Vaping Is Safe Despite What’s Happening In The US, CDC State

If you’ve heard about the recent outbreak of a mysterious vaping related illness that is making its way across the US, then you may be wondering whether or not it’s safe to vape and if you might be affected. Let’s take a look at the details and provide some reassurance that it is safe to vape in the UK despite what’s happening in the US

What is happening in the US?

First reported in September, the e-cigarette news that has been occupying the headlines around the world is the outbreak of a serious lung disease that has been sweeping across the US. With over 1,500 cases reported from 49 states, the disease has sadly accounted for 38 deaths to date. The high number of cases and fatalities speak volumes about the severity of the disease, though the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) who are investigating, have said that the illness is confined to a specific group of people. 

With the majority of patients identified as young males (70% male with an average age of 24), the predominantly common theme is that patients with the lung illness had been vaping products that contained THC. `While this may be a regular theme among the illnesses, the team at the CDC who have been investigating the case say there isn’t a specific substance that they can conclusively identify as the cause. Additionally, it appears that the THC containing products that may be responsible had been sourced illicitly from street dealers or from friends and family who may have obtained those products from the black market. Confusingly, while no specific chemicals have been attributed as the cause, the CDC says that it is not clear whether all the cases are even the same kind of lung disease. 

The illicit nature of e liquids potentially vaped by many of the patients has led to a US-based study of illegal e-liquids. Of 12 illicit e-liquid cartridges tested, 9 contained dangerously high levels of Vitamin E – a substance banned by the TPD and not found in UK or EU made e liquid cartridges. Worryingly, of the 12 THC vape cartridges, all contained pesticides, including myclobutanil, which breaks down into the highly poisonous hydrogen cyanide when vaped and inhaled. 

Due to the sudden outbreak of illnesses, states across the US have begun to ban and limit the sales of various e-liquid flavours, while the US administration explores the idea of a nationwide ban. But what does this kind of legislation mean for those who value vaping as a less harmful alternative to smoking tobacco products, who use e-cigarettes to stay smoke-free?

Outbreak Not Associated to Long Term Vaping

An item of information that may provide US vapers with some hope is that the CDC, do not believe that the current outbreak of lung-illnesses is related to long-term vaping. With an estimated 9 million US vapers currently enjoying the benefits that e-cigarettes afford, the danger of vilifying the vaping industry and banning e cigarettes could mean that the millions of US vapers may be warned off vaping entirely and consequently return to smoking tobacco cigarettes to satisfy their cravings for nicotine.  

E-Cigarettes Still Far-Less Harmful Than Smoking

It should come as no surprise that the illegal drugs market is a global market, which means that any harmful products in the US have the potential to make their way to UK shores. While the threat of illicit e liquids finding their way to the UK remains, the advice for vapers is to stay vigilant and avoid the temptation of vaping e liquids if you’re uncertain about where the e liquid has been sourced from. 

Ensure that what you’re vaping is safe and always buy your e-liquid from a reputable brand that has good reviews to back it up. E liquids from companies such as Vapour2 will use only the best ingredients and are lab tested for your safety per the Tobacco Product Directive.  

The advice of Public Health England (PHE) is that e-cigarettes are still far less harmful than smoking tobacco cigarettes and that vaping has the potential to provide smokers with a route to becoming smoke-free. An independent study conducted in 2015 and published by PHE says that e-cigarettes are up to 95% less harmful than smoking, while more recent research indicates that vaping is up to twice as effective as other nicotine replacement products such as patches and gums. 

Vie Dry Herb Vaporizer Review

Vie Dry Herb Vaporizer Review

Affable, affordable and a great introduction to dry herb vaping, the Vie Dry Herb Vaporizer at £49.95 is one of most cost-friendly dry herb devices to be found on the market. Compact and convenient, let’s take a look at and review the Vie Dry Herb Vaporizer in all its glory.  

Vie’s Vital Statistics

  • Build Quality:7
  • Ease Of Use: 7.9
  • Heat Chamber Size: 8.5
  • Multiple Heat Settings: 9.2
  • Value For Money: 9.7

PROS

  • Affordable
  • 2 airflow options
  • 3 heat modes
  • 4 temperature settings
  • Herb capsules create 3600even heating of herbs
  • Use for dry herbs and wax concentrates
  • Dry herb capsule stores 0.3 grams
  • 200 vape puffs per charge

CONS

  • Vaporizer heats up in 1 minute
  • Not suitable for e-liquids

Vie Heating Chamber & Capsules

First things first, the Vie is not to be used with e-liquids. This is a device for those seeking an alternative to the conventional e-liquids that have become so popular. While you may be content with loosely packing your leaves directly into the heating chamber, Vie provides a designated dry herb capsule that stores 0.3g of herbs. Perfect for those on the go, pre-prepare capsules that are mechanically and thermodynamically designed to evenly heat your herbs to 3600to create a great tasting flavourful vape. 

Variable Heat Settings

For those looking to truly take control of their vaping experience, the Vie will offer you quite the range of temperature settings to suit your tastes. 

Depending on what you’re vaping will determine which heat setting you will need. Whether you’re going to load dry herbs directly into the chamber, use herb capsules or even use concentrates or wax capsules, the Vie will afford you multiple heat modes and temperature settings to provide the optimum heat necessary to create the best vaping experience. 

To adjust the heat settings suitable for what you want to vape, you’ll need to press and hold the temperature level button, which can be found on the bottom of your Vie. Then to change the heating mode, simply tap the power button. A blue light will indicate the low heat mode suitable for loading your herbs directly into the heating chamber, a red light signals the correct temperature for dry herb capsules and a purple light indicates the heat mode required for concentrates and wax capsules. 

In addition to the various heat modes that you’ll be able to select, you can also apply alternative temperature settings. Once you’re in your desired heat mode, simply select the temperature level by pressing the button found on the bottom of your device. With each press of the button, you’ll be able to navigate through four variable temperature settings, which will be indicated via the LED bars found on the front of your device. One bar indicates 1700C/3380F, two bars for 2000C/3920F, three bars will provide heat of 2200C/4280F and finally, four bars will create heat of 2500C/4820F.

Vie Battery Life

Considering the tech that has gone into this powerful bit of kit, the battery life of the Vie is comparable to some of the far more expensive devices available on the market. With a charging time of approximately one to two hours via a designated USB cable, a fully charged Vie will provide you with up to 200 puffs to enjoy before having to re-charge. Keen to know how much power you have remaining? The light found near the micro USB port will let you know what kind of charge you have left on your device. A green light represents 50-100%, an orange light 30-49%, while a red light means that you have 5-19% left. If you’re seeing a red flashing light, it means that you’ve got less than 5% left and you’ll need to get yourself to a charging point pronto.

Want to vape but think you can’t whilst your device is charging? The Vie has a unique Safe Pass-Through feature, which will let you vape even whilst your device is plugged in. 

Vie Design

Sleek, stylish and unassuming, the jet-black coloured Vie is ergonomically designed to fit discreetly into the palm of your hand to let you sit back and vape dry herbs with ease. While you might find similarly designed vaporizers on the market, the Vie includes some unique design features that leave you feeling suitably impressed. 

Airflow is an important attribute of any vape. Determining how hot or cool the vapour you inhale is can be the difference between a sweet or sour experience. Contributing to further control in the temperature department, the Vie has a small silicone insert that can be found underneath the mouthpiece. On one side of the insert, you’ll see a maze and on the other just a single hole. For dry herbs, the side of the insert with a maze will help to cool the vapour by spreading the surface area of the vapour before you inhale. The single hole will provide a direct airflow, which is good for products like concentrates and wax. 

Essential Accessories

If want to venture into the world of dry herb vaping, the key to experiencing the perfect vape will be the quality, coarseness and consistency of the herbs that you’re packing into the chamber. Investing in a robust herb grinder such as the Vapour2 PRO Grinder that will finely cut your herbs to the correct consistency will ensure that none of your herbs goes to waste. Always make sure to add dry herbs to your grinder.

A few simple twists should be all that is required to produce the kind of final consistency that you’re looking for. If you grind your herbs too much, your mixture may be too fine which means that your chambers contents may be too dense to vape effectively. If your herb mixture is too fine, you’ll ultimately reduce the airflow and limit the surface area of the herbs that you’re trying to vape. Avoid attempting to grind any moist or damp leaves, as these will clog up your grinder. 

Vie Dry Herb Vaporizer Kit Contents

Considering the Vie costs just under £50, you get a lot of brilliant stuff for your bucks. In addition to the Vie Herb Vaporizer, the kit contains two herb capsules, a wax concentrate capsule, USB cable and a whole host of cleaning goodies to keep the device free from any build-up of excess herbs.

  • 1 x VIE Vaporizer
  • 1 x Quick Start Guide
  • 1 x Advanced User Manual
  • 1 x 20cm/12inch USB/Micro Cable
  • 1 x Stainless Steel Carrying Tube
  • 2 x Herb Capsules
  • 1 x Concentrate/ Wax Capsule
  • 1 x Cleaning Kit & Parts
  • 1 x Microfibre Cleaning Cloth
  • 1 x Thick Brush
  • 1 x Thin Brush
  • 4 x Stainless Steel Screens
  • 1 x Large Pick Tool
  • 1 x Portable Pick Tool
  • 1 x Herb Auto-Packing Spring
  • 1 x Sim Card extractor tool

CONCLUSION

Priced at just under £50, it’s hard to find any faults with the Vie Even if there were any qualms or queries, finding a dry herb vaporizer that’s as affordable and multi-functional as this is hard to come by. If you’re looking for a simple, yet highly capable dry herb vaporizer for the home then choosing the Vie would be a wise move to make. 

MigVapor Khan Dry Herb Vaporizer Review

Known as the ‘powerhouse of vaporisers’, MigVapor’s recent Khan model has taken the market by storm. Offering phenomenal performance and a small form-factor, the Khan is a dry herb vaporizer designed to provide an optimal vaping experience for users of all stripes. 

So, how does it stack up against some key criteria and is it worth considering as an upgrade or a solid first step into the world of herbal vaping?

Battery life: One of the main draws of the device is its powerful 2500mAH battery. Able to fit in the device’s slim housing, the powerpack ensures long-lasting use and enables a range of variable temperature settings; giving you a staggering range of 150-240°C for the device.

The high capacity battery goes from empty to fully charged within 2-3 hours, locking the device into charge mode and preventing it from accidentally being turned on whilst plugged in. While it can be a little frustrating waiting between charges, a portable battery pack can easily help you top-up on the go with no fuss. 

Usability: The Khan solely deals with loose-leaf products and is top loading, letting users avoid the finicky changing mechanisms that come with hybrid vapes. Five short clicks on the device’s button activates the heating mode and a built-in vibration function means that you can be quietly informed that your device is ready to go without being forced to ‘clock watch’. 

The Khan’s housing is made from elegant aluminium that has been branded by the device’s signature snake motif, packing a lot of bite in a small frame. The device also enjoys a smooth draw through an isolated air path, ensure that your vape always operates at maximum efficiency. Marry this with a colossal 0.5g capacity chamber and you have a device that can make sure your chosen supplement lasts as long as you need it to. 

Variable heat settings 

Settings: As with many of MigVapor’s products, usability is of the utmost importance. The device is controlled by a central button that powers on in three seconds, allowing you to quickly access your temperature control mode and other options. This is all presented through a neat smart screen that allows you to make key adjustments with ease, whether it’s a burst of power for a strong smoking session or a gentle heat to make the most of your herbal product. 

This also allows you to tweak your overall battery settings and find the perfect balance between longevity and performance, letting you easily switch your settings as needed – even on the move. While the device may take some initial getting used to, checking through its fantastic user manual can have your tailoring the settings and making it your vape in no time at all. 

Value for money: As with many V2 products, the Khan comes with a wealth of accessories to keep your vape going for as long as possible. This includes an additional glass mouthpiece and a range of maintenance and cleaning tools at no additional cost. Chief among these useful extras is the dry herb bubbler that comes as a free piece of additional kit and has become a massive USP for the item.

Made from balanced, graded Pyrex, the bubbler cools the smoke leaving your vape. This reduces the ‘burn’ that often accompanies other products and creates a smooth, clear draw that can only be replicated through much larger, non-portable devices. While the bubbler is robust, it’s always advisable to take extra care of your product and picking up a case can help ensure that your items stay safe and intact. 

Mig Vapor Torpedo kit contents 

  • Torpedo dry herb vaporizer -2200 mAh
  • 5 Mesh filters
  • 2 long black silicone mouthpieces
  • 3 silicone mouthpieces
  • 1 cleaning brush
  • 1 USB charger
  • 1 Torpedo user guide

In Conclusion

The Khan is a genuinely surprising package that fits a lot of options into an elegant piece of kit. Unlike many multi-use vapes that deal with e liquids, the device focuses on doing one thing <i>excellently</i> and provides a best-in-show herbal vaping experience. While it may sit at the higher end of the market when it comes to its price point, the device unquestionably delivers for the casual user and seasoned professional alike; offering functionality, durability, and a reliable performance, charge after charge. If you’re serious about enjoying your herbal vaping, it’s well worth taking the time to invest in a product that not only lasts, but is guaranteed to deliver time and time again. 

If you want to learn more about the Khan you can view it in our online store and review the specifications. 

STOPtober: How to Stop Smoking and with what Devices?

How to Stop Smoking

Ready to rid yourself of the smoke-chain shackles that keep weighing you down? Ready to finally quit smoking and lead a healthier lifestyle. Let’s take a look at how to stop smoking this Stoptober and how vaping might help you overcome that hurdle-like habit you’ve been struggling to overcome.

Smoking Kills

It doesn’t take a genius to work out, that smoking kills. In fact, smoking-related diseases account for a staggering 16% of all adult deaths in the UK. Responsible for numerous ailments and diseases including lung cancer, tuberculosis, stroke, heart attack, loss of vision, and more – even second-hand smoke will increase the risk of non-smokers suffering from smoking-related diseases. As a result, it’s not good for those loved ones of yours who regularly have to inhale your surplus smoke, by quitting smoking you’ll not only enhance your quality of life but those nearest and dearest to you too.

How Vaping Can Lead to Smoke-Free Life

Did you know that research published by Public England shows that e-cigarettes are up to 95% less harmful than smoking tobacco products? More importantly, the same research also indicates that vaping can help smokers become smoke-free, and consequently lead a healthier lifestyle than the one which they have been used to.

A more recent study conducted by Queen Mary University London found that vaping e-cigarettes were up to twice as effective as nicotine patches and gums used by smokers trying to quit.

Get Rid of Cravings

By replacing cigarettes with a vaporizer and a nicotine-based e-juice, smokers can curb their cravings to light up and avoid all the nasty accompaniments that come with smoking. Because vaping heats the e-liquid as opposed to burning tobacco, all the carbon monoxide and tar that is released every time you smoke is removed from the equation. Free yourself from the odorous tobacco smoke that clings to your clothes and your every being. In other words, smell better and save the time and hassle of excusing yourself every time you need a ‘breath of fresh air’.

From traditional tobacco flavourings to sweet and fruity offerings, the e-liquid used are available in a range of flavours which provides vapers with an added extra when it comes to the taste of their vape. As well as flavours, you can also choose from a range of nicotine strengths, which means you can gradually reduce the strength of nicotine you use and become both smoke-free and nicotine-free. Win. win.

The Best Device for First-Time Vapers

For first-time vapers, the myriad of devices and accessories that lie in wait can seem dizzying. Quitting smoking is hard enough without having to sift through the assortment of options that are presented to you right? With that in mind, keeping your vaping equipment as straightforward as possible is the key to a successful switch from smoker to vaper.

Alternatives to Cigarettes

While there are numerous devices at your disposal, starting with a simple e-cigarette should be your first port of call. Devices with multiple functions such as high-end vape pens and box mods are great, but they can be tricky to work out for first-time vapers. Get to grips with the basics and sub-ohm box mods can be something to look forward to once you’ve become accustomed to vaping.

For a completely fuss-free experience, Vapour2’s Standard Starter Pack provides everything you need to get started. Enjoy a standard cigarette styled re-chargeable battery and USB charger, together with your choice of flavoured nicotine-based e-liquid cartridges. Prefilled, simply screw the cartridge onto the end of your fully charged and vape away. No buttons, no-refills – just happy vaping.

How to Break the Smoking Habit

For those who may be used to rolling their cigarettes, the ritualistic habit of rolling your own can essentially be replaced by refilling your e-liquid tanks with a quality e-liquid like Vapour2’s Premium E-Liquid. A far more environmentally friendly alternative to the aforementioned disposable screw-on cartridges, shisha style tanks like Vapour2’s EX Blanks series produce great flavour and vapour and can be refilled up to 15 times before you’ll need to replace them. Simply fill your tank with e-liquid and screw onto Vapour2’s standard e-cigarette battery and away you go.

Those with a serious smoking habit and who may be used to strong tobacco or cigarettes with a throat hit to match, a device that may be worth thinking about is a POD vape. Similar in style and ease-of-use as an e-cigarette, PODS use a nicotine salt e-juice stored in a pod, rather than e-liquid in a tank. The nicotine salts are an alternative form of nicotine that provides a similar throat hit to cigarettes and a kick of nicotine that’ll leave you satisfied for some time. 

Vape Pods ideally suited to newbies are devices such as the Vaptio C-Flat Mini Pod Kit or the iQ Air. Simply fill a blank pod, which are included with both devices, with VSAVI’s range of flavoured nicotine salts; inhale, exhale and curb the craving for a cigarette.

Save Money and Vape

Vaping isn’t just a healthier alternative to smoking – it’s also a far more affordable way to go about getting your hit of nicotine. Whether you opt for the simple e-cigarette style device or go for the big hit provided by the Pod Vape both types of devices can be bought for under £20. While a bottle 10ml e-liquid or nic salts might cost £5.99, that one bottle will provide the equivalent of up to 3 packs of cigarettes.

Depending on how much you smoke, by switching from smoking to vaping, you could soon be making some significant savings. With more money in your pocket, you could go on that holiday you always wanted to or treat your partner out to a regular date night. Whichever way you wish to spend your extra cash, the benefits of vaping mean that both your health and lifestyle will begin to reap the rewards.

Did San Francisco Just Ban Vaping?

Francisco Just Ban Vaping

You may or may not have heard that San Francisco recently became the first city in the United States to ban e-cigarettes. Home of the brave or have officials in San Francisco just put the potential for a smoke-free city up in smoke? Let’s find out more about the what, the why and the when, as San Francisco seeks to cease the sale of vaping products.

First City in the U.S. to Ban Vaping

It seems hard to believe, but yes San Francisco has become the first city to ban vaping in the United States. Known for their healthy living and forward-thinking community, it seems at odds with logic, that local government in the city have gone to such lengths that will see shops removing e-cigarettes and e-liquid from their shelves. Additionally, online sales of e-cigs in the city are also set to be banned, meaning that a seemingly healthy solution to combat smoking will be reduced to the depths and darkness of an illegal and illicit black market.

Why did San Francisco Ban E-Cigarettes

The unprecedented move by San Francisco is aiming to combat the rise in underage vaping, which comes in light of the US Surgeon General issuing an advisory at the end of 2018 describing underage vaping in the states to be at an ‘epidemic’ level. As vaping becomes more and more popular, it is estimated that more than 4.9 million American teens used e-cigs in 2018, which is an increase of 1.5 million teens in under a year.

What happened to Juul?

What is fascinating about this story is the fact that e-cig behemoths JUUL, who enjoy a 50% of the e-cig market share and who are the biggest producers of e-cigarette products in the U.S, have their headquarters based in the city. The incredible growth of JUUL even saw them purchase a new 29-story skyscraper to house its growing team on the very same day that the e-cig ban first passed the city’s committee.

While the vaping ban is yet to come into effect, San Francisco’s Mayor, London Breed has said she will sign the legislation with a ban expected to be enforced in early 2020 and shops asked to remove stock from their shelves. 

What Does The Ban Mean for Vapers

Public Health England cites e-cigs to be up to a staggeringly 95% less harmful than smoking cigarettes as well as suggesting that vaping has the potential for smokers to achieve a smoke-free status. Additionally, research shows vaping to be almost twice as effective as traditional nicotine replacements such as patches and gums at helping smokers quit smoking. With approximately 3.2 million vapers and counting here in the UK, Public Health England estimates that vaping helps up to 20,000 smokers become smoke-free every year, though industry indicators suggest that the figure is much higher. With the U.S. boasting an estimated 10 million vapers, the move certainly comes as a smack in the face to those who vape to avoid cigarettes and endeavour to become smoke-free. 

Prediction for the Vaping Industry

As the six-month countdown begins, how will San Franciscan vapers respond to the impending ban? Unfortunately, the likelihood is, that many may turn to the black market of potentially unregulated products, which may pose a considerably higher health risk to those who simply wanted to live healthier lives by vaping and not smoking. Alternatively, residents may simply return to the toxic and carcinogenic cigarettes that they had successfully managed to avoid up until now. 

A story well worth keeping one eye on, we wonder whether this will be an isolated blip in vaping’s history or whether more cities and states in the United States will follow suit. Watch this space.

iQ One Review

Introducing the iQ One from Hangsen

The iQ One is the hybrid pod system vaporizer released by the popular e-liquid manufacturer Hangsen under their iQ brand and the device ranks in our three best e cig vape devices. Hangsen have also brought out the successful ultra-thin vape pod, the iQ Air. Hangsen have been operating in the e-liquid industry since 2009 and are very well known so I was interested to see how their attempt at a crossover into hardware would turn out. Hangsen produce e-liquid for many companies who then re-brand it with their own label.

iq One review image

iQ One pod and coil features

This vape pen or vaporizer is referred to as a hybrid pod system because it can be used for vaping a variety of e liquids, both traditional e-liquid, nicotine salts and CBD vape oil. You simply select the appropriate coil. The tank or pod is magnetically connected to the iQ One so there is no fiddling around with screw threads which also helps to ensure leaking is minimised.

The iQ also has comes with two coil types which screw into the bottom of the pod and can be replaced. The refill port in the pod is large enough to be filled with ease and while refilling slowly you should encounter no issues, however if you fill it too quickly you might encounter an airlock problem. Once filled, the pod tank is sealed by a rubber plug, this is secured so don’t worry about it getting lost. Looking into the transparent pod allows you to easily see how much e-liquid you have. However once it is inserted into the iQ one body there is no viewing window so you need to be aware of how much e liquid you have, simply pop the tank out and look! When you start out you will need to make sure to check on the pod frequently, you soon get a feel for how long it takes to use up 2 ml of your favourite vape juice.

With this vaporizer you have two coil options, 0.6 and 0.8 ohms, which are both very similar looking but are marked accordingly to avoid confusion. They both have an integrated airflow control ring at their base which allows you to adjust the amount of airflow to your exact requirement. How much airflow you will like is a personal preference as it affects flavour and vapour thickness. The 0.6 ohm coil is ideal for your regular e liquids whilst the 0.8 ohm coil works extremely well with both CBD vape oil and nic salts.

iQ size and ergonomics

Like most hybrid pod systems this vaporizer is intended to be highly portable; it weighs around 112 grams and feels substantial in the hand but it is still comfortable in a pocket, and is not as chunky and as heavy as a vape mod or box mod si it wont be an annoyance to carry around. However you will know that you’ve got it on you due to its weight and size. Part of the weight of this vaporizer comes from its polished zinc alloy main chassis which gives it a solid body and premium feel. In combination with the various finishes (resin, leather, plastic, silver charcoal, gold charcoal) it makes for a visually pleasing vaporizer.

There is the main function button in the centre of the vaporizer which activates the product and the iQ logo is embedded into the body of the vaporizer, both these looked solid in my opinion and the placement of the button fits in the hand nicely. On the left of the vaporizer there is both a small LED and a micro USB port that is used for charging. The LED is used to display the battery life of the vaporizer, red is less than 30%, blue is 30% – 70%, and green is anything above 70%, this light is also used to show different error messages. Visually the whole product looks solid, slick and has a really good build quality to it, there are the usual safety signs and “Hybrid Vapor System” written in large letters which I do not particularly like but assume much of it has to be included so is something that you will get with any other vaporizer.

iQ One battery life

The IQ One vaporizer has a relatively solid 1100 mAh battery life which is very good for a portable vaporizer, however it is slightly heavier than some of the competition in the field of portable vaporizers. You cant have 1100 mAh of battery life and a feather-light vape. The weight adds to the presence of the device and if you don’t mind that extra weight this is an excellent choice, as the battery will last for a long time and the pods are a sufficient for extended use without refills. If you spend a lot of time on the go and, despite its large battery, still worry about the iQ One vaporizer running out of battery, you can always just carry the included micro USB charging cable which is really convenient as it can plug into laptops, computers, USB hubs, in fact virtually any device. The combination of having a large battery and a convenient charging solution ensures that wherever you go, you’ll never be without battery. Another good factor is that vaping while the device is charging is supported ie “pass-through”. To achieve a full charge, it takes around one and a half hours which is good if you are on the go and stopping off In a café or hotel room. However, most of the time people charge their vaporizers over night so this is not a major factor.

So to sum up, this device has an impressive battery life for a small portable vape and the pass through facilitates all day (and night) vaping and at £29.99 it is impressive.

The iQ One vape kit contents and accessories

Out of the box, the iQ One will include the iQ One itself, the charging cable I mentioned, the pod along with a pre-installed coil, the two coils and the micro USB to USB charging cable. There are no replacement mouth-tips which is disappointing, but they are not usually included in products under £50.

  • 1 x Hangsen iQ battery pod device
  • 1 X iQ pod refill tank
  • 1 x Mini USB charger
  • 1 x 0.6 ohm coil
  • 1 X 0.8 ohm coil
  • 1 x iQ One user manual
  • 1 X iQ One drip tip mouth piece

The iQ One performance

The most important part of the product is how it performs; the iQ pod device delivers an excellent flavour and with the sub ohm coils you get considerable vapour which really helps in nicotine absorption. Other pod devices simply will not compete, you would need a larger scale (read awkward) vape mod to get this level of vapour and flavour.

The custom air flow controls allows for a range of air flows so you can customise your experience to match your preferences, however if you are someone who enjoys a super tight MTL draw this might not be the product for you. Part of the performance is also the experience of the product; its excellent build quality and classy finishes allows for a premium look and comfortable user experience.

Things to bear in mind

The iQ One is not like your average pod. This device gives you freedom to choose your e liquid, nic salts or CBD brand and with its sub ohm functionality is more a kin to a new-gen small scale vape mod, a pod-mod perhaps – but with an all day battery!  Your standard pod device uses sealed non-refillable e liquid pods and will not give this level of vapour, typically requiring a recharge 2 -4 times a day – not the iQ One though. But before buying the iQ One be aware that you will have to buy additional packs of coils and you might have to buy a replacement e liquid pod if you lose or break your previous one. This will save you money compared to buying a pod device that is prefilled. The iQ accessories are reasonably priced (the coils are £3.99 for a pack of three and the pods are available at £4.99 and include a 0.8 ohm coil) the drip tip is not available to buy which is a shame as it could become damaged through extended use.

Hangsen iQ One maintenance

iQ One tank - coil and refill

With anything that requires maintenance you need to think about the future and whether these pods and coils will be sold long term. Many companies bring out new vape devices all the time and you want to be sure you have the ability to continue using your device and replacing coils is part of that, Hangsen is an established vape company so there should not be any issues.

I would also point out here that some people have said they’ve struggled with slight condensation under the drip tip so to prevent this I would suggest that you clean everything with a paper towel before and after refilling the pod. Ensure the red rubber stopper is securely pressed into place.

The iQ One conclusion

The iQ One is a solid product, it has a premium look and feel, good battery life and a decent number of accessories. It is an excellent all-round vaporiser, there is always a slight trade of between battery life and weight and the iQ One balances that perfectly.

Is the iQ One worth buying?

It does no one thing spectacularly but performs extremely well overall. For its £29.99 price point it visually looks and feels like it’s worth a lot more. There is no device currently, apart from the iQ One, that has successfully bridged the gap between the cumbersome but effective sub ohm box mod or vape mod and a pod device and that is why you want to buy the iQ One. I would recommend this for anyone who doesn’t already have a vaporizer as it does everything you need well and is excellent value for money.

Hangsen iQ One Detailed Review
90.0 Total Score
Pros
  • Features include the best of mod and small scale e cig design
  • Hybrid vaping; nic salts, CBD oil or e liquid
  • The iQ has excellent build quality
  • Excellent vapour and flavour
  • All day vaping, strong battery life
  • Cons
  • Spare drip tip would be handy
  • Battery Life 90
    Quality 90
    Smoke Production 90

    iQ One features and technical specification

    iQ One sub ohm coils
    • Voltage – 3.7V
    • Resistance – 0.8 ohm/0.6 ohm
    • Size – 103.2 x 33.8 x 17.9 MM
    • Weight (Per kit) – 111.6 g
    • Body – Zinc Alloy
    • LED Light Indicator
    • Hangsen Battery – 1100 mAh
    • Tank Capacity – 2 ml
    • Charging – 5V
    • Two Colour Options – Silver / Gold
    • Removable Top Cap

    Why Dad Should Stop Smoking and Start Vaping

    Dad on his smoke-free journey

    Does dad smoke? The reality is that if he does, he has probably been smoking for a pretty long time – maybe your whole life in fact! While cigarettes are highly addictive and pose a severe health risk, it’s never too late to quit.

    Dad might be a cantankerous so and so, but deep down, he will care about how long he has to live and how many more years he gets to be in your life. With this in mind, why not help dad stop smoking and start vaping this Father’s Day?

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    Vaping is up to 95% Less Harmful Than Smoking

    First and foremost, vaping is significantly less harmful than smoking. In 2015 Public Health England published independent research that pointed to e-cigarettes being up to a staggeringly 95% less harmful than smoking cigarettes, as well as endorsing the potential that vaping can help smokers becomes smoke-free.

    Cut Out the Risk of Smoking-Related Diseases

    It should come as no great surprise that smoking kills. Accountable for 16% of all adult deaths in the UK, the carbon monoxide and tens of thousands of carcinogens that are released and inhaled by your dad every time he smokes will only be causing harm to his health.

    By stopping smoking and starting vaping, your dad will seriously reduce his chances of developing one or more of over 50 smoking-related diseases.

    A primary cause of lung cancer, smoking may also lead to cancer in other parts of the body such as the mouth, throat, larynx, bladder, bowel and pancreas. Additionally, smoking will be damaging your dad’s heart and blood circulation, which could lead to another long list of devastating consequences such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

    Furthermore, conditions such as bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia, asthma, respiratory infection and impotence in men are all potential side effects for long-term smokers.

    Research shows that smokers who receive the appropriate encouragement and support will ultimately be more likely to quit smoking than those who don’t. It might sound obvious, but positive motivation is a far better way to help your dad quit smoking than nagging and moaning, which will only have a negative impact.

    Vaping Essentials For Fathers Day

    The fear and trepidation you see in your father’s eyes as he contemplates using a vaporizer for the first time can be quickly allayed by buying him a simple and straightforward vaping starter kit. The best thing about vaping is that it doesn’t need to be complicated.

    Sure you could treat him to the latest and greatest in vaping technology, complete with coils, tanks and a selection of e liquids for him to play with; however, the psychological importance of making a smooth transition from smoker to vaper should not be underestimated.

    Dad should be able to open his starter kit box, give the battery a quick charge and start vaping straight away. Too many moving parts may prove too much of an obstacle for your dad to contend with as he embarks on quitting a habit of a lifetime.

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    Keep it simple and choose a device like Vapour2’s Starter Vape Kit that comes with everything your dad will need to get going, including a standard e-cigarette battery, USB charger and a choice of 6 flavoured e-liquid cartridges for him to try.

    V2 Pro Series 3 – V2’s first 3-in-1 vaporiser

    The Pro Series 3 is the first of the devices after the Ex series which has a larger capacity liquid tank, it has a longer battery life and also is a larger device that is lightweight and has a portable design. What does it mean by 3-in-1? This means that this device can be used to vape e-liquid, wax and you can vape dry herbs. For those who want to quit smoking and advance their device to the next step up from the Ex-series e-cigarette, this is a highly suitable device for them.

    Pro-series 3 black, blue and silver

    The PRO series 3 Kit contains:

    Getting Started with the Pro 3

    When you unpack the vape, be cautious and do not pull the USB charger out of the packaging.

    This will damage your USB charger. It’s recommended that you slide it out from the other side of the packaging. It’s really important that you read your instruction manual when you open up the packing. The fastest way to charge your device is to plug your USB into a wall charger plug rather than into a laptop or electric device.

    pro-series 3, cartridge and charger

    If your V2 Pro is not holding charge start at the wall:

    1. Check that the wall adaptor is working. You can use an iPhone plug as well.
    2. Make sure the magnetic USB charger is not faulty. When it is plugged in and fully functioning the tiny blue light on the magnetic section goes blue. It stays on the whole time it is plugged into a functioning wall plug. Please check this BEFORE you connect to the Vaporiser. You will not see this blue light if you have the V2 Pro connected.
    1. If the blue light on the USB charger does not come on and STAY on, it is the USB charger that is faulty and V2 will need to send you  another one (bare in mind you will have to send the product back to them along with everything in the box – charger, cartridge, battery so that it can be tested.)
    1. If the blue light  stays on connect the V2 Pro to the USB charger again.
    2. We recommend that you lock the device before charging. You do this by pressing the little button on the front 3 times.
    1. Around the base of the V2 Pro a red light will pulsate like a heartbeat monitor. If the red light is pulsing, that means that it is charging the charge.
    2. If the light around the base goes GREEN after a short period of time…leave it charging for a MINIMUM of 2 hours. An empty V2 battery Pro needs a minimum of 2 hours to be fully charged.
    1. If this does not resolve the problem then it is your Vaporiser that is faulty.
    2. Your V2 Pro Series 3 needs recharging when the white LED light at the bottom of the V2 begins a set of double blinks that dim off gradually.
    1. Make sure you change your liquid cartridge 15-20 refills. Overuse of the cartridge could damage your V2 Pro Series 3.
    2. Also change your Loose Leaf Cartridge every 3 to 4 months but please consult the V2 website for the complete instructions.

    Overall the pro series 3 is the cheapest of the V2 3-in-1 Vaporisers, it has the function to be used in different ways and is also lightweight.

    The text above goes into the nitty-gritty issues that people may rarely have with the products.

    e-Cigs on the NHS

    Could E-cigs soon be available on the NHS?

    e cigarettes on the NHSWith the ever-growing popularity of vaping in recent years and the various studies that show e cigarettes can be an effective aid to help quit smoking, there have been calls for them to be prescribed on the NHS.

    The Public Health Executive (PHE) has said that it was “committed to ensuring that smokers have a range of evidence-based effective tools to help them to quit”. PHE were looking forward to the time when there would be “a choice of medicinally regulated products that can be made available to smokers by the NHS on prescription.”

    The first steps towards this aim have been taken this month. An e-cigarette has been granted a licence by Britain’s medicines regulator for the first time. A licence has been granted by The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to British American Tobacco for its brand of e-Voke devices. These can now be marketed as a smoking cessation aid.

    A Cautious Approach

    Despite this ground-breaking advancement, Dr Tim Ballard, the vice-chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners has voiced concerns and urged for caution. Stating “Potentially there may be a place for the prescription of *e-Voke as part of a smoking cessation programme…”. Before telling patients that the devices are available on the NHS, Dr. Ballard called for more research to be carried out.

    Dr Ballard was also quoted as saying “GP’s would be very wary of prescribing them until there was clear evidence of their safety and of their efficacy in helping people to quit.”

    This suggests that although we have seen the first steps taken towards the medical regulation of e-cigarettes, we may still be some way from seeing them prescribed by the NHS to help smokers who wish to quit.

    Although the recent NHS Quit Smoking guide “10 health benefits of stopping smoking” the current FAQ section on the NHS “Quit Smoking” page asks:

    Can I get an e-cigarette from my GP?
    E-cigarettes are not currently available from the NHS on prescription, so you cannot get one from your GP.

    You can buy them from specialist vape shops, some pharmacies and other retailers, or on the internet.

    Electronic cigarette review sites and those who are pro e-cigarettes will point out that if we wait 10 years for evidence based information, many smokers will die. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over 5 million people WILL die from smoking in the USA alone!

    • e-Voke ; MHRA medicine licence granted to BAT. BAT also manufacture the Vype ePen 3, the eBox and Vype eTank range of e cigarettes

    VApril | The Perfect Month To Switch To Vaping

    Vaper with his head in the clouds this VApril

    How’s your VApril going so far? Whether you’ve been stoically supporting the vaping awareness month campaign or have begun to switch to vaping – we’re here to provide that added momentum, fresh impetus, and drive, that you may just require, in order to keep you vaping this VApril.

    Buying Your E-Liquid Online

    It might seem obvious, but one of the key contributing factors to staying smoke-free is enjoying the experience of your vape. This will predominantly come down to what you vape – your e-liquid. The flavour of your vape will be a matter of personal preference, however, the taste that you expect, should be clean and leave you satisfied.

    If you’ve just started vaping you may have discovered that not all e-liquids taste the same – far from it in fact. Additionally, and rather inconveniently, most high street retailers won’t necessarily stock the same brands of e-liquid, which means that unless you stock up on your favourite e-liquid well in advance, you might not always be able to experience the same consistently great taste that you want and have come to expect from your vaping.

    The answer? Buy your e-liquid online! Affordable, delivered quickly to your door and provide you with that same consistent high-quality e-liquid that you know will keep you away from the cigarettes – you can find your favourite flavours with a sample pack and then bulk buy as you see fit to save on costs.

    Need a More Powerful Vaporizer?

    In all instances, we recommend purchasing an affordable and easy to use starter e-cigarette such as Vapour2’s Classic Range. But what if that’s not giving you what you want in order to stay smoke-free. Depending on your previous habits and consumption of cigarettes, it’s feasible that a simple starter e-cigarette may not be satisfying your needs.

    It may seem like a drag, but the answer you’re looking for may be to do with the power of your e-cigarette, which means you’ll probably want to think about upgrading your device. If you’re keen to continue using prefilled e-liquid cartridges Vapour2’s EX Series will give you double the power and double the vapour production.

    If you’d like to introduce some serious power to your vaping experience and make the move to filling your own blank cartridges with e-liquid – then Vapour2’s Pro Series 3 and 3X is the device for you.

    How to stay smoke-free this VApril

    You may think that by owning a decent vaporizer and having a quantity of your new found favourite e-liquid to hand, that you’ve got all you need to keep vaping and stay smoke-free. In most cases this would be true, however, the real secret to staying smoke-free is to have a backup plan. By this, we mean essential accessories.

    E-cigarettes and vaporizers are expensive bits of kit, which is why you should avoid carrying devices around in your pockets or left loose in handbags or rucksacks. Having a suitable carry case to transport your battery and e-liquid should be a priority to keep your essentials safe.

    A replacement rechargeable battery may seem like an expense you’d rather not entertain at this point, but the worst thing when your craving nicotine is realising that your vaporizer has run out of power. Invest in a replacement battery that can be stored in your new carry case, and avoid the temptation to give into cigarettes just because you haven’t got enough battery in your vaporizer.

    Stay smoke-free, and vape happy this VApril.