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Before releasing the VT75C device, HCigar didn’t seem to test the device with slightly longer 26650 batteries. It turns out that if you use these longer batteries, it can result in the battery short-circuiting and blowing up.
Unlike 18650’s, 26650 batteries are not as standardized in size. Some can be up to 2mm longer.
HCigar sent out a notice (see image here) telling customers to instead use 18650 batteries, which they say do not have the same problem, although there have been reports of the device getting hot with 18650’s too.
This is a major oversight. You can’t expect people to measure their batteries for micrometers in differences at the risk of having a device blow up in their hands, or even worse, their face.
And are they going to issue a recall? What about all of the people who buy these in shops who haven’t or never will see this notice?
If you own one of these, HCigar is offering replacements so contact them right away if you own one.
The Foo Fighter’s just released their music video for their song called “Run” and near the end of the video, vaping gets some of the spotlight.
This song is actually kinda heavy (which is my style). There’s a lot of screaming but it still sticks to that traditional Foo Fighter sound too.
And like most Foo Fighter videos, it’s really funny. The band members are basically senior citizens in an old folks home playing a show. The residents start moshing, they go nuts and run out into the streets and come across a parked car with a group of young people vaping. The old people pull the hipsters out of the car, an old man rips off one guy’s man bun, grabs his vape, and takes a huge rip. It looks like the Smok TFV8 or TFV12, which is pretty funny.
Some people will tell you that nicotine gives them a burst of energy and some people will say it makes them sleepy. This is true on both accounts, but is likely because of the dose. Nicotine is actually both a sedative and a stimulant, but it depends on how much is consumed.
Nicotine as a Stimulant
Nicotine works as a stimulant in the body almost immediately because it stimulates the adrenal glands. This stimulation releases adrenaline, which causes a release of glucose.
The increase of glucose translates to increased blood sugar levels This gives you instant energy, just like when we eat processed foods like white bread. When this process happens with food, the body releases insulin to tell our cells to absorb this sugar and bring blood glucose down to safe levels. This is the crash that you get after eating crappy food that turns into sugar in the body. Your energy goes up but then your body forces it to come back down.
But nicotine works differently than food. Nicotine actually suppresses insulin output, which means the blood sugar remains in the blood, rather than being absorbed by the cells. This causes users to be slightly hyperglycemic, which means there is an excessive amount of glucose in the bloodstream. This is why doctors recommend against people with diabetes using nicotine.
All of this means that nicotine will give you a similar energy rush as processed foods, but the energy will last a lot longer.
Another way that nicotine can increase energy is because it causes a release of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that encourages us to act and be motivated.
Nicotine as a Sedative
Nicotine can also be a sedative. Once nicotine reaches the brain, it causes the release of many different hormones and neurotransmitters, one of which being beta-endorphin.
Beta-endorphin reduces anxiety and is used in the body to numb pain. It’s the endorphin your body releases after some sort of physical trauma. It activates opioid receptors and has 18 to 33x the potency of morphine. This is your body’s natural painkiller. If you’re a runner, you’d recognize this is a runner’s high during a long endurance run.
Beta-endorphin can also ease emotional distress, create a sense of well-being, and produce a sense of euphoria.
Using Nicotine To Get Your Desired Results
Are you looking for energy or a way to relax?
Studies have shown that nicotine starts out as a stimulant in small dosages, but when the dose increases, it changes into a sedative.
So if you want energy, take a few quick puffs and move on. If you want to relax, take long drags and chain vape for a longer period of time.
There doesn’t appear to be an exact dose at which either effect changes. It likely depends on the person and their sensitivity to nicotine.
The Big Industry Show is a great B2B convention that focuses on the both the vaping industry and the marijuana industry. If you run a vape business, this is a great convention to meet like-minded business owners. I met so many nice people and found a lot of awesome products. I had a great time. Below are some pics from the show, or you can check out the full gallery on Flickr with my thoughts on the brand/products in the descriptions.