Vape Jam UK 2017: Sub Ohm Magazine Awards

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Now in its third year, Vape Jam is held annually in London and has quickly become one of the go-to places in the UK for vapers to get together. With a hall full of eLiquid creators, hardware manufacturers, vaping advocates, reviewers, and of course, all the vapers, it’s one of the only places that you can be sure to feel at home as a vaper. At every show are the Vape Jam awards, with this year’s awards sponsored by Sub Ohm Magazine.

Awards are given to the best flavour profiles, and bits of kit and hardware, as well as tanks, stands, and brands – there’s a whole heap to be won! Here’s the run down of this years winners at Vape Jam 2017.

Best in Show – Prohibition Vapes

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Prohibition Potions hail from the UK, and along with their eLiquid range, Prohibition also have a number of coffee and vape lounges to chill and have a vape.

Their Prohibition Potions range features a variety of flavours to try, from an icy Slushie to a Blackcurrant Liquorice, and are inspired by the Smuggler’s Runs of 1930’s Prohibition in the USA.

 

Best Branding – Zap

ZAP! Juice hail from Manchester, UK, and they spend many a joyous hour creating their eLiquids in their ISO-grade clean room.

Using only the highest grade pharmaceutical VG, PG, Nicotine, and Flavourings, their master vape mixologists pouring their passion and dedication for their craft into every bottle of eJuice.

 

Best Booth – Twelve Monkeys

Hailing all the way from the dense jungles of Toronto in Canada, Twelve Monkeys Vapor Co have strived to create a range of e-liquids with quality flavours at a very reasonable price. All of 12 Monkeys e-liquids are at a minimum of 70% VG, allowing for a very smooth and flavoursome vape on every puff, and every e-liquid is pre-steeped for two weeks prior to bottling, so all the flavours are more evenly balanced.

 

Best Unregulated – Purge

Purge Mods were started by two guys who created Fast Eddie’s Vape Shop & Lounge with their main intention being to help people find a safer smoking alternative. After a flourishing start, their passion grew to help those that weren’t just in their community.

Purge Mods are high end with extensive design and construction values.

 

Best Regulated – Limitless

Widely known for their range of mods, drippers, and other devices, Limitless have long been held in high regard by many in the vaping world, with their devices being some of the most sought after and respected pieces of kit. At the 2017 Vape Jam, Limitless walked away with 0.

 

Best RDA – Grimm Green – The Recoil

Designed by Grimm Green himself (who also coincidentally had Q & A appearances at Vape Jam that weekend), his Recoil RDA combines a balanced build deck and a two cap, dual-angled airflow system. 24mm in diameter, the Recoil has a 22mm deck allowing for easy-builds, with a three post, split centre post arrangement, with 2.5mm terminal. It’s aimed for those looking for big flavour and vapour production, with a high-performance RDA unit.

 

Best RTA – Mason Dumptank

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The Mason Dumptank from VaperGate took home the Best RTA award. It offers a generous deck with ample space for building both simple and complex coil builds. It has a continually variable airflow system ranging from a wide open to a completely closed draw; built with both flavour and vapour production in mind.

 

Best Custard & Cream – Eco Vape – Milf Milk

Eco-Vape e-liquid are a home-grown bunch, based out of Nottingham in sunny ol’ England. They were one of the first manufacturers to produce a Milkshake themed eliquid range, with their range available in 0, 3, and 6mg of nicotine, in a 90%VG consistency.

Milfsmilk from Eco Vapo is a UK-made ejuice, as well as being a delightfully named flavour, and it features a classic custard cream biscuit blended with sweet strawberries.

 

Best Dessert Kilo – Tru Blue

Kilo Vapors are world renowned for their dedication to the craft of eLiquid mixology. Each one of their five vape flavours have been carefully created with quality always preceding quantity. With very unique ideas and a freedom of expression, Kilo are one brand to try and try again.

Tru Blue by Kilo features a balanced blend of Blueberries along with notes of Custard.

 

Best Candy – Pick N Mix  – Vanilla Fudge

The Pick n Mix eLiquid range is a creation of Bowman eLiquid, the same guys who produced the Psycho Chemist, among others. The Pick n Mix sub range features flavour blends wholly reminiscent of the various Pick n Mix sweets, including Foam Bananas, Mint Balls, Sour Cherries, Apples, and of course, the Vanilla Fudge.

Vanilla Fudge eLiquid by Pick n Mix is a flavour blend reminiscent of those fudge sweets at an old stool Pick n Mix.

 

Best Drink – Lemonade House- Fresh Lemonade

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The Lemonade House eLiquid range features a Citrus and Beverage basis, using a tart Lemonade flavour as a basis. Along with this, each flavour contains additional flavour notes, such as Raspberries, Grapefruits, Mangoes, and other Tropical Fruits.

Traditional by The Lemonade House is an eLiquid flavour for the citrus-aficionados out there, featuring a thoroughly tart Lemonade-esqe flavour profile.

 

Best Menthol – Juice Bomb – Cherry Bomb

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Juice Bomb eLiquids main focus is to bring a range of palatable eLiquids to the market, that are fully traceable and safe to use. Their range is available in a 60%VG blend, and are wholly manufactured in the UK.

At Vape Jam 2017, they took home the Best Menthol award for their Cherry Bomb eLiquid.

 

Best Pastry Dvtch Amsterdam – Tom Pouce

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Dutch Amsterdam are one of the only eLiquid companies in Amsterdam, and they aim to bring their city’s culture to the world with their eLiquid flavour range. With five flavours in their range, their ‘Tom Pouce’ flavour bringing home the best pastry from Vape Jam in 2017.

 

Best Tobacco – Miami Drip Club Little Havana

From the Cheap Thrills guys, the Miami Drip Club range aims to encapsulate all that sun-soaked 80’s glory in an eLiquid bottle. Colourful branding and complex flavour blends all both Cheap Thrills and Miami Drip Club to push through the USA dominated eJuice as one of the more noticeable brands from the UK.

Their Little Havana eLiquid has a blend of biscuits, caramels, and tobacco, along with notes of cinnamon.

 

Best Fruit – Kilo – Mixed Fruit

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Formerly know as Fruit Whip in the Kilo range, this mixed fruit flavour blend was renamed to the more matter-of-fact “Mixed Fruit”.  Mixed Fruit by Kilo is a balanced fruit medley featuring Apples, Pears, Mixed Berries, with Tropical Fruits such as Mangoes, Passion Fruit and Pineapples, finally finished with notes of Cream.


If you’d like to get in contact with Vape Club, please feel free to get in contact with us.

Nicotine Salt eLiquids

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eLiquids and vaping have changed the ways we absorb nicotine into our bodies. We no longer need to combust tobacco in order to get nicotine, we simply vape instead. Whilst vaping has made this process easier and more beneficial for users in many ways, vaping is still generally unable to provide that quick nicotine hit or ‘rush’ that people get from cigarettes. Vaping delivers the nicotine to the body, which is why it works, but just not as quickly as cigarettes.

Most eLiquids on the market use a form of nicotine derived from the tobacco leaf, but some manufacturers are looking at other methods, either synthesizing the nicotine, or getting it from a different source.

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Salt Nicotine eLiquids are basically what the name suggests; an eLiquid that manages to encapsulate the natural salt that is found within the tobacco leaf. Vaping a salt-based nicotine eLiquid allows nicotine to be absorbed into the body at a faster rate than standard eLiquids, allowing the user to experience a more “natural” nicotine rush that’s more similar to smoking a tobacco cigarette. Salt based nicotine eLiquids aim to provide a more potent nicotine hit than most eLiquids can currently provide.

Traditionally, a type of freebase nicotine is used in tobacco cigarettes. Initially, nicotine is found in a “salt-like” state on the tobacco leaf, and in order to increase the potency of the nicotine hit, tobacco companies change the chemical structure of the nicotine; making it into “freebase nicotine”.

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Using a salt nicotine eLiquid means that the higher nicotine eLiquids that were traditionally quite harsh on the throat, are now much, much smoother, and flavours and tastes can be experienced clearer. Not only that, salt-based nicotine eLiquids also allow the user to receive the nicotine hit at a faster rate, improving the efficiency of the vaping experience.

As they are predominantly designed for the high nicotine users in mind, they’re not really suitable for sub-ohm setups, and it wouldn’t be advisable to use nicotine-salt eliquid with a high-powered sub-ohm coil. Nicotine still provides the biggest part or factor of the throat hit, regardless of how smooth the VG/PG mix is.

Sub ohm limitations aside, these natural salt-based nicotine eliquids offer an arguably improved vaping experience for those who use high nicotine eLiquids, and could potentially change the way in which eLiquids are manufacturered in the future.


For more information on Natural Salt Nicotine eLiquids, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our team.

Vape Laws and Regulations Explained (TRPR / TPD)

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On the 20th of May this year, the Tobacco & Related Products Regulations will completely kick into action. This comes into effect across the whole of the European Union, where it’s known as TPD (Tobacco Products Directive). The TRPR is the interpretation of the regulations by the UK government into UK law. You may have seen some gradual changes in the last year, including 2ml tank sizes and an increase in 10ml bottles. This has been a changeover period where both non-regulated and the new regulated products could be sold interchangeably. However, after the 20th of May all vaping products will have to be compliant with TRPR in order to be bought and sold in the EU.

The official UK government document lists all the regulations in detail, but the simplified version states that;

  • Vape tanks will be no larger than 2ml.
  • eLiquid bottle sizes will be no larger than 10ml.
  • The maximum Nicotine strength available will be 20mg (2%).

Other rules require a leak-proof refilling mechanism, a consistent dose of nicotine from the vape device, and comprehensive product testing and certification from the manufacturers and suppliers.

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Basically, in order for vaping products to be sold in the UK after May the 20th, these products have to be what’s referred to as ‘notified’, where manufacturers have to submit particular pieces of information about their products, such as packaging, ingredients, toxicology reports, and emissions tests. The organisation that deals with this notification in the UK is called the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency), and they basically just want to ensure that eLiquid doesn’t contain harmful compounds or chemicals, or any ingredients that have been banned for use. This things are vitally important as the user needs to be certain they’re receiving a quality product that is safe to use.

The regulations are highly controversial within the industry, for a number of varying reasons. Although testing and packaging are reasonable things, other parts of the regulations are seen by many to be completely unneccessary. The cost of getting even a single product ‘notified’ by the MHRA is substantially high, and a vast number of the current eLiquid manufactures are unable to meet this cost, and have and will inevitably shut down. While this does narrow the market considerably, it also does away with any potential “Cowboy” juice makers, who may use ingredients that may be harmful. It allows only companies with the proper equipment and resources to continue to manufacture.

On the other hand, advertising is, and will continue to be, heavily censored, which potentially means that it’s more difficult to get the necessary information out to those that need it, such as the smokers desperately trying to quit.

While some of the rules are a positive step towards regulation, other aspects of the TRPR will affect a vast number of vapers. The 2ml maximum tank size that’s being introduced will be potentially abrasive for many people, as up until this point tanks have ranged from small capacities like 2ml, all the way up to 10ml and beyond (within reason).

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Due to the nature of Sub Ohm devices, users of these vapes do need to refill their tank fairly frequently, more so compared to a regular user of mouth-to-lung style devices. Having a 2ml capacity tank and Sub Ohm vaping on it will very likely mean it will have to be refilled several times a day if used often.

Another aspect to the regulations that will force vapers to change their habits is the maximum eLiquid bottle size they’ll be able to purchase. In the past, Vapers have been able to purchase large quantities (100ml, 120ml, 180ml) of eLiquid, saving on time, money, and postage cost. After May, only individual 10ml bottles will be available in shops, meaning vapers will have to quickly get used to carrying (and trying not to lose) small bottles of eLiquid.

On the other hand, there will still be ways to get hold of quantities of 30ml, 60ml, and 120ml. It will just be in 10ml form. So a 120ml bottle equivalent will be divided into twelve individual 10ml bottles, in a pack. A three pack will equal 30ml, a six pack will equal 60ml, and so on.

These individual 10ml bottles also form part of the Leak-proof mechanism that the regulations require. Most glass eLiquid bottles have a pipette that’s used to transfer eLiquid from the bottle to the tank, but this isn’t always the cleanest, safest, or most hygienic method of doing it. The 10ml bottles are designed in such a way to eliminate leaks and spills, and keep the eLiquid as fresh as possible.

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The other aspects of the regulations will not really affect most vapers. A 20mg maximum strength, will only affect a very small portion of vapers, as 18mg has generally been the standard highest strength for most vapers up until this point anyway.

So all in all, things are about to change for good within the vaping world, whether we like them or not. Some of these regulations are a positive step towards proper regulation, whereas others can be seen to be of ill-advised logic and reasoning. We’ll be continuing to stock non-TRPR compliant stock as long as we can, and after this we’ll make every effort to stock the widest possible variety of vape products that we can.


For more information on TRPR / TPD, or to speak to us about anything at all, please feel free to get in contact with our team.

Secondary & Side-Effects of Vaping

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Many smokers are still confused by aspects of vaping, how it works, and whether or not it’s harmful to us and our bodies. Public Health England state that vaping is 95% safer than smoking tobacco, and is considered by many to be a ‘harm-reduction’ tool, rather than being absolutely one hundred percent safe.

It’s almost an impossible task to stay completely 100% healthy in this modern day and age, and the only way to have a realistic chance of achieving this to only breath in the freshest and cleanest air; don’t smoke, don’t vape, and avoid all car fumes and cities.

However, if you do choose to vape, you may find yourself experiencing some mild side-effects with vaping. There’s no need to panic, as they’re all harmless, but we’ve outlined and explained a few of the common vaping side-effects below.

 

Dehydration

We all get dehydrated from time to time, it’s just part of human nature that our bodies need a consistent replenishment of water. Many of us find it difficult to stay hydrated during our day-to-day anyway, but vapers may find they are more susceptible to feeling like needing to drink big glass of water. It’s something to be mindful of.

All you need to do is to ensure you’re drinking enough water every day, and just be mindful if you’re a vaper that you may be feeling thirstier than usual.

Dry Mouth

Similar to being dehydrated, users of vape devices may find their mouth and tongue, in particular, becoming dry and arid; perhaps more so than usual. This can be due to the Propylene Glycol (PG) in the liquid. PG is what’s known as a ‘hydroscopic” liquid, which means that its very good at attracting and condensing water molecules together.

To combat this, just be sure you’re keeping yourself hydrated during vaping, as you would normally. However, if it does become more of an issue, simply try an eLiquid that’s lower in Propylene Glycol, and higher in Vegetable Glycerin (VG).

Vapers Tongue

So you’ve just found your favourite eLiquid, it’s full on flavour and you can’t stop vaping it. Suddenly the flavour’s gone, disappeared. You have another vape, and it’s still not there. What’s happened?! Basically, you’re experiencing what’s known as ‘Vapers Tongue”, and its very common and quite easy to remedy. Vapers tongue occurs when your tastebuds become accustomed to a certain flavour after repeated use, and the tastebuds can no longer detect the flavour due to saturation.

One of the ways to remedy this is to quite simply change flavours. You’re tastebuds will be able to detect the different flavours, and you’ll be able to go back to your favourite juice again after a little while.

New vapers who have just quit smoking tobacco may also find their tastebuds are playing up initially. Just know that this is a completely normal part of the process, where your tastebuds will start to work properly again after being saturated with tobacco smoke for a period of time.

 

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Vaping can be a tricky thing to navigate for a new user. It does require a some degree of initial investment with a bit of research and self-education, and it’s important to know the basics before diving in. This applies to many aspects of vaping, but in particular the nicotine strength a user selects does require a bit of forethought. Some new vapers think that going straight to the highest possible nicotine strength is the way to start vaping.

It’s understandable to think that having the highest possible nicotine strength would deter a new vaper from going back to cigarettes, as it would, in theory, give the most amount of nicotine per puff, but this isn’t generally the case. Vaping is very different to smoking tobacco, and it administers nicotine at a different rate.

We always advise going in at around 12mg, as its strong enough to give a kick, but no too overpowering. Remember, you can always vape through a lower strength if it’s not strong enough, but if an eLiquid is of too high of a strength then it will be unpleasant to taste and potentially be unvapeable for the user.

Although very rare, as most vapers are known to self-regulate their habit, inhaling too much nicotine can cause users to experience mild dizziness, nausea, and an increased heartbeat. All they’ll need to do is have a lie down for a little bit, as these symptoms don’t tend to last long, and the experience is over fairly quickly.

Coughing / Sore Throat

Although it’s intended to closely replicate the sensation of smoking tobacco, vaping is still a very different method of getting nicotine in your body. Some of those very new to vaping may find themselves coughing and spluttering when using a device, and it can sometimes be a cause for alarm. However, this is quite a normal thing that just requires a bit of getting used to, as the body is just adjusting to this new experience that it has never had before.

PG and Nicotine can both be a mild irritant on the throat at first, but using an eLiquid with a high VG content allows it to smoothen out, and this is why the majority of eLiquids are made in the favour of VG. Coughing should subside as a user gets more experience with vaping, but if someone’s finding a persistent cough, then they might want to reconsider how they’re vaping.


If you have any questions regarding secondary effects of vaping, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

Digby’s Juices: 2017 eLiquid Range

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Deep in the depths of Dorset, among the birds and the trees; there lives a lot of eLiquid people, and they’re called Digby’s! Sadly, Digby’s aren’t the Poddington Peas, and they haven’t yet got their own theme tune (yet).

Digby’s have been hard at work extending their eLiquid range for 2017, having culled numerous flavours from their line-up; even some of the fan favourites! Bold moves on Digby’s part there. Sadly there’s no longer Mum’s Custard or Apple Cinnamon, Hooligan or The King; with the only two flavours making their way through the TRPR shakedown being Dr Jekyll and Moriya’s Mix.

Nevertheless, Digby’s have been hunkering down in their mixing bunker of vapeness, concocting some additional flavours to add to their range.

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Dr Jekyll

Dr Jekyll harks back to those days in Victorian London; Horse-drawn carriages, top hats & tails, patchwork humans of the dead … Ok, maybe let’s skip past that one. Dr Jekyll features a strong aniseed taste as its basis, along with notes of Wormwood; a plant with a distinctive aroma that’s well known as an ingredient in Absinthe.

When used within a refillable tank system, Dr Jekyll features a blend of these two main flavours, but when used with an RDA or dripper, Mr Hyde shows his true form; evolving Dr Jekyll into a monstrous mix of the aforementioned Anise and Wormwood, along with a bitter mint undertone and Citrus zing! A unique flavour blend for those who may be searching for something a little different.
 

 

 

 
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Moriya’s Mix

The other flavour returning for Digby’s 2.0 Redux range is their Moriya’s Mix; a fervent blend of Menthol and Eucalyptus.

It’s said to be a great nose-clearer on a stuffy day, with the strong flavours of both the Eucalyptus and the Menthol providing a powerful taste sensation on the tastebuds.Digby’s themselves recommend that users who would usually vape 18mg should try moving down a strength with this eLiquid as Moriya’s Mix can have quite a strong taste, even for high nicotine users. Digby’s themselves recommend that users who would usually vape 18mg should try moving down a strength with this eLiquid as Moriya’s Mix can have quite a strong taste, even for high nicotine users.

We’re still not entirely sure who Moriya is why this is their mix, but knowing Digby’s its origins and meaning are just as cryptic and mysterious as some of the other names of their flavours!

 

 

 

 
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Ayen

Not only a small commune in the Novelle-Aquitaine region of Central France, made famous by Richard the Lionheart and the Siege of 1416, Ayen is also a Tobacco blend from our Digby’s in Dorset!

Ayen (the Digby’s version) is one of their newest flavours for 2017.

Taking the the familiar and basic Tobacco flavour that eCigs are known for, Digby’s have blended this with prominent notes of both Chocolate and Caramel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bramble

Widely known for being sharp, pointy, and something thorny that you’d rather not fall into, Bramble bushes also are known for producing the incredibly tart and sweet Blackberry fruit, as well as a number of ornamental species that can be grown for their flowering petals.

This Bramble, on the other hand, is a Juniper & Gin-based blend that also features Cane Sugar and Blackcurrants; adding both sweet and fruit layers to this vape.

Finally Bramble is finished with a cooling layer of mentol, adding a fresh tingle to this blend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stalker

Probably harbouring the least appealing sounding name of Digby’s 2017 range, Stalker conjures up thoughts of a foggy Victorian night with the Ripper lurking around the next corner; ready to strike!

Instead, Stalker by Digby’s is quite reminiscent of their earlier Gunpowder eLiquid.Stalker could probably be considered a sort of Gunpowder V2, as it contains quite a similar

Stalker could probably be considered a sort of Gunpowder V2, as it contains quite a similar flavour profile.

Definitely for those fans of Liquorice and Anise, Stalker contains a sweet Aniseed blend that’s also mixed with notes of citrus giving it a tart bite.

It’s definitely a juice to be following around…
 

 

 

 

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Jester

Less of a joke and more of a complex blend of flavour notes, Jester eLiquid by Digby’s is new for 2017, and it’s certainly no laughing matter.

It features a blend of a variety of exotic tropical fruits, bringing their natural sweetness to the forefront of the flavour.

These citrus notes are then blended with Menthol for a cooling after note.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rheum

Definitely not the sleep crust that we wake up most days (although it is spelt exactly the same), Digby’s have chosen the alternative name for Rhubarb for this eLiquid flavour blend.

Rheum is characterised by its blend of both Vanilla and tart Rhubarb, along with a pie crust element to add that bit of crumble in there.

We just wish they called it something different!

 


If you have any questions about the Digby’s eLiquid range, or any of the other vaping products on our website, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team.

BO eCig: Liquid Capsule Vaping Kit

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With the upcoming government legislation set to over-regulate and quash certain aspects of vaping culture, innovative designers and inventors from far and wide around the globe have been busy working their brains in an attempt to try and figure out a way around the problem.

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There’s big tobacco’s “heat, not burn” process, which, unlike vaping we’ve been used to in the past few years, uses actual real tobacco leaf to acquire nicotine from. The tobacco is heated to the point of vaporization, but not combustion, as fire is what produces so many of the nasty chemicals that infect our bodies from smoking tobacco.

Alternatively, a few different companies have been experimenting with a “vape pod” or “liquid pod” based system, where a small disposable capsule filled with eLiquid and a heating element is used instead of a refillable tank; very similar to the early “cigalikes” that vapers were using a few years ago.

While we’ve looked at a few pod-based systems already, including the My Von Erl Starter Kit, there are more and more of these liquid pod devices being produced; one of which being the BO eCig Starter Kit, which is manufactured in France.

While its name may conjure up thoughts of fragrant armpits, the BO kit instead offers a colour-coded pod system that utilizes a thin rechargeable battery charged via a magnetic USB port. The USB is suitable for use with laptop or an easily accessible USB slot, although users of tower computers may find it more difficult.

Alternatively BO have a charging cable as an alternative means of charging, as well as their BO Power unit; a personalisable charging station with a 1500mAh internal battery, and this allows the BO eCig to be charged four times before the power bank itself will need a recharge, as well via USB cable.

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The BO eLiquid pods, or ‘caps’ as BO refer to them as, are 1.5ml in capacity, and contain both the coil and heating element in the cap. These caps have a one-use design and are intended to be disposed of when the eLiquid in the cap has run out.

The BO eLiquid range features a wide-range of different flavours to try; twelve in total. BO’s flavours are divided into four categories; Tobacco, Fruit, Mint, and ‘Gourmand’, with flavour blends such as Complex Tobacco, Peach Smoothie, Lemon Cream, and Polar mint, to name a few.

Although its just been released, BO do have further plans that unfortunately we’re not permitted to disclose at the moment, but be assured that the BO eLiquid range will likely be extended to include many, many more flavour blends.

All in all, the BO starter kit, like the other disposable pod eCig devices, is suitable for a brand new vaper due to its incredible ease of use when compared to more complicated devices. The BO kit can be easily assembled and used within a matter of seconds, with its button-less operation ensuring its easy for new vapers to get to grips with.

 

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For more information on the BO eCig Kit or disposable ‘pod’ devices, or to speak to our team about any of the products on our site, please do get in contact with us.

My Von Erl Starter Kit: Vape Overview

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The My Kit from Von Erl represents the next evolution in vape devices, and is among a variety of new styled “Liquid Pod” eCigarettes; taking disposable capsules rather than using a refillable tank.

While we’ve been used to using refillable chambers and pipettes over the last couple of years, Von Erl have looked to the earlier style of ecigarettes for inspiration; the “cigalike”.

The My Kit takes the size and form of the early cigalikes, but while these were often cigarette coloured and cylindrical (aesthetically designed to look like a tobacco cigarette), the MY from Von Erl looks more akin to a USB stick than a cigalike, with a definitively black finish and an oblong shape. Similar to the cigalike, the My is extremely pocket-friendly, and weighs very little.

While the early Cigalikes were completely disposable, requiring the user to chuck away every component after expiration, these new ‘pod’ style devices only feature a disposable “top part”, similar to a basic CE4 Clearmiser. Once a pod (which contains both the heating element and eLiquid) is finished, a brand new one can be easily inserted into the battery portion, giving it a fresh coil with a refill of eJuice.

my-von-erl-starter-kit3While currently Von Erl have manufactured their own basic flavours, including straight Tobacco (Tabak) and Menthol (Tabak Menthol), as well as fruity and other flavours like Cherry, Pina Colada, and Café Latte, there are already plans to produce Liquid pods featuring some of vape culture’s biggest brands, such as the award winning Frisco Vaper, Cuttwood, Taffy Man, and Halcyon Vapors!

Utilising this disposable pod method of refilling, the My kit is mess free and almost completely leak proof, as it’s inherent ‘plug in and play’ feature means refilling the device takes literally seconds. Von Erl have also made the My Kit incredibly easy to use, requiring the user to just inhale on the mouth-piece in order to vape; it’s completely button free.

One of the only downsides to the My kit is its relatively small battery size. The vast majority of vapers would be used to batteries that hold at least a 1000mAh of power, but the dinky My has just a 350mAh battery to utlise. While this is to be expected, due to the smaller nature of the My anyway, some vapers looking to get extensive battery power from the device may be left feeling short.

However, it should be noted that the Von Erl My isn’t designed to use high volumes of power in one go, it’s designed to be small and compact, and easy to use for beginners. It would then seem that the smaller battery size is just a small price to pay for compactness and ease of use.

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If you’d like to speak to us about the Von Erl, the new “Liquid Pod” technology, or any of the other products on our site, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team.

Quit Smoking – Tips for New Vapers This Stoptober

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Nail-biting, nose-picking; it can be difficult to break any bad habit, big or small. But it can be especially difficult trying to break a bad habit that’s as unique as smoking tobacco. This Stoptober is the perfect opportunity to give the cigs a big ol’ boot; it’ll make you feel (and smell) a million times better!

If you’re struggling to keep vaping and stave of the cigs, here’s a few Vape Club tips to help keep you on the right track, and on towards that milestone of vaping prowess.

Make your Stoptober a Start-tober!

  • Get a spare battery, even if it’s another eGo kit. You don’t want to be running out of power, or waiting for a single battery to charge back up.
  • Consider getting at least two different flavours, to negate potential vaper’s tongue (temporarily losing the ability to taste).
  • You will probably need a high nicotine strength to start with (depending on the device you choose), potentially get two strengths to see what suits you better.
  • Ensure you have enough eLiquid to last,  you don’t want to run out of this either – roughly 10ml per 3 days for beginner vapers. E Liquid is almost always cheaper online so it’s usually better to stock up in advance than having to pick up an emergency supply from a shop
  • It takes roughly 3 to 5 seconds for nicotine to kick in with vaping rather than with a tobacco cigarette, which is about 1 second.
  • Keep at it, it’s a different method to get used to but can be done with some persistence.
  • If you’re feeling like you’re commitment is waning, just talk to someone. If not in person, there are plenty of online forums full of ex-smokers that have been in the same position.
  • Try to convince a friend trying to quit to take up vaping as well – two heads are better than one.
  • If you do have a cigarette, don’t feel like it’s the end of the world (or thirty lashes). It may take a few tries, as vaping is a rather different experience than smoking. They say it takes nine days to break any habit, and while quitting smoking tobacco may seem like a struggle, at least this is a goal to aim for.
  • Vaping is a very customisable way to quit smoking. A setup that works for one person might not work for the next, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different hardware if it doesn’t work for you the first time. You will probably find that once you find the setup that works just the way you want it to, the transition will be almost seamless.

If you’d like to speak to us about any of the products on our website, or anything vape related at all, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

Are Misguided Beliefs About Vaping Killing Smokers?

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There are currently about 2.8 million vapers in the UK. That’s a huge increase from 2012 when there were only about 700,000 people using e-cigarettes. On the other hand, there are still nearly 10 million smokers, which is more than three times as many as vapers. Whilst smoking prevalence continues to decrease – perhaps attributed to e-cigarettes – a large number of smokers are still reluctant to switch or even try vaping, allegedly because they are concerned about e-cigarettes’ health implications, safety, cost, weight gain and other factors.

So a question arises, is there any rationale for smokers’ reluctance to try e-cigarettes? Or are tens of thousands of smokers still dying in the UK for no reason other than being misguided and misinformed? Our investigation of the issue suggests it’s the latter.

 

The (Un) Healthy Rationale Not Holding Water

Our own investigation as well as that conducted by the Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) found that concerns about health implications are the most commonly cited reason for refusing to try e-cigarettes among smokers. These concerns are not completely unjustified as e-cigarettes are relatively new and more research is necessary to determine their effect on health; especially in the long term.

However, despite their short lifespan, e-cigarettes have already been proven as a less harmful alternative to their tobacco-containing counterpart. According to the Public Health England (PHE), vaping is 95% safer than smoking which has been shown to be the leading cause of a number of cancers; most notably of the lung, mouth and throat as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease and many other equally deadly diseases.

Even if e-cigarettes are not entirely risk-free, the (un) healthy rationale clearly doesn’t hold water. What is more, over one half of the 509 vapers who responded to our survey reported positive health changes since switching to vaping, including better sleep, a change of eating habits, whiter teeth and reduced shortness of breath. Smokers citing health considerations as the main reason for refusing to try e-cigarettes thus clearly don’t have all the information – or rather, they have been misled by popular belief by the media that e-cigarettes are just as bad as cigarettes.

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Other Irrational Health and Safety Concerns

In addition to being concerned about health implications of e-cigarettes, a large portion of smokers also express concerns about other health and safety related issues. These include poisoning from ingesting eJuice and the risk of fire and battery explosions. Largely fuelled by sensational media reports, these concerns are not exactly without basis. Yes, e-liquid is toxic if ingested, and just like other electronic devices that contain lithium batteries (such as mobile phones), e-cigarettes pose a risk of fire and even explosion. But a large number of reports of incidents involving e-cigarettes are either heavily exaggerated or don’t show the whole picture.

During 2013/14, the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) recorded around 56,000 telephone enquiries. Only 204 were related to electronic cigarettes and their liquid content, with the majority being classified as no or mild toxicity. We don’t have impartial data for the number of battery explosions involving e-cigarettes but according to the PHE report, the risk is no greater than the risk posed by other domestic electrical products when used responsibly and in line with the manufacturer’s safety guidelines. The very same report also reveals that between April 2013 and March 2014, cigarettes, cigars and other smokers’ materials were responsible for 2,360 fires in the UK. In contrast, e-cigarettes caused only 105 fires in a two-year period.

Just like concerns about the effects of e-cigarette use on health, concerns about poisoning, fire and battery explosions don’t really qualify as a sound argument. When comparing the actual risk of injury or death to the risks of other common everyday products – and in particular regular cigarettes, the fear of e-cigarettes is very hard to comprehend. In 2013/14, fires caused by the so-called smokers’ materials killed 80 and injured more than 670 people in the UK. Yet that doesn’t seem to discourage smokers from continuing smoking.

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How Does It Feel? Most Vapers Say It’s As Satisfying As Smoking

Smokers and ex-smokers who have already switched to vaping will obviously know the best answer to the question; ‘what does vaping feel like?’ We therefore conducted a survey, asking vapers to tell us whether vaping feels like smoking. More than one half of respondents said vaping does feel just like smoking, adding it also provides the same throat hit. Similar responses were also recorded when it comes to vaping satisfying nicotine cravings and the experience after “trigger events” such as food and drink, with the small majority of respondents saying vaping is as satisfying as smoking.

There could be many reasons why some disagreed. Respondents who don’t think vaping feels like smoking perhaps cut down on nicotine levels too quickly. Obviously, e-cigarettes will feel less satisfying than a regular cigarette if it contains little or no nicotine. Also, it is important to note that nicotine absorption by the body IS not as efficient with vaping as it is with smoking. This means that when you initially make the switch from smoking to vaping there is a period of time where your body adjusts to the different rate of nicotine uptake.

A lot of people find they are using their device far more than they would have smoked at first – this is normal, and it will settle down over a short period of time. If you aren’t getting the satisfaction to your nicotine craving the simplest option is to try and up your e-liquid strength, or to look at a more advanced device which produces a greater amount of vapour – more vapour means more nicotine per puff (if all other factors are the same!). So, the overall experience of vaping including the taste, throat hit, vapour production, etc. depends greatly on the chosen vaping device and e-liquid, most notably flavour and nicotine strength. When finding the right e-cigarette and e-liquid, vaping can be equally or according to some survey respondents, even more satisfying than smoking.

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The persisting misconception among smokers that e-cigarettes don’t deliver nicotine as efficiently as regular cigarettes, and that the vaping experience is inferior to that of smoking may also be related to the quality and performance of the first generation e-cigarettes, which were in many cases indeed unsatisfactory. However, the technology has progressed tremendously since the introduction of e-cigarettes back in 2003. Meanwhile, the leading manufacturers didn’t only find a way to overcome the issue of nicotine delivery but also to develop a range of devices (and e-liquids) to suit a range of tastes and preferences. Either way, rejecting vaping for being less satisfying than smoking without even trying an e-cigarette cannot be regarded as a sound reason.

High Cost a Very Poor Excuse

£8.50 is the average cost for someone who smokes a pack of cigarettes every day; a costly habit for deadly consequences such as lung cancer and other potentially fatal or disabling diseases. That’s nearly £60 a week and more than £3,100 a year. Vaping, on the other hand, can cost anything from £4-30 a week – depending on the complexity of the device you choose and the amount of eJuice you get through.

Using a basic kit with a high PG eJuice could mean you are spending as little as £10 on the initial set up and around £4-6 a week in juice and replacement tanks. On a yearly basis, that equates to less than one-months supply of tobacco cigarettes. With this in mind, it’s really difficult to understand smokers who refuse e-cigarettes based on the cost factor. Just like ASH, we also found that the misperception of e-cigarettes being too expensive is one of the top 10 most commonly assumed reasons for not trying e-cigarettes among smokers.

Even though the figures speak for themselves, we decided to ask our survey participants how much they are spending on e-liquids compared to cigarettes. Unsurprisingly, the overwhelming majority said they are spending significantly less. Smokers who are citing high cost as the main reason for their refusal to try an e-cigarette are thus extremely poorly informed or are only looking for excuses to continue smoking.

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Other Commonly Cited Reasons Having Similarly Weak Foundation

Other commonly cited reasons for not switching to vaping or trying an e-cigarette include concerns about weight gain, complicated use, too many products to choose from, difficult to get hold of, embarrassed to use e-cigarettes in public, expressing doubt to cut down / quitting smoking with the aid of e-cigarettes, and equating switching to vaping with replacing one addiction with another. Then there are also smokers who honestly admit that they don’t want to quit and those who live in self-denial, convinced they are not addicted to smoking and don’t need help to quit.

Even though smokers have cited a plethora of reasons for refusing to try e-cigarettes, all have similarly weak foundations. Sure, many people gain weight when they quit smoking. According to the NHS, it’s not unusual to gain 11 pounds within the first year when quitting smoking. Those who switch to vaping, however, are less likely to gain weight which was also confirmed by our survey respondents. Slightly more than one half didn’t notice any change in their weight, with 1 in 5 respondents reporting to have even lost weight since switching to vaping.

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Compared to regular cigarettes, using e-cigarettes may appear complicated. But that’s only at the first glance. Most people learn to use them within a day or two without any major difficulties. Similarly, the wide choice of vaping products can be overwhelming but most vapers agree it’s a good thing because it means a range of preferences have been addressed, making vaping more likely to be a satisfying experience for those who decide to switch. The claim that vaping supplies are difficult to get hold of, simply isn’t true. E-cigarettes may not be as easily available as regular cigarettes, however, they are sold by a wide range of stores, online and brick-and-mortar retailers ranging from the likes of Tesco and to pharmacy chains like Boots.

Considering the growing social disapproval of smoking (and smokers), and the growing acceptance of e-cigs as a harm reduction nicotine delivery system, it seems self defeating to avoid vaping because of perceived embarrassment – and if you’re thinking you can’t get over using a battery powered alternative to a cigarette because it looks less ‘cool’ than smoking, we would argue that a little embarrassment at first is worth the exchange for it being 95% safer. That’s a pretty good trade off!

Rejecting e-cigarettes as unlikely to help cut down cigarettes or quit smoking without trying them is equally incomprehensible. But the thing that is the most baffling is that as many as 1 in 4 smokers who refuse to try e-cigarettes are concerned about replacing one addiction with another even if they know that their current addiction is killing them. Technically, it’s not replacing one addiction with another but rather changing the existing addiction to a less harmful form. To satisfy their nicotine cravings, smokers are inhaling more than 4,000 chemicals which include nearly 70 known carcinogens. Vapers, on the other hand, inhale only four ingredients: vegetable glycerine (VG), propylene glycol (PG), flavour and nicotine.
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Conclusion

Our Vape Club, demographics concerning our subscribers has revealed that the interest for e-cigarettes tends to decline with age as there is a significant drop of subscribers who are aged 45 or more. They account for less than 15% of the total subscribers, with those aged 55 or more accounting for less than 5%.

More research is necessary to determine why this is the case, however, it may not be a coincidence, considering that the older generation are often be less internet savvy and thus rely on information which is published in the traditional media, television and so on – which has for a long time been misguided and in many cases completely wrong.

After a careful analysis of the most commonly cited reasons for refusing to try e-cigarettes among smokers (including those younger than 45 years), we couldn’t find a single sound argument for their reluctance. On the contrary, the results of our own research and that conducted by ASH, PHE and other relevant organisations/institutions reveal that the smokers’ concerns towards e-cigarettes are unfounded, unjustified and in some cases, totally incomprehensible.

Thus it can be concluded that about 96,000 smokers are dying in the UK each year (ASH) just because they are poorly informed, misled by conflicting media reports making them unwilling to even try a less harmful nicotine delivery product.

When concerns over health implications, safety, cost, satisfaction levels and other commonly cited arguments for not trying e-cigarettes are excluded as groundless, smokers are left with no sound reason for their reluctance to make the switch.

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Eleaf iCare Mini Starter Kit: Vape Overview

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Perhaps the most pocket friendly starter kit to hit the market to date, the Eleaf iCare Mini is a perfect starter kit for those new to vaping or even for experienced vapers looking for a convenient and stealthy backup device.

Featuring a 1.3ml built in tank along with a 350mAh battery, the iCare is designed to be closer to a cigarette than larger more popular-styled devices, and manages a remarkably solid battery life as a result.

While this might not sound like a great deal of capacity (probably lasting the average vaper half a day), the iCare can be charged via USB cable, and charges in under an hour. It also comes complete with passthrough capabilities allowing users to vape while it charges.

In the box there’s a USB charging cable, two replacement 1.1 Ohm coils, a warranty card and instruction manual, and the iCare Mini device itself. It’s worth noting that the iCare doesn’t come with a preinstalled coil, so users will have to use one of the two included coils before filling it up for the first time.

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The iCare couldn’t be easier to use, as there’s no buttons or switches to contend with. You simply inhale, and the device activates, and when you stop, so does the iCare; it’s been designed with ease of use above everything else. While being predominantly a mouth to lung device, the iCare has a fairly airy draw, and when fully open is closer to what you might find on a tank like a Triton Mini.

The first and most obvious pros are the size and ease of use of the device – this is a serious stealth vape, and also manages to be one of the simplest devices on the market outside of a cigalike or basic eGo kit; simply fill it up, vape, and go!

The convenience offered by the iCare mini is almost unparalleled, as it’s short stature makes it perfect for travelling around with, when compared to the bulk of a box mod that’ll likely weigh your trousers down or make your jacket hang in a curiously lop-sided manner.

The iCare Mini is small enough to carry two or three around with you in the back pocket of a pair of jeans without noticing. This is almost a drawback in and of itself, as the iCare is so small and so light it can be incredibly easy to lose in a pocket!

Even though it’s very easy to use once it’s setup, the iCare can be a little fiddly when it comes to changing a coil or filling the device, but this does come with territory of having a diminutive device.

Also the iCare Mini’s battery life could potentially be an irritation to some, but its fast USB charging quickly offsets this. Even if it’s completely run out of battery, when plugged into a powered USB socket the mod will be up and running again in no time. This will be further helped by the soon to be released PCC charging cradle, which will extend the battery capacity to well over 2000mAh.

The build quality on the device is remarkably good, feeling impressively well made and solid for it’s low weight and low price, and it punches well above its weight and price class; the iCare Mini is indeed a well thought out piece of kit, and a solid device.

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If you have any questions about the Eleaf iCare Mini that aren’t covered here, or any other questions at all, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our team.