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How to Maximize Vapor Production from Your E-Cig: A Guide to Cloud-Chasing

With the rising trends of “cloud competitions” and selfies taken from behind a dense fog of vapor, one of the main things you might be interested in when you’re just getting into vaping is blowing huge clouds.

While some – myself included – consider themselves more flavor-chasers than cloud-chasers, there is something inherently satisfying about blowing out billowing, thick cloud of crisp, white vapor.

Cloud-chasing has an unavoidable appeal. So, how do you get the most vapor from your e-cig? And how do you do it while staying safe?

Here’s a guide to chasing clouds like a pro.

Before We Start: Cloud-Chasing Safety

Before we get onto offering tips on cloud-chasing, there’s the important matter of safety to discuss. One huge factor in determining the vapor production of your e-cig is the power going to your coil, but in pursuit of clouds, many try to fire low-resistance coils with excessively high voltage, and this could potentially lead to disaster. Regulated mods paired with a capable battery will usually keep you safe, but understanding the details is important, none-the-less.

The biggest thing to remember is that each battery has an “amp limit,” which tells you the largest amount of current you can pull from it safely. Finding this out isn’t always easy, but there are tables and useful web-pages listing the amp limits for the most common batteries. The upshot is, on unregulated devices (like mechanical mods), you need to use Ohm’s law (current = voltage/resistance) and ensure that you’re not asking for too big a current from your battery.

If you have a regulated device (VV/VW mods, for example), it will come with its own current limitation and won’t let you exceed it, so it’s much easier to stay safe: just make sure you have a reliable and high amp limit battery. If you mod takes two batteries, buy them, charge them and discharge them together. If one is at a lower state of charge than the other (or they use different chemistries), it can lead to problems.

Don’t worry too much about staying safe – issues really are quite rare – but it’s important not be complacent when it comes to safety. Being too careful is way better than not being careful enough.

Tips for Cloud Chasing

Cloud Chasing Tips

1. Use Capable Atomizers

Of the many factors influencing the amount of vapor you get from your e-cig, the atomizer setup you use is among the most important. The vapor production from a clearomizer (particularly if it’s a top-coil one) will be lower than if you’re using a rebuildable dripping atomizer (RDA), a rebuildable tank atomizer (RTA) or a sub-ohm tank.

For established vapers, rebuildables are a fantastic option because they strike the perfect balance between low cost and vapor production – as well as allowing you to experiment with different builds to boost performance even more. For newer vapers, the ultimate choice for cloud-chasing – without getting into the more technical aspects of building coils – is a sub-ohm tank, offering solid performance while still maintaining the simplicity of more basic beginner clearomizers.

2. Low Resistance and Sub-Ohming

One of the simplest pieces of advice for boosting your vapor production is to lower the resistance of your coil. Resistance is measured in ohms (after Georg Ohm, who discovered the eponymous law), and the lower your resistance at a given voltage, the more current (and more power) going through your coil. The biggest impact this has is that a lower-resistance coil will heat up more quickly and efficiently and start producing vapor sooner than a lower-resistance one. Sub-ohming (using coils with a resistance lower than 1 ohm) really took off when mechanical mods were the devices-of-choice for cloud chasers, which don’t allow you to boost the voltage beyond that offered by the battery (a maximum of 4.2 V for one battery).

If you have a VV/VW device, you can manually boost the power to get good vapor production from a higher-resistance coil, but as a general rule building lower-resistance coils still helps. Again, sub-ohm tanks are a great solution for newer vapers, as long as they’re paired with a suitable device.

3. Build for Clouds

If you’re a rebuilder, the type of coil you build can affect the vapor production you get from your device. The easiest way to boost your vapor production is to build dual coils (or, for that matter, triple or quad-coils), because this means more liquid is in contact with a coil and it lowers the overall resistance of the build. There is more to it than this, and plenty of different builds to improve your vapor production, but the best overall advice is to build so you have as much liquid touching the coil as possible (while still keeping the resistance low), with higher surface area coils (like twisted kanthal or Clapton coils) being particularly good for this, and to ensure you have good wicking (so juice can easily reach your coil).

4. Use a Capable Mod and Push the Power

This is a fairly basic point, but it’s crucial enough to be worth mentioning regardless: get a mod that can deliver a lot of power to your coils. VV/VW box mods are becoming increasingly common, and many will allow you to fire sub-ohm coils (down to 0.2 ohms or lower in some cases) with high powers – 50 W, 100 W or even more. This is the modern cloud-chaser’s dream, allowing plenty of power to get to your coil and having in-built protection against things like short circuits and high currents, as well as being suited to almost any atomizer on the market. Mechanical mods still have a lot to offer – if you’re keeping your resistance low and know your battery safety rules – but with the current state of the market, high-power regulated devices are arguably a better choice.

So if you’ve got a VV/VW device, what do you do? The basic rule is to push the power, but you should do so cautiously. Juices have different “sweet spots” in terms of flavor, and sometimes (if your wicking isn’t efficient enough for the task) pushing too much power can lead to unpleasant “dry hits.” The best advice is to increase your power gradually, dialing it back a little if the vapor gets too hot or the flavor starts to suffer. Go as high as you can for maximum clouds, but ensure you still get an enjoyable vape out of it.

5. Improve Your Airflow

Airflow is one of the most important things about getting huge clouds. The basic rule is: the more airflow, the bigger your clouds will be. Many atomizers have adjustable airflow systems, allowing you to tweak the airflow to your satisfaction, but if your atomizer doesn’t and you’re looking for bigger clouds, maximizing the airflow is the goal. In some cases, you might need to drill out the airflow holes in RDAs to improve the vapor production, but it’s better to choose a device with some type of adjustable airflow so you don’t have to make permanent changes.

The only problems with boosting the airflow are the impact on flavor and the effect on the draw. Some vapers like a loose, airy draw, but others prefer things a little tighter, and if you’re one of the latter type it’s hard to strike the balance between boosting vapor production and getting the right draw. Additionally, more airflow improves vapor production because it mixes the vapor with air, and this means it dilutes the flavor a little. If you don’t have an adjustable airflow device, these factors mean that the best advice is to increase your airflow gradually: if you go too far, it could ruin your vaping experience.

6. Use Lung Hits

Airflow is closely linked to your inhalation style. Smokers use “mouth-to-lung” hits, where the smoke is brought into the mouth, and then you inhale again to take it down into your lungs. If you’re vaping on a low airflow system (with a tight draw), this is often the preferred approach, but when you up the airflow – and if you’re looking for bigger clouds – a straight-up “lung hit” is the best approach. Take a deep hit of vapor in a one-step process, pulling it straight down into your lungs, and when you exhale you’ll see the benefit in vapor production. This is the best approach for high-airflow setups anyway, but if you’re looking for the biggest clouds it’s absolutely essential. You can even maximize the effect of this by taking as deep a breath as possible and stretching out your lungs as you inhale – you’ll see cloud contest participants doing this all the time.

7. Higher-VG = Thicker Clouds

A final consideration is the composition of your e-juice. If you use high PG tobacco vape juice, you’ll get a better throat hit but the vapor production will be a little weaker, whereas high-VG e-liquids boost vapor production notably at the expense of the throat hit. This trade-off is why a 50/50 mix of PG to VG is quickly becoming the standard, but if you’re looking for huge clouds, buy e-liquid with a higher VG content is recommended. You can still get excellent vapor production with 50/50 or even higher-PG juices, but if you really want to get the most vapor you can, high-VG is the way to go.

Conclusion – Chase-Clouds, but Don’t be a Vape-Hole

Cloud-chasing can be fun, and competitive cloud chasing adds a whole extra dimension to the hobby of vaping, but it’s important to remember that people in public places aren’t usually big fans of clouds. In the comfort of your own home or outside, huge clouds aren’t really an issue, but in enclosed or otherwise cramped public places, cloud-chasing is a no-no. This is vaping etiquette 101. The fear of vaping may be irrational, but there’s no sense exacerbating the issue.

With that said, these tips should help you boost the vapor production from your existing device and choose newer mods and atomizers to facilitate your search for the biggest clouds. Plus, if you really get awesome at it, you might be able to take it to the next level and compete with your local vapers to see who produces the most outlandish, obnoxious clouds. Or, like most of us, just take the occasional vaper-selfie with clouds blotting out your face.


Michael Grey
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Michael Grey

With a passion to educate through my writings and a passion to help others, I found my place here at Black Note. Being that I am a former smoker who quit smoking because of vaping, I knew I could help others do the same. Working for Black Note is a true blessing. Not only do I help educate vapers on a daily basis through my writings, but I am also enjoying the benefits of working with an amazing team and sharing an authentic tobacco solution with the vaping community.
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What is Naturally Extracted Tobacco E-Liquid?

E-juice, also known as e-liquid or vaping liquid, is the liquid that’s placed in the vaping device and subsequently atomized into vapor. When you go to buy e-juice, you’ll notice it contains a mix of several ingredients. These typically include vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), some type of flavoring, and nicotine.

VG and PG form the base of the e-liquid. VG is a component used in food and personal care products; its role in e-liquid is to create a thick, dense vapor. PG is another popular solvent used in a variety of everyday items. It carries the e-liquid flavor, provides the “throat hit,” and enhances the vaping liquid’s ability to soak into wicks or cartomizer materials.

Nicotine is an optional ingredient, often available in different levels. E-juice also contains some type of flavoring.

Black Note leads the pack of tobacco vaping liquid by using only natural flavoring – extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste. When you go to buy e-juice from other companies, you may find any number of chemicals used to create synthetic flavors that include fake strawberry, manufactured vanilla, and even man-made tobacco flavors.

If your aim when you buy e-liquid is to experience the subtle nuances, genuine flair and authentic taste of real tobacco, then you’ll be on the mark if you buy e-juice from the Black Note lineup.

Best E-Juice

When you’re going to buy e-liquid, it’s only natural you’ll want the best e-liquid. But what, exactly, does it “best e-juice” mean? We’ll tell you.

For starters, you’ll want an e-juice that doesn’t contain all kinds of strange chemicals and concoctions that you can’t even pronounce. True, even the best e-liquid will contain vegetable glycerin (VG) and proplene glycol (PG), which serve as the base of e-juice, but you don’t necessarily need a host of other chemical compounds.

The best e-juice will stick to natural ingredients, like real tobacco extract, rather than rely on synthetic flavorings, colorings and other additives. Diacetyl is one of those synthetic ingredients that has gotten a pretty bad rap, although its use is not all that uncommon for producing sweet e juice flavors.

Definitely read the ingredient list before you buy e-juice to ensure you recognize what’s on it. Better yet, see if the e-juice company offers a lab report to confirm what’s actually inside the e-liquid.

In addition to having as few chemical ingredients as possible, the best e-juice will have an amazing taste. For those who enjoy authenticity over imitation, the most amazing taste is the most natural taste, especially when it comes to tobacco. Since Black Note uses real extract from tobacco leaves, we not only avoid all those weird chemical flavorings, but we also produce the most authentic experience: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like tobacco.

Best E-Liquid on the Market

Anyone looking for the best e-liquid on the market need look no further than Black Note. Black Note tobacco vaping liquid ranks as the best e-juice across the board in every category, starting with the taste.

Black Note’s main claim to fame is producing a tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. That because we use real tobacco extract, not chemicals, to create the best e-juice tobacco flavor. Using extract from real tobacco leaves retains tobacco’s nuances and flavor notes, giving you the most authentic and multi-faceted tobacco experience.

In addition to being the best e-juice for tobacco taste, Black Note also has the best e-liquid manufacturing process. We spent years researching and testing various production methods, and finally landed on one that we believe is absolutely perfect.

It starts with growing carefully selected tobacco seeds, followed by an equally precise of steps that include an extensive natural extraction process. Even our bottling and packaging is done with the utmost care, using recycled and recyclable packaging materials to ensure our products are as earth-friendly as they are vapor-friendly.

One more category where Black Note ranks as the best e-liquid is with the value. Every order comes with free domestic shipping, one-to-three day domestic shipping guarantee, and a 90-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, or don’t agree we’re the best e-juice on the market, send it back on us and we’ll refund your money.

Vape Juice Ingredients

Vape juice ingredients can be pretty straightforward – or not. At the very least, most vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and some type of flavoring. Nicotine has largely become an optional ingredient that can be included at varying levels or left out altogether.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are usually the two main ingredients that make up the base of most vape juice.

VG is a plant-based substance with the ability to produce a dense, thick vapor. PG is an additive found in many food items and certain medicines. It carries the flavoring, provides the “throat hit” and enhances the vape juice’s ability to soak into the wicking materials.

Nicotine levels can vary, as can ingredients that make up the flavorings. The components that make up vape juice flavoring are where ingredients can get rather complicated.

Vape juice that relies on artificial flavorings can contain any number of extraneous chemicals and other additives, whatever it takes to recreate the flavor the ecig juice is going for.

Black Note uses only natural flavorings: extract from real tobacco leaves. That keeps our ingredient list incredibly simple, backed by a lab report to prove it. You won’t find any strange chemical concoctions used to produce our tobacco flavor, just real tobacco extract that delivers a real tobacco experience.

What is the Best Flavor for Ecig Juice?

From strawberry shortcake to banana rum, ecig juice comes in tons of flavors. While folks can debate and discuss all the fruity, sweet or food-like flavors all day long, the best flavor for e-cig liquid is straight-up tobacco.

Why? Vaping was originally created as an alternative for traditional cigarettes, mainly for those who enjoy the taste of tobacco. And when you can find an e-cig liquid that is able to recreate tobacco’s full-bodied yet delicate flavor notes and nuances, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, then you’ve found the best ecig juice.

Recreating tobacco’s complex flavor isn’t easy, especially when it’s attempted with artificial ingredients. That’s why Black Note sticks to the real thing, extracting the essence of real tobacco leaves to flavor our vaping liquid. Not only does this avoid the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, but it also eliminates the flavoring chemicals found in many ecig juices. The end result is real tobacco taste, an authentic tobacco experience and the best flavor for ecig juice you can find.

Notice also we said the best e-cig flavor was straight-up tobacco, not plain old tobacco. Black Note’s real tobacco vaping liquid happens to come in a variety of different blends, from the light and airy to the peppery and robust. Not all tobacco is created equal, and different blends capture the specialized subtleties that make each tobacco unique.

Best Sweet Tobacco E-Juice

When it comes to sweet tobacco e-juice, your options can be broken down into two categories.

The first category contains tobacco e-juice that overlays the tobacco flavor with artificial chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fruity or other dessert-like flavorings. We wouldn’t classify any such flavors as the best tobacco e liquid, simply because they typically use chemicals and other artificial ingredients to create the tobacco taste, the sweet taste, or both.

The second category of sweet tobacco e-juice is where you’ll find the best tobacco e-liquid, sweet or otherwise. This category contains vaping liquid created using only natural flavorings, which is exactly where Black Note fits in. Instead of concocting flavors using synthetic ingredients, Black Note uses an extensive extraction process that slowly and deliberately extracts the tobacco essence from real tobacco leaves.

The result is the best tobacco e-juice: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. And if you’re going for the best sweet tobacco e liquid, we have a few tobacco blends that offer varying levels of sweetness.

Prelude is our sweetest tobacco e-liquid, containing golden Virginia tobacco. Made from fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, Sonata is our Cavendish blend with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. Solo is our menthol blend, giving you a semi-sweet minty taste created from natural menthol crystals extract from dried mint leaves.

For the best tobacco e-liquid that’s naturally sweet and remarkably delicious, Black Note is at your service.

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