Man vaping outdoors next to a river

Outdoor Vaping: How to choose the best vape device

Updated: June 2021

When I’m not writing about vaping, I like being outdoors.

Much of my spare time is taking up with surfing, going for long walks and growing vegetables in my garden.

I know I’m not alone. After switching to vaping, many people gain a renewed enthusiasm for outdoor activities.

But whether you simply enjoy the outdoors, or whether you have a job which requires you to spend a lot of time outside, it’s well worth considering what vape equipment you choose.

For example, while I love simple but effective devices like the PockeX (for reasons I highlighted in our Classic Vapes post), I find they can easily get clogged up with dirt and sand.

Fortunately, whether you prefer a simple pod system or a chunky and powerful mod device, you’ll find a number of devices suitable for outdoor use. In this post we review the features you need for outdoor vaping, and highlight some suitable vapes for using in tougher conditions.

Also see: The Best Vape Kit for 2021

Contents


Features to Look For

Drip tip cover/cap

One simple feature which can easily solve the issue of dirt and sand getting in your device is a drip tip cover. The Endura T1811 comes with a magnetic drip tip cover which clips into place over the cap – and if you lose this, it’s easy to buy a replacement cap. You can also purchase silicone caps to cover drip tips for as little as a pound.

Innokin Endura T18II in hand

Robust battery capacity

If you’re going to be out and about for long periods of time, one thing to look for is an impressive battery capacity.

The larger the mAh, the more capacity the battery has and the longer it can last. Of course, it’s not just about battery capacity – if you use a higher wattage when you vape, you’re going to run down the battery more quickly.

So if you’re going to be hiking for several days, you might be best switching to a lower wattage, a higher resistance coil and adopting a mouth-to-lung style of vaping. Scroll down to the end of this post for our highlighted outdoor vape mod to see an example with a huge battery capacity.

External batteries

All batteries run out eventually, which can be a pain if you are camped out miles away from a plug. So it’s well worth considering a mod that uses external batteries, as you can easily charge these up at home and carry spares around with you. Alternatively, or if you have a device that has fixed internal batteries, consider carrying around a portable power bank like the Pebble Explorer.

Reverse charge capabilities

It’s also worth considering a device that not only has a large battery capacity but also has the ability to share that battery life with your other devices. There’s nothing worse than being out for the day and your mobile phone battery running flat with no way of charging it. The Geekvape Obelisk 120FC (which, by the way, can be fully charged in 15 minutes!) has OTG reverse charge capabilities, meaning it can be used as a portable power bank to charge other devices such as phones or tablets. Although, remember this will affect how long you can use your vape for…but is ideal for emergency situations.

Obelisk 120 FC

  • 15 minute charge
  • OTG reverse charge: acts as a power bank
  • 3700mAh long-lasting battery
  • Bypass, TC & VW modes
Obelisk 120 FC

ECO Mode

Some mods, including several in the Vaporesso range, come with an ECO mode. Switch to this mode and your battery will last for longer between charges. Of course, there’s a reason why ECO mode isn’t on all the time – the vape is just not as satisfying. ECO mode doesn’t replace the need for a good battery capacity, but in a pinch it will still beat no vaping at all!

Robust construction and coating

It’s no good having a great battery capacity if the tank is going to crack when you drop it at the top of a mountain. Look for a tank which comes with a metal construction around the glass, such as the Innokin Adept Zlide. It’s well worth carrying a spare glass or two with you just in case – some vape kits now come with spare glass included, but you can also buy these separately.

If you don’t have a robust tank, and don’t want to go to the expense of buying a new one, it might be worth getting a silicone vape band to go around your tank. These don’t offer the same protection as a steel casing, but do reduce the risk of cracks.

Don’t forget the mod either. Look for a mod with a tough construction and a rubber or rubber-like finish. For example, the Aspire Minican comes with a high grade, anti-dust rubber paint finish.

Innokin Adept Zlide kit on a desk

Dustproof, shockproof, waterproof

Going a little bit further, a small handful of mods are now starting to come with features that go beyond simply a robust construction. Of particular note are dust proof, shockproof and waterproof capabilities.

The Innokin Adept Zlide kit combines all these features with a hefty battery capacity of 3000 mAh, while the Smok Mag P3 is able to withstand water immersion of between 15 cm and 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.

But perhaps the most impressive piece of kit is the Geekvape Aegis L200, which is 30% tougher than other pod systems in Geekvape’s already legendary Aegis series (see end of this post for more details).

IP ratings

If you’re want to know how durable your vaping device is, it’s worth taking a look at its IP rating. Applied to all categories of electrical or mechanical devices, including vapes, IP (Ingress Protection) ratings refer to the level of protection a device offers against dust and water. The two-digit code on a device’s IP rating will show you how dustproof and waterproof it is.

Dustproof rating (1st digit): is expressed between 1 and 6 – with 1 meaning the device offers no special protection from dust and 6 meaning it is dustproof.

Waterproof rating (2nd digit): is expressed between 1 and 8 – with 1 meaning there is no special protection from water and 8 meaning the device can withstand complete, continuous water submersion.

For example, the Innoken Adept Zlide’s IP67 rating means it is dustproof and can withstand immersion in up to 1 metre of water for up to 90 minutes without being affected – making it a great outdoor vape for withstanding the elements.

An even tougher device to consider is the Geekvape Aegis L200 (featured below) which uses ‘Tri-Proof’ technology and goes one step further than IP67 – with a rating of IP68! This means it is not only dustproof and shockproof but can survive a water immersion depth of 1.5m for 30 minutes. 

Working temperature range

Another feature that makes the Aegis L200 a great outdoor device is its working temperature range of -20°C to 50 °C.

Being outdoors means you may experience extremes in both heat and cold. If you’re camping in the middle of the night where the temperature drops to freezing or vaping at the beach in the boiling midday sun you still want your vape to work without the extreme temperature affecting its performance. 

If you’re looking for a vape to use in extreme weather then the working temperature range is something to check.   

Grip

Out and about in the heat? Sweaty hands are not the best for holding a smooth metal device. Fortunately, many of the mods with robust, rubber like construction also have good grip. It’s also worth looking for a mod with a textured layer to further improve grip.

The Innokin Kroma-R mod and the Vaporesso Swag II are examples of devices which come with textured grips in order to improve grip.

Lanyard

I suspect many of the lanyards that seem to come with every vape mod today are rarely used. However, it is worth considering when you are hiking. When you are clambering over a style in a field, ascending a mountain or climbing up a ladder, it can be dead handy to keep your hands free! Of note here is the Innokin MVP5 which includes a lanyard and charger rolled into one.

Size

Of course, sometimes you might not want a large device for space reasons. If so, you might want to consider a pod system with a decent battery life. The Smok RPM40 is small and compact, and the 1500mAh battery ensures a decent battery life, especially when used with higher resistance coils.

White Smok RPM40 in hand

Vape glass

Unfortunately, tanks and vape kits are limited by legislation to 2ml, which ensures that heavy users waste time continually refilling their tanks. Vape glasses with additional capacity can be bought seperately, but if you do buy an extender, it’s probably a good idea to avoid bubble glass – they look great, but crack a lot more easily than regular vape glass. So if you do buy an extender, look for one which goes straight up rather than outwards!

Best Outdoor Vapes

MVP5 Survival Mod Kit

A superb option for outdoor vaping is the Innokin MVP5 kit. This comes with a huge battery capacity of 5200mAh which can last the average vaper several days. The device is robust and sturdy, and comes with a host of survival features which include an altimeter, thermometer, power bank functionality, a wrist strap and multiple flash light functions.

Innokin MPV devices pictured next to a lake.

When the device first landed on our desks, we thought Innokin might have forgotten about the basic function of a vape device (to provide a great vape) with all this added functionality. But it’s the quality of the vape as well as the battery life that rapidly made it one of our product manager’s favourite devices.

Geekvape Aegis L200

Geekvape Aegis L200

While the MVP5 is rich in features, the Geekvape Aegis L200 offers a simpler but ultra-tough device. The L200 is IP68 dustproof and waterproof, and 30% more shockproof than previous versions – which means that at the time of writing it is the toughest vape device currently available. 

It’s also able to operate at extremes of temperature – anything from -20° to 60° celsius, meaning that it will work well both in the desert and in the snow! With a power range of 5 – 200 watts, this is a great device for experienced vapers who enjoy larger clouds of vapour.

What’s your favourite device for outdoor vaping? Let us know in the comments!

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