As e-cigarettes continue to grow in popularity around the world, it was only a matter of time before the modding and DIY community found new ways to improve their vaping experience by messing around with the intricacies of Ohm’s Law. But what is sub ohm vaping?
Sub ohm explained
Usually the electronic circuit within an atomiser is designed to work with a resistance of 1.5 to 2.8 ohms, preventing overheating and ensuring a longer lifespan for the product. If this resistance is lowered, a greater amount of power can be released across the circuit, and if this circuit is combined with a coil (that is usually larger than normal) that is capable of carrying this wattage, the resulting vapour can provide a very different yet rewarding experience unavailable in standard vaping practice.
Feeling under-qualified to try sub ohm vaping?
While sub ohm vaping began as a privilege for those with a working knowledge of how resistance, voltage and wattage work with one another, manufacturers have taken note of the new pastime and have started to release out-of-the-box sub ohm atomisers that are safe to use.
What should I expect when getting into sub ohm vaping?
As with all approaches to vaping, there are advantages and disadvantages – mostly subjective based on the user, but there are some definitive differences of which it is worth taking note.
A little customisation can be fun
Those who enjoy tinkering can undoubtedly relish the opportunity to vape with a personalised atomiser that they themselves built, but be aware that if you do not have at least a basic knowledge of electronic circuitry, the devices can risk overheating and causing injury.
Vapers who enjoy a large plume of smoke, or those who take part in cloud competitions tend to opt for e-liquids with a high VG (vegetable glycerine) content as it creates more vapour. Sub ohm vaping is capable of producing even larger clouds due to the larger, hotter coils and increased wattage.
What is sub ohm vaping? Some say a better taste
Many vapers end up suffering from ‘vaper’s tongue’, when you lose the ability to taste the e-liquid the more you use your e-cigarette. With sub ohm vaping, users report a huge increase in the ability to continue tasting their favourite e-liquid, even with after prolonged use.
Of course, with more power and a hotter coil comes a warmer vape – but don’t forget that the increased temperature can also lead to a harsher throat hit, so sticking with VG based e-liquid can help to control this. Some people prefer cooler vapour, while others enjoy it a little warm. Sub ohm vaping tends to be even hotter – so it may be worth giving it a try before you buy.
It’s important to note that an increase in vapour means that you are atomising more e-liquid than normal – so if value for money is important for you, ensure you take your vaping budget into account when making your next purchase.
Safety, safety, safety
As sub ohm vaping is based on increased voltage while minimising resistance, the wattage is increased – and with more power comes more responsibility. A normal e-cigarette has very little risk associated with it, and most batteries are fine. With sub ohm vaping, the increased risk means it is extremely important to only use quality made products – no cheap knock-offs, no generic branded garbage – after all, vaping is a lot more fun when you don’t end up in hospital.
If you are looking to enjoy sub ohm vaping but are unsure where to begin, why not have a look at our next blog post 'How to use vape charts' and make sure you can enjoy a safe, fun experience.
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