What The HELL Is Sub-Ohm Vaping?

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If you’re new to vaping, you’ll no doubt have heard people writing and talking about sub-ohm vaping. But what is sub-ohm vaping? Basically, it’s jargon. But nobody really likes jargon, as it assumes a level of understanding — like, you should just simply know what it is. And this is a pain in the ass because it makes you feel stupid when you don’t understand it.

But jargon does serve a purpose: it simplifies often complex processes or “things” down into a single word or phrase (4G is 4G, for instance, not Long Term Evolution Mobile Data), making it easier to say and, in the case of my line of work, type.

I’m going to do a whole series of posts on vape jargon busting in the coming weeks and months. But today I am going to start with the one most people seem interested in — sub-ohm vaping.

What Is Sub-Ohm Vaping?

Put simply, sub-ohm vaping is when you vape using a tank like the Aspire Atlantis 2 in conjunction with an atomizer that has a resistance lower than 1 ohms, hence the term “sub-ohm”.

Atomizers come with a variety of different ohm readings. For instance, you can get 1.2 ohm and 1.5 ohm setups for most tanks these days. However, to really start experimenting with ohm settings you will have to invest in a larger, more premium tank — check out our feature on The Best Tanks Money Can Buy for inspiration. My personal favourite at the moment is the Aspire Atlantis 2.

Aspire Atlantis

Smaller, eGo style pen sticks and cheaper, over the counter starter kits WILL NOT let you sub-ohm vape. Furthermore, until very recently sub-ohm vaping was pretty much the sole reserve of modders and builders (the guys and gals that build their own atomizers). Then Kanger and Aspire launched a bunch of tanks that allowed pretty much anyone to experience sub-ohm vaping and the rest, as they say, is history.

The only thing you will need in order to sub-ohm vape, aside from a decent tank, is a powerful box-mod — ideally one that goes up to at least 50W, as higher current is required to enable sub-ohm vaping. Again, we have a great piece on The Best Box-Mods Currently Available In 2015, which includes a bunch of setups and different price points, from super expensive to downright reasonable.

Benefits of Sub-Ohm Vaping?

The main reason A LOT of people are now dedicated sub-ohm vapers is simple: there’s a bunch of benefits associated with it. The most common, however, is the ability to produce INSANE amounts of vaper — i.e clouds. You can literally hot-box a small room in a couple of minutes.

The second is flavour, and it is sort of related to the first point because in order to create HUGE clouds you need a large coil and this in turn burns more juice and creates a denser, more engaging flavour. The only real downside here is that you WILL burn through juice at an alarming rate, proving once again that you really cannot have the sweet without the sour.

Also, all of this additional power and cloud production requires more power and this also means you will run your batteries down A LOT faster. Trust me on this one too. When I switched I noticed about a 30-40% reduction in battery performance, so make sure you always carry a spare or, if that’s not an option, turn off your box-mod when it’s not in use.