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 clevervape.com.

VAPE VERDICT = 4.6

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 fluidvaper.com.

VAPE VERDICT = 4.0

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. fanceejuice.com.

VAPE VERDICT = 4.3

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 availvapor.com

VAPE VERDICT = 1.6

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 vaporshark.com.

VAPE VERDICT = 3.0

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

VAPE Magazine Contributor, VapeMentors Founder to Present at VAPEXPO Prague

Prague logo v04.28.16VAPE Magazine writer and VAPE Radio host Norm Bour has been invited to present at the first vaping event in Prague, Czech Republic.

Vapexpo Prague 2016 will be held August 12-13 and joins other countries that are hosting their own national shows, including the Baltic Vape Show, Vape Expo Poland, as well as those in Ireland, France and the UK.

The main objective of Vapexpo Prague is to support and develop the dynamically growing sphere of Vapexpo Prague 2016 guests, and participants will be able to taste and buy new items and best sellers from the world’s leading manufacturers of vaping products.

The Prague show will include traditional cloud contests and giveaways but will also focus on education, with topics like:

- Creation of a successful vaping business from scratch

- Marketing and digital tools for vaping business

- Analysis and prospects for global and regional markets

- New possibilities for the sale of electronic inhalers in Europe

- Features of the Czech market

- Standardization and quality assessment

Since the United States is the leader in the vape space, and international companies want to do business here, Bour will be presenting a talk on “How to Do Business in America.”

As the founder of VapeMentors, the largest vape consultancy in the United States, he is well prepared after working with almost 40 companies internationally since 2013.

For more information, visit www. vapexpo.cz/ru.

Mods & Me – A Vape Journey of Inevitability

April 29, 2016

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By Tony Ottomanelli II

So what is it exactly that I have to share about Mods. Well, at this juncture in my vaping lifestyle, I actually have much to report on the matter at hand. I have recently switched over from strictly Vape pens to using primarily Mods with RDAs. This is my story about that transition.

I think the best place to begin with the story of my journey of becoming a vaper is to simply start from the very beginning of my days where I was first exposed to tobacco cigarettes. After all, most vapers are former smokers.

Taking this into account, the very first time I smoked a cigarette, I was in Middle School and I was doing it to be cool, or so I thought. I wanted to look older than I was, because when you’re that age, being an adult seemed “cool,” since adults had more freedom than teenagers. Now when I look back on it, I wish vaping was around rather than just the deadly tobacco cigarettes. Could you imagine if vaping were around back in the early to mid-90s? That would have changed my lifestyle over the past 20 years a great deal.

Given how much vaping has evolved, I’m still impressed with the technological advancements. I can not even begin to imagine what the market would be like if vaping had been around for more than 20 years.

Not only does the market continually evolve in technological features, we, as vapers, also evolve. For example, I was a smoker for more than 15 years. Sure, I enjoyed it, but I began chain smoking while living in Chicago where cigarettes were literally $10 per pack. That is quite a bit of wasted money when you consider I smoked more than a pack a day; that’s nearly $100 a week.

At this point, you may be thinking “seriously what does this have to do with mods?” Don’t worry I’m getting to it.

When I finally gave into switching from tobacco cigarettes to participating in the art of vaping, I first started using e-cigs, or cigalikes, such as VUSE or BLU. Those were the very first two brands I tried for almost two months, but of course, like most vapers, I didn’t want to support Big Tobacco products. I needed better flavor with more vapor production.

So, like a parallel entity of the evolving vape industry, I too began my vaping evolution. As suggested in the title, it is inevitable, a vaping journey surely will evolve no matter what the case.

Therefore, after switching to strictly vaping, I upgraded to vape-pens. At first, it was just the basic eGo set-up — 600mah battery with a cheap knock-off top fill tank, in which I only vaped tobacco flavored E-Liquids. Basically, slowly but surely, I was learning how to vape. Correctly.

After using this slightly unsatisfying device for a couple weeks, I moved onto something better. A device with variable voltage battery power, the Vision Spinner II with a Nautilus mini tank, Vaping more fruity flavors. I quickly became obsessed with collecting Vape-pens, each one with different flavored juice accompanying each tank.

Everyone urged me to at least get a device that was subohm, but I vaped 12mg, and vapers know you don’t want to be caught dripping 12mg or vaping any nicotine strength above 3mg or 6mg with today’s mods. I guess it depends on how tough you are, because I have a friend who vapes 18mg out of a sub-ohm tank and box mod setup. Perhaps some do drip 12mg with an RDA, but for most vapers, that’s just far too harsh. Furthermore, for about a year I preferred the higher nicotine strengths, so I continued to use pens exclusively.

All of my vaping friends would urge me to get a real mod, but I could never give in because I didn’t want to give up the

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stronger nicotine. Taking this into account, I came across a Sigelei 50w Box Mod for only $30, what kind of a vaper would I be to pass up that deal? My time had come, the evolution of the vaper was beginning to take hold.

My next purchase was an INNOKIN iSub APEX Tank. Using the APEX tank, I was getting great flavor and producing large clouds of thick vapor. Oh boy, watch out now, I’m a pro. Next thing you know I’ll be blowin’ some Os. I wish I were kidding but I have been practicing and let me tell you, it ain’t easy to make O rings, yet practice makes perfect.

After buying that Sigelei Box Mod, it was all over for my vapepen obsession from there. My 12 mg preference was now a 3 mg preference. I began searching far and wide for the perfect RDA. I got lucky and I found that perfection in a Royal Hunter RDA.

Nowadays I don’t leave my house without at least three mods at all times. I typically now carry my Sigelei 50w box mod with either an RDA or my Aspire Triton tank as the top piece. The funny thing is even though the Sigelei was my first mod, it’s not even close to my favorite. That title goes to my iPV D2 mod with a Royal Hunter RDA. Quite the change for the pen-addict.

The other device I carry is my Tribus Alpha TC made by Royaltech. This particular device is somewhat special to me due to the fact that it was free. I did a review video of the mod, and fell in love with it.

Regardless, no matter how or when you begin vaping, eventually you will work your way up to the world of mods. It may take a while — at least it did for me.

Of course I’m going by my own personal experience. However, most of the vapers I know or talk to tell me they began with the tobacco or menthol type flavors and then transitioned to fruity or custard flavors. For all of you who are just beginning your journey or those of you who are hesitant to make the move to a mod, give it some time — it’s inevitable.

- Tony Ottomanelli II

SFATA Hosts First Live Facebook Broadcast

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 4.43.08 PMSFATA hosted its first live broadcast on Facebook this week with its President and Executive Director Cynthia Cabrera talking about a wide range of issues the vapor industry is currently facing and how SFATA is leading the industry’s response.

At its peak, nearly 500 people joined the conversation, and the video of the event has been watched more than 5,500 times.

The hour-long broadcast covered FDA deeming regulations, state and local issues, and more with a focus on what SFATA is doing the build a strong, sustainable future for vapor businesses. The organization said in its recent email that it has received many emails about the broadcast, membership and chapter formation in response, and they are working to turn the enthusiasm from this event into action for the industry.

You can watch the video on the SFATA Facebook page and while you are there, don’t forget to like them.

Vaper Expo UK Has Few Spaces Remaining

unnamedWith just more than a week to go, the Vaper Expo UK 2016 is set to be the biggest in Europe, according to an email that Agent VAPE received. There are more than 220 confirmed exhibitors representing more than 300 brands from all around the world.

There are a last few remaining spaces available.

3m x 3m (10×10) – 9 Available

3m x 6m (10×20) – 1 Available

6m x 6m (20×20) – 1 Available

Spaces can be combined or split to make bigger/smaller spaces. Take a look at the floor plan showing available spaces at www.vaperexpo.co.uk/floorplan.

For more information, visit www.vaperexpo.co.uk or +44 (0) 7557386003.

Mod Spotlight – The Lochness Mod is Real

April 28, 2016

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STATS

Single 18650 battery

Stabilized wood body

Evolv DNA 40 gold chip

Choice of a spring loaded Varitube 14mm 510 or Gepetto adjustable “catch cup” 510

12mm Mitec on/off switch

Stainless steel battery tube, brass positive contact and a stainless steel/wood “no tool” battery cap

Stainless steel front plate (this particular mod has a limited damascus steel front plate)

100 percent hand made, hand drilled (drill press), hand sanded and hand polished stabilized wooden body

All mods receive multiple coats of hard wax (polished. not clear coated)

Loch Ness is 4” (101.6mm) tall, 1 3/4” (44.45mm) deep and 1 1/8” (28.575mm)

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