How To Vape? An A to Z Guide!

Thinking about quitting smoking? If you are wondering how to vape then we have a lot to talk about! With all of the different ways to vape, the first thing we need to do is figure out if its for you, then we can find out what type of vape you would like to have and then we can get you all set up! When it comes to vaping there is different styles & features you might want to consider. There is Entry Level which is the most basic style. You have more advanced vaping styles such as sub-ohm and temperature control vaping. Wait, We are not done. We are going to cut through all of the clouds and give you the information so you can make a well informed decision. The Vape Street How To Vape Guide will provide the background on a variety of styles and products. We want you to feel confident in understanding what specific vapor products are designed to do and different vaping styles.

What is Vaping?

E-cigarettes are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “vapes,” “e-hookahs,” “vape pens,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).” Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items. It consists of an atomizer, a power source such as a battery, and a container such as a cartridge or tank. Vape Mods are great additions to the industry too. There is all types. Box Mods, Pod Mods, Pod Systems, Mechanical Mods, Squonk Mods, Vape Pen Mods & more.

Instead of smoke, the user inhales vapor. As such, using an e-cigarette is often called “vaping”.” which is an in depth version of the first definition. It was created by Hon Lik & Herbert Gilbert in 2003. He was downing 3 packs of cigarettes a day and wanted to get away from them some how.

Atomizers & Rebuildables

An atomizer uses the power drawn vaping device that’s powered by high-amp batteries to generate heat. The atomizer has a metal coil typically made of Kanthal, nickel, stainless steel or titanium. The electric resistance of the wire determines how much power is drawn from the battery.

A Rebuildable (RTA, RDA, RDTA) are a little different then tanks because tanks hold juice & RDA’s don’t. RDA’s give you the option to customize your vaping experience fully. You build your own coil and it gives you the option to choose your own wicking material. Users usually use cotton. Tanks use replacement coil heads. They are prebuilt coil heads that screw on the tank itself. Specifically the deck part. Rebuildables give you the options you want, as well as offer the best performance of clouds and flavor. On the other hand its more advanced & maintenance because you are literally building your own coil.

In a nutshell when it comes to tanks, they are easy and more convenient. They hold juice and offer a great performance. Rebuildables are more of a niche market. People that like to blow big clouds, do tricks & love that good old cloud production will go with RDA’s.


What does the numbers mean? 

The battery numbers are a measurement. An 18350 is 18mm in diameter and 35mm long. The 0 at the end means it is a round battery. 18350: 18mmx35mm | 18500:18mmx50mm | 18650:18mmx65mm

What do the letters mean? 

The first letter indicates the basic chemical makeup of the battery. The second and most important letter indicates the material. “I” means that it is a Lithium Ion class battery. “C” indicates the material as cobalt; “M” indicates manganese; “N” indicates nickel. The “R” just means rechargeable. The “AW” on some batteries is initials for Andrew Wan, who owns a China-based company which purchases large quantities of batteries from the big boys (Samsung, Panasonic, etc.) and performs quality tests on each one.

Types of Batteries

At one point in time the most cigarette-like vaping batteries had an automatic operation, but the performance is generally better with manual options. What that means is, when you inhale on a vape with an automatic battery, a sensor detects the rush of air and makes the battery start working. So it’s really simple. Now, with a manual battery you press the button to activate the battery. It seems very inconvenient but most vapers get used to it quickly & love it because it offers way more freedom the manual way.

Automatic Batteries

  • Easy to Use
  • Usually requires a shorter charging time
  • May experience a delay between puffing and inhaling the vapor
  • May need a few short puffs to let the coil heat up before your main puff.

Manual Batteries

  • Usually has more power, offers more vapor and produces a better puff
  • Offers more control and usually a longer cut off period
  • Usually have a longer life because of size
  • Can usually be turned on or off to preserve the battery

Vape Mods

Vape Mods are larger devices than e-cigarettes, and are known for offering better flavor production & high vapor production. This kind of device takes from the ecig type but has additions. Hence the name “Mod”. These advancements can take many forms. For example, because of their many different shapes and sizes, mods tend to have larger batteries. Plus, the mechanism used to heat the vape juice is more powerful than the typical e-cigarette. Whatever the enhancements are, you’re unlikely to find them in regular cig-a-likes or vape pens; only in advanced or modified models.

Starter Kits

A vape starter kit is exactly what it means. If you’re new, and you want a place to start. A Starter kit is the way to go. Your vape will come with a battery, a coil, a tank and a mouthpiece. Everything you need besides the vape juice. These are the four main parts of any vaping device. Most of the time these kits don’t come with juice. You will have to buy it separately. Of course, you’ll receive a battery if it’s built in, or the usb to charge the battery that you have to purchase if it didn’t come with one. You will also receive instructions on how to use your new device. For beginners, this is great because you can save money on the packs and test out vaping before dishing out more money on additional accessories and vape juices. Do your research before purchasing and make sure you find a vape starter kit that has pods or e-liquid, a charger and all the essential parts. Then compare the pricing to each individual item, and you’ll find that the starter kits are much more budget-friendly.

Pod Systems

Pod Systems are essentially the middle-ground between your simple gas station vape pen and a $100+ mod or starter kit. You can consider these Starter Kits but for Salt Nic. They really do serve their own niche group of people in this industry. These portable systems are also more powerful. While a vape pen or cigalike battery caps out at around 180mAh, pod devices can reach upwards of 1000mAh. Perhaps most impressively, POD systems are fairly cheap. For around thirty bucks, you can scoop up what’s considered to be a high-end POD system, whereas lower-end models will cost as little as $20.


Disposables have become very popular within the vaping industry. The name fits it so well because you literally can dispose of it after use. It also comes ready to hit right out the box. Most devices need to be refilled, but these disposable vapes are different. It can only be used once. Unlike the refillable pod mods, disposable pods vaporizers possess two main characteristics. Batteries can’t be recharged, and or the vape isn’t refillable. Hence the name disposable vape pen. It doesn’t require filling, cleaning, or any kind of maintenance. In our opinion this is the equivalent of a cigarette but for the vape industry.


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