I started vaping about two and a half years ago. Like many, I started with store-bought cigalikes. Primarily, the use of Cartomizers (although I didn’t know that term at the time) was my only exposure to the industry. After I was hired at Mt. Baker Vapor, my knowledge rapidly grew, and I moved on to clearomizers. When I first made the switch to a tank, my mind was blown. It was a ‘Holy Crap! This is what vaping can be like?’ moment for me. As I learned more and more about the various forms and functions of different styles of tanks, I quickly became an enthusiast.
Then, I discovered dripping. For me, dripping is the quintessential vaping experience. Huge clouds, great flavor, and infinite customization when it comes to the style of coils you can use. I’ve been dripping now for about 6 months, and I can definitely say that it is the experience for me. That being said, it’s not the experience for everyone. Let’s talk about some of the differences between tanks and dripping.
Dripping is an altogether different type of experience. You have to build your own coils for the atomizer, wick it yourself, and make sure that it’s affixed to a battery that is able to fire the atomizer at the given oHms that your coil is built to. Different styles of coil yield different types of vapor, in both taste and vapor production. Different wicking materials can also have an impact on your flavor and vapor experience. There is no truly “best way” to build a dripping atomizer. As with many aspects of vaping, it mostly comes down to personal preference.
There are a few different styles of rebuildables and drippers that bridge the gap between dripping and tanks. Today, I’ll only be touching on my personal two favorites.
There are many other options on the market that are able to bridge the gap between dripping and tanks. Make sure to check user reviews before you make your decision.
Key things to remember:
- Dripping is (generally) a higher up-front cost, but you will save money on coils in the long run.
- Tanks are convenient, and easy to use/assemble, but they tend to cost more money down the road as you pay for replacement coils.
- Dripping is much more customizable than dripping. Different coil assemblies, different wicking materials, different drip tips, all lead to a completely tailored experience.
- Your battery life will generally be longer with a tank/clearomizer, as you are not drawing as much power on stock coils.
- Dripping requires skill. Building coils is an advanced vaping technique, and if it is done wrong, it can pose a risk.
With these things in mind, get out there and find the option that works best for you!
If you would like more information regarding coil building and drippers, be sure to check out our Coil Building Tutorial. For more information on building your own coils, be sure to check out one of our favorite builders, RiP Trippers on Youtube. His video, Coil Building 101: Micro Coils, Macro Coils, Nano Coils is a great place to get started.
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By Kyle Chapman