I’m consistently surprised by the number of business owners I talk to, especially in this industry, who haven’t formed a business entity. A business entity is a legal entity, such as a corporation or a limited liability company (“LLC”), under which a business is operated. If you’re doing business on your own without a business entity, then you’re operating as a sole proprietorship, even if you use a trade name or “dba.” The differences here are substantial and well worth understanding.
Let’s say that you own and operate a vape shop. A customer comes in to pick up some new juice, and your giant chandelier falls on his head. Or maybe he slips, cartoon-style, on an inconveniently discarded banana peel. Or maybe he buys some hot-garbage- flavored juice and yaks so hard after the first hit that he ends up in the hospital with a torn oblique thinking that his appendix burst. Either way, something has happened, and you’re now facing a lawsuit. Business owners hate it, but the reality is that lawsuits are just a fact of life for anyone operating a business these days, and the vapor products industry is, despite the fact that it’s full of some of the world’s most laidback people, sadly no exception.
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Now, let’s make things a little bit worse. The plaintiff wins the lawsuit, and the shop owner is looking at a substantial judgment. If the shop owner was operating as a sole proprietorship, then the plaintiff could satisfy that judgment against the shop owner himself. That means that the owner’s savings account, house, car, wages, and so forth are all theoretically at risk. If, however, there was a validly formed, properly run corporation or LLC in place, then only the assets owned by that business entity would be available to satisfy the plaintiff’s judgment. This is the single greatest advantage to forming a business entity, and it’s called “limited liability.”
Many people I talk to understand the concept of limited liability, but what they don’t always understand is that it’s not automatic. It’s not enough to just form a corporation or LLC and call it a day. You actually need to run it properly and adhere to various formalities if you want it to work for you. If you don’t, someone who sues you can “pierce the corporate veil” and go after your assets personally, meaning that you aren’t getting the single greatest benefit – limited liability – out of your business entity.
Piercing the veil, in addition to being a pretty decent name for a metal band, is a concept whereby courts disregard the corporate entity and impose liability directly on the business owner. Exactly when and where the corporate veil gets pierced depends on the state, the judge, and the facts of each case, but there are some general guidelines to keep in mind.
In general, courts are more likely to pierce the corporate veil and hold you personally liable if the corporation feels like a sham entity set up purely to shield you from liability.
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In making this evaluation, courts look to a variety of different factors. One of the biggest factors is whether you the business owner actually treat your corporation like it’s a real, separate business. Do you have separate bank accounts for the corporation? Do you keep separate records and only pay the businesses’ bills from the corporate checking account? Or do you co-mingle your personal money in the same account as the corporation uses, paying your personal mortgage from the corporate account? It’s crucial to maintain the corporation at all times like it is truly what’s running the business, not like something that you just set up in case you get sued.
Another factor that courts look at when deciding whether to pierce the corporate veil is whether corporate formalities were followed. Did you have the right number of meetings every year?
Were minutes taken? Do you have by-laws, articles, officers, and a board of directors? Are you making the required annual payments to your state’s Secretary of State?
Have taxes been filed for the corporation? Formalities like this can seem minor, and may even feel silly in a corporation with only a few officers or shareholders, but they can be a lifesaver if you ever get sued.
At the end of the day, the point is that businesses entities can be extremely useful, but it isn’t enough to just form one using downloaded legal forms and walk away hoping for the best. It’s crucial to talk to an attorney who can advise you not only how to form the entity, but also how to operate it so that you actually get the benefit of that entity. Otherwise, you’re just crossing your fingers and hoping for a banana-peel-free floor.
In the last two articles we’ve covered the Fused Clapton in two variations. This article we’ll be covering yet another variation but a variation that, much like the tri-core alien, brings what seems to be a depth to the flavor production that the “standard” Fused Clapton just doesn’t offer and is somewhat of a markable difference.
As I stated previously, the Fused Clapton is in fact a much more flavorful vaping coil than your standard macro coil. After all,, the wetter the coil the cooler the coil will be which allows a much more flavorful experience. However, when that vapor production is happening with a “standard” Fused Clapton the two cores are making direct contact with one another. Hence the term, “fused.” The contact that is made with some other variations of builds can allow for a bit of clogging of vapor exhaustion which will heat up that vapor. So, staggering the Clapton is the solution to what some may view as an issue.
The issue being that when e-juice reaches a high temperature it can become unsafe so we as builders, well some of us, seek out ways to keep those builds cool while keeping a consistent and even wicking ability to the coil itself.
Staggering or spacing higher gauge wire over a lower gauge core wire then fusing that wire together will create a space where the fused portion is the is what is touching and leaves a bit of breathing room in-between. This boule type will still achieve the desired capability that the “standard” fused Clapton offers as far as trapping juice and wicking well but those spaces that are created seem to add that depth of flavor by allowing a bit more juice to be trapped in-turn allowing the coil to stay cooler during its ramp up until finally VAPORS!
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This type of build during its conception was some what of a wasteful build type. While this coil type was innovated by @squidoode on Instagram I personally learned how to build this type of coil by watching the Staggered Clapton build video tutorial on TwistedMesses YouTube channel where Kent shows how to parallel wrap the wire and then remove one of them to create the spacing. Again, this method is how I make these coils to this day. However, @r4yb4d_tvl introduced a loop method for creating that same consistent spacing that most builders use and is much more efficient in the usage of wire. To see this method in use check The Art of Vaping and Effect Coil Art on YouTube where @squidoode and @d4vidsm17h show how this loop method can be applied.
The staggered fused Clapton because of not only its functionality but sexiness brought on an onslaught of variations with staggering such as, the staggered framed staple, the staple staggerton, half stagger, staggered framed multicore, multicore stagger where up to 13 cores of 30 gauge have been used, staggered aliens etc, etc…
My suggestion, if you’re a new builder, be sure to know your batteries limits and the limits of your device.
Don’t be silly and go messing up that pretty face that your mother worked so hard on creating by experimenting with low ohm builds in an unsafe manor.
Also, take a few minutes and check out those tutorial videos. They are well worth your time and those gentlemen know what they are talking about when it comes to successfully pulling off these builds and are doing you a great service by telling you what you’ll need know in order to do so.
Please advocate for your right to continue vaping with the latest products on the market! Write letters, send emails, do all you can to keep this industry alive. Thank you.
I recently just got news about the death of my cousin’s father- in-law who died of complications related to COPD. My aunt has a niece on her maternal side of the family who recently got diagnosed with Stage-4 Lung Cancer. A neighbor that lives below her is just starting her lung cancer fight.
These are people, who if educated by the community, probably could have been saved and lived longer if they knew all the good things about e-cigarettes. Perhaps they probably heard, but got the wrong information. Maybe their doctors told them not to start vaping and that it was harmful. Maybe they didn’t get any information at all. Whatever the case, I almost feel like we’ve failed these people and countless others who are, have been, or will have a smoking-related disease, diagnosis, death.
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These are the stories that should mean more to us than any vape drama, polarization between factions, being vape famous, self-proclaiming yourself as the vape savior, etc. These are the stories that to me are at the heart of what it means to be an advocate for vaping and why we are in this business. This is why I personally don’t want vaping to die.
Even my boyfriend who has been vaping for almost 2 years and my cousin who just started a few months ago share my personal stories and connections. I feel like from what I’ve done, I’ve made a difference in the world and a difference in someone’s life. We don’t have enough of these stories being told publicly.
But why should you take my word for it? I don’t own a juice company. I’m not a mod maker. I’m just an ordinary vaper with a vape show writing about vaping things. Granted, I have tried creating vaping accessories with which others have been successful, and I’ve failed. I’ve even tried selling vaping things for charity, with all the advertisement in the world, and no one has bought a thing.
Even vaping gear I’ve made ESPECIALLY for charity events have only brought low bids. And yet, because I’m not this “big name” in the community, the whole of the community feels like they should not give a damn about what I do and what I say because I’m not part of the “vaping establishment”.
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Because I am that outsider. Your customer at your shop is an outsider. The average viewer of my vape show is an outsider. It’s why the greater public doesn’t know as much about vaping as they should, and we’ve failed at connecting with them.
shiny things. Most of us are too much above it or in the thick of it working for companies and having connections with the “right” people to go far in this industry. However, with the bans and rules coming into place, do those messages still mean anything to you anymore?
Now, let me be clear, I’m not whining saying I want to be famous or popular. I’ve been there done that. In fact, it’s a kind of strange dichotomy. Because even though people notice you, they notice you mostly for the wrong reasons and want to take advantage of your good graces and sometimes screw you over with a smile on their face. Sometimes it happens without you knowing it until it’s recorded on hidden camera, discussed on online vape shows and videos, and plastered all over the vaping section of the Internet.
What I am saying is that there are more voices out there than the “vape famous” who are saying what the big guys are saying and always have. People like me, the average vaper and the average observer tend to see things others don’t. It’s why my column has its name. Because I am that outsider. Your customer at your shop is an outsider. The average viewer of my vape show is an outsider. It’s why the greater public doesn’t know as much about vaping as they should, and we’ve failed at connecting with them.
Yet, if there’s someone like a VaperJoe’s, a GrimmGreen, Phil Busardo, and other big names and companies saying the SAME THING, they’re believed more than someone like me who’s been saying it for so long until I’ve been blue in the face. Sadly, we’ve become a celebrity culture in which unless you’re that next Internet sensation, no one is going to believe and listen to what you have to say.
Voices like mine are being drowned out by the vaping popularity contest, drama and bullshit that’s embedded itself within the industry due to lack of foresight and plain ‘ol human nature at its worst. This includes the cliques that I encounter, the big events that are more about show and money than people, the giveaway shows where you’re popular just because everything is free, and on it goes. It’s frankly why a lot of people within the industry, especially the veteran vapers and the advocates are bitter at this moment. The focus was lost and we got attracted to the celebrity shiny really quick.
Now, just imagine if I did have a juice line. Imagine if I made and sold millions of dollars worth of a product or idea that the vaping community could use and still continued to write. Imagine if I was connected to the biggest people in the industry and was on their shows all the time (which would not be a bad thing in and of itself). Would you still feel I had that hidden agenda? Would you still feel that I sold out to the community? Would you think I was getting too big for myself?
I hate to tell you, but just like anything else, fame is fleeting. Eventually, those numbers will go down and your popularity will become just another YouTuber story of the past. Your part in all of this will be ignored just as much as mine, but only because you’re no longer the flavor of the month. Voices like mine might just last a bit longer because I refused to fall into the trap and stuck to my own rules, not the rules that are dictated to me or rules that I “should” follow if I want to “make it.”
Having said that, don’t you think that now with everything that has happened in terms of the FDA regulations, a voice with no juice line or mod equipment label on back is NOW worth listening to just a bit more? I surely think so.
Who are you listening to now that so many things have and will change in the vaping industry? Are you willing to give the “little-guy-in-vaping” a chance?
Contact Susan at email@example.com. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and at her personal website http://www.angelwritercreations.com. If you like this rant and want to hear more, Susan hosts VapeTVLive on Thursday nights at 11pm – midnight EST.
It’s 2016 and the vapor industry is synonymous with tobacco.
But not entirely.
Since the FDA officially deemed vapor to be tobacco, there has been a lot of talk about how vapor is not tobacco. While for the most part I agree, the fact of the matter is that in most instances nicotine is derived from tobacco.
I’m not here to split hairs about that today. This month we’re discussing the benefits to being part of the tobacco industry.
First and most importantly, we have not been deemed a pharmaceutical product — like nicotine replacement therapies. For anyone upset about not being able to discuss the potential benefits of switching to vapor, it’s a double-edged sword.
If you think being deemed tobacco will end this industry, being deemed a pharmaceutical product would decimate it entirely. Immediately.
Pharmaceutical products go through years of testing that costs millions — many millions — to complete.
For some added perspective, nearly every single pharmaceutical company brings in more annual revenue than the entire $4 billion vapor industry.
Tobacco = bad.
Pharmaceutical = worse.
Another benefit to the tobacco industry is that our insurance risk will change. While the cost to ensure a store or manufacturer is unlikely to decrease, there is a distinct possibility that more companies will begin writing policies.
Because vapor products never officially fit into a category, most insurance companies struggled to be able to assign risk. Having that category should create more competition in the market. Whether that results in better pricing will remain to be seen, but competition has been in need for some time.
For that same reason, I think we will see banks become more willing to loan money to small to medium sized stores and manufacturers. Currently, getting a loan in the vapor industry is quite difficult unless your annual revenue is well into seven-plus figures.
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Another angle has to do with label restrictions. The tobacco industry has dealt with packaging restrictions for years. It put an end to Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man.
And it will put an end to cartoon characters on e-liquid bottles — the people who at least to an extent created this mess. Our industry did a poor job of policing such brands ourselves, and now here we are.
Last but not least, did I mention that vapor has not been classified as a pharmaceutical product?
That’s huge. HUGE.
Moving forward, let’s all take a deep breath and take a realistic look at the future. There will be dramatic changes to the landscape, but as time passes we will get a more clear picture of what is to come.
Corey Noles is the managing editor of VAPE Magazine. He has worked as a journalist for more than a decade and is the founder, owner of Inked Up E-Liquid Co., Busted Knuckle Vapor Fluids and T [E-Liquid].
How are the deeming regulations going to affect your videos and business?
Ralph Bennett – Flagstaff, Arizona
Hey Ralph, Absolutely the regulations are going to affect us. They are going to affect everyone. At Namberjuice, we are completely committed to the registration process, and fully intend to have all our products registered before the December deadlines. On top of that, we’ve been working with all our suppliers and plan to also meet the secondary deadlines for full ingredients registrations for all our products. The future is not entirely clear for the industry, but we’re committed to meeting every registration deadline along the way.
As far as YouTube goes, weekly reviews of new products will be a thing of the past. The fact of the matter is that since August 8 has passed, there will simply be no more new products to review. At least in the US market. Youtubers will have to adapt to this if they want to continue going. I have lots of vape and non vape related content planned for the future that I think people will be excited about, as well as loads of advocacy related content as well.
As a vaper, the stress of all this FDA mess is really getting to me. Am I personally going to see any difference or does this only really affect business owners? Thanks for your work as an advocate!
Jeff Stalin – Bangor, Maine
Hey Jeff. Over the next 24 months what you will see happen is lots of vendors, shops and manufacturers closing down. The PMTA process for the FDA regulations is incredibly expensive (think millions of dollars) and even the large scale vape companies won’t be able to afford it. After August 8th of this year, there is a federally mandated “freeze” on the industry, meaning to no products can be released. No innovation, no new atomizers or mods. No DNA300 boards and no new liquid lines. What we have now, is what we will potentially have forever — unless we can change the law.
So to make a long answer short, yes, you will see a huge difference. Less options, less stock, less reviews, higher prices and no new products whatsoever.
How did you grow your name within the community? What does a typical day look like for Grimm Green?
Eduardo Torres – San Diego, California
Hey Eduardo. Great question actually. I never set out to grow my name, or create a brand. All i’ve ever wanted to do is maybe help some people have a good vaping experience. Of course, now it has become a full time job. A typical day is hard to explain — a typical week might be better. Monday is full on correspondence day, lots of e-mails/comments/social media. Tuesday is a lot of the same in addition to VLOG prep. Gathering lots of links, getting my beer lined up, and making sure all my first impressions are ready to go. Tuesday night is when I shoot the VLOG which takes anywhere from 3-4 hours. Wednesday is VLOG editing day, I’ve gotten pretty fast at it, but it still takes 4-5 hours of editing, in addition to the rendering and uploading time.
Thursday is VLOG day, so lots of comments and e-mails. Thursday we also record the Culture Of Clouds podcast, which is a 3-4 hour process from beginning to end. Friday is when I do the live streaming advocacy show with Kevin Skipper at 9 a.m.. I also spend Friday shooting my weekly review videos for the following week, which from beginning to end including the editing process takes probably 12+ hours. I try to take at least one weekend day off. But those days are usually filled with e-mail and other correspondence. I start work every day at 8 a.m. and don’t stop usually until after midnight. If I’m awake, I’m working. I try to fit in correspondence time as often as I can.
Also day-to-day Namberjuice operations and decisions/meetings are sprinkled in there as well throughout my days. Needless to say, I keep myself pretty busy these days.
If you haven’t seen the schedule yet for Oklahoma Vape Jam 2016, you’re about to wish you were going.
Stepping away from the traditional feel for a convention, this one is largely aimed at promoting advocacy. Don’t expect to see cloud comps and juice being thrown from every booth at the event or you will be sorely disappointed.
The night before the event begins, the film “A Billion Lives” will make it’s Oklahoma City premiere at the Harkins Bricktown Cinema at 7 p.m. There will be repeat screenings all weekend at the event, as well.
Hands-on collaborative sessions will take place each day designed to encourage collaboration solutions to problems facing small businesses in the vapor industry.
Cynthia Cabrera, president of the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) will present the keynote address over breakfast on Friday morning.
More than fifteen break-out sessions on topics including advocacy, public policy, product research and business development.
An advocacy panel banquet is also planned that will feature the leaders of all the major advocacy organization leaders.
VAPE Magazine will be a presenting sponsor at the event, so be sure to stop by and see us while you’re there.
In short, TSA has installed new detectors that pick up vapor very accurately, but still fail to screen for basic weapons effectively.
Why else would I know this unless I’d tried it? I guess I have some ‘splaining to do…
I took two trips back-to-back recently.
The first was to respect my best friends wishes. I accompanied his family to Manhattan for a day to scatter his ashes off of Chelsea Pier (there are many reasons no one should swim in the Hudson).
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The second was a mid-winter get away that my boyfriend and I had been planning for months. We were going to Jamaica to get way off the grid for a week.
We decided to shorten the second trip after my friend’s sudden heart attack, but not to cancel it. I figured I could cry on a beach just as easily as I could cry on my couch…
I fly prepared and I always travel in joggers, slip ons and with my backpack as a carry on. I do this so I can move through security more quickly.
I was uncharacteristically late getting to the airport in Chicago and cleared security on time only because of the nature of my flight.
Midair I got up to use the bathroom (diabetes incipidus, look it up before you make fun of me) and brought my Hexohm along with me. It’s nearly always in my front pocket when I’m not using it and this trip was no exception.
While stabilizing to avoid any and all contact with the seat, aka hovering, I made a grave error. For just a moment my mod became wedged between my leg and the cramped wall.
I heard the distinctive crackling of my atomizer and I instantly grabbed it out of my pocket (with the clean hand!) and blew into the chamber. I generally do this to avoid nasty burnt taste, and didn’t think much of it in the moment.
I have vaped in airplane bathrooms (and other places) I wasn’t allowed before without getting caught so long as I was careful. When the alarm went off I knew no one would believe that this time I really wasn’t. (I guess I deserve that).
I washed my hands (both, just in case) as quickly as possible and opened the sliding door. I was greeted with a worried flight attendant who rushed in to investigate.
I am sure I looked confused and alarmed, because I was. Never before had a single puff carried the power to set off any alarms. Things had changed.
I looked like a deer in the headlights as I scuttled back to my seat. (Dear-crab?).
They weren’t able to find the cause of the alarm because it had only been a tiny amount of vapor released. The bathroom was unscathed aside from a pleasant strawberry scent, but that didn’t stop them from pulling me aside at the gate.
Co-Pilot: “Excuse me, can you step over here for a moment”
Me: Steps aside.
Co-Pilot: “You do know that vaping on an aircraft is against federal regulations?”
Me: Vacant nod (it was a rough week).
Co-Pilot: “Do you know that anyone caught is subject to arrest and fines?”
Me: More vacant nodding.
Deciding I’d been warned thoroughly enough, the Co-Pilot released me into the city to take care of the business at hand.
It wasn’t until my return trip that I discovered just how many feathers one puff could ruffle.
While waiting to board for our return flight I noticed a name being called over the intercom. It was similar enough to mine that I thought I should investigate.
Jenette Flower was in trouble…
After deciding I was the correct “Jenette Flower” (or however they butchered my entire name for the millionth time) I was escorted into a private room.
It was just me and one overweight man in a suit who seemed pretty upset. He had some files sitting on his desk for effect.
Overweight-Man: “Did you know that using electronic cigarettes on an aircraft is breaking federal law?”
Me: “Yes, that’s why I’ve disassembled it in my carry-on.”
I then opened my backpack to reveal batteries, mod, and atomizer in three distinct pieces.
Overweight-Man: “There could have and should have been a Federal Air Marshal waiting for you when you landed in NYC. If we could have proved you were using that device in the bathroom you would be facing serious fines and probably be on a no-fly list for some time to come.”
Me: “Right. It’s very serious. I didn’t want any confusion.”
I motioned to my bag again, where the disassembled pieces were. Some of the wind was clearly out of his sails, and he let me go.
After I got home I started unpacking and repacking for Jamaica. I found something that two rounds with the TSA and a little extra scrutiny in the back room didn’t:
I had flown from Chicago to Manhattan and back with police grade mace in my carry on.
The next day I was set to leave and fortunately, the TSA took no perceivable interest in my trip to Jamaica.
Our accommodations were so remote they could literally be accessed by a goat trail but, we still found ourselves in the company of vapers.
It could have been the salt water or the irie vibes, but I came back with a little better perspective and a lot more chill.
I understand more clearly than ever that the TSA is an organization that acts as a front to pacify the American audience. They are not there to prevent acts of terror- to date they have yet to stop a single act of terror or capture any terrorists. They simply help ignorant people feel safer, despite doing nothing to add to any actual safety.
In fact, with all the added “security” many Americans have faced profiling and harassment when simply trying to travel. Especially considering that they use a made up point system, according to businesinsider.com, called SPOT to pull passengers out of line for doing things like “yawing too much” or “blankly staring”. Things very uncommon to travelers…
According to CNN “Transportation Security Administration missed a whopping 95 percent of guns and bombs in recent airport security “red team” tests.” Seven billion US taxpayer dollars have gone to this program so far, and for what?
Maybe forcing higher taxes on products like e-liquid will help pay for the next $7 billion they need to flush down those little airplane toilets.
To the average Joe or Jane-vaper-on-the-street, a mere vape meet or vape show (depending on how it is marketed and labelled) sounds like the same thing to their ears and eyes. The venues range in size from the small, local vape shop to a huge arena. So, what are the differences between the two and are they worth the money you pay for at the door?
On a small scale, the local vape shop meet is just that. There’s no entrance fee, you might get some free food out of the deal, and there are usually some contests or prizes for some free stuff. It mostly caters to the regulars and other local clientele who happen to hear about it on Facebook or through their friends.
The attendance is usually 20-50 people. For the most part, it’s pretty easy to know people, but if there are cliques, they can usually be visible. Otherwise, it’s a great way to get your feet wet and meet other vapers while getting the feel for an actual meet.
If you are interested in going to something bigger like a VapeBash, VapeCon, or VapeXpo, you will have to stay at a hotel. In the past, the entrance fee was free at these events. However, with the new FDA deeming regulations, even the free entrance fee will be a thing of the past.
Along with the local or regional companies, there are companies from all over the United States (depending on when and where the event is held). Since it’s at the hotel, when it comes to the after parties, you can just go to your room and not have to worry about drinking and driving if you party too hard. At these events, mostly on the last day, you can get great bargains.
However, the main draw here is about meeting people and just hanging out. You don’t need to rush; you can just chill, vape, chat, and participate in whatever activities are available. Some have a costume contests, raffles, auctions, and workshops. They usually run at least 1-2 days. When possible, it’s best to stay at the hotel where the event is at because once the show is over, the actual socializing with the vendors and big players begins. To me, this is the best part of the event.
ECC events, VPX, and the like are what some would refer to as trade shows. Why? You pay a pretty decent amount to enter. For smaller scale events (those that try to merely “mimic” a trade show with their own agendas) it ranges from $5 – $10. While smaller shows can be successful, there have been some in the past that were viewed as just money grab opportunities by organizers who haven’t put the time, effort and money into putting on a top notch show.
At the bigger shows, you can get a VIP package that, if done right; you get some free juice, swag, and even a mod. If done wrong or the goods don’t get there on time, then you have a lot to answer for. The atmosphere of these events is not on the same level as a vape meet. It’s conducive and designed mostly for going in, buying your stuff, and that’s it. You don’t really feel like you can hang out. There’s not even enough or many areas to hang out. In a way, it kind of feels like an International Auto Show but with vaping.
Depending on the location, vape models who may or may not know anything about vaping are helping sell product. Some places set themselves up like a sterile vape shop for atmosphere. There are even some who try to make a show out of the deal. You also have vendors who really should not be a company at all with their labelling of product that will either look too childish, too sexual, or bordering on the line of they-are-going to-get-sued-if-they-are-not-careful.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that one is better than the other. I just have a preference of which one I like. However, from experience and what I’ve heard from other people, the free admission events tend to be better than the paid events in organization, quality, affordability, etc. The paid events for some reason just seem like a good-old-fashioned money grab, and the quality seems to be low. While some people have enjoyed those events because they’ve scored great deals, it doesn’t have the personal connection to me like an actual vape meet does.
It also seems like there’ve been too many of these events every month. One weekend can have at least 3-4 events going on at the same time. Thus the dilemma, which one
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to go to? Which event would be worth my while? For the vendor or the activist, it makes travelling and choosing an event even more stressful, because they can only be at an event for one day and then have to fly to another event on the same weekend either that night or the next day. Thus, they don’t get a real chance to talk to the people they serve I believe that with the FDA regulations coming into place, the multiple shows on one weekend will more than likely be reduced to at least the biggest events that have gotten the most traction since day one when they started: ECC, VapeXpo, VapeBash, VaperCON, VapeSlam and VCC events. The other ones will, merge, collaborate, or just disappear because now they have more paperwork to file, rules to follow, and probably more money to pay if they want to put on an event within the next year and will no longer be able to afford it.
Is that a good thing? Perhaps it is. If anything, it will allow the consumer to save their money and get more bang for their buck as well as deeper connections with fellow vapers they may only chat with online most of the time.
So, which kind of event do you prefer? Do you like the trade shows or the vape meets? Do you like the small intimate venues, like a local vape shop, or the bigger-scaled events like an ECC? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d like to hear what you have to say. Also, log on to my Facebook, Twitter and personal website http://www.angelwritercreations.com. If you like this rant and want to hear more, I currently host on VapeTVLive on Thursday nights at 11pm – midnight EST.
In the last article I made mention of the elusive Alien coil…BOM BOM BOM! I say this because it can be somewhat of a task to complete a stick long enough to make two coils of this type. If you’ve been building them for longer than six months then they are most likely an easy thing to build but if you’re new to the rabbit hole of building then more than likely there are a few failed attempts sitting in the trash can.
With this coil type, it can be a bit tough, because the tutorials that are offered where a vast majority try and learn to make alien coils only show the tri-core alien. But there is also the dual core alien which is literally a fused Clapton with the alien concept of wire fusing the two or three cores.
Originally, or so I’m told, the concept started as a single core of 20 gauge wire with 22 gauge Claptoned over it. Thus the alien was born. This concept was brought to the build community by a gentleman who goes by the name @blueeyedgoon83 on Instagram but made famous by OhmboyOC and m.terk and their tutorials on YouTube (Local Vape and Pristine Builds.) Ohmboy OC’s tutorials are where I first learned of this concept. However, it was m.terk who opened my eyes to the use of swivels, and that, my friends, really made completing a set of aliens seem obtainable.
If you’re having issues completing or even understanding the concept I strongly suggest watching those tutorials.
Moving forward, the alien coil for some is a thing of beauty to behold and most likely because not many can simply sit down and pull it off. The S shape that is created over 1, 2, or 3 cores (sometimes over other cores like ribbon or a mixture of ribbon and round wire) allows for what I feel is superior wicking in a coil. The alien concept, aside from wicking, allows for amazingly improved flavor, good heat, and yes, it’s one sext coil.
However, I do suggest mastering the fused Clapton before attempting this type of coil as there were many that went flying across my garage before I got them down. Once you’ve got them down, it’s easy peasy. So, don’t give up and make sure to check out those tutorials they are a great help. When you’ve built some, snap a few pics and show your Vape buds.
ALIENS (FOR MORE THAN JUST GOOD LOOKS)
Last issue, we covered the fused Clapton and to keep on moving in world of fused coil types we are gonna go out of this world with the alien coil. (Applause) If you’ve been building for awhile then the alien has maybe become something you can do in your sleep but if you’re new to building, as we all are at some point, then this build may seem elusive or even impossible.
I can tell you that for months I chased making aliens and many failed sticks made it across my garage and left on the floor. But don’t worry hopefully this article will help you understand where the innovation comes from, why its sought after, and how to make it a bit more economical to build.
THE BEGINNING: OR SO I’M TOLD
A gentleman who goes by the name @blueeyedgoon83 on Instagram brought this innovation to the rabbit hole of building. It started as a single core and consisted of 22 gauge over 20 gauge. My fingers ache even thinking of working with that low gauge wire. However, the idea was not for looks, but for function. The idea was to bring a better self wicking property or function to a macro coil.
Later, a second core was added, making it a fused coil but with the look and wicking properties of the alien. Then, inevitably a third core was added making it what some call the tri-core, triple parallel, or triple fused alien. The tri-core alien and the single core alien are the most difficult and rewarding in my opinion. Tough to nail but when they are done you just want to stand up and tell the world how you just made a dual set of aliens.
For me, the beginning of learning to build these or even the realization that the concept even existed was found on YouTube via Local Vape’s channel where a builder by the name OhmboyOC has a tutorial on the
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process. However, his tutorial is what some may refer to as the “real” way or “old school” way of building these types of coils. By “old school” or “real” I mean to say without the use of swivels. The use of swivels was made popular by @m.terk on Instagram and his YouTube channel Pristine Builds. The use of swivels has really reduced frustration levels and allowed for smarter not harder building. When I was watching those first tutorial videos from Ohmboy OC I hadn’t yet found the use of swivels, so one end was secured to the chuck of the drill while the other is free floating. This makes it much more difficult to keep those three cores aligned and your de-core and stretch have to be almost perfect. So, there is a ton of respect for the builders out there still going swivel-less in their build sessions.
If you are failing a bunch at this type of build I strongly suggest checking out those tutorials and building while watching them. Those guys do a great service to the community by offering them and they are worthwhile but we all eventually find our own way of making it work.
Making it work
When I sit down to build a set of aliens I make sure a few things are in order before I even start spinning the drill.
A clean work space: having a nice, clean work space will cut down on the probability of throwing the attempts that may not work out across the room.
Wire a plenty: I like to work with good clean wire and plenty of it. So I usually start with a spool of Twistedmesses 36 gauge nichrome 80 and 3 lengths of 26 gauge Anarchist nichrome 80. (If you are allergic to this type of metal composite you’ll need to use something safe for you to inhale.)
Tools and junk: I like a good pair of snips, a good pair of pliers, a drill, a vice, ball bearing swivels, and one 3-4 inch piece of ribbon.
Good tunes: some really good Slayer tracks are nice or even the Faceless, but some smooth jazz may help keep those frustration levels down. It’s your call…
Let’s get right down to it:
Disclaimer: this is just how I do it. It’s not the best or the worst. There may be better or worse out there but this is my way and the best I can convey the way I do it to you.
Start with 3, 9 inch lengths of core wire and one 12-14 inch length of the gauge core wire (this is for your initial Clapton.)
Grab you high gauge wire and some snips and get ready.
Take that single core and secure it at both the chuck and swivel. Attach your high gauge wire to the lower gauge wire at the chuck end.
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Spin that sucker for all its worth and if you keep just slightly less than a 90 degree angle while wrapping it will stay nice and tight for you. Also, make sure you remember which direction you did the initial Clapton. This is important later.
Once you’ve reached the end reverse the direction of the drill and spin it for a few seconds while holding on to the leg of the higher gauge wire. This will loosen it just slightly making it easier to remove. Once it’s slightly loosened, clip the chuck end and slide that core out and save it for another day.
Now take your 3 core wires and secure them to your swivels and at the chuck. You can just bend each one slightly to allow a good bite from the jaws in the chuck.
The one weird piece of ribbon: I use this for binding. At the chuck end, I will wrap that ribbon around the cores a few times making a binder and somewhat of a slider.
Now take that de-cored Clapton and stretch it to where you are creating a V shape but you don’t want to go past that shape or be less than that shape. It’s kind of a feel process, but hopefully that will help give you a visual guideline.
Once stretched attach that to your 3 cores and make sure your drill is running in the opposite direction from the initial Clapton. Start spinning and you’re looking for nice tight S curves over the 3 cores. Continue wrapping all the way to the end and you’ll have a nice completed stick ready to wrap into Vape ready dual coil aliens.
For me, I like a 3-3.5mm inner diameter. That’s just my comfort zone. I don’t suggest going too much smaller as the smaller you go the lower the ohm reading will be and the more stress on your batteries.
However, once you’ve learned about ohms law and understand amperages and how even small changes can affect these things, then maybe be a bit more experimental. Again, don’t be silly and do something you’re unsure of. Ask people. Ask google. Watch tutorials and use what they’ve suggested as it is probably the safest materials offered. Be smart.
YUS!! You’re now ready to install your two beautifully and expertly made alien coils. Though, they aren’t just for looks, as mentioned, these coils are a wicking machine. They allow for much better wicking, depending on the juice the coils keep cleaner a bit longer, and the flavor produced is phenomenal. Truly a great innovation and worth the time and effort. So make sure to get those hot spots out, squeeze ‘em tight, wick those bad boys up, and get’em juicy!
Sam McClelland is an owner and builder for Clean Builds LLC. Follow him and his crazy builds on IG @builds_and_junk and at cleanbuilds.net/.
The past several years, many of you have said you’d help fight. And many of you have, for which are are grateful and thankful. But it’s not been enough. Sitting on the sideline hoping others will take care of things for your business is not going to cut it. Not with the multi-front battles this industry and community is facing now. Now is the time to do your part.
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Lawsuits are great and much needed. But they are also costly and complicated. The coalition of CASAA, SFATA, AVA, NBS, and AEMSA have decided to back the Right To Be Smoke Free Coalition’s (http://www.r2bsmokefree.org/) litigation efforts that will be deployed by Keller and Heckman (http://www.khlaw.com).
But litigation only is not going to be enough and will not be a silver bullet solution. A strong legislative strategy is as much needed as well and is still ongoing through organizations such as SFATA. Where litigation may fail, legislative efforts may succeed and vice versa. But that does not begin to cover the other important thing we can’t lose sight of; PR, outreach and media. NBS and AVA remain committed to those important aspects of the long game.
Both legislative and litigation efforts are often influenced by public opinion and as you may have noticed, public opinion has not been on our side thanks to millions of dollars of taxpayer money spent on misleading propaganda campaigns conducted by various public health organizations. Can you imagine the headlines once litigation is in full swing? “Tobacco companies sue FDA to keep your children hooked” comes to mind. Those are awful headlines and extremely damaging to ongoing efforts and they will have to be met head on, out there, in the mainstream.
The combination of litigation, legislation, and PR are not just a matter of funding. It’s also a matter of human resources. Businesses doing their part. Vapers putting an effort in. If you’re a retailer, talk to your customers about what’s going on and get them involved. Manufacturers and Distributors, talk to your retailers and tell them to get their customers involved.
Pay attention to new in-store materials made freely available on http://fdaregs.info and http://nomorecasualties.org) and put them to good use. Include them in your shipments. Hand them to your customers. Don’t let anyone believe that the destruction of the industry at the hands of the FDA and its deeming regulations will not happen. That is a misconception that seems to exist with many of the vapers out there who are not as aware and mainly only have their favorite retail stores as their main connection to information and what’s going on.
I don’t want to sound too cliche but, when the going gets tough, the tough get going, right? Are you tough enough? Start doing your part and get others to do start doing theirs. Together we can make a difference.
Founder and President of Not Blowing Smoke