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Buying a TC Mod? Here Are 7 Things to Consider

It seems like just about every mod these days offers temperature controlled (TC) vaping. From the basic offerings like the DNA 40 that kicked off the trend to the feature-packed modern incarnations, TC vaping offers a way to avoid dry hits and maintain consistent performance throughout your tank. But with so many TC mods to choose from these days, how can you tell a good option from a bad one? The answer to this question could get really long, but focusing on some key features is a good way to make sure you get a capable TC mod.

 

The Basics: What is Temperature Controlled (TC) Vaping?

 

Temperature controlled (TC) vaping is just what it sounds like: you vape at a specified temperature instead of at a specified wattage. You dial in a temperature (for example, 430 °F) and then start vaping. When the temperature of your coil reaches 430 °F but you’re still holding down the fire button, the mod automatically adjusts the wattage to maintain the temperature without exceeding it.

 

This might not seem like anything to get excited about, but one of the key factors in getting a “dry hit” is the higher temperatures your coil reaches when there isn’t enough e-liquid in the wick. A standard variable wattage (VW) mod will just continue to fire if this happens, then as a result the coil gets hotter and you get a burnt taste. A TC mod won’t do this. With a capped temperature, your coil always stays close to the optimum temperature for vaping and you never get dry hits.  

 

There are some downsides to TC vaping – for example, vapor production isn’t usually as good with TC devices – but its popularity is justified.  Whether you’re looking for more consistent flavor or just want to be able to vape without worrying about dry hits, there are tons of advantages.

 

7 Things to Consider When Buying a TC Mod

 

1 – Which Coil Materials Can You Use?

 

You can’t just toss any old coil onto a TC mod and have it work perfectly. Only certain materials can be used with TC mods, so learning which ones the device you’re considering supports is essential.

 

TC mods don’t actually measure the temperature of your coil directly. Instead, they detect the changes in resistance when materials heat up and use that to work out the temperature, but the size of the change is different for each material. For Kanthal – the most commonly used wire for e-cigarette coils – the changes in resistance are so small it can’t be practically used for TC vaping. However, other materials like nickel (Ni200), titanium and stainless steel can be used for TC coils.

 

Most TC mods can support all of these materials, but it’s something worth checking carefully. If the mod only supports Ni200 coils, for example, it’s worth looking for an alternative that works with all available TC coils.

 

2 – What is the Temperature Range?

 

The simplest thing to look at when you’re buying a TC mod is the range of temperatures it offers. Most mods have a range from 300 to 600 °F (150 to 315 °C) or something similar, and this is more than enough range for most vapers. Really, you’re unlikely to need the lower or upper settings, with most vapers using settings between 400 and 500 °F (204 to 260 °C). However, if a mod only offers a limited temperature range, it’s better to consider other options. 

 

3– Does it Have Adjustable TCR?

 

The “TCR” is the “temperature coefficient of resistance,” or, in other words “how much a change in temperature affects resistance.” This is the key piece of information your mod uses to turn its resistance readings into temperature readings, and there is a different TCR set for each material.

 

The preset TCR values will probably work well with your coil, whatever it’s made from. However, this isn’t always the case, and sometimes the performance from a TC mod can be inconsistent as a result. Some mods are also set up for one grade of stainless steel (for example SS316) but you have a coil that uses a different grade.

 

In both of these cases, adjusting the TCR manually can help, and many mods let you do this. You can alter how responsive TC is for yourself, so if the performance seems a little off, you may be able to correct it.  You can also use one of the TCR settings to set the mod up to work with other grades of stainless steel or even tailor it to work with one of your coil builds. Most vapers won’t really need this feature, but if you’re serious about TC it’s worth considering.

 

4 – Can You Change the Ramp-Up Wattage?

 

TC devices really just fire at a specified number of watts in the same way ordinary VW mods do. The big difference is that for TC devices, the wattage takes a back seat to the temperature, and it will be adjusted as needed by your device to keep the temperature consistent. However, for the first part of your puff (the “ramp up”) the wattage you’re vaping at is just a matter of personal preference. Using a high ramp-up wattage will mean you reach your temperature more quickly and you’ll notice a dip in power as the protections kick in. A low ramp-up gives more consistent power for longer, but takes longer to reach your set temperature.

 

Any good TC mod will allow you to choose the ramp up wattage to suit your preferences. This is standard practice for TC mods these days, but it hasn’t always been and it’s something to check before you make a purchase. Most mods that don’t let you choose your ramp-up wattage fix you at the highest wattage the mod has to offer, and this isn’t ideal if you like a slower ramp up.

 

5 – Can You Lock Your Starting Resistance?

 

Temperature control works because resistance depends on temperature. But really the mod only detects changes in temperature based on changes in resistance. This means that knowing the resistance of the coil at room temperature is essential, because this is the baseline that the whole TC experience is based on. For this reason, good TC mods allow you to “lock” your resistance at room temperature. If your device doesn’t do this, you can end up with inconsistent or otherwise erratic behavior in TC mode.

 

6 – How Does the TC Perform in Practice?

 

Although it’s impossible to find this out on the basis of marketing materials, looking through reviews of TC mods is a good idea to get an idea of how accurate the TC is and how well it works. Some devices just seem to be a little off, and you need to use higher settings than you ordinary would to get the same sort of performance. For others, the TC is apparently accurate most of the time, but it’s inconsistent, the resistance readings fluctuate as you vape or it suffers from a whole host of other issues.

 

You can use some specs to get a sense of whether the TC is likely to perform well. For example, anything with a YiHi or DNA chipset will probably perform excellently, so if the mod you’re considering uses one of these chips you’re unlikely to have issues. Some devices also check the resistance tens or hundreds of times every second to ensure more accurate, responsive TC vaping. However, the most reliable thing to do to get an idea of how well the TC works is to read reviews.  

 

7 – What Else Can the Mod Do?

 

TC vaping is an important feature, but you shouldn’t base your whole mod purchase on it. If you have several devices with full-featured TC modes that get good reviews, other factors can help you decide. Does one of the mods have better battery life? What’s the maximum supported wattage? Is the display clear? How easy is it to use? How portable is it? Is it sturdy enough to withstand a knock or a drop? Tons of mods support TC vaping, but not many have great batteries, consistent performance, full-featured TC, portability and a user-friendly design.

 

Not All Mods Are Created Equal

 

Sticking the word “TC” on the end of the name of your mod is a good way to generate some extra interest, but with so many TC mods on sale, you need to do more than just the basics to stand out. Even if you’re not sure if you’d ever need to do something like adjust the TCR, for example, the competition in the field makes it worth looking carefully at what you can get for your money. Full-featured TC mods don’t often cost too much more than less capable ones (and may even be cheaper), so being a little picky about what you buy could have tons of benefits for you later down the road, when you’ve realized that the adjustable TCR might be a handy little extra after all…  

Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson

Writer at Black Note
Lee is a writer and vaper from the UK. He quit smoking (without intending to) when he started vaping in 2012, and now writes for EcigaretteReviewed and E-Cigarette Direct's Ashtray Blog. He's always searching for a new all-day vape, loves rebuilding and is passionate about providing smokers with accurate information about the harm reduction potential of vaping. He drinks too much tea.
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What is E-Juice?

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.

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