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Vape Academy: User Guides and Tutorials For Beginner and Intermediate Vapers

Updated Jan 2021

Since 2008, I’ve added over 1000 posts to this blog. Which all makes it rather hard to find what you want, especially if you are new to e-cigarettes and want to get an overview.

If you are a beginner or intermediate user of e-cigarettes, the articles below cover the essentials for getting started, as well as some more advanced information.

Do check back from time to time, as we have more tutorials planned! (If you have any suggestions for tutorials we have missed, please let me know in the comment section below!)

Some of the articles below have taken tens of hours to put together. It seems to have paid off, as between them they have had hundreds of thousand of views (one has had over 70,000 shares!) I sincerely hope you find them useful and enjoyable too!


User Guides

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How to Vape: E-Cigarette Basics

If you’re completely new to vaping and are looking for a simple guide to vaping, start with this tutorial!

Vaping Mistakes: 21 Mistakes People Make When They Start Vaping

Just started vaping? Learn from other people’s mistakes to ensure you get off to a flying start!

How to Vape: Inhaling

Inhaling on a vape can be very different from inhaling on a cigarette. Learn about the different styles and which one is right for you.

My Vape is Hot? What Should I Do?

Vape getting hot? Find out what causes, when you need to worry and what to do about it.

Stop Spit-Back When Vaping With One Simple Step

Spit-back when you are vaping can be super-annoying. Find out what it is, what causes and how to easily stop it.

Which E-Cigarette Kit Should You Buy?

There’s no one right e-cig kit – what you buy depends on you and your circumstances. In this post you’ll find a guide to matching the different kits available with your needs.

The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Electronic Cigarettes

Complete with videos, images and diagrams, this guide will teach you everything you need to get started with regular and refillable electronic cigarettes – and point you in the right direction if you need to know more!

This is a long guide, so feel free to bookmark if you need to come back for more!

The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Electronic Cigarette Batteries

Everything you need to know about e-cigarette batteries, including which battery to choose, 9 ways to extend battery life, battery maintenance, which battery to choose and much more.

The Vaper’s Guide to Voltage, Watts and Ohms

Confused by variable voltage, variable wattage, sub-ohming and other vaping terms? This post explains them all, and how you can use them to improve your vaping experience.

10 Common E-cig Mistakes (and how to fix them!)

Having problems with your ecig? You’re not alone. So I sat down with the ECigaretteDirect customer services team to find out the most common problems – and how to fix them.

E-cig Maintenance: 10 Tips For Keeping Your Vape In Tip-Top Condition

These 10 illustrated tips will help you maximise the performance of your device, extend ecig life and get the most out of your eliquid.

How to Stealth Vape Like a Pro

Stealth vaping is easy – if you have the right equipment, juice and techniques. Find out what it is and how to do it here.

Temperature Controlled Vaping: Everything You Need to Know

What is temperature controlled vaping? How does it work? And is it right for you? Find out all the answers in this guide.

The Vaper’s Guide to Flavour Chasing

Prefer great flavour to blowing massive clouds of vapour? Then this post is for you!

The Vaper’s Guide to Throat Hit

Based on the experience of over 1000 vapers, here are 6 ways to tailor your throat hit experience.

Removing Barriers from Vaping: Tips For People With Disabilities

Struggling to use your vape because of problems with mobility or eye-sight? After one customer got in touch because she couldn’t change her coil, we put this guide together.

Sub Ohm Vaping: A Beginner’s Guide

Wondering how to sub ohm vape – or even what sub-ohming is? This guide will clear the air!

How to Get More Nicotine From Your E-Cig

Worried about incoming restrictions on maximum nicotine strengths? Here’s a clear and simple guide to getting more nicotine from your vape, even when you need to use lower strengths!

Mouth to Lung v. Direct to Lung Vaping Explained

Confused by terms like MTL or DTL? Find out what they mean here and how to use them in vaping.

Pod Systems: A New Way to Vape

Pod systems are an entirely new type of vape device which is revolutionising vaping. We explain what they are and how to use them.


The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Tanks

Learn about the different types of tanks, including the different types available and refilling, cleaning and troubleshooting them. For more advanced users there’s also a section on using different resistance clearomiser and a resistance chart.

9 Common Tank Mistakes, and How to Fix Them

If you make any of these mistakes, you’ll find these fixes will extend your clearomiser life, save you money and increase the enjoyment you get out of vaping.

10 Tips To Stop Your Tank from Leaking

Have you ever had a leaking tank? If so, you’re not alone! This post will provide you with 10 solutions to stop or reduce your tank from leaking.

Batteries & Mods

How to Choose a Vape Mod?

Interested in a vape mod but confused by the huge variety available? In this post we explain the different features mods can offer, and then match the features to the mods – so you can be sure you are choosing the right one for you.

Using External Vape Batteries: What You Need to Know

While some vape devices come with built in vape batteries, other devices use separate batteries which need to be bought separately. Find out everything you need to know, or navigate to specific information with the handy sub-menu.

The Ten Rules of Vape Battery Safety (Infographic)

All batteries, whether they are vape batteries are otherwise, need to be treated with respect. Follow this simple guidelines for peace of mind when vaping.


Three Easy Ways to Clear A Flooded Coil

Simple and quick methods for dealing with atomisers that have been flooded with e-liquid.

The Vaper’s Guide to Coils

Wound up by coils? You’re not alone. This guide explains the essential differences between different coil materials and designs – and provides an introduction to building your own.

7 Easy Ways to Stop Your Coils From Burning

Burnt coils taste terrible, cost you money and are bad for your health. Here’s how to stop it from happening.

How to Fix a No-Atomiser Message

From time to time you may get a message on your screen saying ‘No-Atomizer’. If so, here’s what to do…

What are Plexus Coils?

Are Plexus coils just another gimmick or a real advance in coil technology? Lee Johnson explores the new technology to find out.

Vape Juice

How to Store E-Liquid: Tips for The Zombie Apocalypse

Store incorrectly, and your e-liquid could turn brown while flavour compounds break down. Find out how to store e-liquid correctly, and if e-liquid supplies start to dry up because of a zombie apocalypse, you’ll know what to do.

How to Choose An E-liquid

When you first choose your e-liquid, there can be a bewildering choice of flavour, e-liquid type and nicotine strength. We break down the different kinds of e-liquids to make the process easier.

Shortfill E-Liquid: What Is It, How to Use It 

Shortfill e-liquid is very different from regular 10ml e-liquid. Find out what it is and how to use it.

Vape Juice: Infographic

People often get confused about what vape juice is. This blog post explains what it is and what’s in it – or just scroll down for the infographic for a visual explanation.

Nicotine Salts For Vapes: What’s The Fuss?

Nicotine salts are behind the rise of vape brand Juul in the US. We explore what’s different about it, is it safe and what the benefits are.

Product Specific E-Cig Tutorials

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Batteries and Mods

Innokin Coolfire Ultra

The latest in the popular Coolfire range, the Ultra adds more power and battery capacity, giving a big improvement in capability with just a small increase in size.

Aspire PockeX: Overview and Tutorial

A great mod for people who want a simple device combined with the performance of more advanced devices. Find out what we like, what we don’t like and how to use it.

Aspire PockeX

  • All in one, compact device
  • Best vape for throat hit
  • Easy to use top fill tank
  • Great flavour production
  • Beginner friendly
Aspire PockeX

Smok Alien 220 Vape Mod 

One of the newest additions to the site, The Smok Alien is a brilliantly built, complex device, certainly not shy on functions.It won’t be for everyone, but if you like an advanced device with lots of power, it might just be for you!

How to Use the Cool Fire IV Box Mod

One of the most stylish box mods we sell, the Cool Fire comes with a handy manual switch to stop auto-firing in the pocket. Find out the pluses and minuses of this device and how to use it.

Cool Fire IV TC100: The Ultimate TC Vaping Experience

Complete overview of the CoolFire IV TC100, including features, jargon busting and how to use.

How to Use The Vision Spinner 2 1650

This tutorial covers how to charging the Vision Spinner 2, using the variable voltage function, suggested ohm resistances, compatibility, safety and more.

The Eleaf iStick 30 Watt

Compact, sleek and attractive, the iStick has been taking the UK by storm. Find out how to use it here.

Aspire CF Sub Ohm Battery and Atlantis Tank

Aspire have raised the bar with these new products, finally bringing the sub-ohming experience to the masses but with the increased safety and convenience of an electrical mod.

The iStick TC40W

Bringing temperature control to the masses, the iStick may not be the best TC device available, but it’s relatively simply to use and great value.

Aspire NX75 75Watt

This compact mod with its understated design conceals a huge amount of functionality at a very reasonable price. Find out more in this tutorial!

Aspire Triton: Overview Plus Tutorial

The Aspire Triton is an advanced top filling tank. But you do need to follow the instructions in this tutorial carefully, as even some experienced vapers have been caught on when using it for the first time.

Aspire Nautilus Mini Tutorial

Learn how to make the most of variable airflow control, and the advantages of vertical coil atomiser technology.

The Aspire Nautilus X

The Nautilus series evolves. Find out what’s new, what’s improved, what’s not so good and how to use it.

Health and Safety

Cartoon fireman.

The Dreaded Vaper’s Tongue: What is it, what causes it and how to cure it

Ever suddenly gone off a favourite taste, or suddenly not been able to taste anything at all? Then you may have vaper’s tongue. In this article you can find out what it is, what causes it and what to do about it.

Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe: The Shocking Truth

At 90,000 shares and counting, this is the most popular post on this blog – and will also help you decide whether ecigs are better or worse for you than smoking.

What do scientists say about the electronic cigarette?

You’ll find both pro and anti-ecig arguments on the net and in tabloids. So we decided to speak to some to real experts on smoking and ecigarettes. Many of the scientists here are on the cutting edge of ecigarette research, and their opinions are worth listening to!

PG Allergy & Sensitivities (and how to deal with them)

Some vapers have reported a reaction to propylene glycol. How serious is it, how long does it last and how can you overcome it? We reviewed the research and surveyed 1000 vapers – here’s what we found out…

Is PG Dangerous to Inhale?

We review the best available evidence to find out if propylene glycol is dangerous to inhale.

Five Quit Smoking Side Effects Vapers Could Experience

There are a number of side effects you can experience when you quit tobacco cigarettes. We review five of the possible side effects you may experience here.

Ecig Ingredients

Propylene Glycol: What the Health Conscious Vaper Needs to Know!

Join researcher Paul Bergen as he explores one of the principal ingredients used in electronic cigarettes, and it’s health implications for vapers.

Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerine: Five Key Differences

Different e-liquids have different PG/VG ratios. Understanding what PG and VG do is crucial to choosing the right PG/VG ratio. This post explores the key difference so you can make an informed choice.

Vegetable Glycerine

Also know as VG, this ingredient is often used along with PG, and is also used exclusively in a small number of eliquids. Click on the link to learn more about it!

Nicotine: 10 Facts All E-Cigarette Users Should Know

Fascinating facts about the effect nicotine has on your body and on your brain. (And it’s not all negative!)

How Much Eliquid Does It Take To Kill You: Important Information For All Vapers

From gruesome nicotine murders to how much eliquid it would take to kill you, here’s information which all informed vapers will find both entertaining and useful.

An Interview with Nicotine Expert Dr Houezeq on Storing Eliquid, Addiction and more

Scientist, researcher and nicotine expert Dr Houzeq discusses the best way to store nicotine, why the colour and taste of eliquid can change (and whether you should be concerned about that) and much more.

Just How Addictive Are ECigarettes

We review research, perform extreme personal experiments and interview heroin addicts to come up with surprising results.


Patent advert for the first electronic cigarette.

The History of the Electronic Cigarette

Chart the history of vaping from the first battery powered cigarette protoype in the 1960’s, through tobacco companies promising but discarded research in the 1980’s to the invention of the modern e-cigarette in the early 2000’s.

The Electronic Cigarette: A Time Line

Steve Vape puts together an illustrated electronic cigarette timeline covering major milestones in vaping right up to the present day.

An Interview with The Inventor of the Electronic Cigarette

We talk to the inventor of the first battery powered cigarette about his invention, why it never made commercial production, comparisons with the present day electronic cigarette and much more.

Travelling Abroad With Your Ecig

Map of the world.

Travelling With Your Ecigarette: What You Need To Know!

Are you planning on travelling abroad with your ecigarette? This informative guide tells you all you need to know about taking your personal vaping device on holiday with you, including essential travel preparations and ecigarette regulations in the country.

Worst Places to Vape

Thinking of setting off on your travels? Make sure you don’t vape in these places – or you could land up with a huge fine or even in jail!

6 thoughts on “Vape Academy: User Guides and Tutorials For Beginner and Intermediate Vapers”

  1. Hi James

    Can you help? Do you know where I can buy Some mesh and wire for making wicks. Fab blogs

    Keep up the good work


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