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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.

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    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!

  • Rebuildable Coils for Beginners: Part 1

    Rebuildable coils: Micro, nano, sub... single, dual, twisted... what does it all mean?!?

    Coil building is a labor of love for some. Knowing what you want out of the build and having the right tools is a good place to start. Want bigger plumes of vapor? Want more flavor? Want a hotter or cooler vape? There is a build for just about every want these days.

    Every electronic cigarette creates vapor using the same basic method: A coil of resistance wire is wrapped around a wicking material. The wicking material (usually cotton or silica) sucks up the e-liquid (much in the same way a candle wick sucks up melted wax) and electricity is passed through the resistance wire coil. The coil heats up, heats the e-liquid, and you have delicious vapor!

    Just a beautiful Rebuildable Coil A single parallel rebuildable coil.

    Coils are as diverse and differentiating as there are types of car engines. Your average commuter might drive a conservative 4 cylinder, while muscle car fans might like the punch of a big block V8! The same idea applies to coils. Most vapers buy pre-made coils from their favorite vape shop or website. Then there are the advanced users - the modders, the hobbyists. These guys use rebuildable coils. RBA's (Rebuildable Atomizers), RTA's (Rebuildable Tank Atomizers), and RDA's (Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers) require the user to physically wrap the resistance wire into coils.

    Now why would anyone want to go through that amount of trouble? The answer is simple: CUSTOMIZATION! When you build your own coil, you're in direct control of how hot or cold your atomizer burns. The results can range from super hot rebuildable coils that can produce enough vapor to haze out a living room, to cooler rebuildable coils that let you embrace every facet of flavor from your favorite e-liquid.

    Rebuildable Coils: Beauty in the basics A dual rebuildable coil

    Most rebuildable coils and atomizers they're housed in require using a mod style battery setup. Essentially a mod is a modified battery housing to be used with a high capacity, high output battery. Heating up these monster rebuildable coils needs a beefed up battery setup! We all have to remember the wise words of Peter Parker's Uncle Ben: "With great power comes great responsibility." Rebuildable Coils require that you take care while you tinker. Remember you're dealing with electricity and really hot metal!! Ok, moving on:

    Customization! (Remember that from earlier?) So you've moved up to wanting to make your own rebuildable coils. Which coil do you create? That's a good question, and there's more answers than you can imagine. Most advanced vapers start out with a simple single coil.

    Twisted Vaper Rebuildable Coil A single coil using two pieces of wire. The result: half the resistance!

    One coil of resistance wire, one strand of wicking material. It's simple, effective, and does the trick. Then there's the vapers I call "The Gamblers" - they like to double down and build dual coils! Two coils - twice the firepower - half the resistance. That means a hotter burn and more vapor. It just goes on from there. I've seen quad coils (four rebuildable coils and monster clouds), dragon coils, Danny wicks, twisted/braided wire; the list is endless! There are many options for wire and wick. Both have a huge impact on the vapor production and flavor as well. Everyone has a preference to what they like and what works the best. Odds are, once you jump into the world of modding and rebuildable coils, you'll come up with your own unique way to design your own rebuildable coil.

    Stick around for our post on exactly HOW to create your own rebuildable coil and reach a whole new level of vaping!

  • 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!

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