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    Sorry but this is a bit of a rant. I've been vaping for 2 years now, continuously. Not had a drag off a cigarette since the day my first e-cig kit came in the mail. Yay me.

    However, the most frustrating thing for me right now is the poor quality of these parts. Ego batteries, for example, seem to last an eternity, in terms of battery life. But that damn button spring breaks about 3-4 months in, almost every time. To the trash it goes, another $20 to replace it.

    These USB chargers are even worse. They are pieces of crap. Without fail, after a few months I start to have trouble getting the light to go red and have to fiddle with it constantly, before it ultimately will not go red anymore and must be replaced. And they charge like $7 for this thing that has about 25 cents worth of parts in it.

    Then there's the atomizers and cartos where about 1 in 10 are DoA. And who cares about return policies and warranties. Who is going to the trouble to send back a $5 atomizer? It isn't worth it and they know it.

    Then there's the fact that no atomizer besides genuine Joyes vapes well past about 2-3 days. The Joyes give me about 2 weeks so that is all I can use.

    I'm starting to think that this is planned obsolescence. They purposefully make it crappy so that you have to buy a replacement sooner. Personally, I'd be willing to pay more for something that lasts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woolfe99 View Post
    I'm starting to think that this is planned obsolescence. They purposefully make it crappy so that you have to buy a replacement sooner.
    This is a common practice with a huge percentage of electronic devices. And I'm not saying it as a frustrated consumer, but as someone who's on the "other side".

    You can always opt for a more expensive gear/mods.

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    i think the ego-c was designed to surpass the replacement flaw. changing parts instead of the whole unit. i think e-power does the same.

    im glad my ego days were short lived. i went from KR8 to ego and then from ego to box mod in a fraction of the time. ive been vaping since september.

    as far as the cartos go, ive surely gotten my share of dead ducks. but the ones that work well seem to truck on forever. ive had cartos last months. then again, i switch flavors constantly.

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    Carts and atties drive me mad, I gave up on them and now use clearos. I mod them once - then re-use them about 20 times before the wick frays too much. At $12 for 5 I'd say they are well worth it.

    I've only had a non slim 510 ST for about a month, but so far no problems and I am planning on a Provari which I assume will last longer than 10 Egos (I have passthrough egos so if one way of charging them fails I can use the other one).

    Honestly it's all still so much cheaper than smoking if a pack of 5 clearos last a month and an ego lasts 3 months, that's $20 per month on hardware vs my previous $180 per month on analogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malduk View Post
    This is a common practice with a huge percentage of electronic devices. And I'm not saying it as a frustrated consumer, but as someone who's on the "other side".

    You can always opt for a more expensive gear/mods.
    Recommend me an "expensive gear/mod." Seriously, I'll spend up to $200 on a kit if this stuff will last a long time, and by that I mean more than 6 months where I have to replace nothing besides the atomizer. Do they come with chargers that do not break every 3 months?

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    Quote Originally Posted by woolfe99 View Post
    Ego batteries, for example, seem to last an eternity, in terms of battery life. But that damn button spring breaks about 3-4 months in, almost every time. To the trash it goes, another $20 to replace it.

    These USB chargers are even worse. They are pieces of crap. Without fail, after a few months I start to have trouble getting the light to go red and have to fiddle with it constantly, before it ultimately will not go red anymore and must be replaced. And they charge like $7 for this thing that has about 25 cents worth of parts in it.
    i've had the same 4 ego batteries and the same 2 chargers for a year...are you sure you purchased genuine joye products? (the knockoff batteries usually have a soft, squishy button, rather than a hard one).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kemosabe View Post
    i think the ego-c was designed to surpass the replacement flaw. changing parts instead of the whole unit. i think e-power does the same.

    im glad my ego days were short lived. i went from KR8 to ego and then from ego to box mod in a fraction of the time. ive been vaping since september.

    as far as the cartos go, ive surely gotten my share of dead ducks. but the ones that work well seem to truck on forever. ive had cartos last months. then again, i switch flavors constantly.
    I've tried at least a dozen varieties of cartos, most of them heavily recommended by people on this forum. The longest I've ever gotten one to vape well is 3 days. Most are down in 36 hours. About 6 months ago I gave up on them entirely. I now exclusively drip genuine Joye atties. Anything else is too expensive even if it costs only $1 per unit because I have to replace it too often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizzle View Post
    i've had the same 4 ego batteries and the same 2 chargers for a year...are you sure you purchased genuine joye products? (the knockoff batteries usually have a soft, squishy button, rather than a hard one).
    These have clear plastic, hard buttons. I had 2 of them literally break within 48 hours last month and I had to do a rush order because I was down to just one battery, and it was an old 650 MaH. I think the total that have had buttons break is 6 now. I've had only 2 go to the end of the battery life. It was one full year for one and about 9 months for another. So I know they will last if that button will just keep functioning.

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    Woolfe99, I feel your pain. Been there and done that, but got over it.

    First step was getting a good quality mod and batteries for it. My "go-to because it always works whenever I need it" mod is ProVapes ProVari.

    After going through all kinds of different cartos and attys, I have settled on Ikenvape's I06 and Avid Vaper's HH.357. Can't touch either one for anything close to $5 though. I use to go through Joye attys every 1-2 weeks and usually closer to the 1 than the 2. An I06, with the I06 drip tip, lasts me at least 4-5 weeks, so it is a bargin in terms of value. The HH.357 has a bit of a lighter draw, but produces more vapor and last me about twice what an I06 does. (Since my mods are variable voltage, the attys I use are 2.5 Ohms to allow me to swing through the wattage range I tend to vape in.)

    My first purchased mod was a straight forward big battery and switch and it lasted me 18 months before it went to bye-bye. By then I had worn 80% of the chrome off. It was a sad day until I realized how long it had lasted and how hard I used it before it went.

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