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    Freebase Nicotine VS. Nicotine Salts

    Freebase Nicotine VS. Nicotine Salts

    Freebase Nicotine VS. Nicotine Salts
     
    So, what exactly are freebase nicotine and nicotine salts?  These are terms that get thrown around all the time in the vaping industry and it is important to know the difference between the two, what device to use them in, and which one is best for your vaping needs.
     
    Freebase Nicotine, what is it?
     
    Freebase nicotine is what has been the most widely used nicotine in e-liquid, that is until 2015 when a pod device using nicotine salts came to market and everything changed. 
     
    In its natural state, nicotine takes the form of a salt, ammonia is then used to remove protons from the nicotine salts in order to increase the Ph level, thus putting it in a deprotonated or freebase state.  After that, the nicotine is dissolved in a liquid to create freebase nicotine as we know it within the vaping industry. 
     
    While freebase is the most popular of the types of nicotine in the vaping world, it does have drawbacks.  Because the Ph levels have been increased, nicotine levels within e-liquid can’t be too high (6mg is about as high as one would want to go when using a sub-ohm tank for most vapers) otherwise there is a very harsh throat hit that occurs that can be extremely unpleasant. 
     
    Furthermore, because nicotine levels have to remain fairly low, this could be a difficult transition for a new vaper trying to quit cigarettes, it just might not be satisfying enough for them to make the switch completely. 
     
    Another key difference with freebase nicotine is that it does not hit the bloodstream as fast as nicotine salts.
     
    Nicotine Salts, what are they?
     
    In the hunt to create a product that mimics the same feeling of smoking a cigarette, people found that the best way to do that is to deliver more nicotine while still maintaining a smooth throat hit.  They soon came up with nicotine salts which is much closer to nicotine in its natural state.
     
    Instead of increasing the Ph levels of the nicotine, the Ph level was decreased making the nicotine more acidic which in turn has the effect of a less harsh throat hit while being able to maintain high levels of nicotine like 35mg or 50mg. 
     
    This is a great option that the vaping industry now has for anyone who wants to quit smoking cigarettes and needs that extra nicotine to help them get over the hump.
     
    Which one should you use?
     
    This is not a hard question to answer but it does depend on a couple of variables that come into play.
     
    If you love your box mod and sub-ohm tank or rebuildable dripping atomized (RDA) and you’re really low ohm coils and coil heads, then it is best that you stick with freebase nicotine. More power is required which means there is actually more e-liquid and nicotine being vaporized with every puff, so nicotine salts are just not meant for these types of devices.  You will potentially have to have a longer vape session with this option to get the satisfaction that may be sought after, but most of us have been vaping this way for years and we recommend sticking with what works.
     
    Nicotine salts typically have higher nicotine levels, so you really want to be using them in a device with a higher ohm coil that puts out less power.  There are a ton of pod systems out on the market that were specifically designed to be used for nicotine salts and there are a lot of pros to having one in your rotation.  For one, they are small and compact, they do not require you to carry around extra batteries, and very simple to use right out of the box.  This could be the perfect solution for someone wanting to quit smoking.
     
    Really the choice is yours to make but there is no rule that says you can’t use both.  We find that mods and sub-ohm devices are great to have at the house, and pod systems are wonderful when you are out and about or taking a trip.  Leave your comments down below and tell us about your favorite setup and e-liquid.
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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? 
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    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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    Mate1 Review

    Mate1 Review

    Hey Savages!

    Today we will be reviewing the Mate1 kit by Vapeccino. You can also click here to watch the review on YouTube.

    For this review we picked up the kit, which includes:

    • the battery
    • 2 blue rubber stoppers
    • instruction booklet
    • 1 refillable pod
    • 1 micro USB charging cable

    Take the pod & the battery out of their boxes. The pod is refillable, so you get to choose what e-liquid you vape! To fill the pod, you'll pull out the blue rubber stopper to reveal a small hole & this is where you'll fill the pod. Once you're finished filling the pod, push the blue stopper back into the hole. Let the pod sit for 5-8 minutes so that you don't burn the coil.

    Now you can insert the pod into the battery! Something we love about this pod system is that the pod clicks into the battery, & then the device vibrates to indicate that you're ready to vape. It is draw activated, so once the pod is inserted to the battery you just inhale to vape!

    What we like about it: The Mate1 is the perfect pocket size & fits easily in your hand. It uses a traditional micro USB charger that you can just plug in to the bottom of the device which is very convenient. There's also a small circular light at the bottom of the battery that indicates when you're vaping, when it needs to charge, & when it's charging. Another great aspect of this pod system is that you can vape mouth-to-lung or direct-to-lung, & it does both very well. The kit does only come with 1 pod so you'll need to pick up more, but that's pretty standard with any open pod system.

    What we aren't crazy about: The blue rubber stopper. It's not attached to the pod at all & it's so small that it could easily get lost.

    Overall, we would definitely recommend this device! It's affordable ($20-$30) & so are pods (about $7 for 2), it's compact, & the taste of our e-liquid is great.

    That's all we have for today! Thanks for reading & remember to #StaySavage!

     

     

     

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    T-Priv Kit Review

    T-Priv Kit Review

    Hey Savages!

    Today we are going to review the T-Priv Kit by Smok! We also have a video of the review which you can watch here 🙂

    For this review we picked up the kit, & inside you'll find:

    • T-Priv mod
    • instruction booklet
    • battery safety card
    • certificate of authenticity
    • extra o-rings
    • extra coil
    • micro USB charging cable
    • vape bands (to protect the tank from breaking)
    • Big Baby tank
    • spare glass (for the tank)

    The Big Baby tank is a basic sub-ohm situation. It comes fully assembled in the kit so really all that you need to do is unscrew the bottom piece (ours is silver, but the color of the tank pieces will depend on what color mod you have) to prime the coil that sits within the bottom piece, & then you screw it back on to the tank. The top part of the tank (the part with the drip tip) has a feature where you can slide over a small door to reveal a kidney shaped hole & this is where you can fill the tank.

    On to the mod! It's a dual 18650 mod, meaning you'll need 2 18650 batteries in order to make the mod work. There's a door at the bottom that you'll open to access the battery, & the battery orientation that's required to make the device work is clearly marked. Once the batteries are placed inside in the correct orientation & you click the door shut, the mod will light up to indicate that you're almost ready to vape!

    Note: If the batteries are not inserted correctly the mod will not light up or turn on.

    On the mod there is a black bar that takes up an entire side- this is the fire button. Or fire bar, really. You'll push this bar 5 times in succession to turn on the device. The screen is a small black area at the top of the mod that will light up when the device is activated. Once the screen turns on you'll be able to see a few numbers & pictures that indicate the wattage, battery power, ohms, volts, & the number 0.0. The 0.0 at the bottom of the screen will tell you how long your puff is.

    If you click the fire bar 3 times you'll be taken to the menu. After the 3 clicks you'll see "Mode" then you click the fire bar again & see "Puff," click, "Color," click, "Settings," click, "Power," click again & you're back to "Mode."

    When you get to "Mode" press & hold the fire bar to open that menu option. When the option is opened you'll see an option for "Watt" & then if you press the fire bar again the option "Temp" will appear. For now we will stick with "Temp." Press & hold the fire bar to bring up a "Strength" option. This is where you can adjust the wattage using the 2 small black buttons on the side below the screen. Use the left button to bring the wattage down & use the right button to bring the wattage up. If you press & hold the fire bar again you can choose what kind of coil you're using. Press & hold again for more adjustments within the coil option.

    If you click through the menu again & go to the "Color" option, you can click through an array of different colors that will light up throughout the device. You can also choose how often you want the lights to turn on, when they turn on, whether they flash or fade, & if you want them off altogether.

    There are so many more options for this device & I would recommend watching our video to view all of the things!

    What we like about the T-Priv: the LED lights are neat, the large fire bar is easy to use, & the device is well-made.

    What don't like about the T-Priv: the up/down buttons are pretty small, the menu system is generally pretty easy to understand but it's still very complex & unnecessary for our needs, the instruction booklet is not clear or does not address how to navigate through the menu, the screen placement is strange (but we do understand why they chose that location), & the LEDs are cool but they don't serve a particularly important purpose for us.

    Most of what we don't like about this device is purely based on personal preference & it's not due to any failure on the part of Smok. Overall, this is a pretty good option for anyone who vapes. It has a reasonable price point ($40-$50) & gets the job done with some pretty great features.

    That's all we have for today! Thank you so much for reading & remember to #StaySavage!

     

     

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