My name’s Michael. I’m in my mid-30’s and live in London, UK.
Prior to starting to vaping in the February of 2016, I had been a smoker for nigh on 20 years. So far it’s been an on-off relationship - returned to my smoking habit the following August but have since come back to the wonderful (and, at times, daunting) world of vaping on the 1st of Feb, 2017.
My first device was the Logic Pro e-pen. I quickly became frustrated at the limited variety of flavours on offer - it used proprietary cartridges (refilling was possible, but quite messy). About 3 weeks later I moved on to the Halo e-pen, which makes use of Aspire BVC coils and refillable cartomisers - so that was a much more fulfilling experience, but also daunting due to the sheer amount of e juices on offer - I bought some rank ejuices during those first few weeks…ugh. But also some nice ones - I think my favourite one at the time was, and maybe still is, Slurricane by Ruthless. But I also really liked Array by Binary, it was kind of sherbet-y, iirc. Very nice.
Both of those devices were MTL-type vapes, although I could sort of simulate DTL with the Halo by leaving a small gap in my mouth to breath in air as I vaped - more vapour!
It was during my Halo days that I became interested in DIY and started reading about Sub-Ohm vaping as well (hence the DTL simulation). I really wasn’t sure I wanted to go down that route, tbh: vaping seemed quite complicated - RTA, RDA, RDTA, TPD, WTF! But I had in my mind that I would go for a device similar in style to an e-pen but with Sub-Omhing capabilities and that’s when I just happened to chance upon the Amigo Driptide Topfill along with the FP50 battery. The few reviews I found on it were pretty positive and said it had decent features. I still have it now - it’s what I’ve used since I switched to Sub-Ohming in June 2016. It lacks comprehensive modulation controls, though, so this is an area I may start to look into before soon.
My early days of mixing were hit-and-miss (and yes - mainly miss). I still have most of the concoctions sitting in a cupboard (due, in part, to the resurfacing of my smoking habit, but mainly cuz they’re all pretty rank, ngl).
Since returning to vaping this year, I decided that I would take mixing a little more seriously, hence why I bought myself a scale (was using drops before - it feels so noobish now) and I’ve also been checking out forums and vlogs etc from those in the community who have extensive knowledge. Although, I still feel like a freshman in all honesty - there are so many people doing so many good things and so there’s tons more to learn.
I can’t remember when it was I signed up to ELR but it’s only been quite recently that I’ve started to use its creation calculator tool and this is my first forum contribution (still awake?). I’m still working on a few blends, including a tropical punch and a minty berry mix, so haven’t published anything yet. I also started on a Black Forest Gateau blend which is still just a concept really. Perhaps I’ll check ELR for some guidance and inspiration - maybe there’s already a really good one out there worth trying.
My favourite flavour is probably FlavourArt’s Watermelon - I like to add a little Malic Acid, some Ethyl Maltol and a touch of Koolada - I think it’s delish.
My least favourite is probably FlavourArt’s Orange. But there are a few challenging for that ‘honour’, tbh.
Well, that’s my intro. Thanks for reading.