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If you’re new to vaping, but occasionally tune in to follow new developments in the industry, chances are that you have heard a thing or two about sub-ohm vaping. Its proponents regularly extol its virtues, and often engage in lengthy debates online and elsewhere over nearly every aspect of the process. As a newcomer to the world of vaping, those conversations can sometimes become so technically-oriented that it can be difficult to keep pace with the subject. As a result of this complexity, many enthusiasts regularly argue that only experienced vaping fans should even attempt to try sub-ohm use of their electronic cigarette devices. Still, many new users might wonder: can beginners start with sub-ohm vaping?

What is sub-ohm vaping?

Put simply, sub-ohm vaping is a technique that allows users to dramatically increase the amount of vapor that their devices produce. Now, if that sounds like a non-issue for you, then chances are that you are already satisfied with whatever device build your manufacturer has provided. For many vaping enthusiasts, however, the typical amount of vapor draw they are allowed to enjoy is simply nowhere near what they would prefer. For those users, the best option is to customize their devices to meet their needs.

The process relies on altering your build so that you decrease the device’s coil resistance below the minimum 1.5 ohm limit. Since the pre-designed coils cannot dip below those levels, the only way to achieve that goal is to manually build your own device coils. That, in turn, requires that you utilize fixed power, and have at least some understanding of basic math. True sub-ohm vaping usually occurs at levels below 1 ohm.

sub-ohm tanksThere are many tanks on the market these days that offer sub-ohm vaping a few of these are shown in the picture to the right.

The risks of sub-ohm vaping

Here is where the rubber meets the road, for beginners and experienced users alike. The sub-ohm technique’s reliance on lower coil resistance mandates that the battery draw upon even more amps as it attempts to find and deliver the current needed to produce the results you seek. Because those additional amps cause the device to generate even more power, there is a natural increase in the amount of heat that the coils and battery must endure. If all of that results in your battery exceeding its amp limit, a variety of negative effects can occur.

For example, at unsafe limits, that battery could generate sparks that can cause objects around the device to catch fire. The battery could itself catch fire. Even worse, there is always the possibility that you could see that batters simply explode. There is also the risk that your custom setup could create instabilities in the device that could lead to the battery leaking gas, which can also lead to an explosion. In short, your batteries can be either your best friends, or your worst nightmare.

There have also been studies suggesting that high temperature burning of the liquid base used in e-liquid can result in the creation of toxic, carcinogenic compounds like formaldehyde. With most manufacturer models, this is not really a concern. Any time you modify your setup, however, you can potentially introduce previously non-existent risks.

So why would anyone want to sub-ohm?

The fact is that this reduction in coil resistance, when properly done, does produce a huge increase in the amount of vapor you can enjoy while vaping. For many enthusiasts, the limitations of manufactured models prevent them from experiencing the full effects of their e-cig smoking activities. In addition, the high wattage tends to create a warmer vapor that can more closely resemble the warmth of traditional tobacco cigarette smoking.

sub-ohm vaping dangerOf course, with these expanded capabilities come some drawbacks as well. The potential dangers might outweigh the benefits for anyone who is not willing to devote the time needed to become properly educated on safe sub-ohm vaping. There is also the cost factor to consider. Any modifications will naturally entail additional expenses to achieve your desired results. The cost of your e-liquid can also increase dramatically as well, since sub-ohm vaping causes you to go through your e-juice at a much more rapid pace than occurs with the average manufacturer model.

As a general rule, then, most beginners might find the idea of sub-ohm vaping a little daunting. There is much to learn, and users who cannot find the time to do it properly should probably stick to their current vaping choices. That does not mean that this process is impossible for a beginner to learn. It is just something that shouldn’t be started without careful consideration. And in most instances, vaping beginners are more likely to buy purpose built sub-ohm kits.

For those beginners who want to use electronic cigarettes and have perhaps only experienced sub-ohm vaping using a friend or relative’s build, it is possible to simply start with sub-ohm. However, there is a learning curve and beginners should always seek help from a knowledgeable friend, experts at a local vaping shop, or online tutorials.

Nicholas King
Nicholas King
Nicholas King is the sole owner and editor of SmokeTastic. Nicholas, use to smoke 30 a day back in 2011 before converting to vaping. With a depth of knowledge in the vaping industry and the research he conducts, makes him one of the most recognized and experienced vapers in the industry.