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The good guide for getting the right starter kit for you!

10 May 2019 37 Views No comments

With such a wide variety available, choosing your first starter kit can have your head in a spin. To help you think clearly, we’ve created the good guide – all the relevant information for you to make your first starter kit purchase worth it.

Cig and Closed Pod Devices

These devices are by far the cheapest and the easiest to use on the market. They use a re-fillable cartridge system, whereby the cartridges containing the e-liquid has to be replaced when it runs out. The main body contains the battery and the heating element that vaporises the e-liquid, this can be recharged usually with a micro USB port. There is no button or settings to these devices, to vape with them simply inhale like you would if you were smoking.

Pros: Cheap to buy | Easy to use | Ultra-portable | Re-fillable cartridges are widely available

Cons: Limited vapour | Less vapour | Limited battery life

Recommended for: Ex social smokers or very light smokers that will be vaping for short periods of time.

Disposable Tank Mod

These devices are slightly more expensive but provide much better performance. The main body on these mods contains a button: the button usually has a five-click on and off setting and must be held down when inhaling. Additionally, they have a tank which can be refilled with e-liquid until the heating element burns out, at which point they must be discarded and replaced. The refillable nature of these devices makes them cheaper to run than a pod device.

Pros: Cheaper to use than a cig, closed pod | More vapour and flavour | 4-6x longer battery life

Cons: Must be refilled by hand | Larger in size

Recommended for: Light to moderate ex-smokers that are sceptical about vaping

Tank Mod

These devices are the best quality starter kits you can buy and provide premium vaping performance. They have main body which has the battery and button on/off function but may also have some additional technology features. These may include temperature control and/or power settings which will adjust vapour production and flavour. Their tanks can also be re-filled with e-liquid, but they aren’t disposable. Instead, they contain a replaceable coil which must be replaced when it is burnt out.

Pros: Cheapest to use | Best vapour and flavour | Longest battery life

Cons: More complicated technology | Largest in size | Most expensive to buy

Recommended for: Moderate to heavy smokers that are ready to start their vaping journey

We hope this good guide has given you enough starter kit knowledge to make an informed decision to start your vaping journey. There’s no right or wrongs when it comes to picking your first device.

Just consider how much you want to spend, how much you’re going to use it, and how much you used to smoke (if you’re an ex-smoker) then adjust accordingly. Good luck, and happy vaping!

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With such a wide variety available, choosing your first starter kit can have your head in a spin. To help you think clearly, we’ve created the good guide – all the relevant information for you to make your first starter kit purchase worth it.

Cig and Closed Pod Devices

These devices are by far the cheapest and the easiest to use on the market. They use a re-fillable cartridge system, whereby the cartridges containing the e-liquid has to be replaced when it runs out. The main body contains the battery and the heating element that vaporises the e-liquid, this can be recharged usually with a micro USB port. There is no button or settings to these devices, to vape with them simply inhale like you would if you were smoking.

Pros: Cheap to buy | Easy to use | Ultra-portable | Re-fillable cartridges are widely available

Cons: Limited vapour | Less vapour | Limited battery life

Recommended for: Ex social smokers or very light smokers that will be vaping for short periods of time.

Disposable Tank Mod

These devices are slightly more expensive but provide much better performance. The main body on these mods contains a button: the button usually has a five-click on and off setting and must be held down when inhaling. Additionally, they have a tank which can be refilled with e-liquid until the heating element burns out, at which point they must be discarded and replaced. The refillable nature of these devices makes them cheaper to run than a pod device.

Pros: Cheaper to use than a cig, closed pod | More vapour and flavour | 4-6x longer battery life

Cons: Must be refilled by hand | Larger in size

Recommended for: Light to moderate ex-smokers that are sceptical about vaping

Tank Mod

These devices are the best quality starter kits you can buy and provide premium vaping performance. They have main body which has the battery and button on/off function but may also have some additional technology features. These may include temperature control and/or power settings which will adjust vapour production and flavour. Their tanks can also be re-filled with e-liquid, but they aren’t disposable. Instead, they contain a replaceable coil which must be replaced when it is burnt out.

Pros: Cheapest to use | Best vapour and flavour | Longest battery life

Cons: More complicated technology | Largest in size | Most expensive to buy

Recommended for: Moderate to heavy smokers that are ready to start their vaping journey

We hope this good guide has given you enough starter kit knowledge to make an informed decision to start your vaping journey. There’s no right or wrongs when it comes to picking your first device.

Just consider how much you want to spend, how much you’re going to use it, and how much you used to smoke (if you’re an ex-smoker) then adjust accordingly. Good luck, and happy vaping!

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Ready to vape? Here’s some reasons why you should be…

3 May 2019 47 Views No comments

Quitting smoking is often quoted by ex-smokers as being the hardest thing they ever had to do. The cruel combination of habit and addiction is often a hard one to break. However, there are extraordinary numbers of people who do finally break out of this cycle because of vaping.

Switching onto electronic cigarettes is an effective way of ending your smoking habits. However, it’s not just ex-smokers that are taking it up – more and more people that have never been smokers taking up vaping as a hobby. So, why is there so much hype around vaping? Here’s some of our reasons.

It’s cheaper

Prepare yourself for this one, because the contrast is staggering! Here’s the basic maths: if you smoke a pack a day, you’ll roughly spend £3650 each year. If you vape the equivalent amount, you’ll drastically cut down on your expenditure. A 10ml bottle of e-liquid costs around £5 – that bottle is roughly equivalent to four or five packs a cigarette! Plus, these estimations don’t even consider the air freshener, chewing gum and lighters you have to buy when you smoke cigarettes.

It’s healthier

This is the number one reason ex-smokers start vaping. Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you, what people don’t know is that vaping is over 95% safer. Tobacco and tar are the two most dangerous elements in cigarettes, and can lead to lung disease and cancer. Neither tobacco nor tar are part of vaping with electronic cigarettes.

It’s more flexible

Whether you’ve finished a cigarette that you didn’t really want, or had to put one out on the move, every smoker has wasted cigarettes. Vaping eliminates this issue at the click of a button (literally)! One of the greatest things about electronic cigarettes is that you can choose when to use them. You can take long ‘chaining’ sessions, or just have a few puffs – it's your choice.

It’s social

This is the main reason that non-smokers start vaping. The argument for ‘social smoking’ has become obsolete: health regulations have eliminated the concept. However, there is a massive social community of vapers: people discuss vaping online, they exchange tips and attend vaping events together. Essentially, vaping is social and is seen as a great way to make new friends.

It’s like smoking

This might sound like a weird line of argument but stick with us. Public Health England have recently stated that over 1.2 million ex-smokers quit smoking because of vaping. One of the main reasons for this is because vaping ticks a lot of the boxes that smoking does. Hand to mouth action? Tick. A throat hit? Tick. Nicotine? Tick. An exhale-cloud? Tick. Vaping gives you the best parts of smoking with far less risk to your health.

Quitting cigarettes can be a long and hard journey, nobody ever said that it wasn’t, but vaping is a proven way to help you along the way. To round up: it’s cheaper, it’s healthier, it’s more flexible, it’s social and it ticks all the boxes. Ready to vape? You really should be.

Ready to vape? Here’s some reasons why you should be… 2019-05-03 09:39:00 2019-04-16 09:40:48 https://www.liquid-ice.co.uk/media/magpleasure/mpblog/list_thumbnail_file/c/a/cache/1/ece9a24a761836a70934a998c163f8c8/ca27c0de83a693676c9713241ef4dd8c.jpg Liquid Ice Team

Quitting smoking is often quoted by ex-smokers as being the hardest thing they ever had to do. The cruel combination of habit and addiction is often a hard one to break. However, there are extraordinary numbers of people who do finally break out of this cycle because of vaping.

Switching onto electronic cigarettes is an effective way of ending your smoking habits. However, it’s not just ex-smokers that are taking it up – more and more people that have never been smokers taking up vaping as a hobby. So, why is there so much hype around vaping? Here’s some of our reasons.

It’s cheaper

Prepare yourself for this one, because the contrast is staggering! Here’s the basic maths: if you smoke a pack a day, you’ll roughly spend £3650 each year. If you vape the equivalent amount, you’ll drastically cut down on your expenditure. A 10ml bottle of e-liquid costs around £5 – that bottle is roughly equivalent to four or five packs a cigarette! Plus, these estimations don’t even consider the air freshener, chewing gum and lighters you have to buy when you smoke cigarettes.

It’s healthier

This is the number one reason ex-smokers start vaping. Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you, what people don’t know is that vaping is over 95% safer. Tobacco and tar are the two most dangerous elements in cigarettes, and can lead to lung disease and cancer. Neither tobacco nor tar are part of vaping with electronic cigarettes.

It’s more flexible

Whether you’ve finished a cigarette that you didn’t really want, or had to put one out on the move, every smoker has wasted cigarettes. Vaping eliminates this issue at the click of a button (literally)! One of the greatest things about electronic cigarettes is that you can choose when to use them. You can take long ‘chaining’ sessions, or just have a few puffs – it's your choice.

It’s social

This is the main reason that non-smokers start vaping. The argument for ‘social smoking’ has become obsolete: health regulations have eliminated the concept. However, there is a massive social community of vapers: people discuss vaping online, they exchange tips and attend vaping events together. Essentially, vaping is social and is seen as a great way to make new friends.

It’s like smoking

This might sound like a weird line of argument but stick with us. Public Health England have recently stated that over 1.2 million ex-smokers quit smoking because of vaping. One of the main reasons for this is because vaping ticks a lot of the boxes that smoking does. Hand to mouth action? Tick. A throat hit? Tick. Nicotine? Tick. An exhale-cloud? Tick. Vaping gives you the best parts of smoking with far less risk to your health.

Quitting cigarettes can be a long and hard journey, nobody ever said that it wasn’t, but vaping is a proven way to help you along the way. To round up: it’s cheaper, it’s healthier, it’s more flexible, it’s social and it ticks all the boxes. Ready to vape? You really should be.

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Pardon? A-Z of vaping terms

30 April 2019 45 Views No comments

There’s no doubt that the world of vaping can be a confusing one to enter, especially when you take the lingo into consideration. It seems like as the industry grows, so do the amount of words used to talk about it!

With phrases like cloud-chaser, box mod, drip-tip and throat hit being regularly circulated amongst users, it’s easy to feel like an outsider. So, we’ve come up with an essential A-Z glossary of vaping terms which will help you to get your tongue around vaping terminology.

A

Airflow

The airflow is adjusted (by most e-cigarette devices) by holes in the side of the tank. It affects the amount of draw, vapour and flavour you get from your vape.

All Day Vape

This is essentially a term for an e-liquid that is good. It’s a flavour that you can vape all day!

Atomiser

The atomiser is the electric part inside your device that heats up the e-liquid and turns it into vapour.

B

Base liquid

This is the mixture that consists of PG and/or VG. Flavour and nicotine are added to this to create e-liquid.

Battery

This is one of the most important parts of your vaping device, it powers the heating components which turn e-liquid into vapour. The type of battery you have can affect your vaping style.

C

Cloud-chaser

Cloud-chasers are vapers that enjoy types of vaping which provide thick, dense plumes of vapour (clouds).

Coil

This is the new trendy word for atomiser. Coil has now become the common-use term for the electrical part which turns e-liquid into vapour.

D

Direct to Lung (DTL)

Direct to Lung is a type of vaping where the user directly inhales the vapour into their lungs without taking into their mouth first.

Drip Tip

This is the mouthpiece on the top of your vaping device, it is the part where you put your mouth on to draw and inhale the vapour.

Dry Hit

Whether you knew what this means or not, you’ll know if you’ve had a dry hit. It’s a draw on the device that tastes burnt, usually from an overly used wick.

E

E-juice

It’s the same as e-liquid – the liquid that you put into your e-cigarette to vape.

F

Flooding

When you flood your tank it’s often because you’ve overfilled it, or you’ve spilt some into somewhere you shouldn’t have. You’ll notice a gurgling sound and reduced performance.

Flavour Ghosting

When you switch e-liquid flavours sometimes you can taste the previous flavour, this is called flavour ghosting.

M

Mod

Originally the term for vaping device that had been modified by the user. Now refers to a wide number of e-cigarettes.

Mouth to Lung (MTL)

Mouth to Lung vaping is when you take the vapour into your mouth first before inhaling it, much like you would with a cigarette.

N

Nicotine Shot (Nic Shot)

A nicotine shot is a flavourless, odourless liquid which comes in 10ml quantities. It is used to add to an e-liquid or base mix.

O

Ohm (Ω)

This is a measure of resistance. The higher the ohms, the more the resistance. A lower resistance coil will heat up faster and provide plenty vapour but it will burn out faster. The reverse is true of a high resistance coil.

P

Priming

This is the process of preparing your coil for vaping. It usually involves putting a few drips through a hole in the coil to your wick, or by talking a draw on the vape without heating the e-liquid.

Propylene Glycol (PG)

This is one that most newcomers struggle with. Propylene Glycol or PG, is one of the main ingredients used to make e-liquid. It provides more of a throat hit, and holds more flavour but produces less vapour. For more on PG read our blog article.

S

Starter Kit

Starter kits will contain everything you need start vaping. A standard starter kit will have a simple device, an atomiser and a charger.

Steeping

This is the process of improving and enhancing the flavour of your e-liquid by shaking, heating and leaving the mixture to ‘steep’.

Sub-Ohm

Sub-Ohm vaping is when you use a low-resistance coil to increase the vapour production.

T

Tank

This the top part of your vaping device which holds the coil and the e-liquid, it is also connected to the mouthpiece.

V

Vape

This is a multi-purpose term which refers to the action of vaping (i.e. ‘I’m going for a vape’) and the device itself (i.e. ‘Take a look at my new vape’).

Vegetable Glycerin

This naturally derived chemical partners up with PG to make e-liquid. It provides lots of vapour production, has a smoother throat hit but slightly dilutes flavour.

W

Wick

Wicks have nothing to do with candles, well not in this case. It is the absorbent material inside the coil which carries the e-liquid to the heating component which vaporises it.

Believe it or not, this is a short glossary which covers the essentials that you need to know to “speak vape”. As the e-cigarette industry continues to grow, users are coming up with more interesting and unique ways of describing the vaping experience. However, for newcomers and beginner vapers, all you need to know is right here – so get practising!

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There’s no doubt that the world of vaping can be a confusing one to enter, especially when you take the lingo into consideration. It seems like as the industry grows, so do the amount of words used to talk about it!

With phrases like cloud-chaser, box mod, drip-tip and throat hit being regularly circulated amongst users, it’s easy to feel like an outsider. So, we’ve come up with an essential A-Z glossary of vaping terms which will help you to get your tongue around vaping terminology.

A

Airflow

The airflow is adjusted (by most e-cigarette devices) by holes in the side of the tank. It affects the amount of draw, vapour and flavour you get from your vape.

All Day Vape

This is essentially a term for an e-liquid that is good. It’s a flavour that you can vape all day!

Atomiser

The atomiser is the electric part inside your device that heats up the e-liquid and turns it into vapour.

B

Base liquid

This is the mixture that consists of PG and/or VG. Flavour and nicotine are added to this to create e-liquid.

Battery

This is one of the most important parts of your vaping device, it powers the heating components which turn e-liquid into vapour. The type of battery you have can affect your vaping style.

C

Cloud-chaser

Cloud-chasers are vapers that enjoy types of vaping which provide thick, dense plumes of vapour (clouds).

Coil

This is the new trendy word for atomiser. Coil has now become the common-use term for the electrical part which turns e-liquid into vapour.

D

Direct to Lung (DTL)

Direct to Lung is a type of vaping where the user directly inhales the vapour into their lungs without taking into their mouth first.

Drip Tip

This is the mouthpiece on the top of your vaping device, it is the part where you put your mouth on to draw and inhale the vapour.

Dry Hit

Whether you knew what this means or not, you’ll know if you’ve had a dry hit. It’s a draw on the device that tastes burnt, usually from an overly used wick.

E

E-juice

It’s the same as e-liquid – the liquid that you put into your e-cigarette to vape.

F

Flooding

When you flood your tank it’s often because you’ve overfilled it, or you’ve spilt some into somewhere you shouldn’t have. You’ll notice a gurgling sound and reduced performance.

Flavour Ghosting

When you switch e-liquid flavours sometimes you can taste the previous flavour, this is called flavour ghosting.

M

Mod

Originally the term for vaping device that had been modified by the user. Now refers to a wide number of e-cigarettes.

Mouth to Lung (MTL)

Mouth to Lung vaping is when you take the vapour into your mouth first before inhaling it, much like you would with a cigarette.

N

Nicotine Shot (Nic Shot)

A nicotine shot is a flavourless, odourless liquid which comes in 10ml quantities. It is used to add to an e-liquid or base mix.

O

Ohm (Ω)

This is a measure of resistance. The higher the ohms, the more the resistance. A lower resistance coil will heat up faster and provide plenty vapour but it will burn out faster. The reverse is true of a high resistance coil.

P

Priming

This is the process of preparing your coil for vaping. It usually involves putting a few drips through a hole in the coil to your wick, or by talking a draw on the vape without heating the e-liquid.

Propylene Glycol (PG)

This is one that most newcomers struggle with. Propylene Glycol or PG, is one of the main ingredients used to make e-liquid. It provides more of a throat hit, and holds more flavour but produces less vapour. For more on PG read our blog article.

S

Starter Kit

Starter kits will contain everything you need start vaping. A standard starter kit will have a simple device, an atomiser and a charger.

Steeping

This is the process of improving and enhancing the flavour of your e-liquid by shaking, heating and leaving the mixture to ‘steep’.

Sub-Ohm

Sub-Ohm vaping is when you use a low-resistance coil to increase the vapour production.

T

Tank

This the top part of your vaping device which holds the coil and the e-liquid, it is also connected to the mouthpiece.

V

Vape

This is a multi-purpose term which refers to the action of vaping (i.e. ‘I’m going for a vape’) and the device itself (i.e. ‘Take a look at my new vape’).

Vegetable Glycerin

This naturally derived chemical partners up with PG to make e-liquid. It provides lots of vapour production, has a smoother throat hit but slightly dilutes flavour.

W

Wick

Wicks have nothing to do with candles, well not in this case. It is the absorbent material inside the coil which carries the e-liquid to the heating component which vaporises it.

Believe it or not, this is a short glossary which covers the essentials that you need to know to “speak vape”. As the e-cigarette industry continues to grow, users are coming up with more interesting and unique ways of describing the vaping experience. However, for newcomers and beginner vapers, all you need to know is right here – so get practising!

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Vaping vs Smoking: The responsible way of talking about the “danger” question

24 April 2019 44 Views No comments

According to the buzz from newspapers and media outlets earlier this week, Public Health England (PHE) and other public health bodies are ignoring the “dangers” of vaping. If this seems contradictory to the stance of respected healthcare professionals, that’s because it is.

This scandalous claim has come from Dr Aaron Scott and Professor Martin McKee, two anti-vaping figures who have previously published similar speculation. One previous spat from Scott, for example, claimed that “you can go into a pound store anywhere in the country and buy e-cigarette liquid for £1. You can do that with very little regulation, so it’s very easy, for example, for kids to get that, it’s very accessible.” Obviously, this is false; e-liquids are strictly regulated in the UK following the introduction of the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations in May 2017, and vaping products are subject to extensive age restriction legislation, which all responsible retailers comply with.

Scott and McKee have also teamed together in their views that the absence of extensive evidence means that we don’t know the dangers of vaping. Relevant long-term studies are of course difficult to conduct, considering that vaping – in a broad sense – is only a decade old. Liquid Ice has a commitment to enabling this research wherever possible to clear up this issue. There have already been studies which have yielded positive results in favour of vaping, such as there being no damage to lungs of non-smokers over a three-year period. Whilst researchers like Professor Riccardo Polosa are dedicated to performing studies in the absence of long-term data, framing debates about the safety and efficacy of vaping around long-term impacts is beside the point.

The key aim of any debate should be to compare the short-term effects of vaping when compared to the harm of smoking. Ultimately, vaping products are designed for smokers that are looking to switch. PHE’s well-publicised ‘95% safer than smoking’ figure highlights this perfectly. It is a fact that vaping is an effective means for moving away from cigarettes and the multitude of carcinogenic chemicals found in them, which kill half of anyone who regularly smoke them. When I consider this, my mind often conjures images of cotton buds in bell jars from a particularly rememberable video. I think of the thick black gunk of the bud being exposed to smoke when compared to the white of the one exposed to vapour, and I know where I stand on vaping as a suitable alternative.

Comments which dispute this research and pick unnecessary holes in relevant information aren’t just irresponsible, they’re dangerous. There are already excessive numbers of smokers that have incorrect views about the safety of vaping. It is McKee and Scott’s comments which fuel these false perceptions and risk directing vapers back to smoking, and condemn unsure smokers to a life of harmful cigarette use. Every discussion around the potential risks of vaping must always be measured in direct comparison to smoking, because smoking is undeniably worse than vaping. This has been validated and justly highlighted by respectable organisations like PHE, Cancer Research UK, and the Royal College of General Practitioners. It is a matter of grave consequences that others in the field are yet to realise the responsibilities they have to the public.

Vaping vs Smoking: The responsible way of talking about the “danger” question 2019-04-24 16:28:00 2019-04-25 08:50:22 https://www.liquid-ice.co.uk/media/magpleasure/mpblog/list_thumbnail_file/c/c/cache/1/ece9a24a761836a70934a998c163f8c8/cc7e0b6de52fdb366c5268d978b8e1c6.jpg Liquid Ice Team

According to the buzz from newspapers and media outlets earlier this week, Public Health England (PHE) and other public health bodies are ignoring the “dangers” of vaping. If this seems contradictory to the stance of respected healthcare professionals, that’s because it is.

This scandalous claim has come from Dr Aaron Scott and Professor Martin McKee, two anti-vaping figures who have previously published similar speculation. One previous spat from Scott, for example, claimed that “you can go into a pound store anywhere in the country and buy e-cigarette liquid for £1. You can do that with very little regulation, so it’s very easy, for example, for kids to get that, it’s very accessible.” Obviously, this is false; e-liquids are strictly regulated in the UK following the introduction of the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations in May 2017, and vaping products are subject to extensive age restriction legislation, which all responsible retailers comply with.

Scott and McKee have also teamed together in their views that the absence of extensive evidence means that we don’t know the dangers of vaping. Relevant long-term studies are of course difficult to conduct, considering that vaping – in a broad sense – is only a decade old. Liquid Ice has a commitment to enabling this research wherever possible to clear up this issue. There have already been studies which have yielded positive results in favour of vaping, such as there being no damage to lungs of non-smokers over a three-year period. Whilst researchers like Professor Riccardo Polosa are dedicated to performing studies in the absence of long-term data, framing debates about the safety and efficacy of vaping around long-term impacts is beside the point.

The key aim of any debate should be to compare the short-term effects of vaping when compared to the harm of smoking. Ultimately, vaping products are designed for smokers that are looking to switch. PHE’s well-publicised ‘95% safer than smoking’ figure highlights this perfectly. It is a fact that vaping is an effective means for moving away from cigarettes and the multitude of carcinogenic chemicals found in them, which kill half of anyone who regularly smoke them. When I consider this, my mind often conjures images of cotton buds in bell jars from a particularly rememberable video. I think of the thick black gunk of the bud being exposed to smoke when compared to the white of the one exposed to vapour, and I know where I stand on vaping as a suitable alternative.

Comments which dispute this research and pick unnecessary holes in relevant information aren’t just irresponsible, they’re dangerous. There are already excessive numbers of smokers that have incorrect views about the safety of vaping. It is McKee and Scott’s comments which fuel these false perceptions and risk directing vapers back to smoking, and condemn unsure smokers to a life of harmful cigarette use. Every discussion around the potential risks of vaping must always be measured in direct comparison to smoking, because smoking is undeniably worse than vaping. This has been validated and justly highlighted by respectable organisations like PHE, Cancer Research UK, and the Royal College of General Practitioners. It is a matter of grave consequences that others in the field are yet to realise the responsibilities they have to the public.

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Expert Status: The 411 on Integrated vs Removable Vape Batteries

23 April 2019 39 Views No comments

One of the reasons that vaping is popular is because of all the gear that’s available. When users go to buy their new device, their mind is on the coolest mod, the newest atomisers and the latest technology they can get their hands on.

However, what they don’t give enough credit to is the humble battery. The battery is the heart of your device, it decides what power is transferred to the coil which determines the way the e-liquid is heated up. The power that the battery provides is at the core of the way you vape. Therefore, one of the main things you need to consider when buying your vape is the battery. In this blog, we’re going to give you the 411 on Integrated vs Removable batteries.

Integrated Batteries

Integrated Batteries are the simpler of the two vape battery types. They form part of two kinds of device: a vape pen or a compact mod.

A vape pen combines the battery, technology, and tank all as one singular piece of equipment. Most of them are easily recharged by removing the tank and screwing a charging lead to the connector, or by the use of a micro USB port. They are the simplest power source you can use for an e-cigarette. Vape pen batteries are very simple to use and can be the perfect choice for newcomers to vaping. However, they do have a limited battery life. Even when they are charged properly, this kind of device won’t last an average vaper for all day without recharging.

Then there are compact mods. These are slightly more sophisticated pieces of kit which allow you to adjust the power and give you temperature control, which is ideal for intermediate vapers who want a more personalised vaping experience. They are charged via a micro USB port and also have a longer battery life than vape pens, with most versions lasting an average vaper all day.

All integrated batteries, whether they are in a vape pen or compact mod have the same problem: they will eventually die completely and not be able to be recharged.

Removable Batteries

The biggest advantage to removable batteries is that you can effectively never run out of power. They carry a lot more power than integrated batteries and as long as you carry a few charged batteries spare, you can replace the old ones and carry on vaping. This means that you get all the advantages of an advanced mod without having to rely on a plug. This option is great for experienced and heavy vape users, who want to leave the house in the assurance that they’re going to vape as much as they like.

The only problem with removable batteries is that you need to be experienced. Using removable batteries means having to know your stuff: you need to know the right ones for your device, how long they can be charged for and what kind of charger they need. If you get any of this wrong, you can end up damaging your device.

The 411

Whether you’re somebody buying your first vaping device, or a seasoned pro picking your next new toy, you should make sure that you consider the type of vape battery you’re using. There are major pros and cons to both, and what it essentially comes down to is preference. Our recommendations are as follows: if you’re a lighter vape, get a vape pen or simple compact mod with an integrated battery. If you’re an intermediate vaper get a sophisticated compact mod with an integrated battery. And if you’re a seasoned vaper, you’ll know what you want anyway!

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One of the reasons that vaping is popular is because of all the gear that’s available. When users go to buy their new device, their mind is on the coolest mod, the newest atomisers and the latest technology they can get their hands on.

However, what they don’t give enough credit to is the humble battery. The battery is the heart of your device, it decides what power is transferred to the coil which determines the way the e-liquid is heated up. The power that the battery provides is at the core of the way you vape. Therefore, one of the main things you need to consider when buying your vape is the battery. In this blog, we’re going to give you the 411 on Integrated vs Removable batteries.

Integrated Batteries

Integrated Batteries are the simpler of the two vape battery types. They form part of two kinds of device: a vape pen or a compact mod.

A vape pen combines the battery, technology, and tank all as one singular piece of equipment. Most of them are easily recharged by removing the tank and screwing a charging lead to the connector, or by the use of a micro USB port. They are the simplest power source you can use for an e-cigarette. Vape pen batteries are very simple to use and can be the perfect choice for newcomers to vaping. However, they do have a limited battery life. Even when they are charged properly, this kind of device won’t last an average vaper for all day without recharging.

Then there are compact mods. These are slightly more sophisticated pieces of kit which allow you to adjust the power and give you temperature control, which is ideal for intermediate vapers who want a more personalised vaping experience. They are charged via a micro USB port and also have a longer battery life than vape pens, with most versions lasting an average vaper all day.

All integrated batteries, whether they are in a vape pen or compact mod have the same problem: they will eventually die completely and not be able to be recharged.

Removable Batteries

The biggest advantage to removable batteries is that you can effectively never run out of power. They carry a lot more power than integrated batteries and as long as you carry a few charged batteries spare, you can replace the old ones and carry on vaping. This means that you get all the advantages of an advanced mod without having to rely on a plug. This option is great for experienced and heavy vape users, who want to leave the house in the assurance that they’re going to vape as much as they like.

The only problem with removable batteries is that you need to be experienced. Using removable batteries means having to know your stuff: you need to know the right ones for your device, how long they can be charged for and what kind of charger they need. If you get any of this wrong, you can end up damaging your device.

The 411

Whether you’re somebody buying your first vaping device, or a seasoned pro picking your next new toy, you should make sure that you consider the type of vape battery you’re using. There are major pros and cons to both, and what it essentially comes down to is preference. Our recommendations are as follows: if you’re a lighter vape, get a vape pen or simple compact mod with an integrated battery. If you’re an intermediate vaper get a sophisticated compact mod with an integrated battery. And if you’re a seasoned vaper, you’ll know what you want anyway!

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101: VG/PG ratio explained!

16 April 2019 61 Views No comments

It seems like the world of e-liquids revolves around two pairs of letters: VG and PG. These letters confuse almost everyone new to electronic cigarettes, and even some seasoned vapers need a reminder from time to time. However, anyone who wants to get the most out of their vape needs to know what they mean if they’re going to get the most out of their vaping experience. So, we’ve come up with a step-by-step guide to walk you through VG and PG.

VG/PG: The Basics

First, we’re going to run through what these abbreviations stand for.

VG = Vegetable Glycerin

Vegetable Glycerin is a natural chemical that is based from vegetable oils. It is used in a number of medical, food and personal care products, such as:

  • Sweeteners
  • Make up
  • Pet food
  • Soap and hand cream

PG= Propylene Glycol


Propylene Glycol is a petroleum bi-product. It is used in many household items including:

  • Asthma inhalers
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Baby wipes

VG vs. PG

Consistency

The consistency of your e-liquid affects how quickly it will be absorbed by the coil in your e-cigarette which will decide how much time you must allow between filling up and vaping. It will also affect the build-up of goo there is inside your vaporiser, which will require cleaning

VG: Thick consistency

Vegetable Glycerin is a thick solution which means you have to give it more time to soak into your coil before vaping. It also causes more of a gunk build up which will require you to clean your vape more often.

PG: Thin consistency

Propylene Glycol is a thinner solution which means it is more easily absorbed your coils, and it causes less build up of goo inside your vaporiser.

Flavour

This is one of the most important things to consider when buying e-liquid; you could have your nicotine levels right, and get the right e-juice for your vaping style, but if you don’t like the taste of it then you won’t use it.

VG: Sweeter, diluted flavour

Vegetable Glycerin is naturally sweet but this causes the chemical to dilute the overall flavours of your e-liquid. This isn’t ideal if you’ve invested in an e-liquid with complex notes.

PG: No effect on flavour

Propylene Glycol is a tasteless and odourless substance. This means that it doesn’t alter the taste of the e-liquid at all, and all the lovely tastes of the e-liquid will come through.

Throat Hit

This really separates vapers in two distinct groups: put simply, there’s those who love a throat hit and those that hate it. It’s often ex-smokers that prefer a stronger throat hit because it replicates the feeling of smoking cigarettes, but the only way to find out which group you fall into is to try them both out.

VG: Less throat hit

Vegetable Glycerin gives you less of a throat hit and has a much smoother sensation. This is great for vapers who like to ‘chain-vape’ or will be using their vaporiser at more regular intervals.

PG: More throat hit

Propylene Glycol provides a stronger throat hit, which is great for vapers looking to replicate a cigarette-style sensation but can dry out the mouth and throat if used too frequently.

Cloud Production

Almost every bit of vaping advertisement you will have ever seen features someone with a thick plume of vapour coming out of their mouth, but that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. It all comes down to the style of vaping you’re looking for.

VG: More clouds

Vegetable Glycerin has a thicker consistency means that it will produce much more vapour. This makes it great for sub-oHm vaping and for performing vape tricks such as blowing rings.

PG: Less vapour

Propylene Glycol is a thinner substance which means that it has lower vapour production, which suits people who want a smoking feel to their vape and might want to vape indoors.

Final Say

There you have it – a 101 on VG and PG. Who could have thought four letters could mean so much! Hopefully, the next time you’re quizzed on these substances, you’ll feel much more comfortable in your knowledge. It’s important to remember that there’s no right and wrongs when it comes to your VG and PG preferences, but it is good to know how they perform so you can choose the right ratio for your style of vaping.

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It seems like the world of e-liquids revolves around two pairs of letters: VG and PG. These letters confuse almost everyone new to electronic cigarettes, and even some seasoned vapers need a reminder from time to time. However, anyone who wants to get the most out of their vape needs to know what they mean if they’re going to get the most out of their vaping experience. So, we’ve come up with a step-by-step guide to walk you through VG and PG.

VG/PG: The Basics

First, we’re going to run through what these abbreviations stand for.

VG = Vegetable Glycerin

Vegetable Glycerin is a natural chemical that is based from vegetable oils. It is used in a number of medical, food and personal care products, such as:

  • Sweeteners
  • Make up
  • Pet food
  • Soap and hand cream

PG= Propylene Glycol


Propylene Glycol is a petroleum bi-product. It is used in many household items including:

  • Asthma inhalers
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Baby wipes

VG vs. PG

Consistency

The consistency of your e-liquid affects how quickly it will be absorbed by the coil in your e-cigarette which will decide how much time you must allow between filling up and vaping. It will also affect the build-up of goo there is inside your vaporiser, which will require cleaning

VG: Thick consistency

Vegetable Glycerin is a thick solution which means you have to give it more time to soak into your coil before vaping. It also causes more of a gunk build up which will require you to clean your vape more often.

PG: Thin consistency

Propylene Glycol is a thinner solution which means it is more easily absorbed your coils, and it causes less build up of goo inside your vaporiser.

Flavour

This is one of the most important things to consider when buying e-liquid; you could have your nicotine levels right, and get the right e-juice for your vaping style, but if you don’t like the taste of it then you won’t use it.

VG: Sweeter, diluted flavour

Vegetable Glycerin is naturally sweet but this causes the chemical to dilute the overall flavours of your e-liquid. This isn’t ideal if you’ve invested in an e-liquid with complex notes.

PG: No effect on flavour

Propylene Glycol is a tasteless and odourless substance. This means that it doesn’t alter the taste of the e-liquid at all, and all the lovely tastes of the e-liquid will come through.

Throat Hit

This really separates vapers in two distinct groups: put simply, there’s those who love a throat hit and those that hate it. It’s often ex-smokers that prefer a stronger throat hit because it replicates the feeling of smoking cigarettes, but the only way to find out which group you fall into is to try them both out.

VG: Less throat hit

Vegetable Glycerin gives you less of a throat hit and has a much smoother sensation. This is great for vapers who like to ‘chain-vape’ or will be using their vaporiser at more regular intervals.

PG: More throat hit

Propylene Glycol provides a stronger throat hit, which is great for vapers looking to replicate a cigarette-style sensation but can dry out the mouth and throat if used too frequently.

Cloud Production

Almost every bit of vaping advertisement you will have ever seen features someone with a thick plume of vapour coming out of their mouth, but that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. It all comes down to the style of vaping you’re looking for.

VG: More clouds

Vegetable Glycerin has a thicker consistency means that it will produce much more vapour. This makes it great for sub-oHm vaping and for performing vape tricks such as blowing rings.

PG: Less vapour

Propylene Glycol is a thinner substance which means that it has lower vapour production, which suits people who want a smoking feel to their vape and might want to vape indoors.

Final Say

There you have it – a 101 on VG and PG. Who could have thought four letters could mean so much! Hopefully, the next time you’re quizzed on these substances, you’ll feel much more comfortable in your knowledge. It’s important to remember that there’s no right and wrongs when it comes to your VG and PG preferences, but it is good to know how they perform so you can choose the right ratio for your style of vaping.

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101: A Beginner’s Guide to Vaping

5 April 2019 89 Views No comments

The world of vaping can be a big and confusing place for a newcomer. Terms like atomiser, coil, mod, PG and VG make electronic cigarettes sound a lot more complicated than they actually are. In reality, vaping is quite simple and even more easy to start. However, it’s definitely best to familiarise yourself with the basic concepts of vaping to make sure that you get the most out of the experience. We’ve designed a simple three guide to walk you through the first things you’ll need to know to get yourself started.

Step 1 – Learning the basic lingo

This is a list of the essential vaping terminology that you need to know:

Mod / Device: This is the main part of your e-cigarette, where the button and screen are. They come in different sizes, colours and functionalities.

Atomiser / Tank: This is the top part of the e-cigarette, which holds the coil and the e-juice – it’s where the vapour is created.

Coil: These are the small metal pieces that contain the heat-resistance wire that vaporises the e-liquid. They come in different resistances and materials to match to the device.

E-liquid / E-juice: This is the liquid that you vaporise and inhale. It contains the flavour and the nicotine. Picking the right e-liquid is vital to your vaping experience – more about that later.

Step 2 – Choosing your device

Choosing your device becomes the main part of vaping because it determines the style of vaping you do. Many expert vapers choose to have multiple devices to rotate their vaping style.

For those that are new to vaping though, we recommend having an integrated battery device with a lower output. Basically, this type of mod will be a complete one-piece design that already has a tank and battery built into it. They normally produce less vapour than a more complex device, but that doesn’t mean you’ll lose out on flavour.

Starting with this kind of mod will give you a basic understanding of what it’s like to vape and provide a nice middle ground where you can decide what type of vaping you want to pursue in the future. To check out some good starting options, look at our range of starter e-cigarette kits here.

Step 3 – Choosing your e-liquid

E-liquid is the heart of what makes vaping enjoyable. It can be split into three elements: flavour, mix and nicotine. We’ll go through these individually because getting the right combination of all three will make sure that you get the best out your vaping experience.

Flavour: When it comes to flavour, the vaping industry spoils you for choice. There are countless flavour concoctions out there for you to choose from so you it’s really a case of trying a few out and discovering your favourite. Lots of ex-smokers start off with a tobacco flavour to simulate a cigarette and then move onto different things. We recommend trying a flavour that you like the ‘real-version’ of and going from there.

Mix: ‘Normal’ e-liquids are made with a mix of PG and VG. The ratio of these two substances determines what kind of e-juice you use. PG (Propylene Glycol) provides a throat-hit which catches in your throat like smoke, it is odourless and tasteless which means the flavour ingredients in the liquid stand out and it produces less vapour. VG (Vegetable Glycerin) provides a smoother inhale, it is naturally sweet and slightly dilutes flavours in the e-liquid and produces much more vapour. Most starter kits are best to use with a 50/50 PG/VG mix.

Nicotine: Finding the right nicotine strength for you is very important: not enough and you’ll have to vape more to compensate, too much and you’ll feel sick and get headaches. Here’s a cigarette comparison to make it easy, but we recommend all new vapers starting at 6mg and adjusting accordingly:

  • Lower – 6mg and below – half a pack a day or less (for lighter ex-smokers)
  • Higher – 9mg to 12mg – half a pack to one pack a day (for average to heavier ex-smokers)

Final word

If you’re new to vaping and you’re looking to give it a go this 3-step guide is a good way of figuring out where you stand. It’s important to remember that vaping only has to be as complex as you want it to be. There are some vapers that like to explore the full extent of its technological limits, and there are others that are more than happy with the basics.

There is no right and wrong when it comes to vaping (it all depends on your preferences) but the only way to find out is to give it a go!

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The world of vaping can be a big and confusing place for a newcomer. Terms like atomiser, coil, mod, PG and VG make electronic cigarettes sound a lot more complicated than they actually are. In reality, vaping is quite simple and even more easy to start. However, it’s definitely best to familiarise yourself with the basic concepts of vaping to make sure that you get the most out of the experience. We’ve designed a simple three guide to walk you through the first things you’ll need to know to get yourself started.

Step 1 – Learning the basic lingo

This is a list of the essential vaping terminology that you need to know:

Mod / Device: This is the main part of your e-cigarette, where the button and screen are. They come in different sizes, colours and functionalities.

Atomiser / Tank: This is the top part of the e-cigarette, which holds the coil and the e-juice – it’s where the vapour is created.

Coil: These are the small metal pieces that contain the heat-resistance wire that vaporises the e-liquid. They come in different resistances and materials to match to the device.

E-liquid / E-juice: This is the liquid that you vaporise and inhale. It contains the flavour and the nicotine. Picking the right e-liquid is vital to your vaping experience – more about that later.

Step 2 – Choosing your device

Choosing your device becomes the main part of vaping because it determines the style of vaping you do. Many expert vapers choose to have multiple devices to rotate their vaping style.

For those that are new to vaping though, we recommend having an integrated battery device with a lower output. Basically, this type of mod will be a complete one-piece design that already has a tank and battery built into it. They normally produce less vapour than a more complex device, but that doesn’t mean you’ll lose out on flavour.

Starting with this kind of mod will give you a basic understanding of what it’s like to vape and provide a nice middle ground where you can decide what type of vaping you want to pursue in the future. To check out some good starting options, look at our range of starter e-cigarette kits here.

Step 3 – Choosing your e-liquid

E-liquid is the heart of what makes vaping enjoyable. It can be split into three elements: flavour, mix and nicotine. We’ll go through these individually because getting the right combination of all three will make sure that you get the best out your vaping experience.

Flavour: When it comes to flavour, the vaping industry spoils you for choice. There are countless flavour concoctions out there for you to choose from so you it’s really a case of trying a few out and discovering your favourite. Lots of ex-smokers start off with a tobacco flavour to simulate a cigarette and then move onto different things. We recommend trying a flavour that you like the ‘real-version’ of and going from there.

Mix: ‘Normal’ e-liquids are made with a mix of PG and VG. The ratio of these two substances determines what kind of e-juice you use. PG (Propylene Glycol) provides a throat-hit which catches in your throat like smoke, it is odourless and tasteless which means the flavour ingredients in the liquid stand out and it produces less vapour. VG (Vegetable Glycerin) provides a smoother inhale, it is naturally sweet and slightly dilutes flavours in the e-liquid and produces much more vapour. Most starter kits are best to use with a 50/50 PG/VG mix.

Nicotine: Finding the right nicotine strength for you is very important: not enough and you’ll have to vape more to compensate, too much and you’ll feel sick and get headaches. Here’s a cigarette comparison to make it easy, but we recommend all new vapers starting at 6mg and adjusting accordingly:

  • Lower – 6mg and below – half a pack a day or less (for lighter ex-smokers)
  • Higher – 9mg to 12mg – half a pack to one pack a day (for average to heavier ex-smokers)

Final word

If you’re new to vaping and you’re looking to give it a go this 3-step guide is a good way of figuring out where you stand. It’s important to remember that vaping only has to be as complex as you want it to be. There are some vapers that like to explore the full extent of its technological limits, and there are others that are more than happy with the basics.

There is no right and wrong when it comes to vaping (it all depends on your preferences) but the only way to find out is to give it a go!

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Insider: Top tips to open a stuck vape tank!

1 April 2019 169 Views No comments

There are fewer things that are more annoying to a vaper than a stuck tank – it prevents you from topping up your e-liquid and replacing your coil, which can put your whole device out of use. For those that have suffered with this problem, you will know that a stuck tank is extremely stubborn to loosen. There are many hacks out there which claim to be the best way to deal with this, so we’ve put the tried and tested ones together for when you’re next stuck!

Prevention

Without meaning to preach, the best way to make sure your tank doesn’t get stuck is to take good care of it. A stuck vape tank is caused by an increased friction between the rubber rings and the part where the tank unscrews. There a few tips to prevent this from happening.

Regularly checking the O-rings. Old O-rings can become cracked, which means they can leak out e-juice. When the e-juice dries, it gets thick and sticky which will make your tank get stuck. So, make sure to throw away old ones and clean them occasionally to prevent e-liquid build-up.

Be careful when you top up your e-liquid: All vapers have made a sticky mess when topping up their e-liquid. If the e-juice gets between your O-rings, the glass and the tank, it makes them sticky and difficult to move. So, be careful when topping up!

Do not vape a dry tank: When you vape a dry tank, the heat from the glass, the coil and the tank results in high amounts of pressure, which will vacuum the parts together. Make sure there’s always e-juice in your tank before you start vaping.

Hacks

Even when you take special care of your tank, you can never be sure that it won’t get stuck. For when this frustrating event occurs, it can be tempting to hammer your tank, or throw it against the wall just to get it open. Before you do, we recommend trying these simple hacks first!

Rubber gloves: Put on a pair of washing up gloves and try to unscrew the tank with them on. They increase grip and make it much easier.

Rubber bands: Wrap a rubber band around the metal part of the tank. The increased grip will make it easier to unscrew in your hands.

Freezer: Only try this one when the tank has been removed from the rest of the device. Put the tank in the freezer for 10-20 minutes, the cold temperature will make the parts contract and easier to loosen.

That’s it

We know a stuck vape tank can be very frustrating, and even tempt you into a rage. So, before you start whacking the tank against the table or get the hammer out, we recommend trying our handy removal and prevention hacks. It will make the process a lot less stressful, and might save you from damaging yourself and the tank!

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There are fewer things that are more annoying to a vaper than a stuck tank – it prevents you from topping up your e-liquid and replacing your coil, which can put your whole device out of use. For those that have suffered with this problem, you will know that a stuck tank is extremely stubborn to loosen. There are many hacks out there which claim to be the best way to deal with this, so we’ve put the tried and tested ones together for when you’re next stuck!

Prevention

Without meaning to preach, the best way to make sure your tank doesn’t get stuck is to take good care of it. A stuck vape tank is caused by an increased friction between the rubber rings and the part where the tank unscrews. There a few tips to prevent this from happening.

Regularly checking the O-rings. Old O-rings can become cracked, which means they can leak out e-juice. When the e-juice dries, it gets thick and sticky which will make your tank get stuck. So, make sure to throw away old ones and clean them occasionally to prevent e-liquid build-up.

Be careful when you top up your e-liquid: All vapers have made a sticky mess when topping up their e-liquid. If the e-juice gets between your O-rings, the glass and the tank, it makes them sticky and difficult to move. So, be careful when topping up!

Do not vape a dry tank: When you vape a dry tank, the heat from the glass, the coil and the tank results in high amounts of pressure, which will vacuum the parts together. Make sure there’s always e-juice in your tank before you start vaping.

Hacks

Even when you take special care of your tank, you can never be sure that it won’t get stuck. For when this frustrating event occurs, it can be tempting to hammer your tank, or throw it against the wall just to get it open. Before you do, we recommend trying these simple hacks first!

Rubber gloves: Put on a pair of washing up gloves and try to unscrew the tank with them on. They increase grip and make it much easier.

Rubber bands: Wrap a rubber band around the metal part of the tank. The increased grip will make it easier to unscrew in your hands.

Freezer: Only try this one when the tank has been removed from the rest of the device. Put the tank in the freezer for 10-20 minutes, the cold temperature will make the parts contract and easier to loosen.

That’s it

We know a stuck vape tank can be very frustrating, and even tempt you into a rage. So, before you start whacking the tank against the table or get the hammer out, we recommend trying our handy removal and prevention hacks. It will make the process a lot less stressful, and might save you from damaging yourself and the tank!

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101: Nic Salts Explained

27 March 2019 69 Views No comments

‘Nic salts’ is a term that’s started to make a bit of noise for itself in the vaping community. Lots of you might be wondering what this means and how it could affect the way that you vape. Let’s start by saying that it could make a massive difference, however, the science behind nic salts is slightly complicated to understand: even for experienced vapers. So, we’re here to nic guide you through the world of nic salts.

What are nic salts?

Nicotine salts, salt nicotine, nic salts and salt nic all mean the same thing. It’s a crystallised form of nicotine. In other words, nic salt is a manmade version of the same nicotine that derives from a natural tobacco leaf.

How is it made?

We don’t want to bog you down with too much scientific jargon so here’s the basics:

  • Nicotine in tobacco leaves are bound to amino acids.
  • A chemical process is used to extract nicotine from these acids to give us free base nicotine, which is the type of nicotine in most normal e-liquids.
  • Scientists adjust the pH levels of this free base nicotine to create nicotine salts.

What are the advantages?

Satisfaction: The main thing that fans of nicotine salts will tell you is that nicotine salts provide a quicker delivery of nicotine to the system than ‘traditional’ e-liquids. Lots of nic salt users say that it gives you a nicotine rush that’s closer to the sensation of smoking a cigarette.

They’re smoother: The way that nicotine salts vaporise mean that they provide a much smoother delivery of vapour. This means that vapers who need more nicotine will find they can do so much more comfortably with nic salts.

What are the disadvantages?

Too much: Whilst recent ex-smokers and heavy vapers will enjoy the nicotine hit provided by nicotine salts, people who were lighter smokers or those who have become accustomed to vaping may find it too much. The instant nicotine absorption can give you headaches and nausea.

Limited options: Nicotine salt-based liquid will only suit certain mods. They are most widely used with pod systems such as JUUL. They can be used with other vaporisers, but the salt-base can burn out the coil in some tanks.

The last word

Nicotine salts are being widely discussed in the vaping community: the increase of vapers using pod systems is largely based off its rise in popularity. We hope that this 101 guide has given you some insight into this new e-liquid development. Nicotine salts may be the next step in your vaping journey, or you might be more of a traditionalist vaper, the only way to find out is to research your mod and e-juice options and try it for yourself!
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‘Nic salts’ is a term that’s started to make a bit of noise for itself in the vaping community. Lots of you might be wondering what this means and how it could affect the way that you vape. Let’s start by saying that it could make a massive difference, however, the science behind nic salts is slightly complicated to understand: even for experienced vapers. So, we’re here to nic guide you through the world of nic salts.

What are nic salts?

Nicotine salts, salt nicotine, nic salts and salt nic all mean the same thing. It’s a crystallised form of nicotine. In other words, nic salt is a manmade version of the same nicotine that derives from a natural tobacco leaf.

How is it made?

We don’t want to bog you down with too much scientific jargon so here’s the basics:

  • Nicotine in tobacco leaves are bound to amino acids.
  • A chemical process is used to extract nicotine from these acids to give us free base nicotine, which is the type of nicotine in most normal e-liquids.
  • Scientists adjust the pH levels of this free base nicotine to create nicotine salts.

What are the advantages?

Satisfaction: The main thing that fans of nicotine salts will tell you is that nicotine salts provide a quicker delivery of nicotine to the system than ‘traditional’ e-liquids. Lots of nic salt users say that it gives you a nicotine rush that’s closer to the sensation of smoking a cigarette.

They’re smoother: The way that nicotine salts vaporise mean that they provide a much smoother delivery of vapour. This means that vapers who need more nicotine will find they can do so much more comfortably with nic salts.

What are the disadvantages?

Too much: Whilst recent ex-smokers and heavy vapers will enjoy the nicotine hit provided by nicotine salts, people who were lighter smokers or those who have become accustomed to vaping may find it too much. The instant nicotine absorption can give you headaches and nausea.

Limited options: Nicotine salt-based liquid will only suit certain mods. They are most widely used with pod systems such as JUUL. They can be used with other vaporisers, but the salt-base can burn out the coil in some tanks.

The last word

Nicotine salts are being widely discussed in the vaping community: the increase of vapers using pod systems is largely based off its rise in popularity. We hope that this 101 guide has given you some insight into this new e-liquid development. Nicotine salts may be the next step in your vaping journey, or you might be more of a traditionalist vaper, the only way to find out is to research your mod and e-juice options and try it for yourself!
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The Truth Will Out: Busting five common myths around vaping

25 March 2019 63 Views No comments

Vaping has become increasingly popular in recent years and as its popularity has risen, so has the level of heated discussion around it. E-cigarettes it seems, are a bit like Marmite; you’re either an old-school smoker who hates them, or a new-age vaper that loves them. It’s because of the divide over vaping that lots of inaccuracies and misconceptions around vaping have cropped up - which have in turn led to some pretty crazy myths. There are so many out there that even some vapers believe in them! So, here is a list of the five common myths that have got us most annoyed, and the logic which busts them right open!

THE MYTH: Vaping is bad because it contains nicotine

BUSTED: Yes, e-liquids often contain nicotine. However, research overwhelmingly suggests that it’s the other chemicals and bi-products such as tar and carbon monoxide from smoking cigarettes that causes death- none of which are in e-liquids. This myth popped up when several popular newspapers stated that e-cigarettes were liquid nicotine, over a teaspoon of which could kill you. Whilst it’s true that liquid nicotine is fatal in those amounts, e-cigarettes are made of a mixture of Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerine, and nicotine. Every Liquid-Ice product is extensively examined at our labs for quality control as well as health and safety checks.

THE MYTH: E-liquid contains anti-freeze

BUSTED: No, there is no anti-freeze in e-liquids. You only have to search this myth on the internet to realise that people actually believe that millions of vapers are going around puffing on clouds of anti-freeze! This astounding myth revolves around a simple mix up of words: Anti-freeze’s main ingredient is Diethylene Glycol, and e-liquid contains an ingredient called Propylene Glycol. Propylene Glycol is commonly found in air sanitation systems for hospitals, restaurants, airports, and commercial buildings Basically, if you’ve ever been to any of these places, you’ve been breathing in Propylene Glycol this whole time!

THE MYTH: Vaping will give you popcorn lung

BUSTED: No, there have been no cases of popcorn lung reported in people who use e-cigarettes. Every vaping sceptic out there will have popcorn lung at the top of their list of reasons to not take up e-cigarettes. Popcorn lung is the name of a condition which was developed by a small number of factory workers whilst working in a popcorn factory. The condition develops in a small number of people that are exposed to intense levels of a chemical called diacetyl.

Despite the fact that it was proven that it would take far more diacetyl than there is present in e-liquids to cause the condition, the reason that vaping gets brought up with popcorn lung is because a small number of e-liquid flavours used to contain diacetyl. However, the introduction of TPD regulations into the EU means that diacetyl is no longer allowed in any e-juice sold in the UK.

THE MYTH: E-cigarettes blow up all the time

BUSTED: As reported by the press, from time to time an e-cigarette has exploded. However, these events are incredibly preventable and extremely rare. The newspapers and social media sites are very quick to jump on a story of e-cigarettes exploding in people’s faces and pockets. Unfortunately for the unlucky people that experience these incidents, this overwhelmingly comes down to improper use and storage, or dodgy gear. It’s important to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and battery safety guidelines when using your e-cigarette. You should also make sure that you’re buying e-cigarette equipment that is safety certified by relative UK authorities by checking for authenticity labels. All Liquid Ice product safety information is jargon free and easy to understand leaflets – a step any responsible vaping business must take.

THE MYTH: Vaping does not help people quit smoking

BUSTED: This is one, of, the, most, ridiculous myths out there because of the insane amount of evidence which suggests that vaping is one of the best ways to quit smoking. This myth is busted with two simple facts: 1. The NHS are considering schemes to involve e-cigarettes in their health campaigns against smoking. 2. The Public Health England authority state that “an estimated 2.9 million adults in the UK currently use e-cigarettes and of these 1.5 million people have completely stopped smoking.” Let’s just leave it there, shall we?

So, there you have it: five common myths around vaping - busted. Authorised e-cigarettes aren’t completely risk free but it’s important to remember that they are: popcorn and anti-freeze free, safer than cigarettes, protected against spontaneous explosion and will help you give up smoking!

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Vaping has become increasingly popular in recent years and as its popularity has risen, so has the level of heated discussion around it. E-cigarettes it seems, are a bit like Marmite; you’re either an old-school smoker who hates them, or a new-age vaper that loves them. It’s because of the divide over vaping that lots of inaccuracies and misconceptions around vaping have cropped up - which have in turn led to some pretty crazy myths. There are so many out there that even some vapers believe in them! So, here is a list of the five common myths that have got us most annoyed, and the logic which busts them right open!

THE MYTH: Vaping is bad because it contains nicotine

BUSTED: Yes, e-liquids often contain nicotine. However, research overwhelmingly suggests that it’s the other chemicals and bi-products such as tar and carbon monoxide from smoking cigarettes that causes death- none of which are in e-liquids. This myth popped up when several popular newspapers stated that e-cigarettes were liquid nicotine, over a teaspoon of which could kill you. Whilst it’s true that liquid nicotine is fatal in those amounts, e-cigarettes are made of a mixture of Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerine, and nicotine. Every Liquid-Ice product is extensively examined at our labs for quality control as well as health and safety checks.

THE MYTH: E-liquid contains anti-freeze

BUSTED: No, there is no anti-freeze in e-liquids. You only have to search this myth on the internet to realise that people actually believe that millions of vapers are going around puffing on clouds of anti-freeze! This astounding myth revolves around a simple mix up of words: Anti-freeze’s main ingredient is Diethylene Glycol, and e-liquid contains an ingredient called Propylene Glycol. Propylene Glycol is commonly found in air sanitation systems for hospitals, restaurants, airports, and commercial buildings Basically, if you’ve ever been to any of these places, you’ve been breathing in Propylene Glycol this whole time!

THE MYTH: Vaping will give you popcorn lung

BUSTED: No, there have been no cases of popcorn lung reported in people who use e-cigarettes. Every vaping sceptic out there will have popcorn lung at the top of their list of reasons to not take up e-cigarettes. Popcorn lung is the name of a condition which was developed by a small number of factory workers whilst working in a popcorn factory. The condition develops in a small number of people that are exposed to intense levels of a chemical called diacetyl.

Despite the fact that it was proven that it would take far more diacetyl than there is present in e-liquids to cause the condition, the reason that vaping gets brought up with popcorn lung is because a small number of e-liquid flavours used to contain diacetyl. However, the introduction of TPD regulations into the EU means that diacetyl is no longer allowed in any e-juice sold in the UK.

THE MYTH: E-cigarettes blow up all the time

BUSTED: As reported by the press, from time to time an e-cigarette has exploded. However, these events are incredibly preventable and extremely rare. The newspapers and social media sites are very quick to jump on a story of e-cigarettes exploding in people’s faces and pockets. Unfortunately for the unlucky people that experience these incidents, this overwhelmingly comes down to improper use and storage, or dodgy gear. It’s important to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and battery safety guidelines when using your e-cigarette. You should also make sure that you’re buying e-cigarette equipment that is safety certified by relative UK authorities by checking for authenticity labels. All Liquid Ice product safety information is jargon free and easy to understand leaflets – a step any responsible vaping business must take.

THE MYTH: Vaping does not help people quit smoking

BUSTED: This is one, of, the, most, ridiculous myths out there because of the insane amount of evidence which suggests that vaping is one of the best ways to quit smoking. This myth is busted with two simple facts: 1. The NHS are considering schemes to involve e-cigarettes in their health campaigns against smoking. 2. The Public Health England authority state that “an estimated 2.9 million adults in the UK currently use e-cigarettes and of these 1.5 million people have completely stopped smoking.” Let’s just leave it there, shall we?

So, there you have it: five common myths around vaping - busted. Authorised e-cigarettes aren’t completely risk free but it’s important to remember that they are: popcorn and anti-freeze free, safer than cigarettes, protected against spontaneous explosion and will help you give up smoking!

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