Want to chuck clouds with the best of them? It’s easier than you think! Use this simple guide to set yourself up for cloud chasing success.
Safety – Coil Wrapping
Understanding Ohm’s Law and battery safety is perhaps the most important step in any cloud chasing journey. You should never attempt cloud chasing, or vaping for that matter, until you’re at least comfortable with both battery safety and Ohm’s Law. Once you have established a well-rounded understanding of Ohm’s Law, coil wrapping to achieve an optimal vapor producing build should be next on your list. Ideally, you want your build to utilize a complex wire strand (to hold more liquid…), while keeping energy requirements as low as possible (quick heating…). In other words, you want coils with a superb wicking qualities, and low energy needs for quick heating and moderate battery draw.
To counteract the heat produced by your cloud-chasing build, you’ll want to maximize your airflow. Generally speaking, there are really only two ways to deliver the massive amounts of cool ‘breeze’ for your coils: bottom airflow or side airflow.
Bottom airflow works great because it directs a stream of cooler air directly beneath your build while vaping. It is also an effective way of drawing hot air away from your coils, and out through the bottom of your deck, after they’ve been heated through.
Side airflow is perfect for directing air at your coils while vaping, quickly dissipating heat, and allowing for your build to cool down quickly. Side AFC can be adjusted to maximize the airflow needs of each individual setup.
With Combination airflow you get the best of both worlds. If you can find a topper with a multi-stage air delivery system (bottom and side), like the Tigertek x VapnFagn Nada 25mm, you’ll be set for cloud chasing success!
Your build should be wicked with just the right amount of cotton. For tips, check out my tutorial on wicking. If too much cotton has been pulled through your coils, it will choke out a large portion of the vapor-producing abilities. However, a lack of cotton will cause a serious e-liquid shortage for your complex juice heating wire, resulting in a coil drought (and dry hits, burning taste, the whole nine yards…).
A max VG eliquid is necessary for chucking the thick stuff. The viscosity of the liquid ensures all areas of your coilArt will be covered equally. A dense liquid will also stay thick after vaporization, producing thick white clouds every time.
Arguably the easiest way to increase cloud production is through increases in power. Once you have established an understanding of Ohm’s law, and become comfortable with battery safety, you can vape closer to the limits of your build. These days, subohm tanks and the various array of complex coil head options make it easier for anyone to crank up the wattage. Tanks like the SMOK TFV12 Baby Prince utilize an octuple coil head, allowing users to vape comfortably anywhere from 50 to 90watts! RDAs are still the topper of choice for the serious cloud chaser however, as they allow vapers to build below subohm ( < .10ohm), and crank the wattage on their mods up into the 150+ range.
With your airflow set wide open, coils wicked to perfection, max VG liquid at your side, and wattage on par; you’ve officially set yourself up for cloud chasing! Now go blow those dragon plumes with pride!
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