What’s the Best Way to Quit Smoking?

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Have you or are you using the e-cigarette to quit smoking? Jed Rose, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Duke Center for Smoking Cessation at Duke University, recent wrote in the Wall Street Journal about how vaping can be a great way to kick the analog smoking habit. In fact, Rose said that e-cigarettes are indeed effective—and safer.

Rose used his article to talk about the public health impacts of vaping and where we are at based on information and studies currently out.

He said that he is “recognizing that an exhaustive analysis of all of the potential long-term effects will require many years of study. And the information we have now shows that electronic cigarettes can safely help people quit smoking.”

Some points Rose makes for e-cigarettes include:

-The U.S. Surgeon General and other experts have linked the vast majority of smoking-related disease to the combustion products of smoke, not to the nicotine that is present both in tobacco and in electronic cigarettes. Therefore, switching to e-cigs that don’t burn is better for your health.

-Researchers from highly credible organizations, among them the U.K. Center for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies and the University of Geneva’s Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, have concluded that e-cigarettes are helpful in reducing or eliminating tobacco use. And recently the British government’s drug regulatory authority approved an e-cigarette as a quit-smoking medicine.

-Every other form of nicotine replacement studied to date has been shown to help people stop smoking, including nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, nasal spray and inhalers. Further,

e-cigarettes can more effectively satisfy a smoker’s craving by delivering nicotine as rapidly as a cigarette, while also satisfying the habitual aspects of smoking.

-Available evidence also overwhelmingly supports the view that e-cigarettes are reasonably safe and—most important—far less risky than cigarettes.

-Because there are numerous carcinogens in cigarette smoke, the formaldehyde component of cigarette smoke has been estimated to raise smokers’ risk of cancer by less than 1 part in 1,000. Thus the overall cancer risk presented by formaldehyde in e-cigarette vapor is likely to be insignificant.

For the full story, visit http://www.wsj.com/articles/are-e-cigarettes-a-healthy-way-to-quit-smoking-1460340169.

Battery Holders & How To Rewrap a Battery

May 3, 2016

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By Nick Bessette

Most of us use our batteries day in and day out with little thought about what happens to the most delicate part of them when we put them in and take them out of our devices. A slight tear here, a nick there, no big deal right? Wrong! The thin outer skin of our batteries is the only thing protecting them from shorting on the metal casings of our mods. Keeping an eye on your battery wrappers is something that is not only overlooked by many; it is downright ignored by a good percentage of vapers.

Essentially the outer wall of a battery is just a big negative terminal hence why the positive terminal is isolated and the wrap covers the battery except on the negative terminal itself. If you have a tear near the top of your battery wrapper it can potentially arc with the top of your device and cause a short. “It’s okay, I use a regulated mod,” I can hear some of you saying. It doesn’t matter what type of mod you have, your battery can still make contact with the battery door and cause a short not to mention when you have the batteries outside of your device.

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Battery wrappers are dirt-cheap and easy to install so there is no excuse to walk around with dangerous batteries. Grab your batteries and go over it top to bottom, can you find any nicks? What about small tears?

If so it’s no big deal, just get yourself some battery wraps and follow these easy steps:

1 Remove the old wrapper by getting under the edge with your fingernail and tearing it off. The reason we don’t use tools is because we don’t want to damage the cell.

2 Prepare the new wrapper by trimming it (if necessary) leave it about ¼” long on both ends so that it will cover the top and bottom properly.

3 Slide the new wrapper onto your battery leaving an even amount of room at the top and bottom.

4 Take a hairdryer on high setting or heat gun and run it over the battery until the wrapper shrinks over the battery.

5 That’s it! Now your battery is like brand new again. Don’t forget to label it with the date it was purchased so you know when it’s time to replace it.

Batteries are not very volatile when used properly; usually it’s what we do to them as vapers that makes them more likely to malfunction. By reading these safety articles I hope to prevent accidents that end up on the news and put vaping under the microscope of the public and government leading us ever closer to being regulated. That being said another thing I see is vapers putting their batteries in their pockets with other metal objects like their keys or loose change. THIS NEEDS TO STOP IMMEDIATELY! I can’t stress enough how dangerous that is as we’ve seen with the latest case of a battery exploding at a Kentucky gas station. One of the easiest ways to keep yourself safe is to store your batteries properly when they’re not in your device.

Our devices would be nothing without the batteries so why not keep them safe and sound? There are a number of products on the market that are designed to keep you and your batteries safe. One would be a simple plastic battery box. These usually sell for about $1 and normally hold two batteries, which make it the perfect companion to your average daily vaper. Another great

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product is the silicone single battery sleeve. They’re lightweight, inexpensive and easy to carry around with no added bulk. They make it safe to carry around in your pocket even with keys/change although STILL not recommended. Finally a slightly more modern way to carry around spare cells, the 3D printed battery case. Expect to pay a little more for these (around $10-$20) but with varying designs and a little extra style; it’s definitely a worthy investment.

So now you know how to revive your old badly wrapped batteries and how to keep them safe but what about those batteries that have seen hell and back? Maybe they’re dented from using it in your hybrid mech mod or have scorch marks and scratches on the terminals or maybe they don’t seem to hold a charge for very long anymore. That’s what I like to call a “lost cause.” It’s time to move on, I know it’s tough because they served you so well for so long but there comes a time when it’s just better to walk away. But hey, think of the great feeling you’ll have walking out of the vape shop with brand-spanking-new batteries, that should make you feel a little better, right?

Dripping 101

May 2, 2016

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Vape_April_2016_WEB159When many beginning vapers first hear about “dripping,” some rather interesting images often come to mind. The terminology seems to imply a process of placing tiny drops of e-liquid directly onto the wick or coil instead of filling a tank. While this process sounds simple enough, why would anyone want to do this in the first place? Vaping is already fun and easy. Just fill the tank, and vape away until the battery needs recharging, right? Well, not so fast. Dripping opens the door to a whole new world.

Dripping and Donuts

As newbies transition into more experienced vaping enthusiasts, many quickly turn into a kind of e-liquid connoisseur. They love experimenting with different flavors, blends, and brands, and may even begin creating their own. While this is all part of the fun of vaping, buying ten bottles of e-liquid every week can quickly wreak havoc on the wallet.

  • So what happens when the e-liquid doesn’t live up to its marketing hype?
  • Is the manufacturer simply trying to pull a fast one?
  • Why doesn’t the e-liquid taste as great as the Vlogger or Facebook post suggests?
  • What if the bottle lists the perfect combination of impossibleto- find flavors, but the e-liquid still tastes bland?
  • What is the buyer supposed to do next? Should she simply pour the e-liquid down the drain?

E-liquid doesn’t grow on trees. It costs money. Dripping might be a better alternative to tossing that bottle of e-liquid in the trash. Luckily, dripping also tends to produce bolder, richer flavors. It’s like heating a Krispy Kreme in the microwave before eating it. The donut still has the same combination of tasty ingredients, but the chocolate-covered delight always seems to taste even better with a good zap of high heat.

Now, the donut-lover can heat the circular pastry in the microwave, roast it over an open flame, or place it in a convection oven. Different heating methods tend to produce slightly different overall tastes. Dripping works in very much the same way.

Dripping Defined

Dripping, in its purest form, requires nothing more than applying e-liquid directly onto the coil/wick. Beginners might start by pulling out the polyfill material in a simple 510 cartomizer before hitting the firing button for a few seconds to burn off the residue, but most choose to purchase something called a dripping atomizer, which can cost as little as $20. An RDA (Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer) component uses a “deck and posts” to achieve the drip effect. There are hundreds of different options on the market, allowing the ability to build single, dual, or even quad coils, depending on the brand.

All RDAs involve heating the juice directly from the coil and wick located on the deck and posts. However, every RDA alters the overall dripping experience in a slightly different way, depending on the model, its individual features, the selected wicking materials, the type of coil wire, and the personal dripping techniques of the vaper. The unlimited number of possible combinations is what makes dripping so much fun.

Dripping Pros and Cons

Once vapers learn that dripping tends to boost the flavor of their favorite e-liquids, the next likely question becomes, “Why isn’t everyone doing it?” The simple answer is that dripping is not for everyone. It comes with its share of interesting advantages while offering some rather compelling disadvantages at the same time. Some people drip all the time. Others drip only certain brands of e-liquid. And some vapers use the drip method to taste-test lots of different flavors in a single sitting. Before newbies consider dripping as an alternative style of vaping, they first need to learn some of the pros and cons.

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Pros

  • Bolder, Richer Flavor: A more direct heat applied to the e-liquid only enhances the flavor.
  • More Massive Cloud Production: Dripping tends to produce bigger clouds, making this style of vaping very popular among competitive cloudchasers.
  • Economical: As long as the vaper is careful when dripping the e-liquid onto the coil, then dripping can be very cost-effective. Instead of constantly losing tiny amounts of e-liquid during every tank change, vapers only vape what they drip.
  • “Lung Hit:” Dripping allows the user to inhale the vapor directly into the lungs without the temporary delay of holding it in the mouth. This slightly different inhaling technique is popular among dripping advocates because it provides a more robust experience, commonly called the “lung hit.”
  • Taste-testing: When checking out your local vape shop, dripping is a quick and easy way to taste-test a variety of interesting new blends.

Cons

  • Time-consuming: While vaping with a traditional tank tends to last for the length of the device’s battery charge, dripping generally requires a re-dousing of the wick after every few hits (there are certain exceptions though).
  • Messy: Direct dripping requires a steady hand. Otherwise, the vaper is at risk of wasting premium e-liquid. When it comes to dripping, less is more. Only three or four drops does the trick in most cases, especially for beginners.
  • Inconvenient: Dripping requires the vaper to be constantly carrying at least one bottle of e-juice at all times. Therefore, dripping while on a cross country road trip is probably not the best idea.
  • Takes Practice: Perfecting the Art of the Drip takes a bit of practice. Newbies to dripping can easily become frustrated before ultimately finding their groove.
  • Can be costly…at first: Until the vaper perfects his or her dripping technique, expect to go through e-liquid at a much faster rate.

Direct Dripping: Step-by-Step

Dripping is not a new invention. Long before the invention of the RDA, vaping enthusiasts were using dripping as a way to enhance the overall vaping experience. The basic method, also known as direct dripping, is not an overly complicated process to learn. The most challenging part of the entire process is keeping the hand steady to avoid wasting valuable and pricey e-liquid.

  1. Open the atomizer of the personal vaping device.
  2. Look inside for the coils and the “bridge,” which is usually a small piece of V-shaped wire mesh sitting directly above the coil.
  3. Place three or four drops of e-liquid directly onto the coil. If the coil is not visible, perhaps due to the manufacturer’s design of the vaping device, place the drops onto the bridge instead.
  4. Attach the drip tip.
  5. Inhale, enjoy and repeat. Remember, direct dripping usually only provides a few hits at a time.

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RDAs, RBAs, RTAs, and RDTAs

One of the primary reasons that newbies often get so confused is the strange terminology that the vaping community tends to use. Learning the lingo is an important and essential step in the learning process. While each term refers to a type of vaping equipment, the most important thing for newbies to remember is that all of these acronyms can be used for dripping.

• RDA or Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer: Sometimes called a dripper, an RDA lacks the standard tank that holds the extra e-liquid. There is a system of deck and posts that offers the ability to build customized coils that the vaper eventually uses to catch and burn the dripping e-liquid. The number of posts will vary, depending on the model and the maximum number of coils that is possible to build. But all RDAs work on the same concept regardless of the number of posts.

All RDAs have one “positive” post (usually located in the center of the deck) and one or more “negative” posts (located on the sides). Most posts contain a tiny hole near the top. The user threads the wire through these holes before screwing down the bolt on top of the post to hold it in place. If the posts have no holes, then the wire remains in place by sandwiching it between the post and the bolt.

If the device has more than one negative post, this means that the unit has the capacity to house multiple coils. In some of these cases, the middle positive post might even have multiple holes to allow for easier manipulation of the wire.

• RBA or Rebuildable Atomizer: The RBA has a deck and posts just like an RDA, but the RBA also comes with a tank. This device offers the best of both worlds: dripping and standard vaping. Users still build individual coils, but the inclusion of a tank allows the vaper to transition the device instantly from a dripping atomizer to an everyday vaping device.

• RTA or Rebuildable Tank Atomizer: RTA and an RBA have exactly the same meaning. The two terms are interchangeable.

• RDTA or Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizer: Sometimes called an auto dripper, an RTDA offers the unique ability to self-drip the e-liquid onto the coils, reducing much of the muss and fuss of traditional dripping practices. In general, the user achieves the dripping effect by pressing down on the drip tip, which initiates the device to drip the e-liquid onto the wick.

Vaping technology is advancing at a rapid pace, and new equipment is consistently flooding the market. When entering into the world of dripping, newbies should remember that just because an RBA costs more doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the better choice. Veteran vapers usually recommend purchasing a simple, inexpensive RDA or RBA with only two or three posts in the early stages of learning to drip vape.

Take the time to experiment with different dripping techniques and e-liquids. Do you like the harsher lung hit? Does dripping give you too much cloud production? How much do the tastes of your favorite e-liquids improve with dripping? Before going on a shopping spree and purchasing hundreds of dollars in different coil wires, wicking materials, and dripping attys, take a little time to learn if dripping is something that you really like. Dripping can be a great deal of fun, but remember, perfecting the Art of Dripping takes patience, practice, and more than a little creative experimentation.

American Cancer Society Doesn’t Support E-Cig Switch, Article Shows

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Michael Siegel is an American tobacco control expert and public health researcher. In his latest “The Rest of the Story” for Tobacco Analysis, he tackles the latest article in the Rutland Herald, in which the local chapter of the American Cancer Society is “concerned that kids might switch away from smoking and start using electronic cigarettes instead.” In fact, the organization is for the 92 percent tax on e-cigs that is being shopped through the Vermont legislature. They say that it will deter youth smokers from switching to vaping, which is “absurd,” according to Siegel.

The American Cancer Society said in the article that since minors are price sensitive, a higher tax would “help slow down the skyrocketing use of the unregulated, addictive products by Vermont kids. This tax at 92 percent of wholesale would create parity with cigarettes and other tobacco products, which will help eliminate the switching to e-cigarettes.”

Siegel’s The Rest of the Story states that the American Cancer Society is saying that they prefer minors to smoke than vape.

“When it comes to the use of cigarettes by kids, the ACS has made it known that it prefers that you use tobacco-full cigarettes rather than tobacco-free cigarettes,” Siegel said. “That’s quite unfortunate, especially since this is an organization that is supposed to be reducing cancer, not increasing it.”

For the rest of Siegel’s argument, visit http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/04/american-cancer-society-supports-e.html.

Heartland Institute Releases ‘Vaping Wars’ Video

Screen Shot 2016-05-01 at 5.25.20 PMThe Heartland Institute released a “The Vaping Wars” video with Victoria Vasconcellos, SFATA Illinois chapter chair, and Brian Fojtik, who has served in both policy and political positions in various states including working for a U.S. senator, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state senator and state representative. E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular. What impact do the new “vaping wars” have on science, public policy, business and jobs?

To view the video, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyrboQICqWI.

 

A Professor’s Take on Vaping Bans

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David Sweanor Photo by healthbridge.ca

David Sweanor, professor at the Faculty of Law and the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics at the University of Ottawa, recently answered some questions for the Canadian Journal of Public Health, recently reprinted by uOttawa. The Q&A is published below, and for the original text, visit https://media.uottawa.ca/news/war-on-nicotine.

Q: What are your concerns about new policies that ban vaping in health care organizations?
A: They fail to distinguish between products with massively different risks. It would be like treating clean and dirty needles the same.  Cigarettes are, very simply put, an incredibly “dirty” drug delivery system. The evidence tells us that the risks associated with vaping are massively less than those from smoking, and the risks from second-hand exposure to the vapour from such devices is virtually non-existent. Good public health policies should distinguish on the basis of relative risks.

Q: How can vaping be beneficial, or at least less harmful, than cigarettes?
A: Nicotine itself, at the dosage levels smokers seek, is not particularly hazardous.  But when obtained by inhalation of smoke it is causing roughly 37,000 Canadian deaths a year. The substitution of far less harmful and less addictive alternatives can be ranked as among the really simple but really dramatic breakthroughs in public health history, comparable to vaccinations. Vaping products are “proof of concept” that cigarettes can be made obsolete, their epidemic of diseases relegated to history books rather than hospital wards. We have numerous advantages in seeking a viable endgame for cigarettes.

Q: There is a certain stigma associated with vaping. Why do you think that is, even though it is less risky than cigarettes?
A: Public health efforts to pragmatically and compassionately reduce the risks of nicotine use are being constrained by the presence of a “war on nicotine,” wherein nicotine use is treated like a sin rather than a public health issue. Among the millions of smokers in Canada, there is a very high proportion of people who are already marginalized, and further stigma merely adds to their burdens, when a caring society should instead be seeking to assist them to give up smoking.

Q: What are some of the dangers of treating vaporizers the same way we treat cigarettes?
A: Treating non-combustion product use in public areas the same as cigarettes will reassure smokers that the restrictions on smoking are not based on health concerns. What we see in our environment shapes attitudes. It used to be that the information on the enormous risks of smoking was undermined by ubiquitous lifestyle advertisements, glamourous packaging, enticing retail displays, etc., and now we run the risk of undermining health information by conveying that smoking is no more hazardous than vaping.

Q: What you would recommend policy-makers take into consideration when crafting regulations for cigarette alternatives?
A: They need to accept that abstinence-only approaches on nicotine use are both ineffective and unethical. If we were to craft regulations to tilt the market to alternative products, to respect the stated desires of smokers to get off cigarettes, to facilitate rather than threaten the existence of alternatives to cigarettes, the innovation we have witnessed to date would be greatly accelerated. It can be a self-financing public health breakthrough.

States and Taxes—A Closer Look

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With no firm federal regulation on taxes, individual states are taking the law into their own hands and taxing vaping products. Why, you ask? Alex Brill, research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Alan D. Viard, a resident scholar at AEI, wrote an article for InsideSources.com taking a closer look at why states are taxing e-cigarette and e-liquid products, while stating that “taxing e-cigarettes doesn’t make sense.”

  1. Revenue. Taxing vaping products brings additional revenue to the state.
  2. Proposed health. Some state legislative groups say that the additional money would go toward health care costs and group that combat tobacco and e-cigarette usage.
  3. Minor usage. Tax proponents state that the higher the tax, the more it will keep vaping away from cash-strapped minors.
  4. Cigarettes damage smokers’ health and harm society by driving up the costs of government medical programs and through the harms of secondhand smoke, but as the authors state, e-cigarettes aren’t cigarettes, but many lawmakers are grouping them in.

No matter what the reason, the authors state that this debate is far from over. For the full story, visit http://thetandd.com/news/opinion/why-are-states-taxing-e-cigs/article_292a9239-0672-50a2-9ccf-b0d209f6bec7.html.

Nephos Mod Tech

May 1, 2016

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By Chris Mellides

The Nephos mechanical mod, manufactured by Nephos Cloud, is an imposing mod that is as beautifully crafted as it is stout.

The Nephos stands 76mm in height, boasts 3mm thick walls and features a unique button housing measuring 11mm tall. The tube itself is 24.5mm in diameter and tapers to 22mm at the top cap making drippers and tanks with elongated 510 connections look the part.

At its core, the Nephos is constructed out of C101 grade 100 percent oxygen free copper, and is available in two distinct styles.

The first is the Copper Nephos, which has a glossy copper finish that will need an occasional polish to maintain its luster. The second is the Silver Nephos Elite. The Elite requires less maintenance, as the tube, top cap and switch have been plated four times over with .999 grade silver.

The product I received for review was the Copper Nephos, and as far as mech mods go, this is a nice one. The tube is emblazoned with very deep engravings of Greek characters spelling out “Nephos”, which roughly translates to “large dense cloud” in English. A name that’s certainly not lost on this device.

As you can expect from most high-end American made devices, the build quality of this mod is superb and with an 18650 battery and atomizer installed, it’s got a hefty weight that feels very substantial — making the device comfortable enough to hold, but solid enough that it could survive a drop and continue to perform just as it did the day it was purchased.

The term “hard hitter” is one used more often than not to describe exceptional performance. So much so that it’s lost a lot of its meaning. However, make no mistake about it, the Nephos does hit hard, and for a number of different reasons.

The Nephos makes use of a hybrid 510 connection, where the 510 pin on your favorite atomizers make direct contact with the 18650 battery housed inside the mod. This minimizes voltage drop for optimal performance and is a feature you’ll see on many of today’s mech mods.

Unlike many of the current mech mods on the market however, the Nephos hardly has any threading, which further reduces voltage drop and allows the mech to preform that much better. In fact, the only threading you’ll find is at the 510 connection and the mod’s firing pin.

The top portion of the Nephos is press fitted onto the body using six tons of pressure, so the odds of those two pieces separating are slim. Additionally, rather than screwing onto the tube, the mod’s switch is also press fitted and is held in place by a durable fluorocarbon O-ring, which the manufacturer claims can withstand higher temperatures and is more durable than traditional O-rings. This design also makes it easy to remove the switch and swap out batteries on the fly, which is great.

A sturdy, silver plated beryllium copper spring provides a good amount of resistance in the throw of the switch, which was not at all hard to push. The fire button is very responsive as well. I didn’t experience any misfiring whatsoever, nor were there any hot button issues and there was no crunchiness experienced when firing the device either.

As far as adjusting for battery rattle, a removable ring of what I wager is made of acrylic, surrounds the copper contact and can be adjusted in and out to get rid of any slack in the mod—much like the Limitless mod.

What I did find was that when the Nephos is cool, say it hasn’t been used in a while, the switch assembly doesn’t feel very secure when press fitted into the tube. It’s a little odd, but I found significant play in the switch.

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Just like any other mech, through continued usage the device tends to heat up a bit, and it’s at this point that the switch on the Nephos seems perfectly secure and there’s no play or wobbling to speak of.

As with any copper mod something you’ll have to remember with the Copper Nephos is that your hands will likely smell of pennies following repeated use of the device.

The good news is that you’ve got a mod that’s highly conductive, given its copper construction, and I’m betting if you’re a fan of copper already you probably wouldn’t mind the scent anyway.

I would well imagine that the Silver Nephos Elite will not have this issue since it is plated copper, so there’s always that option if you’re willing to fork over the extra cash.

While we’re on that topic, the Copper Nephos retails for $175 and the Silver Nephos Elite sells for $250, which is a lot of dosh, but depending on your budget and tastes it may be well worth the cost.

According to the manufacturer, the Nephos will soon be available in a variety of different colors. They include: black, red, blue and white and are appropriately dubbed “Midnight”, “Ares”, “Poseidon” and “Zeus,” respectively.

I received this mod for review from Matthew “Grim” Elliott at Vapeworx in Commack, NY. The Nephos is available for purchase online directly through the manufacturer at: nephos-cloud.com.

Head to Head DNA200 vs RX200

April 30, 2016

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By Chris Mellides

Do you remember the Tobh rebuildable dripping atomizer?

It was highly sought after for a time, with pre-order waiting lists tearing at the seams as anxious buyers waited their turn to own the version 2.5 following its announcement in 2014. Myself included.

Manufactured in the U.S. with its simple three-post design, nicely milled kidney shaped juice well cutouts with just enough airflow for a restricted lung hit, the Tobh was pretty great at the time of its release.

Even if you haven’t heard of this atty, you’ve probably heard of its creator, Jay Bo. An American modder, Jay Bo has since partnered with Chinese company Wismec in releasing hardware he designed, but that is manufactured in China to keep the cost of his products competitively low for consumers.

I won’t be discussing the Indestructible or Bambino RDAs, nor will I focus my attention on the Noisy Cricket, which are all Jay Bo-designed products that are fine in their own right. Instead, I’ll be discussing one of the most well-received mods to date: The Reuleaux.

The Reuleaux takes its name from the Reuleaux triangle, a term in geometry defining the centermost triangle created when three circles intersect. This is also what gives the mod its unique shape.

Originally fitted with Evolv’s DNA200 board, the Reuleaux was an amazing entry in the high-wattage/temperature control market and came with the asking price of $169.99.

While that may seem pricey at first glance, given their scarcity and average cost of about $80 per unit, early adopters of the DNA200 board priced their mods at $200 and above to offset the cost of Evolv’s expensive chipset in order to turn a more favorable profit.

Additionally, these early DNA200-powered mods were also limited to utilizing internal battery packs, which offered little to no user serviceability and often gave way to less than stellar battery life, particularly for users who prefer high-wattage vaping.

This is precisely why the Reuleaux DNA200 was so special. It was the first DNA200-powered device to ditch the internal battery packs and grant users the ability to use three removable 18650 batteries of their choosing wired in series, and outputting a true 200 watts of power with the three cells providing a total of 11.1 volts.

At under $200, this device quickly grew in popularity and increasingly became the obvious choice for those vapers who wanted a longer lasting DNA200 vaping experience, with the benefit of user serviceability and a price point that beat out much of the competition. Enter the Reuleaux RX200.

Utilizing a 200-watt temp control chip created by long-time e-cigarette manufacturer Joyetech Enterprises, this iteration of the Reuleaux has just about the same functionality as the DNA200 version, but comes at a much cheaper price point. Where its predecessor is priced at about $170, the Reuleaux RX200 can be purchased for about $65, and in some cases, I’ve seen it sell for a little over $40.

The physical specs are virtually identical between the sister devices. As is the build quality. Both variations make use of an OLED display, both have spring loaded 510 connections, a magnetic battery cover and USB charging capability. The devices are 84mm tall, 50mm wide and 38mm across.

The main difference here are the guts of both devices. While the DNA200 and RX200 chipsets are firmware upgradeable, and can do temp control when using nickel, stainless steel and titanium wire builds, you do get more for your money with the DNA200, but that depends largely on whether you need the extra features.

The most notable difference is Evolv’s Escribe PC software. With it you can customize just about anything you like. From adjusting display brightness, to inserting custom graphics when the device boots up, or simply substituting images or text for system prompts or custom presets.

What is particularly useful is the board’s ability to allow users the option of creating system profiles. In other words, the DNA200 allows you to save and select between eight groups of output settings.

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“Each profile contains an output power setting and a maximum temperature setting. These can be adjusted on the device, and will be saved when a different profile is selected. Additionally, the resistance lock setting and value for each atomizer is saved in the profile, which can alleviate temperature inaccuracies stemming from attaching atomizers before they have completely cooled,” according to Evolv.

While better in terms of customization, the DNA200 model isn’t without faults. The mod makes use of indentation rings inside the battery housing to ensure reverse polarity protection by allowing only the correct battery terminal to come in contact with the mod. That’s all fine and good, however, the outermost battery tends to loosen when the mod is rattled or set down with force, which prevents the device from functioning properly, unless the magnetic battery cover is removed and that battery is repositioned.

For whatever reason one of the innermost batteries is hard to remove from inside the device and each time I attempt to break it free, the battery terminal likes to tear the wrapping of the battery. This could just be an issue affecting my review product, but I’ve heard others complain about torn wraps due to the design of the indentation rings.

The RX200 model, on the other hand, has different battery terminals that provide reverse polarity protection without the need for indentation rings and thus battery wraps do not get ripped, the batteries are easier to remove and they fit securely inside the mod.

The only gripe I have with the RX200 is that from time to time when not in use and powered on, my selected wattage drops down to 20 watts, no matter what it had been set to previously. The same happened to a friend’s device, and while this occurs infrequently enough, it should be mentioned.

Additionally, there’s a delay when firing the RX200 after sitting idle that might bother some people, but at least the RX200 model can be powered on and off with five clicks of the fire button, unlike the DNA200 version.

Having used both devices, the clear winner in my book is the Reuleaux RX200. The model’s chip might not be as accurate as the Evolv DNA200, particularly with lower resistance builds operating at higher wattages, but the functionality of the Joyetech board compared to Evolv’s is strikingly similar.

In the end you’d be getting the same feel and fit as the DNA200 model, but at a significantly cheaper price point if you went with the RX200. If you’re not concerned with customization and profile settings, I think the choice is pretty clear.

*A special thanks goes to Jake Riccardi of the Long Island Vaporium in Ronkonkoma, NY for loaning me his Reuleaux DNA200 mod for the purpose of writing this article.

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