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  1. Read and take note of what will work best for your device and your safety.


    Difference in batteries:
    In the electronic cigarette “mod” world there are two main types of batteries. ICR and IMR.
    ICR = LiCoO2 (typical Li-ion)
    IMR = LiMn

    • It is generally accepted that IMR batteries use a safer chemistry than ICRs which is why ICRs can be purchased with and without protection circuits.
    • IMRs can support higher discharge rates than ICRs (high drain) and are a better choice for lower resistance coils and mechanical devices.
    • Although some ICRs have increased storage capacity (mAh) they may not always be able to deliver the amps requires to power your device. For example, this is why ProVape recommends IMR type batteries.

    So if you want to be safe, what should you do? Here are some suggestions…

    1. First, use any electronic cigarette or device AT YOUR OWN RISK!
    2. Label/date your batteries so you know how long they’ve been in-use. If they’re still going after a year, toss them unless you have the ability to check their status.
    3. Buy your batteries from reputable venders. I’ve been taken by the inflated mAh ratings seen on some “Ebay Offerings”. There are many good battery vendors out there. I get many of mine from RTD Vapor.
    4. If you are using a protected device you should be ok with any battery selection. If not, use a safer chemistry IMR or “hybrid” and/or a mod fuse such as the 2 Cents For Safety fuse.
    5. Get a QUALITY intelligent charger. The Xtars or Intellichargers both good choices. I personally useTHIS ONE and have never had an issue.
    6. Do no over discharge your battery. When you’re battery approaches 3.3 volts, it’s time to charge.
    7. Do not carry loose batteries. Batteries thrown in a purse or pocket could find metal and short. For example… keys! Exposed batteries have the potential to short when not properly protected.
    8. Try not to stack, but if you MUST… 1) use protected batteries (unless your device doesn’t like protected batteries then see the following points), 2) use a fuse such as the 2 Cents For Safety if your device doesn’t have built in protection, 3) use a like pair, 4) your like pair should have been purchased at the same time… they are married. They like to be together and spend all their time together. So they want to be discharged (in the device) and charged (on the charger) together. Never stack unlike batteries, or like batteries of unknown condition.
    9. If you’re into those ultra low resistance coils (which I don’t recommend BTW – I personally believe .8 ohms and up should be PLENTY good enough) KNOW YOUR BATTERY!!! Be sure that the battery is capable and rated to generate the amount of amps required by your setup! For example:

    Setup 1 = 1 ohm coil with a loaded voltage of 4.0V (just an example). Using Ohms law, Amps = Voltage/Resistance = 4 Amp Draw. Easy for most batteries!
    Setup 2 = .3 ohm coil (which I DO NOT recommend) with a loaded voltage of 4.0V (again, just an example). Using Ohms law, Amps = Voltage/Resistance = 13.3 Amp Draw. Can your battery support that?

    The C-Rating of the battery defines the maximum draw (in amps) that the battery is capable of. To calculate the max amp draw you need the C-Rating and the mAh of the battery. For example a 2000 mAh battery rated at 10C would be:
    Max Amp Draw = (mAh / 1000) * C-Rating
    (2000 / 1000) * 10 = 20 Amp Max Draw

    Note: Running your batteries at their C-Rating will decrease the overall life of the battery.
    The C-Rating also indicates the amount of time the battery can support that discharge rate. A 1 C battery can support the calculated draw continuously for 1 hour. 2 C would be 1/2 of an hour. 10C would be 1/10 of an hour.
  2. Rocket's E-Juice Mixing Tutorial

    PREFACE (the beginning of many words to come)

    Electronic cigarettes using a liquid ‘vaping’ medium (e-juice) containing Nicotine, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, and various flavors are helping many break the cigarette habit. While there are several sources for commercial e-juice in hundreds of flavors it is also possible to prepare custom DIY e-juice, sometimes at a substantial savings in cost.

    The goal of this tutorial is to show that mixing and vaping your own e-juice is easy and can save you bundles of money, make you smarter, and help you look younger for years. The combination of ingredients I'll use will minimize the risk of potentially dangerous impure or even counterfeit ingredients making their way into your body. I'll outline the simple math steps to determine how much of the raw materials you need and how to mix them to your desired Nicotine strength. Following these methods you should be able to mix a medium strength juice with basic flavors for about 10 cents a ml. Less if you are a proficient shopper.

    A few prerequisites I ask the reader to complete before starting DIY mixing will be getting a clear picture of how much 'store bought' juice will cost you over the next year of vaping and how much you might be able to save by mixing your own. I'm going to ask you to practice some of the mixology math before you actually start mixing. While the hardest part of DIY mixing might be shopping for the raw ingredients and juggling the cost of the materials and shipping charges, the most important part is learning about SAFETY when handling Nicotine solutions. Make sure you know what you are doing before doing any real mixing.

    Don't try and blend exotic flavors or add extra ingredients to improve Throat Hit or increase sweetness or for any of the various reasons strange chemicals are added to e-juice. The more ingredients you add the higher the risk for making a batch you won't be able to stomach (yuk factor) or making a batch that will go bad before you can use it up. Leave your bulk e-juice stash as simple and uncomplicated as possible. I suggest keeping a reasonable quantity of maybe a 2 or 3 month supply (in 2 or 3 different flavors) for general everyday vaping.

    I've been using these techniques for over 2 years to mix consistent tasting juice for a vaping family of 2. My likes and dislikes, methods, and assumptions will probably differ from those of the many experts you will run into. If you do not agree with anything contained in this tutorial I suggest you learn exactly why you don't agree and go forth benefiting from that knowledge.

    Although I believe that the information presented is correct and accurate and falls within the purview of generally accepted practices for the use of electronic cigarettes currently in the public domain, I offer no warranty or guarantee that the ingredients and methods presented, or that the vaporization and inhalation of liquid solutions containing Nicotine are indeed safe and will not harm you. The reader is further cautioned that use of this information is completely at your own risk.

    The author, known as Rocketman on the online forum, requests that dissemination of this tutorial via a website operating as a for-profit, commercial entity include a reference or link to this original website and thread. Corrections/updates to the text will only be maintained in this web space.

    This tutorial is organized as follows:

    Preface----- You are Here
    Chapter 1 Nicotine Safety in the Home
    Chapter 2 Units of Measurement, Calculations and Examples
    Chapter 3 Ingredients-Time to Shop
    Chapter 4 Setting up a Temporary Home Mixing Lab
    Chapter 5 Preliminary Mixes
    Chapter 6 Final Adjustments and Testing
    Chapter 7 Labeling, Storing and Dispensing
    Summary----- Don't Go Jumping to the End and Spoil the Surprise

    The remainder is on the site linked in the title.
  3. Tomorrow's my five month vape-iversary... I wanted to share a heartfelt thanks and a few tips I've picked up along the way (self.electronic_cigarette)
    submitted 15 hours ago by sevwig
    First and foremost, thank you thank you thank you and thank you some more to every single person in this subreddit. You've brought my blood pressure down to normal levels, helped me avoid the annual winter bronchitis, and most importantly, given me the knowledge and encouragement necessary to kick a twelve year habit in the ....
    Secondly, I wanted to share a few things I've picked up over the past few months.
    Some tips (feel free to chime in with your own!):

    • Know when and where you can and cannot (or should not... just because something isn't banned doesn't mean you shouldn't be polite...) vape in public. Unsure? ask an employee who appears to have their wits about them if it's alright if you use your nicotine inhaler. "Ecig" sounds like cigarette, and you're more likely to be told smoking isn't allowed. "Vaporizer" unfortunately sounds like you're trying to smoke weed, and will also be more likely to get you turned down.
    • Even if it's not summer, don't leave your PV in the car. You'd be surprised how warm a car can get even in the winter if it's a sunny day. If I know I'm going somewhere that won't let me bring my PV through the front door, I bring a small cooler with some ice in it, and leave my vape in the cooler. Nothing is worse or messier than juice that overheats and leaks out all over your car.
    • I mentioned this before, but be considerate of others around you, even if they're wrong. Explain things to them once, but if they don't want to hear it, don't be pushy. Suck it up, it just bothers some folks no matter what you tell them. Remember, you can always go vape in the bathroom if you're careful about it, and then giggle to yourself about how annoyed they are by something they can't even detect.
    • If you have questions or are confused about something ask this sub! Everyone's friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and encouraging.
    • If you're trying to quit smoking, but you're having trouble giving up cigarettes completely, don't beat up on yourself. Think about how long you've smoked versus how long you've been vaping. Some folks can kick the cigarettes in one day once they get set up with a decent vape, but others still have to wean themselves off smoking over time.
    • As far as gear is concerned, as soon as you're confident that you're not going to give up vaping entirely or at least that you're going to stick with it for awhile, buy something nice. Get an iTaste MVP, a Vamo, something that's half treat yo'self and half sensible investment. For that matter, if you have the financial means and want to start vaping, get something nice to start with, because you'll probably end up buying something more expensive in the not too distant future anyhow.
    • If you know the answer to someone's question, chime in. If you have something someone needs, pay it forward.
    • If you know someone who smokes and you can avoid being pushy about it, offer to let them borrow some basic gear from you. I've gotten at least three people to completely quit by letting them try/borrow my stuff.

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