Switching to vaping will almost certainly save you money, but the start-up costs can seem quite high.
While each pack of cigarettes is ready to use, when you start vaping, you should get an e-cigarette, a charger, a tank, and some e-juice. The running costs of vaping, mainly buying new coils and e-liquid, are very low, but you must invest when you start.
Therefore, it is important to set a budget. No one can tell you what the right figure is for you, so you will need to consider your situation and see how much you can save. That said, for a pack a day smoker in Spain the average price of 11.20 Euros for a pack of cigarettes (large size) means you will spend around 78.40 Euros a week on smoking. That's more than enough to get you to buy a luxury vape kit! (in spanish: comprar un kit de vapeo de lujo)
The most important thing to think about is how much to vape. If you want to make the switch completely to e-cigarettes, it's more than reasonable to spend a few days' cigarette budget to set it up.
However, you may not be sure you will like vaping, so you may not be interested in spending that much.
The best advice here is to test vape before committing to a big purchase. If you have a friend or family member who vapes, ask to try their e-cig and see what they think. Sometimes it takes a while to start vaping, but this should give you an idea of whether it's for you or not.
It's up to you how much you want to spend, and while we recommend you focus more on getting the right e-cigarette for your needs, make sure you don't put too much of a dent in your bank balance.
You can get some great vape kits at a fairly low price, so there's no need to blow a week's smoking budget.
How important is ease of use?
One of the main factors that can help you distinguish between the different vaporizer kits available is the ease of use of the device. No e-cigarette is really that complicated, but some certainly have a bigger learning curve than others.
E-cigarettes are the simplest devices: screw the clearomizer onto the battery and use it as you would a cigarette. When you have finished a cartomizer, simply throw it away and screw another one in its place. If you want to vape with as little effort as possible, this is the best type of device to choose.
However, pod and tank systems are not much more difficult to use than this. The key differences are that you have a pod or tank that must be filled with e-liquid before you start using it, and when your coil is past its priming, you'll need to unscrew and replace it with a new one. It's a touch more practical than vaping with a cigarette, but it's still very simple and suitable for beginners.
Mods (and most pod mods) are the only devices that may be too complex for new vapers. These have display screens, two or more buttons in addition to the main "fire" button, and often features such as the ability to adjust your wattage or set a maximum temperature. For the most part, you use them in much the same way as basic tank systems.
However, mods may also include a menu system (for switching between power mode and temperature control mode, for example). Most will display things like your coil resistance that beginners may not be very familiar with.
But, just like getting used to a new cell phone, it doesn't take long to become familiar with navigating the system and learning what it all means. On a day-to-day basis, all you really need to do is choose a configuration with dedicated buttons and vape the same way you would with a basic tank system.
So, some vape devices are more complicated than others, and if you want the simplest experience possible, it's best to avoid modifications. However, with all the benefits that mods offer, it's important to remember that they're really not that complicated.
How do you want your device to look?
The cliché advice that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover is very true when it comes to vaping.
Just because an e-cigarette looks like a cigarette doesn't mean it's the best replacement for cigarettes. And just because a mod looks nothing like a cigarette doesn't mean it's a bad choice.
That said, you may have a preference for the appearance of your device when you go to a vape store (tienda de vapeo), and if you do, you can narrow down your choices a lot. Not everyone wants to vape with a square e-cigarette, and not everyone wants something that looks like a cigarette.
This is entirely down to personal preference, so you really don't need any guidance on this point.
But one piece of advice I would give you is that a cigarette-like appearance may seem important to you when you are starting out, but that feeling fades very quickly. Keeping the focus on what the e-cig can do rather than what it looks like will probably lead you to get a more capable device.
What type of kit is most effective to switch to?
If you are using vaping in an attempt to quit smoking, you may be interested to know which e-cigarette kit is likely to give you the best chance of success.
It's worth noting that there is no "wrong" choice when it comes to finding an e-cigarette, but there is a bit of evidence to suggest that some kits are better than others for quitting smoking.
A study conducted between late 2012 and 2013 found that people who used tank-system e-cigarettes daily increased their odds of quitting smoking, but also showed that non-daily cigarette users were less likely to quit than nonsmokers.
Effectiveness of tanks and cigars.
The implication of this is that tank systems (covering "eGo-style" tank systems and modifications) are better than cigalikes when it comes to smoking cessation. Also, another study showed that mods are more effective at getting nicotine than cigalikes, so it would make sense that these would be better to use when you're trying to quit smoking.
The graph shows the experience of dual users after a year of vaping.
Whichever starter kit you choose, if you don't succeed at first, don't give up! As the graph above shows, many dual users (people who smoke and vape) end up using only e-cigarettes.
Need something discreet?
Not all vapers want to blow huge clouds. While most e-cigarettes can produce a substantial amount of vapor, sometimes you don't want to draw attention to yourself.
If you're technically allowed to vape at work, for example, but don't want to make people uncomfortable with huge clouds, a large vapor production could be a drawback. Here, "stealth vaping" becomes a consideration. This is when you vape but produce very little vapor on purpose.
Some devices are much better than others for stealth vaping. In general, cigalikes or tank systems have much more potential for stealth use. This is because the vapor production is less than with mods, and the devices themselves are also easier to conceal than a big, hulking box mod.
Combined with some stealth vaping techniques, if you use a compact or cigar-like pod system like the Innokin EQ Filtr, you'll be able to vape in a way that most people won't even notice. If you are likely to need to "stealth vape," you should keep this in mind when choosing your kit.