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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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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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Mechanical Mods | A Guide

A Guide to Mechanical Mods

Around 40 million adults in America are smokers. However, the number is falling thanks to the concept of vaping, some using mechanical mods.

Vaping is a growing phenomenon and people all around the world are adapting to it. In fact, 70% of American vapers today turned to vaping all in 2014.

Vaping involves using an atomizer and filling it up with juice, then heating it up to its boiling point so that it transforms into vapor for you to inhale.

What are Mechanical Mods?

Mechanical mods are electronic cigarettes that do not have an electrical switch, chips, or circuit. They work on a simple mechanical phenomenon, which receives standard voltage from a battery connected to it.

Mechanical mods are tubes that come in aluminum, metal, brass, or steel. You insert one or more batteries into it depending on your needs and how strong you want your vaping experience to be.

However, they can’t be termed as the safest vaping devices because you’re basically vaping off a battery with no protection.

How To Use Them?

A mech mod is a tube that holds a battery (18650 or 26650). There’s a pin on top, a 510 connector, a small compartment to fill with juice, and a firing button at the bottom which accesses the battery and gives enough power to create vapes off the juice that you fill the mech mod with.

That’s it. You inhale the smoke. However, do not keep on vaping for a long time as vaping from a battery that’s close to dying can be dangerous. 

When the battery begins to drain, you will feel a difference in the experience as the hit will start to get weaker.

What To Consider When Buying Mechanical Mods

With so many mech mods on the market, it can be daunting to choose one. Buyers demand products that are durable and of the right quality. 

Here are some factors to consider:

Selecting A Mod: 

  • The mod should have a lock mechanism to prevent accidental firing.
  • It should have vent holes to release hot gas.
  • The mod should be durable to last a long time. Check reviews on websites to find a good one.

Selecting a RDA/Dripper:

It’s an atomizer that lets electricity to pass from the battery to the coil.

  • It should have adjustable airflow so that you can set the airflow higher for more vape and lower for more flavor.
  • Dual coil capability because it cuts the resistance in half and gives you more vapor.
  • Choose an RDA with good reviews.

Selecting A Battery:

  • Choose a battery that has at least 20 amp limit so that the mod doesn’t over stress the battery and cause venting.
  • Choose IMR (non protected batteries) to prevent the risk, since lithium batteries can get very hot and lead to accidents. 
  • The battery should be able to handle the mod’s output.
  • If possible, choose one with greater mAh for longer use.
  • A 16650 or 18650 battery is ideal.

Selecting A Charger:

  • Should show voltage reading to avoid overcharging, or have an automatic turn off.
  • Compatible with the battery you choose.

Selecting The E-Liquid

  • Try different flavors.
  • Choose the right level of nicotine.

Mechanical Mods Safety

  • The 510 connector pin should be insulated to prevent battery explosions.
  • Wrapper on the battery shouldn’t be torn, or else it can lead to a battery short.
  • Buy an Ohm reader to keep on measuring the coil’s resistance so as to prevent shorts.
  • Buy a voltmeter and attach it to the 510 connector pin to read the voltage. Make sure the battery isn’t drained beyond 3.4 volts. 
  • The mod should have vent holes to allow the passage of gas build up.
  • Should have a locking mechanism to avoid firing the button accidentally.

Mechanical Mods Pros and Cons

Pros

  • No electrical components means no chances of the frying of electrical parts or circuit failure.
  • Extremely durable and can bear physical abuse, too.
  • Replacing battery is easy and cheap.
  • Fires even with low coil resistance.
  • Multiple batteries can be used together.

Cons

  • No protection for short circuits.
  • Can’t regulate battery voltage.
  • Battery drains from use and must be charged.

Mechanical Mods versus Regulated Mods

The difference between a mech mod and a regulated mode is that of control. A mech mod is more like cooking on a campfire with little control while a regulated mod is like cooking on a stove with ability to regulate heat and safety elements.

Still, mech mods are known for their simple use and no hassle, as there’s no circuitry or menu to adjust. You simply fire a button and let the battery send current through the coil and vape the liquid.

At the end of the day, it is a personal choice but there appears to be a market for both products.

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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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