Do E-Cigarettes Set Off Fire Alarms?

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One of the most important questions vapers face in everyday life is: will my e-cigarette set off a smoke detector? It’s not an easy question to answer. After all, e-cigs produce vapor not smoke, so in theory, an e-cigarette won’t set off a smoke detector because there’s nothing to detect. As a general rule, that is indeed correct, but it’s not always as simple as that.

There are three commonly used smoke detectors available, and the likelihood of vapor being detected as smoke by them depends on which kind is being used. 

Heat Alarms

The least commonly used, and the one that poses fewest problems for vapers is the Heat Alarm, which is used mostly in kitchens and triggers based on the level of heat it detects and not the amount of smoke. As there are no problems with the heat produced when vapers vape, there should be no problem using an e-cig around this kind of alarm.

Ionization-Based Detectors

Ionization-based smoke detectors work around a small amount of radioactive material that sits between two electrically-charged plates. This ionizes the air within the device and generates a current that smoke particles break, thus triggering the alarm.

As this kind of detector works on a particle level, it can be very sensitive to changes in your environment. With e-cigs producing vapor and not smoke (and therefore different kinds of particles), they shouldn’t often set off ionization-based detectors, but they have been known to.

Photoelectric-Based Detectors

The final kind of smoke detector is the most common and the most likely to be triggered by an e-cigarette. Photoelectric detectors use optical light beams to detect smoke in their vicinity. If there’s enough smoke surrounding the detector, the light beam is broken and the alarm is triggered.

There’s less risk of this happening with vapor than there is with smoke, but it’s still possible. If there’s enough vapor present to break the beam, the alarm will trigger, regardless of the fact that smoke is not present.

Using e-cigarettes around smoke detectors

There’s no firm rule for using e-cigs around smoke detectors. Some detectors may be triggered, some may not. The best thing to do is judge each circumstance on its own merits. If you produce a lot of vapor and you’re in very close vicinity to a smoke detector in a crowded or sensitive area, it’s best to not vape. This way you remove the likelihood of triggering the alarm and causing problems for yourself and those around you.

If on the other hand, you’re in your own home, the home of a family member or friend, or you’re a significant distance away from a smoke detector, blowing your vapor away from it, there should be no problem. You’re cutting the risk of triggering the detector by keeping vapor away from it, and even if it does go off, you’re in a controllable environment.

As always though, if you’re in an area that strictly prohibits the use of an e-cig, follow the rules and do not vape.

blu Year’s Resolutions

The New Year is finally here, and we couldn’t be more excited to ring in 2018! As the clock ticked over to January 1st, you have found your thoughts turning to your New Year’s resolution. You promised yourself that it’ll be different from last year, it’ll last throughout the year and it’ll help you make a change for the better.

But what if this year you could do something really memorable with your New Year’s resolution?

Here are just a few of the benefits you could enjoy if you decide to use blu this year.

Better Smelling Clothes

E-cigarettes produce vapor, but one of the advantages of blu® products is that we provide an array of vaping products for every lifestyle. Vapor evaporates very quickly meaning that you can wave goodbye to any lingering smells, and because of this you don’t have to worry about the smell of smoke sticking to your clothes.

More Flavor

blu® products come in a wide range of great flavors, and this gives you the chance to bring some variety to your day. You can mix it up with fruity flavors like Cherry and Berry Cobbler or stay cool with Blue Ice. The choice is yours!

Vaping Indoors

Unlike smoking, there may be loads of places that let you use e-cigarettes inside meaning you won’t have to head out into the cold whenever you want to vape. As mentioned earlier, e-cigarettes also allow you to vape in the comfort of your own home because you don’t need to worry about the smell.

No Ash

With e-cigarettes, ash and ashtrays are a thing of the past. By vaping blu, you’ll never have to bear the sight of a smelly ashtray in the center of a table or beside a couch ever again.

Why Should I Register With blu?

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When you start using something new, you want to know that you’re getting more than just the product. There are loads of companies out there that are happy to love you and leave you, but at blu, we’re always looking to give you something better. That’s why registering with blu will give you a load of great benefits. Here are some of the main things you can look forward to when you register with blu.

bluNation® Points Help You Save

Registering with blu means you become a part of bluNation®, which means that every time you buy a blu product online or in stores you can earn points to help you save on your next order. To learn more about how bluNation® points work, check out our blog.

Access to Exclusive Offers

By signing up for our newsletter, you’ll get all the latest news from blu including updates on new products and flavors as well as exclusive offers only available to newsletter subscribers. Sign up for our newsletter by heading to the link in the footer of this page.

Organize With Auto Ship

When you register with blu you’ll be able to setup automated delivery with our Auto Ship service. This way you can make sure that you’ve always got plenty of e-liquid and extra batteries when you need them. Changing Auto Ship is really simple, so if you ever want more or less in each delivery, just login to your account and change the details of your order.

Great Customer Service

We understand that vaping can be tricky and that’s why our amazing staff are always on hand to help out if you need an answer to any vaping questions. You can get in touch with our Customer Service team on the phone, by email or on Twitter and Facebook.

4 Steps To Start Vaping With Confidence In The New Year

Whenever you start something new, those first few steps into the unknown can be tentative and apprehensive. Everyone’s a rookie at some point, but this doesn’t help when you feel like you’re unsure of what you’re doing. Vaping is no different and even the most confident vapers started their journey as newbies cautiously puffing and poking at their e-cigarette.

Here we go through a few steps to help you start vaping with confidence when you decide to make the switch to blu.

  1. Find the right e-cigarette and e-liquid

Everyone has their own likes and dislikes, and e-cigarettes are no different. Figuring out what kind of vaper you think you’ll be is important as it’ll determine what kind of device will be best for you. You can use our interactive quiz to find out your ideal e-cigarette.

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Getting the perfect e-liquid is just as important as even with a great e-cig, the wrong flavor can shape the entire experience. For more tips on picking the right e-liquid for you, check out our blog on how to choose your next e-liquid.

  1. Plan out the first few weeks of your vaping experience

We love it when a plan comes together!

Having an idea of when you want to start vaping blu and how often you want to use your e-cigarette might help you make the switch to blu. If you’ve not vaped before, you may find that you need some time to get used to it. For example, as there’s no natural break when using an e-cigarette you may need to decide how long you vape for each time you use it. This is because when the tank or clearomizer is full your e-cigarette will last much longer and without this natural break, you might find yourself vaping for more or less time than you’d like.

If you’re making a gradual change to blu, having a plan can also help you factor in how quickly you’d like to switch. Include details of how much you think you’ll vape and if you want to increase this amount over the first few weeks.

  1. Find a vape buddy

Good things come in pairs and vaping with an old friend alongside you will help you start vaping with confidence. Whether your friend is a long-time vaper who has convinced you to make the change, knowing there’s someone you can share your experience with will help.

If you do manage to find someone who is a vaper, be it for longer than you or somebody who’s decided to start vaping around the same time, you can troubleshoot any issues that you come across along the way and swap stories about how you’ve found your vaping experience so far. If you are looking for more advice on e-cigarettes, remember that our team is always here to lend a hand.

  1. Get clued up on everything to do with e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes aren’t the hardest thing in the world to wrap your head around and with a little time everyone gets the hang of the in’s and out’s of vaping. The tricky part is getting through that period where you might need a little extra time to learn how e-cigarettes work and how you can look after them.

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It’s tempting to skip ahead to the end and breeze past the advice online and from friends but ultimately you’ll have a better experience if you sit down and get to know the basics. There’s tons of information on our site on everything from e-cigarette battery maintenance to flavor ghosting. A good place to start is our Vaping Glossary which gives a run-down of all the need-to-know vaping terminology.

How To Choose Your Next Vape Juice

Finding the right e-liquid is always a moment to savor – the finishing line after countless different flavors and nicotine strengths, there’s really nothing like the taste of that vape.

It’s just finding the e-liquid that works for you that’s the hard part…

Fortunately for you, blu is here to lend a helping hand and take you through everything you need to consider when picking your next e-liquid flavor to make sure that you get the vape you’ve been looking for.

There are three basic steps to picking your next e-liquid:

  1. Pick your flavor
  2. Choose your nicotine percentage
  3. Decide how much you’ll need

In this guide we take a detailed look at each of these steps and go through all the factors you’ll need to consider when picking your e-liquid.

1. Pick Your Flavor

First of all, you’ll need to decide what flavor you want and, more specifically, what type of flavor you want. There are a few obvious choices with familiar flavors such as Tobacco and Menthol, but when it comes to the newer tastes it can hard to decide what’ll make your perfect vape.

Although one of the great things about vaping is the different flavors to choose from, this can make picking that first flavor a tad tricky. Thinking about the type of flavor you want can help and we’ve listed a few of the different types of flavors we have on offer below:

Remember to check if the e-cigarette you’ve chosen comes with the flavor you’d like to use as some of the newer flavors aren’t available with older blu® products. Consider where you are most likely to vape as well as some vapers find that they like different flavors for different occasions.

2. Choose Your Nicotine Percentage

There’s enough information on nicotine percentages out there to make anyone’s head spin but at blu, we like to keep it nice and simple. That’s why our vape juice comes in just four different nicotine percentages:

  • 0%
  • 1.2%
  • 2.4%
  • 4.5%

The 4.5% vape e-liquid is only available in our blu® Disposables range, so if you want a e-liquids with a higher nicotine percentage, go for one of these e-cigarettes.

Some vapers who’ve just switched to e-cigarettes say that they prefer vape juice with a higher percentage of nicotine, although there are others who don’t feel this is as important. The best thing to do is try out the percentage you think will work best and try another if you feel you’d like more or less nicotine in your e-liquid.

Make sure to check that the flavor you’ve picked comes in the nicotine strength you’re after as not all of the flavors from blu come in all four nicotine strengths.

3. Decide How Much E-Liquid You’ll Need

This one catches a few people out, but in the end, you’ll be fine if you remember this logic: the more you vape, the more e-liquid you’ll need. Piece of cake!

If you’re the type of person who vapes a lot throughout the day, you’ll probably need about 6 packs of tanks, 3-4 disposables or 2 liquid bottles (depending on the type of e-cigarette you’re using) to last you the week. Keep in mind that this is just a rough guide and that you might find yourself vaping much more or much less than advised here.

So now that you’ve decided on your next vape juice, you’re all ready to vape – so what are you waiting for!

Vaping At The Football

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For any vapers who consider themselves football fans, there’s always one question on their mind: can I vape at the stadium? We’ve previously looked at the vaping laws when it comes to baseball and golf, so here we give you all the information you need to enjoy your day at the gridiron.

Before checking out the details for each stadium, we can tell you that there aren’t any stadiums that allow vaping in the stands, but by reading our guide you can make sure that you can plan your trip as necessary. This may mean that you’re able to head outside the stadium or to a specific area of the ground to vape, or that you make sure to do so before coming to the stadium.

Local laws can change frequently so to be absolutely sure of the vaping regulations, check with the stadium before the you go to the game.

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5 Things Not To Do With a blu Electronic Cigarette

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By now, you’re probably aware of all the things you can do with a blu® electronic cigarette. You can vape in many places where you can’t smoke a tobacco cigarette, keep your clothes and hair smoke-free, and avoid dealing with messy ashtrays. You may not, however, know about some of the things that you shouldn’t do with a blu.

Here’s a short list of things that you definitely do NOT want to try at home (or on the road, in your office, or anywhere else)!

1) Don’t put a blu e-cigarette loosely in your back pocket

Of course you CAN put your blu into the rechargeable pack and THEN put the pack into your pocket. But when you store your blu loosely in your back pocket you run the risk of the following:

  • You could damage your blu if you sit on it or forget to remove it from your pocket.
  • You’ll likely get pocket lint or other miscellaneous pocket items on your mouthpiece, and that’s just gross.
  • You could forget you left the e-cig in your pocket, and it could end up in the washer when you’re doing laundry!

2) Don’t try to add your own e-liquid

blu® Disposables and blu PLUS+ Tanks™ are already pre-filled and NON-refillable, so please forget about all those “e-cig hacks” articles and videos you may have seen online. Not only will you likely damage your device if you try and “tweak” your blu® e-cigarette, you’ll also void the warranty.

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3) Don’t try to disassemble your blu® Disposable

As mentioned in number 2, the blu® Disposable is designed for single-use. When your blu is empty, it should be properly discarded. In other words, use of your blu® Disposable is simple. Please don’t complicate the process by attempting to take a disposable apart and then trying to put it back together. You could cause your device to short circuit and damage the battery cell which will void your warranty. Ignore any urges you may have to “pimp your e-cig.”

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4) Don’t use non-blu products or accessories with blu® products or accessories

In other words, don’t try to mix and match blu stuff with non-blu stuff. Just don’t, trust us. See the above spiel about ignoring “hack” articles/videos and voiding the warranty.

blu® products and accessories are made with one another. They aren’t designed to be used with non-blu products so don’t try to charge a blu battery or blu pack with a non-blu accessory. Don’t try using a non-blu tank with a blu battery. Worst-case scenario, you could do some serious damage to your blu. “Best-case” scenario, you could have a horrible experience from a performance perspective (e.g. the vapor may taste like a sweaty sneaker…or worse). However, when it comes to your blu Wall Charger, you may use your wall adapter with an equivalent device and your USB cord with a properly specified wall adapter.

5) Don’t vape like no one’s watching

This kinda goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: don’t be a jerk when you’re using your blu. Even though you can still use your blu in many places where you can’t smoke a tobacco cigarette, some venues do NOT allow electronic cigarette use. So please be respectful of whatever laws, rules and regulations you may encounter. In short, don’t vape in places where it’s not allowed.

If you find yourself in such a setting, it’s likely not the appropriate time or place to make a political statement about your right to vape. Think about it — the waiter who tells you vaping is against the restaurant’s policy likely doesn’t have the authority to reverse said policy. So instead of making a scene and arguing, fight the good fight the right way.

blu Fan of the Month: January

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Over the past year we’ve been getting to know  the people of bluNation® and hearing more about how they first got into vaping with blu and what it means to them. Our latest fan of the month is Trevor, and we asked him about why he vapes with blu as well as a little about himself.

If you want to be in with a chance of being featured as our next Fan of the Month, fill out our questionnaire and tell us: What makes you stand out from other blu vapers? You’ll get the chance to appear on the blu Blog and you’ll receive a $100 gift card! For more information on the competition, check out the terms and conditions here.

Meet our January Fan of the Month: Trevor

How long have you used blu?

I have used the blu® Disposable on and off for a few years now, but didn’t fall in love with it until now with my full commitment to it and the business that it carries.

What’s your favorite flavor and why?

My favorite flavors are from the blu® Disposable at 4.5%, Cherry Crush and Vivid Vanilla. I chose these flavors because of their distinct smell at the moment I opened the box, a smell that I can appreciate and know that I can choose my focus towards a new thing that others will not be offended by.

Tell us about your blu experience.

I use blu day in and day out, whether I’m at the golf course working on a new project or sitting at home with my wife not needing to go outside or repulse her with my bad smell. My life with blu is more cost-effective, efficient, selective, appropriate and overall more enjoyable.

You have the entire day to spend doing whatever you want. How do you spend it?

Since my job takes place outside, rain or shine, I would most likely spend my whole day with my wife cooking up a fabulous meal for our friends and family because nothing is more important than filling your time that you have to yourself, sharing it with the people that you care the most about.

Where are your go-to vaping spots?

I have one in my locker at work for back up and I carry my current one with me through my whole day. There is no angle I cannot play, no excuses, only victory.

Any advice for someone new to blu?

Just try it. There is an option for anyone. This company swamps the rest. You can commit to one thing, but to commit to blu is a way, way better option.