The Juice Judge: Clever Vape, Fluid, FanceeJuice, Avail, Vapor Shark

The Juice Judge

Juices are rated on a scale of 1-5 based on flavor, vapor production and throat-hit.


Clever Vape’s Brooklyn Pop

Clever Vape’s Brooklyn Pop, presented in a glass eye dropper bottle with an eye-catching label, won me over before I even tasted the juice. I am a sucker for unique labeling and packaging and Clever Juice has provided a strong case in this area. Brooklyn Pop, true to its description, is a refreshing cola juice with a subtle black cherry tone. It tastes fresh and light and may become a staple in my juice rotation.Vapor clouds were gorgeous and satisfying on this 50/50 mix while throat hit was above average. You can grab a 30ml bottle for $14.99 or flavor boost it for an additional $4 at


Flavor=5, Vapor=5, Throat Hit=4

Fluid’s Tangsicle

Fluid’s Tangsicle is a tasty orange dreamsicle juice that is more reminiscent of Hi-C than Tang with a cream accent on the backend, most noticeably on the exhale.If you like orange this juice is pretty tasty. Some folks at the table found the orange a little overpowering while others found it spot on in terms of its name and description. Our tester bottle was a 50/50 mix of PG/VG and vapor clouds were large and chewy. Throat hit was average. A 30ml bottle costs $15.99 and vapers can select PG/VG mix or add menthol at no additional cost at


Flavor=4, Vapor=5, Throat Hit=3

FanceeJuice’s Cloudarita

It took a little bit of vaping and some at the table never got it, but this juice does taste exactly like a lime margarita. The flavor is there, but at first it was a little faint. Toward the end we could nearly taste the salt on the end of the drip tip. This was an overall very tasty juice and receives high marks in the flavor category. Vapor production was stellar with voluminous clouds pouring from a fresh cartomizer. The only area it was average in was throat hit. On their website vaper scan select cloudiness, (PG/VG mix) and they also offer a margarita box where you can get a big juice of Cloudarita and blueberry, lime, watermelon, strawberry and mango mixers to mix a perfect margarita in the atomizer.FanceeJuicetouts their juice as premium e-liquid, and it costs $20.99 for a 30ml bottle.


Flavor=5, Vapor=5, Throat Hit=3


Avail’s Piña Colada

If you like Piña Colada and getting caught in the rain … I can’t recommend getting it from Avail. This juice tastes like it’s large batch created, rebranded and resold. In a word, it’s gross. It only tasted marginally like coconut to one person at the table while others mentioned that it was unvapeable. Vapor production is average and we cannot say why as the bottle did not represent the mix of PG and VG. Throat hit was nonexistent. Their site currently is in launch status and has no pricing information.But, you can view their other juices, which are hopefully better, at


Flavor=1, Vapor=3, Throat Hit=1

Vapor Shark’s Ice Tart

Vapor Shark’s Ice Tart is a mentholated Pixie Stix juice. The jury is out on this one as the menthol is not very fresh or crisp and fades very quickly while the Pixie Stix flavor is very muted. Vapor production is average and the bottle did not represent the mix of PG and VG. Throathit was average for a mentholated juice. While vapers can choose the level of nicotine on the site it does not appear you can select the mix of PG/VG. A 30ml bottle is approximately $14.99 and is sold at


Flavor=3, Vapor=3, Throat Hit=3

Moscow Hosts First Homeland VAPEXPO

November 28, 2015


By Alyssa Stahr
Photos by Borya Galperin of the Wingle Group

The vaping community and industry is a disruptive one. Ann Khomyakova, from international show company, Smile-Expo is an organizer of large business events. Having been engaged in the exhibition space for nine years, Smile-Expo is an expert on global innovations and market drivers. While Smile-Expo mostly works with new market areas, namely robotics, 3D printing, mobile health and augmented reality, Khomyakova said that they are rarely surprised when it comes to events planning. When they were tasked with working with the vaping community, they were calm and full of determination. And then they were faced with just that—the vaping community.

VAPEXPO’s organizers navigated in a fragrant fog throughout the event.

“We were really excited by their energy and commitment. Everything was turned upside down,” Khomyakova said. Young, positive vapers entertained the participants [of VAPEXPO Moscow] better than all those contestants and activities that we prepared for them. We even thought that we should rent a huge
hangar, bring a lot of e-liquids and electronic cigarettes, and then everything would be organized by itself.”

There was more vapor than Khomyakova expected at the show, however Wingle Group photographer Boris Galperin was able to take clear photos—with great effort. VAPEXPO’s organizers navigated in a fragrant fog throughout the event.

To save time, just after the end of June’s VAPEXPO, the Smile-Expo team began to actively collect feedback from guests, exhibitors and partners. As a result, they made a list of obligatory changes for the Dec. 4-5 show, also to be held in Moscow:

1. Rent a pavilion with a large area and powerful air extraction system.

2. Invite international observers in order to give rise to the vaping industry in Russia to the maximum degree.

3. Divide the exhibition into B2B and В2С days. Thus, each audience (conference participants and vapers) will have free range of the pavilion without half measures and compromises on style. Exhibitors will be able to talk with partners in a calm atmosphere and visitors will test a large number of new models of electronic cigarettes and e-liquid.

The event venue, Sokolniki, is conveniently located, and many foreign exhibitors and participants already are familiar with the area and know what to expect. In turn, Khomyakova said that the Smile-Expo team is familiar with the administration and will be able to choose a large pavilion according to increased needs.

There were 35 exhibitors at the June event, distributed 50/50 between the CIS and foreign countries. There were major vendors from Russia and Belarus, regional stores of electronic cigarettes, as well as manufacturers from China, France, Italy, Croatia, India and the United States.

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All arrived with a huge range of products, liquids and electronic cigarettes.

“It is worth mentioning our main sponsor, Stand Point Vapor (SPV) opened the exhibition,” Khomyakova said.

The conference portion of the event brought together about 200 people, occupying all seats were occupied. The exhibition itself attracted about 2,000 visitors. Khomyakova expects the next event will grow by at least 20 percent.

“We would like to admit that the Wingle Group helped us with the organization of the conference. In fact, they were co-organizers of CIS Vapour Dialogues. The company has been operating on the electronic cigarettes market from its very beginning, so their knowledge and contacts helped us attract foreign speakers at the conference,” Khomyakova said.

As vaping industry in the CIS is only starting to develop, it is natural that show organizers wanted to get more experience and practices from abroad. For this purpose, the first day of VAPEXPO was completely devoted to the communication with foreign speakers.

Peter Beckett, public policy consultant with ECITA, moderated the first day. Beckett, together with legislative committees of the European Union, are developing the rules to regulate the market and the norms of standardization of electronic cigarettes in the EU.

Ray Story, CEO of TVECA, provided a program on the legalization of e-cigarettes and tips for dialogue with the vaping community along with Oliver Kershaw, the founder of E-Cigarette Forum (ECF).

The second day was entirely devoted to the reports of Russian vendors and marketing experts in the vaping industry, who shared their experience of work on the domestic market and talked about the specifics of relationships with government agencies.

For example, Anton Bakanev from Nektar spoke about ways of advertising of electronic cigarettes in Russia and dealing with providers in order to bypass the ban on advertising on the Internet.


The owner of one of the largest stores of electronic cigarettes in Russia, Babylon Vape Shop, shared his thoughts on how to promote elite liquids for e-cigarettes.

In light of the popularization of medical research about electronic cigarettes’ influence, the representatives of the Russian Research Institute of Tobacco joined the group. They brought up for discussion a plan for the development of technical documentation on e-liquids and offered instrumental methods for quality control of vaping products.

Khomyakova said that officially, inhalers and electronic cigarettes do not fall under the prohibition provided by the anti-smoking law in Russia, but she had to verify this information by consulting with lawyers and sending requests for an explanation to the Ministry of Health. The only current prohibition concerns advertising.

“This fact makes VAPEXPO quite an attractive event,” she said. “All of our projects are groundbreaking. For our company, it is important to move forward and to organize new exhibitions, which are in the lead of the market. The same case was with VAPEXPO.”

Today, the vaping industry in the CIS remains fairly closed niche according to Khomyakova, in particular because of the limited spread of information about electronic cigarettes. However, just within one year the vaping community has doubled without any support and diversity of products.

“Imagine what will happen if you open the market to foreign products? We have imagined and launched VAPEXPO,” she said. “It is true that some exhibitions have been already held for five years, and they are well known to visitors; everyone knows who is who. The first VAPEXPO was unknown, but it still managed to bring together a huge number of visitors and exhibitors. Those who participated in it were real pioneers, and we thank them for their participation.”

The second VAPEXPO is the next opportunity to keep abreast of trends in the market. The market is opened, and next summer (the third VAPEXPO) it will be clear who you are—a beginner or an experienced participant with the customer base and the sympathy from the vapers.

For more information about the June show and upcoming December show, visit

Connecticut Passes Law Regulating Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, Vapor Products

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Electronic cigarettes and various vapor products now are restricted within the state of Connecticut, including in various venues and places of employment.

According to, vapor products and electronic cigarettes now are prohibited in:

  1. buildings owned or leased and operated by the state or its political subdivisions
  2. health care institutions
  3. retail food stores
  4. restaurants
  5. places that serve alcohol under specified permits
  6. school buildings during school or student activities
  7. specified child care facilities
  8. passenger elevators
  9. dormitories at public or private higher education institutions
  10. dog race tracks or facilities equipped with screens for simulcasting off-track betting racing programs or jai alai games

The new law requires employers to post a sign saying that products are prohibited, but employers are encouraged to see if they are subject to the new law. Those who do not comply with the law either by vaping, failing to post required sings or who removes the signs without authorization face a maxiumum fine of $90.

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iSmoke Vapor LLC Hosts Riverfront Vape Con

VapeConiSmoke Vapor LLC of Lafayette, Ind., is hosting a vaping convention called the Riverfront Vape Con in Lafayette on March 26-27. This event will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, and will host up to 30 vendors. Rooms are reserved for vendors at the hotel, as well as booth spaces ranging from 6×6 to 20×20.

This event is centered on the “Sponsor a Smoker” program co-founded by special guest Jonathan “JT” Thomas from Flawless Distribution. This program supplies current smokers with a free starter kit, as well as a massive support system. Current vapers can also sign up and donate their time. Organizers want to build a network of educated vapors to help with questions, concerns and mainly support. When a smoker signs up they will be paired with a vaper or vape shop in their area.

Ten percent of the proceeds from this convention will be donated by iSmoke Vapor to the Sponsor a Smoker program in order to assist in distributing the starter kits. Let’s come together as a community and help #Sponsorasmoker!

There will be a tremendous opportunity for business to business networking, and the event will be open to the public from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. both days.

For more information, please visit


NATO Show Registration Open

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“We wanted to allow our members and alumni attendees to register as early as possible,” Thomas Briant, executive director, National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), said. “We’ve lined up the hotel and travel packages and opened registration before people get busy with the holidays. This time of year, our industry gets busy with both their businesses and their personal lives. April can seem far away, but it’s really not.”
The newly designed NATO website makes it easy to register, find hotel and travel discounts as well as discover the information about the educational programs scheduled for NATO 2016. A new feature of the show floor will be the Premium Cigar Pavilion, which will include cigar hand rolling demostrations.
In-depth information regarding the show is available on the show’s website,
The NATO Show will be held April 19-21, at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, Nev. The show is owned by the National Association of Tobacco Outlets and produced by ConvExx, an independent show organizer. Information regarding seminars, attendee registration or exhibits can be obtained by contacting NATO Show Management, or calling 877-764-3976.


Top 10 Vapor Facts Presented by SFATA

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SFATA recently released a Top 10 Vapor Facts slide presentation that breaks down the facts and the misconceptions in one easy-to-read place. Noted facts include Vapor Products Are Not Tobacco Products and Vapor Products Are Not a Gateway to Smoking.

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