We at VNS would like to introduce our newest member to the family, Dan... Seeing as we have two Dan's working for us he will henceforth be known as Captain Redbeard!
The captain is the youngest of the family but don't let this fool you, he knows his stuff!
Captain Redbeard can be found lounging about in our Bicester shop over the weekends, so pop in and give him a nice, big and friendly welcome!!!
Glad to see even the NHS is waking up to the idea that vaping is much safer than smoking!
I talk to numerous vapers who have only recently made the switch from smoking to vaping and It's normal to feel overwhelmed as a first-time vaper. Like all things, it's a learning curve but you shouldn’t let this deter you and if you stick with it until you find the perfect setup then you'll be able to say goodbye to smoking forever.
1. DO YOUR RESEARCH
If you're just about to start vaping then it's good to do some research before you buy. There are lots of e cigarettes on the market and it's important you buy on that's right for you. It's a good idea to start your journey into vaping with a starter kit because it has all the components you need to start vaping out of the box. When you are familiar with all the components you can then look at maybe upgrading the tank or the mod for the next purchase you make.
2. JUICE TOP TIPS
Did you know you should shake your e-liquid before each use? This helps ensure that the PG/VG mixture and the nicotine are properly mixed, that way you are always sure to get a quality vape. It's also vital to store e liquid away from direct sunlight. If e liquid is exposed to direct sunlight, it can decrease the intensity of the nicotine, which is not a good thing for new vapers who generally have their nicotine content higher. Some vapers also say It's good to let your e liquid breathe (like a fine wine) if it’s too intense, but leaving the bottle open for extended periods of time can reduce the flavour. I would recommend that you don't leave the bottle open for more than 30 minutes for the full effect without loss of flavour.
3. BUY A BACKUP BATTERY
Always be sure to have a backup battery. I often find that vaping newbies buy the lowest cost setup they can find. This is understandable, I'm not disputing it, but the problem this can cause is that cheap batteries often don’t last a full day. If you’re a heavy vaper, a cheap battery might only get you through half the day. So, I would strongly recommend either purchasing a better battery or buying yourself a backup so you are never caught short.
4. CARE FOR YOUR E CIG
Caring for your e cigarette can make it last for a long time. Although e-cigarettes are durable, like any other electronic device, they are vulnerable. If you don’t take proper care of your vaporiser, or knock it around a lot, the internal parts can become broken. Always keep your e cig away from water and moisture and don’t forget to clean the connection where your tank and vaporiser attach for the ultimate vaping experience (a dirty connection can reduce performance). A lot of the complaints we get about mods or e cigarettes being faulty are generally down to misuse.
5. BE RESPECTFUL OF OTHERS
When you first start vaping, it can be easy to forget that a lot people don’t understand vaping and some don’t agree with it. I always remind my customers to be respectful to everyone around them when vaping. Although e cigarettes aren’t banned in many indoor places, it is good to be aware of the people around you, many of whom may not like vaping. Just be respectful of those around you, don’t blow vapour into peoples’ faces, don’t vape in a public place if it is making people notably uncomfortable and ask permission before vaping in someone’s house. It’s all common sense, really, but the excitement of switching to vaping can cause people to forget themselves.
As many of you are aware, the Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) is now in full force.
The main changes to the consumer are that all tanks to be sold as of 20/05/17 are to have a capacity of no more than 2ml and any e-liquids that contain nicotine are to be sold in bottles no bigger than 10ml. You will also no longer be able to get nicotine strengths of above 20mg (2.0ng/mL), this has lead to many e-liquid suppliers to stick to 18mg (1.8ng/mL) to ensure that they do not go over the maximum nicotine content.
We at VNS have been working hard to get ourselves fully TPD compliant and as such this has taken it's toll on the online store. We want to ensure that all the products that we are stocking as on the 20th of May 2017 are fully up to code and as a result there have been many many changes.
We have a variety of new juices in stock that are all TPD compliant and are available both in store and online. TPD tanks will also be up shortly and so will the new devices, so keep checking our store for these updates.
0mg liquids are not affected by the TPD and therefore can be sold in a variant of bottle sizes. Coils are also not affected so don't worry about having to panic buy any you need for you tanks you currently have, they are all still available.
Vaping Not Smoking are now offering franchise opportunities across the country. With our huge range of hardware and e-liquids you will blow the socks off of the competition! Contact us for details, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
After searching for a year for a suitable location, VNS have finally opened a shop at 11, Deans Court, Bicester. We have been servicing many customers on Bicester's Friday market for quite a while now, and look forward to offering our wide range of mods and juices 7 days a week.
WARNING! MECHANICAL MODS HAVE NO SAFETY FEATURES OR CHIPS TO PROTECT YOU IN CASE OF FAILURE. BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO USE A MECHANICAL MOD PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE FULLY AWARE OF ALL THE KEY INFORMATION SHOWN BELOW...
There are seven types of mechanical mod.
1) 510 Mechanical Tube mod. This is a tube which takes a single high drain battery, featuring a bottom placed button and a 510 connection pin to make contact between the battery and the positive pin on the RDA. This is the safest type of mechanical tube mod as the atomizer cannot hard short onto the battery. However, this tube may still short and can still cause venting of batteries.
2) Hybrid Mechanical Tube mod. This is another tube which takes a single high drain battery. This tube however, does not feature a 510 connection pin and is a direct to battery connection. This means that all RDA which are used in conjunction with the mod, MUST have a protruding positive pin - to prevent hard shorting which can cause venting of batteries.
3) 510 Mechanical Box mod. A 510 Mechanical Box mod has all the same features of a tube mod, however it is in a square tube and the button is usually placed at the side of the mod.
4) Hybrid Mechanical Box mod. A Hybrid Mechanical Box mod has all the same features as a 510 Mechanical Box mod, however it does not have a 510 connection pin - just like the tube version, this means you MUST use an RDA with a protruding positive pin to prevent hard shorting/venting of battery.
5) Stacked Mechanical Tube mod. A Stacked Mechanical Tube mod generally features a hybrid top cap and a spring loaded bottom placed button. This type of mod is one of the most powerful mods available - and it can also be the most dangerous if in the wrong hands. This mod requires two high drain batteries in series connection - these two batteries must be paired and used exclusively together in series from brand new. The batteries must also be cycled to ensure equal drain on each of the batteries when in use. Once paired, if separated these batteries may never be used safely together again. To avoid unpairing your batteries, we recommend you label each battery with a number (1/2) and then cycle like this (1/2, 2/1, 1/2, 2/1...)
As these mods are usually hybrid caps, we stress that you must always use an RDA with a protruding positive pin.
6) Series Mechanical Box mod. This mod is a very similar concept to the Stacked Mechanical Tube mod. It has all the same features and requirements however it is in a box, and the button is usually placed on the side or at the top of the mod. As these mods are usually hybrid caps, we stress that you must always use an RDA with a protruding positive pin.
7) Parallel Mechanical Box mod. A Parallel Mechanical Box mod usually features 2 or more batteries all in parallel, effectively doubling (or tripling) your MAH/Amperage, this means the batteries will drain equally, increasing battery life and amp limits. These mods usually feature a button at the top or side of the mod, and a 510 connection pin. These are one of the safest mechanical mods to use, due to being in parallel.
Before using a mechanical mod, you need to know the following:
· Battery safety
· Ohm's Law
· Voltage drop
· Battery orientation
To be safe with batteries, you will first need batteries which are safe for vaping. This means you need to avoid impulse buying, and read up on the batteries you are looking to purchase. You also must only buy your batteries from reputable vendors, who supply genuine cells. We recommend the use of Sony VTC5 for use in Mechanical mods. These are amongst the most reliable and safe batteries you can use due to being high drain IMR cells with a maximum continuous amp limit of 20A.
The next step to battery safety is looking after your batteries. To maintain a battery, you must ensure that there are no cuts, tears or chunks missing from your battery wrap. You must also ensure that your battery insulator ring (this is usually a black or white ring on the positive terminal of a battery) is not damaged or out of place. This ring is one of the most important parts of a battery wrap as it prevents arcing on the positive to the negative, and it also prevents hard shorting which can be dangerous. In addition to this, to carry spare batteries safely, they must be kept in a solid, non conductive protective case - separated from any keys or coins that you may have. This prevents damaging the battery wraps and causing a hard short/vent.
Batteries are cheap components and can be easily replaced, or 'refurbished', by which we mean rewrapped. Unfortunately it's a whole different story when it comes to body parts, as it isn't so cheap or easy to replace a hand.
You don't necessarily need to know how to use Ohm's law; there are Apps and Calculators which can do this for you. We recommend http://www.steam-engine.org/ohm.asp as a calculator for all of your vaping needs.
To use the Ohm's Law calculator, just enter the voltage you are getting and the resistance of your coils and this will calculate how many watts your build is producing and the amp draw, which you can then use to determine whether it is a safe build or not.
This is the Ohm's Law Triangle. V = Voltage, I = Current (Amps), R = Resistance (Ohms).
To work out the Voltage you are producing, use the equation V = I x R.
To work out the Amp draw on the battery, use the equation I = V/R (Voltage divided by Resistance).
To work out the resistance, use the equation R = V/I (Voltage divided by Amps).
The resistance of your coils is one of the most important factors in using a mechanical mod. You need to know your resistance to be able to work out the amp draw on the battery, in order to be safe with your build.
There are multiple ways you can test your resistance, the most preferred in vaping is to use an ohm reader such as the one in the coil master V2 kit, as this will give you an accurate reading to the second decimal place (X.XX) This means that when you input the information into an Ohm's Law Calculator, you will get more accurate information back therefore you will have a safer vaping experience.
Alternatively you can use a multimeter which reads resistance to get an idea of the coil resistance. This method is less accurate due to there being around 0.02+/- Ohms from the tester to the coil.
It is important to know the voltage drop so that you get the most accurate information from the ohms law calculations. A fully charged 18650 battery has a voltage of around 4.20v, however under load this voltage can stoop as low as 3.40v depending on how well the mechanical mod conducts the electricity. A high quality copper mechanical mod will usually only have a voltage drop of around 0.1v however this is not always the case. The best way to find out how many volts you are losing is to use an inline volt meter. This device can measure the amount of volts supplied to your atomizer, which means you will be even safer in the long run.
For the absolute safest vaping experience, you will always need to know the specifications of everything you are using.
The main things you need to know are:
· Battery capacity (MAH)
· Battery voltage
· Battery amp ratings
· Type of wire (TI, NI200, SS316L, SS317L, NiChrome, Kanthal etc...)
· Materials used in the mechanical mod (Aluminium, Brass, Copper, Silver plated etc...)
· Battery orientation for the mechanical mod (positive up or positive down)
Battery orientation is important as in the situation where your batteries begin to vent, a high quality battery will release toxic fumes and build up a lot of pressure. If your battery isn't facing the right way then the fumes and pressure will not be able escape from the mod, which can cause an explosion.
The easiest way to tell which way your battery should go in a tube mechanical mod is by finding the vent holes on the mod. Most are found either in the button housing or around the 510. The positive side of your battery must be facing the vent holes so that the pressure can escape during a vent. These vent holes will also help to keep your battery and mod cool during use.
If your vent holes are situated in the button housing then you are safer running your battery positive down. However if your battery wrap is damaged in any way, we highly recommend you do not do this. Doing so can cause a hard short which leads directly to venting.
If the vent holes are situated around the 510, you are safer running your battery positive up. If your battery wrap is damaged at all, the mod will most likely begin to auto fire, which if not stopped quickly can also lead to venting of the battery.
Very interesting programme for vapers, I'll try to find a link to it later, well worth a watch.
We are currently in the process of updating the website so please be patient with us. The pace has been faster than expected at our shop in Dunstable, Beds which unfortunately has left us to slightly neglect the site.
Well no more!!! We will be bringing the site back up to speed, updating you with our latest products and keeping you all in the know of things to come!!!
If you have any questions in regards to the site or our shop then please feel free to either use our online chat service, pop in to our shop or give us a call.
We look forward to your continued custom and hope you have a great day.
All the best,
Robin, Sarah, Harry & Dan