The world of vaping is an extremely interesting one and until a few months back I had no idea there was so much to discover!
There are six stages that I can count that an individual passes through on their journey through the world of vaping.
This is without doubt the gateway device into more serious juice use. Easily available and disposable, when the battery is no more you are looking at buying a new one, no repairs or modifications here, bought as seen. They are easy to break, and even easier to over tighten so they inevitably leak. On top of that they have very restricted airflow so wide eyes and cheeks that meet in the middle is the likely reality when used. However all that said there are a couple of standout features for this class of device. Firstly they tend to be cheap purchasable for as little as £5 but even a good one will only likely set you back around £25 (or three packs of smokes in old money). Secondly the small tank for holding the juice seems at first glance to be a problem but is in fact an asset. As these devices are used to introduce you to vaping you are by definition new and thus also new to the world of flavoured smoke and believe me when I say there are thousands of flavours out there to discover. A little tank means less time till you can try that new flavour you just bought on a whim.
As you gain knowledge and experience you will start to expect more from your vaping experience. This will result in you getting irritated by the constant need to top up the juice tank, especially when you have stopped flavour chasing for a while and have settled down with a new favourite flavour for a while. You will also start to get annoyed by the fact that after a day of vaping you will probably need to recharge before the evenings fun can begin. The result is that our traveller on the vaping road will upgrade to a tasteful mod, something like an EGO-ONE. Coming with a large battery for longer life and a big tank for less juice refills, this meets our needs for now.
As our journey continues and the knowledge acquired starts to make sense you start to realise that the power of your battery has a massive effect on the nature of the smoke you actually end up inhaling, so it makes sense to have a good one at least. You will also by now have collected a few tanks filled with different flavours and become adept at switching tanks on batteries as you fancy a quick taste of a new flavour. You will probably have come across the new craze of “sub-ohm” vaping. I confess to being a huge convert to “sub-ohm” vaping as I find the flavour much richer and the smoke cooler not to mention the huge clouds you can make if you’re so inclined. However you need a much bigger battery to run a “sub-ohm” device and you need to be able to change the wattage the battery delivers as different coils require different wattage. Only option; upgrade to an un-tasteful mod. There is no getting away from it these things look like bricks, newer models are trying to scale things back a bit but they are still quite clunky if they are able to deliver any serious level of power. I find for home use they are totally acceptable but I have not found one I feel comfortable using in public yet. Currently I am using a Smok X-Pro 80M that so far has met my current needs.
You are now officially a fully-fledged vaper with the ability to talk with the best on the subject, welcome to the club 🙂
This is the next logical step on the journey when you discover the effect of keeping a stock of replacement coils. Especially as your collection of tanks, batteries and all-in-ones grows so does the range of coils you need to keep as backups. So why not make your own, quality control comes as standard as you’re only going to use the best materials you can find such as Organic Japanese Cotton and not some mass produced chemically treated cotton that is probably used in the factories. The rewards for the effort; simply put the purest smoke full of flavour. An RDA like the Indulgence Mutation X V4 is basically a sieve with space for a coil in the middle, but build your coil and wick it and then drip your juice onto the wick till its fully soaked add a battery and enjoy.
Well as we are now building coils and re-wicking like its second nature surely the next step will be to start creating our own perfect juice. Using a juice calculator and making sure you are using pharmaceutical grade ingredients a wonderful world of discovery lays before you. There are thousands of flavours out there and a 10ml bottle of concentrate can be found for around £3 it won’t be long before you have draws of them, all steeping away. At this level only your imagination is holding you back.
I can’t write much about this level as I have not actually achieved it yet, but older and wiser people have told me it’s where you take control of the battery and housing. This is the level where you laughingly dismiss the use of electronics to regulate the battery and base your guaranteed survival on your current knowledge of physics. I dizzying height to achieve but maybe one day……
As you can see since our last vaping related post my knowledge is so much greater in depth and detail but if you are just starting your journey you should start from the beginning and experience all the different vaping “stages” yourself.
In just under two weeks we are going to attend the Vaper Expo in Birmingham NEC (11th & 12th July 2015). The exhibitors list is huge and I am hoping to learn some new tricks (and not get carried away and blow the bank balance on new toys).
In the meantime we have a surprise for you 🙂
multiCIG have very kindly offered a selection of electronic cigarettes and their multiVAPE e-liquid starter kit to one of Bark Time readers. So, if you are thinking about quitting or know someone who might benefit from this ever growing in popularity way of quitting or even if they just want to swop a ciggie for a “go” one day then why not enter my giveaway below?
1. Open to UK readers only, age 18+.
2. This giveaway is sponsored by multiVAPE.
3. There will be 1 winner chosen at random from all valid entries. Winner will be chosen by Gleam.
4. The winner will receive 1 x Golden Tabacco Disposable Electric Cigarette, 1 x Menthol Disposable Electric Cigarette and 1 x e-liquid starter kit. The prize will only be fulfilled by Bark Time
5. The winner will have 7 working days to claim the prize, after this time, a new winner will be selected.
6. Closing date for the giveaway is Friday 24/07/2015 at 23:59pm, any entry made after this time will not be counted.