Today, vaping is known all around the world as both an alternative to cigarette smoking, and as a hobby practiced and enjoyed by thousands.
There are many ways to vape—through vape pens, mods, and other more incognito means, such as a Juul (a cartridge with oil). In recent years, dripping has become popular as a more advanced and specialized means of vaping.
But how do you drip vape and is it dangerous?
Dripping isn’t dangerous, but it requires simple, yet very precise steps in order to stay safe and get the most out of your experience.
From learning how to drip vape, to making sure you’re not damaging yourself or your products in the process, here’s everything you need to know about dripping and why some users prefer it.
What Is Dripping?
Dripping is a way to vape that increases both flavor and nicotine response. Some people may choose to drip because it creates more warmth in their vape juice or because they can easily switch flavors between uses. Others prefer it because it allows them to monitor how much liquid is being used and be more active and in control of their vaping process. (To see a full list of flavors click here.)
If you’re a person who likes to switch e-liquids based on taste or preference, learning to drip will be convenient. With dripping, you also won’t be wasting extra tanks or liquids because you can switch between flavors easily and quickly.
What Do You Need to Drip Vape?
Dripping requires a few specialized pieces of equipment.
First, you’ll need an RDA (ReBuildable Drip Atomizer) which is specifically made for dripping. If you don’t have an RDA, you can’t drip vape. It’s that simple.
An RDA has larger ports for increased airflow. It also has a smaller e-liquid compartment which helps to keep liquid on the coil instead of leaking out to other areas. The combination of these two things prevents spilling, overheating, burning, and other issues that can arise when drip vaping.
How to Drip Vape (In 4 Steps)
- Open the drip tip and locate the coils.
- Use your dropper to carefully and steadily put four drops of the liquid onto the coil. (Don’t drop too much liquid or this will flood the coil and you won't be able to vape properly!)
- After the liquid has been put on the coil, push the drop tip back into place to start vaping.
- Take your first hit to set the flavor. Stop after your second hit.
You can take up to two hits before you have to start the entire process over.
For some people, this is a preferred method because it’s easy to switch flavors and you only get the amount you desire for a few hits. Others say that this is too time-consuming. The choice is yours!
An important note: Make sure that you’re always putting the drip tip back on before you take a hit. If you don’t, your lips will come in direct contact with the coils and you’ll burn your mouth!
What Not to Do When Drip Vaping
You never want to put too much liquid on the coils as this will create a ‘spit-back’ where hot drops of e-liquid get into your mouth. This can severely burn you!
It’s also important to not do the opposite and stretch your liquid into more than two hits. Always be vaping with a full (or close to full) tank so that your vape doesn’t overheat. If you have a dry hit, stop vaping immediately and start the process again.
How to Know If Dripping Is Right for You
If you’re a beginner to the world of vaping, it might be best to learn a little more before jumping into drip vaping. Although the process isn’t complicated, if you don’t know how to use your products or are just learning what each part is and where it is, you are more at risk for burning or other injuries.
It’s best to get more comfortable with your products and with vaping itself before attempting to drip vape. Try changing and customizing your vape settings to start.
Once you feel confident with different settings and have tried different products for vaping, you might be ready to try dripping.
Ready to Try Drip Vaping?
Dripping, like any style of vaping, has both positives and negatives. The upside is that the flavor is greatly enhanced and you have the ability to switch between different flavors depending on preference. As a dripper, you also have access to some of the best tanks on the market—if you know how to use them correctly.
The downsides are that the process requires work. It’s not simple, and doing the labor after every two hits can be time-consuming or frustrating.
Dripping can be rewarding and fun, or it can be a hassle—it all depends on your perspective and desires. If you value the quick convenience of vaping on the go, then dripping might not be for you. But if you’re more advanced and want the challenge of creating your own vape experience, then dripping might be something you’re ready to really consider.
For a list of drip vape products and to stay up-to-date with the latest vape news and trends, click here.