I enjoy a good coffee vape, but I've yet to find one that compelled me to vape it regularly. Another problem with coffee is that it is one of those persistent flavors, tasking even the abilities of atty refresher to wash out. You really need a dedicated coffee atty.
To date the best coffee vape I've had is one I haven't reviewed due to a friendship I hold with the vendor. Despite not reviewing it on those grounds, I will say that Campfire Coffee from want2vape is my favorite coffee vape. It's rich, sweet, almost creamy, and the coffee body is just so genuine and true. It truly is sweet, strong coffee in a vape. Even so, I rarely go down to The Juice Cellar for that bottle.
Today's test subject is Timmy's Double Double from our friends up north, Juicy Clear. I have zero preconceptions regarding this juice, and the fact of the matter is that I have not sampled this specimen before today, so you get a rare first glimpse at my impressions on this one. I was not a fan of their RY4 variant, but their Canadian Full Flavor totally won me back, and I vaped that bottle dry faster than just about any review sample that has entered The Lab.
I will be vaping this 73PG/27VG 18mg specimen at 3.7v on my Bombshell with a 1.5 ohm Cisco atty.
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Today we head into The Lab with specimen #2 from Ares Ecig, Ares Sweet Tobacco.
I have not sampled any of the Southern-style sweet tobacco vapes that are out there, so this will be my first. In general, I find e liquid to be too sweet on the whole, and tobacco vapes curiously so. I understand that the right amount of ethyl maltol can take the right average vape into stellar territory, but for the most part I feel that juice vendors are way too heavy handed with the sweetener. To date, I have vaped maybe two tobacco juices that I didn't feel were over-sweetened. I don't get it. I never smoked a cigarette, outside of kreteks, that struck me as sweet. It makes you wonder just how well acquainted with tobacco the people designing our juices are. Most of them seem to have no particular love for the splendid weed.
Today's tobacco is intentionally sweet, so I have zero issues with the level of sweetness I find here as it is by design. Ares previous entrant was a curious but interesting tobacco vape, so I am looking forward to moving through their juices that I have on hand.
I will be vaping this 18mg juice at 3.7v on my Bombshell with a Cisco 1.5 ohm atty. The blend here is unknown, but consistency and performance make my educated guess 70PG/30VG.
The winner of the 2010 Vapenstein Award for Best Vendor is a busy guy. Too busy to send me a sample of Adirondack apparently. (you had that coming Don, you know I am a pipe guy) Backwoods Brew has even been shutting down operations on occasion, just to keep up with getting all his orders filled. Most vendors only dream of that kind of success.
I've never vaped a Backwoods juice I didn't like, and Don owns more It's Alive! Awards than any other vendor. I've been sitting on today's juice since December, kind of just waiting to see if it showed up on the Backwoods site. Well, it hasn't, so today's specimen is classified "pre-production" and may or may not be representative of a shipping product when and if it arrives. This is Backwoods Brew Carrot Cake, Don's take on the venerable classic dessert.
My grandmother was the world's best cook. My mom, not so much. This is one of the few things my mom makes that I am crazy for though. There are like two cups of vegetable oil in my mom's carrot cake, and lots of black walnuts. It's moist and walnut-y and topped with a generous application of cream cheese frosting. Love this cake.
I will be vaping this 18mg 70PG/30VG blend at 3.7v on my Bombshell with a 1.5 ohm Cisco atty.
I stumbled across Ares ecig.com sometime around the holidays. I find their site, see that they're making their own USA made juice, and they go on the list. Nothing I like better than finding a vendor that makes USA juice that no one is talking about. It's potentially like striking oil. If they're good you're the herald of something great. If not, well, that's why no one was talking about them to begin with, I guess.
Ares was kind enough to send me some of their juice to review, both tobaccos and non-tobaccos. This is the first of the batch, Ares Classic Tobacco. Ares states that all aspects of their juice are US made, down to the bottles, using USP PG and VG and 100% pure nicotine. Looking through their web site I do not see what the PG/VG ratio of their juice is, but it is on the thin side and if I had to guess I would wager on 70PG/30VG.
I will be vaping this 18mg PG blend on my Bombshell at 3.7v using a Cisco 1.5 ohm atty.
Vapor Station was the first quality juice I got my hands on after a couple of missteps trying budget vendors. For months I vaped nothing but 24mg Tampa first thing every morning, and that is still just about all that Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein vapes.
All Vapor Station tobaccos contain a natural Virginia tobacco extract and a Turkish tobacco absolute. They all are variations on the same flavor profile. I could give all of them Vapenstein It's Alive! Awards, because they're all that good. I'll let the two I gave them stand, and just tell you that the rest of the tobaccos are just as good.
There is an undercurrent of nut in these Vapor Station tobaccos, varying to really intensely present to just a mild addition. From nuttiest to least nutty I would rank them Frisco, Tennessee, Tampa, Phoenix, and lastly Texas, which is my current daily morning vape. Frisco is, I feel, the very best 555 variant in the vaping world, and there isn't a one of these I wouldn't be happy to vape every day.
I will say that I feel their juice lacks punch at 16mg. I normally try to stick to around 18-20mg, but this is one vendor that I vape at 24mg. Much more satisfying at 24mg. Vapor Station is also one of the best values in vaping, selling some of the best tobacco vapes made for only $14/30ml. I have no particular relationship with Eric, but I have great admiration for his juice.
Today I will be vaping this 24mg juice at 3.7v on my Bombshell with a 1.5 ohm Cisco atty. Eric doesn't state the PG/VG ratio of his juice, but if you piece together the bits and pieces from forums and on the Vapor Station website it appears they are approximately 65PG/35VG. They are thin and perform like 70/30, burning cleanly and not clogging attys.
Italian vendor Puff Cigarette made a big splash with Next #117, garnering the first ever Vapenstein It's Alive! Award for a flavoring concentrate. I loved the burnt caramel note of the resulting juice, and I found the performance of the 75PG/25VG blend very satisfying in terms of performance. It was one of those juices that had no trace of tobacco to it, but satisfied in a very tobacco-like manner. I like it very much and have almost used up my small supply.
Today's specimen is Next #169, another of their tobacco flavorings that is described by them as "gusto tobacco rotundo". Hmmm, enjoy round tobacco or enjoy fat tobacco? In any event, it sounds like another robust tobacco vape, and I'm always up for that.
I mixed this juice, which I believe is already a 50/50 blend, 50/50 with 50mg/ml PG nic, so the resulting liquid should be approximately 75PG/25VG and 25mg. I usually mix 20mg, and I really should start knocking that down to 16-18mg, but I always vape 24-25mg in the morning.
I will be vaping Next #169 at 3.7v on my Bombshell with a fresh 1.5 ohm Cisco atty.
I have thought about a high voltage mod for a while. I really wanted something in stainless steel, but I was put off by the end buttons of the Prodigy and Precise, and the new Precious ended up being a very expensive aluminum mod instead of stainless.
Now that I've settled in on using Cisco 1.5 ohm and SLB 1.7 ohm attys, I am happy about 97% of the time at 3.7v. I used to think about it a lot more when I used Joye attys exclusively, but the Ciscos and SLBs have remedied most of my complaints.
However, every now and then I still have a day when I would like a little more intensity than I get from this combination. That's why I kept thinking about 5v. When I first saw the Kalamazoo Vapor Shop Triple V, I knew that this mod would probably end up in my hands. The combination of sexy aluminum tube mod, high voltage and low buy-in price ($75) all contributed toward piquing my interest.
So now that I've had the Triple V for almost a week it's time to post my impressions and a few poorly taken pics. I will be comparing the Triple V to The Bombshell, which is my everyday mod. The Bombshell has almost the same dimensions as a Silver Bullet, which many of you have or have used.
I've been clean and sober for 16 years this Friday. I never mentioned this before because it doesn't define who I am. I'm not a 12 step junkie. I just don't partake anymore. You guys know how I love tobacco. I'm the same with liquor. Trust me, there is nothing I would like better than to enjoy a glass of quality spirit with a bowl of pipe tobacco in the evening, but I am better off without it and that's just how it is. If there is an afterlife the first thing I want is a good, stiff drink when I check in, but until then I'll stay dry.
The Pina Colada is kind of a girly beverage, but I loved them. It's like an adult milkshake, and who doesn't like milkshakes? I leaned more toward the Zombie (5 types of rum including coconut rum, pineapple juice and grenadine) when I drank, but the Pina Colada is a delicious drink. If I buy an Icee or a Slurpee, you know I'm going straight to the Pina Colada, or Horchata if they have it.
Today's test subject is Pina Collide from Juicy Clear. I always thought this was a great idea for a vape, and my previous experience with a Colada vape from Vape the Rockies was mostly positive.
I will be vaping this 73%PG/27%VG blend at 3.7v on my Bombshell with a 1.7 ohm SLB atty.
You can't swing a dead cat in the vaping world without hitting someone's hazelnut tobacco juice. Today we're going off on a different tangent. Hazelnut coffee. Hot Vapes Cafe Filbert, specifically.
Tim at Hot Vapes is a nice guy, and Hot Vapes is one of our sponsors as well as the maker of the mod I use every day here in The Lab, The Bombshell. However, look back through my reviews of Hot Vapes juice here on Vapenstein. You'll find that I've been relatively lukewarm on them. If you have any questions about my objectivity regarding evaluating a sponsor's product, I will refer you to that. Ask Tim, I'm sure he would appreciate better lip service than I've given his juice in the past.
Also, Tim, you keep sending me 12mg. I put 12mg juice on chapped lips and cold sores. Send me something with some bite next time bro, 18-24mg. It helps my impression of a juice. If you can't win me over with flavor, at least dope me up with nicotine.
Today I will be vaping this 12mg 50/50 blend at 3.7v on my Bombshell with a Cisco 1.5 ohm atty.
If you're anything like me, standard resistance 510 atomizers were enough to get you to join the party, but it didn't take long before they didn't cut it anymore. I remember being scared the first time I heard a low resistance atomizer fire, and now I roll out of bed in the morning and vape low res before I've poured my first cup of coffee.
Low resistance atomizers deliver more of that cigarette-like impact you begin to miss once you become acclimated to vaping. A good low resistance atomizer performs within spitting distance of what a 5v device will give you, the difference being even more heat at 5v, and less strain on your batteries at 5v. If low resistance atomizers had been available from the get-go, we might not have as many high voltage options as we have today.
I have vaped almost all of the 510 low res atty choices. The following are my non-scientific, unquantified impressions. For more detailed analysis of atomizers I will refer Vapenstein readers to my esteemed colleague basilray's work. Dig through the VapeTV Live archive here for some of basilray's weekly VapeTV segments, which for the last month or so have had a definite atty-centric focus. Good stuff and required viewing.
Following are my experiences with various 510 low res attys:
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