Vape Culture: Cloud Chasers, Drippers and Squonkers
If you hang out with young people, you have probably noticed the birth of new vape culture. Anyone who goes to high school or college has seen it. And many have become a part of it. For those of you in your 20’s and 30’s you will have seen the boom in vape culture in the bars, at parties and in friend’s homes. “The times they are a changing.” And they’re changing for the better.
Young people have been making the better choice to vape, as opposed to smoking tobacco cigarettes. 20 years ago you had only one option. And that was to smoke cancer causing cigarettes. However, with the onset of vaping and its wild popularity kids are vaping and smoking significantly less. And us older folks are quitting smoking the coffin nails. And everyone’s feeling better.
Vaping is Fun and Cool
An entire sub culture of vaping enthusiasts has emerged. They have their own style, lingo, fashion, vaping tricks and even some stars that are famous in the vaping world. Let’s take a look at some of the lingo and familiarize you with the jargon.
You surely already know what an electronic cigarette is. But in case you don’t know, it’s simply the device that you use to vaporize eJuice, or e-Liquid. Serious vapers modify their rigs to maximize vapour output. These are Mods. They are, more or less, advanced versions of e-Cigs tweaked to increase power, vapour and taste. They use RDA or rebuildable dripping atomizers. More powerful batteries are used for more power. And they usually have huge tanks to hold extra liquid as well.
The vapour you create comes from the eJuice you put into your e-Cig. Vaping juices are a blend of vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol. These are blended in different percentages depending on your needs. If you like fat clouds you will want more VG. If you prefer better, stronger taste you will want to up the PG. They come with or without nicotine. And the flavours available are almost endless. If you can imagine a flavour or combination thereof, you can probably vape it.
Hey You Get Off Of My Cloud
One of the coolest things to come out of vape culture is Cloud Chasers. The name is pretty much self-explanatory. For these people vaping is all about the clouds. They try to exhale the most massive cloud they can. They have real competitions. You can watch them on Youtube. It’s very cool. They can do all sorts of tricks to like smoke rings and different shapes. This is where some of the best have become famous and sort of like the rock stars of the vaping world.
Serious vapers use Mods. These Mods use Sub-ohms. They are low resistance RDAs that increase the cloud power. The lower resistance allows the vaper to take in a huge slow inhalation and thereby exhale a “cumulus” cloud.
Squonkers And Drippers
This is where Squonking comes in. These guys do anything to up their game. Squonkers modify their rigs to allow them load juice from the bottom of their Mods. This allows them to double the legal amount of their tank.
Then, there’s “The Drippers.” Dripping is an old school method very popular in the vaping community. You literally just drip your juice directly onto the wick and coils. It’s messy and kind of a pain in the ass. But the geeks that build their own Mods love to tinker. It makes sense, I suppose. And that is vaping culture Folks!
Join the Culture Club
Vaping culture is growing and spreading every day. There are thousands of retailers and millions of vapers. The culture is fun and becomes a way of life for many people. They start vaping, end up hanging around vape shops, learning to build Mods and get really into the culture. Many end up making careers in the vaping industry. And still many others just have fun with it. Either way it’s an exciting new culture that I am proud to be a part of. You will be too!