About PG/VG Levels in E-Liquids / E-juice?
E-juice PG/VG Ratios de-mystified…
Confused about VG/PG ratios in e-liquids? What does it all mean? Don’t worry, Vapor Life has you covered. Each e-liquid is set to a basic “industry standard” mix (with the exception of nic level). Just pick your favorite flavor and desired nicotine level. High quality e-liquids should have have a smooth, full bodied taste with a good deal of vapor as well as a good throat hit. If there is a little something missing you can adjust the nicotine levels accordingly.
Vapor Life’s knowledgeable staff can help guide you to the right flavors, nic levels and brands to ensure you have the best vaping experience!
PG/VG Blends… What Does It All Mean?
VG carries the flavor so when you find a 99% e-liquids it usually has a very low nicotine level like .03 mg.
Propylene Glycol (PG) is a much thinner tasteless liquid. PG produces more of a “throat hit” than VG does, which simulates the feel of smoking better. PG is the ingredient that carries the nicotine. Food grade PG is perfectly safe and is used in nearly 98% of all products ingested, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics sold in the USA.
PG also has a higher rate of sensitivity for some people, meaning that some people just can’t use high PG e liquids for long periods of time as their all day vape. However, a higher PG content is great if you are new to vaping and you are trying to quit smoking harmful cigarettes due to the powerful throat hit.
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Cuttwood Unicorn Milk Update…
Now Available in Miami, Hollywood, Plantation Ft Lauderdale, Sunrise, Lauderhill, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach Vapor Life Stores
It’s been a long time waiting for Cuttwood Unicorn Milk to finally hit the shelves in all of our Vapor Life retail stores. With so many back orders and subsequent reformulation, we had to meet the demand of people who had ordered Cuttwood Unicorn Milk as far back as Mid February. As it turns out, Vapor Life was one of the very few retailers to receive the the initial shipment and word spread fast. We received so many orders in 1 day, our server crashed. No one could have prepared for for the popularity and subsequent manufacturer delay due to reformulation. We have received nothing but glowing reviews about how good Cuttwood Unicorn Milk tastes and 99.9% out of 100% of consumers affirm that “it truly does love up to the hype!” Cuttwood Unicorn Milk It is THAT GOOD. I INOW, WHO WOULD BELIVEE IT?!?!?!?!? IDK!!!!!
Cutwood Unicorn Milk E Liquid literally flies off the shelf so hurry in to your nearest Vapor Life location and claim your bottle of this tasty e juice today!
UPDATE: No sooner did we post this than all Vapor Life stores have sold out of all but 12 mg Cuttwood Unicorn Milk. Vapor Life is expecting the next shipment early to mid next week at the time of this post (3/17/2014). Yes, it is THAT POPULAR and Cuttwood Unicorn Milk ABSOLUTELY lives up to the HYPE. Much to everyone’s surprise and delight. And occasionally frustration. No matter how much we buy, and we buy a lot, it never seems to be enough to keep up with the demand. We have never seen anything comparable to the popularity of this one e liquid. Cuttwood Unicorn Milk has gone viral.
We apologize for any delay we are selling out faster than Cuttwood’s ability to meet the demand. Please bear with us and check back with your nearest Vapor Life Store for status updates on Cuttwood Unicorn Milk. We want everyone to enjoy the The” Nesquicky strawberry flavored” goodness, as many have so aptly described, of Cuttwood Unicorn Milk! Tasting is believing!
New Arrivals – Nemesis Mod by HCigar
Hcigar Nemesis MOD:
- High Quality 1:1 Clone
- Solid Stainless Steel or Solid Brass Finish
- Adjustable Silver-plated 510 Center Pin
- Adjustable Airflow Control Ring
- 510 threading will allow use of a wide variety of 510 Atomizers, Cartomizers, Clearomizers & Tanks
- Includes all three (3) size tubes to allow use of 18350, 18490, 18500 & 18650 IMR batteries, button top or flat top
- Can be “Kicked” to add variable wattage with use of 18350, 18490 & 18500 & 18650 IMR batteries
- Will allow use of a Safety Fuse to add short circuit protection with use of 18350, 18490, 18500 & 18650 Li-ion batteries
- Bottom switch / button design that is ‘lockable’
- Ultra smooth threads & threading
H Cigar is known for Producing the Highest Quality Clones Available
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South Florida’s fastest growing electronic cigarette store and premier vape shop is proud to announce the grand opening of our fourth Vapor Life Ecig store. We pulled out all the stops and created the most elegant electronic cigarette store in Florida. We are not your average vape shop and boast a combination vape, wine and cheese bar in a comfortable and contemporary setting. Come in, hang out and ENJOY!
Check out our huge selection of authentic, exotic pinoy mods and RDA atomizers. We have all the top brands of ecig batteries, cartomizer tanks and high quality USA made Eliquids like Suicide Bunny, Uncle Junks, Ruthless, Mr Goodvape, Juice Ejuice, Flavorz by Joe, The Great J’s, Rise, Unicorn Blood, Cuttood Unicorn Milk Strawberry Custard E Liquid and so much more.
We have a great selection of AUTHENTIC PINOY MODS and rebuildable Atomizers Like the IGO W, Helios, Trident and RDA Tank Atomizers like the Kayfun Lite Plus and The Russian. We have every color of Atmos Raw Jr vaporizers including special edition green and pink camouflage. We carry the latest 2014 addition to the Atmos Waxy Oil Vaporizer family, the Atmos Jewel in 10 vibrant colors including brushed metal gold and silver. We take requests at Vapor Life… If there is an exotic mod or rebuildable drip atomizer you want that we don’t have in stock, we will endeavor to find it for you. That’s the Vapor Life promise to you!
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Innokin Itaste MVP 2 Energy – In Stock At Vapor Life Plantation, Ft Lauderdale, Hollywood and Miami Florida
Introducing The New MVP 2.0 Energy Line.
This unit comes with their new iClear 16b Bottom Dual Coil Clearomizer. Same great Innokin MVP 2.0 great new look.
Remembers last set voltage or wattage when the battery is turned off and then back on.
Built-in 3 digit display :
- Digital display shows Ohms meter, Voltage /Wattage setting, number of puffs taken
- since last time the battery was turned off
- Portable power source for electronic products
The attached adapter cable with three most popular power connectors for iphone/iPods, mini USB (Motorola/Blacberry), a Micro USB(Motorola/Nokia/LG/Samsung) Innokin iClear 30 3.0ml atomizer, easy to change the heating coil and wick Suitable for 510, RN4081, 901, 8105, Tidy etc, atomizer The LED lights will show green, yellow or red to indicate whether there is full battery life, half capacity or charging needed
PRODUCT TYPE E-Cigarette MATERIAL Alloy CHARGER STYLE USB E-Cigarettes CONNECTION THREADING EGO / 510 Electronic Components RESISTANCE 2.7 Ohm Power & Batteries BATTERY CAPACITY (MFG RATED) 2600 mAh
- Variable Voltage: Voltage can be adjusted from 3.3 – 5.0 volts in .1 volt increments.
- VariableWattage:Wattage can be adjusted from 6.0 – 11.0W in .5 watts increments.
- Reads resistance of your atomizer/cartomizer/clearomizer
- Puff Counter
- Short Circuit/Atomizer Protection:
- Over-Discharge Protection
- Battery Level Indicator
- Large battery capacity
- iTaste MVP e-cigarette built-in 2600 mAh polymer Li-Ion rechargeable battery.
- High compatibility 510 connector
- Thread fit iClear10,iClear16 ,iClear30 etc
- ON/OFF battery switch
- 10 seconds cutoff
- Remembers last set voltage or wattage
New Arrivals at Vapor Life
VapeCase In Stock Now and Available for the IPhone 5/5s
Iphone 5/5s Electronic Cigarette / Vaporizer Case Combo With a 510 connection. That’s Right!
Introducing the future of electronic cigarettes. The Vapecase is an all in one protective phone case/vaporizer/e-cig/g-pen that has taken the world by storm. Never before have two completely separate products joined together to create such an assessable and stylish product. The Vapecase is easy to use and hard lose. Keeping track of e-cig and portable vaporizers can be tricky, but when you attach them to your phone that becomes something of the past. The Vapecase’s durability and long lasting battery life make it the perfect option for that last minute gift for this holiday season. Sit back, stand up, drive around, take a call, pause the app you’re playing and take part in the future of smoking.
- 2000mAh 3.7v Li-ion battery pack
- 5 Stage Variable Voltage
- LED Array Battery Level Indication
- Ignition Indicator LED Light
- Mini USB Charging Port
Mechanical Mod Safety and Proper Usage Guide
This article is intended for new vapers who want to get hold of their first mechanical mod. The first thing we must distinguish is the difference between a mechanical mod and an electronic cigarette a.k.a Personal Vaporizer (electronic PV).
A good and properly designed electronic PV has a built-in chip in the unit itself that acts as a protection circuit; it prevents things we want to avoid while using any unit and these usually include over-discharge and short circuit.
Because of the built-in safety features, electronic PVs are inherently safer than fully mechanical mods. Some popular electronic PVs are Provaris, Vamos, EVICs, E-Gos and iTastes.
The problem with a mechanical mod, however, is that obviously it does not have a chip that can monitor things like short circuit and over-discharge. Short circuit and over-discharge, without getting too technical, basically make the battery unstable to a point that it may overheat and catch flames or worse.
And this is the reason why we are posting this article – so that we can show you what you can do to compensate for the mechanical mod’s lack of native circuit protection.
We have compiled a list of things to remember when dealing with mechanical mods.
For some of these, it is implied that you get yourself a multi-meter. In fact, if you choose to own a mechanical mod, you should also get a decent multi-meter.
Let us go into each in detail.
We have compiled a list of things to remember when dealing with mechanical mods.
Regularly check for atomizer resistance and short circuits
Unlike your Provari or Vamo etc., a fully mechanical mod will still fire even when a short occurs on the atomizer. A short-circuit technically means zero or close to zero resistance (ohms), but most electronic PVs won’t allow anything lower than 1.2/5ohms. This is to ensure the batteries are not stressed especially if they have lower C ratings.
If you are using a new atomizer, make sure you check your resistance first before screwing it on your mechanical mods.
If you are using a rebuildable atomizer, do not let the ohms go too low as some batteries may become very stressed with lower resistance. When starting out, build them at a standard resistance around 2.0-2.5. ohms just to be safe.
Shorts don’t always occur in the atomizer, test the unit itself as well. To do this with a multi-meter, take out your battery, with one probe touch the positive pin of the mod and another on the body. If the meter shows any kind of resistance, it means a current is flowing and you have a short somewhere. Immediately remove the battery and locate and cure the problem.
When testing for resistance using a multi-meter, note that the multi-meter also carries its own resistance or lead resistance.
In cheaper multi-meters, we have seen this lead resistance go as high as 0.6ohms. Touching both probes together will usually display how much lead resistance the meter has. Subtract this from what is displayed on the meter when testing your atomizers to get the atomizer’s real resistance.
So if your atomizer reads 2.0ohms, it may actually be just 1.4ohms if your lead resistance is 0.6ohms.
Use A Safety Fuse
There are several safety fuses available for mechanical mods. These are designed to break the circuit in the mod if the battery gets too hot. There are electrical circuit fuses, like the ‘Vape Safe’ fuse. These work in the same way as the protection circuit does on some batteries. They add an extra couple of mm to the length of the battery.
Another type of fuse is a ‘hot spring’ Every mod uses a spring in the endcap to maintain good electrical contact between the battery and the mod. A hot spring does the same thing, but when it gets hot, it melts which breaks the electrical circuit in the event of a battery going bad.
If a fuse trips it will need to be replaced, ideally along with the battery that caused the failure as well. While fuses do not make your mechanical mod entirely safe they do provide an extra layer of protection.
Do not use the battery when it is fully discharged
Another suspected cause of batteries being damaged or even catching fire (thermal runaway) is when it continues to discharge way past its discharge threshold. Meaning; using it way past empty.
A Li-ion battery typically holds a capacity of 4.2 volts at 100% charge. As the battery is used, this voltage drops.Depending on quality and manufacturer, typically your batteries can be safely used until the voltage drops to between 3.6 and 3.3 volts (or even lower on really superb ones).
On the safe side, when a battery reaches 3.6 volts, just assume it is empty (as it might as well be), stop using the battery and recharge it as soon as possible. Li-ion batteries will enjoy a longer lifespan if partial discharge is practised.
If you are unfamiliar with your batteries, use your meter to test your batteries often to determine how much usage time you typically need to get from 4.2 to 3.6 volts. This will help you estimate how much is left when you don’t have your meter with you.
Just note that as the battery ages, the time to reach empty will decrease, and this is due to the internal resistance building up (We will talk about how to determine this in another article about internal resistance).
Avoid stacking batteries
Unless you really know what you are doing, simply do not do it.
Stacking batteries means putting one battery on top of another in series, so they produce a higher voltage. This also adds much more stress to each of the batteries. Two “stacking” batteries is not recommended
Not all batteries are designed to be stacked. Stacking will stress both batteries much more than when the same atomizer is used in a single-cell configuration.
Both your batteries must be capable of very high C ratings (which we may discuss in another article) and unfortunately most batteries are not. If you really want to stack batteries, make sure your batteries are designed to do so.
Another problem with stacking batteries is differing discharge rates. One battery may already be fully charged while the other less so. Sooner or later, one will ultimately over-discharge and cause problems.
Even on a new pair of batteries, there is a chance that in time one of these batteries “gets old quicker” which will make it empty quicker than the other. This often happens even in “manufacturer pairs”.
If you have no choice, such as you have a mechanical mod that only accepts stacked batteries, you can use a spacer (dummy battery) or purchase the best quality batteries that are designed to be stacked. Use atomizers with a resistance that will not stress your setup. And always check the health of your batteries regularly, both while in the device and in the charger
If you really need a higher voltage than what a single cell can give, consider a variable voltage electronic PV or a kick device for your mechanical mod.
Prevent your mechanical mod from firing accidentally
Other than discharging your unit beyond recommended levels, another cause of over-discharge and battery stress is accidentally firing your unit for prolonged periods of time. Usually this happens accidentally.
Electronic PVs like the Provari, Vamo, E-vic and eGo, usually have an automatic 10-15 second cut-off to prevent this, as well as manual “off” mechanisms where you can turn the units completely off.
Some mechanical mods may have lockable firing mechanisms that function as an “off” mechanism. But not all do.
If your mechanical mod has this feature, use it whenever you store your mods in your bag or even in its case. This will prevent it from firing.
If your unit does not, then make sure to remove the atomizer and ensure nothing can short the positive terminal (the pin where your atomizer connects to). Placing your unit in a small pouch/bag before placing it in your case, can help prevent this.
Use only protected batteries or better still, use safer chemistry batteries
In our market today, there are many kinds of batteries that can be used in a mechanical mod.
Two of the most popular battery types used in mods are ICR (LiCo02) and IMR (LiMn) / IMR hybrids. Both of these are lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.
In terms of safety the difference between the two (ICR and IMR) is the chemical composition in these batteries. ICR can catch fire at a faster rate than IMRs because they are simply more combustible. ICR are also generally known to stress more easily than IMR. There are two types of ICR batteries, protected and unprotected. Never use unprotected ICR in any mechanical mod as it does not have any safety mechanism in them.
Protected ICR batteries have a basic layer of protection that prevents your batteries from shorts and over discharge problems. Protected ICR with a C rating of 2 amps or more can be used in mechanical mods.
IMRs however, has a more stable chemistry, and won’t likely to catch fire or explode as easily as an ICR can. They do not require protection, and often sold without it. These are also suitable for mechanical mods.
You may ask, what is better an IMR battery or a protected ICR battery?
The general consensus within in the vaping community is that if in doubt, IMR is better for mechanical mods. The reasoning is, although IMR has no protection circuit, by nature of their chemical composition, they are safer than ICR with a protection circuit. Protected ICR batteries have a history of their protection system failing, especially with the cheaper ones. In fact, we have read more incidents of cheaper protected ICR batteries venting flames than IMRs.
An analogy to this is that a protected ICR is like a gun with the safety switch turned on, and an IMR is a gun someone filled with rubber bullets. Both guns can hurt but one is more hazardous.
Do not invert batteries
The outside, or case of the battery is always negative and therefore your mod’s case should also be negative.
In most mods, the negative portion of your battery is at the bottom of the mod to make the entire tube negative.
The reason for this is that if your battery case gets damaged, and it touches the metal tube, your tube will be negative no matter how you positioned your battery. No short will occur.
However, if your tube is positive, and your battery case gets damaged, you will have a short and a serious problem.
Do not over-charge your batteries
Whenever you have fully charged your batteries, before you place them in your mechanical mod, use your multi-meter to check the voltage.
It typically should not go beyond 4.2 volts, although many brands have a +/- .05v in their specifications allowing them to go up to 4.25volts.
If it goes beyond what is specified, consider changing the battery, the charger or both. An over charged battery should be considered unstable and therefore potentially dangerous.
To prolong battery life, charge your batteries at 4.1volts rather than fully charging them.
Also, never try to recharge a battery that has been severely discharged. A severely discharged battery may develop an internal short.
Make sure your mechanical mods have sufficiently sized and number of vent holes
If you follow the rules already mentioned, you should be fine.
But even the most vigilant of us can and do make mistakes. Even if we follow all the rules, there are just some things we cannot avoid such as accidents.
When this happens, it is good to have a unit with some sort of safety mechanism in place. To this end we would advocate the use of a ‘kick’ style fuse in the battery compartment. There are two types; the first is a ‘single event’ type which will require replacement should it blow and a re-settable type with a set number of cycles. Both cut out when detecting an abnormal rise in battery temperature therefore preventing you from operating the device. For £2.50 and £15 respectively, either is considered a worthwhile investment.
One of the biggest problems with a battery experiencing thermal runaway (which may be caused by shorts, stress or over-discharge) is that things inside the battery expand at a rapid rate.
A mod without vent holes is a sealed container that may crack, shatter, or explode causing harm to you and others simply because the pressure inside the mod has nowhere to go.
A mechanical mod with suitable vent holes can prevent this pressure from building up and it can release the rapidly expanding gases before they build to dangerous levels.
Think of a mod without vent holes as a balloon, when you inflate it too far, eventually it will explode. Known within the battery industry as ‘venting with flame’ or ‘rapid disassembly!!!
A balloon with large enough holes however, will just release the pressure no matter how much you blow into it.
Having covered the fundamentals, this may feel like a lot to take in. Eventually these will be second nature to you. So have a great day and enjoy your mechanical mod!!!
Our gratitude goes to Diana and Uba at BumbleVape for permission to use this article. There may be changes including additions and removal of information as it becomes available or irrelevant.
Thank you to VaperCaper for information on Safety Fuses.
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