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How To Use a Disposable Vape for the First Time

December 04, 2023

If you’re picking up a disposable vape for the first time, you’ll have some questions about what to look for in a disposable vape, how it works, and how to use it. The act of using a disposable e-cigarette is relatively easy and shouldn’t be a source of confusion for you. So, discover how to use your disposable vape correctly and what you should consider when buying a disposable vape.

How Do Disposable Vapes Work?

You want a disposable vape, but how do disposable vapes work compared to other vapes? 

Disposable vapes are very similar to standard vape kits in their functionality. With them being disposable, there are some slight changes; primarily, disposable vapes work as one pre-made set. The disposable vapes have a battery and a coil inside the tank, with pre-filled e-liquid. 

Like most vapes, disposable vapes work by the battery sending an electric current to the coil when you inhale on the vape. This electrical current then heats the coil, which heats the e-liquid to produce the vapour. Due to inhale-activation, disposable vapes are easy to use, and manufacturers create them as one set for maximum convenience. 

Their lightweight nature and small battery make them more slim-lined and compact, making them easy to have in a pocket or bag. Once all the e-juice is gone, you can then responsibly throw your disposable vape away.

What To Look for When Choosing a Disposable Vape?


It would be best if you bought your vape from a trusted manufacturer. Across the world, in places like the UK, there’s a rise of counterfeit vapes being sold. While all vaping has unknown long-term health risks (due to the lack of current research on a relatively new phenomenon), the risk of counterfeit vapes is even higher. Counterfeits are less likely to follow strict regulations of the country; ingredients like nicotine may be unregulated, and there could be a range of harmful chemicals at large. 

As of July 2021, Health Canada altered regulations for trusted sources of production, stating that vapes could only have a maximum of 20 milligrams per millilitre of nicotine in each vape. With counterfeits, this value could be the same or dramatically different, and you won’t know until it’s too late.

So always buy from a trusted manufacturer like WAKA, where the label or packaging clearly states precisely what’s inside the vape. 


Most disposable vapes are smaller than regular vapes because manufacturers have designed them to be slender, easy to use, and carry around. When considering buying a disposable vape, knowing how big or compact you want it to be is essential. 

It’s important to note that the smaller your vape, the more likely it is to have a smaller tank. If it has a smaller tank, its capacity to have the same amount of e-liquid (and thus the same amount of puffs) as a more significant disposable vape will be less. If you’d rather have a disposable vape that will last you longer, then a larger e-cigarette may suit you better. 

However, if you favour more compact models over the recommended number of inhales, a smaller e-cigarette would work just as well.


According to current research, as stated by the Canadian government, vaping isn’t known to cause popcorn lung. However, there are rumours that e-cigarettes can cause popcorn lung, also known as bronchiolitis obliterans, a type of lung disease. While researchers haven't proven cause and effect, knowing there’s a link between this lung disease and a chemical called Diacetyl is essential. 

If you’re trying to limit your risks when looking at disposable vapes, research the chemicals you’re inhaling to know the possible health risks. In the case of Diacetyl, some consumers might avoid disposable vapes with this chemical to limit any risks associated with the chemical. 

Nictotine Dose

As mentioned, it’s important to know what nicotine dose is in your vape, but essential for anyone seeking to limit their nicotine intake. Unlike more advanced vapes, disposable vapes come pre-set and don’t typically allow for the alteration of nicotine levels. If you’re seeking to limit your intake, then it’s essential to check how much nicotine is in the e-liquid of your chosen disposable vape before using it. 

Steps for How To Use a Disposable Vape

Double-check the Packaging

It would be best to inform yourself about what’s in your disposable vape, so there are no nasty surprises. So before you even open the product, check that you know exactly what you’re consuming and that you’ve bought the product from a trusted source. Once you’ve done this, you’re good to go.

Open the Product 

Happy you’ve chosen the right disposable vape for you? Great! Now, you need to open up the product. Most disposable vapes will come with a cap over the mouthpiece. If you try to inhale with this still on, nothing will happen. 

Turn on the Battery 

Without a working battery, the disposable vape won’t work. So, the next step is to turn on the battery. Usually, this looks like a white button on the pen. Different manufacturers will have different ways of turning it on. 

For example, some will need you to press the button five times to activate it. So, could you read the instructions to ensure everything is clear? More often than not, you’ll need to press the given number of times in rapid succession to activate the battery.


To use your vape, place the mouthpiece in your mouth and inhale (vapers term this ‘taking a draw’). Please be aware that some disposable vapes are inhale-activated, meaning they’ll start to work as soon as you inhale, making for convenient use. 

However, other vapes require pressing a button to start heating (where the battery powers the coils to heat the e-liquid). Hold the activation button while inhaling if this is the case with your vape. 

Know Your Limits 

Whether you’ve just started vaping or you’ve been vaping for years, it’s essential to know your limits when it comes to using your vape. You’re less likely to understand what your limits are if you’ve just transitioned to vaping. In this case, start vaping lightly. 

Only take small inhalations with gaps in between to see how it affects you. If you’re not used to inhaling nicotine, you could get dizzy or lightheaded. If you feel unwell, it’s vital you stop vaping straight away and remain hydrated. 

How Should You Store a Disposable Vape?

You might be wondering how long disposable vapes last. This can depend on several factors, such as storing your vape when not used. 

As a general rule of thumb, a cool, dry place will be a good spot for your disposable vape when you aren’t using it. Added heat, moisture, and too much cold could alter the battery's effectiveness and thus ruin the performance or longevity of the vape. 

It’s also essential to keep your vape well away, and out of reach, of children. Many vapes, with their bright colours and sweet smells, can attract children to want to use them. To prevent underage usage of your vape, keep it out of sight. 

Final Thoughts

One of the most significant factors when buying a disposable vape is ensuring that you buy one from a trusted manufacturer. We recommend knowing exactly what’s in your e-cigarette before you start using it. So, if you want to buy a disposable vape, discover WAKA vape’s collections today!

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