Button Switches vs Breath Switches

When we refer to pod mods, there are basically two types of devices in terms of how they are operated. Breath-switch operated firing, and button operated firing. If you are new to vaping, you might be wondering which one is best. The nature of these devices might ultimately boil down to personal preference, but there are many reasons to prefer one type over another. This blog will go over the main differences between the two types and provide some pros and cons for each type of device.

Breath switches can be commonly referred to as auto-draw devices and are probably the more beginner-friendly of the two. The breath switch is a sensor designed to detect the presence of a change in air pressure. The purpose is to remove the possibility of user error commonly associated with buttons-such as when to press it, how long to hold it for or inadvertent button presses altogether. If you are new to vaping and you want a more familiar experience to remind you of a traditional cigarette, these might be for you.

A possible con to having a breath switch style device is a problem referred to as auto-firing. This is when juice has leaked into the breath switch itself causing it to malfunction and falsely detect that it is feeling changes in air pressure. When this happens, your device will continue to fire after you have stopped hitting it which is potentially dangerous. If the user doesn’t notice this happening the device can actually get so hot as to melt the plastic pod that is in it. To best prevent this from happening the user should perform regular maintenance to the device such as, but not limited to;

  • Keeping the coil replaced on a regular basis to prevent leaking.
  • Keeping the basin of the device dry and clear of any debris.
  • Keeping the pod out of the device when not in use for long periods of time (i.e. while asleep)
  • Keeping your device out of places that will have drastic temperature changes (i.e. in car)

Button operated devices rely solely on the user pressing a button to tell the device when to fire. This could take a day or two to get accustomed to and might require some caution, but it gives the user the choice of when to begin warming up the device and when to cut off the power altogether. Vaping devices without breath switches don’t tend to experience auto draw problems in general. Users must take special care not to let the button become held down inadvertently however, failure to do this can lead to burnt coils or even potential burning or fire hazards.

No vaping device is inherently fool-proof and knowing this is half the battle. Different people have different needs and desires. Consider what device best might suit you best. Premium Vapors offers both breath switch and button pod devices. Our staff is happy to offer advice and answer any questions you may have.