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Troubleshooting Vaping Problems | What To Do For Common Issues

There’s nothing more frustrating than finding that your vape device is not functioning when you want to vape. What you need to know is that it is normal to experience problems when vaping. The good news is that these are problems common to users, and they are easy to resolve after troubleshooting vaping problems. Today, let’s focus on common vaping problems and offer quick solutions so that you can enjoy vaping once more!

My vape won’t turn on | Troubleshooting Vaping Problems

Have you tried to turn on your mod or vape pen to no avail? There are several reasons why your vape isn’t working:

The device is off

If your vape is fully charged, but it is not turning on, this means that it is off. How so? Well, many vape devices have a default feature which allows them to be switched off completely to prevent discharging in case the power button is accidentally fired. Pressing some devices continuously five times (or three depending on the manufacturer) within two seconds switches them off.

How can you fix this? The battery will use the same command to switch on, so try pressing it five times within two seconds and voila!

The batteries lifespan has come to an end

Most vape batteries have a lifespan of two to three years. Some might stop working before this time, depending on how you use them. Dead batteries could be the reason why your device won’t turn on1.

Try charging your mod and if it does not pick up any charge, replace the batteries or dispose the device and get a new one if yours has built-in batteries.

Your battery door is not closed properly

When the battery door is not properly closed, your device might not work2. Most devices rely on battery doors to complete the circuit. Check if yours is properly locked. Sometimes it won’t close, and this calls for a door replacement. 

The batteries are uneven

Are your batteries new and the mod won’t fire up? The reason could be uneven batteries. Batteries are manufactured in bulk, and sometimes there might be a fault in the manufacturing process, making the batteries uneven in size.

Switch the batteries (but still put them in the right configuration), and if the mod works, it means that either the nipples (positive poles) are uneven, or that one has a dent that is causing incomplete circuits. 

Your mods brightness is low, or it is in stealth mode

Vape devices have a setting known as “stealth mode” which allows the device to work when the screen is unlit. Check if the mod is firing the tank. If the tank is receiving power, it means you accidentally set the device to stealth mode, which you can change in the device settings.

Another reason why your device won’t turn on but still fires the tank is low brightness. Adjust the brightness in the device settings. 

Residues are blocking the connection

Sometimes, e-juice seeps into the battery connection, obstructing the circuit. Check for dirt and residues on your vape mod pin and battery nipple. Wipe the dirt using tissue and your mod will be good as new.  

Your device is damaged

Did your device fall or come into contact with excessive water before it malfunctioned? It could be permanently damaged due to interference with the internal connections. 

Try the solutions we have discussed above and if it is still not powering up, get a new one.

Note: uncharged batteries and incorrectly installed batteries are also the top reasons why mods don’t turn on. On top of that, the vape pin connecting to the battery might have recessed2 due to a fall; so, ensure that the pin touches the positive pole and it is not too tight. 

That said, let’s look at the second most common problem!

My vape is hard to pull | Troubleshooting Vaping Problems

Do you have to draw too hard form your coil and even then you do not get enough vapor? This is the reason:

You’ve been pulling too hard in the past

When you pull e-juice too hard, the wicks absorb more juice than the coils can vaporize. The excess juice leaks into the atty through the air passage10. This gunks up the air holes requiring you to pull harder to get e-juice to rise to the wicks.

Unscrew the atty and clean the threading using a tissue. Clean the threading on the battery, too. Clean the tank using warm water and dry it. Blow into the air holes to check if they are working well. Clean the area where the coil comes into contact with the mod using a tissue. Also, make sure that the coil is not blackened and prime it.

Why my coils taste burnt | Troubleshooting Vaping Problems

Burnt coils taste terrible, and they burn your throat hard. They might make you wish you never vaped, but guess what? They are a pretty common problem! Here are the causes of burnt coils and how you can resolve them:

Your coils are old

Whenever your coils taste burnt, ask yourself when the last time you changed them was, especially if your device was at optimal performance before.

As soon as you begin experiencing a change in taste, change your vape coils3. Ideally, change them every two weeks if you never want to taste burnt vapor again.

You’ve not primed your coils

Are your coils new but still give a charred taste? Whenever you install new coils in your vape device, it is vital that you saturate it with e-juice before using it to avoid getting a bad taste4. Put e-juice on the wicks until they are soaked entirely then leave it for a while before using it to enjoy great tastes.

Chain vaping

Vaping without taking pauses sounds fun, but it is likely to make your vaping experience less enjoyable. You will often experience a “burnt cotton taste” when you chain vape. This kind of vaping does not allow your wicks to absorb more vape juice, causing it to dry out and burn. 

Stop your wick from burning when chain vaping by allowing 30 seconds in between puffs. Alternatively, use PG based e-juices to get a quick throat hit to stop chain vaping. This is especially useful if you are chain vaping to counter nicotine cravings.

The coils are dirty

How often do you clean your coils? Dirty coils are one of the top causes of dry hits and burnt taste. To avoid this, change your wicks weekly and rinse your coils with warm water to eliminate the gunk.

The coil loops have hotspots

A hotspot refers to an area in your coil that heats up faster than the rest of the coil. A loop that has a hotspot glows brighter than the other loops on a coil. Hotspots decrease the life of your coil and cause charred tastes even if your wicks are soaked up. To get rid of them, strum your coil with a screwdriver or pinch the loops together using tweezers5. 

High power vaping

Exceeding the recommended vape device wattage can cause your coils to burn. Also, high temperatures vaporize e-juice faster than your wick absorbs it hence the wick too will burn. Make sure that you know and use the recommended wattage for your device. If you love vaping at high temperatures, consider switching to an RDA.

Your E-juice is running low

Do not wait till your e-liquid is in its last drop to refill your tank. If you do so, you risk burning your wicks and getting a bad taste. Ensure that you never let your tank levels drop below a quarter full to avoid burning your wicks.

Having solved that, let’s explore our fourth problem.

My vape says “no atomizer” | Troubleshooting Vaping Problems

The “no atomizer” message on the screen might cause concern. This message could be brought about by a faulty coil installation whereby the coil has no connection to the mod. Check to see if your coil is well connected.

Secondly, it could be due to a loose 510 connection between the mod and the atty. Ensure that the vape pin touches the positive pole of your battery. If it does, check whether dirt is interfering with the connection by unscrewing the tank from the mod6. Be sure to clean any juice or residues on the 510 areas of the tank and mod with a tissue. 

Let’s resolve the next issue.

My battery life is short | Troubleshooting Vaping Problems

Is your vape battery not lasting as long as it used to? Here are a few things that are reducing your battery lifespan:

You’re overcharging the battery

According to research by the Battery University, batteries that charge up to 85% have a longer lifespan than those that charge fully. 

Avoid overcharging, by not leaving the battery charging all day or overnight. It might be convenient because you will wake up to a full battery, but it reduces the lifespan of the cell.

The battery is constantly discharged

Continually draining vape battery before recharging does your cells no good.

To improve the life of your battery, do not fully drain it before charging it. A battery that is not fully drained requires less energy to recharge compared to one that is fully depleted. Recharging a fully drained battery puts a strain on it and diminishes its life fast.

You are not using your batteries regularly

Failing to use your vape battery daily diminishes its lifespan. 

Use your batteries daily to maintain optimal performance and prevent them from slowly losing power. 

You’re leaving your vape device on

Just like your electric appliances, vape devices suck away power when left on, even when they are not being used. Continually leaving them on reduces their lifespan.

Extend your battery’s life by turning your vape off every time that you aren’t using it. 

Your vape battery is dirty

Occasional e-liquid spills and dirt from pockets can dirty your vape battery. When your battery is dirty, it will require more energy to send power to the vaporizer because dirt weakens the connection8. Overworking to power up your device will ultimately reduce battery life.

Clean your batteries, tank, and atomizers regularly to get rid of any e-juice that might have spilled over and improve battery life.

Wrong battery storage

Do you keep your battery at room temperature? Too high or too low temperatures reduce battery longevity. Store your battery in room temperatures and avoid leaving it in your car when it is too hot or too cold. Temperatures between 50⁰F and 70⁰F are ideal. 86⁰F+7 is considered elevated, and it can damage your battery quickly.

If you don’t fully charge your battery before storing it, it will slowly suck the charge. Store fully charged batteries in a safe bag, in a cool and dry place to increase their lifespan9.

My batteries are getting stuck in the vape | Troubleshooting Vaping Problems

Your batteries slid easily into the vape mod, but you can’t get them out now. What could be the issue? Your wrapper might have got rolled up, and a bit stuck or your battery has overheated, vented and swelled.

How can you resolve this? Wait for at least an hour after the last time you fired it, then try pushing it out using a wooden stick through the 510. Push it far enough till you can grab and pull it. 

Final take

Burnt taste, vapes that won’t turn on, batteries with short life, stuck batteries, and atomizer issues are the most common problems that you will come across when vaping. Luckily, you can resolve them with a few DIY steps and continue enjoying vaping. Remember to exercise safety when addressing these problems to avoid shorts and possible explosions.

VOOPOO TOO You, Too!

VOOPOO TOO you, too, with the awe-inspiring and versatile VOOPOO TOO 180W TC Starter Kit by VooPoo Vape. Try saying that sentence three times! Or better yet, just get your own uniquely designed, VOOPOO TOO 180W TC Starter Kit and call it a day.

What is the VOOPOO TOO 180W TC Starter Kit?

The VOOPOO TOO is a high-performance starter kit equipped with 180 watts of unadulterated power. Integrated with the celebrated GENE-Chip technology, the VOOPOO TOO allows its users to easily switch from a single 18650 battery, to a 18650 battery option with greater longevity.

What’s more, the VOOPOO TOO Starter Kit comes with the UFORCE Sub-Ohm Tank, which is as visually appealing as it is brilliantly functional. The UFORCE Sub-Ohm Tank boasts a 3.5mL juice capacity, a sliding top-fill feature, a triple bottom airflow and a shorter chimney segment. Last but surely not least, the VOOPOO TOO has a rapid-quick firing speed of approximately 10 milliseconds. Wow!

With two styles of power sources, the VOOPOO TOO 180W TC Starter Kit is intelligently and uniquely built just for you.

Who is VOOPOO?

VOOPOO was established in 2014 and may be one of the fastest growing e-cigarette companies in the industry. Before VOOPOO joined the e-cigarette industry, the company’s mission was to serve the medical and industrial fields. With such a firm foot in the tech industry, one can only assume that a marriage of VOOPOO and the e-cigarette industry was bound to happen. And it did. A few years after VOOPOO was established, the company acquired Woody Vapes and the rest is history.

Product Features:

  •  * Dual High-Amp 18650 Batteries (Not Included)
  •  * Optional Single 18650 Platform
  •  * Output Voltage Range: 5-8.5V
  •  * Min Atomizer Resistance: 0.05ohm
  •  * Temperature Range: 200-600F
  •  * Supports Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel Heating Elements
  •  * Comprehensive TCR Adjustments
  •  * SOFT Mode
  •  * Highly Advanced US GENE Fun Chip
  •  * CNC Precision Milled
  •  * High-Quality Zinc Alloy Construction
  •  * Leather Embedded Exterior Battery Cover – Fully Interchangeable
  •  * Sharp Lines and Sleek Design
  •  * Intuitive 0.91 Inch OLED Display
  •  * Oversized Circular Firing Mechanism
  •  * Dual Adjustment Buttons
  •  * Short Circuit Protection
  •  * Over-Temperature Protection
  •  * Reverse Polarity Protection
  •  * Overtime Protection
  •  * Output Over-Current Protection
  •  * Overcharge Protection
  •  * Over-Discharge Protection
  •  * Low Battery Warning
  •  * MicroUSB Port – Firmware Upgrades
  •  * 510 Connection

Package includes:

  •  * VOOPOO TOO 180W Box Mod
  •  * VOOPOO UFORCE Tank
  •  * 2 0.4ohm U2 UForce Coils
  •  * Spare Parts & Glass
  •  * MicroUSB Cable
  •  * Gene Chip Card
  •  * Instructional Manual

Previously, we featured hardware on “Tech Thursday“. We have moved this series to “Tech Tuesday” going forward. Mark your calendars!

Catch us on Facebook Live!

A panel of Mt Baker Vapor employees will be going LIVE on Facebook Monday, April 23rd at 4pm PDT. We will be reviewing the VOOPOO TOO and giving one away for just $1 + shipping to the person with the best question asked during our feed! Make sure you stay tuned and are following our Facebook page.


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Her Majesty, The SMOK Majesty Box Mod

Impressive, stately, dignified, powerful, alluring— these are just some of the words that best describe the Smok Majesty Box Mod. What is the SMOK Majesty Box Mod you ask? Awesome, that’s what! The Majesty 225w TC is a powerful and radiant, dual 18650 battery box mod designed by SMOK. If you’re unfamiliar with SMOK, allow me to take a moment and brief you on the company.

Who is SMOK?

Founded in 2010, SMOK is an electronic cigarette company, which centers on e-cigarette technology research and development, brand building, sales channels, as well as innovation. Over 80 million consumers worldwide enjoy SMOK products, making the company a first-class international e-cigarette brand.

Back to her Majesty

Integrating the company’s most cutting-edge technology, SMOK has introduced a one of a kind, customizable, user-friendly box mod to the vaping world.

The SMOK Majesty comes in two styling options: a Carbon Fiber Edition and a Resin Edition.  Every inch of the Majesty is swathed in delicately crafted resin or carbon fiber materials, which spotlight the detailed and artistic touch of its creator. The Majesty comes equipped with a vibrant OLED screen, an intuitive temperature control suite, as well as expanded memory modes. Through the use of advanced chipset technology, the Majesty 225 is able to reach a maximum output of 225W. The Majesty utilizes the side squeeze firing mechanism, a feature that SMOK is well known for implementing into its designs.

The Majesty 225 TC Box Mod is a simple, intuitive mod that will surely turn heads and change hearts.

Her Majesty hit shelves several months back. Get yours before she departs!

Product Features:

  • Dimensions: 85.1mm by 46.1mm by 30.6mm
  • Dual High-Amp 18650 Battery – Sold Separately
  • Maximum Wattage Output: 225W
  • Min Atomizer Resistance: 0.06ohm
  • Temperature Range: 200-600F
  • Supports Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel Heating Elements
  • Precision Memory Modes
  • Premium Zinc Alloy Construction
  • Colorful Accented Resin Patterns
  • Full-Colored OLED Display Matrix – Customizable Colors
  • Dual Battery Life Indicator
  • Puff Monitoring
  • Stealth Squeeze-to-Fire Mechanism
  • Ergonomically Placed Adjustment Buttons
  • MicroUSB Port – Firmware Upgrades
  • 510 Connection

Package includes:

  • Majesty 225W Resin Box Mod
  • MicroUSB Cable
  • Instruction Manual

Especially relevant: last week’s Tech Thursday.


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VooPoo Drag 157W TC Box Mod

It’s uncommon, extraordinary even, for a product to live up to the level of hype the VooPoo Drag 157W TC Box Mod has received. But then again, the VooPoo Drag 157W TC is not your run-of-the-mill box mod. Here’s why:

Is the VooPoo Drag 157W TC Box Mod worth the cash?

There are many questions circulating amid the hype associated with the VooPoo Drag 157W TC Box Mod. Questions like, is it powerful? What’s the flavor production like? What’s this GENE Chip technology I keep hearing about? Is this thing even worth the cash?

All I can say is, if I didn’t work for an e-cigarette company where “free” product testing is a habitual activity, then I’d drop the necessary cash for one of these VooPoo Drag box mods.

What is the VooPoo Drag 157W TC Box Mod all about?

The VooPoo Drag is all about high-performance and design.

Inside the box (which standing alone is of high-quality), you will find the VooPoo Drag 157W TC box mod neatly fitted in a Styrofoam coffin. But don’t worry, the beautifully-designed device is not dead, but very much alive with carbon fiber inlays, premium aesthetics and the word “DRAG” emblazoned on the face. Many vapers say the VooPoo Drag just feels right in the hand when gripped. Weighing in at about 315 grams, the box mod is not overly heavy or bulky. Internally, the VooPoo ain’t nothing to mess with. Integrated within the VooPoo Drag is a highly advanced 32-bit GENE Chip. It is this chipset which enables firing up to 157W and an accurate control of temperature never seen before.

The onboard chipset is firmware upgradeable, which enables the user to keep his or her device current. What’s more, the VooPoo Drag 157W TC Box Mod fires almost instantly at 0.025 seconds.

Once you get your hands on one of these, good luck putting it down!

Product Features

  • * Dimensions: 90mm by 54mm by 24mm
  • * Dual High-Amp 18650 Batteries (Sold Separately)
  • * Wattage Output Range: 5-157W
  • * Min Atomizer Resistance: 0.05ohm
  • * Temperature Range: 200-600F
  • * Supports Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel Heating Elements
  • * Comprehensive TCR Adjustments
  • * Highly Advanced 32-Bit GENE Chip
  • * Decorative Carbon Fiber Inlay
  • * Intuitive OLED Display
  • * Oversized Firing Button
  • * Magnetized Battery Door Cover.
  • * Short Circuit Protection
  • * Over-Temperature Protection
  • * Battery Reverse Protection
  • * Output Over-Current Protection
  • * Overcharge Protection
  • * Over Discharge Protection
  • * Low Battery Warning
  • * MicroUSB Port – Firmware Upgrades
  • * 510 Connection

Package Includes

  • * Drag 157W Box Mod
  • * Micro USB Cable
  • * Instruction Manual

Who is VooPoo?

VooPoo was established in 2014 and may be one of the fastest growing e-cigarette companies in the industry. Before VooPoo joined the e-cigarette industry, the company’s mission was to serve the medical and industrial fields. With such a firm foot in the tech industry, one can only assume that a marriage of VooPoo and the e-cigarette industry was bound to happen. And it did. A few years after VooPoo was established, the company acquired Woody Vapes and the rest is history.

Catch us MONDAY, APRIL 9TH at 4PM PDT on Facebook live! We will be showcasing and trying this device out for all of you to see. You won’t want to miss it!

Especially relevant: last week’s Tech Thursday


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“E-Cigarettes Save Lives”

E-cigarettes save lives… or at least, that’s what we’ve heard. Dr. Derek Yach, is a former professor of Global Health at Yale and one of the most dynamic anti-smoking advocates with a beating heart. A former World Health Organization staffer, Dr. Yach developed the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control— a model that is used around the world. While Dr. Yach has long since spotlighted the unethical practices of the tobacco industry, his latest statements on the ill-treatment applied to e-cigarettes are worthy of an ear.

What did the doctor say?

The truth is often kept under lock and key for fear of reprisal. It’s this understanding that most likely kept Dr. Yach, from speaking his mind until he disassociated himself from the WHO. At least, that is my assumption. In short, Dr. Yach put the regulatory bodies on notice. Chiefly, the WHO.

According to Dr. Yach, by the year 2100,

“one billion people will likely lose their lives from smoking-related illnesses. If this happens, the WHO will have to bear some responsibility.”

The “e-cigarette issues”, according to Dr. Yach, are with the laws and policies that are formed without taking into consideration the readily available data.

“Unsupported statements are accepted as truth by policymakers and are used as the basis for stringent regulation of e-cigs in many jurisdictions,” he affirms. “Their intransigence threatens the lives of millions. This kind of thinking is dangerous and we cannot allow our laws and policies to be based on fiction.

The Power of Persuasion

The verbiage that gets disseminated by the World Health Organization, whether fact or fiction, is often looked upon as scripture.

According to IEC, an online e-cigarette resource, Dr. Yach accuses the WHO of allowing the anti-vaping lobbyist to control their position on e-cigarettes.

“Governments have become addicted to tobacco excise tax and fear that, as e-cigarettes take off, they will lose a valuable source of revenue. Many leading NGOs (non-government organizations) and academic exert strong influence at WHO, within governments, in the media, and among the general public. In the past, they helped bring tobacco control out of the shadows and into the mainstream of health policy. Now alas, their intransigence threatens more profound progress.”

Fighting for the right to vape

While Dr. Yach has since broken away from many of his former colleagues, he has garnered support from many physicians and distinguished individuals in the medical profession.

Quoted in an earlier article written by Dr. Yach, titled E-cigarettes Save Lives, the Royal College of Physicians states:

“Switching completely from tobacco to e-cigarettes achieves much the same in health terms as does quitting smoking and all nicotine use completely. Furthermore, the risks associated with passive exposure to e-cigarette vapor are far less than those associated with passive exposure to tobacco smoke.”

E-cigarettes and insufficient evidence

Those who oppose deregulation and advocate for higher taxes on e-cigarette products say their position lies in the fact that there is a lack of information surrounding long-term use. And while their argument holds a semblance of weight, one area where e-cigarettes are much better than traditional molds is in second-hand smoke.

According to Dr. Neal Benowitz, a former member of the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee:

“…based on what we know now, e-cigarettes are much less hazardous than regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes users exhale very little of what they breathe in. Not to mention the fact that e-cigarette devices emit no aerosol. Cigarettes, by contrast, pollute the atmosphere and other’s lungs at an astronomical rate. Seventy-five percent of the smoke generated by cigarettes is sidestream smoke, and that goes into the environment.”

Let’s be honest, if e-cigarettes did nothing more than reduce societal exposure to second-hand smoke, wouldn’t that be ample reason for at least a warm embrace?

Especially relevant: Last week’s Vaporpalooza Recap


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Introducing: The Slik by Alur

Who would have ever thought the greatest thing since sliced bread would be a sleek, ultra-compact device, small enough to fit in your pocket, also powerful enough to offer incredible flavor production? Alur, that’s who. The Alur Slik is a new dynamic card-style pod system distributed by EC Supply Incorporated. And as aptly titled, Slik by Alur has been masterfully crafted in a mysteriously attractive manner.

The e-cigarette industry continues to come into its own and much of this maturity appears to be spilling over into many of the sophisticated devices that enable vapers to stay smoke-free.

Unboxing The Slik by Alur

The Slik comes in a hard cardboard white sleeve, which holds two individual boxes or compartments. Lying seductively in one compartment is the beautifully streamlined rectangular chassis, otherwise known as, the Slik. And lying in the other compartment are two individually packaged 2mL replacement cartridges, which can be filled and refilled with your favorite e-juice via a seal plug located at the bottom of the reservoir.

The Slik by Alur is one of the most advanced pod-based systems that you can buy on the market. It comes equipped with a 400mAh rechargeable battery that literally takes about 30 minutes to charge. There is an intuitive LED light indicator built into the device for battery appraisal.

Use caution, don’t be fooled by the compact size of the Slik device. With a bevy of advanced features, you’ll be able to enjoy a satisfying vape session for hours at a time.

Specifications:

  • * Dimensions: 75mm x 46mm x 8mm
  • * 2mL juice capacity
  • * 400mAh battery capacity
  • * Charging voltage: DC5V
  • * Food-grade Atomizer Material
  • * Atomizer Resistance: 1.5ohm
  • * Charging Time: 30 minutes
  • * Charging Current: 1A

Contents include:

  • * 1 Slik Pod System
  • * 2 Slik Replacement Pods
  • * MicroUSB Cable
  • * Instructional Manual

We will be unboxing and reviewing this new beauty on Monday, April 2nd at 4pm Arizona Time (PDT). Tune into our Facebook LIVE stream to catch the event! We will be giving away a coupon code to save some money as well.

Especially relevant: in case you missed last week’s Tech Thursday, click here.


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Vaporpalooza Recap: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Just the other night, I touched down in Phoenix after having spent the last five days in Grand Rapids, Michigan for Vaporpalooza 2018. And, dare I say, I am still catching my breath. If you’ve never heard of Vaporpalooza, it’s basically a massive event held annually for businesses, purchasers, distributors, and employees. In order to vape, connect, learn, and then repeat again. It’s also an opportunity to advocate for vaping rights. And of course, a chance to party! Here is our Vaporpalooza recap.

Our Team

Our Team at Vaporpalooza 2018

The Mt Baker Vapor team — Joe Chacon, Jessica Gonzalez, Josh Hanna and I — landed in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday, March 22nd, to heaps of dirty snow piled high from a brutal winter storm the previous week.

We were all dressed in our winter gear — thick jackets, hats, and gloves. All except for Josh Hanna, our daring sales manager, who soaked up the frigid Michigan weather in nothing more than a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. Some people, go figure.

After receiving the keys to our Ford Escape rental car, we loaded up our bags and drove off.

A Brief History of Grand Rapids

A historic furniture-manufacturing center, Grand Rapids developed on the banks of the Grand River, for which it is named after. The city is said to be home to five of the world’s leading office furniture companies. For this, the city holds two nicknames— the Furniture City and the River City. The city and surrounding areas are economically diverse. The countryside bordering the metropolitan area is flat and narrow, surrounded by steep hills, bluffs, mixed forest, and farmland.

After driving twenty minutes through Michigan’s second largest city, the voice on Google maps announced our arrival. Our Airbnb was located on a nice, quiet street called College Ave. Century-old homes with small, yellowing front yards ran the length of the tree-lined avenue. Fallen leaves littered the driveway as we pulled up.

Our house, which was a little over 2,000 sq ft, looked like the setting of a creepy horror film. During the day, all the various nooks and crannies piqued our interest, while at night, those same corners gave us the chills. All in all, the house was intriguing and frightfully comfortable.

Our Booth

The following morning was our day to set up our booth. In order to save you from the uneventful activities that led up to the construction of our booth, I have attached a few images for your viewing pleasure:

The event known as Vaporpalooza kicked off on Saturday morning. Previously, when we arrived at the venue to set up, I had my doubts about the event based on the location and the look and feel of it all. But come Saturday, boy was I wrong. The place filled up in a matter of minutes. Vapers of all shapes, colors, and sizes arrived with their tickets and mods. Some of the most renowned e-cigarette companies in the industry were in attendance with their very best e-juice and hardware. While businesses connected with other businesses, consumers looked for their next tasty e-juice to buy and sell. The main stage held beautiful performances and speeches on vaping advocacy — not to mention some incredible cloud chasing contests.

Vaporpalooza was an intense two-day event. And rather than throw word after word into your face, I’ll let the images do the talking from here on. Enjoy:

Especially relevant: Last Wednesday’s Blog


 

The SMOK TFV12 Prince is the new “King” of Sub-Ohm Tanks

At long last spring is officially upon us. I’ve just unboxed the SMOK TFV12 Prince, SMOK’s latest high-performance Sub-Ohm tank. Let me tell you, it seriously holds a lot of juice! However, expanded juice capacity isn’t the only feature that this new tank boasts.

A Prince is Born – The SMOK TFV12 Prince

The SMOK TFV12 Prince Tank is an extension of the original SMOK Cloud Beast King, which entered the market as a powerful sub-ohm tank with epic cloud production capability. If the name Prince has you concerned about performance, you need not worry. The TFV12 Prince Sub-Ohm tank is just as powerful, if not mightier, than the king.

What’s improved from SMOK’s former Sub-Ohm Tank designs?

As mentioned before, the SMOK TFV12 Prince can hold way more e-juice. The sub-ohm tank comes complete with an 8mL convex bubble glass section as well as a straight, food-grade glass tube capable of holding 5mL of your favorite e-liquid. The new TFV12 Prince design has a smaller diameter, down from 28 mm to 25.5 mm, as well as a decrease in overall height, from 70mm down to 63 mm. The Prince tank is constructed of durable stainless steel and comes in a variety of colors for you choose from. Adding to the vast improvements from the TFV8 Sub-Ohm platform, the TFV12 utilizes three new coil engines that pair perfectly with the massive adjustable dual airflow slots.

Here’s a breakdown of the tank’s specifications:

  • Size 63 x 28mm / 63 x 25.5 mm (EU Edition)
  • Capacity: 8mL/2mL (EU Edition)
  • Stainless steel and pyrex glass
  • Thread: 510
  • Wild Cobra Drip Tip
  • Convex Glass Tube 8 mL
  • Adjustable Bottom Airflow
  • New V12 Prince Q4 / X6 / T10 Core
  • Patented Locking Mechanism
  • Top refill system

All these features combine to create a sleeker, more compact atomizer that offers exceptional performance, flavor, and versatility.

The kit contents:

  • TFV12 Prince Tank (8mL)
  • Q4 0.4 Ohm Quadruple Core (pre-installed)
  • X6 0.15 Ohm Sextuple Core
  • T10 0.12 Ohm Decuple Core
  • Replacement Glass Tube 5 mL
  • User Manual
  • Spare parts

Who is SMOK?

Founded in 2010, SMOK is an electronic cigarette company, which centers on e-cigarette technology research and development, brand building, sales channels, as well as innovation. Over 80 million consumers worldwide enjoy SMOK products, making the company a first-class international e-cigarette brand.

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On Monday, 03/26, we will be going LIVE to showcase this new, shiny product. Make sure you’re following us, and tune in at 4pm AZ time (6pm Central, 7pm Eastern). We will be giving away a coupon code to save some money on these new tanks!

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Presenting: The Fireluke Mesh Sub-Ohm Tank

First things first — the moment I took the FreeMax Fireluke Mesh Sub-Ohm Tank into my hands, I was tickled pink. Maybe not pink, but I was definitely tickled. That, I can assure you.

Before we get into all the particulars about the Fireluke Mesh Sub-Ohm Tank, you should probably know that an array of innovative products and designs are coming out of China.

FreeMax, the creators behind the forward-thinking Fireluke Mesh Tank, is a relatively young company that has achieved a reputation for high-quality designs, innovation, and outstanding customer service. Established in China in 2013, FreeMax has released a series of patented products which have had a profound influence on the vaping industry as a whole. Products like the Fireluke Mesh Sub-Ohm Tank, which we are about to explore.

What is the Fireluke Mesh Sub-Ohm Tank?

The Fireluke Mesh Sub-Ohm Tank is what comes about when a company listens and observes. Piggybacking on an already stellar Sub-Ohm tank line, FreeMax brought their a-game with the Fireluke Mesh Tank.

What I first noticed with this tank is that it feels and looks to be a quality piece of hardware. The tank has a nice, solid weight. FreeMax styled the tank with a textured-grid patterned surface for added grip. The Fireluke comes equipped with two airflow slots instead of three.

You may be thinking, what about my airflow?

Rest assured, the two airflow slots work exceptionally well with the mesh coil. With two airflow slots, the Fireluke Mesh Tank does not sacrifice airflow. It tightens down, ensuring that each puff provides a fuller, more dense vape. The mesh coil heats quicker and more evenly. With a large surface area in relation to cotton, you can expect a longer coil life without the burn.

The Fireluke comes with dual O-ring drip tips and an O-ring centered in the tanks mid-section for a snugger fit. If that wasn’t enough, the Fireluke Mesh Tank utilizes two fill slots instead of one. No longer will you have to stick a toothpick, safety pin, or fork prong into the single fill flow slot as you fill to avoid back pressure. Instead, FreeMax listened to the cries of agony of vapers everywhere and fitted the Fireluke Mesh Sub-Ohm Tank with two fill slots. You’re welcome.

Product Features

  • 24mm Diameter Base
  • 510 Threaded Top Fill System
    • Two Large Fill Ports
    • Pour to Fill
  • 3ml Max Capacity
  • FireLuke Mesh Coil Family
    • 15 ohm
      • 40 to 90W
      • Organic Cotton
    • Dual Adjustable Bottom Airflow Control
      • 16mm by 2.5mm Each Airslot
      • Fully Closeable
    • 13mm 810 Wide Bore Drip Tip
    • Gold Plated 510 Connection

Package Contents

  • FreeMax Fireluke Mesh Sub-Ohm Tank
  • 2 x Fireluke Kanthal Mesh Coil 0.15ohm Atomizer Head (Pre-installed)
  • Replacement Glass
  • Set of Spare O-Rings
  • Spare Glass Tube
  • Instructional Manual

I think it goes without saying that we’re extremely excited to unveil this tank for you. Make sure you tune in to our Facebook at 4pm AZ Time, Monday, 03/19. Our team will open and demonstrate the Fireluke Mesh Sub-Ohm Tank. Check our Facebook tomorrow for our pinned post which will let you know how to win one, too!

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We Market to Adults, Not Teenagers

A 2017 Vaper Preference Survey found that an overwhelming majority of consumers who use vaping products are former smokers. Hon Lik, the man credited for having invented the modern electronic cigarettes back in 1966, was a lifelong smoker. Many, if not most, electronic cigarette companies and manufacturers were/are owned by former smokers. Fully aware of how smoking can adversely affect health, it only makes sense that vaping products would be marketed to rid an adult smoker of their habit — not to entice teenagers. Vaping has always been about harm reduction, first and foremost. We market to adults, not teenagers.

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