Kanger K-Pin Electronic Cigarette Review

Introduction

Kanger Company does not neglect the market for devices for beginners. Their new creation, K-PIN, is intended for beginners as well as for “mods” – the set looks quite stylish.

The K-PIN Kit consists of a 2000 mAh battery pack and a 2 or 4 ml clearomizer for choice – the first one is intended for Europe due to existing legal restrictions.

Because of the focus on newcomers, experienced K-PIN vapers are unlikely to be interesting. But beginners will find in it simplicity and reliability, as in iJust S , Unimax 25 and other similar sets.

Appearance

One of the great strengths of a K-PIN is its appearance. The device looks like a standard “pipe-house”, in which the battery pack and clearomizer are made in the same style. The K-PIN draws attention because of the colors – there are black, red, yellow, white and blue options to choose from. The body is made of zinc alloy, but because of the glossy paint it may seem that it is made of plastic. Fortunately, it is not.

The diameter of the K-PIN is 24 mm and its height is 134.5 mm as an assembly. The device weighs 132 g. This makes it compact and convenient to use – the set goes very well in your hand. For inconspicuous use of K-PIN is suitable only with some reservations (the length is too big).

Build a good fashion – nothing rattles and does not hang out.

Functionality

There is no adjustable frequency and any settings in the K-PIN. This is a simple mod for beginners, so it works on the “click and bet” principle. The soaring power is calculated from the battery charge indicator and the resistance of the installed evaporator. The more charge and less resistance – the higher the power. A full K-PIN with a standard 0.2-ohm evaporator produces approximately 60 watts.

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K-PIN supports evaporator resistance from 0.15 ohms. A diameter of 24 mm allows you to install another dripku or clearomizer on the battery pack, including modern wide ones, but they will not look so fashionable on the fashion as “native”.

Battery

The K-PIN has a built-in battery with a capacity of 2000 mAh. This is a good value for a device of this class, and the battery can last for a whole day of soaring. It is charged using a USB cable on a standard current of 1 A. For a full charge, it will take about 2 to 4 hours.

The minimum battery voltage is 3.2 V. The K-PIN charge level is indicated by five LEDs that are located on the “body” of the device. If all of them are burning – the battery is 100% full, if one – then the mod is about to discharge.

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Connector

Standard 510 connector with brass spring-loaded pin.

Protection

K-PIN has such a set of protections:

  • from short circuit;
  • overcharge / overdischarge;
  • low / high resistance;
  • from evaporator overheating (cutoff at 10th second);
  • air vents for removal of gases from the battery.

Clearomizer

In the K-PIN set, there is a clearomizer of the same name, created specifically for this kit. It is made of stainless steel and Pyrex glass. The case has a small “window” in which you can observe the level of the liquid. For the rest, the clearomizer has a closed metal case, which is also friendly for beginners – it will be difficult to damage it.

The highlight of the clear is a unique delrin-type drip-type, which extends from the top cover when it is rotated. The manufacturer positions it as a simplification of carrying, as well as a contribution to hygiene – indeed, the “cleaned” mouthpiece will not be in contact with dirt and crumbs in your pocket. However, such a complex design virtually eliminates the possibility of replacement. Therefore, the advantage is controversial. The top cover is collapsible, so you can get the drip-type and rinse. It is also theoretically possible to “pinch” a suitable mouthpiece from another manufacturer, but you will have to make stops and get rid of the connector part so that the extension mechanism can work.

The rest of the K-PIN clearomizer does not stand out among competitors. Its capacity is 4 ml (or 2 ml for Europe), refueling occurs when the top cover is unscrewed. Clear partially collapsible, it can not replace the glass. It is also impossible to change the mouthpiece (regular method).

Clear works on the already-classic Kanger evaporators – SSOCC series. The choice of the bather will be large enough: 0.5, 1.2, 1.5 Ohm nichrome, Clapton Coil 0.5 Ohm cantal, and 0.5 and 0.2 Ohm stainless steel spiral. All of these vaporizers expose well and can produce a lot of steam.

There is no adjustable blow in K-PIN. There are air intakes on the two sides of the clearomizer, but the degree of their opening cannot be changed. As an option – hold your finger.

Control

K-PIN is very easy to manage. To turn the device on and off, press the Fire button five times.

Options

  • Fashion dimensions: 134.5 x 24 mm
  • Weight: 132 g
  • Clearomizer capacity: 4 ml / 2 ml

Specifications

  • Connector: 510 connector (spring-loaded brass pin)
  • Battery Capacity: 2000 mAh
  • Supported resistance: from 0.15 ohm
  • Working power: up to 80 W
  • Output voltage: 3.2 – 4.2 V
  • The minimum battery voltage: 3.2 V
  • Maximum charging current: 1 A
  • Charging time: 2 – 4 hours

Equipment

The mod comes in this set:

  • the K-PIN assembly itself;
  • 0.2 ohm SSOCC evaporator with stainless steel coil – 2 pcs;
  • USB cable;
  • instruction;
  • branded packaging.

Feedback and experience of use

The K-PIN set received controversial ratings. Of course, the bathers first of all paid attention to the clearomizer with the “telescopic” retractable mouthpiece. From experienced vapers there were jokes like “Ideal – vape with spinner two in one”. Their sarcasm can be understood, since the practical use of such a decision is minimal, but it imposes much more restrictions. Also, the professionals did not like the lack of tightening adjustment.

Newbies accepted K-PIN more favorably. A nice design, a convenient format for using “tucked and betting”, a good build quality have played their part. The mod works on common SSOCC evaporators, which can be bought in any city in all their diversity. With them, the set can “pile” and well reveal the taste.

It is worth mentioning why there are so many discussions around K-PIN. The manufacturer has positioned the device as its “return to the leaders.” The kit should have been a reminder of the strengths of SubTank and show that Kanger can still make fashion. Did it work out for them? It’s hard to say yet, but the first results are disappointing – the public appreciated the efforts, but the retractable mouthpiece laughed at, turning any potential discussion of K-PIN into a competition for jokes about spinners and lipstick. Nevertheless, a decent set, and for a beginner would be quite a good decision.

Supports the concept of “for beginners” and pricing. You can buy the whole set for only 1400 – 2000 rubles. For this price, a set of mod, clearomizer and two evaporators is almost for nothing. In the K-PIN price category, it was possible to reach iJust S, the recognized leader in the “cheap device for beginners” nomination. With all the other advantages, K-PIN is a good claim for success.

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JOYETECH BATPACK KIT REVIEW – DOUBLE A

AA batteries are very popular as they have long been accepted a safe power source and it is not very surprising that mods that utilize AA batteries start emerging again. Joyetech is the first to bring back this type device with their new Batpack mod and this is the first time that a mod that uses AA batteries are mass produced by a big company.

Product Pros

  • Compact and ergonomic
  • Uses dual AA batteries either regular or NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • Low power output which extends battery life

Product Cons

  • No micro USB port for charging
  • Power is not adjustable

 

 

Joyetech Batpack Review: Breakdown

Joyetech Batpack flat display

Build Quality

There’s nothing too special about the design of the Batpack mod as it is made to be a very simple vaporizer which caters to the new vapers or some advanced vapers that are looking for a very discreet mod. It is super compact and even smaller than some pod-style vaporizers on the market.

It has a very simple design that some might even mistake it for a credit card holder or case. It has no LED screen display or adjustment buttons. It only has a fire button on the side and an LED indicator on the top of the mod. On the back is a magnetic door that holds two AA batteries.

The kit actually includes two NiMH rechargeable batteries that have a capacity of 2100 mah and running at 1.2 volts each. Even though it comes with rechargeable AA batteries, you can also use normal AA batteries to power it and this is where the convenience part comes as you can buy AA batteries everywhere.

I know some vapers will still become skeptical about this type of device since most of us own 18650 batteries and some bigger 20700 and 21700 batteries but just the thought of having your TV remote batteries being used to power the Batpack in times of need or desperation makes me smile.

The Batpack has a maximum output of 1.85 volts it is equipped with the ECO technology which enables it to deliver a constant 1.85 volts all throughout until the battery dies. This technology is very efficient at making your battery last longer.

Joyetech even claims that if you use the included NiMH batteries, you can get up to 800 puffs from a full charge but of course, this is just a number and it always depends on your vaping habit. The atomizer included in the kit is the ECO D16 atomizer.

It is a very simple tank that uses a cartomizer style coil head called the BFHN. It has two small air holes on the top which makes this a mouth to lung device.

The Joyetech Batpack kit is available in 6 different color options. You can get it in green, gold, red/gold, black/blue, dark blue/pink and rainbow.

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Vapor Quality

The ECO D16 tank atomizer comes with 2 BFHN coil heads that have a resistance of 0.5 ohm. The Batpack only has a low maximum constant output of 1.85 volts and in a regular wattage device, if you calculate it with the BFHN coil head’s resistance of 0.5, you will only get around 6.8 watts of power.

Because of the low output, it is not very surprising that the BFHN coil head is optimized for nicotine salt based e liquids or some high nicotine e liquids. You can still use regular low nicotine e liquids but you will only get the best vaping experience if you use the nicotine salt based e liquids due to the low power output.

Even though this device is not a cloud chucker, the flavor you will get on this device is outstanding. The Batpack is made to be a mouth to lung device which is perfect if you want that cigarette kind of drag.

Joyetech Batpack mouth piece detached

Versatility

One good aspect of the Joyetech Batpack is you can use any AA batteries to power it and the cool thing about Joyetech is that they even included two NiMH rechargeable batteries in the kit but you still need to have a good battery charger for it since the Batpack doesn’t have a micro USB port for charging.

I think they purposely did this to avoid the mistake of charging regular AA batteries in the mod which will result in a very bad thing.

Portability

The Joyetech Batpack is one of the most portable and compact devices on the market. With the DCO D16 tank atomizer installed, it is only 112.5 mm in height, 37 mm in width and 18 mm in thickness.

This is a perfect little vaping device to bring to work, parties and even traveling. You don’t even need to bring a battery charger since you can buy AA batteries anywhere you go.

Joyetech Batpack tank

Conclusion

The Joyetech Batpack is just like any other mouth to lung device but uses a different type of replaceable batteries. It might not for everyone since we are not used to using AA batteries for our vape mods but if you are a fan of tight and restrictive lung hits, you will be amazed by how it performs and it is a perfect device for those who are looking for a discreet vaporizer that they can bring anywhere.

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Eleaf Lexicon Kit | Review

Eleaf Lexicon Kit Review

Eleaf Lexicon Kit

Eleaf has been a little more adventurous with their designs recently. We’ve already seen the Tessera and iStick Pico S go down a different path. Now we have a full-on LED light show with the Lexicon kit.

The Lexicon has been designed with futuristic elements in mind and is decorated with intersecting lights. It’s powered by dual 18650 batteries and can fire up to 235 watts.

It comes paired with the ELLO Duro subtank which utilizes the HW-N (Net) and HW-M (Multihole) coils.

The Good

Excellent build quality, configurable LEDs, good wattage performance, good subtank & decent mesh coils.

The Bad

Small screen, lacking power curves and not the greatest at TC.

The Bottom Line

The Lexicon Kit is a solid choice if you like LED lights on your mods. It has excellent build quality, decent power performance and uses the impressive ELLO coils. However, there are still better dual 18650 kits on the market.

Specs

  • Size: 45 x 31 x 132.5mm (6.5ml version)
  • Liquid Capacity: 6.5ml (or 2ml TPD)
  • Battery Type: Dual 18650s
  • Output Wattage: 235W max
  • Output Voltage: 0.5V-8V
  • Resistance Range: 0.05 -3.0 Ohms (VW mode)
  • 0.05 -1.5 Ohm (TC-Ni/Ti/SS/M1/M2/M3 mode)
  • Colors: Red, Black, Silver, Dazzling, Blue, Purple

In the Box

  • 1 x Lexicon (without cell)
  • 1 x ELLO Duro Atomizer (6.5ml or 2ml)
  • 1 x HW-N 0.2ohm Head
  • 1 x HW-M 0.15ohm Head
  • 1 x QC USB Cable
  • 2 x User Manuals
  • 1 x Set of Spare Parts
Design7.5
Eleaf Lexicon Kit Review

There’s no getting away from manufactures pushing different types of LED configurations on mods at present.

Thankfully Eleaf has managed to keep the Lexicon looking remarkably simple and sleek; the LEDs are well implemented and actually suit the style of the device, giving it a sort of futuristic Tron-esque look.

The rather small screen is located in a slightly unorthodox place at the top right-hand side of the mod to allow space for the ‘flux capacitor’ style front facing lights. The +/- adjustment buttons are triangular slithers that sit nicely beneath those lights, accompanied by the micro USB port.

The fire button also features some lights of its own, with two of the same flux capacitor style shapes glowing in the center of a large diamond shaped plastic button.

LEDs and lights aside, the Lexicon is a dual 18650 device capable of outputting 235W and features a centered 510 connection. It can only house 26mm atomizers with no overhang, due to the top face of the mod being considerably narrower than the device itself.

Although it is quite a bulky box mod, the rounded edges and cut-off corners do soften the look and make it more comfortable in the hand. The chassis of the Lexicon is made from zinc alloy; it has a really nice brushed metal look took it. It also has a coating which feels like some kind of lacquer, that should help protect from knocks and scratches.

However, the finish on the silver version we have is a bit of a fingerprint magnet. I’m not sure if this will be the case with all the other colors.

The Lexicon is available in Silver, Blue, Red, Black Dazzling, and Purple.

Eleaf Lexicon Kit

Style

When I first laid eyes on the Lexicon, it was hard to look past the overabundant LED strips.

It was evident that the only real selling point of this device over other Eleaf mods was going to be the lights. However, after a few days of using the Lexicon, I began to appreciate its form and finish. It is a very sturdy and comfortable mod to use, even if it is a bit on the bulky side.

I still wouldn’t go out of my way to seek this mod out over dual 18650 devices based on style, but I can certainly appreciate that Eleaf has done a very good job at making it look unique and futuristic.

I’m sure plenty of vapers are going to love its appearance.

Eleaf Lexicon Kit

Build Quality

The build quality of the Eleaf Lexicon is very impressive.

The battery door is the typical push out and slide doors, that we see on lots of dual battery mods. It feels really solid once batteries are installed, and there are absolutely no rattles. There are battery orientation markings inside the door.

It fire button doesn’t have any rattle either, and although it is made from plastic, it actually feels quite solid and is very clicky. The same can be said of the +/- adjustment buttons.

The quality of the display is fine, and it get’s bright enough. But I would’ve like to have seen Eleaf step it up a notch or two with the screen size, as it’s just far too small.

The 510 pin is gold-plated and spring-loaded, with a decent amount of travel so that most atomizers will sit perfectly flush with the device.

As I mentioned above the finish of the Lexicon is incredibly smooth to touch, and it’s coated paintwork will certainly hold up well against the knocks and scratches.

Eleaf Lexicon Kit

Portability

The Lexicon measures in at 81mm x 31mm x 45 mm, which puts it in the mid to upper size category of dual-battery mods.

The robust zinc alloy frame also gives it a little weight, as it comes in at around 228grams.

So one the whole it’s not the smallest or lightest dual 18650 mod, but it’s certainly not too big or uncomfortable to carry around.

Eleaf Lexicon Kit

Innovation

Unfortunately, there’s not much innovation with the Lexicon by Eleaf. They are just simply following other manufacturers with the LED craze.

However, they have managed to create a somewhat novel way of using those LEDs and a unique looking device to go with it.

Features7.5
Eleaf Lexicon Kit

The Lexicon comes with all of the typical Eleaf features.

There’s temp control for SS, Ni, Ti, and three TCR memory modes in addition to a bypass mode.

There’s also preheat options, allowing you to enter the power and duration of the preheat in wattage mode.

The screen displays all of the critical information like current wattage, coil resistance, voltage and amps when firing, along with an indicator for each battery.

Eleaf Lexicon Kit

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Operating

I’m not the biggest fan of Eleaf’s new icons and menu system for their simple screen devices, but they are relatively intuitive to use.

Navigation:

  • 5 clicks of the fire button for on or off
  • 3 clicks of the fire button to access the modes (Variable Wattage, Bypass & Temp Control
  • options: Ni, SS,TI,M1,M2,M3)
  • Hold fire button and + for the Menu Options
  • Hold + & – buttons to lock/unlock (does not lock fire button)
  • While in TC mode click fire button 4 times to adjust wattage

Menu Options & Icons:

  • The resistance icon – (only visible when in TC mode) lock or unlock resistance.
  • The squares & diamond icon – choose display info; Puff Count, Vape Time or Amps
  • The man icon – stealth on or off
  • The 3 wavy lines icon – (only visible in wattage mode) preheat settings for wattage mode.
  • Lightbulb icon – choose LED colors or disable
  • The V icon – hardware and firmware version
  • The battery icon – current voltage in the battery
Eleaf Lexicon Kit

LED LIghts

The LEDs can be configured via the settings menu.

You have the ability to set the color, and length of time that the lights display. The colors available are Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Green, Cyan, and Purple.

There are also three different modes that you can set for the pattern of the lights, with different pulses or signals.

Alternatively, If you don’t like LEDs then you can switch them off, but then I’m not why you’d choose to buy this device and not use the LEDs.

The Tank7.5
Eleaf Lexicon Kit

We’ve seen and reviewed the Ello Dura tank before on the Eleaf iJust 3 Kit.

It comes in two variants with a 6.5ml capacity bubble glass or a TPD/EU version with only a 2ml capacity.

There are 3 large airflow holes on the base which are adjusted with the very knurly AFC ring.

The Dura features a slide to fill port and comes with two mesh coils at 0.15 and 0.2 ohms.

However, Eleaf seems to have taken a step backward with the quality of the Dura tank. We had no issue with the one on that came with the iJust 3, but this one seems to have quite a loose top fill.

Eleaf has also decided to include some strange white swirly markings not only on the 810 drip tip, but also along the glass tank itself. It just kills the look of the tank for me and doesn’t really match the Lexicon mod.

Eleaf Lexicon Kit

Refilling

One thing we don’t have on this version of the Dura tank is the slightly annoying membrane in the fill port that we’d seen on previous variants. So that’s a good thing.

However, as mentioned above the slide to fill mechanism, feels a lot looser on this version of the tank. Now that could just be a quality control thing with our tank, which may even be a pre-release kit.

I’m sure, knowing Eleaf that won’t be the case with all kits, but we have to review what we have in front of us.

Eleaf Lexicon Kit

Coils

The Ello Duro has 2 different mesh coils available.

However, Eleaf refers to them as either a net coil (HW-N) or multihole coil (HW-M).

The HW-N (net coil) is 0.2-ohm, and the HW-M (multihole coil) is 0.15-ohm in resistance. Both are made from Kanthal although disappointingly there’s no indication of this either on the coil itself or in any of the packaging.

The HW-N has the finer course mesh amongst the two and does heat a little faster than the HW-M.

The Ello Dura is also compatible with any of Eleaf’s Ello coil range along with being compatible with Smok’s baby beast coils.

Performance8.0
Eleaf Lexicon Kit

The performance of the Lexicon did surprise me a little.

There’s the usual reliable wattage experience you’d expect from an Eleaf device.

However, it was with temp control that I had a far greater experience than expected based on my previous failings with TC on Eleaf devices.

Eleaf Lexicon Kit

Wattage Mode

The Lexicon isn’t the fastest at firing, but it’s no slouch and fires fast enough in wattage mode. It also seems very accurate on the power.

I didn’t venture up into the +200W ranges, but I’m sure with a low ohm coil it would manage it just fine.

I tested all of the pre-heat settings, and they do seem to make a noticeable difference. However, I still would like to see Eleaf implement full power curve adjustments in their firmware.

Eleaf Lexicon Kit

Temperature Control Mode

My usual experience with TC on an Eleaf device is one of frustration, as it tends to jump out of TC when using exotic coils.

I’m not sure if I was just luck or whether Eleaf has addressed some issues here, but the Lexicon stayed in TC mode all the time while I was testing.

It also seemed a far smoother experience than I remember from other recent Eleaf devices, but that could just be my mind playing tricks on me.

Don’t get me wrong it still isn’t the greatest when it comes to TC, and if you only vape that way, there are far better chipsets available.

But it does seem like a step in the right direction from Eleaf in my testing.

Eleaf Lexicon Kit

Battery Life

As a dual 18650 device, you’d expect the battery life to be good, and it is. I’d say it’s comparable to other dual 18650 mods.

However, the LED strips do affect battery life. If you leave the LEDs always on, the batteries do drain faster. It’s not vast amounts but its definitely noticeable compared to if you have the lights off altogether.

There’s also 2-amp charging if you need a quick top-up, although as always we recommend charging batteries out of the device.

Likes

  • Excellent build quality
  • Large fire button
  • Good power performance
  • Centered 510
  • Good performance from tank
  • Solid battery door
  • Lots of available colors
  • Excellent range of coils

Dislikes

  • Small screen
  • ‘Always on’ LEDs can drain battery
  • Not the greatest TC performance

Verdict

I don’t really get this craze of plastering mods with LED lights, but I will say the Lexicon is probably the classiest looking device yet that features a light show.

The build quality of the device is excellent, and the Ello Dura tank is an above average sub tank that uses very impressive coils.

However, there are some things I’d love to see changed on the Lexicon like a larger screen, and Eleaf is still lacking when it comes to power curve features and TC performance.

That being said, if you like the flashing devices and primarily stick to wattage mode, then I think you’ll enjoy using the Lexicon kit by Eleaf.

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COILART MAGE V2 RTA REVIEW

FIRST IMPRESSION OUT OF THE BOX

DeucesJack: What’s up, everyone? DeucesJack at vapinginsider.com. Today, I got the Coilart Mage V2 RTA for you. 24mm in diameter, dual coil, postless deck, 810 drip tip compatible, has two capacities, 3.5 ml or 5.5 ml with the bubble glass.

Let’s go down low. Let’s check it out. I’m going to drop a build in it. I’m going to wick it for you. We’re going to juice it up. We’ll come back on top. We’re going to talk about it, vape on it, cons, pros and we’re out of here as usual. See you down low.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX

  • One Coil Art Mage V2 RTA
  • One 3.5ml Glass Tank Section (Pre-Installed)
  • One 5.5ml PCTG Bubble Tube
  • One 6mm Bore 810 Delrin Drip Tip
  • One 510 Drip Tip Adapter
  • Spare O-Ring and Screw Pack
  • One Hex Key

Coilart Mage V2 RTA Review

Alright, everyone! Welcome to the down low portion of this video. Today, we’re going to be going over the Coilart Mage RTA, version 2. There’s some social media branding on one side of the box, some Mage branding on the other. All the colors it’s available in. I have the gunmetal version and some specs. they’re 24 mm in diameter, 3.5 mls in capacity. On the back of the box, it’s going to show you- you get one Mage RTA, a bubble glass and an accessory bag. Here is your authenticity check, right here.

Coilart Mage V2 RTA Review

Let’s open this up and see what we got here. Here is your Coilart manual. Here is your QC certificate, spare parts bag with a spare 810 drip tip and some o-rings with some deck screws. Here is your bubble glass section. I like that it’s not glass and made out of plastic. Not that easy to break. I like that. You also get a hex key.

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM

And here is the RTA. I really gotta say, I’m diggin the looks of this thing. Liking that gunmetal with that knurling over here. I really like that 810 drip tip. Nice and big. Definitely keep the heat at bay. I like that gold ring around the base beautiful job on that. As you can see, no o-ring on there, the o-rings on the interior so all your other goon style drip tips will fit. Nice flat top cap.

Coilart Mage V2 RTA Review

In order to fill this, unscrew the top cap. It’s got some nice knurling on the edges and there are your big fill ports. Sorry for the juice and the condensation. They only sent me one so I had to clean this one up before I did this video. You can hear the threading real nice and smooth.

Coilart Mage V2 RTA Review

On the bottom side of the atomizer, we have some Mage branding, gold-plated 510 connection with an insulator ring around it. Stainless steel threading, very smooth and Designed by Coilart. On the base is where your air flow control is. This is a bottom airflow tank. You can see, stoppers on both ends. Weird kind of shape there, almost looks like a dog bone. Kind of weird or like a barbell. Whatever you do on one side happens on the other side.

Coilart Mage V2 RTA Review

In order to get to your deck, you give the base a twist and there is your deck. Let’s go over the inside of the barrel a little bit, though. You can see we do have a conical design in here. Threading here is very smooth. They did a nice job on this. I really do like this barrel section because it does produce really nice flavor. Let’s get rid of this straight glass and go with the bigger capacity bubble glass. You just pop it on like that to install. Problem is though, the o-ring isn’t that tight so if you do have to get to your deck and mess with your coil, just be very careful if you have juice in here, that you put it down carefully and you don’t hit it because it can come off and you’ll have juice all over the place.

Coilart Mage V2 RTA Review

Let’s look at the deck. Gold plated-deck, Kylin-esque type of deck. Got that like cheesegrater, cradle thing going on over there. Right over here, you can see, you have access to your deck screws, nice beefy. 1.5 millimeter hex screws. Threading around here is really nice. Your cotton wicks actually cover your deck screws which isn’t a big deal to me but I just wanted to point it out.

Let’s slap a build in it and I’ll show you how to wick it. Then we’ll go back on top and vape on it.

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BUILDING

Coils I’m going to be using today are some Wotofo coils that I had in there, already. I like them so much I don’t want to change them because I’ve been getting some great flavor from them. So I’m just going to reinstall them just to show you guys how to build this thing. They’re already pre-cut. Basically, you just slap them in there like that. Don’t worry about coil placement yet. Put your finger on top of them and take your hex driver and tighten them down. Again, like I always tell you, don’t tighten them down like a maniac. Just give them, make them nice and hand tight. After we position them, we can tighten them down some more if we want to. But that’s one sides done. They’re going to move a little bit when you tighten them down. Same thing on the other side, get your hex key in there and make them hand tight. Same thing on this side.

Coilart Mage V2 RTA Review

One thing I will give Coilart credit for, they use some really nice grub screws. Definitely been enjoying these and you can see they moved a little bit. So now, what we’re going to do is we’re going to take our coiling rod. We’re going to get it in there and we’re going to move them above the airflow where we want them, just like that. Same thing on this side, move them around and get them as close to that airflow as you possibly can and try and get them nice and even. Once you’re done, it should look something like that. That’s just about perfect.

WICKING

Let’s give them a quick pulse and make sure we’re in good shape here. Ohming out at 0.11. Seems we got some hot spots. There we go. Now we’re in great shape. Shout out to the wicking material we’re using today, Cotton Bacon Prime. I just like to take some cotton bacon. They come in these pre-cut strips like this, that are perfect for two coils. Give it a little twist, feed it right through your coil, just like that.

On this deck, you want to cut your cotton right where the black starts on the base or maybe even around the middle of the wicking terminal, right there. That’s where you want to cut it. Take the other side, give it a nice twist. Do the same exact thing, feed it right through. Cut it even with the other one. Same thing on this side, you want to measure it up right by that juice port slot and give it a snip and now you can cut your cotton the same length as this one. Now we’re ready to tuck our wicks in.

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Whatever tool you use, take it and tuck your wicks gently in there. I like to use a dental pick. Some people use a screwdriver, the end of a scissors, the end of the tweezers, whatever you want. Just make sure you’re in there nice and gently. Create some space. You don’t want it too stuffed in there because you’re going to wind up getting dry hits. Same thing on the other side. Gently tuck those wicks in there. Same thing on this side. Once they’re in there and nice and fluffy, you’re ready to juice it up.

Juice we’re going to be using today is Shijin e juice, Dragon Cloud. Basically, a cinnamon roll with vanilla ice cream. Stuff is fantastic. So what you want to do is you just want to wet your coils up a little bit. Get them started. Maybe even get a little juice down below, there, just so they can get started. Then you just want to give it a little bit of a pulse. Get that juice flowing. There we go. We have vapor. Let’s put it all back together.

Let’s cut back on top. We’re going to vape on it. Talk about it, cons, pros and we’re out of here. See you back on top.

GENERAL THOUGHTS

Alright, everyone! We’re back on top with the Coilart Mage V2 RTA. Check it out, man. I’m telling you, I got it on top of the Squid Industries double-barrel. It just looks phenomenal on there. Loving the gold accenting. Machining is awesome on this thing. The knurling on the top cap and the AFC, top notch. I just love the looks of it. I can’t help it, smooth airflow and lots of it. You airflow hogs are going to love this thing. I love that cradle style deck with that honeycomb airflow. They did a nice job on that. You can just like tuck your coils in that little cradle and you get all that airflow from the bottom of the coil. Great job on that. Deck screws they use are kind of nice too, man. They’re nice and beefy. I’ve definitely been diggin them. I’ll tell you what, this is one of the best dual coil RTAs on the market, as of right now. No doubt about it. Flavor on it is just phenomenal cloud production is phenomenal.

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Let’s get into the cons and pros. I really only got one con. The rest are all pros.

CONS

My one con with this RTA is the fact that it doesn’t come with two bubble glasses. Why do I want to run a straight glass with 3.5 mls of liquid when I could run a bubble glass all the time? I would just prefer if companies just gave me two bubble glasses. You know what, sell the straight glass as an accessory for the people who want to buy that. I have no use for straight glass when a bubble glass is made for that specific tank. So that’s the one con I’m going to give it.

Let’s get on to the pros.

PROS

First pro is going to be capacity. With the bubble glass, 5.5 ml capacity. Great job on that.

Love the deck. They did a great job on that, we’re going to give them a pro for that.

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Flavor on this thing is fantastic. We’ll give them a pro for that.

Clouds on it, great as well, pro.

810 drip tip compatible, pro.

510 drip tip adapter, pro.

Build quality, the machining on this is top-notch. Love the knurling, they’ll get a pro on that.

Smooth airflow, I’m giving them a pro for that and it’s quiet. Yes, very quiet airflow, pro on that.

Price point, I think the price point for what you get and the quality of vape that you get off of this thing is very very fair.

I’m also going to give them a pro because it’s easy to build and wick. They’ll get a pro for that.

And the last pro is 24 millimeters looks good on most mods. I think it looks sick on the Squid Industries double barrel. We’ll give them a pro for that.

OUTRO

This one is DeucesJack approved. Just go pick yourself up one. You can thank me later. We’re going to have a link down below as to where you can pick up this awesome RTA. We’ll also have a link down below to the juice that I was using, Shijin Vapor Dragon Cloud. Basically, a cinnamon bun with like vanilla ice cream on it. Really, really nice type of vape. Goes great with a cup of coffee.

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INNOKIN KROMA-A REVIEW – KROMA KEY

If you’re in the market for a stylish and stealthy 75-watt device which has it all, you might want to take a good look at the Kroma-A kit manufactured by Innokin. Featuring an internal 2000mAh LiPo battery and the AETHON temperature control chipset, you can get the kit, leaving you all set to start vaping without having to worry about choosing the best batteries or charger.

Product Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Ergonomic Shape
  • Coils wick quick

Product Cons

  • Small internal battery

 

 

 

Innokin Kroma-A Review: Breakdown

Innokin Kroma-A Full Kit

Build Quality

Constructed with a solid Zinc Alloy chassis, the Kroma-A mod is definitely going places. And when I say this, I mean that it’s a pretty robust device. the mod features a knurled, textured grip that feels quite good to hold and inspires confidence that this device won’t be accidentally slipping out of your fingers anytime soon. The front of the device holds the clicky and quite tactile firing button that responds almost instantly upon pressing. The same quality extends to the up and down wattage buttons also located on the front of the mod.

The Kroma-A utilizes a tiny OLED display located on the side of the device and despite its diminutive size, the screen is quite informative showing remaining battery life, wattage or temperature settings, atomizer resistance, vaping mode, and even a puff counter for those who like to pay attention to such details. In addition to this, the mod also supports an LED indicator on the firing button which uses various colors to indicate remaining battery life.

Close to the bottom of the Kroma-A is a Micro USB port which is used for charging the mod with its handy dandy 2 amp charging rate. Surprisingly enough, you won’t find any battery venting holes but Innokin ensures us that in any scenario should the internal battery of the Kroma-A vent, it would do so through the micro USB port. The top of the device features the gold plated 510 connection which is a nice touch. It supports atomizers up to 24mm in diameter making it somewhat versatile especially when considering this is only a 75-watt device.

Inside the kit, you’ll find the Innokin Kroma-A device itself, the Innokin Crios Sub-Ohm Tank, two 0.65 ohm Crios BVC coils, an 8mm bore Ultem drip tip with an 810 connection, a 510 drip tip adapter to fit all your custom drip tips, a single micro USB cable for charging the device (no promises of upgradeable firmware), spare o-rings and glass tank, an Innokin Vape band which is handy for protecting tank from nasty falls, and the standard user manual.

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Vapor Quality

The Crios tank looks quite promising with its large chamber and wide array of airflow configurations. Sporting a 24mm diameter and triple fully adjustable airflow slots, the Crios allows for a wide open airflow which gives tremendous amounts of vapor. If you prefer a tighter and denser draw, the Crios allows for this as well as the airflow slots taper off quite nicely and reduce the amount of air taken in without sounding too whistly and turbulent. One thing I liked most about this tank is that airflow can be fully closed preventing the chamber from leaking which is especially useful when leaving a large amount of eliquid unvaped in the tank for extended periods of time.

The two BVC coils included in the kit perform identically well which is a good indicator of consistent quality control among their coil heads. Flavor and vapor production is full and dense, easily bringing out the subtleties of your preferred eliquid. Coil life is neither bad nor good and performs up to par with the majority of options available by competitors lasting about 5-7 days depending on the quality of the eliquid you’re using. Another thing I liked about the coils is how fast they wick eliquid requiring little time for priming and never experiencing any dry hits even when chain vaping at higher wattages.

The Crios tank holds up to 4ml of eliquid making frequent refills a thing of the past. Refilling is easy and straight forward which only requires threading the top cap off and dripping straight into the tank through the large ports found on top. The tank has yet to leak even when using thinner, higher PG eliquid which is always good to see.

Innokin Kroma-A Review Disassembled

Versatility

The AETHON chip used in the Kroma-A supports all the standard temperature control modes such as stainless steel, nickel, and titanium. I had the opportunity to test out the TC accuracy with the included stainless steel coils and I’m glad to see that the output felt accurate and consistent while still managing to deliver satisfying hits. The mod also refused to fire when the tank was close to empty, preventing dry hits which hints to the accuracy of the temperature control itself.

Aside from temperature control, pre-heat in wattage mode is also supported allowing you add an extra little kick to your vape every time the fire button is pressed. While customizable TCR curves are also supported I didn’t get the chance to test it out, but if its anything like the temperature control on this mod, chances are its darn good as well.

Portability

The Kroma-A is compact and stealthy little device, easily palmed in the hand and conveniently slipping into even the tightest of pockets.

While the 2000mAh internal battery means you won’t be getting through an entire day of high wattage vaping, the 2 amp onboard charging lets you power the device back up to full charge in a jiffy.

Innokin Kroma-A on side

Conclusion

The Kroma-A kit is overall a solid package to consider especially for beginners who are looking for their first regulated device without all the hassle of getting separate batteries and chargers. It vapes well and produces lots of flavor, even to the point that advanced users might consider this as a handy backup device when when in need for something a bit easier to carry around.

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Aspire Nautilus X Review

Nautilus X Intro

Chances are if you vape, you have heard of the Nautilus. Today I am very excited to be taking a look at the latest version of this tank. Last year, manufacturers were mostly focused on sub ohm tanks but perhaps we might see mouth-to-lung vaping make a comeback in 2016. The Nautilus was awesome, but there were still a few things that could have been improved. One, was the rubber insulator on the bottom of the tank, which was hard to clean. Next, was the airflow which made a whistling noise even on the highest setting. They seemed to have improved on the Mini. Last, was the fact that sometimes it was real hard to get it apart. Did they improve these things in the latest version? We will have to take a look and find out…

Nautilus X Specs and Features

Aspire Nautilus X UTECH Airflow

The first thing I noticed was how small it really is. The Nautilus X appears to be shorter than even some RDA’s! With its ultra-low-profile design you only get 2 mL capacity, fortunately meeting TPD requirements for UK vapers. I would love to see a bigger version in the future, but at least it still won’t burn through your liquid like a sub ohm tank will.

Aspire is using a new technology with these coils called U-tech. Essentially the air flows down one side of the coil until it passes though the other side in a U-formation before it reaches the mouthpiece. Each coil head comes out to approximately 1.5 ohms and performs up to 22W.

From the outside, they look very much like the original Nautilus coils except you screw them to the top, instead of the base. One of my favorite things about this tank is that filling it is stupid easy. It is like filling a cup, very much like the Cubis. Since the airflow is coming from two small holes on top, leakage is virtually impossible as long as you don’t ever overfill it.

Aspire Nautilus X Packaging

Of course the quality and packaging is mint. If you have ever bought an authentic Aspire product then you know exactly what I mean. They are one of my favorite manufacturers because they obviously have a very high standard for quality control. It comes in a tiny box with a spare coil and glass tank. Very minimalistic stylish and unique packaging and although that has nothing to do with the product itself, it speaks volumes about what Aspire is all about. Oh yea, and the bottom o-ring is removable which solves the original Nautilus/Atlantisissue with that rubber insulator that was essentially the browser history of every e-liquid you have ever vaped.

The airflow controller can be a little bit tricky to find. You have to turn the top part of the tank until you start to see tiny holes open up on the mouthpiece. Seeing these holes in low lighting is extremely difficult. I am using it wide open right now and still getting a mouth-to-lung hit that I am happy to say has a little bit more airflow than the Nautilus Mini. I just think after being spoiled with all these subtanks and rda’s, airflow becomes an addiction. Much props to Aspire for achieving the perfect amount of restrictiveness for a mouth-to-lung tank! One thing I do miss from the old Nautilus was how the airflow locked in place, that was great for us OCD vapers!

Performance

Aspire Nautilus X Coils

I am definitely a direct-lung-inhale type of guy but that being said, this is the perfect little tank for me when I am on the go. I don’t like blowing huge clouds in public all the, time that attracts too much attention, which is something I usually don’t have to time deal with. I put the Nautilus X on my Mini Volt on 20W which was more than enough power for this little badboy. The 1.5 ohm coils should get me almost a full day of battery life on this little mod.

The flavor has been great so far. I think the low-profile design paired with new U-tech coils really lends itself to some bold, intense flavor. The clouds have been good for this type of tank also. Unlike the original Nautilus, this thing is completely cleanable so you don’t have to ever taste your last liquid. I have not had any issues changing flavors so far, so that is a big win!

Aspire Nautilus X Front

I have not had any leakage either, aside from when I overfilled it. I did have a bit of gurgling after filling once, but I think that was just because some juice had leaked into the coil while it was sitting. This subsided shortly and it was smooth sailing from that point on. One more thing worth mentioning is the mouthpiece can start to get a little hot at around 20W with long draws. If you’re taking regular sized puffs at 15W this is a non-issue.

I think the tank just looks awesome. They took a lot of design cues from the Cleito, and a few from the Cubis. I think at this point Aspire knows how to pump out high-quality gear. The Nautilus X is lightweight but doesn’t feel cheap.

Last but not least, I tried this tank out with a bunch of 70-80% VG blends and not one dry hit as long as I am at 22W and below. The big wicking holes on the coil heads are probably one of the main reasons behind this.

Likes

  • TPD Compliant
  • Sleek Low-Profile Design
  • Handles high-VG liquid
  • Improved airflow
  • Great mouth-to-lung draw
  • Super easy to fill

Dislikes

  • 2mL capacity
  • Drip gets hot when taking big draws at 22W
  • Airflow control hard to find/see

Verdict

Honestly, this was everything I could have hoped for in a new Nautilus. The cons for it are minor, however I still feel that it is our duty to mention them. The best part about this tank is the fact that it is a mouth-to-lunger with big flavor, something you expect from sub ohm tanks. They took MTL vaping to the next level with this one. I would highly recommend it to people who prefer that style of vape, or just smokers who are looking to purchase their first tank. The legacy of the Nautilus continues with this awesome new device, tell us your Nautilus story…

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Wismec Motiv 2 Review | Means & Opportunity For Stealth

Introduction To The Motiv 2 By Wismec

When I heard I’d be receiving the new WISMEC Motiv 2 all-in-one pod mod system to review I was a little perplexed. I mean, the Hiflask was only released last month so I wondered what direction they would take. Who were they aiming the Motiv 2 at?Wismec Motiv 2 Review

Wismec have a vast and varied product catalogue and have been the creators of some pretty decent box mods over the last couple of years.

They launched version 1 of the MOTIV range in April last year. In version 2 we see a change to the refilling method and a simplified battery indicator. The form factor has also been shrunk to make this a more pocket friendly device.

For the purpose of this review we will be looking at the red version of the Wismec Motiv 2.

This product was sent for the purposes of this review. As always my views are my own.

Inside the box

  • 1 x MOTIV 2 Battery
  • 2 x MOTIV 2 Cartridge
  • 1 x USB Cable
  • 1 x Instruction ManualWismec Motiv 2 Kit contents

Specs

  • Size: 87.7 x 34.4 x 14.4mm
  • Weight: 58.9g
  • Capacity: 2ml (TPD Compliant) and 3ml versions available
  • Battery: Internal 500mAh
  • Output wattage: 10W Max
  • Output mode: 3.5V constant voltage
  • Continuous firing: Cuts out at 10s
  • Charging: Micro USB

Quick start

After hacking my way through the postal packaging, I was stunned with the simplicity of the setup.Features of the Motiv 2 pod mod

I simply took an included pod, filled it with some nic-salt e-liquid, slotted it into the battery and took my first draw. As the MOTIV 2 is draw activated there is no power button or menu system, making this an ideal kit for a beginning vaper or someone more seasoned.

Build Quality

Visually appealing, sturdy and customisable due to additional batteries this is a great little pod system for work or nights out. It allows convenient stealth vaping when cloud chucking isn’t possible or simply isn’t your thing.

Handy and Dandy

What struck me when I opened the box was the size. Although small, the Motiv 2 was a little wider than I’d expected to see but there was a sense of style and refinement. The battery has no seams making it smooth to the touch. It fits well in the hand with almost a reverse remote-control hand position.Wismec Motiv 2 in the hand

Taking it from the top

The snug fit of the pod into the battery leaves no wiggle room and no rattle. The Wismec Motiv 2 feels robust. However, without giving it some rough treatment I can’t confirm how careless you can be with it.

Pucker up

The mouthpiece was more comfortable than I thought it would be. I assumed I’d have to pucker up and purse my lips to draw, but there’s an altogether more ergonomic feel here with the bottom section fitting neatly on the lip.Mouthpiece on the Motiv 2 by Wismec

Snug and simple

The pod fits snugly into the battery housing one way and with the clearly identifiable top and bottom to it you aren’t constantly turning it around as if trying to get a USB drive into a computer (we all know the struggle).

The refill hole is obvious and wide enough to fit a 10ml bottle tip in, although there’s the possibility of spillage and overflow with a larger bore tip.Refill hole on Wismec Motiv 2

When I slipped the pod back into the battery I notice a slight gap on the air hole side. Not a deal breaker but does break that illusion of seamlessness.Airflow Hole on Motiv 2 pod mod

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The workhorse

The form factor of the battery itself is stunning. The all metal housing comes in a variety of colours, I was sent the red one. The lacquer leaves the feel in the hand not dissimilar tohigh end mobile phones.

There’s a good weight to it too which gives the impression that the Wismec Motiv 2 is robust. The USB charge port is on the right side of the battery and a close look shows what could be venting gaps to add an extra layer of protection.USB Charge port on Motiv 2 pod mod

Battery Indicators

The only display to concern yourself about on the Wismec Motiv 2 is the battery indicator light. Showing 3 levels of charge:

  • Green (100%-16%)
  • Yellow (15%-6%)
  • Red (<=5%).

There are additional batteries available separately to give peace of mind when charging is not possible or just to customise to your current mood. If budget allows it’s always recommended to carry a spare.

In terms of protection the Motiv 2 boasts 5 official protection systems:

  • Short circuit protection
  • Atomizer protection
  • Low voltage protection
  • Dual circuit protection
  • No load protection
  • The result should be a pod system with a decent life expectancy.

How Does The Wismec Motiv 2 Perform?

How To Fill/Re-Fill

  • Remove the pod from the battery
  • Unplug the rubber bung on the base of the pod
  • Fill carefully
  • Replace the bung
  • Leave for 10 minutes to allow the coil to soak up the e-liquid.

How To Fill the wismec motiv 2 pod mod

The draw is kind of airy. Not being an MTL vaper I assumed I’d be faced with the same battle I have when trying to drink a McDonalds Milkshake I.e. a lot of suck for not a lot of reward.Wismec Motiv 2 pod mod

There’s a nice loose draw that makes a restrictive DTL draw possible but not very satisfying.

MTL is totally different, the draw is clean and throat hit is comfortable. The airflow is non-adjustable as you’d expect from a pod mod system. What I didn’t expect was it to sound like someone was blowing through a straw next to my ear.

Personally, I’d like a tighter draw with a bit less air noise. The MOTIV 2 certainly isn’t a thirsty beast, during testing I’ve managed being out and about for 2 days without having to worry about running out of e-liquid in the pod containing a 65:35 VG/PG mix.

First Pod Test

The Motiv 2 came with 2 pods. To check the diversity of the flavour and vapour production, I filled one with the 65:35 VG/PG Grape Vape e-liquid from Far E-liquids.

The draw was clean and had good mouth feel. The e-liquid I used contained nic salts so I was expecting a smooth throat hit and I wasn’t disappointed. The flavour was pleasant and satisfying.

2nd Pod Test

In the 2nd pod I wanted to see how the Motiv 2 would stand up to an e-liquid with a thicker ratio.

I chose Twisted Ice Cream from Double Drip coil sauce, coming in at an 80:20 VG/PG mix. I was surprised to see the thicker e-liquid wick just as well as the thinner mix.

You can definitely see bubbles as the wicking material feeds the pod contents through into the coil, which fills me with confidence that coils have been well manufactured. The only concern I have is that the pod containing the thicker e-liquid ran noticeably warmer as the coil worked to vaporise the liquid as I chain vaped.

Both of these e-liquids produced a loose vape on exhale. Even with a much lower nicotine content the 3mg free base mix of the Double Drip was a little harsher on the throat than its 20mg Far rival.

Neither of these e-liquids left me with a dry hit which was a great result for higher ratio vapers. Although, the pod containing the 80:20 mix did gobble up the supply with gusto.

With the filling hole sitting directly next to the battery contacts, I was a little concerned that the pods would leak and flood the battery with extended use. I’ve now ran 4 refills through each pod and have had no leaking from either thinner or thick ratios.

When you notice the flavour deteriorating or a slight burnt taste coming through it’s time to change out the pod cartridge.

Battery Life

The battery stands up well too. I started using this straight of the box with no initial charging and even though I’m quite a heavy vaper, especially chain vaping during breaks, the battery lasted me easily into my 3rd day without a charge.

Pros

  • Quick setup
  • Easy to use – Good for beginners
  • Decent flavour
  • Low eliquid consumption
  • Long battery life
  • Great looks

Cons

  • Air noise
  • Draw could be tighter
  • Small gap next to air hole breaks the seamless illusion

Final verdict

As my first trip into pod mod land the Wismec Motiv 2 was a good guide to have by my side. I liked the simplicity of use and the convenience it gave me of getting a nicotine hit when I was at work or on a night out.

There’s no indication of how long the pods will last. I’ve had 4 refills with no degradation in flavour yet, so things do look promising.

Wismec have a retail price for the MOTIV 2 of $27.60 which puts this little beauty near the top of the AIO pod price range, but I can live with that for the performance and quality I’ve experienced.