Disposable Vapes: The Complete Beginner’s Guide

By Mitch Rice

Switching to vaping has completely transformed life for millions of former smokers around the world, and no product has been more central to the growth of the vaping industry over the past couple of years than the disposable vape. Disposable vaping products such as Geek Bars have been incredibly popular because they offer a combination of features that you can’t find with any other type of vaping device. They’re ready to use right out of the package, and they’re just as easy to use as cigarettes. A disposable vape even takes up less space in your pocket than a pack of cigarettes and a lighter.

Most of all, though, disposable vapes have been extremely popular over the past few years because they’ve come down so much in price that they now cost significantly less than tobacco cigarettes. Smokers have always wanted to embrace the convenience of disposable vapes. Until recently, though, using disposable vapes as full-time replacements for tobacco cigarettes would have actually cost more than smoking. That’s a very tough sell – and with the recent price cuts, the final hurdle preventing mass acceptance of disposable vapes has finally been cleared.

Suffice it to say that if you’ve decided to give disposable vapes a try, you’re definitely not alone. Thousands upon thousands of former smokers around the world use disposable vapes every day and have no interest at all in using traditional refillable vaping devices. Before you buy your first disposable vape, though, this article will provide a few tips to help ensure that your first experience is as great as it can be. This is your beginner’s guide to disposable vapes.

Why Should I Buy a Disposable Vape?

Once you’ve made the decision to switch from smoking to vaping, the next thing you’ll need to do is choose what type of vaping device to buy. These are the reasons why disposable vapes should be first on your list.

  • A disposable vape typically costs less than a single pack of cigarettes while delivering about the same number of puffs as two or three packs. Unless you’re an extremely heavy vaper, you’ll probably find that using a disposable device is the cheapest way to vape.
  • Disposable vapes make it easy for you to try many different flavors because all that you need to do to switch flavors is start using a different device. Unless you have several vape tanks, there’s no easy way to switch flavors with a refillable vape.
  • Disposable vapes are designed to deliver nicotine very efficiently, so using a disposable vape feels much like smoking.
  • Disposable vapes are the simplest vaping devices. There’s no maintenance involved; just puff on the device when you want to vape. That’s even simpler than smoking a cigarette.

What Flavor and Nicotine Strength Should I Buy?

By default, disposable vapes come in very high nicotine strengths. In the United Kingdom and Europe, the nicotine strength of vaping products is limited to a maximum of 20 mg/ml due to legal regulations. In other regions, it’s common to find disposable vapes in nicotine strengths as high as 50 mg/ml. In practice, you’ll find that the 50 mg/ml strength delivers about the same nicotine per puff as a tobacco cigarette, while lower strengths deliver a bit less nicotine per puff. Generally, it’s best to start with the highest nicotine strength available in your area if you’re currently a full-time smoker. If you find the nicotine overwhelming and don’t enjoy the experience, you should try a lower nicotine strength instead.

As for the flavor, one of the best aspects of using disposable vapes is that trying a new flavor isn’t a significant investment as it is when you buy a bottle of e-liquid. Since a disposable vape costs less than a pack of cigarettes, there’s nothing preventing you from trying many different flavors. It’s unlikely that you’ll strongly dislike any of them – and if you do, you can just save that device for a rainy day when you’re low on cash or your last device dies unexpectedly. Taste is subjective, but you may find it helpful to know that full-time vapers overwhelmingly prefer fruity flavors. When you buy disposable vapes for the first time, it’s a good idea to buy a few different flavors – but make sure that at least one of them is a fruit flavor.

How Do I Use a Disposable Vape?

Using a disposable vape is unbelievably easy – that’s a huge part of the appeal. All that you need to do is remove the device from the package and puff on the mouthpiece as if you were smoking a cigarette. A disposable vape has an airflow sensor and can detect when you’re puffing on it. It’ll automatically generate vapor, and you’ll simply inhale and exhale the vapor as if it were cigarette smoke.

How Do I Know When It’s Time to Replace a Disposable Vape?

A disposable vape usually lasts several hundred puffs before you need to replace it. It takes around 200 puffs to smoke a pack of tobacco cigarettes, so you can expect a disposable vape that delivers 500-600 puffs to last about as long as three packs of cigarettes. In that case, if you’re a pack-a-day smoker and puff on a disposable vape about as often as you would puff on a tobacco cigarette, you should plan to replace your device about every three days.

It’s time to replace a disposable vape when the battery dies, or the device runs out of e-liquid. When you’ve nearly exhausted the e-liquid supply, the flavor will become weak. When the battery is nearly dead, the vapor production will drop noticeably. If the device’s indicator light blinks when you try to vape, it’s time to replace the device.

What Mistakes Should I Avoid when Using Disposable Vapes?

The one critical mistake that you need to avoid when using a disposable vape is puffing too firmly on the device. When you smoke a cigarette, you can puff more firmly if you want to get a bigger cloud of smoke. That technique, however, doesn’t work with vaping devices. If you want to get a bigger cloud, you should puff as deeply as possible while using gentle, steady air pressure. You’ll get e-liquid in your mouth if you puff too firmly when using a disposable vape.

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