5 Useful Tips About Vaping in the Car
Let’s be clear here: vaping while driving is not advisable, as it makes one of your hands busy and potentially decreases your focus on the road. But if you still are eager to chase some clouds in your car, here are some tips from our experience.
5 Tips About Vaping in the Car
1. Do Not Vape with Your Window Closed
Why? Because first, your windshield eventually will get covered by a sticky residue which is easily noticeable in a sunny day. That is a deposition of your vapor, mostly in the form of vegetable glycerin (VG), which can easily make your windows foggy.
Although this is actually quite a normal occurrence witnessed by vaping drivers, it raises the question of whether the same thing happens in our lungs. Well, not exactly: VG, or glycerol, is metabolized and converted mostly into carbon dioxide and water in our bodies, whether it has been eaten, inhaled, or taken in through the skin. And, to make you worry even less, here’s a conclusion from a glycerol study:
The weight of evidence indicates that glycerol is of low toxicity when ingested, inhaled or in contact with the skin.
You can read more about chemicals in e-cigarette vapor here.
What to do? If you’re too lazy to clean your windshield now and then using a mixture of water and vinegar, you have the option to always open your window when vaping.
Why? Secondly, there is simply a risk that your clouds of vapor will greatly reduce your visibility. This is especially true with sub-ohm devices – they usually produce so much vapor that you will not be able to see the road in front of you. That’s a major threat for you, your passengers, and other road users as well, which can lead to an unexpected visit to the hospital, or even much worse.
What to do? If you want to get from point A to point B safely, the solution here would be to simply open your window, your sunroof, or drop your top if you’re in a convertible, or not to vape at all while driving. This point also applies to passengers, so make sure that also they aren’t clouding your visibility.
2. Be Creative About Where To Put Your E-Cigarette
Why? Automotive engineers simply haven’t designed any place in your car where to conveniently place your electronic cigarette vertically. This can be a major issue, as many clearomizers and sub-ohm tanks tend to leak, especially through the airflow slots, when placed horizontally on a surface. Also, electronic cigarettes come in many different shapes and sizes what makes life even harder. I have owned many different vehicles, but in none of them I managed to find a decent place for my vaping mod. But that’s understandable, though, as vaping is a new industry, and we can only hope that the ashtrays in our cars will someday be replaced with mod and e-liquid bottle holders.
What to do? We have been searching for quite a while, and still haven’t found a great, universal car holder for e-cigarettes. There are some nice thingies for eGo batteries, for example, this one, as well as some products for box mods, like this one. However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution yet, so at the moment, it might be best to simply use your creativity:
- You can put a rubber band through one of the air vents and use it to hold your beloved vaping setup. This doesn’t apply for cig-a-likes & eGo style batteries, though, as these might be too tiny for this method to hold them. And remember not to set the airflow too cold or too hot.
- You can put your e-cigarette inside your jacket pocket (vertically). That’s what I tend to do, and it works quite well, as long as I have a jacket with pockets on, and it certainly doesn’t apply to hot summer days…
- You can use or adapt my simple trick (VW Jetta 2015) have a look at the picture.
- You can put your e-cigarette in your smartphone holder. This, however, also doesn’t apply to cig-a-likes & eGo style batteries because these are too tiny for most holders. And, of course, not every phone holder is made the same, and your mod might not fit into it.
- You can get crafty and build something for your devices like this guy has done.
3. Do Not Put the Mouthpiece Too Close to Your Teeth
Why? I don’t know how are the roads in the place where you live, though, but in my country, the majority of roads are dotted with smaller or bigger potholes. What happens then? Well, you can damage your teeth, and in worst case scenario, you will have to pay a visit to your dentist.
What to do?
- Don’t put the mouthpiece too deep into your mouth. Try to hold it between your lips instead.
- Better use plastic or rubber drip tips.
4. Do Not Leave Your E-Cigarette or E-Liquid in the Car When It’s Cold Outside
Why? In low temperatures, the consistency of e-liquid changes. It gets thicker, especially if it has high VG content in it, and that means wicking issues and possible leaking.
What to do? Using an e-liquid with higher propylene glycol (PG) content might be a good idea, as PG doesn’t thicken so much as VG. Or, better yet, just remember not to leave your vaping device in your car overnight.
5. Get a Frequent Driver Vaping Kit
Seems like electronic cigarette manufacturers are trying to solve the problems related to vaping in the car. Or at least trying to do so. Innokin, for example, has a product called iTaste DRV Vehicle Vaping Kit. It is a variable voltage (4.2 to 6.4 volts) 510 threaded device which is meant to be plugged in the cigarette lighter. It features a long cord and can fire both as an automatic and a manual electronic cigarette in other words, with or without pushing a button to fire.
Although this product may appeal to some frequent drivers, overall, it is quite a weird contraption. And a bit pricey, too. It’s a nice step forward, but it is somewhat awkward to use; besides, for that price, you can get a great sub-ohm kit like the Kangertech Subox Mini and a USB car charger. And then, you will be able to chase some decent clouds, accompanied by the pounding of your mighty subwoofers, like these guys do.
And what’s your experience with vaping in the car? Perhaps you have some great tips to share, so tell us and other vapers in the comments!
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Invisaglass wipes are great for a quick glass cleaning job. Streak free and fairly sizeable wipes – one will do your win shield in a truck or SUV no probs. works well in cold weather, too.
Thanks for this tip
There is a new product called InvisiVape that shields your windshield from Vapor residue for an extended period of time. No need for weekly or even, daily cleaning. This stuff really works.
Good article. From experience I’d say sub ohming while driving is a big no no. Stick to an Aspire Mini Nautilus or similar! If you are looking for rubber or plastic drip tips I highly recommend http://www.thedriptipstore.com. I have purchased many tips from their and they always arrive quickly. The customer service is 2nd to none.
It is far more important to not leave a device in a car when it is hot outside than cold. High temperature can cause eminent and severe battery failure.
I like to sub ohm while driving with my Xcube 2 and TFV4. If the weather is getting cold and you don’t want the window down, I find that blowing the clouds into your lap or the footwell area works very well and it doesn’t fog up your view of the road. As the clouds will fall to floor level on their own normally anyway this works well.
I bought some e-cigarette car holders here: http://e-cigstands.com/
They sell Modson holders. And also sent me cupholder for my subox which they gonna sell next month.
Great items, so I wanna share with you. No more e-cig bouncing
Thanks for sharing. but unfortunately they don’t sell holders for mods like Aspire Pegasus, Kanger Subox, Innokin MVP 3.0 etc.
To hold my metal mods I use magnetic trays that are hot glued to the console. These are the same trays use for holding screws for parts disassembly. You can get these trays at difrent shapes and sizes. Mount them any where and any positions. Works well to hold any metal type mods, batteries, ect. Just my 2cents.
I use invisible glass aerosol coupled with newspaper to clean my interior glass well on a weekly basis. I also have vent visors to keep wind out and still let vapor out. My ford pickup has a perfect spot for my eVicVT mod so no slide issues there!!!! 🙂
How could you not mention dripping and driving!? If you’re going to vape in the car, get a tank and make sure it’s full for vaping on the road. Dripping and driving is very dangerous.
Thanks for sharing opinion, unfortunately we thought it obvious, but you are right, we needed to mention this point as it can cause serious damages.
Not sure if you fine folks are aware, but J Wraps makes cupholder inserts for a smorgasbord of device choices. Their accessories can be perused at jwraps.com (not sponsored).
I have used the tubes from a desk tidy and super glued them into one of the cup holder recesses in the canter column of both our cars. Any size tubular mod up to 26650 size fits and is conveniently to hand without the need to take your eyes off the road.
Vaping was created to get people off smoking. Some people are not helping our fight by becoming “Cloud Chasers” These people are hurting the vaping community by making these Ginormous clouds in public giving vaping a very bad look. I personally am not against these cloud chasers. I just wish they did it less when in the public eye with all that is against us. I actually have a dumbass younger brother who never smoked a day in his life has now become one of these cloud chasers who does not care where he makes these clouds.
3rd tip, is a very actualy in Russia =)
I wonder how many people actually vape in cars. I tend to avoid vaping in a vehicle but then again i only vape a few times a day I know some people who never put theirs down and would probably bring their ecig wherever they go.
Well when it’s cold in winter, when i open up the window, my vape still makes glass foggy. Only one thing helped me it was anti fog spray.