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It’s Here!

I spent a good part of the morning hitting the refresh button on the FedEx tracking website. Finally just before noon the notification switched to “Delivered”. That’s when I headed out to lunch.I ran home, opened that package, and found everything I expected: Two batteries (1 automatic, one manual), 10 cartomizers (5 menthol, 5 congress), USB charger, wall charger, instructions.

From reading the information on the website and in the forums I knew that the batteries are shipped with about a 50% charge. They need to be charged for a few hours before use, so naturally I popped the covers off a cartridge, screwed it on to a battery, and gave it a try.

The first carto I used was the Congress. I gave it to Cindy to try, hoping it would mimic her regular brand. I wasn’t sure how much she would like it, or how willing she would be to use it. The short version – she wouldn’t let me take “her cigarette” with me to work.

I hooked a menthol carto up to the other (manual) battery and vapped away on the way back to work. Once I got there I did hook the battery up to the charger and gave it a good three hours charge. It was a very unusual feeling to be sitting and “smoking” at my desk.

There are a few things I’ve found myself doing that are different from smoking analogues. I find myself puffing more, but slower. In other words, I take more draws on the eCig, but they are spaced much further apart. With the analogues there was always the idea of getting as much as possible from each cigarette, so there wasn’t a lot of sitting around. With the eCigs I can wait a minute, or many minutes, between drags. It’s not like it’s going to go out. [Side note: I hated what they did to regular cigarettes that would cause them to go out if they sat too long.] At this early stage I’m really analyzing every puff. I’m sure that will go away over time.

The verdict, so far, is that I like it. I haven’t had an analogue since around 12:15pm 2/22/12. There’s a marker. Let’s see how far I can take this.

Today’s the Day!

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My starter kit should arrive today. It could have been delivered yesterday, but the note on the FedEx tracking site said, “Package not due for delivery”. So let me get this right – my package was there, but since I only paid for two-day shipping they weren’t going to get it to me sooner? Oh well.

Of course I’ll be at work when it arrives. That leaves me two options. 1) Wait until I get home tonight (about 12 hours from now) or 2) Take my lunch hour, run home, grab the package, and run back. It’s about 30 minutes each way so I’ll have to hustle. I’m leaning toward option 2.

Here’s some news for any of you who are thinking about ordering – as an affiliate they’ve created a special discount code for me. Anyone who goes to the V2 website and places an order can use the word “lakelandjim” at check out to get a 10% discount on ALL V2 Cigs merchandise, including kits, cartridges, and accessories!

Well, it’s time to get the kids ready for school and myself ready for work. I’ll have pictures, I promise.

Tuesday Morning Update

Good morning! Just a quick update to let you know what’s going on.

The good news is that my starter kit is getting closer. FedEx has it listed as “At destination sort facility, TAMPA, FL” The target for delivery is still tomorrow before I get home from work. The hard part is going to be waiting another couple of hours for the batteries to fully charge.

I’ve mentioned the V2 Forums a couple of times already. The people who hang out there are very knowledgeable and supportive – and a lot of fun. Well let me tell you about one more reason to visit there. Occasionally V2 will have some limited edition cartridges available that are only sold to the forum members. Last night I placed an order for a five pack of Benson and Hedges 5 mg cartos and a pack of vanilla mint 24mg. The total price, including shipping, was less than $25, or just under $2.50 a cart. Even smoking cheap-o cigarettes like I do, it works out to a $15 savings over 10 packs of my cigs.

Well tomorrow’s the big day. Check back, and your comments are welcome.

It’s Shipped!

V2 Standard Starter Kit

I know, I’m being a little bit over the top on this, but I am very excited. I checked the V2 website this morning and my order status has changed to “Shipped”. You may not get it, but that is very exciting news to me. According to my soon to be most visited site FedEx, it should arrive by Wednesday afternoon. While I’m waiting I am spending a lot of time hanging out on the V2 forums. The posters there… Continue reading »