Flavour And More Flavour
We all know they’re out there and they’ve managed to make ‘cloud chasing’ a sport of sorts, which is fine if that’s what you’re into, but for some of us, it’s the flavour we are after. If that makes us flavour chasers, that’s okay with me. I just know that I want the best taste I can get each and every time I hit one of my vape devices. Like most of you out there, I’ve tried and still use a couple of different kits to vape with. I’ve also tried them all with different flavours, and so forth and what seems to work for me is to have a few different flavours loaded into my equipment and use them whenever the mood strikes me. I have a pen that I keep my menthol by Medusa Juice, ‘Triple Hades’ in and use most often. Then I have different flavours that I enjoy loaded and scattered around the house. It’s nice to grab one and enjoy a hit or two of something yummy now and then.
That’s the beauty of vaping, isn’t it? The fact that you have so many choices available. I no longer feel like I’m trapped like I did when I smoked. After all these years I feel free and hopeful and increasingly adventurous, trying lots of different flavours, devices and so forth. The one thing which remains constant however is that I want the best taste I can possibly get out of my juices. So how do you go about maximizing the flavour from your e-cig? What are the best tips for the flavour-chasers out there?
The simplest way to improve the flavour get from your e-liquid is to adjust your settings. Different elements of e-juices come out at different settings. This is because specific flavourings vaporize at different temperatures, and your setting (in combination with your coil’s resistance) determines how hot your coil gets. For flavour-chasers, this is the major benefit of having a variable voltage/variable wattage device.
Try starting at the lower settings of your device and work your way up until you hit the “jackpot.” Each e-liquid has its own sweet spot, so you’ll need to experiment with each flavour. One juice may shine at 20 W while another comes into its own at 35 W. But that’s half of the fun for me at least, is finding the best, truest flavour of each e-liquid.
However, when it comes to brass tacks, the temperature of your coil is the most important factor. Temperature control devices limit your coil’s maximum temperature, which makes them perfect for flavour-chasing. The process of finding the right setting is the same – start low and adjust upwards as desired. The result is a more consistently flavourful vape. Which after all is what we’re looking for, isn’t it?
Airflow And Coils
With the cloud chasers, big airflow is an important factor. When you have a lot of air going through your coil, the vapour gets less dense, but billows out to produce giant clouds. The downside to this is that it also reduces flavour too.
Therefore, I find that closing off the airflow is the best approach. This produces a dense, warmer vape which carries a lot more flavour. Adjustable airflow systems on atomizers make this easy to achieve.
Achieving the right balance is important, though. If you close the airflow off too much, you’ll have poor vapour production and the vapour might get too hot. As you did with the power setting, start low and adjust to larger airflow settings until you hit the ideal balance for your taste buds.
This is a little bit more complicated and there are more things you have to consider as well. Closing off the airflow on an atomizer head with a wide bore (a large diameter) can make the resulting throat hit harsher, and the same is true for rebuildable atomizers with a large chamber. The best advice is to choose smaller bore coils and smaller chambers where possible to complement the restricted airflow.
Choosing the right coil for what you’re looking for has a huge part to play in how much flavour you get from your e-cig. Personal preference has a big part to play, but some general rules can help you get the best flavour.
Those top-coil clearomizers are becoming less popular and there’s a good reason for that. These have the atomizer head at the top of the central stem, and rely on the wick to soak the e-liquid up against gravity. As a result, they don’t wick efficiently, and the flavour you get from them is generally poor.
The Bottom-coil coils offer significant improvements, such as making gravity work for you, with the coil located at the bottom of the central stem so that the wicks don’t have to suck the e-liquid up to the coil.
Better still yet in terms of overall performance is sub ohm tanks. These are tanks that support coils under one ohm in resistance.
The crucial factor is the bore of the atomizer head. The trend towards larger bore coils leads to more airflow through the coil and can reduce the flavour as a result. So in most cases, it’s better to choose a sub-ohm tank with a smaller bore coil, if possible. These coils (and the tanks using them) are often advertised as supporting mouth-to-lung hits.
For many of us flavour-chasing vapers, rebuildable atomizers offer the ultimate experience. It’s a bit more hands-on, but if you’re comfortable with making your own coils, they’re definitely worth a good look. They offer a level of customization over your vaping experience you can’t get with any other device.
Any material you use for your wick will have a big impact on the flavour you wind up with. Silica wicks used to be the standard for e-cigarettes, but they mute the flavour of your e-liquid. This is why that cotton has now taken its spot as the wicking material of choice for vapers.
Organic cotton balls used to be the go-to option, but there are many more choices for cotton wicks now days. Japanese organic cotton is now the most widely-recommended. You can buy it in square sheets, and it comes as standard on many clearomizer coils. It gives off a very clean flavour from your juice, and has fantastic wicking capabilities too.
Not everyone agrees on the above method. Other choices like cellucotton and “Cotton Bacon” have staunch supporters too. Additionally, ceramic wicks are making a comeback. As well as being resistant to heat and generally lasting longer, they also produce great flavour that many vapers love.
Experiment and explore some or all of the options, but generally speaking, any high-quality cotton or a modern ceramic wick will give you superior flavour.