We’ve found that most people choose to try to replicate the feeling of real cigarettes as closely as they can when they start using e-cigarettes. They purchase e-cigarettes and kits that come with disposable cartridges or cartomizers, which are very convenient — just change the cartridge or cartomizer when it’s empty. If you want the biggest vapor clouds possible from your e-cigarette, though, our advice is to wean yourself off from disposable cartridges as soon as you can and to opt for e-cigarette dripping instead. That will allow you to get the most out of your e-smoking experience. What is dripping, you ask? Read on.
What’s Wrong With Disposable Cartridges?
The problem that we’ve found with disposable cartridges is that they fail to provide the same satisfaction and consistency as other alternatives do. You run into issues that are easily solved by blowing on your atomizer and you end up wasting more e-liquid because you have to change cartridges to ensure that you get the same quality vapor production that you did on your first few puffs. The thing we like the least about disposable cartridges is their tendency to squirt raw liquid into your mouth upon the first draw. This can quickly sour your entire e-smoking experience and put you out of your natural rhythm.
What’s Wrong With Cartomizers?
Cartomizers are incredibly convenient and reliable. By placing the e-cigarette atomizer and e-liquid in a single package, they remove many of the problems inherent in disposable cartridges. The quantity of vapor is excellent, and they last longer as well. What cartomizers don’t give you is a way to try new e-liquid flavors easily. If you buy pre-filled cartomizers, you’re limited to the flavors that your favorite e-cigarette company produces. If you buy empty cartomizers, you’ll have to fill them yourself.
E-Cigarette Dripping: A Better Way to E-Smoke
Dripping might sound complicated, but it’s really easy. All you have to do is to add a few drops of e-liquid directly into your e-cigarette’s atomizer to enjoy a full, clean flavor with consistent vapor production. To do this, you place a drip tip over the atomizer to create a channel for the e-liquid to flow through. Why would you do this? Imagine e-smoking with no filler material inside a cartridge or cartomizer. These attachments have so much filler inside to hold the e-liquid in place that much of the vapor the heating coil creates never actually reaches your mouth. By switching to an atomizer and drip tip, you can boost your vapor production instantly without buying an expensive new e-cigarette.
Do you love to try new flavors as often as your budget allows? If you use a cartridge or cartomizer, that’s impossible unless you fill a new one each time you try a new flavor. That’s an inconvenient proposition with cartridges, and it’s expensive with cartomisers. With an atomizer and drip tip, you can change flavors any time you like by simply flushing out the atomizer with the new e-liquid.
When you acquire a knack for doing it, e-cigarette dripping is a reliable and satisfying way to make your e-smoking experience your own.
Making E-Cigarette Dripping Easy
Dripping requires you to get the right technique through trial and error, but there’s a number of tips that we can recommend to you to make your dripping experience better and easier.
The first thing that you’ll want to do is to replace your disposable cartridges or cartomizers with an atomizer and drip tip. The drip tip is a mouthpiece — usually plastic or metal — that fits over the atomizer. It allows you to use something like a glass dropper to “drip” in the liquid as you need it.
The second involves the process of dripping. When you do so, make sure to only allow a few drops of e-liquid to enter your drip tip. You’ll want to wait a few moments for the liquid to run down into the atomizer before you use it.
Thirdly, you should never drip with an automatic battery unless the terminal that connects the battery to the atomizer is sealed. If it’s unsealed, you’ll see a hole in the terminal that allows air to travel freely through the battery — most automatic batteries have these. Inevitably, you will occasionally drip too much e-liquid through the drip tip and flood the atomizer. With a sealed manual battery, this won’t cause any damage — just wipe up the mess and continue. With an unsealed automatic battery, too many flooded atomizers will ruin the battery permanently.
The last tip is to help ensure your vapor production stays stable. When you feel that your vapor production has started to decrease, you must remember to add a little more e-liquid before the atomizer goes dry. When an atomizer is dry, the vapor it produces is harsh and creates a burning sensation in the throat. If you continue using the atomizer in this state, you’ll burn its wick and ruin it.
Dripping Takes Practice
We consider dripping something of an art because it requires you to add just the right amount of liquid into your e-cigarette for the best experience. If you add too little, you run the risk of using a dry atomizer. As you already know, running an atomizer while it’s dry is the quickest and most efficient way to kill it. Add too much e-liquid, though, and you’ll flood the atomizer.
Getting the most out of dripping requires you to learn what works best with your e-cigarette. The amount of drops and how frequently you need to add them for maximum vapor production is reliant upon your setup. We generally recommend a starting point of about three drops per ten puffs. If you taste dry vapor or flood the atomizer, adjust your rhythm accordingly.