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Common Mistakes New Vapers Make and How to Avoid Them


With various flavours, convenience, and harm reduction potential, vaping has become one of the most popular alternatives to combustible tobacco. However, diving into the world of vaping does require a little bit of learning, especially for beginners. In this blog post, we aim to shed light on common mistakes new vapers make and provide practical tips on how you can avoid them!

Choosing an appropriate Device

Selecting the right vaping device is key to an enjoyable vaping experience. A common mistake among beginners is choosing an unsuitable device, either by opting for an overly complex one or a device that does not meet their needs. Understanding your vaping preferences, such as whether you prefer mouth-to-lung (MTL) or direct-to-lung (DTL) inhales, will guide you in choosing the appropriate device. If you prefer a tighter draw, it’s good to start with a user-friendly device like the Vaptio Piano which offers ease of use, an extremely simple design and an ultra-smooth draw. If you would prefer a looser “DTL” draw, consider something like the Procare kit, which offers a 2400mAh battery size, fully adjustable power output and a generous tank capacity.


Consider nicotine strength and type

New vapers often overlook the importance of choosing an appropriate nicotine strength for their e-liquids or device. Nicotine strength is a personal preference and can significantly impact your vaping experience. If you are transitioning from smoking, it's important to find a nicotine strength that satisfies your cravings without overwhelming you. Too high a nicotine concentration may lead to unpleasant side effects, while too low might leave you unsatisfied.

Additionally, you should consider which type of nicotine you are using. Salt nicotine is smoother and faster acting, while freebase nicotine has a stronger throat hit and releases more slowly. Vaptio devices can be used with either type of nicotine, however it should be noted that some salt nicotine e-liquids are only available in high strengths, which may not be suitable for our DTL kits. 

You should also consider that when using a refillable device, some nicotine strengths may be unsuitable for particular devices. For example, devices that use a higher wattage output and “DTL” draw are not typically suited to nicotine strengths above 6mg/ml.

Find a flavour that works for you

Choosing the right e-liquid is crucial to the overall enjoyment of vaping. New vapers often make the mistake of thinking they must choose a tobacco flavour to provide the familiar experience of smoking. In reality, most vapers have a better chance of success if they choose a flavour completely different from tobacco. There are thousands of flavours on the market, so make sure to visit your local vape shop and try a few to find your perfect vape!

Maintain and care for your vape

Maintaining your vaping device is essential for optimal performance and longevity. Neglecting proper care can lead to issues such as leaks, burnt coils, or a diminished flavour experience. Regularly clean your device, ensuring the mouthpiece and airflow inlet is always clear of debris. If your device uses replaceable coils, ensure that you replace them when you notice diminishing flavour, vapour or a burnt taste. By adopting good maintenance habits, you can ensure a consistent and enjoyable vaping experience.

Chain Vaping and Nicotine Overconsumption

Chain vaping, or taking consecutive puffs without allowing sufficient time between each inhale, is a mistake commonly made by new vapers. Doing so can lead to nicotine overconsumption, resulting in dizziness, or headaches. Take breaks between puffs and be mindful of your nicotine intake. Vaping is about enjoyment and relaxation, so listen to your body and pace yourself accordingly.

Additionally, many vaping devices are not designed to be chain vaped for long periods of time, and doing so can cause damage to the coil or wicking structure. Your vape may last longer if you can resist the urge to chain vape!

Learn about battery safety

Battery safety is a critical aspect of vaping that is often overlooked by new vapers. Ignoring battery safety can have serious consequences, including the risk of fires. To avoid issues, follow these guidelines:

a. Use the correct batteries: If your device uses replaceable batteries, ensure you're using batteries specifically designed for your device and check for compatibility. Avoid using damaged or old batteries. Even small tears in a battery wrap can cause safety problems.

b. Proper charging: Always use the charger provided with your device or a charger made by a reputable brand. Avoid leaving batteries unattended while charging and never overcharge them.

c. Carry batteries safely: If carrying spare external batteries, use protective cases to prevent contact with metal objects like keys or coins, which can cause short circuits.

d. Avoid extreme temperatures: Exposing batteries to extreme heat or cold can damage them. Store and charge batteries in a cool, dry place.

Consider vaping etiquette

Vaping etiquette is often overlooked by new vapers. Being mindful of those around you when vaping in public spaces is essential.


As a new vaper, it's important to approach vaping with knowledge, caution, and consideration for both your own experience and those around you. By avoiding the common mistakes mentioned above you can enjoy a fulfilling and enjoyable vaping journey.

At Vaptio, we prioritize the satisfaction and safety of our customers. We offer a wide range of high-quality vaping products, including beginner-friendly devices. By making informed choices and embracing responsible vaping practices, you can enhance your vaping experience and discover the many benefits it has to offer.