Posts Tagged ‘e-liquid’
A surprising number of customers contact us to tell us that their new device is leaking. For many, this can be quite alarming for them and often negative judgement is passed on the quality of the product before understanding that the problem of leaking is almost always due to inhaling technique. New users are particularly susceptible to the issue of leaking as they attempt to make the transition to electronic cigarettes from traditional ones. The following guide will attempt to highlight the causes and provide a solution in addition to general atomiser care.
Correct method of inhalation techniques: The normal working temperature of an atomizer is up to 200°C. The proper method for inhalation requires slow and long inhalations to maximize the efficacy of the atomization process.
Cause: Very quick inhalations are much less effective as the atomizer will not have enough time to vapourise the liquid and flooding of the atomizer chamber can occur resulting in leaking from the connection/base of the atomizer body or cartomizer. Similarly, overly hasty inhalations can result in liquid feeding back up through the cartridge/cartomizer air path resulting in liquid entering the user’s mouth.
Solution: In the event of leaking where the atomizer chamber has been flooded by excessive/over-hasty inhalation, immediately disconnect the battery and clean the connection with tissue to remove any liquid. Detach the cartridge/cartomizer from the battery and blow through the same on to a piece of tissue to remove any liquid that remains within the atomizer chamber before reassembling your device.
Advisable: It is good practice to disassemble your device daily and clean the device components with tissue or a dry cloth to optimize longevity of the product.
After prolonged use of an atomizer there will be an accumulation of carbonization and impurities causing general degradaton of the atomizer’s heating coil. You may experience less vapor yield and/or a slight burning taste. This is normal and normally implies that the atomizer head is due for replacement.
Users with ‘Tank’ devices such as the eGo-C should also regularly replace the cartridge cap. These are often mistaken for the silicone covering cap that come with new cartridges which can be used as stoppers when cartridges with liquid inside are placed in storage. The cartridge caps themselves make up part of the cartridge and can be identified as the section of plastic with the small hole that rests on an atomizer spike. Whilst these are often quite stiff to remove for the first time they can be dislodged safely without breaking the cartridge. As the cartridge is repeatedly inserted and re-inserted into the atomizer in between refills the small hole can start to widen and will no longer remain snug around the atomizer spike. Whilst cartridge caps are sold as one time use items, replacing them once every four or five days is acceptable.
Generally speaking it is always advised for users not to use (inhale on) their electronic cigarette as they would with a traditional cigarette. Remember that there is no constant burning of tobacco leaves and whilst oxygen remains a catalyst in the atomization process when inhaling, this can be too much of a good thing.
Kristen Noll Marsh is the Vice President of The Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Alternative Association in the USA, generally referred to as CASAA. She has her own blog where, like the Anti THR lies blog, she is picking apart the arguments put out by the anti tobacco lobby one by one, and this one in particular caught my eye – the scare mongering they do around children.
As a parent, I don’t want my child harmed, and the statistics she has revealed show that neither do other vapers want their kids harmed, and that if we – the industry, expect you – the consumer to take responsibility for your e-liquid, then you do, and the argument the anti’s use that it is attractive to little children isn’t really holding water.
We know nicotine is toxic in the right quantity, and for a child as little as a few drops of 10mg nicotine base could prove fatal. I know when I first heard this I was very concerned, but how about we look at the facts before we get into a panic?
All TECC e-liquid is properly labelled and has childproof packaging, as it should be, and all reputable vendors do the same.
So Kristen form CASSA does the logical thing and checks out the government stats in the USA for child poisoning.
Here is what she found for 2010 – the latest available, and she starts with the tobacco products.
Total exposure to tobacco products, (which means potential poisonings reported,) – 8’335, and 89% of these are children under the age of 12.
Deaths – 0, major Injury – 0, moderate injury – 151, minor injury 1173.
Next we find the stats for the NRT’s.
Total exposure – 1231, 13% were under the age of 12.
Deaths – 0, major injury – 0, moderate injury – 51, minor injury- 234.
Then we come to the e-liquid stats – total potential poisonings – 29, 21% of which were younger that 12. Deaths – 0, major injury – 0, moderate injury – 1, minor 11.
Then we get a little comparison to put it all into perspective –we look at household cleaning agents, as these have been around a long time and are generally kept in a place easy to reach for little kids – despite the well know harm they can do.
Total potential poisonings – 180,493, 65% were younger than 12yrs old.
Deaths – 21, major injury - 194, moderate - 4492, minor -71219.
Now I know the figures are huge here for the household goods, and maybe folk are complacent with their cleaning stuff, but vaping is rapidly becoming very popular, and millions across the USA and UK are now vaping, but vapers are taking responsibility, and not keeping the e-liquid within reach of kids.
It will be interesting to see that stats from 2011, and 2012, but while the anti tobacco lobby are crying about children and e-liquid, perhaps they should expend some of their energy toward to the household cleaning industry too.
Below is the link to Kristen’s excellent blog, that goes into far mre depth than I have here, and it is well worth a read.
Image by Rob Sheridan.
Are pre-filled cartridges/cartomizers better than refilling your own?
Well in my personal opinion I have a liking for both, it just depends on the kind of day I have planned,( or not!) .
Prefilled – I use pre-filled for my Tornado Tank which helps me especially when I have a busy schedule
- No need to keep getting the fluid out and have the risk of spilling it everywhere, which is what could happen if, I am in a rush
- Easy to store in my zipped case, just a case of busting the packet open with my teeth.
- I can re-use my pre-filled carts.
- Easier to take abroad, these days you have put liquids in a transparent bag, therefore I do prefer to take my tub of Menthol carts with me
Refilling – If I’m at my desk I prefer to fill the Tornado Tank myself.
- When I vape a lot especially when it’s a stress filled day, I can keep the bottle next to me and top up time and time again
- If I do spill the liquid (which I have a habit of doing,) I can just wipe my desk
- Works out a little cheaper than buying pre-filled carts, Tornado Tank,
With e-liquid though there is more flavour variety, which is what I like, pre-filled are good but there is usually only a choice of Tobacco or Menthol. I do like a change, if I vape menthol all the time (which is my preferred pre-filled cart) then sometimes I get used to the taste so much that I can no longer enjoy it as much as I would like to. So that’s when I switch and get something a little sweeter and less of a minty taste. I usually go for the Apple TECC Titan Fluid, can’t beat vaping this especially after lunch!
What is your personal preference? Does it depend on the type of day you have? Give us your feedback and comments.
I stumbled across this great thread on one of the forums, where somebody asked- what are your vaping pet peeves?
Below is a list of the most common – see if any of them are yours:
Calling it a personal vaporizer- of course it’s personal!!
Using the term analogue.
People who try your e-cig without asking
Any one who says there is antifreeze in e-liquid
Uninformed media reports
That e-cigs are bad for you
When folk ask if it tastes like a cigarette?
Is it a crack pipe?
Reviewers who inhale deeply, then blow loads of smoke at the camera leaving their mouths wide open.
Calling an e-cig a fake cigarette.
Hate the phrase vapour, vapers, vaping.
Being told each cartridge is the equivalent to 20 cigarettes.
So, do you have any vaping pet peeves? Let us know in the comment box below..
p.s the link to the discussion is here:
This carries on from the blog – mixing your own? no need to be scared!
It’s important to understand the ingredients you will be using when mixing, and how they work with each other. We have several articles already here on the blog about these, so if you don’t know your PG from your VG read about them here -
But the basics are: PG provides the throat hit when inhaling, but so to a lesser degree do the nicotine and certain flavours. PG is thinner than VG.
VG provides the vapour and some of the sweetness.
Always use the best quality Pharmaceutical grade PG and VG you can find.
Nicotine, again use Pharmaceutical grade base liquids such as the Platinum or Titanium Ice.
The ratios of PG/VG/Nicotine strength and flavourings will make a huge difference to the flavour, take your time when mixing, and don’t be surprised if an obvious flavour choice needs a variation on a theme of concentrates, for e.g. – do you need orange flavour, or marmalade flavour? Is it milk chocolate or a dark chocolate that you need? There is an art to flavour mixing, and the forums are a great place to hang out and see what others are doing.
WRITE EVERY RECIPE DOWN! – This will help in sorting out what is working, from what isn’t.
One final point for today- the flavour can take time to come through – sometimes a few hours, sometimes it may need an overnight ‘steep’.
Again – patience!
Chapter 3 of this will be out soon on Spinfuel, it is a great online vaping paper, and here is the link to Ch 2.