Sooo excited. Got my Yihi SXmini Qmini in black (currently $160.99 here) and the black LostVape Therion DNA166 with snake leather today (silver version is $119.95 here).
Build quality of the Qmini is incredibly good, and it fires instant at full power. Thought I know what instant firing means, but this one takes it to the next level 🙂 Will use it in my current rotation now and keep an eye open for the ferrari red one…
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Kimsun was so kind to provide one of their closed system devices to take a look at. They offer the Slim 2 (2ml pods) and the Air 10 (with 10ml pods). I was using the Air 10 for the last couple of weeks in my rotation.
The Pod is powered by a 0.25 Titanium Coil in Temperature Control mode sitting on an internal 1700mAh rechargeable battery (status indicator via 5 leds on the side). Give the low power consumption, the 1700mAh will easily last you a day or two. The temperatur is non-adjustable but is neither on the hot nor on the cold side and set to 530°F. The zinc-alloy construction pushes it on the heavier side for its side, but with around 140g it is still comfortable especially because of the rounded shape it fits nice in the palm. The pod is held via magnets in place – and these magnets are strong. With strong I mean really strong – no way that it removes itself accidently.
I wish the inlets of the u-turn airflow would be on a different place. When grabbing this one I always block it with my index finger. Airflow is a restricted lung hit – almost like a Kayfun 5. Mouth to lung is possible but for a smoker wanting try the switch, the airflow is pretty open and more comfortable for direct lung hits.
They offer a wide range of flavor options, from tabacco over strawberry to banana and whiskey flavor. Unfortunately it seems that not every flavor is available in every strength which is a bummer. I hope they’ll change that. My choice was the banana one which wasn’t a wise one. Hitting a banana flavor on point is not an easy task and there is only a handful of vapeable banana flavors out there. The one provided is almost like a tobacco banana one – and I am over tobacco flavors already 🙂
Good news here: There are refillable pods for the Air 10 and Slim 2 available in case you can not find anything that suits your needs. From the looks the Air 10 isn’t my turf, the Slim 2 does look pretty neat though!
Most important for all these closed systems: I never had any leakage nor a dry hit – both would be an instant deal breaker.
All in all this is a hassle free and good working closed system with its flaws in terms of non-adjustable airflow.
There are lots of closed systems on the market already, and whilst I wasn’t a big fan of them (especially because the liquid pods tend to be really expensive) – I do get the idea behind it. Some of my friends want to stop smoking but don’t want to fiddle around with priming and changing coils, refilling a.s.o. They just want to stop smoking and switch to a healthier alternative.
Closed systems are a hassle free and easy alternative. Put in the liquid pod and start vaping. When empty, remove and plug in the next one. No coils to have an eye on, no refilling. Plug in and go.
A downside with most of the closed systems is that you have to live with the given flavor range. If the liquids does not suit your preferred flavor style, you are pretty much fu**ed. You can crack open most of them and refill / rewick them, but that wasn’t the original intention of the closed systems.
Here are the devices I will take look or at least try to get in my hands:
– Kimree/Kimsun Slim 2 / Air 10 (have the Air 10 already here)
– My. VON ERL (on the way to my place)
– JUUL (US only 🙁 )
– Vape Forward Cync (broad liquid pod range!)
– Wismec/Myvapors MyJet (semi-closed system)
The Mage GTA looks pretty dope, is very easy to build on and the flavor is stellar. But there is one thing that makes this atty unusable for me: It does not wick. Not at all. The clearance between the chamber and the glass does not let any juice through if is is higher than 75VG (rest PG). I did dremel some slits in the chamber and it works better now (see picture), nonetheless it is really disappointing. I hope that they will make a 25mm version – would be a dope single coiler.
The IJOY Maxo Quad is naturally a huge and heavy mod. It does not feel very high-class but comes with lots of customizations options for the side stickers which is nice. The display is crystal clear and really good and easy readable. One big con here for me: The battery door bulges out when 18650s are inserted. Will do a pic later. Not sure if the 30qs are a tad longer than others but this does not look good at all. For battery life, the Maxo is killer of course – especially with 4*3000mAh cells!
This package “steeped” for a while at customs but finally I got it today. Big thanks to Gearbest for sending this over to take a look!
- IJOY Maxo in blue ($44.62)
- IJOY Combo RDTA ($22.32)
- IJOY Limitless Classic ($23.88)
- Mage GTA ($20.68)
The Combo RDTA will go into a giveaway soon, but beforehand I’ll try to do a side-by-side comparison with the Limitless classic since they are very similar. Also curious how the Mage GTA will perform since people are complaining because of lack of clearance between the glass and the barrel. The Maxo is just a big boy but might be a good one for at home with 4 cells :). Didn’t know it comes with so many stickers for the sides to adapt it to your preferred looks. And they seem to be actually 3M stickers.
Will keep you posted.
Inevitably there will be a bunch of reviews summing up the last year with a best of list. Actually a good one has been released by MikeVapes. I am not a huge fan of his reviews but he sums it up pretty good and is close to my list (if I had to do one 😉 ). Take a look below.
Without a specific ranking, here are some of my highlights this year. Prices aren’t the best ones, just to get the idea for now. Keep following the blog for good deals 😉
- OBS Engine RTA ($21.67 – but very often in a flash sale for a few $ less)
- OBS Engine Mini RTA ($17.42 – good flavor, very easy to build, will never leak)
- LostVape Therion DNA166 ($118.98 after coupon MAP – nice chip and all around good quality)
- LostVape Triade DNA250 ($125.95 after coupon MAP – nice chip, nice shape, a bit heavy)
- SMOK Alien 220 ($49.99 – all around great mod with a nice fire button)
- SXK PTi RTA clone ($15.94 – great quality for this price)
- Sigelei Moonshot RTA ($26.54 – sometimes as low as $10 🙂 )
- Praxis Vapor Banshee ($42.06 after coupon MAP – fancy display)
- Boxer DNA167 (only $249.95 haha – I love this lightweight thing)
- Digiflavor Pharaoh RDA ($25.95 – takes huges single coils builds)
- Best liquid: Bigglesworth Amalfi (or DIY stuff)
Nothing special going on today, so just posting a handcheck. I’ve just realized that I have the SOI Proto RTA ($27.09) laying around and never tried it so far. If you are looking for a UD Bellus ($19.84 here) with an awkward build deck, this is the RTA you are looking for. Be sure that the wicks are cut short and bend straight up – otherwise it will leak. So far it works fine for me, flavor is good, wicking too but only used it for half a tank so give me a few more hours with it.
The RTA is sitting on the Praxis Banshee ($42.06 after coupon code MAP). Still like this thing purely for its nice display 🙂
I might be the last one to receive his SMOK Alien but here it is.. in orange. I guess every vaper has one now or at least preordered, right? Available here for $49.65 (still preorder!) or ships in some colors within 24 hours here.
Battery door is super strong, other than that there are no complaints.. but only 14 puffs so far 😀 To be continued…
Update: Dang it, I was really hoping I can start a rant on an overhyped mod, but so far it is gorgeous. Shape is nearly identical to the Sigelei 213, a few mm shorter but with a better fire button/bar and a better display. Though the Alien is about 25-30g heavier.
Got my PraxisVapors Banshee ($42.06 after coupon code MAP) from customs today and I am excited as GrimmGreen is in his review. It is a pretty lightweight mod and I love the looks of this unique LED display so much. The rubbery finish feels very nice and it fires instantly. Not a lot to complain so far. Of course the battery meter isn’t very accurate and my ohm reading is between 0.37 and 0.40 jumping around – so this will not be the most accurate in TC. Using a 25mm atty on it so maybe this is the reason.
I just ordered the grey one too – really impressed and a happy camper 🙂 Take a look if you want a simple mod!
The Wotofo Conqueror RTA is currently in a flash sale for only $13.54 – in silver or black. I did enjoy this tank a lot and wrote a few words about it a while ago here.
I am using my OBS Engine for a week now and have to say that the hype is real.
Flavor wise it is for sure not the best tank out there, but for a top airflow RTA, it is pretty decent. Building on it is super easy and it wicks like a champ. 80-85W are not a problem at all (6 wrap 26/32 kanthal claptons). I did not tuck down the wicks through the holes, the cotton is just laying on the feeding holes under the coil. Of course no leakage at all, also no spitback. It drinks juice, but that’s not uncommon for this type of tanks. I do not see this as a con. 80W.. what do you expect? 😀
So far, it is definitely in my Top 5 tanks, maybe even Top 3. For around $20 – go for it. Worth a try imho!
It is currently in a flash sale for $19.93 or $21.67 here- take a look!
Finally my Wismec Noisy Cricket II passed customs and I have it in my hands. There is a flash sale running for the silver version for only $25.43 – highly recommended for this price.
Upfront two cons: The potentiometer is indeed pretty hard to dial, the other con is in my opinion the fire button. A gentle push is enough and it starts to fire. This means you really have to be careful when picking up the mod or lay it down somewhere. You definitely can not put it in your pocket without the 5 clicks.
Other than that: What a great piece for only $25. Series, Parallel, Regulated, all in one pretty small and handy mod! I will go for the black one too that has been listed for $28.89 today.
Gearbest was so kind and sent me over a SMOANT Battlestar to take a look ($36.01 in a flash sale!)
I used it the whole day today and it is really fine so far (only power mode used). The button in rattling when you shake it, the display isn’t as beautiful as the RX series but the big pro is the battery door compared to the RX2/3 and the 510 seems to have more travel and will hold up better.
That squeeeeky yellow and black isn’t my thing though but there are other color options 😉
Sled looks similar to the RX2/3 (which is a pro), door fits very good with strong magnets. Also it is more on the lightweight side (compared with other bricks 😉 ). Will post an update in a few days.
Since there aren’t any new arrivals I am excited about, I will just post a handcheck with recent vapemail:
- The GeekVape Griffin 25 Plus – an expensive one for $34.35 after coupon code MAP
- The EHPro Billow v2.5 in a flash sale for $20.24
I have high hopes for both. For the Griffin that I can finally handle the wicking and that it does not leak (though I read it tends to leak between airflow and juice flow control 🙁 ), and for the EHPro Billow v2.5 since it has a pretty small chamber and should give great flavor! I’ll keep you updated.
PS: Both are pretty large and the Griffin is fat too! 🙂
I want to drop a few words here about the Wismec RX2/3, the DNA167 (DNA250 chip) and my observations about the 6V limit.
Every day there is a new thread somewhere and someone is complaining that their RX2/3 is not working properly since they can not go up to 150W in dual cell configuration. This is because it has – like the DNA133 and DNA167 – a 6V limit. Having a 0.48 ohm coil, you can only go up to 75W (which equals 6V). Either that or you hit the maximum Amps Limit on the chip (25A on the DNA).
I do have the Boxer DNA167 and really like it (despite its absurd price point of $250). Also my standard build is a 5/6 wrap clapton 26/32 at 0.48 ohms and 75W – exactly at the 6V limit. If you set the Watts to 76 for example, you get an “Ohms too high” warning on the screen and the mod throttles back to the allowed maximum. BUT: Around 3.8V per cell it seems that the DNA can not deliver 6V any more and you get the Ohms too high error again, throttling back to around 68W. This is a bit annoying, but makes sense since it can only buck down voltage and not boost. Having a Volt drop – especially with lower Amps (=15-20A in this case) cell – the combined Voltage when firing is not enough to keep the chip running and deliver 6V. Nonetheless I did not experience this on the RX2/3 but have to try again and take a closer look.
Keep in mind that you have to build accordingly and you might not want to rely on the full 6V. Better calculate with 5.5V.
TLDR: 6V limit on the RX and DNA (otherwise you get “ohms too high”) – more a 5 to 5.5V limit with half drained cells.
Got my SXK Petri RTA clone in today ($18.09 after coupon code MAP here) and I am really happy. This is the first RTA since the Moonshot that gives me the same satisfying vape and flavor. Machining on the SXK clone is great, that included allen key is for the bin but other than that I have not found a single thing to complain. Loosening and tightening the 510 to dis-/assemble it is unusual but not a big hassle. Only used it for a few hours so far but I am already in love.
That gold is definitely not my thing so I have big hopes for the silver ShenRay clone that is available here for $15.90. Ah I love it when I am that excited about new vape gear.. has been a while ago that I am so curious about an RTA.. I am mostly into Mods recently because there is more going on regarding shape/looks/weight.
Update: Flash sale for the SXK Petri clone here for $14.55!
The DJLsb review for the Pioneer4You IPV6X is out finally and clarifies some rumores.
There are 3 software versions out there. 1.2, 1.3 and 1.5.
Second: the device is not firmware upgradable
v1.2: no reverse polarity protection, no button lock, non working TCR mode
v1.3: reverse polarity protection, button lock, non working TCR mode
v1.5: reverse polarity protection, button lock, working TCR mode
It seems that they also improved the battery door somewhere between these versions so it does not pop open so easily. Personally I never this problem but heard lots of them.
My luck: I have a 1.2 from the first batch in blue and just got my black one which is 1.3. Damn it!
Nevertheless, I really like this mod. Obviously I am attracted to flawed mods since I love the Sigelei 213 too :). The missing button lock an my blue one is a show stopper though, the black one is perfect for me (since I am not using the manual TCR anyway). The finish on the black one is beautiful too, the centered 510 and the weight makes it one of my favorite mods.
With the 1.5 this seems like a pretty perfect mods, except the missing firmware upgradability :(. So, do I recommend it? Yes. Do I understand that people are super pissed? Yes 🙁