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.

 

 

 

Geek Vape Griffin 25 Mini Review

It’s a new week, so that means I’ve got a new favourite tank of all time. Last week was the Joyetech Ultimo, and this week, it’s the Geek Vape Griffin 25 Mini.

The Griffin was a previous favourite tank of all time. It’s a nifty RTA tank that produces great vapour and flavour. There are two on my shelf, and I use them all the time. When it came time for a new model, the best way for Geek Vape to go was to up the size of the tank. So the Griffin 25 was born. The 25 indicates the number of millimetres the base measures. The build deck was identical to the original version, only the tank capacity increased.

That was a great idea, I love the Griffin 25 every bit as much as the Griffin. So when Geek Vape announced the Griffin 25 Mini, you can imagine I was a little confused. Isn’t the smaller version of the Griffin 25, the Griffin, which the Griffin 25 was a bigger version of? Well, no. This is a mini Griffin 25, not a Griffin. Got it?

The only thing the mini has in common with the full sized 25, is the diameter. It’s 25mm across, but the comparison ends there. The build deck has more room in the mini, and works in a different way. The liquid flows up from underneath, rather than in from the sides, like on a traditional RTA. It’s actually a bit like a mini RDTA.

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The Geek Vape Griffin 25 Mini

You’ll find the two post deck that you’re used to with Geek Vape tanks, although this one is shaped a little differently. You’ll still build on it in the way you always have. It’s quick and easy. I haven’t had any leaks yet, although it’s fair to say that I haven’t had a leak from any properly wicked tank, for a very long time. Sure there was the moment it poured liquid all over the first time I filled it, but that was more down to me not screwing the thing together correctly. I understand that leaking is a worry for people who haven’t tried an RTA before, but it’s never really a problem.

Before now, Geek Vape tanks have come either with or without, a top airflow system. This tank comes with both. They manage that by offering you two different top caps for the tank. The top that doesn’t have the top airflow is shorter, making the whole tank shorter, but the airflow was a bit tight for my liking, and it’s not like the top airflow cap makes the thing huge. It’s exactly like previous Geek Vape top airflow systems, but this is clearly the latest version, as it has a nice click into place, that was lacking before.

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The Griffin 25 Mini top cap choices

The mini takes a wide-bore drip tip, and there’s a 510 adaptor in the box, along with spare glass, o-rings, and Geek Vape’s awesome three-way screwdriver tool. There’s also a ceramic block, which you can use to block up on side of the build deck, allowing you to use a single coil, instead of a double coil build.

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The Griffin 25 Mini build deck

I’ve been using the Griffin 25 Mini for a little over a week, and I love it. It’s tiny and allows you to build some great coils and really get some power out of it. Like I said in the beginning, it’s my favourite tank of all time right now. You can get it at ecigone.co.uk (www.ecigone.co.uk/Geek-Vape-Griffin–25-Mini-Tank?tracking=57bb9919426f8) for £24.99 and it’s so worth it. If you’ve been thinking about dipping a toe into the RTA waters, this is a great place to start. If you’re already splashing around, it’s a great tank to continue the fun.