A Complete Guide to Drip Tips

Aug. 5, 2016
by Vaping Guru

A Complete Guide to Drip Tips

Is a drip tip just a cosmetic item for your vaporizer, or can they actually improve the vapor quality and flavor? Let’s find out.

What is a Drip Tip?

If you’ve been vaping for a while, you have used either cartridges or cartomizers depending on the type of e-cig you use. A drip tip is a little hollow mouthpiece used as an alternative to cartridges and cartomizers. When you use a drip tip, you will have to pour or drip the e-liquid directly into the atomizer so, you don’t need to fill or remove anything. Most drip tips are very affordable and cost just a few dollars but can be extremely handy.

How Dripping Works?

Dripping is the process of pouring e-liquid directly into the atomizer through the bore of the drip tip. This allows the e-cig to work at full capacity and offer a consistently crisp, clean vapor. The drip tip is placed directly on the atomizer, which lets the juice flow through it and onto the heating coil.

Although it might seem very simple, dripping can be pretty much of a challenge at first. Finding how much e-juice you should add, and after how much time, can be a little tricky. If you add too little or too late, the wick might burn and you’ll get a harsh, burnt taste. But if you add too much or too soon, the e-liquid can overflow. Therefore, many vaping gurus consider keeping the wick nice and moist by dripping to be an art.

The design and shape of drip tip play a key role in how it works and what type of experience it will offer. This varies from one drip tip to another, but usually, longer drip tips with small bore offer a concentrated vapor and rich flavor. Drip tips with larger bore usually need more airflow, thus offer more vapor. However, more airflow reduces the intensity of the overall flavor.

Who is it for?

Any vaper, no matter they like a rich flavor or more vapor, will simply love drip tips. Once you start dripping, you just don’t want to go back because it takes your vaping experience to a whole new level. However, dripping is particularly handy for those who like to try different flavors very often. Since all you need to pour is a few drops, you can flush out the atomizer with a new e-juice as soon as the previous e-juice is about to dry out. Other benefits of dripping include bigger vapor, enhanced flavor, a higher level of customization, and a better airflow control. What’s more, drip tips are also popular among cloud chasers (people who compete at producing the biggest plumes of vapor), as they can help increase vapor production.

Who is it not for?

If you want to enjoy extended vaping sessions with the same e-liquid, and don’t want the hassle of continuously having to drip e-juice into the atomizer, dripping might not be the right choice for you. In this situation, cartomizers will be a more convenient option.

What Kinds of Drip Tips Are There?

Drip tips can come in any imaginable shape and design, and are usually made of stainless steel, Pyrex glass, ceramic, and even plastic. While each type has its pros and cons, stainless steel drip tips are the most popular choice among expert vapers as they are not only long lasting but also offer a cool vapor. Mig Vapor offers affordable stainless steel custom drip tips, that are designed for UFO v2 Tank, Stinger Tank, and Standard Mig Vapor Cartridges.

Drip Tips Safety and Maintenance

Very short drip tips, that are made of cheap quality material are usually not heat resistant and can burn your lips, especially if you’re using a powerful vaporizer mod for long periods of time. If you feel the heat on your lips, consider getting a longer drip tip and a bottom-mounted coil. If you still feel that your drip tip is getting hot, give your vape a little rest until it comes to room temperature.

Saliva, residue from food that you just ate or even the e-juice itself, and skin from your lips can lead to gunk accumulation on the interior of the drip tip. Also, if you share your drip tips with other, this can present a possible route for spreading germs or even infections. All you need to do is put the tip under the hot tap water and then use soap to remove the gunk. If you haven’t cleaned your tip in a while, and the gunk is now too stubborn to go away with just water and soap, you can use isopropyl alcohol. Alcohol wipes can also be useful for quickly cleaning the tip if you’ve shared your drip tip with someone else.

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