Vaping Technology: What Does the Future Hold?
Over the past ten years, the technology surrounding e-cigarettes and vaping in general has changed dramatically. We’ve seen improvements in everything from flavor and performance to aesthetics and functionality. Millions of people now use some form of vaping technology as a way to reduce the amount of harm associated with traditional forms of tobacco consumption, but its growth in popularity has created conflicts between industry, public health and government regulatory agencies. With that being said, many are wondering what the future of vaping truly looks like. While we can’t perfectly predict everything, here are a few predictions and likely developments you’ll be seeing in the future of vaping.
Amazing Battery Life
One primary limitation in all things technology has been battery capacity and performance. From smartphones to e-cigarettes, the battery life of a device – along with its size – has been a prime limiting factor in design, price and functionality. Over the past decade, e-cigarette and other vaping mods have drastically increased in power and performance due to advances in battery technology. Just a few years ago, most vaping devices resembled that of an actual cigarette: small and with minimal vapor production. Today, there are many devices available that use rechargeable, large batteries and that can produce several times the amount of vapor of the original devices. As we head into the future, expect to see smaller and smaller batteries capable of holding longer charges, which will reverse the overall trend in the vaping world of needing to have bigger devices.
More Durable Coils
Whether you make your own coils or purchase them pre-made, you’re likely familiar with the basic construction. A set amount of wire is “coiled” and connected, forming the basis of the vaping experience. Whether you use a tank or a dripper, or an RDA or RBA, this is a fundamental component. The first coils were relatively fickle, wearing out after just some casual use. The next generation of coils is moving in the opposite direction, with nickel variations on the atomizer that promise to offer longer vaping life and a more fluid vaping experience. Components such as nickel provide better conductivity and increased durability when compared to their competitors. While these entities are just beginning to make it to market, expect to find them virtually everywhere in just a few short years.
There are many movements by governments – both in the US and beyond – to reduce the availability of vaping products and liquids to the public. For instance, the FDA recently passed regulations that will require all manufacturers of e-liquids to undergo an approval process beginning in 2018 for each flavor and each level of nicotine in a flavor. The price tag? Approximately $500,000 for every flavor/nicotine level variation. Many people believe that regulations such as these will kill small, independent liquid manufacturers. As such, it is very likely that an increasing number of individuals will begin to buy their own ingredients to make juice from home. Kits can be found online for as little as $50 that will allow individuals to make thousands of milliliters of e-liquid using flavoring, nicotine, propylene glycol and other ingredients. If there is no reversal of this regulation trend, then it’s highly likely that more people will begin making their own juices.
Improved Product Quality
One thing that has held the vaping industry back in the eyes of many is the apparent lack of quality in many devices. Between coils, mods and juices, there is a certain stigma for many that suggests that e-cigarette equipment is a bad investment. Especially early on in the vaping revolution, low-quality products from China flooded the market, resulting in many people feeling duped when their expensive gadgets ceased to work after a short while. In the coming years, expect to see more of a focus on improving the components and quality of e-cigarette and vaping equipment. This may be the biggest revolution in the future of vaping, as longer-lasting and higher-quality devices are more important to most than rapid evolutions in the technology behind vaping.
The future of vaping will bring a variety of potential challenges and benefits to the masses. From better battery life and more durable coils to improved equipment quality and regulatory challenges, there is a lot to consider. Technology generally follows a clear overall trajectory, so it is very likely that vaping will continue to become a more prominent form of nicotine consumption as the years progress. There is certainly bound to be both good and bad developing from these trends, but understanding what is likely to happen in the future can minimize risk and potential downsides.