First off, let me say that I am now smoke-free since January 26th, 2013 after over 30 years of smoking a pack a day of cigarettes. I could not have kicked the habit if it had not been for one amazing product – electronic cigarettes. Enough said.
To avoid getting in depth with the explanation and reasons behind the cigarette addiction, let me just say that I am now thoroughly enjoying “vaping.” It’s not harmful to your health, there are a huge variety of products, as this e-cigarette market is now a multi-billion dollar industry, and, it’s doubling within the next year. Here’s my choices on the best (for me, personally) of what I’ve found, in gear. I started off as I’m sure most do, with the disposable e-cig variety, then moved to the Blu e-cig, then into the eGo style with the Johnson Creek VEA system (cartomizers and a eGo) and then finally got serious and started into the Advanced Personal Vaporizer and “MOD’s” – this is where the serious action, is.
With the advent of companies getting into the health and wellness aspect of vaping, with “Lung Juice” from NHaler, and “Healthy Lung” Lung Juice from Guilty Pleasures Organics, and each offering 100% Made in the USA, all organic, Kosher ingredients, promoting healthy lung function, the game is changing. Vaping can (and should) replace cigarette smoking, and, since you can very your nicotine level, or eliminate it entirely you can vape just for the fun and pleasure. I’ve included links to all of these products, and the Smoke Juice, below. With that said;
The Evolv Darwin was probably the single most revolutionary product to hit the market. Odd looking, and packing the Evolv DNA-20 electronics, this unit was limited only by it’s adaptor 510 connection. Not too many choices, but this unit is still fantastic, IF you can find one, that is. I’m listing it here only for the sake of showing you what this unit looks like. Truly amazing. If you can find one – BUY IT. The Evolv Darwin will need an atomizer. My two choices for the atomizer are the AVA SR from ThermoVape, and the Picalusci rebuildable atomizer from Scientist. Either one of these will take the Darwin to new levels of vaping experiences.
Now what would be the best atomizer to use with the Evolv Darwin? Glad you asked… the Picalusci is my best choice. It’s the smallest Rebuildable Atomizer out there, and this little giant puts out some great clouds of vapor. The Picalusci costs $130.00 each, but you can rebuild the wick so it should last for years. Buy two, and you’ll be ready for any occasion. http://www.piculisci.ro/ Just remember, in just two years, the vaping industry has grown in leaps and bounds. Mechanicals? Dead. Tube Mods? Dead. BOX MODS are the future with Variable Volts and Variable Wattage. Atomizers? It seems the SvoeMesto style Kayfun has ruled this catagory with great vapor production, easy to build, and all around durability and good looks. Clones? They are everywhere.
Now, since even FINDING a Evolv Darwin is problematic, at best… what else could you use?? Glad you asked. You could always go “high end” and in this category, I have a few choices, namely, MOD’s from Golden Greek, Zenesis, the GP from VapourArt, and from Mark Bugs as well as SvoeMesto. Here’s a few pix of those high end MOD’s. If you can find them, grab them. Well worth the investment. Plan on spending between $225.00 to easily over $500.00 on these units. The Zenesis is USA made. GP is Great Britain, and Golden Greek is Greece. Mark Bugs is over from Romania, and his units offer both mechanical and the new Wizard Evolved using the Evolv Darwin’s DNA-30 chip, and it’s priced (just the unit) at $510.00 US. Then add a rebuildable atomizer, for another $150.00 and up… quite the investment. The SvoeMesto has come out with a complete line-up including the RBA Kayfun, Kayfun Lite and Kayfun Mini, all powered by their hybrid system – the Semovar. Also of note is Team Rampage, and their Adam MOD with the A.M.R (Advanced Mesh Rebuildable) and the A.P.S. (Advanced Pulling System) atomizers. Pictured below are most of these MODS and RBA’s. You can find the OEM below, however, below this section is THE CLONES. These are part for part copies of the originals, and sell for less than a quarter of the original. Good deals.
Golden Greek – http://www.e-smokeguru.gr/en/apparel/
Mark Bugs – http://www.markbugs.com
SvoeMesto – http://www.vaperev.com (good CA-based USA supplier with best prices on most high-end MOD’s)
VapeRev – http://www.vaperev.com (for the SvoeMesto, Adam, and Ithaka and more) CA based vape store.
The Golden Greek by Imeo represents quite literally works of art. High end machining and it shows. The Ithaka Rebuildable Atomizer (the part that atomizes your e-liquid) is very easy to rebuild, and wire your own wicks and coils. Use Kanthal wire and EcoWool wicks. If you’re slightly challenged or the task of wiring up your own wick and coil seems daunting, you can easily buy pre-made wicks and coils on line. Remember, if you’re using a dual-coil set-up the coils need to be sized accordingly, If the individual coil is rated at 3.0 Ohms, combined, at two coils, the rating is now half – or 1.5 Ohms. Simple. Again, they are hard to find in stock, so get them if you have the opportunity to do so. The SvoeMesto is another interesting APV and RBA system. Although, with the advent of Chinese knock-offs (clones), it is much easier on your wallet to just buy the clone. If you decide you really, really want to spend up to ten times the money vs Chinese clones, then go out and buy the original – if – you can even acquire one.
The playing field in this category is fierce. I really like a “clone” of the Kayfun Lite from Svoe Mastro… this one is called “The Russian 91%” or more recently, the Kayfun Lite Plus, and it’s actually better than the original. At around $28.00 it’s a great bargain, even though not the original, they are part for part clones. The next one that is truly outstanding is the clone of the Golden Greek Ithaka – both clones from our boys at Fasttech,com and you can’t beat these prices.
And here comes Fasttech yet again – The SvoeMesto Kayfun? $21.34 NO KIDDING. You can’t beat this deal – https://www.fasttech.com/products/1494700
Both the Kebo The Russian, and The Russian 91% are now in supply compliments of the onslaught of Chinese clones, as are the SvoeMesto Kayfun V4, Kayfun Lite Plus and Kayfun 3.1 and the price points are around 17 to 38 bucks – buy a clone, and if you really feel the need to spend, then buy an original. Just do yourself a favor and order the Kayfun (clones) from Fasttech. For the price, you could order half a dozen and spend less than buying these originals. The Russian, and Russian 91% are way overpriced as clones, themselves, from Kebo. Buy from Fasttech.com and save. No, I am not associated in any way with Fasttech.com, it is simply a great Chinese supply company, that’s offering some fantastic deals, and FREE shipping. Ya can’t go wrong for these prices.
Drum roll…. my personal favorites as of January 2015? The Hana Modz DNA50 clone, the Vapor Shark DNA30, the VariANT 260 Watt Mod, and (tops on my list currently) the Vapor Flask V2 DNA40. Top these excellent Mods with the newest offering from SvoeMesto, the Kayfun V4, or the SvoeMesto Kayfun Lite Plus, and the SvoeMesto Kayfun Mini 2.1 (see side bars for ordering directly from Fasttech.com ). Fantastic price, and fantastic vaping.
And here are the originals… enjoy.
For a completely different take I tried the ThermoVape Gen 1 from ThermoEssense, and the incredible AVA atomizer line (now no longer manufactured) ThermoVape Gen1. Buy one at http://www.vaporenvycigarettes.comfrom Ft Meyers FL and ask for Billy. He’s got plenty in stock. The ThermoVape comes in several models. You can vape loose leaf (yes, all of you weed smokers will just love this one), botanical and herbal concentrate and oils, and smoke juice. One unit, with different attachments.
Vaping also has some new players in the all organic (even Kosher) makers. Try:
Virgin Vapor (www.virginvapor.com ) for a great smoke juice.
Also, there’s “Lung Juice” from NHaler (www.nhaler.com)
Holy Smokes – http://www.holysmokes.com – represents an all organic, non nicotine, all herbal twist on smoke juice. Pricey, but quite good.
Guilty Pleasures Organics (www.guiltypleasures.com) and both make an incredible “Lung Juice” You’ll definitely be amazed at the ingredients in this Lung Juice, all for promoting healthy lung function. Give Judy Henry’s Happy Lung a try, I’ve tried the coffee, pomegranate, and chocolate and they are fantastic. Who woulda thunk? LOL
Note: I am not affiliated with any of these companies nor products, other than having a great interest in their products. I do have an affiliate link with Virgin Vapor, as this is my main Smoke Juice and love their selection and their quality certified all organic, VG Smoke Juice. Everything listed on this page is products that I personally own, currently. I’ve tried them all, and these are the ones I recommend.
Enjoy your vaping.
- Advanced Personal Vaporizers; My Thoughts (frankgermano.wordpress.com)