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The Ultimate Guide to Stealth Vaping

In this age of 150 W box mods and sub ohm tanks, it’s hard to vape without drawing attention to yourself. Most devices are capable of putting out some serious clouds, and that isn’t for everybody, or every situation. Do you really want to be blowing clouds in an intimate little café? Do you want to fog up your office and get noticed every time you want to have some nicotine? If you need to vape more discreetly, for whatever reason, you need stealth vaping.  

 

But what is stealth vaping? How do you do it? And when is it an acceptable option from an etiquette standpoint? Here’s everything you need to know and six key tips for successful stealth vaping.

 

What is Stealth Vaping?

 

Stealth vaping is just a term for vaping without creating any (or at least much less) noticeable vapor. When you’re in a public place, stealth vaping means you can enjoy nicotine without anybody really noticing.

 

There are some e-liquids specifically designed for stealth vaping, but most of the time people don’t use these. Instead, you can learn some simple techniques with any type of e-cigarette and any e-liquid to vape without drawing too much attention to yourself.

 

6 Tips for Successful Stealth Vaping

 

So now we know what it is, how exactly do we go about stealth vaping? How do you turn a cloud-producing setup into one you can vape from without turning any heads?

 

1 – Use Higher-PG Juices

 

High-VG juices are all about the clouds. This is why for stealth vaping, more PG is actually a good thing. If you can get really high PG juices (like the 80% PG ones that used to be common in the cigalike days), then that’s really ideal for stealth vaping. However, 50/50 blends (like ours here at Black Note) are among the highest-PG options you’ll find most places, and they’ll definitely reduce your vapor production in comparison to a max-VG option.

 

2 – Choose Your Flavors Wisely

 

Many stealth vapers focus exclusively on the issue of the visible vapor. But that isn’t the only way your vaping could be detected. If you’re vaping a strong-smelling dessert e-juice or a particularly robust tobacco blend, the smell could stand out even if the vapor doesn’t. The best advice is to stick with something light or bright, like a citrusy fruit, menthol or a light cream e-juice.

 

3 – Turn the Power Down

 

If you have a regulated mod, you probably have the option of adjusting the power going to your atomizer. As you might expect, it’s better to keep this lower when you’re looking to stealth vape. No matter what other tips and techniques you incorporate, you can’t make vaping at 100 W particularly hard to detect.

 

4 – Choose a Device for Stealth Vaping

 

If you think you’ll be stealth vaping regularly, it might be worth getting a new setup to accommodate it. For example, even though most vapers don’t find vape pens as satisfying as mods, they have a clear advantage if stealth is a priority. They don’t produce anywhere near as much vapor, and they’re much easier to actually use without getting spotted. If you don’t want to go for a vape pen, though, even an ordinary tank with a higher-resistance coil and the airflow set low can be used quite effectively.

 

The bottom line is: don’t use a high-power mod with a rebuildable or sub ohm tank and you’ll be fine.

 

5 – Learn to Inhale for Stealth Vaping

 

The most important stealth vaping tips are about how you should inhale to minimize the amount of visible vapor you create.

 

The easiest technique for stealth vaping is to simply hold the vapor in your lungs for a few seconds before exhaling. The longer you hold it, the less visible the vapor will be when you exhale. This is so simple to do that there’s really nothing to learn: you just perform your usual direct-to-lung or mouth-to-lung inhale and hold the vapor for longer than usual.

 

You can maximize the effectiveness of this simple strategy by taking an extra deep inhale to dilute the vapor even further before exhaling. “Swallowing” after inhaling also reduces the amount of vapor you’ll produce, so you can do that if you prefer (or in addition to the extra inhale). Vapor is also less noticeable if you exhale through your nose rather than your mouth.

 

As long as you’re using appropriate equipment for stealth vaping, the vapor should be very close to invisible with these techniques.

 

6 – Hide the Vapor

 

There are a couple of more basic solutions too, though. These basically involve hiding the vapor behind something else. For instance, you can exhale directly down into your shirt, and although you’ll look a bit strange doing it, it will be difficult to tell what you’re doing unless you have a particularly cloudy setup. If you have a paper towel or napkin, you can inhale into that for the same effect.

 

Stealth Vaping and Etiquette

 

Now you know how to actually stealth vape, it’s worth talking about an issue that always arises in discussions of stealth vaping: when is it OK to do it? If an establishment doesn’t want you to vape, but you could stealth vape without being noticed, should you? What about if you’re technically allowed to vape but you just don’t want to draw attention to yourself?

 

There are no hard answers to these questions, and ultimately it’s down to your personal take on the issues. That said, there are some situations when stealth vaping really doesn’t seem worth the trouble. On a flight that doesn’t allow vaping, getting caught could land you with a fine or possibly even worse. Similarly, it should go without saying that if you’re being judged or are in a professional situation – for example, while you’re waiting to be called in for a job interview – stealth vaping is a really bad move.  

 

In many other situations, though, stealth vaping is likely to be fine. For example, if you’re in a bar that doesn’t explicitly ban vaping, then you can probably stealth vape without issues. If you’re at work and you’re unlikely to be severely disciplined if you’re caught, stealth vaping might be worth it depending on how strong your cravings are and how long until you’d be able to take a vape break.

 

We have a more detailed discussion of vaping etiquette (including stealth vaping) in this post.

 

The Ethics of Stealth Vaping

 

Ethically, the issue isn’t too complex. The most difficult part is whether it’s OK to vape when you’re not technically allowed to, but when you could do it without being spotted. I’d personally say this isn’t really right – if explicitly told not to vape indoors, I’d just head outside – but you might think differently on that. There are valid points on both sides.

 

Other than that, the question is whether or not it’s right to expose people to second-hand vapor if they don’t want to inhale it. This would be a good point if second-hand vapor was dangerous, but so far there’s really no reason to think that’s true at all. Second-hand vapor usually doesn’t contain detectable levels of harmful chemicals, and it dissipates much quicker than cigarette smoke does. While we can’t be absolutely certain, it seems really unlikely second-hand vaping will be that bad at all, especially for someone not exposed regularly.

 

Although this is probably enough justification for budding stealth vapers, I’d probably make an exception if there were a lot of kids around. It’s true that stealth vaping will expose them to much less vapor compared to ordinary vaping (if any), and even ordinary vaping won’t harm them second-hand, but I can just see parents being much more likely to get annoyed if they catch you vaping around their kids. I wouldn’t take the risk, but this is down to personal preference and your specific situation.

 

Stealth Vaping is a Friend, but Don’t Overdo It!

 

Stealth vaping can be an invaluable ally when it comes to vaping in public, minimizing the discomfort non-smokers and non-vapers might feel around a cloudier vaper. As well as this, it can help you avoid the more senseless restrictions placed on vaping, or to help you avoid nicotine withdrawal while you’re at work.

 

The good news is that stealth vaping is simple and remarkably effective. The only challenge is working out when stealth vaping is and isn’t acceptable. While we’ve given you some things to think about, ultimately, how you use these techniques is down to you.  

Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson

Writer at Black Note
Lee is a writer and vaper from the UK. He quit smoking (without intending to) when he started vaping in 2012, and now writes for EcigaretteReviewed and E-Cigarette Direct's Ashtray Blog. He's always searching for a new all-day vape, loves rebuilding and is passionate about providing smokers with accurate information about the harm reduction potential of vaping. He drinks too much tea.
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What is E-Juice?

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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