All the time we receive messages from readers concerning doubts about voltage, watts and ohms even when they have paid for high quality mod kits such as Geevape Aegis X TC mod kit. We have the feeling that it is not just them, but in general, in the community there is confusion on the subject. So for this we have prepared this guide. Before starting, it is important to note that an extraordinary experience can be achieved by vaping with most intermediate and advanced level vaping kits, without deeply understanding the science behind it.
You just have to familiarize yourself with the ways of using your device and press some buttons to customize the experience to your liking. You can adjust the power, battery voltage and temperature until you get the steam, the taste and the throat hit you want. You can also experiment with different tanks, resistors or atomizers and try e-liquids of various concentrations of VG / PG.
Even some devices have a more advanced chip that provides preconfigured smart modes (Fit1 / 2/3), corresponding to a battery, steam and flavor configuration, guaranteeing the best possible performance for each one.
As you can see, you don’t need a PhD in Physics to have a good experience when vaping.
However, some vapers want to know more to get the perfect experience. And users who choose to build their own resistors or vape with mechanical mods need to know for safety. If you are any of them, this post is for you.
Introduction to Voltage, Watts and Ohms
When we started writing this post, we encountered a great challenge. Achieving a balance between a really good and scientific explanation and something that everyone could understand was impossible. So we have divided the post into two parts: in this first part you will find an introduction to Voltage, Watts and Ohms, and then in the second part, a slightly more advanced explanation that includes Ohm’s Law.
Let’s start with the most basic.
What are the ohms?
An ohm is a unit of resistance. Basically, the lower the resistance of the atomizer, the more electricity will flow through it. And when you use a higher resistance atomizer less electricity will flow.
Using a low resistance atomizer:
– More electricity will flow.
– More heat is generated in the resistance.
– Steam production is higher. It will also influence the concentration of VG in the e-liquid. The more vegetable glycerin you have, the more steam you will get.
– You can experience a more intense flavor. This will depend on the atomizer you use.
– The steam will be hotter.
Depending on your preferences, the above can be considered as something positive. Now on the negative side:
– The battery will last less time.
– The battery life can be shortened.
– You will consume more e-liquid.
– The life of the atomizer will be shortened, especially if you use very low ohmic resistance. You may have to change it every 2 or 3 days.
– Increases the possibility of feeling a dry hit.
Using a high resistance atomizer:
Obviously the opposite will happen as when you use a low resistance.
– Less electricity will flow.
– Less heat is generated in the resistance.
– Steam production is lower. You should opt for more balanced e-liquids in VG / PG, since vegetable glycerin is very dense.
– The taste will be less intense.
– The steam will be less hot.
And on the positive side:
– The battery will last longer and its life will be extended.
– You will have to change the resistance less frequently.
– You will consume less e-liquid.
– You will be less likely to experience a dry hit.
How many ohms should my resistance be?
There is no single answer, it is like colors, it goes by tastes. It will depend on the amount of steam and the intensity of flavor you prefer, and the throat stroke you are looking for. Of course you should not exceed the limits suggested by the manufacturer. The resistors have several specifications. They are of different materials, of different configurations (simple, double, quadruple, etc.), but make sure you know the maximum power range and the optimum power range.
Keeping yourself in the maximum power range (watts) will prevent the resistance from burning, and in the optimum power range you will get the best possible performance. You will also find that e-liquids react differently depending on the percentage of VG / PG, and that resistance has a great impact on taste, so it is definitely necessary to experiment.
The resistance in the atomizer is not the only thing that controls the amount of steam, taste and throat hit that occurs when vaping. It also depends on the amount of energy flowing through the atomizer, the voltage.
The battery of your device is sent by the energy that flows through it, that is the volts.
The batteries used to vape are lithium-ion. They have several sizes, 18650, 20700, 21700, 26650, etc., varied chemical composition, but most have a nominal voltage of 3.7v, 4.2v when fully charged, and discharged 3.2v.
When you exceed the battery charge limit, heat is generated and may explode. Never leave your batteries charging without supervision.
Smart chargers are safer, since once the charging is completed they cut off the power path just like mods with a security chip. Now returning to the subject of vaping experience, you have two ways to increase the intensity. The first is explained in the previous part, lowering the resistance and the second is increasing the amount of volts that flow through your vaporizer.
That may sound complicated, but generally you just have to press a button up or down.
And if you want even more steam?
You can combine a low ohm resistance with a higher voltage to get more cane. However, you should keep in mind that the life of the resistance will be shortened, the probability of experiencing dry hits increases, and you can even burn the resistance.
We hope we have cleared some of your most important questions and aroused your curiosity to continue learning and take your vaping experience to the next level. And dont forget to deal with quality mod kits like those provided by Vapeciga.
Happy and safe vaping!