Have you heard of cloud chasing before? You probably know how much vapor can be exhaled after vaping even the smallest amount. But while cloud chasing might sound like something you do on a warm, summer’s afternoon, it is actually focused on blowing out clouds of vapour after you have puffed away on your electronic cigarette.
Put simply, cloud chasing is all about chasing the best cloud of vapour you possibly can. That might mean the biggest cloud, or the quirkiest one you can manage. Once you get that straight in your head, it doesn’t take a huge leap of logic to understand what cloud competitions are. These are occasions where lots of vapers get together and try to outdo each other with their efforts.
Rings, balls, and clouds…
Yes, they can all be achieved by those who have the know-how to make it happen. This takes practice, of course, just as blowing smoke rings takes practice among those who smoke.
When it comes to a cloud, it’s all about making it as big as you can. Beyond that, it’s down to you to see how impressive your cloud chasing can get.
Doesn’t this involve a lot of vaping?
Yes, and that is why nicotine is rarely – if ever – included in the e-liquids used by competitors who take part in these competitions. If you did vape with nicotine, you would take in a lot of it in a short time. And that is something no vaper wants to do.
Cloud chasers also opt for a different mix to the one they would typically inhale. They will usually omit the propylene glycol as well as the nicotine, while increasing the quantity of glycerine used. This is another key method for assisting in creating more vapour – and more vapour means a higher chance of impressing the judges and possibly winning the competition.
Is it safe?
While it is tempting to look at these competitors and to be inspired to have a go yourself, you should note the devices they use are not the same as the ones you probably use.
Some electronic cigarettes are specifically designed to be used in this way. This means if you tried cloud chasing with a regular e-cig, you would be putting yourself in danger of having an accident. Some e-cigarettes will emit a much larger plume of vapour than a regular e-cig would, for example. Additionally, the heating coil inside the electronic cigarette must have a much lower resistance than would normally be the case. This ensures there is much less stress placed on the battery. If you were to use a standard heating coil and battery, the odds of an explosion or overheating battery would not be in your favour.
It’s not just about the safety of the vaper, either
By using customised e-cigarettes and researching the best and safest ways to cloud chase, it also protects the safety of cloud-gazers – yep, the people who go and watch these competitions instead of taking part.
Taking vaping to a whole new level
While some vapers will be reading about cloud chasing for the first time, the hobby is becoming better-known. America is home to some major competitions, including the World Vaping Championship, which offers prizes worth around six figures.
What is your opinion on cloud chasing? Is this the first time you have heard of it? Maybe you already take part. Having read this, you may now be considering trying it yourself. Just remember, don’t use a normal electronic cigarette or e-liquid, as it could cause injury. Professional cloud chasers know how to get results without putting themselves at risk.