Decoding the Common Chemicals in Vape Juice

As you sift through the hundreds of vape juices for sale, you are faced with long ingredient lists and abbreviations that may not make any sense to you. Fortunately, most e-liquids are made of the same basic components, and once you understand what they are you can read any ingredient list easily.

Propylene Glycol (PG)

This is one of those ingredients that comes with a big intimidating scientific name. However, Propylene Glycol has been widely used in a variety of medical treatments, foods and other products for decades. Repeated studies have shown that it is safe for use and for inhalation, which is why it is used in breathing treatments to carry the actual medicine being administered. It is odorless and mostly flavorless. When heated, it produces the large plumes of vapor that we know and love.

Vegetable Glycerin (VG)

Vegetable glycerin is the plant-based alternative to propylene glycol. It is also an odorless and mostly flavorless base material that carries the flavors and nicotine in your e-juice. It is slightly sweeter and more viscous than PG, and is typically mixed with PG to create balanced e-liquids.

Flavors

Each e-juice is typically made up of several different flavors blended together to give it its signature taste. These are the same flavorings that are used in many of our most popular foods, including fruit and dessert flavors. Most flavors are suspended in a tiny amount of PG before they are added to your e-liquid so even e-liquids that are “Max VG” will still have a tiny amount of PG in them.

Nicotine

One of the most important ingredients on the list will be nicotine. In this case, it is pure nicotine extracted from tobacco plants that is being used. This is different from actual tobacco because it is a cleaner derivative and can be vaporized without any of the other harmful side effects of smoking tobacco leaves. The amount of nicotine in your e-liquid will be left up to you to decide when you place your order.

These are the main components of any e-liquid. The biggest difference between brands will be where they source their flavors and nicotine from, because you want these ingredients to be pure and safe. You will also find that most e-liquids include a small amount of water in the mix, which is obviously safe for inhalation.

KandyPens MIVA Review

With pro-marijuana legislation gaining steam across the U.S., more people are looking for portable and discreet ways to enjoy their herbs while out and about. The KandyPens MIVA portable marijuana vaporizer is a perfect option for anyone who wants a high-quality device that won’t draw too much attention. The sleek device comes in four shiny colors, including black and white, and features a simple control panel for easy vaping.

Out of the Box

Straight out of the box, your KandyPens MIVA dry herb vaporizer is ready to use. The short, narrow mouthpiece comes pre-installed so you can literally load it up and start vaping right away. However, you’ll find the kit also includes a longer glass mouthpiece. This is an important distinction to make, because the longer glass piece changes the vapor temperature before it reaches your mouth and clears up the flavor so you are getting a really pure taste of whatever you put in your device.

Getting Familiar

Once you’re ready to use your weed vaporizer, it’s time to pack the oven. The heating chamber is made of high-quality ceramic, which also contributes to a clean vape. The oven is not very large, but this makes it easier to clean and minimizes your waste because your herb is heated evenly without leaving any leaf unturned.

The kit comes with everything you need to gently pack the chamber and to clean it when you’re done. Start out with a tiny bit of product and slowly add more until you get to a comfortable point. If you over-pack it in the beginning you will constrict the airflow and greatly reduce the efficiency of your device.

In addition, this is a temperature-controlled device. The front panel features a simple screen, + and – buttons and a single power button. While it is capable of anywhere from 300-435 degrees, a good middle point between 350-375 is a great place to start until you are comfortable with the device. The built-in 2200 mAh battery is strong enough to sustain your vaping at this level for quite a long time.

Overall, the KandyPens MIVA is a great little device for discreet marijuana vaping. The long mouthpiece definitely makes it one of the best-performing devices in this market, and the advanced features give it a competitive edge.

DaVinci IQ Review

The DaVinci IQ is here to change the way you vape. DaVinci has upset the industry twice now with their innovative designs and technology, giving you a vaporizer that looks completely different from anything else on the market. The IQ is a small, mostly flat vaporizer that is both lightweight and very comfortable to carry.

DaVinci went above and beyond to source materials for the IQ, using a Zirconia base for the mouthpieces. This allows you to vape a little hotter with less thermal transfer through the mouthpieces themselves. The result is a richer vapor with less physical heat.

The DaVinci IQ is a temperature control vaporizer that allows you to adjust between 250-430 degrees. Instead of having an OLED or LCD screen it uses 51 tiny LED lights in a bar pattern to tell you your current settings. It’s a creative use of the device’s body style and it definitely looks flashy, although some might say that it’s harder to read in bright daylight.

The IQ also comes with four presets called “Smart Paths” that were designed to let you pick up and go with minimal effort on your part. Just place your dry herb in the chamber and choose your path, and you’re off. The device works with a mobile app that you can download for free to set up your device easily.

The design of the DaVinci IQ is impressive for a number of other reasons as well. All the ventilation and the vapor paths are designed to draw air through the device in a pattern that helps it heat up smoothly and carry the most flavor possible. The simplicity of the LED lights and the basic functions ensure that your batteries have a long life. You can choose between a regular mouthpiece or an extended piece which offers a bit cooler vapor.

Overall, the DaVinci IQ provides a steady, thorough way to vape your material, and uses some of the most advanced technology to hit the vaping scene recently. It adds functionality that was previously reserved for more mainstream e-liquid vaping, and brings it to life with a perfect dry herb design.

Smok X Cube II Review

The Smok X Cube II is the awesome updated version of the widely popular X Cube vaporizer. The smooth sided case and simple layout make it a natural choice for those who want a vape that just works every single time. With this piece, you can enjoy an impressive 160W of power built upon one of the most advanced chipsets around.

First Look

When you first pick up the Smok X Cube II you’ll instantly notice how well the curved corners fit into your hand. Instead of having a small firing button, the X Cube II uses a full sized firing bar so your hands can rest naturally on the front of the case. The sides of the device are completely blank other than the logo printed near the top. Smok decided to place both the screen and the adjustment buttons on the top of the device instead. It’s an unusual layout, but it definitely makes sense if you want to read your device as you’re vaping without turning it around sideways.

Performance

This vaporizer definitely lives up to the hype when it says 160W. You can get a pretty hot vape out of it, but you also have tons of range. This is definitely not a beginner’s device, so you should make sure you are comfortable with sub-ohm vaping before you bring it home. The menus and options can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re doing at first. However, once you get it situated to your preferences you will find that this is one of the most comfortable and dependable devices around. Being able to choose between soft, medium and hard modes can definitely change the feel of the vape, and the Bluetooth capability is just an added bonus that makes it even more convenient to work with.

As with everything that Smok introduces, the X Cube II is another outstanding product that meets and exceeds expectations. For the advanced vaper it is the perfect way to expand your arsenal and experiment with a whole new style of vaping. It offers versatility in ways that other brands have never even imagined.

BFDFT by Cloud Chasers Inc.

One thing I hate is having to constantly refill my tank. The BFDFT by Cloud Chasers is a big tank that can hold a lot of e-liquid. After doing some research, many owners said it could hold roughly 15 mil of juice which is exactly the scope of storage capacity I was looking for. With that in mind I decided to give it a try.

Build Quality

The BFDFT is a well made device. The first thing I noticed was how thick the glass was – at 2 mil it isn’t going to break anytime soon and speaks to a solid build philosophy. It also has a lot of versatility for modding because of how it’s made.

Aside from plenty of room for liquid it also had plenty of room for changing parts. With no posts, I found it really easy to modify it to fit my personal taste. It can hold coils as big as 4 mil and wires that are up to 3 mil thick. I’m sure more creative people can come up with a more unique set up than I use, but that’s one of the reasons I like the BFDFT – the possibilities.

Using the BFDFT

When using the BFDFT I noticed the following pros and one con:

Pros

  • It can hold a lot! I could easily pour an entire bottle of juice into it no problems.
  • It produces big clouds. If you’re into that sort of thing it can certainly accommodate.
  • It can take plenty of voltage with no trouble.

Cons

  • If I have to list a con there is a notable one. The BFDFT can leak easily if you don’t set it up just right. The leak is clearly noticeable right above the airflow and is a bit concerning. After some testing I found this was not a design flaw but user error on my part. I just had to use more cotton and it stopped.

Final Score

In summation, this tank offers unique possibilities. I like it because aside from its big storage capacity it has plenty of room to mod and try out new ideas and concepts. Also, once I used it for awhile I figured out its unique quirks. Overall it does what I wanted which is store a lot of liquid with the bonus of build flexibility. Overall I give it 4 out of 5 because it takes a while to learn it.

DripStar Vape Juice Review

One of the things I love about vaping is the variety of flavors available. There’s always some new flavor to try out if I’m feeling adventurous or just want to taste something different.

Vaping is a growing hobby and that means there’s a lot of different juices out there to try. After reading a few reviews, I decided to try some e-liquids from DripStar. At the very least their marketing is interesting but are they any good?

Here’s my opinion on the three flavors I tried: Buddha Spit, Bad Hare Day and Politically Correct.

Buddha Spit

Advertised as a blend of cream and fruit flavors. The flavor (fittingly enough) is really mellow and relaxing, and in no way harsh or strong. The fruit blend taste is a nice blend of orange and mango flavors topped off with a creamy vanilla taste as you exhale.

I like sweets and fruit flavors so I loved this. I will say the fruit flavor is kind of mild but it fits the theme of the flavor. If you’re looking for a vape with a lot of ‘punch’ this isn’t it. Overall, I rate it it a 5 out of 5.

Bad Hare Day

The packaging described this flavor as a vanilla custard. After vaping I can say they weren’t lying. There is a definite blend of strong smooth vanilla flavor.

The aftertaste is very creamy and reminds me of expensive coffee drinks. If you like strong vanilla flavors, I recommend it and score it 4 out of 5.

Politically Correct

Switching from cigarettes, I miss the cool taste of menthol flavors. Luckily this flavor was here to help. It’s a blending of the taste of menthol with a sweet watermelon flavor.

Being Southern, I know a good watermelon when I taste it ,and this flavor was pretty exact and blended well with the menthol. Neither flavor was too strong or overpowering and they blended well. Very refreshing. I score it 4.5 out of 5.

Conclusion

After giving DripStar a chance I have to say their products are pretty good. The flavors I tried I liked a good deal. They were all worth the money and I’d consider buying from them in the future. If I have to pick a favorite based on personal taste, Buddha Spit wins, but all are certainly good juices.

VaporFi Vex 150 TC Review

The VaporFi Vex is getting rave reviews as a simple and dependable temperature control box mod with interchangeable batteries. The 150W upper limit provides plenty of range for most vapers, allowing you to really expand your sub ohm capabilities along the way. Not only does the device perform well on its own, it comes with VaporFi’s long history of extremely good customer service and satisfaction guarantee.

Design

The Vex 150 is notably weightier than other VaporFi devices, but the addition of dual batteries comes with extended life and less down time. The simple face and outer shell keeps things cool. VaporFi exceeded expectations with their ultra large screen and real time clock. The magnetized battery door features small etchings to prevent reverse polarity of your batteries, and other built in safety features keep your device safe while charging and in use. The oversized buttons match the large screen and stand out for their sharp edges. The box itself is notable for its 22mm width, and 82 mm height. At one point, even the largest tanks were only 22mm wide, but today you can find some oversized tanks that will seem a little bulky on this body.

Versatility

One thing that comes standard with all VaporFi devices is their ability to serve vapers of all kinds. Now, 150W is a lot to handle for a new vaper, but for those who have previously used temperature control mods and are looking for something just a little more advanced, this is a great option. VaporFi took cues from many other manufacturers and realized that they needed to create a device that was easy to navigate and use. The Vex line is exactly that. The large screen makes it simple to move between TC presets and the device itself is compatible with a wide range of atomizers, living up to expectations.

Whether you have ever used a VaporFi product before or not, the Vex 150 is a great place to give them a chance. It brings together everything they have learned over the years, and takes it up a notch with more power than ever before. The simplicity of the design is actually one of its greatest assets, making it appealing to young and old vapers alike.

Dripped Life E-Liquid Review

Dripped Life is a fun new line of e-liquids designed to bring out the very best flavors for lifelong drippers. They started off with a bang, introducing a wide range of flavor options from pastries and desserts, to fruity delights. Early reviews are in and vapers everywhere love this new treat.

Pastries

Dripped Life started strong with their D’Lish e-liquid, a cakey donut flavor filled with a fresh berry jam. It’s a great way to start your day with its lightly sweetened flavor profile and plenty of pastry as the base. The other popular pastry flavor in their lineup is an apple pie mash up called Carnival. Spiced apples wrapped lovingly in caramel and balanced stoutly atop a flaky pastry crust.

Fruits

If you’re searching for a creative new fruit blend, try Dripped Life’s all new Twist. In fact, it’s such a well crafted fruit punch blend, you can’t quite pick out all the different flavors mixed in; you simply have to try it for yourself. Mistress is their other strong fruit contender, offering more of a fruit and cream blend that is a little sweeter. It’s a great evening vape when you’re winding down.

Everything Else

Dripped Life is still flexing their wings and learning to fly. So far they have managed to work some really strong fruit flavors into virtually all of their vapes. Widow Maker is just a little different. Sure, it has a soft blackberry base, but it is the mint and citrus blend that captures your heart. Menthol vapers will love this interesting combination that really came out of nowhere. The Last Stand is Dripped Life’s customary custard flavor, smooth and creamy as can be.

It’s still early in Dripped Life’s run, but they have already impressed with their range and delivery. All of their e-liquids thus far appear to be high VG blends, and they are getting plenty of attention from experienced vapers who are looking for somebody to shake things up. We can expect to see plenty more from these guys as they branch out into more wholesome flavors over time. So far everything they have developed has lived up to expectations and provided a refreshing twist to old flavor profiles.

Sigelei Fuchai 213W TC MOD Review

One of the newer box mods on the scene is the Sigelei Fuchai 213W TC. This new box mod is much different than the Sigeleis we’ve seen in the past. This one has a new design and more power along with temperature control (but that is industry-regulated now, so all mods will have it).

Price Point

The Sigelei is actually one of the more expensive on the market. Prices range from around $90 all the way up to around $120. The price is based on Sigelei’s past performance; they do have a reputation for quality and are banking on that. I know that some markets are offering bundles, so you may get more for that higher price.

Design

Sigelei’s box mods used to be huge and bulky, but the new 213W is just 5.5 cubic inches. It’s a rounded rectangle of a box with slightly bulging sides; fits easily in the hand.

This new mod has a light aluminum frame covered in gun metal gray zinc alloy and black carbon fiber. You can purchase it in this gray and black, or go for the gold (there’s a gold zinc alloy option). It may not be ‘gorgeous’ but it does look and feel durable.

The Sigelei may be compact, but it weighs almost 8 ounces with the batteries. This is a typical weight for this type of mod.

As for the display, you can find it and the adjustment buttons right on the front with the firing button and USB port on the end. The display screen is very bright and very clear, with white characters on a black background (making it easy to read). The display will tell you the battery charge and amperage and there’s a graphic to represent your remaining battery strength.

The Chip

The chip in the Sigelei 213W offers temperature control settings for all major wire types, along with five user-adjustable TCR and TFR values. The Sigelei 213 even implements a ‘Preheat’ option which allows you to program for different power settings at chosen increments of time. This helps remove the uncertainty factor.

Their chip also allows you to read or display the atomizer resistance and lock the resistance in order to ensure accuracy in TC mode. And let’s say you actually mess with the chip and screw up the settings; you can actually restore it to default factory settings.

Overall, the Sigelei 213W TC performs well. It has no misfires or delays; aside from the price, this is a powerful mod worth a try!

How to Fight the Growing Issue of Vape Tax Spikes

With new vape tax laws looming in the future, the time has come to organize and fight back. Fortunately, the vape community is a strongly-knit bunch who have already formed political action groups and begun circulating petitions for change.

Here are a few ways that you can take part in the effort and help keep vaping alive for years to come.

Find a Local Trade Association

There are two major trade associations currently active in the vape industry: the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) and the Vapor Technology Association (VTA). You can go online to find a local chapter and join their ranks. This will give you access to the latest news on the fight against unfair vape tax laws. It will also provide you with plenty of information and resources to share with your friends so that they can also take part.

Inform Voters

While vape shops will be facing the brunt of the new tax laws head on, the reality is that you – the consumer – are the one who will pay the price at the end of the line. These new laws will limit the availability of certain products and raise prices across the board. If you have just begun your venture into vaping, you are probably just getting to know the positive effects it is bringing to your life, but you probably aren’t prepared for the severe limitations that will be placed on vaping in the near future.

You can talk to your friends and neighbors about why you vape. Share your story online and in person. You may be surprised to find that even people who don’t vape prefer having vapers around to smokers smoking tobacco around them. You are a representative of what vaping is to the community and this is your chance to stand up for something.

Invite New Vapers In

If you are already actively vaping in and around your community, chances are people have asked you questions about your device. Always be prepared to answer questions and give advice. Share your experience with people who are interested in vaping and maybe even let them see how it works.

The friendlier you are to new vapers, the more the community is able to grow. As more and more people get informed and experience what a huge difference vaping can make, they too will be motivated to protect vaping from harmful tax laws.

Contact Your Local Representatives

Make phone calls, write letters and emails and send postcards. Do whatever you have to do to reach out to your state level representatives and let them know how you feel. Again, the key to success is informing your representatives about the benefits of vaping and asking them to protect the people’s rights. Present facts, tell your story, and let them know why the new vape tax will have a negative impact on your life.

Keep in mind that many people don’t understand that there are tons of nicotine-free vape products on the market. One of the biggest reasons that the new vape laws are going into effect is because of a fear that teenagers and children will be exposed to an addictive substance. While we are against any child or person under the age of 18 using nicotine, the effects of these new regulations also make it harder for the rest of us.

Join CASAA

While there are several trade organizations formed specifically to help local vape shop owners have a voice, the Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Alternatives Association, or CASAA, is a consumer advocacy group, which you can join. They stage rallies, send out important voter information, and help vapers network with other people in their community. Their website is full of helpful information and media that consumers can use to spread the word to their friends and neighbors in the community.

 

DIRECTVAPOR

At DIRECTVAPOR, we know that in just the last few years, millions of people have been turned onto vaping. In addition, vape shops and manufacturers have become a large part of many local economies.

The proposed vape tax laws will severely limit consumer access to vape products, and would force many small vape shops out of business. The effects could be devastating for families who have spent years building their businesses in the industry.

Now is the time for you to take part in the protests by working with vape industry leaders to make sure the FDA knows that these laws are unreasonable. Get online today and find out what vape tax protest events are happening in your area.