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.
11 DAY’s In…
What can I say about the Atmizoo Tripod? alot, but if you go and watch any of the YouTube reviews you will hear that it’s one of the best RTA’s out there right now. Every review is positive.
Now for my take on the device:
316L surgical or medical grade stainless steel devices are alluring to me, they always have been. It’s basically the best stainless steel you can get. The machining on this device is amazing. I purchased this batch 2 device #TR-768 from VapourArt the day it was released there, with the extension kit.
The Tripod is made for MTL or R-DTL style vaping. I would not call this a direct lung hit atomizer. The restricted air flow and condensed air chamber are all about flavor. Even if you remove the restrictor disk from the chamber, your air flow will not increase, only your flavor will decrease.
I like the design of how you can remove the tank to inspect your deck and it’s easy to remove. The top cap however (by design) is harder to rotate to its open position to fill your tank as you have to grip the glass tank (without wet fingers) to turn it to line up the small dimple. You have to wear your glasses (like me) to see the open points however as they are small triangles/dimples cut into the metal.
With the 3.4ml extension kit installed, you cannot secure the air chamber restrictor disk with the screw you can with the 2ml tank. It’s no big deal and it has not moved downward (yet) as its secured with an o-ring. Knock on wood.
The drip tip is proprietary but you can (as I did) put your own drip tip on it.
Other than these small niggles, this RTA is just about perfect, yes perfect.
If you can find one, buy it. You will not be disappointed.
Coming in today is the Vaporesso GEN 220W box mod in red. Review later. I have heard so many great things about this chipset and enclosure feel. Cant wait to see for myself.
Stunning! that about describes the GEN. The feel of the device is what takes the cake. Besides the fact that it has every feature (besides squonking) that any vaper needs, beginner to veteran. One added feature you don’t usually see in a regulated mod very often is the pulse modulation capability which is its default position. This gives the feel of a “pulse” pull a very smooth feel throughout the pull. It does not have however, the pulse modulation whine sound that you would normally encounter on a pure PM mod especially the older ones. In other words, it feels more like the Hex Ohm than the Surric X if you know what I mean. It’s hard to explain until you feel it yourself. Comparing it to the three position variable watt mode (soft, normal, hard) its just smoother. In order to feel the difference I immediately switched to VW Hard mode and you definitely feel the difference. In normal VW mode, it’s hard to tell, it’s just a little quicker/sharper to hit to a specified wattage.
Size wise, its thinner at the edges and not as tall as the iPV 3Li but weighs about the same in the hand. It fattens in the center giving it a very comfortable feel in the hand. Just about perfect for most hands. The new soft rubbery like coating also just feels good and all corners are rounded and beveled, not like the iPV. The coating is not sticky at all, perfect. I also like the fact that the 510 connection is in the dead center of the top, just like the Hex Ohm and the Surric X. The display is bright and easy to read. Battery saver is on by default. I like the way the chip set analyses the coil and sets up the correct settings by default. For advanced vapers, there is a setting for lower ohm builds that you have to manually select if you wish to do so.
I would give the fit and finish an easy 10. The AXON chip set, an easy 10 once you learn how to adjust all of the settings this beast can offer. This mod is definitely the next “GEN” of standard box mods. Add this one to your collection.
I like it so much, I just bought a blue one as well 🙂
Grimm likes it too : https://youtu.be/hYpVdeTqlJk
Introduced in 2018, it looks like the last of the Pixi rda’s from Vapefly are selling out here in the USA but are still available in China so I got one after seeing Athanasios Sclavos’s post in the Box Mod Mafia’s FB group page and watching a few reviews I forgot about. More info here: http://www.vapefly.net/vapefly-pixie-rda/ I picked up the last gun metal one here: https://www.myfreedomsmokes.com/pixie-22mm-rda-by-vapefly.html $19.
On another note, Uwell sent me an email and have finally released a mesh coil for the Crown V3 sub-ohm tank. I picked up a pack of 4 for $18 directly from their store. No where on the site do they mention the material they are using for the mesh. Hopefully its made from stainless steel. https://mall.myuwell.com/collections/coils/products/crown-iii-replacement-coils. All the new tanks they produce come with mesh coils now.
It’s great to see they are still supporting their older products with new materials and not forcing their customers to buy newer devices to get newer materials. Uwell was one of the first companies to offer stainless steel round wire coils for sub-ohm tanks for better flavor and temp control abilities instead of just kanthal.
In yesterday, very nice little flavor banger. I like the fully open AFC. Metal is thin but holds up well. Squonks well and very easy to build. A winner for $20.
In yesterday, mesh coils are made of FeCrAl or Kanthal. Great flavor and vapor production but sorry, no temp control.
I am waiting patiently for the end of the month for the release of the OFRF mesh tank. The GEAR is one of my favorite RDTA’s and is one of the better made devices out there made in China and now they have a second device to try besides their individual mesh coils.
Picked up the Ardent RDA by Stan of TenaciousTXVapes in February to match up my polished SS Dreamer mech mod and am really happy with the purchase. This RDA offers literally tons of vapor and good flavor with a hybrid connection to the Dreamer for a low voltage drop instant connection to the battery. I occasionally need a huge draw (more air flow) from a mech mod and this definitely fits the bill. If you own the Dreamer you should pick up this atty to fit perfectly as a pair here: https://lucidrda.com/product/ardent-rda-by-tenacioustxvapes-and-timesvape/
I forgot how good the Cleito 120 was… my Cleito 22’s coil was starting to spit no matter how I tried, I could not get it to stop, raising or lowering the voltage. This only meant that the cotton was just not touching the coil anymore, somewhere. So I took out my trusty 120 and inserted a new coil. Voila! Lot’s of great flavor and tons of vapor. All good once again.
Attention folks, Asia, specifically Wotofo, is making perfect (well almost 🙂 ) designer coils! Someone at Wotofo has listened to someone who knows something about vaping coils.
For the first time, in my vaping history anyway, for less than $1 per coil, I can get really nicely made and very clean designer coils in a packs of 10 each. Yes I know Asia has produced separate coils in various configurations, but they usually are much less complicated or the wrong diameter and of less quantity and quality. Now, we have 3mm (the perfect diameter) N80 coils that I can put in most of my atomizers without much hassle or wishing I could make the ones we see on Instagram, commonly known as coil porn. In my mind, if these were made from stainless steel, they would be perfect. I can’t wait to give them a try and hopefully, I am not allergic to Nickel.
30 coils should last me a long, long time. As I have read, nichrome has a TCR value of 0.000112 or Joyetech format 0011. Ni80 is not intended for use with temp control.
Here are the three variations that I ordered from my friends at Eciggity.com :
Framed Staple Clapton
28+38 x 9 + 28+36 @ .33 Ohms
Tri Core Fused Clapton
26×3 + 38 @ .17 Ohms
Quad Core Fused Clapton
28×4 + 36 @ .26 Ohms
Murdered out Blitz and SMM Hermetic #1968 RDA with a Cherry Vape limited edition Halloween 810 drip tip atop the Yihi Q Mini.