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Taking Your Cloud Chasing to a Whole New Level

Experienced vapers often excite at the idea of blowing bigger clouds, so much so that cloud chasing has become a sport. With safety in mind, we’ve some handy tips to make you the next biggest cloud chaser.

Breathing

The inhale/exhale required for cloud chasing is different. You must perfect a large enough inhale to produce a big cloud, and the speed of the exhale must be slow. If your exhale is too fast, you’ll get a thin cloud. Just remember the slower, the thicker. One technique for creating a large cloud on the exhale involves moving backward at the same time, this is known as rip tripping.

RDA

An RDA or rebuildable drip atomizer allows you to control the drip of the e-liquid onto the coils. This isn’t helpful for everyday use, but if you’re trying to get a larger cloud, this allows you to drip before every few puffs. You must also be familiar with sub ohming. Your atomizer must, therefore be firing at under 1 ohm of resistance.

Air

Depending on the airflow, it can either affect your MOD or your cloud. If there is too much air escaping, then your clouds will be thin. However, if not enough air is escaping, it might damage your MOD. You definitely want thick clouds, but you don’t want your MOD to get damaged. Testing limited airflow is something to experiment with as a cloud chaser, but also to beware of.

Battery

Another potential danger to your MOD is overheating the battery. If you use your battery incorrectly or leave it charging too long, the battery can overheat and your MOD can catch on fire or explode. Make sure you are using the right brand of charger, or the one that came with your MOD and make sure to attend to the battery while it is charging. This way it will never get overcharged.

VG Chasing

Another thing to think about is the e-liquid. It should have a higher blend of VG. For thick clouds, your e-liquid should be about a 70/30 blend with VG being the greater unit and PG or being the lesser. This produces great clouds, is easy on the throat, and tastes better. You can also use pure VG, which is what professional cloud chasers tend to use.

The Wick and Coil

Wicking is another important part of cloud chasing. If you treat your wick properly you will get the most use out of your e-liquid. To do this, cut both ends of the wick. Fluff the ends up, and then tuck them under the coil, leaving room for air beneath the wick as you push it to one side. The most important part of cloud chasing is how your coils are built. Use a dual coil for maximum cloud production.

As you can see, cloud chasing is definitely only for the most experienced vaper. Misuse of the battery or airflow could lead to the explosion of your MOD potentially causing harm to you or those around you. Taking all this into consideration, enjoy! Cloud chasing can be thoroughly entertaining and exciting.

Not All Vaping Batteries Are Created Equally

We’re going to discuss how and why not all vaping batteries are the same. You see, vaping batteries are just like everything else in the world – being created unequally, and some aren’t what they seem to be. The batteries are different from the following categories: Protected versus Unprotected.

Protected – Protected vaping batteries have a small circuit board located mostly at the bottom of the battery. The circuit board is designed to stop discharging or charging of the battery in certain circumstances such as during overcharging, short circuit, over-discharge and overheating in some cases. The unique thing about these batteries are the fact that they require special chargers that’re designed specifically to charge rechargeable lithium batteries.

Unprotected – Unprotected lithium batteries, on the other hand, produce 4.2 volts of power if fully charged which falls quickly to 3.6 volts on output. The batteries can maintain 3.6 voltage output until they are mostly discharged where the voltage drops rapidly. Whenever these kind of batteries are discharged below 3 volts, they become ruined and unusable. It’s therefore recommended to the vaper to avoid such situations. Another unique thing about this batteries is that they should be charged only with chargers that’re designed specifically for them, since they’ve circuits suited to stop charging when 4.2 volts is reached.

Recommendation – With this kind of information, it’s therefore clear to see why protected batteries are better and should be given priority. But if the unprotected battery is being used, then it’s appropriate to make sure that the charger is designed to handle the batteries. The mistake of charging the battery in the wrong charge could melt the wiring, causing damage to your vaping device.

Breaking Down the Battery Name – The batteries have different names such as IMR, 18650, ICR, 14500 and 18350. These letters and numbers have a meaning, and they can be broken down as follows:

  • I- Stands for a Lithium Ion Battery Li-Ion
  • M- Stands for Manganese which is a positive ion for battery
  • C- Stands for Cobalt a positive ion in the battery
  • N- stands for Nickle, a positive ion in the battery
  • F- stands for iron, a positive ion in the battery
  • R- Stands for rechargeable
  • 18- Implies that the battery diameter is 18mm
  • 650- Stands for height in tenths of millimeters 65
  • 850- Stands for tenths of millimeters 85

High Drain versus Regular – The other way in which vaping batteries differ is in the way they drain their power. For example, IMR battery usually handles 8.0C drain, implying that the battery can output 8x the capacity indicated on the label. An IMR 18650 battery with 2000mAh can drain at a rate of 8*2000=16amp. These kind of batteries have more Manganese chemistry, which’s less volatile than Cobalt chemistry.

Another example is an ICR cell which handles 2.0C drain. So an ICR 18650 battery with 2400mAh can output 2*2000=4.8amp. Most of these batteries have cobalt material that’s more volatile, and therefore has a protection board.

With these kinds of differences, it’s evident that vaping batteries are very different, and it’s appropriate to understand how each works and what they mean.

Rare Cases: Do Vape Batteries Explode?

By now many of you’ve seen at least one news article about a vape pen or e-cigarette exploding. While there are situations where this has occurred, they are very rare and are not only limited to the vaping industries batteries.

Vape pen’s and e-cig’s typically use a lithium-ion battery, just like the ones that have been used in other re-chargeable electronics for years. Lithium-ion batteries very rarely explode as it requires a large amount of heat in a short amount of time for this to even occur. In the rare event of a failure, the most likely result is the battery melting and never even exploding. There are also measures you can take to ensure an even lower chance of this occurring with the deivce.

First, be sure to pay attention to what your battery can and cannot do. Some devices are activated by pressing a button to activate the heating process. The lower end versions will activate whenever the button is pushed and have no shut off mechanism, mid to high end versions also use the button to activate but have additional features such as an on/off switch, automatic timer cut off, short circuit protection, and more. Based on the features, a battery that does not have an ON/OFF switch or timer cut off should never be carried in your pocket as you run the risk of overheating and thus damaging the battery.

Second, you should pay attention to the environment factors, such as hot temperatures. It’s never recommended to leave anything with a lithium-ion battery in your car, especially during the day. During the summer, the interior temperature of your vehicle can be 20 degree or higher than the outside temperature. This creates a prime environment for overheating the battery, which can result in either ruining the battery or causing damage that’ll later result in a failure.

Finally, proper handling also can prevent failures. Dropping your device can result in damage to the wiring and other components, which can eventually lead to failure. Be sure to always leave it on a flat surface. Lithium-ion batteries rarely fail, but by ensuring that you handle and store the vape pen or e-cig battery correctly, you’ll go a long way to preventing damage to the battery and the device in general.

Disposables or Starter Kits – Which Do You Enter The World of Vaping First?

Starting out vaping can be overwhelming with the multitude of choices available. The options range from disposable e-cigs all the way up to building your own atomizer tanks and coils, and this can make it difficult to decide which one to start with. Many people tend to start with disposable e-cigs since they’re readily available at most gas stations. In doing so, they lose out on truly experiencing vaping to its fullest. The best purchase to start with is a starter kit, both for long term cost effectiveness and variety.

Disposables can typically be purchased individually and in packs ranging from two to six disposable e-cigs, and is everything you need to start. The average price for a decent disposable is $8 each, and they are advertised as the equivalent of two packs of cigarettes. They’re typically single use and many are designed to look and feel similar to a cigarette. While this look may be appealing for those that are switching from cigarettes to vaping, disposables don’t provide a large variety of flavors or nicotine levels. The average disposable offers only a few flavors, averaging between three to six choices, and very little customization on nicotine levels. The nicotine level isn’t adjustable, and in many cases the manufacturers only offer one level of nicotine for their disposables. Finally, once you use up the battery it goes in the trash, adding to the waste we already have from our typical daily lives.

Starter kits come with one to two tanks, a battery, and a charger. This is almost everything you need to start off, and sometimes you can even find one that will provide you with a small bottle of e-liquid that’s sometimes at a discount or included in the kit price. The average starter kit on the low-end is around $20, but the best part of the starter kit is its re-usability. Everything that comes in the kit can be used over and over, and very little waste is created from them. Also, after the initial purchase the only item you need to buy is the vape liquids and occasionally additional tanks. As the tank is refillable you also open up your flavor and nicotine level choices. Many vape liquid suppliers offer hundreds of customized flavor and nicotine level choices, so your options are seemingly endless.

Start kits are simply the best way to begin vaping. They give you longevity, variety, and are a significantly lower impact on the environment. While the initial cost is typically higher than a disposable, the long term cost is significantly lower and the experience will most definitely be more enjoyable with a starter kit.

Battery Differences: E-Cig Batteries and Vaporizer Batteries

Once you’ve made the life altering decision to stop smoking and start vaping, that same decision puts you in order for a hefty amount of research to know what your options are. A helpful place to start is to decide if you want to go the e-cigarette route or go with a vaporizer. When it comes to making this decision, knowing the pros and cons of the batteries employed with these two different devices does quite a bit to narrow down the details.

So, first we’ll look at the battery specs of the e-cigarette. The e-cig’s very recognizable based on its appearance being that of a regular cigarette. Because of the slim by nature design, the battery is limited to how long it’ll properly work for the user. If a user doesn’t intend to use too much at once, this should not arise as an issue. On the contrary, for a user who desires a lot of use with little interruption, then the e-cig may not be the choice. What would be considered the paper of the cigarette is what houses the e-cig battery and simply screws into the end of the charging port once it is out of power. E-cig batteries generally don’t keep a charge more than a day and even less if the user desires an increased amount of usage. Some may find this to be more of an inconvenience than they’re willing to deal with. The standard e-cigs are cheaper on startup costs but the user can be very limited in customization and flavors.

Then there are the vaporizers. Vaporizers don’t maintain the classic cigarette look because the batteries are much larger in scope and in size. There are also more powerful models that allow the vaper to use the battery to charge, for example, a cellphone in the case of last resort. There’s a toggle switch that allows them to either give off a charge or receive it by utilizing the same mini USB ports that most smartphones use today. There are styles and/or sizes that range from what can be likened to a pen in the user’s hand, all the way to what looks like a box about the size of a pack of smokes. The difference is in how much power is delivered on each toke. Vaporizers allow the user to select a suitable output range by setting the desired resistance directly on the battery, which, on some models, can be viewed on a LCD. While the e-cig allows only one option for delivery strength.

After reviewing the information above, one can see the clear differences between e-cig and vaporizer batteries. While utilizing the same technology, the vaporizer batteries go further in maximizing potential vaping needs. With the battery options that’re now available, a user can determine what would be the best fit for their lifestyle.

3 Ways You Could Overheat Your MOD’s Battery

As most of you know, a MOD is a personal vaping device which uses a replaceable or rechargeable battery. It utilizes a manual system for pushing current from your battery to the coil of your atomizer. It’s designed to give you a strong vapor and improve the throat hit from your e-juice flavor.

Though MODs generally give you a superior vaping experience, improper care may lead to your batteries overheating. This won’t only lead to a poor vaping experience, but it can also a safety hazard because overheated batteries may even explode.

Reasons for Overheating of Your Battery

The main reasons that cause overheating in your MOD batteries include:

Poor quality or incompatible battery chargers can contribute toward this. Any charger purchased should be one that’s suitable for your MOD, otherwise it can cause damage to your battery’s internal sciencemagic, which could lead to future problems such as overheating. Most lower quality chargers don’t have the ability to track voltage in the battery as it is charging, which could lead to over or undercharging the batteries which could damage the inner workings of the battery.

Another cause may be the battery’s quality. Most of the higher end devices require batteries with a higher continuous amp discharge limit (this is typically governed by the atomizer used and the ohm rating of your coils. Most tanks will tell you the recommended or required discharge rates on the original packaging). If you have any questions regarding the specifications of your batteries, a quick Google search should set you straight. (As with all internet research, look at multiple sources).

The overall quality of your MOD may also be the reason why you’re experiencing overheated batteries. Quality MODs tend to be made in such a way that they avail the required amount of ventilation for your vaping experience. If yours doesn’t have adequate ventilation, your batteries are subjected to overheating. This is because hot air from the batteries aren’t adequately released out of your device to allow fresh air which cools your batteries

When using a MOD, you need to put safety first. This involves ensuring that your batteries aren’t a hazard caused by overheating and even exploding. Also, ensuring the safety of your batteries saves you unnecessary costs associated with battery spoilage. It’s advisable that you first check the compatibility and reviews of your charger and MODs before purchasing them. Make sure you are aware of the requirements and specifications of your MOD, atomizers, coils, batteries, and even e-liquids (some e-liquids perform best under certain power/wattage/temperature levels, wihch your device may or may not be capable of handling).

In the end, just make sure you know what you are doing and everything should be fine. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask anyone here or on any of the popular vaping forums. Knowledge is important, especially in regards to safety.

VAPE SAFE!