Beginners Guide To Vaping and Electronic Cigarettes

Ready to start vaping? Beginners Vape Guide!

If you're brand new to the world of vaping, it's likely that you feel a bit intimidated. With so many different types of hardware and e-liquids out there right now, you probably need some help getting started. Luckily, we've created an extremely easy-to-follow guide so that you can buy the perfect setup for your vaping needs. 

What Type of Device is Right for Me?

The first thing that you must do is decide which type of mod you need. The mod you purchase will depend on the vaping style that you wish to pursue. Currently, vaping mods can be divided into two general categories. 

Pod Mods

Pod mods are the latest trend in the vaping industry. These devices are hugely popular because they're extremely portable and user-friendly. Another thing that makes these devices so popular is that they provide an experience that's much closer to that of smoking a cigarette. 

Unlike traditional vaping mods, pod mods take a type of vape juice that contains salt-based nicotine. This type of nicotine provides a strong hit to the throat that truly feels like taking a puff of an analog cigarette. This type of nicotine also provides vapers with a buzz-like sensation that's just like the one you get from smoking a cigarette. 

Pod mods can utilize either an open or closed system. Pod mods that utilize an open system come with refillable pod cartridges. This means that you can vape any e-liquid that's on the market if it contains salt-based nicotine. This style of vaping is great for those who wish to explore a wide range of e-liquid flavors. 

Pod mods that utilize a closed system only take pods that are pre-filled with e-liquid. These devices are usually only compatible with pods that are made by the manufacturer of the device itself. This style of vaping limits the number of e-liquid flavors that you can try. However, it's the simplest way to vape because all that you must do is snap the pre-filled pod into place and vape away. The pods are disposable and often come in a pack of four or five. 

One of the most popular pod mods on the market is the Suorin Drop Vape Kit. This sleek, portable vaping device can fit into your pocket. It boasts a powerful battery that can last through the day. 

How to Fill a Pod Mod with an Open System

If you're going to purchase a pod mod that has an open system, you're going to need to know how to refill your tank with e-liquid as you will be doing this very frequently. Most salt-based e-liquids that are on the market come in small bottles that feature spouts that are thin enough to fit into the fill port of your refillable pod cartridge. Often, pod mods have a small plug that is the perfect size for the spout of your e-liquid bottle. 

Basic Components...

e-Cig Batteries...

Pod Batteries:

Suorin Air Pod Battery Mod System

JUUL, Suorin Air / Drop, Penguin, Vagon, Aspire Breeze, and so on! Pod batteries are proprietary, meaning they will only work with the pod they were designed for! 

510 Batteries:


510 Batteries (Wax Pens)

510 Batteries are made for any Clearomizers/Atomizers/Cartomizers that have a 510 thread. The 510 Fitting is the most common e-Cig thread. Some small batteries can be activated by simply taking a drag off of the device, no buttons required! (The pictured battery has a button)

eGo Batteries:

eGo Batteries are also outfitted with a built-in 510 fitting for backward compatibility and have an extra set of threads (For Reinforcement) just above the button, but below the 510 fitting.The 3 main differences between the eGo and the 510 style are: their size, extra threads, and longevity.

The extra threads allow you to use more advanced Clearomizer tanks and other things that were designed specifically for this fitting only. eGo batteries are larger but last longer, and are often considered to be one of the best choices for our customers.

All eGo Batteries will need to be charged using an eGo Series Battery Charger. (uses the built-in 510 threads)


Mod Batteries are generally found in a wide array of capacities and sizes, some common ones include the 18350, 18650. Be sure you charge your batteries the correct way on their charger and ensure the battery you are buying will work with your device!

Different mAh values denote the longevity of the battery, i.e. how many puffs you can take on a full charge. (Refer to individual product details for more information)

Batteries can also be run at different voltages, to give a different amount of current to you atomizer or coil, common voltages for batteries without this feature range from 3-3.7v (Some devices allow you to hike the voltage up to v6.0!)

Traditional Vape Mods

Traditional mods are great for those who view vaping as a hobby rather than a way to replace their cigarette habit. These mods come in various shapes and sizes and feature advanced technology. One of the most popular things about these mods is that they offer a wide selection of output modes so that the vaper can play around with different temperature settings, wattage levels and airflow options. 

Traditional mods come with sub-ohm tanks. These tanks often have large e-liquid capacities. These mods also take 18650 batteries that are sold separately. 

If you want to be the kind of vape enthusiast who can blow huge clouds, a traditional mod is the way to go. Because of the advanced technology behind these devices, you can play around with various preferences to control the amount of vapor that you take in. 

If the ability to produce huge clouds is your goal, you're going to want to select a vape juice that has a high vegetable glycerin (VG) content. VG is a dense, viscous liquid that produces thicker, larger vape clouds. If you're more interested in getting a good throat hit, an e-liquid that contains a higher propylene glycol (PG) content is the way to go. 

Clearomizers, Cartomizers, Coils, and Tanks...


The "Atomizer" in your e-cig is much more advanced than your common strip-mall perfume sprayer! Your e-cig uses a range of Physics, combining heat and airflow to produce a state change from e-Liquid inside your heating element/wick (Atomizer) to gas, or "vape." There are many different types some home-built some store-bought.


If simplicity and cost effectiveness is your aim, we recommend: Aspire or Kanger Brand Clearomizers, or the more advanced tanks from the same manufacturers! They all have replaceable Coils and are super easy for beginners!

Personal preference will eventually take over, once you've tried a few different types of Clearomizer.
Clearomizers come with a coil head (in some cases more than one). The Coil head is what takes your E-Liquid and brings it to the atomizing chamber from the tank.

All Clearomizers will allow a different amount of air to be mixed and pulled through the atomizer while vaping.
This causes there to be a seemingly different effect with each type i.e. v10, T2, T3, etc.

Most Clearomizers have what is called a "Bottom Coil Design" bottom coil Clearomizers are different in a fundamental way, the coil is located opposite of the mouthpiece. Some find this better keeps a steady flow of liquid into the atomizing chamber, and thus more vapor. But this is widely disputed, and both constructions are great! (Try both types for a better understanding!)

When using bottom coil Clearomizers it is important to remember that since the coil is inserted in the bottom, the tank will unscrew near the base where the Clearomizer and Battery meet. Be careful not to unscrew a full tank of E-Liquid. (grab close to the base after the tanks thread seam line to unscrew the entire Clearomizer)


These are usually a 510 fitting.
Cartomizers are used in DCT setups or, in setups where you will be directly dripping e- liquid every 5-15 hits on the atomizer or the mesh Down a tube (NOT An RDA) (These are very Old and not widely used anymore *11/12/14)

Refilling most designs...

To Refill: Top and Bottom Coil Designs:

  1. Unscrew and remove the mouthpiece, if you have a bottom coil, hold the Clearomizer so that the mouth opening is facing the floor. Then unscrew the bottom coil from the tank.
  2. If your coil head is removable, Check to make sure it is tightened all the way down.
  3. Fill the Clearomizer to the maximum designated amount of E-Liquid. (You will see markings on the tank)
  4. Screw the mouthpiece or coil head (if bottom coil) back on to the Clearomizer.
  5. Allow 1 minutes for the E-Juice to feed into the coil before you attach the battery.
  6. Attach your eGo compatible battery, and start vaping.

Coil Replacement most designs...

To Replace: Top and Bottom Coil Designs:

You'll know it's time to replace your Coil when you start to get a funny burnt taste while vaping.

  1. Unscrew and remove the mouthpiece, if you have a bottom coil, hold the Clearomizer so that the mouth opening is facing the floor. Then unscrew the bottom coil from the tank.
  2. Bottom coil designs are now done, just screw on your new coil, reassemble, and you're good to go.
  3. If you have a top coil under the mouthpiece, you will simply remove the coil by turning it counter clockwise. Then install your new coil and reassemble.

Ohms Explained...

Ohms measure electrical resistance. Everyone asks, What is the difference between a lower and higher Ohm Coil Head?

Lower Ohms:

  • The Coil Head will run hotter and give warmer vapor
  • Overall, more vapor is produced
  • A stronger throat hit can be felt
  • The battery will die faster because more electricity is being "allowed" through
  • You will go through liquid faster because there is more being used in each hit

Higher Ohms:

  • The Coil Head will run cooler and will give cooler vapor
  • Overall, Less vapor is produced
  • A smoother hit, less throat hit is felt
  • The battery will last longer because less electricity is being "allowed" through
  • You will go through less liquid

How to build a coil for your RDA...



Selecting the Right Vape Juice

If you've just quit smoking cigarettes, you're probably going to gravitate toward tobacco and menthol flavors. However, you'll quickly find that you can find a flavor for every type of craving. 

The vape juices from LIQUA are compatible with pod-based devices as well as sub-ohm devices. Plus, they're made with high quality ingredients that ensure an incredible flavor. 

Whether you want to geek out on the most advanced vaping technology or want to purchase a user-friendly device that feels just like smoking a cigarette, there is a vaping setup that will satisfy your needs perfectly at Santa Clara Vapors.



You will only need to buy a Charger if one is not included with your battery, you will be able to see what comes with yours in the battery's product description.

Getting a Case is always a great idea, we are always working to improve our selection of Accessories.