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Vladdin RE vs. SX Mini Mi Class | Compare and Contrast

The Vladdin RE is a pen style vape device that uses refillable pods and has a built in 350mAh battery. The Vladdin RE uses pods with a ceramic coil and a 1.5ml capacity. Depending on usage the average life expectancy of a pod is around one week. The pod is designed for use with nic salts but can be used with 50PG/50VG juices of your choice. The pods for the Vladdin RE can be refilled by removing the black mouthpiece from the pod. Once the mouthpiece is removed the rubber seal underneath will need to be removed as well. There are two large juice fill ports underneath the rubber seal that make filling the pods for the Vladdin RE easy. Pods for the Vladdin RE connect to the battery via a magnetic connection.

The Vladdin RE is perfect for vapers looking for a device that provides a tight mouth to lung draw. The draw of the Vladdin RE is very comparable to a cigarette and provides plenty of throat hit. This would be a great device for transitional smokers. The Vladdin RE does not use a button to fire the device and has no need for power adjustments. The Vladdin RE operates using an auto draw system. Battery life varies depending on the amount of usage. With heavy usage the battery will typically last up to four hours. The Vladdin RE Charges quickly via USB port. Average charging time for the Vladdin RE is approximately 45 minutes.

SX Mini Mi Class

The SX Mini Mi Class is a portable pen style vape device that uses refillable pods and has a 400mAh built in battery. The SX Mini Mi Class uses pods with a ceramic 1.0Ω coil and has a 1.5ml capacity. Depending on usage the average life of the pod is an average of one week. The pods for the SX Mini Mi Class can be used with nic salts and regular juice with a 50/50 blend. The pods for the SX Mini Mi class can be refilled by unscrewing the drip tip connected to the pod. Underneath the drip tip are two large juice fill ports. The device is easy to fill and the dual fill ports eliminate vapor lock when filling.

The SX Mini Mi Class is a mouth to lung device. This device is perfect for vapers who want a tight draw. The flavor and vapor production of the device are excellent but not as much as a direct to lung sub-ohm device. Higher levels of nicotine are recommended when using this device. The SX Mini is operated with a single button. The button needs to be pressed to fire the device and produce vapor. The SX Mini Mi is also equipped with an OLED screen that has a battery life indicator, voltage read outs and a puff counter. The brightness levels of the screen can also be customized.

Vapers looking for a device that is compact and portable while still being stylish are going to love the SX Mini Mi Class. The design of the device is elegant and the installation and removal of the pod system is unique. The YiHi name is also well know for manufacturing great chipsets. This device is for someone more vape savvy that needs a pod style device.

Vladdin RE Package Contents:

  • 1 X Vladdin Device
  • 1 X Vladdin RE Replacement Pod (Refillable)
  • 1 X USB Charging Cable
  • 1 X Instruction Manual

SX Mini Mi Class Package Includes:

  • 1 X Mi Class Device
  • 1 X SX Mini Mi Class Replacement Pod
  • 1 X Warranty Card
  • 1 X USB Cable
  • 1 X User Manual

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Vaping is Safer Than Cigarettes Says Long-term Study

In general, the UK seems to be leaps and bounds ahead of the United States in their acceptance of vaping as a method for quitting cigarettes. This is seriously benefitting their public health outlook, while the U.S. is taking time to warm up to idea of making the switch. The number of smokers in the UK fell from 20.1 percent to 17.2 percent and this is attributed to the popularity of e-cigarettes. Public Health England touts vaping as a healthier alternative to combustible smoking. They say that it “may be 95% safer than smoking tobacco.” Because they generally accept that vaping is safer, they don’t have the misconception that the U.S. does. Americans believe that vaping is just has harmful, if not more harmful, than traditional smoking.

65 percent of Americans believe vaping is harmful. But a new study released by Cancer Research UK, seriously discredits those beliefs. Cancer Research UK conducted a long term study which is the first of its kind. This study analyzed the effects of vaping “by looking at long-term human body-level exposure.” The study concluded that vaping is safer than smoking combustible cigarettes. Scientists looked at five groups. They were traditional smokers, former smokers who now vape, former smokers on NRTs, and current smokers who also vape. The last group may also use NRTs.

Cancer Research UK found that the NRT only and vaping only group had “significantly lower levels of carcinogens than combustible cigarette-only, smokers of both cigarettes and e-cigs, and smokers of cigarettes who are also NRT users.”

Scientists Conclude Vaping is Safer

The majority of traditional smokers die due to cancer and high levels of a chemical called NNAL causes cancer. Ex-smokers who now vape had levels of NNAL 99.7 percent lower than traditional smokers. Seemingly, this long-term study, the first of its kind, conclusively proves that vaping IS safer than cigarettes.

Lion Shahab, one of the scientists working on the study is quoted as saying:

“The take-home message for smokers and e-cigarette users is that using e-cigarettes long-term is likely to carry substantial health benefits. This is certainly in relation to cancer risk, compared with continued smoking. E-cigarettes are certainly safer than combustible cigarettes.”

So, if you are a member of the vaping community, you can sleep a little easier at night knowing that a long-term study has revealed very promising results!

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Spearmint E-Juice | The Vape Juice, The Myth, The Legend

For our flavor spotlight this week, we are going over one of our favorite menthol flavors, Spearmint E-Juice! Spearmint E-Juice is classically cool with a sweet flavor, perfect for the summertime and for those that like a sweet, menthol flavor. Here is the product description: We could’ve been overzealous and named our cool, minty vape– garden mint, common mint, lamb mint or even mackerel mint, but we decided to stick with Spearmint.   

It is a simple flavor, but with a fascinating history. Let’s go over the history of Spearmint E-Juice!

Spearmint History

Spearmint, whose scientific name is Mentha spicata, was brought to Europe by the Romans. It is native to the Mediterranean and common names for this mint include lamb’s mint, garden mint, Our Lady’s mint, and sage of Bethlehem. The Lamiaceae, or mint, family is very extensive with over 30 species (spearmint being one). However, only those of the Mentha genus are referred to as “true mints”. Mints are able to cross breed very easily, which create hundreds upon hundreds of hybrids. When Europeans brought the plant over to North America, it thrived and naturalized throughout the continent.

In Chinese medicine, Spearmint is used for sore throats, the flu, inflammation, head colds, headaches, gas, and digestive issues. According to the Chinese, when Qi (or life force), becomes stagnating in the liver, the use of Spearmint can clear it.

The name “mint” actually derives from ancient Greek and Roman Mythology. The goddess Persephone was jealous of Pluto’s love for the nymph Minthe. Persephone transformed her into an herb. Because Pluto could not change her back, he made sure her scent would always be smelled throughout gardens. Pliny the Elder suggested that students use mint to stimulate their minds for studies, whereas Aristotle forbade soldiers from smelling mint before battle because he though it may make them cowardly. Spearmint has been used for centuries to repel rodents. Mints were also used as teas during the American Revolution because English tea was so heavily taxed.

So there you have it, Spearmint has a rich and interesting history which contributes to the allure of Spearmint E-Juice. Let’s take a look at some of Spearmint E-Juice reviews:

Spearmint E-Juice Reviews

SCOTT C.

Nothing taste as real as Spearment. My favorite flavor by far.

Lisa S.

Used to smoke newport cigs. This has a refreshing spearmint taste with no harsh aftertaste.

BRIAN D.

Love this juice, tastes exactly like Wrigley’s Doublemint gum. Amazing!

Lost Vape Orion Q |Versatile Pod Style

The Lost Vape Orion Q Mod is a pod style device. It uses 1.0Ω Kanthal pods with a 2ml juice capacity, however the pods are sold separately. It has an adjustable Airflow Control ring built into the pod. It has a large fill port with screwable cap. The battery is built-in and rechargeable via USB (950mAh). It is constructed with Zinc Alloy and ts panels are made of carbon fiber. It emits 17 W of power. It can be used as a restricted direct to lung or mouth to lung device because of the adjustable airflow.

The Lost Vape Orion Q is a follow up to the Lost Vape Orion. The Lost Vape Orion included a DNA Go Chip and fired up to 40W. The Lost Vape Orion also featured a replay function and wattage adjustments. The Lost Vape Orion Q does not have these features.

This device has great battery life and is very compact. Typically with heavy use I can get almost a full day out of the battery. The flavor of the pods is also really good. On average I get about a week out of a pod before it starts to taste burnt.

Lost Vape Orion Q Mod Features

  • Dimensions: 93mm by 37mm by 13.5mm
  • Internal 950mAh Rechargeable Battery
  • Proprietary Onboard Chipset
  • Maximum Wattage Output: 17W
  • Zinc Alloy Construction
  • LED Battery Life Indicator
  • Single Button Operation
  • 2mL Refillable Pod Cartridge Design
  • 1.0ohm KTR Orion Pod – Kanthal
  • Built-In Delrin Drip Tip
  • Dual Adjustable Airflow
  • Threaded Top-Fill Design
  • MicroUSB Charging
  • Short-Circuit Protection
  • Weak Battery Protection
  • Temperature Protection
  • Low/High Resistance Protection

Package Includes

  • 1 X Orion Q Mod
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Instruction Manual

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Grant Gustin, star of The Flash, Vapes on a Plane, Sets Off Alarm

We don’t need to remind you not to vape on airplanes. It is illegal and can get you in a lot of trouble. There are certain rules to follow when traveling with your vape supplies, and vaping in the airplane bathroom is definitely not allowed.

Apparently Grant Gustin, star of The Flash, didn’t get the memo. On a Compass Airlines flight from LA to Vancouver, he set off the smoke detector with a cloud of vapor. Apparently, his clouds were bad enough that flight attendants put oxygen masks on. The vapor made its way up to the cockpit, and even the pilots were quite concerned.

Grant Gustin was let off with a warning and the plane wasn’t delayed and was not forced to land, even though there was a lot of worry over the incident. Grant Gustin had no comment, nor did The CW (the network The Flash airs on).

This serves as a warning to vapers everywhere — incidents like this make us all look bad. Here is a recap of what to do with your vape when traveling: “battery-powered e-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person),” according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). 

You may also like this article which fully details traveling with a vape and vape juice.

SnowWolf MFENG | Durable and Stylish

The SnowWolf MFENG is a 200W TC Box Mod. It’s a dual 18650 battery device which could put out up to 200W of power. The SnowWolf MFENG is made of a durable zinc alloy construction and has a 510 connector. It supports Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel wire for coils and coil building. The SnowWolf MFENG temperature range is 100 degrees C – 300 degrees C. It has power settings of Soft, Normal and Hard settings. You can also update its settings via USB cable.

The SnowWolf MFENG has a great full temp control suite. It has easy to navigate manu controls. The quick firing time is enhanced by an included pre-heat function. The design of the SnowWolf MFENG has an beautiful and stylish design. The firing button is large and very responsive — make sure to lock it! It has a centered, large 510 connection which is perfect for large atomizers. The mod itself is sturdy and well-designed. It doesn’t chip or get damaged when dropped.

Check out the full features of the SnowWolf MFENG below:

  • Dimensions – 91.5mm by 49mm by 30mm
  • Colorful 1.3 Inch Screen
  • Dual 18650 Battery Platform (Batteries Sold Separately)
  • Durable Zinc Alloy Construction
  • Centered 510 Connection
  • Wattage Range: 10-200W
  • Voltage Output Range: 1-7.5V
  • Resistance Range of 0.05Ω-3.0Ω
  • Supports Nickel, Titanium and Stainless Steel Wire
  • Temperature Range of 100°C-300°C / 200°F-570°F
  • TCR Adjustments
  • Soft, Normal and Hard Power Settings
  • Preheat Functionality
  • Large Side Firing Button
  • Magnetic Battery Door Panel
  • Charging and Firmware Updates Via Micro USB

Package Includes:

  • 1 X SnowWolf MFENG 200W TC Box Mod
  • 1 X USB Cable
  • Warranty Card
  • User Manual

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Record Numbers of Smokers Using Vaping to Quit

You’ve heard the story before — your friend picked up vaping three years ago and hasn’t had a combustible cigarette since — or maybe this is your story. This is extremely common in the vaping world to hear, and in fact, a recent CDC report shows that more smokers are using vaping to quit than NRTs (Nicotine Replacement Therapies). 60% smokers trying to quit last year used a vape. Personally, I started on an AIO four years ago then shortly graduated to a box mod. Haven’t smoked since. These stories are countless and I have heard hundreds of them. Using vaping to quit is an effective means of harm reduction, according to many different experts.

So why does the FDA want to ban vaping, or at least seriously regulate it? Here’s what the CDC says, “There is no conclusive scientific evidence that e-cigarettes are effective for long-term cessation of cigarette smoking. E-cigarettes are not approved by the FDA as a smoking cessation aid.”

Using Vaping to Quit, Big Pharma Gets Hit Where it Hurts

Tell that to the many people I know who have been off cigarettes 4+ years due to vaping — many of whom have transitioned to either 0 nic or no device at all. Many people don’t know that Big Pharma and the FDA/CDC have a lot to lose if the NRT market tanks. Big Pharma would lose billions of dollars just from that niche market, and as vaping takes over, they are getting hit where it hurts. The FDA gets a kickback every single time they approve an NRT or medication product for use, something that isn’t happening with using vaping to quit. So, it stands to reason that they don’t want to support vaping and would rather back more “traditional” methods. It seriously benefits them and their agenda.

After the CDC published the results of their survey, it proved what we already knew — that more and more people are using vaping to quit and are doing so successfully. See the results of the survey below:74.7% of respondents claim to have tried multiple NRTs simultaneously during their last attempt to quit smoking.

  • 465.3% tried the cold-turkey method
  • 62.0% refocused more on reducing cigarette intake rather than quitting.
  • 35.3% attempted to reduce their smoking intake by substituting vaping to a limited degree.
  • 24.7% claimed to have quit smoking completely via a transition to vaping.
  • 25.4% claimed to have tried one or more of the FDA-approved NRTs (nicotine patches, gums and lozenges) with varying degrees of success.
  • 15.2% admitted to having solicited the help of a medical profession in their efforts to quit or reduce smoking.
  • 12.2% admitted to trying FDA-approved medication as prescribed by a physician.
  • 7.1% used “stop smoking” websites and online information to help curb their smoking addiction.
  • 5.4% used telephone “stop smoking” services.

**The opinions expressed in this blog are that of the author and not of Mt Baker Vapor or its affiliates**

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Juul Vape Study: Half of Smokers Quit After 3 Months of Vaping

According to the Harm Reduction Journal, and a scientific Juul Vape Study, a quarter of smokers are able to fully quit combustible cigarettes after vaping for a month. Moreover, over half are able to quite after vaping for 3 months.

This Juul Vape Study focused specifically on smokers using Juul-devices. It sampled a group of 15,000 traditional cigarette smokers and followed them as they attempted to switch over to the pod-system.

Another finding in the study, which flies in the face of acts of regulations, shows that flavors (like mint and mango), increase the chances of smokers being able to give up combustible cigarettes for good and make the switch. The Juul Vape Study helps to bolster the company’s ascertain that their product, and other vapes, help smokers to quit and use a healthier alternative.

CDC data from 2017 shows that smoking is down 67% from 1965, especially within the past couple of years. This decline correlates with a rise in the popularity of vaping. Previous studies have shown that vaping does in fact help people to quit smoking.

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Vape Juice Flavors | Essential for Harm Reduction

With the recent flavor ban in San Francisco, as well as the FDA looking to enact regulations forcing vape companies to get literally all old and new juices approved, it seems that there is a war on vape juice flavors. Looking at a new study, this could actually be incredibly detrimental to vapers, especially those who have used the devices to quit smoking. Vape juice flavors have been key for many former smokers, who actually prefer fruit and dessert flavors to tobacco and menthol.

In the peer-reviewed research set forth by the Harm Reduction Journal, Dr. Christopher Russell said, “The results show that non-tobacco flavours, especially fruit based flavours, are being increasingly preferred to tobacco flavours by adult vapers who have completely switched from combustible cigarettes to vapour products.”

Vape Juice Flavors, The Study

The Centre for Substance Use Research conducted this survey, which is the largest of its kind to focus on vape juice flavor’s role in  harm reduction. It polled 20,000 current vapers. Of over 20,000 vapers, 16,000 completely switched from smoking to vaping, where 5,000 were still doing both. Many started out vaping on tobacco flavors, but quickly transitioned to fruit or dessert flavors. 82.9% preferred fruit or fruit beverage flavors and 68.5% preferred dessert/pastry flavors. Tobacco and menthol were 5th and 6th on the list of preferred flavors. The study found that vapers who quit smoking are sustained by non-tobacco vape juice flavors. Taking those away, like in San Francisco, is a recipe for disaster and many would likely revert to the more harmful habit of analog cigarettes. Not only that, but those who are on the fence about switching or may switch in the future, may be dissuaded if these enticing options are not available. First time uses of vape juice flavors also saw a major increase in fruit/dessert and a major decrease in vapers starting out on tobacco or menthol flavors.

Since the FDA recently came out and finally admitted that vaping is not as harmful as combustible cigarettes, we should all be on the same team in terms of smokers switching over (and staying switched). Getting rid of vape juice flavors and reducing the ability of vape companies to produce a variety of good juices, decreases the likelihood that smokers will make the switch. If the CDC and FDA truly care about American’s health, then they will back the competition and innovation of the vape industry and their ability to produce a variety of enticing products and flavors. This is the only way to promote harm reduction, which has already saved countless lives.

You may also like our article on vaping regulations!

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