Aspire Feedlink Revvo Kit review

Aspire Feedlink Revvo Kit

The Aspire squonk kit has finally landed!  Following some pictures being posted on social media channels at the beginning of the year, the Aspire squonker has been released today.  The Feedlink mod is paired with the Revvo Boost tank in the kit.  Let’s see if Aspire have brought anything new to the squonk market…

The Feedlink mod is a single 18650 powered device that is semi-regulated.  It has no variable power capabilities but, unlike a straight mechanical mod, it does offer a level of user protection.  The Revvo Boost tank is a variant of the original Revvo, but rather than being able to fill using the novel top up system, this tank is designed be used for squonking.

Specs

Aspire Feedlink Mod

  • H:87mm x W:29mm x D:43mm
  • Output Voltage: 3.0-4.2V
  • Resistance Range: 0.1 – 3.5ohm
  • 7ml bottle capacity
  • Two colour LED indicator under the firing button

Safety Features

  • Automatic cut off: Max firing time of 10 seconds. After 10 seconds the mod will stop firing and the LED indicator will flash 10 times.
  • Short circuit protection: If a short is detected the LED indicator will flash 2 or 3 times.
  • Over discharge protection: If the battery falls below 3.2V the LED indicator will flash orange 15 times.
  • Overheat protection: If the control board in the mod reaches 75 degrees Celsius the mod will shut off and the LED indicator will flash blue and orange for 3 seconds.
  • Battery reverse protection: The mod won’t fry if you put your battery in the wrong way around.  The battery bottom cap does have a negative indicator on it so insert your 18650 positive side first.

Revvo Boost Tank

  • Bottom fill version of the Revvo – filling is via the squonk pin only
  • Adjustable airflow
  • 2ml capacity
  • Aspire Radial Coil
  • Coil Resistance 0.1 – 0.14ohm
  • Wattage 70-80W via Feedlink mod
  • 24mm diameter
  • 41mm height

What’s in the box?

  • 1 x Feedlink Mod
  • 1 x 2ml Revvo Boost Tank
  • 2 x Revvo Boost ARC coils
  • 1 x Spare Glass
  • 11 x O-rings
  • Warning Card
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Card

Feedlink Design and Build Quality

The Feedlink is a nicely designed mod in my opinion, POTV received a couple of them for this review, one in silver highlights and one in blue.  The silver version has a silver frame and silver / dark grey engraved side panels while the blue version has a black frame.

The frame is constructed from zinc alloy, it feels strong and has a really good weight to it.  The mod is well designed, it fits really nicely in the hand and the pistol-grip style with a top housed firing button is very comfortable and the position of the firing button feels natural.

The diamond pattern engraving on the side panels helps to secure the mod in the hand and gives the mod a stylish, elegant look.  The same diamond pattern is engraved on the button and the back panel while the front of the mod is smooth and shiny.

As well as the alloy panels there are also resin panel versions available.  Personally, I like the look of the metal panels more and the extra grip these give would put this version on my shopping list.

There is a really nice click to the button, it is responsive and is a good size – the position and the engraving on the button make it a pleasure to use.

At 7ml the bottle is a really good size.  It uses a plastic housing to hold the bottle and a quarter turn or so releases this housing from the mod.  You can then slide out the silicon bottle.  The bottle has a screw on top with a nice knurled edge to make it easy to get off and this top also has a metal tube that runs down to the bottom of the bottle.  The silicon bottle has a metal inner that the bottle top screws into, so you can grab this when unscrewing the top and screwing it back on, so you won’t get any leaking when refilling.  Likewise, the plastic bottle housing means that you won’t put any pressure on the silicon bottle when reinserting it, so juice loss and mess is minimised in day-to-day use.

The mod looks and feels great, sturdy and easy to use and a good weight.  There are a lot of boxy looking squonkers available so it’s nice to see something that has clearly had some time spent on it. The refilling system has clearly had some though put into it as well and, while the plastic housing is yet another part to the mod, it really does make refilling mess and accidental squeeze free, so it is a worthy addition.  Good job, Aspire!

Revvo Boost Design and Build Quality

The Revvo Boost is essentially the same as the original Revvo tank that was released late last year.  It is a 24mm tank that uses the ARC (Aspire Radial Coil) system.  Rather than the conventional wire coli this system uses a circular disk with a cotton pad underneath it.  The juice is held in a reservoir beneath the coil and the suggestion is that you tip the tank up every few puffs just to make sure that the cotton is saturated.  The original Revvo has a unique filling system, you can fill the tank without having to unscrew anything via a filling nozzle above the coil – the Revvo Boost has a hole in the central pin just below the cotton pad.  When you squeeze the bottle juice is pushed up through the centre pin.  I found that the juice was sucked up nicely by the cotton during the first few squeezes but turned it upside down a few times just to make sure.  I must admit that during use I haven’t upended the mod at all and it has worked flawlessly with no dry hits.

The silver sided mod comes with a silver air flow control ring on the Revvo and the blue sided one came with a matching blue airflow control ring – nice attention to detail and pairs the mod and atty up nicely.  The tank has a Pyrex sleeve on it, allowing you to see your juice level – and there is a replacement set in the kit just in case you break it.

I have seen a lot of good feedback about the Revvo and the ARC system on the POTV forum, and it is a cracking vape!  At 0.1-0.14ohm the vape can be pretty full on with the airflow wide open.  Closing the air flow down does give you a less full on vape but it does push the temperature up a bit.

With the original Revvo I also had some issues with it popping.  If I left the mod alone for an hour or so and then came back and fired it, more often than not it would give off a hell of a pop.  I have had this happen with other tanks before, and it can give you a bit of a shock, especially if the drip tip is in your mouth at the time!  One way to get around this is to get into the habit of firing it before you put it near your face, or to dial the power down a bit.  I have had the same popping a few times now with the boost as well so if you do get this system then do be aware of this.

Even with the higher power of these coils, the large Delrin drip tip means that the mouthpiece doesn’t get too hot, even if you do close the airflow down a bit.

Unlike conventional squonking, the juice is fed from a hole at the top of the centre pin just below where the coil sits, squonking pushes juice out of this hole and into the tank.  The tank fills and any excess juice is sucked back into the bottle when the tank is full – I have tried hard to get this set up to leak or overfill and it has stood up to my excessive fingering very well indeed!

My only negative feedback here is the ARC system and it being aimed only at those who want bigger clouds.  Some higher resistance coils would be really welcomed if you are listening Aspire!  A completely different tank aimed at a tighter airflow and a higher resistance would be a good addition to this arrangement too.

Performance

The Feedlink is a semi-regulated device – it has no power control functions at all, the power is derived from the resistance of the coil and the charge in your battery.  Some mods over the years have had a function called bypass mode and this is essentially the same.  What you have in terms of coil and battery is what you get out.  This is pretty much the same as a full mechanical mod but with a few safety features thrown in too like reverse battery, short circuit, overheat and over discharge protection as well as a 10 second firing time cut off.

With a fresh battery and all the way down to the orange and blue light showing (indicating a charge between 3.5 and 3.8V) the vape was consistent.  As you get below 3.5V you can definitely feel the power drop off a bit as well as the indication from the LED showing orange and blue from 3.8V down.

The mod has a gold plated 510 connection with a rubber o-ring a millimetre or so off from the connection.  Using the Feedlink with both the Revvo and a Haku Cruiser and the Flave 24 exclusively for the last couple of days I am pleased to say that all tanks had dry bottoms after use.  I haven’t taken the mod out and about but I am confident you won’t get wet patches in your pockets from using this mod.  How long the o-rings will last I can’t say but there is a bag of 11 spares in the kit so the set up should last you a really good amount of time.

Squonking worked nicely right down to the bottom of the bottle and survived my attempts to over fill the tank so from this point of view the mod worked very well too.

Overall the mod and tank have performed flawlessly in the two days that I have been using it for.   It is a thirsty set up though but with the cost of shortfills falling off rapidly it is not a bad time to have a go at pushing out some dense clouds!

Using the Feedlink with RDAs

The Feedlink mod is also fine in use with a normal bottom fed RDA.  I recently picked up a second hand AllianceTech Vapor Flave 24 as I really liked the 22mm version that I have had for a few months now.  These are great atties, easy to build and they produce superb flavour.  I used some Coilology Tri-Core fused Ni80 Clapton wire – the 3-28/36 version.  Five coils gave me a 0.36ohm coil and this set up is a cracking vape.

Squonking in its usual form works nicely with this mod, a quick squeeze of the bottle fills the deck via the bottom feed pin and the sucks any excess juice back into the bottle.  The bottle is a nice silicon one, not too hard and not too soft!  Due to the bottle holder and the metal feeding tube it isn’t going to be easily interchangeable with any open source bottle systems and we are yet to see what pricing will be like for the mod or kit but hopefully the bottles won’t be too pricey.

Using the mod with an RDA and higher resistance coil means you will get a longer life out of the battery as well as being able to control the amount of vapour you are getting from the mod by changing the resistance of the coil.

Conclusion

I love the look of this mod – its weight and feel in the hand are spot on and the styling is elegant and classy, nothing gaudy or in your face about this set up!  Coupled with the Revvo Boost it is only 15mm or so taller than using it with a traditional RDA and it fits in the pocket nicely.

I like the simplicity of semi-regulated devices, from using the Limelight Gloom with a simple mosfet and more recently a SunBox LV-426 with a Bomber Pro mosfet, there is a level of protection – being able to lock the device is a big plus for me – and it gives a consistent vape even when the battery is getting low.

All in all this is a pretty wicked set up and definitely one that I am happy to carry on using and to recommend to you guys!

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GeekVape Ammit RTA Review

GeekVape Ammit RTA ReviewIf you have been vaping for the past couple of years or so then you are probably familiar with the company GeekVape as it has been one of the leaders when it comes to vaping products. Even if you are a relative newcomer to vaping, you must have at least run across one or two of their products on your search for your first proper vape kit. You might want to investigate the GeekVape Ammit RTA.

After coming up with some of the most iconic atomizers, like the Avocado 24 RDTA, the Tsunami RDA, and the Griffin 25, and other larger dual coil atomizers, it seems like the best atomizer that GeekVape has ever made is actually a small, 22mm, single coil RTA, the Ammit. Stop being fooled, the Ammit might be tiny, but it has quite a lot of airflow so you can spew out huge clouds of vapor, and the best part is that it is a flavor-chasing atomizer as well.

These days, 24mm atomizers are already considered small, and it seems like no one will ever want to go back to using 22mm devices, and I used to be one of those people. However, after using the Ammit RTA for a couple of days, I found that I cannot put it down; it has become my daily vape. If you are intrigued by, and you want to learn more about this crazy little beast of an RTA, here are a few details about the GeekVape Ammit RTA.

What’s in the Box?
  • The Ammit Single Coil RTA with proprietary 510 drip tip preinstalled
  • A spare glass tank
  • Two pre-made coils
  • Spare O-rings
  • Spare post screws
  • Combination tool featuring two hex keys and a Philips head screwdriver
Specs and Features
  • Nice airflow design being Three-dimensional
  • It’s 43 mm in height and 22m in diameter
  • The height of the drip tip is 10mm, and the width of the chimney is impressive at 10mm
  • Enlarged Deck
  • Big innovation is coming from GeekVape with the introduction of the Two-Post Design.
  • Fortified with the Single Terminal Per Post Vertically secured through Phillips Head Screws
  • Boasts the presence of the PEEK Insulator
  • Improved Wicking System
  • The airflow slots in this single coil Ammit is well adjustable
  • The presence of dual Internal Central Air Tubes
  • Seamless Top-Fill Design
  • Adjustable, gold-plated 510-contact pin
The Look and Feel of the GeekVape Ammit RTA

DESIGN

When 2017 rolled in, the designs of most RTAs leaned towards being more low profile, but larger diameter. However, the Ammit seems to have gone back to the days when sub-ohm tanks have smaller diameter bases but are a bit on the tall side to accommodate enough juice. At the base, the Ammit measures 22mm, and from the base to the tip of the included 510 drip tip, it measures 55mm tall. However, I kind of like the look and feel of the Ammit; it has old-school dimensions, but the design of the tank is pretty modern.

BUILD QUALITY

Just like with any of the other GeekVape devices that I have used, I cannot find anything wrong with the build quality of the Ammit. The stainless steel parts were all machined perfectly, the threads are smooth and beefy, and I couldn’t find any traces of machining oil on any of the parts; you can use the atomizer straight out of the box. However, I do recommend you give all of your new atomizers a good cleaning first before you use them, just to be on the safe side.

AIRFLOW

The surprising thing about the GeekVape Ammit RTA is that it has a massive amount of airflow for such a small atomizer. If you fully open the bottom airflow holes, the draw on the Ammit has minimal to no restriction, which is a big plus for cloud chasers. On the other hand, if you want a slightly tighter draw, you can dial turn down the AFC ring until you achieve your ideal restrictiveness. The reason why the airflow is so smooth is because instead of having just one airflow hole on the build deck, the Ammit actually has two sources of airflow. Two channels coming out from the base of the build deck allows air to hit the bottom of the coils, and there’s a block coming out from the side of the deck opposite the build posts that has airflow holes so air can hit the side of the coils.

The Build Deck

The build deck on the GeekVape Ammit RTA is quite simple. There are two posts, one positive and one negative. Each of the posts has one post hole and a Philips head screw coming in from the top, when you tighten down the screw, it captures the leads of your coils.

The build deck basically has Velocity-style posts, but for single coil only. At the base of the build deck you will find two small tubes jutting outwards, these are where your bottom airflow will come from. At the side of the deck opposite of the build posts, there is a block milled directly into the build deck that has a couple of airflow holes that point towards one side of the coil.

Installing coils onto the Ammit’s build deck is quite simple, you just need to make sure that the leads of your coils are pointing in the same direction, then thread them into the postholes, tighten down the screws to secure the leads, and the snip off any excess. Make sure that you position your coils directly above the bottom airflow and as close to the side airflow as you can to maximize the amount of flavor that you can get from your clouds.

My Vaping Experience With the Ammit RTA

INSTALLING COILS

Even non-experienced coil builders will not have a hard time installing coils on the build deck of the GeekVape Ammit RTA. The fact that the screws are on top of the posts are also a big bonus because it makes capturing leads easier and it will not twist flat wires unlike when the screws come from the sides. Wicking the coils is also easy because the juice ports at the base of the build deck are actually wide. Here’s a tip: don’t stuff cotton into the hole at the base of the wick slots, just allow your cotton to rest on top of it so it will wick more efficiently.

CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE

The Ammit disassembles into six pieces, and it does not have any small parts that you can easily lose. The only gripe that I have with the Ammit is that there is no knurling on the top cap, which makes it a bit hard to twist off if I accidentally screw it on too tight and it gets covered with a thin film of juice, which always seems to happen regardless of the RTA I use. Other than that, I do find the Ammit easy to clean and maintain.

VAPING EXPERIENCE

When I first saw just how small the GeekVape Ammit RTA was, I already knew that it would be a great flavor chasing tank, but what surprised me was how it was a decent cloud chasing atomizer as well. The “three-dimensional” airflow system really does help create massive plumes of vapor, which is something that I did not expect from a small 22mm tank.

Pros and Cons of the GeekVape Ammit RTA
Pros
  • Massive amounts of airflow for such a small atomizer
  • Flavor production is excellent, one of the best flavor chasing atomizers to date
  • Easy to build on and wick
  • Single coil means you will get plenty of battery life
  • Respectable 3ml juice capacity
Cons
  • No knurling on the top cap so removing it can be difficult when screwed on tightly
Final Thoughts

I really cannot find anything wrong with the GeekVape Ammit RTA; in my opinion, it is the perfect RTA and I have yet to find something that can surpass it in terms of flavor and vapor production. There is no doubt that at the end of this year, the Ammit will be among the top atomizers.

If you are interested in checking out the Geek Vape Ammit RTA, and I highly suggest that you do

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First Look: Single-Viper RTA from Wotofo

A number of Chinese online stores have posted on their website a new product – Viper RTA from Wotofo. The manufacturer did not make an official announcement, but, judging by these characteristics, it is a serviced single-spiral tank of 3 milliliters.

On July 27, the announcement of a new serviced tank from Wotofo – Viper RTA appeared on YouTube and in some online stores . There was no official announcement from the company, but, based on the characteristics in the stores, this is a stainless steel device. Topkep made of thermoplastic, refueling occurs when it is twisted. Blowing adjustment ring placed on the bottom of the device.

Inside there are two racks and one airflow hole. The spiral is pressed with screws under the cross-head screwdriver. There are special “pockets” for laying cotton wool. Fluid ports can be blocked by turning to avoid leaks. The volume of the tank is three milliliters.

The package, in addition to the device, includes an adapter for the 510th driptip, a cotton, a screwdriver, pre-wound spirals, a repair kit and instructions.

Main characteristics: 

  • Height – 40 mm
  • Diameter – 24 mm
  • Volume – 3 milliliters
  • Base under one helix
  • Top dressing
  • Lower blower adjustment
  • Gold plated pin
  • Colors – steel, black.

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Vaporesso SWAG Kit Reviewed: A Palm-Sized Pocket Rocket

Introduction To The Vaporesso SWAG Kit

Today we are looking at the Vaporesso SWAG Kit, which consists of the SWAG Mod which is a single 18650 device that outputs a maximum of 80w and has different modes such as the standard Variable Wattage, Temperature Control and bypass!

Vaporesso-Swag-Kit-FullOn top of this we have the NRG SE tank by Vaporesso. It’s a 22mm diameter tank and comes in either a 2ml or 3.5ml e-liquid capacity depending on whether you are in Europe or not.

You also have the option of using one of five ‘GT Cores’ (Coils) ranging from a 0.4Ω GT2 Core, all the way up to a 0.15Ω GT8 Core. There is also the option of using a 0.5Ω GT CCELL which uses ceramic!

The Vaporesso SWAG Kit looks to appeal to new vapers rather than your seasoned box mod user, but it may also be good for people that need a handy little pocket sized device for going out and about!

In this review we will be looking at the black on blue version of the SWAG Kit!

What’s In The Box

  • Vaporesso SWAG Mod
  • NRG SE/SE Mini Tank
  • GT2 Core (Pre-Installed)
  • GT CCELL
  • Replacement Glass
  • Replacement O-Rings
  • Braided USB Cable
  • User Manual

Features

  • Size: 75 x 48 x 25mm
  • SWAG Weight: 64g
  • NRG SE/SE Mini Weight: 46g/44g
  • SWAG Construction: Zinc Alloy
  • NRG Tank Construction: Stainless Steel
  • Regulated Box Mod
  • Battery compatibility: 18650
  • Maximum output Wattage: 80W
  • Resistance Range: 0.05~5.0 ohm
  • 2A Fast charge support
  • USB Charging
  • 0.91″ OLED Display

Vaporesso SWAG Kit Build Quality & Design

Vaporesso NRG SE Mini TankVaporesso-NRGSEMini-Parts

We’ll start from the top and make our way down the RDA…

The Drip Tip:

At the top we have the drip tip. It is just your usual 510 size and made from delrin. It’s nicely shaped and feels great in the mouth. It attaches to the barrel via an o-ring. It is removable and you can switch it out for your own preferred drip tip if you wish.

Top Fill Port:

Beneath the drip tip we have the top fill port. Simply push in the direction of the arrow and the top cap will swivel round to reveal the top fill port. It has a silicone gasket there to prevent any leakage, It does the job very well as I haven’t had any leaks at all from the top of this tank.Vaporesso-NRGSEMini-Fillport

There could have been an extra hole up top to allow the release of air from the tank whilst filling as I did have a few issues with air getting locked inside the tank and it got a bit messy.Vaporesso-NRGSEMini-Filling

The Airflow Base:

At the bottom of the device we have the airflow control which consists of two large cyclopse holes that are adjustable by twisting the outer ring. Once you’ve reached either fully open or fully closed, there is a stop which prevents you from turning further so that you’re less likely to accidentally open or close the airflow.Vaporesso-NRGSEMini-Full

Vaporesso NRG SE Tank – Overall:

Overall, the NRG SE Mini Tank by Vaporesso is pretty well made and designed. The top fill function is nicely designed, but I think that the addition of a hole to allow air to escape would have been great as well as a bit more knurling on the airflow adjustment ring to make turning it a bit easier. Other than that, I’m happy with it.

Find out how the tank performs further down in the article as well as an in depth opinion of the flavour and cloud production

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The Vaporesso SWAG Mod:

At the top we have the 510 connector which has a stainless steel surround and a spring loaded positive pin. Beside that we have the battery cap which unscrews to allow you to insert your 18650 battery.Vaporesso-Swag-Battery

The battery cap could have done with a bit more aggressive knurling on it, in all honesty. I found it a bit hard to undo at times, especially with the tank on.Vaporesso-Swag-Top

Working around the sides of the device, we have both sides covered in an iridescent-style wrap which adds a nice grippy texture as well as breaking up the blue of the device.

On one side we have the + and – button to control the wattage or temperature.Vaporesso-Swag-Side2

On the other side we have the Micro USB charge and update port.Vaporesso-Swag-Side1

At the bottom of the device we have two vent holes for the battery and chipset.Vaporesso-Swag-Base

Next, lets go around to where all the action happens. You have your fire button that protrudes from the device and is textured just for that little extra bit of grip.

Below that we have the 0.91″ OLED screen which displays all the information you need. The screen is nice and bright, and extremely easy to read in all lighting conditions.Vaporesso-Swag-Screen1

Below the screen we have the menu button. By holding down the menu button, it brings up all the different functions and settings. By pressing the menu button once you can scroll through the different firing modes as well as edit your settings. To go into that setting, press the menu button three times.Vaporesso-Swag-Screen2

The Vaporesso SWAG Mod – Overall:

Construction wise, I’d say that this is very well made. I wouldn’t say that it feels cheap at all. The SWAG also has a realistic weight to it, just enough to make you feel like you’re holding something, but not too light or heavy.

I do think that they could have made the device that little bit bigger to allow tanks over 22mm to be used on it, as well as a but better knurling on the battery cap to make it easier to remove it.

Another issue I have is that the + and – button on the side is recessed too much, I would have preferred the buttons to have protruded slightly rather than being set back inside the device.

How Does the Vaporesso NRG SE Tank Perform?

On the RDA, I have used both the included coils with the kit. which are the GT2 Core and the GT CCELL.

The GT2 Core

The GT2 Core is a 0.4Ω dual coil core, wicked with regular cotton and is recommended to be used between 40 and 80w and is suggested to be best at 55 to 65w.Vaporesso-Swag-Kit-C2-Coil1

As for flavour and clouds, I have found that the GT2 Core works best for me at 44w. Anything above that, the flavour deminishes and starts to get a bit dry. The cloud production was around about average.Vaporesso-Swag-Kit-C2-Coil2

The GT2 Coil lasted me about a week before the flavour started to plummet, which is pretty poor from my point of view. Another week would have been good at least!

GT CCELL

The GT CCELL is a 0.5Ω ceramic wicked coil and is recommended to be used between 20 and 35w. Ceramic coils are supposed to give a cleaner and crisper flavour compared to cotton, but what do I think about it?Vaporesso-Swag-Kit-GTCCELL1

I find that the flavour on the GT CCELL was best for me at 30w. It gave a consistent and crisp flavour and the coil lasted me just over a week. Yet again, a bit disappointing in terms of longevity, but whilst it was working, the flavour and clouds were pretty good at 30w!Vaporesso-Swag-Kit-GTCCELL2

How Does the Vaporesso Swag Mod Perform?

As said previously, the SWAG mod is a single 18650 device, and generally single battery devices tend to last me a day, but is dependent on what resistance coil i am using. And in all honesty, the SWAG mod doesn’t disappoint. The battery life for me was around about average lasting me about three quarters to a full day.

The firing is pretty instant! There is literally no delay in between pressing the button to the coil bursting into life, which is great!

One thing I do love is the 2A Quick Charge function. When you plug this device in to charge, it gives you a counter to show you how long until the device will be fully charged. But as always, I recommend charging externally at around 1A to preserve the life of your batteries, but as a ‘worse case scenario’ I would say it is absolutely fine, but I wouldn’t use it all the time.

Cons

  • Airflow hard to adjust
  • Battery cap difficult to remove when the tank is on
  • Poor coil life
  • Tank could be colour coded
  • +/- buttons recessed too much
  • Menu system a bit difficult to navigate
  • Can’t fit bigger than 22mm tanks on

Pros

  • Fits nicely in the hand
  • Looks great
  • Screen easy to read
  • 2A Quick Charge Feature
  • Tank easy to refill

Final Review Verdict

Overall, the Vaporesso SWAG Kit a nice little setup for beginners. It’s compact, it looks great and the mod performs pretty well! The tank is the only thing that lets the kit down, or to be more specific, the coils let the tank down. The poor coil life just is a big negative in my eyes, and the restrictions you have on adding a different tank because of the battery cap is just annoying!

So if I were to say anything to potential buyers of this SWAG kit, it would be to try and buy the SWAG mod and avoid the tank. Just make sure you have a decent 22mm tank to go on top, otherwise you’ll be stuck.

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Smoant Battlestar 200W TC review

Smoant Battlestar 200W TC

Smoant are a relatively new manufacturer, but they have burst into the scene pretty quickly with releases such as the Knight, Mobula, Talos and Charon. Smoant focus on providing new and innovative products that have a wide range of appeal to all sections of the varied vaping market.

The latest device to come out of the Smoant stable is the Battlestar, a dual 18650 device offering a true 200W output with no fire delay when pushing the power button, comprehensive temperature control support including three slots to input your own TCR for a specific wire, an accurate chip that fires resistance down to 0.1ohm in wattage mode and 0.05ohm in temperature control and an ergonomic design that allows the Battlestar to sit comfortably in both your hand and your pocket.

On paper it’s a feature packed unit, but does it perform? Let’s find out…

Specs

  • 1-200W power range
  • 0.5-8.4V voltage range
  • 200-600F (100-300C) temperature control range
  • 95% chip efficiency
  • Temperature control support for Ni200, Stainless Steel and Titanium
  • Three TCR memory slots for custom wire type input
  • No fire delay
  • Powered by two 18650 batteries (sold separately)
  • Magnetic battery cover
  • USB charging
  • Passthrough charging, can vape whilst device is on charge
  • Fires resistance down to 0.1ohm and up to 5ohm in power mode
  • Fires resistance down to 0.05ohm and up to 1.3ohm in temperature control mode
  • 83mm height
  • 34mm width
  • 43mm length
  • 136g weight (without batteries)
  • OLED screen
  • Stainless Steel 510 threading with spring loaded connector
  • Battery venting holes
  • Available in white, yellow or black colours
  • No atomiser, low resistance, short circuit, low battery voltage and overheating protections all built in

What’s in the Box?

The Smoant Battlestar is presented within a pretty smart looking presentation box, inside the box is the Smoant Battlestar itself, a USB charging cable and an instruction manual.

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Looks and Build Quality

Measuring in at a height of 83mm, with a width of 34mm, and manufactured from zinc alloy with ceramic elements, the Smoant Battlestar has been designed to sit comfortably in the palm of your hand, and weighing it at 136g (without batteries) it’s designed to be pocket friendly as well. Even with batteries inserted, it’s a mod that feels great to hold, without feeling too heavy either. The rounded edges of the Smoant Battlestar give it a comfortable feel and mean that the device doesn’t dig into your hand. It’s available in three colours as well, I received the black one to review however yellow and white versions are also available.

A stainless steel spring loaded 510 connector is fitted, meaning that you can get a flush fit for your atty with no gaps. A good sized power button is found at the front, above the OLED screen, and underneath the screen is a single plus and minus button. A magnetic battery door cover gives access to the battery compartment which does have a battery ribbon present, here you will need to insert two 18650 batteries, that can support a minimum of a 25A drain each, and there are twelve battery venting holes to keep your unit cool during usage. A micro USB port is found at the front of the unit, underneath the plus and minus button, the Smoant Battlestar has a balance charging board installed so you can charge your batteries through this port. Pass through is also present, so you can vape whilst charging.

The large OLED screen is a great feature of this unit, its bright under pretty much any light conditions and the large font used makes the information displayed on screen clear and easy to read. Battery level, the current mode, power level/temperature limit, resistance and voltage are all displayed on screen.

There’s no mistaking the fact that the Smoant Battlestar bears a pretty similar resemblance to the wildly popular Wismec Reuleaux RX200, albeit in a slimmer and lighter form. I also own the Wismec Reuleaux RX200, and there is a noticeable difference between the two, the Smoant Battlestar is less weighty and much more pocket friendly, however I did note that the buttons on the Smoant Battlestar seemed to be a little more clicky than the buttons on the Reuleaux, but they aren’t uncomfortably so. Overall, the Smoant Battlestar sports great form factor and feels like a really well made device.

Smoant Battlestar Menu System and Operation

  • 5 clicks of the power button turn the device on and off
  • Screwing an atomizer into the 510 connector will prompt you to enter whether a new coil (by pressing plus) or the same coil (by pressing minus) has been entered.
  • 3 clicks of the power button will take you into the menu system.
  • Holding down fire as well as plus and  minus will lock the power
  • Holding down fire and plus will invert the screen colour
  • Whilst in the menu system, pressing either the plus or minus button will scroll between VW (variable wattage)/Ni (Ni200 coil for TC)/Ti (Titanium coil for TC)/ SS (Stainless Steel coil for TC)/NC (new coil)/TCR M1/M2/M3. Click the fire button to confirm the mode
  • Three custom TCR slots are available, allowing you to enter the TCR for a specific wire and use it in temperature control
  • In TCR, pressing plus or minus allow you to select the coefficient value, and press the fire button when you have the desired value.
  • For a stainless steel coil (SS303, 304, 316 and 317) the TCR range is 150-60. For Gold, it is 300-340. For Titanium, it is 350-370. For Silver, it is 371-380. For Copper, it is 381-390. For Ni-Fe it is 391-500. For Nickel it is 500-700.
  • Reverse polarity, over heating, low voltage, overload/short circuit, no atomizer and overheat protections are built it, as well as a 10 second cut off.

Performance

Featuring 200W of output power, the Smoant Battlestar has more power than the vast majority of users will need. I’ve found that it seems to deliver it pretty accurately and consistently, most notably at higher wattages where it delivers a hell of a kick! Resistance is read down to 0.1ohm in power mode meaning that the Smoant Battlestar is compatible with pretty much anything out there, and it’s a great choice for cloud chasers. I’ve found the chip reads resistance pretty accurately too, with very little deviation between the device and my ohms reader.

Temperature control is pretty comprehensive. Support for Ni200, Titanium and Stainless Steel wire is included out of the box, plus the custom TCR input means you can use a wide range of other wire types in TC mode as well. I tested an Ni200, Titanium as well as a Stainless Steel coil on the Smoant Battlestar in temperature control mode and never ran into any issues with dry hits or an inconsistent vape. It just delivered what I asked of it in TC each and every time.

Battery life with the Smoant Battlestar is great if you vape at more most wattages, I managed nearly two days vaping at 35W with the Wotofo Sapor RTA, however vaping at higher wattage will run the battery life down considerably. You can charge the Smoant Battlestar through the USB port, and it features passthrough technology so that you can vape whilst charging, however I’d recommend only using this feature for an emergency charge as it does take an awful long time to charge the two 18650 batteries through the USB port.

Conclusion

For the price, the Smoant Battlestar is a great addition to anyone’s collection. It’s a solidly built mod, with excellent form factor making it feel comfortable in hand, that has an accurate and consistent chip packed with great features, and people who vape at more modest wattages will benefit from great battery life. The custom TCR input is a great feature too as it allows you to customize and fine tune your temperature control experience. All in all, I’ve not been able to fault it.It’s an impressive bit of kit and if you are on the hunt for a well priced and powerful unit that comes packed with all the features you could possibly need, feels great in hand and is easy to use as well, then the Smoant Battlestar is a great device to pick up!

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Augvape V200 Mod Review

The new Augvape V200 is one of those mods that you just want to add to your collection, even if you don’t really need another vape mod. It just has an eye-catching look, a very robust weight to it and feels incredibly comfortable in the hand. And if you happen to be a car engine connaisseur, you have another reason to want the V200 – its design was inspired by the iconic Honda B18C engine used on the Japanese car maker’s Type-R line. Let’s take a closer look:

A Look at the Contents

The V200 dual-battery mod from Augvape comes in a large rectangular cardboard box with transparent plastic panels that offer a clear view of the actual mod. I love the fact that the box looks more like a case meant for something really precious, and it’s just a change from the classic cardboard boxes that most mod manufacturers use.

On the bottom of the box we have a short list of contents, and on the sides you’ll find the legally-required warnings as well as photos of an actual Honda B18C-R engine, even though it clearly says Augvape V200 on it. As far as I know, this is not an official collaboration with Honda, in fact the ‘Honda’ brand doesn’t show up anywhere on the packaging or on the product page, but the mod is designed as a hand-size version of the iconic car engine.

Inside the box, we have the mod – I received the red version for this review, but you can also find it in black or white – a small user manual which I suggest you go over, and a braided USB cable for charging. I don’t know if this mod is firmware upgradable, as I couldn’t find any information on this anywhere.

Design and Build Quality

The design of the Augvape V200 is by far its main draw, at least in my opinion. Whether you’re a Honda engine fan,  a fan of car engines in general or someone who knows absolutely nothing about cars, you’re going to love the unique look of this device. It looks like a standard dual-18650 mod at first glance, but Augvape has managed to integrate a number of details that really make it stand out from its competitors.

The V200 mod is made primarily of zinc alloy and measures 87.5mm x 45mm x 29.2mm and weighs about 165 grams without batteries. After you’ve inserted the two 18650 batteries, you can expect the weight to be around 300 grams. That’s a bit heavier than most compact dual-battery mods on the market, but I certainly wouldn’t call than a con. Quite the contrary, the metallic body and the extra weight just give this mod a very rugged feel, which I for one appreciate. However, it’s also surprisingly comfortable to hold and use. I definitely don’t have the largest hands, but I still found the V200 to be very ergonomic.

And then there is the car engine design. All you have to do is google photos of the legendary B18C engine cover and you’ll see that Augvape have designed this mod to replicate that wonder of Japanese engineering almost to perfection. From the iconic red color – which I definitely recommend you choose out of the three available variants – to the stainless steel oil cap and the large screws near the top, this mod looks like a hand-sized version of Honda’s famous Type-R engine. It’s a beauty.

On top of the mod, we have a centered, spring-loaded 510 connection with a gold-plated pin. The connection doesn’t sit flush on the mod, but on a slightly raised metallic plate designed to look like a sports car rim, to fit the theme of the device. The plate has a diameter of 25mm, so any tanks over 25mm will overhang slightly, but that shouldn’t be a big deal, as not a lot of vapers use such large diameter tanks anyway.

On the bottom we have a classic hinged battery door. This is by far my favourite style of battery door, because of how easy it is to operate and because you never have to worry about it wobbling or popping off accidentally. The battery polarity is clearly indicated on the inside of the battery door, and the battery compartment is properly insulated to avoid unwanted short-circuits.

The black, glossy strip on the front of the Augvape V200 houses a concealed fire button at the top, as well as a rectangular LCD display and the micro-USB charging port. Next to this strip, we have the oil cap, which in this case is actually a knob that replaces the classic ‘+’ and ‘-‘ buttons. It can be flipped up and down to adjust the power output.

Before we wrap up this section, I want to touch on the concealed fire button of the V200 mod. In some of the photos I took, you can clearly see it marked with a power symbol, but that is actually etched on the protective plastic film that the mod comes with. Once you remove the film, the indicators will be gone as well. So you’ll always know where the button is located, but for someone seeing the device without that protective film, it will be a mystery.

While integrating the button so well into the general design of the mod was clever and ingenious, getting used to it took a while, at least for me. The pressable part of the black strip ends at about the top of that oil cap knob next to it, and without an indicator, I sometimes tried pressing further down the strip and nothing would happen. I’ve gotten used to it now, and I quite like the clicky button, but just know that’s it’s a bit different than regular fire buttons.

As a whole, the Augvape V200 is one of the most high-quality mods I have ever used. I love the car engine design with all the tiny elements included, the build-quality is outstanding and I just love the feel of it in my hand. It’s weighty and robust, but at the same time very comfortable to hold and use.

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Menu System and Navigation

I would definitely describe the Augvape V200 as an advanced vape mod, but in terms of menu, navigation and available features, it is considerably simpler and more accessible than most other mods in this category. That may be a pro or a con, depending on what is more important to you, simplicity or available features.

Anyway, to turn on the V200, all you have to do is press the fire button five times in rapid succession. On the display, you’ll see the current operating mode of the mod at the top, right under that we have the current power output, and further down the resistance of the atomizer, the voltage, a puff time, and finally, two separate battery indicators. It’s a very simple layout, which I’m sure minimalists will appreciate.

To adjust the power output, all you have to do is flip the oil cap knob up and down. If you flip any direction and hold it, it will go from the minimum power output of 5W to the maximum of 200W. It does pick up speed after 5 seconds or so, but in the beginning it scrolls through this power range pretty slowly. It also round-robins if you flip the switch again once you’ve reached the minimum or maximum values.

To go into the menu, you have to press the fire button three times, while the mod is turned on. You will see the operating mode highlighted in white, and if you flip the oil cap knob up and down, you will be able to scroll through the three available modes – Auto, BP (Bypass) and V Mode.

‘Auto’ is your regular wattage mode, ‘BP’ lets you use the V200 mod as a mechanical mod, drawing power straight from the batteries, but with the built-in protections still active, and ‘V Mode’ apparently provides a small boost in power ramp up, sort of like a pre-heat option would.

You may notice that depending on what mode you are in, the voltage (V) sub-parameter on the display will switch to something else. So in Auto it will be voltage, in BP it will be watts (W) and in V Mode it will be joules (J).

That’s about all there is to the menu. It only allows you to change between these three operating modes, and it all happens on the home screen, so you don’t have to get lost in sub-menus or obscure options that you don’t really need anyway.

Oh, and you may have noticed that there is no Temperature Control mode. That may be a big con to some vapers, but it doesn’t bother me one bit. If you’ve read any of my other mod reviews, you probably know that I am not a big fan of temp. control vaping, and that I prefer good ol’ wattage vaping instead. So this is a perfect mod for me, but if you’re into temperature control, the V200 is definitely not for you.

Finally, I should point out two relatively important button combinations involving the oil cap knob. If you press the power button and flip the knob up simultaneously, you will lock the knob, but you will still be able to use the power button. If you press the fire button and flip the knob down, you will lock only the fire button, but not the knob. You can also lock both the knob and the fire button by performing both operations one after the other.

As I mentioned, the Augvape V200 is not the most feature-rich mod on the market, but it does have the core features that most vapers use on a daily basis, so if you prefer simplicity, you may consider this a pro rather than a con.

Battery Life and Overall Performance

I’m not sure what type of circuit board the Augvape V200 is powered by, in fact this is my first Augvape mod, so I don’t know too much about the company, but I’ve been impressed with both how efficiently it manages battery life and how fast the mod fires. I don’t have the technical know-how or the equipment to properly test it, but from a user perspective, I’d say the Augvape V200 is on par with the VooPoo Drag in  terms of firing time and power ramp-up.

I have been using the V200 mod for over a week now and I’ve had no issues with it whatsoever. As I mentioned before, getting used to the concealed power button took some time – about a day – but in terms of functionality and and performance, this device has been a joy to use. The fire button is incredibly responsive, firing up the coils virtually instantly and the power ramp-up is impressively fast as well. I’ve experienced no misfires or other errors of any kind, so as far as I’m concerned, this is one of the best performing mods available on the market.

If you’re into temperature control, or if you regularly use functions like TCR or custom power curves, the Augvape V200 may be too basic for you. On the other hand, if you prefer raw power, I guarantee you will be impressed with this device.

Conclusion

If you’ve read up to this point, you already know how I feel about this mod. For those of you who simply scrolled down for the “too long, didn’t read” version of this review, this is a damn good vape mod. From the exquisite car engine design and top-notch build quality, to the incredibly fast firing time and excellent performance, the Augvape V200 is a very impressive device. Is it perfect? Definitely not. Fans of temperature control and feature-rich mods will most likely be disappointed with the mod’s simplicity compared to similar dual-battery mods, but luckily there are plenty of other options to choose from.

As a vaper who just needs power mode and cares more about performance than a bloated menu system, I can honestly say that the Augvape V200 is an excellent mod.

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Joyetech CUBOID Tap Review

I have fond memories of the CUBOID Pro, one of the first touchscreen mods I ever reviewed. The CUBOID Pro not only featured an innovative touchscreen feature but it was also a high-wattage device that allowed for a myriad of vaping outputs.

The CUBOID Tap does not feature a touchscreen, but it does borrow from the CUBOID Pro regarding the firing button. The CUBOID Pro featured two firing options; on one side you had a standard firing button, and on the other side you had a solid panel that underneath featured TAPTECH technology that only required a firm press to fire the mod.

Joytech CUBOID Tap Review

The CUBOID Tap takes that concept a little further by also featuring a selector panel underneath the screen that works just like the up and down buttons would on a regular mod. But the presence of TAPTECH technology is not the only thing that sets the CUBOID Tap apart.

Just like with the CUBOID Pro, the Tap comes with the ProCore Aries tank and is powered with two removable 18650 batteries, which are bottom loaded. The CUBOID Tap is also a powerful device, reaching a maximum power output of 228W.

The Goods

When you purchase your Joyetech CUBOID Tap, you will find the following items inside your kit:

  • One Joyetech CUBOID Tap (batteries not included)
  • One ProCore Aries tank
  • One ProC1 0.4ohm coil
  • One ProC4 0.15ohm coil
  • One spare glass tube
  • One USB charging/upgrade cable
  • Two user manuals
  • One warranty card
  • Two warning cards
  • One bag of spare parts
Inside and Out: The Joyetech CUBOID Tap

One thing I noticed right away about the Joyetech CUBOID Tap was its color options. I looked at the other options they had since I was unimpressed by the all-black and most boring version that I was given.

There are a total of five different color options (yellow, silver, black, red, and blue) and rather than coming in solid colors, each version has its own eclectic and stylish sticker pattern. I especially liked the silver version, which was contrasted nicely with a faux wood-panel sticker that stood out.

But, moving on to the rest of the device, the entire mod is made of a zinc alloy with a carbon fiber finish that feels smooth and satisfying to touch. The mod is quite tall at close to 130mm with the tank attached, and combined with the tap tech; it might not be the ideal choice to take with you on the go, even though there is a locking feature that prevents accidental firing.

Add in the weight of the two 18650 batteries and the CUBOID Tap becomes almost like a ball and chain. The centrally-placed OLED screen measures a sizable 1.3 inches and reads out a bevy of important vaping information.

Looking at the base of the Tap, you’ll find the battery door that gets pushed out and down to reveal the battery ports. Underneath the thin, flat touch panel you’ll also see the USB charging and upgrade port.

Above and below the screen is where you’ll find the stars of the show, the two flat panels that represent the second firing button and the two selector buttons, which are both tap-activated. You should keep in mind that “tap” is not the same as “touch”; the panels are not touch-panels where you lightly apply your finger to make a change.

With these panels you have to press down hard, as if it were a real button, to initiate any change or modification or to fire the device. The standard firing button on the side of the device does not have any noticeable rattle to it, and it must be used to turn the device on, as well as to enter the menu.

Further still, the two sides of the Tap are pressure sensitive and belie functions of their own, like being able to set your TCR value when the device is powered off. You would usually make such an adjustment through the mod’s main menu or by using the firing button.

Making the switch to the squeeze option didn’t make that much sense, although at least Joyetech tried to justify it. When the mod is on, you can also use the squeeze method, by clutching both sides of the mod, to enter the menu system or to lock the buttons by squeezing three times.

How the Joyetech CUBOID Tap Works

I already mentioned how the device needs to be turned on using the regular firing button located on the side of the device by clicking it five times. Once the Tap is turned on, the main menu will display all your vital displays like temperature, wattage, coil resistance and puff counter.

Now the way you get into the menu options can be a little tricky. You can click the side firing button three times to enter the menu choices, which range from power mode to TCR mode to temperature control for titanium, nickel and stainless steel.

There’s also an analog clock option that you can choose to adjust. Once you have made your selection, you need to press that firing button to confirm. One great thing that Joyetech added to the Tap is a small internal motor that sends out a low vibration every time one of the tap buttons is used, so you know that it is working.

The Joyetech CUBOID Tap: The Vape

The ProCore Aries tank has passed through these pages before. The last time was with the Joyetech EKEE, and it also came with the CUBOID Pro. I’ll just say, I liked the ProCore Aries then, and I love it now.

The top-fill feature works just like a SMOK tank whose name currently escapes me, the Spirals or Cloud Beast King? But the top cap is pushed back and can then flip open as well to reveal two very sizable fill ports.

The tank can also come apart for easy cleaning and maintenance. The coils included in the CUBOID Tap kit are the ProC1 and ProC4 that have a combined vaping range between 40W and 110W. I stuck with the pre-installed ProC1 coil and vaped at the tail end of the ideal range of 55W-65W for this coil at 65W.

The vapor was a delight, almost frothy and left a lengthy trail. I was so pleased with my e-juice too, Marshmallow Man 2 by Donuts E-Liquid. I don’t know what it was about the CUBOID Pro that pushed me to choose a rich, sweet and creamy tasting e-liquid, but the choice was the right for this mod and these coils.

Tapping the panel to fire the device did not result in any delays, and the mod fired almost instantly. I found the selector buttons also quite responsive.

Comparing the Joyetech CUBOID Tap

I don’t usually like making a comparison between two products from the same company, but the inclusion of that proprietary TAPTECH technology left me with few contenders, so I decided to revisit the CUBOID Pro to see how it would fare against its brand-mate, the Tap.

And right from the start, however, the CUBOID Pro does have some obvious advantages. Joyetech clearly wanted to deploy their tap tech onto a larger scale, without being overshadowed by a touchscreen. The Tap is that attempt, but I’m not sure that it succeeds in being the right platform.

The squeeze factor was excessive and it led to misfirings and modes being changed inadvertently, or the keys being locked and the stealth mode turning on and off. The Pro made smart use of the tap tech by restricting its use and letting the touchscreen do most of the heavy lifting.

On the Tap, however, the tap tech is overburdened and the confusing amount of different button combinations and controls only made things worse. It vaped exceptionally well, and its disappointing that such a great device is brought down by a messy interface.

The interface on the Pro, on the other hand, was as much a joy to use as it was to vape on it. I would give this one to the CUBOID Pro, based just on ease of use and functionality.

Things I Liked

PERFORMANCE

Regarding vapor production, the Tap did a fantastic job. The ProC1 delivered superb and savory vapor, while all the vaping outputs performed just as expected. The mod also fired extremely quick.

COLOR OPTIONS

I think this is probably the first time that I’m giving a pro to a device for the different color options it can come in, but I think all of the possibilities were done exceptionally well and each of them was uniquely brilliant.

BUILD

The Tap feels great in the hand. Its carbon fiber finish was both great-looking and was comfortable to grip.

TAP BUTTONS

Unlike the squeeze function, the tap buttons were not overly sensitive but did not require more effort than what was needed to fire the device or to use the up and down panels.

What I Didn’t Like

SQUEEZE FUNCTION

Getting a good grip on the Tap meant enabling the squeeze function that often leads to unintended consequences.

LACK OF PORTABILITY

Even the CUBOID Tap user manual recommends against putting the Tap into your pocket or bag or purse due not only to the possibility of the squeeze function firing but also because of the size of the mod.

Overall

Joyetech is all about innovation, but a lot of vape companies are, it’s just that Joyetech has a proven record of making discoveries and taking risks. The CUBOID Pro was a record of that, and the CUBOID Tap is also an attempt to break new ground.

The Tap is a valiant attempt, but Joyetech overshot the landing. Sticking with just the tap buttons and leaving out the squeeze function would’ve been a better idea. The Tap performed amazingly well, and it was a joy to use the tap buttons, but a more restraint should be shown with any of Joyetech’s future advances.

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Wotofo Freakshow v2 RDA – Fresh, but not the same

Our first memory of the company Wotofo – drip Freakshow, released almost at the end of 2014. It cost only $ 20, which at that time for the original atomizer, even from China, is a real joy. After almost 2 years in our hands and on your screens – the second version of the famous “circus of freaks”.

Freakshow v2

Packing and packaging

Today, at Wotofo, everything is literally (and figuratively) delivered to the conveyor: the box in which the Freakshow v2 RDA comes in is not much different from the packaging of the rest of the company’s new products. The delivery package cannot be called original either, but it is very, very rich – there is nothing to complain about.

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Equipment:

  • Freakshow v2 rda
  • Three prewound spirals-braids
  • Cotton
  • Screwdriver
  • 510th drip-type (and adapter)
  • Wide drip type
  • Spare screws and o-rings

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Appearance and constructive

Oh, wotofo. The first version was as simple as possible: three racks, lower adjustable airflow and 510th drip-type – that’s all. In Freakshow v2 RDA, the Chinese have changed everything that could be changed.

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First, the appearance and diameter. 22 millimeters have not gone away, but the 25 millimeter version has also been added to them, if you like to insert more sausages into the base. Secondly, of course, yes, base. Racks Freakshow v2 RDA have become the standard now Velocity-style. The holes in them are big enough, by the way, to fit those “sausages”.wotofo freakshow rda v2

But the most notable innovation is the addition of a side blower that resembles a grater for cheese.

The bottom has not gone away, it is still regulated and gives good taste – in a word, it works as it should be for the bottom blower to work. What is great, it is regulated regardless of the side feed – you can adjust everything as you want.

There are two variants of mouthpieces: the classic 510th, inserted into the delrin adapter and a proprietary wide drip-type, also made of delrin.wotofo freakshow rda v2

Pin connector Freakshow v2 RDA is sufficient to use an atomizer with hybrid mechanical mods.

Main characteristics:

  • Diameter: 22 or 25 mm
  • Height: 35 mm
  • Materials: stainless steel, delrin
  • Velocity-racks
  • Diameter of holes in racks: 2.5 mm
  • Diameter of drip-top: 13 mm
  • Well depth: 5 mm
  • Air supply: side and bottom, independent of each other, adjustable

Tests and impressions

Yes, it is extremely subjective, but Freakshow v2 looks simple. Too easy. And it is very similar to the other products of the company – it feels like Wotofo took some definite basis of atomizers and strung specific engineering solutions on it, without thinking much about originality. Perhaps, just in the past couple of years, we were spoiled too much by the beautiful American originals, because we don’t feel like putting Freakshow v2 on the mechmod at all.

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In the first Freakshow at least there were many different colors. Even the vulgar carbon version looks much fresher than banal utterly steel and black paint.

As always, the hex screws were slightly disappointed – there were no problems with them in the process of using them, but this does not mean that they will serve you for a long time.

Of the obvious drawbacks can be noted completely idiotic 510 th steel drip-type, which, despite delrinovuyu spacer, is heated, as well as slightly curves of the rack. Probably, this is a problem exclusively of our sample, but all the same it is necessary to blame only the quality control during production.

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If you completely open both blowers, then to get a thick and dense steam you will have to put huge windings and a power of at least 130-140 watts. But when using only the lower air supply, it is possible to soar on 70 and 80 watts – the taste is quite decent.

Outcome, evaluation, conclusion

PROS

  • Variability
  • Low price
  • Rich equipment
  • Good quality

MINUSES

  • Slightly curved rack
  • Basking drip type
  • So-so design
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  • Quality

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SMOK G-Priv 220W Review

SMOK has been at the forefront of innovation in the vaping industry for a long time. They were the first to introduce high-tech technologies like Bluetooth connectivity and wireless firmware updates to the vaping world, and with the new SMOK G-Priv 220W mod, they are taking things even further. While the G-Priv may not be the world’s first touchscreen mod – see the Siegelei T200 or the Laisimo L3 – it’s definitely the most powerful one right now, and I’d even venture to say that it’s also the most refined.

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A Look at the Contents

The G-Priv touchscreen mod comes in the standard SMOK packaging, a large cardboard box with and elegant hard paper holder featuring a glossy picture of the device on the front, and a bunch of useful information on the back – kit contents, mod specifications, a short description, as well as the standard warnings and legal disclaimer. If you’re worried about counterfeits, on the side of the box there is a scratch seal that reveals an authenticity code, which you can check online.

Inside the box, we have the SMOK G-Priv 220W sitting snug in a foam holder, and underneath that holder we have a micro-USB charging/update cable, a user manual, a warranty card and a small leaflet on battery safety. Now, mine also came with a black silicone sleeve for the mod, but it’s not mentioned in the contents list on the packaging, so I’m not one hundred percent sure that it will be included in the retail version. I hope it will, because it does a good job of protecting the device from day-to-day wear and tear.

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Design and Features

Measuring 85mm x 58.5mm x 28 mm, the SMOK G-Priv is an average-size dual-battery box mod, although I will say it is  a bit on the thick side. It’s also relatively heavy for its size, weighing in at 202 grams by itself, and 292 grams with two 18650 batteries inserted. The body is made of primarily of zinc alloy, the material SMOK has been using on pretty much all their mods. The few exceptions are the touchscreen, which is made of shatter-resistant, shock-proof glass, and the battery cover, which the Chinese company claims is made of “carbon fiber material”. It definitely looks like carbon fiber, but it feels like light plastic to me. I tried peeling at the corners to see if it’s actually just a sticker with a carbon fiber motif, but nothing came off. Also, I will say that over the three weeks since I’ve been using the G-Priv, the battery cover has remained in pristine condition, while the zinc alloy body has quite a few scratches on it. So I guess it may actually be made of carbon fiber, which is pretty cool.

Another great thing about the battery door is how firmly it attaches to the mod, thanks to eight big and very powerful magnets – four on the cover and four on the mod. It’s so firm, in fact, that you have to apply quite a bit of pressure to pry it off the device. To remove the battery cover, you have to insert your finger nail in a small notch on the base and pull outwards, and when I say pull, I mean PULL! It can be a little frustrating, especially if you just clipped your nails, but on the bright side, you never have to worry about the cover coming off the mod accidentally. There’s also no wobbling whatsoever. When you attach this thing, it just lock in place.

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On top of the SMOK G-Priv we have a quality 510 connection with a brass, spring-loaded pin, while on the bottom, we have some battery vent holes, and a mini USB port for charging/updating the device. Normally, charging removable batteries in dual-battery mods is not recommended, and SMOK usually mentions that the port is meant for charging only, but not on the G-Priv. This one actually says “charge&update” right next to the port. It turns out that this particular dual-18650 mod features balanced charging technology that allows user to safely charge the batteries on board. That’s a big plus, especially for vapers who don’t have an external charger available.

Most SMOK vaporizers feature a firing bar instead of the classic power button, and the G-Priv 220W is no different. I like firing bars in general, and I’m a big fan of some of SMOK’s, like the ones they used for the Alien 220W and the OSUB Plus 80W, but this one is definitely not my favorite. While the two firing bars I mentioned are very firm and make this nice clicky sound when you press them, the one on the G-Priv is a bit loose and makes a more hollow sound when pressed. Also, between the right side of the bar and the mod there’s this gap that’s big enough to see the back of the touchscreen and a bunch of electronic components. Now, if I can see inside, I’m pretty sure any leaking e-liquid could find its way through there. I know it sounds like nitpicking, and it is, to some extent, but these small details actually contribute quite a bit to the quality feel of a device, and I just think that in this case, the firing bar could be a bit better.

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That’s not to say that these small flaws affect the way the firing bar works. It’s very responsive and easy easy to press, so it basically works as intended.

To turn on the device after inserting the batteries, you have to press the firing bar five times rapidly, and to lock the firing bar – and only the firing bar – press it three times in rapid succession. Repeat this second process to unlock the firing bar. To turn off the G-Priv, press the bar five times, and tap ‘yes’ on the touchscreen when the confirmation box appears.

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The SMOK G-Priv does away with physical wattage/temperature adjustment buttons, featuring instead virtual buttons usable via the touchscreen. However, you’ll notice a small button located right above the firing bar. This is the lock button, or the stealth button, whatever you want to call it, and it’s one of the most ingenious features of this device. It has two functions: to lock the touchscreen so you can use the device without worrying about accidentally changing the settings, and to turn off the display so you can vape in stealth mode.

To lock the touchscreen, simply hold down the lock button for one second, until a small lock icon shows up on the display. You can now tap or slide your finger on the touchscreen and it won’t register your inputs. The firing bar will remain active. This is useful for those who want to use the G-Priv with the display on, without having to worry about accidentally changing the wattage or the temperature settings. After all, what good is a big, bright display, if you can’t look at it when you want to.

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To turn off the display, simply click the lock button shortly. Again, the firing bar will remain active, so you can vape the mod in stealth mode, and not worry about accidentally changing the settings via the touchscreen. This option also has the advantage of saving battery life.

Whichever option you opt for, using the lock button is extremely important when using the SMOK G-Priv 220W. The touchscreen is a very cool, impressive-looking feature, but if you forget to lock it or turn it off, you will inevitably be frustrated with it. Because of how responsive it is, you will unknowingly change the wattage or temperature setting, and that can actually be dangerous. I was lucky, as when I first forgot to lock the screen, I unwittingly dialed down the power output from 60W to 1W. But what if I had cranked it up to 220W? You want to be inhaling vapor, not flames, and there’s also the issue of stressing the batteries unnecessarily. So please, be careful to ALWAYS lock or turn off the display when vaping.

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Touchscreen and Menu

The main draw of the SMOK G-Priv 220W is definitely its 2.4″ touchscreen. If you’re expecting the resolution and color saturation of flagship smartphones like the iPhone & or Samsung Galaxy S7, you’re going to be disappointed, but otherwise, the touchscreen of the G-Priv is a pleasant surprise. It is fairly large and bright enough to see even in direct sunlight, although I would have liked to see a brightness adjustment option, which was actually available on pretty much every other SMOK advanced mod I’ve tried so far. But the thing that I find most impressive about it is how responsive it is to both taps and swipes. The protective glass feels solid, and the Chinese company claims it has been tested by dropping 64g steel balls on it 10,000 times. I can report that after about three weeks, it doesn’t have so much a small scratch on it. It may not be Gorilla Glass, but it’s no joke either.

In terms of available options, the menu of the G-Priv is very similar to other SMOK mods, but because of the touchscreen, the layout and navigation are completely different. The home page is very well thought out, with the current wattage/temperature taking up the center of the display. This large, circular indicator also acts as a puff timer. In the top right corner we have two battery indicators – one for each individual battery – while on the left side we have a digital clock. In the lower part of the display we have a puff counter, and three real-time indicators for: amperage, voltage and atomizer resistance.

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To go into the actual menu of the G-Priv, you have to tap the small “back” arrow located on the left side of the display, right under the digital clock. Here, you can select from four sub-menus: VW Mode, TC Mode, Max Puff and Settings. In wattage mode, you can select a vaping effect – which are basically preheat options – from the usual Min., Soft, Normal, Hard and Max., adjust the wattage via either a virtual slider, or two ‘-‘ and ‘+’ buttons. There’s also an “Activate” button, for switching from TC mode.

In temperature control mode, you can select the coil material from Nickel, Titanium and Stainless, via a drop-down menu, adjust the preheat wattage, adjust the TCR for whatever coil material you are using, adjust the initial resistance of the atomizer, and activate temperature control when you’re in wattage mode.

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In Max Puff, you can set a maximum number of daily puffs – once you reach it, the device won’t fire anymore – or reset the puff counter. In the Settings sub-menu, you can set the screen timeout, set the time and date, and reset the SMOK G-Priv to factory settings. This section also displays the UUID, and the firmware version.

The menu is very easy to navigate, but you’ll probably only go into it when switching from one vaping mode to another. To make adjustments to the current wattage or temperature, all you need to do is tap on either side of the wattage/temp indicator on the home screen, and two arrows will pop up on the screen. Press the left one to turn down your wattage/temperature, and the right one to crank it up. Just make sure to lock the touchscreen when you’re done.

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I had no trouble using the touchscreen menu, in fact, it was a breath of fresh air, but there are a few things that could use some improvements. For starters, the drop-down menus for coil material and preheat selection are too small. I have small fingers so I wasn’t too bothered about it, but someone with bigger hands will definitely struggle to input these options, and sadly, there’s no other way to do it than trying to tap on the tiny options.

Then there’s the scrolling speed in wattage mode. Up to 100W, you can adjust the wattage in 0.1W increments at a decent speed, but from 100W to 220W, you can only do it in 1W increments, and keeping the right-arrow pressed makes the counter simply jump from 100W to 220W in like two seconds or so. It’s way too fast, so to set a certain wattage within this range, you have to slowly tap the arrow, to make sure you don’t jump too much. It’s not a huge deal, but I hope SMOK addresses this issue in a future firmware update.

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Battery Life and Performance

I don’t like to make battery life estimations on variable wattage/temp. control devices, especially ones with removable batteries. There are just too many variables to consider, so making even a slightly accurate prediction is virtually impossible. But I did want to touch down on this topic because of the touchscreen. Keeping the touchscreen active while vaping definitely takes a toll on battery life, when compared to vaping in stealth mode. There’s not a huge difference, but it’s noticeable – in my test, I got about an hour less vaping time when keeping the touchscreen on. Of course, I couldn’t replicate my exact vaping habit on two separate occasions, so I can’t say for sure that the reduced battery life was due solely to the touchscreen being on for longer, but it definitely contributed.

As for the actual performance of the SMOK G-Priv 220W, I can honestly say that this is one of the best SMOK mods I have ever used. I’m going to start with the thing that surprised me the most, the complete lack of delay when pressing the firing bar. The Chinese company has taken a lot of flack for the firing delay on some of its previous mods, like the SMOK X Cube 2, and the X Cube Mini, but it’s come a long way since then. The Alien 220W mod, my favorite device right now, was also incredibly responsive, but the G-Priv is even better in this regard. Just press the firing bar and you can instantly hear the juice sizzling.

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I haven’t been using the G-Priv in temperature control all that much, but I did test it with a dual stainless steel build (Ω0.25), and it handled it perfectly. I never had it jump out of temp control, like the SMOK R-Steam, for example, and it seemed to temp-protect very accurately. With dome devices I sometimes feel that they temp-protect too soon, resulting in a weak, overly cool vape, but I didn’t have such problems with the G-Priv. As I said, I didn’t use the temp-control feature too much,.

In wattage mode, the device performed perfectly. As I mentioned, the firing bar was very responsive, and I’ve had no misfires in the three weeks of constant use.

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Conclusion

The SMOK G-Priv is a cool-looking touchscreen device, so if you want something to show off to your friends, it’s a very good option. But there’s honestly more to it than that. It’s a very solid mod that actually performs flawlessly. There’s no firing delay whatsoever, the temperature control feature does a very good job of preventing cotton burning, and the high-power output allows you to use the fanciest coil builds. There are some small details SMOK could have handled better, like the feel of the firing bar and the wattage scrolling speed, but nothing major. Overall, I thing the G-Priv is one of the best high-power mods available on the market today. I love it!

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SMOK TFV8 Cloud Beast Review

Last year, when I reviewed the SMOK TFV4, I remember referring to it as a beast of a tank, but now, after trying out the new TFV8 Cloud Beast, the old version seems pretty tame. Featuring by far the largest coil heads I have ever seen, a huge chimney and 6ml e-juice capcity, the TFV8 is designed to create monster clouds of vapor, but you’re going to need a heck of a lot of power to get the best vaping experience out of it. So before you even think about getting one, or even reading this review, make sure you have a mod with a power output of at least 100 watts.

The TFV8 Cloud Beast comes in the usual SMOK black cardboard box, but this time, instead of the usual white and grey paper sleeve, the Chinese company went for a volcano background, which they also mention in the metaphoric description of the new tank: “The ancient volcano, Mount Vesuvius, is a cloud beast entrenched into the earth. Although calm, the 2,000 foot diameter crater fills with steam; a formidable, gasping lion. Once awakened, she erupts lava into an ominous sky, and the earth trembles with her great power. Now, SMOK brings you this magnificent power, completely changing your vaping experience. The TFV8, is the ultimate sub-ohm atomizer.” 

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Inside the box, we have the Cloud Beast sitting in a foam holder, and underneath that are two massive coil heads, a spare glass tube, a bag of organic cotton, an Allen key, spare O-rings and gaskets, a couple of vape bands and a small instructional leaflet. It’s about as meaty as a sub-ohm tank kit can get, so in that regard, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth.

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In terms of size and appearance, the SMOK TFV8 is not all that different from the TFV4. They share the same general design, they are just as long, and have the same diameter (24.5mm), at least at the base, because the glass portion of the Cloud Beast opens into 25.5mm to accommodate a maximum of 6ml of e-liquid. Also, the refilling system is the same on both tanks, with SMOK’s patented swivel top-cap that can be pushed to the side to reveal a silicone gasket with a large fill port.

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However, on closer inspection, you can tell that SMOK decided to change quite a few things on the new TFV8. First of all, they’ve done away with the top airflow on the drip tip, which I’m sure most vapers will be happy to hear, as it wasn’t really wasn’t the most beloved feature of the TFV4. Instead, they went with a large diameter chuff-style wide boar drip tip made of delrin. It’s not really my favorite type of drip tip, but I will admit that it was probably the best choice for such a powerful tank. But if you can’t stand it, you can use a standard 510 tip thanks to the included delrin adapter.

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The bottom airflow control system has also been modified. The four cyclops air slots of the TFV4 have now been reduced to two massive holes that can be opened and closed freely by rotating a metallic ring. Despite the reduction in the number of air slots, their size makes the TFV8 even airier than SMOK’s former flagship tank.

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As I mentioned in the beginning of this review, the stainless steel chimney of the TFV8 is much larger than that of the TFV4, allowing a massive volume of vapor to smoothly make its way to your mouth. The coil heads are also very different than the older generation. First of all, they are simply enormous. When SMOK released the TFV4, its coils were bigger than everything I’d ever seen, but compared to those of the Cloud Beast they now look tiny. The octuple coil-head is particularly impressive, both in size  – when installed it lowers the juice capacity to 5.5ml – and architecture, but the quadruple coil head and the RBA are no joke either.

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Finally, the TFV8 comes with bright orange o-rings that make the tank stand out more, and the connector pin protrudes much more than it did on the TFV4, so the chances of getting a short circuit  warning because of the threading touching the battery connection are virtually non-existent.

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Overall, the build quality of the new SMOK TFV8 Cloud Beast tank is impeccable. The hinged top cap now locks firmly in place, unlike that of the TFV4, the bottom airflow ring is not loose at all, but turns smoothly when you apply a bit of pressure to it, and the machining is excellent. Everything is smoothed out, there are no scratches on it whatsoever, and it comes squeaky clean. I couldn’t find a smudge of machine oil on either of the two samples that I received for this review, so after a quick rinse they were ready for use.

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TFV8-refilling

The SMOK TFV8 currently has three types of coil heads available, plus an 18mm RBA. The tank comes pre-installed with a 1.5Ω quadruple coil head, and the kit also contains the massive 1.5Ω octuple coil head and the RBA which comes with two pre-installed large-diameter fused Clapton coils. The 0.2Ω sextuple coil head can be purchased separately from the SMOK website. All these different options should keep you busy for a while, but knowing SMOK, we’ll probably have around 15 different coil heads and RBAs to choose from in just a few months. When it comes to diversity, no other company even comes close to SMOK, but don’t take my word for it, just check out their site and see all the different variants of mods, tanks and coil options for yourself.

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Performance-wise, the TFV8 is definitely worthy of its “Cloud Beast” name. I can’t begin to describe how much vapor this thing can produce under the right circumstances. I say that because anything under 90W just isn’t enough to unleash the beast in the Cloud Beast. You might get a decent mouthful of cool vapor at around 70W, but you’re going to need a lot more than that to bring out the best of its massive coil heads.

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For example, on the quadruple coil, it says it can be used in the 50W-180W range, but performs best between 90W – 150W. I tried vaping with it at 50W and barely got a whiff of vapor out of it. It starts to pick up at around 80W, but my sweet spot was 100W. I tried to go higher, but after 120W, the vapor became a bit too hot for my taste, and the flavor of the juice was considerably muted. Plus, I didn’t notice a big difference in vapor production from 100W to 150W and the trade-off in flavor was just not worth it for me.

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The wattage range for the octuple coil head is 50W – 260W, but SMOK recommends using it at 120W – 180W. Yes, you read that correctly, this thing can be used at a whopping 260W, which I think is insane. Strangely enough, even at 120W, this thing feels under-powered. The vapor is dense but unusually cool for such high wattage. It starts to get warmer at around 150W, which is as high as I was willing to go, but I could tell it needed a bit more power. I usually vape in the 60W – 80W so I was already way over my limits.

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I have yet to use the RBA, but the experience you get with it depends on the build you’re using. I can say that it looks easy to work with thanks to its massive size, Velocity-style posts and intuitive design. I’m definitely going to give it a try with the stock coils, but the two coil heads have been keeping me busy so far. I’ve been using the the quad coil head for about a week and a half now and I’m still not getting any weird taste from it. I’m vaping a sweet full VG tobacco, so I’m actually pleasantly surprised by how well the coil is holding out.

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Another thing that left me impressed after a week and a half of constant use was the fact that I did not experience any leaking problems at all. Apart from small droplets of condensation visible through the airflow slots, the TFV8 is completely dry. Juice leakage is the most annoying vaping issue for me, so this is a big plus.

TFV8-TFV4-coil-comparison

As you can imagine, juice consumption is going to be an issue with this powerful a tank. Just like with the TFV4, you can see the level of juice dropping in the tank after just 4 or 5 serious hits. There’s a reason the TFV8 has a juice capacity of 6ml, any less and you’d have to refill it every 15 minutes. But what do you expect from a tank designed with cloud chasing in mind? Those big, thick clouds don’t form out of thin air, you know. They need juice, lots of juice. If you’re used to vaping expensive, gourmet e-liquid, the TFV8 will probably burn a big hole in your wallet, but if you blend your own, you should be alright.

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The TFV8 is a cloud chaser’s dream come true, but as far as flavor goes, it’s not the best tank I’ve ever used. The Joyetech Cubis is much better in this department, as is the Eleaf Melo 3 Mini, but they dont even come close to the Cloud Beast in terms of vapor production. As the nickname suggests, the TFV8  is all about huge clouds, and while the flavor intensity of the juice was not completely neglected, it definitely wasn’t the designers’ main concern.

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So is the SMOK TFV8 worth your money? If you’re into high-wattage vaping and cloud chasing, it is probably the best tank you can buy. But while I can respect and appreciate its power and vapor production capabilities, I also find it overwhelming. As I mentioned before, I usually vape in the 60W – 80W range, so having to go over 100W just to get a satisfying experience takes me out of my comfort zone. Also, its large size makes it harder to carry around, and the high vapor consumption makes using it pretty expensive for me, because I don’t mix my own juice. I had fun using it, and will probably take it out every once in a while just to impress my friends, but it’s just not something I would use on a daily basis.

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But that’s just me! I’m sure the TFV8 will make a lot of vapers very happy, and if you’re into cloud chasing, you’ll probably love it.

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