New Report Ranks Virginia Beach The Best U.S. City For Vaping

What’s the best city in the United States for vaping? According to a new study conducted by D.C.-based public policy research organization R Street, the answer is Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Their study, which you can find here, rates the city of Virginia Beach a 97. This “Vapescore,” as they call it, translates into essentially what is an A+ rating, Southside Daily notes in a report. The reason for this, according to study authors Dan Semelsberger and Cameron Smith, is that “the city embraces policies conducive to tobacco harm reduction.” Subsequently, Virginia Beach is the only city in the study to have ranked above 95.

The study’s authors cite a State Supreme Court ruling from 2010 indicating that e-cigs don’t actually fall under the tobacco product category.

What do you think, do you agree with the study’s authors? Is Virginia Beach really the best city for vaping?

In other news, e-cigarette company Halo recently ranked Boston, Massachusetts the least vape-friendly city in the United States.

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Gizmodo Review Editor Praises Joyetech’s eGo AIO As The ‘Perfect Vape’ For Neophytes

The new leak-proof eGo AIO vape by Joyetech is an inexpensive portable vaporizing solution (just $25) and according to Gizmodo review editor Alex Cranz, it’s the “perfect vape” for beginner vapers. But the story doesn’t end there. If it did, this new vape sure would sound wonderful. But according to Cranz, the eGo AIO “is a lousy vape” when it comes to producing massive clouds of vapor. The reason for this, according to Cranz, is at least in part due to the fact that it does not allow for its temperature to be adjusted. While this might make usage straight forward and simple, it’s definitely a downside for experienced vapers who are looking for the almighty clouds that some modern vaporizers are capable of producing. Or in other words, don’t expect to be competing, or at least winning, any vaping competitions with the new eGo AIO because it just won’t cut it.

All this aside, with a low price tag and easy to use interface, it’s not hard to see why some beginners might gravitate towards this new vape pen. According to Cranz, it’s worth waiting for it to show up in the mail if your alternative is a vape starter kit sourced from a local retailer like a corner store or a gas station. But we’re not here to review it, so we’ll leave that for you to decide. Or you can just take Cranz at her word. Up to you.

As far as appearance goes, you might not find it to be the most sneaky or stealth vaporizer out there so if you’re expecting to be vaping in public without drawing any attention to yourself, this might not be the way to go. If you don’t care what people think when you’re ripping your vape, you probably won’t have any issues with its relatively sleek and modern appearance.

For coils, this vape uses special ones that, according to Cranz, you’ll likely have to buy over the web. If this isn’t a big deal for you, which it probably wouldn’t be for us, you won’t have to fret because you should have easy to access to replacement coils so long as you don’t mind waiting for them to show up in the mail.

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Vaporizer Shark Hits The Web With Comprehensive Vape Reviews

Shark In Water

While there are obviously more than a few vaporizer reviewers out there sharing their thoughts with the world at large via the web, Vaporizer Shark has quickly managed to set itself apart from the rest of the crowd by covering vaporizers and their related accessories in such a comprehensive fashion that you might actually find it hard to take in. Which is why they’ve added a quick review summary to each and every single one of their reviews. By doing so, readers can quickly cut to the meat of the review and get in and out with the information they need to make an informed decision in less time than it takes to tie a shoe. But for us, we can’t help but appreciate the depth of their reviews as they cover aspects that other reviewers simply ignore in their own assessments. If we were to use one word to describe what Vaporizer Shark brings to the table, that word would be “invaluable.” As in, Vaporizer Shark is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in vaping and particularly those looking for a new vape.

Their History

When it comes to their mission, Vaporizer Shark’s intent is quite clear. Their goal, according to the About page on their website, is to help the vaping community at large by providing “accurate and reliable information” pertaining to vaporizers and their accessories.

“…an online resource filled with accurate and reliable information pertaining to vapes, vape accessories, and related products.”

Reiterating this point in what is perhaps a more precise fashion, their website states that their mission entails the provision of “accurate” and “easy to understand information” intended to provide the vaping community with the information necessary “to make informed decisions” when it comes to vaporizers and their accessories. Ultimately, helping answer the question, “which vaporizer is best?” So if you want to know what the best vape is, you’ll definitely want to take the time to flip through their site and see what they have to offer.

Their Vaporizer Reviews

Examining their recently published DaVinci IQ review, what we find is an absolutely overwhelming amount of information about the new portable vaporizer, but the way that it’s organized and the fact that they’ve opted to include a “Speed Review” summarizing the in-depth review makes it surprisingly easy to take from it what you need without spending too much time reading. To us, this comes off as an excellent way to convey one’s thoughts on a given vape, in this case the new IQ. When we really take a look at the information contained within the review, it’s nothing short of impressive. There’s virtually no aspect left untouched as it’s all there – everything from information about the temperature and vapor quality to the heat up time and construction materials used to create it.

Vaporizer Shark's Website
This screen shot of the VaporizerShark.com website shows the “Speed Review” section of their DaVinci IQ vaporizer review.

Looking at the different aspects covered in a little more depth as it pertains to their IQ review, they cover the IQ’s battery life, its temperature range, temperature controls, various features, weight, size, portability, problems (known issues), accessories like the Hydro Adapter that allows for the integration of a water filter like the Honeybird Core, construction materials, cleaning, maintenance, usage tips, warranty, app, and as if that wasn’t enough, they even offer comparisons to other popular and comparable vapes. That last little bit is something we find to be particularly fascinating because knowing that a vaporizer is good isn’t always enough, especially when you’re trying to decide between a number of good vapes. So kudos to them for making a point to include a vaporizer comparison segment to their vape reviews. In the case of the IQ, they compare it to such reputable vapes as the Pax 3, Firefly 2, Crafty, Mighty, and more. So if you need to know how it stacks up against some of the most popular and powerful vapes on the market, you’ll definitely want to take the time to sift through their comparisons.

Rating System

While the intricacies of their system of rating vaporizers and their accessories is unclear, what is clear is that they obviously put some serious effort into assessing the various aspects of the products they test and review in order to come up with their ratings – an assumption we derive from the extremely comprehensive and clearly very insightful nature of their reviews. It’s likely a given that they take into account such factors as the quality of vapor, usability, construction, cost, and so on when calculating their ratings. And in the end, they take all of this and turn it into an easy to understand number, well, technically a percentage but in essence, just a number that rates the product on a scale of 1 to 100 with 100 obviously being the highest possible rating/score a product can receive. In the case of the IQ, while this is certainly subject to change without our awareness, Vaporizer Shark has given it an overall rating of 92 percent.

Vape News Coverage

In what seems to be direct competition to our own site here at VaporizerWire.com, the folks at Vaporizer Shark also cover vape news. Seeing as we’d obviously prefer to keep you in our own pocket, following us for all of your vaping news, we’re not going to tout their coverage of the vaporizing industry too much here other than to say that, like us, they too cover vaping news. But it’s not really what they specialize in. What they specialize in is clearly vaporizer reviews. And for that, they do an excellent job of breaking things down and laying it all out in an easy to understand fashion.

Vaping Guides

This is an area where we haven’t seen as much information compiled in one place as we’d like. When it comes to vape guides, you’re stretched between various sites, everything from forums to manufacturer’s websites and so on, but it’d obviously be better if all of this information was contained within one place. For which reason, search engines like Google prove to be invaluable resources for those looking for information on vaping, but it looks like Vaporizer Shark is looking to bring an end to this practice of scouring the web via search engines by simply compiling all of the information in one place – their website.

Where To Find Them

While Vaporizer Shark can be found on various social networks, like Instagram and Twitter, all roads eventually lead to their website, VaporizerShark.com – that’s where you’ll find all of their reviews, guides, news, and whatever else they care to share with the world at large. So if you’re looking for what might very well be the most comprehensive vape reviews on the web, you know where to find them! And for clarity’s sake, seeing as we simply plugged their social network profiles via links above, their Instagram and Twitter handles are both @VaporizerShark. Follow them, who knows what they’ll share next.

In other news, VapeGuide.co recently launched its brand new vaporizer site that, much like Vaporizer Shark, covers a range of vape related topics ranging from reviews and news to guides and general information.

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Boston Ranked Least Friendly City For Vaping By E-Cigarette Company Halo

The City of Boston, MA

Massachusetts has been ranked the least friendly city to vape, according to new research by e-cigarette company Halo.

In order to reach their conclusion, Halo examined the laws regulating e-cigarettes in the top 300 largest U.S. cities. Based on their data, they found that Massachusetts actually has more vaping restrictions, 116, than any other state they examined. As Metro Boston’s Erin Tiernan pointed out, a lot of laws regulating e-cigs in Mass. were enacted in an attempt to place the electronic vaporization devices out of the reach of teenagers.

Looking at the vape shops they found listed on Yelp and city population data, Halo determined that the city of Boston has just over one and a half vape shops per 100,000 residents — 1.52 to be exact. That is, according to Halo’s research.

Are you surprised by the results of their analysis?

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VapeGuide.co Launches New Website For Vaporizer Reviews

Vape Guide (VapeGuide.co) Website

For all those out there who are still trying to decide what the best vape is, there’s a new web-based resource to help you find what you need and it’s called VapeGuide.co.

Their mission, according to their website, is “to test, rate, review, and compare vaporizers in order to determine the best vaporizers for every occasion.”

“Our mission is simple: to test, rate, review, and compare vaporizers in order to determine the best vaporizers for every occasion.”

Their Vaporizer Reviews

There website features vaporizer reviews composed by their staff, which offer ratings, photos, and insights such as technical details, benefits, and downsides.

Vaporizer Ratings On VapeGuide.co
This criteria was used by VapeGuide.co to rate and review one of the vaporizers they tested. It includes such variables as vapor quality, portability, battery life, features, appearance, and price.

Currently, their reviews cover a wide range of vaporizers spanning from desktops and plugins like the Digital Volcano and Extreme Q to portables like the Pax 3, DaVinci IQ, Arizer Air, Crafty and Mighty. Here’s a brief and notably incomplete list of some of the vaporizers they’ve reviewed:

  • Arizer Air
  • Extreme Q
  • Digital Volcano
  • Wulf Vape Classic Tundra
  • Vapir Rise 2.0 Ultimate
  • Puffit 2
  • Puffit X
  • GoBoof Alfa
  • Wulf Vape SX
  • Pax Vaporizer
  • Pax 2
  • Pax 3
  • IQ Vaporizer
  • Ascent
  • Vapir Prima
  • Summit+
  • MiVape
  • Firefly Vaporizer
  • Firefly 2
  • G-Pen Elite

How They Rate And Review Vaporizers

During their review process, VapeGuide.co examines and rates factors such as vapor quality, portability, price, features, and appearance. Each variable is rated on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the highest possible rating a vaporizer can receive.

At this time, there are no vaporizers, neither portable nor plugin, that are rated a perfect ten on their website but we imagine that could change at any time.

What Else They Do

In addition to testing, rating, and reviewing vapes of varying sorts, VapeGuide.co also offers vaping guides as well as vaporizer industry news. But while they do offer news, we of course suggest that you stick with us (VaporizerWire.com) when it comes to keeping you up to speed with the vapor scene via our regularly published vaping news updates.

Below is a little video intro that they’ve shared on their YouTube channel which shows off their logo in what seems to a manner quite befitting of a vaporizer review site.

Like many in the vape scene, VapeGuide.co maintains a presence across various social networks, including Facebook and Twitter. If you want to learn more about them or see what they have to offer, you can click here to visit their website.

Vape Trends Infographic: United States And Global Vaping Trend Analysis

Ever wonder just how much interest there is in vaping? You’re certainly not the only one. We ourselves were also interested in seeing just how much interest folks around the United States and abroad have in the rapidly growing vape scene so we did some research and produced this vape trends infographic.

Vape Trends Infographic
This infographic illustrates just how much interest has grown in the vape scene, both in the United States and abroad. © VaporizerWire.com

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Vape Keyword Trends

In our research, we explored the trends behind a variety of search phrases (keywords) pertaining to vaping, which we explored via Google Trends – a tool that allowed us to examine just how much interest has grown over the years.

As you can see from our research, the big keyword people were searching for was “vaporizer” up until a few years ago. This was quickly replaced with searches for the keyword “vape,” a possible indicator of the masses at large adopting new terminology. As it stands, the prominent keyword is no longer vaporizer, but vape. But on social media, the prominent hashtag remains vaporizer, although this could quickly change – if it hasn’t already.

International Vaping Hot Spots

While the United States is by far the most popular place to vape, others are not close behind, according to our research. Behind the U.S. is the Philippines and next on the list is the United Kingdom (UK). Following the U.K. comes Ireland, Malaysia, Australia, and then Canada. Ranked in order of popularity in an easier to grasp format, here’s a list starting with the most popular at number one:

  1. United States (USA)
  2. Philippines
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Ireland
  5. Malaysia
  6. Australia
  7. Canada

Vaping Popularity Across The U.S.

In the U.S., the primary hot spot, according to our data, is Los Angeles, California. Following L.A. is San Francisco, California. But while the top two spots are clearly major cities in California, the rest of the top 10 most popular cities to vape in across the U.S., with the exception of one more, are not in the Golden State. At number three is Denver, Colorado, which is followed by Seattle, Washington. After that comes San Diego, California and then Austin, Texas. Following Austin is Portland, Oregon, which is trailed by New York City, New York. Next in line is a city which some may confuse for the Canadian city by the same name, Vancouver, but this Vancouver is actually located in the state of Washington. Last on the list is Chicago, Illinois. Here’s an easier to read list of the top 10 most popular U.S. cities to vape in:

  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Denver, CO
  4. Seattle, WA
  5. San Diego, CA
  6. Austin, TX
  7. Portland, OR
  8. New York City, NY
  9. Vancouver, WA
  10. Chicago, IL

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IQ Vaporizer Released By DaVinci After Three Years In Development

DaVinci, makers of the Ascent and self-titled DaVinci vaporizers, have released their latest innovation, the portable IQ vaporizer.

This new vape, which was developed over the course of three years, was first unveiled back in 2016. It offers vapor enthusiasts yet another option in a growing pool of portable vaporizers to choose from.

Designed for dried blends, not liquids or other concentrated blend types, the IQ has quickly made a name for itself as one of the best portable vaporizers on the market.

Just last month, Forbes contributor Curtis Silver referred to it as “another great entry” into the vape marketplace that “is setting an early standard for a market that is just getting warmed up.”

One of the variables that really sets it apart from the rest of the portables that are out right now is its all-ceramic air path, which is literally the first of its kind. From where the air comes in to where the vapor exits, the entire pathway is 100% ceramic. This ensures that the vapor never touches any materials that are anything but inert, which as many vapers know, lends to the purity of the vapor produced. This is an area where DaVinci obviously knows what they’re doing, as it’s by no means the first time that the company has taken into careful consideration the materials used in the construction of their vaping product’s vapor pathway. The last example of this being the Ascent, which boasts an all-glass vapor path.

According to Cort Smith, DaVinci’s CEO, the company believes “in building from the inside out, focusing on premium  materials and precision engineering.” So it should come as no surprise that DaVinci took the materials used in the construction of the IQ’s vapor path into careful consideration during the design phase. As Smith said in a statement, the company recognizes that people simply do not want their vaping experience “tainted with metal or plastics” as “they want to taste exactly what they put into a product and nothing more.”

“At DAVINCI we believe in building from the inside out, focusing on premium materials and precision engineering. People don’t want their vaping experience tainted with metal or plastic tastes; they want to taste exactly what they put into a product and nothing more.”

As far as precision engineering goes, they’re not joking and the proof of which can be seen in their IQ’s impeccable ability to reach and maintain the desired vaporizing temperature with a level of accuracy that has proven difficult for more than a few portable vaporizers to match.

What do you think of the DaVinci IQ? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Tyler Goldman Takes On Vape Industry As New Pax Labs CEO

After sales of the Pax portable vaporizer passed the one million units sold marker, its maker, Pax Labs, decided it was time for a new CEO – someone with experience in the tech sector. In steps Tyler Goldman, a man with a background in successful tech ventures.

Before replacing Pax Labs co-founder James Monsees as CEO, Goldman was the North America CEO at Deezer and before that, CEO of Buzzmedia. He’s also a founding member of a movie streaming service that was sold to Blockbuster, Movielink.

While Goldman has replaced Monsees at the helm of the company, Monsees has by no means disappeared from the company’s upper management as he’s merely shifted over to the role of Chief Product Officer (CPO), Tech Crunch reports.

Goldman, whose new role as Pax Labs CEO was announced back in August of 2016, has a lot on his plate with his new position. According to a press release issued by the vape manufacturer, his responsibilities include continuing the construction of “the company’s company’s platform to deliver premium, non-smoking experiences to fulfill unmet consumer demand.” He’s also tasked with meeting the increasing demand for the company’s premium e-cigarette, Juul (sometimes stylized “JUUL”). And if that wasn’t enough to keep him busy in his new role as the CEO of a leading vape manufacturer, he’s also tasked with expanding the company’s Pax portfolio, leveraging their technology to continue improving their products for customers of both their Pax and Juul product lines, and expanding their team to support their growth.

“Tyler has a tremendous track record in the tech industry, building premium brands by delivering products in new categories that super-serve consumers,” Monsees indicated in a statement while further iterating his confidence in Tyler.

“Tyler has a tremendous track record in the tech industry, building premium brands by delivering products in new categories that super-serve consumers (…) We have set out to do the same from day one, achieved a great deal of success in a short period of time and are confident that Tyler is the ideal executive to further accelerate our growth and lead us into our next stage.”

What do you think, will Goldman, who has over 20 years of experience leading tech companies, help steer Pax Labs in the right direction and take their products to the next level?

Paul Doswell Spotted Vaping With A Portable Vaporizer At FA Cup Match

During the FA Cup match between rival football (soccer) clubs AFC Wimbledon and Sutton United, Paul Doswell, Sutton United’s Manager, was spotted casually taking puffs from his portable vape while watching the game from the sidelines.

While there might be some folks out there that might be displeased by Doswell’s inclination to vape during the game, more than a few took to social media to express their excitement.

For those who might have found themselves displeased by his action and believed it to have warranted a pay cut or something of the like, team chairman Bruce Elliott was quick to point out in a report by The Telegraph that the team doesn’t even pay Doswell. According to Elliott, not only do they not pay him, he actually pays the team as he is one of Sutton United’s sponsors.

“Actually, not only do we not pay him a penny, he sponsors us. So he’s actually paying us to be our manager. That’s how much he loves this club.”

With this in mind, USA Today’s For The Win reports that this might be why he can, if he cares to, vape on the sidelines without anybody raining on his parade.

Indiana Vape Shops Worried New E-Liquid Regulations Might Kill Vaping Industry

In the state of Indiana, regulations governing e-liquid manufacturers kicked into effect back in July of 2015. As a result, some vape stores across the state found themselves concerned that the new regulations could kill the vaporizing industry across the state.

E-liquid, sometimes stylized “eLiquid,” is the liquid used in e-cigarettes. It is often composed of nicotine, glycerine, propylene glycol, and various flavorings.

The new regulations specifically govern companies that manufacture e-liquids for sale in the state. Such companies were, as a result of the regulations, required to be certified by a security firm before July 1, 2015.

At the time the regulations were passed by state legislators, there was only one firm, Mulhaupt’s Inc, that was certified to approve e-liquid manufacturers. As a result, many cried foul as the regulations essentially turned Mulhaupt’s into the gatekeeper – a single security firm that would decide which companies would be allowed to sell their e-liquid concoctions in the state of Indiana.

Representative Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City), the man who authored HB 1432, was quoted by JConline as having said that lawmakers “never intended to set up a monopoly”.

“We never intended to set up a monopoly”

As of January of 2017, the number of e-juice products sold across the state dropped from hundreds to seven.

Subsequently, many consumers are traveling to neighboring states to pickup their e-juices.

A vape store manager in Kentucky, Charity Hoggard with Nice Guy Vapes, echoed this notion as she quoted by JConline as having said that the regulation is “helping us out a lot but sucks for Indiana”.

“It’s helping us out a lot but sucks for Indiana”

What do you think of the e-liquid regulations in Indiana that have turned Mulhaupt’s into the state’s e-liquid gatekeeper? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.