Understanding Voltage & Wattage
Voltage & Wattage Verbiage
- Volt: a unit of electrical potential or motive force, potential is required to send one ampere of current through one ohm of resistance.
- Ohm: a unit of resistance, one ohm is the resistance offered to the passage of one ampere when impelled by one volt.
- Ampere: units of current, one ampere is the current which one volt can send through a resistance of one ohm.
- Watt: unit of electrical energy or power, one watt is the product of one ampere and one volt – one ampere of current flowing under the force of one volt gives one watt of energy.
If you are looking for information about variable voltage/wattage electronic cigarettes, it could be because the E-cig you are using at the moment is not giving you the vapor production and flavor you want.
When you are new to vaping (using an electronic cigarette) finding what works best for you can be a maze, and you will be going through a steep learning curve, as here are a lot of different Electronic cigarette devices available on the market.
If you’re new to vaping you’re probably operating a device, or personal vaporizers (PV) that operates at 3.7 volts and the voltage and wattage is locked. This could have a huge effect on your vaping experience. Not taking into account the E-juice flavor, nicotine strength, PG (Propylene Glycol) / VG (Vegetable Glycerin) ratio mix, or the clearomiser/atomizer you’re using. A combination of all these could be affecting the flavor and throat hit. Either way, you might be wishing there was just a way to increase the overall output.
Both variable voltage and variable wattage PVs can do exactly that. They make it possible to change the voltage and/or the wattage of the device; giving you more flavors, throat hit and vapor production. Switching from a 3.7 PV to a variable voltage/wattage is like day and night. You’ll even find that some flavors taste better at a lower voltage/wattage and some can be more enjoyable at higher voltage/wattage. The main benefit of variable voltage/wattage PVs is the vapor production. Those small cigarette looking PV just don’t cut it.
Generally, the standard device utilizes a 3.7 volt battery with a 2.4Ω (Ohms) atomisers/tank setup. This produces just fewer than 5.5 watts of power. To compensate, some vapers utilize larger batteries combined with low resistance 1.8Ω atomizers/tanks. This helps to produce a little over 9 watts of power; still shy of the performance of a variable voltage / wattage PV at over 12 watts at 6 volts with a 3.0Ω clearomiser/tank setup.
Most variable voltage/wattage PV are still 3.7 volt batteries; however, the difference lays in a circuit. This circuit stores and regulates the battery power and delivers it to the atomiser/tank at a voltage/wattage set by the user. Some even have microprocessors for the battery’s safety and control over vapor production; though these are more expensive.
Do you need a variable voltage/wattage device?
Currently, a variable voltage/wattage PV yields the greatest performance. The downside of course, if you have never used one, a variable voltage/ wattage PV may not be the right device for you, in the beginning. Using a variable voltage/wattage PV can be tricky; it’s not just a button press. Most vapors underestimate how tricky it can be. You might find a harsh dry vape and a hostile flavor is the coil isn’t kept wet. Then again, having the coil too wet could lead to flooding or a gurgling spit of ejuice up through the Drip Tip and/or an ejuice leak. The best possible results with a variable voltage/wattage PV tends to be from those most experienced in vaping.