What is Sub-Ohm Vaping and – is it Safe?
If you’re new to the world of e-cigarettes, atomizers, and e-liquids, you may have heard about those within the vaping community who are into sub-ohm vaping. Not unsurprisingly, if you haven’t heard the term before you may find yourself frantically Googling the answer, wondering what it is, why vaping enthusiasts are doing it, and if it’s something you’ve been missing out on. Perhaps most importantly, you may be wondering if sub-ohm vaping is safe; not just safe for your health but also safe for your favorite vaping device.
As with any ‘controversial’ topic, it’s easy to get swept up in the hype and pseudo-science surrounding it. Thankfully for you, the reader, these questions surrounding sub-ohm vaping are about to be answered.
The Basics of Sub-Ohm Vaping
When it comes right down to it, sub-ohm vaping is vaping using a device whose atomizer coils have a resistance of less than one ohm. Ohms are scientific units used to measure electrical resistance. Traditional vaporizers can expect to have an ohm resistance ranging anywhere between 1.5 and 3 ohms. Now let’s face it – to the layman, that’s interesting, but it’s not much of an explanation. The reason ohms are of interest to vapers, is that they are the key to unlocking their device’s true flavor potential.
Vapers looking to enhance the flavor experience can manually reduce the ohm resistance of the coils to less than one (sub-ohm), effectively increasing the unit’s power output. More power, more flavor.
This power/flavor equation can be explained quite simply. Coils with a resistance of less than one ohm generate more heat than those with a resistance of one or higher, thereby vaporizing more liquid at any one time – resulting in a more concentrated, robust flavor.
More Flavor is Nice, But How Dangerous is it to Modify a Vaporizer?
Unfortunately, there is no clear cut, black and white answer to this question. While there is always some inherent danger to modifying an electronic device outside the specs of its intended usage, sub-ohm vaping can be done safely.
Many feel the practice is dangerous because as you decrease the ohm resistance of the coils, the amps of your vaping device increase. Naturally, this puts a strain on the power supply and generates a greater amount of heat. If you aren’t careful, straining the power supply could possibly cause the device to explode or, at the milder end of the spectrum, ruin your vaporizer. While this sounds dangerous and may dissuade you from modifying you own device, know that there are products available on the market that can help you sub-ohm vape safely.
Before the advent of sub-ohm tanks, the practice of converting a vaporizer to sub-ohm was manually intensive and time consuming. If interested, contact your local vape shop where they’ll be happy to go over the sub-ohm tank that will work best for your device.
Is Sub-Ohm Vaping Costlier than Conventional Vaping?
If there’s one drawback to sub-ohm vaping, it’s the cost. Mind you, it isn’t bank breaking, but it’s still more than vaping sans modifications. Generally, if you’re sporting a sub-ohm modification, you’ll go through e-juice much quicker. Also, you’ll see your unit’s power supply drain at a faster rate so it’s advisable that you invest in a decent portable power supply (if you haven’t already). For many vapers however, this increase in cost is far less important than their enjoyment of the product. To each their own.
If You’re Looking to Try it, Consider a Sub-Ohm Clearomizer
Understandably, you may or may not feel some trepidation towards modifying your existing vaporizer to try sub-ohm vaping – and there’s nothing wrong with that. If that’s the case, you needn’t be discouraged. Sub-ohm vaping has become so popular so quickly that manufacturers are now making out of the box sub-ohm clearomizers available. The fact that these products are designed specifically to operate at lower ohm resistances and higher temperatures should do wonders for putting to rest any qualms you may have regarding sub-ohm vaping. This 411 on electronic cigarette devices should help though.
One Last Caveat, Before You Decide
Sub-ohm vaping produces massive plumes of vapor, so if you aren’t accustomed to drawing attention, be prepared for sidelong stares should you wander into sub-ohm territory.