Electronic Cigarette Batteries, Resistance, and Voltage. What’s it all mean?
Batteries and atties/cartos/clearos/etc are the life of an electronic cigarette. Understanding how it all works is very important. Learning some simple electronics can heighten your vaping experience and help you understand what exactly is happening when you use your electronic cigarette.
To start, I’ll explain about a batteries charge. The measure of energy that a battery can put out over a period of time is called mAh, or milliamp hours. If you use the same atomizer on a 100mAh battery and a 200mAh battery, the 200mAh battery should last about twice as long. The more milliamp hours, the longer the battery lasts. There’s much more to that, but that is the general rule to think about. This goes for chargers as well. All battery chargers have a mAh rating and the higher the rating, the faster the charge.
Batteries have an amount of voltage that they put out and atomizers/cartos/clearos/etc have a certain amount of resitance. When getting into voltage and resistance, we are talking about Ohm’s law. Don’t let that intemidate you, it’s really quite simple.
If the voltage is the same, less resistance means more power to the coil. More resistance means less power, or watts. There’s an easy comparison here, a higher wattage standard filament light bulb burns brighter than a lower wattage bulb. Think of that filament as the coil in your atomizer. When you have less resistance you get a hotter coil, receiving warmer, greater amounts of vapor. You will also use up e-liquid more quickly. The same goes for a higher voltage battery, but with the same resistance atty. The wattage goes up.
Both batteries and atomizers have their limits though. If you are trying to to pump 200 gallons through a standard water hose in 1 minute, either the water pump (battery) or the hose (atomizer) is going to go. See what I did there? Madvapes has the best chart I have ever seen outlining the general limits when increasing or decreasing resistance and voltage, as seen below.
As you can see they did the work for you on determining the limits of various setups. I got this chart through their weekly newsletter and if you haven’t already, go sign up for their newsletter. They include awesome tutorials all the time. Really, what are you waiting for? Sign up here – www.madvapes.com. go to the top to make an account, and add select that you want to receive the newsletter. Refer to this chart when determining what atomizers and such when building a mod or buying a higher voltage setup.