If you’re an established vaper, you will have no doubt come across the term ‘cloud chasing’ before now. So what exactly is it? Cloud chasing is basically the activity of producing large clouds of vapour from your electronic vaping device or mod. It’s also come to be known as ‘extreme’ or ‘stunt’ vaping while some people choose to just refer to it as sub-ohm vaping. Depending on your device, you can modify it to maximise output and produce bigger clouds but we’ll talk about that in more detail later on.
Vaping - a subculture that’s here to stay
According to official statistics from market research company Euromonitor, the estimated number of vapers worldwide was approximately 35 million in 2016. This number is expected to rise to almost 55 million by next year.
Emerging as a popular alternative to smoking traditional tobacco products since the early 2010s, vaping has since developed to embody much more than its original functional purpose. For many consumers, it’s become an expression of identity. Microcultures within a vaping subculture have mushroomed, from e-liquid flavour mixologists to DIY device modifiers or ‘modders’ as they’ve now become known.
Fast fact: The first patent for a device that used electricity to heat tobacco rather than burning it like a traditional cigarette was filed in 1927, nearly 100 years ago!
Who would’ve thought ten years ago that creating large vape clouds would become an artform and in some cases, even a competitive sport that in one particular event, seesvapers pit themselves against one another in the ring to take home a $10,000 prize. Vaping as a hobby is also becoming increasingly popular, not just among us mere mortals but in celebrity circles too. A-listers such as Gary Oldman, Leonardo DiCaprio and Katy Perry are known to be vape fans as well. You never know, we may even see some famous faces going head to head at cloud chasing competitions in future.
Whether you’re a purely recreational vaper or you’re keen to experiment and see what this cloud chasing hype’s all about, here’s what you need to know about producing a bigger vape plume.
What’s the best vape mod for cloud chasing?
If you’re early into your vaping journey, we’d recommend a comprehensive starter kit such asthis one by Vaporesso. Paired with the innovativeSKRR-S tank, this kind of box mod is designed to get you started while still delivering the power and performance that wouldn’t be overlooked by an advanced vaper. It can provide a tailored, customisable experience without being overwhelming as a result of having a complex feature and spec list.
Vape setup for the biggest clouds
Getting the settings on your device tuned to deliver the best output is the first step to creating large vape clouds. There are a few key settings you can look at to produce the perfect conditions for a cloud that’ll wow the crowd.
Increasing the Airflow:You’ll want to allow for maximum airflow through your atomizer head in order for it to convert the e-liquid into vapour at a faster rate. Doing this will also allow for a cooler inhalation making for a more comfortable vaping experience.
Upping the Power: A quality battery that can withstand the demands placed on it will also be important when creating large vape clouds. Adjusting your device’s wattage will allow the voltage output to calculate automatically based on your coil’s resistance level.
Choosing a Premium E-liquid: Out of the two primary e-liquid ingredients; vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG), a higher ratio of VG will give you a bigger and denser vape cloud. We’d recommend starting with a 70/30 ratio of VG to PG before transitioning to a higher concentration of VG if you develop the cloud chasing bug. Brands likeDisco Clouds offer a range of flavours such as peach, mango and vanilla with a 60/40 VG to PG ratio. Additionally, we suggest checking out the Wick and Wire Co range, which has a ratio of 70/30 for better cloud chasing:see here. Remember that high VG content e-liquids aren’t necessarily suitable for all vape machines and perform better with a low resistance coil.
Fast fact: It’s estimated that there are now over 10,000 different e-liquid flavours available to vaping enthusiasts across the globe. That’s a lot of cloud chasing to sample just a fraction of the e-juices on offer today!
Tips and tricks for creating the biggest vape clouds
So you’re ready to take on the challenge and enjoy the satisfaction that can come with cloud chasing, what next? We’ve put together a list of a few handy tips for generating some pretty awesome vape clouds:
Refining your inhalation and exhalation technique takes time and practice so be patient with yourself as you learn.
Before you draw on your vape, exhale as much air from your lungs as possible. This will give you a bigger capacity when you inhale.
Think about your posture, a straight back will improve your lung capacity allowing you to produce a larger vape cloud.
A slow and steady exhale will produce the most consistent vape cloud.
Experiment with different liquids and mod settings to find your sweet spot when you’re practising the art of cloud chasing.
So there you have it, a run down of one of our vaping community’s increasingly popular pastimes. For more information, you can join ourFacebook pageand don’t forget to follow us onInstagram for updates, entertainment and product news. We also love to hear from you through our website and you can use ouronline contact form to drop us a message anytime.
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