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Solving Vape Crime Together


The issues affecting vapers is manifold: if the crime is committed against a store or manufacturer then the costs are passed down the line to us, and if it’s our things being liberated then the victim is obviously us once again. Whichever way it cuts, we have a vested interest in solving the ones that take place and preventing future ones from happening

In many ways we are like cinema chains; we have the power to prevent anybody suffering another Fantastic Four film. If someone says they hate superhero films then it’s almost definitely because they saw one of the FF franchise. Cinema owners could have got together and used their superpowers to prevent another screening – but did they? No, no they did not. They allowed the awfulness to continue and now we have a society where vapers have to act as vigilantes.

Damn you, 20th Century Fox. This is all on you.

Since the great switch from mech to regulated, devices lend themselves nicely to built-in protection. The numerous online bait bike videos illustrate how easy it would be to have a password function, or fingerprint ID, that if by-passed could release an inconvenient number of volts directly through the power button. An enterprising manufacturer would combine this with a video and wireless function so everybody could enjoy the event in real time.

That doesn’t help the shop. Some predictions for us leaving Europe include a massive financial slide and long unemployment queues. The quick-minded of you will realise this is a boon for vape crime fighting. Combining idle hands, piercings and valuable devices together, through the medium of a length of chain, gives you lock-down security. And, should the worst happen and a theft occurs, the store owner has a readymade witness to the event. Plus, if this was an art student then they’ll have the composite sketch whipped up before the Police response vehicle has stopped at Tesco, the off-licence and a doughnut shop. Don’t be critical, the police can’t function on free KFC, free McDs and free pizza alone.

If society does go to Hell in an unpatriotic handcart then at least it means all of the bank vaults will be lying empty. What better use could there be than to rent them out for vape collectors to store their devices? Clearly, neither of these solutions work if Brexit is a huge success and everyone is lighting cigars with £50 notes.

So we propose a trained Vaping Defence Force (VDF) to patrol vape stores and act as emergency first responders in the event of vape crime. It won’t come cheap but we reckon Big T will fund it. Your average company pulls in 68 billion per year, give or take, so something like this is a drop in the ocean and would be brilliant PR.

Vapers don’t wheeze as much as they used to when they smoked, which means they can creep up on crimes in progress more surreptitiously. Plus, like proper superheroes (not the Fantastic Four) they have utility belts and bags full of kit: two mods and a length of Kanthal makes for brilliant crime-fighting nunchaku.

Yep, you could do this…

400 Watts?! Why??!!

To achieve the repeatable experience of Replay, the board cleverly monitors a mind boggling array of parameters and records them. When the mode is activated, the board balances all parameters to deliver the same result as the vape that’s just been recorded. It will compensate for any changes in variables, delivering more or less power more quickly or more slowly (as well as tweaking all sorts of other things along the way) depending upon the environment and status of the atomiser at any given time. So, if you Replay a vape you took whilst in a very hot kitchen, then went outside into the snowy freezing cold, the board will compensate for that temperature change and deliver the boost of power necessary as fast as possible to bring the coil up to the temperature it was in the kitchen when you took that awesomely tasty sweet spot vape. This may be an extreme example, but it illustrates how having a large headroom of power available to yield instantly satisfying  results is definitely a desirable quality. And of course, with Replay’s monitoring of the coil’s status, a dry hit from the surge of power won’t be happening. It’s genius. Absolute vaping genius. 
 
Alongside the benefit of power headroom in Replay mode, there are also other reasons why having a high wattage capacity is something desirable by certain groups within vaping. Although the statistical majority of vapers will vape below 100 watts, there are many who prefer to use high-mass complex clapton coils, yielding voluminous quantities of vapour at high temperatures. This is the case in the PWM and Series mods scene, wherein vapers use higher voltages  (thus drawing less amperage from their cells) to push large amounts of power to coils which take a comparatively long amount of time to “ramp up” to cloud producing temperature. In these instances having a board and device capable of instantly driving huge amounts of wattage to big, chunky clapton coils is definitely going to be a major factor in device selection. Some vapers just need that power to warm their coils up. To many it’s hard to believe, but some folk just love a vape way over the power levels provided by most mainstream devices for vaping.  
 
There’s also a couple of other technical reasons why having that much power available is actually rather a boon. The DNA 250C will have different wattage output limits dependent upon how many cells (in Series) it has available to use. So with 2 cells (2S = 4.4v) it will output 200 watts; 3 cells (3S = 12.6v) is 300 watts; 4 cells (4S = 16.8v) a whopping 400 watts. The advantage that having the voltage of 4 cells available gives is that of efficiency (albeit marginal) and also less stress being placed upon the cells due to current draw (Amps).
 
 Firstly, it is generally considered that it is more efficient to “buck” down voltage than it is to “boost” it. Although the gains are minuscule, it still adds to the overall efficiency of the board (which is a remarkable 98%) being able to utilise a high voltage to step down to the one required to provide your desired wattage output. Having the voltage of four cells available as opposed to two is obviously going to give longer time between charges, but is also going to result in less power lost delivering the required voltage than with a fewer number of available cells. It’s just a more efficient way of delivering the power to the atty than boosting the voltage. Tiny, but the difference is there nonetheless.
 
Secondly, by drawing a lower current from your cells, less stress is being placed upon the individual cells, thus increasing the overall life time of the cells, and also helping to reduce the chance any problems that can can result in thermal runaway occurring. Obviously it’s not a reason to neglect good battery hygiene, but it’s definitely good to have that extra margin of safety. Running a build that needs 100 watts is always going to draw less current from each cell using the voltage of 4 cells in series as opposed to two. 
 
So what can we learn from the above then? In simple terms, more volts available is more of everything that we as vapers we want. A regulation board in a device with enough cells, capable of providing huge amounts of power is desirable in several different ways. We can use “Replay” more effectively; we can vape mahoosive coils for outrageous cloudage easily; through increased efficiency we can vape for longer, and we can do so within greater margins of safety. Even a tootlepuff 12 watt vaper like me can benefit from a mod capable of giving 388 more watts than I need. With a 4S DNA 250C I can’t even tell you how long it is between charges. I seem to only be able to judge it by the length of my beard. “Need a shave? Probably should charge the mod as well then” seems to be the way that it goes for my particular vaping style.
 
After all that discussion, if you feel you’d like a super efficient, super powerful device, check out our Independent Mods 4S DNA 250C here. If you’re a modder wanting to build your own powerhouse device, then Evolv boards, screens and mounts are also available here. For modders wishing to purchase quantities of 50 boards or above, then please contact us for wholesale quotation at sales@stealthvape.co.uk
 
Cos who doesn’t want MOARRR POWAHH!!?!

 

Evolv DNA250C – What we know so far

You can find our Evolv DNA250C listing HERE
 
 
Due to some regulation or other, the USA version will have a slightly different output with a 3s battery configuration. As we understand, there is nothing that prevents either firmware being used regardless of geographical location or point of sale.
 
Battery Configuration USA INTERNATIONAL
2s 200w 200w
3s 250w 300w
4s 400w 400w

**RUMOUR UPDATE – The USA firmware is limited to 250w for 4s**

 
 
  • Usable as 2s, 3s or 4s
  • Colour Screen
  • Button layout as DNA75C (Fire, up, down, select)
  • Charging current has been confirmed at 2a
  • Maximum input voltage is 16.8v
  • Maximum output voltage is 12.4v
  • Maximum output wattage 400w

Board dimension are slightly different. Most notably the board is 2mm wider.

 
 
A new feature called Replay has been mentioned by Brandon in the below video interview by DJLsb Vapes. Replay lets you in a sense record your perfect vape by selecting replay directly after having that vape then future vapes follow the same power profile.
 

 
So that’s what we know. On reflection the main points of interest for us with the DNA250C are the colour screen and the potential of the new replay feature, but most of all the extra watt hours that an extra cell provides. We’ll still vape day to day at our regular wattage of just a touch over 100w, but with a starting voltage of 16.8v for a fully charged 4s pack we expect a significantly longer run time from a single charge.
 
To compare using the watt hour calculator in Escribe, a 3s 1300mAh  lipo works out @ 14.43Wh, and 4s 1300mAh @ 19.24Wh an expected increase of 33%.  So expect to get a third extra usage using a similar mAh pack in 4s.
 
We’ve made an DNA250C enclosure that supports a 4s 2200mAh lipo.
 
4s / 2200mAh is a whopping 32.56Wh. So if you were a fan of our DNA250 enclosure that used a 3s 1300mAh @ 14.43Wh you can expect at least double the usage on a single charge.
 
Here’s some useful links
 
DNA250C Enclosure BLACK / PLAIN
 
We warranty Evolv products. To find out more about how we protect your consumer rights please read this post
 
 

Dead or Alive

For the benefit of people currently going out with, married to, or actually are men attempting to grow fantastic beards: we are referring to the 1980s, not the second rate Victorian wannabes. Like Disraeli and Gladstone knew anything about cool facial hair! Pfft.

OK, so it’s a digression, but what was so great about the Victorian times? What was happening in January 1880?  A bad fog in London. Big whoop, right? What happened in January 1980? The Specials were at Number 1 with Too Much Too Young. One-nil to the Twentieth Century, clearly.

Michael J. Fox could leap from one point in time to another, it’s true because I’ve seen the films. It actually happened. But then he stopped hanging about with his science mate and parts of the car went off to be repurposed for David Hasselhoff.

Then Michael starred in a show that was all about the politics and lies. It was now the late 90s and lies were more popular than the Princess of Wales. It was a time of Tony Blair and spin-doctors and Michael J. Fox’s Spin City.

Politicians lie, the news seems to lie, everything seems to be one big fat lie. And then there’s scientific research – these people are meant to be their country’s brightest and best. They spend year after year studying tough subjects and sitting impossible exams. Surely if anybody knows the right way to behave then clever people should?

But we know different, don’t we.

We know that, as has been pointed out in the recent ACSH article that gave this piece its inspiration, scientists are as happy to lie about their research as Gary from Marketing. Or John in Sales, when he makes out the boost in orders came from his endeavours and not some freak series of events. Or Ffiona in purchasing when she claims the reduction in costs were from her efforts and not the fact that a shift in the exchange rate benefitted the company.

People lie.

There’s ‘oh, I never realised I scratched that car’, through to ‘I really love that band you’re into’, and culminating with ‘ecigs produce toxins and should be banned’.

Where are we going here? To “‘Spin’ in published biomedical literature: A methodological systematic reviewâ€.  Piece of research that concludes: “Spin in biomedical research is prevalent across a range of study designs, including trials, observational studies, diagnostic accuracy studies, and systematic reviews.â€

And there are those who beg us to accommodate the fact that scientists are human too, too excuse their willingness to adjust the truth. Which is all fine and well – but any child of the 80’s knows that You Spin Me was by Dead Or Alive…and that’s what harm reduction boils down to. There’s no room for spinning here.

iWire X


Say hello to a bright new dawn. Say hello to an exciting future. Say hello to the only must-have item in the world of electronic cigarettes. Say hello to the peak of Mount Vaping. Say goodbye to the contents of your wallet, purse, bags and pockets. Say “Bloody hell, I need that in my life!â€

World, welcome iWire X!

Our new partner said to us that we’d be better off launching iWire 1 to the market. We scoffed at them. While that brand might know the fruit that’s always left uneaten in fruit bowls, and maybe phones, and computers, they certainly do not know vapers.

Vapers don’t want iWire 1. Whatever that concept was it became outdated a week later when we’d have launched iWire 2. By the following lunchtime, we’d have been doing a press conference about iWire 3 and announcing that all support for iWire 1 had been scrapped. No, this is the future and that means something with an X on the end of the name.

Class-leading features

Like any great product worth having, it is reassuringly expensive in the United States. At a cracking $129 a reel, it screams “aspirational vaping accessoryâ€. Such a desirable product would be let down if we didn’t pretend that exchange rates and import duties justified the UK price of £189.

How many other reels of wire come in a bespoke box? None, that’s how many. And if they did then it wouldn’t be a white box with two free stickers and a dedicated set of matching earplugs. This is how you recognise quality – this is how people know you are a human of distinction.

The iWire X is ahead of the curve with a dynamic 6cm of width, a touch sensitive reel and facial recognition. Yes, that’s correct, you read it correctly – the iWire reel comes complete with face recognition. All you need to do is stare at the reel, take in its simple form while it processes the millions of points on your head. Then you are all set to go.

Clearly, there is no speaker or screen so you are going to have to take our word for it that facial recognition works…but when have we ever lied to you?Other reels are fiddly to use; everybody knows that. Wire spools off when you least want it to. So does the iWire, but that is a design feature so that everybody nearby can see you are using iWire and therefore attractive, intelligent and desirable.

Our iWire X is the very first wire for coiling that has had a roaming function designed into the product and will also accept MicroSIM cards. It won’t do anything with them afterwards, but it is comforting to know they are accepted.

Of course, iWire X only works with the iMod and iAtomiser. To purchase them you will need to book an appointment with one of our iGenies at the iStealthVapeStore. Once there, we can advise you of the best organs to sell in order to afford the complete package. Credit checks can be performed in-store to see if you qualify for our obscenely expensive loans.

iWire X – the product people want only because other people want it!

Vape Crime


Police are currently hunting for a group of young males in West Belfast after some school boys were attacked. They believe that a stun gun resembling an electronic cigarette was involved.

Three boys, aged between 12 and 13, were attacked and struck on the neck by the stun gun, and one fell to the ground. Detective Inspector Paul Rowland said: “Each of the boys felt something on their neck and one of them fell to the ground. Two of the boys subsequently attended hospital for treatment to minor injuries. While we believe some kind of small electronic device was used, we are keeping an open mind, but are appealing to anyone who has any information about this incident, or who may have witnessed it to contact detectives on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 811 06/09/17.â€

Stun guns disguised as popular items is nothing new; there were reports of iPhone versions back in 2015. The stun vape version hit the news last year and gang members were claiming they’d managed to import them from America: “The old bill has no idea. Everyone is on e-cigs these days so they don’t look out of place.â€

It’s good to hear that none of the victims suffered any serious damage, but it’s troubling that this could reflect poorly on vaping if such weapons became more widely available.

We’ve helped to highlight attacks on vape stores and thefts of vape kit in the past. Each time there will be many comments about what people would like to do to the perpetrators. This actually happened in Indonesia recently.

A young man broke into the Old Vape House, South Jakarta, and is alleged to have stolen a mod worth around £100. Seven men are reported to have attacked him, resulting in his death. Four of them have been arrested while three remain on the run.

It serves as a caution to anybody thinking such things deserve direct action. For such an insignificant amount of money, one man is now dead and seven others face a long term in prison.

But Jakarta is no stranger to vape-related crime; the local police have also recently arrested a number of people for distributing drugs inside bottles of eliquid.

People would transfer around £150 directly into a bank account and wait for a person to deliver their 60ml bottle of narcotics. The police didn’t say what the drug was, just that it was “similar†to the effect of smoking marijuana.

A soft sentence for a soft drug then? Not a chance: the Indonesian 1997 Narcotics Law carries a maximum life sentence or the death penalty. 

As Crimewatch’s Nick Ross said: “Don’t have nightmares, do sleep well.â€

Genius At Work


Stan drove a pudgy finger into one of the seventeen folds hanging off his chin. The scratch sent dead skin tumbling onto his blank Mindmap sheet. Boys at school learn how to affect a certain expression, a practised look they summon up on command when a teacher asks the class a question. It says I’m thinking very hard about something so please don’t ask me directly.

Mart stroked his beard. Beard stroking is the international sign of a man who believes himself to be intellectually superior to everybody else in the room. Invariably, the absolute opposite is the case – but today, looking at Stan screwing up his face while pretending to think, Mart knew he really was the sharpest knife in this cutlery drawer. He began to doodle for inspiration.

“I think,†Stan spluttered, “that we might have come up with all the ideas. I think the reason we can’t think of anymore is that we have thought of all of the ideas and now there are none left.â€

It was a reasonable guess. The pair of them had invented lies about flavours, brand names and colours being used to target children. They’d laughed until their tummies hurt when they came up with the whole nanoparticle thing. Then they hit gold with the idea they could simply copy every piece of vape research but make up some numbers so it says the opposite. Each time Stan hears “Opposite Land†now he has to go and put on dry underpants.

“Saying we’ve thought of everything isn’t an option,†admonished Mart. “And if we have thought of every thinkable thing then maybe it’s time to think the unthinkable.â€

Stan nodded, his cheeks continued to wobble after he’d finished, but he really had no idea what Mart meant.

“We need a danger that smokers and vapers haven’t been scared about yet. We need something that scientists can’t disprove – like when we made up that rubbish about the gateway effect…that it ‘could’ lead to smoking. Try disproving that, scientific community!†And Mart laughed.

“Hang on a minute,†Mart shouted as he dropped his pencil. “Aliens!â€

Stan’s expression changed to the one you find on a fat boy when a Greggs employee pulls a new tray of hot pies out of the oven. He could eat Martin up, every scrap.

“We simply say that electronic vaping nicotine delivery device systems give out sub frequencies, acting as beacons for warlike pan-galactic alien races. Using nicotine in this way will ENDS the planet – that’s how bloody selfish vapers are.â€

The duo managed to publish three finely crafted research papers in the five minutes after generating the idea, using drawings instead of data tables, depicting the carnage and mayhem. Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations for their patriotic work.

A Bunch Of Stunts

Long-term vapers have witnessed a transition from something that was just about harm reduction then blossom into a product that is on-trend and fashionable. But, obviously, vapers can’t simply enjoy vaping without someone telling them why they ought to stop. This week it’s the turn of people who enjoy doing vape stunts and tricks.

Published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers from RTI International are warning about “risk factors” associated with “vape trick behaviour”.

Lead author Jessica Pepper explained the rationale behind conducting the study: “Earlier studies have shown that some teens vape because they think it looks cool. Others want to try the fruit- and candy-flavoured e-liquids used to make vape clouds. Vape tricks may be another factor. I can see why teens might be interested. Some of the tricks are fascinating.”

The paper the team produced states: “Vape tricks are an emerging and understudied risk behaviour for adolescents. Given the potential association between vape trick behaviour, motivation to use [vape devices], and increased exposure to [vape] emissions due to using more advanced devices, it is important to understand what demographic, psychographic, or behavioural factors are associated with youth engagement in vape tricks.”

Unfortunately, the authors of the study are beginning from the premise that vaping poses a big danger and, secondly, that these teens wouldn’t have otherwise gone on to smoke.

Serious flaws exist in this study; teens were recruited online (using a $20 Amazon gift card inducement) and then completed questionnaires online. Such methodology places a huge question mark over the reliability of the data obtained – which carries on through to the dubious conclusions the team come to:

  • Research suggests that [ecig] use is not free of harm.
  • Ecig users are more likely to progress to smoking combustible cigarettes.
  • The nicotine in e-liquid can be harmful.
  • Even e-liquid without nicotine produces harmful chemical emissions.
  • Vape trick behaviour also could influence health. For example, vaping blogs suggest different configurations of batteries and different types of e-liquid to produce the biggest clouds or do the best tricks.”

The group failed to take any measurements and are therefore totally unable to quantify any perceived danger. They remain as ignorant as to the performance of a trick (duration of inhale, components of the vape, impact on lung tissue) as they were prior to the research program’s inception.

In fact, it’s a struggle to work out what the point of the work was given how it has failed, by any measure, to move understanding forward. It’s also amazing that the company can make the claim: “RTI is at the forefront of research on e-cigarettes. Because of our wide-ranging expertise, we are ideally positioned to provide insights on these products from a variety of scientific perspectives, including public health and policy, pharmacology and toxicology, aerosol technology, and health communications.”

The full research paper can be accessed here

A Better Tobacco Control Plan


The Department of Health said today: “We are at a pivotal point where an end is in sight and a smoke-free generation a realityâ€

The plan offers up much-welcomed prospects, applauded across the industry, by intimating that we will see them roll back the nonsensical restrictions on atomiser tank size and the strength/size of juice bottles. More than that, the launch of the document included advice to all employers and business owners that vaping is not included in the smoking ban. Moreover, it has been suggested that employers should encourage smokers and ex-smokers to vape in the workplace.

Mark Pawsey MP: “In particular I am pleased that Public Health England’s anti-smoking campaigns will now positively reference their vaping advice and that the government has committed to relook at relevant legislation as we exit the EU.â€

Will Hill, British American Tobacco: “It is right that the government will review the measures imposed by the EU following Brexit and recognises that they have not been effective in delivering what they set out in doing.â€

New Nicotine Alliance: “The government’s commitment to review the TRPR, with a view to altering those provisions which relate to e-cigarettes and the commitment to communicate accurate information about the relative risks of harm reduced products are, in particular, to be applauded.â€

Simon Clark, FOREST: “In the 21st-century tobacco control policies should focus on harm reduction products, not prohibition and other restrictive practices.â€

Duncan Selbie, Public Health England: “We are at a pivotal point where an end is in sight and a smoke-free generation a reality. But the final push, reaching the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, will undoubtedly be the hardest. Only by everyone pulling together can we hope to end the loss of life and suffering smoking has wreaked for far too long. Public Health England will do everything possible to make this happen.â€

Deborah Arnott, ASH UK: “Funding must be found if the government is to achieve its vision of a ‘smokefree generation’.â€

Sharon Hodgson, MP: “Whilst the plan sets out a bold approach to creating a smoke-free society, what it fails to do is recognise the deep cuts being inflicted upon local councils who are seeing their public health budgets slashed.â€

The nonsense that has seen storeowners have to slash prices on liquids and equipment, to throwaway levels, caused emotional and financial pain that will never be reversed. But moving forward, reversing the more idiotic aspects of the Tobacco Products Directive is something to be welcomed as it allows consumer choice once again, and will work better for smokers looking to switch to vaping. It’s taken a long time to get here, but we warmly welcome the new tobacco control plan.

Surströmming


Surströmming. What is it? Where does it come from? Can a doctor clear it up if it’s caught early enough? The answer is that we don’t know. Well, we know it’s herring, but shortly after you appreciate this fact everything becomes a huge bucketload of “You what?!â€

For reasons only known to themselves, 16th Century Swedes took rotten Baltic sea herrings and fermented them for a minimum of six months until they got all bitter and incredibly stinky. Then they ate them. At least some of them did. Enough for the next generation of Swedes to give it a go too. And so on. Until the Internet was invented and the world discovered Surströmming – and also found out that almost all Swedes have never heard of it until they read the Internet.

But it’s hardly caviar or a juicy burger, what gives it an element of desirability? It could be the retch-inducing stench when the tin is opened, it could be the repulsive taste – but we reckon it’s because of the bans.

First off, European politicians (being European politicians) tried to ban the fearsome fishy feast because it is too high in polychlorinated biphenyl. We simply aren’t allowed to make our own choices, right? Anyway, Sweden won a special concession on the basis that they made a good argument or invented Vikings or something.

Then it was time for British Airways and Air France to led all of the airline companies in bringing in their own ban. They argued that the fermentation caused the tins to become pressurised – and therefore constituted little fishy bombs that could go off without any notice.

The Swedish Surströmming Academy cried out: “Oh for Cods hake!†They pointed out flights should ban champagne and French cheese as it posed as much risk.

But when things get banned people become interested in seeing it, touching it and trying it. The plane operators did more than the politicians could manage with a deft swish of a pen on a document: they made Surströmming interesting to the world. They made Surströmming a little bit sexy.

And so our government has launched its big plan to combat the remaining problem of stubborn smoking-related diseases in the UK. They see vaping as a major part of the solution, which is nice. But our message to them is simple: make vaping devices illegal and force liquid manufacturers to make juices smell bad, taste awful and come in sealed tins. Remaining smokers know all about ecigs, they are choosing not to use them – so give them a reason, make it exciting like Surströmming.