Whats the difference?
Understanding the differences between all the vaporizers is a milestone for picking the right one. Electronic cigarettes come in all shapes and sizes and one that is perfect for some may not be for you. Vaporizers can be broken down into three categories which are basic e-cigs, sub-ohm tank vaporizers, and drippers (RDAs).
Basic E-cigs (Electronic Cigarette)
Basic e-cigs are great for very casual vapers that want to keep cost low and have no interest in producing lots of vapor.
A basic electronic cigarette is typically two parts, the tank and the battery. A tank houses the e-liquid with a coil or atomizer inside to turn the e-liquid into vapor. Basic electronic cigarettes usually have coils between 1.0 and 2.5 ohms, also known as resistance. The resistance plays a huge role in how much vapor is produced. The lower the resistance the more vapor will be produced. The battery powers the coil in order to vaporize the e-liquid. Complete basic e-cigs usually cost anywhere from $20 and up.
Sub-ohm tanks or subtanks are perfect for people that want to produce a lot of vapor and still have the convenience of a tank.
Subtanks are very similar to a basic electronic cigarette because they still consist of a tank and a battery. However, they are more commonly referred to as vaporizers. Subtanks have much lower resistance and airflow which gives them a lot more potential to produce clouds of vapor. A subtank coil usually ranges between 0.15 – 0.8 resistance. These coils get hot and chuck some clouds! Click here for examples of subtanks. When running a subtank you want a battery that can support low resistance like a mechanical mod, regulated box mod, or unregulated box mod. A good complete sub tank set up will typically cost $90 and up.
Picking the right battery
Not all electronic cigarette batteries are created equal. They all have different ohm limits so it is important to understand the difference and keep an eye on the ohm limit of a battery.
If you buy a basic tank with a coil between 1.0 and 2.5 you have nothing to worry about. Every battery on the market will support these. However if you go with a subtank or a dripper you need a battery that will perform on really low resistances like a mechanical mod or box mod.
Mechanical Mods and Box Mods
There are lots of good battery options. Typically broken down into two categories, Mechanical Mods and Box Mods.
Mechanical Mods will run any resistance because it’s just a battery housing tube that creates a circuit. These are a great choice for subtanks that run between 0.15 – 0.3 ohms and also a great choice for drippers or RDAs. Mechanical Mods will cost anywhere from $20 and up.
Box Mods can be unregulated parallel or regulated
An unregulated parallel box mod is basically a mechanical mod that houses two or more batteries. These can run anything as well because there are no limitations, it’s just a circuit.
A regulated box mod has more going on. It is not just a circuit. Typically regulated boxes like the IPV4 have variable wattage and variable voltage giving you control on how much vapor you want it to produce. Regulated boxes can range anywhere from 30 watts and up into the 100s. The more power the more potential vapor. However always be mindful of the ohm limits. Some regulated boxes like the sigeleis or ipvs can perform as low as 0.08ohms and then others like the istick 30w can only go down to 0.5ohms. Box Mods will cost anywhere from $40 and up.
Click here for examples of mechanical mods and box mods.
RDAs are when we get into the hobby side of vaping. They have the absolute most potential for vapor production but also the highest maintance.
RDAs are perfect for those trying to produce the most possible vapor with every press of a button. These are very do it yourself style because it comes down to building your own coils instead of buying a manufactured one. RDAs are higher maintenance because building takes time and instead of having a tank reservoir to fill up every so often you have to drip juice directly on the coil every 5-10 hits.
RDAs are typically built by using Kanthal wire anywhere from 20 gauge to 32 gauge and organic cotton. This gives the user lots of control and allows them to taylor the vaporizer based on how much vapor they want to produce.
When making a dripper set up you want to combine it with a mechanical mod or a box mod because these products have very low ohm limits. This gives you the potential to build anything you want and produce as much vapor as desired. RDAs will cost anywhere from $8 and up.
These are what you’ll see everyone using when competing at a cloud competition.
Click here for examples of Drippers (RDAs)
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