Even more e-cig Upgrades!

So, in my quest for the PERFECT VAPE, I have made yet another upgrade.

I had been using the Aspire Vivi Nova-S tanks for my VTR, but was having a few issues with them… The manufacturing tolerances on the parts seemed pretty inconsistent, so in a pack of 5 replacement coils I think I’d get 3 decent ones, 1 passable one, and 1 that shorted against the side and/or didn’t work in general. Past that, I was having some flavor consistency issues between coils that was really bugging me.

Kanger released a couple of things in the last month — first, they announced that soon they would be providing stock sub-ohm coils for their ProTank, EVOD, and AeroTank lines. This is great for heavy vapers that are constantly chasing that huge cloud and throat hit. Secondarily, they released a product called the Aerotank Mega, which was (after some dremeling …) a perfect fit for my VTR.

A website called Craving Vapor had the best price on the AeroTank Mega at $33.50 or so, so I bought one. They shipped the next day and I had it at my doorstep less than 48 hours after that.

HOLY COW. This is almost a night and day difference. The Aerotank Mega uses Kanger’s newly built atomizer coils, and I’m here to tell you — they are NOTABLY improved from the previous versions. The vapor production and flavor provided by this tank rival that of several RBAs I’ve used previously, including the widely regarded Kayfun. It is the closest to dripping on an RBA that I have ever found with a tank — and was so worth the $33.50 for the tank that I’ve already bought a second one.

If you’re in the e-cig game and want a tank to buy once and never have to replace, it looks like this is the one. Not only is every piece able to be purchased by itself in case you break anything, the thing is machined out of steel and the build quality is astronomically improved from any of the other tanks I’ve ever used. Last but not least, if you are a klutz like me and drop your e-cig all the time, you can build the tank as 100% steel so it will put up with your abuse.

Best tank I have ever used, hands down. 5 Stars. 10/10. A++.

eCig Upgrades!

It has officially been 120 days since I smoked my last ‘analog’ cigarette, and boy oh boy do I feel a lot better because of it.

During the last 4 months, I’ve expanded my juice horizons, replaced my battery, and switched tanks — so here’s some new data!

The new battery is the iTazte VTR. I love my stick-style iTazte VV 3, but the 800mah capacity in it was sorely limiting. When I started vaping primarily at 11W, I could extinguish the battery in about 4-5 hours at best. It was a passthrough device, so I could just throw it on the charger, but that got to be a liability — now that I feel better, can breathe better, etc., I’m looking at doing some climbing camping trips in the near future and I will need to go more than a few days without access to USB or power. I wanted more capacity, but did not want the device to look like the huge boxes with an atomizer sticking out the top (like, say, the iTazte MVP2). The VTR met all of those requirements.

The iTazte VTR is effectively the same circuitry as the iTazte VV 3, including the variable voltage and wattage functionality (though it provides an increase in the available voltage and wattage range), but in a bigger, heftier package and built around replaceable, rechargeable 18650 cells. FastTech (aka SlowShip) had a deal on the device for about $70. I picked it up with 2x Panasonic 3400mAh 18650 cells and a Nitecore i2 charger for just at $100 shipped.

Another change with the VTR is that the primary threading on it is 510 threading — not eGo threading like the Kanger MT3S tanks and other tanks used. Instead of attaching to the external threads on the outside of the center post, it attaches to the center stalk and threading. As such, in order to use the Kanger MT3S tanks, I would need to use the extender tube included with the VTR which would make it the same form factor as the MVP2 — a large box with an atomizer sticking out of the top.

To address this, I purchased several of the Aspire Vivi Nova-S BDC Tanks. These are strikingly similar to the Aspire ET-S BDC tanks that I had been using (which are in turn strikingly similar to the Kanger MT3S tanks I had previously recommended), but are 510 threaded and have an ever so slightly increased capacity — about 3.5ml. They work almost identically to the previous tanks I had been using, they just socket right in to the VTR and the only thing exposed past the top of the battery is the drip tip.

Last but not least, due to a notable increase in shipping times from Ms. T’s bakery (20-30 business days, eek), I started shopping around for new juices and found a few that I really liked.

First is a replacement for Ms T’s Snickerdoodle — it’s by a company called Seduce Juice, and it goes by the name of Snickerdoodledoo. It’s not quite 100% as good as Ms T’s, but it’s half the price and ships the same day. That’s worth a lot when you’re fighting addiction, as far as I’m concerned.

Second was a new fruity vape I had tried. Historically I’ve liked blueberry and strawberry and such, and also had good luck with an orange juice flavor — but I wanted something a little lighter and preferably citrus-y. I found Mt. Baker Vapor’s Arnold Palmer flavoring and bought a small bottle with 2x flavor shots and was immediately impressed when I received it. As such, I bought 236ml of it the next week.

All in all, it’s been an interesting 4 months of vaping — I feel a whole lot better, my heart rate and blood pressure are WELL within healthy ranges, and this one time two weeks ago I had a dream where I smoked a real cigarette, and woke up in a cold sweat feeling like I had cheated on my wife or something.

Good times.

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UPDATE: I fixed most of the math, added the average cost of smoking an e-cigarette, totaled some numbers, and changed some of the wording because I felt like it.


So, I smoke cigarettes. I have for a lot of years, it’s a nasty habit, and I don’t like doing it. When the e-cigarette revolution occurred, I tried early on to get onto the bandwagon with the blucigs brand, but didn’t really like it. Flash forward something like 2.5 years and I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time figuring out a good e-cigarette setup that works for me. I’ll spare you the lengthy diatribe about it, but will quickly drop my current parts list:

Battery:
eGo C v2 Upgrade 900mah Pass-through

Tank:
Kangertech MT3s 3.0ml Steel Bottom Wick w/ 1.8ohm Atomizer

Juice:
MsT’s Bakery Snickerdoodle or Cappuccino

In any case, to help me see the direct result of the good choice of never smoking real cigarettes again, I’ve thrown together a quick javascript function to show how many days it’s been since my last cigarette, how many cigarettes I have not smoked, and how much money I’ve saved in doing so. It’s only mostly accurate — I smoked about a pack and a half or so a day on average, and the easiest way to make this work was just to assume one cigarette per hour throughout the day. If I really get pedantic about it, I’ll fix the math up to handle awake hours and asleep hours (at least an average period), and then do additional math to figure out exactly how many cigarettes I was smoking per hour I was awake. I’ll get there one of these days. I’m also actually going to be honest about it since it only really means anything if I don’t lie to you or myself about it. Funny how that works.

I’m pretty certain no one else cares about this, but fuck you anyways because I do — and I want it public on the webbertubes.

Why are you still here? Go away.