Oct 24

A Great Starter Kit – Heavy on the Juice!

I just ran across Vista Vapor and they have a great Top 5 starter kit available.  It includes a single 900mAh eGo style battery with a Vivi clearomizer attached, but what really makes it special is five 17ml bottles of their most popular e-liquids.  That’s a month’s worth of juice with a battery and clearo for $24.99.  You even get to choose the strength!

I’ve often mentioned that beginner kits should come with e-liquid and Vista Vapor is making it happen!


Oct 06

EMOW 1600 Mega Kit from Kanger

Kanger EMOW 1600 Kit
An electronic cigarette starter kit should be easy to use and require no adjustments to get it working right out of the box.  The 1600 EMOW Mega from Kanger meets both of those requirements and adds good looks, a high capacity variable voltage battery and an adjustable airflow tank for good measure.

The kit mates a variable voltage battery with a whopping 1600mAh capacity to an excellent bottom dual coil tank with adjustable airflow.  It’s slightly larger than a typical eGo, but smaller and definitely lighter than an APV with similar capacity.

Kanger EMOW 1600

 

It’s a great looking package, but the real value is in the performance.  Right out of the box this device vapes nearly perfectly.  Just charge the battery, fill the tank and go.  I got excellent vapor with all but the thickest juices and even then no dry hits, just a muted flavor.  The variable voltage battery delivers a full 4.8 volts with the included 2.0ohm clearomizer.Kanger EMOW Clearomizer

The $54.99 from EMOW 1600 kit from Goodejuice includes the variable voltage battery, trim ring, tank with 5 replacement heads and a USB charger and wall adapter.  That’s enough to get a vaper started and then some!


Sep 12

Battery Sizing

One of the first choices you’ll encounter when getting started with vaping is what size battery to buy. Variations in starter kits are centered around the batteries they include. As we’ve discussed in other articles here, there are three main types of batteries…

 

Small – about the size of a conventional cigarette. Range from 90 to 350 mAh.

Medium – about the size of a cigar, but they don’t really look like a cigar. 650 to 1100mAh.

Large - Many different sizes, from small flashlight to cigarette pack sized. 650 to 3000mAh.

 

The mAh shown above is short for milli-ampere hour and refers to how much current can be drawn for one hour from the battery before it is discharged. For our purposes, mAh can be equated with how long a battery can be vaped before needing a recharge.

There is no way to tell you exactly how long a battery lasts, because everyone vapes a little differently. Some vapers may take a few hits every hour while others will vape steadily for an entire hour. On average, though, the three sizes should yield the following performance.

 

Small – Less than 350mAh – plan on having three or more to last a full day.

Medium – 650mAh will last many vapors a full day, and 1000mAh are even more likely to.

Large - Over 1000mAh will last just about any vaper all day and maybe two.

 

In addition to charge time, larger batteries also typically offer an increase in power which translates into an increase in the warmth of vapor. We’re not going to get into all of those variations here, though.

What it all comes down to is finding a happy medium between performance and size. Smaller sizes are more easier to carry, but the added charging can be inconvenient. Larger batteries can border on bulky, but offer a lot more time between charges and available power.


Aug 06

Comments to the FDA due NOW!

Please see the The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA) 4th call to action for details on what to submit to let the FDA know why oppressive regulation on the electronic cigarette is a bad idea.

In short, proposed regulations threaten to decimate much of the ecig industry by making it financially impossible for small manufacturers and vendors to compete.  Big tobacco companies will likely be the only ones with resources to meet the regulatory requirements.  Your favorite juices and hardware will likely be a thing of the past.  Unfortunately, the astounding success in helping people to quit smoking probably will be, too.

The FDA may not listen to logic, but please don’t let it be for lack of us providing it to them.  Check out the CASAA call to action and submit your comments today.


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