In the world of vaping, there are two types of vapers: flavor seekers and cloud chasers.
Flavor seekers are those who don’t care much about wattage or voltage, and they usually use e-liquid with a higher nicotine content. Often, these vapers are the ones who try to achieve the sensation of smoking. Tight draws, low to mid powered mods, and high nicotine e-juice are what these kinds of vapers look for.
Now for the cloud chasers. These are the vapers who want massive plumes of vapor with every draw.
To achieve this, they often employ high powered mods, low resistance coils, loose draws, and low nicotine e-juice usually high in VG. Cloud chasers are oftentimes experienced users who enjoy tinkering with their mods. They also have the requisite knowledge to ensure their own safety.
When you hear of vape competitions, more often than not all the contestants are dedicated cloud chasers. Even those who do vape tricks cloud chase. After all, how would one do tricks if they put out weak vapor?
Here we showcase the best cloud chasing vape kits for those who are looking to get into the vapor chasing game.
Best Cloud Chasing Vape Kits
- Can fire up to 75 watts
- Replaceable batteries
- Adjustable airflow
- Temperature control
- Uses only one battery
- Tricky wicking can result in leaks
- Battery cover easily dislodges with slight bumps
What's In The Box
First in this list is the Topbox from prolific mod maker Kanger. The brand has been around for several years now and their experience in churning out quality mods shows. Kanger has been producing a range of vaping products for years now, from tanks to atomizers, All-in-ones (AIO) to multiple battery mods. This device is a mid-tier mod, perfect for those who have experience in vaping, yet are beginner at cloud chasing.
The Topbox is a mini version of the Kanger KBOX with a TOPTANK Mini thrown in. Maximum ouput of the mod is at a respectable 75 watts. While hardcore cloud chasers look for 200 watt devices, 75 watts is enough for beginners. It also matches well with the single coil tank included.
Aside from its variable wattage function, the Topbox can also run temperature control with support for nickel, titanium, stainless steel, and nichrome wires. The tank, on the other hand, is able to store up to 4ml of e-liquid, which can last moderate users up to a day of uninterrupted vaping.
Smok Micro One Starter Kit
- Easy to carry
- Interchangeable tank glass
- Adjustable airflow
- 4000mAh battery
- Able to fire up to 80 watts
- Temperature control
- Top fill
- Battery can’t be replaced
- Tank capacity a little on the low side
What's In The Box
Up next is the Smok Micro One Starter Kit. Smok is another legacy brand in the vaping industry and is one of the more trusted brands around. I’ve first encountered Smok through their cheap mechanical tube mods. I’ve seen the company come a long way since then, producing some of the finest mods to date.
The Micro One has a maximum wattage of up to 80 watts, five more than the Topbox, though for beginners this difference is negligible. It also has temperature control capabilities that can fire nickel, kanthal, titanium, and steel coils. This is significant as not all temperature control mods can support these wires.
The included tank is a Smok Micro TFV4 with a 2.5ml capacity. It does have an extension glass tube that raises the capacity up to 3.5mls.
Powered by a 4000mAh battery, you can expect to get longer vape times. However, the battery is built-in, charged via micro USB, so you can’t swap out batteries mid-day. This may be a con for most, but there are a few who’d rather have built-in batteries. The argument here is that you don’t have to purchase them separately, and you won’t have to lug around brick chargers when you travel.
Smok Alien 220W Kit
- Dual battery powered
- 6ml capacity tank
- Up to 220 watts of power
- Temperature control
- Design can be polarizing
- Bigger than other single battery mods (but not by much)
- Battery door doesn’t close all the way
What's In The Box
Another entry from Smok, the Alien 220W is a step-up in power compared to the others in this list. Despite being more powerful and using two batteries, the Alien 220W is still portable, perfect for those who need power in their pocket.
The Alien 220W has a maximum output of 220 watts, more than double that of the Micro One and has a cool design. Using a fire bar instead of button, this change in tradition makes for a sleeker aesthetic. The device also has temperature control with support for stainless steel, nichrome, titanium coils.
The included tank is the TFV8 Cloud Beast Tank, also from Smok, is a powerhouse. With a capacity of up to 6ml, it uses turbo engine coils to produce plumes of vapor that will impress even the most diehard cloud chaser.
Powered by two replaceable 18650 batteries, you can swap them out any time during the day, ensuring you don’t run out of power as you go about your business. However, I’ve noticed that with some battery brands, the battery door does not close flush to the body. This is nitpicking on my part and the issue is not really a deal breaker, but I find it irritating that when it happens, I can’t stand the mod up on its own.
Cloud Chasing Vape Kits
Buying Guide and F.A.Q's
Choosing a Cloud Chasing Kit
Aside from the cloud chasing kits above, there are tons more out in the market to choose from. While the above are our top picks, you might find something else that suits you that’s not on the list. That said, when choosing a cloud chasing kit, there are some things to consider.
Are you a heavy vaper?
This is important. Heavy vapers can be described as those who vape non-stop. Pausing only to drink or eat. They usually have their mod in their hands all the time, or at least have easy access to it.
There’s nothing wrong with being a heavy vaper as long as you practice common courtesy to non-smokers and non-vapers (like vaping only where smoking is allowed). If you think you are a heavy vaper, choose a mod that has more than one battery.
Single battery mods won’t last long in the hands of heavy vapers, and unless you don’t mind swapping batteries out often, a dual- or triple-battery mod is what you want.
Power vs Portability
When choosing a kit, you have to choose between power and portability. As a general rule, the bigger the mod, the more power it can produce.
However, there are some cases where wattages exceeding 200w are available in smaller mods. If you prefer to vape discreetly, a small mod with limited power is what you need.
But if you don’t mind lugging around a big device, dual- or triple-battery mods is the wise choice. With bigger mods, aside from the power output you also get more battery life and, as is often the case, more features.
Do you build your own coils?
Some vapers thrive in building their own coils, while others make do with the convenience of ready made, disposable ones. While you get a degree of control in your vape when you build your own coils, the convenience of ready-made mods cannot be ignored.
There are even atomizer heads that are used in competitions, so if you worry about not being able to chuck enough clouds with disposable coils, you are mistaken. Performance-wise, building your own or purchasing pre-built coils are not too far apart. But the DIY route is often the most cost effective way.
Multiple battery mods will require you to invest in several pairs. This can be a bit pricey, especially if you are on a budget and just starting out. You will also want to invest on a bigger battery charger as well. For those who are coming from simple vape pens, these can significantly add to the total cost.
However, if you already have several batteries laying around, this is not an issue. For those who don’t want to invest in batteries yet, a mod with built-in power is what you need to look for such as the Smok Micro One.
While the ability to swap out batteries is lost, you save some money from having to purchase separate one and spares.
Finally, we have your experience level. Advanced mods usually need advanced knowledge in vaping. Because when you are cloud chasing, you play around with amps, wattages, and what-not.
While safety features are in place in most modern mods (except mechanical ones), there is still a chance that these might fail. Knowing how to vape safely within the limits of your set up is extremely importance. Pushing a mod too far can result in a broken mod at best, and losing part of your face at worst.
If you are just starting out, getting a small, simple mod with limited power is best. Using pre-built coils is also recommended to avoid short circuits. But for experienced vapers, as long as you practice proper safety, you’ll do fine with whatever mod you choose.
The world of cloud chasing is far different from vaping with a vape pen or cig-a-like. The satisfaction of blowing out massive plumes of vapor that obscure your view is an experience best felt personally. While some vapers exclusively cloud chase, there are some who alternate between flavor seeking and cloud chasing.
Personally, I have two setups on hand. A small, simple tube mod filled with high nicotine eliquid for flavor and my nicotine fix, and a dual-batt hybrid mod for cloud chasing.
When I’m out and about I use my small mod to get my nicotine fix anywhere. It barely produces any vapor but the high nicotine content makes sure I get my cravings in check. With my cloud chasing set-up, I leave this at home (though occasionally I take it out with me, albeit rarely, and enjoy the thick clouds it produces in the comfort and privacy of my own home.
That said, for those looking to get into cloud chasing, it doesn’t mean you have to leave your old vaping habits behind. There’s a place for flavor seeking and cloud chasing. Having access to these two worlds of vaping is what makes this ‘better’ habit fun.
Start with an affordable setup so that if ever you don’t enjoy cloud chasing you won’t lose too much money on it. But if you find that chasing clouds is your cup of tea, welcome to a new world of vaping.