What is Sub Ohm Vaping?

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Sub Ohm vaping, or “Sub Ohming” as it may be more commonly known is the act of vaping with atomizers that are capable of firing under a resistance of 1 ohm. There is probably one main reason why people choose to go down the sub ohming route when vaping and that is simply this: they want to produce huge clouds of vapour.

If you want to get in to cloud chasing and have no idea how to do it, then this post may just be for you. This article is here to help you understand what sub ohm vaping is and answer some of your questions that you almost certainly have about this type of vaping. The most important realization that you may gain from this article is whether or not sub ohm vaping is for you. One thing is for sure though, sub ohm vaping is for the more extreme and advanced vapers out there.

If not done properly, sub ohm vaping can be dangerous. It is advised that you must have an understanding of ohms law and be an experienced vaper.

So Why Should I Consider Sub Ohm Vaping?

There are a few reasons why people would consider sub ohm vaping, and we aim to cover more than that within this section.

Firstly, as mentioned above, one of the main reasons is you produce huge amounts of vapour. If you’ve ever watched a YouTube video and wondered how people create such thick, dense masses of cloud – then now you have your answer. Couple Sub Ohm vaping with a max VG liquid and you’re set for huge clouds.

What is sub ohm vaping

Secondly, sub ohm vaping provides you with a much more intense flavour. Once you try vaping with a low resistance tank that has been built with an organic wick, you’ll find it much harder to return back to your old high resistance ceramic fibre or silica-wick clearomizer.

Lastly, sub ohm vaping produces warmer vapour. Vapour becomes warmer because you’re using a higher wattage, however with a wide airflow will help to cool the vapour down so you don’t burn your lips or mouth. Lots of people prefer the warm vapour because it is a closer simulation or smoking a real cigarette.

If you’re looking to produce bigger plumes of vapour and gain an increase in flavour, then give sub ohm vaping a try.

So How Do I Sub Ohm Vape?

The world of vaping is changing and at a reasonably fast pace. If you wanted to sub ohm vape in the past, you had to first buy a mechanical mod or box mod that uses rechargeable 18650 batteries, high quality wire such as Kanthal wire for coil building and a good quality organic cotton for wicking. It was also highly recommended that you have at least a basic understanding of ohms law, otherwise you could seriously injure yourself in the process.

Fortunately, there are now many companies that are building devices that don’t require as much in-depth knowledge. Don’t get me wrong, having this knowledge is still a good idea – but you can purchase tanks that are already pre made and ready for sub ohm vaping – as long as you have a box mod that can help to provide you with the power that you need.

You can use pretty much any box mod that provides you with 30watts of power or higher, such as the iStick 40W for the lower end power and the Snow Wolf 200w for the power hungry amongst you.

Whilst these tanks are an easy way to start, there are some differences between the types of tanks you can buy:

Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers (RDA’s): RDA’s were the original way that people sub ohm vaped. Usually smaller than tanks, RDA’s attach onto your box or mechanical mod. Witihn RDA’s you’ll see a coil that have been attached with screws and have been wicked with organic cotton. Users of an RDA would then drip juice directly onto the coils and wick before inhaling the vapour produced. Users would have to drip every few inhales.

rebuildable dripping atomizer

Rebuildable Tank Atomizers (RTA’s): RTA’s are specifically for people that like and want to build their own coils, but don’t particularly want to drip their juice. This means that an RTA is essentially a clearomizer that requires its users to build the coil inside of the device.

This ensures that the user gets the vape experience that they want. It gives an extra customization element to their vape. Many RTAs have adjustable airflow options as well and are more heared towards the sub ohm vaping community.

Sub Ohm Tanks: Sub Ohm Tanks are very similar in nature to RTA’s, however this is a simple difference between the two. Sub Ohm Tanks generally come with coils that are pre made and are disposable. This makes it easier for those vapers that don’t want to build their own coils but want to start sub ohm vaping. This makes it accessible to a wider range of people.

These offer better safety and no effort on your part.

You’ll find some of the tanks over in our Tanks & Clearomizers section of the store. Particular tanks to take note of for this particular setup is the Aspire Atlantis and the Kanger Subtank Mini.


Is Sub Ohm Vaping Safe?

The short answer to this question is this: Yes and No. With just about everything in life, there are risks that make some activities unsafe, and sub ohm vaping is included within one of those activities.

Sub ohm vaping is not categorically dangerous.

The truth is, sub ohm vaping comes with more risks compared to your standard electronic cigarette, however if you educate yourself and become more knowledgeable within this area, sub ohm vaping can pose less of a risk.

Having a basic understanding of ohms law and basic electronics is going to greatly benefit you as you will have a better understanding of how sub ohm devices operate, which in turn also educates you on how to best handle and be safe when using these devices.

It is important to read any instructions that you receive with any equipment that you use and especially important with sub ohm devices and batteries. Battery safety is extremely important and if you cannot do your own research, then please go and talk to someone who knows what they’re talking about. There are a lot of online communities that have extremely knowledgeable people within them that offer great advice.

Head over to /r/e-cigs or /r/Vaping101 on Reddit or other forums such as Planet of the Vapes to tap into a community with highly experienced and knowledgeable vapers.

Having authentic batteries is also a huge part of sub ohm vaping. You’ll quickly notice when you do your research that the most used batteries are 18650 batteries and these can be purchased for reasonable prices. You have to be sure to never exceed the amp limit of your batteries otherwise you will experience dangerous problems. We’ll cover more about battery safety and the best batteries to use when vaping in another blog post – this is a huge topic that requires its own dedicated post!

18650 Battery for Vaping

In Conclusion

Sub ohm vaping is a trend within the vaping world that is gaining more and more traction. It does come with its risks, but doing your research is vital to staying safe. Don’t just blindly follow trends – look into them and see if they are for you before you invest in something that may not be for you.

Sub ohm vaping isn’t for everyone, but those that find that it is for them, love it and enjoy enhanced flavour and vapour production. It becomes more of a hobby, than a way to quit smoking.


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