Temperature control vaping: how to and tips
Have you ever had trouble with an overheated vape? Fed up with burnt-out, dry hits that just don’t taste good? Then temperature control vaping could be for you. Temperature control vaping, or TC vaping for short, is a practice that enables vapers to maintain a steady temperature within their vaping device, to prevent the excessive heat that can burn coils and wicks and lead to an unpleasant vaping experience.
Why temperature control vaping is becoming popular
Vaping hardware has come a long way in a short period of time. Only a few short years ago, customising your vape was a practice confined to hardened hobbyists – and if you weren’t technically minded, you’d have to make do with a fixed voltage on your device that couldn’t be altered. Today’s vapers think nothing of adjusting their settings using variable power mods for a hit that hits the spot, and now, temperature is another factor that can be easily adjusted and controlled using the latest technology, to result in the perfect vape.
There are a number of advantages to temperature control vaping.
- Burnt out vapes taste bad. If you’ve ever experienced the tell-tale dry hit that signifies an overheated vape device, you’ll be eager to avoid repeating the experience – temperature control vaping provides a solution.
- Overheating damages your device. If you care about your vape device and wish to maximise the lifespan of all the components, including the coil and the wick, you’ll be interested in controlling your vape temperature to help maintain your hardware in good condition.
- Maintaining a constant temperature makes for a more reliable supply of vapour – not too much, not too little, for as long as you like.
- Dry hits may damage your health because they deliver formaldehyde, which can irritate the throat but more seriously, are linked with cancer. By eliminating dry hits from your vape, you will reduce your exposure to formaldehyde.
How it works: Controlling temperature through resistance
Temperature control vaping devices don’t work in the same way as a thermostat on your oven or boiler, switching off when a certain temperature is reached. Instead, the temperature of the vaping device is regulated by controlling the resistance within the electrical circuit, which has a knock-on effect on the heat generated because a higher resistance means a higher temperature.
For temperature control vaping, a coil made from pure nickel or titanium is needed because the resistance of these metals correlates more closely with the temperature of the wire – meaning it’s easier to predict how hot it is, just by measuring the ohm rating. By adding a temperature control chip that can detect the resistance in your nickel or titanium coil, it’s possible to build a mod that can adjust its resistance according to your specified settings, therefore delivering the perfect temperature every time.
Drawbacks of temperature control vaping
Are there any downsides of controlling the temperature of your vape? As it stands currently, temperature control vaping is a more expensive pastime than regular vaping. That’s partly because pure nickel and titanium coils cost more than alloys such as Kanthal, and while temperature control devices remain a premium choice, these will be dearer, too. Battery life will also suffer, because more energy is needed to power a low-resistance circuit. However, as technology develops and more TC mods appear on the market, it’s likely that the price of temperature control vaping hardware will soon go down.
Choosing a TC vaping device
Interested in trying out temperature control vaping for yourself? We’re here to answer all your questions about temperature control hardware.
As you might expect, to start controlling the temperature of your vape, you’ll need a temperature control mod that’s equipped with the right kind of coil. Finding the right equipment is easy; just select Temperature Control as a filter when searching for electronic cigarettes and coils in the Vapetto online shop. There’s a great range of devices available, for all budgets and levels, from starter kits to advanced mods suitable for sub-ohm vaping.
If you’re into building your own mods rather than using a kit, it’s good to know that you don’t need any particular type of tank, dripper or RTA for temperature control vaping. As long as you have a coil made from the right material, you’re good to go.
Adjusting your temperature control settings for the perfect vape
Using a temperature control vape device can take some getting used to, so don’t expect to get it right first time. Just as you would with any new vape hardware, you’ll need to experiment with the settings until you find what works best for you. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your temperature control mod:
- After making sure you have the right type of coil for your device, insert your coil at room temperature. This is important because it allows your mod to calibrate itself and set a ‘base resistance’ that will be used as the basis for all adjustments in the resistance (and therefore temperature) of your mod.
- Switch your mod to Temperature Control Mode and set the wattage (or joules) you require based on your coil’s recommended rating.
- Finally, input your desired maximum temperature. Not sure what to select? Start low, and if it’s not quite right for you, you can work your way up. You will find that the ideal temperature for your vape will probably vary depending on the composition of the e-juice you’re using at the time. Propylene Glycol (PG) vaporises at 188 degrees Celsius, while vegetable glycerine (VG) has a considerably higher boiling point, of 290 degrees Celsius. The other constituents of your vape juice, including the water, flavourings and nicotine, will also play a part in affecting the required temperature.
Ready to get started with temperature control vaping? Browse our selection of temperature control vape devices and coils. And don’t hesitate to get in touch for advice or recommendations on which hardware to choose – at Vapetto, it’s what we’re here for.