Blueberry cheesecake, all Flavor west flavors

August 5, 2013 by  
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Hi,

I will be reviewing each flavor on it’s own, but I started to test the blue berry, and with me going with a 30/70 vg/pg blend, it did not carry the flavor well with just one day to steep.  So, I had to bump the flavor of the blueberry up to 20% from 15%, and thinned it to 40/60 with adding more PG to hopefully bring out more flavor sooner.  Worked okay, but still needs to steep for some time.  I will retest next week and see how things go with it on it’s own.

However…

My wife walked in, and saw that I mixed up the following flavors yesterday;

  • Blue Berry
  • Cheese Cake
  • Graham Cracker
  • Banana
  • Chocolate
  • Cherry Balsom ( I think this is supposed to be blossom, but they didn’t write it that way on the bottle)

So, with those flavors on her mind, and the blue berry in the atty already, she was like,,,  make up some blueberry cheesecake.  So, I put some cheese cake on the wick, along with a touch of the graham cracker for the crust, and added more of the blueberry, after I remixed it with 5 percent more flavor and 10 percent more pg.

blueberry-cheesecake-2

At first I thought, there is no way this will work just winging it like this.  Then I took a nice long puff, and WOW, was I wrong.  It was a dead ringer.   Just a lucky shot in the dark for sure.  I will play hell trying to make up this recipe so I can duplicate it in large batches.  You just watch and see…

Another mix I added into the atty was banana, blueberry and cheese cake. No crust.  It was pretty decent.  I think the crust (graham cracker) leaves an after taste in my mouth, but I am not sure about that, since I have not tested it on it’s own yet.   The banana really stands out, and it is also made at 30 pg and 70 vg.   I was just trying that blend to see if I get more vapor.  I think I need to add a bit more distilled water to thin it more, as it is very thick this way with only 2% water added in.  But very tasty.  Again, I can’t wait to review it on it’s own.

Next test is the banana and chocolate.  Please note, I haven’t tried the chocolate by itself, so this could fail…  I like chocolate covered bananas, and love chocolate/banana malts, so I have my fingers crossed that this is a good chocolate.  Here goes.  About 50/50 on the flavors combined, again, right on the atty.  Oh man,,  the chocolate and banana mixed is pretty nice.  Still has a touch of the blueberry in it though, so I need to change out the wick and get these separate reviews under way.

I just couldn’t wait to mention the blueberry cheesecake made up in the atty.  It was such a lucky fluke that she walked in when she did and said to give it a try.  I wouldn’t have tried that before testing each flavor on it’s own, first.   Now to find the correct recipe so I can put it in it’s review for you.

Stay tuned and vape something good while your waiting. I am just trying to finish vaping this wick dry before I change the wick out. I can’t wait to test the chocolate banana mix on its own without blueberry cheesecake trying to work it’s way into the blend.

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

Coumarin Pipe Tobacco, e liquid flavor by Flavor west, DIY review

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Hello, and thank you for stopping by.  I know there are not many reviews out there on Flavor west Flavors, so stay tuned as I run through about 27 of them for you.   This time up is Coumarin Pipe Tobacco flavor for my smoke juice.   If you enjoy a mildly sweet and mild tobacco flavors, you may really like this one a lot.

I started with this on 5-5-2013 at the following mixture:  2% flavor, 0 nicotine, and it is a 50/50 pg/vg blend e-juice.  I let it steep for quite some time, as it is June 1rst, and I haven’t tested it before today.  Many times, I will test vape my flavors the next day, but I have been busy and away from my flavor testing for a while.

To start, I fully cleaned my atty, and replaced the wick and coil, for a fresh clean flavor test.   Soaked the wick good, then gave a small vape to see what it was all about.  To my surprise, it was really nice.  Slightly sweet, but not over powering like a candy flavor at all, a hint of vanilla is roaming around in there too.  Just the slightest hint of tobacco in there – almost non at all.  I think it would be nice to get just a bit more of that in it, so I may try a slightly stronger batch to see how that goes.   However, as it is, it is a really nice mild vape with great vapor production.  In a sense, I seem to feel like there is a bit of a hint of perhaps a light custard in there somewhere.  Kinda creamy smooth feeling to it as I vape it.  I have to say, I wish I would have put some nicotine in this batch, because I would like to vape this for a day to see if I change my feeling about it.  Perhaps I will put some nic in it, but I have to be careful with a small 5 mil batch like this, because my nic is 100 mg, so it takes just a smidgin or it will be too strong.   Luckily, that e-juice me up calculator will figure that out just fine.

I had my wife try this, and she thought it was pretty good too.  Not enough for her to leave her banana nut bread addiction, but she at least said it was good.

Since I have never heard of this flavor before, I looked it up, on Google of course.  It is a natural flavor that comes from a few types of grasses, clovers and bark.  It is naturally sweet, and has a hint of vanilla taste to it.  This is not toxic to humans, but very toxic to mice and rats.  The flavor is used in cigarettes and pipe tobaccos, and is what lead to all the reports of rat poison in cigarettes.  For more information, I suggest the Wikipedia page on it.   In the amounts that would be in your vapor mix, it should be completely harmless to humans.

I think I will test this at 3 and 4% flavor to see how it goes.  Hopefully I will remember to come back and edit this post as I do, but at 2% it is a real nice tasting vape juice.  I am just looking for a bit more on the tobacco end of the flavor.  If I don’t find it, then it would be pretty  simple to mix a small amount of another good tobacco into it for more of that tobacco taste that it seems to be missing, but the more I vape it, the more I like it the way it is.

Definitely on the must try list of flavors for you.  If your looking for a good DIY flavor, this is a real good one.  Start around 2% and work up from there if you need it stronger.

Testing at 4%:

Ok, I have made the 4% flavor batch at 15% nic to test out.   The batch has steeped for 10 days.  The first thing I noticed was that adding more flavor has given it a bit of color.  It is almost clear, but has a slight peachy pinkish hue.  The flavor is a bit bolder, still quite nice also.  It has that creamy taste to it, kinda like the orange dream bar.  The vapor production seems to be about the same as the 2% batch.

Hey guys and gals, if your looking for a nice mild almost sweet tobacco flavor, you have got to give this one a go.  It is real nice.  I could see it being an all day vape for sure.  If you like more of a throat hit, they make stuff you can add to your mix to increase that.  I think I prefer the milder throat hit, because I vape a lot, and harsh flavors tend to give me a soar throat after a day of vaping it.  This one should not be any issue for that at all – mild and creamy.  Mm, we have a winner with this flavor.

Once I vape this dry, I will try one of the other 3 flavors I have mixed up.

Happy vaping,

Tim L

 

Jungle Juice flavor, by Flavor West

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I read posts on some electronic cigarette forums about a flavor called Jungle Juice.  Nobody said what it tastes like, but they were saying they really liked it.  So, I made sure to include that in my batch of flavors to check out.   I mentioned this flavor in my last post, so I figured I better stop the tobacco flavor reviews and get this one posted, because I should have posted it weeks ago, but got side tracked.

The name Jungle Juice, by itself lends no hint of what this flavor will taste like.  It leaves you guessing completely, and I could find no explanation anywhere on the net when I was looking, so I want to be sure to let you know what this odd named flavor is all about.  To start with, if you look for recipes, you will find a few different variations.   Even after seeing the recipes, you will have no clue how it will taste.  I am not sure if they are leaving it a mystery on purpose, or what, but I am about to remove the vale on this hidden gem of a flavor.

I mixed this batch up on April 28th, 2013.  I let it sit for 24 hours like most of my flavors before the first test.   The flavor mix was at 15%, and I made the nic level at 12 milligrams per liter.   The mixture is a deep golden color, with a bit of orange coloring to it and some brown.  It is not what I would call a dark colored smoke juice, but it is far from clear.  A bit darker than say, apple juice.

To test this stuff out, I took out the Jungle Juice bottle, cleaned my atty, then made and put in a new wick and coil so the flavor would be just this jungle juice flavor with nothing else mixed into it.  I had no idea what I was about to get into here.  Ok, so I put ten drops or so into the chamber, and got ready to take a drag.  I could smell this e-liquid pretty well, as it is quite aromatic.  It smells nice and fruity, I guess is the best way to describe it.  So, I took a puff of this from my atty.   A small one at first, as I have had some wicked bad flavors, and didn’t want a ton of a bad one at once.  As soon as I took the drag, I started noticing this flavor that I have tasted before.  It is very fruity, and a touch of sweetness to it as well, but not too sweet.  The best way to describe it, is to pop a piece of juicy fruit gum into your mouth and chew it.  So similar it is not funny, but there is a twist…

Once I took a bigger puff, the other part hit me. (the twist I mentioned)  Just a hint of cooling menthol.  No, I am no fan of anything menthol, and didn’t notice it on the first hit, because it was a small hit, and I don’t think I inhaled it, as I was just pulling the vapor into my mouth to try out the flavor.  However, once I took that next big vape, I noticed it as I inhaled it deeply.  It did catch me off guard, but it was not bad at all.  I mean I could tell it was there, but it was a long ways from being over powering.  I liked the flavor a lot, and my wife did too.  One thing I noticed, was the more I vaped it,  the less I noticed the menthol.   It is so mild, I wouldn’t put it in the same category as a menthol flavor.  It is more of a cooling icy flavor.

This is all being said from someone that generally hates anything menthol.  This is a really great flavor to ad to your mix of flavors.  I can see why several I read on the forums said they made this their all day vape.  It is really that good. A must try.  If your into flavors that produce good vapor, you will enjoy this also, as it creates a great amount of vapor.  It seems to be great at about 3.8 to 4.0 volts on my ego twist battery.

Remember, you may like your flavors milder or stronger than I made mine.  Just use this as a starting point, and blend to your own tastes, and have a great tasting flavor to vape as often as you wish, for a fraction of the cost of store bought brands.

Happy Vaping,

Tim L

Tidewater Tobacco by Flavor West – DIY Review

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I mixed up a batch of the tidewater tobacco by Flavor West, on 5-5-2013.   Today I am sampling it.  The flavor mix is at 2%, as everything stronger would gag almost anyone, on the other tobacco flavors I have tested out.

Right off the bat, first few hits are showing promising signs of a decent tobacco flavor, or possibly one…  with one major exception.  The throat hit is amazingly strong, harsh, or what ever you would call it.  Almost like a dry hit kind of strong.   I am going to take a few minutes, get a drink and come back to it.  I know the wick is completely soaked, so it is not a dry hit, but it seems a lot like it.

Ok, I am back now.   It is real strong.  A slight grassy taste to it, but absolutely none of the perfume crap that I have been tasting in their other tobacco flavors.  It is much better in that respect.  Well, only a very slight hint of that talc powdery feel to it on my inner mouth, and a super slight hint of that perfume to it, but so slight, you hardly notice it until you keep looking for it.

It is starting to look like the issue may be my new wick.  I really soaked it good now, and the harshness seems to be gone.  The vapor production is pretty darn good.  Maybe the highest for any of the tobacco flavors I have tried so far, and it is on the lowest power setting of my ego twist battery.

Now that the harshness is gone, and I got a drink to clear my throat of the burning…  The grassy flavor seems very mild, and I am starting to think this may be one of the best tobacco flavors from Flavor west.  I bought them all, and only have 3 more to test out after this one.  This may just be my new base flavor for things like bluebacco, and others.  At least until I find one better – perhaps a different brand will bring better vaping in the future, but only time will tell.

I am going to vape on this for a few hours and see if it looses it’s luster.  At only 2% flavor mix, I am surprised it isn’t all washed out, but it is actually nice.  I even had my wife take a few hits to get her opinion on it, and she said it was pretty darn good.  She liked it a lot.

Again, this is a 50/50 mix of PG and VG, and I did not put any nicotine in these test batches.   Now that the wicking issue seems to be fixed, the throat hit is very smooth and creamy.  Why did I say creamy?   Because it seems to have a very slight cream flavor going in.  The grassy flavor seems to be all but gone, and I am not noticing any bad after taste coming in to my mouth at all, after about 20 minutes of vaping this.

It does seem to have a mild tobacco flavor to it.  I kinda expected a bit more of that, but over all, this is pretty good tasting.  I will add one percent of flavor to see if it gets any better or if it takes it the other direction, but at 2%, it is pretty decent, and could be an all day vape as it is mild and not at all over powering, and is not leaving any kind of a lingering flavor in my mouth.  I do notice though, that with this flavor, if it even starts to run low on liquid, it produces that super harsh hit, quicker than any of the other flavors I have tried to date.

It is a definite one for you to try out if you are DIY vape juice mixing to find better and cheaper ways to vape.

Happy Vaping,

Tim L

DIY American Tobacco by Flavor West

April 3, 2013 by  
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Hello again,

I have been working on the American Tobacco from Flavor West lately, trying to find just the right amount of flavor.  Let me tell you, it is not simple to do, when there are no clues out there that say, “hey, start with this much flavor” … none at all that I could find.  Flavor west seems to be talked about very little.  Hopefully my reviews and posts will help others that are trying to make their own e liquids with flavor west flavors, because there was sure no info out there when I started, and I have looked long and hard.

Most of my fruity or at least non tobacco flavors you start with about 15 to 20% flavor in your eliquid.  I searched the web and found no info on the tobacco flavors from flavor west, so I started with the same amount.  Like most people, I am guessing, I started out on the wrong end of the spectrum, and put in 15% flavor.  OMG, that was the worst, most horrid taste you could ever imagine.   I let it steep for a week, then a month, and it just got worse.

Finally, I was noticing that a lot of the other flavor brands use 1 to 5% flavor for their tobacco flavors of e liquid.  So, I figured I would go to the other end of the scale and start with 1% and 2% batches the same day, so I could see how things go from the lower end.  I mixed up the two batches and let them sit over night, to allow the flavor to blend in.  I did not put them in hot water this time to fast steep them, as I was figuring it was just going to be a horrid flavor no matter what I do with it, so I didn’t waste the time with the extra step I usually take.  With that in mind, I added no nicotine to these batches so I wouldn’t just be wasting it on a dud flavor.

After they sat over night, I reluctantly tested them starting with the 1% flavor batch first, figuring it would be the least bad of the two.   To my amazement, it didn’t taste bad at all.  It didn’t have much flavor to it, but it was a decent flavor.  A light tobacco blend.  So, I tried the 2% and it was a little more flavorful but still tasted pretty decent.

My initial batches were made on 3-29.  I haven’t touched them again since the 30th, until now.  That is only 7 days since they were first  made.   I know from reading, that a lot of people let their tobacco flavors steep for a good month before using them to allow the flavoring to completely blend in with the other liquids in the juice.  I am a little more impatient I guess.  But I think that checking it each week will allow me to know when it is ready to vape.  Then I can add that info to my notes, and come up with a time frame to make eliquids so they are ready to vape before I run out of my previous batch of e liquid.

Ok, today’s vape of the 1% batch of the American tobacco flavor, by flavor west:  One week after making it.

The flavor is still very vapable, with a very light tobacco flavor.  Also, now, I notice somewhat of a grassy taste.  Kinda like the smell of a fresh cut lawn, but in a real light flavor.  Almost a hint of a light fruity taste, but the harsh perfume smell that it had at 15% is completely gone.  It has no bad perfume taste or smell to it at all now.  The vapor it produced is decent too.

Ok, now I am getting ready to test the 2% American Tobacco by Flavor West.  I take my corsair dripping atomizer and clean it with a paper towel, making sure to dry up all the left over liquid from the bowl and dry the wick as much as I can so when I use the 2% it will give me the 2% flavor closer to the beginning of the test.  The only better way would be changing the wick and coil, but they are the same flavor, just a different percentage of flavor amounts, so no need to take the time to do all that.

The 2% batch: one week after making it.

I ran 12 drops through it vaping it pretty quick to flush the rest of the 1% out, then filled it with another 15 drops from the 15 mil needle tipped bottle.   Now I am testing out the pure 2%.

It has a bit more flavor.  It is actually kinda nice, but it still has a bit of that grassy taste to it.  You can taste a nice blend of light tobaccos, and the vapor is pretty decent.  Almost no throat hit, but remember, there is no nicotine in it at all.  for non nicotine vapors, you can ad some stuff in to give throat hit for non nic e juices.  I will talk about that another time.

The vapor production on this is really great when I twist my battery up to 4 volts.  The flavor is a bit better too – a little bit of a sweet note to it.

After walking my dog, Gizmo, and letting my taste buds clear out, I took another big hit from it, and really notice a lot of the grass taste right off the bat.  After the second or third puff, it seems to lessen quite a lot, and turn into that almost sweet taste.  Kinda odd.   I think this may be a good base flavor to mix with other flavors, like apple, peach or blueberry.  It seems to need something to take out that grass taste.

Alone, I don’t think this cuts it, as there is not enough of a tobacco flavor to it.  The vapor production seems to be great though.  I think to be fair, I will mix a 4% batch to see if it brings out more of the tobacco hints.  They are there, but are very mild, and buried in the fresh cut grass flavor.   I will add to this once I have tested a 4% and possibly adding other flavors also, to see if it blends well.   I will also revisit these flavors at the end of the month so I can see how steeping for a month does for it.

Come back later, or subscribe to this blogs rss feed, so you can see the rest of the results.

Well, I got ready to mix a 4% batch, and saw that I had a 5% batch made up on 3-12.   It is already a couple of weeks old, so it is ready to test.  This batch has 3% nic in it.

About all I can say about the 5% batch is more of the same.  More grass flavor to it.  This is clearly not a stand alone flavor form me.  It is a bit strange, because it does not outright suck, but it just isn’t something I would vape without adding something to it.  I can taste some tobacco in it, but I am not sure what the grass flavor is all about.  It is definitely more pronounced than the tobacco.

Ok, today is April 18th, so it has been two more weeks since I first tasted this batch.   This batch will be 3 weeks old tomorrow.

Testing the 1% batch:  The flavor is still about the same as before.  The vapor production is still great also.  However, the grassy taste seems to have mellowed out  a bit.  Unfortunately it is still there, but not as harsh as a fresh cut lawn on a hot day.. it is more like a day or two later. Still there, just not as strong.  I am still having a hard time noticing a tobacco flavor in it.  It is very mild in that respect, but this is just a 1% batch, so I expect it to be on the week side.

Testing the 2% batch:
It is hard to taste a any major difference in the two this time around.  The 1% seems to have changed and the 2% is almost like the 1% at this point.  All my previous thoughts seem to remain the same for this flavor…  it is just not my cup of tea, and is not a good stand alone flavor.  I will now take these batches and test them with apple, peach or blueberry and see how things going, but I will clearly not be vaping on this alone.

It seems like the manufacturer thinks we smoke our lawns in America… not sure what is up with that.

Thank you for stopping by,

Tim L

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