Vaping in 2016 – A World of Choice
If you're new to the vape scene, the myriad options at your disposal may seem daunting. For those of us who've been around the block a time or two, things can still get overwhelming – but choices, we believe, are a great thing. No matter what your style, there's a device out there to fit your needs.
Back in the bad old days (read: 2012 or 2013), choices were limited. Nearly all vapers were using devices set to deliver as much power as the battery felt like putting out, delivered through an atomizer that even today's mouth-to-lung vapers would consider constricted. "Variable voltage" was exotic, "variable wattage" was something reserved for the highest-dollar devices.
Variable wattage devices allow users to control power delivery to their tanks, pushing anywhere from 7 watts (just a wisp of cool, light vapor) to 200 or more (huge, blistering-hot billowing clouds), or anywhere in between. There are too many devices in this category to do justice with mentions, but we're fans of the Reuleaux RX200 mod by Jaybo & Wismec, who've just announced the release of the updated RX200S version.
Controlling power is just the start – most modern mods also include temperature control capability. While this feature primarily achieves what it sounds like – preventing your vape from exceeding a set temperature, it has the added benefit of preventing "dry hits," a decidedly unpleasant experience where your wicking material begins to burn.
Beyond mod control, the vide variety of atomizers on the market today offer further customization.
For those uninterested in tinkering with their vape gear any more than necessary, a wide variety of new-generation sub ohm clearomizers allow even the most novice user to customize their vaping experience by adjusting airflow or swapping manufacturer-replaceable coils of different wire types and resistance levels. While again there are myriad choices, we like the Smok TFV4 for hosting the widest variety of pre-built coil options on the market.
Hobbyists, however, will gravitate toward Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers (RDAs) or Rebuildable Tank Atomizers (RTA) – with these devices you can twist the wire you want in the size and shape you prefer to achieve the ultimate in customization. Many clearomizers now offer rebuildable heads, offering a hybrid experience – build for yourself when you feel like it, pop in a pre-built coil when you don't.
If these options aren't enough to blow your mind, there's always seemingly more on the horizon – some manufacturers are experimenting with ceramic as a coil coating, others are experimenting with bringing the long-underground "bottom feeder" mods into the mainstream (we're particularly excited about that development) – unless the FDA has their way with recently-released deeming regulations that threaten the entire vaping industry and tobacco cessation efforts across the country (Google that if you're unfamiliar), we'll likely be looking back at today's advancements with wonder at how far we've come.