Do you find yourself getting harsh dry hits when you vape? Dry hits can happen during fast-paced “chain vaping.” They can also happen if you forget to refill your tank. Dry hits make vaping incredibly unpleasant. If you use your e-cigarette carefully, you can avoid dry hits. What if it were possible, though, for your e-cigarette to prevent dry hits by detecting a dry coil automatically? That’s what temperature control vaping does. Temperature control is a feature that virtually every advanced vaping device supports, and using that feature can eliminate dry hits and preserve the life of your atomizer coils while ensuring that your vaping setup always produces cool, smooth vapour.

Temperature Control Vaping 101

Are you curious about how temperature control vaping works? You’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll explain what temperature control vaping is and how it works. We’ll also tell you what you need to get started.

Temperature control vaping works on the principle that some metals and alloys change greatly in electrical resistance as they get hotter. Therefore, if you know the starting resistance of an atomizer coil made from one of those materials – and you know the material’s temperature coefficient of resistance – you can estimate the coil’s current temperature by measuring its change in resistance during vaping.

When you enable the temperature control mode on your device, the mod will use the TCR of your coil as the basis for estimating its temperature. Many devices also allow you to set the TCR of your coil material manually. You’ll then choose a maximum vaping temperature and set your device’s power level in watts. The wattage affects the speed at which the coil reaches the maximum temperature. When the coil reaches the selected temperature, the device cuts the power to the coil to reduce its temperature.

What Are the Benefits of Temperature Control Vaping?
Temperature control helps to keep your atomizer cool when you vape. If you wish that you could take longer puffs when vaping without the vapour becoming overly hot, temperature control is the perfect solution. Cooler vapour, though, isn’t the only benefit of temperature control. If you find that the vapour becomes uncomfortably hot during long puffs, it’s likely that your coil’s wick can’t keep up with your vaping pace. The wick is repeatedly drying out during your puffs, and that’s shortening the life of your coil. Temperature control can extend the life of your coil by preventing that from happening.
Temperature control also makes dry hits a thing of the past. Suppose that you’re vaping in wattage mode and you forget to refill your tank. Your first hint that the atomizer coil is dry will be a dry hit that burns your throat and lungs. Not fun! The reason why dry hits happen is because there isn’t any e-liquid in the wick to keep the coil cool. The coil becomes extremely hot – extremely quickly – and you inhale hot air and the products of burning cotton. With temperature control vaping, though, your device detects the increased temperature and automatically cuts power. You don’t get a dry hit; your device simply stops producing vapour. It’s a much friendlier way for your e-cigarette to let you know that your tank is dry.

What Does Temperature Control Vaping Require?
Temperature control vaping requires two things. You need a device that supports temperature control – the Vaporesso Gen and the Vaporesso Target Mini are two affordable examples – and you need a tank with a coil material that’s temperature control compatible. The most common temperature control coil materials are nickel and titanium; almost every mod has built-in TCR settings for those two materials. Many mods also have TCR settings for stainless steel. Some people use tungsten for temperature control vaping. If your device allows you to define a custom TCR setting – many advanced mods have this feature – you can choose from many different coil materials. If you use a tank with pre-made coils, you’ll need to check with the manufacturer to see whether nickel, titanium or stainless steel coils are available for your tank. Many tanks have pre-made temperature control coils available. If your tank only has kanthal coils available, the tank will not work for temperature control vaping. Because the resistance of kanthal doesn’t change greatly when it is hot, your device can’t use the resistance to estimate the coil temperature.

Temperature Control Vaping vs. Wattage-Based Vaping

By now, you’re getting the idea that temperature control is a way of vaping that’s completely different from wattage-based vaping – but is it actually better? If you suffer from dry hits when vaping or find that your coils don’t last long because you’re continually burning the cotton, you may find that temperature control is exactly the solution you need. Suppose, though, that you’re already happy with your vaping experience. Is it worthwhile to consider switching to temperature control? These are some of the potential downsides of switching.

Less Coils Available
Temperature control vaping isn’t new technology anymore – it has actually been around for a few years. Most long-term vapers have already tried temperature control, and it turns out that most people prefer wattage-based vaping. Many popular tanks – such as the SMOK TFV12 Prince – do not have nickel or titanium coils available because there isn’t enough demand. Unless you want to build your own coils, switching to temperature control vaping will limit your options.

Cooler Vapour

If you like a warm vape, you may not enjoy the switch to temperature control because you might find that your device cuts the power just as you’re beginning to enjoy the flavour and warmth of the vapour. Temperature control is best for people who prefer a cooler vape

Different Taste

Taste is subjective. Although it’s impossible to say whether you will prefer the taste of a nickel or titanium coil to that of your current kanthal coil, it is certain that you’ll find the taste different if you’re a long-term vaper. You may switch to a temperature control coil only to find that you can’t get used to the flavour.