Batteries sold at DIY store counters, grocery stores, discount outlets, and in dollar shops are usually regular household types found in children’s toys, CD players, and remote control cars. Vape mod batteries are not designed specifically for these e cig devices — they can be used in flashlights and laptops — but they are still special batteries and their various qualities should be known to you before choosing both a vaping device and a compatible cell or cells.

Sony VTC4 18650-30R 2100mAh18650 Batteries for Vape Mods

In particular, we are going to look at the 18650 version. When you buy a mechanical mod like the SMOK Magneto, it accepts three types of batteries, all of them 18-series.

Their numbers (18350, 18500, and 18650) represent dimensions by width and length, the 18650 being the longest among them. These batteries are rechargeable.

Battery Chemistry

Although lots of chemical symbols are used to represent battery chemistry, Lithium Ion is the primary type, but it’s not the safest. Many experts turn to LiMn batteries.

They handle stress better than LiIon cells which means they don’t have to be protected, in which case it will be shorter than the regular, protected cell. LiMn battery titles are prefaced with “IMR” so they are easily identified.

Over-discharge Protection

This protective element I am talking about is what stops a device from over-charging if you leave it in the charger too long. Discharge cut-off is built into non-IMR batteries and can also be built into IMR cells depending on your choice of model. Your best safety routine involves the use of recommended batteries and a high-quality charger.

Battery Venting

Vaping experts often talk about battery safety and they take it very seriously, even though many vapers (having never experienced a battery explosion) think they are exaggerating their concerns.

A battery can explode: in an un-vented box mod, in a mod which fails to vent automatically as it should do, inside an unprotected or malfunctioning device, when it is stressed by too-low resistance and extra-high watts, or if it is pulsed and not allowed to cool properly.

This event can and has really happened in the past. A battery is tiny but has the power of a small bomb which can cause substantial damage, including physical harm or death to the user or anyone close by.

Brand Names

This is why you should only buy trusted brands of 18650 batteries. Suggested names include Sony, Samsung, Sanyo, Panasonic, and EFest. Pundits do not recommend purchasing sub-standard (anything else) batteries even if the price is compelling.

Also, check the dates on your batteries. If you can’t check them with a meter, recycle them if their origins or ages are unknown to you. Always recycle your batteries. Lithium is a dangerous substance which should not be dumped into your regular garbage.

Measurements of Batteries

As noted above, your battery size is dictated by at least one thing: whether it is protected or not. Another feature to look for is the shape of your positive contact. It could be flat or domed. This will affect the sort of device you can use because if there is supposed to be a dome and your battery does not have one, internal contacts will not connect unless they are spring-loaded.

Most battery housings make allowances for this variation, but read the specifications for your vape mod carefully. Adjustable products bring fittings and contacts closer together or spread them apart to make room in telescopic e cig mods.

Continuous Amp Output

Returning to the issue of safety, the highest safe output for continuous vaping at sub-ohms is around 10A, although many cells can handle a maximum of 20 amps or more. Many vapers are pushing the limits of safety by trying to operate at a continuous 20A output and at extremely low resistance: below 0.5 ohms.

Although there are ways to safely use a serious sub-ohm atomizer, you have to realize the inherent dangers in trying to do so at high watts, especially if you over-vape. Even a protected battery could still fail.

Built-in Chips

Protect yourself in an additional way by purchasing an adjustable box mod containing a reliable, built-in microchip. The Evolv is highly rated and only goes up to 40W. This might not seem like enough for some vapers, but Evolv DNA 40 mods can handle 0.1-ohm atomizers, just at lower temperatures than Yihi and other chips. Performance-wise they are comparable yet safer at the same time.

Battery Compatibility

When you are researching box mods and other devices using 18650 batteries, the vendor usually indicates which batteries are recommended for the purpose. They usually provide at least two suggestions and carry those cells in their shop or warehouse.

This advice is designed to prevent damage and injury caused by a combination of unsafe batteries and unregulated, high-watt mods. Conduct thorough research into the pros and cons of various batteries and the risks you are undertaking as a sub-ohm vaper before selecting an 18650 device and battery.

9 South Vapes

A company called 9 South Vapes from Toms River, New Jersey, blends fashion and e juice into a kind of commercial hybrid. Their style is street savvy and youthful and their juices convey the same ethos.

I would almost say at times that they take themselves too seriously; they are trying too hard to be fashionable, different, new, and cool. On the other hand, at least 9 South Vapes tries to be unique. They are not the cookie-cutter vape store your daddy uses.

Cereal KillaCereal Killa

You have probably heard of Cereal Killa e juice: it’s a bit of a cult classic around the vape world, if something so new can be considered a classic. Other lines by 9 South Vapes are The Faction, Black Label, and Signature Series. Certain “brands” seen here contain lists of apparel: hats and clothing.

Cereal Killa is a dripping juice containing 90% vegetable glycerin. It comes in a 30-ml glass bottle priced $16.99 (if you buy it directly from 9 South Vapes). As you would imagine with a dripping juice, the top is a squeezable dripping lid.

Cereal Killa recalls fruity breakfast cereal with milk and gets rave reviews. The nicotine level is 0.4%. Other juices cost the same and the price is very good where gourmet e liquids are concerned.

Maybe it has something to do with being from New Jersey: even though their image is a bit contrived, these guys are still grounded. If they weren’t, these bottles would cost $22 like other gourmet styles.

Faction E Juice by 9 South Vapes

Some kind of e juice celebrity devised BudTat2 MK Ultra. I guess his street name is BudTat2 but I am not hip enough to get it. His 75 VG/25 PG liquid with 3 mg of nicotine is available for pre-order as we speak and will taste like a creamy dessert plus a drop of citrus. Use it for dripping: I think this guy is a famous cloud chaser or something.

9 South Black Label SilkBlack Label Vapor Juice

This is a four-bottle selection comprised of Human Farm, Silk, Tear Drops, and Obscura. Let’s get Tear Drops out of the way because it is not a flavor but a palate cleanser; an item rarely seen on vape juice e-shelves. You vape this to transition between opposite styles of vapor: certain fruits and tobaccos or desserts and savory flavors; rich fruits vs. citrus fruits.

Human Farm tastes like slow cooked custard with brown sugar, banana, and spice. Silk is ripe strawberries, heavy cream, and tropical fruit. With Obscura, you’re getting a blend of light honey and citrus in the style of Southern sweet tea. All of these cost the same as above and contain 90% VG at 0.4% nicotine.

Signature Series

Here we have just three flavors with a 90/10 ratio once again and 0.4% nicotine: very low, just enough for a touch of throat hit with these otherwise sweet and thick flavors. Evil Pumpkin, Toasted, and Quick are your three styles choices.

Evil Pumpkin blends the spiciness of Chai tea with pumpkin for an autumnal result. I wouldn’t call it evil unless that pumpkin lived a double life. You could say that Toasted qualifies as a breakfast vape: French Toast with cinnamon and maple syrup, but lighter because it’s just vapor. With Quick, you are getting a drink-style vape familiar to anyone from a certain era. The flavor is light chocolate with strawberry. You have formed a picture now, I am sure, one in which a certain rabbit plays a part (and not the one from Alice in Wonderland).

Flavor Review

It’s not that all of these styles are incredibly original: I’ve seen lots of flavors fashioned from the inspiration of powdered sweet milky drinks, custard, cereal, and Southern sweet tea. In particular, cereal type e juices are on the rise. Custard is on the wane.

Cuttwood’s “Looper” is a cereal vape of notoriety. You could vape custard by Charlie Noble and many others, or perhaps a Crème Brulee type of juice which is similar and seen at Strix Elixirs et al. All of these companies do an excellent job of simulating various flavors found in grocery stores and gourmet menus into flavorful e juice and they would definitely form a solid part of 9 South Vapes’ competition.

Strawberry milk is another flavor done again and again but 9 South threw a spanner in the works by adding chocolate. I’m sure lots of enterprising vapers have already done that by mixing chocolate e liquid with Unicorn Milk, Ichigo, or Mother’s Milk, but if not, here is your chance to find out what it tastes like. Besides, with prices for 30-ml bottles in the desirable range, these are cost effective products.

9 south apparelPlus Apparel

A number of e juice companies carry a few shirts or hats, but they take things a bit further at 9 South Vapes. You could dress like a fan and still be “street hip.” I’m not sure what I think about this conflation of fashion and vape juice but if it works, why not?

My main concern is that there is already a hue and cry regarding young people and e cigs. The audience they seem to be aiming at is probably under 30, if not under 25. I wouldn’t be surprised if an even younger group was attracted to their ball caps, shirts, and juice.

At least they don’t try to sell e juice with the help of 9 South “girls” and cleavage so there’s something to be said for taste and self-control. They have definitely caught on to how vaping is becoming its own subculture. Perhaps some of the folks over at 9 South even pioneered some of it.


Contain your surprise as I tell you that Cuttwood — a top-of-the-line e juice brand — comes from California. Their location is Irvine, specifically. Cuttwood began in the business with one e juice called “Unicorn Milk” which has become a cult favorite and is now joined by three other flavors. Before we get into a description of those flavors, let’s look more closely at Cuttwood E Juice from California.

cuttwood.comCuttwood, Irvine

At least, we can try to look more closely: the website is not that helpful. Promises of high quality approved ingredients are pretty vague and there’s no telling where they make it.

I see no mention of a certified lab or clean room and nothing indicates that USP-grade or pure ingredients have been utilized. They might not even be American ingredients although the e juices are made in the US and bottled in glass.

Standards are strict, although that doesn’t say enough. As for their prices: $12 per 15-ml bottle is about standard for this class of juice. A large bottle (30 ml) for $23 or $22 is on par too.

On the website you will find “Sauce Boss” blog posts which draw your attention to recent government announcements and other technical stuff regarding e juice and vaping overall. They mention the SFATA, studies into nicotine vapor, and more. The site also leads you to social media pages for Cuttwood and images of their “Cuttwood Girls.” You won’t be shopping on this site unless you want apparel.

Buying Cuttwood

This e juice business has a following in the UK and is sold all over the United States. Obviously, their invitation for wholesale enquiries has been successful: Cuttwood is frequently featured on e-vendor menus for vapor juice. It sits near the top of alphabetical lists which helps customers to find it before they see other notable brands like Velvet Vapors or The Standard.

E Juices by Cuttwood

There are four flavors to choose from: Sugar Bear, Monster Melons, Unicorn Milk, and Boss Reserve. All four flavors are sugary in some way without tobacco or mint. Facebook would be the place if you need to get ideas as to what systems to use them on as well as upcoming flavor releases.

Sugar Drizzle

Sugar Drizzle

Imagine a cereal with hints of cinnamon (maybe granola or cinnamon toast style). Add cream to this blend and you have Sugar Drizzle, cereal-style vape. It’s amazing how much certain e juices taste like cereals. They even have a creamy texture. You’ll be imagining that crunch from days past and are likely to crave a bowl of something you haven’t eaten since you were ten, probably in front of the cartoon channel.

Unicorn Milk

Unicorn Milk

Strawberries and cream could come across as sugary milk or fruity custard or a smoothie. Which one will it be for you? Reviews do not always agree which could do with a mod set-up or steeping, but one thing is very evident: this is probably the most popular Cuttwood label. Another thing is true: Cuttwood fans frequently site the Unicorn Milk as their favorite.

Mega Melons

Mega Melons

Obviously, melon plays a part here, but which kind? It’s cantaloupe plus papaya and mango, so not really “melons” so much as a fruity blend with an orange theme.

Boss Reserve

Boss Reserve

This expensive flavor is another breakfast cereal. Taste honey graham crackers, roasted nut clusters, milk, and banana. Draw your own inferences from that combo. Reserve juices are made in ultra-small batches which increases customer anticipation and, ultimately, sales.

Comparing Strawberry Flavors

In the e juice industry, there might not seem to be a lot of new flavors anymore. Sometimes a blend will take customers by surprise, but most house juices are simple one- or two-flavor styles. A lot of iconic styles (like strawberry milk) began with the likes of Cuttwood and have been copied from their innovation.

Unicorn Milk is frequently compared to Mother’s Milk by Suicide Bunny, Ichigo by Mistu, and CRFT Strawberry Blonde (strawberry custard), but there are lots of other copy-cats besides. Many are inferior. Strawberry turns up in tons of other e juices and some other sugary-milk styles. Quick by 9 South Vapes is close to Unicorn Milk in a way, but with the addition of chocolate.

The New Rage for Cereal Vapor

Cereal vapes are also becoming hugely popular. They are everywhere. 9 South Vapes from New Jersey is big on them. Looper by ANML is a big hit. Somehow the vendor mixes crunchy cereal and milk with a base flavor you will instantly recognize, and I think I know how they do it: using the same flavor extracts as the cereal companies use.

Once you figure those out, it’s not that hard to hit the notes. The trick is hitting them accurately. Vape vendors are not like cereal companies trying to simulate certain authentic flavors; e juice vapologists are trying to simulate the simulators.

When you get to Sugar Bear it won’t be hard to figure out what they are trying to get at. Cinnamon too rarely makes its way into gourmet blends, so this makes a nice change. It is not overly sweet. In fact, I would not refer to any of these as dessert vapes. If you took the three main ones and left out Boss Reserve, you would end up with a well-rounded breakfast with cereal, fruit, and a comforting drink. Of course this would be Saturday morning breakfast; something to look forward to all week.


The big allure of Mega Melons is probably the slightly risqué name and a titter behind your hand. I would say that the combo chosen at Cuttwood is unique. Peach and mango are combined frequently. Papaya finds its way into tropical vapes. The richness of cantaloupe is usually lightened with other melons. Mango and papaya sweeten cantaloupe but don’t freshen it.

You should find it a bold mix. It just goes to show that, with so many fruits around, there are countless ways to combine them. With choices of fresh, baked, or candy styles there is even more potential.

ANML Vapors

I am not entirely sure if a list containing two e juice flavors is enough to justify running one’s own website, but ANML Vapors does just that. Perhaps this is a promotional thing, leading the reader to other brands mixed by the same person. The culinary artist behind ANML e juices is also responsible for Philip Rocke Grand Reserve and Gemini Vapors, so the selection gets bigger if you see it that way.

ANML VaporsGastronomic E Liquid

ANML Vapors were devised by a gastronome. His attention to detail is “bordering on lunacy” which suggests this is OCD juice. In fact, if they were looking for a new name that is what I would call it.

Each flavor is bottled in glass with a dripper top. Images show the 50/50 mixture being used on high-end mods, so it’s still good for dripping, even if vegetable glycerin is not high.

That blend is balanced enough to suit clearomizers, not just tanks, and to perform admirably on low-tech systems. Experienced and inexperienced vapers might want to consider these accurate flavors for their next e juice shopping trip and just hope they are in stock.

Two Killers

ANML chose two dangerous animals to represent their e juices. A cobra and a squid do not really stand out to me as representative of the styles they make, but I am willing to interpret. A mean red cobra is featured on bottles of Carnage. Looper labels show a giant, malevolent looking white squid.

I would have to say the latter one reminds me of a game where you start with a word and change one letter then one more letter to arrive at a different word. In this case, it’s an idea, not a word. A squid’s long tentacles could loop around something, but “loop” is also suggestive of a certain breakfast cereal. With Carnage, the theme of bloodshed leads to red which takes you to the flavor.

ANML CarnageCarnage E Liquid

Try Carnage and remember school lunches. Hardly anyone every touches red licorice in their flavor profiles. If they do, it comes out in end notes but is not dominant.

For some reason, black licorice is another story. There are loads of anise, Absinthe, and black licorice styles. Carnage (strawberry red vines) makes a wonderful, tasty change.


I can’t say the same about looped cereals or cereals in general when it comes to e juices. When I investigated this flavor, I found many other examples of crunch, fruity, colored, sweet cereals represented in vapor juice.

Still, it is not the type of flavor but the success of that flavor that matters and ANML is said to be among the most authentic. Other styles (according to the maker) lack authenticity and individuality.

Other Styles Similar to Looper

Just in case you can’t find Looper at your vape shop or online, Alice in Vapeland makes something similar with Crunkberry. At Avail, Crispy Pops emulates a cereal-type texture, but not the same flavor. The Toucan is well known by customers of Steamy Vapors.

Cyber Liquids makes Krunch Berries and Not Too Shabby has their version: Fruity Rebels. All of these companies are part of an e juice trend which is probably as popular as making custard vapes: breakfast cereal vapor juice.

The goal of each one is to resemble creamy milk and to possess the same flavor profile of a favorite brand. Some people say they can really taste that old bowl of sugary colored circles or other shapes and can remember the color their milk turned. They might even detect a certain crunch in their juice and detect creaminess in the vapor.

Will There Be More from ANML?

Various vendors for ANML and the website lead us to believe that this is a growing line of liquids; that their two styles will be joined one day (maybe soon) by another vape. I imagine it will not be a tobacco or a menthol juice because those are very out of fashion with gourmet companies in the United States, especially those blending by hand.

I would guess the next will be sweet and perhaps a dessert, but not custard. Neither of their current liquids possesses the characteristics of ripe fruit: let’s imagine they choose a non-fruity style; possibly a bread or bun with cinnamon. It’s fun to speculate.

More Gourmet Juices

If you are not having any luck finding ANML at your local brick-and-mortar store, they are sold online but not as widely as Cuttwood and Space Jam. This might leave you with a dilemma: what is another good brand to try?

I would recommend The Standard or Blueprint for similar price levels and high-end expectations. These are both American juices. Ruthless, Charlie Noble, and Space Jam are also good. If you were disappointed by all of the sugar, desserts, and breakfast cereals already noted, consider Crystal Canyon or Halo Purity. They carry many menthol and tobacco possibilities.

Sweet Vapes

With a name like Sweet Vapes, I imagine there has to be a back story. It might have to do with the person running the company: is she a real sweetheart? Is this like calling a bald man “Curly” (i.e., is the owner actually kind of grumpy)?

Maybe the name comes from a preference for sweet flavors, and that is what I suspect to be the case here at Sweet Vapes from Sheboygan, Wisconsin. My only other guess would be that “sweet” stands for “cool” as was the lingo of the day back five years ago.

Sweet-Vapes.comAll-Purpose Vape Store

E juice is not the only thing on their menu at Sweet Vapes. Like a lot of online companies where homemade e juice is prominent, they also sell some hardware.  Imagine Crystal Canyon Vapes, Mount Baker Vapor, and others: they all started out with juice and branched out into equipment.

At Sweet Vapes they have a lot of choice, but it all goes to supporting your e juice selection. You need a tank for those juices so buy one here and do all of your shopping at one place. Instead of choosing to carry a little bit of everything, they concentrate efforts on bringing in the top brands.

Brands at Sweet Vapes

Those would be Cloupor, JoyeTech, Aspire, and Kanger. You will see a few others, mostly from China. At Sweet Vapes you can buy an Innokin iTaste MVP 3.0, an Eleaf iStick VW mod, or a case for your P4Y iPV Mini in one of several colors. Choose a JoyeTech Delta II sub-ohm tank to hold your top-class juice.

Some Flavors at Sweet Vapes

I can’t tell you all of their flavors: the list is fairly long. I was impressed by the selection here: from tobacco to dessert. It is all there, so “sweet” styles are not all you have to choose from. You can shop for breakfast vapes, coffee or tea, signature flavors, candy, snacks, and more.

sweet vapes snacksSnacks

This heading intrigued me: what is a snack? It is not a candy or a cold pancake sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. Snacks are not nourishing or satisfying. A snack would be popcorn or nuts, both of which you see featured here. Now, if someone could come up with an e juice that tastes like corn chips I will be ecstatic.

Breakfast Vapes

These are the cereal style juices, pancakes, waffles: stuff like that. Sweet Vapes makes Crunch Barry’s, Cinnamon Roll, Blueberry Pancakes, French Toast, and other typical Sunday morning fare.

Coffee and Tea

Mixologists mostly focus on coffee here with a fun play on the name of the world’s most popular coffee company: Starbucket’s. Try their Kona Latte or Cappuccino for a start. Kona Cream and Chai Tea provide additional warm options.


Selection here is pretty standard. They’ve got all the colors, all the seasons, and every fruit-bearing part of the world covered under “Fruit.” If you can think of a fruit, you will probably find it at Sweet Vapes.

sweet vapes tobaccoTobacco and Menthol

Here is where e-cigs and cigarettes meet: over a mouthful of tobacco, but it is only a flavor when you vape at Sweet Vapes; not real tobacco. They have Blend #5 (nutty), Menthol, Menthol Desert Ship (Middle Eastern), Cuban (cigar), and Red Tobacco. That’s just naming a selection: Sweet Vapes can do better than that.

Pricing and Juice Details

Each 10-ml bottle appears to cost $9.95. I checked that in disbelief because at the checkout their site said “add $5 for 15 ml,” plus additional amounts for larger bottles. I thought that had to be a misprint.

I was wrong. I can’t believe how expensive Sweet Vapes e juices are. You do not have to pay these prices, so I am curious as to how the company brings costs down to make them more reasonable. Is there a coupon? Do customers earn amazing reward points? Can they score by ordering three bottles and getting one free?

They really can’t be serious, so I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt. Lots of companies operate using very high standards and they don’t try to charge this much. It’s possible they overlooked this problem and simply need someone to point it out to them so they can fix it.

Select from 0 to 24 mg of nicotine per/ml of juice. There are also loads of PG/VG possibilities: adjust by small increments for a very precise ratio.

More about Sweet Vapes

Sweet Vapes got their start way back in 2010, which seems like a long time ago in Vapeland. At this point they were exclusively operating online, which is a way to keep costs low while earning a profit and remaining viable so as to grow.

In 2012, they opened a storefront. In 2010, they sold just 20 flavors plus some kits. Today, they carry much more than that as you saw above; enough products to justify categorizing them all on their bright and friendly website.

Their team is comprised of food manufacturing, quality assurance, R&D, and food safety professionals with 30 years combined experience: a great combination of skills. They blend juices in a lab fitted with steel tables using medical-grade nicotine from a US supplier and use bottles with childproof caps in most cases.

I would like to recommend them to the general vaper but would first like to find out about those prices. There is no reason to think Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is taxed more heavily for the ingredients used to make e juice than any other state or city.

Beantown Vapor

South Boston’s Beantown Vapor offers a boutique selection of e juices. When something is “boutique” quality, it is not made in large amounts. Selection is limited; the product will be exclusive, and you can expect it to cost more than other, similar items.

Just think of all the boutique clothing stores you could never afford to shop at or hotels so expensive they don’t even list their prices. Visit the Beantown Vapor website to learn about the company and their small selection of flavors where you will discover prices are not so bad at $17.99 for 30 ml or $60 for 120 ml.

BeantownVapor.comAbout the Business

Beantown Vapor promises to provide “extreme” customer service. They opened in 2010 and used to carry a wider variety of items, but now they focus almost entirely on e liquid.

Steve, the owner, says their blend is usually 67/33 VG/PG (vegetable glycerin/propylene glycol) to create juice with a good balance that can be used with almost any system by most vapers.

He aims to mix unique and complex flavors in small batches (about 3000 ml at a time) which are then tested carefully and cured (steeped). Their purpose — to create juice for everyone — creates a noble balancing act.

New Products

Find the latest e juices from Beantown under this heading. These are Soul Custardy and Flesh and Bone, plus a couple of non-juice items. One is a coil winder. The other is an item of apparel. Soul Custardy is version 2 of their smooth custard with vanilla and bourbon highlights, plus graham cracker and butterscotch.

A few other companies are utilizing bourbon in their complex combinations, Five Pawns being one. Flesh and Bone doesn’t actually contain a meat flavor: the bone is pie pastry; flesh is blueberry and peach. I love the idea of a rich pie flavor, something uncommon among gourmet vape juice flavors.

BeantownVapors flavorsMore Flavors

Santa’s Sack will leave you craving gingerbread, rum, and eggnog. Pearana was blended by request: a lightly sweet pear and banana mixture with cream. Think of a strawberry Pop Tart or strawberry milk and that’s what Oh Face should taste like. Snozzberry combines the lesser known bog fruit with blue raspberry and melon. Customers say it is difficult to put their finger on the tastes in this juice, but they like it.

Lemonem is a lemon sugar cookie with a light glaze. Does root beer taste like Woodstock or the other way around? Both of them are American icons. You will note a touch of menthol mixed in with vanilla and caramel. Enjoy the ripeness of real banana in Banana de Leche: smooth caramelized banana.

Kermit the Fog is a dripping juice made to slightly different specifications. Steve, the owner, uses the maximum vegetable glycerin for this green juice that tastes and looks like a green freezie.

All of the flavors above contain up to 18 mg of nicotine and as little as 3 mg with the option to drop out of the nicotine club entirely. There are just two exceptions: Soul Custardy and Flesh and Bone. They come in 3 mg or 6 mg and only 30-ml bottles.

Customer Reviews

From comments by customers, you would think this is some of the best e juice around. That is the way a lot of people think about micro-brewed beer and small-batch wine as well. That personal touch is important to end result and enables the people at Beantown Vapor to keep their flavors authentic. Glass bottling helps too.

More Merchandise

As I said, Beantown Vapor used to sell more products than the few listed alongside juice. Today you can buy a dripper bottle, Japanese organic cotton, a coil winder, and some items of clothing. Otherwise, it’s all about juice at Beantown Vapor.

Meet them at events in the South Boston area. Find out what’s happening at the company and in the vaping world on their website under the heading for “news and events.” Above all, enjoy sampling juices made in the United States but not in California, which should be novelty enough to get your attention.

The Steam Factory

When a team of blenders hones in on just a few flavors, customers ask questions: are they too lazy to think of anything else? Is this a gimmick? Are these guys just really picky about what they consider to be “good” e liquid? I think the last question is likely to yield the most fruitful answers, fruit not being a pun or anything, although fruit is prominent among the styles made by The Steam Factory E-Liquid.

The Steam Factory JuicesVarious Vapers and Varieties

A husband-and-wife team set themselves a task: create juices for all levels of vaper. You notice that some cheap juices are specifically designed for low-level clearomizers; the kinds with coils that you can’t take out and replace with new ones. They contain lots of propylene glycol so you can drip them into a mini cig cartomizer and won’t cause it to clog up prematurely.

Some firms focus on the advanced vaper with his RDA and box mod. Steam Factory aims to cut through divisions and unify vapers under a single banner with their highly-rated, consistently good products.

Five Flavors

Here they are, the golden five: Blue Ballz, Castaway, Kizmet, Muffcake, and Screwberry. Each one costs $22 for 30 ml and is available with up to 18 mg of nicotine. A package of four 30-ml bottles as sold by authorized vendors costs $75 (120 ml).

Blue Ballz

Banana and blueberry blend into this fruity but sweet e juice from Steam Factory which receives the second-highest number of reviews. This suggests Blue Ballz is their runner-up for most popular flavor.


Don’t think of Wilson or Tom Hanks, although I am sure his character in a movie of the same name ate lots of tropical fruit. Examples of fruits featured in Castaway e juice are not overly sweet but fresh, as in nature.


This is another word for “fate” or a game played with dice depending on your perspective. At Steam Factory, Kizmet brings green apples and pears together for a tangy taste sensation that will take you back to orchards and autumn: warm days and cool nights; the best time of year.


This could be the culinary trend of 2015: a hybrid of cupcake and muffin with lemon and fruit blended in. A description by Steam Factory suggests the Muffcake man is reviled by baked counterparts: not one thing or the other and too strange to be counted among them.

Muffcake is e liquid personified and is also the company’s most reviewed product. It contains max-vegetable glycerin and is a flavor iconic enough among serious vapers to have inspired a box mod for cloud chasing.

The Muffcake HexOhm bears the clumpy image of a Muffcake engraved into an aluminum body with a magnetic battery door and spring-loaded threading well. It’s got a 20A, 110W limit and contains an OKL-T20 mother board. Use an 18650 battery to create huge clouds and drip Muffcake onto your dripping deck.


Again, fresh berries are the star, as is often the case with gourmet e liquids. Many vapologists turn to the freshness and authenticity of fruit for a finish that is both sweet and tart; one which could turn into an all-day-vape.


Customers like the balance of Muffcake. It is light on the lemon but not too light: you will still get a tangy mouthful amid other mixed fruits. Blue Ballz is different things to different people. Some taste lots of blueberry. Others notice banana more prominently. Another group says the balance is spot on.

Kizmet pulls off a difficult feat: conveying natural apple flavor plus a touch of spice from the pear-side of this juice. There is plenty of fruit here to satisfy those with a sweet but not too-sweet tooth.

Charlie Noble

Since 2014, the masters at Vape Dojo have been blending a high-vegetable glycerin (VG), gourmet juice line known as Charlie Noble. Their new theme takes the team away from Asia and onto the high seas where Charlie Noble was a British merchant ship’s captain.

It is believed that a shiny ship’s galley smokestack is named for this captain and the “galley” (or lab in this case) is where maritime flavors are blended for your consumption. Charlie Noble’s galley is located in Middle River, Maryland.

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Two Series

Admiral’s Reserve liquids cost $15.99 for 30 ml. These liquids contain up to 80% VG at 0 mg of nicotine and as little as 71% with 18 mg of nicotine (there are increments between those figures depending on nicotine strengths). The PG (propylene glycol)/VG ratio for each of the other juices is specified with the unique label that accompanies it.

All of these products are relatively high in vegetable glycerin so they would be perfect for cloud chasing with sub-ohm atomizers on high-watt mods. The cheaper series costs $6.99 for 15 ml. Choose from 0 to 18 mg of nicotine.

Admiral's ReserveAdmiral’s Reserve Liquids

Good Cookie tastes just like a chocolate chip cookie, unless your tank is not cleaned or wicks are not replaced after a previous flavor. That is not always a bad thing, especially not with such an agile base as this. Leftovers from PB Cereal or Siren Song might give this vapor juice a pleasing complexity.

PB Cereal tastes like its name with the addition of light cream. Pistachio RY4 contains light tobacco, vanilla, caramel, and pistachio. I like to imagine the two flavors together; a match made for the high seas. Finally, recall the best things about summer with a scoop of rich Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream.

The Other Juices

I won’t name them all: the variety at Charlie Noble is, well, noble. They have a Custard containing 72% VG which many people consider to be one of the best custard e juices around.

Commodore Pearry reminds us that pear is a new favorite core flavor and could become the basis for a trend the way custard did a while back. Beantown Vapor blends their pear with banana, but there are many ways to go about it.

Poseidon’s Punch, with 85% VG, tastes like citrus punch (perhaps a certain juice box grown-ups will remember from the 80s and 90s). Siren’s Song at 72% VG combines strawberries and cream: a traditional and popular pairing you are sure to see tried again and again with various results.

Texture and balance differ from brand to brand which goes to show that there is more to making e juice than adding a few drops of strawberry extract and cream flavoring to a flavorless base. Sometimes this is a super-sweet mixture; sometimes it puts you in mind of real, ripe strawberries. This one is creamy for sure which takes the edge out of sweet-sour fruitiness.

My eye was drawn to Tripoli for two reasons. For one thing it’s a tobacco e juice, a rarity among high-VG, gourmet e juices. Tobacco liquids lose some of their potency when there isn’t very much propylene glycol to carry the throat hit (PG is 20% here). Secondly, this combo evokes a warm image with Turkish tobaccos, figs, almonds, and spice. It is a unique, exotic flavor worth trying simply because it’s so different.

More from Charlie Noble

Juices by Charlie Noble (or the men behind the name) are made to the highest standards using cGMP standards. If you like their flavors, try Vape Dojo too. Otherwise, I will draw your attention to prices here. All gourmet brands should be this inexpensive.

Low prices might make you think twice and have you wondering about their quality, but independent sites frequently show that Charlie Noble e liquids are top class and warmly received by the vaping community. Siren’s Song is one of their best and most favored while Charlie’s Custard has won over a big fan base as well. They are sold online at the home site and by many vendors.

Space Jam

Successful e juice companies like Space Jam sometimes takes time to create a persona or a theme. At Space Jam, they speak in the language of visitors from another planet who have come to live in America.

Names for e juices prove that they are not from this world but are better acquainted with outer space. Titles are Andromeda, Venus, Omega, Pluto, Galactica, Starship 1, Eclipse, and Astro. What a wonderful lineup of thematically united names: they make it fun to read their website and ponder flavors at Space Jam.

Space JamSince 2012

Space Jam got their start in the business in 2012 and is based in Southern California.

Their liquids are made using premium ingredients in a GMP ISO certified lab. This is reassuring as is their use of glass to bottle liquids which are then sold wholesale to many, many vendors operating brick-and-mortar and online stores.

Because prices for everything related to e-cigs vary, there is no set price for Space Jam juice across the country. A fair and likely price tag for 15 ml would be $12; about the same as many of the top-shelf gourmet juices made in California and throughout the United States.

Venus e Juice

Imagine you were at a bonfire holding a long stick. You had a marshmallow at one end and were roasting it. Upon removing it from the fire you dunked the marshmallow in a bowl containing peanut butter, caramel, and cream. The hot marshmallow melted everything together so you stirred it and created a flavor something like Venus e juice: gourmet S’mores.

Starship 1 Liquid

This is perhaps the closest thing to Frankenvape (The Standard’s top flavor) I have seen anywhere with its blend of vanilla custard and kiwi. Kiwi is an unusual choice for vanilla and cream, but an addictive and popular one judging by comments from very satisfied customers.

Pluto: No Longer the Disenfranchised Planet

Melons: that’s what the planet Pluto makes Space Jam vapologists think of — several varieties of melon. You’ve got juicy watermelon, meaty cantaloupe, and refreshing honeydew all vying for position with bubblegum and a hint of mint. Mint and melon pair beautifully together. Bubblegum adds an edge of confection to this fresh blend.


Peaches and cream pair so perfectly that loads of e juice companies have tackled the combination in their own way. Many of these blenders have succeeded in bringing out the rich, dark flavor of real, ripe peach with just the right amount of cream. Space Jam takes the feat one step further by adding a touch of spice to the sweetness of fresh fruit. This addition gives Omega a warm, autumnal dimension.

Party Ship Galactica

Somewhere in outer space there is a party going on. I suspect it’s happening on the party ship Galactica because that is where these aliens keep their stockpile of champagne. Since these are classy aliens, they eat strawberries while sipping their drinks because that’s what all refined people do at zero gravity.

Light Side of an Eclipse

Here is the first and only tobacco e juice from Space Jam; a nod to consumers who still enjoy the flavor and aroma of a pipe even though they gave up smoking for good. Cavendish Tobacco and vanilla bean blend, but vanilla is only an accent; it doesn’t “eclipse” the richness of Cavendish.


I’ve seen strawberry mixed with tropical fruit and apples combined with cinnamon or a “pie crust” flavor, but never strawberry and Granny Smith. This evokes just the right contrast of sweet and tart with a fresh, fruity outcome.


The last style is a current classic; a modern mélange of dark berries. Everyone is mixing pomegranate with blueberry these days because it works.

Adventure at Space Jam

When you click on the website for Space Jam, you don’t see much: a tiny bit of information about the products and company and a few photos plus links to some other e-juice firms. They are all part of the Space Jam Collective. Other members of the Collective are Mystique, Obsession, Clouds of Hope, Taste Vape, Gold Standard, and Black Reserve.

Where did Cosmic Fog go? At one time, Space Jam and Cosmic Fog were linked; created by the same people but run as separate entities. Did they split ways? Did the original owner sell his share in one company to another group of vapologists?

SJ Social is the “Command Center” for all the juices I mentioned. If you want to learn what’s happening in their unique worlds, you can enter this center and use links to go directly to their websites or social media pages.

Merchandise Online

Space Jam, Obsession, Clouds of Hope, and the other brands don’t sell their products online through the Collective’s website or their own sites. The only items sold over the internet directly by the SJ Collective are a few sample kits, but mostly apparel and novelty items like stickers and posters.

They also promote a tank called the Flip. This tank uses flavor pods which are inserted into your preferred ratio of vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol. Once infused, this combination is vaped on the mod of your choice. I’ve never heard of this device before, but I’m sure more will come up online as consumers consider the ease of using pods of pre-filled gourmet juice with the ratio of base liquid they want.

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