Category Archives: Vaping

How To Get Vape Products For Review

Getting started as a reviewer isn’t easy. It might sound easy, but it’s not. It takes a lot of time, you have to review products you don’t care about, and you’re probably gonna suck at first. But don’t worry – you’ll get better and eventually get better products. Ignore the haters (you’ll get them, we all do) and keep doing your thing. And as your channel grows, you’ll have more opportunities to get free products to review.

At first, you might be tempted to reach out to companies for free products, but if you’re not an established reviewer, don’t waste your time. Trust me, I tried doing this at the beginning of my vape reviewer journey and I failed. I contacted about 50 companies and not one of them wanted to work with me!

If you don’t have subscribers on YouTube, followers on social media, or a lot of traffic on your blog, they aren’t interested. Companies use reviewers to promote their business or products, so they want people with influence.

As your channel grows, companies will start to notice. They’ll come to you. Until then, focus on providing great content.

But if you do a have a decent following and you still don’t have vape stores banging on the door, there are some good companies who like to work with smaller reviewers.

BuyBest

BuyBest.com is one of the newer distributors making a name for themselves recently, although they’ve been around for a while. They have a great program where you can post a review anywhere, such as your website, social media, forums, and blogs, and they’ll pay anywhere from $3 to $50 for the review. If you have a decent following, they accept requests from reviewers and will send free products. In my experience, they send a list of products they want to be reviewed and you get to pick 1-2 items to review. Learn more about their program here.

Heaven Gifts

The folks over at Heaven Gifts are great. They work with lots of lesser-known reviewers and they even send out products that are brand new and have just hit the market. But if you’re a smaller reviewer, you’ll get the cheap stuff, like a $20 sub-ohm tank that might not sell so well. Still good products though! Usually. Go to their contact page to send them a message

FastTech

They require at least 2,500 YouTube subscribers (as of 2018). I have yet to meet their criteria, so I don’t know how they work, but that’s what they told me when I asked. But if you keep at it long enough, you’ll get there (and so will I!). When you do, send them a message either on their site or on Facebook and they’ll get back to you quickly to let you know if you make the cut.

SourceMore

Sourcemore.com is a great distributor based out of China and as such, they have access to tons of products. I’ve also found that they usually run some pretty good deals, so I have no problems at all recommending them to my subscribers. They’ll often let you pick the products you want to review. I’m not totally sure about their criteria, but I believe you’ll need somewhere above at least 1,500 subscribers before they will work with you.

GearBest

GearBest.com was one of the first companies to ever work with me. This was when I only had several hundred subs on YouTube. Over time, my contact at Gearbest left for another job and the person who filled his shoes never followed up with me, so I no longer get anything from them, but I’ll always be grateful to them for helping me get my start. If they were willing to work with me with less than 500 subs, there’s a good chance they’ll work with you if you reach out to them.

Vapor4Life

If you have a good following, they are willing to give you a chance but be prepared to perform well. I’m not saying you should lie in your review, but give them props for sending you stuff, shout them out on social, and make it worth their while. My reviews were positive, but they chose not to work with me after the first time. That’s okay, I understand. But they gave me a chance and that was awesome of them. Send them a message from their site.

E-Juice Review: Fruit Finale by Fresh Pressed Salts

Fruit Finale was sent to me for the purpose of review from CloudCounterVapor.com (get it here), which is both an online vape store and an Austin, TX brick and mortar shop with a big selection of new products.

So Fresh Pressed Salts comes from a company named California Grown E-liquids. ‘Fresh Pressed’ is their first line of what they are calling handcrafted e-juices. I’m not sure exactly what hand-crafted means, because isn’t all of it at first?

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E-Juice Review: Black Note Quartet

This was sent to me for free for the purpose of review from Blacknote.com. Get Blacknote’s Quartet here.

Description

A rare blend with a remarkable flavor, Syrian Latakia tobacco is sun-cured and then smoke-cured using aromatic herbs and fragrant woodsy plants in controlled fires. The result is a peppery, smoky taste that’s as robust as it is delicious.

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The HCigar VT75C Is Short-Circuiting With Some 26650 Batteries

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.