The Evolution of Vaping

The Evolution of Vaping

Vaping in 2018 is more common than ever. The evolution of vaping has come a long way since its inception and the advancements in technology are huge. Let’s take a quick look at the evolution of vaping, into the e-cigarettes we know today.

The Evolution of Vaping


Through my research, it appears that the first iteration of vaping dates back as far as 1963. An inventor called Herbert A Gilbert created a “smokeless non-tobacco cigarette”. But it was never patented or brought to the mainstream.


Vaping as we know it today was patented in 2003 in China. Where a large portion of men smoked. It was created as an alternative nicotine delivery method for smokers due to the health hazards that traditional smoking brings with it.

My First Vape Experience

Back in 2010, a friend of mine had his first vape. I had been smoking on and off for around 18 months and was fascinated by this “digital” version of smoking. and was instantly taken by the array of delicious flavours on sale. This led to my first ever e-cig to be purchased. I started with a standard Ego pen.

The Evolution of VapingA very basic cartridge style vape that had a fixed voltage, fixed wattage and built-in coils.

Advancements in Coils and Power

For 4 years I saw manufacturers pushing the abilities of their products and bringing out lower resistance coils and higher powered mods. For the longest time, all stock coils were 1 Ohm or higher and anything below this was classified as “Sub Ohm” and was deemed to be the pinnacle of vaping technology and only for advanced Vapers who made their own coils.

Tanks were mouth to lung, as were many RDAs on the market. People were building mechanical mods to 0.9 Ohm and this was seen as being on the cusp of dangerous.

What changed?

At the end of 2014 a product that I deem to be the start of vaping as we know it now was announced. The Subtank was announced by Chinese brand “Kanger” and this was seen as a revolution and a game changer. The Subtank was the first 0.5-ohm stock coil that hit the market. This was seen as pushing the boundaries of electronics and was a huge hit on the vaping scene.

It featured larger airflow and organic cotton coils, that could keep up with the 30-40w that it claimed. This was unheard of as many devices maxed out at 15W and only the high-end DNA devices could push 30W!

Notable Advancements in Hardware

Over the next 4 years, the vaping world thrived and more manufacturers came out with innovative and unique ways to deliver your nicotine hit. Companies were popping up all over the world and throwing their hat into the ring. It would be impossible for me to mention every advancement, but below are a list of dates and products that I feel took things a step further in the evolution of vaping.

2014 – Evolv DNA 40 TC Chip – Not a mod specifically but the DNA 40 chip was groundbreaking in that it supported 40w of power and temp control! Although temp control didn’t really take off as well as VW, this was the chip that introduced the technology that was seen as a huge step in power and quality of vape.
2015 – Eleaf iStick 50w – This was the first compact and affordable 50w device I can remember. With a huge 4400mah battery, this was a cheap and powerful device that was a huge hit. Giving long battery life and the power to ramp up the new wave of sub ohm stock coils.
 2015 – Velocity RDA – This new post design RDA blew everyone away with its large airflow, large post holes and simple build deck. This design was groundbreaking and got many people into RDAs due to its ease and performance. This deck is still popular today and is seen in many different products
2015 – Wismec RX200 – This was the first triple battery 18650 mod that was mind-blowing to vapers. It could hit a whopping 200w out of the box (250 after a firmware update) and fired as low as 0.1 ohms safely. Everyone I knew had one of these mods and I still have mine to this day and it works well. Taking power levels to over 200W was insane when this was released!
2015 – Smok TFV4 – Before the TFV4, manufacturers were slowly dropping the stock coil resistance, but then Smok came along and blew everyone’s mind by releasing a 0.15ohm stock coil for a tank! This is the grandfather of the TFV range that we see today, such as the King, Prince and Beast.
2016 – Geekvape Griffin RTA – Although not revolutionary, this tank was a velocity deck styled RTA that was a doddle to build and wick. It had both adjustable airflow and juice flow control and delivered a superb vape. Geekvape went on to make the mini and 25 version of this tank.
2016 – 582 customs Goon RDA – The Goon RDA turned the velocity deck domination on its head. It introduced a clamp style deck that allowed for larger builds in RDA’s. This deck was adopted in other manufacturers designs too!

As I mentioned earlier, for me to list everything that was an advancement in vaping would be impossible. Every manufacturer claims something innovative and ground-breaking, but the truth is they were often small adaptations to the above trendsetters.

In the 8 years that I have been vaping, mods have gone from 12w to 320w+ and 1.8-ohm stock coils all the way down to 0.1 ohms. It is safe to say that boundaries have been pushed and needs have evolved!

Are there any breakthrough products that I have forgotten during the evolution of vaping? Put your suggestions in the comments below!

Mike Strong

I have been vaping for over 5 years and have been a keen hobbyist ever since starting. I moved into the review side of things after the success of my @mikethevaper Twitter page and have been striving to provide help and knowledge ever since.