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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Vapexpo Announcement: Get Your Badges Online For Free
August 28, 2015
There’s less than a month before the Vapexpo third edition grand opening in Paris.
After the success of its second edition, (6,431 visitors from 57 countries), organizers invite you to join them at the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris on Sept. 20 (general public day) and on Sept. 21 and 22 (professional days). More than 200 exhibitors from 25 countries will be distributed over an area of more than 8000m². See exhibitors list, which is updated daily.
Afinia Label to Exhibit at This Weekend’s Vape Blast
August 27, 2015
Are you attending Vape Blast 2015? Stop by Vivid Data’s booth No. 163 at Vape Blast from August 28-30 in San Antonio to see the Afinia Label L801 Color Label Printer in action.
The L801, powered by Memjet technology, features industry-leading cost of ownership and high-impact, full-color output at up to 60 feet per minute.
Celebrities who vape are becoming more prominent in the public eye, as evidenced by this story on The Upcoming.
From Kate Moss to Lindsay Lohan, and whether they were once smokers or not, a number of celebrities have picked up vaping. In addition, many celebs are starting e-liquid lines, including VAPE Magazine interviees Saliva and Kyjuan and Murphy Lee.
Second China Vapor Expo, CECMOL, to be Held in October
August 25, 2015
PRNewswire.com reports that CECMOL is back, this time expected to be even bigger and better than the first. The first China International Vapor Expo attracted more than 300 exhibitors and 100,000 buyers and visitors.
China is the top tobacco consuming country in the world, and the birthplace of the e-cigarette. The second CECMOL will be held Oct. 20-23 at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center.
CECMOL, according to PRNewswire, will bring the top brands and leaders of the global vapor industry together to further develop the market. Many products will be making their international debuts on the 100,000 square-meter floor space. Attendees can look forward to a New Product Release Conference, an Investment Promotion Conference and a Vape Cloud Competition.
Show promoters expect more than 200,000 attendees this year.
Another day, another ban. Snohomish County, Wash.’s Health District is threatening a ban that could put smaller vape shops out of business.
MyNorthwest.com reports that Heather Thomas, spokeswoman for the Snohomish Health District, said that “she’s not saying you can’t vape, rather, you can do so in private.”
Matt Bradley, a Washington small vape business owner and one of the stars of the Deadliest Catch, was profiled in VAPE Magazine this year, and he spoke out regarding the potential ban. He said that a ban like this could put his shop out of business.
ECC had no shortage of cool products, and C4Precision brought its laser engraving services to the show for all to enjoy.
Owner Charlie Colson hooked VAPE Magazine’s Mike Schramel up with this awesome engraving of VAPE’s logo.
For engraving services for your mod, visit http://www.c4precision.com/.
Elixa Health Associates Hosts Clinical Vaping Webinar
August 21, 2015
Ready to know the facts? This online webinar hosted by Elixa Health takes place 1 p.m. (PST) on Sept. 1. Featuring the most important clinical studies done on vapor products, according to a flyer handed out at ECC, this study is giving those who attended ECC a special webinar rate.
Topics include but are not limited to:
electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation
potential carcinogens in e-liquid products
second-hand vape exposure
usage and trends in high school and middle school students, as well as adults
For more information, visit elixahealth.com/clinicalstudies or email email@example.com.
Up-And-Coming Filmmaker Videos ECC Highlights
August 20, 2015
Aaron Murphree, and up-and-coming filmmaker, attended ECC last week, and he sent Agent VAPE a video he made of show highlights.
Entitled, “ECC 2015 Pomona – The Best One Yet!!,” the two-and-a-half minute film is housed on YouTube.
“I want nothing more in life than to make videos about the things I love,” Murphree said.
Breaking News: E-Cigarette Officially Dedicated in U.K.
August 19, 2015
FIVAPE, France’s Interprofessional Federation of Vape, just sent Agent VAPE this exciting press release:
The Fivape Interprofessional Federation of Vape welcomes the publication today the report on the electronic cigarette of Public Health England(PHE), dependent agency of the UK Department of Health (Department of Health). This publication marks a turning point in the perception of vape in the U.K. and around the world.
“95% less dangerous than smoking ‘
Commissioned by the British Government, the report says, down countless attempts at manipulation, the e-cigarette is 95% less harmful than tobacco. A return to the wholesome and health reality, while many smokers were misled by the idea that vape could be equally or more dangerous than tobacco products.
Absence gateway to smoking
The UK is a pioneer in the fight against smoking: the rate of smokers is 20% in Britain, 34% against and 78 000 deaths in France. This report highlights, evidence and scientific studies to support that the vape is the best way to drastically reduce the number of victims of tobacco. Yes allows the electronic cigarette to quit smoking, it should be encouraged and can not be compared to tobacco products, it is not a gateway to tobacco but the reverse.
In France, the ostrich policy: until when?
Recognizing “one of the greatest public health debates of recent years” and the need for further research, the Public Health England conducted its work according to a methodology faithful to its motto: “Protecting and Improving the nation’s health.” Or the inverse of the guidelines adopted in France to date, where the vape is still considered a threat, despite the accumulation of tobacco deaths. How much time and lives lost before the French government go to the obvious?
The Fivape, especially the report of Public Health England, challenge the government of Manuel Valls, the Ministry of Health and health authorities and all organizations and policies against smoking in our country. While anti-vape measures contained in the Law of Health are in the Senate agenda in September, the French parliamentarians must urgently enter the UK report.
Fivape, Interprofessional Federation of Vape, brings together independent professionals of the e-cigarette and e-liquid in France. Organized in four Secretariats: Manufacturers, Distributors Relations with users, Europe and International, Fivape acts in favor of business and expertise of vaping. The missions of the federation is to unite, represent, form, standardize and defend free vape. The federation and its members sign a declaration of independence from the tobacco multinationals.
Connecticut Congresswomen Propose 18 and Over Bill
Those 18 and over would have to prove their age when trying to buy e-cigarettes, according to a new proposed bill in Connecticut.
CTPost.com reports that Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Elizabeth Esty want minors to stop using e-cigs. The story says that The Stop Tobacco Sales to Youth Act of 2015 states that “current use of e-cigarettes among high schoolers tripled from 2013 to 2014. Approximately 2 million high school and 450,000 middle school students nationwide use the products.”
Under the bill, verification of age would be required upon order and delivery of products. It would prohibit shipment through mail.