[AD – Features some gifted items.] Hey, vapers! What’s going on? Anything happening? What’s new in your vape box of tricks? I was recently asked a very important vaping question and thought I’d make a little blog post out of the answer. The question was: how do you know the watts to vape at?
(The post’s title gives it away a bit!)
Before I go any further, I’m going to throw a little disclosure out there: I can only give you recommendations and suggestions based on ME and MY vaping experiences. You’re likely to read lots of different snippets of advice from lots of different vape websites, each of them giving their own little side of the story.
Take them all individually with the proverbial grain of salt. Read them. Learn from them. But don’t take all of them as gospel … not even mine. Everyone is different.
One of the best ways to find out what works for you is simply to dive right in and start vaping!
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HOW DO YOU KNOW THE WATTS TO VAPE AT?
So, I’m going to give you a few tips on how to work out the watts you should vape at. Again, these are based on what I’ve learned and my experiences. I’ll add links to other helpful posts and articles right at the bottom for you lovelies!
1 – OHM’S LAW
I know I said I’d add all the other helpful posts and articles at the bottom, but I feel this one is super important — because above all when you’re vaping, you gotta keep yourself safe!
- How To Calculate Ohm’s Law For Safe Vaping | Vaping 360
With certain devices/coils/tanks, working out the watts you should vape at is simply a matter of reading the user manual, clicking a few buttons, and then puffing away. That’s not always the case, though. If you’re using an RDA or building your own coils, etc., you’re going to need to know about the safety aspects of doing so.
If you’re using a simple device or box+tank combo, such as the Aspire Cleito EXO tank on the Vapor Storm Puma box, everything is virtually figured out for you. You are told the recommended wattage range for the coil, and you simply apply that to the box using the screen and buttons. You don’t need to faff around trying to figure out the ohms you should use yourself.
I’ve gone more than eight years vaping with stock vape bits and pieces, not needing to figure out “ohm stuff”. It was only when I dipped my toes into the RDA world that I needed to seriously look into all the complicated stuff.
If you plan to avoid stock tanks and coils, instead choosing to focus on RDAs, building your own coils, etc., you’ll *definitely* need to know the ohm’s law stuff. You’ll need to work out the ohms of your coil, the watts to use, volts, amps, and all sorts of other things I don’t understand much. That’s one of the biggest reasons I’ve avoided RDAs until now.
2 – SUB-OHM OR MOUTH-TO-LUNG?
I use higher watts with sub-ohm (big clouds) vaping then I do with mouth-to-lung vaping. You’ll probably find that quite a few other vapers will say the exact same thing.
When I mouth-to-lung vape, it tends to be under 20 watts. This does depend on the device or tank+box combo, the eliquid, and also the coil, though. I can MTL vape using the Vapor Storm Puma at 15 watts quite happily, but on the Vapour2 Trinity box, I need to bump it up to 20 watts or higher.
When I sub-ohm vape, it tends to be over 30 or 40 watts, although you don’t have to go that high with all devices. If you wanted to, you could even go up to 100 watts, 200 watts, etc. with certain devices/boxes. I’ve never gone that high and I’ve never really wanted to … or understood why you’d want to. I once turned up my device to 100 watts with the Innokin Scion tank and basically died from coughing when I tried to vape with it.
3 – CHECK THE PACKAGING
Rather than explain what I’m talking about here, I’m just going to show you. I grabbed one of my many boxes of vape crap and reached for a random packet of coils.
They’re Aspire Cleito coils for the original Cleito tank and compatible with the EXO tank, 0.4-ohms, designed for sub-ohm vaping.
The box very clearly states that 0.4-ohm coils are best used between 40-60 watts. This is what the manufacturer recommends for best results.
4 – CHECK THE COIL
If you can’t find the recommended watts somewhere on the packaging, take a peek at the coil. I find it on there more often than not, but it’s sometimes really difficult to read.
If I delve back into my box of vape crap and pull out different coils – Kangertech SSOCC 1.5-ohm coils for mouth-to-lung vaping – I can see that there’s an etching on the coil itself that says 10W to 26W.
You can barely see the etching in that image, so how about I show you what’s etched on the Aspire Cleito coils I mentioned earlier …
As you can see, it very clearly states that the 0.4-ohm coils are best vaped between 40-60 watts, same as what it said on the box.
5 – CHECK THE WEBSITE
If you can’t find the information you’re looking for in the packaging/user manual OR on the coil, you might find it on the store/manufacturer’s website.
The 0.42-ohm ones are best used between 23-24 watts. That’s weirdly specific. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed that before.
The regular S-Coils have the same information — the 0.5-ohm DTL [sub-ohm vaping] coils are best used between 20-30 watts.
6 – PLAY AROUND
I do need to remind you to be safe and responsible, but I often find my “sweet spot” by having a good old play around. If I’m sub-ohm vaping with a new tank for the first time, I’ll start off at the bottom of the recommend wattage range and then work my way up.
Let’s pretend I’m using the 0.4-ohm coils for the Aspire Cleito EXO. I’d start off at 40 watts, then try 45 watts, 50 watts, 55 watts, 60 watts, etc., until I find the right ‘area’ for me.
As previously mentioned, I might find that the Cleito EXO tank works great at 45 watts on one box, but needs 35 watts or 55 watts on another. The eliquid you use will also play an important role. Sometimes, I need to turn the watts down for a particularly punchy eliquid, or turn them up for one that’s not quite giving me what I need.
7 – USE DEVICES THAT DO IT ALL FOR YOU
That’s the best thing about vaping in this day and age: you ain’t gotta work it out if you don’t want to.
If we use the Aspire Gusto Mini as an example, you can use the device and pods both ways – sub-ohm or mouth-to-lung – without having to change anything, including watts. You simply inhale on it differently.
That’s it, nice n’ simple.
The Jac Vapour Series-S17 vape pen doesn’t require any working out, either. You just insert an MTL coil for MTL vaping, or a DTL coil for direct-to-lung or sub-ohm vaping. Then, just add the right eliquid. Again, no changing of watts.
8 – WHICH ELIQUID?
If you’re buying a 50/50 VG/PG eliquid, there’s a good chance you’re mouth-to-lung vaping it. You’ll need lower watts and a higher-ohm coil.
If you’re buying an 80/20 VG/PG eliquid, there’s a good chance you’re sub-ohm vaping it. You’ll need higher watts (more power) and a lower-ohm coil.
Sub-ohm eliquid is thicker and has a hard time working with coils that are designed to be used with thinner, MTL (lower-VG) eliquid (lower power).
If you try to use thinner, MTL (lower-VG) eliquid with coils designed for sub-ohm vaping, you’ll probably get an awful, burnt taste (too much power).
There are exceptions to these rules, but this is kinda what I’ve been working with since I began vaping. It’s always worked out very well for me!
VAPE WATTS FOR BEGINNERS – IMPORTANT POINTS
If this is your first time dipping your toes into the world of vaping and everything that goes with it, here’s a very simple rundown of what you might be looking for …
LOTS O’ CLOUDS
On the hunt for lots of clouds/vapour so that you can fog up the room or perform vape tricks? You’ll end up in the higher wattage range – 30/40/50 watts and upwards. Most sub-ohm devices or tanks use coils with low ohms [0.2-ohm, etc.], hence the name “sub-ohm”.
EXAMPLE: Vapor Storm Hawk tank + 0.2-ohm mesh coil @ 50-70 watts (but can go up to 100W).
Increased watts = increased power = increased clouds.
Turning up the watts also increases the temperature of the vape, and will drastically reduce battery life. You will also use considerably more eliquid.
TO MIMIC SMOKING
If you want to use vaping to quit or cut down on cigarette smoking, you’ll find that lower watts – 20 and under – will give you more of a realistic experience, along with higher ohms on the coil [1.5-ohm, etc.].
Sub-ohm vaping – higher watts and lots of clouds – means inhaling on the device like you would a shisha pipe, rather than like you would when you inhale on a cigarette.
A mouth-to-lung device + eliquid + coil = the same kind of throat hit and vapour that you’d get from a ciggie, and you inhale the same way.
EXAMPLE: Aspire Nautilus X tank + 1.8-ohm coil @ 12-16 watts.
If you’re using lower watts or vaping the MTL way, you’ll find that your battery lasts longer and your eliquid goes further.
IF YOU GO OUTSIDE THE RECOMMENDED WATTAGE RANGE …
As mentioned previously, you’ll find the recommended wattage range on the coil, the packaging, the website, or all three. They are listed there for a reason — that’s the range that the manufacturer has tested and knows is safe.
If you go lower than the recommended wattage range, you might find that the coil doesn’t work properly. It’ll gurgle, leak, you’ll have eliquid in the mouth, etc. There isn’t enough power for the vape and/or coil to turn the eliquid into vapour.
If you go higher than the recommended wattage range, you’re entering territory that might not be safe. That’s not to say the vape will blow up or anything like that. You *might* send too much power through the coil, causing serious and potentially dangerous malfunctions, though.
Here’s a weird analogy … You wouldn’t put a 13-amp fuse in a plug that requires a 3-amp fuse because you know the potential repercussions could include the plug or wire catching fire.
The recommended wattage range is there for a reason. You’re playing around with electrics here, people. Be smart.
As always, please feel free to give me a shout if you have any questions or need a hand! You can email me using the Contact Me page or get in touch via social media.
Thanks so much for reading my blog today, enjoy the rest of your day!
Aspire Cleito 0.4-ohm coils > £13.99/5-pack
Kangertech SSOCC 1.5-ohm coils > £13.99 / 5-pack
Aspire Cleito EXO > £9.95
Vapor Storm Hawk tank > £19.99
Aspire Gusto Mini > £18.99
Innokin Scion tank > no longer available | Innokin Scion II tank > £19.99
Vapor Storm Puma > £24.95
Vapor Storm Subverter [yellow box mod – featured image] > $46
Vapour2 Trinity > £59.99
Vaptio Tyro > £22.99
XEO VOID > £39.99
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