What is Propylene Glycol?

Propylene Glycol, or commonly known as PG, is one of the main ingredients of e-liquids. It is a clear, colorless viscous liquid which is nearly odorless but possesses a faintly sweet taste. PG is commonly used as a humectant (absorbs water to keep products moist), solvent and preservative in food and tobacco products.

PG has had some bad reputation in the media especially when associated to its close cousin, ethylene glycol, which is extremely toxic to humans and fatally toxic to many animals. Both ethylene glycol and PG have the chemical attributes of lowering the freezing point of water, and are used for manufacturing anti-freeze or de-icing solutions – which leads to the close association between the both of them (and the subsequent bad reputation of PG). However unlike ethlyene glycol, it must be noted that PG itself is generally non-corrosive, has low volatility and very low toxicity. It is regarded by the US FDA as ‘generally regarded as safe (GRAS)’ and is actually a very common ingredient used in daily household products and even in food production. PG can be found in the following products (not limited to):

  1. Bar Soap / Body Wash
  2. Mouth Wash
  3. Shampoo / Conditioner
  4. Baking Mixes
  5. Desserts (Fresh and pre-packed)
  6. Salad Dressings
  7. Sauces
  8. Ointments
  9. Deodorant
  10. Baby Wipes
  11. Gel Cap Pills / Vitamin Tablets
  12. Ice Cream
  13. Base Ingredient for Asthma Inhalers

    Propylene Glycol is a very common ingredient in commercial food and daily household products. Left: Pre-packaged salad dressing; Center: Bar Soap; Right: Baking Mix

It is important to note that PG used in the manufacturing of e-liquid must be food grade or pharmaceutical grade, which are high in purity and is acceptable for food, drug and/or medicinal use. A very common name for PG of such grade is USP Grade, which is a grade of sufficient purity to meet or exceed the requirements of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Only PG which are of these quality will be considered safe for use in the making of e-liquid. The amount of PG used in e-liquid and food products are considerably small and are generally not harmful to the human body.

Other grades, such as industrial-grade PG will have lower purity with unwanted particles or industrial dust/metals. These are generally used for manufacturing industrial-grade products such as antifreeze, automotive lubricants and so on. They are NOT SAFE for consumption and is especially not safe for inhalation.

In e-liquids, PG functions as the carrier of flavorings and nicotine, which transfer nicotine and flavors to the user more effectively. I.e. A higher PG ratio e-liquid would generally give better flavor and would also lead to higher ‘throat hit’, as the PG is able to carry the flavors and nicotine to the throat and tongue more effectively.

Other notes for PG:

– The acute and long-term oral toxicity of PG is extremely low, and large quantities will be required to cause perceptible health damage to the human body.

–  Prolonged contact with PG is essentially non-irritating to the human skin and is generally regarded as safe during handling. Lengthened exposure to skin might however cause mild irritation.

– As with soap/shampoo, pure PG is minimally irritating when in contact with the eye, while diluted PG is even less so.

– Inhalation of PG vapor is generally safe for reasonable amounts of time. PG is used in fog machines to product ‘artificial smoke’ during concerts or shows.

– PG does not cause sensitization (i.e. stimulus effect) is is not known to be a carcinogen (i.e. does not cause cancer)

– PG Vapor is practically odorless and tasteless.

– According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an acceptable dietary intake of PG is 25mg every Kilogram (Kg) of body weight.

*For further reading on the safety of inhaling PG, do visit this very well-written blog piece by E-cigarette Direct UK.

Love Your Loved Ones.

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Love your loved ones,

for life is short and full of uncertainty.

Love your loved ones,

for there is no greater purpose.

Love your loved ones,

for time is too precious to be wasted on hatred.

Love your loved ones,

for love is the greatest answer to all questions.

Love your loved ones,

for they will love you in return.

Love your loved ones,

for they are a gift to you.

And most importantly, love yourself,

for you are a gift to the universe.

Why we should quit smoking.

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The age-old question: Why should we stop smoking?

Hello, my dear friends! While you are reading this, you might or might not have successfully stopped smoking. Perhaps you or people around you, are still going about their business as usual, smoking cigarettes on a daily basis. The fact is, we had been smokers ourselves at some point and we truly understand the sense of guilt which almost all smokers experience. Some of you may even want yourself, your friends or family members to stop smoking but are absolutely clueless on how to do so. Don’t blame yourself. Quitting smoking is an absolutely difficult task but please take a few minutes to let us to remind you why.

1) To save yourself and the people around you! Did you know that 1 in 2 smokers will die from tobacco-related disease? Smoking harms the body in many more ways than we can imagine and that calls for extremely expensive medical bills throughout a smoker’s life. For example, smoking has been proven to cause heart disease, stroke, lung diseases (such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema), osteoporosis, and even cataracts. Partnership for Tobacco-Free Maine once published that cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke cause an estimated average of 438,000 premature deaths each year in the United States (5). Of these premature deaths (2):

• 40 percent are from cancer. Cigarette smoking causes many types of cancer, including cancers of the lung, esophagus, larynx (voice box), mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, pancreas, stomach, and cervix, as well as acute myeloid leukemia.
• 35 percent are from heart disease and stroke.
• 25 percent are from lung disease. This includes chronic lung diseases, bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma.

2) Remember the people in your life: those whom you are protecting and those whom you love. The danger resulting from second-hand smoke is very real and more dire than you think. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Toxicology Program, the U.S. Surgeon General, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified second-hand smoke as a known human carcinogen (1). Inhaling second-hand smoke causes disease and premature death in non-smoking adults and children. Approximately 7,300 lung cancer deaths occur each year among adult non-smokers in the United States as a result of exposure to second-hand smoke. Exposure to second-hand smoke also increases the risk of stroke by 20 to 30 percent (3). Children exposed to second-hand smoke are at an increased risk of SIDS, ear infections, colds, pneumonia, and bronchitis. It can also increase the frequency and severity of asthma symptoms among children who have asthma. Being exposed to second-hand smoke slows the growth of children’s lungs and can cause them to cough, wheeze, and feel breathless (3).

3) Quitting cigarettes allow you to pursue a better lifestyle. You will have more money to spend on other things instead. Food will start tasting better (after you stop smoking, your taste buds will start to recover within a week). Your sense of smell will improve as well and you can finally enjoy the natural aromas of the world around you. Not only that, your clothes, home, car, workspace will smell better. Most importantly, your close friends and family will not be exposed to the smell (and dangers) or smoke (4). The world will be a better place without cigarettes and it starts with you.

4) Get rid of your bad complexion, bad breath and stained teeth & gums. But wait, there’s more. The smell of tobacco will linger by your hair and clothes for hours after your last cigarette. Your fingers and fingernails will look yellowish (i.e. unhealthy) from tar contamination. Meanwhile, you are also putting your oral health at risk and cause your skin to sag and accelerate the appearance of wrinkles. The bottom line is: you will look older more quickly as you smoke. There are however some good news – quitting tobacco cigarettes can start to reverse the signs of an aging face within two short weeks!

Please know that it is never too late to quit. An overwhelming amount of damage to your health can be reversed by ditching the tobacco habit. Studies have shown that quitting at around age 30 reduces the chance of dying from smoking-related diseases by more than 90%. If you quit at around age 50, you reduce the risk of dying prematurely by 50% compared with those who continue to smoke. Even those who quit at around age 60 or older live longer than those who continue to smoke. On top of that, you’ll experience immediate health benefits from being a non-smoker – as quickly as 20 minutes after you quit (5). Take action now if you are still smoking, or help the people around you who are still smoking. Talk to us and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Sources:
1. http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/pubhealth/roc/roc13/index.html
2. http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/tobacco/cessation-fact-sheet#r5
3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK53017/pdf/Bookshelf_NBK53017.pdf
4. http://smokefree.gov/reasons-to-quit
5. http://www.tobaccofreemaine.org/quit_tobacco/

The Current State Of Vaping in Malaysia

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In 2003, a Chinese pharmacist and inventor named Hon Lik sought to find a new method to help him quit smoking, a habit which earlier took his father’s life through lung cancer. He subsequently invented the first modern electronic cigarette by creating a device which produced smoke-like vapor through the heating of liquid. This groundbreaking method of heating ‘e-liquid’: a mix of food-grade Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), Food Flavorings & Nicotine through an atomizer, removes or greatly reduces the carcinogens – generally associated with the combustion process of tobacco leaves – from the equation, resulting in an arguably safer ‘vaping’ process. With rapid technological innovations and overwhelming reception from smokers, electronic cigarettes have now developed into one of the most advanced and well-known (and arguably the most effective) Nicotine Delivery Systems (NDS) in the world. In 2014, Oxford Dictionaries have crowned the word ‘Vape’ as their word of the year and sales of electronic-cigarettes (or vape products) are predicted to break USD$ 9 billion globally by the end of this year.

4361Chinese pharmacist/inventor Hon Lik and his invention, the electronic cigarette.

On another note, Malaysia has been a regular consumer of Hon Lik’s invention for many years but the local vaping scene only grew exponentially within the past year with an estimated one million users vaping on a daily basis. While the industry has been generally under the radar since its introduction, the recent media exposure have turned this ‘niche’ product mainstream in a matter of a short few months. As of December 2015, vaping is a popular and much-debated topic in the mass media throughout the country, with our lawmakers regularly commenting on the subject, albeit sometimes in an indecisive and somewhat misleading manner. Some states such as Johor and Kelantan are soon implementing state-wide bans on the sales of electronic cigarettes and related products, which starts as early as January 2016. For a simple device which was designed to rid smokers of their objectively-destructive smoking habits, the stand of authorities on electronic cigarettes and its vendors have been less than encouraging. Why?

One of the primary reasons for this harsh reaction by the Malaysian government and its people is the very fact that electronic cigarettes and vape products are very ‘new’ to the majority of the country. The lack of education or information leads to a very common scenario of ‘fearing the unknown’, where the psychological response derived is so heavily-focused on the negative aspects of vaping alone, without much consideration of the good and bad aspects alike. This unfortunately generates very emotional and unhelpful perception on the action of vaping, despite the fact that its nearest competitor is worryingly, the (scientifically-proven) deadly tobacco cigarette. Of course, this situation was undoubtedly fueled further by media reporting which have on many occasions placed emphasis on a select few vendors – the few bad apples who sell e-liquids containing illegal narcotics or those selling to minors in general.

What many have failed to realize is that electronic cigarettes have the potential of saving millions of lives in the long run through the simple act of preventing/reducing the consumption of actual tobacco. According to the Ministry of Health, tobacco use in Malaysia “accounts for 35% of in-hospital deaths, principally from cancer, heart attacks or strokes.” Almost 20,000 people in the country die from smoking-related illnesses every year (source: Tobaccoatlas.org). Yet another major problem exists: to quit smoking is physically and mentally very difficult, and most people who have tried quitting are bound to fail and return to their previous habits. Unfortunately, traditional Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products such as nicotine inhalers, gums, or patches are not easily accessible to the general Malaysian population, and their use have been relatively less well-received in the country. This is where vaping comes in: by providing a newer genuine alternative to actual tobacco cigarettes. Unlike other NRTs, vaping simulates the act of smoking closely by allowing its user to inhale and exhale visible smoke-like vapor – resulting in a more satisfactory experience not unlike smoking a tobacco cigarette itself. According to an international survey of over 2000 former smokers, 96% reported that using an electronic cigarette helped them to stop smoking. The results are staggering: never once in the past few centuries have such a game-changing smoking cessation device existed, so shouldn’t we be celebrating its existence? The very fact that vaping has now turned into a multi-billion dollar industry (and potentially threaten the livelihood of large tobacco companies) within a relatively short amount of time is a testament to its effectiveness and positive implications throughout the modern world.

v2nhs-elderlyIn the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) will begin prescribing electronic cigarettes to smokers in 2016 to help reduce the ‘smoking problem’.

Interestingly, not every country is adopting the same stance on vaping. UK prime minister David Cameron has recently commented that electronic cigarettes are a “legitimate aid” to quitting smoking and admitted that he has himself been trying to give up smoking with relative success. Their health body, Public Health England, previously issued a report concluding that vaping was 95% percent safer than conventional smoking. The National Health Service (NHS) has also announced that they will be prescribing electronic cigarettes as a smoking cessation device to smokers throughout the country starting in 2016, where smoking-related diseases cost the country’s economy an estimated £13.7 billion per year, with approximately 80,000 deaths per year. While preliminary conclusions are mixed from nation to nation, it is without doubt that vaping remains the single strongest challenger to the seemingly unfaltering tobacco industry, who is responsible for up to 6 million deaths annually.

In our opinion, to vape is to make an informed and empowering choice – it is an act of pursuing a more positive lifestyle. Being able to say no to a life-long addiction is a liberation and allows a user to take on an arguably healthier lifestyle. For those many times a smoker have failed to quit, vaping finally answers to that constant sense of guilt and opens him/her to endless possibilities within a world without cigarettes. The world should see electronic cigarettes for what it is: a straight-forward solution to the smoking pandemic and a mean which may eventually rid people of their nicotine dependency altogether. Vaping is the future, and we see no reason why it wouldn’t be.

Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe?

Dear friends,

BBC News recently published a video that focuses on electronic cigarettes. We believe that in our country, the general public could benefit from more education about this revolutionary technology that has been helping people live much better. That is why we’re going to share with you the information we’ve gathered from the industry that will be very helpful to your understanding of it.

Before we go on, why not sit back, relax and watch this video from BBC News! –

So, What’s the Deal About This Whole Restriction Thing on Electronic Cigarettes?

History has always shown that some of the greatest things in life only came about after people have mocked, scourned, and only then finally – with time, come to accept it. But why is something as good as e-cigarettes being taken in a negative light?

Actually – before we ask that question, a better question is: “Do we really know what’s in e-cigarettes?”

People live life differently. Every individual has different ways in perceiving how the world is, how they would live their lives, or how they make their decisions. Time and again, we’ve come to see that how we live our lives is greatly affected by our emotions. And emotions come from the different beliefs we have. The only way the world can progress, and the only way humans can come together and work with each other in resonance without being affected by their emotions is when things are absolute. When life is guided by facts.

So in this post, that’s what you’ll get. Without further ado, let’s start digging:

Igor Burstyn, PhD, School of Public Health, Drexel University [2014]

  • Systematic review of 35 chemical toxicity studies/technical reports of electronic cigarette liquids/vapours.
  • No evidence of levels of contaminants that may be associated with risk to health. These include acrolein, formaldehyde, TSNAs, and metals. Concern about contamination of the liquid by a nontrivial quantity of ethylene glycol or diethylene glycol remains confined to a single sample of an early technology product (contaminants has been found in very earlier cigarette looking type e-cigarettes within researches before year 2014) and has not been replicated.

Link to full research (Free): “Peering Through the Mist: Systematic Review of What the Chemistry of Contaminants in Electronic Cigarettes Tells Us about Health Risks” – http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/14/18

Now, first and foremost why are we referencing Dr. Igor Burstyn’s research? While there have been countless claims made about the contents of electronic cigarette e-liquids, this research has been carried out by Dr. Igor most recently in year 2014. Different researches have been carried out in the past on e-cigarettes that resembles the shape of conventional tobacco cigarettes. Although their research value shouldn’t be discounted, I believe most people like you who read this article will want to know what’s most conclusive.

In the past, chemical studies have been carried out on the contents of e-liquids. However, it is important to also know whether the studies have been done directly on the liquid itself, or on the vapor of the e-liquid which e-cigarette users will take into their bodies. Two good examples to clarify this point:

  1. Imagine that instead of drinking a cup of coffee, you’re directly ingesting a cup full of coffee powder.
  2. Imagine that instead of drinking a can of beer, you’re directly ingesting a can full of pure alchohol.

There will be a difference, and a large difference at that. The interesting thing is – in Dr. Igor Burstyn’s research, he has found that no evidence of levels of contaminants may be associated with risk to health in both liquid and vapor.

It is also important to understand the advancements in the technology and standards carried out in the manufacturing of electronic cigarette devices and e-liquids. In just the last 2 years, e-cigarette devices have greatly progressed from analog cigarette looking devices which have proven to have high risks in over-heating and as a result creating avenues of carcinogens from melt-downs, to well categorized devices where the liquid containers (referred to as tanks) and the battery delivery mechanisms are separated.

E-liquid Lab

As we understand the progresses accumulated until today, the differences between smoking and vaping would become much wider to us. The dangers of smoking tobacco cigarettes have been reminded to us countless times in our lives. Lung diseases, heart diseases, cancer, all connected with smoke. To non-smokers, add to that the memories of how exhaled smoke has been a nuisance to their health and the health of their loved ones, and it’s no wonder that the negative associations to electronic cigarette which releases vapor – that looks like smoke – becomes larger!

However, what the majority of the general public haven’t understood yet is that electronic cigarettes are orders of magnitude safer than conventional cigarettes, as Professor Peter Hayek from Queens Mary University of London has stated in his interview with BBC News. As we come from a place of empathy, we’ll naturally find more love in ourselves to support smokers in choosing electronic cigarettes over tobacco cigarettes. The difference is just too large.

Even the Nicotine Concentration is Much Lower

Dr Jonathan Foulds has given a very good summary about Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos and his colleagues’ research from Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Greece on one of the largest health information services site, WebMD: http://forums.webmd.com/3/smoking-cessation-exchange/forum/831/10.

In this research titled “Nicotine Absorption from Electronic Cigarette Use: Comparison Between First and New-Generation Devices“, we’re able to find out that higher nicotine concentration of nicotine in e-liquids – those which are nearer to the profile of tobacco cigarettes (high nicotine concentration) is more effective in helping users to replace their smoking habit with e-cigarettes. What’s interesting is that even with a 18mg/ml nicotine concentration e-liquid (the standard in our country being 12mg and below!), Dr. Jonathan Foulds summarizes the research with the following statement:

“To put it another way, it took an hour of puffing on even an advanced electronic cigarette to obtain the same blood nicotine concentration that could be obtained by smoking a cigarette for 5 minutes.”

That is actually amazing. E-liquids are generally manufactured from 4 main ingredients:

  1. Propylene Glycol
  2. Vegetable Glycerin
  3. Food Flavorings
  4. Nicotine

Let’s take these ingredients apart and analyze them one by one. Propylene Glycol itself is part of the ingredient in asthma inhalers. For an asthmatic individual, their lungs are sensitive. Hence for Propylene Glycol to be approved for inhalation by asthmatic individuals, the FDA has got to take high precaution in approving it. Vegetable Glycerin on the other hand is extracted from vegetable oil, and is used in various food products sold in the malls as a natural sweetener. Food flavorings on the other hand is available in candies, canned beverages and etc. Out of the 4 ingredients, 3 of them are often used as food additives. That leaves us with nicotine as the more controversial substance.

What many people may not yet know is that nicotine has been concluded to not be the cause for any diseases within the medical and scientific circle. Doctors, scientists and renowned professors from established universities have done countless researches on the effects of inhaling nicotine, and the conclusion has been the same.

What largely contributes to cancer in smokers is tar. It’s the burnt organic substance that’s deposited in the respiratory tract when a person inhales cigarette smoke or tobacco smoke. Nicotine is a chemical which is contained in tobacco use and released in tobacco smoke which acts on the brain and has actually, a number of pleasant and beneficial effects on the brain. By itself, nicotine has never been proven to cause disease. It does have some stimulative effect and of course if a person should overdose somehow on nicotine by consuming massive doses of it, then one could imagine the person to have some symptoms associated with over-stimulation like a rapid heart rate, or elevation in their blood pressure. Some people have alleged that nicotine can cause heart attacks and strokes, but that has never been demonstrated in any kinds of scientific evidence-based review, peer-review, or medical literature.

Our Responsibility as Electronic Cigarette Users

Education on Electronic Cigarettes

We do have a responsibility as electronic cigarette users. And it is to help educate as many people as possible towards understanding electronic cigarettes in a very clear way.

According to the survey that Professor Robert West has carried out as featured in BBC News, e-cigarette users are 60% more likely to continue not smoking compared to other approved nicotine replacement products like nicotine patches, gums and etc. From our experience, we realize that this figure can increase significantly as retailers, friends or family are able to educate an individual well when he or she is making the transition from smoking to using electronic cigarettes.

Education will also help the general public to have a more positive view towards the device. When the people are clear, we can better present cases for electronic cigarettes to the leaders of governments.

More importantly, we share this information to help many millions more out there who are smoking.

If you’re still on tobacco cigarettes – we ask you this: “Why not choose something better?”

For more good educational references recently published in 2014 on electronic cigarettes, kindly visit:
http://taw.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/02/12/2042098614524430.abstract (Registration required)
http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/11/4/4356 (Free)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/28/us-health-ecigarettes-idUSKBN0E82IX20140528 (News Article – Top Scientists Warn World Health Organization Not to Stub Out E-cigarettes. Written letter content accessible here.)

 

How to Rebuild or Recoil a Drip Tank/Dripping Atomizer

Drip tanks or atomizers (many also refer to them as Rebuildable Dripping AtomizersRBAs) are perhaps the most traditionally-oriented tanks to vaping. The quality of your vapor with a drip tank factors in only two things: air flow within the tank, and the resistance of the coil you’ve built.

When you’ve understood that, vaping from a drip tank then comes down to this – build a coil, fill in e-liquid, and enjoy some of the purest flavor you could ever get out of your juices!

Why Are Drip Tanks Popular?

While many tanks or clearomizers offer the capacity to hold e-liquids within their tanks, their coils had to be distanced from the point where vapers inhale from them. Since vapor and flavor production can be easily affected by the way in which air flows through them, the quality of vapor can also be compromised in most tanks.

On the other hand, drip tanks enable vapers the freedom to build their own coils. Not to mention change them on a whim. People have all kinds of preferences. There are some who would prefer their vapor smooth and silky, while others may prefer their vapor with a much stronger throat hit. With a dripping atomizer, how good your vape gets directly corresponds to how well you’ve built your coil!

There are also instances where you may have a lot of different e-liquids that you’d like to go through. In this case, there’s literally no better tank to have other than a dripping atomizer because you can just drip 3-4 drops of your chosen e-liquid and dry it out after 2-3 vapes. Depending on which kinds of coil you’ve built (we’ll get to that in a minute!), you could also freely change the wick and get fresh vapes anytime you want.

So for someone who has just gotten their hands on a RBA, how should they build it?

If you go on YouTube to search for how to build or coil a drip tank, you’ll find yourself dazzled by the choices available. That is why to prevent that, we’ll teach you just 2 of the ways we at The VB Academy prefer the most. One is the easy way, and another is the more advanced way.

The Easy Way

What you need is some 0.32mm Kanthal wire at 28AWG (American Wire Gauge), some 0.2mm Kanthal wire at 32AWG and some silica wick. The steps are simple:

1.) Cut about 5-7cm of the 0.32mm Kanthal wire (for strong throat hit)/0.2mm Kanthal wire (for standard throat hit)
2.) Then cut another ~10cm of the silica wick (For both of these steps, feel free to cut shorter when you’re more confident in your coiling skills and can estimate exactly how long you need for either of them.)
3.) Fold the silica wick into two. Then hold the folded wick and fold it again. By now you should see 4 lines from the single wick.
4A.) For strong throat hit – this is for guys who appreciate a warmer & more satisfying throat hit out of their vape, especially if they appreciate tobacco flavored e-liquids, take the 28AWG Kanthal wire you’ve previously cut and firmly circle it 3 times around the wick. By 3 rounds, we mean that when you look from on top of the wick, you’ll see 3 lines of wire over it. This should give you between 0.6 – 0.8ohms in resistance.

The standard resistance most clearomizers have is 2.4ohms. On the other hand, most variable voltage mods can only take a maximum of 3amps (Voltage X Resistance = Amps/Power) as a safety precaution to protect their chips. So if you’re planning to vape with a low resistance coil at 0.6-0.8ohms, your choice of mod should be a mechanical mod. Mechanical mods deliver voltage directly from the battery through simple metal conductivity, so it’s the most preferred choice for firing low resistance coils!

4B.) For a standard throat hit – this is for guys who appreciate smoother and cooler vapes, take the 32AWG Kanthal wire you’ve previously cut and firmly circle it at least 5 times around the wick. The thinner the wire, the higher its resistance, so it has a higher wire gauge. When resistance is high, the amp or power created is lower. Hence you get less heat as you deliver the same voltage through the 32AWG as compared to the 28AWG wire. At 5 rounds, you should most probably get 2ohms or more in resistance depending on how wide the diameter of each of the rounds you’ve coiled is. The smaller the circles, the lesser the resistance too.

On variable voltage devices, people generally vape at around 2amps or less. This means that with 2ohms or more, you can use the general standard voltage of 3.7V and above to vape from your drip tank. There really isn’t a rule. Your preference is what matters! If you want your vape to be warmer, then you need to lower the resistance. And if you want to lower your resistance, you should realize by now that there are two ways: First, to coil less times around the wick or second, to use a wire with a lesser gauge (usually thicker kanthal wires!).

5.) Finally, get a pair of scissors and separate the wick until it forms 4 different strands. At the beginning end of the wick where you’ve coiled your wire, cut the wick strands so they are 1-2mm away from the wire. For the other end, try folding the wicks a single round around your drip tank. Additional lengths of the wick after a single round can be cut away to enable air flow.

Quick tip: The nicer and evenly spaced your wires are coiled, the better your vape would be. Efficient heating will always produce a balanced vape that tastes better.

You should get the general gist of it by now, shouldn’t you? : )

What about the other way? If you want to build your coil with something else other than the basic way, to see whether you’ll enjoy your vape more and push the limits a little further, then there is:

The Advanced Way

It’s actually not that advanced. By the advanced way, we’re actually referring to a micro-coil build. A micro-coil is basically a coil that has its wires coiled in a way that connect to each other closely and tightly. Instead of using a wick, most vapers would instead use pure 100% cotton, which can be easily purchased from retail chains that offer pharmaceutical products like Watson/Guardian here in Malaysia.

So, how do we make a micro-coil?

What you need is:

  • About 8-10cm of the 0.32mm Kanthal Wire
  • A 1.5mm drill bit (for strong throat hit) or a 2mm drill bit (for standard throat hit)
  • Pure 100% cotton
  • A flame torch
  • A pair of pliers

To begin:

1.) With the pliers, clinch the wire at one end and flame torch the entire wire. This is a process called oxidization. The reason why you need to oxidize the wire is to prevent conductivity on the outer layer of your wire. This helps focused electric to pass by the wire smoothly. When the wire is oxidized, it should be darkened.
2.) Coil the wire around the drill bit (10 rounds on a 1.5mm drill bit if you want a stronger throat hit micro coil – about 0.9ohms, or 11 rounds on a 2mm drill bit if you want a standard throat hit micro coil – about 1.7ohms) as closely and tightly as possible. Push them together. Make them compact and beautifully organized as tightly and close to each other as possible.
3.) Once that is done, hold them in place and flame torch the micro-coil again. When you torch a wire, it oxidizes and hardens. By flame torching it when it’s in place, you harden the wire’s current position.
4.) Take the micro-coil out of the drill bit and hold their furthest wire ends safely. We’re gonna torch it again, this time with a twist. Now here’s where you get to correct the micro-coil you’ve coiled if they’re still not closely knitted together. What we want to do is flame torch the micro-coil until it’s burning red. Just like a blacksmith. Once it’s  red, immediately take your pliers and clinch both ends of the micro-coil to press the wires more closely together. You want the coils to look beautifully arranged. Rinse and repeat to your satisfaction!
5.) By now, you should have a beautiful micro-coil! Take a pinch of cotton and softly shape them into a wick. You know you have the right size of the wick when you can snug it through the micro-coil rather firmly, and yet can still move it left and right (while the micro-coil stays in place) when you give either end a gentle pull. With the micro-coil, it is also easy to refresh your wick as you can just remove the old one and slot a new strip of cotton back in.

With that, all that’s left – whether you’ve built your coil with The Easy Way or The Advanced Way – is to just connect each end of your coil’s wiring to each end of the pillars or screws that come with your drip tank or dripping atomizer. Then make sure that the hole which enables air flow on your drip tank is directly positioned right in front of your coil.

After you’ve completed the steps above, you’re entitled to simply enjoy the fruits of your labor and enjoy your vape!

That’s It

Recoiling or building a coil can be very fun and rewarding. How good your vape gets often depends on how well you’ve built your coil according to your preference! So if you didn’t get it right the first time, keep trying and you’ll be satisfied eventually.

As always –

Remember, recoiling is a skill and you would get better and better at it with practice and patience. Take it easy if you didn’t succeed the first few times, just be sure to have spares ready so you can practice recoiling your tank until it works wonderfully. Every success will make you more adept at it and you’ll find yourself recoiling with greater speed and with much less effort overtime.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide!

Facts About Electronic Cigarettes VS Conventional Cigarettes

Hey guys,

The VB Academy is bringing you more information on the comparisons between electronic cigarettes VS conventional/tobacco cigarettes!

So, have you met with anyone who is still in doubt about the benefits of electronic cigarettes or personal vaporizers when compared to conventional cigarettes? What about people who have given negative opinions about them? In either case, we’re giving you the mighty ‘weapon’ to deal with situations like that in the future! Lo’ and behold, the weapon of knowledge.

Today, we’re sharing an infographic that the E-Cigarette-Forum has earnestly designed for readers to learn more about the comparison with visuals. Ready to dive into it? Let’s go:

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Well, wasn’t that interesting? The fact is, anyone who has truly understood electronic cigarettes and personal vaporizers would naturally be boggled as to why smokers are still continuing their smoking habit without considering the healthier alternative, and many more in the country still haven’t shown open support for it.

So Let’s Do Our Part to Help Our Friends and Loved Ones

If you’ve found this infographic to be helpful, please share the word! We’ve known how difficult it is in convincing smokers to quit smoking. However, what if there’s an easy alternative to help them replace their smoking habit? What if by recommending the people you know to a healthier alternative like electronic cigarettes, you can instantly help prevent them from further deteriorating their health? What if through switching to electronic cigarettes, they can enjoy life even more with the people around them?

All it takes is helping more people to be educated about the facts around this healthier alternative. Let’s do our part and together make the world a brighter place to live in!

How to Build a Kayfun Lite or Kayfun 3.1 Coil

At The VB Team, we know there may come a time when vapers may seek to achieve the highest satisfaction from their daily vape. They may go to great lengths to seek improvements in the aspects of vapor production, flavor production and airflow in their atomizers, clearomizers or tanks. Vapers understand that when all the enhancements compound and come together in a well-built tank, a single puff from it can be all it takes to let them experience the pausing of time and be inspired by utmost gratification. And they aren’t too far from the truth with that idea!

The Kayfun Lite & Kayfun 3.1 by Svoe Mesto have been touted by many to be perhaps the best rebuildable atomizer ever made as of 2013. Please feel free to play one of their YouTube promotional videos below:

Why is it Considered to be the Best by So Many?

Designed in Russia and made in Germany, the Kayfun combines the ingenuity of engineering brilliance in design and the excellence of German manufacturing in producing a practical tank of impeccable quality. By engineering brilliance, we mean a design in which the airflow can hardly be further enhanced. We mean convenience with a 4.5ml tank capacity. We mean that the Kayfun is able to provide a very close vaping performance to drip tanks or rebuildable atomizers. In the electronic cigarette industry, drip tanks are famous for their flavor production and throat hit. By throat hit, we mean the sensation of “an apple growing in the throat” that closely imitates the sensation of smoking a tobacco cigarette. And on the Kayfun, other than providing excellent throat hit – it also has excellent vapor delivery, enabling very smooth and satisfying draws. That is why its entrance into the vaping market has received such a huge welcome in Malaysia.

How to Recoil a Kayfun Lite or Kayfun 3.1

So – when you do own a Kayfun, how do you get started?

When it comes to recoiling, we believe visual learning helps the most. So we’ve prepared a playlist below that can guide you on the process of recoiling the Kayfun by:

  • Simple re-coiling using a 0.2mm kanthal wire (32AWG – American Wire Gauge) with standard silica wick
  • A nano micro-coil using a 0.32mm German kanthal wire (28AWG – American Wire Gauge) with cotton (highly recommended once you’ve mastered simple recoiling!)

Remember, recoiling is a skill and you would get better and better at it with practice and patience. Take it easy if you didn’t succeed in the first few times, just be sure to have spares ready so you can practice recoiling your tank until it works wonderfully. Every success will make you more adept at it and you’ll find yourself recoiling with greater speed and with much less effort overtime.

Let’s get started:

The Best Store to Get Started on Electronic Cigarettes in Malaysia

Vapebrothers.

Hi there, my name is Seth, and I’m the co-founder of Vapebrothers with my friend and partner Ray. We understand that you may be reading this right now because you’re interested in finding out how and why electronic cigarettes can possibly be one of the best choices smokers can consider in replacing their smoking habit. In either case, we’re really glad that you’re here, because understanding how you can get started on electronic cigarettes at the right place can mean a world of difference.

And here’s why! –

There has been a growing number of retail businesses in Malaysia offering electronic cigarettes or what we also refer to as personal vaporizers for sale since its popularity picked up in 2012. However, to date there are still very few retail stores who truly care enough for the general public to do the best they can in creating a good impression for the industry. Here in our country, most are in business mainly:

  1. For either the money, or since they have the financial ability to do so –
  2. To start and run a business that revolves around their own enjoyment for vaping*.
    (*A verb used to describe the use of electronic cigarettes; Vapers are used in reference to people who have replaced their smoking habit with e-cigs or personal vaporizers.)

Because of that, there is still a great number of smokers in Malaysia who hasn’t been reached out to. And there are many more who still stand in the middle when it comes to taking the step towards considering this amazing smoking alternative.

Most of the smokers are men & women who know about electronic cigarettes but have only been able to read, watch or hear about it from mainstream Malaysian media like the newspapers/local TV news channels or from their friends & acquaintances, who usually refer to the same source for their references too. And when it comes to mainstream media, journalists and editors generally favor newsworthy contents. This often means the publishing of news that may not be true, and that serves parties who have their own self-interests at heart. Therefore instead of being able to positively impact the people to live healthier, happier and more positive lives – the mainstream media is instead often manipulated to publish what is not truly beneficial to its readers. As a result, millions of Malaysians have mixed perceptions about electronic cigarettes and are not able to understand its merits through pure facts.

Please be relieved however, because at Vapebrothers, we think of business more as a medium for us to do the absolute best that we can for the world than to think of it as an avenue purely from which to derive profits. For me, putting a dent in the universe by accomplishing amazing work for people far into the future is the only means by which I can look back in my life and feel proud of. If by keeping to our highest expectations we reap magnanimous financial rewards, that would be great. But it would only be spectacular because it is a means to enable us to do greater good in our lives and impact more people positively through what we do.

That is why we have constantly taken steps to help our customers through proper education of electronic cigarettes.

There are many people who have continued to cause further harm to their lungs and health through smoking simply because it’s more familiar, and they are able to clearly know about smoking’s effects in their lives. In general, us humans would rather stick to what’s familiar than to do what may greatly transform our lives for the better if we are not entirely in the know of the facts around the action! The majority of the Malaysian public still don’t understand the significant, factual benefits to electronic cigarettes in comparison to tobacco cigarettes. And so they have little confidence in what could be the greatest technological advancement to smokers in history, missing out on the facts. In the place of facts, they reserve instead a question mark or a pause sign rather than a firm conviction based on factual knowledge – factual knowledge on why electronic cigarettes are absolutely worth supporting in place of tobacco cigarettes. In Malaysia, the number of this group amounts to at least 4,000,000 smokers, as opposed to about 100,000 vapers at most!

That is also why we at Vapebrothers aim to reach out even further to the mainstream public. We believe education is very important, and helping people to gain knowledge to improve their lives is an amazing cause to work for. We educate customers not only on the information on electronic cigarettes, but also convey lessons on the technical knowledge in using them, and provide guides on how to appreciate class better. The electronic cigarette industry is an industry filled with futuristic wonders. For example, the e-liquids (e-liquids refer to the liquid in which vapor is heated and produced from) themselves have different levels of sophistication, complexity and taste. There are the more affordable single-note flavors, and then there are gourmet e-liquids prepared by master craftsmen which can melt even the stiffest of characters. Taste, instead of being attributed to food and drinks alone, could also now be enjoyed in the form of fine e-liquids. I mentioned this not to encourage the use of nicotine, but rather to convince smokers or would be smokers that electronic cigarettes could open up to them a world that is filled with greater beauty and appreciation.

Truly, once we can clearly experience the benefits derived from the use of electronic cigarettes or personal vaporizers in comparison to continuing a smoking habit, there is only one way forward – and that is to prefer a world of fine taste, to live healthier, happier & more positive lives, and also to help more people to understand the benefits of electronic cigarettes through the education we’ve been fortunate enough to receive about it.

In the month of December 2013, Vapebrothers would launch its first retail store. It would serve to be Malaysia’s most prestigious environment for customers of all backgrounds to come and receive the best education not only on electronic cigarettes, but also on how they can positively affect their lives through spending time with crowds that appreciate candor, honesty and sincerity on top of hindsight for a brighter future!

In the meantime, if you would like to get started on electronic cigarettes right away, please kindly visit our website at: http://www.vapebrothers.com.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Seth Chong
The VB Team (Vapebrothers.com)

A Simple (and Fun!) Introduction to Electronic Cigarettes, Personal Vaporizers & E-liquids!

Let’s face it, it’s not easy. Smoking is a highly addictive habit. Many of us have probably tried to quit at some point, using as nicotine gums and patches – unfortunately most of the time they don’t really work and we eventually go back to the comforts of burnt tobacco. The sensation, or the ‘kick’ which we get from smoking a cigarette is admittedly pretty hard to give up.

You might know this already – but smoking is indeed bad for our health and takes away millions of lives every year. If you’ve made the decision to replace your smoking habit, then you’ve come to the right place. We are confident that we have found the best way to help you do so – by providing a safer, healthier alternative to smoking.

What is an electronic cigarette, really?

It’s a portable vaporizer (known as personal vaporizer) which turns flavored liquid nicotine into a fine, inhaleable mist. It is as simple as that, honestly.

It’s made out of a few parts: a battery, an atomizer (heating element) and a tank or cartridge (which holds the nicotine liquid, known as ‘e-liquid’). The battery powers the atomizer into heating up the e-liquid very quickly, which instantly turns it into vapor. You inhale and exhale the vapor like you would with a cigarette, and the nicotine kicks into your body – thus curbing your cravings for a smoke. Since the whole process very closely replicates (and more often than not trumps) the experience of actual smoking, it makes the transition from a real cigarette to an electronic one rather fun, and much easier!

So why choose an electronic cigarette?

Our team here at Vapebrothers are all ex-smokers. Yes, we were once one/two-pack-a-day Malaysians, until we discovered electronic cigarettes/personal vaporizers (PV). Electronic cigarettes effectively provide you with nicotine to curb your tobacco cravings, but do without the really bad stuff such as tar, carbon monoxide and other harmful by-products of burning. There is no combustion or burning involved, hence no smoke, no unpleasant odours, no stained teeth.

Besides, there are hundreds of great e-liquids flavors out there, ranging from premium tobacco, gourmet bakery or deserts, fine beverage to fruity choices & etc.!

Just curious. What’s in an e-liquid?

– Propylene Glycol (A widely used food additive, rated ‘safe’ by the US FDA)

– Vegetable Glycerin (An additive made from plant-based oils)

– Food Grade Flavorings

– Nicotine

4 types of ingredients, that’s it. Think about how it compares to the 4000 kinds of chemicals, and tens of carcinogens inhaled when one smokes traditional cigarettes! Yes, that is why millions around the world have already decided to replace their smoking habit.

I’m interested! Where do I go from here?

Here at VB, we are very passionate about helping people quit smoking. As ex-smokers ourselves, we understand the benefits of kicking the habit and the good it does to our health over time. We understand what a great feeling it is to finally say no to our addictive, harmful habit. If you have any questions, feel free to talk to us. Having will power is a good start, but top it with excellent support and an awesome smoking alternative? That’s better everytime.

Ready to take the next step? Please feel free to take a look at our starter kits at: http://www.vapebrothers.com/starter-kit.html. We are proud to have tested every product on our site and have specifically chosen the best starter kits there is (especially for those looking to quit). It’ll have everything you need to get started and more than enough to keep you completely off cigarettes for good. With our hands at hearts, we promise that you will experience a positive change once you’ve taken up an electronic cigarette!