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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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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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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I (Kathryn) had a brief exchange with one of our Twitter followers (@redfoxvapes) today about YouTube shutting down or hiding videos by vape reviewers & vape enthusiasts that prompted me to dig a little deeper & see what I could find. What I found stirred up some emotions & opinions that I would like to share, & I would like to know what y'all think.
I listened to the WBUR "On Point" segment published on April 5, 2018 which you can listen to here. Apparently there was an earlier version in which the hosts discussed a teen who created a YouTube video that actually turned out to be Abby Vapes, a not-teenage woman who posts vape reviews & videos, but that version was taken down. At any rate, my understanding is that the main issue that is being brought to the table is the use of the JUUL by underage kids. In the segment I heard the hosts consulting a doctor who expressed concern about the addictive nature of the JUUL & how it's an "epidemic" among students that may lead to more serious addictions. I have opinions.
First, what? Is the JUUL considered the new "gateway drug" as marijuana once was? Is this the Reefer Madness of 2018? If y'all will remember, Reefer Madness was a film meant to scare people away from marijuana by depicting the people who smoked it doing weird stuff that I've never seen anyone do unless they had just done cocaine (& even that's a stretch). I am quite honestly shocked that the JUUL is very specifically the target of fear right now. Aren't we facing an opioid crisis? Aren't children & adults alike dying from overdoses every hour in our country? Aren't doctors randomly prescribing opiates to quell pain that an Extra Strength Tylenol could fix? Not long ago I went the doctor with the flu. What was I prescribed despite being adamant that I DO NOT take opiates of any kind? Vicodin. VICODIN. What? I tore the prescription up right in front of that doctor & told him to give me some Tamiflu or something because he clearly was not listening to my words.
Perhaps I'm biased because I am an adult who does not have kids, but I am blind to my bias. I have worked with children since I was a 13 & I adore them. I was once a child myself. Having been a child, I know with certainty that anything an adult told me not to do I did anyway. Oh, you want me to not skip class? Not speed? Not text & drive? Not smoke cigarettes? Well, I did all those things & way more. Why? I dunno. I just did. And I could. I was not closely monitored, I went to a huge high school, I had a little beat up car, & I had time to kill. My point is that teenagers have not changed so far as I can tell & kids will always find a way to do stuff we (adults) tell them not to. To clarify, I DO NOT want children vaping & I am not an advocate of underage consumption of anything of any kind. I'm just saying that I believe there are bigger issues at hand facing our nation's children. I could be wrong though, & I'm willing to take any feedback.
Side Note: As a small part of the larger vaping community, I believe that every place should check & double-check IDs for anyone purchasing vape hardware & e-liquid. We do need to make sure that, as a community, we do not endorse underage consumption of our vape products. And I fully believe that we do a great job. Working for Savage I know that we take steps every day to ensure that we are not conversing with, selling to, or appealing to any person who is not of legal age. I believe that we do our part.
While I'm ranting, I feel that I need to touch on underage consumption of alcohol. Can I just talk about that really quick? I always found a way to obtain & consume alcoholic beverages when I was not of legal age, which I know seems like an obscure fact but just hear me out. We KNOW the damage that alcohol does to the brain, liver, kidneys, & overall health. But what's this I see as I casually drive down the 405? A billboard for Bud Light? A luxurious model holding a bottle of Skyy vodka? Nice. Again, what did that doctor prescribe me for body aches from the flu? Vicodin? Nice. What is the common prescription written for literally any kid (me) who shows any sign of defiance or energy? The equivalent of amphetamine? Nice. All of these substances are so easy to get, so easy to consume, & scientifically proven to produce harmful effects. Yet we still have access to them. We as a society still can harm, or even kill, ourselves with substances that the government deems acceptable.
The FDA is now coming down on the vape industry as a whole, putting us in the same category as tobacco & cigarettes & I simply do not agree with this conclusion. I don't. There's not enough evidence to say whether or not vaping is equally as harmful as anything else, & I think that there should be more research before the FDA comes storming in throwing around accusations & rules & talking about potential flavor bans & whatnot. Are these regulations the result of the loss of money of powerful people because Big Tobacco is losing money? I'm not sure, but if I'm free to breathe in the heinous air of Downtown LA (which kills my lungs every time I go) then I would like the freedom to vape. If I have the freedom to purchase & smoke cigarettes, then I would like the freedom to vape. If I have the freedom to obtain Vicodin for my flu, then I would like the freedom to vape. If I have the freedom to buy a drink at the bar, then I would like the freedom to vape. And I want the freedom to vape flavorful e-juices that taste good.
These are my opinions & I would love to hear what you think. Am I off-base? Is there a piece of the bigger picture that I'm not seeing? Am I so right that you literally can't even right now? Let me know! We want to hear from you!
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Today we will be talking about how to rebuild your RDA! You can also watch the video here for your viewing pleasure.
Note: The steps in this blog can be used for an RDA or an RTA. For this tutorial the RDA used is a Recoil Rebel.
The tools you need:
- coils (we used Medusa Coils that are pre-built & come with cotton)
- wire cutters
- pliers (you may not need these but they are good to have just in case)
- small screwdriver (or a small tool to use to bend the wires/adjust the coils or cotton)
- your RDA/RTA
- a mod
To begin, screw the deck on to the mod so that you have a stable place to build.
The RDA we used is a 4 post design & there is 1 hole for each post. There are a few different ways that you place the coils, but we did a center build. If you don't know what that means it's okay! I (Kathryn) didn't know either. It just means that the coils will be in the center of the deck.
Now you can open up your coils & take them out. For this next step we decided to space the coils, which isn't required but it reduces or eliminates hot spots that make your coils taste burned. (Shoutout to DJLSB Vapes for this great tip!) You'll slide one coil on to the small screwdriver (or tool of your choosing) & pull the coils apart so that they aren't touching each other. You can then take the other coil & repeat.
Next you'll install the coils. Take one coil & insert one lead (the part of the coil that's straight) into one of the outside holes, and insert the other lead into the inside hole on the other side.
Gently push the coil against the posts so that the leads are sticking out as far as they can go. While holding the coil against the posts use the tiny screwdriver to tighten the screws down onto the leads. Once you're finished tightening the screws, insert the screwdriver into the coil & pull the coil away from the posts just so that they aren't touching.
Next, grab your wire cutters & clip the leads as close to the base as possible.
Now you can do the same with the other coil, putting the leads into the the 2 empty holes. To make this process easier we put one lead in to the hole that is covered by the already installed coil first, measured approximately where to cut, & then made the cut. Then we were able to insert the second lead into the hole that is not covered by the first coil, tighten the screws, & then cut the remaining lead.
Once the screws are tightened you can pull the coil away from the posts just like you did for the first coil.
Now you'll want to fire the mod until the coils are glowing evenly from the inside out.
The next step is the cotton. A cotton pad came with our pack of coils but the following instructions can be used with any cotton pad. You'll want to cut 2 strips of about 1/8 of the pad each, keeping in mind that the strips will need to fit inside of the coils. You'll then peel off the first layer of each side of the strips. The cotton will then look really fluffy on each side.
Take each strip of cotton & roll one end of each strip to look like the following:
Allow the coils to fully cool & then stick the rolled end of each strip of cotton into the coils- one strip for each coil.
Then you'll trim the cotton to look like the following:
Take the small screwdriver & push the cotton down into the deck. To get better airflow we suggest pushing the cotton into the deck on the sides of the coils rather than under them.
You did it! Now time for the juice! Grab a flavor of your choosing & drip it over the cotton & coils.
Once you're done putting the juice on, fire the mod until there's vapor!
Place the top on & you're ready to vape!
Thanks so much for reading & remember to #StaySavage!
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