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5 Questions Every New Vaper Asks June 19, 2017 12:36

5 Questions Every New Vaper Asks

Maia Waters
Marketing/Customer Relations

It's not easy to start vaping, and one of the main things that has become very apparent in in my role as a Customer Service rep at Vapourium, is how overwhelming it all seems when you first start up.

Here are 5 of the most common questions people ask before they make their first vaping purchase.

What is a good vape?

This is the first question anyone who is looking for help to purchase their first vape asks, and, as you are about to find out, there is no definitive answer.

It's completely dependant on what you're looking for from your vape, some people only want to quit smoking, and slowly wean themselves of the vape entirely.
Others want that huge cloud hit that you get from bigger, more powerful devices, and others are more interested in the techier side of vaping.

1st

If you have friends or family who vape, try theirs. 
Is there enough of a throat hit?
Enough vapour? Too much vapour? 
How does it feel in your hand?

2nd

In failing having someone close by whose vape you can try. Ask yourself these question.
Why do you want to start vaping?
Are you looking for something discreet? Or are you unfazed by bigger clouds?

3rd

If you're looking for something a bit more discreet, you'll want to have a look at mouth to lung (MTL), or e-cig type vapourisers. 
If you're looking for something a bit more powerful, with the same Starter Kit price tag, you're looking at something more like these Starter Kits.

4th

You're looking through the website to find something that suits you.
Now you just have to choose something.

If you already know what kind of vape you're looking for, now it's just aesthetic. How big do you want it to be? Battery life? Colour?

What else do I need?

When buying your first Starter Kit, some new Vapers like to know they're going to be set up for a while.
Most Starter Kits come with 2 coils, and if you take care of them properly (priming, making sure your tank never runs dry..) then they should last between 2-4 weeks.
All you really NEED to get yourself up and running is e-liquid. If you purchase a Starter Kit with us, you get a $10.00 discount code to use with the Buyers Club to purchase e-liquid.
Using this code, you can either get 1 10ml for free, or get $10.00 off any e-liquid purchase on the site.
Sample Boxes are becoming increasingly popular, as they take the stress out of choosing your first e-liquids and give you a selection of e-liquids to try until you find one you like.

What is a coil?

When you look at ANY vapouriser, whether it is an RDA (Rebuildable Dripping Atomiser), or a Starter Kit, all contain a coil.
In your Starter Kit, your coil is what makes the whole thing work.
A heating element surrounded by compressed cotton, you e-liquid soaks into the cotton and when you hold down the fire button, power goes the the heating element vapourising the e-liquid.
As time goes by, the compressed cotton starts to degrade you may notice your tank starts to leak, or the e-liquid itself starts to taste funny. This is how you know you need to change your coil.
Most coils will last between 2-3 weeks, but this is all dependant on a number of variable factors, like, how often you're using your vape (how much e-liquid you go through), and how much nicotine is in your e-liquid.
To ensure you get the most out of each coil, we recommend you follow the instructions included in this Vaping Guide, when installing a new coil.

How do I charge it?

Unless you're buying a vape with an external battery, you can charge your Starter Kit using the micro USB to USb cord provided in the box.
There's only one catch, unless otherwise specified, you need to make sure you're plugging that charging cable into something that can only pull up to 1amp.
Using your cellphone charger can damage the cells in your vapes battery, by supply too much power (2amps).
You can check the specs on any charger by having a look at the sticker on the back, if you can't find the specs and would rather be safe than sorry you can buy a dedicated charger here, or make sure to only use a regulated device that only goes up to 1amp, like your standard laptop USB or Playstation input.
If your vape has external batteries, we strongly recommend only using a dedicated external charger.
"But it has a charging port??"
I know, but vapourisers with external batteries do not hold the same onboard surge protection that external battery chargers have.

How do I turn it on?

Most vapourisers turn on and off by clicking the "fire button" 5 times rapidly, others only require 3 clicks.
However, some e-cigs like the iCare, or JoeCig range have no fire button, instead they are always "on" and only require you to suck through them to heat up the coil and start vapourising.

Questions?

Feel free to get in contact with us.

Just email store@vapourium.nz with any questions you may have, and our friendly Customer Service reps will be happy to help!


VG vs PG June 14, 2017 12:54

PG vs VG

Maia Waters
Marketing/Customer Relations

You may or may not have heard, but we have released a new range of 

e-liquids!

As with anything new, questions are coming up like...
Why is it so runny?
Why do I need more PG?
What's the difference between this and the "normal" range?
I can answer those questions for you.

All eliquid is made up out of 3 components:
- Vegetable Glycerine (VG)
- Propylene Glycol (PG)
- Food Grade Flavourings
And people have the option of having nicotine in their e-liquid.

What is VG?

VG is considerably thicker than PG, therefore it has a slower absorption rate for wicks and atomisers. Because of this thick consistency, it can clog up your coils faster, requiring more cleaning. On the upside, this thick consistency means high VG eliquids produce significantly more vapour!

So why do we use it in our eliquid?

VG itself is sweeter than PG, and while PG carries the flavour better, more and more people are using higher VG eliquid due to allergies with PG. Vg tends to be a lot less allergenic.

VG is a lot smoother on the throat, some people refer to this as a throat hit and everyone has different needs when it comes to the throat hit they are looking for.

What is PG?

As for PG, due to the fact that higher PG eliquid is thinner than high VG eliquid, it is easily absorbed into wicks and the organic cotton you find withing your coil. Although higher PG can dry out your throat and mouth when used consistently;y, Pg produces a stronger throat hit and isn't as smooth as the higher VG eliquids.

The biggest downside to high PG eliquids is that PG has been known to cause allergic reactions in some vapers.

Theses reactions can vary from mild irritations, like an itchy throat to serious irritations on various parts of your body.

The vaping community is fairly evenly divided between vapers who enjoy the stronger throat hit that comes with higher PG eliquids, while others enjoy the sweet thick vapour they get from using higher VG eliquid.

 The Vapourium's main eliquid range is Max VG, this means that besides the food grade flavourings, we do not add any PG to our eliquids.

Now, this can become an issue if you are using a small vape or e-cig. With the thick consistency of VG, it can be hard for the high VG eliquids to absorb into the cotton or wicking material of your smaller vapouriser.

And so we bring you, our new range of eliquid!

With 40/60 PG/VG, you can be assured that your eliquid can keep up with the most consistent vaper and the smallest ecig.

If you have any questions, or just want some more information, feel free to leave a comment below.

Until next time!



Christchurch Vape Day May 22, 2017 13:28

Christchurch 

Vape Day '17

You might have seen a bit of noise about this particular event on facebook.
You might have no idea what I'm talking about.

4 times a year Vapourium packs up their stock and jet sets around the country to attend "Vape Days", what is a Vape Day you ask?
It's a mixture between a convention and a conference, a chance for vendors to get together and swap notes, and an opportunity for our valued customers to meet the Vendors all up close and personal.
There are competitions, giveaways, selfies, and so much more!

This year there were 16 vendors at Christchurch Vape Day! Including Broadside Mods and Greenman's EJuice! All the way from the States!

This time round I took 3 of the crew up to Christchurch in a "Luxury Mini Bus" (Not luxurious, but it was MASSIVE)! We stayed in a sweet little B'n'B from Friday through to Sunday, and spent all Saturday down at Christchurch Vape Day catching up with some of the most influential vapers from around New Zealand!


Vape stop in Oamaru! 

The lucky few who follow us on SnapChat were kept up to date with the goings on of the crew all the way to Christchurch, and were treated to some fun little tidbits from the event itself!


The crew, looking proud of their hard efforts setting up the stall!

The cloud comps were off the hook!!! SO many new cloud chasers rearing their heads now! 

But of course Mr Jack Simmons took out the tube mech comp, winning an Avid Lyfe Stainless Steel Revolver Timekeeper, two 18650 batteries and an almost one of a kind Vapourium branded Vape Box, to hold all your vaping necessities!

We can't wait to see you all at the next Vape Day in Auckland!! 


If you missed it, don't stress! You can watch a 7HOUR live stream here, or you can just purchase tickets to the next one when it comes around!


Recycling E-Liquid Bottles May 15, 2017 12:44

Recycling E-Liquid Bottles

Maia Waters

Marketing/Customer Relations

What can I say? I go through A LOT of e-liquid, and I know I'm not the only one.So what do you do with all your e-liquid bottles when you've finally managed to get the last few dregs from the bottom of the bottle?Moving house recently I found my extensive collection of almost finished e-liquid bottles (don't judge me), so I started looking into the best method of recycling these bottles.



It's pretty conclusive, the best method is to add a little bit of absorbent material like kitty litter, or sawdust to the bottle to soak up what little e-liquid is left, empty it out and put the freshly e-liquided material in the rubbish.
BUT if like me, there's a bit of old (rank) e-liquid left in the bottle, you'll want to clear that out before adding sawdust. Add some sawdust or kitty litter to a snap lock bag and set inside a bowl or something similar to keep it up right, and let your open e-liquid bottle sit upside down in the bag until it's empty.
From there you can recycle your old e-liquid bottles like any other plastic!

Until next time! 

Why won't my Vape Work? May 12, 2017 11:16

Why won't my Vape Work?

Maia Waters
Marketing/Customer Service

Open up your tank, and grab a paper towel or pair of gloves (no one likes e-liquidy hands), remove the coil and either reinstall it back into place, or replace it with a new one. Make sure that your coil is threaded in properly, and don't force it! You can damage the threads on your vapouriser and cause another whole mess of issues for yourself.

If you're installing a new coil, leave it for up to 10 minutes to make sure the cotton is totally saturated with e-liquid, then give it a small puff. Just a little one.

Is it working?? Yes? You're away laughing. No? I've got you. Just keep reading on.

So far, we have checked to make sure your vape is on and charged, and double checked the coil.

Now we're going to give your vape a damn good clean.

If you want to save your eliquid, tip it into an old juice bottle.

Remove your atomiser (tank) from your mod (battery) and set your mod aside.

Remove your coil from the atomiser and put it somewhere safe, start taking your atomiser apart. Depending on which atomiser you have, you should be left with 2-4 parts, the atomiser base, the tank itself or the glass and frame, the drip tip, and if you have a top fill tank maybe even the 510 connector.

Get a hot cup of water, not straight from the jug, burn your taste buds off hot, but similar to the temperature you would drink a cup of coffee at, and dunk all the bits of atomiser in there. Make sure they are completely clean of e-liquid before setting them on a paper towel or teatowel to air dry completely before you reassemble your atomiser.

While your atomiser is drying, grab a paper towel and give the 510 connection in your mod a good clean, try and remove any e-liquid that might have snuck in there.

You might be surprised at how much crap starts to surface.

Reinstall your coil and fill your tank up again. Is It working yet?

We've got one more thing to check out before we send you into the shop!

Now we're going to move onto your mod (battery) and atomiser (tank).

Do you have another vape lying around?

If so, take the atomiser off your vape and screw it onto the other one. Is it working?

If you're getting your puff, there might be something wrong with your battery. If not, something could be off with your atomiser!

If your vape still isn't working, it's time to head back to the shop, or give us a call on

03-974 8136 ext. 1 for customer service.

How'd you get on?

Let me know by emailing into store@vapourium.nz

Take care and happy vaping (hopefully)!!

See you next time!



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What is Temp Control? May 02, 2017 10:51

What is Temp Control?

Maia Waters
Marketing/Customer Relations

Temperature Control.

It's a feature almost every regulated mod worth it's salt now has.
But who uses it? And why? What does it do? 

If you have found yourself with a temperature control (temp control) device, and no idea why you would ever need to bother with these settings, pay close attention.

Briefly, your temperature control settings measure how hot your coil is getting, preventing it from burning out, and prevently the wire used from reaching temperatures where it could melt.

Using the term "Temperature Control" is ironic because none of these devices can actually read the temperature of your coil, instead your device will measure the resistance of the coil as it heats up and will cut off your power supply when it reaches that resistance.

When using a temp control device, you have a variety of different settings such as Ni (Nickel), Ti (Titanium) and SS (Stainless Steel), each metal has a different resistance and a different melting point, which is why it is important to remember to use the correct settings with your coil.

Setting up your temp control settings may seem a bit daunting, but like with anything vape related, once you have the correct information everything clicks into place.

You can set up your temp control setting by setting first how hot you want your coil to get to, you'll see that I have mine set at 235 degree celsius, and my watts set at 90, this means that although there is still 90watts of power being pushed to the coil, once the coil reaches the temperature of 235 degrees celsius my vape will prevent it from getting any hotter by coming up with the warning "temperature protection".

If you are building your own coils, you will notice that Nickel and Titanium have a significantly lower ohm level than Kanthal, or Nichrome. For this reason, until temp control devices came around, these were metals that were not widely used as you would need almost twice the number of wraps in order to reach the desired ohm level for your vape. Then we hit a whole other range of difficulties, with that much wire in your atomiser you run the risk of hitting the side of your cuff cap with your coil, shorting it out. Even if you manage to get it in there, you're faced with the dramas around spacing between your wraps and the issues that lead from that such as hot spotting, shorting and if you're using a mechanical mod, venting your batteries.

That's all from me today guys!

Until next time



How to Start with an RDA? March 09, 2017 12:50

How to Start with an RDA

Maia Waters
Marketing/Customer Relations

Over the weeks we've talked a lot about the different aspects of a basic vaporizer and where they come from. But we have a product coming back in that I, personally, am very excited about.

The RDA Starter Kit.

These take building your very own coils in an RDA straight back to the basics.

Now, you may say, Maia.. This is shameless advertising! and you would probably be right. But every day we have customers who come into the store, or email through because they've bought a beautiful flashy RDA online and can't for the life of them see how this could be easier than premade coils.

Now every person has their own opinion on dripping, some people like the customizability that comes from a small amount of practice, others can't handle the maintenance of having to drip e-liquid on the cotton whenever they want to use their vape.

I love RDA's, dripping is almost second nature to me now, so much so that I have developed a technique of dripping and vaping one handed.

These kits come with everything you need to build your first coil, a simple 3 post RDA, cotton, wire, a coil winder, ceramic tipped tweezers and wire cutters.

Now each person has their own way of building, for example, I only use half of the coil winder because I find using the top half to wrap my coils annoying, where others use drill bits or screw drivers. Some even just use their ceramic rods. To anyone who hasn't built before, so much of this will sound like absolute jargin, which is why I've included the links to more information about each item, just click on the item in question and it will take you to our website where you can find out what is what.

I could spend the next 10 minutes trying to explain how to build a perfect coil, but instead I'm going include a YouTube video by GrimmGreen, who is a relatively famous coil builder from way back, below.

It's about 22minutes long, but he goes into great detail about what you need and how everything works.

I'm currently listening to it as I type, to double check that I won't be putting you through all kinds of suffering watching a builder wank on for hours.

I wish I had something along these lines when I first started building, I wasted so much money on random stuff I heard I would definitely need, and even more on RDA's that I still haven't put a build in to this day.

The key is to not give up, take your time and have a little patience. You won't regret it.

Until next time!

Vaping Generations November 22, 2016 09:48

Vaping Generations

Maia Waters
Marketing/Customer Relations

There are three generations of vapes, starting with the ecig, a small cigarette styled vape that traditionally come with replaceable cartridges but now can also come with refillable atomisers.

The second generation of vapes are the more pen styled vapes, which provide a larger capacity battery and connect with the old school ego threads.

The third generation gets a bit more complicated, the key element is a mod. These come in a variety of shapes and sizes, which makes it difficult to specify which exactly is a third generation vape. They break down to two sub-categories, the mechanical mod (Also referred to as a “mech mod”. A mechanical mod  has no inbuilt circuitry, but rather a direct circuit to the Atomiser. These are not recommended for beginner vapers, see our mechanical mod guide for more information.) and regulated mods (A regulated mod has inbuilt circuitry for battery protection and generally allows for adjustment of voltage/wattage. It may feature a screen to display information. It may also feature different “modes”, e.g. temperature control mode or power mode.)

When you're buying your first vape, a lot of people are looking for something that resembles a cigarette with mouth to lung capabilities (when you take the vapour into your mouth before inhaling to your lungs, closely resembling a cigarette). All first and second generation vaporisers are primarily used like this, although almost any device below 30 watts has the mouth to lung capability, whether they have specially designed drip tips like the eGo AIO or eGo AIO Box Mod, or variable wattage like the 20watt iStick(featured in our Easy Vape Starter Kit). In store I would normally get you to try and range of starter kits, feel how they are in your hand, how comfortable it is to push the button and how you feel about the resistance of the draw. Online, unfortunately, that isn't an option. It will always be a luck of the draw type scenario when you're buying something online, but the more information you have, the easier it gets.

But this is when it gets a little trickier, with vape tech moving so quickly, we're getting smaller, cheaper more powerful units every month! Where a standard starter kit used to be a pen style vape, like the Beginner Starter Kit, we now have a huge range of starter kits that run sub ohm coils (the resistance of the coil is below one ohm, meaning it heats up faster and naturally produces more vapor) such as the iStick Basic by eLeaf that we featured in our last newsletter, which although only runs up to 25 watts hits like a small car.

Until next time!


New to Vaping? November 15, 2016 12:29

New to Vaping?

Maia Waters
Marketing/Customer Relations

Are you new to vaping?

Have you been vaping for a while but terminology still escapes you?

Looking to upgrade? Just looking to understand what the hell these blog posts are about?

Let me break it down for you.

Back to the beginning, did you know Herbert A. Gilbert patented the idea in 1963?!

Why haven’t you heard of this before?

Because it was the 60’s, cigarettes were still advertised on TV, people smoked everywhere. Therefore Herbert’s ingenious design was abandonned.

The next stop in this timeline of events was 2006! Hon Lik released his own alternative to smoking, which consisted of an ultrasonic atomiser and a nicotine/PG (propylene glycol) solution in a plastic cartridge.

Now the ecigs you see today don’t feature ultrasonic atomisers but something else entirely. Brothers by the name of Sheikh invented the cartomiser! A heating element surrounded by poly fill, the poly fill would soak up the eliquid and the heating element would vaporise it, making the cartomiser the future of vaping.

Throughout 2000 ecigs were found in more and more places around the world, with such a simple concept people started experimenting with more power, bigger elements and thus the modded flashlight was born. First of it’s kind, it kept the same basic principles (battery, heating element and eliquid), and is the ancestor of the Mechanical Mods you see featured in so many brick and mortars today.

Once a culture started building around vaping, more and more people wanted to get involved with this more advanced side of vaping and we watched as the technology grew exponentially every month.

Vaping is just as much a hobby for some people as it is a method of quitting smoking for others, atomisers are customisable and regulated mods featuring more intricate circuit boards than my old Nokia.

Each week we’re going to look deeper and deeper into vaping, the culture around it and why it works.

See you next time!