I hope to put together a report on the CORPS show soon, but at the moment I’m still waiting for a couple of photos to come in. We stupidly forgot to take our camera and thus have no record of our weekend, other than some vague drunken memories of Jeff Folloder dancing in the fountain in fishnet stockings. In the meantime, lacking photographic evidence, I want to write a few comments about an odd new phenomenon, the e-pipe and e-cig. Here are mine:
The bowl of the pipe contains a rechargeable battery. In the base of the shank is a tiny atomizer, which heats up when called to by a flow switch in the bowl that detects puffing. Cartridges filled with mesh insert into the shank, much like a 9mm filter, and seat down onto the atomizer. One buys blended flavors in liquid form from a variety of micro-blenders, just like in the pipe tobacco world, and drips droplets of these liquids into the cartridge mesh until it’s soaked. Then, the atomizer does its magic and the liquid becomes flavored vapor – Not smoke – that is enjoyed by the smoker. The Janty is similar. The long black part on the left is the battery section, then on the right we have the small brass atomizer and the mouthpiece components.