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New to vaping, Where to start? - TABlites

New to vaping, Where to start?

New to vaping and not sure what vape kit and e-liquid is right for you?

We have answered your most frequently questions to help make the choice of selecting your first vape kit and vape juice an easy task. Perhaps you have tried disposable vapes and are looking to progress on your vaping journey, or you have never tried vaping and are looking to dive right in. At TABlites we have you covered and offer a huge selection of kits and e-liquids to get you started on your journey.

What vape is most like a cigarette?

If you are looking to make the switch from smoking to vaping, you may be looking for a vape device that closely mimics smoking a traditional cigarette.

The inhaling technique and vaping sensation that closely resembles a puff of a cigarette is commonly referred to as mouth-to-lung, or often abbreviated to MTL vaping. So if you are looking for a cigarette-like inhale then MTL vape kits are your answer.

To learn more about the best MTL kits available read our blog: Best MTL Vape

What is mouth to lung vaping?

Mouth to lung vaping is a vaping technique that closely simulates the inhale and exhale of smoking a traditional tobacco cigarette. It is often preferred by those who are new to vaping and are in the process of transitioning from cigarettes to vaping.

Many of the first generation vape devices were designed for those seeking a vape that’s most like smoking a cigarette. While some progress to more advanced technology, many continue to use MTL kits and they remain extremely popular to this day.

For more information about the various types of vaping styles have a read of our blog: MTL and DTL Vaping: Explained

What are the benefits of mouth to lung vaping?

One of the main benefits of mouth to lung vapes is that they provide a satisfying throat hit with a similar draw to a traditional cigarette, particularly beneficial for those making the switch from smoking to vaping.

  • Cigarette-like inhale
  • Cheap/Easy To Use entry level kits
  • Large choice of e-liquid flavours
  • Large choice of nicotine strengths
  • Better nicotine absorption
  • Stealthy and Discreet
  • Longer battery life
  • Longer lasting coils
  • Minimal e-liquid consumption
  • Enhanced flavour   

How do you vape mouth to lung?

Draw vapour from the mouthpiece of the electronic cigarette into your mouth, then into your lungs in a two-step process. This type of vaping style is similar to how you would take a draw on a cigarette. But, instead of taking short and concise draws like you would on a traditional cigarette, a more prolonged inhale is required. Once the vapour is in the mouth, inhale into the lungs while drawing in air at the same time. Then exhale the vapour.

The airflow of the device will be restricted in order to gather a decent amount of vapour before inhaling.

What do all MTL vape kits have in common?

  • Lower power output
  • Higher resistance coils
  • Tighter draw (Restricted airflow)
  • Higher nicotine concentrations
  • Intense throat hit
  • Discreet vapour production

Is MTL vaping the most economical way to vape?

Yes, generally speaking MTL vaping is the most economical way to vape, let’s take a look at the reasons why:

Lower E-Liquid Consumption

MTL vaping requires less e-liquid compared to DL (direct lung) vaping. MTL vape kits are generally cheaper to purchase, they operate at lower wattages, produce more discreet vapour clouds and consume less e-liquid per puff.

Coils Last Longer

MTL vape coils operate at lower temperatures and are subjected to less stress, resulting in slower coil degradation. This means you will need to replace your coils less frequently, saving you money in the process.

Lower Wattage

MTL devices operate at lower power output settings and require less battery power compared to high-powered sub-ohm devices. This can result in longer battery life and less charging is required.

Cheaper Kits

MTL devices such as pod and pen kits are most often more affordable when compared to more advanced sub-ohm devices. This lower initial investment can contribute to overall savings and lower costs.

It is important to note that the cost of vaping is influenced by various factors, including personal vaping habits, e-liquid consumption, and the specific devices and e-liquids used. Different individuals may have different vaping preferences and needs that can affect the overall cost. Additionally, factors such as the cost of vape juice and the frequency of coil replacements can also impact the economics of vaping.

Who is MTL vaping for?

Mouth to lung vaping is the preferred vaping style used around the world, and is recommended for vaping newbies and those trying to wean away from their cigarette addiction. MTL vaping feels like a more natural technique to those experienced with inhaling on a cigarette, and the throat-hit sensation is similar. Making it a more comfortable option for transitioning smokers.

MTL vaping is for those looking to vape discreetly, and are not interested in billowing out large plumes of vapour. Making MTL vaping a popular choice for vapers who prefer keeping a low-profile vaping experience in public.

MTL vape kits are easier to use and designed for first time vapers, as well as more experienced vapers looking for a hassle-free vaping experience. The tighter draw and lower power settings of MTL devices are generally easier to operate and require less technique compared to direct lung (DL) vaping. MTL devices are beginner-friendly and provide a more restricted airflow, making them suitable for those who are just starting on their vaping journey.

MTL kits are compatible with high PG, nic salt and 50/PG 50/VG e-liquids that are available in a wide choice of strengths, as well as higher nicotine strengths for those who require higher nicotine concentrations in their vape.

At we carry a huge range of vape flavours from the biggest brands on the UK vape scene including; IVG, Elux, Vampire Vape, Elf Bar and Doozy Vape to name a few.

What types of MTL vape kits are available?

Mouth-to-lung vape starter kits are designed for those who are new to vaping, who are generally looking for an inexpensive vaping device that’s easy to use and nicely bridges the gap between smoking tobacco cigarettes and vaping.

There are several types of mouth-to-lung vape kits available on the market to cater to different vaping preferences and needs. Let’s take a look at the most common types:

Pod Kits/Pod Systems

Pod kits are compact, lightweight, inexpensive and easy to use devices that utilise refillable or pre-filled pods. May offer inhale-activation (inhale on the mouthpiece to vape), and feature a built-in battery, making them a great choice for beginner vapers looking for a hassle-free vaping experience.

Examples of best-selling Pod Kits: Aspire Gotek X, OXVA Xlim C, Aspire Flexus Blok and Smok Solus G Box kit.

Pen Kits

MTL pen vape kits resemble the shape of a pen or tube. Pen kits generally use a tank (part of your e-cigarette that holds e-liquid and contains a coil to heat the e-liquid and turn it into a vapour) that attaches to the top of the device. They feature a built-in battery and adjustable wattage settings. Pen kits are an excellent choice for new vapours thanks to their ease of use and traditional vaping experience. 

Examples of best-selling Pen Kits: Aspire PockeX, Innokin Endura Apex, Innokin Endura T20S and Aspire Flexus Stik.

Disposable Vapes

Disposable vapes have become increasingly popular in recent years. They are a great choice for those looking for convenience and a hassle-free vaping experience.

Disposables are pre-filled with vape juice and the battery arrives pre-charged, they are ready to vape directly out of the box. They require zero maintenance, there are no buttons to press or complicated settings to navigate through. Inhale on the mouthpiece for up to 600 puffs, when the device stops producing vapour, safely dispose of it and start a new one.

Please note that disposable vapes are quite wasteful and not very eco-friendly. Once you have started your vaping journey with the use of a disposable we recommend switching to a rechargeable and refillable kit.

Examples of best-selling Disposable Vapes: Lost Mary BM600, Elux Legend, SKE Crystal Bars and Elf Bar 600.

Are MTL vape kits cheaper?

Yes, mouth-to-lung kits are generally amongst the cheapest kits available. At you can purchase excellent mouth-to-lung vape kits for as little as £9.99 that include e-liquid and everything you need to get started. Take a look at the Aspire Gotek X, Eleaf iStick IORE Lite 2, Voopoo Doric Q and the SKE Crystal Plus pod kit that uses prefilled pods.

What vape juice tastes like tobacco?

TABlites Tobacco, USA Mix and Silver Blend are the closest in taste to authentic tobacco with earthy, woody, rich and smoky notes. You can purchase 3 x 10ml bottles for only £9.99, so give them all a try in search of your favourite tobacco flavour.

Other great tobacco flavours include: Elfliq Cream Tobacco, Simple Essentials Rum Tobacco, and Caramel Tobacco nic salt by Doozy Vape.

To learn more about the best Tobacco vape juice flavours read our blog: Best Tobacco E-Liquid Flavours Right Now!

How are vape and tobacco similar?

Smoking and vaping both deliver nicotine. Cigarettes deliver nicotine by burning tobacco and vaping heats a nicotine containing liquid that vaporises from the heat of a vape coil.

The NHS says… “Smoking combustible cigarettes is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK. Every year around 76,000 people in the UK die from smoking, with many more living with debilitating smoking-related illnesses.

Smoking increases your risk of developing more than 50 serious health conditions. Some may be fatal, and others can cause irreversible long-term damage to your health.”

An expert independent evidence review published by Public Health England (PHE) found that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to health than tobacco and have the potential to help smokers quit smoking.

Key findings from the review found:

  • The current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking
  • Nearly half the population (44.8%) don’t realise e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking 
  • There is no evidence so far that e-cigarettes are acting as a route into smoking for children or non-smokers

Is vape juice tobacco?

Vape juice does not contain actual tobacco. E-Liquids are classed as tobacco products because they contain nicotine, which is extracted from the tobacco leaf.

Some e-liquid flavours are designed to mimic the taste of tobacco with various flavourings but not all vape juice contains tobacco flavourings.

Vape juice contains a combination of propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), flavourings, and sometimes nicotine. These ingredients are typically mixed together in various ratios to create different vape juice formulations.

At we stock loads of high-quality tobacco flavours ranging from sweet blends, menthol/tobacco blends, and cigar blends to authentic tobacco flavours.

Is vape juice nicotine?

Nicotine is an optional ingredient that can be added to vape juice. Nicotine can be included in vape juice formulations to provide a nicotine delivery method for those who want it.

Why is vape better than cigarettes?

The NHS says… “Vaping exposes users to fewer toxins and at lower levels than smoking cigarettes. Switching to vaping significantly reduces your exposure to toxins that can cause cancer, lung disease, and diseases of the heart and circulation like heart attack and stroke.”

What PG/VG ratio is best for MTL vaping?

A 50/50 blend of PG/VG is a balanced mix of e-liquid and is a very popular choice for mouth-to-lung vapers. Our range of TABlites e-liquids is available in an 80/20 PG/VG ratio for vapers who are looking for a stronger throat hit from their e-juice.

Nic Salt

Most nic salt e-liquids are blended with a 50/50 mix that will provide a satisfying throat hit with discreet clouds. Available in 10mg and 20mg nicotine strengths.

High PG Freebase

The PG to VG ratio of high PG e-liquids varies. Our very own range of TABlites e-liquid is available in 80/20 PG/VG designed to provide a cigarette-like throat hit with minimal clouds. Available in 0mg, 3mg, 6mg, 12mg and 18mg nicotine strengths.

50% PG 50% VG Freebase

A 50/50 split of PG/VG is designed to provide a balance between throat hit and cloud production. 

The higher ratio of PG in e-liquid is designed to give the user a throat hit, so increasing the PG will give a stronger throat hit. The higher ratio of VG in e-liquid is designed to give the user larger clouds of vapour, so increasing the VG will give larger vapour clouds.

For more information about the best vape juice to pair with your MTL kits have a read of our blog: What liquid is best for my MTL device?

We hope you found this article useful and we have made the choice of selecting your first vape kit an easier task. Choosing the right kit for your specific needs is important. Whilst many of our customers start their vaping journey with an MTL vape kit, not all do.

Experiment and explore the various types of kits and e-liquids available in search of your preferred kit and all-day-vape juice flavour.

To learn more about the reasons why people start vaping have a read of our blog: Reasons why people start vaping

If you are looking to make the switch we are here to help you on your vaping journey. Take a look at our Store Locator page to find your nearest TABlites vape store, or visit for all your vaping needs. If you have any vape related questions Contact Us, we are always happy to help.

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