Variable Voltage Vaporizers and Variable Wattage Vaping


Variable Voltage Vaporizers and Variable Wattage Vaping Explained 

Variable Voltage and Variable Wattage in Vaping

The majority of vaping is pretty simple. You can just turn on your device and puff away.

However, in recent years variable voltage vaporizers have emerged, and it requires vapers to understand a few measurements in relationship to Ohm’s law to ensure safe and pleasurable vaping.

Adjusting various settings can cause a significant change in your overall vaping experience. But with all the terms and jargon, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out which settings are best for you. We put together this guide about voltage, resistance, watts, and ohms to give you a better understanding and help you improve your vaping experience. (don’t panic if this makes no sense, all will be explained)

Voltage, resistance, watts, and ohms all relate to the temperature of the hit your vaporizer produces and how intense that hit is. They can also change how much of a throat hit you get or how big of a cloud your vaporizer provides.

What is voltage in regards to vaping?

Voltage is how much electricity your vaporizer uses to heat up e-liquid.  

A variable voltage vaporizer works in a similar way to a stove.  When you turn on a burner, you see the coils start to heat up and turn red. 

Vaporizers are doing the same but on a smaller level.  Electricity flows through the coil in the atomizer causing it to heat up and turn e-liquid into vapor.  When you change the voltage on a vaporizer, you are altering the amount of electricity sent through the coil.  When you increase the voltage on a vaporizer, you increase the temperature of the hit and the intensity of the throat hit.

Variable Voltage Vaporizers

Why is Ohm's Law necessary to vaping?

An ohm is the amount of resistance that the coil inside the vaporizer applies to the electrical current.  

Resistance is the opposition of an electrical current that is passing through a conductive substance.  Getting a quality hit from a vaporizer is about determining the best ratio between voltage and ohms.  If you lower the resistance and increase the voltage, you’ll get a hit with more vapor, and a better throat hit.  Lowering the resistance and increasing the voltage can be risky because you’re increasing the amount of electricity flowing through the coils while reducing the amount that is restricted. Luckily, with wattage, you can avoid these calculations and let the vaporizer do them for you.

Ohms law and vaping

How does wattage play into using a vaporizer? 

Wattage measures the amount of work done in a specified period with relation to electricity.

 If you increase the voltage settings of your device, you are increasing the wattage as well.  Variable wattage is available in many types of vaporizers.  What this is doing is automatically calculating the proper amount of voltage that is required to overcome the resistance settings of the atomizer or cartomizer.  Variable wattage vaporizers allow you to refrain from calculating the ratio yourself.  


Wattage and Vaping

Variable Voltage Vaporizers 

Variable wattage vaporizers can also offer variable voltage settings.  

When using variable voltage options, some math is required to determine how much electricity is needed to overcome the resistance of your atomizer.  A good way to understand the difference between variable voltage e-cigs and variable wattage to think about the difference between driving a car in automatic versus manual.

Variable wattage is like driving in automatic. Rather than having to shift gears, the car automatically notices when a gear-shift is necessary.  All you have to do as the driver is figure out the speed you want to hit and the car will do the rest.

Using a variable voltage vaporizer is similar to driving a car in manual.  You can try to hit a certain speed in first gear, but eventually, you will need to shift gears to gain speed. You continue shifting up until you get to the speed you want.  With variable voltage, you need to continue to adjust the voltage yourself until you overcome the resistance of the atomizer and get a proper hit.


Variable Voltage Vaporizers Explained


What does this all matter to vaping? 

Many people that are just starting out with a more advanced vaporizer say that their hits either taste too cold, taste burnt, or that their vaporizer is not producing enough of a throat hit.  By understanding the intricate relationship between voltage, wattage, and ohms, it is possible to get a better hit and create the type of hit that you want.  If you’re using a more PG based e-liquid, you may want to dial in different settings on your vaporizer to produce a stronger throat hit.  With a more VG liquid, various settings can improve the size of the cloud you’re getting.  The best thing you can do is experiment and determine which settings you prefer


Different flavors of e-liquid also taste better at different temperatures.  Fruity flavors like strawberry or melon tend to taste better at cooler temperatures, while flavors like chocolate, tobacco, or coffee often taste better at higher temperatures.  It all comes down to personal preference when determining what temperature to use with each e-liquid.  Some people like iced coffee, others like espresso.  Using vaporizers is a personal journey, and only you can determine what you prefer.


If you’re using a vaporizer in variable voltage mode, you will need to have some experience and understand the ratios that determine the temperature of your hit.  It is probably better to stick to a variable wattage mode when first getting started with vaporizers and then switch to variable voltage as you gain a better understanding.


We hope this guide has helped you to get the best out of your vaporizer.  Let us know in the comments what you’ve noticed about vaping different flavors at different temperatures and which tastes the best.


Veppo Variable  Voltage Vaporizers coming soon!