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

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

Orange dream Bar, by Flavor west, DIY flavor review

July 10, 2013 by  
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Another success was my flavor..  Orange dream bar, by Flavor west.  I like the ice cream bars, so I figured I would give this flavor a try first.  It is a pre made flavor mix, so I just add it to my eliquid base, put in my nicotine, and walla..  At 15%, it turns out pretty darn good.  I set my first batch to 10mg of nicotine, then have gone down from there to 8, and 6mg.

I am working on slowly getting off of the nicotine entirely due to heart problems.  Nicotine restricts your arteries, and well, mine are in bad shape.  So, finding great tasting flavors to vape is more important to me, as I work on my over all health using e cigs instead of real cigs.  I can feel a big improvement, but that is another story.  Back to this review…

This flavor is amazing, to say the least.  I stayed with the 15% flavoring that worked well for the banana nut bread, and I really like this a lot.  The orange really stands out when you take in your vapor, then as you inhale, you feel the creamyness flowing down your throat, and you really taste the cream flavor too. Nice and smooth, and not real sweet.

The orange dream bar flavor has a good amount of throat hit, without being too much.  It is kinda on the mild side I guess, since that creamy feeling hits at the same time, when you inhale.  But I noticed that after vaping it for several hours, you do feel more of the throat hit.   The vapor production is real good too, for a 50/50 blend of pg and vg.   It isn’t a super thick cloud of vapor, but it is about the same as a regular cigaretts smoke cloud.

If you like orange dream bars, or orange ice cream bars, then you should really enjoy vaping this flavor.  This could easilly be an all day vape for me, but I keep going back to my Marlboro flavor from the flea market.  Hopefully one day, I will find that flavor and be able to make it myself and save the trip.

I found no reviews for any of the flavor west flavors, so I figured I would work my way through them all, and share the results with you.   I hope this information helps someone out, as I searched the web for days, and found nothing from anyone about them.  So if you enjoy DIY vaping, then keep reading my other posts as I work my way through my first 22 flavors from flavor west.  I will put the mix info in each review so you know where to start.  Your taste buds may vary, but I will at least give you a good starting point.

I am not sure what flavor I will try next.  I am looking for more recipes on line, and hopefully I will find some that will work with the flavors I have.

I will keep you posted, but so far I have 2 flavors that came out great.  I want to find about 10 to 20 more, then I will be set.  Heck, I might even open a site to sell some of my USA made e-liquids, since all of my ingredients are from the USA.  That e liquid from China just makes me feel uneasy, so I would prefer 100% USA made, eliquid with all USA made ingredients for myself.  I know, some of the good flavors come from Italy, but I haven’t tried those yet.

Happy Vaping!
Tim L

Stag leaf tobacco by flavor west, review

June 30, 2013 by  
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Hello,

Today I am breaking down and writing another tobacco flavor review for Flavor West’s, stag leaf tobacco flavor.   I mixed this batch at 2% flavor back on 5-5-13, and it is now 6-30, so it has had almost 2 months to steep.  That is plenty of time for any flavor.  Most of these have not needed that long at all.  I have just been busy doing other things, and just finally getting back to this.  Oh, also, there is no nicotine in this test batch at all.  After so many bad flavors, I decided to stop using nicotine in it until I find a good flavor to put it in.

As I opened the bottle to get it ready, it almost has a bit of a cinnamon smell in it.  Not really, but kinda like that, along with perhaps some berry incense or something along that line.  Not too appealing before I ever got a puff of it, but at least it isn’t knocking me against the wall like some flavors will.   It is really a hard to explain smell…  not horrid, but not what I would call good.  On to the taste testing..

Ok, I have vaped this for about 30 minutes now, and I am not really impressed.  It is not as bad as it could be, but at just 2% flavor, it has a very odd taste for something that is supposed to be a tobacco flavor.  I come up with a mild tingle, like when you eat a red hot, with a potpourri flavor mixed in.  Kinda an earthy floral taste going on in this one.  Not like the incense it smells like, but more of one of those bags of potpourri that you pick up at the store to put in those candle heated bowls.

One thing I can say for sure, is that it is not horrid tasting.  It is on the interesting side, but it would definitely not be my daily vape, or an all day vape for me.  There is something about it that peaks my interest, but there is enough oddity to it, to put me off a bit.

After vaping on this stag leaf tobacco for a while now, I tend to think that they were going to that flavor you get when you have your first cigarette in a long time… that kinda tingly spiciness, that soon goes away with just another cigarette or two.  Maybe this is it for some other brand of cigs, but not for the ones I have smoked in the past.   It also leaves a bit of a grassy after taste in your mouth.  Almost like an eggnog spicy flavored grass.  Yet the flavor it leaves on your lips is more of the flowery potpourri flavor.  It is real hard to explain this one.    I mean, everyone’s taste buds are going to be a bit different, and this is not my cup of tea, but it may hit the mark for you.  Or, it may be a good addition to another flavor.

I keep trying to think of how this would work for me.  I think if put with a chocolate, and custard, this would be good for making a boston cream tobacco flavor..  That is about all I can come up with as I vape this flavor.

It is clear to see what they were going for, with that first smoke in a long time kind of flavor, but that after taste just looses the battle for me.  I will be saving this one though, and trying it some day with a good chocolate and custard to see if I am right about the boston cream tobacco mix.  Or perhaps with an eggnog flavor it will work well.  It kinda has an eggnog hint going on in there somewhere.   Maybe that strange flavor I am coming up with is more along the lines of a ginger flavor..  That makes more sense to me than cinnamon and eggnog… Then you have a bit of that flowery maybe citrus type flavor on the exhale.  It is an odd one for me.

It is not at the top of my list, but it is a keeper for trying other mixed flavors to see if I can get something good to come out of it.  However, it is not at the bottom of my list of flavors I have tried either.  Due to the distinct different flavor sensations I am getting from this stag leaf tobacco, by flavor west, I would say it has my curiosity peaked, as to what I can do with it, because it is clearly not a stand alone flavor for me.

I hope this review of my 2% mix of Flavor West’s, stag leaf tobacco is helpful to someone out there trying to find out what flavors will work for them.   I can neither recommend or condemn this one.   Good luck with your DIY mixes!

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

JC’s Summer Peach flavor.. nice e liquid

February 28, 2013 by  
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Wow, this is one that I just can’t wait to talk about.

As I opened the bottle of summer peach, from Johnson Creek, I was hit with a pleasing tobacco smell. I thought I would smell the peach, but instead, it just smells like a great tasting mild tobacco blend.  My nose did not pick up any smell of the peach flavor at all.  This lead me to think that it would be a disappointing flavor once I started vaping it.   Boy, was I wrong, and I am glad I was.

I put 4 drops into my atomizer to get it going, and took a few puffs. The peach flavor really stands out, with a bit of an apricot flavor coming through the back end.  That is a great combination.  I am not sure what happened to the tobacco flavor i can definitely smell when smelling the bottle, but this is one great tasting e-liquid for sure.   I don’t know about it making me feel like summer, since it is the end of February and about 32 degrees outside, but it sure lights up my taste buds.

One thing I noticed it is had a mild throat hit, and very little vapor production, but even with little vapor, it has great flavor.  That gives me mixed emotions on this one, because myself, and many others really enjoy a large vapor when we vape.  I think I will try putting a small amount into a vial and mixing with 20% VP and see if the vapor production comes out without watering down the flavor.  It is hard to say I am disappointing with this flavor due to the low amount of vapor, because the actual flavor is so delicious…  But it does leave me wanting for a nice thick vapor cloud.

I will add to this post once I try with 20% VG in just a bit.  Stick around and see how it goes.

Johnson Creek Tennesee Cured PG/VG

February 26, 2013 by  
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Today I also tried the Tennessee Cured smoke juice from Johnson Creek.  I got both the original PG/VG blend, and the VG only (Red Oak)

It is only fair that I review them each separately because there is a difference in the two.

I am reviewing the Johnson Creek Original in this review.

Looking at their web page for this flavor, I see it has the following: “rich and smoky tobacco flavor”…”hints of burnt caramel and vanilla that combine with a smooth, mesquite vapor”.

Personally, I would say they hit this one nose.  I can taste all the flavors they mentioned. Some more of a hint than a full flavor, but that is one of the things that makes it real nice.  It is a good strong tobacco, with plenty of great undertones to boot.  It is the most cigarette tasting flavor I have found yet.  However, like anyone that vapes will tell you…  you are not going to find something that tastes just like a real cigarette.  And that is a good thing, because all of the flavors I have tried so far are much better than a real cig.

Vaping this one is like walking into a fine tobacco store and just inhaling the essence of the room.  It isn’t a cigar smell, or a pipe smell, but a blend of great tobacco flavors.  I could vape this all day, and love it each time, except for the smell of the vapor at times seems to have a slight medicine or chemically taste and smell to it.  In it’s defense, that could be due to having the Island flavor in just before, but I have dripped 5 times and each time there is a lot of juice in the bowl, I get this added aroma that I don’t care for.   Once I get it heated up and going, it looses that funky taste, and gets into the real nice flavor of this juice.

It has a good throat hit, but on the mild side, and the tobacco flavor is solid.  It produces a good solid amount of vapor too.

I am dripping into a MOV Corsair dripping atty, so I can change flavors as I wish.  I chose the corsair, because I like more air flow than any of the other tips seem to offer that I have found, and this one is adjustable to my liking.

This Johnson Creek Tennessee Cured flavor is one you should ad to your list of flavors to sample, and quite possibly be one you will keep coming back to for years to come.

It just might become your daily vape. I am really having a good time vaping this in my electronic cigarette.

Happy Vaping,

Tim L

 

Some Electronic Cigarette FAQs

February 19, 2012 by  
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I am starting with 10 or so frequently asked questions about electronic cigarettes, and will add to it later.

There is no doubt, that the electronic cigarette is rising in popularity very fast around the world, as more smokers become aware of this healthier smoking alternative.  Now, for the first time, an alternate nicotine delivery system is available that closely simulates the real cigarette smoking experience.

Many people believe this will lead to countless smoker’s lives being saved.  Who am I to argue.  I am one of them.  The e-cig is looking very promising, at this point, and is revolutionizing the way many people handle their nicotine addiction… permanently.

However, because it’s a relatively new set of devices that are just coming into public awareness, there is a whole lot of misinformation surrounding the electronic cigarette industry as a whole.  People saying ignorant things like “they contain anti freeze” is a good example.  They don’t.

Is it safe?

Is there a danger of more kids getting addicted to nicotine?

Can it help you quit smoking?

These are all sensible questions that really need to be addressed in order for you to make an intelligent, informed decision, whether this is something you, or someone you love, could benefit from.  There is a lot of data and information out now days, so it is worth the time to check it out.

The following is a list of some FAQ’s about the electronic cigarette, and vaping:

1. How close to the real thing is it?   Very similar.  Enough to satisfy many of the most hardcore smokers. There are many reports of smokers with 1-2 pack a day habits completely switching over to e-cigarettes permanently.  I am just one of them.  The vapor tastes, feels and looks a lot like tobacco smoke. It delivers that instant nicotine satisfaction that smokers crave.  To be fair, it tastes a lot better than a real cigarette, and you can get flavors to suite you.

2. Is it really safe?   Tobacco smoke definately has over 4,000 toxic chemicals. Electronic cigarette vapor has none of these because there is no actual smoke involved. Smoke is the real health hazard. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine by inhaling a vaporized water/nicotine solution without having to worry about tar, carbon monoxide, etc.

A report by the Royal College of Physicians, states that nicotine by itself has not been proven to cause any long term ill health effects. Electronic cigarette vapor has about 20 ingredients (including nicotine) all of which are considered safe as long as the proper instructions are followed.

3. Can it help me quit smoking? Electronic cigarettes are NOT marketed as smoking cessation devices. They are meant to be used by smokers who are seeking an alternative, that can be used anywhere.  That being said, common sense dictates that it definitely has potential to be an integral part of a sensible stop-smoking program (similar to how nicotine gum and patches are used).  With an e-cig, you can choose to lower your nicotine level as you wish.  It is up to you, if you want to use it to help you quit smoking tobacco cigarettes.

4. Is it approved by the FDA? The e-cigarette is a nicotine delivery device, and doesn’t fall under the jurisdiction of the FDA right now. However, studies are being done to decide how, or if, it will be regulated in the future.  I am sure it will be in some way or another.

5. Why are certain groups so opposed to it?   This is a complicated question, and the answer even more so.  Certain groups may have the public’s best interests in mind, and just want more clinical studies to be done. Others have a big financial interest in trying to figure out the best way to capitalize on what is probably going to be a billion dollar industry soon.  Others feel that their will should be imposed on everyone else.  Yes, there are plenty of groups that feel that way… it is sad, but true.

6. Can it be used anywhere?  Technically, yes.  There is no burning tobacco, and no second hand smoke is produced.  Although it is totally acceptable in most public places, there are certain areas like restaurants that may not like the appearance of it, because they do not want to offend other customers that do not understand what it is.  In these cases simply check with the staff first.  I vape in my home, but for many years, I had to go outside to smoke, because I did not want my house being ruined by the smoke settling on the paint, or in my cloths in the closet. E cigs do not do that, so I can freely vape indoors.  It was sure nicer in the winter time.

7. Does the electronic cigarette market target kids?  Absolutely not!  There is a lot of misinformation regarding this topic floating around out there. Some anti e-cig groups are claiming that just because there is a variety of flavors like fruit, vanilla, chocolate, etc. are available, that this is going to appeal to kids.  That’s like saying because nicotine gum comes in a variety of flavors like mint or fruit it’s catering to a younger crowd.   Adults enjoy a wide variety of flavor choices too!  The bottom line is the initial cost for an electronic cigarette starter kit (usually around $100 or so) is not really practical for most kids. The target market is adult smokers looking for a healthier alternative to smoking choice.

8. What is the best e-cigarette?  That is a great question asked by so many.  However, it is a hard one for anyone but you to answer.  This is where you need to use a bit of discrimination, and test out several types in person.  There have been a number of cheap models coming out of China that are wrought with mechanical problems.  Luckily there are a handful of high-quality USA and China manufacturers out there.  A little bit of research will help you decide on which one you prefer.  Just remember that sometimes it’s worth spending a few more dollars to ensure you get a high quality vaping device that is capable of giving you an enjoyable, and problem-free vaping experience.

9. How much does it cost? A quality starter kit (including rechargeable battery, charger and 5 nicotine cartridges) will run you around $100 – $150. A package of 5 cartridges will run you around $5- $15.  One cartridge is about the same as 1 – 1.5 packs of traditional tobacco cigarettes. If you do the math, it is much less expensive to vape.  That’s the equivalent of paying around $1.0 – $3 per pack of cigarettes.  The price varies quite a bit, depending on where the e-liquid comes from.

10. Where can I buy one? Because they are still fairly new in the USA, not many stores are carrying them yet. Many gas stations carry the disposable singles for you to try out.  However,the best deals can be found online.  Go to  my electronic cigarette shop to check out some of the best electronic cigarettes available today. Or, if you are lucky enough to have an electronic cigarette (vapors supply) store in your area, stop in and get some real first hand information, and great support in making the right choice for you.

11.  Why do people call themselves vapors or that they are vaping?   Great question.  The reason is because you do not smoke ecigs.  You inhale vapors.  Most people that call it vaping is because you are doing just that…  it is not easy to get used to, but it is the accepted term for using an electronic cigarette.  If you vape, your a vapor.

12.  There are so many places to choose from online how do I know which one is best. Again, this comes down to personal choice.  One store will carry one thing you like and another will have better pricing on something else.  Read forums too.  Not all e-liquids of the same flavor, taste the same from one store to another.  Product reviews are very important and useful tools.  Use them, and you will be glad you did.

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