Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Which 18650 battery should you choose?

When I started vaping, I used whatever battery was cheap because they all seemed to work the same. As I moved on to more powerful devices, I learned some batteries just don’t work in some situations. A Samsung 30Q works fine at 12 watts with a 0.5 ohm coil but 30 watts with a 0.3 ohm coil is too much. A Sony VTC4 works great with everything I own but stepping down to an LG HG2 for my lower powered mods gives me even better battery life. Some batteries will last longer and run at higher loads, others have outstanding battery life but can’t run higher wattages. I put together this chart to hopefully make choosing your next battery a lot easier.

Class One - Up to 30W, 0.5 Ohm or higher


LG MJ1 ($15)
3500mAh
10A
3.6V


Class Two - 30-60W, down to 0.27 Ohm


Samsung 30Q ($6)
3000mAh
15A
3.6V
LG HG2 ($10)
3000mAh
20A
3.7V


Class Three - 60-80W, down to 0.19 Ohm


LG HE2 ($12)
2500mAh
20A
3.7V
Samsung 25R ($7)
2500mAh
20A
3.6V


Class Four - 80-120W, down to 0.15 Ohm


Sony VTC4 ($13)
2000mAh
30A
3.7V
LG HD2 ($7)
2000mAh
30A
3.7V


Class Five - Over 120W, down to 0.15 Ohm

LG HB6 18650 ($6)
1500mAh
30A
3.6V

The Class system I’m using is borrowed from an article on Vaping360.com and is based more on the capability of the battery as a whole than any one stat. Voltage is average. Most batteries will have a peak voltage of around 4.2 volts. I left out the Sony VTC5 mainly because they are hard to find and are one of the most counterfeited batteries on the market.

"The Best 18650 Batteries for Vaping." Vaping360. 30 Aug. 2016. Web. 06 Sept. 2016.
"Choosing the Best 18650 Vape Battery – The Ultimate Guide." Quit Smoking Community. Web. 06 Sept. 2016.

Which 18650 battery should you choose?

When I started vaping, I used whatever battery was cheap because they all seemed to work the same. As I moved on to more powerful devices, I learned some batteries just don’t work in some situations. A Samsung 30Q works fine at 12 watts with a 0.5 ohm coil but 30 watts with a 0.3 ohm coil is too much. A Sony VTC4 works great with everything I own but stepping down to an LG HG2 for my lower powered mods gives me even better battery life. Some batteries will last longer and run at higher loads, others have outstanding battery life but can’t run higher wattages. I put together this chart to hopefully make choosing your next battery a lot easier.

Class One - Up to 30W, 0.5 Ohm or higher

LG MJ1 ($15)
3500mAh
10A
3.6V

Class Two - 30-60W, down to 0.27 Ohm

Samsung 30Q ($6)
3000mAh
15A
3.6V
LG HG2 ($10)
3000mAh
20A
3.7V

Class Three - 60-80W, down to 0.19 Ohm

LG HE2 ($12)
2500mAh
20A
3.7V
Samsung 25R ($7)
2500mAh
20A
3.6V

Class Four - 80-120W, down to 0.15 Ohm

Sony VTC4 ($13)
2000mAh
30A
3.7V
LG HD2 ($7)
2000mAh
30A
3.7V

Class Five - Over 120W, down to 0.15 Ohm

LG HB6 18650 ($6)
1500mAh
30A
3.6V

The Class system I’m using is borrowed from an article on Vaping360.com and is based more on the capability of the battery as a whole than any one stat. Voltage is average. Most batteries will have a peak voltage of around 4.2 volts. I left out the Sony VTC5 mainly because they are hard to find and are one of the most counterfeited batteries on the market.

"The Best 18650 Batteries for Vaping." Vaping360. 30 Aug. 2016. Web. 06 Sept. 2016.
"Choosing the Best 18650 Vape Battery – The Ultimate Guide." Quit Smoking Community. Web. 06 Sept. 2016.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Serpent Mini RTA

This month's VapeBox included the Serpent Mini RTA. The Serpent Mini is a 22mm, single coil, top fill, rebuildable tank. Included in the box are three packets labeled "Comp Wire". One of these packets contains spare screws and o-rings. The other two contain cotton for wicking and some pre-made coils. The coils are two-strand twisted kanthal, 5 wraps, 2.5mm inside diameter, and measuring around 0.5 ohms when installed. The box also includes a spare glass tube because who hasn't broken at least one tank.

The build deck is easy to build on and can be accessed without emptying the tank. Once the coil is mounted and wicked, and the tank is filled, you are rewarded with a smooth, flavorful vape. Airflow is adequate but the liquid capacity is a little small. If you want flavor and don't mind filling often, give this little tank a try. You won't be disappointed.


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Don't be a vape-hole

Most of us have met him. He looks down on you because his clouds are bigger or his coils are fancier. He thinks you have to chase clouds and build ultra-low ohm coils to be a real vaper. He treats you like you are less of a vaper. He may hang out in a vape lounge all day. He may even work there. He is a vape-hole.

You don't have to vape a certain way to be a real vaper. Some of us vape to stay off cigarettes. Some of us vape for the clouds. Some of us just like the flavor and the social vaping. It doesn't really matter. We are a community of people who enjoy vaping. We have our own personal reasons and our own personal styles. If it works, do it. If not, talk to other vapers or read a vape blog or watch a vape video. Keep trying until you find what works. Just don't be a vape-hole because someone else doesn't vape the same way you do.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Don't give up

I was always changing up what I was vaping on. I'd get something new and it would be a little better or a little different, so I'd use it till the next new thing came along. A few months ago I got a Herakles tank through Vape-Box and it was amazing. I really souldn't say was because it is still the best tank I own. I've tried a few since then but I always go back to the Herakles.

Recently a friend was showing me the Smok X Cube II and I thought it was a little gimmicky with the lights and bluetooth but I liked the fact that it was a 160W, dual 18650 mod that is firmware upgradable. I found one on sale for around $50 so I ordered it to add to my collection. Once I started using the X Cube II I was hooked.

I have reached a point where I have a tank and a mod that I don't want to put down. I still haven't found a juice that I can vape all day every day but that is ok. It has taken a year and a half, but I've finally found the vape setup that works for me. If you find yourself  wanting more from vaping, don't give up. Try different flavors, different tanks or drippers, different mods or mechs. What works for one person may not work for you. You will eventually find your favorite combo that works for you.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Aspire ESP 30W

I finally got my hands on an Aspire ESP 30W box mod. I have been disappointed to say the least. Aspire has always made reliable and attractive products but the ESP has fallen short. The carbon fiber is attractive and the controls feel good but the 510 connection has been an issue since day one. When I switch from one tank to another with a slightly shorter 510 connector, the mod connector sticks and I have had to either bump the mod on my palm or in some cases pick at it with a small screwdriver to get it to pop up. Unfortunately I cannot recommend this mod until Aspire addresses the problem with the 510 connector.

Update:
I sent my mod back to the online store I bought it from and they replaced it. The 510 on the replacement sticks up further and seems to have a better spring. Not sure if I got a defective one the first time or if they made a change to the earlier models.

Since I received my replacement, performance has been flawless. It works with everything I put on it except for one tank that I have had issues with, but we'll save that for another review. This is now a mod I can recommend for anyone who wants a compact mod that still fits 22mm atomizers.

KBox and Subtank

I've been vaping on the Kanger Kbox with the Subtank Mini for a while now and I have to say it has been better than expected. The Kbox is a simple and reliable box. The only con I can find is the lack of USB charging and pass through. You need to make sure you have a charged battery or carry a spare. I have used the Subtank as well as the Kayfun V4 as well as Hobo and Doge RBAs and everything has been enjoyable.

The Subtank Mini has been an enjoyable vape from day one. I haven't noticed much difference between the 1.2ohm, 0.5ohm, or the RBA section with a 0.5ohm build. They all provide great flavor and plenty of vapor.The only con I have found with the Subtank Mini is the glass tank section. Somehow I managed to chip the edge of the glass. Thankfully all the Subtanks come with a spare glass tank so it was a simple job to swap out the chipped tank with a new one.