Some of you may be wondering why it's been so long since I published the first part of my KVS Triple V review and then haven't published the follow-up.
Well, it's because I no longer have my KVS Triple V, but it's not because I found any fault in the mod. It is time to put a bow on this review and post my final thoughts, both about the mod and about 5v vaping.
The Triple V really had me excited from the first time I saw it. I had been longing for a new tube mod, and I really hoped that 5v was the answer for my recurring feeling that 3.7v at LR wasn't always enough for me.
The status devices like the Precise and the Precious (which looks like it's turned out to be kind of a dud anyway) were more money than I felt like parting with, and the Triple V represented a fantastic value at only $75. I also liked that it uses a mechanical button, eliminating one of the things that can potentially make the device a paper weight.
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I never went out of my way to order any of the tobaccos from LiquidXpress because their juice is Chinese. Not that that is a guarantee that it's no good or anything. I just generally haven't been impressed with any of the Chinese juices I've tried compared to their American and European counterparts.
Not too long ago LiquidXpress launched their Indulgence line of juice. The line has two branches, Sin and Virtue. Clever. It aroused my interest, as it did many vapers. There was a bit of Twitter buzz about the new juice.
You decide, is naming your juice after something that gives the customer no idea of what they're buying clever marketing, or is it arrogant? These juices have no descriptions. You'll have to rely on customer reviews and forum traffic to decipher what it is you're ordering. My opinion is that the naming convention is clever, and I also feel that it is bad form to not tell your customers what they're getting into.
So today I have the first of the batch, LiquidXpress Indulgence Lust.
I will be vaping this 18mg 85PG/15VG blend at 3.7v on my Bombshell with a Cisco 1.5 ohm atty.
I have had some negative thoughts on the tobacco juice sent to me by Mister E, but don't forget, I feel they really nailed their signature take on tobacco in their 1963 juice. Mine's gone. Most juice never gets that far here at The Lab, so I mention it when it happens. Mister E 1963 is a solid, great performing vape. I like the citrus element displayed by that juice. It has just the right balance in 1963, and it's an element unique to some Mister E tobacco vapes.
The others, well I haven't been as big a fan. I am working my way through the rest of their juice to find another I like as much as 1963.
Today in The Lab we've got Mister E 616, which is their version of the venerable 555. The target for this vape is a European cigarette called State Express, which has a nutty finish. In the vaping world, 555 is generically applied to any tobacco vape with a nut element.
Let's get to work on this 18mg 67PG/33VG blend. I will be vaping this on my Copper at 3.7v with a Cisco 1.5 ohm atty.
Taste is subjective. We've all heard that before, but to a point it's true. One man's garbage is another man's ambrosia. Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein and I have very different taste in juice. She detects nut where I detect none, and generally I suspect her palate is deficient. I mean, how could you not like something I think is great? It's absurd.
On the other hand, a green pepper tastes like a green pepper. Maybe you don't like green pepper and I do, but that doesn't make green pepper good or bad.
The reason I am waxing philosophic is that I want to impress upon you how difficult it is to publish a review of a juice I don't particularly like. In the vaping community we are blessed with some awesome vendors. Outside of a couple of bad experiences with people who would be jerks wherever they went, the people in our community are the best. It's nice to belong to something where you know you have friends everywhere you've never even met. Our community won't be like this forever. As it grows and time goes by we'll lose some of this. Enjoy it now and forge some relationships in the community while it still has that tight knit feeling and we still all know each other. We really are all in this together, and I have loads of respect for the whole group.
So it's hard to kick dirt on a vendor you have no hard feelings for, but that's my job. If these reviews weren't my honest feelings you would not be reading this right now.Today I've got Joogler Juice Joogler's Blend in The Lab. I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG blend at 3.7v on my Copper with a 1.5 ohm Cisco atty.
I am always, always excited to try tobacco vapes where the vendor is going the extra mile and making their own natural extract. There are precious few of them. Don't get me wrong. I am fond of some of the better-vaping-through chemistry tobacco juices. I even like a couple of artificial flavoring tobacco vapes. I am drawn to the Real Thing though, like a moth to a light bulb.
Today's test subject is Prime Vaping's Natural Tobacco. Prime Vaping pretty much came out of nowhere and wowed me with a couple of their juices recently. Their juice is clear, burns great and performs. My favorite kind of triple threat.
Here's a secret: I ordered 60ml of one of their juices I haven't even reviewed yet. That has never, ever happened before. So I'm pretty happy with my new friend Jon's juice, and I will be ordering more of them now that he has me hooked. New vendors come and go, and most of them are as disappointing as the ones that came before. Prime Vaping is a keeper, and if you haven't tried any of their juice yet I am giving them the official Vapenstein Seal of Approval. Good stuff.
Today I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG blend on my Copper at 3.7v with a 1.5 ohm Cisco atty.
I started vaping this juice yesterday afternoon in anticipation of reviewing it yesterday. Never did the review, but I have been vaping this juice and nothing else since that time.
I have not disliked one juice I've had from Ares. They made some creative design decisions with their juices that won't make everyone happy. I applaud them for it. Another thing I like about their liquid is that it is thin, clear and burns and performs marvelously. I vape a lot, and I vape a lot of different juice. I'm tough on attys, and I burn through a LR atty almost every week, two if I'm lucky. I like a lot of dark juices that fry attys. I have been bending my mind toward a better atomizer design, and hopefully that will come to fruition. In the meantime, I appreciate juices that take it easy on my hardware.
Today I am vaping Ares S'Mores, their take on the venerable campground classic.
I will be vaping today's 18mg 70PG/30VG test subject at 3.7v on my Copper with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
Don't let my lack of enthusiasm for Mister-E-Liquid's Kamel Hump mislead you into thinking I don't like their juice. I gave their 1963 pretty solid marks, and the fact of the matter is that I've been vaping that particular bottle into oblivion since the review. It hasn't left my travel case.
My Mister E juices are marked 33% VG, and they are miraculously clean burning. Today I am going to be looking at their Cognac Fire under the microscope. This is Mister E's Virginia Fire with a cognac topnote added. I've been abstinent for the last 16 years, but I always loved good brandy in the winter time when I drank. I was a particular fan of old Armagnacs, but I never turned a good cognac down either. I love the way a good brandy practically evaporates in your mouth before you have a chance to get it down. I kept a favored bottle of Caussade Armagnac around for years, just to pop the cork occasionally and smell the memory of that great spirit.
Tobacco and cognac? Sounds great, let's go!
I will be vaping this 18mg 67PG/33VG blend at 3.7v on my Copper with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
I always thought lavender was a great idea for a vape. Then someone pointed out to me that inhaling oil is a bad idea, and that you were only going to get lavender via an essential oil.
This was emphasized recently by the story of the UK vaper whose death may or may not have been compounded by the contents of what he had been vaping. He died of lipoid pneumonia, which could have been caused by a high oil content in a vape juice. Nothing is proven regarding that tragic story, so we really don't know if vaping played a role or not. Sympathies to his family, and hopefully the issue wasn't the result of a poorly designed juice.
So today I have a floral vape to review, Joogler Juice Honeysuckle. It's a recurring theme in Decadent Vapours juice, floral and herbal qualities, but this is the first specifically floral juice I've reviewed.
I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG blend on my Copper at 3.7v with an SLB 1.7 ohm atty.
Last week Erica showed me that Southern Ambrosia is a vendor that is making a way above average product using a conventional approach. Southern Ambrosia Voodoo Lady vaped liked it was created by a professional perfumer. It is the single most fragrant juice I've ever had, and it's deep, floral and mysteriously complex bouquet won me over immediately.
Today I will be much harder to please. Readers know this, but for those of you just joining us, vaping was the answer for me to give up a 30+ year cigarette habit. However, I love premium tobacco. I'm a pipe smoker. I'm not going to apologize for it. It doesn't somehow not make me a "real" vaper. I smoke a pipe because I love tobacco, and I love pipes. One of my other web sites is a pipe and pipe tobacco blog. I'm not giving it up unless my physician tells me I have to. I also love a good cigar, and I smoke a cigar about every other month just to stay in practice.
This is one of the reasons I am so critical of tobacco vapes. As vapers we tell ourselves that juice X is tobacco-like. Well it isn't. Not even close. I smoked a bowl of pipe tobacco last night that says otherwise. I have to evaluate tobacco vapes on different criteria than how genuine they are, because otherwise they would all get Toe Tags, with the exception of a couple of cigar vapes I can think of.
Cigar is big. It's the 800lb gorilla in the tobacco shop. Not as complex as good pipe tobacco, it can be more of a one note affair, but that one note is about a big, bold, hand wrapped celebration of premium tobacco. I have certain expectations of a cigar vape, and most cigar vapes are miserable failures.
I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG juice on my Copper at 3.7v with an SLB 1.7 ohm atty.
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