What is Variable Voltage Vaping?


If you have been vaping for a while and you are looking to take the next step towards a more advanced electronic cigarette, then it might be time to learn about variable voltage vaping. The most basic ecigs usually operate at 3.7 volts, but sometimes you might want the option to adjust the voltage and wattage to get a more customized experience.

Vapers love variable voltage for a lot of reasons, but at the end of the day, it’s just because it gives you the ability to change your ecig’s performance to fit your needs. When you first experiment with a variable voltage device, you will be shocked to see what a difference it can make. Most flavors taste instantly brighter with adjustments to the voltage and wattage. Before you make the jump to this more advanced vaping style, there are a few things you need to know.

Let’s start by taking a look at the terms that you will see most along the way. First things first, a volt is a unit of electrical potential that sends the current through the resistance. It is measured in amperes. The “ohm” is the unit of resistance. These two elements work together to create wattage. Power is measured in watts. Your ecig produces one watt when you have one ampere of electrical current flowing from the force of one volt. Essentially, the wattage is the level of power your ecig battery is churning out.

Now how does this actually affect vaping? When you adjust the voltage and wattage, you can produce larger clouds of vapor and stronger throat hits. Most variable voltage devices use a 3.7 volt battery. The difference is that the with a variable voltage model, there is a circuit inside that stores and regulates the power level and how it is delivered to your atomizer. You can adjust this in small increments to control how much vapor your ecig produces.

Ultimately, variable voltage and wattage ecigs deliver the most powerful performance, but they aren’t right for everyone. If you are only a light smoker, you might find a variable voltage ecig to be too intense. If you end up dialing the voltage down to 3.7 volts or lower, then you are probably going to get the same results from a standard battery and save a little money in the process.

It takes some time to get used to variable voltage and to learn how to adjust the settings exactly to your preferred vape. It’s easy to make mistakes in the beginning. If you set your ecig at 6 volts or 11 watts, you might end up with a nasty flavor and really harsh vapor. If you add too much liquid, the atomizer might flood and cause your device to gurgle or even overflow liquid into the tip giving you a mouthful of liquid that tastes horrible.

Is Variable Voltage/Wattage Right for You?

How can you know for sure if you are ready to try the variable voltage option? First of all, ask yourself if you are satisfied with your current ecig. If you have been vaping for a while and you find that you are still tempted to return to smoking because you aren’t getting the quality of vapor and flavor that you want, then you are probably ready to step it up and try variable voltage/wattage.

There are some big advantages to making this transition and one of the most obvious is battery life. Variable voltage batteries are much larger so they will last longer than standard ecig batteries that you find in the smaller devices. If you are using an ecig that is about the same size as a regular cigarette, your battery is probably only holding a capacity of 90 mAh. You will get an hour or two of continuous use before you need to recharge. The variable voltage batteries can hold capacities of 1600 mAh or more so you can vape for a longer period of time without stopping to recharge.

Safety is another big perk to these devices. Many of them come with built in intelligent microprocessors that will prevent you from accidentally using the ecig unsafely. They are designed to stop working if you push the battery to an unsafe level and they will shut down to prevent overheating. Most devices will display an error code to let you know what went wrong so you can learn from the mistake and insure you are vaping safely in the future.

Ultimately, the decision to move to variable voltage is up to you. There are a lot of benefits, but it’s not going to be the right choice for everyone. If you use variable voltage/wattage devices, what are some tips that you would share with newbies to make the experience more enjoyable?

Dustin has been vaping for almost a decade. He found e-cigarettes in 2008 and quickly became drawn to them as an early adopter. He's been writing reviews ever since and has established himself as a well-versed authority on the subject.

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