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Vaping can save money

How to Save Money When You’re Vaping: A Brief Guide

You’ll pretty much always save money when you switch to vaping. But even with that general rule, there can be a lot of variation. If you buy every shiny new mod that hits the market and chain-vape on a cloud-chasing setup, day in and day out, you’ll end up spending a lot more than a vaper who sticks to one or two basic devices and vapes in a more discreet way. So if you’re on a tight budget, what’s the best advice for getting a good vaping experience without spending more than you need to? Here is a brief guide to saving as much as you can while you’re vaping.


Shop Online


This is a simple point, but there are many advantages to buying your vape gear online compared to at brick-and-mortar stores. Even if you have a lot of vape stores in your area, checking prices across different sellers is way easier online, and you’ll probably have a much larger selection at your fingertips too. Find a few reliable and cheap online vape stores to use and you’re almost guaranteed a lower price for anything you buy.


Choose Cheaper Devices


Even online, the higher-end mods and tanks are often more expensive than they need to be. Like getting clothes made by a big-label brand as opposed to a similar but off-brand alternative, you’ll spend more money if you go for high-end vape mods over equally capable cheaper options. Really, most of the well-known vaping companies – such as Wismec, Eleaf, Smok and Innokin – have very affordable and capable mods on offer, but there are also many devices that raise the price due to the perceived prestige of the brand.


Focus on what a mod can do, and make your comparisons on the basis of the features and what you’re likely to need. For example, if you’re considering two devices with TC functionality in addition to VW mode, but one offers 200 W and the other maxes out at 100 W, you need to really think about the wattages you’re likely to use and what the price difference is. The SX Mini G Class 200 W, for instance, is over $200, but you can pick up the (100 W) iTaste MVP4 for less than $60. Unless you’re looking for serious cloud-chasing and quality is super-important to you, there is really no benefit to choosing the more expensive device. You can get awesome mods for as little as $50, so don’t spend more than you need to.


Minimize the Need to Upgrade


The last point needs to be balanced with some forethought, though. There is no point getting a basic vape pen to save money when you first start if you’ll just want to upgrade in a few months. If you’re committed to vaping, it’s worth picking up a mod that you’re likely to stick with for longer, even if it doesn’t make too much difference to you right away. Most vapers upgrade eventually, so you shouldn’t hesitate to spend a little more to get something with more capabilities.


This is something you can really only answer for yourself, but our advice would be to get a mod with TC (temperature control) functionality that can put out at least 70 W. If you can get a 100 W device, you’ll only need to upgrade if you’re looking for some serious clouds when you vape. This will use more e-liquid than lower-wattage vaping anyway, so it’s not exactly advised if you want to save money. If you really don’t think you’ll need even 70 W, you might find a vape pen that can do enough for your needs, but realistically the extra cost to get an affordable mod (and remove all doubt) usually isn’t that much.


The Downsides of Internal Batteries


Along with the point above, there is a bit of a downside to internal battery mods, even though they are slightly more user-friendly. Eventually, all batteries need replacing. For an internal battery mod, once the battery won’t hold a charge anymore, the whole device is done for. You can’t crack it open and replace the battery. So this gives a big advantage to mods which take separate batteries – if the battery is easily removeable, it’s also easily replaceable.


In a year or so when the battery isn’t working at maximum capacity anymore, for an internal battery mod, you’ll have to buy a whole new mod to keep vaping – easily a cost of $50. For devices with a separate battery, all you have to do is buy a new battery – costing more like $10 per battery. This will save you a lot of money, especially if you follow the advice above and get a device you’ll be happy with for years to come.  


Look Out for Deals/Clearance Offers


The up-front cost of the mod and tank is one of the main expenses you have to worry about, so keeping your eye out for deals and clearance offers when you’re making a purchase is a really good idea. The vaping industry moves fast and perfectly-good mods are superseded quicker than you might imagine, so you can often pick up a great deal in the clearance sections of vaping websites, and it’s always worth checking them when you’re shopping for something new. For more short-lived deals and sales, it really depends what’s available at the time you’re looking, but you can often get a higher-quality device for a great price if you’re lucky.


Start Building Your Own Coils


One of the major expenses for vapers is the ongoing cost of new atomizer heads, but there is a solution for anybody willing to tinker a little. Rebuildable atomizers – whether rebuildable tanks (RTAs) or dripping atomizers (RDAs) – allow you to reduce your ongoing costs substantially by making your own coils. This might be a little hands-on for when you first start vaping (and it’s one area where it may be worth paying for a new tank or atomizer when you’re more experienced), but building is easier than it looks and will save you tons of money in the long-run.


Instead of buying pre-made coils that last two to four weeks before needing replacing, you can just buy a big spool of Kanthal wire and some cotton wick and keep vaping for months at a fraction of the price. We have some tips for rebuilding in another post if you want more information on the basics.


Choose Higher-Nicotine E-Juice


E-juice is another big expense for a vaper. While you can reduce this most by mixing your own e-liquids, you probably won’t be able to make something as high-quality as you get from a professional mixer. The middle-ground solution is to reduce the amount of e-liquid you use. If you vape 3 mg/ml e-liquid, for instance, you’ll probably need to vape at higher wattages and use more e-liquid to get enough nicotine. However, if you can increase your nicotine strength – to 6 mg/ml or even 12 mg/ml – you’ll be able to get just as much e-liquid from fewer mls of e-liquid. Higher-strength e-juice is almost always the same price as lower-strength juice, so this is a really easy way to save some money.


The only downside is that e-liquid with too much nicotine will be harsher to vape. The only real way to find this out is with a bit of trial and error. Pick up one 12 mg/ml e-juice and one 6 mg/ml e-juice if you’re using a sub ohm tank and a rebuildable and see how high you can go and still enjoy vaping. If you’re using a simpler, non sub ohm tank, you might be able to get away with using an 18 mg/ml e-juice.


Avoid Tiny Bottles of E-Juice


Many juice companies offer e-liquid in 10 ml bottles, and while this is good for trying out a flavor, it isn’t a good way to buy e-liquid over the long term. Bigger bottles generally mean more savings, and it’s worth picking up 30 ml bottles (or even bigger if they’re available) to save as much on your regular juice purchase as possible. Not only will this mean you have to buy e-juice less often, you’ll get the best deals if you buy bigger bottles.


It’s Easy to Save, If You Know What to Do


Switching to vaping will always save you money, but if you make the right choices with how and what you vape, you can really cut your costs substantially. Making simple changes to your habits and buying the right type of devices can make a huge difference to the running costs for you as a vaper, and is yet another huge benefit of vaping in comparison to smoking. You don’t have to follow all of the advice in this post, but even taking on board one or two of the tips can really make a difference.

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.
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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.

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WARNING: This product contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical.