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  • Why Does My Vape Taste Burnt?

    If you're reading this because you are worried that your vape might taste burnt, it probably isn't… believe us, you will know when it is.

    Think of the distinct taste of a charred pile of old newspapers---it's not a nice thought, is it? Well, that's exactly what a 'burnt' vape tastes like. It races to the back of your throat and assaults your senses, temporarily paralysing them and leaving you retching out of pure disgust… it has even been known to make some people throw up.

    If this sounds like something you have experienced recently, stop vaping right now because there's a major problem with your vape that needs to be fixed.

    Why Does My Vape Taste Burnt?

    That's a good question. First of all, if your vape does taste burnt then don't worry. It is something that happens to all vapers every now and again and there is a very easy fix for it.

    The reason your vape has a disgusting 'burnt' taste sensation is that your vape's wick, located inside your vape's coil, has dried out and burnt up from the heat delivered by the metal coil.

    A wick is a component in a vape that soaks up vape juice from your tank or cartridge and holds on to it until it is turned into vapour. If your wick is not fully saturated with vape juice and you try to use your device, it will start to burn and result in a foul taste. The more your wick burns and chars, the worse the flavour.

    This is known as a 'dry hit' and being able to spot it early-on can avoid you burning out your wick and having to suffer from taking a hit of the 'burnt' taste.

    How Long Should My Coil Last?

    Your vape's coil and wick do not last forever---they all fail eventually. However, different people go through them at different rates. Some heavy vapers, for example, may change their coil every week whereas more passive vapers could go months without having to change it. Other factors such as which device you are using can also have an impact on coil lifespan.

    As a general rule for a general vaper who uses their device in a general way, the coil should last around two-to-three weeks. After this point, you may notice a gradual 'burnt' taste. At this point, there is very little you can do other than replace your coil. If you keep using it, the 'burnt' taste will progress to become worse and more pungent over time.

    There are three activities that can lead to a coil burning out more quickly, though:

    1. Chain vaping

    Chain vaping is where you take puff after puff without having a break in between. This is particularly problematic in new coils that haven't had any use on them yet---throwing them in at the deep end with strenuous vaping activity will cause them to burn out.

    2. Not priming a new coil

    If you don't 'prime' your fresh new coil then you will almost certainly notice a burnt taste after only the first few hits. Priming your coil is fancy speak for preparing it and getting the wick saturated prior to proper use. If you don't prime your coil then your wick will be dry, and this can lead to instant burnout.

    3. High power vaping

    If you're using an extremely powerful device then your coils won't last as long, it's that simple. Whilst vape mods and powerful vape pens are great, you need to understand that you will go through coils a lot quicker than most other people. This is because high power vapes deliver more power to the coil which generates a lot more heat.

    How to Avoid Burning Out Coils

    Aside from doing the opposite of the three common causes above, there are a few steps you can take to avoid your coils from burning out.

    1. Keep your vape tank topped up

    Remember, your coil and wick will burn out if the wick is not kept saturated. A full vape tank means that the wick, if your vape is not faulty, will remain suitably saturated and will not be burnt out by the heat produced by the coil. If your tank begins to run on empty then your wick may not be getting enough vape juice to it and could burn out.

    We recommend keeping your vape tank at least above one-quarter full at all times. If you want to change to a different vape juice, we recommend trying to time the natural expiration of your coil with when you want to make the swap.

    2. Use a vape juice with more PG

    PG is a lot thinner than VG and this means that vape juices with a higher concentration of PG can be absorbed by the wick more easily. If your vape juice is super thick and doesn't soak into the quick as quickly, you are far more likely to end up with dry puffs that subsequently burn out your wick.

    If you see a vape juice with a VG content of 70% or more, it is perhaps best to avoid it unless you know for sure that your vape can handle it.

    3. Use a vape juice with less sweetener

    Sweetener is packed full of sugar and sugar can quite easily block up your coils with gunk. Over time, this gunk will crystallise into a solid and completely obliterate your coil. A wick that is covered in gunk and crystallised sugar won't be able to absorb vape juice as easily and, you guessed it, this will burn it out.

    If you must use vape juice with high sugar content, be prepared to replace your coil a lot more frequently.

    Need Replacement Coils?

    If you've burnt out your coil and you need a quick replacement coil for your vape, head on over to the Vaper Empire online store.

    We are Australia's premier manufacturer and retailer of vaping goods including best-in-class hardware, accessories, replacement parts, and an entire library of high-quality vape juice.

  • Why Does My Vape Crackle?

    If you're new to vaping and are hearing crackling and popping sounds coming from your vape, it is understandable that you may be alarmed… but don't worry! In most cases, these sounds coming from your vape are a completely normal occurrence. You should pay close attention to these noises though because a sudden change in what you are hearing could be an indicator of other problems with your device.

    In this short guide, we are going to run you through the different noises you may hear coming from your vape, what they mean, why they happen, and if they are a cause for concern.

    What Causes Vape Crackling and Popping?

    First up, though---what causes these sounds?

    A light crackling or popping noise is a completely regular and benign occurrence. It is simply your vape juice being heated up by your e-cig or vape's coil and turned into vapour. If you can hear this sound it simply means that your vape is working as it should.

    The noise happens because cold or room temperature vape juice comes into contact with a very hot coil and reacts to it. In terms of how much noise you hear or how loud it is, that depends entirely on what sort of device you are using, how powerful the device is, and how much e-liquid is present and its type.

    Vape Power Levels

    A sub-ohm vaping device is the primary cause of an instantaneous crackle. This will cause more vape juice to condensate and less to turn into vapour, meaning there is an excess of liquid that is available to make the noise.

    You may also hear this noise on adjustable voltage vapes if your wattage is too low. This will end up flooding your atomiser and cause vape juice to spill out of the device and into your mouth.

    E-Liquid Density

    A thinner vape juice can cause a coil to become flooded, leading to more crackling and popping whereas a thicker vape juice leads to more vapour.

    However, most vape juices contain sugar which also contains cellulose. When cellulose breaks down during the burning process, the gases vapourise and make a popping sound.

    Coil Design

    Braided and twisted coils, especially those found in vape mods, have a larger surface area. This larger surface area means more vapour is produced and thus extra popping and cracking sounds are made.

    The Many Sounds of Vaping

    Knowing what a good and bad sound is can be difficult, especially as a newbie vaper. Whilst this is not a complete list (and is not a sure-fire symptom of any problems), you can use it in your diagnostic efforts as an indicator.

    'Good' Sounds

    A steady crackling and popping sound, usually accompanied by a soft hiss, is a good one. These are typically more prominent after you have just changed your atomiser (or cartomiser or clearomiser) or if the vape device you are using is brand new.

    When increasing nicotine levels you may notice that the sound changes slightly. This is also normal and occurs because increased nicotine content creates more vapour and thus the crackle and popping sounds are louder.

    'Bad' Sounds

    Although you are always going to notice a crackling sound, you need to know when it stops being a 'normal' crackling sound has turned into a problematic one.

    If your popping and crackling sounds begin to get louder, pay close attention to flavour. If you notice an unusual taste such as bitterness, it is a sign your device is getting clogged up and needs to be cleaned. Noises get louder in this case because vapourised particles build up over time and these cause a popping sound when the heat increases.

    If you notice a louder pop or crackle that is accompanied by an unpleasant and prolonged spitting sound then your device may be getting flooded with vape juice. Check to make sure that your tank isn't too full and that everything has been set up properly.

    Hearing nothing is bad news, too. You should always be able to hear a slight crackling and popping noise. If you hear zero noise when you activate your vape then there may be any number of problems, however, the most common one is that the device is simply clogged up and needs a clean.

    How To Avoid Loud Popping, Crackling, and Spitting Sounds

    You can take steps to avoid the above problems by properly looking after your vape and being aware of what can cause them.

    1. Avoid prolonged inhales

    If you take ultra-long inhales then this can cause the device to take in more vape juice than it can handle. This can damage the device and cause vape juice to leak into your mouth. Many devices have timeout functions, but some don't, so be sure to only inhale for a few seconds at most.

    2. Don't over-prime your coil

    Again, this floods the coil and causes spitting and popping noises. Don't drip too much liquid onto your wick---wet it but don't flood it---and don't prime too much with the button on a vape pen.

    3. Replace your drip tip

    You can buy drip tips that are angled and prevent spit back from being fired up into your mouth. These work by preventing vape juice from going back up. You can also get your hands on rotatable drip tips that have specialist components that also prevent spit back. Finally, you can try using a longer drip tip so even if vape juice does spit back, it won't reach your mouth.

    Visit the Vaper Empire Online Store

    Are you ready to start your own vaping 'journey' and are looking for the right products to get you off to the very best start?

    Great! We are Australia's premier manufacturer and retailer of vaping products. Simply head to our store, fill up your basket, and your products will be shipped out to you in mainland Australia within three-to-five working days.

  • Black Friday & Cyber Monday Vape Deals 2019

    For the best prices on all of your favourite Vaper Empire vaping supplies, use these Black Friday and Cyber Monday coupon codes to shop and save on your next order. These amazing vape deals only come around once a year so don't miss out or you'll have to wait until next year!

    This year's deals are valid on all Vaper Empire products, including vape kits, e-liquid, accessories, and replacement parts. There's never been a better time to shop and save on your favourite Vaper Empire vaping products!

    Black Friday & Cyber Monday Vape Deals

    This holiday season you can save big on vaping supplies when you shop at Vaper Empire using the deals listed below. These are our best vaping bargains of the year and they start at midnight on Friday, November 29, 2019, and end at midnight on Monday, December 2, 2019.

    Black Friday & Cyber Monday Coupon Codes

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    How To Use These Discount Codes

    Simply apply the coupon code of your choice at checkout time to save instantly on your next order. You can save up to $60 on your next order at Vaper Empire's online store when you use the coupon codes above. You can use these coupon codes to save big on your next order of Vaper Empire e-cigarette kits, e-liquid, and accessories. Certain restrictions do apply.

    Rules & Restrictions

    Vaper Empire's Black Friday & Cyber Monday coupon codes are limited to one per customer. These once a year deals on vaping supplies begin at midnight on 11/29/19 and end at midnight on 12/02/19.

    Visit our online store to start shopping now!

  • How To Use A Vape Pen

    More and more, both ex-smokers and non-smokers, are turning to vaping as a method to enjoy a huge range of vape juices, and a large number of these people are using vape pens---the natural successor to e-cigs and 'cig-a-like' devices. Vape pens, for those that don't know, are primarily used for the vaping of classic vape juices (both nicotine-based and nicotine-free).

    To say that vaping has come a very long way in the last few years would be a massive understatement, as vaping has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years.

    What Is A Vape Pen?

    A vape pen is a sort-of e-cig device that acts as a power source. When activated, the vape pen heats up vape juice located in its tank to produce vapour that can then be inhaled. Almost always, vape pens are rechargeable battery-powered devices that are long, slender, and can easily be stowed in a pocket or bag---hence why they are called 'pens'.

    It wasn't until around 2010 that we first started seeing vape pens hit the market. Since this time, however, they have grown to become the most popular type of vaping device by far, massively outpacing the classic e-cig.

    Vape pens revolutionized the vaping industry by providing a more enjoyable experience through more powerful batteries that last longer, the ability to swap and change cartridges easily, and a more powerful output that improves vapour production and leads to more intense flavours.

    The Anatomy Of A Vape Pen

    Most vape pens have the same parts. Whilst some will differ slightly and some vape pens may have more features than others, you will generally find:

    • The Battery---This is what powers the device and makes up the long 'stem'.
    • Heating Element---This is what turns vape juice into vapour.
    • Tank or Cartridge---This is where vape juice is stored. Cartridges screw on.
    • Mouthpiece---This is where you draw vapour from with your mouth.
    • Button---Used to activate the heating element and control other aspects of the device such as vaping temperature/voltage.
    • Charging Port---Typically a micro USB port where a micro USB charger attaches.

    How To Use A Vape Pen

    Another plus of the vape pen is that it is super easy to use. Before you begin, ensure that your device is fully charged and that you have filled it up with some vape juice as per the pen's instructions.

    It is likely that your vape pen is button-activated. If it is, then click this button a few times in quick succession to turn the device on. If you don't see a button then your device is draw activated and works when you begin to use the device by lightly sucking in from the mouthpiece.

    When using a vape pen that is button-activated, make sure that you only press the button when you are ready to inhale. If you hold the button down too soon and for too long, the vapour could become very hot and this can damage your vape pen. Many pens will cut off after a pre-set amount of time for the sake of user safety and to prevent damage to the device.

    To use your pen, simply place your mouth over the mouthpiece and hold down the button whilst drawing the vapour in. You can then let go of the button, move the vape pen out of your way and exhale---using one is that easy… foolproof, almost.

    Whilst using a vape pen is easy enough, there are a few tips to be mindful of:

    • Don't take too hard of a drag because this can ruin your hit.
    • New pens may need their buttons pressed a few times to activate them.
    • Avoid filling e-liquid tanks all the way to the top.
    • Don't overdo your vape as this may burn out your atomizer.
    • Read your device's instructions to see if there is a specific safety protocol or button pattern that you must use to activate it.

    Vape Pen Features

    Many vape pens come as you would expect---a standard device with a single button that is used to activate the heating element and create vapour.

    However, some devices come with additional features such as voltage control and airflow vents that can be used to 'customise' the overall vaping experience. At Vaper Empire, for example, our V-Twist Vape Pen comes with both these features.

    Using the V-Twist as an example, voltage control allows you to adjust the pen's voltage between 3.2V and 4.8V whereas airflow can be adjusted by opening and closing a small vent. For a more subtle experience with smaller and more discreet clouds, open the airflow vent and tone down your voltage. For a more intense experience and/or to produce the thickest possible vape clouds, turn up the voltage and close the airflow vent.

    Vape Pens vs Vape Mods

    People often get vape pens and 'vape mods' confused; they are two very different devices.

    'Vape mods' are the next step up from vape pens. They deliver the ultimate vaping experience and are designed for advanced vapers. This is because vape mods are extremely powerful and multifunctional devices that are designed to provide the biggest hit and produce the thickest possible clouds while offering a level of customisation that's simply not found anywhere in vaping hardware.

    Vape mods often have larger and more powerful batteries, bigger tanks, and a more potent flavour profile. Their component parts (e.g. coils, wicks, etc.) are often different, too.

    We don't recommend using vape mods until you have experienced and gotten comfortable with vape pens.

    Ready To Buy Your Own Vape Pen?

    At Vaper Empire, we have a range of vape pens to suit every type of user. From the simple pens that deliver a basic experience to advanced adjustable pens with variable controls, we have you covered.

    We also stock a massive range of vaping accessories, a library of e-liquids, and replacement parts such as coils and atomizers.

    As Australia's premier manufacturer and retailer of vaping hardware and vape-related products, there is nowhere better to shop. Visit the Vaper Empire online store to learn more about us!

    Not sure which vape pen to get? Take a look at our recommendations for the best vape pen for e-liquid, for cloud chasing, for nicotine, and for quitting smoking.

  • How Much Nicotine Is In Vape Juice

    One of the most common queries asked by newbie vapers is how much nicotine is in vape juice? This is hardly surprising, though; nicotine is a hugely important component of vape juice that is central in helping people quit smoking and live a healthier, happier lifestyle.

    If you fall into this category---a smoker who is trying to quit---then it is important that you know how much nicotine vape juice contains. This is so you can control how much nicotine gets into your body and then adjust it down over time as your cravings begin to disappear and your urge to smoke slowly fades away.

    Nicotine 101: Why Is It In Vape Juice?

    Nicotine, as you may well know, is the addictive substance found in cigarettes. It is what causes smokers to get 'hooked' on them. Subsequently, smokers who are looking to quit smoking with the help of vaping typically require vape juice that contains nicotine in order to satisfy their nicotine cravings.

    What is Nicotine?

    Nicotine is a stimulant that is naturally produced by the nightshade family of plants. It is known to be addictive and one of the most commonly abused substances (via smoking), with the average cigarette containing around 2mg of absorbed nicotine.

    When smokers initially quit, their withdrawal symptoms will peak and worsen suddenly and then gradually improve over time to a more normal and manageable state.

    Why is Nicotine in Vape Juice?

    Nicotine is used in vape juice to help people stop smoking.

    As we mentioned above, it is the nicotine that is the addictive substance found in cigarettes. It is the nicotine that is believed to cause people to become addicted to smoking.

    By adding nicotine to vape juice and vaping it, ex-smokers who are trying to quit can satisfy their nicotine 'cravings' that would otherwise cause them to light up a cigarette. By using vape juice that contains nicotine, you can fend off these cravings without ever lighting a cigarette.

    Over time, by using vape juice with nicotine, your urge to smoke may decrease and eventually, it may no longer exist. As this urge to smoke subsides, you can progressively move to vape juices with lower nicotine concentrations.

    How Much Nicotine Is In Vape Juice?

    That depends! Vape juices come in all different concentrations of nicotine, from 0mg/mL (nicotine-free) to as much as 36mg/mL or more (very heavy in nicotine).

    Generally speaking, you will find vape juice in the following nicotine quantities:

    • 0mg/mL
    • 3mg/mL
    • 6mg/mL
    • 12mg/mL
    • 18mg/mL
    • 24mg/mL
    • 30mg/mL
    • 36mg/mL

    Nicotine strength is measured in milligrams per millilitre. So, in a 100ml bottle of e-liquid, a 12mg nicotine strength would mean that the bottle is 1.2% nicotine by volume. In a 10ml bottle of e-liquid with a strength of 24mg, there will be 240mg of nicotine in total.

    Obviously, the nicotine vape juices with higher concentrations per millilitre of vape juice are designed for heavier smokers whereas those with lower concentrations are designed for more casual or 'social' smokers.

    Nicotine-free vape juice is designed for people who want to participate in vaping, for example simply because they enjoy it, but don't need the nicotine because they are not an ex-smoker or have completely kicked the habit and no longer have nicotine cravings.

    We do not recommend that non-smokers use a vape juice that contains nicotine; you simply do not need it. There is no point introducing nicotine to your body if it has never been exposed to it.

    At Vaper Empire, we sell vape juice in nicotine concentrations of 0mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg, and 24mg. 24mg is, in our experience, suitable for the majority of heavy smokers.

    Choosing the Right Nicotine Vape Juice

    It is important to choose the right nicotine concentration for your needs so that you get the most enjoyment out of your vaping experience. To choose the right one, think carefully about these two questions:

    1. What is your current tobacco use (i.e. how much do you smoke)?
    2. What type of device are you using?

    Equating tobacco nicotine levels to e-liquid nicotine levels is not an exact science, nor is it a case of looking at how many cigarettes you smoke per day. Rather, it is more about the kind of cigarettes that you smoke---cigarettes do not contain an exact level of nicotine, nicotine levels are not listed on cigarette packaging, and some contain more than others.

    As a general rule:

    • People who smoke strong unfiltered cigarettes will want an e-liquid in the 24mg to 36mg range.
    • People who smoke 'regular' filtered cigarettes of a medium-strength should opt for an e-liquid around the 12mg to 18mg range.
    • People who smoke light and ultra-light cigarettes should go for an e-liquid in the 6mg to 12mg range.

    Don't take this advice as gospel, though; you need to find what works for you and your own nicotine cravings---trial and error!

    Ready to Quit Smoking?

    If you are trying to kick your cigarette habit with the help of e-cigarettes then the best thing you can do is just go for it---buy a decent e-cig or vape pen and some vape juice and just start vaping. You will be surprised by just how effective it is at keeping you off those nasty, dirty cigarettes.

    Check out the Vaper empire online store to see our full range of vaping hardware and e-liquids.

  • How To Vape

    Just like with most things in this world, if you want to vape properly then you're going to have to learn how to do it. Fortunately, it is very easy to do and the biggest barrier for most people is getting their hands on the right device and vape juice.

    Sure, you can go ahead and vape without 'learning' but in order to have the best experience possible, it is a good idea to 'learn' to vape and adopt certain best practices.

    From knowing the proper way to inhale the vapour to choosing the right vaping hardware, a little research can go a long way and get you off to the best possible start.

    With all that said, here is Vaper Empire's guide on how to vape properly.

    The Hardware

    With vaping, you are truly spoilt for choice; there literally are thousands of different vaping products available on the market right now. Whilst most of them do very similar things, there are finer details and nuances from brand-to-brand.

    To get started, you will need two things: a good quality e-cig or vape pen and a good quality vape juice (also referred to as 'e-liquid', it is the stuff that turns into vapour when heated.)

    Choosing an E-Cig or Vape Pen

    You will want to start off with either an e-cig or vape pen. In this instance, we are using the term e-cig in reference to cig-a-like style e-cigarettes. The e-cig is the very basic entry-level device that is designed to look and feel like a cigarette. A great example of a quality e-cig is our own V-Pack II range that includes starter kits that give you everything you need to, well, get started.

    A vape pen is the e-cig's 'older brother' that you will have almost certainly seen someone use. They are far more popular and deliver a slightly more advanced experience whilst still being a good choice for beginners. Vape pens are bigger and bulkier but produce a lot more vapour and can last a lot longer. Our Vantage range of devices provides a stylish and reliable performer whilst our V-Twist series includes voltage and airflow control for a more tailored experience.

    Choosing a Vape Juice

    Vape juice (e-liquid) is a water-based substance that is heated up by the coil in your e-cig, vape pen, or another vaping device. When the vape juice is heated, it turns into a vapour that can then be inhaled and exhaled.

    The variety of vape juices available is just as broad as the variety of devices. With thousands upon thousands of different flavours in a variety of nicotine concentrations from 0mg/mL (nicotine-free, ideal for non-smokers and recreational use) all the way up to 36mg/mL or more (ideal for heavy smokers) it is a very versatile type of product with something for everyone.

    If you are a non-smoker and are vaping for the recreational aspect, go for a nicotine-free vape juice. If you are a smoker and are trying to quit, find a vape juice that closely matches your current cigarette use. You will know when you have found one because your nicotine cravings will be satisfied and you won't feel the urge to smoke.

    The biggest choice with vape juice, however, is your flavour. Vape juice flavours cover everything from fruits, food and drink, breakfast cereals, pastries, and more. At Vaper Empire, we have two lines of vape juice:

    • Classic—a range of firm favourites such as Menthol or Watermelon; and
    • Artisan—a range of specialist flavours developed by our in-house mixologists.

    Have a browse and see if any of them stand out to you!

    The Technique

    Once you've got yourself a vaping device and some vape juice, it is time to get to work. When you have put together your vape, charged it up, and filled up the vape juice tank or added a cartridge, you are ready to go.

    1. Prime your vape

    If it's the first time you are using a device, you will need to 'prime' it. As your vape works through the use of a heated coil to turn e-liquid into vapour, the initial 'primer puff' acts as a sort of catalyst to get everything going.

    To do it, hold down your vape's activation button for a few seconds. Then place your mouth around the mouthpiece and inhale slowly for a few more seconds. Once vapour starts to come through, you're done!

    To get going properly, you can either mouth hold or inhale directly.

    2. Mouth holding

    Those who mouth hold vape by filling their mouths up with vapour before drawing it into the lungs. This provides the user with a better flavour sensation. This is known as mouth-to-lung vaping, or 'MTL' for short.

    To do this, just hold the button down whilst gently sucking back and then take a long inhalation drag which will fill the lungs.

    3. Direct inhalation

    Some people prefer to inhale vapour directly to their lungs rather than hold it in their mouth first. This provides a much stronger 'throat hit' and thus creates an almost identical experience to smoking cigarettes. This technique is known as direct-to-lung vaping, or 'DTL' for short.

    To do this, just inhale like you would if you were sucking drink through a straw. The vapour will bypass your mouth and go straight into the lungs.

    Feeling the Effects

    Depending on the person, it can take up to 30 seconds before any effects are felt. Be wary, though; first-time vapers can easily overdo it as they are not used to the act of vaping. We recommend going slow if you are brand new and slowly build things up over time.

    Visit the Vaper Empire Online Store

    Are you ready to start your own vaping journey and are looking for the right products to get you off to the very best start?

    Great! We can help you with that. We are Australia's premier source for premium vaping products. Simply head to our store, fill up your basket, and your products will be shipped out to you in mainland Australia within three-to-five working days. We also ship to customers in New Zealand.

    We recommend that you check out our blog where you can learn the ins-and-outs of vaping, learn more about the hardware and 'science' behind it, read product reviews, and find out how to keep your vape in prime condition.

  • What Is Vape?

    Vaping has never been more popular than it is today. Viewed by many people as a cleaner, cheaper, and more pleasant alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. With many interesting and tasty vape juices to choose from, a whole load of powerful hardware, and a fun 'community' and culture surrounding it, it is no wonder that so many people are now doing it both to quit smoking as well as recreationally.

    Vaping first came into existence in 2004 when a Chinese pharmacist, Hon Lik, invented the first modern e-cigarette. Since this time, it is something that has been adopted by millions of people worldwide and has proven itself to be a popular alternative to smoking dangerous, unpleasant, and expensive cigarettes.

    Whilst vaping is great, many newbies find it confusing due to all the terminology used and all the different products that are available. However, vaping is far simpler than you might think.

    What Does Vape Mean?

    The definition of "vape" is to inhale and exhale the vapour product produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device. To vape means you are vaping—drawing vapour in and exhaling it just like you would with a cigarette and its smoke.

    To create vapour that can be inhaled, a device known as an e-cig or 'vape' is used. These devices come in many different shapes, sizes, and specifications with differing features, designs, and price points.

    With them, you use e-liquid (or 'vape juice') which is heated up in order to create a flavoured vapour. These e-liquids are either non-nicotine (used mostly for recreation) or nicotine-inclusive (typically used by ex-smokers). Nicotine-containing e-liquids come in many different concentrations all the way from 3mg/mL up to 36mg/mL and beyond.

    What Is A Vape?

    A vape (also known as a vapouriser or e-cig) is an electronic device that turns e-liquid into vapour that can be inhaled. As we mentioned above, vapes come in all different shapes, sizes, and specifications, however, they generally consist of the same core components:

    • A battery
    • The main unit (often coincides with the battery)
    • A mouthpiece for inhalation
    • An atomizer or clearomiser
    • An e-liquid cartridge, tank, or container

    Some vapes will have different components that can be swapped around and removed whereas others won't. Similarly, some vapes will have additional control options (e.g. airflow and voltage) whereas others won't. These are entirely dependant on each vaping brand.

    All vapes work in the same way, though.

    When activated, electricity from the vape's battery source is used to heat up an element within the vape's atomizer or clearomiser. When this heating element comes into contact with e-liquid, it heats it up and turns it into vapour that can then be inhaled.

    What is An E-Liquid?

    E-liquid components can vary from brand-to-brand, however, they are largely the same with the only variances being those necessary for certain complex flavour blends. All e-liquids have four main components:

    • Water;
    • Flavouring;
    • PG or VG (or both as a mixture); and
    • Nicotine (aside from nicotine-free e-liquid).


    E-liquids are a water-based substance. Without water, there could be no production of vapour because the substance is water-based.


    The type, amount, and intensity of flavouring depends heavily on your e-liquid brand and what type of flavour it is. Natural flavours (e.g. fruits) are more straightforward than synthetic flavours (e.g. bubble-gum or cinnamon roll) and so fewer of them are present.


    Nicotine is the addictive chemical that keeps people hooked on cigarettes. It is present in some e-liquids so that people can move themselves off cigarettes and onto vaping whilst still satisfying their nicotine cravings. There are, however, e-liquids that contain zero nicotine. We sell both here at Vaper Empire.

    PG (Propylene Glycol)

    PG is a petroleum by-product and in e-liquids it is used to create the 'throat hit' that mimics the smoking of tobacco. Despite it being a petroleum by-product, it is totally safe and recognised by the U.S. FDA as such.

    Less viscous than VG, PG carries e-liquid flavourings more effectively and therefore most e-liquids will contain at least some PG. PG can be found in medical products, beauty products, and oral hygiene products.

    VG (Vegetable Glycerine)

    VG is a natural chemical taken from vegetable oils. It is used in e-liquids to create the 'thick' vapour sensation when inhaled. It is slightly sweet and provides a smoother throat 'hit' than PG. PG is often used to suspend flavourings and nicotine.

    PG can also be found in beauty products, artificial sweeteners, baked goods, and dental care products.

    PG/VG Proportions in E-Liquid

    Whilst some e-liquids will contain 100% VG or 100% PG, it is more common for there to be a mixture of the two with a variance in the proportion (e.g. 20% VG and 80% PG) depending on how the e-liquid is intended to perform. At Vaper Empire, all of our e-liquids contain both VG and PG in a ratio that is ideal for use with our vapes.


    How is Vapour Different to Cigarette Smoke

    Cigarette smoke and vapour are two very different things; there are virtually no similarities. By looking at the definitions of the two words, we can see why.

    By definition, smoke is "a visible suspension of carbon or other particles in the air, typically one emitted from a burning substance." In contrast, vapour is "a substance diffused or suspended in the air, especially one normally liquid or solid."

    Smoke is the result of combustion. When combustion takes place, new chemicals are formed through oxidisation. When tobacco is burned, for example, thousands of new chemicals are formed, and some of these---such as arsenic and chromium---are known to be harmful and cancerous.

    On the other hand, vapour contains the same chemicals like those found in the substance that has been vaporised---nothing new is formed.

    Ready to Get Started?

    If you are ready to get started with vaping and want to explore some of the exciting products that are available, there is nowhere better than the Vaper Empire online store. We are Australia's premier manufacturer and retailer of quality vaping products that includes vaping hardware, accessories, and e-liquids.

    If you would like to learn more about the art of vaping before you jump in and start spending money, we recommend that you have a browse of our in-depth vaping blog.

  • How To Get Nicotine Vape Juice In Australia

    Australia is famous for many things. But, one thing the country is infamous for is its tough legislative stance on smoking and, consequently, vaping. When compared to other countries around the world, Australia stands out as an anomaly with vaping; whilst it is not illegal, it is heavily regulated and getting your hands on vaping products in Australia can be difficult for those who don't know what they are doing or where to look.

    Let's be honest, getting started with vaping can be a difficult enough experience that causes confusion for many 'newbies', even those who are ex-smokers. That is because it is a huge learning curve and there is much to get familiar with, including what vaping is, how it works, the many vaping products and vape juices, and vape maintenance, to name a few things.

    Australia's peculiar laws simply throw an extra spanner in the works---that's why we have created this quick guide that tells you how to get nicotine vape juice, and other vape products, in Australia.

    How to Get Nicotine Vape Juice in Australia

    It's actually very easy. As long as you are willing to be a little patient---unfortunately, as we will see later, you cannot just nip down to the shop and buy some vape juice---you will be fine.

    To get a hold of vape juice and other vaping products in Australia, all that you need to do is place an online order with a company that is based outside of Australia.

    That's it. It's that simple!

    By purchasing from a supplier with its operations outside of Australia's borders---from us at Vaper Empire, for example---you can quickly and easily acquire nicotine vape juice. Simply visit the Vaper Empire online store, fill up your basket, and pay. We'll ship your package straight to you in Australia within as little as three-to-five business days.

    There are two points to note, though.

    1. The total product value must be under $1,000 AUD. This is the original undiscounted price. So, if you bought $1,100 worth of product but had 10% taken off as a promotion and only paid $990, Australian customs would still see the package's value as $1,100. Packages exceeding $1,000 may be subject to hefty customs fees.
    2. You can only import up to three months' worth of vape juice and other vaping supplies in one package. If you attempt to import more than three months' worth then you risk your package being seized and destroyed by Australian customs officials.

    As long as you follow this guidance, you're sorted---you will be able to purchase nicotine vape juice and have it sent to Australia trouble-free.

    Australian customs and other officials are well aware that people import vaping products, even those that contain nicotine. Under the current import laws, you can import up to three months' worth of e-cigarettes and e-liquid with nicotine in them at one time, but they must be for personal use.

    Why Is Everything So Complicated?

    Simply put---Australian law… law that is often viewed as unnecessary and outdated. This is the reason why you can't just walk or drive over to a local shop and buy nicotine e-cigs and vape juice.

    Now, you may be thinking "But we can buy cigarettes!?", and you are right---cigarettes are an exception to this law, albeit heavily regulated. Unfortunately, nicotine vape juice is not an exception to this law despite being far less harmful than cigarettes and, thus, the sale of it within Australia's borders is against the law. However, as we noted, you can still import nicotine e-liquid from us, Vaper Empire.

    We offer a wide range of vape juice flavours, which are available with or without nicotine. You can even choose the strength of e-liquid that you want, as we offer many strengths to choose from. Place your order now and we'll ship it to you express.

    State-to-State Variations

    The situation differs from state-to-state and it is important to check what the law regarding vaping is in the state where you live.

    In the Capital Territory, for example, e-cigs are unclassified and the sale and supply of them are legal, as is the use of e-cigs with or without nicotine.

    In contrast, in Northern Territory, the sale of e-cigs (e.g. a vape pen) is legal, however, they are classified as tobacco products and this means that their sale and marketing are heavily regulated.

    What is Nicotine Vape Juice?

    It's exactly what it sounds like---vape juice that contains nicotine. Nicotine vape juice is ideal for people who are trying to quit smoking but still need an effective nicotine 'hit' to calm their cravings down.

    These vape juices come in a variety of concentrations, generally:

    • 3mg/mL (low);
    • 6mg/mL;
    • 12mg/mL;
    • 18mg/mL; and
    • 24mg/mL (high).

    Some brands sell nicotine vape juice with nicotine concentrations as high as 36mg/mL---that is super high. Heavy smokers sometimes find that their cravings are satisfied with as little as 6-12mg/mL nicotine concentrations. The higher concentration levels are designed for people that are accustomed to heavy doses of nicotine.

    At Vaper Empire, our nicotine vape juices come in concentrations from 0mg/mL (nicotine-free) to 24mg/mL (fairly high and suitable for the heavier smokers).

    Those who are using nicotine vape juice to ditch their smoking habits will generally start at the higher end of the concentration spectrum (say 18mg/mL) and then slowly bring it down in increments as their nicotine cravings begin to disappear.

    Over time, smokers will work their way down to 6mg/mL, 3mg/mL, or even 0mg/mL when they have successfully quit.

    Visit the Vaper Empire Online Store

    At Vaper Empire, we stock one of Australia's largest selections of high-quality e-cigs, vape juices, accessories, equipment, and other devices. We are a trusted, premier seller that has satisfied many customers all throughout Australia and beyond.

    Whether you are an experienced vaper looking for a new vape juice or are a beginner looking for a starter kit, there is no better place to go than our online store.

  • How Old Do You Have To Be To Vape In Australia?

    For newbies, vaping can be very confusing. Even for ex-smokers, getting to grips with the basics of vaping—what it is, how it's done, what's different about it, and what all the different products and vape juices are---can be difficult. Many people wrongly assume that vaping is uber complicated, expensive, and requires a lot of equipment to get started with---this simply is not the case.

    For most people, the difficulties and confusion stop there. For people in Australia, however, there is something else standing in the way---Australia's vaping law. When it comes to vaping, Australia is something of an anomaly.

    Whilst there are many vapers in Australia today, it is an area that is heavily regulated, and these regulations vary from state-to-state. From how old you have to be to vape to what you can and cannot buy within Australia's borders, we are going to explain it all and tell you how you can buy vaping products in Australia.

    How Old Do You Need to Be to Vape In Australia?

    Age restrictions are perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to the legality of vaping in Australia, and they are an important piece of the legal puzzle.

    In Australia, you must be 18 to do anything vape-related. If somebody under the age of 18 is caught with a vape then the authorities have every right to seize it from them.

    Additionally, some states have regulated the use of vapes in cars where children under the age of 16 are present.

    Australia's Vaping Laws in General

    As mentioned above, Australia is a peculiar country when it comes to their vaping laws. They are somewhat inconsistent, and many commentators have called them unnecessarily harsh.

    So, how do people get a hold of vapes in Australia, then? It's very simple!

    How to Acquire Vaping Products in Australia

    If you want to buy vaping products and nicotine vape juice in Australia for personal use, then you must place your order with a retailer outside of the country and have your products shipped in.

    There is a slight exception to this, though.

    Australia is currently developing its e-cig regulations. The sale of e-cigs is controlled by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The TGA has publicly stated that there are no laws preventing the importation of vaping products for personal use unless state laws say otherwise.

    Getting Vape Products Into Australia

    Even if you do reside within a state that heavily regulates vapes and other vaping products, you can still buy them online from the Vaper Empire store.

    You do this by purchasing your products from a supplier that is based outside of the country---At Vaper Empire, we fit the bill and you can order from us with confidence---and only buy a three months' supply or less. It's that simple. Place your order with us today and we will ship your vaping supplies straight to you in as little as 3-5 days.

    It is important that your order amounts to $1,000 AUD or less. This is due to customs restrictions. Packages that exceed a value of $1,000 will attract additional customs fees which can get rather expensive. The $1,000 limit applies to the package's original, undiscounted price; if you are ordering products during a sale the original, undiscounted price is used to calculate the package's total value.

    Ensure that you do not exceed a three-month supply otherwise customs may seize and destroy your package.

    Australia's Vape Juice Ban

    Even if you do manage to get your hands on vaping hardware in Australia, you won't be able to purchase vape juice that contains nicotine. That is because the sale of vape juice at local stores in Australia is banned.

    Nicotine-containing vape juices generally come in the following concentrations:

    • 3mg/mL
    • 6mg/mL
    • 12mg/mL
    • 18mg/mL
    • 24mg/mL

    But some brands offer concentrations as high as 36mg/mL and higher. At Vaper Empire, our vape juices can be bought in nicotine concentrations up to the amount of 24mg/mL. That's a concentration that provides a similar 'nicotine hit' as heavy smoking and we recommend that heavy smokers who are trying to quit start off at this concentration. You can read our nicotine strength guide to learn more about choosing the right concentration.

    Purchasing Vape Products in Australia

    At Vaper Empire, we stock a huge range of vaping products. E-cigs, vaping pens and kits, accessories, modifications, vape juices and more can all be purchased and imported into Australia by visiting the Vaper Empire online store.

    Why not visit the Vaper Empire online store and see what we have to offer? You won't be disappointed, that we can guarantee!

    All orders are processed and shipped out to mainland Australia within three-to-five business days.

  • What Is The Best Brand Of Vape?

    Just like most things worth partaking in, the world of vaping has thousands of different brands all manufacturing, promoting, and selling their own vaping devices, e-liquids, accessories, and other wares---it's safe to say that vapers, particularly newbies, are completely spoilt for choice.

    Whilst it is great to have a lot of choices, it can also be very confusing and somewhat stressful for first-time vapers who want to get a head start with the best vaping brand but don't know where to look.

    There are many great vaping brands, however, only a few stand out as the best. With every brand claiming they hold that title, though, how do you know who to believe?

    What Makes a Vape Brand One of the 'Best'?

    A lot of things, really---it's not easy to claim the industry's top spot. With a lot of serious (and worthy competition), the best vaping brands make themselves stand out in every way possible.

    When it comes to the overall qualities and characteristics of the best vape brands, these are some of what you should be looking for:

    Product innovation---Vaping brands that have the ability to be innovative with what is, when push comes to shove, a very basic line of products are always going to fare best. Look for brands delivering lots of different vaping tech and hardware that satisfies a wide range of consumer needs.

    Product quality---When you invest your money into vaping, you should be getting a solid product in return. You want e-liquids with intense flavours, plenty of choices, and a robust product that isn't going to fall apart in your hand after a few uses. The best way to gauge quality is to seek out social proof, for example, TrustPilot reviews.

    Customer-first ideology---You, the customer, should always come first. The best will have a "the customer is always right mentality", will listen to feedback, and will learn from it. There are plenty of bad apples out there who completely disregard customer feedback but, fortunately, these are typically easy to spot---again, social proof is king.

    The Best Vaping Brand for 2019

    The best vaping brand for both newbies and experienced vapers alike, in our opinion, is Vaper Empire. We are simply the best vaping brand available right now---there's a reason we are widely recognized as Australia's premier manufacturer and retailer of premium vaping products.

    But, why are we often considered the best? What is it that leads to rave reviews online and thousands upon thousands of dedicated customers?

    It's the sheer quality of our products. Let's take a look at a few standouts!

    Vaper Empire Vaping Hardware

    It's all about being able to make a good range of vaping hardware products, and we cover the entire product spectrum with our family of devices.

    Our innovative V-Pack II range is a cig-a-like device that comes with its own cigarette-styled carrying and charging case (think AirPods meets vaping!) primarily targeted towards ex-smokers who want a subtle yet effective and reliable device.

    Moving further up the vaping 'hierarchy', you'll find our vape pens. This includes The Vantage, a stylish and reliable entry-level vape pen, and the V-Twist, a more advanced vape pen with adjustable voltage and airflow controls for a fully customisable experience.

    Finally, we have our 'box mod'-style device, the Vibe Series. Designed for vapers who want a premium, long-lasting, and intense vaping experience, the Vibe Series delivers impressive all-round performance whilst maintaining a sleek design.

    Vaper Empire E-Liquids

    At Vaper Empire, we take e-liquids to the next level with two distinct ranges, 'Classic' and 'Artisan'.

    Our classic range, as you may expect, features classic flavours that you would expect most, if not all, vaping brands to carry. These include tobacco, menthol, coffee, cola, apple, and mango, amongst others.

    Where our e-liquids really stand out, though, is our Artisan range; these are unique concoctions you will not find anywhere else. Castaway, Berry Chill, Vaper Empire Reserve Blend (a mature tobacco flavour), and Rhubarb & Custard are just a few of our creations.

    Our e-liquids come in various nicotine strengths---from 0mg/mL to 36mg/mL---and are developed and created by expert mixologists. That's why they taste so good!

    Vaper Empire Starter Kits

    It is not only our products that make Vaper Empire the best vaping brand for newbies, our range of starter kits makes getting started super simple.

    Each type of device---be it the V-Pack II or the V-Twist---has its own regular and deluxe starter kit. These kits contain everything that you need to start vaping right out of the box. Starter kits contain the device, some replaceable components, and a selection of e-liquids.

    The Vantage Deluxe Starter Kit, for example, contains two rechargeable batteries, two clearomisers, three 10ml bottles of our Classic e-liquid, one 10ml bottle of Artisan e-liquid, a leather-bound accessories pouch, and your power cables. With all this kit, you can get started right away---no need to wait for other bits and pieces to arrive first.

    Ready to Start Your Vaping Journey?

    Don't just take our word for it, see for yourself why Vaper Empire is often lauded as Australia's very best retailer of vaping products. Come and explore our online store where you can see the full range of e-liquids, devices, starter kits, accessories, and more.

    While you're there, why not also have a read of our vaping resources? Our blog is packed full of helpful tips and tricks that you can use to learn the basics and grow comfortable.

    All orders are processed and shipped out to mainland Australia within as little as three-to-five business days.

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