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You’ve seen some posts on this today so here is some additional information.


Time is running short. Cole/Bishop is the only vehicle we have left to get the predicate date changed this year.



Vapor Technology Association is hard at work in the nation’s capital promoting responsible public policies like the Cole-Bishop Amendment that will save our industry and preserve the ability of innovators like YOU to continue to develop and sell quality vapor products. We have made a lot of progress, but now we need YOUR help!

If we are going to be successful, we need to show our elected leaders in Washington exactly who you are. You are the manufacturers, wholesalers, small business owners, employees and entrepreneurs who make up the vapor industry, and you are the customers that rely on vapor products. MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD!

Support out Thunderclap and together let’s tell Congress that #WeAreVapor!

Here is the link to follow:

As a matter of fact, Kevin Skipper from VCC did a quick video on it. He’s allowed me to share that video here so…

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I had the honor or attending the Beyond The Cloud premiere screening in Paris France this past weekend.



You can now watch it below, or on YouTube.

I want to sincerely thank Ghyslain, Sebastien, Patrick, and all involved with this movie and the premiere. I’m very proud to be part of it.

Co-makers Ghyslain ARMAND / Sebastien DUIJNDAM
Producer Patrick Bedué Vapexpo – Co-presented with the Vaping Post

Beyond the cloud is a socially-aware documentary that witnesses societal changes that arouse with the emergence of the electronic cigarette. Smokers, but also dual users and vapers, whether enthusiastic or worried, open up to our camera. In order to see more clearly into this phenomenon, a renowned sociologist also decrypts the societal trends associated to the e-cigarette.

In the second part of our documentary, we give the speech to international experts, physicians, researchers and health professionals, who got interested in this topics. From a scientific angle, our camera captures the future challenges to take up in the framework of risk reduction.

Political and public health opennesses conclude the overview of this topic. Leading figures, struggling to modernize our political systems, are facing legal constraints and share with us their doubts and hopes. They are the witnesses and the actors of a societal evolution that has been swept by our camera.

Cheered as a miracle by customers, the e-cigarette also appears as the new devil. Beyond the cloud takes you on a journey that, we hope, will help you form your own opinion on the e-cigarette, which might actually be the hottest topic of public health.

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A BATTERY MOOCH POST: When choosing a battery for a regulated device, coil resistance doesn’t matter.

Only the power setting you use determines how much current is drawn from the battery (up to the voltage/current limits of the device).

The battery isn’t connected to the coil, the regulator circuit board is. So if you’re using a device in variable-wattage (VW) mode then the battery will always just have to feed enough current to the regulator to make that amount of power. If you change the coil resistance, but not the power setting, the battery current will not change. Only if you change the power setting will the battery current change (assuming the mod doesn’t throttle back due to low battery voltage).

For more information on calculating the actual battery current:

Or, for mobile users:

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A BATTERY MOOCH POST: Conflict 60A 3500mAh 18650 Bench Test Results…a dangerously overrated 20A battery!

Bottom Line: This is a preposterously overrated cell with exaggerated current and capacity ratings. I am rating it at 20A and 3000mAh. At only 35A continuous, well below its rating, it could reach dangerous temperatures and vent if there was a mod malfunction or accidental button press. It only delivered 130mAh at 35A continuous down to 3.2V. At 40A and above its voltage quickly collapses. Even if just pulsed at its 60A rating the voltage dropped to 2.77V on the first pulse.

I am giving this cell a maximum vaping amps (MVA) rating of 25A. It is identical in appearance and performance to the Samsung 30Q.

The18650 ratings table has been updated to include this cell.

Test results, discharge graph, photos:

All my test results to date:



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A BATTERY MOOCH POST: Maximum 18650 battery ratings

If you are considering purchasing a particular 18650 battery, just remember that…

…there are none with a true continuous rating over 30A.

…there are none rated at 3000mAh with a true continuous rating over 20A.

…there are none rated over-3000mAh with a true continuous rating over 10A.

…pulse or battery company “max” ratings are useless and can’t be used to compare batteries.

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FYI – No one has gotten the answer correctly yet, and it’s a tough one.  So here’s the hint…

In Star Trek – TMP it was one of my favorite scenes yet critics called it too long.  In Star Trek – Beyond, it was done much faster, focused on a different subject, but ended with a similar “docking”.

Ok, I have to pack up for France.  See you all soon!!

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This item has been received in exchange for promotion and/or review.


Ok, here’s an interesting one.   UD has combined the features and function of a burning tab and a mod into a single device and it’s called the Sifu.

The UD Sifu is a single 18650, firmware upgradeable, 70W box mod that also does TC with SS316L, NI200, and Ti1, custom TCRs, and custom power curves.   It appears to be a pretty full function device.

In addition to the regular vaping features on this particular device, it also includes side mounted “burning tab” features as seen in the Friday Morning Burning Tab Master and the Coil Master 521 Tab.

The magnetic battery uses some really strong magnets which do a good job at holding it in place and can be flipped around to the non-skid side for when you’re doing your builds.

The one thing I’d like to see on this is on-board storage for the test leads, or a more innovative way to incorporate them into the unit itself.

The UD Sifu

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How romantic will it be in Paris having BOTH my wives with me.  Tricia AND Dimitris!!

It’s been a few years since I’ve attended a VapExpo and I’m looking forward to it.

Also excited to be attending the “Beyond The Clouds“, “Vape Wave“, and “A Billion Lives” premiers there!

See you there!


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E-cigarette maker files for bankruptcy

E-cigarette maker files for bankruptcy


This is a very sad day for vaping.  Not many people realize it, but if it wasn’t for NJOY there may not be a vapor industry today thanks to their fight and lawsuit against the FDA and win back in 2009.  Not to mention the number of smokers who transitioned to vaping due to using an NJOY product.

Hopefully they will be able to survive this, continue to do business, provide support to the industry, and CONVERT SMOKERS.

I had the opportunity to interview Geoff from NJOY almost two years ago now regarding the Artist Collection…

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

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A BATTERY MOOCH POST: Why do I still recommend rewrapped batteries?

Why did I remove the Aspire but include the iJoy, Efest, and other rewrapped batteries in my updated recommended batteries table?

I removed the Aspire 18650 from the table because, whenever I can, I will no longer support and give free advertising to battery companies that lie to us about their ratings. Even if they have a great battery. If it is, just tell us the true ratings!

I am forced to keep the rewrapped 18350 and 26650 batteries in my table because we have no other choices. There are no Samsung, Sony, LG, or Panasonic/Sanyo batteries to choose from in those sizes. There is an old Panasonic and Sony 26650 that you can still find being sold but there are a huge number of fakes out there and the genuine ones are years old. Not worth taking a chance on in my opinion.

So, for now at least, I must keep 18350 and 26650 batteries with exaggerated ratings in the table. I don’t ever see that changing as the 26650 market is tiny and probably not worth developing new cells for, but who knows.

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