The appeal of stealth vaping’s easy to understand – sometimes you simply don’t want to draw attention to yourself when vaping; especially if you’re surrounded by non-vapers who aren’t that crazy about the hobby – but which e-cig device lends itself best to the practice?
Well, for obvious reasons you don’t want to go for a big, bulky, flashy mod device when you’re ‘going stealth’; instead, surely something smaller, slim and streamlined would be far more suitable. Enter the vape pen to enjoy your terrific e juice UK in discrete bliss. But which vape pen should you purchase? Well now, that’s a very good question, naturally. And working out the answer you might want to be guided not just by considering the differing capabilities and potential performance of vape pen options, but also the materials they’re made from…
What are they made from?
Vape pens, as you may have imagined, can be manufactured from all manner of different materials – metals including copper and titanium and even the likes of quartz and ceramic substances – and, like it or not, there are advantages and disadvantages to each of these different materials. Quartz-made atomisers, for instance, tend to be well regarded for not just efficiency but enhancing an e-liquid’s smoothness, while ceramic versions are recognised from a safety point of view, although many feel they’re not so great for vapour generation. And if you’re all about the throat hit from your e-cig devices then a titanium vape pen may be the type to plump for, not least because they’ve a good reputation for a smooth taste too.
Give alloys a wide berth
Now, of all the vape pen materials, it could well indeed be titanium that strikes you as most impressive. A word of warning, though; the kind of titanium a vape pen’s made from may not be of the highest quality. Why? Because it could well be primarily made from a titanium alloy. In too many cases then, vape pens may be sold on the understanding that they’re made from top-of-the-range titanium – either grade 1 or 2 titanium – but there’s a good likelihood the product’s actually manufactured from a metal alloy, only part of which is actual titanium. In this scenario, it’s doubtful whether the alloy materials have gone through all the rigorous testing they ought to have as the materials for a vape pen; that is, as a vape pen made almost entirely from such an esteemed material as titanium almost certainly will have.
If you are doubtful – or concerned – about the titanium a particular vape pen’s manufactured from, there is a helpful way to assuage your fears. Generally speaking, if the device or an atomiser will function with standard e-cig batteries then it’s highly unlikely to have been made from pure titanium; atomisers manufactured from the latter material (owing to its low resistance) ought only to work with sub-ohm batteries. If you’re still unsure, be sure to ask – if you can – the vape pen retailer to perform a composition test of the products materials.
Don’t take the Teflon route
Of all the materials you’re advised to steer well clear of, though, Teflon really ought to be top of the list. Not only might it potentially give off hazardous gases and materials when heated, it might even melt! Not what you want to get stuck with when you’ve filled it with your latest vape juice or CDB e-liquid. There’s even the likelihood it could, thanks to generating polymer fumes, give a naïve vaper polymer fume fever (or ‘Teflon flu’, as it’s sometimes referred to).
Avoid the cheapest attachments
Yes, of course, it’s tempting – after perhaps buying a top-of-the-tree vape pen – to then go cheap and buy ‘very affordable’ attachments. Yet, when it comes to e-cig devices and their related equipment, you do tend to pay for what you get, more often that not. For instance, many lower-quality devices and their attachments are likely to get hotter than their more expensive equivalents owing to the cheaper material-combinations (i.e. alloys) involved in their manufacture. And, as you’ll have guessed, this bad news – indeed, a copper-rich alloy, should it get all the way up to around 1,000˚F might just begin producing unhealthy fumes. The solution here then? Your best bet may well be to opt for attachments made from stainless steel.