First of all congratulations on choosing to quit! the choice is the hardest part, and a major step forward. You'll soon be able to say #improof Some of you may be enticed by the blowing of clouds, that you see on you tube, the vape shops or your buddy that's a vapor; others, may be nervous. Let me assure that the 'big cloud people' is a small portion of our populous. Vaping today consists of many styles, that is one to be sure; but, it is one of many. I'll address that further in another writing. I am writing this for you, whom are currently still smoking cigarettes. One thing you would notice if you picked up a mod from some vapors is the draw would about choke you; because of the power applied and the open airflow. Those are vape gear pieces you would certainly not want to look at. You would also have seen starter kits or, things we refer to as 'cigalikes,' and 'egos.' A cigalike would be something similar to a blu or fuse. The ego, looks like a pen with a container on top. Often times the cigalikes ultimately lead people back to a cigarette for a multitude of reasons. Primarily because it doesn't have enough battery life, and the upkeep is a pain in the ass. The ego pens, can be successful with will power, and choosing the right one. However, I would steer someone away now. Like a lot of new technology, better options become available. There are a few options that come very close to emulating a vape like a cigarette smokes, one of which is made by a company called innokin, it is the endura. Currently it is offered with a 2200mah battery and an 1100mah, I would suggest the 2200, because that should get you through a day before recharging. The mouthpiece is the same size of a cigarette, and the draw is almost identical. They can be found on the internet between 35$ and 45$. You will want to get a pack of replacement coils and juice as well. The endura is a great little kit; because, there are no adjustments, press the button, and vape. Its as easy as smoking, and hits all the same nuances to help you kick the cigarettes as soon as you are ready to stop making runs to the gas station. Now, if you want to get a little more complex and are drawn to other sides of vaping we need to look at starting with variable voltage and wattage. That will be another writing, this was meant strictly for those that wish to kick the stinkies, and move on. The smallest of the variable devices would be a spinner. The spinner is a pen style device with a knob at the bottom that you twist to adjust voltage; which, will thereby adjust the output of the device. The problem is the toppers for the pen style are not compatible with other devices without an adapter. There are other small variable voltage and wattage devices coming out all the time. There are so many that it would be best if you just asked below and we can help you sort through your needs. Best of luck to you, welcome to the family of vapors \ and congratulations on making the healthiest choice to improve your life as possible, For those looking to go beyond the pen So you’ve had a pen and are ready to get into something more; OR, you want to start vaping and are exploring other options. Lets start from scratch. Scan through and look at the headlines since there will be a significant amount of information here. I will try and be as concise as I can. HOWEVER this will cover all the important parts of vaping that one should know when getting past the pen style vaporizers. Ok, im pretty sure that if you’ve gotten to this point you have a basic idea on what some of the vaping terms and acronyms. But let’s get these out of the way. Watts- a unit of measurement in electronics to indicate applied power Volts- a unit of measurement in electronics to indicate pressure applied to current to create power Resistance- a unit of measurement in electronics to indicate resistance amperage- a unit of measurement in electronics to indicate current flow Ohms Law I have written about ohms law more times than I care to say, however, I am going to try my best to simplify this as much as possible. Think of a circuit as a hose. The water flowing through the hose is the electricity or current(amps). The pressure pushing the water is the voltage. Now pinch the hose. Pinching the hose is adding Resistance. The pressure building up is voltage and the current flow has now decreased because you applied resistance. Now if you take that Voltage or pressure and Multiply it by the Current or Amperage you are given your power or wattage measurement. The problem comes in when you have a 20a battery but are trying to force it to give you more current than it has to offer. All 4 parts that make a circuit happen are happening in conjunction with each other and as an added note to the beauty of it, whatever energy is put in must be equal to the energy coming out. What this means is that all you need are two bits of information to determine the others. Ohms law is basically the relation of those bits of information. If you multiply the resistance applied by the current you are then given your voltage or force applied. For ease of use the forumulas are V=IR and P=VI when: V= voltage I=current (amps) P=power (watts) R= resistance(ohms) Why does ohms law matter? Batteries! Why do you see some of us harp on ohms law? Because batteries. A battery is a limited space to hold energy. This means that we have to work within our limits. You don’t want to overdraw on your batteries. If you do bad things can happen, such as venting a battery or causing a battery to explode. Make sure you use a battery with a 20 amp limit, meaning that If we assume the voltage after the spike from charging to be between 3.7 and 3.8 volts then the most we want to push the battery is about 75watts with a 0.18 ohm load at best. I try and preach that we stick with 20A batteries from known manufacturers. This essentially narrows down to four. Samsung 25r, Sony vtc4 AND vtc5, and LGhe4. What if my mod takes two batteries? In the even that your mod uses multiple batteires, use batteries purchased together from the same manufacturer and keep them together. We call that “married pairs” when one stops working replace them both. Can I use the onboard charger? Or do I have to get a bulky standalone charger? Whenever possible use a standalone charger. I say this for two reasons, for one, its better for the battery. The second is that a lot of mods offer upgradeability; and, if you break the charge port you also break the upgradeability. Chargers are inexpensive now a good one can be found for under 20$. I would recommend looking at xstar, efest and nitecore. What is Temp control and how does it work? Temp control is basically the concept of not letting your coil go over a predetermined temperature. Many say this provides a more consistent flavorful vape without sacrifice of the clouds. It operates on the principal of the linear relationship between heat and resistance that some metals have. As the temperature rises on those metals so does the resistance. Because the metals used are still being found and refined, I will not make a recommendation here on which to use, feel free to ask around or pop in the forum. What I will say is that this is where upgradeable firmware is important as is the option to entr in a tcr value for a metal of your choosing. The dna200 board, the yihi sx350 and the rx200 boards all have that feature, and im sure more are coming. I want a mod, but how do I know what to get with all this information.??? The best thing I can tell you is before you even look at individual mods is to write 3 lists. List 1- features that a mod absolutely has to have for you List 2- features you would like, but are not necessary List3- deal breakers, features that you would definitely not want. Then I would look at how you vape, and how would like to vape in the future. Are you more for flavor and lower wattage? Or do you want to ‘BLOW CLOUDS BRO?’ OR both? Or in between? don't be afraid to ask questions!!!!!! look at the crop of mods out there and buy something that you know will work for you. No one truly knows other than you. Keep in mind there is no wrong way to vape, except for unsafely. So, get what you will enjoy and keep on vaping!!!!! a better ohms law explanation Ohm's Law - The basics - Ohms Law Formulas Explained to save you time When choosing a battery for your mod it is important to make sure that the battery can handle the current that you are pulling from the battery. Also ensure you know the limitations of your mod per the manufacturer. Using ohms law you can easily determine the current draw. Please see the threads authored by baditude, here in the battery section; or, myself in the beginner area. ohms law-V = I x R Or I = V/R when I=current(amps), V=voltage, R=resistance(ohms) So, if I need the current for a battery- I am assuming the battery at mean voltage therefore it is at 3.7v. and I am firing a 0.5 ohm resistance. Those are my two constants for the same of our math. I would use the following as my equation: I = 3.7v/0.5ohms in this case I am only pulling 7.4A and 27.4 w; therefore, I want s battery that is capable of providing 7.4A safely. admittingly, as the chart shows, most batteries can handle this. problems ome into play when people fire to far low. NOW, lets try this with a 0.2 ohm load (coil), the voltage is the same here. I=3.7v/0.5ohms in this case we have 18.5amps and 68.45 w. Therefore, it is easily illustrated that the field of suitable batteries, has greatly been reduced to cells that can handle a continuous current of 20A.