Thanks for the info on battery mods mewso. I dont think i'd have the patience to go down that route anyway but worth knowing that there could be risks involved.
Anyway I said I'd give an update, this will be brief enough as busy atm but I'd though I need to give a short initial update as I have the 510 for almost 2 weeks now.
When I first received it I made the silly mistake of not clearing the atomizer fully of primer so my introduction sort of resembled a watery eyed 'holy christ I'd rather stick my head up the chimney', sort of response to the first drag, but when it cleared, I could see that this had some potential but still felt I was a long way off substituting this for my daily Golden Virginia stash. I made the mistake of only ordering the tobacco flavour eliquid from vapourstore and it just didn't hit the spot.
It tasted similar to tasting your most detested brand (Marlboro red!) but I could at least acknowledge that this was much nearer to smoking than patches or gum could ever get. Good vapour and throat hit but still felt I needed more, something was missing.
Right then went off and decided to get the 'screwdriver' and also a supply of various tobacco like flavours from oksmokey, I knew if I was going to give this a good crack then I was going to need to get it as close to the real experience and vape a flavour that I could enjoy and not have to be messing charging batteries every couple hrs and so on!
Stopped using the 510 and went back to the usual method until everything arrived.
On Monday of this week (4 days ago) I went to setting up the perfect ecig. The screwdriver arrived with 2nd free which I see now is very handy as I can have two long life battery ecigs, each with a different flavour on the go at the same time. The golden virginia and drum flavours from oksmokey were definitely more in my league (thanks to Fstop for the info).
Also I find that the screwdriver definitely gives a more consistent vapour and throat hit than I ever received with the bundled battery.
So over the past few days I have been getting used to the set up and preparation of the thing without putting myself under extreme pressure to quit analogs.
I've kindof mastered not flooding atomizers and getting exactly the right amount of drops to 'top up', as well as rotating flavours to get a feel for them...agree mewso RY4 and golden virginia flavours are lovely!
Anyway the verdict so far...I cant say that I'm a total convert that just picked up an ecig and immediately kissed goodbye to the analogs. I have in the past 4 days cut down to around 5 analogs from my usual 15 or so without even thinking about it, so that's a good start. I have to add that the intention is to let it progress slowly without pressure until I'm perfectly used to the ecig so I really don't know how it will go over the next few months or so.
I will say this: i've tried the patches and gum, zyban etc at various times and nothing worked, with zyban I didnt feel like a cig but the side effects got the better of me and stopped and eventually went back on the fags.
With patches and gum, yes they gave me my nicotine dose but I always felt like I was hanging for a fag and eventually went back to what I enjoyed.
With the ecig It feels so much like smoking; you get the throat hit (very important for me!); you get the flavour of something very near to tobacco (also very important); you get the vapour exhale (not so important to me but mimics smoking almost exactly). It is as near to the real thing as I can get even though there's still some subtle differences missing, but nothing too extreme. It can be approached almost like changing your brand of cigarette. Its going to take time to get used to but it should hopefully be fairly seamless in the end.
Right I will keep ye updated and hopefully others that are trying them or about to attempt them will keep us informed as to how things are going. I will just say to people about to attempt them that It worth persisting with it until you find a setup that works for you. My initial thoughts were that there is so much messing about with stuff that the vast majority will give up and bin it before they hit a sweet spot. That is such a pity because it has amazing potential when you get it all working the way you want it to work.
I'm sure the next generation and beyond ecig will start to improve on the flaws and shortfalls of the current ones. It will be great when someone who wants to try it out can buy one cheaply that comes complete with a battery that lasts several days, an indestructible unfloodable atomizer, carts that need to be topped up once a day only and an experience with consistent flavour, vapour and throat hit.
I have to also say cheers again to Mewso because if it wasnt for this thread then I would probably never have given what I thought was just another gimic a second glance.
Best of luck all and happy vaping