Clone wars

No – not the Star Wars trilogy, but in the context of Vaping.

If you are a vaper, you are very quickly introduced to knock-offs. There is an epidemic in the vaping community, that as soon as a new device gets introduced, the little copy elves in China get going and within literally days, there is a clone out there at a fraction of the price. In some cases, the copies are so good that you can’t tell the difference, in other cases they are completely inferior.

China is is a major center of vaping. A significant amount of your legit vaping gear comes from China – Innokin and Kanger to name just two of the major players are from China. A lot of the e-liquid comes from China, as does many, if not all of the cigarette lookalike PV’s, and who knows what else. What doesn’t tend to come from China is the small boutique gear. China seems to specialize in large quantity, low margin. What they also seem to specialize in is copying….

Now the debate around what is and isn’t counterfeiting can drag on for ever. I doubt very much if there is much in the vaping world that is really that blindingly original, as it is all based upon the concept of warming up e-liquid using a coil of some variety or other to produce vapor. After that it is simply the way that you execute it. Where vaping seems to be right now is the search for a better mousetrap, and there are some very nice products that have come out. One of these is the Kayfun atomizer by SvoeMesto. This is a company out of Germany making high end rebuildable atomizers and other assorted kit and it isnt cheap. The basic Kayfun lite atomizer is 75 euros plus shipping, plus import duty. You can get a clone of this for 25 dollars from China shipped free, and it is a complete copy right down to the laser engraved logo. Is the copy as good? Well, I don’t have one so I can’t comment directly, but the reviews indicate that the clone is somewhat inferior, but not significantly.

I don’t have any objection to a company taking a concept, improving upon it and then marketing their version under their name, but a complete rip-off isn’t acceptable to me.

What should we do about it? At least in the arena of vaping, the leading edge creators are small companies, and can’t get into the long, protracted legal battles that someone like an Apple can. This is for the vaping community to resolve. We, as vapers, need to buy from the originator and not from the clone manufacturers.

Vaping – part 3

For those of you that have been following my vaping journey, my last stop was getting into variable voltage and variable wattage battery units for my vape.

I find that variable wattage is the way to go, as I am not by nature someone who wants to spend a lot of time fiddling around to get good results. For me, variable wattage is a “set it and forget it” operation. I spent some time when I got the Innoken MVP changing the wattage, until I found one that fit me. Now I can change across a variety of different topper units that have different resistances, and don’t need to adjust anything as the unit is doing it for me.

By the way – when I say “fits me”, I should explain a little. As you change the voltage delivered to the coil in a vaporizer, the way the vapor is created gets changed. Basically it gets “fiercer” the higher the voltage is, up to a point and then it starts to taste burnt. Some people like a “fierce” vape – it is called throat hit, and some like their vape more mellow.

The voltage needed to get a specific profile of vape depends upon the resistance of the coils in the vaporizer, so if you are using a variety of heads that have different resistances, then each time you change you would be adjusting the voltage to suit the unit. With variable wattage, the unit delivers a specific amount of power every vape, and adjusts the voltage delivered as required, so using that method, you can change head units and not have to do much or anything in the way of adjusting.

refillable vaporizer

refillable vaporizer

In regards to the equipment I am still using, The Kanger Pro Tank Minis are still working very well and so are the Evods. I clean them out periodically and dry burn to get clean off the coils. I have had to replace a couple of the coils – but that was expected and I bought a supply of them when I got the original Evods and Pro Tanks. My Innoken MVP battery is now my go to battery, and I find the charge lasts all day. I still carry the Evod VV batteries as backup, but the original non variable voltage Evod batteries are now pretty much sitting on the shelf.

The one other purchase that I have made is to get a Kayfun Light atomizer, and that was only after a lot of reading. I wanted to try building my own coils and this one seemed to have very good reviews.

kayfun

Kayfun rebuildable atomizer

I have built a number of coils and am very happy with this unit and can recommend it to anyone. Building coils can be a little tricky and for those of us with eyesight that leaves something to be desired, you will need a lighted magnifier, but it isn’t difficult. Just don’t drink too much coffee before you try it, and you will be fine.

I also discovered a gentlemen in Ireland that publishes youtube videos on vaping. He is a big fan of the Kayfun also and goes through the coil rebuilds as well as other subjects. I found his videos to be excellent aids. His name is Andrew and his channel is here

Keep on vaping!!

Go suck an egg

The National Post reports that a Hamilton, Ont., mother has launched a human rights complaint against her six-year-old daughter’s school for failing to remove eggs and dairy from campus to accommodate the child’s allergies.

“I’m not looking for a guaranteed allergy-free environment because I know it’s not possible,” said the woman fighting to have eggs and dairy removed from the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Elementary School. “But reasonable accommodations that fall in line with our doctor’s diagnosis is just plain common sense.”

First it was peanuts and now it is eggs and dairy? While I understand what the mother is attempting to do, it is a long way from understanding to agreement. This is an example of moving responsibility from the individual to the group. My child is allergic, so lets eliminate the allergen from everyone, as opposed to my child is allergic, so how can she and I deal with the situation. Cars can run people over, so lets eliminate cars. Electricity is potentially dangerous, so lets eliminate it. You can drown in water – lets dry out the world. Yup, those are ridiculous statements, but so is eliminating eggs and dairy. I thought that banning peanuts was wrong too.

The only issue I see here is that a Human Rights Commission is now involved, and that can lead to some interesting results, and not many of them make any sense

York U

Is it appropriate to allow university students decline to participate in a class assignment because it would force him to interact with female students, or should they be expected to set their “firm religious beliefs aside” in their search for higher education? And how should technology play into the decision?

That question is at the centre of a debate ongoing at Toronto’s York University, where a sociology professor and university brass have clashed over whether a student’s religious belief should allow him to skip class assignments that bring him into contact with women. The prof denied the request and the university brass overruled him.

It is a sticky situation, and one where easy black and white answers don’t really fit, but what it comes down to in my mind is the values that a Canadian University is expected to uphold. Note , I say Canadian University – if the Uni was in Saudi Arabia, the rules would be different.

On one hand there is religious freedom, and on the other there are many other Canadian societal norms that would point in the opposite direction. For many years women have been fighting for equality, and now those gains could be trumped by religious beliefs? Our traditional values, which are being eroded daily would say to the student – get over it and complete the assignment. The alternative is a slippery slope where the R word takes precedence.

One final point on this particular issue, is that according to Islamic and Judaic scholars that were consulted (and I guess that the person involved is in one of these groups) there is no religious prohibition against men and women being together in public. That makes this request even more outrageous. It is also interesting to note that the prof involved consulted these groups prior to making his decision not to accomodate, whereas York administration did not, before they overruled him.

That being said – the Human Rights Commission is now looking into it, so hold onto your hats as this could get very weird, as sense and HRC’s usually don’t go together. I can but hope that they agree with the prof, but whether they do or not shame on York U.