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    Pods or Mods?

    Pods or Mods?

    Pods or Mods?

     This is a question that gets asked all the time.  Or better yet, people want to know what is the best mod out there, or what mod should they use with this tank, or what is the best pod system with the best flavor? 
    The great part of having so many device options out there is that you can really customize your device to your vaping style all the way down to the color and look of your vaping equipment.  The bad thing about all the options is not knowing which device to buy, and that’s what this blog is all about.
     
    Let’s talk about box mods and tanks first.  Here are the pros of box mods. If you have been vaping for a while you are pretty familiar with box mods and sub-ohm tanks.  There are a lot of buttons, you can adjust to your desired wattage, you can use the temperature control setting and a lot of times you can even change the color of the screen to match which is pretty cool.  Most people will top their box mod with a sub ohm tank or an RDA (rebuildable dripping atomizer) because they need more wattage to power their coils or coil heads which box mods are setup up to do very well- that’s actually what they are designed for. 
     
    Box mods come in all different shapes, sizes, brands, and colors, and most of them on the market today work in very similar fashion.  When deciding which one to buy, it really just comes down to what you want your box mod to look like and how much you want to spend, because they range from very expensive to very inexpensive. You also want to make sure you are buying from a well know brand like Smok, Asmodus, Vaporesso, dotMod, or even Smoant.  We recommend something from Vaporesso just because they have a menu button which makes navigating the menu so much easier.  As with anything, do some research first, read reviews, watch YouTube reviews (click here to watch a few we have done) and talk to other vapers before making a decision. If you choose a box mod from a reputable company, you should have a great vaping experience. 
     
    What are the cons of box mods?  The way we see it there are a few.  Once you have purchased your box mod, you will need to buy batteries separately to power it.  Most box mods require 2x18650 batteries.  After that, it is recommended to charge those batteries in a battery charger which you will also need to purchase separately.  Once you have purchased those things, you will need a tank or RDA if the box mod did not come as a kit, and finally, you need to buy e-liquid (click here to try the Sweet Collection by Vape100).  So, as you can see, going with a box mod can be expensive at first with all the accessories you need to buy initially just to start using your device.
     
    The other downfall of box mods is simply their size and weight.  They are usually pretty bulky and don’t fit very well in the pocket of your jeans.  They tend to be fairly heavy as well which adds weight to your purse or backpack.  If you travel a lot like some of us do here, having to bring your box mod and your batteries, and the battery charger and then your e-liquid with you on your trip can be a big hassle and not very travel-friendly. 
     
    So are box mods the way to go?  Really only you can answer that. It essentially comes down to your vaping style as well as your lifestyle and, maybe most importantly, your vaping budget. 
    Now, let’s talk about pod systems and their pros and cons. 
     
    Most pod systems out there are much like box mods in that they all perform in a very similar fashion it just depends on what you want your device to look like aesthetically.  Pod systems are great because most of them come as a kit.  You get the battery (which is rechargeable, and you don’t have to buy separately) and one or even two empty pods when you purchase your pod system for the first time.  Already, this is much cheaper than buying a box mod. This is great if your vaping budget is the deciding factor. 
     
    The second pro, in our opinion, is the size of most pod systems.  They are very small, most fit in the palm of your hand making them easy to put into your pocket, purse or backpack.  If you travel a lot, you need to have a pod system in your rotation because they are so compact and all you have to bring with you is your bottle of e-liquid and a micro USB cord to charge it. 
     
    Another pro of pod systems is that you can use any e-liquid or even vape-able CBD (Click here to shop CBD) with all of them, they are not just for nic salts.  So, if you only vape 3mg, you can put that right into a pod system and vape away.  Of course, they don’t have as much power as a box mod but it’s nice to know that is an option. 
     
    Now, let’s talk about the cons.  The first and probably most glaring con is the expense and potential inconvenience of having to buy replacement pods for your device.  A pack of replacement pods ranges anywhere from $5-$15 and that can sometimes be for just one replacement pod, so this can add up pretty quickly. So, while the initial investment was much cheaper than a box mod, the money goes quick after that.
     
    Another potential con for pod systems is the amount of power or if you would rather the lack of functions on the device.  Most pod systems have a set wattage and that’s what you are stuck with.  If you use pod systems to only vape nic salts, this isn’t so bad, but if you vape 3mg you may not be very satisfied with a pod system because of the lack of power, hence why a lot of people use box mods who don’t vape nic salts (Need nic salts? Click here to shop our selection).
     
    Lastly, a lot of times the replacement pods you need your local vape shop may have stopped carrying them or they are out of stock online, and without the specific pod for your device, it is unusable.  There is nothing worse than when you have a burnt pod and no replacements. 
     
    So box mods or pods?  We vote pods because they are cheaper to buy upfront, much more convenient for everyday life and if you travel, they are a blessing, really.  Ultimately you need to figure out how you like to vape and what device will fit your lifestyle the best.  At the end of the day, as long as you are not smoking cigarettes does it really matter what device you are using? 
    Did you just get a new box mod or pod system?  Click here to shop our huge selection of e-liquid to start using your brand new device 

    VLOG

    VLOG

    Hey Savages!

    Welcome back! Today is a blog about a vlog, which you can watch here.

    First, merch. We have a new item in the Savage merch collection: embroidered snap-backs. Theys are white with either black or pink embroidery that says SAVAGE & honestly, I (Kathryn) love them. I have the pink one, it’s super cute, & you can get one here.

    Next, shows. Next week (March 22nd & 23rd) Brittany & Josh will be going to Brooklyn. This is a B to B (business to business) show that will include some reviewers & press, but if you’ll be there be sure to stop by!

    Shows are very exciting & a lot of work. The day before the show is usually set-up day, which, according to Brittany, is the least glamorous day. There’s basically a giant room filled with people setting up their booths- putting together backdrops, setting up display cases, pull-up banners, lights, unboxing product, & setting up the testing bars. This year Brittany will be in Colorado, Virginia, Chicago, Greece, Germany, Italy, & possibly China & the UK so be sure to stay tuned!

    On to nic salts. We get a lot of questions on all of our platforms asking things like “What are nic salts?” & “How do I vape them?” & these are great questions. Nic salts are a purer form of nicotine base. It’s a base, it’s nicotine, it’s a liquid, & it’s a purer form of nicotine than just a regular 3mg juice. They are great for pod systems & they enable manufacturers (like Savage) to make juices with higher mg’s of nicotine, like 35mg or 50mg. If you’re a new vaper or if you’re looking to quit smoking, pod systems & nic salts are a great option & you can check out our blogs on the Suorin Drop here or the Mi-Pod here. There’s speculation that Savage could eventually make 3mg & 6mg nic salts which would be awesome, & hopefully that’s something that we will see.

    Next up is CBD. We do sell Savage CBD & we have 3 flavors (with a 4th in the making!) in 250mg, 500mg, 750mg, & 1000mg:

    Driven- blue raspberry candy

    Passion- watermelon candy

    Serene- green apple candy

    One of the questions that we are asked the most often is “Can I mix my CBD with nicotine?” & the definitive answer is no. Don’t do that. You should keep them separate & use separate tanks. If you have tried our 750mg or 1000mg CBD & you notice that it’s a little clumpy, don’t worry. that’s totally normal. Just give it a good shake & you’re good. Also, what’s cool about our CBD is that it’s not just for vaping. You can drop it into your water, put it in a sandwich, or just put it on your tongue!

    Why do people use CBD? We can’t speak for everyone, but Brittany vapes it at shows. After standing, walking, talking & moving for 8-12 hours at a show her back & feet hurt, so she’ll vape it & it relieves that pain. She also sometimes vapes it before she sleeps as it quiets her mind a little bit. So really the reasons vary, but ultimately we find it helpful in terms of easing pain or assisting in getting some sleep.

    Can you pass a drug test after vaping our CBD? We do put our CBD through rigorous testing & according to the labs it contains untraceable amounts of THC. With that being said, if you need to pass a drug test, maybe don’t take the risk. It’s really up to you, & we can’t guarantee anything, but in general we recommend that you use your best judgement. You can buy our CBD here. If you’ve tried our CBD & you like it, mention us to your local store!

    The last part is that Brittany needs an outfit for her sister’s wedding. She wants to channel Ellen DeGeneres (she’s a very stylish lady) for her Maid of Honor attire & isn’t entirely sure where to get that look. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment. I fully plan on being a part of the outfit choosing process so I will gladly pass on any knowledge y’all have to Brittany. Some important wedding details: it’s in Colorado, the color scheme includes burgundy, it’s in November, & she will be in a lot of photos.



    That’s all for today! Thank you for reading, take care, & remember to #staysavage!





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    MI-POD REVIEW

    MI-POD REVIEW

    Hey Savages!

    Today we’re going to review the Mi-Pod! You can also watch the review with Brittany here.

    The Mi-Pod is a pod system- similar to the Suorin Drop. Inside the box you’ll find a warranty paper, a user manual, 2 re-fillable pods, the actual device/battery, a micro-USB cable, & a string thing. The Mi-Pod is a re-fillable pod system, which means you can fill it with whatever juice you want. (Side Note: if you’re following us on Snapchat you can see Matt, our Social Media Manager, using his Mi-Pod pretty much every day).

    The first thing you’ll want to do is fill the pod with juice. It doesn’t really matter which juice you use (Matt uses 3mg Straw Nanners & it works great for him) but this system works the best with a more viscous juice (50/50 vg/pg, 60/40 vg/pg, or just high vg) or Nic salts. Also, to clarify, the pod is the black see-through part. On the bottom of the pod you’ll see a white rubber grommet. Pull up that grommet & there’s a hole- this is where you fill the pod with juice. Don’t put juice in the already exposed hole. As a not-terribly experienced vaper (by the way, this is Kathryn) that’s exactly what I thought I needed to do & apparently the juice will just leak through the other side. Anyway, fill the pod & then close the rubber grommet, gently wiping away any excess juice.

    Now you can place the pod into the device. There are 2 gold pieces on the bottom of the pod & you’ll want to line them up with the gold pieces inside the device. There’s a little bit of resistance, so just pop it in.

    Time to vape! This is a draw activated system, which means the device will fire when you inhale & there aren’t any buttons to press. Plug the micro-USB into the port on the device to charge. This device has LED lights to alert you when it needs to be charged (purple), when it’s charging (blue), when you’re inhaling (blue), & when it’s turned back on (red). You can also turn it on & off, which is really nice. There’s a small black button on the side under the charging port & you’ll quickly press it 5 times to turn it off, & pressing it 5 times again will turn it back on.

    Overall, the Mi-Pod is great & we like it. The only complaint that we have is that it tends to spit juice. If you’re vaping Nic salts, getting the high-nic juice in your mouth isn’t great. But again, this is the only complaint that we have.

    The coils for this device last around 2 weeks, but the exact length of time depends on each individual. Again, the Mi-Pod uses re-fillable pods. So you’ll need to buy more of those but they are fairly easy to find & you can definitely order them online.



    That’s all for today! Thanks for reading, check out our YouTube video, & remember to #staysavage!







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    VAPING Q & A

    VAPING Q & A

    Hey Savages!

    Today we are answering questions about vaping! Whether you’re new to the vaping game or have been in it for years, this Q&A is helpful. Click here to watch the YouTube video. The format of this blog will be a little different than usual so that you can easily follow along. Enjoy!

    Q: What are the differences between mods?

    A: For this answer Brittany used 2 mods. The first one is the VooPoo Drag which is a dual 18650 box mod. The “dual 18650” part is referring to the batteries (18650 is the size of the batteries) & how many the mod uses (dual- so it uses 2). 18650 is the universal battery size & most mods use them. You can charge the batteries by plugging it in to a charging cord or by using a separate battery charger. Once charged, the batteries slip into the battery place (Brittany calls this a sled) in the correct orientation (+ & -). This is a high-wattage mod, which means it can run things that are low ohms. Ok, so what does this mean? What are low ohms? This is referring to your coil. Coils can be high ohms, low ohms, & in-between ohms. You can figure out what wattage you need to set your mod at by following Ohms Law (click here for an Ohms Law calculator). This mod doesn’t come in a kit, so you’ll need to purchase a tank separately.

    The second mod is the Suorin Air & this is a pod system. It’s much smaller & you can only plug it in to a micro-USB to charge. The battery comes with a pod which you fill with whatever juice you’d like, though we like to use nic salts. It’s small, it’s convenient & we love it. Check out our blog on the Suorin Drop for more information!

    Q: How do I clean & maintain my device?

    A: Maintenance & care of your device is very important. Pro Tip: Don’t just run water over your device & don’t submerge it. You can safely & easily clean your device with a paper towel, wiping away juice or debris gently. Cleaning once a week is a great idea. Take the tank apart & gently rinse with water (no soap), then dry it with a paper towel. Caring for your device is similar to caring for your phone- store at room temperature, avoid extremes (like leaving it in your hot car or storing it in the refrigerator), keep it upright, try not to drop it or throw it around. If you take care of it, your device will have a longer lifespan.

    Q: How do I store my juice?

    A: Store juice at room temperature. If it’s sitting in a hot car then the integrity of the juice is compromised & it won’t taste good anymore, & the same goes for cold temperatures. We recommend keeping juice out of direct sunlight.

    Q: How do I travel with my vape gear?

    A: Rule #1 is you never want to check batteries. Always bring them & the rest of your vape gear in your carry-on. Place batteries in a plastic battery case. Put your juice into a plastic bag as you do with other liquids when traveling. There shouldn’t be any issues with bringing your gear through the airport, but be sure to use your best judgement.

    Q: How do I charge my batteries?

    A: You can either plug it in (most mods come with a USB charging option) or you can use an external battery charger. It’s really up to you & your preferences, or what you have available. The great thing about the external battery charger is that they will charge your batteries at the same time so that they will have the same charge.

    Q: How do I make a coil? Should I stick with store-bought coils?

    A: It depends on what tank you have. If you have an RDA (Re-buildable Dripping Atomizer) then you can either build your own coils (which is easy & fun) or you can buy coils (which is easy). There are a lot of tutorials of how to do builds out there & you can check out one that Grimm Green did here. With this tank you just drip the liquid into the top & vape.

    If you have an RTA (Re-buildable Tank Atomizer) then you can make or buy the coils as you would with an RDA, but there’s an actual tank that you’ll fill with the juice.

    If you have a Sub Ohm tank, then you’ll just buy the coil heads & screw them into the base. They aren’t re-buildable. Pro-Tip: Do some research & make sure that you choose a tank that has coils readily available in shops so that you can easily buy replacements.

    Q: Can I mix juice flavors?

    A: This is up to you. BUT no matter what kind of coil you have, the flavor you will taste will primarily be the original juice that you put on the cotton & coil. So just use your own judgement regarding which flavors might be great together & which flavors might not be great together.

    Q: Can I wash & reuse my coils?

    A: It depends on what kind of coils you have. For RDA’s & RTA’s, the answer is yes. You can rinse the coils & reuse them. If you have a Sub Ohm coil, the answer is no. These are disposable, so once they are done you’ll throw it away & put in a new one.

    Q: How many watts should I be using?

    A: You’ll need to refer to the Ohms Law calculator again for a technical answer. Brittany chooses to adjust the wattage according to taste. So start low on the wattage (maybe 30), see how it tastes, and then increase the wattage as needed.



    These are all the questions that we have, but if you have any feel free to comment! We hope you enjoyed this blog, we’ll see you next time, & remember to #staysavage.

     

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    REVIEW OF THE SMOK TECH V8 STICK KIT

    REVIEW OF THE SMOK TECH V8 STICK KIT

    Hey Savages!

    Today we will be reviewing the Smok Tech V8 Stick Kit! You can also watch the full review here.

    The Smok Tech V8 Stick Kit is a mod & tank combo kit. This kit comes with:

    a battery
    the Big Baby Beast tank
    a coil head
    spare glass
    a micro USB charging cord
    The assembly is very easy. Take the base (the metal piece with the holes) & screw it on to the battery, then screw the coil into the base. You’ll then want to prime the coil by putting juice on the cotton at the top of the coil. After that, place the glass piece onto the base, screw on the top, & put in the tip. The top metal piece rotates to the side to reveal a small hole where you can fill the tank with juice. Slide the rotating metal piece back in place, rotate the piece at the base to open up the holes for airflow, & you’re ready to vape!

    **Note: Try not chain vape with this device, or with any other sub ohm device. The wicks can’t keep up when you chain vape & that’s when you’ll get dry or burnt hits. It also burns burns out your coil really fast.

    You don’t need a battery charger- you’re able to just plug the micro USB cable into the battery (on the side) to charge it. This is one of the reasons that we like the Smok Tech V8 Stick.

    Another reason that we like it is because of its simplicity. You just buy the kit, buy the juice, plug it in to charge, & then you’re set. We have all been new to vaping at some point, & it can be an intimidating game to begin playing. When I (Kathryn) started vaping, I was overwhelmed by some of the complexities of the set-ups that people were recommending. The V8 Stick is great for beginners or just to have as a grab-&-go option.

    The V8 Stick is not a variable wattage or variable voltage device. When the battery is fully charged it’s about 4.2 volts & then it declines from there. If you put in a coil that’s too low ohm then it won’t work, which is one of the safety features of this device.

    One thing that we don’t like about the V8 Stick is that the coil heads aren’t great & they are a little pricey. It’s just something to keep in mind, but we still like it.

    That’s all we have for today! Thank you so much for reading & remember to #staysavage.





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