Quality vape shops near SF/South Bay, CA

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  1. jmkiang

    jmkiang Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Hey everyone,

    I'll be out in the Bay area in a month and I'm looking to visit some higher end vape shops (high end mechs, quality juices etc).

    There seem to be a few starter shops selling eGo's but all the CA shops seem to be around LA.

    Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Zelly

    Zelly Full Member

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    I'm in San Jose. There are several shops within 10 miles of me.
    My "go to" shop is CoolVape

    Great folks and they live and breath hardware. Juice selection is all name brand at B&M prices.

    It appears their website is broken at the moment but a good resource when traveling is Yelp.
    They have positive reviews there as well.
    Several other shops have more juice selection but are not as hardware focused.

    - Just a happy customer
     
  3. stinkboto

    stinkboto Full Member

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    It Is Vapor in San Jose is a cool shop to check out too
     
  4. stinkboto

    stinkboto Full Member

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    I heard the Vape Bar on 1st. Street in San Jose is a nice place to go too
     
  5. jmkiang

    jmkiang Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Thanks for the input!! I will look up these shops right now :)
     
  6. jmkiang

    jmkiang Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Based on Yelp pics, Vape Bar seems to be a winner... got some nice high end mechs and juices. Awesome!!
     
  7. euforeik

    euforeik Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    I strongly suggest not buying mods from the vape bar. after driving around the whole bay area i found the best place to be e cig city 8 on north capitol in san jose. The vape bar over prices like crazy!!! They even charge $5 to drill out a hole! My friend bought an IGO L from them for $25 and they rebuilt it and everything and it came out to $60+!! They were going to charge me $200 for a mod and i got it for $185 at e cig city. You can check them out, but my personal preference is e cig city. And no I dont work there or anything just personal input!
     
  8. jmkiang

    jmkiang Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Good tip! Just checked them out online and they do have a lot of good stuff and a huge juice selection. Take my money!

    Thanks.
     
  9. Zelly

    Zelly Full Member

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    FYI ecig city 8 and coolvape are ~4 blocks apart on the same street. You should hit them both. Personally I find coolvape is more hardware centric and they actually display hardware with prices (Those places that don't are a pet peeve of mine) Ecigcity does have a greater juice selection. Both places have helped me overspend my vape budget (grin).
     
  10. MesaMitch

    MesaMitch Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    vapebar is amazing
    they have z atty pros provari's kayfuns sure fire mech's
    basically all the high end stuff your looking for
     
  11. MesaMitch

    MesaMitch Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    there is also a vape shop in milpitas ca which has five ponds juice which starts at 27.50 a bottle
     
  12. jmkiang

    jmkiang Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Awesome! 2 places to waste money are better than 1! Spending a lot of my vape budget as we speak but October get its own budget. Haha

    Thanks again. I love ECF!
     
  13. jmkiang

    jmkiang Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Are their juices worth the money? Haven't had the chance to even see these in person let alone sample them.
     
  14. MesaMitch

    MesaMitch Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    My buddy gave me half his 30 ml bottle

    He had??? Ahhhhh I can't remember the name but its absinth vanilla ???? Whiskey ???? I think I can't remember sorry buddy

    The flavor is STRONG
    When you exhale the vapor it actually smells the way it taste

    I was vaping it when trying it and my wife just start screaming at me OH MY GOD STOP IT SMELLS!

    The flavor my buddy gave me was DISGUSTING! That's probably why he gave me half a bottle of it lol

    So I vaped it once never vaped it again
    The smell / taste was like when you walk into a Indian liquor store or fabric store that smell where you just want to run for your life

    They age there ejuice in barrels like whiskey and beer is made and let it sit for so long to give it this outstanding steep

    I am more then sure if five ponds where to make just a normal flavor it would be outstanding but not worth the money


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  15. Zelly

    Zelly Full Member

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    If somebody is researching this juice/vendor they are fivePAWNS...

    I've tried all their juices and like them not as an ADV but a few toots on a dripper.
    The flavors are complex.
    The one flavor of theirs is the one mentioned above - absolute pin is the name I think.
    - I don't like the licorice/absinthe

    As for cost it's ~$1/ml. No different than other name brand juice at a B&M that I can tell.
    You just have to buy 30 ml.

    So taste and value are a personnal decision.
    It's worth trying if you have the opportunity at a vape bar.
     
  16. MesaMitch

    MesaMitch Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    That's it!!! Absolute pin
    Lol I hated it


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  17. jmkiang

    jmkiang Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Haha good to know fellas. I personally hate buying 30ml bottles before trying them. Bought The Standard Irie Nights (rum and brown sugar mmmmm) but I haven't really touched it in a long time.

    $1/ml is a lot but for something thats good, I'd pay for it. Recently came across some Adics Burn juice from the PI and its amazing. $12 for a 10ml bottle though :(

    I hope these guys carry Blueprint juice too... heard some good things. Got my Jamesons Peaches & Cream en route... looking forward to that too!
     
  18. MesaMitch

    MesaMitch Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    I'm too cheap when it comes to juice for some reason lol I don't know why ??
    That's why I started to make my own juice
    For 22 bucks I got enough juice to last me a month or 2

    I don't mind spending money on high end rbas or mods though ??

    I wish I just would of bought a expensive mod / rba to begin with

    Just got a kayfun lite and I'm in love with it
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  19. jmkiang

    jmkiang Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Nice. The KFL/Nzonic V3 is 18350 mode in my daily vape.

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    Sold the Origin but preordered the SS Chi You and I'm looking for a King or a Morpheus.
     
  20. MesaMitch

    MesaMitch Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    Nice set up man!
    I wanna get a mech mod once I get the cash I have spent pretty much all my money on trying to get everything for my provari I still want a hippo cap though


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