Category Archives: E-Cigarettes/Vaping
In my last episode I stated that on the next installment I would show my latest toy and get into Ohm’s law.
Okay, the only missing ingredient is power, and by that I mean a higher wattage. The minute you start manipulating ohm’s law, you need more power. The SVD device I had been using is an amazing machine, but you can only go down to 1.2 ohms. The law states that to calculate the needed voltage you take the ohms and multiply it by itself, so if your ohms rating was 1.8, then you would multiply it times 1.8. That gives you 3.24 volts. To calculate wattage simply multiply 3.24 times two, which then gives you 6.48. First problem . . . The taste factor says the ohm should be lower. The lower the ohm, the better the taste. Second problem . . . Any device that can fire with a lower ohm rating is only regulated above four volts. And if that wasn’t enough, the power needs to be incrementally higher as you drop down the ohms. The way to get the volts high enough is to raise the wattage, but the device I was using doesn’t go that high. Thus enters the picture . . . The Hana DNA30. With a whopping 30 watts of power and the ability to fire down to .3 ohms, it now seems possible to have your cake and eat it too. Pictured below is my new toy.
Armed with the Hana and my Kayfun/Patriot I can produce enough power to keep the volts over four by adjusting the watts as high as thirty. The taste is amazing, and all of this without the need for an analog cigarette. I’m currently down to 2 mgs of nicotine and my goal continues to be nicotine free. As Rip Trippers would say, ”Smoking is dead . . . Vaping is the future and the future is now.” Well said, Rip.
Okay, here we are again, and on the verge of a full understanding of why the vaping experience tends to come up short on satisfaction.
When you first get into vaping, there’s a quiet unspoken assumption that the result of what we’re doing is the way it’s supposed to be. Oh contraire. . .If you had never eaten a steak and were to some degree unsure of what it was, then when you finally took a bite you have to go with what it tastes like right then and there. But what if the steak you were attempting to eat was made out of Styrofoam. You would think that all steak was supposed to taste like that, simply because you didn’t have anything else to compare it with. Right? Steak’s no big deal and it tastes like…well nothing really. Now do that for years, until one day some nice person gives you a medium rare T Bone steak that would melt in your mouth. That would rewrite the whole steak experience.
Now imagine taking a vape on a device that will actually deliver the flavor that was engineered into the E-Cig. There are over one thousand flavors available on the open market and instead of receiving a fraction of the flavor, you get the whole burrito. The soft drink flavors actually taste like they’re carbonated. There are some that were created to be heat sensitive, so they taste like one flavor on the inhale and another on the exhale.
In the vaping world, there is no substitute for superior hardware, but moreover, there is none for excellent wetware. Shown below is the company that makes my favorite e-liquid. The company is called Dekang and they make a full line of flavors.
To start your search for a better e-liquid, I would suggest this location –
Understand, this website is only one of many that carry this line of fine products.
On my next installment I’ll show my latest acquisition, and get into the best way to manipulate Ohm’s Law.
It took three months to get to a point where I could put the cigarettes down and walk away, so I didn’t start counting until then. I mean fair’s fair right? Every three months or so I would drop the amount of nicotine by about half. Every time I did, I vaped more for awhile, but I think that’s pretty normal. It eventually tapers off and goes back the more predictable amount. I started off vaping 24mg of nicotine and one year later I’m down to 3mg. I’d say that was progress. My endgame, my personal goal is to vape nicotine free.
Okay, so my device was pretty much top notch, and it occurred to me that the tank was and had been dropping the ball. The flavor I was supposed to be enjoying ceased after the first few minutes on a fresh refill. According to everyone on Youtube, it wasn’t the way it was supposed to work.
I tried just about every clearomizer there was, and admittedly some were better than others, but still could not be confused with the vaping version of the Holy Grail.
That was when I found the KayFun and the Russian 91%. These tanks feature rebuildable filter coils and cotton filtration. That means kanthall wire and cotton balls. High quality stuff at bargain basement prices, and I was elated. I could build my own coils the way I thought they should be built and they would work longer, better and every time. Check the image below.
Vaping took on a whole new wrinkle and it changed how I do things again. Stay tuned and next week I’ll show you what that means. To see the KayFun in action check out this link –
Well, now armed to the teeth with information gleaned from my research, I set out to upgrade my vaping setup. I had been using a very weak Ego style battery and a pen tank. Miserable to say the least, and let me hasten to add, miserable only in that it wouldn’t hold up to chain vaping which is what I had begun doing. I might as well have had it surgically implanted to my face. Doing without cigarettes was hard! For a bird’s eye view of round one and two from other peoples point of view, click here.
At my local neighborhood vape shop I spotted what I thought was the end all – do all and was mortified by the price. Back to the house and two hours later I had managed to find the little beauty online for half the amount. This device is called the Innokin SVD (Superior Vaping Device) Clever huh?
It took two weeks to get to my house and when it did I put the battery in, the battery I also found online for an extra charge, and it rocked my vaping world and it still does to this day. It is an excellent device, well built and sturdy. For an up close look at this device click here.
For those who do not wish to travel at the moment, just look below.
Once you make the plunge understand that for awhile it’s like grabbing a tiger by the tail. Devices like these need batteries and a charger… so it’s not just buying one thing, but several things. It turned out to be the best purchase I had made to date. Well worth it! Below you will also find images of the batteries and the charger.
My family and I found ourselves in a vape lounge one year ago with little to no knowledge of E-Cigs other than what we had heard from friends. The staff there was about as helpful as tits on a boar hog, and worse, I hadn’t really done any research at that point so I didn’t even know what questions to ask. Through a whirlwind transaction, we had two E-Cigarettes, enough liquid for, the guy there said two weeks, but in reality for two people it was about three days, with an enormous bill to pay before leaving. Shown below is one of the units we purchased that day.
I had no idea about the fluid except that the guy there said I needed it. He did however allow me to pick the flavor. Wasn’t that nice of him? Turns out it was a 60/40 blend with Propylene Glycol on the high side and Vegetable Glycerin on the low. My Nicotine level was at 18 mg. and it was supposed to simulate a Marlboro cigarette.
One week later it failed, and I took a trip down to the vape store where I was informed about the filter coil needing to be replaced. They hadn’t said a word about that when I purchased it. I was okay with buying them periodically, but I wasn’t okay with only hearing about it after the unit failed. Needless to say, I went on an all out campaign to learn everything about my new endeavor, and kicked myself in the butt for not doing it sooner. I knew better . . . well I thought I did.
What I’ve learned from all of this…
This kind of e-cig was a newbie money pit that was probably okay for the occasional smoker, but not for a person who was trying to depend on it for the total cessation of analog cigarettes. The battery which is listed in milliamp hours (MAH) on this unit was 450, or in the real world about 2 hours and will need a charge. The filter coil as it turns out was a big deal. It’s the “doojigger” that heats the liquid and causes the vapor that you breathe in. It didn’t take too much longer to realize I needed to purchase better equipment, and that the first round of hardware was what I thought I wanted, but was definitely not what I needed.
Join me next week for round two of this vaping saga as I explain where my excitement took me after I became a bit more knowledgeable. In the meantime, I encourage you to comment below and share your experiences and what you’ve learned about e-cigarettes!
Whether or not to vape was a pretty heavy question for me, but that was almost a year ago. August 3rd, 2014 marks the official one year anniversary without so much as one analog (Tobacco) cigarette. I have learned a lot about e-cigs along the way. Like, very few sales people will actually tell you anything unless they think you’re going to buy something and they don’t care what you buy. Buy the wrong device and…bad experience which leads to the return to tobacco, buy the wrong kind of e-liquid and… bad experience which leads to the return to tobacco, have the only battery you own conk out and you find yourself at a convenience store purchasing a pack of smokes. It’s tough…but it can be done. Over the next few weeks I thought I would share some of the blunders as well as the good fortunes concerning what to buy, how to use it and methodology that helped me quit cigarettes. This is a whole new world for me and I hope that some of the enthusiasm will rub off on others that are struggling with one of the world’s worst addictions available on the free market.
For openers stay away from pen style throw away tanks and clearomizers. Admittedly they’re cheap, but cheap being the operable word. Don’t waste your time and hard earned money on ego style batteries. Their power is limited, inaccurate, and short lived.
My suggestion for a suitable replacement to these would be something on the order of the SVD or MVP by Innokin. Both of these and many others like them are regulated devices that will produce the same results each time you take a puff. My suggestion for a tank would be something like the Kanger Tech Pro Tank 2 or anything similar to it. For those of you out there ready to jump to the next level, I would suggest a rebuildable atomizer like the Kayfun or the Russian 91%.
In regards to liquids…it’s kind of subjective, but some people tolerate Propylene Glycol and vegetable glycerin and some don’t. PG fluids have a thinner base and burn cooler. VG fluids are thicker and burn hotter. If you’re unsure…start off with a fifty-fifty mixture and experiment. The only other substances in the e-liquid are nicotine (optional) and food flavoring.
In the upcoming weeks I’ll start breaking all this stuff down with a brief history of how it affected me. Remember, we’re all different and the results can and will vary. The bottom line is…try to have fun, it’s easier to beat the habit than you think.