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Most cost efficient way to vape?
« on: May 08, 2011, 10:19:00 PM »
I was just wondering what device and atomizer is the most cost efficient way to vape? I know you can save money by mixing your own. Any other tips? Thanks in advance!

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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2011, 10:29:47 PM »
My guess would be to buy the 500 ml bottles of herc and mix it with VG. As for devices, i hear people vaped less with the drip tips because of the hassle in doing it so that hassle would also equate to economical savings.

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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2011, 10:47:59 PM »
i dont know, over 200 days with TW and i am still spending money, dont get me wrong ,i love my new hobby. :)

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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2011, 11:06:02 PM »
Just guessing here, but probably a pass-through and cartomizers.  I've never used either, but a lot of folks do, and they seem to like them. :)
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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2011, 11:16:53 PM »
I've tried a lot of different systems and I think my 510 cartomizers are the most efficient, but you don't get something for nothing.  The tanks make considerably more vapor along with other systems like the Clearomizers so naturally, they consume juice faster.  There's also voltage and resistance to consider.  The more power you vape with (lower resistance or higher voltage), the more juice you're going to use simply because you're making more vapor.  Probably direct dripping is the least efficient system only because some amount of juice can be wasted by overflow.  However, a drip shield can resolve that problem easily enough.  I'd say efficiency boils down to the amount of vapor you're producing.  If you select a lower producing system, like a standard 3 ohm cartomizer, you'll get better mileage off your juice.  But, you sacrifice vapor production.  Something like a LR tank atty is going to put out a lot more vapor, but it's going to go through juice  a lot faster.

Mixing your own juice can be much cheaper.  There can be a huge difference there, especially at lower nic levels.  You can save even more when buying dilutants in bulk.  For anyone looking to stretch their vaping dollar, mixing your own is the first thing I'd look into.

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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2011, 11:38:08 PM »
Mixing your own juice can be much cheaper.  There can be a huge difference there, especially at lower nic levels.  You can save even more when buying dilutants in bulk.  For anyone looking to stretch their vaping dollar, mixing your own is the first thing I'd look into.

What he said. Mixing you own really is the key.
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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2011, 11:49:36 PM »
My guess would be to buy the 500 ml bottles of herc and mix it with VG. As for devices, i hear people vaped less with the drip tips because of the hassle in doing it so that hassle would also equate to economical savings.

I vap about the same when I direct drip. I think the vast majority of people who DD do it for the full flavor of the vape. Something about that coil fully exposed to the juice.
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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2011, 11:20:51 AM »
Thats actually quite a difficult question, Serendipity, lol.  ;D  When I first started vaping, the Titan suited me almost perfectly but it was the battery charging that made me move over to the Tornado.  I wouldn't have wanted to use that right from the start, though.
For me, cost-effectiveness is choosing kit that will get you going but will still be usable thereafter if you move on up after only a few weeks so the Titan/Tornado combi is great.  Its also being able to buy samples of things so you can satisfy your taste and Nic requirements while you find what flavours you like (on top of the kit outlay) without exceeding what you'd spend on cigarettes.  Once you've found kit and flavours, its then being able to replace the parts and mix your own liquids as reasonably as possible, bearing in mind that you want quality with good service and availability.
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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2011, 11:38:21 AM »
I agree with HillBill. I have the parts and batteries to last me probably a year LOL. flavors is where I run into problems I get use to a flavor and it dont do it for me anymore. I have been getting creative. Mixing 2 flavors together.. I have found the the Tobacco flavor mixed witht he cherry I have give a great cherry cigar or cherry pipe tobacco taste and smell. Then from another supplier I bought some regular menthol. In the dark i attempted to drip in some more menthol and acutally had the cherry in my hand... IT WAS DARK OK? After Choking from the shock it hit me.. hey this is like a Cherry Cough Drop. So I kept playing. I have flavors that people ask me how I made and flavors that I use just because they shock the taste buds back to reality. LOL. On no so successful attempt turned out like you licked an ash try. Was nasty but tell ya what I still have a couple ML of it left and when Im in a place I feel its best not to vape... I USE THAT LMAO.  Turns me off to it for like an hour and Im good til I start the crave again LOL.

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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2011, 02:38:29 PM »
I was just wondering what device and atomizer is the most cost efficient way to vape? I know you can save money by mixing your own. Any other tips? Thanks in advance!

The most cost efficient way to vape is the prefilled cartomizers.  Once they are empty the first time you can refill them with what ever liquid you like.  At $2.59 each that is the cheapest way to go.

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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2011, 02:48:39 PM »
when i was using cartomizers i was using a hell of alot less juice than using my tank :o

i do find using the cartomizers you do get a true/better taste of your favourite juice than on the tank ;D

so i swap between them....but i do get fed up of checking the cartomizers are always full.....compared to my tank 8)

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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2011, 02:56:19 PM »
I agree with HillBill. I have the parts and batteries to last me probably a year LOL. flavors is where I run into problems I get use to a flavor and it dont do it for me anymore. I have been getting creative. Mixing 2 flavors together.. I have found the the Tobacco flavor mixed witht he cherry I have give a great cherry cigar or cherry pipe tobacco taste and smell. Then from another supplier I bought some regular menthol. In the dark i attempted to drip in some more menthol and acutally had the cherry in my hand... IT WAS DARK OK? After Choking from the shock it hit me.. hey this is like a Cherry Cough Drop. So I kept playing. I have flavors that people ask me how I made and flavors that I use just because they shock the taste buds back to reality. LOL. On no so successful attempt turned out like you licked an ash try. Was nasty but tell ya what I still have a couple ML of it left and when Im in a place I feel its best not to vape... I USE THAT LMAO.  Turns me off to it for like an hour and Im good til I start the crave again LOL.

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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2011, 10:38:07 PM »
i dont know, over 200 days with TW and i am still spending money, dont get me wrong ,i love my new hobby. :)
I thought in the bring that I was spending alot of money but now it seems to be leveling out.  I just wish there was a store around because just to order one thing at a time the shipping really adds up.   That was where I was running into problems of ordering stuff I did not need now but might need.  LOL  Guess I'm just cheap when it comes to shipping costs.

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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2011, 10:43:13 PM »
I agree with HillBill. I have the parts and batteries to last me probably a year LOL. flavors is where I run into problems I get use to a flavor and it dont do it for me anymore. I have been getting creative. Mixing 2 flavors together.. I have found the the Tobacco flavor mixed witht he cherry I have give a great cherry cigar or cherry pipe tobacco taste and smell. Then from another supplier I bought some regular menthol. In the dark i attempted to drip in some more menthol and acutally had the cherry in my hand... IT WAS DARK OK? After Choking from the shock it hit me.. hey this is like a Cherry Cough Drop. So I kept playing. I have flavors that people ask me how I made and flavors that I use just because they shock the taste buds back to reality. LOL. On no so successful attempt turned out like you licked an ash try. Was nasty but tell ya what I still have a couple ML of it left and when Im in a place I feel its best not to vape... I USE THAT LMAO.  Turns me off to it for like an hour and Im good til I start the crave again LOL.

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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2011, 10:55:23 PM »
If shipping costs are an issue, try to stock up a bit with each order.  That way you don't have to order as often and will pay less in shipping than with multiple small orders.  Particularly with juice and mixing supplies, since the shelf-life on them is so long, making it very economical to get a month or more worth at a time ;)

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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2011, 11:11:16 PM »
I just wanted to thank everyone for their helpful and funny replies! I can't get over how great everyone on this board has been. I still don't have my tank... Hopefully tomorrow I'll be vaping away! Y'all rock!
can someone point me in the direction of cartomizers I can use with my tornado kit? I'm dense, I know.
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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2011, 11:18:03 PM »
I believe it Is compatible with Titan parts except the charger. Someone will clarify this for you soon. http://www.totallywicked-eliquid.com/products/e-cig-accessories-510-titan/regular/510-titantornado-pre-filled-cartomizers-product.html these are what I use. They should work for you too. Wait till someone who has the tank clarifies this tho.

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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2011, 11:43:04 PM »
If us Tennesseans can start meeting up sometime I can show you what my setup is and explain how I do things.  Its nothing fancy, its cheap and does the job which is what I wanted and that is what it does.  One example is that a buddy of mine and I have been splitting orders.  A 10ml bottle of concentrate will make a lot of liquid at 15% flavor.  Also have been doing some trades.  I use nicotine in most of my mixes and he doesnt use any.  Usually I will place the order and do the mixing. I will mix up a 5ml batch without nicotine as a test run for us to try.  He lives about half hour drive away so we only see each other once every couple of weeks.  If I like the mix I will then mix up a 30ml bottle for myself. That takes 4.5ml of concentrate, the rest I set aside until he lets me know that he likes it or not. If he does then I mix him up a 30ml bottle without the nic.  If just one of us likes it then that leaves a little more than 5ml to trade with or if neither likes it then we got a little more than 9ml to trade with.  If we both like it then we got about 65ml of the juice for each 10ml bottle of concentrate.  

I personally think the liquid cost is higher than the hardware. I first used a cheap e-cig then I bought the tank kit from here. I like the tank kit because the batteries can be used for just about anything.  I use cartomizers, tanks, and now clearomizers all on the batteries I got with the tank.

The initial investment is the highest, at least for me it was. Now most of what I spend is optional on many flavors to find some I like. I would estimate I have about 500ml of liquid already mixed and ready right now. Add about a liter of VG that I have along with a lot of concentrate and I could probably go a year or more without buying any more juice.

My biggest expense right now is having to buy the Titan Tobacco and Titan Winston liquids. I love those and cant get them in concentrate. I just ordered a 20ml bottle of each this week.

If we could get a Tn vapors club going then perhaps we could help save even more money by helping each other by trading juices or something.  I know if I could afford it, and TW would do it, I would open up a shop here to sell vaping supplies and start a vapors lounge.

Edit... What Rtsjr linked to will work with the tornado batteries. Those are wonderful!. I usually add a few every time I order something. They come filled with Titan Tobacco and once its empty it can be refilled if you have a syringe. There are other ways but I dont know how.
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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2011, 11:54:36 PM »
I don't use the needle even tho I have a blunt one perfect for it. All I do is drop 10-15 drops into the atty end, not the mouthpiece, and let sit for a few minutes and presto wipe and use. I've done it 20+ times. I'd say lasts about a week each unless you buy an adapter and rip It apart to clean it cause it does start to taste bad before the atty in it burns out. 

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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2011, 11:59:08 PM »
I don't use the needle even tho I have a blunt one perfect for it. All I do is drop 10-15 drops into the atty end, not the mouthpiece, and let sit for a few minutes and presto wipe and use. I've done it 20+ times. I'd say lasts about a week each unless you buy an adapter and rip It apart to clean it cause it does start to taste bad before the atty in it burns out. 

I need to start taking them apart. I have enough material to change out the filler when they get that bad taste. My problem is that the plastic breaks on me when I try.

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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2011, 03:29:32 AM »
I don't use the needle even tho I have a blunt one perfect for it. All I do is drop 10-15 drops into the atty end, not the mouthpiece, and let sit for a few minutes and presto wipe and use. I've done it 20+ times. I'd say lasts about a week each unless you buy an adapter and rip It apart to clean it cause it does start to taste bad before the atty in it burns out. 

I need to start taking them apart. I have enough material to change out the filler when they get that bad taste. My problem is that the plastic breaks on me when I try.
I've only ever seen the method where people break the seal at the battery end to lift the outer housing off the electrical innards.  They always seem to look a mess afterwards  :(  so I decided not to bother in view of the price.

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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2011, 03:42:27 AM »
We changed subject to ripping the cartomizer apart.  ;)

But ya that's what I'd do rather than junk the battery.

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Re: Most cost efficient way to vape?
« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2011, 03:59:50 AM »
Ooh, I didn't mean break the seal ON the battery end, Rtsjr.  :o  I was meaning the battery end of the atomiser lol.  ;D

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« Reply #23 on: May 11, 2011, 06:45:42 AM »
I agree with CraigHB in that when I use tanks or direct drip I consume juice faster  :'(  a lot faster.
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« Reply #24 on: May 11, 2011, 07:56:04 AM »
Ooh, I didn't mean break the seal ON the battery end, Rtsjr.  :o  I was meaning the battery end of the atomiser lol.  ;D
Oh lol ok. I'll try to get mine apart and put pics up tomorrow. I heard these are new ones that come apart without ripping all up when taken apart.

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