Vaping Hardware: A Beginner’s Guide (Part Three)

The third and final Vaping Hardware Beginner’s Guide! Last week we examine ohms and resistance, sub-ohm vaping, and proper battery safety guidelines. This week we will explain the difference between mouth-to-lung vaping and straight-to-lung vaping. We will also break down the composition of e-liquid and how different components affect taste and “throat hits”. Let us help you stay safe and get the most out of your vape experience!


Mouth-to-lung vaping is where a vaper inhales vapor into the mouth, and then into the lungs. This method of vaping is ideal for:

→ High ohms
→ Low wattage
→ Restricted airflow
→ Ideal for beginners
→ Generally higher nicotine content
→ Imitates the feel of a traditional cigarette

Straight-to-lung vaping is where a vaper inhales the vapor directly into the lungs. This method of vaping is ideal for:

→ Low ohms
→ High wattage
→ Open airflow
→ Ideal for advanced users
→ Generally, lower nicotine content
→ Produces more cloud and flavor


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The content of your e-liquid changes your personal vaping experience. Some nicotine levels and e-liquid compositions are better suited for high-powered mods, while others are intended for low-powered starter kits.


E-Liquid is a simple solution composed of vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, flavoring, and nicotine extract. The ration of each of these ingredients has a dramatic effect on the vape experience.

Nicotine adds a “peppery” taste to vapor, and give vapers a stronger “throat hit.” When a heavy smoker switches to vaping, a higher nicotine content is advised.

Propylene Glycol (PG) is a clear, slightly sweet flavor carrier. An e-liquid with a high PG content has a stronger flavor, along with a “throat hit”, similar to higher nicotine content. High-PG blends are recommended for lower-wattage devices.

Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is a thick, viscous fluid which provides a smoother vape, and is responsible for larger clouds. High-VG blends are recommended for higher-wattage equipment.

Flavoring is completely optional but found in the vast majority of e-liquids. Flavors can be sweet, savory, robust, subtle, or completely unique.

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Taste is subjective, and different vapers have personalized preference for e-liquid content. Generally, lower wattage devices are made for high nicotine? PG content, while high-wattage devices use more VG and less nicotine.

Heavy smokers converting to vaping tend to prefer high nicotine mouth-to-lung devices and high PG blends. Experienced vapers tend to prefer lower nicotine, higher VG, and Direct-to-lung vaping.

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For the best way to find the ultimate vaping experience, it is best to experiment with different hardware, blends, and flavors. The quest for your ideal vape setup may be daunting at first, but exploring the world of vape products leads many vapers to become fanatic hobbyists!

It’s impossible to convey the entire scope of vaping hardware in one guide. For additional guidance on vape hardware, check out our other Mt Baker Vapor blogs at blog.mtbakervapor.com. For troubleshooting and vaping expertise, consult our customer service department at 1(877) 565-8273 or Support@mtbakervapor.com.

Please note, the information expressed in this tutorial represents industry knowledge gleaned by Mt Baker Vapor from years of working in the vapor industry. The information provided here is only to be used for educational purposes, and not as a definitive scientific guide. Vapor products should be used as intended by the manufacturer. Modifying any product outside of the manufacturer’s guidelines can result in bodily harm, and voids any warranty.

Tim Mechling

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor's resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.

  • evan says:

    forgot to mention cooler vape

  • zach says:

    Tank and wick setup also greatly impacts vg or pg performance. High vg juices can be vaped on lower wattage devices with the proper coil and adequate wicking.

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  • Paul says:

    Love the information you guys put together

  • Robert says:

    Always great info.Thanks MBV

  • Bryan Miller says:

    another great article keep it up guys!! really helps people understand what kind of juice they might like depending upon their setups. being a high wattage vaper and cloud chaser I tend to use max or high VG liquid. wattage ranges though also depend on your device the chart is better suited for vaping through tanks if you are using a dripper it’s more to do with your personal preferences. I vape my TFV8 at 135W+ with my preferred juice but I also use it on my dripper which I range 75W- 95W on a basic round coil build. please make sure when reading this article you understand that your setup and preferences will directly affect your experience while following this guide.

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  • John says:

    This helps and great info! Thanx MBV!

  • Selena moss says:

    I cant wait for mine to come in!!

  • Robert says:

    Great information.

  • This actually answered my drawback, thank you!

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