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Six Seasonal eLiquids to Vape Through the Holidays

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Whether you’re bashing skulls on Black Friday, suffering through a family gathering of total strangers, or confused and shivering in a snow bank after a lost weekend of debauchery, it’s nice to partake in seasonal flavors this time of year. And with each year the list grows. Here’s a few to jingle your bells, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Bumble Bee Vapor – Ode to Ichabod

What they claim: “All the sweet and savory flavors of autumn, including pumpkin, vanilla, caramel, and a light spice, to create a devilishly delicious fall blend.”

So how does it taste? This is a respectable representation of a pumpkin pastry, but I find it a bit muted. If you’re someone who doesn’t like overly powerful or grossly sweet juices, this is your pumpkin head. I enjoy the carmel and vanilla undertones, but give be more of that, please. It’s good, but the blend is not quite there. I actually prefer this one in a tank, rather than a dripper, for some reason.

Holiday Juice Rating: Four and 1/2 golden rings.

Seduce Juice – Peppermocha Latte

What they claim: “Peppermocha Latte will make you think you’re sipping on your favorite coffee shop’s famous holiday treat with it’s warm, creamy chocolate and coffee blend, mixed with just the right amount of sweet peppermint.”

So how does it taste? The ad copy nailed it. This is as close as you can get to a peppermint mochaccino drink without dumping some sugary coffee in your tank (don’t try it. It doesn’t work). I’m not big on menthol, but time and time again, Seduce has shown they can do menthol right. A welcome visitor from faraway minty lands.

Holiday Juice Rating: My bells are sufficiently jingled.

Boosted – Rear Diff

What they claim: “Somewhere between a rich, creamy pumpkin pie, and a pumpkin spice latte, Rear Diff captures the very essence of the holidays in taste, aroma, and even the warm, fuzzy feeling you’ll get while vaping it.”

So how does it taste? Rear Diff (despite its odd name) is easily my favorite holiday flavor. There’s simply no contest. This is one I would vape winter, spring, summer or fall. Reminiscent of a pumpkin cupcake with rich, creamy frosting, it brings out the essence of the season (eating delicious desserts), without being overpowering or tasting like a quick one-off recipe to appease the seasonal crowd. And the vapor production is fantastic. I’ll be stocking up to get me through til this one’s offered again next Fall.

Holiday Juice Rating: Dripping in a winter wonderland.

Seduce Juice – Holiday Spice Cake

What they claim: “Will remind you of your grandmother’s cooking, with it’s fresh baked, nutty cake, aromatic holiday spices, and gooey, creamy frosting.”

So how does it taste? Oh sweet Krampus, what is this dollar store spice rack shit I just inhaled!? It’s an unfocused mish-mash of vague spice, with precious little cake, and certainly no holiday cheer. The label says Holiday Spice Cake, but it’s more like Nutmeg and Lighter Fluid. A rare lump of coal from the fine folks at Seduce. They got one thing right, though – it does remind me of grandma’s cooking… when she was cooking meth.

Holiday Juice Rating: I got scrooged!

Alice in Vapeland – Punkin’ Tumble

What they claim: “A delightful pumpkin cake rolled into a sweet vape!”

So how does it taste? There’s just something odd about AiV’s juice that I have never been able to put my finger on. I was once a dedicated customer, but as my vaping tastes and habits evolved, I found there were better options for me. That’s not to say Punkin’ Tumble is bad. It’s OK. It’s fine. It’s perfectly vapeable. But there are simply better pumpkin spice flavors out there.

Holiday Juice Rating: The creepy, uninvited second cousin at the dinner table.

P.O.E.T. – Rotolo di Zucca

What they claim: “A savory, spicy pumpkin bourbon e-liquid blend that will warm the cockles of your heart.”

So how does it taste? Robust, hearty pumpkin essence with a broad bourbon streak. It’s balanced very well by a spice undertone and manages to be savory without being overly sweet. It’s got a pleasing complexity that keeps finding its way into my RDA. Drip this one for sure!

Holiday Juice Rating: It’s a Festivus miracle!

Bonus Holiday Juice Shoutout!

While not advertised specifically as a holiday juice, Birds Nest Elixir’s “Maestro” is a creamy hazelnut coffee blend with a dash of winter spices. It just so happens to go dang well with a starry winter evening.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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The Cloupor T5 – My $100 Mistake

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Did I need another mod? No, I didn’t, but has that ever stopped me? Has it ever stopped you?

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Being that I’ve become a stale, boring RDA/box mod guy with no interest in mechanical mods, I thought it would be a nice change of pace to acquire a something that wasn’t in a rectangular form of some sort. You know, jazz up my scene a bit! Enter the Cloupor T5, with its slight curves, monotone darkness, and mostly ergonomic design. It clocked in at 50 watts (enough for me) and had a host of other fine features, including adjustable 510 connector, USB charging, removable battery, and a big, clear, comprehensive readout behind sexy, smoky plastic. I was sold.

I was aware that some folks have had bad experiences with Cloupor, but my Hana clone (shhh, don’t tell anyone) is a Cloupor, and it has performed well for a long time. How bad could the T5 be? With transaction done, the wait was on.

Upon arrival, I was fairly impressed with the packaging and extra goodies (a screwdriver, charging cable, and a generous helping of spare screws). Considering Chinese manufacturers are known for cutting corners in any way possible, especially packaging, I thought they did a decent job.

And that’s where the fun ended.

I dropped in a fully charged 18650, and that’s when it struck me. Yes, the battery was changeable, and yes it was USB-chargeable, but because of the design, neither of these features meant much. Changing the battery requires removing three screws and securing a baseplate that is oddly finicky. So quick swaps “in the field” are not really doable. But even more frustrating is the USB charging.

The charging port is on the bottom of the mod. Yes, the bottom. You know, the part that rests on whatever furniture or structure happens to be holding up your mod so that it doesn’t fall into the molten core of the Earth. That means charging requires setting it on its side. You see where I’m going with this? Cylindrical things roll. And because its on its side, any attached tank or RDA is prone to leaking. So charging the damned thing means removing the atomizer and plugging it in somewhere it won’t roll away. To make matters worse, the base plate I mentioned earlier is so thick that an extra long micro USB plug is required. Nice of them to include one, but I soon discovered the plug at my workplace was not long enough, and neither were the majority of the others I owned. So much for desk charging or pass-through (oh – did I mention they specifically discourage pass-through use?).

But back to the story!

With brand new T5 in hand, I jetted away for an exciting day of errands and strip malls. I was vaping relatively happily as I drove along, until I suddenly realized there was no vapor. Now that’s a problem. I looked down to the screen, and there was no readout. I did the 5-clicky thing to turn it back on. Nothing. Five more clicks. Zilch. I pulled off the road and pulled up a manual, which told me there was a “stealth mode.” Had I inadvertently triggered it? Nope. To get to the point, it just turns out that in any kind of sunlight whatsoever, the display disappears. Like totally. Especially if you’re wearing sunglasses.

But wait, it gets better. This is when I also discovered one of the many frustrating tendencies of the T5. That is, a propensity to simply shut down for no reason. I mean, to give credit where due, it always turns back on, but how annoying is that?

Very annoying.

The answer is, very annoying, but not so annoying as returning home from two hours of vaping at a measly 11 watts to discover my fresh 18650 at 20%. What!? Sigh… I would only discover later that the T5 has a glitch that causes both piss-poor power management, and an inability to correctly display remaining battery power. The thing chews through batteries, and then to spit in your face, it also tells you there’s less left than there really is. The good news is, when it tells you you’re at 20%, you’re really somewhere between 40-50% (entirely unscientific guesstimate). The bad news is, you really do have to charge the thing a lot. It does not get through a typical day the way an authentic DNA30 will – or even a decent DNA30 clone chip, for that matter.

But wait, there’s more. You may be aware that the Cloupor T5 has an upgradeable ROM. You may also have heard that this upgrade was an unmitigated disaster. I was prescient enough to stop at the last minute, but many others weren’t, and they ended up with bricked devices. Cloupor promised a fix for the upgrade, then simply told their customers they would not be issuing a fix, and instead using these lessons to improve the T7 and T8, which I can only assume are some sort of hopelessly faulty terminator cyborgs.

Normally in these writeups I conclude with a “buy or don’t buy?” section, but I feel that’s not necessary here. If you haven’t gotten the picture, well…

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If you can’t say something nice…

I will say one nice thing. Hell, I’ll say a couple nice things. Despite the T5 being a little thicker than I expected, I do like using it. It’s got a nice hand feel and it accommodates any atomizer. I’ve never had a single problem with the connector, and that’s one of my big pet peeves these days (just say no to non-adjustable 510s!).

But my favorite thing about my $100 mistake – and the main reason I bought the damned thing – is using it with a 28mm RDA. I was very jealous of the 26650 monstrosities that could use these giant RDAs. The T5 was supposed to be my solution. And it really does work well with the 28mm Magma. I mean, it looks cool, and vapes well, and you’ve got juice for days with them wells the size of a man-made lake.

But would I do it again? Hell no.

Add your own review of the Cloupor T5 here.

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Atomizer Wicks: Going Beyond Cotton

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It used to be easy in the old days. We used silica wicks and we liked it that way. Then cotton became the new hottness and fundamentally changed the way coils were built and atomizers were designed. But if there’s one thing you can count on in the world of vaping, it’s that someone somewhere is trying something new and weird.

But do these crazy materials really make a difference? And if so, which is best?

Sterile Cotton Balls

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You know it, you love it, it’s sterile cotton. Give it a round of applause, folks. It’s been my go-to for a long time, and probably yours as well. If you’re new to cotton, the main thing to remember is to use the sterile, unbleached variety. I don’t want to wade into the ongoing war that is “boil vs. no boil,” but I will just say I don’t boil. Sterile is sterile, right?

Pros:
• Cheap
• Easy to find
• Good flavor

Cons:
• Easily burnt
• Slow wicking
• So-so wicking

Cellulose Cotton (CelluCotton)

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This cotton is found in large boxes in beauty supply stores. The brand name is Graham Professional. I have no idea what them ladies are doing with it, but I love the price on this stuff. Some folks confuse this with rayon, because the boxes are nearly identical.

I’ve been using cellulose cotton for a couple months now, and I love it. It wicks better than regular sterile cotton balls, seems to burn less, and remains cleaner, so it’s not necessary to rewick quite so often. I also like the strandy nature of it, which makes it even easier to work with than sterile cotton balls.

I have a hard time coming up with any cons for cellulose cotton. The main objection seems to be that it is relatively new as a wicking material, and the health effects are unknown. Myself, I don’t see how it would be any different than cotton balls, but then when you’re inhaling something hundreds of times a day, it’s not ridiculous to be concerned.

Pros:
• Cheap
• Great wicking

Cons:
• Requires visiting a beauty store
• Ugly box

Cellulose Rayon (Rayon)

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This is the cousin of cellulose cotton, also made by Graham. Like I said, the box looks nearly identical, save for a few words indicating that there be rayon inside, rather than cotton. Don’t be confused, as I once was!

Some folks really love their rayon. It wicks crazy fast and it’s really, really difficult to burn. But as fast as it wicks, it just doesn’t have the same capacity as cotton. In other words, it doesn’t expand to hold juice the same way. Because of this, it tends to work great in drippers. But conversely, it’s easier to get a harsh hit in a vacuum-based RTA such as a Kayfun or Orchid when the wick can’t keep up with your incessant chain-vaping.

Some folks have wondered about the possibility of inhaling small bits of rayon (much like concerns with silica). As far as I know, there’s no science on this yet. As a man-made material, it just doesn’t seem as safe as cotton.

Pros:
• Cheap
• Great wicking
• Damn hard to burn

Cons:
• Doesn’t hold as much juice as cotton
• Unknown health effects
• Ugly box

Japanese Organic Cotton (Bleached and Unbleached)

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The other new hottness in the wicking wars, Japanese cotton appeals to the distinctive vaper, who enjoys only the finest in wicks. Yes, we’ve reached our Kale and Quinoa moment.

Japanese cotton comes in the form of a pad, and is apparently also used in some sort of beauty regimen. Who knew? You can choose from bleached and unbleached. I’ve tried both and didn’t notice a difference, but in the future, I’ll stick with unbleached, because, you know – bleach.

The best method for wicking with Japanese cotton pads seems to be to pull the pad apart into two pieces, then cut into strips with scissors. It’s quicker than unrolling a cotton ball, and you can have a usable wick in no time.

But how’s it vape? It vapes well, my friend. Very well. It’s right there with cellulose cotton, and may even be better. Like cellulose cotton, it’s strandy and expands to hold lots of juice. It leaves cotton balls in the dust as far as wicking and juice capacity. And for whatever arbitrary reason, I feel a little safer vaping with something called “Japanese Organic Cotton” than a bag of stuff from a beauty supply shop.

Pros:
• Fantastic wicking
• Less prone to burning
• Cool packaging
• Imparts elite status

Cons:
• Expensive

Hemp

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Some vapers swear by hemp. And by that, I mean as a wicking material. I took the plunge and ordered some (again, wicking material). This stuff is expensive. A small bag containing one gram was $4 plus another $4 in shipping. I’m sure there are more affordable means, but even in larger amounts, it’s still the most expensive wick out there.

And I really wasn’t impressed. It’s stringy, rather than strandy, and doesn’t “fluff.” Fashioning it into a cohesive wick is decidedly more involved than other materials. I wouldn’t say it’s difficult, it’s just another step. And that wick has a lot of space in between those fibers. It should, in theory, hold plenty of juice with all that airspace. But in my trials, I found low juice capacity and slow wicking compared to various cottons. Plus, there’s an earthy, “hemp” flavor that only goes away after some break-in time.

I know lots of folks insist it’s the best wick out there. But then there are folks who wear the stuff for clothing, as well.

Pros:
• Natural fiber

Cons:
• Expensive
• Hempy flavor
• Poor wicking
• Difficult to work with

It’s Wick Pickin’ Time

As with most things in life, there is no “right” answer. The best wick is the wick you like best. For me, that’s Japanese cotton. You just can’t go wrong with it. I like Cellucotton just fine, and if it’s handy, I’ll use it. I’m going to continue to give cellulose rayon some more time in the atties, but I’m not sure it’s right for me and my vaping habits.

The one thing I know for certain is the reign of cotton balls is over. Cotton is dead, long live cotton! If you want the best and don’t mind paying, get the Koh-gen-doh cotton pads (Muji is also great, and the no-name pads sold on Amazon and eBay are fine, too). If you want cheap and almost as good, get a box of cellucotton. It’ll last forever. If burning wicks is your main concern, go with rayon. And if you’re a hippie, go with hemp. But you knew that already.

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Electronic Smoking Cigarettes – A Healthier Alternative?

Digital Cigarette smoking – A Much healthier Alternative?

Tobacco business won’t admit that smoking cigarettes is an obsession however every person understands it is so. As well as it is an addiction that’s powerful enough to maintain millions smoking tobacco as well as endangering their wellness. The tar in cigarette smoke is a carcinogen as well as tobacco includes lots of various other damaging materials. That’s why despite how enjoyable cigarette smoking could be, almost every smoker has thought of quitting. Unfortunately, that’s simpler said compared to done. But there is an alternate now – in electronic cigarette smoking.

With practically every little thing else taking advantage of the quick advancements in innovation, electric cigarettes need to come as no surprise. Let me describe the suggestion behind it. If you’re a cigarette smoker which has attempted to stop, you understand that it’s not simply the rush from the pure nicotine that makes it hard to quit. It’s likewise a mental point. Holding the cigarette or pipe, illuminating after supper or during a break, sampling as well as twirling the smoke. So suppose you could have all that, yet without the tar and also various other carcinogens of tobacco smoke?

This is where electronic smoking comes in. It does not do away with pure nicotine, so there are no withdrawal symptoms. Unlike patches or gum, it additionally does not eliminate the physical element of a cigarette, a cigar, a pipe or a cigarillo; it does replace them with an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe and also e-cigarillo. These cigarette smoking products use sophisticated, copyrighted technology to vaporize special liquids, not surprisingly called an e-liquid, to produce smoke and supply nicotine as if you were smoking an actual cigarette. For those who such as the comforting radiance of shedding tobacco when they inhale, those e-smoking items even have a little light that imitates the radiance when you inhale. Not required as for I am worried, however the manufacturers apparently assumed it included a great touch.

So the suggestion here is to imitate smoking, down to obtaining that nice pure nicotine rush and also the smoke, without really melting tobacco with all its associated poor health and wellness aspects. Yet if there is still smoke, isn’t really that bad for you anyhow? Well, it ‘d probably be far better not to smoke whatsoever, however if tar from smoking is the main issue, there is none.

Just how does one use digital cigarette smoking products? Do you just flip out an e-pack, smoke and then discard the cigarette butt? Nope; it’s all different. Because the e-cigarette has a rechargeable battery and also a liquid container for the smoking fluid, you utilize it over and over again. In that feeling it is more like a pipeline where you do not discard the pipeline however put simply in more tobacco. Similarly, you don’t dispose of electronic cigarette smoking products; you put simply in a brand-new e-cartridge as well as periodically reenergize the battery (there ares a USB-eCig that doesn’t need a battery; you simply plug it right into a USB port on your computer).

Do all e-cigarettes (there are also “e-MiniCig” small cigarettes) taste the same? They do not. There are a couple of dozen tastes to pick from, including those of some leading cigarette brand names, and there are also various pure nicotine levels, from none whatsoever to extra-high. There is no doubt that digital cigarette smoking call for getting utilized to, and also the technology is possibly still in its early stage, however smokers that are actually concerned regarding tar might intend to have a look at e cigarettes.

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