Crack Panda by Button Junkie

Does Crack Panda come from the Congo? This is a question I have been asking myself, but, I’ll get to that in a bit…

Back in July at Vape Expo I was very excited to see the new range of juices by Button Junkie. I’ll be honest it was a deciding factor as to whether I was gonna go to the show or not. A juice called Crack Panda with ‘Gorillaz styled’ artwork. Thats gonna totally grab my attention and tilt the already pretty tilted scales in favour of making the journey to the N.E.C. I’m glad I did for inside a giant inflatable cube surrounded by clouds, I found the home of the Crack Panda.

Venturing through this post apocalyptic haze into a square cave looking for a panda did make me start to wonder if the coffee I bought on the way in was laced with acid. Then using the power of rationalisation I decided thats fucking stupid, the coffee was way too cheap to have been spiked. Undeterred (although slightly upset) by the revelation that I was indeed sober, it was time to get my crack on.

Peachy, I smiled (then a little cough) the tropical blend teasing the back of my throat. This was quickly followed by a sweet apricot on the exhale leaving a slightly sharp but full bodied tropical fruit crush of a flavour enveloping my entire mouth. There was something very familiar about this taste, like something I had before, possibly when I was younger… Upon smelling the juice it became clear, the reason I’m pondering whether Crack Panda (or C.Piddy as I like to think of him) comes from the Congo is that it makes me think Umbongo. I’m vaping Umbongo and I want more. Add to this the fact that it is a 70VG 30PG blend and I’m chucking out full bodied Congo clouds. I’m beginning to see why the Panda loves/needs his crack.

This is what the lovely people at Button Junkie have to say about it:

Like a used tissue, this Panda discarded bamboo a long time ago. The one and only overriding thought that fills his every waking moment is how to get more of this truly precious e-juice. His screaming tastebuds crave the sweet apricots as they melt and merge with ripe peaches and a mysterious melange of tropical fruits. This wonderous flavour will make any Panda’s fur stand on end.

For those of you who love fruit vapes I’d put this on the must try list, especially if you like a bit of throat hit. I got a good amount of tingle even at 3mg nic. Its a real tropical blast with well balanced tones and not overly sweet, so even in a dripper can be vaped over long periods of time without becoming too sickly.

Also I would like to give the artwork an honourable mention, seriously loving the styling and the square glass dripper bottles are a nice touch. Just wish the dripper was slightly longer but that is a minor grumble. You can always tip the last bit in.

Crack Panda is available exclusively in the UK from ecigwizard.com and will set you back £8.48 for 15ml and £15.49 for 30ml and comes in various strengths 0mg, 1.5mg, 3mg and 6mg.

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Festival Vaping Solved

So here we are, intrenched into festival season. Quite possibly the most fan dabby tastic time of year. The distant rumble of stages and arenas, long summer evenings, the consumption of comically named unusually strong ciders. The DailyMail reporters looking for pretty girls in wellies and keeping an extra keen eye out for puddles. All so they can fill their column with the wanky mudfest images that their readers love and absorb. Gorging themselves to the point that they need an enamour to remove the vast amounts of shit they are fed daily.

Festivals combine many of my favourite things, music and performance arts, camping and getting a bit twatted. They’re a time to get back to basics and bond with your fellow man, a celebration of all the joy and wonder that is humanity and a chance to have your faith restored in the decency of people. Fling the doors of your perception wide open and experience all you can at these monumental gatherings and remember the golden rule, don’t be a dick.

There is one impassable, unmovable, but, not unsolvable issue for all us vapers, How do we keep on vaping with up to 6 days away from a charger? I found this to be quite an issue to solve. My first thought was more batteries, just get a shit ton of 18650’s and when one lot goes flat just swap them out. Easy, you’re thinking, what sort of blog post is this about the stunningly obvious, the redonkulessly simple. Well its not a simple as it seems. I have three devices that take 18650’s, A Hana Modz V4D, An Innokin SVD and a mechanical mod, the Sentinel M16 by Grand Vapour. Festivals are a place that due to their nature and the activities that I partake in, the chances of loosing or damaging what I take with me is quite high. As a rule of thumb I don’t take anything with me I don’t mind loosing. So, I would be gutted if something happened to the Hanna Modz, it was expensive and is currently my vape of choice. The SVD does not cut it anymore, (only 15watts) I’d have to pair it up with an older tank like the Aspire Nautilus and although this is not a bad combination it is very different to how I vape now. As someone who primarily drips… (That sounds fucked up) and takes long lung hits, it would be a huge step back. So that leaves the M16 Mech Mod, which eats batteries like nobody business and can I really be bothered building at a festival? I want something that is plug and play, and the best of both worlds. I desire the convenience of a tank that I can swap coil heads, the clouds of a RDA and a battery that lasts a week, thats not too much to ask, is it? Oh and I don’t wanna spend a lot of money.

So Back to the drawing board, first thing is to work out what MOD. I have a VaporShark DNA 30. Great little dinky box mod but only has a 1200mAh battery. I’ve had it a while and it has been kinda replaced by the DNA 40. So its a good place to start, Its at this point I realised I was gonna have to fork out some cash. I have plenty of tanks that would have worked fine on the VaporShark. Things like KangerTech ProTanks and the aforementioned Aspire Nautilus, don’t get me wrong I’ve enjoyed using these devices, but, the way I vape has gradually morphed into deep lung inhales. I now would find the draw on these far too tight and and vapour production lacking. As mouth to lung devices go, I would highly recommend the Nautilus. Its a really good tank to start on, just not for me anymore. So onto the Evil Bay I go, I settled on the Kangertech Subtank Mini. Lots of reviews saying that it was good for flavour and when I visited Vape Jam a lot of the testers were using them and they seemed good at the time. Nice flavour, decent enough vapour production, the ability to have a stock coil and just replace them and importantly for me, the ability to do a lung inhale. All for the bargain price of £24.

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So now I’m thinking great, this is starting to come together. Got the MOD and a tank sorted. To prolong battery life, as this is a major concern, I bought a set of 1.2ohm coils because they run at lower watts and therefore use less battery than the sub ohm (0.5 ohm) ones. To add a bit of variety I’m also gonna take a dripper for this I chose the Tug Boat V2 by Flawless. To save battery I did a 10 wrap 28g twisted coil at 2.5mm coming in at 1.3ohms. This was so I could have a blast at another flavour and have it as back up, opposed to it being my main vape. I was not intending on building while at the festival so the one build would have to last.

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The next concern was power… How the fuck was I gonna make a device with a 1200mAh battery last for 6 days. The answer to this was simple, phone chargers. And not just one either 🙂 I had concerns about charging a lipo battery from another battery so a little google research later and I decided it was a go. If you are intending on doing this just make sure the battery pack you choose has an output of over 2 amps (suitable for iPads) and that you are using a 2 amp lead. This will allow the circuit board to register when the battery is full and cut off the charging. If it is trickle charged (lower than 2 amps) this cut off may not occur and the battery could vent. Nobody wants their bag, tent or even worse their pocket exploding. I already owned a Tecknet Power Bank with a capacity of 12000mAh and I really really really didn’t wanna run out of juice so I purchased another one for under £14. So for an outlay of under £40 I have a reasonable yet expendable (worst case scenario) piece of kit.

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No matter how free spirited the festival some of them still need to have some rules. (Bastards 😉 ) One that seems universal is no glass. So that does rule out all your fancy dripper bottles. I’d advise decanting your precious liquid into plastic bottles. You can either reuse older ones or if like me you wanna keep your flavours totally separate (maybe I’m crap at washing bottles but flavours always seem to carry over, or its all in my head, either way.) I bought some empty 30ml bottles from Vampire Vape. I must admit I kinda like the crunchy homemade feel of having a plain bottle with a hand written label. Maybe I’ll have a post about making my own juice in the future, who knows.

Guess I’d better try and make some sense out this ramble though my mind for you lovely people. Things I considered when working out what to take.

  • The worth of the device, Would I be upset if it was lost or damaged?
  • Battery Life, Will it power me through the duration?
  • Reliability, Will it survive? Should I have a Backup?
  • Replaceable coil heads or take build tools?
  • How often do I change flavours? Should I take a second tank or dripper?
  • Decant juice into plastic bottles

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This is the collection I chose to take with me to Glastonbury and it romped home no problems. I had more than enough juice 5x 30ml (oddly didn’t see a single vape stall there) The VaporShark needed charging one and half times a day. Basically an overnight charge and an afternoon top up. I was running the Sub tank at around 20 watts and the dripper at 27 watts. On the Sunday of the festival I started using just the dripper which did drain the battery, needed a recharge every 3 hours but at this point I still had only used one of the battery packs so it wasn’t a problem. I even had enough power to let our tent neighbours top up their phones before they left 🙂

Festivals are seriously fun. Even more fun when you can blow steam out of your face like a dragon…

Billow by The Cloud Company

So here I am back again with a second review from The Cloud Company and this time I’m looking into Billow for your vaping pleasure. If you haven’t seen the first review of Revel I suggest you check that shit out, especially if you’re a cereal vapist.

Pip and the guys over at The Suicide Bunny have done another fantastic job with the packaging, homing in on that gothic, valkyrie, medieval bondage vibe thats running through the whole Cloud Company range. The glass dripper bottles are good quality and I have had no issues with leaking either from the squeezey teaty bit or the cap itself. They have a good clicky child proof lid that on occasion, depending how much stuff I’m holding while dripping, can sometimes keep me out too. I managed to drop this one onto concrete from about waist height and it did not crack or break. I did panic a bit, Billow was my flavour of choice for the days vaping, and I really thought that was me done for the day. I know it’s a bit wanky worrying that I might not be able to vape for a few hours, but, when you’re rocking a fresh build and fresh batteries, you wanna be able to enjoy the flavours and sensations that having billowing clouds escaping from your face deliver. Now doesn’t that point bring me back nicely to Billow by the Cloud Company 😉

You will exhale great fucking clouds. All Cloud Company juices are 80% VG and I absolutely love this fact. It’s not just for you cloud chasers out there. The higher VG content makes its a much denser and more satisfying vape. Also the saturation is higher and it maintains an overall juicer experience. I find that the higher the PG is in the mix, the more drying the vape experience is. Nobody likes dry mouth and it can be a side effect of some liquids, not so with these lovely elixirs and that is a massive positive.

So lets get down to the flavours, that all important characteristic that gets us all hooked and coming back for more. The inhale is a deliciously creamy coconut, a perfect blend of the milkiness with subtle hints of the tropical seed. As you pull inwards the flavour seems to develop from the roof of your mouth, descending delicately onto your awaiting tastebuds. Its at this point that the coconut begins to work its way forward, a perfectly blended natural coconut cake of a flavour, not as artificial or sweet as the filling of a chocolate bar like a Bounty, but, still strong and natural enough to dominate at first. From the moment you remove the atty from your lips there is a change. A fantastically abrupt, yet satisfyingly smooth blending of the fudgetasticly decadent sugar, milk and butter. The exhale carries a sweet (but not overpowering) caramel sauce that in their own words has been drizzled over the coconut. And for me this is the bit that has true artistry, true creative culinary expertise, and it lies in the saltiness of the caramel. It pushes the other flavours together into a fucking ace crescendo of a taste sensation. Lick your lips afterwards and they are kissed by the sweet salty bomb that just went off in your face. So good and so moorish.

This is a complex and satisfying vape that keeps you going back to experience the slight differences with each pull. Can be enjoyed all day and I really wanna punch myself in the dick for writing this, but, here goes… It is incredible with a nice cup of tea. Don’t think I’ve ever sounded so British in my life.

As with all this range it is available in the UK for £16.99 for 30ml and £8.99 for 15ml. You can get your grubby little mitts on these from VapeClub as well as other vendors.

I’m gonna leave a short pause before reviewing the final two flavours in The Cloud Company line, I will say that the best is yet to come…

Revel by The Cloud Company

Somebody get me a fog horn its getting cloudy in here…

May I introduce you to the Cloud Company, lovingly created by ‘Pip The Bunny’. It’s an 80% VG range from the same gorgeous minds that brought you Suicide Bunny and Kings Crown. Vaping flavours from all these lines is a complex, sometimes confusing, and overall satisfying experience. They truly have been sculpted with depth and nuances that will speak differently to whoever is vaping them. Revel is no different.

I’m having a really difficult time nailing this bugger down. Every time I think I’ve got it, I’ll have another go and the flavours will change. Firstly it’s a cereal vape and you do get that kinda wheaty breakfastyness shining through, it’s the under and over tones that tantalise and confuse the shit outta me. Sometimes I get berry flavours with the cereal on the inhale, other times it’s a citrus burst of lemons and limes. Whichever one seems more prominent on the inhale will also be more dominant on the exhale. It doesn’t end there either, thrown in for good measure is full fat creamy milkiness which joins up with its buddy’s as you blow it outta your face. None of these flavours ever overshadow the others, I’m thinking this is why your taste buds home in on different elements each time.

I’m a big fan of complex flavours, they can maintain my interest and make me wanna keep vaping. The more basic flavours that I love instantly I can bore of just as quickly. I still like them, but, they won’t make it into regular rotation. The ones I’m not sure of often become the ones I love, and these ones I never wanna run out of. I don’t think Revel is gonna make that list. Its a nice vape and the clouds are fucking fantastic. Its creamy goodness flowing from my mouth and nose which is so saturated I just wanna curl up in that shit and become a baby cloud monster. Although I like the flavour in my writing I’m describing it as nice. Lets face it ‘nice’ is the arse end of a positive description and I find it very difficult to get excited about this flavour. That’s not to say it isn’t a good vape, I have been vaping and enjoying this flavour for a couple of weeks. It just doesn’t get my juices going. If your a cereal vape junkie this is well worth checking out, its so well put together it could rock your vaping socks off.

That is just my personal feelings, flavour is extremely subjective and it’s a very difficult thing to review. What I’m barely noticing might be blowing somebody else away. Although not entirely to my taste you can tell this is still a well produced, crafted and premium liquid. One which due to its complex nature should definitely be experienced. On a side note the packaging and artwork are so well done. I’m loving the gothic biblical look with bondage undertones. All the branding on Pips lines are wicked and I just wanted to share a bit of love for the design.

At the time of writing this… In the UK a 30ml bottle of this will set you back £16.99 or 15ml for £8.99 Both come in glass dripper bottles and are available from VapeClub as well as other vendors.

Key Lime Cookie

Vaping Key lime Cookie from Element E-Liquid is like staring in your own Adam West Batman episode. The flavour fucking kicks your arse with BLAM KAPOW OOFFFFF. Flavour flavour flavour… I cannot state this enough. It causes all the receptors on your tongue to spring into life and take notice. From the first pull it’s like an absolute taste eruption of some glorious tongue shaped volcano. You have to smile its so shockingly impressive, imagine the first time you had ice cream or sweets as a child, shock and awe and fucking loveliness.

It’s not just the strength of the flavours its how well balanced they are. As you draw inwards you start to feel the sweet bite of the lime along the edges of your tongue. Now this is a key lime vape so its not a sharp or sour sensation its very much a sweet tasting lime, and this is where some of the balancing comes in, because it is not overly sweet. Generally it’s at this point you begin to smile and then the exhale, the titty fucking fantastic exhale. Flavours pushing to the forefront like a crowd bursting through the opening gates at Glastonbury Festival. The deviously decadent lime partners up with the base, the cookie, the soft juicy cookie with hints of that scrumsalisous dough. Wait my vaping chums, it doesn’t end there, lick your lips and the flavours remain, as if you were actually eating the cookie, suck the insides of your cheeks and the delicious key lime cookie remains, juicy and fresh, literally mouth watering and so so fucking moorish.

The moorish factor could be considered a negative, you will go though this stuff faster than your other juices. I constantly feel like I’m running out and have to try and limit the amount of it I vape. Still though It’s amazing, in the proper sense of the word. I’ve not come across any other juice company that has this kinda wow, thats what I’ve been fucking looking for factor. Element won best flavours at VapeJam in London and I can see why, also the competition was tough, making that one hell of a prize.

This particular flavour is from their premium dripper range, coming in 20ml glass dripper bottles 80VG 20PG @3mg. The dripper range only comes with low nicotine, don’t let that put you off if you like it stronger. The high VG means vapour production is thick saturated and creamy, to be honest I would have pegged it at higher VG if I didn’t know. These juices are made in the USA and they come pre steeped, so no having to fuck around with any of that shit. Just crack it open and enter a technicolour world of imagination and taste. You can order off their website and one of these bottles will set you back £12.99.

Seriously do it, I know flavours are subjective but this company rocks. They really do have something special and should be praised… a lot.

Crovape Crotip Glass M

Drip tip with added airflow… you’re twisting my melon man.

This one has to be placed up there as a fucking treat, I’m not gonna mince around this point because anybody reading this will have to take it into account. This fucker costs £40. Now before you stop reading and start thinking I’m some kinda sucker for spending that on a drip tip, let me talk you through my wallet punching thought process. Crovape are without doubt a true high end company, their shit is expensive. All their shit is expensive, but, it comes with a no compromise, no messing about attitude to their products. The box it comes in is made from stone and if you invert the lid it doubles as a MOD stand. Every item they produce is serial numbered, as well as looking cool they can trace each and every item they make and they are limited to 9999 parts. So everything they make is automatically a limited edition. The choice of finishes is vast also, (see their website) you can even get this little bitch 24k plated if you so wish. In a totally uncharacteristic turn of events I went for one of the planer (and cheaper) finishes, without even knowing the cost. Seriously that never happens, I’ve got some sort of superpower, nah, curse for the finer things and I hate settling, but, this is by the by. Things get seriously sexual when you put this in your mouth.

It’s like a vapour flavour orgasm, they’ve come together in your mouth and it’s fucking earth shockingly good. They’ve got the shape of this thing spot on and it sits between your lips perfectly. Lets face it round drip tips are not a natural shape to put your lips around, why hasn’t anybody else really experimented with this. Also those two extra little air holes on the side are part of what they call the AMS (Air Max System). They pull air from outside the dripper and turn your mouth into a second flavour chamber. Ba Boom… Flavour in your face and blowing out steam like a fucking dragon. So simple yet so effective. I was sceptical at first and then the dude slipped it in me and I was hooked. 40 quid seemed like a bargain.

A few points, the Crotip is seriously wide and may look odd if the top of your atty is not completely flat. It does provide a cooler vape as you are adding extra airflow and you really need to work out if that price point is something you can justify. All that aside I’m happy I went for it. Pairing it up with the magma created a whole new vaping experience in single coil mode where the draw can normally be a little tight.

As far as tips go this one smashes all the others in the face. It stays cool and provides a shit tonne of flavour and vapour in one package. I went for the medium one but its also available in short and long. I’m gonna invest in the short one as well for a slightly warmer experience. Can’t say any fairer than that 🙂

Hana Modz V4D

Everything has changed, what I thought I knew about building my own coils and vaping mechanical has been totally turned on its head. Is it an evolution? I think so. Imagine a world in which dry hits are a thing of a past. No more coughing and fighting for air as if it was the last days of Pompeii, that burnt heat of cotton flambé hitting the back of your throat and making you think ‘oh shit’. Fucking unpleasant would be an understatement. Don’t get me wrong it doesn’t happen often, but, sometimes due to intoxication I can get a little carried away with the enjoyment of vaping and forget to drip.

So much has been said about the Evolve DNA40 and not all of it good, people believe that it was released a little too early and it needed a few of the bugs ironing out. That’s where this device comes in with version 4 of the chip set and a larger improved screen. I have been running it with various builds for a few weeks now and I’m massively impressed. No dry hits, building with nickel took a little getting used to but I’ve found twisting it with kanthal gives it extra durability, making it easier to work with and the coils less prone to becoming disfigured. The temp protect still works perfectly even when twisted with other metals. This is not a review of the Evolve chips nor is it a guide how to work with nickel. So I need to sort my shit out and talk about the Hana Modz V4D.

I ordered this direct from their site and I did have a little confusion while ordering. The new V4D with the larger screen is only available in Matte Black but the V4D on the site is available in a range of colours, these however come with an older version of the DNA40. They will be updating the coloured box mods over the next few weeks. This was not overly clear on the website and at first I ordered a Navy Blue one as I’m a sucker for all things colourful and shiny. Then after ordering I noticed on their Facebook page that there was a difference. Hats off to their customer service as they changed the order to the updated version with no trouble.

One thing that ordering direct gives you is the option to have your box custom engraved, I went with Dirrty Tramp down the side and its sick as tits. It’s the same high standard of engraving that is elsewhere on the mod and was well worth the extra 30 bucks. The matte finish is a little like a chalk board and doesn’t show finger prints, if you wear rings on your fingers it may start to show signs of wear and tear tho. I had a thumb ring on during a night out and it has left a slight mark or two. Its built like a brick shit house though, carved from one solid block of aluminium. You do have to undo screws to get into the battery compartment, not really a big deal as it holds 2 18650 batteries (not included) which can be charged inside the unit. This does take fucking ages tho, think we have been spoiled with all our quick charging shit. Treat it as an overnight charge, you can however use the device while charging, or just pop in a fresh set of batteries. I’m getting about a day and half usage out of it vaping in temperature protect mode at 0.18ohms at 30-35watts limited to 420F.

The buttons are nice and clicky and it feels good and solid in the hand. As you’d expect for a device that costs $209. Most attys screw down flush as it has a spring loaded centre pin, the only one I have had a slight issue with is the Tugboat V2. This sits maybe half a millimetre, maybe a touch less above the base, (the tugboat is known for having a long connector). This does not bother me as much as I thought it would. Generally I like everything to sit flush but I can live with this.

What can I say… I love this device, I’ve had no issues from the chips or coil builds, I’ve done maybe 15 or so different coils and only had issues with one of them. The temp protect just works and hand on heart I have never had a dry hit. Vapour production and flavour is fantastic so if you’re in the market for this kind of box mod, do yourself a favour and buy one. You’ll love it too.

Captains Custard

Arrrrrrrr avast ye bastards I’ve got me a bottle of the captains creamy goodness…

Its a bit much but I do like to get involved in being a pirate, so any juice company thats comes with the branding of the Captains Reserve is gonna be a winner in my book. And to top it off the 40ml dripper bottle is a glass skull. I don’t care who you are, thats pretty titty fucking cool.

I came across this UK company at VapeJam and was impressed while trying their juices, trouble is you get so bombarded by great stuff to try, it’s a little difficult to remember what was good. Having got home and found one of their flyers buried at the bottom of my bag I thought I’d give them a go. I ordered a 40ml bottle of the Captains Custard because of some cloudy memory of trying it and liking it. To be honest, it’s better than the usual guess work when buying from a new company online. The amount of bottles I have bought and really don’t like is crazy. Kinda makes me wince to think of the expense.

Captains Custard is a good creamy vape that smacks you round the chops with full on banana. As you turn up the temp the flavour of the banana changes, the more power you put into it the more caramelised the banana becomes on the exhale. Its available in 0mg 3mg 6mg 12mg and 18mg and comes in 10ml bottle or 40ml glass skull available from their website. The juices are a 50/50 PG/VG mix and the only thing that would make me happier is that if the VG were higher. Having said that this is still a cut above the rest, just increasing the VG gives a far more saturated full bodied vape, but, this is just my preference as I mainly use drippers and not tanks.

All in all I’m very happy with this one at £19.99 for 40ml Glass Fucking Skull its rocking my vaping socks off as I type. Id be lying if i said the bottle didn’t sell it tho 😉