It doesn't feel like too long ago I was Mr Vape. I was so into it. I still vape, there's no way I'm ever going back to cigarettes, I'm just not all that into the mechanics of it all.
Right up until the TPD date at the beginning of May, I was buying every bit of vaping equipment I could afford to get my hands on. We joked that I could set up my own vape store, but there's no way you buy as much stock as I had if you were opening a new store. The threat of all good vaping equipment going away forever was terrifying and pushed me to stockpile like the zombie apocalypse was coming.
Obviously you can't live you life buying that much vape gear, so it had to come to an end. Pre TPD I was buying anything that wasn't compliant. Post TPD, I decided to take it easy. That included stopping checking all the vaping web stores, and only watching YouTube reviews of products that looked like they might be of interest to me.
After a month or two I realised that I hadn't watched a single vape review because nothing had interested me. Along didn't stop with the TPD, but that event gave me the opportunity to take a fresh look at things and realise that as quickly as the industry had sprung into life, it had hit maturity, and had nowhere else to go.
I can't see myself buying a new mod until many of the ones I have break. Why would I need to? I had many dual 18650 mods that go up to 200 watts. That's all you need. It's just a box for batteries that send power to an atomiser. I don't use temp control, I just need something that gives 50 to 75 watts and goes a day on a charge. That's pretty much every mod you can buy today. It's every mod there'll be next year, and so on. There's just no need to keep adding power, so all there is to do is keep changing the shape of the mod, and add flashing lights.
I even think tanks have become about as interesting as they can get. Liquid soaked into cotton is heated by a wire. There will be no difference between an RDA you'll buy next year, and an RDA you bought last year.
To finish me off, I lost all faith in all YouTube reviewers. How can you review mod after mod, tank after tank, without ever pointing out that it's just more of the same? You might have seen some of my own vape reviews on my blog and YouTube channel. I'd planned on trying to make a go of it. I held off to see how things went with the TPD because it contained some very strict guidelines on the differences between reviewing and advertising a vape product. Turns out that wait was a gift that stopped me pushing ahead with a topic I just wouldn't care about all that much.
So let me say again, I still vape, and if you smoke, I still think you should switch to vaping. I just don't care about the new mod that does exactly the same stuff as the previous 92 mods.