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.

Wotofo Troll v2 Review

I’ve been sceptical of RDAs, but I can’t help but also be intrigued by them. After all, it’s about as basic as it gets. Nothing fancy, just some coils, some cotton, and a few drops of liquid. Simple. There’s something attractive about them.

I tried a couple of low-end clones, and I have to say I did not care for it. They were both bad clones, and I couldn’t even tell you what they were clones of. The three post design they both had was infuriating, I have no idea why anyone eve thought it was a good idea.

Then came the Tsunami. Geek Vape products are pretty much perfect, and their RDA offering was no exception. The Tsunami was the first RDA that made me re-evaluate my opinion. It wasn’t long before I was using the Tsunami a lot of the time at home.

I started looking around for a second RDA to back it up, and that’s when the Troll V2 came into my life.

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From Wotofo, the Troll version 2 is available in 22mm and 24mm sizes. I have the 22mm. It’s a two post Velocity style build deck, so it’s dead easy to get your coils on. You’ll find them online around the £22 mark.

In the box, you’ll find the RDA, chuff cap, 510 drop tip, coils, cotton, and all the spare parts and tools you’ll ever need. I had it ready to go with nothing more than Wotofo provided me.

As with any RDA, the overall experience depends on the type of could you put in it. Apart from that, it’s all about the airflow, and the Troll has all you need.

It’s an absolute delight to use. The airflow is fantastic and easily adjustable. It looks great, and even at 22mm, has plenty of room inside for juice.

I don’t have a Troll version one to compare it to, but I can tell you that I’m tending to choose it over my Tsunami 24. Not that there’s anything wrong with the Tsunami. If I were writing a review of that, it would be as positive as this one. Maybe it just comes down to personal preference.

Wotofo have done great work with the Troll V2. If you haven’t tried an RBA yet, it’s as good a place as any to start. You can begin with the knowledge that the experience you’re getting is as good as it gets. If you already know what you’re doing with RDAs, I think you’ll find the Troll to be a nice addition to your collection.

If I lost mine, I’d order a replacement immediately.

TFV8 Baby Beast Review

At the time of writing this, I have not tried a big TFV8. After the TFV4 Mini, I gave up on Smok tanks. I’ve always thought that they make some great stuff, but their quality control isn’t always all it could be.

The TFV4 was one of the first tanks to be available with a huge selection of coils. The world loved it, and for a while, so did I. As great as it was to have that trance of coils, other people were making nicer tanks. The Sense Herakles beats the TFV4 any day of the week. Still, they seem to be very popular, and for tanks that come with mods, they’re excellent.

The TFV4 is a huge and heavy tank. When the mini version came along I jumped on it. Unfortunately, that’s where I first noticed a drop in production quality. Smok’s much bragged about top fill system, proved to be the undoing of my TFV4 Mini. You can’t enjoy a tank if you’re afraid to leave the house with it, due to a fear of the lid coming off. I learned to fix the problem with a vape band around the top of the tank, but that shouldn’t be necessary.

When the TFV8 was released, I ignored it. Why spend more money on a tank that I think is quite likely to give me a bad experience. The new baby version looked to be getting some good reviews, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Wow is it a good tank.

It’s tiny. I can’t get over how small it is. It’s a 22mm tank that holds 3ml of liquid. I’ve settled on 3ml as my favourite tank size. It’s small and compact, without the uselessness of the smaller, TPD compliant 2ml tanks. It’s just enough liquid to enjoy it without constant refilling, but not too much that you get bored of the flavour.

In the box, you’ll find all the usual suspects. Spare glass, o-rings, and a couple of coils. No RBA section, but I’ve yet to encounter one of those that comes close to being as good as a dedicated RTA.

The unlike the TFV4 and TFV4 Mini, the TFV8 and Baby aren’t coil compatible, but you do have a few choices. There’s a dual coil, which you’ll find in the box, along with an octuple coil. You can get quad and sextuple coils separately. Of the two types I’ve tried, I did prefer the octuple coil. It has a tighter draw, and slightly better flavour than the dual coil. I don’t know if you’ll be able to tell much difference between the others. There aren’t any temperature control coils available yet, but I imagine they’ll be available at some point.

In the week that I’ve had it, I’ve hardly put it down. It produces such a perfect mix of temperature, cloud volume, and flavour. You hardly need any power to run it. The octuple coil actually works well around 40 watts. The build quality feels to be higher than it used to be. I haven’t had any problems with the top fill system, which is something I expected.

The only problem I can find is the classic small tank problem of high-pitched whistling sounds. I’m not sure if it has something to do with how tightly the coils are fitted, but I can’t seem to shake the whistling sound sometimes. It isn’t every time, but at most of the time. It isn’t as bad if you pull hard on it (that’s what she said) but it never really goes away. It’s annoying, hut not enough to put me off using the tank.

The TFV8 Baby Beast is a welcome addition to any tank collection. You’ll enjoy blowing huge, flavorful clouds, on even the tiniest mods.

You can’t get it from ecigone for just £22.99