The Basics of Sub-Ohm Vaping
Once you get into vaping more, you realize there are some highly technical things at work that go beyond just pushing a button. It might even seem a little overwhelming at first but the idea of sub-ohm vaping is not as highly technical as it sounds.
Every vape has an atomizer, and every atomizer has an electrical resistance that is measured using the scientific unit, “ohm.” Regular vaporizers usually have an ohm resistance between 1 and 3 ohms, however, vapers that are searching for bigger and better clouds have ventured into the world of sub-ohm vaping.
Sub-ohm vaping refers to atomizers with a lower resistance level, below 1 ohm, between 0.1 and 1 ohms. In layman’s terms, this basically means you are allowing the battery to deliver more power (because there is less resistance) to the coils. What this enables are larger clouds and stronger flavors.
Why do People Use Sub-Ohm?
- Tastes Better
Since you are delivering more power you end up with a higher concentration of vapor, this can give you a much stronger flavor. Many vapers report that the clouds are so thick that it can be fairly intense and some even lower their nicotine levels as a result.
- Bigger Clouds
The main reasons most vapers venture into to sub-ohm vaping is for the large clouds. “Cloud chasing” has become a popular pastime and even a regular social event–and it began with extreme modification and sub-ohm vaping. People who are looking for a larger cloud will find no bigger than with a sub-ohm device
- Warmer Vapor
A lot of e-cig users are looking for a slightly warmer feel to their vapor, and sub-ohm vaping delivers. Those who have used e-cigs to help them quit often like this aspect, because the vapor feels more like what they are used to inhaling with regular cigarettes, just without the dangerous smoke and tar. Airflow vents can help cool the vapor too, meaning you can usually tailor the temperature to your specific preference.
Getting Started in Sub-Ohming
Now that the sub-ohm world is growing, there are starter kits that provide everything you need to experience the sub-ohm sensation. That being said, most box MODs on the market can handle a sub-ohm atomizer, providing it can output at least 30 watts of power. It is extremely important that you know your battery is compatible before you proceed with any sub-ohm vaping attempts.
There are three dominant styles of sub-ohm vaping:
• Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers (RDA's) are used by dripping a small amount of juice directly onto the coils, Early sub-ohm modes often worked in the manner. They usually have a cotton wick and need dripping every
• Rebuildable Tank Atomizers (RTA'S) are sort of the middle ground, for those who are brave enough to still rebuild their own coils, but don’t want to have to constantly drip.
• Standard Sub-Ohm Tanks are ideal for many vapers, especially for those just venturing into sub-ohming, who are looking for simple a sub-ohm tank. They are like your basic e-cigarette tank, where coils are generally disposable. Instead of having to rebuild or make a coil, these will be pre-built and ready for vaping, giving anyone the opportunity, despite your knowledge and experience level, to dive right into sub-ohming.
Sub-Ohm Pros and Cons
Throat Hit – Depending on your preference and the kind of vapor you are looking for you may be for or against the stronger throat hit that accompanies sub-ohm vaping.
E-Liquid Use – With more power and bigger clouds, it only makes sense that you will go through more e-juice. This is the main reason why sub-ohming tends to be more expensive than traditional forms of vaping.
Not for the Discreet Vaper – Those that prefer a more discreet vaping experience will definitely want to veer away from sub-ohming. A lot of people love their clouds, but others prefer the fact that e-cigarettes gives them a more discreet form of enjoying their nicotine—something that was never possible with regular cigarettes.
Is a Sub-Ohm Mod Dangerous?
Any sort of modification has its set of dangers, however, when you lower the resistance it adds a new level. With careful consideration, sub-ohm vaping can be just as safe as other forms of vaping, but there are a few things to be aware of. Since sub-ohm vaping increases both the wattage and the amps, it can put a strain on your batteries, so use careful consideration when choosing a battery and atomizer. Ensure that BOTH are sub-ohm capable before attempting any vaping at the lowered resistance level.
E-cigarette explosions are a real concern, so select wisely and follow instructions given for your particular components. Air vents in the battery compartment should be included in any of your sub-ohm devices to help keep the battery from overheating, as well as help the battery manage explosive gases in the event of a battery malfunction.
Again, make sure you do your research and find the proper devices, made by reputable companies, that can handle the sub-ohming experience. Education is your best resource—both to keep you safe and give you the best possible vapor out there.