In the past few years, sub-ohm vaping has gone from a niche hobby for techy-vapers who liked tinkering with mods, to a mainstream phenomenon that countless vapers swear by. Whether or not it’s for you, as is so often the case, varies from person-to-person. The best way to decide whether it will or won’t work for you is to learn more about it and give it a try.
What Is Sub-Ohm Vaping and What’s the Right Equipment?
Understanding the principle behind sub-ohm vaping requires an understanding of the basics of Ohm’s Law, which demonstrates that the higher the electrical voltage passing through a conductor, the lower the ohm-resistance. The atomizer coil in traditional vape devices features a resistance of between 1.5 and 3 ohms. Any tank with an atomizing coil offering a resistance of less than 1 ohm is a sub-ohm unit.
Lowering the ohm-resistance of a conductor—in this case the atomizing coil—allows more current to pass through it. The more current that passes through it, the hotter it becomes, and the more vape juice it vaporizes (well, aerosolizes, technically).
To be a sub-ohm vaper, you’ll need a vape device with a sub-ohm coil. Sub-ohm tanks are now widely available, even in a vape starter kit. Due to the voluminous plumes of vapor produced by sub-ohm vaping, you’ll want a low-nicotine vape juice with the highest available ratio of vegetable glycerin. Vegetable glycerin vaporizes better at higher temperatures, producing those huge clouds that popularized sub-ohm vaping. Those huge clouds also deliver a robust dose of nicotine, which is why higher-nicotine vape juices are discouraged—the dose tends to be too high and the hit is too harsh.
What Are the Benefits and Drawbacks?
Sub-ohm vapers generally cite four motives for switching over: huge hits of vapor; a richer flavor emerging from those huge hits; warmer vapor from the hotter coils; and the combination of significantly more vapor and its warmth provides a more satisfying nicotine intake experience.
As for the drawbacks, sub-ohm vaping involves devices drawing more power and producing more heat. That can prove a dangerous combination for those who don’t know what they’re doing, resulting in a few poorly made or irresponsibly used sub-ohm devices injuring users by burning them or exploding during use. Like any other technology incorporating electricity and heat, when high-quality equipment is used properly, it’s as safe to use as anything else.
As mentioned, sub-ohm vaping vaporizes much more vape juice than traditional vaping, requiring the buying of more vape juice. Sub-ohm vapers would be wise to buy high-quality vape juice wholesale. The increased use of vape juice can also be a bit messy and spilled juice can clog a vape device’s airflow ports, which can both impede function and lead to overheating. Additionally, the higher currents, greater power demands, and higher temperatures necessary for sub-ohm can require replacing coils and batteries more often. Those conditions also make it particularly important that your sub-ohm tank is high-quality.
With all that being said, is sub-ohm vaping worth it?
Well, if you’re a beginner vaper, you probably shouldn’t jump right in with sub-ohm vaping. Even with the convenient sub-ohm kits available, it’s a bit more complicated of a process. Also keep in mind that the massive sub-ohm hits can prove a bit overwhelming for those unfamiliar with vaping.
However, the trend certainly seems to be that experienced vapers who have switched over to sub-ohm swear by it and rarely switch back. So if you’re a veteran vaper curious about sub-ohm vaping, it may prove to be the vaping experience you’ve been waiting for.
About Mt Baker Vapor
Mt Baker Vapor has offered high-quality vaping equipment, delicious flavors of vape juice, and trustworthy vape accessories since their founding in 2011. They have gained additional renown for their fantastic prices, amazingly fast shipping, and dependable customer service. Proud proponents of vaping and vapers, the Mt Baker Vapor team remains committed to spreading the word about the benefits of vaping.
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