Vaping in a Winter Wonderland
Trying to sub-ohm in sub-zero temperatures? Feeling like your device isn’t performing the same outdoors as it is indoors? Tired of freezing your butt off? With new regulations restricting indoor vaping around the world, you’re likely going to find yourself trekking outdoors for your vape breaks. Here are VapeMeet’s top 6 tips for vaping outdoors this Winter.
1. Play it Close to the Vest
If you’re going to be outdoors for a long period of time, try to keep your device and your e-liquid as close to your body as possible. The inside pocket of your coat is perfect, inside a purse or bag is not ideal, as your gear will get cold much quicker. When batteries get cold they do not perform optimally, causing strain to your device, the cells and the chips that regulate them. The same goes for e-liquid - when liquid gets cold it thickens up. Liquid that is too cold and too thick will not wick properly and will cause dry hits and wear out your coils faster. So keep your gear close to the heat of your body to avoid having performance issues.
2. Give it Time
Moving along from tip one, always keep in mind that quick changes in temperature as just as problematic. If you accidentally leave your device in the car (don’t do this) don’t just fire it up right away, let it warm up. He same goes for moving indoors from prolonged periods outside. It’s not just your e-liquid that changes due to temperature – the wick in your coils can tighten up, as can the condensation in the airflow sections. A quick temperature change from warm to cold or cold to warm can cause leaks, improper condensation that will appear to be a leak and can strain your batteries. Your best bet is to avoid extreme temperature differences and allow your gear to warm up or cool off gradually.
3. Airflow is your Fri
We’ve talked about cold temperatures constricting the material in your device, and aside from keeping things warm there’s nothing better you can do than trying to get as much airflow as possible. A restricted draw combined with thicker liquid will only compound leaks and dry hits. By using a tank or device with more airflow, or simply a more open setting you can give all the components on your device more room to “breathe”. An airy’er draw in cold climates will help prevent these issues along with bigger clouds as a nice bonus.
4. Up the Wattage
This one just makes sense. When you’re surrounded by cold air, your gear will cool off much quicker than usual. Try turning your wattage up by 5-10 W while out in the cold and you’ll be amazed with the difference it makes. While we normally wouldn’t recommend exceeding the recommended wattage of your coil, if it’s technically safe to do so the cold ambient air will off-set the increased temperature of the higher wattages. Just remember to set it back before heading back inside.
5. Think about a Higher Nicotine Setup
If you’re taking vape breaks at work or popping outdoors at home, consider having an alternative set-up or even just another tank with a higher nicotine liquid. Doing so will save you time outdoors by getting you what you need quicker and cutting down how much you’re exposed to the elements. Many vapers report getting less of a “throat hit” when vaping in the cold as well and this will help. Don’t go crazy, moving up one strength tier should be enough, or even try a nicotine salt pod system with some generous airflow.
6. Prep BEFORE you Head Out
This one seems like common sense, but we know you’ve been caught before. There’s nothing worse than fumbling in the cold with numb fingers trying to change your batteries, fill your tank or mess with the settings. Ensure you’re ready to go before you head outside to make the most of your precious vape break and get back to the warmth of indoors.
We know it’s not ideal, but outdoor vaping is a part of life for vapers these days, especially here in the great white north. Please stay safe out there and keep warm this winter.VapeMeet