VapeBash 2 in Chicago was by far the biggest Vaping event we've been to yet. There were more than 1600 in attendance with the main ballrooms overflowing into the halls, lobby area and bar. The large ballroom had vendors booth lining all four walls. There was an almost palpable haze from a combination of vaping and smoke machines.
There was no order and the air felt clean, but the hotel apparently changed their stance on vaping half way though and designated some areas to be "vape free."
VAPE News magazine talked to a number of vendors and attendees, here are their quotes and more photos from the event!
"VapeBash, where do I begin? First thing that comes to mind is "EPIC" I mean so many amazing people, tons of vaping gear and E-Liquids, the reviewers we all watch via YouTube, the hosts of our favorite vaping networks, our favorite modders and devices. I mean it's on the verge of vaper overload! All that being said, the best part for me was finally meeting some of the people that I interact with through the web. The only thing I regret is not having enough time to spend with everyone, but hey, there's always next year! Big thanks to Sgt.Taz, DangerGirl, Scott(MrEcig) Weeeeee!, and Ed The Green for all their hard work on putting such an amazing event together!" - Rob Ermolovich
Fluid Flask, a unique, modular cartomizer tank. Prior to VapeBash 2 they were only available in polished aluminum finish, for VapeBash we debuted Gunmetal,Black,Red, and Blue anodized finishes along with the original polished aluminum. Also debuted at VapeBash is the PowerPro, which is a 26650 Provari conversion kit for modders.
Also at VapeBash were two prototypes of the upcoming CyBorg, which is a DNA20 driven Advanced Personal Vaporizer System. Its the first DNA20 device in tube form intended for production.
The Fluid V.A.V (Vaping Assault Vehicle), a right hand drive Jeep with a 6-inch lift, 35-inch tires wrapped around 20-inch rims, and one hell of a sexy body wrap!
Left to right: Adam (production manager), Toni (owner/partner), Adam Knudsen (me, owner/partner)
"VapeBash was a fantastic success. As far as I can tell, there were more vapers in attendance than any other large meet. The list of vendors was impressive and the room accommodated everyone well. The Windy City Vapers did an amazing job and their dedication shows in the level of organization they bring to these meets- registration table, etc. Completely outside of their control was the way the hotel changed their stance on vaping midway through the event. That was disappointing. Of course, that is nothing to dwell on. WCV hit a home run!"
" Generally, I am positive about the entire industry's future. I believe there will be regulation, but it will be somewhat reasonable and malleable. Vapers need to be vocal and refuse to be classified into an existing bucket- this is new territory and with that comes uncertainty. But generally, I am quite positive. On a more micro level, I see a return to more mechanical mods with an emphasis on rebuilding coils- within the community, of course. E-cigs can be found all over our town now- from the grocery store to the gas station. Sure, they aren't what I vape but who knows- that will slowly evolve as well." - Adam Knudsen
Keith Mautner talks about his products at VapeBash 2:
"We are the inventors of the infamous Drip Shield. We also came out with the Empire Mod, a telescoping bottom button tube device which made in very limited runs. We have been selling them and they utilize the 901 atomizer standard native connection. We have a premium 901 made for them and comes with them as well which is well known for great flavor and vapor production. The drip shield was made around the 901 atomizer but also will work for 510 and 306 with a 510-510 sealed adapter or raised connection like a eGo battery."
Keith Mautner, owner (left) and EmpireMods employee Dave Borrero (right).
Limited edition "Empire Mods" only available at Vapebash.
LEFT: Joe battista, owner and founder of iVape. iVape had a varity of products on display including the Tesla, Evic, Zmax variable wattage, Tec Mod Mechanicals and very realistic looking E-Cigars.
"Vapebash was a very successful event for us. We were very busy!"
RIGHT: "VapeBash was an amazing experience for the Mister-E-Team. We all had a wonderful time and meeting all the wonderful vapers at Bash was out of this world. There were so many people! We released a new juice called Blue Voodoo which became very popular as we sold out, in a matter of hours the first day. Apparently the Vapebash released Blue Voodoo, was so popular that a customer came up to us on day 2 and discretely showed us his 36ml bottle, (which was already half gone) mentioning he was worried about getting jumped if someone saw the bottle of delicious blue juice! " - Dan Lawitzke, Mister-E-Liquid Founder
LEFT: Ty, Katie, Adam & Mike from RoarVapor
RoarVapor specializes in items for the beginner vaper. Quitters is the brick and mortar business of RoarVapor, which specializes in online sales.
RIGHT: Delaware Vapor has been in business since October 2011 and sells liquids and vape accessories, batteries, cartos, clearos, tanks, atties, drip tips, and APVs.
"I thought Vape Bash was an excellent event. Probably the best one I have been to yet. Great turnout of people." - Andrew Wolford
Honest Vapor co-owner, Violet Nole talks about Vapebash and gives us a little background in her company.
"I thought VapeBash was incredible, I did attend last year and this event was definitely 3 times the size! I have 2 partners in Honest Vapor, my boyfriend Luciano Manente ,who is also the sole owner of the largest Vaping social network- VapeTV.com, and his sister, Rosanna Manente. We are an online store and hope to have a brick and mortar store before our 2nd Anniversary of HonestVapor. What separates us from other vendors, aside from the fact that our juice is made in a sterile lab (which is SLOWLY becoming more common) is the fact that our bottling and packaging not only meet but EXCEED the standards of what is expected from an ejuice company. As well as the fact that our liquid is made with much attention to detail and only the top quality ingredients are used to create each and every one of my flavors."
"VapeBash was Amazing! Great People and tons of them Over 1600 in Attendance! I met lots of great friends and met many of our existing customers." - Jason Cornfeld, President of ElectronicStix Corp.
"Vapebash 2 was a great experience for me in general. This was my first actual Vape Meet that I attended. All of the fellow Vapers I meet were very nice and really seemed to be enjoying themselves at the meet. I am a blogger/reviewer of sorts and also host a weekly spot on VapeTv.com (9pm PST Fridays) and I had many people come up and say high and also thank me for my YouTube videos (youtube.com/crashvapes). I got to meet Mike from houseofhybrids.com (Zen) and that made me very happy. I am a hybrid Genesis style vaper and without him we may not be vaping the way we do because he really was one of if not the first guy to make a Genesis style device publicly available." - James “Crash” Vapes
"Vapebash 2013 was truly an event to set the bar for next year! Being in the business for over 4 years this years Vapebash was the biggest. As a business owner and has attended previous vaping events, this hands done was not only the best, but done 100% perfectly. The WCVC crew organized and ran the event without a hitch! The only thing I regret is that we have to wait another year for vapebash 2014! Vapebash and other vaping events help my business by getting us not only to promote in states and locations we may not be known, but to also get to meet our online customers face to face. Which honestly meeting your customers is one of the highlights of this business." - Chris Ray, founder/owner of Cigtechs
"We were blown away from the turn out this year, HUGE jump from the 600 they had last year. Events like Bash allow us to talk to customers who we normally only interact on line with. We like the pre event gatherings because as a vendor its our chance to hang out with everyone and not be behind our table." - NatureVaper
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Cosmic Fog, Liquid State and Traditional Juice have been added as exhibitors at Vape Expo Poland, to be held March 4-6 in Warsaw.
Founded in sunny Orange County Calif., Cosmic Fog Vapors was created with a mission: To craft only the most unique, thoroughly tested, highest quality e-liquids the vaping world has ever seen.
Liquid State Vapors is committed to high quality e-liquid and responsible packaging, branding and marketing. They are a max VG line, using only the highest quality ingredients, flavorings and nicotine. They draw their inspirations from U.S. states and the special flavors of each state that make them unique and memorable.
Traditional Juice was founded in June of 2014 in Orange County, Calif. by Conor and Bob Denmark. Working for months on flavors alone, they took the time to make each flavor true to its description. They launched with three unique and delicious flavors, Lola, Indian Giver and Black and Blue.
Do you want to be an exhibitor? Fill out the application here.
To get acquainted with the participants and to try their unique liquids, register here.
A new tax hike on wholesale e-cig purchases has happened in Alaska’s Matanuska-Susitna Borough, according to News.Heartland.org. The new excise tax will be 55 percent to the price of the wholesale purchase.
While revenue is said to be going to the borough government’s general fund, Michael LaFaive, director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, told the news site that the tax hike will backfire.
“We know that governments in the United States and around the world have raised excise taxes to such degree that one of the major unintended consequences is rampant smuggling that undermines the health goals that have been cited as the reason to impose those taxes in the first place,”LaFaive told the news site. “With flammable tobacco, the tax rates have gotten so high that it’s been estimated recently by scholars that it would take a 100 percent increase in current excise taxes to get just a 5 percent improvement in the quit rate.” He also said the direction is an “illegal market.”
By Susan Oser
Photos by Michelle Valentino Name: Craig Scoppa Screen Name: Scope666 Company: Scope Juice Channel: VULive Shows: Co-Host on Squirreling Out and Mod Envy
Craig Scoppa, known as Scope666, is not just the owner of Scope Juice, which features popular flavors such as Apricot Dreams and Popping Cherry. He’s also an online host for the VULive (Vaping Underground Live) network on http://vapers.tv, a father, a husband, a systems engineer and a drummer.
SUSAN: How did your juice line get started? CRAIG: Two people actually pushed me into it. There was a guy named Wayne, who goes by the screen name of Vape- Medic, and also Robyn from the Vaping Militia. I met both of them at a meet here in Jersey about a year and a half ago. It was there that I also met people like Vapor Joe (Joe Petner), Smokie, TowerofVape (Rich Gavina) and a few others. At the time, I was still DIYing, and I let Wayne and Joe try my cola juice. They both liked it a lot. However, the one who pushed me really hard was Robyn. After she tried my juice, she told me that it would be a sin for others not to try it.
SUSAN: What has been the best thing about creating Scope Juice? CRAIG: I love the positive feedback and the direct connection with people that I interact with on my shows (Mod Envy and Squirreling
Out). It is also from that interaction that I get feedback on the flavors, ideas for new flavors, enhancements, etc.
SUSAN: How did you get involved with hosting? CRAIG: I first got into this vaping thing as a viewer and hung out in Nova where I would watch a lot of shows. I would watch Mod Envy all the time. Around the time I was getting into DIY, Mandycat of Timeless Vapor was doing a DIY show on the NOVA network where she asked chatters to come on as guests. After I was a guest on her show, it led to the idea of hosting.
SUSAN: How did you get hooked up to do Squirreling Out? CRAIG: Originally, it was a show that I did myself. As I said before, after being a host on Mandycat’s show (on NOVA) and having other people push me to do it, I just decided to take the plunge. William from Maddcatt Vapors (who is my cohost now) was one of my first guests. Five or six months later, I saw ImahFokker in a hangout, sent him an IM and then started talking to him. Then it just kind of evolved and we had William as a guest again. Originally, the show was called Scope it Out when I moved to VULive [on vapers.tv]. During one of the shows, Vapor Joe said, “You guys are always squirreling out.” So the name fit, because while doing a giveaway, we would start talking about something related to it and then just lose track of time and forget about the giveaway until someone reminds us we have to do one.
SUSAN: What about Mod Envy? CRAIG: This was a weird one but also a surprise because I was just a viewer for a year and a half. When I first started vaping, I would watch the show on my laptop while my wife watched on her laptop. The first prize that I won on the show was a subscription to VAPE Magazine. Then one day, while the show was having tech issues, they contacted me and asked if I could help broadcast the show. This happened a few times and I was a guest quite a lot. At the time, I didn’t know Joe [Vapor Joe] well until we did a couple fill-in shows together and discovered that we had a lot in common. Thus, adding me to the show made sense because I had a good rapport with the gang. This also has given Nitro- Bex a chance to be more of a host as he’s not tied up with technical issues behind the scenes. It still hasn’t sunk in yet … Sometimes on a Saturday I catch myself thinking, “I can’t wait to watch Mod Envy tonight. Oh, wait …”
SUSAN: What has it been like hooking up with VULive or going to various meets to get exposure to your product? CRAIG: I love interacting with others that are like me—into vaping on a level that is higher than most. It’s fun to discuss the latest gear, newest juices, etc. with likeminded people.
SUSAN: How did vaping change your life? CRAIG: I feel like I am one of those that is lucky to have discovered vaping. It’s made my kids [7, 10 and 14] happy. Granted, my wife and I always went outside to smoke, but my kids would look outside the window at us while we did it. It certainly wasn’t setting a good example. As for health benefits, I love that I can take a FULL deep breath in the morning without my lungs hurting, and having your taste buds come back to full strength is an added plus.
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I got my wife into vaping around the same time I started. She had bought a cigalike and felt like it was pretty weak, but it planted a seed. Then, when I was on a business trip for work, I saw someone with a device and saw this rather large cloud of vapor it produced. I didn’t know that something like this existed at the time, and everything about his device fascinated me. He let me try it, and suddenly it occurred to me, “E cigs don’t suck, just the cigalike that we tried to quit with did.” That’s when I decided to order from Halo. The day the Halo package arrived was the last day I ever smoked. The wife had tried a drag or two after she started vaping, but was disgusted by the taste and definitely preferred vaping more.
That’s when I really got into it and read everything there was about vaping, including hanging out in shows. I’d watch videos from GrimmGreen and Phil Busardo, learned how to build coils, rebuild tanks and then got into DIY. Smoking is directly responsible for the deaths of my mother and both grandmothers. The one thing that really kicks me and that I will never forget was when I went to visit my mom toward the end and showed her a device that I was using. I let her try it and she loved it. She said that she could’ve done this instead of the smoking. Had devices like this existed sooner, I think it would have saved her. That’s what drives my passion for this community.
SUSAN: What has been the biggest surprise you’ve seen with the vaping community? CRAIG: How incredibly giving some vapers can be. I’m amazed at how generous vapers can be, especially with donating personal mods and auctioning those things off for those in need. On the other side of that, the biggest disappointment and something that really pisses me off is how some people try to scam their way into getting free product, saying things such as, “I can’t afford to buy juice.” If you were a smoker, I’m sure you always found a way to buy a pack of smokes. There’s no excuse for that.
SUSAN: How do you feel about vaping activism? CRAIG: It’s unfortunate that there are people out there that constantly threaten our right to vape. We are very lucky to have people like Greg Conley and groups like the Vaping Militia. Where I am in New Jersey (the first one to ban vaping in the entire country on Nov. 13, 2009) is the capital of Big Pharma, and they would rather have us buy the patch, Chantix etc. and not lose that revenue.
SUSAN: So how have you managed to survive as a vaper? CRAIG: I’m very good at stealth vaping.
SUSAN: Why should people care about the vaping community? CRAIG: It might help others quit. A lot of people don’t know what it is. The average person thinks an e -cig is something like a VUSE (cigalike). They have no idea that devices exist today that can deliver far more satisfaction. That’s why I try to educate people and try to vape where the smokers are in public places. I have even let smokers try my mod and answer questions, like the guy who first introduced me to “real” vaping. Just take the time to explain how it works and that there’s more to vaping than using a VUSE.
SUSAN: What do you see with the future of vaping? CRAIG: Devices are going to get way better; those with temperature control will be able to use any kind of wire. I also envision a point where vapor can be produced without using a conventional wick and coil. It’s a big enough industry for companies to push the envelope. If I look at how far devices have come in the last two years, it blows my mind.
To catch Craig Scoppa on Mod Envy (Saturday nights from
10 p.m. midnight) and Squirreling Out (Tuesday nights from 10 p.m. midnight), visit http://vapers.tv/vulive or http://vapingundergroundlive.com. If you would like to check out his company Scope Juice, visit http://www.scopejuice.com.
World Vapor Expo in May served as the launch of Shop Global Vapor (SGV), which extends B2B off the trade show floor and into the cloud. SGV is a free service open to vapor industry professionals, shop owners and exhibitors, allowing users to purchase products directly. More than 120 worldwide brands are available, along with a social media marketplace where users can get to know vendors and speak directly to owners and product operators.
VAPE: Why did you decide to start SGV, and how did that idea become a reality? Evans: I am the co-founder of the World Vapor Expo. I love being a trade show operator. With experience developing both online and offline marketing strategies, we set off to build a wholesale vapor business-to-business network online for our exhibitors and B2B attendees. We spent more than a year of research, and along the way took my relationship with Balluun to the next level. We announced a multi-year partnership at Expo! Expo!, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) annual meeting and exhibition in Los Angeles. Together, we launched SGV.
VAPE: Can you take us through some of the exciting features of the site and what users can expect? Evans: Vapor space retail shops, e-commerce and affiliate webmasters looking to purchase wholesale vapor products gain free access to network, connect and purchase wholesale from more than 100 brands with thousands of in-demand products SGV exhibitors utilize the platform to network, meet and conduct wholesale B2B trade. SGV has the largest selection of wholesale vapor products direct from the best selling brands in the vapor business. Additionally, as an SGV attendee member, you have the ability to submit a purchase order for wholesale vapor products directly from manufacturers and distributors representing high-demand brands from around the globe. SGV members have access to private vapor industry social media and our B2B vapor marketplace on the secure cloud hosted Balluun365 online trade show platform. There are no membership or transaction fees.
VAPE: Are there any other requirements/qualifications to be a vendor? Evans: New members must provide a business license, legal business name, DBA, business entity, business address, FEIN, Tax ID or corporate number to gain access. Call 1-844-VAPEB2B if you require assistance with membership verification. Membership is restricted to businesses only.
VAPE:How many shops are on the site currently? Evans: Since SGV’s launch, our attendee/wholesale buyer member base spread to more than 300 verified wholesale buyers. With more than 100 brands to buy direct from, SGV is a turnkey, all-in-one solution for both buyers and sellers of wholesale vapor products.
VAPE: What’s your goal(s) for SGV by the end of the year? Evans: Future developments include more time saving, B2B commerce infused technology and the full release of SGV’s wholesale point of sale app, dubbed “orders pro.” The app is live on iPad pilot with a select group of SGV exhibitors. Full release is expected to be available cross platform. Join the revolution, join the community.
For more information, visit http://shopglobalvapor.com/.