Ordered one of three left of this “limited edition” master pack. Excited! I love my Mutation XL’s and glad to add it to the collection of 28mm atty’s including the Kennedy. You can find it here.
The Reload S RTA has arrived today and is working well! After months of waiting, the S RTA finally came back into stock. I would call it a second batch even though no mention from the company that anything has changed.
The RTA has the same basic configuration as the beloved RDA except that it is enclosed in a tank. Perfect for a RDL or DL draw and the fit and finish is exceptional for an Asian made product. I think Reload has chosen to make sure quality is of utmost concern while lowering cost of manufacturing. Not a fan of a gold plated deck but the plating seems to be very high quality. Only time will tell if it holds up.
You get two sized glass tanks with extension, a drip tip and the well made screwdriver.
I prefer the smaller tank as I like to change flavors quite a bit and this makes it easy. The deck comes off easy after un screwing the bottom ring and is super easy to build on. I installed a whopping big 4mm SS alien coil and the flavor is amazing.
I am a fan of small single coil tanks and this fits the bill perfectly. You can find one here : https://thereloadvaporusa.com
Sorry y’all, I have been absent since December but things are going well and I have a brief hand check for today. Will start blogging again and have a lot of activity to blog about. This weeks haul is a one of the last available Odin Mini’s in the USA by Sam the Vaping Bogan and a version 1 Abyss called the Classical as well as the version 3 Abyss called the Nato from Suicide Mods UK and Vaperz Cloud. More to come, stay tuned.
Just a quick pic to show you some new toys in this week. I will write a opinion soon after some time with these new mods. Restocked some Vapetasia Killer Kustard as well! Cant get enough of that stuff 🙂
Hermetic on top of the Broadside Nashed Admiral, Dvarw DL FL on top of the Mixx and the GTX on top of the HexOhm.
Starting a new sub category today for photos of the day’s vape (not in my hand :-))
Cosmonaut V2 on top of the Broadside Nashed Admiral and the Elder Dragon on top of the DotMod Squonk.
Northland Vapor Nuts and Creme and Naked Mango.
I have not messed around with fancy coils much. Mostly have used TEMco AWG 316L stainless steel round and 316L stainless steel fused clapton and round wire from AVS. The great sale going on at AVS has prompted me to purchase some affordable fancy wire. The aliens still only comes as pre made coils, are still expensive and I have yet to try them. Stainless steel to me is the best bang for the buck not only because it provides great flavor, lasts long and you can also use it for temp control. I really don’t use Nichrome 80 or Kanthal anymore. Here is what I purchased to try today.
Hex-Core (10) Fused
Oct-Core (8) Fused
On with the show.
Last one at EVCigarettes, might as well… got it.
Lightweight, easy to use and protected, the Dovpo M VV II (II being the second generation) is a really well made and affordable box mod. This is actually the first Dovpo mod I have purchased. Dovpo makes the Topside which I believe is their best selling mod series. I happened to catch a video on this one a few weeks before release and thought it looked interesting. I really like variable voltage vaping aka VV, being as old as I am, the first variable function mods we used were VV mods only with NO protection. Later the industry added variable wattage aka VW and then temperature control, aka TC to the possibilities.
The mod is very easy to use. You just turn the potentiometer up or down until you feel it has the best heat/flavor combination from your atomizer/eLiquid, thats it. No screen to have to look at. One feature I like is one little inset LED showing you your battery level. Green Amber and Red. Full, half full, and low. As far as protections, it has all the modern ones: Low voltage, overheat, overtime and battery polarity. It also has a USB C connector to charge up your batteries. An output booster also gives you up to 8 volts or 280 watts. That’s a lots of power. Note that I usually don’t vape much beyond 5 volts because I usually build/use lower ohm coils. The other two potentiometer driven mods I own are the HexOhm and the Surric X which uses pulse width modulation or PWM output.
If you were wondering, the M VV II has a very fast response/ramp up time. In other words it responds quickly after you push the button.
As most of the reviewers state, the panel graphics are a bit much. I chose the dragon samurai of the three that are offered. I would have preferred a simple color or pattern to choose from.
Build quality is great and it feels comfortable in your hands.
In conclusion, I think this is a good mod for someone moving up from a pen style or cigalike all in one or AIO style device and also an advanced vaper who wants something simple and low cost with plenty of power and with all the basic safety features built into the chipset.
If you don’t like or use mech mods, you can pass up this post.
Mechanical mods are edgy, meaning, they are more extreme in the nature of the vaping world. You kinda need to know what you are doing to make a mech mod behave they way you want it to.
In my experience and reading, people that have only used regulated mods on their vaping journey can’t really understand why you would want to use a battery to power their atomizer alone without being able to turn the power up or down, just on and off. Especially with MTL or mouth to lung style of vaping. That’s where it get’s tricky.
The trick is that you have to build your coils correctly to match the feel you are looking for and not draw too much power or amps from the battery you have chosen to use. If you draw too many amps or power from your battery at one time you take the chance of heating up the battery enough to cause thermal overload, and that my friends, you want to stay far away from. That’s where the term “advanced device” comes into play.
There is something about hitting a high quality, finely machined mech mod with a reasonably low resistance build that is like no other feeling in vaping. You have to try it to understand it. If you don’t want to know or at least understand ohm’s law and understand the nuances of coil building and making mechanical adjustments to hardware, then stay away from mech mods and stay safe with a regulated device that wont let you screw up and get into physical danger. Most advanced regulated devices do feature a “bypass” mode but then again they do or will limit your amp draw for safety so at least you could experiment with that and have a safety net, and that’s all I am going to say.
If you want to learn more about mech mods, check out the Big Lou East Coast Review’s older videos here.
I suggest you use the Steam Engine site to figure out your best battery/coil combo here.
Just in from Marshall Vape Outlet, The SOI or Sub Ohm Innovations 24mm Shorty-X is just amazing. The machining is quite frankly magnificent. A true work of mechanical beauty. Simple but elegant. Perfect fit in your hands. Almost perfect in every way. Oh, did I mention it is weighty?
Sadly, after a number of years in the business, the Sacramento California based SOI company has gone out of business. Here is the quote from Cale on their site.
“To our SOI friends and family:
All of us at sub ohm innovations became interested in vaping because we were smokers. All of us were able to give up cigarettes entirely thanks to vaping. Thanks to flavors. Thanks to small businesses that provide these products. Thanks to passionate people and passionate ex-smokers that helped us, just as they had been helped to quit a dangerous habit.
When sub ohm innovations began, vaping was a light at the end of the tunnel. Since then our federal, state, and local governments have been on a mission to destroy all that has been accomplished in this industry. We have fought tooth and nail to convert every smoker we see to a proven healthier alternative. Our government has fought tooth and nail to stop vaping entirely. In the past couple of years we have seen so many retailers, distributors and manufacturers disappear because of ignorant, misinformed and occasionally malicious regulations. Sub ohm innovations has been an exception. We’ve survived the nonsense and continued providing badass product for the technical/hobby side of vaping. Despite the nonsense, our passion has pushed us farther along than the vast majority of mom-n-pop operations like us, and to the few who are still here: we salute you!
All of that said, it is time for us to close our doors, this is very much a personal choice.
When I first heard about vaping, i thought maybe it would be a good alternative to smoking. I also thought it might be a great way to shake the nicotine addiction. Both of those things are true, but instead of using vaping as a means to end addiction I went full steam ahead. I’ve designed, built, tested, destroyed and rebuilt every vape I could get my hands on. In that process i’ve lost sight of the original purpose, and i’ve nurtured a nicotine addiction that i never really wanted. Being in this industry i’ve secured myself a nearly lifetime supply of vapes and juice… And i’ve got to let it go. Someday I may have the strength to work on vape projects without getting back on nic, but for now i’ve got to separate myself. From everyone at soi: thank you, and stay awesome!
However, if you are lucky, you can pick up the remains they are blowing out at Marshall’s while they last and a few other places in the world ie: Australia, UK etc. that have some stock left, or of course, the used market. Don’t buy a clone.
My experience with SOI is their OG Copper Shorty’s. (I have two of them :-). They have always hit very well/hard and I am especially fond of their innovative button clutch design. I discovered the button clutch assembly of this kind after I first purchased the Broadside Admiral. Similar in design but different in fashion, they are very effective as far as conductivity and low amounts of voltage drop. I’m pretty sure SOI came out with the button clutch first, so I just had to have one or two. End of story.
I am so glad I picked up this beast as it really hits like a mule or even a truck 😉 The clutch button assembly is different than the OG Shorty but works on a similar principal.
I was not sure about the composition of the metal and coatings of these units so I just got the stainless steel one to play it safe and am glad I did. After some research they are indeed all made of stainless steel and they made a copper version. Hard core purists often prefer copper or brass to stainless because of the conductivity and lower voltage drop, but I just not a fan of the stink of the metal and natural oxidation that occurs with them. If I get a copper or brass mech mod, it has to have some sort of cerakoting to cover up the metal smell and lessen the maintenance of cleaning and buffing out the finish. Some like all that stuff and that’s ok. I don’t. I did however make an exception with the “white brass” Admiral.
My other mech mods include the v2 Hades, the Paps X, The SS Dreamer, the VaperzCloud XXX, the Silver Bullet single and double barrel, the Super T Precise ELA and a few 26650 Simplicity’s.
Get one or two if you can, you wont be disappointed.