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Is It Time to Upgrade Your Vape Gear? 7 Signs

November 02, 2020 6 min read

Like any other tech field that begins to reach the point of maturity, vape gear has started to improve a bit more slowly from one generation to the next. The differences between product generations have gotten a bit smaller, and sometimes it’s okay to skip a generation because the latest devices that your favorite vape manufacturers are making aren’t all that different from what you’re already using.

When to Upgrade Vape Gear

After you’ve skipped a product generation or two, though, you may start to feel like your current vaping setup is beginning to get a little long in the tooth. You might look at the latest products and find that they differ substantially in appearance from what you’re currently using or that they have features your current hardware lacks. That’s a sign that it might be time for you to upgrade your vape gear.

Are you overdue for a new sub-ohm tank or vape kit? These are some of the sure signs that it’s time for an upgrade.

Vaping Somehow Feels Less Satisfying

The biggest and most obvious way to tell that it’s time to upgrade your vaping equipment is because vaping simply doesn’t feel as satisfying as it once did. Maybe you even find yourself thinking about tobacco sometimes. If you’ve been vaping for a long time, it’s unlikely that you’re seriously considering buying cigarettes – but you should be so happy with your vaping experience that the thought of using tobacco never even crosses your mind. If you’re not getting that level of satisfaction, something’s wrong. Maybe it’s that you need to try a new e-liquid flavor, or maybe it’s time for you to upgrade your vaping setup.

Coils for Your Tank Have Suddenly Become Very Inexpensive

When to Upgrade Vape Tank

A vape tank has a limited shelf life. Some vaping product manufacturers continue making their most popular tanks for years, but other tanks end up getting discontinued after a year or two. The manufacturers really have no reason to push people to buy every new tank; coils are more profitable. As soon as a particular tank drops in popularity so much that the coils are no longer profitable to make, though, the manufacturer will stop producing them.

Have the coils for your tank suddenly become extremely inexpensive? It’s highly probable that those coils have been discontinued by the manufacturer and that retailers are now clearing out the rest of their stocks at clearance prices. This would be a good time to stock up, of course, but it’s probably also wise to start thinking about getting a new tank.

You Have a Fixed-Battery Mod, and the Battery Life is Terrible

Speaking of vape gear that has a finite life, almost nothing in vaping is more finite than a vape mod with a built-in battery. After a few hundred charge cycles, the capacity of a lithium-ion battery is going to decrease permanently – and if you charge your mod once or twice a day, you’ll be lucky to get even a year of use out of it. That’s one reason why warranties in the vaping industry are often so short; if a battery used for vaping still holds a strong charge after more than a year, it’s kind of a miracle.

Unless you happen to be handy with a soldering iron, there’s really nothing you can do but replace a device with a built-in battery if the battery no longer holds a strong charge.

You Want to Buy a New Tank, but Your Mod Can’t Reach the Correct Wattage

When to Upgrade Vape Mod

Do you know what’s really not fun in vaping? What’s not fun is wanting to try all of the latest toys and knowing that you can’t because your mod can’t handle them. If you’re using a 40-watt mod, to name a fairly extreme example, you wouldn’t be able to use the vast majority of the tanks on the market today. If your device has a power limit of about 80 watts or lower, in fact, you’re going to find that you have a severely limited selection of tanks available to you. If your mod can’t deliver the wattage required in order to use a tank that you want to buy, it’s time for an upgrade.

You See a Video of a Device That Blows Your Setup Out of the Water

Are you the type of person who likes to watch the latest vape gear reviews on YouTube? If you are, then you’ve had the opportunity to see the vaping industry’s relentless technological march in real time. When you first got your current vaping device, you probably watched some reviews of new vape gear on YouTube and thought, “That device looks about the same as mine.”

After some time has passed, though, you’re going to start seeing reviews of vaping products that completely blow your setup out of the water – whether it’s because the device in the video swamps yours in cloud production, because it has some great new feature that your device lacks or some other reason. When you see what other people are using and start to get the feeling that the latest vape technology is leaving you behind, it’s probably time for an upgrade.

Your Device Has a Slight Delay Before Firing

At the beginning of the article, we alluded to the fact that vaping devices haven’t necessarily evolved a great deal over the last couple of product generations. For the most part, a new vaping device won’t be particularly different from the device you’re using now. If you already have a dual-battery device, you’ll probably notice that the maximum wattages of vaping devices have also remained about the same for a while. Nobody really needs a vaping device that can operate at 200 watts – let alone higher than that. In general, the latest vaping devices have revamped appearances, but they work nearly the same under the hood.

There is, however, one major exception to that rule.

It was only recently that the manufacturers in the vaping industry finally solved the problem of firing delays and long ramp-up times with vape mods. If you have a vaping device that’s more than a year or two old, you probably find that it almost never starts producing vapor the instant you press the fire button. When you use a higher-end tank, you may also find that you need to puff several times to ramp up the tank’s coil before it starts to produce some real clouds.

This is an area where today’s vape mods really do differ significantly from the mods of a couple of years ago. Although the maximum power output with the best mods has remained somewhere in the range of 200 watts, one thing that’s changed is how the mod actually outputs that power. With a modern vaping device, you’ll get vapor the instant you press the fire button. If you’re using a tank that works best at high wattages, you no longer need to warm the coil up at the beginning of a vaping session. You’ll get big clouds right from the start, even if your coil is completely cold.

If you don’t get big clouds immediately when you push your mod’s fire button, you can be completely certain that your vaping device is out of date and that it’s time for an upgrade.

So, that’s the one absolutely certain sign that it’s time to upgrade your vaping device. What about your tank?

Your Tank Doesn’t Have Mesh Coils Available

The one absolutely certain sign that your vape tank has reached the end of the road is that mesh coils aren’t available for it. If you haven’t been following the latest happenings in the vaping industry, you may not know a great deal about the benefits of mesh coils.

In short, though, mesh coils are so much better than traditional wound coils that virtually every single new vape tank hitting the market today was designed with mesh coils in mind. They generate huge clouds but don’t require high-wattage devices. Their flavor is insane. They’re almost silent during operation and don’t pop or spit. They’re better than traditional coils in every possible way, which basically means that there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t start using a tank with a mesh coil right away.

Mesh coils are so popular, in fact, that many of the manufacturers in the vaping industry have started making mesh coils for almost all of their tanks that are still in production. Even if the tank that you’re using is a couple of years old, there’s a good chance that you can now buy mesh coils for it.

If you can’t buy mesh coils for your tank, though, the manufacturer is most likely phasing that tank out or is planning to do so soon. What does that mean for you? It means that it’s time for you to buy a new tank. If you’re using a sub-ohm tank, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t be using a mesh coil right now. You will be incredibly glad to have made the decision to upgrade your tank.

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