Sub Ohm Vaping: What Are The Main Differences?
Sub Ohm vaping has officially gone mainstream. Everyone is doing it. It’s the hottest new trend, and is slowly becoming an ‘industry standard’ for the majority of new devices.
But what’s the difference between sub ohm vaping and any other kind of vaping? Why is it so sought after, and why do people care if their devices are ‘sub ohm’ or not?
Sub Ohm Vaping: What Is It?
Sub Ohm vaping is the technical term for vaping on a device that uses an atomizer coil with a resistance of less than 1 Ohm. So, if you are reading the description for a particular box mod, and it says that it comes with a 0.5 Ohm coil, then what you are looking at is a sub-ohm device that comes with a sub ohm coil.
The rest of the vaping world (and the devices within it) can be placed into the other category… the category of devices that use atomizer coils with resistances of 1 Ohm or more. So, using a device with a 1.5 Ohm coil, for example, would not be sub ohm vaping. That would just be ‘regular’ vaping.
What’s The Big Deal About Sub Ohm Vaping?
People use sub ohm coils for one simple reason… to increase the power output of a device. On fixed-voltage devices, using a sub-ohm coil will directly increase the power output by lowering the resistance.
On variable-voltage devices, some would say that sub ohm coils are pointless – because you can literally increase or decrease your voltage at-will. But we might disagree with this a little bit. We have always felt like sub ohm coils in variable wattage devices still kick out a better cloud with a better consistency… so we still like to use sub ohm coils on VW/VV devices when they will work safely.
But… it is also important to realize that sub ohm vaping puts an extra strain on your batteries. It also increases the temperature within the battery and the coil. When you sub ohm vape, as opposed to vaping on regular coils, you increase the amperage of your device. So by default, you are also increasing the amount of current you need to generate to continue to run it.
This is why sub ohm vaping is considered more ‘dangerous’ than regular vaping, and why you need to understand what you are doing before you just put a sub ohm coil into a mod or pen.
It is very important that you understand whether or not your device/battery can withstand the extra strain that sub ohm vaping will place upon it. If you exceed the safe amperage limit of your battery, you could cause the battery to fail. You could also possibly cause a fire or explosion.
But is sub ohm vaping truly dangerous?
The truth is that sub ohm vaping is really not dangerous as long as you follow some basic safety procedures, and that you should always read the owner’s manual to your device to figure out what these procedures and safeguards are. You should also make sure that your device is actually sub-ohm compatible before trying to sub ohm vape with it.
More Clouds And More Nicotine
Since Sub Ohm vaping allows you to vape at an increased power rate, this also means that you will tend to generate more clouds with a sub ohm coil. This means that your vape will also contain a lot more nicotine than usual, because you will be atomizing a lot more E-liquid than you would if you were just using a regular coil.
This is why a lot of sub ohm vapers use very low nicotine concentrations (usually 6mg or less) in their E-liquids (or even no nicotine at all). Sub ohm vapers also tend to prefer either blends of VG and PG liquids, or max VG liquids, as vegetable glycerin, as a base, will give them better, thicker clouds and a smoother throat hit.