This is a guest post written by a fire spinner from the Midwest.
It is the New Year and time for me to plan my summer vacations. For most, this may include a trip to a national park, or a local hotel to get away from the kids. I travel out-of-state to teach workshops at fire gatherings, which are for fire dancers to learn different techniques, styles, props, and socialize. These are held in areas meant for camping, which I really enjoy.
I love setting up a tent and getting away from the computer for a few days to camp. But, it can be hard for someone who uses an e-cig. Thankfully V4L has come out with a lot of options in the past few months, and with a little planning the daunting thought of being away from an outlet for days is not a problem.
V4L has a lot of battery options. I mainly use two different ones. My trusty Diamond XL Manual is my go-to battery for work and play and usually lasts five to six hours before I need to recharge it. If I plan on being out for much longer, I will use my vGo-T. This has a 900 mah rating and lasts a good 24 hours for me.
When I plan a camping trip I also look at juices and cartomizers. I prefer CoolCarts, except when vaping the Nobacco Juice USA V4L No. 7, which I prefer in a WOW cart. Recently, V4L has come out with 1.5 Ohms resistance Dual Coil Tanks. They come in 3.5ml and 6 ml sizes. These tanks last me all day, since I use 1.5 ml to 2 mls of juice each day.
I have a few different options for camping. I brought six Diamond Auto batteries and three cartos with a bottle of juice for a four-day adventure last year. That way, I would have one diamond a day and two extra in case I lost one. This worked out fine except I didn’t plan for dust and dirt, which caused one of my cartomizers to get really dirty.
This year I will bring a tiny assortment: two vGo batteries fully charged,
two Diamond Manuals, a tank, and two cartomizers. My theory is while I am out teaching or taking a workshop I can have my Diamond with a cartomizer to make it through the class. At night when the fire dancing becomes more play, I will bring my whole gear bag and may run the vGo with a 6 ml tank. The vGo battery life will be shorter with a tank on it due to the amount of amps being drawn from the battery, but if I can get the same amount of time as I would with a Diamond XL, I’m technically getting the same power with less batteries.
As for juices, I will most likely bring two different flavors, one designated for the tank, since it is 6 mls and I may only need to refill once. The other flavor I will use for the cartomizers and just drip as I go.
I have a few ideas on how to protect my equipment from dust. I always tend to have a drawer full of the condoms from my cartomizers, which are great for many purposes. When I travel I put them over the threads of my batteries, over my drip tip (with help from a dental rubber band) and of course on all of my cartomizers. The biggest thing is keeping it all organized. I tend to use a small container with adjustable compartments, These are very handy and perfect for packing. Mine is set up to hold two bottles of juice – one 30 ml and one 7 ml, all of my batts, and all of my cartomizers. I have not figured in the tank yet, but I should have room.
So there you go, that is my typical five-day camping trip set up. Vaping often takes some planning, and a lot of trial and error. I recommend thinking ahead, pay attention to your vaping habit so when you are looking to plan a long vacation you will have an idea of what the best setup for you will be.
Thanks for reading, now come see me in the V4L Forum!
Ryan ‘W’ Allen