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The fastest, safest way to charge your e-cig

What if the turtle could run as fast as the hare? He’d be all safe in his little shell AND have the legs to outrun rabbits. (Stay with us.) At blu eCigs UK, that’s what we aim for with our charging technology – fast and safe. Here’s our guide to charging your e-cig quick and hassle-free.

Danger! High voltage!

Just like charging any device, make sure the power outputs on your charging cable matches your e-cig. A good way to know for sure is to use the brand charger you got with your product. Take the blu™ Pro Kit “safe-charge” USB charger. It’s got a 4.2V output that matches the 4.2V output of our Pro Kit batteries. If your charger has a higher voltage than your battery, you could “short out” your device or overheat the battery.

Easy on the PC

You can charge blu e-cigs by plugging your blu USB stick charger or cables into your PC or laptop. Remember, if you’re charging other gadgets on the same PC, it’ll take longer. (So maybe put the smartphone on hold.) The fastest way to charge your e-cig is to plug it into the mains. Again, we recommend using your own brand adaptor. Like our blu Mains Adaptor with 5V output that safely charges all our e-cigs and batteries.

Beware knock offs

There are so many types of e-cigs on the market, that you can probably find a USB charger that fits the “thread” of your product’s battery. But lots of non-brand chargers are poorly made. And we guarantee they won’t go through the rigorous testing we do. If the non-brand charger doesn’t have the same power rating as your e-cig, it could take AGES to charge. Worst case, it’ll overheat your battery. And if you use a non-blu charger with a blu product, your warranty won’t cover any damage. D’oh!

Don’t charge overnight

We designed our Starter Kit and Premium Kit to stop charging once your case or battery is fully charged. We still recommend unplugging your blu product once it’s at full power though. (You’ll want to use it anyway, right?) Just to let you know, our lithium batteries last 250-300 “charge cycles” before you have to buy a new one. A charge cycle is anything from ten minutes to two hours; so you should drain your battery before charging. Vape till it’s dry!

Want to know more about blu “safe-charge” technology?

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“Vape” named Word of the Year

It’s what you call it when you puff on your e-cig or tank. And blow out all that lovely vapour.

Or as the Oxford Dictionary defines it: “to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.” And Oxford Dictionaries has just named “vape” Word of the Year. The accolade follows the rise in popularity of e-cigs over the last few years.

So, where did vape come from?

You have to go back to 1983 for the origin of the word. In an article Why Do People Smoke?, Rob Stepney wrote about “an inhaler or non-combustible cigarette, looking much like the real thing, but…delivering a metered dose of nicotine vapour. The new habit, if it catches on, would be known as vaping”.

Well sir, it caught on. Research shows use of the word has doubled in the last year. And Oxford Dictionaries reckons you’re now 30 times more likely to see vape than you were two years ago.

As you guys well know, vape describes more than just the act of using of an e-cig. It affectionately describes your e-cigarette or tank. And many of you are proud to call yourselves vapers.

What did vape fight off?

Other words shortlisted include “bae” – a term of endearment between hubbies. “Indyref” – the wee version of Scotland’s independence referendum. And “contactless” – that swipe of your smart card to pay for something.

To claim Word of the Year, vape also fought off “normcore” – the trend of wearing deliberately fusty clobber as a fashion statement. And “slacktivism” – the feel-good act of supporting a noble cause online. Previous winners include “selfie”, “omnishambles” and “simples”.

The year of the vape

2014 has been a good year for e-cigs. blu™ e-cigs launched, as if you could forget, and the technology behind our signature blue LED tips recently won the Nobel Prize for physics.

So if you’re vaping as you read this, stop and appreciate your onto something pretty special. Okay, easy, remember to exhale.

Read about the blue LED Nobel Prize winners >


Which electronic cigarette should I buy?

There are loads of brands of e-cigarettes in the UK to choose from. But before you pick your brand, you have to decide which type of electronic cigarette is for you.

Here’s a handy guide to help you decide which e-cig you should buy – one that fits your lifestyle and how you like to vape.



Where to buy electronic cigarettes in the UK: the ultimate guide

If you’re trying out e-cigarettes, you probably have a few questions. First up, you’ll want to know where to buy electronic cigarettes in the UK.

Luckily, vaping’s got more popular in the last few years, so it’s easier than ever to find e-cigarette products in the UK. You probably know you can buy them from online e-cig stores like blu UK. But did you know you can now buy them from:

  • independent stockists
  • speciality vaping shops
  • vaping lounges
  • select pubs and clubs

Let’s take a look at each option…



Howl with laughter this Halloween

We love Halloween. But pumpkins scare the hell out of us. That’s why we asked guest blogger, Louisa, to share some funny, spooky films with us. Here’s her top 5 picks.

Young Frankenstein (1974)

A spooky spoof based on Mary Shelley’s classic book. This is the third Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder collaboration, and it might just be the best one.

Wilder plays (Young) Dr Frankenstein (he pronounces it ‘Fronkensteen’ to disassociate himself from his lineage), the grandson of the famous corpse-resurrecting Frankenstein. He travels from his home in the States to Transylvania with news of his grandfather’s will. As a gifted neurosurgeon himself, he believes his grandfather’s work to be nonsensical.


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blu at Newcastle’s HQ

The blu Music Tour got all grimey at Newcastle’s famous World Headquarters.

First up was Deadboy, the London-based artist signed to Glasgow’s Numbers label. His high-energy set thrilled the crowd with grime, garage and dancehall classics – with some R&B thrown in too.

Up next was the headline act Pinch. The Bristol-based DJ is famous for bringing dubstep back to the South West, and tunes for Planet Mu and his own Tectonic label.

This set, Pinch focused on bass-heavy techno with some jungle, hardcore and garage throwbacks. In the age of Serato and USB stick DJing, it was refreshing to see a vinyl-only set – and loads of dubplates!



Mumdance and Novelist rounded off the night. Mumdance got the crowd purring with his latest release for Rinse label, Take Time. But it was Novelist that made the night.

Manning the microphone, the young MC threw down some London-style grime lyrics – wowing the crowds with words beyond his years. A perfect end to a nice n’ grimey night. See the pics here.


Top tunes at Fez Club

On Saturday night, the blu Music Tour took over the home of Sheffield’s underground dance scene – Fez Club.

Eliphino warmed things up nicely with his genre-warping blend of House, Garage and Grime. The Leeds-born, Berlin-based producer mixed underground tracks with classics like Armand Van Helden’s U Don’t Know Me.




Why vapers are more attractive than smokers

Autumn’s here and we’ve been digging out our thick jumpers, beanies and mittens. And they’re all cigarette-smell free, of course. That’s because we only vape blu™ e-cigs here, thank you very much.

Our super fresh woollens got us thinking about the other benefits e-cigs have over cigarettes. And, as vain as it sounds, why vapers might just be better looking that smokers. Let’s see why…