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*Collaborative Post Blowing huge clouds is an exciting pastime for a lot of vapers. And while you won’t find many signing up for inter...

*Collaborative Post

Blowing huge clouds is an exciting pastime for a lot of vapers. And while you won’t find many signing up for international cloud chasing competitions, a good deal enjoy putting out a good vapour show every once in a while.

But there are also others to whom clouds are not the main objective. To them, it’s more about enjoying a clean, robust flavour from their setups.

In truth, though, cloud chasing seems to be the more fashionable of the two. That is why you will come across a lot of resources showing you how to create the thickest plumes, but not so much on how to enhance the flavour of your vape.

So, we decided to create a simple guide leaning more towards the latter, for the flavour chasers out there.

There are a number of things you can do to improve your vape flavours. One of the simplest ways to achieve this involves tweaking your device settings, although the caveat here is that this requires a mod with temperature control and adjustable wattage feature.

Assuming you have already checked off that box, you need to understand how to utilise the various modes to achieve your goal.

Here are the most common mod modes you need to know about, and which vape coil is most ideal in each case as you seek the optimal experience.

1. Power Mode: Variable Wattage & Variable Voltage (VW/VV)

Also known as Wattage and Voltage Mode, this is the most common mod setting for vapers due to its simplicity and effectiveness. Power Mode allows you to specify the amount of total power directly going to your coil. You can specify the wattage (amount of power per second, and likely the most used setting) or level of voltage (force of that power).

It is a simple and moderate solution that doesn’t require much experience.

As far as the ideal coil goes, Power Mode is at home with most coils, including Kanthal wire (from which most factory-produced coils are made), stainless steel (SS) and Ni-chrome (nickel-chrome) coils.

2. Temperature Control (TC) Mode

Also known as Variable Temperature (VT), Temperature Control is a very useful mode that allows users to specify the precise temperature threshold they want their coils to heat to.

This affords you more control over your vaping experience since you will be enjoying an even heating each time you fire up your device. This also minimises the chances of burning your wick.
In other words, TC Mode lets you avoid all the issues emanating from human error – for example, forgetting to refill e-liquid, selecting the wrong power etc.

You will need a different setting for every wire compatible with Temperature Control Mode. This is for the simple reason that different metals respond differently to heat.

Appropriate wire materials include nickel, titanium and stainless steel.

• Nickel Mode (Ni Mode)

As the name suggests, this mode uses nickel wire which is known for its ability to ramp up temperature rapidly. But it can be a difficult material to work with because it’s softer.
Dry burning nickel coils should be avoided as this oxidises the metal, consequently damaging the wire. As well, users with nickel sensitivities or allergies should steer clear of it.

• Titanium Mode (Ti Mode)

Should be used only with – yup – titanium wire. Titanium also heats up quickly, just like nickel, and similarly, dry-burning oxidises the wire, so avoid firing up your coils before they are wet.
Titanium has one over nickel in that it does not cause allergic reactions, making it ideal for users across the board.

• Stainless Steel Mode (SS Mode)

Stainless steel is not much different from nickel and titanium in terms of ability to heat up quickly. However, it has several advantages over the other two.

For one, it works great when exposed to dry burns, and second, it does not trigger any allergic reactions as is the case with nickel.

As well, this is one of the most versatile wires for coil building, and it is usually favoured as it can be used in both Power and SS TC Modes.

3. Bypass Mode

With Bypass Mode, the strength of the hit is dictated by the raw power of the battery you are using, as well as your atomiser’s resistance.

Bypass Mode allows you to build coils at lower resistances than is permitted by traditional Power Mode or TC Mode settings.

It has no cap on temperature, wattage and voltage, and for this reason, it is not a mode suited for the inexperienced since it can easily ruin your coils and burn your wick. Regarding the recommended coil to use, Bypass Mode is operable with virtually any material, provided you keep it safe.

Changing Modes

Most mods have the option to switch between the different modes which is often achieved by rapidly pressing the fire button thrice, then scrolling to the desired mode using more clicks of the fire button or through the + and – buttons.

But this will vary from one manufacturer to the next. Some mods even require you to hold down a specific button for a specific period of time.

That’s where a manual comes in handy.

Memory Modes

A lot of advanced models have a memory setting which stores the different modes you use. This is a useful feature that eliminates the hassle of changing modes every time since the device remembers your settings. This makes this a convenient feature especially for vapers who keep swapping between different tanks.

The abbreviations M1, M2, M3, etc. are normally used to signify the different memory modes, and these could be more depending on the number of memory modes your device allows.

Each of the mod settings discussed in this post will yield a different vape flavour, so it is upon the vaper to establish his/her own individual sweet spot.

With these technical nuggets out of the way, that should be the easy part.

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