Vape Wild Goblin Energy & Candy Cane

Two more 10 ml bottles of juice down, two more reviews of Vape Wild juices. Let’s get straight into it…


Goblin Energy- Ordered this in a 50/50 blend at 24mg (same for all the samples, but will say it every time). I’m a big fan of Monster energy drinks, preferring the taste to that of red bull, so figured would give this one a go. Was not disappointed. Smelled like it, and tasted just like it. Best way to describe it for those who haven’t had it (and remember taste is subjective) is think of a lager with a much sweeter theme running through it. Vapor production was what you would expect from a 50/50 blend. Throat hit was very mild actually. Even at 24mg it hit more like an 18mg juice. This flavor also did better in a kayfun than a genny style rba, took a few extra watts of power to get the same profile. On a genny topped out at 18.8W before flavor breakdown, 19.1W on the kayfun. Pushed it 66.4W on the Doge before the nuances started to fade. Give this a 81 on a scale on 100. I can’t say it will ever be an all day vape for me, but I don’t drink energy drinks all day either (maybe one every 3-4 days). If you’re a fan of Monster though, you really can’t go wrong with this one. One side note, this juice is too a different color than the pic. Was a lovely shade of pink.

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Candy Cane- Ordered this in a 50/50 blend at 24mg. I’m a big mint fan. When it comes to peppermint like mine more on the dry side. This being named candy cane expected it to be on the sweet side, was wrong. Was very happy to be wrong. Really my only complaint when it came to Candy Cane was the flavor was a little muted no matter what I put it in. Think next time will order it with a flavor boost. Vapor production was a little light for a 50/50, more like a 60/40. Not surprised because that’s the usual case with most peppermints. The throat hit was hard on this one, 24mg feeling more like a 32mg juice. Sure boosting the flavor would provide more (which I’m really looking forward to trying). This one actually tasted stronger on a genny, the only one so far I can say that about. Was able to push it to 25.6W before flavor breakdown, 27.7W on a kayfun. High airflow test on the Doge proved very well, got this one up to 154.7W. 85 on a 100 point scale, the high wattage test really brought out the flavor, had it tasted like that on my standard set up would have given this a 95/96 rating. It’s just that good. Will be ordering this again. The juice is actually clear as well FYI.

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Wait, a juice review?

While Rocco and I are striving to make 2016 the year of DIY, feel it’s always good to have a back up plan. Especially since I’ve been trying for almost a year now to get my menthol tobacco mix (personal favorite flavor) down right, and each time come up just a bit short after steeping… Could order my go to flavor from where I always have, but at this point unless they put it at 80-90% off, just can’t justify giving them the money. It’s not that the juice is expensive, but that I can’t support their “business practices”. Which puts me back where I was 5 years ago trying to find a reliable, inexpensive juice company with good flavors. Did some internet searching, asked a few friends in the vaping world, and even watched a few juice reviews and created a list of a few vendors to try out.

The first on my list is Vape Wild. $16.99 (US) for 6 10ml bottles of juice (sample pack), free shipping on orders over $30, and from what I had heard- good flavors. Vape Wild offers their juice in 0-24mg nicotine, and you can chose what blend of PG/VG (save on the tobacco line, they’re 70/30). You can also add a 50% flavor boost if you so chose, even on the samples. Quickly put together a 6 pack of my favorite profiles, added a bottle of their red tobacco and premium menthol tobacco (the tobacco line is not available in the samples sadly) so I could get the free shipping. They arrived in 2 days time, only catch being you had to let the juice steep for a week or two (they do have a pre-steeped line). That two weeks is up, so will be giving a rundown on each juice as I try it. Keep in mind taste is subjective.

Chocolate Mint- Ordered this in a 50/50 blend at 24mg. Unlike the picture above, the color of this juice was a dark brown. Not an issue, just something to note. Going in my hope was that it would be a dark chocolate mix in the vein of a York Peppermint Patty. What I got was more of Andes Mint vibe, milk chocolate with a sweeter mint. A great flavor none the less. I’ve gone through the 10ml’s in a span of a few days (rotating it with a few other juices), and could easily see myself ordering more. Something interesting to note, found the flavor was more pronounced on a kayfun style setup compared to a genny at the same wattage. Might order it with a flavor boost next time to see if that changes. Found the sweet spot being 18.2 watts on a kayfun, 20.3W on genny. Using a high air flow RDA (Doge v2) was able to push it up to 75 watts before the flavor began to break down, muting the chocolate and only really tasting the mint. Vapor production was what you would expect from a 50/50 blend, able to produce a thick vape no matter the set up. Throat hit is what you would expect from a 24mg mint juice, not much harder than usual kind of like a 26mg. The nic does most of the work in that department. I’m not sure where Vape Wild gets their nicotine from, but would venture to say it’s a good quality source. It’s not peppery at all. If I had to give it an overall score, would put it at an 84 out 100. A little more chocolate in the mix would is really the only thing I would change about it. Value wise, at $6.99 for 30ml’s, you’d be hard pressed to find a flavor this good at this price point.

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Don’t kid yourself, it’s always about the money

I got into a nice little twitter discussion yesterday about nicotine gum. As we all know ecigs have been under attack for using certain flavors that some feel are appealing to children, even though you can get nicorette in fruit chill, cinnamon surge, and other enticing flavors for those underage (my favorite gum growing up was big red, my friends loved fruitstripe). This lead to further discussion about how a certain drug store chain that no longer sells cigarettes has said gum on display at the end of candy aisles and right up front with the check out candy. That company being of course CVS. I had a lot more I wanted to say, but twitter isn’t good for long points. I’ve been sitting on this topic for over a year. Rocco and I have glanced on it on a few podcasts, but for reasons always kept it short. No more.

Last year CVS made major waves in the industry when they decided to no longer sell cigarettes or any tobacco product for that matter. It was heralded by the media as an ethical move of great sacrifice of dollars to practice what they preach- helping people live longer healthier happier lives. They were putting people’s health over profits, something rare in the corporate world. Too bad it was all a lie.


CVS was a convenience store/pharmacy. I say was because in 2007 they merged with Caremark. What is Caremark? Only the country’s largest Physician Practice Management (PPM) and Prescription Benefit Management (PBM). In case you don’t know what a PBM is, here’s a quick rundown-

PBM’s are a Third Party Administrator (TPA) of prescription drug programs for a number of different insurance providers (think Kaiser, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, etc.). Their purpose is to process and pay for prescription drug claims. There’s more though. They’re responsible for developing and maintaining formulary. They’re also responsible for making contracts with pharmacies. If you have or ever had a plan where you could only get your scripts from X drug store, this is why. Also on their long list of responsibilities- they negotiate discounts and rebates with drug manufacturers.

See the conflict of interest here? CVS provides the drugs on the retail side, while Caremark has it’s hand in the pricing, manufacturing, and determining where you can buy your drugs from. Big shocker people with Caremark as their PBM have to go to CVS for their medicine. It’s all the actions and practices of a drug cartel, only because it’s government sanctioned and deemed legal, it’s considered smart business practice by it’s share holders and CEO. I digress though.

In 2010 we saw the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The most ironically named health care plan in history. My wife’s insurance for example has gone from $200 to $240 to if she keeps her current plan $328 in the span of three years. It’s really a tax, one that you get penalized for if you don’t have insurance. In other words it put the government in bed with the insurance companies and with health care. For the other major PBM’s this wasn’t an issue at all. They had no conflict picking up those government endorsed contacts for prescriptions. CVS/Caremark (now CVS Health) that wasn’t the case at all…


Their selling of cigarettes and other tobacco products was a major roadblock at getting to all that sweet influx of capital. This is what fueled the decision to no longer carry them, not health. They loved throwing numbers at people, saying how they knew this move would cost them billions of dollars, as much as 3 billion to be exact. What they didn’t tell you is that number was gross, not the net sales of cigarettes. If people really knew how much was made off a $8 pack of cigs their head would spin. A majority of the cost of a cigarette for the consumer is tax dollars, both state and fed. There’s little profit to be made (which is why we’re seeing the attack on vaping, the government isn’t happy their income stream has been disturbed). The real loses for CVS was in the subsequent sales that went along with the pack of analogs- chips, candy bars, and soda. That loss is covered though as well. As of today CVS is projected to make over $13 billion from the ACA contracts and prescription sales. Even if that is gross sales figures, it’s still four times as much as they made off cigs and cigars. In other words they made more money off not selling them.

What about vaping though? That’s something you will never see sold in a CVS as long as they aren’t FDA approved. Until they won’t affect the said ACA contracts, they will be treated as a tobacco product. In fact they’ve made their anti-vaping stance loud and clear to their employees, letting them know if they are caught vaping on store grounds it’s a terminable offense. Their anti-nicotine in every way save for one- CVS has no issue selling FDA approved NRT items. They even go so far as to merchandise them on a power wing at the end of candy aisles in some stores, and having them displayed promptly on the front check out magazine racks in reach of anyone taller than 3 feet. Anything for a buck right?


We’re looking for some contributors

In all the hustle of every day life for myself and Rocco, the one place that sometimes gets neglected is this site. I really want to change that, so I’m reaching out to any our listeners and readers for some help. Looking for a few guest writers. Whether it be a review, opinion piece, or help article, if it’s vaping related that’s all that matters. We just want someone who is as passionate about vaping as we are. So please contact us, either via Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail. This is a for love project as of right now, want to be upfront with that. We’re also always looking for fellow vapers to share their story, so if interested in doing a show, let us know.

Thank you to all our listeners and readers for the support. Enjoy the day.

Please help our mascot

We don’t ask much of our readers or listeners here at VR. This time though we need help. We’re pretty big on dogs here, each one of us having a four legged furry kid. One of them is in need as of right now though, our official mascot over on the soundcloud page Mario. Morandir and Becca have set up a fundrazr page to help pay for the ever increasing medical bills. All we’re asking is you please share the page. We understand things are tight for quite a few people. Positive energy and thoughts are just as important as a donation. We thank you. We’ll be back next week with a new episode. The campaign can be found here-

Mario face

Resistance wire safety guide

On episode 32 of Vapor Reporter gave a quick rundown at the end about the safety of the different types of resistance wire we vapers use. I omitted one by mistake, which will be covered here- good ole nichrome wire. On top of the safety rating though will also give a quick rundown of each type.

Stainless Steel 304/316 series. Safety rating- 95 (A+). SS has been used in medical procedures for years, though only recently has found its way into vaping coils. This is also the type of steel used in cookware. Why? Because it has a very high melting point (2400-2750 degrees F), and the questionable alloys in the steel (nickel being the biggest of concern) also require a high amount of heat (2200-2300 degrees F) before they begin to leach. I don’t know any mainstream vaping device that can reach those levels. Stainless Steel also brings a few added bonuses to the table. 304, 316, and 317 (welding wire, also known as GPlat in the community) contains enough nickel so where it can be used in a temperature controlled device. The only downside is it can be a bit tough to work with as it’s a little stiffer than any of the other metals on this list save titanium.

Kanthal (Iron-Chromium-Aluminum)- 88 (B+). Kanthal was the second material used for resistance wire by vapers with good reason. Not only was it tougher than nichrome, but for those who were sensitive to nickel this was a perfect alternative. The safety concerns are two fold. Aluminum has it’s own stigma around it, but the big issue is the chrome content. With enough heat it can be transformed into it’s hexavalent (+6) oxide state, which is a known carcinogen, and leach. This would require you heating the coil to a orange hot state for an extended period of time. It’s why you should still replace your coils at some point, not just the wicking material. My rule is after every 3rd wick replacement and dry burn to remove the gunk. I have seen it suggested from others that you should anywhere between every time you change wicks to every 6th time. Kanthal isn’t compatible with temperature control devices as of writing this.

Resistance wires

Titanium- 72 (C). The first alternative to nickel for temperature control to hit the ecig scene. Ti has the highest melting point of all the materials we use (3040 degrees F), has been used in medical procedures, and is one of the toughest metals known to man. So why the average rating? Titanium Oxide, the byproduct of heating it up. The EPA and OSHA have put a limit on how much any worker can inhale during a day. This makes it a questionable material to use for vaping. As long as you aren’t dry burning it, or running it too hot you should be fine, but there is no long term vape testing to say one way or the other. It’s up to the user on whether or not they want to take that risk. Keep in mind this is the stiffest material to use for making coils, which depending on your build style can be a good or bad thing.

NiChrome (Nickle-Chromium w/ some trace elements possible like iron)- 65 (D). Not only was it the first material vapers used for resistance wire, was the first documented material used for creating heat through electrical resistance back in 1905. It gets a very low grade on safety because it combines two metals with known issues. Nickel is a known carcinogen with other issues (will get to it), and as mentioned early Chromium Hexavalent is as well. It has a high melting point (2550 degrees F), but it doesn’t do it a lot of good in real world applications because of how soft the alloy is. 32g nichrome will “pop” easier than 32g kanthal, SS, or Ti. That’s not to say it doesn’t have its uses. For low wattage/temperature vaping you shouldn’t have any real issues. It has a lower resistance than the 3 mentioned before it, making it good for a heat sink material on some more exotic coil builds (think Clapton). It is also very flexible. For high wattage vapers or those sensitive to nickel can not suggest using it though.

Genny coil

Nickel- 55 (F). This material gets a failing grade for a large number of reasons. 1- It’s a known carcinogen linked more often than not to lung cancer. 2- There are people with nickel allergies who simply can not use this material to begin with. While it to has a high melting point (2647 degrees F), it’s such a soft metal that it not only easily pops but is very hard to work with. Like NiChrome it does have a use though- As non-resistant wire (a cheaper alternative to silver or gold). It has the lowest resistance of all the materials listed, so it’s the perfect choice to have electricity run through without heating it up. That’s why it was used back in the day on GG Ithaka and the like as lead wires, and today is used on the SS coil heads by Aspire. Because no heat is generated by the energy flowing through it, there’s almost no chance of it leaching through, meaning there’s very little chance of you breathing any of it in.

New Jersey Expo….

More details are coming out on the recent NJ Vape Expo. For those who haven’t heard, this past weekend in Edison New Jersey they held a vaping convention with over 40 vendors, a number of events, and even an acoustic concert. New Jersey is a state we’ve talked about quite often on the podcast because of it’s clean air act preventing vaping indoors. This includes vape shops (though there is a bill in progress to exclude them from the ban, but it hasn’t passed as of right now, and who knows what affect this weekend’s events will have on it). That law was passed back in 2010 when CASAA was busy fighting against the FDA, and there really wasn’t any other major advocacy groups out there. It pretty much flew under the radar. Needless to say, it came as no surprise that a large number of fines of were handed out. I’ve heard between $10-50,000, but as of right now can not get a confirmation.

So why was this convention even held? That’s where things get muddy. You see the organizers of the event thought they had found a loophole. Where vape shops routinely look the other way when a customer comes in and tries a new juice or the like, that tactic simply wouldn’t work for a major vape meet. They thought by making it a private event where the participants had to pay they would be excluded from the clean air sanctions. Apparently that’s not the case, though it looks like there will be a legal battle. One with no winners though…

On one side you’ll have the organizers, certain vendors, and individuals who will fight their sanctions in court. This could result not only the fine being upheld, but with the added cost of legal fees. The publicity from this will only be fuel to the fire for the anti-vaping pundits and groups out there. I’ve already spoken to a few who have said this was a showing of a lack of respect and authority by the vaping community. People who were on the fence about it, and now lean more towards being against it. Fact this story has been picked up not only here in the states or surrounding areas of NJ, but internationally shows just how serious it’s being taken. Then we have the vendors themselves. Some have already talked of bringing a case of fraud against the organizers of the expo. Claiming they were lead under false pretenses to be part of this, and I can see their point…

The only good from this whole situation is hopefully this is will be a wake up call to anyone who’s state or area has purposed a public indoor ban. There has to be exceptions, otherwise the shops in your area will have no choice but to revert to the speak easy atmosphere of the prohibition days. Vape meets in those areas will be forced to be held outdoors flea market style if at all…

If you aren’t a member of CASAA, now’s the time to join. It’s free, easy, and most of all important if you want to keep your right to vape- CASAA