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  1. FlashVAPE

    FlashVAPE ...fast and efficient ! http://flashvape.com Manufacturer

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    Unfortunately, there is no designated area within the FV to place the stem when not in use, in order to keep the design as compact and as ergonomic as possible. We are, however, working on a stealthy hard case for the FV that will incorporate storage for accessories like stem, brush batteries etc. so you can conveniently take the kit with you where ever you go. Your kit comes with 2 stems, so you always have one as a spare. Furthermore, if you should require additional FV stems, they are available on our website or through any authorized distributors for under $13 for a pack of 5... as always, we keep the accessories priced reasonably so you can always afford to have a few spares around.

    In regards to the heat build up, yes, the FV's outer shell is machined from 100% aluminum alloy, which has excellent heat transfer properties. The properties of the ceramic core is to act as an insulator to retain the heat generated for vaping inside, while any residual heat is radiated out by the large surface area of the aluminium shell. No additional vents are needed as the entire body of the FV acts like one giant radiator.

    No sleeve is added to the FV handle because honestly, it is not really needed as it will not get too hot to hold, even with continuous use. This way, you can also get a better physical feel to gauge the temperature of the core (if the unit is warmed up or not), and to better judge how long you should power-on for when vaping. When the unit is completely cold, it may take 5 seconds to get the kind of vapor action you want, but after some heat build up, (when you feel the heat in the handle), it may only take 3-4 seconds to achieve the same thing. We did, however, incorporate 8 channels into the handle for better grip, and improved aesthetics.

    While there are 3 screens in total in the FV, (the heating element screen, the replaceable top screen that sits above the heating element screen, and the filter screen that you can see through the top window), there is only one that is user replaceable, and that is the screen which your materials comes into contact with while vaping. We are working on making the filter screen replaceable as well soon, by offering a set of custom tools with the screen and o-ring seal available for users to easily replace this filter screen at home. Right now, while it is possible for users to remove and replace this filter screen also themselves, it is a very delicate job, and definitely not recommended after using the FV :)

    The filter screen is made from the same grade of surgical stainless steel as the heating element screen and the replaceable top screen, but of a slightly finer mesh variety (smaller holes).
     
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  2. Stone__Man

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    thanks Mr FlashVape :) that makes some things more clear.

    I read a bit of some other popular vapes about cleaning. lets see if I understand a few points correctly. the "heating element" screen, there is no chance of "stuff" finding its way through that screen and well gumming things up in the ceramic heater core, and that is why it is in place to begin with?

    I assume one can remove the "loading screen" (middle) and at least swab the top side of the "heater" (bottom) screen of what has fallen through the "loading" screen? or is it such a fine particle that it gets ummm, burnt up when the heater is fired up and there is no need to clean the heater screen?

    I just don't want to run into problems like I see happen with some other vapes, in things being hard to clean and the device not functioning at an optimum level after a bit of "build up occurs" and don't want a vape I have to clean every day or so of use, to keep it working properly.

    warranty, always a BIG thing with me and potential purchases. only from authorized dealer, got it, but lets say *John Doe has purchased one from an authorized dealer and I buy it used from John Doe on this forum in the classifieds, is the warranty transferable to me? I assume a receipt will be needed in any case.

    will it be ok to leave a charging/charged battery in the charger? no fear of OVER charge? I sure hope the answer is yes to this as I'd hate to forget it and F it up :p

    does the charger have a "its charged" or "its charging" led or not ?
    I can't tell from your site photo of it, kind of looks like there is, just above the battery itself, but not sure.

    sourcing for purchase in the lower 48? not sure about customs and duties and the like from the land of moose, beer, hockey and hash :p

    is there perhaps a FC discount?

    Thanks FlashVAPE

    Peace :cool:
     
  3. Ace.357

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    FlashVAPE, when will the Gun Metal units become available?
     
  4. Stone__Man

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    I seen this and was like what? then I looked back in the thread and seen he posted a FC sneak peak of the GM one. I had that GM photo up and open new tab of the fv site and the silver one and to my eye there is VERY little difference in color between the two. could be the camera, exposure , lighting. we need to see the silver and the gun metal in the same photo to know for sure. when I see gun metal in my head its not nearly as light as the one in fv posted photo.

    I assume the aluminum goes through a hard anodized treatment ? even the silver one?

    I personally like "raw" aluminum and if one were offered that way I would get that in a heart beat. I actually that for sure I would get a black unit if I were to purchase one, but your post ace has got me to thinking more about it, as the black will fade and show wear over time and thus have silver showing. hummm more to ponder :ko:
     
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  5. Tweek

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    Thanks my friend, it was my pleasure :D

    Heat only really becomes a bother to me by the second bowl, and personally it doesn't really bother me all that much. If used as directed and the battery is changed with each bowl, you shouldn't get too much heat build up. If you push and experiment, and try to stretch the battery, the unit does get hot and may be bothersome to some folks, but I generally find by that time I am well medicated. I have gotten similar heat build up in a few portables I have tried...I think it's par for the course when you are trying to pack alot of power into a smaller form factor.
     
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  6. pakalolo

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    Here's my first battery count: 27 hits/2 bowls. A hit is about 7-8 seconds of power at a time. I will keep counting hits for a while (provided I remember to mark them down) so I can get an idea of the average.

    Hmm. I just happened to notice that the instructions say in shouting caps WHEN NOT IN USE, MAKE SURE TO TURN OFF MAIN POWER TO THE UNIT. I never do this. I can't see how it could possibly affect battery life but I thought I'd mention it.


    I don't think any screen can prevent small particulates from getting through. It won't gunk up your heater, however, because as you speculated all you have to do is hit the power button while it's empty until it burns everything off (usually 10-15 seconds). The screens form the heating surface and a burn will clear them up pretty nicely as well. There will be discolouration but my experience is no clogging except when I tried kief in it. Even then the permanent bottom screen didn't clog, only the removable screen, and that was easy to clean. The top screen catches a lot of particulate and is actually the one most likely to clog, but again cleaning it is simple. Most of the time all you need to do is brush it off between bowls. If brushing isn't clearing it then you just unscrew the top and brush from the other side. The worst case is that you might have to use ISO.

    tl;dr: FV is easy to keep clean.


    The charger has an LED that is red while charging and green when charged. I leave mine on the charger but it usually won't be there more that 24 hours. The instructions don't mention anything and I haven't seen FlashVAPE comment on this point. I just assumed there wouldn't be harm, since most chargers these days won't damage your batteries if you leave them on there for a day or so. After that it gets dicier, and note that the key word in that sentence is most. Oh, and assume.
     
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  7. Ace.357

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    I usually prefer black. But I figure that if I drop it often, silver or GM would be a better choice.
     
  8. FlashVAPE

    FlashVAPE ...fast and efficient ! http://flashvape.com Manufacturer

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    the Gun Metal color scheme will not be available for another 2 months, we should be able to roll out 2 now colors (GM and ?) by the end of Feb or begining of Mar next year. The Gun Metal version's color is right in between the silver and black.. kind of a dark gray finish. But if you drop your FV often, silver is gonna be the color of choice as it is very close to the bare color of the aluminum, and will hide the damage well.

    All versions of the FV goes through the hard anodization treatment to get their colors. Yes, even the silver color is hard anodized. it is a very durable, hardened finish, and should last through lots of use and abuse. It will not fade easily.

    The FV is indeed very easy to clean. Clogging will not be a problem when using the FV, as pakalolo mentioned earlier, all you have to do is burn away any debris or particulates on the heating element by powering-on for 10-15 seconds. Furthermore, you've got the second screen on top of the heating element that is very easy to remove and clean, or replace should you feel like a new one. Also, ISO dipping is an option with the FV (you can turn the FV upside down, and submerse the bowl in ISO alcohol up to the vent holes, and leave over-night for a complete clean)... just make sure you let dry completely before use to get rid of that alcohol taste afterwards.

    Warranty is pretty standard, if you have any problems with your FV within 2 years of the date of the original purchase, send it back and we'll take care of it for you. It is transferable. To register your FV for warranty, you can send us an email with your name* (* or alias), your date and place of purchase, and the serial number of your FV unit (found on the swivel cap below the logo) to registration@flashvape.com . We dont need your address until it is required for any warranty related issues. Also, if you don't want to register, simply keep a copy of your proof of purchase from an authorized FV distributor, and fill in your warranty card included with each FV. You can give these to the buyer for transfer of the balance of the 2 year warranty should you ever need to sell your FV within the warranty period.

    The FV chargers are smart chargers, which means that they detect the voltage automatically and will not continue to charge once the battery is finished charging... so yes, you can leave the battery in the charger after charging if you wish. However, as with any electrical device, it is always recommended that you unplugged from the AC outlet when not in use, as to prevent possible damage from surges, etc. When the battery is charging, the LED indicator below each battery shows RED, and when charging complete, the indicator turns GREEN.

    The it is recommended to turn off the main power on/off switch in the base of the FV when not in use, only to prevent accidental pushing of the stainless steel power-on button when not in use (ie. when you store or travel with the FV in a case or a bag). The FV does not consume power in standby mode, so battery drain is not an issues.


    FC SPECIAL !!!


    There are some delays with getting dealers stocked with FV units due to the busy holiday season... so for now, FVs are available through our official site only (http://flashvape.com). I was doing up a FC only coupon for FREE SHIPPING, however, an issue surfaced with the coupon module on our shopping cart software (any help from fellow members with php shopping cart knowledge is much appreciated). So while we work on resolving this issue with the FC Free Shipping coupon, lets make it FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ITEMS! (no coupon code required).

    and as an added FC bonus, we will include a FREE pair of screens ($10 value) with each FlashVAPE purchased to all fellow FCers! All you have to do is mention that you are a FC member in the note section with your purchase! To be fair to our dealers, this FC special is only valid until online authorized distributors are stocked and selling, so if you want to take advantage, please do so soon..

    Many thanks to fellow FC members for your support and contributions, and happy holidays to all !
     
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  9. Stone__Man

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    an Awesome gesture to FC members, I'm certain I'm not the only one who appreciates such kindness here :bowdown:

    thank you for addressing my questions all ;) :bowdown:

    with that said perhaps someone can inform me as to this one I asked earlier:
    not sure about customs and duties and the like from the land of moose, beer, hockey and hash :p

    is there potential extra cost? customes? duties? or perhaps not even getting the unit as customs has seized it? perhaps any legal ramifications on my end? I am not new to buying things from other countries but, totally noob in purchase of such device from outside us that passes through customs. Don't want to come off as completely paranoid but I simply do not know these answers.
     
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  10. meduser#420

    meduser#420 Touch it, Feel it.

    I am going to wait for the hard case. Looks good though.
     
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  11. FlashVAPE

    FlashVAPE ...fast and efficient ! http://flashvape.com Manufacturer

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    We have not experienced any issues with sending, and customers receiving units in the USA. We've shipped (often 2 units at a time) many times to customers in different parts of the USA, without any notification from any customers of any customs duties or taxes paid. We always declare as "AROMATHERAPY ATOMIZER KIT", and "GIFT", value under $100 each shipment. Under NAFTA, items made in Canada are exempt from duties into the USA. Furthermore, I believe the duty free allowance for personal import shipments into the USA is $200 per shipment. So no, I dont believe you will have to deal with any customs duties or tax matters when we ship from Canada into the USA for you.

    We process and ship orders to US customers using the Priority Mail equivalent from Canada Post, and once in the US, the shipment is delivered by the USPS as Priority Mail with delivery confirmation. Typical delivery time is 3-5 days to any destination in the US, and the shipment is available for tracking online.

    The hardcase will be available as an add-on accessory for the FV kit, and can be purchased separately at anytime once it is available.
     
  12. Stone__Man

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    appreciate the reply FlashVAPE . :tup:

    now lets just hope the better half likes her gifts tomorrow. opps its late :zzz: , gifts later today :p:nod:

    and if i play my cards right :brow: :smug:
     
  13. FlashVAPE

    FlashVAPE ...fast and efficient ! http://flashvape.com Manufacturer

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    MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE !
     
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  14. Stone__Man

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    any holiday vaping going on? any tasty tidbits of info, good, bad or otherwise? I know at least one chimp that is very interested in this vape and the thoughts , experiences and findings or those that have one. :popcorn:

    not to take away from info already given in this thread, as you guys have been great. :)
     
  15. pakalolo

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    What else would you like to know?

    I've been trying to get a feel for battery life. My last count was 27 hits, but I realized that there are too many variables for that to mean a lot. Load size, dryness, and power on time all vary. I was trying for standard hits with 8 seconds of power, starting to draw after 5. As I get to the end of the bowl, however, the load is drying out so I have to reduce my power time or risk combustion. The flavour is so good that it encourages me to keep hitting up to the point where even 6 seconds is risky, around hits 16-17 on a load that was somewhere between .10 and .15 g. My point here is that you would get quite a different hit count if you loaded up a party bowl of .3-.5 g (which you could easily do) and used the technique described in the instructions.

    Speaking of which, although you have a party sized bowl you have to be really careful sharing the FV. One mistake with the power button and up she goes, and I mean full glow cherries. The best and safest way to share is for you to hold down the power button and then hand the FV off to be hit.

    Battery life. I'll just track the button down time for a couple of batteries, if I can remember to record it. I seem to recall that this sort of research sometimes requires many restarts. That's my opinion, anyway.
     
  16. Stone__Man

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    nothing in particular mate. I was just wondering if those that have one had any general thoughts about it, like it more, like it less, this part cool, that part not sorta thing. anything new you all have discovered in your time with it.

    the ease of combustion you speak of is of concern though. I guess what I find myself asking is how one judges how long to hold the button down. simply a matter of how much vapor you feel your getting?

    using the vapman (my only vape) I do not stick to a strict number of seconds, but go by how it feels, I found its rather easy to tell when I'm getting a heavy hit as compared to a lighter hit by how it feels at the top of my throat.
     
  17. Tweek

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    Hey Stone_Man, I have a Vapman as well and I use the Flashvape in a similar fashion...feeling the air on my tongue, gauging the warmth and taste, etc. It's alot of fun to play with.
     
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  18. pakalolo

    pakalolo RoboMod v3.17 (ticking) Staff Member

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    With great power comes great responsibility!

    The counting is so I can stick to a standard hit for testing and comparing. As a long-time MFLB user, I know how to judge a hit the same way you do, and in casual use that's what I do. It's not difficult, and as Tweek says experimenting with it is fun.

    I know some people are afraid of the combustion potential, but it's not as bad as you might conclude. An experienced vapourist like yourself shouldn't have any trouble adjusting. Vitolo said he hadn't combusted at all, and as far as I know that's still true. You have to keep in mind that I am exploring the limits of the FV and I tried to push it to combustion. It keeps coming up here not because it happens all the time, but because potential owners need to be aware of the power of the FV and prepare themselves accordingly. Many vapourizers can reach combustion. In the case of the FV, it can do it faster. ;)

    In my opinion, the FV is well worth the risk of combustion and the short learning curve it takes to avoid it. I like it a lot and I expect to like it even more.
     
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  20. Stone__Man

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    thanks pakalolo, all points duly noted. you do the community a service :)

    Tweek :cheers: looks like we were poking in the same place, I bookmark that items page last night. I'd seen reference to "infamous 40 $ bubbler" a few times while reading here and there and last night finally found it. but it appears its out of stock, and if, IF I recall correctly reading its out of stock so often its more a waiting list to get one, create an account at store, no CC info or anything needed.

    with the FV one point I can't really wrap my head around is how hot it gets seemingly fast and how quickly it can combust, yet the battery life seems decent from what I am reading here. I still wonder, if it does get quite hot outside, how hot is the battery getting? from my memory of reading it seems the TV is the only other one I read heat issues about.
     
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    I heard that those bubblers were going to be in stock end of month, but I can't say for sure. It does look pretty cool though...

    Battery wise, FlashVape probably has a better explanation for the technical side of things, but they are pretty powerful batteries (scientific of me, huh? :)..) The batteries will get hot eventually, especially as they start running low on juice. But if you are just taking a few hits here and there, it is a non issue. If you like to push it or use it a half hour straight without a break, then it will get hot enough that you will need to put it down. It's never been a bother to me...but it can be pretty subjective. That being said, most portables I have used get hot after a while. It's a form factor issue...you are packing so much power into a small, portable unit, and the heat has to go somewhere...
     
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  22. Stone__Man

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    very scientific lol :)

    this vape stuff is interesting, so many points to consider.
     
  23. pakalolo

    pakalolo RoboMod v3.17 (ticking) Staff Member

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    You're welcome. I sacrifice myself daily testing for you people and it's nice to be appreciated.

    I'm not one to hit a vapourizer repeatedly in a few minutes. My normal usage is to take two or three hits to get comfortable and then space out maintenance hits every 15-30 minutes. I therefore have never pushed the battery to the point where it's gotten more than mildly warm. The FV is a pretty big chunk of solid aluminum and it would take a lot of energy to make it too hot to be comfortable in the hand. My plan, however, is to do a battery life test in the next day or so, and I've decided that one of the things I will do is see how many seconds it will give me in bursts of 7-8 seconds a minute or so apart. That'll heat it up for sure. I don't have a way to gauge the temperature except by touch, though.
     
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  24. Ace.357

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    Your contributions are greatly appreciated :)

    I like that you can pre-load the chamber and leave the battery inside the unit. Very convenient for quick, on-the-go vaping.

    Does the glass stem stay securely in place when you shake the unit in between hits?
     
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  25. Tweek

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    The stem does stay pretty snug, but I have had it fly off on the rare occasion. My advice would be to remove it, if you don't want to take any risk of breaking it....although, it is a pretty strong stem (I'm clumsy).
     
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