Why I’m No Longer In To Vaping

It doesn't feel like too long ago I was Mr Vape. I was so into it. I still vape, there's no way I'm ever going back to cigarettes, I'm just not all that into the mechanics of it all.

Right up until the TPD date at the beginning of May, I was buying every bit of vaping equipment I could afford to get my hands on. We joked that I could set up my own vape store, but there's no way you buy as much stock as I had if you were opening a new store. The threat of all good vaping equipment going away forever was terrifying and pushed me to stockpile like the zombie apocalypse was coming.

Obviously you can't live you life buying that much vape gear, so it had to come to an end. Pre TPD I was buying anything that wasn't compliant. Post TPD, I decided to take it easy. That included stopping checking all the vaping web stores, and only watching YouTube reviews of products that looked like they might be of interest to me.

After a month or two I realised that I hadn't watched a single vape review because nothing had interested me. Along didn't stop with the TPD, but that event gave me the opportunity to take a fresh look at things and realise that as quickly as the industry had sprung into life, it had hit maturity, and had nowhere else to go.

I can't see myself buying a new mod until many of the ones I have break. Why would I need to? I had many dual 18650 mods that go up to 200 watts. That's all you need. It's just a box for batteries that send power to an atomiser. I don't use temp control, I just need something that gives 50 to 75 watts and goes a day on a charge. That's pretty much every mod you can buy today. It's every mod there'll be next year, and so on. There's just no need to keep adding power, so all there is to do is keep changing the shape of the mod, and add flashing lights.

I even think tanks have become about as interesting as they can get. Liquid soaked into cotton is heated by a wire. There will be no difference between an RDA you'll buy next year, and an RDA you bought last year.

To finish me off, I lost all faith in all YouTube reviewers. How can you review mod after mod, tank after tank, without ever pointing out that it's just more of the same? You might have seen some of my own vape reviews on my blog and YouTube channel. I'd planned on trying to make a go of it. I held off to see how things went with the TPD because it contained some very strict guidelines on the differences between reviewing and advertising a vape product. Turns out that wait was a gift that stopped me pushing ahead with a topic I just wouldn't care about all that much.

So let me say again, I still vape, and if you smoke, I still think you should switch to vaping. I just don't care about the new mod that does exactly the same stuff as the previous 92 mods.

iJoy RDTA Box Review

I can’t help but get the feeling that iJoy have recently lost an employee. That person had the job of saying no to things. Now that person no longer works for them, their designers are free to produce whatever they can dream up.

Small and light are not words that mean anything to iJoy. They seem to prefer words like sure, and why not. Want a mod that takes four batteries and can output more power than any sane person could ever use? Sure! Want an all in one system that’s well powered, holds tonnes of liquid, and produces enormous cloud and flavour? Sure, why not! Thanks to that type of thinking, we have the iJoy RDTA Box.

I’ve seen all in one systems before, and they haven’ impressed me. They’re all aimed at the beginner end of the market. They tend to offer low power, and hold very little liquid. Making a set of compromises that make them better for carrying in a jacket pocket. The RDTA Box throws that all out the window. It takes two 18650 batteries and produces 220 watts of power. There’s temp control for all the usual suspects, and a couple of TCR memory slots. You can even input your own custom fire curve. It’s very well featured.

The true genius sits on top of the mod. There you’ll find a 12.8ml tank, big enough for you to just pour your e-liquid into. No need for droppers or unicorn bottles. On top of that tank, you’ll find an RDTA style build deck. It’s compatible with iJoy’s range of build decks, so you can get whichever one you prefer to build on. Basically, it’s the same as all the other iJoy RDTAs, except its build into a mod, and has an enormous tank. The cloud and flavour production is spectacular.

I’ve been trying to make it leak, and haven’t managed it so far. If properly wicked, you should have no problems. I’ve left it laying on its side and held it upside down. Not a single drop of liquid leaked out. However, it’s important to remember that while liquid won’t leak out of the tank, it is still an RDTA. That means that under that drip tip, you collect all the condensed liquid that you didn’t inhale. It does get gunky under there, and that will drip out if the mod isn’t upright. It’s the same as you’d expect from any RDA or RDTA. The device comes with a sort of drip tip condom. The idea is that if you want to throw the RDTA Box into your bag, you slip on the little condom thing, and that stops anything getting out. In practice, things aren’t that simple, which leads me to one of the problems with the device.

The top cap doesn’t attach well enough. It’s far too easy to pull it off. So when you use the little condom thing, you’ll end up pulling off the whole top cap when you try to remove it. Then you have to struggle to remove the top cap from its condom. If the base was a little taller and perhaps used a third o-ring, it might be much better. As it is, I don’t see this device being thrown in my bag anytime soon. Maybe you’ll do ok with it, I’m not the best person to say as I don’t really go outside all that often.

It also eats batteries. I’ve been vaping it at between 60 and 80 watts. There’s no way I could vape through a tank of liquid without needing some freshly charged batteries.

To sum up, I’m a fan, barely putting it down since it arrived, it’s a joy to use. It feels great in your hand, the fire button is made of dreams, and the flavour production is as good as drinking the liquid straight from the bottle. You’ll find them available online, I paid £59.99 for mine.

Smok TFV8 Big Baby Beast Review

In the beginning, there was the TFV4. It was the first time we saw a tank that had many types of coils available, and it blew our minds. You could do anything with that tank. It was probably the best on the market for six or so months, which for the vape industry is like a million years.

The TFV8 came along with the promise of huge clouds and great flavour, and delivered on both. When the Baby Beast came along I jumped on it. The miniature version of the TFV8 was amazing. It’s a 22mm piece of vaping artwork, but it’s not perfect.

The TFV Baby Beast is a wonderful tank that produces great vapour and flavour at low wattages. It also makes a slight whistling noise, and doesn’t hold much liquid. Luckily we now have a Big Baby Beast.

The Big Baby Beast lives in the space between the TFV8 and its Baby. It has all the advantages of both, and seemingly none of the disadvantages. The airflow is bigger than you’ll find on the baby Baby. It also has a wider chimney and a wide bore drip tip. The whistling noise is gone. It’s about the same height as the smaller version, but is much wider, allowing you to carry much more liquid around without the need to refill.

In the box you’ll find all the usual expected tank accessories, including an RBA. There’s the expected spare glass, extra O-rings, and a little Alan key.

The RBA has problems. Actually, it has just one enormous problem. On the face of it, it isn’t bad at all. It’s really easy to build on. However, when you actually attempt to fit it to your tank, you discover that as you screw it in, you push the 510 positive pin out of the bottom of the tank. That causes the bottom of the RBA to touch the tank, and that causes a short. I managed to fix the problem with super glue. A few drops on the bottom of the RBA stopping it from coming into contact with the tank and you’re good to go. Just make sure you let the glue dry before you screw it in.

Don’t worry about the RBA. Apart from that, this is a brilliant tank. I’m going to go as far as to say that the Smok Big Baby Beast is the best sub-ohm tank I’ve ever vaped on. The build quality is spot on, the flavour and cloud production are great, and the coil range is really good. I enjoy this tank so much that I went out and bought a second one in case of emergency.

You can get them in lots of vape store places and they come in lots of colours. I’m ashamed of how much I want another one because it’s blue.

 

 

 

Limitless Style Mech Mod Review

I’ve been hearing about mech mods ever since I started vaping. There’s something about the concept that’s quite appealing. It takes away everything you could consider to be unnecessary from the vaping experience. That’s if you class things like any form of electronics to be unnecessary. Mech mods give you something to hold a battery, and a way to attach your atomiser to that battery.

For some reason, mech mods cost hundreds of pounds. I have no idea why. The more I’ve used mine, the more I’ve come to the conclusion that mech mod makers are just taking the piss. The one I have is a clone, and it cost me £19.99. I believe an authentic version of the same mod would be around the £270 mark. That’s ridiculous, and it gets worse when you look at the mod. It’s a metal pipe, a little bit bigger than an 18650 battery. There’s no 510 adaptor for your atomiser, but there is a 510 sized screw hole that leads right to the top of your battery. The fire button is on the bottom of the mod, and it’s just a spring that pushes the battery to make contact with the 510 pin on the bottom of your atomiser, complete the circuit, and make the vapours. £19.99 feels about right for such a device. I honestly don’t know how a price higher than that can be justified.

I have a clone of a Limitless mod, and it came with a matching RDA. The RDA is crap and I’ve been unable to make a build in it. I assume an original Limitless product is much better because they make awesome stuff. Limitless are not responsible for any of the shortcomings of my shoddy knockoff.

So if it has no controls, how do you set the wattage you’d like to use? You don’t. The full power of the battery is used every time you fire the mod. You actually control the output by using different resistance builds on the mod. The higher the resistance of your build, the lower the wattage created by your battery. There’s science behind that I’m not going to go into. When I use a 0.15 ohm build, it puts out around 80 watts, depending on how charged the battery is. As the battery discharges, the power output drops.

This is why lots of people, including me, imagine that you’ll end up blowing your face off with a mech mod. The truth is that with a single 18650 battery mod, it’s unlikely that you’ll manage it. Whereas, a double 18650 mech mod will probably kill you and your family.

Look, the truth is that this mech mod works, and as far as I know, it works as well as any similar device, authentic or otherwise. The question I can’t answer is why you would bother. There’s nothing particularly good about the experience. I don’t really like using the mod because it makes my hand smell like metal, and the lack of control is annoying. I’m also not all that into RDAs. They’re ok, I see their point, but they aren’t an everyday occurrence for me. However, I will be going back on that when I tell you about my experiences with a squonk mod.

If you’ve got money to burn, maybe spend some of it on an original brand mech mod. At least that’s a little more useful than burning that money. If you’re like the rest of us and prefer your money in a constant state of not on fire, probably just get a regular mod. Oh yeah, I should really say, if you’re a beginner vaper, don’t even consider a mech mod. No way. Not at all.

You can get your own at www.ecigone.co.uk/mod-shop/mechanical-mods/limitless-22mm-style-mech-mod-and-rda-kit.html?tracking=57bb9919426f8

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