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What the heck is sub ohm vaping, and should you even try it?

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For newbies to the world of vaping, you may be tripping over lots of articles online and in social media about sub ohm vaping. The term sounds very scientific and rather exciting, but is it something that you should really try? And with so many different vape mods and cigalike devices always entering the marketplace, it can all be very confusing.

Make no mistake. Sub ohm vaping is not for everyone. And as is evident by the name itself, sub ohm vaping deals with the use and manipulation of electricity. Playing with electricity is never a good idea unless you know exactly what you are doing. So, even the most experienced vapers will almost always tell newbies to enter into sub ohm vaping with extreme caution.

Sub ohm vaping defined

You may remember from high school science class that an ohm is a measure of voltage. Every electrical device uses ohms, even those powered by a conventional Duracell, Eveready, or 18658 vape mod battery. While an out-of-the-box vaping device like the Kangertech EMOW may use between 1.5 to 3.0 ohms, sub ohm vapers like to build their own coils and change the coil resistance to 1.0 ohms or less.

Why, you ask? Because avid sub ohmers believe that modifying the voltage parameters makes bigger cloud bursts and enhances the flavor of their favorite e-liquids, among other things. Competitive cloudchasers, for example, love to sub ohm vape.

But if you don’t remember studying Ohm’s Law in science class, then sub ohm vaping may not be for you. Even for those who do remember it, sub ohming is still considered rather dangerous even for the most veteran vapers. Instead of building your own coils and playing around with voltages, consider buying a sub ohm friendly vaping device.

  • RBA, RTA, or a Rebuildable Tank Atomizer: RBAs designed for sub-ohm vaping include special airflow controls that allow the user to manipulate the heat of the related vapor. This mechanism prevents the user from burning his or her lips during the sub ohm vaping experience. A special compartment within the RBA allows for placement of the custom-built coils.
  • RDA or a Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer: Thanks to vaping technology like the Kanger Subtank and Aspire Atlantis, RDAs are no longer as popular as they used to be. An RDA is sometimes called a “dripper” and involves the process of placing tiny drops of e-liquid directly onto the coil. Dripping also increases flavor and cloud production, but it can be a somewhat tedious process.
  • Sub-ohm tanks: The Kanger Subtank and the Aspire Atlantis are pre-manufactured with disposable sub-ohm tanks.They work very much like an RBA, but Newbies to sub ohm vaping no longer need to worry about building coils.

Before experimenting with sub ohm vaping, newbies might want to consider reviewing a few coil-building videos on YouTube. They also might want to consider joining a Facebook Group on coil building to learn from the experts. If you can find a veteran sub ohm coil builder who lives in your local community and is willing to teach you the proper and safest methods, even better! 

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