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!
- General User Guides
- Tanks | Batteries & Mods | Coils | Vape Juice
- Product Specific Guides
- Health and Safety
- E-Liquid Ingredients
- Myth Busting
- Travelling Abroad With Your Ecig
If you’re completely new to vaping and are looking for a simple guide to vaping, start with this tutorial!
Just started vaping? Learn from other people’s mistakes to ensure you get off to a flying start!
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.
Vape getting hot? Find out what causes, when you need to worry and what to do about it.
Spit-back when you are vaping can be super-annoying. Find out what it is, what causes and how to easily stop it.
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.
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!
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.
In contrast to our other guides, this is a short but very important tip for beginners! Research has identifed that beginners don’t get as much out of e-cigarettes as experienced users – this guide will show you how you can get the most out of e-cigarettes right from the start.
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.
Confused about vapimology (e-cigarette terminology)? This regularly updated glossary explains every word you need to know clearly and simply.
You’ll find strong opinions on whether you should use regular e-cigarettes (cigalikes) or refillable ones – but ultimately the choice is up to you and will depend on your tastes and preferences. In this post you’ll find some tips to help you make your decision.
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.
These 10 illustrated tips will help you maximise the performance of your device, extend ecig life and get the most out of your eliquid.
Stealth vaping is easy – if you have the right equipment, juice and techniques. Find out what it is and how to do it here.
What is temperature controlled vaping? How does it work? And is it right for you? Find out all the answers in this guide.
Prefer great flavour to blowing massive clouds of vapour? Then this post is for you!
Based on the experience of over 1000 vapers, here are 6 ways to tailor your throat hit experience.
Wondering how to sub ohm vape – or even what sub-ohming is? This guide will clear the air!
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!
Confused by terms like MTL or DTL? Find out what they mean here and how to use them in vaping.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Simple and quick methods for dealing with atomisers that have been flooded with e-liquid.
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.
Burnt coils taste terrible, cost you money and are bad for your health. Here’s how to stop it from happening.
Mesh coils represent a big advance in vape technology. Find out how and why here!
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.
Ever wanted to improve the flavour of your e-liquid? Find out everything you need to know to steep your e-liquid to perfection.
Shortfill e-liquid is very different from regular 10ml e-liquid. Find out what it is and how to use it.
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.
Product Specific E-Cig Tutorials
Batteries and Mods
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.
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.
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!
Great design, attention to detail and a very reasonable price point make this vesatile device ideal for seasoned vapers and new comers alike. A real workhorse!
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.
Complete overview of the CoolFire IV TC100, including features, jargon busting and how to use.
This tutorial covers how to charging the Vision Spinner 2, using the variable voltage function, suggested ohm resistances, compatibility, safety and more.
Compact, sleek and attractive, the iStick has been taking the UK by storm. Find out how to use it here.
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.
This compact mod with its understated design conceals a huge amount of functionality at a very reasonable price. Find out more in this tutorial!
The Archon takes the excellent upgradeable chip from the NX-75, adds an extra 18650 battery, doubles the power to 150W, and places it into the sleek and classy looking frame of a Plato. In this tutorial we cover out how to use it, if it’s right for you and what we like (and don’t like) about it.
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.
Suitable for more advanced users, The Fury Tank comes with an innovative pump rod filling system and dual airflow controls. Find out what’s good, what’s bad and how to use it.
Here’s a quick guide to filling our favourite clearomiser, the Aspire BDC, for those who don’t need to read our full guide to clearomisers.
Clearomisers that come with changable parts are a cost effective way to use refillable ecigarettes. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to quickly and easily change the parts on your Aspire BDC.
Learn how to make the most of variable airflow control, and the advantages of vertical coil atomiser technology.
The Nautilus series evolves. Find out what’s new, what’s improved, what’s not so good and how to use it.
Find out why the Aspire Cleito is a groundbreaker in the world of vaping – and how to use it!
The Aspire Cleito series continues, featuring both improvements and the ability to handle massive amounts of power. Only suitable for vapers with high powered mods.
This tiny device is perfect for the discreet vapers, but still packs a hefty punch for its size. We put it through its paces, and explore some of its more innovative functions…
The Halo Tank 02 is the latest iteration of the Halo Tank, and it’s one we’re very proud of. Find out why here!
The Aspire Quest Mini combines the Mini Pegasus box mod and the Mini Triton tank in one high value package. Find out what’s included and how to use it!
Health and Safety
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.
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.
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!
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…
We review the best available evidence to find out if propylene glycol is dangerous to inhale.
Join researcher Paul Bergen as he explores one of the principal ingredients used in electronic cigarettes, and it’s health implications for vapers.
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.
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!
Fascinating facts about the effect nicotine has on your body and on your brain. (And it’s not all negative!)
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.
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.
Pharmacologist Gwyn Taylor and Ashtray Blogger James Dunworth review research, perform extreme personal experiments and interview heroin addicts to come up with suprising results.
Are children using electronic cigarettes? And if so, are the children existing smokers or new nicotine users? Using data from an Action on Smoking and Health survey, we go searching for some answer.
Ever since an FDA test found 1% of diethylene glycol in one ecigarette of one brand, newspapers have widely claimed that ecigarettes contain diethylene glycol. This post discusses the dangers of diethylene glycol, and whether you need to be concerned!
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.
Steve Vape puts together an illustrated electronic cigarette timeline covering major milestones in vaping right up to the present day.
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
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.
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!