FAQS

 

General

 

The LED on my PV is blinking:  

This happens for one of two reasons, First if you are taking long draws you may have reached the cut off point. Most PV's are built with an internal regulator that allows for a certain amount of time active before a protect mechanism kicks in and shuts down the PV. This is temporary and usualy lasts for about 5-10 seconds, and is ment to keep the battery from being drained during acidental press. After a few seconds you should be able to once again resume vaping. The cut-off is usualy triggered by long steady draws or accidental presses, so to avoid this take smaller draws or release the button inbetween momentarily while drawing.

Second your battery may need to be charged, when the battery reaches the end of a discharge cycle the light will begin to blink and will not come back on. Simply attach the battery to the appropriate charger and allow time for charging. Most chargers will indicate when a battery is ready by a change in light color or something of this nature.


Why do I keep getting E-liquid in my mouth:

This is a problem that has plagued nearly all first time users and continues to cause some people problems. So first off this problem is usualy caused by flooding eaither your atoizer and cartridge or your cartomizer. There is of courese no easy solution to this problem, as it takes time to get used to filling both and there is a slight learning curve. So to fill an atomizer cartridge properly the best way is to make sure that the filler is pushed to the side slighlty, this can be accomplished with any strait object (bent paper clip) fill the cartridge untill it is moist but not so much that it is leaking out. Next if the atomizer is new or recently cleaned put 2-3 drips directly onto the atomizer, if it is not new or recently cleaned you can skip this step. On a 510 cartridge there are 2 air holes on the side of the cartridge make sure these are free from e-liquid by blowing into the mouth piece while not attached to the atomizer. Place the cartridge into the atomizer and begin by taking slow draws, as this should solve the problem. If you get e-liquid in your mouth again just remove the cartridge blow through the mouth pice and remove any excess liquid with a paper towel.

The above solution will work for most people however for a more hands on approach get a drip tip and read the how to guide below on direct dripping with a drip tip.

For cartomizers this problem is a bit more difficult as there are no air holes except the one in the cap that leads directly into the filler chamber. The problem again is related to over filling and the simplest way to solve this is to only fill the cartomizer untill the filler is damp, although this usualy means more refilling during the day.The next solution which is my personal way of dealing with the problem is to use a drip tip. Drip tips were designed to allow you to drip e-liquid directly onto an atimizer without having to remove the cartridge; however, they make a wonderful mouth piece and I find the keep me from sucking up any e-liquid when usuing cartomizers, and as an added bonus you can refill the cartomizer through the drip tip.

 

E-liquid

What is e-liquid and is it dangerous?

E-liquid is a mixture of nicotine, propylene glycol, vegitable glycerin, and flavorings. we use only USP food grade components to make our e-liquids

Nicotine in high concentrations is one of the most dangers chemicals on the planet; however, in low dosages it is similar to caffine. Nicotine in low dossages is considered to be a mild stimulant, and is non carsinogenic according to the FDA.

Propylene glycol is one of the most common chemicals used today, and is found in nearly everything that we consume. A common mistake is that people believe that propylene glycol is antifreeze, this is incorrect. The main chemical found in anti freeze is ethylene glycol a very toxic chemical. Proplyene glycol on the other hand is considered to be harmless and is used as the base in prescription inhallers, ice cream, lotion, and many other non toxic substances. Please be aware however, that some people are allergic to propylene glycol. The symptims include perfuse sweeting, hives, itching, etc... If you beleive that you are allergic please discontinue use and contact us, so we can help you find an alternative. 

Vegtibale glycerin chemical that is not only found in nearly everything we consume but is also found in our own bodies. it is used to thicken the vapor produced by propylene glycol.

Flavoring all of our flavorings are food grade and have been purchased from labs in California and Italy.

Why do I have a headache when I vape?

If you are experiencing headaches when vaping the most likely cause is that the nicotine level of your e-liquid is to high for your personal tollerence. Like most things in this world your personal tollerence to nicotine is subjective, and depends on the ammount of nicotine that you consume on a regular basis, along with age, weight and body chemistry. There is really no way of knowing exactly how much nicotine is the right amount of nicotine to keep a persons cravings at bay. The best way is to test different levels of strength based smoking habits, and find the lowest dossage which keeps the cravings at bay without causing headaches.

What nicotine level should I start with?

Every person is different and we all consume nicotine in different ways. Tolerances to nicotine can be built up based on usage, duration of usage, weight, and body chemistry. We suggest that you try different strengths till you find the lowest one that keeps the cravings at bay. We are happy to suggest a strength for you, but please remember that our recommendations are based on experience and what we have learned from you, we are not medical professionals and we are not always correct. Often customers find that they must experiment for a while before finding what is best for them and this is always our best suggestion!

 

Guides

Filling a Cartridge : Filling a cartridge for the first time can be a bit tricky, but using the following steps will get you off to a good start. First remove the cartridge cap from the bottom o the cartridge exposing the filler material, next you will need to move the filler aside by using a strait object such as a bent paper clip. After you have the material pushed to one side begin dripping e-liquid into the cartridge. In order to avoid over filling only fill the cartridge untill it is noticably damp, remove the paper clip and whipe any excess off. next make sure to blow through the  mouth piece prior to placing the cartridge into the atomizer to make sure the air holes are free of e-liquid. finally place the cartridge into the open end of the atomizer and you are ready to vape.

 

Filling a Cartomizer: Refilling a cartomizer is actually much easier than it first appears. In our case all of the cartomizers we carry are soft cap meaning they have a small plug at the mouth piece end of the cartomizer, which makes filling much easier. To start off the cartomizers have 2 silicone end caps, remove the one from the side without the threads. Next remove the soft cap or plug (white) this is easiest with a bent paper clip or saftey pin, make sure not to push to far down into the cartomizer as you can dmage the filament. After the cap is removed fill the cartomizer to the brim with e-liquid, and wait for it to be absorbed by the white filler material. After the filler has absorbed the e-liquid, fill again about 1/2 way. If you have any problems getting the e-liquid to go into the filler simply pull on the bottom cap to create suction. Once all steps are completed above pull of the bottom silicone cap, whipe off any remaining or leaked e-liquid and you are set. It is a good idea to always wait a few minutes before using cartomizers to allow full absorbtion of the e-liquid into the filler and wick, also if your PV is an automatic make sure that no e-liquid is leaking out of the bottom before threading it onto the PV.

Direct Dripping With a Drip Tip: Drip tips are one of the greatest and simplest inventions the PV world has seen. These tips are inserted directly into the opened end of your atomizer or cartomizer and allow for direct dripping or refilling. Direct dripping is a method that is ment to replace the cartridge used with the atomizer and gives more control to the PV user. Direct dripping not only alows for more control but also ensures that each draw will taste fresh and provide ample vapor. With a cartridge each time the atomizer heats up the filler releases e-liquid which drips onto the wick and vaporizes. When a cartridge begins to run dry, less and less e-liquid is dripped onto the atomizer, leaving the user with a burnt taste. By direct dripping the user can control the amount of e-liquid that is on the atomizer and wick at any time, ensureing fresh flavor. Direct dripping is quite simple and can be done with or without a drip tip.

Without a drip tip simply add 2-3 drips of e-liquid to your atomizer replace the cartridge and vape, when the taste begins to disapate drip again.

With a drip tip there is no need to remove the cartridge as there isn't one, simply drip down into the hole at the center of the drip tip, give a light blow into it (ensuring no e-liquid comes back up during draw) and vape.

 

Terminology

This page explains some of the basic terminology associated with PV's and our products.

 

E-liquid:E-liquid also known as e-juice is the solution which is used in the PV to create vapor. E-liquid usually consist of a few simple ingredients and can be made with or without nicotine.

 PG: (Propylene glycol) is a widely used chemical in both the food and drug industry and can be found in nearly everything including inhalers. PG is also commonly used in hospital ventilation systems as it posses anti microbial properties.

 VG: ( Vegetable Glycerin or Glycerol) a non toxic plant based chemical that forms the backbone of the fat molecule.

 Ethanol: (Pure Grain Alcohol) Toxic only in very large doses this is more commonly referred to as Everclear.

 Nicotine: nicotine is a highly dangerous chemical and can be fatal if handled improperly, however in small doses nicotine is considered a mild stimulant similar to caffeine and is commonly used as a safe alternative to pesticides due to its bitter taste.

 Atomizer:

The atomizer is really the key to the PV and is often referred to as the atty. The atomizer heats up the e-liquid which is dripped either via a cartridge or by some other means onto a wick. The wick passes through a heating element which heats up causing vapor to be released from the e-liquid. 

Atomizers have a limited life expectancy that can range from a few weeks to a few months and performance of the atomizer will usually tail off towards the end of its life.

 

LR & HV atomizers:

 LR or Low Resistance atomizers simulate the experience of vaping at high voltage, providing a warmer thicker vapor to form due to higher heat. These atomizers perform a much more demanding job and therefore have a shorter life expectancy.

 HV or High Voltage atomizers are designed to work with high voltage devices such as mods which are often built at home with 5v or higher batteries. Some commercially available mods are on the market, but most are large and bulky.

 

Cartridges:Cartridges house the e-liquid and allow it to drip into the atomizer. Each type of atomizer has its own unique cartridge type, and there are benefits and drawbacks for each type.

 

Cartomizers:

Cartomizers are an atomizer and cartridge rolled up into one. The cartomizer is usually a bit longer than a standard atomizer, but shorter than an atomizer and cartridge put together. These are a very convenient method for those who do not want to carry around e-liquid as they only need to be filled once or twice a day usually.

Batteries:

The batteries used in PV's are lithium ion rechargeable batteries which means that they have no memory and do not need to be fully discharged before recharging. These batteries operate at a range between 3.3 and 3.8 Volts which is standard for PV's and required in order to produce enough heat to vaporize the e-liquid. Higher voltage batteries are sometimes used in high voltage mods. Lithium ion batteries have a life expectance of around 300 cycles, meaning they can be recharged around 300 times, but some do last quite a bit more, while others fall short.

Manual vs. Automatic:

There are 2 main battery types manual which has a button that must be pushed to activate the connection between the battery and atomiz, and automatic which has no button and relise on a sensor inside of the battery to tell when a person is inhaling. The main difference between the two is preference and controll. While the automatic is usually prefered by people when they are first starting out, people often later switch to manuals due to the limitations of automatics. Manual batteries give the user more control of when the heating process takes place and can be used for direct dripping since the battery is sealed.

Sealed vs. Unsealed:

It is important to know weather your battery is sealed or not, so that you can know the limitations of your set up. Batteries that are unsealed such as automatics and some manuals should not be used for direct dripping, as this can lead to flooding of the battery and premature failure. Most manual batteries are sealed, but not all are, and it is a good idea to check when you get them to see if they are or not. For those people that will not be direct dripping, unsealed batteries should be fine and usually do not present a problem, however, be sure to keep them clean and do not let liquid get down inside of them or they will be toast.

 

 

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