May 24, 2023


As the vaping market continues to usher in new trends, it is not surprising that the current has blown towards the wattage department.

How Many Watts Vape Do You Really Need?

How many watts vape do you need for a good vape? As the vaping market continues to usher in new trends, it is not surprising that the current has blown towards the wattage department. It was only circa 2015 that we started seeing box mods going upwards of 100 watts courtesy of brands like Sigelei, Pioneer4You, and Cloupor. Today, the market is not short of super high wattage box mods that go to even 300 watts! In all truth, though, do you really need a device that powerful or where do we start drawing the line of what constitutes “enough”?

How Many Watts Vape Make a Good Vape?

This is a question many vapers have asked themselves, and the answer really is subjective. Up to a point. Hear us out. Some users get started at as low as 10 watts while there are those who prefer to vape at over 100 watts. On average, however, we believe anything above 50 watts can be deemed advanced usage. But this is not to mean beginner devices are not capable of running at such high power, as we are increasingly seeing with many new releases. Perhaps understanding the effects of wattage on a vape experience could explain why many people are seeking the high wattage levels. The thing about wattage is it directly impacts on vapour production: the higher the wattage, the more the vapour your device will produce. More vapour in turn means more flavour, although it is good for new vapers to note that this is not always the case considering some flavours actually perform worse when subjected to more heat. If you are into cloud chasing, then more watts will probably make more sense. Big question is, how much is more? 100 watts, 150, 250 watts? Unless vaping is a serious sport for you – and by serious we do not mean regular, routine vaping – vaping at 250 watts is a bit ridiculous to be honest. Even for cloud chasers, more than 200 watts on a regular basis is a bit of a stretch. At the very most, 150 watts is reasonable and what you will need for powerful devices like sub-ohm coil resistance builds such as a .05 ohm. Most experienced vapers we interact with on a regular basis are happy to do below 100 watts. Not that they can’t manage high-performance wattage. Rather, it’s because, as alluded to earlier, wattage has a bearing on the overall vaping experience, including flavour. Anyone who has tried sub-ohm vaping will admit vapour comes out very hot at sub-ohm resistances. It is not the most enjoyable feeling and can put shade on the whole experience, especially for someone used to cool vapes. It affects not just the flavour, but also the throat hit, and it’s just a matter of time before you find yourself reverting to lower wattage.

Safety Concerns

In a worst case scenario, such powerful devices can be a health hazard in that they can explode in the user’s face due to several battery or charging-related issues. Sure, unlike mechanical mods, advanced PVs are equipped with a slew of safety features. However, this is not to mean they are absolutely safety-proof as there is always a risk involved when vaping on the limit of both microchips and batteries. Mass-produced chips made in China have especially been faulted for this kind of risk, as was evident when Liberty Flights (a UK company) decided to recall their line of IPV V3 some time back in the fear that they posed a safety risk to users. So, while these super high-wattage devices continue to make their way into the market, manufacturers are treading a thin line as they try to come up with a best seller.

So, How Many Watts Vape is Ideal?

The thing is, even though we have vape devices with the capability to hit 300 watts, it does not imply this is something most vapers will want to do, at least on a regular. From what we have experienced, despite boasting high wattage capabilities, the large bulk of daily vape devices never get turned up past 50 or 60 watts. You can, of course, but this would just be a waste of battery power and it carries the risk of burning both your wicks and e-liquid. At the end of the day, as with all things vaping, taste is subjective and you will need to experiment to find the ideal fit for you.

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