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Vaping shouldn’t and needn’t be a costly affair. This article will give some simple, practical advice on things you can do to cut the cost of vaping.
The problem I’ve always had with e-cigs and vaping in general is that it can end up costing more than smoking regular cigarettes. For me this doesn’t make any sense. Especially when we all know how costly and heavily taxed tobacco is. My view has always been that vaping and e-cigs should be lowering the cost of my habit not costing me more.
When I smoked, I smoked tobacco and that was only costing me around £6-7 every 2 days. That’s still up to £100 a month which is a lot but not half as much as the on-going costs of vaping had become. As with most things it’s a good idea to have a look at where the money’s going and what can be done to keep those costs down.
1. Cutting the cost of your e-liquids.
Obviously the biggest on-going cost of vaping is your e-liquids. Just like smoking you’re puffing on your e-cig or box mod every day and you’re awesome tasting e-liquids are going up in smoke!
There are a few ways here you can cut the cost of e-liquids. Many of us make a raft of common mistakes when buying e-liquids. Firstly, there are a lot of expensive e-liquids out there and let’s be honest here – they taste great.
Where we go wrong is that almost all of these premium e-liquids not only cost far too much but (and this important), they are high VG blends. What this means is that flavour is the highest priority and not nicotine. If you buy premium e-liquids which don’t deliver the correct level of nicotine that’s suitable for your needs your juice will vanish in the blink of an eye.
You’ll be puffing and puffing and enjoying your great tasting e-juice you won’t even notice how much you’re puffing. Before you know it you’ll be upending the bottle trying to get the last drops of that delightful elixir into your clearomiser or tank.
This is because not only is the flavour hit encouraging you to vape more but because your body is not getting the nicotine it needs you keep going back to it over and over again. Simple answer to this – buy e-liquids with the correct nicotine levels otherwise you’ll be paying 3 times as much. Save the premium juices as a special treat.
2. Learn to re-build your own coils.
When you buy a vaping tank, if it’s a good quality tank such as the Subtank Mini or the Aspire Triton you will also need to change regularly your coils. Both these tanks and many others use a replacement coil system. These coils usually come in blister packs of 5 and can cost anywhere up to £12 for a pack.
Depending on how often you vape a 5 pack of replacement coils should last about 5 or 6 weeks. Learning to re-build these pre-made coils can cut the annual costs dramatically. All you need is the correct tools and coil wire and you’ll be happily re-building your own coils and reducing the overall cost of vaping before you know it.
Watch this video on how to re-build your Kanger OCC coils.
3. Get yourself a reasonably priced box mod.
This is one way to cut the cost of vaping everybody should be doing. A reasonably priced box mod will save tons of cash over the course of a year. Don’t keep using those cheap e-cigs where the battery dies after 6-8 weeks because you don’t feel comfortable using a premium e-cig or a box mod.
Go into your local vape shop and ask them to hook you up with at the very least Nebox Kit or an Odyssey Mini Kit. I would recommend you go all out and get XCube 2 or Cool fire 4 and a suitable tank. With a lot of these kits and mods you can replace most of the parts if they get worn out.
With those cheap e-cigs the battery goes and it’s straight in the bin. Not only that, the cheap, disposable clearomisers that work for them are terrible for flavour and are also a huge waste of money.
4. Get yourself a robust vaping tank.
If you’re still using those cheap, throwaway clearomisers you need to start thinking about something a little more permanent. When I first started vaping I had one of those cheap e-cigs and a pack of single use, throwaway clearomisers.
6 weeks in and my desk was covered in used, broken and defected clearomisers. It’s not good for the environment and it’s not good for your pocket. As soon as I bought a reasonably priced box mod and a decent vaping tank the whole experience changed overnight and I immediately cut the cost of vaping. Now I can enjoy vaping the way it should be enjoyed – with big clouds of tasty vapour!
Every few days I can clean my tank out and replace the coil if needed. The drip tip and the tank collar are also replaceable. A good quality tank will last a year or more and when you weigh that up against the cost of the alternative it’s a no brainer.