The world of vaping can be very overwhelming for the novice as there are so many options available to choose from, which can leave people feeling very confused. There are 2 significantly different forms of vaping techniques which will help determine the vaping kit you choose. Sub-ohm devices are generally used for direct to lung (DTL) vaping in contrast to mouth to lung (MTL) devices which are self-explanatory and used for MTL vaping. However, there are some exceptions to the rules with a few sub-ohm devices being used for MTL vaping due to the combination of a more restricted airflow and a lower battery power output. We will explain in more detail below. Browse our devices here
Vaping styles are determined by the inhalation method used. This is very much a personal preference so there is no right or wrong way. However, it is important to understand the different methods as this will determine the types of devices that best suit you and the types of e-liquids you can use.
What is mouth to lung (MTL) vaping
If you are looking for a vaping style that most closely replicates the feeling of smoking a cigarette then mouth to lung vaping is the best option. The majority of newbies to the vaping world choose this method as it feels like the most natural way for them to inhale. This vaping technique requires a low powered device and a high resistance coil (above 1ohm) and results in an intense flavour without producing large clouds! It’s a more discreet way of vaping that provides you with the nicotine fix you are looking for. One of the advantages of this technique is the fact it uses less e-liquid than DTL vaping therefore saving a little money……….every penny counts!!!
What’s the difference between smoking a cigarette and MTL vaping?
As mentioned above MTL vaping most closely replicates the experience of smoking a cigarette. They both essentially follow the same process with the vapour going into the mouth and then being further inhaled into the lungs which allows air to be drawn in at the same time. The user then exhales. However, the main difference between them is down to length of the “draw”. Vaping involves a long, smooth and steady draw to optimise flavour and satisfaction whereas smoking a cigarette involves short, sharp drags.
With MTL vaping you can vary your technique by changing how long you leave the vapour in your mouth. For a more intense flavour and bigger hit, it is recommended you keep it in your mouth a little longer. If you want to avoid any unwanted attention leave the time between inhalation and exhalation as long as possible and this will reduce the size of the vapour cloud.. Vaping in a discreet manner like this is also know as stealth vaping.
What is stealth vaping?
As mentioned above this method of vaping is designed to make you as inconspicuous and discreet as possible and is ideal for anyone wishing to avoid any unwanted attention. Discreet devices combined with low power with a tight MTL draw work best for this type of vaping. Combining this with the user limiting the amount they exhale, this results in a much smaller vapour cloud which can be almost invisible.
What devices work best for MTL vaping?
There are a wide choice of devices available ranging from vaping pens to pod systems that can be used with refillable or pre-filled pods. The more advanced box mods can also be used by making certain adjustments suitable for MTL vaping. This includes using a lower wattage of less than 15W and using a tighter draw which is enabled by the fact that MTL coils tend to be filled with more cotton. The mouthpiece on a tank designed for MTL vaping is usually narrower (510 drip tip) making it closer in feel to a cigarette. Airflow isn’t always adjustable on these tanks but when it is, it is best to keep this as low as possible otherwise you will just experience a large mouthful of heat!!
Why should I choose MTL vaping?
What is direct to lung (DTL) Vaping?
DTL is known as direct to lung vaping and the technique most often employed by the more experienced vapers. This method is very similar to the way we naturally breath and involves inhaling the vapour straight down into your lungs without holding it in your mouth first. This technique would feel very abnormal to first time vapers transitioning from smoking as they are used to allowing the vapour to linger in their mouth before taking down to their lungs. This technique can take a while to master as instead of sucking on the mouthpiece you effectively take a deep breath which means the vapour bypasses your mouth and goes straight into your lungs. The sensation of this for the first time will probably result in the user coughing and needing to exhale immediately. Over a period of time with enough practice most users are able to successfully inhale slowly and steadily for 3-5 seconds to near full lung capacity before needing to exhale. Make sure your exhalation is FAST to achieve the thickest possible cloud production and maximum flavour.
What devices work best for DTL vaping?
DTL devices are completely the opposite of those best suited to MTL vaping. Features that are most important include a variable wattage, wide mouthpiece, sub-ohm coil and adjustable airflow.
Recommendations for those new to DTL vaping
In order to ease yourself in gently to the world of DTL vaping it is best to start with a low power setting and restricted airflow. Over time your lungs will get used to holding large amounts of vapour in them and any discomfort that you previously experienced should reduce significantly.
Why should I choose DTL vaping?
PG and VG are 2 of the major components that make up e-liquids and determine the size of your vape cloud. The e-liquid is absorbed into the cotton within the coil and as this heats up, it converts the PG and VG into a vapour combined with nicotine and flavours which is then inhaled by the user.
What is PG?
PG is also known as propylene glycol and is slightly thicker in consistency than water. It is a colourless and almost odourless liquid with a high boiling point which therefore requires the coil to reach a high temperature in order to produce vapour. The vapour density produced is very comparable to that produced by a cigarette. The role of PG is to carry the flavours and nicotine and to provide the best possible throat hit for your vaping experience. Therefore e-liquids containing high levels of PG will give a much more obvious throat hit making these the best choice for those wanting to replicate “as best as possible” the sensation of smoking. However, the higher the level of PG, the harsher the throat hit will be. As PG is almost tasteless, the flavours within the e-liquids really come to life.
What is VG?
VG is also known as vegetable glycerine and is a thicker consistency than PG. It is responsible for producing most of the vapour and adds a slight sweetness to the flavour of the e-liquid. The general rule of thumb is that the higher the level VG the bigger and denser the vapour cloud will be. This will also result in a slightly sweeter taste coming through. An e-liquid containing only PG would be too harsh on the throat so the VG helps to balance it out.
So how do I choose the best ratio?
This largely boils down to your personal preference of what you want to achieve in your vaping experience whether it be flavour, throat hit or cloud production:
What e-liquid is best for your vaping device?
What e-liquids work best for MTL vaping?
What e-liquids work best for DTL vaping?