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253 comments

  1. Joe M says:

    I have ordered a Volt X2. I’m looking for a tank or something that can be refilled without a lot of prep work. I just want to fill and go. The only other things I am looking for is something that won’t leak when carried around daily, is easy to fill on the go, and provides decent vapor and throat hit.

    Any suggestions?

    • Eric says:

      Smokeless Image carries an X2 T3 bottom coil clearomizer made to work with your X2 battery. While the T3 does not have a huge capacity, it does hold around 2.4ml and is pretty easy to fill. It’ll look great with the X2 also. I’ve had great success with the T3 and it’s smaller sibling, the EVOD.

  2. Emily says:

    Hi. I asked a question under the section for the best basically new to electronic cigarettes but maybe that was the wrong section? My computer crapped out and I don’t know how to copy and paste on an iPad. Could you go take a look, please? Thank you!

    • Eric says:

      Hi Emily and thanks for your post. From your description, it sounds like you are pretty much looking for a cigarette sized device and that it must be automatic. There are a number of kits that are easy to recommend in this style. Smokeless Image, V2, < http://bloogplanet.com>Bloog and Vapor Nine are all ones that I have personally used and can vouch for their performance. In fact, I still use the Smokeless Image and V2 ecigs when I want the convenience of an automatic battery, even though I have much more powerful APVs. Take a look at those sites and see what works for you. V2 also has their Vapor Couture line if you want a little bling!

      Keep in mind that the main tradeoff for the cigarette sized batteries is going to be battery life. You are simply going to have to recharge these more frequently than the larger batteries of your Dream Vapor kit, which I believe are eGo batteries. It is a very good idea to get a couple as backup.

      If you want to stick with the Dream Vapor batteries, I would suggest trying regular cartomizers like these from Smoktek. They are easier and less error prone to get started with and you will be able to get some more use out of those batteries. The vape will be fantastic as well. A drip tip will further help you to avoid that unpleasant liquid in the mouth.

      One final note. You mentioned coffee and menthol flavors. I’m not much on menthol, but I do know that coffee cartridges I’ve tried from Bloog, Vapornine and V2 have been good. You might also want to try the Mint Tea from V2, a menthol smoker friend of mine loved it.

  3. Jean says:

    I have Premium cigs batteries and I want to use them with Green Smoke cartomizers. What type of adapter do I need to purchase?

  4. jack says:

    Hi, I have a bottle of pure glycerin from cvs, the drugstore. It says active ingredient, glycerin, 95.5% anhydrous, which means water free. I wonder if you or anyone knows which kind this is, so i can know if i can use it in my trio. if you can use 100%of one kind ,, no nicotine or flavoring added. thanks

    • Eric says:

      Jack, thanks for your comment. I have used the exact same glycerin with no ill effects. That said, I would feel a lot better using glycerin sold by one of our suppliers that is expressly sold for vaping. As for using it straight up, you can definitely do it, but the results will probably be pretty poor. First off, glycering at 100% is going to be very thick. Secondly, throat hit is going to be virtually non-existant, because of the lack of PG and nicotine. Give it a try, but don’t expect too much from it.

  5. Matt J. says:

    getting an ego twist soon. thinking about getting a tank too. Since i have never tried one. what are some suggestions on some reasonable priced tanks and which work better carto tanks or atomizer tanks? thanks.

    • Eric says:

      Funny you should ask that. I have just started working on an article describing the different styles of tanks. If I had to suggest one, it would be the Smok Tech or Artemas dual coil tank, although I prefer them with single coil replacement cartomizers. The cartomizer tanks are just more consistent for me. I like some of the Vision tanks as well, but they often give me dry hits if I am not careful to tilt and/or shake them a little.

      If you go with the carto tanks, be sure to saturate the cartomizer as well as fill the tank before use. It will take quite a while for a dry cartomizer to become adequately wet just pulling from the tank.

      • Matt J. says:

        I have not purchased an ego twist yet. been kinda iffy on buying one online and for a reasonable price. Found a 1000mah ego twist for $22 on vapors-choice.com but have not seen any reviews. Have you heard of them? are they a good vendor? also i have a vision v3 clearo (stardust) but wanting a bigger tank. tired of refilling every other hour. lol. any suggestions? Thanks

        • Eric says:

          I haven’t dealt with Vapers Choice, but they list the Twist batteries as “genuine Joyetech,” which means they should be some of the best quality you can get. They do have some other batteries listed as “eGo” that are definitely not genuine Joye, however.

  6. John says:

    Hi, I purchased an E9 e-cig online, and am looking for replacements for the cartomizers.. I believe it is equivalent to a kr808-D2 cartomizer, but I am not sure.

    Is there somewhere (reputable) where I can buy the cartridges and some e liquids? all of the ones I have seen are from china.

    • Eric says:

      Hi John. The E9 is actually compatible with a KR808D-2, which is slightly different from the more popular KR808D-1. My recommendation would be to get an adapter like this one from Madvapes to make your batteries compatible with 510 accessories. This compatibility guide shows you the few E9 options.

      As for e-liquid, any of the suppliers we have listed on this site are good ones!

  7. mike says:

    I am looking at Vaping. I like the idea of trying soem herb vaping, and maybe and energy kick for a nicotine solution. I also have some asthma, I have Albuterol sufite sollution that I put in a nebulizer, but mine if big and bulky. SWould I be able to use that liquid in a portable vaporizer to get my med’s?

    • Eric says:

      Unfortunately, I really have no idea about this. I would be very cautious about vaping any type of medicine, though, as you have no idea what type of dosage you are getting.

  8. Cassie says:

    I have quit smoking but want something to take a little of the edge off. I’ve looked into several different types of e-cigs and ready several articles. Most state that there is nicotine AND carcinogens in the e-cigs and that they aren’t any better for you than regular cigarettes. Are there any out there that have very low levels of nicotine and NONE of teh carcinogens? Thanks!

    • Eric says:

      Cassie, you can easily find e-liquids and even prefilled cartomizers with little or no nicotine. There are no carcinogens in ecigs or e-liquid other than some trace amounts. You are probably reading the same flawed information that the media has been regurgitating for the past few years. When the FDA first tried to condemn ecigs, they came out with a study that reportedly found carcinogens. It turned out that what they found was such a small amount that it made no difference and was probably due to contamination from their own testing process. The study was discredited, but groups that want you to buy prescription cessation aids are still treating it as fact.

  9. Lori Woodall says:

    I have been vaping for about 1 1/2 years and love it, it helped me quit regular cigs and I never thought that would happen. I use a kr808d-1 mega manual battery and the mega Vgo Kanger carto. The last order of cartos I got are different. I believe Kanger has changed them somehow. My question is do you guys know if there is another brand that has the mega cartos that fit the 808d-1 battery that are like the Kanger’s last version. I have tried two other mega cartos and can’t find one that has the same taste as the Kanger. Have you gotten any feedback concerning a change in the kanger cartos. I don’t reuse my cartos and I’ve only got a few of the older style left. The new cartos I got don’t last as long and about half way through a carto I start to get a burnt taste and the flavor is not there from the start. Thanks Lori

    • Eric says:

      Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of “burnt taste” going around lately. A recent batch of my favorite single coil Smoke Techs has proved more bad than good. I’m not too familiar with the Kanger line, so I can’t be of much help finding something similar, however I have just ordered some 801 Fusion cartos from Ikenvape that are supposed to be great. I’ll let you know how they are soon.

  10. kim leith says:

    Are these “super mods” ie “Genesis” style really that great for “flavor enhancment?? They are a ton of money for me.

    • Eric says:

      I’ve been a little slow on the uptake on rebuildable atomizers. It just seems like an awful lot of work to me. I trust that the officianados in the rebuildable area know what they’re talking about and get superior flavor from theirs, but I certainly have not had any success.

  11. Kalena says:

    I get my supplies from litecigusa.net. The Dekang fluids are really hit and miss when it comes to flavor strength. I get chocolate a lot for DIY and sometimes there’s very little flavor, making it useless for DIY. I’ve had this and other problems with several flavors. My first bottle of blueberry was great, the second one tasted great but gummed up my attys. I’ve been talking with someone at Dekang in China. They’re telling me that it’s not their issue, that some places dilute the liquid leaving only “5% authentic Dekang.” by the time it gets to me. Litecigusa.net has been awesome about many of these that have had nearly no flavor and I back that company 100% in every category.
    So now I’m left with wondering if there is any company where I can buy Dekang e-fluid that will be consistent in flavor or if it’s the same issue regardless of where it’s bought.

    • Eric says:

      I have never seen any evidence of vendors diluting Dekang e-liquids, but I have bought them from a variety of places including wholesalers in China and I have to agree with you, consistency is an issue. For the price I think they’re okay e-liquids, but I’m really not able to say whether one vendor is better than abother for consistency. I simply haven’t bought it repeatedly from enough of them.

  12. Jetster says:

    Hi, new to vaping but tried three models do far and I’m particularly intrigued by o2vapor.com product. Do you have any feedback from this brand? I would really appreciate it.

    • Eric says:

      Thanks for your comment. The o2 looks like a standard KR808D-1 and appears very similar to the Volt and Bloog. If it performs as well as those, it should be a good deal.

  13. kim leith says:

    What do find to be the best attt typ/ohms to drip with at 3.7 volts? I have a new bolt and would like to get the most vape and flavor I can with it.
    Thanks

    • Eric says:

      I’ve always been partial to Joye LR atomizers, which are typically around 1.8ohms. There are newer renditions that people seem to really love, but the Joye LRs have always worked well for me. 1.7ohm Smok Tech cartomizers are also fantastic on a 3.7v mod.

  14. Sheri says:

    Hello, my head is definitely spinning with all the info about e-cigs and I am obviously trying to get the most bang for my buck. I have been using the disposable kind that you just throw away once they’re done and that’s getting quite expensive plus I don’t really like them. My nephew has the Tornado. How does that compare to the Elite? Also, do you knwo anything about the SafeCig? Thanks for all the info!

    • Eric says:

      Hi Sheri. The disposables are definitely not even close to the best bang for the buck. If they’ve shown you what an ecig can do, they’ve served their purpose. The Tornado is a decent eGo style electronic cigarette and is similar in performance to the Elite, but they are not compatible. The Elite is a KR808D-1 style connection, while the Tornado is a 510. Either one is a good choice and will be worlds better, in performance, battery life and cost of use than the disposable. The mediocre but extremely expensive Safecig is a very poor value.

  15. Andy Robinson says:

    Hi
    I have just bought a Riva 1100 kit that has a Vision EGO v3 Clearomiser, i like the thicker juice like Cherry and Caramel but my clearomiser does not, am looking for another clearomiser any advise on the best 1 for the thicker juice, the carts i got with the kit work well but dont want to keep filling them up all the time, i am looking for something with at least 1.6ml upwards

    Thanks
    Andy

    • Andy Robinson says:

      is the Vision Vivi Nova V2 or the Mini Nova any good ?

      • Eric says:

        Actually, they are not bad. I’ve been using a Vivi Nova for a couple of weeks and it has performed fairly well. The eliquid supply cannot quite keep up with higher voltages and sometimes results in a dry hit. The good news is that the burnt taste doesn’t linger. As an inexpensive tank they’re not perfect but a little above average.

    • Eric says:

      I’d recommend trying some standard Boge or Smok Tech cartomizers. Honestly, though, I’m not a big user of either thick juices or clearomizers, so take my advice with a grain of salt. You might try posting this question on ECF where there may be more folks who have had similar experiences to yours.

  16. Matt H says:

    Gents –

    I’ve started vaping with an off the shelf Blu kit from Walgreens, and it’s been good enough to tell me that I wanted to try some better hardware (and hopefully a wider palette of flavors). So I’ve ordered a Volt kit with refillable cartridges to give that a whirl. I prefer, but am not hung up on, the cigarette form-factor.

    Ultimately, I would like to head towards a tank system, I think it would help if I could see how much juice I had left in the e-cig overall, from a performance perspective, and even though I’m looking forward to the filling process on the new Volt kit to try new flavors, I’m thinking it’ll get to be a bit tedious down the road. So a simplified filling process would be good.

    I’m not a heavy analog smoker, maybe a few a day a handful of times during the week, and I would normally do snus outside of that. I’m currently vaping in place of any tobacco products at all. Any thoughts on a tank based e-cig that would fit my criteria well? I’ve been looking at the eGo Tank from JOYE and I believe the other was Tornado Tank or something like that. Your opinion is appreciated.

    • Eric says:

      The Dual Coil tanks are a great low cost entry into the tank world, although I prefer to replace the dual coils with single coils. The little CE2 eGo tanks are another inexpensive way to get started. They are more of a clear cartomizer than a tank, though.

  17. Diane says:

    I’ve been using The SafeCig, but finally decided to buy more batteries from AquaVapor. Plus, I’ve finally been refilling myself. I purchased cartomizers from AV and the first pack I bought, everything was fine. But now, with the second two packs, there’s no sizzle! I’ve condom filled, top filled, cleaned the batteries with a Q-Tip and nail polish remover and pin, used the pin on the two holes, too, I’ve even tried pulling up the post on both the cartomizers and the battieries. When I inhale, I get lots of vapor and very little flavor. Yes, I’ve overfilled them, but I always blow out the extra juice in the tube. I’m also taking long slow inhales. I don’t know what happened? I’m using the same juice I always did. I’m using RN4081 batteries and cartomizers. Any other ideas, hints, tips or suggestions? Thanks! I’m 5 months smoke free by using my e-cigs. If I can’t get these to work any more, I may just switch to an Ego. But that’s a whole nuther subject as to get either the Ego T or Ego C. Thanks ever so!

    • Eric says:

      It sounds like you are doing everything right and have checked some of the usual suspects. If you are getting lots of vapor and no flavor, then I suspect that the second pack of cartomizers may have a different resistance. If you have a multimeter, you may want to check the resistance and compare it to that of the cartos that worked well for you. Beyond that, the only difference would be in the juice you are using.

  18. lisa rockwell says:

    what is difference between cartomizers and atomizers, which models use what thanks so much cause do not want to ruin my ego-t batt.

    • Eric says:

      Atomizers have only a coil and wick and rely on a cartridge or direct dripping to supply the e-liquid. Cartomizers either have filler or a reservoir built in to supply a constant flow of liquid to the coil. See Atomizers vs Cartomizers for more detail.

  19. Neversink says:

    I’ve been a smoker for over forty years. I smoke American Spirits which are fairly strong and very flavorful. How can I best duplicate that taste? I read your guide and am looking at diving into a Joye 510-T but before I spent that much I thought to try something in a disposable. Got a ‘Square’ at the local mini mart for eight bucks and it tastes Awful! Any wisdom you could impart regarding the duplication of that lovely tobacco taste in a vaping experience would be Greatly appreciated.

    • Eric says:

      I never tried American Spirits, but I can tell you that there are a lot of good cigarette-like flavors out there. I’m vaping some G.I. Joe from Aroma Ejuice at the moment that is great. Goodejuice, FreedomSmokeUSA and LitecigUSA also have some great tobaccos. I would recommend trying some of those to see if you can find something that works for you.

  20. PhredOtaku says:

    Hello,

    I’m a cigar smoker which means that I don’t inhale the smoke. I get most of my nicotine buzz by absorption in my mouth and not by breathing the smoke into my lungs. Will I still be able to enjoy an e-cig (and the nicotine effect) if I don’t inhale the vapor like a cigar smoker?

    Thanks
    PO

    • Eric says:

      Absolutely! The nicotine in the vapor from an electronic cigarette is actually absorbed primarily through the mucus membranes in the mouth. The throat hit that is often discussed in reference to the electronic cigarette is not really necessary for nicotine absorption, but more to mimic the sensation of smoking a cigarette. Best of luck and thanks for visiting!

  21. Linda says:

    I have an eGo that I purchased last summer. The atomizer is now getting so hot it burns my fingers and I get no vapor from it at all. I know I have to replace it but I am not sure if I should get another atomizer or go with a cartomizer. Will the 510 fit the eGo?
    Thank you for the help!

    Linda

    • Eric says:

      Yes, any of the 510 threaded atomizers and cartomizers will fit the eGo, as well as those that are made for the eGo. Many of the new cartomizers are great and are probably worth a try. Thanks for visiting!

  22. Shara says:

    A few years ago when I attempted tp quit analogs I purchased a greensmoke starter kit along with an extra battery and a bunch of cartomizers. I enjoyed vaping but went back to analogs. Now I’ve quit analogs again, this time for good. It has been about a month now and I had enough cartomizers left to get me through these first weeks. Now I want to continue vaping but I don’t want to reinvent the wheel here nor do I want to spend unnecessarily. My batteries work fine. Can I purchase the juice of my choice and drip it (with a syringe, I presume) into my old cartomizers? If so how long can I reuse them and where is a place to find inexpensive empty cartos? I am not opposed to buying a new system but it seems like it should be unnecessary. Am I correct in these assumptions? Advice? Thanks!

    • Eric says:

      Congratulations on your success so far. Filling cartomizers can be accomplished with a syringe or by using the cap fill method. More on that can be found in my Cartomizer Filling article. As for replacement cartomizers, from what I have found, the KR808D-2 (the 2 being an important number here) cartomizers like these from Vapor Kings should be compatible and at a much lower price.

  23. Nora says:

    Hi Guys,

    Would you happen to know what kind of battery the Fifty-one Duo is. Trying to find cartos for it without having to go to them. By the way…. I just got an ego 900. I absolutely Love it!!!! But my Fifty-one still works Great! (Just wish I could get my hands on the Chocolate & Vanilla cartomizers they started with)

    Thank You for all that you do to inform the rest of us!!
    Been Vaping 3 years now.
    Nora

    • Eric says:

      As far as I know, the Fifty-One Duo is a re-branded E9 or KR808D-2 model, so you can look for compatible cartomizers like these from Vapor Kings. Please note that the 2 in KR808D-2 is important, as there is also a more common KR808D-1 that is not compatible.

      Glad we can help and thanks for visiting!

  24. Vapegrl says:

    I’m wondering what you think about Lorillard’s purchase of Blu Cigs and how it might affect the e-smoking industry in the future. Are they going to price smaller e-cigarette companies out of the market with their huge advertising budget?

    • Eric says:

      This is probably a good topic for an in-depth article. I personally see a few possible outcomes. First is that Lorillard’s marketing budget may make electronic cigarettes a lot more mainstream than they are now. I’ve commented before about how seeing even mediocre electronic cigarettes at Walmart is beneficial to the industry as a whole because it makes them more of a socially accepted product. I doubt whether Lorillard could price smaller companies out of the market, especially if they stick with Blu as the product. There will always be the opportunity for private companies to offer better devices and better e-liquid, just like they do today. A more likely negative outcome is that Lorillard gains FDA approval for the product just like their cigarettes, thus making the sale of unapproved products illegal. Smaller companies could not possibly spend the money to get through the approval process. For now, I’m just hoping for the best…

  25. Arashi no Ashura says:

    I am looking for a good quality kiseru (geisha-style) vaping pipe. Preferably one that is 501 compatible. I have done several searches and haven’t found one yet. Any suggestions as to where I might be able to purchase such an item?

    • Eric says:

      You stumped me on this one. I have not seen anything in the style that you are looking for. Hopefully someone will read this and chime in. If you haven’t already, ECF would be a great place to ask this question as well.

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