Archive for August, 2015

Vaping Glossary of TermsIf you’re new to vaping, or if you’re thinking of making the big switch from cigarettes to what we consider to be a better choice, there’s some terminology you’re going to need to know. Here are 18 catch phrases to boost your vaping vernacular now.

ANTZ – Anti nicotine tobacco zealots. You already know these people, they’re the ‘reformed smokers’ and their friends who preach the dangers of nicotine and tobacco. They’re also determined to undermine the rights of those who vape.

Atomizer (Atty for short) – This is the working part of a vaping device that converts e-liquid or juice to the vapour you inhale.

ADV (All Day Vape) – This is your go-to e-juice – the one you rely on to get you through your day.

B&M – This is a Bricks and Mortar vape store. These are beginning to spring up here and there, but isn’t it just easier to order your supplies online at Vapor Jedi?

Blank – An empty cartomizer that you fill with your fave e-juice.

Cartomizer – It’s a cartridge and atomizer combined, usually inexpensive and disposable – also known as a carto.

CASAA – Consumer Advocates for Smokeless Alternatives. This is a non-profit organization that campaigns for the rights of vapers. Please join and donate if you’re able.

Hit or Throat Hit – The sensation a vaper gets when inhaling.

Cigalike (cute name, right?) This is that cheap white fake ‘cigarette’ that’s for sale at your local convenience store. ‘Nuff said.

Dry Puff/Burn/Hit – Nasty, yuck, just yuck! It happens when there’s not enough e-juice in your atomizer. It will teach you to keep your juice topped up!

E-Juice or E-Liquid – This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette. It comes in many wonderful ‘flavours’ – everything from Vanilla Cupcake to Menthol Tobacco.

Flooding – A gurgling sound plus diminished vapour equals too much e-liquid in your atomizer.

MG Strength – Milligram strength per millilitre (ml).  The percentage of nicotine contained within the e-liquid. For example, 8mg is 8mg of nicotine per ml = 0.8% nicotine. You’ll find what works for you.

Noob – A new vaper. You’ll only be one for about a week, vaping isn’t rocket science!

NRT – Nicotine Replacement Therapy. Vaping is now considered to be a successful component of NRT.

PV or Personal Vaporizer. It’s just another name for an Electronic Cigarette.

Stick Style – Any electronic cigarette that resembles   a traditional cigarette.

Sweet Spot – A satisfying vape.  To get it, you need a combination of these variables – voltage, wattage, resistance, and the flashpoint of the e-juice. Experience will lead you to it!

So … this list should get you started. Soon you’ll be a pro vaper – mixing your own e-juice flavours, eyeing new PV’s and buying them because they match your shoes or purse. Enjoy!

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Smokers and hot flashesOh the dreaded hot flash – that rush of intense warmth that starts at your toes and ends at your scalp, that skin flushing, sweating, sleep disruption and increased heart rate that can leave you soaked and shaking. About 85% of all women will experience hot flashes at some point in their lives. And while we think of hot flashes as mainly affecting women, they can also affect men on hormone treatments for prostate cancer. Almost 75% of men on this therapy have hot flashes that disrupt their quality of life.

New study shows a connection between tobacco consumption and hot flashes

A recent study links smoking tobacco products to more intense hot flashes. The study followed approximately 800 menopausal women for seven years. Data showed that only 39 percent of the women who had never smoked tobacco had hot flashes, compared to 52 percent of ex-tobacco smokers and 62 percent of women who were still smoking cigarettes.

Another survey showed that women who had not smoked tobacco for over five years prior to the onset of menopause were much less likely to experience debilitating and/or frequent hot flashes than women who continued to use tobacco. And another research analysis showed that non- smokers definitely have less severe menopausal symptoms. All of these studies are in line with previous ones that showed using tobacco could interfere with hormones, neurotransmitters and other mechanisms linked to hot flashes.

Now we’re not suggesting that tobacco use causes or worsens menopausal hot flashes – that would be presumptive and irresponsible. But we are suggesting that it’s possible that switching from tobacco products to vaping e-juice just might help reduce current or future menopausal symptoms including hot flashes.

And consider the perks of e-juice we can defend as factual – so many delicious flavours to choose from, clean and fresh smelling skin, hair and clothes, no more nicotine film on your walls and windows … not to mention the money you’ll save if you switch from tobacco to vaping.

What do you have to lose? Maybe it’s those annoying hot flashes!

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Stainless Steel Royale Drip Tip by 2Puffs

The high-end Royale Drip Tip by 2 Puffs is made of 304 stainless steel. It has a 510 connector on its bottom. Image via Vapor Jedi.

A drip tip is more than a mouthpiece for your atomizer. Vapers who are old enough to remember second-generation e-cigs will tell you a drip tip is an ingenuous invention. It cuts the time you spend dripping nicotine juice into your RDA because you don’t need to remove the head to insert the dropper into atomizer and coat the coil with your favorite e-liquid.

Drip tips are made of different materials, such as thermal-resistant plastic, hand blown glass, ceramic and stainless steel. Vapers say the material and length of the drip tip will affect the flavor and temperature of each drag.

You will get a different flavour with different tips, Factors affecting flavour include: Tip material, bore size, bore shape, inlet hole size, outlet hole size, tip length, tip weight, tip surface area. Not a comprehensive list but almost all of them seem to affect flavour.

Some people say ceramic and stainless steel drip tips provide the best flavor while others say Pyrex glass is simply the best because it’s “almost entirely chemically neutral in a vaping environment.

Royal Goblet Drip Tip by Vape Smith Philippines

The Royal Goblet Drip Tip by Vape Smith Philippines is a wide-bore type made of stainless steel. It’s made for Castle RDAs and other systems that use 510 connectors. Image via Vapor Jedi.

One of the threads at The Vapers Shed forum mentioned the following materials as neutral tasting: stainless steel (particularly 316 and 304), titanium (surgical grade), brass (naval or marine grade), stone, ceramic, and glass (either Pyrex or Borsilicate). If it’s made of glass, the drip tip must be all glass because the flavor may not be neutral if it’s on an aluminium holder, for example.

Materials that may affect the flavor of the e-juice to some extent include: aluminium, thermoplastic known as Acetal Homopolymer or by its popular trade name of Delrin, acrylic, several types of wood, and rubber. In some cases, drip tips with Teflon coating end up producing metallic tasting vapes.

The following text from a Vape Ranks article describes the drip tip best:

Also known as a mouth piece, the drip tip comes in various shapes and sizes, and can be made out of different materials, like stainless steel, aluminum, plastic or ceramic. The material from which a drip tip is manufactured as well as its length greatly influences the temperature of the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette. Steel drip tips, for example, cool off the vapor as it passes through it, but long plastic drip tips are also known to deliver cooler vapor, because of the distance it travels to reach the mouth.

Drip tips are best used on rebuildable atomizers. E-cigarettes like the Evod have drip tips, but they’re not replaceable. Some drip tips are short while others are long. You preference on the temperature of your vapes will determine whether a short drip tip is perfect for you or not.

Well, what can I say? At least, the FDA is considerate enough to post an advance notice of proposed rule-making (ANPRM) to let everyone concerned know that they’re going to make it harder and more expensive for e-juice vendors and manufacturers to sell their products.

Wow… Thank you so much, FDA!

But, let’s face it. The Food and Drug Administration is going to regulate vaping, sooner or later. Pretty soon, the government will be limiting the nicotine concentrations of commercially available e-liquids to make them non-toxic to men, women and children, and even household pets.

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Child-Resistant Deep Skirt Closure or Cap for an E-liquid Bottle

Child-Resistant Closures for E-Liquid Bottles

As a preemptive measure, manufacturers have started using child-resistant caps and bottles for their nicotine-containing e-liquids. They seal-in the flavored e-juice into 10ml, 15ml and 30ml bottles that have water-tight and air-tight closures to keep in the liquid’s freshness and flavor.

According to one manufacturer’s website, there are four types of reclosable child-resistant closures for e-liquid bottles. Reclosable closures are “capable of being reclosed with a similar degree of security after they were initially opened and are capable of being used a sufficient number of times to dispense the total contents without loss of security.”

A push-down-and-turn cap is a most effective type of child-resistant packaging because “children at the relevant age of 42 to 51 months are not fully capable of performing two movements – push and turn – at the same time and in a coordinated manner.”

When using reclosable packaging, make sure you have “adequate directions for both opening and closing it. These instructions may appear in the form of words or graphics on the package itself, or be conspicuously placed elsewhere on the label.”

child resistant caps for e-liquid bottles

Child-resistant caps with droppers and closure tips for e-liquid bottles.

A CT or continuous thread closure, on one hand, features a cap with a built-in dropper that has a typical 15-mm closure tip. Other CT closures have longer and narrower tips. These caps are commonly used in refilling tanks and drips. Meanwhile, deep skirt closures are taller than average because they’re designed to cover a longer, wider or taller sealing surface.

In comparison, the strap cap or hinged closure has a long, thin plastic cord that connects the top-half of the cap to the bottom-half portion at all times. Sometimes, this type of closure would leave the lower portion stuck to the bottle’s sealing surface while its strap cap hung from the neck. In other cases, a hinged closure would have a whole cap hanging from its plastic cord, which was kept in place by a small plastic hoop wrapped tightly around the bottle’s neck.

Specific Information to Print on Warning Labels

The kind of information that a federal agency would want to see printed on the label of an e-liquid bottle is probably similar to those listed by the Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association (ECITA) on their website.

The ECITA has one caveat, however. E-liquids that have a nicotine concentration of between 0% and 2.49% each – irrespective of how they were sold or purchased – must display the following information on their labels.

  • Heading: “CAUTION:”
  • Text #1: “Keep out of the reach of children and pets.”
  • Text #2: “Only for use in/with [delete as appropriate] electronic cigarettes.”
  • Text #3: “Seek medical advice if you feel unwell.”
  • Text #4: “May contain traces of [allergen].”
  • Nicotine concentration in weight per volume (w/v) percentage and/or milligrams per milliliter (mg/ml) must be displayed on the label.
  • The batch number must be displayed.
  • The ‘Best Before End’ date must be displayed.
  • Contact details must be displayed.

The FDA wanted a nicotine-exposure warning plastered on every e-juice bottle. A simple warning may be worded this way:

WARNING: This product contains nicotine extracted from tobacco. Nicotine is an addictive chemical. Possible side effects from continued use of this product include dizziness, nausea, sore throat, and dry mouth. DO NOT INGEST. Keep out of reach of children.

Or… You can put warning labels on your products with a detailed picture of what to expect from e-liquids that have too much nicotine in them, which is exactly what this chart from ECITA shows.

Image via ECITA.org

How E-Liquids are Classified and Labeled in the U.K.

The Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulations of ECITA has a classification chart of e-liquids that included specific markings and warnings for each category. E-liquids are classified into four categories based on their nicotine level. Each group has a list of possible hazards and a corresponding list of precautionary measures.

The chart classifies e-liquids with a nicotine level of 2.5% and over as toxic, especially when the juice comes in contact with skin or when it’s swallowed. Meanwhile, e-liquids with a nicotine concentration of 25% to 100% can be fatal to aquatic life and to humans, as well.

Not for Sale to Minors

I’m sure the FDA would want e-juice makers to include a short note to all underage vapers: Not for Sale to Minors. Along the road, you’ll probably see a similar note on an APV packaging that says: “Not designed or intended primarily for use by minors 18 years of age or younger.”

Although everyone knows that an electronic cigarette is NOT a children’s product, clearly labeling a personal vaporizer as “for adult use” only puts it in the same category as a sex toy. Considering that current public policies on vaping have turned this fun and relaxing activity into something dirty and unhealthy when it’s done in public, it’s the perfect analogy.

Jedi Juice FlavourWe asked one of our customers to tell you how she made a relatively painless and angst-free transition from smoking cigarettes to vaping. Here’s her story in her own words – take it away Suzanne!

“Nobody needed to tell me why I should switch from smoking to vaping – I already knew. One day, a friend mentioned vaping. Immediately I did some online research and realized that vaping was something I had to explore.

I tried it, I loved it, I gave up tobacco products and am still smoke and tobacco-free over two years later. Here are some ideas for you on how I successfully made what I call ‘The Big Switch’.

Do your research! Go online, read vaping blogs, email suppliers and visit vape and ejuice stores in person. Ask questions so you can make informed choices.

Set a transition date. I chose a Monday and cleared my calendar for that week. Put your cigarettes in the freezer – there’s a certain comfort in knowing they’re in the house.

Buy a decent starter kit. I chose a simple $100 unit that was recommended by Vapor Jedi. A friend who was already vaping helped me set it up.

Enlist a couple of friends to join a ‘make the switch’ group. Then each of you can order different ejuice flavours and share. This worked  well for my group of three. I discovered Mr. Mint was my fave, one friend loved the dessert flavours, like Sugar Cookie, and the third went with straight tobacco flavours.

Choose the right nicotine level. Each eliquid comes with nicotine or without – and there are lots of different levels you can choose. I started with a stronger nicotine level and gradually reduced it as my cravings lessened.

I had tried many times over the years to get transition away from smoking – I even tried laser and hypnotism. Making the switch from smoking to vaping worked for me, and if it worked for me, it can work for you, too. Now I vape with my morning coffee and with my nightly pre-dinner cocktail. My clothes and hair smell fresh and clean and so does my house!

Good luck – I know you can do it!”

~Suzanne W., Ontario

We’d love to hear your personal stories, too. Email us or leave a comment below to share your journey from smoking to vaping.

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BVC Bottom Vertical CoilBVC, BDC, top coil, bottom coil, atomizer, clearomizer – there are a lot of odd-sounding parts that make up a modern-day ecigarette. Two of the most common questions we’re asked are, “What is BVC?” and “What’s the difference between BVC and BDC?”

What started as a simple one-piece device, has since evolved into a myriad of ecigs under various name brands, with different delivery systems, flavours and fan faves.

It can be confusing … even for us at times! But not to worry, we’re here to help you explore and understand some exciting new ecig technology.

What is BVC?

BVC stands for Bottom Vertical Coil
When the user puffs on the ecig,  liquid is pulled from the atomizer’s reservoir into the atomizer pot.  At the same time,  the ‘coil’  is heating up, which in turn heats the eliquid until it becomes vapor. This vapor is drawn up through the ecig and out of the mouthpiece and voila – you’re vaping!

What is BDC?

BDC stands for Bottom Dual Coils
Recently, some brands have changed their BDC (Bottom Dual Coils) coils for the new BVC coils. BDCs had two coils stacked on top of each other, while the newer BVC has a vertical coil inside the atomizer.

Which is better?

It’s hard to get a reliable answer to which coil is better, so we asked random vapers to give us the pros and cons of both  BDCs and BVCs. Here’s what a few of them they had to say (names have been changed for anonymity).

  • Vergil Vape had this to say: “BDC is a stinker, BVC is a winner.”
  • Virginia Vaperette commented: “BDCs are fine when they work! BVCs give super flavor and vapor.”
  • Vince Vaper offered: “BVCs are new, so I don’t know how reliable they’ll be, but they are definitely an improvement over BDCs. So far, so good, so for me, it’s BVCs all the way!”

We want to know … what’s your preference, the BVC or the BDC? Share your thoughts with us below!

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Kayfun Lite Plus by Svoe Mesto (Photo via VaporJedi.com)

A rebuildable atomizer or RBA is designed to work like a charm even after its components have been dismantled carefully, replaced or modified according to a vaper’s specifications, and put back together correctly.

This customizable atty (vape slang for atomizer) is a favorite among sub-ohm vaping fans. It gives them the creative freedom to build a custom coil-and-wick structure that not only looks beautiful in form, but also works really, really well in producing clouds of vapor.

An RBA may be classified into one of three types: RDA, RTA and GRA. These atomizers have different advantages and disadvantages they can offer to vapers.

RDA – Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers

The drip-type atomizer or RDA is the simplest among the three. It doesn’t have a built-in (either semi-sealed or sealed) juice container or tank. You build your own coil(s) and wick(s) using a variety of materials, drip e-juice from the bottle onto the wick, and vape away. When the draws start to taste a bit dry and less flavorful, it’s time to drip in more juice.

PROS: These atomizers are typified by a short, 510 base that has sufficient space to hold a coil or coils. Liquid nicotine flows from a small juice well on its tip and into the wick via a drip tip. They are frequently used for sub-ohm vaping. They often produce the most flavorful vapes.

Practically, any type of coil is compatible with RDAs. The shape, quantity and resistance values of the coils are limited only by the number of terminal posts you put in and the size of the atomizer’s build deck. A wide variety of fibrous materials from all-natural cotton balls to ceramic rods or ropes can be used for the wick.

CONS: Many RDAs don’t have a juice container. Even those atomizers with the deepest juice wells can only hold 30 or so drops of e-juice at a time. And so, e-juice from the oversaturated wick has a tendency to leak. This will require you to have an extra e-juice bottle at your disposal.

Great examples are Nimbus, Origen, Magma, Veritas, Tugboat, Plume Veil, 454 and Vulcan. Many RDAs have a “deep juice well” in the drip tip and feature both vertical and horizontal coil designs.

RTA – Rebuildable Tank Atomizers

All RTAs operate on the principle of “pressure differential“. In short, the positive pressure in the air venting system and the negative pressure in the liquid tank are kept separate, yet balanced.

PROS: The e-juice is carefully fed to the wick in appropriate quantities until the fibrous material is saturated with liquid. As the wick expands inside the atomizer, it expands and pushes against the mouth of the tank atomizer, and the orifice shrinks in size. The layer between the two opposing pressures acts a sealant that prevents excess e-juice from flowing into the drip tip.

CONS: The coils and wicks in RTAs aren’t as easy to replace or modify as those used in dripping atomizers.

Best examples are the SvoeMesto Kayfun3.1/KFL+ and Kebo Russian/R91%. These two have held the top spots in both genuine and clone RTA popularity, with the Taifun GT, sQuape and Fogger V4 and Flash-E Vapor in hot pursuit. New RTAs come out from all around the world every few weeks. The Gus Estia and Inverno Erlkönigin are currently only available in genuine form, but they will become very popular once cloned.

Genesis Rebuildable Atomizers

These RBAs depend on the power of osmosis to pull juice up from its bottom tank. One end of the wick is submerged in the juice inside the tank. Strong capillary action pushes the juice upwards as the wick’s absorbent material becomes saturated with liquid from the bottom up.

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UD AGA-T4 Genesis RBA is a dual-coil genesis-style rebuildable tank atomizer. (Photo via VaporJedi.com)

PROS: These atomizers generally use wicks made from ultra-absorbent materials, such as a stainless steel mesh, a natural fiber rope, and porous ceramic rods. They provide adequate, but not excessive, capillary action.

CONS: The juice tank is not sealed or regulated in any way. So, when the atomizer is tipped to the side or turned over upside-down, some of the juice might leak into the e-cig and wreak havoc on its circuitry, or it could come out of the wick hole or tank vent port. Also, you may need to “tip” the atomizer to get juice up to the portion of the wick that’s wrapped by the coil.

Examples of modern genesis-type atomizers are the Smoketech Dual Coil Pyrex RSST, the Mirandus Genesis RBA by Circle of Mod, and the UD AGA-T4 Genesis RBA, which is a dual-coil genesis-style rebuildable tank.