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January 2016

The e-juice

eliquid, ejuice,

The e-juice/e-liquid or juice as some of use like to call it is probably the most important element of your vaping device. The e-juice is the liquid we put in our atomizers (RDAs/RTAs), this gets heated up by the coil(s) inside the atomizer and turned into an aerosol or commonly called vapor.

E-juice usually is composed of the following ingredients: Propylene Glycol or PG, Vegetable Glycerine or VG, Nicotine (optional), and Flavoring.

Propylene Glycol or PG how most of us like to call it. This is an organic compound, it is viscous and colourless, nearly odourless but  has a faintly sweet taste.  PG has been found to be generally safe and is widely used in consumer products, food, pharmaceuticals, etc. PG can is also used in some food processing techniques and this is labelled as the E number E1520Propylene Glycol is the pharmaceutical industry in asthma inhalers and nebulizers. Do not confuse Propylene Glycol with Ethylene glycol, Ethylene glycol is commonly used as a coolant and heat transfer agent. Ethylene glycol is TOXIC so do not confuse this with Propylene Glycol.

In vaping PG is the compound that gives us the “throat hit” sensation, PG is also used to carry the flavoring of our e-juice due to its bonding properties.

Vegetable Glycerine or VG, is a sugar alcohol compound widely used in pharmaceutical formulations. Sugar alcohol has nothing to do with sugar or alcohol, contrary to what the name may suggest. Sugar alcohol is not an alcoholic beverage or a sugar. Sugar alcohol are white water-soluble solids that can occur naturally or can be produced artificially from sugars.

This compound usually has applications in the food products, pharmaceutical and personal care products.  VG will give less throat hit however it will produce more vapor. VG is a viscous liquid, it is colorless and odorless.

Some people might have allergic reactions to PG however so far there have been none reported for VG. If you know you are allergic to any of the compounds than do not vape before asking your practitioner. On the market you will also find PG-free liquids if you notice that you don’t get along great with liquids that do contain PG.

Flavoring 

In vaping, the flavorings are usually food grade flavorings. Flavorings are useful since they enhance the vaping experience and are often a key element in helping people quit regular cigars. If you don’t like the taste or feel of something it very likely that you will not want to use or try that. Most known e-liquid companies in the business use food grade flavorings that are approved by the US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP). Before vaping on an e-juice always check the ingredients to ensure there are NO compounds like diacetyl or other harmful chemicals.

Some companies may choose to only list the 4 key ingredients: PG, VG, Nicotine and Flavorings. If you are unsure on what the flavoring contains ask before vaping on that particular e-juice. Some manufactures will include the full list of ingredients for the flavoring.

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Joyetech eVic VT Review

Today I will be reviewing a device that has been on the market for a bit of time however after using this for fair amount of time I decided to do a review and share my thoughts with you in case you are thinking of grabbing one for yourself 😉

Joyetech eVic VT with Zephyrus tanks Joyetech eVic VT bottom view Joyetech eVic VT top view 510 pin Joyetech eVic VT side view (usb port) Joyetech eVic VT front view, no tank Joyetech eVic VT front view, no tank

 

The look and feel

When I first opened the box I have found a sleek looking device. I liked the sports car paint on it with the double stripes and I can say for certain that after a lot of usage and abuse the paint on this device is still in good condition.  The only part I seen catch a few scratches is top part near the 510 connector. The size of the device is 47/25.5/85.6 mm, to me the size is just about right, it sits very nicely in the hand, you don’t feel the weight of the device although if you are coming from smaller devices then you might feel this device is a bit heavy.  The fire button on this device feels nice and clicky, its of a decent size and it sits near the top of the display. You can easily reach it without even looking at the device since it is not flushed, you can fire it easily with the pointer finger or thumb. I am not a particular fan of the adjustment rocker, it is easy to use however sometimes it tends to get stuck (probably due to e-juice getting in there). I usually clean the adjustment rocker with a paper towel and after that it works perfectly. The other drawback I found regarding the adjustment rocker would be the fact that locking settings or putting the device in stealth mode is a bit more difficult compared to regular adjustment buttons. Both the fire button and adjustment rocker are all chrome. I am not a huge fan of the 510 connector on this mod, in particular because it is non-adjustable however I have used this mod with a variety of atomizers (RDAs&RTAs) and had no issues.

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Vaping a growing trend

At first when I was introduced to vaping my first thoughts were this is too good to be true. After doing a lot of research and reading over studies and articles I wasn’t able to say for certain that the long time effects of vaping are either bad or good. In a way let’s be honest, if we would be vaping on shady e-liquids or using box mods that don’t come from a well known source we are taking a few more risks on board. If we play it safe and use are judgement, common sense and the resources we have available I am certain we can minimize a lot of the potential hazards.

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Vape Wishlist

First off lets start with a wishlist, I’ve put together a wishlist which I will be updating on an ongoing basis as newer mods and atomizers will appear on the market that are worth trying. This wishlist contains products that I will like to have in the future and this is strictly my opinion. Depending on you vaping style these might not be suitable or recommended for you.

Box Mods:

Advanced box mods (high-end)

  1. Wismec Reuleaux DNA 200 –  I particularly like this mod because it is the first one with 3 replaceable 18650 batteries, battery life is excellent and the Evolv DNA chip is top-notch. The DNA200 chip allows users to customize their vaping experience at a very detailed level(including custom screen templates 🙂 )  but at the same time offering the wattage needed for those power thirsty attys.
  2. Lavabox DNA 200 – This would be second on my list primarily due to its small lipo battery. This also features the DNA200 chip from Evolv so you have all the advanced options to customize your vape. Build quality is top-notch and to be honest I like the shape and design more than the Wismec Reuleaux however if this would be you only mod, you might have some issues with battery life if you are vaping at higher wattage’s. Although it has a built-in lipo battery this us user serviceable. You can easily remove the battery when it is no longer performing as expected and replace it with a new one.

Affordable box mods:

  1. Joyetech Cuboid – good looking mod and packed with features, has 2 replaceable 18650 batteries and 150W of power. If you upgrade your mod to the latest version you will be able to take advantage of 200W of power with some restrictions. What I really like about the mod is the way it looks and the fact that it has the joyetech chip. The mod is very easy to use, especially if you are coming from an evic VT or evic VTC mini. Battery life is also a big plus.
  2. Joyetech VTC mini – a compact box mod with a replaceable 18650 battery featuring custom TCR settings for improving the accuracy of your temperature control function depending on the type of wire you are using for your custom builds. This mod also has a bypass mode which will allow you to use it like a mechanical mod.

 

Atomizers:

RTA’s

  1. Griffin from Geekvape – great vapor production and taste, nice big deck for easy coil builds.
  2. TFV4 Mini from SMOK – great all around tank with an rba deck for you custom builds
  3. OBS Crius – similar to the griffin in terms of vapor production and taste but with a few drawbacks.

RDA’s:

  1. Velocity from Avid Vaper
  2. Sapor
  3. Alliance v2 

 

Must read vape articles

Before starting into vaping, I wanted to do a bit of research to understand how safe and how would vaping compare to regular cigars. My honest opinion would be that if you have never smoked then DO NOT START VAPING, however if you are an ex-smoker than I would definitely have a look over these articles and give vaping a try:

Ecigs Inconvenient truth

E-cigarettes around 95% less harmful than regular tobacco

Public Health England – E-cigarettes safer than smoking

Behind the Vapor

I will be updating the list on an ongoing basis with articles I find interesting and that are from a reliable and trustworthy source.

If you are interested in having a look over ecig studies that have been done over the past year(s), below you will have a list with links:

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Back to the basics (Quick Guide)

Introduction

Making the switch – You decided to make the switch after seeing friends or acquaintances vape. At first this may seem easy, but trust me the market is full of products that may or may not give you what you are looking for in an alternative to regular cigars. Overall if you would want to try all of these out for most us this would really put a big dent in our budget. I will try to explain as briefly and as simple as possible what has worked for me. Now we are all different so what I favor may not suit your needs. Before investing any money in this I would highly recommend you visit a vape shop to try a couple of devices and tanks before making the jump in this world. The internet will help you but it is also confusing, that is why having the real experience with a vape device will help you more than doing research on the internet.

What is a vape or ecig mod/device?

Usually vape mods or ecig devices are comprised of the following components:

  • Battery or box
  • Atomizers
  • E-Juice

Batteries or box mods come in different size and shape. You can have devices with built-in batteries or devices with removable 18650 batteries. Now vaping has advanced a lot lately and you can find all sorts of devices, I will not go over the entire list but will mention  these 2 big categories:

  • mechanical mods (usually they are comprised of a battery and switch, no fancy chips or electronics here). I would not recommend these to people who will want to start vaping as these do not offer any safety features.
  • electronic mods  (these do contain electronic chips in them and most of them have safety features built-in e.g. short circuit protection, low atomizer, battery reverse polarity)

Electronic mods, as I said these come in different shapes and sizes. Some of them have built in batteries or removable batteries – their capacity varies from product to product. This is an important aspect to take into consideration when vaping, if you are a heavy vaper than you will need something mods with a bigger battery capacity. The nice thing with electronic mods is the fact that most of these come packed with features,  most of them have these features included:

  • variable wattage control (allows you to adjust the wattage or power)
  • variable temperature control (allows you to adjust the temperature of you vape)

Variable wattage, now depending on the type of coil you are using you can use one of the above options (either variable wattage or variable temperature). In some setups you will have to bear in mind that variable wattage is strictly a major NO NO (if your coils are temperature sensing Nickel coils). Most mods will allow you to chose different settings depending on the type(material) of the coils used in your atomizers.

Variable temperature, this feature allows you to adjust the temperature of you vape on a given range (eg. 100-315℃/ 200-600°F). As soon as your coil hits the temperature you have set, the device will enter in temperature protection mode. For this feature to work properly, you will have to lock your coil resistance on you device. Most devices have this feature available, you will want to lock your coil resistance at room temperature. Coil resistance lock helps the device to deliver you consistent vapes at the temperature you selected (cooler vapes or hotter depending on your licking)

I this article I will not be covering mechanical mods.

Atomizers, same as with batteries these come in different shapes and sizes. But for now I will be covering these 2 main categories:

  • RDA’s (Rebuildable dripper atomizers)
  • RTA’s (Rebuildable tank atomizers)

RTA’s (Rebuildable tank atomizers), these usually comprise of the following:

  • Base, this will be screwed onto your tank and will also hold the mount for you coils.
  • Tank, this is where you e-liquid is stored
  • Chimney
  • A drip tip (mouthpiece)

Some RTA’s will also offer you the option to use a rebuildable deck so instead of using premade coil heads you will have the option of building your own coils.

RDA’s (Rebuildable dripper atomizers), these are similar to RTA’s however they do not usually have a tank, chimney or prebuilt coil heads. For these you will have to build your own coils (recommended for advanced users). RDA’s have liquid wells from where the cotton feeds liquid to the coil and makes the necessary vapor. Since there is no tank you will have to drip e-liquid onto the coils and wick(cotton) when the coil and wick starts to get dry.

For both RDA’s and RTA’s there a lot of variations, as I said these come in different shapes and sizes and obviously I haven’t tried them all 🙂 The above info is just what I have picked up during my journey into vaping. If you feel you will like to know more on any of these particular bits please feel free to contact me and I will try to help you out with what I know.

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