Cloud Chasing 101 – Beginner’s Guide to Cloud Chasing

Apr. 13, 2016
by Vaping Guru

Here’s the news: vaping has pretty much become a sport, and it’s called “cloud chasing”.

But what does cloud chasing mean?

Since late 2000s, vaping is quickly gaining traction, as the advanced vapers are trying to take it to the next level. Competitions are held around the globe, and prizes – ranging from free gear to thousands of dollars – are on the offering. In the United States, some of the biggest competitions are held in California, while other states including New Jersey and Illinois also hold cloud chasing competition. The goal is simple: exhaling the thickest, biggest and badest plumes of vapor. This is called cloud chasing, extreme vaping or stunt vaping. The people who are competing are known as cloud chasers while the audience is called cloud gazers.

How it works

Cloud chasing is a combination of science and art. People design low-resistance coils using different wires such as nickel, stainless steel, titanium or kanthal, with the last one being the most popular. After the coil, a wick is made from a particular type of cotton, and then (usually a high VG) vape juice is dripped onto the wick. An unregulated, mech mod is used with a powerful battery to heat up the coil, and the wick brings in the liquid which is turned into vapor. Although it might sound pretty simple, it’s very complicated and requires a lot of skills and experience, or it can prove to be dangerous.

How to Exhale the Densest Vapor Clouds — An Ultimate Checklist

When cloud chasing, you’re taking vaping to a whole new. Just like everyone can drive, but Formula One isn’t for every driver, everyone can enjoy a vape, but cloud chasing isn’t for every vaper. Since you reduce the resistance of the coil to ridiculously low levels (below 0.5 ohms), the battery can get dangerously hot. So, the first thing you need to keep in mind is your personal safety.

There is a wide variety of factors that define the volume of clouds you’ll be exhaling, let’s talk about some of them.

  • Choose the right battery

The batteries have to bear immense thrashing, as they have to perform at their peak for extended periods of time. Always use powerful batteries by renowned vendors that have a high discharge rate. You need to have considerable working knowledge of the batteries and their limits before you begin your journey, or you might be putting yourself and others around you in danger.

  • Building your coil

The amount of vapor produced largely depends on the type and thickness of the coil you use. A thicker coil will have more surface area and lower resistance, and will allow more current to pass through it. This way, the coil will get extremely hot, and produce more vapor.

  • Adjusting the airflow

The amount of airflow is directly linked to the resistance of the coil. In other words, the lower the coil resistance, the more airflow you’ll require. But you need to find a sweet spot, as very little airflow could reduce the volume of vapor and too much airflow could result in a dispersed cloud.

  • Common vaping gear

For ultimate cloud chasing, people use Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers (RDAs) with highly customized mechanical mods. However, we recommend that only those who know their stuff painstakingly should experiment with RDAs and mech mods. For people who are new to cloud chasing, regulated mod with sub-ohm tanks is the best starting point.

  • It all boils down to genetics

If you have ever seen a bodybuilding competition, you’ll notice that some of the competitors simply stand out from the rest, even though all of them do pretty much the same amount of workout and use truckloads of steroids. Well, it’s because of genetics, and cloud chasing is pretty much the same. Some people are blessed with very strong lungs (lung volume is different among different people — study) and can blow bigger plumes than others.

Risk-free cloud chasing for amateurs

Every expert starts as an amateur, and in any field, there are more amateurs than experts. But as we have repeatedly mentioned that cloud chasing requires extensive working knowledge and experience of everything from batteries to coils, amateurs are better off using sub-ohm tanks with regulated mods. While they might not be able to compete with a vaper who is using a sophisticated mech mod and RDA, yet by choosing the right tank, mod and e-juice, they can come pretty close. And the best thing is that there is virtually no risk involved.

Mig Vapor sells some of the best vape mod kits such as the Morpheus Vape Mod kit and the Minion Vape Mod Kit for amateur cloud chasers. These kits use Kanthal coils with extremely low resistances (as low as 0.2 ohm) so that you can exhale massive, thick clouds, even if you don’t have any knowledge of the gear and how it works. Moreover, we proudly present our industry-leading sub-ohm tanks including the versatile Z Bubble Sub Ohm Tank.

In case you’ve the right vaping gear and yet you’re not getting big enough clouds, chances are you’re using the wrong type of e-juices. To take your experience to the next level, always use e-liquids with high VG ratio. For instance, our High VG Red Line e-juices have a ratio of 80/20, ideal for sub-ohm vaping and producing massive plumes. Once you have the right combination of the vaping gear and e-juices, and with a little practice, you will be exhaling clouds as big and thick as you might have only seen in YouTube videos – without ever having to worry about any risk factors whatsoever.

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