I think Steam Juice is one of the very best vendors offering juice that is premium tasting at a price that sub ohm vapers can live with. I can only think of a couple other names to add to that list. Seriously, if I didn't DIY 95% of what I vape, I'd be buying a lot of juice from them. Good juice at great prices with quick shipping and frequent discounts on top of their already good deals. A vendor that understands their market.
I bought their Rounder deal a while back. With a stackable discount code I got three 120ml bottles for right around $40 I think. All three were good, and they threw in a 15ml sample of one of their other juices along with some pipettes.
I vape a ton of custard, but after so many tanks of the same juice I need a diversion. I vape a Tripoli clone I made a lot, and I have a thing for yogurts too. Cheesecake was another flavor that I thought would make a good secondary vape for me. Steam Juice offers their Cheesecake Your Way plain or with added peach, strawberry, blueberry, butterscotch, coconut or caramel. I opted for the butterscotch because I have a thing for butterscotch sundaes and it sounded good. Plus another juice of theirs, Golden Road, uses butterscotch to great effect.
I've just about finished my 120ml of this juice. Let's take this 70%VG 2mg juice into The Lab for analysis.
I vaped a small bottle of Charlie Noble Tripoli while I was still using 306 attys and loved it. I cloned it from memory, which I don't recommend. So I'm on batch #7 of my from memory Tripoli clone and I ordered another small bottle of the real thing a couple weeks back. I'm kind of shocked at how close I've gotten with none of the real thing to go by since January. One more tweak and I'm satisfied to call batch #8 a Tripoli Clone and share it.
Is it perfect? No. It's the same color and tint, but if you hold it to the light mine is just a hair lighter, but you have to squint to notice the difference. It smells the same. The fig is probably just a shade less forward. I use TFA Toasted Almond, and I'm going to try TFA Almond to see if that is a better match. The tobacco is most definitely not what Charlie Noble is using, but it's what I had on hand that worked and didn't make a new flavor profile. Originally I was using a combination of two tobaccos, but it made the tobacco too forward so I cut it down to one. For me, I vape the real thing and then I vape my clone and I can see subtle differences, but I feel that my clone recipe will pass for a dead ringer for most, so I'm comfortable sharing it in this state. If I end up making any little tweaks that I feel make this clone absolutely perfect, they'll be reflected here, where I keep the DIY recipes that I'm serious about.
I like Charlie Noble. I like their juice and I like them as a company. I feel no moral dilemma in posting my clone of one of their juices, because the average Charlie Noble customer is not going to jump ship for DIY. This is for those of you who make your own juice, which is a relatively small percentage of overall vapers. I hope that Charlie Noble, if they ever see this, will take it as a compliment instead of taking offense.
The target juice is a blend of Turkish tobacco, fig, almond and exotic spices. It's a very pleasant vape, way different than any fruit vape, and a nice change of pace for a guy like me who vapes a lot of custards. Let's take this clone into The Lab and see how it stacks up to the original.
The second juice that I really fell for right before I left old school vaping for regulated was Charlie Noble Tripoli. Vaped really well and had a good flavor profile for 3.7v vaping on old style gear, despite its 80% VG ratio which usually spelled bad news for 306 attys.
I liked this juice so much in fact that for the last couple months I've been trying to clone it from memory. I've vaped a lot of mls of various versions of my own recipe of Tripoli, so I thought it was time to buy a small bottle a) so I could give it an overdue review, and b) see how close my memory got me to the real thing.
Charlie Noble describes this juice as "Turkish tobaccos, fig, almonds, and rare spices". If you're a former tobacco vaper like me, that description is just irresistable. Also, it stands out in a world full of custard and fruit vapes.
I am a big fan of Charlie Noble's approach. This is premium eliquid, no doubt about that, but they're selling it at prices that lie between budget and premium. That shows that they completely understand their customer IMO. Those of us who sub ohm are going through a lot of juice. It makes $20/30ml juice irrelevant. That's right, irrelevant. I'm not even going to review your juice if that is your pricing model, because you've already shown me that you are out of touch with your customer base. From here on out, ultra premium juice vendors can pound sand.
I already know that I like this juice, so let's take it into The Lab and see how vaping it sub ohm compares to my memory of it on the old Silver Bullet. I will be vaping this 3mg 80VG juice at 39w in one of my Cthulhus with a dual 26ga 0.32 ohm build on my BMI.
I was itching for an unregulated box mod and ended up commissioning this box from RC Box Mods. It's a black anodized cnc milled Hammond G replacement box, dual 18650 in parallel, paracord on the wiring, mosfet, green led voltmeter, black low profile Fat Daddy, black Mitec switch. Great size, looks super clean, great in the hand. Very happy with this box, thanks to RC Box Mods! Pics below.
Right before I transitioned to regulated vaping at the beginning of 2015, I tried two new to me juices while still vaping old school that I really liked. One of them was Space Jam Eclipse. Space Jam is what I would consider premium juice at $11.99/15ml. I seem to recall them having turned up before I dropped out of public vaping in 2012, but I never tried any of their product back then.
Anyway, Eclipse vaped great in a 306LR. I vaped a lot of Halo Captain Jack for years, and Eclipse kind of fell into that same fruity tobacco vape niche, and I thought it was pretty good.
I have to admit, I no longer have a lot of patience for juices that cost this much. Not when there are so many inexpensive juice makers offering decent vapes at a price that allows you to sub ohm without going broke. For me, $12 for a small bottle is 2012 pricing, and it doesn't hold water in 2015. I could make half a liter of my custard for less than this 15ml bottle, and I can vape this 15ml bottle between now and lunch time. Who is vaping juice that costs this much anymore? Do you justify it to yourself as a special treat? I could make a 120ml bottle of this and sell it to you for $20, and I'd be making money. This is not so much a rant against Space Jam, but against every vendor who prices their juice this way. Make a profit, that's why you started your juice business, but do you really need to make 1000% profit on it? Because more and more budget friendly juice makers are going to pop up, some of them will make good juice, and when people can buy 60ml and 120ml bottles for $20, what use do they have for a small $12 bottle of your juice that won't last the day? This is where I think Charlie Noble gets it right. Premium juice, half the price of traditional premiums. If I like something of theirs I can buy a 120ml without having to take out a second mortgage. End of rant.
Enough of the Angry Dr. Vapenstein show, let's take this pricey bottle of Eclipse into The Lab for analysis. Space Jam describes this juice as cavendish tobacco, vanilla and caramel.
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