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  • 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.

  • Top 3 Summertime E-Juices From Vape Craft, Inc.

    Top 3 Summertime EJuices From Vape Craft Inc

    Summertime can be the best time of your life, and for sure many of your favorite memories come from those carefree summer months of years past. With the beautiful memories come the tastes and smells of those humid summer nights and those sunny poolside afternoons. The Here at Vape Craft, Inc., we've spent countless hours recreating the classic tastes of those memories.

    Summertime E-Juice #3: Pie Face
    Pie Face is the summation of a refreshing summer dessert, wrapped up in a neat e-juice bottle. Freshly baked apple pie is mixed with hints of light whipped cream in a perfect vaper’s rendition of your dad’s favorite sugary treat. By searching extensively for the molecules that give apple pie its unique taste and recreating them in liquid form, Vape Craft worked hard to recreate this signature sweet. They have certainly succeeded in giving an excellent vapor taste that is perfect for those late summer night porch vaping sessions.

    Summertime E-Juice #2: Orange Creamsicle
    When you were a kid, you probably went to the pool to cool off under the blazing summer sun. Maybe you went to the local park to run and play through the sprinklers, if you didn’t have access to a pool. Regardless of how you cooled off, you probably ran home to grab a sweet and refreshing frozen treat afterwards. And what better ice cold sweet could you have chosen than an orange creamsicle?  A brilliant combination of cool cream and signature orange flavor show exactly how perfect Vape Craft, Inc.’s Orange Creamsicle E-Juice is for refreshing summer vape sessions. This e-juice flavor completely captures the essence of those hot summer days.

    Summertime E-Juice #1: Strawberry Lemonade
    Every street had one - a rickety, homemade wooden stand barely held together with parts scavenged from the garage. A sign hanging from the top with the words “Lemonade - 50 cents!” scribbled on, and kids eagerly waiting with pitchers of liquid for cars to come by. Every once in a while you would head down to the little lemonade stand, and probably grab either normal lemonade or the even more refreshing strawberry lemonade. That strawberry lemonade flavor is exactly what Vape Craft strove to create with their impeccable Strawberry Lemonade e-juice flavor. Each pull from a vape with this e-liquid will give you flashbacks to those great summer days, with the scents and taste of real strawberry lemonade in your nose and mouth.

    Don’t miss out on our signature e-juices, perfect for summer vaping sessions. Indulge in those happy memories and relive the tastes and smells of your past with the delectable Strawberry Lemonade, Orange Creamsicle, and Pie Face e-juice flavors today.

  • 3 Unique Methods For Determining Your Exact E-Liquid Level

    3 Unique Methods For Determining Your Exact E-Liquid Level

    When you’re new to vaping, getting the right e-liquid level is one of the biggest hurdles you will face. Because vaping's not all that similar to regular smoking, and because nicotine is mentioned in concentration, learning what you need is a constant battle—especially at the start. Here, we’ll give you 3 methods to help you determine exactly what e-liquid level you should choose.

    Unique Method #1: Body Size Base
    The first method in store is one that's related to your body size. Nicotine levels are static, but body sizes range from extremely tiny (i.e under 120 pounds) to huge (think football linebacker, 300 pounds and six feet of pure muscle). Because of the range in body size, a light concentration of 6 mg nicotine could effect a smaller person more dramatically than it would a large person. Therefore, it'd be wise to weigh yourself and take a quick look at your height and body type. The larger and more dense you are, the more likely you’ll want a higher nicotine concentration in your e-liquid. Conversely, the tinier you are, the more likely you're to want a lower level in your e-juice.

    Unique Method #2: Past Smokers Unite
    We all know that smokers love their nicotine. Lots of smokers switch to vaping to either stop the smoking habit or to simply make it healthier. Therefore, those who have smoked before will have a higher tolerance to the nicotine levels in the e-liquid. If you’re a past smoker, you’re probably going to want to start with a higher level than a non-smoker would. Regardless of past vaping experience, you should know that if you've been a regular smoker, you'll prefer a higher e-liquid level.

    Unique Method #3: Device Check
    The last method depends on you taking a careful look at your device. The device you use will be a factor in determining what level of e-liquid you use. For instance, an e-cigarette can be used for both low and high levels, as both smokers (who prefer high levels) and entry-level vapers (who generally prefer lower levels) enjoy using this type of device. Vaporizers and vape pens generally trend higher, with users mostly using regular or high levels due to the decent pulling power of them. However, if you're using a MOD, it'd be wise to not use a high level. Since MODs are meant to create huge clouds of vapor, the amount of e-liquid used per pull is off the charts. Because of this, vapers get far more nicotine into their systems than with other devices. Therefore, modders will generally stick with lower e-liquid levels in order to compensate for how much they're using.

    These three unique checks and methods will ensure that you pick the correct e-liquid level. In doing so, you’ll be sure to make your vaping experience as pleasant and customized as possible.

  • Doing an Audit on Your Device

    Doing an Audit on Your Device

    Auditing your vaping device is something that every vaper should do, regardless of experience level or time spent vaping. Regularly checking your device for flaws or defects will help you understand your device better than before as well as help you notice if there are any potentially harmful wears or irregularities that you might not have caught as soon otherwise. Auditing your device at least once every three months is a great idea.

    To audit your device, the first thing you must do is deconstruct your device. Of course, how easy this task is depends on the device you have. Do you own a simple e-cigarette or vaporizer? Or perhaps a more complex MOD? For a vape, getting all the parts separated and spread out in front of you is a fairly simple and straightforward process. Unscrew the tank from the base, and take the battery out from the casing. Check if there’s any e-liquid in the tank, and if so leave it (or discard it, that choice is entirely up to you). Separate the mouthpiece if possible. For a MOD, the process is most likely more arduous. Because MODs are made up from so many individualized pieces—usually customized—the separation and unscrewing of various bits and parts can take a lot more time. In this case, you must be sure to take far more care, as many of the parts are more delicate and need a finer touch.

    After separating all the pieces, regardless of device type, lay each piece in front of you on a cloth. One by one, carefully inspect each piece. For the mouthpiece, take a look to see if there is any resin buildup underneath the lip. If so, you’ve two choices. The first is to simply replace the mouthpiece. If you have a spare one lying around or can easily go buy a new mouthpiece or two, then you should absolutely go for this option. The second choice is to give the mouthpiece a nice scrubbing. Wipe it down with warm water and a dash of soap, and scrub vigorously to remove that buildup.

    Next, move onto the tank. Inspect the outside for any cracks or cloudiness. This indicates that it’s time to change your tank, since cracks will result in shattering or leakage of e-juice. Once the outside inspection is done, check the coils inside. Look for any nicks in the coil, and check for buildup or dryness on the wicking material. Nicks in the coil will disrupt the flow of current, resulting in much weaker pulls. Dryness or buildup can also cause less liquid to flow, resulting in less vapor. Regardless of the problem, it’s always a good time to change your coil.

    Once you’ve inspected the tank, take a quick look at the battery. Is the battery showing any clear signs of discoloration or change in size or shape? If so, then it’s time to replace the battery. Discoloration or bulging could mean that the re-chargeability of your battery is about to decline rapidly. Chances are, you’ve already noticed a decrease in amount of time you can use your vape during vape sessions.

    Now that you’ve inspected your vape thoroughly and replaced any parts that need it, it’s time to put all the parts back together. Take a good look at your device. Are you happy with it? If not, then it’s a good thing you did an audit. That audit will help you search for a new vape, since you now know exactly what works and what doesn’t work for you in a device. If you’re completely satisfied with your device and if you’ve properly audited your device, it’ll almost feel brand new once you’ve taken that first pull during your next session. Nothing feels more rewarding than a proper audit, and making your old vape feel brand new is an experience you will never forget.

  • Can You Coil Build?

    Can You Coil Build

    Coil building is a part of the vaping experience that has a steep learning curve. You’ll find that not many people know how to do it. In fact, more than three quarters of vapers simply buy new coils when they need to. Building your own is one of the most rewarding parts of vaping, however, since it gives you ultimate control over the whole process of vaping. Combining mechanical prowess and technical know-how is a must if you want to know how to coil build.

    To start, you’ll need a few items. A pair of miniature scissors similar to ones you see in hospitals is necessary. Tweezers, a screwdriver, and needle-nose pliers are also needed. An ohm meter, a device you can pick up for relatively cheap at the local hardware store, is a critical component. Kanthal wire and wicking material like cotton will round out the components you’ll use when building your device.

    A plethora of articles on the specifics of doing this exist online, but knowing that, it's imperative to build your coils properly; being the first thing you should know. Because everything in a device runs on the basic principles of physics, overloading the capacity of your of it is quite a possibility.

    If you build a coil with little resistance, there's a high chance that your battery will blow out. Therefore, that previously mentioned ohm meter is absolutely necessary through every step of the process. Test the resistance of your coil before you power it, and make sure to calculate the current draw of your coil. Double check all of your calculations before you use that coil for the first time.

    With that said, once you've made your coil and have made sure it's safe to use, the experience is unbelievable. You'll produce clouds even bigger than before due to the freshness and tightness of the coil. Even better, with some experience you can easily tweak the coil to match your vaping style exactly, pairing your pulls with the exact amount of power to create a holy alliance of vapor. Once you get the hang of coil creation, it becomes quite fun. Of course, it's significantly cheaper than buying new coils every time it’s necessary. The individual parts come in such bulk that you don't have to buy them very often, so your vaping sessions will be interrupted far less often than before.

    All in all, building your own coils will enhance your vaping experience far more than you ever thought it would.

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