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I'd like to share a profound experience I've just had, in hope that it may inspire you to reach out to your friends and loved ones this year and introduce them to vaping.

My father passed away last week – lung cancer. It was a somber plane ride to Portland. I was dreading it all – seeing the body, putting him in the ground, being around my crazy family… living with the loss. But I had more than one reason to go. I was on a mission.

My father smoked three packs a day in his younger years, and it’s truly what killed him. He would have been around many more years… to see his grand kids grow up. He wasted away to a wisp… a shadow of who he had been, and then it was in his bones. The cancer. It took him, engulfed him… swallowed him.

My brother still smokes… and you would think that watching your dad fade away to nothing because of this compulsion - and die on Christmas night - would be enough to put the fear (or hatred) of cigarettes in you. But it’s a strange animal, addiction. My brother hadn’t even taken a pause. He bought two packs on his way to the funeral.

I was waiting for him at the hotel with a beginner’s kit. Fifteen juices, two mods and a couple atties… one he could learn to rebuild on – one that he didn’t have to mess with till it was time to change out the head. A small box with precision screwdrivers, piano wire, nail clippers, a spool of 28 gauge Kanthal, a bag of pre-wrapped coils, and Koh Gen Do. Batteries, charger. It was all there, in a Christmas basket. “This is the way,” I told him. “Because of vaping, I haven’t had (or wanted) a cigarette in a year and a half. It’s not only just as good – it’s BETTER. SO much better. Please don’t end up like Dad… especially when you don’t have to.”

He’s trying, and it’s not easy. He’s coughing up a storm and gets discouraged. But I’m there with advice and encouragement… and he said this last week, he’s smoked only a few cigarettes – that’s from two packs a day before the vape kit.

I don’t know if it’s going to work. But I’ll tell you this… it gave me a beautiful sense of purpose and resolve. A sense of something bigger than the scuttle and rush we know as everyday life. And it made me realize that as ambassadors of vaping, we can and do save lives. Or at least, we tip the scales a little... make a ripple in the water. The rest is up to them…. but it’s damn good to be a part of it. And maybe Dad didn’t die in vain. Maybe he left us this message; reach out and talk to a smoker you love – today. It’s not too late, and they just might listen.

Happy New Year and keep on vaping my friends. I see great things coming – for the industry, for us.

on: October 08, 2014, 04:50:51 AM 2 Community Chat / General Chat / New smileys?

  <--that's #58 lol



                  








A message from CASAA... I shared my story today via email.


http://blog.casaa.org/2014/09/international-call-to-action-celebrate.html

Today, September 18, 2014, is World Vaping Day. We can think of no better way of celebrating World Vaping Day than by sharing our success stories with the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO is, to put it mildly, anti e-cigarette, and has called for strict regulation of e-cigarettes, including a ban on e-cigarette use in public places. It sees e-cigarettes as challenging the core message of tobacco control and as a threat to WHO's goals of a tobacco-free world. WHO seems willing to embrace speculative and unsubstantiated concerns about e-cigarettes (including the increasingly discredited gateway theory, namely, that e-cigarette use will lead to non-smokers starting to smoke), but fails to give any weight to the fact that an ever-increasing number of people have quit smoking (or have substantially reduced their smoking) by using e-cigarettes.

We are asking vapers from across the world to join together in sending a personal message to the WHO. Tell your story and explain how e-cigarette use has changed your life. Let them know that we are real people, not anecdotes. (While the Call to Action is being released on World Vaping Day, it will continue indefinitely.)


http://blog.casaa.org/2014/09/international-call-to-action-celebrate.html

on: September 09, 2014, 07:23:40 PM 4 Community Chat / General Chat / Post here if you do NOT have a Caravela

The purpose of this thread is purely selfish - it's to make my life easier.  ;D  Every now and then I get wind of a Caravela up for sale at a reasonable price, and it makes me feel happy to steer it over to someone who hasn't got one. But when it happens, I find I am scouring the forum looking to see who has one and who does not - sometimes it takes hours because the bits and pieces are scattered everywhere. So just to save me search-time, please post here if you:

1) do not have a Caravela and
2) you want one so much your heart would burst if your wish came true and
3) you have no intention of ever selling your Caravela or parting with it once it sails home to you

Also - once you have posted in this thread, if fortune smiles on you and you become an owner, please come back to the thread and edit your post with the date and number Caravela you obtained. Thanks for making it easy for me... maybe someday your dreams will come true like mine did. :)

 *yarr*  *pirat3*

on: August 19, 2014, 07:53:06 PM 5 Community Chat / General Chat / Atty Review: The Venturi

Venturi Dripping Atomizer
The Flavor-Chaser’s Dripper

The Venturi is a high end 22mm atty by a company out of Loma Linda, CA - Neovapetek. Jack is a very cool modder – great service. He offers a lifetime guarantee on everything he makes and is extremely relatable/responsive. Very refreshing to get an answer right away when you contact a vape company, and find the person who responds is excited about his product and cares about customer service! Good vibes right off the bat.
 


Preamble
So let’s talk about the atty. This review is written from the perspective of a "semi-sub-ohmer" - not a cloud chaser, but a dense-vape-chaser if you will. To me, pronounced flavor is nice, but secondary to thick, rich, dense vapor – that is simply what satisfies me. That said, there are plenty of times I wish I could have the crisp, intense flavor you get from an atomizer running a 1.8 ohm coil with a tiny air hole and small chamber. The problem is, I won’t use an atty like that long before I find myself reaching for another; although I do love the flavor, I always end up going back to something I can throw a lower ohm coil in, and open up the air to produce the burly vapor I crave. I’m definitely a rebuildable dripper aficionado; nothing else produces like a dripper.
 
Enter, stage left - something different… something that offers a nice middle ground. The Venturi atomizer manages to produce intense flavor with a full dripper experience without sublimating air flow or restricting build. You can get creative with your coils and go low in this atty - you’re going to get great airflow, and you’re going to “taste the rainbow.”
 

 
How does it do it? A rigorously reduced chamber by way of a chimney (think Kayfun), mated with an innovative air flow and a deep double-well resembling a Tobh or Odin Dripper. This atty merges these elements in a way we’ve not seen before… while managing to keep it attractive on the exterior.
 
Details
The Venturi has been meticulously designed with what the modder refers to as “Cyclops air hole placement.” The location of the air holes slightly below the coils contributes to the flavor production, while the chimney concentrates the flavor still more (as anyone who uses a Kayfun will understand).
 
The machining is faultless on all sections, and there was no need to do a preliminary cleaning as all parts arrived clean as a whistle. The threads are buttery smooth, and the materials feel solid and durable.
 
Wanted to mention: first thing I noticed about this product as I pulled the parts from the packaging is the attention to detail and workmanship. From the presentation box it comes in, to the note of authenticity and quality control, and finally, the machining and materials… you immediately know you have something of quality with this atty. Sturdy but with an elegance I think the Caravela family will appreciate.
 

 
Also, very cool that it comes with three different top caps. I vaped with each and couldn't tell any substantive difference between them; these appear to be just for aesthetics. Someone was paying attention to demand; today’s vaper wants gear with looks as well as brains.
 

 
Let’s Build it and Vape it
Now to the good stuff. I built out my Venturi with dual coils; the modder says you can go single, but I’m not seeing any way to shut off the airflow on one side. Two air slots on the base, and two on the chimney. So dual it was - I found this dripper fun to build on as there is a lot of room to play and get creative.
 

 

 

 
Note: cool feature - the center post has two holes so you can attach both coils without having to strain for space. However, be prepared for a tiny bit of a struggle to angle the legs properly to get them in there, as the holes are not vertical to one another.
 

 
With the cotton in place, I was able to drip 20 big drops into the Venturi’s sizable well!
 

 
Pop on the chimney piece (I left the air at full throttle), screw on top cap of choice, and she’s ready to go.
 
Note: all my drip tips fit nicely on this atty. The drip tip connects to the chimney top, so when you turn the drip tip, you adjust the airflow. This is both a good thing, and an annoyance if you forget and absent mindedly allow your drip tip to turn during use.
 
With alternate cap:

 
Vape Quality
Hard to find fault with this atomizer. The flavor is over-the-top good. I was experiencing nuances to my blood orange that I have never noticed before, and AIV’s 15 Foot Falls was by far at its best. The vapor production was not what I’d call stellar, but I have more experimentation to do to find the sweet spot. One thing I did was to push my coils down a little more into the well so they’d be as close as possible to the air slits. This improved the density and fullness of the vapor a bit. I will be trying twisted Kanthal and vertical coils as well – maybe even a quad. Lots of fun in this thing.
 
Final Thoughts
You’re not going to find an atty that delivers better flavor than the Venturi (hence why I nicknamed it “The Flavor-Chaser’s Dripper” (that was not from the modder). Also aesthetically, I am very happy with this atty. The price point of $135 starts looking extremely reasonable when you consider it comes with three attractive top caps.
 
Back to the vapor question... after a couple of weeks and four different builds, I'm still going with a description of adequate. I'll be searching for a build that really makes it sing, and will report back here when I find it. But bottom line, this is a dripper for those who value flavor over vapor production, and that said, it’s better than a Kayfun in my opinion because of the full throttle air option and the legitimate dripper design.
 
A couple of caveats: do not try to adjust the 510 pin. Although it has a movable flat head screw, loosening it to provide more length will result in leakage into the 510 cavity. You should fully tighten that screw before you begin to build, as the center post will turn in its seating a bit while you are tightening everything up top if the pin is not snug in place. Also – try to give yourself a little length in your coil legs so you can adjust the coils toward the outer edges and as well, push them down a bit into the well.
 
Aesthetics hounds will appreciate the sleek look of this atty on various high end mods, and enjoy playing with the  cap combinations.
 



 

 
Overall Evaluation
Flavor Production 10/10
Vapor Production 7/10
Functionality 8/10
Innovation / Design 10/10
Machining & Threading 10/10
Materials and assembly 9/10
Aesthetics 8/10

on: July 18, 2014, 09:02:56 PM 6 Community Chat / General Chat / True Thoughts

This is a thread to post truths - both the funny kind, and the ones that make you stop and think.

Here are my thoughts for the day.





Sometimes, said Pooh, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.





on: July 03, 2014, 05:36:00 AM 7 Community Chat / General Chat / Today is my vape-iversary!

One year off cigarettes - and madly in love with vaping.  *pirata*

Thank you Pedro. Although you may not know it, you've been a significant part of my journey. You made me fall in love with vaping by creating exquisite Caravelas that evoked a thirst in me... made me want to keep reaching for something better. Something beautiful! Then you made me feel welcome here, till this forum became family. And your generosity and sweet spirit has continued to inspire and capture my heart.

I'm grateful and blessed to call you friend, and tonight as I lift a glass to celebrate this milestone, the first toast goes to you.

Salute, Capitão. Você eu guardo sempre!
*gkiss*
“If only…” These two words paired together create one of the saddest phrases in the English language.

Here are ten choices that ultimately lead to this phrase of regret, and how to elude them:

1.  Wearing a mask to impress others – If the face you always show the world is a mask, someday there will be nothing beneath it.  Because when you spend too much time concentrating on everyone else’s perception of you, or who everyone else wants you to be, you eventually forget who you really are. So don’t fear the judgments of others; you know in your heart who you are and what’s true to you. You don’t have to be perfect to impress and inspire people. Let them be impressed and inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.

2. Letting someone else create your dreams for you – The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are; the second greatest is being happy with what you find. A big part of this is your decision to stay true to your own goals and dreams. Do you have people who disagree with you? Good.  It means you’re standing your ground and walking your own path. Sometimes you’ll do things considered crazy by others, but when you catch yourself excitedly losing track of time, that’s when you’ll know you’re doing the right thing. 

3. Keeping negative company – Don’t let someone who has a bad attitude give it to you. Don’t let them get to you. They can’t pull the trigger if you don’t hand them the gun. When you remember that keeping the company of negative people is a choice, instead of an obligation, you free yourself to keep the company of compassion instead of anger, generosity instead of greed, and patience instead of anxiety.

4. Being selfish and egotistical – A life filled with loving deeds and good character is the best tombstone. Those who you inspired and shared your love with will remember how you made them feel long after your time has expired. So carve your name on hearts, not stone. What you have done for yourself alone dies with you; what you have done for others and the world remains.

5. Avoiding change and growth – If you want to know your past look into your present conditions.  If you want to know your future look into your present actions. You must let go of the old to make way for the new; the old way is gone, never to come back. If you acknowledge this right now and take steps to address it, you will position yourself for lasting success.

6. Giving up when the going gets tough – There are no failures, just results. Even if things don’t unfold the way you had expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. Learn what you can and move on.  The one who continues to advance one step at a time will win in the end. Because the battle is always won far away and long before the final victory.  It’s a process that occurs with small steps, decisions, and actions that gradually build upon each other and eventually lead to that glorious moment of triumph.

7. Trying to micromanage every little thing – Life should be touched, not strangled. Sometimes you’ve got to relax and let life happen without incessant worry and micromanagement.  Learn to let go a little before you squeeze too tight. Take a deep breath. When the dust settles and you can once again see the forest for the trees, take the next step forward.  You don’t have to know exactly where you’re going to be headed somewhere great. Everything in life is in perfect order whether you understand it yet or not.  It just takes some time to connect all the dots.

8. Settling for less than you deserve – Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to wait for what you deserve. Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been to stand up taller than you ever were before. Sometimes your eyes need to be washed by your tears so you can see the possibilities in front of you with a clearer vision again. Don’t settle.

9. Endlessly waiting until tomorrow – The trouble is, you always think you have more time than you do. But one day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to work on the things you’ve always wanted to do. And at that point you either will have achieved the goals you set for yourself, or you will have a list of excuses for why you haven’t.

10. Being lazy and wishy-washy – The world doesn’t owe you anything you owe the world something. So stop daydreaming and start DOING. Develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Take full responsibility for your life – take control. You are important and you are needed. It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now; the somebody the world needs is YOU.

on: June 05, 2014, 03:40:00 AM 9 Community Chat / General Chat / My vision for the future

It's been a year for me and much longer for the pioneers. And I know, beyond a shadow of any doubt, how ridiculously superior vaping is to smoking. How much more enjoyable, healthy, versatile, aesthetically pleasing, tolerable to others, etc, etc.

It's to the point now that I see someone with a cigarette and I think... Why? Why in the world would anyone smoke anymore? There is truly no point - no need. It's outlived itself and has been replaced more effectively than ANYTHING has ever been replaced. Why would ANYONE ever smoke when they can vape? When the technology and innovation have produced a solution so much better than the problem, that the problem is now inherently passé.

Especially when I see young people smoking. This is a matter simply of information deprivation. Nothing more.

I dream. I dream of a world in which no young person ever thinks of taking up smoking. Because to do so would be as anachronistic as buying a horse and buggy instead of a car. A world where cigarettes and all the illness they bring are a thing children read about in history books. A world that does not inhibit vaping with statutes and ignorant taxation/regulation because lawmakers know the value of human health and innovation.

I dream. And I don't think we are too far from the edge of this dream. We need doctors and lawyers and judges and hospital administrators and senators and professors. We need research and investors. We need each other. We can change the world. We are already doing it, a little at a time.

Raise a glass to the future, and picture a world where no child ever grows up to light a cigarette. Ever.

See you there.

on: May 25, 2014, 08:20:35 PM 11 Community Chat / General Chat / A Special Thread for Dspin

Dspin. Most everyone here knows the man, and his brusque but kind manner. Many know his reputation as a stand up person who tells the truth, loves vaping and collecting fine gear, takes amazing photographs, and at times carries out unusual acts of generosity.

Some know that when he trusts you, he will give you the shirt off his back. And one or two have seen that he has a heart of gold and is loyal to the core.

Not much more to be said, but seldom in life do we get the thanks we deserve, and I felt it was time.

This is a thread to give thanks to the man, and to tell a story of what he did for you.

When I first came to the C+ forums, I knew I had found a home among some awesome people, but I still had a sad place inside where there was no Caravela. Dspin reached out to me and made everything better in his own special way. I have seen him do this again and again... with people he has never met. There is no reason for a man to do these things except to spread happiness.

I will never forget that Dspin sold me the stunning, historic Caravela 58 at cost, nor forget the patient advice he has given me time and again. He could have auctioned 58 for a fortune but that is not his way. For this act of kindness, and for countless others, I send my thanks and appreciation to a rare person who I will always support and care for.

Thank you, sir. May the legend live on.

This material has the largest surface area of any man-made material: 800 square meters per gram. It's called Upsalite. It's made of magnesium carbonate so it's very heat resistant (Mg carbonate can be used to make diamonds). Supposedly, Upsalite is 10 times more absorbent than cat litter. If I understand correctly, the melting point, or point of decomposition is much higher then any coil would go, and it appears to be inexpensive to make. As far as practicality for vaping, it's consistency is tougher than the porous ceramic wicks we've been using in our gennies... but still could be snapped if treated too roughly.

'Impossible' material made with record-breaking surface area and water adsorption abilities -- ScienceDaily

“We have found that amorphous magnesium carbonate can be made in a very simple, low-temperature process."

Scientists make "Impossible Material" ... by accident



PLEASE NOTE: The practices outlined in this review are recommended for expert vapers only. A thorough understanding of battery safety, Ohms law, multimeters, and conductive materials is required to vape at sub ohm levels.

Prelude
I was very excited about this atty because I vape in the neighborhood of .4 to .5 ohms with cotton, and once you discover the amazing, satisfying vapor production at this level, you really can never go back. Rebuilding, lowering resistance, and wicking with cotton is what made me fall in love with vaping – it’s also what enabled me to cut my nicotine down to 2 mg (often, zero). But there’s a problem that comes with this delightful vaping style; sub ohming in a dripper greatly reduces one’s atomizer choices. Yes, you need to be able to wrap and wick coils, but in order to get them to perform, you need the right kind of air flow. The best coil in the world won't produce without the right amount of air.

One thing’s for certain – you will find yourself in a precarious position when it comes to RDA-vaping and driving. We all know it’s not safe to juice up your wick while behind the wheel. Bottom feeding mods built to handle sub ohm vaping have been to date the only solution to prevent the dreaded “dripping and driving” syndrome, while still producing billowing clouds.

With this in mind, I was eager to try an atomizer that offered an RDA design with adjustable air flow, and a tank underneath that could be utilized on a tube mod. The idea is that when clicked, the 3D will shoot liquid up through a hole in the deck to be absorbed by the wick, and then suck the excess back down to the lower reservoir so there is no leakage from the upper quadrant.



Aesthetics
Although I was not overly pleased with the 3D’s logo (it’s definitely not up to the standards Atmomixani has set with its other product engravings), I must admit the 3D looks somewhat shmexy on a Nemmy (especially the two-tone Kalafan) and the look is enhanced by the native hybrid connection.  Unfortunately, the logos do not line up well when all sections are secured to optimal tightness. I can live with that, but it’s something I feel should have been engineered with more care considering the price point.



Build
I started my adventure by installing dual coils in the 3D. It’s not the easiest atty to rebuild – especially with thicker wire configurations. Prepare to go through a bit of struggle to capture your coil legs properly between screw and post. Atmomixani should have given us post holes in an atty this innovative (and pricey). Note: once installed, be careful not to push the moveable deck down and turn the fill hole too much – it will rotate the pos post and pull your coils out of shape.



The atty vapes fine in dual mode, but I prefer a single coil. Happily, the air flow control ring allows you to choose. As an aside, I did open up the atty’s largest air hole in single coil mode to 3/32” on both the cap and the ring; but it was super easy to do and I’m very happy with the results. I like the way the 3D’s air flow control ring locks into place so you can “set it and forget it.”

Single coil mode: drill-twisted 26 gauge, 8 wraps on a 3/32” precision screwdriver (.5 ohms)








Filling
It’s a shame this doesn’t hold more than a mil and a half of juice, as that would never last a full day. But I was not as concerned with that as I was the difficulty of getting the juice IN.

It’s not easy to get that lower tank area filled without a needle nosed bottle or hypodermic. I tried filling the top sector and then clicking the device to suck the juice down into the lower sector (see Todd's Reviews), but this did not work for me. Not sure if it’s because my juice is thick (100% VG), or if it’s just a flaw in the design, but the juice stays pooled up in the top sector  rather than getting sucked down to the lower reservoir. I finally found a juice bottle that had a tip that fit.
 


Final Thoughts
I like the 3D and it’s working for me in the car. It vapes well: good flavor – stellar vapor production. Holds about 3 mils altogether if you wick with cotton. Does “squonk” the liquid up to the wick as promised when you click the device. (Does NOT suck the liquid back down as well as I would like; maybe someone with a higher PG ratio juice can weigh in on this, as I suspect the viscosity of my juice may be causing the problem.)  Is it worth $150? Probably. We’re paying in the hundred dollar range or more for RDAs that do far less, so why not shell out the extra for one that squonks and can turn your tube mod into a dripper with a tank. Atmomixani should offer the 3D with a needle-nosed bottle of some sort at no extra charge, and as mentioned, they should put holes in the posts or offer it as an option. (Maybe a logo re-design if they really want to go the extra mile - they could hold a contest and allow their fans and customers to enter logo ideas.) But all in all, a pretty nifty little atty from a company that continues to innovate and push the vaping envelope.


I was so happy when my Achilles arrived in the mail today! The vape mail excitement colored my whole day. As soon as I was able, I dashed home from the office to build it out.  *pirata*

My first impressions of the Achilles:

It's lovely to look at and oh so light! Beautiful engravings along the top around the drip tip, and obviously made with great skill and attention to detail. Completely satisfied with the aesthetics. Also love the design under the hood with the air hole under the coil and the deep juice wells.


And so to the build. These are the moments I feel content... my "me-time." I just love pouring a glass of good wine and wrapping coils. It's meditative... centering.  8)

I started with 28 gauge Kanthal - 9 wraps on a 1/8th" precision mini screwdriver.

Secured to positive and negative posts and checked ohms on the meter.


Since I planned to vape this on a mechanical with an 18350 battery, I needed my ohms to hit between .8 and 1 for maximum vapor. I removed a wrap to get what I wanted.

Next, I placed the base with coil attached on a Vela with a fresh AW IMR battery, and fired 'er up. Then I tightened the coil into a micro (all coils touching) with pliers. Final result measured .9 ohms.


Now time to wick. Rolled organic cotton into the perfect size - wide enough to sit snug in the coil, but still slide through without catching... and long enough for the ends of the wick to tuck down into the generous wells in the deck.


Lastly, I fully saturated the wick and filled the juice wells with Alice in Vapeland's "A Quiet Morning" (lovely tea flavored juice).


And... the first vape.

Thoughts: Seems like a fine atty with a great design except that for me, even with the air passage completely open (air control is adjustable under the atty with an Allen key), the draw is too tight and whistles when I inhale. Normally in a situation like this, I drill out the air hole in my RDA, but I am not sure how to do that with this design. This can be compared to the KFL+; the air passage runs under the center of the deck and then turns a corner and ends up coming out of the side of the base. An internal "L", if you will.  With a standard RDA, the air hole is located on the hood, and can be widened with ease - all you need is a good drill bit and the right lubrication.

Maximum vapor can only be produced with the right amount of air... and of course no one loves a whistle (unless it's on a tea pot). So... I come to you my friends - any advice?

on: January 21, 2014, 06:52:54 AM 15 Community Chat / General Chat / What are you listening to?

I'm sad tonight, and there's nothing like a good sad song when you feel this way.

Music for every mood - music to bring back memories so clear, it's like you are there again... Music to make your feet move. Music to make your heart ache... or dance.

Post your favorite song of the moment.

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