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  • Beginners Guide To Vaping

    So you’ve decided to start vaping, now what?

    A couple beginners super stoked to get a starter kit! A couple beginners super stoked to get a Blackhat starter kit!

    Welcome to a global community of vapers millions strong  and thousands of brick and mortar vapor shops ready to provide you with exactly what you need.  Now is a super exciting time to get in on vaping.  E-cig manufacturers have had years of trial and error, refinement, and research.  The E-cigs on the market now are so much better than the units that were around when I first started a few years ago.  They’re more powerful, more colorful, and easier than ever to use.  Congratulations!  Your timing couldn’t be better.  As a beginner, I’ll walk you through the basics so you can hit the ground running.

    Let’s start with vaping for beginners, what exactly is an electronic cigarette?  I’m glad you asked!  All types of e-cigs have three basic parts:

    A typical beginner setup.

    A battery

    A heating element (coil or atomizer)

    A liquid reservoir (tank or clearomizer)

    These three parts will vary from setup to setup, but they’ll always be there in some form.  The clearomizer holds the e-liquid (see what e-liquid is made of here).  There is an atomizer usually at the base of the clearomizer that contains a wire coil wrapped around a wicking material.  The wicking material absorbs the e-liquid. The metal coil gets power from the attached battery, heats up, and vaporizes the liquid. There you have it!  Vaping is a super simple concept.  Ready for a little more detail?  Here we go…

    Batteries

    Batteries come in a rainbow of designs, concepts, shapes, and colors.  Most likely, as beginners, you’ve seen the cigalike e-cigs.  Cigalikes are the thin units that most resemble an analog cigarette. These generally have a super short battery, poor vapor production, and poor flavor reproduction.

    My recommendation is that you buy a single battery setup or a kit including an eGo style battery.  EGo refers to the thread type on the top of the battery unit.  You’ll face the choice of milliamp hours (mAh), which means capacity.  The higher the mAh, the longer your battery will last on a single charge, but that will also increase the size.  You’ll figure out rather quickly what size battery you’re comfortable carrying with you, and if it’s lasting long enough.  Many eGo batteries available are pass through batteries. That means you can charge while you vape, which drastically increases the daily battery life.

    Clearomizers and coils

    Those beginning to vape at this point in the community’s development are getting the full benefit of the clearomizer and tank options available.  They’re simpler, easier, and more efficient than anything I had starting out a few years ago.

    Basic top coil Basic top coil

    Clearomizers generally come in two main varieties - top coil and bottom coil.  Both essentially function the same way.  Inside the housing, a coil of wire surrounds wicking material (most commonly silica rope or cotton).  When electricity is passed through the coil, it heats up and vaporizes the liquid absorbed by the wicking material.  The result: delicious vapor.  As the names suggest, we’re talking about the position of the coil in the tank.  A typical top coil atomizer has the coil high up on the center shaft and wicks hang down to soak up liquid. 

     

    Beginners bottom coil Basic bottom coil

    Inside of a bottom coil Inside of a bottom coil

    A bottom coil atomizer sits in the base of the tank and liquid is gravity fed into the wicks. Nowadays, there’s really no reason to use a top coil clearomizer.  They generally perform worse than bottom coil designs, and you’re constantly fighting gravity.  Gravity always wins.

    Other things to consider are airflow and liquid capacity.  Most people don’t want to be constantly refilling, so they go for higher capacity tanks.  Others like the sleek form factor of smaller tanks and don’t mind refilling more frequently.  Plastic tanks are very common among beginning vapers and are typically a more cost effective option, but you sacrifice durability.  Longer lasting tank options are usually made from stainless steel and Pyrex.  There’s a wide variety to choose from, and with a little testing, you’ll find the one for you.

    As with most electronics, there’s room to grow.  Most beginners start with a basic setup, and when they become more familiar with the technology, move up to gear that’s more advanced.  Now there are tanks that can handle many times more power than an eGo battery can output, and batteries that can output many times more power than the basic clearomizers can handle.  Everyone’s tastes are unique, and I can guarantee that there’s a battery/clearomizer setup that will fit the bill.

    Blackhat Vapor's new home! Blackhat Vapor's new home!

    Lastly, and maybe most important as beginners is having a support structure.  Check out your local vape shops.  Find one that seems to have the friendliest, most knowledgeable staff to help you stick with vaping.  (Low prices don’t hurt, either.)  Do you have friends that vape?  They can be an amazing resource.  Comparing e-liquids, batteries/setups, and the occasional loan makes vaping much more interesting and fun.  Of course, there are vaping communities online.  Forums, groups, blogs, and websites all offer a wealth of information to answer just about any question and guide you along.  Don’t hesitate to use any of these resources, and above all, keep vaping!

  • Rise of the Jacksonville Vaping Shop

    The Rise of the Vapor Store in Jax

    Only a year ago, you may have noticed new storefronts popping up in Jacksonville with names like "A-1 Vapor" or "Vapor 4 Life". From Blanding to the Beach, one thing they all had in common was a word - vapor. The e-cig industry changes fast, and in the past year the term "vape" has eclipsed the fledgling term "vapor" Even the Oxford Dictionary company named "vape" the 2014 word of the year! E-cig sales are set to hit $1.7 BILLION this year! So now we have the rise of the Jacksonville Vape Shop, but what exactly does that mean?

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    The rise of the Jacksonville vapor shop is many things. Earlier this year, we posted a blog about the e-cig community and how vaping has brought thousands of people together with a common cause. That community has become even closer in the face of potential action against it by the FDA. People have credited e-cigs with changing their lives (myself included) and now they band together in solidarity. Jacksonville Vape shops have become more than just brick and mortar purveyors of vaping gear. A lot like the long running TV show, Cheers, regular customers stop by their favorite vaping shop after work to pick up some of their favorite e-liquid, check out new gear, or just kick back and have a puff with the crew running the shop. Some vape shops have "Vape Meets" where fellow vapers gather to enjoy each others company, win prizes, or even participate in "Cloud Contests" to see who can chuck the biggest, thickest plume. The vape shops in Jacksonville, Florida still exist to make money, but now it's more than that - it's a meeting place for all things e-cigarette and the people that love them. So we know that vapor stores have evolved into vape shops, but how has the technology changed?

    Electronic cigarettes have come a loooooong way since the humble days of the disposable 510. In the beginning choices were few and, in retrospect, unimpressive. Color options were limited to a futuristic matte black or tobacco cigarette white with (genuine simulated filter) tan. You could have a sort of tobacco flavored liquid and maybe some vaguely fruity tasting option. You chose between a button activated or automatic battery. Maybe you had the option of what color LED illuminated the end of your "artificial cigarette". That was about it.

    How far we've come.

    Jacksonville Vape Shop Mods The selection of mechanical mods is growing every day at Blackhat!

    Choices today are as plentiful as leaves on a mature oak tree and range from conventional to downright bizarre! Everything from variable voltage options, vibrant or subdued color finishes to mods and premium gourmet e-liquid is yours for experimentation. It is a good time to be a vaper, my friend! E-cigs have broken away from remotely attempting to resemble tobacco cigarettes. Many vapers have setups that reflect their personality and sense of style. If you can think of a color, there's a battery finish or clearomizer option to match. If you change your mind, there are even custom cut adhesive wraps to change your battery color or pattern. Once exotic and rare, LCD displays on batteries are now commonplace in vape shops, providing vital stats on battery life, voltage, and resistance. I've even seen a bluetooth mod complete with cell phone app! Conveniences like pass-through capability makes dead or dying batteries almost a thing of the past. Now you can charge while you vape!

    Jacksonville Vape Shop E-liquid A creamy blend with a kiss of strawberry, Goat's Milk is delish!

    Mods have exploded on the scene, appealing to the tinkerers to build and customize coils to exacting preferences and vaping experiences. With these high powered precision vapes, modders can reduce visibility in any room with a single puff. And the e-liquid varieties!! Hundreds of manufacturers have broken the mold, venturing away from the humdrum "blueberry" and "banana" conventions. Premium liquid manufacturers with the likes of "Cinnamon Roll" and "Strawberries and Cream" have pushed the envelope with creative custom recipes with names like "Skyline", "Butter Berry", and even Blackhat's own "Goats Milk".

    Jacksonville vaping shops are racing to keep up with the best and newest offerings out there and we all get to benefit! Along with the tech, an ever growing population of vapers expands together bringing a sense of community and belonging to everyone involved. I'm sure you have your own go-to Jacksonville vapor store where everybody knows your name.

  • What Makes Mobster E-liquid Flavoring Special?

    If you've been using an electronic cigarette for any amount of time, you've realized that there's a dizzying variety of e-liquid flavorings out there. I've seen everything from blueberry to bacon. (I may get the nerve to try the bacon flavor one day, but that day is not today) The search for the best e-liquid flavoring can be an exciting yet overwhelming process. I'm sure you've asked yourself, "What makes one e-liquid flavoring better than another?" At Blackhat Electronic Cigarettes, we've done extensive research for the highest quality ingredients available and saved you the trouble.

    Come try some of our unique blends of Mobster e-liquid flavorings
    Mobster e-liquid. Great quality, great price.

    Our e-liquid flavoring is proudly made in the USA at in a pharmaceutical grade, FDA approved lab. (No basement brews here!) The base ingredients are also USP grade. Some other e-liquid flavorings are also used in the food industry. The result is that those e-liquid flavorings may not vaporize well, break down in higher temperatures, and oxidize easily in the presence of nicotine. At Blackhat, our e-liquid flavorings are created specifically for use in e-liquid. Extensive research is conducted on each individual flavor to ensure that none of the ingredients are unfit for inhalation. So as new information becomes available, the selection of e-liquid flavoring may shift accordingly.

    The lab stands behind its product 100%, and accepts all legal responsibility in the event of any legal action going down.

    Did I mention our e-liquid flavoring is Kosher? L'chaim!

    Blackhat E- Cigarettes has scoured the spectrum of e-liquid flavorings. Our Mobster line of e-liquid flavoring is by far the most expensive we've found. Price doesn't always equal quality, but in this case, we're betting our black hats (I couldn't resist) that it does! Our e-liquid flavoring vendor ensures the safety of our customers which is our top priority. So take comfort, fellow vapers, and puff with confidence knowing that Blackhat Electronic Cigarettes has your back!

  • So What is E-liquid, Exactly?

    Well, the short and sweet answer is that e-liquid is the fluid used in the reservoir of an e-cig that is heated up to produce vapor which is then inhaled by the user.

    Mob X e-liquid Mob X e-liquid offered exclusively by Blackhat E-cigs

    It's the stuff that we puff.

    The reality is that e-liquids come in a dazzling array of flavors, strengths, consistencies, and brands. Let's look at what similarities they have and what sets them all apart.

    The majority of e-liquid manufacturers combine five ingredients in their e-liquids:

    1. Propylene Glycol
    2. Vegetable Glycerin
    3. Nicotine Concentrate
    4. Food Grade Flavoring
    5. Distilled Water (for diluting if necessary)

    Let's look at each one of these individually:

    1. Propylene Glycol (PG) is something that most of you are already familiar with in a more theatrical setting - fog machines. It's the same stuff that pumps into the air at the House of Blues or during a Pink Floyd show. PG is also used in food colorings and as a flavor carrier in other food products.

    2. Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is a thicker liquid component that PG derived from plants. It's commonly used in household items such as toothpaste and shampoo. Most e-liquids are made with a varying ratio of PG and VG resulting in different flavor and vapor producing mixtures. Higher VG ratios in the liquid will produce thicker clouds of vapor, but will require a hotter burn to pull that off. Using a variable voltage battery unit is recommended if you're going to go that route.

    3. Nicotine Concentrate We're all pretty familiar with nicotine. The interesting thing about nicotine used by most e-liquid manufacturers is well over 95% pure. The levels of nicotine are precisely measured and Blackhat Electronic Cigarettes offers range from 0% to 3.6% per mL.

    4. Food Grade Flavoring is almost self-explanatory. These flavors are commonly used in baked goods, candies, and beverages.

    So that about sums it up. Like with anything else, individual tastes will vary widely! Some liquids play well in the average starter kit, while the homemade sub-ohm coil on a mechanical mod may require a bit more of a custom ordered liquid. There's thousands of combinations available, and we encourage you to try as many as you can. Who knows what you'll find! Apparently there's a bacon flavored liquid out there for those of you who are feeling particularly bold...

  • Quality is the Top Priority at Blackhat Electronic Cigarettes. Your #1 Jacksonville Vapor Shop

    The Blackhat Electronic Cigarettes offer something more that other e-cigarette manufacturers aren’t able to, and that is a high quality product at incredibly low prices. The Blackhat line of e-cigarettes is simple. Our philosophy is to find a product that works and perfect it. Read More...

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