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Ultrasonic Cleaners for Vaping

First I want to thank one of my subscribers, William, for prompting me to put this post together. So let’s just jump right in.

Ultrasonic cleaners are typically used to clean things like jewelry and eyeglasses, but they’re also used for medical equipment, electronics, musical instruments and other things. Ultrasonic cleaners don’t sterilize though, so they won’t work like an autoclave in a tattoo shop (which many people wrongly assume).

How Ultrasonic Cleaners Work

Ultrasonic cleaners work by emitting ultrasound sound waves, which are sound waves that humans can’t hear. People with good hearing might be able to hear sound waves up to 20khz, but not usually higher than that. Ultrasonic cleaners typically run between 25khz to 400khz, so we can’t hear the sound they are emitting. Cats can hear up to 79 kHz and dogs up to 45 kHz, so you might notice your pets acting a little strange when you run an ultrasonic cleaner.

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Removing Paint From Stainless Steel Vape Gear

I want to start by saying that I’m not an expert on metal work. Far from it. I’m not much of an expert on any sort of handy work actually. I usually fix things around the house my jamming paper towels into them. 😉

But over the weekend, I decided to remove the paint from one of my atomizers, which was chipping paint really bad – the CSMNT RDA. First, I want you to know that this is a clone CSMNT. I don’t want anyone to think that the authentic CSMNT has bad paint.

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Phillip Morris Is Using GE’s Business Strategy To Become a Market Leader

There’s been a lot of talk about this one.

Dr. Derek Yach, a well-known healthcare policy analyst and former director of the World Health Organization, has announced the launch of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. This new foundation will be taking a new approach to smoking cessation and harm reduction, which an initial funding commitment of $80 million per year for 12 years.

And where is this initial funding coming from?

You’d probably never guess Philip Morris International, one of the largest tobacco companies in the world.

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Johnson Creek: Longest Running E-Juice Company Goes Out Of Business

On October 9th, Johnson Creek announced via a blog post that they were going out of business. They left pretty much no time for questions and shut down the following day, on October 10th.

Johnson Creek has been a small business in Wisconsin for nine years. They were known as the first and longest-running e-juice company in the U.S. and have done very well over the last near decade. They’ve made e-juice for Blu e-cigs, Real, and many other companies.

In 2014, Republic Tobacco, the owners of the Zig Zag brand, purchased 50% of Johnson Creek in order to increase production by 20x, according to Johnson Creek’s owner Christian Berkey. In 2013 they brought in $16 million in revenue and expected $25 million in 2014.

This was right around the time when vaping started to get big. I’m just speculating here, but as thousands of e-juice companies came onto the market between 2015 and today, I imagine that Johnson Creek found themselves struggling to meet revenue goals. Aside from the veteran vapers, how many people today have even tried Johnson Creek e-juice, let alone heard of them? But I don’t know if that’s the real reason for Johnson Creek shutting down.

You might also remember that earlier this year, the local government of the Village of Hartland, where Johnson Creek was located, supported Johnson Creek in trying to save their business from being forced out business by the recent FDA regulations. Johnson Creek asked for the city’s support after realizing that they would never be able to afford the cost of submitting PMTA’s to the FDA for every variation of e-juice they made. They brought in a lot of money for the city and they also supported many jobs, so the local government decided that they wanted to do what they could to keep them around.

The idea was that they could argue against the regulations using a federal law that says local governments are allowed to interfere with federal regulations when they negatively impact local businesses. It sounded promising, but maybe it just wasn’t enough.

In their farewell letter, the CEO of Johnson Creek, Heidi Braun, said that they hope to come out of bankruptcy and come back to make and sell vape products again but they haven’t figured out if that’s possible yet. It’s sad to see another large vape company die and to have all of those people lose their jobs, but hopefully, they can get back on their feet and start again.

Does Dropping to Zero Nicotine Really Work?

When smokers make the decision to quit smoking by switching to electronic cigarettes, it’s typical to hear them speak of goals of ultimately dropping down to zero nicotine and then finally quitting.

Is this a viable goal? It was for me!

Ok, so if it worked for me, you’re probably wondering why I’m sitting here still vaping. Don’t worry, I’ll get to that.

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A Vaper’s Guide to Prepping for a Natural Disaster


I want to start out by saying that this segment has nothing to do with prepping as far as food, water, heat, or sanitation is concerned. I’m not a prepper and if doomsday happened, I’d probably be one of the first people to die. Well, I might live to Season 2 of the Walking Dead, but probably not much longer. Anyway, I’ll only be talking about how to prepare for a disaster as it relates to vaping. As for the other stuff, you’ll need to figure that out on your own.

With Hurricane Harvey finished and Hurricane Irma probably down to a category 1 storm by the time you listen to this, this advice is a little too late for anyone who has suffered through these recent natural disasters, but things like this will happen again and it’s never too soon to prepare for a future disaster.

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An Engineer Discovers Why The SMOK AL85 Is Dying

There’s a user on Reddit named /u/BadConductor, who is an engineer that does circuit design and failure analysis in his regular line of work. He also enjoys it as a hobby. So he has started publishing teardowns of devices that tend to fail. He has already done a teardown of the SMOK Alien 220w and he just published a teardown of the SMOK AL85.

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Tasting the Difference: Black Note Tobacco E-Juice

Note: Black Note sent me some e-juice to review (coming soon) and I asked them if they would write a blog post to give my readers some expert info on high quality naturally extracted tobacco (NET) e-juice, so here it is!

Even though cigarettes and Black Note vape liquid both contain real tobacco, the taste between the two is decidedly different. You’ll also find a big difference between Black Note vape juice and other tobacco e-juice on the market, as well as enjoying a distinctly different taste with each of Black Note’s tobacco blends. There are many factors that play a role in making each Black Note tobacco blend a truly unique experience – different from anything else you may have experienced, well, ever.

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Nicotine Salts vs Freebase Nicotine

A product that a lot of DIY’ers have been talking about lately are nicotine salts. This is basically a crystallized version of nicotine that come already dissolved in VG and PG solutions. Let’s talk about the differences between nicotine salts and freebase nicotine (the nicotine most e-liquids contain)

Preface: I want to point out that I do not have a background in chemistry but I love to do research, which is what I’ve done here. I’m going to do my best to provide accurate information. If I’ve gotten anything wrong, please let me know and I’ll make corrections.

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