If you have been following the news over the past couple of months, you may have come across the term ‘dripping.’ Some research studies have been published recently about dripping, and a majority of them have been quite critical of the practice. If you are not an expert vaper, you may be wondering what dripping is and whether it is dangerous.
To know what dripping is, you need a basic understanding of how electronic cigarettes work. There are two main parts of a vaporizer; the mod and the tank. Vape Mods contain the battery while the tank usually contains the atomizer as well as a container for filling e-juice. Inside the atomizer is a coil that is in contact with a wick. The wick soaks up the e-juice. When you put e-liquid into the tank and draw while pressing the power button, the battery sends an electrical current through the coil which heats it up. The heated coil evaporates the e-liquid in the wick to produce the vapor you blow.
Now with that said, dripping involves putting drops of e-liquid on the coil and wick. Vapers who drip do it at room temperature and allow the e-cig to sit for a while for the e-liquid to saturate properly. To drip, you need a rebuildable dripping atomizer (RDA). RDAs do not come with a tank. Therefore, you have to open it up and put more e-juice on your coil and wick after a few tokes.
Although dripping seems to be popular, it is not a widespread practice. Dripping is usually reserved for vaping experts because you need to know your way around an e-cig and its parts to do it successfully. Vapers who drip with RDAs have to re-wick the atomizer often. With some RDAs, you have to even fix the coil by yourself. However, it is possible to buy replaceable coil heads from virtually any vape shop today.
You may probably be asking yourself; why even bother with dripping if it involves so much work? Well, here are some of the reasons why people practice dripping. First, it allows you enjoy the flavor of your e-juice more. It also enables vapers to produce more clouds and enhances the throat hit. Another major perk of dripping is that it reduces the chances of dry hits – provided you time yourself and refill the e-liquid periodically.
Is dripping safe and healthy? The jury appears to be out on this question. Recently, some scientific studies have been published claiming that dripping can lead to the release of toxic chemicals like formaldehyde. However, vaping experts who have been dripping for many years have disputed the results of these studies. According to these vapers, when it is done correctly, dripping is the same as vaping. Some veteran vapers have also highlighted that in some of these studies, the scientists did not follow the proper procedure for dripping. For example, e-liquid was put on a heated coil. Instead, vapers put their e-juice on a coil at room temperature and wait for some time before vaping.
On a different note, some alarming studies have been published recently claiming that many teenagers are dripping. While there is a possibility that this is true, some have questioned the finding on the grounds of the complexity of using RDAs. Teens are not known for their patience. Also, e-cigs that are designed for dripping are usually more expensive than the beginner type vaping devices (like a vape pen) associated with teens and other occasional users who favor discretion. People who use RDAs are typically recreational users who have a lot of time to dedicate to maintaining their vaping kit.
In conclusion, if you want to practice dripping, it is vital to do your research. Find out if the vaping device you have can support dripping and how best to go about it. Also, be diligent in following the instructions of how dripping is done to prevent any unwanted outcome.