blu Goes Italian!

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Ciao, siamo aperti!

That’s about as subtle a way as possible to let you know that our brand new Italian shop is now live! You may not have been aware that you can vape when on your travels through Europe, but rest assured that any globetrotting vapers are now able to vape around the world!

Being able to talk to and connect with vapers from all over the world is something that blu prides itself on, and hearing the different perspectives of vapers from a variety of countries allows us to make sure every box is ticked when it comes to our e-cigarettes and e-liquids. Ultimately this makes our products even better than ever, which helps improve your vaping experience – and when it comes down to it, that’s all we’re after!

So the next time you’re using your blu, remember that you aren’t alone and that there’s a global vaping community who are right there with you, every step of the way.

E-Cigarette Battery Maintenance

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Making sure that your battery is in good working order is key to any vaping experience. Without a functional battery, your e-cigarette simply won’t work, so it’s important to understand how to use your battery properly. Here we take a look at the best ways to maintain your battery.

Cleaning

As with the mouthpiece and the clearomizer, batteries need to be cleaned regularly to ensure that they are working properly. Dust and dirt can find their way onto the battery fairly regularly, especially if you carry around your e-cig in your bag or pocket, so maintenance is vital.

The terminal is the most important part of the battery from this perspective, as this is the only exposed part of the device. This means that if anything gets inside through this port, it will be near impossible to get out. If something does get inside the terminal it can affect the performance of the battery.

Cleaning the terminal regularly ensures that when you screw the battery onto the clearomizer or tank, dust isn’t forced inside the device. The best way to clean the terminal is with a cotton swab, as this can be used to gently scoop up any debris inside the opening without the risk of harming any part of the device itself.

Holding the cotton swab like a pencil, swirl the tip around the terminal and scoop out any stray dirt. Make sure to thoroughly clean the inner walls of the terminal as dirt can often get trapped here when the battery is screwed back onto the clearomizer or tank. For this reason it is also a good idea to check if this part of the e-cigarette has any dirt when unscrewing the component parts.

Storage

As the previous section implies, one of the best ways to keep your battery working at full capacity is to keep any dust or dirt out of the terminal. One of the easiest methods to avoid this is to store your battery correctly. By keeping your battery in a secure place, it is less likely to accumulate any debris. Furthermore, this will also help protect your battery from any damage. The blu PLUS+™ Rechargeable Kit comes with a handy case to help keep your e-cigarettes safe, and the cases also offer storage for extra tanks and batteries.

If you are using the blu PRO™, it is still worth finding a safe place to store your battery at home and a secure means of carrying it around with you. At home a simple solution could be to designate a particular drawer to keep it in so that you aren’t tempted to leave it lying around, and some vapers have used a glass to store their vape pen in the same way that you might store a toothbrush. When you’re out of the house, make sure that the battery isn’t left at the bottom of a bag or purse as this may lead to damage. Try to find a separate compartment or pocket that your e-cigarette can sit in by itself.

It is also worth noting that to keep your battery working properly, it should be stored away from direct sunlight and at room temperature.

Charging

A vaper’s worst nightmare is being out and about only to realize that their e-cigarette is out of charge. It is worth making sure that your battery is well charged before any trip out as letting the battery run completely dry too often may affect how it performs.

However, it is also important not to overcharge the battery. While it may be tempting to leave an e-cig to charge overnight, doing this too much to the battery may run it down in the long term. It should usually take around 1-3 hours for the battery to fully charge.

All blu® e-cigs indicate when they are fully charged, either when the tip begins flashing or when the light on the USB charger turns green. By keeping an eye on these indicators you can ensure that you don’t accidentally overcharge your battery and compromise its functionality.

Valentine’s Day: How To Vape On A Date

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Love is in the air, and if you’re lucky enough to be heading out on a date this Valentine’s Day, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got all the bases covered. For those of you who vape, trying to figure out how to vape when you’re out on the town could be tricky.

Honesty Is The Best Policy

If vaping is important enough to you that you’re weighing up the options on how to broach the topic with your new beau or belle, then it’s worth being totally upfront about it. Starting off a relationship hiding a part of who you are isn’t exactly what Billy Joel was singing about all those years ago. That aside, if you vape regularly it’s bound to come up in conversation somewhere down the line – unless your date is also a vaper!

Show Me Yours, I’ll Show You Mine

If your date is a vaper, a great way to break the ice could be comparing e-cigs and e-liquid flavors. Get the conversation going by talking about why you enjoy your e-cigarettes as well as where, when and how you like to vape.

Often people who don’t vape are still curious as to what vaping is and how it works, so if they take an interest it could be another way to get the conversation flowing. Just make sure to steer clear of the more advanced terminology – no one likes a know-it-all!

Be Considerate

Even if your date happens to vape, it’s still a good idea to be considerate when you’re vaping. It may sound obvious, but everyone vapes differently. Your date may not use their e-cig as much as you do, so don’t count on them to be up for heading outside every half an hour for a vape break.

Similarly, if your date isn’t a vaper, think about how often and how long you choose to vape for. As your date watches the ice melt in their drink while you go outside to vape, they may start to get impatient and that’s the last thing you’d want to happen!

Think Disposable

blu® Disposables are easier to carry and can be thrown away as soon as you have finished using them. This makes them straightforward to use and means you won’t need to carry additional e-liquids or charging cases.

If you aren’t using a disposable e-cig, make sure to refill and charge your e-cigarette before you head out. This way you won’t have to take out your e-liquid in the middle of the evening or leave early to charge your e-cig!

Plan Your Date Accordingly

Sitting through a two-and-a-half hour movie may work for some, but if you want to be able to vape during your date, you’ll want to plan so that you don’t need to excuse yourself to use your e-cig. Similarly, if you’re planning a day out, check the vaping regulations of your intended destination before you go.

Taking a romantic walk through the park or some al fresco dining at a vape-friendly restaurant may be your best bet if you want to be able to vape in between whispering sweet nothings in each other’s ears.

However you decide to vape on your date, we wish you the best of luck and hope you’ll be vaping together for years to come!

Global Vaping Laws

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Since its inception, vaping has become extremely popular and vapers are found all around the world. However, for vapers looking to travel, there is always one question on their mind: what are the vaping laws in other countries? The laws can vary greatly depending on the country you find yourself in. Here we take a look at the general vaping laws around the world.

These vaping laws are subject to change, so if you’re travelling to one of the countries mentioned here make sure to check if there have been any recent changes to be 100% sure.

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