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Smoking Days 3 & 4

It’s been an odd couple of days. The support from others who either like the idea of me quitting smoking, and/or have been through this themselves has surprised me. It seems that everyone is behind this endeavour.

I’ve found myself more agitated. Things don’t annoy me per se, but they’re bugging me. Thankfully they’re not building up to the point where I’m exploding, but I’m more on edge. My partner and son are brilliant. They’re even more understanding and compassionate.

The surprising thing is that I can’t say I’m scraping the walls or turning the house upside down for a smoke. I’ve not had those particular cravings. We’ll have to see what the next few days bring. Hopefully it won’t be too long before my system stabilises.  In the mean time, the video from @DocMikeEvans can be found [here]


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.]

Safer smoking

People all over Great Britain have been, and are, quitting smoking or reducing their smoking via electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) and vapes.  [The only difference is the e-cigs look like cigarettes].  They use batteries to charge a coil.  The coil heats up the liquid, turning it to vapour which is then inhaled.

Vapes can contain different levels of nicotine, from 24mg down to none at all.  [I know people who use nicotine free liquid as they want to quit the habit but not the experience.]  It’s also better for everyone else as the second-hand smoke issue no longer exists.

The trouble is, as the Guardian highlights, USB chargers (for anything) aren’t always safe.  Aside from the batteries heating as they charge, there’s the risk of malware.  This can turn your nice new PC in to anything from a host for annoying adverts (are they any other kind?) to a means of giving unknown levels of control of your data to someone half way around the world.  However, the solution is simple.

Any USB hub can remedy this for you.  Grab yourself a cheap USB hub, take it apart and cut the middle two cables.  Leave only the red and black cables intact (1 and 4).  Put it back together again and your USB hub can charge your devices without any data being transferred.  If any adware/malware/Trojan horses or viruses are hard-coded into the charger, they can’t go anywhere.

Of course, the alternative is to never charge anything from your PC, but we don’t always have that option.