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.

Fruits

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.

Castaway

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.

Kizmet

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.

Muffcake

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.

Screwberry

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.

Reviews

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.

Omega

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.

Astro

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.

Andromeda

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.

Cosmic Fog

Each cloud which represents a flavor from the Cosmic Fog e juice line is an individual. They all have a sunny outlook judging by their sunglasses and happy appearance, but each one is trimmed with a different color, as though the sun is shining on each one through a different-colored crystal.

That might be too lyrical a way to describe e juice labels, but in an era where e-juice label artistry often reflects aggressive or sexual images, I can’t help but notice the gentle spirit of a happy cloud wearing triangular sunglasses.

Popular E Juice

Maybe those clouds are enjoying their popularity in the vaping world. Cosmic Fog E Juice is one of the country’s most widely carried brands. The people behind this brand have successfully courted interest from companies that carry exclusively gourmet juice, firms selling only American e liquid, businesses boasting a mixture of top-shelf and factory-made liquids, and even companies that carry their own low-cost house juice. There is a place for Cosmic Fog everywhere.

Cosmic Fog JuicesGetting Caught in a Cosmic Fog of Flavor

There are just six e liquids in the entire Cosmic Fog line: Kryptonite, Milk & Honey, Cola Gummy, Church, The Shocker, and Nutz.

In spite of the long time they’ve been on American shelves (a few years now, at least), they have not been in a hurry to create additional flavors: they do it right or they go home.

Where many companies rush to bring out 10, 20, or 30 flavors, Cosmic Fog has created a menu they know is successful and which their customers appreciate; a dessert-driven compilation which does not contain a single tobacco flavor and only the merest hint of mint (not menthol) in Cola Gummy according to at least one customer.

Here is a run down of those flavors with some thoughts gleaned from reviews by real customers. Cosmic Fog, by the way, is made using only US Pharmaceutical-grade propylene glycol and USP vegetable glycerin. They don’t apprise us of their mixing conditions (lab, clean room, etc).

Church (the Red Cloud)

Church

The name for “Church” e juice comes from its ingredients which, when you put them together, equal a “sundae.” Taste a traditional ice cream sundae with hot fudge sauce, vanilla, and bananas. Let it steep a bit: some reviewers reported their flavor was weak yet most people really enjoy the flavor, especially at low ohms (around 1.2 ohms to 2 ohms).

Shocker (Neon Yellow)

Shocker

Although Cosmic Fog describes this as having the flavor of strawberry-citrus lemonade, one individual detected grapefruit in her supply and quite liked it. It is a refreshing enough style to become an all-day vape.

Milk & Honey (Honey Yellow)

Milk & Honey

Cosmic Fog’s most popular and frequently reviewed item is their sweet and creamy dessert vape. You might detect marshmallow but will certainly taste milk and honey as per the name.

Cola Gummy (the Blue Cloud)

Cola Gummy

It probably sounds like a strange claim to make, but Cola Gummy was blended so that consumers would not just taste cola gummy candy but also detect the fizz of soda pop. They really do taste and feel this sensation (how do they do that?), but again, let this one steep to make the flavors count.

Nutz (Orange-Brown)

Nutz

This was a late-comer to the lineup and a popular one winning excellent reviews. Nutz, true to its name, tastes like a rich and full-bodied almond butter plus strawberry preserves and a hint of honey crème. You might equate Nutz with a gourmet peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Kryptonite (Green, of Course)

Kryptonite

Cosmic Fog’s second-most popular flavor is this refreshing, even floral offering. The suggestion of flowers does not come across in a description on their website which mentions melon candy, but melon can yield a somewhat floral aroma and aftertaste. Customers sure do like it.

Buy Cosmic Fog E Juice

As I said above, there are loads of places to buy Cosmic Fog online and at street-level vape stores. The cost of a bottle, however, varies from around $11.95 to $13 for 15 ml and you might even see higher prices at some cowboy stores where everything is overpriced.

Cosmic Fog is bottled in glass with a squeezable dripping top so you can add it to an RDA easily or even to your clearomizer or tank without pulling out a separate dripper or pouring juice into a different bottle. That glass bottle is important because these are pre-bottled juices, not made to order.

They could have been sitting in their bottles for a little while which, if these were bottled in plastic, could cause the liquid to adopt a tinge of plastic which would eventually come through into the vapor. Nicotine values provide a decent hit of 24 mg all the way down to 3 mg per/ml plus a zero-nicotine option.

California Vaping

The people who make Cosmic Fog come from Orange County, California. You will find that many of the popular e juice labels hail from this part of the country. Openness to vaping in Californian culture has inspired many people to take it up as a hobby, to blend their own e liquid, and to turn a hobby into one way to earn a living.

Some vendors do this on the side while going to college or university or while maintaining other jobs. Many vapologists (a fancy word for e-liquid mix-masters) will eventually give it up and focus on other careers. Some businesses, however, become so successful they turn e-liquid blending and designing into a full-time job.

I do not know if the guys at Cosmic Fog have reached this place in their e-juice careers, but they are doing very well in the industry. Vapers will see them at upcoming US e cig exhibitions and on their social media pages complete with photos and news. Watch Facebook for info about flavors in development.

ICR vs IMR

At a vaping expo in the United States last year, a terrible thing happened — one which could have been exponentially worse: a battery exploded, an event known as “venting.” This means any safety features built into the battery failed.

If there were safeguards in the mod, these failed. The user potentially failed too: he might not have been using his product safely. Combine these three variables and you get to the heart of why the chemistry of your battery is so important.

ICR vs IMR Batteries

Until recently, the most commonly used and most readily available battery on the vaping market was an ICR. This battery contains a built-in feature which prevents the cell from over-charging. This is known as a protected battery. Protective technology is added to the cell, thus lengthening its profile, but it is an essential feature. Typical ICR batteries contain Lithium Ion.

IMR batteries are protected or unprotected depending on where you shop and what you want. They do not have to be built with protective safeguards because their chemistry is different. IMR batteries contain Lithium Manganate.

Why Is This Better than Lithium Ion?

A LiMN handles more stress than the LiIon battery, which means it is less likely to explode when used at a high continuous amperage output. More than 10 amps is considered excessive (especially for continuous output) when talking about vaping mods, but many vapers insist on using their devices at extremely high watts, super-low resistance (less than 0.5 ohms), and don’t give their batteries time to cool off either. They continually run at these rates until the device either shuts itself off or explodes.

Built-in Safety

An adjustable mod should contain a reliable chipset that detects low resistance, over-discharge, high temperatures, and more. It will either reduce output until adjustments have been made or will simply shut down. Casing should be sufficiently vented.

No matter what safeguards you implement, however, accidents happen. A battery can still explode inside its shell. If this is a LiIon battery, explosion could cause devastating damage: a fire or loss of life. People standing close to the event have been horribly injured and maimed.

With a LiMn battery, the resulting event would be less dramatic. LiMn batteries will still explode, just not to the same extreme extent. You might still get a burn or even start a small fire but the size and power of the explosion will be much reduced.

Industry Recommendations for Safety

So, when you go to a shop to purchase a battery for your 18350, 18500, or 18650 device (or larger), keep in mind that you want the safest possible battery. These are powerful products. If you are staying within reasonable limits and using a 40W unit or lower then you can probably breathe a little more easily.

But with a 50W mod or higher or an unregulated mechanical mod, you need all the help you can get to remain safe. Meters and monitors fail or provide inaccurate results at times; electronics are imperfect. Stick with reliable brands and only seek products and guidance from vendors you know and trust.

What Is Vegetable Glycerin And Propylene Glycol?

A vaper’s first encounter with e liquid usually brings her into contact with propylene glycol and, possibly, vegetable glycerin. Propylene glycol (PG) is the more popular for low-powered e cigs and tobacco flavors.

Interest in vegetable glycerin (VG) grew when some consumers and anti-e cig proponents argued that PG is unsafe, along with how VG is ideal for creating big clouds of vapor. Their argument is that PG is unsafe is that it is used in the making of inedible and synthetic substances such as resins and anti-freeze. At the same time, it is listed by the FDA as a GRAS food substance (GRAS – Generally Recognized As Safe).

Consequently, many vapers have turned to VG as a substitute, or have started using e-juice with a higher ratio of VG.

Truths about Propylene Glycol

The first thing consumers need to know about PG is that they have probably consumed it regularly in one form or another. Night clubs, recreation centers, and schools use it to create artificial smoke.

Propylene glycol as a food-safe additive is mixed into many processed treats. As a solvent, PG is found in many pharmaceutical products. Another truth about propylene glycol is that it is not a synthetic compound but a natural, organic one.

Allergic reactions to propylene glycol have left numerous vapers concerned about the properties of this substance. Moderate individuals realize that allergies to other products (strawberries, latex, and milk) don’t mean these items are necessarily bad; just bad for certain people. Vegetable glycerin-based juices provide an option, so they are able to continue vaping.

Vegetable glycerin or simply “glycerin” has been derived from a variety of foods and plants: vegetables, soy, Malaysian palm, and more. Manufacturers add it to detergents and cosmetics while any consumer can purchase it from a grocery or health food store in bottled form.

Allergic reactions to VG inspired e cig manufacturers to locate non-allergenic sources such as the Malaysian palm. Consumers will find many organic, Kosher, USP-grade VG products on the market sourced from other countries too, such as India and the United States.

Propylene Glycol vs. Vegetable Glycerin

E liquid mixologists choose to combine these two elements in varying ratios to achieve more or less throat hit, thinner or thicker liquid, or sweeter e juice. They select ratios to accommodate their products: low-end atomizers filled with wicking material, for instance.

PG is thinner than VG so is favored by mini cig companies. Their cartomizers and clearomizers usually contain fibrous material which becomes gummy over time and atomizers which eventually clog up.

Thin e juice prolongs the life of an atomizer. PG is also preferred when manufacturers and blenders create tobacco flavors because it provides a heavier throat hit without sweetening juice or adding a scent. PG typically has more flavor, and is the preferred delivery method for flavors, and VG produces more vapor, with less of a throat hit.

New vapers using low-powered cartomizers frequently start vaping with tobacco e juice because of its familiarity, so PG-dominant (or 100% PG) e liquids are preferred.

As vapers become more skilled and start operating wickless systems or those with removable coils and wicks, they experiment with thicker liquids. They enjoy the sweetness, additional vapor production, and VG’s compatibility with gourmet non-tobacco flavors. No longer seeking the throat hit they enjoyed as smokers, they can now select products of varying density and even organic products.

Once a consumer’s e cig is an adjustable, variable watt mod, his favorite juices tend to contain at least 50% VG but often the maximum amount possible. A hobby called “cloud chasing” is facilitated by high watt devices, low-resistance atomizers, and viscous e juice.

Brands of E Juice

Several suppliers sell brands of flavorless bases for DIY vape-mixers along with mixing tools and flavorings. Most vapers buy pre-made juices, however.

Favorite PG-heavy products include V2 Cigs e liquid and cartomizers, Green Smoke, South Beach Smoke, and VaporFi. When vapers start looking for heavier liquids, they turn to gourmet companies like Space Jam, Five Pawns, the Standard, and Blueprint. A number of vape shops also custom-blend flavors to contain a ratio of PG/VG chosen by individuals.

Speculation About The Looming FDA E-Cig Regulations

The entire e cig industry is concerned about FDA regulations. These regulations have yet to be released and a great deal of input has been sought.

The Food and Drug Administration has received the advice of WHO, doctors, scientists, pharmacists, and others with something to offer. Their opinions are potentially biased by some form of prejudice against e cigs or because they work in some element of the vaping industry.

Many regular people have also aired their concerns for and against e cigs and e liquid. Here is what the industry believes might happen.

E Liquid Manufacturing Standards

There is a good chance small artisan e liquid companies will either have to close their doors or institute certain major changes. Some companies proudly claim that they make e liquid by hand, one bottle at a time as consumers order them.

The FDA could institute certification standards that require mixing and bottling by machine, not by hand. Laboratory conditions will potentially be required involving investment in machinery, furnishings, filters, and more.

Numerous tiny companies will be forced to either go out of business or join forces and work together to fund efforts in a shared facility. The FDA could also insist that only tobacco and menthol juices contain nicotine.

Revealing Secrets

Companies might be forced to reveal ratios of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin plus flavoring that they have chosen to keep secret so others couldn’t make these juices at home. Some vendors and consumers would say a bit more transparency is long overdue. Many vapers are simply satisfied that vaping is so much safer than smoking and they do not care if there is a small amount of toxicity or uncertainty involved.

E Cigs and Big Tobacco

Even R.J. Reynolds had something to say about e cigs before releasing their version, the Vuse. It’s a great little device winning a lot of fans, but opinions from this tobacco giant confirm that Big Tobacco is no friend of vaping.

They believe this is a potentially dangerous industry drawing in young non-smokers, especially flavors of e cigs like grape and chocolate. To them, this isn’t what e cigs should be about.

There are legitimate fears that established companies such as Reynolds will manage to sell their version of an e cig in the category of “tobacco products” by sticking with tobacco and menthol flavors.

The FDA could then block efforts by independent firms unassociated with Big Tobacco or insist they withdraw sweet flavors.

Chinese Manufacturing

Almost the entire industry relies on Chinese factories in some way. Many components are made in China, if not the entire e-cig. Liquids are often made and bottled there.

People will be bringing e cigs and e liquid back with them from China and countries where there are no prohibitions even if the FDA places a ban on the import of electronic cigarettes and e liquids from overseas.

The FDA cannot control standards in this country, but if US firms are forced to shut their doors, vapers might start buying goods through eBay and Alibaba, giving rise to illegal trade.

Comparing Smoking vs Vaping

Vapers, non-smokers, scientists, medicos, and regulatory bodies are busily comparing smoking vs vaping as they debate how to progress with electronic cigarettes. They would be foolish to argue that smoking is safer, but there are built-in risks with e cigs as well.

Safety is just one factor to consider too: what about the environment and money? Which one is worse from an ecological standpoint and which one is cheaper overall? Health is the other overriding concern which sends smokers flocking to e cig kiosks around the world.

Before getting more into this, I will say that vaping is very similar in the taste, and feeling in the back of your throat.

Does it taste exactly like a real cigarette?

No, but some brands get pretty close, considering it is vapor as opposed to smoke. The feeling in the back of your throat you get from smoking is mimicked very well by e-cigs, and depending which you try, e-cigs can hit the back of your throat even more harshly than a tobacco cigarette.

Weighing up the Facts

Smokers spend hundreds — and even thousands — of dollars annually on cigarettes and accessories. Switching to e cigs can cut costs down by anything from 20% to 80% depending on how much you smoked and how you proceed.

At the very cheapest, if you were in a financial bind and are looking for the most cost savings, here’s an example of what you could save:

If you smoked 1 pack a day, and spent $10 a day, you could do this with e-cigs for less than $50 per month (compared to $300 a month @ $10 per day). This would be using e-liquid and refilling your own vape device.

Vaping Savings

Vaporizers require rechargeable batteries, liquid and tanks, chargers have to be replaced, and there are other optional accessories. One spends less time fumigating a room or clothing when e cigs are involved. Ashtrays become antiques.

Vaping Costs

But vapers who just use disposables and don’t plan to wean off of e cigs entirely will probably spend a fair amount of money: $10 for the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes on average. This is true if the disposable is working and properly filled with e liquid.

Most e cigs are in good shape if they come from reliable brands but there are some that don’t perform and many companies overstate the puff count on a single-use e cig. Maybe you are getting ¾ of a pack or perhaps 1 ¼ packs on a good day.

Bundle Bonus

Starter kits for mini cigs potentially reduce outgoings because, with a bundle, each piece is included at a discount over what it goes for when sold separately. Then again, if you start adding carry cases and other extras, those unnecessary accessories add to the price. If you purchase a mini cig, reliable, safe brand-name KR808D mini cigs are overpriced to start with.

Yet, loyalty points and discount coupons make it cheaper to buy goods. Points at an e cig company are like grocery rewards that customers exchange for goods.

Once vapers switch to filling cartomizers with their own e liquid, they see savings increase as long as they don’t spend even more money exploring hundreds of flavor combinations.

Nature Negative

In an ideal world, no one would vape or smoke. Neither habit is good for the earth. Batteries and other “e-waste” is piling up quickly around the world and leaching toxins from lithium batteries, etc.

Cigarette poisons have polluted the ground, water, and air. Whatever they do to human beings also takes place in the environment. Arguably, rechargeable, recyclable batteries are better than cigarettes. But one mustn’t mistake “better” for “good.”

Health and Hope

In testimonials posted on YouTube, vapers tell moving stories of how electronic cigarettes changed their lives. Some of them couldn’t climb stairs without getting out of breath. A few were nearly dead with lung disease. Cancer had claimed the lives of those they loved and still they were unable to break the chains of addiction to cigarettes.

Thanks to vaping, they could stop choking back poison but didn’t have to endure nicotine withdrawal. Some time in the future they might kick that habit too, but there isn’t any big rush now that the smoke is gone.

There is no denying personal, poignant stories of health and hope regained. Of continued concern to some authorities, however, is the appeal of fruit-flavored, nicotine laden e cigs to a generation of non-smokers keen to feed their curiosity. Moreover, vapers are kidding themselves thinking nicotine is entirely safe (of course most know that it isn’t entirely safe). Doctors often prefer their patients to be fighting this addiction, however, if it means they are doing it as an alternative to smoking.

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