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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.