Posted by David Nadel on June 15, 2017
Keeping Your Head in Those Thick “Clouds”
‘Cloud chasing’ is a term that is essentially ubiquitous in vaping. When it comes to this type of vaping style, many factors come into play that influence how much vapor you produce. Primary factors that are usually considered that influence vapor production are the MOD you are using, the vape tank being used with MOD, the e-liquid being vaped, and the coils (resistance) used.
You may have heard of Ohm’s Law. In vaping, it helps explain the power output of your MOD and how this relates to the voltage and the coils you choose. It is stated as follows: Power (watts) = (Voltage)^2 / (Resistance)
It is essential to see what this means for the typical vaper. Put simply, this relation says that when you raise the voltage of your MOD, the more power you produce. When you lower the resistance of your setup, by choosing a coil with a lower Ohm reading, you also increase the amount of power put out.
Having said this, if you're trying to cloud chase, one change you can make is to select a MOD that allows for sub-ohm vaping (defined as vaping on coils with a resistance less than one ohm). Variable wattage/voltage MODs combined with low resistance coils can really help output a large amount of power. Generally, the lower the resistance of the coils, and the higher the voltage/wattage capability of the device, the easier it is to cloud chase.
A popular type of atomizer for cloud chasing is the rebuildable drip atomizer (RDA). They are user-assembled using wick and wire and the performance depends largely on how well you are able to execute this. You drip the e-liquid directly onto the atomizer, a few drops at a time. Dripping allows for huge clouds, as well as a nice touch of added flavor, and is definitely a huge consideration for anyone trying to cloud chase.
The e-juice you use also has a huge impact on the clouds that you produce. There are two primary constituents of liquid - Vegetable glycerin (VG) and Propylene Glycol (PG). The PG is a main carrier of flavor, and is the same substance that is used in asthma inhalers to help carry the medicated vapor. VG is responsible for your cloud production; unsurprising, if you consider that it is the very same substance that is used to produce fog in fog machines. Hence, the higher the VG to PG ratio, the larger the clouds that are produced.
In addition to the above, the tank
you’re using can have an undeniable effect on how you cloud chase. Many tanks nowadays
allow for an adjustment of airflow. You can define whether you want a tight,
controlled vape, or a more open one. Tanks that provide a more open airflow
will allow for larger clouds, but will provide less of a throat hit. Tanks that
have tighter airflow will give a better throat hit and will feel harsher but
will give less vapor.
Cloud chasing is becoming very popular because it brings vapers together in a fun, and sometimes competitive manner. It lets them discuss what setups they use to produce the biggest clouds and even to show off vape ricks.
Hence, cloud chasing is the act of looking to see how you can maximize vapor production while vaping. The main ways we've explored to cloud chase range from the MOD and tank being used, to the type of coil used, and the e-liquid being vaped. A combination of these factors can help determine how well you are able to cloud chase.