A Few Things You Should Know Before Vaping This Winter
If you live in an area that gets cold weather over winter, you might already be aware of some of the challenges this presents to vapers. If you are new to vaping however, there may be certain factors you need to take into account so you can continue to enjoy vaping into the spring.
Knowing how your device is likely to react to colder temperature will enable you to make a few small adjustments to how you vape, so you’ll be prepared for whatever the colder months throw at you.
Metal Drip Tips
It’s well known that metal conducts heat, but it can also become extremely cold in adverse conditions. Most of us will also be familiar to what happens to those silly enough to lick frozen streetlamps or metal posts, and unfortunately, metal drip tips can behave in the same way. Keep the delicate skin on your lips and tongue protected by switching to a plastic or rubber mouthpiece, or at the very least use a protective lip balm that will act as a shield.
Whilst e-liquids must reach reasonably extreme temperatures to freeze solid, very cold weather can nonetheless make them thick and sluggish. This is especially true of liquids that have high levels of vegetable glycerine, or VG, which makes it hard for the coils to wick properly. Try warming e-liquid up before use to get it at the right consistency, and don’t worry too much if your e-liquid does freeze- it’s inconvenient, but freezing doesn’t affect the usability, or any of the properties, so you will be able to vape it, but you’ll have to wait for it to defrost.
Vape devices do not react well to being submerged in water, so if it’s raining heavily then consider holding off until you can find shelter. This is also true in snow, which on an active device will melt very quickly and have the same effect. If your device does come into contact with a good deal of water, refrain from using it. Contact the manufacturer for their advice, and take the device apart and clean thoroughly in warm, dry conditions. Unfortunately, if your device has been exposed to too much water, this may even spell the end of it’s lifetime.
E-cigarettes and vaping devices are powered by lithium batteries, which become unstable at at –20°C (–4°F), most batteries stop functioning. In warm weather, this causes them to short circuit, but at cooler levels, this will decrease battery life and general performance. If you’re traveling, make sure you have packed your charger, and just to be safe an extra battery. For car journeys, invest in an adapter so you can charge your device on the road if necessary.
For most of us, snow, frost, and icy rain aren’t great incentives to be outdoors, so it can be far more tempting to just stay indoors and vape. This is fine if it’s in a friend’s home or your own, but remember that vaping legislation varies from state to state, and bars and restaurants have their own jurisdiction when it comes to policy. If you aren’t sure on what the attitude is towards e-cigarettes where you are, ask a member of staff before you start vaping to avoid any misunderstandings or awkwardness.
Winter is also a great excuse to search out some vape-friendly venues in your area and meet some like-minded people.
There are still a lot of benefits to vaping over smoking in winter, which you’ll know if you’ve ever tried to smoke a cigarette in blustery winter winds. Gloves are also very inconvenient when it comes to operating a lighter or matches, and of course there’s always the risk of getting long hair or scarves blown into the ignited end of a cigarette.
What do you do to make sure you can continue vaping when it gets cold? Tell us in the comments or let us know on social media.