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Vaping Ejuice

Halo Midnight Apple Ejuice Review

One of the first e-liquids I bought was the Halo Midnight Apple in the Halo Purity line. At that time, I was a heavy smoker looking for a good way to transition to vaping, and like the idea of a tobacco flavored juice.

The Halo Midnight Apple was perfect.

I didn’t know at the time what the PG/VG ratio was, or what ratio I should be looking for. It was only later that I realised the Midnight Apple was high in PG. As a matter of fact, Halo doesn’t publish the PG/VG ratio officially, so my information was based on what the guys at the vape store thought the ratio was.

Surprisingly, for a high PG juice it’s really smooth and the throat hit is minimal. I tasted the other juices from Halo a few weeks later (the Purity line with similar PG/VG) but could not take the throat hit.

The Halo Midnight Apple has a sweet tobacco taste, with hints of Apple. It’s not like a dessert-y e-juice either. It’s almost like tobacco mixed with apple, if that makes any sense!

Now that I have been vaping for 3 months, I still have a bottle of Halo Midnight Apple although I vape in occasionally when drinking coffee or beer. I guess I’m so used to having that tobacco taste with coffee and beer 🙂

Right now though I think I have moved beyond the tobacco, but if you are a new vaper who used to smoke heavily, then the Halo Midnight Apple might just be for you.

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My FastTech Order Arrived! How Long Did It Take?

My first order from FastTech finally arrived, and it sure took ages! I was prepared for a long wait time, and since the shipping is free, I have no complaints. But waiting still sucks no matter what.

So here’s the breakdown:

  • Order placed: 15 November 2015
  • Left China: 1 December 2015
  • Reached Malaysia: 3 December 2015
  • Delivery: 7 December 2015

It took 10 days for the package to be ready and sent to the first distribution center in Yingkou Road. This is the biggest delay in the entire shipping process. It took 5-6 days for the package to be moved within China itself to the international courier centers.

It took a total of 22 days for me to get my order from FastTech, without needing any type of special customs clearance. I used the free shipping option by China Post.

If you buy devices with batteries, you will have to ship via SingPost which will usually take longer. Keep in mind that you shipping and waiting time may be very different from mine.

So the problem is with FastTech. Ten days to send my package out is a long, long time. The next problem is that my package had to go through four different destribution centers before it even left China.

FastTech = SlowTech?

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Vaping Ejuice

Fcukin Flava – Awesome Malaysian Ejuice

  • Fcukin Flava is an awesome e-juice made right here in Malaysia. I’ve tried a few and I loved almost every single one!
  • The most important thing: How do you pronounce that?
  • At first I thought it was just a creative way of saying “Fucking Flavor”. Obviously of course you can’t have your label use an F-word and get away with it.
  • Then I got to thinking it was a “silent F” – which would mean you pronounce it as “Cukin Flava”. Doesn’t sound as cool and perhaps over-complicating things a bit, especially here in Malaysia where people pronounce “phoenix” as “fo-nix”.
  • The after going to several vape shops, it seems most people agree that it is indeed read as “Fucking Flava”. Well, whatever. In my opinion they should have made the name simpler.
  • My First Encounter with Fuckin Flava
  • I bought my first bottle of Cool Berry by chance. At that time I had no idea what I wanted except that it had to be a simple fruit-flavored juide. So the guy at a vape sho (can’t remember which one)
  • Compared to other Malaysian ejuices that seem to leave a rather hard aftertaste in your mouth, Fcukin Flava juics are very well-balanced. From what I’ve heard, their brew is one of the outstanding examples of Malaysian-made flavors that actually ship to other countries.
  • However, there are a few issues with Fcukin Flava.
  • Issue #1: Fake Fcukin Flava
  • It seems quite predictable that when a Malaysian company does something right, other Malaysian companies create knock-offs or fakes. And there are apparently many fakes for Fcukin Flava.
  • I have read online reports from the Fcukin Flava’s own FaceBook page of people replacing the liquids with their own knock-off brews, which of course taste awful. Then there are sound-alike ripp offs as well.
  • This has prompted the company to completely redesign their bottles to include a fake-proof version, but users are reporting leaking and other issues with their bottles.
  • Issue #2: Where The Fuck Do I Get It?
  • Today, most vape shops seem to have very limited quantities of Fuckin Flava available. In fact, I heard that Vape Empire, the largest vape store chain in Malaysia, don’t even carry their flavors. That’s weird, I thought. Must be a failed business deal of something, because why wouldn’t they want to reach so many vapers in Malaysia?
  • Reading their FaceBook page, I gather that after the whole fake product issues, they have decided to limit the number of distributors, and stopped selling wholesale to most individual buyers.
  • That’s fine, but the problem is most of their so-called distributors don’t seem to be doing a great job at distributing.
  • The distributors listed on the Fcukin Flava website link to individual FaceBook accounts, so I can only assume that these are trusted friends of the owner. Great, but is this really the best way to do it, to get your flavor out to meet the demand out there?
  • I contacted one of the distributors on FaceBook and PMed him that I would like to buy a few bottles of Freezy Mango.
  • To which he replied, “Which color is that?”
  • WTF? What kind of distributor doesn’t know what he is selling?
  • I know sometimes people think their shit will always sell well so they can take their time and get their act together. But if people can’t find their shit, they eventually move on and find other stuff that they may like even better.
  • Several online vendors seem to have Fcukin Flava in stock, but it’s hard to trust these after reading about all the fake products out there.
  • My Favorite Fcukin Flava
  • These are the Fcukin Flava juices I have tried up till now:
  1. Cool Berry – My first encounter. I was not used to the method in this at first since it was my second vape juice ever, but eventually I really liked it.
  2. Freezy Pineapple – Nothing wrong with the flavor, but I realized after my first vape how much I hate pineapple. I could not get through even half the bottle.
  3. Yummay Guava – Nice flavor, really reminds me of eating guava, which I love.
  4. Fcukin Monkey – The blue liquid that tastes like Bubble Gum. Awesome but I can’t vape this every day.
  5. Freezy Mango – The one I love the most. With a good sub-ohm tank you can get good vapor and the flavor seems to work well with cooler vapes, thanks to the menthol in it. I can vape this the whole day, again probably because I love mango.
  • Most of the juices seem to be 50/50 PG/VG so it will work well with almost any setup. There’s the Cloud Series which is 100% PG. I have not tried that, because that is even harder to find.
  • These guys made a good line of ejuices. They got popular, but sadly I think they are not good business people. They seem to be unsure how to maximize the demand for their product. Their FaceBook page doesn’t enage with tusers – almost no replies to comments.
  • Fcukin Flava needs to get their together, as people like me start to wonder if their e-juices are really worth all the hassle.
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Vaping Gear

Aspire Nautilus & Kanger Subox Mini – My Daily Vaping Gear

Here’s what I am currently using on a daily basis everywhere I go – an Aspire Nautilus tank and the Kangertech Subox 50W mod.

Its small and I can fit it in my pocket – although the drip tip tends to stick out of my pocket.

I have a Subtank Mini as well, but that tends to leak on me when I least expect it to. The last thing I want is ejuice filling my pockets.

The Aspire Nautilus is a great tank. To be honest I bought it just because it looks different. I really had no idea how to choose a tank when I got it, but no regrets.

After some trouble using the pre-made BVC coils, I got it working an figure out the best settings to vape at. I read that the Aspire Nautilus is more for a “mouth-to-lung” vape, but do get to do a lung inhale with it when I set the airhole to the largest. It’s a much tighter lung inhale thought with less vapor than my Subtank mini, but still, its good to be able to do that.

In my early vaping days I guess I did mostly mouth-to-lung inhales, since that was how I smoked. After a month of just vaping (completely quite smoking), I began to like the lung-inhale as well, althought not with all types of ejuices.

However, I got a few very bad hits – dry hits or burnt hits I’m not sure, and that made me a bit careful about lung inhales.

When I vape at the coffee shop, other vapers do tend to look at the Aspire Nautilus. It’s a beautiful – and mostly just different – tank. No regrets buying it!

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China Online Vaping Store – FastTech

I first came across FastTech while searching for online vaping store that deliver to Malaysia. Sadly, most US-based sites simply do not ship to Asia, let alone Malaysia. So FastTech became one of the few options I had left.

But can I trust FastTech? How do I know I’m not going to get scammed?

Like I said, since my options were limited, I started to research into how FastTech works, and I hope my initial research can help you shop safely not only from this website, but other China-based online vaping websites as well.

Free Worldwide Shipping

One thing that caught my attention right away, was the free shipping offered. If you;re from the US or UK you may be used to this, but I normally have to pay for all shipping within and to Malaysia. So free shipping was awesome.

However, when reading further, I found out that although the shipping is truly free, it’s very slow. Estimates range from 2 weeks – 6 weeks to get your order in the US. I cold not find any estimates for Malaysia.

This has earned them the nickname “Slow Tech”, which is really ironic.

Of course, you can pay for better shipping by DHL or other providers, but I guess most people would not mind the additional wait time. I mean, I buy online all the time and not a single US or UK based company has ever given me free shipping.

Also, paying for shipping would mean that the products end up not that much cheaper than what you can buy them for at local vaping stores.

Fake Products Galore

China companies used to rip off US companies. Now they also rip off other China companies. What a weird and wonderful world we live in!

Some fakes (or clones if you prefer), are so good that its almost impossible to spot the difference. The last I want is to pay for an original product, and get a cheap knock off.

The good news is that, FastTech clearly labels which ones are real, and which ones are fake or clones.

  • “Authentic” – If you see this term in the product title, usually the first word used, it’s the real deal. For these products, you still get a deal from FastTech but the price tends to be not more than 20-30% cheaper that a non-China site.
  • “Styled” – This word is used to infer that te product was created “in the style” of the original. So, it’s a clone. The orinal brand is sometimes mentioned in the title, but the original manufacturer is not stated. For example: “Kayfun V4 Styled RTA…”

Now, the other issue is authentic products with bad manufacturing.

This can happen, unfortunately, and there seems to be no way to avoid it. You may have purchased an authentic but if it’s from a new batch made by a new manufacturer, or if some parts were made by a new provider, quality can be hit or miss.

Massive Choice for Vaping Tools

The other thing about FastTech is that it has a whole lot of other stuff for vaping – like drip tips, stands, replacement parts, spare parts, stickers, and more.

In fact, a lot of thise things are pretty cool and I would not be able to find them here in Malaysia. I can spend an entire day looking at the driptip choices alone.

Buy Based on Reviews

The great thing about FastTech is that for good products, there are usually tons of reviews and even user-submitted images to look at and read.

Take a look at this listing for the Vamo V5:

Yup. Their buyers are definitely very proactive in giving reviews and rating the stuff they buy. If something is either too new, or too unpopular, you won’t find reviews. Stay away from those unless you’re willing to take a risk.

Products with reviews of 4.3 and above (out of 5) should be worth getting.

There’s also a discussions tab, but somethings the additional information you get here can be confusing.

FastTech is one the most popular sites for e-cigarettes / vaping stuff. I think I will try ordering from them pretty soon!

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Vaping Gear

Smok TFV4 Leaking Issues

Looks like my excitement with the Smok XCube 2 kit came to a premature end today, when my TFV4 tank started leaking. All hell broke loose.I’ve had tanks leak before, but never like this. The ejuice was just flowing out and about half the tank was empties before the river of ejuice stopped flowing.Fuck fuck fuck!A quick search on Reddit and I found that many others were having the same issues with the TFV4 tank, especially when using the RBA section.Shit.. this tank was so hyped up by all the YouTube reviews I’ve watched. It was supposed to be so easy to fill this tank from the top. I mean, it IS easy but as soon as I pop that top part back on, the juice just starts flowing.I’ve tried a few ways to wick the RBA section after watching even more YouTube videos, but no matter what I did, it leaks.I did notice that it would not leak as much if i just filled the tank 1/2 or 1/3, but everytime I fill it to the top, shit happens.Anyone else have the same issues?

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Vaping Gear

Bought a Smok Xcube 2!

I know I’m new to vaping, but there’s just so much cool stuff out there. It’s so tempting and I finally gave in.

Today I purchased a Smok Xcube 2 from a local vape store. I actually found it online at Lelong.com.my, one of the largest online marketplace in Malaysia. But reading the buyer description I relized they we right across the street. So I went there, paid up and brought my new baby home.

It’s probably too advanced for me. I’ve been vaping for 2 months and this is a giant step up from my Subox Mini kit.

But I just wanted to get a taste of all the new stuff like temperature control, Bluetooth connectivity and more. The Smok had all of these and was very affordable.

Plus it looks good! Now in off to discover this wonderful new shining object.