Thursday, 25 August 2016

Juice Review: Red Royal'z, Blue Cut'z No. 3 and Drummer'z Cut'z by Midaz N.E.A.T Cut'z

Tobacco seems to be one of the hardest flavours to imitate. I don't think I have come across anyone who have done it yet. Quite a few have tried, and there are quite a few that taste pretty good as well, but they still don't taste like real tobacco. This does not mean that it is impossible to create e-liquid that taste like real tobacco though, but it seems to me that you have to get your flavour from real tobacco. I've mentioned House of Liquid and their legendary El-Toro range and I've reviewed the Black Note range here on the blog. These are both fantastic tobacco ranges that I for one always recommend to people asking about tobacco juices.

Flavours plays an extremely important part in the success story of vaping. Having good flavours that taste nothing like tobacco is important and helps vapers move away from tobacco and stay there. But it is just as important to have good tobacco flavours, because this is often crucial for a lot of smokers to make the switch in the first place. It is very common for successful switchers to have started out with tobacco flavours and the moved on to other flavours. Then there is another thing as well that I've thought of while testing some of these tobacco juices ... even though I've been vaping for a long time now, I still like the taste of tobacco. It's a pleasant flavour. When I was smoking I seldom thought that it actually tasted great, and my taste buds were probably in a coma anyway. So I think I can safely say that I never smoked for the flavour (although some cigarette brands taste worse than others), but when I vape tobacco flavours, at least the good ones, I do. A great tobacco vape is kind of like a good cognac with your coffee after a great meal... and these tobaccos often go well with coffee also.

Anyway, I'm going to try to get to the point here. I was talking to Midaz on Facebook a while ago and he had just gotten the Black Note Notebook so I asked what he thought about it... I think I had just done a review of it back then. He told me "it's good, but you should try these", and linked me too his own range at eciggs.se. I was, and still am, thrilled that we have a Norwegian tobacco e-juice specialist among us :) I wasn't even aware until then (you need to tell me these things Midaz!). In fact Rudolf (that's his real name) has used much of his time to develop his techniques and these juices for years (but he hasn't been to loud about it, though). I was lucky enough to run into him at my local vape shop later on as well and try out a few as well. Don't really remember which ones but they were awesome, so when I was asked to do some reviews for esiggs.se I was really exited to get to know these juices in depth.

Red Royal'z

Tested on: SQuape X[dream] (Clapton @ 0.7 ohms, 30 watts)

Very rich, smooth blended tobacco flavour that reminds you of Prince cigarettes. I guess that is what Midaz is aiming for as well here. Very authentic tobacco flavour, a bit sweet and dry. Good throat hit as well, with a hint of burnt taste as well (yeah, I've checked my coils and it's not actually burnt). A great tobacco flavour, perfect for people who wants to get off the cigarettes but also for tobacco lovers.

Blue Cut'z No. 3
Tested on: Wismec Theorem (Clapton @ 0.45 ohms, 45 watts)

Another strong, full tobacco taste. This one is supposed to taste like Petterøe's 3 rolling tobacco, a pretty popular one here in Norway. Now it's been a while since I've tried that so I can't really tell how close it is, and I'm not going to try it either, but this is indeed a great tobacco flavour as well. Authentic, slightly burnt flavour, really well balanced.


Drummer'z Cut'z

Tested on: Tested on: SQuape X[dream] (Dual Clapton @ 0.5 ohms, 45 watts)

This one is not available from eciggs.se quite yet, but do believe it will be soon. Based on Drum rolling tobacco, something I've never tried so I can't really tell if this one is close either. But yet again, a fantastic and very authentic tobacco flavour. It's quite strong and I get a solid throat hit, but that also has to do with the pretty low ohm, (relatively) high power setup I've used. Definitely one I'd recommend for smokers that are used to rolling tobacco.


Overall impression:
Midaz N.E.A.T Cut'z range is one of the most authentic, delicious tobacco flavoured e-liquid ranges I've tasted. If you're into tobacco flavours you should try out the whole Midaz N.E.A.T Cut'z range and pick your favourite. The ones I've tasted so far have been great, and I'm looking forward to trying out the rest. These juices should also be great for first time vapers looking to switch from smoking or vapers struggling to put the last cigarettes away for good. I have talked a bit to Midaz about this and I think this is indeed one of the main motivations behind his tireless work to create tobacco juices that are as authentic as possible. He almost promised me these would get my mum to switch as well, but I believe he moderated himself to something more in the line of "if she can't quit with these there is no hope". We'll see...

As you can see I've tried these in different atties, which also affects the flavour. What I've found is that they taste best on higher ohms and not that much power. High power and low resistance can make these juices a bit overpowering, but you should be fine down to around 0.5 ohms at least. All the juices are 60/40 VG/PG and available in 0,3,6,12 and 18 mg/ml nicotine.

If the rest of the juices in this range are as good as the three I've tried so far, I would put these right up there in the top 3 tobacco juice ranges, and one that tobacco lovers should try out. I just noticed the whole range is also on sale at the moment at eciggs.se (17% off).

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Review: Wismec Reuleaux 2/3

On April 1st this year JayBo announced that he was "retiring" from vaping... which of course was just an Aprils fool. If you watch the video I linked, right after he exposes the joke, he says "I'm not slowing down". And he certainly have not. I've got the feeling that he has been stepping it up quite a bit lately, and there is all kinds of crazy stuff coming out from Wismec. By crazy I actually mean innovative. Just looking at the stuff that has come out lately I'd say JayBo is going through some kind of "transformers period". The devices can be set up in different ways, combined and work in different modes. The Neutron RDA can be set up with coils in serial or parallel, the tank of the Cylin RTA can be used on some of the other drippers from JayBo and the new Noisy Cricket II-25 can switch from parallel battery mode to serial batteries with constant voltage or direct output. A single mode of operation just isn't enough for JayBo these days it seems :) That also goes for the subject of this review, the Reuleaux RX2/3. Based on the very popular Reuleaux RX200S this mod can be used with either two or three 18650 batteries capable of 150W or 200W respectively ... unless you upgrade it that is.

In the box
        • The Reuleaux RX2/3 
        • Back cover for 2 cells
        • Back cover for 3 cells (attached when you get it)
        • USB Cable
        • User Manual
        Specifications 
        • Replacable back cover for use with either 2 or 3 18650 batteries
        • 150/200 Watt
        • VW/TC-Ni/TC-Ti/TC-SS/TCR Mode
        • 0.05-1.5ohm for TC modes
        • 0.1-3.5ohm for VW mode
        • 100-315°C/ 200-600°F (TC modes)
        • Max 6 Volts (2 batteries) / 9 Volts (3 batteries)
        • Reverse polarity protection
        • Spring loaded 510 connector
        • Upgradable firmware

        Look and feel

        When I first saw the Reuleaux RX200 (and DNA200 version for that matter) I thought it looked ... well kind of weird... and big and bulky. But then again, I wasn't really into box mods at all at that time. Now, however, I feel kind of different. I don't think the Reuleaux mods are the best looking mods out there, but after I got my RX200 the shape of it makes more sense and I guess that affects how I think it looks as well. The thing is that it's actually not that big. I guess it's about as big as it needs to be to fit three 18650 batteries, and it does fit very well into your hand. At least my hand, and I think I've got kind of average sized hands. When the Reuleaux first came it look very unusual I guess, but the shape has been copied by others, and there is a reason for that. The RX2/3 with three batteries installed looks pretty much exactly like an RX200S. I think the adjustment buttons are slightly different, and of course it's battery lid is different but that's about it. It feels pretty much the same. With only two batteries installed, it is of course lighter, but in my opinion this shape also feels very comfortable in your hand. The screen is also the same, quite big and easy to read, and you can even change the logo or install your own custom firmware with different fonts. I've only changed the logo, but changing fonts and so on doesn't seem to difficult either... there are quite a few tutorials online. All in all the RX2/3 feels like a solid device.

        In use

        Using the RX2/3 is pretty straight forward. I'm not going to go through all the
        functions, it's all intuitive and all in the manual as well. 5 clicks to turn on and off, 3 to enter the menu and switch modes. Might be worth mentioning that you can adjust the watts in TC mode as well and you need to do 4 clicks to enter that menu, while in TC mode. Simple, intuitive and very easy to use.

        The battery door is released from the mod by pushing a small button on the
        bottom of the mod. Works very well if you ask me, the doors both click into the mod nicely and and pops right out once you push the button.

        You can charge the batteries via the USB port below the screen, but it is recommended, and faster, to use an external charger. What you need to think about if you're switching "modes" from two to three batteries or visa versa is that you need to make sure the batteries are all evenly charged. That means, in practice, they should all be fully charged and all the same type. In fact you should have a set of three and a set of two that are charged together at all times. I've used it mostly with two batteries and I can pretty much get at least a day of vaping from those with my vaping style so I imagine I'll keep doing that most of the time. But if I know it's going to be a while until I can charge again, having the option to put three batteries in there is just great.

        Upgrading the software is also quite easy to do on this device. You can find software for all the Reuleaux models on the Wismec website and if you have a windows computer it is pretty straight forward to do it. Just download, unzip the files and double click the program file and a self explanatory interface will pop up. You can also change your logo from this interface, just remember it needs to be exactly 64x48 pixels and saved as monochrome bitmap. This is where good old paint comes in. Pretty straight forward stuff and I guess you'll use the most time actually making or finding a cool logo. I've made a couple that you can download from the Vaping Giraffe facebook page (or just save the ones on the right) if you want to try it out.



        Performance

        The RX2/3 delivers far more power that I need on any of my atomizers or builds. I don't have any way of testing that it actually delivers the watts, other than comparing it to other devices. I've compared it to my Efusion DNA200 and to me it seems like it delivers about the same power at the same watt setting. Maybe slightly more actually. This is consistent with tests I've read on it as well. As I've said before, I seldom use temp. control, but I've tested the RX2/3 on an SS setup and it seems to work as intended.

        Performance wise I'd say the RX2/3 delivers what it promises, and then some. When you upgrade the software to version 4.12 (latest one available from Wismec) it can manage 180W with two batteries and 250W with three (same as the RX200 and RX200S with upgraded firmware). I'd say that is a lot of bang for your buck.

        Pros and cons

        + Lots of stable power
        + Easy and intuitive to use
        + Fits very nicely into the palm of your hand, both with two and three batteries
        + Upgradable firmware
        - ... not much really.... well not really a con, but you need 5 batteries if you want to use both modes safely

        Conclusion

        If you like the RX200 and RX200S, you'll love the RX2/3. I know some people struggle with the looks of it, but if you don't, and you're looking for a high power device with plenty of battery time, this is one of the best options out there. And price wise... it's a bargain. The RX2/3 costs about the same as the RX200S (NOK 699,- at pgvg.no), maybe slightly more in some shops so I see no reason not to go for the RX2/3 if you want one of those anyway.

        Thanks a lot to Michael at pgvg.no for sending me the device for review. He also provided a discount code for my readers: pgvg2016 (10% off)

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        Friday, 19 August 2016

        Worth reading this weekend (August 19th 2016)

        Quick and straight to the point this time, it's late already :) Here's some of the things I've enjoyed reading this week:
        Have a nice weekend!

        RDA

        Wednesday, 17 August 2016

        Review: SQuape X[dream] by Stattqualm

        "Swiss quality vape since 2012" - This is the slogan that greets you once you enter the Stattqualm website. I remember the first SQuapes hitting the market not long after I started getting into high end vaping back in 2012. Back then I was all about genesis style atties so I never got around to try these out. The first Kayfun I tried was Kayfun 4 (!). Since then the market has been flooded with loads of cheaper options and I guess my vaping style also have moved more towards direct lung hits using more airy atties and more power. I guess Stattqualm also have followed this trend a bit with the SQuape X[dream] being able to handle more power and can be adjusted to pull more air through than it's predecessors. Now I haven't really tried any of the other SQuape models but that's what I've read and heard anyway. Still, the SQuape X[dream] is considered one of the best flavour chasing atties and it can easily be set up for mouth to lung vaping. So let's see what all the fuzz is about.


        In the box
        • The SQuape X[dream]
        • User manual
        • Set of spare parts (glass tank, o-rings, screws)
        • A tiny Allen key

            Specifications
            • Top filling
            • 4 ml juice capacity
            • Weight without driptip: 80g
            • 22 mm diameter, 54.4 mm height (without tip and 510)
            • Supports single or dual coil setups (more on this later)
            • Gold plated connectors and center pin
            • Ematalised aluminium deck and closing ring
            • Adjustable center pin
            • "Easy click closure" (more on this later as well)
            • Stainless steel (316L)

            Look and feel

            The SQuape X[dream] is indeed a great looking atomizer. It's quite long, the longest I've got at the moment actually, so it's not made for your micro setups. It's quite heavy as well making it feel really solid (which it also is) and it oozes of quality with a flawless brushed finish. When taking off the top cap to fill it you'll notice that this is surprisingly heavy as well, giving you the feeling that this thing could run over with a steamroller and survive quite easily. The slogan from the web-page immediately comes to mind when you start fiddling with this thing.


            In use

            The first thing that I think is worth mentioning about the SQuape X[dream] is the "Easy click closure" system mentioned earlier. Instead of screwing the bottom part together with the tank section, Stattqualm have developed a system where you just slide the bottom part in and twist either way so it "clicks" into place. If you twist clockwise it will be in "vape" setting, meaning the airflow and juice-flow is open. Twisting it all the way counter clockwise both juice- and airflow will be completely shut off. Leave it in the middle the juice-flow is still shut off and you can remove the tank section without liquid pouring out. Works really well if you ask me and it makes sure your coils are perfectly lined up with the air inlets as well.

            The airflow control ring is tight enough to stay wherever you want it and you can choose to leave one or two air holes open, depending on whether you run a dual coil or single coil setup. Actually there is nothing that stops your from leaving both open with a single coil, but I wouldn't do a dual coil setup with just one air hole open.

            The top filling is also a very nice. The threading on the top-cap is nice and smooth and there are fill holes all the way around so you can use any kind of bottle or dripper to fill the tank.

            The build deck and chamber on this atomizer isn't the biggest one. You have just 
            one hole in each connector making it slightly harder to do dual-coil builds than it is in the velocity styled decks that comes in some many atomizers these days, since you have to attach both coils at once. You also have to make sure you put enough cotton in there to cover the juice holes properly as it will leak if you don't. The hex-screws on the deck is also quite small and the Allen key you use to tighten them is tiny so make sure you don't loose it. I don't have any other key that small at least. So building on the SQuape X[dream] does require a bit more experience, or patience, than building on a velocity style deck, but once you get used to it it's not very hard either. I guess Youtube is full of tips and tricks for you if you run into problems. When you attach the bottom part and deck to the tank section the deck and the closing ring will kind of form the chamber. Both these parts are made from ematalised aluminium, making the whole chamber non-conductive, so even if your coils accidentally touches the walls of the chamber, there will be no short. Quite a nice feature indeed.

            It's worth mentioning that there is also a dedicated single coil deck available (shown in the picture), but sadly I haven't been able to test that. It will shut off two of the juice holes, enable you to build your coil on one side of the deck and point a stream of air directly onto the coil. I'm going to get one as soon as it's in stock again.

            Taking the SQuape X[dream] apart and cleaning it is quite easy as well, at least when you've done it once :) The closing ring is the only part that can be a bit tricky to get out, but some fiddling with a screwdriver should do the trick.

            All in all, day to day use of the SQuape X[dream] is indeed a dream. Building single coils is easy, the 2.2 mm wire holes lets you use pretty thick wire as well. The only thing that can be a bit tricky is building dual coils since you have to attach both at once, but nothing that a semi-experienced builder can't handle.

            Performance

            The SQuape X[dream] is a flavour chaser tank, at least in my opinion. The flavour is fantastic, definitely one of the very best I've ever tried. Of the builds I've tried so far, a single 26Ni80/32Kanthal clapton is my favourite. But that doesn't mean a dual-coil taste bad at all. I haven't tried that many builds yet so who know what I end up with. With both air holes fully open you get more than enough air to do direct lung hits as well, so this is quite a versatile tank as well and you can produce decent clouds. But as I said, the flavour that this thing can produce is amazing, and that is what you want it for. If you just want clouds, there are better options out there.

            Pros and cons

            ++ Great flavour
            ++ Easy to use and clean
            + The "Easy click closure" system is an excellent idea and well executed
            + Single coil deck available
            + 2.2 mm wire holes for thicker wires
            + Build quality and finish is fantastic
            - Tiny hex key that you will loose eventually :)
            (- A bit tricky to do dual coil builds)

            Conclusion

            If you can afford one, and you're not only after big clouds, try it this one out. Fantastic flavour chasing atomizer this one. It will cost you 140 Euros (or $156ish) which is quite a lot, but then again, it is, in my opinion, one of the best flavour chasing atomizers out there. Here in Norway it's available at dampevarer.no for 1599,- (on sale now I just noticed).

            Thanks a lot to Dag Einar at dampevarer.no for making this review possible. He also provided a discount code for my readers, so you can use code tvg10 to get a 10% discount.


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            Friday, 12 August 2016

            Worth reading this weekend (August 12th 2016)

            This week the FDA deeming regulations came into effect and you've probably read a lot about it already. The most immediate effects of this right now seems to be the following:
            • Product innovation have been de facto banned in the US, as no new products are allowed on the market without investing a gazillion dollars in a Pre-Market Tobacco Application. That will probably be great for product safety right? And if you're not able to pay a gazillion dollars to get your products approved within two years you'll have to take them off the market.
            • Vape shop owners are not allowed to help their customers use the equipment properly. Another great thing for product safety...
            • Manufacturers and vendors are not allowed to tell people the truth about vaping: it can dramatically increase your chances to quit smoking and thereby save your life. 
            • There are probably more, but I think it is so blindingly obvious that those three effects will not save lives but cost lives that it proves beyond all doubt that the FDAs motives for doing this has nothing to do with health... at all.
            Anyway, here is some more reading for you this weekend, some of it about the FDA regulations and some about ...

            It is quite possible that e-cigarettes are contributing to this rapid fall in adolescent smoking rates. Young people who experiment with e-cigarettes may otherwise have smoked if e-cigarettes were not available.
            Have a nice weekend!

            RDA