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A beginner’s guide to vaping

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Want to start vaping CBD but not sure where to start? You’re in the right place!

The world of vaping is constantly evolving, and we understand the glut of devices and tricky terminology can confuse would-be vapers. Plus, understanding how your vape device works is essential to reaping the benefits of CBD, and those first few puffs will largely influence your thoughts on vaping, so it helps to get it right the first time.

Read on to discover everything you need to know about vaping with our comprehensive beginner’s guide.

What is a vape pen?

A vape pen is a device that heats e-liquid and turns it into vapour, delivering nicotine, flavour and in many cases, CBD.

Vape pens were originally designed to ease smokers’ transition from cigarettes, with millions worldwide verifying their efficacy. Moreover, Public Health England found vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking cigarettes, so there’s never been a better time to give it a go.

How to choose a vape pen

Your smoking habits and reasons for using CBD will determine the type of vape pen you need. Heavy smokers, for instance, will benefit from a vape pen with long battery life and fast nicotine or CBD delivery.

You can check out our article on choosing the right vape pen for you here.

Vaping device components

Vaping devices come in all shapes and sizes but can generally be reduced to two key components: the battery and the atomiser. Let’s unpack how these parts work:

The battery

The battery supplies power to the atomiser, which heats the e-liquid and creates vapour.

Most beginner vape kits have built-in batteries charged via USB-C or Micro-USB. The majority are operated by a single on/off button, but some have no buttons at all – these typically use a pressure activated switch to power the atomiser when you take a puff.

Advanced batteries are typically called Mods, and they include features such as variable power, temperature control and other emerging technologies.

The atomiser

The atomiser, otherwise known as a tank or pod, holds the e-liquid and turns it into vapour. Atomisers can also be reduced to two key components: the tank or pod and the coil.

Vape tanks

The terms ‘tank’ and ‘pod’ refer to the connection design of the atomiser.

Tanks are bigger than pods, refillable, and typically made of stainless steel and glass. Tanks typically feature the industry-standard 510 connection, so you can use them with any compatible 510 devices.

Vape pods

Pods use a proprietary connection, so you can only use them with specific devices. Pods are typically made from food-grade plastic and can be pre-filled or refillable.

The coil

The coil is where the magic happens! E-liquid saturates the wicking material before being vaporised by a heating element – the coil.

Bear in mind that coils have a limited life span, the duration of which is affected by your chosen e-liquid, power output and how often you vape. When your device starts to lose flavour or produces a burnt taste, it’s time to install a new coil.

Vape pen airflow design

Airflow design dictates the volume of airflow running through the tank or pod. The three main types are outlined below:

Mouth-to-lung (MTL)

Coils are designed for tight airflow, low power output and higher nicotine or CBD strengths. MTL mimics the experience of smoking a cigarette.

Direct-to-lung (DTL)

DTL coils are designed for open airflow, higher power and lower nicotine and CBD strengths. DTL vaping produces a large volume of vapour and intense flavour.

Restricted-direct-lung (RDL)

Coils produce more vapour than MTL coils and use less power and e-liquid than DTL. RDL coils are excellent if you’re looking for more vapour and flavour than MTL and less nicotine or CBD in each draw.

Basic vape device maintenance

Treating your vape device with care is essential to achieve a consistent vaping experience. The following sections explain how to set up your new device for the first time, clean your atomiser, and clean your battery or mod.

How to set up a vape device


  • Charge your device fully with the charging cable included before use.
  • If your device has replaceable coils, disassemble the atomiser and prime your coil by placing 2-3 drops of e-liquid on the wicking holes on either side of the coil.
  • Next, reassemble the atomiser, ensuring an airtight seal.
  • Fill the atomiser with e-liquid and allow the coil to saturate for ten minutes.
  • If your device features variable power, set it to the low end of the recommended range for your coil.
  • You’re now ready to vape!


You can also optimise your device by gradually adjusting the airflow and power settings until you find a combination that provides a smooth, satisfying vaping experience.

Cleaning the atomiser


Regularly cleaning your atomiser is essential for optimal performance. Generally, it’s best to do this when changing to a new coil or if you start using a substantially different e-liquid from your previous one.

Here’s how to clean your device’s atomiser:

  • Disassemble the atomiser
  • Run all its components (except the coil) under hot water
  • Allow to air-dry
  • If installing a new coil, prime it first
  • Reassemble the atomiser and fill it with your preferred e-liquid
  • If you installed a new coil, wait ten minutes before taking your first draw
  • And that’s it; you’re ready to vape!


Cleaning your battery/mod

Over time, your battery or mod may be exposed to small amounts of e-liquid residue. Don’t worry; this is normal but be sure to clean it regularly with a paper towel, paying close attention to the area where your device connects to the atomiser.

What is the best starter vape?

The best starter vape for you will depend on what you’re using it for. Are you switching from cigarettes to a vape pen, or perhaps vaping CBD? Either way, you’re in luck, as we stock various vape kits for beginners from leading brands, including JoyetechGeekvape and JustFog.

What is the best CBD e-liquid for beginners?

Vaping cannabinoids is one of the most effective ways to take them as the effects can be felt almost immediately after inhaling. Canavape 20ml e-liquids are ideal for beginners as they contain both CBD and CBG and utilise the entourage effect, which boosts their efficacy.

Whether you prefer a citrus taste like Pink Lemonade or perhaps something to indulge your sweet tooth – vanilla custard, anyone? – you’re sure to find the perfect CBD e-liquid at Canavape.

Please note: This blog post reflects historical data predating recent changes in cannabinoid laws, medical cannabis regulations, and some of our best CBD product names, strengths, and formulations. These historical blogs remain as a reference post our website update, but they might contain outdated information. Discover our updated CBD and legal cannabinoid products for the best CBD experience.