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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.
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 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.
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.
Vaping has been evolving at a dizzying pace, especially since the first sub-ohm devices hit the market in 2013. The latest wave of product development is towards smaller, sleeker, easier to use devices that us pods vs tanks, feature easy to use batteries and offer a more discreet experience free from big clouds of vapor.
While a lot of pod mods out there feature mostly pre-filled pods that get tossed out once they’re used up, there are now plenty of top-notch refillable systems you can top up easily with your own eliquid. Here are some of our favorites right now
Every once in a while, a product comes along that completely takes the vape market by storm. The Lost Vape Orion Q system hit the market a few months ago and has quickly risen to the top of our list of open system pod mods for 2019.
One of the biggest reasons for this is flavor. The Lost Vape Orion Q delivers amazing flavor that almost brings you back to a subohm tank level. You are able to use it as a MTL (mouth to lung) or DTL (mouth to lung or direct to lung) pod system. You can easily get away with 20 or 25MG nicotine salts or even 12MG freebase nicotine eLiquids in this bad boy.
It has several great features, including a 950 internal battery, 17 watt output, and a high-performance chipset. The Orion Q comes with an innovative refillable pod, which features a 2mL capacity, adjustable airflow, and a pre-soaked wick to prevent initial dry hits. Not only is the Orion quite capable it also has a unique and sturdy appearance, featuring a sleek metallic frame and a carbon fiber finish. Whether you enjoy high-wattage vaping or low-wattage MTL vaping the Orion Q device accommodates in a luxurious fashion!
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 thhe pod 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.
Another great feature of the Lost Vape Orion Q is the easy slide off button when you are ready to change the pod. You can hold it like a handheld radio and slide down to lift off the cartridge, then simply snap the new one on with ease!
Another fairly new entree to the open system pod market is the SMOK Nord.
SMOK came out with a pod with both 1.4 ohm coils for mouth-to-lung (MTL) vaping and 0.6 ohm mesh coils for direct lung vaping. This starter kit gives users the best of both worlds of MTL and direct lung vaping in one small and sleek package.
The SMOK Nord comes in one of six cobra-patterned colors, a 1100 mAh battery, and 3 mL pods. It puts out 10-15 watts, which is not bad at all for a pod mod.
The Nord is currently offered in 13 different colors, featuring a cobra pattern or resin-style design.
The Mi Pod by Smoking Vapor was a total game changer in 2018. A stylish pod mod available in a variety of colors and style, the Mi-Pod has auto-draw activation for a simple and foolproof vaping experience. If features a refillable 2 mL pods for nicsalt eliquids.
The pods have a resistance of 1.3 ohms, which is good for nicsalts. It also has a 10-second cut-off time, short circuit protection, overheat protection, low resistance protection, and many other safety features as well.
All of that is powered with an integrated 950 mAh high-drain lithium battery that should last a whole day or more with moderate use.
This refillable pod mod is for fans of MTL vaping. The Innokin EQ provides a tight draw and good flavor, employing Plexus technology that helps with the longevity of the integrated coil. Plexus means it uses a grid instead of a wire, which makes for better flavor and throat hit.
The matte finish makes sure your hand doesn't leave fingerprint marks on the body of the device and gives you a secure grip.
You can also change between 13.5 and 15.5 watts by holding the fire button while the device is off. It shows a light when it has been changed—white for 13.5W and red for 15.5W.
This one is a sleek-looking refillable pod mod that is leak-free and gives a veyr tight draw that's automatic. It has a diamond-shaped body design that fits in the hand and has a mouthpiece that should fit the lips perfectly.
The SMOK Infinix has one of the fastest charge times out of all pod mods in the market, going from empty to fully charged in just under half an hour. It also supports passthrough charging so you need not fret when you need to charge it back up in a pinch.
The creatively-named Kwit Stick is a lightweight pod mod that supports both pre-filled and refillable 1 mL pods. It's best for beginners who have just gotten into vaping and want an inexpensive and easy-to-use device to get started.
It's very small, so the battery isn't that big. However, it can be fully charged within 20 minutes and can go up to 100 puffs per charge. The Kwit Stick is best for those who tend to vape every now and then.
It gives a warm vape with a loose draw, and it provides a throat hit similar to a cigarette, hence the name.
If you happen to be looking for a pre-filled alternative, then look no further than our own Cafe Racer Motto. The starter kit is available with pod packs in Virginia Tobacco, Tangerine Ice, Kick Ass Mint, Tropical Tea, Bourbon Tobacco, and Berry Ice flavors.
You can get a Motto Starter Kit with a 3-Pod Multi-pack for just $39.95.
Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed beverage in the world (after Tea). Besides being a way to kick start your day in the morning or overcome food coma after a big lunch, coffee is a flavor loved by almost everyone around the world.
Whether it’s served hot or cold, people enjoy their coffee because it boosts their energy, it helps them relax, and most importantly, coffee flavors are incredible!
One of the most popular flavors to enhance coffee is French Vanilla.
We have been experimenting with different coffee flavors for a long time. Afterall, our company is called Cafe Racer! Coffee is one of the harder flavors to recreate in a vapor experience, as most extracts don't come close to replicating the flavor and many give a slight burnt taste. After years of testing, we are happy to announce the release of our long awaited coffee flavor - Daily Grind: A French Vanilla Latte.
Daily Grind is a perfect blend of French Vanilla, Coffee and Cream.
It is a little known fact that French Vanilla is not a vanilla flavor at all, but a term used to describe the French method of making ice cream using egg yolks, cream, and vanilla pods. The unique flavor and aroma came to be called French Vanilla by flavoring companies and has been in use ever since. Our French Vanilla Latte flavored Daily Grind eLiiquid captures these special qualities combined with some hazelnut and butterscotch and of course, freshly roasted coffee beans.
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Many people new to vaping tend to come from smoking, and they usually transition to something familiar. That boils down to one of two things—tobacco and menthol.
Whether you’re a vaping novice or just never vaped menthol eliquids before, this short guide shall introduce you to the wonderful world of coolness that is the menthol eliquid.
First off, let’s get the difference between the terms “mint” and “menthol” out of the way. Those two words get tossed around a lot, and it can get confusing as to what’s meant when something is said to be mint or menthol. Most would just think of them as similar, meant to simply convey their cooling effects.
The simplest way to distinguish them is that “mint” is a flavor and “menthol” is a sensation. There are a lot of different mint eliquids, including flavors like peppermint and spearmint. These mint flavors are meant to be enjoyed as they are, with their cooling effects maximized.
Then there are plenty of eliquids out there that are labeled as “mentholated,” which means they have menthol added to them to give them an enhancement. They’re best mixed with tobacco, fruit, or candy flavors, but it’s not uncommon to find menthol in other types of eliquid flavors as well.
A more modern term for mentholated is ICE. This also is not a mint flavor but a cooling sensation.
There are people out there who don’t like menthol. They find it to be too strong. They’re not weird for not liking it, just like how there are plenty of people who don’t like spicy food.
For those who do find the intense cooling sensation of menthol to be quite pleasant, then menthol eliquids are definitely for them. It may either be a lifelong preference or an acquired taste, but it's always a good thing to try it out at first before you decide on whether you do like it or not.
The menthol effect can be felt in a number of ways, either on the tongue, around the mouth, in the nose, in the throat, or any combination of the above. You may just want that taste of cool tartness or you actually like the sinus-clearing sort of menthol that soothes the throat and the senses.
Finding that right menthol eliquid with the right effect at the right strength can be a daunting task. However, you can also find a pure menthol eliquid you like and mix it in the tank with your favorite flavors eliquid and try it out.
Don’t add a lot of it right away. Mix your menthol eliquid in a little bit at a time and take note of how much is already in there until you hit the sweet spot for that particular flavor and setting on your vape device. You should then be able to replicate that mix as you like.
Soon enough, you should be able to figure out which flavors work best for you with menthol. The cool menthol flavor could be the one thing you’ve been missing in your vaping, and it can bring a whole new dimension to flavors you already enjoy.
We here in CafeRacer have our Salty Bastard line, which includes the Tobacco Ice, which caters nicely to former smokers who also like menthol.
Then in our SideCar line, we have the Berry Ice, which is a delicious blend of fresh berries that’s topped off with an icy cool finish.
There’s also the Cool Bastard, which is rich and creamy Virginia tobacco with a crisp mint finish.
The variety of offerings with vaping can be a bit overwhelming. While it’s great to have a smorgasbord of options for anyone looking to get into make the switch from smoking to vaping, it can also be intimidating at first. Being spoiled for choice brings about a steep learning curve that many find too much of a hassle to deal with.
One of the things that make it more confusing is the difference between freebase nicotine and nicotine salts. The distinction is an important one as it can affect how you vape and what you vape with.
Freebase Nicotine is what has been used in most vaping products up until 2015 - when Juul introduced their pod mod featuring nicotine salts.
Nicotine in tobacco leaves take the form of a salt in its natural state. Ammonia is used to remove protons from the nicotine salts to increase its pH level, thus making it more basic and putting it in a deprotonated or freebase state. It's then dissolved in a liquid base to create freebase nicotine as we know it.
Until recently, freebase nicotine had been the only available type of nicotine that could be added to eliquids. While most vapers enjoy freebase nicotine, it does have its drawbacks. For instance, nicotine levels can't be too high (6 MG for most using a Sub Ohm tank) otherwise causing a harsh and intense of a throat hit.
For many heavy smokers who turned to vaping to quit tobacco, this makes freebase nicotine not enough to satisfy their cravings.
The other major difference is that freebase nicotine takes longer to enter the blood stream than using Nicotine Salts.
In the quest to better replicate the feel of smoking a cigarette, people found that their aim was simply to deliver more nicotine while still having a smooth throat hit. They soon came up with nicotine salts, which is closer to nicotine in its natural state.
Instead of bringing up its pH level to make it freebase, scientists went with the other way around. Dropping the nicotine's pH level, thus making acidic, produced the effect of making it less harsh. Once they're able to determine a way to make this form of nicotine safe to consume, it became the nicotine salts we know today.
The answer they were looking for was the addition of benzoic acid to make the nicotine smoother. The resulting nicotine salts deliver a satisfying throat hit along with potentially higher nicotine intake, which makes it perfect for former smokers looking to kick their cigarette habit.
For the most part, there’s nothing wrong with vaping freebase nicotine eliquids as it can still deliver the desired nicotine. But if you do need a lot of it, you’ll have to vape more in each sitting. Perhaps that’s your preferred method anyway as you can enjoy your choice of flavor while sitting back and puffing away.
The good thing with freebase nicotine is that you can get devices with higher power output, which can vaporize more eliquid with one hit, so you can still get that relatively satisfying amount of nicotine in a relatively short period of time. Of course, you can only go so high with wattage and temperature before you get diminishing returns.
It does mean each hit from freebase nicotine doesn’t deliver as much nicotine as one hit of nicotine salt can. For a lot of vapers, especially former heavy smokers, this is important as their bodies want to be able to get that satisfaction of smoking within a relatively short period of time, somewhat analogous to the smoking experience.
Due to typically higher nicotine levels involved, nicotine salts are not usually meant for the powerful (subohm) devices used to vape eliquids with freebase nicotine. For nic salts, smaller less powerful devices are used, which are also more discreet, more compact, and easier to use. Click the following links to read our previous articles on MTL Pod Mods as well as closed system pod devices
There’s nothing keeping you from vaping both. Many people use their more powerful sub ohm devices at home and have a "pod mod" for nicotine salts when they are out and about.
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If you’ve just started getting into vaping, you’re in for an amazing journey. There’s much to explore in the world of vaping, yet you can also stick to something you like and not have to venture further. Whatever you choose to do with vaping, it doesn’t hurt to have resources to learn from.
As far as vaping resources go, it usually involves blogs. There are a lot of great vaping blogs out there, and here are some of the best that you should look at for 2019
The “daily” in the name has to mean that it’s a blog that has the latest in vaping news, guides, and other information. Vaping Daily is a high-quality blog that provide vapers with up-to-date information, whether they’re beginners or long-time vapers.
As you can see from the name, it’s run by one guy who’s incredibly passionate about vaping. Steve K is a respected figure in the vaping world and his commitment to educating people on various aspects of vaping. He gives his take on vaping news, does product reviews, and provide insight into the world of vaping as a whole.
While it’s mostly a forum for vapers, the content in it generated by thousands of its users is full of resources that people getting into vaping can find useful. Content from tips and tricks to comprehensive beginner’s guides are all over Vaping Underground.
As it’s a forum, you also get to read discussions regarding various aspects of vaping, from etiquette and how-to tutorials on how to build and maintain your vaping devices, to the medical and legal side of things.
This blog is another high-quality website for vaping news and product reviews. Vapor Vanity also has an email newsletter that sends new articles straight to subscribers. If you’re looking for information regarding the best and latest in mods, tanks, eliquids, and so on, then this is the blog to visit.
As one of the largest and most popular vaping blogs out there, Vapor4Life doesn’t only have news and guides among its content. It also has some more opinionated articles, commenting on both politics and personal experiences, making it more of a leisurely read for vapers. If you want to get a better handle of the vaping lifestyle and community, this is the place to be.
As its name suggests, the Vaping Militia blog is not above featuring articles that court some controversy. But apart from being a blog that seeks to raise a few eyebrows with its content, it’s also a solid online resource for vaping novices and veterans alike. It does tend to feature clickbait headlines for its articles, but you can’t deny their content is indeed highly engaging.
For former smokers out there who got into vaping to quit the habit, this blog may be the best for them. Run by an ex-smoker from Ohio who got into vaporizers in the early days, you can learn a lot from both his experience and his historical knowledge of vaping. VapingLinks has been there for a long time, and it has carved out its right place in the vaping world over that time.
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Of course, you should visit our own blog for updates. Not only do we have some of the best eliquid in the market, but we also have up-to-date information on whatever is going on in the vaping world. You can definitely look forward to a lot more from our blog in 2019.
When people first get into vaping, they tend to get inundated with the variety of options with devices, eliquids, and styles of vaping. What tends to get overlooked is the method of vaping they should go for, especially when considering their previous experiences like smoking.
The terms MTL and DL vaping tend to get thrown around, with different devices being marketed as more ideal for either one of them. If you’re not familiar with what they are, then here’s a basic guide on the difference between mouth-to-lung and direct lung vaping.
This is the method most smokers are accustomed to. As the name suggests, mouth-to-lung inhaling has you take in the vapor into your mouth and holding it there first, then inhaling what's in your mouth into your lungs, and then exhaling.
This method lets you taste the vapor as much as possible before you take it into your lungs. It's a more deliberate method, which most tobacco smokers should be familiar with.
You take a smooth and steady drag into the mouth and hold it in for a second or two before proceeding to inhale into the lungs before exhaling. With vapes, you take a longer drag than what you're used to with cigarettes.
MTL vapers tend to gravitate towards eliquids with high propylene glycol (PG) ratio. PG eliquids give a more satisfactory throat hit and is good for devices designed for MTL vaping. Eliquids with 50:50 VG:PG ratio is seen as ideal.
Direct lung inhaling, also known as straight-to-lung inhaling, is just like taking a deep breath, but the only difference is you're pursing your lips as you draw from the vape.
It's a more natural method that doesn't take much practice to master, but most beginners may find it daunting as they would think they'll cough immediately afterward. This method is less practiced by tobacco smokers due to this reason.
This is done best with devices that have adjustable or fully open airflow. DL vaping is more airy and requires you to take a long, smooth, and steady draw into the lungs, as if you're breathing.
DL vapers tend to prefer eliquids with a higher vegetable glycerin (VG) ratio as it gives a smoother vape with thicker vapor and much less throat hit. Eliquids with 70:30 or even 80:20 VG:PG ratio are ideal for DTL.
For most new vapers, MTL inhaling is what they're comfortable with at the start. Vape devices with tighter draw and eliquids with higher nicotine levels are made for MTL vaping, and many enjoy the throat hit that comes with it.
Former smokers tend to go for MTL as they're familiar with it from tobacco smoking. DL inhaling is a lot more intense, so beginners may find that it makes them cough.
MTL vaping generally lets you savor the flavor of your eliquid since you hold the vapor in your mouth first. It also adds less air to the vapor, thus maintaining the intensity of flavor.
DL vaping is better for people who cloud chase—blowing big clouds of vapor. It also opens the door to more intense vaping experiences. A lot of vapers who start out with MTL then move on to DL vaping as they continue their vaping journey.
However, there's nothing wrong with sticking with MTL vaping. Whichever method you stick with depends on what in particular you enjoy about vaping. What's important is you find out what you like best and get the most out of it.
One of the things that catch new vapers off guard on their first month or so of vaping is the noises that devices make whenever they draw. There's the sound of air and vapor being inhaled, which is to be expected.
Then there are times when it pops, crackles, and hisses for some reason. It doesn't happen all the time, but it does happen, and it can happen more often for some people with some devices or setups more than others.
If you’ve been wondering why your vape is making all these different noises that may alarm you, then here’s a primer on the popping and crackling sounds coming from your vape.
To properly understand why those sounds tend to come up, we must first get into how eliquid is turned into vapor—the most fundamental mechanism of vaping.
For most vape devices, eliquid is dripped or channeled to the cotton wick, which brings it to the coil. When you press the button, electricity from the battery flows through the coil and the resistance from the coil wire produces heat, which then heats up the eliquid and vaporizes it. You then draw in the vapor, which is basically how vaping works.
There are times when the process of vaporizing the eliquid produces some noises since it's essentially heating up a liquid. It's like when you throw water onto a hot pan on the stove, which produces the same kind of noise.
Some crackling and popping is normal and shouldn't really be a cause for concern. Different devices yield different levels of sound. It also depends on how you vape and how long you keep the button pressed (assuming your device has a button)
The longer you press it, the more chances that you’re heating up all the liquid available at the moment on the wick and you may start actually burning the wick itself. Burning the wick will give you that nasty “burnt hit” that tastes really bad and sticks to the back of your throat.
It tends to happen more with sub-Ohm coils, usually due to more eliquid building up compared to what's being vaped. That excess eliquid pops and crackles as it's being heated, with some of it not immediately turning into vapor.
If it tends to happen for you consistently, then you may want to address how the eliquid is being channeled to the wick and find a way to limit it. It may also be the wattage or voltage needing to be increased to heat the eliquid more completely.
You may also just need to change your way of vaping just a bit, like drawing a bit longer at the correct wattage to make sure that all of the eliquid is being turned into vapor when you hold down the button.
If it still happens way too much, then you may want to change your wick or coils. If that doesn’t solve the problem, then you may want to try a different tank or atomizer.
Thinner eLiquids are going to be more likely to flood the atomizer, which can also cause more pronounced popping and spitting noises. This is much more likely to happen with high PG eLiquids.
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. Getting the right tobacco eLiquid for you starts with understanding the difference between naturally extracted tobacco and synthetic tobacco.
Naturally extracted tobacco (NET) eLiquids are exactly as labeled. The tobacco flavor is taken from a real tobacco plant, which is chopped up and steeped in the eLiquid base (PG and VG) in a process called cold maceration.
Hot maceration involves adding heat to speed up the steeping, which makes the process faster. Cold maceration is simply letting it steep without any heat, which is much slower but draws out more nuance and complexity in flavor.
NET eLiquids provide the most amount of fresh tobacco flavor, even compared to traditional tobacco products. That’s because some of the flavor compounds in the tobacco are lost from combustion. You’ll be able to taste the specific character of the plant that tobacco came from.
Most tobacco-flavored eliquid brands use synthetic tobacco flavoring that’s made in a laboratory. Being able to synthesize that tobacco flavor can help with mass production, thus bringing tobacco eliquids to the market more easily and cheaper.
The disadvantage here is that synthetic tobacco flavors don't really provide true essence of tobacco. Synthetic tobacco eliquid simply has chemical compounds that closely resemble natural tobacco flavor compounds, thus mimicking the taste of tobacco, or at least the closest simulate of it. Synthetic tobacco flavors also tend to be harsh and have a chemical after taste and have a pretty well deserved bad rap.
Cafe Racer’s award-winning 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. We encourage you to try one of our NET tobacco flavors available at www.caferacervape.com
There are two ways to vape, which are direct-to-lung (DTL) and mouth-to-lung (MTL). MTL is more familiar to current/former cigarette smokers. They are typically used with high-strength nicotine eLiquids and Nic Salts. You don’t have to be a transitioning smoker to enjoy a nice mouth to lung style vape. Many vapers enjoy them for their concentrated flavor and restrictive airflow.
Unlike DTL tanks which are optimized for Sub Ohm vaping, MTL tanks will not produce huge clouds. They use higher-ohm coils which run on less wattage
There are now many vape tanks that cater to both DTL and MTL styles. We rounded up a number of the latest MTL tanks for you.
Based upon the same design and philosophy of the popular Aspire Nautilus series, the Aspire Nautilus 2 brings the same mouth to lung vaping experience with improved flavor and airflow control. The Aspire Nautilus 2 features a 2ml e-Liquid capacity tank with a shorter chimney which helps brings out the flavor of your favorite e-Liquid. The Nautilus 2 may be filled from the top and features a glass tank with a protective metal sleeve. The adjustable airflow control valve features 5 different airflow settings for precise airflow adjusted down to your own personal preferences.
The Nautilus Mini by Aspire is not a new vape tank by any means but to this day it still remains one of the best clearomizers for flavor while producing a good amount of vapor.
It is 18mm in diameter and can hold 2mL of eliquid. The small size makes it perfect for vape pens and it features the curves that is a signature of the Nautilus line.
Manufactured by Innokin with design collaborations with Phil Busardo and Dimitris Agrafiotis, the Zenith MTL Tank is specifically designed to provide a flavor-focused vape experience while offering a user-friendly structure with ergonomic functionality.
The Zenith can accommodate 4ml of e-liquid and can be easily filled by through a large fill port accessible by twisting the top of the tank
The Zenith MTL Tank is an amazing tank that can be paired with low wattage devices. It has a top fill, works best with Kanthal coils, and has five airflow holes at the base for adjustability. If you’re looking for a tank that can do it all, then this is a good choice.
Innokin with the collaboration of Phil Busardo and Dimitris Agrafiotis, features the Ares MTL RTA, a two post single terminal build deck, a smoked glass tank section, and a convenient push to open top fill design.
As the second Innokin MTL tank in this list, the Ares is a strong contender due to its precision-machined design, great flavor and convenience.
It’s not for beginners, but the Digiflavor Siren V2 GTA offers great quality if you’re willing to use rebuildable coils and wick on your own. It has a top fill, an easy deck to build on, and comes in both 22mm and 24mm versions with both 2mL and 4.5mL glass tank sections. It offers 9 different airflow adjustments for customized restriction and features a chamber closer to the drip tip for increased flavor.
The Vandy Vape Berserker V1.5 is the latest RTA from popular vape manufacturer Vandy Vape and Moldavian reviewer Alex from Vapers MD
The Berserker V1.5 is 24 mm in diameter and features two large ports for filling your RTA on top and five airflow adjustments to dial in your vape. It has a 3 mL capacity and comes with two tank options: glass or metal.
The Geek Vape Ammit RTA is designed to be an extremely effective platform with the integration of the innovative Three-Dimensional Airflow System and creative two-post design that caters to single-coil configurations.
Its three-dimensional airflow system takes air in from both the top and bottom, which then delivers it from three different directions to the coils. This makes for amazing flavor while still having a leak-proof design.
Experienced vapers will know that there are a whole host of different ways to vape. However, anyone new to vaping may be unsure about the differences between Open and Closed System Vaping. Vaping devices come in all shapes and sizes these days, and it may be daunting to find the right type of device for your vaping needs and a particular lifestyle.
On one hand, basic vape pens may be good to start with, but they often are underpowered and a suffer from low quality. On the other hand, box mods are powerful and fully-featured, but they are often a bit too bulky and complicated for most people.
Open System vs Closed System
In the new era of low powered MTL devices, you have Open Systems and Closed Systems pod mods. 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 (supposed to be) refillable.
The simplicity of closed vape systems are why these devices are growing considerably in popularity across the USA and globally.
The following Closed System Devices are some of the best ones you may find in the market today.
motto is the newest offering of Cafe Racer Vape and features a slim and compact design, organic cotton heating element, 1.8ML pods and a 340 MaH rechargeable battery. The battery is charged using a basic mini USB cable - so no worries about losing your proprietary charging port.
What makes motto shine is great flavor delivery and very satisfying vapor production for such a small device. Available in 3 flavors - Virginia Tobacco, Tangerine Ice and Kick Ass Mint in 5% nicotine. motto will be available starting in early December in USA and launch will vary in other countries around the world.
Pax Labs introduced the JUUL on June 1, 2015 without a lot of fanfare. The device featured a sleek design, no buttons and an atomizer that is contained inside the disposable Juul pods. The pods also had .7ML of eLiquid containing Nicotine Salt eLiquid in 6 flavors at 5% Nicotine or 50MG as well as the recently released 3% for USA an 2% for the UK.
Even with dozens of similar products now on the market, Juul remains the top-selling closed system by a big margin. This may change over time but for now, Juul is King and what most companies hold as the gold standard on design and performance.
PHIX is a solid device with a 280 MAH internal battery. The pod holds a 1.5ml e-liquid with 5% nicotine by weight with a resistance of about 1.4ohm to 1.5ohm. Flavors include Butterscotch Tobacco, Hard Strawberry, Ice Tobacco, Original Tobacco, Spearmint, and Infuzion Cool Melon and Blue Raspberry.
Designed and crafted in France, Bo by Jwell is a nicely designed closed system vape device with a number of flavored pod eLiquid options. We did experience some issues with Bo such as pods leaking and spit back, but otherwise, it's another option to consider when looking at the best in class for closed system pod mods.
Cafe Racer Vape makes eLiquid flavors so tasty it wins awards. Lots of them. Lucky 13 has won 6 awards at vape events around the world for Best Tobacco as well as runner up for Best Flavor in UK. Peach Guzzi was awarded Best Custard by thousands of Zamplebox customers. On November 10th at Vapexpo Las Vegas, Lucky Bastard, Lucky 13's bolder big brother, took home Best Tobacco Flavor and added another award to our ever growing award case.
Lucky Bastard actually has the same profile as Lucky 13 but with 2x of our special naturally extracted tobacco flavor. The 2x tobacco flavor does change the overall flavor profile - creating a more nutty bold flavor that is still in the RY4 ish profile and pairs amazingly well with craft beers.
The 2018 Vapexpo Las Vegas event was a major international vape event that many in the industry attended as their have been many regional events but a truly national event has been lacking since the downfall of Vape Summit and with ECC turning into a more regional California event. There were distributors and vape shop buyers from many countries as well as heaps of buyers and distributors from all over USA.
With the proliferation of flavors in the vape industry, tobacco flavors are still one of the most important flavor profile for any shop to carry - especially for smokers looking to quit but also for the many x smokers who enjoy a nice tobacco flavor with say a cup of coffee or beer. Cafe Racer's naturally extracted tobacco offers a smooth, rich tobacco flavor that we then mix with creamy vanilla, toasted almond, caramel and a number of other flavors to create something truly special. It's been our #2 best seller since we introduced it - going head to head with Lucky 13 our all-time best seller.
If you're into Nic Salts and MTL devices and would like to try a similar flavor to Lucky Bastard, check out Salty Bastard Tobacco flavor. It's optimized for low powered devices and comes in 25MG and 40MG
Big thanks to our team and to all of the Cafe Racer customers. We will continue to strive to deliver the very best products possible.
As you explore the flavors available in vaping, you may want to start looking into flavor pairings to heighten the experience. The good thing with the massive variety of eliquid flavors out there is you can open up a cornucopia of innumerable possibilities with flavor pairings out there. Here are some vape-drink combinations you can try out to start that journey.
Fruit and iced tea is a pretty good combination, but they don't always have to be put together into one drink. Fruits like lemons and peaches are known to be complimentary for iced tea. Cafe Racer's Peach Guzzi is an awesome eliquid to pair with an cool glass of iced tea. The same goes for Pink Lemonade, which has a hint of grapefruit and raspberry to add to the lemon kick. Both should let you get by a hot summer afternoon
For more sophisticated adult palates, these combinations may be for you. If you're a fan of IPAs and other craft beers,, then you may want to pair it with the Lucky 13 or Lucky Bastard eLiquids. Both of them have smooth tobacco flavor with notes of creamy vanilla, toasted almond, and caramel—perfect for any good IPA. Lucky Bastard is twice the smooth tobacco as Lucky 13, so you have an option if you're looking for something heavier.
Most baked goods go well with coffee or chocolate, but few things beat the classic combination of croissant and coffee. If you want to feel like you're in Paris on a Sunday morning, get Cafe Racer's Croissant eLiquid and vape it while drinking a good cup of coffee in the morning.
Cafe Racer Croissant has that buttery pastry dough coupled with almond cream and dark Belgian chocolate topped with some powdered sugar that you'd expect from an actual croissant fresh from the oven. There are few better ways to start a day than that.
The chocolate-covered strawberry is certainly proven to be a good combination, so much that even people who aren't that fond of chocolate would end up liking this pairing. The Strawberry Creamsicle eLiquid, as the name suggests, has a thick creamy strawberry flavor with hints of vanilla. With that in mind, combined with a cup of cocoa, some chocolate cake or eclair, or even just a chocolate bar can make for a wonderful experience.
Vaping has come a long way since the early electronic cigarettes. The evolution of vaping hardware was usually the driving force in eLiquids. With the advent of higher powered devices and sub ohm coils, eLiquid nicotine content went from an average of 12 MG to 3MG being the most common level. This has recently been turned upside down with the advent of Nicotine Salts.
With higher nicotine and more satisfying nicotine salts, there are a number of very good low powered MTL (Mouth to Lung) devices optimized for Nic Salts. Click here to see our list of top picks.
Some vapers may find the nicotine kick in most eLiquids to be insufficient compared to what they would normally get from smoking. That is where nicotine salts come in. If you're looking into whether NicSalts are for you, here are five signs to look out for.
Nicotine salts, or NicSalts for short, is the usual way nicotine is commonly found in tobacco leaves. NicSalts can be absorbed faster into the bloodstream compared to distilled nicotine found in conventional eLiquids. They also yield a less harsh throat hit that makes it easier to consume due to its pH balance.
NicSalts contain a different pH than that of free base nicotine. Some nicotine salts may be closer to the biological pH of certain membrane locations in the esophagus and lungs. Therefore, nicotine salts exhibit differing inhalation and absorption properties. For instance, by delivering nicotine into the bloodstream both faster and more efficiently, the user will have an experience bearing more semblance to combustible cigarettes.
Smoking cigarettes or other tobacco products delivers a high nicotine kick almost instantly. When switching to vaping, many smokers don't feel the same satisfaction as with traditional cigarettes, and fall back on their old ways.
Nic Salts deliver nicotine to the bloodstream much faster than traditional (freebase) nicotine eLiquids and are therefore more effective for smokers looking for a similar level of satisfaction.
Because Nic Salts are stronger and absorbed vaster into the bloodstream, many vapers report vaping less frequently. You can take a few puffs from your favorite MTL or Pod Mod device and quickly feel the Nic kick vs vaping for 2 to 3 minutes with traditional freebase nicotine.
Nic Salts also has less impact on the flavor of eLiquids. That's because freebase nicotine can significantly affect the flavor of the eLiquid it's added to. Once you get above 3MG, nicotine can have a big impact on the overall flavor profile of freebase eLiquid. If you don't care much for throat hit, yet want more out of the nicotine in your eliquid, then NicSalts should be right for you.
It goes without saying that not every vaper likes exhaling big clouds of vapor. If you want a more discreet vaping experience that won't involve you exhaling clouds at home or in public, then NicSalt based eliquids may be the solution.
Do keep in mind that this doesn't mean zero clouds, but you do get significantly less visible vapor from NicSalt eLiquids using a smaller and lower-power device.
If you're a smoker who is looking to vaping as a way to kick the tobacco habit while wanting to keep your vaping simple and more discreet that traditional high powered vaping devices, then you may want to give NicSalts a try. As you wean yourself off the nicotine more and more, you may then switch to a lower nicotine or nicotine-free eliquid, perhaps with a high VG ratio as well.
Vaping is relatively new - but it does come with some basic etiquette—a simple set guidelines to prevent it from being a detriment to the people around you.
Here are a few things you should keep in mind to maintain good vaping etiquette and not end up being a jerk.
One of the most commonly-cited benefits of switching to e-cigarettes is that you can vape anywhere, or if they’re being reasonable, almost anywhere. Well, you definitively can’t vape anywhere – businesses can choose what is allowed on their premises – and frankly, even the “almost anywhere” claim is growing increasingly tenuous, with local transport authorities, planes and some local governments enacting bans on e-cig usage. In fact, the situation appears to be moving more towards smoking-like treatment rather than the “vape anywhere” approach.
Not sure if you can vape somewhere? The easy solution is to simply ask. At the bar, ask the barman if you’re allowed to vape, and if he or he says no, then head outside with the smokers. We don’t want to, but it’s better to endure a bit of cold than to flout an establishment’s rules and give people the impression that vapers are disrespectful or are just looking for a way to exploit “loopholes” in smoke-free laws. Similarly, if you’re in close proximity to somebody when you’re vaping, it can’t hurt to ask if they’re OK with it.
This goes without saying as it should be common sense, but people do not want clouds in their face. Whenever you're vaping where there are people around, you should blow your clouds away from people. Blowing it upwards or down towards your feet may be the best way to prevent hitting passers-by with your clouds. Also keep in mind the wind direction when outside - getting hit with a cloud of vape is not something anyone would appreciate and is probably the # 1 way to become a vape jerk!
While vaping with others, it's natural for you to start comparing devices since gear is one of the fun aspects of vaping. However, that takes a turn for the worse when it becomes a pointless competition of who has the most expensive or coolest-looking setup among you.
There's no point to this other than alienating each other when it should be more about camaraderie among vaping enthusiasts. Everyone may have a different approach to vaping, and it's absolutely fine for someone to stick to a simple starter kit, a pod, or even just a classic e-cigarette.
This also extends to how you treat non-vapers. If there's one thing that can definitely turn people off from vaping, it's being an inconsiderate know-it-all about it.
"Yes, we get it. You vape."
It's absolutely fine to geek out on vaping. But if you weren't asked about vaping, there's no need to talk too much about it. Don't start rambling on about the hardware, eliquid flavors you're mixing and other geeky vape topics unless you were asked about it.
A big part of vaping is the quest to eliminate smoking, encouraging smokers to take up vaping as a way to quit tobacco. With that in mind, the last thing you want to do is to discourage a smoker friend from taking up vaping by talking shit to them about their habit. Yes, smoke stinks and it's awful. But remember, you were likely once one of the same people choking down cigarettes on a regular basis and it takes some time for people to see the light.
Vaping terminology can be a bit confusing at first, so in this article we are going to try and explain the differences between the two most widely used e-liquid bases: propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG).
That means propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin—PG and VG—which are usually indicated in labels of most commercially available eliquids. Knowing what they are and what's in your eliquid can impact how you experience them whenever you vape.
PG is less viscous than vegetable glycerin. Due to the fact that propylene glycol has a runny consistency, PG e-liquid is thinner than the VG variety, and is easily absorbed by the polyfill and cotton fabric inside cartomizers and wick tanks
PG won't gunk up your coils or the inside of the tank as much as VG.
PG is also tasteless on its own, making it a perfect base for flavors of your choice. However, it can also deliver throat hit like tobacco, so it's a good starting point for those who are coming into vaping from smoking.
There's even word on PG having anti-microbial properties, although that has yet to be scientifically confirmed in the context of vaping. However, PG has been known to absorb moisture in the throat, so you may feel dehydrated once you've been vaping PG eliquid for a while without drinking more water.
Take note that some people may be allergic to PG. If you're one of those people, then you'll have to go with VG in your eliquids instead.
VG is more viscous, making it thicker but also creates a lot more vapor. However, it does taste a bit sweet on its own, so you have to keep that in mind when choosing flavors.
The viscosity makes for a tougher time with cleaning coils and tanks, so you'll have to use a cleaning solvent like alcohol to effectively get that gunk out. Wicking with it is also more difficult since you have to wait a while for the cotton to soak it in, unlike the more runny PG. Some vapers have also complained of greater phlegm buildup in their throat while using pure VG eliquids due to this as well.
While a rare number of people may have some allergic reaction to VG, it's mostly regarded as easier than PG for most people. It also causes less dehydration, so your throat won't feel as dry while vaping a VG eliquid, as opposed to a PG eliquid.
A lot of vapers go for VG eliquids mostly for great vapor production, but it does sacrifice the throat hit that many look for in vaping.
Most eliquids these days tend to employ a mix of PG and VG for balance, combining advantages of both bases. A lot of times, you'll find either 70/30 or 60/40 VG to PG ratio eliquids in the market today. Either of them make for a balance in flavor and vapor production.
Both these liquids are food grade, and they're in widespread use for a variety of food products. Both PG and VG are deemed safe for human consumption by the FDA, making them perfect for making eliquids.
It must be said that both PG and VG have very low allergy risk, but everybody is different. It's incredibly rare to be allergic to both, so mixed PG/VG eliquids should certainly be just fine for a vast majority of people.
There's no definite answer to this question. The only good conclusion to this is it really depends on personal preference. Some like VG-only eliquids, some like PG-only eliquids, but most prefer a combination of the PG/VG. Knowing what you want from vaping helps determine what kind of eliquid you want. It's not just about what flavor fits your fancy, but also what kind of liquid base you prefer.
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Vaping has evolved a lot in the last 2 years. You could call it the 3rd wave. The first wave was the orignal electronic cigarette. The 2nd wave were mods and tanks. The 3rd wave are Pod Mods - both open and closed devices characterized by small size, lower power and both disposable (closed) and refillable (open) system devices.
The pod mod trend can be traced back to Juul - the leader of closed system pod devices that launched in 2015. Juul also brought in an era of Nicotine Salts.
Today there are a ton of Open System Pod Mod vaping options available. Here's a rundown of a few of our favorites, including the Mi-Pod, Suorin Air and Drop and the Aspire Breeze 2. Most of these feature no buttons (or the fire button in optional) and are automatically activated when you inhale.
The Mi-Pod is a super compact pod mod with a 2ml capacity and an unusually high built-in 950mAh battery (most are around 650 mAH) made by. Smoking Vapor. Mi Pod is a good first choice for MTL vaping nicotine salts. It has top airflow and we find that the vapor production and flavor is the best in class of similar devices.
The Mi-Pod also has manual auto-draw, 3-color power indicators, and a micro USB port for charging, making it convenient for all types of users.
Check out our Salty Bastard Starter Kit here featuring a complete Digital Edition MiPod Starter Kit & one 30ml bottle of your choice of Salty Bastard Tobacco, Salty Bastard Tobacco Ice, Or Tangerine in a nicotine strength of 25mg or 40mg.
This Suorin Air has a slim profile similar to a credit card that fits in any pocket or purse and a refillable open pod system for users who want to be able to top it up. The Suorin Air allows for whatever e-liquid you may desire, including nicotine salts. Do take note that it has a 1.2ohm coil resistance, so your selection may be rather limited—a 70/30 VG to PG juice is best, not going lower than 60/40 to avoid leaks.
The Suorin Air has a 2ml capacity and the coils should last about 4 to 5 refills before the coil is burnt. It has a 400mAh battery, so it's not meant for heavy vaping throughout the day. However, it can be fully recharged within 30 minutes, so you won't have to wait long.
The drop-shaped design of the aptly-named Suorin Drop makes it both compact and contain a deceivingly-large capacity at the same time. For its size, having a 2ml refillable pod is quite hefty, as well as having a 13W output. The coil has a 1.3 to 1.4ohm resistance. Other than that, you get a 310mAh battery, micro USB port for recharging, and an LED battery life indicator.
The pod has two chambers, letting you mix e-liquids without having to mix them beforehand. This makes it perfect for filling up with any juice you wish to use, including nic salts.
The Aspire Breeze 2 does quite well as the follow-up to the Aspire Breeze—one of the most minimalist MTL devices on the market. Like its predecessor, the Aspire Breeze 2 is simple, yet is packed with tons of features. While it doesn't offer a replaceable pod, this all-in-one design does allow for a tank with a 2ml capacity and top fill.
It may not be the full-on sort of vape pod you'd expect, it does have most of the pod characteristics you can expect like a selection between auto or manual, single button operation, LED battery life indicator, side airflow, and so on. It also has a 650mAh battery, various safety features, and Aspire Breeze U-Tech coil heads.
When you decide to make the switch from smoking to vaping, it can be pretty intimidating when seeing the hundreds of options for hardware available. Even with the guidance of your friendly neighborhood vape shop, it can still be daunting. To help you out with this, here are a few some rules of thumb to make your first purchases a little easier. Here are five things that some first time vapers tend to do wrong, which you can learn to avoid.
When people first get into vaping, they get inundated with a literal plethora of choices. There are lots of e-liquid and devices to choose from, including low cost / poor quality devices that might be cheap but also won't work well of for very long. Not splurging on your first e-cig is a good idea, but not spending enough for something with a fair bit of quality isn't.
Don't buy something that only costs $10 just because it's the cheapest one in the lot. You're buying your first device to have a reliable option to smoking, so low-quality vaping equipment will only make for lousy experience with bad flavor and unsatisfactory usability. Nothing makes vaping feel more like a hassle than having to deal with a leak, malfunction, or device failure in the first few days.
To prevent this from happening, you may want to do your homework beforehand. You can read blog articles, reviews, and forum posts to see what you may be getting yourself into. After that, you can then visit a local vape shop, look around, and ask questions. Most vape shops have very experiences staff that will be happy to walk you through the many options and also give their input on reliability, ease of use and the experiences of other customers.
If you're starting to vape as an alternative to smoking, you'll have to know how to go about it the right way. You're basically using the nicotine from the e-liquid to slowly but surely taper your habit down until you can comfortably walk away from smoking once and for all. Sometimes this happens right away, and for others it may take some time. Either way it's key to understand about nicotine strength and options.
In terms of nicotine delivery, the one thing you should remember is that vaping doesn't deliver the same amount as a cigarette in the same amount of time. That means if vaping doesn't satisfy your craving at the moment, it may leave you unsatisfied and have you tempted to reach for a cigarette again.
One major development on this front are Nicotine Salts. With Nic Salts you’ll get more nicotine, more quickly: In general, nicotine salts paired with the right device seem to get nicotine to your blood more quickly. This experience is more closely resemble the experience of users with combustable tobacco. For more on this, check out our article on Nicotine Salt Devices
If you go with traditional eLiquids (aka Freebase Nicotine) you should start off with a higher nicotine e-juice if you're coming from a full-on smoking habit. If you're using a subohm device - one that usually runs on higher power, you'll probably want to try 6MG nicotine. Higher than that can taste quite harsh. Using a lower powered device you may try up to 12MG. Most companies don't offer freebase nicotine in anything higher than 12MG. Keep in mind that nicotine is not great for flavor - so it's best to start a little higher when switching but always nicer to lower your nic levels to get the best flavor out of your favorite eLiquids.
It's tempting to get the biggest most advanced device you see if you have the money for it. A fancy box mod with high wattage and lots of advances setting can be not only expensive - but also very complicated and are not really necessary for basic vaping.
Since big box mods tend to be expensive, buying one on impulse and realizing that it's not a good fit for your lifestyle can be quite the buyer's remorse you wouldn't want to experience. For instance, if you want a device that can fit your pocket and be taken just about anywhere, you wouldn't necessarily want a box mod.
We would recommend getting a highly rated simple device -one that fits in your pocket, doesn't have complicated buttons and settings and offers reasonable battery life. There are a lot of newer devices that fit into this category - especially the MTL Pod Mod devices that are best for Nic Salts.
Being able to fine tune every bit of your experience is a big part of vaping, and much of it has to do with the e-liquid flavors. We would recommend going to your local vape shop as they usually have a most of their brands and flavors available to try before you buy. This should save you a lot of wasted time and $ of ordering and hoping for the best.
In general, their are several main categories for eLiquid flavors: Tobacco / Menthol/ Fruity / Desserts / Beverages (ie Tea or coffee) and Creamy - with seamingly an infinite varieity in each of these categories. It can be daunting but it's worth trying a few styles to see what suites your tastes best.
Often people like to start with Tobacco flavors - since that's what they are used to. Sometimes people also keep a few flavors handy and change things up depending on what they are drinking (ie Tobacco pairs nicely with Beer )
The tendency for a lot of people who get into a new hobby is splurging—spending a lot of money to acquire what they may think is everything they need to get started. The truth is all you really need at first is a vaping device, some e-liquid and possibly an extra battery depending on the type of device you have. And that's it.
Vaping has become a global phenomenon that has taken many countries by storm over recent years. With that in mind, if you wish to travel to other countries and be able to bring your e-cigarette to vape while you enjoy the sights and sounds or travel for work, then you may want to remember the following before you embark on your journey.
You may want to inquire your chosen airline on what their rules and regulations are regarding e-cigarette and if you can carry them in your carry-on bag. What's most likely is that since e-cigarettes have batteries in them, you have to put them in your carry-on if you wish to bring them with you.
As of this writing, a worldwide ban on transporting e-cigarettes in checked luggage. There is concern with how batteries in them can be a hazard, so the International Civil Aviation Organization amended the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Doc 9284) recently to no longer allow e-cigarettes in the cargo hold of the aircraft.
If you're bringing an e-cigarette and other hardware with you on your travels, it's best to have them in your carry-on bag to both have them on hand and to not get into trouble.
Take time to learn about the country you're going to and their legal status regarding vaping. Most of them are tolerant with vaping, although some do have restrictions with e-liquids that contain nicotine as the ingredient is considered a potent poison.
The thing with the legal status of vaping in these countries is that it's often hard to pin down exactly what the legal situation is in these countries, and it tends to be different in each of them. Some are okay with vaping, but only in certain places, restricts the possession of e-liquid, or so on.
As of May 2018, There are three countries wherein vaping is pretty much illegal—Thailand, Singapore the United Arab Emirates. If you're planning to travel to these countries, it is best to leave your e-cigarette behind and bear with having to go cold turkey for a while.
Your best defense here is to do your homework while planning your vacation and take the necessary precautions before going to the airport. The last thing you want is to have your e-cigarette confiscated, or even be held in custody.
To continue with the previous point, you should look up whether it's legal to vape in public establishments. Vaping is now covered by most city laws and ordinances, usually lumped together with anti-smoking laws. Most of the time, smoking areas allow for vaping as well, so make sure you find out whether
If you're able to bring your e-cigarette into the country and allowed to vape there, then the next step is to find out where there are vaping retail stores in the city you're going to. Whether you find one in Google maps or one of the many store locators online in online vaping resources, you should be able to find one you can restock in once you arrive.
Whether it's in your carry-on luggage, at the hotel room, or wherever else, you do not want to store your e-juice the wrong way. If you're able to put in straps or some other mechanism to keep your e-juice bottles vertical in your luggage, then you shouldn't have to worry about much else other than making sure you keep the luggage upright at all times.
It's not that keeping it on its side instantly makes the liquid inside unusable. However, you wouldn't want to find out later on upon opening up your luggage that some or all of it had leaked or spilled into your clothing.
You now know that you can't store your batteries in your checked luggage. However, you should also mind where you carry it on your person. Temperature is a very important consideration as hot places can be dangerous for your batteries.
If you don't wish to end up like those horror stories of e-cigarette batteries exploding in pockets or bags, then make sure they're original and aren't stored where heat is concentrated. Then again, even if your batteries are guaranteed not to blow up, they'd still get damaged and lose their charge if left in a hot place for an extended period of time.
If you're going to be traveling by car anytime, do not leave your batteries in the car for long, especially if it's going to be hot. Carry them with you and make sure they're well-ventilated and/or in a cool place at all times, away from sunlight and other sources of heat.
Of course, if you don't want to bring too many spare batteries with you, then you'd want to be able to charge your e-cigarette when you get to your accommodation. Research beforehand what voltage and plug outlet is used in the country you're going to.
Also, make sure you get a good charger that are safe to prevent short circuits and other unforeseen consequences. If you're traveling by car most of the time, then you'd want to bring a good car charger so you don't have to panic when running low while vaping on the road.
Most people started vaping as means to quit smoking and avoid the many pitfalls of combusting tobacco (smell, tar, etc) There are certain things you should remember to keep it safe by buying only FDA registered e-liquid from reputable qualified retailers and websites.
The first step is always to find a vendor you can trust; one that sells quality products. Spend some time in the vape shop testing various e-Liquids for flavors that you like. Check to see if the retailer actually has a relationship with the company or distributor. These little details do matter as they show care by the vendor for the quality of the e-juices they sell.
While some bargain brands are pretty good, they may contain cheaper quality nicotine and other flavorings. That does mean expensive eLiquids have safer products so do some research before you buy.
See if the company has a website. Does the manufacturer make any statements about their facilities? Check out the reviews from customers both on their website and on other websites. One great website for 3rd party reviews is Juicedb,
Not only can e-liquid be potentially dangerous to you when handled or used wrong, but it can be handled or even ingested by children. Current legislation mandates that all eLiquid have child resistant caps. If you see one without this - that's a sign that the manufacturer is cutting corners.
Of course, you can take other precautionary measures like storing the e-juice in hard-to-reach places and securing them with locks, but you can never be too sure when you're currently consuming the eLiquids and this is an important safety measure mandated by the FDA.
In the case of eLiquids, you can judge it by its label. Professionally done labels must sh include warnings about nicotine and should list the basic ingredients, thus letting you know what's inside. Also look for nicotine strength displayed prominently.
The quality of labels does help denote the level the brand is operating at. While you need not stay away from smaller companies, do know that you can be more certain with the safety of the product when it comes from a responsible company with more regulation and oversight.
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As summer rolls by, vapers everywhere want the taste of something more refreshing, and that's what we have for you here. These six e-liquid flavors are just what you need to get you through the summer heat.
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An award-winning e-liquid, Cool Bastard is as it sounds—chilled quite nicely. It has a rich and creamy flavor with a mint finish that's just right, making it perfect for those who wish for a cool menthol tobacco experience that's not too overpowering.
It can be a bit finicky when it comes to temperature. If you don't want too much cream, you wouldn't want to use it cold. However, too high a temperature may cause the mint to fade. Have this at the right temperature and wattage and you're in for a good experience. It's creamy tobacco that doesn't dry the throat and ends with a mint touch that compliments all the other flavors.
Another flavor with an icy cool finish, this one is all about that berry taste. If you like strawberry or raspberry with a hint of mint, then Berry Ice is certainly your choice of liquid. The menthol aftertaste doesn't overpower the berry flavor, so you should find this mix of fruit and mint to be just right if you like it sweet and cool at the same time.
This is best for those who are okay with the Cool Bastard but want something fruitier. It's the classic fruity sweetness and tartness you'd expect from berries, but with a hit of coolness at the end.
With hints of blueberry, vanilla custard, and green tea undertones to go with its main note of crisp peach, this blend is a crowd pleaser. It's full of flavor without being too strong as to become tiresome, so you can vape this all day long easily.
The peach comes in, then the blueberry comes up at the throat hit and exhale. The aftertaste soon follows in a smooth and subtle delivery. This is also great for big cloud enthusiasts who like them thick. Peach Guzzi seems like a complete package for many.
The name is a bit of a mouthful, and the flavor is too. The Salty Bastard Tobacco Ice Nicotine Salt is for those who want to ramp their vaping up a bit more. It's much like the Cool Bastard, with just as much mint in the back, but it also gives you those nicotine salts for a more sophisticated flavor. It's sweet, savory, and definitely interesting.
Take note that it's not meant for subohm vaping due to its high nicotine content. It should give you a nice tobacco taste with a slight menthol kick in the finish.
For something a bit different, this one can be a bit divisive. While the Berry Ice does have strawberry flavor in it, this one is even heavier on the strawberry. If you're really into strawberry flavors, then the Strawberry Creamsicle should be right for you.
It's an amalgamation of strawberry, vanilla, and cream that blend together smoothly as you draw and lingers as it hits the throat, then fade slowly after the exhale. It's not too sweet, yet does have that familiar milky fruit cereal strawberry taste that can take you back to your childhood.
Another Salty Bastard Nic Salt flavor for those who are more into citrus. This one is a blend of natural tangerines and oranges that reminds many people of orange tic tacs.
As with the Salty Bastard Tobacco Ice, this one also is not meant for sub-ohm setups. If you're looking for a liquid that takes you from sub-ohm to MTL pod, then this should fit the bill. The Salty Bastard Tangerine isn't too sweet but delivers the citrus fruit notes in spades.
If you're a fan of frozen yogurt, then you'll love the froyo goodness of Yogurt Bomb. Creamy and tangy yogurt with fruit notes like mango, guava, and a bit of tangerine is blended together for this flavor explosion. If you like Peach Guzzi, you'd like Yogurt Bomb as well with its fruit sherbet quality.
Just make sure your unit doesn't get too hot to keep tasting this flavor bomb at its fullest. The throat hit is pleasant and warm, and the fruits come through upon the exhale. While it doesn't put out that much smoke, you'll find it smooth and creamy for the most part. If you're looking for a taste experience, then this is the way to go.
Note that "banned" is a broad term. Vaping can be considered banned but it's legal to vape in that country - it's just not legal to buy and sell vaping products. This is the case in most countries listed below as "banned". Two countries that come to mind are Brazil and Argentina. If you look at Instagram or Facebook, you'll see quite a lot of posts from Brazilian and Argentinian vapers. It is illegal to sell vaping products in both countries but it's perfectly ok to vape in places where smoking is permitted.
The list of Banned countries below is actually terribly inaccurate. It's what you would typically find if you did a google search on "what countries is vaping Banned.
The reality is, you can 100% find vape shops in the following countries: Argentina, Belgium, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, and Colombia. We know this because we sell Cafe Racer to distributors and/or shops there.
In fact, Belgium has over 500 vape shops and is part of the EU's TPD. Mexico and Colombia both have large Vape Expos attracting thousands of retailers and vape enthusiasts. Malaysia is one of the leading exporters of eLiquid with brands like Nasty and Fanstasia. The lesson here is do your research before trusting a Banned List that you pull up on a google search and, with only a few exceptions, it's perfectly fine to travel to most countries with your vape in you bag and ok to vape wherever smoking is allowed.
That being said, there are a couple of countries where vaping can get you into some real trouble. We don't have a definitive list here but we know for sure:
Singapore and Thailand are two countries where you should not vape in public and should probably not travel to with vape products in your bag.
Australia, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iran, Japan, New Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland
A number of countries wherein vaping is legal and vape products are sold but they do not allow eLiquid with nicotine to be sold. It's a bit tricky and most local vapers work around this restriction in a number of ways.
For instance, Australia has the strictest laws on vaping in the English-speaking world and the sale of nicotine there is quite limited due to anti-smoking campaigns and consequently being cautious about the growing trend of vaping. While vaping and vape pens themselves are legal in every state, liquid nicotine isn't.
Most Aussie vapers would then buy their 0 MG e-liquid in Australia and then buy nicotine from either New Zealand or China, the latter of which may yield dubious results.
What Should You Do Before You Travel to a Another Country?
You should do your homework if you plan to travel to other countries, especially if your target destination is in the list above. In some countries (Thailand and Singapore) you actually can go to jail if you get caught with e-liquid like you were in possession of illegal drugs.
Consulting with other vapers in community forums may help you with the information you need to avoid making a vaping faux pas in those countries. As with everything, preparation is key.
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Vaping has become such a phenomenon worldwide almost overnight, much of which is thanks to the power of the Internet. The vaping community continues to grow and a lot of vapers are very much willing to share their knowledge and experiences on all things vaping.
Whether you're new to vaping or an experienced one, you'll be stoked to know that heaps of helpful vaping resources are just a click away.
So, if you're looking for vaping blogs to follow, we've rounded up the ten of the best and most rad right now on the Internet!
As one of the largest and most frequented vaping blogs online, the Vapor4Life blog is a hub of knowledge for both new and experienced vapers worldwide. It has what you'd expect from a blog about vaping that's run for the community, with daily tips and tricks and vaping news, as well as testimonials on personal vaping experiences, politics, and so on.
Another popular vaping blog, VaporVanity brings news and product reviews to vaporizing aficionados everywhere. You can subscribe to the email newsletter and have new articles sent to your inbox. If you're looking to stay updated on everything vaping-related, whether it's the latest products or legal/cultural developments, then this is the blog for you.
Touting oneself as “The Voice of Vaping” is quite the boast, but VapingDaily does back it up by being an all-in-one resource for vaping with vaping-related news and guides in its blog. When you visit the site, you may also notice the “How to Quit” item on the navigation menu. It leads to their guide on how to quit smoking through various means, including with electronic cigarettes and vaping.
Aside from being an online store for all things vaping-related, this website also has a blog that is updated regularly with news and other articles on the latest happenings in the vaping world. With its history going way back to 2006, Vaping.com has seen through pretty much everything in the vaping world, from its growing pains to where it is now.
Vaping360 is the world’s largest vaping media website with close to one million monthly visitors. The website was started in late 2014 with the goal of helping smokers switch to a cleaner alternative. Since it’s inception, Vaping360 has garnered a truly global audience with the help of experienced vaping contributors from all around the world. As the home of vaping, our aspiration is to help create a smoke-free planet.
Run by an ex-smoker from Ohio who got into vaping during its early days, VapingLinks is a blog made for those who are looking for answers on how to quit smoking by getting into vaping. This website is more about the personal side of vaping, sharing thoughts and experiences of both the proprietor and those who got into vaping to kick their old habits. It's filled to the brim with articles on the science of vaping, related field research, and so on.
As the name suggests, this blog is all about guiding people in vaping. What makes it different from most other vaping blogs is its listings of up-and-coming vape events and celebrity interviews to go with the usual news and reviews you'd expect from a major vaping blog. If you're looking for regular content, then this is the blog to follow.
This blog is more about quality than quantity. While TheHappyVaper doesn't have as many posts in a week as most other blogs in this list, you're sure to get quality reading from what you can get here. It's run by a vaping enthusiast who got into it back in 2010 and instantly got hooked, so it's one of those blogs run by a vaper for fellow vapers.
If you're interested with the business of vaping, then the American Vaping Association blog should be up your street. As an organization, the AVA acts upon its mission to educate people about vaping and disseminate the latest scientific research on the subject. This blog is for serious vaping enthusiasts.
While this is more of a forum and not a blog, the ECF can function much like a blog as a resource and a community hub. Members post their own content, from testimonials about their vaping journey to answering questions about the intricacies of vaping. It also has links to blogs that are worth checking out, filled with articles written by real people who vape.
‘Naturally extracted tobacco’ or NET refers to the process by which the tobacco flavor or essence is removed (extracted) from the tobacco leaf.
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.
When we started Cafe Racer E-Liquid, doing a proper RY4 flavor to go with our love of craft beers was a top priority. Given that most of the commonly used tobacco flavors available were unacceptable, we made a pilgrimage to tobacco country (Carolinas, Virginia, etc) in search of a new source. After weeks of meetings and testing, we were able to find an amazing tobacco flavor that was naturally extracted Virginia tobacco and a compound of several ingredients creating a rich, smooth almost buttery tobacco that was a perfect base to build a next generation RY4 tobacco flavors.
It would seem that our decision to go this route was a good one as Lucky 13 has won numerous awards at Vape Expos around the world for Best Tobacco including Vape Summit Houston, Expovape Spain, Ukrainian Vapor Week , Vapouround Awards and is also the top selling premium tobacco flavor in China - a country that loves tobacco eLiquid flavors.
We invite you to enjoy our tobacco flavors and when you do, we'd highly recommend pairing them with a fine craft beer. For more on this, check out previous blog post on Pairing eLiquid With Craft Beer.
E-liquid flavors is what makes vaping a lot more interesting. Without it, it's just breathing water vapor in and out without anything else interesting going on. Once you're off combustibles and into vaping, you'll would want to get the best e-liquid flavor(s) that fits your tastes. You may even stock up on your favorites - always a good idea.
However, that does mean you have to store them properly in order to be able to expect them to be there ready to go when you want them the most.
Whether you're storing your eliquid for just a while or for a longer period of time, you should keep it in a cool, dark place away from any source of heat. High temperatures can deteriorate the quality of an e-liquid, even if it's not in direct sunlight or not in a hot enough condition that would have it immediately vaporize by itself.
Heat messes with the flavor compounds in the e-liquid and turn them into something else, so whatever you bought it for will no longer be if stored in a hot place. It's best to keep your e-liquid in a cool place.
You must properly seal your e-liquid in a proper container that will not let air or ultraviolet light in. Both of these things can deteriorate the quality of the e-liquid and hasten oxidation of the nicotine within it. If exposed to these elements, the e-liquid will change color as a result of chemical reactions.
Nicotine oxidation produces cotinine, which is the predominant metabolite of the former. Along with that is the breakdown of the flavors in the e-liquid, and ultraviolet rays act as a catalyst to this chemical reaction.
Other flavorful things like coffee and chocolate undergo a similar process when they oxidize, which also result in their loss of their pleasant flavors. While it's impossible to keep it from oxidizing forever, having your e-liquid sealed tight in a cool and dark place when not in use can certainly help it last a lot longer.
Leaving e-liquid in these places can become rather common due to online shipping. Sometimes, due to various circumstances, they may not get checked immediately upon delivery. When that happens, they sit in the mailbox or the car (if you got it from the post office) for quite a while, which is certainly not good for it.
If not moved to a cool and dark place right away, you'll find the e-liquid to be a runny mess instead of the syrupy goodness you'd usually expect.
There's no place cooler and darker for e-liquid than in the refrigerator. Before you think that would be too cold, do know that it's not only okay but also beneficial for the e-liquid. Since most bacteria can't thrive in near freezing temperatures, keeping it there can slow down or even kill whatever nasties may be hitching a ride inside those bottles.
If you really need to keep it in there for a longer time, you may want to move them to the freezer. There should be no need to fear the e-liquid turning into ice as the concoction won't just freeze like water. In fact, storing them in the freezer can make the liquid inside a bit more viscous, which may be what you'd want anyway.
Keep your e-liquid away from children and pets.
Of course, you wouldn't want your e-liquid to be gotten into by those who aren't supposed to, and that's namely children and pets. While you can have childproof caps on it, that's no complete guarantee that your e-liquid can be made safe from tampering. Any parent would know just how incredible an inquisitive child's ability to get into things can really be.
Therefore, being able to put your e-liquid in a place out of their reach is crucial, like a high shelf or a cupboard if you're not planning to store it in the refrigerator. This is very important not only because you would want to be able to enjoy your e-liquid, but also because the nicotine in it is flammable and can be poisonous if directly consumed.
Short-term storage means you intend to use your e-liquid shortly, like within a week or so at most. As previously mentioned, the main concern here is to have it out of reach from children and pets while making sure it's in a cool dark place. If you have it in glass containers and can store it somewhere safe like in a locked drawer or a cupboard in a cool room, then it should be fine.
If you happen to have them in plastic containers, then you should squeeze the bottle without spilling the e-liquid before putting the cap on to get rid of the air inside to minimize oxidation. The cap must be closed tightly so air and moisture can't get in. If the e-liquid has been partially consumed, consider transferring to a smaller container.
If you have to store your e-liquid for a long time, then consider having it in tinted glass containers. The glass will ensure the chemical integrity of the e-liquid throughout the duration, while the tint will make sure no light can damage the contents. Keep in mind that e-liquids tend to last for around 2 years in storage as long as they're stored right.
Having them refrigerated can extend shelf life, but it's still recommended to consume it before the 2-year period is up.
Also make sure to not mix the components right away if you know you'll have to store them away for a long time in order to maintain freshness as much as possible.
Cafe Racer is stoked to announce that we are once again back in the China market - and now available in 60ML Bottles. Cafe Racer Relaunched in China after a brief period of pulling out of the market due to a problem with counterfeit products,
We have added a new layer of security measures to insure that our customers in China will know that they are getting authentic 100% USA Made Cafe Racer Vape products - utilizing a QR Code that can be authenticated.
We have also launched our Nic Salt line in China - Salty Bastard. Available in 3 flavors - Tobacco, Tobacco Ice and Tangerine - Salty Bastard will be sold in a 3 x 10ML bottle case starting June 18th.
Look for Cafe Racer at your favorite Vape Shop in China or online at one of our premier resellers listed below