When people talks about vapers being “purists,” often what they mean is that they like to drip. This continuation of our piece on how to get started with dripping discusses the three remaining components: juice (e-liquid), the drip shield, and a sealed 510-to-510 adapter. Then we will get into the specific dripping instructions.
- Needed: Juice
- Optional: Drip Shield
- Optional: 510 to 510 Adapter (Sealed)
- How to drip: 4 Steps
- Getting Started with Dripping
Clearly you have to have a substance to drip, which is the typical e-liquid that you’d find in any electronic cigarette. Any e-juice will do in this case. What is juice exactly?
In cigarettes, tobacco and various additives (assuming they aren’t 100% natural) are set on fire and smoked. In vaping, e-juice is vaporized. The question that people have then, of course, is the nature of this liquid. Of course no one wants to switch from one carcinogenic process to another.
Typically, there are only 2-5 components of this juice you use for vaping:
- Vegetable glycerin (VG) = 40% to 90%. This component, or a blend of it with propylene glycol (PG), is usually about 80-90% of the juice. Now, the ratio between VG and PG does differ. “Common ratios are 100% VG, 50/50 PG/VG, and 80/20 PG/VG,” explains Project Vape. “It is widely used in all types of food and personal care products like toothpaste.”
- Propylene glycol = 0% to 45%. This ingredient will allow you to blow denser vapor clouds, which is part of the satisfaction for many people who use e-cigarettes. Keep in mind that this ingredient does sometimes cause mild allergic reactions. If you have a problem with the juice you’re using, consider switching to one that uses 100% vegetable glycerin (above) for its base. “[A]s a food additive, propylene glycol is metabolized in the body and is used as a normal carbohydrate source,” notes com, summarizing the FDA’s position. “Long-term use and substantial quantities of propylene glycol (up to five percent of the total food intake) can be consumed without causing toxicity.”
- Flavor = 10% to 20%. Any reputable company will sell you e-liquid that is food-grade and found in baked goods or candies. Most brands of juice will have a statement on their site to this effect.
- Nicotine = 0% to 2.4%. Many, many flavors of liquid do not contain nicotine. Non-nicotine juice is as common as decaffeinated coffee. If nicotine is included, it should be pharmaceutical-grade.
- Distilled water = Potentially used to dilute the flavor (if its too sweet or otherwise too intense).
Optional: Drip Shield
Yes, this item is optional. Why, then, does vaping thought-leader God of Steam recommend it? You want a drip shield for two reasons, he says:
- It keeps juice from any excess dripped juice or leakage from damaging your mod or battery.
- It expedites cooling of the atomizer.
“You don’t want juice sitting on your battery or mod. It is corrosive and sticky,” he says. “Plus, … [i]f you can cool your atomizer better, it will last longer.”
Note that a drip shield will change the draw of your e-cigarette a bit.
Optional: 510 to 510 Adapter (Sealed)
Again, this piece is not needed to drip. One reason you might want it is because you need the 510 connection to be higher in order for the drip shield to work appropriately. Otherwise, it’s useful to have a sealed 510 connection in order to protect your battery from liquid. This piece is also fervently advocated by God of Steam but should not be considered an absolute necessity.
How to Drip: 4 Steps
Once you have everything in your hands, here are the four steps to dripping:
- Put together the pieces.
Connect the battery or mod to the sealed adapter (if you have one) to the atomizer to the drip tip. The drip shield is typically put on last, but you can also fit in on before the tip. To attach it, you push it down, surrounding the entire setup.
- Drip the juice.
Drip a few drops of liquid, typically 3-5, straight into the atomizer. Generally, you can drip into the drip tip also; you just might need to jostle it a bit to get the juice to flow to the atomizer, which is where the vaporization takes place. For a new atomizer, you may need more like 5-9 drops of juice.
- Power it up.
Supply bursts from your battery, firing it for 1-2 seconds only. (If you let the battery go for too long, you could pop the atomizer if it runs out of liquid.)
- Inhale, exhale, and repeat.
If either the clouds or flavor become diminished, drip another few drops in the atomizer.
God of Steam notes that this tactic sometimes is too inconvenient to him, but sometimes it does make sense. “For me, this is an awful lot of work to vape,” he says, “but it is fantastic for sampling juices, or if you really want a super strong blast of flavor.”
Getting Started with Dripping
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