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  1. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the Evdilo 200W Box Mod from Uwell. The Evdilo 200W Box Mod was supplied for the purpose of this review by Ella from Sourcemore. Introduction The Evdilo is a compact dual 21700 device which rather than just offering Power Mode or being a bells and whistles feature rich device with full TC suite offers just Power and TCR modes giving both power and TC options but in a very basic form! This has brought us an efficient, easy to use high performance device which is well worth a look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1 x EVDILO Mod 2 x Battery Sleeves (included in the battery chamber) 1 x Micro USB Cable 1 x User's Manual 1 x Warning Card 1 x Battery Safety Card ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The Evdilo comes in a useful plastic container with outer cardboard sleeve and on opening the lid of the plastic container i was both surprised by it's small size and found it's form factor aesthetically pleasing to the eye. I received the Red version, it's available in Black, Blue, Purple, Silver and Red gloss finishes some of which are quite vibrant! The device is not light being of Zinc Alloy construction and once a pair of 21700 batteries are installed is quite heavy but is the size of an average dual 18650 device and a nice ergonomic shape so i found it a good dual battery option for out and about as well as a really good desktop device with all that battery capacity. The rear of the device that is the sliding battery section is curved to match the contours of dual batteries and then the device curves inwards both sides to meet the protruding face section which houses a really nice feeling large Black pill shaped fire button top and nearer the bottom a more elongated Black horizontal pill shaped rocker. Between the fire button and navigational rocker we have a large OLED screen then right at the bottom a micro USB port. Moving to the base we have safety marks and Black grooved release catch which protrudes slightly giving the device a slight wobble when standing up. Up top we have a centrally positioned 24mm Stainless Steel plate with Gold plated, spring loaded 510. The design is both space saving and ergonomic and the finish looks great out the box but with a lot of edges (not sharp) looks like it could be prone to paint chipping off but more about that later! ___________________________________________________________________ Evdilo Specs and Features: Dimensions: 83.7mm by 47.4mm by 32.5mm Uses Dual High Amp 18650, 20700, or 21700 Batteries (Not Included) Unique Sliding and Locking Battery Panel Wattage Output Range: 5 – 200W Standby Current <100μA Adjusts in 1W Increments Voltage Output Range: 0.7 – 8.0V Minimum Atomizer Resistance: 0.1Ω Temperature Control Range: 200 – 600°F / 100 – 315°C Temperature Control Supports: TCR (Manually enter TCR value for SS or Ni200 wire) Zinc-Alloy Chassis Construction Fast Firing Speed: 0.008S Power and Device Lock Features OLED Display Screen Multiple Protections Micro USB Charging and Update Port Thread: 510 Colour: Black, Blue, Purple, Silver, Red Weight Just Mod = 159g Weight with installed 18650's with adaptors = 269g Weight with installed 20700 batteries = 269g Weight with installed 21700 batteries = 306g ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Batteries On the base we have a grooved sliding Black catch which is spring operated, this catch needs sliding towards the front of the device to release and then the back section can be slid off the rest of the device to reveal the battery compartment. The back sliding section has the same Zinc Alloy construction as the rest of the device but has a Black inner rubberised coating for extra safety. The Evdilo will accommodate dual 21700, 20700 or 18650's with the supplied 18650 adaptors. Despite both the battery compartment and lining of sliding section being Black so loads of room for Bright White orientation labelling we just have small Black on Black labelling on the protruding bottom of the compartment which took me ages to actually locate, very poor! The sliding back section design actually works great with both 18650 (with supplied adaptors) and 20700 batteries but they really have gone for as compact as possible and the combination of dual 21700's being such a tight fit and the rubberised coating not ideal for sliding over the surface of the batteries made fitting some dual 21700's quite a struggle but once fitted and sliding section in place everything is nicely secured, i tried all 3 battery options and experienced absolutely no battery rattle or movement from the sliding panel whatsoever. I do have the advantage of knowing someone who has had this device for a while now and he informed me after some use the catch sometimes opens on it's own accord and knows others who have had the same experience. I particularly tested for this spending time continuously opening and closing the catch and sliding the panel on and off to mimic a device that has been used for a few months as when issues do become known quite often a fix is done before the next production run and i have experienced no issues so assume a much sturdier spring is now being used but that's just my guess! ___________________________________________________________________ The Display The Evdilo has a large, bright, uncluttered, quite basic display which is more business like than designed to be aesthetically pleasing. Top left we have the mode then underneath positioned centrally we have either the Wattage or Temperature depending which mode you are in. We then when in Power Mode have an highlight bar which contains no information but when in TCR contains the TCR value. We then have voltage (wattage when in TCR) followed by Resistance and then vape duration. Below vape duration separating the information just mentioned from the battery status bars we have a thin highlight line. At the very bottom of the display we have a battery status bar for each battery labelled A and B. ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The Evdilo The Evdilo is the usual 5 clicks of the fire button to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off and once on either just the navigational rocker or the whole device can be locked. Up and fire together locks the navigational rocker but the device will still fire while down and fire locks the whole device. Interestingly as expected down and fire together when the device is locked unlocks it but when just the navigational rocker is locked either up or down with the fire button unlocks it. The device is very simple with just Power and TCR modes and no extra settings, the wattage adjusts in 1W increments from 5 to 200w at a really nice pace and round robins. To switch between modes is 3 quick presses of the fire button which causes the mode to blink, you can now switch between Power and TCR using the navigational rocker. With TCR mode blinking a press of the fire button moves the selection to where you can input the TCR value, another press of the fire button now allows you to set wattage up to 120w and once on TCR mode the temperature can be altered in 5 degree increments in Celsius up to 315 degrees and then round robins to Fahrenheit were it can be adjusted in 10 degree increments up to 600 degrees. ___________________________________________________________________ Protections: Temperature Protection Reverse Battery Protection Low Voltage Protection Resistance Protection Open Circuit Protection Short Circuit Protection 10 second vape cutoff Protection ___________________________________________________________________ Charging and Updates: The Evdilo supports both on-board charging and firmware upgrades via it's micro USB port, when the device was released Type C was becoming more common so have to find it a con we only have a standard micro USB port. I never recommend charging in the device and if buying this if you haven't got one already i would strongly advise getting an external charger which will charge up to 21700 battery size. As for the charge rate if you do need to charge in the device i really don't know but as i would expect them marketing 2A charging if that was the charge rate i would guess it charges at 1A. ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The Evdilo and Thoughts! I will get the cons out the way first with most being petty while the pros are many! First as mentioned some 21700 batteries are a very tight fit while others are fine but i did get all i tried to fit so a minor thing really especially as the design doesn't threaten to damage your wraps! Again very petty as most are never going to use the micro USB port but this would be better with Type C and finally when it comes to minor issues the protruding release catch does give it a slight wobble but having a broad base it's not in danger of falling over. The only more major con although will be subjective to the individual is out the box the finish looks really great but someone who as had one a while posted pictures the other day that showed the paint had chipped off in places on the edging. I messaged him to find out if it was caused by really giving the device some major grief but he confirmed the finish isn't that durable long term which will be a small thing for some while even being a deal breaker for others, for the record chipped paint or not he still absolutely loves the device! The device fires without any delay hitting set wattage instantly and performed perfectly during testing. Being able to accommodate dual 21700 batteries gives the device improved performance at higher wattage and great battery life but even when testing with dual 18650's battery life was very good, it seems a very efficient device. I like the basic nature of the device and i have a feeling it was originally going to be a high performing Power only device but to keep both Power and TC users happy decided to include a TCR mode. Despite being quite heavy it feels great in the hand and the buttons are very nice, the space saving form factor is practical, ergonomic and pleasing to the eye! Up top 28mm tanks will fit without any overhang whatsoever while even with 30mm tanks you would need to have a major case of OCD to notice the front overhang which is barely noticeable! ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Solid build quality Space saving compact design Aesthetically pleasing form factor (subjective) Ergonomic 5 Nice colour options Sliding back section Accommodates dual 21700, 20700 or 18650 batteries Very easy to operate Fires without delay with instant ramp up No performance issues while testing Manual TCR Mode Efficient Very good battery life Supports on-board charging and Data updates Lock just navigational rocker or entire device Up to 30mm tanks look great up top (29mm no overhang whatsoever) Battery sliding section secures with no movement or battery rattle Large OLED display Cons Question mark over long term durability of paint finish release catch protrudes slightly Some brands of 21700 batteries very tight fit Poor Orientation labelling Not Type C USB I would once agaiin like to thank Ella from Sourcemore for supplying the Evdilo Box Mod for the purpose of this review, thanks for reading and stay safe! ___________________________________________________________________
  2. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the Wenax Stylus Pod Starter Kit from Geekvape. The Wenax Stylus Pod Starter Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Elliot from Geekvape. Introduction It's refreshing to see a product release from Geekvape that isn't part of either the Aegis or Zeus series and equally as refreshing that it's a product aimed at MTL vapers. We have seen an increase of quality MTL products over the last 12 months but when it comes to pod/AIO devices they haven't really delivered being more suited to RDL vapers giving a loose MTL vape at best. The Wenax though helps fill that void and uses the same backwards compatible coil heads that came with the Aegis Pod, a device which was more suited to RDL. We also see the release of a MTL KA1 round wire 1.2ohm coil head to go with the previously seen KA1 Mesh 0.6ohm coil head for a more cigarette type draw. The Wenax boasts an 1100mAh battery, both draw and button activation, 3 different auto draw settings, battery status indication and comes in different frosted and rubberised matte finishes, let's give it a look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1 x Wenax Stylus Kit (Pre-installed: G Coil 0.6ohm Mesh Coil) 1 x G Coil Pod 1.2ohm 1 x Coil tool 1 x Delrin drip tip 1 x USB cable 1 x User manual ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The Wenax comes in quite simple cardboard packaging and on opening i was met by a cylindrical device. On picking up it's both light being of Aluminium construction and my Ocean Blue version has a nice tactile rubberised finish. The colour options are Army Green, Classic Black, Space Gray, Devil Red, Granite Grey and Ocean Blue, some have a matte rubberised coating while others have a frosted finish. On the front we have "WENAX" printed centrally and on the reverse "STYLUS" towards the bottom. Both front and back towards the top we have what looks like 2 airflow holes lined up vertically but the top one is a dummy which doesn't go all the way through, the bottom holes i would guess are 0.6mm in diameter. On the reverse underneath the airflow hole we have the micro USB port and then up top we have the rounded top section of the pod protruding with standard 510 drip tip. Moving to the base we have a recessed round fire button with translucent surround and central Geekvape logo to allow the LED to shine through. The device feels nice in the hand, seems of good quality and comes in both vibrant and classic finishes! ___________________________________________________________________ Wenex Specs and Features: Dimensions: 112*18.85 with installed pod Auto fire: 0.6ohm(14/15/16W),1.2ohm(9/10/11w) Button fire: 0.6ohm(16W),1.2ohm(11W) Coil resistance: 0.5-3ohm Battery capacity: 1100mAh Charging specification: Micro USB 5V 1A Low voltage warning: 3.2V±0.1V PCBA Temperature alarm: 80°C Longest vaping time: 10S Working temperature: -10-45°C Stand-by current: <15uA Best for 50-70%VG juice Redefined simple design Auto-activated function and button function Lightweight aluminium construction Colours: Army Green, Classic Black, Space Gray, Devil Red, Granite Grey, Ocean Blue ___________________________________________________________________ The Pod You only receive one pod but 2 coils one of which is pre-installed, the pod capacity is 2ml. The pod is quite darkly tinted but lighter in the bottom section although even the top despite being dark it lightens were liquid is present so although not ideal i didn't need to remove the pod to check the e-liquid level. Only a small thing but i love how the pod has a standard 510 fitting drip-tip, the pre-installed drip-tip is more suited to a loose MTL or RDL draw while you also receive a taller drip tip with narrow bore more suited to a tighter draw, i preferred this narrow bore drip-tip when using with either of the included coils. Although i didn't need to remove the pod to check the liquid level it does need removing to fill which for me is a con, it has a side bung which lifts easy enough to reveal a very large fill port for a pod and filling was both quick and mess free. Looking at the base of the pod we have the round opening for the coil head to be press fitted into place but no magnets as the pod just gets press fitted into the bay! ___________________________________________________________________ The Coil Heads The Wenax uses the same G Coils that we saw introduced with the Aegis Pod were Geekvape did say they would be releasing future products compatible with the same coil heads. Pre-installed we see the 0.6ohm KA1 Mesh coil head which is rated between 13 to 18W and also included is the new 1.2ohm KA1 vertical round wire rated between 9.5 to 11.5w. Both have narrow bores with the 1.2ohm round wire coil head having just a slightly narrower bore than the mesh coil. As mentioned previously the coil head just get's press fitted into place and for when removing you also receive a coil removal spanner but i didn't need to use it! ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Pod Looking inside the pod bay we can see the 2 Gold plated, spring loaded contacts and what looks quite an impressive membrane switch (they are getting better all the time). We can also see the small hole either side for airflow and various tabs which i guess are present to assist the secure press fit. As hinted at the pod just get's press fitted into the bay but is a nice tight secure fit, to remove just grip it and give it a tug, nice job! ___________________________________________________________________ The Airflow The airflow as mentioned enters the pod bay via the small hole front and back and then enters the coil from the side near the bottom, we have no adjustable airflow so it's controlled by a combination of the airflow that's allowed to get to the base of the pod and the inner bore of the coil. ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The Wenax The Wenax is the usual 5 clicks of the button which is situated on the base to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off, when turning on the LED surround and logo of the fire button will light up in the current battery status indication colour. The device is both draw activated or can be fired using the button on the base which is the same sort of action as firing a bottom switch mech device. When vaping either by pressing the button or by draw activation the surround and logo of the fire button lights up giving the current battery status indication. You can either just give the button a quick press to check or because the light is quite powerful you can just put the palm of your non vaping hand below the light and your palm lights up to show what colour the LED is, the indications are the following percentages: Green = 70% to 100% Blue = 30% to 69% Red = Below 30% The device also has different constant output settings for when using the Auto draw, to swap between the different settings is 3 quick clicks of the fire button with each 3 clicks taking you to the next setting. The LED lights up for 2 seconds in the new setting colour to confirm, the settings are represented by the following: 0.6ohm Coil Head: White = 14w Blue = 15w Green = 16w 1.2ohm Coil Head: White = 9w Blue = 10w Green = 11w When using the fire button to fire the settings don't take effect and you just get full power which is 16w with the 0.6ohm coil and 11w with the 1.2ohm coil. Finally when fitting the pod with the device swiched on the LED lights up the current battery status indication for 2 seconds and when removing the Pod it flashes Red 3 times! ___________________________________________________________________ Charging The Wenax supports 1A charging and it's 1100mAh battery charges in just over an hour which is par for this type of device so happy, it also supports pass-through. ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The Wenax And Thoughts! Quite a short review because it's an uncomplicated device yet it does what it does well. The flavour from both coils is above par and i got six refills of flavour at it's best with both but it didn't fall off the cliff but kept acceptable flavour for another 3 or 4 fills so about average longevity. The draw with the 0.6ohm coil head was a medium loose MTL although you can put your finger over the back airflow hole for a medium tight draw if you wish but in my opinion if you want a tighter draw the best option is using the 1.2ohm coil head. The 1.2ohm coil head gives a medium tight draw which isn't far off a cigarette draw but again you can cover that back hole for an even tighter draw but without doubt this device is for MTL with both coils. I really like the narrow bore drip-tip and being able to fit your own is also a pro, the 1100mAh battery isn't bad with the 0.6ohm coil head but i did need charging halfway through the day while with the 1.2ohm coil it will last most pretty much all day! The difference between the different auto draw settings is very subtle so to tell the difference i needed to go from the lowest to the highest which confirmed they are different, which one to use will entirely be down to personal preference. Auto draw switches are just getting better and better and on the Wenax there was no performance difference other than the auto draw settings between using the fire button or draw activation. (i honestly wasn't sponsored for including different or difference as many times as possible into a paragraph) Some might find the button on the base being strange to start with but those who have used bottom switch mechs will probably love it. Battery indications are nicely spread out and although the dark tinted pod isn't ideal i didn't need to remove the pod to check the level. The only cons i have is the pod could be lighter and i would prefer to be able to fill the pod without having to remove it. Also the only way of checking the auto setting you are on is by 3 quick presses to take you to the next setting but then you have to cycle through the settings again to get back! ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Good quality Light and ergonomic 6 Colour options (frosted and matte rubberised finishes) Auto or button activated Constant output fire activation 3 Different constant output settings (draw activation) Impressive performance from switch Medium loose MTL 0.6ohm coil Medium tight 1.2ohm coil Cover back airflow hole for even tighter draw Above average flavour both coils Average coil longevity Well spaced battery indications Pod fits very securely Good battery life Charges in about an hour Supports pass-through Cons Need to remove pod to fill Can only check setting by going to the next one Could see liquid level but could be easier (lighter pod would be preferable) Bottom button some will find strange at first Airflow not adjustable I would once again like to thank Elliot from Geekvape for supplying the Wenax Stylus Pod Starter Kit for the purpose of this review, thanks for reading and stay safe! ___________________________________________________________________
  3. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i look at both the Pioneer MTL RTA and the DL Kit which is available for it. The Pioneer MTL RTA and DL KIt was supplied for the purpose of this review by BP Mods and Dovpo. Introduction When does an high end RTA in regard both build quality and performance become available to the masses rather than those who have a much bigger budget than most? When BP Mods design the Pioneer MTL RTA and make the great decision of getting Dovpo to manufacture it, this is hitting the hype train at some speed and i don't see it slowing down! Only a couple of weeks ago the Pioneer MTL RTA i could only find available on a few mainland European sites but as i write this review i am now seeing it in China (even seeing a 2ml TPD version), the UK and US and it doesn't surprise me after using it this has taken off and with Dovpo manufacturing it the demand will be met rather than going down the make in small numbers so the price is artificially high route! The Pioneer offers an high end feel and uses 510 pins with different diameter hollows as the main airflow while also having bottom adjustable airflow to fine tune. What's included is impressive and rather than offering a couple of wider airflow diameter pins to also allow for a RDL vape along with the included MTL pins there is a DL Kit available with extra pins, Chamber and chimney section and Ultem drip tip more suited to a RDL draw. I am still enjoying this and can see me having it in my rotation for the foreseeable future so let's check it out! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1 x Pioneer RTA 3.7ml/2ml 1 x ULTEM Drip Tip 1 x Clear Drip Tip 1 x PCTG Tank Tube 1 x ULTEM Tank Tube 3 x Airflow 510 Pins 1 x Accessories Pack (loads of o-rings, screws, 2 coils etc) 1 x User Manual DL KIt Contents: 1 x Pioneer RTA atomizer Chimney 1 x 2 mm air pin 1 x 2.9 mm air pin 1 x Ultem drip-tip 1 x Spare O-rings ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics The presentation of the RTA oozes quality with every item having it's own compartment all on one level and the minimalistic outer packaging aesthetically is quite classy. I received the Stainless Steel version, it's also available with a "Diamond Look Coating (DLC)" which on some sites is described as Black but looking at pictures i would say more a media blasted Dark Grey. My Stainless Steel version does look very nice but the more i see pictures of the DLC version the more i would say that's the pick! Like the outer packaging the RTA has quite a classy minimalistic look with it's most noticeable feature being the multiple heat-sink fins of the top-cap and two piece 510 MTL drip tip with a stainless steel bottom section which allows various tips to be screwed into it, pre-installed is what actually looks to be a Peek tip which looks the business. On the top of the top-cap we have "Designed by" and a little logo but both are lightly etched so not intrusive on the eye. We have a wide metal band underneath the top-cap which is part of the fill plate, chimney, chamber section and then we have a light frosted PCTG tube before the Silver base section. The pioneer does have bottom adjustable airflow but for the purpose of aesthetics it's that narrow it can barely be seen. All the machining, threading and tolerances are spot on with just that narrow AFC being quite tight out the box and even after loosening up slightly through use i found the RTA needed removing from my device to adjust it! Finally looking at the base we have branding and safety marks, the pre-installed 510 (which has the 0.8mm airflow hollow) is Gold plated and protrudes. ___________________________________________________________________ Pioneer MTL RTA Specs and Features: • 22 mm diameter • 3.7ml filling volume (2ml TPD Option) • Threaded Top Fill System • Dual Post Build Deck - 1 Open Terminal Per Post • Single Coil Configuration • Conical Flavor Chamber • Heat Sink Style Top Cap • Single Deck Vent - Underneath Coil • Adjustable Bottom Airflow • 510 Airflow Pin - 3 MTL / Restricted DL Options Colours: Stainless Steel, Black (DLC) ___________________________________________________________________ What You Receive? As already mentioned everything is very well presented but what do you actually receive? You get the complete Pioneer RTA with pre-installed lightly frosted PCTG 3.7ml capacity tube (i'm guessing for TPD regions this will have a removable reducing bung) and two piece 510 MTL drip tip. I particularly like the drip tip, the base is Stainless Steel and a standard 510 fit so you can use your own and then different tips can be screwed into the base section. Entirely subjective but the pre-installed tip is gorgeous, i have no idea of the material used but it has a "Peek" look to it but i'm not sure! Also included is a frosted PCTG tip and an Ultem tip so you can match up with the supplied tank tubes or do a bit of funky mix and matching if you prefer, just to note the drip tip fits perfectly being a nice tight fit without causing any hassles when removing! As i hinted at when explaining the drip tips you also get multiple tank tube sections, all with a 3.7ml capacity. Pre-installed is a lightly frosted PCTG tube but you also receive a frosted smoked PCTG tube and an Ultem tube. You then also get an accessories box that actually just contains a bag of spares which includes a couple of MTL fused claptons (no wire material or specs given). In the bag as well as the coils you get absolutely loads of O-rings, 2 sets of flathead grub screws and 2 extra 510 airflow pins with different size hollows! ___________________________________________________________________ Filling The Pioneer RTA employs what must be my favourite method of removing the top-cap, the bayonet design. Seen on many recent RTA's including the Zeus range it takes just quarter of a turn and it's off. When fitting the top-cap back in place it again just needs turning slightly and it's secured. Obviously with the bayonet method we have no threading but even here it goes on and off just so much more smoothly than other RTA's that use this method. That's not a dig at the precision of the machining on other RTA's but pointing out just how exceptional the machining is on the Pioneer, it's a silky smooth movement both on and off! With top-cap removed two massive kidney shaped fill ports are revealed so you can fill absolutely mess free with any nozzle i have come across on a bottle of e-liquid including glass droppers! ___________________________________________________________________ The Airflow As seems to be the norm of late with MTL RTA's we have airflow entering the deck from directly underneath where you will have your coil positioned and on the Pioneer it is done via different sized airflow pins which make use of a standard 510 which allows air to enter from the side and then we have different size hollows that allows the air to travel up inside the pin and out the top directly underneath your coil. The pre-installed 510 pin has a 0.8mm hollow but you also receive 2 more pins one with a 1.2mm hollow and the other with a 1.5mm hollow. Of course a lot of RTA's instead will have a 2mm hole fed by an air inlet and then different inserts to reduce it to various sizes and usually come with 5 or 6 inserts but the Pioneer works great in conjunction with it's adjustable airflow to give just as much if not more draw variations. The adjustable airflow is that narrow you only know it's there once you have been told and i must admit on mine it was so stiff out the box i didn't think initially it was adjustable, it was set at six almost pin prick holes and going nowhere. Once you get it moving it's much better but remains quite stiff and is that low forget trying to alter it when fitted to a mod but no big deal, once you have the airflow how you like it why would you want to move it anyway? The airflow comprises of a very narrow slot just one side and can be lined up with a series of 6 of the smallest airflow holes you are likely to see or can be moved to become an open slot, of course the slot can be partially open and you can also have however many of the holes open as you prefer. If careful you can change the pins on the fly which i did initially but noticed after doing that for the next couple of days i would get slight moisture under the atty (small amount) which i assume gets into the threading while swapping the pins out and eventually find it's way out, once i just decided choosing the pin i wanted when doing the build and sticking with it i never got a drop of leakage from the RTA whatsoever which also confirmed previously it hadn't been condensation. I don't know if i just got lucky and nailed the wicking first time but i have had zero issues with it wicking or dry hits and wicked it a few times although i have stuck with the same 70VG e-liquid in both MTL and RDL set-ups and when in RDL mode didn't throw wattage at it. This gives the absolute full MTL spectrum from tighter than anyone would actually vape at to a loose MTL but any RDL even with the largest diameter hollow airflow pin and slot wide open is too manufactured to really say you can enjoy a RDL draw. It's not rocket science the 0.8mm pin gives a tight draw, the 1.2mm a medium tight MTL and the 1.5mm a loose MTL and then you can use the adjustable airflow to micromanage around those settings, i just preferred it simple with the 0.8mm airflow pin and the slot fully open which gave a tight enough MTL for me! I will include the bell chamber in this section as it also just like airflow plays a big part in flavour and flavour is what the Pioneer has been designed for. The chamber is extremely short and has an almost flat ceiling making the chamber as reduced as it possibly can be, the condensed vape then travels up the narrow chimney and through your drip tip for a smooth flavoursome vape. ___________________________________________________________________ The Build The deck has two posts with one terminal in each which are side by side and opposite is a wall which outside edge is curved to match the contour of the bell chamber, this helps with where to place your coil along with the airflow outlet it'self but is mainly there for chamber reduction but is an obstacle when trying to feed your coil leads into the terminals. I found the easiest way is to have your leads quite long which is why the included coils probably have long leads and slightly bend the ends upwards, you can then slide the leads into the gap between posts and opposite wall and that bend allows them to get fed through the open terminals and your coil will slide over the chamber reducing wall and slot into place. Hold the coil the best you can evenly over the airflow outlet and fasten your screws down to fix the leads in place. The screws are tiny and flatheads which are my least favourite, i really wish these were hex which always seem less fiddly and more durable. The supplied coils are 2.5ID fused claptons which is the perfect ID for this RTA, you can use 3.0ID but will in MTL mode need to almost be touching the airflow outlet as the coil can't come above the posts else it will be touching the bell chamber ceiling and shorting out, it's that reduced. Now you can manipulate your coil into the perfect position using a coiling rod or fit for purpose tool and then recheck the screws are tightened down before snipping your access leads. The cotton gets wicked from the channel it'self rather than from underneath and either side we have a small inlet for the juice which you need to make sure you don't block off with compacted cotton. I found the best way was to run my cotton through the coil so just the slightest friction could be felt, then i cut my cotton ends bow-tie length at a 45 degree angle and then just place my bottom ends into the channels and let gravity and the build settling down take care of the rest and i have had zero issues! ___________________________________________________________________ The DL Conversion Kit First thing to point out is once again how well presented this is, it comes in the same style of packaging just smaller. The second thing is you are obviously not going to be able to convert an RTA which covers the full MTL spectrum into a DL tank with a couple of parts or you would just have a "Jack of all trades, master of none" situation and this should of been marketed as a RDL Conversion Kit for accuracy. So what do you get? First you get 2 more airflow pins (510's), one has a 2.0mm hollow and the other a 2.9mm hollow. You also get a different bell chamber section with attached chimney and fill port plate. The bell chamber is taller and has a more rounded ceiling and the chimney has a wider bore. Finally as well as some spare O-rings we have an Ultem tipped 2 piece 510 drip tip which has an inner bore much more suited for a RDL draw! ___________________________________________________________________ The Difference When Using DL Conversion Kit Firstly it is much easier to fit a 3.0ID coil but don't think you can put anything too fancy in here as you have the same build deck and the terminals will not allow thick wire but then even in DL mode this is not suited for high wattage. Because the airflow outlets are bigger and bell ceiling higher you can lift your coil slightly to give the air chance to spread out to give full coverage but other than that it can be treated the same as when in MTL mode, just now with more airflow. With the 2.0mm pin you get a very restricted direct lung and a looser but still restricted direct lung draw with the 2.9mm airflow pin and once again i just had the small narrow slot fully open and reducing the adjustable airflow in this mode i find quite pointless! ___________________________________________________________________ How It Vapes And Thoughts! I have sort of covered most of it as i have waffled on but i'm sure you can tell i'm seriously impressed by both the build quality and vape quality of this RTA, in either mode the vape quality i get is as good as anything i have used! The biggest compliment i can give it is the few high end RTA's i have that cost a mini fortune i keep together and although i will be using this for a long while yet before giving it a rest when it does get a rest it will be kept with them where it won't be out of place with the only difference being i am typically seeing this at just $48 and just under $20 for the DL conversion kit which is a steal! After saying that i might be slightly biased as i both MTL and also enjoy a smooth RDL vape so this covers both ways i vape and does so in quite some style. With the supplied coils no specs are given but as mentioned are 2.5ID fused claptons 0.8ohm which i vaped after testing all sorts of configurations with the 0.8mm air pin and slot fully open at just 12w for a semi tight flavoursome condensed smooth vape, it's a flavour banger! In DL (RDL) set-up it's that grey area between very loose MTL and very restricted direct lung with the 2.0mm airflow pin which is actually the draw many like and you would be surprised unless you are one of those vapers how many like to switch between the two styles with the same set-up and this allows that. I settled for the 2.9mm air pin which gave a much more restricted direct lung (no grey area here) but a full on direct lung is not possible the outer airflow slot is just far too small to make this a DL RTA. I used a 0.48ohm fused clapton with 3.0ID although i need to get some 2.5ID fused claptons with similar ohms as i still think 2.5ID is best in either mode. I was at 22w and just as impressed with the restricted direct lung vape as i was when using it in MTL mode, it's a winner! The one thing i didn't mention is when upping the wattage the RTA does get very toasty or chain vaping even in MTL mode, not a major issue but needs to be mentioned and at least it gives me a con because i am struggling. Another thing also worth mentioning is when doing a build using the Conversion kit aim for builds you will be vaping at between 20 to 25w, this really doesn't like much more wattage than that maybe 30w at an absolute push. I love this in both modes so going to get a DLC one so i can have that has a MTL RTA and refit the DL conversion kit to the one i have, i might even fit the DL Conversion Kit to the DLC tank, the Silver between the DLC top-cap and tube might look kind of cool! ___________________________________________________________________ Last Minute Edit It has literally just come to my attention BP Mods are releasing an alternative top-cap called the Blade top-cap. It will be available in Stainless Steel at $8.99 and DLC at $9.99! (Just spotted on their Social Media) ___________________________________________________________________ Likes High end build quality High end performance Extremely good value for money Full MTL draw spectrum Airflow pins work in conjunction with adjustable airflow Full marks for presentation (Both RTA and DL Kit) Smooth airflow Flavour banger very quiet (silent with the airflow set-up i had in MTL mode) When converted gives a smooth flavoursome restricted direct lung vape (just as smooth but just slight noise but definitely not turbulence) 3.7ml Capacity (Standard version) Includes 3 airflow Pins Includes 3 different drip tip tips Includes 3 different tank tubes Includes 2 MTL fused claptons Standard 510 fitting (can use your own drip tip) Apart from AFC which is a bit stiff all machining, threading and tolerances i just can't fault Smooth bayonet top-fill Use any size nozzle to fill 2 Extra pins with conversion kit DL Kit also includes RDL drip tip, bigger domed chamber and wider bore chimney When not swapping pins on the fly i experienced no leaking whatsoever Experienced no dry hits or flooding Cons Adjustable airflow tight and can't be altered when on device Tank can get toasty above 20w or if chain vaping I am use to wicking this style but some might go through a bit of trial and error (don't overthink it) It can be done but not ideal to change pins on the fly Flathead screws, i find fiddly and not as durable as hex No specs given for coils I would once again like to thank both Dovpo and especially BP Mods for supplying the Pioneer MTL RTA and DL Conversion Kit for the purpose of this review, thanks for reading and stay safe! ___________________________________________________________________
  4. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the 80W Kroma-R with Zlide MTL Tank from Innokin. The Kroma-R Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Ella from Sourcemore. Introduction Innokin along with Aspire are possibly responsible for getting more people of the stinkies than any other vaping manufacturer and have earned themselves a great deal of respect especially as they have always treated vaping safety as a priority! Here we have their latest Kroma device the Kroma-R paired up with the Zlide MTL Tank which is the successor to the Zenith and part of the platform series in collaboration with Phil Busardo and the VapinGreek. The Kroma-R is constructed of premium Zinc Alloy and is a power only device boasting various power modes and pre-heat settings. It accommodates an 18650 battery and has a front fire bar with integrated navigational buttons and display, coming in 4 very nice colour options let's check out the Kroma-R with Zlide Kit! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1 x Kroma-R device 1 x Zlide tank 4ml (2ml TPD) 1 x 1.2Ω z-head (installed) 1 x 0.8Ω z-head (spare) 1 x spare drip tip 1 x spare glass tube 1 x spare o-rings pack 1 x Micro USB charging cable 1 x Quick start guide ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The Kroma-R Kit came in cardboard drawer style packaging which then opens up to reveal mod, tank and spare glass and coil in one side and paperwork with spares o-rings etc and USB cable in the other. I received the Bronze version which has a really nice brushed Bronze finish and comes with a Black Zlide Tank. The options are Black, Bronze, Gun metal or Steel, the Black has a matte finish while the other three versions have a really nice brushed finish. The Kroma-R is taller than the previous Kroma-A which allows the accommodation of an 18650 battery and on the base we have a hinged battery door with catch. The device has a very ergonomic form factor and feels great in the hand, the spine is curved and has a textured inlay which has a rubber like coating. Base and top has a very shiny metallic finish which on mine is in Gun metal and we have a stainless Steel 510 plate which is raised an hair (will protect the finish but no visible gaping), the 510 is Gold plated and spring loaded with a medium throw. On one side of the device we have "KROMA-R" and the other "INNOKIN", both embossed into the metal. The front has a Black fire bar which can be pressed anywhere on the top two thirds so ideal for the squeeze fire technique, the bar has both integrated navigational buttons and colour display, below the fire bar we have the micro USB port. I particularly like the round navigational buttons that line up vertically, protrude nicely and have an amber outer parameter which really sets them off but when shaking the device they do give slight rattle although not noticed during normal use. Apart from the very slight rattle from the navigational buttons the build quality is superb and has a form factor which is very appealing to the eye (subjective). ___________________________________________________________________ Zlide Tank Specs and Features: Size: 24 x 48mm (TPD 22 x 46mm) Capacity: 4ml (TPD 2ml) Innokin's bestselling Z-Coils for great flavor Child safety locking system for secure and easy filling Replaceable glass tank section and silicone seal Thread: 510 Colours: Black, Stainless Steel, Gun metal, Blue ___________________________________________________________________ Zlide MTL Tank Overview The Zlide MTL Tank is a progression of the Zenith Tank and takes the same Z-coils (if it ain't broke why fix it!) which along with the Nautilus coils are very much regarded as MTL benchmarks. I received the 4ml Zlide but the TPD compliant kit comes with the 2ml option, Pre-installed we have the KA1 1.2ohm vertical round wire coil head rated between 10 to 14w and also included is the KA1 0.8ohm vertical round wire coil head rated between 15 to 18w, of course there are more options available. Also included is spare o-rings, fill port gasket, screws, spare glass and two 510 drip tips. The drip tip that's pre-installed has a protruding section at the bottom, this is a child proof feature and stops the top of the tank being slid open to fill, first the drip tip needs removing. For those that really don't want this feature and find having to remove the drip tip every time they need to fill the tank a pain a standard 510 is also included allowing the top to slide open with the drip tip installed, of course you could fit your own if you prefer. The fill port isn't the biggest so glass droppers are not suitable but gorilla nozzles etc are fine with space left to let air escape so no issues with backing up e-liquid when filling. There is an arrow showing where to push the top to slide open and then once filled slide the top shut. The airflow control ring has a series of 4 small holes, all 4 open is quite a loose MTL draw while 1 gives a cigarette type pull, 2 and 3 holes open give more mid MTL draws. The base of the tank houses the airflow control and the 510 threading itself is attached to the base of the coil and feeds through the central hole of the base. Like the Zenith the coils just get press fitted into place making swapping coils very quick. ___________________________________________________________________ Kroma-R Specs and Features: Material: Premium Zinc Alloy Size: 131 x 40 x 26mm Powered By Single High-Rate 18650 Battery(Sold Separately) Output Power Range: 6-80W Ultra-Fast Firing Speed Low To 0.003S Working Modes: VW, VV, Taste Modes(Soft, Norm, Boost), Custom Curve, Bypass Working Voltage: 1.0-7.5V Cut Off Time: 3-18S Max Output Current: 30A Resistance Range: 0.05-3.5ohm Large colour display screen USB 2A fast charging Integrated firing button Hinged battery door Thread: 510 Colours: Black, Bronze, Gun metal, Steel ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Battery The Kroma-R accommodates an 18650 which gets fitted via the bottom hinged door which has a sliding catch with grooves that needs sliding before lifting open, when closing just push the door down and the catch will automatically lock securely in place. Battery orientation is marked very vibrantly at the bottom of the tubes and enough light gets into the compartment with the door open that the just embossed orientation on the underside of the door can be overlooked, i'm happy with this! The door shuts very securely and has no movement and i experienced no battery rattle whatsoever, very good job! ___________________________________________________________________ The Display I really like the display, it's bright and sharp and is also colour but uses colour sparingly to still give a classy aesthetic look and unlike a few displays i have witnessed lately all font is in a good size making it no problem to read all the information given. Top left we have a padlock icon and top right we have the battery status bar. Below we have the Wattage or Voltage depending which mode you are in and underneath this is the mode and any pre-heat information. Bottom left we have first the duration of your puff and below the puff count which only goes up to 999 and then automatically resets, bottom right we first have the resistance and then finally the voltage below. ___________________________________________________________________ Navigating The Kroma-R Unlike most devices which are 5 clicks of the fire button to turn on and off the Kroma-R is just 3 clicks and when using a new coil the screen will come up with the following list Same, Wattage, Voltage, Curve, Bypass so you can either use your last settings "Same" or this is a shortcut to use any of the other modes. The wattage is locked by default but the navigational buttons can still be used to enter the menu, however pressing down and fire together completely locks and unlock the navigational buttons (the device still fires). The other combination press feature is up and fire together which brings up a screen which shows the voltage on the battery, ohms and current puff count and gives you the option of resetting although the counter only goes up to 999 before resetting anyway. To alter the wattage or voltage (when in voltage mode) you first need to hold down either the up or down button until the wattage or voltage blinks then the wattage can be adjusted in 0.5w increments (voltage in 0.05v increments). When the screen timeouts or the fire button is pressed the wattage (or voltage) will become locked again, i like this it means even without locking the device the wattage isn't going to adjust by accident! Pressing both navigational buttons together enters the menu which brings up a list of options which are Wattage, Watt Mode, Voltage, Volt Mode, Curve, Bypass, Cut-off, Screen and Back which takes you back to your previous working screen. Wattage and Voltage are basic modes while Watt and Volt Mode options allow you to set pre-heats for either the options being Norm, Soft and Hard. Curves is particularly implemented well and gives multiple preset options you can choose from as well as programming your own. Bypass just gives you what voltage is on your battery like with a mechanical device but with the piece of mind the device has multiple safety protections, Cut-off is your max vape time and finally Screen is the Screen Timeout settings! ___________________________________________________________________ Charging As ever i never recommend charging batteries in the device unless it's your only option so i suppose the fact we haven't got Type C USB because the device accommodates a switchable 18650 isn't a big deal but still preferable. We do have 2A charging if you do find you need to charge in the device and pass-through is supported. ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The Kroma-R Kit And Thoughts! The Kroma-R is a well executed power only device with the lack of TC features not stopping it from having plenty of mode options with Variable wattage, voltage, bypass and very well implemented curves features. While having no TC will of course be a deal breaker for TC users with the vast majority of vapers not using TC i feel there should be more power only regulated devices available. The device fires instantly and i loved firing the device with a squeeze motion rather than a single finger press but of course you can do that if you wish. The device has in my opinion both an aesthetically pleasing and ergonomically sound form factor and love the amber parameter of the navigational buttons (a small thing but shows when designing this device attention to detail has been given). I like how the wattage locks automatically and it has a separate lock feature for completely locking the navigational buttons and the list driven menu system is very user friendly. The hinged battery door is one of the best ones i have used, fastens securely and seems as solid and durable as the rest of the device. The only cons i have is the usual absents of Type C USB and the fire bar with integrated buttons and display does get a collection of fingerprints, their is also that slight rattle from the navigational buttons but i really did need to shake the device quite vigorously to detect it so quite petty! The Zlide has become one of the most popular stock coil MTL tanks and the successor to the benchmark Zenith taking the same Z-coil range. I love the flavour the coils give even if longevity isn't the greatest although the Plex3D 0.48ohm Z coil head gives great longevity and even better flavour but isn't included in the kit. I find i can use up to 70VG e-liquid with the coils but if using thicker juice you do need to give extra priming time and avoid chain vaping so for better longevity i recommend 50/50. I used both supplied coils with 10mg 50/50 nic salts and the 0.8ohm i found best fully open at 18w for a loose MTL vape. I preferred the 1.2ohm coil head with 2 holes open at 12w for a medium tight MTL which really suited this coil giving quite intense flavour! I like how the coils just get press fitted into place and how the childproof feature is implemented using a protruding section on the drip tip which means you need to remove it to open. If you don't want the feature simple use the other supplied drip tip or one of your own and it's still not an open in your pocket candidate as it's got quite a stiff tolerance and takes a deliberate push to open! Having a 4ml capacity (standard tank) and receiving 2 coils and a spare glass section are all pros and using the Kroma-R with the Zlide gives really good battery life as you are vaping at such low wattage's. Up to 26mm atty's will fit without overhang and although i don't recommend charging the battery in the device it supports both 2A charging and pass-through but just feel it should be Type C! ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Excellent build quality Very ergonomic Aesthetically pleasing form factor (subjective) 4 Very nice colour options Made of Premium Zinc Alloy Nice curved, textured spine Front fire bar with integrated colour display and navigational buttons Well executed hinged battery door Wattage auto locks Scrolls at nice speed in 0.5w increments Wattage, Voltage, Curve and Bypass modes Both wattage and voltage pre-heats Curve feature implemented particularly well Accommodates 18650 battery 2A charge rate, supports pass-through Sharp, bright colour display with good use of colour Zlide excellent MTL tank Both Z coils gave very good flavour Cigarette type draw through to loose MTL draw 2 coils and spare glass included PnP style coils Childproof fill system with pre-installed drip tip Included standard drip-tip or use your own 4ml Capacity (standard Kit) Cons No TC settings (only a con for TC users, a pro for most) Fire bar attracts fingerprints very slight rattle from navigational buttons (petty not noticed during normal use) Not Type C USB Z coils longevity inconsistent (my experience from using them on different occasions) I would once again like to thank Ella from Sourcemore for supplying the Innokin Kroma-R Zlide 80W Kit, thanks for reading and stay safe! ___________________________________________________________________
  5. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the GEN Nano 80W Kit from Vaporesso. The GEN Nano Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Jessica from Vaporesso. Introduction The first thing to mention for those that don't already know is that Vaporesso's parent company Smoore International has gone public and become the first vaping company listed in Honk Kong which can only be good news for vaping. The Gen Nano is basically a baby Gen with 2000mAh in-built battery. Paired with the Gen Nano in this kit is the GTX Tank 22 which like the NRG-S Tank that came with the Gen S comes in colours to perfectly match the device. The Gen Nano has the same Axon chip as the Gen with reduced maximum power of 80w and includes the same new flagship modes Pulse and Smart TC. Coming in 6 very nice colour options and packing a real punch let's give the Gen Nano Kit a good look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1 x GEN NANO MOD 1 x GTX TANK 22 (3.5ml standard edition, 2ml TPD edition) 1 x GTX 0.2Ω MESH Coil 1 x GTX 0.6Ω MESH Coil 1 x Glass Tube(2ml) 3 x O-ring 1 x USB Cable 1 x GTX Coil Reminder Card 1 x User Manual 1 x Warranty Card ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The Gen Nano Kit came in the usual style of cardboard packaging that Vaporesso products come in with both the Gen device and GTX Tank 22 in the top tray and other accessories below. On opening it's just like a pair of Gens got it on and produced a bundle of Joy lol, it's a Gen but so very cute! It's very small so great for out and about but has the exact same form factor and anti skid textured finish as the original just shrunken down. In fact apart from the USB port being moved to the side and the navigational and mode buttons now forming a triangle rather than lining up in a vertical row the device is aesthetically identical to the Gen and has the same high build quality and durable finish. I received the Green version which is Black at the very bottom and fuses into a Forest Green about 30% up the device, it comes with a Green GTX Tank 22 which has knurling that mimics the finish of the Nano and is the same Forest green for a perfect match. The options are Black, Silver, Red, Blue, Purple or Green, all come with a GTX Tank 22 in a perfect colour match. As far as the detailed description of the device i will give my typing finger (yes i type with one finger) a rest and leave that to the photos! Gen left, Nano middle, Swag 2 right! ___________________________________________________________________ GTX Tank 22 Specs and Features: Diameter at Base: 22mm Height: 49.4mm (including drip tip) Capacity: 3.5ml (2ml TPD) Compatible with GTX coils Bottom airflow control (Tri-slot) Pull & Push coil replacement Top filling system Thread: 510 Colours: Purple, Red, Silver, Black, Blue, Green ___________________________________________________________________ GTX Tank 22 Overview The GTX Tank 22 gets it's name from accommodating the GTX range of coils and having a 22mm diameter at it's base. Unlike the GTX Tank 18 which is marketed as a MTL/RDL tank which is accurate as it's an old school MTL stock coil tank with a series of 5 small airflow holes the GTX Tank 22 with it's tri slots airflow is a RDL/DL Tank. Up top we have a wide bore delrin drip-tip which has a standard 510 fitting so you can use alternatives if you prefer and the top-cap screws off to reveal a wide open glass to fill as was once common before fill ports became the norm. My only con for the tank isn't the fill method but that with top-caps these days that can be removed in an instant this has quite long threading. The glass fits over a thick o-ring to the bottom of the tank and seals against an o-ring which is installed within the top-cap, we have central threading to secure the top-cap via threading on the chimney section. The base section with airflow control unscrews from the tank to reveal we have a cradle for plug n play coils to be press fitted into. The GTX coil head just gets press fitted into place then the base section can be screwed back on to secure everything. The top-fill method and how the coils get fitted is just like the GTX Tank 18 but to match the Nano we have knurling top and bottom to mimic the finish on the Nano making the appearance of the Tank very much like the NRG-S which comes with the Gen S. ___________________________________________________________________ The Coils The GTX Tank 22 accommodates the same GTX range of coils that Vaporesso have been using for their pod mod range so a big plus for cross compatibility and it also meant before testing this device i was already familiar with 4 of the available coils including the 0.6ohm mesh coil included but the 0.2ohm mesh coil is new. Pre-installed is the 0.2ohm mesh coil head which is rated between 45 - 60w, also included is the 0.6ohm mesh coil head recommended between 20 - 30w. The available coil heads are pictured below which includes an RBA for a rebuildable option, plus not pictured there is also a 1.2ohm mesh coil but that won't really be suitable for this tank. ___________________________________________________________________ Gen Nano Specs and Features: Size: 40.3 (length) x 24.2 (width) mm Output Power: 5-80W Battery Capacity: Built-in 2000mAh Display: 0.91" OLED Screen Charging Current: DC 5V/2A, Micro USB Pulse, Eco and Smart TC modes Variable Wattage, TC, Variable Voltage, Curves Remarkable AXON chip inside Smooth grip and portable size Fingerprint resistance and scratch resistance shell 2000mAh battery with 80W adjustable power Thread: 510 Colours: Black, Silver, Red, Blue, Purple, Green ___________________________________________________________________ The Display We have a real contradiction with the Gen Nano being such a feature rich innovative device yet it has a very basic Old School style screen which still appeals to many and i believe this is quite deliberate as it makes the whole device less overwhelming and quite easy to navigate. The screen is bright and sharp and the brightness can be adjusted. Top left we have a battery status bar and also within the battery status bar we have the remaining charge given as a percentage. Underneath the battery bar we have the resistance and then below that the puff counter which shows puff duration when firing. Central and taking up most of the display we have the wattage, temperature or voltage depending which mode you are using, top right we have the mode and bottom right the best recommended wattage range. ___________________________________________________________________ Navigating The Gen Nano The Gen S is the usual 5 clicks of the fire button to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off and once on 3 clicks of the fire button locks and unlocks the navigational and mode buttons but when locked the device will still fire. Holding down both the mode and fire buttons together brings up an information screen giving serial number and firmware version. The menu is very old school giving a row of icons which when you try to carry on scrolling past the last one displayed if there are any more in that section then the others appear on the screen, the last icon is always exit and also having a mode button the whole system is easy to navigate even if sounding complicated when i try to explain it. To enter the menu you can either long press the mode button or click it 3 times and it brings up the following options, Pulse mode, Power Eco, Smart TC, DIY Mode, System Set and Exit. Choosing either Pulse mode, Power Eco or Smart TC takes you to that working screen and i will go through these features later. Choosing DIY Mode brings up the following options Variable wattage, Variable Temperature, Variable Voltage, Custom Wattage Curve, Bypass, Super Player Mode and Exit. Curves, Variable Voltage and Bypass are all straightforward and Super player mode is a feature that Vaporesso have included for a while now where it allows you to fire down to 0.05ohm and something i really don't care for. Choosing Variable Wattage gives you the choice of Normal, Soft or Hard pre-heats and Variable Temperature first allows you to choose your wire type and then allows you to alter the TCR, set wattage for temp control and lock resistance. The Final option in the main menu is System Settings which allows you to reset your puff counter, set vape time allowed, adjust brightness, turn smart wattage on or off, flip the screen, turn automatic eco on or off, set device to default and finally bring up the same information screen that can be accessed with the mode and fire button together from the working screen. The device adjusts in 0.5W increments from 5W all the way up to 80W but when holding the button down it changes to 1W increments, this is slightly different to the Gen and i actually prefer the O.5W over the 0.1W increments we get on the full sized version. ___________________________________________________________________ Pulse Mode Pulse mode is the default mode and along with Eco and Smart TC are in the first tier of the menu system with the more traditional modes being in DIY in the second tier. The idea of Pulse Mode is to give you more consistent power so instead of your initial fire which once it hits set wattage can dip in Pulse mode it's continuously firing every 0.02 seconds up to 500 times in one vape giving consistent power. ___________________________________________________________________ Power Eco Mode When in Power Eco Mode it optimises your settings despite that you are still setting the settings, if you are in other modes it will also ask if you want the device to use Eco Mode when the battery life gets down to 40%. Why when it sill uses your settings does it become so much more efficient and why not efficient in the first place? I can only go by my experience but i have used this mode on both the Gen and Gen Nano and have noticed little if any improvement in battery life! ___________________________________________________________________ Smart TC When using Smart TC and you first attach your atomizer it fires the atomizer for a micro second and scans the information. It recognises wire type and ohms extra and automatically gives the best TC settings for that coil. When using Pulse mode it also fires and scans the atomiser and if it's a TC coil asks if you want to use Smart TC, likewise if you have the device in Smart TC mode and the atomizer you attach doesn't have a TC compatible coil it will jump the device out of Smart TC and into Pulse Mode. I absolutely love this mode and use it with the Gen often, with the Gen Nano i just stuck an RTA with an SS build on the device to just check it worked the same and of course it did, for the rest of the time i tested the device with the supplied GTX Tank. ___________________________________________________________________ Protections: Overtime Protection Overheat Protection Short Circuit Protection USB Input Protection No Load Protection Overcharging Protection Resistance Protection ___________________________________________________________________ Charging I really think all devices should now be released with Type C USB so a bit disappointing the Gen Nano has a standard micro USB but not a deal breaker especially with what this device offers. It does have 2A charging though so the device can be fully charged in about an hour while supporting pass-through! During charging the screen displays a battery progress bar with the percentage also given as a percentage within that bar, the remaining charge time is also given which i like a lot. ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The Gen Nano Kit And Thoughts! What a great little kit this is, i can't think of another device this small and accommodating an in-built battery that's so feature rich! The GTX Tank 22 is a decent enough sub-ohm tank although i'm not a great fan of it's fill method as it takes some time compared to most fill methods we see these days and when using some of the lower ohm GTX coil heads including the pre-installed 0.2ohm coil it's 3.5ml capacity is not the greatest and i needed to fill quite often. After saying that i like the PnP style of fitting coils and using the same coil family as Vaporesso use for their pod mod devices is great as the cross compatibility will make the coils much more available and more coil heads keep getting added to the range, we are up to 6 different coil heads and an RBA coil head to date also giving a rebuidable option. The 0.2ohm mesh coil head gave loads of air so i needed to close the airflow down halfway for the restriction i like, the flavour was decent but i didn't use this coil head too long because at 55w the 2000mAh battery life wasn't very good so i switched to the 0.6ohm mesh coil head which gave much better battery life at 25w. The 0.6ohm coil head was much more restricted and gave really good flavour, definitely better flavour than the 0.2ohm coil head and i used this coil for the duration of testing and it's still going strong but then i find both the GT and GTX coil heads from Vaporesso give decent longevity. The little Gen is a little Gem and i love it, i'm not really much of a fan of box mods with in-built batteries but this little pocket rocket most will make an exception for! The only things i noticed different to it's full size parent was it gives a recommended wattage range bottom right of the display which you can either use as a guide or choose to ignore, the maximum wattage of course is lower and the wattage scrolls in 0.5w increments rather than 0.1w increments which i much prefer. The DIY option in the menu brings up all the usual modes, Variable Wattage, TC, Variable Voltage, Curves, Bypass and Super player mode as well as having a settings menu to set a host of features but if that isn't feature packed enough for you in the first tier of the menu we have Vaporesso's new flagship modes, Pulse, Eco and Smart TC with Pulse being the default mode. The more i use Pulse mode the more i am getting convinced by it and although i just tested it out on this device rather than using it for a long period i am already a big fan of the Smart TC mode which makes TC effortless. I am still not convinced by the battery life saving that ECO gives but i'm sure there is some improvement that i'm just not noticing, overall what a great little device the Gen Nano is! All your 24mm and 22mm atty's will look good up top and my own opinion is with the limited 2000mAh battery life which is a trade off for it's small size the Nano would be at it's best paired with MTL atty's then that 2000mAh life would become very decent, although battery life was fair when using the 0.6ohm coil head and there is a 0.8ohm mesh coil head available rated between 12w and 20w which i feel should of been included rather than the 0.2ohm coil head. I also really wish Vaporesso would fit Type C USB to their devices but at least the Gen Nano has 2A charging allowing the device to be charged in about an hour while supporting pass-through and giving good feedback. ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Very good build quality Grippy textured rubber finish Finish seems very durable Ergonomic, portable device Lightweight 6 Colour options GTX Tank 22 matches both colour and aesthetics of device Old school, sharp bright display Easy to navigate Battery status shown both as a bar and as a percentage Mode Button Feature rich Variable Wattage, Voltage, TC, Bypass, SP Mode and Wattage Curve Pulse Mode (liking this more and more) Power Eco Mode (not convinced) Smart TC (Loved using this mode) Best wattage recommendation given Scrolls in 0.5w increments (1w with button held down) at good pace Performed excellently Up to 24mm atty's without overhang Firmware Upgradeable 2A charge rate, good charging feedback given, takes about an hour Supports Pass-through GTX Tank 22, Decent tank Compatible with GTX range of coils Good flavour 0.6ohm mesh coil head Decent longevity GTX range of coils PnP coil type Rebuildable option 2 different GT mesh coil heads included Spare 2ml glass included Cons Not great battery life with some of the lower ohm GTX coils Still not Type C USB Power Eco Mode does little from what i experience to improve battery life Included 0.2ohm mesh coil head not best match-up (ploughs through battery life) 0.8ohm mesh coil head would be better match-up (my opinion) 3.5ml Maximum capacity Don't like fill method I would once again like to thank Jessica from vaporesso for supplying the Gen Nano Kit for the purpose of this review, thanks for reading and stay safe! ___________________________________________________________________
  6. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the Blotto Mini RTA from Dovpo. The Blotto Mini RTA was supplied for the purpose of this review by Hedy from Dovpo. Introduction Dovpo have impressed ever since entering the vaping market and really haven't made a false move, just recently they have been hitting it out of the ball park with some very successful collaborations that have seen impressive build quality. The Blotto Mini RTA as the name suggests is a smaller version of the Blotto RTA and of course another collaboration with Sam Parsons AKA The Vaping Bogan. The Blotto Mini like it's bigger sibling has been designed for flavour whether doing a single or dual build offering honeycomb style airflow inlets and 242 degree air coverage (don't forget about the extra 2 degrees, very important lmao). It comes with a 2ml straight glass installed keeping it nicely TPD compliant but then included is both a 4ml bubble glass and 4ml PCTG bubble section. The original created a lot of hype which many after buying it saying it lived up to that hype so let's see how the smaller version fairs! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1 × Blotto mini RTA(2ml) 1 × Bubble glass tube(4ml) 1 × Bubble PCTG tube(4ml) 1 × Bottle opener 1 × Manual 1 × QC certificate Some Accessories ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics The Blotto Mini RTA comes in a cardboard box with clear plastic top so you can see the RTA before opening, there is plenty of branding as well as all the usual specs etc on the packaging. The Blotto Mini comes in five different colour options, i received the Gun Metal version, the colour options are Gun Metal, Black, Silver, Blue or Rainbow. The Drip tip is a goon fitting 810 and particularly nice looking with a metallic Silver band around it and frosted appearance to it's top. I love the appearance of the Blotto Mini which is identical to the original both having a very distinctive look, both top and base look just like a bottle cap. The base has dual airflow which is two rows of many small inlet holes (referred to as honeycomb) and the Vaping Bogan skull is visible on the chamber. The Blotto comes pre-installed with a 2ml straight glass and moving to the base we have branding, safety marks and a Gold plated protruding 510. Overall the build quality is very good, clean and has superb threading. ___________________________________________________________________ Blotto Mini Specs and Features: Diameter: 23.3mm Height: 44mm Capacity: 2ml (Extra 4ml bubble glass/PCTG tube included) Build Deck: Supports dual coils or single coil building 242° airflow system for pure flavor Easy to refill the juice Dual or single coil 2ml capacity & 4ml with bubble glass Dual diffusion airflow for a smooth draw Thread: 510 Colours: Gun Metal, Black, Silver, Blue, Rainbow ___________________________________________________________________ It's Various Parts and What You Receive Starting up top we have a very nice looking 810 drip tip but it is low profile which won't suit everybody and no other drip tip or 510 adaptor is included, of course you can fit your own. We then have the bottle cap top-cap followed by the one piece plate with juice ports and chamber. This is followed by the base section with floating deck, we have a standard, Gold plated, protruding 510 pin installed. The chamber screws over the deck and your glass section gets secured and sealed top and bottom by o-rings. Pre-installed is a straight glass which has a 2ml capacity to meet TPD regulations and also included is two 4ml capacity bubble sections, one glass and the other PCTG. Also to go along with the "being blottoed" theme you receive a Bogan skull bottle opener which doubles up as a coil lead cutting guide. Although it comes with 2 bubble sections as well as the straight glass overall i'm not impressed with what you receive. Only 3 o-rings, 4 spare grub screws and a T-piece and that's it, no different option drip tip, no 510 adaptor and no coils and cotton! ___________________________________________________________________ Filling The Blotto Mini like the original employs a bayonet style fitting for the top-cap like we have seen on many other RTA's including the various Zeus RTA's. I really like this method, just a quarter turn and the top-cap is off. We have a metal plate with 2 large kidney shaped fill ports so any bottles will be suitable and filling is quick and mess free. When securing the top-cap after filling, again it is just quarter of a turn. ___________________________________________________________________ The Airflow The airflow is the same as on the original but i will run through it again. The inlets can be found on the base, it's like having bottom dual cyclops accept on the Blotto instead of wide open slots we have honeycomb airflow, 2 rows comprising of a total of 26 holes either side. The airflow control ring has a stopper and when adjusting it's the only poor quality i found with the RTA as it's very sketchy, it doesn't move very smoothly at all. The air enters through the described honeycomb airflow inlets and then enters the deck directly underneath where your coil/coils will be positioned. We have grill style outlets (narrow slots) and then either side we have ramps which curve to match the coil/coils outside contour, on these ramps we have more honeycomb air outlets. The airflow is described as a "242° direct to coil Airflow system", lol i'm not sure how scientific the process was to measure 242 degrees but let's just say your coil/coils are going to get plenty of air coverage (not to be confused with plenty of air). Looking inside the chamber it is very domed and the large post/airflow ramp sections will reduce it further, so all the ingredients are there to get good flavour, you just need to add your build. ___________________________________________________________________ The Deck and Build We have a floating deck on the Blotto Mini and despite the outside parameters of the tank being smaller the deck it'self is identical including it's diameter to the original. It's not quite what i would call a postless deck but your coil leads are fitted much the same at just a slight angle rather than straight down with the screws also being tightened at a slight angle. We have 2 large post sections that include the ramp airflow structures which face each other and each section is split between negative and positive so both leads get fitted the same way. The grub screws are flatheads which are my least favourite as i can find them fiddly and would of much preferred hex heads. Because the coils get fitted similar to on a postless deck the coil leads need pre-cutting because of this and a real lack of space (when doing a dual build) i really wouldn't say this was a deck suitable for a new builder, some reviewers will say it is an easy build but they are forgetting they are use to building. I did two builds, a dual coil using a pair of 3.0ID KA1 Aliens which is the build pictured and a single build using a 3.5ID KA1 Alien. I do prefer 2.5ID when doing a dual build on the original so the same will apply to the Mini but i couldn't be arsed to wind a couple of coils and i only have micro coils in 2.5ID which are pre-wound so used the mentioned 3.0ID Aliens, although i used a 3.5ID coil for the single build 4.0ID also works very well. The supplied bottle opener doubles up as a lead cutting guide to cut your leads the correct length (dual build), but as i personally used the sought of coil cutting guide that gets included with quite a few RTA's and RDA's i just opened a bottle of beer with it instead, Cheers!! I cut my leads to 5mm with the dual build and 6mm with my single, of course what length you need your leads will be not just dependant on whether you do a dual or single build but also what ID your coil/coils are so you need to use your own judgement. Wicking is easy (i love the floating GTA style decks), we have an outer containment rail so simply poke the end/ ends of your cotton into the wicking channels and let gravity once the cotton is saturated do the rest, i found the Blotto to be very forgiving when it came to wicking! I know on forums some say they get leaking from the Blotto and some say not. I don't wick it in any special way but below is a picture of the original on top of one of my stabwood mods where it has been full of liquid for 3 months without a drop of leakage so if you are getting leaking from either the original or Mini persevere because i don't mean to offend but the picture below proves it's not the RTA! ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The Blotto Mini And Thoughts! If you like the original you will love this if you didn't then you won't as it's only the outside parameters that have changed and the airflow and deck remains exactly the same so just like the original the Blotto Mini is equally happy with either a single or dual build. The airflow is really smooth as on the original and it gives the same semi restrictive and restricted direct lung draws so like the original not an open draw with bags of air. The build isn't difficult although a little cramped for room if doing a dual 3.0ID build and possibly not the best for someone new to building. Wicking i found straightforward and have never had leaking issues with either the original or while testing the Mini but then some have said they can get leaking so maybe it just suits the way i wick. When i reviewed the original i sat on the fence somewhat as i couldn't deny it gave very good flavour but felt it was slightly over-hyped as i believe my words were "it doesn't give me the Wow factor" like a couple of other RTA's like the Reload for example but it was pretty damn close. The Mini has breached that gap and in my opinion is now a match for the Reload! Someone did point out to me a Youtube reviewer who i'm not going to name said it was impossible for the Mini to give better flavour than the original because it's only the outside parameters that have changed! But those smaller parameters brings less travel for the air between the inlets and deck outlets which can only improve it's effectiveness and the chimney is much shorter bringing the build much closer to the drip tip, these two changes has improved flavour from what i am experiencing and both are so obvious when looking at the two versions side by side so why he said that has me baffled! I rarely actually recommend products and tend to just write my experience and people can take from it what they like, that was the case with the original Blotto but i do occasionally like a product so much i break this rule and the Mini is one of these occasions, it's a really good flavour RTA! ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Good build quality Superb threading Bottle cap look Very nice looking RTA (subjective) Works well with either dual or single build Postless style of fitting coils Floating deck Honeycomb inlets 242 degree airflow coverage Very nice goon fitting 810 drip tip 2 spare 4ml bubble sections included (1 glass, 1 PCTG) Bottle opener/coil lead cutting guide included Top-cap has bayonet style fitting (just a quarter turn to open or secure) If you like restricted vape this should be right up your street Excellent flavour ( I am now getting the Wow factor the original didn't quite give me) Wicks great Very forgiving with the wicking Suffered zero leaking or flooding Cons Not suitable for those that like plenty of air (much more restricted than most DL RTA's) No coils or cotton included No 510 adaptor or alternative drip-tip included Not really to be recommended to someone new to building (cramped space and need to pre-cut leads) Would of preferred hex screws Limited to 3.0ID coils for dual build (and even that's quite cramped 2.5ID is much better) Airflow control ring movement a bit sketchy I would once again like to thank Hedy from Dovpo for supplying the Blotto Mini RTA for the purpose of this review, thanks for reading and stay safe! ___________________________________________________________________
  7. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the TGO 70W Pod Mod Kit from Vapefly. The TGO 70W Pod Mod Kit was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this review by Mindy from Vapefly. Introduction Vapefly are highly regarded due to their well received RTA's, RDA's and RDTA's but more recently have branched out to produce devices in Various forms. Never afraid to try something new they follow that trend with the TGO (Touch and Go) Pod Mod Kit which is the first Pod Mod to use biometric fingerprint recognition. The device is a power only device offering various output modes including custom curves and the main working screen can be switched between Fingerprint Mode and Communication Mode. The pod design has adjustable airflow and slide open top-fill system with childproof lock. With 2 different coil heads available (both included), available RBA, 2300mAh battery capacity and Type C USB, let's give the biometric driven TGO a good look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1 x TGO Mod 1 x 0.3ohm TGO Meshed Coil 1 x 0.6ohm TGO Meshed Coil 1 x TGO Cartridge 1 x User Manual 1 x Quick Start Card 1 x Type-C Cable ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The TGO Pod Kit came in a sturdy cardboard box with outer cardboard sleeve packaging and on opening the device with attached pod sits in it's compartment in the top layer with accessories and paperwork in the bottom. I received the Camaro Yellow version which reminds me of the Transformer "Bumblebee", the options are Pearl White, Obsidian Black, Tiffany Blue, Camaro Yellow, Black Red, Ruby Red or Gunmetal. The device's aesthetics are Sports car influenced complete with "Go Faster" stripes and air vent e-liquid viewing windows. It's look will divide opinion but at least it looks a bit different which is a good thing in my opinion and i don't mind it apart from i don't like the safety marks and branding very prominent on it's spine. The round fire button is recessed, has both a translucent surround for RGB LED indications and an inbuilt biometric sensor. Having a Zinc Alloy construction and in-built 2300mAh battery gives it quite some weight but like all these pod mod devices it's a nice portable size for out and about! ___________________________________________________________________ TGO Specs and Features: Size: 50.0 x 23.0 x 102.0mm Capacity: 4.5ml/2ml Battery Capacity:2300mAh Wattage Output Range: 5-70W Voltage Output Range: 1.2-4.2V Charge port: Type-C Charge Rate: 5V/1.5A Time cut off: 10s Screen: 0.96" TFT screen Material: Zinc-Alloy & PCTG Mode: VW Mode, VPC Mode Mesh Coil Resistance: 0.3ohm TGO Mesh Coil(30-40W, Nicotine≤10mg) 0.6ohm TGO Mesh Coil(20-28W, Nicotine≤20mg) Multiple protections: 10S Cut-Off Protection, Overcharge Protection, Short Circuit Protection, Overheat Protection, Low Battery Protection, Accidental Touch Protection, Child Lock Protection, 3 Minute Protection Lock 70W max output by the integrated 2300mAh battery Child Lock Protection for safe vaping Single Firing Button - Biometric Fingerprint Scan Magnetic Pod Connection for easy operation VPC Mode and VW Mode for more precise vaping Vibrate Alert: Lock, unlock, protections LED indications: Operational, Protections, Charging Colours: Pearl White, Obsidian Black, Tiffany Blue, Camaro Yellow, Black Red, Ruby Red, Gunmetal ___________________________________________________________________ The Pod You only receive one pod but it takes replaceable coils that are just press fitted into place and sealed with O-rings, the capacity is 4.5ml or 2ml with the TPD version. The pod is quite a unique shape having a rounded roof a bit like the form factor of a British WW2 plane hanger, this roof is Delrin and has an integrated drip tip as part of the same moulding. The main section of the pod is clear giving good e-liquid visibility and rectangular in shape. The pod has a really good top-fill system with lock which is very well implemented. There is a little arrowhead shaped button which needs pressing before sliding the roof open in the direction the arrowhead is pointed, this reveals a fill port with membrane and once filled just slide the roof shut and it gives a satisfying click as it locks into place. This is possibly the best fill system yet on one of these Pod Mod/AIO systems but full advantage hasn't been taken. What i love about a top-fill method is you don't need to remove the pod to fill and indeed the aesthetic engine air vents (2 each side) double up as viewing windows but Vapefly have gone for aesthetic design over practicality and they are really too small to be fit for purpose so i both found myself removing the pod to check the level and also for filling. On one side of the pod we have an adjustable airflow dial which looks and adjusts the same as the dial on the Aegis Boost Plus and then moving to the base we have the round opening to install a coil head and a magnet to each corner. ___________________________________________________________________ The Coils The coil heads like with so many of these pod/AIO systems just get press fitted into place and are secured and sealed via o-rings. You receive 2 different mesh coil heads both of which have the net style meshing. You get the 0.6ohm coil head rated between 20 and 28W and the 0.3ohm coil head which is rated between 30 and 40W. The specs are etched on the base of the coil heads around the perimeter but is quite small and no mesh material is given. The easiest way to tell the coils apart is the 0.6ohm has surprisingly larger oval shaped wicking holes and slightly narrower bore while the 0.3ohm has smaller round wicking ports (still a decent size) and slightly wider inner bore. The TGO coil heads look like the RPM coil heads and indeed they are cross compatible which increases the available options as any of the RPM coil heads will also fit the device. ___________________________________________________________________ Available TGO RBA Not included but available is the TGO RBA which i can't really comment on too much as i don't have it to test. The RBA does come with a 510 adaptor to build on a standard device or ohms reader and having a rebuildable option is always a big plus! ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Pod Looking inside the pod's bay we can see the fair sized, Gold plated, spring loaded contacts with raised Black surround and to each corner on raised pillars a magnet to line up with the magnets on the base of the pod. The magnets are very strong and once fitted the pod is going nowhere by accident. To remove i needed to hold the drip-tip and give it a firm tug, cracking job! ___________________________________________________________________ Airflow The TGO has the usual system of the air going into the pod's bay then entering the coil at it's base relying quite a bit on the inner bore for draw but how much air gets into the bay is controlled by an adjustable dial just like the one on the Aegis Boost Plus. It adjusts really well but adjustable airflow done this way will even let a reasonable amount of air to enter even when closed down so don't go expecting a MTL experience else you will be very disappointed! ___________________________________________________________________ Setting The Device Up Before you can use the device 2 Admin fingerprints need to be set. When you press fire when the device is turned on for the first time the screen for adding fingerprints appears and you simply have to choose a finger or thumb to place over the biometric sensor which is built into the fire button. Your chosen paw print needs placing on the sensor 6 times has it builds up the profile and then it moves to the second admin slot, at this stage you need to choose a different finger (it will recognise and not allow the same one) and again press on the sensor 6 times, select back to go to the working screen and you are done. ___________________________________________________________________ The Fingerprint Screen At any time you can press either up or down together with the fire button to enter the fingerprint screen to add more fingerprints. First it needs to read one of your admin fingerprints to allow you to use the screen but once you prove your identity you can now add up to 4 more fingerprints. These other fingerprints can operate the device but unlike the admin fingerprints will not allow you to delete or add fingerprints. I actually love the fingerprint technology on this device as it's implemented so well but the only thing i don't like is the fact how this Admin and other fingerprints is explained is that you can have 2 people who can fully control the device but 4 other users. Sharing devices under normal circumstances is not a good idea because of hygiene but in the current climate is an absolute no go under any circumstances so i feel Vapefly should of made much more effort into explaining the fingerprints should all belong to one person and for the device to only be used by that person. ___________________________________________________________________ Accidental Touch Protection This is one of the best features of the device which is the sensor can tell the difference between a finger and any other object so will only fire if pressed by a finger. ___________________________________________________________________ Fingerprint Mode and Communication Mode The device can be used in either Fingerprint Mode which is identified by the fingerprint bottom right on the display being highlighted or Communication Mode where the fingerprint icon will appear dull. In Fingerprint mode after 3 minutes of inactivity if you try to fire the device with any finger other than one which has had its print registered it will vibrate and the LED surround will flash Red while a message will be displayed saying it needs unlocking with your fingerprint. Placing one of your registered fingers on the sensor will cause the LED surround to flash Green to confirm it's now unlocked and again will vibrate. It sounds an hassle but actually it instantly recognised my print every time with no delay and works that well if you use one of your registered fingers (or thumb) to fire you can actually fire after the 3 minutes and it acknowledges your print and fires simultaneously which has really won me over, in fact if one of the registered prints is the finger you usually use for firing apart from hearing the odd vibrate and seeing the LED flash Green you wouldn't even know the device had been locked. The Fingerprint mode which locks the device after 3 minutes is great for if you have kids about but if not after the novelty has worn off you can use the device in Communication mode which now only locks every 24hours which still makes use of the fingerprint technology but as an anti theft feature. ___________________________________________________________________ Smart Coil Recognition This is nothing new in fact it's quite a common feature but like so many things with the TGO it's been implemented very well. When a new coil is identified it automatically adjusts to a suitable wattage about in the middle of it's recommendation so for the 0.3ohm coil it adjusts to 35W and the 0.6ohm coil 25W. Unlike some devices with this feature it doesn't restrict wattage adjustment and also once you have set the wattage if you don't want to use the recommended wattage given it remembers the wattage you set even after turning off! Great stuff! ___________________________________________________________________ The Display The display is very bright and uses White font with Cyan accents on a Black background. Top left we have mode and then top right the battery status bar, central is a circular speedometer type design. Within the circular design we have the wattage and to the left of this a padlock icon which is either open or shut depending on the status of the navigational rocker. Below the wattage but still within the circular design we have the resistance then below the voltage. Underneath the circular design to the left we have your puff count and below the duration of your last puff, bottom right we have a fingerprint icon which is highlighted when in Fingerprint Mode and dull when in Communication Mode. ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The Device I have already explained setting up the device and how the fingerprint recognition works so this section is for how the rest of the device operates. The TGO is the usual 5 clicks of the fire button to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off and once on the fire button LED surround will cycle through Red, Blue and Green and before firing a registered finger will need placing on the sensor and the LED will flash Green and the device will vibrate to confirm the device is unlocked. The wattage adjustment buttons by default are locked and to unlock you need to press both together then the wattage can be adjusted in 1W increments from 5 to 70W, it round robins. After 10 seconds of inactivity both the screen timeouts and the the buttons re-lock but even when in Fingerprint Mode the device will instantly wake up and fire with any finger as the fire button only locks and needs unlocking with a registered print after 3 full minutes of inactivity. To change between Fingerprint mode and Communication Mode is three quick presses of the fire button and to enter the menu is 4 quick presses. When in the menu the up and down buttons will be automatically unlocked and you have the option of STD (Standard), Sport (Powerful), ECO (Soft), VPC (Variable Power Curve), Puff (can reset puff counter) and Exit. That's it once your admin fingerprints are set up which literally takes 2 minutes and as well as it being explained in the manual you also receive a quick start card it is actually very easy to operate despite all the technology on show! ___________________________________________________________________ Protections: 10S Cut-Off Protection Overcharge Protection Short Circuit Protection Overheat Protection Low Battery Protection Accidental Touch Protection Child Lock Protection 3 Minute Protection Lock ___________________________________________________________________ Charging I am pleased to say the TGO has Type C USB and a 1.5A charge rate allowing the device to charge in about 1 hour 40 minutes while supporting pass-through which for a 2300mAh battery i am very happy with. While charging a large battery progress bar is displayed along with the charge as a percentage. I didn't sit there watching the device charge because i'm not quite that sad yet but did notice the LED surround pulses Red and later it was pulsing Blue, i looked and it was at 24%. Later it pulsed Green before going off when fully charged so battery indication via the LED is given while charging, it seems it pulses Red up to 20% before pulsing Blue but can't give at what percentage it pulses Green but it's still great feedback! ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The TGO Pod Kit And Thoughts! Although i must admit i did think i would like this pod mod as i do quite like gimmick type additions to a device i was very surprised by rather than a gimmick just how well the fingerprint biometric reader both works and is implemented. It takes just a couple of minutes to set up which is straightforward and then unless you want to add anymore prints at anytime it's done! The reader identifies my print instantly to unlock and you can both unlock and fire with one press. This makes it a great device for if you have kids about and stops others using it, if you don't have kids and don't want to use the fingerprint technology you can change to Communication mode and have the satisfaction of still knowing if someone was to steal your device within 24 hours the device would become unusable. Although having 2 admin prints and 4 other slots allows you to scan both thumbs and all fingers on your main vaping hand the way it seems to be marketed as 2 people who can add and delete and 4 other users is not a good idea and Vapefly need to point out "PEOPLE SHOULD NOT SHARE VAPING DEVICES"! I also like the fact a finger needs to be used regardless what mode you are using and even if the fire button has not been locked through inactivity and anything else pressing the fire button will not activate the firing mechanism, i guess this is done by the reader needing to identify at least part of a fingerprint to allow activation and is a great feature. I also love the design of the pod which has the best filling method with locking mechanism i have used on a pod/AIO device and adjustable airflow in the form of a dial. It's a missed opportunity though as the main advantage of top-fill is you don't need to remove the pod to fill but although we have viewing windows Vapefly seem to of put the "Sports Car" design above practicality and the viewing windows are far too small to be fit for purpose. This meant i needed to remove the pod to both check the level and to fill although filling could be done without removing but is a bit risky and could end up very messy! The coils being cross compatible with RPM devices means there are loads of available options and i don't know if Smok manufacture the RPM coils or they are produced by a third party but the included TGO coil heads do perform identically and i am pretty sure are made by whoever makes the RPM coils which isn't a bad thing as i do like the flavour i get from them and longevity is pretty good. Having an RBA coil head is another bonus and looking at the pictures it looks better than the Smok RPM RBA but i can't comment any further as i have not got the RBA to test. The 0.6ohm coil head is just slightly tighter than the 0.3ohm coil head but it's marginal, the airflow adjustment dial gives various Semi restrictive and restricted direct lung draws but this is far too airy for MTL. The airflow control although limited is better than anything offered by any of the RPM devices i have tried so far! The only other cons other than too small viewing windows are very minor which are you can't fit your own 510 but it can't really go down as a con because the drip-tip is comfortable and needs to be part of the same moulding for the excellent slide open top-fill system to work so necessary. Some of the font is quite small on the screen making it quite hard to see both the puff count and vape duration and finally at least my colour version is a bit of a fingerprint magnet so the fingerprint device that attracts fingerprints, so quite fitting really! Finally i found the 2300mAh battery life very good and having Type C USB is good to see, the 1.5A charge rate allows the device to charge in 1 hour 40 minutes while supporting pass-through and giving excellent feedback which are all pros! ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Excellent build quality 7 Colour options Portable Device Slide open locking filling system (top-fill) Biometric reader works flawlessly and is well implemented Straightforward set-up reading Admin fingerprints 4 more fingerprints can be added Can unlock and fire in one press (biometric reader works that well) Only a finger can fire the device (no other object), great feature Device won't work within 24 hours if stolen Fingerprint and Communication modes Navigational buttons auto lock Adjustable airflow (via adjustable dial) Smart Coil Recognition Remembers last wattage setting for coil head in use Wattage adjusts in 1W increments Despite technology easy to use Good use of fire button LED surround and vibrate for indications and alerts Pod fits very securely 2 different coil heads included Available RBA coil head Cross compatible with RPM coil heads Good flavour and longevity from supplied coil heads Very good battery life Type C USB 1.5A charge rate Excellent charging feedback given Supports pass-through Cons Viewing windows too small to be fit for purpose Needed to remove pod to check level and fill due to above Some fonts on display very small Fingerprint magnet Don't like the branding and safety marks on spine (subjective) I would once again like to thank Mindy from Vapefly for supplying the TGO 70W Pod Mod Kit for the purpose of this review, thanks for reading and stay safe! ___________________________________________________________________
  8. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the Hadron 220 TC Mod, the compatible Squonk Backpack and the Aromamizer Ragnar RDTA from Steam Crave. All items were supplied for the purpose of this review by Steam Crave. Introduction The Hadron 220 Mod has been out for a while and is a dual 21700 battery YiHi powered device designed to accommodate those large tanks Steam Crave are renowned for. The device works very happily as an high powered standard device in either Power or TC modes with great accuracy but has a BF fed 510 with socket on the rear for the fitting of a squonk backpack which is now ready. The Hadron 220 is available still on it's own as is the backpack but both can be purchased as a bundle as can the Hadron, squonk backpack and their latest RDTA advanced kit the Aromamizer Ragnar RDTA which is described as the Hadron's perfect partner. Originally going to be called the Viking RDTA but changed due to copyright issues to the Aromamizer Ragnar RDTA, Steam Craves latest Tank offers the same versatility as the previously released Aromamizer V2 Plus RDTA which was very well received by those that love their big tanks. The RDTA has multiple airflow configurations, juice flow control, chamber reducer allowing Aromamizer Plus decks to be used, can be used in RDA mode, has a 35mm diameter and juice capacity of 18ml or 25ml with the extension and bigger glass included with the advanced kit. All these items as mentioned can be bought separately but can also be bought as a complete bundle with a substantial overall saving, let's give these new Steam Crave products a look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Boxes Contents: Hadron 220 1x HADRON 220 MOD 1x Micro USB Cable 1x Dual 18650 adaptor 1x Spare Backpack port bung 0-rings for 510 plate 1x Steam Crave sticker 1x User Manual Hadron 220 Squonk Backback 1 HADRON Squonk Backpack 1 Mounting Screws 1 Pack of O-Rings 1 User Guide Aromamizer Ragnar RDTA 1 x Steam Crave Aromamizer Ragnar RDTA 1 x Chamber Reducer 1 x Spare 18ml glass 1 x Allen Key 1 x Spare o-rings and screws 1 x User Manual 1 x Steam Crave Sticker Advanced Kit Also Includes 1 x Chimney Extension 2 x 25ml Glass 1 x Mesh Deck Kit 1 x Velocity Deck 1 x Vape Band ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics The Hadron 220 Mod is a shameless beast of a device which due to not having the largest of hands for me is a desktop device as it's just too large and heavy for out and about. After saying that i have heard some say it's not the prettiest of devices but i actually think it's quite a classy looking mod with grooved sides that remind me of the original Joyetech Espion and plain front and back (apart from silicone bunged inlet BF pipe socket) with 2 different matte finishes. On the face we have a raised Black panel central top which houses a protruding Silver fire button and colour screen, further down but still central we have another Black panel but this one sitting flush which houses the operational buttons in a vertical row which are in the colour of choice and the micro USB port. On the base we have the hinged battery door with Silver catch, safety stamps and venting, moving up top we have a large raised air fed 510 plate with Gold plated BF pin with a sturdy spring. The Aromamizer Ragnar RDTA is a very large Tank which up top has a Silver lined Resin Goon fitting 810 with very wide bore. I will leave most of it's description to the pictures but as so many of Steam Craves tanks possibly it's most striking features are the airflow control ring with multiple configurations and juice flow control ring with open and locked padlock icons. Also as usual it must be pointed out the machining and silky smooth threading is immaculate! ___________________________________________________________________ Hadron 220 Specs and Features: Size: 48 x 38 x 99.20mm Max Power: 200W Voltage Range: 6.4V-8.4V Battery Type: 2 x 21700 cells Input Current: 35A Output Current: 40A Dual 21700 cells for strong power Advanced Yihi SX490 chipset Various protections for safe vape Variable voltage adjustment TC-Suite BF Back socket BF 510 Thread: 510 Colours: Gunmetal, Black ___________________________________________________________________ Hadron 220 Squonk Backback Specs and Features: Dimensions - 102mm by 47.5mm by 17.5mm 15mL E-Juice Capacity Threaded Top Fill System - Knurling Top Pump System - 0.4mL Per Pump Connected via Screws to Hadron 220 Box Mod Colours: Gunmetal, Black ___________________________________________________________________ Aromamizer Ragnar RDTA Specs and Features: Size: 35 x 58mm Tank Capacity: 18ml / 25ml (advanced kit) Drip Tip: 810 Various airflow configurations Postless deck with bottom honeycomb holes Can be used as RDA without glass Compatible with Aromamizer Plus mesh deck with Chamber Reducer Advanced Kit includes mesh kit and Plus Velocity deck Advanced Kit includes chimney extension and 2 25ml Glass sections 22mm wide bore 810 drip tip Perfect match Hadron 220W MOD Thread: 510 Colours: Gunmetal, Black, Stainless Steel ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Batteries Dual 21700, 20700 or 18650's with supplied dual adaptor can be used and also some o-rings are provided in case you use the dual 20700 option to prevent any movement due to the 1mm smaller diameter. The batteries get fitted via the bottom hinged door which has a Silver catch with grooves that needs sliding before lifting open, when closing just push the door down and the catch will automatically lock securely in place. Battery orientation is marked very vibrantly at the bottom of the tubes and so much light gets into the compartment with the door open then the poorly marked orientation on the underside of the door can be overlooked, i'm happy with this! The hinged door it'self is very sturdy, catch looks solid and durable and once secured we have no movement whatsoever or battery rattle from dual 21700, 18650 (with adaptor) or 20700 with the use of supplied O-rings! ___________________________________________________________________ Red O-rings Included in the box is a couple of Red o-rings which are actually for if you are going to use the device with the squonk backpack, one needed plus one spare. On the 510 plate we have a circular channel which is for fitting one of the o-rings which adds an extra seal when using as a BF device! ___________________________________________________________________ The Display Those that have a colour YiHi powered device will find the screen very familiar and one thing to point out is how bright it is which isn't camera friendly so i apologise for the lack of sharpness on the photo which is in contrast to the real life display which is very sharp. The device is in power mode by default so that's the screen i will describe. Top left we have the resistance followed below by the voltage, top right we have either an open or closed padlock icon depending on whether the buttons are locked or not. Next to the left in a Blue highlighted rectangular box we have the mode and to the right in a square highlighted box the memory slot. Central we have the wattage (this will be temperature when in TC) and below the puff count. Underneath the puff count is the preheat and finally bottom left we have a battery status bar and bottom right the combined voltage on the batteries. ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The Device Unlike the SX5xx chipsets which YiHi SXMini use in their own devices with the joystick navigation the SX4xx chipsets (this device uses the SX490) tend to be supplied to third party manufactures and i actually find the 3 button operation these chipsets use far simpler. The device comes on automatically when batteries are installed but if you have switched it off then 5 clicks of the fire button powers the device up. Once on to turn off is 5 clicks of the fire button which enters the menu and then click and confirm the first option which is system off to power down. 3 clicks of the fire button locks and unlocks the 3 operation buttons but when locked the device will still fire. The device can be in normal operation or Novice mode and switching between the two is done by holding the up and down buttons together for 3 seconds. When in Novice mode all that can be done is pressing the up button will change between power memory slots and pressing mode will highlight wattage and allow you to adjust it using the up and down buttons, this makes the device very basic and is good for those that just use power mode and like to keep things as simple as possible. In normal operation like when in Novice mode pressing the up button changes between memory slots but now pressing the down button changes between the preheats which are soft, standard, powerful and powerful +. Pressing the mode button like when in Novice mode highlights the wattage which can be adjusted but another click of the mode button changes to Joules which also can now be adjusted, another click of the mode button brings up the temperature which can be adjusted and a final click highlights wire type which can be changed between Ni200, TCR, SS316 and Ti01, another press of the mode button takes you back to power mode. The device also has a small menu which to enter is 5 clicks of the fire button which as already mentioned brings up System Off as the first option, the other options are Manual TCR, Temp Unit, Standby Time and Exit. So the YiHi chipsets are navigated slightly differently but actually once use to how it operates it's very simple! PS i didn't think there would be any point of posting photos of the screen with different things selected as due to the brightness and vibrancy of the display the screen doesn't show up properly on my camera. ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Hadron 220 Squonk Backpack And Operation! On the rear of the device we have towards the top positioned centrally a silicone bung which once removed reveals the BF socket for the Backpack pipe and 2 holes (one either side) with threading although only the left one is needed. At the bottom of the device we do have a couple of slots for the protruding tabs at the bottom of the backpack to slot into and a centrally positioned threaded hole which along with the top left threaded hole is used for securing the backpack in place with screws. The inner side of the backpack which fits to the mod is curved to match the contours of the rear of the device. As mentioned we have 2 tabs at the bottom and centrally near the top a protruding pipe section which has a small silicone seal which needs removing. The pipe just needs lining up with the socket and then just push the backpack in place with the pipe securing in the socket and bottom tabs into their slots. The Backpack stays in place quite nicely but to make it much more secure we have a little silver plate top with a hole that lines up with the left top threaded hole on the device and another hole central bottom which again lines up with the bottom threaded hole on the mod, you receive a small screw for the top and much larger one for the bottom which screws the backpack much more permanently in place. My only issue is many will use the device alternatively as a standard device and with the backpack and you get no spare removable pipe seal, or mounting screws all of which could quite easily get lost. Operating the backpack couldn't be easier, we have a fill cap with knurling that unscrews and then simply fill, we have a very good viewing window on the back of the backpack. The cap has dual o-rings for a really good seal and unlike the silky smooth threading we always get on Steam Crave tanks the threading is a bit crunchy but it gets the job done. On the opposite side to the fill cap we have a protruding delrin cylinder which you press down to pump the liquid. When first using it needs about 3 pumps and then you will suddenly feel more pressure and you are now ready to rock. Unlike traditional squonking methods which each press of the bottle sends just a tiny amount of e-liquid to the atty each press of the pump administers 0.4ml of liquid so just one or two pumps are needed occasionally but as well as the whopping 35mm Ragnar i also just to try used the device and backpack with a little 22mm MTL RDA which apart from looking ridiculous on the enormous set-up actually worked great! ___________________________________________________________________ The Aromamizer Ragnar RDTA Various Parts: I received the standard kit but also because it was for use with the Hadron 220 with Squonk backpack i was sent the mesh deck kit which comes with the advanced kit. The Ragnar has a rather nice Silver lined Resin Goon fitting 810 up top followed by a thick metal walled top-cap. We then have the fill port plate with central air opening and the chimney which is detachable. Installed is an 18ml capacity glass tube and you also get one spare, not sure if the TPD version comes with the glass uninstalled or their is a reducing bung! We then have the bottom section which main part is the double walled chamber which has juice flow ports and airflow inlets. We have a removable juice flow ring and also airflow control ring. The knurled base section unscrews to reveal a PnP style postless deck installed. You also receive a decent quality tri-tool and plenty of screws and o-rings as usual but also get a chamber reducer which will not only allow the smaller mesh deck to fit but also other Aromamizer Plus decks. If you get the advanced kit as well as receiving everything mentioned you will also receive an Aromamizer Plus Velocity deck, 25ml extension pipe and 2 25ml glass sections! ___________________________________________________________________ RDA Mode You will need to refer to the photo in the earlier Aesthetics section if you want to see how it looks in RDA mode as although i merge photos to allow more than the 20 permitted i am still limited. The Ragnar can simply be turned into an RDA by removing the Glass and chimney and then screwing the top section on to the bottom section, it adds further to it's versatility! ___________________________________________________________________ The Mesh Deck Kit Included with the Advanced version is the Mesh Deck Kit which includes obviously the mesh deck as well as a mesh bending tool. Also included is spare screws and o-rings, a squonk pin to give the wicking a helping hand, cotton, manual and 2 strips of mesh with full specs. The specs of the mesh is KA1 0.15ohm, 17 x 9.8mm rated between 35 - 70w. The main build i concentrate on in this review is with the mesh deck so i could use the supplied BF pin. ___________________________________________________________________ Available Decks As well as the pre-installed Ragnar postless deck the inclusion of a chamber reducer shrinks the chamber down to the same size as the chamber on the Aromamizer Plus V2 RDTA allowing another 5 decks to fit. The other decks available is the mesh deck i received which is also included in the advanced kit, a velocity deck which again is included in the advanced kit, the Plus postless deck, a single coil deck and finally a series deck. ___________________________________________________________________ Installing Decks There are so many decks available because they are installed into the chamber much like PnP coils are with subohm tanks and then the base section gets screwed on to seal everything up. So to do a build the deck just needs pulling out and then it can get screwed onto a mod or whatever you use for building. Once the build is finished it just needs pushing back into the chamber. On the rim of the chamber we have 2 cut-out sections and 2 tabs on the outside of the decks, these get lined up and interlocked to make sure the build is lined up with the airflow. Installing The Chamber Reducer The chamber reducer just gets press fitted into the existing chamber and has the same airflow and cutouts at the chamber itself so really just thickens its wall to allow smaller decks to be fitted! ___________________________________________________________________ Juice Flow Control The Ragnar has the same improved juice flow control has the Plus V2 which can be adjusted by turning. We have a thin section with a small dot and around the larger juice flow control ring a couple of closed padlocks and a couple of open padlocks. When the dot is lined up with one of the closed padlocks the juice flow is completely closed and when lined up with one of the open padlocks the juice flow is fully open, obviously in between it's partly open so it can be tailored to your preference. (I just either had it fully open while vaping or fully closed when filling or taking deck out etc). ___________________________________________________________________ The Airflow Steam Crave are known not just for their large atty's but also having multiple airflow options on their tanks. We have on the outer wall of the tank 2 rows of honeycomb airflow either side which goes right through to come out on the sides of the inner chamber directed at your coil / coils / mesh and a short but wide airflow slot underneath which also feeds through to the inner chamber wall. With the mesh deck and other Plus decks the bottom slot airflow hits above the deck at the bottom of the coils / coil / mesh but with the pre-installed Ragnar postless deck these slots line up with slots on the side of the deck, the air travels underneath the deck and then comes up through honeycomb outlets (2 rows of 6) underneath where the coils will be positioned. We then have an airflow control ring which has different configurations matching all, some or one of the airflow honeycomb rows and slot on the tank. We have the choice of just the lower honeycomb row, both honeycomb rows, both honeycomb rows and bottom slot, lower honeycomb row and bottom slot or just the bottom slot. Of course any of these configurations can be fully or partially open. ___________________________________________________________________ The Build Doing a build on the pre-installed postless deck was as easy as it gets. pre-cut your leads to 6mm and then it's just a case of dropping your leads into the open terminals and fixing in position via the side hex screws (my favourite). Then if needed manipulate your coils into a better position with a coiling rod or fit for purpose tool. The deck has large wicking channels to place your cotton ends just make sure the cotton doesn't protrude so they are visible underneath the deck. For the purpose of this review i concentrated on the mesh deck as it has a BF pin which i first switched to. Like all these modern mesh decks that use horizontal clamps it's a breeze to insert your mesh after bending it with the supplied tool. The supplied cotton is just the right thickness and you want to leave your ends long enough to poke into the wicking channels without protruding underneath. Then cut your ends at an angle so the bottom of the cotton can be placed in the channels leaving the upper section of your now shorter ends to just use to patch up any of the mesh towards the ends which has no cotton touching. ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The Products And Thoughts! The Hadron 220 is a brick of a device but in my opinion a classy looking brick and that's the point it's designed to accommodate large 30mm+ tanks and with dual 21700 batteries can give plenty of power. Powered by the SX490 chipset the performance isn't in doubt and is easy enough to navigate with the 3 button system and i also think the Novice mode you get on YiHi devices is a very good idea. I love the thinking outside the box allowing the Hadron 220 to simply be turned from a standard device to large capacity BF device with the instalment of the squonk Backpack which works quite crudely pumping 0.4ml of liquid with each pump (no micro management here) yet worked great even when testing with a 22mm MTL RDA, it's just getting use to only pressing the pump once or twice max and not too often, it's surprising how you just seem to know through the vape just being slightly less saturated that it's time for another press. The Aromamizer Ragnar RDTA is every bit as good as the Plus V2 i reviewed and gleamed over recently. Juice control works great, loads of airflow configurations to get the airflow just how you like it, it's very easy to build on the Ragnar postless deck and i love the chamber reducer allowing all the Aromamizer Plus decks to fit. The 18ml capacity is great and also having both a standard and advanced kit which allows the capacity to be extended to 25ml is another bonus. Being able to use the Ragnar as a standard RDA isn't something i would do but is yet another pro and the list just goes on and on including how smooth and silent the airflow is! The Ragnar is a great RDTA in it's own right but i also like how you can buy the Hadron 220 mod, Squonk backpack and Ragnar as a bundle and using it with the mesh deck and BF pin in conjunction with the Hadron with installed Backpack is a pleasurable experience. When it comes to cons you know what you are buying in regards a large heavy device and huge capacity tank so really size and weight isn't a con because those interested will want those things. All that leaves is the fact the device adjusts in point one increments up to 100W even if holding the button down before changing to 1W increments up to the full 220W, really you only need point 1W increments up to 20W max. Also there are a few seals and screws to do with fitting the backpack which could easily get lost so some spare should of been included and finally although not a fault of Steam Crave as it's down to the YiHi PCB and that's no Type C USB. ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Excellent build quality both mod and RDTA YiHi SX490 chipset Excellent performance Novice mode Easy to navigate Can accommodate dual 21700, 20700 or 18650's with supplied adaptor High powered Excellent battery door Can fit up to 38mm tanks without overhang Hadron 220 can be used with Squonk Backpack Hadron 220 squonk backpack fits securely to device Large 15ml Backpack capacity Easy to fill Excellent viewing window Squonk Backpack is easy to operate Squonk Backpack Works great Both basic and advanced Ragnar kits available Mesh deck kit with advanced version 18ml Capacity 25ml Capacity with advanced kit Spare Glass Velocity deck included with advanced kit BF pin for mesh deck Most common mesh strips will fit Chamber reducer 5 Aromamizer decks compatible with reduced chamber Juice Flow Control Multiple airflow configurations Immaculate machining and threading Goon fit 810 drip tip (can use your own) Experienced no leaking whatsoever Very smooth airflow Very quiet tank Unbelievable cloud production Great flavour Cons Could do with spares of small parts Scrolls in point 1W increments up to 100W Threading on Backpack fill cap a little crunchy (clutching at straws) Micro USB port, not Type C Just one battery status bar rather than one for each battery I would once again like to thank Steam Crave for supplying the Hadron 220W Mod, Hadron 220 Squonk Backpack and Aromamizer Ragnar RDTA for the purpose of this review, thanks for reading and stay safe! ___________________________________________________________________
  9. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the GEN S 220W TC Kit With NRG-S Tank from Vaporesso. The Gen S Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Jessica from Vaporesso. Introduction At the same time as bringing out the Gen's little brother the Gen Nano Vaporesso release the Gen S which unless i'm missing a trick is exactly the same device as the original Gen but now coming in 5 new colours and paired with the latest NRG tank the NRG-S or NRG-S Mini for TPD regulated regions. The Gen has become one of the most popular devices in recent times boasting vaporesso's ground breaking "Pulse" and "Smart TC modes" while many also finding it a very reliable workhorse, so let's give it another look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1x GEN Mod 1 x NRG S Tank (8ml) (NRG S Mini (2ml) TPD Version) 1 x GT4 Meshed Coil 1 x GT Meshed Coil 1 x Extra Glass Tube (5m) 4 x O-Rings 1 x Micro USB Cable 1 x User Manual 1 x Warranty Card ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The Gen S Kit came in the usual style of cardboard packaging that Vaporesso products come in with both the Gen device and NRG S Tank in the top tray and other accessories below. On opening this time i wasn't surprised at how big the device is because the Gen S Mod in this Kit is the same device as previously released so for me i'ts size is still a con but not as much of a con as it is with other devices of this size as it's so light, is curved front and back and has a really nice textured rubberised grippy feel actually making it very ergonomic despite it's size. On this occasion i received the Lime Green version which fuses from a Spring Green bottom into a Lime Green midway up the device. The Gen S Kit comes with matching NRG S (NRG S Mini (TPD version)) and is available in Matte Gray, Rose Gold, Midnight Blue, Cherry Pink and Lime Green. We have a matching Rose Gold fire button and 510 plate which looks aesthetically pleasing but also wish the navigational and mode buttons were also Rose Gold to match instead of being the colour of choice which looks a bit odd being in a different colour. The face of the device has the mentioned round protruding fire button towards the top and towards the bottom a vertical row of 3 smaller protruding buttons which are the two navigational buttons with the mode button between. Right at the bottom of the face is the micro USB port which disappointingly still isn't type C and between the fire and smaller buttons we have the screen. One side of the device has "Vaporesso" printed centrally while central bottom of the other removable side we have the Vaporesso logo, both again are in Rose Gold. Moving to the base we have venting and a notch to help remove the battery side panel, also again in Rose Gold we have branding and Safety stamps. Moving up top we have a central Rose Gold coloured 510 plate which is raised just enough to protect the device's surface while not giving visible gaping, the 510 is Gold plated and spring loaded with a medium throw. The device feels nice, looks nice and is very well made with what seems a very durable finish. ___________________________________________________________________ NRG S Specs and Features: Tank Capacity: 8ml Coil: GT4 Meshed coil (0.15Ω, 50-75W)/GT Meshed coil (0.18Ω, 50-85W) Resistance Range: 0.03~5ohm All GT Series Compatible: 0.2ohm GT1 Coil (50-70W) / 0.4ohm GT2 Coil (40-80W) / 0.15ohm GT4 Coil (30-70W) / 0.2ohm GT6 Coil (40-100W) / 0.18ohm GT MESHED Coil (50-85W) / 0.3ohm GT CCELL2 Coil (35-40W) Easy push-to-fill system Screw into base coil installation Enhanced airflow for cloud vapor Universal compatibility GT core coils Thread: 510 NRG S Mini Height: 56mm Outside Diameter: 22mm Capacity: 2ml Material: stainless steel Colours: Matte Gray, Rose Gold, Midnight Blue, Cherry Pink and Lime Green. ___________________________________________________________________ NRG S Tank Overview The NRG S Tank is the latest rendition of Vaporesso's popular NRG sub-ohm tank which seems to of been around forever along with the now extensive range of GT core coil heads. With the TPD version of the kit you receive the same coil heads but the NRG S Mini which is a smaller 2ml capacity version of the new tank, the full size tank is 8ml in capacity and also comes with a 5ml straight glass. The new version has been designed especially for the Kit with the colours matching the devices perfectly and also having a knurled design top and bottom to mimic the finish of the device. The top-cap rotates open with a really nice tolerance and is stiff enough to avoid opening when in the pocket. Once opened a nice size fill port is revealed and i was able to fill quickly and mess free! The base section screws off (well it's actually the top of the coil head unscrewing from the chimney) to undo the tank and the coil heads get screwed straight into the base. Finally we have large dual cyclops with stoppers which once again moves with a really nice tolerance, a good, solid sub-ohm tank! ___________________________________________________________________ The Coils You receive the 2 Mesh coil heads in the GT range which are the GT Meshed coil head 0.18ohm rated between 50 and 85w and the updated GT4 Meshed coil head 0.15 rated between 50 and 75w. As well as the 2 included coil heads all the GT range is compatible which is quite extensive! ___________________________________________________________________ Gen S Mod Specs and Features: Dimensions: 93.5 x 53 x 27mm Display: 0.91' OLED screen Battery: 2x18650 (Not Included) Power Range: 5-220W Charge current : 2.5A Resistance Range: 0.03~5Ω All-new Axon chipset 2.5A fast charging system powerful 220W Power ECO mode and DIY mode Innovative PULSE mode and SMART TC mode Thread: 510 Colours: Matte Gray, Rose Gold, Midnight Blue, Cherry Pink and Lime Green. ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Batteries The Gen accommodates dual 18650 batteries and we have the inclusion of a battery ribbon for easy removal. The side panel can be removed by getting your fingernail into the little notch on the base and once removed we can see it's secured by large magnets top and bottom. Once again battery orientation is marked Black on Black which i just don't like and with this being pointed out so often if you are going to add S to the title of a device giving the impression something is new then at least update it and address things like this, other than that no complaints. The panel fits in place very securely and on the device i received i have absolutely no play of any kind, good job! ___________________________________________________________________ The Display We have a real contradiction with the Gen being such a feature rich innovative device yet as a very basic Old School style screen which still appeals to many and i believe this is quite deliberate as it makes the whole device less overwhelming and quite easy to navigate. The screen is bright and sharp and the brightness can be adjusted. Top left we have a single battery bar (wish we had one for each battery) and also within the battery status bar we have the remaining charge given as a percentage. Underneath the battery bar we have the resistance and then below that the time of your vape. Central and taking up most of the display we have the wattage, temperature or voltage depending which mode you are in and then top right we have the mode. ___________________________________________________________________ Navigating The Gen S The Gen S is the usual 5 clicks of the fire button to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off and once on 3 clicks of the fire button locks and unlocks the navigational and mode buttons but when locked the device will still fire. Holding down both the mode and fire buttons together brings up an information screen giving serial number and firmware version. The menu is very old school giving a row of icons which when you try to carry on scrolling past the last one displayed if there are any more in that section then the others appear on the screen, the last icon is always exit and also having a mode button the whole system is easy to navigate even if sounding complicated when i try to explain it. To enter the menu you can either long press the mode button or click it 3 times and it brings up the following options, Pulse mode, Power Eco, Smart TC, DIY Mode, System Set and Exit. Choosing either Pulse mode, Power Eco or Smart TC takes you to that working screen and i will go through these features later. Choosing DIY Mode brings up the following options Variable wattage, Variable Temperature, Variable Voltage, Custom Wattage Curve, Bypass, Super Player Mode and Exit. Curves, Variable Voltage and Bypass are all straightforward and Super player mode is a feature that Vaporesso have included for a while now where it allows you to fire down to 0.05ohm and something i really don't care for. Choosing Variable Wattage gives you the choice of Normal, Soft or Hard pre-heats and Variable Temperature first allows you to choose your wire type and then allows you to alter the TCR, set wattage for temp control and lock resistance. The Final option in the main menu is System Settings which allows you to reset your puff counter, set vape time allowed, adjust brightness, turn smart wattage on or off, flip the screen, turn automatic eco on or off, set device to default and finally bring up the same information screen that can be accessed with the mode and fire button together from the working screen. The device adjust in 0.1W increments up to 100W and then switches to 1W increments up to 220W, holding the navigational button down will adjust in 1W increments from 5W to 220W and at a speed of knots but it doesn't round robin. ___________________________________________________________________ The New Modes Well not actually new anymore as the Gen has been out a while but still worth another look. I do find the fact the device by default is in Pulse mode and the first tier of the menu system is the three new modes and to use the standard Wattage, Temperature modes etc are further within the menu system a little strange. I do understand why it's been done this way as Vaporesso are showing faith in these new features and trying to push them but i still think it should of been done the other way around. The more i use the Gen though and enjoy the device the less i see this as being any major issue! ___________________________________________________________________ Pulse Mode The idea of Pulse Mode is to give you more consistent power so instead of your initial fire which once it hits set wattage can dip in Pulse mode it's continuously firing every 0.02 seconds up to 500 times in one vape giving consistent power. Pulse Mode is the Gen's default mode! ___________________________________________________________________ Power Eco Mode One thing i have noticed with the Gen is i do have more efficient devices and the battery life although not bad is not the greatest although many reacted to my initial review saying they found battery life very good but i can only give my experience and after trying the new device my opinion hasn't changed. I initially thought it was just pulse mode but then i spent most of my time using Smart TC and again it was not friendly on the batteries so finally tried using the more standard modes and it just appears not to be very efficient. When in Power Eco Mode it optimises your settings despite that you are still setting the settings, if you are in other modes it will also ask if you want the device to use Eco Mode when the battery life gets down to 40%. Why when it sill uses your settings does it become so much more efficient and why not efficient in the first place? I can only go by my experience using the device which say's complete gimmick as i noticed no better battery life whatsoever. ___________________________________________________________________ Smart TC When using Smart TC and you first attach your atomizer it fires the atomizer for a micro second and scans the information. It recognises wire type and ohms extra and automatically gives the best TC settings for that coil. When using Pulse mode it also fires and scans the atomiser and if it's a TC coil asks if you want to use Smart TC, likewise if you have the device in Smart TC mode and the atomizer you attach doesn't have a TC compatible coil it will jump the device out of Smart TC and into Pulse Mode. I absolutely love this mode and as i have used so many versions of the NRG Tank and GT coil heads i have been using it the vast majority of time while testing the device with a couple of RTA's with SS builds. ___________________________________________________________________ Charging I don't ever personally recommend charging external batteries in a device but with Vaporesso claiming 2.5A charging which will fully charge the batteries in 60 minutes this needed testing especially as i get a much slower charge rate when testing the previous Gen i was sent. The results i found were very disappointing as it barely at any point of charging got much above 1.5A and the batteries in the device took about 2.5 hours to charge. Good feedback is given while charging though telling you the percentage charge and charge time remaining for each battery. Another disappointment which again goes back to the fact the impression is given this is an updated device when their is no change from the original is the fact still no Type C USB, come on Vaporesso this has become your new flagship device and it's 2020! (REALLY????) ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The Gen S Kit To start with i will cover the NRG S tank as in the past i have used the different renditions of this tank and know the GT Core coil heads inside out and as i much prefer RTA's and love the smart TC mode on the Gen i mainly used the device with an SS build in this mode. The NRG-S is a really good solid sub-ohm tank with an extensive range of compatible coils and both included mesh coils give both above average flavour and longevity. The GT4 gave just slightly more restriction but the NRG S has good airflow adjustment so i actually manipulated the same restriction with both coils and vaped them both at 60w, that was with the GT4 two thirds open and the GT Meshed half open for the same flavoursome smooth vape. The tank comes apart with no dramas and both the airflow control ring and rotate open top-cap have really good tolerances, i particularly like the top-cap which is tight enough it's not going to open on it's own accord while sill being easy enough to rotate open when its time to fill. The star of the show is the Gen with many quoting "best mod of the year" last year and it was definitely in the running. I like the Pulse Mode idea and indeed it does give a very consistent vape with no drop in power but then the Omni chipset i always found did that in normal power mode so i did also compare to the normal variable wattage mode on the device and although this is not a con for the Pulse mode but more of a plus for the Axon chip in general i could tell absolutely no difference between pulse mode and normal wattage. The main con for the device is battery life giving below average vape time and having an Eco Mode sounds great in theory but i found it made little if any difference. After saying that i am by no means saying battery life is terrible and possibly being quite harsh due to finding so little to fault and many have not experienced below par battery life so maybe i just like using the device so much i am vaping more without realising it. Another con is the claimed charge rate and charge time, i thought it maybe a fault with my device but this is the second Gen i have used and got the same outcome, as mentioned in the review it charged at around 1.5A and took over 2.5 hours to charge which is miles away from what is claimed. All the usual modes worked great including curves and having variable voltage is another plus, i didn't use the normal TC but absolutely love the Smart TC mode which worked great for me and allows vapers to vape in TC without having to set anything. I also love the looks and feel of the device and it's lightweight allows it to be a good out and about device despite it's large size which is a con for me. It's central 510 position (most will love this) will allow up to 26mm atty's without overhang. All the buttons including the fire button are nice and clicky and it fires in an instant with great ramp up whichever mode you use. Finally the Gen is fully firmware upgradeable. ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Good build quality Grippy textured rubber finish Finish seems very durable Ergonomic despite size High powered 5 Colour options (New colours) Tank matches both colour and aesthetics of device Lightweight Old school, sharp bright display Easy to navigate Battery status shown both as a bar and as a percentage Mode Button Feature rich Variable Wattage, Voltage, TC, Bypass, SP Mode and Wattage Curve. Pulse Mode Power Eco Mode (not convinced) Smart TC (Loved using this mode) Performed excellently Battery panel fits very securely Battery Ribbon Up to 26mm atty's without overhang Firmware Upgradeable NRG S and S Mini are very good performing sub-ohm tanks 8ml Capacity (NRG S) Spare glass included (5ml NRG S) (2ml S Mini) Rotate open top-fill method 2 different GT mesh coil heads included Compatible with range of GT coil heads Cons Battery life below average ( what i am experiencing, many disagree) Power Eco Mode does little from what i experience to improve battery life Claimed Charge Rate and Charge time nowhere near what i experienced Large dual 18650 device Black on Black battery orientation (should of been addressed) Still no Type C USB (might actually get claimed charge rate if it had) No upgrades since original Gen leaves me scratching my head why now the Gen S (marketing shenanigans lol) I would once again like to thank Jessica from Vaporesso for supplying the GEN S 220W TC Kit With NRG-S Tank for the purpose of this review, thanks for reading and stay safe! ___________________________________________________________________
  10. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the 200w & 100W Maxus TC Kits from Freemax. Both kits were supplied free of charge for the purpose of this review by Tina from Freemax. Introduction I remember about 4 years ago when Freemax first came to the attention of the vaping world they released a pretty handsome looking Resin finish dual 18650 device but the performance of their sub-ohm tanks and coil technology took off with a life all of their own so for obvious reasons Freemax for years concentrated on becoming global leaders when it comes to tanks and mesh coil technology. Now that it seems they are that far ahead of the pack when it comes to their tanks and coils they have been able to start flexing their muscles in other directions and we have seen an avalanche of products from them in recent times which still incorporate their world beating coil heads at the forefront. Here we have the first full size mods for 4 years from Freemax, the Maxus 200w and 100W which come paired with their 2 latest premium sub-ohm tanks. The Maxus mods boast very user friendly interfaces, full suite of the most popular modes, Type C USB and real innovation when it comes to battery polarity. The Maxus 100W allows the accommodation of a 21700, 20700 or 18650 with supplied adaptor which can be fitted either way and the Maxus 200W is a dual 18650 device which will allow any battery configuration including just one battery to be used either way at a reduced max wattage of 80w. This is possibly the most innovation seen with mods for a considerable time, so let's crack on and give the Maxus 200w and 100w Kits a closer look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Boxes Contents: Maxus 200W Kit: 5ml Standard Edition 1×Freemax Maxus 200W VW Mod 1×Freemax Maxus Pro 2 Tank Resin Edition(Freemax 904L M2 Mesh Coil 0.2ohm) 1×Extra Freemax 904L M1 Mesh Coil 0.15ohm 1×Extra Glass Tube 5ml 1×Extra O-ring 1×Type-C USB Cable 1×Warning Card 1×Warranty Card 1×User Manual 2ml TPD Edition 1×Freemax Maxus 200W VW Mod 1×Freemax M Pro 2 Tank Resin Edition(Freemax 904L M2 Mesh Coil 0.2ohm) 1×Extra Freemax 904L M1 Mesh Coil 0.15ohm 1×Extra Glass Tube 1×Extra O-ring 1×Type-C USB Cable 1×Warning Card 1×Warranty Card 1×User Manual Maxus 100W Kit: 5ml Standard Edition 1×Freemax Maxus 100W VW Mod 1×Freemax Fireluke 3 Tank Resin Edition (Freemax 904L X2 Mesh Coil 0.2ohm pre-installed) 1×Extra Freemax 904L X1 Mesh Coil 0.15ohm 1×Extra Glass Tube 5ml 1×Extra O-ring 1×Type-C USB Cable 1×Warning Card 1×Warranty Card 1×User Manual 2ml TPD Edition 1×Freemax Maxus 100W VW Mod 1×Freemax Fireluke 3 Tank Resin Edition (Freemax 904L X2 Mesh Coil 0.2ohm pre-installed) 1×Extra Freemax 904L X1 Mesh Coil 0.15ohm 1×Extra Glass Tube 1×Extra O-ring 1×Type-C USB Cable 1×Warning Card 1×Warranty Card 1×User Manual ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics Both Kits come packaged in a cardboard Box with outer cardboard sleeve with the device in the top layer and tank and other accessories in the lower layer with the Maxus 200W Kit and both device and tank in the upper layer with the Maxus 100W Kit. Both devices have a very old school style box form factor with the Maxus 100W being much more slender but both have bevelling so no sharp edges and curved sides to help with ergonomics. We have protruding square metal fire and navigational buttons and the most striking aesthetic feature is the Resin sections on the removable battery panel (i'm convinced they are Resin and not just stickers which is good to see). Covering both Kits in the same review while making sense as many things including displays and menu systems are identical on both devices does make it quite a long review so i will wrap up this section here and let the photos of both devices do the talking! ___________________________________________________________________ Maxus 200W Mod Specs and Features: Output Voltage: 0.7-8.4V Input Voltage: 3.3-4.2V (Single battery) / 6.6-8.4V (Dual battery) Output Wattage: 5-200W/100-315℃/200-600℉ Output Mode: Power/VPC/Bypass/TC-TI/TC-SS/TC-NI/TCR Resistance Range: 0.1-3ohm Battery: 18650×2 (SmartLoad Tech, Support Single/Dual Battery) Charger Specification: 5V/2A Size: L90.5×W52.5×H28.6mm Support Single/Dual 18650 Battery with the SmartLoad Tech Type-C USB port, 2A fast charging Multiple protections for safe vaping Multiple output modes and smart coil detection function Colour/Designs: Orange-Green, Red-Blue, Blue-Yellow, Black-Orange, Yellow-Black, Green-Red M Pro 2 Tank Specs and Features: Size: L59.85×D25mm Capacity: 5ml/2ml(TPD) Working Wattage: 40-110W Material: SS904L/Tea Fiber Cotton/SS/Resin Advanced COILTECH 4.0 for excellent flavor Military grade SS904L mesh and tea fiber cotton Upgraded top-fill mechanism without leakage Thread: 510 Drip Tip: 810 Colours: Green, Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, Orange ___________________________________________________________________ Maxus 100W Mod Specs and Features: Output Voltage: 0.7-7.5V Input Voltage: 3.3-4.2V Output Wattage: 5-100W/100--315℃/200--600℉ Output Mode: Power/VPC/Bypass/TC-TI/TC-SS/TC-NI/TCR Resistance Range: 0.1-3ohm Battery: 21700/20700/18650 (SmartLoad Tech - Load at Will) Charger Specification: 5V/2A Size: L90.2×W37.5×H28mm Compatible with 21700/20700/18650 battery with the SmartLoad Tech Type-C USB port, 2A fast charging and multiple protections Multiple protections for safe vaping Multiple output modes and smart coil detection function Colour/Designs: Blue-Green, Yellow-Blue, Orange-Black, Black-Red, Red-Yellow, Green-Orange Fireluke 3 Tank Specs and Features: Size: L49×D28.2mm(Standard Vertion) 49×25.5mm (TPD) Capacity: 3m/2ml(TPD) Coil: 904L X2 Mesh Coil 0.2ohm(pre-installed) 904L X1 Mesh Coil 0.15ohm Working Wattage: 20 -90W Material: SS904L /Tea Fiber Cotton/SS/Resin FM COILTECH 4.0 technology Upgraded Top-Fill Mechanism for easily refill 0.2ohm X2/0.15ohm X1 Mesh Coil for pure flavor Thread: 510 Drip Tip: 810 Colours: Blue, Yellow, Red, Black, Orange, Green ___________________________________________________________________ Fireluke 3 and M Pro 2 Tanks Overviews The first thing to point out their could be some confusion as the standard versions of the kit has the tanks named as the Maxluke and Maxus Pro tanks but they are the Fireluke 3 and M Pro 2 tanks just for some reason only known to Freemax given different names for the purpose of the standard kits. The M Pro 2 tank that comes with the Maxus 200 is quite a bit bigger than the Fireluke 3 and has a 5ml capacity (2ml TPD version) while the Fireluke 3 has smaller dimensions and has a standard 3ml capacity while the bubble glass brings the capacity to a M Pro 2 matching 5ml. Apart from the dimensions both tanks have a very similar design and look with a construction of intertwined Resin and Stainless Steel giving them an aesthetic wow factor in my opinion. Both tanks have a resin 810 up top and the same slide open fill method which features Freemax's new design incorporating 3 ball bearings for extra friction to prevent the tanks opening when not wanted. The design works great and if i have any issue it's that the top-cap doesn't slide open far enough in my opinion so it gets in the way of bigger bottles when filling, other than that you won't find better designed sub-ohm tanks! Both the Fireluke 3 and M Pro 2 tank coil heads use the latest Freemax Coiltech 4.0 technology which uses military grade SS904L Mesh and Tea Fiber cotton formula which comprises of 95% Tea Fiber Cotton and 5% Organic Cotton mix, they do however use a different coil family to each other. Included with the M Pro 2 tank in the Maxus 200w kit are the M1 Mesh Coil head 0.15ohm and the M2 Mesh coil head 0.2ohm. Coming with the Fireluke 3 tank in the Maxus 100W Kit is the X1 Mesh coil head 0.15ohm and the X2 Mesh coil head 0.2ohm. As well as the included coil heads there are other available options. ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Battery/Batteries Both devices use Freemax's new SmartLoad Technology allowing batteries to be fitted in any orientation, so bang goes my go to con of poorly marked orientation! The Maxus 100W Mod accommodates a single 21700, 20700 or 18650 with the supplied adaptor which can be fitted in either orientation. When fitting a 21700 battery it was that tight a fit i had to force it in position so the panel would go on and when the battery ran out of charge it took me ages to get it out with the battery ribbon being no help at all so once i finally did get it out (damaging the wrap) i didn't risk a 21700 again and switched to an 18650. I informed Freemax and the good news is not only were they aware of the problem they have already altered the moulding so a 21700 will fit much easier so problem solved! The Maxus 200W accommodates dual 18650 batteries that can be put in any configuration and the device works fine, both positives up, both negatives up, one negative up and the other down, one positive up and the other down or doing either the Tango or Waltz it doesn't matter. Also the device will operate with just one battery installed (again orientation doesn't matter) at a reduced top wattage of 80W. This must be the most innovation seen for a long time and has been achieved rather than by the use of Diodes so seeing large voltage drops and loads of heat generated Freemax have used 14 separate high quality Mosfets with each one either combining or not to particular others depending on the battery configuration identified. Looking at the PCB everything is nicely spaced so heat is dissipated easily and no voltage drop of any real note, maybe the 3.2v cutoff with all the mosfets cause enough drop off to become 3.3v as stated in the specifications but the device while testing seems very efficient so no issues at all with battery life. Both battery panels snap into place via strong magnets but when testing for it there is slight side to side movement but i didn't notice it during use and again these samples that have been sent out are prototypes so the retail version may see no movement. ___________________________________________________________________ Display Both devices have very basic displays which simply give the information needed in a well laid out uncluttered fashion. Top left we have the mode and then top right we either have a single horizontal battery status bar on the Maxus 100W or Maxus 200W when only one battery is installed or two vertical battery status bars on the Maxus 200w with both batteries installed. We then have the Wattage, Temperature or Voltage depending which mode you are in. On the bottom half of the display we have top the puff count, then the resistance and then voltage when in Wattage (Power) mode. When in Bypass mode wattage is displayed instead and when in TC first we have the TCR value followed by wattage. ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The Maxus 100W and 200W Devices Both devices have the same user interface and functions with the Maxus 100W adjusting in 1W increments from 5W to 100W and the Maxus 200W adjusting again in 1W increments between 5W and 80W with one battery installed and 5W to 200W with both, neither device round robins! The devices are the usual 5 clicks of the fire button to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off and once on the only combination button press feature is both navigational buttons together locks and unlocks those buttons but the device will still fire. Both devices have the same list driven user interface which is very simple to use. To enter that menu is three quick clicks of the fire button which brings up a list of options which are Mode, Set, Info and Exit. Exit obviously just takes you back to your previous working screen while Info brings up another list allowing you to check the status of each battery, software version and temperature in both Celsius and Fahrenheit. Set is your extra settings which when selected brings up another list of options which are Timeout, Coil test, Puff, Time, Temp Unit, Reset and Exit which are all self explanatory. Finally Mode is all the working modes which when selected brings up a list of the following options, Power(wattage), VPC(curves), Bypass, TC-TI, TC-SS, TC-NI, TCR 1, 2, 3 (which are three TCR memory slots), that's it, all you need on a device yet very easy to navigate! The last thing to mention is when a new coil is detected or if using an RTA it is obviously the new resistance it's detecting the wattage does adjust to a safe limit so you don't fry your coil but unlike some devices that have this feature it doesn't actually adjusts to a suitable vaping wattage as it goes far too low, for example when detecting 0.20ohm it adjusts to just 20W, i'm quite neutral on this and still feel it's good that newer vapers won't fry their coils and would imagine a firmware upgrade will make the device adjust to a more realistic vaping wattage. ___________________________________________________________________ Protections: Low Resistance Protection Open Circuit Protection 10/s Timeout protection Over-charge Protection Over-discharge Protection Short Circuit Protection High Temperature Protection Low Voltage Protection ___________________________________________________________________ Charging As always i don't recommend charging your batteries in the device unless it's your only option but if you do i am pleased that both the Maxus 100W and 200W devices have Type C USB and a 2A charge rate, while also supporting pass-through. ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The Maxus Kits And Thoughts! Both tanks are as good as it gets when it comes to Sub-ohm tanks with coils that give superior flavour and longevity and are Freemax's latest premium releases so loads of detailed reviews of each tank if not already out there will become readily available pretty much unanimously saying how awesome they are. The upgrades from their previous tanks is the use of Resin within the Stainless Steel construction (purely aesthetic) and the introduction of 3 ball bearings given more friction when sliding open so preventing the tanks opening in your pocket. As well as using the tanks i did over the last week stick both tanks in my pocket when out and about and no issues with them even part opening, that added tolerance the ball bearings give also adds a nice feel when opening. The tanks use different coils (although the same Freemax 4.0 coil technology) and the M Pro 2 is noticeably bigger but both have practically the same design and features and perform similar but i found the M Pro 2 was capable of giving much more air and also needed an extra 10W compared to a coil for the Fireluke 3 with the same ohm resistance, both give a really smooth draw. My only con for both tanks is the top-caps don't open far enough to avoid being an obstacle to larger bottles when filling, i found this to be worse with the Fireluke 3 tank! The Mods are fantastic and show the most innovation i can remember for a very long time. How big a deal being able to put your batteries in any which way you please will change from individual to individual but the most common complaint i hear is lack of Innovation so it needs praising when a manufacturer does something different else their is no encouragement. Now i am not that technically minded so being an honest person most soundbites and explaining on how Freemax has achieved their SmartLoad technology came from watching a Mooch Video where it's explained but i dumbed down my explanation because trying to sound as smart as Mooch when explaining it would of made me look a fool but i covered the basics. I can also confirm from using both devices there is absolutely no heat issue as the devices stay cool even when chain vaping and any voltage drop is comfortably compensated for in efficiency as battery life with both devices compared favourably to other single and dual battery devices i have used. I had that one issue with a 21700 battery fitting too tight in the Maxus 100W but Freemax have already addressed that issue but there are a few other cons although quite petty to me. First both battery panels do have slight movement which needs mentioning but i didn't notice it when in use and again Freemax might well address this before retail production. Also the 510 plate not being centred on the Maxus 200W seems copied from the Drag 2 and i just don't like, also on both devices the 510 plate is raised so you will get gaping with bigger tanks although for some reason i only really noticed it when using RTA's rather than the M Pro 2 and Fireluke 3. Tanks up to 26mm will fit very nicely on both devices while 28mm will hang over the bevelled edging but not the device it'self but that gaping will be much more noticeable. I don't find any of the cons for these devices deal breakers and they both performed flawlessly hitting set wattage instantly and giving a consistent vape whether i was using the supplied tanks, RDL RTA or even a MTL RTA right down at 12W. I love how simple the device is to navigate and the available mode options, when it comes to TC though as always i would check out a review that specifically covers that as i don't have the equipment to give accurate information. As always i don't recommend charging the battery/batteries in the device but if you do need to then at least these devices have Type C USB, 2A charging and supports pass-through. vaping products often get over-hyped, after all we are enthusiastic vapers and can get carried away but these two kits i can only see living up to the hype they will generate and becoming 2 of the best selling kits, very impressed, Kudos to Freemax!!! ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Very well made devices and sub-ohm tanks Real resin used in panel sections and on tanks Due to nature of Resin all devices and tanks will be aesthetically unique Plenty of Colour/Design options SmartLoad technology, batteries can be fitted in any orientation. (Innovation) Maxus 200 can run off one battery Maxus 100 can accommodate 21700, 20700 or 18650 with supplied adaptor Very user friendly list driven interface Plenty of mode options Curves Bypass TC, plus 3 TCR memory slots (not tested) Excellent performance Worked 100% reliably Both included tanks are Excellent (Freemax's latest premium tanks) Latest Coiltech 4.0 technology with Tea Fiber formula Both tanks come with 2 different coil heads Both tanks come with a spare glass New Ball bearing system adds extra friction preventing tanks opening by accident Type C USB 2A charge rate Supports pass-through Firmware upgradeable Cons Top-cap on both tanks get in the way of larger bottles when filling (worse with Fireluke 3) 21700 battery fit too tight in Maxus 100W (Freemax have now altered the moulding) Slight movement of battery panels (both devices) Raised 510 courses gaping (more noticeable with atty's larger than 24mm) 510 not centre mounted on Maxus 200W I would once again like to thank Tina from Freemax for supplying both Maxus kits for the purpose of this review, thanks for reading and stay safe! ___________________________________________________________________
  11. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the Classic One Pod Kit by Coolvapor, The Classic One Pod Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Sacowin, coolvapor's marketing company who also promote Ultroner, Dejavu and SXK products. Introduction The Classic One is an Auto Draw Retro Pod System which while is going back to a couple of years ago when most pod devices were simple direct output affairs, the "Retro" is as much do to with it's retro look. The Classic one as hinted at is a simple direct output device which houses refillable pods. The 1.6ohm coil in the pod is not replaceable and the device has 3 tier battery status indication. With it's weight i'm guessing at a Zinc Alloy construction and it comes with either Silver, Brass or copper finishes, let's give it a look! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1 X Pod Device (Including Installed Pod) 1 X Refill Pod 1 X USB Charging Cable 1 X User Manual (actually 2 sided card) 1 X Warranty Card ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The Classic One comes really nicely packaged in Retro style design presentation box, a really nice job has been done. I received the Brass version (also marketed as Brown Copper), the options are Silver, Brass or Copper. We have a panel front and back with Blue and White Retro design which wouldn't look out of place as the wallpaper or carpet design in some grand palace. The main chassis is metal and in the colour of choice, for such a small portable device it has quite a bit of weight to it. Towards the bottom on the front we have an LED for battery status and protections indications and down one edge a micro USB port for charging. The device can't be stood up due to a loop on the base which allows a lanyard to be fitted although one isn't provided, up top the tinted pod with duck billed style mouthpiece is transparent enough to give good visibility of any e-liquid inside. The device slips into any pocket and gives a good stealth like vape being swallowed up by the hand. ___________________________________________________________________ Classic One Specs and Features: Dimensions: 98mm*25.3mm*18.1mm Weight: 140g Pod Capacity: 2ml Pod Type: Refillable, Coil non-replaceable Coil Resistance: 1.6ohm Battery Capacity: 500mAh Output Voltage: 3.3v - 4.2v Static Current: Under 50uA Charge Rate: 5V/0.5A Charge Time: 1 Hour Claimed: 600 puffs single charge pod Deice Design: Retro Look Colours: Silver, Brass, Copper ___________________________________________________________________ The Pod Two pods are included which both house a fixed 1.6ohm coil so the coil can't be replaced but the pod is refillable. The pod has a comfortable duck billed style mouthpiece which is part of the same moulding as the pod. The pod is tinted but perfectly transparent so i had no issues seeing the e-liquid level at all times. Looking at the base of the pod we have the two contacts and two round magnets, central is a small Air hole for airflow, to one side we have the opening which will line up with the membrane switch inside the pod's bay. To the opposite side on the base we have a Silicone bung with side flap which is easy to lift to pull the bung free (the silicone piece stays attached to the pod). A weird shaped fill port is revealed which has a rounded section to one side which will allow filling with a Gorilla nozzle but to one side the hole is extended to allow air to escape which is well thought out. I prefer to be able to fill pods without removing them from the device but had no issues filling quickly and mess free! The capacity of the pod is a good 2ml for the purpose of TPD regulations (2.2ml Sssshhh). ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Pod Looking into the pod's bay we can see the pair of Gold plated, spring loaded contacts and to one side the membrane switch. Above and below the contacts we have a metallic strip for the pod's magnets to attach to. The pod fit's securely enough as in it won't come out other than with a tug but it does have movement including while in use! ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The Classic One The Classic One is a simple direct output, draw activated device without a physical button so the device is always on standby just waiting for a draw to be taken. When first inserting the pod the LED light cycles through Green, Blue, Red and when removing the LED flashes Red 3 times. When taking a vape the LED lights up to show battery status indication and stays on for 1 second after you stop your draw, furthermore so you don't struggle to check the battery status after a further 2 seconds the light comes back on for 2 seconds giving a less rushed chance to check, i like this! It only gives the indications as High, Medium and Low battery power levels which are shown by the LED lighting Green, Blue or Red but the indications seem well spaced out so if not the following will be very similar: Green = 70% - 100% Blue = 30% - 70% Red = 0% - 30% (Educated guess from using the device) The device also has multiple safety protections which are indicated by various flashes of the LED. ___________________________________________________________________ Protections: Over-charge Protection Over-discharge Protection Short Circuit Protection Over-load Protection ___________________________________________________________________ Charging The device is charged via the micro USB port on the side of the device using the supplied cable. While charging the LED pulses Blue up to 90% charge and then turns solid Green for the remaining 10% before turning off once fully charged. The 500mAh battery charges at 5V/0.5A which stays true to the Retro feel as this is the charge rate we use to get often on these type of devices but then i suppose a 500mAh battery doesn't need to charge super quick. The device charges in 1 hour which would be much more tolerable if it supported pass-through, but it doesn't so seems quite a long wait. ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The Classic One And Thoughts! There is nothing "retro" about the draw activation and no need to suck the life out of the mouthpiece as the switch is very responsive and reliable, very impressed with the switch! The device isn't going to be for everyone with even pod systems getting ever more sophisticated but i still believe one of the best options for a new vapor to give up the stinkies is a simple pod device giving an authentic cigarette pull which is a draw the vast majority of the most recent pod and AIO devices lack but that's exactly what the Classic One provides, the perfect draw for most new vapers and even for a stealth out and about convenient back up for MTL vapers. There are some cons though which firstly is the pod does have a bit of sidewards movement which isn't terrible but just knowing the movements there is as annoying as the slight movement it actually gives. With the whole pod protruding outside the device there is no issues seeing the juice level but the pod needs removing to fill which isn't something that i like but it does fill quickly and mess free. The device being direct output does decrease in power as the battery weakens but with a 1.6ohm coil this weakening of the vape is so gradual (11w full battery, 7w battery at 3.3v) it doesn't effect the vape quality experienced especially as this is well suited for low wattage vaping with high mg and nic salts e-liquids. With it being a 1.6ohm coil i first tried 50/50 20mg nic salts and it worked great but then did try to see how it would fair with lower mg 70vg juice and it wicked absolutely fine. The flavour from the pod didn't rock my world but it's decent enough and much better than the flavour i use to experience back in the day when i was giving up the stinkies so new vapers and even as an out and about device for MTL vapers most will find the flavour comfortably acceptable. Longevity though surprised as i got 8 refills of decent flavour before i felt it started to mute. The 500mAh battery isn't great life if this is your only device and you vape moderately or a lot but with the 1.6ohm coil it gave better life than expected and for someone taking the occasional high mg draw it will last the best part of a day, Coolvapor claim 600 puffs but how they come to that as every draw is going to be a different length of time to be honest i think they just pulled a figure out of the sky! The upside to the battery being 500mAh is despite it only having a 0.5A charge rate it does fully charge in an hour although i wished it also pass-through. Finally the battery status indications are nicely spaced out and fit for purpose and i really like how after a pause the LED comes on for 2 second to check the status. Finally for a simple pod device the build quality and presentation of the product is first rate and i love both the Retro design and antique metal finishes. ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Very Good build quality Has some reassuring weight to it (metal construction) very well packaged and presented Nice Retro design 3 Different antique metal finishes Small stealthy device Clear visibility of e-liquid Draw activated Responsive and reliable switch Simple device to use (just vape) Authentic MTL Cigarette type draw Comfortable mouthpiece Fills quick and mess free Decent flavour and longevity Fit for purpose 3 tier battery status indications Delayed 2 second LED status alert to make it easy to check Multiple protections and LED alerts given Loop for Lanyard if that's your thing 2 Included pods Charges in just one hour (despite slow charge rate) Charging Indications given Cons Need to remove pod to fill Slight side to side movement of pod 500mAh battery, not the biggest (better than it sounds with 1.6ohm coil) Direct Output, Vape decreases along with power (with 1.6ohm coil very gradual) Slow charge rate (although one hour to charge will be a pro but that's only possible because of low battery capacity) Doesn't support pass-through I would once again like to thank both Sacowin and Coolvapor for supplying the Classic One Retro Pod Kit for the purpose of this review, thanks for reading and stay safe! ___________________________________________________________________
  12. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the DRAG X 18650 Mod Pod Kit from Voopoo. The VOOPOO DRAG X 18650 Mod Pod Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Ella from Sourcemore. Introduction The Pod Mod revolution is entering the end game as they become Mod Pod's, i think the switching of the words is based on the fact a 510 adaptor will (but as far as i know isn't yet) become available so normal atty's can be used (but then i have adaptors for half my Pod Mods so nothing new). I don't have the best relationship with Voopoo but that has nothing to do with how i found the device or what i put in this review which will be solely based on my experience using the Kit. When it comes to Pod Mods Voopoo saved the use of their premium brand name until coming out with a product they feel worthy of it and here we are with two simultaneous releases the Drag X and Drag S which i don't have but is an in-built battery version. The Drag X has a luxury build quality and under the hood is the GENE.TT Chip giving incredible fire speed and instant ramp up. The device like many of the Pod Mods is quite a simple Wattage only device which has Smart mode and RBA mode which can also be used just to override the restrictions imposed by Smart Mode plus the Blue screen is just so much nicer. The other main feature and marketing direction is around the "Original Score Ranking Mode", which was going to give me the opportunity for a rant but although mentioned during the review as many of the devices with this "childish" feature will still be in the market place it does appear Voopoo have realised what an own goal it was so Kudos for that. My new version has an entirely new display and thankfully the Score feature has been sent to a Kindergarten for the 3 year old's to play with in the sand pit, so let's check out the Drag X! Disclaimer: Although i said the Drag S is an in-built battery version of the Drag X don't read this review and assume the Drag S is identical in it's operation features. Their are a couple of function differences, it has a different top wattage, has an Auto draw option and comes with different coil heads so if the Drag S interests you source reviews for that device. ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1×DRAG X Device 1×DRAG X Replacement Pod(4.5ml/2ml TPD Edition) 1×PnP-VM6 0.15ohm 1×PnP-VM1 0.3ohm 1×User Manual 1×Type-C Cable ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The Drag X comes in cardboard packaging and even has a ribbon which works like a battery ribbon to lift the device with attached pod out of it's compartment. The device is quite heavy and has a Zinc Alloy construction and padded Leather Spine with "DRAG" embossed into it. All versions come with a Gunmetal colour frame which borrows it's looks from the full sized drag with the Colour of the Spine's Leather being different depending on which option you choose. I received the Galaxy Blue version, the options are Carbon Fiber, Classic, Retro, Mashup, Chestnut, Marsala or Galaxy Blue. The pod including mouthpiece is one single moulding, protrudes almost entirely out the top of the device and is as good as clear for the purpose of seeing your e-liquid. On the face we have a Round concave fire button top then central colour screen, below the screen lined up vertically we have smaller round navigational buttons followed by a Type C USB port. The rounded form factor, padded spine and concave fire button makes this ergonomically sound, feeling comfortable in the hand and in use! ___________________________________________________________________ Drag X Specs and Features: Size: 95×32.5×28mm Power Range: 5-80W Capacity: 4.5ml/2ml TPD Edition Resistance Range: 0.1-3.0ohm Output Voltage: 3.2-4.2V Battery: Single 18650 external battery Material: Zinc Alloy +PCTG Standard Coils: PnP-VM6 / PnP-VM1 Compatible Coils: All PnP coil range New Generation GENE.TT Chip 0.001s Extreme Ignition Innovative Infinite Airflow System Original SCORE Ranking Mode 5-80W Adjustable Power Type C USB Colours: Carbon Fiber, Classic, Retro, Mashup, Chestnut, Marsala, Galaxy Blue ___________________________________________________________________ The Pod The Pod for the Drag X is rounded and one complete, as good as clear moulding including mouthpiece. Most of the pod protrudes out of the device for good visibility of your juice so no issues there. Looking at it's circular base we have 3 evenly placed strong magnets and a silicone bung kept attached with a metal stud. The bung has a flap which is easy to lift to pull the bung out revealing a very generous fill port plenty big enough for a quick, mess free fill. The coil head just gets press fitted into the pod as is the case with most of these pod mod pods! ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Pod The Pod Bay looks quite different to other bays i have seen. The bottom of the bay only has the round central section visible with the rest of the floor which leads to the airflow slots being obscured by the perimeter having an upper metallic shelve for the pod magnets to attract too. Looking at the bottom of the bay we have a raised central positive and outer raised negative spring loaded contacts which look to have a silicone seal. The pod snaps into place and fits very securely, the dual negatives and metallic surround shelf design means the pod can be fitted without it needing to be lined up a certain way, good design! ___________________________________________________________________ The Coils Included is 2 different coil heads none of which are pre-installed and both part of the Voopoo PnP range. The 2 included coil heads are the PnP VM1 0.3ohm mesh coil head rated between 32 - 40w and the other included coil head is the PnP VM6 0.15ohm mesh coil head rated between 60 - 80w. The Drag X is compatible with the entire Voopoo PnP range which is quite extensive! ___________________________________________________________________ The Airflow The air enters the coil head via it's base and of course the bore of the coil head it'self has some bearing on the draw but the Drag X does have quite a neat system to control how much air gets to the base of the coil head. On each side of the device we have airflow slots with metallic plates underneath that can slide to close down the openings. The plates are controlled by also having a slot above the spine with adjustment lever. The lever to the far left of the slot is the airflow fully closed and as it is moved to the right the plates slide open until the lever to the far right is fully open. I love the idea and execution apart from the lever although not as crude is like a nail head sticking out which both catches on clothing and can come quite sharp, really wish the idea was kept but a lower profile broader lever was installed. ___________________________________________________________________ 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 there is no marking on the underside of the door, this needs a clear negative marking please Voopoo! When the door is shut we have no movement or battery rattle whatsoever, a really nice solid door! ___________________________________________________________________ The Display This is where my device will differ to earlier reviews as it now as a new display. The Display is Vibrant and has either Red accents if in Smart mode or Blue if in RBA mode. Top left we have "SMART" or "RBA" depending which mode you are in and top right we have the battery status bar. Then we have the set wattage with either an open or shut Green padlock icon to it's upper right and the unit "W" to it's lower right. Underneath the wattage to the left we have resistance and to the right voltage. The bottom half of the screen within rectangular accented sections we have vape duration and puff count information. In the upper section we have a vape duration progress bar graph much like a graphic equaliser in appearance and below the vape duration of your last puff given as a digital figure. The lower section gives both your current day puff count and overall puff total. ___________________________________________________________________ "Original Score Ranking Mode" My newer production version thankfully doesn't have this childish and pointless feature, it gives rankings dependant on puffs which are called achievements. What were "Voopoo" thinking, they just can't seem to control their urge to market towards the young which does the vaping industry no favours! Mine still has both a daily and overall puff counter plus a 14 day puff monitoring system for those that do find monitoring their puffs useful, they don't need to be Bronze level or ranked as Iron or Platinum, thanks. ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The Device The Drag X is quite a simple device to use with just two modes which includes a smart wattage option. The device is the usual 5 clicks of the fire button to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off and it does boot up rather slowly compared to other pod mods i have tested. Once on, fire and up together locks and unlocks the whole device so while locked the device will not fire, personally i prefer an option to just lock the navigational buttons but the Drag X lacks that option. Other combination button press features are fire and down together resets your puff counter, both navigational buttons and fire together allows the time to be set and both navigational buttons pressed together displays the 14 day puff monitoring graph. Three quick presses of the fire button changes between "Smart" and "RBA" modes. When in "Smart" mode the device detects the resistance of the coil and limits the wattage to that coil heads upper recommendation, there is no lower limit. "RBA" mode really is just standard variable wattage allowing to adjust right up to the maximum 80w whatever the resistance is. I was at the lower recommendations of the coil heads wattage range so what mode i was in really made no difference but the accents are Red in "Smart" mode and despite being a Forest fan much preferring Blue i had the device in "RBA" mode at all times! The only other thing that needs mentioning is the wattage adjusts in 1w increments which i like because this really isn't suited to MTL style vaping despite there being a couple of MTL coil heads and an RBA available. As you would expect the Drag X has multiple safety protections, a message is displayed on the screen if one kicks in! ___________________________________________________________________ Protections: Overtime Protection Short Circuit Protection Overcharge Protection Max Power Protection Over-current Protection Temperature Protection Over-Discharge Protection Reverse Polarity Protection ___________________________________________________________________ Charging As ever i only recommend charging in the device if it's your only option but if you do i am pleased the device both has Type C USB and the port is on the face of the device so it can charge standing upright. No charge rate is given so i did charge the battery using the port and was quite disappointed that despite Voopoo's marketing hinting at quick charge it actually isn't taking full advantage of having Type C and is only 1.5A max. It took my 2600mAh battery 2 hours each time i charged in the device, my maths makes that an average charge rate of 1.3A. While charging good feedback is given in the form of both a battery charging progress bar and the charge given as a percentage, the device doesn't support pass-through. ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The Drag X Kit And Thoughts! I will get all the negatives out the way first which to start with is the Score feature which although thankfully mine doesn't have there will still be plenty with the feature in the supply chain, what were Voopoo thinking especially with their past reputation? Next is the airflow lever which is like a nail head sticking out, i get it caught on my pocket which also courses it to adjust and it is quite sharp, not lethal granted but feel they could of done a better job. Also most will want to know how this behaves in regards to any leaking and i tested especially for this. The bottom of the airflow slots and even the lever slot are lined up with the floor of the bay and you don't get any pooling of liquid in the bay, if any leaking occurs it comes out all three slots. I found if the device is used moderately no leaking occurred, so if you are not a chain vaper you shouldn't have any issue but with the e-liquid getting hot through chain vaping then liquid did start escaping through the slots and with this happening if i carried on vaping, what a mess, e-liquid everywhere! I also felt charging could be quicker as i found it charged at an average of 1.3A so a 1.5A max charge rate which is disappointing but at least it has Type C, it also doesn't support pass-through but charging feedback is good. Needing to remove the pod to fill is another con but far from a deal breaker and overall i like how quick and mess free it fills, the great visibility of the juice inside and how securely it fits in the bay. Despite my misgivings about the airflow control lever i actually like the design in general and it adjusts to give a good range of SRDL, RDL and loose MTL draws. Indeed it will close down for a tighter draw and there are a couple of MTL coil heads available but as it gets tighter the airflow gets turbulent unlike the smooth more open draws it gives so really not for MTL vapers. The overall look, build quality and ergonomics of the device i love and in my opinion it goes to the top of the Pod Mod charts in that regard. I found the supplied coil heads gave above average flavour but not really close to the Freemax Autopod50 coils, but still very good and quite an extensive range are available. I also found the two coil heads included gave plenty of warmth in fact i found i preferred the 0.3ohm coil at just 25w and the 0.15ohm coil head at 50w both under their recommendations. The biggest pro for the device other than it's build quality and looks is it's performance giving a fantastic reliable vape. I'm sure the fire button has an eye and can see my finger approaching it fires that quickly and i also noticed a spike in power for the first 0.5 seconds before giving a stable vape at set wattage, this spike along with the insanely quick firing response gives the effect (i know many don't like the phrase but i'm going to use it anyway) of hitting hard which is what many a vaper looks for in a device, i found the Gene chip slightly tamed with the Drag 2 but it's back kicking ***! ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Compared with other pod mods best build quality to date Really nice Leather spine colour options Portable, ergonomic Quite heavy but in a reassuring quality made way Excellent visibility of e-liquid inside the pod Quick and mess free filling Pod fits very securely No leaking if vaping moderately Excellent airflow control system (see cons about lever) Daily and overall puff counters 14 day puff monitoring system Smart and RBA wattage modes Adjusts in 1w increments Sharp, bright, colour display Fires insanely quickly Instant ramp up (boost spike first 0.5seconds) Excellent performance and reliability during testing Above average flavour (comparable to other pod mods) Smooth airflow across SRDL, RDL and MTL draws Compatible with entire extensive Voopoo PnP range of coil heads Accommodates 18650 battery Solid battery door, no movement or battery rattle Type C USB Good charging feedback given Firmware upgradeable Cons Immature Score achievement feature (not on newer versions) Airflow adjustment lever sticks out like a nail head Will leak if chain vaping Quite slow charge rate especially for Type C Need to remove pod to fill Slow to boot up Can't lock just navigational buttons Doesn't support pass-through No battery orientation marking on underside of door I would once again like to thank Ella from Sourcemore for supplying the VOOPOO DRAG X 18650 Mod Pod Kit for the purpose of this review, thanks for reading and stay safe! ___________________________________________________________________
  13. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the GTX One 40W VW Kit with GTX Tank 18 from vaporesso. The GTX One 40W VW Kit with GTX Tank 18 was supplied for the purpose of this review by Jessica from Vaporesso. Introduction The GTX One is a classic starter kit comprising of a simple power only 40W mod and MTL/RDL Tank, giving a real alternative to the pod/AIO devices that have flooded the market. Coming in 6 colours and featuring Variable wattage, Smart wattage and Variable Voltage modes but no TC or bells and whistles features the device is very Old School and comes with a similar old school style Tank with modern design, let's check this little kit out! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1 x GTX ONE MOD 1 x GTX TANK 18 (3ml) (2ml TPD) 1 x GTX 0.8Ω MESH Coil (Pre-installed) 1 x GTX 1.2Ω MESH Coil (In Box) 4 x O-ring 1 x Glass Tube(2ml) 1 x Type-C USB Cable 1 x User Manual 1 x Warranty Card ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The GTX One Kit came in typical Vaporesso style cardboard packaging with tank and device separate. I received the Black version which comes with a Black Tank, the options are Black, Silver, Red, Blue, Green or Pink, all versions come with either a Black or silver tank depending on the colour of choice. The device is quite narrow giving it a slim appearance and has an anti skid, anti scratch finish to it's sides and curved spine. The top and face is metallic and on mine both Gunmetal and a fingerprint magnet, looking at the pictures of the different colour versions the metallic parts are either Silver, black or Gunmetal depending on the colour of the anti skid finish. We have a bit of branding on one side and the "Vaporesso" logo as usual on the bottom of the spine plus Safety stamps on the base with some venting but nothing too much giving it a classic plain look. On the face of the device we have a round metal fire button top and towards the bottom lined up vertically smaller round navigational buttons. Underneath the fire button we have a narrow but elongated screen and finally a type C USB port right at the bottom on the face. Up top we have a small Stainless Steel 510 plate which sits almost flush, the 510 is Gold plated and spring loaded. The device isn't heavy or super light for it's small size and has an ergonomic form factor, also the anti skid finish to it's sides and spine along with a grippy surface to the face of the fire button makes this feel great in the hand! ___________________________________________________________________ GTX Tank 18 Specs and Features: Tank Capacity: 3ml (2ml TPD) Height: 48.65mm (including drip-tip) Diameter with 3ml glass: 22mm Diameter with 2ml glass: 19.29mm Compatible with GTX coils Improved flavor production for MTL/restricted DTL vaping Bottom airflow control Pull & Push coil replacement Top filling system Thread: 510 Colour: Black, Silver ___________________________________________________________________ GTX Tank 18 overview The GTX Tank 18 gets it's name from accommodating the GTX range of coils and being 18mm in diameter at it's base, although the airflow control ring then tapers out to just over 19mm and with the 3ml bubble glass installed it's 22mm at it's widest point. The tank is advertised as a MTL/RDL tank which is accurate as it's an old school MTL stock coil tank with a series of 5 small airflow holes beneath the slot on the bottom airflow control ring which can be adjusted to how many of the 5 holes you want in use which gives anything from a cigarette type draw but indeed fully open it gives a decent restricted lung hit and coils that suit that style are available. Up top we have a MTL style delrin drip-tip which has a standard 510 fitting so you can use alternatives if you prefer and the top-cap screws off to reveal a wide open glass to fill as was once common before fill ports became the norm. My only con for the tank isn't the fill method but that with top-caps these days that can be removed in an instant this has quite long threading. The glass fits over a thick o-ring to the bottom of the tank and seals against an o-ring which is installed within the top-cap, we have central threading to secure the top-cap via threading on the chimney section. The base section with airflow control unscrews from the tank to reveal we have a cradle for plug n play coils to be press fitted into. The GTX coil head just gets press fitted into place then the base section can be screwed back on to secure everything. ___________________________________________________________________ The Coils The GTX Tank 18 accommodates the same GTX range of coils that Vaporesso have been using for their pod mod range so a big plus for cross compatibility and it also meant before testing this device i was already familiar with all 4 available coils. Pre-installed is the 0.8ohm mesh coil head which is rated between 12 - 20w, also included is the 1.2ohm mesh coil head recommended between 7 - 11w. The other available coil heads are the 0.6ohm mesh rated between 20-30w and finally the 1.2ohm regular coil head rated between 8 - 12w. ___________________________________________________________________ GTX One Specs and Features: Dimensions: 22.7*29.3*83.6mm Battery Capacity: 2000mAh (in-built) Charging: Type-C, 2A Display: 0.69'' OLED Screen Output Power: 5-40W Output Voltage: 0 - 4V Resistance range: 0.15 - 5ohm Anti-skid, anti-scratch finish Thread: 510 Colours: Black, Silver, Red, Blue, Green, Pink ___________________________________________________________________ The Display The display is real old school and reminds me of devices like the early iStick's for example which needs the device to be on it's side to be read properly, but the style still suits more simple devices to this day and vapers are still fond of the no fuss, all you really need information showing type of display. The display is bright and sharp and although differs slightly in Variable voltage mode i will describe the default working screen. On the left of the display we have the resistance top and duration of your last puff bottom. To the right of the display we have the battery status bar top and the mode bottom, the entire central area of the display shows your current wattage. ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The GTX One The device is the usual 5 clicks of the fire button to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off and once on 3 quick clicks of the fire button locks and unlocks the navigational buttons but the device still fires. Fire and up together flips the screen and fire and down gives firmware information, finally up and down together enters the modes menu. The modes menu allows you to use the navigational buttons to move between the different mode options and fire selects. The options are Smart Wattage, Variable Wattage, Variable Voltage, Default and Exit. Exit obviously takes you back to the working screen you were using before entering the menu and default is quite pointless as it's just Variable Wattage which we already have an option for. Variable Wattage is the main default mode which allows the adjustment of wattage in point 1 increments with single presses or one watt increments when holding a navigational button down, it adjusts from 5 - 40w. Smart Wattage is just Variable Wattage but when set on the device will adjust to a suitable wattage when a new coil is detected (it will be a value around the middle of it's wattage recommendation) but then the wattage can still be adjusted between 5 - 40w per usual. Finally Variable Voltage allows the voltage to be adjusted in point 1 increment from 0 - 4V, when in this mode Voltage is displayed instead of Wattage on the main working screen. The device has all the usual protections and a message is displayed on the screen if one kicks in! ___________________________________________________________________ Protections Overtime Protection Overheat Protection Short Circuit Protection USB Input Protection No Load Protection Overcharging Protection Resistance Protection ___________________________________________________________________ Charging The GTX One comes with both a Type C port and 2A charge rate which means the 2000mAh battery charges in about an hour and also supports pass-through, Full marks! ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The Kit And Thoughts! I must admit being such a simple device and already using all the coil options many times i didn't test this as long as i usually do, it really had no skeletons in the closet and is just a very good starter kit option, better than most pods/AIO devices in my opinion as this gave an authentic cigarette type draw with airflow closed down to 2 holes with the two 1.2ohm coil heads or one hole with the 0.6 and 0.8 coil heads. Both tank and Mod also allows the vaper to grow and see what direction their vaping might take. The GTX coils all give decent enough flavour and are easily par when it comes to longevity and the available range not only allows the tank to start as a MTL option with a cigarette type pull but allows the vaper to experiment with a restricted lung hit with either the 0.6 or 0.8 coil heads installed. I can see why the 0.8ohm coil head was included as this really is a Jack of all trades working pretty well when using either MTL or restricted direct lung but i much prefer the regular 1.2ohm coil head for MTL and wish that was included rather than the mesh, there is nothing wrong with the 1.2ohm mesh coil it's just a preference thing. Filling is quite long winded but other than that it's a nice old school tank yet with a modern look which of course can pop on top of other devices if you wish. The GTX One is a cracking simple device for a new vaper but many long established low wattage vapers might prefer this as an out and about simple device rather than a pod mod for example. Apart from the metallic sections being fingerprint magnets i am judging the mod on it's merits as a first starter device so cons are pretty much none existent. Having an in-built battery, only being a 40w device and having no TC really are not cons on the premise in which i am judging the device. Like the tank of course it can be used independently with little MTL tanks or low wattage single coil RTA's with anything up to 22mm looking good up top. The device is so easy to use, ergonomic, small and comfortable in the hand. 2000mAh is pretty good battery capacity for a low wattage device and having both Type C USB and a 2A charge rate allowing a complete charge in an hour while supporting pass-through is excellent! ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Very good build quality Ergonomic, portable design Nice weight Anti skid, anti scratch finish 6 Colour options Comes with GTX Tank 18 Old school MTL tank that also allows for RDL Compatible with GTX range of coil heads Coil cross compatibility from Vaporesso Pod Mod devices O.8ohm & 1.2ohm mesh coil heads included Spare glass Plug and Play coils Decent flavour and longevity Simple device to use Both tank and device can be used independently Variable wattage and voltage modes Smart Wattage Type C USB with 2A charge rate Supports pass-through Cons Long winded filling tank Wish 1.2ohm regular coil head was included (subjective) Metallic parts attract fingerprints No puff counter I would once again like to thank Jessica from Vaporesso for supplying the GTX One 40W VW Kit with GTX Tank 18 for the purpose of this review, thanks for reading and stay safe! ___________________________________________________________________
  14. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the Unico Pod Kit from Univapo. The Unico Pod Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Rebecca from Univapo. Introduction This is where on this occasion i need to be introduced to Univapo as they have passed me by but on hearing the Unico was being sent i did a bit of research to find they have actually been around a good while and have released some very well received products in the past. The Unico is a pod mod much in the same style as the RPM40 and Vinci etc but i wasn't just pleasantly surprised when testing it but shocked at how good it was and the superior features it has over these more hyped devices. We have dual PCB protection, full view of your liquid inside the pod, side-fill which doesn't require the removal of the pod, adjustable airflow that actually works great (it gives anything from a semi-restricted draw with wide open airflow with one of the DL coil heads right down to a cigarette type pull with one of the MTL coils), good range of available coils and get the drum roll going! I haven't had a drop of leakage!!! Coming in 7 Colour/design options the Unico might just be the pod mod you should of got, let's check it out! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: 1 Unico Device 1 Replaceable cartridge (pre-installed) 2 Replaceable evaporators 0.3 / 0.6Ω (one pre-installed) 1 lanyard 1 User Manual 1 Micro USB Cable 1 Warranty card ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The Unico came in cardboard sleeved packaging with the device with installed pod on the upper level within it's own compartment and all included accessories in the bottom. I received the Gold version, the options are Red, Gold, Darkred, Camouflage, Line, Ink or Carbonfiber. Up top we have the protruding rounded pod with a Delrin arch that goes from just above the fill port at the front over the top to meet the device at the rear, we also have a central drip tip which is part of the same moulding. I will briefly describe the device leaving much to the photos starting with the face of the device has a Black panel which houses a protruding square fire button top, rectangular protruding navigational buttons bottom and a large colour screen central, below the panel is the micro USB port. Both sides have a swirl effect Golden pattern and we have a Gold panel at the rear which actually has carbon fiber effect. The sides are rounded very much like a tubular device with flattened face and rear given it a different form factor over the other very squared form factors of most of these style of devices. There is no rattle from the device although the buttons are plastic and have quite a cheap feel but this is out of character to the rest of the device and pod which is extremely well made. The Unico with it's Aluminium frame is slightly lighter than it's competitors and with rounded sides has an ergonomic advantage! Just to point out i described mine but there is some really nice side panels on some of the colour choices including leather or leather effect done very well (not sure which), they look very nice! ___________________________________________________________________ Unico Specs and Features: Dimensions: 106 x 27.6 x 27.35mm Case material: plastic + Aluminium Power: built-in 1500mAh Available Coil heads: Mesh: 0.3ohm 30 - 43w, 0.6ohm 18 - 25w Regular: 0.8ohm 17 - 20w. 1.2ohm 9 - 13w Output power: 5 – 49W Voltage range: 0.0 – 4.2V Supported resistance: 0.3 – 2.0Ω Protection: against low / high resistance, from overheating, from short circuit, from overcharging / over-discharge Connector type: magnetic Colour Screen: 0.96" Micro USB port 1A charge rate Colours: Red, Gold, Darkred, Camouflage, Line, Ink, Carbonfiber ___________________________________________________________________ The Pod The pod i really like, it has an aesthetically pleasing rounded shape and is smoked but lightly, so perfectly transparent. As mentioned earlier we have a delrin arched roof with integrated drip tip which leaves the rounded sides of the pod to give clear visibility of your juice level as only the base section of the pod sit's in the device. We have a silicone strip which sits either on the face or rear depending which way round you install the pod which allows filling without the removal of the pod. The silicone strip lifts from it's left edge and stays attached on the right revealing a large enough fill port for air to escape with inserted nozzle for a quick, mess free fill. Looking at the base we have a magnet to each corner and an opening with threading for the coil head with base assembly to screw into, the standard pod capacity is 4ml while the TPD version is 2ml. ___________________________________________________________________ Available Coil Heads The Kit includes 2 different coil heads which are the pre-installed 0.3ohm mesh coil rated between 30 - 43w and the regular 0.8ohm coil head rated between 17 - 20w. Also available is the 0.6ohm mesh coil head rated between 18 - 25w and the regular 1.2ohm coil head rated between 9 - 13w. The resistance and wattage range is etched onto the coil heads but no material given, all coil heads are available in packs of 3. ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Coil Heads The coil head needs screwing into the base section which in turn screws into the pod with an o-ring completing a very good seal. This base section as an AFC ring but also helps to make the device much more leak resistant than having the coil head exposed as we see on other similar devices. ___________________________________________________________________ Fitting The Pod Looking into the pod bay we have a raised magnet to each corner to line up with the magnets on the pod and the Gold plated, spring loaded contacts on a black raised surround. The pod snaps into place very securely leaving no movement, cracking job! ___________________________________________________________________ The Airflow The device front and back has a "U" shaped cutout to the edge similar to what we sometimes see on build decks to rest a coiling rod. The pod has protruding sections front and back that interlock into these cutouts but leave a good sized gap to the bottom, these gaps are for letting air get to the base of the pod. As mentioned previously before installing, the coil head gets screwed into a base and this base has dual, fully adjustable airflow slots which adjusts with perfect tolerance. The slots are quite narrow but also quite elongated to give much more precise adjustments, very impressed! (it makes the airflow rings on the RPM and RGC pods of the Fetch Pro i reviewed look very substandard in comparison). ___________________________________________________________________ Dual PCB Protection I'm not really up on the real technical stuff but one of the main features of the Unico is the setting of an extra IC on the PCB. Most regulated devices rely on on the software programming for the protections to work as they should and this dual PCB protection means if the software fails for whatever reason you are still safe. I was sent diagrams of various of the most hyped pod mods showing they lack this extra protection and was encouraged to take the device to bits to check for myself but as someone who has never took anything electrical apart in my life and it still work after reassembling, and the fact i really wouldn't understand what i am looking at i gave it a miss. Safety should always be the number one priority so this feature is great to see and please if anyone has more of an understanding which will be helpful to other readers please comment! ___________________________________________________________________ The Display The Unico has a large, sharp, bright display with good use of colour and all the information you require on show. Top left we have a Green padlock and then top right the battery status bar. Underneath within Grey shaded areas we first have the puff count followed by the duration of your last puff. Absolutely bang in the centre of the screen we have the wattage which is followed within Green shaded areas by first the voltage and then the resistance, finally we have "UNIVAPO" at the very bottom. ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The Device The Unico is a simple adjustable wattage only device so very simple to navigate and suitable as a first device. The device is the usual 5 clicks to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off and once on we do have a few combination button press features. Both navigational buttons pressed together locks and unlocks those buttons but the device will still fire, alternatively long pressing the right button together with fire locks and unlocks the whole device. Apart from resetting the puff counter which is left and the fire button together that's it, so very simple! The wattage adjusts from 5w to 49w in 1w increments dependant on the coil which is installed because the device has a smart wattage feature. When installing the 0.3ohm coil it adjusts to a recommended 35W but will allow adjustments from the full 5 to 49w range. With the other available coil heads the device when first detecting the coil adjust to it's lowest recommendation and will only allow the device to adjust to that coil head's maximum recommendation and not the full 49w although there is no lower limit. The device has all the safety features you would expect which work fine displaying a message on the screen when one kicks in! ___________________________________________________________________ Protections Overcharge Protection Over-discharge Protection Over-current Protection Short Circuit Protection High Temperature Protection 10 seconds Cutoff Protection ___________________________________________________________________ Charging The Unico has a 1500mAh battery which is par for this type of pod mod with in-built battery and i'm pleased the USB port is on the face of the device rather than base so the device can be stood up while charging. If the port was Type C this would be much better and the charge rate of 1A for 2020 is a bit sluggish taking around 1.5 hours to charge. The device does give good feedback while charging though displaying both a status progress bar and the charge on the battery given as a percentage, it also supports pass-through. ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The Unico And Thoughts! I have found the Unico to be a far better device than the RPM40, Vinci and other more hyped competitors with the main two reasons being how well the airflow control works giving anything from a semi restrictive direct lung draw right through to a cigarette type draw and the fact i have had absolutely zero leaking. I also like how i only need to remove the pod to change coil head as it gives really good visibility of the juice level and can be filled mess free without removing the pod. I received all available coils but will concentrate most on the two which are included. I'm quite neutral about the smart wattage as it's good because it means you are not going to fry your coils but with all the coils i found i needed to adjust the wattage down anyway as this gives a very warm vape with the coil head so close to the mouth and found the ratings too high on all the coils. the 0.3ohm mesh coil despite the 30 - 43w rating i found great and plenty warm enough at just 20w with the airflow 2 thirds open for a restricted lung hit but closing down just a little more it also gives a very good loose MTL. Like with all the available coil heads despite the 0.8ohm and 1.2ohm having smaller wicking ports i found they worked great with either 70VG or 50/50. You can get a semi-restricted draw with airflow fully open and close down for a much tighter draw but there are better coils in the range for a tighter MTL vape. The 0.8ohm regular coil rated between 17 - 20w i found i preferred at just 10w which gave a surprisingly strong vape and cloud production with airflow fully open for a restricted direct lung hit but was great using in conjunction with the airflow control giving the full MTL spectrum right down to a cigarette type draw. The 0.6ohm mesh coil behaved much as the 0.3ohm coil did but at even lower wattage and the 1.2ohm regular coil head can go even tighter than the 0.8ohm and i found this great when trying with some nic salts at just 7w. The flavour from all the coil heads are very good and i haven't needed to crack open a second of any of the coils as they still give full flavour so no skeleton in the closet when it comes to coil head longevity. Of course the device can be improved and obviously an 18650 version with Type C USB would be better and one of the cons for me is the 1.5 hour charge time which i would like cut down to an hour. The device does support pass-through though and with not needing to throw wattage at any of the available coils it gives good value fot it's 1500mAh capacity. The only other con i have for the device is although the drip tip is comfortable enough i wish it had a standard 510 fitting giving me the option of using my own! ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Very good build quality 7 nice colour/design options Ergonomic and light Dual PCB Protection Very good visibility of e-liquid Fill mess free without removing pod Pod fits very securely Excellent adjustable airflow Can get from semi restrictive lung hit right down to tighter than a cigarette pull with this device Good range of available coils for restricted direct lung and MTL vaping Very good flavour and longevity (all available coils) Use 50/50 or 70VG liquids 1.2ohm coil head ideal for high nic and nic salts Includes a 0.3ohm mesh coil head and 0.8ohm regular coil head Included lanyard although i didn't mention it Smart Wattage Very warm vape All coils give good flavour and satisfying vape at low wattage's Smooth airflow Bright, sharp, colourful, informative display Puff Counter Lock either just navigational buttons or whole device Experienced Zero leaking Good charging feedback given Supports Pass-through Cons In-built battery (an 18650 version would be great!) Not Type C USB 1A charge rate (1.5 hours to charge) a bit slow Integrated drip-tip (although comfortable enough) Buttons plastic with cheap feel (out of character with the rest of device which is made well) I would once again like to thank Rebecca from Univapo for supplying the Unico pod Kit for the purpose of this review, thanks for reading and stay safe! ___________________________________________________________________
  15. Hi Vapor Talk members, In this review i take a look at the Fetch Pro 80W VW Pod Kit from Smok. The Smok Fetch Pro 80W VW Pod Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Ella from Sourcemore. Introduction I know the RPM40 was released first but the Fetch Mini was the first Pod Mod i reviewed and with what had gone before only the Orion had took the Pod as far creating what was to become the Pod Mod revolution. What the Fetch Mini brought to the party over the RPM40 and Vinci devices was the mini box mod form factor and taking stylish design and finish to a new elegance which is something we wouldn't associate Smok with in the past. The Fetch Pro keeps that box style form factor and "2.5D arc-side high-end transparent glass, UV transfer grating texture, combining with AG process and nano-scale AF optical coating" (what a mouthful!) finish of the mini but has a load of upgrades which ticks nearly every box when it comes to how the mini could be improved. The only downside is it's a bigger device but still small considering and for that small trade off we now have a larger e-liquid capacity (standard pods), adjustable airflow, upgraded display, increased top wattage, Type C USB, side fire bar and a massively increased battery life with the accommodation of an 18650 battery. Now with an RGC pod rather than Nord to accompany the ever present RPM pod and coming in 6 different Colour options, let's check out the Fetch Pro! ___________________________________________________________________ In The Box Contents: Standard Edition 1 x Fetch Pro Device 1 x Fetch Pro RPM Pod (RPM Mesh 0.4ohm Coil Pre-installed) (4.3ml) 1 x Fetch Pro RGC Pod (RGC Conical Mesh 0.17ohm Coil Powered by nexMesh Pre-installed) (4.0ml) 1 x Type-C Cable 1 x User Manual US Edition 1 x Fetch Pro Device 1 x Fetch Pro RPM Pod (RPM Mesh 0.4ohm Coil Pre-installed) (4.3ml) 1 x Fetch Pro RGC Pod (RGC Conical Mesh 0.17ohm Coil Powered by nexMesh Pre-installed) (4.0ml) 1 x Type-C Cable 1 x User Manual EU Standard Edition 1 x Fetch Pro Device 1 x Fetch Pro RPM Pod (RPM Mesh 0.4ohm Coil Pre-installed) (4.3ml) 1 x Fetch Pro RGC Pod (RGC Conical Mesh 0.17ohm Coil Powered by nexMesh Pre-installed) (4.0ml) 1 x Type-C Cable 1 x User Manual 2ml EU Edition 1 x Fetch Pro Device 1 x Fetch Pro RPM Pod (RPM Mesh 0.4ohm Coil Pre-installed) (2ml) 1 x Fetch Pro RGC Pod (RGC Conical Mesh 0.17ohm Coil Powered by nexMesh Pre-installed) (2ml) 1 x Type-C Cable 1 x User Manual ___________________________________________________________________ Aesthetics and Ergonomics The Fetch Pro comes in cardboard box packaging and on opening i was met by a classy looking pod mod with a box mod form factor. I received the Blue version, it's available in 6 different colours with the same 2.5D arc edge glass panels both sides that we saw on the Mini. The colour/design beneath the glass panels uses combined AG Process and AF optical coating so the overall effect is different texture and shades showing through the glass as the light catches from different angles. The device like most of these portable pod mods is ergonomic and very handy for on the go use. I will leave it's detailed description to the included photo's and just point out a few aesthetic features. The pod occupies one upper corner of the device and on both sides of the device we have a slot for airflow beneath the protruding visible part of the pod assembly. On one side below the airflow slot we have a 0.96" colour display with side by side navigational buttons below. The spine is indented centrally slimming the device for the purpose of hand feel and the opposite side accommodates a fire bar with Type C USB below. The main side panels of the device with the glass like finish isn't too bad when it comes to attracting fingerprints while the mirrored main chassis is quite the opposite! Fetch Pro with Fetch Mini! ___________________________________________________________________ Fetch Pro Specs and Features: Size: 93.5 x 46 x 22mm Battery: 1 x 18650 battery (not included) Standby Current: <200uA Drip Tip: 510 Capacity: 2ml/4ml/4.3ml Coil Compatible: RPM Coil/RGC Coil Input Voltage: 3.3V-4.2V Output Voltage: 0.5V-4.0V Resistance Range: 0.10-2.5ohm Output Wattage: 5W-80W Charger Output: 5V/2A Output Mode: Watt Charging Voltage: 5V Charging Port: Type-C Charging External 18650 battery and two selective pods Full-colour 0.96" display shows vaping status clearly Variable wattage support up to 5-80W High compatibility with RPM coils and RGC coils Bottom airflow control system Lateral fire button design Easy side filling design Colour: Orange, Silver, Green, Blue, Red, Black ___________________________________________________________________ The Pods You receive two different pods which both come pre-installed with a coil head and apart from different colour fill port bungs they look identical but only the RPM pods will fit the RPM pod identified by the Black fill bung and only the RGC coil heads will fit the RGC pod which has a Red bung. With the TPD version the capacity of both pods is 2ml but the other versions see the RPM pod have a 4.3ml capacity while the slightly bigger RGC coil head reduces the capacity of that pod to 4ml. Both pods come with attached metal adjustable airflow ring on the base. More about that adjustable airflow later, also on the base of both pods we have 4 magnets, one to each corner. Moving to the top of the pod and we have a metal cylindrical protruding section which has a 510 fitting, we have a 510 delrin drip tip installed but of course you can fit your own if you prefer. The pods also have a fill bung on the flat section that gets fitted against the wall of the device when the pod is installed. The flap lifts easily to remove the bung (it stays attached to the pod) and works much better than the ones that came fitted to the RPM40's pods which i have heard some people tearing the bung while trying to remove. The pod needs to be on it's side to fill but the port is a good size and every time i filled it was a mess free experience. The pods are tinted but the whole e-liquid carrying section of the pod is on show so there is no issue with visibility, the only con for me is that the pod needs removing to fill which isn't ideal. ___________________________________________________________________ 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 (both come pre-installed), both pods have an 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 either side below the pod we have a slot which allows air to the bottom of the pod. Both the RPM and RGC pods 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 The pod bay has a cylindrical tower to each corner with a magnet on the top surface of each to line up with the magnets on the pod. On each side wall of the bay between the magnet towers we can see the airflow slots and deep in the bay on a raised Black surround we have the Gold plated, spring loaded contacts. The pod snaps into place you can really feel the strong magnetic pull as the magnets get close. Despite the strong magnets and secure fit we do have slight side to side movement but only when testing for it, during normal use no movement is detected! ___________________________________________________________________ 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, impressively sharp and quite colourful 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 we have a padlock to the left in either the locked or unlocked position, to the right of the padlock we have voltage top and resistance underneath. At the bottom of the display we have the duration of your vape and finally beneath this the puff count. ___________________________________________________________________ Operating The Fetch Pro The Fetch Pro has a very simple user interface which to start with is 5 clicks of the fire bar to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off. Once on pressing both navigational buttons together locks and unlocks those buttons but when locked the device still fires. Alternatively pressing the fire bar 3 times very quickly locks and unlocks the whole device. The Fetch Pro is a very simple wattage only device which adjusts in 1 watt increments from 5 to 80w and it does round robin. Pressing the fire bar and right together changes the colour of the display between Salmon, White, Cyan or Yellow and left and the fire bar together clears the puff count, that's it! When does a device fire just too quickly? i am only finding this a con because it's a little annoying but when pressing the fire bar for any reason whether it's changing the display colour, clearing puffs or locking the device it fires which is a pro when it comes to firing time but does it really need to be so responsive. ___________________________________________________________________ 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 unless it's your only option but if you do you will benefit from the device having Type C USB. We have a 5V/2A charge rate and while charging a battery status bar is displayed and the charge is also shown as a percentage, i also checked and pass-through is supported. ___________________________________________________________________ My Experience Using The Fetch Pro I really liked the Fetch Mini and RPM40 yet found the RPM80 could of been executed better and i did have issues with leaking from the RGC pod so with this also utilising an RGC alternative pod like the RPM80 would i have the same issues? Well yes i do get some leaking from the RGC pod but it doesn't seem as bad as on the RPM80 and i didn't get juice coming out the airflow slots (just a bit in the bay). Again the adjustable airflow does work but isn't over effective as air gets underneath the coil head assembly and there is a cavity between coil and airflow control ring allowing air to access the pod (same for both pods) so even closed right down the tightest you will get is a loose MTL and for a mid to loose you would also need to take advantage of the narrow bore on the RPM MTL coil. Up until using the Freemax coils in the AutoPod 50 the RPM 0.4ohm mesh coil head had been my favourite out of all the different coil heads 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 so all is well. The airflow control ring is a little tighter on this pod than the RGC so it does work better with airflow adjustment but still limited! 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 on the RPM80 device and no different here apart from less leaking. 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 only Freemax AutoPod coil heads surpass it (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! So i find the RGC coil head does leak a little, gets extremely hot and airflow control barely works, but it does give great flavour. The RPM Pod i had no issues with and the airflow control was more fit for purpose making it worth having but the tightest draw is a loose MTL and the device is much more suited for restricted and semi-restricted direct lung. I love the upgrades, it feels great in the hand and the fire bar works great using the squeezing technique. The extra wattage is a pro with all those available RPM coil heads as is the increased battery life accommodating an external 18650. Although not recommending charging in the device having Type C USB, 2A charge rate, good charging feedback and supporting pass-through are all pros! ___________________________________________________________________ Likes Nice build quality Glass panels using 2.5D arc edge glass Combined AG process and AF optical coating for nice visual effect Portable, Ergonomic and compact 18650 device Plenty of colour options Side fire bar Fires Instantly Performed very well Detected no leaking with RPM pod Waterproof and Dustproof bay design 2 different pods included (RPM pod and RGC pod) RGC Pod has adjustable airflow (very limited in it's performance) RPM Pod has tighter fitting airflow control ring (works better) RGC 0.17 coil (using nexmesh) gives excellent flavour RGC coil gave very warm vape RPM 0.4ohm mesh coil (very good flavour) Semi-restricted, restricted and loose MTL draws available Filling is quick and mess free pod fits securely Good visibility of e-liquid Standard 510 drip-tip fitting (can use your own) Accommodates 18650 battery Battery fits very securely Sharp, bright, well laid out colour display Display colour can be customised Puff counter Type C USB, 2A charge rate Supports pass-through Cons Need to remove pod to fill Not really suitable for MTL (loose MTL at best with available coils) Fingerprint magnet RGC Pod does have some leakage (but less than with RPM80) Airflow control makes little difference to the draw (works better on RPM pod) Using above 50W the pod and drip-tip got far too hot Battery Orientation labelling should be more visible Device firing while operating device (resetting puffs etc) can be annoying Slight pod movement but only when testing for it I would once again like to thank Ella from Sourcemore for supplying the Fetch Pro 80W VW Pod Kit for the purpose of this review, thanks for reading and stay safe! ___________________________________________________________________
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