Electronic cigarette dripping: what it is and why it is not ideal for novice vapers

What is electronic cigarette dripping?

Published on: 21/09/2022

Electronic cigarette dripping: everything you need to know

Dripping is not a simple practice, but it is attracting more and more vapers because of the scenic effect it provides and its many advantages.

However, to make the most of it, you need to be an experienced vapee, be in a quiet place and not vape in a hurry. Dripping takes longer than ‘traditional’ vaping.

In this article, we see precisely what it consists of.

Girl dripping with electronic cigarette

Let’s cut to the chase: what is dripping?

The technique of dripping is becoming increasingly popular among vapers, but why?

Before answering this question, let’s understand what this technique consists of. To do this, we first need to know the definition of a dripper or RDA: it is an acronym for ‘Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer’.

In essence, it is a type of electronic cigarette.

It is an atomiser with the drip tip closer to the resistive wire and does not have a tank, which is replaced by a sort of bell containing the resistance.

To vape, therefore, one must pour droplets of e-cigarette liquid into the resistance itself: in fact, ‘dripping’ literally means dripping.

Given the absence of a reservoir, the vapour’s space is significantly reduced, and the nicotine concentration increases.

Therefore, you can understand that this technique is more suited to experienced vapers and not very suitable for novice vapers.

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Dripping and cloud chasing

Indeed, dripping can be considered a type of cloud chasing, a technique in which the vapers create clouds of vapour.

Originating in the United States in 2015, it became immediately popular among vapers, although it has a purely aesthetic function.

Although, for some, it is a form of entertainment, there are now even competitions where participants compete against each other to create massive clouds in unique shapes.

You will now say, “yes, but what does that have to do with dripping?”.

To be able to practice cloud chasing, it is essential to know how to vape by dripping, and the reason is simple: the fact that the vapour is contained in a very small space – due to the absence of a tank – allows the vapee to create real clouds, indeed, of vapour.

Boy does cloud chasing thanks to dripping

But now the real question is: what are the advantages of dripping, and why should a vapee use it?

Well, I have explained how electronic cigarette dripping works and its relation to cloud chasing, and we have said that this technique is reserved for the more experienced.

However, at this point in the article, it is fair to ask why you should use it as a vapee.

According to those who practise this technique, one of the main advantages is the possibility of better tasting the e-cig liquid and its various aromas, deriving maximum pleasure from the vaping experience.

In addition, it allows the use of an e-cigarette made up of only a few components:

  • drip tip;
  • batteries;
  • atomiser.

In short: it saves money and maintenance.

Even though the absence of a tank forces the e-cig to be refilled after relatively few puffs, it is advantageous for vapers as it allows them to savour the taste and aroma better.

Then, numerous types of drip tips vary in size and material and are well suited to the needs of every vaper.

Disadvantages of the electronic cigarette dripping

The first disadvantage of dripping is that the dripper has to be refilled after about four puffs (again, due to the absence of a tank).

Therefore, if a person often vapes during the day, they must always have their dripper and refill liquid.

Also, as we said at the beginning of this article, dripping is not a recommended activity for all vapers: it is best practised only by experienced vapers and those who want to enjoy the taste of vaping.

And because you are a bit of a ‘slave’ to constant refills, it is preferable to vape by dripping in a comfortable and quiet environment that allows you to fill the bell and refill it with liquid.

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In this article, we have seen what dripping is, how it works and why it is not particularly suitable for novice vapers.

We have seen its correlation with cloud chasing and the advantages and disadvantages of this technique.

To sum up, dripping remains a widespread practice among vapers and, despite its impracticality, is gaining in popularity due to the possibility to enjoy the aroma fully and, to some extent, the scenic effect it can offer.

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