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Why? Ecigs have come a long way since the days when they were like sucking so much air. Still, it's electronics which are notoriously undependable. (I can't remember ever having an automobile in which the radio worked.) So it is with vaping regardless of manufacturer. You might get an Eveready rabbit for a battery; you might get a dud, or a stick that needs to be reset a lot. Perhaps my experience with ecigs has simply been unlucky. However, even if yours is a flawless experience, such that you can rotate a couple batteries indefinitely, occasions will likely arise giving cause to have a spare third. For myself, for a combination of reasons it's been convenient to have a fourth. Do have three if you've been a heavy smoker. Four should square you away for just about any unforeseen circumstance to surprise. Because there's no smoke or ashes you may find yourself initially vaping like you wouldn't smoke cigarettes. But you'll pull back naturally with experience and enjoy it the more. One day you'll notice you haven't had a vape in a few hours and didn't even miss it, which doesn't happen with cigarettes. Be as may, the $8 throwaway ecig bought countertop in no way compares to a good battery with your own brew in the cartridge. The disposable might last you as long as nigh a pack of cigarettes or half a day as a chain smoker. But both a $25 battery and a $1.50 cartridge should last several months (far longer than the "suggested" usage for blanks). Your cartridge won't last as long as a disposable ecig but the juice required to fill it is pennies, not dollars. Factors variable, disposables can be considerably more expensive than cigarettes, and perhaps 50 times more expensive than DIY if you figure juice alone. All in all it's like comparing 8 cents to 8 dollars.
Bloogs are lighter and more slender, a touch more like a cigarette than V2s. Their 65mm battery is a smidgeon longer than a Pall Mall tall with a V2 blank. The shortest V2 is 67mm. But in my experience Bloogs didn't have the oomph of V2s. I don't know what they're like now. At the time the people at Bloog were a class act. Customer service took a bit, but it honest and among the best. As mentioned, Bloogs and V2s are interchangeable insofar as batteries, cartridges, basic chargers.
V2s are the little engines that could, the work horses that pull the load. If not purchasing a mod, which I never have, your choice will be between automatic and manual. Manuals have a tiny button to shut off the battery, preserving both that and liquid. Be mindful of that detail when you purchase or you could end up with a battery you don't want. I use automatics (cigarettes don't have buttons) and find slipping a thumb over the cartridge to cut off air considerably simpler, if not so efficient, than pressing a button. If you hang electronic cigarettes out your mouth keep your tongue over the cartridge orifice. Breathing will wear the battery even if the tip doesn't light. As for V2's 110 mm long-life battery, one full charge should last you one full day at the job or night on the town. I've come to settle on V2's medium length ecig though. The 110 mm are too long and heavy, reminding you that your fingers have bones. They bang into things and are clumsier in general than the shorter lengths. However, of the ten V-2s I've purchased I've gotten several which required resetting from the start, brand new, if not complete duds. (An ecig you have to reset once is an ecig you'll have to reset again and again. Having to reset a battery that has functioned flawlessly for months is a sign that it's finally wearing out, though a battery can exhaust without ever needing to reset it.) Such occurrences had me looking for a better ecig, hence White Cloud:
I've not tried White Cloud batteries with Bloog cartridges. But if they work as well as they do with V2 filters then it's a perfectly good vape. White Cloud is said to be incompatible with V2. But that isn't entirely so. V2 sells adaptors for White Cloud batteries to use with their blank cartridges, but the adaptor isn't absolutely necessary and adds length more unwieldy to hold. The long White Cloud 3X is a no-nonsense battery more comfortable to hold than the long 110 mm V2s. They only need charging more frequently. I used White Clouds for a couple of years. But electronically speaking, they're no more reliable than V2s. Simplicity finds me settled on V2's standard battery (3.11 inches) as the overall best.
As for Blus, they vape just fine. But they aren't compatible with anything but Blu. What doesn't work with V2 blanks, the cheapest of which I know, doesn't work for me. The quality of V2 blanks has dropped a bit over the years, but they're the standard concerning which I've found no others that compare, especially when it comes to price.
Same rationale as batteries. USB, wall, auto, whatever, have three or four for surprise situations, such as having to leave the house for a day, whatever. If your intention with vaping is to quit smoking then have spares, because it's electronics. I've never bought a bad Eveready battery, but ecig electronics are another realm. Two of anything doesn't mean you've got a spare, including chargers. One reason is that I've purchased new batteries, thinking the problem was that, when it was actually the charger. Chargers, however cheap, should last for years, not months. But fizzlers occur. As for (not so) fancy carry case portable chargers, they're more expense and trouble than they're worth excepting travel in scenarios where there's nowhere to plug in a charger, like on horseback in the wilderness. Though I've found such handy, because the cigarette lighter in my car doesn't work, I've not replaced the one I've lost. Incidentally, Bloog and White Cloud USB chargers will also charge V2 batteries and each other's. V2 USBs charge only V2s. Blu chargers are entirely proprietary, charging only Blus. I know of nowhere to purchase blanks for Blu sticks, much less at a decent price, making them fundamentally incompatible with DIY vaping.
How long will a box of forty last if you go through five a day and reuse them at least fifteen times? Four months. (I bought a box of forty ten months ago, and am yet using twenty of them after one cleaning. Five more remain unused at all. As commented, I've gotten a prefilled cartridge from V2 that just wouldn't quit. I refilled it time after time for 2 1/2 years until it finally broke down upon its first washing.) I do use carts, though, beyond what some would, preferring to waste juice over more expensive cartridges. Some vapers reuse blanks indefinitely by replacing the inner exhausted fiber material with such as fluval, polyester fiberfill, teabag sacks, etc.. I don't go that far. But some blanks are so good that you can reuse them to the point that the wrappers come off. At which point some vapers even replace the wrappers with such as Avery sticky labels cut to size, bare metal at one's teeth less than pleasant.
We suggest you purchase blank cartridges from V2. That's because I've no clue where to get them anywhere else that isn't way overpriced. My last purchase of V2 blanks was a nice surprise, they returning to rubber caps to reduce sensitivity to teeth from metal. They had been experimenting with plastic caps on a prior purchase, which could be unpleasant. We also applaud V2's return to condoms that can be used to easily refill blanks. V2 had likewise experimented with condoms that would have made it necessary to use an eyedropper to refill blanks if you hadn't saved any old condoms. We're impressed that V2 has improved what for a brief period, perhaps to cut costs, had been a compromised product to vapers. Howsoever, be careful when pulling protective condoms off blanks. You might wonder where the rubber cap for a blank went (perhaps the trash bin still inside the condom). You can refill flavored prefill cartridges as well as blanks. Pop off the caps with tweezers. As for V2's EX cartridges, they aren't refillable, meaning highly costly, something a Rothschild might purchase, but not me. My guess is that their VERTX prefills are the same. At $5 per cartridge I've zero interest in finding out.
As for White Cloud's Clear Draw 2 cartridges, like V2's Ex and such, there's a little more product in a longer filter, but they aren't refillable either, meaning out-of-sight expensive.
"Base" differs from "finished" insofar as that's what you make with PG and a flavor in powder form such as vanilla., malt. or menthol. Base also comes in already liquid form in every flavor but, apparently, tapioca. Base juice is that to which you add to PG, VG and optional nicotine to concoct a "finished" juice ready to vape. A thing to keep in mind is that if you refill carts you will get blends unless you keep them separate. I've found that most flavors blend together nicely except those you may not like in the first place. (Pumpkin is great in bread or pie, but doesn't work for me in beer or an ecig.) Since vanilla is probably the most neutral of sweet eliquid flavors it blends well with most others. It's also the closest to a tobacco flavor that isn't precisely a tobacco flavor (that or cherry - think pipe tobacco). The strictly tobacco flavors I'd tried a few years ago were just fine. But when I quit smoking I wanted just a remove away from tobacco, which made vanilla perfect at the time. As for menthol, it was too heavy to smoke more regularly than on occasion. But heavy translates to fresh with vaping, such that menthol opens up the lungs with cool. Most base flavors are sold at locations like Ecigexpress in 10ml or 30ml quantities. Those you prepare from powder you can mix to any portion matching the size of your bottles. I put finished juices in 50ml bottles, two of which I got per V2's large 50ml bottles of prepared juice which I vaped for a month until I learned DIY. Yeah, DIY can seem a pain in the neck. Every couple months I have to spend an hour concocting more base and/or finished juices. Then you spend some ten minutes each day juicing your cartridges. But that far and away beats $8 a day to smoke, shutting your lungs down instead of opening them up. You'll also get a couple of eyedroppers with V2's large bottles that you'll need for DIY. If you're quitting smoking two 50ml bottles of V2 juice will easily get you through your first month of vaping, that or three 30ml bottles. By the time you've used those you should be more ready to start making your own liquid blends. Again, if you're vaping to quit smoking your usage may at first be excessive. But you'll naturally taper down upon becoming accustomed.
What measure of nicotine should you buy? I started smoking Pall Mall straights when I was fifteen. Forty years later I was smoking the equivalent of two packs of regular Camel filters each day. I can say that 24mg is overkill unless you're a Lucky Strike smoker. If you smoked like me you'll like 18mg, from which you can gradually wean yourself down if you wish to be nicotine free. Though nicotine is what delivers the majority of satisfaction that is TH (throat hit) whether smoking or vaping, you should discover per vaping that you don't need as much as you think. I like TH and presently use 12mg for DIY, which is more than enough, thus getting whittled down further. What is the equivalent in measure isn't the equivalent between smoking and vaping. Method makes vaping more satisfactory at lower dosages than smoking.
That's all: batteries, chargers, blanks and eliquid. You're ready to become smoke-free for at least a month. Your only expense for several more months to come is now only juice, the price of vaping already so much cheaper than smoking that it's perfectly absurd all the way to bank. You're good to go just as you are. But if you want to reduce the cost of vaping to several penny rolls per month that means DIY instead of purchasing prefilled carts or premade liquids. Making your own eliquids is not difficult. Anything one does is initially confusing. But once you become familiar with DIY it doesn't take a lot of time. If I don't have to make a base (already have flavoring) it only takes about ten minutes to prepare something, another ten minutes if I have to do something like crunch menthol crystals into powder to make a base (with PG). Be as may, DIY vaping makes for a worthwhile hobby, your home smells nice because now you can breathe to detect such, and you can afford a bit of something that you couldn't before. Albeit such little contribute to bad attitude, whene're I must prepare potions in a murdering mood I summon some scene from Perfume and it all seems less rude.
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