What Are Vapes?

Tuesday, 19 April 2016  |  Admin

You may have noticed the vaping trend gathering ever more steam (pun intended) in recent times. Unless you've been living under a rock the past few years you'll have some idea that vaping refers to the inhaling and exhaling of vapour, caused by heating a liquid electronically. You may wonder, though, what the device used to do this is called, and how it works. 


'Vape' is one of many terms for an electronic cigarette, otherwise known as an e-cig, vape stick, vape pen or personal vaporiser. They are handheld devices, and often made to look like the real thing. The good news is that, unlike regular, 'analogue' cigarettes, e-cigs are totally tobacco, smoke and tar free. Vapes can range from small, compact 'cigalikes' that resemble regular cigarettes in size and appearance, to the more powerful and technical-looking mods, but essentially they all do the same thing; heat up liquid to create vapour.

What's in a Vape?

The inside of an e-cig isn't too complex, as it's usually made up of three main components:

  • Battery - essential for powering your vape. The battery powers the atomiser
  • Atomiser - the atomiser is key to the vape, as it heats up your e-liquid of choice to create the vapour
  • Inhaler - the mouthpiece to the device, which you inhale from

Most e-cigs will come with these components, but several more advanced models are out there, and modifications can also be made to alter the vaping experience. If you're looking to get into sub-ohm vaping then you'll need a more advanced set-up, but for those happy new-comers just getting started then out-of-the box vapes are perfect for opening up a world of flavour. So whether you're a fan of tobacco, coffee, fruit or even dessert flavours there's sure to be something to suit your taste.

What's Sub-Ohm Vaping?

Sub-ohm vaping is a method of creating more vapour (larger clouds) and better flavours, by lowering the resistance of the device and increasing the power. The combination of high power and low resistance can really help to bring out the best of the flavourings, making for a more enjoyable experience.

This technique is not recommended for beginners, or anyone without the necessary understanding of ohm's law. However, there are risks with sub-ohm vaping even if you know what you're doing. Sub-ohm vaping puts a lot of strain on the battery which not only depletes battery power quickly, but can create a lot of heat. This can cause your coils to catch fire, or, even worse, your battery to explode. Decide for yourself whether chasing that perfect cloud is worth the risk!

Is Vaping for Me?

You are the only person who can really answer this question. It has to be said that the majority of vapers are either ex or current smokers, and as the health risks haven't been properly studied we wouldn't advise non-smokers to take it up. Vaping seems to have several benefits over smoking, however, so just make sure you've done the proper research before starting your vaping journey.

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