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Initial Thoughts On The Mini Pipe

Discussion in 'Mini Pipe' started by e-pipeman, Mar 2, 2009.

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  1. e-pipeman

    e-pipeman Vaping Master ECF Veteran

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    Oct 16, 2008
    Brown Edge, England
    My Mini Pipe from SmokeJuice - HOME arrived on Saturday morning. The batteries appeared to have been pre-charged - so vaping commenced. Wow!

    The first thing I noticed was the quality of the vapour delivery. My problem with my 901 was always that, although it produced lots of vapour, not much of this actually seemed to go in my mouth! The opposite applies with this device - not only is the draw smooth but it goes where you want it to - into the inhale.

    Amazingly the draw is very like the draw on a well-filled tobacco-pipe - not too light but very smooth. I have found that the tighter the atomiser is screwed to the pipe bowl, the tighter the draw, so there is room for adjusting to preference here. The supplied atomiser delivers a "pipe" experience. The Bestecig BE112 atomiser fits the pipe but delivers a more "cigarette" like smoke, which is perhaps to be expected - perhaps too much air in the mix.

    The carts supplied are tasty with interesting rubbery mouthpieces. I've always been a bit of a "biter" on mouthpieces but found these surprisingly comfortable. The carts that I use on my penstyles fit with no difficulty. Indeed, the cart fit seems firm without needing to force in or tug out. Battery life? Well, I have been vaping on this as if I would never get a chance to vape again and find that I'm getting about 3 hrs to an overnight charge. The kit comes with two batteries, mains charger, atomiser and 5 carts. The instruction book is the usual Chinglish affair and in parts appears to refer to a different model of pipe.

    If smoked normally the battery would imho last longer. The vape from this device is particularly satisfying and I feel that I would be likely not to smoke it constantly as a result.

    Why so satisfying? For some reason the Mini Pipe uses penstyle cartridges very efficiently, using the liquid from all of the cart. With penstyles I have found the need for frequent topping-up as the end nearest the atomiser dries out, leaving liquid in the remaining two thirds of the cart unused. This device seems to use the liquid more evenly, thereby reducing the frequency of topping-off.

    This tiny pipe is beautifully balanced and it is a pleasure to let it sit in your hand.

    My initial experiences with the Mini Pipe have been so good that I have had to change my username from expipeman to e-pipeman to reflect this.

    That's quite enough for now - if I carry on this review will become a litany of hooray statements. I'll do a follow-up in a few weeks.

    Overall impression? As an e-pipe I don't think that this could be improved upon, although even longer battery life would be a plus.
     
  2. surbitonPete

    surbitonPete Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 25, 2009
    North Yorkshire UK
    good initial review 'E' Pipeman....my first battery lasted me for quite a bit longer...but then I wasn't vaping like crazy, I didn't seem to need to! I am not sure yet but I think there may be some slight drain on the battery if it's left in the pipe overnight.
    I must say the life of the cart seems amazing....you can pretty much relax and vape all day without having to do anything other than vape. I feel just like the typical 'contented', relaxed pipe smoker with this.
     
  3. EDO

    EDO Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 15, 2009
    Hi e-pipeman I am expecting a mini pipe on Thursday. Does any one sell the atomizers for these? If so, who and how much? If not then we have to get the BE112 atomizers from Bestecig, I guess. Is there huge difference when using the BE112 atomizers? Can we modify them in anyway to produce the same quality of vapor as the the mini pipe atomizers?

    Thanks for you thorough review.
     
  4. BadSeed

    BadSeed Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2008
    Arbroath, UK
    It sounds great. I've stuck in an order for one from smokejuice. Should get it next week when they get their new stock.
     
  5. e-pipeman

    e-pipeman Vaping Master ECF Veteran

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    Oct 16, 2008
    Brown Edge, England
    Glad you liked it! You can get the atomisers here (more stock in later this week, I believe - they've been very popular!) : SmokeJuice - HOME

    There is quite a big difference with the BE112 atomisers - the draw is much lighter and "airier", much less pipe-like. As for modding - from what I understand it's not too hard to get extra air into atomisers by making notches, holes etc . I think it would be much more difficult to try to "tighten" the draw on one. But then I'm hopeless at technical stuff - you need to speak to a Modder! :)
     
  6. macpanda

    macpanda Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 20, 2009
    Geneva, IL
    I really want a e-pipe and have been looking around and this looks like the one for me I think. Who else sells this pipe? Anyone In the USA?
     
  7. e-pipeman

    e-pipeman Vaping Master ECF Veteran

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    Oct 16, 2008
    Brown Edge, England
    If you like pipes then I'm sure that you'll like this. How's your "Golden Shimmer", by the way? Mine has sadly packed in :(
     
  8. surbitonPete

    surbitonPete Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 25, 2009
    North Yorkshire UK
    E-pipeman ..out of curiosity ..what juice do you use?
     
  9. BadSeed

    BadSeed Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2008
    Arbroath, UK
    It's still working OK. Nowhere near as much vapour as when it was new though unfortunately.
     
  10. e-pipeman

    e-pipeman Vaping Master ECF Veteran

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    Oct 16, 2008
    Brown Edge, England
    Gosh - I've got loads! I like TW liquids v.much but always get 36mg and cut 50/50 with glyc. Their apple, original tobacco and Cigar are great. I also use the Electronic Cigarette | Free Yourself... | e-cigs Welcome liquids - the chocolate goes v.nicely with the aforementioned apple! I've got French Pipe from various different sources (some labelled as France Pipe) - v.nice. DK Tab is a very good tobacco-like one from e-cigs. There are LOADS more -too many to mention, really. Cream, Wild Cherry, British Bulldog, Like Smoke, 555 etc. Got a very nice apple from Bestecigs. I'm afraid I'm a bit of a hoarder and like variety!
     
  11. surbitonPete

    surbitonPete Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 25, 2009
    North Yorkshire UK
    Oh ..I had been toying with the idea that perhaps TW liquids might not be too good for atomizers....but perhaps it's just that particular brand of glycerine I have been using to mix it with ...if you are having atomizers that last for months.
     
  12. ted26

    ted26 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 6, 2008
    uk england
    If you have a multifunctional charger then a one pence piece serves well to make the batteries fit ;)
     
  13. surbitonPete

    surbitonPete Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 25, 2009
    North Yorkshire UK
    I am not sure what you mean there ted..:confused:
     
  14. EDO

    EDO Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 15, 2009
    thanks for the reply...I'll post more when the mini-pipe comes in.
     
  15. ted26

    ted26 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 6, 2008
    uk england
    sorry didn't explain myself as usual.

    If the battery doesn't fit (too short) in your universal lithium charger then stick a one pence piece edgeways on between the battery and the charging pin to make contact.
     
  16. surbitonPete

    surbitonPete Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 25, 2009
    North Yorkshire UK
    aha I know what you mean now......lol. :)
     
  17. surbitonPete

    surbitonPete Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 25, 2009
    North Yorkshire UK
    I have just found something out.....drip filling the mini pipe cartridges doesn't really fill them very well ...they had appeared to be full after about 6 drops...but if you use a syringe and push it to the bottom of the cart it takes a lot more juice than that ..and wow doesn't it vape a whole lot better when it's properly re-filled!!.....and I had thought the atomizer was just clogging up.
     
  18. e-pipeman

    e-pipeman Vaping Master ECF Veteran

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    Oct 16, 2008
    Brown Edge, England
    Another thing you can do is dump the filler in the e-liquid. Soaks it up a treat -but can be messy putting it back in the cart!
     
  19. Spikey

    Spikey Moved On

    If anyone wants a mini-pipe ($45-$50 shipped)... we might add it to our bulk order if we get enough responses by tomorrow... PM me or redrose and let us know...
     
  20. ZambucaLu

    ZambucaLu ECF Guru ECF Veteran

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    Nov 23, 2008
    Central NY, USA
    Someone was looking for one on SMILIN's thread.

    Lu
     
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