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DO’S & DON’TS
Mixing the Solution and filling your pens is a very simple process, as you can see in our instruction section. There are a lot of Do’s and Dont’s that you should follow to make sure you get the most from your product.
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The Solution is flammable. Terpenes themselves are, usually. Understand that your solution is mildly flammable, and you should be very cautious around open flames, especially when working in quantity.While in our instruction we show using a flame, use common sense when heating your extract. Most of the time you don’t even need heat, your extract will mix if just left together overnight at room temperature. Don’t use flame for heating large quantities of terpenes. Use a subtle non flammable heating method.
Terpenes are strong, and can make you dizzy when inhaled in concentration. Make sure you mix work with The Solution in a a ventilated area. As when working with any extract or chemical, use gloves and the appropriate protective gear.
ORGANIC TERPENES ARE … ORGANIC
Terpenes are an Organic substance, and so is your extract. They do not contain preservatives. Leaving any liquid organic substance, like food or fruit, in the heat or exposed to atmosphere for extended periods of time can cause them to dry out, mold, rot and ferment. While The Solution itself can be stored indefinitely at room temp, It is recommended that once you mix your extract and Solution together that you store the mixture sealed in a cold area such as a fridge or freezer. This will exponentially increase the shelf life of your mixture.
Terpenes are, and act similar to an alcohol. One you have mixed The Solution with your extract, over time, maybe a month or two, the Terpenes will slowly evaporate out of your mixture. This can be halted by placing your products in a fridge or freezer as discussed above. This also is relevant to The Solution once placed in your pens. It is important that you factor in a shelf life for your product when shipping, selling or storing your pens. For example, when we make a thousand pens, we vacuum seal them in groups of 100 and place them in a fridge. When we need more, we open a new pack and they are ready to go. We have seen a client make 500 pens, send them out to a customer and then their customer leaves the whole batch out on a shelf for two months in the heat. When they come back, they pens don’t work and they wanted a refund. What happened was The Solution slowly dried out over time, as do extracts, and was no longer viscous enough to operate the pen. Adding a few drops of Original to each pen and allowing to sit overnight was the solution, but don’t let this happen to you. It is up to you to correctly store your pens and mixtures, and educate your customers as to how to properly store your products.
If your using our disposable “Burner” Pens, be aware of the above mentioned situation regarding evaporation. Make sure that everyone down the line that receives your Burners knows how to store them. If you choose other tank styles, you can choose tanks that are not open to the atmosphere, through design or placement of cap and stickers, which will lengthen your shelf life.
Remember, your not using chemicals such as PG,PEG or VG, and have to start thinking of your products as an High Quality Organic Fruit or Vegetable.
PEN FAILURE RATE
Connoisseur Concentrates does not really want to enter the Vapor Pen retail market. That is a huge industry unto itself. We offer a few simple pens as a courtesy to those who may not wish to find their own. As an inexpensive product, there is a failure rate of around 2%. In addition to your order, we include an extra 5% to make up for any failures you may incur, as using the product incorrectly by using liquid too thick and leaving the unit out for months can cause malfunctions. Make sure to calculate in a failure rate when purchasing your order quantities.
We offer you an approximate dilutant rate of .3 grams to .5 grams of Solution to each gram of extract. This ratio will vary depending on how stiff or loose your extract is, and the end viscosity you wish to end up with. When you are purchasing your fluid, make sure to factor in that you may make a couple mistakes as you learn the process, that your extract may need more or less Solution than you expected, and that you may lose some due to heating and evaporation. Start with small batches. While we make this process look easy, remember you are using all that knowledge you were supposed to be learning in Biology and Chemistry classes. Make sure to start small and learn the process and results, or factor in for a learning curve.