So, first I'd like to credit my peer, KingKelson
for illuminating me to the
wonders of the world of electronic cigarettes. This was back before mods and sub-Ohms. Our first brand was V2. Then we got into those Ego
batteries--and then we went into mods and sub-Ohming and have never looked back, since.
I was quite the avid smoker between the ages of 17 and 20. I loved the culture of smokers--a sense of community, almost.
Well, I probably thought
that I looked pretty darn cool, too. Anyway, I smoked between 1.5 to 2 packs of (I alternated, like changing up flavors lol) either Cowboy Killers
(Marb Red 72's--yum), Camel Crush, Marb Menthol UltraLight, etc. I Liked American Spirits, too. And a Pall Mall party is always the place to be.
Until e-cigs, that is.
Okay, fine! Yeah I have had a regular cigarette on a handful of occasions since four years ago when I quit.
I'm serious. In a cigarette, the only thing that one is truly addicted to is nicotine. The rest is oral fixation. All those 2000+ other chemicals in
conventional cigarettes is really not good for you. Versus e-liquid: vegetable glycerin & propylene glycol (either a 50/50 or 80/20 (max
VG/Organitine) pharmaceutical-grade nicotine, FDA-approved flavoring (depends on brand. Organic brands exist). That's it. And no smoke. Just water
vapor. It's cheaper than regular cigarettes, won't kill you (AND THERE are nicotine-free options: 0mg nicotine is always available for any liquid).
And it tastes great! I do 0.03mg nicotine. My favorite juices are: Mint Groove by Potion Vape is my favorite liquid--followed by Magnum Opus by
Philosopher's Stone--& Chem Trail by Mad Alchemist.
( pictured above ) I use a temp-control coil. A TFV4 tank, and the Snow Wolf V1.5 (200W) by Asmodus. & a custom
glass drip tip. ( 0.15 Ohm Resistance/1.3 Volts/ I like my vape cool, between 420 & 450 degrees Farenheit (also does Celcius) @ 50.0 Watts. Sometimes,
if it's a thicker (more VG) liquid or a darker-colored liquid (those burn through coils faster than lighter liquids, and so i favor clear liquids), I
will go to 500 degrees. Or if I just want a warmer vape.
With the snow wolf, and this SMOK TFV4 tank, (I do nickel temperature control coils), the vape is so smooth that dripping would be a waste. Though the
tank is a rebuildable mod and comes with its own building deck and a pre-made coil that is 0.5 Ohms, along with some japanese cotton).
[ Regarding drip tips (I love them lol) & I am very partial to Trippy Tips brand custom glass drip tips (although this one is actually not a Trippy
Tips because my current one doesn't match this atm)...
Be aware that glass drip tips by Trippy Tips are not only rather pricey, they also break (I've lost about 5 of my beautiful Trippy
) so be careful not to drop them if you make the investment. It's much easier not to drop using this box mod set-up that I use. Trippy
Tips fit everything from KR808 to 510 tanks. Meaning you can put them on your V2 cigs (Kr808 batteries) or E-Gos (510). My mod is also a 510
Now, besides cheap and dubious liquid or strange clones or do-it-yourself/using chargers inappropriately or being stupid and not using as intended
etc. electronic cigarettes are relatively safe.
In my eyes, the only downside is that, generally-speaking, e-cigs don't necessarily calm you as much because they don't deprive your lungs of oxygen
like regular cigarettes. So that kinda sucks. But they make you feel focused. And kinda like Gandalf. Which is always a plus.
There's plenty of illegitimate propaganda out there right now, about how they're terrible. But all of the research studies have shown that they are
safe. Unless you have some lung condition or heart issue/not able to take stimulants (nicotine is a stimulant). But rest-assured, the nicotine liquid
isn't going to kill ya if it gets on you as long as you just rinse with cold water asap.
I think that e-cigs saved my lungs. When I first made the swap, I coughed out all this black stuff for a couple of weeks. And then my lungs felt like
I'd never been a smoker in my life.
Please quit smoking cigarettes. Vape e-cigs instead.
I'm interested in seeing how many other vapers are on ATS. And I'd love to see your set-ups!!!
Questions are also welcome
--To add, I saw a thread on here asking how to clean an atomizer?
Answer: you can use vodka--anything you'd drink is fine though. I also regularly wash everything besides the battery and the atomizer with dishsoap
and hot water. I take it all apart and I clean it thoroughly. Especially the drip tip--those can get gunky from touching your lips all of the time!
(the cotton thing--if you do anything but put that in vodka/alcohol it is basically toast. If it is disposable, throw it away after 7-10 days of use
or when the flavor gets weak or tastes burnt or if you aren't getting as big of a hit anymore.)
Oh, and I don't think that anyone asked, but if you've ever heard of that whole formaldehyde thing, well, it is only a risk if you're using those
KR808 batteries (V2, Blu (ew)) because they don't burn hot enough. That's why the chemical reaction occurs.
Anyway, please feel free to ask anything. I'm here to help
edit on 6-2-2016 by rukia because: to answer someone's question from another
thread: how to clean an atomizer.