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How To Select The Best Atomizer For Your Vaping Mod

Are you getting the best vaping experience that you could be? It’s a fair question to ask as many of us who started the practice tend to start on the simple side of things with Cig-a-Likes, POD Systems, and basic Vape Pen devices. As we become more experienced with our vaping, we tend to step things up a bit and evolve into vapers who use more advances mods and rigs. It’s a natural progression because the more you try something, the more you find out what you like, and like most things, our tastes change and grow over time.

As we start to look for a more advanced Mod, many of us choose Variable Voltage (VV) and Variable Wattage (VW) devices as our new chosen device. With these being about as customizable as any Mod on the market, we now have the decision as to which atomizer we’re going to use on the Mod. They all provide different benefits and downsides, so we’re left to decide which one’s pros outweigh its cons in connection with our desired experience. This has led us at Madvapes to bring you a breakdown of all available to give you the information needed to make the best selection for you and your desired vaping experience. Check out the different options below!

Cartridge / Cartomizer

Let’s start off with the basics. Now predominantly used in only Vape Pens and Cig-a-Likes, Cartridges and Cartomizers are either refillable or disposable, but they offer little airflow and have a restrictive draw. They tend to have either a heating coil that uses a tube-like mouthpiece to hold the wick and the E-Liquid (cartridges) or an attached tube with a removable tip at the mouthpiece that holds the wicking material and E-Liquid. Out of all the atomizers you’ll read about today, these provide the least flavor and vapor, in most cases.

Clearomizer

Let’s go from the most simple to the most popular. The Clearomizer is most easily explained as a refillable tank system that houses a simple, replaceable coil head. Its mid-range vapor and flavor production tends to be great for beginners, and they also offer an easily adjusted airflow. From an aesthetic point-of-view, they come in many different styles, colors, and designs, so you can tweak your rig’s look at your discretion.

Sub-Ohm Tanks

Many experienced vapers like to evolve into what’s known as Sub-Ohm vaping. Sub-Ohm vaping is vaping with atomizer coils that have a resistance of less than one ohm to increase the power and to create more vapor or flavor. These Sub-Ohm Clearomizers have a much larger juice inlet to the coils and a much larger, adjustable airflow while being designed to resist the heat generated by the sub-ohm vaping process. These also allow you the ability of sub-ohm vaping without having to build your own coils.

Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers

If you were to compare Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers (RDA) to a form of smoking, it would certainly be the classic wooden pipe, but it’s much more advanced than that. The RDA uses a drip well instead of a tank to allow the user to drip a few drops of E-Liquid onto a wick that sits in its shallow, open-topped reservoir below the coils. Because it’s only a few drops at a time, RDA users have to replenish the wick every few pulls, but its ability to hold a wider number and variety of coils of varied sizes compared to most other atomizers, it gives you many more options.

Furthermore, because it requires new drops every few pulls, you’ll be able to change the flavor and strengths of your E-liquid at will. It does, however, have some downsides. It can be much messier than other options, and because RDA’s do require you to build your own coils, you’re going to have to have some basic mechanical skills and electrical knowledge. It does provide the best vapor and flavor, according to most, though.

Rebuildable Tank Atomizers

Like RDA’s, the Rebuildable Tank Atomizer (RTA) have to be built by the user. However, unlike the RDA’s, the RTA is a tank system that allows you to refill your tank full of E-Liquid. While the thought of having to build your own coils is daunting to some, it does give you the ability to change the coil style, wire size and number of wraps to give your coil the exact resistance that you choose. Long-term, it’ll also save you quite a few pennies and allow you the ability to have top-notch vapor and flavor. You just have to have the knowledge and safety required to build it yourself.

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How To Select The Best Vapor Device For Your Desired Experience

When you ask the question, “How do I select the best vaping device for myself?” The answer is fairly simple. You must learn about all of your options, weigh the pros and cons of each possible choice, and make the best decision you can base on the information available. If you are asking that question, and why wouldn’t you be if you’re here, you’re in luck. We’re going to break down the different options, what separates them from the pack and leave you with enough information to make an informed decision and choice.

In a past article, we went over The Anatomy of a Vape Pen. In that piece, we break down, in detail, each part of the device, and even though many devices are different, they all consist of the same pieces and parts to deliver vapor to the user. From the atomizers to the coils, the batteries to the wicks and even the E-Liquid, we give an easy breakdown of the entire device.

Now that we have you caught up, we can dive into the different devices to help you determine which is best for you…

Cig-A-Likes

The classic E-Cigarette, commonly referred to as a Cig-a-Like, is the most common and recognizable device on the market. They come in both disposable and refillable options and are the easiest to use. Disposable is just that, but the refillable are also rechargeable. Whether they use a manual battery which must be pressed for power or use a suction activated switch that powers the device on, these devices are compact and simple to use. The main issue with these for vapers is the lack of effectiveness at producing vapor or flavor along with the lack of battery life that they tend to have in comparison to other options. The simplicity and recognizability of this device continues to keep it as a popular option for many people.

Pen Style Devices

The Pen Style devices are a little larger than the classic Cig-a-Like, but they provide a larger battery and tend to come with a clearomizer style tank which allows the user longer use and eliminates the need to refill quickly. While still a simple device compared to many, some brands allow the user to adjust the voltage on their Pen Style devices to give a more customizable experience. However, like the Cig-a-like, these tend to use coils on the high end of the resistances which doesn’t allow a lot of vapor or the best flavor out there.

Variable Voltage/Wattage

Variable Voltage (VV) and Variable Wattage (VW) devices are some of the most popular devices on the market for many reasons. Because of their high power use and multiple features, users are able to customize their experience to their liking. Some of these devices use internal batteries while others have replaceable options, but the ability to adjust the power will require users to understand the process of vaping at a much deeper level, and this also includes knowing which voltage and resistance levels necessary to get the proper, and safest, vape possible. These devices also let you change and replace the style of tank you use, which will also affect your vape and the necessary power needed. It’s a great option for the experienced.

Temperature Control

These may be newer to the scene, but they’re gaining in popularity quickly for not only their ability to deliver a quality vape but also their safety. Temperature Controlled devices work by detecting the change in the coil’s resistance as it heats. It limits the power based on your setting to prevent the coil from heating past the specified temperature thus delivering exactly what you want while keeping you safe in the process.

Mechanical

Mechanical Devices are extremely simple in their design. There is no wiring or circuitry involved and has very little that can break and need to be replaced. They’re also very durable and sturdy. The biggest issue with these is safety, and inexperienced users should avoid probably avoid them. Users that do want to push the limits of vaping can use these if they choose, but they should also have knowledge of battery safety, ohms law, and other electrical concepts to vaping.

Vaping can go in many different directions for each person who chooses to partake in the practice, it just depends on each and every user’s intended desire. Make sure to check out MadVapes.com and choose what’s best for you!

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How To Choose The Best E-Liquid For Your The Best Vaping Experience

It has many names and nicknames and it’s one of the most important parts to the process of vaping, but whether you call it E-Liquid, E-Juice, Juice, or any other number of things, you don’t have vape unless you have the liquid. For the purpose of this article, we simply refer to it as E-Liquid. Now, while it may be just another cog in the wheel, for lack of a better term, the E-Liquid you choose to use is going to ultimately have one of the biggest effects on your vaping experience that any one step in the vaping process can. So, when you choose your ingredient, choose wisely, but we’re going to take the time to break down the differences to give you the knowledge you need to make that choice!

E-Liquid is normally made up of a mix of Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, Distilled Water, Ethyl Alcohol, and Flavoring or Extracts. Some also use nicotine, others don’t, but every brand doesn’t use the same percentages of Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin either. They all provide differences to tweak the experience for the user, and with all of the flavors out there, the vaping experience can be as different and personal to you as you want it to be. Some companies have even gone as far as putting different vitamins and caffeine in their E-Liquid.

When you’re selecting your E-Liquid, you’re also going to want to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck. Something being more expensive doesn’t always equate to it being better. Because of this, you’re going to want to understand why they’re more expensive than others. With every company using similar mixtures, you’re going to want to check the ingredients. Premium E-Liquid companies tend to use food grade flavor extracts and package their E-Juices in glass bottles. They’ll also use high-quality nicotine, but do your research and make sure you’re making the best selection for your best vape.

There will be tell-tale signs that let you know what condition your E-Liquid is in after you’ve been using it for some time. As the E-Liquid ages, it can become darker over time due to nicotine oxidation. The more nicotine your brand has in it will also affect the color, but you can help control the speed at which your E-Liquid ages. It’s sensitive to both heat and light. Storing your E-Liquid in a cool, dark place will slow down the nicotine oxidation and keep your product fresher for longer. If you want to store for extended periods of time, you can store in your refrigerator, and glass bottles tend to hold up much better than plastic over time.

Another way you can control the flavor and performance of your E-Liquid is a practice called “steeping.” Just like you’re allowing a good win to age, “steeping” your E-Liquid can give the flavor a deeper and smoother taste over time. If your flavor is too strong, open the cap and allow the bottle to breathe for a bit. If it’s too weak, keep the cap on and store in a cool dark place for some time, the length is determined by the result you’re after. You can also choose to place the E-Liquid in warm water, repeating this process until the water becomes room temperature. Always remember, though, make sure you shake up your E-Liquid prior to “steeping” to make sure its mixed up and fully homogenized.

Non-smokers can always use an E-Liquid without any nicotine, but smokers and ex-smokers may want to use a product with nicotine. E-Liquid ranges from 3mg/ml (.3%) to 24mg/ml (2.4%) and sometimes higher, and which you choose to go with depends on your habit. Light smokers should probably stay towards the low end of the spectrum, at least to start, while heavy smokers may be looking for a stronger product. The medium range tends to be where many people like to start and adjust from there. One of the best things about vaping is its flexibility for each and every person who tries it.