The Pros & Cons of Dripping Your E-Liquid

The Pros & Cons of Dripping Your E-Liquid

What Is Dripping?

As the vape industry evolves on a seemingly daily basis, new devices, delivery systems, and e-liquids are being introduced to the market. For the seasoned vaper, the method of dripping, where e-liquid is dripped directly on the cotton of an atomizer’s coil, instead of using a cartomizer or tank, has been a popular technique over the last few years. This style of vaping usually works with a lower coil resistance and increased airflow to produce a higher volume of vapor and concentration of flavor. Many experienced vapers look at dripping as the “prime method” of vaping, but how much validity is behind their claims? Let’s explore for ourselves some pros and cons of dripping e-liquid:

The Cons of Dripping

When is the last time you witnessed someone new to vaping drip their e-liquid?  The main reason only experienced vapers drip is because of the intricate and vast knowledge required to properly operate this type of setup. It’s necessary to thoroughly understand Ohm’s Law, watts, voltage, amps, the caliber of wicks and wires, and how they apply to vaping. If misinformed, dripping can be extremely dangerous.

Just as with any vaping device, in order to sustain optimal performance, maintenance and upkeep are essential. When dripping, there are quite a few things to consider. For starters, you will need a Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer (RDA). Most retail shops carry a mix of authentic and clone RDAs ranging anywhere from $20 for a clone, to upwards of $100 for an authentic product. In order for your RDA to accurately function, you will need materials to build and install your own coils. Constructing a coil calls for resistance wire, drill bits or screw drivers to wrap the coils around, wicking materials (usually organic cotton), tweezers, pliers, and in some cases, a power drill depending on your building methods. Most drippers would also recommend using an ohm reader to check coil resistances after assembling.

In comparison to a regular tank atomizer, where all you need is a pre-made, store-bought coil and some e-liquid, dripping is far more complicated and costly. At the end of the day, the initial cost to drip, can run you well over $100! Not to mention, you have to regularly clean, rebuild and maintain the system to reap its benefits. Keep in mind, that figure doesn’t include e-liquid, a battery, and charger. Ready to write-off dripping? Hold your horses cowboys and girls, because there is still much to consider, and besides, it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Let’s examine why many vapers swear by this complex mode of vaping.

The Pros of Dripping

Vaping is such an exceptionally customizable activity offering plenty of options to modify, mix and match based on personal preference. Unless you’re terribly indecisive, the ability to develop your very own vaping system is most definitely a plus. Regardless of the variety of reasons we initially picked up vaping, one thing remains true, flavor makes the experience. Hand built coils will provide more surface area for the e-liquid to vaporize, and can usually support more power from your device. As a result, you will witness enhanced flavor from your e-liquid and a significant boost in vapor production (excellent for the cloud-chasers out there). Dripping heightens the potency of e-liquid and allows you to consistently taste the true flavor profile of the e-liquid and a stronger throat hit. For those that like parody, changing e-liquid is simple as well.

Every vaper has their preferences and as long as you’re happy with what you have then that is all that truly matters. If you are interested in venturing into a more customizable experience with your vaping, don’t let the cons prevent you from trying it out. Just try to be as informed and responsible as you can and with time you will find what is right for you. Happy dripping!


The opinions and other information contained in these blog posts and comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Nicopure Labs, LLC, owner of the Halo and HaloCigs marks.

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