Smooth Vapes Direct is a leading specialist of vaping equipment in the USA/UK/CANADA. We hand pick & feature a range of vape kits, e-liquids, mods, tanks and atomisers that cater for every type of vaper.

June 18, 2019

Vape Guide

A guide to vaping, Get to know the basics.

Vape Guide

This handy guide answers the key questions that beginners need to know. it will help you make an informed choice about the type of kit that's right for you, making it more likely that your switch to vaping will be a success!


E-liquids known as vape juices are used in vape tanks and kits, these liquids come in many different varieties. You have a wide choice of over 2,500 flavours, consistencies, bottle size and nicotine strength. Our extensive range means that whether you’re looking for a high VG blend for creating big clouds, or a high nicotine strength blend, you’re sure to find one to suit your taste.


Vape Kits are made up of a battery and a tank, they offer a complete ready to use set up. Whether you’re new to vaping or an experienced user, you’ll find a range of kits that suit your needs; for creating big clouds, delivering clear flavour and everything in between.


Vape tanks come in all sorts of varieties, their job is to hold eliquid that is turned to vapour and inhaled. We cater to users looking for a mouth to lung tanks that produce discrete levels of cloud, as well as advanced models for the more experienced user. We stock hardware manufactured by recognised and popular brands to suit all styles.


Mods are vape devices that house batteries and can be used to control how you experience vaping. There’s everything from the smaller single button devices for newer users, all the way to the large sub ohm devices for creating big clouds. Explore the range of globally recognised brands and their products coming soon.


Vape coils are used in tanks, each one is fitted with a wrapped wire and a cotton wick, to soak up and heat up eliquid into vapour. There are MTL coils used for producing small clouds and greater throat hit, as well as sub ohm coil for big clouds and increased flavour. Find the coil to match your tank and create your ideal vape.


Vape pod kits are perhaps some of the simplest kits available. Popular amongst new vapers and more experienced ones alike, there are two main kinds - refillable and disposable pods. Each has their advantage and we stock a range of pod kits as well as replacement pods from top manufacturers around the world.


Drip tips are the mouthpieces attached to your vape tank. While small in size they can greatly affect your inhale, with the larger 810 allowing for a greater inhale and increased cloud, and the 510 providing a tighter inhale.


Rebuildable atomisers have a focus on customisable elements, for a greater degree of personalisation. We offer a range of accessories that can be used to change how your favourite rebuildable vapes or looks.


Building coils for rebuildable atomisers requires the right tools for the job. Our collection of tool kits contain everything you need to build quickly and efficiently; with the more advanced kits including Ohmmeters to accurately test builds.


Accessories don’t just make your vape tank look better, they can also help it perform better. From vape bands to protect glass vape tanks, to Custom 510 Drip Tips to increase or restrict airflow and even cloths to mop up unexpected spills; there’s something here for all vapers.

Battery / Regulated Mod

This contains the electronics and battery needed to heat your coil. Battery capacity is denoted as milliampre hour (mAh). The power output of the mod is shown as Watts (W) or Volts (V)

CE4 Kit

Compact, basic and cheaper option. Usually used by beginner vapers. Better with 50/50 PG/VG e-liquids that give less vapour production. Seen less nowadays as Vape Pens have become more affordable.

Vape Pen

Slightly bigger and still inexpensive, vape pens come with options that have seen great improvement over the original CE4 devices. Usually with bigger, better and lower ohm coils to give more flavour and a bigger hit. E-liquids with a higher VG content can usually be used.

Mod & Tank

Numerous different designs of mods and tanks exist. These are the most effective way to vape with increased battery life and power. Designed for both low and high VG e-liquids.


similar to RDAs but are actually tanks that are designed to hold e-liquid. Instead of using pre-made factory coils, the user can build them to their own preference and resistance, then wick with cotton.

Mech Mods require no circuitry and use a firing pin that allows for the current in the battery to reach the attached atomiser directly.

Mouth to Lung (MTL)

This is achieved by using less airflow on the atomiser and drawing the vapour into your mouth with your cheeks before inhaling into your lungs, replicating the effect of smoking.

Lung Inhale (DTL)

This is achieved by using more airflow (usually in the larger atomisers with wider drip tips) and using your lungs to draw the vapour whilst inhaling directly into the lungs.

What is PG or Propylene Glycol?

Propylene Glycol is used as a flavouring carrier in food products, as an ingredient in food colouring and also used as an additive in various medicines. PG provides the throat hit sensation and is thinner in consistency than Vegetable Glycerine. Propylene Glycol is non toxic.

What is VG or Vegetable Glycerine?

Vegetable Glycerine is a sweet, vegetable based liquid. VG provides the vapour production which simulates smoke and is thicker than Propylene Glycol. Vegetable Glycerine is non toxic and the more VG in an e-liquid, the smoother it will be to vape.

What is sub-ohming?

Sub-ohming is vaping on a device where the atomiser coil has a resistance of less than 1.0 ohm. The reason some advanced vapers ‘sub-ohm’ is to increase the power output from their devices, creating more vapour and flavour from their e-liquid.

When vaping using sub-ohm coils a substantial amount of vapour is produced compared to using coils above 1ohm on the same device. Typically sub-ohm vapers take lung hits meaning they inhale straight to their lungs, increasing the vapour they can inhale each puff. Those who vape sub-ohm usually favour e-liquid with a higher percentage of vegetable glycerine than propylene glycol. The reason for this is that the vegetable glycerine creates larger clouds and denser vapour production. Because of the additional output and vapour produced and inhaled on each pull when vaping sub-ohm, it is the norm to use lower nicotine strengths (typically 6mg/ml and under).