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Still Vaping….

Posted: February 10, 2012 in General, Latest and Greatest

Hello everyone!


It has been quite a while since I have posted anything!  I just wanted to let everyone know where I was in the vaping world.  I just recently (January 17th) hit my one year mark of vaping!!  I haven’t had any wishes to go back to the analogs, and I am quite content in sticking with the PVs for the extended future.

I have, for the past 5 months, forsaken the eGo tank system for cartomizers, as they take much less effort to use in the long run.  I have been using CE2 Cartomizers since then, and overall, I have been quite happy with the results.

In the beginning of my CE2 use I was plagued with many cracked / broken tubes, and cartomizers that would only last 3-4 days before leaking horrendous amounts of juice everywhere it touched.  For the past 3 months, however, they have upgraded the CE2’s, and with their new tubes (soft plastic instead of acrylic), I have been getting 2-3 weeks of use out of each one without any leaking, having to clean, or breakage.  You just tweak, fill, vape , refill, vape, etc.  After about 3 weeks, I notice a lack of vapor production and I toss them.  It doesn’t get any easier than this!!

In the next day or so I’ll post my “CE2 Cartomizer Prep guide”, as I have rarely found them to be perfectly aligned and ready to go out of the box.  They do require a few minutes of tweaking before they’re ready to fill for the first time.  I use my same little dental tool that I used for my eGo-T, and it is once again perfectly suited for this application!

If anyone is curious where I have been picking up the CE2’s, I have been ordering through for a while, and have no complaints whatsoever.  Decent prices, fast shipping, and no mistakes so far.  You get 5 cartos for <$10, and as long as your luck matches mine, that’s at least two months worth.  Here’s a link to the exact product I’ve been using for the last 3 months:




I haven’t posted anything in a while, so I figured I’d give everyone a heads up on what’s been going on in my e-Cig world.

I’m slowly working towards completion on my Micro-Genesis box mod, I’ve gotten most of the hard work done, I just have to get the motivation to finish putting it together.  For those who haven’t followed this project, I am building a box-style genesis atomizer (see video in my older posts), for under $40.  I will make a detailed post on the unit when it’s finished 🙂

On another front, for the past 30 days, I have been running a “test” on my eGo-T.  I chose one juice I could handle to vape 24/7 for a month (Bluemist’s Crimson Cow), and decided to see how long I could use the same atomizer without cleaning it.  It is day 30 today, the atomizer is still running great, no burnt tastes at all, and it is still creating excellent vapor.  I decided to stick with one type of juice as to avoid cross contamination, or a bad mix.  The only thing I have done to the atomizer is blow it out whenever I flood it (every couple of days,  it will happen).  I should also note that this atomizer is 75 days old now.  I’m going to keep using this atomizer without cleaning until it either breaks, or develops a bad taste.

I’m thinking for my next test, I will run the same atomizer (if it lives), but using a darker juice.  I’ll see how long it holds on, and prove or disprove the theory on dark juices with the eGo-T.

Cignot has started stocking the Low Resistance Atomizer for the eGo-T @ $11.99, with no warranty.


Much love to Vicki!

eGo-T Low Resistance Atomizers Available!

Posted: February 26, 2011 in General

They’re here!  Well, only at one store I can find so far, but I’d be looking to see them show up at your preferred retailer in the near future!

So far, you can only find them at Totally Wicked:


A few people have gotten ahold of them already and have posted some “first impression” reviews here:


I can’t wait to get ahold of one, to try it myself.  When I do, I’ll let you know my impressions.

This is a great video for all new vapers to watch.  I think most of us went through this, and wish we would have went straight to the 3rd or 4th stage when we began 🙂


Good for you!  You’ve made a decision that will most probably change your life.

You have done a bit of research, there are so many choices, so many units, so many flavors, so many sizes, it’s just too much to take in!

Where do you start?

I think it’s best for me to tell you first, where NOT to start.  The PV/e-cig world is pretty new, there are a lot of scammers, gimmicks, and ripoff artists just waiting to take your money for a substandard product.  Here is a short list of things to avoid when starting out:

  • Gas station e-cigs  – Generally over priced, and substandard hardware.  It will not last you more than a few weeks, and you’ll be spending too much.
  • Free Trials – AVOID THESE LIKE THE PLAGUE!  There is not a true e-cig free trial anywhere to be found on the Internet.  By the time you receive your unit, you will have already been charged, and unable to cancel, as well as concurrent charges for shipments of disposable hardware, they are all scams.
  • Brand name online stores (Blu, NJoy, Greensmoke etc) – They are usually just branded generic hardware, at a slightly higher price.  Not all of them are bad, however.  You should do some in depth research if you want a “brand named” unit.  Cruise the various forums out there ( is one of the best), and find out what people are saying about the company.
  • Disposable e-cigs – “Disposable” e-cigs aren’t worth the money.  You can find a fully functional e-cig at many trustworthy vendors for just a few dollars more, literally.

So, now that you’ve been warned, what do you want to get?

As mentioned before, there are MANY different models of PV’s out there.  Each one suited to a different style, and each having strengths and weaknesses.

First, you need to ask yourself a few questions:

  • Do I absolutely need it to look and feel like an analog cigarette?
  • Do I want to have to charge it every few hours, or carry 6+ batteries for a day?
  • How do I want to refill?

I personally recommend that all new people interested in PV’s to get a Genuine Joye 510, or one of the bigger battery units with the 510 connection.  The Joye 510 is about the size of analog, a little longer, and has many options available for color, battery life, manual or automatic switches, etc.  Battery life differs dependent on what mAh rating you purchase.  A 180mAh battery will last the average vaper about 1-3 hours between charging, and takes between 30 minutes to an hour to charge.  The higher the mAh rating, the longer you can go between charges.  I have seen standard 510 batteries up to 360mah (3-5 hours between charges).  If you want a PV that can last all day, then I would recommend the eGo series, which ships with a standard 650mAh battery (8-15 hours between charges), or the optional 1000mAh battery (24+ hours between charges).  My “between charges” ratings are by personal experience, and always depend on how much you use it.

The big difference is in size.  While the 510 is pretty close to cigarette-size, the eGo is best compared to a Sharpie marker, being just a little bit thicker, and about the same length.  The 1000mAh battery will make it about 3/4″ longer than a sharpie.

Ok, so you’ve picked your battery size.  Now, on to the fun part.  The 510 has 3 different possible methods of use, while the eGo has 4.

  • Atomizer and Cartridge – The original way, the atomizer produces the heat to vaporize the juice, and the cartridge holds the juice in a polyfill material that is then wicked onto the heating coil.   Atomizers can last from one week to a year+ if you take care of them.  You can also refill the cartridges.
  • Atomizer and Drip Tip / Blank – Shortly after e-cigs were released, people got tired of refilling the cartridges too often.  They discovered you can just drip 2-4 drops of e-juice directly into the atomizer and vape, this produced a much better flavor, vapor, and throat hit than using the cartridges.
  • Cartomizer – The second iteration of the e-cig.  It is an atomizer and cartridge built into one unit, they are disposable after several uses.  You can refill these as well, using various methods.
  • Tankomizer (eGo Only) – Uses an atomizer and a tank of fluid to deliver a solid, steady vape.  This is my preferred method.  Easy to refill tanks, less mess, less to carry around.  The juice is delivered to the atomizer with each puff, using airflow to suck it out of the tank.


Ok, I’ve picked a model I like, where should I buy it?

If you head to the forum I referenced earlier (, you will see they have a long list of suppliers, each with their own forum.  These vendors have been tried, tested, and proved to be trustworthy sources for your PV needs.  Once again, you should do your research, and read what people are saying about each one you are considering.

You may be asking: “Who do you use, Zombienerd?”  Well, I’ll be glad to tell you!  I have had great luck with a couple different suppliers so far.

  • – EXCELLENT Customer Service, Fast shipping, and good prices.  They offer a good diverse line of 510 and eGo kits, but their juice selection is lacking.
  • – They carry some good starter kits, lots of adapters, and miscellaneous accessories, they ship fast.
  • – This is my “go-to” shop for my e-liquids, pretty quick shipping, and an excellent selection.  (He is currently moving his shop, so no orders would ship until March 1st 2011)
  • – Another excellent source for starter kits, juice, accessories.  It’s a “One Stop shop”

If you have any questions, feel free to comment, I will definitely help you if I can!

Congratulations!  You’ve taken the first step just by being curious!

There are many reasons why the PV is better than “Analog” cigarettes.


  • Their smoke contains over 4000 chemicals.
  • Their smoke leaves you smelling like an ashtray.
  • Cigarettes are very expensive.
  • Cigarettes produce ash.
  • Cigarettes produce trash.
  • Cigarettes cause cancer.
  • Cigarettes cause heart problems.
  • This list could go on for pages.


  • Limited ingredients, you know what you’re inhaling
  • Produces vapor, not smoke.
  • Vapor doesn’t cling to you, you won’t smell like an ashtray.
  • No lighter required.
  • No ashtray required.
  • Can be used pretty much anywhere, very few places have banned their use.
  • With the proper equipment choices, Vaping is MUCH cheaper than smoking.
  • You choose how much nicotine you get, from Zero MG up to 30mg.
  • No smelly clothes.
  • No yellow teeth.
  • Sense of smell returns.
  • Sense of taste returns.
  • This list could also go on for pages.

PV’s are not really designed to help you quit smoking, but they have that effect.  They are a nicotine delivery device, much like cigarettes, snuff, chew, snus, the patch, or nicotine gum.  The reason that PV’s are so successful in helping people quit tobacco, is that they give you everything a cigarette does:  the oral fixation, the “motion” of smoking, the nicotine, as well as feeling it hit your throat/lungs/mouth.

You will not find an eLiquid (the juice that the PV uses) that tastes exactly like smoking a cigarette.  This is quite impossible, as that taste is created by burning material, and in order to get that taste in a PV, you would need to add in many of the harmful chemicals that we all want to get rid of!  The standard tobacco flavors that you will find with the starter kits taste more like what a fresh cigarette smells like before lit.  That is the actual taste of tobacco.

“So, will it work for me?”

It absolutely will, as long as you want it to.  There is a bit of brain play involved.  Vaping is not 100% identical to smoking, there are many subtle differences.  Vaporized e-juice’s nicotine is slower to absorb into your system than that of burned tobacco.  Some thought and planning have to go into making yourself successful.

The hardest part for me was first thing in the morning.  I used to wake up, go straight outside and have a cigarette, it was all that was on my mind.  The nicotine from a cigarette hits your brain in seconds, it’s instant gratification.  Waking up since I started vaping was a bit different.  I found that I had to get a good 7-8 puffs in before I started feeling the same as I would on the first drag of the cigarette.  How I combated this, was to do my “morning vape” before I even got out of bed.  I have children, so I have not smoked in the house for years, this small change has helped me significantly in this regard.  Now, I can just lay there, and take several puffs to get my brain happy before I even have to pull back the covers.

Each person’s physiology is a bit different, you may have a harder time giving up the analogs than I did.  You may take your first vape, and never think of analogs again.  It’s best to get yourself psyched out before you ever start vaping.  You must know that this is going to work before you ever try it.  I was so excited when I got my first PV that I never even thought of lighting up again.

Standard disclaimer:  Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV)