JOYETECH ESPION KIT REVIEW

FIRST IMPRESSION OUT OF THE BOX:

When it comes to the Espion kit by Joyetech, we have some of their typical packaging here. Open the box and in a foam insert, you will find the mod sitting on top. Pull out the foam insert and underneath all of the paperwork, there will be a separate white Joyetech box with a spare coil as well as a spare parts bag. Next to that white box, there is a nicely sized USB cable.

I have to admit that when I first saw this mod, I thought that it had an extremely generic look to it. I noticed that Joyetech was marketing it as a businessman sort of mod. Once I looked at it in that context, I can understand where they were going with that type of marketing. It does look like something that a guy in a suit would carry. I should know, for 25 years, I was one of those guys in a suit. It’s a good looking mod and it has a very subtle, understated, no nonsense look to it. Let’s load this thing up with some batteries, put some juice in the tank, and see how it actually performs.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX:

  • 1 x Espion Box Mod
  • 1 x ProCore X Atomizer – 2ml
  • 1 x ProC1 0.4ohm DL Head
  • 1 x ProC1-S 0.25ohm MTL Head
  • 1 x Extended Vent Pipe
  • 1 x Spare Glass Tube (4.5ml)
  • 1 x QC USB Cable
  • 1 x Spare Parts

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Joyetech Espion Kit Review

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:

THE MOD:

The Espion is square in shape with rounded corners. It has a centered 510 that is spring loaded and gold plated. There is no real top plate to the 510 but it does have a bit of a recession going around the 510 itself. There are also four cutouts along the raised portion of the recession that provide some air flow to the bottom of your atomizer. The 510 has a really springy, long throw to it. The Espion mod will hold a 25mm atomizer with no overhang. You can also run a 28 mm atomizer on it but there will be some very slight overhang on the front and the back of the mod. It doesn’t look bad with 28’s but it definitely looks better with 25’s.

Joyetech Espion Kit Review

With the mod facing you, on the left side of the mod is where the fire button is located. The fire button has some Joyetech branding on it and it is rectangular in shape. The edges of it kind of wrap around the corners of the mod and the corners of the fire button are rounded off. The button is stainless steel and it does look good against a black mod. It is a clicky and tactile fire button with a really fast response time. Overall, it’s a very comfortable fire button that is easy to find and use. It is very comfortable firing this button with your thumb or finger.

Joyetech Espion Kit Review

The whole mod is made out of metal and it has some sort of straight grooves that go around the whole surface of the mod. The grooves definitely give it a nice texture and a sleek look. There is really no other branding on the mod except for the fire button and the backplate, where there is some Espion branding but it is done in black lettering on a black mod, so it is very subtle. I thought the name of the kit was a little weird, so I did Google it. I found out that the word Espion is actually French for spy.

Joyetech Espion Kit Review

The battery door is located on the bottom of the mod and it is the push-down, push-out sort of door. There is some texture on the back of the battery door that allows you to get a grip when you are opening it. The door is attached with a hinge system and it is very solid. When you close it, it does give you a satisfying click to let you know that it is shut. On the inside of the battery door, there are positive and negative battery indicator markings as well as A and B markings. On the inside of the battery door, there are two button style, gold-plated, battery contacts. The battery tubes are made out of plastic and on the interior, you will see a plus and minus button done in red and blue. The contacts on the bottom of the tube are spring loaded and gold plated. So far, every battery that I have put into this mod has fit in there nice and snug with no movement at all. There’s also no battery or door rattle.

Joyetech Espion Kit Review

Front and center on the Joyetech Espion, we have a 1.45-inch TFT color display with the screen lay out in a vertical arrangement. The Espion screen is very bright and you will be able to view it in all lighting conditions, including direct sunlight. On the screen, you will be able to see the time of day, a dual-battery meter, mode, wattage, temperature, volts, resistance, and a puff counter. The background of the screen has the ability to change color. There are four background color choices that include black, gray, green, blue, and brown. I love the fact that you can see the time on the main screen. Every mod should have this feature.

Joyetech Espion Kit Review

Located below the screen is the select button and the up & down buttons. The select button is square in shape and it is kind of small for a mod of this size. The select button enables you to select menu choices but on the main screen, it doubles as a stealth button. On the main screen, all you do is hit the select button to shut the screen off, and then you hit the select button to turn the screen on again, if you wish. The up and down button is one solid button with each side being very responsive. The button is rectangular in shape and the same width as the select button. The mod does scroll in .1 ohm increments but once it gets going, it does scroll rather fast. All the interface buttons are very tactile with a nice click to them. Below the buttons, there is a USB charge update port. This mod is firmware upgradeable and it does charge at 2 amps.

Joyetech Espion Kit Review

THE TANK:

The Espion comes with a Pro Core X tank and two coils. The X tank is a Pro Core tank and I have used a lot of Pro Core tanks in the past. The top fill actually reminds me a lot of the sense Blazer top cap. It has what I call a toilet seat type of top cap, because when you flip it open, it looks like an open toilet seat. The X has two juice fill ports on either side and a gasket around them. The juice fill ports look like two little curved slots and they will accommodate most juice bottles on the market today.

Joyetech Espion Kit Review

The drip tip on the Pro Core X has a metal interior but the exterior is made of Delrin. Unfortunately, as with most Pro Core tanks, you cannot use your own drip tip on this tank. I would really like to see Joyetech correct that and find a way to make a Pro Core tank with a removable drip tip. In order to open the tank, you have to locate the drop symbol and push forward. Once you push forward, the top cap will flip open and reveal the juice fill ports.

Joyetech Espion Kit Review

The Pro Core tank does use Pyrex glass and it has a 4.5 ml capacity. It has a conically designed chimney that screws right into the top of your coil. The bottom of your coil screws into the base and all of this holds the glass in place via the tension created when screwing both ends of the coil into the tank. There is a thick o’ring at the base that will definitely guard against leaks. I have vaped this tank a lot and it does not leak. On the base, we have dual adjustable airflow so whatever you adjust on one side will happen on the other side as well. The action on the AFC is smooth but there are no click positions on it. It does have stoppers on both ends. Threading on the 510 pin is smooth and the 510 pin itself looks to be made out of stainless steel. Overall, it’s a decently machined tank that vapes pretty well.

Joyetech Espion Kit Review

The kit also comes with a 2 ml glass to make it TPD compliant. I have to be totally honest, I have never used that glass and I really have no need to use it in the future. Whenever I get a kit like this, I automatically install the chimney extension and put the larger glass on. I know that companies have to make things that are TPD compliant for our European brethren but I wish they wouldn’t include us when they make up these kits. I would love to see them make a kit for the Europeans and then one for the rest of the world.

THE COILS:

Joyetech Espion Kit Review

Included in your Espion kit from Joyetech, you will get two coils. One is the Pro C1 .4 ohm atomizer head and the other is the Pro C1S .25 ohm atomizer head. One is for direct lung vaping and the other is for MTL vaping. I really would not call the C1S coil a true MTL coil, it is more of a lower wattage flavor coil. I will go over both of them in detail now.

Joyetech Espion Kit Review

The first coil I used was the .4 ohm coil. It has a rating of 40 to 80 watts and a best recommended wattage of 55 to 65 watts. That best rating is actually pretty accurate because I really do enjoy running this coil right in the middle at around 60 watts. I get very good flavor from the coil and the cloud production is excellent as well. I normally like to vape right around 80 watts, so this is just a little bit below what I usually enjoy. It is actually a very good coil and you do get excellent flavor and very good cloud production. It will keep up at 80 watts and still maintain good flavor. It’s just a little bit more flavorful at around 60 watts as opposed to 80 watts.

Joyetech Espion Kit Review

The second coil I tried was the .25 ohm coil. Joyetech has it rated from 25 to 55 watts with a best range of 30 to 40 watts. I did enjoy running this coil on the lower end of the spectrum. I did find that when I pushed this coil past 40 watts, it had a hard time keeping up. The juice would taste slightly burnt above 40 watts and it just was not pleasant in that range. For me, 30 watts is the sweet spot where I did get a very nice, flavorful yet cool vape. Really, not my type of vape but I know there are people out there that enjoy vaping like this. For those that like to be under the 40 watt range, this is a pretty good coil but I would not recommend pushing it past 30 watts.

THE LOOK, FEEL, AND GENERAL AESTHETICS OF THE MOD:

Joyetech Espion Kit Review

I have to admit, for a 2 battery mod, the Espion has a pretty small form factor, even by today’s standards. When I first received this mod, the look of it was very bland to me but I have to be totally honest and admit that the look of it has really grown on me. For some reason, the more I look at this mod, the more I like the aesthetics of it. The Espion has a comfortable form factor to it and it does feel really good in the hand. It is also very pocketable, especially for a dual 18650 mod. I do like the no-nonsense look of it and it does have a business-like appeal, as far as the looks go. Joyetech has been kind of absent from the dual 18650 market and this is a good looking mod that they have put forth, to compete in a very competitive sub category. If you like that very understated type of look, then you are definitely going to love the Espion.

Joyetech Espion Kit Review

THE BOARD:

This is a new proprietary board for Joyetech. I review most of their products and I have never seen this one before. It has a different menu system and a totally different screen to it than anything that I reviewed in the past. The Espion actually has a 4-button interface, which is definitely new for Joyetech. While it is nice to see a fourth button on this mod, I do think the Joyetech could have done a better job of making more use of it. All they really did was add a select button. You still have to click the fire button 3 times in order to get into the main menu. I would have rather have seen them use this as a menu button as opposed to a select button that they decided to go with.

Joyetech Espion Kit Review

The Espion does have a full temperature control suite that has the ability to TC and Ni, Ti, and SS. It also has a TCR function with three memory slots for your custom wires as well as a preheat function. In TC mode, the mod is capable of firing as low as .05 ohms and in power mode, it will fire as low as .1 ohm. It has a temperature range of 200 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit.

THE MENU SYSTEM:

This is a brand new menu system for Joyetech but it is definitely easy to learn.

  • Click the fire button 5 times to turn the mod on and off.
  • With the screen on, click the fire button 3 times to enter the main menu screen.
  • Once in the main menu screen, use the up and down button to scroll through your choices and use the select button to select your choices.
  • To change your wattage in TC mode, you have to go into the set sub menu and change your wattage there.

Joyetech Espion Kit Review

My only real complaint about the menu system is that you kind of have to jump through hoops in order to change your wattage in TC mode. I’m sure that can easily be fixed with a firmware update. There should be some sort of shortcut when you are in TC mode that enables you to change your wattage in a much easier manner.

HOW DOES IT VAPE?

I have enjoyed my time with the Espion kit. The one thing you notice right away, when you start using this mod, is that it fires right away. There is virtually no lag time from when you hit the button and the vapor starts coming out of your atomizer. This thing fires really quick. As far as the accuracy goes, I doubt it does the full 200 watts. I’m sure it’s coming close enough at around 175 or 180 watts but it’s definitely not doing the full 200 watts. I did vape it next to my 3 battery DNA and that’s exactly what it felt like, around 175 watts.

As far as the TC goes, Joyetech just continues to frustrate me with their janky TC. The thing that’s so frustrating about it is that sometimes the TC works and sometimes, it doesn’t. This has been an issue with more than one Joyetech mod. This mod seems to do better with a single coil in TC mode. When it works in that mode, with a single coil, the TC is actually really good. For some reason unbeknownst to me, I run into trouble when I run a dual coil tank on this mod in TC mode. No matter what tank I put on, if it has dual coils in it, I am constantly getting kicked out of TC. I just don’t understand that and I don’t know why Joyetech can’t make it a priority to nail down their TC. The shame of it is, when it does work, the TC is actually really good.

WHAT WOULD MAKE IT BETTER:

  • Enough Already! Fix The TC!
  • Replaceable DT

I don’t know any other way to explain this. It’s getting to the point of ridiculousness already. I can’t understand why Joyetech does not make a concerted effort to fix their TC. People want TC, people like TC, if you are not going to do it properly, then why even offer it on your mods. Just make it a power mode only mod and let’s just stop this ridiculous dance already.

When you think about it, it’s really kind of ridiculous that this tank does not have a replaceable drip tip. Nobody wants a drip tip that they can’t replace. What if it’s just not comfortable to me? What am I supposed to do? Just live with it? Even though it is a comfortable drip tip, I want the ability to be able to replace it.

CONCLUSION:

This is a very generic, no-nonsense looking kit. I could actually see how it would appeal to a business person and why Joyetech is marketing it that way. It’s a good looking, business-like mod with clean lines and a good performing tank. I like the screen, I like the fire button, and I like the way it vapes in power mode. The TC unfortunately is a total fail. Joyetech really has to get their act together and start nailing their TC down. If you guys are reading this, please take these comments to heart and do something about the TC because it’s been an ongoing problem for a long time now. Other than that, if you’re not a TC vaper, then you’ll probably enjoy this kit a lot. It has a great form factor and it is definitely on the small side as far as dual 18650 mods go.

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Ecological plastic: ECO 90W kit from Vapor Storm

Vapor Storm has released the ECO 90W kit. It consists of a 90-watt lightweight plastic mod and an unattended tank of 2 milliliters.

On June 6, Vapor Storm presented the ECO 90W Kit on its website. BoxMod performed in three bright patterns, as well as in black and blue colors. Ergonomic body with rounded edges made of light ABS plastic. The front side decided not to overload the display and control keys. Only the fire button and USB port were placed on it. The removable back panel supplemented the ventilation slots and hid the battery compartment under it.

The device is not burdened with any adjustment and is capable of delivering up to 90 watts of power. Power is provided by one 18650 battery. You can charge it via USB-port with a current of up to 0.75A. Time of continuous soaring can reach 10 seconds.

The complete tank has a traditional design, works with replaceable evaporators with a resistance of 0.3 Ohm and holds up to 2 milliliters of liquid. Filling – top, the stopper is fixed on the thread. A ring is provided for adjusting the torque.

The package includes two evaporators, a spare flask, an additional drip tip, a USB cable and instructions.

Main characteristics:

  • Size – 128.4 by 40 by 25 mm
  • Fashion weight – 88 grams
  • Meals – 1×18650
  • Maximum power – 90 watts
  • Charging current to 0.75A
  • Tank diameter – 22 mm
  • Tank capacity – 2 ml

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Wismec Active Kit | Review

Design7.5
Wismec Active Kit

The Active mod and Armor NS Plus tank is certainly an interesting and innovative kit from Wismec.

A vape device that can also act as a Bluetooth speaker, with both shock and water resistant capabilities.

The Active sports a complete chunky rubber sleeve that runs across the entire edges of the device. Then on either side are two metal housings for the speakers. The metal has a powder coat paint finish to it, which further adds to the whole rugged feel of the device.

The fire button and +/- buttons are on the front of the device and are rubber pressing through onto plastic underneath. The micro USB charge port is located just beneath these and has a rubber plug which slots into the port to cover and keep it water resistant.

The screen, also located on the front side of the device is a perfect size and nice and bright. It’s quite a basic display but does show all the necessary info from wattage, ohms to battery life.

At the top of the Wismec Active is the 510 connector which is offset towards the front side. It has a stainless steel surround and a gold-plated, spring-loaded positive pin.

On the top backside of the device, there’s a plastic hook which protrudes from the mod. This is to be used with the included carabiner clip so you can attach the device to a strap or belt loop.

Wismec Active Kit

Style

While I’m a little disappointed at how large and cumbersome the Active Kit is, I don’t actually mind the styling of it.

It’s perfectly in keeping with the audience it’s aimed for. The rugged rubber bumpers give you a sense of stability, and it’s still comfortable to hold. The buttons are still fine to press, although a little mushy, but that’s to be expected.

The grated panels for the speakers also suit the device, and all of the available colors look good. The mod comes in 3 different color options which are Solid Black, Black and Silver, and Black and Orange.

However, you also have the option to add a rubber outer protective sleeve which comes in the following colors; Blue Camo, Orange Camo, and Green Camo. All add a nice finishing touch. Personally, I prefer the black standard outer rubber.

Wismec Active Kit

Build Quality

Everything about the Wismec Active Kit is sturdy and rugged, from the 510 connection to the acrylic chamber of the Armor NS Pus tank.

I have no issues with any of the individual components of the mod or tank and think it has very good build quality for the style of device that it is.

However the same can’t be said for the build quality of the board inside, and it’s firing ability which I’ll discuss later.

Wismec Active Kit

Innovation

It certainly is innovative to have Bluetooth speaker incorporated into a vaping device.

While I’m not sure it’s ultimately something vapers have been screaming out for, I commend Wismec for trying something new.

Wismec Active Kit

Portability

For an Active kit with only a 2100mAh battery, the Wismec Active is not exactly portable and pocket-friendly.

The mod measures in at 94.5 x 55.6 x 26.6mm without the tank and weighs 166g.

Wismec goes someway to negate the portability issue with including a carabiner clip that attached to the plastic hook on the device. Personally, I don’t think I’d be comfortable hanging the Active Kit from my built loop, but then I’m not the target market.

Features8.0
Wismec Active Kit

The Active Mod has a range of 5-80w and a 2100mAh internal battery.

It has all the standard features expected and can work in VW, Bypass, TC-Ni, TC-Ti, TC-SS, and TCR modes.

Clicking the fire button three times enables you to scroll through each setting.

Wismec Active Kit

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Bluetooth Speaker

The Wismec Active has designated Bluetooth controls on the back side of the mod, much like the other buttons these are mushy rubber buttons but are clearly labeled.

There’s a play/pause, volume +/-, skip track and power button.

To enter Bluetooth mode, you need to hold down the power button, and it will chime and say ‘Bluetooth Mode.’

Once you’ve paired with your device, which is a relatively simple process the controls can be used, but don’t expect them to work flawlessly with every device and application. I had a few issues trying to pause and resume music playing from Spotify on my Android device.

How does it sound?

Actually a lot better than I expected. Now I’m no audiophile, but I have used plenty of Bluetooth speakers in the past, and while I think the clarity is a little lacking compared to well-known brands, it’s perfectly acceptable.

The speaker does actually get incredibly loud, which is good and doesn’t distort too much at it’s loudest setting.

To be honest, I think it’s a better Bluetooth speaker than it is a vaping device, and that’s solely what I use mine for now…which is a real shame.

Tank7.0
Wismec Active Kit

The Armor NS Plus tank comes in either a 4.5ml or 2ml (TPD compliant) setup.

Instead of having a glass tube Wismec have gone with Acrylic to help protect against drops. The acrylic seems thick and strong, and I’ve not had any issues using very citrus juices.

The tank has an easy to use slide top fill system. There’s a small indicating arrow on the top of the tank, and it’s easy to slide open and close, with a large fill port.

The AFC control of the tank has chunky knurling making it easy to adjust, and it rotates smoothly with a stopper at each end. There are three air holes on either side of the tank; two are cyclops style holes and the other a small circular hole for MTL.

This is where the Amor Plus tank differs from a lot included with these style of devices, as it truly has designated airflow and coils for either direct to lung or mouth to lung style vaping.

The tank comes with both 0.2Ohm (DTL) and 1.3Ohm (MTL) coils.

Wismec Active Kit

Coils

WS01 Triple 0.2Ohm Coil (40-80w)
This is the direct-lung coil which I found works well at around 50W, but it will depend on the type of juice you are using.

Both vapor and flavor production is good with these coils, definitely acceptable for an included tank. However, I did notice the coil performance dropping off after a weeks use.

WS04 MTL 1.3Ohm Coil (8-14w)
This is the mouth-to-lung coil, which seemed to work well between 10 and 12W. It’s best to use less viscose juices with this type of coil, so I kept it at 50/50.

I had no issues with the wicking, again the flavor and vapor production were ok, but nothing too special. I do however feel these coils are far better suited to the tank and device, due to the low capacity and small 2100mAh battery.

Performance2.0
Wismec Active Kit

Not good.

It’s a standard Wismec board which should be more than fine for this type of mod. It doesn’t require any fancy bells and whistles; it just needs to work.

Unfortunately, Wismec hasn’t even managed to get that right with this device.

Basically, the device doesn’t fire everytime you hit the fire button. Sometimes it works fine, others it stops halfway through the vape leaving you with a frustrating choppy experience.

At first, I thought maybe it was the fire button needing to held hard to activate, but it’s not. Even pressing the ‘reset’ button didn’t correct any firing issues.

It may just be something with the early releases, or the device we have and maybe can be rectified with a firmware update. I really hope so because in its current state it’s barely usable without you getting frustrated and throwing it against a wall….but hey at least it’s shock resistant and won’t break when you do.

It must be noted that the tank and coil performance is fine and I’ve tested it on other devices and had no any complaints there. It’s not the best tank in the world, but fine for this device and good to have the options of a high and low ohm coil.

Wismec Active Kit

Battery Life

If you were solely going to use this a vaping device and with the MTL style coil, then battery life is fine.

However, if you plan on using it as both a Bluetooth speaker and vaping device, there is no way the battery will see you through a full day.

If you go with the low ohm coil at high wattage, then forget about using the Bluetooth functionality alongside it, as the 2100mAh battery will barely see you through a few hours.

It’s not good for such a large device to have such a small and insufficient battery.

Likes

  • Shockproof design
  • Water Resistant
  • Easy to use
  • Changeable rubber covers
  • Decent Bluetooth speaker

Dislikes

  • Constant no-firing
  • Poor battery life
  • Large
  • Expensive

Verdict

Wismec Active Kit

I have to take a step back and commend Wismec for trying something innovative for a vaping device.

While I’m not the perfect demographic for this type of device, I’m sure there are a few users out there that would like the ability to pump out tunes from their mod.

Still, I can’t help but think you are just better off purchasing a small budget Bluetooth speaker and a far better device for the same price.

The Wismec Active is aimed at those that are well…’Active’ with it’s waterproof and rugged shockproof design being good positives.

However, when it comes to its vaping abilities, it really is disappointing.

The constant non-firing has left me in a position where I really can not recommend this device, even if you are the type of vaper it’s aimed at.

But keep your eyes out on forums, maybe these issues will be rectified in future releases – we will update this review if that’s the case.

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Advken Manta RTA | Review

Advken Manta RTA

Advken Manta RTA

The Advken Manta RTA is the latest atomizer from one of the lesser known Shenzen based companies.

Highlights

  • Dual Coil Design
  • Velocity Style Deck with Staggered Posts
  • 2 Glass Tank Options
  • Excellent Flavor Production
1Intro
Advken Manta RTA

Advken may not be a name that all vapers are familiar with, but they have made quite a few devices and tanks ranging from the AYANA 60w and Qiangba 200W box mods to the Ziggs 24 RDA.

I’ve personally used and sung the praises of their Mad Hatter RDA to the rest of the team in the past, so I’m looking forward to seeing how good the Manta RTA is.

2Specs & Features
Advken Manta RTA

Main Specs/Features

  • 24mm RTA
  • Dual Coil Design with Staggered Posts
  • Top Refill System with big refill holes
  • 810 Ultem drip tip
  • Gold Plated Positive and Negative Posts
  • 3 Adjustable Air Flow Holes in the deck, and 1 Hole in the Positive Post
  • 5ml for Normal Glass Tube and 5ml for Chubby Glass Tube

In The Box

  • Manta RTA
  • Spare glass (bubble shaped)
  • Coil/Driver tool
  • Spare parts bag
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Vape and share card
3Design & Build Quality
Advken Manta RTA

The Manta RTA from Advken is a stainless steel, and both the black and silver versions have quite a glossy finish to them. It is compatible with most 810 drip-tips, and overall the build and design quality is excellent.

The tank also comes with two Pyrex tank options; the usual straight tube which will hold 3.5ml of liquid, and then a bubble tank allowing up to 5ml of e-liquid.

The top cap of the Manta features a cutout style pattern that helps with the grip when removing for refilling it. The airflow is fully adjustable, and all threads of the tank are smooth and easy to use.

The Ultem 810 drip tip sports a branded band, which look great and actually makes the drip tip appear smaller than it actually is. In my use, it seemed to fit nice and tight into the drip tip hole – no excess wiggling.

I am really impressed with the overall look and feel of this RTA; it has a sleek, compact look about it especially with the 3.5ml tank, the larger bubble glass does make it look a little awkward in my opinion.

4Build Deck
Advken Manta RTA

The Manta’s build deck is made of gold plated stainless steel and features a staggered two post design. On the positive post, there is an internal airflow hole that sits on a peek insulator.

The base has a fully adjustable bottom airflow ring, with 3 large air holes on either side. The internal airflow is managed by 2 holes on either side of the base of build deck, where you coils will sit above.

To round it off you have the 4 corner sections to allow the placing of your wicks and juice intake.

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5Building & Wicking
Advken Manta RTA

Like a lot of newer RTAs you do not need to empty the tank to change your wicks or coils, simply turn it upside down and unscrew the base.

The staggered post build deck makes for easy placement with coils; it is the wicking of those coils that might need a little attention.

A lot of vapers get put off from using RTA’s because some can be unforgiving if you don’t wick them correctly, and then you may get leaking issues. It’s a trial and error process, and with the Manta RTA it is no different.

I suggest with the Manta that you use enough cotton that when you pull it through you coil it is slightly restricted and even moves the coil a little. If you are using large diameter coils and have a lot of cotton for wicks, I’d also advise separating your cotton tail into two. Place one half to cover the liquid intake and the other to fill the wick space.

6Performance
Advken Manta RTA

I was testing the Manta RTA on a VooPoo Drag in wattage mode, with 2 Clapton coils coming in at 0.16 Ohms.

65 Watts

I did attempt to get a mouth to lung draw with the air hole set to only one open, but to be honest, the Manta is just too airy for an MTL style vape. However, I was getting a good restricted lung hit with plenty of flavor and good vapor production. One two air holes open, it was far too airy.

80 Watts

I tried it at 80 watts with both one and two air holes again. It was far too hot a vape with just one open, and with two air holes open I was getting closer to my ideal vape, if still a little too airy. But the flavor and vapor production was starting to come through.

100 Watts

This is where the Manta really started to shine on the vapor production front. I set the airflow to wide open and the vapor produced was immense. But it wasn’t quite as flavorful as at 80 watts.

Personally, i ended up settling at 80 watts with two ar holes open; it gave me the best of both worlds. The Manta is a great tank for those that like high wattage and big airflow. It’s not always my style of vaping, but I was certainly impressed with the flavor and vapor production of this RTA.

Advken Manta RTA

What I Like

There’s no doubting this RTA produces good flavor. It has an easy deck to build on (like most Velocity style decks), the staggered posts make it even easier.

I also like the fact that Advken included a coil tool which doubles as an Allen key and a vape cloth which you don’t usually see in a kit.

What I Didn’t Like

On the flip side, they included a vape cloth but didn’t include a spare drip tip or adapter, which irks me slightly.

Getting the wicking right with this RTA can take a little practice, it’s not as forgiving as some other RTAs.

On a personal note; it was just a little too much airflow for me. I tend to prefer a more restrictive lung hit style vape. That’s not to say it produces a bad vape, not at all. It just might be suited to those that prefer high wattage and direct to lung style vaping.

Likes

  • Good flavor/ vapor production
  • Easy to coil
  • Easy to fill
  • 2 glass tank options
  • Excellent design and build quality
  • Good looking tank

Dislikes

  • Not for restricted lung hitters
  • Wicking can take some practice
  • No spare drip tip or adaptor
  • The included larger bubble tank might not be to everyone’s liking
7Verdict

The Manta RTA by Advken is an excellent tank. It looks great on any device; it is sleek and compact. It vapes well at medium wattages and even better and high wattages, producing tons of vapor and really great flavor.

The draw is however on the airy side. So if you like a dual coil RTA that is easy to build on (although a little challenging to wick properly), that has an airy draw, and produces great flavor, then this might be the tank for you.

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Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 Review – Newest version from the iStick Pico series

 

Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 Review: Bottom LineFrom the original version of Eleaf iStick Pico box mod series, now comes this newest version which caters a single external 21700 battery that can be a big support for its maximum output of 100 watts. It has a temperature control that supports Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless steel. A Bypass Mode that can provide a similar power to a full mechanical box mod.

Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 Review: Background

The Eleaf Pico iStick Pico is one of the best-regulated box mod I have ever owned, I got mine with the original version which houses external 18650 Battery , I got it over a year ago and still using it now for my rotation of my different vaping devices. It has served me well and still working 100% until now.

Now, the Eleaf Company has release this newest version of their ever famous box mod, the iStick Pico 21700 . This is a single battery box mod that houses an external 21700 battery, a maximum output of 100 watts. I am expecting a good performance with this new version and probably be included with our Best Vape Mod of 2018.

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Still rocking the simple look from the original iStick PICO

What’s in the Box?

What will you get on Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 Package?

  • 1x Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 Box Mod
  • USB Cable
  • User Manual
eleaf istick pico 21700 review package

Key Features: Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 Review

What are the key features of Eleaf iStick Pico 21700?

Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 Box Mod

  • 21700 Battery – From the original version with 18650 Battery and now, the newest version of Eleaf’s iStick Pico houses an external 21700 Battery for a longer battery life for extended vaping sessions, this battery can also support a higher wattage for a single battery box mod.
  • Portable – The Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 is probably the smallest and most portable vaping device that supports 21700 battery, with only 77 mm in total height and a slim body of 25.5 mm x 51 mm. This is a true definition of a compact vaping device.
  • Temperature Control – The Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 has a temperature control mode that supports Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel resistance wires.
  • 100 Watts – It has a maximum output of 100 watts, for a single battery box mod this is very powerful. It can fire up any possible and safe Sub-Ohm resistance builds that is good for a huge amount of vapor productions.
  • Ergonomic Design – The Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 is very comfortable in users hands, with a slim dimension of 25.5mm x 52mm and a smooth curve edges, gripping this box mod with comfort is a big plus for all vapers.
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iStick PICO 21700 internals

Design: Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 Review

The Eleaf iStick Pico is known for its minimalistic design, focusing more on what it can provide over what should it look. It has an extended battery cap with a lower 510 connector. As far as I know, Eleaf iStick Pico is the first one who integrated this kind of design, in this way extending the battery cap will minimize the overall height even if an Atomizer is connected in this device.

This is a very portable Vaping Device, with an overall height of 77 mm just a little bit over with the height of 21700 battery. This is the best thing that I love about Eleaf iStick Pico, using a portable device with such a good performance.

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Performance: Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 Review

This newest version of Eleaf iStick Pico has a maximum output of 100 watts, which is way stronger from the original version. A good maximum output should be paired with a good performing battery, this is paired with 21700 battery that will be a good support with the 100 watts of output.

It has a feature of Temperature control, but what I like more is its included Bypass Mode, this allows me to have a similar power to a full mechanical device which its power depends on the battery life’s current state.

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The Power of 21700 battery

Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 VS Similar Mods

What is the key difference of Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 to other Starter Mods?

I picked the iJoy Capo 100w and the Aspire Cygnet Box Mod as they have a similar design with Eleaf iStick Pico, which is the extended battery cap to minimize the overall height.

  • iJoy CAPO 100w vs Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 – Both of these box mod can perform really well with both of them having 100 watts of maximum power. But I am more confident that Eleaf iStick Pico will have a better performance based on my experience.
  • Aspire Cygnet Box Mod vs Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 – The Eleaf iStick Pico will have an advantage in terms of performance with its maximum output of 100 watts compared to Cygnet box mod with only 80 watts of max power. Also the Eleaf iStick Pico is way lighter in weight.

Final Thoughts: Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 Review

I’ve been waiting for Eleaf to release a version of iStick Pico with a higher power of battery, they have been creating different versions and now a 21700 battery. The Eleaf iStick Pico 21700  is one of the best choices for a regulated vaping device with a good performance and portable size.

I will definitely recommend to everyone getting this new version of Eleaf iStick Pico and I’ll be voting this to be included in our Best Vape Mod list, because of its good performance and probably because of its durability over time. It can last you years of vaping and using this box mod.

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Eleaf iStick Pico Review

Our Eleaf iStick Pico review takes a look at the TC-equipped, portable powerhouse of a mod: has Eleaf put together the ultimate device for new vapers looking for top-notch performance?

Pros

  • Up to 75 W of power.
  • TC with nickel, titanium, stainless steel and a TCR setting.
  • Compact, portable and comfortable design.
  • Runs on a single 18650 battery.
  • Excellent performance in both modes.
  • A 2 ml capacity, sub ohm Melo 3 Mini tank included.
  • Simple, clear display screen.
  • Upgradeable firmware.
  • A great price – $52 for the kit.
  • Perfect for new vapers or anyone looking for a mod to take out of the house.

Cons

  • Fixed ramp-up voltage in TC mode.
  • Some features won’t be useful very often.

Bottom Line

The Eleaf iStick Pico is a solid mod, especially for newer vapers looking for an upgrade in terms of performance. The device is compact and comfortable, full-featured and a great performer, coming with a very capable sub-ohm, top-filling tank for just over $50. It’s a fantastic and affordable device from Eleaf.

Eleaf iStick Pico 75W TC Mod Review

iStick Pico by Eleaf

 

The Eleaf iStick series is beloved by new vapers and many long-term vapers alike, offering excellent performance in compact and generally beginner-friendly packages. The Eleaf iStick Pico 75W is the latest addition to the family, offering up to 75W of power and temperature control in a compact, user-friendly package.

So how does the device stand up to the day-to-day needs of vapers? Is it a great device for a just-switching smoker looking for better performance? Is it the perfect mod for travelling? Our Eleaf iStick Pico review takes a look at what the device has to offer to find out.

 

What You Get

 

Eleaf iStick Pico Unboxing

 

The Eleaf iStick Pico 75w kit comes in a white cardboard box with an image of the device on the front and a scratch-off authentication sticker on the back, along with all of the key information about the device and what’s included in the kit. The foam insert on the upper level contains your mod and the Melo 3 Mini tank, each in individual slots. Underneath the foam layer, there’s a cardboard cover hiding four spare O-rings (for various spots on the tank), a USB charging cable, a spare 0.5 ohm coil (along with the 0.3 ohm one pre-installed in the tank) and manuals for both the mod and the tank. There are no complaints here – this is all you need apart from an 18650 battery and some juice to start vaping.

 

iStick Pico Design

 

iStick Pico Vape Mod

 

The iStick Pico’s main design feature is the fact that it’s impressively small. The curved edges and the small stature of the device – which measures just 70.5 mm (about 2 and 3/4 inches) tall and 45 mm (1 and 3/4 inches) wide – means it fits comfortably into your hand, in a pocket or in a bag. Even with the Melo 3 Mini attached the whole thing is less than 5 inches tall. You can pick up the mod in black, white, silver, grey and hot pink, with my version being the latter.

 

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Comfortable and compact size

 

The mod itself has a traditional boxy shape (albeit with curved edges), with a section for the battery at the back and an OLED screen, fire button and micro-USB port on the front edge. The cap for the battery section protrudes from the top of the mod at the back end, which ruins the uniform appearance of the device when the tank isn’t attached but fits in much better when you have the Melo or another atomizer screwed in place.

 

Eleaf iStick Pico - Button Layout

 

The adjustment buttons are actually located on the bottom end of the device, with a little two-section rocker button marked “+” and “−” on the opposite side to a circle of vent-holes under the battery section. The metallic fire button is above the OLED display, and it follows the curve of the device, making for comfortable operation.

 

iStick Pico 75 W - Design

 

Thread Type: The 510 connection is in the center of a ring-shaped trench, and has a spring-loaded contact pin to minimize any connection issues. The threading is high-quality, and you’re unlikely to run into any problems with it at all. The top of the device is a little crowded because of the small distance between the 510 connection and the battery cap, but you can still unscrew everything easily, and it helps to keep the device as compact as possible.

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Eleaf Melo 3 Mini Sub Ohm Tank

 

Melo 3 Tank: The Melo 3 Mini has a fairly standard sub-ohm tank design, with a wide-bore chimney section, bottom-coil design, wide-bore drip tip and an airflow control ring at the bottom. The tank is top-filling, with grooves cut out of the edges of the top cap so you can easily grip it and unscrew to reveal two sizeable slots for refilling. The airflow control is a little unique in that the slots are covered by an outer ring, so it adjusts in the same way as most other tanks (just turn it to your desired setting), but you can only see how far open it is if you look down at an angle. This isn’t as annoying as it may sound, though, and it contributes to the professional appearance of the tank.

 

Coils: The coils have a vertical alignment and are surrounded by cotton, with a ring of gauze visible from the top (like on the Aspire Atlantis coils, for example). They simply screw into the bottom base, and the open-top design makes it easy to drop a bit of juice in there directly to prime your coil before you fill up.

 

Overall, both the Eleaf iStick Pico and the Melo tank are excellently-designed, and they pair together beautifully, especially with the O-ring color on the tank matching the mod – it looks like they’re meant to be together.

 

Features

 

Eleaf iStick Pico 75 W Mod

 

Variable Wattage: The iStick Pico 75W mod has a solid feature-set, despite being a very beginner-friendly device. The most basic feature is the variable wattage you expect on any device, with the power being directly adjustable from 1 W to 75 W. Why modern devices include 1 W still baffles me, but the range of powers covered is more than enough for most vapers’ purposes.

 

Bypass Mode: You can also set the Pico in Bypass mode, which gives you the raw battery voltage without any adjustments so you’re operating at a specific wattage. I personally don’t find this feature especially useful, but if you’re looking for mechanical mod-like operation, then the option is there.

 

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The iStick Pico’s mode menu showing the third customizable TC setting.

 

TC-SS and TCR Mode: The temperature control on the iStick Pico covers nickel, titanium, stainless steel and offers temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) mode. The latter mode means you can adjust how the device interprets the changes in resistance that accompany increasing or decreasing temperature, and effectively allows you to set the device up to suit even more wire types or adjust the responsiveness to suit your preferences. The TCR mode is accessed through the M1, M2 and M3 options that appear when you hit the fire button three times to enter the mode menu. You can lock the room temperature resistance of the atomizer by pressing and holding both the fire and “+” buttons for two seconds. Your temperature can be set in the standard range of between 100 and 315 °C or 200 and 600 °F.

 

Eleaf iStick Pico TC-SS and TCR Modes

 

Safety Features: The Eleaf Pico also comes with the expected set of safety features, including 10 second cutoff, short circuit, low voltage and high temperature protection, and it also limits the minimum resistance of your atomizer to 0.1 ohms in standard or bypass mode and 0.05 ohms in TC mode. This is plenty of protection to ensure you stay safe when you’re vaping, although you’ll need to ensure you use a high-amp drain 18650 battery with the device.

 

Stealth Mode: The device also has a few more useful features. Pressing the fire and “–” buttons together for two seconds toggles stealth mode on and off, which means you can vape without the device lighting up, but still see your settings by pressing the fire button once. The device can also be turned off with five quick presses of the fire button, and you can lock the adjustment buttons by holding them both down together for two seconds, which is handy given their location. If you press both the adjustment buttons for two seconds while the device is powered off, the display will be flipped when you power back up.

 

Firmware: The device also has upgradable firmware, which is a great feature that allows you to take advantage of any updates to its offerings in the future. The micro-USB port can also be used for charging your battery, and you can vape as you charge too – both of which are very useful features for vapers who don’t have multiple batteries or a dedicated 18650 charger.

 

Overall, the Eleaf iStick Pico TC mod is pretty rich in features, with all the safety features you need, a very capable temperature control system and several handy extras.

 

iStick Pico Vaping Experience

 

Eleaf iStick Pico Review - Performance

 

The Eleaf iStick Pico 75W has a solid design and an impressive feature-set, but does it all translate to an enjoyable vaping experience?

 

On the whole, the Pico does a great job in use. Once you’ve primed your coil and filled up the tank, the device works just as you want it to, powering the Melo 3 Mini tank efficiently and providing excellent vapor production and flavor. Making adjustments is a little unusual due to the position of the buttons, but once you get used to it there’s no problem at all. The recommended settings are also printed on the coils, so if you’re unsure of what the best wattage is for your coil there’s a handy guide for you.

 

Compact Size: Probably the biggest benefit of the Pico in use is its size. It packs as much power as much larger devices, but thanks to the compact size it makes an excellent device for carrying around with you out of the house. It easily slips into a pocket or bag, and it also fits nicely in your hand. When you grip the device, your index finger falls naturally on the fire button too, so using it is about as comfortable as possible.

 

Display Screen: The display screen offers all of the key information you need in a simple format, with a two-decimal-point reading for the resistance and applied voltage, and the wattage shown on the right of the screen. In TC mode, your temperature setting takes the spot of the wattage, the wattage is shown instead of the voltage on the left and your wire material is also displayed on the top right of the screen. It has a battery icon on the far left to show your remaining charge level – I generally don’t like this approach because it lacks precision, but it gives you enough of an idea to determine when you should recharge.

 

TC Mode: The temperature control is also well-executed. Although the ramp-up voltage is fixed at 75 W, the device performs solidly in TC mode. We only tested it with nickel coils, but the result was great – it still offers a consistent vape even with the almost uncomfortably quick ramp-up, providing a continuous trickle of power as you hold down the fire button and periodically flashing up “temp protection” as you reach your designated limit. You can toggle between Celsius and Fahrenheit by going to the top or bottom of the allowed range.

 

The lack of the option to adjust the ramp-up wattage was a little disappointing, but this will hopefully be addressed with a firmware update in future. As it stands, there doesn’t appear to be an upgrade available, so unfortunately I can’t evaluate the process as of yet.

 

As with many mods, for the most part you won’t use many of the additional features. Although stealth mode is a nice feature to include, for instance, the times when the tiny amount of light from the screen will cause a problem for you are very limited, so most vapers probably won’t use it.

 

Similarly, it’s handy to be able to adjust the TCR setting, but most vapers using TC will have nickel, titanium or stainless steel coils anyway, so most users won’t need it. To change the setting, you press and hold the fire button and the “+” button with the power turned off. This brings you into a simple menu where you can select the option you want (from M1, M2 and M3) and then adjust the coefficient to whatever you like. There are suggested values in the manual if you want to play around.

 

Eleaf iStick Pico - 18650 Battery

 

Built-In Battery: Newer vapers may be concerned about using a device without an in-built battery, but it’s really very straightforward. The inside of the cap has a minus sign to show the orientation of the battery, and there’s a “+” at the bottom in red tape too. All you have to do is drop your battery in – negative (flat) side up – screw on the cap and you’re good to go. If you’re really concerned about doing this, you can charge up using the device’s USB port (and vape while you’re doing it!) so you won’t need to deal with it after your first installation.

 

Melo Tank: Finally, the Melo III Mini sub-ohm tank is part of the package, so it’s worth dedicating a bit of time to it here. The tank is a solid performer, working well with anything from the standard 50/50 PG/VG mixes to higher-VG blends, and the flavor and vapor production is brilliant. The top-filling design makes filling up a breeze, and the wide range of airflow settings means it can be easily adjusted to suit mouth-to-lung or direct lung inhalation styles. I’m undecided as to whether the benefits to its appearance from the hidden slot are worth the awkwardness of working out how open it is by looking down into the tiny visible slither, but as mentioned earlier, you do get used to it.

Everything the iStick Pico and Melo offer combine to provide a very enjoyable vaping experience. It’s easy enough to get to grips with for newer vapers, but the rich selection of features makes it a rewarding option for longer-term vapers too. The device isn’t perfect, but the limitations are very minor and pale in comparison to the benefits of the combination.

Manufacturing Quality

Eleaf doesn’t have the greatest reputation when it comes to quality control, but this largely comes down to the in-built batteries on devices like the 50 W iStick, so the external battery approach of the iStick Pico sidesteps these potential issues nicely. The device itself seems very well-made, with no problems whatsoever emerging through my testing.

Conclusion

  The Eleaf iStick Pico 75W TC mod does exactly what it sets out to. If you’re looking for a capable, portable and dependable mod to take with you out of the house, or a device that’s simple enough for a new user that doesn’t compromise when it comes to performance, the Pico is a stand-out option. The kit is competitively-priced, and you get a solid sub-ohm tank thrown in for good measure too. While the option to adjust the ramp up voltage for TC mode would have been handy, and the device includes some features most vapers probably won’t use, there are no serious complaints about the device at all. Many vapers have given up on Eleaf recently, but the iStick Pico is the sort of device that could bring them back in droves.

Podod-system Digiflavor Liip Disposable. First look

Introduction

Today on the agenda of the new representative of the fashionable nowadays “his lads” – disposable Liip Pod-system from the Chinese company Digiflavor.

It is impossible to deny the fact that the Pod-systems today are pretty well entrenched in the vaping industry and do not seem to be going to lose ground. More and more companies are trying to join this new trend, releasing something of their own.

However, most of these devices simply copy each other, without bringing anything new to their constructive. But there are not many disposable Pod devices on the market yet, although this type of electronic cigarettes has been invented for quite some time.

And in this article we will just look at a similar device in the face of Liif Disposable Pod from Digiflavor.

 

Appearance

The novelty is a one-time maintenance-free “slyshku” in a plastic case, which has a stylish design and bright colors. With the latter, by the way, is another interesting point, which we will talk about later.

Dimensions Liip Disposable Pod can be called modest. So, a smoker switching to steam is unlikely to experience discomfort on the size of this device, because it looks more like a cigarette lighter than any kind of vip thing.

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Inside the device there is a 240 mAh battery. Such a capacity should be enough to evaporate the liquid poured in the “slyshka”, but to recharge the battery does not work in mind, again, the features and purpose of Liip Disposable Pod.

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Returning to the colors of the new product, it should be said that depending on the color of the case, the taste of the filled fluid will also vary. In total, the future owner will be able to choose from four options: tobacco, orange, berries, and the so-called Reddy.

The latter, by the way, is filled with nicotine-free liquid; for tobacco taste, the nicotine content will be 4.8%, and for orange and berries – 3.6%. In the box with the Liip Disposable Pod there will be three “one-time” items if you choose a device with nicotine and two pieces each in zero.

 

Specifications Digiflavor Liip Disposable

  • Dimensions: 73.7 x 20 x 13 mm
  • Type: disposable pod system
  • Battery: 240 mAh
  • Nicotine: Tobacco 48 mg / ml, Berry / Orange 36 mg / ml, Reddy 0 mg / ml

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OBS Bat Mod 218W Review | First Mod from OBS

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OBS Bat Mod 218W intro

The OBS Bat Mod is the first mod from atomizer manufacturer OBS, most well known for their Engine RTA. The Bat is a dual-18650 mod with a centered 510 pin that claims to have maximum 218-watt power output. It has customizable LED’s on the front, and in keeping with the superhero theme we’ve seen lately (like the Vaptio Wall Crawler), it boasts a Batman aesthetic, even showing a similar logo on power-up.

Colors: red, blue, white, black, and yellow.

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OBS Bat Mod 218W specs and features

Initial impressions and features

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The Bat Mod is impressively solid and well-built — a little heavy, but not too heavy. The LED’s are two arrow-shaped cutouts that look like they’re pointing at the screen from above and below it. Of course, you can use the settings to turn them off if you want.

The mod itself is 32 mm at its widest point, but due to the design of the platform even a 28 mm atomizer overhangs ever so slightly (but still doesn’t look too bad). Anything under that won’t overhang. I would’ve preferred the ability to handle 30 mm atomizers without overhang.

Wattage mode performance

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This mod performs well! It’s usually within a few watts of the displayed settings. The output is always smooth and consistent, and the mod never gets hot or warm in my stress testing.

The voltage output also fell a little short of the stated spec. Usually when mods list 8.4 as their max voltage it’s a theoretical number rather than a real one, because 8.4 is about the input voltage of fully charged batteries which also indicates that the mod has no boost circuit. Due to battery sag under load, no mod can put out full battery voltage without a boost circuit. Still I got 7.258 volts with a 0.5-ohm coil, which is right in line with most dual battery mods that don’t have boost circuits.

The OBS Bat measured a 42-amp max, which is above average for a dual battery mod. The average these days is 40. Overall I find this to be an excellent performer that is average or above for a dual battery mod in all three tests and gets close enough to its listed specs that I’d describe it as accurate.

Temperature control performance

There is no TCR mode per se, but you can set TCR values after selecting your choice of Ni, Ti, or SS modes. I used SS316 wire with the default SS mode set to a TCR value of 00092. I tested six builds, ranging from single round round wire in spaced single and dual coils to fancy single- and dual-coil builds. Overall I was pretty impressed with the performance of this mod.

In 2017 we saw a lot of good temperature control mods that don’t cost an arm and a leg, and the OBS Bat is right there with them. It’s been smooth and consistent and has great ramp up. Even switching between builds I didn’t have to adjust any settings. Wattage can be set in TC mode all the way up to the full 218 watts. There is no limit on power in temp control. It throttles back nicely and is never “pulsey.”

The mod does tend to hit a little on the low side. I like a warm vape, and every build I’ve used has worked well in the 460-480° F range, so I recommend starting off around 430° F then working your way up until you get the vape you want. It has good dry hit protection under 500° F. Beyond that point, you might get a dry hit. I think most will find the vape they like in the 430-480° F range, which is pretty much the way it should be. Overall, I find the OBS Bat Mod to be a solid performer in temp control.

Features and other information

OBS-Bat-Mod

I’ve tested ten different atomizers on this mod with no issues at all. Pulling and wiggling the 510 connection causes no problems or drops in performance. The mod is solid with no button rattle at all. The fire button is large and clicky and has a nice texture — similar to the Vaporesso Switcher button’s texture. The screen is large and bright with all the info you’d want, including individual battery monitors.

The battery door is a standard magnetic back plate, and locks into place without any gaps. The battery tray allows for easy exchange of batteries and shouldn’t damage your battery wraps. The LED’s are programmable with different colors and options and can also be completely turned off.

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How to use the mod

OBS-Bat-Mod

Anyone who has used a SMOK mod in the past will learn this one easily. Due to SMOK’s popularity, it’s no surprise OBS modeled the menu after theirs. It’s nearly identical to the SMOK Alien Mod.

Clicking five times locks and unlocks the device. Three clicks enters the menu. Once in the menu, you can click Fire or use the up and down buttons to scroll. To enter a sub menu, hold Fire. When you select power mode you have the option of a soft, normal, or hard preheat.

When you select Temperature mode you have to select wire type (Ni, Ti, or SS), then set your wattage, then set the TCR. Above 100 watts, the Bat adjusts in 1.0-watt increments. Below 100 watts, it has 0.1-watt increments. When you hit the maximum or minimum, it round robins back to the opposite end of the settings. The Bat is very straightforward and simple to use.

Likes

  • Power performance
  • Temperature control performance is solid
  • Easy-to-use menu system
  • Accurately rated
  • Full power allowed in TC mode
  • Build quality
  • Sleek
  • simple design
  • Centered 510 pin
  • Bright screen
  • No button rattle
  • Large fire button
  • Pre-heat options
  • TCR adjustments
  • Paint job
  • Looks and comfortable shape
  • Price

Dislikes

  • No boost circuit
  • No full TCR mode
  • No customizable preheats or watt curve mode
  • Wattage adjustment is slow in power mode
  • No shortcut to adjust watts in TC mode
  • Doesn’t handle 30 mm atomizers without overhang

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Geekvape Blade Kit Review: A Lot To Love

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Introduction – The Blade Kit 235W By Geekvape

The Geekvape Blade mod is the latest from a brand that has released some great products as of late. This young brand has been making waves and innovating with every single release, building a huge base of vape fans along the way, fans like me who eagerly await the announcement of every new bit of gear they release.

From the indestructible Aegis mod, to the wildly popular Ammit RTA, the Zeus RTA and the new, out of this world original Loop RDA which I cannot wait to get my grubby paws on. Geekvape doesn’t only produce winners in the performance field, their gear is uber sexy looking too, with sleek lines, great balance and top quality finishes.

The subject of today’s review is a symphony of hard hitting dual 21700 performance and trippy, eyecatching looks: it’s the GeekVape Blade 235W kit, complete with the smooth hitting Aero Tank and Blade Mod…let’s take a closer look.

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What’s In The Box

  • 1 x 235 W Blade Mod
  • 1 x Aero Tank
  • 1 x IM1 O.4 Ohm Coil Head
  • 1 x IM4 0.15 Ohm Coil Head
  • Spare Glass
  • Micro USB Cable
  • 1 x Dual 18650 Battery Adaptor
  • User Manualblade kit 235w open

Features Mod

  • Dimensions: 95 x 52 x 38 mm
  • Lightweight aircraft grade PPS chassis
  • Weight 112g without battery
  • Supports dual 18650 (with adaptor), 20700s or 21700s
  • Resistance: 0.05-0.3 Ohm
  • Wattage: 5 -235 Ohm
  • Modes: Power/TC/TCR/VPC and Bypass
  • 0.015S Fire speedblade kit 235w contents

Features Tank

  • Dimensions: 25 x 45mm
  • 4 ml Capacity
  • IM1 Coil, 0.4 Ohm (40-60W)
  • IM4 Coil. 0.15 Ohm (60-80W)
  • 510 Threaded
  • Top fill
  • Bottom adjustable airflow

Build Quality & Design

Blade Mod

On opening the high quality black and orange, GeekVape box packaging, well…I almost cried, so beautiful was my one-of-a-kind StarryNight mod…the mod is also available in Crytal Sand, Black and a very cool pink and purple cartoon colour, lovingly named “Poppy”.
blade kit 235w handOf course, the names of this collection are somewhat reminiscent of Van Gogh paintings, we’ll leave that there.

What I love about the Starry Night is that every one printed is different, with unique rainbow swirls that bring to mind distant galaxies, carpets in Vegas and just about anything that might have killed our braincells back in the 90’s…or 2000’s for that matter.blade kit 235w 510

The mod is by no means small, it is, however…extremely light weight, made with aircraft grade PPS, an organic polymer that’s battle tested and stands up like a champion to all kinds of heat and chemical bombardments…in other words, this Geekvape Blade ought to be a durable bugger!

From the top, where a deep, springy 510 connect sits in a disk like SS, tank seating…the Blade is the shape of a somewhat squat shield, 6 sided, with the bottom of the shield being the top of the side that is home to the fire button, screen, adjustment buttons and micro USB port, all in a line, in that order from top to bottom and all on a shiny black, plastic panel.. with top and bottom shaped into points so that the panel is also 6 sided.

The fire button, round and featuring that concentric ring texturing that we all love so much, is surrounded by an LED ring, which will light up slime GREEN around the button when clicked…and it is clicky.

The adjustment buttons, which are just below the 1 inch OLED screen, are hexagonal and have a clear + and – marked on them.

The base has very light silver print branding on it.blade kit 235w base

The mod is entirely unadorned, except of course for the magnificent print finish, which feels like the softest velvet and brings tears to your easily pleased eyes.

The top three sides of that shield extend to form the battery cover, which sits inside your palm and is easy to remove with the help of near invisible tabs halfway down the mods length, on either side the door.

The top third of the door has six elongated holes in it, backed with metal, with holes drilled in so that every elongated hole has three holes visible inside it, so there are, essentially 18 small battery ventilation holes.

Inside the battery chamber, which takes dual cells, you’ll find the plastic 18650 adaptor already fitted, take it out and you’ll see the where dual 21700s or 20700s can fit nice and snug.

The mod is beautifully ergonomic, if a little on the wide side, in order to make space for those large 21700 cells, side by side. It does, on the bright side, take even the chunkiest 25mm tank with ease.

Geekvape Aero Tank

The Aero tank is black and quite beautiful too, very sleek and minimalist, with no knurling on the bottom airflow adjustment ring…where two massive 15mm slots give this tank its breezy name. They are easy to adjust even without knurling so some good machining from GeekVape, as per usual.blade kit 235w aero exploded

Knurling on the tapered top cap gives away the top fill system, just one small twist to the left and the cap pops off, revealing two huge fill slots. The cap replaces just as easily.

The thick cast, black delrin 810 drip tip sits on a 2mm raised ring, for comfort and heat protection and I had no trouble fitting my other 810 tips, those without 0-rings.

The stainless steel tank breaks down with absolute ease and is excellently machined.

How Does The GeekVape Blade Perform?

The Geekvape Blade mod is not only a looker, it performs like a champion too. I used it with a few of my heavy-loaded RTA’s to test the upper wattage arena and was impressed by the heat distribution and the coolness of this PPS material, even when the mod was being drilled to the max.

With the help of a user manual that’s been printed with rare finesse, I was able to navigate my modes with ease, try out the VPC (variable power curve) mode and navigate the menu system with little confusion.

I found the Temp Control for Ni and SS to be effective and easy to master, as with the VPC mode, which I always like to fiddle with.blade kit 235w vents

I found the compatibility of the mod to be a huge plus, where battery types are concerned. The fact that you can pop in your 20700s when your 21700s go flat, and your 18650s after that, made for some protracted and very enjoyable vaping on this psychedelic setup.

I really like the fire button, for texture, click and effectiveness and while there’s nothing groundbreaking or different in this mod’s full length list of features, the fact that all features work a charm, the ramp is ultra-fast and the mod insanely gorgeous and rugged at the same time, well…these things are enough to make me a happy reviewer.

I really LOVED the Geekvape Aero tank for the first week, until one of the included coils revealed its low lifespan. The tank has such a smooth airflow, is so easy to open and fill and really, I felt the smoothness of the airflow, even when very restricted, the smooth sound and feel, to be very agreeable.

Flavour was excellent, as was cloud but I’ll cover that in more detail in the coils section.

How To Fill The Aero Tank

  • Screw off the top cap
  • Fill through a slotblade kit 235w aero fill

How To Change the Coil

  • Unscrew the glass from the tank base
  • Unscrew the coil head from its seating
  • Replace
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Stock Coil Performance

My first taste on the installed IM1 coil, even at a conservative 40W was mmmmhhmmmm, freaking delicious. Both coils deliver exceptional flavour and only slightly less exceptional vapour within their given ranges but sadly I found the lifespan of the IM4 coil, the higher wattage coil, to be less than satisfactory, which is a pity.

To be fair though, I would buy these coils again, in spite of the 10 day lifespan, because I know I gave them a run for their money and the flavour was just so excellent!

I later noticed that the IM4 is Ni80, where as the IM1 is Kanthal, so maybe a Kanthal IM4 would have been a better idea, since Ni80 tends to have a slightly diminished lifespan.

While using the IM1- my sweet spot sat around 50W, a rich and flavourful vape with the excellent airflow system on the AERO.

For the IM4, I vaped at a constant 75W…also profound flavour and vapour until, after just more than a week, I started to taste a burn. I intend to give these a thorough rinse and dry, as that often takes care of the burn taste, who knows, maybe I’ll enjoy another week on this IM4 yet.

How To Operate the Menu System

  • 5 Clicks on or off
  • 3 Clicks to access mode system
  • +/- To scroll
  • Hold fire to select
  • Press and hold fire and + or – to adjust brightness

How To Replace The batteriesblade kit 235w battery chamber

  • Pop off the battery cover
  • If using 18650s be sure to use the adaptor
  • Insert batteries according to the mnarkers in the chamber

Battery Life

The green LED on that fire button, and the screen, which is fairly simple, take very little power and I found the battery life to be excellent for 18650s, 20700s and 21700s.

On a high wattage use, say 80-140W, intermittent, dual 2500’s ran for 7 hours, my 3000mAh 20700s, approximately 1.5 hours more and 4000mAh 21700s, just over 2.5 hours more than that. Not too shabby!

Pros

  • Mind-boggling colour options
  • Ergonomic handfeel with a velvety finish
  • Compatible with 3 battery types
  • Totally massive wattage range
  • Excellent battery life
  • Ultra smooth airflow
  • Awesome flavour and cloud on both coil heads
  • Easy tank breakdown

Modern Wall Clock – What are the Different Types to choose from?

Even with mobile phones and laptops being omnipresent today, wall-mounted clocks have a lot of takers. These have not still lost their charm and are liked by people as an item of necessity. There are even automatic wall clocks that are electronic in operations and run on battery power. Find out about the different types of modern wall clock that you can consider choosing from.

Theme Clocks
Such types of clocks are designed in keeping with a specific theme. These can be in animal shapes, such as those of butterflies, lions or bears. You can also find them in Steering Wheel shapes or Food shapes, as well as Sport theme clocks that can help you to show your love for the sports teams of your choice. It is possible to find wall clocks in historic themes, such as those inspired by the popular Victoria station or Paddington themes. You may also find wall clocks with a children theme, such as teaching dial wall clocks. No matter what the theme is, it is fun as well as amusing to collect such clocks and use them in your home or give as gifts to a loved one.

Modern Wall Clock

Ornamental / Decorative Wall Clocks
These are stylish in form, and appeal to people who are design conscious in nature and are concerned with the practicality of such clocks as well. You can find modern wall clock in many varieties. These are not limited only to glass case wall clocks having an elegant cut and coming with gold rotating pendulum, glass pendulum etc and the ability to also work as calendars. Such types of clocks should not be ignored during home decoration.

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Modern Decorative Pendulum Wall Clock

Spiritual / religious wall clocks
Wall clocks of this variety generally have inspirational poems or quotes in the backdrop, wonderful images of religious figures, small quartz elements and more. The most famous modern wall clock models have Roman or Arabic numerals. These can have religious motifs or common spiritual symbols such as stars, cross or doves.

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Minimalistic clocks
These come in simple, minimalistic designs and shapes, which can be ideal for homes with basic decor items and furniture. Despite having simple designs, these clocks can look fetching and add to the overall aesthetics of your home space. It is possible to get this type of modern wall clock in classy as well as contemporary themes. Choose one that runs on batteries, so that you do not have to waste time in winding the clock again and again.

Commercial wall clocks
Such clocks are designed and created particularly for practical usage, and come with strong and robust features – such as 24 hours display, metal case and more. These are mainly ideal for professional or office spaces. You can find many Commercial wall clocks, known better as ‘Corporate wall clocks’ in many countries, and usually have a steel or expensive exotic wood finish. Designers across the globe are experimenting with unconventional materials and new ideas, in order to create modern wall clock in sleek corporate designs.

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