Beginners Guide to Sub-Ohm Vaping


So, you’ve started vaping and all is good but you’ve seen people, passing you in the street using bigger electronic cigarettes, that produce more vapour compared to your vape pens and you’ve wondered how and why? How are these people blowing out massive amounts of vapour than your starter kits? Welcome to your entry into the world of Sub-Ohm Vaping!

This article will answer some of your most pressing questions and help you choose whether starting or upgrading your vape kit to a sub-ohm vaping kit is the right move for you. Before we go into that, however, we all know that these products are in no way shape or form intended for use by people under the age of 18 and that these products are intended for kicking a habit etc.

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Ways or styles of vaping

There are really two styles of vaping, mouth to lung vaping (MTL) or Sub-Ohm/direct to lung vaping (DTL). Both of these are dictated by the vape kits themselves.

The MTL style of vaping is the one that resembles smoking a cigarette the most, this is due to the fact that you use them by inhaling into your mouth first and then into your lungs, similar to a conventional cigarette. The starter vape kits are generally smaller and more basic and the starter e-liquids used with them are higher in PG (Propylene Glycol) and a higher nicotine level.

The Sub-Ohm/DTL style is where you take a long inhale and you inhale directly into your lungs. The Sub-Ohm vape kits tend to be bigger have various controls for the tanks, coils and airflow whilst also being larger. The E-liquid used with them is generally higher in VG (Vegetable Glycerine) and lower in nicotine. The higher VG content allows for the bigger clouds which intern should be used with a lower nicotine level, due to the amount of vapour produced. For more information on varying types of e liquid in the UK, you can check out our other related blogs such as our beginners guide to sub ohm vaping.

Why would I Sub-Ohm Vape?

There are two main features of a sub ohm e cig kit that could make this a good reason to switch.

  1. More vapour – Greater cloud making capacity
  2. More flavour – Intensified e-liquid flavours

Simply put, sub-ohm vaping gives you the capacity to produce larger clouds whilst experiencing a fuller e-liquid flavour.

It’s not just all about using a coil with a resistance that measures less than 1 ohm, your choice in e-liquids is equally important. Each e-liquid in the vaping industry are made up of two ingredients and you will need to think about the VG/PG ratio, and the best one for you.

Beginner Guide to Sub Ohm Vaping

If you were to ask anyone who is already sub-ohm vaping, they will likely tell you that you should be using a higher ratio of VG rather than PG in your vape flavours. This is because VG (Vegetable Glycerin) controls how much vapour is being produced. Higher VG e-liquids will feel smoother on the inhale whereas PG (Propylene Glycol) increases the level of throat hit you get in your vape juice.

You can also note the different terminologies surrounding the vape world, which you can also see in our glossary.

Although Sub-Ohm kits produce more intense flavour and larger amounts of vapour, the amount of e-liquid used is increased and while coil life is decreased, more than using MTL kits. This is due to the higher power vaporising the liquid at a higher temperature than a standard MTL kit, which causes the coils to be changed sooner.

How do I Sub-Ohm? Recommend Starter Vaping Kits

If you have decided to go down the route of sub-ohm vaping, there is a vast array of e-cigarettes for you to pick from. Remember when buying your vape device to look at the ohms reading for the resistance of the coil. If the resistance measures less than 1 ohm then this is sub-ohm vaping compatible. Any device that’s over 30 watts of power is most suitable for sub-ohm vaping.

Another point to note, is that if you have been smoking for a while you may not be able to adjust to the different style of vaping of Sub-Ohm kits straight away. We would recommend using a MTL device until you are confident enough to try sub-ohm vaping.

What types of Sub-Ohm Kit are available?

Some sub-ohm kits found in the UK and the rest of the world are adjustable, so the ability to lower or increase the wattage or voltage is available with the touch of a button. This is also one of the main variations between direct to lung or mouth to lung vaping experiences and many will have a wide variation of wattages that can be used.

Let’s look at some examples:

The Snow Wolf Mfeng 200W TC Box Mod and the Aspire - Cleito Pro Sub Ohm Tank.

Beginner Guide to Sub Ohm Vaping

The Aspire - Cleito Pro Sub Ohm Tank has a sub-ohm coil and produces more vapour than a mouth to lung style e-cigarette tank. The Snow Wolf has a power output of up to 200 watts and is able to go down as low as 10W so even if you wished to go back to MTL vaping, this mod will give you the best of both worlds in a single package. 

You can also find some of the other sub ohm kits we have available at our vape shop.

In terms of liquids, the Vaping Outlaws Mayhem e-liquid has a makeup of 100% VG so you are guaranteed bigger vape clouds.

Is Sub-Ohm Vaping right for you?

Well, give it a try! Yes, some people may not like the amount of vapour that these e-cigarettes produce and no, this does not mean that you should disregard using a sub-ohm vaping device. Whether these kits are right for you is completely down to your personal preference so it’s up to you to make the choice.

Starter Vape Kits - MTL
  • Most resembles smoking a cigarette
  • Not overly complicated
  • Longer lasting coils
  • Costs less
  • Smaller
Sub Ohm Vape kits - DTL
  • More intense flavour
  • Larger and denser vapour production
  • Ability to control the intensity of the inhale by increasing decreasing power output
  • A larger choice of flavours
Beginner Guide to Sub Ohm Vaping


If you are still unsure – ask an expert. Send us a message, or come and see us at a vape shop near you whether it be our Fleet Street, Camden Town or Wembley stores or if it is easier give our customer services team a ring on 0203 475 4885 and they will be happy to help.