Vaping Economics

by Nick Warrender on May 09, 2017

Well I just feel like I took my 8th grade science class all over again.  Wattage, voltage, Ohms, resistance, amps, current . . . it can all get pretty confusing when you are trying to get the most out of your products and even more confusing when you are making/rebuilding your own mods and atomizers.  Not to mention dangerous, if you don’t do your due diligence in calculations and research using Ohm’s Law (having 2 of the three factors-resistance, voltage, current- allows you to calculate the third)*.  So how can you get a personalized vaping experience that best caters to your needs?  I created a quick cheat sheet that will help!

Increased Resistance/Ohms in Coils

Decreased Resistance/Ohms in Coils

Increased battery life

Battery drains quickly

Atomizer lasts longer

Decreased atomizer life

Subtle flavor (depending on juice flavor)

Increased flavor (depending on atomizer)

Cooler Vapor

Warmer Vapor

E-juice lasts longer

E-juice diminishes quickly

Dry hit less likely

Dry hit more probable

Thinner clouds

Thicker vapor

Voltage and wattage also contribute to these factors; more heat is generated in the coil when there’s lower resistance.  So if you have e-liquid flavors like coffee, cake batter or tobacco, the higher heat will release an enhanced taste.  But if you have flavors like strawberry, pineapple, or melon, the higher resistance in the coils will decrease the amount of heat and elicit a better taste with these types of flavors.  It all boils down to personal preference.

Think of Ohms as either squeezing the current flowing through the coils or letting it flow through without a hitch.  Adjusting the battery voltage allows you to achieve your desired hit, flavor, and cloud.  It’s important to keep in mind that calculating the amps or current that the coil will pull from the battery can prevent a battery from being pushed beyond its limits and exploding.  Sounds scary because it is, but this mostly pertains to people who are building their own coils for mods/atomizers and don’t properly do the calculations (4.2 for most 18650/26650 batteries).  I am all about safety and math was never one of my strong points, so you won’t see me trying to build anything.  I’m also a big fan of getting my money's worth, so finding out exactly what I need to do in order to achieve that is well worth my time, hopefully worth yours as well.

* has a great Ohm’s Law calculator if you need one