Thursday, April 16, 2015

Don't Drip and Drive

By Joshua Sheffield, RTS Vapes Chemist


At RTS Vapes, we sell only the highest quality USP grade Vegetable Glycerin (VG). Our Kosher Certified VG is derived from coconuts as opposed to soy beans giving it a naturally sweeter taste. At one of the lowest prices online our VG is great for making max VG, clouding e-juices for your RDA or RBA.

There is something very satisfying about taking a full inhale and blowing out a huge cloud, but be mindful about the time and place. If you are an RDA user it can be dangerous to vape while driving for several reasons. One, that dry hit, you know which one we are talking about. The one where the wick became dry after the last pull on your atty and you think it has one more in it. The dry hit that leaves you needing some water and thinking, “Do I really want to vape anymore today?” Two, between getting your top cap off and opening the bottle of your favorite e-juice (hopefully DIY e-juiceJ) the bottle slips out of your hand and the car smells like banana for weeks. Third, the struggle of where to blow your cloud. While it is cool and fun to see your vapor take up the entire windshield, watch it roll across your dashboard, or look over at your passenger and envelope them in vapor for a good laugh, the bottom line is that it interferes with your view of the road. Lastly, and most importantly, even if everything goes smoothly your eye is taken off of the road to drip your e-liquid. As we all know from those texting and driving ads, taking your eyes off of the road for even just one second could result in the car swerving off of the road or worse into the other lane with oncoming traffic or maybe you hit the brakes too late for the stopped cars at the red light.


A car crash would not be cool or fun for anyone involved, so please, do yourself and everyone else on the road a service and don’t drip and drive. If you need your vaping fix, swap out your RDA for a RBA or sub-Ohm tank before you hit the road. Remember to blow your clouds down, out of the view of the road and Vape On!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Flavor For Everyone!

by Alex Inman, RTS Vapes Director of Sales

As many of you may already know we pride ourselves here at RTS Vapes on our huge selection of everything you could possibly need to make your own e-juice. In order for us to maintain our reputation as a true one stop DIY shop we are constantly scanning the market for new products and talking to our loyal customers about what products they would like to see us add to our store. And if you can believe it, we've found three great flavor lines we cannot wait to share with you all! 

The first flavor line that has already been available on the site for a couple of months now is Flavor Jungle, a US based concentrated flavor manufacturer that has made a big splash in the industry recently. Flavor Jungle’s entire line consists of less than 30 flavors, but what they lack in quantity they make up for ten-fold in quality. I can say with 100% honesty that every single Flavor Jungle concentrate that I have tried has been exactly what I was looking for. You will not be disappointed using concentrated flavors from this company!

The second new flavor line that just made its debut on our website is Flavor West, a US based company that has been providing the vape industry with high quality concentrated flavors for years. After many customer requests and through talking to Flavor West directly, we have decided to carry close to 200 of their concentrated flavors. One of the major factors in this decision was Flavor West’s complete and total transparency regarding all of the ingredients in their concentrated flavors. I’m sure we all remember the hysteria and still worry about Diacetyl and other similar ingredients in our e-juice, so having a flavor company be so open and willing to share their ingredients really helped to ease our minds. Another big factor in this decision was the quality and price of their flavors. Flavor West is now our most affordable option for concentrated flavors with the same great quality as our other brands. On top of all of that, they've got some incredibly interesting flavor profiles such as Unicorn Vomit (a delicious mix of fruits), Cloud 9 (a tropical fruit mixture that will leave you craving a beach trip), and Reindeer Poop (a cinnamon roll topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup). With creativity like that, you are bound to come up with something unique and quite tasty. 

The third flavor line soon to be added is Inawera, a concentrated flavor manufacturer based out of Poland. We found out about this manufacturer through various forums online. We noticed the name Inawera popping up in the DIY sub-forums so we figured we would check it out and sure enough, they are some pretty amazing concentrated flavors. The first thing I notice when using Inawera’s concentrated flavors for the first time was just how concentrated they were. When I made my first juice, a mix of a couple different tobacco flavors, I did not have to use more than 3% total of the flavors to get a seriously full-flavored juice. Others here at RTS Vapes who have made juice with Inawera’s concentrated flavors also report that all of their flavors are super concentrated. This is good for you and me because using less flavoring means spending less money and your bottles of flavor concentrate last longer.

We, here at RTS Vapes, are happy to bring you even more great flavors than before as we now offer more than 900 different flavor concentrates! If there are any flavor lines that you, our loyal fans and customers, think we should carry please let us know! We are always on the lookout for great new products that will help the DIY Vaper!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DIY My Eye!



by Joshua Sheffield, RTS Vapes Chemist 


Do you enjoy mixing your own e-juice recipes? Here at RTS Vapes, we believe in “safety first” when mixing your favorite e-juice. Whether you’re a beginner looking to purchase your first DIY e-juice starter kit or an expert, you’ll find everything you need to get started mixing your own e-juice at a great price on rtsvapes.com.

When I sit down to make some juice, the first thing I do is put on a Lab Coat, Bouffant Cap, Shoe Covers, and some days a Beard Net, depending upon whether my wife made me shave or not. The reason for using these items is two-fold. First, they provide protection of my clothing and shoes in case of an accidental spill. Second and, in my opinion, most importantly they protect my e-juice from any lint, hair, and/or dust. These protective products ensure clean, uncontaminated e-juice and guarantee a hygienic and safe vaping experience. It is important to note, if you spill any flavorless liquid nicotine or e-juice on your clothes, immediately remove and wash the soiled clothing items.

The most vital safety gear I use are disposable Nitrile Gloves. Nitrile gloves are very important for protecting your hands from nicotine exposure, especially at higher concentrations of 60 and 100 mg/mL. Does it make a difference if they are nitrile gloves or not? The answer is yes as nicotine is a nitrogenous base and the nitrile gloves will protect your skin better than any other type of gloves. Remember that nicotine is a poison and if you get flavorless liquid nicotine on your skin, it will enter your blood stream immediately through transdermal contact possibly leading to dizziness, nausea, or death in extreme cases. If you get flavorless liquid nicotine or e-juice on your skin, rinse the affected area thoroughly with warm water.

The next thing to do is put on a pair of Safety Glasses. In case of a spill or splash, safety glasses are a protective barrier for your eyes. It is always a great idea to keep Saline Solution, what your eye naturally produces to keep the eyeball clean, on hand to thoroughly rinse the eye. If you do not have any saline, rinse the eye thoroughly with plenty of water in the event of a spill and/or splash.

The final piece of equipment I put on before mixing one of my favorite e-juice recipes is a Mini Respirator. This is another product with a dual purpose. One, it prevents contaminates from entering your juice by covering both your mouth and nose, thus stopping all saliva and possible mucus from tainting your e-juice. Two, it protects you from breathing in any noxious nicotine fumes that may be undetectable until you begin to feel dizzy or nauseous.

After taking the recommended safety precautions above, the process of making your e-juice can safely begin. Next time you’re ready to mix your favorite e-juice, remember to follow these safety tips and always wear your protective gear. Not only will you look like a professional chemist, but you will also have all the proper tools to make e-juice safely like the professionals.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Social Vaper


by Bethany Stinar, RTS Vapes Customer Service


There is no doubt that our current society is completely “plugged in” to social media.  With all the snapping, tagging, tweeting, chatting, etc., some may argue that this generation is almost too plugged in.  Others would agree social media can provide more than just a way to share photos of your pet or your latest culinary delight.  Many people use social media to stay current on local and world news or discuss hot topics.  What color is that darn dress anyway? But what role does social media play when it comes to the vaping community?

I believe social media platforms can cater to the needs of both the individual vaper and those who work in the industry.  A wise business owner will certainly market and advertise their company using relevant social platforms as it is an affordable and efficient way to spread the word about their products and services.  Currently, Twitter is one of the most popular social platforms in the vaping industry.  Vape shops and e-cig supply store owners use it to share information about sales, promotions and new products.  Twitter also shares insight into hot topics currently trending throughout the industry.  A simple hash tag can connect you to thousands of others who share similar interests.  Business owners can also use social media to communicate with their customers or check out the competition.

Facebook is a great resource for establishing a social page for businesses.  Customers and employees can communicate and share information in one convenient place.  Facebook also offers an option where customers can review and comment on the products, services and their experience with a certain business.

Instagram is becoming more and more popular among the vaping community.  A business owner can use Instagram to post photos of their store, e-liquid line, or the type of mods they carry.  They can also share pictures of their employees and loyal customers.  Photo sharing creates a personal connection between a business and its customers.

The needs of the individual vaper are going to vary from that of a store owner.  Most vapers are looking for a place they can share their opinion or view opinions of others regarding specific products and services.  The Electronic Cigarette Forum is a great resource for increasing your knowledge about the vaping industry.  One of the most active threads on the forum, and our personal favorite, is titled DIY E-Liquid.  This forum is flooded with information from vapers who are seeking or sharing advice about making your own e-liquid.  This thread is perfect for sharing recipes, vendor information, and opinions about all things e-liquid.  The Electronic Cigarette Forum is also helpful for staying informed on possible FDA regulations and advice on what mod best fits the individual vaper’s preference.  When I’m looking for a certain product I turn to a social media site that shares photos such as Instagram because it can be very helpful when searching for new hardware or accessories.  YouTube is also growing in popularity for vapers because many others post reviews or tutorials about mods and e-liquids they've purchased.  

As a vaper and an employee of the vaping industry I cannot speak highly enough about the role that social media has played in my personal and professional life. Because I manage the social media pages for our company I have seen first-hand the growth that stems from regularly posting and sharing information.  Don’t just be a vaper.  Be a social vaper!  Make your voice heard, your opinion known and share your knowledge with others.


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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Facts about Concentrated Food Flavorings

One of the most exciting parts of mixing your own e-liquid is creating unique and tasty flavors. We know just how important this step is. With the over 147 flavor options we offer, you will never fall short on new flavor experimentation! At RTS Vapes, we offer liquid flavorings by the Flavor Apprentice, a division of Perfumer's Apprentice

Types of Flavors

With 147 flavors, we had to find a way to categorize all these great blends! Below you will find the various categories we offer. In each category, you will find a huge selection of products that will appease the taste buds. We also encourage you to try mixing the flavors to create your own unique blends!
  • Chinese Tobacco Blends
  • Chocolate & Vanilla Flavors
  • Coffee Flavors
  • Fruit & Vegetable Flavors
  • Menthol & Mint Flavors
  • Nutty Flavors
  • Savory Flavors
  • Spices & Floral Flavors
  • Sweet or Sour Flavors
  • Beverage Flavors
  • Tobacco Flavors
  • Tobacco Blends & Extracts

 

Packaging

The flavorings we have can be purchased in either the 10 or 30 milliliter glass containers. For the popular flavors like menthol, we do offer some 120 milliliter products. All the products are securely packaged and you will never get an open or spilt container.

 

Buying Concentrated Food Flavoring

Our prices for liquid flavoring are among the lowest in the industry! Many of our prices are even lower than ones you the prices offered by the manufacturer! Not to mention, when you buy flavor concentrate from RTS Vapes, you qualify for getting 6% store credit on future purchases through our MyRewards program. We also offer free shipping on all orders over $75.

 

Safety

All of the concentrated food flavorings by the Flavor Apprentice are FDA food grade standards and are completely safe for consumption. These flavorings are commonly used in baking, candy-making and cosmetics. While our tobacco blends and extracts don’t meet the FDA food grade standards, they have all been tested for impurities and are completely safe to be used when making e-juice.
E-liquid mixing should not be attempted by those not experienced or trained with using toxic chemicals. While these food flavorings are not toxic and can be consumed, they should be kept in secure, child-safe containers.


About the Author: RTS Vapes is the best place to buy DIY e-liquid supplies to make your own e-liquid. We have the lowest prices in the industry. We offer pure liquid nicotine, flavoring, liquid PG and VG as well as all the supplies you need for brewing!

Lab Safety when Mixing Liquid Nicotine

E-liquid home-brewing has gained in popularity and for good reason; it gives you a cheaper and higher quality e-juice. While there are numerous benefits, it can be dangerous. The highest degree of caution need be taken with every step when dealing with these necessary chemicals. It’s important to keep in mind that nicotine is extremely toxic and can be very dangerous when not handled appropriately. In its purest form, nicotine is actually considered poisonous. Brewing of e-liquids should not be attempted by someone who does not have the proper training or experience with toxic chemicals.

 

Liquid Nicotine & Yourself

When brewing your e-liquid, you must be careful to protect yourself.
✓ Avoid contact on the skin or eyes with liquid nicotine. It's best to use protective clothing, gloves, goggles and gear.
✓ Make sure your clothes do not hang loosely. Loose clothing can lead to accidental contact with the chemicals or knocking over of chemicals.
✓ Fully educate yourself on the chemicals you are using. While there may be a little bit of experimenting with flavoring, do not be over-confident.
✓ Buy chemicals and materials from a reputable retailer you can trust.

 

Liquid Nicotine & Others

It is your responsibility to ensure no harm comes to others due to your e-liquid mixing. These steps can help make sure others stay safe.
✓ Do not handle liquid nicotine in the presence of a child or animal. Even a drop of it has the potential to kill a small child.
✓ Ensure that your bottles are all properly marked with the substances they contain.
 ✓ Be sure to use child-safety bottles if children may come across the bottles. You may also want to keep all material in a locked cabinet or box.
✓ If a child does come in contact with hazardous material, seek medical attention immediately.
✓ Use eye protection, gloves, a respirator or fume hood and a laboratory coat or apron

 

Brewing Workspace

✓ Keep your workspace well ventilated to avoid liquid nicotine building in the air.
✓ Clean or dispose of any item that comes in contact with liquid nicotine.
✓ Do not dispose of liquid nicotine in the environment.
✓ Keep materials away from any kind of flame as materials may be flammable.
✓ Make sure you have quick access to running water when mixing in case of emergency.
✓ Use high quality chemistry laboratory glassware that isn’t prone to breaking or cracking under heat or toxicity.
✓ Keep a clean and orderly workspace. You shouldn’t necessarily be afraid of your e-liquid, but it is hugely important that you handle all the chemicals with care. When using RTS Vapes concentrated liquid nicotine: Use eye protection Use gloves Use respirator or fume hood Use laboratory coat or apron  

About the Author: RTS Vapes is an online retailer of all the DIY e-liquid supplies you need. We have the pure flavorless liquid nicotine, liquid propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin at the lowest prices. We also offer the safety and measuring equipment you need for your homebrews. You can always expect great quality, prices and customer service at RTS Vapes.