4 Things You Need To Know Before Vaping In Winter

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With the cold and wet weather, winter months can be harsh whatever your lifestyle or hobbies may be. Winter can also have a big impact on vaping, but luckily there are steps you can take when temperatures start to drop to make sure your e-cigs are in full working order. Take a look at a few vaping tips you’ll find helpful this winter.

Can E-Liquid Freeze?

One obvious question you might have about your e-cig is whether or not the e-liquid inside can freeze when the weather outside is frightful. The good news is that while it can freeze, it has a lower freezing point than water, so frozen puddles at your feet doesn’t necessarily mean frozen e-liquid in your blu. Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, while the two main components of e-liquid, propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin freeze at 10 degrees and 2 degrees respectively.

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For this reason it’s going to have to be very cold for e-liquid to freeze, though the freezing point may vary depending on how much PG or VG is in your e-liquid. One thing to bear in mind is that while your e-liquid might not turn into a popsicle, it may get thicker when cold, so you may need to pay extra attention to your clearomizer in the winter months to ensure you get a good flavor from your e-cigarette.

Protect Your E-Cig

It goes without saying that when winter rolls around you need to take extra care of your car, so it stands to reason that the same applies to your e-cig. One potential issue is that the cold weather can affect battery life, reducing it to around 70% of its usual capacity, so it is important to keep the battery from getting too cold. In relatively mild temperatures, this can be as simple as keeping the battery in an inside pocket to prevent the cold from getting to it, or try keeping it somewhere where it won’t be exposed to chilly temperatures for extended periods.

Use Chapstick When Vaping Outside

Winter can be harsh on the lips, especially when they get chapped from the biting winds and swirling gales. We’ve all laughed at movies and cartoons when people get their tongues stuck to lamp posts and flagpoles, but when your lips get dry during winter, this could happen with your e-cig too. If you’re vaping outside during winter, you should consider using a chapstick to make sure there’s no chance of the tip getting stuck to your lips.

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Don’t Get Lost In The Clouds

One side effect of the colder weather is that the clouds of vape you exhale are slightly bigger than usual. While this shouldn’t be a problem for most vapers it is something to consider if you’re vaping in your car. The colder temperatures could also cause your windscreen to fog up more quickly if you’re vaping with the windows closed, so make sure to keep the car nice and toasty to prevent this from happening.

Most of what you need to be aware of when vaping in winter is common sense and looking after yourself and your e-cig, but if you do have any problems with the latter, get in touch with our Customer Service team who will be happy to help.

What Are The Advantages of 0% Nicotine Vape Juice?

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One of the best things about vaping is the choice that each and every vaper has, which gives them the chance to make their experience unique to them. The same goes for the type of e-cig you go for, the flavor of vape juice, and even the nicotine strength of the vape juice. When it comes to the last of these attributes, a lot of vapers are now deciding to vape e-liquid with 0% nicotine. Some vapers may find this unusual, but there are some advantages to vaping with 0% nicotine vape juice.

Stronger Flavors

If for you vaping is all about the flavor, you may wanna switch to a vape juice with 0% nicotine. Most vapers agree that you get a stronger flavor when vaping an e-liquid that doesn’t contain nicotine. When nicotine is added to an vape juice in a certain measure, it naturally dilutes that flavor to a certain degree.

Put simply, vape juice that has 2.4% nicotine will have less space in a 100ml measure the flavorings that make each flavor what it is. With a nicotine free vape juice, you can get a small percentage more of these flavorings into the mixture, giving you a superior flavor.

Smoother Vape

Some vapers say that one of the first things they notice after switching from vape juice containing nicotine to 0% nicotine vape juice is that their vape feels smoother than it did before. For vapers who enjoy the tactile element of vaping, switching to a 0% nicotine vape juice could be a quick and easy way to improve your vaping experience.

Bigger Clouds

For the same reason as mentioned with regard to the flavor, having no nicotine in your vape juice means that you can increase the ratio of the other ingredients. If you enjoy vaping big clouds, you’ll be able to vape more with e-liquids that contain a higher concentration of vegetable glycerin, the ingredient to which clouds are commonly attributed.

Best Halloween Costumes For Vapers

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It’s hard to believe, but Halloween is right around the corner, and that means everyone needs to get ready for the spookiest holiday of them all! Before the big day, you’ll need to drag all of your decorations out of the cardboard box in the attic, carve up the scariest (or silliest) pumpkin you can fathom, and, most importantly, find a great costume to wear.

But which costume will really help you stand out this year? After all, pretty much any good idea in memory has been done to death, and on top of that you can guarantee that every other person you run into will go as someone from the year’s hottest movies or TV shows. Being a Jon Snow in a room of Jon Snows ain’t so special.

Luckily for you, you can show off your vaping colors with this short list of the best costumes to wear using your e-cig as a prop! Choose one of these costumes to stand out from the crowd this Halloween, and let everyone know that you’re proud to be a vaper.

Volcano

Your e-cig will serve as a great prop as a part of your volcano costume, and one of the best things about this costume is that it can be totally different depending on how ambitious you are.

To do this idea simply, wear brown clothes underneath and then get a hold of a cheap pair of yellow and red t-shirts. Cut most of the material from the t-shirts off, leaving the collar on both, with long lines leading down from each. Put these on over the brown underlayer to give the effect of spewing molten lava. It may be worth tracing these lines before cutting the t-shirts. For even greater effect, you could dye your hair red and yellow to mimic the lava, or gray to imitate the ash coming from the volcano.

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Steam Train

This costume will require a little more preparation since you’ll have to put it together with cardboard before painting the final design. The best way to get it done is to have a large box that slips over you for the main part of the train with a small, cylindrical tube attached to the front to serve as the front of the train. You can also fix the smokestack to this tube to give your train its unmistakable finish.

You can attach some spare suspenders to the main box to make sure you don’t have to cling onto it all night, and you can use the spare circular cut-outs from the smaller tubes as wheels on the side of your train. For the more adventurous costume makers among you, cut a series of holes from the main box to the smokestack so you can blow your vape through to give your train a realistic feel.

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Dragon

Whether you go contemporary or traditional, nothing’s gonna beat this mythical beast! You’ll be able to find plenty of pre-made dragon costumes out there, so if you’re short on time this may be the costume for you.

If you want to make your own, it’s a great chance to get creative and give your costume a personal touch. You can make the mask by cutting and painting a plain face mask, although you should make sure that this color scheme matches the outfit’s accompanying clothes. Try to find clothes will that give your outfit a particularly scaly look. The wings can be made by tracing the shape onto large pieces of cardboard before cutting, painting and decorating. Attach the wings to two looped pieces of string so you can wear them rather than sticking them to your shirt.

If you decide to use your e-cig as a prop in your Halloween costume this year, make sure to take plenty of pictures and share them with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Vaping In Fall

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With summer winding down to a close, it’s time to put the barbecue back in the garage and search through the closet for that warm, fuzzy sweater. The weather in autumn isn’t so extreme that your vape will be affected, but there are a few points you may want to consider.

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Fall Vaping Tips

The weather won’t get too cold during fall, but just in case the temperatures start to get really cold, make sure to keep your e-cig nice and warm. If the temperature – and by extension your e-cig – gets below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, your battery may start to lose capacity, meaning that it won’t be able to hold as much charge as before. While it’s unlikely to dip below 32 degrees during the day, towards the back end of fall the nights can get pretty chilly, so don’t leave your e-cig in your car.

What’s more, you shouldn’t use your e-cig at all if it gets below 14 degrees Fahrenheit, as at this temperature your e-liquid may start to freeze, affecting the flavor. The battery won’t work to well in temperatures these low either, so if it does happen to get very cold, take your e-cig back inside the house to enjoy a nice warm vape!

If you want more tips on even colder weather, check out our Vaping Tips For Winter to make sure that your e-cig keeps working at its best.

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Best Flavors To Vape In Fall

Fall is hands down one of the most colorful and cozy seasons of them all. Make sure you’re vaping something that suits the season! Here are a few flavors we recommend to compliment the crisper air and cool evenings:

Caramel Café

Nothing says fall like a strong cup of coffee on a cold morning, and our Caramel Café e-cig tanks and e-liquids come with the delicious warmth that is perfect for a cold, early morning on the porch. The warm, luxurious taste of Caramel Café is the perfect way to start any fall weekend.

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Berry Cobbler

If you’re after something even fruitier, try our Berry Cobbler instead. Berry Cobbler is a dessert and fruit flavor that’s finished with subtle notes of vanilla and seasonal berries.

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Mint Chocolate

If you’re looking for a more classic, dessert flavor, Mint Chocolate has the cool, invigorating taste of mint and the rich, decadent taste of cocoa.

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Tobacco

Couple your traditional fall activities with a traditional vape. Tobacco, our most popular flavor, was crafted for warm, full-bodied, authentic flavor.

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Did we leave your favorite off the list? Get in touch with us on Twitter or Facebook to let us know your fall go-to.

Questions Every Vaper Gets Asked

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For those who haven’t vaped before, or even seen someone vaping, the whole concept is pretty fascinating. As the token vaper in your friend group, there are often a lot of questions to field when you take your e-cigarette out in front of your non-vaping friends. But, as with anything, the questions can start to get a bit tiresome after the first couple hundred. If you’re a vape connoisseur, you’re sure to have heard all these questions at some point; here, we run through the most common questions that vapers get asked and how to respond to them.

“What’s vaping like?”

Something of an odd question – what’s anything like!? Admittedly it’s only natural that non-vapers would be curious and wonder how it feels to vape, but the question isn’t a particularly straightforward one to answer.

“How does vaping work?”

To the untrained eye, an e-cigarette might look pretty complicated, but as you know by now they’re pretty simple to use. Get your e-liquid, charge the battery, and then inhale. It’s simple! You can explain to your friends how the e-liquid gets heated up if they’re eager to learn too.

“What are you exhaling?”

E-cigarettes produce vapor by heating the e-liquid that’s inside them. The vapor is made up of water droplets, and for this reason it evaporates after lingering in the air for a few seconds. Most vapor has the faint smell of whichever flavor it is you’re vaping, but again the smell usually disappears after a few seconds.

“Can I try your e-cigarette?”

The last thing you want is your vape being passed round the group like some gross chew toy. Tell your friends calmly that you’d rather they not, no more than they’d like if you clambered over the dinner table and started chowing down on their appetizer. If they’re genuinely interested, you can advise them to grab a blu for themselves and see what they’re missing.

“Isn’t vaping different flavors weird?”

We’ll give this one some credit because typically, when some people start vaping the idea of using a dessert or fruity flavor instead of traditional tastes such as Tobacco or Menthol might seem a tad strange. But as any loyal Cherry or Caramel Café vaper will attest, pretty soon you can’t imagine vaping anything else!

Summer Vaping

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Put the hat and scarf away, ‘cos summer is finally here! After waiting for what seems like an eternity, the warmer months are back and we couldn’t be happier! But before you start heading for the beach or the pool, you’ll need to think about what flavor you’ll wanna vape this summer. We all have our favorite flavors, but which ones make for the perfect summer vape? We answer that question with a few of the very best from blu!

Piña Colada

You don’t have to like getting caught in the rain to enjoy the amazing taste of Piña Colada! Make your own tropical paradise with this amazing mix of pineapple and coconut flavors, perfect for anyone who loves to vape by the pool.

Blue Ice

Summer may be hot, but no doubt you’ll wanna stay cool and there’s no better way than by vaping Blue Ice. A fresh mix of peppermint and spearmint flavor is ideal for vaping during the heat of a long summer’s day.

Strawberry Mint

Like your mint with something different? Strawberry Mint is a blend of two awesome flavors you wouldn’t normally see together that’ll give you something to savor during those long, lazy evenings.

Vanilla

Come summer time, nothing beats the creamy taste of Vanilla, and beach-lovers will want to make sure to grab plenty of Vanilla Tanks along with a towel and flip-flops!

Menthol

Want something more traditional than Glacier Mint? Menthol is sure to give you the cool, minty flavor that you’re looking for with a slightly more familiar taste.

We don’t want it stop there though – we want you to tell us what flavor you would love to vape this summer! Perhaps something fun and fruity or maybe a cool, refreshing flavor to unwind in the long summer evenings. We absolutely love hearing your ideas and it’s important to remember that your ideas have a major say in the type of e-cigs and flavors we look to make in the future. So think of your best and tell us on Facebook or Twitter and you never know, this time next summer you could be vaping the flavor you asked for!

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!

How To Store Your E-Cigarette

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Knowing how to store your e-cigarette correctly usually involves making sure it stays away from bright light and heat as well as keeping it safe. Here we take a closer look at how to make sure your e-cig is stored safely.

There are three main points you need to remember to store your e-cigarette:

  1. Keep the e-cigarette upright.
  2. Find the right protection.
  3. Keep it away from bright lights and heat.

Keep The E-Cigarette Upright

People look more confident and appealing when they stand up straight, and so will your e-cig! Storing an e-cigarette by placing it on its side or upside down could cause the device to leak, and this will deplete your e-liquid. Furthermore, this will also make it easier for dust and dirt to get inside the e-cigarette. Keeping your e-cig upright will negate this risk and help your device stay nice and clean.

Find The Right Protection

Finding a good way to store your e-cigarette safely will go a long way to making sure it continues to produce vapor efficiently. For many people a handy solution can be found at home, as slender e-cigs can fit into household items such as a toothbrush holder, mug or glass. Alternatively, you could store your e-cigarette in the case provided in one of our blu PLUS+™ Rechargeable Kits.

Keep It Away From Bright Lights and Heat

Make sure to store your e-cigarette away from direct sources of light. It is also advisable to store your e-cig at room temperature, so make sure it’s kept away from the heater. The same goes for e-liquid as prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can damage its taste.

How To Avoid Flavor Ghosting

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Flavor ghosting, also known as flavor creep, is one of the most common frustrations for vapers who use e-liquid. But what exactly is flavor ghosting and what can vapers do to counter its effects?

What Is Flavor Ghosting?

Flavor ghosting describes occasions when you can detect a previously-used flavor when vaping a new flavor. So, for example, if you’ve previously vaped Cherry and then switch over to Blueberry, you’re experiencing flavor ghosting if you can taste hints of the Cherry in the Blueberry. Flavor ghosting is something only experienced by those who use e-liquid as if you’re using tanks, you just throw away what you’ve previously used. But what can e-liquid vapers do to stop flavor ghosting?

How Do I Prevent Flavor Ghosting?

The best way to avoid flavor ghosting is to have different clearomizers for each different flavor that you like to vape. When you switch flavors, simply switch the clearomizer and you won’t encounter the problem at all.

If you happen to only have one clearomizer to hand, you can clean the clearomizer you have to try and get rid of the previous flavor. A good method for cleaning the blu PRO™ Kit is given below.

  1. Lay out a few paper towels on a flat surface in your kitchen, bathroom, or wherever you have a sink and running water available, and keep some spare.
  2. Take your blu PRO™ Kit apart by unscrewing the mouthpiece from the clearomizer and the clearomizer from the battery. This will leave the three core parts of your blu PRO™ Kit as separate entities.
  3. Turn on your tap at a low level so there’s a gentle stream of warm water coming out.
  4. Swill out your mouthpiece to remove any lingering flavors. Dry with one of your paper towels and leave it standing up on the paper towels you’ve laid out.
  5. Place your clearomizer under the running water until it’s filled with water.
  6. Place your thumb over the top of the clearomizer and shake for a few seconds. Empty the water and repeat the step 3-5 times or until the water you’re pouring out of the clearomizer stops being cloudy – the cloudier the water, the more e-liquid there is in the clearomizer.
  7. Once done, scrunch up a kitchen towel sheet into a long, thin pipe. Gently push this down into the clearomizer to soak up remaining water droplets.
  8. Place the clearomizer on one of the paper sheets, face down, so the device is standing on its open end. This will allow the remaining water to drip down and get soaked up by the towel.

It’s best to perform this method before you go to bed, that way you can leave your clearomizer to dry overnight and it’ll be ready to use in the morning. Just reattach the clearomizer to the battery, pour in your new e-liquid, and screw the mouthpiece back to the top of your clearomizer and you’re ready to go.