Time to Update Vaping Hardware? Vaping Security Threat Levels
When you love your setup, it’s hard to let it go. We’re reluctant to update vaping hardware for many reasons: financial, sentimental, and for reasons of comfort. Some of us are strapped for cash. Some of us have loving memories of our equipment, and we get an “old faithful” mentality for our hardware. Others don’t want to spend the time researching and investing in new hardware. We’ve made an alert system to help you update vaping hardware, informing you of how critical a new hardware purchase may be.
Threat Level: Green is the least critical. You can probably get by with your hardware setup, and it won’t hurt you to keep your equipment as it is. Getting too comfortable with old equipment will leave you in the dust as new advancements are made, and your friends may or may not laugh at you.
As hardware advances, it gets sleeker and sexier. Older devices may seem clunky by comparison. We’ve all dropped our hardware before, and over the course of months and years, your device might look like it’s been mauled by a bear.
As with most technology, products are becoming more compact, but more powerful. If your mod is too big and clunky, without the power to justify its size, do consider a more advanced product.
Feeling Left Out:
If your friends are consistently laughing at your old equipment, you might want a newer setup. We don’t advocate blindly following the crowd, but sometimes your peers are a great resource for hardware education.
Threat Level: Blue means a vaping hardware update is advised. This setup falls under the “cold comfort” category, where you aren’t happy with your current vaping experience, but you are hesitant to make a change. Code Blues tend to need some motivation to update their hardware.
Ghost-Flavor Haunts Your Tank:
We’ve all been there. A strong flavor has left an even stronger impression on your tank. Ghost flavor can haunt your setup indefinitely, no matter how many times (or how thoroughly) you clean your tank.
You Use Silica Wicks:
There has been a lot of debate in regards to silica and cotton wicks. It seems that cotton is the clear winner. Not only is cotton cheaper, but it provides superior flavor. Cotton performs better with high-VG blends, so clouds are more robust. If you’ve never wicked with cotton, you’re really missing out.
Though many vapers swear by them, top-filling wicks are on the way out. Since coils have advanced, top-filling wicks are out-dated. They give you more dry hits, more messes, and more user-frustration. Again, this is a personal preference issue.
Threat Level: Yellow is when you should start getting concerned. Vaping with Code Yellow equipment means you’re missing out tremendously on new vaping equipment, but you are not in immediate danger.
Once upon a time, there was a battle between EGO and 510 threading. Like the classic silica versus cotton wick rumble, there rose a clear victor. EGO-only threading has fallen by the wayside. If you have EGO-only threading, you are missing out on the latest and greatest tanks and RDA’s.
Are you consistently checking our tank-cracking flavor list? Imagine never worrying about a cracked plastic tank ever again. If you upgrade to a glass tank, flavors won’t crack your tank: only your clumsiness will. If and when you upgrade to a glass tank, treat it like the precious material it is.
Cracked Glass Tank:
If your tank is cracked, the end is nigh. You’re going to need to buy a new tank before you have a mess on your hands, or worse, you may get impurities in your tank from the outside. You don’t want to inhale anything but oxygen, vapor, and flavor. Don’t chance it. Just get a new tank, or replace the glass, if at all possible.
Threat Level Orange means you need a hardware update as soon as possible. Your setup may fail to function, with a potential for danger. Extreme caution should be exercised if you experience the following:
The display on your mod is the window into its soul. A lot of crucial information can be conveyed, including: ohms, wattage, error warnings, and battery life. If your display stops working properly, each vape is potentially dangerous. You need to know what’s happening with your mod.
Too Much Work:
If vaping is too much work for you, vaping isn’t working out for you. Newer products have become generally easier to use. Frustration with your equipment means you should probably get something more reliable, or user-friendly. It is a pressing issue because vaping should be as enjoyable as possible.
Depending on what’s missing, an incomplete setup can be a huge problem. Vapers have been sighted vaping without their battery covers, exposing their batteries to a world of corruption. Sometimes vapers try to “frankenstein” their equipment back together. We all like to think we have MacGyver skills, but don’t risk it.
Threat Level: Red means you should stop using the equipment immediately. Properly dispose of the faulty setup before it hurts somebody. If you notice any of the following, it’s time to make a change:
We’ve covered this subject quite a bit, but we cannot express this enough: KNOW YOUR BATTERY SAFETY. If something is awry with you battery, you need a new battery. This includes frayed/ripped battery covers, failure to hold a charge, or unreasonable battery temperature swings. Especially concerning if you use a mechanical mod. Exploding equipment is not only extremely dangerous, but it hurts the entire vaping community. The news loves alarmist stories, and every explosion gets obscene amounts of coverage. If we want the vaping community to survive, it’s in everyone’s best interest to operate with extreme caution.
This is an underestimated necessity. Generally, regulated mods have some sort of indicator on the display. If you don’t have a display on your mod, buy an Ohm-reader. Make sure your ohms are where you want them, or you may have a dangerous situation. When in doubt, measure. When your measurements are out of whack, make an adjustment. Just like any tool, it is your responsible to exercise caution while using a vaporizer.
We advocate using vape products for their intended purposes. E-Juice goes in, heat is applied, vapor is inhaled, vapor is exhaled. Enough said, right? Don’t put any foreign or contaminating ingredients in your vape. If you even suspect your juice/tank/wick is contaminated, play it safe. You don’t want surprises in your lungs. When in doubt, throw it out.
You’re Still Smoking:
If you’re still smoking, you’re doing it wrong. With all the varieties of products, nicotine strengths, and options of vaping, there is really no excuse for getting your nicotine via cigarette. Of course, making the switch can be hard for some people. You must adjust to a different means of nicotine absorption, and habits are hard to break. I would advocate experimenting with as many combinations of equipment and juice as possible, until you find that ecstatic combination that makes the idea of smoking a cigarette repulsive. If you’re still combusting, it’s time for an upgrade.
Something to think about:
What do you think is the most pressing sign that it’s time to update vaping hardware?