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Dripping 101: For beginners (Part 5)

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Next up in this series of blog posts called Dripping 101, we are discussing perhaps the most fun part of all – DRIP TIPS!! You’ve probably seen other vape heads using them, but you might not have known what they were. Drip tips are those intriguing little “caps” or mouthpiece extensions that tend to accent the vape pen, box mod, or vape mod. They come in all sorts of crazy styles, colors, and designs. For vaping enthusiasts who love tricking out their devices, drip tips send a signal that you are a true vgod (or maybe just a wannabe).

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Drip Tips

Since the Art of the Drip involves placing the e-juice directly onto the coil and foregoing the tank, you need to use a drip tip to protect your mouth from the dangerously red-hot, burning coil. You also don’t want the vapor to get lost somewhere inside the vape pen before you have a chance to enjoy it. The drip tip acts like a sort of funnel, guiding the vapor into your mouth. And it fits directly over your existing mouthpiece for easy convenience, which means that you can change them out whenever you like.

There are literally thousands of styles available. They come in aluminum, plastic, ceramic, copper, brass, or even wood. And once again, your preferences will vary. Many choose their drip tip based purely on the design. Others prefer a certain material that feels comfortable next to the lips. Some have lots of interwoven colors. Some are designed in the shape of favorite cartoon characters or action figures. And then we have those that actually light up when you inhale, perhaps displaying glowing red eyes of an ominous skeletal skull.

Drip Shields

Drip tips also come in nearly any price range, from super-cheap to ultra-expensive. But always make sure to choose a model that also has O-rings in the bottom to ensure that you get a tight seal. Another precaution that some drip vapers use it to also include a “drip shield” over the drip tip. Drip shields are slim tubes that simply slide over the drip tip to catch any excess e-liquid that might leak out, due to over-dripping on the coil. But if you are careful with your dripping method, then the drip shield is not necessary. After all, e-juice can be expensive. The first rule of Dripping 101 is to always pay attention to accidentally wasting the e-juice.

(Next up in the series Dripping 101…dripping with an atomizer, step-by-step)

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