7 Vaping Mistruths

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to our site, and we hope you're doing well now that the kids are all settled back into the school routine.

In recent times, we've been bombarded with questions and statements about Vaping that we feel need to be addressed.  These have been accumulated over a period of time, and it's probably a good idea to get it out there.  Here's a few we've seen:

  • I can clean my prebuilt coil by boiling it in water
  • I can help the juice flow by poking a hole in the cotton of a prebuilt coil
  • I need a high wattage device to use high VG eLiquid
  • Second hand vapor is harmful to the people around me
  • I can make my prebuilt coil last longer by running it lower than rated
  • If you're not using a Mech Mod, you're not a real Vaper
  • Alien Coils are better than any other kind of coil

Let's address a few of them:

I can clean my prebuilt coil by boiling it in water

This is a myth that seems to be perpetuated by Facebook and in conversations among those unfamiliar with water impurities.

Water is, by its nature, very impure.  It contains bacteria; organic material; minerals and heavy metals.  We're used to being taught that if we're camping, we should always boil water before drinking it, right?  It purifies the water, and it can be safely consumed.

Well, yes and no.  From a consumption point of view, this is certainly the case.  However, it doesn't technically purify the water so much as kill off the bacteria that lives in the water.  After boiling for a minimum of 10 minutes, the bacteria and any organisms should be mostly be killed off and no longer be a drinking hazard.  Unfortunately, the minerals and heavy metals (along with other impurities) can still remain. For example, if the water is contaminated with radioactive material, no amount of boiling will get rid of it.

As a Vaper , the last thing you want is to be inhaling potentially damaging minerals and heavy metals that can include Lead; Iron; Calcium; Chromium; Mercury; Cadmium; Arsenic and others.

We don't condone cleaning prebuilt coils at all, as they're not designed that way.  However, if you choose to do so, there are a few things you can do to minimize your exposure to these problematic impurities.  You can use a heavy metal filter, distilled water or Vodka.

Not everyone has access to a heavy metal filter (no, an activated charcoal filter is not a heavy metal filter), so distilled water and Vodka may be the better options.

If you cant make your own distilled water, then you can purchase it from your local Chemist for a reasonable price. Some grocery chains also carry it.

The best way we've found to achieve decent results is to put your coil in a small plastic container with a lid, cover it with distilled water or Vodka, close the lid and let it soak for 10-20 minutes.  Pick up the container and give it a good shake.  Take out the coil, rinse; repeat as desired.

I can help the juice flow by poking a hole in the cotton of a prebuilt coil

If you have to damage your prebuilt coil to get the juice to flow, then you're using the wrong eLiquid for your coil.  Sub Ohm tanks/coils should be using High VG (MaxVG; 70/30 or higher) content eLiquids.  eGo style pens, should be using 50/50 VG/PG.

Damaging your prebuilt coil is never a good idea.  It was designed that way for a reason.

nb. There have been exceptions to this rule.  An example would be the Smok Baby Beast.  Beware, even though the Baby Beast had an acknowledged design flaw that was helped by poking holes in the cotton, it is just that: an exception. Do your research first.

I need a high wattage device to use high VG eLiquid

No.  My first box mod was a HB Mini, with a Smok VCT A1.  It ran at 30W maximum, and I usually used it at about 20W.  The Smok VCT A1 was capable of using 70/30 or MaxVG comfortably.

It didn't create large amounts of vapor, but was more than adequate for thicker eLiquids.

The Smok TFV4 Stick ran at 15W, and was more than capable of using High VG eLiquids.

Second hand vapor is harmful to the people around me

Wow.  This one is still going around...  Ok.

This has so far proven to be FUD (Fear Uncertainty & Doubt) spread by people who have not reviewed the research.

The research has actually been very good.  Studies conducted by reputable institutions like Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians have shown that health risks are "Unlikely to exceed 5% that of Tobacco".

Combine that with studies like those of Igor Burstyn in 2014, and another led by Maciej Goniewicz of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and the conclusion is pretty clear: second hand vapor poses “no apparent concern”

I can make my prebuilt coil last longer by running it lower than rated

Your coil is rated that way for a reason.  A fair amount of research has been put into how it is designed.  If it's rated to be run between 50w and 70w, then that's where you should keep it to get the best out of it. This is the best balance of longevity and flavor output.  Think of it kinda like a guarantee from the manufacturer.  They're more or less guaranteeing that your coil will function as intended as long as you stay within these boundaries.

While running it lower than rated may feel like it's lasting longer, there are a lot of things to take into account.  Mostly, it's buildup on coils.  We've all seen those #coilgore pictures pop up on Twitter or Facebook.  It's due to impurities and sugars/sweeteners building up on the coils.  At lower temperatures, they don't vaporize properly and end up depositing on the coils in the form of uncombusted carbon.  If you're using a hand built coil, when you burn off your coils during cleaning, you'll notice a strong burned sugar smell.

These deposits are not only unhealthy and mute flavor, but they can also be harmful to your coils. These deposits are slightly acidic and will actually eat away at the metal of your coils.

The moral here is that coils are not meant to last forever.  Clean, and/or replace them regularly.

If you're not using a Mech Mod, you're not a real Vaper

Bullshit. Just bullshit.

If you're vaping on an eGo; Stick; Regulated; Mech or (insert vaping kit here) - You're a Vaper.  Period.

If anyone tells you any different, tell them to pull their head out of their ass.  These people are the Vaping equivalent of Brand Junkies.  They have no interest in helping people or participating in the community. They don't want you to be a 'vaper', because in their eyes it'll make it more mainstream and less hipster. These people are only interested in the aesthetics of Vaping.

I say fuck them.

Alien Coils are better than any other kind of coil

The best kind of coil, is the coil that works for you.

There is no doubt that Alien coils can be good, but not a single Vaper can claim Coil X is the best.  Taste is subjective.  What tastes good for me, is likely to be different from you.  Saying that Coil X is the best shows a misunderstanding of this basic concept.

Try all the different kinds of coils you can.  Find one that works for you.