I'm on the hunt for a Good, Big, Cheap Custard before I break down and just start DIYing a GVC clone recipe. I've got custards from several vendors aging in The Juice Cellar, and I'll be going through them as I feel they're ready.
A lot of custards are really just creamy vanilla vapes. That doesn't put me off, but what I'm really looking for is a super egg-y, rich custard with an almost sour note to it. How did I go from NETs to custards? Your guess is as good as mine. I just can't get enough custard right now, so I'm running with it.
Today's review juice is Full Moon by Steam Juice, a variation on their French vanilla custard with hazelnut added. I have to say that this vendor made a great first impression on me. Their prices are excellent, they offer a tasty assortment of original flavors, they will make you any level of nic strength you want, and they sell big bottles. I bought an assortment of four 30ml bottles to sample their juice, and even the ones I didn't love I thought were good. As a teaser, one of their juices became an instant favorite from the first time I vaped it, and I will definitely be back for big bottles.
Lastly I have retired my six week old iPV Mini. Actually I gave it to The Creature, who expressed an interest in vaping. I gave him the iPV Mini and an Aqua v2 and some juice to help him get started off right. Two days ago I received an Hcigar HB DNA 40, which is a tidy little box mod with an authentic Evolv DNA 40 that can be yours for less than $120. So far I'm very happy with the box. You'll notice that I am vaping at a lower wattage than normal. That's because apparently the SX130 in the iPV Mini was not terribly accurate, so to get the same vape on my DNA that I got from the iPV at 28.5w I had to drop down to 22w.
I wanted to revisit this because in the four years since I first wrote about this everything has changed. Increased wattage and atomizers that vaporize a lot more juice have made all past wisdom on this topic irrelevant.
For the first four and a half years I vaped, I vaped 18mg juice. I could comfortably vape 24mg provided I didn't chain vape it all day. I could tell the difference between 18mg and 16mg, and 16mg never scratched the itch for me. I was never able to step down my nic content below 18mg, but for me 18mg was a success because it kept me off cigarettes and it never made me nic sick no matter how much I vaped.
On modern hardware, and for me that means RDAs and sub ohm RTAs, you have to step your nicotine level way down. I knew this going in, so when I finally joined the rest of you in the 21st century I ordered 6mg juice. Still too high for me. It seemed crazy to me that I would get nic sick off something as low as 6mg, but on days I was at home and my device never far from hand it was just too much.
FYI, I have an above average tolerance to nicotine. I may have traded in the death sticks for vaping four and a half years ago, but I still use nasal snuff and enjoy a cigar after dinner. It's been my experience that both of those forms of nicotine use constitute a higher level of nicotine delivery than any other form. I have to watch myself with the snuff. If I reach for it too often I get nic sick. I never get nic sick from enjoying a cigar, but when I first started smoking them they flat out made me buzzed in a way I hadn't felt since I first started smoking cigarettes all those years ago, and I could tell that cigars had way more nicotine than any other form of tobacco I'd ever used.
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:
If you've been reading you know that I've only been vaping on modern hardware pretty much since the start of 2015. Prior to that for four and a half years right up until the end of 2014 I vaped on Joye 306LR attys. My Silver Bullet is still in service as my commuting device, but I only have one atty in reserve for it and once that one is toast I am retiring the SB. I got four years out of my Silver Bullet, and it will be fully functional when I retire it. Let that sink in. Fantastic mod and worth every penny I paid for it. The powder coated finish even held up and it only has a couple very small chips on the atty end of the tube.
One of the first things I noticed when I dragged myself out of the stone age of vaping was that I was going to go through a lot more juice. Nick's Blissful Brews Smoked Custard Plus was an instant hit with me and became my all day vape, but the day of the $20+ 30ml bottle is over. Dead. Seriously juice makers, you need bigger bottles and lower prices if you want most of us to vape your juice. $23 for a 30ml was ok when that bottle was going to last me a couple weeks or more, but I can kill that bottle in two days now. Don't call your juice premium to justify charging so much. We could all go make juice as good or better DIY for pennies if we weren't so lazy.Fortunately many vendors have figured that out, and premium tasting juice in big bottles at reasonable prices is not hard to find.
So anyway I am auditioning a bunch of custard vapes to replace Nick's as my all day vape. What I am looking for is juice that performs well and delivers juicy, saturated flavor. Today's entry is Vape Wild On Cloud Custard. This vendor offers big bottles at good prices and has a solid reputation among vapers on the web, so it was one of the first custards I ordered on this journey.
Over the years I've had vendors send me juice to review free of charge. Don't expect a better review because the juice was gratis. My reviews are 100% my opinion, which is an opinion after all so take it as such, but my integrity is uncompromisable. The vast majority of the 200+ juice reviews I've done were done on juice that I paid for. Either way, the review is never affected by who paid for it. Today's review juice was purchased by me and not a gift.
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.
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