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  1. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the New Version of the Pal SE Pod Kit from Artery. The updated Pal SE Pod Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Hugo from Artery. Introduction The original Pal SE Pod Kit was released just prior to Chinese New Year which was followed by the chaos the world has been in since with the Coronavirus Pandemic. It had mixed reviews by reviewers and likewise a mixed reaction from the more important people those that bought it. While many liked the original others had leaking issues from the pod with other issues being some not liking the mouthpiece while others found the draw too loose and experienced muted flavour. Apart from now only having one 1.2mm airflow hole rather than 2 the device itself is identical so the upgrade is concentrated around the pod which now has an integrated tinted more ergonomic mouthpiece, filling method moved to the base of the pod and a new 1.2ohm Kanthal regular coil using thinner wire than the previous coils. For those that were disappointed with the original the new kit comes with a letter of apology card which is quite classy and shows they listen and act on criticism which is good to see, let's give the updated version a look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1 x Artery PAL SE Kit (with 1.2ohm Cartridge) 1 x Artery PAL SE Cartridge (1.2ohm) 1 x Lanyard 1 x Type-C USB Cable 1 x Rubber Ring 1 x User Manual 1 x Warranty Card 1 x A Letter of Apology ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The Pal SE Pod Kit came in cardboard packaging and on opening i was met by a stylish looking Black device with Carbon Fiber inserts both front and back but other options are available. The colour/design options are Black Carbon Leather, Black & Red Leather, Brown Leather, Black Leather, Black Carbon Fiber or Royal White, the Leather versions have Leather inserts while the Royal White is a White device with Blue fused metallic panels, also included is the obligatory lanyard! The device reminds me of the Caliburn in so many ways and it's form factor is like a much chunkier Caliburn but has some extra weight which in part will be the larger battery. The device has a high quality Zinc Alloy construction and the tinted integrated mouthpiece protrudes from the top of the device. The one i received as mentioned has Carbon Fiber Inserts and has a Black chassis and fire button. The Zinc Alloy large round fire button is towards the top on the front insert and below we have an LED for battery status indication. On both sides we have vertical slots cut out that act as viewing windows to see your juice level, also on one side we have a Type C USB port for charging. Finally on the base we have safety stamps and venting just in case. The device as mentioned has some reassuring weight and is slightly bigger than the average for this type of device but is still both very ergonomic and portable. ___________________________________________________________________ Pal SE Specs and Features: Size: 109 x 23 x 13mm Material: Zinc alloy/PCTG Battery Capacity: 700mAh Wattage: Max 20W Juice Capacity: 2ml Voltage: 3.2V-4.2V Coil: 1.2ohm KA1 Coil One airflow inlet for MTL vape Improved mouthpiece to fit your lips perfectly KA1 thinner wire for 50-70VG juice 1.2ohm coil resistance Bottom refill with 2ml capacity Built-in 700mAh battery Type-C charging port system Tri-colour LED indicator Charging Current: 1A Colours: Black Carbon Leather, Black & Red Leather, Brown Leather, Black Leather, Black Carbon Fiber, Royal White ___________________________________________________________________ The Pod Unlike the original version which included a 1.0ohm and 1.4ohm pod the new kit includes 2 completely revamped pods which both house the same Kanthal regular 1.2ohm coil. The pods now have an integrated mouthpiece and the whole pod is what some refer to has tea-light effect which is a slightly tinted colour which lightens as e-liquid is added making for very good visibility. Moving to the base we have the central contacts and to each side a silicone bung with metallic lids which lift from the side but stay attached, both need lifting when filling so which ever one is used to fill the other allows air to escape. The fill ports are just the correct size for a modern Gorilla needle nose nozzle so larger nozzles are no good and also don't try and save time by only opening one of the ports as no air can escape with just one port open which will cause a mess, the pod holds 2ml of liquid. (tip: the pod fills one side of the pod and takes time to work it's way to the other so alternating the ports while filling quickens the process). The coils are fixed and not replaceable so once the flavour has muted to the point it's no longer acceptable (differs from person to person) the whole pod needs replacing. Finally down both sides of the pod we have protruding rails (one each side centrally) that slot nicely into the cutout slots at the top of the device to form viewing windows, one final con for me is the coils can't be replaced ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Pod Looking into the bay for the pod to be inserted we can see it's very neat and tidy. Visible are the outer magnets and inner contacts, the opening to the membrane switch has a raised rim so if you do get any moisture or a leaky pod (mine were fine) liquid shouldn't get into the device. Also we can see the vertical cutout either side which will form viewing windows with the pod inserted. The pod fits very nicely snapping into place securely, unlike the previous version which had slight play with the pod inserted now there is no movement whatsoever. Once fitted a tug pulls the pod out to allow you to fill the pod as the new integrated mouthpiece doesn't allow for a top-fill design which for me is a con as i much prefer being able to fill pods without the need to remove them from the device. ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The Pal SE The Pal SE is both a draw activated device and has a physical fire button so the device can be used either way. The Device is the usual 5 clicks of the fire button to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off, turning on is confirmed by three Green flashes of the LED while when the device is turned off it's confirmed by 3 Red flashes. The device has no adjustable airflow (very few pod systems of this type do) and is a direct output device so simply decide if you want to use the device with draw activation or using the fire button and vape. The device does have battery status indication which although doesn't have 4 or 5 (my favourite) stages is perfectly satisfactory and is shown by what colour the LED lights while taking a vape. Over 60% and the LED lights Green, between 30% and 60% and the LED lights Blue and when the battery is below 30% it lights Red, you can also check the status at any time by just quickly pressing the fire button but do it quickly as the device fires instantly. The device also uses the LED to indicate any safety protections that kick in. ___________________________________________________________________ Protections: Overcharge Protection Overheat Protection Cut-off at 8 Seconds Short Circuit Protection ___________________________________________________________________ Charging The device has a Type C USB port for charging which is what all devices should now have and another pro is the port is on the side of the device rather than the base, It supports 1A charging so the 700mAh battery charged from empty to full in a fraction under 45 minutes, very happy! ___________________________________________________________________ Performance And My Thoughts The original like many i found very good but then i was one of the lucky ones that didn't receive a kit that contained any of the bad batch of pods that gave others leaking and muted flavour. I have to give great Kudos to Artery who responded to the criticism and included an apology with the updated version. Some of the changes are for the better while a couple in my opinion i preferred the older version. The only change to the device itself is now we only have one 1.2mm airflow hole rather than one each side which i understand as many found the draw just too loose and although still a loose MTL draw it has tightened it slightly, personally i prefer a very loose draw and before always had the option to put a finger over one airflow hole which had the same effect. The only thing about the updated pod i don't like is we no longer have a top-fill design so now the pod needs removing to fill. The mouthpiece is much more comfortable while also looking aesthetically much better giving a more stylish look to the overall look of the set-up. As mentioned i had no leaking issues with the original pods and these new pods are excellent with the new 1.2ohm coil pinging out flavour, this for me is right up there with the Caliburn possibly better. I am now using the second pod, the first pod allowed for 9 refills after the initial fill which once factoring in a bit of liquid is always still left in the pod before re-filling it came to about 15ml of e-liquid with the flavour at it's best which is easily above average for a pod device but needs to be because one of the biggest cons is the coils can't just be replaced but the whole pod. Just like the old pods i found the pod versatile with e-liquid ratios as i used both 50/50 and my own DIY 70VG and had no issues with wicking or flooding. I love that the device can be draw activated or fired via the button and having the physical button also allows the device to be turned off. The device is direct output but no drop off in power was noticed until on the Red and even then the vape quality was very good, when using as a draw activated device the switch responded great, no issues. battery life is good with the 1.2ohm pod and when it does need recharging it takes just under 45 minutes which is great, also having type C USB is a big bonus. ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Build quality very good 6 stylish colour/design options Pocket friendly Metal construction Physical Fire or Draw activated Fires as quick as any pod device i have used Pod fits very securely (improvement to original pods) 2ml Capacity (fair for wattage output) 2 pods included New comfortable integrated mouthpiece Excellent flavour Above average longevity Nice loose MTL draw Real competitor to Caliburn Good sized viewing windows Good visibility of e-liquid level Both 50/50 and 70VG liquids worked great Battery status Indication Good battery life (superior to Caliburn) Charges in 45 minutes Type C USB Lanyard Included Cons Would be better if Constant output Coils not replaceable Not suitable for larger nozzles Need to remove pod to fill No adjustable airflow I would once again like to thank Hugo from Artery for supplying the Pal SE Pod Kit (New version) for the purpose of this review. ___________________________________________________________________
  2. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the Maxpod Kit from FreeMax. The Maxpod Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Tina from FreeMax. Introduction FreeMax have been leading the way for a while in Subohm coil technology with their MS mesh coil heads utilising a mix of Flax and cotton as their wicking material delivering superior flavour and longevity. For 3 years FreeMax have been working on their new FM SaltCoilTech 2.0 technology to bring the same performance in flavour and longevity along with throat hit to MTL coil heads suitable for a low wattage pod device suitable for those quitting the stinkies. The Maxpod Kit is the result of that 3 years work and is a constant output, draw activated device which if it performs as good as it looks is a sure fire winner, let's find out! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1 x Maxpod Battery 1 x Maxpod Pod (NS Mesh Coil 1.0Ω Pre-installed) 1 x Extra NS Mesh Coil 1.5Ω 1 x Maxpod Lanyard 1 x Maxpod Lanyard Ring 1 x USB Cable 1 x Warning Card 1 x Warranty Card 1 x User Manual ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The Maxpod has that palm size flattened form factor that was common when the pod craze first hit the market some 18 months or so ago. The Maxpod though uses IML labelling technology to give it a high quality look and feel making it one of the most aesthetically pleasing pod devices to date in my opinion. I received the White colour, it's available in Yellow, Green, Red, Blue, White or Black and rather than describing further i will leave it to the photos. You also will receive a lanyard which has a rubber band which fits around the device if that's your thing. ___________________________________________________________________ Maxpod Specs and Features: Dimensions: 100.81 x 21.82 x 14mm Weight: 56.3g Material: PCTG/Steel/Zinc Alloy Pod Capacity: 2ml Battery: 550mAh Output Wattage: 8-11W 3 Tier Battery Status Indication Output Voltage: Constant 3.3V Resistance:1.0Ω/1.5Ω(NS Mesh) New NS coil technology Colour: Yellow, Green, Red, Blue, White, Black ___________________________________________________________________ The Pod You receive just one pod with a 2ml capacity but the pod does accommodate replaceable coil heads. The pod has a very comfortable smoked duckbill mouthpiece and main body is what FreeMax describes as a translucent tea-light colour which is tinted but lightens as e-liquid is added so your juice level is clearly visible. On one side of the pod we have a Blue silicone bung which lifts up while still staying attached to the pod, the fill port is plenty big enough for most nozzles with room for air to escape and as you can imagine adding your initial 2ml of e-liquid takes the matter of a couple of seconds and job done! On the pod there is a clear marking giving a minimum liquid amount which you shouldn't go below which is actually about halfway up the section of the pod that holds the liquid so e-liquid needs adding every 1ml to top up which isn't ideal but then at such low wattage 1ml goes a surprisingly long way. Looking at the base of the pod with coil installed we have the central contact and negative surround and the pod also has to each side of the base a magnet to secure the pod in the device. ___________________________________________________________________ The Coils You receive 2 different coils which is the pre-installed 1.0ohm coil recognised by it's Blue o-rings and also included is a 1.5ohm coil which has Red o-rings. The coil heads include the chimney and just get press fitted into place. FreeMax as mentioned has spent 3 years on creating their NS Mesh MTL coils which include getting the correct blend of Flax and Organic Cotton to match the performance of their subohm coils when it comes to superior flavour and longevity. They have a flawless reputation when it comes to their coils so understandable they didn't take any risks in tarnishing that reputation hence we have waited so long for a FreeMax MTL Pod device. The 1.0ohm NS Mesh Coil head has a 66.3% Flax Cotton and 33.4% Organic Cotton wicking mix and is best with Nic salts between 20 to 30mg or freebase between 3 to 12mg, with the device giving a constant 3.3V you get a constant 11w of power when using this coil head. This coil has been developed for giving great flavour no matter what flavour profile you use while also giving decent cloud production. The 1.5ohm NS Mesh Coil head has a 44.44% Flax Cotton and 55.56 Organic Cotton wicking mix and is best with Nic salts between 30 to 50mg or freebase between 12 to 24mg, the power the device outputs with this coil head is a constant 8w. This coil has been developed for higher nicotine intake and throat hit and works particularly well with tobacco flavours. ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Pod Looking inside the pods bay we have a recessed rectangular central section which houses the central positive and outer negative spring loaded pins, the inner surround of this recessed section leads to the membrane switch. To either side of the central section we have a magnet which lines up with the magnets on the pod which gives an excellent secure fit. The duckbill mouthpiece of the pod has a surface which gives grip allowing the pod to be pulled out easily. Full marks for how secure the pod fits while also allowing for easy removal as my biggest con for this device is you can't see the juice level unless the pod is removed and it reaches the minimum mark after only 1ml of use so it needs a constant check. ___________________________________________________________________ Airflow On either side of the device we have a tiny hole that allows air to get to the base of the coil, their is no adjustable airflow with the bore of the coil controlling the tightness of the draw. ___________________________________________________________________ Using The Maxpod The Maxpod is a very simple draw activated device which gives a consistent output of 3.3v so simply take a draw from the device to vape. When inserting a pod the LED indicator light comes on for 1 second and when removing the pod the light flashes 3 times. While taking a vape the indicator light will light in a colour which corresponds to battery status, the percentages are the following: White = 71% - 100% Green = 31% - 70% Red = 0% - 30% The Maxpod has all the usual protections which if they kick in are indicated by various flashes of the LED. ___________________________________________________________________ Protections: Short Circuit Protection Open Circuit Protection Over-charge Protection Over-discharge Protection Low Voltage Protection 8s Cut-off Protection ___________________________________________________________________ Charging The device gets charged via the micro USB port situated on the side of the device which i like as the Maxpod can be stood up on it's base. While charging the light is Red and goes off once fully charged. I can't find a charge rate in the specifications but it charged in 50 mins so around 0.8A which most manufactures would rate as 1A. ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The Device And Thoughts The only cons i have for the device is the juice level can't be seen without removing the pod and because you ideally don't want to let the juice level go below the minimum line it needs filling every 1ml although 1ml does go quite a long way with these coils. Despite the efficiency on e-liquid and low wattage output i got decent cloud production with both coil heads. The draw with both coils is very similar and what i would describe as a medium tight draw very much like a cigarette pull with the 1.5ohm coil being just slightly tighter but barely anything in it. FreeMax are very specific in what each coil is best for use with but to be honest the highest Nic Salts i have is 20mg so i just tested both coils with that as well as various 70VG freebase flavours at 3mg. The 1.5ohm coil really as FreeMax claim shines with tobacco flavours while the 1.0ohm coil gave the best flavour from a pod of this type i have experienced whichever profile i used. I have been using the device on and off for a couple of weeks and taking it out with me when i have done my "essential" shopping and i am still using the two coils that came with the device despite receiving extra so as expected from FreeMax no issues with coil longevity. The switch is very responsive and it gave a consistent vape during the entire battery life, i did think battery life may be a con but with giving a constant 3.3v output with high resistance coils the battery life was much better than expected and considering the device's stealth size more than happy. Filling is quick and easy and the pod fits securely while still being easy to remove, the mouthpiece is also very comfortable. This would make a great starter kit for a new vaper or equally as a stealth out and about device for a mtl vaper or just someone who may need a device they can use with high mg for a quick nicotine hit. Finally despite their higher ohms and slimmed down size the wicking in the coil heads behave very similar to with FreeMax's subohm bigger brothers holding the e-liquid well so i had no issues with flooding or leaking while wicking great even with thicker juices. ___________________________________________________________________ Likes High build quality Available in 6 colours Ergonomic Constant 3.3v output (consistent vape) Battery status indication Draw activated Responsive switch Medium tight mtl draw 2 different NS Mesh coils supplied Versatile with different e-liquids and Nic salts suitable Decent battery life Charges in less than an hour Superb flavour Above average coil longevity No flooding, leaking or dry hits Pod fits securely Multiple protections Cons Pod needs removing to check juice level Pod needs removing to fill Needs filling every 1ml of use Device can't be switched off Airflow not adjustable (but really nice authentic MTL draw) I would once again like to thank Tina from FreeMax for supplying the Maxpod Kit for the purpose of this review. ___________________________________________________________________
  3. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the Centaurus DNA 250C Box Mod from Lost Vape. The Centaurus DNA 250C Box Mod was supplied for the purpose of this review by Carrie from Lost Vape. Introduction Their seems to have been something missing in the marketplace for far too long and that's DNA box mods from Lost Vape, i hear the question so often about when they are going to release a new one? especially a 75C. Well hopefully a DNA 75C mod will be here very soon as Lost Vape are back but first up is their new dual 18650 DNA 250C device called the Centaurus. The Centaurus has a very familiar look and as the slogan "Legendary Reborn" suggests is very much an upgraded Paranormal which could easily have been called the Paranormal V2. With much more straight angled edging and less busy look very little can be improved on as when using DNA chipsets that's down to Evolv but what Lost Vape can control they have done well with another solid mod and much improved battery door over the Paranormal. The Centaurus comes in different frames and as well as a limited stabwood series it also comes with the choice of different Carbon Fiber or gorgeous Abalone panels, let's give it a look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1× CENTAURUS DNA 250C BOX MOD 1× USB Connecting Cable 1× USB On-The-Go Adaptor 1× Warranty Card 1× User Manual ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The Centaurus came in packaging which was marked sample which is more in keeping with the look of the limited edition packaging although i received the version with a Gunmetal frame, Pearl Fish Leather spine and New Zealand Abalone Shell Panels but their are plenty of options with different stabwood, carbon Fiber or Abalone panels. The device as mentioned is very similar looking to the Paranormal but has a lot less busy look which i prefer and straight angled tapered edging so not rounded ridging as seen on previous lost vape DNA devices. The finish of the Centaurus is a step up and if you look at pictures of well used Paranormal and Therion devices it's the rounded edging and ridges that have been done away with on the Centaurus design that wear and have chips and dents etc. The Centaurus has a Stainless Steel construction with padded leather spine and a choice of panels and i have to say out of the 10 different options their isn't a single one i don't like the look of, Lost Vape have done a great job with their choice of materials. The device is the classic box mod shape but the angled edging and cut corner face (borrowed from the Therion) gives it a nice aesthetic form factor while the padded leather spine adds comfort when handling. ___________________________________________________________________ Centaurus Specs and Features: Dimension: 91mm(H)x55mm(W)x26mm(D) Weight: 173g Chipset: Evolve DNA 250C chipset Battery: Dual 18650 Battery(Not Included) Power Range: 1-200W Modes: VW / TC(Ni80, Ni90, Ti, SS316) / TCR / Bypass Replay Mode Boost Screen: 0.90 inch color TFT display screen Temperature Range: 200°F-600°F Coil Resistance supported: 0.1Ω-3.0Ω Coil Material supported: Nickel, Titanium, SS316, KA1, Ni80, Ni90 Body Material: Stainless Steels / Leather Software: Escribe Charging Port: Micro USB USB On-The-Go power bank Charging Current: 2A Thread: 510 Colours: Limited Stabwood Series(Total 7777PCS): Black/Crocodile-Stabwood, Gunmetal/Pearl Fish-Stabwood, SS/Crocodile-Stabwood Carbon Fiber Series: Black/Ostrich-Tactile Carbon Fiber, Gunmetal/Pearl Fish-Tactile Carbon Fiber, SS/Cowhide-Tactile Carbon Fiber, Black/Ostrich-Chopped Carbon Fiber New Zealand Abalone Shell Series: Black/Ostrich-NZL Abalone Shell, Gunmetal/Pearl Fish-NZL Abalone Shell, SS/Cowhide-NZL Abalone Shell ___________________________________________________________________ Installing The Batteries The Centaurus accommodates dual 18650 batteries which get installed via the bottom hatch door. The door on the Centaurus is a big improvement over the Paranormal and no longer needs sliding out before pulling up but instead has a locking latch which just needs sliding to open and then closing is just a matter of pushing the door closed and the latch locks in place. We also now have a metal spring loaded hinge rather than plastic, this door feels much more durable which is good to see as many have had problems with the door on the Paranormal. My only grumble is the battery orientation is just stamped into the contacts which can be seen in reasonable to good light but i still would much prefer this bright White. ___________________________________________________________________ Using The Centaurus Once a battery is fitted any press of a button wakes the device up and the lock screen is displayed that shows the time, date and battery percentage. 5 clicks of the fire button unlocks the device and takes you to the main screen, 5 clicks again locks the device, as with everything else on the device this can be changed using Escribe to 2,3 or however many clicks you want to lock and unlock the device, you can even choose a different combination of buttons if you wish to stop people unlocking the device and having a vape without your permission. The screen is very bright and vibrant but with not that much use of colour with the default theme, of course the theme can be changed or you can design your own using Escribe. The device has a select button as well as the 2 navigational buttons so using the device is a breeze. Using the navigational buttons moves you to different fields on the screen which is shown by the field you are on having a background colour surround. When you are on the field you want pressing the select button highlights the field, now you use the navigational buttons to alter the field to what you want, pressing the select button again sets your changes. On the main screen as well as having fields you can alter you have fields like info, preheat and settings which when selected takes you to another screen. All screens are navigated and altered the same way as the main screen it is a very user friendly interface in my opinion and the Centaurus with it's DNA 250C chipset has all the features you would expect from a modern device as well as the replay feature and Boost which i will cover in the next section. ___________________________________________________________________ Replay and Boost The Replay feature i love, i would say when i am using any of my 250C or 75C devices i have it on Replay about 80% of the time. To use Replay you need your coil to be using a temp control wire or include a temp control wire in it's make up but temp control as we are accustomed to it's definitely not and temperature is only part of what's going on. As well as using Replay and watching videos about it i'm still trying to get my head around how it actually works, but from my experience and from what i have seen, work it certainly does. The idea is when you find your flavour sweet spot while vaping you can record that vape and then vape in Replay mode and you should get that same flavour with every vape with that juice and coil combination regardless of things like how saturated the cotton is etc. I am still not convinced about the explanation it just seems too clever yet my experience of using it convinces me it actually works and is my favourite way of vaping, with replay you also get dry burn protection. The DNA 250C and 75C chipsets also brought us a boost feature which can be set within escribe and allows the initial power to be boosted to i know some people don't like the terminology but it gives an harder hitting vape. ___________________________________________________________________ Changing Things With Escribe Using the Centaurus with the Escribe software allows you to alter so many things, as already mentioned you can change how the device can be locked and unlocked but so much more can be done. You can set up profiles, alter boosts, set up temp control wires and even change the colour of the LED on the fire button. I am only just touching the surface and many reading this that are use to owning DNA devices will be far more advanced in using the software than me, there is even a mod section which is an area a novice like me should stay clear of as if the manufacturer has set the device up properly you can only possibly do more harm than good in this section unless you know exactly what your doing. The one part of Escribe which really appeals to me and will many is the theme designer that allows you to change the backgrounds, where things are positioned on the screen, add extra screens etc. When i have pictured other DNA C devices in atty reviews they have one of my own designed themes but for this review i thought the pictures of the device should show the default theme that came installed on the device. ___________________________________________________________________ Protections: Atomizer Protection Short Circuit Protection Weak Battery Protection Temperature Protection Low/High Resistance Protection Reverse Polarity Protection ___________________________________________________________________ Charging And On The Go Power Bank As well as using the micro USB cable for any upgrades and using the device with the Escribe software it also supports 2A charging although as always i personally never recommend charging the batteries in the device unless it's your only option. You also receive a USB on the go adaptor to covert the Centaurus into a power bank for charging other devices such as smart phones. ___________________________________________________________________ Performance And Final Thoughts! When it comes to performance it's a DNA 250C device, enough said! I love the look and feel of the device and yes it's so similar to the Paranormal and when handled has a very familiar feel to it but on closer inspection gone are the ridged edging that easily seem to take a battering giving the device a less busy, more durable look. Many who like the look of both the Paranormal and Therion will be pleased that this device has that very familiar Lost Vape look while others will find it too alike and would much rather of had a complete departure and new design, i can understand both view points but don't blame Lost Vape after it being a while since manufacturing a full DNA device playing it safe. The battery door is a big improvement and as far as what the device actually offers functionality wise which is nothing new is something we are aware of as that's a matter for Evolv. So a cracking device from Lost Vape and hopefully a new 75C on the way! Apart from the subjective opinion over it's similar looks to what they have produced in the past and minor issue with marked battery orientation which could be more visible the only con i can really find is the 24mm raised 510 platform is far too raised in my opinion. It's fine for what i have been using being both a low wattage restrictive direct lung vaper who also likes a loose MTL as the tanks i have used have been 24mm or less but this is a 200w dual battery device which one improvement is now can accommodate a 26mm atty without any overhang whatsoever but instead it gives a big gap between the base of the atty and device. ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Excellent build quality Good choice of materials Plenty of different panel options Familiar Lost Vape look (reassuring to some, con for others) Colour Screen Great Performance Dual battery 200W high powered device DNA 250C Chipset Replay Feature Boost Feature Easy to use interface Upload themes or design your own Taylor device using Escribe software Improved secure battery door Fit up to 26mm atty's without overhang Use device as power bank (adaptor included) 2A charge rate Firmware upgradeable Cons Very similar look to previous devices (subjective con for some pro for others) 510 raised too much in my opinion (bigger diameter than 24mm will gap) Labelled battery orientation could be clearer I would once again like to thank Carrie from Lost Vape for supplying the Centaurus DNA 250C Box Mod for the purpose of this review. ___________________________________________________________________
  4. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the iJust AIO Kit from Eleaf. The iJust AIO Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Eleaf. Introduction The iJust AIO is the latest in the iJust series and an AIO Pod Stick device bringing an AIO/Pod device to those who prefer the tube/pen style form. When i was told this was being sent i really didn't look up it's specs and features and was not expecting anything of great interest but the iJust AIO Kit surprised me ticking many boxes. It has a neat side filling method, adjustable airflow, 3 power levels, 3 tier battery status indication and for it's compact size accommodates an impressive 1500mAh battery. With e-liquid viewing windows, no need to remove the pod to refill and coming in 5 colour options, let's check the iJust AIO Kit out! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1x iJust AIO 1x GT M 0.6ohm coil 1x USB Cable 1x USB Manual 1x Warranty Card ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The iJust AIO Kit came in quite basic cardboard packaging with a picture of the device on the front of the box. I received the Black version, the colour options are Black, Gunmetal, Silver, Rainbow or Pink. The device comes with the pod inserted but no coil installed, only the top of the pod protrudes from the device which includes the fixed drip tip and viewing windows with adjustable ring. The device is tubular with "Eleaf" printed towards the bottom on the front and "iJust AIO" in the same position on the rear, apart from that the device is quite plain. On the front we have a protruding large fire button with translucent surround for the LED to shine through, in the same position on the rear is the micro USB port. On either side towards the top we have small airflow slots and then moving to the base printed safety marks. The device is small and portable just getting swallowed up by the hand so good for out and about, the device is well thought out and made well! ___________________________________________________________________ iJust AIO Specs and Features: Size: 22mm x 102.5m Capacity: 2ml Resistance Range: 0.3-3.0ohm Battery: Built-in 1500mAh Output: 23W max Dual air inlets & adjustable airflow 3 power modes Compatible with GT Coils Easy side filling design 3-Tier Battery Status Indication Multiple Protections Thread: 510 Colours: Black, Gunmetal, Silver, Rainbow, Pink ___________________________________________________________________ The Pod You receive one pod which accommodates replaceable coils and is refillable, the pod has a tinted mouth section and clear main lower section with the upper main section having a broad adjustable ring with large cutouts for viewing windows, when turning this ring it reveals the fill port but more about that in another section of the review. Either side of the pod towards the bottom we have small slots for airflow and moving to the base we have 2 magnets either side which are recessed by an hair so don't fully make contact with the metallic rail inside the device, the pod has a 2ml capacity. ___________________________________________________________________ The Coils The Coil head as with so many of these pods just get press fitted into place and then pulled free to replace. You receive just one coil which to me is a big con, even if a couple of Dollars is added to the price at least 2 coils should come with any pod based device if using replaceable coils. The pod hosts GT coils and the coil you receive is a Kanthal mesh 0.6ohm coil with a rating between 10w to 25w, the bore while not wide is definitely more suited for a direct lung draw. Also available is the regular Nichrome 1.2ohm coil rated between 7w to 14w which is a MTL option and really with that adjustable airflow should of been included in the kit giving the user more choice. ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Pod Looking inside the Pod's bay we can see the recessed central circular area with contacts for the base of the coil to sit. The perimeter of the inside of the bay is a metallic rail with 2 large protruding sections that act as stoppers. The way it works is quite clever, as mentioned the magnets on the base of the pod are recessed by a hair but these magnets are quite powerful, just the magnetic pull between the magnets and metallic rail gives the pod a very secure fit while because the magnets don't actually touch the rail it allows for rotation between the stoppers for the adjustable airflow. ___________________________________________________________________ Adjustable Airflow On either side of the device we have small slots and also matching slots on the pod. As described in the previous section the pod can rotate between stoppers to either have the slots on the device and pod perfectly lined up for airflow fully open or adjust to preference. It works really well giving good adjustability but a very minor con is when the device is in your pocket the pod does sometimes get rotated so the airflow needs readjusting. ___________________________________________________________________ Filling Another neat feature is the filling method which allows filling without removing the pod. The top of the pod which protrudes from the device has an adjustable ring with two large cutouts that act as viewing windows. When this ring is turned in one of the viewing windows appears a silicone section with self sealing membrane. The silicone section only takes up half the viewing window so as you fill you can clearly see the juice level, once filled just turn the ring to hide the silicone fill section. The fill slot allows the use of modern Gorilla nozzles but not glass droppers so if you use glass droppers you would need to decant into a bottle with a smaller nozzle. ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The iJust AIO Device The device is the usual 5 clicks of the fire button to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off and once on you have the choice of 3 different power settings, high, medium or low. The power settings appear to be different constant voltage outputs but no details are given other than the already mentioned high, medium and low. To change between settings is 3 quick presses of the fire button and the LED will flash 3 times in the colour that represents the new setting selected: Red = Low Blue = Medium Green = High Also 2 quick clicks of the fire button allows you to check the current power setting, the LED will light solid in the corresponding colour for two seconds. The device also has 3 tiers of battery status indication which is shown by what colour the LED lights while vaping, the percentages are the following: Green = 60% - 100% Blue = 20% - 60% Red = 0% - 20% Finally the iJust AIO device has all the usual protections you would expect which if they kick in are indicated by various flashes from the LED. ___________________________________________________________________ Protections: Over-charge Protection Over-discharge Protection Over-current Protection Over 10s Protection Short Circuit Protection ___________________________________________________________________ Charging The Charge rate isn't given but it took around 2 hours to charge so about 1A max during charging which is a bit sluggish but the device does support pass-through. While charging the LED lights solid Red and once fully charged the light goes off. ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The iJust AIO KIt, And Thoughts! Pod and AIO devices are not everyone's cup of tea especially those into rebuildables but their are many that have embraced them while others are warming to them as they improve. I am a mod and RTA vaper myself but come in the category of warming to pod and AIO devices as they improve but i must admit i was surprised by this device thinking it might be too basic for my personal liking, well it is a simple device but it's executed so well i really like it. Adjustable airflow, refillable, replaceable coils, can see juice level at all times, fill without moving the pod, DL and MTL (mtl coil not included), 3 different power levels, 3 tiers of battery status indication and decent battery for it's portable size, that's a lot of boxes ticked. The power settings work well with a clear difference between the 3 when using the 0.6ohm coil although the TPD compliant 2ml capacity is a bit lacking for this coil but at least filling is quick and easy. I have always found Eleaf coils better than they are given credit for and this pod with the 0.6ohm coil installed is very similar to the vape and flavour the better disposable sub-ohm tanks give which is pretty darn good and no issues with longevity. I have been using this as a second device for 2 weeks and despite getting sent a pack of spare coils i still have the original coil installed. The airflow adjustment works really well and when closed down to barely open i can get a loose MTL with the 0.6ohm coil so the not included 1.2ohm MTL coil with it's narrower bore should give a decent MTL vape, as it is the included 0.6ohm coil is a semi restrictive lung hit fully open. Also these type of pods with press fitted coil heads tend to leak to varying degrees but i am finding any moisture present when removing the pod minimal which could just as easily be condensation so very happy! If using as your main device a charge during the day will possibly be needed with the 0.6ohm coil dependant on how much you vape but if you use the optional 1.2ohm coil head then this will last most vapers all day. So plenty to like but like most things it could be better, the biggest con for me is only one coil included, i really think the 1.2ohm coil head should also come with the kit. This is not an expensive kit and Eleaf obviously are trying to keep it as cheap as possible but do they not watch or read reviews that universally and constantly say these types of kits have to come with at least 2 coils. The only other minor cons for me is the sluggish charging and when in the pocket the pod can rotate so the airflow needs readjusting but apart from that, it's a little gem! ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Well thought out device Portable, lightweight 5 Colour options Replaceable coils DL and MTL option (mtl coil not included) Adjustable airflow Pod fits securely Neat side-fill method Fill and view e-liquid level without removing pod 3 different power levels 3 tier battery status indication 1500mAh battery Good flavour from 0.6ohm mesh coil Good coil longevity Decent battery life Supports pass-through Not expensive Cons Only comes with one coil Charging could be quicker Pod can easily rotate when in pocket causing airflow alignment to move 2ml capacity with 0.6ohm coil not great but understandable (TPD compliance) I would once again like to thank Eleaf for supplying the iJust AIO Kit for the purpose of this review. ___________________________________________________________________
  5. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the Cog MTL RTA from Wotofo. The Cog MTL RTA was supplied for the purpose of this review by Antonio from Wotofo. Introduction Over the last 4 years Wotofo have grown into one of the giants in vaping manufacturing bringing us countless popular RDA's and RTA's and a few devices that haven't been too shabby. The Cog is their latest MTL RTA and another collaboration with Matt aka "Suck My Mod" which offers a lightweight transparent design and innovative cog (gear) driven airflow design. MTL vapers would of been eyeing the Cog up ever since it's marketing first appeared so let's give it a look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1* COG MTL RTA 2* 2.5mm Thick Cotton Strips 1* Dual Core Fused Clapton Coil 0.8ohm 1* Single-Strand Coil 1.2ohm 1* Cross Head Screwdriver 1* Bag O-rings 1* User Manual ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics The Cog MTL RTA came in the usual Black and Woofo Green packaging with clear lid so the product can be fully viewed before opening, i received the Black version, the options are Black, SS, Gunmetal, Gold, Blue and Rainbow. The RTA's construction involves a lot of plastic making it extremely lightweight and has a cheap almost semi-disposable feel to it but that is in contrast to it's looks which i actually like reminding me slightly of one of my Doggystyle versions. Although it involves a lot of plastic where it matters for durability the threaded areas are metal such as the top-cap threading, also the deck area and chimney. Up top we have a curved style MTL delrin 510 drip tip so you can use your own and the chamber has a nice curved shape to it similar to the "Recurve" sleeve. On the front of the chamber we have the Cog Logo which looks very nice but is over shadowed by large etched safety marks on the rear which i'm sure i'm not the only one that will dislike. I understand the safety marks have to be present but surely they could be smaller. Moving to the bottom the Cog has a transparent look allowing to see the Gears in action as the airflow is adjusted, we have dual slots (which are not for airflow adjustment) and both an arrow head and markings showing the selected airflow setting. As mentioned in my opinion the Cog looks great but do wonder about the plastic lightweight approach and how durable over time the gears will be as these also appear to be plastic. ___________________________________________________________________ Cog Specs and Features: Build Deck Diameter: 22mm Height: 34mm(Without Drip Tip & 510 Pin) Tank Capacity: 3ml / 2ml TPD version Material: Stainless Steel (body) + PCTG (tank tube) Coil Configuration: Single Coil Resistance: 0.4-1.8ohm Resistance of Included Coil: 0.8ohm Wattage Range: 5-30W Drip Tip: 510 Delrin Drip Tip Airflow Type: Bottom Airflow Insulator Material: German PEEK Connector Threading: 510 Thread Colours Available: Black, SS, Gunmetal, Gold, Blue, Rainbow Included Coil Specs As Given: 1. Dual Core Fused Clapton Coil Material: Ni80 30G*2+38G Resistance: 0.8ohm Inner Diameter: 2.5mm 2. Single-Strand Coil Material: Ni80 28G Resistance: 1.2ohm Inner Diameter: 2.5mm Number of Wraps: 9-wrap contact build ___________________________________________________________________ What You Receive? A big plus for receiving two different pre-wound coils and cotton (specs listed above) but other than that not a lot! A screwdriver which i used to try and undo the first clamp screw with before tossing it in the bin and a few O-rings and spare clamp screws, that's it! No spare PCTG tube or different drip tip option, normally Wotofo products include a lot but not on this occasion! ___________________________________________________________________ It's Various Parts! The Cog is made up of a 510 drip tip, central threaded top-cap, PCTG tube (3ml standard, 2ml TPD), chamber and chimney section, and base section including deck. It has a gear airflow system and Gold plated standard 510. ___________________________________________________________________ Filling The Tank I know there is not much logic to covering this before airflow but the airflow is the interesting part so will keep you in suspense. The top-cap is very thin and no knurling is present for grip so it can be quite difficult to unscrew. This is a bit of a chalk and cheese RTA for me so although unscrewing the top-cap can be a pain all metal sections including the threading and underside of the top-cap is very well machined. Once off we have two large fill ports allowing for a quick mess free fill and then screwing the top-cap back in position is no dramas with that silky smooth threading. ___________________________________________________________________ The Airflow This is were the Cog gets interesting using a gear system directly underneath your coil rather than airflow having to travel from the side of the tank and then upwards, losing pressure on it's journey. We have two slots on the base which look like adjustable cyclops slots but do not adjust at all, these are just to allow plenty of air to get below where the real adjustable airflow is, underneath the coil. You do turn the section where the slots are situated though and we can see an arrowhead and different sized round indents to show the size of the airflow setting. As you turn the base section it has inner teeth like a Gear which interlocks with a central gear so any rotation of the base in turn rotates the inner gear which has different sized airflow inlets. The sizes of the airflow inlets are 1.6mm, 1.4mm, 1.2mm, 1.0mm and 0.8mm. As it adjusts to each airflow size as well as the arrowhead pointing at the corresponding setting it also clicks satisfyingly into place. ___________________________________________________________________ The Deck And Build I used both supplied coils and as i just get a feeling most reviews will show the build using the Fused Clapton i included photos of the Ni80 build although there is no difference in the build it'self and just to mention up to 3.0ID coils will sit great in this. The Cog has such a user friendly build deck utilising horizontal clamps sitting opposite each other both with a central screw so it doesn't matter which way your coils are wound they will slot in nicely. Just place your leads on the shelves underneath the loosened clamps and holding your coil in a central position tighten the clamp screws down from above. If needed use a coiling rod or fit for purpose tool to adjust the height and position of the coil then snip your access leads, that's all done! The deck is raised allowing for a GTA style of wicking so just poke your cotton ends down in the channels without over stuffing, make sure e-liquid can circulate below the cotton. ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The Cog And Thoughts! I did mention earlier this being a chalk and cheese RTA but personally as i don't mind too much if it's sometimes a pain to unscrew the top-cap, it gives the draw spectrum that i like, the question mark about the durability of the plastic gears could turn out favourable and a leaking issue i had i now have solved, so it's mostly Cheese for me as the Cog has outstanding performance. The top-cap not being the easiest to grip and get undone is more when i didn't use the tank for a while but actually when in continuous use it wasn't that bad, it seams to tighten and seal tighter the longer it is between fills. The other issue i had was after using the first day the next morning i found the tank had emptied everywhere and couldn't understand why as the wicking is straightforward and this style of GTA wicking is common and has not given me leaking issues before. So i re-wicked and it was much better for a couple of days with just a bit of leakage and then overnight the tank emptied again. After another re-wick which turns out like the first wasn't actually needed i noticed during use weeping coming from where the PCTG tube seals to the base so investigated further. The issue is the PCTG tube just sits on the base as the o-ring is that thin it's not the best of seals so the tank needs to be tightened together so tightly else the seal is compromised. The turning of the base to alter the airflow can very easily just slightly loosen the tube which will cause weeping which if isn't noticed and fixed will cause a real mess if left overnight. Once i found what the cause of the leaking was from then on after changing airflow and taking off or putting the tank on a mod i just made sure the tube was re-tightened and in the last 10 days i have had no leaking whatsoever. This idea of reducing loss of pressure really seems to work as the flavour from the Ni80 coil was outstanding but then the fused Clapton blew me away. This without doubt has been giving me the best flavour and smoothest airflow i have witnessed from a MTL tank manufactured in China, not saying there are not better ones just none i have tried. What did surprise me was although the Cog is still what i would class as an authentic MTL tank the draw is not as tight as many MTL vapers might be looking for being more variants of mid to loose draws which for me is perfect. So performance is great as long as you don't want a tight draw, i love the innovation shown and the sound and feel of the airflow clicking into place but a constant check is needed on the seal between the PCTG tube and base and it's not easy to grip and undo the top-cap! Before i put my likes and cons i would just like to say thanks for reading and stay safe! ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Love the look (subjective) Lightweight 6 Colour options Very user friendly build deck Unique Gear direct airflow system Innovation shown Airflow settings click satisfyingly in place Machining of metal parts and threading spot on Outstanding flavour Silky smooth airflow Mid to loose MTL (my cup of tea) Can use your own 510 drip tip 2 different pre-wound coils included 3ml Capacity (standard version) Cons Top-cap hard to grip Plastic Gears, how durable? Seal between PCTG tube and base needs regular checking Doesn't give as tight a draw as some MTL vapers might prefer Safety marks on chimney an eyesore No spare PCTG tube No alternative drip tip I would once again like to thank Antonio from Wotofo for supplying the Cog MTL RTA for the purpose of this review. ___________________________________________________________________
  6. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look st the Blade Kit from Da One. The Blade Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Da One. Introduction Da One are a vaping manufacturer dedicated to starter MTL kits for those trying to quit the stinkies, which is good to see. The Blade is a blast from the past and alternative to pod systems, manufacturers such as Vaptio regularly brought similar type devices out before the vaping world went pod mad. The Blade is a very simple device that offers 3 different voltage settings which in turn outputs 3 different wattage's dependant on the installed coil. With it's screen displaying both battery status and H, M, or L to show the power level which is altered by a single press of the adjustment button the device is as easy to use as a pod system while giving a mod with tank set-up. The tank has a childproof feature when opening and is a leak resistant design coming with 2 different coil heads for different MTL experiences, let's give it a look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1x DaOne Blade Kit 1x 0.6ohm Coil 1x 1.6ohm Coil 1x Micro USB cable 1x User manual 1x Warranty Card ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The Blade is a tiny starter kit with metal construction and high build quality which comes in the choice of 5 colour options which are Triple Black, Modern White, Navy Blue, Sexy Red or Rebellious Pink, i received the Modern White version. All colour options come with a small Black MTL tank with proprietary drip-tip and magnetic drip tip dust cover. Although the tank is Black with all colour options the tanks o-rings match the colour of the device. The Blade is a very ergonomic device being very small and rounded and has a sleek aesthetic look. On the face of the device we have a Black horizontal pill shaped fire button at the top and smaller Black horizontal pill shaped settings button towards the bottom. Between these two buttons we have a vertical pill shaped display which displays both battery status and power setting, right at the bottom of the face we have the micro USB port. The base of the device has good venting and safety marks and then looking at the top of the device with the tank removed we have a 510 plate with spring loaded 510. Size comparison, Blade between Boost and Vinci X! ___________________________________________________________________ Blade Specs and Features: Dimensions: 114.5mm x 20.7mm x 27.5mm Tank diameter: 20mm Battery capacity: 1500mAh Atomizer capacity: 2ml 3 Voltage Levels with maximum 30W output 1.6ohm and 0.6ohm Coil Compatible with Barrel Coils Weight: 95g Resistance Range: 0.5ohm - 3.0ohm Leakproof/Childproof Top-fill design 4 Tier Battery Status Indication 1A Charge rate (pass through supported) Colours: Triple Black, Modern White, Navy Blue, Sexy Red, Rebellious Pink ___________________________________________________________________ The Blade Tank Overview The tank that comes with the Blade is a nice little MTL tank which has a 2ml capacity, no spare glass tube is supplied. The coil head screws into the base section and also on to the centre of the top plate to secure the tank tightly shut. The glass is sealed to the top plate with an o-ring and to the base section with dual o-rings for a really good seal. The airflow control is dual narrow slits which move with a nice tolerance for good adjustability, you use these adjustable slits in conjunction with the bore of the coil for the draw required. The top-cap has a fixed central section with a protruding collar for the proprietary drip tip to fit over like a sleeve, so you can't use your own 510's. We then have a springy outer section which needs pushing down before the top-cap will turn to undo, it works very much like the childproof feature of a medicine bottle. On the fill plate we have two round fill sockets with rubber collars, the openings are large enough at the top to use most standard nozzles and much smaller at the bottom of the collars. It works really well with air allowing to escape from the port which you are not using to fill and the tank fills quickly and mess free but the holes at the base of the collars are so small that when turning the tank upside down with just the fill plate exposed zero e-liquid escapes! You receive two different Nichrome coils neither of which are pre-installed, the coils can be told apart from the colour of the o-rings. The Yellow o-ringed coil head is a 0.6ohm mesh coil with a MTL bore but more on the larger size for MTL, this is rated between 18w to 30w. The other coil head has Black o-rings and houses a 1.6ohm regular round wire vertical coil with a rating between 8w to 18w, this has a much narrower bore. Also the coils of another device from Da One called the Barrel are also compatible which look to be more geared towards 50/50 ratio or nic salts e-liquids. These are both Nichrome round wire coils with a choice of 1.2ohm and 1.6ohm. Both included coil heads and Barrel coil heads have a protruding top section as this top section of the coil head acts as the chimney which gets screwed to the top plate when securing the tank. ___________________________________________________________________ Magnetic Dust Cover It's not the first time i have come across a magnetic dust cover for the drip tip but in the current climate probably a good idea adding any feature that can increase hygiene. The cover fits over the drip tip and has a powerful magnetic rim securing it very well. With the device being of metal construction while vaping the cover can just be attached to the base of the device where it is out the way. ___________________________________________________________________ Using Device And Tank Independently Although this is very much a kit both device and tank can be used independently of each other. The device would in this regard be much better if it had 5w to 30w adjustable wattage but still will work well with up to 22mm (minimal overhang) MTL tanks or RTA's, likewise the included tank is a quite nice versatile MTL offering which can be used on other devices. ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The Blade The Blade is the usual 5 clicks of the fire button to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off, both actions are confirmed by the LED breathing White 5 times. The device is very simple with just a fire and settings button but it does have a screen of sorts. It's actually LED's being allowed to shine through translucent areas, we have a circle top which is for battery status indication then in a column H, M and L, the colour the circle lights while vaping indicates battery status and whichever one of the letters are lit indicates which power setting you are on. Each press of the settings button takes you to the next setting, they are constant voltage settings which from using the device i have found voltage is boosted when necessary to keep all settings consistent throughout the battery life, the wattage output of each setting will be dependant on the resistance of the coil which for the two included coil heads are: 0.6ohm Mesh Coil Head H = 30w M = 25w L = 15w 1.6ohm Regular Coil Head H = 18w M = 12w L = 10w How accurate these wattage outputs are i'm not too sure as with the 0.6ohm coil the biggest jump in wattage is between the medium and low settings but with the 1.6ohm coil the biggest jump is between high and medium which doesn't add up to me but it gives some idea of power output! As mentioned when pressing fire to vape the circle lights up in the corresponding colour to represents the status of the battery, the light stays on for 2 seconds after releasing the fire button to give time to check the status. The battery status LED colour represents: White = 75% to 100% Blue = 50% to 75% Green = 25% to 50% Red = 0% to 25% ___________________________________________________________________ Protections: Low Voltage Protection Over 10s Protection Over Discharge Protection Short Circuit Protection Overheat Protection ___________________________________________________________________ Charging The device has an impressive 1500mAh battery, i say impressive because of the size of the device they have done well to get that kind of capacity. The device can be charged via the micro USB port and i have to be consistent on this, all vaping products in my view should be using type C as standard so a bit disappointed. The device charges at 1A so takes about 90 minutes to charge and the battery status colours follow the same percentages when charging as when in operational use, the LED breathes the corresponding colour until fully charged and then the light goes off. 90 minutes for this type of device with a 1500mAh battery is about par and also the device supports pass-through so you can vape while charging. ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The Blade Kit And Thoughts! For a broader appeal this little device would of course be better if it had fully adjustable wattage between 5 and 30w and a bit of it's tiny size was sacrificed to allow the fitting of an 18650 battery but for who the device is aimed at, the smoker making the switch to vaping i just can't really fault it as it gives a really good alternative if a pod system just doesn't appeal. There has been many devices like this in the past but most despite having different voltage outputs have not boosted voltage so the higher settings only stay consistent with a fresh battery before the device works as a direct output device compromising performance, this device is consistent throughout on all settings! The little MTL tank is a little gem with childproof top-cap and silicone lined sockets rather than fill ports that allow liquid in but not out also the airflow adjustment works really well. The 1.6ohm regular coil allowed for a tight to medium draw so perfect for those trying to make the switch as you can easily get that cigarette type pull, this was best on either the Medium or Low setting and for flavour reminded me very much of the Nautilus coil just with better longevity. This coil worked well with 50/50 nic salts but also wicked perfectly well with my usual 70VG e-liquid. The 0.6ohm coil head also just about gave a cigarette type pull with airflow closed right down but was happier when having the airflow more open for a mid to loose MTL, fully open a direct lung hit is also possible. I found this coil head best on the medium and high settings with the flavour being about par compared to other mesh MTL coils. Again this coil head was versatile when it came to juice ratios although i would stick to the 1.6ohm coil or even one of the compatible Barrel coils if using with nic salts. I love how small the device is yet battery life is not too shabby, how long the battery lasts will depend on which coil and setting you use but the 1.6ohm coil on either the medium or low setting will last most vapers the whole day. Conclusion A really nice genuine starter kit, a great alternative to a pod system! ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Nice build quality 5 Colour options Dedicated MTL device Tiny, ergonomic 1500mAh built-in battery (external battery would broaden appeal but at a trade off for size) 1A Charge rate Very simple device to use 3 power settings 4 tier battery status indication Battery status given while charging Mesh 0.6ohm & Regular 1.6ohm coil heads included 1.6ohm, tight to mid MTL draw, very good flavour and longevity 0.6ohm, mid to loose MTL draw, performance on par Compatible with Barrel Coil Heads Magnetic dust cover Childproof, leak resistant design Device and tank can be used independently Supports Pass-through Cons For broader appeal would be better with adjustable wattage 5w-30w In-built battery (although probably best for new vaper) proprietary drip tip No Spare glass Not type C USB I would once again like to thank Da One for supplying the Blade Starter Kit for the purpose of this review. ___________________________________________________________________
  7. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the Zeus X Mesh RTA from GeekVape. The Zeus X Mesh RTA was supplied for the purpose of this review by Clay from GeekVape. Introduction We were told the Zeus X would be the ultimate and final RTA in the Zeus family but that statement proved premature as obviously the lightbulb got switched on to the fact the family was missing a mesh option. The Zeus X Mesh is named correctly as it's the Zeus X with a mesh deck. Both RTA's have the same dimensions, use the same size glass options and both outer and inner chambers including the airflow system is identical making the Zeus X and Zeus X mesh base sections interchangeable. My initial thoughts were is this just laziness as the mesh RTA's up to now have been manufactured in a way to make us believe they needed to be quite complicated and tricky to wick for mesh RTA's to work or was this just making something more complicated than it needed to be and simple works best (no punk rocker hairdo's with the wicking here), let's find out! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 4.5ml Standard Edition 1x GeekVape Zeus X Mesh RTA (4.5ml) 1x Spare Glass Tube (3.5ml) 1x 810 drip tip 2x Ni80 0.4ohm Coil 1x Spare Parts 1x Hex Wrench 1x GV Triangular Tool 2x Feather Cotton 1x User Manual 1x Warranty Card 2ml TPD Edition 1x GeekVape Zeus X Mesh RTA (2ml) 1x Spare Glass Tube (2ml) 1x 810 drip tip 2x Ni80 0.4ohm Coil 1x Spare Parts 1x Hex Wrench 1x GV Triangular Tool 2x Feather Cotton 1x User Manual 1x Warranty Card ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics The Zeus X Mesh came in the usual Black sturdy cardboard box which is how Geekvapes samples are packaged so the retail packaging will differ. I received the Silver version, it's available in Gun Metal, Stainless Steel, Blue, Wine Red, Black, Gold, Green, Red & Black or Rainbow. The Black looks to be a matte black and unlike the first two versions of the Zeus (Zeus and Zeus Dual) where if i can remember rightly all versions had a media blasted finish (if not most of them did) apart from the Matte Black and Media blasted Gunmetal the other versions have a metallic sheen. The RTA is 25mm at the base but tapers outwards so the top section is 26mm and the bulge glass (standard edition) increases it's overall diameter further. Its around average height but due to it's girth does seem a short stumpy RTA. Apart from very slight difference in styling to the top section it's identical to the Zeus X with the Zeus logo visible on the outer chamber and "ZEUS" written in metallic on the reverse of the chamber. The base section has grooved texturing for grip and "GEEKVAPE" is carved into the airflow control ring which accommodates large dual Cyclop slots. The top cap has knurling for grip which then slopes and steps to a low profile Black delrin 810 drip tip. The base has all the usual branding and safety marks and the Gold plated 510 protrudes quite a way. Nothing at all to complain about with the build quality it's the same standard as the other Zeus family members. ___________________________________________________________________ Zeus X Mesh Specs and Features: Size: 25mm x 47.8mm Capacity: 4.5ml/2ml Type: Mesh Coil RTA Drip Tip: 510/810 Top-to-side airflow eliminates leakage Postless mesh build deck for easy building Build deck switchable with GeekVape Zeus X RTA Simplified refill system for quick access Support 810 and 510 drip tip Thread: 510 Colours: Gun Metal, Stainless Steel, Blue, Wine Red, Black, Gold, Green, Red & Black, Rainbow ___________________________________________________________________ It's Various Parts Starting at the top we have a removable very low profile 810 drip tip which can be swapped for the also low profile (but not quite as low) included ultem drip tip or one of your own, well actually that's with the sample version but the retail version includes a 510 option instead (see picture below). The top-cap screws off as does the base section. The 4.5ml bubble glass can be wiggled free very easily and can be replaced with the straight 3.5ml glass (the TPD version comes with 2ml glass only but you do get a spare). The airflow control ring can also be easily removed which leaves the juice port and airflow intake section with attached chamber. Unlike most RTA's that's not it, when looking inside the chamber the wall looks slightly stepped which is because their is an inner chamber that fits tight against the outer wall. The inner chamber is removable and is just press fitted into place secured with an o-ring when the very top of the chamber enters the air pipe. ___________________________________________________________________ Included Mesh Again this is a sample version and the contents i have listed come from a vendors site which differs from what i received. I received 2 strips of N80 0.17ohm mesh and 2 strips of KA1 0.2ohm mesh and 4 6mm x 6mm shoelace cotton. ___________________________________________________________________ Filling The top-cap is less than half a turn and it's off, it's the same bayonet design Geekvape have used previously. Once off the 2 kidney shaped fill ports are revealed which are quite narrow and recessed down so large nozzles and glass droppers won't fit but most standard nozzles will be fine. Luckily there is quite a deep channel between the edge of the tank and air pipe section so it won't be too messy if using larger nozzles, just time consuming. Once filled just position the bayonet tabs in place push down and give it a slight turn. ___________________________________________________________________ The Airflow The Zeus X Mesh has the signature Zeus top airflow with large dual airflow slots that are fully adjustable. You also have an inner chamber which gets press fitted into place but the air is better directed than the usual double walled system. With the airflow slots open you can look inside the chamber and clearly see the light from the openings of the airflow slots and a steep ramp (same both sides) where the air is angled downwards, you line the airflow holes on the inner chamber up with these angled ramps when press fitting into place so the air comes through your airflow slots and is directed straight through these holes on the inner chamber. On that inner chamber which sits over your build we have two rows of 5 and 4 holes either side that directs air to the sides of the mesh and a further 5 (either side) on the sharply tapered ceiling which directs air to the top of the mesh. As mentioned the inner chamber airflow system is the same as on the Zeus X but it gives perfect coverage of the mesh so not laziness but someone having the foresight to realise the exact same design would work for a mesh build. There are 2 notches on the side of the deck (one each side) and also on each side on the inner chamber their is cutouts to match. When fitting the tank together the deck will not screw on to the outer chamber until the cutouts on the inner chamber have interlocked with the notches on the deck ensuring the airflow will be positioned correctly. The inner chamber when in place reduces the space and the ceiling tapering quite sharply from a low start is a tried and tested design that encourages flavour. ___________________________________________________________________ Interchangeable Bases A big thing has been made about the fact the base sections with deck are interchangeable between the Zeus X and Zeus X Mesh but what real advantage does that have? The answer is i have already seen just the Zeus X Mesh base section on some vendors sites so no doubt the Zeus X base will also become available. This means those that already have the Zeus X need only buy the base and those that purchase the Zeus X mesh but don't have the Zeus X will be able to buy just the Zeus X base to use with their Zeus X Mesh Tank! ___________________________________________________________________ Using Mesh In An RDA (and now RTA) Issue Mesh is becoming the way to go with stock coils upping the flavour and giving coils more longevity but mesh RDA's were not met with the same enthusiasm being inconsistent with flavour and renowned for dry hits. Mesh gives great flavour, yes that's just my opinion but it is an opinion shared with countless others but the mesh needs total contact with the wicking material and a combination of the flexible mesh and cotton which expands, then shrinks as it dry's and also can sag and change shape as it's constantly expanding, shrinking and sagging means with all the best will in the world trying to keep cotton touching the entire surface area of the mesh was a big problem. It has worked perfectly with stock coils as the cotton is packed between the mesh and the outer shell of the coil head so the cotton always covers the mesh surface area, But then came along the solution! ___________________________________________________________________ Spring Loaded Ceramic Seat Mr JustRight1 came up with the perfect solution, which was introduced with the Profile RDA which is a Spring loaded Ceramic seat which sits directly underneath where the Mesh domes over from post to post. The Ceramic seat pushes the cotton against the mesh and as the cotton expands, then shrinks etc the ceramic constantly pushes the cotton against the mesh with the spring allowing it to lower or raise to achieve this. Mr JustRight1's Ceramic seat now seems to be used in every mesh RDA and RTA design and i bet he wishes he had $1 for every ceramic seat used but then again if his Jewellery is real then he probably does! ___________________________________________________________________ The Deck and Build The Deck is very simple with a vertical sitting clamp each side for the end of your mesh to slide into and of course the now obligatory spring loaded ceramic seat between. We have phillip head grub screws on the sides, so simply loosen the screws, slide your mesh ends evenly in place and tighten the screws, it's that easy. Like with the other mesh RTA's we have seen you are supplied with a simple tool to bend the mesh around before fitting, it bends the mesh to the perfect shape (the simple ideas are always the best). Before wicking pulse your mesh at low wattage (25W max) to burn off any residue from manufacture. When it comes to wicking is were the Zeus X mesh comes into it's own compared to the competition because it's straightforward. You are supplied with 6mm x 6mm shoelace cotton which is four times the mass of cotton in the standard 3mm x 3mm shoelace cotton so essentially you use twice as much cotton than with a dual coil build. Once you feed the cotton underneath the mesh leave your ends long enough to feed down into the GTA style channels but not long enough that they will touch the floor of the tank as you need e-liquid to flow underneath for good wicking. This wicks better than the Unity or Kylin Mesh so don't thin out your ends even though it feels like you are really packing the cotton in the channels more than what would usually be advised, this is because if you thin out the cotton you could get flooding. The channels are large enough that as long as liquid can flow freely underneath the capillary action doesn't get choked off with the cotton packed down. That's it, just normal wicking you would do on any GTA type deck just don't thin your cotton ends. Just one thing worth mentioning about the deck is the spring loaded ceramic seat has a much stiffer spring than on other RDA's and RTA's which have one, making it much less flimsy, it just feels better made! ___________________________________________________________________ Performance I just can't fault it, i really can't apart from it's slightly on the loud side but it's smooth enough. The flavour just pops especially with the N80 mesh and both supplied mesh types gave a really wide flavour range for example the N80 vaped really well even if reduced cloud as low as 30W and i took it right up to chain vaping for 2 mins at 80W and the vape was still saturated and full of flavour, the KA1 mesh performed similar but the N80 just edged it for me. It just seems RTA's like the Profile Unity have turned out to be over engineered as this is just a straightforward build and wick on a GTA stle deck yet it out performs both the Unity and Kylin Mesh by quite a margin with the added bonus of having a leak resistant top airflow! I received this way back and initially tried it with both an N80 and KA1 build but delayed the review because the release date was delayed, before writing the review i did my second N80 build to familiarise me back with the tank (remind me how good it is) and when i used it before and over the last couple of days i just have had no issues whatsoever, It's a winner! ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Well made Good colour options Reasonable capacity Plenty included Bayonet style top-fill Top airflow (leak resistant) Flavour for days Smooth airflow Wicks like a dream No flooding (don't thin cotton ends) Straightforward build and wick Included 510 & 810 drip tips (retail version) Best quality ceramic seat yet Interchangeable base with Zeus X Base available separately Best mesh RTA to date Cons Slightly loud Using glass droppers to fill will be time consuming I would once again like to thank Clay from GeekVape for supplying the Zeus X Mesh RTA for the purpose of this review. ___________________________________________________________________
  8. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the Ladon 225W TC Box MOD from Smoant. The Ladon 225W TC Box MOD was supplied for the purpose of this review by Jessi from Smoant. Introduction A couple of years ago dual battery box mods were being churned out at the sort of rate we now see pods, pod mods and AIO devices but now a release draws real attention especially when it's from a manufacturer with Smoant's reputation which i find well deserved. The Ladon 225W TC Box Mod is one of two devices just released by Smoant, the other being the Knight 80 which i have already reviewed. The Ladon is a compact dual 18650 device which comes with Type C USB and boasts safe balanced charging at 2A. Hosting all the usual modes including a full TC suit and with both a unique aesthetic look and exceptional build quality let's give the Ladon TC Box Mod a look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1 x Smoant Ladon MOD (no batteries) 1 x Type-C Cable 1 x User Manual 1 x Warranty Card 1 x Certificated 1 x Battery Warning Card ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics After really liking the pictures of this device it didn't disappoint when it arrived, it's unique aesthetics and build quality gets top marks from me. When you like the look of a device so much it's hard to imagine some people may not like it but i can see those more into their plain looking devices may not like it's busy appearance. I received the Rainbow version, it's available in Rainbow, Black & Red, Stainless Steel and Full Black. It's construction is Zinc Alloy, SUS304 and it does say Leather referring to the outer side of the back panel and i have seen pictures of two other variants of Leather panels for different colour options, mine comes with a suede feeling material which both sparkles and has iridescent qualities. The device feels a nice medium weight and form factor is one of cut corners and stepped bevelled edging with a centrally positioned raised 25mm 510 platform up top. All colour options have both a Red side rectangular fire button and navigational rocker underneath the large monochrome screen. On the face underneath and part way up either side of the screen we have a mesh plate with horizontal grooves, we also have vertical grooves giving the device nice grip on both sides. For a dual 18650 device the Ladon is compact and is equally comfortable to fire the device with thumb or finger using either hand! ___________________________________________________________________ Ladon Specs and Features: Size: 91.5 x 46.9mm Output Wattage: 1-225W Voltage: 6.0-8.4V TC Mode: NI;TI;SS316;TCR Conversion Rate: 95% Charging: 5V/2A Surface: Zinc Alloy+SUS304+Leather Battery: Dual 18650 batteries(not included) Temperature Range: 200℉--600℉/100℃--300℃ Multiple Protections Balanced safe charging Type C USB Thread: 510 Colours: Rainbow, Black & Red, Stainless Steel, Full Black ___________________________________________________________________ The Kit Option As well as just the Mod which i am reviewing here there is also a kit version which includes a very interesting tank, the Ladon All in One Tank. The Ladon All in One Tank is also available separately and is a Sub-ohm tank which also comes with an RBA which will house both coil and mesh builds! The two stock coils that are included is a 0.16ohm single mesh and a 0.15 dual mesh both of which uses 100% Tea Tree Fiber for their wicking material. The pre-installed Bubble glass gives the tank a 6ml capacity and also included is a 4ml glass and 4ml glass for use with the RBA, i would imagine their will be a 2ml TPD option. The Kit doesn't include the RBA though but purchasing the Tank does, also the RBA with glass can also be purchased separately. I was interested in the tank so researched some others experiences and what i am hearing is the RBA is garbage but the stock coils are amazing, but bear in mind they are best at 80-90W. ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Batteries The Ladon accommodates dual 18650 batteries which to install you need to remove the back panel, there is a little notch at the base to get your fingernail into making it easy. The tray has clear orientation labelled in White which i like and the inside of the panel has a protective coating but don't use this as an excuse to use batteries with damaged wraps. The tray doesn't have a battery ribbon but i find enough of the batteries protrude for easy removal so all good! The panel gets secured by 2 top magnets and one large central bottom magnet and it snaps reassuringly in place. There is no battery rattle whatsoever or sidewards movement of the panel but using the hand there is minimal up and down movement but it didn't move during normal use so all in all very happy! ___________________________________________________________________ The Display The device has an 0.96" OLED screen which has nice brightness, is very sharp and well laid out giving all the required information in an uncluttered fashion with everything easy to read. In fact it's the same display as on the Knight 80 just brighter. Top left displays the mode and top right we have the battery status bar. Below is the wattage when in wattage mode, when in TC the temperature is displayed. We then have the voltage which displays watts when in TC and underneath this is the resistance followed by puffs, finally at the bottom is your current vape duration. When a device is dual battery it's much better to have a battery status bar for each individual battery and better still if both are also given as a percentage so just having a single battery status bar and that's it has to go down as a con for me. ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The Ladon The Ladon is the usual 5 clicks of the fire button to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off, once on pressing + and - together locks the whole device so it also will not fire. The only other combination key press from all working screens is +, - and fire together which resets your puffs. 3 clicks of the fire button causes the mode to blink which now allows the use of the + and - buttons to scroll through the working screens (modes) which are VW, DVW (curves), Ni, Ti, SS and TCR, in the manual their is a full list of TCR setting ranges for various TC wires including Gold. When using curves the + and - alters the wattage for each time segment and fire selects. When using a TC mode then by default the wattage is on auto but fire and + together allows wattage to be set for TC, fire and - together allows you to change temperature unit. Wattage adjusts in point 1 increments from 1W right up to 100W then switches to 1W increments up to the full 225W (it round robins) which despite quite quick scrolling i feel after 20W it should switch to 1W increments but to me that's nothing major, that's it! very easy to navigate. If it sounds familiar it's because apart from the absence of Bypass mode it operates exactly the same as the Knight 80. ___________________________________________________________________ AI Smart Ant Chip & Buck Boost Mode (apparently not) According to the marketing the Ladon has the same AI Smart feature and Buck Boost as the Knight 80 but i really think because it's 90% the same system as the Knight 80 they have simply forgot to omit this, even in the manual it refers to the Ladon having Bypass which it doesn't so Smoant releasing 2 products simultaneously seem to of just made a few errors. With the Knight 80 when an atomiser is attached it gives a recommended from and to wattage for that resistance but that doesn't happen with the Ladon so if it doesn't have the AI Smart feature i assume it also doesn't have the Buck Boost unless this is just voltage boost which the device would have anyway! ___________________________________________________________________ Protections The Ladon has multiple protections and text alerts are displayed on the screen to indicate one kicking in, the protections include: Over Current Protection Over-heating Protection Reverse Polarity Protection Short Circuit Protection Over-time Protection Low Voltage Protection ___________________________________________________________________ Charging I personally never recommend charging external batteries in the device unless it's your only option but the Ladon does support balanced charging at 2A. We also have Type C USB with Smoant being the first manufacturer to the best of my knowledge to adopt Type C USB for all their devices. ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The Ladon And Thoughts! It's been a while to see a new dual 18650 device from Smoant and in my opinion it's been worth the wait. The device is up to date as far as hosting Type C USB but other than that there's nothing new but that's not a real criticism of Smoant as in general apart from little *** bits we just haven't really seen any real innovation in a good while. The device's shape and size along with the position of the fire button makes the Ladon very comfortable in either hand using as either a finger or thumb firer. The fire button has a stiffness to it and gives a satisfying click, it fires impressively quickly and every time hit set wattage instantly, a real good performer. Of course under normal conditions the device isn't going to do the full 225W but i went as high as 100W and 100W felt 100W which gives me confidence the device will fair better than most at higher wattage outputs. The curves also worked great and the user interface is as easy as it get's for a device that offers so many modes. The device has 95% efficiency and at 40W a pair of 2600mAh batteries gave me approximately 700 puffs, of course not an exact science as different batteries perform differently and length of puffs vary but i personally found battery life comfortably better than average. Like any device though things could always be better and for starters i really like dual battery devices to both show the status of each individual battery and also give the status as a percentage but all that gets displayed is a single battery status bar icon. Another con for me is point one increments right up to 100W, this is only needed up to 20W max and then should switch to 1W increments, those that vape at mid wattage's will find adjusting wattage a bit sluggish. A couple of other things that don't bother me personally but will others is the errors in information as on the marketing it does say the device as AI Smart wattage but unless the retail version has a firmware upgrade unlike the Knight 80 it doesn't, also in the manual it just copies the operation instructions of the Knight 80 instead of omitting the Bypass Mode which the Ladon doesn't include. Finally is the centrally positioned 25mm platform which will be entirely subjective if it's a con or pro, personally i like it as any atty i would be using would be 25mm or smaller but those into their large tanks will wish the 510 plate sat flush. As already mentioned i never recommend charging in the device but if you are going to i would have much less concerns with this device with Type C USB and balanced charging, the device is also fully firmware upgradeable. ___________________________________________________________________ Likes High build quality Unique look 4 Nice colour options Fire button, nice stiff click Side fire button Bright, sharp well laid out display Comfortable to use, either hand. thumb or finger firer Very user friendly UI Centrally positioned 510 platform Compact device, not too heavy Fires without delay, hit set wattage instantly Worked great in wattage and curves modes TC not tested (Smoant one of the first manufacturers with proprietary chip to pretty much nail TC so don't envisage issues but seek further information if TC user) Battery orientation labelled in White No battery rattle or panel movement during use Efficient, good battery life Type C USB 2A Balanced charging Firmware upgradeable Cons No Innovation (a general criticism with mods, not particularly aimed solely at this device) Battery status only given as 1 battery bar icon Point 1W increments up to 100W, unnecessary making adjustment quite sluggish Errors in marketing and manual Large tanks (over 25mm) will overhang platform I would once again like to thank Jessi from Smoant for supplying the Ladon 225W TC Box MOD for the purpose of this review. ___________________________________________________________________
  9. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the XTRA Pod Kit from Vaporesso. The XTRA Pod Kit was supplied for the purpose of the review by Jessica from Vaporesso. Introduction So many pod devices and they keep coming but their is a place in the market for them especially if they tick the relevant boxes. When i say pod devices i am not talking about the latest Pod Mods or AIO devices but what are more old school now draw activated, direct output devices which house a disposable pod. Responsive switch, refillable, can switch off, decent battery life, MTL and DL draws, good flavour, decent cloud, battery status indication, aesthetically pleasing, well made and ergonomic. That's a lot of boxes that need ticking but the XTRA by Vaporesso ticks them all, let's have a look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1 x VAPORESSO XTRA Battery 1 x MESHED UNIPOD (2ml, 0.8Ω, Pre-installed) 1 x UNIPOD (2ml, 1.2Ω, In Box) 1 x USB Cable 1 x User Manual 1 x Warranty Card 1 x Reminder Card ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics the XTRA comes in cardboard box packaging with a picture of the device in the colour of choice on the lid. I received the Silver Resin version and again it needs pointing out we are just talking a Resin effect vinyl sticker, the options are Grey, Grey Resin, Silver, Silver Resin, Rainbow and Rainbow Resin. The device is very small especially as it has a 900mAh battery, those of you more knowledgeable than me about batteries will probably be able to work out what battery type has been used but it does appear the device has been kept small by having a cylindrical battery fitted in it's spine which also gives the device quite a unique form factor. We have an opening at the top to allow the fitting of a lanyard (not included) and both the micro USB port and indicator light is positioned on it's outer edge. Moving to the base we have an on/off switch which is recessed into the casing so doesn't interfere with the device standing up, also there is some venting. In a mixture of plain and Resin effect designs i really do like the colour/design options, the main construction is Zinc allow giving a solid yet light device and no issues with build quality. The device is very comfortable to hold as the hand just swallows it up as is the mouthpiece equally as comfortable in the mouth. ___________________________________________________________________ XTRA Specs and Features: Dimensions: 73.9 x 38.2 x 16.7mm POD Capacity: 2ml Battery Capacity: 900mAh Resistance: UNIPOD1.2ohm, MESHED UNIPOD 0.8ohm Output Power: 11W UNIPOD, 16W MESHED UNIPOD Display: Single 3-color LED Indicator Charging Current: DC 5V/1A Comfortable grip with antiskid texture Upgraded Cotton Material for true flavors 900mAh built-in battery for durable vaping Compact and portable Colour/Design: Grey, Grey Resin, Silver, Silver Resin, Rainbow, Rainbow Resin ___________________________________________________________________ The Pods You receive 2 different Unipods which have fixed coils but are refillable. Pre-installed is the pod which houses a 0.8ohm vertical mesh coil and also included is a pod which houses a 1.2ohm regular round wire vertical coil. The easiest way of telling the pods apart is by the colour of the fill bungs with the mesh pod having a Red bung while the regular pod hosts a Grey bung. The pods mouth section is clear as is it's main body so no issues seeing your e-liquid although the level can't be seen when fitted into the device so it does need pulling out from time to time to check the level which is one of only a couple of minor cons for the set-up. The base section of the pods have a central small opening to lead to the membrane switch and large contacts which are big enough not just to line up with the contacts of the device but also to attract the pull of the magnets inside the bay. The fill bung lifts up easy enough and also seals very well so no issues with leaking but the fill port could be bigger. Thin nozzles are fine but larger nozzles cause an airlock so the liquid backs up which can be messy (it's worse with thicker juices), so just check the nozzle you are using also leaves enough space for air to escape before filling, if not decant into something more suitable or really take your time, both pods hold 2ml of e-liquid. ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Pod Looking inside the pods bay we can see the 2 spring loaded contacts with a large magnet either side, centrally we have the membrane switch. The large contacts on the base of the pod as well as the obvious of contacting the devices contacts also are for the magnetic pull which secures the pod in place. The pod fits very securely but with just the mouth section protruding which has quite a slippy surface i found it quite difficult to remove for checking the e-liquid level, nothing major but needs mentioning! ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The XTRA Despite being a simple draw activated device without settings the device does have an on/off button which is recessed into the base of the device. It's 5 clicks to turn the device on or off and both actions are confirmed by the little LED indicator above the USB port cycling through the colours Green, Blue and Red. All you do with the device is take a draw and that's it, so simple! The device does have battery status indication which is shown by what colour the LED indicator lights up when taking a vape: 71% - 100% Green 31% - 70% Blue 0% - 30% Red The battery status can be checked at any time by pressing the on/off button rather than needing to check the light while vaping. ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The XTRA And Thoughts! The XTRA is a simple draw activated direct output device. Well i assume it's direct output but it states 11W for the 1.2ohm pod and 16W for the 0.8ohm pod which tells me 3.6V so could be constant 3.6V or it's a 3.6V battery fitted. The problem is i'm not noticing drop off as the battery gets low so can't be sure, but that's a good thing as it doesn't really matter whether it's direct or constant output as the end result is a consistent vape! There may be plenty of pod devices about but the XTRA is a particularly good one with well spaced out battery status indication which can be checked at any time and also having the option of turning the device off. The 1.2ohm pod gives good flavour and worked well with 50/50 nic salts i am testing, but also tested a pods worth of 70VG liquid and it was fine. The draw is very definitely a MTL and what i would consider a mid to loose MTL. The 0.8ohm mesh coil gave even better flavour and has much more of the Caliburn type draw giving the choice of a loose MTL or restrictive DL vape. I used this pod the most trying various ratios of PG/VG and it coped equally well with all of them. The Days of sucking the life out of a draw activated device or needing a primer puff seem long gone as membrane switches have improved and i must say the switch on the XTRA is spot on, firing every time and giving a consistent powerful vape which suits both pods and both MTL and restrictive DL styles. This isn't a device i have used whole days as my main device but more as a secondary device and popping in my pocket when i have gone food shopping over a three week period so judging longevity of coils and battery life isn't the easiest. I have used mainly the 0.8ohm pod which has had many refills of different ratios and it's still going strong so longevity is easily above the average. Battery life is very good with the 0.8ohm pod and excellent with the 1.2ohm coil compared to similar devices, i have no complaints at all! Like with all devices that are released these days i wish it had Type C USB so that will be a con. It supports 1A charging and charges in about 1 hour while supporting pass-through so again no complaints! ___________________________________________________________________ Conclusion I am not talking Pod Mods or AIO devices where settings can be changed but when it comes to a simple draw activated device the XTRA is the best one i have used certainly this year! ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Well made device Really nice form factor (in my opinion) Aesthetically pleasing finishes (again, in my opinion) Light, portable Ergonomic Battery status indication (3 levels, nicely spaced) Can check battery level at any time On/off button Very responsive switch gives consistent performance Includes 2 pods Pod fits very securely Good flavour both pods (mesh pod edges it) 1.2ohm Pod mid to loose MTL 0.8ohm Pod loose MTL or Restrictive DL Very good battery life compared to similar size devices Charges in just an hour Supports pass-through Cons Need to remove pod to see juice level nothing to grab (quite slippy surface) on pod so can be a little difficult to remove Fill port could be bigger Resin finish just a vinyl sticker Metallic sections on mine shows fingerprints Would prefer Type C USB I would once again like to thank Jessica from Vaporesso for supplying the XTRA Pod Kit for the purpose of this review. ___________________________________________________________________
  10. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the RPM80 Pro Pod Mod Kit from Smok. The SMOK RPM80 Pro Pod Mod Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Ella from Sourcemore. Introduction Smok like it's competition follow up a 40W Pod mod with an 80W version, well in Smok's case 2 80W versions giving the choice of a 3000mAh in-built battery or external 18650. Smok has plenty of critics but i don't review products based on reputation but what i experience with the product in question so that's that out the way! The RPM80 as mentioned has an in-built 3000mAh battery but the device i received is the RPM80 Pro which is taller and accommodates a single 18650, other than that both devices are identical so this review can be used for RPM80 reference also. The RPM80 Pro comes with both an RPM Pod and RGC Pod which houses Nexmesh powered coils and has added adjustable airflow. The Pods are fully visible and only slightly tinted and also has a top-fill method of adding your juice. Other than that the RPM80 is just the RPM40 with twice the available power but does boast a new user interface (screen layout), let's give it a look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: Standard/US/EU Standard Edition 1 x RPM80 Pro Device 1 x RPM80 RPM Pod ( RPM Mesh 0.4ohm Coil Pre-installed) (5ml) 1 x RPM80 RGC Pod (RGC Conical Mesh 0.17ohm coil powered by nexmesh Preinstalled) (5ml) 1 x USB Cable 1 x User Manual EU 2ml Edition 1 x RPM80 Pro Device 1 x RPM80 RPM Pod ( RPM Mesh 0.4ohm Coil Pre-installed) (2ml) 1 x RPM80 RGC Pod (RGC Conical Mesh 0.17ohm coil powered by nexmesh Preinstalled) (2ml) 1 x cable 1 x User Manual ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The RPM80 Pro comes in typical Smok cardboard box packaging with outer sleeve and on opening i came across my first issue, it's just too tall in my opinion for an 18650 device, the size justifies a 2*700 option. I received the Red Stabilised Wood version which brings me to my next gripe, i obviously knew at the price point we would just be dealing with stickers here and although the designs look very nice, the trend of trying to mislead vapers into thinking they are getting Resin or Stabilised wood finishes when what you really get is cheap stickers covered with a clear plastic has got to stop! The colour/design options are Fluid Gold, Black Stabilised Wood, Red Stabilised Wood, Black Carbon Fiber, Black and White Resin, Fluid Blue, 7-Colour Resin, not a hint of Resin or wood in sight! Despite this the device does seem very well made so not got an issue with what you get but more what some might believe they are getting! Despite it's height like all these pod mods with similar forms it's both ergonomic and a nice portable size and weight! Rather than aesthetically having the same form factor as the RPM40, Vinci series or Herakles the RPM80 Pro is very similar in appearance to the Vaporesso Target PM80. As i tend to do more often these days rather than trying to describe the look of the device i will let the pictures do the talking! ___________________________________________________________________ RPM80 Pro Specs and Features: Size: 118 x 31.5 x 26 mm Battery: single 18650 battery(not included) Output wattage: 1-80W Output voltage: 0.5-4.0V Input voltages: 3.3V-4.2V Resistance range: 0.1-2.5ohm Charging output: 5V/2A Charging Rate RPM80 1.2A Max, RPM80 Pro 1.3A Max Standby current: <200uA Capacity: 5ml/2ml Resistance: RPM 0.4ohm mesh coil(25W) RGC Conical 0.17ohm mesh coil(40-80W) New intelligent IQ-80 chip with functional protections Adopts two pods with two coils SMOK's first pod with adjustable bottom airflow New RGC conical mesh coil powered by nexMesh Top filling design with transparent pod for visible e-juice Colours/Designs: Fluid Gold, Black Stabilised Wood, Red Stabilised Wood, Black Carbon Fiber, Black and White Resin, Fluid Blue, 7-Colour Resin ___________________________________________________________________ The Pods/Cartridges You receive two different pods which on first glance look the same but their is the smallest of difference in size to keep the same 5ml capacity (2ml TPD version) whichever one you use as the RPM and RGC coils are different in size. One pod holds RPM coils and has RPM on the fill bung while the other houses RGC coils and has both RGC on the fill bung but also an attached metal adjustable airflow ring on the base. More about that adjustable airflow later, also on the base of both pods we have 2 large magnets. Moving to the top of the pod it's one piece of Delrin which incorporates the drip-tip so you are stuck with what you get. The pods also have a fill bung on this top section which is great to see so the pod can be filled without moving it from the device. The pods are also lightly tinted but absolutely no issues with visibility of your liquid and filling was both quick and mess free. ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Coils You receive both a 0.4ohm RPM mesh coil head which gets push fitted into the RPM Pod and a RGC Kanthal Nexmesh Conical mesh 0.17ohm coil head which also just gets push fitted into place, this time into the RGC pod with airflow adjustment ring. ___________________________________________________________________ Coil Availability All the RPM coil heads are compatible with the RPM pod giving loads of options including the RPM RBA coil head. To date for the RGC pod we have the included 0.17ohm mesh coil head and also an RGC RBA coil head giving a rebuildable option with both pods! ___________________________________________________________________ The Airflow On the device towards the top both front and back we have a slot which allows air to the bottom of the pod. The RPM coils have fixed airflow so can only be controlled by the bore of the coil while on the RGC pod we have a control ring that can close down the amount of air getting to the coil (in theory) and it works in a fashion but more about that in the final section! ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Pod Looking into the pods bay we can see the central Gold plated, spring loaded contacts which are on a raised platform which looks well sealed. To each side we have even higher platforms which house magnets to line up with the magnets on the base of the pod/cartridge. We can also see on both the front and back walls there are slots to allow air to the underside of the pod. The pod/cartridge gets secured by both the magnets and also pressure fitted and is going nowhere, absolutely no movement and very secure. I find the best way of releasing the pod is to get my finger behind the drip-tip and pull forward which lifts the pod free, really good job! ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Battery A single 18650 battery get's fitted via the hatch door on the base of the device. Just slide the door forward and lift up, positive is clearly labelled at the bottom of the tube but negative is marked Black on Black on the underside of the door so not easy to see at all, please White in future Smok! When the door is shut we have no movement or battery rattle whatsoever, a really nice solid door! ___________________________________________________________________ The Display The colour display is very bright and impressively sharp with all the information needed on show. Top left we have "SMOK" then top right we have the battery status bar. Underneath we have the wattage and below this the display is quartered into 4 sections. The sections display top left resistance, top right voltage, bottom left puffs and bottom right time vaped. At the very bottom of the display we have a painting pallet icon followed by 6 different coloured squares in an horizontal row. The main information is in white but some information can be customised to be one of the 6 colours. They are promoting it as a new user interface but as you will find out in the "Operating The RPM80/RPM80 Pro" section it operates exactly the same so really it's just a slight difference in how the information is displayed on the screen. ___________________________________________________________________ Navigating The RPM80/RPM80 Pro The RPM80 and RPM80 Pro devices may have a pod/cartridge that fits to the device but the device operates just like any other variable wattage regulated device. The device is the usual 5 clicks to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off and once on the wattage can be adjusted in 1W increments from 1W to 80W, it does round robin. We do have a number of combination key press features which include pressing fire and left together resets the puff counter and fire and right together moves to the next colour option if you want to change the colour of certain items on the screen, the colours to choose from are Red, Orange, Blue, Magenta, Green and White. Pressing the fire button 3 times locks the whole device so it will not fire, alternatively you can lock just the navigational buttons by pressing them both at the same time. Finally as expected the device has the usual safety protections and if one kicks in a message is displayed on the screen. ___________________________________________________________________ Protections Intelligent Atomiser Recognition Puff Monitoring System 8 Seconds Cut-off Short Circuit Protection Over-heating Protection Low Battery Protection ___________________________________________________________________ Charging Personally i wouldn't recommend charging in the device but the specs give both a Charging Voltage and Rate that differs so curiosity got the better of me. While charging a battery status bar is displayed and the charge is also shown as a percentage, i also just checked and pass-through is supported. The battery took 2 hours 40 minutes to charge in the device so really the charge rate is 1A. ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The RPM80 Pro The RPM40 was my favourite out of the initial 40W pod mods so i had high expectations but feel things have not been executed as well as they might, their is a lot to like but just feel it could of been so much better. I love how well the battery door is executed and how well the pod/cartridge secures, also top-fill is great and 5ml capacity (standard version) is excellent. You are stuck with the non removable drip-tip but it is very comfortable. Up to now the RPM 0.4ohm mesh coil has been my favourite out of all the different coils available for the various pod mods we have seen although i find it's recommended wattage of 25W gives a slightly cool vape so i use it at 30W which is much better delivering more warmth and bags of flavour. I used the RPM pod just to check everything was in order and the RPM coils performance is what i have experienced in the past and all is well. Next to the RGC 0.17 coil head with nexmesh and what a mixed bag i found this to be in conjunction with the adjustable airflow. The first thing i noticed was what a warm vape it gave and i personally only used it at 45W after some experimenting despite it's 40-80W rating. When it came to flavour i have a new pod mod favourite (nexmesh really delivers) but is it worth the baggage? First although we have adjustable airflow plenty of air gets underneath and there is a gap between the airflow control ring and coil head so even when closing the airflow right down i could tell very little difference so i ended up just not even checking it as i got pretty much the same draw whatever it's position. A word of warning if you do want to alter it during vaping leave it a good few minutes after a vape before touching the control ring, it gets red hot as i found out ouch! The other issue is leaking (see picture), i didn't have an issue when checking the RPM coil and didn't have leaking issues with the RPM40 but this RGC pod leaks bad and if having the device in your pocket in anything other than an upright position e-liquid will escape out the airflow slots on the device which can be quite messy. Another issue is even at 45W the pod and drip-tip got uncomfortably hot when chain vaping and at above 50W (remember it's recommended up to 80W) it burnt my lips. The other issue is how long a battery lasted as even though i only used the RGC coil at 45W it ploughed through battery life. Another thing to point out is these pod mods don't have voltage boost which was fine for the 40W renditions but if the RGC coil head was used nearer it's upper wattage recommendation then you can forget what wattage is displayed on the screen as when it comes to performance the device would perform like a direct output device losing power as the voltage of the battery dropped! So the RGC gives great flavour (but too much trade off) so i still much prefer the RPM Pod and included coil. With so many RPM coil options and how well the device performs at modest wattage i still feel many will like this device and it will fly out the door of many vape shops! ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Despite misleading marketing some very nice designs Seems well made and durable 2 different pods included (RPM pod and RGC pod) RGC Pod has adjustable airflow (very limited in it's performance) RGC 0.17 coil (using nexmesh) gives excellent flavour RGC coil gave very warm vape RPM 0.4ohm mesh coil still my favourite pod mod coil (very good flavour) Top-fill, fills quick and mess free 5ml Capacity (standard edition) Can clearly see juice level Accommodates 18650 battery Fair battery life with RPM 0.4ohm coil Really good job with battery hatch door Pods fit very securely Comfortable drip-tip Device performed excellently with RPM coil and RGC coil at lower recommended wattage Sharp, bright, well laid out colour display Display colour can be customised Puff counter Cons RGC Pod leaks quite bad Airflow control makes little difference to the draw RGC coil wattage limited (no voltage boost) only 80W with fresh battery then will drop Using above 50W the pod and drip-tip got far too hot Ploughed through battery life with RGC coil in use Very tall for 18650 device (21700 would give even better performance) Some people will be misled into believing they are going to get Resin or Stabwood finish! Black on Black battery orientation on hatch door (hard to see) I would once again like to thank Ella from Sourcemore for supplying the SMOK RPM80 Pro Pod Mod Kit for the purpose of this review. ___________________________________________________________________
  11. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the first of two new devices from Smoant, The Knight 80 which is an AIO or PodMod (whatever terminology you prefer) which due to it's size i have named a ModPod. The Knight 80 was supplied for the purpose of this review by Jessi from Smoant. Introduction The Knight 80 is one of two new devices from Smoant, the other being the Ladon 225W TC dual battery mod. The Knight 80 is an AIO device which is quite substantial in size and is powered by a single 18650 battery. The device has adjustable top to bottom airflow control making it leak resistant and comes with either 4ml or 2ml capacity pods. The Kit includes 2 different coils and a base adapor. Also available in an RBA head and a Pasito base adaptor allowing both the Pasito coils and RBA also to be used. The device has a large OLED display and adjustable wattage from 1 to 80W. Also the device has curves, bypass ans full TC suite making it well worth a good look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: Smoant Knight 80 device Pod 4ml/2ml(TPD) 0.3ohm mesh coil (installed) 0.4ohm dual mesh coil USB cable – type C User manual battery safety card warranty card ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The Knight 80 comes in a cardboard box with outer cardboard sleeve with a picture of the device in the chosen colour on the front. I received the Black version, the options are Black, Bronze Blue, SS, Tiffany Blue and Night Green. The Knight 80 is quite some size in fact the size of a dual battery mod so certainly not a device i would personally use for out and about as i prefer smaller devices so more of a desktop AIO option in my opinion, but then i do see many vapers out with large devices so it's just a preference. The device is a medium weight, not light but not over heavy and has a Zinc Alloy construction making it a durable device. It's looks will divide opinion, it has a very busy look which i like but those who prefer more plain devices won't be so keen, rather than making a poor attempt to describe it's aesthetic features i will let the pictures do the talking! ___________________________________________________________________ Knight 80 Specs and Features: Size: 90mm*45mm*27mm Battery: Single 18650 (not included) Material: Zinc alloy Surface: Electroplating & CPR patch Screen: 0.96 OLED display Power output: 1-80W Conversion rate: 95% Chipset: AI smart ANT-chip Output Mode:VW, DVW, Bypass (best 0.1-3.0ohm) TC Mode: Ni, Ti, SS316, TCR (best 0.1-2.0ohm) Temperature control range: 100-300℃/200-600℉ Charging: 5V/1A Charging port: Type-C Cartridge Capacity: 4ml/2ml(tpd) Compatible coils: Knight 80 0.3ohm mesh coil(best 50-65W) Knight 80 0.4ohm dual mesh coil(best 30-50W) Knight 80 RBA(best 0.3-2ohm) (sold separately) All Pasito coil (with Pasito adaptor, sold separately) Colours: Black, Bronze Blue, SS, Tiffany Blue, Night Green ___________________________________________________________________ The Pod/Cartridge Like the rest of the device the pod is quite a size and has a rectangular form, up top we have a standard fitting Delrin 510 so you can fit your own if you like. The drip tip fits to a Silver airflow control ring but i will do a separate section covering that. The pod is quite darkly tinted which i personally don't find a con as i have had no issues with three of the pod's sides being entirely visible so can see the juice level no problem and the smoked colour suits the design but others will wish the pod was clear. Looking at the size of the pod you would think it had a huge capacity like 8ml but actually the standard pod holds 4ml of juice while the TPD pod which has the same dimensions but just with more internal plastic holds 2ml. This is due to the leak resistance airflow system so the lower 30% is a void where the adaptor sits and 2 sides of the pod are doubled walled with a cavity between. The side of the pod which fits snug to the wall of the device is where the fill bung can be found which has a flap that's easy to grip to lift up revealing a generous fill port. Filling needs doing with the pod on it's side but with a bit of care it can be filled relatively quickly and mess free, protruding from the top of the pod the same side as the fill port we have a hook which hooks into the device. Moving to the base with the coil and adaptor base installed we have the central positive and negative surround, there is also 2 very strong magnets (one either side). You only receive one pod but it's sturdy and will be good for many coil changes and/or RBA builds, when buying a new pod you get both a 0.3ohm single mesh and 0.4ohm dual mesh coil head included. ___________________________________________________________________ Included Coils You receive 2 different coils, pre-installed is the K1 single mesh 0.3ohm coil which is rated between 50W and 65W and you also get the K2 dual mesh 0.4ohm coil which is recommended between 35W and 50W, not sure of material so i assume Kanthal. The coil head needs to be screwed into the base adaptor and then gets press fitted into the pod. The coil head has 2 thick o-rings and base adaptor another o-ring essentially giving a triple seal. ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Pod Looking at the pods bay we have an indented circular area with beefy Gold plated, spring loaded contacts, the coil head base adaptor fits snugly in this area with all contacts lined up. Either side to correspond with the magnets on the base of the pod we have 2 large magnets and then on the top of the device a slot cutout for the protruding hook on the pod to hook onto the device. The magnets are strong enough to stop this pod going anywhere of it's own accord and the pod also hooking onto the device is said to be a childproof feature, not sure about that but it does make the pod extremely secure and i like the design a lot! ___________________________________________________________________ What's Available? As well as the 2 different coils included there is also a Knight RBA section available which was sent but isn't included. Also there is a Pasito Base adaptor available allowing the Pasito coils and RBA also to be used which gives the device a mid to loose MTL option. ___________________________________________________________________ The Airflow The Knight 80 has top to bottom adjustable airflow with the drip tip base section being the airflow control. We have 2 curved slots on the top of the pod with corresponding slots on the bottom of the airflow drip tip base, again lined up we have two slots on the side of the drip tip base which allows the air to enter. The air goes through the slots on the drip tip base and travels down through the slots in the top of the pod. The two sides of the pod that the slots face are double walled which form cavities for the air to travel down into the void area at the bottom of the pod where the base adaptor and bottom of the coil head with airflow opening is situated. The Airflow adjusts well by just turning the drip tip base section from fully open to as closed down as you prefer! ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Battery The Knight 80 accommodates a single 18650 battery and to fit you will find a small notch on the base to lift off the back panel which has an inner plastic lining. The panel secures with magnets very well and it takes some effort to get any sort of movement so it certainly doesn't move during normal use. Orientation is clearly labelled in White, good job! My only issue is the battery sits deep and no battery ribbon is installed making removing the battery a bit tricky. ___________________________________________________________________ The Display The device has an 0.96" OLED screen which is not the brightest, but sharp and well laid out giving all the required information in an uncluttered fashion with everything easy to read. Top left displays the mode and top right we have the battery status bar. Below is the wattage when in wattage, curves and even bypass displays watts here, when in TC the temperature is displayed. We then have the voltage which displays watts when in TC and underneath this is the resistance followed by puffs and finally at the bottom your current vape duration. ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The Knight 80 The Knight 80 is the usual 5 clicks of the fire button to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off, once on pressing + and - together locks the whole device so it also will not fire. The only other combination key press from all working screens is +, - and fire together, resets your puffs. 3 clicks of the fire button causes the mode to blink which now allows the use of the + and - buttons to scroll through the working screens (modes) which are VW, DVW (curves), Bypass, Ni, Ti, SS and TCR, in the manual their is a full list of TCR setting ranges for various TC wires including Gold. When using curves the + and - alters the wattage for each time segment and fire selects, Bypass is just a case of vaping and it will take the power straight from the battery displaying the wattage that represents. When using a TC mode then by default the wattage is on auto but fire and + together allows wattage to be set for TC, fire and - together allows you to change temperature unit. Wattage adjusts in point 1 increments from 1W to 80W which despite quite quick scrolling i feel after 20W it should switch to 1W increments but to me that's nothing major, that's it! very easy to navigate. ___________________________________________________________________ Protections Low Voltage Protection Reverse Polarity Protection Over-heating Protection Short Circuit Protection 10s Over-vape Protection ___________________________________________________________________ RBA Build The RBA is a separate purchase but one was sent so have tried a couple of builds. It's a single coil RBA with 2 tall posts and decent sized terminals, your leads get fastened from above with Philips grub screws. The airflow outlet is underneath where your coil will be positioned, so bottom airflow and the outlet is a fair size. I have had a 3.0ID fused clapton installed and the pictured build is a 2.5ID Ni80 fused clapton but the airflow, space and terminals will all allow for a 3.5ID coil also if you prefer. Just feed your leads through the terminals positioning the coil above the airflow outlet and then fasten down your leads. Snip your access leads and use a coiling rod or fit for purpose tool to adjust the coils position if needed. Leave your cotton ends long enough to fill the side channels, to get the cotton to stay in the channels while screwing the sleeve over it's much easier if you apply some e-liquid, overall a very easy build! ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The Knight 80! Cons for this AIO device are mainly subjective and only the ones i find an issue with will i put in the cons list because others are not cons for me personally. First is it's size, most who like their pod mods and/or AIO devices like their portability and would probably use single battery standard devices also when out and about, yes this is a single battery device but i have dual 18650 devices that are smaller. For me personally i love the device but as a desktop device as it's just not portable enough for me personally for walking around with. Another con for some but not me as i have had no issues seeing the juice level will be the tinted pod which some would prefer to be clear. Their is nothing wrong with the fill method as it's quick and mess free, the port gets sealed tight and had no escaping e-liquid but i still would prefer not having to remove the pod from the device to fill. The device needs a battery ribbon, getting my battery out has resulted in a bit of blasphemy at times so a real con for me and the only other thing is i really think both the RBA and Pasito adaptor should be included in the kit, after saying that they aren't expensive and the kit it'self i am seeing around the $25 mark which is fantastic value. Now for the pro's, and first is it's leak resistance design, i have suffered not even a hint of escaping e-liquid it's a really nice clean device to use! The airflow control works well but with the included coil heads and Knight RBA it gives just various amounts of direct lung restriction, for any kind of MTL vape you will need to get the Pasito adaptor and use the Pasito coils and RBA. The performance of the device isn't in doubt and having loads of modes is a real plus, it fires instantly and as worked 100% reliably during testing. As well as the Ant Chip it says it also as a Buck boost chip which to be honest other than boosting voltage to maintain wattage when the battery voltage has dropped which is something a variable power device should do anyway i really am non the wiser and am not going to pretend i understand something i don't! When installing a coil it first gives you a wattage range it's suitable to vape at which i really like as the chip isn't just programmed to recognise the Knight and Pasito coils and gives a range to match their recommendations but also gives a range suitable for any build done in either of the RBA's so very smart! Both included coils vaped similar and gave sub-ohm stock coil flavour with the dual mesh K2 just having the slightest more restriction. The pre-installed K1 single mesh i found best at 55W but while testing it wicked fine up to the 70W mark so it's just were you get the balance between flavour and warmth to suit you, the K2 coil i found best at 40W, both are DL but with the adjustable airflow restriction can be tailored to suit. The Knight RBA gave even more air than the included coil heads but again you can restrict it with the airflow control. I found the build to be a doddle and have been getting RTA flavour! The pictured 0.68ohm build which is what i'm rocking at the moment seemed slightly muted at 18W but once bumped up to 25W and airflow closed down to only a quarter open it's now singing. my previous build was a 0.3ohm Kanthal fused clapton 3.0ID which gave even more impressive flavour. The final pros is how efficient the device is, battery life is great, far better than expected for a single 18650 device and It has Type C USB. The charge rate is only 1A but as i wouldn't recommend charging the battery in the device anyway i'm fine with that. ___________________________________________________________________ Like Really nice looking (entirely subjective) Very well designed Good build quality Plenty of colour/design options Leak resistant Adjustable top to bottom airflow DL (does offer MTL option with Pasito coils and RBA) Standard 510 drip tip fitting (use your own) Refillable Replacement coils Includes 2 coils Both coils give sub-ohm stock coil flavour RBA available RBA, easy build, experiencing RTA flavour Pod/Cartridge fit's very securely Compatible with Pasito coils and RBA with Pasito adaptor (separate purchase) Nice sized, well laid out display VW, DVW(curves), Bypass, Ni, Ti, SS, and TCR modes Puff counter (can be reset) Fired without delay, performed excellently AI Smart wattage (gives recommended wattage range) Buck Boost? No idea really! Accommodates 18650 battery Battery panel, no movement Very efficient, experienced excellent battery life for single 18650 Type C USB (1A charge rate!) Very good price Cons Large single 18650 device No battery ribbon installed Being able to fill without removing pod would of been preferable Adjusts in point 1 increments right up to 80W With how much marketing is geared towards both the RBA and being able to use the Knight with Pasito coils then i feel at least the RBA and Pasito adaptor should be included in the kit I would once again like to thank Jessi from Smoant for supplying the Knight 80 for the purpose of this review. ___________________________________________________________________
  12. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the Neon 80W TC Kit from DEJAVU. The DJV Neon 80W TC Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Linky from Sacowin who is the parent company. Introduction The DJV brand is the brain child of Malaysian Youtuber and Vape Trickster Adrian Lo Dejavu. Being a Vaper his products try to deliver what vapers actually want and quite often offer something a little extra from the norm. The Neon Mod is a single 18650 80W device with Wattage, TC, Voltage and Curve modes. Its chassis is made of thick ABS giving a nice balance between being sturdy, having nice hand feel while being lightweight. The mod is paired with the Neon Tank which is both compatible with Smok Cloud Beast coils but also offers an RBA single build option turning it into an RTA. All packaged in a very convenient (many uses could be found for it) carry zip case, let's give the DJV Neon Kit a good look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1 x DEJAVU Neon MOD 1 x DEJAVU Neon Tank (4.5ml) 0.3ohm Coil 1 x RBA 1 x Fused Clapton 1 x Extra Glass Tube 2.5ml Spare o-rings, grub screws etc 1 x Lanyard Tag 1 x USB Cable Stickers 1 x Warranty Card 1 x User Manual ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The Kit comes in large cardboard packaging and on opening you receive a very handy zipped carry case with everything neatly packed inside. Some pictures on the Internet show the device as quite colourful and all those pictures are the device with added stickers which you do receive but the device it'self comes in plain White or Black, i received the White version. A plastic device and high build quality isn't something usually that sits well together but DJV have nailed it here with very thick ABS which i'm still keep checking the internet to finally find out it's actually metal of some sort as it feels such high quality and solid. Both sides have the DJV logo indented into the ABS and where the top meets the spine we have a small opening to receive a lanyard if that's your thing. The Face of the device has a Black panel which includes central tinted screen, above the screen is a square fire button and below 2 smaller square navigational buttons that sit side by side, at the bottom is the micro USB port. On the base we have some manufacturing information and old school battery plate, then up top a small 510 plate that sits flush with Gold plated, spring loaded 510. The device is quite lightweight and portable enough to be suitable for out and about, it's a box shape but all edging is curved and while being smaller than a dual battery device it does need pointing out that it's larger than most single battery devices! ___________________________________________________________________ DEJAVU Neon Tank Specs and Features Size: 28 x 45mm Capacity: 4.5ml/2.5ml Coil: Mesh 0.3ohm Coil RBA Coil: Single Coil Bottom Airflow TFV8 V8 Coil Compatible Top-fill Thread: 510 Colour: Black ___________________________________________________________________ Neon Tank Overview The Neon Tank is bringing a bit more than just being a kit tank to the table as it's a very well made tank which i have really enjoyed testing and having the included RBA puts the icing on the cake. The tank is quite short and with the bubble glass is 28mm at it's widest point with the base being 24mm. With the DJV mesh coil the capacity with the bubble glass is 4.5ml and 2.5ml with the straight glass but with the RBA chamber being larger than the coil i would estimate 4ml and 2ml when using the RBA. The tank has top-fill with central threading so simply unscrew off the air pipe, the perimeter of the top-cap fits over both the fill plate and thick o-ring for a really good seal. It does mean unscrewing and then screwing the top-cap back in place after filling takes more time than the more popular bayonet method but like with any cons with this whole kit most will find quite petty. The fill plate has a walled perimeter as well as 3 kidney shaped fill ports so filling with any type of nozzle is a mess free experience. The drip tip is a smoked Goon fitting 810 which is rather nice but you can fit one of your own if you prefer. The airflow control ring is tri cyclops delivering plenty of air to the base of the coil. The included coil i assume is Kanthal as that spec is not given and is a 0.3ohm single mesh coil with a rating between 20W and 40W. Another bonus is TFV8 V8 (Cloud Beast) coils also are compatible giving even more options. ___________________________________________________________________ Included RBA And Build RBA's can be hit or miss but the one included here is superb and i would consider it to be more of an RTA conversion. The deck section gets screwed into the base which now gives you a floating deck. On one side we have 2 tall posts with generous sized terminals, your leads get fastened from above by screws at the top of the posts. Opposite the posts we have a lower arced airflow wall with 2 rows of honeycomb airflow, we also have an airflow outlet directly underneath where the coil will sit. Because the airflow wall is lower than the posts the leads can be placed through the post holes easily without trimming first and then just slide the coil over the airflow wall so it can drop into position. Then simply fasten down and snip your leads and use a coiling rod or fit for purpose tool to position the coil exactly in the position you want, comparing it to other RBA's their is plenty of room and the build isn't fiddly at all, in fact i found it a doddle! The supplied coil again i can only assume is Kanthal as no specs are given but it's a fused Clapton with 3.0ID but larger coils will fit no problem, my build came out at 0.29ohm. Wicking is simple being a floating deck, just cut your cotton ends long enough to poke into the channels without letting them hit the base of the tank. When the sleeve gets screwed onto the deck which then also screws onto the air pipe when the tank is screwed together a reduced chamber is formed, now simply fill the tank and you are ready to rock! ___________________________________________________________________ Neon Mod Specs and Features: Size: 45 x 26 x 83mm Battery: 1 x 18650(excluded) Output Power: 5-80W Resistance Range: 0.1ohm-3.0ohm TC Modes Supports: SS316/Ni200/Ti Display: 0.96 IPS colour screen MOD Material: ABS Temperature Range: 200℉-600℉/ 100℃-300℃ Charging Parameters: DC 5V/2A Input Voltage: 3.2-4.2V Output Voltage: 1-8.0V Working Mode: Power, Temp, Curve, Voltage Thread: 510 Colour: Black, White ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Battery The device accommodates a single 18650 battery which gets fitted by unscrewing the old school style battery plate on the base of the device. The plate has a central bar which can be used to unscrew with ease and the threading is nice and smooth. Orientation is marked on the underneath of the plate in Black on Silver so clearly visible and personally i still like this style of fitting a battery as no chance of damaging the wrap, good job! ___________________________________________________________________ The Display The Screen does have a tinted cover but the display is both bright and sharp and also both the brightness and colour can be altered in the menu. Central top we have the mode then underneath this the wattage, voltage or temperature depending which mode you are in. Next we have the resistance then underneath the voltage unless in voltage mode which then displays wattage instead. Below voltage is the pre-heat and then we have a colour palette vape time progress bar and finally at the bottom an elongated battery status bar. ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The Neon On a couple of pictures on the Sacowin website if shows the device with a Puff Counter but i have been using the device on and off for 3 weeks and just can't find a puff counter or anyway to activate one anywhere, also no mention in the manual so i assume it was originally going to have one but then their was a change of plan. The device is the usual 5 clicks of the fire button to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off and once on + and - together locks the navigational buttons but the device will still fire. 3 presses of the fire button brings up the menu all on just one screen where you can scroll through the items and fire selects. We first have the 4 modes which are Wattage, TC, Voltage and Curves and then we have brightness followed by a colour palette bar to choose the colour of the information on the screen between Green, Yellow, Red, Blue or White, Exit is at the bottom which takes you back to the working screen. When in wattage mode pressing + and fire together causes the pre-heat to blink allowing it to be changed between Normal, Soft or High. Voltage mode is simply a case of altering the voltage, in TC mode pressing + and fire together allows you to choose which TC wire you are using. Also in TC mode pressing - and fire together allows you to change between temperature unit and wattage to set your wattage for temp control. When using curves + and fire allows you to select between M1, M2 and M3 and - and fire together brings up the 5 second curve for you to set simply by using the navigational buttons to adjust and fire to select. That's it! plenty of mode options and some customisation available while still keeping operating the device relatively simple! ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience And Thoughts! Apart from the device not having Type C USB, not having a quicker bayonet fitting top-cap making filling very quick and it being quite large for a single 18650 device their really isn't a lot to find fault with and certainly in my opinion no glaringly obvious deal breakers. I suppose unless there is going to be a firmware upgrade adding a puff counter that could be if a puff counter is important to you but that's all as far as i can tell. The device is a real consistent performer, i didn't test TC as i don't have the equipment to give detailed information but wattage, voltage and curve modes all worked great, it fires instantly with immediate ramp up, it just impressed me all round! The Neon Tank doesn't let the device down, loads of smooth airflow if that's what you like but it closes down for whatever restriction you prefer while remaining smooth throughout. The supplied 0.3ohm mesh coil i found best with just a third of the airflow open at 30W and the cloud for just 30W is quite amazing and no flavour trade off as it's easily above average. Having compatibility with Cloud Beast coils also gives more options which can't be a bad thing. As mentioned the RBA as good as turns the Neon into a single coil RTA with floating deck, the build and wicking was a doddle and the included fused clapton which came out at 0.29ohm i found i only needed 25W for a cloud chucking flavour banger! very impressed. Because of the bevelled edging over 24mm atty's won't look perfect and over 26mm will just look wrong so not suitable for large atty's but then it's a 80W device so again not really an issue. Although i personally never recommend charging your batteries in the device unless it's your only option it does support 2A charging and is also firmware upgradeable. ___________________________________________________________________ Conclusion Very good mod, very good tank, excellent kit! Will need to decide on retiring a set-up in my rotation as this will be added! ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Best build quality ABS device i have tested Solid and durable Can decorate with included stickers Loads included Comes in handy Zip carry case Portable and quite light No sharp edges Wattage, TC, Voltage and Curve modes Sharp, bright display, brightness can be adjusted Screen colour can be changed Fires instantly with immediate ramp up Old school battery plate, orientation clearly marked Proving to be consistent reliable performer Easy to operate Very high quality included tank Supplied coil gave above average flavour and loads of cloud Tri cyclops delivers plenty of airflow Smooth airflow across the board Cloud Beast coil compatible Impressive RBA (more like an RTA conversion) Very easy build and wick Included 3.0ID Fused clapton 0.3ohm Great flavour and loads of cloud at just 25W with build Spare straight glass Supports 2A charging Firmware Upgradeable Cons Quite large for single 18650 device Long threading on top-cap No puff counter (not an issue for most) Not Type C USB Only up to 24mm fit perfectly (although up to 26mm look ok) I would like to thank Linky from Sacowin for supplying the DEJAVU Neon 80W TC Kit for the purpose of this review. ___________________________________________________________________
  13. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the Aegis Pod Kit 800mAh from Geekvape. The Aegis Pod Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Clay from Geekvape. Introduction Apart from an Aegis Vape Pen and Mech (both doubtful) The Aegis Pod Kit completes the clean sweep of Aegis devices now giving those that like to just press a fire button and vape an IP67 rated option. Both front and back has a central strip of the signature leather with stitching giving this rather large simple pod device an unmistakable Aegis look. The device has type C USB, 1.5A charging and three tiers of battery status indication. Giving an 18W constant output with it's 0.6ohm Mesh G-coil (to be the coils used in similar future devices to keep compatibility) the device gives a restricted DL vape and emphasis on "VERY", a "very" loose MTL if you prefer. The pods hold 3.5ml of e-liquid (have seen the device on pre-order in UK so must also be a TPD solution). With it's durable, rugged, yet aesthetically pleasing design and in-built 800mAh battery, let's give the Aegis Pod Kit a good look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1 x Geekvape Aegis Pod Device 800mAh 1 x Pod Cartridge 3.5ml 2 x 0.6ohm KA Mesh G-Coil 1 x Coil Removal Spanner 1 x USB Cable 1 x User Manual 1 x Warranty Card ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The Aegis Pod Kit come in typical cardboard box with sleeve packaging with a picture of what was obviously an earlier prototype of the device on the sleeve, so i expect the retail packaging will be different. I received the Gunmetal version, the colour options are Beetle Black, Gunmetal, Silver Chafer and Tamamushi, a good choice of options that suit the classy aesthetic look as i really don't feel bright colours will suit the device. The device has a flat form factor with the face and back having a pleasing to the eye shape which would perform well in a wind tunnel. The main chassis is Zinc Alloy with silicone edges and on both the face and rear a central strip of padded leather with stitching (all very Aegis). Incorporated towards the top of the front leather section we have a rhombus protruding fire button with rectangular central LED indicator. Most of the pod protrudes and although tinted is not dark, moving to the base we have a Type C USB port. Out of all the simple just press and vape pod devices the Aegis Pod without doubt has the best build quality and despite only being 73g still feels a quality device when handled. ___________________________________________________________________ Aegis Pod System Specs and Features: Dimension: 88.1*40.3*18mm Shell material: Plastic + silicone + leather + zinc alloy Power range: Constant power output MAX 18W Resistance range 0.4ohm-3ohm Battery Indicator: Green (100-70%) Blue (69-31%) Red (30-0%) Battery Charging indicator: Green light 70-100%, red light 0-69% Battery capacity: 800mAh Charger specification: Type-C 5V/1.5A Low voltage protection: 3.2V+-0.1V Maximum output voltage: 4.2V Lower power standby: Quiescent current <25uA Maximum puff time: 10s High temperature protection: 80c E-liquid capacity: 3.5ml Charging Port: USB Type-C port IP67 Rated Colours: Beetle Black, Gunmetal, Silver Chafer, Tamamushi ___________________________________________________________________ The Pod You receive one pod which holds 3.5ml of e-liquid but as this is already on pre-order on some UK sites i would imagine their is also a TPD version. The pod is tinted but not darkly and also with so much of the pod protruding outside the device seeing the e-liquid inside posed me no problems at all. Looking at the base of the pod we can see as well as the main pod body we also have a second wall both sides which is part of how the pod secures and on one of these walls we have some vertical cutouts to allow air to the base of the coil. To one side we have a bung which lifts easily but sits deep giving a good seal, this stays attached to the pod when lifted and revealed is a large fill port so no issues with nozzle size. When filling just be aware that the pod will fill one side before starting to work it's way to the other so start slow and once the liquid as evened out then you can quicken to complete the fill. I had zero issues when filling and was completely mess free but just take your time at the start and not go gun-go else it could result in a mess. ___________________________________________________________________ The Coil Heads You receive 2 identical coil heads which are Kanthal Mesh 0.6ohm and a new G-Coil which is going to also be used with some future products giving compatibility. Looking at the coils they don't really look like they perform with small wicking holes that made me think 50/50 suitable only (i was wrong) and more of a MTL bore (although not supertight) but again a lot more air than expected. The coils just get press fitted into place but the o-rings give a very tight seal and although the air enters via the base of the coils the slots are quite narrow so any escaping e-liquid should be minimal. ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Pod Looking inside the Pod Bay we can see two negative and central positive bent over prongs that protrude out of a raised silicone seal as even the pod bay is IP67 rated. The sides have a couple of protruding tabs and also to line up with protruding rails on the front and back of the pod we have indented slots on the front and back of the bay walls. It's quite complex and difficult to explain but the result is the pod clicks into place very securely with no movement whatsoever and what a relief you don't need to remove the pod to see the juice level as it takes quite an effort to remove! ___________________________________________________________________ IP67 Rating The Aegis Pod Device has the same IP67 rating as the other Aegis devices which also includes the pod bay so will survive drops, knocks or dropping in the bath etc. The Type C USB port is open but on closer inspection the board with pins protrude from out of a sealed silicone section sealing the device it'self. ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The Aegis Pod Device The Aegis Pod is a very simple device that can be turned on or off with 5 clicks of the fire button. Turning off is confirmed with two flashes of the LED in the colour of the current battery status and turning on is confirmed with 3 flashes, just be aware when pressing five times to turn off however quickly you do it the device will fire as this fires with no noticeable delay whatsoever! Once on simply press the fire button to vape and that's it! The device gives a constant output of 18W and when trying to work out exactly what is going on in conjunction with checking my sums it seems the device is actually direct output but gives a constant 18W by having a wattage cap so it delivers initially whatever the battery has (direct output) but then the chip limits the power. This means even at 3.2V 18W is given as this is what 3.2v with a 0.6ohm coil gives and once the battery falls below where it can no longer give 18W being direct output that's as it goes below the 3.2V cut-off so it's time to charge, of course as well as having the benefit of consistent power throughout the 18W limit will also help with battery life. I can understand some thinking why not draw activated as a constant wattage would suit it but then this is an Aegis and a membrane switch would compromise the IP67 rating. The device does have battery status indication which is shown by what colour the LED lights when the fire button is pressed: Green = 70 - 100% Blue = 31 - 69% Red = 0 - 30% The device also has all the usual safety protections which if they kick in are indicated by various flashes from the LED. ___________________________________________________________________ Charging I am pleased that the device has Type C USB and the charge rate is 1.5A, the device charges in just over half an hour which is fantastic while also supporting pass-through. Normally i don't like the position of the USB being on the base of the device but as this is a device that lies down anyway then on this occasion it makes no difference, some might point out it can actually stand up but let's be honest even the draught from a feather would see it toppling! While charging the LED breathes Red from 0% to 69% charge and then breathes Green between 70% to 100% charge, once fully charged the LED lights solid Green. ___________________________________________________________________ How I Found The Device And Thoughts! There are plenty of all singing and all dancing devices available and the latest pod mods that are getting more powerful and sophisticated so i am simply judging the Aegis Pod on what it is which is a simple press to vape pod device. First is the draw and the Aegis Pod can't be classed as a MTL device it just has too much air although for those that like a very loose MTL that's perfectly doable. The device is really a restricted DL device like so many of the pod mods that are available and what i like about it is the strong warm consistent vape with plenty of cloud which sets this apart from most of the other simple pod devices that are much less powerful. The flavour doesn't have a wow factor but is on par and perfectly acceptable but the flavour is pretty much from the off with very little if any break-in period. Geekvape claim 4 3.5ml refills of optimal flavour and i assume they mean after the initial full pod as my experience was even better as i got 6 pods full and for most of the 6th pod full the flavour was still as good as the first, the flavour then did fall off a cliff but 20ml for a coil is well above average for a pod device. It does mention Nic Salts in the marketing and people can vape what they like but i personally wouldn't recommend nic salts at 18W and how much air the device gives again is more suitable for freebase. Despite the small wicking holes i used 70VG e-liquid and it wicked with no problem even when testing a bit of chain vaping. Even the pod bay is IP67 rated but apart from towards the end of the coils life where i got just slight wetness (not pooled barely anything) which was so minimal it could easily be condensation for the most part the bay remained dry. With the device having an 18W cap didn't just give the device a consistent vape throughout but also helped battery life as the chip was basically only allowing 3.2v for the entire time until the voltage dropped below 3.2v and then the device needed charging. After saying that 18W with a 800mAh battery isn't an all day device for a moderate vaper but still not shabby for what it is, a simple portable pod mod and when compared to similar it fairs very well. The e-liquid can be easily seen at all times and 3.5ml is a good capacity, would prefer a top-fill method but with a bit of care taken the pod fills mess free and seals very well (had no leaking from fill port). Finally although most would need to charge this at least once during the day if it's their only device it takes just 35 minutes to fully charge while also supporting pass-through. ___________________________________________________________________ Likes High build quality Good hand feel Has that reassuring Aegis look Portable (even if bigger than similar devices) 4 Classy colour options Pod fits very securely Can clearly see juice level Fills mess free Had no leaking issues IP67 Rating Powerful warm vape for type of device Constant 18W Battery life compares well to similar devices Mouthpiece comfortable Restrictive direct lung / very loose MTL if preferred Flavour on par Above average coil longevity (20ml) Next to no break-in period Coils compatible with future products 3 Tier battery status indication Type C USB Nice protruding fire button (responds instantly) Charges from empty to full in just 35 mins Supports pass-through Cons More coil options would be preferable Fixed airflow No power adjustability Takes quite a tug to remove pod (petty) Bottom fill Battery not big enough to last all day I would once again like to thank Clay from Geekvape for supplying The Aegis Pod System Kit 800mAh for the purpose of this review. ___________________________________________________________________
  14. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the Herakles Pod Mod Kit from Sense. The Sense Herakles Pod Mod Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Ella from Sourcemore. Introduction Sense originally known for their series of Herakles sub-ohm tanks have been very much part of the pod/AIO scene since it's invasion of the vaping market. The Smok RPM with flashy lights, i mean the Herakles pod mod really is so similar looking to the Smok RPM40 which also brings advantages as the Smok RPM coils are interchangeable. The LED's i like as although LED's on vaping devices is nothing new we now have a pod mod option for those into their colourful LED's. A TPD version is on it's way and the standard version has a whopping 6ml capacity, an extra button to control the LED's and 1500mAh in-built battery, let's give the Herakles Pod Mod a look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1 * Herakles pod mod kit 1 * Replacement empty Pod 2 * Replacement mesh coils(0.4ohm) 1 * Micro USB Cable 1 * User Manual 1 * Warranty Card ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The Herakles pod Mod comes in a cardboard box with outer cardboard sleeve and when opened we find all items on one layer. I received the Gunmetal version, the colour options are Gunmetal, Prism Red, Prism Grey, Prism Green, Rainbow and Rose Gold. The form factor like with the Smok RPM40 reminds me of the Cube X from OBS but slimmer and of course instead of fitting a tank up top we have the Black protruding squared off mouthpiece of the pod/cartridge. The device is a nice portable size and weight and build quality overall is very good with the LED's either adding aesthetically or making the device a bit tacky, really depends if you like LED's on a device or not. On the face we have a Black panel which houses an horizontally positioned oval fire button at the top and 3 function buttons that form a "T" towards the bottom, in-between we have a large coloured screen. Both sides have small upper rectangular Carbon Fiber panels then the rest of the sides are tinted translucent plastic panels, the back of the device has a nice mirrored finish with branding. Where the pod/cartridge meets the top of the device we have indented sides to the pod which form air slots to allow air down to the coil, finally moving to the base we have a central micro USB port and some safety marks. ___________________________________________________________________ Herakles Pod Mod Specs and Features: Dimension: 27mm*25.2mm*104.5mm Liquid capacity: 6.0ml (TPD version being released) Side Fill System - Silicone Stopper 0.96" TFT Display Material: Zinc alloy, PC Battery capacity: 1500mAh Three Adjustment Buttons Regular, Flash, Display, OFF Lighting Modes Output wattage: 5-40W Input voltage: 3.3-4.2V Charge rate: 1.5A Coil option: 0.4ohm mesh coil 0.4ohm coil:15-30W Compatible with Smok RPM coils and RBA Coil Head Compatible with Reewape Rouk RBA 6 Colours: Gunmetal, Prism Red, Prism Grey, Prism Green, Rainbow, Rose Gold ___________________________________________________________________ The Pods/Cartridges The pods are a cube shape with Black squared off mouthpiece, two pods are included which will last a while because they will be good for many coil changes. Two sides of the pod are indented so when it gets placed in the pods bay slots and channels are formed to lead air down to the base of the coil. On one side of the pod/cartridge we have a large bung that can be pulled out via the outer edge leaving the bung still attached to the pod/cartridge. The fill port is one of the biggest i have seen on a pod/cartridge just make sure you have the pod/cartridge on it's side then you can fill quickly and absolutely mess free. Looking at the base of the pod/cartridge with installed coil you can see the round central positive and negative surround spit in 2 parts (allowing pod to be fitted 2 different ways), we also have a magnet on each corner of the pod. The pods/cartridges have no adjustable airflow and as mentioned plenty of air is allowed to get to the base of the coils so any control is done by the bore of the coil heads. The pods are tinted but lighten with the addition of liquid so no issues with the visibility of your juice inside the pod. ___________________________________________________________________ The Coils You get 2 coils included neither of which are pre-installed in the included pods/cartridges. They are both the same 0.4ohm mesh Herakles coil heads which are rated between 15 to 30W. An antibacterial cotton is used for the wicking material which is healthier and also claimed it gives purer flavour and zero cotton taste but more of that later! The coil head just gets press fitted into place and has an o-ring seal. ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Pod/Cartridge Looking inside the pods bay we can see the positive and negative Gold plated, spring loaded contacts and a magnet in each corner which line up with the magnets on the base of the pod. The pod secures very well and has no play whatsoever, in fact it takes quite a tug to pull the pod free. It's not too much of a con with the pods having a 6ml capacity but like with the Smok RPM40 the pod needs removing to check your juice level and also top-fill would be more convenient. ___________________________________________________________________ Smok RPM40 Coil Compatibility One of the biggest pro's for the Herakles Pod Mod is that the Smok RPM coil family including the RBA head fit the Herakles pod, this doesn't just increase coil head options but also means their will be no problem obtaining suitable coils. It doesn't stop there though as the Reewape Rouk RBA also fits the pod. Unfortunately the Smok RPM40 pods themselves are not interchangeable as this would of also added the choice of Nord coils and even using one of the many Adaptors that allows standard tanks to be used! Reewape Rouk RBA ___________________________________________________________________ The Display The Herakles has a bright colourful display with colour added by having square colour icons running vertically down each side of the lower section of the display, these are options for the LED's. Top left we have "SENSE" and then top right the battery status bar, underneath centrally is the wattage. The rest of the info is centrally orientated with the colourful icons either side, first is the resistance with the seconds of the current vape next to it. Underneath Resistance is voltage followed by puffs, finally we have the LED mode boxed central bottom. ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The Herakles Pod Mod The device is the usual 5 clicks to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off and once on 3 clicks locks and unlocks the whole device so it won't fire. There is also a lock Wattage only option which is + and - together which still allows the device to fire. As well as the + and - buttons we also have the LED mode button which i will cover in the next section but pressing this button together with the - button resets the puff counter. Using the + and - buttons the wattage adjusts from 5 to 40W in 1W increments then simply press fire to vape. ___________________________________________________________________ The LED's Having LED's will not be to some peoples liking but then the device comes with the lights set off as default so just don't use them. For those that do like LED's from time to time even if it's just when at home so not drawing attention the Herakles offers plenty of options. Each three second press of the LED mode button takes you to the next mode, the options are Regular, Flash, Display and Off. Regular mode lights the LED's to how they are set via the icons on the display, to change which icon is in use while in regular mode press the LED mode button and + together which now allows the use of the + and - buttons to scroll through the options until you highlight the one you want. In regular mode the lights come on when fire is pressed and stay on for a further 3 seconds after the fire button has been released. Flash mode also only activates when the fire button is pressed and again stays on for a further 3 seconds after the fire button is released, in this mode while activated the LED's go through various flash sequences. Display mode is for those really into their LED's as this mode see's the LED's always on and not just when the fire button is pressed. This mode is similar to the combination option on Christmas Tree lights giving quite a varied light show. Off mode is the mode which really in my opinion means i just don't get those that would moan about the LED's as you have the choice to just never use them, some people though are never happy unless they have something to moan about! ___________________________________________________________________ Protections 8S Auto Cut-Off Low Voltage Protection Short-Circuit Protection Over-Charge Protection Over-Discharge Protection ___________________________________________________________________ Charging The Herakles has a 1500mAh battery and claimed 1.5A charge rate and although i don't have the equipment to test how close to both the device actually is it took 1 hour 8 minutes to charge so i would say close to both so i'm perfectly happy! ___________________________________________________________________ How It Vapes? And Thoughts! I will get the LED's out the way first which i won't put as a con or pro as they are entirely subjective however i will have as a pro that the LED's have plenty of options including being able to turn them off. One definite con for me is just how much the device looks like the Smok RPM40 and a bit more of an original design would be much more preferable but again how much that matters to people will vary. I also don't like the micro USB port being on the base of the device as i don't like needing to lie devices down to charge and also all devices in my opinion should now be coming with Type C USB, after saying that 1.5A charge rate is very good and more than happy with the device taking just over an hour to charge while also supporting pass-through. Battery life was pretty much as expected comparing well to the likes of the Smok RPM40 and similar devices so again happy! The pods fit even better than the Smok RPM40 pods (and they fit securely) due to really strong magnets and like with the Smok RPM40 i would much prefer top-fill and viewing windows to see the juice level but at least the 6ml capacity makes both of these less of a pain than they might of been. Filling actually is quick and mess free due to the very large filling port and then just the occasional tug to remove the pod is needed to check the juice situation. Plenty of air gets to the base of the coils and the airflow can only be adjusted via how wide or narrow the bore of the coil head is, the 1.2ohm RPM coil will possibly give a loose MTL but really the draw on the device is restrictive direct lung. The supplied coils have antibacterial cotton as the wicking material and it's claimed gives zero cotton taste but actually i found although the coil gave plenty of flavour there was a musty like cotton taste present which took a pod full of juice to get rid of, to make sure it wasn't just the one coil i tried the other supplied coil which again gave the same musty taste. Once the musty taste was gone though the flavour matched the 0.4ohm RPM coil which is one of my favourite stock coils of late although the RPM coil is superior in my opinion as there is no cotton taste present. Also being able to fit any of the other RPM coils, RBA and the Reewape Rouk RBA is a massive pro. The supplied coils i found best at 20W but if you like a warmer vape i had no issues with wicking even at 35W which is 5W over their recommended rating. Leaking pods is also something vapers don't like and like the Vaporesso PM80 the pod leaks slightly when using the supplied coil heads although not what would concern me unlike with the Vinci which i found leaking to be an issue, i suffered no leaking when using RPM coils. ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Well made device 6 colour options Portable and ergonomic Plenty of options for LED's including the option to turn off LED mode button 2 Coils included 2 Pods included RPM coils compatible RPM and Reewape Rouk RBA's compatible Flavour from coils after cotton taste goes is very good All coils i used gave a nice restrictive direct lung vape with a really good flavour, vapour balance 6ml Capacity Mess free quick filling (very large fill port) suffered no leaking when using RPM coils Suffered no flooding Pods fit very securely Puff counter Vibrant Display Battery life compares well to similar devices (1500mAh) Option to lock whole device or just navigational buttons Charges in just over an hour (1.5A charge rate) Supports pass-through Cons Not original enough (looks too much like Smok RPM40) Supplied coils gave musty taste for first few ml No adjustable airflow Need to remove pod to check juice level Need to remove pod to fill Very slight leaking when using supplied coils USB on base Type B USB I would once again like to thank Ella from Sourcemore for supplying the Sense Herakles Pod Mod Kit for the purpose of this review. ___________________________________________________________________
  15. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the OSMALL Pod Kit from Vaporesso. The OSMALL Pod Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Jessica from Vaporesso. Introduction Vaporesso tend to release a group of products around the same time to make sure they cater for most vaping styles and needs, other manufacturers should take note, so where does the OSMALL fit into the grand scheme of things? Back to basics, it's a no frills simple draw activated portable MTL device. Not a lot is included and it has a quite cheap feel to it but that's part of it's point it is a very cheap pod system but for those wanting a decent amount of vapor and good flavour from a low wattage authentic MTL device, the OSMALL delivers, let's give it a look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1 x OSMALL Battery 1 x 1.2Ω Regular Pod 1 x USB Cable 1 x User Manual 1 x Warranty Card ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The OSMALL comes in cardboard packaging with a flip lid and when handling the device it's noticeable how small, light and i recant the statement it feels quite cheap, it feels very cheap! I received the Black colour version, it's available in Black, Gray, Dark Blue, Dark Red, Red, Rose, Blue and Gold. The device does have a textured feel giving good grip which is due to groups of raised grooves in different directions forming an aesthetically pleasing geometric design. We have a very small LED indicator one side and central branding the other, the micro USB port is found on the base. Moving to the top we have the top half of the pod protruding which includes a comfortable mouth section very much suited to a MTL draw. The pod is tinted but clear enough to see e-liquid when filled. ___________________________________________________________________ OSMALL Specs and Features: Dimensions: 84.2 x 26.5 x 13.4mm POD Capacity: 2ml Resistance: 1.2ohm Battery Capacity: 350mAh Output Power: 11W Inhale Activated Charge Rate 5V/0.5A Refillable Pod Supports Mouth To Lung Vaping 5 Safety protections Colour: Black, Gray, Dark Blue, Dark Red, Red, Rose, Blue, Gold ___________________________________________________________________ The Pod You only receive one pod which doesn't house replaceable coils but is refillable. The pod is tinted but i found clear enough to see any e-liquid inside and the mouth section as mentioned is very comfortable and very much suited for a MTL draw. There is a silicone bung on the side of the pod that easily lifts up but stays attached which reveals a fill port big enough to fit a Gorilla nozzle while still allowing air to escape, the pod does need filling while on it's side but filling is quick and mess free with a little care. The coil installed in the pod is a 1.2ohm vertical round wire (material not stated which usually means Kanthal) and has flax Cotton has part of it's wicking material which tends to give less break-in time, purer flavour and increased longevity. Moving to the base we have the central opening which leads to the membrane switch and 2 very large metallic contacts that have enough surface area to both depress the contacts within the pods bay and line up with the magnets in the bay. ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Pod Looking inside the pods bay we have the central switch which is much larger than on most such devices with a magnet either side. To each side of the magnets there is small spring loaded contacts. The pod fits secured by the magnets and does have a little play but still needs a physical pull to remove so stays secure during vaping. ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The Device To cut to the chase apart from taking a draw from the device to vape there is no operation as the device as no physical button but just gives 11W and if not constant output i just am not noticing any real power decrease, it gives a pretty consistent vape throughout the battery life. There is a very small LED which only lights White which stays on just long enough to see after vaping but really is only of use if a safety protection kicks in as it flashes various amounts of times dependant on which protection. The device has no battery status indication of any kind which is one of it's biggest cons along with the small battery capacity, on the plus side it only takes about 40 minutes to fully charge from dead while supporting pass-through. When charging the white indicator light stays on until fully charged, it then flashes 20 times before the light goes off. ___________________________________________________________________ Protections Short Circuit Protection Over-charge Protection Over Discharge Protection Overtime Protection Low Voltage Protection P.S Does state in my manual vape time is 5 seconds and then Overtime Protection kicks in but i tested it as this seems short and it is actually 10 seconds! ___________________________________________________________________ How It Vapes? The answer is pretty darn good! The device does feel cheap but looks ok and only one pod is included, also i found i needed charging even when using nic salts at least a couple of times a day when i only used the OSMALL but when matched up with it's pros for the price point really i have no complaints! This little high performing pod device has a MSRP of just $13.90 so can be picked up for £10 and i said high performing because the pod with installed 1.2ohm vertical round wire coil is superb and the draw activation works as reliably as on any device reminding me of the Caliburn in that regard. The draw is a mid MTL, in my opinion perfectly fine for someone giving up the stinkies as it's not too loose but loose enough to give a nice powerful vape to suit most that just want a cheap reliable device that gives fantastic flavour and high mg (as it's well suited for this). I used the pod with 50/50 20mg nic salts and it is really suited to high mg or nic salt delivery but also tried some 70VG low nic freebase and it still gave an enjoyable vape and wicked absolutely fine. The flax cotton as usual does it's stuff as i had pretty much zero break-in time and the flavour is right up there to go along with the for me perfect MTL draw. The flavour is only just starting to drop off slightly and that's after 9 or 10 refills so well above average longevity making only receiving one pod not quite the con it might of been. I got just slight condensation (i really don't even think it's e-liquid) after prolonged use but it was next to nothing, certainly not a leaky pod. The up side to the poor battery life is it charges in 40 minutes and also supports pass-through. The biggest con for me wasn't the poor battery life but total lack of battery status indication and because i couldn't detect any drop off in power one second i'm happily vaping away, the next nothing! Mind at about £10 a wear and spare is still a cheap vaping option. ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Plenty of Colour options looks ok Light, small ergonomic device As simple as it gets Draw activated (very responsive, reliable switch) Really nice mid MTL draw Next to no break-in time Flavour very good Pod has superb longevity Refillable Can clearly see e-liquid despite tinted pod Charges in just 40 minutes Supports pass-through Mini Omni board gives multiple protections Very inexpensive Cons Poor battery life Feels cheap (but then it is) No battery status indication Coils not replaceable Only one pod included Slight pod wiggle but is secure during vaping I would once again like to than Jessica from Vaporesso for supplying the OSMALL Pod Kit for the purpose of this review. ___________________________________________________________________
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