SXmini SL Class V2 In The House!

Just in today! Temp control is spot on and the chip is SUPER fast as usual. Good materials and excellent build quality. Interesting temp control variations but I still don’t like the joystick navigation. The only thing the joystick does well is take up less space on the faceplate. Love the form factor. Glad to see YiHi is going back to their roots as they have not produced a new SL class in around six years. Highly recommended.

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Update: the interesting thing is that you cannot just adjust voltage like a “normal” voltage override mode without the chip doing its calculation on the resistance of the current coil, the battery level and the average room temperature setting. They call it “Intelligent VV”, It appears to always give you the safest setting it thinks is best by leveraging battery efficiency. You cannot override the coil resistance sensitivity and of course the chip sensing the battery level. You can manually adjust the resistance and lock the resistance. With the few atty’s I have tried, the chip takes over the computation of what it thinks is best. I have yet to see more than 6V applied. It will reach 100W shown but always adjusts voltage to achieve that setting. Also, it appears that the curves function is always on, there is no bypass for curves. You either run flat or pick the levels of heat they have picked for you. Where this chip shines is in TC and speed. In TC mode you can go in and adjust voltage and temp but you cannot override the sensing to go over what it thinks is safe for the coil read. It also has an average room temp adjustment which I think also adds to its equation on safety. In other words they have broken down the settings for manually tweaking into 5 presets making the choices easier for the “average” user. Making safety as the top priority. You can go into EQ mod and adjust each line in a graph for a percentage of temperature but I doubt anyone will tweak at this level as it takes so much time to do this which each coil you attach. One other thing is the manual says in the Menu Tweaks menu, there is a setting for Auto Watt when in fact the menu reads Auto Power. This would indicate to me that the manual was written and printed before they made a firmware update. The manual does not mention what Auto Watt/Power is for and what it does. Still trying to figure that out. If anyone knows, please let me know.

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SAGA The Beast

Just in the other day, these were on sale over at Vaperz Cloud and had an impulse moment. I saw the Ultem model last year on line and was impressed by the look of the mod. I was not aware they had several other models as well and found the Iced Out was in stock and on sale for $75, so I picked it up. This is the first dual 21700 serial mech mod I have procured but not the first serial mod I have owned as I bought the Wismec Noisy Cricket designed by Jaybo back in 2016 for $40.

For those of you that are not familiar with a serial configuration, it is basically two batteries stacked on top of each other. You get 8.4 Volts (3.7V x 2) and about the same mAh as one battery. Parallel configurations, two batteries side by side, give you the same Voltage output 3.7V but twice the mAh. Most dual, triple and quad battery mods are set up in parallel.

Some mods like the Noisy Cricket give you both a Serial and Parallel connection providing you flexibility. It does this by changing the physical configuration on the bottom battery connections. There are some other mech mods that can do this like the Hammer of God but I am not personally familiar with them at this time.

It has been years since I built coils for a high voltage situation and had to review some you tube videos. I found Richard Vick’s video quite helpful also made in 2016.

Building for Series by Richard Vick

Basically, I had to build a dual coil RDA to about .7 to 1 ohm which means I had to build each coil to about 1.4 ohm’s to 2 ohm’s.

I wanted more flavor than a single wire can provide so after about 4 attempts to get it right without too much fast heat I dug out/found some simple 26ga x 32ga Kanthal Clapton wire made by GeekVape that worked well and ended up using the Vaperz Cloud Asgard Mini RDA.

Geek Vape Kanthal Clapton Wire

I was able to achieve .909 ohms with 12 wraps of each coil to get them to around 2 ohm’s each. As Richard stated, Kanthal has a higher resistance than stainless steel which I usually build with. The lower ohm builds prior to this one I found to be just too hot too fast and so a just slight push of the fire button to get totally blown out. I have a little more time with this build to heat the coils to a heat level that is more comfortable for me.

I love the aesthetic look of the SAGA. It is well made and feels nice in the hand because of the shape of the mod. All the connections are silver plated for better connectivity and less resistance. The center pin is adjustable for use with different rda’s center pin lengths. The switch feels solid and had a good resistance to the push and has room to feel the heat (not just on and off). The Acrylic is thick and solid. Ultem is stronger but it was out of stock and more expensive as well. This page explains the differences between Acrylic and Ultem plastic.

All in all, I can recommend the SAGA if you want something different and feel comfortable working with the high voltage it puts out quickly.

I have more information on mech mods here.

Back To Basics With The Dovpo M VV II

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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.

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Vaporesso GEN In Today

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.

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Day two…

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 🙂

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DotSquonk Back From Repair

About a week ago, I recently woke up to find my dot.squonk button frozen and a bit of eLiquid splattered around the mod. Luckily, it was not a battery venting issue. However, the mod was not usable anymore. I took it apart and found the peek insulator was melted and the cable to the positive battery pin was blackened/roasted. I immediately emailed dot.mod and they responded quickly. I was asked how I maintained the center pin and I explained truthfully, not often, I was told that I should have been doing regular cleaning of the center pin. I did remove the pin and found the pin was also blackened from overheating but still cleanable. They explained that it was a known issue with some folks and they have re-engineered the button assembly. I was sent the RMA and just got the mod back today all working and good to go. Great customer service that will keep me buying their products.

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Replaced button assembly

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New positive pin assembly

Organize your Mods with Bricks

If you are like me, your mods tend to get spread all over the desk and the house. These bricks are great for organizing your mods in one place and they are visually appealing, to me anyway. Bricks stack and fit together and even have dividers if you want them. They have rubber feet to keep them from slipping around are made in several sizes. They are made in 3 colors, clear, shown here, or transparent smoke and white. Get them here.

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