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Don’t Trust Wismec

Hey, Everyone!

Back in June, the picture to the left was circulating the vaping community in regard to the Wismec EXO Skeleton ES300.

Alarmed, I immediately wrote to the company to see what was up. I was informed that there were “no problems and no recall.” Reassured by a company I THOUGHT I could trust, I figured the picture was a one-off incident and I didn’t need to worry. I continued to use the mod.

Then, on August 4th, my own EXO Skeleton ES300 caught fire!!

Fortunately, I was awake at the time, and the damage was minimal. But I was plenty pissed.

Wismec had lied to me, and its other customers, and they needed to be held accountable.

I immediately wrote them another e-mail, and took to social media to call them out for their carelessness.

The E-mails

In this section, I’ll show screencaps of the exact response I got from Wismec via e-mail. In the next section, I’ll talk about the “solution” they gave to me via Twitter.  Continue reading “Don’t Trust Wismec”

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How It Feels to Quit Vaping

Hey, Everyone!

I’ve quit vaping. Temporarily.

Here’s the thing: I recently lost my main source of income, and could no longer afford some of the “extras” in my life until I get my next GOOD gig. (Shameless plug: If you’re looking for a freelance writer or editor, hit me up!).

Such is the life of a freelance writer/editor. It’s called the “Feast or Famine” cycle. When you’re a freelancer, things are either really good, or really bad, and hardly any in-betweens. Right now, I’m in the “famine” part of the cycle, but, fortunately, that never lasts for TOO long. I’m good at what I do, and usually find work fairly quickly.

In the meantime, I’ve had to cut out some of my expenses that weren’t “mandatory.” Vaping was one of the things that got the cut, sadly.

How It Feels

I was never a smoker, so I never had to deal with quitting smoking. I started vaping as a way to ease my crushing anxieties and to give me something to do with my hands other than nervous ticks.

I was vaping at a level six nicotine.

Quitting was both “easy” and really, really hard. Continue reading “How It Feels to Quit Vaping”

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Spotlight On: Pink Spot Vapors

Hey, Everyone!

I came across Pink Spot Vapors on Twitter when I was looking for vape shops to follow. I was attracted to their lovely hot pink logo (hot pink is one of my two favorite colors). They also made delightful use of memes in their daily Tweets.

They apparently took an interest in me as well, because they followed me back, and began engaging with me online. It wasn’t long before they offered to send me a few samples for one of my “Spotlight” vape shop reviews.

Like My Freedom Smokes, Pink Spot Vapors has been in the business a long time. They started in 2009, and are doing their own thing. They create all their own juices. Vape juice is also their primary focus. (They sell a few mech mods and RDAs as well, but juice dominates their website).

They sent me four fruity flavors to try and three tobacco flavors, along with some fun bracelets and a squishy baseball.

I don’t vape tobacco flavors. However, my roommate, Ramiro Roman (the artist who drew my website banner and the illustration accompanying my “Vape Nation” post), vapes exclusively tobacco-flavored vape juices. So I gave those three flavors to him, and convinced him to help me with this review.

First, you’ll hear from me. Then you’ll hear Ramiro’s thoughts. And then I’ll cap everything off with a few “final thoughts.” Be sure to stay tuned until the very end because I make a few points that may help your ultimate decision on whether to buy from Pink Spot Vapors or not. Continue reading “Spotlight On: Pink Spot Vapors”

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Vape Review: Smoking Vapor Mi One Dragon Skin Kit

Hi, Everyone!

This week, I’m going to be reviewing the Mi One AIO Kit by Smoking Vapor. I got the “dragon skin” version, as you can see on the left.

I received my Mi One from Vapor Beast at a discount. They’re currently selling them for around $40.

Like the vape itself, I’m going to keep this review short. Heh. And, yes, that’s probably the first thing you’ll notice about this particular mod: It’s VERY small.

Let’s take a look at its specs… Continue reading “Vape Review: Smoking Vapor Mi One Dragon Skin Kit”

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Vape Nation: Your Freedom is at Risk!

Hi, Everyone!

I started Lauren Vapes to share “vaping thoughts and reviews.” Thus far, I’ve focused primarily on reviews… But I can hold back my thoughts no longer!

There’s a BIG problem in the vaping world, and I’m finally prepared to talk about it.

Certain groups of individuals against fun and freedom are trying to take away our right to vape. This has been an issue for a while now, and it’s only growing.

Vaping Restrictions on a Government Level

Last year, the FDA finalized their plan to put vaping under their authority. In addition to restricting sales to minors (which most states did on their own anyway), each new vape product now has to go through the FDA’s strict approval process.

This process is long and difficult. Not to mention EACH product needs a separate application — an application that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars (sometimes millions!).

Basically, the FDA is now regulating vaping products as they would tobacco products — even though vape juices contain ZERO tobacco in them. In fact, many new vape juices don’t even use nicotine derived from tobacco AT ALL, instead opting to get their nicotine from eggplants, potatoes, or synthetic properties.

Due to the high prices demanded by the FDA, fewer and fewer new vaping products are hitting the market, and many small business owners have faded away into bankruptcy.

Not only does this mean that we have fewer innovations in the vaping world (no fun!), but these policies could also slow the decline of traditional cigarette usage. To put it simply: If vaping products aren’t available as harm reduction devices, smokers looking to quit can’t buy or use them!

Essentially, the FDA is driving smokers back to harmful cigarettes as their form of nicotine consumption. But why would they do that? In this recent report from Public Health England, experts revealed that vaping is 95-99% safer than smoking. In fact, the researchers also suggested that we could save 76,000 lives per year by convincing smokers to switch to vaping!

The answer, in my opinion, is government greed. Continue reading “Vape Nation: Your Freedom is at Risk!”

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Vape Review: SMOK Alien 220W TC Starter Kit

Hi, Everyone!

As I promised in my review of the Wismec EXO Skeleton ES300, my next mod review is going to be the SMOK Alien. Yep. That’s the review you’re reading RIGHT NOW. I’m holding true to my word and reviewing the famous “out of this world” vape mod.

I received my Alien from Element Vape at a supreme discount. It’s black with a multi-colored splatter pattern.

I admit it, you guys: I’m in love.

The SMOK Alien is the closest I’ve come to discovering “The Perfect Vape” as of this moment. It has replaced the OSUB Plus as my main mod (though I still use my OSUB as a secondary vape mod).

Nearly everything about this mod kit is pure perfection. It’s absolutely no wonder why this particular setup has been taking the vaping world by storm. From its ergonomic design, to its nearly endless color/design choices, to its ability to deliver on both flavor AND vapor production, this mod is rocking my world right now. Continue reading “Vape Review: SMOK Alien 220W TC Starter Kit”

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Vape Box: June 2017

Hi, Everyone!

Thanks to reader support, I was able to get a one-month subscription to Vape Box!

Quick note: If you’d like to support Lauren Vapes financially — so that I can continue to have rad vape products to review — there are three easy ways to do so…

  1. Make a pledge to my Patreon.
  2. Use THIS LINK to buy anything you want from Vapor DNA. (affiliate link)
  3. Use THIS LINK to buy anything you want from Vapor Beast. (affiliate link)

As of now, I count on the support of readers like you to keep this site going. I try to fund it myself as much as I can, but, due to medical bills and other nonsense in my personal life, I haven’t been able to buy as many products lately as I would like to on my own. So ANY money I get from Patreon or my affiliate links goes DIRECTLY back into the site, and it means so much to me to have your support. Thank you!

Last month, I used your funding to buy business cards (which I’ve been passing out at local vape shops around the Los Angeles area). This month, I got the Enthusiast Plan from Vape Box.

Speaking of which… Vape Box is AMAZING! Continue reading “Vape Box: June 2017”

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Spotlight On: One Hit Wonder Vape Juice

Hi, Everyone!

I was recently turned onto a neat Los Angeles-based vape juice company called One Hit Wonder. They’re trying their darnest to create PREMIUM “top shelf” vape juices, and they even have a nifty sponsorship program for bloggers, if any of you are interested in that kind of thing.

I initially bought a bottle of their “Muffin Man” juice from an outside vendor, but it was horrifically expired and tasted absolutely terrible — so I wrote to One Hit Wonder to tell them what happened. Right off the bat, I’ll say that OHW has excellent customer service. They answered all my questions, and even provided me with a discount code so I could get some UNEXPIRED juice at a great rate.

I ended up with one of each of the flavors they had available at the time, which was nearly their entire line.  They have two flavors that I missed: Police Man (donuts with cereal) and Drippin’ Whip (whipped cream) that weren’t available at the time. And I have a mild interest in Police Man if it (he?) ever shows up; however, I have no interest in trying Drippin’ Whip for reasons I’ll get into in a moment. (Though it WILL be reviewed in this entry — just not by me! More on that in a few minutes as well… Stick around! This is a long one!).

The reason I have no interest in Drippin’ Whip is because I know that I’ll hate it. I detest milk flavors. Which puts poor One Hit Wonder at a disadvantage, where I’m concerned. MOST of their flavors are milk-based in some form or another.

This is why I’ve called in my friend, and fellow vaper, Frank Spear, to write a secondary review at the bottom of this post. He LOVES milk flavors — and is the person who turned me onto OHW in the first place — and I figured that, between the two of us, we’d give One Hit Wonder a fair shake. So, first, you’ll get my official Lauren Vapes review (by me, Lauren) and then you’ll get to hear Frank’s thoughts.

Sound good? Good. Let’s do this. Continue reading “Spotlight On: One Hit Wonder Vape Juice”

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Vape Review: Wismec EXO Skeleton ES300 TC Starter Kit

Hey, Everyone!

I’m a couple weeks late to the party on this one, and for that I apologize. The Wismec EXO Skeleton ES300 TC Starter Kit came out at the start of this month — and I got mine then! — but then I was sick and couldn’t do reviews for a while. Sorry about that.

First of all, I got this mod at a discount from the lovely Element Vape. Feel free to check them out. That’s not an affiliate link, and I won’t get ANY kick back if you decide to buy from them. (Though, if you DO want to contribute to Lauren Vapes, feel free to check out my Patreon *hint hint*).

But enough about money stuff. Let’s talk about this vape mod!

As you can see, it LOOKS pretty darn cool, right?

One of the coolest things about the EXO Skeleton is that you can see all of its components. Here’s a pic of my roommate showing it off: Continue reading “Vape Review: Wismec EXO Skeleton ES300 TC Starter Kit”

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Vape Tank Review: Sense Blazer 200

Hi, Everyone!

Those of you who have been reading my reviews of “starter kit” mods know that most of my complaints are about the tanks they come with. I’m very picky about tanks.

To me, a good tank has to have a sturdy construction, hold a lot of juice, deliver good flavor AND vapor production, and be easy to refill.

Joey, the owner of Caught the Vapors in Burbank, said that the new tank he’s stocking met ALL of my requirements — and he gave me one to test out. (Thanks, Joey!!).

The tank in question? The Blazer 200 by Sense.

I’m very familiar with Sense products. I had a few of their various Herakles models and loved them. But I cast them aside once Smok’s Baby Beast came out — because you just can’t beat that swivel-top filling mechanism! Or can you…?

I believe you can. And, furthermore, I believe Sense has done it. Ladies and Gentlemen: I think THIS is the new winner for “best tank on the market” for 2017. Continue reading “Vape Tank Review: Sense Blazer 200”