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  • Putting an E-Cigarette Back Together Again

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    Are you new to the e-cigarette game? Did you take apart your e-cigarette to clean it, and now you can’t put it together again? Or maybe you accidentally dropped the device and now you’re desperately trying to re-attach it? If you need an easy-to-follow guide then look no further, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know to get you vaping ASAP.

    The first thing to know is that an e-cigarette consists of four parts. There’s the cartridge (sometimes called a tank), the atomizer, the battery, and the tip. There’s a coil inside the cartridge, along with liquid and a wick. The atomizer comes attached to the cartridge. To use the e-cigarette, you suck on the tip, which activates the atomizer through sensors in the battery system. The atomizer heats the liquid through the coil, creating vapor. It’s as simple as that.

    Now, if the e-cigarette breaks or splits apart, just remember, “TABAC,” which stands for: Tip and Battery, Atomizer, Cartridge. That’s the order the e-cigarette goes in. Make sure the atomizer is screw tightly onto the cartridge, as the last thing you want is leaking fluid.

    If the e-cigarette doesn’t work, here’s a few helpful hints for putting it back together. It’s not rocket science but there is an art to it, so pay attention and you’ll be vaping in no time.

    If the battery tip blinks when you’ve only vaped for a few seconds, it means the battery is almost dead. Re-charge the battery.

    Make sure there’s no debris lingering between the atomizer and the battery. Lingering debris can prevent the e-cigarette from producing vapor.

    The atomizer’s top ring can sometimes work itself off. Make sure it’s snapped on.

    If you’re installing a new coil, make sure the wick has enough liquid by priming it first. This reduces the possibility that your wick will burn or that the coil will get damaged. To prime, put four or five drops of the liquid into the coil’s head. Next, put the coil’s head into the tank’s base. Then, fill the tank. Wait five or ten minutes before using.

    If your e-cigarette uses a clearomizer instead of an atomizer, turn it counter-clockwise until you hear a click to attach it to the tank. Then, turn it clockwise until it’s completely hooked in.

    Last is perhaps the e-cigarette’s most important aspect: the lock-out feature. The last thing anyone wants is to unknowingly turn on the e-cigarette when it’s resting in your pocket. So, once everything’s screwed in, quickly click the device’s button five times. That locks it so the battery can’t activate. To turn the device on again, simply click the button five times again. Voila!

    Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro, follow these steps, and you should have no problem putting your e-cigarette back together.

  • 3 Key Tips for Extending Your E-Cigarette's Lifespan

    3 Key Tips for Extending Your E-Cigarettes Lifespan

    E-cigarette parts are, ultimately, consumable and will require replacement at some point or another. Pre-filled cartridges and cartomizers are relatively cheap to replace, but a quality battery tends to cost more out of pocket. This makes it important to extend your battery’s lifespan as much as possible in order to get the most for your money.

    Here are just a few of the many things you can do to keep your e-cigarette battery working at its peak for as long as possible:

    Tip #1: Frequent Use
    Like phones, tablets, laptops, and most other rechargeable electronics, e-cigarettes are made for frequent, daily use. The same way frequent exercise keeps your muscles strong, regularly using your e-cigarette will help to keep it’s battery at peak performance. Lithium-ion batteries thrive on daily use, and using them regularly will help to keep their overall performance up and extend the life of the battery.

    Tip #2: Don’t Fully Drain Your Battery
    It used to be that the best thing to do for rechargeable batteries was to fully charge them, fully drain them, and repeat. These days, that’s the worst thing you can do. It’s easier to speed up a slowly moving train than it is to get a stopped train moving and e-cigarette batteries operate on a similar principle. A fully drained battery will be harder to charge than a partially drained one, forcing the battery to work harder just to get a charge. This'll ultimately lower the number of charge cycles the battery can complete and lead to a shorter lifespan and more frequent battery replacements.

    Tip #3: Always Disconnect Cartridges and Cartomizers
    Even when not in use, cartridges and cartomizers can slowly drain the power from a charged battery. This slow drain means there’s less power available when you want to use your e-cigarette, meaning you’ll have to recharge it sooner. Since most battery manufacturers only guarantee about 300 charge cycles, it’s important to put as much time between recharges as possible and get as much actual usage as possible from each full charge. Ensuring that your battery's disconnected is the easiest way to get the most use from each individual charge cycle and expand the amount of time you have before having to replace you e-cig battery.

    The battery is an important part of your e-cigarette, and extending the life of it as much as possible is key to keeping your replacement costs down, leaving more money in your pocket for that e-liquid or cartridge you’ve been wanting to try. Some of the easiest things you can do for your e-cigarette battery are to use it frequently, avoid fully draining it, and always disconnect it from it’s cartridges or cartomizers. Even if you can’t get more then 300 charge cycles from your battery, following these tips will help to ensure that you get the most out of every charge.

  • Increasing Your RDA Flavor and Throat Hit

    Increasing Your RDA Flavor and Throat Hit

    If you're looking for more flavor and a better throat hit from your RDA, there are a few things you can do. The size of your coil, type of material used for your wick, the distance your coil is from your airflow, the amount of airflow, and the VG/PG ratio of your e-liquid all affect the taste and feel of your hit.

    The most important factor in increasing flavor is the surface area of the coil. A larger surface area means you'll be burning more juice and flavoring. The type of wire used is also a factor. Using twisted or clapton coils allows juice to fill the nooks and bring out more flavor. How the coil is wicked is another factor. You can't have too tight of a coil or the juice won't be able to travel up to the coil fast enough and will result in more dry hits. If the coil is too loose, you'll end up with spots that are hotter on your coil and have dry hits as well. Airflow is another factor in flavor. Basically the less airflow there is, the more flavor you get. A fully open or very airy RDA will result in less flavor. An RDA with the airflow openings right next to the coils will help with giving more flavor due to the air being able to flow around the whole coil.

    The key element to getting a good throat hit is heat. Essentially, the hotter the coil, the better the throat hit. If you're using a mechanical mod the best way to get hotter coils is to build a lower ohm coil (be careful). Look for a battery from a brand you trust that has an amp limit of at least 30 With an electric mod you want to increase the wattage/voltage. For the wick, you want to use cotton or rayon as they burn hotter than silica. As for the coils, thinner wire and shorter coils will be hotter at the expense of cloud volume.

    One of the tricky aspects is coil placement. If you want a good throat hit you need to have the coil further away from the airflow intake, but that may come at the cost of flavor. You're going to have to do a little experimenting to find the right distance for the right balance of flavor to throat hit. The amount of PG in the e-juice will have an effect on throat feel as well. The higher the PG, the more feel it'll have.

    There is no one answer to the perfect build. The type of juice you use, the RDA you're using, and personal preference are going to determine how you build your coil. Through experimentation and adjustments, you'll be able to find the right balance for you.

  • Coil Connection Problems - They Happen But Can Be Fixed

    Coil Connection Problems - They Happen But Can Be Fixed

    A good coil is needed to ensure that the e-liquid in the vaping device  able to turn into the vapor that you can inhale. However, once and a while, problems do arise with the coil. But there are ways in which these coil connection problems can be fixed, no matter how quickly a fix is needed to ensure that you're able to get your coil back up and working again. A good lasting fix will take care of any coil problems that you have.

    With all that said, here are some possible solutions to a coil connection problem so that you're able to begin vaping again:

    The Coil is Bad
    If the coil itself is bad, then the coil won't be able to heat up the liquid at all. Some coils come from the manufacturer in a defective state to begin with. These manufacturing issues happen more often than most realize, as a bad batch of coils can easily slip through the quality control processes of the manufacturer. A bad coil can only be replaced by a new coil as they can't be repaired. Once it has been replaced, you'll be able to vape again with a new coil that's able to work better for your vaping needs.

    Dirty Connectors
    Another possibility is that there's a dirty connector at the end of the coil. Vape solution collects at the end of the coil, which means that gunk builds up from the solution. The fix to this is to take the cotton out in a gentle way, run the coil without any solution in it, rinse the coil off, gently dry the coil off, and replace the cotton with a new piece. A brand new piece of cotton will make the coil as good as new so that you can keep vaping without any holdups.

    Check the Bottom Pin
    In order for the coil to be able to connect to the battery, the bottom pin has to be in place firmly. Ideally, the bottom pin has to be centered over the battery to ensure that the battery is able to make the solid connection between the coil and the battery. Check to make sure that the coil's firmly seated at the bottom pin in order for a connection to be there. This is also something which should be checked for gunk and debris that needs to be cleaned off.

    Cases Where The Solution Has a Burnt Taste
    If the vapor solution has a burnt taste to it, then this means the coil is burning the cotton. The first thing to consider is to make sure that there's enough liquid going to the cotton for the coil to heat up. Once the amount of solution has been verified to be sufficient, the next thing to do is to consider replacing the coil. If all else fails, a liquid which is too thick may be unable to travel to the base of the coil.

    Coil connection problems can make the vaping experience awful and decrease the life of the device. That's why we stress that you need to keep your coils clean and that everything's assembled properly to have the best vaping experience possible. Mechanical falts are probably the issue when all cleaning attempts fail, but make sure your coils are seated properly in the first place.

  • Modders Just Keep on Coming

    Modders Just Keep on Coming

    People are a curious lot by nature. Whenever something new and exciting takes the market by storm, there is an almost immediate response by a small, but dedicated group of hackers, modders and the genuinely inquisitive. Thankfully, vaping can accommodate people from a few different backgrounds who are itching to get their hands dirty by taking a swing at a new idea, and for relatively cheap. Those who are trying to quit smoking analog cigarettes will want to tweak their experience to get a more natural feel while those who have been bitten by the electronics bug can indulge their hobby with custom amperage adjustments, battery strengths and so on.

    However, it is safe to say that modding in the vaping world has almost become the norm. This is due to how accessible vaping has become and how well the vaping community as a whole get along. There do exist friendly rivalries, but one would be hard-pressed to recall a knock-down-drag-out brawl at a cloud blowing competition. That's because the vaping community seems to admire innovation and creativity, especially when it comes to getting the perfect vape. Instead of attacking someone for coming up with a better idea or whispering behind their back, the vaping community embraces these new tinkerers and modders. Why wouldn't they?

    After all, modding got its big breakthrough with people sitting around a table and trying new things just to see what would happen. Some even uploaded videos to sites like YouTube. The openness and accessibility of the vaping community is what allows modders to become what they are today. Now anyone who is trying to quit smoking can simply go to YouTube and find a video that explains to them how to get that perfect throat hit. Now someone who wants to blow bigger and thicker clouds can bounce ideas off of others at his or her local vape shop without the fear of jealousy or being laughed at. To have that kind of support from a community that is often and unfairly the target of internet memes and government regulations, is something that many other subcultures dream of.

    Modding isn't going away anytime soon, nor should it. It's an avenue of exploration that has barely been tread upon and as more and more people switch from analog cigarettes to vaping, coupled with how young the vaping scene is, it remains a safe bet to say that we are only scratching the surface of vaping. Think of modders as being the new breed of explorers into this new territory. With each new advancement they make on their kitchen table or at their friend's vape shop, chances are they are more than happy to share that with us. It is as if vaping has almost become completely open sourced for everyone involved, and while this may bring about some sort of equivalent to the singularity in the future, one would be hard-pressed to say it will happen anytime soon.

    Keep on exploring, modders; there's a whole community of people counting on you.

  • Disposable Electronic Cigarettes From Smoking Vapor

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    With the rules around traditional smoking growing stricter by the day, many smokers are searching for a more convenient, less regulated alternative that they can take out in public without the risk of being smothered by rules. In the process, they generally come across e-cigarettes, a cheaper, smoke-free alternative to traditional cigarettes. This is causing the e-cigarette market to boom, but with the huge selection of brands, flavors, nicotine levels, and prices, it’s often hard for people new to vaping to know where to start.

    Smoking Vapor provides a perfect stepping stone for those looking to fully or partially replace their traditional cigarettes with vaping.

    Smoking Vapor’s disposable electronic cigarettes are perfect for newbie vapers. These disposable e-cigs are low cost and come in a wide variety of flavors.  In fact, select a few flavors to try, and enjoy the variety while you search for the one you could vape all day. If none of them suit your tastes, there’s no disappointment from sinking a lot of money into it- but there shouldn’t be any issues with finding a perfect flavor! The disposable e-cigarettes also come in varying nicotine levels to match your wants and needs. Even someone just wanting to fit in better with their group of friends can enjoy a nicotine free disposable e-cigarette in the same flavors as a nicotine filled e-cig. Smoking Vapor provides a high quality, low cost disposable e-cigarette that perfect for newbies looking to get their feet wet and explore the world of e-cigs and vaping.

    Normally, low cost disposable e-cigarettes taste as cheap as they are, but the ones created by Smoking Vapor are high-quality and high value. You’ll get the most for your money with Smoking Vapor’s disposable e-cigarettes - a great taste and a low cost! Newbie vapers have nothing to lose when it comes to trying out Smoking Vapor’s high quality, easy to use, disposable e-cigarettes.

  • Summertime Vape Cartridge Storage Tips

    Summertime Vape Cartridge Storage Tips

    Electronic cigarettes are rising in popularity at breakneck speed. Summertime is in full swing, and outdoor temperatures are steadily rising. The warmer weather also brings outdoor activities that may ultimately cause damage to electronic cigarette cartridges. With the uptick in new users, it is important that knowledge on these systems is common and readily available. By using some simple tips and tricks, the life of your system can be greatly prolonged and give you much more vaping pleasure through the summer months and beyond.

    One of the most important steps in caring for your electronic cigarette is making sure to use proper storage. There are a variety of options for safe storage of your device available through shops and online, the most common being a hard case. These cases have a hard exterior to keep the fragile components of the system safe, while a softer inner lining keeps everything cushioned and in place. Using such a case keeps out unwanted debris, shields the device from the sun, and keeps water from damaging the cartridge and also the battery.

    Summertime brings on an increase of outdoor activities, so naturally carrying an electronic device with you makes spending time outdoors more enjoyable. Lanyards are a great choice for keeping your system in arms reach while also keeping it clean and safe. One should avoid storing cartridges and devices in things such as pockets, loose in purses, and backpacks. Lint, dirt, water, and other debris could find it's way into the components of your system and cause irreversible damage. If using a hard case is not a practical option, keeping the device on a lanyard around your neck is the next best choice for the safety of the device.

    Avoiding situations that may compromise your electronic cigarette is the safest bet to ensure the longevity of the cartridge. Water can penetrate the cartridge, leak into the fluid and damage the internal components and atomizer. Always keep the system away from water. If you are participating in a summertime activity on or near water, it may be best to leave the device behind or keep it a safe distance away from the water. Exposure to direct sunlight may also compromise the fluid, as well as cause overheating in the battery. Keep the system out of direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

    The longevity of your electronic cigarette and cartridges greatly depends on you. By taking extra precautions to make sure the device is safe and secure, the quality of the vapor and life of the system will continue to be satisfactory. Always keep the device in a secure place such as a hard case when not in use. Using a lanyard can keep the device conveniently on your body without the danger of keeping it in your pocket is a wise decision.

    Ultimately, exercising caution and taking a few simple steps will greatly increase the life of your electronic cigarette cartridges, and keep your system functioning properly for a longer period of time.

  • SV Monthly Spotlight: VOGUE SUB KIT

    SV Monthly Spotlight VOGUE SUB KIT

    Amigo means friend in Spanish, and the vape kit I'm about to expound upon is definitely a friend to both starters and pros alike. Before I further elucidate upon the VOGUE SUB KIT and its many features and benefits, let me put any questions to rest as to the sub-starter kit category it has been placed in.

    This kit is mainly touted for beginners because it is uncomplicated, compact and easy-to-use. Does that make it suitable only for beginning vapers? I think not. After all, aren't all of these qualities desirable for expert vapers too? I think so.

    The Amigo Vogue Sub Kit comes with the standard supplies included in most vape kits such as battery pack, a spare coil, a filter tank, USB cable, warranty card and a not-so common mini wrench - useful for handymen who like to fix their vapes themselves should they fall apart.

    The Vogue Sub Kit battery has a 50 milliamp capacity (FP 50), 510 thread and includes a floating pen for added vaping accessories. The 5 click on, 5 click off button produces flashing lights making sure that the user knows when the pen is activated and deactivated respectively. Under the on and off button is a charge light that indicates how much the pen has charged up at any given point. What is more, the battery does not take that long to charge. An awesome feature for those who are always on the go.

    The tank breaks down very easily, the drip tip is lined with delrin and has a dual o-ring. The majority of the tank is made from stainless steel and glass making it both durable and sleek; sleek enough to allow for smooth airflow. The base of the tank is adjustable which gives the user the ability to adjust the airflow as they wish.

    Now the coil is pretty standard but it does have tiny wicking holes. This does not cause any airflow obstruction, however, since the main air hole at the base of it is pretty wide. The coil is easily replaced and does not require an RBA kit - just screw it on and start vaping!

    The entire tank capacity is around 3ml. This is probably the only downside, but despite having to fill the tank quite frequently the performance of the Vogue Vape Pen is rather remarkable considering its ease-of-use and compact nature.

    All-in-all the Amigo Vogue Sub Kit offers adjustability, portability, and durability in an easy-to-hold and easy-to-manage frame. All of these features make it ideal for those experienced vapers who like their pens to be powerful and discreet all at the same time

  • RDAs are a DIY Vaper's Dream Come True

    RDAs are a DIY Vapers Dream Come True

    Dripping is a term used for a way vape without using chambers but rather placing drops of e-liquid right on the coils often atomizer. It's popular because of the fact that it gives off a bolder and richer flavor than traditional methods and because it's easier to switch from one flavor of e-juice to another this way. In order to do this properly, bridgeless atomizers are needed. Though e-liquid can be dropped directly onto the bridge, the hit is  better when the liquid goes directly onto the coils. And thus, the different methods for getting the bridge out of the way are where RDAs come in to play.

    RDAs stands for rebuildable dripping atomizers which are a DIY alternative to buying atomizers that come prefixed and ready to drip. Traditionally, in order to get the effect of dripping, vapers would have to take apart their atomizers and remove the bridge piece in order to expose the coils so e-liquid could be placed directly onto them. When the popularity of dripping rose, atomizers without bridges became available and so did RDAs. RDAs are a popular choice that gives vapers the option to create their own bridgeless atomizers at a lower cost than those that come pre-made that way. RDAs allow users to replace wicks and coils themselves.

    Now, there's an art to dripping that involves using the correct amount of e-liquid to achieve maximum drags without losing flavor or having the liquid come dripping out of the atomizer. It's important to consider that when buying a RDA, care needs to be taken to build the coils and wicks correctly or  the e-juice could lose flavor. It's important to do research and choose the right rebuildable atomizer or risk wasting e-liquid and money on an apparatus that isn't effective.

    When looking for which RDA to buy, it's important to consider several key factors such as the number of posts. The more posts in the RDA, the more coil setups which means more vapor. Next is airflow control. The amount of controlled airflow  in the device is directly related to vapor and flavor; more airflow means more vapor, less airflow means better flavor. The decks on RDAs are important factors as well because they determine how much of a wick and how much liquid the device can hold.

  • Ohm's Law: Essential Vaping Knowledge

    Ohms Law Essential Vaping Knowledge

    As vaping continues to evolve, Ohm’s Law comes up more and more. It’s the essential foundation upon which the whole of vaping rests. As we get more comfortable with our vaping devices, we should strive to have at least a basic understanding of Ohm’s Law. It’s critical information that goes a long way. With a good understanding of it, we can have a safer, more satisfying vape. Ohm’s Law, in simple language, means: Current = voltage 'divided' by resistance

    We can think of current like water flowing through a pipe. In reality, it’s the rate at which electrons flow through some medium or surface per second. For our purposes, the current flows through the kanthal wire in our coils. Returning to our pipe analogy, the voltage is akin to opening a faucet. For instance, if the faucet were all the way open, there would be more water flowing through the pipe than if it were half-open. Similarly, the more voltage, the more current. Resistance is the friction in the pipe that slows the water down. As the voltage puts current through the coil, the resistance is the amount of space that the electrons bump into, slowing them down and generating heat. Power, which we measure in watts, is the key to the amount of heat generated. Power is: Voltage squared, divided by the resistance.

    Although more resistance might seem like it would generate more heat based on our pipe analogy, it’s actually the power that affects the amount of heat, because more power means more energy going into the coil in the first place. The amount of power is affected by the resistance, and it’s possible to get more power with a lower resistance; this is why a lower resistance will give you a thicker, warmer vape. A higher resistance creates a cooler vape, and ultimately produces less vapor than a lower resistance at the same wattage (assuming the same initial voltage). This is the reason that many devices have been built to put out 150-200 watts of power (or more, in some cases). With this in mind, it’s not difficult to see how easy it can be to “tweak” your vape exactly how you like it.

    The reality is that vaping is not a habit; it’s a hobby with a bit of a learning curve. It doesn’t have to be a complicated physics lesson to be useful. Ohm’s Law gives us the tools we need to find our vaping “sweet spot” and it’s absolutely worth the effort to learn. Knowing Ohm’s Law helps us achieve a safer, more satisfying vape.

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