Cotton Bacon is a favorite among many vapers, and rightly so. It’s a good quality product for a reasonable price. But which Cotton Bacon is best? Today we aim to find out!
Inside The Package
From what I observed, you essentially receive the same amount of cotton with both versions. There may be a slight difference in weight (I did not have a scale), but both are marked .35oz on the outside, so we’ll have to take their word for it here.
The density of the wicking material looks almost identical at first glance:
It’s only after working with each piece that you’ll take note of the difference, and even then, there not easy to point out.
Cotton Bacon V2
V2 was a big improvement upon first version of cotton bacon. Although I was unable to get an old bag, I can distinctly remember the low density, stringy, fluffy V1. This version, on the other hand, is a workhorse for wicking and re-wicking. The flavor is great, and the absorption properties are right on par with the good stuff.
Cotton Bacon Prime
Prime seems strikingly similar to V2 when comparing them side-by-side on a table. And it’s miles better than the first version as well. It’s only when you grab a piece and start playing with it (code for re-wicking my RDA…) that you realize the minute differences. The flavor was right on par with V2, and the absorption properties were rather similar as well. There were only a few differences I found when comparing them together.
So What’s Different?
I did perform a small absorption test with both cotton versions, and found the prime to wick more efficiently and hold slightly more e-juice. Visually, both cottons are very similar — it’s only when you observe them under a good light that you notice the Prime has undergone a more extensive washing phase than the V2. The different washing method produces more of a true white blended cotton.
When comparing a set of wicked 3mm coil/s side by side, it hard to differentiate the two:
There were two things I observed when wicking with each version, though. Prime had a noticeably lighter tensile strength, whereas V2 was a bit more compact and slightly tougher to rip apart. This made wicking with Prime slightly easier overall.
As for the absorption properties, I did take note of the Cotton Bacon Prime holding a bit more e-juice for a ‘slightly’ longer period of time.
As for how long each version lasts when compared in a similar environment using the same power/temperature etc. I would have to side with the V2; its toughness (could be correlated to the decreased washing time…) seems to give it the upper hand in the longevity test.
If you’re looking for a good wicking material, you really can’t beat Cotton Bacon. As for which version to choose, I think you’d be safe with either one. Prime will look better on your deck and wick slightly more e-juice (this may be good for tanks actually…). V2 may not have the same level of Instagram worthiness for photos, but will last you a bit longer overall.
For the most part, the two versions are basically the same thing. You’ll be good to with either one.
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