Vaping: More Than Just a One-Trick Pony
Contrary to the assumptions of folks who don't vape, vaping is much more than just one way to free the binds of tobacco addiction. If you were to ask a number of vapers about their journey from smoking to vaping, you'll most likely find that most vapers change things up rather often in regards to their e-cig setup. These changes are due in part to vaping technology advancing so quickly.
Out With The Old, In With The New
One of these advancements in vaping technology is power regulation. When the vaping industry was in its infancy, we were limited to a trickle of power from a small battery. Just like a child's battery-powered toy can become sluggish as the battery is depleted, e-cigs used to perform less and less through the course of the day as the battery drained. This fact of vaping didn't last for long though. It wasn't long before regulated voltage technology was integrated into electronic cigarettes. At first, only more advanced e-cig mods featured this technology. Fortunately, even eGo style batteries began to offer regulated voltage. A battery that uses regulated voltage is able to output a constant voltage throughout the duration of a single charge.
Times and Vapes, They're a Changin'
The integration of this technology was monumental for the vaping industry, but it didn't end there. Voltage regulation soon evolved into adjustable voltage. This technology allows the user to change the power output of the battery on demand. When you discover the versatility of an e-cig battery with adjustable voltage or adjustable wattage, you'll find that a whole new world of vaping is open for you to explore. There's a bit of a learning curve when it comes to variable voltage, so we'll cover the basics of adjustable voltage/wattage.
Moving On From Static Voltage
If you've been vaping for awhile with an eGo battery, chances are good that you're used to 4.1 volts. Many vapers want a bit more, or sometimes less, depending on the type of coil they're using. When you're able to adjust your e-cig's voltage up or down in order find that sweet spot, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.
A Few Technical Details
In order to get the most out of a variable voltage (also known as VV) battery, you'll need to understand some basic principles and how they relate to each other. Using water as an analogy, voltage would be similar to water pressure. It's easy to figure out that a water tank pressurized to 10 psi is going to provide more water flow from that tank's faucet, than a tank with 5psi. The same applies to voltage. Next, there's electric current, or flow of electricity, which is measured in amps. Again, using water as an analogy, amperage would be similar to the measurement of how much water flowed per second or minute. You should also know about resistance. If you've ever seen a coil described as “2.0 ohms” or “1.5 ohms,” you might be familiar with resistance. It's a measurement of the coil's tendency to resist the current (amperage.) Electrical resistance is measured in ohms.
Putting It All Together
With a basic working knowledge of voltage, amperage, and resistance, you'll have what it takes to understand how to get the most out of your VV battery. Generally, when you increase the voltage of your e-cig battery, you'll get a warmer vape and more vapor production. The opposite is true when you decrease the voltage. Of course, you'll find that a particular voltage setting suits you best for any given e-cig setup. Coils with a lower resistance require less voltage to power them, because they allow the current to more easily pass through it. For higher resistance coils, more voltage is required to produce the same amount of heat. Below, you'll find a chart that you can use as a general guide in order to determine what the best voltage setting is for your e-cig tank and coil.