Are “Puff Counts” Reliable? – Guide to Disposable Vape Puff Counts
Are you truly achieving 600 puffs from your Elf Bar? Why do certain disposable vapes claim to offer more puffs than others? In this article, we will explore how puff counts are actually determined and whether they can be considered truly accurate.
“The world may never know.”
However, one thing we do know is that puff counts often fall short of their advertised claims. Here, we will examine the actual method of measuring puff counts, the potential variations, and how you can accurately estimate the number of puffs you’ll get from your vape.
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How are puff counts on disposable vapes determined?
In reality, manufacturers of disposable vapes employ a machine to measure the puff counts in their various models.
Essentially, the machine takes a series of (very) short puffs, mimicking a mouth-to-lung (MTL) style, from a specific vape and records the maximum number of puffs it can generate before the device is depleted. The manufacturer then rounds up or down this maximum count to the nearest hundred and advertises it as the device’s puff count.
Is this deceptive information?
In practice, we know that human vaping habits differ from the machine’s standardized method. Vapers tend to take puffs of varying lengths, often larger than those captured by the machines. Some vapers also employ a restricted direct-to-lung inhale rather than the traditional MTL approach. These factors indicate that the actual number of puffs you’ll get from your disposable vape is likely alot lower than the manufacturer’s claim.
That’s why on our website, we state that disposables can provide “approximately” or “up to” the advertised puff counts.
So, should consumers base their disposable vape purchases solely on the advertised puff counts? It may be wiser to consider other factors when selecting a disposable vape.
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Disposable Vape Puff Counts Other Factors Affecting Puff Counts
In general, the major factors dictate the number of puffs you can obtain from a disposable vape:
By law, the maximum E-Liquid capacity allowed in any disposable vape or nicotine-containing E-Liquid bottle is 2ml in Sweden. Most disposable vapes contain 2ml of E-Liquid.
Therefore, when we encounter disposable vapes claiming higher puff counts with the same E-Liquid capacity as other models, we must ask: how? Will you genuinely obtain more puffs if the device holds the same amount of juice?
Battery sizes also impact the longevity of disposable vapes, ranging from 400mAh to 600mAh. The battery size determines how long the vape will last before the battery is depleted.
Typically, disposable vape batteries die before the E-Liquid is completely consumed, intentionally designed to prevent vaping an empty disposable, which would taste like burnt charcoal. Most companies strike a balance, ensuring there is just enough E-Liquid so the coil doesn’t taste burnt by the time the battery runs out. Nevertheless, battery sizes do influence the maximum puff count.
Furthermore, some manufacturers incorporate design features that enhance the longevity of their disposable vapes. For example, IVG in their IVG Bar Plus range has developed a specific airflow system that allows for increased air integration with each inhale. This results in less E-Liquid consumption and, consequently, greater longevity. While this feature is only present in select cases, it does impact puff counts nonetheless.
Therefore, when you’re shopping for disposable vapes and come across puff counts that seem too good to be true, compare them to a disposable vape that you are familiar with, such as the Frunk Bar. Does the new disposable contain more or less E-Liquid? Is the battery larger? Are there any other features, like airflow, that suggest it can deliver more puffs?
If the specifications don’t differ significantly, chances are you will likely obtain a similar number of puffs as you would with any other disposable vape.
In the Swedish market, there isn’t much room for variation in terms of puff counts.
If you disposable vape has mesh coil, they will most likely give less puffs. This is because the mesh coil will vaporize more liquid with each hit. That is also why you get more flavor and thicker vapor with mesh coils.
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Disposable Vape Puff Counts Consider Your Vaping Style
When considering puff counts, you must also take into account your vaping style and frequency.
If you are an RDTL (restricted direct-to-lung) vaper, you will consume more E-Liquid and obtain fewer puffs. Similarly, regardless of your vaping style, longer inhales will result in fewer puffs. Frequent vaping will also deplete the battery quicker, leading to a reduced number of puffs. It will also heat the coil to a higher temperature wich also will consume more liquid per hit.
Does that make sense?
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How long does a disposable vape actually last?
Now, it should be clear that this duration can vary significantly, depending on the device and the vaper.
Nevertheless, we strive for honesty with our customers. We have heard complaints about puff counts on various devices not aligning with the advertised claims, and while we acknowledge and understand these concerns, we cannot advertise a number lower than what the manufacturer states.
Therefore, we suggest halving the maximum puff count to determine a more realistic estimate of the number of puffs you can expect from any given disposable vape. This means that if an Aroma King GEM 700 Disposable Vape claims to offer 700 puffs, you can realistically anticipate around 300-400 puffs.
Disposable Vape Puff Counts Conclusion
By now, you should have a better understanding of how puff counts are calculated and how they can differ between devices and users.
So, are maximum puff counts considered false advertising? Without a doubt, yes (unless you are a small puff vaping machine).
To obtain a more accurate estimate of the maximum puff count for a disposable vape, divide the advertised number by two. This will provide a more realistic figure.
And for all those who have concerns about the longevity of their disposable vapes, we hear you, and we empathize completely.