Almost all vape mods have a few advanced vaping modes available such as temperature control modes, variable wattage, curve modes, bypass modes, manual voltage modes, pulse modes, and smart options.
The best option for you is based on the kind of tank or coil you plan to use.
Temperature Control (TC) and Custom Wattage (CW) modes are fairly standard options available in the vaping industry. They work well for both sub-ohm vape tanks and stainless steel coils.
Pulse and bypass options are great for consistent power supply, while smart options work best for experienced vapers using rebuildable coils.
Changing your vaping mode can change everything in your device, from its vapor output to the flavor of your smoke.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with the settings to find the sweet spot for you, your liquid, and your mod.
Here are some of the available options and how they’re used in advanced vaping.
10 Advanced Vaping Modes
Temperature Control Mode
Temperature Control, or TC vaping, sets a maximum temperature for the coil to reach. Your vape mod then adjusts to keep the coil from heating beyond that point.
Temperature control vaping aims to deliver consistent performance and alleviate the temperature spikes that normally occur in your coil.
It’s great for avoiding dry hits even when there’s no juice in the tank. In addition, it likely won’t burn your cotton or overcook the e-liquid in the vape tank.
The resistance in your atomizer coil changes as the temperature fluctuates. Temperature control is based on these changes and then adjusts the wattage of your device to keep your coil at a steady temperature.
These adjustments not only give you a better experience but can improve coil life, especially in a TC coil.
Most modern devices have this advanced vaping mode, and most coils are rated for temperature control.
Make sure to check that your vape mod covers the type of temperature control coil you are using, such as nickel, titanium, and stainless steel coils.
TC modes come standard on most mods and work well with tanks that use replaceable coils.
TCR stands for temperature coefficient of resistance and is an advanced TC setting that controls how much your mod responds to the resistance changes of your coil as it heats up.
Most vape mods have automatic settings for this, but some can be adjusted by the user.
Different metals, or grades of metal resistance range, change at different rates.
For example, a kanthal coil essentially doesn’t change resistance, while a higher grade of nickel coil may change less than a lower grade coil.
Adjustable TCR vape modes let you adjust your vaping device when you’re trying more unique or different coils than normal.
If you get a response you don’t expect, you can adjust the temperature control range to improve the experience.
Variable Wattage Mode
Variable wattage modes are a wattage curve mode changing the wattage of your vaping mod throughout your draw while keeping it within safe operating limits.
Vaping devices have preset options available, but you can also set many of them yourself.
A custom wattage curve could look like this. Your device begins at 60W when you push the fire button and works its way down to 40W in increments of 5W every 0.5 seconds.
These kinds of custom power curves are great for dual battery mods, and a variable wattage mod can extend the life of your mod.
Remember, different metals have different resistance levels. Nickel, titanium, and stainless steel all react and change range differently, so be sure your mod is rated for the specific coil metal you plan on using.
Along with a wattage curve mode, your mod may have the ability to store preset wattages.
Another advanced vaping mode, sometimes called memory mode, presets wattage and is great when using the same mod for multiple tanks.
For example, you might use the same mod with a sub-ohm tank, a mouth-to-lung tank, and a rebuildable coil unit.
This mod lets you store and quickly change wattage for different vaping modes.
The voltage output of your battery is the power applied from the battery to your tank or atomizer.
Variable voltage mode is a manual mode applying the same amount of power regardless of resistance or coil age.
Unlike wattage modes that adjust based on resistance, you will need to manually change your mod’s voltage settings in this vape mode to fine-tune the experience.
Most disposable or inhale-to-fire e-cigarettes work based on this setting, but more customizable mods also have this option.
Be careful when using this vape mode on higher-watt machines.
Since resistances can change over time and through wear, keep an eye out for changes in your device’s output and adjust your voltage as necessary to avoid battery shorts.
Combining a variable wattage mode and a temperature control mode, a curve mode allows the user to set preferred wattages and power outputs.
These custom wattage curves are custom power curves, varying the vape mod wattage over time.
Custom power curves have an advantage over mechanical mods because they control both TC mode and variable wattage at once.
You keep your coil under your predetermined temperature limit as in TC mode, but can also round out the wattage gradually for a smoother experience.
Bypass mode is a simple, advanced feature that bypasses the variable wattage feature of your vape mod.
It forces the mod to perform like a basic mechanical mod, outputting power based on your remaining battery life and coil.
At full charge, your mod hits at higher power, while at lower charges, it hits at a lower power.
In bypass mode, your vape mods should bypass all of the advanced vaping modes your device has, forcing it to act like a mechanical mod, simple push-to-fire, or dire-on-inhale device.
The good news is that bypass mode doesn’t bypass your mod’s safety features. It will still limit itself based on the mod’s wattage limit or power output limiter.
Pulse mode is a vape mode offering a more consistent and powerful draw. When you hold down the fire button, it pulses the power output of the vape mod.
Typically, pulses are too quick for you to detect, around every 0.2 seconds, resulting in more consistent output.
Unlike a consistent power supply, pulses give the coil and your mod time to adjust the power and temperature of the coil.
Using a pulse mode allows for TC vaping without actually having the temperature control mode turned on. It’s similar to a variable model, but this vape mode isn’t mapped out in advance by the user.
Smart mode vaping modes detect your tank automatically and adjust your device’s settings based on the kind of tank and heating element you’re using.
This is especially helpful when you attach a TC coil or try a new one. The smart mode can also adjust the power curve of your device, selecting the appropriate wattage for your coil.
Of course, you can manually adjust your wattage, however, the automatic adjustment helps protect new or uninformed users whenever a new coil or tank is attached to your device.
High-end devices with smart features don’t just react to your tank or coil. They can also react to the user, adjusting based on average draw time and frequency of usage.
If you hit your vape often or frequently over a short time period of time, this mode can help avoid burned coils, especially in rebuildable mods.
Super Player Mode
Super player mode allows for a wider operating resistance range for your mod. This can be especially helpful for users who prefer rebuildable mods or extreme sub-ohm vaping.
This vaping mode is offered in devices with an Omni Board 4.0 from Vaporesso.
Vaping on the low end of resistance can cause your batteries to operate outside of their safety ranges, so be sure to take extra caution when running on the lower end of the spectrum.
While it isn’t a do-it-yourself mode, the DIY mode is a combination of almost all of the advanced vaping modes mentioned.
Combining TC mode, VW mode, smart mode, and features from super player mode, this advanced vaping mode adds the ability to adjust hit strength and smart options.
DIY mode is one of the best options new vapers have for getting a good experience without over-experimenting and is helpful when trying out a new tank or vaping style.
Most of the advanced vaping modes we’ve covered provide a better vaping experience, and in many cases, work automatically without user input.
Connoisseurs can use a different vape mode to fine-tune their device without worrying about falling outside of safe ranges.
In the end, advanced vaping modes aren’t as complicated or confusing as they may seem, functioning by adjusting one or more settings on your device.
For new vapers, don’t get too caught up on the settings that are available. Focus on learning how different coils work with your power supply.
For more experienced vapers, you should now have a better idea of what advanced vaping modes do and which ones will work best for your style.