What Wattage Should You Vape At? How to Decide on Watts

What Wattage Should You Vape At? How to Decide on Watts

First-time vapers always ask what wattage they should vape at, but that’s a difficult question to answer. The wattage you vape at is dependent on the resistance of your coil. Read more to find out what wattage would be a good starting point for you!

Quick Formula for Wattage When Sub-Ohm Vaping

1 - (Resistance of Coil) x 100 = Wattage You Should Vape At

Example: If your coil’s resistance is 0.25 ohms you’d subtract 0.25 from 1 which would equal 0.75. Then you’d multiply 0.75 times 100 which would be 75. So 75 Watts is a good starting wattage!

It’s important to note that different types of coils vary, for more specific details, the paragraph and table below will help!

Vaping Wattage Guide

Below is a table that we created that should serve as a guide. The wattage ranges here are not scientifically sourced, but we believe these ranges to be a good estimation. To preface the table below, it’s important to note that mesh coils, because they ramp up incredibly fast, should be treated as having a +0.2Ω. Inversely, a Clapton coil, which takes longer to heat, has a resistance of -0.1Ω. As an example, a mesh coil rated at 0.2Ω should be treated as a 0.4Ω coil. Again, these are just suggestions, so take them with a grain of salt and do your own tweaking.

Resistance of Coil   
in Ohms(Ω)
Recommended
Wattage
0.1Ω 90-120W
0.2Ω 75-90W
0.3Ω 60-75W
0.4Ω 50-60W
0.5Ω 40-50W
0.6Ω 30-40W
0.7Ω 25-30W
0.8Ω 20-25W
0.9Ω 10-20W

What I mean by wattage’s relativity to the coil is that your wattage should be changed depending on the resistance of your coil. Basically, wattage should be increased as a coil’s resistance lowers, and vice-versa. Sub-ohm devices — these are devices that can vape at under 1.0Ω — can, when paired with a sub-ohm coil, reach higher wattages. There are pros and cons to vaping at higher wattages, but it’s widely known that lower resistance coils that are vaped at higher wattages typically produce thicker clouds and enhanced flavor.

Wattage is Relative to the Coil’s Resistance

A coil reading at 0.15Ω will perform better at a higher wattage than a coil reading at 0.50Ω will perform at a higher wattage. Also, the term higher wattage is relative to the resistance of the coil as well. A wattage of 40W could be considered high on a 0.70Ω coil, but that could be considered low on a 0.25Ω coil.

If you’re just starting out, the unspoken rule is to increase the wattage in increments — start low and slowly increase the wattage after every puff until the sweet spot emerges. Things to look out for when searching for the sweet spot: thick clouds, great flavor, fast ramp-up time. If you experience a dry or burnt hit, you might be vaping too high.

When vaping at too high a wattage, the coil is burning so hot that the wick can’t keep up with bringing juice to your coil, which ends up in an unsatisfyingly dry or burnt hit. Conversely, vaping at a wattage that’s too low will flood your coil because the lack of heat won’t vaporize the e-juice fast enough, which leads to spitting and leaking.

So, as I’ve said before, wattage is dependant on many things. Your coil, and its resistance, is one of the biggest factors to consider, but it’s not the only one. Thanks to the advancement of vaping hardware and the introduction of variable wattage mods, we can now tweak our vaping experience to our liking.

Although, with great wattage comes great responsibility. These are some of the things you should consider when deciding your wattage.

What you need to consider:

  • Coil and Resistance
  • Suggested Wattage
  • Batteries
  • Mod/Tank recommended wattage.
  • Wattage is relative to resistance

Suggested Wattage

We’ve already covered coils and resistances and how they affect the wattage. While it’s a good idea to start slow and move up the wattage in increments, there are some manufacturers that provide wattage suggestions. And suggestions are all they are.

SMOK, a company whose products are synonymous with vaping, provides suggestions on all of their coils. They, typically, provide a suggested wattage range in which the coil can operate, but they also offer a best wattage range that lies within the wider range. Take a look, for example, at SMOK’s Baby M2 TFV8 coil: Recommended 25-45W; Best 35W. You could, of course, adhere to their suggestions, but you don’t have to. Some people like to go above the recommended wattage; just know that going too high can burn out your coil much faster.

Batteries, Mods, Atomizers

All of this talk about wattage really depends on the mod and tank you’re running since these devices have limits. Most dual-18650 mods these days can go past the 100W mark, but that’s not the case with single-18650 mods. Using more batteries, and high-quality batteries at that, is useful when trying to vape at a high wattage.

As for tanks, it’s worth considering the coils that are available for your device. Manufacturers make the tanks and the coils that go with it, sometimes leaving users with a limited coil selection. There are some third-parties that make coils, but it varies by the tank.

If you want to vape at a higher wattage for more full-bodied flavor and thicker clouds, try using a Rebuildable Atomizer (RBA) such as an RDA, RTA, or RDTA. The coil selection is much more varied, and you can build your own coils to customize your vaping experience even further. A friendly reminder, though, RBAs are an advanced device, and building coils is no easy task — like any worth doing, it requires an equal combination of skill, knowledge, and tons of patience.

Find your Sweet Spot

So, there’s no specific wattage you should be vaping at, but vaping at higher wattages has many benefits. Flavor is richer, clouds are thicker, and the coil ramps up faster, which provides an almost instant puff. However, there are downsides too — primarily, higher wattage drains batteries faster. A list of pros and cons below can tell you more about low and high wattage levels, but if there’s one thing you should remember, it’s this: increase your wattage in increments until you find the sweet spot.

Pros and Cons for Low and High Wattage

High Wattage Pros

  • Bigger Clouds
  • Richer Flavor
  • Faster Ramp Up
  • Instant Vaping

High Wattage Cons

  • Coil Burn Out
  • Faster Battery Drain
  • Dry Hits or Burnt Hits

Low Wattage Pros

  • Longer Battery Life
  • Extended Coil Life

Low Wattage Cons

  • Smaller Clouds
  • Milder Flavor
  • Flooded Coils

Posted by Alajandro on Jun 27th 2019

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