien kit and a couple of 18650 batteries and took them home to vape for the first time. I opened everything up, read the instructions and set everything up. Once I put the batteries in, I clicked the fire button five times and waited. Nothing happened. So I clicked it five more times. Still nothing. I thought maybe I put the batteries in wrong, so I checked them and tried again. Still nothing. It didn’t think it would be so hard since all the videos I watched beforehand made everything seem so easy.
I was disheartened that my first vaping attempt had failed so I packed everything up and took the kit to work the next day to ask for help. It turns out that my new batteries, straight out of the box, weren’t charged, go figure.
Next up was learning about changing coils. I had been sampling a lot of flavors during the first week so my coils were wrecked and nothing tasted quite like it was supposed to. I was shown how to change my coil, but I forgot the very important step of priming the new coil and waiting for the juice to absorb into the cotton. I screwed in the new coil, filled the tank with juice and clicked the fire button.
I took a hit of very dry cotton and everyone in the office knew it. It tasted disgusting and I couldn’t stop coughing and gasping. I’d like to say I’ll never make that mistake again, but I probably will. I’m a very impatient person by nature, but that dry hit will make me take my sweet time from now on.
Over the course of the first couple of weeks, I learned a lot of new terminology. I still have to ask what much of it means, but I’m slowly getting the hang of it. I was on my own personal quest to find my ADV.
I have never smoked cigarettes before so that immediately eliminated tobacco flavors. I had smoked hookah and I really enjoyed the fruity flavors, so thought that’d be a good place to start. The first vape flavor that I ever tried was Pink Elephant, a tart lemonade flavor.
I tried beverage flavors, dessert flavors, and candy flavors. I still couldn’t find my personal ADV. There are so many different flavors to try that I knew I would find one that suited me eventually. It just wasn’t going to happen yet.
I learned a new lesson about hydration while vaping. I didn’t realize that vaping required you to stay hydrated, which I was bad at doing anyway. I think it also led to the infamous vapers tongue. I couldn’t taste anything. All the flavors tasted like slightly sweet air. Not a lot a vaping happened this week. Instead, I drank lots and lots and lots of water.
After my persistent use of box mods, I moved on to pen mods. It is safe to say that I LOVE them. They are low maintenance, there aren’t a million settings to perfect, and changing coils is super easy. I have also managed not to spill so much juice on myself while filling up the tank. I get nice clouds and the flavor is great.
I can still appreciate box mods and I like to play with the newest and most stylish ones, but for personal use, I think I’ll stick to pens.
I had my mod and I even found my new ADV, the delicious Cinnamon Toast Cereal. I’m still exploring all the flavors that I can and I haven’t even scratched the surface of the vaping world. So it was time to learn about RDAs and RTAs.
The biggest barrier I faced was building up the confidence to ask the stupid questions. Thankfully, I am surrounded by people that are eager and willing to help and teach me. My goal for the end of this year is to learn how to use a dripper and rewick it by myself. We will see how that goes.
The world of vaping is more vast and elaborate than I could have ever imagined. I’ve witnessed the positive impact that vaping has had in the lives of people that want to get away from cigarettes. The vaping community is a special one and I am enjoying my journey to be a part of it.
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