What Is Direct To Lung Vaping?
Direct-to-lung vaping, often referred to as DTL vaping, is an inhalation style commonly used with sub ohm e-cigarettes and e-liquids. This is a very different style of inhalation to the ‘mouth-to-lung’ method used when smoking traditional cigarettes and roll-ups and, as such, it can take some getting used to.
Cigarette smokers will be familiar with the approach of first breathing smoke into the mouth and holding it there momentarily before then breathing the smoke down into the lungs. DTL vaping, however, requires the user to breath the vapour straight down into the lungs in a slow and steady fashion without first holding it in the mouth - much the same as simply taking a deep breath. A direct-to-lung drag should last for around three to five seconds, rather than the usual short, sharp drag experienced when smoking traditional tobacco.
Why Use Direct To Lung Vaping?
The reasoning behind this inhalation method is to achieve the thickest possible cloud production and flavour payoff from your e-liquids by filling your lungs to near capacity with vapour. This generates a huge amount of flavour and gives the user the satisfaction of exhaling thick, voluptuous plumes of vapour which is perfect for experiencing and appreciating the various flavour notes within an e-liquid.
Don’t be surprised if your first time direct-to-lung vaping is somewhat of a shock to the lungs, as they’ll likely not be used to holding this amount of foreign matter in them. We recommend starting out with a low-wattage and tight airflow setting on your e-cigarette device to ease you in to what is essentially an acquired skill. With time, your lungs will become used to holding this amount of vapour and any discomfort you might have first experienced will lessen dramatically.
When it comes to nicotine and DTL vaping, it’s probably best to stick to low or 0mg nicotine e-liquids as the higher the nicotine content, the harsher the accompanying ‘throat hit’ will be. Because sub ohm / DTL vaping is more of a hobbyist practise and a means to exploring amazing e-liquid flavours than a way to quit cigarettes, you might find that a high-nicotine content muddies the various flavour notes within an e-juice and creates a harsh aftertaste.
You should also be aware that because DTL vaping requires you to take a significant amount of vapour into the lungs, you will inevitably experience a far greater nicotine hit which, for some individuals, may not be desirable.
Direct-to-lung vaping is best suited to e-liquids with a high-VG (vegetable glycerine) content, as high-VG e-liquids tend to be smoother on the throat and can therefore be held in the lungs in bigger volumes with minimal irritation.
Double Drip E-Liquid
We recommend opting for an e-liquid with a 70% VG content or higher, such as the ones in our outrageously-flavoursome Double Drip collection. Our Double Drip vape juices are composed of various flavours including fruits, tobaccos, menthols, sweets and desserts, so you’re bound to find something to tantalise your taste buds whilst you cultivate the most colossal clouds conceivable… We’ve got such delectable delights as Raspberry Sherbet with its notes of perfectly-ripe raspberries set against a fizzy sherbet backdrop, the deliciously-icy blend of Crystal Mist with blue raspberry, decadent black cherries and a hint of cool menthol and Sun Drip – bursting with zingy pink grapefruit, sweet tangerines and ripe apricots.
Check out these succulent servings and many more in our sub ohm e-juice collection and grab yourself a tongue-tingling treat to help you perfect the DTL method in the most delicious way imaginable.
Hardware Tips & Tricks
It’s also important to remember that, when it comes to DTL vaping, the style of tank you use needs to be suitable for this particular style of inhalation. You’ll need a reliable sub ohm tank which is compatible with coils that can be used with high-VG e-juices, as using the wrong coil with sub ohm e-liquids can cause the coil to clog up and age prematurely.
It’s also worth picking up a tank with adjustable airflow options so that you can tailor the amount of air flowing through the tank and, in turn, the amount of vapour being produced. The airflow is usually controlled by a dial located at the bottom of the tank which turns to reveal an air slot or individual air holes. Opening the airflow dial will allow more air to flow through the tank, generating thick, warm vapour and with intense flavour. Closing the airflow dial off will restrict the airflow and result in a tighter, cooler draw more reminiscent of a traditional tobacco cigarette.
Is DTL Vaping Right For Me?
The main thing to remember is that vaping is all about preference. If you want your vaping experience to mimic your current cigarette habit as closely as possible, then DTL vaping with a sub ohm device might not be the right option for you. If, however, you’re all about chasing massive clouds and achieving unbelievable flavour, then get on over to our sub ohm section where you can find a stunning selection of sub ohm setups ready and waiting to fill your lungs with unrelenting flavour.