When getting into the vaping game, you’ll most likely run into a multitude of words that you don’t hear day to day like ‘coils,’ ‘e-liquid,’ and ‘atomizer’ but the strangest (and funniest) word related to vaping has to be ‘squonking.’
Squonking is what’s used to describe the act of pushing on a juice reservoir located inside a squonk mod.
As a recent addition to the range of vaping methods you can choose from, squonking is slowly but surely establishing itself as a fantastic all-in-one solution for vapers of any skill level. With a Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer (RDA) and more capacity than a tank, squonk kits blend flavor and convenience into a one-of-a-kind vaping experience.
If you’re an experienced vaper familiar with the use of RDAs, squonking can be a great step up; it allows you to keep the flavor and cloud production of an RDA while getting rid of the need to carry a juice bottle around all day.
If you’re new to vaping, squonking is still a fantastic way to go, although it may take a bit longer to get set up.
Whatever your skill level, by the end of this guide you’ll know:
- exactly what squonking is;
- how to squonk;
- what a squonk mod is; and
- whether or not squonking is the vape method for you.
What is Squonking?
Squonking is a vaping method that uses a vape mod called a squonk mod. A squonk mod contains a juice reservoir inside and has an opening or button that allows you to squeeze on that reservoir.
When you push on the reservoir (or ‘squonk’), juice will be pushed up through a little hose into a bottom-feed RDA, an RDA with a hollow 510 connection pin which allows juice to be squirted onto the cotton from underneath.
Similar to dripping because you can fully soak the cotton and coils, squonking gives you big, flavorful clouds while taking away the need to carry around a bottle of e-liquid. The juice reservoirs inside squonk mods generally start at around 7ml, making them bigger than your standard 5ml tank, and being made of rubber, they’re less likely to break (and leak) than your glass tanks.
If you’re starting out on squonking, it might take you some time to get comfortable with it. An RDA’s dry hits, and trying to avoid them, are going to be part of the experience.
You’ll need to become familiar with how much pressure you should use to squonk on your mod to make sure your coils are thoroughly soaked.
How to Squonk?
Before you can decide if squonking is for you, it might help to understand the device and method behind it. While there are plenty of great things about squonking, it’s important that you have a full picture before making a decision.
The Squonk Device
The main difference between your standard vape mod and a squonk mod is that the latter contains a juice reservoir inside the device, instead of on top. The mod will have either a cut-out section or a button/lever that allows you to press the reservoir, soaking the cotton of your RDA on top of the device.
Located next to your juice reservoir will be the battery housing, with most squonk mods only making use of a single battery.
Squonk mods are limited to using RDAs because of their ability to use bottom-feeding pins. These are pins that allow juice to be fed from underneath the atomizer, instead of on top.
When buying an RDA for your squonk mod, you’ll want to make sure that it comes with a bottom-feed 510 pin; otherwise, your juice will squirt through the hose and into your device (possibly causing damage).
Mechanical or Regulated?
Squonk mods come in two different setups: mechanical/unregulated or regulated.
Mechanical mods are devices without a chipset inside, which means nothing is monitoring the amount of power coming from the battery. While there are some advantages to this vaping style, it does have its fair share of dangers.
With an unregulated mod, the battery can vent, which can cause it to leak battery acid, smoke, or even explode, if you’re not careful.
If you’re new to vaping, you’ll definitely want to look for a regulated mod; this can help you get used to building coils and maintaining your device without the dangers of hurting yourself.
Moreover, before you go into mechanical/unregulated mods you’ll want to do some thorough research, especially on mechanical vapes and Ohm’s Law.
The Squonk Method
Setting up your squonk mod for use takes a bit longer than your usual stock coil devices. With a squonk mod, you’ll want to make sure that:
- Your coils are properly built, installed, and wick’d (threaded with cotton).
- Your battery is scratch or dent free, and is installed correctly.
- Your juice reservoir contains enough juice to be pushed into your RDA.
Once all these are in place, you’re ready to start squonking—and doing so is surprisingly simple. Here’s how.
- Holding your squonk mod in your hand, press the juice reservoir (through the device’s cut-out or button) gently but firmly; this will squeeze your juice up and out of the reservoir into the little hose.
- The juice will be pushed through the hose into your bottom-fed RDA, soaking the coils and filling the juice well (area beneath the coils).
- When the cotton is soaked to your liking, let go of the pressure on the juice reservoir. This will create a small vacuum, sucking any excess juice back into the reservoir.
Now you’re squonking! Pretty simple, right?
While squonking, you may want to look out for something called ‘over-squonking’. Over-squonking is when too much e-liquid gets pushed into the RDA, causing it to flood and possibly leak.
If any juice leaks into your device, it can cause permanent damage and, if you have a mechanical mod, it can cause your battery to vent.
Is Squonking for Me?
Deciding to start squonking can be a tough decision as there are a lot of factors to look at. Here we’ll go through some pros and cons to help you decide whether squonking is the right vaping method for you.
- Great all-in-one option – blends the flavor of a dripper and convenience of a tank.
- Rebuildable atomizer – allows you to find the flavor and cloud production you enjoy.
- Big juice reservoirs – means that you don’t have to lug around a bottle of e-juice.
- Fewer components that could break – gives you peace of mind and a little more freedom.
- Over-squonking – juice can leak everywhere (and I mean everywhere) if you’re not careful.
- Unregulated mods – most squonks are unregulated which can be a danger to new vapers.
- Single battery – means instead of juice, you may be carrying around a spare, charged battery.
Squonking is a great way to vape, offering you a lot of freedom and a lot of flavor—but it’s not for everyone.
If you’re an avid vaper, you might find the single battery limiting or the need to rebuild and re-wick coils tedious. However, the ability to customize your coils, hold a lot of juice, and produce dense, flavorful clouds makes squonking a vaping method well worth considering.