“What’s the point in vaping when you spend double as much money on eliquid than you used to spend on cigs?”
Just another little conversation between Mister best-ecig and I in which he might have had a bit of a point. Hands up if you’re a vaper that spends way too much on their vape habit each month.
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In fact, I’m going to put my hands down. I’m nowhere near as bad as I used to be. Gosh, don’t even get me started on the #vapeenvy I used to get. Sadly, when I buy the latest “must-have” bit of kit that everyone’s ranting and raving about, I usually don’t like it that much. I’m just an awkward person I think.
There are times that I go through an immense amount of eliquid, though. Even now, to this day. Seven years after I first started vaping, I still go through more eliquid in a week than I ever used to go through cigarettes, by nicotine content. I’ve got a few tips to share with you if you’re the same. Are you ready for them?
How to Use Less Eliquid When You Vape
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1 – Don’t vape as much.
I’m actually not kidding. One of the best ways to NOT vape your way through bottle after bottle of eliquid is to simply slow down on your vaping habit.
Don’t snort at me yet; there are ways that you can do this and NOT turn into a nicotine-withdrawing monster. You might not be using the right nicotine strength for you, the right kind of device for you, or the right kind of vaping style for you.
Keep reading, folks. You’ll see what I mean.
2 – Make sure you’re using the right nicotine strength.
If you’re using your vape a lot, maybe you should look at upping your eliquid strength? If you’re only on 6mg right now, get 12mg next time. It might take a little bit of getting used to (just like when you first started vaping, and when you first started smoking before that), but you’ll find that you’ll need to vape less frequently when you have the right nicotine strength. If you’re reaching for your vape every five seconds, it might be the case that you’re not using the right juice. The stuff you’re currently using is probably a little too nicotine-low.
That being said, there are times when I utterly rely on my vape and couldn’t go anywhere without it. I used my vape all the time when I first started vaping. A truckload more than what I ever smoked, that’s for sure. The longer I’d been a vaper, the less I found myself needing to reach for it. Sometimes, just having it close by is good enough; I don’t actually need to take a puff on it. There are still days when I vape on the thing 24/7, though.
It’s just like when I used to smoke. Some days I’d be on 10-15 of the stinkies. Stressful days would see me tearing into a second 20-pack. On days where I’d work stupidly long hours, I might only smoke 6 or 7 of them.
3 – Sub-ohm vaping? Try mouth-to-lung vaping.
I use so much more juice when I sub-ohm vape, and you’ll probably find that every other vaper is the same. There’s more power going through the sub-ohm battery, tank, and coil, and this pulls more juice through. I can get through a 2ml tank of eliquid in less than an hour when I’m chain-puffing like a maniac.
Mouth-to-lung vaping uses less power and, in turn, less juice. A 2ml tank of 50/50 VG/PG eliquid (for example) can last me for a full working day. If I’m sat ay my desk for hours on end, however, I’ll go through a 2ml tank in just a few hours, needing to top it up two or three times throughout the day.
If you’re using too much juice as a sub-ohm’er, try being a mouth-to-lung’er again.
Do you need mouth-to-lung device or juice recommendations? Here’s some that I’ve tried and rated lately:
- Jac Vapour Series-S17 Review
- blu Pro Kit Review
- Sugar Pie Vapes 50/50 Strawberry Donut Eliquid Review
- JAC Originals American Blend Eliquid Review
4 – Use different devices.
If your budget can afford to both a mouth-to-lung and a sub-ohm device, get both. There are a few devices out there that do both, too, such as Jac Vapour’s VIM, the Aspire Gusto Mini, and the Aspire PockeX.
I have a number of different devices on the go at any one time, usually reviewing one of them, or the juice inside the tanks. If I weren’t a reviewer, I’d still have two devices I think. One for MTL vaping that I’d probably use in the morning, after dinner, and when I’m super stressed. Then I’d have my ‘hobby’ vape — the sub-ohming big cloud-maker. If I find myself tearing through juice in the sub-ohm device, I’ll grab a MTL one, with the higher strength nicotine juice.
*My sub-ohm device of the day at the time of writing up this blog post was Jac Vapour’s VIM + 0.5-ohm S-Coil + Bryn’s Special Sauce Papricot Custard. My mouth-to-lung device was Vype’s new ePen 3.
5 – Are you leaking?
I did like the Aspire PockeX, but mine was a leaky little bugger. I filled the tank up one day, put it down to let the coil prime and to make a cup of tea, and when I came back the tank was virtually empty. The thing had leaked everywhere. (I’m still not sure where it was all coming from, but I wrote all about the disappointing experience here: Help! My Aspire PockeX is Leaking!)
If you have a leak, you’ll obviously go through juice a lot quicker. It’ll be coating the inside of your handbag and its contents, soaking through your pocket, or just making a mess of the paper it was sat on, on your desk.
I’ve suffered at the hands of many a leaky vape in my time, and it’s always a very sad experience. That’s even more so the case when you’ve poured the last of your latest favourite eliquid in the tank and are getting ready to read a couple of blog posts and puff through it. There’s nothing worse than losing the last of a bottle of really good juice to a crappy little leak.
6 – Set yourself limits.
I’m adding this as a point but I can’t say that I’m all that great with the whole willpower thing. I don’t have any. I just don’t have it. It’s not a trait I possess.
If I tell myself that I can only use a 10ml bottle of sub-ohm juice in a day, I’ll zoom through the bottle in a couple of hours. Just like that time I gave up chocolate for lent one year. I don’t even eat that much chocolate to be honest (HA!), but as soon as I told myself I couldn’t have any, it was all I could think of. Literally … all I could think of. I was caught nursing a Yorkie bar in my local newsagent one day, and I don’t really think the chap in the shop knew what to do about it.
If you can set yourself juice limits and keep to them, congratulations. Well done. You clearly have much more willpower than I will ever have. Ever.
If you can’t set yourself juice limits and stick to them, don’t worry about it. You’re in my team and we’re cool people. Just accept that you use a lot of juice and then find a more economical way of doing it.
Speaking of which …
7 – DIY’ing
If you find yourself spending an absolute small fortune on your vaping habit each month, especially as far as eliquid is concerned, maybe it’s time to look at ways that you can reduce the cost. Hey, if you can’t reduce the amount you’re actually vaping through it, maybe finding a cheaper place to buy it could make a difference? Your bank balance will thank you for it. Just don’t spend your savings on more juice because that’ll defeat the point.
If you spend too much money on little 10ml bottles, which can often be around a fiver a pop, look at short fill bottles instead. These are larger bottles, usually 50ml+, containing 0mg eliquid. You simply add nicotine shots to the eliquid to bring it up to the desired strength. That’s why they’re called short fill bottles, and they’re actually short-filled, too. There’s space in the bottle to add that extra bit of nicotine stuff.
I actually wrote a simple guide to mixing and vaping short fills and you can read that here: Eliquid: What Does Short Fill Mean?
A 50ml bottle + 10ml nicotine shot can be £13-£20, which is certainly cheaper than the £25 minimum you’d have spent on those little 10ml bottles. If you’re guzzling through 50ml juice in a week or so, you could be saving £10-15 each time by learning how to do-it-yourself. That could be as much as £40-£60 saved in just one month. Maybe even more than that if you do some smart spending, utilising deals and discount codes.
What could YOU do with an extra £40-£60 in your back pocket each month?
Need easy-to-mix and understand short fills? Here are a few sub-ohm treats that I would personally recommend:
- Cream Custard Halo Shortfill || E-Cigarette Direct ~ 50ml/£14.99, nicotine shot NOT included
- Choccywoccymoo Decadent Vapours Shortfill || Decadent Vapours ~ 50ml/£7.98, Stoptober offer, nicotine shot NOT included
- Hazelnut Cookie Gloop Shortfill || E-Cigarette Direct ~ 50ml/£14.99, nicotine shot NOT included
8 – Turn the watts down.
If you’re sub-ohm vaping juice at 45 or 50 watts, turn it down by 5 or 10 watts. You’ll use less juice at a lower wattage. This is actually a great tip to use for when you’re starting to run out in the tank and could extend the life of that juice by enough time to get you home and ready to refill.
Turning down the watts on your device will not only use juice in the tank at a slower rate, but it’ll also use less power — draining your batteries more slowly.
Every little helps!
What did you think, folks? Good tips? Bad tips? Are you going to try any of them? I’d love to know what happens — whether or not you manage to lessen your juice consumption. Come back and leave your comments in the little space below this blog post, or give me a shout on social media. I’d especially love to know if you’ve got tips of your own to share!
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog post today. I hope the rest of your day is damn fabulous!