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  • Which MOD Type: Regulated or Unregulated?

    Which MOD Type Regulated or Unregulated

    When you’re deciding on your MOD setup, it’s easy to get bogged down in the terminology. From battery power and digital display option to variable voltage, customization options, and anything else you can imagine, the knowledge you must gain when researching is huge. One of the terms you’ll probably come across a lot is that of regulated and unregulated MODs.

    To understand the benefits and differences between regulated and unregulated MODs, we first have to understand exactly what each of these terms actually means. A regulated MOD is any MOD setup that includes a circuit board specifically set up to regulate current. With this internal circuitry, the MOD is able to keep newer vapers from overloading or overheating the battery. Lots of these regulated MODs also include a built in voltage and ohm reader, to ensure that new MOD builders are getting the correct ohm readings from their coils.

    On the other hand, unregulated MODs don't have this internal circuitry. To create a circuit, unregulated MODs have a cap that must be pressed to allow current to flow. Though this may seem very basic, not having the internal circuitry means there is no safety mechanism to keep you from overheating your battery. There’s also no safety from atomizers shorting, meaning unregulated MODs are more dangerous for the uninitiated. This doesn’t mean unregulated MODs are worse, though! Regulated and unregulated MODs both have upsides specific to them.

    Regulated MODs are significantly better choices for newer vapers, as there are more safety checks for potentially dangerous electrical currents. Since current and voltage is regulated, the battery life on regulated MODs is usually significantly longer. Because voltage is regulated, there's no chance of pulling with an extremely high voltage that could potentially drain the battery quickly. Furthermore, regulated MODs usually come equipped with a digital display that is extremely useful for noting voltage, wattage, battery charge, and ohms.

    Unregulated MODs do not come equipped with all this fancy machinery. They make up for this lack of so-called modern technology with unparalleled power. With no voltage restrictions, unregulated MODs are able to increase voltage and wattage output significantly. More-so, the unregulated varieties of MODs are able to utilize lower ohm coil use, since they can use significantly more power than regulated MODs could. These MODs are also far more customizable, since the wiring inside does not all have to run through an internal circuit board.

    In essence, choosing the right MOD for you comes down to your experience level and how comfortable you are with vaping with high levels of electricity. Making the right choice is essential, as choosing an unregulated MOD without the proper level of vaping experience could result in some critical mishaps occurring. If you’re a seasoned vaper who is ready to take that next step into the extremely powerful and complex world of unregulated Modding, then go for it. However, if you’re a more relaxed experienced vaper who doesn’t particularly want to be on alert during vaping sessions or if you’re a new modder, then a regulated MOD is definitely what you should aim for. Either way, MODs are the most powerful devices on the market today. Your vaping experience will be changed forever once you make your decision.

  • The Vaping Selfie Has Come Alive

    The Vaping Selfie Has Come Alive

    The new generation of vapers have picked up on a new trend, and that trend shows no signs of slowing down. Vaping selfies, pictures in which vapers do anything from show off their tricks or customized vapes to post inspirational vaping messages, are taking over the Internet. Why are vaping selfies becoming so popular? Keeping reading on to find out.

    To understand why vaping selfies are becoming more and more common, it’s best to first understand what the meaning behind these selfies really is. It turns out that these pictures aren’t just for showing off, and there's a usually a deeper connection lying inside the snapshot.

    One of the more common meanings in these vaping selfies is an inspirational message conveying the fact that the picture taker is in the process of or has already overcome traditional cigarette smoking. By posting a somewhat showy photo, the poster intends to catch the eye of whomever scrolls past. Usually captioned with a heartfelt wall of text, stating how long he or she has stopped smoking and how much better he or she feels, these vaping selfies about overcoming cigarettes are sending an overwhelmingly positive message about vaping and health.

    Another slightly more showboating message lies in the cloud pictures. People who post these absolute love to show off their massive clouds of vapor, and love the attention these pictures get. You’ll see just how much people like these pictures if you click on any of the related hashtags, like #clouds or #cloudchasing. These pictures, while not as inspirational, are certainly just as eye-catching. By making some non-vapers stop and look at the pictures, these cloud chasers are bringing extra awareness to the hobby and potentially to the sport. Of course, the most prominent of all the vaping selfies is the type that shows off your setup. These pictures are sure to gather the attention of friends and family, especially if the kit looks futuristic and shiny.

    These selfies are becoming more popular due to the sheer amount of social media presence the pictures generate. Everyone likes to see the number of hearts, re-blogs, re-tweets, and Likes climbing quickly, and sharing vaping selfies is one of the quickest ways to do that - especially if your friend group also vapes. Though the reasoning behind the pictures may seem shallow, vaping selfies at heart represent a new generation, a generation that does not consider vaping a freakish hobby. It represents a group of people who truly believe in what they do, and that what they do should be shared with the world.

  • E-Liquids - Cool and Dark Places To Store Them

    E-Liquids - Cool and Dark Places To Store Them

    If you want to keep your e-liquids for a long period of time, simply keeping them out in the open won’t work. The liquids will lose their flavor over time and become bland, and you’ll have to spend the money to buy new flavors. However, you can keep that from happening by storing your e-liquids in cool and dark places. Why would this work? To understand the reasoning behind storing e-liquids in cool, dark places we should first look at how e-liquids are made and how their flavors are kept in the liquid.

    Flavors are made of the molecules that create flavors. Different flavor molecules are different sizes and weights, which means they act differently under the same circumstances. Larger and heavier molecules are not volatile, meaning they won't escape the bottle upon opening to the air. On the flip side, the lighter and smaller molecules of certain flavors will easily escape when the bottle is opened. Tendency to escape in gas form is known as volatility. What types of flavors have the different properties? The most common ones that show tendencies of large and non-volatile molecules are vanilla and caramel based flavors. These flavors will not lose flavor over time even if opened quite a bit. Fruity flavors and sweet flavors will tend to be more volatile.

    Molecule volatility is effected by certain environmental conditions. The two primary conditions that change how molecules act are light and heat. Exposure to light will excite molecules, making them significantly more volatile. This also applies to heat - think of water over heat. The boiling reaction that occurs is due to the heat exciting the water molecules. Though you probably aren’t boiling your e-liquids (we certainly hope you aren’t), even small modulations in heat can create changes in volatility. Therefore, exposing frequently opened e-liquids to light and heat is probably a bad idea if you want to retain flavors. Keeping those e-liquids in cool and dark spaces when you aren’t using them will help the flavors stay calm and settled in the bottle.

    However, one cool and dark place that you shouldn't keep them is the one place you probably thought of when this article started. The refrigerator is one of the worse places you can store an e-liquid. Though keeping e-liquids in the fridge for short periods of time is fine, long-term storage will cause flavors to disappear over time. Flavor molecules, as well as sometimes being volatile, have a tendency to bond to each other over time. This process is called 're-crystallization', and will cause all of the flavor to fall out of the liquid and into the crystals. When e-liquids are stored in the fridge, this process is significantly more likely to happen. Furthermore, condensation may occur inside the bottles when they are in the fridge. By taking a bottle with liquid in it from room temperature and placing it into the fridge, there is a much higher chance that condensation will form both inside and outside the bottle. Condensation will both water down the liquid and promote the growth of potentially harmful bacteria.

    Storing your e-liquid in a cold and dark space is a great idea if you want to keep it for a long period of time. Don’t forget that you shouldn’t keep it in the fridge, and you will be golden to keep that e-liquid tasty and fresh for months on end!

  • A Classic Vaping Battle: PG vs. VG

    A Classic Vaping Battle PG vs. VG

    Propylene glycol. Vegetable glycerin. As a vaper, you’ve probably heard these words tossed around a million times. But do you really understand what they are and what they mean for you? We’re here to shed some light on the specifics of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, the differences between them, and how they work in e-liquids around the globe.

    Propylene glycol - or its more technical name, propane-1,2-diol - is a liquid alcohol that’s used as a solvent for too many products to count. Propylene glycol, or PG for short, is created through a process of fermentation of yeast and other carbohydrates. You may have heard frightening statements such as, “propylene glycol is used in antifreeze, and therefore isn’t safe for consumption”, but that’s not true whatsoever. While propylene glycol is used as a solvent in antifreeze, it’s also used as a storage agent for foods, plastics, and other industries that deal with consumption or health. In vaping, PG is used as a solvent to store e-liquids while retaining flavor for long periods of time.

    Vegetable glycerin, also known as VG, is a more natural liquid solvent. Produced from extracts of plant oils such as palm, soy, or coconut, vegetable glycerin is used heavily in the food industry as a solvent to deliver sweetness and moisture to various products. Other products like lotions and shampoos use the naturally occurring compound as a humectant - something that attracts moisture to whatever it is applied to. In vaping, vegetable glycerin is also used to store e-liquids. However, it’s usually used in flavors that require more sweetness or flavors that should produce more vapor.

    So what’s the difference between VG and PG, and why do you hear so many arguments about the two chemicals? Well, it comes down to a few key factors. The major factors that vapers argue about in relation to the ingredients used are all related to each other in multiple ways. Propylene glycol is used extensively in flavors that are substitutes for nicotine, as it provides a more “realistic” throat hit, according to traditional smokers who have transitioned to vaping. Propylene glycol also carries synthetic flavorings in a more true manner than vegetable glycerin, not changing the tastes over time as vegetable glycerin might. Vegetable glycerin tends to give a smoother and less realistic throat hit. As previously mentioned, it is significantly sweeter, meaning that flavors suspended in VG are more likely to be on the sweeter side. However, it produces significantly thicker and robust vapor, so it’s perfect for the cloud chasers out there.

    Now, propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin were previously used as single suspension liquids for e-juices. In more recent years, however, VG and PG have been used in conjunction in various e-liquids. Ratios of VG to PG are something you will probably hear vapers talking about pretty regularly, as e-liquids will offer huge ranges of ratios to satisfy the urges of many vapers. Bringing it back to the differences in VG and PG will help clear up why some vapers want certain ratios of the two in their e-liquids. Having VG and PG in e-liquids will compliment and bring out certain tastes in the flavors. Simultaneously, the hit will be both smooth and robust, and each pull will produce more vapor that is easily obtained than from a liquid that only contains one of the two compounds. Usually, an 80-20 ratio of one to the other will be used. This ratio signifies that either the vaper is looking for a strong throat hit with original flavors and a tiny bit of added sweetness (i.e. an 80-20 PG to VG ratio), or a huge cloud with a much sweeter flavor and a smoother throat hit (an 80-20 VG to PG ratio). Some vapers will even look for a 50-50 ratio, to get the best of both worlds.

    Now that you know what VG and PG are, you can be a more educated vaper. Vapers will always discuss their preferences for vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol in their e-liquids. While you should take their advice, experiment for yourself. Neither chemical is harmful to you, and only you can figure out what ratio is perfect for your vaping sensibilities.

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