Despite being known, the world over, as a “NATO”, the ubiquitous nylon watch strap we all love and admire is in reality a product of the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) and it’s proper name is the G10 – named after the form used to requisite the strap.
I too am guilty of calling the G10 a “NATO”, probably because everyone else does! No excuse I know. So where exactly does this “NATO” business come from?
NATO watch bands inspire a love-hate relationship amongst watch enthusiasts. There is no middle ground. Some despise these nylon creations simply for their cheapness, especially when worn on, dare I say it a Rolex or Omega, while others appreciate all they have to offer.
Keen readers may have noticed that I often make reference to my stainless steel Vtube having a somewhat airy draw due to the connection design. Side by side with a regular Lavatube I’d hazard a guess that the draw is 50% lighter – somewhat reminiscent of sucking air through a straw! When I used regular atomizers, this was overcome with an eGo cone, it tightened the draw and was great, but when it came to using a Dual Coil Tank (DCT), the airy nature returned.
Ecigarettes or personal vaping devices have come along way since their inception. In fact when I look back to 2008 (when I first started) ecigs are unrecognisable from the original products in both performance and looks.
I suppose back then I wanted an ecig to look like a cigarette – it was a comfort to hold something of similar dimensions and see that little orange LED glow each time I took a puff but these things were expensive and didn’t last that long what with the small battery and all. For a heavy smoker I found I was charging batteries via USB every 20 minutes and don’t get me started on those bloody wool filled cartridges!
Fortunately, as time passed improved devices came along and I flittered from the latest gadget to the next. The good thing is that they helped me quit and while some adverts made outrageous claims about “saving money” I reckon I spent more on ecigs during the early years than I ever would have on cigarettes during the same period!
In early 2011 a device called the Lavatube attracted my attention. This sleek and stealthy black tube looked the business and was the first variable voltage mod that fell comfortably into my limited budget.
I picked up a fully featured kit including batteries, charger and all that good stuff. What a revelation – I had never used a variable voltage mod before and was overwhelmed with the performance. For the first time ever I was able to hit that “sweet spot” every time rather than get a mouth full of juice or an indifferent vape. I was hooked on the tube.
As you’ll no doubt know most of these devices hail from China and many sellers market the same/or similar products under different names such as the Lavatube, VTube, Torpedo, Knight Rider and the ThunderVolt (to name but a few).
I was happy with my tube and while it had a few cosmetic issues namely the cheap looking plastic end caps it didn’t distract from the solid vape it consistently delivered. I had read on various forums that if dropped, the plastic battery end cap would fall off and even though it could take a fall and survive (relatively intact!), I kind of wished my tube was a bit more sturdy.