“Am I using too much vape juice?”
If you use a powerful sub-ohm vaping device, there’s a good chance that you’ve watched yourself use bottle after bottle of e-liquid and wondered if it’s all just a bit too much. It’s not uncommon for a fairly heavy vaper with a high-end sub-ohm tank to go through 15 ml of e-liquid a day – and some people use even more than that. So, if you’re wondering if your vape juice usage is out of line with what other vapers are using, there’s no need to worry. If you feel like you’re getting the amount of nicotine your body requires, chances are that the amount of e-liquid you’re using is right for you.
Like everything else in vaping, though, the question of how much e-liquid you should be using in a day has a much more detailed answer if you’re interested in learning what’s really going on behind the scenes. So, are you using too much vape juice?
Your Daily Vape Juice Usage Will Vary Depending on Your Hardware and Nicotine Strength
One of the great things about vaping is that it’s actually self-limiting to a certain extent. In other words, you’re not likely to use more than your body needs. If you don’t require nicotine, you won’t feel compelled to vape; it’s usually as simple as that. With that in mind, there’s usually no need to worry about whether you’re using too much e-liquid. Chances are that you’re using the right amount of vape juice for your needs. There are some reasons why you might want to think about using less e-liquid, though, and we’ll discuss those shortly.
One important thing to keep in mind is that the amount of vape juice you use daily will vary depending on the power level of your vaping hardware and the nicotine strength of your e-liquid. As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, it’s not uncommon for people using extremely powerful vaping equipment and extremely low-nicotine e-liquid to use upwards of 15 ml of vape juice per day – and there are some people who use even more than that.
On the other hand, suppose that you’re using a smaller vaping device like a pod system. Unlike the people who are using sub-ohm box mods and 3 mg/ml e-liquids, you’re using a vape juice with a much higher nicotine strength in the range of 50 mg/ml. Your e-liquid has more than 16 times the nicotine by volume, so if you wanted to consume the same total amount of nicotine per day as someone using 3 mg/ml e-liquid, you’re going to use significantly less vape juice and will probably find that a 30 ml bottle of nicotine salt e-liquid lasts a week or more.
People vary in their individual nicotine needs, but in general, the things that most directly influence how much e-liquid you use per day are your vaping hardware and the nicotine strength of your e-liquid.
What Are the Consequences of Using a Large Amount of Vape Juice?
In terms of the amount of nicotine that you consume, there’s usually little reason to worry about how much vape juice you use each day. As we mentioned earlier in the article, you’ll automatically limit yourself when you have enough nicotine.
There are, however, some other things to think about. The more e-liquid you use, the higher your cost to vape will be – and if you’re going through a big bottle of vape juice every few days, the expense can be significant.
The even bigger expense, though, is coils. Do you use an e-liquid with a lot of sweetener, as just about everyone seems to do these days? Sucralose is the enemy of your vape coils, and the more e-liquid you use, the more quickly coil gunk forms and robs your coils of their flavor. If you’re using a high-end mesh coil, a heavily sweetened e-liquid can create a coating of coil gunk that completely ruins the coil’s flavor in just a few hours. As expensive as coils are these days, that’s a pretty big deal. If you use less e-liquid, your coils will last longer – and you’ll save a lot of money.
The other thing to think about is what you’re actually inhaling when you vape. If you’re using a sub-ohm vaping setup and a low-nicotine e-liquid, you’re probably inhaling about as much total nicotine as someone who uses a pod system and a higher-nicotine e-liquid. The difference, though, is that you’re inhaling significantly more vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol and flavors. We still have a lot to learn about the safety profile of vaping, and with that in mind, you might decide that it makes more sense to reduce the amount of vape juice you use simply because you’d like to decrease the total amount of chemicals that you put into your lungs.
What to Do if You Want to Reduce Your E-Liquid Usage
So, what can you do if you want to cut back a bit on your e-liquid usage? Reducing your e-liquid consumption is actually quite easy, and there are two ways to do it.
The first way is to buy a vaping device with a puff counter if you don’t already have one. A puff counter ticks up each time you press your mod’s fire button, which gives you an idea of how often you vape each day. At the end of the day, write down the number displayed on your device’s counter before resetting the counter. The following day, make it your goal to use one less puff than you did the day before.
The other way to reduce your vape juice usage is by buying a less powerful vaping device – such as a pod system – and increasing the nicotine strength of your e-liquid. If you’re already a full-time vaper, you’ll probably find a nicotine strength of 20-25 mg/ml sufficient for your needs. When you switch, you’ll naturally find yourself vaping less often because you’re getting more nicotine per puff. You’ll immediately cut your e-liquid usage, and you’ll save a lot of money on vaping as well.