When cell phones first came out, a case seemed like a luxury purchase. These days, it’s practically a requirement to protect your phone, and I don’t know anybody who doesn’t have a case. I never understood why we don’t do the same for our vape equipment.
Vape pens and mod boxes have similar lithium batteries to smartphones. They contain LED/LCD screens, sensitive electronics, and much of the same equipment found in our phones. So why aren’t we protecting them from damage?
Thankfully I discovered the Wick and Wire cases through a partnership with Vape Chemist. These bags were exactly what I needed, and they couldn’t have come at a better time, as I’ve been checking out all the latest vape and cannabis gear over the winter. These expensive technologies need to be protected from damage.
Protect Yo Tech
It wasn’t until last year I started appreciating and using vape cases myself. Spending $100+ on equipment only to have it break the first time you drop it isn’t good. As many of the companies are located overseas, it’s often expensive (if not impossible) to get a replacement through the warranty, and although vaping is widespread these days, there aren’t as many qualified technicians as smartphones, wearables, and other electronics.
I got a collection of vaping gear in over the holidays and to protect it, I sought out bags, backpacks, and luggage from some of the best brands out there to see how they accommodate vaping. For most, it’s an afterthought, although Colorado-based bagmaker Kelty gets bonus points for a hidden compartment designed for storing herbal medicine.
Juice vapers, however, are left to figure out how to travel with their vape gear on their own. Throwing bottles of juice, a mod box, and spare equipment directly into a bag is a pain – there are spills, small components are lost, pieces are broken, and the box could accidentally be turned on from bumping against your other gear.
Wick and Wire cases are small enough to not get in the way, but they’re large enough to hold all the equipment, accessories, and juices you need for a weekend or even week-long trip. There are several models available, but what I received were the Stash 3.0 and Primo vape cases. Both have a zippered main pocket that can hold either two mods or a mod and juice. The front pocket can store extra cotton wick and metal wire.
Each Wick and Wire case has a carabine or beltloop, internal elastic strap, and a sling strap option. I recommend the Primo, which is made of heavy duty nylon, for function, although the flannel/suede Stash is a more stylish option. Either way, you’ll be able to protect and travel with your vape equipment.
Cases for All Vape Cases
The problem with vaping is there are so many styles of vape pens out there, and I can’t be the only person who owns more than one. Even before I became a tech reviewer, I had a handful of different vaping options, partly because I didn’t know what I liked, but also because different devices work better in different scenarios.
For straight juice, I have tank systems from Eleaf, Smok, and Minikin, along with Ego Twist and several clones. Each fit inside the case a different way and could accommodate a different amount of juice and accessories. I also use several herbal, concentrate, 2-in-1, and 3-in-1 portable vape devices like the Firefly 2, GPen, and Haze Dual V3. While not designed for these, I could fit each of them into a Wick and Wire case, along with a small silicon container and dab tools.
This, of course, isn’t specifically what the cases were designed for, but you should know it’s an option.
Also, you don’t necessarily need to throw them in your bag – like many smartphone cases, both Stash and Primo can be attached to your belt or the outside of your pack. My roommate and I took them on a few trips out into the wilderness this winter and they held up, protecting our vape equipment from the elements and our other gear.
Vape gear is expensive – a decent quality starter kit will cost you from $40-$100. Some high-end mod boxes and desktop vaporizers cost hundreds. Then you’re dropping another $15+ for juices, $10 each for tanks and chargers, plus maintenance costs for wick, wire, mouthpieces. It quickly adds up.
You need to keep this equipment protected and organized at all times, or the costs increase as you have to replace things. The Primo and Stash cases from Wick and Wire are simple and sturdy enough to keep you vaping happily throughout the year wherever you go.
I’ll check back in later this year to let you know how they held up through my spring and summer road trips to SXSW in Austin, E3 in LA, and the Cannabis Cup in Las Vegas. Stay tuned.
Final Grade: B