One of the great things about vaping is that one can do it almost anywhere. It is virtually odorless, the vapor dissipates quickly, and one can easily hide their e-cigs with a closed fist. However, sometimes the vapor one exhales can attract unwanted attention.
When a user wants to vape undetected, that is without letting anyone know he or she is using an e-cig, they should practice proper stealth vaping. Stealth vaping cannot be done with just any vape setup, however. One has to have the proper equipment and materials, as well as technique, to do so successfully.
What You Need
Most vapers today use big tube or box mods. This is because most users want the most power and vapor in every hit. While this can result in a satisfying vape, being discreet about it can be very difficult. If you are serious about stealth vaping, you will want to invest in a small vape pen or a mod that uses the smallest battery size (18350).
An advantage of vape pens is that these usually have a lower voltage output, thus producing less vapor than big mods. To further lessen the amount of vapor, users can use PG-based e-liquid. A 100% PG blend will result in the least vapor. Atomizers should have relatively high resistances, about 2 ohms and above. Combine these elements and you’ll be surprised with how little vapor each puff will produce.
What about throat hit? Since PG-based e-liquid is used, this will net users a little throat hit though a higher nicotine content will give even more. For stealth vaping, use a higher than usual nic content. This is to make up for the lack of throat hit produced by weak vapor and more importantly, will give users a stronger nicotine hit. More Definite nicotine hits will mean fewer puffs. Fewer puffs equal fewer chances of drawing attention to one’s self.
If you can find a seller, try to get 100% unflavored PG e-liquid. Any e-juice with flavor will give off a scent. It may be subtle, but it can still draw unwanted attention. For a truly stealthy vape, many users swear by 100% unflavored PG e-liquid. If you vape for the nicotine hit, unflavored PG is the way to go. However, if you vape for flavor, then you will have to sacrifice a bit of stealth to use the e-liquid of your choice.
The Proper Technique
Even with all the above equipment, if one vapes as they would normally, vapor can still be visibly exhaled. However, with the right technique, it is possible to vape, get a good hit and have no visible vapor.
When taking a hit, press the button then inhale. As you inhale, release the button and continue drawing vapor. This will ensure all vapor in the atomizer is drawn, and no trace of it will escape as you remove the e-cig from the mouth. Once removed, inhale some air from your surroundings then hold it all in for about a second. As you exhale, you will see how little vapor is expelled. With a little practice, one can get a solid hit and exhale without a trace of vapor at all.
With the right equipment and proper technique, it is possible to vape, get a great hit, and expel no visible vapor. However, when stealth vaping, please observe common courtesy and vape only where smoking is allowed. While the purpose of stealth vaping is to vape unseen, it is only for getting a hit while walking or out in public places where smoking is allowed.
Even if one masters stealth vaping and can use an e-cig without being detected, this does not mean one can start vaping anywhere they want to. Trying to stealth vape in a movie theater, a school, or even a hospital is not just an act that gives vapers a bad name, it is also in bad taste.
As it is with regular vaping, when one stealth vapes, do so responsibly.