Vaping and e-cigarettes seem to open doors for ex-smokers and non-smokers alike. Through some newly opened doors, vape users kick addictions, try new flavours, and experiment with technology. Many enjoy these new experiences beyond their open doors, adventuring out into the natural world with a vape in hand.
Whether you're preparing for the next festival season, planning a hike, or braving an extreme sport, vaping can be tricky outdoors. When smokers hike, they have to shelter their lighters from the elements. Vaping, while removing the need for a flame, brings challenges of its own. With a few essential tips, you can ensure you enjoy uninterrupted outdoor vaping.
Trust in the Lanyard
Vaping kits often come with lanyards, yet users often leave them in the box. A pocketed vape becomes vulnerable to breakage, scratches, and loss even in an indoor setting. In a home or a pub, devices fall out from pockets onto the floor. If you're hiking with a pocketed vape, the device could instead fall into a puddle or a ditch.
Lanyards are the best way to keep your device safe on the go. Keeping them close to your chest, you get easy vape access. You can also release the device safely if you need your hands for climbing or balance.
In extreme weather condition, the cold and the rain can damage the device's batteries, or even thicken the fluid. This creates a less efficient charge and can interrupt the flow. On a lanyard, you can pop the device under a layer or two of clothing, to keep the batteries and e-liquid warm and dry.
Also, in outdoor settings, light sources can be few and far between. If you wake up in the dark desperate for a vape hit, it's easier to find the box with a long lanyard attached to it. It's easier to find the device if it's connected to something via a lanyard, particularly if that something is you.
If you don't fancy wearing your device with pride on your chest, many users opt for a wrist strap. Even when placed in a zipped coat pocket, a vape with a strap attached is easier to locate in a pinch. The extra-prepared among us even invest in glow in the dark straps, so the device is visible 24/7.
Batteries: Stay in Charge
As we know, vaping devices rely on two types of juice: flavour and electricity. When they're not running out of one, they're always running out of the other. The most prepared outdoors vape users pack plenty of both.
To maximise batteries, charge and refill your device before you leave the house. It may also be worth bringing spare batteries, or a battery pack, depending on your vape. If the machine charges with a specific port, bring the wire, along with a portable battery pack.
Before you set out, it's always worth comparing the battery capabilities of different vaping options. Measured in mAh, or milliAmpere hours, battery capacity determines how long each device's full charge lasts. It also reveals the total lifespan of the battery pack in general.
These vary across price points, with a Juul measuring at 200 mAh, and the longest duration devices topping 2,200. Compare your vaping device to these metrics, to see how long yours will last, and whether you may need an upgrade.
One underrated tip for outdoor vaping is to look not just at battery capacity, but also at the battery to weight ratio. There is no use having a 2,200 mAh vape rig if it's too heavy to even carry with the rest of your kit.
In the great outdoors, far from mains electricity, there are still ways to make your all-important charge last. Some devices come with an "Eco Mode", in which you sacrifice Ohms for a longer charge. While the vape might not hit as hard, a weaker hit is better than no hit at all. For devices without an Eco Mode, manually lowering the Ohms achieves a similar result.
Cap Your Drip Tips
A device on a lanyard, while safer from knocks and very difficult to lose, becomes more vulnerable to drip tip contamination.
As the main port in a device, the drip tip becomes the main target for the elements. Whether it's rain, mud, or general gubbins, the outside world finds a way inside a vape, and it's normally through the place where you put your mouth. In order to keep unwanted gunk out of your vape, get a drip tip cap.
Silicon drip tip caps are cheap and do the job perfectly. However, unless you keep an eye on them, they're easy to lose. Magnetic drip tip caps, slightly higher up the pricing scale, keep the vape safe and stay attached more reliably.
Keeping Your Vape in One Piece Outdoors
A charged battery is all well and good for outdoor vaping until you slip and the tank cracks and the drip tip snaps off. No matter the environment or the climate, the great outdoors tends to put the "wild" in "wilderness" at the least convenient times. To keep your vape serviceable and in one piece, make sure it's durable and up to the task.
For your existing device, consider adding a reinforcement or a thick plastic grip band. These handy add-ons make drops less likely, and if impacts happen, they soften the blow. It may also be worthwhile bringing extra spare parts for your kit in case anything gets damaged or broken.
Alternatively, you could invest in a new device with the outdoor experience in mind. When purchasing a vaping device for off the grid activities, look out for terms like "shock-proof", "dust-proof", and even "waterproof". Most waterproof devices are only resistant up to a meter or so of liquid, but where puddles or rain is concerned, this could be a matter of your machine's survival.
The hardier setups come reinforced with steel, zinc, or tough polymers. Anti-deforming vapes are also braced to protect the atomiser, coil, and drip tip, which often bear the brunt of any collisions.
The most hardcore kits delve into the world of apps and Omni-tools. Some next-gen outdoor devices come equipped with thermometers, altimeters, torches, and even laser pointers. In some ways, the size of these gadgets might raise questions of outdoor efficiency, particularly when they weigh a tonne. On the other hand, you might save money and carry space with a multi-purpose, long term technological purchase.
Like any part of the booming e-cigarette industry, outdoor vaping offers a wide world of gadgets and add-on solutions. Some users opt for the latest and highest-functioning mega-mod fit for a nuclear apocalypse, and others simply bring several cheaper vape pens with the resistance turned down to last the trip.
Either way, you find the best solution for you when you know all the facts. When you prepare in advance, you can enjoy vaping under nature's blue skies uninterrupted. With forethought and a bit of luck, the only clouds in sight will be fluffy and flavoured.