I come across a lot of people who are curious and want to know more about vaping, and I’ve yet to meet a person who doesn’t want to kick their nasty smoking habit. I’ve helped quite a few people get into vaping and quit smoking cigarettes, and I decided to put this quick tutorial together to help anyone interested in doing the same. It’s truly a great feeling when someone thanks you for helping them make a positive change in their life. The information presented here is my opinion regarding the most enjoyable and cost-effective way to start vaping.

And by the way, I’m not affiliated with any e-cigarette dealers, I’m just sharing information for the good of mankind.

Most people have no idea where to start and usually end up with a disposable e-cig. Disposables and Blu kits are fine for trying out vaping, but if you want a truly enjoyable experience, you’ll need quality hardware and a vast selection of great-tasting flavors. Why waste time visiting e-cigarette websites, digging through forums, ordering what you *think* you need, and still not getting what you were looking for? This is what you’re looking for.

The total cost for the setup I describe on this page is about $50. It’s the absolute best combination of hardware for day-to-day vaping I’ve found, and I’ve spent hundreds of dollars trying out different setups. This is what I use now and what I will continue to use in the future.

To start off, this setup consists of five items, and here are a few basic things you’ll need to know about them.

  1. A “mod” is the housing that contains the battery. This is what powers the heating of the coil that produces the vapor.
  2. A “tank” is where the liquid is stored. It attaches to the battery and uses a wick system to carry the juice to the coil.
  3. A “drip tip” is where you inhale from. It attaches to the top of the tank.
  4. “e-Juice” is the flavored liquid that will be heated to produce the vapor you inhale. There are hundreds of flavors to choose from.
  5. A battery charger is needed and can be used via USB or power outlet.
The Battery of  Choice | The Ego-C Twist | Cost: $20-25
Ego-C Twist Batteries (1000 mAh, 650 mAh)Ego-C Twist BatteryEgo-C Twist / Vision V3 Clearomizer Starter Kit

The best battery/mod on the market is called the Ego-C Twist. It’s a variable-voltage (VV) mod that lets you select which voltage to use when producing vapor. A variable-volt mod is great for a few reasons:

  • Everyone has different tastes. A variable-voltage (3.7v – 4.8v) mod allows you to dial in a taste that suits YOU best.
  • The Ego-C twist has a voltage-regulator. This allows consistent vapor production with every puff until battery life is depleted.
  • The Ego-C twist has a protection circuit that will cut off if the button is held for too long.
  • The Ego-C twist has a stand-by mode that allows you to turn off the battery.
  • The Ego-C twist batteries come in various capacities. The 650 mAh battery will last 6-8 hours before needing a recharge.
  • The Ego-C Twist can be charged via USB or power outlet.
  • The Ego-C Twist is portable and easy to conceal.
  • E-juices require different voltages to find the sweet spot. Tobacco and chocolate flavors usually taste better at higher voltages while fruity flavors usually taste better at lower voltages.
  • You can hold it between your toes while relaxing on the couch!


The Tank of  Choice | The Vision Clearomizer V3 | Cost: $5

2014-09-10: Clearomizer link updated. AltSmoke.com doesn’t carry these anymore.

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There are many great tanks out there, but none of them are as easy to use as the Vision Clearomizer V3. It will last for months and provide you with a way to experiment with many different e-juices.

  • It’s a rebuildable tank that allows you to change the wick, head, and colored tank casing.
  • Heads come in different Ohm ratings allowing you to experiment with different voltages even further.
  • It holds approximately 1.6ml of e-juice.
  • It’s easy to fill and easy to clean.
  • It doesn’t leak if filled correctly. It can even be inverted.
  • It will produce great vapor down to the last drop.
  • It can be re-filled with a different e-juice and without cleaning.
  • It can accommodate any type of drip-tip through the use of adapters.


The Drip-Tip of  Choice | Stainless Steel | Cost: $7
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Drip tips are typically used for looks or added comfort.

  • It’s comfortable.
  • It’s easy to clean.
  • It fits snug and doesn’t come unattached from the tank when using the adapter referenced below.


Drip-Tip Adapter | CE-4 Adapter | Cost: $3
CE4 Drip Tip AdapterCE-4 Clearmoizer AdapterCE-4 Clearomizer Adapter

This adapter screws into the Vision V3 Clearomizer tank and provides a snug fit for your drip-tip.

  • It’s made of stainless steel just like the drip-tip.
  • It has a good seal to prevent leakage.
  • It allows you to use any drip-tip you want.


The Battery Charger | Ego-C USB | Cost: $8
Ego-C Twist Battery ChargerEgo-C Twist Starter Kit

This simple and inexpensive battery charger keeps you up and running.

  • Can be charged via USB or power outlet.
  • Works with all types of Ego batteries.
  • Not near a power outlet? Use your laptop!


The e-Juice of  Choice | Pink Spot Vapors | Cost: $3-$30
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Pink Spot Vapors is an American company that uses FDA approved ingredients in all of their e-Juice. They have a HUGE assortment of flavors to choose from. A few of my favorite flavors are Choco LocoNutty Buddy Cookie, Outlaw 555, and Watermelon Wave. I have been a Pink Spot customer since mid-2012. They have consistently delivered a quality product which is important to me for safety and health.

  • e-Juices come in a myriad of different flavors.
  • e-Juices can be purchased with 0mg, 1.2mg, 1.8mg, or 2.4mg of Nicotine.
  • They use USP Grade Nicotine, which is USA made, meets EU6.0 standards and is 99.86% pure.
  • A starter pack with your choice of six flavors (6ml bottles) is $29.99.
  • A 6ml bottle will re-fill the tank about 5-6 times.
  • You get a free sample of a random flavor with every order. (You can request a specific flavor too.)
  • Pink Spot has fast shipping and great customer service.


The Setup Recap | Cost: $51
Ego-C Twist Starter KitEgo-C Twist / Vision V3 Clearomizer Starter KitEgo-C Twist Starter Kit

Here’s a quick recap of the setup. You can also find starter kits ($60-$90) that come with a carrying case and many of the items I’ve listed above, but I suggest first-timers buy each piece separately to keep costs down. However, you may find that having two setups creates a lot of convenience by allowing you to use one while the other is charging. If you have several tanks, you can change them out for different flavors quickly and easily.

  • $22 – The Ego-C Twist VV battery (650 mAh)
  • $5 – The Vision V3 Clearomizer tank
  • $7 – A stainless-steel drip-tip
  • $3 – A stainless-steel CE4 drip-tip adapter
  • $8 -Ego Battery Charger
  • $6 – Pink Spot Vapors e-juice (6ml)

Total Cost: $51

Keep Calm and Vape On

43 Responses

  1. dave
    dave at | | Reply

    Very helpfull thank you

  2. Brenda Austin
    Brenda Austin at | | Reply

    I appreciate the info as I have been curious and do want to quit smoking. Thank you!

  3. John
    John at | | Reply

    Thanks a lot for your article. Just purchased this set up today 🙂 Can’t wait!

  4. Hailey
    Hailey at | | Reply

    How can I order the Ego-C Twist kit

  5. Brenda Pauley
    Brenda Pauley at | | Reply

    Can’t wait to try this

  6. emily
    emily at | | Reply

    Hi, I’ve been vaping quite a while and am familiar with many of the options out there; just wanted to say this is a great beginner’s guide and thanks for helping people just starting out.

    Pink Spot makes great juice; my one comment is while I usually like glass bottles theirs don’t come with droppers (at least mine didn’t) but their plastic bottles are great – they come in soft bottles with stainless steel needle tips that are really easy to fill with, and they have silicone caps that fit over the needle-tip and don’t leak – I’ve flown with them in my luggage many times, no problem. I still put them in a ziplock just to be safe though!

    The most expensive part of the setup, the ego batteries (get the genuine ones – they’re totally worth it! I’ve had non-branded ones die in a matter of weeks but my egos have lasted a year, so far) are compatible with just about everything – definitely an investment that will last.

  7. tony i have the
    tony i have the at | | Reply

    I have the same set up just the 1300 mha battery it’s the best iv found and have been trying all different set ups this is the best there is unless u want to spend hundreds of dollars

  8. John
    John at | | Reply

    Great advice my wife and I started yesterday with a similar setup. We went with the Aspire bdc glass tank though. For both setups and a free 10ml bottle of juice from our local store we were out the door at $106. Not too bad from a vape shop in town. I did research this morning and found expendables on ebay cheap and juice at a number of sites real reasonable. Hopefully we can put down the smokes and be on the way to quitting permanently.

  9. Johnny
    Johnny at | | Reply

    I found your guide very informative after doing a bit of research on my own and decided to try your suggestions. The only problem I encountered was that some items were out of stock (specifically the clearomizer and drip tip) and I was wondering if there were alternatives for those that you would recommend.

  10. lovebeautynglam
    lovebeautynglam at | | Reply

    Incredibly useful information. I am a true beginner with vaping and this guide is exactly what I needed to read. Thank you for taking the time to put this together!

  11. Dominic Steere
    Dominic Steere at | | Reply

    I really appreciate your information and you explain each and every point very well. You’re truly well informed. I love Vision Clearomizer V3. It’s easy to use.

  12. Tim
    Tim at | | Reply

    Link doesn’t work for the clearomizer. Could you provide another link?

  13. Dee
    Dee at | | Reply

    This is awesome! Thanks so much for taking the time to put this together! My boyfriend and I are pretty new to vaping. He bought an itaste click set up about a week ago and it’s already helping us put down the cigs! Just purchased the eGo-C Twist from Pink Spot Vapors for myself after reading your article. So excited for it to come in! This is exactly what I needed to read thanks again (:

  14. Phil
    Phil at | | Reply

    I wish I has read something like this before I wasted a lot of money on standard batteries and atomisers. How many people must be put off vaping by the pitiful performance of cheap kit.

  15. maryanne
    maryanne at | | Reply

    Hello to all
    I just wanted to say that these e cigarettes are the way out of smoking. My husband quit for 4 months now I was struggling for awhile ,and as of four days now I have quit completely smoking without any desire to light one up. I feel amazing what a relief to quit after 20 years at a pack a day. My body feels way better I am less stressed out feeling ,and I am very excited about each day as a non smoker again ,and whats even more gratifying is that I have two friends that have been smoking more then me have also quit smoking recently ,and so many people that I see are not only interested in my 50 watt box , but cannot believe there is actually a way out of smoking that is not only enjoyable , but healthy. Thanks for your website as I am still a beginner , and cannot wait to to spread the vape ,and help as many people as I can.

  16. Nancy Rupp
    Nancy Rupp at | | Reply

    Thanks so much for the info. I just utilized your site to purchase two starter set ups and juice for my sister and myself. Time to ditch the nasty habit of smoking cigs.

  17. Kris-10
    Kris-10 at | | Reply

    i hold mine between my toes when i lounge too.

  18. John
    John at | | Reply

    Vaping is 1000 times better then smoking cigarettes! I quit months ago. It has tremendously improved my health and its fun to do also. I bought my kit from http://vapeneeds.com/ . Thats the cheapest place i have seen so far. I love vaping and i wish you all good luck!

  19. Nickie LaRue
    Nickie LaRue at | | Reply

    A lot of the hardware advised are great, although I have found that the clearomizer tanks (or just clear tanks in general, as I’m not sure if that’s a brand name) tend to break fairly easy at the bottom, and then will drip. The guy I buy from recommended the Aspire tank, they have windows instead of being completely clear, and are a lot stronger than the clear tanks. Also I started with an Ego, although not the VV one, and it’s a good choice (I still have it for a second backup) but the one I have been most impressed with and now use as both primary and back up is the Vision Spinner 2. It’s VV, the full size one has an amazing life span between charges, and when you use it fully charged it starts out with a white light when you push the button, turns to blue at 60%, and orange when it hits 30%, so it’s really easy to tell how much life is left in your battery without having to watch the clock and, I have a good indicator of how much time is left and can recharge when I see it get to a certain point and I know I won’t be able to later, instead of guessing how much charge is left and left with a dead battery when I’m not home and it’s not a good place to recharge.
    I’m not saying that anything the author recommended is bad, they’re solid products, but I thought I’d chime in with some alternatives that have worked well for me, just for different or more advanced options.. I’m not an expert, but I’m happy with what I use and wanted to share the information…

    1. Jk
      Jk at | | Reply

      Hi – can someone please let me know where i can purchase these in the UK ? Amazon isn’t really helping. I don’t mind paying an extra £10-15 for the full set up to save me time. By the way, I have never vaped before (but smoked for 19 years) and want to start ASAP. Thanks. – Jk

  20. Alexander
    Alexander at | | Reply

    The stylish metal drip tips are currently out of stock, what would be a good replacement for them?

  21. Sandra
    Sandra at | | Reply

    Your knowledge is right on target! I have suffered, for years, from upper respiratory problems and bronchitis. Vaporizing dry herbs and vaping has cut my occurrences in half! I am not coughing 24 hrs a day, I’m not constantly congested and I can actually breathe and smell again! Keep up the great work!

  22. Richard
    Richard at | | Reply

    Great post just what I was looking for.

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  24. L.A.
    L.A. at | | Reply

    Thanks for your detailed information! Just ordered all my stuff based on your recommendations. Only one product was out of stock so I subbed in a different one from the same site. The hardest part was picking flavors for my juices! I’ve smoked cigarettes off and on for 20 years and it’s not really the tobacco or nicotine I crave, it’s the actual act of smoking. I’m looking forward to something that doesn’t smell awful and that isn’t harmful to my health but still gives me the action that I crave. Thanks again for your insight!

  25. kyle
    kyle at | | Reply

    is the drip tip and adapter neccesary? or can you just use the mouthpiece included with the clearomizer?

  26. Natalie
    Natalie at | | Reply

    Thank you so much for your article. It was very helpful and I used it today to get started vaping!

  27. Dan
    Dan at | | Reply

    Great info. Thank you. I just purchased my first device today. It is an Ego One XL. I have been a pack-per-day smoker for over 20 years on Marlboro Lights. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I am having difficulty vaping without coughing. The throat hit is too strong. The juice I chose to start with is “M Light” by vapeonliquids. I do not know the pg/vg ratio, but it has only 12mg of nicotine. I realized pretty quickly that a cigarette draw is much different than a e-cig draw. I have tried slowing down my pull on the Ego, but I’m still having trouble managing a mouth-to-lung hit.
    I am using the 1 ohm atomizer head and the narrow, metal drip tube. I have the air flow adjustment set to wide open.

    Any suggestions or recommendations to help ease the transition from cigarette hits to e-cig hits?
    Do I need to simply give it more time?
    Do I need a lower concentration of nicotine?
    Should I try adding vg to “cut” the mixture and ease throat hit?

    Any advice will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  28. Bill
    Bill at | | Reply

    Just got done reading the above article. Wish I had it before I started vaping. Every thing in it is close to 100%. I’ve totally quit smoking for about five weeks now, with no desire to pick a cigarette up. Before that, for about a month I had been cutting back smoking while getting used to vaping. Which flavors to use, etc. I also had to get a second battery as the first battery didn’t last all day(1000mah), an armored tank(I dropped my vape stick and broke the glass tank), ea case to carry the accessories and alue jat vuice flavors that I liked. I started out with the aspire premium starter kit (nautilus mini), a great value

  29. Emily
    Emily at | | Reply

    Nice guide, I’m looking to buy an ecig to help give up smoking. Can you recommend a pen that allows me to taper down the nicotine?

  30. Michael@Ejuicemafia
    Michael@Ejuicemafia at | | Reply

    Vaping is many things, an alternative to smoking, a hobby for people who like to tinker, a leisure activity, and, for some people, a lifestyle.

  31. Cameron webb
    Cameron webb at | | Reply

    You cheeky bastards I’ve been vaping for a few years and this article resold the idea of vaping to me and I want to share your site to everyone I know. Great work

  32. zell
    zell at | | Reply

    Thanks for listing and explaining everything….I am ordering my set up right now. Clicking send. Thanks a million. I really want to quit smoking!

    1. Laura
      Laura at | | Reply

      Hi, how has this set up worked for you? I’m considering ordering.

  33. Amanda
    Amanda at | | Reply

    awesome info. Thanks a bunch!

  34. deb
    deb at | | Reply

    Thanks so much. This has really been helpful. I am a totally ignorant beginner and had really never heard the term “vaping” until my sister sent me a set up. I still have several questions about using the apparatus, I finally had a few nice vapes last night after watching several videos for beginners but my battery ran dead and now I’m really lost. I can’t get the base for the tank unscrewed from the mod to charge the battery. It’s so tight I can’t believe I’m the one that put it together and I’m starting to wonder if it really is a separate piece at all. It screwed into the battery charger ok so I thought well maybe so but the battery did not charge at all. Can you help please? Again thank you so much, Deb

  35. Daniel
    Daniel at | | Reply

    Is a mod and a cape pen the same thing

  36. bryan
    bryan at | | Reply

    I like to vape when I’m chilled out it adds to the sensation of being calm

  37. Ripleey
    Ripleey at | | Reply

    Wow….ok. I needed this. Simple and useful. I will look it all up.

  38. Kathy
    Kathy at | | Reply

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this information. After smoking for 45 years I quit smoking eight years ago. I never have a day that I don’t “want” not “need” a cigarette. I am going to try this without the nicotine. Hopefully it will help me to lose the weight that I have gained over the past eight years. Thank you again.


  39. Barbara Waaka
    Barbara Waaka at | | Reply

    Very helpful … thank you

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