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Vaping

Having already tried different batteries, tanks and liquids, I’ve found some more effective than others. The 650mAH batteries are great if you’re just starting to vape. They, with the CE4’s, will give you an idea of how it compares to smoking. Unfortunately, apart from fitting in almost any pocket they’re not much use. Everyone will tell you to buy the best you can afford. I’m not different. Like many others, I tried the 650’s and CE4 tanks, but once you know you’re going to keep vaping I’d recommend an 1,100mAH Passthrough battery. They’re almost twice as long but they’re less likely to give up on you half way through the day. Even when they do drain they can be used whilst charging (it’s best to give them a few minutes after plugging them in). I picked mine up for under a tenner from eBay.

Pipe mod battery with Aspire ET-S

Pipe mod battery with Aspire ET-S

For a bit of novelty I also have a pipe mod. It’s a short, stubby 900mAH battery with a side fitting for the tank. You don’t have a built in circuit though, so it will keep powering the coil all the time the button is pressed (mechanical mod). You notice the difference between it and the 1,100mAH passthrough in both less power and the weight, but I love it dearly. The main down side to the pipe is that it has only the 510 fitting (smaller internal thread), but adaptors for the eGo (larger external thread) tanks are only a couple of quid off eBay.

After looking around eBay and Amazon, I stumbled upon a passthrough ‘bullet’ cable. It fits straight in to the USB port on your PC, and removes the reliance on a battery. While the packaging claims it is variable voltage, I’ve found it to be either inaccurate, exaggerated lies, or faulty as of the options: 3.0V, 3.6V, 4.2V and 4.8V, it would appear to offer 3.0V only.

I’ve only just got the itazte MVP 2.0, a 2600mAH battery with variable voltage and amperage but after the first press of the button it leaves you with a huge impression. It has a 510/eGo port on the top and even a USB port on the bottom to charge your phone/tablet or pretty much anything. It even has a counter to see how many times it’s been pressed. It resets after being turned off, but it’s a great little feature. I’m wondering how the USB output would stand up to the USB bullet, having two tanks connected to the one battery. That’s something for later.

We currently use Aspire ET-S BDC tanks with all but one of our vapes. They’re reliable, sturdy and give you a much more vibrant flavour than the CE4 tanks. Being metal they can almost numb your lips in the winter, but that’s pretty much the only down-side I’ve found with them. They can be topped up and the coil can even be replaced without having to drain the tank. We have different coloured tanks to identify which flavour is in which tank. Some are even Pyrex only (no metal case). It also helps that some of them are branded with the seller’s name and logo.

We’ve tried several flavours. Some aren’t bought again but the majority are pretty much on the nose. The chocolate is more chocolate syrup, the kind you’d use on ice cream. King of Cigar is closer to a Cohiba than Rocky Patel, but it’s still very pleasant. Menthol is as you’d expect, a minty vapour that reaches the back of your nose. Liquorice is a milder version than anticipated, and doesn’t taste nice at all when it dry burns. Neither does the RY4, a bitter disappointment. Western Conqueror split these judges, I like it, my better half doesn’t; it’s a tobacco flavoured vape with an after taste of mild chocolate. The Lemon liquid is hard to describe, it’s not a sweet lemon, but definitely more burnt than I expected.
My better half likes the Cherry Bakewell and Parma Violet liquids. They’re bloody revolting in my opinion, but that’s why you have to try these things yourself. Not everyone has the same tastes. It’s worth mentioning that the Pipe flavour is bang on. If you’re a pipe smoker and favour Clan with a hint of [possibly Condor], then you’re in luck. Despite some liquids, Menthol for instance, being almost completely perfect, the Pipe is the one that most matches my expectations, tasting exactly as described.

If you’re considering vaping as a means of giving up smoking then the best advice I can offer is this:
Either ask someone you know if you can try theirs, or get a cheap set up to try it yourself. This isn’t something that you can easily cut costs though. I’ve found that the more money you spend, the better the experience.
[If anyone is interested and wants to try anything we’ve got, just give us a heads up and pop round. We’re more than happy to help out.]

Final Smoke

It is my intention to give up smoking on the 31st December this year. It’s not something I want to do. If we had the money I’d keep smoking until my dying breath, but wishing for a lottery win isn’t going to get us anywhere.

When I started smoking back in 1994 it was a social event. There was always someone close by to smoke with. You didn’t have to go outside in bad weather, and while it wasn’t a written rule, there were some places where you just didn’t smoke. You could smoke in shopping centres, but nobody smoked in the shop itself. Smoke breaks were spent with colleagues, or sometimes you’d find yourself smoking with someone who shared the building, but from another company. You’d talk, share problems, and more often than not return to your desk with a fresh perspective or even the solution. It was genial, social, pleasant. With this in mind I’ve decided to not spend my last smoke alone.

I’ve decided to smoke with someone who can offer the same intellectual conversation that used to take place 20 years ago. My last smoke will be with my (soon to be) father in law.

My first smoke was a Hamlet Reserve. Since then I’ve changed brands a number of times, often due to the termination of a line or even the brand itself. I’ve tried cigarettes but didn’t find them to my taste. I’ve also bought a few pipes and have tried numerous variations of pipe baccy. I still have some. It’s always been cigars that I’ve gone back to, from cigarillos to coronas. With this in mind, it’s the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 (Toro), bought from the Cuban Cigar Club in Newcastle that I’ve chosen as my last smoke.

From the 1st January 2015 I’ll be using vapes exclusively. Watch this space.