How to Vape: A Beginner’s Guide to Vaping

Vaping is the act of inhaling vapor from a vape device. 

People usually resort to vaping in an attempt to kick out their smoking habits. After all, vaping, for the most part, mimics the essence of smoking a cigarette, albeit in a less harmful way. 

To those who are jumping into the vaping train, this guide is for you. Read on and learn how you can get started on vaping.

How does a vape device work?  

A vape device or electronic cigarette comprises several components including a mod (battery source), coils (heating element), vaporizing chamber (atomizer), mouthpiece, and e-liquid cartridge, etc. Without these working together in harmony, you wouldn’t be able to inhale vapor. 

Experienced vapers usually mix and match different vape parts, modifying their vape devices to produce desirable, more specific results. Thankfully, there are pre-packaged kits available for the convenience of beginners. 

So, how does a vape device work exactly? Well, the battery source (mod) supplies power to the coil (heating element), which in turn, produces inhalable vapor through the atomizer (vaporizing chamber). 

A vaper then inhales the flavorful vapor through the mouthpiece. 

How can you vape? 

Assuming you’re a beginner in the vaping realm, I am going to recommend you keep things simple. Contrary to popular belief, simple vapes aren’t lesser to advanced, more complex vaping devices. 

Step 1: Choose your vape kit

Keeping the spirit of not complicating things alive, go for a basic vape starter kit. There are a handful of options for you to choose from. 

For instance, you can opt for an easy-to-use pod vape which is usually prefilled with e-liquid or boasts of refillable options. 

In most cases, pod vapes come along with disposable cartridges that also double up as mouthpieces. A perfect case in point is the Juul vaping device.  

If you want the freedom of using your own vape juice and changing your coils, go for an AIO (all-in-one) vape mod

For higher performance, more power, and better control over several features such as variable wattage and temperature control, choose a regulated mod. A regulated mod can be paired with a sub-ohm tank to produce denser, thicker flavorful clouds. 

Regardless of the vape kit you choose, you will have instructions and useful diagrams on how to operate them safely and optimally. 

Step 2: Pick a vape juice

Next, you’ll need to select a vape juice. There are some things you need to consider when choosing a vape juice. 

Apart from choosing the flavor you prefer, you’ll also need to pay attention to the nicotine strength and the VG/PG (Vegetable Glycerin/Propylene Glycol) blend of the vape juice.  

How strong you want the nicotine in your vape juice depends on how dependent you are on nicotine. It also depends on how you inhale vapor: MTL (mouth-to-lung) or DL (direct lung). 

Vape juices with higher nicotine strength perform best with lower-powered mods. Lower nicotine vape juices, meanwhile, should be paired with higher-powered mods. 

If you are a burgeoning vape trickster chasing after clouds, go for a vape juice with a higher concentration of VG. Since the throat hit provided by vape juices with higher VG content is minimal, they are ideal for direct lung vaping. 

For MTL vaping, vape juices with higher PG content are recommended. Such e-juices provide stronger throat hits and are more capable of mimicking a smoking experience. 

Now that you have your e-juice ready, let’s talk about the different ways you can inhale vapor. 

Step 3: Inhale the vapor

Mouth-to-Lung (MTL) Vaping

If you want to experience the sensation of smoking a cigarette, adopt the mouth-to-lung vaping style. 

To enjoy this inhaling style to the fullest, get yourself a vape juice with high nicotine content. For the higher nicotine strength vape juice, you will need a lower-powered mod with high resistance coils. 

Now, take a drag from the mouthpiece and hold the vapor in your mouth for a couple of seconds. The vapor loses most of its potency as it is held in the mouth, paving the way for a smoother lung experience. 

Next, open your mouth and breathe in the vapor. Only start exhaling after the vapor has hit your lungs. 

Smoked a cigarette before? If so, you know how to perform this technique. 


  • Cool vape 
  • Helps you quit smoking
  • Allows you to taste more flavor
  • Uses less e-liquid


  • Weak hit
  • Short battery life
  • Lower powered mods don’t have many features

Direct Lung (DL) Vaping

As the name of this style suggests, with DL (direct lung) vaping, you inhale vapor directly into your lungs. Unlike the MTL style, the DL style doesn’t require you to hold the vapor in your mouth. 

Imagine sucking air through a big straw—that’s how you do DL vaping. Fairly simple, wouldn’t you agree? 

If you have taken a bong hit before, you know how to execute this technique. 

To do this inhaling technique, you’ll need a powerful mod with low resistance coils. Don’t use vape juice with high nicotine strength when performing this, unless you want to cough and splutter, or pass out. 

Surely, you are also aware that it isn’t healthy for your body to inhale large amounts of nicotine in a brief session, right?  Remember to go for vape juices with higher VG content. 


  • Production of denser clouds
  • Airflow control of the powerful mod helps you increase/decrease throat hit
  • Higher-performing mods have a longer battery life


  • VG based e-juices carry less flavor
  • Long charging time
  • Higher consumption of e-liquid

Wrap Up

Like all vices, vaping can be quite addictive too. So, be careful not to inhale large amounts of nicotine. 

Use your vaping device sparingly only to combat your withdrawal symptoms; use it as a tool to help you quit smoking.  

Granted, vape juices with 0 nicotine content are available for purchase, but they still contain numerous toxins and chemicals that can be detrimental to your health.