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  1. Thank You! - HEROES Help Them Help Us Donation

    Thank You! - HEROES Help Them Help Us Donation

    Last month, we donated £1 from every Bottle Shot sold, to a great cause. ‘HEROES’ is a charity founded by NHS workers, for NHS workers, which helps keep our front line workers safe during the COVID-19 crisis, and beyond. Their services cover: 

    -       Physical protection of NHS staff on the frontline

    -       Counselling and psychological services

    -       Hassle-free small grants service to support childcare 

    -       Transport

    -       Perks for hospital facilities

    -       Public and professional education resources on Coronavirus 

    With the £1 from every bottle shot sold, plus a little extra, we have donated a total of £7500

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  2. The Beginners Guide to DIY E-Liquid Mixing

    The Beginners Guide to DIY E-Liquid Mixing

    If you have never used concentrates to mix your own flavours, the thought can be pretty daunting. We’re here to tell you that it isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Read on to learn more about the DIY E-Liquid mixing process.

     

    What You Will Need 

    E-Liquid is made up of 4 main ingredients. A ‘base’ of PG and VG (which will make up around 70% of your e-liquid), Flavour Concentrates and Nicotine, but there are a few other tools that will help you in mixing your new favourite flavour.

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  3. How to Get the Most Out of Your E-Liquid

    How to Get the Most Out of Your E-Liquid

    You’ve received your latest DarkStar package in the post, but your favourite flavour just isn’t hitting the spot like it should. What do you do? We’ve put together this short blog to inform you why your flavour might not be packing the punch that you are used to and how to combat weak flavour.

     

    Vapours Tongue

    Also known as Vapours Fatigue, vapours tongue occurs when you are over exposed to taste and smell. It feels like a coating on your tongue, which stops you tasting properly. This can be caused by dehydration and the best way to cure it is to drink more water, reduce the amount of tea or coffee that you consume (as these will make you dehydrated) and avoiding chain vaping so that you do not overwhelm your senses.

     

    Device Cleanliness

    If you haven’t cleaned your device for some time, a build-up of gunk could be causing a lack of flavour. This means you should change your coils regularly and als

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  4. £1 from every Bottle Shot sold goes to HEROES - Helping protect our NHS staff on the front line against Covid-19

    £1 from every Bottle Shot sold goes to HEROES - Helping protect our NHS staff on the front line against Covid-19

    We are facing what has become our greatest public health emergency in living memory. That’s why we have decided that £1 from every Bottle Shot sold will go towards HEROES – Help Them Help Us, supporting the welfare and wellbeing of NHS staff as they fight COVID-19.

    The £1 from your Bottle Shot purchase will go to provide practical support for the physical, mental, and day to day wellbeing of NHS staff across the nation, as they put their safety on the line to battle Coronavirus. Heroes aims to give NHS staff support in the following areas:

    -       Physical protection of NHS staff on the frontline
    -       Counselling and psychological services
    -       Hassle-free small grants service to support childcare 
    -       Transport
    -       Perks for hospital facilities
    -       Public and p

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  5. Covid-19

    Covid-19

    During these unprecedented times, we have been taking actions to keep our customers, our staff and our friends safe. We are doing everything we can to keep the business running as normal and to continue getting our products into your hands. That being said, we have put the following measures in place to ensure that we can continue to operate without putting anyone at risk.

     

    • Our staff have been working remotely where possible to avoid social contact.
    • As usual, we have been following strict cleaning and sanitising procedures at DarkStar HQ. If there have been any opportunities to step up cleanliness in our warehouse and lab, these have been taken.
    • We have been monitoring all government advice and following accordingly. We will continue to produce and send out products until we are told it is not safe to do so.
    • Vulnerable staff, or staff showing any symptoms of Covid 19 have been told to stay home. This also goes for any staff where
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  6. How to Avoid Dry Hits

    How to Avoid Dry Hits

    We’ve all been there. You go to take a hit of your favourite e-liquid in your prized device and you get nothing but pain, a nasty burnt taste and a ruined coil. Dry hits are the worst. But don’t worry! We’re here to help. Check out this short blog to find out what causes dry hits and how to avoid them.

     

    What is a Dry Hit?

    This is when the cotton in your device is not saturated with liquid. This can be due to your coil not being wicked correctly, having an empty tank or running the wattage on your device too high. Read on to learn how to stop dry hits for good!

     

    Lack of Liquid

    If you have a conventional glass tank and pre-made coil, you may get dry hits because you do not have enough e-liquid in your tank. Look closely at the glass on your tank for a minimum fill line. If the liquid goes below this line then your coil will not be saturated. If your tank doesn’t have a minimum fill li

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  7. What Are Nic Salts?

    What Are Nic Salts?

    As you probably know, the vaping industry is always evolving. With new and exciting ways to vape hitting the market regularly, it can be difficult to keep up with all the new products on the market and how they will affect your vaping experience. You may have seen the term ‘Nicotine Salts’ or ‘Nic Salts’ thrown around a lot lately. In the past few years, the popularity of Salt e-liquid has skyrocketed. They appear in your local vape shop and on your favourite online vendors website, so how can they affect the way that you vape?

     

    Not to worry, we’ve put together this short blog to tell you everything you need to know about Nic Salts.

     

    What are Nicotine Salts?

     

    Nicotine Salt E-Liquid is essentially the same as others that you would find on the shelves of your local shop. The main difference is the Nicotine itself. Standard e-liquid contains a distilled form of nicotine, extracted directly from tobacco,

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  8. Steeping - Everything You Need To Know

    Steeping - Everything You Need To Know

    What Is Steeping?

    You may notice the ‘recommended steep time’ on some of your DarkStar products. Steeping is the process used in e-liquid production of aging your juice so that all the individual flavours come out and it ultimately tastes better. This is something you can expect with DIY products. Your e-liquid will be made up of several components including VG, PG, Flavour Concentrates and Nicotine. These products have different densities and they need time to mix at a molecular level.How Long Should I Steep My E-Liquid?As a guideline the recommended steep times are as follows:
    Simple Fruit Flavours: 1-3 days
    Tobacco Flavours: 1-4 weeks
    Custard, Bakery/Dessert Flavours: 1-4 weeks

    These may seem like pretty vag

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  9. Budget Vaping

    Budget Vaping

    If you are an ex-smoker you will be aware that it is an incredibly expensive habit. The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in the UK is around £10.80 and the average smoker will smoke 11-12 per day. That’s £2365.20 spent on cigarettes per year!

    If you have made the switch to vaping you will have probably realised that you are saving money. We’re here to tell you that you may be able to save even more!

    Here are a few tips and tricks to help you save your hard-earned money.

     

    Building Your Own Coils

    Premade coils can cost a pretty penny if you are a frequent vaper. Instead of using a standard glass tank with premade stock coils, consider investing in ad RDA or Rebuildable Drip Atomizer. These are super affordable, starting at around £12 and up to £35 for more advanced models. They work the same way as a standard tank but instead of buying coils from a retailer you can build your own. To get started you will also need a

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  10. The DarkStar Flavour Development Philosophy

    The DarkStar Flavour Development Philosophy

    Here at DarkStar we pride ourselves on creating premium, high quality, award winning recipes from the purest ingredients. We believe there is a flavour for everyone. Something that brings a smile to the face, whether that be a reminder of a nostalgic flavour from childhood, a favourite cocktail or a decadent dessert. We aim to offer our customers a large range of unique flavours from a variety of different brands that cater to everyone’s taste.

    The DarkStar team is made up of vaping enthusiasts from a ‘do it yourself’ background, with a passion for bringing you the most premium flavour profiles on the market. Created by our team of expert mixologists and meticulously trialed and tested by a committee of seasoned vapers to ensure a superior vaping experience, only the best of our recipes go from concept to final product.

    We understand that most vapers are ex-smokers and we take this into account when developing our products. We offer liquids that you can trust, flavours that

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