Dripping is a form of vaping that is known for being a “purist” approach, intended to preserve flavor by foregoing a tank or cartridge. Here is how to do it.
- Dripping: It’s All About Flavor
- Pros and Cons of Dripping
- How to Get Started
- Needed: Dripping Atomizer
- Needed: Drip Tip
- Needed: Battery
- Dripping Safely
Dripping: It’s All About Flavor
Vaping obviously isn’t just about quitting smoking. It’s about flavor. Unlike traditional analogs (tobacco cigarettes), you aren’t limited to regular and menthol. Instead, you have easy access online to a wide range of liquid tastes from which use can choose. However, flavor isn’t just about the choice of juice. It’s also about how you use your vaporizer. That brings us to dripping – which, like it sounds, involves dripping the e-liquid directly on the heating element (the coil) of an atomizer so that it is completely fresh, providing the best possible taste. Not everyone decides to drip, in part because it is certainly not the most convenient way to vape. Let’s look at pros and cons before we get into actual instructions for how to drip.
Pros and Cons of Dripping
Here are basic positives and negatives of dripping, provided by the user kryptonicrxn on E-Cigarette Forum. Pros:
- The flavor is better, as indicated above.
- It only takes about 10 drops for a session (the vaping equivalent of a smoke break). Plus, if you get a good dripping atomizer, it will have a juice well to retain any excess liquid.
- “[N]o tank means smaller/shorter set up, more compact in your pocket,” says kryptonicrxn, meaning that you no longer have to “walk around without a 7-in PV sticking out.” (Note that PV is short for personal vaporizer.)
- You have another thing to always keep in your pocket or remember to put in your purse.
- The vaporizer has to be left standing or you will experience leakage.
- Now that dual and quad coils are standard, batteries are used up more rapidly.
One other quick disadvantage from God of Steam is that you should expect to pop coils once or twice while you are learning how to drip. The way to work through that problem, he says, is to get two dripping atomizers rather than just one so you won’t go nuts as you’re trying out this new technique.
How to Get Started
You will need the following 4-6 items to be able to drip, the first four of which are required and the last two of which are recommended but optional:
- Dripping atomizer
- Drip tip
- Drip shield
- 510 to 510 adapter (sealed).
Needed: Dripping Atomizer
The threading with which you attach a topper such as an atomizer to a battery is critical, as you may know; you basically need the parts to fit! 510 is the most typical. Yes, you can find non-510 dripping atomizers, but they are less common. “If your device doesn’t have a 510 connection, you need to get an adapter from whatever you have to 510,” says God of Steam, “or find a dripping atomizer threaded for your device. If you’re going to use an adapter, get a sealed adapter.”
Needed: Drip Tip
God of Steam says that the range of drip tips, like other vaporizer parts, is extensive – but the basics are simple. “Just make sure that you get… a 510 drip tip (if you’ve got a 510 atomizer),” he says, “in whatever shape, color, and material you desire.”
You should be able to use a battery from any advanced personal vaporizer, or APV. (An advanced personal vaporizer, by the way, is a mod, which essentially describes anything that is not a cigalike – the original vaporizer that you can buy at a gas station.) If you are new to vaping and wanting to get started with dripping, the main topic of concern is the battery’s threading. Almost everyone will have 510 – just because that has become the sort of interoperable standard. Nonetheless, you do need to know what the threading connection is on your battery. [More on this later in Part 2…see below]
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