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6 Simple Tips for Buying New Vaping Batteries

Buying batteries for vaping can be a bit of nightmare. With companies re-wrapping cells made from other manufacturers and inflating the specs, rampant counterfeiting and a lot of information to wade through, there is a lot that can go wrong and quite a bit to learn. The good news is there are many reliable batteries out there, and many reputable companies you can buy from with confidence. Although many lists of these batteries exist, if you’re shopping for the best battery for vaping, it’s useful to think more about some general rules for choosing a vaping battery.


Note: This post is written with 18650 batteries in mind, but the same rules apply to any batteries you’ll need to buy for vaping, although 18350, 18490 and 22650 batteries aren’t as common.


1 – Focus on Quality, Not Price


Even the best vaping batteries aren’t expensive, so it’s a good idea to worry more about quality than price. Picking up the cheapest one you can find is probably a bad idea – you could get a fake or, more likely, a poor quality battery that the major manufacturers weren’t willing to put their name on. The potential downsides to choosing something cheap far outweigh the small amount of money you’ll save. Forget about the price; just focus on getting a good battery.


2 – Avoid Rewraps


Only a handful of companies – LG, Sony, Panasonic and Samsung – are responsible for the vast majority of the batteries you’ll come across. There are a few manufacturers in China that focus on vaping (such as a sister company of Aspire), and batteries from them are becoming more common.


However, as a general rule, if a battery doesn’t have one of the “big four” names on it, there’s a good chance that it’s a rewrap. This is where actual battery has been made by one of the big four manufacturers and another company has simply put their own branded wrapper around it. The problem is that these batteries were usually rejected by the big four for not living up to their quality standards.


The issue is made worse by companies exaggerating what these rewrapped batteries can do. In general, the best advice is to stick to the big four companies. Some Chinese-made batteries can perform well, but it’s a lot more hit-and-miss than sticking to the main companies.


3 – Think About Maximum Current vs. Capacity


The two major things you need to consider when it comes to choosing a vaping battery is how much current it can put out and how long it will last between charges.


The maximum continuous current rating tells you how much current you can draw from the battery continuously without overheating it and/or ruining its battery life. The maximum continuous current is a number in amps, often 20, 25 or 30 A. Any rating you come across higher than 30 A is probably not reliable.


The capacity tells you how much current can be supplied for a given length of time between charges. This is a number followed by mAh, which stands for milliamp-hours. A 1,000 mAh battery can give you a current of 1 amp (i.e. 1,000 mA) for one hour, but a 2,000 mAh battery could do the same thing for two hours. In general, bigger mAh ratings mean a longer battery life.


The problem is that a higher maximum current rating usually means a lower capacity, and vice-versa. This means you have to choose what’s most important: battery life or high current output. If you don’t need a 30 A maximum continuous current rating, it’s better to choose a 20 to 25 A option because it will likely have a much better capacity. You can use Steam Engine’s battery drain calculator to work out what you’re likely to need when it comes to current.


4 – Look for Harder-Hitting Batteries


A “hard-hitting” battery is one that offers a high voltage while vaping. The term “hard hitting” comes from the days of mechanical mods, when a battery that maintained a higher voltage literally put out more power for longer than one that had a lower voltage. These days, regulated devices ensure you get consistent performance, but if you have a harder-hitting battery, the battery can put out the current you’re looking for without having to be worked as hard. This means you’ll be able to get more use out of your battery before it needs replacing.


Finding out which batteries are harder-hitting isn’t always easy, but if you look for battery tests you can see which options run at a higher voltage for longer. Test results can be found at places like Kidney Puncher, Torchy the Battery Boy, Mooch’s blog on the ECF, Li-Ion Wholesale and various other websites. If you can’t find out how the voltage varies over time or at different currents, you can generally infer that a battery is hard-hitting if it has a good capacity, has a high maximum continuous current and runs at lower temperatures.


5 – Look At Reviews and Battery Tests


Even if you aren’t specifically looking at how hard-hitting a battery is when it comes to voltage, checking out battery tests and reviews of common batteries is still a good idea.


Tests are the most reliable way to know how good a particular battery is. Manufacturers often test under ideal situations and less reputable ones might even claim a battery can put out more current or last for longer than it really can. Testing puts the batteries through their paces directly and shows what each one can really do, ideally under vaping-like usage conditions (i.e. with short “pulses” of firing rather than continuous firing).


It’s worth taking the time to check out the tests yourself, but overall reviews of batteries often condense this information into an easy-to-read format, so they can be a huge help if you aren’t confident in reading battery test results.


6 – Buy From a Reputable Seller


Counterfeiting is a huge problem in the battery industry, and popular vaping batteries like the Sony VTC4 and VTC5 are frequently targets of this. Avoiding counterfeit batteries is a little difficult, because it’s hard to tell unless you have the actual cell to inspect for yourself and compare to pictures or examples of the genuine article.


This isn’t too practical, so the best thing you can do is to stick to reliable sellers when you pick up your vaping batteries. These companies come highly recommended by vapers and other battery enthusiasts, but it goes without saying that there are many other reliable sellers too:



If you purchase batteries from one of these sites, you can rest assured it will be authentic and the price will also be reasonsable. Illumn in particular comes widely-recommended, but all of the companies above have excellent reputations.


Buying Batteries is a Breeze (If You Do Your Research)


The main take-away advice from this post is that you can’t just choose any old 18650 battery for vaping and expect it to perform excellently. Underhanded practices are unfortunately widespread and some cells just don’t live up to the claims the manufacturers make. But if you’re willing to put a bit of time into researching the options, think about what you need from your battery and check out some reviews from vapers and battery experts, you’ll be able to find a great battery at an excellent price.

Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson

Writer at Black Note
Lee Johnson is a writer and vaper from the UK. He started vaping in 2012, and since then has contributed to E-Cigarette Reviewed, E-Cigarette Direct’s Ashtray Blog and Vaping360. He strongly believes smokers need accurate information about vaping and other reduced-harm alternatives to smoking. He has a degree in physics from the Open University and a passion for all forms of science.
Lee Johnson

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What is Naturally Extracted Tobacco E-Liquid?

E-juice, also known as e-liquid or vaping liquid, is the liquid that’s placed in the vaping device and subsequently atomized into vapor. When you go to buy e-juice, you’ll notice it contains a mix of several ingredients. These typically include vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), some type of flavoring, and nicotine.

VG and PG form the base of the e-liquid. VG is a component used in food and personal care products; its role in e-liquid is to create a thick, dense vapor. PG is another popular solvent used in a variety of everyday items. It carries the e-liquid flavor, provides the “throat hit,” and enhances the vaping liquid’s ability to soak into wicks or cartomizer materials.

Nicotine is an optional ingredient, often available in different levels. E-juice also contains some type of flavoring.

Black Note leads the pack of tobacco vaping liquid by using only natural flavoring – extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste. When you go to buy e-juice from other companies, you may find any number of chemicals used to create synthetic flavors that include fake strawberry, manufactured vanilla, and even man-made tobacco flavors.

If your aim when you buy e-liquid is to experience the subtle nuances, genuine flair and authentic taste of real tobacco, then you’ll be on the mark if you buy e-juice from the Black Note lineup.

Best E-Juice

When you’re going to buy e-liquid, it’s only natural you’ll want the best e-liquid. But what, exactly, does it “best e-juice” mean? We’ll tell you.

For starters, you’ll want an e-juice that doesn’t contain all kinds of strange chemicals and concoctions that you can’t even pronounce. True, even the best e-liquid will contain vegetable glycerin (VG) and proplene glycol (PG), which serve as the base of e-juice, but you don’t necessarily need a host of other chemical compounds.

The best e-juice will stick to natural ingredients, like real tobacco extract, rather than rely on synthetic flavorings, colorings and other additives. Diacetyl is one of those synthetic ingredients that has gotten a pretty bad rap, although its use is not all that uncommon for producing sweet e juice flavors.

Definitely read the ingredient list before you buy e-juice to ensure you recognize what’s on it. Better yet, see if the e-juice company offers a lab report to confirm what’s actually inside the e-liquid.

In addition to having as few chemical ingredients as possible, the best e-juice will have an amazing taste. For those who enjoy authenticity over imitation, the most amazing taste is the most natural taste, especially when it comes to tobacco. Since Black Note uses real extract from tobacco leaves, we not only avoid all those weird chemical flavorings, but we also produce the most authentic experience: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like tobacco.

Best E-Liquid on the Market

Anyone looking for the best e-liquid on the market need look no further than Black Note. Black Note tobacco vaping liquid ranks as the best e-juice across the board in every category, starting with the taste.

Black Note’s main claim to fame is producing a tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. That because we use real tobacco extract, not chemicals, to create the best e-juice tobacco flavor. Using extract from real tobacco leaves retains tobacco’s nuances and flavor notes, giving you the most authentic and multi-faceted tobacco experience.

In addition to being the best e-juice for tobacco taste, Black Note also has the best e-liquid manufacturing process. We spent years researching and testing various production methods, and finally landed on one that we believe is absolutely perfect.

It starts with growing carefully selected tobacco seeds, followed by an equally precise of steps that include an extensive natural extraction process. Even our bottling and packaging is done with the utmost care, using recycled and recyclable packaging materials to ensure our products are as earth-friendly as they are vapor-friendly.

One more category where Black Note ranks as the best e-liquid is with the value. Every order comes with free domestic shipping, one-to-three day domestic shipping guarantee, and a 90-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, or don’t agree we’re the best e-juice on the market, send it back on us and we’ll refund your money.

Vape Juice Ingredients

Vape juice ingredients can be pretty straightforward – or not. At the very least, most vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and some type of flavoring. Nicotine has largely become an optional ingredient that can be included at varying levels or left out altogether.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are usually the two main ingredients that make up the base of most vape juice.

VG is a plant-based substance with the ability to produce a dense, thick vapor. PG is an additive found in many food items and certain medicines. It carries the flavoring, provides the “throat hit” and enhances the vape juice’s ability to soak into the wicking materials.

Nicotine levels can vary, as can ingredients that make up the flavorings. The components that make up vape juice flavoring are where ingredients can get rather complicated.

Vape juice that relies on artificial flavorings can contain any number of extraneous chemicals and other additives, whatever it takes to recreate the flavor the ecig juice is going for.

Black Note uses only natural flavorings: extract from real tobacco leaves. That keeps our ingredient list incredibly simple, backed by a lab report to prove it. You won’t find any strange chemical concoctions used to produce our tobacco flavor, just real tobacco extract that delivers a real tobacco experience.

What is the Best Flavor for Ecig Juice?

From strawberry shortcake to banana rum, ecig juice comes in tons of flavors. While folks can debate and discuss all the fruity, sweet or food-like flavors all day long, the best flavor for e-cig liquid is straight-up tobacco.

Why? Vaping was originally created as an alternative for traditional cigarettes, mainly for those who enjoy the taste of tobacco. And when you can find an e-cig liquid that is able to recreate tobacco’s full-bodied yet delicate flavor notes and nuances, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, then you’ve found the best ecig juice.

Recreating tobacco’s complex flavor isn’t easy, especially when it’s attempted with artificial ingredients. That’s why Black Note sticks to the real thing, extracting the essence of real tobacco leaves to flavor our vaping liquid. Not only does this avoid the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, but it also eliminates the flavoring chemicals found in many ecig juices. The end result is real tobacco taste, an authentic tobacco experience and the best flavor for ecig juice you can find.

Notice also we said the best e-cig flavor was straight-up tobacco, not plain old tobacco. Black Note’s real tobacco vaping liquid happens to come in a variety of different blends, from the light and airy to the peppery and robust. Not all tobacco is created equal, and different blends capture the specialized subtleties that make each tobacco unique.

Best Sweet Tobacco E-Juice

When it comes to sweet tobacco e-juice, your options can be broken down into two categories.

The first category contains tobacco e-juice that overlays the tobacco flavor with artificial chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fruity or other dessert-like flavorings. We wouldn’t classify any such flavors as the best tobacco e liquid, simply because they typically use chemicals and other artificial ingredients to create the tobacco taste, the sweet taste, or both.

The second category of sweet tobacco e-juice is where you’ll find the best tobacco e-liquid, sweet or otherwise. This category contains vaping liquid created using only natural flavorings, which is exactly where Black Note fits in. Instead of concocting flavors using synthetic ingredients, Black Note uses an extensive extraction process that slowly and deliberately extracts the tobacco essence from real tobacco leaves.

The result is the best tobacco e-juice: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. And if you’re going for the best sweet tobacco e liquid, we have a few tobacco blends that offer varying levels of sweetness.

Prelude is our sweetest tobacco e-liquid, containing golden Virginia tobacco. Made from fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, Sonata is our Cavendish blend with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. Solo is our menthol blend, giving you a semi-sweet minty taste created from natural menthol crystals extract from dried mint leaves.

For the best tobacco e-liquid that’s naturally sweet and remarkably delicious, Black Note is at your service.

WARNING: Black Note products are not smoking cessation products and have not been tested as such. Black Note products are intended for use by adults of legal smoking age (21 or older in California), and not by children or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Black Note products contain nicotine, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. Ingestion of the non-vaporized concentrated ingredients can be poisonous. Keep out of reach of children and pets.

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