Smoke rings are a staple for cigarette, pipe and cigar smokers. While most are happy to simply puff out bursts of smoke without showboating, there has always been a subset of smokers who can barely light up without pushing out a ring or two. The vaping community has taken this further – a lot further. The catalogue of vaping tricks for you to try out is growing rapidly, from the basic rings and multi-ring tricks through to more complex, outlandish feats of vaping expertise. If you want to get involved and start pulling some vape tricks for yourself, here are 10 of the coolest vaping tricks you can try out for yourself, whether you’re completely new to vape tricks or you’ve mastered a few basic ones already.
So load up your tank and let’s start exploring the world of vaping tricks!
10 – Standard Vape Rings
What the Vaping Trick is: This is one of the fundamental vape pen tricks that every showboating vaper should have in his or her arsenal. It’s simply a smoke ring, but with vapor – it’s just blowing a big “O” out of vapor. Once you get it down, you can release a volley of Os, one after another, for a pretty impressive effect. Rings also form the basis of some of the vape tricks later on in this list.
How to Do it: Although it’s one of the first tricks you should learn, it isn’t the easiest thing to get right, especially for a newcomer. The basic method is to inhale vapor into your mouth – without taking it down into your lungs – form your lips into an “O” shape and push vapor out through the opening.
The reality is that when you try this, you’ll almost certainly fail to produce a well-defined “O.” The most difficult part is pushing the vapor out in the right way, but here’s a more detailed step-by-step version to make sure you’re getting it all right.
Firstly, fight your urge to inhale fully when you take your draw so you have more vapor to work with. Secondly, forming your lips into an “O” shape is easy, but essential. You can also adjust the size of your “O” with your lips, because the vapor follows the shape of your mouth. Keep your lips in this position while you do the trick, including during the exhale.
The third part is where it really gets tough. The trick is pushing the vapor out rather than blowing it out. The technique has been described as like a light coughing motion, or a short sigh. Keep your tongue low in your mouth and towards the back of your throat, and use your throat and mouth muscles to push out a quick, short burst of vapor. You push the vapor out in a pulsing-like motion with your mouth and throat. If you get a formless cloud, you’re probably blowing a little too much rather than pushing.
Sadly, this is difficult to get right, and it ultimately takes a bit of practice. I blew rings a lot as a smoker, but I remember practicing with pretty much every puff I took to get it right – you just have to stick with it and note the motion you make when you get a successful ring.
9 – The Dragon
What the Vaping Trick is: Unleashing vapor from your nostrils and the sides of your mouth at the same time – creating an effect like an angry dragon that’s brewing a burning jet of flames.
How to Do it: This is one of the simpler vaping tricks on this list, but again it does take a little bit of practice to get right. The challenge here is simply being able to exhale through both your nose and your mouth at the same time. The best advice is to focus on the inhale through your nose: try to do it forcefully so you get two good puffs through your nostrils and then work on bringing your mouth into the picture. Again, to maximize the amount of vapor you have to play with, avoid inhaling into your lungs when doing this trick.
8 – French Inhale and the Bane
What the Vaping Trick is: A French inhale is otherwise known as an Irish waterfall, and simply involves releasing vapor from your mouth and inhaling it through your nose. You end up with a reverse-flowing waterfall of vapor from your mouth to your nose, and the effect looks really cool. The Bane is a variation on this, where you use your teeth to create a grill-like effect on the waterfall, producing a look a little like Bane’s mask from Batman.
How to Do it: The French inhale is the simpler version of the vape trick, and isn’t difficult to perform. However, as always, it does take a bit of practice.
Inhale some vapor without taking it down into your lungs – for the same reason as in previous tricks – and push out your lower jaw a little. Let the vapor come out naturally, without exhaling. As you do this, inhale through your nose to suck the stream of vapor up there. A mirror can help when you’re practicing all of the vape pen tricks on this list, but it’s particularly handy for this one and the Bane.
For the Bane, you do exactly the same thing but with a little variation. Smile a little and slightly touch your top row of teeth to your lower lip to form clear streams for the vapor to escape through, and inhale sharply through your nose to really pull up the streams. This is where the grill-like effect comes from, and is the heart of the vape trick. Abby Vapes has a great video explaining this trick.
7 – Multiple Rings
What the Vaping Trick is: An embellishment of the classic smoke ring trick, where you puff out two (or even three) vapor rings at the same time.
How to Do It: For the most part, this vaping trick is identical to the standard smoke ring trick, with one important addition. Place your finger in the middle of your mouth as you perform the standard vape ring trick, keeping everything else the same (although you can widen your mouth a little if you like. The mechanics of the trick are simple to understand: you’re doing exactly the same thing as the vape ring trick but splitting your mouth opening to get two rings at once.
To make it three rings, you need to split your mouth opening into three sections, using two fingers. This is understandably a bit harder, and you will definitely have to widen your mouth as much as you can to make it work, but it’s very impressive when you pull it off. Here’s a tutorial covering single, double and triple rings.
6 – Vape Bubble
What the Vaping Trick is: Confining your cloud to a bubble of vape-y goodness to be unleashed at your will. It’s basically blowing a bubble but filling it with vapor instead of boring air.
How to Do it: This is pretty easy. All you need is a toilet roll tube and some very soapy water or bubble mix. Dip the tip of the tube in the soapy water or the mixture, just like when you’re blowing a regular bubble. Take a hit of your mod or vape pen, then slowly and softly exhale the vapor into the bubble. Watch as it floats lightly across the room and then pop it whenever you want to release your cloud.
5 – Bending Rings
What the Vaping Trick is: This is where you start to reach wizard-like levels of vaping trickery. The trick is built around a simple vapor ring, but involves guiding the ring wherever you want it to go with your hand. This produces a pretty awesome effect, and it also makes it easier to send an “O” where you want it as part of a bigger trick.
How to Do it: Follow the steps in the standard rings vape trick to produce your O, but have a cupped hand beside your mouth ready for the key part. As you release your vape ring, follow the vapor with your hand, guiding it gently in whatever direction you want it to move.
Explaining this trick is simple, but actually pulling it off is a different matter entirely. The problem is that if you’re too heavy-handed with your push, you’ll break the ring apart in seconds. It takes a lot of care, patience and practice to find the right level of force to guide the vapor ring without actually ripping it apart. But when you master it, you can even bring a ring back to where it started, or set it spinning. Check out this excellent video of ring-bending masters at work.
4 – The Jellyfish
What the Vaping Trick is: This vaping trick involves blowing a sizable vapor ring and then sending a ball of vapor through the center of it, creating a jellyfish-like look as the vapor from the center is pulled around to the outside of the ring. This is definitely an advanced trick, but if you can pull it off, you’ll have a party trick to impress your friends with for however long you keep vaping.
How to Do it: The basic method for this trick is easy to understand: blow a big ring and then send a ball of vapor accurately through the center. Unfortunately, though, it’s much harder to execute than you may imagine.
The problems you’ll run into with this vaping trick are two-fold. First, blowing the ring big enough to get a good puff of vapor through it is a challenge, and many vapers combine a strong puff of a small ring with a little bit of ring-bending (just following it with your hand rather than redirecting it) to help the ring expand and slow it down before the second part of the trick. This is also useful for centering the ring for the next part.
Sending a puff of vapor through the ring is another challenge. If you’ve got the ring in the right position and you’ve helped it expand a little, you’ll have a lot more luck, but it’ll still take a bit of practice to send the right amount of vapor through the ring and direct it accurately. In his tutorial on the trick, FreshSkater Jay describes it as “dropping” your vapor into the ring, which captures the key point that too much force will destroy the trick.
3 – Atomic Bomb/Mushroom Cloud
What the Vaping Trick is: This vaping trick is really similar to the jellyfish, but involves a thin stream of vapor instead of a chunky ball. You blow out a vapor ring and then send a thin, concentrated jet of vapor through the center. As the stream crosses the threshold of the ring, it should be pulled out to the fringes of the ring and create a mushroom cloud-like look.
How to Do it: The method for this trick is another one that’s straightforward to explain but difficult to pull off in practice. You need to blow a fairly wide ring – again, use a “bending Os” like technique to slow down the ring and help it expand. Just following the ring for a second with your hand should be enough.
When you have a sizable O in an opportune position, all you have to do is send a small stream through the center. The problem is that if you blow too much, you’ll disturb the O and wreck the trick. If you exhale briefly and not too hard, you can create the right sort of stream and allow the momentum to carry it through the ring. This is a delicate procedure, though, and combined with the need to get it through the center of the ring it makes for a challenging vaping trick.
2 – Triangles
What the Vaping Trick is: This is a very challenging trick that’s just like a vapor ring, except instead of a ring, you create a triangle. The trick really works by you blowing a ring and then shaping it into a triangle, and as you may expect, this is another delicate operation that can easily go wrong. Pull it off, though, and you’ve performed one of the most difficult and impressive vaping tricks there is.
How to Do it: The start of this trick is blowing a vapor ring, but it’s best to make sure it’s a thick, dense ring to help it stay together during the reshaping. Guide the ring with one hand (like in “bending Os”) and use the other (or the same hand, if you prefer) to gently tap down the edges of the ring twice – like you’re spinning a wheel on a spoke – to form it into a triangle.
So that’s the basic guide to doing the trick, but as we’ve seen a lot on this list, the reality is rarely so straightforward. Tapping the edge without destroying the ring isn’t easy, and timing your taps so you can form a good triangle is even harder. This video from A Kidz goes over the trick in detail, but even after watching and plenty of attempts, I really can’t get this one down.
1 – The Tornado
What the Vaping Trick is: As the name suggests, this vape trick involves creating a tornado out of vapor. At first, you simply lay down a blanket of vapor on top of a flat, smooth surface – a table is perfect – and then use your hands to raise the vapor up and form it into a twisting tornado.
How to Do it: This is a fantastic trick – and our pick for the number one spot – because it both looks awesome and is a bit more manageable to perform than other feats like the triangle.
For the first stage, you can lay down a blanket of vapor by gently exhaling close to a surface (again, minimizing how much you blow). Most guides suggest using a toilet or kitchen roll tube to guide the vapor onto the surface though, and this is a great tip that makes the first stage a lot easier to pull off.
The second stage is the really hard part of this vape pen trick. The basic aim is to form the vapor into a tornado with your hand, but mastering this technique does take a lot of time. First, slide your flattened hand into the sea of vapor, with your thumb closest to you. Then flick your wrist up in a quick, light movement – like a karate chop in reverse. This flick – when executed correctly – creates a rising column of vapor and gives it a little spin to turn it into a veritable twister. Here’s a video (using hookah smoke) showing how to do the trick in a bit more detail.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Most vapers get started to use e-cigs as an alternative to cigarettes, but the explosion of vaping tricks is yet another way it becomes its own hobby that in many ways goes beyond what you can do with a cigarette. Although smoke tricks are possible, as soon as you get dense vapor clouds, you can really start having fun with what you exhale.
It might not be the most important pastime, and it won’t influence the sort of vape you get, but it’s another dimension to the hobby of vaping that will undoubtedly impress some of your friends.
However, as we’ve stressed many times in this post, a lot of these tricks take some time to master. The time you put into perfecting them is part of the pleasure of vaping tricks – just like the coil building process itself adds to the enjoyment of the vaping experience – and gives you a well-deserved sense of pride when you pull them off.
If you’re willing to put in the practice, you’ll be a showboating, vape trick-toting cloud machine in no time.