What does cloud chasing mean? If you’re wondering how your fellow vapers are creating those humongous clouds, then read on to discover all you need to know to do so, with our beginner's guide to cloud chasing.
However, let’s start with the basics…
What is Cloud Chasing?
Far from driving around the country searching the skies for the most spectacular looking stratocumulus, when it comes to vaping, cloud chasing will typically refer to the substantial vapour clouds exhaled by vapers. Otherwise known as ‘sub-Ohm vaping’, ‘stunt vaping’ or ‘extreme vaping’, cloud chasers use sub-Ohm or vape mod devices that allow vapers to tweak wattage settings and interchangeable parts such as coils, to create their perfect cloud.
But cloud chasing is much more than just creating colossal vapour clouds for the sake of it. Veritable vaping enthusiasts have even created an art form with cloud chasing competitions taking place far and wide - spectators of the competitions are also known affectionately as cloud-glazers. With competitions taking place globally, numerous cash-prizes are up for grabs should you be able to create clouds with the girth and density needed to be a champion chaser.
A popular pastime among factions of the vaping community, rather than huffing and puffing in an attempt to produce massive vapour clouds with a standard e-cigarette style device, your best bet is to invest in a couple of pieces of essential kit that will significantly increase the production of vapour.
Understanding Sub-Ohm Technology
Ideally suited to those who have found their vaping feet so to speak; the importance of understanding sub-Ohm laws and e-cig battery safety is not to be underestimated and is essential if you’re thinking about cloud chasing.
Sub-Ohm devices use atomizer coils with a resistance that is lower than one Ohm and have an output of anywhere between 40-200 watts of power. With standard e-cigarettes producing about 5.5 watts, it’s safe to say that sub-Ohm vaping will use much more energy and, in turn, batteries will be subjected to reasonably intensive usage.
For newbies and cloud chasing beginners, using a regulated box mod device as opposed to a mechanical mod will be the safest option. Regulated box mods will let you adjust your wattage settings but come with the bonus of installed circuitry that acts as a safety measure for your battery. However, like all electronic devices, it’s not unheard of for vaporizers to become damaged and malfunction through misuse. You’ve likely spent a fair wedge on your preferred vape mod, so ensure you take care of your vape mod and its battery and ensure you store your equipment correctly whenever you're on the move.
Classic Cloud Chasing Vape Mods
To create clouds, first things first: you’ll need to find yourself a vape mod with the aforementioned sub-Ohm capabilities. You’ll also want the device to have a decent battery life, as well as options to adjust the airflow of your vapour. A handy rule of thumb is that a tight airflow will provide you with a richer flavour. In contrast, loose airflow will increase your cloud size, though too loose an airflow will cause your clouds to lose their density, by tweaking and adjusting the airflow; you'll be able to find that sweet spot that can produce the thick and voluminous clouds that you’re seeking, with the flavour to suit your preferences.
With an abundance of features to explore and play with, we’ve selected three of the best vape mods that’ll help you get your cloud chasing started:
SMOK Morph 219: Featuring a firing speed faster than any other mod on the market, this highly impressive device ticks all the boxes for cloud chasers. With a maximum output of 219W, this easy to use mod will not only make you look like a cloud chasing pro but will have you creating the kind of clouds that'd win cloud chasing competitions too.
SMOK Alien 220: A legendary bit of kit, the SMOK Alien, with an output of 220W, provides ample power for your cloud chasing endeavours. Its compatibility with the highly acclaimed Aspire Cleito Tank and its mesh coil means more airflow, more flavour and more vapour.
Innokin Proton Plex: An excellent vape mod for vapers who might be looking to begin their cloud chasing adventure. This easy-to-use device uses a dual bottom-adjustable airflow together with the 0.13-Ohm Triple-Core Plexus Coil that uses three coils instead of one to increase vapour production and enhance your flavours at the same time.
What Coils Make the Biggest Clouds?
Now that you have a device that will provide you with the ability to make great clouds, it will be the coils found in your e-liquid tank that will now require your attention. If making sizeable clouds is the name of the game, then choosing the right coils will play a significant role.
Coils are the element of your device that enables you to vape in the first place. Otherwise known as atomizer heads, coils are connected to the power from your battery, which in turn creates the heat needed to vaporize your e-liquid into a vapeable state. Where atomizers in early e-cigarettes initially used one hole in which the e-liquid would be heated, in today’s market, cloud chasers can choose from dual, quadruple and even mesh coils such as the Aspire Cleito Pro Coil, by way of maximizing the surface area for your e-juice to be heated. More surface area in your coils and atomizer heads means more vapour and more significant clouds.
Which E-Liquid Creates the Biggest Clouds?
The majority of e-liquids that are produced will either use a PG or VG liquid base, while many will also provide a happy balance by blending the two. A general rule of thumb is that PG will enhance the flavour of your e-liquid, while the thicker viscosity of a VG liquid will increase your vapour production. If you're purely looking to create huge clouds to chase, then using the latter, such as VSAVI's 100% VG E-Liquid - which acts as a great starting point. Available in a range of flavours and strengths, this organic, great-tasting e-liquid is also great for vapers who may happen to have an allergic reaction to PG based e-liquids.
If you’re looking for an e-liquid that will satisfy both your thirst for an extra tasty vape, as well as your ambition to go cloud chasing, then VSAVI’s delicious range of Short Fill E-Liquids will hit that sweet spot you’re seeking. Using an optimal balance of 70VG/30PG, choose from 0% nicotine-free flavours shots of Tropical Island, Strawberry Milkshake, Blackberry Yogurt, Granny’s Strudel or Juicy and then add a nicotine concentrate or nic-shot before shaking, and then vaping.
As mentioned, cloud chasing is typically suited to those who are used to vaping and have some knowledge with regards to the mechanics of mod vapes. Due to the tweaking of electrical currents, if you're thinking about cloud chasing, there are several factors that you'll need to take into consideration to stay safe while you vape.
Get to know your gear, always read the instructions, always use a compatible battery, and if in doubt, give us a shout!
Is Cloud Chasing Giving Vaping a Bad Name?
Time to address the elephant in the room.
While cloud chasing may seem like a reasonably fun way to pass the time, there's no escaping from the fact that it may not align with the reasons that spurred you on to start vaping in the first place.
If you were once a smoker, you'd probably know that vaping is a far safer alternative. In fact, Public Health England cites independent evidence that shows e-cigarettes to be up to 95% less harmful than smoking cigarettes, and that vaping has the potential to help smokers become smoke-free.
The keywords in that previous sentence are 'up to', Vaping at the low temperatures that a standard e-cigarette afford will significantly reduce the potential harm that carcinogens produced by e-cig vapour may cause. Because cloud chasing requires more power and more heat, this also means that you may be increasing your risk of harm to yourself. When so much is being done by the industry to ensure that vaping provides a safer alternative to smoking, cloud chasing is somewhat counterintuitive to the cause.
If you’re serious about becoming smoke-free and leading a healthy lifestyle, cloud chasing will be something you may want to avoid. For more information regarding our products, stopping smoking, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact us - and above all else, remember to #VapePure.