Hello Russ

,
The following is a synopsis and overview about our wire production methods and standards, as well as a
few comments about Mr. Medlock, his test methodology, and general lack of knowledge on aspects of this topic,
relating to our company, our wire and the very basics of Titanium wire production, and global standards for test
and verification of these ratings.
First let’s talk about SSV Ti-Wire, and then we can get into Mr. Medlock and his test methodology and
inaccurate statements.
Let’s start at the top. Sweet Spot Vapors Ti-Wire is in fact a custom produced and sourced product,
which includes outside production (contracting and brokering) as well as in house production and packaging.
We do NOT claim to be a “custom mix” of Titanium, as Mr. Medlock states (never have I or my company
stated such a thing). Commercially Pure Titanium is NOT an alloy.
That being said, there are many hundreds of variations of CP Titanium (commercially pure). There are
wide degrees of application and industry that rely on modified, custom, variations of CP Titanium. This is what
grading systems and standards are all about.
Furthermore, there is no shortage of small run producers of variations of CP, for bio-medical application
and aerospace. I can call dozens of small batch houses and have their broker source billet stock and produce to
desired specs. There is a global marketplace of custom, short run titanium billet stock. So that assumption by
Mr. Medlock and yourself is completely false.

Selecting Stock:
So the beginning of our production chain starts with us selecting the billet stock, along with our broker
and production facility. Generally billet stock comes in large, round rod stock (larger than 2mm OD). We have
our broker submit a materials inquiry to various suppliers, for billet rod stock that meets our desired specifications. Again there are hundreds of suppliers, and variations of CP Titanium rod stock available on the global
market.
When we determine that the billet stock meets our requirements, we receive a sample (our broker
does) for testing and verification, that it conforms to the specifications and standards claimed by the billet supplier. Once we have confirmed (through our broker again), that our specifications and ratings are covered, we
negotiate a purchase for the fine wire drawing operation.

Reduction Drawing:
The next stage of production is to draw the wire, using a full slip drawing process (dry process). This is
generally accepted as the only/best method for reducing rod stock and larger diameter wire, to “fine wire”
(technical term). Generally “fine wire” is any round rod stock drawn to below 1mm (all of our wires).
We have custom drawing dies made, to our requested specs, when necessary. If the specific dies requested aren’t being made (or aren’t readily available) those dies are contracted, to a 3rd party tool maker (with

consultation from the technology department of our drawing contractor). Our contracted facility keeps those
dies on hand for us specifically, and they are not used in other wire drawing operations (they draw down billet
stock for many hundreds of customers around the globe…aerospace, biomed etc…). We maintain that standard,
to ensure the dies are always to spec, aren’t excessively worn and do not allow for cross contamination from
other wire stock.
Is this process and standard expensive? Yes it is. Does it cost “the collective value of the whole vape
industry” (as you and Mr. Medlock stated)? NO. It’s a couple thousand dollars for each set of dies, and our
drawing contractor can get a few hundred kilos from each set (varies, depending on size, shape , speed, total
reduction, lubricant used etc.), before they are out of spec.
Each test batch is also an investment, as short runs (below 5 kilos) are just as costly to setup the drawing
machines and dies for. We generally do two 1 kilo test batches of each size and shape (any variations) for testing of uniformity and performance. Those batches are never released for sale and are considered “alpha” and
“beta” batches, and reserved for internal and external testing and evaluation.

Annealing:
The next stage in the process is annealing. This is possibly the most critical stage of production, in a
“fine wire” as the axial distortions and surface oxidations (and embrittlement), induced during drawing, don’t
allow for an ideal product, nor one that would meet our application specifications (we determined our own
“ideal” specs, through an r&d process, of back and forth among various billet suppliers, drawing facilities etc.).
A lot of time/resource was spent optimizing our vacuum annealing process, with our drawing facility
(contractor) to best suit our requirements and application (Titanium wire, as a heating element). Also it is
unique to each diameter and composition…Ti-Wire (CP Titanium), Ti-X (ASTM F136 Titanium alloy) and more
wires coming soon. The annealing process is very critical, as it changes the yield strengths, and other mechanical properties (you will see this clearly on the data I include).
As a billet is reduced (drawing is a “dry reduction” process) there are massive loads/stresses placed on
the material surface and lattice (atomic structure). I can explain a full slip drawing process in great detail if you
like, in the future. The immense pressure generated at the dies (and slip/friction at the tensioner drums), results in large sums of pressure/heat/energy being transmitted to the Titanium substrate. Heat expands the lattice, and allows for impurities to penetrate into the wire surface, at least a few dozen microns of depth (hydrogen is soluble in Titanium, as the Titanium lattice contains “tetrahedral holes” permeable by molecular or atomic
hydrogen). Also the “dry lube” used is ground into the surface of the material (graphite is generally used, and is
the “black residue” you see on most wires).
So the metal is fundamentally changed through these stresses, and may no longer conform to the original mix-max allotments. This is especially true in Titanium, as the interstitial components are the ones that govern Titanium grading, oxidative properties, and mechanical properties (especially silicon lattice structure/distribution).

Our contractor employs a vacuum annealing process, at each reduction stage (this can be alpha, beta,
omega, full recrystallization etc…). The drawn billet (becoming “fine wire” at this point) must be taken to temperature, well above, the oxidation temps of Titanium (above 900 deg C). This must be done in a vacuum, to
ensure no further contamination/oxidation.
This process re-aligns the lattice structure of the Titanium (relieving axial distortion), and purges unwanted surface impurities (hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, balances are changed). You will see the dramatic results
of hydrogen reduction.
The longer you run the oven process, and the higher the temp, the deeper the recrystallization (think of
this as “atomic alignment”). Going over temperature/time can “overwork” the material, so this is a careful balance. Titanium is VERY susceptible to surface fracturing, if this isn’t done correctly. The hydrogen will expand
(remember it’s soluble and travels from the surface to the core, when the material is cold) under heat, and can
degas and cause pressure fracturing.
I am including a microscope photo (we can do onsite photo-microscopy/inspection) of our wire (SSV TiWire) vs. another competing brand (which obviously isn’t produced to our standards). They are both the same
claimed diameter of 0.4mm. Clearly ours is more uniform, better aligned (axially) and has a more even interstitial distribution.

Obviously, our superior wire, is the one on the top of the photo. You can clearly see the fracturing in “brand X”,
due to hydrogen embrittlement (and generally poor production standards). Our production process clearly
yields better uniformity and a reduction in hydrogen embrittlement (fracturing).

During hydrogen embrittlement, hydrogen is introduced to the surface of a metal and individual hydrogen atoms diffuse through the metal. Because the
solubility of hydrogen increases at higher temperatures, raising the temperature can increase the diffusion of hydrogen. When assisted by a concentration
gradient where there is significantly more hydrogen outside the metal than inside, hydrogen diffusion can occur even at lower temperatures. These individual
hydrogen atoms within the metal gradually recombine to form hydrogen molecules, creating pressure from within the metal. This pressure can increase to
levels where the metal has reduced ductility, toughness, and tensile strength, up to the point where it cracks open (hydrogen-induced cracking, or HIC).[2]
Though hydrogen atoms embrittle a variety of substances, including steel, aluminium(at high temperatures only[3]), and titanium,[4] hydrogen embrittlement
of high-strength steel is of the most importance. Austempered iron is also susceptible, though austempered steel (and possibly other austempered metals)
display increased resistance to hydrogen embrittlement.[5] Steel with an ultimate tensile strength of less than 1000 MPa (~145,000 psi) or hardness of less
than 30 HRC is not generally considered susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement. In tensile tests carried out on several structural metals under high-pressure
molecular hydrogen environment, it has been shown that austenitic stainless steels, aluminium (including alloys), copper (including alloys, e.g. beryllium
copper) are not susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement along with a few other metals.[6][7] As an example of severe hydrogen embrittlement, the elongation at
failure of 17-4PH precipitation hardened stainless steel was measured to drop from 17% to only 1.7% when smooth specimens were exposed to high-pressure hydrogen.
Hydrogen embrittlement can occur during various manufacturing operations or operational use - anywhere that the metal comes into contact with atomic or
molecular hydrogen. Processes that can lead to this include cathodic protection, phosphating, pickling, and electroplating. A special case is arc welding, in
which the hydrogen is released from moisture, such as in the coating of welding electrodes.[4][8] To minimize this, special low-hydrogen electrodes are used
for welding high-strength steels. Other mechanisms of introduction of hydrogen into metal are galvanic corrosion, as well as chemical reactions with acids or
other chemicals. One of these chemical reactions involves hydrogen sulfide in sulfide stress cracking (SSC), an important process for the oil and gas industries.[9]
Counteractions
Hydrogen embrittlement can be prevented through several methods, all of which are centered on minimizing contact between the metal and hydrogen, particularly during fabrication. Embrittling procedures such as acid pickling should be avoided, as should increased contact with elements such as sulfur and phosphate. The use of proper electroplating solution and procedures can also help to prevent hydrogen embrittlement.[10] Furthermore, metal substrates (generally
ferrous sulfide or other sulfides) can be applied to metal in order to prevent hydrogen embrittlement.[11][12]
If the metal has not yet started to crack, embrittlement can be reversed by removing the hydrogen source and causing the hydrogen within the metal to diffuse out through heat treatment.[13] This de-embrittlement process, known as "baking", is used to overcome the weaknesses of methods such as electroplating
which introduce hydrogen to the metal, but is not always entirely effective.[14]
In the case of welding, often pre- and post-heating the metal is applied to allow the hydrogen to diffuse out before it can cause any damage. This is specifically done with high-strength steels and low alloy steels such as the chrome/molybdenum/vanadium alloys. Due to the time needed to re-combine hydrogen
atoms into the hydrogen molecules, hydrogen cracking due to welding can occur over 24 hours after the welding operation is completed.

Here is another microscope photo of our wire, with a bright field filter, applied to show interstitial distribution. You can clearly see how uniform our wire is. Silicon distribution in Titanium, is a critical factor. Generally the more uniform the Si (interstitial) distribution is, the more uniform the electrical resistivity is.

Also in terms of outer diameter. When we claim our wire is 0.4mm OD, it is 0.4mm OD. The uniformity
and standard deviation is very small. Here are some precision micrometer photos, of our wire, being measured
against the other brand (pictured in the first comparison photo). The competing “brand X” claims to be “Gr.1
Surgical Grade 0.4mm Titanium wire”. You can clearly see our wire is far superior.

Pre-Cleaning (Aqueous Cleaning):
The next step is our in house cleaning process. A process which we developed initially on our own, and
have recently partnered with Crest Ultrasonics and 3M (two of the most reputable medical and “mission critical
process” companies on earth), to further enhance.
We clean all of our wire stock in an aqueous Ultrasonic/steam bath, using NSF certified, food safe, degreaser (as a first step) followed by a rinse in grade 2 (or better) distilled water.
We produce our own distilled water in house, using a Pentair (Everpure Kleen-Steam 2) pre-filtration
system, designed to remove all scale, minerals and other contaminants from industrial water supply. Filtration
of water at that point is 2 micron maximum.
The filtered and descaled water then moves into the boiler of our distillation unit, which further removes impurities and TDS (total dissolved solids) through convection distillation. That system feeds into a clean
(virgin polyethylene) storage container (200 gallon vertical column). At this point we have “grade 2 or better”
distilled water. This is easily an acceptable water supply for cleaning surgical equipment and other mission critical cleaning process. The pumping systems to deliver that water all use certified NSF, lead free fittings and rated
hose. The delivery/demand pump is 304 stainless housings, and is also rated to carry high grade water.
That water supplies a Steris Caviwave 20RWD-E medical instrument cleaning system. They are used in
hospitals around the globe, to clean surgical instruments, and are built and certified to bio-medical standards.
That unit first washes the wire in a heated ultrasonic bath of our high grade distilled water, and a commercial NSF rated (food safe) degreaser. The Ultrasonics are Crest ceramic transducers (best in the business)
and Crest/MW GTi-132-500 ultrasonic generators. These generators provide a total of 1500 watts of Ultrasonic
cavitation, at 132KHz and sweep the frequency to eliminate standing waves in the tank.
After a wash tank cycle, the wire is moved to a rinse tank, which employs the same high grade distilled
water we make in house, to rinse any reaming degreaser or particulates from the surface of the wire. High pressure sprayers rinse the wire, and then a boiler on the back tank flash boils some distilled supply, to create steam.
The steam is blown over the wire by cleaned (triple filtered) compressed air, through an upper manifold in the
tank.
After that rinse stage a large set of inboard heating coils come up to around 200 deg F, and a blower motor pushes air across them into the tank (tank remains sealed during this whole process). The air is forced up
through the wire, and out of convection ports in the top of the tank. The wire that comes out is completely free
of large foreign debris, and most of the oils and graphite remaining from the production process.

Vapor Degreasing (Engineered Fluid Cleaning):
In the next stage we employ a Crest F-100 ultrasonic vapor degreaser, and using 3M Novec 72DA engineered solvent (certified and rated, and I will include the MSDS and reporting for that). That is our final cleaning
stage, and is a closed loop process, that is certified to strip all remaining contamination (hydrocarbons and other
surface contaminants) down to sub-micron levels (the solvent is rated to pass up to 0.004 micron filtration,
through the weir system).

The vapor degreaser works on a principle of using a low volatilization temperature, engineered fluid (solvent, which is EPA rated and certified). This solvent boils in a boil sump, and forms a vapor blanket of highly volatilized solvent (it’s a fine “mist”).
Our pre-cleaned wire then passes through this vapor blanket, into a solvent bath (which is constantly
redistilled and filtered). This is called the immersion tank. An automated gantry oscillates the wire up and down
in this soaking process, to knock off contaminants and begin the process of breaking down complex hydrocarbons.
After the immersion cycle, the weir system turns off, and the immersed wire is hit with another 375
watts of Ultrasonic cavitation, at 132KHz. These implosions further strip surface hydrocarbons and other impurities.
After that stage the gantry moves the wire back into the vapor blanket zone, and the boiler goes into
max production. The wire sits in the vapor blanket, while the volatilized solvent wicks into the surface of the
wire.
The wire then moves into the “freeboard” area, where condensing coils (refrigerated to 0 deg C) condense the solvent remaining on the wire. This condensed solvent takes any remaining contamination back down
into the immersion sump (for filtration and then re-distillation) as it drips away from the wire. The wire sits in
this cold zone, until it is completely dry.
3M Novec 72DA is a Titanium rated solvent, guaranteed to leave zero residue. We worked directly with
3M to develop this process. This methodology is commonly applied to medical devices, or medical rated parts.
Such as hip implants, bone stitching wire (titanium) etc.
This is the final step in cleaning our wire, which then goes to microscope inspection.

Inspection, Packaging and QA:
We inspect for surface uniformity, impurities and other contamination, or things that might violate our
production standard (microscopy and “white glove” testing). We maintain a batch record of these process. All
clean wire is handled with gloved hands. We bag our wire and cotton in clean conditions. We also weigh each
spool of wire, to ensure the supplied quantity is what our customers are paying for. We do this using a Metler
Toledo XP series analytical balance. This weight check is also done to ensure uniformity in wire, as an “out of
range” weight would indicate a potential problem.
We use an automated strip sealer to seal each retail pack of wire, in an NSF rated (food safe) zipseal bag.
At this point we can also emboss a batch number into each unit, which we are standardizing now, in a way we
think will comply with potential regulations.
We refine this process endlessly, and are constantly improving upon it. I can prove without any doubt,
that we are providing something that is unique and proprietary, and most certainly no other wire manufacturer
is providing. How you could argue that point, after I have described our production process, is beyond me.

Here is a screenshot, from a recent report, that we did in conjunction with 3M labs, showing hydrocarbon testing on our wire. This was part of the development process of adding the vapor degreaser to our production process. I will gladly send you the full PDF report, but here is a screen of the FT-IR spectrograph, which
clearly shows massive reductions in hydrocarbon counts (especially around the range of graphite and graphite
oxides).
The first spectrogram shows our wire, as we receive it form our contracts/brokers. This wire is at our
metallurgical spec, but is clearly “dirty” and needs to be cleaned of oxides/contaminants. The second graph is of
our initial cleaning process (aqueous). The third graph is of the “dirty” wire cleaned by the vapor degreaser
(72DA solvent) alone. The fourth graph is a result of hydrocarbon reduction, from our entire cleaning process
(multiple stages of aqueous pre-cleaning, and solvent based vapor degreasing).

I will now show batch test results, form our own logs, which show the metallurgical properties of two
batches of our wire. I chose these two batches, because there was a slight tweak in annealing parameters/process, between these two batches. You can clearly see the impact the vacuum annealing process has, on the
standardized testing results. The data, is from our in house records, and includes the certified/reported metallurgical analysis results, from our contractors supplied data. We require each batch to include an accompanying
material analysis report, of a random sample, from the production batch being received.

Date

1-11-2016

Date

9-17-2015

Production Standard
Test Method

ASTM F67-13
ISO5832

Production Standard
Test Method

ASTM F67-13
ISO5832

Sample #

20160111

Sample #

20150412

Fe (iron)
C (carbon)
O (oxygen)
N (nitrogen)
H (hydrogen)
Trace Elements
Balance (Titanium)

0.060%
0.010%
0.060%
0.010%
0.001%
< 0.4%
99.369%

Fe (iron)
C (carbon)
O (oxygen)
N (nitrogen)
H (hydrogen)
Trace Elements
Balance (Titanium)

0.060%
0.006%
0.006%
0.015%
0.010%
< 0.4%
99.503%

Tensile Strength
Yield Strength
Elongation %
Reduction of area

295 Mpa
203 Mpa
25%
/

Tensile Strength
Yield Strength
Elongation %
Reduction of area

295 Mpa
265 Mpa
25%
/

Here is a variety of data, about the mix-max allotments for “Standard Gr.1 CP Titanium”. You can clearly
see ours is different. We beat maximums by orders of magnitude, especially hydrogen content.
You can see that I am quoting another excerpt, from an industry standards guide to Commercial Titanium. Pay attention to the section about hydrogen embrittlement, and note how low our hydrogen (interstitial)
content is.
Also you can clearly see how changes in the annealing process (between our two batch reports) change
hydrogen levels, and yield strength. These things make very substantial differences in the performance of a titanium wire, especially one being used as a heating element.
Things like thermal uniformity, thermal expansion, elongation, resistive uniformity etc., all play very important roles in how a coil performs. Also you will note that our titanium is a higher resistance per foot, than
most other titanium wires (this is a clear sign of fundamental differences). This further proves our unique Titanium product validity, as being our own proprietary design and standard.
Although we conform to ASTM F67 standards, we beat them in most cases. As you can see we have a
tensile strength that is in the range of a “Gr.1-Gr.2” Titanium (295…which is far beyond the minimum for Gr.1

and approaching the minimum for Gr.2) and we have yield strength more in line with a high scale “Gr.1” (265, in
batch one, and 203 after the annealing changes). Interstitial components and elemental composition, FAR below Gr.1 maximums. I think this clearly shows that we aren’t using “off the shelf billet stock”. We are using a
hand selected raw material, that we feel fits our needs and application, and we further process it to meet that
desired result.
Again we hire a broker to source this raw billet (rod) stock for us, to be sent to our contracted drawing
facility. No one is claiming any “magic” here.

Here you can clearly see just a few variations in “Gr.1” standards, and that is simply a short list of USA
standards. The global standards, and variations in CP Titanium are vast, and each unique production standard
yields a unique set of properties. Most of which are related to the way Titanium behaves when it heats up
(thermo-mechanical properties).

Here you can see hydrogen maximums in “Gr.2” CP Titanium. As we have clearly stated, numerous
times (when asked), our wire is essentially “in between a Gr.1/Gr.2”. We have some properties of purity well
below Gr.1 maximums, and we have some mechanical/electrical properties, approaching a “Gr.2”. The evidence
is overwhelming.

Now on to Mr. Medlock, and his assertions and “pseudo-science”. The most inaccurate, being that a
handheld XRF (EDXRF) can test “every element on the periodic table”.
You simply can’t test Titanium interstitials, with a handheld XRF (or other materials, in the way Mr. Medlock claims is a totality of the material properties), as Atomic numbers (z) below 18 are severely attenuated, and
do not return results that are reliable.
Hydrogen is Z=1. You can clearly see that hydrogen plays a MAJOR role in materials integrity. This is
undeniable, as is the inability of Mr. Medlock and his “borrowed it from my boss” EDXRF. He very clearly
doesn’t even know the limitations of the device.
I will include a screenshot from Thermo-Scientifics own reference guide to XRF Spectroscopy, which Mr.
Medlock cited as a maker of said devices (I could go into some detail about XRF devices if you like, as there are
certainly many types).

So how can Mr. Medlock test commercially pure Titanium (or any other relevant materials), with X-Ray
fluorescence, when his meter can’t reliably detect Z<18? Not to mention his poor test methodology, in free air,
with wholly unprepared samples. You can clearly see these guidelines right in the manufacturer guide, of the
brand he cited (which he keeps calling a “PMi gun”...it’s called an EDXRF).
So obviously Mr. Medlock doesn’t know how to test CP Titanium, or how the properties in standard reporting, are relevant to a materials performance. You won’t be getting accurate hydrogen readings with an
EDXRF, and I have already proven those are critical in determining the performance of CP Titanium.
EDXRF are simple “spot checking” tools for testing things like welds, for mass (metal/non-interstitials)
contamination. They are not research tools, and are nothing more than simple (and somewhat limited) field
testing devices. There are certainly more accurate, research grade, XRF tools, but they are still very limited in
testing interstitials, and lower atomic mass.
Also how can he not know that minute percentage changes in a pure metal, or alloy (interstitial and noninterstitial components) can dramatically change its performance properties. The statement you made, and he
agreed on about “2% variation is just batch to batch” is totally false. A 2% variance in some metals and alloys is
enough to completely change their classification and grading.
As you can clearly see in the information I included above. Our wire falls into a category, where 30-40
parts per million (ppm) hydrogen content can make a difference in surface uniformity and structural integrity.
The tests prove it, in our own data, as well as globally recognized evidence.

The simple change in annealing parameters, had a dramatic effect on hydrogen content, which had a
documentable effect on yield strength. It isn’t an issue of “better” or “worse” overall….it’s more about how specific properties better adapt to a specific application. Our continued development, of our titanium makes it
more and more ideal for our application (as a heating element for the “vape market”).
You most certainly can’t go to a “welding supply website” and buy anything like our wire, as Mr. Medlock claims. It is produced for us, by contract, to our specifications. In addition, look at our in-house cleaning
process. Which clearly shows MASSIVE reductions of surface contaminants, including (but certainly not limited
to) carbon, carbon oxides and hydrogen.
Simply wiping “dirty welding wire” with a “cotton swab and alcohol” isn’t going to do much but smear
oils/hydrocarbons across the surface. You might have very small reductions, but nothing even remotely close to
what our testing shows (reduction of surface contamination).
You would have to buy many kilos of wire to even start developing something like we have, and foot a
few hundred thousand dollars in equipment, research etc. Not to mention if you had those large bulk spools,
you would still have to cut them down and package them, and run a customer service and support program, order fulfillment etc. We even provide custom dna200 temperature control curves for our wire (since it’s unique).
Which guarantee fundamentally better temperature accuracy in the dna200 system. I don’t see anyone else
doing that. Also ask ANYONE who uses our products about our customer support and service. It is simply unparalleled. I answer every single request and question from my customers, personally, and usually in great detail. Again ask any one of our customers about our support and you will see.
Mr. Medlock is using half-truths, to go on a witch hunt (remember the “diacetyl scare”….same deal). I
think he has good intentions, but isn’t qualified (he basically holds a technicians certificate, not a material sciences PhD) to make the false claims he is making.
Is some “boutique wire” literally off the shelf welding wire? I don’t know, that’s not my business, nor
my product to worry about. Our Titanium wire is most certainly not an off the shelf product, “anyone can buy
for pennies on the dollar, online”.
Furthermore, Mr. Medlock is making legally defamatory claims against manufacturers, and using borrowed equipment from a company he works for, to do so. I highly doubt his boss approved of his using company resources, to openly defame another company.
I am not standing up for any other brands he mentioned, but I am standing up for mine. The evidence is
obvious and in our favor. I would be happy to do a video “guided” tour of our facility and show you how we process our wire, and just what kind of expense goes into it.
People in this industry (vape marketplace) don’t seem to realize what labor, and research and development cost. Plus the cost of respooling equipment, packaging etc. etc. I think we go above and beyond in proving that we have substance in our pricing, and a superior product.
If anything, I and my company are the best kind of advocates this industry can have. We are producing a
product, in a responsible way, with data and proof, of a set of standards. That is exactly what is going to be necessary to survive pending regulations.
We produce our e-liquids in the same compulsive ways, and have been for going on 5 years now, well
before any standards were even a glimmer of thought in this industry. So for someone to make defamatory

claims, like I am “a liar” or my company is selling “hype” for massive net gains, is frankly insulting…especially
considering the research and work we put into our products.
Mr. Medlock already claims to have “no industry ties”. So how could he possibly have an idea of what
net margins are in our product? He doesn’t work for us, he doesn’t see the labor involved, the overhead, the
research and development, and commitment to transparency. At the same time he semi-endorsed “his buddies
wire brand”. With less conclusive testing than we do.
He slams us, because I pointed out his flawed ideas and methods, on a public Facebook group. The second I questioned his knowledge, he immediately began cursing, throwing accusations (and personal attacks)
around and threatening to “shut my business down”. He even implied “I am going on the radio in a couple
weeks” and “yer goin down”.
That isn’t the confidence of a scientist with tenable data. Those are the set of actions of an ego driven
cause. Which probably has some self-assigned merit, as “righteous and moral”.
A real objective observer focuses on method of data acquisition and thoroughness in reporting, especially when making defamatory accusations. My evidence, isn’t a few cell phone pictures, of “the meter thingy I
borrowed from my boss” (which he clearly doesn’t understand the limitations of).
I have real tenable data, from accredited sources, of industry standard testing, for my product (Mr.
Medlock isn’t doing ISO5832 standardized testing with his little EDXRF). Also I am citing real sources of data and
example.
Mr. Medlock is rambling “off the cuff” and not even backing his statements. He is leading YOU to make
similar statements. The interview was more of a mob induced mentality (you started out skeptical and objective, and by the end ONE persons opinion had you say live on air, “all boutique wire is snake oil, and BS, and you
are being ripped off”). Typically when you make such defamatory claims, or support them, you tell both sides,
and both sides present evidence. The side with the soundest evidence is generally the one that is correct.
I don’t see how my evidence, of our production standards, can be denied. Like I said, if you thought Mr.
Medlock was using an “expensive gadget”, then let me send you that video tour of what we do (if what a piece
of equipment costs impresses you/your listeners).
Mr. Medlock, in fact, provided NO evidence against us, to make his claims. No testing results, no
demonstrated knowledge. Just an accusation, and a half-baked concept of how the global Titanium marketplace
works.
In summary, I think Mr. Medlock owes me and my company a public apology. I am happy to debate him,
at any time. I doubt he will be receptive to this, as he knows he is on shaky ground to begin with. If he does
choose to debate this, I will simply NOT tolerate his childish, overly-passionate behavior. The second he starts
with the personal attacks, he has lost all credibility with me.
They are obviously his method, of covering up his half-baked science. I also noted that he did not even
know my name, and attempted to pronounce it with a certain aire of “some foreigner name”. My name is not
“mousa something”. I am a United States citizen (born and raised here), and don’t appreciate his condescending
tone.

I look forward to your response and clearing up some of these fraudulent/inaccurate statements by Mr.
Medlock, as well as spreading some real (tenable) knowledge to your listeners. Just because one brand of “vape
wire” might be “off the shelf welding wire”, doesn’t mean every brand is (certainly not mine).
I look forward to further educating the “vaping public” about this, and I appreciate you time and consideration in this matter.

Sincerely,
Ari Mouratides
Owner/Lead Developer
Sweet Spot Vapors
Ari@sweetspotvapors.com

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