Vaping is a less harmful alternative to smoking that has been designed for adult smokers looking to quit or cut down. Unlike cigarette smoke, e-liquid vapour does not contain any of the harm-causing carcinogens or tar that are linked to multiple diseases including cancer and strokes. Instead, vaping offers a convenient way to satisfy a nicotine craving without resorting to cigarettes and has helped thousands of people across the world stop smoking.

"E-cigarettes are around
95% less harmful
than smoking"
- Public Health England*
*Evidence Review Of E-cigarettes And Heated Tobacco Products 2018


Made up of three main components - a battery, a tank/pod, and a coil - your vape kit turns e-liquid into vapour by heating it up. Here's what each specific part of your vape kit does:

  • POD OR TANK:Holds e-liquid and your coil and allows for a steadystream of e-liquid to reach your coil.
  • COIL:A combination of wire and cotton that soaks up e-liquid and heats it up into vapour.
  • TANK BASE:Acts as the link between your coil and battery and allows power to travel to the coil.
  • FIRING BUTTON:Every push completes the circuit that causes your battery to power up and heat your coils.
  • BATTERY UNIT(MOD):Your kit's power source, the energy it produces is used to heat your coil and e-liquid.



E-liquids are made up of four main ingredients VG (Vegetable Glycerine), PG (Propylene Glycol), flavourings, and usually nicotine - though you can get e-liquids that do not contain nicotine.

VG and PG are commonly used in both food and pharmaceutical products and are considered extremely safe. In e-liquid, they act as the 'base ingredients'. The nicotine is there to satisfy cravings, while flavours stop your e-liquid from tasting plain.

A combination of VG and PG is used to ensure your e-liquid creates visible vapour and can carry both flavour and nicotine. Different levels of both are used to support different vaping styles and kinds of kits.


The term 'vaping style' refers to the way you use a vape kit, particularly how you inhale. There are two main vaping styles: Mouth To Lung (MTL) and Direct To Lung (DTL).

MTL vape kits are normally very simple and are often the recommended choice for beginners, as they'll require little or no maintenance and feel more like a cigarette. Common examples of MTL kits include disposable vapes, pod kits and vape pens.

DTL vape kits or sub ohm kits tend to be a little more complex. They often feature advanced output modes like Variable Wattage and Temperature Control, used to customise your kit's performance. Their complex nature means they're not always the ideal choice for a beginner.


Getting started with vaping is very easy, it mainly comes down to picking the right combination of e-liquid and kit. These are generally purchased separately, however, if you're looking for everything all in one place we offer a range of bundle kits that contain both.

Choosing A Vape Kit

There's a large range of vape kits to choose from, offering options for every vaping style and budget. They can be split into two wider categories: prefilled and refillable. Prefilled vape kits arrive filled with e-liquid and are recognised as the simpler option. Refillable kits give you the opportunity of pairing your kit with an e-liquid of your choice, at the same time they require a bit more maintenance.

Prefilled Kits

Disposable vapes are by far the simplest type of vape kit available, they arrived filled with e-liquid and require zero maintenance. Available for around £3 - £5, they are a very low-cost introduction to vaping. They come ready to use straight out of the box, and when the e-liquid runs out you simply replace it with a new one. This means no charging and no refilling, making this kit very easy to use. Although cheaper than cigarettes, they're not the most cost-effective option over time compared to other styles of vape kit, but, they are extremely easy to use and convenient.

If you're looking to save more money without sacrificing simplicity, prefilled pod kits are a popular choice. Similar to disposable options, they come with pods that are filled with e-liquid. But, rather than replacing the entire kit, you just replace the pod. With a wide range of flavours and nicotine strengths available, they're easy to use and maintain. You will of course have to remember to recharge the battery.

What Are The Different Types Of Nicotine In E-Liquid?

Nicotine type can be just as important as strength. Freebase nicotine is the standard nicotine used in e-liquid. Unless it states otherwise if an e-liquid contains nicotine you can assume its freebase. It creates a noticeable throat hit that's similar to a cigarette. The higher the strength, the stronger the hit.

But, a lot of vapers want to experience a smooth throat hit, it is for this reason that nic salt e-liquids have grown in popularity. Not only smoother, nic salts are also absorbed faster to quickly satisfy cravings. Finally, there are hybrid nicotine e-liquids that offer the best of both worlds. You'll experience a throat hit that's slightly stronger than a standard salt nic but still offers faster absorption.

What's The Best E-Liquid Flavour?

There are lots of flavours to choose from, with over 3,500 options at Vape Club, picking the right one can greatly improve your chances of success with vaping.

When it comes to flavour there are two schools of thought. The first is that vapers will go for blends that taste familiar, with tobacco and menthol e-liquids remaining a popular choice as they replicate a cigarette. Alternatively, a lot of vapers have experienced more success by picking something completely different to a cigarette and gravitate towards fruit or dessert flavours.

Either way, it's rare that you'll get it right the first time and vape flavours offer you plenty of opportunities to experiment. It's also important to remember that your tastes will change over time and if you find yourself getting bored with a particular type of flavour you should try something new.

Need Help Picking A Vape Juice?

If you're looking for a direct recommendation for vape juice, then you should check our top ten e-liquid guides. They cover the best kind of e-liquid for every kit and even the best flavours.

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