Thursday, February 28, 2013
The shop itself is small but well decorated, if just a touch more feminine than suits me...but it is not so girly that it hurt my macho pride to actually stay and visit with Jerrie Lynn who was the staff person on duty. When I walked in, she was in the process of blending juice for a customer, but she greeted me as soon as she could. This gave me a minute or so to look around the lounge area and to check out what items they had in the retail display case.
Their hardware inventory suggests that they cater primarily to beginning vapers with a taste for bling and style. Nestled among the leopard print and digital camo "eGo" batteries, I was pleased to see some solid colored genuine Joye eGos also. I mention this because I am not very keen on the quality of non-eGo batteries due to lack of longevity. I believe I also saw a battery mod or two in the case, but that is not what this trip was about.
I mean, face it, I mentioned she was blending juice when I walked in to the store, and e-liquid IS a huge part of the vaping experience. The flavor list with which I was presented shows about 110 different juices, and when asked, Jerrie Lynn stated their base is a 60/40 VG/PG blend. Acting the novice, I asked how I go about sampling a few of the flavors and she immediately grabbed a battery, a prefilled tank with the first flavor I was wanting to try, and a...hmmm, I guess I will use the common term..."condom" (for sanitary purposes). As I was sampling a few flavors, Jerrie Lynn explained that all of their samples were 0 nicotine juice. I guess if you are going to have samples for everybody that is one way of doing it, but as an experienced vapor, I found myself trying to imagine how the vapor would feel with a little "throat hit", after all, you know some flavors just need the sensation as well as the taste.
I decided on a flavor, Almond Joy if you must know, and told her my nicotine level. She told me that since juices were made to order I could have her tweak the flavor to suit my tastes and I did just that, asking for her to increase the chocolate. She made my 5ml bottle and I pulled out my eGo ready to direct drip one of my favorite candy bars! The first hit reminded me that chocolate flavoring is bitter, and I told her that next time I will get it with the original ratio. She suggested that I let her have the bottle back and she would increase the almond and cocoanut to balance it all out. When she was done I had a bottle of "Extra Flavor Almond Joy" and was quite pleased.
So here is my rating of CJ's E-Cigs in SW OKC (individual items scored on scale from 1 to 5):
Customer Service: 5
Overall (rated on a scale from 1 to 10): 8
This shop seems to be geared to beginning vapers, I am a little uncertain about the wisdom of sacrificing substance for style in the hardware (of course sometimes you have to in order to please your customers tastes), but the juice was good and the customer service was great. As I didn't really make a note of prices other than e-juice (which was a little higher than I am used to paying $5/5ml $10/10ml) that is not figured into my rating. This store opened in December of 2012, I think I will give them another three months or so and then write a follow up review...in the mean time, I will probably visit them again to try some more of their e-juices.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
I will be using a custom Google Map by someone with the moniker KnotSmoke.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Today I spent 4 hours with Mike, Ruthie, and “Doc” over at Doc’s Vapor shop. I had a great time just hangin’ out and getting to know them. They’re good people, highly motivated, enthusiastic, and ready to maximize exposure to the public. I told them I’m in it to help them in any way I can. I really want to see this place become successful, especially as Oklahoma City’s first real vape-friendly establishment.
We talked about many things: What products to possibly carry in the future, what flavors of e-liquid would be great additions to their line, some marketing ideas, and of course, the upcoming vape meet!
I have some answers to questions you’ve all been asking:
They have enough floor space to accommodate about 4 folding tables: There’s 16 seats right there. I will be bringing my own folding table and chair set to the meet. We are going to need a few more. Please let me know if you can bring some on your way here.
Mike wants to know what kind of things you would be interested in buying while you are there. Please let me know if you need atomizers, drip tips, eGo tanks, more batteries, and whatever so he can make sure he has enough for everyone if you plan to buy while you are there. Some of you are coming from afar, and it nice if you could pick up what you needed while you were here.
We’re all really excited about this meet up. I know that Mike and Doc said they would be up till about midnight tonight planning and tweaking on e-juice flavors. Hit me up on the OKC Vapers page on Facebook for what flavors you’d like to see them carry so they can create something especially for you!
Monday, July 25, 2011
If you are still smoking "analog" cigarettes, see what Katherine Heigl and David Letterman have to say about Electronic Cigarettes.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
|Automatic E-cig designed to resemble an "analog" cigarette.|
|A manual E-cig can be identified by a button or switch for activation.|
|This is the Silver Bullet "mod" from AltSmoke.|
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Vaping on the eGo
In the past three weeks or so, I was able to get 4 of my friends, both military and civilian acquaintances, into vaping and have found myself steering them towards www.vaporcaststore.com. The owners are well-known in the vaping community. I’ve since convinced myself and others that the $70 eGo kit that is offered through them is a great deal because everything in the kit is well thought-out. Oddly enough, I don’t own the device and yet I talk it up like it’s the best model to start out with. I am well aware that it is human nature to question someone else’s judgment when they have no experience in the matter and can only assume that the same thought passed through their minds. This is when the guilt started to set in.
The eGos are a great starter model for the new vaper! I can say this with even more conviction because I now own one. I just couldn’t pass up the deal and opportunity. I didn’t purchase the full kit; I just bought ONE battery and cone. It’s the 1000mah version with a mini USB connector on the end cap. My own personal dilemma with the eGo in general was the fact that you would have to disassemble it every time you wanted to charge the battery. I don’t know how much on an inconvenience it is to everyone who already has one, but for me it meant cleaning up all the liquid that leaked out of an atomizer and built up in the cone section, cleaning the cone itself, and cleaning the liquid off the atomizer connection just to charge the darn thing. When I discovered that you can use this type of eGo with the USB still plugged in to a port on your computer or other powered USB port, I thought this would be the best choice since I’d never have to disassemble the atomizer and cone for the whole life of the atomizer!
They work great with Low-res atomizers. The battery is powerful enough to handle the current draw. I'd say that even the 900 mah version is enough, but I'd be a bit leery with using a LR atty with the standard 650 mah version. For all you new vapers, I'd still recommend you buy the full kit because you'd have two functioning units so you'd always have a backup and a spare. I bought mine for impression testing and demonstrations so all I need is one battery, but now I'm seriously considering getting a second. Its's been 3 days now and I haven't picked up my beloved Icon since.