Since I first got into the vaping scene, a lot of things have changed. Devices have progressed before my eyes and some old school vape trends have all but vanished. I didn’t begin vaping until about five years ago. When I first started, Kangertech was one of the most popular manufacturers at the local vape shops, so of course, my first set up was a simple pen-style device from Kanger. In this last year or two alone, I’ve noticed some new changes, old resurrections, and some downright wild attempts at being the newest, boldest, and the best. What are some of the recent vaping trends? Are these just passing fancies?
Vaping Trend No. 1–The Pod Mod Takeover: Are These Going to Phase Out Clunky Box Mods?
I know I’m not the only one who’s noticed. If you’ve been an avid vaper in the last year, you’re probably aware of the huge pod system phase the industry has been going through. This is almost worthy of being titled “recent vaping trend number one”. It’s understandable. These pod mods are extremely portable, lightweight, and don’t need to be refilled as often as sub-ohm tanks. They’re arguably more convenient to take with you and easier to use out and about, plus many vapers like the fact that these are very stealth friendly. If you’re in public and are just dying for a hit, it’s easy to conceal.
While I don’t think that sub-ohm vapers will ever get up their box mods, RDAs, and high wattages, I do think that these pod systems are here to stay. And that isn’t a bad thing. They’re particularly easy for new vapers to use, as well as ex-smokers, and they do deliver.
Vaping Trend No. 2–Squonking: One of the Oddest Trends is Still Uber Popular
If you’re still unfamiliar with what squonking is, it’s relatively easy to explain. A squonk device has a small bottle on the bottom of the mod. You push that e-liquid through the bottle and into your RDA. If you don’t want to mess with building your own coils, then squonking will not be your thing.
There are so many people out there who simply love this style of device. It isn’t for everyone though. To some, the process is a lot more maintenance than simply using an RDA and dripping yourself, or using a sub-ohm tank. For once, you have to mess with the small bottle of liquid in your device every time it runs out, which sounds easy, but takes longer than refilling a sub-ohm tank or re-dripping an RDA. If you’d like to know what to expect when you squonk, there’s an explanation for beginning squonkers here. Apparently, the first known appearance of a squonk device was in 2009, so this wasn’t just a trend that sprung out of nowhere. When I first heard of squonking, though, I really thought this was a passing fancy, but considering the following, I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon.
Vaping Trend No. 3–Nicotine Salts
Since the popularity of nicotine salt liquids sort of blew up in the last few years, I haven’t seen any decline. In fact, I think that many pod mod devices and ultra portable systems are being manufactured at higher volumes because of MTL vapers and their love for nic salts. Mind you, not everyone loves them. I’ve heard some vapers complain about the taste compared to freebase e-liquids, or other odd aversions.
Personally, this is one vaping trend that I think should stick around (and probably will). Nicotine salt liquids can make it easier for an ex-smoker to begin with a high concentration of nicotine. Plus, you get a similar throat hit to cigarettes. After a while, you can drop yourself down from a 25-50mg in smaller increments with freebase liquids.
Vaping Trend No.4–Disposable Sub-Ohm Vape Tanks
This is where I take a look at the vaping manufacturers and scratch my head. I don’t know where the idea of disposable sub-ohm tanks came from, but this is a trend that doesn’t make much sense to me in the slightest.
Looking at this from one perspective, this could be a great idea. If these are all made with polycarbonate that has some ability to biodegrade in a landfill, that part is a plus and could help with waste (especially if someone throws their electronic components into the garbage, a big no-no). We would hope that these would also be more affordable and last a bit longer, right? Well, that’s where this goes a bit sour. The latest disposable tanks, like the GeekVape Lumi for one, are not said to surpass a week or two of vaping. So you’re getting the same coil life out of a disposable tank, have no option of changing out that coil, and they still cost about the same per tank or more than you would pay per coil for your non-disposable sub-ohm tank.
Maybe with some more research and fine-tuning, these could be a thing of the future in vaping. But as it is right now, it doesn’t seem to improve the cost. I still think one is better off purchasing a solid sub-ohm tank for around $30.
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