Friday, January 30, 2015

To vape or not to vape! What was the question?

Everyone knows what an E-cig is. The little battery powered metal cigarette looking gadgets that some people use to help them quit smoking.

I would assume that almost everyone has even seen the vapor pens that produce a ton of vapor and are usually used more recreationally than as a “stop smoking” aid.

There are many options for batteries.
 There have been a lot of states looking to regulate the electronic cigarette and vape (Short for vapor) industry lately.

I cannot help but laugh that the states with the most liberal marijuana laws are the states most actively seeking to outlaw e-cigs.

Obviously, they are not good for you, but people who choose to use them are smart enough to know that. Just like alcohol or tobacco, nobody is pretending that it’s carrots and apples. We are adults and weigh the dangers and either decide to use a product or not.

The industry already self-regulates to keep products out of the hands of kids and often provides warning labels akin to “This product is not a safe alternative to cigarettes!”

I’m going to avoid as much politics as possible and just be blunt about it, I don’t want the government regulating any more of my life than they already do.

Not unlike cigars and Pipe Tobacco, I LOVE the flavors of vape juice available. Most are sweet and fruity, but I have a few tobacco twins that are very enjoyable once you realize they are not going to taste just like a real cigar.

"Cleartonomizers" are cheap and ready to use.

If you are confused about the whole vape scene, I’m gonna give you a very quick primer.

You need a tank, a battery and juice. That’s it.

You can keep things very simple and spend less than $30 to get going, or go as complex as you’d like and spend hundreds of dollars. I started with an adjustable battery and a few “Cleartonomizers” The tanks and cartonomizers all do the same thing. They hold your juice and feed it to a heating coil with a wick. They are not as complex as you would think, and most of them come assembled and ready to use. There is an exception!

You will hear the term “Sub Ohm” or “Cloud Chasing” on some of the sites. This is simply feeding a LOT of electricity to a huge heating coil in a tank called an RDA (Rebuildable Drip Atomizer) to produce an enormous cloud of vapor. It looks cool, but these devices can be finicky, difficult to maintain and usually require a little bit of craftsmanship on your part to put them together. Something I’m not very good at, therefore don’t usually mess with it.

"Tanks' and "RDA" units are more expensive.
Simply fill your tank, allow the wick a few minutes to soak up the juice and attach it to a charged battery. Boom! Your vape is ready to use.

I will reiterate, nobody is saying this is a good idea, but neither is doing shots or adding fruit to your beer. I profess it is at least marginally better than cigarettes.

Vapor Chef is 100% Kahuna Approved!
I will warn that skin contact with nicotine juice can be very dangerous. I had one break in my pocket and I ended up so loopy that Kahuna’s Chick thought I was drunk. Use Your Brain People! Keep this stuff off your furniture, away from your kids and pets, and enjoy it like an adult.

IF you decide to give “Vaping” a try, I will make but one recommendation. It is worth your time to try a juice or two from The Vapor Chef. No, they are not paying me for this, and no, I’m not friends with the guy. It’s just the best product out there and they provide customer service like few companies you will deal with.

Enjoy whatever it is you do, and do it responsibly.
~Cheers!

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