Category: Interviews

Vaping Diaries #243: Bare Naked Elaine Ruggieri & Chris Strawn Interview (ECC 2014)

Posted on September 12th, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

Bare Naked takes a unique and all-natural approach to vaping e-liquids. While several companies list their juices as “All VG,” (vegetable glycerin) in many cases that’s simply not true, as most flavoring ingredients contain PG (propylene glycol). Bare Naked confidently makes the claim that its juice are actually all VG. It uses pure vegetable glycerin, natural flavoring extracts, and (optionally) nicotine for all of its e-liquids. Whether you’re searching for an all-natural vape or are one of the many people allergic to PG, Bare Naked has some compelling e-liquids for … continued

Vaping Diaries #242: Blow Angel Mod and Goodfellas Vapors at ECC 2014

Posted on September 12th, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

Known for its beginner vaping products, Blow aims to reach enthusiasts vapers in a major way with the Angel Mod. Designed in Belgium, made from 99.9-percent pure Japanese copper, and assembled in America, the Angel Mod is one of the most striking mechanicals I’ve ever seen. The engravings were done by renowned tattoo artist Steve Soto and they’re absolutely gorgeous. Getting past its fantastic aesthetics, the Angel Mod features a magnetized switch and a polymer lining inside the tube. The latter feature helps keep the battery cool while you’re vaping. … continued

Vaping Diaries #241: Witchers Brew Jourele Macalino & Harold Fong Interview (ECC 2014)

Posted on September 12th, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

As a huge fan of naturally-extracted tobacco e-liquids, I was looking forward to chatting with Witchers Brew at ECC 2014. My buddy Jessie from Vapors.com stopped by the booth and told me that it was a “must see.” Company president Jourele Macalino told me how Witchers Brew got started, its launch at ECC 2013, its current lineup, what kind of naturally-extracted tobaccos the company uses, and the freshly launched Moondust e-liquid. Chief financial officer Harold Fong popped in to talk about the next e-liquid Witchers Brew is working on.

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Vaping Diaries #240: Convict Vapors Brian Grow Interview (ECC 2014)

Posted on September 11th, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

There is a lot to love about Convict Vapors. The company offers high-performance and high-quality vaping hardware that’s made in the USA and backed by an extremely generous one-year warranty. Convict Vapors hybrids are stylish and made from top-notch materials too. Lastly, the company does a lot of charitable work, employing convicts, donating mods and money to veterans, and more.

Several months ago, Alex from Vape Maps suggested that I contact Convict Vapors to learn more about the company and help vapers learn about its products. At ECC 2014, … continued

Vaping Diaries #239: Boilermaker Vapor Jeff Brookes Interview (ECC 2014)

Posted on September 11th, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

My chat with Boilermaker Vapor co-owner Jeff Brookes is one of my favorite ECC 2014 interviews, and there’s a story behind it. See, I bumped into the fabulous James and Stephanie from Bay City Vapor at the show, and they suggested that I check out Boilermaker Vapor’s booth. I’m so grateful for that suggestion, because it lead me to discover some really unique e-liquid and meet some really cool people. Boilermaker Vapor’s juices are complex and layered, using multiple ingredients to achieve some truly standout flavors. I’m a huge fan … continued

Vaping Diaries #238: Paratus Mods AD-1 Eric Lunn Interview (ECC 2014)

Posted on September 11th, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

One of my favorite things about trade shows like ECC 2014 is meeting companies that I’ve never been exposed to, like Paratus Mods. Based in San Jose, the company was on a mission to release an inexpensive, made-in-the-USA, all-in-one vaping device. The end result was the AD-1 (Auto Dripper 1). This hybrid mod has several unique features. Aesthetically, it uses a sleeve system that lets you customize the look. Various sleeves are available, including copper, a very cool nylon, and a clear model. At the top of the Paratus … continued

Vaping Diaries #237: Lost Art Liquids Brian Worthy Interview (ECC 2014)

Posted on September 11th, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

When I first chatted with Lost Art Liquids, the company had just started with a humble launch. A few months later, the company has blown up. Originally, Lost Art Liquids went with a classy and understated style. These days, the company uses imagery and labels that are loud and cartoony. Lost Art Liquids has come a long, long way and it has been fun watching the company evolve. At ECC 2014, I chatted with Lost Art Liquids co-founder Brian Worthy about the drastic changes his company has undergone. … continued

Vaping Diaries #236: Cartel Mods Gino Litonjua Interview (ECC 2014)

Posted on September 10th, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

Cartel Mods is one of my favorite American hardware manufacturers in the vaping business. From the first time I saw Cartel Mods hardware, I was enamored by the company’s build quality and workmanship. At ECC 2013, I met the company’s main man — Gino Litonjua — for the first time. I’ve chatted with him a few times on camera since then and it was nice to celebrate our “on-camera vaping anniversary” (that’s a real thing) at ECC 2014.

Cartel Mods had a lively booth at the show, with a “Wheel … continued

Vaping Diaries #235: OneUp Vapor Dustin Chang Interview (ECC 2014)

Posted on September 10th, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

OneUp Vapor is one of the most popular e-liquid brands at one of the vape shops I frequent (the excellent Vape Source in Koreatown). Whenever I drop by, I almost always see someone pick up a bottle of OneUp Vapor’s Jamba Drink e-liquid. At ECC 2014, I dropped by the company’s booth and chatting with sales & marketing exec Dustin Chang. He told me how the company got started and spoke about the OneUp Vapor style of making e-liquids. Dustin also went over several of the company’s flavors and gave … continued

Vaping Diaries #234: Vaping Utopia Kavish Mehta Interview (ECC 2014)

Posted on September 9th, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

Vaping Utopia e-liquids are a great choice for vapers that love to blow clouds and/or enjoy subtle flavors. As someone that normally dislikes juices with artificial and overpowering qualities, I enjoyed several Vaping Utopia flavors. At ECC 2014, I caught up with company owner Kavish Mehta to get an update on utopian happenings. First up, due to customer demand, he’s switching from the stylish glass bottles to plastic bottles that are more functional. Vaping Utopia also had special edition bottles of its popular mango e-liquid, Shangri La, available at ECC … continued