Best Online Vaping Forums & Other Ways for Vape Lovers to Connect
There are several ways to connect with other vaping enthusiasts. If you’re more of an introvert, online vaping and e-cigarette forums are the best place to start since you can browse and interact with complete anonymity. Set up a profile, search the posts and comment or ask questions whenever necessary. If you’re more of a socialite, you may want to meet with other people (in-person) to connect and share.
Top 3 Online Vaping Forums and Communities
Not surprisingly, there are hundreds of websites devoted exclusively to e-cigarettes and vaping. A quick Google search will provide you with a wide assortment of vendors, blogs, and forums. To get the quickest, most detailed responses to your inquiries, choose a community with a wide assortment of experienced members. Here are what I would consider the best vaping forums online:
Vaping Underground has a long-list of sections for every type of vaper and/or product – from beginner to full-blown expert. Unlike some communities such as Reddit (below), you’re unlikely to get shamed for asking a “dumb” question or posting something in the wrong section. Moderators keep things well-organized, and in general, the VU community is welcoming to new vapers.
As with any message board/forum, it’s not uncommon for “trolls” to hijack posts with useless or negative comments. Don’t be discouraged! There are plenty of helpful and friendly members of ECR. Forums like these throw a lot of useful information on the best vape mod and ecigarette choices to consider.
The key is to search before you post since members often get annoyed by seeing the same questions over-and-over. If you’re unable to find an answer to your question, feel free to post on the main ECR board, but newbies are more likely to get a positive response on the Vaping101 subreddit.
Feel free to browse, but you’ll need to register to participate, and 10 posts are required to leave the “New Members” section. ECF was my go-to vaping forum for over a year, and I still visit on occasion, but sorting through the vast array of content can certainly be time-consuming. In addition, moderators seem a bit overzealous and regularly delete posts, or even ban users. The forum rules are extensive to say the least, and moderators aren’t always friendly or accommodating. The moral of the story: follow the rules at ECF and be careful what you say or could get scolded – or even banned.
Other Online Vape Communities:
VU, ECR, and ECF are probably the largest and most popular vaping forums, but there are certainly others worth checking out:
- Aussie Vapers – Popular vaping forum dedicated to vapers in Australia.
- Calivapers – A previous 18,000 member strong California vaping community, now offline.
- Nu-Vapor Forum – Previously active forum with detailed information, now offline.
- Planet Of The Vapes Forum – Frequented by thousands of (primarily UK) vapers.
- The Vaping Forum – Not a huge community, but an active membership base.
- Vapers Forum – Previous vaping forum with a decent amount of activity, now offline.
- Vapor Talk – Active community of dedicated vaping enthusiasts.
- UK Vapers.org – Popular forum reserved for vapers in the UK.
Vape Meets & Conventions
Joining a vape forum is fun but if you’re looking to get fully involved in the vaping community, large vaping conventions and annual vape meets occur regularly across the country. Several big events occur each year, including Vape Expo and ECC. These large conventions are a great place to connect with other vapers, but they’re especially useful if you’d like to stay up-to-date with the latest equipment and market trends, or you enjoy getting a bunch of free swag from all the top vendors and e-cigarette manufacturers. You may even run into some popular vaping celebrities.
* Speaking of vaping celebrities, Grimm Green keeps a nice list of vape meets here →
Local, Community Vaping Groups
If you’re annoyed by big events and surfing the web isn’t your cup of tea, there are a growing number of opportunities to meet locally to discuss, interact, and share. Brick-and-mortar vape shops are popping up in cities across the country, so it’s become much easier to find like-minded individuals in your area to discuss vaping and all of the hottest trends. Not only are shop employees an excellent source of info, but small, local groups often meet at community vape shops.
Local vape groups are likely to exist right near your home or work, or you could even start your own. Visit or call local stores and ask if they have a lounge or a dedicated space for enthusiasts to meet. Meetings allow vapers to share their knowledge and test out the latest mods, e-juice, tanks, and other vaping gear (just be sure to bring your own drip tip). It’s a great way to learn, try new equipment, and sample unique e-juice flavors BEFORE you spend your hard-earned money.
In addition, local vaping groups are particularly helpful to anyone trying to quit smoking. Unlike AA meetings, local vape events offer an interactive and fun experience where you can learn and draw inspiration from others. For many people, support groups are a critical element in successfully kicking tobacco. Plus, local meets are often less commercial and more intimate; held in a variety of places such as vape shops, parks, bars, or even someone’s backyard. Some groups even offer activities, such as games and competitions to liven things up.
No matter what your level of experience, you have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain by connecting with other vapers on the Web, or in your area. You’ll make new acquaintances, learn from their experiences, and you may even find out that you enjoy helping others just as much as you enjoyed being helped.
Where do you connect with fellow vapers? Tell us in the comments below!