Watts, ohms, mods, vaping voltage; what does it all mean?
For the rookie in the cloudy world of ecigs, you might be confused by what these terms mean, and even the experienced vaper could still be confused by some of them. We are not breaking down the common vaping vocab in this post; for that you can go here.
This article aims to give you some easy to understand points on what watts and ohms really mean and how they apply to your vape.
It’s a Juicy World…
When it comes to vaping – and when you get used to it – you will notice one topic that mostly dominates conversations has to do with ejuice: which flavor kicks ass throat best, the paramount PG/VG combo for thicker clouds, the latest juice in the market and what-not.
However, there are other less talked about topics that influence a lot how your device functions. Did you know the temperature of the vapor, for instance, affects your overall vaping experience? So does the flavor of the eliquid at certain temperatures, or the amount of vapor produced.
This is the reason ejuice flavors such as chocolate, coffee or tobacco taste better when exposed to more heat; the same reason eliquids flavored with peach and strawberry taste better when less heat is applied to them.
You now have a rough idea how flavor and wattage/voltage relate, yes? Good, you’re half-way there.
What is Vaping Voltage/Wattage?
Voltage and wattage are electrical measurements, and when it comes to electrical readings, you can liken them to a garden hose. How? There is something running through the electrical wiring and instead of water, this something is electricity. It’s all to do with resistance really (of which ohms are the measurement).
Picture a one-inch hose with a little water flowing through it. When you twist the faucet open, the stream of water creates pressure inside the hose. Again, when you partly block one end of the garden hose with your finger, you don’t increase the amount of water by turning the facet yet the water has a higher force and flows at a higher rate.
Likewise in vaping, the amount of heat produced by the atomizer (atty) or tank is determined by wattage: when you adjust the wattage on your tank, you adjust the amount of heat produced.
If you want to increase the vaping wattage on your vaporizer, you also have to fine-tune the voltage or resistance levels, and atomizers differ from each other in terms of resistance levels which normally range between 1.5-3.0 ohms.
Note that mods are different from standard PVs which are regulated and thus shut off, or display an error code should the resistance be too low or the drain on the battery gets too high. Simply put, mods are unregulated: no wires, no circuits, no solder points to break.
What are Ohms?
Electrical resistance is measured in units called ohms.
Lowering the resistance and pumping up the voltage gives you more vapor, better throat hit and at times more flavor. With sub-ohming, the resistance is taken to the low extremes of less than 1 ohm (risky, yes).
You’ll also hear of Ohm’s Law and this is the formula used to establish a relationship between current (measured in Amps), voltage (measured in volts) and resistance (measured in ohms).
What Ohms should you use?
The thing is, every person is different. When it comes to vaping, everyone develops their own favorite and what is good for Marcus may not augur well with either Angie or Karim.
What’s my point? It matters little if someone is an old hand in matters vaping, or revered blogger or reviewer; don’t take their opinion as gospel truth for their tastes may not line up with your own.
To figure out what coil is best for you, you need to try them out, and keep trying until you figure out what you like best.
Who should try this at Home?
The danger that comes with mods and re-buildable tank atomizers is the reason these devices should be the preserve of experienced hands. A mod has no circuitry or electronic protection and will fire anything you put into them.
Furthermore, mechs are costly and thus another reason vaping rookies should start with standard devices before graduating to these advanced kinds.
Does that make things clearer for you? Any more questions about vaping voltage?