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What to Know About Buying a Vape Mod for the First Time

Posted by Courtney McElligott on

If you're new to vaping then you have a lot to learn. First, you need a mod or vape pen. You'll also need some awesome tasting eJuice and the right coils for your tank.

But, it doesn't end there. You should also become familiar with the type of experience you're looking for. Vaping didn't become popular for nothing, after all.

If this all sounds like a foreign language to you, then you're in the right place. In this article, we're discussing what buying a vape kit for the first time should look like. We'll also give you a breakdown of what it costs to be a vaper so you can align your budget accordingly.

Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Vape Mod for the First Time

Before you can start shopping for all of the newest vape products, you should understand how vaping works. This will help you search for the products that will give you the experience you're looking for.

Basically, what you're buying is a device that turns concentrated liquid into vapor. The device itself is known by so many names, mod, vape, ecig, vape pen. Typically a mod is a larger device, with a bit more power and upgraded type of tank. A pen typically is just referring to a smaller device, sometimes beginner type of unit, or literally a pen shaped device. 

The best way to decide which type of mod or vape pen is best for you is to visit a local vape shop. You shouldn't feel obligated to buy anything but you can summon a lot of knowledge from the staff with a few simple and even novice questions. Our Central Vapors team in Mckinney is super knowledgeable, friendly and happy to help you even if you just want to come in and ask a million questions!  

Local Vape Shops

Local vape shops often have a limited variety of stock available but the staff does know a lot about the vaping industry. They can walk you through what's on the shelf to get you acquainted with the different products so that you'll have a better idea of what you're looking for.  

How to Buy a Vape Pen/Mod

Buying a vape pen or mod is pretty simple once you understand the logistics of it all. You might consider starting out with a starter kit to get used to vaping before you upgrade your system to something more your style. No matter what you buy, make sure you have all the parts you need to get started. "Kits" typically mean you have both a tank and a battery portion. You just need juice. Some mods do require external batteries, so watch out for that as 99% of the time they won't be included. 

Here's what to consider while you're making your first purchase.


There are two types of batteries; internal and external. Internal batteries are generally found on less expensive mods and devices that less than around 50-80 watts.

With an device that uses external batteries, you have the ability to have an extra set of always charged batteries. This is usually either a deal breaker or must have for most vapers. You'll need to invest in new batteries from time to time but the benefits are worth it. 

Vaping Experience

Another reason you may want to visit a vape shop before you buy anything is to get a grip on the type of experience you hope to encounter with your vape set. You can test out different mods and tanks at the vape shop, also with different liquids to figure out what your favorite flavors are.

You'll also need to learn what type of hit you prefer. This will vary depending on the wattage of the vape mod and coils. Some people prefer a direct lung hit while others enjoy a mouth to lung sensation. 

Special Features

Vape mods and tanks are highly customizable. You can choose everything from color to battery size and mod style. Not to mention the endless array of eJuice liquids designed to satisfy your palate.


Just because a particular mod is your favorite color doesn't mean it's the right one for you. You should also consider the size of your vape mod or pen before you buy.

If you're someone that plans to carry it with you a lot, a smaller mod may suit you better. Alternatively, if you like the hit that a larger tank/mod provides it's worth it to get a bigger device!  A larger mod will also last longer battery wise if you're someone that's always on the go.


Consider the type of coils that your mod will sustain. This will help in the buying decision process as you budget your monthly vaping expenses. It also makes a difference in that mouth to lung hit we talked about earlier.

Some mods are designed for several different styles of coils. In this case, you should consider the 'ohm' of the coil to find the right one for your vaping preferences. In most instances the smaller coils do provide a good hit, but a rule of thumb that typically applies is the larger and more advanced the coil the better vapor production/flavor/lifespan you'll receive.


There is also a difference in the type eJuice you can vape according to the type of mod or kit you're using. You'll also want to know what level nicotine you should start vaping at. The powerful mods provide such a strong hit, if you're using a 18mg on a small (not super powerful device), you'll get the same satisfaction using a 12mg or 6mg on the larger more powerful device. 


How much do you plan to use your vape mod? How often do you plan to clean it and change the coils? 

Upkeep for your vape set is important to keep it in good running condition. If you want a hassle-free design, you may be more inclined to buy a vape pen that has a disposable cartridge instead of a mod that requires you to change coils/clean etc. 

How Much Do Vape Pens Cost 

One of the first questions that always pops up when discussing buying a vape set is how much is a vape pen? The answer is that it varies. Vape pens are much less expensive than mod sets but they aren't built to last. 

For a quality device you can expect to spend about $80 -$100 on your first setup and anywhere from $20 to $80 per month thereafter, depending on how you vape. 

Where to Buy Vape Pens

Buying a vape pen for the first time shouldn't be overwhelming. Nor should you feel pressure at your vape shop to buy something you're not sure of. Keep this information in mind when you start shopping so that you'll know what to look for and that you're making the right decision when it comes time to buy. Visit Central Vapors for a no pressure experience. We want to make sure we answer all your questions, and you leave with either more information or the device that is suited for you!

If you have questions or are interested in our product line, don't hesitate to contact us! We are here to help you have the best vaping experience possible. 

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