Hey Vape Fans, I’m here to talk to you about flavor chasing! With sub-ohming becoming more and more popular and easily accessible, you have plenty of options when choosing a new tank or RDA. For those who don’t know, an RDA (or Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer) is a device used in place of a tank that allows you to build your own coils. With an RDA, you are usually going to be building your own coils. Building your own coils can be tricky, time consuming, and frustrating. But at the end of the day I’ve personally found it’s the best way to customize your vaping experience.
I won’t hit too much on the basics of building your own coils, for that please refer to this video:
Let’s talk first about what makes some coils better than others for flavor chasing. The first and most important aspect is the surface area of the coil. A larger surface area allows more juice and flavoring to be vaporized at once. Combined with a twisted or clapton coil, the extra nooks and crannies make the flavors pop!
Another key factor is how you wick the coil. If you wick the coil too tightly, the juice will have trouble travelling up the wicking, resulting in more dry hits, even when the wicking appears saturated. If the wicking is too loose, you will most likely have hot spots on your coil, also resulting in a very nasty dry hit. The flavor is not only effected by how you wick the coil, it’s also reliant on the type of wicking you are using. Japanese Organic Cotton is quite popular among today’s vapers. However, I find that the little-known synthetic version of cotton called Rayon performs at the same level as the Japanese Organic Cotton!
Airflow is one of the other things to think about when going for a flavor chasing build. Logically, the less airflow you have, the more flavor you will get. Having wide open airflow will result in an airy draw and a less satisfying hit. This is always going to be dependant on the type of RDA you’re using. I find the best RDAs for flavor chasing have the airflow right next to the coil as all of your air will be travelling along the coil and up your drip tip! A good example of this would be the Magma RDA.
While many of the newer coil-builders probably won’t know this one, it was quite popular during its heyday! It was renowned as one of the best RDAs at the time for those who primarily wanted the best flavor possible. The secret to the Magma was its airflow: it comes directly below the coils, up, and into your drip tip. This reduces how much air you are inhaling, and increases the amount of flavor you will get.
The last factor would be temperature, while I don’t believe this would increase your overall flavor, it definitely has a powerful effect. For example, the complexity of some dessert flavors improve at a warmer temperature. For fruit flavors I usually prefer a simple build at a lower temperature, as I’ve found the throat hit will usually increase at the higher temperatures.
Well, that’s all for today Vape Fans! Tune in for Part 2, where I will discuss specific flavor chasing coil builds!
Andrew Glenn joined Mt Baker Vapor in 2014, and is currently the Returns Coordinator. He has been a vaper for 3 years. Equally enjoys a day at home relaxing and playing some of his favorite video games or a day out on the paintball fields!