It's been very nearly three years since you last read a juice review here. I hope the time has been good to you. It certainly has been for vaping. The advances in regulated vaping, rebuildable atomizers, tanks, subohm, all of this has provided vapers of all experience levels and needs a means to tailor a perfect vape for themselves.
After four plus years of vaping 3.7v on Joye 306LR attys before I updated to modern hardware, all I can say is that vaping is far more satisfying for me today than it ever has been, and I am feeling a lot of the excitement that I felt when this site first launched on Halloween 2010. It's good to have you here reading this, and it's good to connect with people in the vaping community again. It's good to be back.
To celebrate how happy I am about reconnecting with you, I am kicking off the Return of Vapenstein with an It's Alive! winner. Today's juice is Smoked Custard Plus by Nick's Blissful Brews. Coming back to public vaping after a three year absence I had to take a crash course in hardware. I wasn't going to seriously look at anyone's product until I felt good about what I was using, and felt that I was getting a vape that would do these juices justice. I had to go through a few combinations, and I am vaping on a setup today that gives me flat out the best vape I have ever had, so here we go:
I've been on a roll with new juices. I've bought about half a dozen untried juices in the last week, and two of them are solid It's Alive! winners. That's a good run. In fact one of them is my new every day vape. I'm not going to write about juice yet though. VW vaping, RDAs, RTAs, twisting my own coils and wicking them, this is all stuff that is new to me, and until I'm sure that I'm getting the best vape I can put together I am keeping my mouth shut about other people's products.
It took me a couple days just to throw a combination together that was vapeable. Right now I am vaping 6mg (you would have won that bet because I never, ever thought I'd vape that low) mostly VG. Totally satisfying, and I'm burning through juice about twice as fast I'm sure.
I'm using an iPV Mini, and so far I am really impressed. This is a killer $50 mod. Super impressive at the price. I have a Vulcan RDA on it, single coil with one of the air holes taped off, 1.8 ohm 30awg coil. Think I'll get some 28awg next and shoot for the 1.0-1.4 range. I am getting great flavor from this combo at 15w, which I know is sissy compared to what you guys are vaping, but I am just trying to get this all dialed in yet and this is the first combo I've put together that I can sit and comfortably vape all day. The Vulcan has great flavor and air flow is a little restricted, which works for me as I vape mouth to lung.
I have a Kanger Subtank Mini on preorder, and a Kayfun v4 clone coming for Mrs. Dr.. I'm looking at an Aqua v2 and a Magma clone for myself and if the Magma works for me Mrs. Dr. gets the Vulcan to replace her Igo-W2, which vapes well but I hate hate hate working on. So for the time being, I am getting my gear dialed in. Once I am comfortable that I am getting the best vape possible on the equipment I have, you may see the occasional juice review here.
It's been almost a thousand days since my last article, where have I been? Why?
When my relationship with the producer of Vapenstein Blend deteriorated I was very disappointed. I was upset about all the ideas that would never transition to product. I was upset that my friendship with my partner was over. I just didn't want to be involved in vaping in any public way.
I have both good and bad things to say about my former partner, as he assuredly does about me. There won't be any airing of dirty laundry on my part. It's unfortunate that the relationship ended the way it did, and that is that.
I am vaping Halo Captain Jack on a Silver Bullet with a 306LR Joye atty. Sound familiar? It should, because that was what I was vaping last time we touched base. Mrs. Dr. and myself have been vaping in a bubble these last three years, using the same devices and the same juices we always have.
I just got us new hardware. Mrs. Dr. got an Eleaf iStick with an IGO-W2, and I picked up an IPV Mini with a Vulcan for myself. I haven't even really vaped mine yet other than to check that it works. I've got a coil built in it and I have some 100% VG juice in today's mail, with more on the way.
This review has been a long time coming. VS Tampa was my all day vape for the first few months I started vaping. A year and a half later it's still just about the only thing that Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein likes to vape.
I still like to vape a bottle of VS juice now and then. Plus I have to keep Mrs. Doctor in Tampa. Recently when momma was just about out of juice I threw a 15ml of Vapor Station VS4 on the order. For some reason I had never gotten around to vaping this one.
On paper VS4 sounds great. It seems to me that I remember hearing that it was the product of Vapor Station's first attempt at an RY4, but they went back to the drawing board because this one tasted like toffee instead of caramel. Lucky for us, because this is a solid vape, and a nice variation on the RY4 theme.
Let's get right to the action. I will be vaping this 24mg 50/50 blend at 3.7v on my Silver Bullet with a 1.5 ohm Joye 306. I never realized that VS juice was mostly 60/40 to 50/50, but it explains why they're ever so slightly less atty friendly. Very thin for so much VG though.
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