Micro Coils, major clouds of vapor

July 31, 2013 by  
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Hello,

Building micro coils can produce major clouds of vapor with your ecig. I have been doing a lot of reading on the e-cigarette forum.   I stumbled across one thread about micro coils, and it had some cool information in it about how to make much better working coils for rebuildable atomizers.  It was chocked full of great pictures for examples of what they were all doing, and very good talk on how to do it.  So, without waiting, I gave it a shot, because I enjoy playing around with my rebuildable and it already had better vapor and flavor than my vivi nova tank has.  Better air flow too, which is why I bought it in the first place.

So, with my first attempt, I made an 10 wrap coil.  You should be able to see it in the article image, but I will post a picture of it here as well:

This is the first attempt at a micro coil – works great though not a perfect wrap.

That wick is cotton, from a pure, unbleached cotton ball.  The pure and unbleached are two very important parts…  Don’t screw it up if your going to try cotton for a wick.  Look for Organic cotton balls at CVS or Walgreens.  Sometimes in the cosmetic area and sometimes they are in the pharmacy area.  But I notice with the cotton wick, that it tastes a lot better.

Using this coil as it is, is working out pretty good.  Note, this was my first attempt, and will be a work in progress until I perfect it and am able to replicate the perfected version over and over.  The idea is to get all the loops in the coil touching… you see how mine are spread out, and there is a gap between every loop.  That defeats the idea of the micro coil, although it is working pretty well.

This set up is using as I mentioned, cotton for the wick, 32 gauge kanthol wire, and 10 wraps, that comes to only .75 to .80 ohms.  That is very low resistance, so you can’t fire it up at over 4 volts.   I have been testing this out between 3.6 and 4 volts, and it is awesome good flavor and much more vapor than I was getting with my regular 3 wrap coil at about 1 ohm.

If you want to read what everyone else is doing in that thread, I must warn you that it is over 200 pages of replies…  and it was only started back in May.  At the time of this writing, there are 214 pages, and 2132 posts.  It is an all day, and some of the next day, read.  Long thread, but a really good one.

I hope to post back to this with a perfect wrapped micro coil once I am able to make it like I am trying to, but getting those wires right up next to each other is a lot harder than it seems like it should be.  I put my wire around a carpet or upholstery needle, and wrap, then try pushing it together.  No worries though, I have plenty of time to get it right, and I can’t wait to see how much better it vapes than the one I have right now.  Because this one is much better than any I have used before, by a long ways.  I mean, talk about huge vapor,,,  this definitely makes huge vapor as it is right now, and it is supposed to be much better when the coil wraps are touching.  I can’t wait to see for myself!

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope my blog posts are helping all of you.

Keep vaping!

Tim L

Electronic cigarette safety for newbies to vaping

July 24, 2013 by  
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Electronic cigarette safety is another thing you will want to keep in mind when you fist start vaping.  Especially if you have small children in your house.  The e-liquid, or smoke juice, may have nicotine in it, if you are like most of us that are moving from cigs to e-cigs.  After a while, you may start phasing out the nicotine by getting lower and lower amounts in your favorite e liquids.  However, something to remember, is that even a small amount ingested by a small child can be very harmful, and even fatal.

If a toddler eats one cigarette, it can seriously harm them.  A bottle of e-liquid contains a carton or more worth of nicotine in that small amount of liquid. Keep this in mind, and have a good safe place to keep your electronic cigarette supplies out of the reach of small children for their own safety. Little kids are curious, and will climb up things to get to something colorful that they see up high, so it is a good idea to keep them in some kind of storage box, so they are more out of sight.

Also, if you have a spill, and it gets on your skin, it can soak in and make you feel very ill.  You need to wash any skin with soap and water to keep it from soaking in too much, as soon as a spill happens.   Do not just wipe it off with a towel, or paper towel, because that will just make it spread over a larger area of your skin, and allow more to be absorbed before you get it washed off.  Keep this in mind for personal safety, as well as the safety of others, including your children and even pets.

When I am filling up my e cig with smoke juice, I normally keep everything over a small cookie sheet I bought just for this.  It keeps any spilled fluids contained, and I can easily wash it off when I am done if I happen to make a bit of a mess.   You should always have a couple of paper towels on hand as well, just to keep your e-cig cleaned off when your done, and many people use them when they are opening the parts that hold the liquids, so they do not get it on their fingers.

If you get it in your eyes…  It will freakin burn like fire!  Get to the kitchen sink and run cool water in your eye(s) for at least 5 minutes.  Longer if needed for sure.  I have never had it happen to me, but have read about it happening to someone else, and he was in pain for quite a while.  I would even suggest getting medical help after rinsing your eyes, just to be on the safe side.  But that may depend if the burning stopped or kept going too.   I can’t really say for sure, but if it hurts and it is in your eyes, it would be the smart thing to do.

I am sure there are some flavors out there, that contain real berry flavor extracts, and such, that may easily stain your cloths too, if you spill it on them, so use care, and you should be fine.  I know I have spilled a couple of drops here and there on my shirt, or pants, and have not noticed a stain, but every flavor can be different.  Again, just use your head, and you shouldn’t have any issues to worry about.

Okay, that was the bad stuff.  Now the good side of things.  If you are going from regular tobacco cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, you will no longer have to worry about your paint in your house becoming yellowed over time from the nicotine in the smoke.  There is no smoke, just water vapors that dissipate pretty fast.   You will notice that your house will start smelling cleaner, and your cloths will not smell like what your smoking.  You can walk up to non smokers right after taking a few hits off your e cig, and they will not smell it all over you.   The safety part of it, is that the vapor you breath out has almost nothing left in it for others to breath in.  Some will have a lingering smell, depending on the flavor, but many have no smell left at all in the vapor that you blow out.  Second had vaping does not look like an issue with the research that I have read, that was done by notable research facilities.

I hope you find this information helpful about electronic cigarette safety.

Happy Vaping,

Tim L

Ego batteries for electronic cigarettes

July 24, 2013 by  
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You may know about Ego batteries already, but for those that do not, please keep reading.  I just want to give my experience with battery types for beginners, and want to explain the reason they may want to look into ego, or ego type batteries to maximize their vaping start up.  It is not always easy to find info on what and why, when you are new to something, so I hope to shed some light on Ego batteries for anyone looking for this information.

I started off like a lot of people, buying what ever the gas station had for, maybe $5 to $10.  I can’t remember the prices because it has been quite a while back now.  But we decided to give them a try, and found they were not too bad.  It really helped us to not smoke regular cigarettes, but the batteries only lasted for a couple of hours, so we had to buy more kits to get more batteries to keep some charging all the time. That worked out find around the house, but when you leave home, your pretty much out of luck, unless you have a box of them to take with you.  This is a pretty poor option in my eyes.

One day, we went to a flea market, and found a electronic cigarette shop in it.  This was pretty cool, because we gave up on those gas station ones.  They had some with larger batteries called Ego.  We tested out their kits, and picked up a kit for me and one for my wife, and a bunch of other stuff that day.  The Ego batteries were 900mh and 1100 mah so they would last all day between the two batteries.  That was pretty cool.  They are bigger than a cigarette, about the size of a cigar, and that took a few days to get used to, but we did.  The going all day on one or two batteries was a lot better than having to grab a fresh one every couple of hours.

Our next batteries were ego C twist.  They were 1100 mah also, so they last most of the day too, but they have an end cap that twists so you can go from 3.2 up to 4.8 volts.  This makes a big difference on some of the flavors we use.  Also, if your using a low resistance atomizer, you need to keep it at 4 volts or below, or you will scorch your e juice, and burn out your atomizer much faster.   Since getting my vivi nova tank, I can use 2.4 and 2.8 coils with it.  I used to have some 3.0, but I can’t seem to buy them anymore.  But you can run up to the 4.8 volts with the higher resistance coils.  Just find your sweet spot for the flavor you have.  You can get more vapor this way, but you need to make sure you do not over heat the coil and burn it out, or burn the flavor.

These ego twist batteries are great to use due to their size.  They are not as big as other mods, and there are several types of lanyards you can use for when your out and about, and don’t want to have it fall.  I use my ego still, when I go out on my boat, because when I am fishing, I do not have a lanyard that fits my bigger mod, and I don’t want to drop anything off into the lake…

So if your just starting out and trying to find what will work for you.  I highly suggest getting an Ego kit, with at least an 1100 mah battery.  The higher that number, the longer it will last.   You will be much more satisfied with it once you get used to it being bigger than a cigarette.  Although, some of you will still want to use the smaller ones that are more the size of a real cigarette.  It is personal preference but I just thought I would let you know why I enjoy my ego batteries.  The kits come with clearomizers or tanks and a charger, with usually 2 batteries and a carry case, but they are different from place to place.

Good luck, and happy vaping!

Tim L

First days of vaping with a good electronic cigarette

July 23, 2013 by  
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My wife and I were talking tonight after dinner, and she mentioned something that I should write about for beginners.   After she said it, it was like a no brain-er, and I am trying to figure out why it wasn’t one of my first blog posts…  But there is something important you should understand about going from smoking a pack or two a day, to vaping.  Especially when you test your first e-cig out at a vaping store.   Even more so, if you have a smokers cough or other breathing issues.

The first time you go into a vapors store to check out electric cigarettes, and test some flavors to see which one you want to start with, your going to come up to a small stumbling block if you are like most of us.  You walk up to the counter, they hand you some sampler e-cig, and you pick a flavor to test out,,,  then you take a big deep drag on it, and wallah… your choking your head off.    Don’t worry, it is completely normal at first.  It is a different thing you are taking into your lungs, and they are not used to it.  It takes a few more puffs (smaller ones) and you should be fine.

My wife was the first of us to take a trial drag at the flea market shop, then me.  She did not choke up like I did at all.  But, I have to use an inhaler a lot due to industrial lung issues from being around a boat yard that sanded bottom paint off of the boats, and I have a lot of copper dust in my lungs that will not come out.  On top of that, I was smoking a pack and a half to two packs a day.  Dhu…

Okay, so I knew I needed to get off of the cigarettes and I would breath a lot better.  Quitting just wasn’t working.  I tried patches, gums, lozenges, and even paid a couple hundred bucks once for a hypnotist.  Yeah, nothing worked for me or my wife.   Over the years, we tried everything on the market, including going to smoking cessation classes at a hospital (twice), and we still smoked.   However, these electronic cigarettes that I heard of many years before, but could never find, sounded like the ticket I needed to get away from cigarettes for good.

So far it is working very well for me.  It only took a day to say I was not going to smoke any more.  We took our cigarettes and tossed the last of them, and woke up the next day with nothing but our ego kits and started vaping.   My cough went away that day, and I use my inhaler about 1/10th as much as I used to.  I can breath a lot better now, and one of these days, I will completely move away from the nicotine.

My wife on the other hand, just hasn’t found what will work for her yet.  She keeps breaking down and buying cigarettes every month or two, and then quits again.  She just needs to sample more flavors and find one that does not hurt her throat.  Once she does, I am sure she will get completely off of regular (analog) cigs too.   Yes, I have smokes a few when she has them, but I clearly prefer my e-cigs over a real cig now days, and have no problem with not buying them at all.

I am not saying that these will for sure be the ticket for you to quit smoking.  What I am saying, is that if you really want to get off of regular cigarettes, but can’t break the habit, this may be the best alternative for you too.  If you break down and buy real cigarettes again, just smoke some, then go back to the e-cigs, and keep at it.   It is clearly harder for some to quit than others, but if you keep at it, eventually you may win.  You have the right to try, and these are clearly safer, with over 4000 less chemicals than a standard cigarette has.

If it is your time to check out electronic cigarettes, then give it a try and see how you like it.  If you do like it, spend the money to get what works best for you, so you can work away from, or stop smoking completely.  It is not a smoking cessation plan that is approved by the government yet, but it seems to have better success rates than anything else on the market, from the research and studies I have read.  At it’s worst, it is a better, healthier, or at least safer alternative to smoking actual cigarettes.

Good luck and keep up with my blog, as I will be putting all kinds of tips and reviews on this site.  I hope to start making some videos some time soon too. We will see how that goes… I am not sure how good my camera is.

Thank you for stopping by,

Tim L

Vivi-nova tank review

July 23, 2013 by  
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If you are like most people, when you first started vaping, you would start off with maybe some of those cheap gas station e-cigs, then later moved to something that has a bigger battery so you could vape longer without having to recharge it.   Once you move to a ego type or some other battery mod, you will probably find yourself wanting more eliquid in your electronic cigarette, so you do not have to top it off every few hours, or so.

That is when you may want to start looking at the larger tank systems.  Now is the time you should check out the vivi-nova tank.  If you do not like how large it is, there is also a vivi-nova mini.  However, you will love the vivi nova if you give it a chance.  I did, and love it.  It holds about a days worth of smoke juice, and you can vape all day and not need to refill it.  That is great.

The vivi-nova is also very easy to fill compared to a lot of the other tanks out there.  It hardly ever leaks, and when it does, it is likely because the atomizer untwisted a bit when you took the lid off to fill it.  Simply open it back up, tighten the atomizer and your set.  I have only had that happen once or twice in the last 6 months. So it does not happen often.  And this is about the only tank that I have ever used that does not flood and gurgle.

The do have a plastic tube for the main tank body, so using pure VG e-liquids, or spicy things like cinnamon are not recommended, because they will fog the tank and melt it over time.    You don’t want that…  but a 50/50 blend or even a 40 pg/60 vg, should be okay to use.

You can get them with just the clear plastic tube, or you can get a metal cover that goes over it, in many different colors.  I have blue, and purple, but found that I prefer using it without it so I can see my juice level.  Go figure…  I spent an extra buck or two for that cover and they just sit on my desk.  Your mileage may very with that though.  I do see a lot of other people that do use the colored covers.  If they had the gold in stock, I would have likely got that.  There are a lot of colors to choose from.

As for the atomizer, it is super easy to change out.  You get the 2.4 ohm one installed when you open the box, and have a 2.8 and a 1.8 ohm to use also.  When it begins to clog, if you use darker liquids, or if it begins to have some leakage, it is likely time to change the atomizer out.  I get a week or two out of mine easily.  Many times I get 3 or 4 weeks.   It really depends on how hot you vape (voltage) and if you use a thicker dark juice.  The darker ones seem to leave a residue that builds up on the coil, and eventually blocks the air flow, and does not vape as well.

To change the coil, you just vape all the e liquid out, or suck it out with a syringe, then unscrew the the tank body, then unscrew the top of the atomizer from the post in the middle.  Put a new one on, and tighten it good, then put your body back on, then fill with your favorite smoke juice, and put the top back on, and your back to vaping in just minutes.   I usually buy 3 to 6 coils at a time.  Some places give discounts for orders of 10 or more, but I have not done that yet – just saying, there are deals out there that help with costs, if you look for them.

A definite must have for your arsenal though.  You will be glad you invested the $13 to 15 bucks. It is well worth it.  It is a lot more economical than spending 3 bucks or so per clearomizer when they only last a few days to a week at most.  The replacement coils for the vivi nova tank is less than $2 each.

Almost all vaping stores carry them so they are pretty easy to find too.

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your vaping!

Tim L

itaste MPV, Great mod battery at a super price

July 22, 2013 by  
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Hello,

I have been using this itaste mpv for a while now, but decided it is past time to give a full review of it.   After looking at all the different mods out there to come up with a nice long lasting batter that is easier on the pocket book than most, I chose to go with the Itaste MPV mod.   It comes in 3 color choices; silver, black and metallic blue.   I would have got the black if they had them in stock when I picked mine up, but they had blue and silver,, so I took the silver, because the only blue one they had,,, had a scratch on it.    I wanted black, because when I am driving, the sun always seems to find anything shiny, and blasts the sun right back at me.

The thing that made me look at it though, was the price.  Then I saw that several of the people at the vapor store were using them also, so I asked about it, and it seemed great.  Especially since it was only about $50.  Well, I think I paid $55 plus tax.

Ok, after using this for several months now, I only have one small complaint, and it is pretty minor indeed.  The power button sits flush with the outside of the mod.  You can feel it, but you do need to pay attention to it or you will be off a bit and not push it good enough.  Sometimes, when out walking the dog, or doing other things, i find myself accidentally shutting the power off, because my finger will not be on the button right, and must bounce on it and shut it down.  Not often, but it happens to me about once a week.  So, like I said,  no major complaint, but it is there.  If the button protruded a bit more, I don’t think this would ever happen on accident.

This battery lasts a very long time too.  More than other 2600 mh batteries, and I have found out why.  I went on, you guessed it,,,  youtube.com, and watched several others reviewing it, and found one guy that tore it to pieces, and opened it up.  There is not one 2600 mh battery, but 2, 2200mh batteries.  This gives it very stable and long lasting power.  If you can’t plug it in over night, no big deal.  I vape 300 or more puffs a day, and it will last me 2 to 3 days without having to charge it back up.   Generally I do charge it every night though.

The power indicator tells you how much charge is left also.  It glows green for full power, and tests show it gives full power throughout this cycle.  Then when it glows yellow, it is telling you to get it on the charger. It does loose a bit of the power when it is glowing yellow. The final stage is red.  If you do not charge it, it will shut itself down to prevent the batteries from over discharging.  That is a cool feature.  Like I said, I generally plug it in nightly, except when I was testing how long it would last.

This thing has so much power in it, that if say your out on your boat fishing and your cell phone is dying,,, you can plug into the bottom of it, and charge your phone, and still have plenty of power left to vape.  It has a standard USB power port on the bottom, and a switch to turn on when using it as a charger for a phone, or other device.  How cool is that…

There is also a puff counter on it.  It will tell you how many puffs you have used since you last turned it on.  I generally turn it off at night when I charge it and keep track of my daily usage that way.  It is also where the up and down buttons are, to set the voltage to what you want to use.  It goes from 3.3, to 5 volts in one tenth of a volt increments.   Some flavors taste better at a higher setting, while others will give a burnt taste, and you have to turn them down.

I can use it on all my cartomizers, and my corsair atty, as well as my vivi nova tank. It is very versatile, and fits well in my shirt pocket.

At around $50 bucks, it is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a battery that absolutely will not die off before the end of the day.  It is so nice, I am putting the factory sales page info below, so you can see all the details.  I am sure I missed something along the way.  Like, the cord… it has a IPAD/IPhone as well as firewire and mini USB ports on it for plugging in most devices you would need to charge with it.

iTaste MVP features
• Myriad compatible ( Thread fit iClear 10, iClear 16, iClear 30, CE4, CE5 ,eGo, T2, T3 , 510 etc )
• Operating Volt adjustable ( 3.3-5.0 Volts in .1 volt increments )
• Puff/hit counter
• Polymer li-ion rechargeable battery
• Portable power source for electronic products
• Long life energy 2600 mAh  ( I found this to be inaccurate and better than described)
• Battery capacity display
• ON/OFF safety switch
• Passthrough — Yes, it is full passthrough, which means you can use it while it is plugged in to the wall or your pc.
• Standard Micro & 2.0 USB Socket
• Short circuit /atomizer protection / Over-discharge protection
iTaste MVP Starter kit:
1x iTaste MVP
1x iClear30 Dual Coil Clearomizer or 2x iClear16 Dual Coil Clearomizers  ( I did not care for these cartos at all and gave them to my wife)
1x USB cable
1x Beauty ring
1xTransparent carrying case  ( I would call this a gift box, not case)  In fact, I can’t find a case or lanyard to work with it, I had to make my own.
I hope this is helpful for you.  I love this thing, and the price range is great.  Beats the heck out of having to spend $100 or more on something that has to be charged daily.
happy vaping,
Tim L

The MOV Corsair Adjustable Airflow, rebuildable, atomizer

July 22, 2013 by  
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After vaping for a while, you may tend to look for bigger, better and less costly ways to vape.   Many people move towards larger tanks, so they can vape all day and not have to keep filling or changing out cartomizers.  Others may move towards the rebuildable atomizers, while many are afraid to give it a try.

I decided to go for a rebuildable atomizer because I use a lot of different flavors, and many will not come out of the wick, so it is nice to be able to just pop in a new wick and coil and move on to a new flavor.  Rebuildable means that you can change out the wick and coil in most cases.  That is the case for the corsair by MOV.  I was looking on line for reviews of easy to use rebuildables, and came across this one.   It has adjustable air flow, which really peaked my interest, because I prefer more air than I can get out of most carto’s I have tried.

The corsair was my choice, and this is my review of it, after using it for several months now.

This corsair atomizer by MOV is real nice, once you get used to it.  It delivers a real nice flavor, and the air flow is adjustable with the 3 air holes in the side of the unit.  I read several reviews where the people had issues with it separating and not staying together for them.  I have not had that issue at all.  The only issue I had at first was with the steel drip tip.  I had always used the plastic ones, so I was not used to it being cold…  hey, it warms up pretty quick when your using it, so it was not the big deal I thought it was going to be, and by now, I am completely used to it and like it.

The atomizer is a 3 piece unit.  You have the base, that you put the wick/coil into, then the next piece is the top of the bowl with 3 air holes, and the next piece is the tall chamber with 3 holes in the bottom of it, that you line up with the top of the bowl.  You can go from 1 hole to all 3 open, to get the right amount of draw for you.  I guess the 4th piece is the mouth piece, or drip tip.

I was like most at first, and kinda worried that I wouldn’t be able to make good coils.  It is much easier than you may think.  I watched a few videos on youtube, and now I whip them out whenever I need a new one.   I find they seem to last a lot longer than ones in cartomizers too.  Usually when I change my wick, it is due to changing flavors that I don’t want the old flavor lingering into.  Especially when I am trying out new flavors.  I want to have a clean unused wick, and clean bowl so there is nothing else in the initial taste.  This works out great for me, because it is real easy to keep clean for fresh starts on new flavors.

I will say though, that it takes a little practice using this, to be able to open the top to put in more e-liquid, without popping one of the bottom chambers off. It is easy once you get the hang of it.  You will find though that you need to keep the air holes on the top side when vaping with it.  They are low on the unit, and will leak if you have them facing down when your vaping, for sure.   Also, you will find that you need to push the unit back together from the top, pushing down, to make sure all your seals are nice and tight, so you do not get leakage.

This is not something you would drive down the road with, but if your at a desk all day, or kicked back watching tv, then this is a great atty to ad to your arsenal.

Also, when new to dripping, instead of using a tank or carto, you will think that you do not want to bother with all that extra work.  I didn’t think dripping would be for me, because I didn’t think I could vape very long before having to add more juice to it.  I was wrong.  It lasts a lot longer with 5 to 8 drops than I imagined it would.   And the difference in getting the right amount of air flow, is amazing for me.   Also, when you get used to it, you can start experimenting with the wicking and coil, for some huge vapor production.  I mean epic vapors.

If your looking for an easy to clean and great tasting atomizer, you should look into this one.  The MOV, Corsair rebuildable atomizer. It  is a winner for me, but I know with the way it can come apart, many others will hate it.   You do need to have it on a good mod though.  Something that is stable and will not keep falling over if you set it down.   I use the itaste MPV, and love the combination.  It is so much better than an ego type that I have to keep in a holder to keep it upright.  But I will make that items review next as that is another story.  Just saying, it makes a good battery to use with this atty.

The best thing about this corsair atty is the price… It is only about $15.  The coil and wick is cheap too, so for 20 bucks, you will get several months of vaping without any other added expense.   Unlike a cartomizer, or clearomizer that has to be changed out every week or so, at 3 to 8 bucks a pop.

That is it for this review of the MOV Corsair.

I hope you enjoy vaping as much as I do,

Tim L

Red USA Mix e-liquid by Dekang, flavor review

July 18, 2013 by  
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Ok, so I do not buy too many pre-mixed flavors, and even less of them from manufacturers from China.  I just can’t feel they are as safe as ones made in the USA. Maybe it is just me, but that is how I feel.  However, after reading reviews when I was picking up some flavoring to mix myself, I saw this, and figured hey, it sounds like the one I am searching for…  it isn’t,, but oh well.  Since I got it, I will do a full review on it, like I do with my DIY flavor mixes, because some of you may want to know what this tastes like.

I ordered this at 12% nicotine, so it would have a decent throat hit, and it is about the middle of the road blend for their flavor.  I am testing in my corsair atty at 2 ohms, and set the volts on my ego twist to 4 volts to start.   When I open the bottle, I notice a dark, but slight tobacco flavor.  I say dark, because it seems rich, but is pretty light in the over all scheme of things.  There is a spicy smell that comes out with it, that about washes it away.  I hope it tastes better than it smells, but at least it was on sale.  LOL

The first thing I notice, is that it has decent vapor production, and it definitely tastes better than it smells.  It does had a decent tobacco flavor to it, but I am noticing an aftertaste that is sitting kinda funny with me. It is lingering for now.  Tastes like tin.   I think I will go eat lunch and come back to this, in case it is a left over mix in my mouth from the last flavor I was testing.

Ok, back from having a couple of tacos for lunch.  I am glad I stopped and took a break, so I could have a clean pallet and try this again.  It is a pretty decent flavor.  Not an all time favorite for me, but pretty good.  It has a slight, and I mean real slight grassy taste that lingers after you have vaped it for a while.  The flavor on the inhale is a nice tobacco flavor, with perhaps a small touch of some type of chocolate in it.  I am not real sure on that, but it is not a sweet flavor like carmel, it is more like a coco.   But the tobacco is the main flavor, and it may be a nice one for you to try out.

I will likely vape the rest of the bottle, but I will not buy more, as I am really not interested in e liquids from China, and that is the biggest downside of this flavor.  It is a nice vape, with good vapor production and no bad after tastes.  It is pretty cheap too, but I just can’t get past that made in China idea.   I don’t chew on my kids toys either…

I have seen a number of good reviews for this company though, so I thought it would be okay to get a bottle and give it a try.  But I have no intention of sampling a ton of their flavors.  Maybe one here and one there.

So, over all, the Dekang Red USA Mix flavor is not bad at all.  Not one I would make my all day vape, but I can see vaping the rest of this 30 mil bottle over the next month or two.   If you are looking for a decent pre-made liquid on the cheap, this might be for you though.   I am still vaping it though, after a half hour, and it kinda grows on you.  Not bad at all – just has that whole China thing going on that will keep me from buying more of it.

It is still getting better, even as I am finishing this review off..  so if you don’t have that whole China e-juice phobia going on like I do,, it is definitely worth a try.  My wife gave it a try too, and she liked it as well.

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you too can stop smoking and start vaping!

Tim L

Signature flavors, MLB type, DIY flavor review

July 18, 2013 by  
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2% flavor added to 50/50 mix of pg/vg at 8mg nicotine.  It smelled so good, that I went ahead and added nic in the test batch.

So far, this MLB type flavor by Signature flavors is on the interesting side.  Note, that I have only made it 2 days ago, and this really needs to steep for a week from what I heave read.  So far, it comes closest to what I have been searching for.  My Marlboro flavor that I get from the flea market…   I am not sure where they get theirs from, or what the real flavor is, so I am slowly searching for the base flavor.

Off the bat, I notice it is lighter in color than what I normally vape.  Actually it is light yellow, like urine…  However, some e liquids do get darker as they steep, but it is still yellow.  Also, I only tried a 2% blend as I have been gagged by too many tobacco flavors at 5%.  I will revisit this review next week with an update after it steeps for a week, s0 I can give you the scoop then as well, but for first impressions, here you go.

When mixing this flavor, you definitely smell the tobacco smell.  So far so good.  It smells a lot like my other stuff.  Ok, so I mixed it at 2% flavor, at a 50/50 pg/vg mix, and let it sit for 2 days before trying it.   The first vape is always scarey, so I use extreme caution.  Without really steeping long, it has a very interesting flavor to it.  Not quite what I am looking for, but who knows what next week may bring.  It has a very nice tobacco flavor on the inhale, and I read that someone thought the woody flavor was along the cedar side – I have to agree with that.   When I vaped and let some out to breath in my nose, I can pick up a nice nutty blend in it as well.  I am not sure, but I am thinking perhaps a hazel nut, or perhaps an almond with I don’t know,,, chocolate or carmel.

It puts out a nice cloud of vapor, and the vapor smells nice too.  Some flavors really smell bad in the air, but this one is quite pleasant.  I also notice, that after vaping it for a few minutes, that there is a lingering, nutty after taste hanging around.  Not sweet or sour, just like if you sat and ate some hazel nuts or almonds. I wish I could figure out which one it is.

Over all, first impressions are looking good.  This is a very good flavor at 2% with no real steeping time.  I may make up a 3% or 4% batch to sit while this steeps and try them both next week.  It is interesting as a stand along flavor, although it is not what I was looking for at all.  It is the closest I have come though, so perhaps it is used in the base with some other flavors added to it.  I will hop out of here for now, and make up the stronger batches to see how they go.

Stay tuned, as I will post back next week with more on this MLB type, by Signature (The Perfumers Apprentice) brand flavor.

Ok, a revisit of the 2% after it steeped for 10 days.

The flavor is actually very much the same as before.  Nothing really came out of letting it steep for a while.   It is a very interesting flavor, but not quite what I was looking for.  It is however, the closest that I have came so far, so that is encouraging at least.

It has a real nice bold tobacco smell to it, if you smell the liquid, when you open it.  When vaping, you still get that nice tobacco flavor, with a slight bit of a perfume smell and a slight hint of sweetness in there.  On the inhale, you get that full tobacco flavor, and on the exhale, that hint of the perfume comes out.   The odd thing, is you can’t smell that perfume smell at all when smelling the bottle.   It is a nice tobacco flavor, a lot of you may really enjoy.  I like it a lot, but I am in search of something that I can’t seem to find anywhere but the flea market, and that is unsettling, as I have no idea what is really in it, or where it is actually being made.

1% flavor test:

Ok, now I have the flavor at 1% and 4% to see how this flavor does.  Crossing my fingers that I don’t gag myself.  LOL

This is very interesting at 1%.  I thought the flavor would wash out more, but it is still quite nice.  On the lighter side of course, but still quite good.  It has a little more of the sweetness being pronounced, but the tobacco flavor is still pretty rich and super smooth now.  Also, I do not notice the perfume smell or taste to it at this point.  This is turning out to be pretty decent of a flavor.  I can’t wait to see how the 4% batch changes the flavor.

4% flavor test:

Well, I am quite disappointed with it at 4%. No two ways about it.  At 4%, the rich tobacco flavor is missing completely.  Go figure..  However, to replace it comes a sweet, kinda lemon flavor.  Kinda like the taste of lemon drops, and that perfume smell is back with a vengeance.   The funny thing, is that when you smell the bottle of  e-juice, the perfume smell is gone, and the tobacco smell is real strong.  But at 4%, on a 2.0 ohm atty with the volts set at 4.0, it tastes way different than it smells for sure.   I notice off the bat, that the vapor production was much better with the 1 and 2% batches than with the 4% also.    I turned my voltage down as low as my ego twist will go, (3.2 volts) and it still tastes like a lemon drop with a hint of tobacco in it.

It looks like the 4% batch will hit the sink drain as soon as I am done typing this out, and I will vape the heck out of this stuff since 1-2% works great.   That little bottle of flavoring will go a long ways at 2% mixing.  And it is a real nice, full flavored, great smelling tobacco that will blend with any other flavor you may want, like apple, cherry, blue berry, etc.

Over all, I say this MLB type, from Signature  (Perfumers Apprentice) is a real good tobacco flavor. Just make sure to use your e-liquid calculator to get the percentages right, and keep it around 2% for best results.  I use the e-juice me up, e-juice calculator from  http://breaktru.com   because it is easy to use, and makes saving your recipes a snap.

Happy Vaping!

Tim L

 

DIY (Do It Yourself) Flavors

July 10, 2013 by  
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Many people I have read about in the e-cig forums, make their own DIY, e-liquids to vape. There are a number of reasons that people do this. Some do it to save money, and others may just like to do things themselves to know what all is in it. Others, do it just for something to do. After reading about them making their own flavors, and having fun doing it, I started reading up, so I could start making my own. It does take some reading to learn what to do and what not to do. Please read a lot before considering having a go at your own DIY e liquids, to keep you and your family safe.

I went to a site that sells bulk flavors, and the VG, PG, and nicotine, and a few of the tools needed for the job, and waited… I did a lot more reading in the mean time, trying to find recipes for the 22 flavors I ordered. (why start simple…)

It came in in just a few short days, and I had to get myself busy to see how it would go. I set up a table in my garage, which is also my office. I went to the store and picked up some glass measuring beakers, and some rubber gloves.

NOTE: You should probably ware safety glasses or goggles, and a long sleeve lab type coat for skin and eye protection. The reason I say this, is because I bought 100 MG nicotine liquid, and when it is that strong, it is also very deadly. Even from splashing on your skin. It soaks in, and your screwed. So BE VERY CAREFUL… You do not want to end up in the hospital, or with a dead pet, or child.

My wife loves this banana nut bread mix we get down at the flea market, and I love a Marlboro liquid that they have. It is a good 75 miles or more round trip, so we can’t just run down whenever we want. This prompted me to make sure to try making good flavors that we could vape instead of having to drive all that way, every time we ran low. The drive in my truck is pretty costly, before making any purchases. I made sure to get her banana nut bread, along with every tobacco flavor they had for one brand, and a bunch of other flavors that just sounded good.

If your going to mix your own e liquids, make sure to get a good calculator like one by e juice me up. Available for free here: http://www.ejuice.breaktru.com   It will make the nicotine and other calculations very simple, and you can save all your own recipes so when you have one that works, you can simply open it back up and do it again.  Also, it comes with a ton of recipes at their website that you can download for free, and use.   They allow users to send in their recipes for others to use as well as many that are posted by the software developer.

Oh man,,, when you first open that 100 mg nicotine, make sure you are in a well ventilated area, and/OR, wear a vapor respirator. That stuff will sting your nose now, let me tell you. Also, after reading more, I see many people dilute it down and store it at about 50 mg. I left mine at 100, because it is real simple to figure the math that way. I may change over at some other time, but for now it remains the same, 100 mg strength.

Read my other blogs to see my flavor reviews, and product reviews. I have a ton of flavors to review, and more will be on the way as time passes, so there should always be fresh postings on the site.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Vaping!

Tim L

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