Different Types of Vaping Devices

This industry is expanding at such a fast pace, it is hard to keep up, and at times can be pretty confusing, even overwhelming.

Our 2015 Vaping Device Recommendations

Here we have our top recommendations from a few of the major categories of vapor products. Whether you are brand new, or looking for the next product for your arsenal, we hope to have a few nice selections to choose from.

Cigalikes – Rechargeable and Disposable

Cigalikes, or mini e cigs, are what most people think of for a standard electronic cigarette. These are what you see in convenience stores and gas stations next to cigarettes, which look pretty similar, though they typically have just 1 or two in a package.

If you are brand new to e-cigs, doing some research, this is a great way to find out if you like it

With a rechargeable device, you can recharge the battery and they will last for a couple hours.

Typical Rechargeable E-Cig

Eversmoke Battery

Disposables look almost the same, and function the same, though they are a one time use e-cig.

A disposable is the cheapest way to try one out, as that is all you need, and they are usually rated as having roughly the same amount of nicotine as a full pack of cigarettes.

Our Cigalike Recommendation

The Vaporfi Express

Shop For An Express Kit At: http://www.vaporfi.com

Read the full Vaporfi Review here (with discounts).

Go to our full list of 2015 Cigalike recommendations here.

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Pros and Cons of Disposables

The upside is that you can just take a couple puffs, and put it down, unlike a real cigarette, where you light it up, and either smoke the whole thing or can save it if you really want, though that stinks up your pack or pocket.

The downside is that you could finish it off in a few hours if you vape like crazy. On average, they can last 3 hours or much longer, depending on the size of the disposable, and of course how heavily you are vaping.

Cost

Using disposables are going to cost more than rechargeable e-cigs. Each one has a cartridge (looks like a cigarette filter), which is what contains the nicotine and flavor that turns into vapor. The rechargeable cartridge is built in, and rechargeable cartridges are replaceable. It costs roughly half as much to use rechargeables, as you only need to replace the cartridges (cartomizers).

Our Disposable Recommendation

 

V2 Disposable E-Cigs

Shop V2 Disposables At: http://www.v2cigs.com

(Tip: you can get these as single units at many local gas stations/convenience stores)

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eGo Vape Pens

This is  often a next step. eGos are a larger battery, and they allow a larger piece in place of the e-cig cartridge, called a tank or clearomizer.

Typical eGo Pen

Vaporfi Pro Vape Pen

The battery and e-liquid last longer, and you typically can get a full day out of an eGo set up. Of course there are different sizes here as well, and the biggest eGo batteries could even go for 2 days or more.

Our eGo Recommendation

Vaporfi pro colors

Shop Vaporfi Pro Colors At: http://www.vaporfi.com

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Adjustable eGos

There are also adjustable eGo vapes for when someone wants some control over their e-cig, where you can adjust the power, to create more vapor, or also the fine tune the flavor.

Our Adjustable eGo Recommendation

 

The Vaporfi Rocket

Shop For The Rocket At: http://www.vaporfi.com

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Mods

This is a broad category, which even encompasses eGos, as it is typically anything beyond your standard cigalike, though it is mostly thought of as more advanced or powerful devices than an eGo.

Typical Box Mod with Digital Screen

VaporFi™ Vox 50 Side View

More advanced means that you have more options, such as variable power output, or control of the airflow through the device, and some other options to control the functioning of the device. Some of these can even include features such as the ability to charge your smartphone while you vape, such as the Innokin iTaste MVP series.

Our Box Mod Recommendation

 

Vaporfi VOX II

Shop For The VOX II At: http://www.vaporfi.com

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Mod Categories

The main mod categories are eGos, tube mods, mechanical mods, box mods, and then variable wattage and variable voltage.

A few of these categories overlap, as with box mods, they mostly all have variable power options, and then mechanical mods are just straight forward on/off devices, often with beautiful craftsmanship.

Sub Ohm

This is a really popular trend, which is comprised of mods and e-liquids that are essentially geared towards creating lots of vapor, and there are flavor preferences achievable from tinkering with sub ohm settings.

It essentially consists of an atomizer which has a resistance of less than 1 ohm, and that means more power flowing through, creating big clouds of vapor. This would be one of the more advanced areas of vaping, and you want to know what you’re doing with this, as you’re pushing higher power levels through the different components.

Our Sub Ohm Recommendations

The VOX II Kit

Shop For The VOX II Kit At: http://www.vaporfi.com

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Volt With Free Juice

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Vaporizers

Technically, any device that creates vapor, is a vaporizer, e-cigs, eGos, box mods etc., though in this category are introduced other materials to be vaped, such as waxes, oils and loose leaf products. Much of this can be done with eGOs etc as well, but vaporizers often refers to portable and desktop units that vaporize herbs, oils and waxes.

That covers most of the bases of the vaping devices that are currently available, and at present, there is an incredible amount of new devices being released, seemingly every day, and it is a very exciting time to explore the vaping world!

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Sub Ohm E Liquids

A basic guideline for choosing vape liquid is that your coil should be able to handle the viscosity of your juice. It can’t be a CE5 coil if you want to vape 70% vegetable glycerin (PG).

While 100% propylene glycol (PG) is fine for almost any system, max-VG is not. Your atomizer has to be specially designed for dripping at low or even sub-ohms (a Nautilus or Aspire tank, perhaps the Smok VCT, and a mechanical mod or adjustable box mod.)

That is what quality sub ohm vape liquids require: atomizer coils built for thick e juice to get through without clogging and at high temperatures. They also shine brightest with the power of a variable watt device behind them.

Great E Juice

Several brands of e liquid are sold in multiple versions with more PG than VG, or vice versa, and usually a 50/50 option as well. Buying max-VG e liquid, however, is no guarantee of quality.

When you apply high temperatures to juice, the good is very good and bad qualities stand out. The top 5 sub-ohm vape juices are thick, but there is more to it than that. They are also rich in flavor and high quality ingredients. Usually these include at least 10% PG.

Kings Crown Bottles1. King’s Crown

We don’t know what the balance is here but we do know this is excellent vape liquid for dripping atomizers and RTAs by the maker of Suicide Bunny e liquid.

There are 4 flavors, $22 for 30 ml, with up to 12 mg of nicotine. Bound by the Crown blends ripe stone fruits with custard and spice.

Claim Your Throne wraps butterscotch in sweet creams and brown sugar. Fight Your Fate with tart lemon and sweet strawberry. The King’s favorite food is peanut butter.

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Vista Select Cloud Series2. Vista Vapors

Along with their usual line of customizable flavors, Vista Vapors launched their Premium line of cloud or ocean vapes.

Alto Stratus is candied fruit with some customers suggesting apple as the core flavor. Nimbo Stratus blends melon with something floral but lovely.

The Atlantic Ocean is made of caramel according to Vista Vapors, but the Arctic is crisp with berries and spearmint. A 30-ml bottle costs just $11.99, so this is the economical vaper’s answer to gourmet liquid.

Shop: http://www.vistavapors.com

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Mythos E Juice3. Mythos E Juice

Out of all the liquids I am going to talk about here, quality and safety are the most traceable and transparent with Mythos.

They run an independent laboratory where they apply lot numbers to every bottle and use only USP-certified vegetable glycerin.

The nicotine base is this same VG while flavorings are 100% organic. Mythos styles include Poseidon (Lemon-Lime), Persephone (Cantaloupe and Pear) and Athena (dessert tobacco).

Shop: http://www.vaporbeast.com

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Alien Visions4. Alien Visions

Again, quality is highlighted at Alien Visions where they use only USP, GRAS ingredients and a blend of 90% VG.

Their USA-made flavors are designed to taste natural and include Gryphon’s Breath, a lightly sweet tobacco.

Their 555 resembles an authentic tobacco blend. With Christy’s Cappuccino, you really notice how much like a coffee this is. Banana Slurry is full of banana.

Shop: http://www.avejuice.com

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Uncle Junks Pink Meadow5. Uncle Junk’s

One of the most popular brands in the past year is Uncle Junk’s Juice (70% VG) costing about $12.95 for a 15-ml bottle in glass with nicotine percentages of 0.3, 0.6, 1.2, and 1.8.

Their Fog Pink Meadow reminds vapers of vanilla and strawberries while Blue Fog calls to mind wild berries and citrus.

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Runners Up

A few other juices you might want to try are Driptonic, Cloud Science, and Virgin Vapor. The Standard is also rich with VG.

Sub Ohm Batteries

Technically, most sub ohm devices are not batteries but mods containing batteries which are either removable by the consumer or not. Some are battery banks, but almost all sub ohm mods are control units powered by 18650 cells or multiple batteries. There are two exceptions I can find if you only count authentic vape batteries: the Aspire CF and Vision High Voltage.

The Aspire CF Battery

Aspire is better known as a maker of high-end tanks like the Nautilus and Atlantis. Their Aspire CF (carbon fiber) is a new 2000-mAh and you can use it with the Atlantis tank. In fact, that is what the Atlantis was made for. Customers can buy a kit containing the 2000-mAh CF and Aspire’s Atlantis tank. The tank offers airflow control, a Pyrex tank, and a sub-ohm build.

The Aspire CF 2000-mAh battery has a nearly square screen showing all pertinent values.

Aspire CF Sub-Ohm Battery

Inside the threading well there is a spring-loaded connector so, although the Atlantis makes an ideal connection, you can choose a different model like the Kanger Subtank Plus or Smok Vapor Chaser Tank instead. Any 510-threaded tank or RDA will take its place with no trouble. A spring-loaded connector also enhances the stability of your connection.

At the base of the Aspire there are 6 vent holes to reduce the chance of overheating your battery. An LED-lit button glows or blinks depending on what it’s trying to tell you. Watch out for a blue light to indicate you are within a healthy range of 3.5 volts to 4.2 volts. Otherwise, you will see an orange light which shows your battery is at 3.5 volts or less. Maximum output is 40A and minimum resistance for this battery is 0.3 ohms.

If the battery is getting low on power, your orange light will begin to blink. There are protective features: defense against a short circuit, a short-circuited atomizer, over-discharge (when you charge overnight and don’t remove fully charged batteries right away), and low voltage.

In any of these instances, the battery will shut off to prevent damage from occurring. At 3.2V, the Aspire CF will simply go into sleep mode until you recharge the battery with a USB device. You can lock the battery in the “off” position so it will not be fired in your pocket when you twiddle with it while waiting in a line up for your coffee or if a child starts playing around.

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Vision High Voltage Sub-Ohm Vape Battery

The Spinner and Nunchaku are Vision’s best-known products, but they also make a sub ohm battery called the High Voltage.

High Voltage Matrix Sub-Ohm 40W Batteries

This 40-watt battery costs around $35 (roughly the same as an Aspire CF) and measures 94 mm long. It works with 0.25-ohm coils and is charged via micro-USB. Just 4 vent holes are built into the base.

Again, this is a lockable device and protected from the same problems which beset users of the CF and other high-powered batteries. This is a definite step up from the Vision Spinner although the Spinner is pretty in its many metallic colors.

Sub ohm batteries like the Vision High Voltage are perfectly paired with tank atomizers which are designed to handle 40 watts or less, perhaps a maximum of 50 watts. For instance, you could buy the Aspire Atlantis, Kanger Subtank, Sense Herakles, JoyeTech Delta II, or the Matrix Sub Ohm Tank by High Voltage.

In a search for the High Voltage by Vision, this tank could come up as well. Its coils work at 0.2 ohms to 0.6 ohms and handle as much as 80W (like the Smok M80). This 5-ml Pyrex tank has vents at the drip tip and base.

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A High-Tech Sub Ohm Battery Bank

The Innokin iTaste MVP 3.0 Pro is a battery bank and sub ohm device. It is easy to use and can be locked for safety. With 4500 mAh power, you can be sure there is power for two days of vaping or enough to vape and charge something else over a period of 24 hours.

itaste mvp 3.0 60 watt pro colors

 

The Pro’s display shows resistance, power, and how many puffs you have taken. Attach the Innokin iSub which was designed for the release of this high-powered mod and battery bank sold in pink, black, silver, blue, or gold. A Pro takes you all the way to 60 watts.

For something closer to the Aspire CF or High Voltage in terms of power but in a different shape or design, the 30 Watt Eleaf iStick or an Innokin iTaste MVP 30W make excellent alternatives. The Vox Mod by VaporFi is also a good product while Smok makes the Groove II and JoyeTech has the eVic Supreme which boasts a screen that allows you to download personal photos and use them as screen savers.

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Strix Elixirs

Follow the owl: he will lead you to Strix Elixirs. You have probably seen them before; their e juices from Dallas, TX, are popular and affordable. A 10-ml bottle costs just $5, and although this is not the cheapest price around, $5 is darn good for high quality products like these.

Not only is this an affordable brand, but Strix Elixirs gives back to their community, selecting a charity each month to receive a percentage of profits through their “Vape for the Planet” program. This month’s charity is Wounded Warrior. Find out about past recipients by visiting their website and learn how to apply for funding for your own charity.

Strix Elixirs E JuiceE Juice Selection at Strix Elixirs

Buy a bottle or a multi-pack. Choose your strength: 0, 3, 6, 12, or 18 mg of nicotine per milliliter of liquid. Now choose from assorted flavors: a good list, though not an endless one.

With the option to customize your flavors, however, this list grows substantially and Strix Elixirs even carries base liquids and flavorings so customers can blend e juice at home.

Customizable Juices

I will just take a minute to point out a few flavors which could easily be combined with others to form complex combinations. Mad Batter tastes like fluffy lemon cake and is great for dripping. Egg Nog limited edition e juice could be a potential pairing, although either one would go very well with Vanilla Ice Cream or Blue Honey Cream.

Some Juice Names

Here is just a sample of juice names without going into detail. Besides those listed above there is Smitten, Monkey Stripe, Bewitched, and Bogart. With a couple of flavors it looks like they were inspired by movies, but the theme does not run for long.

SmittenSmitten

This e juice was inspired by Valentine’s Day. It is a non-clogging, clear e juice which should not crack tanks, although there is a note of lemon in here. It’s not enough to cause concern if your clearomizer tube is made of polycarbonate. Other notes in this romantic e juice are white chocolate and strawberry.

Bogart

This is the company’s signature tobacco: a smooth, rich type made from naturally extracted tobacco juice. Vanilla Bogart adds a note of vanilla to sweeten it up a little.

Monkey Stripe

You could compare this with Tiger Tiger ice cream with its similar striped flavor. They both contain black licorice: that’s the black stripe. In place of orange ice cream, however, Monkey Stripe contains creamy ripe banana.

More Names to Tempt You

Pixie Dust tastes like colored, powdered sugar. It’s not hard to imagine what a Hazelnut Cookie should remind you of. Espresso Dream might just replace that early morning cup of coffee.

A Few Notes

Strix Elixirs tells clients when a juice could potentially crack their tank. They also indicate the color of your e liquid. Although it does not contain any colorant, there are some which naturally change color because of flavorings used or due to steeping. These are all pre-steeped, ready to vape, made in small batches. Steeping times vary for each juice since each one responds uniquely to the process.

Customers might have come across Strix Elixirs in their Zamplebox monthly delivery. Spinfuel has also written favorably about their juices. Between these two sites and their own e-tail website where customer reviews are posted, there are lots of ways to get to know Strix Elixirs.

Crystal Canyon Vapes

Vapers from Arizona shop at this store for their many and varied e cig, e juice needs. That includes buying batteries and hardware. Vapers from around the country know this to be a classy, quality vapor juice vendor.

Crystal Canyon Vapes in Queen Creek, Arizona, is an all-purpose store, but they are focused on juice, a bit like Mount Baker Vapor. Crystal Canyon Vapor turns up on top-ten lists more than Mount Baker Vapor, however, and has garnered a lot of respect in the vaping world for their high quality juices that don’t cost an arm and a leg.

That is in spite of the fact that Crystal Canyon Vapes isn’t one of those elite brands with just 4 flavors and an enigmatic website which doesn’t really tell you anything you need to know about the company or their juice.

Crystal Canyon VapesCrystal Canyon Vapes E Juice

The company’s website says it all. They use USP propylene glycol, Kosher vegetable glycerin, American ingredients, and 99.9% pure nicotine. There are no fragrances, colors, enhancers, or chemical additives in their e liquids.

Everything is bottled and blended in the United States. Their mixing area is sterile and professionals are involved in the blending process to maintain safety and quality. Customer service is an important part of the business.

Newest Flavor

Crystal Canyon’s website is currently highlighting a new flavor — a tobacco, ironically. It’s so interesting to write about countless artisan e juice businesses combining the flavors of breakfast cereals and custards but which never touch tobacco-style vapes, and then turn to Crystal Canyon Vapes where there are loads of them. The latest flavor is Eldorado: Western Tobacco.

eldorado bottle

E Juice Categories

Among headings, you find tobacco, menthol, and coffee. Explore beverages and fruit. The list is pretty impressive and several of the following flavors are among the top-rated juices at independent review sites.

Crystal Canyon beverage flavorsBeverages to Vape

AZ Sun Tea is a brewed iced tea and a play on words, one of many. Islander blends tropical fruits. Ecto Cooler is a popular style made by lots of firms including Mount Baker Vapor, though not always under the same name. It is just like a familiar orange-tangerine juice drink.

Your Morning Coffee

The people of America love coffee whether it’s the real thing or in a vape juice. I would bet e juice costs less than a cup of regular coffee. Dark Forest is peppermint mocha. Peppermint finds its way into a Peppermint Cappuccino. My Café Blend is straightforward java while Cappuccino French Roast is more of a specialist drink.

Fruit of the Vine, Orchard, etc.

Select Grapevine for an explosion of tangy, sweet grape. Apple and grape together form Orchard Creek. Banana and blueberry are Wild Blue.

Decadent Desserts without Calories

Sinister Sweetness is a combination of butterscotch, chocolate, and caramel. I don’t know what is sinister about it. Confessions is a blend of raspberry and chocolate (a change from strawberries dipped in chocolate). For the traditional palate, there is Euphoria: strawberry shortcake.

Mint and Menthol

Smokers trying out vaping are frequently drawn to these and tobacco types first. They might never leave this section or revving up to try hookah-style e liquids with no hint of cigarette flavors. When they begin with menthol and mint, customers find some analog types (Pioneer menthol tobacco) and some gum-types (Arctic Ice spearmint menthol).

crystal canyon tobacco flavorsCrystal Canyon Vapes Take on Tobacco

3:10 to Yuma has received a lot of attention from reviewers who love its smooth, moderately powerful throat hit and flavor. Beechwood sweetens tobacco with honey. Cherry tobacco is known as Sidewinder. You could not do these things with cigarettes — blending honey or fruit with tobacco. When it comes to e liquid, you can do almost anything.

Highly Rated Products

Empire, Blueberry Tobacco, and Dark Forest are among their top-rated flavors. Empire is a blend of Turkish tobaccos. This is a small company, so their success is all the more poignant because Crystal Canyon Vapes aims to balance quality with quantity and variety. You will find their flavors on the Crystal Canyon website and probably a few other places locally.

The advantage of shopping with them online is that you can buy hardware at the same time and still save money. There are several levels of equipment available. Crystal Canyon Vapes e juice would suit any of them.

E Juice Subscriptions

Purchasing individual bottles of e juice from your preferred vendor or over the internet puts you, the shopper, in full control of every aspect of your vaping choice. That includes nicotine levels and flavor categories. As you know, there are dozens of e juice companies in the United States making their own e liquid, often by hand, frequently in small batches.

Most of their mixologists do not try to be unique. They just blend individual extracts (strawberry, coffee, vanilla, etc.) into a particular mixture of propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerin and choose a limit of nicotine (usually from 0 to 24 mg). You could almost do it at home if you had the equipment.

Experimenting

When you find something you like, it’s hard to imagine experimenting sometimes, but that is not the way everyone feels. If you dislike the staid solution of knowing your e juice flavor up front every time you go shopping, a subscription can be lots of fun and you can still supplement with predictable favorites along the way.

Reasons to Join a Subscription Program

E juice subscription companies typically offer at least 2 no-contract monthly delivery plans, meaning you can join for a month or six months and there are no penalties for pulling out. Their prices usually include shipping and there are set delivery dates each month, like a wine subscription program.

Your box contains a minimum number of bottles as per your arrangement, and sometimes hardware like a battery or coils. Every month, you sit back and wait for all of this stuff to arrive at your door, having done absolutely no work except set the subscription in motion at some point. It is an easy and even lazy way to shop.

It is also a lot of fun. You can be choosy and voice very specific preferences with some companies, even down to the brand and flavor, but most companies sell too many brands of e liquid to let you be so demanding as that.

At the very least, you get to state your preferences for or against certain types of flavors: sometimes 10 styles. Select a nicotine ratio too. Usually, they carry a few brands you can purchase by the bottle whenever you want.

On the other hand, you could ask for the company to surprise you. This way you never know from month to month what types of flavors could arrive. They might be exotic tobacco, anise, fruit and custard, rhubarb pie, or kiwi and pineapple. Your box could contain watermelon candy-flavored juice, espresso-flavored e liquid, or an ice cream style.

The anticipation is exciting enough to justify the cost, even if you get a lot of juices you don’t like. Generally, the rate of satisfaction is about 50% or higher and you can always trade with friends paying for similar subscriptions. Besides, subscription companies charge up to 70% less for e juices than you pay retail.

In the end, there is a good chance of making a discovery. One box might contain the e liquid you have been searching for; one you could vape all day, every day, but which you had never seen before or ever thought you would like. This is a great way to experiment and vape outside of the box.

JuiceCrate.comJuice Crate

This program allows you to choose from three monthly delivery sizes which include hardware and e liquid.

Select 0, 3, 6, or 12 mg, and say yes or no to candy, tobacco, mint, beverage, earthy, and other styles of vapor juice.

You also tell them what gauge of wire you need since this will be inside your package.

Among their partners are Shark Juice, Totally Vaped Out, Blends by Bryce, Mastermind, Frisco Vapor, and the Standard.

Zamplebox.comZampleBox

The company that started it all offers 6- and 11-bottle plans from $25.99.

They changed their service in response to more customizable competitors’ subscription services, so that now you can be far more specific than originally.

Choose exotic, explosive, smooth, refreshing, dessert, or tobacco profiles (among others) besides nicotine.

Your box will contain offerings from gourmet companies which could include Ben Jonson’s, Banzai, Big Heart, Nebula, Johnson Cree, Cyber E Liquid, Classified, and Mad Mike’s.

Ejuicepack.comE Juice Pack

There are more than 8,000 ways to customize a subscription from E Juice Pack.

They carefully choose e liquids to offer you from nut, candy, coffee, and other styles made by well-known and lesser-known labels.

Select products by MBV, Mister-E-Liquid, or Velvet Cloud. Choose Ballistic, Charlie Noble, and a few other brands of e juice.

The list here isn’t as long as many others and some of their labels are on the lower-end of the e-juice gourmet scale, but customers love them and the price (from $7.99 per month).

Pick a specific flavor/brand or let the company surprise you based on your flavor profile.

ZodistZodist

Ask for all surprises or make some choices at Zodist.

Their break down of flavor types is fairly typical: creamy, fruit, mint, tobacco, etc.

Nicotine levels are also fairly standard at zero, 6, 12, or 18 mg.

Tell them if there is anything you wish to avoid such as hazelnuts or marshmallow or a particular type of flavor you have always wanted to try such as pipe tobacco or French roast coffee.

Their services start with a $23.99 plan (30 ml/2 bottles). Labels in your box could be Coval Vapes, Drake’s Vapes, Teleos, The Mad Alchemist, or Vapor Technologies.

There is also the option to shop on their website for Dr. Ohms or Brewhaus E Juice among others. They sell mods and kits as well.

More Selection

Some e cig brands sometimes offer their own subscription services but you only receive their brand of e liquid. An example would be VaporFi. Two other companies selling varied brands are Juice Box and Craft Vapery.

Vintage E-Liquids

While debates rage about e-cigs vs. smoking tobacco as nicotine delivery systems, Vintage E-Liquids has something else in mind: e-juice delivery. They invented and patented a new type of container for their e juice: the One-Flick dispenser. As far as they are concerned, their container makes refilling your tank a lot easier and neater. After all: you just need to flick the top once and you’re good to go.

Collectible

Vintage E-Liquids has also created a collectible product for those who keep containers after they finish the juice inside and display them on the mantelpiece. Labels on certain bottles of e liquid boast interesting, original art works (Gallery, Suicide Bunny, The Standard, and others). Future generations will study these works as a means to understand the culture in which early 21st Century westerners lived and what interested them.

vintageeliquids.comVintage E-Liquids Theme

Thematically, Vintage E-Liquids labels resemble tarot cards from an earlier century which will fascinate future historians and antiquarians. Occult imagery is apparent, but with a potential link to circus life and theatrics. See what I mean by viewing their products online. There are 7 flavors, the label for each a mixture of dark and light.

Seven Flavors

Images of the Dreamer, Lover, Drifter, Sinner, Seeker, Joker, and Legend mostly convey light-heartedness but with dark accents. There is an undercurrent of intensity to contend with and you might be taken by surprise.

Fresh Fruits

The Lover blends papaya, orange, and guava. Seeker is a ripe pear flavor with toasted almond. Peach and pineapple pair up in the Dreamer.

Tobacco Blends

It is unusual to see tobacco styles of e juice from a gourmet company selling a small range of flavors, but Vintage offers two types. Legend blends tobacco with sweet caramel and vanilla. Taste two distinct but complementary styles of mint plus smooth tobacco and an end note of vanilla in The Sinner.

Creamy Juices

Other firms would refer to The Joker as an orangesicle but Vintage makes no mention of this summer treat. Its composition is similar, but fresher; less like candy and more like cream-topped fruit. Sweet orange and two kinds of cream create a less-sweet impression with the Drifter, a similar juice to the Joker but with custard, tangerine, and a kiss of vanilla.

Buying Vintage E-Liquids

A website for this artisan e juice firm only provides information and a portal for wholesale clients. Contact them or become a distributor. You cannot buy e juices for personal use at their site.

Re-sellers charge about $14 per 15 ml with a range of between 18 mg and zero nicotine. Their flavors come highly recommended, but if you are not familiar with e juice pricing, this is a big number compared to most comparable brands.

You must be paying for the bottle and unless you are aiming to collect all 7 more than once, you will find it difficult to justify paying $14 more than once. Usually, gourmet juice sells for around $12 per 15 ml.

Contact the Company

Vintage E-Liquids is another California vaping business. Their offices are located in the Foothill Ranch area of Southern California near Irvine which is between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Some Thoughts on the Juice

It is not uncommon to see an orangesicle-style e juice on the menu. Bat Nectar from Nocturnal Vapes is close: an orange sherbet type but with custard, which means the Drifter is also similar. In the culinary world, pear and almond (The Seeker) are natural together, but e juice companies usually overlook this combo in favor of something else to do with almond or pear: a cookie or amaretto, or pear plus apple, etc.

RY4 e juice is famous as one of the early sweet tobacco styles, and the Legend is reminiscent of that blend. I am going to guess, however, that Vintage E-Liquids takes RY4 to a higher level where caramel, tobacco, and vanilla swirls and separate and generally surprise you with their complexity.

All American by United Vapers provides a comparison if you want to try more than one type of Peach-Pineapple e juice (like Dreamer, possibly the top flavor at Vintage E-Liquids). Most of the time, pineapple is blended with other tropical fruits, is turned into an upside down cake, or makes up part of a creamy cocktail with coconut. Mixologists blend peach with cream much of the time or add it to other fruits. For a light vape juice you can vape all day, The Dreamer is a good choice.

About Vintage E-Liquids

Vintage was started by couple of vapers. Their aim was to innovate without losing sight of quality so they spent two years researching and finally arrived at their 7 flavors plus the bottle design. The two novel things about this company, in summary, are their bottles and the inclusion of 2 tobacco e juices.

It’s not easy to find out what consumers think about Vintage E-Liquids: they must be fairly new and there are few reviews. Packaging alone is likely to garner them a lot of attention; companies pay a lot of attention to this detail knowing customers expect quality to extend as far as the bottle’s label. Good juice is important, but entertaining images also appeal.

EGo Batteries

An eGo battery is much like an e cig battery, the 808 type associated with mini cigs. What’s different? For one thing, they are threaded differently so they don’t accept the same vessels. Also, mini cig batteries hold up to 350 mAh (typically more like 240 mAh to 280 mAh) while an eGo usually has a 650 mAh or 1000 mAh capacity (some go as high as 1600 mAh).

You can use an eGo with a clearomizer or a tank but 808 batteries but those pre-filled cartomizers are not typically compatible with eGos. An eGo battery is connected to a larger vessel with the possibility of changing the atomizer head.

Not an APV

Neither one is adjustable beyond a short voltage range: they do not feature up and down buttons to raise or lower volts and watts. Once you start getting into that kind of functionality, you are looking at advanced personal vaporizers which might be 510- or eGo-threaded, capable of high watts, and using sub-ohm tanks.

Variety in eGos

Many devices with different designs and threading are considered “eGos” because they satisfy certain criteria. They are as powerful and large as eGos and operate manually (you have to press a button to make the coil heat up). Their sizes are roughly the same.

Some are pass-through batteries or have knurled knobs at their bases so you can change voltage. Generally, you should pay between $12 and $20 for a single cell without accompanying parts but bundles are cheaper.

Best eGo Batteries: the Brands

JoyeTech originated the eGo form and everything which followed was a copy of that battery design. You do not have to buy JoyeTech eGo batteries to ensure safety such as short-circuit protection, but don’t buy batteries from brands that sound unfamiliar. They might not be lockable, or you’re not getting protection from over-discharge, or doesn’t shut-off when you over-vape (press the battery too long and overheat the battery). Several major e cig companies re-label Joye eGo batteries with their own name which is fine; just don’t pay more for a fancy logo.

JoyeTech, China

Joyetech ego-t

This line from the original JoyeTech design includes several sub-models such as the eGo-T, eGo-Pass-through, eGo-C, and eGo-Twist. The Twist was designed so you could adjust voltage using the knob. A pass-through battery can be used while charging: just plug the base into a USB power source.

An eGo-T uses a tank (no filler) while the eGo-C can be attached to a clearomizer with removable coil head. JoyeTech also makes the compatible e juice containers, coils, and sells starter kits as well. This is the winning model because Joye started it all and continues to improve their flagship battery.

Halo, USA

Halo Triton Battery

The Triton is an eGo-style battery sold in starter kits for about $65 with their own tanks. Only the two work together unless you buy an adapter. Threading is proprietary. Users highly recommend this kit because of its durability, and Halo makes it in 4 sizes plus a “Twist” version.

Kanger, China

Kanger evod ecigs

An Evod battery is very similar to an eGo but for the button design. The firing button on an eGo sticks out a little bit and lights up. An Evod button is flat against the battery body. This is a 3.7V regulated battery as well, sold in kits with special sleeved tanks. A VaporFi version of the Evod is known as the Pro Series.

VaporFi, USA

Vaporfi pro colors

VaporFi makes several mid-range batteries and starter kits with compatible tanks and several interchangeable parts. Their Pro series comes in two sizes and several colors. You will notice there isn’t much different between the Pro, eGo, and Evod: just colors, prices, and tank options.

Their Pulse set comes with a circular, wireless charger and a puff-counter. VaporFi is an American company, but their batteries and other equipment are still made in China. A Pro E Cig set costs about $50 but the Pulse starter kit is about twice that price.

Vision, China

Vision Spinner II Regular

The makers of Vision e cigs have launched a Vapros series which ramps up the power of their regular “Spinner” variable voltage batteries. For years, Vision has been associated with this cell; its reliability and vivid colors. Vision makes a 1300-mAh device sold for around $13 each.

Aspire, China

Aspire CF G-Power

Another contender for best eGo battery is the Aspire CF series, particularly the simple but convenient 900-mAh pass-through model. It comes with a lot of protective features, but the most unusual thing about it is the carbon fiber exterior which makes it really tough. The CF goes for a higher price tag of around $24. Aspire is best known for their clearomizers and tanks, especially the Nautilus and Atlantis: two rebuildable tanks, the latter of which is a sub-ohm tank.

777 E Cigs

777 magnum batteries

A Magnum is available in 3 styles: simple manual, digital with screen, and digital with screen and variable voltage. The smallest kit with one battery costs about $40 and, basically, this is an eGo kit. Triple Seven makes several sizes of battery and assorted starter kits.

Stater Kits

Your package will arrive with at least one and possibly two chargers: a USB and a wall charger/adapter. Car charging adapters are optional. If your battery can be used while charging, you will receive a USB charging cord. There will also be a clearomizer or tank plus replacement coils if your tank/clearo is rebuildable.

One-battery kits cost from $15 and up, being cheaper if they are sold in blister kits with just a disposable clearomizer, 650-mAh battery, and USB charger. Swap the clearo for a rebuildable one, add replacement coils, and put the whole kit in a case and you pay about $30. Double kits are not necessarily double the price: maybe $50 to $65.

Buy eGo Batteries

You find that some vendors specialize and sell only high-end, high-power products. They might not carry even a single model of eGo. Certain stores focus on beginners’ products and the eGo is considered a user-friendly model for new vapers. Online prices are great but local vendors offer invaluable knowledge.

Vapros Nunchaku

Vision is well known for their variable voltage battery series: the Spinner. This battery comes in many colors and is user-friendly for intermediate vapers. Vision’s popular VV Spinner is joined by a more powerful edition known as the Vapros Nunchaku. This is part of Vision’s Vapros line.

The Vision Vapros Nunchaku Variable Watt Mod

In Japan, the nunchaku is a martial arts weapon made up of two sticks tied together by a chain. It’s powerful and dangerous. With the Nunchaku, you get a 2000-mAh cell with variable wattage, so it’s powerful but, one hopes, not dangerous.

Vapros Nunchaku

Adjust output from between 6 watts and 18 watts: pretty good for a small battery you could use with an iClear 16 or a CE5. You adjust watts using a dial at the bottom, a bit like the knurled knob on Spinner but with fewer, wider grooves and a more comfortable design.

Over-vaping cut-off time is 18 seconds. If you try to vape continuously for more than 18 seconds, the battery switches off automatically to let the battery cool down. That’s a bit longer than you are used to with lesser batteries, but the Nunchaku can handle it.

ED Lights

Up to 5 LED bulbs will light up to indicate your power level with this novel Vision battery indicator system. If all lights are on, your power level is 100%. When you see 4 lights, that means your device is at 80%. Go down the line by 20% increments until you only see 1 light (20%) which is your warning to turn off the battery and recharge it.

Adjustable Atomizer Threading

Use any 510 or eGo clearomizer or tank with the Nunchaku. Its flexible connection pin accommodates almost anything: Vision, Innokin, Kanger tanks, and more.

Vapros Nunchaku Battery-V2Vision Vapros Nunchaku Version 2

There is also a second version of the Nunchaku, but any upgrades must be minor as this looks to be the same product. Maybe Vision added some new designs to the 10 already available for Version 1.

They are Knight, Graffiti, Girl, Skull, plus assorted colors like pink, yellow, and purple. Sedate colors are also available. The Vision Vapros symbol appears on each one; an image which supposedly represents the Japanese nunchaku.

Buy the Vision Vapros VW Nunchaku

You will notice the Nunchaku is becoming more widely available in recent months. Businesses are adding it to their lineup, but this is not classified as a Spinner or an eGo battery.

Expect to see it under “variable watt devices” or check under “Vision” if a website gives you the option to search for products by brand. The price for this VW battery is around $35, give or take a couple of dollars.

More from Vision Vapros

Vision also released several other products in their Vapros line. They include the iBox 1500-mAh 25W mod for sub-ohm vaping, a full 1650-mAh BDCC kit with variable voltage battery and clearomizer, the V-Spot Atomizer for their iBox, and an iEnergy electronic cigarette. China’s Vision Manufacturing is becoming one of the best known companies in the e cig industry, revving up to rival Smok, Innokin, Kanger, and Joye with their innovative designs and affordable prices.

Gallery Vape

A shelf full of e juice bottles is a bit like an art gallery. Collectors, artists, and connoisseurs regard many things as art, including e juice labels. Many of these are original works of beauty or complexity in their own right. They explore artistry as contemporary society knows it: tattoos, graffiti, cartoons, and more traditional media.

Gallery Vape E Juice bottle labels combine art and artists of the past with a modern perspective on what art really is. It’s as though they’re making a statement about the artistry behind e juice: how valuable it is for there to be artisans who don’t make e liquid in labs; who arrange common flavors in unique ways. Here is a look at Gallery Vape E Juice.

Gallery vape flavorsThe Flavors

There are just 5 flavors to consider: Bon Vivant, Delirium, Farmer’s Daughter, Fresh Prince, and Penthouse Dreams. In each, we are challenged to consider what art is or could be.

The makers of Gallery did not choose traditional works:

  • Bon Vivant features an artist’s rendering of Andy Warhol, his hair bright yellow.
  • Delirium honors the legendary Salvador Dali painting of a stork-legged elephant. His face is on the label too, complete with long skinny mustache.
  • Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and her faithful dog Toto meet a fireman on Farmer’s Daughter.

Perhaps mixologists at Gallery Vape were wondering what would happen today if Dorothy was caught in a cyclone: would emergency intervention have saved her from a scary adventure in the Emerald City? Al Capone’s mug is on the cover of Fresh Prince. Penthouse Dreams portrays a pornographic image, but is it porn? Could this be art?

I imagine the makers of this juice putting the question to customers: how far can artists go and still maintain that their work is, indeed, “art?”

Flavors

If you are a man or woman of leisure then you are sure to like Bon Vivant: a sweet and sour pineapple pairing. There isn’t anything else, just pineapple, which is about as unusual as finding an Andy Warhol original in your basement.

POG Hawaiian fruit juice was the inspiration for Delirium. Those who know it will call to mind that heady mixture of guava, passion fruit, and orange instantly.

If Dorothy was a vaper, she would vape peaches and cream. There’s something homey and traditional about this flavor which makes it perfect for the farm-girl next door.

Al Capone, on the other hand, would vape a fruity cereal. We aren’t told which one but I’ll guess it is the colored, circular kind.

If you drink Kentucky bourbon steeped in an oak barrel and mixed with sweet/salty caramel plus vanilla and custard, you would probably have scary Penthouse Dreams. Vaping this combo is probably safer.

Inspiration

Did the makers of Gallery Vape E Juice find inspiration from other e juice artists as well as visual artists from the past century? In some cases it’s possible. At the very least they, like others, felt an urge to recreate foods and drinks they know and love.

Crave is the only other company I have found which also recreates POG. Gentleman’s Reserve by Steam Co. provides complexity similar to that found in Penthouse Dreams. So does Five Pawns with Castle Long. One very big difference is that both of these also contain coconut, but they are all Kentucky-bourbon liquids.

Loads of vapeologists have created their own blends of peaches and cream. Ruckus made one. So did Seduce Juice with Peach Gobbler. At Space Jam, it’s known as Omega.

In light of these and other sophisticated mixtures, I found it refreshing to see a simple pineapple e juice. This is hard to find among hand-crafted e liquids.

Buy Gallery Vape E Juice

While I was on the site for Gallery Vape E Juice, I saw Zamplebox mentioned a few times. This is where you are most likely to encounter Gallery for the first time.

For one thing, their liquids are expensive: $24.99 for 30 ml with just 0, 3, and 6 mg per/ml of nicotine. Secondly, they only sell through distributors of which there aren’t that many yet.

If you buy a subscription to Zamplebox, this is an excellent way to save money on an experimental flavor, although you might never be able to afford a bottle sold outside of the subscription service.

Mt Baker Vapor

Back in the days when this wasn’t a company but just two men working out of a van, Mt Baker Vapor sold e juice and delivered it personally to their customers. They carried a few pieces of hardware, but most of their time was spent marketing and selling homemade e juice.

Today, Mt Baker Vapor is so successful they sell products online and also from a shop in Lynden, Washington. That shop began with an idea Jesse and James had back in 2011 and is the fruition of dedication and teamwork.

Mt Baker Vapor E Juice

The number of flavors advertised on their website just keeps growing, but best-sellers are not the same month after month. Hawk Sauce was the juice back in the day. When the alarming colors of their GWAR line came out, some of these styles caught up with Hawk Sauce. Besides, vapers’ tastes simply change. I will look at their selection generally before delving into a few flavors more deeply.

Best Sellers

Bloodbath from the GWAR line is one of the top sellers along with Admiral Berry Crunch (cereal) and Cinnamon Roll. Bloodbath sounds and looks gross but is in fact just tropical fruit with red food coloring (available without coloring as well).

Mt Baker Vapor Specialty

Here are some of the special flavors Mt Baker Vapor has devised for their clients. Apfelstrudel, Arctic Heat, Cinnamon Toast Munch, and Constable Coconut’s Cookie seem to represent the pulse of their patrons. Guabana Berry (guava, banana, strawberry) and French Toast do a good job of keeping the crowds happy too.

Nut and Spice

The list is short but Mt Baker Vapor felt the following items deserved their own sub-heading. Cinnamon Roll is found here with Hazelnut and Peanut Butter.

Beverages

Drink Pink Champagne without becoming tipsy. Sip coffee and don’t get a caffeine buzz (although nicotine will take care of that). Ecto Cooler tastes like a sweet drink you loved when you were a kid and a fan of Ghostbusters. While you guzzled a juice-like drink, your parents poured tiny glasses of Irish Cream (also sold here sans alcohol).

Customize Juice

As for the other flavors, customers select nicotine, bottle size (as low as $3.99 for 15 ml), propylene glycol/vegetable glycerin (up to max-VG or 80% PG), and have the option to ask for flavor shots costing from 25 cents each. Juices are made from USP products and bases which they also sell to clients who want to make liquid at home. Buy the flavorless base or an extract.

Build Your Own Juice

Before VaporFi, Mt Baker Vapor invited their customers to build a liquid starting from the ground up. They could choose from up to 5 flavors and select their favorite ratio of PG and VG (which they can also do with pre-existing flavors). Clients also determine how many parts out of a 15 ml (or larger) bottle each flavor should represent. They don’t have to be equally balanced. Really interesting flavors might find their way to the menu.

On Sale

Several items are on the chopping board and are close to selling out at severely slashed prices. These include 555 Menthol, Amaretto, Blue Drake, and Crème de Menthe. The list is too long to duplicate here. Certain items are on the block but stock is sufficient to smother any panic for now.

Hardware

Vapers will also find that hardware by trusted names like Innokin is sold at very affordable and competitive prices at Mt Baker Vapor.

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