As vaping, in general, continues to surge in popularity around the world, vaping technology is rapidly advancing at a startling pace, as well. And social media is fueling this whirlwind of technological progression as vapers share DIY techniques that sometimes improve or enhance the vaping experience. Sometimes these homemade modifications can lead to some wonderful inventions, and sometimes they can go horribly wrong, perhaps even causing physical harm to the “inventors” themselves. For reasons of vaper safety (and many others), the vaping industry is releasing new vape mods and dripping atomizers all the time.
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Dripping and Sub-ohm Vaping
In 2014, something very odd took hold in the vaping community. We call it sub-ohm vaping, and as the name implies, it deals with modifying the coil to a rating that falls below 1.0ohms. Before the vaping industry began offering loads of new sub-ohm vaping technology almost on a weekly basis, diehard vapers were creating their own DIY sub-ohm devices by modifying old vape pens or building new ones from scratch. As this process of self-modification is extremely dangerous because of the involved electrical voltages and wattages, sub-ohm vaping was slow to hit the mainstream.
When vapers use devices with a lower coil resistance of 1.0ohm or less, the vaping experiences changes in the following possible ways:
- Bigger cloud production
- Hotter vapor
- Boost in intensity of e-juice flavor
- The extra kick of a mouth-to-lung hit
- Vape devices become “juice monsters” (It takes more e-juice to sub-ohm vape)
The subject of sub-ohm vaping leads to continuous debate as the vaping community argues over such things as safety, validity, and even about the range of sub-ohm resistance that provides the best flavor. There are always plenty of arguments on either side of any sub-ohm debate, but most sub-ohm advocates agree on one thing. Lowering the resistance below 0.5ohms provides great flavor, but a resistance between 0.05ohms and 1.0ohms is ever better. And it has nothing whatsoever to do with the e-liquid that you are using. Sub-ohm vaping below 0.5ohms of resistances just isn’t optimum.
So, where is all this leading?
Well, for one thing, dripping and sub-ohm vaping are two entirely different vaping techniques. But many beginning vapers might be led to believe that the two terms are interchangeable because sub-ohm coils used to apply only to the world of dripping and RBA’s. So, as newbies begin talking with more experienced vapers on social media, it can all become very confusing. The important thing to understand is that the two methods, while being somewhat different technically, offer many of the same benefits.
(Next up in the Dripping 101 Series : RDAs and Dripping)