How to French Inhale Vape

While newbies are learning how to vape, experienced vapers are trying out tricks for a more fun vaping time.

The French Inhale, also known as the Irish Waterfall, is a trick frequently performed by both vapers and smokers alike. It’s very simple, essentially just opening your mouth so the vapor pours out, and inhaling through your nose so it goes up into your nostrils. 

It looks really cool and isn’t too difficult to pull off, so it’s definitely worth learning if you want to impress your friends. There’s only really one method for it and it isn’t too complicated; it just takes a bit of practice. 

In addition to this method, there are a few changes and preferences regarding your actual vape that can make French Inhaling a lot easier.

System Adjustments for French Inhaling

Besides the actual technique, you can make it a lot easier for yourself by playing around with your vape.

Use an MTL system

There are two types of vape systems available: mouth-to-lung (MTL) and direct-to-lung (DTL). 

Mouth-to-lung is the best for the French Inhale as it creates massive clouds of vapor. That makes the whole process a lot easier because there’s a lot more room for excess vapor to not be inhaled without failing the move. 

Mouth-to-lung is a general preference too, as you can inhale direct-to-lung with it if you so wish, but you can’t do it the other way round.

Operate at a high wattage

The thing that helps the most is having a lot of clouds created, and there’s no better way to do that than by having a device that operates at a high wattage. This forces more liquid through the atomizer and gives you a higher chance to successfully do the French Inhale.

Use a low mg juice

Higher mg juices are harsher on your throat due to the increased nicotine in them, so I wouldn’t go above 6mg.

French Inhale Step-by-Step Guide

1. Inhale properly

To begin, you’ll need to inhale just the right amount. If you don’t inhale enough, you won’t be able to do the trick properly, as you won’t be able to create enough force for it to be visible and it will just dissipate around you.

You might be thinking that you want to take the biggest inhale you can—again, wrong. If you inhale too much, you won’t be able to inhale through your nose after, as your lungs will be full.

I recommend inhaling around half of your maximum capacity. If this is enough, then perfect, but you might have to play around with it. 

The goal is to do the longest French Inhale possible, so you’ll need to use a lot of space for your nose to breathe with but you also don’t want an underwhelming first inhale. Work out what’s best for you.

2. Position your tongue

Once you’ve got the vapor in your mouth, move your tongue to the back of your mouth and make it as wide as possible. This helps to get an even flow when you exhale and also prevents any of the vapor from going down your throat.

It’s not as important, but when your tongue’s wide, it makes the vapor come out of your nose a lot wider too, and this looks more impressive. It’s harder to do because not everyone remembers to use their tongue in this, so I think it’s worth practicing until it becomes second nature.

3. Position your lips

This one isn’t essential, but I think it makes a massive difference to my French Inhale, although not everyone does it.

As you open your mouth, push your bottom lip out a little bit. This greatly helps the vapor fall out, almost as if the bottom of your mouth is like a slide for it.

Like I said—not everyone swears by it, so it’s up to you. Some people don’t like it because they think it makes you look a bit stupid while performing the trick, and others simply don’t know about it. 

You do you, but I highly recommend it.

4. Open your mouth and breathe in

The next step is the fun part and the real reason you’re doing all of this. 

Start inhaling through your nose, then open your mouth very shortly after. The vapor will pour out of your mouth like a waterfall, but will then be sucked up into your nose.

There’s a crucial step here—don’t be tempted to exhale. 

If you do, the vapor will come out of your nose and the trick will be ruined. Plus, it will come out of your mouth simply by it being open, so you have nothing to worry about.

5. End the trick

Once you’ve done all the above, it’s your choice where to go next. Some like to breathe in as much as they can, while others like to simply exhale. 

My personal preference is to blow an O. It’s the most common vape trick and it’s very easy, too. 

Once you’ve inhaled through your nose and your mouth’s empty, form an O shape with your mouth and push the vapor out with your tongue. It should follow the shape of your mouth. 

It’s not essential, but it’s a nice finale and makes you look even more like a pro.

Final Thoughts

This is a good beginner move and once you’ve mastered it, you’ll be able to go on to the more advanced tricks. You’ll probably cough a lot of times at first, but that’s pretty normal when trying to learn this trick.

I like this one as it looks a lot harder than it is, and some people’s bodies just won’t let them do it for some reason. 

You can do it with other forms of smoke and vapor too, but I recommend sticking to vape for obvious health reasons. Once you’ve worked out how to customize your ending, it’s time to show off, maybe switching it up every so often.