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Why Drip Vape: A Complete Introduction to Dripping & RDAs

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There are many practical considerations in the choice between quality and convenience

When you first drip vape, you'll notice two things: a dramatic improvement in flavor as well as a considerable increase in the nicotine "kick" off the draw. For many first-time drip vapers, the difference between dripping and vaping closed systems (such as electronic cigarettes or standard tank mods) is like day and night. This is why vape juice connoisseurs prefer rebuildable dripping atomizers (RDAs) over other devices. But what causes such a marked difference between the two? To fully understand the advantages of dripping, it's important to know some of the downsides to vaping closed systems.

Standard mods and e-cigs are enough to get the job done for any casual vaper. However, once you've tried drip vaping, there are likely to be a few things you can't help noticing when making the switch back to closed systems.

  • Dissipation: the flavor intensity and nicotine kick are significantly reduced when using vape oil or e-liquid in a cartridge or tank. This is largely because vapor has to travel all the way through the tank mod or e-cigarette before being inhaled, losing a lot of its zest along the way.
  • Burnt Hits: anyone vaping a closed system is bound to experience this occasionally. In the case of tank mods, burning typically happens when the wick either dries out or gets too close to the heating element. This also occurs in e-cigarettes when the liquid runs out and the cartridge material starts to burn. Either case can hamper the experience: nobody wants to end a vaping session with a bitter taste.
  • Restrictive: with so many to choose from, eclectic vapers prefer to switch up their flavors intermittently throughout the day. This isn't possible with pre-filled cartridges or a tank full of juice. In either scenario, you're stuck with one flavor at a time until it runs out.


What is Drip Vaping?

By using an RDA, vapers can "drip" vape juice directly onto the atomizer coil and inhale the vapor produced, which solves the issue of dissipation, eliminates the possibility of burnt hits and allows drippers to use a different flavor with every draw if they are so inclined. When you remove the disadvantages of closed systems and throw in the improved flavor, cloud size and variety that comes with dripping, it's hard to go back once you make the switch.

However, dripping can be time-consuming compared to using standard vape devices; it also takes time to learn and perfect the technique. Every 3-4 drips nets you less than five draws on an RDA, so if you vape strictly for nicotine, you're better off sticking with a vape pen or e-cig to get it.


Considerations Before Getting Started

It's entirely possible to drip vape using regular hardware; you just need to pick up a modified atomizer, drip shield (optional) and drip tip at your local vape store. However, this isn't recommended, as regular systems are designed to use a full tank of juice – attempting to force the issue typically ends up with the device burning unevenly or giving you overheating issues. Instead we recommend you choose one out of the endless selection of RDAs in our store, which are constructed specifically for this purpose.

With RDAs, you get airflow systems specially designed for dripping. You also get perfectly measured shallow juice wells to keep your drips close to the coil. Finally they're much easier to open, so you won't make a mess as you repeatedly drip your vape juice.


Recommended RDAs for First-Time Drippers

With such a wide selection of dripping atomizers, picking one to experiment with can be overwhelming. In this post, we've got you covered with our top recommended RDAs for drip vape beginners and veterans:

  • The Drop 24mm RDA by Digiflavor is incredibly easy to build, and offers several component options (squonk pin, two 810 drip tips and a 510 adapter) for you to switch around and test. The Drop is the only RDA you'll need to figure out what dripping setup you personally prefer.
  • The Recurve 24mm RDA by Wotofo comes with two drip tips, three prebuilt coils and a postless build design, making it remarkably quick to set up and start vaping. It also comes in a huge variety of colors and finishes, making it one of the easiest to coordinate with the rest of your setup. If you're looking for the quickest possible transition to dripping, the Recurve is your best bet.
  • The Wasp Nano 22mm RDA by Oumier may be small, but it's an excellent medium between superb flavor, ease of use and a low profile. The best part? For its performance, the Wasp Nano is one of the most affordable RDAs on the market. It's also perfect as a squonking atomizer.


How to Drip Vape: The Dos and Don'ts

Dripping itself is simple. Remove your drip tip, locate the coil and use your dropper to put 2-4 drops of vape juice directly on the coil. Put your drip tip back on and take a draw. After two to three hits, repeat the dripping process and enjoy.

Now that you we've covered the pros, the cons and the equipment, we'll end this post with a short list of hints and best practices to help you nail down the technique as quickly as possible.

  • Do start out with high vegetable glycerin (VG) vape juice. The more viscosity you have, the easier it is to practice dripping without too much runoff.
  • Do prepare to spend an hour or two perfecting your dripping method. Ideally you'll want to do this at the end of the day at home, instead of in the middle of a busy schedule.
  • Don't flood the coil by dripping too much vape juice at once. This wastes juice and gives you minor burns in the form of "spitback," and results in a poor hit overall.
  • Don't be overly frugal with your vape juice. At the first sign of a dry hit, be sure to add new drops onto the coil. Attempting to stretch your juice past the limit could result in a dry hit, which is a very unpleasant experience. You could also damage your hardware due to overheating, which will cost more time and money than a few drops of e-liquid.