The VOX II: It’s Coming!

The VaporFi VOX IIThe VOX II: Essentially what vape dreams are made of, and the ultimate in hardcore machines that will have you vaping like a boss. Accept only the original, steer clear of the imposters because there is only one. The VOX II is a redesigned, re-perfected, and further advanced version of the original. It’s launching soon, and if the most advanced MODS are your thing, you’re seriously going to want to consider adding this beast to your selection.

So this box MOD is basically the most upgraded MOD on the market. If you’re not accustomed to such devices, our advice to you is to keep your distance until you graduate to that level because it is designed for the most advanced users. It’s certainly unlike anything you’ve ever used, and was redesigned with input from the VaporFi team to offer a dream-like experience.

This ultra sick MOD is the latest in technology, and it has the absolute, most cutting edge features. It has been enhanced to offer even greater features such as USB pass through through charging, spring loaded pin within the 510 threading, 5 entirely customizable temperature settings that offer greater safety for those who prefer to vape at the most extreme levels, and the sexiest, flush tactile buttons; you know you wanna touch ‘em! Furthermore, adjustable wattage from 7w to 50w, a gorgeous and beaming OLED digital screen, reverse battery protection, auto ohm resistance meter, all perfectly designed into this pocket-sized stainless steel marvel of a vape machine! Oh the clouds you will blow!

Drooling yet? We bet you are! The VOX II is currently on pre-order at a super hot, low price of $169.99, for a very limited time only. The VOX II Starter Kit goes for $199.99, if you’re more into the full package, however we urge to act fast! Quantities are limited, so if you have your sights set on this MOD, you should grab it ASAP! Shipping will go down on 4/20/15, so be prepared!

E-Cigarette Explosions Highlight Need to be Cautious of Modified Devices

In the last few months, there have been several news stories about e-cigarette malfunctions and explosions in California.

One man, Chris Brookins of Santa Ana, suffered face burns when the modified e-cigarette he was using exploded in his hand. According to authorities, the explosion sent shrapnel soaring across the room and caused a fire on his bed.

Captain Steve Concialdi from the Orange County Fire Authority said that Brookins, who is in his 20s, received medical treatment for flash burns on his face and abrasions on his hand from the blast. Captain Concialdi also reported that Brookins described the explosion as a flash-bang bomb that blew up in his face.

According to local news, Brookins stated that he was using a modified e-cigarette in his bedroom around 2 a.m. when the device “started humming.” Concerned, he drew the device away from his mouth just moments before the explosion. The force of the blast sent shrapnel across the room, leaving one pieced lodged in the bedroom ceiling.

The force behind Brookins’ e-cigarette explosion made his friend Sean Schopflin shutter at the damage that could have happened had he failed to pull the device away from his face.

Here is a news video of the incident:

Unfortunately, this was not the only incident of exploding e-cigarettes in California recently. In the last month, there was a report of an individual being burned by an exploding e-cigarette in Anaheim Hills and a third man was injured in an apparent e-cigarette explosion while in a smoke shop.

Experts agree that the best way to avoid e-cigarette explosions is to take care not to overcharge the devices since lithium ion batteries are susceptible to overheating.

For more information about the importance of limiting an e-cigarette’s battery exposure to temperature extremes, please read our recent article on this topic.

It is important to remember that for an e-cigarette battery to malfunction in such an explosive fashion is incredibly rare. In fact, according to Tom Kiklas of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, the e-cigarettes responsible for the California explosions were much larger units than the standard devices, which likely contributed to their failure.

In addition to avoiding temperature extremes with your e-cigarette, you should be extremely cautious when modifying your device. If you’re in the market for a reliable e-cigarette that you can safely customize, please visit our website to learn more about building your own custom e-cigarette.

We also invite you to visit our blog and knowledge center for further information about the safety and features of our vaping products.

Nicotine E-Liquid: Play it Safe

VaporFi-E-LiquidThere’s a lot of discussion these days about nicotine. Nicotine e-liquid, to be exact, and it’s safety regarding those who should not be getting their hands on it. While nicotine is safe under adult usage, if not used correctly it can present dangers, similar to alcohol or other types of common household drugs. It is not intended to be handled by anyone who isn’t over the age of 18, and completely aware of its nature.

Nicotine can be very dangerous, even fatal, if ingested wrongfully. As the popularity of electronic cigarettes has grown, so have the number of calls to poison control agencies regarding accidental ingesting incidents. While it’s generally safe for adults who come into contact with e-liquids, and certainly safe when vaporized and inhaled, even the smallest amount of nicotine liquid can pose a big risk to small children. And it’s not just in cases of ingestion, it can be just as dangerous when absorbed through to skin as well.

One effort we have put into place to ensure the safety of children is by having child-proof caps on all of our e-liquid bottles, and this is something we will not compromise on. There is impending legislation regarding such a measure, but we understand the dire nature of it, and implemented it before it was even in discussion. It’s just common sense and we want both our users to enjoy our products fully, and the children who may possibly come into contact with them to be safe at all costs.

Our advice to users who have young children, or are ever around them is to seriously and consciously make an effort to keep your vape gear, especially e-liquids away from, and out of the reach of children. Lock your gear up, if need be. Safety is imperative, and being careless with an item that has the potential to be used wrongfully create unnecessary risk.

We love nicotine, make no mistake about it. We enjoy it thoroughly, and enjoy the amazing sensations it avails. However, we don’t take our enjoyment of nicotine lightly; our liquids belong only in the hands of adults, and we’re doing our part to ensure the safety of any kids who come into contact with it. When it comes to nicotine liquid and young ‘uns, there is no getting around it: play it safe.

The 4 C’s of E-Cig Care and Maintenance

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If you are like most vapors, you definitely enjoy the times when you get to relax, hang out with friends and savor the moments with your electronic cigarette!  Have you ever been looking forward to enjoying your e-cig when you suddenly realize the battery is dead or the device isn’t working anymore?  It’s a real mood killer when an e-cig dies well before it should…

Below are the 4 C’s of basic e-cig care and maintenance that, if put into practice, can extend the life of your beloved electronic cigarette.

1. Clean it

First and foremost, every electronic device needs a little TLC every once in a while.  You (hopefully) don’t go weeks on end without a bath, right?  Well, neither should your e-cig!  We’re not talking about taking your e-cig in the shower with you, but a good wipe down can be highly beneficial for the performance of your device.  This should ideally be done about once a week.

While you’re at it, make certain that the connections between the battery and cartomizer are clean.  You can accomplish this by occasionally wiping down the connection points with a cotton ball (or a Q-tip) that has a little rubbing alcohol on it.  If you wait too long in between cleanings, you may need a toothpick to scrape off the hardened gunk.

2. Charge it

The proper way to charge an e-cig is to make sure you charge the battery before it is completely drained. When it gets near half the percentage, charge it.  It’s also a good idea to have more than one battery so that you’re never without while one is charging.

3. Care for it

Proper e-cig care means not leaving the device sitting on the dashboard of your car in the dead heat of summer or on the porch during a winter cold snap.  We recommend buying a protective e-cig carrying case for when you aren’t using the device – that way it can stay safely packed away and be less likely to get broken.

4. Consume it

Last but not least, use your e-cig!  It may seem counterintuitive but the more you use your battery, the longer it will last.  Power flows through a battery’s cells quicker and easier the more it’s used.

There are countless other tips and techniques e-cig users all over the country employ to keep their devices in tip-top shape for longer.  However, these 4 C’s of basic e-cig care are a great place to start.

For additional information regarding saving money by extending the life of your e-cig, feel free to browse our blog and E-Cig Learning Center.

Dealing with Floods and Leaks

VaporFi TanksLeaky vapes and floods are just part of the vape-life. There are lots of different causes, and most of the time, fixes are easy. Getting familiar with your device and how things work can help you to see where they are typically caused, and how to fix them quickly. Here is a look at the most common causes, which will make it easier to identify which scenario you may be faced with. Most of the time, all you need is a little vape leak troubleshooting!

Flooding is the most common cause of leaks, or shall we say fluid leak-out? Because it is actually something different. It happens when you suck too hard on your device, which causes liquid to overflow. With too much flooding the atomizer, and the wick not being able to vaporize it all, the liquid will rush out, either onto the battery or into your mouth. As you have probably imagined, or already know from experience, it is an absolutely disgusting occurrence. And most likely, one you have no interest in repeating.

Flooding a battery can be detrimental on a large scale, as it can totally kill the battery, or leave it making a wretched gurgling sound. You can tell if your battery is flooded if you are able to see that the liquid is coming from the area where the battery and cartomizer connect.

Other causes of flooding are when tanks get overfilled, or if the atomizer coil has gotten too old to perform properly.

Leaks, on the other hand, are caused by small cracks in the tank, typically at the base, and cause liquid to actually leak out. Certain e-liquid flavors, such as cinnamon, menthol, and some fruit flavors are notorious for causing plastic tanks to melt and crack as a result of their higher temperatures; one reason why some people prefer glass tanks exclusively.

So, now that you know the difference between flooding and leaking, it’s time to get down to business and fix the issue!

How to Fix a Vape Flood:

To remedy a flood, as long as you’re sure the atomizer coil is doing its job and working right, the fix is simple. Disassemble all parts of your device, and use a paper towel to dry off all the parts. Blow through the tip to clear it out, and get rid of liquid that may be causing the dreaded gurgling sound.

For long term protection, consider swapping your device for a clearomizer, or clear tank, because these tanks allow you to see the level of liquid at all times, so you won’t run the risk of overfilling.

How to Fix a Leak:

If your device is truly leaking as a result of cracks, there is no quick fix; it’s simply time for a new cartomizer. Have fun shopping!

So that sums it up! Getting your vape pen to perform properly usually just takes a couple tweaks, learning a little more about how things work, and using the right products in the right way.

E-Cig Marketing: Targeting Children or Epicurean Adults?

No Vaping Under 18Since the inception of the electronic cigarette era, the anti-tobacco and anti-e-cig proponents have barked the rallying cry of this industry following precisely in the footsteps of tobacco, and setting their aim on children. Specifically by using advertisements and candy-flavored products to lure in youth, setting them up for a lifetime of addiction, so that they may profit selfishly for themselves.

In reality, as far as the e-cigarette industry is concerned, this could not be further from the truth. You see, as much as those opposed to e-cigarettes would like to see the industry go down for these false claims, the great majority of brands, shops, and retailers have no interest in marketing to children and those underage. It’s just not good business.

Unfortunately, even reputable news sources such as WIRED magazine are attempting to push this (impractical) envelope, perhaps in favor of stirring the pot and igniting some attention. Yet, truth be told, with the ever constant looming discussion of FDA regulations, and the current regulations that prohibit the sale of electronic cigarette items to minors, it’s way more responsible and credible for companies to play it safe by keeping their ads not geared towards children. One fact to keep in mind, If e-cigarette brands were really aiming their marketing at children, would they have stars such as Jenny McCarthy, Courtney Love, and Stephen Dorff, none of which are really appealing to the under 18 crowd, starring in their ads?

And to redundantly address the never ending argument of how candy, sweet, and fruit flavored e-liquids are sold to entice children… How is it deemed that children are the only age group consuming candy, fruit, and desserts? There is no age limit on enjoying sweets; and simply because you are an adult does not mean you will go after savory flavors such as tobacco over sweet ones based on your age. Alcoholic beverages come in every possible range of flavors, including sweet and salacious numbers like the infamous buttery nipple and sex on the beach, in addition to the eyebrow-raising varieties like kids’ cereal, or birthday cake flavored vodkas.

If these flavors were created to entice the youth, good luck to all the 16-year-olds hitting the liquor shops trying to purchase them. Case in point: these flavors were made for adults who still dig the fun throwback flavors.

So, as much as this type of article aims to grab attention, and pit the e-cig industry as an evil entity out to corrupt children, it’s simply not an example of reality. Only the tiniest fraction of electronic cigarette and vaporizer companies are targeting kids. Otherwise, the rest of us, the 99%, are striving to maintain the integrity of this industry, and are interested in an adults-only customer base.

The CDC is Now Targeting Vaping!

CDC Targets VapingAh, misinformation… how we love thy so! Said no electronic cigarette company ever!

The latest string of misinformation from a trusted, international, reputable, recognized magnate of health has just launched a series of ads denouncing the ills of tobacco smoking… using e-cigarettes as an example! Could they get any more misleading?

The problem with such adverts is that they wrongfully group electronic smoking under the same umbrella as tobacco smoking, and we all know in reality, vaping does not work with tobacco. While we are aware of the truth and the difference, not everyone else is. Such ads can be persuasive to those who are interested in vaping to steer clear of the products in an effort to abstain from more tobacco-related problems. They also continue the trend of spreading rumor, and passing half-truths off as factual.

Such a scientific-based organization, that has always prided itself on being a voice of reason, should certainly reconsider such ill-informed ads. They spread the wrong message, and are continue this silly trend of fear mongering. It is unfortunate because these ads try to paint vaping in the same light as smoking, and it is completely uncalled for. Even going so far as to use an “example,” a woman telling her tale of ill-fated tobacco usage, in which she started using e-cigarettes yet never stopped smoking, and was faced with the removal of a lung. Sure, anyone with critical thinking skills can see through the smoke, however there will be those who fall for the misleading advertising and point the finger at electronic cigarettes.

Millions of smokers have now stopped using traditional cigarettes in favor of e-cigarettes, opting for clean, odorless, tobacco-free e-liquid, and the many benefits digital cigarettes avail. They enable users the ability to have a similar experience without smoke, tobacco, or tar; not because they are a hip, new way to smoke tobacco!

As this fight continues on, have a look at these scientifically researched studies related to electronic smoking, and form an opinion of your own. The CDC’s targeting of vaping is simply erroneous. If they need to make an example of the tobacco industry, there is more than enough fuel for that fire. 400,000 tobacco-related deaths in the US alone is just one example. In the meantime, they really need to leave vaping off their anti-smoking agenda!

Two States Looking to Increase Legal Smoking Age to 21

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According to the American Lung Association, 90 percent of smokers pick up their habit by the time they reach age 18. In an effort to reduce the number of adolescent smokers, two states are currently working to raise the legal smoking age to 21.
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Vapers, You Have Rights: It’s Time to Get Loud

Vape Rights VaporFiAs you are probably aware, the electronic cigarette industry is growing at a super fast pace. If you are reading this right now, it’s probably because you are in one way or another affiliated with this awesome industry. And, as someone who has been affected by e-cigarettes, you know that along with all the positives, there have also been some growing pains and the ever-constant bark of regulations. So, as a vaper, are you in the know about what your rights are and are not? Is your voice being heard? Are aware that you have the right to voice your thoughts, opinions, and objections?

There is a boatload of misinformation around, from studies being published on major news sites to those being reported on television. That is not to say all the info out there is wrong; it’s just that there is a lot of varied info, often mixed reports, and a whole lotta skewered stories.

Currently, the FDA is running a series of workshops on e-cigarettes, and they are taking into account what you, the vaping community has to say. They ran the first of these workshops back in December 2014, and the majority of those presenting were consumer representatives, and not experts. As you can figure, these are not the best examples of the experience of the industry, and certainly not the most “expert” voices.

Because the e-cigarette industry is comprised of people from all walks of life, from all different backgrounds, who use all different products, and cover many different areas of the market; ranging from modders to beginners, single shop owners to franchisees, manufacturers to DIY-ers, there is a need for voices from all corners. If the FDA needs “expert” voices, there are none better than the experts who live and breathe this movement on the daily; US!

So, in this light, the CASAA, or Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association is collecting examples from those with firsthand knowledge, experience, and expertise. Please have a look at their blog post on the subject, have a vape and get inspired to put into word what you gotta say, because we are at a pivotal moment regarding regulations, and real life experiences are imperative. If you are wanting your voice to be heard on this massively important platform, now is the chance to make it happen. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2015.