Modifying an e cigarette to your own personal taste can be a complicated process. With all of the different types of components available it is easy to get lost in all of the technical jargon that is provided by manufacturers who just expect their customers to understand them. It can be very confusing to work out exactly what does what and understand the abilities of each piece of equipment.
So with that in mind, we here at SmokShop are going to do our best to break it all down for you.
Today, we start with the complicated world of variable voltage and variable wattage mods, and the differences between the two.
Simply put, a variable voltage mod is an e-cig that has the ability to tailor or customise the voltage emitted by the battery. This is usually controlled at 0.1 increments using a chip set or PCB inside the unit.
All you have to do is tell it what setting you would like, and the controller does the work for you. It does this by adjusting the power from the 3.7 volt battery that is installed into the mod, either up or down.
Different mods have different abilities, for example the Innokin MVP has the ability to go from 3.0-5.0 volts, as well as 6.0-11.0 watts. Other mods such as the Smoktech BEC Pro have the ability to go from between 3.0-12.0 volts and 6.0-50.0 watts. They all work in the same manner by altering the voltage based on your preferred setting.
The advantages of using a variable voltage device are that you have the ability to vape to your preference. Different tanks and e-liquids will work better with higher, or lower voltages and provide a better flavour and more vapour depending on the output voltage. As each person is different, the best setting can only be determined by you and the setting you find to work best for your personal taste.
Similar to variable voltage, variable wattage gives the user the ability to tailor or adjust their preferred power setting. This is usually set in 0.5 increments, using the chip set or PCB contained inside the mod.
Although both offer the ability to change the power emitted by the mod to the users’ preference, they do it differently. Variable voltage is a set voltage by the user and is applied to the atomizer no matter what the resistance. Variable wattage on the other hand is the total output in power, which is a result of combining the resistance and voltage applied.
This means that you can set your preferred wattage setting and leave it there, even when changing to atomizers or tanks with a different resistance. The mod does all of the work for you to give you the same output in watts and a consistent vape.
Using a 1.5 ohm atomizer on 4.2 volts using variable voltage would give you an output of 11.8 watts. If you were then to change to a 2.8 ohm atomizer head, you would need to increase the voltage to 5.7 volts in order to get a similar vaping experience.
While with variable wattage you would simply set your preferred wattage to say 12 watts and the mod would do all the necessary calculations needed to give you the similar vaping experience. This means that there is less need to adjust the settings to get the best vape out of your e cigarette.
It really is personal preference and what is best to suit your lifestyle. Hopefully this bit of advice from us will help you understand a bit more about variable voltage and variable wattage mods.
As always feel free to drop a comment with any questions or feedback you have. Here at Smokshop we always welcome your input.
Author: Kevin Ewbank
Avid vaper & co-founder of SmokShop