Technology marches relentlessly in the vaping industry – and every time a new technology comes along, the old technology that it replaced remains available for a while. Eventually, though, adoption of the new technology becomes universal, and the old technology disappears. If you’ve been vaping long enough, you might remember obsolete vaping technologies such as ultrasonic atomizers and sponge-filled disposable plastic cartridges. Those technologies died out because people stopped buying them, and the same will happen in 2019 to several vaping technologies. So, what vaping products will people stop buying in the coming year? Say goodbye to these 5 obsolete vaping technologies in 2019.
Temperature Control Vaping
When we wrote our ultimate guide to sub-ohm vaping, temperature control technology was all the rage. It’s amazing what can happen in just a couple of years. All at once, vaping product manufacturers came to the realization that a coil with just one or two thin wires isn’t going to cut it for cloud chasing. We began to see quad-coil, sextuple-coil and octuple-coil atomizers for cloud-chasing tanks – and things only got bigger from there. The vapor production of the best sub-ohm tanks became so incredible that suddenly, accepting a drastic cut in vapor production became a prerequisite if you wanted to try temperature control vaping. Lower vapor production isn’t high on anyone’s wish list. As a result, you can’t find a nickel or titanium coil for any modern sub-ohm tank. You can find stainless steel coils, of course, but they work better in wattage mode.
In 2019, most advanced vaping devices will still have temperature control mode available. After all, it’s already in the firmware, and it’s another bullet point to add to the feature list. For most vapers, though, temperature control is an obsolete vaping technology that’s become completely irrelevant.
Do you remember the cartomizer? The term might be unfamiliar to you, but if you started vaping any time between about 2010-2016, it’s likely that your first cigalike used those simple twist-on refill cartridges. During the first several years of the vaping industry, most of the companies that sold e-cigarettes to beginning vapers produced e-cigarettes that looked like tobacco cigarettes. A cartomizer is shaped like a cigarette filter, and the e-liquid inside it is suspended within a gauze-like material. Although the gauze tends to restrict airflow somewhat, cartomizers are reliable and remained popular among beginning vapers for many years. In 2015, though, the JUUL e-cigarette appeared and changed everything. The JUUL wasn’t shaped like a tobacco cigarette, and it didn’t use cartomizers – it used hollow plastic pods. Within a couple of years, the JUUL was America’s most popular e-cigarette – and vaping product manufacturers around the world latched on to the pod vaping trend.
Pods are superior to cartomizers in every way. Although they’re slightly larger than cartomizers for cigalikes, pods hold significantly more e-liquid and have far better vapor production. Since pods are translucent, they also make it possible to see how much e-liquid remains. Makers of traditional cigalikes – such as OK Vape in the United Kingdom – have begun offering pod vaping systems such as the Vaptio Spin It pod kit. They report that their customers have latched on to the pod vaping trend in a big way. Although retailers will continue to sell their cartomizer-based e-cigarettes to the customers who demand them, it’s unlikely that you’ll see any new traditional cigalikes appear on the market in 2019.
Do you remember disposable e-cigarettes? For the first several years of the vaping industry, you could find single-use vaping devices on the shelves at seemingly every gas station and convenience store. In those days, rechargeable e-cigarette starter kits cost quite a bit more than they do today. Disposable e-cigarettes presented an opportunity for people on the fence about vaping to give it a try and discover what vaping was like.
Using a disposable e-cigarette every day was never an attractive option for a committed smoker; at around $7.00 each, disposable e-cigarettes cost more than packs of tobacco cigarettes. The real nail in the coffin for disposable e-cigarettes, though, was the downward price pressure for full rechargeable vaping kits. Today, full vaping kits have become so inexpensive that there’s no longer any reason to buy disposable e-cigarettes at all. Although some of your local stores might still carry disposable e-cigarettes currently, you’ll most likely see this obsolete vaping technology disappear for good in 2019.
Okay, we cheated a little on this one. Mechanical mods aren’t actually going away in 2019. They’re just tubes with buttons. Anyone with a little electrical know-how can make one. No matter how obsolete mechanical mods may have become, they’ll always be around to some extent. If you’ve been keeping tabs on e-cigarette explosions in the media, though, you know that to use a mechanical mod improperly is to invite disaster.
Mechanical mods are a relic from a time in which people asked far less of their vaping devices than they do today. Are you still using a 1.5-ohm atomizer that operates at 12 watts? Of course you aren’t; you’re using a 0.15-ohm atomizer that runs at 80 watts or higher and stretches the limits of what a single battery can handle. You can use a dual-battery mod, but doing so doubles the potential points of failure in a device that already does nothing to ensure that you can vape safely. The mechanical mod is an obsolete vaping technology with no purpose for most modern vapers. It’s time for them to go away in 2019.
We’re going to go out on a limb a little with our final prediction. Did you try a mesh coil in 2018? Did you like it? We’re willing to bet that you did. Mesh coils last longer than traditional wound coils. They produce huge vapor clouds thanks to their high surface area – but with their low mass, their wattage requirements are very reasonable. When you survey the current landscape of the vaping industry, you’ll see that pretty much every vaping manufacturer’s flagship tank has at least one mesh coil available – and if you try a mesh coil, it’s unlikely that you’ll go back to wound coils. Will traditional wound coils become obsolete in 2019? There’s a good chance of that.