I'm completely new to vaping, and before getting into it i posted in this subreddit and i was surprised by how much the community is friendly and helpful, and they really helped me a lot with some things that I didn't pay attention to.
So my background is that always considered getting off cigarettes and succeeded but always came back to it, because there was always that urge to smoke, even after months of getting off it, i didn't consider vaping because my first experience with it was absolutely terrible, it was on a cheap e cig with a completely burned coil i suppose, because it tasted like burned crap, but vaping didn't get my attention untill recently when I tried Red Astaire on what I believe was a Joytech penguin mod, and it was love at first try, amazing flavor, great throat feel, great smell and it even left a delicious taste in my mouth, so i asked the guy who let md try it, and he was really helpful, he told me what I should get (for someone with no experience in vaping) and also about DIY e<a href="http://www.vapininthecape.com/eliquid_c_7.html”>juice to save money.
I was really interested so I went into YouTube and started watching vaping videos, until i came across rebuildable coils, and it was perfect for me because i live in a city place where there are no vape shops and it's impossible to get interchangeable coils, so buying wire and building coils myself would be perfect, especially that i'm experienced with electronics. So i looked a lot on the internet until i found a mod that i could afford, and it would give me all i need, it was an all in one, Eleaf istick pico rdta, it was 75 watts which was more than i would need, it has a rebuildable deck and it was small enough to be stealthy, and since i live in a country with no online shopping and a city with no vape stores, i asked my brother who lives in Europe to buy it and send it to me, along with some stainless steel wires and a concentrate Red Astaire <a href="http://www.vapininthecape.com/eliquid_c_7.html”>juice (so i would buy the base later and make my own DIY later). So when the package arrived it was supposed to be my last day of smoking, i really liked the mod, it felt very well build and small, i used the pre-made Clapton coils that came with it, put some 6mg e liquid that i bought from here (Liqua supposedly), as they sell it in some tobacco stores here, and i tried it and i was really…. Disappointed.
No matter what wattage i used, there was absolutely no throat hit, the smoking urge didn't go unless i vape for a long time, and the taste was barely noticeable yet terrible, like chemicals and not at all like what was on the label. The only good thing was that the clouds were huge at high wattage, but that didn't interest me, so I thought there was something wrong with the build, the cottons or something like that.
So i was confused because it didn't seem at all like when I tried it the first time, so the next day when I went to work, there was a guy who came from Europe to work on some installations, and he was vaping too with a 20w mod and a mouth to lung tank, so i asked him if i could use some of his e<a href="http://www.vapininthecape.com/eliquid_c_7.html”>juice, because it was smelling really good, so he agreed and let me try it, it was a vanilla custard with 12mg nicotine, and when I inhaled for the first time i almost lost my balance haha, it had a very tough throat hit, and an absolutely amazing flavor, and it definitely killed any urge to smoke i had.
So after trying that e <a href="http://www.vapininthecape.com/eliquid_c_7.html”>juice i realized that the problem is not with the build or the mod, it's with the fake <a href="http://www.vapininthecape.com/eliquid_c_7.html”>eliquid, it says that it has nicotine (the dose is marked with a ball pen haha) but i'm sure it has nothing, it's not even from Liqua because i head it's actually a good brand, i suppose it's just a fake chineese high VG liquid with no nicotine and a terrible flavor, and sadly that couldn't keep me off cigarettes. Now i'm waiting for a nicotine base to arrive (50/50 vg pg 6mg nicotine), so i can make my own liquid, and until then i'm still not off cigarettes.