Popular throughout the world, cloud chasing is as impressive to watch as it is intimidating to pull off. And with a range of devices on the market, it can feel close to impossible to find the right make or model for your specific needs or the perfect multi-use device to mix up your daily routine. So, what exactly is cloud chasing and what do you need to improve your approach today?
What is cloud chasing?
Simply put, cloud chasing involves using your device to exhale large volumes of vapour. Depending on the skill of the user these can then be blown into different shapes, sizes, or perform a million-and-one tricks that YouTubers have perfected.
This is facilitated by picking out a fit-for-purpose device that allows users to change the density of the vapour they inhale, gives a range of options, and has the power and capacity to secure the results you want.
This can also involve picking up pens and many online forums have become spaces to help users hunt down the best vape mod to suit their individual needs. Between competitions, tricks, and people becoming (semi) professional vapers – cloud chasing has become extremely popular with hobbyists. This is bolstered by devices that allow for the management of airflow, temperature, and a wealth of other features that have been bolstered by advancements in modern vaping technology. Picking up the right contemporary device allows users to fully control every element of their vaping experience – easily adjusting their cloud size, vapour output, and much more. But with this popularity comes a range of choice, with providers swarming the market and confusing novices and professionals alike when it comes to answering the question-
What do I need for cloud chasing?
When it comes to getting the most out of your device, it’s important to understand the difference between Direct to Lung (DTL) and Mouth to Lung (MTL) vaping. For many novice vapers, MTL vaping is familiar as it involves drawing vapour into your mouth and then inhaling it to your lungs. However, some devices allow for DTL vaping where the vapour is drawn directly to your lungs. This requires a more powerful, compatible device and delivers a concentrated hit from your e-liquid of choice – either a burst of nicotine, an explosion of flavour, or a kick of CBD enriched e-liquid.
While it’s possible to get decent clouds from a ‘normal’ device, true chasers are going to need a model that has a range of specialist elements. These include, but are not limited to-
Sub-Ohm Capacity: This involves installing a special coil with your device with a resistance level of (as you guessed) under one ohm. This helps increase your power output and temperature, allowing for a greater volume of e-liquid to be heated at a much higher temperature. Once inhaled, this produces the ‘cloud’ that chasers pursue – allowing you to modify your density and size as needed.
Extended Tank : And with more clouds…comes more e-liquid. Increased tank size will allow you to produce the volume needed and leave more in the tank. Taking the time to check the integrity of a larger tank is essential and reliable brands will often be reinforced to make up for a larger surface area or be safely embedded within the housing of the device.
Customisable settings: If you’re looking to generate some clouds, you’ll want to tweak your settings to find the ‘perfect’ mic. The best vape pen or mod devices will have made ‘smart’ vaping or cloud chasing a part of their professional identity. This can involve using touch screens, OLED technology, or smart chipsets to manage everything from your vaping economy, wattage, fire rate and more. A quality model will embed optimised settings or let you tweak your vaping clouds until they are perfect.
When it comes to chasing, there are two types of devices that specifically allow for easy cloud chasing – these are vape mods and pod kits. A vape mod is a specialist piece of kit the houses additional components, batteries, and tanks. While these were originally unwieldy when they were first released, cloud chasing mods have come on in leaps and bounds – making them ideal for vapers of all stripes. Thanks to miniaturisation, they are portable enough for everyday use and robust enough to throw into a bag and forget about. A pod kit is specifically designed to take the fuss out of vaping through the use of sealed and pre-filled cartridges. These can easily be swapped out to refill the device and disposed of safely by the user. Combine this with light-touch device technology and pod kits are lightweight, reliable devices that any user can take advantage of to streamline their vaping experience.
What devices can help?
If you’re struggling to find a device that is right for your cloud chasing, there are number of options available. These range from beginner units, those that are perfect for more experienced vapers, or units that allow you to mix-and-match as the moment requires. While finding the best vape mod for clouds can be a bit of a challenge, combination an understanding of your personal preferences and a little bit of research can land you with a device that matches your tastes and budget.
If you’re struggling to know where to start, some great choices include-
The Smok Alien 220W: Or ‘the little vape that could’, this box mod is a perfect introduction for vapers looking to step their cloud game up a little. Compact and portable, the Smok Alien comes with a neat form-factor of of 85mm / 44mm / 28.4mm that perfectly house the company’s infamous ‘baby beast’ tank. Couple this with 0.4-ohm dual coils and the device is built to a fantastic cloud chasing experience for sub-ohm use. The model also directly tackles the issue of power drain through the deployment of dual batteries that provide 220W of power to the system and the device’s crisp, OLED screen. This allows you to easily set your battery life, wattage mode, and even track the number of puffs you have taken. These give the raw power and fine-control to cloud vape with abandon, carefully manage your usage and intake, or just mix-and-match to your heart’s content.
Innokin Proton Mini: For those looking for something with a little more kick, the Innokin Proton is an exceptional choice that comes with a high degree of customisation and incredible reliability. The next step in the storied Proton Line, the unit’s smaller build actually conceals a gargantuan 3400mAh battery outputting up to 120W! This helps to help provide the grunt for any vaping session, offering a variable resistance range of 0.1 - 3.5 Ohm, all backed up by a dedicated 2ml tank Available in a range of colours and with solid metal housing, the Innokin can look as sleek or as brash as you like. The unit also allows for an exceptional degree of cloud control through the Mini’s 1.45” TFT screen. This includes dedicated temperature and wattage control, a ‘bypass’ mode for detailed customisation, and three memory slots to allow for pre-arranged settings; letting you switch on the flay as needed.
Kroma R-Zlide: For those seeking some truly advanced level vaping, the R-Zlide is a popular favourite for experienced cloud chasers or those looking for everyday, economical reliability. Measuring in at 131mm / 26mm / 40mm – the device is slight but extremely sturdy. Easily able to fit in any pocket, a manually adjustable airflow and detailed settings make vapour management quick and simple. Taking a no-fuss and power efficient ethos throughout the device, the Zlide’s striking ergonomic design makes even the heaviest of use easy. And with easily readable interface, any user can enjoy MTL and DTL Vaping as and when they like it. In fact, the device is designed to be able to take the heaviest of use from the ground-up - coming with a sub-ohm mesh coil and a generous 2ml tank. Its sleek shell also ensures that it looks great on your desk, during a vape break, or when chasing clouds on a night out. Sleek and premium, the Zlide is perfect for cloud chasers who want the best of both worlds and demand a device that lasts.
Smok Alien 220W
Innokin Proton, Mini Ajax
Innokin iTaste Kroma-R
If you want to learn more about finding the right device for your vaping needs, our team at V2 are here to help. With 5 years’ experience supporting cloud chasers, we’ll work with you to provide or find a device that suits your unique cloud chasing needs! You can view our full list of new devices and vaping products and helpful extras and accessories from here. Or, if you want to learn more, you can contact us directly and get some help finding a make or model that is right for you.