Different Vaping Watts for Different Folks
As we're all aware, the wattage wars have been raging for a couple of years now. Back when Sigelei introduced one of the first mainstream dual-18650 mods capable of hitting 100 watts in late 2014, it was hard to imagine anyone ever needing any more power. But new mods have continually upped the ante, promising 120, 150, even 200 or more watts of power.
Want to know a secret? You probably don’t need anything with that kind of power.This isn't to say that more power isn't appealing to some. If you're a dedicated builder of custom RBA coils, there's a good chance you've experimented with super-sub-ohm builds that demand in excess of 100 watts to fire properly. That said, most of us aren't Tim Taylor (and some younger readers may not even know who that is).
The truth is that most vapers settle in at a power delivery somewhere between 15 and 75 watts. For low-power vapers who prefer the mouth-to-lung style puff reminiscent of a cigarette, going above 20-30 watts just gets too hot and harsh – the same goes for vapers who prefer a higher nicotine e-liquid, as the throat hit just becomes unbearable.
Even most RTAs and high-powered clearomizers are perfectly at home under 100 watts. Sure, new tank manufacturers may claim their coils can handle more, but unless you're using a relatively high-PG liquid (the antithesis to cloud production), you're probably not going to be able to get your coils to wick the liquid fast enough to avoid dry hits. Another drawback of massive power delivery is massive battery consumption – who wants to carry around two or three sets of spare batteries just to get through a day of vaping?
By all means, we recommend trying out a high-powered vape setup! Most experienced vapers eventually transition from mouth-to-lung to direct-lung inhalation techniques, just as most of us decrease our nicotine consumption once we've quit smoking for a few months. But if you find your "sweet spot" is somewhere well below your mod's maximum power delivery, don't feel like you're doing something wrong – you're solidly in the majority here.
Once you realize this, it'll become apparent that your future mod choices don’t necessarily need to be driven by the quest for maximum output, but rather by the style and form factor of the vape device that most appeals to you. Happy vapor trails from a three-plus-year convert happily blowing massive clouds between 35 and 65 watts…