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Mi-Pod New PRO Pods Review: AMAZING!

All the way back in August 2017 (which feels like a century ago in Vape years) Smoking Vapor launched the Mi-Pod to rave reviews.   It's compact size, powerful  900 MaH battery and pods that offered great flavor for newly launched Nicotine Salt based eLiquids made it a huge hit.   

Fast forward to 2020, we are happy to announce that the newly released Mi-Pod Pro Pods are almost as revolutionary as the original - with a tremendous improvement in flavor, vapor production, a raised mouth piece and side fill slot for easier filling.  

The biggest difference in the new Pro Pods from the original pods is the advanced mesh coil which is rated at .9 ohm resistance.   This technology provides far better flavor than the original horizontal single coil, which was very good back when it was first released but wasn't quite up to the performance of some of the newer pod systems like the Lost Vape Orion Q.  

Pro Pods offer a big upgrade to the familiar Mi-Pod experience without the cost of a new device.  

To celebrate the new Pro Pods, we are now offering the stylish Mi-Pod Royal collection starter kits /  at the same price as the previous Digital collection Salty Bastard Starter Kits - just  $44.95 for the battery, 2 pods and a 30 ML bottle of Cafe Racer's award-winning Salty Bastard eLiquids.  Also we are offering a 2 pack of Pro Pods Refill Kit  + a 30 ML bottle of Salty Bastard for just $24.95 

 

            

 

 

Pairing E-Liquid with Craft Beer [2020 Guide]

Every first Friday of August, we celebrate International Beer Day. The annual celebration started in 2007 and had only one thing in mind: To be able to gather with friends by celebrating the beers of all nations on a single day. Here at Cafe Racer, we take our International Beer Day to the next level.

We make epic e-liquid and beer pairing suggestions which you can try yourself to celebrate the day!
Smoking has always gone hand in hand with drinking popular beverages like coffee, whiskey and beer so why not create eLiquid flavors that are intended to pair with these?  This is a 2nd of a series of posts on pairing - starting with our favorite:
 

Pairing Lucky 13 & Lucky Bastard Tobacco eLiquids with Craft Beers 

Pairing eLiquid with Craft Beer | by Cafe Racer Vape

 

When I started Cafe Racer in 2015, one of the main focuses was to create a flavor that paired well with craft beer.  Cycle touring through Belgium in the fall of 2014, I had 3 bottles of a generic old school RY4 tobacco flavor and a basic Nautilus tank.

 

Cycling through Belgium in Fall of 2014 before the Cafe Racer Vape Craft eLiquid development process had began.

There are over 2000 breweries in Belgium and an amazing variety of world class beer.   I was particularly fond of the Belgian Blonds - like Leffe and La Chouffe.  Leffe Blond is an authentic blond abbey beer with a slight hint of caramel and some hoppy bitterness to it.   After 500 miles and many stops at local breweries in Belgium, I became obsessed with creating a beer that would pair well with my favorite beers ranging from the Belgian Blondes to the hoppy west coast IPA’s.

Pairing eLiquid with Craft Beer | by Cafe Racer Vape

When we started working in the lab on the first Cafe Racer E-juice flavors in January of 2015, shooting for a tobacco flavor that would pair well with craft beer became our first main goal.

Given that most of the commonly used tobacco flavors available were unacceptably bitter and harsh, we made a pilgrimage to tobacco country (Carolinas, Virginia, etc) in search of a new source.  After weeks of meetings and testing, I was able to work with a chemist to create an amazing naturally extracted tobacco flavor that was a compound of several ingredients creating a rich, smooth almost buttery tobacco that was a perfect base to build a next-generation RY4 that I would love to vape. (CLICK HERE to read more about the history of the RY4 Tobacco Flavor)

Each week I would bring some craft beer to the lab on Friday afternoons and we’d test the latest batches to see how well they paired with the tobacco flavor we were working on.  Tough work I know!

Lucky 13 took over 6 months to finish.  We played around with many different versions - sticking with the base of Vanilla, Caramel and Tobacco sounds simple but when you have hundreds of vanillas and dozens of caramels to choose from, this process takes a while. We also added some new ingredients like toasted almonds and a few other things to help bring the flavor to where we wanted it. Many beer pairings were tested - not a bad way to close out each week.

Something rather magical happened with the flavor over time.  When you pair Lucky 13, or it’s stronger tobacco flavored brother Lucky Bastard, with rich hoppy beer, it changes the flavor of both the beer and the vape.  We discovered this by trial and error but wow, what an amazing experience. It’s impossible for me now to drink beer without my trusty Lucky Bastard on hand. It just wouldn’t be the same.

 Pairing eLiquid with Craft Beer | by Cafe Racer Vape 

Lucky 13 went on to win many awards for Best Tobacco flavor.   Hopefully many of the thousands of Lucky 13 and Lucky Bastard fans out there are also enjoying these with their favorite craft beers. Cheers!

If you're interested in exploring other vape pairings, check out our article on 5 vape pairings you need to try today.

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What Ever Happened to Juul?

The controversy of vape-related lung injuries that occurred throughout the US in 2019 had Juul at its center. This has deeply affected the company, and the problems don’t stop there. There have been lawsuits, layoffs, and an uncertainty in the future of the most recognizable name in vaping.

While those lung injuries were mostly attributed to illegal THC cartridges that had ingredients like Vitamin E acetate that resulted in lung illnesses, that didn’t stop Juul from being blamed for much of it. Since then, Juul has had some rough times. Here’s what happened.

Juul’s Recent Legal Problems

A lawsuit was filed by a former Juul executive, which alleges that Juul knowingly released a batch of contaminated eliquid that was used in a million pods earlier in 2019 without informing customers. This may have led to many of the cases of lung injury that brought about the “vaping epidemic.”

Siddharth Breja, former senior vice president of global finance at Juul from May 2018 to March 2019, claims that he had been fired due to complaining about the contaminated pods.

He states that during a meeting on March 12 of last year, he learned that a batch of mint eliquid that was used to make 250,000 refill kits, or a million pods in total, was actually contaminated. Despite that, it had already been shipped to retailers.

Breja then claims that while he had forwarded this information to higher-ups, the company refused to issue a product recall or health and safety notice. Doing so would have cost the company $38 billion in valuation. A week later, he was fired from Juul.

He says that the reason for the firing was due to him misrepresenting himself as a former chief financial officer at the ride-sharing company Uber, a claim that he reaffirms as accurate. He claims to represent himself as a former chief financial officer of a division at Uber.

The former Juul executive now claims that Juul wants to sell pods that are almost a year old. He says that he suggested including expiration or best by dates on the packaging of the pods, which was allegedly responded to by former CEO Kevin Burns that they need not bother as their customers wouldn’t care anyway.

In an email, a Juul spokesperson stated that Breja’s claims were baseless, his firing was due to his failure to demonstrate leadership qualities needed in his role, and the allegations regarding safety issues with Juul products are meritless.

Juul Pulling Out of International Markets

In late October 2019, on the same day when news of the lawsuit broke out, Juul announced that it would let go of 500 people, which was 10-15% of its then-current workforce.

Four executives also departed Juul while the company was under intense scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration due to claims of having given misleading statements about its products and purposefully targeting teens for sales.

Later on, announced in April of this year, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Juul set forth to lay off 800 to 950 jobs, including a third of the workforce in its Bay Area headquarters. That’s around an additional 40% of its workforce.

They have pulled out of many countries like Indonesia, South Korea, China, Israel, and so on. They’ve also delayed their launch in the Netherlands. Much of the pull-outs were due to push-back by the respective countries’ governments against nicotine-based products.

When the company was acquired by the Altria Group, the parent company of Philip Morris International, it was projected that in five years, 50% of Juul revenue will come from international markets.

However, anti-vaping sentiment in those countries have since made that prediction seem jinxed. They now have to taper off their global ambitions and focus more on securing the American domestic market.

Juul Headquarters Moving to Washington DC

Juul is set to move their headquarters from San Francisco to Washington DC. The move seems to be a politically-motivated one as they’re aiming to influence federal regulations on vaping.

This plus the downsizing of their workforce in San Francisco makes it look like their future is now being directed by their parent corporation, which has close lobbying ties with the capital.

The company owes much of its early success to its vision as a tech company, mingling with other tech startups in Silicon Valley and designing their product to look like a sleek tech gadget.

But now, it looks like they’re moving to a new direction, especially due to the undeniable fact that they’re selling nicotine-based products first and foremost.

Conclusion

More recently, another former employee has filed a lawsuit against Juul over the company’s use of non-disclosure agreements. Former manager Marcie Hamilton alleges that those confidentiality requirements harm Juul’s current and former employees, the public, and the state of California.

It does seem like while they had a meteoric rise during the 2010s, their entry into 2020 has been marred with controversy, downsizing, and legal problems. It remains to be seen how the company will fare in its future, no longer as a startup, but as a vaping juggernaut.

Can Vaping Help with Anxiety?

People vape for various reasons. Many do it to quit tobacco, some like the flavour, and some like just having something in their hand that they can take a puff from. It’s comforting to have a vape mod or pod in hand, and it’s that comfort that some people lean on to manage their anxiety.

Let’s dig more into how vaping can possibly help in dealing with anxiety.

What is Anxiety?

It’s important that we properly define what anxiety is. Anxiety is your body's natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of apprehension and unease, either through concern or fear. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life, either mild or severe.

People with anxiety disorders often experience excessive and persistent worry and fear in everyday situations. Anxiety disorders have repeated episodes of anxiety that get intense within minutes, resulting in panic attacks.

Anxiety disorders are difficult to control, out of proportion to the actual danger, and can be chronic. You may have to avoid places or situations to prevent attacks, and it may manifest during childhood or adolescence and go on into adulthood.

There’s generalized anxiety, social anxiety or social phobia, specific phobias, and separation anxiety. It’s possible to have more than one anxiety disorder. Sometimes, anxiety results from a different medical condition that must be treated to alleviate the resulting anxiety.

Can Nicotine Cause Anxiety?

Nicotine is the main addictive chemical in tobacco. Reasons why nicotine causes anxiety are not fully understood. Current theories speculate on effects of carbon monoxide and other chemicals in cigarettes being the cause.

The chemicals in cigarettes are known to lead to lung illness, which can trigger anxiety through shortness of breath. According to WebMd, Nicotine is a stimulant, which raises heart rate and increases blood pressure.

Tobacco smoke induces airway resistance and other respiratory problems, as well as sleep problems. Sleep deprivation and shortness of breath can also lead to anxiety.

How Does Vaping Help with Anxiety?

It’s common for smokers and vaper to say it calms them down. Vaping can be a comfort habit, like a hug or eating comfort food. Due to its relaxing nature, it can help with anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc. For some people, knowing they have something to calm them down or take their mind off things can help.

Vaping doesn't cause most of those problems associated with smoking. Even with lower nicotine levels, vaping can reduce stress. It can replace cigarettes altogether as vaping can be an adequate substitute for tobacco.

Mental health has a strong connection with the placebo effect. Mental health conditions can be made worse by one's ignorance, fear, or feeling of being alone. Believing that you have something that can help you feel better can have a positive effect in battling that condition.

Can Nicotine-Free Eliquids Help?

Yes and no. Without nicotine, there's no physical “need" to vape, similar to smoking. What remains are either an oral fixation or a deliberate want to vape. It's common for people to enjoy social vaping, depending on the individual and their preferences. Doing it with other people can be comforting, thus decreasing anxiety.

Many people vape simply for flavor and smell. It can be a form of aromatherapy, which is known to help relieve stress and anxiety.

If you've completely cut nicotine or a non-smoker, vaping can help with relaxation even without nicotine. Eliquid has no harsh chemicals like in cigarettes. Nicotine-free eliquid has no actual stimulants other than caffeine in some if indicated. For most of them, no increase of heart rate or blood pressure to be expected.

Conclusion

It’s not a cure-all solution; not one thing can instantly cure anxiety. It’s a process of knowing about oneself, understanding when and how anxiety can strike, and what things can help manage it. In the end, vaping could be one of those minor tools in dealing with depressive episodes and a relatively safer option of managing stress. 

Where to Get Your Vape Supply During Quarantine

 

Vaping has gotten more difficult due to the quarantine measures being taken to combat the spread of COVID-19. That makes procuring vape supplies more difficult as most businesses are closed at the moment and social distancing makes going to a vape store to buy them difficult.

It’s a hard time for vapers, especially those who got into vaping to swtich from smoking. If you don’t want to be forced back to smoking, it’s high time to get a bit creative. There are still a few ways you can get vape supplies during the quarantine, and here are a few ways you can do that.

Brick and Mortar Shops

Many vape businesses are doing curbside selling to stay afloat while still obeying social distancing measures. If you have a vape shop near your neighborhood that has stayed operational, you can contact them by phone or online chat to order a product.

You can then arrange to either meet up with them by the sidewalk near the shop or have a delivery service pick it up for you and deliver it to your place. This has made acquiring vape supplies still possible and convenient during this quarantine.

If you decide to go get your order yourself, make sure to practice proper safety procedures during this quarantine, like wearing a face mask and other personal protective gear, and observe social distancing. Also ask if the seller is doing the same

Once you’ve received your package, make sure the seals are still intact if there are supposed to be any. When you get back home, you may also want to sterilize the packaging before handling it yourself. A rubdown with alcohol should suffice, or even a dip in water laced with bleach, as long as the products don’t get waterlogged.

Online Shops

The obvious choice for most is to order online. Many vapers already purchase their vape supplies from online vape shops, so it’s not that hard of a transition. However, many vape shops may not be operational during quarantine, so options may be more limited. Good thing though, we here at Cafe Racer still delivers all your eliquid needs for FREE ( if you're in the US and $20 flat rate for international orders)

If you have to find another online vape shop to buy from, see if you can find one that’s located close to your physical location so you can minimize distance. This will ensure faster and more reliable delivery. You may also want to find one that carries your favorite brands and hardware, so you’ll have to browse through their products to see if they have them.

Make sure to look through customer reviews to see how good their products are, how fast and reliable their delivery is, and if there are any customer service issues. This goes for both ordering from the shop’s own website or from an online marketplace.

Here are a few of our favorite online shops:

USA:

https://www.ejuices.com/

https://www.elementvape.com/

https://www.ejuicedb.com/

In the EU:

https://www.e-wolk.nl/en/

NZ and Australia:

https://www.vapemerchant.nz/

https://www.victoryvape.com.au/

South America:

https://vaporkingdom.com.co/  (Colombia)

http://www.elvapeclub.com/  (Paraguay)

 

DIY Vaping

Since the quarantine has most likely given you extra time on your hands, perhaps it’s a good time to be a bit more experimental. If you’re willing, the DIY route may be something you want to take up in order to keep enjoying your vaping during quarantine.

Those interested in learning DIY vaping can find plenty of guides in vaping websites, blogs, and forums. Just make sure to find guides that are from reliable sources so you get the best possible information with health and safety in mind.

If you’re looking to make your own eliquid, you’ll still have to procure ingredients from outside sources, most likely online stores. If you’re indeed able to procure enough ingredients, like propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin for base, freebase nicotine if needed, and flavorings, then you should be good to go.

All you have to work out is the proportion of each ingredient. Always remember to measure twice and mix once.

You can also try your hand at making your own coils and wick. This can get a bit tricky since you need to find the right kind of wire and wicking material for the job. That’ll require some research and some practice with wires and wick specifically for vaping. You’ll learn how to build your own coils either way, if you haven’t already.

There are plenty of other things you can learn to do DIY vaping, which you can look up on the Internet. Let’s leave it up to you to dig further, but do know that you must approach it with caution.

Conclusion

When things get tough, you persist and find ways around the problem. That’s what many vape businesses are doing right now to survive this COVID-19 crisis, and vapers are doing the same.

Whichever way you acquire your vape supplies during the quarantine, it’s best that you do so through one of these means to maintain social distancing and self-isolation to help fight COVID-19.

What is "Friday the Lucky 13th?"

If you've landed here, you're probably wondering what all the hype around this "Friday the Lucky 13th" holiday is all about...

Well as you all know, when Friday lands on the 13th of a particular month, it's always a pretty big deal. But for us at Cafe Racer, it's THE BIGGEST DEAL.

Our globally recognized flavor, Lucky 13, has won multiple awards in 6 different countries. So, to celebrate this flavor that has changed the perception of tobacco flavors in the industry, we have adopted every Friday the 13th as "Cafe Racer's Friday the Lucky 13th" holiday.

But just because it's been recognized as the "Best Tobacco" by vapers all over the world, don't get it confused... Lucky 13 is actually more of a savory dessert flavor than tobacco, with a light smooth tobacco finish.

The actual flavor profile is: "Creamy Vanilla, Toasted Almond and Caramel topped off with just the right amount of our smooth naturally extracted Virginia Tobacco."

This flavor was designed over a period of 6 months, and tested with over 50 different beers in search of the perfect light tobacco flavor to pair with a nice craft beer.

You can check out Lucky 13 HERE.

On the 13th of March and the week leading up to it, we have a lot of promotions, giveaways, content, and on the 13th itself - we hold the BIGGEST promotion of the year on our website for 24 hours only.

Make sure you're following us on social media and check back here on the website often to make sure you don't miss any of these amazing deals - Friday the Lucky 13th is coming up FAST!

Care Racer's Friday The Lucky 13th Holiday

February 22, 2020

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Featured Racer of the Month: Seaweed & Gravel

We here in Cafe Racer pride ourselves as not just a vape company, but also as a lifestyle brand. As our name and logo suggest, we are deeply enamored by custom motorcycle culture. We’re into vintage motorcycles and the captivating people who build and ride them.

That’s why we would like to share that side of our brand by doing a monthly feature on some of our favorite people and companies in this space.  It could be anyone who creates bikes for themselves or those that build bikes for others professionally.  Some also make clothing and accessories that go hand in hand with cafe racer lifestyle. For this month, let’s take a look at Seaweed & Gravel, a vintage motorcycle, goods, and apparel brand that serves as a throwback to California’s past as a stomping ground for rugged old souls.

What is Seaweed & Gravel?

In their own words, Seaweed & Gravel is “the retail extension of the collective conscious of non-conforming-never-grow-up-weirdos.” You’re not going to find here the usual kind of clothes and apparel that you may find in other shops, and that’s exactly the way they like it.

Everything is centered around surfing vintage motorcycle culture, from new and vintage clothing for men and women, surfboards, custom and vintage motorcycles, and accessories. But you’ll also find home goodies, bonsai trees, and more.

You can also have a custom-built Cafe Racer motorcycle designed and made for you here. Whoever heard of a shop that mixes motorcycles with surfboards and bonsai trees? The whole place is designed to be outside-the-box from the ground up.

Seaweed and Gravel's Custom Motos

 

History of Seaweed & Gravel

The brand is the brainchild of David Patri, who spent twenty years working in the apparel industry. He went on to open Seaweed & Gravel in 2012 after growing “tired of watching retailers control the destiny of clothing design,” which seemed to suppress anyone looking to do something new and fresh in the ready-to-wear clothing industry.

He wanted freedom from corporate control, which is what Seaweed & Gravel represents. The hodge podge of vintage products featured in the shop stray away from trends and fads of the modern day and harken back to a glorious past that colored California’s history.

It also represented much of David’s youth, when he would surf at spots like Beacons, Grandview, and Stone Steps during summer. Much of what’s inside Seaweed & Gravel are filled with his private collection, meant to connect with likeminded artists, makers, surfers, and travelers from all walks of life.

During the grand opening of Seaweed & Gravel, David met Brady Young, a young custom motorcycle builder in the local area. They hit it off right away and decided that they could team up and bring their collective efforts and knowledge into the brand. Brady was already known for designing and building Cafe Racer-style motorcycles, which was a perfect fit for the brand.

This tandem brought even more substance to the brand, with David designing apparel and Brady working on bikes. What completed Seaweed & Gravel as a brand was the community that organically gathered around it, composed of misfits of all sorts with a common interest in surf and vintage motorcycle culture that’s distinctly Californian.

As it grew, David added small local brands to the stock of vintage and handmade goods to promote them. He knew from his experience in the apparel industry how hard it is for small local brands to gain traction in a market ruled by big brands. Through this effort, he could do what he couldn’t in the corporate world and help individuals and small companies grow.

Seaweed & Gravel Location

Their main location is in the middle of Leucadia, at 1144 North Coast Highway 101, Encenitas, California, just down the road from Cafe Racer's headquarters.  They don’t have a listed phone number, but they do have a website, a  Facebook page  and avid following on Instagram (@seaweedandgravel) with over 44k followers.  

The place is something you can both expect and not expect for something in Leucadia. In front of the store is space for motorcycles, where like-minded people can hang out and congregate. At first glance, it seems all macho with all the metal and rubber. But then, you go inside the store and get something seemingly out of place in this tiny Cafe Racer mecca.

The front of the store is decked out in painted brick and old wood, with a black on white sign on top. There’s a surfboard on the left, a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull painted on the right, and bonsai framing the front seafoam green doors. Inside, you see a mix of vintage biker apparel, lace dresses, boots, hand-painted surfboards, hats of all sorts, and more bonsai trees.

The central theme of Seaweed & Gravel is anything David and Brady have imagined. It attracts anyone who would be interested in whatever there is in the store, whether it’s artists, makers, bikers, chefs, flea market collectors, tourists, and everyone else in between.

 

 

Whether you’re interested in motorcycles, surfing, gardening, crafting, collecting, or so on, you may find yourself at home in Seaweed & Gravel. It’s outside the box, which is how David Patri digs it. 

February 18, 2020

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Why Vaping Has Helped More People Quit Smoking Than Anything Else in History

The difficulty of quitting conventional tobacco products can never be understated. Out of all the methods devised to help with the process, it’s vaping that made a difference. Vaping is like a miracle that has saved lives, proving to be an effective tobacco-quitting method over the years.

Much of that success is due to the nicotine delivery and tobacco eliquids that make the possible for smokers to transition to vaping more easily. Those elements combined make up the one thing that has rendered all other methods obsolete. 

Here’s a rundown of why vaping has helped more people quit smoking than anything else in history.

Tobacco-Quitting Options Before Vaping

Most methods of quitting conventional tobacco are centered around the concept of tapering off nicotine intake. The theory of slowly decreasing the nicotine consumed over time until a dead stop is sound, but there’s more to quitting cigarettes than just the nicotine. But until vaping came along, the variety of options available in the market was limited.

Nicotine replacement methods like nicotine patches and gum were mostly used. Nicotine patches let users absorb nicotine through the skin, but their overall effectiveness has been limited. Nicotine gum may be seen as more successful as it can serve as an analog for the oral fixation from cigarettes, but it does not completely replace the sensation of smoking.

There are other forms of oral replacement like himalayan salt inhalers, but their actual effectiveness has been dubious at best. There’s also hypnotherapy, which does have a degree of effectiveness, but takes way more time and patience, and it may not work for everyone.

Of course, there’s the age-old method of quitting cold turkey, which has been known to be the most difficult as cutting all nicotine after years of heavy smoking can result in intense cravings and high chances of relapse.

What has proven to be the most effective way to end the cycle of tobacco addiction was vaping, which came along, first in the 2000s, and has helped countless people get off of cigarettes all over the world.

History and Intent of Vaping

The first ecigarette was designed by Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist who had been struggling to quit cigarettes. His father had died from lung cancer due to years of heavy smoking, and he himself got into the habit when he was 18 while working in an agricultural state enterprise in the tailend of the Cultural Revolution.

He was nicotine patches, but still craved for cigarettes. One day, after waking up in the morning, he noticed that he forgot to remove a patch before going to bed. This was when he realized that patches didn’t give the same head rush as smoking a cigarette, so he knew it didn’t deliver the nicotine in the same way.

His revelation was twofold. For a tobacco-quitting method to work, the nicotine delivery must match that of a cigarette, and the ritual of putting something to your mouth and inhaling should be replicated. He then came up with the idea of an electronic device that vaporizes a liquid containing nicotine—something he formulated through his pharmaceutical expertise.

His development of the first ecigarette took place in 2003, which resulted in the “Ruyan”. It consisted of three parts—a battery, a cartridge containing a nicotine solution, and a heating element that atomized the solution. Eventually, the technology reached the western world and later caught on fire, resulting in the revolution that led to the proliferation of vaping.

Vaping became a global phenomenon, gaining widespread popularity in the 2010s and gave rise to a whole new industry. Nowadays, we have all sorts of vape devices and eliquids that are enjoyed by people from all walks of life.

While it has become a hobby onto itself, its original intention was to serve as an effective method for quitting tobacco, and that remains strong to this day.

Variety of Vape Devices

A big part of the appeal of vaping is the immensely wide variety you get in vape devices and eliquids that has been spawned by the global vape industry. The technology and design involved in vape devices has been progressing at an incredible pace since the early days of the ecigarette, and it only continues to grow and become more effective and enjoyable.

At first, vape devices were small and meant to closely emulate the look and feel of a traditional cigarette. They then evolved to pen-type devices, which retained the portability and feel of a cigarette. Designs then started to diverge, taking on new shapes and growing in size.

Mechanical mods were devised to deliver more power, and thus more nicotine. But then, safety concerns regarding batteries cropped up, which paved the way for regulated mods with chips that were programmed to manage power and had the function of cutting off current when there’s too much of it. This made vaping safer and more accessible to more people.

Then in 2015, JUUL came out with their own product, which was the genesis of the vape pod. This innovation brought portability back to the top of the vaping game, opening the floodgates to vape devices that could fit in people’s pockets and could use a new type of eliquid that delivered even more nicotine while requiring less power.

Pods have made vaping even more effective as a method for quitting conventional tobacco due to being able to deliver nicotine more sufficiently. Nowadays, there are even disposable pods available for those who wish to vape only to taper off their nicotine habit, and then stop altogether once they’re completely off the hook.

Flavored Eliquids (Including Tobacco)

As mentioned, there is a cornucopia of choices in eliquid, from different types to different flavors. You can now find hundreds of brands and thousands of flavors online and in local vape shops.

At first, most eliquid were unflavored, their existence owed solely to their purpose of nicotine delivery. But nowadays, through the development of various processes, flavors were added and made vaping more enjoyable to more people.

There are plenty of fruits, custards, candies, pastries, beverages, and so on to choose from. However, for many who got into vaping for quitting conventional tobacco, it’s the tobacco-flavored eliquids that they most likely encountered and tried out at first.

Tobacco eliquids don’t only help make the transition from cigarettes to vaping easier, but also offer better and more varied tobacco flavor experiences. Vapers can get naturally-extracted Virginia tobacco flavor mixed with things like nuts, caramel, and so on.

Flavored eliquids doesn’t only make vaping an effective way to quit cigarettes, but also make it a more appealing option. Vaping is a healthier option that doesn’t have the same detrimental effects as cigarettes—which had chemical additives that caused lung illnesses—and was more fun and exciting to be into as well.

The Vaping Community

The spread of vaping started with word of mouth at first, and then the Internet took over and turned it into a phenomenon. Soon enough, local and online communities started cropping up.

With the technicalities involved with vaping, including building and maintenance of vape devices, the chemistry of eliquid, the urge to spread the word about it as a great way to quit cigarettes, and the need for validation through scientific studies regarding the safety of vaping, it was very important for vapers to band together, help each other out, and become a community.

Online forums became a resource for people who are looking to get more knowledge and resources on vaping. Blogs started growing due to the constant need for more information, especially for beginners. Vape companies started selling vape devices, eliquid, and accessories through ecommerce, generating more money and giving rise to the global vape industry.

Vape shops began to multiply, where vapers could shop, hang out, and talk about vaping. Local events became giant conventions that showcased the latest and greatest that vaping has to offer, as well as educate the public on the wonders of vaping. As the years passed, vaping grew from a niche movement into an institution.

All of this is thanks to the sense of community that vaping has fostered through its mission to make the world smoke-free. The spirit of the vaping community is focused on helping each other out and wanting the world to be a healthier place to live in.

Conclusion

Vaping is facing some tough challenges right now due to the panic resulting from vaping-related illnesses that cropped up in the US during late 2019. Despite all the challenges, vaping continues to stand as people’s best hope in kicking conventional tobacco to the curb.

All the good vaping has done for people who have quit smoking because of it is the main thing that will let it survive these tribulations. As more people are able to quit cigarettes thanks to vaping, the more vaping will be able to save lives through education and community.

You can help and support vaping by continuing to be a patron of your favorite brand and vape shop, as well as spread the word of it being the most effective method for quitting conventional tobacco products.

The UK Approach to the “Vaping Epidemic”

Last year’s vaping panic was quite a wild ride. Due to the scare regarding vaping-related lung injuries that were almost exclusively due to Vitamin E acetate found in contaminated black market THC vape cartridges, the US has been treating all things "vape" as an “epidemic” of sorts—something that must be contained and regulated. For more on this, check out our previous blog post HERE 

The vaping episode of the documentary series Broken on Netflix has a segment that showed how the United Kingdom has tackled vaping differently from the United States. They took an opposite approach that has been proven to help people instead of hurt an industry.

Let’s dive into how the UK approached vaping not as a health hazard, but as a medical practice that is saving people from the dangers of cigarette addiction.

The UK Approach

The biggest cause of preventable death in England is smoking, with around 4 million smokers nationwide and 96,000 deaths annually.  However, in recent years, smoking has fallen to 14.4%, thanks to vaping.

While nicotine products are considered detrimental to health, the British have seen vaping as not only a lesser evil compared to conventional tobacco, but also a way to combat it as well. Of course, as with any new solution to an age-old problem, it wasn’t welcomed with open arms.

Many were skeptical at first with the idea of e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking, fearing that it would renormalize smoking and propagate nicotine addiction among young people. However, they soon changed their tune as the program took off and produced good results.

The UK has the National Health Service (NHS), which sets it apart from how healthcare is handled in the US. Whatever is relevant to healthcare in Britain goes through the NHS, which centralizes regulation and implementation of something like an anti-smoking program.

The UK vape market is also regulated, so minors can’t get a hold of vape products through mainstream channels. There is no teen vaping problem in the UK to speak of, so they’re doing something right, unlike in the US. Nicotine levels in eliquid are also restricted, being half of what can be procured in the US.

Comparison with USA

Meanwhile, Americans seem to have a propensity to turn health issues into moral crusades. The absence of universal healthcare exacerbates this problem, resulting in a lack of proper government-backed programs that could help smokers with quitting the habit.

Coupled with an unregulated vape market that paved the way to the proliferation of illicit vape products and widespread vape use among minors. The US government’s reactionary stance towards vaping has caused a panic among the public with the vape-related lung illnesses that cropped up in late 2019.

Prohibition of vaping may lead to more illicit products being consumed as vapers turn to underground markets for their needs. That’s what was seen in the leadup to the vape crisis of late 2019, wherein illegal THC cartridges were almost exclusively to blame for the resulting vape-related lung illnesses.

Source: BusinessInsider.com

Despite that, reactionary prohibition was exactly what both state and federal governments in the US had in mind when vaping got the blame for those illnesses. Many states declared a ban on the sale of vape products, and President Trump expressed sentiment towards a nationwide ban.

The US vape industry has been hit hard by the impromptu bans, and it threatens legitimate users who got into vaping as an alternative to smoking. The resulting scarcity can push them to either return to smoking cigarettes or rely on illicit sources of vape products to get them by.

How Vaping is Helping the UK People

The UK approach is focused on the philosophy of harm reduction, which vaping has provided. Since vaping is proven to be safer than cigarettes, it’s apt as an alternative. It also gives users the option to control the amount of nicotine consumed through eliquid, thus letting them safely and thoughtfully taper down their nicotine levels until they get to zero.

This harm reduction policy has extended to even pregnant women. In this particular case, most would advise the woman to not smoke at all, but that would subject her to nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Vaping is on the table as an option for easing that process, as well as all the other nicotine substitutes like gum, patch, etc.

The NHS has now completely adopted a smoke-free policy that encourages smokers to switch to vaping or traditional nicotine replacement therapies. While it has yet to be universally accepted, members of the British Parliament are now calling for e-cigarettes to be prescribed for smokers in pharmacies.

Through the UK approach, Tobacco Control lead Martin Dockrell opts for the e-cigarette as the solution. If using one helps the patient stop smoking, then it’s much safer for her and the baby in the long run compared to the (high) chance of continued smoking.

What We Can Learn from the UK

There are anti-tobacco experts in the US who agree with the UK approach to vaping, seeing it as a more calm and pragmatic way of tackling the tobacco question. As it stands, the way the US government has been tackling 

Matthew Myers agrees with the UK approach to vaping and sees the contrast between it and how the US is handling vaping as a lesson on how addressing it in a calm and pragmatic manner is best and the lack thereof yields a different and disturbing result.

How the US state and federal governments have been responding to the recent slew of lung injury cases this year is the polar opposite of the UK approach—not with calm pragmatism, but with panicked dismissiveness.

Vaping bans in the US threaten both the vape industry and the ex-smokers who took to vaping to quit tobacco and better their health like their British counterparts.

Conclusion

We can learn much from the approach being taken in the UK. Instead of seeing vaping as a problem in itself, they considered its original intent of being a substitute for smoking cigarettes into account. They let it have an opportunity to prove its original premise as indeed viable.

In the meantime, we in the vaping community can do our part in spreading awareness to those who are not aware of vaping as an effective alternative to smoking. The more people there are with the knowledge of vaping’s purpose as a viable solution for the tobacco problem.

The Top Award-Winning eLiquids

Vapers all around the world are inundated by the wide variety of eLiquids in the market with hundreds of brands and thousands of flavors to choose from. Picking out a favorite can be a daunting task, but there’s a way to know which ones are good by consensus.

Vape awards aren’t merely self-aggrandizement. They’re recognition for the hard work and creativity shown by vape brands in designing and manufacturing their products. This is especially true for eliquids, which take a lot of care and expertise to craft.

Here are some of the most award-winning eliquids out there, each of which you should definitely give a try. This list is for both beginners who are stumped with what they should vape and veterans who are looking to explore new flavors.

Cafe Racer Lucky 13

 

Our flagship eliquid is the Lucky 13, which is our original classic RY4-style naturally extracted Virginia tobacco flavor with hints of creamy vanilla, toasted almonds, and caramel. It’s our most popular eliquid for a good reason—it continues to impress.

The Lucky 13 won the best tobacco eliquid award in The Vape Summit IV 2015, Ukrainian Vapor Week 2016, Vapouround Awards UK 2017 (also won runner-up for best eliquid in that event), and Vapexpo Spain 2017.

 

Cafe Racer Lucky Bastard

A remix of the Lucky 13, the Lucky Bastard is basically the same flavor profile, but with double the naturally-extracted Virginia tobacco creating a more nutty full-bodied tobacco experience.  Like Lucky 13, Lucky Basterd is a great flavor to pair with your favorite craft beer or coffee in the morning. 

The Lucky Bastard won the best tobacco eliquid award in Vapexpo Las Vegas 2019. It’s one of our most recent awards, and it’s for a variation of our oldest flavor.

Cafe Racer Daily Grind

This is our first crack at a coffee-flavored eliquid, and we’re glad to say that we did a pretty good job. The Daily Grind is a French vanilla coffee flavor with hints of butterscotch, caramel, and hazelnut. It’s a great breakfast vape to get you started for the day.

The Daily Grind won the best dessert award in Vapexpo Spain 2019. It’s our newest flavor, and it was immediately recognized by one of the biggest events in vaping. Daily Grind is a French Vanilla Latte that is a great way to start the day or as an all day vape. 

VaporFi GRND RSRV Catch Ya Latte

The GRND RSRV line of VaporFi is their premium series of eliquids that have drawn praise from vape pundits and enthusiasts alike. Among the flavors in it, Catch Ya Latte stands out as their award-winning stalwart.

Catch Ya Latte is a blend of freshly-brewed espresso from the finest coffee beans with steamed milk, crushed hazelnuts, brown butter caramel, and a drizzle of syrup that both soothes the senses and wakes you up. It's not your ordinary coffee-flavored eliquid.

Naked 100 All Melon

Naked 100 is one of the top brands in the vape market, and their All Melon flavor has garnered a lot of praise. It's not the only fruit flavor of theirs that has impressed, but this one is pretty special due to its fantastic blended melon flavor.

This 70/30 VG/PG eliquid is a subtle mix of watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon that's both deep and refreshing. This is the perfect all-day vape whenever summer rolls around, and that distinction brought it notice as a high-quality flavor in the vaping world.

Black Note Prelude

This brand has turned a lot of heads in recent years as a big name when it comes to premium tobacco-flavored eliquid. They're the sort of tobacco eliquids that make cigarette smokers ashamed for not vaping them instead.

Among their flavors, it's the Prelude that has garnered the most attention. This savory blend of carefully-crafted Virginia tobacco is Black Note’s foremost answer to the question of creating a “smoke-free world,” and it's an exclamation mark.

If you’re looking for a tobacco eliquid that really makes you pity those who are still puffing on conventional tobacco, then the Black Note Prelude is the highest expression of that.

Vampire Vape Heisenburg

This last one is a vaping wonder courtesy of Vampire Vape. The brand name is quite apt in this case as you’ll be sucking this up like there’s no tomorrow. The Heisenburg was designed from the ground up to be the ultimate all-day vape.

The Heisenburg is not your standard fruit flavor with a mint finish. It hits a balance between its fruits and mint, then kicks them all up a notch to deliver a subtle yet powerful taste and experience. It also gives a nice throat hit, which makes everything complete.

Conclusion

When you see an eliquid that has been awarded by a well-known body, whether it’s a vape convention or a widely-read publication, there is confidence and respect put into such a high recommendation. Those bodies are vouching for the quality of that eliquid, which tells vapers everywhere that if they try it, there’s a high likelihood of them liking it.

However, do take note that all taste is subjective. Just because an eliquid won some awards, it doesn’t automatically mean you’ll be amazed by it too. That still depends on your personal preferences, and there is always a chance of you not liking something many others like.

Of course, these are not the only eliquids you should turn to. There are plenty of great flavors out there that have not won any awards, but certainly are worth your attention. However, awards serve to give focus to the amazing and exemplary that stand out of the pack.

What Type of Pod System is Right for You?

Getting into vaping can be a bit of a challenge due to all the different things that are thrown at you when you start to gather information.  So many the different devices, eliquid flavors, ways of vaping, and many more can be daunting and overwhelming to take in at first.

But nowadays, there are pod mod systems that are a lot easier to understand and use.  They’re portable, convenient, and require almost no learning curve.  But there are also different types of pod mod systems as well, so it’s important to know which one you should go with.

If you’re looking to buy a pod mod system, here are a few things to know about the two main types of pods in these devices.

Different Types of Pod Mod Systems

Pod mod systems are basically the portability of a vape pen that use either disposale or refillable pods.  A pod mod provides the best of both worlds, letting you vape on the go. When used with a nicotine salt eliquid, it can be much more satisfying than more traditional sub ohm devices. 

Pod mods are vaped either by pressing a button or simply by drawing. There are no settings or mods to mess with, making them fairly fool-proof. They’re very easy to maintain—just keep them charged and replace the pods when the coils are burnt.

The main difference between types of pod mod systems boil down to the pods themselves. When you’re picking between pod mods in the store, you’ll see closed pod mods and open pod mods. Knowing the difference between the two will inform your purchasing decision.

Closed (Disposable) Pod Mod System

Closed pod come pre-filled with eliquid and can’t be refilled, making them disposable. They’re a lot easier to use and don't require you to also purchase eLiquid to top up. 

Closed pod mods are good for people on the go as well as people who want to keep it as simple as possible.   All you need is a charged battery and a pod with some liquid. No filling, etc.  

The coils and eliquids in the pods are designed to work perfectly for that device, so you get the best possible experience right out of the box. If you get a device from a reputable manufacturer, the pod, coils, and eliquid should be high quality.

If you happen to not like the flavor pod so much, then you can choose a different flavor that’s more to your liking. While choices are more limited with closed pod mods, most brands do offer options for all kinds of vapers in various nicotine strengths.

Open (Refillable) Pod Mod System

Open pod mods have many similarities to closed pod mods, but the only major difference is that the pods are refillable. They’re designed for vapers who like vaping their own choice of eliquid or like to switch between flavors often.

This makes open pod mods have virtually unlimited diversity in flavors and nicotine strengths, not being limited to whatever the pod manufacturer has to offer. If you’re used to regular vape mods, this is the better option for you as it better fits your already-established vaping habits.

Open pod mods tend to be bigger to accommodate the refillable pods. But a positive side-effect of that design is usually having a slightly bigger battery, especially if the pods go up to 2-3ml. But they may be a bit bulkier in the pocket, so find smaller ones if portability is important to you.

Since open pods are not completely sealed, you’d want to find an open pod mod that’s not leaky. That’s where it gets tricky as there are some open pod mods on the market that are somewhat infamous for leaking. Because of this, it’s worth doing research first before you decide on your purchase.

Other than that, open pod mods offer most of the same advantages of closed pod mods, but with a lot more ways to enjoy your vaping experience while having to put in a bit more effort.

How to Choose the Right One?

Choosing the right type of pod mod system depends on your vaping habits and experience. Ease of use and convenience are what pod mods are about, so buying one that takes a lot of hassle to live with is counterproductive.

If you’re a new vaper and just looking to vape temporarily, then a closed pod mod may be better for you. All you need is a convenient supplier of new pods until you’re ready to quit nicotine altogether. They’re a thousand times better than starter options in the past, which tended to be underpowered and quick to outgrow.

The good thing about closed pods is you get the pre-filled eliquid as well, so you can just put it in and start vaping again immediately. Closed pod mod systems are designed with beginners in mind, but they should do just as well for veteran vapers who are looking for the best flavor possible.

If you’re a long-term vaper, then you can go for open pod mods. You’d already be familiar with different eliquids, so you can just carry them over. However, if you’re looking for a sufficient nicotine kick, then you’ll have to look into nicotine salt eliquids if you haven’t yet.

In any case, pod mod systems are pretty good in general. Whether you go for a closed pod or open pod mod system, you should find it to be quite fitting for your vaping needs.

Conclusion

Pod mods have rendered vaping more accessible and more viable for both quitting conventional tobacco and pure enjoyment. Choosing between closed and open pod mods is mostly up to personal preference and purchasing convenience.

A good pod mod system you can choose right now is our very own Cafe Racer Motto pod, which is a closed pod mod system that comes with some fantastic flavors. The Motto starter pack comes with three flavored pods for only $39.95.

Top 9 JUUL Alternatives to Try in 2020

The JUUL is the e-cigarette that everyone talks about, for better or for worse. We hear about it endlessly on the news and it is someetimes interchangable with the term vaping ie Juuling.   Juul is popular for very good reasons as it’s a vape pod that’s portable, satisfying and easy to use.  

Anyone can vape with a JUUL, but not everyone is satisfied with it. Its pod doesn’t hold that much juice (0.7ML) and Juul has eliminated all flavors in USA except for tobacco and menthol. For those who want something different that may actually be even better than the JUUL, here is a list of alternatives you can choose from.

These alternatives are small and sleek vape pods like the JUUL, but they have other features that make them superior to it in one way or another.

Before we move forward, we should be clear that there are two types of pod mods - open and closed systems.  

Open system MTL pod mods come with empty pods that allow you to refill the pods with the eLiquid of your choice.   Examples are Mi Pod, Suorin Drop, and the SMOK Nord

Closed systems are pods that come prefilled with eLiquid and (usually) only fit the device made by the same manufacturer.  The big difference for closed vape systems is that they are not refillable - something many people prefer. 

Cafe Racer motto  (Closed System)

You need not look very far for a JUUL alternative. Our motto device is designed to be a portable, convenient, and easy-to-use vape pod that isn’t that far from using a JUUL, but gives even better results.

The motto is considered one of the best closed pod systems on the vape market today. It has the same thin form factor as the JUUL, but provides a more premium experience with its flavor and great selection of flavored pods. Motto pods have 1.8ML of 5% nic eLiquid with a 350 mAH batter - both of which should last for a full day.  

SMOK Novo 2 (Open System)

The brand name SMOK is a recognizable one in the vaping world. The follow-up to its SMOK Novo pod is an improvement and refinement of the original, maintaining the stealthy design while giving four times more capacity than the JUUL.

While wider and a bit heavier, the SMOK Novo 2 is also shorter than the JUUL. However, while the JUUL can only provide 6.5 to 9 watts of power, the Novo 2 is capable of providing 6 to 25 watts of power. This makes the Novo 2 superior in terms of flavor and vapor production.

SMOK Infinix (Open System)

If you like what the SMOK Novo 2 offers, but really want the same form factor as the JUUL, then the SMOK Infinix is your best bet. In fact, most people may mistake this as a JUUL due to how it looks, but this can do so much more.

It has a bigger battery and larger pods. The draw is tight like a cigarette, so it’s perfect for anyone looking to kick the tobacco habit. Also, its starter kit includes two Fit pods and is significantly cheaper than the JUUL.

UWELL Caliburn (Open System)

It may look a bit like a JUUL, but the UWELL Caliburn is one of the most underrated vape pods out there. The JUUL is not even in the same galaxy as the Caliburn in terms of vapor and flavor production.

The Uwell Caliburn is a dual firing method device uses both button and draw activation and has an 11W maximum output. The Caliburn has a voltage output of 3.2 to 4.0V.  Each Caliburn refillable pod has a 2ml nic salt e-liquid capacity and an atomizer resistance of 1.4 ohm. Each pod can use salt nicotine e-liquid and can be refilled with the removable tip. The drip tip also serves as a juice fill cover. The Caliburn has a built-in 520mAh battery with 1A charging. The base of the Caliburn features a single micro USB charging port. The Uwell Caliburn body has an LED battery indicator and an oversized firing button. The Uwell Caliburn Pod System is a great device for the active vaper that needs a pocket sized vaping device.

Vaping enthusiasts rave about the Caliburn in message forums for good reason.

Smoking Vapor Mi Pod (Open System)

Let’s bring in vape pods that do not have the same form factor as the JUUL, but are too good on their own to be overlooked. The Smoking Vapor Mi Pod can be kept in your pocket or hung on a lanyard, even though it has a 950mAh high drain battery.

Being one of the most well-known pods in the vape market today, the MiPod looks fashionable and comes in tons of designs, so you can find one that fits your outfit.

The refillable pods are fairly long-lasting, which definitely makes it better than the JUUL. You can either put it in your pocket or wear it around your neck with a lanyard, the latter of which you might want to do due to how pretty it looks.

Its design also allows for incredible airflow, which lends to amazing flavor and vapor production through its 2ml refillable pod. The Mi Pod’s small size and unique look belies its awesome features. 

If you want to start using MiPod today, we have a Salty Bastard Starter Kit that goes with a MiPod of your choice! 

 

Lost Vape Orion Q (Open System)

The Orion Q by Lost Vape took the vape market by storm in 2018.   It combined great flavor, ease of use and a new form factor that fits perfectly in your hand. 

With adjustable airflow, you will find that you can vape either wide open directly to your lung, or tight for a mouth to lung experience. Filling Lost Vape Orion Q Pods is easy, just twist off the cap found next to the proprietary drip tip to find a wide open fill port. You can fit a glass dropper or your chubby bottle tip perfectly and avoid potential drippage to the outside of your Orion Q Pod system.

We highly recommend this device as our top pick for open system pod mods! 

Suorin Drop (Open System)

This uniquely shaped vape pod by Suorin may raise some eyebrows, but it certainly delivers a lot more compared to a JUUL without even trying. Even with the fatter form factor, it’s still small and light, so it’s easy to carry around in your pocket.

But with that form factor, it has a 300mAh battery and 2ml refillable cartridge, making it superior in terms of vaping convenience. However, what it really boils down to is the flavor, and the Suorin Drop is known for being perfect for just that.

JoyeTech Exceed Grip (Open System)

While it does look chunky at first glance, it’s still pretty small and more thoughtfully designed than what meets the eye. The JoyeTech Exceed is a vape mod made with ergonomics and handling in mind.

As the name suggests, it features a ribbed exterior that lets you hold on to it nicely. It won’t slip out of your hand easily and can be held onto for long periods of time. This is especially important considering its huge 1000mAh battery and 4.5ml pod with replaceable coils.

If you’re looking for not just an all-day vape, but also survival vape that won’t run out on you at the most inopportune times, then the JoyeTech Exceed Grip is the right pod for you.

Suorin Air Plus (Open System)

The Suorin Air is a mainstay in pod discussions due to its consistent performance. The Suorin Air Plus improves on the original, making it one of the best JUUL alternatives out there.

While the JUUL has a tiny 200mAh battery, the Suorin Air Plus has a 930mAh battery that you don’t have to charge as often. It also has a 3.5ml pod, which is one of the largest in the market.

If you’re looking for an all-day vape, then this is certainly the one to get, especially if you don’t mind its form factor.

How the First E-Cigarette Came to Be

Time for a vaping history lesson. It’s a story worth telling as it’s the genesis of this whole industry we now get to enjoy, and its humble beginnings were inspired by the very thing that many vapers share—the arduous quest to quit the tobacco habit.

The origins of vaping go back to China in the early 2000s, when a man named Hon Lik started designing a device to serve as a substitute for conventional cigarettes. This is the story of Hon Lik and his journey in creating the first e-cigarette.

Enter Hon Lik

Hon Lik (Han Li in Mandarin) was born in Shenyang, China on 26 September 1951. His father worked as a planner for the state, managing electrical machinery for factories.

As a young man living in the period of the Cultural Revolution, he had to find a career path fast. He worked in a faraway rural area at 18 to earn his education, where he started smoking. He then returned to the city to study pharmacy.

He has said that while he felt it had been forced upon him, he is grateful for having gone far with his trajectory. Upon graduating in 1982 with a pharmaceutical degree from Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, he continued his studies in Liaoning Academy.

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After finishing his studies, he spent the next decade in a plant agriculture state enterprise, mostly working on herbal remedies. In particular, he worked on manufacturing “a ginseng known as an aphrodisiac,” among some other things.

He then got married in 1984 and had a daughter six years later. In 1990, he became vice superintendent of his alma mater, Liaoning Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where he was responsible for technology development. On October 2003, he became director of Western Technologies Corp.

A few years after his father retired, China opened up to enterprise, which gave rise to the country’s current economic boom. However, Hon’s life changed when his father suddenly fell terribly ill. Due to decades of smoking, his father was later diagnosed with late stage lung cancer.

Like his father, Hon had a daily two pack habit. His father’s illness prompted him to attempt quitting tobacco, but he found it difficult. Having been a heavy smoker for many years, the hook was deep in him. He tried using nicotine patches, but found himself craving a cigarette whenever he saw someone smoke.

He then realized that supplementing nicotine wasn’t enough as the ritual of smoking a cigarette—that oral fixation—was an integral part of the habit. For a tobacco-quitting method to be successful, it must be able to replicate that ritual of putting something between the lips and inhaling.

That was when he started designing what would then become the first e-cigarette, as well as the first eliquid, drawing from his pharmaceutical knowledge and engineering experience.

The First Prototype

One night, Hon went to bed, but forgot to remove his nicotine patch. When he saw that he still had the patch on, he realized that the patch doesn’t give him the same head rush as smoking a cigarette, which was why he kept craving for a “real” cigarette.

Before coming upon the idea for the e-cigarette, he had worked on other alternatives using Chinese remedies like ginseng and deer antler. Their efficacy wasn’t up to snuff, so he then came upon the idea of vaporizing a liquid that can be inhaled to deliver nicotine through the lungs, which can then be absorbed through the bloodstream.

The premise behind his design is to enable the absorption of nicotine in the same manner as a conventional cigarette, but without the harmful additives like tar and other chemicals that cause lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses.

He went to work while still using nicotine patches to temporarily curb his cigarette cravings. In 2003, he worked on using food additives as solvents, as well as experimenting with vaporization by ultrasound. The first e-cigarette was first patented in China, Europe, and the United States in 2003, and it was manufactured with the ultrasound technology a year later.

However, the droplets formed by this vaporization didn’t resemble tobacco smoke because they were too big. Hon continued to work on his design, looking for ways to better emulate the effect of cigarette smoking. He then tried resistance heating and achieved better results, leading the way to the modern vape devices we have nowadays.

Once he solved the problems of the liquid and the vaporizer, his next problem was scaling down the vaporizer enough to make the device portable, as well as delivering the right amount of nicotine and having the right odors from harmless flavors. After all, it’s supposed to be a healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes.

Ruyan V8 and Dragonite International

The first commercial e-cigarette model was the Ruyan V8, made by Ruyan, the healthcare and pharmaceutical company Hon Lik co-founded. It consisted of 3 parts—a battery, a plastic cartridge containing a nicotine solution, and a heating element using an ultrasonic atomizer.

This was not the vaporization system that’s typically used today in modern vape devices. The idea is based on atomization, which uses ultrasound to turn the liquid into mist. Nowadays, vape devices use a battery-powered heating element rather than the ultrasonic technology Hon patented back in 2003.

Ruyan Group Holdings later became Golden Dragon Group Holdings, and then became Dragonite International. The e-cigarette technology soon spread, creating a demand in Europe and North America. Hon Lik served as chief executive officer, executive vice chairman, and non-executive director for eight years, from 2005 to 2013.

In 2013, the intellectual property of the e-cigarette that was owned by Hon Lik was acquired by Imperial Tobacco for $75 million.

The E-Cigarette Goes Global

Despite having come out with the first e-cigarette products, there was still little to no interest in China. However, market demand in Europe and North America rose, and that’s when the vaping industry really became established.

For a more detailed history on the continued evulution of ecigs and vaping devices, click HERE 

Hon is hailed as the father of modern vaping for good reason. His invention has saved countless lives that were gripped by conventional tobacco. He was nominated as a candidate for the 2010 Kcancer Hero award due to his invention. He has stated that he sees his invention as comparable to “the digital camera taking over from the analog camera.”

He has also expressed the hope that international pharmaceutical companies will start manufacturing e-cigarettes and regulatory organizations like the USFDA will impose strict standards to ensure safety of e-cigarette products.

Best Vape Solutions to Help You Switch from Smoking in 2020

Switch from Smoking to Vaping

 

Many people get into vaping for one significant reason, and that is to stop using combustible (i.e. cigarettes) tobacco products. Whenever people start  the process of looking to vaping to kick their tobacco habit, their first question is usually what device to get. After that, the second question is what eliquid they should vape with. So if switching to vaping is your New Year's resolution, check out this guide to get you started!

Your choice of eliquid can significantly impact your success at switching from conventional cigarettes to vaping full time. 

Motto by Cafe Racer

The first option for those looking to quit smoking would have to be the simplest choice out there. Our Motto pod vape is the premier vaping option for anyone looking for a nicotine supplement without all the nasty chemicals in a conventional cigarette.

The Motto starter kit is available for $39.95, and it comes with three flavored pods to start with. You get a choice between Kick Ass Mint, Tangerine Ice, and Virginia Tobacco. This variety in flavors are sure to make you want not another cigarette, but another hit from the Motto vape.

Salty Bastard by Cafe Racer

Salty Bastard by Cafe Racer MiPod

If you happen to have a refillable pod vape, then you should go for our Salty Bastard line of flavored eliquids. There are three great flavors to choose from—Tobacco, Tobacco Ice, and Tangerine.

It doesn’t matter whether you want straight-up tobacco, menthol tobacco, or a fruity flavor. With the Salty Bastard, you can have the best open system pod vaping experience and will be a long way towards leaving the smelly, messy and unhealthy world of cigarettes behind you. 

Lucky Bastard by Cafe Race

Open system sub ohm vaping devices still are very popular.  They combine great flavor with excellent vapor production. Coming from combustible cigarettes, you want that tobacco flavor, but not the by-products  like tar, horrible smell and carcinogens  that come with it. Fortunately, we have the right eliquid just for you.

The Lucky Bastard is much like our award-winning Lucky 13 eliquid, with that smooth Virginia tobacco along with hints of creamy vanilla, toasted almonds, and sweet caramel. Lucky Bastard is actually the same flavor profile as Lucky 13 - but with 2x of our exclusive naturally extracted tobacco flavor - a real treat! 

That means twice the goodness, which is guaranteed to be way more than what a cigarette can offer. If you still want that tobacco flavor, but want a lot more of it and a lot less of the harmful effects to your health, then the Lucky Bastard should be perfect for you.

Cool Bastard by Cafe Racer

Were you more of a menthol cigarette sort of person? Then get the Cool Bastard, which is basically the Lucky Bastard with an added minty kick. That should definitely give you a lot less reason to go back to your menthol cools.

It has the same smooth and creamy Virginia tobacco flavor from the Lucky Bastard, but it also delivers a crisp mint finish that should give you the coolest tobacco experience you’ll ever have.

Berry Ice by Cafe Racer

The Berry Ice is a cool blend of fresh berries that’s topped off with an icy menthol finish. If you like the minty coolness of the Cool Bastard, but are not that into tobacco anymore, then the Berry Ice eliquid should be a good choice for you.

Daily Grind by Cafe Racer

The newest addition to our product line is also the best one yet. Awarded the best dessert eliquid in Vapexpo Spain 2019, the Daily Grind is a great coffee flavor mixed with creamy French vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, and hazelnut.

That deep richness in flavor is more than what you’ll ever get from even the most expensive of cigarettes. Make the switch now and you definitely won’t regret it. Vape this along with your favorite pastry or breakfast item and you’ll feel very much alive.

Grand Reserve Collection by VaporFi

Perhaps you want even more options. After all, you don’t want to get vape tongue, which is when you get too used to vaping one eliquid and start tasting nothing from your vape. That’s why you should look at other options, which are plenty throughout the vaping market.

The Grand Reserve Collection by VaporFi is a great option, and is perhaps one of the best eliquids to come out in 2019. Made with top-shelf glycerin, this 100% American set of eliquids offers a medley of tropical fruit flavors that are hard to beat.

Doughnut by Mig Vapor

Perhaps you have a sweet tooth, yet you are trying to lose weight. Not only is nicotine an effective appetite suppressant, but you can also get flavors like Mig Vapor’s Doughnut eliquid that can beat whatever you get at your local donut shop any day.

The Doughnut set by Mig Vapor are a set of nine different flavors of donut eliquids that will surely satisfy your pastry cravings, but without the carbs.

Philippine Mango by Vape Chemist

If you’re looking for a really creamy and fruity eliquid to take you away from smoking, then the Philippine Mango by Vape Chemist is worth a try. This high-quality eliquid is available in both freebase and salt nicotine, so it’s great whether you’re using a vape mod or a pod vape.

This eliquid offers a tremendous amount of Philippine mango flavor with each draw, and with the vapor production to match. It also gives a throat hit that you won’t get from a regular cigarette.

Conclusion

You get a greater variety of choices in vaping compared to cigarettes. That’s certainly one of the best things about switching from conventional tobacco to vaping, making it the best and most amazing way to quit smoking for good.

December 19, 2019

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The Best Tobacco Eliquids for US States with Current or Pending Flavor Bans

The ongoing bans on flavored eliquids due to alarm regarding vaping-related lung illnesses have been daunting for vapers across the country. While the controversy has been starting to clear up as the end of the year approaches, multiple states still have flavored eliquid under lock and key.

Meanwhile, combustible tobacco (cigarettes and cigars) are still legal. Then again, that also means tobacco-flavored eliquids are also still legal. Here are some of the best tobacco eliquids you can get right now here in America while the flavor bans are still in effect.

Lucky 13 by Cafe Racer

Our award-winning tobacco eliquid is your best bet at getting that deep and satisfying tobacco flavor for your vape. This classic RY4 tobacco eliquid combines naturally extracted Virginia tobacco flavor with notes of creamy vanilla, toasted almonds, and caramel.

The Lucky 13 is great with craft beer. Pop the top off your favorite IPA, sit back, and enjoy a nice cold brew while vaping this world-recognized tobacco flavor.

Lucky Bastard by Cafe Racer

If the Lucky 13 isn’t enough tobacco for you, then you need to double it with the Lucky Bastard. Yet another one of our award-winning flavors, the Lucky Bastard has the same flavor profile as the Lucky 13, but with twice the Virginia tobacco.

Pair this with a dram of your favorite whiskey and let it take you to places you can only imagine. There’s no better way to wait out the flavor ban.

Cool Bastard by Cafe Racer

Some people like menthol in their tobacco, and that’s something we have as well. The Cool Bastard is the Lucky Bastard with a splash of menthol for that cool and soothing flavor.

It’s the same RY4 Virginia tobacco with vanilla, almonds, and caramel, but with a menthol twist for a refreshing vape. It clears up the senses and doesn’t get old anytime soon.

This eliquid is great during summer and whenever it’s hot. It’s a great companion for watching a game, along with an ice-cold glass of beer and maybe some wings or nachos.

Prelude by Black Note

One of the most premium tobacco eliquids in the market today, the Prelude by Black Note is made from the finest Italian flue-cured tobacco plants. It’s crafted in small batches, so supplies are fairly sparse, but that also guarantees its quality.

This 50/50 VG/PG mix brings out the best of Virginia tobacco with no diacetyl or other additives. It’s pure unadulterated tobacco goodness that soothes the soul and opens up the senses.

American Patriots by Naked 100

No better time than now to assert your pride for the freedoms afforded to everyone in America by vaping a tobacco eliquid named American Patriots. It has a taste that will make you see red, white, and blue, but in a good way.

It has freshly cut tobacco flavor with subtle nutty undertones, making it balanced in both sweetness and depth. The best part about this is it’s 100% American. The American Patriots eliquid is available in both regular and nicotine salt varieties.

Patriot’s Brew by Kind Juice

Here’s another one with “patriot” in its name. Patriot’s Brew by Kind Juice is made with American flue-cured and naturally-extracted tobacco, hence the name. It’s an adult tobacco flavor that is great for both casual vaping and deep relaxation.

Aged for four months in oak barrels, the Patriot’s Brew has notes of bourbon whiskey, maple, vanilla, and oak. This depth in flavor also comes with 5ml menthol drops as an option and five nicotine strengths courtesy of Kind Juice.

Cubano by VGOD

Let’s take it away from America for a moment and bring it to a place that had long been embargoed. You can legally have a Cuban cigar in America, but not everyone can go to Cuba to get them. The Cubano by VGOD promises to bring the experience of a Cuban cigar to vapers everywhere.

That unmistakable flavor of a Cuban cigar is coupled with a hint of vanilla for a premium tobacco vape. VGOD did well with this eliquid, bringing forth an authentic Cuban cigar vaping experience that’s hard to find anywhere else.

Butterscotch Reserve by Glas Basix

If you want something with a bit more flavor that goes well with tobacco, then the Butterscotch Reserve by Glas Basix should do the trick. It’s not just candy sweetness, but a deep and unctuous flavor that compliments tobacco quite nicely.

A smooth mix of sweet tobacco and creamy butterscotch, the Butterscotch Reserve is made better with notes of caramel and vanilla. This RY4 tobacco eliquid comes in 70/30 VG/PG blend and is available in three nicotine strengths.

Apple Tobacco by Pachamama Salts

If butterscotch is not your thing, then perhaps some fruit can cheer you up. The Apple Tobacco eliquid by Pachamama is an amazing tobacco eliquid for sub-ohm vaping, delivering a balance of fruit and tobacco for either pod or vape tank.

This 50/50 VG/PG eliquid blends hand-picked green apples with freshly-cut tobacco for a fresh yet deep vaping experience. The Apple Tobacco is a nicotine salt eliquid and is available in both 25 and 50ml.

Pistachio by BLVK Unicorn

BLVK Unicorn is a unique brand, and their Pistachio tobacco eliquid is a unique product. Whoever heard of pairing tobacco with pistachios? Not a lot of people, but it’s actually pretty good.

It has toasted pistachios with a sweet tobacco base, along with a menthol kick you wouldn’t expect to top it off. This may seem weird at first, but you definitely have to try it.

Conclusion

Even with just a single flavor, and one as simple yet as nuanced as tobacco, you can get a lot of choice. It’s not to say this is more than enough to hold you over while flavored eliquid bans are still in effect, but it’s still not a bad variety of options at all.

While we await for this fog to clear, we can still celebrate the joys of vaping with these tobacco eliquids.

December 19, 2019

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Why Are Illegal THC Vape Cartridges Dangerous?

This recent surge of vape-related lung injuries has significantly sullied the reputation of vaping. There has been much misinformation spread about vaping and its apparent negative effects on health, and it’s mostly because of the upsurge in the usage of THC vape cartridges that were procured from illicit distributors.

Held to no standards other than profits, the THC formulas found in these cartridges tend to make use of ingredients that end up being directly harmful to the lungs. This is unlike commercial eliquid manufactured according to strict standards for safety.

The misinformation that has led to the ongoing issue of vaping bans has brought the vape industry and community to an existential crisis. That is why getting the right information is important. Here are a few things you should know about illegal THC vape cartridges.

Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University’s  School of Public Health published the findings from their study: 

“They tested lung tissue samples from 29 case patients and all 29 (100%) were found to contain vitamin E acetate oil. This finding does represent a major breakthrough for four reasons:

  1. The vitamin E acetate oil was detected in the actual lung tissue of the case patients.
  2. The vitamin E acetate oil was detected in every single one of the lung tissue samples from these 29 case patients.
  3. The samples came from 10 different states, confirming that the outbreak seems to have a common cause, rather than geographic variation.
  4. Three of the patients whose lung samples revealed vitamin E acetate had reported using only nicotine-containing products, thus confirming that there is significant under-reporting which may explain why about 11% of the patients do not report vaping THC.”

Why Do People Get Illegal Cartridges?

There is a lot of demand for THC vaping devices, in both legal and illegal markets.  A lot of people who get these illegal vape cartridges tend to be people in their late teens to early 20s,  many who aren't old enough to buy the product legally or, are just trying to save some money due to taxes and regulatory compliance by the legal companies. 

Vitamin E Acetate

This is where things get really bad. Manufacturers of illicit THC eliquid look for cheap and widely available ingredients to serve as the base, and what a lot of them have settled on is Vitamin E acetate. What makes it dangerous is that it's an oil.

When consumed orally or topically, oils are known to be not harmful to health in the short term. Vitamin E acetate is commonly used as a base for products meant for such applications as skin care products.

But when those oils are inhaled, it can actually be harmful as it may cause a lung illness known as lipoid pneumonia. Much of the symptoms found in vaping-induced lung injuries mirror lipoid pneumonia, which makes Vitamin E acetate as a primary culprit.

Mineral Oil

Similar to Vitamin E acetate, mineral oil is a commonly used base for various things, including cosmetics and skin care products. It’s inexpensive and readily available, making them a prime candidate as a base for illegal vape cartridges. However, when vaporized and inhaled, it can also cause lipoid pneumonia since it’s an oil.

The liquid bases commonly used for eliquid—namely propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin—went through tests and trials in order to prove their safety. But they may not be as widely available or as cheap as the other bases that are being used for illegal vape cartridges.

Other Additives

There are also other additives that may cause these severe respiratory maladies. Biopsies of 17 victims indicate “airway-centered chemical pneumonitis” from one or more toxic substances inhaled from illegal vape cartridges rather than exogenous lipoid pneumonia. That means there’s more than one cause for the illnesses.

However, the toxic substances causing them have not been identified yet. But they do seem to be additives in illegal THC cartridges that may be exacerbating these lung injuries. The trouble with illegal vape cartridges is not being sure what their ingredients are, unlike legitimate eliquid that contains information regarding their ingredients and even the ratio.

Conclusion

Vaping has existed for well over a decade and had become popular worldwide since the early 2010s, but only now have we encountered such severe acute respiratory injuries and illnesses. It’s up to us to be aware of the dangers of these illegal THC cartridges and spread the right information in order to preserve vaping as both an industry and an alternative to tobacco.

December 19, 2019

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What Can You Do to Fight the Impending Vape Ban?

The recent calls for a nationwide ban on flavored eLiquids due to the sudden spike of vape-related illnesses have been alarming to both the vape industry and vapers alike. It has been a tough time for vape businesses everywhere due to this panic, especially with the rampant misinformation on what may have caused the illnesses in the first place. The FDA and CDC took months to clarify on this issue, making the problem worse. 

From here on, fighting the impending vape ban does seem like an uphill battle that may not be won, but there is still hope. While more and more states are starting to impose their own laws on prohibiting vape products, 

Here are a few things you can do to be a part of the fight against the impending vape ban.

Let Your Voice Be Heard

The most significant way you can help with the fight is to exercise democracy and let your voice be heard by the US government. Speak up about your vehement opposition towards a vape ban on the local, state, and federal level through various means.

Write to your state government and representatives through both email and snail mail. Call them on the telephone and be the voice of reason regarding this whole vape ban debacle. Tell them why a nationwide vape ban would be a grave mistake, especially with everything being led on by misinformation and lack of proper understanding.

Tell them that a whole industry will be left in the dust if a vape ban is enacted. Inform them of the countless lives that have been saved by people switching from smoking to vaping. Sign petitions and join protests in your area to let the vaping community be heard more loudly. Make your voice heard however you can to help fight this vape ban.

Educate the Public, But Do Not Irritate

Let people know it’s 100% illegal black market THC cartridges that caused the outbreak of lung illnesses, and is not associated with electronic cigarettes. But first, you must educate yourself on the intricacies of the matter, understanding exactly what has caused the illnesses to suddenly crop up after all these years of vaping.

Click here to read an article from the NY TIMES 

Once you’ve gained an understanding of the issue, do what you can to educate others around you on why these illnesses happen in the first place and help them shift the blame away from vaping itself. Focus on the most important thing, which is to let them know that it’s not vaping, but illegal cartridges that are to blame.

Inform people of the dangers of illegal THC cartridges and the need for legitimate vape businesses. Drive home the point that if a vape ban is to be imposed, it will only drive the industry underground and make illegal and potentially dangerous vape products proliferate more.

However, you must make sure to not get obnoxious and annoying whenever you say your piece on the matter. Be respectful and genuine when you talk about the issue as doing otherwise may actually help convince people further of why a vape ban would be a good thing.

Share Your Story

Perhaps writing to your congressman is too much effort and you may get burned out with trying to convince people who don’t want to be convinced. The least you can do at this point is to tell your vape story, especially if you’re a vaper who kicked the tobacco habit through vaping.

Few things are stronger than genuine testimonials given by ordinary people whose lives have been positively affected by vaping. Be honest when you tell your story as that, more than anything else, will help your case in letting others understand why you’re against the vape ban.

Continue to Support Your Vape Shop or Brand

However you can, as long as it’s legal in where you are, continue to support your favorite vape shop or brand. Support the businesses in your local area that are still selling vape products and encourage other vapers to be patrons of those establishments.

If you tend to order vape products online, make sure that it’s still legal to deliver to your location to avoid problems with the law. Stock up on eliquid right now while you still can from legitimate sources and continue to vape your favorite brands.

Conclusion

If vaping has helped enrich your life in any way, you can give back and help with the fight against the impending vape ban. Join the rest of the vape community in banding together and talking some sense into the government and the public who have been misguided into thinking that vaping itself has caused the recent rise of vape-related illnesses in America.

Remember that it’s all about clearing up all the misinformation. Learn the facts and help bring light to the actual problem.

December 06, 2019

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Netflix’s Series Broken: Episode 2 BIG VAPE Review

A hard-hitting documentary series called Broken premiered on Netflix, with four episodes tackling different industries and their supposed unethical practices. The second episode of Broken is called BIG VAPE and is about the rise of electronic cigarettes and current state of the vape industry.

Our founder, Kurt Sonderegger, was one of the vape industry figures interviewed for Broken: Big Vape.   Let’s take a look at how the Netflix team tackled vaping and what the vaping community can take away from it.


How Broken Episode 2 Tackles Vaping

From the opening scene featuring 4 high school students, most viewers may assume that this documentary is a hit piece on vaping. This was not 100% the case as the film is actually fairly balanced as it also shows the UK model and how they view vaping as an indispensable tool to tackle the real problem - smoking and it's 50% death rate of smokers that fail to stop smoking. 

Broken frames vaping as an “epidemic” among American teenagers, with emphasis on nicotine addiction and its potentially harmful effects on long-term health. It then looks into the history of the tobacco industry, and then that of e-cigarettes and vaping and how the original intent of its invention was for helping people quit tobacco.

Besides the 4 high school students using an annoying amount of lingo  ( ie "rip a juul" or  "zeroing a hit", etc) sprinkled with an even more annoying amount of the word "like" between all of this - it is somewhat dumbfounding that no one ever asks the students where they purchase their vape products from?  Isn't this the real issue? How are these kids getting their hands on vaping products with the legal age of 18 (at that time) and now 21? 

Big Vape Students

Big Vape then visits the Vapexpo Las  Vegas followed by exploring the details JUUL’s rise as an upstart brand launched in 2015 whose groundbreaking device delivers higher doses of nicotine effectively - which has been shown to be more effective in helping smokers switch to vaping than anything previously on the market. This is coupled with the picture of how vaping is seemingly turning younger generations into addicts for the sake of profit.  Thus is the conundrum - greater success in reducing smoking coupled with an increase in teen nicotine addiction. 

We also see how the big tobacco comapanies like Phillip Morris is looking to eventually phase out combustible cigarettes and get into vaping as well, taking advantage of the country’s lack of regulations. The focus then shifts to how the United Kingdom is addressing vaping and contrasting that to the current policies of the United States.

It’s shown that while the US has done much to hinder the vaping industry, the UK government has fully supported vaping as a healthier (95 % safer according to  the Public Health England) alternative to smoking.  This actually makes sense since in the UK, the government pays for people when they get sick via the National Health Service or NHS and in USA, pharmaceutical companies make a profit when people become sick. 

Big Vape was filmed in 2018, a full year before it's release, so it wasn't able to really weigh in on the more recent developments detailing the surge of vape-related lung illnesses in 2019, illegal THC cartridges being the main culprit, and how the Center of Disease Control is addressing the issue.  They did add some text to the  end of the piece but even this was not entirely accurate as we now know that 100% of the vape related illnesses were caused by exposure to Vitamin E Acetate - a known additive to black market THC vaping cartridges.   

 

History of the Tobacco Industry

The beginnings of the tobacco industry go way back to well over a century, but it did not experience a boom until after World War II. Cigarettes were marketed to a post-war world as a lifestyle product, portraying it as a conduit for social interaction like with alcohol and an enhancer of one’s image.

Meanwhile, tobacco companies had been coming up with new ways to sell more of their products. They added chemicals like ammonia to make smoke easier to inhale and make their cigarettes more addictive. But then, the specter of cancer soon loomed as cases of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases started to spike up.

While the tobacco industry continued to deny the connection between their products and respiratory illness well into the 1990s, medical science had already drawn that conclusion for decades. It has since become undeniable, and the tobacco industry had known all along internally while continuing to deceive the public.

Over time, governments all around the world clamped down on the sale of cigarettes, from imposing taxes and adding graphic warning labels to banning tobacco advertisements and their consumption in public places.

Tobacco sales have been dropping, but it’s still not enough to bring the tobacco industry to their knees. People were still smoking and dying of lung cancer, and quitting aids like nicotine patches were not enough to help eliminate addiction.

Hon Lik: Inventor of the Modern E-Cigarette

Born in northwest China, Hon Lik’s father had been a smoker and he himself also picked up the habit at a young age during the tail end of the Cultural Revolution. To earn his education, he was sent to work in a rural area where tobacco is grown and processed. He eventually moved back to the city and studied to become a pharmacist.

He continued to smoke well into his adult life, smoking one to two packs a day.  Then in the early 2000s, his father was diagnosed with lung cancer. He tried to quit using aids like nicotine patches, but would then crave a cigarette whenever he saw someone smoking in the street. He realized that nicotine supplementation alone can’t sufficiently substitute cigarettes.

He figured out that the ritual of taking a draw from a cigarette is an important part of the habit. In order to properly substitute cigarettes with something else, something has to satisfy that oral fixation and deliver nicotine at the same time without having to inhale the harmful chemicals that cause respiratory illnesses.

His solution was what would become the first modern e-cigarette. As a pharmacist, he had the knowledge and expertise to formulate what would later become eliquid, which contains freebase nicotine. He then engineered the mechanism for vaporizing the eliquid so it could be inhaled. He came up with a prototype in 2003, which is shown in the film.

Interviewing Hon Lik to get his take on why he created the e-cigarette presents to viewers the original intent behind the invention as an effective method of quitting tobacco. He has since sold his patents and is still credited to this day as the father of vaping.

For a more complete history of ecigs and vape  devices, check out our blog post HERE 

If you'd like to learn more about Hon Lik, check out this awesome biography from The Guardian.

The Vape Industry

Our CEO founder of Cafe Racer Vape, Kurt Sonderegger, was interviewed in VapExpo Las Vegas, one of the premier events for the global vape industry.  Kurt was the first employee at Juul back in 2007 (it was called Ploom back then) and he himself had been a former smoker who struggled with the habit until he came upon vaping.

“The first time I went into a real vape shop and I got a proper device, I literally crushed up the pack of cigarettes I had in my hand, threw it in the basket, and that was it. That was May of 2012,” Sonderegger said, looking back at how vaping helped him quit smoking.

 

An Interview with Kurt Sonderegger, CEO of Cafe Racer Vape from Cafe Racer on Vimeo.

“I’d say most of (VapExpo) is former smokers, at least 90% of them,” stated Lonnie Bozeman, founder of SVRF & Saveurvap. “The last time we counted, there were about 22,000 e-liquid brands worldwide.”

Since 2009, vaping has grown from a niche subculture to a mainstream industry. Meanwhile, independent vape companies are now being acquired by big tobacco companies, which can potentially grow the vape market.

However, the US government’s response to the growth of vaping has mostly been to label it as an epidemic, despite its primary intent of being an effective and safer alternative to smoking.  This has been making it difficult for vape companies and businesses, and New York vape shop owner Stewart Bowers stood before a panel on flavored vape products hosted by the FDA In New York University to defend flavors as a boon for vaping as a tobacco alternative while critics, including Matthew Myers, call for a nationwide ban—perhaps the biggest threat that vape businesses are facing right now.

Critics of flavors in vaping view it as a gateway for the youth into nicotine addiction. Their conjecture is that you can’t prevent young people from exploring and experimenting with attractive flavors such as mango or desert flavors,  so we must eliminate these options.  

In response, Stewart Bowers stated that unflavored vape products just don’t sell, because flavors is the thing that works. To summarize his testimony, in order to help smokers quit tobacco, the deck should be stacked to favor the customer, and flavored eliquids help greatly with that.

FDA has since shifted their focus from a total ban on flavored e-liquids to only allowing them to be sold by stores with age-restricted areas. But the side effect of this restriction is the increased demand for illegal vape cartridges.

JUUL Vapor

The Rise of JUUL

While the invention and proliferation of e-cigarettes and vaping had undergone substantial progress, it exploded even more with the advent of JUUL and nicotine salt eliquids. JUUL’s popularity is shown to be due to its design, being small and almost indistinguishable from a flash drive, when in fact we know it was due to Juul being extremely simple (no buttons) and satisfying. 

Technology culture writer Nitasha Tiku surmises that while the company may not have intended their product to be especially appealing to younger users, the JUUL has “the same of convenience, ease, discretion, and clean design that they’re used to from Macbooks and iPhones.”

JUUL founders Adam Bowen and James Monsees were a couple of graduate students who found themselves wasting a lot of time going out to smoke, so they decided to do their thesis for MS Product Design at Stanford University on their own ultra-compact electronic cigarette design.

Meet Adam Bowen, The Co-Founder of JUUL from Cafe Racer on Vimeo.

What they came up with was what we now know as JUUL, which debut in 2015 with an ad campaign called #Vaporized. The campaign was criticized for having used the same tactics as the tobacco industry did in the mid-20th century to sell cigarettes.

There’s also the question of nicotine delivery. Freebase nicotine in conventional e-liquid delivers small doses of nicotine over time, which is not equivalent to the way cigarettes deliver nicotine. But through the use of benzoic acid, nicotine salt eliquid was made and made JUUL an even better tobacco substitute.

The JUUL took off and the company was worth over $2 billion in 2018, which then rose to over $38 billion in valuation after Altria Group (formerly Philip Morris Companies) acquired a 38% stake in JUUL in December 2018.

Its initial success was mostly due to Bowen and Monsees having tackled e-cigarette design from a tech-savvy perspective, which happened to have matched with the sensibilities of the youth.

“Every aspect of JUUL is designed to make it a complete substitute for smoking. So, it had to hit on these key elements—the amount of nicotine, the rate of nicotine, the sound that it makes—we felt were all important aspects to making a complete and easy replacement for cigarettes,” said Adam Bowen, reflecting on designing the JUUL.

“They made a better mousetrap. They made a device that really worked. They made it simple and they made it satisfying,” commented Kurt Sonderegger, who had been an early employee of JUUL before founding Cafe Racer Vape.

Regarding vaping among minors, Adam Bowen has stated that they’re doing what they can to prevent further proliferation of social media content that had minors using their products. He maintains that their intention was for the product to be used by adults and JUUL never intended to market to minors.

JUUL has taken the extra mile to show commitment to this position, even taking down their social media pages and removing certain flavors from their catalog that may be more attractive to younger users. Their advertisements carry notices that the JUUL is for adult smokers, and that non-smokers and non-vapers shouldn’t start.

Meanwhile, their partnership with Altria is seen by JUUL as a win-win as the vape company rises in value while also gaining access to the shelf space of brands like Marlboro. They’re also able to advertise JUUL directly to smokers in their cigarette packets, which can potentially grow their market.

The Tobacco Industry’s Fight for Survival

Tobacco companies like Philip Morris International had seen the potential of vaping right from the get-go. PMI had shipped 740 billion cigarettes in 2018, but they’re aware that vaping is encroaching on their territory. But instead of fighting it, they seek to harness its power for themselves.

A Look Into Phillip Morris International from Cafe Racer on Vimeo.

Back in 2009, PMI built a state-of-the-art research facility to come up with products that can create the same effect of combustible cigarettes without actually burning tobacco.

Serge Maeder, director of product research in PMI Science and Innovation, talks on the film about creating a “smoke-free future.” But despite stating that PMI is putting most of their resources into creating these products, the contrary is the reality. 

Martin Dockrell, the tobacco control program lead of Public Health England, surmises that if the reduced risk tobacco market is where the money really is in the foreseeable future, tobacco companies will do everything they can to head that direction.

While they’re indeed putting some effort into creating their own reduced-risk tobacco products, they’ve also been buying up independent vape companies left and right, as mentioned.

Matthew Myers, president of the non-profit organization Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, surmises that they’re really aiming to dominate both the conventional cigarette market and the vaping market.

“They get both. They can sell as many (cigarettes) as they can possibly sell; sell as many e-cigarettes as they can possibly sell. They get the marketplace either way it moves,” said Myers.

Student Vaping in High Schools

Fran Thompson, principal of Jonathan Law High School in Midford, Connecticut, first spotted vaping on school grounds around two years before the interview. He found that just about every group in the school were vaping, whether it’s the drama club, sports teams, honor students, or so on. Vaping is shown here as having become ubiquitous with high school life... but the real question is: Where are these kids getting their vapes from?!

Fran Thompson | High School Principle weighs in on teens vaping

The film cites reports of student vaping in high schools all across America. Matthew Myers  showed his concern for the sudden rise of teenage vaping within the period from 2017 to 2018, calling it “unprecedented in our history.”

Myers does cite the statistic of high school tobacco users from 1996 and present-day—from around 36% to less than 9%. There is indeed a tremendous decrease of tobacco usage among high school students within the past two decades, and much of it is shown in the film as tobacco being no longer in vogue in today’s younger generations.

Findings from the National Youth Tobacco Survey in 2018 is then shown, with US high school e-cigarette users amounting to 1.73 million in 2017 and 3.05 million in 2018—a 78% increase. Much of this is linked to the JUUL’s meteoric rise in popularity.

The four female high school students interviewed for the film related their disgust for combustible cigarettes and how they came upon the JUUL. They also related how it can be hidden in clothes and vaped in class discreetly, making the practice more pervasive in today’s classrooms.

The high school kids got into vaping not because they were trying to quit tobacco, but because the practice was seen as cool. There is indeed a valid concern regarding minors using vape products, especially in a school environment and regulations need to be put in place to make these adult products not as accessible to teenagers.

The UK Approach (to the rescue)

“The biggest cause of preventable death in England is smoking,” states Martin Dockrell. “We have about 60 million smokers and 70,000 deaths every year. And worst of all, it affects mostly disadvantaged communities the hardest. But in the last five years, smoking rates have fallen by about a quarter.”

“When you see somebody vaping, you either see a nicotine addict getting their fix, or you see a smoker who isn’t smoking,” says Martin Dockrell. “I’ve worked in public health for thirty years; it makes my heart sing every time I see a smoker not smoking.”

Martin also added: “Look, if the choice is between e-cigarettes and fresh air – choose fresh air. if the choice is between e-cigarettes and smoking – chose e-cigarettes.”

 

Vaping In The United Kingdom from Cafe Racer on Vimeo.

Louise Ross, former manager of Leicester Stop Smoking Service, was wary when she first encountered of e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking.

“I had these fears that it would renormalize smoking, that young people will get a hold of them and start using them and become addicted to nicotine,” Ross said about her first impression of vaping.

However, she eventually changed her mind and actually became an advocate of vaping as a viable alternative to tobacco. She started offering e-cigarettes in the Stop Smoking Service to help smokers quit, and this radical move would see incredible results.

Government and health care work differently in the United Kingdom, and it seems they have acknowledged the role of vaping as an effective tobacco alternative. But they also want to make it clear that vaping should be reserved for smokers who are looking to quit.

There is no teen vaping problem in the UK. The British vape market is more tightly regulated, unlike that of the US. Vape companies are not allowed to advertise their products in the country like how JUUL did in the US.

Welcome to The UK's Stop Smoking Service | Louise Ross from Cafe Racer on Vimeo.

Nicotine levels in eliquid are also restricted. When JUUL launched in the UK, it did so with less than half the nicotine in their pods compared to their American launch.

Matthew Myers agrees with the UK approach to vaping and sees the contrast between it and how the US is handling vaping as a lesson on how addressing it in a calm and pragmatic manner is best and the lack thereof yields a different and disturbing result.

How the US state and federal governments have been responding to the recent slew of lung injury cases this year is the polar opposite of the UK approach—not with calm pragmatism, but with panicked dismissiveness.

Vaping bans in the US threaten both the vape industry and the ex-smokers who took to vaping to quit tobacco and better their health like their British counterparts.

Conclusion

As with the other episodes of Broken, this episode shows in a straightforward manner a perceived problem born and nurtured by an industry for profit at the expense of society.

The documentary doesn’t just land on one side. We think that it was created comprehensively and fairly backed-up with solid facts, contrary to how the mainstream media and anti-tobacco people would portray vaping today.

In this case, vaping is seen as both a way to help eliminate the #1 preventable death in the world (smoking-related) but also as something, left unchecked, could lead to a new generation of young adults addicted to nicotine. 

It is indeed a crucial issue to be acted upon, but considering how significant teenage smoking rate has decreased from 35% to 5%, the biggest takeaway is that smoking has almost been ALMOST eliminated with teens.

In the midst of controversy with vaping-related lung injuries due to illegal THC vape cartridges, the timing of release for this documentary couldn’t have been more perfect for that agenda.

Watching this documentary doesn’t only shed some light on how society, especially how teens are interacting with the vape products today, but also unveils some underscoring need for vape education and regulation. 

Our take away from this film is mostly positive.  This is probably the first mainstream film that focuses on vaping - and while it does focus a lot of time on the controversies, it does present a fairly balanced view of the industry and vaping as a life-saving option for the millions of people who continue to smoke, especially with the inclusion of the more steady minded UK folks who add much-needed balance to the entire episode. 

We also believe that the way to prevent teens from vaping is to vigorously support age restrictions on the sale of vaping products and punish those who are caught selling vaping products to minors - just as we do with alcohol.  With the Trump administration days or weeks away from announcing new legislation on vaping, let's hope that they focus on the balance between health benefits vs the youth vaping "epidemic" that is entirely solvable with proper age verification in the various sales channels.  Certainly limiting flavors is not the answer. 

 

December 02, 2019

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motto Launches in Colombian Market with Vapor Kingdom

We are very pleased to announce our expansion into Colombia, and our partnership with Vapor Kingdom who owns the majority of the Colombian market for e-cigarette sales.

As we expand into countries around the world, we take a lot of time to make sure we choose distribution partners that really see the vision of our brand and will work with us to disperse great products into the local marketplace.

Vapor Kingdom is a company we believe in and are very excited to work with, and as part of our partnership we have created a custom version of our motto products branded with Vapor Kingdom branding on the packaging, and engraved with the “VK” logo on every device that is sold in the 30+ Vapor Kingdom stores in Colombia. 

motto by Cafe Racer in Vapor Kingdom Colombia

If you come across a motto device that has a Vapor Kingdom logo engraved on it or printed on the packaging that is sold at a Vapor Kingdom Location or online, this is in fact an authentic motto product – just customized for the Colombian Market.

If you’re in Colombia or South America, be sure to check out Vapor Kingdom at one of their locations or online at https://vaporkingdom.com.co/ to get your hands on a motto device of your own & SATISFY YOUR FREEDOM.

motto by Cafe Racer in Vapor Kingdom Colombia

September 30, 2019

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8 Things You Need to Know About the Vaping-Related Illnesses and Flavored Vape Ban

By now, vapers all over America may be aware of the news of a sudden rise in vaping-related illnesses, which has prompted the government to act by imposing bans on the sale of vape products in more and more states.

If you are a vaper who is still confused about the whole issue, you’ll want a summary of what has been going on and what may happen next in the near future. Here are 8 things you need to know about this whole mess regarding reports of vaping-related illnesses and the flavored vape ban that is poised to follow.

1. The recent rise in vaping-related illnesses

There has been a slew of news regarding vaping and people of ages ranging from 15 to 50 being stricken with vaping-related illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 530 separate cases in 38 states and the US Virgin Islands have been recorded.

The first case was noted by the public health department on August 14, and there are 13 cases in Connecticut alone. A total of 8 deaths have been reported across the US as of this writing, with two from California, and one each in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and Oregon.

In all of these cases, patients have reported a history of vaping, and almost all of them acknowledged having used products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. 

While these cases do involve illnesses related to vaping, the CDC and state health agencies have not yet found a specific cause for them. There is still no single vaping product that has been linked directly to these cases.

Connecticut health commissioner, Renee Coleman-Mitchell, has declared the situation “a serious public health concern” and has advised residents to refrain from vaping while investigations are underway.

The American Medical Association released a statement on September 9, advising the public to avoid vaping. The next day, on September 10, President Donald Trump expressed his thoughts on banning flavored vape products in legal e-cigarettes.

The Trump administration has since announced plans for banning the sale of most flavored vaping products from the market due to this development. Meanwhile, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now opened a criminal probe into the vaping-related illnesses.

2. Which states are imposing a ban on flavored e-cigarettes?

Michigan was the first state to enact a ban earlier this month amid reports of these cases, cited as an emergency ban by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. It is a tentative six-month prohibition, which can be extended, and Gov. Whitmer has expressed her hopes in legislators writing it into law.

New York soon followed suit, with the state’s Public Health and Health Planning Council voting to prohibit the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes and other vaping products except for menthol and tobacco flavors. Retailers were given two weeks from the date of announcement to remove said products from their shelves.

Several other states, including California and Massachusetts, are now outlining plans to impose similar bans in their respective jurisdictions. As of September 25, Massachusetts has imposed a “temporary ban” on sale of all vape products in the state.

3. What is the suspected diagnosis?

In many of these cases, symptoms are similar to a condition called lipoid pneumonia, which is usually found in patients who have inhaled mineral oil.

Acute lipoid pneumonia occurs when fat particles enter the lungs, which then causes inflammation. There are two types of lipoid pneumonia—exogenous and endogenous. The former refers to fat particles entering from outside the body, while the latter refers to fat particles from within the body accumulating in the lungs.

Source: BMJ Case Reports

Endogenous lipoid pneumonia is also known as cholesterol pneumonia, golden pneumonia, or idiopathic lipoid pneumonia.

The most common symptoms of lipoid pneumonia are chest pain, chronic cough, and breathing difficulty. It may also be accompanied by fever, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, blood in sputum, weight loss, night sweats, and difficulty in swallowing.

4. What are the possible culprits?

As of this writing, two possible culprits are being scrutinized—THC and vitamin E.

The CDC has stated on September 19 that the contamination of vape cartridges is coming from the supply chain for illicit THC vape cartridges. This is mostly surmised from reports of most patients having used vape products containing THC.

Meanwhile, New York health authorities have confirmed that synthetic vitamin E oil, also known as tocopheryl acetate, as another cause. It is mostly used by pen makers as an inexpensive thickener and dilutant to "cut" the very expensive cabbabis/THC oil to make it appear that there is more in a cartridge. 

The FDA is now looking into specific forms of vitamin E oil, which is usually used for both health supplements and industrial applications. While people know about it being taken orally, it’s not recommended to be consumed in vapor form due to its causal relationship with lipoid pneumonia.

The state of New York has now subpoenaed three thickener manufacturers in connection with the use of vitamin E oil in vape products, namely Floraplex, Honey Cut, and Mass Terpenes. All three products have been proven to contain tocopheryl acetate in tests.

The FDA has also found vitamin E oil in 10 of the 18 THC samples they’ve tested so far. One New York patient reports having tested his cart, finding out that it contained formaldehyde and pesticide along with THC and vitamin E oil.

These two are now being cited as the main culprits of these vaping-related illnesses, which should shift the blame away from nicotine vape products.

5. How are vape users reacting to this news?

Vape users are reacting to the news with a mixture of shock and disdain. There are even speculations of tobacco companies facilitating misinformation fueling the panic over vape products, although these claims are yet to be substantiated.

Vaping blogs, forums, and social media communities are now putting up massive efforts to have their voices heard by the government, both state and federal level.

Vape users are using social media to communicate how vaping saved their lives, and that the eliquid flavor ban should stop. They're using hashtags such as #vapingsaveslives, #adultslikeflavors, and #prohibitiondoesnotwork on their posts to spread awareness. 

Source: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/prohibitiondoesnotwork/ 

There are even online petitions which goal is to stop Trump from signing the federal flabor ban of e-cig products. 

6. How will the flavored e-cigarette ban affect the vaping industry?

Vape store owners everywhere are greatly concerned as the growing issue has negatively affected business. Legitimate vape manufacturers are also threatened, with the entire American market being potentially closed off by the prospect of a national vape ban.

The ill effects of prohibition are well-documented in the annals of American history. A vape ban can result in the expansion of the illicit vape market, giving rise to unregulated vape products that are potentially harmful to health, which is counter to the very reason of the existence of vaping—to fight the good fight against tobacco.

This ultimately affects the vapers, especially those who have turned to vaping to curtail their tobacco habits. With no legitimate source of vape products, they may either turn to illicit vape markets for their vaping needs or go back to tobacco. Either option is a significant health risk.

7. What can we do to stop the vape ban?

Our voices must be heard. If you’re an American citizen living in the country, call your governor, state representatives, senators, and the Department of Public Health to voice your concern and explain how much a national vape ban can be a detriment to American citizens.

If you are a vaper whose life and health have been improved or saved with vaping in an effort to quit tobacco, tell your story. Implore them to get the science straight and inform them of how a vape ban can have people going back to tobacco.

Tell them how jobs, businesses, and an entire industry may be wiped out with the enactment of a vape ban in all of America.

8. Will we actually get sick from vaping?

As mentioned, the cause of these vaping-related illnesses have not yet been pinpointed. Vaping legitimate vape cartridges or eliquid, like Cafe Racer Vape, isn't the cause of concern. In fact, vaping has helped save lives, letting countless people free from the bondage of tobacco.

On the other hand, illicit vape cartridges tend to be unregulated, untested, and often contaminated. If you are in possession of such products, throw them away immediately.

Avoid procuring vape products off the street and buy only from legitimate sources, either from established vape shops or reputable online sellers, who are licensed to sell vape products that come from regulated brands that prioritize quality and safety.

Be wary of disposable vape cartridges sold outside these channels, whether they contain THC or nicotine. They're usually filled with the wrong additives in the wrong amounts, which can immediately bring harm to your lungs.

Conclusion

This is indeed a scary situation for vapers, not just in America, but all over the world. A national vape ban in the country can create a snowball effect that can affect the global vape industry.

We can all do our part and let our voices be heard so calm and reason may prevail. Support your local vape shop! We must act as one and stand together as a community.

September 20, 2019

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How the Weather Can Affect Vaping

When you think about the components of a vape device, you may realize that that most of them can either deteriorate or not perform very well in certain conditions like extreme heat or getting wet. You can do what you can to protect your vape device, but you can’t control the weather.

The next time your vape device doesn’t work the way it should or your eliquid doesn’t taste right, you may want to think about the weather. Here are a few ways how the weather can affect your vaping experience.

Summer

As the heat sets in, remember to never leave your vape devices or batteries in the car. Since they get really hot during the summer, especially if parked in the open air, vape devices and batteries can get really hot and even explode when kept in the car.

The heat can also make your eliquids go bad, especially when stored under direct sunlight. Eliquid can deteriorate in quality and consistency when exposed to light and heat, which is why they should be stored in a cold and dark place like your drawer or even the refrigerator.

Another thing that can happen to batteries in hot weather is they can run out quicker. If you’re vaping all day in the summer and you have to move about, you may want to carry extra batteries. You’ll want them to be kept in a secure way, like in the plastic case most lithium-ion batteries come with.

 

Related post: 6 Top Summer Eliquids You Need to Try

Winter

Extreme cold can also negatively affect your vape device, making it close to inoperable. When it’s cold and is suddenly brought into a warmer environment, condensation can build up both inside and out. That can affect the circuit in the device, especially if it’s still on.

For pod mods like Juul or motto, leaking pods is always an issue. This becomes much more pronounced in cold temperatures - so keep an eye on your pods to make sure that they are not leaking which could short circuit your battery.  

It can also reduce the battery’s capacity, just like when it’s used in higher temperatures. You can say it’s only at around 70% capacity in the cold, so you want to keep them in warmer environments as much as possible. You can store them in something insulating like in layers of fabric.

Another thing that can happen when vaping during winter is exhaling thicker clouds than usual. The vapor that comes out gets condensed in the cold air, resulting in those thick clouds. They also take a lot longer to dissipate, so take care to not vape around lots of people or in public closed spaces. 

Humid Climates

Humidity can definitely affect vaping in various ways. For instance, the seals in tanks tend to be made of rubber, and that can be affected by the humidity. While they tend to be designed for withstanding high temperatures generated by the device during use, but they may not be as resilient to moisture.

They then lose their flexibility, which makes the seals not do their job as well. Since tanks are meant to get juice into the wick in a vacuum-sealed environment, that can affect the flow of eliquid to the wick. If you’ve been getting burnt hits lately, that could be the issue.

It can also affect the viscosity of the eliquid. Both heat and high humidity can affect the flavor, and the added moisture can thin the eliquid out, which results in less flavor. Coupled with the compromised rubber seal, you may find your tank leaking eliquid if you happen to be in a humid place.

Obviously, the moisture can also affect batteries. If you can, vape and store your device and eliquids in a climate controlled environment.

How to “Weatherproof” Your Vape Devices and Eliquid

The best thing to do is to have a storage case for your vape. It may seem excessive for some, but they are very good for protecting your vape device, batteries, and eliquid from the elements. If you can give up some money in a good one that suits your needs and happen to be a daily vaper, then this is a worthy investment.

Other than that, it’s mostly just about sensible vape storage habits, like storing eliquid in a cool, dark place, keeping your vape devices away from water, the edge of tables, and other dangerous places where it may be compromised, and so on.

September 20, 2019

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6 Travel Tips for EVERY Vaper Should Know

Travelling can be rather perilous for vapers as taking your vape with you on your trips can involve a lot of caveats. Ideally, you want to be able to bring your battery and e-liquid/pods with you, get it through airport security, take them on board the plane, and be able to keep it in the destination country and even vape it there.

Of course, it’s far from an ideal world. Here are 6 crucial travel tips for vapers, which can save you from headaches and frustrations while travelling.

1. Check Whether Vaping is Legal in Your Destination

Different countries have different laws regarding electronic cigarettes. Some of them even impose fines and threats of jail time. Perhaps that may scare you, but it’s imperative that you check local laws in your destination before bringing your vape along for the ride.

For instance, countries like Japan, Finland, Norway, and Denmark have sales bans on all products containing nicotine. While they do allow you to bring your vape along for personal use, there won’t be stores to buy more eliquid and vape supplies from. While the U.S. doesn't have a ban on sales of vape products, the T.S.A. has issued a strict set of guidelines for flying with e-cigarettes.

Meanwhile, countries like  Thailand, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates have complete bans on vaping. In fact, in Thailand, you can be arrested and sentenced to as much as 10 years in jail for vaping.

2. Read Airline Rules Beforehand

There are safety concerns regarding the carrying of devices and batteries. As a general rule, you must take your battery in your carry on luggage. Lithium-ion batteries are usually never allowed in check-in baggage.

Well-known airlines have rules regarding carrying e-liquid, vape devices, and accessories stated in their official websites. 

3. Keep Your Vape Device in Your Carry-On Luggage

The general rule-of-thumb in carrying vape devices is to have them in your carry-on luggage. As mentioned, having it in your other luggage has its safety concerns, so most of air travel would prefer to have them carried on carry-on.

If it’s small enough, you may even carry it on your person, and you can place it on the conveyor for the x-ray inspection machine when you’re at the security checkpoint. Provided that you’ve done your research beforehand, you should have no problem having them inspected in that particular airport.

4. Store Eliquids with Your Other Liquid Items

This is mostly a matter of convenience. Having them with your other liquid items is something most airports prefer you to do to make security checks easier. Have your eliquids properly sealed and put in a resealable bag.

If your vape device has eliquid in it as well, you’ll have to put it in the resealable bag as well. Meanwhile, eliquid bottles larger than 100 mL should be packed in your checked luggage.

5. Store Your Batteries Properly

Vape devices these days tend to use lithium-ion batteries, which are the same kind used in electric cars. That means they’re very powerful, and can be potentially dangerous if mishandled or not properly stored. You wouldn’t want them loose, which would make them move around and bump into each other in your luggage.

Keep your spare batteries away from other metallic objects and make sure to not let their contacts touch each other in your luggage. Storing them in the plastic case you got them with is best. simply covering the contacts in electrical tape and storing them in a padded carrier is also a good alternative storage method.

Whichever method you use to store your spare batteries, make sure they are kept secure and with their contacts kept from touching each other at all times.

6.  Flying at High Altitude Can Cause E-Liquid to Leak

The increase in the pressure when flying actually allows excess air to enter your  pod or tank, which often causes it to leak.  It's best to take your pods out of the battery before flying or empty your tank.  We recommend placing these in ziplock baggies to prevent them from getting into your luggage, pockets or back packs. 

When you have reached your destination, you should try turning the pod/tabk upside down, to prevent flooding of your tank and get rid of that excess air. 

Bonus.  Don’t Try to Hide Your Vape

Some may find the possibility of having their vape devices and e-liquid confiscated at the security checkpoint to be motivation enough to hide them, but this is ill-advised. This is very important as hiding your vape from security checkpoints, only for it to be found out, can result in hassle and confusion. 

Trying to hide it only makes you look suspicious to airport security. Even if you succeed one time, or you’ve heard someone who has succeeded in concealing their vape in their luggage, the risk of being caught hiding your vape can get you into more trouble.

This is something you can never be too complacent about. Do your homework and bring it only if you’re sure that the destination you’re going to will allow vaping.

September 06, 2019

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Cafe Racer Double Labels Due to FDA Rules - Explained

In late 2018, the FDA mandated that all vape companies in the USA include a warning on their products and promotions, including social media posts.  This put many manufacturers in a tight spot since we often produce our liquids in larger quantities that last several months. 

Not complying with this ruling could lead to possible penalties for companies as well as any retailers selling eLiquids without the warning. 

At Cafe Racer, we had a few thousand bottles in our inventory without this warning and decided to add the new label with the warning to the bottles in order to be compliant and ensure that all of our retail partners were also compliant with the new FDA regulations.  We also had recently updated our logo - so this gave us the opportunity to have all of our bottles with the new Cafe Racer logo and branding. 

It has come to our attention that some people questioned why some bottles had 2 labels and we wanted to be very clear, these are not counterfeit but intentionally done to make sure that we and our retail partners were compliant with all FDA regulations. 

We also immediately complied on social media by adding the warning to all product-related post, as did most other companies in the industry. 

 

 

Cafe Racer Vape's Friday the Lucky 13th MEGA Giveaway!

In celebration of the award-winning flavor, Lucky 13, we're excited to announce that we're RUNNING a MEGA GIVEAWAY that will run starting today September 1 until Friday the 13th, September 13, 2019!

It's not everyday that you are lucky to score these vape items for FREE, so try your luck now and join Cafe Racer's Friday the Lucky 13th MEGA Giveaway!

Get a chance to win these prizes: 

1st Runner Up:

- 4 x 60 ml bottles
- motto Starter Kit
- 9x motto Pods

2nd Runner Up
- 3x 60ml bottles
- motto starter Kit
- 6 motto Pods

3rd  Runner Up:

- 3 x 60ml bottles
- motto Starter Kit
- 3x motto Pods 

HOW TO ENTER:

Enter your details below to qualify and be entered to win! 

  • To be eligible for this giveaway, you must be a US resident and above 18 years old!
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The Best Natural Tobacco eLliquid Flavors in the World

Eliquids have always been about delivering a flavor experience - with an almost infinite number of flavors including fruits, desserts, creams, and of course, tobacco flavors.  

Many eLiquids use synthetic tobacco flavorings produced in a laboratory. These types of flavors have their place in the market and in eLiquids, but in our opinion, they fail to capture the true essence of tobacco flavors and the many available varieties.

Cafe Racer’s tobacco flavors, including Lucky 13, Lucky Bastard and Cool Bastard as well as our Nic Salts line of Salty Bastard Tobacco and Tobacco Ice stand out for their smooth and distinctive flavor profiles.   One of the main reasons for this is that we use a proprietary extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste without the harshness, bitterness and often chemical flavor of most tobacco eLiquids on the market.

To learn more about Natural vs Sythetic Tobacco - check out our previous blog post HERE

Here's a run down of Cafe Racer's  naturally extracted tobacco flavors.  

Lucky 13 by Cafe Racer

This multi-award-winning eliquid is the pride of Cafe Racer. Lucky 13 is our take on the classic RY4 tobacco eliquid style that combines naturally-extracted Virginia tobacco with creamy vanilla, toasted almonds, and a hint of caramel.

Lucky 13 has won Best Tobacco flavor at Vape Expos around the world - including Vape Summit Houston, Vapexpo Spain and Vape Expo Ukraine.

Lucky 13 is a perfect companion to craft beers like a cold pint of IPA, as well as a good standalone all-day vape. Check out what the fuss is all about and get it here in Cafe Racer now.

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Lucky Bastard by Cafe Racer

If the Lucky 13 does not enough tobacco for you, then the Lucky Bastard has you covered. It has twice the Virginia tobacco while still having that nice combination of creamy vanilla, toasted almonds, and caramel in one tight package.

Lucky Bastard is everything you love about our award-winning Lucky 13 but with double the smooth naturally extracted tobacco creating a bolder, richer more nutty  flavor profile guaranteed to deliver the best tobacco vape experience of its kind.

This is definitely for experienced vapers who are really into their tobacco. Enjoy it with your favorite craft beer or coffee and relax.

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Cool Bastard by Cafe Racer

Some like menthol to go with their tobacco, and we have the Cool Bastard for those people. It’s our patented rich and creamy Virginia tobacco flavor mixed with a crisp mint finish that should satisfy any menthol head out there.

Think of it as the Lucky Bastard with more menthol and less of other flavors. This may go down well for those who just want their tobacco with a bit more of a kick.

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Salty Bastard Tobacco by Cafe Racer

If you’re a pod user, you may be looking for nicotine salts. The Salty Bastard Tobacco is our best tobacco nicsalt eliquid in our line, combining great tobacco flavor with a lot more of a nicotine kick.

It’s the same naturally-extracted Virginia tobacco with creamy vanilla and caramel you can get from the Lucky 13 and Lucky Bastard, but with stronger nicotine. Put this in your pod and give it a puff, and you’ll see why it’s an award-winning flavor.

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Salty Bastard Tobacco Ice by Cafe Racer

Of course, the Salty Bastard can’t go without a menthol version. The Salty Bastard Tobacco Ice is also an award-winning eliquid, and it’s great for those who like their nicotine salts with a cool finish. It’s the same Virginia tobacco, but with a crisp mint finish to accentuate it.

If you vape with a pod, like our Mipod, then you’ll find this to be a great companion for it. The mint flavor is clean and does not come off as weak and watered down. 

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Conclusion

Our tobacco eliquids are made from naturally-extracted tobacco, which means that you’re getting the best of tobacco and not just a mix of chemicals that taste roughly like tobacco, or worse, have flavors resembling cigarettes and chemicals. 

Cafe Racer ensures the best quality in our award-winning tobacco flavors and great value for the price. If you’re a tobacco fan, we recommend you start with the Lucky 13 and go from there.

2019 Vaping for Beginners: A-Z Vaping Terminology

When you make the switch from smoking and get into vaping, you may find yourself inundated with terms and jargon that may leave you confused and dumbfounded. To aid you in this common dilemma, we have compiled a glossary of terms that are used in vaping, from the commonly used to the more esoteric.

As you encounter more things in vaping down the line, you may encounter terms that are not contained in this glossary. But at that point, you should be experienced enough to know your way around them.

Learning about these terms and what they mean can help you get started on your vaping journey.

A

Adapter: The connection piece with specific threading to fit between a mod and an atomizer.

Advanced Personal Vaporizer: APV for short, an alternative term for electronic cigarette.

Airflow: Amount of air being pulled through the atomizer during the draw. Adjusting airflow can affect vapor and flavor production.

All Day Vape: ADV for short, a common term used to refer to an eliquid that one really likes and is seen as ideal for vaping all day.

Amps: Short for amperes, a measure of the amount of electrical flow in a current. The lower the amps, the less voltage you can use on sub-Ohm atomizers.

Atomizer: Also known as "atty" for short, this is the electronic component that turns the eliquid into vapor by heating it.

B

Base Liquid: This is what the eliquid is made with, usually consisting of propylene glycol (PG) and/or vegetable glycerin (VG).

Battery: Provides power to the electronic cigarette, enabling it to turn eliquid into vapor.

Box Mod: An advanced personal vaporizer that comes in a box shape instead of a cylindrical tube. The form factor allows for more battery capacity, OLED screens, temperature control, and so on.

Bridge: A covering over the atomiser that delivers eliquid to the coils.

C

Cartridge: A plastic or metal mouthpiece usually stuffed with an absorbent filler material to hold eliquid.

Cartomiser: A combination of disposable cartridges and atomizers. They’re not as expensive and can hold more e-liquid than a regular cartridge.

Cartomizer Punch: A device used for punching holes in a cartomizer.

Cig-A-Like: Any personal vaporiser that emulates the appearance of a traditional cigarette.

Charger: Used to recharge batteries once they're drained.

Clapton Coil: A coil containing a larger gauge of wire wrapped tightly by a smaller gauge of wire. The name Clapton comes from its resemblance to a guitar string.

Clearomizer: A transparent version of a cartomizer, designed to show how much e-liquid is left.

Clouds: The vapor that's exhaled while vaping, which appears white and thick due to high water content.

Cloud Chaser: A vaper who focuses on creating thick vapor clouds.

Coil: Wire coiled up to vaporize e-liquid with heat generated through electrical resistance. It comes several different types of wire such as Kanthal, Nichrome, Nickel, Stainless Steel, etc.

Coil Jig: A device designed with multiple diameter sections to make rebuilding coils easier.

Coil Winder: A tool used to make wrapping coils easier with proper shape and spacing.

Connector: The threaded section for screwing in an atomizer or cartomizer. Comes in either EGO or 510.

Custom Mod: A DIY vaping device, often incorporating everyday items.

Cut-Off: The safety feature used to automatically stop a vape devices from drawing longer than the pre-set time.

D

Deck: The section of a rebuildable atomizer where the coil and wick are placed.

Diacetyl: A chemical usually present in artificial butter flavoring for popcorn, which resulted in the colloquially named "popcorn lung" disease. Inhalation of this chemical in large amounts has been known to cause the disease. It has also been found in certain eliquid flavors, particularly in buttery or dessert-type juices.

Direct-to-Lung: DTL for short. A method of vaping that’s basically inhaling vapor directly into the lungs instead of mouth-to-lung.

Disposable E-Cigarette: Electronic cigarettes designed to be used and then thrown away after use.

DIY Eliquid:  eLiquid made at home with a liquid base like propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin and mixed with flavorings and nicotine.  

DNA Chip: A popular variable wattage chip for vape devices, built by the company Evolv.

Dragon Coil: A coil build with the wick wrapped around the coil, which is meant to increase airflow. Often employed by cloud chasers.

Draw: The inhalation of vapor taken from the tip of a vape device. Also known as a hit or a drag.

Dripping: Putting eliquid directly onto the coil. Drip atomizers tend to provide good flavor and vapor production.

Drip Tip: A device designed to let users drip eliquid directly onto the atomizer. The drip tip itself refers to the mouthpiece.

Dry Burn: Firing a coil without a wick saturated in e-liquid to burn off impurities or residue to clean it.

Dry Hit: A draw without a properly saturated wick, usually a sign of running out of juice or the wick not saturating effectively.

E

EGO: A style of electronic cigarette that uses EGO threading, which is usually featured in pen-style vape devices.

Electronic Cigarette: Also known as an e-cig. A personal vaporiser; a vape device originally designed as an alternative to traditional cigarettes.

Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit: A package containing everything to get started with vaping—a battery and/or vape device, a cartomiser/atomiser/tank, and a mouthpiece or drip tip.

Eliquid: The flavoured juice that's vaped, usually consisting of a mixture of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavoring, and nicotine.

F

Flooding: When a tank is overfilled, the vape device produces a gurgling sound and can reduce performance.

Fuse: Some mechanical mods use a specialized fuse to prevent battery failure.

Fused Clapton: A Clapton coil that has two or more wires in the core. Standard Clapton coils only have one wire core.

H

Heatsink: An implement located below a tank or atomiser that's meant to dissipate heat, allowing for better airflow.

Heat Steeping: The method of placing eliquid in a hot environment to speed up the steeping process.

High Resistance: An atomiser with a higher ohm rating, which allows for greater voltage levels to the coil.

Hot Spot: Spots on the coil that get increased glow and heat which cause dry hits, usually indicating improper or uneven wrapping of  the coil.

High Voltage: A device that operates above the usual 3.7 volts. High voltage devices should not be used with standard batteries due to potential battery failure.

HV Mod: A mod that uses a dual batteries connected in series to allow for greater vaping power.

Hybrid Mod: Tank and mod designed to fit together seamlessly, with the atomiser firing directly off the positive contact of the battery.

I

ICR: Rechargeable lithium ion cobalt battery.

IMR: Rechargeable lithium ion manganese battery.

J

Joules: A metric unit of measurement for energy. Temperature control mods use this as a measurement of power.

K

Kanthal Wire: Type of wire usually sold on spools for rebuildable atomizers, which is available in a variety of gauges and resistances. Kanthal A1 is the most popular grade.

Kick: A device between the battery and a mechanical mod’s spring that allows it to be converted into a variable wattage device. This makes the mechanical mod safer, allowing for adjustment usually between 8W and 15W.

Kick: Also be used to describe throat hit.

L

Leaking: Happens when eliquid unintentionally runs out the bottom of the tank. This can run down onto the battery and cause a short circuit.

Li-Po: Rechargeable battery made from Lithium Polymer, typically used for internal battery devices.

Li-Ion: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, considered the most versatile and highest quality on the market.

M

mA: Milliamperes; a unit of measurement for power—1 mA is 0.001 Amps. Often used to denote output of batteries and chargers.

Macro Coil: A large-diameter coil with more surface area compared to a micro coil. Designed to increase vapor production.

mAh: Milliampere-hour; used to denote battery capacity.

Manual Shut-off: Functionality for turning off a vape device manually. Most devices can be turned off by clicking the firing button five times.

Mechanical Mod (Mech Mod): Mech mod for short. An unregulated vape device with no protection circuitry. Composed of a metal tube, a battery, a connector, and a firing button. Due to having no safety features, it requires more thought and care in its build, operation, and maintenance.

Micro Coil: Small diameter coil meant to be wrapped with the wraps touching.

Mod: Originally meant to describe a modification non-vaping related items to be used as a vaporizer. Nowadays, the term is used for any vape device that doesn't resemble cigarettes.

Mouth-to-Lung: MTL for short. A method of vaping that's basically drawing vapor into the mouth first before inhaling into the lungs, much like how a traditional cigarette is smoked.

N

Nichrome Wire: A type of resistant wire commonly used for a variable wattage/voltage vape devices. It has a lower resistance than Kanthal, so it heats up much faster. However, it’s not as flexible, so it's not as easy to build with.

Nickel Wire: Ni200 for short. A type of wire that was first to be used in temperature control vape devices. It has a low resistance and fast ramp up time. However, it's extremely flexible wire and can lose its shape easily.

Nicotine: Nic for short. This is the main chemical in tobacco that gets smokers hooked. It's added in eliquid to give the same hit as a cigarette, which can help users quit smoking.

Nicotine Level: The amount of nicotine contained in the eliquid, generally measured in either mg/ml or percentage value.

Nicotine Shot: A 10ml bottle of flavourless nicotine which is added to eliquid.

NRT: Nicotine Replacement Therapy. The process of getting a nicotine fix from means other than tobacco. The method of quitting smoking advocated by vaping.

O

Ohm (Ω): A unit of measure for electrical resistance. A lower resistance coil heats faster and provide increased vapour production.

Organic Cotton: The most commonly used type of wicking material in vaping. Easy to work with and provides great flavor.

P

Parallel: A type of electrical circuit. In vaping, batteries are placed parallel to each other to increase battery life. This setup can also increases the mAh rating while maintaining the voltage.

Pass-through: A feature on some vape devices that allows vaping while charging.

Pen Style: A style of electronic cigarette that's similar in appearance to a ball point pen.

Personal Vaporiser: PV for short. Another name for electronic cigarette.

Priming: The act of saturating the wick to avoid a dry hit, either by dripping a few drops of e-liquid directly on the coil or taking a draw on the drip tip without firing the coil.

Propylene Glycol: PG for short. One of two liquid bases used in making eliquid. PG provides a throat hit to simulate the feeling of smoking tobacco, and it's also a good carrier of flavor. It’s more common for flavorings and nicotine to have a PG base.

Protected Battery: A type of battery with a small electronic circuit designed to protect it against overcharging, short circuit, over-discharge, and so on. Such batteries are considered safer for vaping.

R

Rayon: A semi-synthetic fiber made from processed wood pulp that can be used as a wicking material. It's known to be incredibly efficient and is known to produce clean and robust flavor.

Rebuildable Atomiser: RBA for short. A type of atomizer that allows for repeated building of coil and wick onto it. It allows for a more personalized vaping experience and replacement of coils and wick once they're burnt up.

Rebuildable Drip Atomizer: RDA for short. A type of rebuildable atomizer that has no tank for holding eliquid. Eliquid is directly dripped onto the coils and wick to keep it saturated.

Rebuildable Drip Tank Atomizer: RDTA for short. A combination of an RDA and RTA, wherein the atomizer is located on top of the tank. It allows for direct dripping while also maintaining saturation of the wick by having holes that the wick can be inserted through to the tank to soak up eliquid.

Rebuildable Tank Atomizer: RTA or tank for short. A rebuildable atomizer with a tank on top to provide eliquid to saturate the wick as long as it holds eliquid. It typically features a filling hole on the top for easy refills.

Resistance: Measured in ohms, it determines the voltage/wattage you can apply to the coil. It has a significant impact on vapor and flavor production.

Resistance Wire: The type of wire commonly used for coils in vaping. It heats up when an electrical current is put through it, which then turns the eliquid into vapor.

Ribbon Wire: A type of wire with a flat cross section that's commonly used in more advanced or exotic coil builds.

S

Sensor: A feature in some vape devices that detects whether the user is drawing from them, which then tells the device to turn on and heat the eliquid. This allows for a vape device with no need for a firing button.

Series: A type of electrical circuit. In vaping, placing batteries in series increases voltage output, although battery capacity is equal to that of a single battery.

Shortfill: Nicotine-free eliquid. Nicotine shots can be added to it if desired.

Silica: A type of wicking material with a high melting point typically used in stock coils.

Smart Chip: An electronic chip found in high end vaping devices that provides additional features. It allows for a more personalized vaping experience.

Squonk: A type of vape device where eliquid is fed through a tube going straight to the coil from a small squeeze bottle below. This allows for an alternative to dripping. It's also often referred to as a bottom feeder.

Stacking: Using additional batteries to increase the power output.

Stainless Steel Mesh: A type of wicking material that's basically a sheet of mesh rolled into a cable-like wick. This is not recommended for beginners due to the degree of difficulty in its building and use. If built properly, it can provide incredible flavor.

Steeping: The process of improving the flavor of an eliquid with heat, agitation, time, and so on. Shaking the bottle of eliquid is the most basic way of steeping.

Sub-Ohming: The act of vaping with a coil resistance lower than 1 ohm to increase flavor and vapor production.

Sweet Spot: Setup and settings on a vape device that gives the perfect hit.

T

Tail Piping: The act of dripping directly onto the coil and inhaling the vapor without using a drip tip.

Temperature Control: TC for short. A feature found in many modern regulated vape devices which automatically adjusts voltage/wattage to keep temperature consistent. TC vape devices require  nickel or titanium coils.

Thermal Runaway: An uncontrollable rise in temperature that can result in the battery exploding, caused by short circuit, overcharging, damage to the battery, etc.

Throat Hit: The sensation in the back of the throat felt when vaping eliquid containing PG and/or nicotine.

Tiger Coil: A coil build that uses a single strand of Kanthal with a strand of Ribbon wire wrapped around it. It's an advanced build that makes for really good flavor and vapor production.

Titanium Wire: A type of wire used for temperature control devices with higher resistance compared to other types of wires. It produces great flavor, but also has safety concerns regarding its use.

Tobacco Products Directive: TPD for short. Regulations enacted in May 2017 to restrict sale of all vape related products.

Topping Off: Filling a tank to full capacity.

Triple Coil: Atomizers that use three coils in conjunction. It provides greater flavor and vapor production at the cost of even shorter battery life.

Tube Mod: A cylindrical vaping device, usually referring to the design of many mechanical mods.

U

USB Charger: A charger that can be plugged directly into a USB power source.

Unprotected Battery: A type of battery that has no form of protection in it. They can be prone to overheating, short circuiting, and overcharging, but they tend to be cheaper.

V

Vaping: The act of using a personal vaporizer.

Vaper: Someone who vapes.

Vaper’s Tongue: Loss of flavor experienced when a flavor is vaped too often, thus desensitizing the taste buds. This indicates a need to change flavors.

Vapor: The result of eliquid being heated, as well as exhaled after a draw.

Vapor Production: The amount of vapor produced.

Vegetable Glycerin: VG for short. One of the two liquid bases commonly used for making eliquid. VG is thicker, a little sweeter, and creates thicker clouds. However, it doesn't carry flavor as well as PG, but can be mixed with it to create a blend.

Vent Holes: A safety feature found on most vape devices, meant to prevent overheating of the battery.

Venting: Another term for the overheating of a battery.

Vertical Coils: Coils that are placed vertically instead of horizontally. This configuration can potentially improve airflow and add more flavor to the vape as it sits closer to the tip.

Volt: Unit of measurement for the amount of power in an electrical circuit. It factors in with wattage and resistance.

Variable Voltage: VV for short. A feature in vape devices that lets you change the voltage output.

Variable Wattage: VW for short. A feature in vape devices that lets you change the wattage output.

W

Watt: Unit of measurement for power resulting from the voltage and resistance of a circuit.

Wick: The absorment material placed in direct contact with the coils of an atomizer, serving as the implement which draws and holds eliquid to be vaporized by the heat generated by the coils.

Wicking: The act of preparing and placing the wick into the coils of the atomizer.

Wire: The resistant material used to build a coil for the atomizer.

Wrap: The twist of a coil to make wire useful for vaping. The more wraps there are, the higher the resistance.

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18650: The battery size most commonly used for vape devices.

26650: A larger battery size typically used for more advanced personal vaporizers.

510: The most popular style of threading for modern vape devices that’s used to connect the atomizer to the device where the battery resides.

6 Top Summer Eliquids to Try in 2019

When the summer heat arrives for the year, you will want to look for whatever refreshes you and cools you down during the day. The same goes for the eliquids you vape.

There are plenty of choices out there these days for summer eliquids. If you’re looking for eliquids to vape for this summer, here’s a list of the best flavors you can get right now.

Cafe Racer Berry Ice

Perhaps one of our best sellers in summer, the Berry Ice flavor is a great summer flavor for all-day vaping. This is part of our SideCar line of eliquids, which is composed of our sweeter and fruitier flavors.

The Berry ice is a delicious blend of different fresh berries that are thoughtfully balanced, and it’s topped off with a minty cool finish. If we can ever recommend a summer eliquid, this is definitely it.

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☑️A splash💦 of #berryice is what you need to celebrate a fun filled weekend. 😀💨💨💨

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Cafe Racer Cool Bastard

One of our award-winning flavors, the Cool Bastard is a menthol tobacco eliquid that never fails to satisfy. It delivers a rich and creamy Virginia tobacco with a crisp mint finish.

This is the coolest tobacco flavor you can find anywhere, so this is a really good summer flavor for those who like their tobacco. This eliquid flavor stays true to its name, making it a must-try this summer.

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✔The icy cool finish on our award-winning🏆 tobacco flavor profile refreshes so you can face the weekend with sufficient zing! #coolbastard 😀💨💨💨

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Cafe Racer Peach Guzzi

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Need a refreshing eliquid? #peachguzzi is what you’re looking for. An award-winning blend of crisp peach and sweet blueberries drizzled in a vanilla custard with green tea undertones

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One of our award-winning flavors, Peach Guzzi is a blend of crisp peach and sweet blueberries drizzled in a vanilla custard, and topped off with green tea undertones.

This is a dessert juice that doesn’t taste too heavy, thanks to the bright peach flavor. You can vape this juice all day and continue to discover a myriad of flavors in this sophisticated eliquid.

Cafe Racer Salty Bastard Tobacco Ice

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The Salty Bastard line is our selection of nicotine salt eliquids. If you’re a pod user, then you can still get something to cool you down from Cafe Racer with the Salty Bastard Tobacco Ice.

It’s similar to our Cool Bastard but in nicotine salt form. It’s the same creamy Virginia tobacco with mint, but with more of a nicotine kick as well. You can satisfy your cravings in the summer while still getting that relief from the summer heat.

Cafe Racer Salty Bastard Tangerine

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☑️A tantalizing blend of oranges and tangerine makes up this refreshing #nicsalt eliquid! . . Try it out for 18.95USD for a 30ML bottle for either a 25mg or 40mg nic level. 😀💨💨💨

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If you’re a pod user who wants more of a fruity nicotine salt eliquid, then the Salty Bastard Tangerine should fit the bill for your summer.

It’s a zesty blend of natural tangerines and oranges, giving you that citrus bite with a good bit of sweetness. Vaping this is like taking a big swig of juice to quench your thirst.

How Long Does Vape eLliquid Last?

If you have been vaping long enough, you’ll notice that your favorite bottle of vape eliquid tends to last you either for a good while or run out before you even know it. So how long does vape eliquid last?

It’s not an exact science, but by understanding the factors involved, you may figure out how long a bottle of vape eliquid will last you the next time you go shopping for one.

Shelf Life of Vape Eliquid

First off, let’s get the topic of vape eliquid shelf life out of the way.

If the eliquid is kept in the bottle, properly sealed, and stored in a cool, dry, and dark place like a drawer or cabinet, it should last up to 2 years before it’s effectively expired. 

However, that’s not a be-all-end-all rule of thumb. You can say your eliquid has expired if it has changed color and viscosity, and started to smell bad. If you do vape it, you’ll notice a loss in flavor and nicotine, as well as a lack of vapor.

Sunlight and heat are the enemies of keeping eLiquid in top shape.  Sunlight oxidizes nicotine which turns eLiquid a dark color and eventually black. This is not a good sign and once this happens we would recommend discarding the eLiquid in this state. 

It takes even less time to oxidize when it’s sitting in your tank or atomizer. Since it’s more exposed to the air, it will start to oxidize.

It may change color after a day or two, but that’s not a cause for concern right away. But if it does start tasting different or has lost its flavor, that means it had been sitting there for too long.

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Vaping Frequency

This is the first and most important factor to consider. No matter what device you use and what kind of eliquid you have, your vaping habits make the most impact.

Naturally, if you don’t vape that much, just taking a puff every now and then during your free time, then you won’t go through a bottle that quickly. But if you tend to vape all day, then you will go through it much faster.

This is a variable, and it affects how vape eliquid lasts the most. Meanwhile, your constants are what you use to vape it with.

Type of Vape Device Used

The type of atomizer, coil, airflow, and system all factor into how quickly you go through a full bottle of eliquid.

A sub-ohm tank tends to use a lot of power, which makes for lots of vapor production and tons of flavor. That also means it goes through a lot more eliquid with every hit.

It also depends on how much power you’re using on your device. An average vaper who uses 50 to 100W on their device can go through a 60ml bottle of eliquid anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 or 4 days. 

Pod systems consume less power, so it uses up less eliquid with every hit. It also depends on whether it’s an open pod system or a closed pod system. 

Since open pod systems are used to vape nic salt eliquid, you typically get them in 30ml bottles. With typical use, an open pod system can go through it in around 10 to 18 days, which is just over two weeks at most.

Closed pod systems come with pods that are not refillable, and they vary according to the manufacturer. For instance, a Juul uses a 0.7ml pod, while our Cafe Racer Motto uses a 1.8ml pod. Therefore, this can’t be an apples-to-apples comparison.

The usual with closed pods is you can go through a pod in 1 to 3 days, depending on the capacity and your vaping habits. It’s good to have extra pods with you if you know you’ll run out soon.

Conclusion

Make sure before getting a bottle of new eliquid that you’ll be able to vape it soon. It can be tempting to get all the eliquids you fancy when you see them, but do err on the side of caution and think first of whether you will be able to finish that bottle soon enough.

By vaping similar bottles of vape eliquid in the same devices for a period of time, you can determine for yourself how long they will last you. But if you go on to explore other brands and flavors and use other devices, you may find that things are different for those.

Plan ahead and know how long a bottle will last you before you order your next bottle of vape eliquid so you don’t waste your money and end up with a bottle that goes off on you.

The Top 10 Vape Brands to Follow on Instagram in 2019

The Internet is the biggest proliferator of vaping information, hype and reviews. 

One of the biggest online channels for vaping is Instagram, where high-quality photos and videos of vaping are posted regularly.

If you’re looking to follow vaping more on Instagram, here are the top vape brands to follow in 2019.

PHIX (USA)

Based in California, PHIX provides vape pens, pods, accessories, and juices. Their products are designed to look sleek and suitable for both casual and formal settings. That makes them great fodder for Instagram, which certainly helps their company.

PHIX has over 31,000 followers on Instagram as of this writing. Their posts showcase PHIX as a vaping lifestyle brand that’s aesthetic and fit for enthusiasts.

One Hit Wonder (USA)

Los Angeles-based One Hit Wonder boasts high-quality eliquid made with nothing but the finest ingredients while still being affordable to all vapers. They started with their Muffin Man product line and now has 7 additional flavors.

Their eliquids have interesting packaging, which you can see for yourself in their Instagram page. With almost 93,000 followers, it does seem like there are plenty of people who enjoy vaping One Hit Wonder.

BO (France)

This French company makes some of the most elegant electronic cigarettes you will ever feast your eyes on, and they’re perfect for Instagram. They have some of the most intricate designs with the finest details on their BO Infinite, and you can see it on their many Instagram posts.

There are also some with metallic finishes, which they showcase with thoughtful execution. They also have simpler and more casual designs, which are also quite pretty.

Their presence in Instagram accentuate their main strength of aesthetic design. At the moment, they have almost 6,400 followers, and they deserve more.

SMOK (China)

One of the vape powerhouses, SMOK has been releasing amazing products since day one. They’re known for both their vape mods and atomizers, which are all known for their quality and innovative design. They also have starter kits that are also gaining traction.

The SMOK Instagram page showcases their products with a mix of beautiful photography and infographics that give more insight into their products. Now nearing 600,000 followers, their popularity is certainly well-deserved.

Suorin (China)

This is one of the top brands in the world when it comes to open system pod mods.  Suorin claims to be the leader in open pod systems, and it’s hard to argue their track record. Their different product lines featuring portable pods that make vaping more accessible to just about everyone.

Their pod designs are aesthetically pleasing, and it shows in their Instagram profile. They push forth their products as classy and contemporary through their posts.

Dinner Lady (UK)

If you’re looking for a more colorful vape brand, look no further than Dinner Lady. Based in the UK, this company features a great variety of eliquid of different flavors and styles, making for a cornucopia of color and taste.

Their Instagram page is all about pizzazz, with tons of colorful posts featuring all the fruity flavors that Dinner Lady offers. They’re just about to reach 5,000 followers right now, and they should get more.

Riot Squad (UK)

The bottles look like rifle bullets, but they’re in bright colors, so they look more like crayons. That description can sum up Riot Squad from the UK and their products. They slam together punk and rave cultures to come up with a heady mix of neon and edge.

Their image is immediately obvious upon seeing their Instagram page. Boasting distribution in 58 countries with multiple awards for their flavors, Riot Squad is a brand you should have on your vape radar.

Nasty (Malaysia)

All the way from Malaysia is Nasty Vapes, a bold name for a bold brand. You can see from their Instagram profile an in-your-face style and attitude. They’re all about sharp and ostentatious designs, bold colors, and striking imagery.

Their Instagram page is a celebration of all things vaping, and the products they carry are some of the best known names in the industry. Even if you’re not in Malaysia, you can still get something out of their regular posts.

Naked 100 (USA)

When you first look at the Instagram page of Naked 100, you can immediately notice a theme. Their posts tend to have a calmer and more subdued tone, and their style is calmer and cleaner. Naked 100 is straightforward with its advocacy of responsible vaping and elimination of tobacco.

This is a proactive Instagram page for those who feel passionate about vaping and quitting tobacco. Their branding is clean and light, and their image is all for a more general audience. With over 102,000 followers, it seems like they’re pulling it off.

Beard Vape Co. (USA)

As the name suggests, Beard Vape Co. is all about the manliness in the vaping space. Their juices all have that distinctive bearded man logo that’s sure to attract a certain crowd, but they do feature women enjoying their products as well every now and then.

Beard Vape Co. puts forth a vaping lifestyle that’s all about adding more flavor and dimension to your daily vaping experience. With almost 70,000 followers on Instagram, they attract a loyal following that adds much to the brand.

Cafe Racer / Motto (USA)

Our own Instagram page is close to reaching 50,000 followers as of this writing, and for good reason. We regularly post photos and stories of our products and how they can be a part of your vaping lifestyle.

In addition to our eliquids, we also showcase our Motto vape pod on our Instagram page. It also shows how our products are for people who are either on the road or just kicking back.

We also attend expos, do giveaways, and regularly update our blog, and you can get wind of all of that if you tune in and follow our Instagram page.

Pod Mods vs. Vape Mods - What are the Differences?

Vaping has grown significantly and taken the world by storm over recent years, and more products have popped up in the market. With advancements in vaping technology, there are now two main types of vaping devices, which are pod mods and vape mods.

Knowing the difference between the two can help you decide where you should go next in your vaping journey. If you’re a vaping novice looking to understand the difference between a pod mod and a vape mod, then this guide should help you with the basics.

What Are the Differences Between Vape Mod and Pod Mod?

The most important distinction that you can see right away is the size. Both form factors are designed to fit the hand, but pod mods are also meant to fit in the pocket as well.

Vape mods nowadays are mostly designed for sub-ohm vaping, using eliquid with freebase nicotine with a higher vegetable glycerin (VG) content. It does mean the clouds produced by vape mods tend to be thicker and more voluminous.  Vape mods also use open system tanks that you need to refill (often). For more on sub ohm vaping - check out an earlier article we did on this topic 

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Pod mods are best used with nicotine salt eliquids, which come in higher nicotine strengths. That means pod mods are not as high-powered as vape mods and don't use sub-ohm coils, thus manufacturers are able to make them much more compact due to not needing that big of a battery.

Take note that it's not advisable to use nic salts with a sub-ohm vape mod as it would deliver too much nicotine way too fast, thus resulting in adverse side effects.

Pod Mods are Ideal for People Trying to Switch from Smoking to Vaping

Pod mods with nic salt eliquids are ideal for people trying to make the switch from smoking with vaping. While vape mods can be used for the same purpose, pod mods tend to be more inexpensive and the use of nicotine salts make for more effective and satisfying and better correspond with the same nicotine satisfaction of cigarette smoking.

Also, freebase nicotine eliquids used with conventional vape mods tend to not be as effective in delivering that level of nicotine without taking several hits. Combined with how thick the clouds from vape mods can be, especially with higher VG eliquids, and how much larger vape mods usually are, it may not be ideal to use vape mods in most cases, especially in public.

 

Vape Mods for People Getting Serious with Vaping

Many vapers can go on without getting into vape mods these days, unlike the olden days when they were the only viable option. Before, if you vaped to quit smoking and those little vape pens were unable to give you the same satisfaction as a cigarette, you had to switch over to a larger vape mod. But now with pod mods with nic salt eliquids, there’s no need to do that.

What vape mods are good for is being able to try out different devices, different atomizers, and different eliquid flavors. Since they’ve been around longer, you get a lot more variety of choices and can build your own device. They can even be collectible, so you can have more than one device with multiple tanks if you really get into vaping as a hobby.

Nowadays, vape mods are more for hobbyists who become deeply interested in vaping. It’s not to say you can’t use vape mods casually as plenty of vapers out there still do. But now that there are lots of excellent pod mods out there, those who don’t want to buy a full vape mod now have the choice not to.

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