(OR, "Why I almost decided to just burn down the house")
After reading the "Rebuildable Atomizer Systems" forum area for a week and a half (including a very detailed "step-by-step" post by eHuman), and logging more hours on YouTube than some people work, I settled in at 10 p.m. to leisurely dive into my first RBA.
With steel mesh between my fingers offering delightfully wispy crunches, I imagined the best vape of my life might be had before the calendar turned to the next day. Tonight's slumber would bring me peace unlike any I've known. After all, if these practiced gentlemen on the interwebs can do this in less than 30 minutes, giving myself 2 hours should be amply generous. Even without a crackle in the fireplace, my chimney should soon be billowing sweet clouds of vapor, certain to confound my neighbours.
I was like a medieval royal smith charged with suiting the King himself in new armour, so deftly I worked the forge.
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As I beheld my matte ebony wick, I felt a deep satisfaction.
Then, it was onto the spiral that would send the billows of fog wafting through my haven, lulling me into an abyss of relaxation. Employing this spell first cast by "Petar K", I conjured the magic of the perfect coil. After making what I considered a rather impressive 6/7 coil from my 32 gauge Kanthal wire, I wondered what accolades the ECF members might bestow on this inaugural marvel. How dazzled they would all be at what this neophyte accomplished so effortlessly.
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Watching the glow develop from a just a hint of illumination at the median, to then work its way outward so fluently reminded me of so many peaceful sunrises on Pigeon Lake with a cup of fresh French roast in hand.
It was time...
Gingerly, the black steel artery was so readily enveloped by the alloy tendril that shone so warmly just minutes ago. United, their bourn to be realized in but a breath...
I'm 'bout ready to launch my Vamo right through the front picture window!
Nothing but a red hot top coil that I've been fiddling with for almost two hours!
...I'm going to vape the begeezes out of a Vivi Nova! See you all later.
It's a subject that hits close to home, because you see, I'm a restauranteur and a 10 to 15 ml per day vaper who doesn't allow vaping in the restaurants he runs.
On one hand, it breaks my heart that I can't bring myself to allow it, but on the other hand, in falls perfectly in line with the hospitality we intend to provide every guest. The decision doesn't make it a lesser restaurant to experience, nor does it prove any diminished endearment to those guests who would like to vape at the table. The decision was made using the same criteria on which we've based other decisions.
If someone's behaviour or choices infringe too much on other guests enjoying their time, then we endeavour to stop it. Let's be honest, most every e-juice emits some aroma/odour to some great or lesser degree. A neighbouring table that has to endure vapour clouds while they're eating has every bit as much reason to be dismayed as a table beside some pubescent boy drenched in cheap cologne.
We have previously...
Told a couple (engrossed in their phone and iPad) that they would have to take their order to go since they refused to do anything about their shrieking 5 year old for over 10 minutes. The poor boy was trying to get some attention from his oblivious parents, but other guests were glaring and asking that we do something even as we were making our way to their table.
Asked a small group of men to supervise their profane language in our family restaurant, or they would have to leave.
Told a couple that their overly zealous public displays of affection were inappropriate in the public setting of our dining room.
Asked a small group of friends waiting for a table to shift a few feet further as they were constantly bumping the bar stools of other waiting customers.
We do these things to avoid customers going "vigilante" on each other, and to keep some semblance of public decorum.
I don't think it's something anyone should feel is worthy of a "fight" with the restaurant. As a matter of fact, I think taking that stance is absurd.
When in public, I believe there needs to be a certain amount of mutual respect that we accord our fellow villager. For example, here is a short list of other things I try to avoid doing in public at all costs (avoidances that I would appreciate more people to practice):
wearing exorbitant amounts of personal aromatic products (cologne, perfume, etc.)
having deplorable personal hygiene so as to choke a maggot at 100 yards
yelling/cursing loudly within a public space
bumping/shoving within a confined area
lollygagging while in a queue (gas stations, grocery store checkouts, green lights, etc.)
not removing yourself and your squealing infant to a secluded area
being gratuitously flatulent in a confined space (plane, train, automobile)
allowing your children to point at strangers inquisitively
commenting aloud regarding the events taking place on a movie screen
...to name a few.
I'm certainly not suggesting that vaping is as reprehensible as some of these other things, but since to some people it might be, I refrain.
If you can sit through a movie, or your kid's dance recital, or any number of other events without a smoke/vape, certainly dinner won't kill you.
Nobody EVER smoked their first cigarette and exclaimed, "Oooooh, that's DEE-LICIOUS!"
I'm willing to bet that most of us had a first experience smoking cigarettes that was quite the same...lots of coughing, wincing, and wondering why the heck we wanted anything to do with it.
The truth is, who knows why any of us started? But we did...and for whatever reason we toughed through it. We persevered to finally gain a tolerance for something that tasted horribly bad, that we forced ourselves to proclaim an enjoyment for, and that we knew was terrible for our health.
It's important to remember that the reasons to stick with vaping far outweigh (in importance) our reasons for having been so tenacious regarding becoming a smoker. Not liking it from jump is irrelevant. There are a myriad of devices, accessories, and juices that might end up delighting a person well beyond the point that a cigarette ever did.
Once a person decides that tobacco is just too foolishly dangerous to continue smoking, but still can't beat the nicotine addiction, one tends to suddenly care more about what alternatives one chooses.
The best parts of the vaping alternative is that it offers so much of what we come to want or need from smoking without a great deal of the evils. I'm certainly not billing vaping as harmless, but for many smokers it's the best chance they have of getting away from tobacco for good.
It provides the "hand-to-mouth" habit, the inhaling and exhaling of a "fog" of sorts, the throat-hit, and the nicotine to which we've become addicted. Most smoking cessation aids offer few or only one of these, and many people fail because of what they're missing.
You owe it to yourself to try again...and again...and again...just as you probably tried different brands of cigarettes until you ended up smoking a particular brand for many years.
Best of luck!
So, my first experience was plagued with hot, dry hits so I took to using the tank with Boge F16 1.6 ohm cartomizers instead and got solid performance.
I've tried it again with the intended SmokTech CE2 DCT-2 No Filler Pre-Punched Cartos.
Intermittent dry hits seems to be the hallmark of these cartomizers, but it has been much better, but in no small part due to the fact that I'm working for it...and I hate having to work for it!
Constant primer puffs, to the tune of having to tip the bottom of my device up while giving a quick, "unpowered" draw after every 1 to 3 regular draws. But, when I do...
The flavour is great
The vapour is great
The throat hit is great
...that is until I get another dry hit. Then, it's another primer puff, and things get back to great...for a short while. A very short while.
Eric (Mindfield here on ECF, VaporChase on YouTube) does a great (visual) job of explaining this in his review of the SmokTech U-DCT Tank, and it's notable that he ends up conflicted and doesn't exactly give it a thumbs up or down. Probably prudent on his part, because a recommendation is virtually impossible given how certain usability issues will be more or less important for each individual.
I, on the other hand, am not so prudent and will definitely offer an absolute opinion. I will, however, split my opinion between the SmokTech U-DCT 6ML Tank itself and the SmokTech CE2 DCT-2 No Filler Pre-Punched Cartos.
As to the SmokTech U-DCT 6ML Tank:
Available for $14.95 CAN at VaporGeek.com
It's solid and beautiful. I bought two in the gun metal finish from VaporGeek, and it looks like it was meant to live on my gun metal finished Bolt. I'm a big fan of the fact that a flanged carto now has a "raison d'être" beyond stopping the tank from sliding down on the cartomizer. The tank makes better use of the flange by having it sit flush between a couple of "crescent-shaped" protrusions at the bottom of the tank. This keeps the tank from spinning freely around the cartomizer. Then, with the locking ring in place, the tank can't slide up on the cartomizer either, making this tank the most solid and secure cartomizer tank that I've personally seen. These are all wins for me, and
I would highly recommend this tank.
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As to the SmokTech CE2 DCT-2 No Filler Pre-Punched Cartos:
Available for $10.95 CAN (5-pack) at VaporGeek.com
(In the interest of full disclosure, I could only take a one-hour review period for my second try with these cartomizers, but that's still four times longer than the first time I gave them a go.)
They produce a great vaping experience, once you've helped them a great deal to wick (which they should do on their own). Given that I tend to take long draws while vaping, I found myself having to give them primer puffs nearly as often as regular draws. To me, this is just way too much "work" for something that I just want to "relax" with. Though I agree with Eric that they make for a good dripping atty, given that it wasn't intended as such I won't be buying any more. For that matter, the ones I have will likely go straight into the bin. These are a big ole' fail for me, and
I would NOT recommend these cartomizers.
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The bottom line
I may well be buying more of these tanks, but I'll be throwing away the cartomizers that come with them.
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