I know I’m not alone. After switching to vaping, many people gain a renewed enthusiasm for outdoor activities.
But whether you simply enjoy the outdoors, or whether you have a job which requires you to spend a lot of time outside, it’s well worth considering what vape equipment you choose.
For example, while I love simple but effective devices like the PockeX (for reasons I highlighted in our Classic Vapes post), I find they can easily get clogged up with dirt and sand.
Fortunately, whether you prefer a simple pod system or a chunky and powerful mod device, you’ll find some devices suitable for outdoor use. In this post, we review the features you need for outdoor vaping and highlight some suitable vapes for using in tougher conditions.
Robust battery capacity
If you’re going to be out and about for long periods of time, one thing to look for is an impressive battery capacity.
The larger the mAh, the more capacity the battery has and the longer it can last. Of course, it’s not just about battery capacity – if you use a higher wattage when you vape, you’re going to run down the battery more quickly.
So if you’re going to be hiking for several days, you might be the best switching to a lower wattage, a higher resistance coil and adopting a mouth-to-lung style of vaping. Scroll down to the end of this post for our highlighted outdoor vape mod to see an example with a huge battery capacity.
Some mods, including several in the Vaporesso range, come with an ECO mode. Switch to this mode and your battery will last for longer between charges. Of course, there’s a reason why ECO mode isn’t on all the time – the vape is just not as satisfying. ECO mode doesn’t replace the need for a good battery capacity, but in a pinch, it will still beat no vaping at all!
Robust construction and coating
It’s no good having a great battery capacity if the tank is going to crack when you drop it at the top of a mountain. Look for a tank which comes with a metal construction around the glass, such as the Innokin Adept Slide. It’s well worth carrying a spare glass or two with you just in case – some vape kits now come with spare glass included, but you can also buy these separately.
If you don’t have a robust tank, and don’t want to go to the expense of buying a new one, it might be worth getting a silicone vape band to go around your tank. These don’t offer the same protection as a steel casing but do reduce the risk of cracks.
Don’t forget the mod either. Look for a mod with tough construction and rubber or rubber-like finish. For example, the Vaporesso Gen Kit comes with a finish which is made from four layers of casing and is both scratch and flame resistant. For a pod vape alternative, the Orion Q pod system by Lost Vape comes with a tough, steel construction to help it withstand drops.
Of course, sometimes you might not want a large device for space reasons. If so, you might want to consider a pod system with decent battery life. The Smok RPM40 is small and compact, and the 1500mAh battery ensures a decent battery life, especially when used with higher resistance coils.
Unfortunately, tanks and vape kits are limited by legislation to 2ml, which ensures that heavy users waste time continually refilling their tanks. Vape glasses with additional capacity can be bought separately, but if you do buy an extender, it’s probably a good idea to avoid bubble glass – they look great, but crack a lot more easily than regular vape glass. So if you do buy an extender, look for one which goes straight up rather than outwards!
All batteries run out eventually, which can be a pain if you are camped out miles away from a plug. So it’s well worth considering a mod that uses external batteries, as you can easily charge these up at home and carry spares around with you. Alternatively, or if you have a device that has fixed internal batteries.Samsung 18650 25R Battery Green
When the device first landed on our desks, we thought Innokin might have forgotten about the basic function of a vape device (to provide a great vape) with all this added functionality. But it’s the quality of the vape as well as the battery life that rapidly made it one of our product manager’s favourite devices.
What’s your favourite device for outdoor vaping? Let us know in the comments!