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

Vaping Jargon Moves Industry Forward

vapingjargonFrom e-liquids to a resounding “no” when using the term smoking, vaping jargon can sometimes be a mixed bag of alphabet soup. While the jargon essentially isn’t coming from one place or region, terms are finding their way around the industry much like the industry itself.

An article in TheSandPaper.net takes a closer look at vaping jargon (we all can agree on not ever saying the “s” word) along with trying to define exactly what vaping is—a lifestyle, smoking cessation product or a hobby? The jury is still out regarding safety of the product and the e-liquids that go within the device, citing more research and regulations ahead before making a final decision.

The range of devices and e-liquid choices are infinite, allowing for new innovations and flavors to come almost before the industry has had a chance to keep up within itself.

To read the full story, visit http://thesandpaper.villagesoup.com/p/vaping-offers-smokers-a-tool-to-quit-a-hobby-to-enjoy/1234367.

ECRM Announces 2015 Vegas Event

ecrm_logo-12014 sold out, so Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing (ECRM) is coming back to Las Vegas in February with a bigger and better event. DrugStoreNews.com reports that the second annual E-Cigarettes, Vapor and E-Cigars show will focus on electronic cigarettes, vapor, e-cigars and accessories categories.

Held at the Palms Casino Resort Feb. 10-12, this show will be a great way to market and make connections in the industry.

For the full story, click here.

VaporSearch USA Secures VCCTN Booth Spot

VaporSearchUSA-2-220x170There’s a ton of exciting news on the horizon for VaporSearch USA, so the company will be at VCCTN to tell the masses all about it.

Held in Chattanooga, Tenn., VCCTN is coming up in just a few short weeks. VaporSearch will be at Booth 110 talking about the new mobile site; iTunes and Android app launch; and the special VAPE News directory available in November 2014.

New Orleans Universities Take Closer Look at Vaping Bans

UNO_University_Center_FrontNola.com reports that while many local colleges and universities in New Orleans have banned smoking on campus, the University of New Orleans still allows e-cigs on campus.

While 1,372 campuses in the area prohibit smoking, only 176 have banned vaping. Members of the UNO Student Government are against banning e-cigs on campus, however their argument may fall on deaf ears in the future if the university goes with many colleges in the nation.

For the full story, visit http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2014/09/uno_makes_case_for_e-cigarette.html.

CVS Stops Selling Cigarettes, No Plans to Sell E-Cigs

CVS-pharmacyCVS has stopped selling all tobacco products in its stores, and this has e-cig supporters asking questions once again, according to ABCNews.com. The article quotes CVS Health Spokesperson Mike DeAngelis as saying: “CVS stores have never sold e-cigarettes and has no plans to sell them in the future.

Groups like CASAA and The American Vaping Association are in agreement that since CVS’ rebrand, the company should offer better-for-you alternatives to smoking. Since the FDA hasn’t made an official ruling, CVS is sticking to its policy. It does however, offer smoking cessation products in its stores such as nicotine patches, gums and inhalers.

For the full story, visit http://abcnews.go.com/Health/cigarette-makers-fuming-cvs-tobacco-ban/story?id=25229979.

Virgin Vapor to Exhibit at VCCTN 2014

Virgin_Vapor_logo6AAA-500x500Tennessee Valley welcomes VCCTN 2014 to the Chattanooga Convention Center, and Virgin Vapor will be at Booths 203 and 205.

The event will be held Oct. 4-5 from noon to 7 p.m.

Try new vape gear and e-liquids in 40,000 sq. ft. of vaping heaven! General public attendance is free (must be 18 years or older to enter). Tons of giveaways, drawings and a special, live DJ charity event is happening Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10 p.m.

To contact Virgin Vapor, e-mail wholesale@virginvapor.com.

Presented by the Vaping Convention Circuit.
Join the event at the VCCTN Facebook page.

Blu UK’s New Digital Campaign Targets Younger Crowd

BLUAlmost everyone wants to seem young and fun, but in the case of vaping, should that be a marketing strategy? Blu UK thinks so, and has centered its recent social media campaign around targeting the younger vaping generation.

After Lorillard acquired Skycig and rebranded it to Blu in May, new marketing obviously was needed to boost the brand. According to MarketingMagazine.com.uk, £20 was the budget.

Naturally, thousands of followers flocked to Facebook and Twitter, but what’s the real cost? Launch parties, partnering with Lady Gaga and tickets to O2 academy were up for grabs, all targeting the younger demographic.

For the full marketing campaign, visit http://www.marketingmagazine.co.uk/article/1310462/e-cigarette-brand-blus-new-digital-plan-gone-smoke.

HealthDay Reports Second-Hand Vapor Not as Hazardous

-1Even though e-cigarettes still aren’t totally done being vilified by any means, researchers at the University of Southern California have found that second-hand vapor is less hazardous than that of cigarette smoke.

Of course there are caveats to the research, however the researchers have concluded that e-cigarettes are a safer alternative in general. Care2.com also reported on the research, and that publication says that the study found that “people subjected to the secondhand smoke from e-cigarettes are exposed to only 10 percent of the gross chemicals found in normal cigarettes.

This study echoes thousands of others, according to Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Assocation. He says that e-cigarettes are at least 98 to 99 percent safer than regular cigarettes.

For the full story, visit http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2014/09/03/e-cigarette-vapor-may-be-less-toxic-than-tobacco-smoke-study.

Poison Center Calls Regarding E-Cigs On the Rise

Infographic courtesy of the CDCWHBL.com, based out of Wisconsin, reports that the Centers for Disease Control claims the number of e-cigarette related calls to poison centers are on the rise. Specifically, those containing nicotine-infused liquids rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014. In short, that’s more than 51 percent of the poison center calls.

The CDC says that the demographic of calls varies, but more than half of them involved children under the age of 5.

“The CDC also says the number of young Americans who have tried electronic cigarettes but never used conventional tobacco tripled in 2013 from 2011,” the story reports. This now totals more than 250,000 people.

To read the full story, visit http://whbl.com/news/articles/2014/aug/28/health-groups-applaud-recent-challenges-to-e-cigarette-safety-claims/.

Vape Shop Owner Agrees with City Ban

EGP photo by Nancy Martinez

Vape Unit Owner Andy Han

While one would think most vaping shop owners would be against banning of e-cigarettes of any kind, Andy Han, owner of the Vape Unit in Monterey Park, Cali. agrees with the city’s recent ban, according to egpnews.com. However, he has his reasons.

Han is quoted in the story as saying “You shouldn’t vape where you’re not allowed to smoke.” However, he also said that “he disagrees with perceptions that electronic cigarettes contain the same health risks as traditional cigarettes.”

While Han says that he wants to promote vaping as an alternative to smoking, he does believe that vaping is a lifestyle, not a trend. Ultimately, Han wants to change where vaping takes place, change the vaping perception and make it a more “classy” alternative.

For the full story, visit http://egpnews.com/2014/08/monterey-park-adds-e-cigarettes-to-smoking-ban/.