If you’ve been vaping for a while, the “beginner” label is probably something you’d like to lose. We hate labels as much as anyone else, but the fact is that some vaping devices are easier to use than others – and there’s no easy way to categorize the differences between beginner vs. advanced vaping kits. Do you crave simplicity? Are you simply looking for the most hassle-free way to substitute smoking with a better habit? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, you probably have little reason to upgrade to an advanced vaping kit. If you’re the type of person who’s always looking for the latest and greatest gadgets, though, a high-end vaping device may be exactly what you want. In this article, we’ll explain the features and experience that you can expect if you decide that a large box mod or other expert vaping device is the right choice for you.
Device Size, Portability and Weight
If you’ve read a bit about vaping, you’ve probably seen the term “stealth vaping” a few times. Stealth vaping is the act of vaping discreetly in public so as not to draw attention to yourself. Some people prefer not to draw attention to themselves. Others simply don’t want to blow huge vapour clouds in public and be chastised for their rudeness. Whatever your reason, stealth vaping is rarely an option for people who use advanced vaping devices. Advanced vaping devices are typically larger than devices for beginners because they house multiple batteries and are designed to fit larger tanks and atomizers. You usually can’t close your hand fully around an advanced mod, and you’ll find it difficult to carry one in your pocket.
Vaping devices for beginners, on the other hand, are usually small vape pens and single-battery box mods. They’re small, light and easy to carry in your pocket. Since they typically have modest power ranges, they aren’t designed for maximum cloud production. If size and portability are important factors in your quest to find the best e-cigarette, you’ll probably be happiest if you buy an e-cigarette designed for beginners.
Power Range, Vapour Production and Battery Life
An e-cigarette for beginners typically runs on one battery. An advanced mod, on the other hand, generally uses two batteries or a single large battery pack. With double the available power, you might assume that an advanced vaping device delivers double the battery life and double the vapour production, and that’s true – to a point.
When calculating the battery life of a vaping device, it’s important to consider two factors. The first factor is the total battery capacity, calculated in milliampere-hours (mAh). Although it’s true that two batteries are almost always better than one, you can find some mods with single large LiPo battery packs – so it’s never safe to assume that having two batteries means you’ll have more battery life. The second factor that you should consider is usage. If you use one device at 30 watts and another device at 130 watts, you shouldn’t expect the 130-watt device to deliver additional usage time just because it has a greater battery capacity.
You can almost always expect an advanced vaping device to have a greater power range than a device for beginners. While a single-battery mod seldom has a power range exceeding 80 watts, a dual-battery device can often reach 200 watts or higher. Technically, that means the 200-watt device has greater potential vapour production. To take advantage of that potential, though, you need to pair the device with a tank or atomizer that can exploit the higher power range. If you use a sub-ohm tank -- such as the Aspire Nautilus 2 -- that works best at under 30 watts, you’ll get about the same vapour production out of the tank regardless of the device you use. Some tanks, though, are right at home with power settings above 100 watts. The SMOK TFV12 Prince is one such tank. Many single-battery mods simply can’t provide a good experience with a tank like the TFV12 Prince. You need an advanced e-cigarette if you want to take advantage of the latest sub-ohm tanks and blow huge clouds.
Convenience and Ease of Use
As you might expect with a vaping device that has all the bells and whistles, advanced mods aren’t always big on convenience – although they’ve gotten a lot better over the years. You will have to learn how to navigate a menu system if you want to unlock the features of an advanced device, although doing so only requires a few minutes of reading an instruction manual. The interfaces on modern mods are better now than ever before, so it won’t take you long to learn how to use an advanced mod.
The more important factors when using an advanced vaping device include battery management and selecting the right tank. If you use a dual-battery device, you’ll need to marry your batteries by purchasing matched pairs and ensuring that you always use and charge a battery with its mate. Doing so isn’t difficult, but it’s a safety factor that you don’t need to consider if you use a single-battery device. Selecting the right tank for an advanced device isn’t difficult either – especially since most devices today include compatible tanks. If you want to try a different tank, though, you’ll need to measure your device to confirm that the tank won’t hang over the edge. Tank overhang isn’t a safety issue, but you may not find it aesthetically pleasing.
If you buy a device for novice vapers, tank selection likely won’t be an issue for you because you’ll probably just use the tank that comes with your device. Many simple vape pens actually use fixed internal tanks rather than removable attachments. A device with a fixed tank can have a sleek design, and filling an internal tank is easy – just unscrew your device’s mouthpiece. The Aspire PockeX is a device with the all-in-one form factor. It has the perfect combination of small size and big vapour production, making it the perfect device for people who want to switch to vaping – or upgrade from cigalikes – without worrying about unnecessary complications.
If you’ve vaped for a while, you’ve probably experienced “dry hits” occasionally. A dry hit occurs if you attempt to vape when the cotton wick surrounding your device’s heating coil is dry. Without e-liquid to keep it cool, the coil becomes extremely hot and creates a harsh burning sensation in your throat and lungs. Dry hits are terrible. That’s why advanced vaping devices usually have features that make dry hits far less common.
If you buy an advanced vaping device that includes a tank, you can be confident of the fact that your tank will utilize the latest design standards that the vaping industry has to offer. One of the typical design elements of a modern tank is very large wick holes on the sides of the atomizer coil. The large wick holes help to ensure that the cotton always remains wet.
The next feature that some advanced vaping devices offer is the ability to set a custom power curve. This option allows your e-cigarette to start at a higher power setting and generate vapour immediately when you push the fire button. As you hold the button, you can make the wattage drop to ensure that the coil doesn’t become too hot. A custom wattage curve helps you take long puffs without worrying about dry hits and burned cotton.
If you’d like to go even further in avoiding dry hits, you can utilize the temperature control function available in almost all advanced vaping devices. Temperature control requires a tank with an atomizer coil made from a specific material such as nickel or titanium. Since nickel and titanium wires change greatly in resistance as they get hotter – and an advanced vaping device can monitor the resistance change – temperature control allows your device to estimate the temperature of the coil. If the coil exceeds the maximum temperature that you set – something that’ll certainly happen if the cotton wick is dry – the device will cut its power output. Temperature control makes dry hits almost impossible and can help to preserve the life of your coils.
As in other areas of technology, the features that appear first on advanced vaping devices often eventually filter down to beginners’ devices. Temperature control, for example, is a technology that’s no longer new. Many vaping devices for beginners now have that feature. Whenever vaping product manufacturers develop new features, though, those features appear in advanced devices first. Buying an advanced vaping device always means that you’ll get a mod with the latest features that the vaping industry has to offer.