Let me guess what brought you here. You have found yourself intrigued by the hot new trend of sub-ohm vaping. You’ve read all the articles on what it is, how to do it (and hopefully on how you shouldn’t do it). But, now you want to know the deeper science of it, what sub-ohm is actually all about; finding the sweet spot in the power output of your device in order to give you awesome vapor clouds, extreme flavor and all the other benefits that attracted you to sub ohming. Well, you are in the right place. This Sub Ohm Vaping Wattage Guide will help you determine exactly what wattage you need to use on your vape atomizers in order to get the perfect vaping experience.
Wattage and its effect on your vape
If you are a rookie vaper you may be confused by what the term wattage means and its role in your vape. Heck, some seasoned vapers are still a bit confused! But it’s ok I’m going to break it down for you. By now you probably already know how sub-ohm vaping works and that it involves using a non-variable voltage source (such as a battery) in a mechanical vape mod which will increase the overall power output (wattage) of your vaping device when the resistance (ohms) of your coils is decreased. But despite the name, sub ohm vaping isn’t all about lowering your resistance. There are a number of other variables that alter the experience and results.
Apart from lowering the resistance, sub ohming also relies on increasing the power. When you increase the power flowing through the vape atomizer coils, you increase the amount of heat generated, heating up the e-liquid to a higher temperature which results in greater and thicker cloud production when compared to ordinary vapes. Just a quick side note here; since more power increases the heat generated you will have to allow for more airflow in order to counterbalance the heat with some more air. Less airflow creates hotter vapor and more airflow cools the vapor. There is no right and wrong way to do this, so you’ll just have to experiment and see what you prefer.
So let’s dig a bit deeper and look at what a watt is and how it actually affects your vape.
What is Wattage?
A Watt is a measure of the amount of power used by an electrical device. Essentially it refers to the rate in which electricity is used and can be defined as (Voltage x Voltage) / Resistance = Wattage. So as you can see that as either the battery Voltage changes or the Resistance of the atomizer coil changes, the wattage consequently will also change. So how does this affect your vape? Well, when Wattage is increased, either by increasing the Voltage that the Atomizer Coil receives or by decreasing the Ohms (resistance) of an Atomizer Coil, the outcome will be more vapor, more flavor and also warmer vapor.
It is important to note, however, that you can’t vape at just any watts. Go to high and it begins to burn your flavour and you enter a danger zone. Go to low and nothing will happen. The best way to make sure that you stay within the correct wattage range is to use a vaping power chart like this one, or an online calculator, that will help you keep your wattage within the right range by adjusting your voltage and resistance correctly.
Choosing the right gear for adjusting your voltage
There are two ways you can approach the gear you want to use for sub-ohming. If you are new to vaping or lack the technical know-how and expertise of how to get the most out of each of these the different vaping components,it's advisable to begin their sub ohm vaping experience with a vaping starter kit, rather than jumping straight into the deep end. More experienced vapors on the other hand can look at investing in a variable voltage/wattage device. Once you are more experienced and into the vaping game variable voltagewattage devices are certainly the best and safest way to adjust the wattage in your device. This will provide you with a convenient and safer way to alter the power running through your device and therefore, enabling the ultimate sub-ohm vaping experience.