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Monthly Archives: April 2017

  • Why a Cheap Vaporizer Isn’t Worth the Money

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    You’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase that, “you get what you paid for.” And unless you’re a professional cat burglar who is getting what someone else paid for, this phrase usually holds true … even in the world of vaporizers. With the public perception changing for good, and with companies exploding onto the marketplace, competition for your vaporizer dollars has never been stiffer.

    Unfortunately, many new or first-time vape owners get duped by slick advertising and sub-par construction. A cheap vaporizer can lead to poor performance, dissatisfying vape experiences, and even mechanical problems like overheating and battery leakage.

    The fact of the matter is … that just like you can’t build a Dodge Charger on a lawnmower budget, you just can’t make a quality vaporizer with poorly-constructed parts. If you’re opting for a cheap vaporizer to save some money, it may end up costing you more in the long-run. Here’s why:

    Temperature Control

    As you may have read in some of our other blog posts, every vaporizing material has its own ideal vaporization temperature. And while vaporizers like our Silver Surfer have an adjustable temperature knob for precise control over the heat in the chamber, a cheap vaporizer may skip on this feature and just run at a single temperature.

    The problem? You may burn through your stash much more quickly than you needed to. Overheating or under-heating the material in the chamber can mean that you’re missing out on some of the benefits of the vapor. This means it could take much more of the plant material than normal to achieve your desired effects. Even if you got a smokin’ good deal (pun intended) on a vape, if you’re losing dollars in vape material, you’re no better off than when you started.

    Cheap Vaporizer vs. Quality Construction

    Your vaporizer’s overall construction plays a vital role in its ability to produce vapor and provide a comfortable, safe experience. And in our world, it’s all about the vapor path – um, the path that the vapor takes. We probably didn’t need to explain that.

    Our SideKick portable vaporizer, for instance, boasts one of the most innovative vapor paths in the world. Not only does our SideKick come with a hand-blown glass mouthpiece that connects into the unit to extend the vapor path as it comes to your lips, it also includes our unique Vortex Vapor system. This spiral-shaped insert can be removed from your SideKick, cooled in your fridge or freezer, and replaced back in to the unit. Then, as vapor passes through it, not only is the distance the vapor travels increased, it also cools to the touch. This means a smooth, pure, clean vape that’s full of flavor.

    While it all comes down to personal preference, a cheap vaporizer can lead to a harsh or even unpleasant vape. If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t use it. And that’s just money down the drain. It’s true that all vaporizers have their upsides and downsides, but be sure to do some research as to which vaporizer is best for you and your lifestyle. This blog post is a great place to start.

    Versatility in a vaporizer is also a key point to consider. As your tastes change and evolve, it’s important that your vaporizer grows with you. A good general rule of thumb is that it’s better to have additional features in your vape and not need them, than it is to need additional features in your vape and not have them.

    Reputable Companies

    As we mentioned above, vaporizing is becoming more and more popular as we delve deeper into the 21st Century. As you shop for a vape, be sure you choose a manufacturer who stands by their product with support and warranties against defects in workmanship. Good or bad, a company earns its reputation. Even if it means saving for an extra few weeks before pulling the trigger on a new vape, the wait will be worth it.

    At 7th Floor Vapes, we’ve been innovating in the vaporizer industry for more than 15 years. We’re committed to making the best vaporizers in the universe!

    Click here to learn more about our complete line of vaporizers.

    Until next time, Ride the Wave!

  • #Vapetiquette - Group Vaping

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    Near the end of 1982, while the Internet as we know it was just a little newborn baby, some genius coined the term “netiquette,” to describe the unwritten, but implied rules for human behavior and interaction across the web. While we’ve pretty much broken every rule of netiquette that ever existed, there are still a few glimmers of hope for humanity.

    From holding the door for the next person as you’re walking in to 7-11, to giving up your seat at the bus stop for an elderly person to take a load off, to attending birthday parties for your friends’ children who are under the age of 5, to the venerated traditions of the “puff, puff, pass” phenomenon, we’ve still got this humanity thing locked down.

    So, how does vaping fit into helping the world spin as it should? Well, if it’s party time, you need to practice good vapetiquette, which is a word we totally just made up. Seriously, Microsoft Word is freaking out so hard right now. Vapetiquette. That’s right. Add to dictionary.


    Group Vaping 101 – Don’t Be Gross

    While your SideKick portable vaporizer is perfect for grabbing a little vape on the go, desktop vaporizers like the Super Surfer are definitely the best choice for a group setting. Whether you go with the whip assembly or a bag (the Super Surfer is capable of filling up to even a 10-foot bag), it bears mentioning that you and your comrades will be sharing the same mouthpiece during your vape session.

    Now, it’s true that sharing is caring, but that doesn’t count for viruses or other microbial goodies. If you’re dealing with the sniffles or with a cold sore outbreak, skip the desktop pass-around and enjoy a vape from your own SideKick.

    If you’re in good health and confident in your ability not to spread any cooties (keep in mind that circle, circle, dot, dot vaccinations expire the first time you make a car insurance payment), partake! But be conscious of your mouthpiece technique. Nobody wants to go next after you’ve tickled your tonsils with the mouthpiece.


    Group Vaping 102 – Puff, Puff, Pass

    It’s easy to get excited when you’re enjoying a little group time. However, manners must prevail. Fight the urge to take a giant, bogarting, Snoop Dogg lung-full. You can always refill that chamber, but wounds inflicted in the heat of group vaping take many moons to heal.

    Oh, and for goodness sake, pass to the left. ALWAYS PASS TO THE LEFT.


    Group Vaping 103 – Don’t Be That Guy

    You know what we mean. THAT guy. Like your cousin Eric who, despite having money for an Apple Watch, inexplicably never has money for his half of the delicious meat lover’s pizza you just ordered. We’re working through that.

    Anyway, if you’re headed to a group vape session, be sure and have something to bring to the table – refreshing drinks, tempting nachos, season one of The Wire on Blu-ray, a deck of cards to play rummy, or even some extra vaporizing material. If your host is insisting on providing all the good stuff, make a mental note to bring something extra for the next time. Pitching in for a good time will almost always mean you get an invitation for the next group vaping sesh.

    If you’re not on the group vape train yet, but you’re thinking it sounds awesome (it is), check out our Super Surfer vaporizer. Impress your squad with the world’s most versatile vape!

    Click here to learn more about the Super Surfer.

    Until next time, Ride the Wave!

  • Vapeducation – The Grinder

     

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    If you’re the proud new owner of one of our first-class vaporizers, firstly, congratulations! You possess one of the most innovative, versatile vapes on the planet. With legislation passing left and right, and vaporizing entering mainstream culture harder than ever, we thought it would be good to start a little series all about educating our adoring friends about the basics of our favorite past time.

    Besides your sweet new vaporizer and all its accessories, there are a few things you need to round out your vaping experience. But today we’re focused in on a vital piece of gear you need to properly enjoy vaporizing your favorite dried herbs and plants – the grinder.

    Now, if you live in New England, that last sentence may have conjured up images of giant sandwiches. And while a giant sandwich could be considered an important part of certain vaping routines, we’re actually talking about a mechanical grinder: one that will grind down your dried plant material into a palate-pleasing consistency.

    Our SideKick portable vaporizer holds up to ¼ gram of your favorite dried herbs, but the moment you try and vape a whole loose leaf or a few stem-laden pieces, you may find more frustration than satisfaction. That’s because thorough vaporization depends upon even heating throughout the vaporization chamber. The more finely-ground your plant material, the more evenly it’s heated and ultimately, the better your vape.

     

    So, What Is a Grinder?

    Unlike the electric coffee grinder you bought when you were in your, “I can make drinks just as good as Dutch Bros. at home,” phase (no, you can’t), herb grinders are much simpler. While there are many different types of herb grinders, our favorites are the two-piece grinder and the four-piece grinder. Each offer specific benefits, depending upon your needs.

     

    Two-Piece Grinders

    This grinder comes in, well, two pieces. A toothed lid nestles squarely into a toothed base, like a miniature pair of circular, rotating crocodile jaws. Dried herbs or plants are placed between the two sections, then the lid is rotated against the fixed bottom, or the lid and bottom are rotated in opposite directions. This rotation causes the teeth inside to strip away stems and to grind the plant material into a finer, more vape-friendly consistency. Although a two-piece grinder doesn’t produce a separated grind like its bigger 4-piece brother, there are less parts to keep track of and operation is a breeze.

     

    Four-Piece Grinders

    Shockingly, this grinder comes in four pieces. A toothed lid sits on top, with another toothed grinding layer below it. Below these two toothed sections, a screen catches the larger ground pieces while the bottom reservoir catches the smaller pieces, pollen, or dry sift (sometimes called “kief”). Just like with the two-piece grinder, the top two sections are rotated in opposite directions and the final products are caught and kept either in the screen or reservoir sections.

    While you get a finely separated final product, the insides can get a little sticky while collecting certain types of resins and dry sift. But not to worry! Our sweet anodized grinders are dishwasher safe. So you can grind to your little heart’s content, buddy.

     

    Antonio’s Grinders

    This Massachusetts institution has been serving award-winning grinders and pizza in the Springfield area for more than 45 years. Try the chicken cutlet grindah. Wicked good.

    7th Floor Vapes offers a variety of different grinders to take your vape experience to the next level. From simple 2” 2-piece anodized grinders, to 4” 4-piece powder-coated grinders (yes, we figured out how to powder coat a grinder), we’ve got what you need to feed your vaporizing machine.

    Click here to check out all of our 7th Floor Vapes grinders.

    Until next time, Ride the Wave!

  • Essential Oil Spotlight: Bergamot

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    Despite the fact that its name sounds like an earth-type Pokémon, bergamot has a rich history in terms of health benefits in human society. A cultivar of the sweet lemon (citrus limetta) and the bitter orange (citrus aurantium), this citrus species is one of the few tropical fruits that also thrives in European soil. Which is handy, because the addition of bergamot essence has the magical ability to transform regular, European-style black tea into much more sophisticated Earl Grey tea. Fancy.

    Bergamot has been used for a variety of grooming and health-related tasks. It’s been used as an anthelmintic (something that expels parasitic worms from the body), an analgesic (something that relieves pain), an antidepressant, and even an anti-funk compound in its use as a primitive deodorant.

    While we’ve come a long way from rubbing citrus fruits in our armpits to dispel B.O., bergamot still has a wide variety of uses today in terms of health benefits. Here are a few reasons we love bergamot:

    1. Bergamot Is a Natural Stimulant

    Two of the compounds found in bergamot (namely limonene and alpha pinene) are natural stimulants, even possessing antidepressant properties. These amazing little powerhouses improve your circulation, which give you a feeling of freshness and joy while also providing a little boost of energy. Bergamot also stimulates certain hormonal secretions to help regulate your metabolism. Will vaping some bergamot after downing an entire delicious meat lover’s pizza help your body break it down so that there weren’t any calories involved? Well, it won’t NOT do that. Probably.

    2. Bergamot Aids in Digestion

    This sweet-smelling fruit also activates and increases secretions of certain digestive acids, bile, and enzymes that facilitate digestion (of that delicious meat lover’s pizza). It also synchronizes the peristaltic motion of your intestinal ocean, reducing strain during digestion. This syncing up of your gut helps with regularity, and can even help prevent gastrointestinal disease.

    3. Bergamot Is a Great Disinfectant

    There’s a reason many household cleaning products are citrus-scented. Before the advent of chemical industry, many (if not most) household cleaning products were made directly from or derived from citrus. That’s because some of the compounds found in bergamot and other citrus fruits are natural antibiotics and disinfectants. In fact, humans were so reliant upon citrus cleaners that when chemical cleaners were first available to the public, they didn’t sell – because they didn’t smell like citrus. So, chemical companies got wise and added citrus essence to their cleaners.

    Bergamot essential oil inhibits the growth of many species of germs, viruses, bacteria, and even fungi. This can go a long way not only in prohibiting infections in the mouth and skin, but also to keep your counters clean after you accidentally lay a slice of delicious meat lover’s pizza down on the counter and forget about it until this morning.

    This roundhouse kick of an essential oil is regularly used in bath bombs, skin care products, soaps, shampoos, and even added into bathwater a drop or two at a time. Not only does it add a layer of antibacterial protection, it also makes hair shiny with the added bonus of smelling delightful.

    In conclusion, we love bergamot even more than we love delicious meat lover’s pizza. And because they don’t make the latter in an essential oil (yet), Bergamot Essential Oil by Doterra is available on our website and makes a great addition to your vaping collection. Try using it with a ceramic flavor disc to add a wonderfully complex citrus flavor to your vapor. Or, diffuse a little bergamot essential oil in your Silver Surfer’s aromatherapy dish and let its stimulating properties float through your house.

    Click here to browse all the wax and oils available at 7thfloorvapes.com.

    Until next time, Ride the Wave!

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The Silver Surfer Vaporizer, Super Surfer Vaporizer, Da Buddha Vaporizer, Life Saber Vaporizer, SideKick Vaporizer, and Elev8 Glass are not a medical devices and are
not intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate, cure or prevent any ailment, disease or other conditions. The 7th Floor Vaporizers are not intended to administer medicinal
or illegal products of any kind and are not intended for use with any substance that may affect the structure or any function of the body. If you have any health
problems consult your doctor or pharmacist before using. The Silver Surfer Vaporizer, Super Surfer Vaporizer, Da Buddha Vaporizer, Life Saber Vaporizer,
SideKick Vaporizer, and Elev8 Glass are not designed, nor intended for use with any material that is not lawful or may cause harm. The lawful and proper use of this
device is a condition of sale. Any improper use of any 7th Floor vaporizers voids the warranty. Any illegal use of these devices could subject the user to fines, penalties
and/or imprisonment under the law of your jurisdiction. All comments and testimonials presented, in any form, by customers are not and do not represent the opinions of the manufacturers.