Vaper Expo UK 2017: Vape and eLiquid Awards

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Now in its third year running, the Vaper Expo at Birmingham’s NEC has gone from strength to strength, increasing in size and capacity every time. With two scheduled events per year, Vaper Expo has become one of the top trade shows in the UK and Europe, with vapers, brands, manufacturers coming from far and wide to be part of the vaping experience.

This weekend saw a huge amount of vapers descending on the NEC, trying out new liquids and devices in post-TRPR vape world. As is tradition, the Vaper Expo held their awards for the best in the business, which are as follows:

 

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Best High PG – Vampire Vape – Heisenberg

Vampire Vape have long been a popular brand in the UK, with a wide range of different flavours that often feature a sweet shop theme. Their Heisenberg flavour is an homage to Breaking Bad’s “Blue Ice”, with its flavour a mixed berry blend with menthol.

It’s bright blue colouring makes it an easily identifiable flavour in a tank, and it’s a popular first flavour for new vapers. Heisenberg won the Best High PG award, for eLiquid traditionally used in pen and lower powered devices which are frequently used by beginner vapers.

 

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Best Tobacco – Dr Fog’s Tobacco Series – Mocha

Premium Labs Inc was started in Vancouver, BC in 2014 by Sammy Fog. Looking for a way to stop smoking cigarettes, Sammy tried vaping but never found a flavour that worked, then deciding to produce his own eLiquids.

Since then Premium Labs’ range of eLiquids that include Decoded and Dr Fogs have gone on to be popular worldwide, with their Mocha flavour picking up the award for best Tobacco, which features a blend of Coffee, Chocolate, and Tobacco.

 

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Best Stand – Dinner Lady

Dinner Lady’s eLiquid range hit the market last year, and quickly went on to win awards becoming a well-known brand across the globe, as well as in the UK where they’re based.

Their Lemon Tart flavour has stood out as their flagship flavour, with many copycats trying to follow suit. Dinner Lady eLiquids have become well known for always putting on a good show at vape expos, putting a lot of money and effort into their stand, which usually features theatrics of some kind. Check out the Dinner Ladies for some fun times with vaping.

 

Best Mod – Asmodus – Minikin V2

Known for their high-end mods constructed of stabilised wood, Asmodus have ensured the quality and effort that goes into their products has meant they’ve remained a sought after brand for vape hardware.

Their Minikin V2 device features a 180W capacity with options for both Variable Wattage and Temperature Control. It’s main feature however is its capacitive touch screen, allowing for easy transition between modes.

 

Best Menthol – Vlad’s VG – Pinkman On Ice

Taking home another award from the Vaper Expo, Vampire Vape’s Pinkman On Ice, from their Vlad’s VG range. Vlad’s VG is a high VG range, including a 70%VG mix; much smoother than their standard 50%VG range.

Pinkman on Ice is a reimagining of one of their most popular flavours, with this twist featuring Citrus Fruits, along with a menthol hit.

 

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Best Drinks Cocktail – Riot Squad – Iron Bruise

Taking inspiration from an incredibly popular Scottish soft drink, Riot Squad continue to push the boundaries with flavour blend creations, reimagining a well-known taste from the British Isles.

Riot Squad deem the Scottish to be the very first ‘rioters’, and this is their homage to the woad-coloured warriors from Scotland. Riot Squad’s Iron Bruise flavour is a blend of Citrus and Fruit notes.

 

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Best Cereal – Decoded – Tiger Flakes With Milk

Canadian eLiquid creators Premium Labs took home the Best Cereal award for their Tiger Flakes eJuice. The Decoded range has long been a ‘sleeper hit’ among vapers, surprising many with their balanced flavour blends and mixes.

Premium Labs have a range of brands under their belts, with Decoded being just one of a number that also includes Dr Fogs and many others.

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Best Fruit – Attitude Vape – The Earl

A relatively new brand to the British eLiquid market, Attitude Vape are the love-child collective of a group of UK vaping enthusiasts and mixologists, wanting to create a range of eJuices that pays homage to Britain and its rapidly growing vape market.

While they love the US eLiquid scene, they’re passionate about bringing the UK on par to rival the best in the vape game. Attitude Vapes’ eLiquid called The Earl took home the award for Best Fruit, with its blend of Grapefruits, Cucumber, and Tonic flavour notes.

 

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Best Dessert – Demon Vaper – Lemon Lush

Cutting through all the competition to take home the Best Dessert award, The Demon Vaper is a relatively small UK manufacturer based out of Essex.

Concentrating on just two flavours that are in the current range, Lemon Lush has gone on to take the UK market by storm in the last few months, with its very balanced flavour citrus and cake blend. It features a vanilla sponge cake with a lemon cream filling, along with lemon glazed icing, and the Demon Vaper manages to balanced these flavour notes exceptionally well.

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Best Branding / Marketing – Nasty Juice

Founded in Malaysia in 2016, Nasty Juice has gone on to become a household name in its home, as well as making waves across the world.

Their eye-catching designs and branding have ensured they are noticeable and easily distinguishable from the crowd. Their branding is rather unique and definitely brightly coloured, and a somewhat refreshing addition to the vape market.

 

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Best Tea / Coffee – 13 Sins – Nia nine

13 Sins is one of the eLiquid ranges from Cuts Ice, also known for their T-Juice and Halcyon Haze eJuice lines.

Taking home the Best Tea / Coffee award, 13 Sins’ Nia 9 flavour contains a balanced blend of Chai spices and Vanilla cream, along with additional fruit flavour notes of Red Berries, Blackcurrants, and Citrus.

 

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Best Sweets and Choc – Diamond Vapour – Deadline 8/8

Hailing from the other Hollywood in Florida, Diamond Vapor have an array of different mini sub-ranges and blends under their belt, with a variety of flavour notes in their blends.

It was their Deadline 8/8 flavour that won the Best Sweets and Chocolate award at this years Vaper Expo. Deadline 8/8 contains a flavour blend of Sherbet hard candy.

 

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Best Mech Mod – Vaping American Made Products – Rigmod V3

Vaping American Made Products haven’t let an odd name get in the way of their desire to create the best Mech Mods on the planet.

With both versions of the original Rig mod gaining notoriety internationally, with a number of awards under their belt, their latest V3 Rig mod has carried on this tradition at this years Vaper Expo, taking home the award for Best Mech Mod. The Rig V3 is constructed of high grade aluminium, and is designed to be used by advanced users.

 

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Vape Shop of the Year – Vape & Volts

Based out of London in Chalk Farm, Vape & Volts have risen to become a great brick and mortar shop sitting in the Camden area.

Featuring a wide range of eLiquids and hardware, such as Cosmic Fog, Riot Squad, and Element’s FAR range, they’ve got a fine selection of wares to browse through.

 

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Vaper of the Year – Lady Vaper

There are indeed many Vapers out there in the UK, as well as worldwide, universally even, but only one can be crowned Vaper Expo’s Vaper of the Year. The Pinnacle of Vape, if you will.

This Expo award goes out to the best vaper, the one that represents the zeitgeist of vaping, a voice for us all. This year the Vaper of the Year went to Lady Vaper, who is sponsored by Riot Squad, Ruthless, Dinner Lady, and iJoy. That’s a lot of vaper.

 

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Best Overall Juice – You Got eJuice – Strawberry Custard

Using only 99.97% USP grade Kosher PG and Premium Nicotine, California’s You Got eJuice maintain a very high standard, carefully selecting their ingredients for use within their eLiquid refill range.

They pride themselves on using no food colourings or unnecessary additives, and their flavour blends include a wide array of classic profiles using a comprehensive range of flavour notes. Their Strawberry Custard took home the Best Overall Juice this year, with its flavour blend featuring a blend of two different Vanillas and Strawberries.

 

Best Trade Show – Vaper Expo UK

And finally, the award for Best Trade Show at the Vaper Expo Awards 2017 goes to Vaper Expo UK 2017! What a surprise that was. We look forward to seeing what this next Vaper Expo will bring, in terms of its exhibitors, size, vapers, and gimmicks!


For more information on the Vaper Expo, or to speak to us about anything at all vaping related, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our team.

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.


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