- Safety of Vaping
- Why is Modding Such an Important Part of the Vaping Community?
- What Makes up a Mod Vape?
- Make the Switch
Safety of Vaping
We went into this a little bit earlier in the first half of this piece, but the United Kingdom says that vaping is reasonably at least 95% safer than smoking cigarettes. That obviously sounds really good, but there are still powerful interests involved in new fields, and the information you will see on the topic is diverse. Many claims are made that vaping is unsafe. Let’s briefly touch on a few supposed vaping dangers that show up in the news.
One common claim that is made is that e-cigarettes contain toxic, cancerous compounds such as formaldehyde and diacetyl. These chemicals have, in fact, been detected in electronic cigarettes. That’s true. However, according to some sources, in these situations where the compounds were detected, it was at levels that are legally permissible for pharmaceutical medications.
Again, though, the conversation is ongoing. Since the science is still young, the FDA has taken the precautionary measure of outlawing sales to minors. Additionally, the FDA now has regulations that make it necessary to submit vaping products for the agency’s review.
Popcorn: it tastes great, but you don’t want it to describe the health of your lungs. Unfortunately, yes, there is something called popcorn lung. It’s actually another name for a much more technical-sounding medical term, obliterative bronchiolitis, which is incurable and can lead patients to a lung-transplant waiting list.
Popcorn lung was first named when eight people who worked in a popcorn manufacturing plant all contracted the same disease: obliterative bronchiolitis. The workers started to suffer from the symptoms of the condition because of their exposure to diacetyl, which is in artificial butter.
As for the terror of popcorn lung, yes, diacetyl has been found in some e-cigarettes. However, again, some pundits say, we are talking about certain brands, in trace quantities.
Unfortunately, no one could ever claim that an e-cigarette has never exploded. That’s simply the nature of technology, such as cell phones, that use lithium ion batteries. “[L]ithium ion batteries can be subject to the cool component of chemistry known as thermal runaway,” says Alex Cranz in Gizmodo. “When the batteries are overcharged, overheated, or punctured they build energy rapidly until they explode.”
The specific problem with e-cigarettes is that a startup company might not take enough precautions when designing their devices and accidentally put the batteries adjacent to the heating coil. That can of course potentially result in thermal runway; it’s simply a faulty manufacturing job that generates too much heat. People also supposedly sometimes don’t charge their batteries at the proper recommended voltage, although assumedly that means they’re using a nonstandard power cord.
As with any technology, you want the product to be high-quality so that you are safe. The real issue here is that some people who want to use the heavily customizable devices buy low-end mods that haven’t been properly constructed. These devices can overheat, causing the thermal runaway problem.
Why is Modding Such an Important Part of the Vaping Community?
When vapes were first introduced to the marketplace, egos or vape pens were the only way to go. People using vaporizers thought they could improve battery life, so they started modding. Modification grew into such a point of focus that it became its own branch of vaping. Primarily now, mods are mass-produced. However, the idea of modifying as a way to better fit specific user demands still stands. People like these devices because they allow them to better meet their needs.
What Makes Up a Mod Vape?
Here are the components of a mode vape, just so you understand what’s customizable:
- Battery mod: “Depending on the mod it can hold up to three batteries—the traditional being a 16850 rechargable battery,” says Cranz. “Temperature, wattage, ohms, and volts may all be reported/controlled here.”
- Tank: Tanks contain the e-juice. Roughly speaking, they range from 2 mL to 10 mL.
- Wick: You can’t heat the e-juice without an intermediary, so wicks absorb it and bring it to the coil. These components are typically made of silica or cotton.
- Coil: This is what gets really hot. They are available in diverse resistance ratings, from about 0.2 ohms to 1.8 ohms and beyond. Some people who vape build their own wick and coil, but they are often bought as a pair. When you buy both together, it’s typically categorized under replacement coil.
- Mouthpiece/Drip Tip: These pieces are the tip with which your mouth makes direct contact.
- Atomizer: “Many people (me) don’t want to fuss with finding a specific coil, wick, tank and drip tip,” says Cranz. “Atomizers are all four components sold together.”
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