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Does preheat ("hard mode") consume more liquid?

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  1. Tuna

    Tuna New Member

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    So recently I tried out the "HARD" setting on my Tesla Steampunk 220W. I do know that all it does is practically modify the ramp up speed so that the hit goes in quicker. I vape in a way that I usually take like 3 +- 1 hits every about 15 minutes (roughly), so I kinda enjoy this feature. Now my question is, does this consume more liquid all together? I'm talking about both dripping and using a tank, and if so how much more roughly? As I am really careful person when it comes to juice expenses, your answer would be greatly appreciated :)
     
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    zephyr VU Donator Gold Contributor Member For 1 Year VU Challenge Team Unlisted Vendor

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    If your usual puff duration and frequency is identical with Hard Mode as it is without, then you would use a tiny bit more juice. Impossible for us to measure exactly, but you could! :p
     
  3. Carambrda

    Carambrda Gold Contributor Member For 1 Year

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    Preheat typically causes less juice consumption, not more. That's just because a shorter ramp up time also means less juice will evaporate during the ramp up period, and you can't really enjoy the vape until after that period (or almost) so, that initial part of the vape pretty much just tends to go to waste. A faster ramp up can also help to increase the time before you need to rewick, and, each time when you rewick, you're also consuming some additional juice for that. But IME, although depending on a lot of things, the flavor and feel of the vape can be noticeably improved by using a preheat, especially if the regulated mod in question can support custom power curves that allow you to fine tune the preheat that you want to use in wattage mode. The downside of that particular feature is that dialing in the settings will be a tad more complicated when compared to just a simple preheat, and, the user-friendliness that goes with that can leave a lot to be desired so it isn't very popular as you'd expect.

    That said, the only thing that works well for me in this regard is ArcticFox firmware and the accompanying NToolbox software... all of the other preheat capability type of stuff just pales in comparison to it. After you have uploaded, via USB connection with the NToolbox software, your own custom power curves into your mod on which you have already previously installed the ArcticFox firmware, immediately you will see that these custom power curves do not need to be re-adjusted each time after you press the wattage up button or the wattage down button on the mod. That's because the dots that make up your power curve are percentages, not wattages. I.e., ArcticFox automatically converts percentages to wattages for you, based on the wattage that you set on the mod, and does so without any visible delay whatsoever. Sure, you can't do this kind of voodo with a mod that can't support ArcticFox. But that is precisely why I haven't bought any regulated mods that can't support it.
     
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    Does a faster pre-heat have any effect on a coils lifespan?

    (apologies if I'm hijacking a thread. :) )
     
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    Carambrda Gold Contributor Member For 1 Year

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    Yes, coil lifespan is shortened but that effect can be mitigated to some extent by using a custom power curve that is still fast but that takes like maybe 0.2 seconds before it actually becomes fast.
     
  6. JayyVapes

    JayyVapes Bronze Contributor

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    What I’ve learned having it on hard mode only heats the coils quicker so I suppose yea you would use more liquid but not have to take a long drag. And for battery life, yes it uses more power therefore battery expectancy is lower.
     

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