Vapelog: Index

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In May of 2013 I decided that nearly 20 years of smoking was enough. I decided to quit smoking, and give electronic cigarettes a try as an aid to doing so.

I didn’t know it then, but I had just found something that I liked more than smoking.

I decided that I would keep a journal for the first 30 days, as there was so much to learn about modern electronic cigarettes (which is a complete misnomer for anything but the ‘cigalikes’ that you find in gas stations). About a week in I decided to turn this into a blog, and share my experience with new users.

Hopefully this will help someone else get motivated, or help them stay motivated to quit smoking analogs (this is what we electronic cigarette users call tobacco and paper cigarettes).

Vapelog: Day 0

Vapelog: Day 1

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Vapelog: Day 23

Vapelog: Day 24

Vapelog: Day 25

Vapelog: Day 26

Vapelog: Day 27

Vapelog: Day 28

Vapelog: Day 29

Vapelog: Day 30

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Vapelog: Day 30

30 thirty days

Well this kind of snuck up on me.

30 days without smoking. Let’s recap:

Cigarettes smoked:

  • 0.5 (it was only a couple drags, and I’ll be generous and call it a half a cigarette).

Juices tried:

  • Mt. Baker Vapor: Extreme Ice
  • Mt. Baker Vapor: Ocean Breeze
  • Mt. Baker Vapor: Butterscotch
  • Mt. Baker Vapor: East Coast Tobacco
  • Highbrow: Peach Thymbra
  • Captivape: Key Lime Pie
  • The Vapor Chef: Honey Pearry
  • The Vapor Chef: Peppermint Pattie
  • The Vapor Chef: Caramel Apple
  • The Vapor Chef: Fluffy Cake
  • The Vapor Chef: PB Nomnoms
  • The Vapor Chef: Hobbes’ Blood
  • The Vapor Chef: Frosty Blue Jazzberry (one 6ml, one 30ml)
  • The Vapor Chef: Cranapple
  • The Vapor Chef:Frosty Peach
  • The Vapor Chef: Shmecto Shmooler
  • The Vapor Chef: Funky Monkey
  • The Vapor Chef: Frosty Strawberry
  • The Vapor Chef: Some ‘Mores
  • The Vapor Chef: Unicorn Juice
  • The Vapor Chef: Butter Beer

Hardware bought:

  • Dual eGo starter kit
  • Sigelei ZMAX v3 Telescope
  • SLB eGo VV 650mAh (variable voltage eGo)
  • Kanger Protank (x3)
  • Kanger eVod (x2)
  • IGO-L RDA + wick and wire
  • Captivape DS60 drip tip

Total expense: $468.00 (odd that it worked out to an even number like that)

That’s a lot. But, considering that I bought more hardware than I needed, and sampled 21 different juices (three of which were 15ml, and two were 30ml), not bad.

That said, this is the longest I’ve ever gone without a cigarette in 20 years. Cheap at twice the price. Plus, it was easy to do!

How much cheaper could I have done it? Well I could have used the original eGo starter kit and maybe one Protank, one eVod, with one pack of heads for hardware. That is roughly $80. I could have used only MBV juices, and probably could have gone the entire 30 days on my initial order of $31 (that was 75ml of juice so maybe one additional 30ml at $8). So call it $120 total.

If we’re looking at cost only, I would have spent roughly $168 on analogs during that same 30 days. Even with my high spend, I’ll break even in 43 days (not quite since I’ll need more juice, so call it 60 more days). Three months from switching, and I’ll start to save money over smoking analogs.

Wild.

Ok now to the fun stuff!

I’m ordering more hardware (there goes my 60 days to break even right? Nah, this plus figure $70 more for juice only puts the break even at 59 days from now. I have an excel spreadsheet doing these calculations by the way).

As a celebration of making it 30 days without smoking, I ordered an eGo-C Upgrade 650mAh battery from MyVapor Store, along with a SMOKTech Mini RDA and a flat drip tip, and a KLOUD sliding cigarette case from Amazon (thanks bro, that is a cool case). I got the battery specifically to fit in the KLOUD case for travel purposes, and I picked up the Mini RDA and drip tip just for fun, I want to see if I can wrap a coil on something that small.

It was only like $38 total (I had a $10 Amazon gift card from some IT Vendor at work – Thanks guys! – which covered the $6.99 cost, and Amazon Prime got me free two day shipping).

I’ll post up my travel kit once I get it, I plan on rocking one of the eVods in it, and an extra head. I’m going to order a Fruit sampler from Indigo, but the sale doesn’t start until the Fourth of July, so I’ll have to wait until then to place the order.

This has been fun, and I plan to keep blogging though I am not sure if I’ll keep the Vapelog going. I really don’t have much more to say on a daily vaping basis. It is what it is. I enjoy it more than I enjoyed smoking, and I plan to keep vaping.

I hope that if someone on the fence about trying electronic cigarettes read through the Vapelog it convinced you to give it a shot, and maybe made it easier to get into vaping as a smoking alternative.

As for me, I plan to place one more juice order at 12mg nicotine, and then drop down to 6mg nicotine. I will vape 6mg for about 4 weeks and then drop down to 3mg. After maybe 4 more weeks at 3mg, I plan to buy some 0mg juice and have my wife put that and some 3mg in unlabled bottles and see if I can tell the difference. If not, it’s so long nicotine! If I can tell which is which and have nicotine cravings, maybe I’ll cut the 3mg with the 0mg to get some 1.5mg juice. We’ll see.

Thanks for sharing this fun, interesting, and amazingly easy journey into vaping with me.

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Vapelog: Day 29

I’ve discovered that after vaping juice from The Vapor Chef, my Mt. Baker Vapor juices just don’t taste up to snuff. Maybe it is that I have better equivalents from TVC, I dunno. I filled up an eVod with MBV’s Ocean Breeze this morning, and didn’t even vape half of it. Hobbes’ Blood from TVC is superior.

Maybe it’s just the particular juices I picked. Or it could be the 80/20 PG heavy mix I picked for the MBV juices. The Extreme Ice is still pretty good, but I haven’t tried a menthol juice from anyone else yet. I think I’ll make sure I get some in the next order.

I think I am past craving an analog. I find that if I can’t vape for a couple of hours, it’s no big deal. That was never the case with cigarettes.

I’ve really been thinking about getting a smaller unit for work, and running around. I am tired of carrying all this stuff around with me. I’ve yet to have anything break on me (knock on wood).

Maybe tomorrow I’ll find something that suits my fancy as a ‘on the go’ kit.

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Vapelog: Day 28

Today was rather lazy (a change for us, but every once in a while we get a Sunday when nothing needs to be done).

Went to see World War Z. I’ll preface this by saying that I am not a fan of zombie movies. I think the whole concept is pretty dumb.

That said, this was the best “zombie” movie I’ve ever seen. The acting was good, the amount of “oh of course everything is going wrong” was about right for what was going on, and it kept me guessing.

On the vaping front, since stepping down my nicotine content to 12mg I really haven’t had any issues. I kinda thought that was going to be harder than making the switch from analogs to vaping for some reason, but it totally wasn’t.

I’m out of juices to try, but really enjoying the ones I have.

Now that Fourth of July sales have been announced, I am having a hard time picking the vendor I want to try next.

I think it has come down to Indigo Vapor or Gremlin Juice.

They both sound so good! Indigo has sample packs, so they’ll probably get my money this go round.

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Vapelog: Day 27

Ok, I am never making another freehand coil for a rebuildable atomizer. Micro coils are totally easier, and work much better.

First a recap.

This is a standard freehand coil from my IGO:

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That is the second coil I wrapped on the IGO, the first was too low resistance to use.

This is the first micro coil I wrapped:

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Notice how it is pretty much perfect? Yeah. And it was super easy. I’ll do a how to post on micro coils soon.

For now, here is a picture of this bad boy firing:

Beautiful!

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Say what you will about the iPhone. It takes nice pictures.

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Vapelog: Day 26

Today I am trying Unicorn Juice from TVC. This juice underwent a name change from the time that I bought it to today. When I bought it, it was called Unicorn Poop. Apparently that is a trademarked name for a cookie, and the guy that owns the trademark is very serious about it. It’s cool, I didn’t want to vape something with poop in the name anyway.

When I got this out of the mail it was unvapable. It tasted exactly like cherry cough syrup. I almost threw up.

I let it sit in the car all day in 105F weather, and the flavor profile changed radically.

It tastes like a raspberry cupcake, with just a hint of blueberry. And white frosting. White frosting everywhere. This is probably the sweetest thing I’ve vaped.

Now I normally have a sweet tooth, but this is too much. The only way I can vape this is while drinking black coffee.

On an unrelated note, I’ve been reading about “micro” coils. I think I am going to try this on the IGO tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Vapelog: Day 25

So I tried Some ‘Mores from TVC today. I don’t know how I feel about this one. I think I’m going to reserve judgement until I’ve had more of a chance to drip this one. I threw some in an eVod, and I’m just not convinced that it has aged long enough, but I’ll know for sure in the IGO.

I get the graham, and maybe a hint of marshmallow (hard to say).

Aaaaaaaand the 4th of July sales start being announced. Kinda glad I didn’t order some juice last night.

The Vapor Chef: (must… resist… too many others to try!) 10% off through the 4th (code: JULY10)

Seduce Juice: 20% off until 7/6 PLUS Free shipping over $50 (code: MURICA)

The Vape Juice Shop: 40% off any three bottles of regular juices expires 7/8/13 (doesn’t include deal category and sample packs). (code: july4th)

Gremlin Juice: 15% off (code: july4)

Indigo Vapor: 15% off from July4th-6th (code: July4th2013)

Mountain Oak Vapors: 25% off liquid (code: HAPPYJULY)

Halo Cigs: 20% off juice, free shipping on orders over $75. (code: FREEDOM)

My wife is going to kill me 🙂

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Vapelog: Day 24

Today I am sampling Frosty Strawberry from The Vapor Chef.

It’s tasty, the strawberry flavor is not like a real strawberry. It’s more like those hard strawberry candies in the red and green wrappers that are supposed to look like a strawberry.

Again, I think I’ve been spoiled by living in central California, and having free access to some of the best fresh strawberries on the planet.

There are so many highly recommended juice makers out there, I am having a really hard time deciding on what to sample next.

I think I’ve pared it down to either Indigo Vapor or Gremlin Juice for my next order. Indigo offers an actual sample pack (several actually, the big ones offer 11-15 bottles in 4ml sampler sizes), where Gremlin just has smaller bottles you can order (10ml, still kind of expensive).

I hear so many amazing reviews that I think I’m starting to develop e-juice ADD.

I have plenty of juice so I am in no danger of running out (though if I keep ordering it my wife may cancel my debit card. Love you hunny!).

I think I am going to wait for a sale before ordering, as the 4th of July is coming up, and there are usually lots of juice sales around holidays (it pays to do some research).

Then again, after vaping on the Key Lime Pie I got from Captivape, I think I want to order some juice from them too…

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Vapelog: Day 23

Yesterday I alluded to a friend of mine’s mobile vaping setup. Well as luck would have it he left it in my car! So I have pictures (sorry dude, this is just too cool not to share).

Here is the carrying case:

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This is a KLOUD aluminum “cigarette” case from Amazon. This has a spring loaded lid which opens automatically when opened by sliding the front of the case down:

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You’s have to see it in action, the spring loaded lid is pretty slick. He’s taken some rigid packing foam (probably from a rack mount appliance) and cut it to fit snugly inside the case, then bored out two holes in it for a eGo-C passthrough 650mAh battery and an EVOD tank.

And a side view:

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You can get a bit better idea of how this works by looking at the full size image.

Here is the contents of the case:

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I don’t know that you can see it in this picture, but I’m pretty sure it would be possible to cut the foam out a bit differently and be able to fit a small juice bottle in there, and I’m certain that you could also get an extra tank head or two in the bottom of that foam with some careful work.

Here is a picture of the assembled contents next to my EVOD/eGo 650mAh VV pass through for size comparison:

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It’s only about an inch shorter, but my battery totally won’t fit in that case.

Here is the part that I’m interested in most though:

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Yeah, that’s a standard micro USB connector (mine has some weird proprietary MicroB usb connection). With this battery I can leave the cable at home (I have a whole box full of them at work).

That’s a pretty sweet travelling set up. If you really pushed, you could probably get a second battery in there along with the wee juice bottle, EVOD, and extra head.

My only complaint is that the battery is not variable voltage. You might be able to find a variable voltage eGo battery that will fit in this case, but not a pass through, and with a 650mAh battery, you’re gonna need that pass through far more than variable voltage (you could sub out the EVOD for an IGO-S or maybe a Smok Mini RDA and just build your coil to the battery).

If only someone made a 350mAh or 400mAh eGo pass through that was variable voltage and about that size…

Now that would be perfect!

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Vapelog: Day 22

THREE WEEKS!

Awesome. I feel good and continue to be excited about trying new things in the world of vaping.

I tried Funky Monkey from TVC today. I’m on the fence about this one. The nutty taste is overpowering. I get a hint of banana and maybe a touch of chocolate, but mostly nuts. Maybe this needs to mature more before the banana flavor becomes pronounced. On the other hand, banana has always been one of those flavors that they never seem to get quite right unless there are real bananas in it. I’ll reserve judgement.

So I’ve been thinking about vaping, and the gear that I carry around. I think that I need to get something smaller for daily carry. Maybe an eGo 350mAh passthrough and an EVOD, or a small RDA with a short drip tip. I’m not sure yet. I really wish that Kanger would get it together and release the Protank Mini that they have been touting for the last six weeks. They keep saying two weeks more, just get it already! TAKE MY MONEY!

I saw my friend’s daily set up and I am going to try to get some pictures to share as it is pretty slick.

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