Beginning Your Vaping Journey

You’ve officially started your vaping journey and we couldn’t be more excited that you chose us to guide you. Here are a few things to expect along the way:

 

It’s common to start with tobacco flavored e-liquids if tobacco flavors are what you’re used to. After a couple weeks of vaping, your taste buds will naturally begin to appreciate other flavors such as fruits or bakeries. We recommend, when it’s time to change your coil (within the first two weeks) give a non-tobacco flavor a try and taste the difference.

Starter kits typically come with coils that are 1.5 - 1.8 ohms in resistance. This means you get a very tight pull when vaping. Once you’ve become accustomed to vaping and want a little less resistance, we can upgrade your device to increase vapor production.

Expect to change your coils every two - four weeks. Stop by a local AVAIL store and we’ll show you how to do it with ease or click here.

Is it normal to revert back to old habits? Absolutely, we’ve all been there! Stop by your local AVAIL so that we can take a look at your device, coil and nicotine strength. We’ll customize it so that you’re getting the best throat-to-lung hit every time.

Typically, vapers reduce nicotine strengths every two - three months, but going at your own pace is the key to making progress.

Every vaper is different, but on average, it takes someone six months to a year to go from 1.2% to 0.0% (if that’s their end goal).

Still have questions? Click here for a detailed outline of what to expect when beginning this journey as well as frequently asked questions. We’re always here to help, so drop by an AVAIL store or email us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Happy Vaping!

3 Successful Steps to Vaping

STEP 1: Choosing Your E-liquid

We know every customer has different tastes. That’s why we offer over 70 different flavors to choose from. For a beginner who may choose tobacco or menthol flavors because that’s what they’re comfortable with, to a more experienced vaper who may choose from our wide variety of fruits, bakeries, and beverage flavors, we have options for everyone. The quality of AVAIL’s e-liquids is unparalleled. Our great flavors are the result of taking the time to source the very best ingredients that complement one another. We encourage you to come visit any of our retail locations to try and experiment with the variety of flavors we offer. We’re sure you’ll find a favorite!

Do You Know What’s in Your E-liquid?

OUR E-LIQUIDS ARE UNIQUE BECAUSE THEY ONLY CONTAIN 4 INGREDIENTS!

  • Vegetable Glycerin
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Nicotine (optional)
  • Flavoring

In addition, our ingredients are non-GMO and contain no preservatives or dyes.

Each bottle is labeled with a unique quality assurance QR code that details its analytical results and includes a link to the certificate of analysis.

Do You Know Where Your E-Liquid is Produced?

We are proud to say that our e-liquids are crafted exclusively in Richmond, VA and manufactured in an ISO certified class 6 cleanroom. And, our process is transparent. Come visit us and see for yourself!

STEP 2: Choosing Your E-liquid

Choosing the right nicotine strength is crucial when learning how to vape. It’s a personal choice, and in some cases, may take some trial and error. If your nicotine levels are too low, you’re more likely to relapse. If they’re too high, the throat hit might be too harsh. A throat hit is the physical sensation you feel when inhaling vapor.

WHAT IF I WANT TO BECOME NICOTINE FREE, ONCE AND FOR ALL?

 

We understand that many of our customers have the ultimate goal of becoming nicotine free. We highly recommend that you follow our suggested nicotine strength guide, and reduce your nicotine levels gradually. This reduces the chance of getting stress cravings that break your progress, which can relapse you back to square one.

STEP 3: Choosing Your Device

 

Stepping into a vapor store for the first time can be overwhelming. There are so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to start. We’ve all been there! The best way to take that first step is to begin with a simple and easy to use starter kit. Through years of testing different products for our customers who are looking to start vaping, we recommend the AVAIL Express X Kit.

Coils 101

There are essentially two types of tanks that include either bottom coil and top coil technology. This simply describes the location of the atomizer coil on the tank. If it is a bottom coil, the coil will be located at the bottom of the device. If it is a top coil, the atomizer coil will be located towards the top of the device. The majority of tanks use bottom coil technology, as they arguably produce better flavor.

Bottom coil tank

Simply unscrew the base of the device until it is removed from the tank. The coil will be attached to the center of the base of the tank, simply unscrew the coil and discard it. Then, screw on your new replacement coil. Finally, screw the base back onto the tank and you are ready for priming!

Top coil tank

Simply unscrew the top portion of the tank until it is removed from the device. The atomizer coil will be attached to the center of that component. The coil will be attached to the center of the base of the tank, simply unscrew the coil and discard it. Then, screw on your new replacement coil. Finally, screw the base back onto the tank and you are ready for priming!

Priming Your Coil – This is MUST!

It is important to remember that after you install a new coil, you will need to puff or “prime” (5 – 6 puffs recommended) your device BEFORE turning on your device. Or, you can prime your new coil by setting your device in an upright position for an additional five minutes before turning it on. Either method is needed so the e-liquid can saturate the wicking material. If you forget to prime your new coil, you may experience a burnt and unpleasant taste.

How Often Do I need to Change my Coil?

Expect to change your coils every two to four weeks.

How do I change my Coil?

Refer to our video below to help you get started on how to change your coil.

Filling My Tank

Refer to our video below to help get you started on how to fill your tank.

Battery Handling Recommendations

It is important to understand your device and battery. Below are some practical tips to help guide you through the importance of using your device properly.

  1. Only use devices that contain safety features such as firing button locks, battery vent holes and overcharging protection. Use of regulated mods is highly
  2. Always store and transport batteries in a protective case when not in use. Never carry loose batteries in pockets or bags, because you don’t want them to come in contact with coins, keys or any other
  3. Do not use battery if the wrapper is torn or
  4. Discontinue use of battery if it has been crushed, dropped or exposed to hot or cold temperatures or
  5. Only use chargers designed for the battery
  6. Only use batteries from reputable
  7. Do not short
  8. Do not dispose of in fire or trash. Please recycle in accordance with local
  9. Replace batteries
  10. Use of mechanical mods should be limited to those with a proper understanding of
  11. When a device requires more than one battery, batteries should be bought in sets and only used
  12. Charge sets of batteries together and rotate the position of them in the mod when
  13. AVAIL Vapor shall not be held liable for anyone using mechanical mods with any products we

Are You Ready to Upgrade Your Device?

Some vapers choose to stick with a starter kit and others choose devices that have more customizable settings. There are two major reasons to upgrade your device:

  1. Device limitations
  2. Personal preference

If you are interested in upgrading your device, we recommend heading to your local AVAIL retail location. Our trained and seasoned sales consultants will help guide you in the right direction. They’re there to help you through the entire process of upgrading to new device.

Benefits of Upgrading Include:

  • Longer lasting battery
  • Improved flavor
  • Style for personal taste
  • Improved throat hit
  • Ability to tinker
  • Ability to switch flavors without filling a tank
  • Adjustable settings including variable voltage, wattage, and resistance
  • Improved vapor production

Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG)

AVAIL e-liquids consist of four ingredients: Vegetable Glycerin (VG), Propylene Glycol (PG) nicotine (optional), and flavoring. Our flavorings are non-GMO and contain no preservatives or dyes. All of our flavors are custom tailored to ensure the best flavor, vapor production and throat hit.

We, along with most e-liquid manufacturers, combine both PG and VG when creating e-liquids. The ratios can vary widely. Developing e-liquid flavors is both an art and science by trying to find the balance of flavor, PG and VG. The real advantage of higher VG ratios is it produces thicker clouds. Many vapers love the sensation the thick clouds provide, but may miss the true flavor/hit experience that comes from PG.

Here at Avail, we try to standardize the ratios as much as possible to give a great vaping experience no matter the flavor you try, each flavor varies on PG/VG content based on its unique profile and characteristics to give you the best vapor production while remaining true to its individual flavor profile.

What is Propylene Glycol?

Propylene Glycol is a petroleum by-product that is colorless and odorless. It is often used as a direct food additive, including ice cream and frozen desserts, this is due to the benefits such as a preservative due to its antifungal and antimicrobial properties. For e-liquid, it is used as the main flavor "carrier" as it is water soluble and plays nice with most flavor bases. The amount of PG present in an e-liquid can be directly contributed to the amount of flavoring used in the final product. Sometimes additional PG is added to increase flavor "pop" in a finished e-liquid. Typically, e-liquids made with a higher PG content are used for MTL (mouth to lung) style personal vaporizers.

What is Vegetable Glycerin?

Vegetable Glycerin is an odorless, colorless, and slightly sweet think liquid. Purified vegetable glycerin has a texture similar to an oil or syrup due to its organic molecular makeup. It is often used in the food industry in such foods as desserts, frosting, cupcakes, and liqueurs. Compared to propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin is much thicker. Vegetable glycerin on the other hand is a lot thicker and sweeter. There is a distinctive taste to it and, while small in its pure form, will affect the flavor of your e-liquid. The thickness of a high VG e-liquid means that it is prone to stick to the sides of the tank and the coil, making it more difficult to clean.  Just keep Vape Erase (add link and image) handy to clean up any spills. Vape Erase works best as it will break down the bonds of VG and allow it to be absorbed into the towelettes instead of just move it around the surface. The thinner or higher PG e-liquid means that the personal vaporizer is easier to clean. It won’t gunk up the coil or the inside of the tank as much as the vegetable glycerin, so it makes cleaning a little faster and easier on you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Clean My Tank?

Remove the battery and remove the coil (atomizer head), then rinse the tank with water. We do not recommend washing the coil. When the coil starts to wear out, a new coil will work much better than trying to clean an old one.

HOW DO I KNOW WHEN I NEED TO CHANGE THE COIL?

Performance and taste. A worn-out coil may not:

  • Give the best flavor
  • Produce as much vapor
  • Be as pleasing because of charred or burnt taste

A good rule of thumb. Change the coil every 2 - 4 weeks or after 20-40 mls of e-liquid, whichever comes first. Click here for instructions.

IS THERE ANY OTHER PART I SHOULD CLEAN?

Before charging, wipe out the connection and the threads on the outside of the battery to remove any liquid or dirt. Also wipe out the threads in the tank. Dirty threads and contacts can keep the battery from charging well and may reduce the performance of your device. For built up dirt, use rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab, or you can use AVAIL’s Vape Erase wipes. Let it fully dry. You can also clean the outside of your device with a soft cloth.

WHY DO I GET GURGLING/ LEAKING FROM MY TANK?

Some things that can cause these sounds are:

  • The tank is too tight on the battery, causing the atomizer to block air
  • The coil is worn out and needs to be
  • A seal or wick is
  • The user is inhaling too
  • There is a crack in the

IS IT BAD IF I GET A BIT OF E-LIQUID IN MY MOUTH?

It’s common for a drop of e-liquid to get through the mouthpiece every once in a while and it’s not a problem. However, you do not want to swallow a lot of the e-liquid as it may irritate your mouth or stomach.

HELP! I SPILLED MY E-LIQUID! HOW DO I CLEAN THIS UP?

Use paper towels to wipe up as much as you can. If you spill a whole tank or bottle you may need to use rubbing alcohol to help cut it, or you can use AVAIL’s Vape Erase wipes. Make sure to wash your hands well.

I HEAR A SIZZLING POPPING FROM MY DEVICE, IS THAT A PROBLEM?

That’s perfectly normal. That sound is just thee-liquid being heated up until it vaporizes. What you’re hearing is simply that process.

I HAVE HEARD THAT I SHOULD NOT USE A USB WALL ADAPTER FROM OTHER ELECTRONICS TO CHARGE MY BATTERY?

All our USB chargers use standard USB power to charge. Other kits, however, may use different types of chargers that use a USB plug but cannot be plugged into a standard USB outlet. They may require a special wall adapter. A good rule of thumb, know your device and its charging requirements. We cannot warranty any issue that’s caused by a 3rd party charger.

I HAVE HEARD THAT I SHOULD NOT USE A USB WALL ADAPTER FROM OTHER ELECTRONICS TO CHARGE MY BATTERY?

All our USB chargers use standard USB power to charge. Other kits, however, may use different types of chargers that use a USB plug but cannot be plugged into a standard USB outlet. They may require a special wall adapter. A good rule of thumb, know your device and its charging requirements. We cannot warranty any issue that’s caused by a 3rd party charger.

WHAT ARE ALL THE DEVICES THAT LOOK LIKE FLASHLIGHTS AND BOXES?

Those devices are called mods. There are mechanical mods and advanced mods. These devices are typically meant for more experienced users who enjoy tinkering and turn vaping into a hobby. Customizing your vaping experience with these mods can improve flavor, vapor production and throat hit.

WHY ARE YOUR STARTER DEVICES LARGER THAN DISPOSABLE E-CIGARETTES?

We’ve chosen our current selection of devices based on years of testing different products. The smaller devices on the market (such as disposable e-cigarettes) have very poor performance. Because most people are not satisfied with them and typically choose to upgrade to a better device, we’ve been thoughtful and selective of the products we carry.