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A BATTERY MOOCH POST: IMR, INR, and ICR are not battery chemistries!

The next video is up on my Battery Mooch YouTube channel, a bit on battery chemistry and some myths.

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A PBusardo Review – The Vapefly Galaxies MTL RDA + Show-N-Tell with the Innokin Lift Box + Contest Winner & A New One!

Bunch of stuff going on in this video…

1) We do some house keeping.
2) We review the Vapefly Galaxies.
3) We do some show-n-tell on the Innokin Lift box as we review the Galaxies.
4) We find out who won the last “Not A” Contest.
5) We kick off a new one.
6) Finally…and most importantly… we discuss the Domino’s Pizza Carry-Out Insurance Policy! (we actually do that first) 🙂

* New Contest ends on Wednesday 2/21/18 at 11:59 PM EST.

The Links:
Domino’s Pizza 🙂
Delaware Vapor
Vapefly Galaxies @ Heaven Gifts

The Video:

*NOTE: Any use of these videos in part or in their entirety without Phil Busardo’s expressed written consent is strictly prohibited.

The Photos:

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A BATTERY MOOCH POST: Vapcell YR1030 AC Internal Resistance Battery Tester

This is just a quick look at a battery tester Vapcell sent me. This was not a comprehensive test or a check of build consistency between units, durability, reliability, or safety.

The YR1030 is an affordable, accurate tester that measures the AC internal resistance of a battery. This is the the internal resistance typically listed in a battery’s datasheet. It is measured using a low voltage, low current 1000Hz sine wave injected into the battery and then measuring the battery’s response.

The AC internal resistance is lower than the DC internal resistance which is used to determine how much a battery’s voltage will sag when current is drawn from it. But, the AC internal resistance is the industry standard and the only number typically posted by the manufacturers.

This meter can be used to measure the AC internal resistance of different cells to roughly gauge their relative performance or to help find fakes. Vendors could use it for spot checking new shipments to see if low amp fakes were mixed in with a batch of higher current rated cells.

It operates from an internal pouch cell, probably LiPo, which is recharged via USB. The cell stayed cool and charged to 4.14V in my unit. This helps extend the life of the cell versus charging to 4.20V.

The tester comes with the dual-pin probes shown in the photos. The alligator clamps and battery testing fixture are optional extras. Which you use depends on how you will do your testing. I recommend using the pin probes or battery fixture as using the alligator clamps means you need a way to mount the battery.

I compared the readings from the Vapcell YR1030 against the ones I got using my BK Precision BA6010 Battery Analyzer. The results were quite close and consistent. This is important as a consistent error, i.e., an offset, can be compensated for. But inconsistent readings are useless.

This meter has “binning” functionality to help sort battery grades based on internal resistance ranges defined by the user. I suspect this is a popular unit for the China battery wrappers to use for grading cells.

The internal layout and design are okay but the flux residue on the circuit board from the hand soldered components was disappointing to see. At this price point though there has to some compromise. I saw some weirdness and locking up when recharging and trying to turn it back on but cycling the power cleared up any issues.

I would have preferred that the unit was powered from the battery being tested, instead of from an internal LiPo, but that’s just a personal preference.

You must be consistent in your testing though to get the best results from this unit. Clean the battery contacts, charge the battery, let it sit for an hour to come to room temperature, and then test it multiple times. Handle it as little possible to minimize the temperature rise from your body heat. This is all important for consistent readings. Contact Vapcell with any questions you have regarding the features and use of this unit.

Overall this seems to be a good unit for the price, around $75USD, and could be a nice addition to a shop’s/vendor’s cell testing program. I believe that Liion Wholesale ( has them and the accessories in stock.

Vapcell ( donated one unit for the purposes of testing. Thank you!

Photos and test results:

Test report:

Misusing or mishandling lithium-ion batteries can pose a SERIOUS RISK of personal injury or property damage. They are not meant to be used outside of a protected battery pack. Never exceed the battery’s continuous current rating and keep the plastic wrap and top insulating ring in perfect condition.

Testing batteries can be dangerous and should never, ever, be attempted by anyone who has not thoroughly studied the dangers involved, understands the risks, has the proper equipment, and takes all appropriate safety precautions.

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NEW FROM REGULATOR WATCH – Vaping Industry Makes Its Case (HESA – 2018)

Here’s the latest from Brent Stafford at Regulator Watch:

The future of the vaping industry in Canada is on the line as Bill S-5 rounds the final turn on its way to becoming law.

Canada’s new federal vaping regulations are before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health this week and today representatives from the vaping industry made the case for a vaping as a safer alternative to smoking.

Marc Kealey and Boris Giller from the Canadian Vaping Association weighed in on retail standards, certification and the importance of flavours, while Sherwin Edwards from Vapselect Inc. argued vaping has been unfairly demonized in the press.

HESA MPs tossed a few hardballs, see how the industry reacted-on RegWatch by

Produced by: Brent Stafford
Released Feb 14, 2018

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A BATTERY MOOCH POST: Sony VTC4A 18650 Samples…beats VTC4, estimated 1900-2000mAh, 25A/30A

I received two samples for testing from Vapcell. They were a bit dinged up but performed well. I was told that they will not be generally available for several months, perhaps the end of the year. I do not know who has them in stock now or when they will.

I am testing them now because of the large number of requests I received and to let vendors know how they perform. I will retest these when full production quantities are available as Sony might make small changes to the cell’s performance before then.

The two VTC4A’s I tested outperformed the VTC4. At a 10A and 20A discharge the VTC4A hit harder than the VTC4, performing even better at the higher discharge current level. I will do higher current discharge testing and comparisons when I am able to get full production versions of these cells. This is a great cell though.

For a 25A continuous discharge the VTC4A runs at about the same temperature as the VTC4 does at 20A. Sony will probably rate the VTC4A at about 5A higher than the VTC4. This could mean a continuous current rating of 30A or higher for the VTC4A, perhaps with temperature-limited operation at some point above that.

My preliminary estimate for the VTC4A’s current rating is 25A though, up to 30A if the temperature is kept below 80°C. This can change at any time as I learn more about this cell.

Why don’t I rate it higher? Sony seems to trade off cycle life for performance when setting its ratings. That is, Sony gives the VTC series of batteries high continuous current ratings but that results in high operating temperatures and fewer cycles before they start losing capacity and performance. Until I can do some cycle life testing of production versions of these cells I am setting the ratings mentioned above. These ratings should result in about the same cycle life as cells from Samsung, LG, and Panasonic/Sanyo.

The VTC4A’s I tested delivered 1988mAh and 2002mAh at 0.5A. The capacity might change a bit before the cells are available in full production quantities but I am estimating the VTC4A’s rating at 1900mAh minimum and 2000mAh typical. If the cells I received were not A Grade then the capacity ratings from Sony could be higher, e.g., 2100mAh typical.

I have requested a copy of the datasheet but no one has it yet.

Two cells were donated for the purposes of testing by Vapcell (www.vapcelltech). Thank you!

Ratings graphic:

Test results:

These tests only note the estimated ratings for these batteries at the time I tested them. Any battery that is not a genuine Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic, or Sanyo can change at any time! This is one of the hazards of using “rewrapped” batteries or batteries from other manufacturers so carefully research any battery you are considering using before purchasing.

Misusing or mishandling lithium-ion batteries can pose a SERIOUS RISK of personal injury or property damage. They are not meant to be used outside of a protected battery pack. Never exceed the battery’s continuous current rating and keep the plastic wrap and top insulating ring in perfect condition.

Any rating in the tables can change at any time as different grade cells appear on the market or we get swamped with fakes. Please, never assume that the ratings in the table are permanent and will never change! Always download the latest version before considering any cell purchase.

To see how other cells have tested check out this link:

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A PBusardo Review – The Eleaf Basal + Last Contest Winner & New Contest

In this video we wake a look at the Eleaf Basal, find out who one the last contest, and kick off a new one!

The Links:

The Video:

*NOTE: Any use of these videos in part or in their entirety without Phil Busardo’s expressed written consent is strictly prohibited.

The Photos:

The Test Sheet:
Eleaf Basal - ReviewForm

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A BATTERY MOOCH POST: How can we extend the life of our batteries?

Episode 6 of “Minding Your mAhs” has been uploaded to my Battery Mooch YouTube channel.


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Here is Episode #2 of The Smoker’s Show.

The Smoker’s Show is a vape show not for vapers, but for smokers.

A show to get information about vaping, to debunk vaping myths, to discuss vaping terminology & technology, and to look at and review starter kits for the transitioning smoker.

We urge all vapers to invite those they know who still smoke to watch the show!

Thank you all for your support and let’s convert more smokers together!

Thank you to our Sponsors!

*NOTE: Any use of these videos in part or in their entirety without Phil Busardo’s and Dimitris Agrafiotis’s expressed written consent is strictly prohibited.

See all the Episodes HERE.


Powerpoint containing the slides can be downloaded HERE.

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GRRRRRRR – This deserves a cranky response!!

So I did watch and read this…

‘JUULing’: The dangerous trend gaining steam among teens

So much frustrates me about this.

  1. They are NOT targeted to kids, they are targeted to adults who want to quit smoking and want to do it with a small compact and satisfying device.
  2. The flavors are not “CLEARLY” targeted to kids. Adults enjoy flavors too. Imagine that.
  3. You bring the synthetic marijuana issue into the story? WHY?? What does one have to do with the other?  Shame!!!
  4. And this is the most frustrating thing:


Jesus Fucking Christ – we LOVE the word BLAME in this society and HATE the word RESPONSIBLE!!

  • Blame the KID for getting the device.
  • Blame the STORE that sold the device.
  • Blame these tools on YouTube showing kids how to get, use, and hide the device.
  • Blame YouTube for allowing such videos.
  • Blame the parents for not being aware of what their kids are doing.

Stop blaming the device and vaping which has the potential to save a lot of damn lives.

Cause if your kids weren’t “Juuling” they’d be doing something else they’re not supposed to.

Good on Juul for answering the questions the way they did.

Thank you for allowing me to vent.

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More from the fine folks in the UK! 10 common questions about e-cigarettes answered

Note – This is an older publication, but still a good one!

More from the fine folks in the UK… and from a site called “Cancer Research UK” no less…


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From Public Health England – E-cigarettes and heated tobacco products: evidence review

Why can’t we figure this out and support it here in America?  Money perhaps?


Recent estimates of additional quitters resulting annually from the availability of e-cigarettes, using the same dataset but 2 different methods, resulted in similar figures within the range of 16,000 to 22,000. Varying the assumptions, and updating these estimates for 2016, resulted in an upper bound estimate of around 57,000 additional quitters annually resulting from e-cigarettes (lower bound around 22,000). While caution is needed with these figures, the evidence suggests that e-cigarettes have contributed tens of thousands of additional quitters in England.


Read the entire article HERE.

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A BATTERY MOOCH POST: There are newer “fat ring” Sony VTC5A batteries

The Sony Koriyama factory (“K” in lower left of the two lines of printing) has changed or added a different appearing top cap crimp to its VTC5A cell. This cell seems to perform the same (more testing to be done though) but has a wider ring crimping tool mark ring near its top. See the photos for an example.


Please note…

– While there are genuine Sony VTC5A’s with this “fat ring” that does NOT mean every VTC5A you see with a fat ring is genuine.

– The counterfeiters might have found fakes with fat rings to use. We can only say that there are genuine Sony VTC5A’s with the fat ring in production.

– If you have a VTC5A with a thinner ring this does NOT mean yours is definitely a fake. It might be anyway but there are huge numbers of genuine VTC5A’s out there with the narrower ring.

– To help determine if your VTC, any of of them, is a fake or not carefully unwrap them. If the black top insulating ring is glued on it is definitely a fake.

– If the black top insulating ring is not glued on it could be genuine. A loose top ring does not guarantee it’s an authentic Sony though as some fakes are not gluing on the ring now.

– Look for the two dimples on the top of the cell as shown in the photos. All VTC’s have these. If your cells do not then they are not genuine Sony VTC cells.

– If your cells do have the dimples then they are genuine VTC’s but there is no way to tell which. Some fake VTC5A’s have used other VTC’s.

– The wrap, wrap code, and printing are unreliable indicators of whether they are genuine or not due to their variability between factories and over time.

– Please don’t send me pictures of your cells to have me authenticate them. I am unable to. Use the checks I’ve described here. If you are still unsure and are concerned they might be fakes then speak to the vendor you purchased them from.

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Tomorrow night will be the second episode of “The Smoker’s Show”.

Join us as we go over the basics and dig deeper into some of them.   The phone lines WILL be open this time!

If you have someone in your life who still smokes, please invite them to join the show!

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NEW FROM REGULATOR WATCH – Ignoring #Metoo | Glantz Sexual Harassment Allegations Leave Most Silent

Here’s the latest from Brent Stafford at Regulator Watch:

It’s a #MeToo moment. Minus the outrage and heavy on the silence.

The allegations are troubling: sexual harassment, racial discrimination and academic misconduct levelled against 71-year old Dr. Stanton Glantz, the most well-known tobacco control researcher in the world.

Glantz specializes in activist science; bringing fame and fortune to his Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, which he heads, out of the University of California San Francisco.

The allegations were made public in December in a lawsuit filed by Dr. Eunice Neeley an academic researcher who worked under Glantz at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.

Did UCSF officials hear, believe and support Neeley? And, why is there no outrage coming from vocal moralists within the tobacco control movement?

Find out-only on RegWatch by

Produced by: Brent Stafford
Released Feb 5, 2018

WEB EXTRA – Activist Science (Web Extra)

Junk is often in the eye of the beholder. Whether a piece of science is credible or pure propaganda of the worst… wait our guest should be finishing this thought. He nails it!

In this RegWatch Web extra hear from Dr. Carl V. Phillips, epidemiologist, tobacco harm reduction advocate and expert in research study design.

Carl knows how to do studies right. So, you could imagine he’s got a few choice words for science done the ‘Stanton Glantz way’.

Don’t miss it-only on RegWatch by

Produced by: Brent Stafford
Released Feb 5, 2018

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A BATTERY MOOCH POST: Which is the best performing 3000mAh 18650 battery?

Is it the Samsung 30Q, Sony VTC6, or LG HG2?

Minding Your mAhs – Ep5 is up on my Battery Mooch YouTube channel:

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