Category Archives: #Vape

Review: Beaum Vape

imageOne word: AWESOME.

It’s not often that I’m inspired to go out and write a positive review for a retail store, however in this case, I’m not only inspired but actually compelled to do so. I’m new to vaping, this is only my fourth week in to my vaping journey, and a week ago, thanks to Beaum Vape, it changed massively for the better.

I’ve been in a few Vape Shops, but they’ve been staffed by kids, lax kids who couldn’t give a shit, sat behind a counter, wearing shell suits and backwards baseball caps, not paying attention, and generally not giving a shit – I was really put off going into the stores; however Beaum Vape was recommended to me by a few people, so I decided to give it a try. Completely the right choice, and something I’m so glad I did!

Beaum Vape will make you feel welcome. The retail environment is perfect for the subject and products. Beaum Vape will go out of their way to ensure you get the best possible products and service, and are passionate about it. It’s not often when you can walk into a place and be guided by people who actually know what they’re talking about, but this is one of those places. If you’re new or experienced, Beaum Vape will make you feel welcome, and enhance your vaping experience.

You can try a mind blowing range of different e-liquids, and get an amazing experience. The prices are awesome, often beating the online retailers for the same products. What is amazing is the personal service provided, nothing is too much trouble for the staff who go out of their way to ensure you’re taken care of to the best possible standards.

They also don’t let kids into their shop – this is important, and one of the many points which distinguish them, and put Beaum Vape, head and shoulders above others in the same retail environment.

They recommended a combo of the Asmodus – Ohmsmium mod with the Aspire Cleito tank, which has upped the vaping game for me, and I honestly think at this point in time, it’s to a standard which will be extremely hard to beat. The e-liquids on offer are all vetted by the staff, and smoothness isn’t even a consideration – you just know that anything in store is going to be silk dynamite.

In summary – if you’re in the South Wales area, or anywhere within travel distance, and you want to improve your vaping experience, go visit Beaum Vape. Go visit their website, they also trade online. In the physical world, you can find them in Ivor House, Bridge Street, Cardiff, CF10 2TH. I’ve added a perma-link to their website on Spabbit 🙂

Vaping – 4 Week update

imageAs per my original thread regarding Vaping, this is my four week update!

It’s working. I’m snacking significantly less, and my weight is maintained. My health actually seems to be improving – I’m running up and down stairs like they don’t exist (Mind, I was panting the other day, when I carried 60lbs when running up stairs lol), and my initial cough has vanished.

I’ve tried lots of different e-liquids, and have discovered that like cigarettes, they vary greatly, in terms of flavour, nicotine content, and smoothness. One liquid I did try, My Man, was like trying to smoke razor blades – wow – nasty – made me cough my lungs up (Great flavour though); however the vast majority have been awesome.

As per the picture, I also upgraded in terms of mod and tank, going for the Asmodus – Ohmsmium with the Aspire Cleito tank. Wow. The combination blew my mind – an incredible difference, and one which I couldn’t have imagined – so much better. I think the combination of the upgraded mod, better tank, and a smooth e-liquid has firmly brought vaping home to me.

So, for the four weekly update in my vaping journey – It hasn’t done me any perceptible harm, and on the flip side, I’m greatly enjoying it, am still discovering how awesome it is, and my health is improving. #win 🙂

I have to give a massive thank you to Beaum Vape, who recommended the upgrades and guided me to a better experience. I’ll also post a separate reviewfor Beaum Vape…

Further info regarding #vaping, Popcorn Lung & safety.

IMG_4261Following on from my previous post Cloud shaped diet-aid… #vape Where I stated an awareness of a condition called Popcorn Lung, and its dangers. Well, I decided to do a little digging, and went ahead to contact the vendors and manufacturers of various e-liquids I’ve seen available for sale, and query the presence of the chemical responsible, diacetyl.

Here are a couple of my findings / thoughts:

Most of the e-liquids I looked into do not contain diacetyl, however it is always best to query before purchase.

The standards of the professional producers are amazing, the industry is really working well to give us the best possible products.

Only purchase e-liquids from a known professional supplier.

The companies which I’ve purchased from have confirmed, as below, that their liquids are wholly or in part diacetyl free.

From vapour.co.ukThey replied that some of their liquids contain diacetyl, but many are clear…

from: Vapour UK Support <support@vapour.co.uk> via helpscout.net
date: Mon, Jun 27, 2016
subject: Re: Contact Form
mailed-by: helpscout.net
signed-by: helpscout.net

Some of the eliquids we stock do contain diacetyl, however we also stock eliquids that do not. The best thing to is check the descriptions on the product pages, most of them say whether or not they contain any diacetyl.

Failing that I have put together some links below, that contain none and therefore are fine to vape if you are worried about diacetyl inhalation or popcorn lung.

Black Note
https://www.vapour.co.uk/search/?q=Black+note

Manabush
https://www.vapour.co.uk/search/?q=Mana+bush

Ripe Vapes
https://www.vapour.co.uk/search/?q=Ripe+Vapes

Element
https://www.vapour.co.uk/search/?q=Element

Generals Juices
https://www.vapour.co.uk/search/?q=Generals+juices

And from vapouriz.comAll of their E-Liquids are clear (And a really nice response from their support)…

from: Support <support@vapouriz.com> via freshdesk.com
reply-to: Support <support@vapouriz.com>
date: Mon, Jun 27, 2016
subject: Re: Offline message
mailed-by: email.freshdesk.com
signed-by: freshdesk.com

Hi,

Thank you for getting in touch about this.

I am pleased to confirm that we go to extra lengths to prevent chemicals such as Diacetyl from entering our products.

We cannot provide the details of the exact ingredients in our flavours for obvious reasons, mainly being this is our IP. However, one thing we will be offering in the near future, is Certificates of Analysis for every liquid (and available on our website for all to see) which will show the absence of chemicals such as Diacetyl (and other ketones) or Acetoin etc – which are prohibited in our formulations.

I can give you my personal assurance, we have a strict policy in regards to our formulations and manufacturing process and work in accordance to PAS 54115 guidelines (http://ecita.org.uk/ecita-blog/summary-british-standards-institute-pas-54115)

I hope this helps!

🙂

Please do not hesitate to contact either myself, or another member of the customer service team should you require further assistance.

It’s also interesting to note that Vapouriz.co.uk are also online as Vapestore.co.uk & Vapourlabs.co.uk

I did go one step further with some of the liquids from vapour.co.uk, and chased up with the individual manufacturing outfit, and was pleasantly surprised of the standards they keep.

Premium Labs produce, among others, the Decoded range of liquids – which are great, their lab report for the range is here, and clearly states the lack of the chemicals which cause Popcorn Lung.

For a further list of professional suppliers (In the UK at least), check out The Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association – ECITA.

Also see this documentary from the BBC:

Cloud shaped diet-aid… #vape

IMG_4261Well… I lost five stone last year, and have managed to maintain my new shape for six months; however the temptations of the snacking kind are strong, and I am weak.

Bring on the #vape. I decided, after doing some internet, and documentary based ‘research’ to start vaping. The current best of research, and limited experiments state that there are virtually no down-sides to vaping, where as the upside for me is that when I vape, I don’t snack. So far, I’d estimate, that the vaping has reduced my snacking a good 70% – so that’s 70% less calories I’m absorbing via the snacks! There is also limited evidence that nicotine reduces appetite, and that in the past people have taken up smoking to control appetite. Now whilst I don’t believe / accept blindly everything I read – I decided to chance it and go for it anyhow.

So far, after just over a week, the only adverse affect is that I have a slightly dry throat leading to a minor dry cough; and from what I’ve read – this is normal – I’ll have to balance out the variables – drinking more (I’m like a camel, and don’t often drink much between getting up and around 13:00 daily), playing with the wattage of the device to alter the temperature of the vape, the VG content of the e-liquids (I’m aiming for 75-80%), and the drawing speed. I’m confident that as time passes, and my body gets used to this new sensation, and the variables are balanced, that this will pass. The reading I’ve been doing seems to confirm this – however I’ll have to wait for my sample of one to bear results 🙂

Classically I don’t have an addiction to nicotine, and have, in the past, been able to start and stop smoking at will – going from 0 to Camels via Marlboro Red and back in no time at all. It has been around 7-8 years since I was smoking on a regular basis.

More importantly, this new crutch / snacking substitute is enjoyable. I’ve been purchasing some e-liquids from vapour.co.uk, and have been impressed with the flavours and varieties to hand. I’m aware of the potential impact of “Popcorn lung” from these e-liquids, however the original study which was carried out was in relation to the ingredient diacetyl, which is a food flavouring often used in the manufacture of popcorn. I’m trusting that in using a professional supplier for my e-liquids I’m somewhat shielded from this chemical. This article from mic.com explains about it.

The device I chose is the VPark Box 30w, a cute little device which is ideal for me, not so much for a person looking to switch from smoking to vaping, due to the small battery (1000mAh). It comes with the VPark MAX Tank MINI, and even set as low as 18w produces a sensation akin to smoking, with the effect of a large could of vapour. I got mine from vapouriz.co.uk for ÂŁ37, including a sample bottle of e-liquid – a fair priced deal, and I’m happy with the service from them. I’ve just ordered some more e-liquid from Vapouriz as well.

I’m aiming to post another article in a couple of months detailing how I’m getting on with this, and any impact that I can notice on my health.


EDIT:

I did some further reading regarding diacetyl – linked here

Four week update here….