Fuck cigarettes, vape life. Here’s my vape guide.
So here’s a basic buy list for a sick vape setup similar to what I’ve got. I’ve also got some general explanations of commonly used terms. It’s kind of a lot of information to take in, but I think I explain it pretty good.
Mod: SmokTech Magneto - $22.92
This is the same one I have. I think the one on FastTech is a clone, but there’s not much to the tech and the Chinese clones are just fine (they’re also about $30 cheaper than the one I got and the black is way sicker looking.
The “Mod” or “mechanical mod” type means that it’s modifiable. You can take the bits apart, replace them, etc. A lot of entry level vapes have the battery built in to the body, which I don’t like. They use proprietary chargers (like any EGO type, a very common starter vape), you can’t replace a burnt out battery without replacing the whole unit, and you can’t use different battery types. The Magneto is great because it can accept the 18650 battery (large, lasts about 3-5 days of constant vaping and lots of power) and the 18350 (much smaller, more discrete, lasts about 1.5 days of constant use). It’s a threaded telescoping type setup, so you can just unscrew it to make it take a bigger battery. It’s got the obvious bonus of looking like a lightsaber too, which I think is rad.
If you don’t dig the look of the Magneto (or just don’t wanna copycat me), there’s a ton of other rad mods at FT. I like them for mods because shipping is free and they’re CHEEP. I’ve seen some mods going for over $300, and while they are pretty, JESUS that is a lot of money.
Cartomizer: Aspire BDC Vivi Nova - $10 + Aspire Atomizer 5-pack - $13.00
Again, this is the cartomizer (cartridge + atomizer) that I have. I’ve tried a bunch of different types and this is my current favorite. Its atomizers are dual-coil so they put out tons of vapor and the flavor on this guy is second to none (okay, maybe a RBA but that’s fancy town and I’ll get to that). You’ll definitely wanna pick up a 5-pack of atomizers to go with it. Atomizers usually last about a week or so before they burn out and having replacements around is a good idea.
Drip Tip: Renegade Smith McDivven - $20
This is the nipple tip thing that goes on the end of the cartomizer. I replaced mine because I think the one that comes with the Aspire is kinda crappy. The OG tip doesn’t fit super snug into the port and it’s kinda like a hookah tip, which isn’t really my thing.
So, this part is on LocalVape, and they have a bunch of other sick tips: http://localvape.com/collections/drip-tips HOWEVER, they’re kinda pricy. It’s more of an aesthetics type thing, although it does kinda change the feel of the hit. This isn’t a required thing, but if you like to pimp your shit out, pick one up. It’s like car speakers: sure the stock ones sound okay, but if you wanna feel that bass, you upgrade.
Batteries: IMR 18350 - $13.29 OR Tangsfire 18650 - $10.90 + Nitecore charger - $16.65
I like the 18350 batteries because they let the mod have a lower profile. They’re lighter, your mod is the size of a roll of quarters instead of the size of a carrot, and they charge up pretty quick. They don’t last quite as long (about a day of solid vaping), but if you get two you can just swap em out every day. If you choose to go with the larger 18650 batteries, they will still work with the Nitecore charger. It’s universal. I have both sets of batteries and have no complaints about either.
So, I don’t have a lot of specific juice recommendations, just some suggestions. Juice is pretty taste specific. There are some that I like that you might not like, and vice versa. So, that said, here are some of my favorite flavors.
The Standard Vape - Dead Man’s Party - $22
The page says blueberry lemonade, but I don’t really taste the lemonade. It’s blueberrylicious though. A+ on the blueberry flavor. It’s got kind of a butteriness to it kinda like a blueberry pancake.
The Vapor Chef - Frosty Strawberry - from $3.99
It’s strawberry with a hint of mint. Fresh and cool, kinda like a strawberry mojito without the rum. This is a nice one.
The Vapor Chef - Slartibartfast - from $3.99
Stupid name (it’s from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), tasty vape. It’s kind of like a cherry pipe tobacco flavor. It’s smooth but there’s a lot of body to it too.
There are a lot of juice vendors that are good, a lot of it depends on preference. I included velvet cloud in the list and I find their flavors to be far too sweet. That said, I’m not a man with a sweet tooth and I know a number of people who enjoy their flavors. It’s a personal taste thing.
I’d like to recommend Local Standard’s flavors and The Vapor Chef’s flavors for beginners. I think they have tasty accurate flavors that I wouldn’t feel weird about recommending.
If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them.