When entering the world of vaping the massive selection of different styles and types of devices available can be a bit overwhelming. This post is to help evaluate your needs in order to streamline the process of selecting the device that’s best for you. To do this we will examine the different styles of devices and what type of vaper they suit most so you are able to choose the right device with confidence.
A vape kit is an ideal way to start vaping, and many regular vapers still purchase different kits as they get more curious about the various facets of vaping. In 2017, newcomers really are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a starter kit, but most will contain the types of components (albeit with different specifications). The main components of your vape kit will be the tank, battery (part of the ‘mod’) and coil. These 3 elements and the way they work together will determine the type of vaping experience you’ll have, and it’s a great way to experiment and figure out what kind of vaper you’re going to be.
The battery is perhaps one of the most underappreciated components. It can have a huge impact on your vaping experience but even vaping veterans sometimes overlook the difference the right battery can make. Box mods have more internal space. This means that a greater number of batteries can be included. Many commercial box mods accept one or two batteries, while a larger 18650 box mod may accept up to four. More battery power results in higher wattage capability, longer life of the device between charges, and a much greater box mod performance.
Vape tanks vary in shape and size, but looking after them is largely the same. If you vape regularly to be sure to clean your vape tank every 2 or 3 days with warm water or an ultrasonic cleaner. The latter is not essential but could make your life easier. For those cloud chasers who are competitive, having a rebuildable drip atomizer (RDA) is an absolute must. RDA’s require cloud chasers to build their own coils which they can attach to the tank using a screwdriver or other similar tool. RDA’s are also known as ‘drippers’ because you have to manually drip the e-liquid directly onto the coils before every few puffs. This isn’t the best for everyday use but is great for cloud chasing as the clouds produced from it are humongous.
Every vape kit will come with a coil. The coil – or atomizer – is an essential component. The coil wraps around the wick of your vaping device, heating it up when its wet to turn your juice into vapour. There are various different types of coil on the market all with different specifications. One of the main specs on a coil you’ll see is its ‘ohm’ rating. Every atomizer coil will have an ohm spec. an ‘ohm’ is a measure of resistance – the coil wire will have an electrical resistance which determines how much vapour and flavour you get from a puff. Sub-ohm vaping uses a coil with less than 1 ohm resistance to produce bigger vape clouds and more intense flavour hits.
If you’re looking to blow huge clouds, a good understanding of vape coils will help you tremendously. There are several things that you need to take into consideration if you want to compete as a cloud-chaser:
Airflow – excellent airflow is essential for big clouds. Make sure you don’t overstuff your coil with cotton because you will choke it.
Wire gauge – lower the gauge, thicker the wire – more surface area that vaporizes the juice. 24 gauge wire is way better for cloud-chasing than 30 gauge, but will need a lot more wraps to get it to low resistance.
Inner diameter – 2 mm inner diameter builds won’t cut it for big clouds and you will need to go to at least 3 mm. Bigger inner diameter provides more cotton-to-wire contact and helps vaporize vape juice quicker.
Coil positioning – you want your coils to align with your center pin post so that wicking on each side is even and can absorb vape juice quickly.