Thanks to the ECF community, 1 Year today
A little over a year ago I decided I wanted to quit smoking, and starting looking on the internet for a way to quit for health reasons. I did some lurking here, and went to various websites and resolved to order enough supplies so that I could vape for a little over a month, and to order what I needed once a month to stay analog free.
I received the last box of what I had ordered the day before, and decided that would be my last day, if all went as planned and this idea actually worked that I would never smoke again.
Here is a list of what I acquired beforehand. Everything I ordered was in a brushed stainless steel color in the cases where I had a choice.
4 ego batteries, 1000 mah
4 standard 510 Joye atomizers
10 ego cartridges
2 wall chargers for the batteries
180 ml of various brands of e juice at 24 mg nicotine, in various flavors.
2 ego cones
A 510 drip tip
Overall I spent a little over 200 dollars. Today, I could have done better, but at the time I sure could have done a lot worse also. I figured, it was costing me about 140 a month to smoke, and I was hoping not to have to order so much every month. To be honest I was pretty skeptical, though at the time I had a bit of extra money, and figured if I failed at this, the problem of still being on analogs far outweighed the problem of being out some cash. Though I'm actually fairly practical, I have spent money I wished I had spent elsewhere.
So that morning (11/3/2010), I opened the box, and tried a cartridge, that was already filled with some regular Marlboro facsimile, and I thought, I could already be in trouble. I didn't smoke Marlboro when I was smoking, and to be perfectly frank, I didn't care for it much in that ejuice either. I found those cartridges were pretty much a waste, though I saved them for a rainy day for quite awhile, though I eventually tossed the filler in them. Thankfully, there was that supply of e juice and I proceeded to go straight to dripping.
I grabbed a bottle of peach ejuice, of all the flavors I had, and started to drip on the 510 atomizer. Awesome, I can do this with a bit of relief, and started to dig through the other flavors I had. Out of what I had ordered I considered myself lucky. Most of it, I liked, and all were at least passable. The one flavor I was really surprised at, because someone had been nice enough to mention it, was menthol. I wasn't a menthol smoker, but the menthol e juice I had received was good.
So, I vaped my ass off that day, and that night the thought finally hit me. I really hadn't missed my analog at all. I will admit, I have to have my pv around. I can go for a few hours without, but I prefer to simply vape when I want to. I didn't really change what I was doing, just what I was holding. I went through about a week of hell, of getting rid of 29 years of junk in my lungs, and that to be honest was pretty rough, but after that its been pretty smooth sailing.
I decided a couple of months later, to order a few ego-t type A standard atomizers and tanks, and try them out on my ego batteries. It was far from perfect, and I think I liked the hassle free idea of it more than anything, but was hoping they would be improved.
I joined the forum here early March and have met some nice people. I appreciate the time people have spent posting here for others to learn from. As the months have went by, I have dropped my nicotine in the juices I've purchased from 24mg, to about 15mg depending on the vendor. That hasn't been about being nicotine free. I just was getting headaches towards the evening, so I tried drinking more as I was thinking dehydration, but nothing really changed. Next, I tried lowering the nicotine level a bit, and the headaches went away. I assumed that must be it. I used get the same exact headaches when I smoked to much also, which is what gave me the idea to cut back. Its nice that I can still vape as much as I want, and not pay for it later.
I ended my ego journey about 4 months ago, the best I could do with that system was the low resistance, type B tanks at the time. I'm not even sure if they have improved any since then at all. I think the weakest part of that whole system was the atomizers themselves. I could get the tanks to perform well, and the batteries really were very hassle free for what they were. However the atomizers themselves were not so hassle free, I had put in quite of bit of time, on just that one part, though I usually got them to work reasonably well. The consistency factor, and the fact my gear was starting to get a bit worn and was going to cost me enough to explore other options, pushed me into looking at mods.
I bought myself a Saber Touch Varivolt, from another ECF member, and went back to dripping. I then moved to Wisconsin from Pennsylvania. The first idea I had to try out with the new tube mod, was a CE2 tank, and to be perfectly honest, I'm just not a CE2 person. However, I found that I do prefer a much higher voltage than my ego batteries could ever provide. I went back to standard atomizers, and tend to vape around 5 volts now. I like the ability to adjust the voltage quite a bit. The Sabre Touch itself is a very solid mod. I attached a small knob to the voltage adjustment screw, so I didn't need a screwdriver to turn it, and that has worked out pretty well. I tend to adjust it to taste as the voltage drops in the batteries, and it works well.
I got to try out the GLV 2 recently. Its a really nice PV as well, though it is 5 volts regulated and I have to admit, I'm pretty much hooked on variable voltage now. Its close enough to what I normally do though, that given the opportunity to try it, I figured why not. As a 5 volt PV, the mod really performs, looks terrific, and is built extremely well. The only drawback of it I have found, is that it won't sit upright without help. This one however is smaller, more pocket friendly, and if you enjoy 5 volt vaping, its a good mod.
Overall I haven't really bought that much new stuff, though I've dabbled a little bit, here and there. I tend to keep myself stocked in 510 atomizers, and e juice so far. Most places I go to, let me vape in peace. I hope that doesn't change. I've forced myself to vape in places that I really wasn't that comfortable in, just to see how it would go. My current PV obviously doesn't look much like an analog at all. I haven't had anyone really complain that I was smoking, though I have had some people curious about what I was doing.
I do feel terrific compared to what I did a year ago. I'm going to continue vaping.
I hope you all have a terrific day. I get to pay the rent, do the laundry, and then celebrate a year of being analog free.
Last edited by Cyatis; 11-04-2011 at 09:30 AM.
Reason: Typo fixed
Congratz on the one year! You have done yourself proud!
Awesome! Keep up the good work!
It's nice to feel good again.
And here is to the next year!!! Congrats and many more happy vapes to you!
Almost there myself....and have to say, I never thought these things would actually work.
Congrats !! I hit 3 months next Tuesday, not one puff... after 36 years smoking, it still amazes me..