Choosing the right vaporizer: The Do’s and Don'ts.

There are hundreds of vape manufacturers in the industry. They have more than tripled in the last decade since vaping became trendy and popular. Unfortunately, not all of them produce safe vaporizers. Some make low-grade ones created purely for profit. The industry is expanding so fast that the law can barely catch up to it. This is why you have to be an informed buyer. At this point, nobody can protect you from bad vapes better than yourself.  

 

It’s always important to know how a product is made, especially the ones that you put in your mouth. You need to know everything there is to know about your vape pen. You need to understand how it works if it can truly do all those things that it claimed, and how effectively can it deliver its results. If you’re zero on how and where to start, keep these pointers in mind when choosing a vaporizer. 

 

Remember the word Titanium and understand what it means for you. 

 

If you Google good vape brands and try to read about them, you might notice that plenty of them throw the word titanium around. You know titanium. It's in the periodic table but what should this mean for you as a vaper? 

 

Titanium is an important material in making your vape’s eRig. Although many manufacturers use titanium in their vapes, it doesn’t mean that they’re all equally good. Titanium comes in different types. The best ones, grades 1 or 2, would cost you. As they should, they’re a great quality that won’t do your body any harm. To cut costs and to be able to sell their vapes at a cheap price, some manufacturers cheat and use titanium alloy, which is a shady material. No study has ever been conducted to prove its safety. It’s affordable, but it could cost you in medical bills in the long run.  

 

Your vape’s coils can also be made of titanium, but that depends on the manufacturer. It could also be made of titanium alloy, kanthal, nichrome, or other alloys. The level of titanium in your vape depends on how much iron is mixed into it. 0-0.30% still fall in grade 2, which is considered high-quality.  

 

There are cases when companies are duped by their suppliers. They really believe that they’re selling good products when, in fact, they’re not. It’s not that easy to tell if you’re holding pure titanium or if its alloy. You can’t test it with one vape pen. You need a lot of it. Of course, it’s a manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure a product’s safety so it would really be ideal if they do safety testings prior to releasing it into the market.  

You’re not entirely helpless in this matter. There are small details and little tests that you can conduct yourself to see if you’re holding a good-quality vaporizer or not. Try to pay attention to these details: 

 

Check the batteries. 

 

If the vape has the sub-ohm type of batteries, then you’re good. That’s a pure titanium vape in your hands. Titanium has low resistance. They would never work with any other batteries than sub-ohms. If it has regular e-cigar batteries inside that vape, then put back down and walk away.  

 

Ask to see the composition test results 

 

Don’t be ashamed to ask for certifications and results. Credible vendors that sell high-quality vapes surely have them. If somehow your vendor failed to provide those results, it must mean that the vape you’re holding never went under safety tests. Don’t take chances when it comes to your safety. It’s better to move along and find another vendor.  

 

Understand what temperature control in a vape pen means for you. 

 

Often times you’ll see vape advertisements boasting about temperature control. If you’ve ever held a vape before, you’ll know how important this is. This feature can affect the flavors that you can get from your vape. It will decide how fast or how slow the vape will burn the cannabinoids you put inside it. If it does it too much fast, you won’t get a good result and absolutely no flavor.  

 

Ideally, you’d want the temperature to stay low while you’re vaping. Unfortunately, this feature is rare and expensive. Very few companies successfully manufacture a vape with this much control. The rest just cheats it. Instead of actually keeping the temperature down, they shock the coil to burn the cannabinoids. This shocking happens when you press the vape’s voltage button. It will keep sending voltages to the coil until you release it. This isn’t what you want to happen. This will always give you hit-miss results when vaping. You’d want a vape that can consistently give you great results.  

 

Don’t go for anything with Teflon 

 

Vapes have a long history with Teflon. In the early days of portable vaping and eNails, Teflon was a material that was present in all types of vape. It serves as a coating to prevent cannabis and other flavors from attaching themselves permanently on the vaporizer.  

 

It wasn’t long before studies were conducted about vaping and everything about it. It turned out that Teflon eventually melts inside the vaporizer and releases harmful chemicals, which makes some vapers sick. It can also cause Teflon flu, which comes from inhaling polymer fumes. 

 

Of course, many companies quickly tried to save their products and scrambled to find alternatives. Unfortunately, some manufacturers were quick to follow. Whenever you’re trying to find yourself a new vape, remember to scan around for Teflon. You never know. It’s better to be safer than sorry.  

 

Understand the different materials used in as atomizers. 

 

It’s important to get to know every single material used to make atomizers before choosing which one to get.  

 

Titanium, which you’ve heard a lot of by now, can give you powerful hits and rich flavors. While Ceramic atomizers are considered one of the safest but the weakest in terms of delivering hits and flavors. Quartz, on the other hand, is considered the best material for coils. They’re more efficient and provide the richest taste of them all. The last type is the titanium alloy. Its effects are different depending on the manufacturing, and the vape pen that it’s placed into.  

 

Choose your attachments wisely 

 

Vape attachments only come in two materials-either copper or stainless steel. Your best choice would always be stainless steel. Although there’s very few of them around, they’re the safest material to use for vapes. Coppers don’t do well with extreme heat. They tend to release harmful smokes that can make people sick. While it’s unlikely that your vape will ever get that hot, it’s not something you’d want risk happening. Plus, with how consumers are, always experimenting, you can never really say that it won’t happen. It’s better to stick to what’s safe and what's sure.  

 

Here are things that you should and shouldn’t do when shopping for a vape: 

 

DONT'S

 

Never buy any product with Teflon 

Never go for the unusually cheap ones. They're probably really just worth their price.  

 

DO'S 

 

Look for high-quality titanium (Grade 1 or Grade 2) 

Always ask to see the composition test results done on the vapes  

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Whether you’ve been a long-time vaper or a newcomer, there are times when you’ll find yourself wanting a flavor that’s just not on the market. Sometimes even if they are, it’s not what you hoped they would be, and they can do nothing to sate your cravings. At times like that, you’d wish you can cook up your own vape liquid and make your personal recipe. But what if you can? Vaping has been around for too long. Plenty of people have had this thought before you. This is a prayer that's already been answered. If you can’t find your flavor, then cook it up yourself. Yes, that’s possible and here in this article, you are going to learn how to make it happen.  

 

Make it simple. Think as if you’re preparing to bake a cake. Jot down your ingredients, prepare your recipe, and collect all the necessary equipments to make it happen.  

 

You’re never going to get it right the first time. It’s important to spread your wings and experiment until you find the taste that you want. Making your own vape can save you some money. It can also finally put your taste buds to ease when it gets a taste of the flavor that it’s been yearning for all this time.  

 

Prepare your ingredients: 

 

Diluted Nicotine 

 

This ingredient is very important to make your personal liquid. Of course, in making your own e-juice you’d want your flavor to be rich and strong. Unfortunately, this ingredient has its own flavor. Be careful with the amount of Nicotine that you add to your mixture. If you can, find nicotine that has weak flavor and no color. That would be tricky to do but there have been some who claimed that their nicotine could do that. Try to research more about them and read reviews before putting your money down on anything.  

 

The regular nicotine that’s available in the market is usually diluted at 100mg/ml. That’s quite an amount, and it can already get you far in your experiments. Undiluted nicotine, on the other hand, are about 10 times more powerful than that. You can’t just touch it pure and expose yourself to it. You’d need to wear special equipments before handling a substance like that.  

 

If you’re confused and you’re not sure where to start, go for 25 mg/ml. It’s a safer amount. You can just add a little later if you think it’s not enough.  

 

Vegetable Glycerin or Propylene Glycol 

 

Vegetable Glycerin and Propylene Glycol are "diluents." Nicotine is way too strong for your body to handle and so these two ingredients are added to mellow its effects down. You only need to choose one of these ingredients and then add it into your bottle. It would make up the liquid flavoring. Don’t worry, it adds nothing to the taste, the smell, nor the color.  

 

Vegetable Glycerin and Propylene Glycol don’t have the same taste nor effects when vaped. Instead of just using one of them, some e-liquids add a good amount of both, which can actually improve its effects. In your own recipe, it’s better to try to use them both. Start out by using equal amounts and then adjust to your tastes.  

 

Propylene Glycol is a natural chemical that is used in many products on the market, not just liquid vape flavors. You can find it in cigarettes, hygiene products, and sometimes even food. It’s generally safe to use, although some people are allergic to it. This diluent gives stronger hits than Vegetable Glycerin, which can often cause a sore throat if you use it a lot. It barely tastes anything and won’t do much to change whatever flavor you’ll choose to mix with it.  

 

Vegetable Glycerin is different. It does have its own flavor, which can change the taste of the flavor you’ll mix with it. Although it’s not bad tasting, it's, in fact, very sweet and depending on the flavor. It could actually enhance it. Unlike the Propylene Glycol, this diluent is comfortable on the throat. If you’re one of those vapers that like doing vape tricks, you’d want to add more of this diluent on your liquid because it makes the vapor more visible and a bit thicker.  

 

Flavors  

 

Here’s your favorite part, flavoring. Get wild and go all out. If you want to mix two different flavors, go do it. You can repeat this process all over again, in case it doesn’t work out so don’t be afraid to make mistakes. 

 

There are plenty of places to get flavorings on the market. Although, not all of them have quality flavors, so you have to be careful when buying some. You must be certain that they're safe, and that they’ve undergone all the right testing before they’re sold to the market. Best choose a flavor with low dilution. 5-10% are still considered low, but if it reaches around 20%, then that’s just too much. You don’t want your flavors to be over diluted. It would barely taste and feel anything on your throat. Plus, lower dilution would mean that you don’t have to add so much to achieve your desired taste. A single bottle could last you a while.  

 

Equipment: 

 

Bottles 

 

This is the first thing you need to acquire when mixing liquid vapes. You’d want a clear bottle that you can wash and reuse after you’re done the experimenting. You don’t want to go out and buy a bottle every single time you’re experimenting. One bottle is fine. If you have no idea what kind of bottle to use, try to find drip tips. Those are made of plastic and are very cheap.  

 

Don’t go for the small bottle. Always pick up either large or medium. Smaller bottles would mean that you’ll need more efficiency with how you put your ingredients in. Since you’re experimenting, you can’t really guarantee that you’ll get everything right the first try. A larger bottle with more space is much more appropriate, especially for beginners. Once you get the hang of doing this, and you have the formula stamped to your head, then you can go for the smaller bottles.  

 

Containers 

 

Not exactly that necessary. Containers are handy, especially if you’re already making huge volumes of your recipe, but if you’re still trying it out, then syringes would do for now. However, as time pass by, you’d want to invest in containers and beakers. They’ll make your entire life much easier and your workflow faster. Plus, it will lessen that chance of cross-contamination, which is the last thing you want to happen in experiments like these.  

 

Syringes 

 

This material is very important to making liquid flavors. It won’t just help you transfer substances from one place to the other. It would also make sure that you have the exact amount. In making liquid vape flavors, it is important to mix just the exact amount that you need. Spoons and droppers aren't much help. They’re too loose, and they depend a lot on estimation. Syringes are better and much more precise. Plus, it’ll be easier to duplicate your work when you know precisely how much substances you add into it. 

 

Gloves 

 

Gloves are very important. You should never handle nicotine on your own. Accidents happen all the time. It’s better to arm yourself with every protection that you can get. If you can, find specialized gloves, which are chemical resistant and powder free. Many drugstores should have them available. 

 

Instructions: 

 

You’re ready. Now that you have everything you need, you can get started. In this part of the article, you’ll learn how to make your own vape liquid flavor. If you find your flavor in the market, and you think it lacks a little more taste to it, you can always just modify it by adding more liquid flavors to it.  

 

Whenever you’re doing an experiment like this, make sure to get everything on paper. Whatever you do, whatever you add, write it down. If you can, take a video of yourself while    

 

you’re working, that way you’ll never have to worry about missing any detail. The point is that, if you find your dream flavor, you’d want to redo it again. Having a clear list of ingredients and steps that produced that result will make things easier for you.  

 

A complete record of everything you’ve done can help you retrace your steps back. In an experiment like this, where even the slightest change in volume can change the final results; teaspoons and droppers wouldn’t do. You need a really precise and clear way to take your measurements. Use syringes and other surefire measuring devices. The last thing you need is to get lost just when you found what you’re looking for. Take no chances and make sure.  

 

Here’s how to start making your new liquid flavor: 

 

Number 1: 

 

First, you need to determine how much nicotine you want in your e-liquid. Don’t worry there’s a formula for but getting it right it all up to you. Be careful when doing this step, it will greatly affect the taste and the effects of the end product.  

 

Here’s how to compute for the nicotine: 

 

(The amount of the substance that you’re mixing right now) (How much nicotine you want to add)=Total amount of nicotine in the mixture. 

 

For example: 

 

A 25mg/mL of Diluted Nicotine will need 16mL nicotine in total. 

 

For 400mg/(25 mg/mL)=16mL. 

 

Number 2: 

 

Now that you have your diluted nicotine, you need to transfer it into your bottle. Don’t forget to wear gloves when you do it and never let your hand come into any contact with the nicotine, even if it's diluted. Take the syringe and take exactly 16ml of it, no more, no less.  

 

Be careful when measuring. The slightest change can make all the difference. To ensure you’re getting the exact amount, draw up more than what you need and then slowly push out the excess until you reach the 16ml line. Keep the syringe down and pointed at the nicotine container while you’re doing this to avoid wasting any drop of the substance.  

 

Be careful of air bubbles, they can ruin everything. When you see even the slightest air inside the syringe, turn it over and give it a little tap. That will make the air rise up. Then slowly push the plunger to force the air out. Once you see that all the air is gone, go back to fill the syringe to the measurement that you need.  

 

Number 3: 

 

Inject the nicotine from the syringe into a 50 ml bottle. 

 

Number 4: 

 

Choose your flavor. Use your imagination. Don’t worry about getting it wrong the first time. You’ll have plenty of nicotine left in case it didn’t work out for you. Just go for it.  

 

Number 5: 

 

In mixing flavors, the standard rule is that it would make up 10% of the entire mixture. If you’re doing a 100ml, you’ll need 10 ml of flavoring. Use a syringe to do the transfer and make sure you get the measurements right.  

 

Be careful when mixing your flavor into the bottle. Don’t think that putting some more flavoring would improve the taste. Too much flavoring can make the end product taste like chemicals, which is not what you’d want to happen. There are many people on the Internet who can describe to you in detail what will happen when you over flavor your liquid. There’s no need to try it out yourself. Stick to the recommended 10% to ensure the end product tastes good. 

 

Sometimes flavor manufacturers have their own recommendations. Some recommend putting as much as 20-30% in the mixture to make it taste good. Follow them, they know their product more than anyone else. They probably tested that out before recommending it. However, if your manufacturer didn’t specify how much you need to put, stick to the 10-15% we discussed above. That’s tried and tested. You can’t get a terrible outcome with that number.  

 

When mixing and experiment with flavors, try to hold back on the amount you mix in. You’d be surprised how much a drop can change the mixture’s entire flavor. Try to mess around and experiment but start small. Just start adding up from there until you get what you want. You can make more than one flavor. It won’t always turn out the way you want it to but the more you do it, the better your grasp will be on how it’s done and what you should do to get it right.  

 

You can test it out by diluting it with Vegetable Glycerin or Propylene Glycol, then vaping it before adding it to your bottle.  

 

Number 6: 

 

The next step is to add more Vegetable Glycerin. Your mixture should have enough Propylene Glycol by now from the diluted nicotine and the flavoring.  

 

Remember that diluents make up the majority of the bottle. If flavoring is 10% and diluted nicotine isn’t far from that, the rest would just have to be diluents, specifically Vegetable Glycerin. 

 

Never depend on your bottle alone for measurements and don't estimate how much substance you need. Bottles don’t really hold as much liquid as they’re advertised to be. It’s best to use a real measurer and test it out before starting the entire process. Mark your bottle as to how much water would be needed to fill it up.  

 

If you can, try to measure the precise amount of diluents that you add to the mixture instead of estimating it. That way, you can be sure that the resulting liquid will taste great. Additionally, remember not to fill your bottle all the way up. You need a small allowance the liquid can move better inside then you mix it later.  

 

If you want you can buy pre-diluted nicotine to save you all the trouble of mixing it yourself. However, if you want more control over your processes, you can mix it yourself. VG or Vegetable Glycerin is dependent on the nicotine in the mixture. The more diluted nicotine, the more VG there is. To get a half-and-half balance in PG/VG, you need a ratio of 4 is to 25. Which means for every 4 mL of PG, you need 24 mL of VG. Always use this ratio when calculating how much substances to add to the mixture to make it better.  

 

Number 7:

 

You’re done with your mixture. Now cover it up and make sure it’s tight.  

 

Number 8: 

 

Now shake it. Shake it really hard so that the substances inside the bottle mix well. Do it for a good 3-5 minutes before putting it down. If you don’t want to shake the liquid like this, you can always just use a mixer. It’s not necessary, but it can give you a much more efficient mix. However, handshaking works just fine too. It’s been tried and tested by many, many vapers. Additionally, remember to shake your bottle every time you’re going to use your liquid flavor.  

 

Number 9: 

 

Your masterpiece is almost ready to go. You can actually already vape it at this point, but the resulting taste might not be what you want it to be yet. If you vape it now, you might be disappointed with the result.  

 

You need to leave it alone for a while. It’s like wine. You need to wait a bit more before the flavor really sets in and forms its own identity. The longer you wait, the better the outcome would be.  

 

This process is called steeping. It’s when different chemical reactions occur over a long period of time if you leave your product alone. It might seem irritating that you have to wait all this time for it but it will make all the difference, especially on the taste. If you let it steep for weeks, you can expect a richer, fuller and much better flavor when you finally start using it. 

 

When you open your bottle after the long steeping time, don’t immediately use its contents. Leave it on the air for a while and let it breath. Doing that for a couple of hours is fine, but a couple of days is better. If you can wait a couple of weeks of steeping, you can wait for a couple more days before using it. This process can make the flavor pop some more.  

 

Of course, these are just basic training wheels. You’ll make your own rules and alter the ones above based on your experiences. Don’t be limited by what other people already did. Charge to experience, always. 

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Do You Know About the Hassles of Using E-Cig Subreddit Forums?

Reddit bills itself as the front page of the internet. It seems that regardless of what kind of topic you're interested in, there will be a discussion of it on one of Reddit's thousands of message boards. Reddit is really just a combination of thousands of topic-specific message boards.

What's so awesome about Reddit is its wide topic coverage. There are no topics that are off limits. It also bills itself as an open space so, in terms of freedom of speech, people are given a wide leeway.

 

Now, with that said, it's not completely free. It is a private business. And as you probably already know, the US constitution only prohibits state actions that impinge on one's fundamental rights, as enshrined in the Bill of Rights. That's lawyer-speak for saying that only the government is controlled by the Bill of Rights.

For example, if you go into a government office and you start handing out pamphlets for your cult, depending on where you are and depending on the time and how you give out the pamphlets, you may have a lawsuit on your hands.

You may be able to sue the US government for infringing on your rights. It all depends on the time, the place, and the manner you were exercising those rights.

In fact, if you are in a public park and there is a free speech square there where people can go up on a soapbox and talk about anything under the sun, if a cop rolls up and says to you in the middle of your speech that you can't say what you're going to say, you might have a lawsuit on your hands. You might win.

Again, it all depends on the time, the manner, and the place that you're exercising your rights.

These are not unlimited. Obviously, you cannot yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater. There's no First Amendment protection for that.

Similarly, you can't lie about somebody and say that's your free speech – to lie about somebody. Libel laws still apply.

I raise that issue because a lot of people think that Reddit is a free speech zone. It isn't. It is a private company, so the First Amendment doesn't apply to it.

The good news is, Reddit is very open-minded and really tries to give people a wide latitude in the things they can and cannot say. However, there are limits.

For example, you can't go open a subreddit on hate speech and just spout out hate against certain groups of people. That's just not going to fly. And while you can do that in government spaces, your ability to do that on private spaces like Reddit is much narrower.

What's the point of all of this? Well, subreddits enable people interested in a wide range of topics to talk about their shared interests and exchange ideas. This makes subreddits very dynamic.

These forums track a wide range of people. Don't be surprised if you see posts made from people from Sri Lanka, Southern California, New York, the Philippines, India, and all points in between. It truly is a global experience.

Also, there's a lot of excitement, especially about certain subjects. But with that said, oftentimes, subreddit forums are more trouble than they are worth.

I know that's not a very popular opinion to have, but hear me out. You have to look at what usually goes on in these subreddits so you can see the context of my statement.

In fact, if you're aware of the factors that I'm going to raise below, you too might want to reconsider hanging out at subreddit forums.

I'm not saying that they're completely worthless, but you have to take whatever information you get from them about your favorite e-cig brand or e-juice manufacturer with a grain of salt. That's the best you can do.

Because if you were to believe everything that you read on subreddit, it's very likely that you will get only part of the story right. You're not looking at a complete lie, but let me tell you, a half-truth is the same a full lie.

Remember, to become a fully informed and empowered consumer, you have to have facts at your disposal. But if these facts are presented in a biased, slanted or distorted way, who knows whether you will be able to make quality decisions.

You have to understand that when people buy electronic cigarettes or e-cig accessories, they're actually investing in their lifestyle. These choices have a big impact on their health. Also, switching from brand to brand might lead to a few bucks saved or a few bucks lost.

But you shouldn't just focus on the number of dollars being saved or lost per transaction. Because when you look at the big picture, these dollars actually add up to a lot. If anything, you need to also pay attention to opportunity costs.

What if you're stuck with the right product or found the right product from Day 1? You would have saved a lot more money. You probably would have felt better about yourself and enjoyed a wide range of benefits that you're currently not enjoying because you're stuck with a bad decision.

So, what is so bad about subreddit forums? What's wrong about finding information about e-cigarettes on subreddit as compared to other forums?

 

The Ever-Present Danger of Paid Shills

 

A shill is somebody who is paid to broadcast a certain opinion. It would be nice if this person actually believes in that opinion, but nine times out of ten, shills are paid, spokesmen.

In other words, they couldn't care less about the things that they are saying. All they care about is the payday they will get when they say a certain message in a certain forum to produce a certain effect with a certain group of people. That's all they're about. It's all about the money.

And as you can well imagine, trying to get an honest discussion or exchange of ideas with paid shills is probably not going to work out. It's highly likely to be an exercise in futility because these people don't really have any skin in the game.

In fact, a lot of them work for marketing companies that get paid per post. They try to pass off certain posts as engaging in actual conversation, but if you really look at the meat and potatoes of what they said, they're not really saying anything.

It really is very frustrating because it's as if your community, with all its passions and all its curiosities and all its sincerity, is being undermined from within by people who are motivated by the wrong things.

These people are wrongly motivated because, to them, it's all about the money. And if they were paid to say something that can eventually have a negative effect on your health, don't be surprised if they're all too eager to say that. Because at the end of the day, it's all about getting paid.

 

Competitor Takedowns

 

Who doesn't like drama? I know I love my fair share of drama. That is why Game of Thrones exists and why Netflix is so hot.

But when it comes to online information so you can make better-informed consumer choices, the last thing you want is drama. And unfortunately, in the world of electronic cigarettes, it's not unheard of for brands to go out of their way to take down the competition.

Now, it's very easy to see if somebody bashed a competing brand. You can basically make up a lie, you can post fake screenshots, and people can pretty much see this a mile away.

It's the subtle or underhanded bashing that you really have to be careful about. The most common way this is done is through slightly unfavorable comparisons.

Now, the first time you do this, people are really not going to give you much attention because when people buy all sorts of products online, they usually check out online reviews. And most of these reviews already have multiple product comparisons, so this is not exactly breaking new ground. Most people have probably seen those charts before.

But if you see a pattern where the same unfavorable competition breakdown is presented by paid shills, all day every day, it becomes some sort of mantra. It becomes some sort of mental peanut butter that you can't shake off.

Now, a famous propagandist said that it doesn't really matter if something is a lie or is the truth. If you repeat it enough times, it becomes the truth.

Competitor takedowns are very damaging as far as overall consumer intelligence and knowledge levels are concerned because they tend to incentivize repetitions of inaccurate or biased information.

 

Fake Testimonials and Stories

 

Let me tell you, somebody can break out all sorts of charts and diagrams all day, every day, and persuade very few people. However, the moment that person starts telling something that sounds or reads like a personal story, people sit up and pay attention.

There's just something about testimonials that tend to grab our eyeballs and tug at our heartstrings. There's just something about these stories that really get under our skin and make us susceptible to information that we would normally have a healthy level of skepticism about.

 

Unfortunately, a lot of the stories on e-cig subreddit forums can't be trusted.

 

I know that's quite a claim to make, but when you look at the themes of these stories and the fact that these keep getting repeated over and over regarding certain brands and models, you can't help but be suspicious. It seems so artificial.

So, do yourself a big favor. You might be getting plagued by seemingly sympathetic stories. You might want to connect the dots, read between the lines, and use that old brain of yours because there may be a lot more going on behind the scenes.

 

You Get a Partial or Incomplete Picture

 

The problem with Reddit is, ultimately, there is an incentive to placate the audience. Because if you don't say something that everybody else pretty much agrees with, you're going to get a down vote.

 Nobody likes a negative rating on Reddit. Nobody likes being unpopular. You don't want to be a nerd in high school. You don't want to be a social leper, so you basically go along to get along.

 Now, the problem with this is that it tends to exaggerate lapses in understanding. There are always gaps in information.

 And, unfortunately, the way people play e-cig subreddit forums is that these gaps tend to get exaggerated. They tend to get bigger because people are afraid that if they speak up and they say the truth or they say their version of the truth, people will be all too eager to pull them down.

 

That's why you really have to look at e-cig subreddit forums with the factors above in mind. Read everything with a grain of salt, and then some.

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Focus More on Picking Out the Right E-Cig Juices than Electronic Cigarette Hardware

Just going by media headlines, it's very easy to get scared of electronic cigarettes. After all, who would want to carry around a miniature bomb? Who would want to carry around a device that can blow up at any time?

 

This is definitely the kind of impression you get when you read the latest news regarding electronic cigarette batteries. It's as if all these people, in their search for a nice lungful of vapor, are putting their health in harm's way unnecessarily because of the impending danger of an explosion.

Well, you only need to look past these sensational headlines to quickly realize that this risk is actually overblown.

The statistical reality behind faulty batteries and explosive electronic cigarettes is quite astronomical. You're better off golfing in the middle of a rainstorm than fearing that your electronic cigarette will somehow, some way, blow up.

Of course, a lot of this has to do with how you use it. If you are very sloppy, or you try to jam the device, or you try to mess around with the battery, or you try to modify it in a way that isn't approved by the manufacturer, you increase your chances of an explosion. Still, even with those interventions, the risk of people suffering any kind of harm is actually quite low.

I raise this issue because it seems that the media can't stop talking enough about the perceived risks of electronic cigarettes. That most of the time, it has something to do with the hardware.

I find this intellectually disingenuous. I really do. Because on the one end, it's obvious that the actual risk in electronic cigarette use is not in the hardware device itself.

The risk doesn't arise from people heating up e-liquids. It doesn't arise from people losing batteries or turning on their devices. Instead, it arises from the e-liquids that are being vaporized and turned into an aerosol.

In particular, the chemical formulation of the e-liquid is what gives regulators in Europe some cause for concern.

I really can't say I blame because when you look at the typical formulation of e-liquids, it is mostly made of synthetic materials. A lot of these are very volatile items.

Also, glycol is involved. And glycol isn't a new compound. It has a track record. And it's very easy for people with an agenda to twist that track record.

There is definitely cause for concern there, but is it overblown? Does it take the proper perspective of the fact that products tend to evolve as consumers become more aware and more demanding? Probably not.

It seems that the current media portrayal of the kinds of risks associated with electronic cigarettes or e-cigs or vape pens assume that the product is not going to evolve. They think that the e-juices that are currently available in the market will be the same e-juices that will be sold ten years from now.

They don't make any space for market competition leading to product R and D and better products. They assume that just because this product uses certain liquid formulations today, that those formulations essentially would stand the test of time and changing consumer tastes.

This is too much of an assumption to make. Because regardless of what kind of product you're looking at, whether microwaves, food, clothing or automobiles, consumer trends drive product design more often than the other way around. In fact, a good argument could be made that product design exists solely because consumers demand a certain type of product.

You have to understand that in any kind of market system, there is a self-correcting mechanism at play. It's not always visible. A lot of people describe this as the "invisible hand" theory.

But regardless of how you define it and regardless of how you characterize the internal self-correcting mechanism, it's indisputable that it exists. It's doubtless that it operates.

The bottom line is actually pretty simple. If a manufacturer or a distributor cannot satisfy the needs of its target market, it's going to go out of business. What kind of other incentive do you need?

Not only is the competition dog-eat-dog in intensity, but the stakes are very high. The costs of making the wrong call or making the wrong product design decision are crucial to the continued viability of your business. It's a do or dies affair.

It's my position and my understanding that this is all the incentive you need. I'm not saying that there's absolutely no space for government guidance and, in certain cases, regulation and intervention, but by and large, the market already has enough factors at play to ensure that the right products get developed for the right market more often than not.

This is not a new idea. This has actually played out several times in consumer history. When you look at automobiles, certain types of computer peripherals, or computer technology protocols, all of these were driven by consumer demand.

Sure, the industry had a big role to play in swaying consumer demand, but eventually, consumer demand and consumer tastes had to be listened to. Otherwise, companies would not make as much money as they would like. That's the bottom line.

It's all about profitability. And to deny that this operation is in place would be foolish.

It also doesn't do consumers any big favors to assume that just because electronic cigarette liquids are formulated a certain way today that those health risks are never going to go away.

 

Never Underestimate the Power of Substitution

 

Have you ever baked a cookie? If you're going to bake a cookie, you know that the standard recipe for a cookie involves sugar, flour, chocolate chips, baking soda, and possibly cinnamon. Pretty basic stuff, right?

If you've been baking, you know that you can always substitute the ingredients. You can substitute sugar for another sweetening agent. You can substitute the flour for another grain-based ingredient. You can substitute pretty much all the ingredients in a typical cookie recipe.

This is how bakers work. This is why different companies producing cookies have products that taste very different from each other. They taste different, they have different textures, and it all boils down to the recipes that they use.

There's really no one-size-fits-all, cookie cutter or "classic recipe" that everybody would prefer. When people buy a wide range of cookie products on the market, some like a specific taste, others like a specific texture.

This is why the cookie market in the United States is split up the way it is. You might not think that a particular brand is all that tasty, but hey, it has enough people buying it so the company behind it is still in business. You have to respect that.

I bring this up because the same dynamic plays out when it comes to electronic cigarette liquids. This is really the bone of contention as far as the health risks of this device.

Any honest examination of the issues regarding electronic cigarettes must accept the fact that e-liquids are not immune to the economic pressures forcing ingredient substitution. If it turns out that the typical components of the e-liquids or e-juices are immune to substitution, then we all know that that's not true. All products currently on the market are prone to substitution.

 

If Apple computers, for example, could find a cheaper alternative for the glass that it uses to build its touchpads on, it will find that material. Why? Every dollar it saves is a dollar in net profit.

Businesses are profit-driven organizations. They are always looking to maximize profit and they're also looking to maximize their competitive advantage. If they don't, it's only a matter of time until they go belly up. It's that simple. It's that straightforward.

Accordingly, it makes a lot of sense to believe that, as fast growing as the electronic cigarette market may be, this is a sign that there is a tremendous amount of competition in the market. This means that competitors who come up with electronic cigarette juices that are safer, more natural, smell better, as well as taste better than existing products will get a larger market share.

Of course, this can only happen if they engage in substitution. There's really no iron law saying that the typical e-juice formulation currently available in the market must be set in stone.

A lot of this stuff is made in China. Chinese manufacturers are as susceptible to market demand forces as American ones. Don't think for a second that, somehow, they have this overarching need to produce e-juices that they've grown accustomed to.

That traditionalist argument simply doesn't hold water because the industry is not all that old. It's actually very young. There's still a lot of room to move. In fact, given its target audience, it seems that this market tends to reward innovation and forward thinking.

 

The Next Stop: More Natural E-Juices

 

Given the fact that veganism and plant-based holistic living are gaining ground in the United States, e-cig consumer tastes will follow the same pattern. As more and more people look for organic ingredients, I wouldn't be surprised if e-cig juices follow the same trajectory.

Not only would more of its components be plant-based, but they would also be purely natural. In fact, I would not be surprised if even nicotine becomes strictly an option.

Now, you may be thinking why would anybody in their right mind use an electronic cigarette without nicotine? Assuming that they're not using e-cig to enjoy marijuana, what is the upside?

Well, there are many other all-natural ingredients out there that produce a buzz. Nicotine does not own a monopoly on exhilaration. These other competing organic compounds can be healthier for you, so this is the cutting edge of e-liquids and e-juices.

 

Any honest discussion about the safety of electronic cigarette devices must take this factor into account. Otherwise, you know that the article you're reading is basically just playing the same old game of demonizing electronic cigarettes.

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How to Clean Ecig the Right Way

Electronic cigarettes or ecigs, just like any other piece of equipment, need regular maintenance and cleaning if you want to keep using them without any hassles.

 

The problem with most of these types of devices is that people let debris and resin build up quickly. After all, if you're enjoying some nice tobacco or marijuana, your prized priority is probably the buzz that you're trying to get. Properly cleaning your vaporizer device, water pipe, or any other smoking equipment is probably not high on your agenda. Fair enough.

However, you have to understand that if you want to get your full money’s worth from any smoking, vaporizing, or electronic cigarette device that you buy, you have to know how to clean your equipment properly. A lot of users would say that cleaning equipment is just one of those things that they'll get to when they have the time.

 

The High Price of Dirty Vaporizers

 

You have to understand that modern strains of marijuana are very sticky. They have a lot of buds and some strains are so tightly bred that they are basically all kief or the sticky portion of marijuana flowers. These are the parts of the plant that is just so packed with THC that you don't need to inhale much of it to get blown out of your mind.

A little goes a long way but this also means if you allow the debris from your plant material to pile up, you might just end up with a useless hunk of metal, plastic, and steel parts.

Depending on how much you vaporize, this might come sooner rather than later. It's always a good idea to familiarize yourself with proper ecig cleaning. It's not as hard as you think.

 

Cleaning Your Ecig Doesn't Have to be a Hassle

 

Like with most things in life, if you think something is going to be a chore or is going to be difficult, it will. It all boils down to our expectations. I’m sure this definitely applies to homework, jobs, responsibilities around the house, and this definitely is the truth when it comes to cleaning your vaporizer devices, vape pens, electronic cigarettes, bongs, water pipes, hookahs, you name it.

You have to have a plan. It doesn't have to be elaborate. It doesn't have to be overly complicated. There's no need to overdo it. You just have to do it. The good news is that the more you clean your stuff, the better you get at it. It takes less and less time.

Also, you start developing some game plan or some sort of sequence where you don't have to spend too much time and effort making sure that each and every draw you get from your vaporizer is nice and clean. It becomes a ritual eventually. You just have to do it.

What follows is a quick guide on how to take the hassle out of cleaning your electronic cigarette or of vaporizer device.

 

Make Sure You Start with the Manual

 

The first thing that you need to do is to avoid the temptation to think that just because you have used many vaporizer devices before or electronic cigarettes of different brands of models that you pretty much know how everything works.

Please understand that just because you know how something works doesn’t necessarily mean that you know how to pull it apart, properly clean it, and put it back together again. While you can try to do those things, if you put them together wrong or if you change setting or you move something that you shouldn’t be moving or clean something that you shouldn’t be cleaning, this might seriously affect the product life of your e-cigarette unit.

Before you know it, it's no longer working as efficiently and as effectively as before. This can be very expensive because eventually, you will start replacing these models when you didn't have to.

You just have to look at the manual and see which parts can be taken apart and cleaned. Other parts, you just have to leave alone. Maybe the best you could do to them is to wipe down their surfaces and make sure they don’t stink. That’s pretty much all you could do with those parts.

There are other parts, however, that you can pull apart, put in some sort of cleaning solution, leave overnight or over the course of several hours, and then fish out, wipe down, dry, and then put together again.

You have to know which part is which. Don’t automatically assume that just because you can take apart certain components, that these can then be dunked into some sort of solvent or liquid and properly cleaned. This might cause a lot of problems if they weren’t designed for that type of cleaning. So, always consult the manual.

 

Developer a Sequence

 

Now that you have taken apart pieces of the electronic cigarette that you can clean, the next part involves cleaning time. There are really two ways to clean electronic cigarette parts. You can either dip them in a cleaning solution or just plain water and soap or you have to wipe down.

I know most people would rather just take something apart, drop it in a soapy water solution and let the liquid take care of their problem. However, this is not always possible. For certain parts, a little elbow grease from you is required. I know it's a hassle but that's the way it is.

Do yourself a big favor. If you think that the electronic cigarette that you bought is just too much bother when it comes time to clean it, you might want to buy another model later on. The next time you are on the market for a new electronic cigarette, keep in could mind ease of cleaning.

Things are not always clear-cut. Some models are actually designed from the ground up to be modular, easy to clean, easy to wipe down, and doesn't require special equipment. Others have a lot more details going for them and you might have to put in a lot more effort cleaning those units.

 

What's the Big Deal about Cleaning and Maintaining Your Electronic Cigarette Anyway?

 

Please understand that whenever you buy any kind of product, it's very easy to throw good money out the bag. If you want to waste a lot of money buying stuff, and I’m not just talking about products, consumables, or equipment, I’m talking any kind of product, it would be very easy to do that.

Basically, you look at things that you buy as commodities. If you buy a pack of mashed potatoes, once you eat those mashed potatoes, you head back to Costco to grab yourself another package. That’s how it works. It's basically consumable. It is not intended to last a long time but, unfortunately, even when it comes to equipment, a lot of people have the mindset that they are disposable.

So, you’re puffing along on your vaporizer or electronic cigarette and after a while, it gets gummed up and you just think that it’s too much hassle to clean it so you buy another model and then you do the same thing over and over again.

What if I told you that all those purchases do add up? Each electronic cigarette might not set you back all that much. Most people can spare $50 dollars for a unit. However, if you burn through several of those electronic cigarettes in a course of a year, that can add up to a pretty penny. It’s not unusual for really heavy vapers to spend upwards of $500 or more every single year and I’m just talking about the electronic cigarette unit. This doesn't even factor in how much it cost them to buy stuff that they load into their vaporizer. Marijuana, tobacco leaves, and other herbal substances cost quite a bit of money. However, I’m sure you priced that in already.

Still, most vaporizer or electronic cigarettes users are just taken back by how much it costs to replace their electronic cigarettes over the course of a year. Even though electronic cigarettes just vaporize the liquid, there’s still a lot of potential for debris buildup and other effects that come about because you just refuse to clean your device.

With everything else being equal, you can probably go a much longer time without cleaning your electronic cigarette. This can’t be said of vaporizers because when you apply heat to produce vapor in a vaporizer, there will be debris create. This is especially true if you’re dealing with really sticky bud.

So, whether you’re using e-juice to get a buzz or you’re vaporizing the real thing, you have to get into the habit of properly disassembling, wiping down, dipping, and otherwise cleaning your device. Otherwise, the cost of your equipment will pile up sooner than you expect and this can set you back quite a bit.

Also, understand that whenever you’re buying any kind of product, you have to factor in total use value. Total use value is a simple calculation. You take the price that you paid for the product, divide it by the number of times you used it. That's the actual price you're paying for the product.

For example, if I got a laptop computer and I paid $1000 for it and I used it for about a thousand days, my total use value for my computer is a dollar a day.

If I bought another computer and I paid only $200 for it but it only lasted me fifty days, I’m actually paying four times for that seemingly “cheaper” computer than my thousand-dollar unit. You have to think along these lines when calculating the value of the stuff you buy because if you don't, you might end up with a very expensive habit.

You probably are thinking that vaporizing all sorts of stuff and having to buy a lot of e-liquids already makes for an expensive habit. Well, wait. It can get even worse, and the worst part to all of this is it’s invisible unless you choose to invest the proper time inadequately cleaning your equipment.

 

 

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