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Nic Salts | Gaining Traction

Since the 1960s, freebasing has been the conventional way in which we consume nicotine through cigarettes. One of the directors of Marlboro, Philip Morris, found that if you combined freebase nicotine and ammonia then you could deliver a higher concentration of nicotine while anesthetizing the throat and reducing harshness. This worked wonders at getting people addicted to smoking and because of how effective it was, it was the go-to for nicotine replacement therapies such as gum, patches or sprays. With vape juice, this nicotine solution is added to vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol, which both flavor and change the consistency of the vapor. Nic Salts came onto the market a few years ago and have been getting more and more popular as time passes. 

So what makes them different from traditional e-juices?

Composition of Nic Salts

Unlike freebase e-juices, nic salts only have two base ingredients in them: natural nicotine and benzoic acid.

Without the acid, you’d have to vape the liquid at ridiculously high temperatures and the nicotine wouldn’t be absorbed as easily into your bloodstream. 

It also lowers the pH level of nicotine which in turn lowers the alkalinity of the vapor. All this basically means is that the vapor is smoother and doesn’t need as high a temperature to get going. What results is an easier, more pleasurable vaping experience. 

Benefits of Nic Salts

There are 5 main benefits usually associated with switching from freebase nicotine to Nic Salts:

  • A more satisfying hit of nicotine — it’s pretty common for people who have just started vaping to find it doesn’t quite hit the spot or doesn’t feel fully satisfying. Research has shown that Nic salts are more effective at getting nicotine into your bloodstream. They are also able to deliver a way higher concentration level of nicotine without it ruining the taste. 
  • A smoother hit — a lot of people are put off from vaping because of how harsh normal e-liquids often are. This is caused by the nicotine within them, so it isn’t completely avoidable, but the way that nicotine salt liquid is made makes them much, much smoother. 
  • More flavorful — the taste of conventional e-liquids is greatly affected by the freebase nicotine within it. With Nic Salts, this is avoided and you’re left with an untainted taste that’s richer and uncontaminated. 
  • More cost efficient — Nic Salts are much nicer to use with your simple basic vape pens than conventional liquids are. This is pretty great as it means you don’t need to shell out hundreds of dollars on a sub-ohm tank just for a nice hit. 
  • Increased shelf-life — freebase nicotine isn’t nearly as stable as when it’s in salt form. This means you can keep your Nic Salts for longer without having to worry about the nicotine degrading. 

Drawbacks of Nic Salts

There are three main drawbacks to using Nic Salts over freebase nicotine e-liquids —

  • Less pleasurable at lower nicotine levels – If you’re vaping liquids that have between 3 to 12mg of nicotine in them, then there’s no real reason to swap over. This level of nicotine is optimum for using with sub-ohm devices, and if you use a juice that’s high in VG, you’ll still be getting a smooth, satisfying toke. 
  • Less customizable — Nic Salts are only really compatible with vape pens and, as such, you can’t go down the fun road of customizing your tank or mod. This means you have less control over the size of clouds you produce and the intensity of flavor you’re inhaling. 
  • Less fun and less opportunities to mess about — it really depends on whether you’re looking for something for some fun or for its function. If you want a high dose of nicotine and more of a “smoking experience”, then Nicotine Salts are the way to go. If you want to produce big clouds and mess around with tank constructions, then go for freebase nicotine. 

Who are they for?

If you’re new to vaping — and a heavy smoker — it’s definitely worth starting off with a small cheap vape and nicotine salts.

As time goes on, your addiction will shift from cigarettes to vaping, and you can then move to use freebase nicotine e-liquids with a lower nicotine content and use freebase nicotine instead. 

Alternatively, if you’ve just switched over and are finding vaping too harsh, or not quite satisfying enough, then moving to Nic Salts would also be just right for you. 

Other reasons to choose Nic Salts are if you’re looking for an experience that is more similar to smoking a cigarette, if you want a stronger hit of nicotine or if discretion is important to you and you don’t want to be blowing out stupidly big clouds.

Nic Salts aren’t for everyone, though. If you prefer making massive clouds then you’ll definitely prefer normal e-juices. 

What Devices are they For?

Nic Salts work best with simple vape pens or pod-style vapes.

As they’re so much more efficient at getting nicotine into your bloodstream, there’s really no reason to use them with high wattage mods. 

Just grab yourself a cheap, simple, low wattage and low powered pen and you’ll be good to go. 

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Tongue Tired? A Fellow Vaper’s Guide to Vaper’s Tongue

If you’ve been vaping for a while, you’ve probably heard of “Vaper’s Tongue.” If you haven’t, I can almost guarantee you’ve experienced it. It’s not a condition that only affects vapers. It applies to everything you’ve ever smelled or tasted. The first thing to know about it is that it’s completely normal.

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PG vs. VG | Understanding the Differences

PG and VG are terms that may seem confusing to newcomers in vaping. PG (Propylene Glycol) and VG (Vegetable Glycerine) are ingredients that are combined with water, nicotine, and food flavorings to make e-juice or e-liquid. E-juice refers to the liquid that is used in electronic cigarettes for producing vapor and simulating smoking. Proper knowledge of PG vs. VG can improve your vaping experience greatly. 

PG/VG are odorless liquids which belong to the alcohol chemical class. Despite that name, they are not intoxicating. PG is a colorless and odorless liquid which is commonly used to carry flavors in food products. VG, on the other hand, is a thick, and sweet organic liquid made from vegetable oil. These two elements are considered safe by the FDA, hence they are used in skin products such as soap and lotions, and food additives. What is the difference between PG vs. VG? Let’s explore each in detail!

PG vs. VG

Both PG/VG are the base ingredients that hold the nicotine and flavors in suspension allowing e-cigarettes to produce vapor. How do PG and VG differ?

  • PG is thinner than VG. PG has a runny consistency while VG is thicker. Hence, PG is more easily absorbed by wicks and cartomizers than VG.
  • Gunk: due to its thick consistency, VG easily clogs vaporizers. VG tanks require more cleaning than those that use PG.
  • Throat hit: PG is a powerful humectant. Hence, it produces a throat hit similar to that of tobacco cigarettes. VG tends to have a lower throat hit compared to PG. Also, PG produces a more pure flavor than VG. Because of its sweet taste, VG makes e-liquid flavor difficult to detect.
  • Temperature resistance: VG based e-liquids are more temperature resistant than PG ones. This means that they require a higher wattage to reach the sweet spot.
  • Vapor production: High quantities of VG are suitable for cloud lovers. VG produces more vapor than PG because of its thick consistency. On the downside, too much vapor reduces the flavor.  
  • Atomizer friendliness: Due to its runniness and low density, PG is quickly absorbed by wicks, and it is less likely to gunk up the heating elements of your atomizer. Therefore, PG based atomizers require less cleaning. VG, on the other hand, is highly dense, less quickly absorbed, and it forms gunk quickly. VG based atomizers wear out quickly, and they require more cleaning and maintenance.
  • Allergic reactions: a small percentage of people are reported to have mild allergic reactions to PG such as skin rush. VG however, does not cause allergic reactions. 

What do different amounts of PG vs. VG mean?

Some users prefer 100% PG or VG in their e-liquids. However, some prefer a blend of both ingredients. Different quantities of PG and VG produce differing results for users. High PG concentration means more of a throat hit. For cloud lovers, more VG will give you huge fluffy clouds. What do differing amounts mean?

  • 80/20 (PG vs. VG): users using this blend get little vapor production, and a strong throat hit. This blend is very friendly to atomizers, and it does not wear out tanks quickly. 
  • 60/40 (PG vs. VG): this blend is suitable for users who prefer decent vapor with a noticeable, but not too overpowering throat hit.
  • 50/50 (PG vs. VG):  This blend can produce the most throat hit when combined with a high strength of nicotine. The clouds in this blend tend to be less dense due to high PG concentration. It gives a stronger cigarette feel than any other blend.
  • 40/60 (PG vs. VG): for noticeably larger clouds and a good throat hit, this blend is the best. It mimics the traditional cigarette. It gives users decent amounts of clouds to blow without destroying the flavor.
  • 20/80 (PG vs. VG):  high vapor production with very small throat hit. This blend is sweet smelling and sweet tasting. It produces dense clouds. However, it doesn’t wick well, and it is hard to taste the flavors. This blend is most suitable for those who drip their e-liquids using RDA.

Which is the appropriate amount for me?

There is no appropriate amount. In fact, the vaping community is divided into half when it comes to usage, due to the notable differences between PG/VG. The appropriate amount depends on personal preferences and the results that you are seeking. If you want a high throat hit, similar to that of smoking cigarettes, ensure that you use more PG. if you just love blowing huge puffs of fluffy clouds in the air, then VG is the best for you 

Which blends are suitable for which types of coils/builds/wattage?

Aside from desired effects, if you are a newbie, you should also consider the vape coils you will be using when choosing between the two. 

Top coil Clearomizers: Those that have atomizer heads at the top of the central stem rely on wicks to soak up liquids. Hence, thick e-liquids do not work well with them. They are generally suitable for PG based e-liquids. When they fail to wick well, flavor is affected. You can use them for 100% PG or the 80/20 PG/VG blend. 

Bottom coil: Coils have their wicks at the bottom of the central stem. Basically, they make gravity work for you. Their wicks do not have to suck the e-liquid up to the coil. 

Sub ohm tanks do well with high VG ratio e-juices. They support coils under one ohm in resistance. They are less resistant and have more extensive juice channels which allow more juice, even thick juice, on the wick. They also demand more heat.

Different e-juices require different wattage and temperature settings because flavorings vaporize at different temperatures. If you are after great flavor, you will need a variable wattage device. To enjoy the experience, it is advisable to always start at a low temperature and keep increasing it till you hit the sweet spot. As mentioned earlier, different flavors vaporize at different temperatures. One flavor might hit the sweet spot at 20W while another might hit it at 30W.

VG has a higher resistance to heat, so it basically requires high wattage. PG, on the other hand, is sensitive to heat and very high volts can make it taste burned. 

When is it appropriate to use which blend and ratio?

A one-size-fits-all approach might not be the best when vaping. You might want to get different results from your previous experience, and the PG/VG blend and ratio can help you achieve that. You can use varying ratios for:

Throat hit: if you are an ex-smoker or you just enjoy an intense throat hit, blends with high proportions of PG are the best for you 

Stealth vaping: to keep your vaping activity low-key, especially in public, high ratios of PG are the best. VG produces a lot of vapor and high ratios will draw attention to you.

Smoothness: VG is excellent for a smoother feeling on the throat and a thicker one in the mouth. However, using too much power to produce vapor might cause dry hits on your throat and ultimately destroy your device. 

Cloud chasing: since VG produces dense vapor when highly concentrated, higher ratios of VG are excellent when cloud chasing.  

These differences between PG and VG are essential for anyone who wants to enjoy vaping. Remember to consider ratios and blends to get the results you desire to get from vaping. Also, remember that wattage matters a lot. PG does not do well with very high wattage because it burns. VG requires high wattage, but if too high, your device might get damaged. Once you master these differences, each vaping experience will be enjoyable for you!

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Vape Tricks | A How-To Guide

Vape tricks are arguably one of the most gratifying aspects of vaping. Some basic tricks, such as blowing smoke rings, are not only easy to learn, but they have also been around for decades. Most people do these tricks for entertainment. Nowadays, there are competitions for the best tricks. Experienced vapers keep coming up with new and advanced tricks to showcase their skills in these competitions. Wouldn’t it be cool to have some tricks up your sleeve that you can use to entertain your friends? This article covers some basic, intermediate and advanced vape tricks. It teaches you how to do them so that you are not left out on all the fun.

Beginner Vape Tricks

Learning simple vape tricks brings you a step closer to knowing even the most advanced ones. Here are some cool vape tricks for beginners:

Ghost inhale

This is one of the easiest vape tricks for beginners. Basically, you release a ball of vapor then sip it back in. This trick is also known as ghost hit, snap inhale or the mushroom cloud.

How to do the ghost hit

Take a long drag from your vape mod/pen and do not let the vapor go into your lungs. Let it sit in your oral cavity for a few seconds. Push the vapor out of your mouth in small balls. Do not open your mouth too wide or else the vapor scatters. As soon as you push out the vapor from your mouth, suck it back in. This trick is known to cause burping and coughing.

The dragon

The dragon makes you look like a mythical beast, hence the name. Like the ghost hit, it is pretty easy to learn. It involves blowing vapor simultaneously from your nostrils and the two corners of your mouth. This trick requires a good vape device and a lot of vapor.

How to do the dragon

Begin by mastering how to tightly close the center of your mouth while opening the sides and you are good to go. Take a long drag until your mouth is full of vapor, without letting the vapor go to your oral cavity or lungs. Exhale the air through your nostril and the corners of your mouth.

Vapor bubble

Another impressive vape trick for newbies. All you have to do is make a bubble and trap vapor inside it.

How it’s done

Cut off the base of a small bottle and dip its end in a mixture of water and hand soap. Take a huge drag and exhale through the hole you made at the base. The results will be a beautiful vapor-filled bubble.

The waterfall

Our final beginner vape trick is the waterfall. You need to have a bottle and thick vapor to perform this one.

How it’s done

Take a big drag and exhale into a bottle. Let the vapor settle then pour it onto a table. It will fall out like a waterfall.

Intermediate vape tricks

If you have been in the vaping game for a while and you have mastered all four beginner tricks, these are for you.

The tornado

Tornado is quite the trick to graduate into mid-level vaping with. It is just what the name suggests. You use vapor to tornado shapes. You need a pen or mod that produces thick still vapor to pull this one off.

How to do the tornado

Exhale thick vapor on a flat surface, say a table. Using your hand, chop the surface from the sides going in, as if you are shaking someone’s hand. When you get to the middle, flick your wrist and raise your arm. Do this in one swift move and there you’ll have your little tornado.

Blowing O’s 

As the name suggests, it involves making smoke rings in the shape of O’s. Blowing O’s is not new to the vaping community, but mastering the art takes a little more practice.

How to Blow O’s

First, you need to practice inhaling vapor and keeping it in your throat, with your tongue at the bottom of your mouth and towards the back of your throat. Once you get the hang of that, learn how to shape your mouth to release the perfect O’s. Your mouth should be shaped as if you are yawning but hiding your teeth with your lips. Now that you have mastered the two requirements, take a pull from your vape and inhale it to your throat, keeping your tongue as we have discussed. With your mouth in the shape of an O, push out a little vapor from your throat by making a tiny cough like motion. A little practice will make perfect.

Double and triple O’s

After perfecting the art of pushing out an O, try learning to push out double O’s from the corners of your mouth and triple them with an O from the center.

How to do it

You can master this one easily if you have learnt how to blow O’s. Take a big draw from your vape device and place a finger on your mouth, pressing and pulling the upper lip down. This will split your mouth into two sections, allowing you to blow out two O’s. Do the same for triple O’s but open your mouth wider for excellent results.

Push and Bend O’s

This is simply blowing an O and moving it with your hand to widen it or get it to go in a specific direction.

How to do it

Your O has to be moving a little fast. Put your hand next to your mouth and blow out an O. follow the O with your hand, and gently direct it in the direction you want it to go. Do not get too close to The O or you’ll break it. Your hand should be about 2 inches behind. With time, you can learn how to bend the O.

French Inhale

Also known as the Irish waterfall, it looks like a waterfall in reverse whereby vapor is blown out of the mouth and inhaled back in through the nostrils.

How it’s done

Take a drag and let the vapor settle in your mouth. Do not inhale it. Then, push out your bottom jaw, taking care not to open your mouth quickly. Let the vapor flow out and inhale it back through your nose. It’s a pretty cool trick. You can also connect the top row of your teeth with the bottom lip to create gaps in the vapor then inhale it through your nose. This is also known as the bane.

Advanced vape tricks

Have you been vaping for a long time and you have learned all the tricks we have discussed? Move on to these advanced ones.

Vape triangles

This trick is almost similar to blowing O’s. In fact, having the know-how of blowing O’s is a requirement to do the triangles.

How to do it

Blow a thick O and use your forearm to push the ring down by tapping its side twice. The taps should be done quickly to bend it into a triangle. It sounds simple, but it requires proper timing, quick hand movement, and lots of practice.

Jellyfish

This vape trick is also known as the atomic bomb. It involves pushing a small O through a big one.

How to do it

You need to master pushing big, and small O’s and the ghost inhale. Take a drag from your vape and blow out a large O. put your hand behind it to slow it down whilst taking another draw from your device. Exhale a smaller O that looks like the first part of the ghost inhale through the large ring. Leave a trail behind the O to form a jellyfish-like shape.

Bowtie

It looks like inhaling a bow tie.

How to do it

Blow several O’s on a row, in quick succession. Before they scatter, inhale them back. When you inhale two at a go, they become thin on the sides and look like a bow tie.

Conclusion

Vape tricks make vaping fun, especially for cloud chasers. To pull them off, you need to use e-juice with high VG content to produce enough vapor. For most, you also need a vaping device that is in good standing — excellent coils, a great mod, and great batteries. After reading the cool tricks we have put together for you, how about you try them and tell us how good you are at performing them!

You may also like our blog on PG vs. VG!

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Squonking | Simplify Your Experience

When you join the vaping world, you realize that there is a lot of jargon that you have to learn and that all individual words have special meanings. For a newbie, the thrill and pressure to learn these words might be too much, and it might get a little confusing. Squonking is one of those words that leaves new vapers wondering what experienced vapers are talking about.

What is squonking?

Squonking is a popular design of vaping devices. If you have come across a Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer, you know that it allows you to build your own coils. This vape device, however, does not have a tank, and you have to keep dripping e-juice onto the wicks to avoid burning them. Dripping atomizers can cause you a little bit of trouble when you are traveling because you have to keep reaching for e-juice. Actually, you cannot use them when driving.

Squonkers provide a solution to this problem, allowing you to vape on your RDA anywhere. A squonking atomizer looks exactly like the regular atomizer, except for one part. You can soak your wicks with e-juice from squonking without having to always open caps and bottles and drip e-liquid.

A squonking mod usually has a flexible tube that runs to a soft bottle in the mod. This bottle holds the e-liquid. The mod’s body also has a hole wide enough to allow you to squeeze the e-juice bottle with your finger or thumb. Once you squeeze the bottle, the e-juice runs through the flexible tubes and into the wicks and — voila — you’re ready to vape! Excess e-juice goes right back into the clear bottle once you stop squeezing.

The 510 connector of squonking devices also has several alterations made. It has a hollow center pin which is connected to one or more holes in the center deck leading out onto the deck. When you screw your atomizer onto the hollow center pin, the holes in the center deck work together with a seal to prevent leakage.

Where did this wonderful invention come from?

The first commercial squonker was created by an E-cigarette Forum (ECF) member by the name Carlos49 in 2009. This first invention featured an integrated atomizer in the juice bottle. That model did not achieve much success because you had to send the mod back to the manufacturer to service the integrated atomizer.

Another ECF member “Robert O’Neil” modified this model in 2010 and created what forms today’s gold standard of an excellent squonker.

Now that we have demystified squonking, which other terminology do I need to know?

Squonker/squonk mod/squonking mod: a vaping device which has a built-in squeezable bottle that feeds e-juice to the atomizer.
Squonk bottle: the squeezable bottle, inside the body of a mod, that holds e-juice
Bottom feeder: this term primarily refers to a squonking mod
Bottom feeding RDA: A rebuildable drip atomizer that allows its base to be flooded by e-liquid pumped in by squonking
Squonking: vaping using a squonking device

Can all atomizers be used for squonking?

Most atomizers in the market are not suitable for this type of vaping. When buying an atomizer, for your squonk mod, ensure that it has a BF 510 pin. As we mentioned earlier, the 510 connector for squonking devices is a little different from the regular 510 connectors. It has a hole which allows e-juice to reach the deck. So, make sure you purchase an atomizer that incorporates this property.

Alternatively, you can look for a device that has a pre-installed atomizer. Nowadays, some squonk mods come with readily installed atomizers which save vapers the trouble of looking for an atomizer separately.

What improvements should I expect from the 2010 model?

Squonking continues to gain popularity among the vaping community and manufacturers are making serious innovations to squonk mods to fill all market gaps. The most notable models today are those that allow both wattage and temperature control. They take rebuildables to the next level.

Initially, squonking devices only accepted 22 mm atomizers. Nowadays, they are manufactured with the ability to use 25 mm atomizers. Mechanical squonk boxes are relatively small. The same, however, cannot be said for their regulated counterparts. Regulated squonk boxes are larger than the mechanical ones because they require extra space for the circuit board and other components that the circuit board requires to function correctly.

Why should I squonk?

If you are have been using rebuildable atomizers, you might have noticed that they take work. Regular dripping is required, not to mention regular cleaning because excessive e-juice often spills, gunking up your RDA and making vaping less enjoyable.

Squonk bottles can carry between 5ml and 7ml e-juice. That is enough juice to last you a while, say half a day if you vape throughout the day. Moreover, you can vape when doing other activities such as driving around town, without worrying that your wicks will run dry.

Is squonking for everyone?

Squonking is not for everyone. If you are not into dripping, then you need not squonk. Also, before you begin squonking, you need clearly understand ohms law if you will be building your coils. You also need to understand battery safety if you do not want a mod to explode in your face. If you are a newbie, you might want to take some time to learn a few things before you begin squonking.

If you love having the best performing device, you need to know that the best ones in the squonking world are a tad expensive due to high demand and less supply. Are you willing to spend more?

Squonking sounds all rosy. Are there any downsides?

Sure. Like every other product in the market, squonking mods aren’t perfect. First, there are not many options for devices in the market because many squonk mods are unregulated.

The final con is battery life. Squonk mods use single 18650 batteries, which means that they won’t last you long. Even though the battery life of this mod isn’t high, its life is mainly dependent on the wattage you vape at. If you are going to use high wattages, be sure to carry an extra battery.

Conclusion

Squonking has taken the vaping community by storm. Every vaper wants to try this new and improved way of vaping. The best models are quite pricey, but there are lots of inexpensive models that you can use and still enjoy vaping. If you want to enjoy a dripper while driving, consider squonking!

You may also like our article on vape battery safety!

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Vape Battery Safety | Stay Safe, Stay Smart

Vape battery safety should be the number one priority for every vaper. Some vape devices are made with Lithium-ion batteries, while others are made with LiPo batteries. These batteries pose the danger of fire when misused or pressurized. There have been severe cases of vape device battery explosions. In one such case in 2015, a man’s vape device exploded in his face, and he sustained critical injuries. In another case, a victim got a hole in his hands and tongue, and he also had several teeth knocked out. Hence, every vaper —experienced or new — should understand battery safety tips.

Should I be worried about my safety?

You need not worry. According to the Battery University, cases of battery explosions are sporadic (1 in 10 million). Also, they can be 100% avoided. Let’s look at some general rules of vape battery safety:

General vape battery safety precautions

Use battery safety cases for transportation: an extra set of batteries is always good when traveling. You should avoid transporting them without a case because they could come into contact with metal objects, complete the circuit and explode.

Be aware of the weather: most batteries do well between 50⁰F and 115⁰F. Temperatures higher or colder than that can damage your battery and cause explosions.

Use the manufacturer’s provided charger: chargers from manufacturers are custom made for your vape device, making them the most suitable chargers.

Use a smart charger: in case you lose the original charger, buy a smart charger. Smart chargers offer safety features that you cannot find in regular chargers. They prevent overcharging or discharging of batteries which avert explosions.

Types of vape device batteries

Today’s vape market offers a plethora of vape devices, all of which have different battery structures that you need to handle with care. Let’s discuss these batteries and their specific safety precautions.

Mechanical Mods

Mechanical mods lack a circuit; hence they do not allow you to choose a wattage. As such, they are only suitable for experienced vapers. The batteries in these mods send all their power to the coils. Therefore, when their performance reduces, so does the wattage. Experienced vapers increase the wattage of these devices by using coils with low resistance. Here are some vape safety battery tips you should observe when using mechanical mods:

Understand ohms law: this is the most critical safety precaution when using mechanical mods. Knowing this law gives you a clear understanding of the interrelationship of voltage, resistance, current, and power. Ohms law gives you the ability to build coils that suit the amp (current) of your battery. You can increase the wattage of mechanical mods by using different coils. However, without the knowledge of ohms law, you might end up building a coil that pushes you battery beyond its limits, causing the potential of harmful chemical leaks from your battery and explosions.

Ensure that the air holes work: air holes facilitate air circulation in mechanical mods. These holes also allow harmful gases to escape in case of leakage from the battery. Make sure that these holes are always in optimal condition as they aid in preventing battery explosions. To check if they are functioning, remove the batteries and blow into the mod from the connection end.

Exercise caution when building coils: when installing new coils, make sure that you pulse them to check if they are working evenly. Also, use an ohms meter to measure if the resistance of your coils is suitable for the battery.

Lock your firing button: when you are not using your mod, it is vital to lock the firing button. You do not want it to be powered by the other items in your pocket. The locking feature prevents the mod from firing for too long which can overheat the battery and potentially cause fires.

Removable batteries

Some regulated mods come with removable batteries. These are an excellent choice for most vapers because they are economical. When the battery life is over, you do not have to get rid of the entire vape device. Instead, you only replace the batteries. How can you exercise vape battery safety when using removable batteries?

Use the correct batteries: it is easy to go wrong when selecting replacement batteries for your regulated mod. A little research about which batteries are the best for the type of mod you are using goes a long way in helping you avoid making this error. Some devices work best with LiPo batteries, while others work best with ICR batteries. Whichever the case, never use two different types of batteries in the same device.

Buy authentic batteries: fake batteries are all over, especially in some online stores. Always buy from trusted dealers and trusted brands.

Understand how your mod charges: some mods allow you to use your device while it is charging. Others require you to remove your batteries and charge them using an external charger. They still have a USB port, but it is only for updating the device.

Disposable batteries

Regulated mods — suitable for beginners and intermediate vapers — sometimes have internal Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries. The batteries are sealed in the device so once they get worn out, you have to replace the device; hence the name “disposable.” LiPo batteries have a lifespan of 2-3 years. How can you exercise vape battery safety with disposable batteries?

Store safely: did you know that you cannot keep your vape device in the baggage compartment of a plane due to high potential for explosion. Likewise, you should practice such safety at home. Do not leave you vape device on flammable material, in direct sunlight, or in any other place that could overheat your mod and cause a battery short.

Use the correct coils: most regulated mods come with specific instructions on what ohms they can use. Ensure that you check these instructions before using the mod and never go below that ohms. In doing so, you will avoid “overworking” your battery and minimize the risk of an explosion.

Avoid overcharging: mods have a certain point where they reach full power and stop charging. Make sure that you charge your batteries only where you can monitor their charging progress. Also, avoid charging overnight.

Use the appropriate charging cable: vape devices come USB chargers which have a voltage that is suitable for them. If you use a different USB to charge your device, check if the power outputs match. Using a USB with a voltage higher than that of your mod could overheat the batteries and cause a short.

Purchase mods from authentic dealers: as the saying goes, “cheap is expensive.” Avoid buying second-hand mods because you are not sure if they are safe or not. In addition to this, be wary of very cheap mods. Most of them have not gone through proper tests, and this is a huge risk for your vape battery safety

Dispose of all dead batteries: finally, when your device’s batteries stop heating your e-juice normally, dispose of your device safely and get a new one from a credible dealer.

Vape battery safety guarantees your safety. Therefore, it is crucial that you follow the precautions we have described to avoid being the next victim we read about. Most importantly, remember to check if the battery power equals that of your vape device when buying replacement batteries. Also, clean the battery and its terminal using a tissue, regularly.

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Nicotine | Everything You Need to Know | Mt Baker Vapor

Nicotine is a chemical substance that occurs naturally in the tobacco plant. Although not excessively harmful on its own, it would be fair to say that nicotine has a pretty bad reputation as most people wrongly associate it with cancer. Nicotine is absorbed into our bodies when the tobacco fumes get through the lining of the air sacs in the lungs. It can also be absorbed through the skin and the mucous membrane of the nose, or the mouth when chewed or sniffed.  After the body absorbs nicotine, it is circulated in the body through the bloodstream to the brain creating a blood-brain barrier.

BRIEF HISTORY OF NICOTINE

Nicotine is named after the tobacco plant, Nicotiana tabacum. According to research, the tobacco plant was named after a French ambassador by the name of Jean Nicot de Villemian who is said to have sent tobacco seeds as a gift to the Portuguese King in 1560. The King then promoted the use of nicotine since it was believed to have some medicinal values especially against the plague which was a prevalent disease during the time.

By 1559, tobacco had been introduced into the European markets where it was not only being used for smoking, but also as an insecticide. As you can see, even from these early times, people knew and appreciated the power of nicotine. However, this narrative took a turn in the 1960’s, when early tobacco studies linked tobacco and cigarette use to cancer.

DOES NICOTINE REALLY CAUSE CANCER?

Contrary to what many people believe, it is important to note that nicotine is not a carcinogen and therefore does not cause cancer. Although it is correct to say that most tobacco products can be associated with the spread of cancer, it is good to know that there is no evidence showing that nicotine can cause cancer or heart disease. There is a common saying, ‘’people smoke for nicotine, but they die from the tar.’’

While it is true that cigars and cigarettes may lead to cancer, it is important to note that nicotine is not responsible for this. According to a study carried out by Neil Borowitz on Nicotine Safety and Toxicity, it was discovered that nicotine on its own is not a cancer-causing agent and that it poses little or no significant cardiovascular risk. During this study, the effects of nicotine on its own (when not being smoked in a combustible cigarette) were examined, and it was discovered that it poses no adverse health effects.

WHY THE NEGATIVE IMAGE?

Very few people believe that nicotine can be harmless. According to a study carried out by the Royal Society of Public Health in the UK, it was discovered that more than 90% of average UK citizens saw nicotine as the primary cancer-causing agent in cigarettes. It is important to know that this idea is very far from the truth and that the risks associated with nicotine are almost similar to the effects caused by caffeine. Millions of people ingest caffeine, right?

As the anti-smoking campaigns began, nicotine was grouped together with harmful tobacco smoke. This gave the impression that nicotine was equally harmful and is the reason why most people see nicotine as a harmful agent. This narrative gave the public the wrong image of nicotine, and that is why most people still believe that nicotine is a cancer-causing agent.

HOW CAN WE CONSUME NICOTINE SAFELY?

As we have already noted, nicotine on itself is not harmful to our health. On the other hand, it is critical to note that tobacco smoking is the number one preventable cause of death across the globe.

However, all is not lost since you can safely consume nicotine without really having to smoke. Most people have now turned to nicotine replacement therapies such as nicotine patches and gum. Also, vaping has become very popular with people who want to quit smoking.

It is therefore very critical that people understand that nicotine is not as harmful as it is made to appear. This will allow smokers to look for alternative ways of consuming nicotine, which then lowers their risk of getting cancer and other diseases.

BENEFITS OF NICOTINE

Although nicotine is highly addictive, it also has some benefits:

  • Improves Memory and Concentration

Research has shown that nicotine enhances memory and concentration. It increases norepinephrine which boosts sensation and arousal.

  • Reduces Anxiety

Nicotine increases the levels of beta-endorphin which in turn lowers stress and anxiety.                                

HOW DOES THE BODY PROCESS NICOTINE?

According to research, nicotine enters the bloodstream immediately after you inhale tobacco smoke. It enters the blood-stream and reaches the brain within 20 seconds. Usually, nicotine leaves the bloodstream within 2 hours after consumption.

THE AMOUNT OF NICOTINE ENTERING THE BODY DEPENDS ON THE FOLLOWING FACTORS:

  • The type of tobacco inhaled.
  • Whether the smoker uses a filter or not when smoking.
  • The type of filter used.

As we have already mentioned, it is safer to use a vaporizer to consume nicotine since tobacco smoking may be hazardous to your health.

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Troubleshooting Vape Tanks | Everything You Need to Know

I am sure you will agree with me that there is nothing as frustrating as having your vaping session derailed because your vape tank is faulty or won’t work normally. Even the most experienced vapers have had to deal with the problem of a faulty  vape tank at least once in their lives. In this article, we will focus on the most common vape tank issues and how you can effortlessly eliminate them. We will also give you some maintenance and troubleshooting tips to ensure that your vape tank remains in good shape. Read on to learn how you can have out of this world vaping experiences by maintaining and keeping your vape tank in good order!       

Vape Tank Leakage

This is one of the most common problems in vape tanks. Leakages can be caused by a number of reasons, ranging from your tank being overfilled to devices being poorly put together. To determine the cause for the leakage, it is critical that you do some troubleshooting:

  • Are the O-rings and seals placed correctly and are they in good condition? A cracked or missing seal can give you a hell of a time as you try to use your device for vaping. It is therefore critical that you examine all the seals to ensure that none of them is loose, damaged or missing. It is cheaper to fix or replace these seals as compared to the pain you would have to go through if your vape tank was to start leaking during a vaping session!
  • Is everything properly assembled? If everything is not correctly screwed on, then your tank is bound to start leaking. This problem can be easily rectified. Check the connections and re-screw the pieces.

You should also examine and confirm that your tank does not have any cracks. If you spot any crack on the tube, you will have to replace it as soon as possible.

Not Enough Throat Hit

If you are not getting enough of a throat hit, then you might want to check on the PG/VG ratio of your vape juice. The higher the PG level, then the better the throat hit. Using juices with higher nicotine content can also boost the burning sensation in your throat. If you are sure that it is not the juice causing the problem, then you might want to upgrade to a more advanced vaping device that will allow you to personalize or customize your vaping experience. 

Not Enough Production of Vapor

You will probably be bothered by low vapor production, especially if you are a cloud chaser. Low vapor production may be as a result of low VG concentration in the e-liquid, or also because of a technical problem. One of the most common technical problems is a low battery capacity. Please note that most of the modern vaporizers come with battery indicators that allow you to know when your battery is running low. If you notice that your vapor production has suddenly subsided, you might want to recharge your battery to see whether or not that helps. 

If that doesn’t help, examine the vape tank to ensure that the atomizer coil is not dry and that the atomizer is not flooded. Also ensure that the connection between the battery and the atomizer is in good order. Try and clean off any grime or dust that may have built up over time.                                               

Battery Not Working Properly

If your battery keeps cutting off or refuses to work completely, it is necessary to confirm that the battery has enough charge. Also, ensure that you are using the right charger and check to see if all the connections are working correctly. It is also essential that you keep your battery connections clean. Check to ensure that the charging ports are clear of any debris or any dried up liquid. If none of these solutions seem to be working, then it may be time you paid a visit to your trusted vape shop for a battery replacement!

Gurgling Sounds

Do you hear some gurgling sounds coming from your vaporizer during a vaping session? Well, this could mean that you have overfilled your tank or too much liquid has gotten into the atomizer. It is easy to fix this problem, as you just need to eliminate the excess liquid and clean out your tank.

In Conclusion

As you can see, some of these problems are easy to fix and may not even require any specialized skills. It is important that you take proper care of your device to ensure that it lasts a long time. Remember that vaping is meant to be fun, so don’t let some simple issues that can be easily eliminated stand in your way!

However, if you come across any issue that you can’t handle on your own, it is important that you look for a qualified professional who will easily fix your device for you.

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Sub-Ohm Vaping | The Ultimate Guide

When current passes through a conductor, it meets resistance. The measurement unit for resistance is  the Ohm. Vaping with coils that have a resistance of less than 1 Ohm is known as sub-ohm vaping. Sub-ohm vaping has undergone a considerable transformation over the past couple of years. Nowadays, it is easy to find prebuilt batteries that are capable of sub-ohm vaping. Also, it is easy to find readymade coils for this kind of vaping. In the past, you had to make your own coils and use them in a mechanical mod. What makes sub-ohm vaping most enjoyable for most vapers is the large clouds it enables them to produce. Here’s everything you need to know about sub-ohming:

How does sub-Ohm vaping work?

In this approach to vaping, you increase the battery power on your device to get more clouds. Power alone, however, leads to excessive heating. Excessive heating for a long time damages coils, causes the vapor to be uncomfortably hot — burning your wick. To avoid this when using high battery power, sub-ohmers combine low resistance coils with more airflow. Opening the air holes of your device fully ensures that you get enough vapor and it prevents high power from diminishing the quality of your vape.

How does a low resistance coil improve sub-ohm vaping?

The less than 1 Ohm resistance in coils allows more electricity to flow; hence more energy gets into your vaping device. High current enables the coils to heat up faster and reach higher temperatures than those with which coils with more than 1 Ohm can reach. As a result, the coil can heat up more e-juice. This kind of heating combined with good airflow leads to excellent cloud production. It is important to note that because more e-juice is heated up, your sub-Ohm tank will run out of juice quicker than other vape devices above 1 Ohm do.

What is a sub-Ohm tank?

Sub-ohm tank is both a generic and specific marketing term. Generically, a sub-Ohm tank is any atomizer where the resistance of the coil is less than 1 Ohm. As a marketing term, it refers to a tank with a coil resistance of less than 1 Ohm that comes with a pre-made removable atomizer head containing coils and wicking material which screws into the base of the tank and can be replaced with a new head. Sub-Ohm tanks are also referred to as sub-Ohm clearo ranks, sub ohm clearomizers, or sub tanks.

What is the difference between sub-ohm tanks and RTAs?

Sub-Ohm tanks and Rebuildable Tank Atomizers (RTA) are both used for sub-Ohm vaping and as a beginner, you might wonder what sets the two apart. Sub-tanks use pre-made factory coil heads while RTAs have a deck on which you can install your own homemade coil heads and wicks or those which you buy from a manufacturer. Manufacturers nowadays, however, offer RBA deck heads for sub-tanks, and this has diminished the clear lines that define the two sub-ohm vaping devices.

RTAs have more spacious high-quality build decks, but sub ohm tanks are also catching up with that. Some manufacturers now make clearo ranks with great velocity-style build decks. Generally, RTAs have features that sub tanks lack, such as e-liquid flow control.

How can I get the most out of my sub-ohm vaping device?

Keep tissues or paper towels

Sub ohm vaping is pretty messy. E-liquid gets spilled and leaks often and this could gunk up your air holes and require you to use more power to get enough vapor. To prevent this, open your device often and clean excess e-juice with tissue or paper towels. 

Replace coils when necessary

If you notice that the flavor and vapor that your device produces has diminished, it is time to change your coils. Coils get damaged in one of two ways, the wicks get burned and stop soaking up with e-juice or the coils gunk up with residues. When refilling your tank, always look at the wicking material. If it appears blackened, change your coils.

Prime and break in coils

New coil heads should be primed before first use. Priming helps to eliminate dry hits, optimize flavor intensity, and increase the longevity of a coil. To prime your coil, place drops of e-liquid on the wicks till they are entirely soaked up then fill the tank with e-liquid and take 4-5 gentle draws without firing your sub tanks. Leave the wicks to absorb the juice for ten minutes. After the time elapses, use a tissue to drain excess e-liquid.

After completing these steps, break in your coil by starting it at a lower than usual wattage and working your way up to your standard wattage. Ensure the first 10 draws you take are shorter than usual. Breaking in prevents excessive heating of the new wire.

Is sub-ohm vaping different from regular vaping?

Aside from the usual less than 1 Ohm coil resistance, sub ohm vaping differs from regular vaping in many ways:

Sub ohm vaping uses the direct to lung vaping method which gives a more satisfactory throat hit compared to the mouth to lung method used with regular vape devices. Sub ohmers prefer direct to lung vaping because the volume of your lungs allows you to take in more vapor and as a result, produce more clouds. 

Sub ohm devices tend to use up more battery power, and you cannot use as much nicotine as you use in regular vaping. In addition to this, sub-ohm vaping is more about cloud production. More significant clouds require more juice so this approach to vaping consumes more e-juice compared to regular vaping. 

Can I use any e-juice for sub-ohm vaping?

This vaping is best done with high viscosity VG based e-juices. VG based juices are suitable for immense cloud production. Also, because they are thick, they do not vaporize as fast as PG based ones and this prevents your wicks from getting burned.

Which nicotine levels should I use for sub-ohm vaping?

When sub ohming, your body absorbs more nicotine due to the immense amounts of vapor produced. That said, you cannot use regular vaping nicotine levels for sub ohming as you risk getting painful throat hits. Most vapers use a concentration of 1 to 3mg/ml nicotine.

How low can I go into resistance?

Some vape devices go as low as 0.16 Ohm; hence you can go very low. It is worthy to note that the lower the resistance, the more the power required to power up your device. A 0.16 Ohm coil, for example, cannot power up on a device with less than 50 watts. In fact, to get decent clouds from it, you will need to go to 70 watts and above.

If you are just starting out, you should use less extreme coils and lower wattages. In doing so, you minimize the risk of burning your coils.

What is temperature control in sub-ohm vaping?

Temperature control is a great way to prevent coils from burning up, and that is why some manufacturers add this useful feature to tanks. Traditional devices allow you to control temperature by adjusting air holes which you can open halfway or fully depending on the amount of airflow you want. 

Temperature control devices measure the resistance of your coil and work out the appropriate temperature for the wattage you are vaping on.

When you set your battery to 70 watts, for instance, your battery will continuously send 70 watts to your coils. When you take very long drags, your coils heat up more, and once the temperatures become too high, you lose flavor and risk burning your wicks.

Temperature control devices minimize the power sent to your coils by maintaining a constant temperature in the device. 

Is sub-Ohm vaping safe?

Sub-ohm vaping can be risky. You’ve probably heard that some people have had devices explode in their faces or hands. When done incorrectly, sub ohm vaping can cause fires or dangerous explosions. Thus, it is essential to understand the Ohm law before beginning this approach to vaping. This law comes in handy if you have to make your coils or when you are installing pre-built coils. It helps you to understand how high you can go regarding voltage/wattage and minimizes the risk of fires and explosions.

Also, ensure that you take battery safety measures such as transporting batteries in cases and avoiding overcharging them. Once the life of your batteries is diminished, make sure you buy replacement batteries from trusted manufacturers, and not dubious online sources. 

Most importantly, do not use a hybrid mechanical mod on a non-hybrid tank. Tanks for mechanical mods ought to have protruding 510 pins. Mechanical mods should have enough air holes for ventilation. If you are unsure about the tank to use, buy regulated boxes from manufacturers. 

What are the benefits of sub-ohm vaping?

Sub-ohm vaping has many benefits:

The first and most apparent is vapor production. Sub ohm vaping offers satisfaction to cloud chasers by enabling them to achieve dense clouds and do vape tricks with them. This approach to vaping is preferred by vapers who want to take their vaping experience to a whole new level — like competing in vaping competitions.

Secondly, sub ohming gives intense flavor to vapers which is very enjoyable. The increased vapor in sub ohm tanks enables you to enjoy more intense flavor compared to that which conventional vape devices would offer you. 

Finally, sub ohm tanks produce warmer vapor which is cooled down by the air holes so that it does not burn your lips. This warm vapor satisfies nicotine cravings better.

What are the cons of sub ohm vaping?

First, too much vapor can be overwhelming and even be irritating in public places. Most non-vapers tend to view vaping as dangerous when they see the intense cloud produced by sub ohm devices. 

Secondly, sub ohm vaping consumes more e-juice which might prove to be expensive in the long run. 

Finally, because of the high temperatures used, coils and wicks tend to burn out faster, and replacement needs to be done every one to two weeks.

Final take

Sub ohm vaping is considered the best type of vaping by people who use it. Once most people begin sub ohming, they never want to go back to regular vaping. The nicotine satisfaction is great, and you get an intense flavor and huge clouds. However, before you begin, it is crucial to understand ohm law and general sub-ohm safety. This guide will help you have smooth sailing.

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Vape Wattage | Everything You Need to Know

It is almost impossible to escape the new — and now very popular — trend of vaping. It is correct to say that vaping has become quite the modern phenomena with more and more people getting into the industry. There have been so many discussions and questions regarding this trend. Whatever your experience or opinion is regarding vaping, one thing is clear — you need to take charge of your vape wattage. Otherwise, what was meant to be a great and an amazing experience for you, can turn into a nightmare!

More or Less Vape Wattage?

Like we have already mentioned, your vaping experience will highly depend on your vape wattage settings. Unfortunately, deciding on the right voltage and wattage for your mod can be a daunting experience. With the recent technological advent of temperature control, variable wattage and voltage capabilities, this decision becomes even more overwhelming. This is because you now have to deal with an even greater range of values. However, all is not lost since there exist some simple rules that tie together or connect voltage, temperature and wattage to help get you the best outcome. This means that, although it is important to understand the science behind vaping and wattage, it is even more important to understand your desired outcomes when it comes to vaping. This will determine not only the type of vaporizer to go for, but also the wattage and voltage settings to use.

Factors to Consider When Deciding on Vape Wattage

It is crucial to note that there is no a clear-cut rule on the exact amount of wattage to use on your mod. It all comes down to your personal interests and desires. Why are you vaping?

With that question answered, we now go over some of the factors that you should consider when deciding on the best wattage settings:

  • Throat hit — A throat hit is one of the things that you must take into consideration when deciding on the best wattage to vape at. First things first, what do we mean by throat hit? Throat hit is a term used to refer to that amazing feeling that one experiences as the vapor enters your mouth — hitting the back of your throat before finally getting into the lungs. Please note that this feeling can change depending on several factors such as vape juice sweetness, viscosity and most importantly, temperature. The temperature of your vaping device is determined by the wattage and voltage input to your coils. Please note that temperature also determines the point at which your vape juice turns into vapor. It then goes without saying that voltage and wattage then determine how evenly the vape juice heats up. This, in turn, changes the throat hit since a higher temperature means faster vapor production. On the other hand, too little temperature means low vapor production which means a weaker throat hit. If you are vaping simply for a strong throat hit, then you will need a higher wattage. However, it is important that you don’t make the wattage too high as this might give you a burnt aftertaste. For a weaker throat hit? Simply turn the wattage down. Just ensure that you the wattage is not too low as this may mean no vapor at all! Any wattage range of 30-50 watts should work. However, this will highly depend on your coil, as well as the desired results.
  • Cloud chasing– Cloud chasing is another trend that has taken the vaping industry by storm! Did you know that there are some e-cig competitions that specifically deal with cloud chasing, inviting participants from all over the globe? Please note that your vape device may be modified or customized to work best for one specific task. If you are a cloud chaser, then you will want to produce as much vapor as possible. This requires high wattage and low-resistance coils, as well as a high VG vape juice. Different vape mods works differently at different wattages. However, you should be fine vaping at anywhere between 80-150 watts.
  • Sub-ohming — This article won’t be complete if we don’t talk about this other amazing and very popular vaping trend that has taken over the vaping industry. If you are a sub-ohmer, then high wattage may not be your main interest but you may need to look for a vape mod capable of pushing out more than 50 watts. 

Dangers Associated With High Vape Wattage

Although generally safe to use, vaping devices can be affected by too high of temperatures and wattages. There have been several cases of e-cig explosions due to overheating. It is therefore critical that you understand exactly what you are getting yourself into before trying any of the above-mentioned tricks such as sub-ohming and cloud-chasing. It pays to understand the basics of ohm’s law and how it affects your coils and vaping devices.

As you have seen, the voltage and wattage that you use will largely depend on the results you are trying to achieve as far as throat-hit, cloud-chasing and sub-ohming is concerned. However, it is important to mention that even with these guidelines, only you can discover what works for you. How? Take it upon yourself to experiment with those wattages until you achieve that perfect vape experience.

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