Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Juice Review: Copsa consentrates


I remember when I was a kid my family used to go to Denmark on vacation almost every summer and one of the highlights of the trip for me was the licorice ice cream that I couldn't get in Norway. If you love licorice, you should travel to Denmark, cause I do believe that Danish kids are secretly fed some kind of magic licorice liquid instead of mothers milk, which kind of makes them the experts. So what Copsa is probably doing is stealing this stuff from the factories (which I'm sure exists) and use it to make e-liquids. At least they seem to have specialized in licorice juices.

Black Copsa

Tested on: Steamcrave Aromamizer V2 (Dual Ni80/Kanthal claptons @ 0.4 ohms, 55-65 watts)

Delicious salty licorice. More salty on the inhale, sweeter on the exhale, leaving you with a delicious sweet aftertaste . I vaped the whole 50 ml bottle in just a few days. Very authentic licorice, probably one of the best I've ever tasted. I really don't think there is much more to say about this one. If you're into licorice e-liquids like me, you have to try this one. Awesome juice.

Rustne Søm

Tested on: SQuape X[dream] (Dual Ni80/Kanthal Clapton @ 0.37 ohms, 30-35 watts)

"Rustne søm" means "Rusty nail" and this is Copsa's take on a popular kind of candy both in Denmark and Norway at least (in Norway it's called "Rustne spiker"). It's a hard licorice candy, both sweet and salty I'd say, shaped like nails with licorice dust on the outside to imitate the rust and it is indeed one of my favourites from my childhood. It's been quite a while since I've tasted it so I'm pleased that Copsa have managed to replicate the flavour pretty much spot on. A bit stronger and saltier on the inhale and more of the sweetness on the exhale. Another fantastic juice.



Bat Mouse

Tested on: Wotofo Serpent Mini (Twisted kanthal @ 0.72 ohms, 25 watts)

Imitating licorice and strawberry wine gum. The strawberry candy flavour is, according to my taste buds, the dominant flavour here, but the licorice is definitely there, especially on the exhale. Good all day vape for me. According to the label on the bottle this one should be mixed at only 10% flavouring, which means you get 100ml's of finished juice from the little 10ml bottle. Great value for your money there.

I really loved these juices, especially the pure licorice ones. I mean I liked the Bat Mouse a lot as well (and I'll probably get more as it's a great all day vape and very affordable since it's mixed at 10%), but the pure licorice flavours are just heavenly in my opinion.

Thanks a lot to Dag Einar at dampevarer.no for making this review possible.


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  • These products were sent to me for free for the purpose of this review. 
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Friday, 14 April 2017

Juice Review: Mount Baker Vapor flavour concentrates, Part 3

Denne omtalen er også tilgjengelig på Norsk

I've been smelling the five juices that I'm going to review in this last part of my Mount Baker concentrates review series for weeks now while they've been steeping in a dark and mysterious place. Some of them smell just fantastic so I suspect I'm going to have a hard time picking any favourites this time as well.

Jungle juice

Tested on: Steamcrave Aromamizer Plus (Dual fused claptons @ 0.16 ohms, 100 watts)

The jungle juice another fruit/menthol mix, just like Thug Juice and Hawk Sauce that are currently among my favourites from this range. So it wasn't really much of a surprise that I really like this juice as well. This time we're talking tropical fruits and menthol, and the menthol is a bit stronger I believe. It's an excellent all day vape for me, fresh and fruity, perfect for the summer days I hope will come soon. Great juice!

Strawbana

Tested on: Geekvape Ammit (Ni80/Kanthal Clapton @ 0.8 ohms, 30-35 watts)

Now this one smells fantastic. Ripe strawberries and bananas... I mean that sounds pretty damn good doesn't it? And it tastes really, really good as well. Pretty sweet as you would expect, and they've managed to balance it really well. In several banana juices I've tried, I've found that the banana tends to be overpowering and after a while I just taste the banana, but not in this one. Another damn good juice this one, also great for long summer days.

Rootbeer

Tested on: Geekvape Ammit (Ni80/Kanthal Clapton @ 0.8 ohms, 30-35 watts)

Smelling this I immediately came to think of the Sarsaparilla juice from Decadent Vapors that I reviewed quite a while ago. I really loved that juice and I really love this one as well. It's been quite a while since I tasted the Sarsaparilla so I can't really compare them head to head but I think they are quite similar flavours and to be honest I really don't know how to describe the flavour, and I can't say I've ever tasted the drinks they are supposed to mimic either, but I'm pretty sure I'd love them as well. I'm not sure they are available here in Norway at all, at least I haven't seen it in any stores, but if anyone know where to get them here, please let me know. Just smelling this juice I suspected it would become one of my favourites... I was not wrong.

Caramel coffee

Tested on: Steamcrave Aromamizer Plus (Dual fused claptons @ 0.16 ohms, 100 watts)

Smells like heaven, especially in the morning. I was unlucky and spilled like half of my 50ml bottle in the sink when I was going to fill a smaller bottle with this juice. To bad actually, cause I quite like it. The flavour, however, is very easily affected by other flavours. By that I mean it needs to be accompanied by the correct flavours ... or simply nothing, like when you wake up in the morning and nothing else has hit your tastebuds yet. Vaping it after brushing your teeth, chewing gum or after vaping certain other juices really affects the flavour, and not always in a good way. I haven't really done any testing to find good combinations with this juice, but I'm sure they exist... and I am going to try it with a good cognac as soon as I get some more of it. If anyone have any other suggestions, feel free to comment. All in all, I'd say this is definitely not an all day vape for me as it depends too much on other flavours. But it can be fantastic if you pair it with the correct ones. So next time I'll do some more testing and I'll leave a batch of this one steeping for special occasions.

Forestberry fusion

Tested on: Steamcrave Aromamizer V2 (Dual claptons @ 0.4 ohms, 70 watts)

The last juice in this review series is a berry tart mix with some creamy notes. Really nice and smooth and well balanced. I get quite a bit of cherry, especially on the inhale, and it's accompanied with more of the other berries on the exhale. I can't really put my finger on exactly which berries they've put in there, but I guess there is some blueberry at least. Pretty sweet juice, without tasting artificial at all. A great way to finish this review series I'd say.

From the previous reviews I do have a top three list of Mount Baker juices which consists of Hawk Sauce, Thug Juice and Cinnamon roll. After tasting the five juices in this part, I find it almost impossible to just have a top three. So I'll just give up. These juices are just too different. I'd say that just now, while I'm at my desk writing this I prefer some Rootbeer, but once I go outside I'd pick up some Jungle juice... and then tomorrow morning I'm probably in the mood for some Caramel coffee. In any case I have no problem recommending all of these five last ones.

Thanks a lot to Dag Einar at dampevarer.no for making this review possible.


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Friday, 31 March 2017

Review: SMOK Stick V8 Kit

Denne omtalen er også tilgjengelig på Norsk.

When I first started vaping I started with an Ego-T kit. Pretty basic stuff, with no power adjustment or anything like that on the battery. Not long after I started I remember those spinner batteries was released where you could twist the bottom to adjust the output voltage. Don't think I had many of those cause I soon moved on to mech mods and genesis atomizers, and then, in time I decided to try out some of the many regulated box mods that started to hit the market. I still mainly use regulated devices in all different shapes and sizes, except tube shaped ones. When I think of it it has been ages since I used a tube shaped mod or battery. So I guess it's about time I try one then.

Quite a lot of these kits with tube shaped batteries have been released lately.
They've got just one button, no power adjustment, just 5 clicks to turn on or off. Many of them are quite big as well, like 22-25 mm diameter, and some come with pretty crazy sub-ohm tanks in the kit as well. Kind of like an ego battery on steroids... with bad-ass tanks and with a normal 510 connection. Come to think of it, the 5 click on/off and the basic shape is probably what is left of the Ego heritage. The SMOK Stick V8 Kit that I'm reviewing today is one of those kits. It's name makes you think of big ass car engines... so you'll expect some serious power from this, right?

In the box
  • Smok V8 Battery
  • Smok Big Baby Beast
  • V8 Baby-M2 Core (0.15 ohm) (installed)
  • V8 Baby-M2 Core (0.25 ohm)
  • USB charging cable
  • Bag of spares (O-rings and sealing pad)
  • Vape band
  • User manual
    Specifications
        Smok V8 Battery:
        • Dimensions: 24.5*75mm
        • 3000mAh Battery Capacity
        • Voltage Range: 3.4V - 4.2V
        • LED Battery Life Indicator
        • Stainless Steel Construction
        • Stainless Steel 510 Threads
        • Spring Loaded 510 Pin
        • Micro USB Port (Charging)
        TFV8 BIG Baby Beast:
        • Dimensions: 56*24.5mm
        • 5.0mL Tank Capacity
        • Stainless Steel Construction
        • Glass Tank Section
        • Dual Cyclops Adjustable Airflow
        • Top Fill System
        • Wide Bore Delrin Drip Tip
        • Swivel Action Top Fill

            Look and feel

            The kit comes in 7 different colors as far as I know. I've got the black one, which I think looks pretty good. Personally I could use the red and the silver one as well. The whole kit feels pretty solid, no button rattling at all and the airflow control and top filling is nice and smooth. Not too loose and not to tight. Overall a nice looking tube-style kit that seems to be pretty well built.

            In use

            The kit is indeed very easy to use. The mod has only one button and the standard 5 clicks to turn it on and off. It is also supposed to have an intelligent battery indicator system that according to the Smok website will have the ring around the fire button flash 4 times whenever you take a puff and then 15 times once your battery is below 3.3V and it's time to charge. Mine just lights up when I take a puff though. However, if I unscrew the tank it will blink 4 times once I hit the button. Not quite sure how this is supposed to indicate how much battery I have left, maybe the speed of the flashing or something like that. Now I've had limited opportunities to do more testing on this, as the battery seems to last me the whole day anyway.

            The tank of course has the swivel action top fill system that we know from all the TFV tanks, which works great. Easy to refill on the go with no risk of fumbling and loosing your top-cap in the toilet or something stupid like that. Not that this has ever happened to me. The airflow control is nice and smooth, and the tank is easy to take apart for cleaning and changing coils. I've had some minor leaking issues right after refilling though. Not quite sure what to do about it, but it's not a huge problem. Only happens if I fill it and then leave it without vaping a bit on it before I put it away.

            Performance

            This thing performs pretty damn good to be honest. The battery output depends on the current state of the battery and is supposed to range from 4.2 to 3.4 V. Then there is also a 20A continuous discharge limit and it is supposed to give you 30-45W according to ... the internet. All this, again according to the internet, is called smart mechanical style output, which I don't really have the exact details on and I haven't done any testing either. What I do know ... is that the battery delivers a perfect amount of power for the included V8 Baby-M2 Core coils that are supposed to be designed for this output system. You'll get a lot of vapor and great flavour from this setup, and the battery time is awesome. It lasts me all day, at least now when I can't vape inside at work any more. 

            The 0.15 Ohm head will give you bigger clouds, obviously, and the 0.25 is supposed to give you more flavour. I haven't really tested the flavour head to head, as I've used the two heads with different juices, but it makes sense. I have to say I am impressed and a bit surprised by how great this kit performs both when it comes to flavour and vapor.

            Pros and cons

            + Great performance
            + Great battery time
            + Great flavour
            + Extremely easy to use
            + Price
            - Battery time indicator system

            Conclusion

            Again... I'm impressed with the power, performance and flavour of this kit. It's also quite nice to vape on a tubed shaped device for a change, as it is a bit more handy than the box mods I usually carry around. You get a lot of fun for your money (NOK 429,00 at nosmoke.no) with the Stick V8 kit, so if you're looking for a powerful, flavourful and extremely easy to use kit I recommend you give this a try.

            Thanks a lot to nosmoke.no for making this review possible.



            Disclosure:
            • All my reviews are my honest opinion even if I am affiliated with the company manufacturing or selling the product.
            • This product was sent to me for free for the purpose of this review.
            • This review does not contain affiliate links.

            Monday, 27 March 2017

            Juice Review: Mount Baker Vapor flavour concentrates, Part 2

            Denne omtalen er også tilgjengelig på Norsk

            It's time for the second of my Mount Baker Vapor concentrates reviews. The last weeks I've been vaping on five new juices mixed up from the concentrates that dampevarer.no sent me, curious to find out if any of them could beat my favourite from part 1, Thug Juice.

            Caramel candy

            Tested on: Steamcrave Aromamizer Plus (Dual fused claptons @ 0.16 ohms, 100 watts)

            I've never been completely satisfied with the caramel flavours I've vaped so far, so I was kind of excited to see if Mount Baker could be the one that finally got it right. By the look of the picture they've chosen to illustrate this juice it seems that they're aiming to replicate a caramel fudge candy, and they're not that far from making it. I also feel they are just as close to hard caramel candy (like Werther's Original). Try to imagine a mix of the two. It's a good juice, pretty sweet stuff that might be a bit to sweet for an all day vape but more like a juice you'd vape with a cup of coffee.

            Hawk sauce

            Tested on: Steamcrave Aromamizer V2 (Dual claptons @ 0.4 ohms, 70 watts)

            The only fruit juice in this part of my Mount Baker review series sure sounds tempting. Melon, berries and a touch of mint. And it delivers. This one is really great if you ask me and the description is spot on so no need for me to elaborate on that. I was afraid that the mint would be overpowering, but it's not at all. It a very subtle sweet mint that is perfectly balanced with the melon and berries. I can't really tell what berries, but it goes really well with the melon. Great juice.

            555

            Tested on: TFV8 Big Baby Beast (0.25 ohms, Smok Stick V8)

            I've never been a big fan of these artificial tobacco flavours. When it comes to tobacco flavours I tend to favour the more realistic steeped N.E.T juices. However, this one was quite good. I mean I wasn't instantly convinced but I've been vaping it for a while now and it's growing on me. Not sure I would call it an authentic tobacco flavour, but it's a sweet flavour, with quite a lot of tobacco notes and quite a lot of caramel in there as well. To be totally honest it's not the kind of juice that I'd go buy, but I know quite a lot of 555 versions exist and quite a lot of people like them. If you're one of those, you probably shouldn't miss this one.

            Cinnamon roll

            Tested on: Geekvape Ammit (Ni80/Kanthal Clapton @ 0.8 ohms, 30-35 watts)

            This one smells absolutely delicious... and it tastes equally delicious. The first thing that came to my mind was the cinnamon rolls that they used to sell in the cafeteria by our local skiing resort close to where I live. When I grew up those were almost as important a reason to go there as the skiing, and they were drenched in frosting. I was really looking forward to trying this one, having smelled it when I mixed it... and I was not at all disappointed. Delicious!

            Butterscotch

            Tested on: Vaporesso Guardian tank (0.5 ohms, 30 watts)

            Not to sure about this one to be honest. I mean it's not a bad tasting juice, I could probably vape it all day, but I feel it doesn't quite have enough taste. The butterscotch is there, but there should be more of it. Not my favourite I have to say, but then again I haven't really tasted a butterscotch juice that I've been completely satisfied with.

            I'm really not sure which one to pick as a favourite among these five. It's either the cinnamon roll or the hawk sauce, but they are two completely different flavour types so it's hard to say that one is better than the other. Guess it depends on what I'm in the mood for, so I'll just stick with putting them both in the top three so far in addition to the Thug Juice from part 1.

            Thanks a lot to Dag Einar at dampevarer.no for making this review possible.


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            • All my reviews are my honest opinion even if I am affiliated with the company manufacturing or selling the product.
            • These products were sent to me for free for the purpose of this review. 
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            Friday, 24 March 2017

            Review: Target Mini Vape Kit by Vaporesso

            Denne omtalen er også tilgjengelig på Norsk.

            Quite a few of Vaporessos mods have pretty unique looks I'd say, and the Target mods are no exception. Both the Pro and the Mini versions comes in at least 5 different colors, some of which I would not use publicly under any circumstances. But others look pretty cool, and luckily the Mini Kit provided for this review was the silver/stainless steel version, which I think is one of the best looking ones.

            In the box
            • Target Mini Mod
            • Guardian tank
            • SS ceramic coil head 0.5 Ohm (installed in tank)
            • SS ceramic coil head 0.6 Ohm
            • USB Charging cable
            • Two different drip tips
            • User manual

              Specifications
                  Target Mini mod:
                  • Dimensions: 36.5 x 24.2 x 58.1 mm
                  • Weight: 93g
                  • Temperature Range: 100℃-315℃/200F-600F
                  • Output Wattage: 5-40W
                  • Suitable Atomizer: VW:0.15Ω-5Ω / VT:0.1Ω-1.0Ω
                  • Standby Current: ﹤30uA
                  • Voltage range: 0-9V
                  • Battery Cell: Lithium 1400mAh Built in
                  • Safety: Set to prevent overvaping, overheating, and with child lock function
                  • Casting: Zinc Alloy and Stainless Steel
                  • Thread: 510 Thread
                  • Display: 0.49” OLED
                    Guardian tank:
                    • 2ml capacity
                    • Pyrex glass tank
                    • Direct-lung-hit and Mouth-to-lung drip-tips
                    • Top filling
                    • Leak-free design
                    • TPD-compliant
                    • Double child locking mechanism
                    • Adjustable airflow control
                    • Available in black and stainless steel  
                    • CCELL-GD (Giant Dual) Ceramic Coil (Comes in 0.15, 0.5 and 0.6 Ohms)
                      Look and feel

                      The Target mod, and the mini version I've got here, does have somewhat of a futuristic look, which I think is kind of cool. It's a way to differentiate itself from other mods. There is quite a lot of button rattle though, especially on the fire button. Not something I think about whenever I pick it up, but it does make it feel a bit cheaper than it could have felt, cause other than that both the tank and the mod feels pretty solidly built. The looks of the tank is quite nice as well. Nothing too fancy. When it comes to the 5 colors it comes in, I could have used 4 of them... guess the pink one is aimed at the ladies.

                      In use

                      Starting with the mod, it's pretty straight forward in use, and quite simple. Charge port is on the bottom. Personally I prefer it on the side so you can charge while it's standing straight up. Not a problem if you're using it with the Guardian tank that comes in the kit, cause that one does not leak any way you put it down, but some atties can leak if you leave them sideways for a longer period of time.

                      The menu system is very easy to use. There's a + and a - button for adjusting either wattage or temperature depending on what mode you're in, and there is a button below for selecting the mode. This one needs to be held down for a while to cycle between the different modes (Watt, Ni TC, SS TC, Ti TC and two configurable TC modes). You can also flip the screen upside down (or the other way around if you like) by holding down the + and - at the same time for a while. Those of you who have read some of my previous reviews will probably remember that I'm not a big fan of TC. I mean I don't mind it, I just prefer wattage mode. That said, I believe the SS TC works as intended. This is the only TC mode I've tested as the coils that comes with the tank are both SS coils.

                      The mod seems to have pass through functionality in a way, which means you are able to use it while charging. I don't think it charges while you press the button though since you need to give it a couple of minutes before you can vape it if the battery was dead when you plugged it in.

                      When it comes to the tank, this one is also quite straight forward in use, once you've managed to see the tiny writing on the the little piece on to that your drip-tip goes into that tells you that you need to twist it clockwise to unscrew it from the top cap (which needs to be done before you can unscrew the top-cap). The top-cap on mine is pretty tight so I need to use quite a lot of force to unscrew it (which is done counter-clockwise). Once you've got the top cap and the drip-tip piece back on you can twist the top cap clockwise to adjust the airflow. You can either make the big airhole a bit smaller or you can twist it even further to reveal two even smaller holes for you MTL vaping needs. You need to use quite a lot of force to adjust the air flow as well. To be totally honest I'm not that happy with this top filling mechanism. You need to unscrew two pieces to fill which is ... well one more than on most tanks, and you shouldn't be bothered to use that much force to adjust air flow and unscrew the top cap to fill it. Once you get the top cap off though, it's easy to fill with big holes for your juice and changing the coil head is quite straight forward.


                      Performance

                      The flavour and vapor production that the Guardian tank gives you is pretty good to be honest. Nice, crisp flavour and decent vapor production. It's no RTA, but very nice for a sub-ohm tank. There's plenty of air for direct lung hits if you have the air flow fully open, and you can use it as a mouth to lung tank if you prefer that.

                      The mod seems to deliver the wattage... in a way. I've only tested it against a DNA200 device, both set to 30 watts, just to see how it feels. It does feel like the DNA200 gives you more power, which could be explained by the fact that the DNA200 measures the resistance to 0.56 Ohms while the Target ways 0.43. Quite a bit difference there. The DNA200 costs quite a lot more. Anyway, assuming that the DNA200 is pretty accurate (it should be at that price), I'd say that the resistance measurements on the Target could have been better. Then again, crank up the watts a bit more on the Target and you get pretty good results on that one as well. It delivers more than enough power for the Guardian tank.

                      Pros and cons

                      + Flavour and vapor production is quite good
                      + Decent battery time for such a small mod
                      + Nice display and simple menu system
                      + Unique design
                      + Size.... if you're looking for something small that is
                      + No leaking 
                      - Measuring of resistance could have been better
                      - Top filling mechanism not my favourite, see above

                       Conclusion

                      Now despite the cons I've mentioned in this review, I do like Target Mini Vape kit quite a bit. It's small, does not leak at all and have a decent battery, making it a really nice kit to bring along on a night out or on short trips out and about. Battery life is better than both my COV Mini Volt and Nugget, and it does provide you with nice clean flavour on your short trips and nights out. (NOK 599,- at friskedrag.no)

                      The product reviewed was provided by Friske Drag.



                      Disclosure:
                      • All my reviews are my honest opinion even if I am affiliated with the company manufacturing or selling the product.
                      • This review does not contain affiliate links.