Monthly Archives: September 2014

Stealthvape Funding Research

The research proposal goes under the title of “Temperature of evaporation, liquid consumption and vapor analysis in realistic conditions†and the crowd-funding page can be found here.

The organising team consists of Phil Busardo and Dimitris Agrafiotis along with Doctor Konstantinos Farsalinos, the well-known researcher and e-Cig advocate.

The research is going to look at how temperature of the vape alters with changes in power supplied to the coil and time spent on each inhale. It is seeking to identify what toxins might be produced in relation to increased vapour temperature, if there is a method of maintaining pleasure but decreasing the temperature and carrying out the very first analysis of all resistance levels & wicking materials.

The testing will be carried out in a laboratory and also using a clinical study, co-opting volunteer vapers to be studied. “This will give us realistic information, avoiding conditions such as dry puffs which are detected by the users but cannot be detected in laboratory conditions.â€

What will be of real benefit from the results of this work is that we will have data linking any potentially hazardous chemicals to power and temperature, something of huge importance to everyone who uses our materials. We believe that this is very beneficial so that we can make informed choices in the future.

“The study will allow vapers make informed decisions on how to use the devices.â€

Although Doctor Farsalinos is mainly seeking financial support from the vaping industry he is keen that everyone gets involved to spread the word about this responsible approach to self-regulation.


What can I do?

  • Use social media to share this page and the crowd-funding page.
  • Let politicians and healthcare professionals know about it, if you communicate with them.






The Fear

I think an additional worry from many is the introduction of maths. Delving back into the mists of time I remember how worried parents were coming to parents evenings (when I used to teach) in case they were asked questions. My wife ran out of her ability to help the kids with science and maths homework somewhere around Year 5. It was clear that many adults out there struggle with mathematical operations. Taking the (to some of you) simple V=I.R may as well be written as follows for some people as:

Looking over some threads on an online forum I am struck by the number of people seeking reaffirmation for their coils, praise from their peers for a job well done…but more so by the volume of vapers seeking help with their ecig wire woes. One of the lovelier aspects of online forums is a sense of community, a place where those with experience or knowledge can give others a helping hand or moral support.

It does worry me though; there are many vapers who do not interact online and the ease of buying cheap mods from China is ever-present. Even with forums and Facebook we see people charging their Egos in odd ways…not to mention the ability for people to not realise the information they are being given may not be the wisest advice:

See, the thing is, fear is a good thing. Our ancestors were either fantastic at fighting or, more wisely, even better at hiding because they were afraid of being killed. Fear is the thing that is hardwired into us to protect us from ourselves.

Take the wobble of an atomiser on top of a mod due to a gap, for example. We are afraid that this wobble may end up ruining the threads of the atty or the mod and so we try to obtain a flush fit – and for those unable to do so there is always the OCD washer.

Part of our brain, the bit we really don’t have much control over, a relic from our primal selves gives us this ability to recognise danger and avoid it. This said, I can’t count the number of times I have touched a wick to adjust the coil and left myself with a cool mini-branding. Luckily the thalamus clicked into gear, got in touch with the sensory cortex, used the hippocampus and activated the hypothalamus faster than it took to write that and yanked my hand away from searing my flesh.

So it’s fine to fear your coils, it’s OK to find the maths perplexing; it’s just not OK to allow your child to purchase One Direction CDs. That scares me. And those of us with knowledge to share, don’t grow weary when seeing that question posed for the millionth time – it’s because there’s now 2.1million of us out there, each at a different stage in their vaping journey.

And let’s stop telling people that boiling batteries is good for extending the mAh rating…no matter how much I may have tittered at the notion.

Dave Cross