Dripping VS Tanks

Primarily, the use of Cartomizers (although I didn’t know that term at the time) was my only exposure to the industry. After I was hired at Mt. Baker Vapor, my knowledge rapidly grew, and I moved on to clearomizers. When I first made the switch to a tank, my mind was blown. It was a ‘Holy Crap! This is what vaping can be like?’ moment for me. As I learned more and more about the various forms and functions of different styles of tanks, I quickly became an enthusiast.

Then, I discovered dripping. For me, dripping is the quintessential vaping experience. Huge clouds, great flavor, and infinite customization when it comes to the style of coils you can use. I’ve been dripping now for about 6 months, and I can definitely say that it is the experience for me. That being said, it’s not the experience for everyone. Let’s talk about some of the differences between tanks and dripping.

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Dripping is an altogether different type of experience. You have to build your own coils for the atomizer, wick it yourself, and make sure that it’s affixed to a battery that is able to fire the atomizer at the given oHms that your coil is built to. Different styles of coil yield different types of vapor, in both taste and vapor production. Different wicking materials can also have an impact on your flavor and vapor experience. There is no truly “best way” to build a dripping atomizer. As with many aspects of vaping, it mostly comes down to personal preference.

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About Nicotine Strengths

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E-Liquid strength is almost always measured in milligrams (weight) per milliliter (volume); expressed as mg/mL. Often the “per mL” (/mL) is dropped in conversation or informal writing (and even on many labels). E-Liquid, or E-Juice, comes in many strengths depending largely on the manufacturer, sometimes even as high as 36 or 42mg/mL. NicVape produces E-Liquid in 0, 3, 6, 12, and 18mg/mL, for example. We believe this provides just the right gradations and range of strengths for our consumers. But, how do you choose what’s right for you? Understanding what the strengths mean to you can make the difference between a positive experience and a negative one with vaping, especially for first time vapers.

If you are experienced with nicotine products, it helps to understand how that product currently works on your body and what dosage you are getting from it before trying vaping. Nicotine can be absorbed through the skin (like a transdermal nicotine patch), in the mouth (such as with chewing tobacco or nicotine gum), or through the lungs by inhalation. Inhalation, as with vaping or smoking, provides the fastest effect on your body.

When it comes to nicotine absorption, vaping compares most readily, although loosely, to smoking. You can find out how much nicotine is in a cigarette, and you can find out the absorption rate (not all the nicotine in the cigarette ends up in your body). The strength of e-liquid is measured in mg/mL. Theoretically it is possible to determine how much e-liquid you are vaping. However, differences in devices and the rate at which you vaping a set amount of e-liquid, lead to big differences in how the nicotine is transferred to your body. If you are a “dripper” using an advanced atomizer (RBA or RDA), 3mg/mL may give you the same effect you’d get from 6 or 12mg/mL e-liquid vaped from a starter kit or cartomizer, like an eGo pen-style vaporizer.

THE NASTY YET COMPLETELY FIXABLE TRUTH ABOUT COIL GUNK

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If you have been a part of the vape scene for some time now, or even if you are brand new, then you have most likely heard a ton of different things about vaping.  Some of the information is correct, but unfortunately there is an abundance of INCORRECT information available.  Here at TVH, we try our best to help funnel some of the confusion and misinformation that is commonly said about vaping.

One of the subjects that has been around for as long as we can remember is the issue of coils getting gunked up.

This problem has had many names in the past.  One of the most commonly misused ways to describe this issue is “My wick is burnt”.   We can’t tell you how many times we have heard this term used in the stores, and honestly, we use to say this all the time too.

The truth is most of your standard clearomizer tanks systems use silica for a wicking solution, and silica is semi burn resistant.  So, it’s almost impossible to “burn up your wick”.  Yes, it gets scorched, however, the silica itself isn’t “burnt up”.  The burnt taste from the gunked up coil is most likely the cause of the common saying, “my wick is burnt”.

The gunky, crusty, and nasty residue is a result of various ingredients used in almost all e-liquids.

It does NOT taste great, and it can be downright nasty at times.

Have no fear!  Here is some helpful information regarding this issue!

Most replacement heads/coils for clearomizers are pretty cheap. Most of us are ex- smokers and are aware of the average cost of most packs of smokes.  They are upwards of $5-$7 per pack.   Many of us smoked at least a pack a day.  Taking this into consideration, even if you have to replace your coil/head everyday it’s still cheaper than buying a pack of cancer sticks a day.  The average vapor gets 2-3 days per coil.  This all depends on the juice you vape, how much you vape, and at what wattage you vape at.  So, when put in proper perspective, it’s really not a huge deal to replace your coils more often.

Coils CAN be dry burned.  Dry burning is firing your device with your tank/atty attached in order to get your coils glowing red. (Tank must be empty) Then, blow directly onto your coils while you are pushing the button.  A pick of some sort can be used to lightly scrape off the build up that’s on the coils.  It literally just flakes right off.

Remember the wick inside is most likely semi burn resistant, so you will not burn up your wick.  This method works for tanks and clearomizers, but it is much easier when using a rebuildable atomizer which allows you to get better exposure to the coils.

(IF YOU ARE USING AN RDA WITH COTTON, YOU MUST REMOVE YOUR COTTON BEFORE YOU DRY BURN. *DRY BURNING WILL NOT WORK FOR CARTOMIZERS)

Vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes, according to long-term study

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Every few months, a new study about the effects of smoking e-cigarettes concludes the opposite of whatever came before it. It’s a cycle that started when the popularity for the cigarette alternatives exploded a few years ago and has led to a lot of confusion over whether vaping is bad for your health.

We have, over the decades, mostly come to a consensus on the dangers of smoking combustible cigarettes—a conclusion founded on countless long-term studies. Until now, e-cigarette studies have simply either analyzed the product or investigated the effects on animal and cell models.

A new study funded by Cancer Research UK is the first to explore the effects of e-cigarettes by looking at long-term human body-level exposure. The results are promising.

The study looked at five groups: combustible cigarette users, former smokers who now smoke e-cigs, former smokers on nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), and current smokers who also smoke e-cigs or also use NRT.

The study concluded that e-cigarette-only and NRT-only users had significantly lower levels of carcinogens than combustible cigarette-only, smokers of both cigarettes and e-cigs, and smokers of cigarettes who are also NRT users.

After analyzing the urine and saliva of 181 participants, researchers found that levels of NNAL, a chemical linked to cancer, was 97.5 percent lower in ex-smokers who vape compared to continuous smokers.