The Gear V2 is of course the successor to the original Gear RTA from Wotofo so I’m pretty keen to see what improvements have been made compared to its predecessor.
Wotofo actually sent the Gear V2 for us to try, so a massive thank you to them for giving us a chance to check out one of their latest RTA’s.
This doesn’t sway my opinion of the tank, as much as I love a freebie, I’ll keep this honest.
Specs & Contents
What’s In the box?
Size: 24 x 38.5mm Material: SS & PCTG & German PEEK Capacity: 2ml Coil Type: Single wire coil Thread: 510 Airflow: Fixed
1 x Wotofo Gear V2 RTA 2 x Framed Staple Clapton Coil 0.33Ω 2 x 3mm Thick Cotton Strip 1 x Screwdriver 1 x Accessory Bag 1 x User Manual
For the purpose of this review, we were sent the Gear V2 in rainbow, however, there are six colours in total including Black, Blue, Gold, Gunmetal, Rainbow and Stainless Steel which all come with a PCTG glass section instead of the usual glass which we’ve seen on a majority of tanks.
Wotofo’s Gear V2 drip tip is not interchangeable as it is moulded into the top cap.
The design was chosen to shorten the air passage, therefore, delivering flavour instantly.
Airflow on this RTA is positioned and cannot be moved, this is to reduce the amount of liquid that condensates. I would have preferred adjustable in all honesty but I can see why they have done it this way.
From the looks of the tank, it appears to suit those who are looking for a tank with a strong flavour and thanks to its compact design and ingenuity, you’ll be getting some fantastic flavour.
The deck for the Gear V2 is pretty decent for a single coil deck.
When installing coils, you’ll have to “dog-leg” one of the legs of the coil (to face the opposite way) in order to install.
Thankfully, Wotofo have been good sports and have supplied a handy tool to make it easier; you’ll get one of these in the box.
As you can see from the image below, the deck has two large flat-top screws as well as two walls opposite each screw to improve the airflow of the tank.
Wotofo Framed Staple Clapton Coils
The kit comes equipped with two Framed Staple Clapton coils which are rated at 0.33ohm and definitely pack a punch.
Here are the specs for those coils if you’re after a bit more info.
Framed Staple Clapton Coil
Material: Ni80 Resistance: 0.33Ω Inner Core: 28G+38Gx9+28G Outer Wire: 36G Internal Diameter: 3mm Power Range: 5-60W Best At: 40-50W
I’ve used a few different coils from Wotofo and I’ve got to say that these work the best in my opinion, they heat up quickly and have excellent flavour from them with a good lifespan to match.
Final Verdict: Wotofo Gear V2
I’m not normally a massive fan of RTA’s; I prefer a good old fashioned RDA. However, the Gear V2 has not disappointed me. It’s simple to build on and the flavour is spot on thanks to the compact design with shorted airflow passage from the coil to drip tip.
Pros Vs. Cons
– Good flavour – Easy to build – Good design – The tank is made from PCTG plastic
– Cannot use a custom drip tip – Locked airflow
To be fair, the cons are there for those who would perhaps prefer to be able to adjust the airflow in addition use their favourite drip tips but I personally can’t fault the performance of the tank itself.
If you are looking to get yourself the Gear V2 I would highly recommend it.
In this post, we will be looking at the Vilter Pod Kit from Aspire.
This is a simple but effective pod kit that we feel is the closest thing to smoking the real thing, so with Swaptober upon us, we think that this is the perfect kit you’ll need in order to kick the hardest habit!
Specifications and Contents
Paper drip tip option for real cigarette feel
Draw activated with no buttons
1.0ohm mesh coil
3.7V constant output
450mAh battery capacity
Type-C quick charging
1x Vilter Device (450mAh)
1x Pod (2ml) with plastic drip tip
2x Paper Filter Drip Tip
1x Type-C Cable
Design & Build
The Vilter is made of lightweight plastic, weighing a grand total of 29g (without juice and with a paper filter tip – more on those later), making this an incredibly portable, easy to carry kit.
The Vilter uses a 450mAh battery which doesn’t sound big compared to similar kits such as the Joyetech Ego’s 1000mAh battery, but it does the utilise Type-C charge port, meaning it’ll take no time at all to charge. We reckon less than an hour but let us know what you think.
The pod itself is also made of plastic which seems to be the standard now amongst pod systems and can hold a total of 2ml. It also allows the user to switch their drip tips for their own custom 510 drip tip or the paper filters the kit comes with (I will get to those soon, I promise).
The coil is built into the pod itself, so when the coil is burnt out, just throw the full pod away and pop a new one in. Just remember to remove the drip tip before you throw the old pod. The coil’s resistance is 1.0ohm which is perfect for Nic Salts and other high nicotine e-liquids.
Have you got a Vilter?
Firstly, I apologise for that awful joke.
The Vilter comes with two paper filter drip tips. We have seen these once before but they were not executed anywhere near as well as they have been on the Vilter. These ones feel just like the real thing and it seems to work a treat. You can change them whenever you see fit.
The idea behind the paper filter tip is to further replicate the feeling of smoking, so this combined with the tight airflow and draw activation of the device means this is in our opinion the closest thing you will find to smoking cigarettes. For those who are looking to quit, finding something to replicate the habit as closely as possible is hugely important, so we think this is this is the perfect kit to replace cigarettes.
The device is incredibly simple to use which is the idea behind the Vilter. Smoking cigarettes is simple, so Aspire wanted the Vilter to be just as simple to ensure the easiest transition from smoking to vaping.
To fill the pod, remove the orange tab at the bottom of the pod and then fill it with your favourite e-liquid. When it’s a new pod make sure you leave it to soak for 5 minutes before first using it to avoid instantly burning the coil out.
To use the device, simply inhale, no need to press any buttons, just inhale like a cigarette.
That’s all there is to it. As we mentioned above, throw the pod away when the coil is burnt and pop in a new one, then change the paper filter whenever you feel you need to. It really couldn’t be simpler.
We believe the Aspire Vilter Kit is going to be one of the most successful pod systems of 2021 and also the ticket to starting your smoke-free life. We highly recommend the Vilter for those looking for a vaping experience that emulates smoking. So with all the qualities listed above, and with the fact we really can’t find any faults with the kit, you can’t go wrong.
Currently (at the time of writing) it’s priced at £17.99 until the end of October as part of our Swaptober event. Afterwards it will go back up to £19.99. Also, if you pick one up in-store during Swaptober, you can get a free bottle of British Blend E-Liquid! To take advantage of this deal with UK delivery, just call us on 01773 687073 and place your order over the phone.
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It’s always hard taking the plunge to quit smoking and start using E-Cigarettes. Here at The Best E-Cigarette, we like to make sure you choose the right kit to help you do this.
Whether you’re just starting to use E-Cigarettes or are a seasoned veteran, it’s always good to have an honest second opinion when choosing a new kit.
In this week’s blog post, we will be looking at what kits work best for those wanting to quit and why they work as well as they do.
Why use E-Cigarettes to quit?
E-Cigarettes have been in use since 2003, although at this time it was quite a niche market with very few options. The industry however has boomed ever since, with thousands of brands to choose from and countless new users looking to quit their smoking habit to better their health whilst saving a penny or two.
It has been proven by the Public Health of England (PHE) that E-Cigarettes are 95% safer than traditional smoking methods and this has not changed since their report in 2015.
Considering that this has stayed consistent and vaping continues to help people quit, coupled with my own personal experiences with E-Cigarettes, I would always recommend using an E-Cigarette as the best method to quit smoking once and for all.
What E-Cigarette should I use?
Before picking which kit to use, it can be useful to familiarise yourself with some of the basics of vaping to help you make your decision.
What does an E-Cigarette consist of?
All e-cigarettes have a battery that powers the device, then a tank that holds the e-liquid. The battery section can be as simple as a pen-style tube with a single button, all the way up to a big, chunky box (often called a ‘mod’) with a screen and buttons to alter different settings such as power output. Some mods even have replaceable batteries so that the user can have spares for extra battery life when on-the-go. The tank section is similar in that it can go from a thin tube (a clearomiser) up to a thick tube (a tank) to match the bigger ‘mods’. All tanks, whether a thin one or a thick one, have something inside called an atomiser (also known as a ‘filter’ or more commonly a ‘coil’). The coil is the component that absorbs the e-liquid and vaporises it when heated up by the battery. It has cotton to absorb the liquid wrapped around wire that heats up to vaporise it. Because the cotton is constantly being heated, it will eventually burn out which can cause a bit of a burnt taste when vaping. This means it needs to be changed whenever this happens which is usually between 1-3 weeks, however can be anywhere from 3 days to a month depending on usage and what device / liquid you are using. When you fill up your tank, if it has a fresh, unused coil (so when you first buy it or if you’ve just changed it), you need to leave it to soak for 5 minutes to ensure the liquid properly soaks into the cotton. Otherwise, you can risk burning the cotton straight away which means you’ll need to throw it away and replace it. Tanks often have air holes which dictate the airflow / tightness of the draw (we’ll talk more about this later on). The air holes can either be fixed or adjustable so the user can control how tight or loose the draw is.
Batteries and tanks come in all shapes and sizes; more traditionally the two will be completely separate components and the tank will screw onto the top of the battery. In some cases you can find an ‘all-in-one’ kit where the tank is built onto the top of the battery and is not detachable (other than to change the glass if it breaks in some cases). More recently however people are using kits known as ‘Pod Kits’. These don’t have a tank as such, instead they are a pod that slots into the top of the battery. This appeals to people because they are more compact and portable.
Advanced kits, variable wattage and more about coils
While a lot of vapers prefer simplicity (what we would recommend for new starters), many enjoy personalising their vaping experience. This can be achieved by using a more advanced kit with different settings that can be altered and are often displayed on a screen. These alterations can be anything as small as changing the colour of the screen, all the way up to changing the power output (variable power) to adjust the whole performance of the kit. When vaping first began, the most common measurement of power output was Volts, so when the first variable power devices came out they were known as Variable Voltage (VV) devices. Now, the majority of devices on the market operate in ‘Watts’ as this allows more precise modifications to the power to fine-tune the vaping performance more effectively. These are known as Variable Wattage (VW) devices. The higher the power, the higher the throat hit and vapour production. When increasing your power, you just have to make sure that your coil can handle it. All coils have something called a resistance (measured in ‘Ohms’ – Ω) which refers to how the wire inside is wrapped and how much power it can handle. Generally, the lower the resistance, the more power the coil can handle (although there are some exceptions). Any coil with a resistance below 1Ω is called a ‘sub-ohm’ coil. These are typically what you will see ‘cloud chasers’ using as they can handle a lot of power which produces a lot of vapour. We’ll talk more about these in the ‘Types of Vaping’ section below. As well as the resistance, all coils will have a wattage rating (either printed on the coil or the box) which is essentially a guideline of what wattage range to power the coil on. For example it might look like “7W-14W”, which means the coil is capable of handling anywhere between 7 and 14 Watts. Most variable wattage devices, or ‘mods’, can alter wattage in 1W increments so it will be easy to abide by any wattage rating you come across. If you power the coil below the wattage range, the coil might not perform to its full potential (it might not power up properly which will mean you don’t get a proper draw). There are some exceptions though, for example a lot of sub-ohm coil manufacturers overestimate the wattage rating, so you may find a coil with a rating of 40W-80W can actually be used quite comfortably on 30W. If you power a coil over the wattage range, you will find it will burn out a lot quicker (if not instantly) because you are over working it. This is why it’s very important to pay attention to the wattage rating. If you have a device that is not variable wattage, you will often find that it will read the resistance of the coil and automatically output an appropriate power. All batteries/mods will have a ‘resistance range’ which is the minimum & maximum coil resistance it’s compatible with.
Types of Vaping
There are two types of vaping in terms of how you inhale and exhale the vapour produced by your device. You have the lower powered kits that perform more like a cigarette, or the higher powered sub ohm kits that are designed more for clouds.
Mouth to lung (MTL): Mouth to Lung, or MTL for short, is tailored to those who are looking for an E-Cigarette that can replicate a cigarette by providing a tight draw with small vapour production. This is the method we recommend when trying to quit smoking. These types of devices also tend to be a lot more simple to use and are more suited to using higher nicotine than a lot of the sub-ohm kits (often referred to as “fog machines”). Read more about these below.
Direct Lung (DL): Direct Lung, or DL for short, is for those looking to achieve bigger clouds than they would with MTL devices. A lot of these kits tend to be much more powerful in order to achieve larger vapour production. Due to this higher power and massively increased vapour production, when taking a draw the user inhales the vapour directly into their lungs (hence direct-lung). This bypasses the mouth, almost like one big deep breath, as opposed to MTL which involves taking the vapour into your mouth first, then inhaling when your mouth is full (as you would with a traditional cigarette). This means you don’t need to be using higher strength e-liquids such as 12mg or 18mg because you’re taking in more vapour / nicotine with each draw. A 3mg nicotine strength would be more advisable for this style of vaping We’ll touch on nicotine strengths more later on. More airflow is needed for DL in order to achieve the ‘deep breath’ style of draw. This can be achieved by opening the air holes as wide as possible on the tank (commonly one or two really wide holes on DL setups). When wide open it allows air to freely pass in through the tank, then up through the coil and out the mouth piece so the user can take a draw (or in this case a deep breath) freely instead of it being tight or restricted. Some MTL kits are able to also offer a ‘restricted DL’ performance. This is where the kit is powerful enough to produce a decent amount of vapour, and there’s just about enough airflow to make it possible, however it’s not quite enough so it feels a bit tight/restricted.
What nicotine strength should I use?
It’s always difficult when picking your nicotine strength when you first switch to vaping; the main strengths you will find are 18mg, 12mg, 6mg, 3mg and 0mg.
The best way to determine what strength will be required is to figure out the daily amount of cigarettes you smoke and that will give you a rough estimate on what strength you’ll need. Check the table below for a better idea of what strength you’ll need (for an MTL kit – as mentioned above 3mg is enough for a DL kit):
Cigarettes A Day
A rough estimate on how much nicotine you’ll need in your e-liquid
This tends to be the way I would suggest nicotine strengths for those who are looking to start vaping. When I started to quit smoking and move to vaping, I was smoking 15 roll-ups a day, so 12mg was perfect for me.
When it comes down to choosing your strength, you’ll need to bear in mind what device you have gone for. If you’re new to vaping, you’ll most likely have gone for a low powered “pen” style MTL device that would be able to work with any strength you require from 3mg to 18mg. If you have a kit that is capable of producing a DL style vape, then I would definitely start at 3mg and go no higher than 6mg unless you feel you absolutely need to. This is because of the amount of power the DL kits produce; as mentioned above they’ll deliver more nicotine with each draw than MTL kits so the strength required is a lot lower.
What is a PG/VG ratio?
All e-liquid on the market has something called a PG/VG ratio. This refers to the percentage of each of the two main ingredients in the e-liquid. These two ingredients are Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG). PG is the thinner of the two and has a harsher throat hit, whilst VG is the thicker of the two with a smooth throat hit and larger vapour production. A ratio you might see is 70PG/30VG. This means 70% of the e-liquid is PG, and 30% of the e-liquid is VG. This will be quite a thin liquid with a strong throat hit. With MTL devices, they tend to be lower powered which means you need to stick to thinner liquids (below 60% VG) because they don’t output enough power to vaporise the thick liquids effectively. Putting a thick liquid in a MTL device can clog your coil and prematurely burn it out. Thicker liquids are suited to higher powered sub ohm (DL) devices because they can output plenty of power sufficient to vaporise the thick liquid quickly which produces lots of vapour.
What are Nicotine Salts (Nic Salts)?
If you’re just entering the world of vaping you may have heard of these. They’re all the rage at moment and with good reason. If you’re not too bothered about all of the chemistry jargon, see the summary at the bottom of this paragraph (we don’t want to bore you) to find out why they can be beneficial to both new and current vapers. Nicotine Salts are the naturally formed nicotine in the tobacco leaf. They are not a physical salt, they just have the chemical composition of one. This chemical composition consists of a weak base and negatively charged particles that seek to find protons to become stable (ionised). Ionised drugs have difficulty passing through cell membranes which means they are not bioavailable (easily absorbed into the body). Because of this, an acid (usually benzioc acid or citric acid) is added to the nic salt to reduce the pH level (nicotine salts are an alkaline to begin with) which means it can be vaporised efficiently at lower temperatures (even by basic starter e-cig kits). This is because acids become a ligand (bond) to our nicotine receptors which delivers the nicotine quicker. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you’re vaping a burning acid; the end result is only just below natural water on the pH scale. In addition to this, higher pH levels (alkalines) give a stronger throat hit, so by adding the acid and reducing the alkalinity, the nic salts have an incredibly smooth throat hit so users can vape the higher nicotine strength they need to satisfy cravings without an excessive throat hit. This is why higher nicotine strengths in regular e-liquids have such a harsh throat hit, because the standard ‘freebase’ nicotine used in e-liquids is achieved in a way where the alkalinity remains very high. Even high VG freebase nicotine e-liquids have a strong throat hit in the higher strengths, it’s just a lot smoother than high PG. Because of the absence of a throat hit in the nic salts, the user can actually take a larger draw/vape without throat irritation, meaning more nicotine is delivered with every draw. After the acid is added, the now lower pH nic salt is diluted in your usual e-liquid ingredients, propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG) and flavourings to make it into a ‘vapeable’ nic salt e-liquid.
To summarise, the main benefits of nic salts are:
– Bonds to nicotine receptors immediately instead being slowly absorbed into the body (like normal freebase nicotine) which provides a quicker delivery of nicotine (or nicotine ‘rush’).
– It has a lower pH level than freebase so has a much smoother throat hit which means not only can you tolerate the stronger nicotine strengths, but you can take in more vapour with every draw which makes sure you get the nicotine hit you need.
Because of these two points, it’s recommended that you don’t use powerful sub ohm devices (realistically anything over 15W/20W) with nic salts because you might get too much nicotine in one go and become light headed.
Pod kits are great with nic salts because they are often low powered, small, compact and portable. This means you don’t have to carry around a big device because you can stay topped up on nicotine throughout the day with quick nicotine delivery satisfying cravings more efficiently. This in turn leads to you not needing to use your device as much which means it does not matter that pod kits usually have smaller battery capacity.
Nic Salts are available in various flavours and are ideal for new starters or current vapers who crave more nicotine but usually wouldn’t be able to handle the strong throat hit that comes with it. Obviously if you’re a smoker wanting to switch to vaping but the throat hit is really important to you (as is the case for a lot of people), then nic salts probably aren’t for you.
How does this compare to “standard” e-liquids containing freebase nicotine? Find out below:
Freebase nicotine is what’s been used in e-liquids since the start of the e-cigarette industry. This takes the same naturally occurring nicotine salts from the tobacco leaf, however instead of adding an acid, ammonia is added. As mentioned at the top of this section, nicotine has the chemical composition of a salt which is ionised. The ammonia de-protonates the nicotine (removes its protons) which de-ionises it and ‘frees’ the base to allow it to pass through cell membranes. This means it becomes more bioavailable (absorbs into the body more efficiently) which offers a slower nicotine delivery but stays in the body for longer. The nicotine can then be diluted in the usual e-liquid ingredients listed above to become a bottle of freebase nicotine e-liquid.
What to choose for a first kit?
Now we’ve got to grips with some of the vaping foundations, below are my top four recommendations for starter kits that tick all the boxes for me as a suitable option for quitting smoking and starting vaping.
If I was to start again as if I’ve never used an e-cigarette, I would definitely look at using something along the lines of a low powered kit that is more purpose-built for quitting smoking – an MTL device.
Aspire have become a staple brand in the industry over the years with their consistently impressive array of devices. Their reputation is at the very top, just like their quality of products. This for me makes them an incredibly reliable brand to quit smoking with; from their ever-popular devices such as the Nautilus series, the Pockex line, and arguably one of their biggest successes, the BVC line of coils.
The Aspire Spryte uses the BVC coil line and considering the popularity and reliability of these coils, this kit makes the cut with flying colours. This is down to the sheer length of time these coils have been around, and stayed around. Often tanks and coils come and go, but not these ones. They’ve been so popular (and still are), that they have to be one of the longest-standing coils in the whole industry. This is the definition of tried and tested, and is why this is the first kit on the list.
The Spryte kit is nice and easy to use, so it’s perfect for a new starter. There’s no menu system or settings to worry about, just the firing button to power the device and turn it on/off (5 quick clicks = on/off). The kit has a 650mAh battery capacity which should last you 6-8 hours of vaping (depending on usage). One handy feature I like about this kit, one that you don’t see a lot at all, is the inclusion of a dust cap/lid that you put on top of the device when not in use to make sure your mouth piece stays dust/fluff free! I really think more devices should have these, because when you’re not using your device and pop it in your pocket or bag for example (ensuring it’s turned off), it’s quite common for bits to get in the mouth piece. The Spryte has a pod to hold your e-liquid; just pull the pod out, turn it upside-down and pull out the orange bung to fill it up. The coil is also located on the underside of the pod; to change it just unscrew it from the pod, then unscrew the coil itself from the base and replace with a new one. There’s also adjustable airflow on the base to change the tightness of your draw. An open hole provides a looser draw, whereas a closed hole provides a tighter draw.
To summarise, it’s a simple, easy to use kit that replicates the feel of smoking very well.
The Joyetech Ego Pod is relatively new in the industry and has definitely made its mark. I’ve personally used this device for the last 7 months and have honestly got no faults to report.
This kit is arguably one of the easiest kits to use on the market. It’s breath activated meaning there’s no buttons to press; just take a draw on it and it’ll power up! This makes the kit perform more like a traditional cigarette which helps that transition become a lot easier. Plus with the battery being quite large for a starter kit (1000mAh) and the resistance being quite high (1.2Ω), it’ll easily last the whole day without charge (depending on usage). I’ve actually been getting at most two days before it’s flat.
Another factor that makes the kit so easy to use is the inclusion of a pod with a built-in coil. This means everything is in one place and there’s no need to worry about changing any components (even the mouth piece is built in). Just keep topping up (using the spring loaded fill port underneath the pod), then throw away the full pod when the coil is burnt out.
The Joyetech eGo Pod kit is an incredibly easy-to-use kit that will give you the closest performance to the real thing! It’s also (at the time of writing) the most affordable kit in the store, costing just £19.99!
Eleaf are another one of those brands who have been on the scene as long as anyone can remember and are known for their hardware being exceptional in quality. The iJust AIO upholds this outstanding reputation. This is another pod kit but with the added addition of variable power, meaning if you need that extra bit of a hit, you can just turn up the power! This doesn’t use a screen, but is instead achieved by quickly clicking the power button three times while the device is on. This will cycle through the power settings, displayed by the light flashing behind the power button. Red = low / Blue = medium / Green = high. Higher power will give more of a throat hit with larger vapour production. These same lights can be used to show how much battery life you have left, which is a very handy feature as not a lot of the pen-style devices have this. Quickly click the power button twice to display battery life. There is an impressive 1500mAh battery capacity with this device which should be sufficient to see you through a full day of vaping. However, this does depend on usage, plus the battery will drain quicker as you increase the power setting.
The coil is really easy to change; just pop the pod out, pull out the coil from the base and push in a new one. The coil that comes with the kit is 0.6Ω which gives a powerful MTL experience or a restricted DL experience. A 1.2Ω coil is available for a lower power MTL vape. The power outputted by the device automatically scales depending on which coil is installed. So for example using the 1.2 coil on high power (green) would output about the same as using the 0.6 coil on low (red).
To fill the pod, rotate the middle metal sleeve of the pod to reveal the white fill port. When rotating ensure you do not hold the mouth piece or the battery because it won’t rotate properly; either the whole pod will rotate or nothing will rotate at all. The fill port is a white rubber membrane with a slit in the middle. Push your e-liquid bottle’s nozzle through the slit in the membrane, fill up your pod, then remove the nozzle. The membrane will seal itself back up. Rotate the metal sleeve to cover the fill port back up, then you’re ready to go. Rotating the whole pod will open & close the airflow hole on the side of the battery at the top where the pod sits.
This kit is a great option for someone who would like a bit of personalisation with their vaping experience. Maybe first thing in the morning the throat hit is a bit harsh, so turn it down to low power and you’re sorted!
This is the first of the kits in this post that isn’t a pod kit (they just seem to be really popular at the moment), but it’s with good reason because this is arguably our most popular starter kit!
As with the other starter kits above, the Pockex is a remarkably easy kit to use. We believe ease of use is essential for new starters because it’s a big step to make, so making the whole process easier to get used to by ensuring there’s no complications is key to a kit’s effectiveness. With the Pockex, Aspire did just that. There’s just one button to press, and both filling and coil changing is done via the top of the device. Similar to most kits, quickly click the power button 5 times to turn the device on/off, then hold it down to take a draw (when filled with e-liquid of course). To fill up, just unscrew the top cap, then fill straight into the glass tank section up to the ‘max’ line. When unscrewing the top, the coil unscrews at the same time, so whenever you need to change it you can just unscrew it from there then screw in another one.
Similar to the iJust AIO, the Pockex has two coil options; a 0.6Ω coil (pre-installed) and a 1.2Ω coil (spare in the box). The Pockex does not have variable power, so it will automatically read which coil is installed and output an appropriate power. The 0.6 coil is the stronger of the two so will give more of a throat hit and more vapour production (powerful MTL or restricted DL). The 1500mAh battery capacity should be enough to see you through a full day of vaping (depending on usage), however bear in mind that the 0.6 coil draws more power out of the battery meaning it will drain it quicker.
This is a solid kit that has become one of our go-to starter kits for those looking to stop smoking.
There is a plethora of kits to choose from these days; although I’ve suggested a few different kits we recommend in this post, the best advice I could give to someone wanting to make that transition from smoking to vaping is to simply come and chat with us in store. This is because you can see the device in front of you and also ask any questions that come to mind.
One final thing to consider when making the jump from smoking to vaping is that it’s not a miracle cure for a 10-year habit but something to aid you when trying to quit. Patience is a virtue. Although more people have statistically quit because of vaping, it doesn’t mean that it’s purely vaping that has made them quit. Willpower is definitely needed and you have to want to quit in order to make it happen.
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The Swag PX80 is a single 18650 pod mod with the capability of running up to 80W max output.
The device has a 0.96 inch thin-film-transistor (TFT) screen hidden behind the carbon fiber panel. This means the screen blends seamlessly behind the carbon fibre pattern on the device; when it’s off you cannot tell a screen is present. When you turn it on the screen appears behind the carbon fiber pattern with crystal clear clarity (see image below).
With the Swag PX80 is a similar chip to the Target PM80 known as the Axiom Chip; the firing time according to Vaporesso is 0.001 seconds which is what I would expect from this chipset.
Operating modes included on this device are wattage, voltage, and smart wattage. Smart Wattage is used to automatically set your wattage depending on the resistance of the coil). There is also a daily puff history over your last seven days with the ability to reset it, as well as the ability to change the colour of the screen between green, blue, and pink. The screen displays the wattage, a puff counter, a battery meter, resistance, and the recommended watts for the coil installed which is a great feature.
To access these options, press the ‘+’ & ‘-‘ buttons at the same time. Then use the same buttons independently to navigate the menu. Press the fire button to select your desired option.
The kit comes with the Swag Pod which uses the GTX coils. The coil range is great for any user, from 0.2ohm to 1.2ohm, there’s something in this range for everyone.
To change the coil, be sure to turn the drip tip to the unlock setting by rotating the drip tip. From there you can push down the drip tip to push the coil out, this will also close the juice inlets meaning you won’t lose any e-liquid as you change the coil. I must admit I was very impressed by the way this works.
This ‘change your coil with a full tank of juice’ feature is a massive plus for anyone as it’s always the worst feeling when your coil burns out with a full tank and you have to get rid of it all.
The video below is a demonstration on how to install and change coils for the Swag Pod:
The coils in the kit are the 0.2ohm, which runs between 45-60W, and the 0.3ohm running between 32-45W.
Since these are the same coils for some of the other devices by Vaporesso (such as the Target PM80), I personally know how they perform (which is incredibly well) so expect big things from them here. I prefer the 0.3ohm to the 0.2ohm as the flavour is a lot crisper which is what I look for when it comes to coils. Plus, for a pod kit it’s more the sort of wattage range I stick to.
Overall, I feel that the Swag PX80 is an exceptional kit for anyone looking for a compact kit that can do both direct-lung (DL) and mouth-to-lung (MTL) vaping. MTL coils are sold separately – two DL come with the kit.
I can’t really see any negatives on first impressions with this mod, so if it performs as well as former Vaporesso mods do with these coils, we’re in for a treat! I maybe would have liked to see a top fill system as we’ve seen with the Aegis Boost or the Innokin Kroma-Z kits but these are minor in comparison to the positives with this kit.
If you are interested, make sure you grab one today whilst stocks last.
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This week we will be looking at the Argus Pro Kit from Voopoo. We know Voopoo for their great range of devices from the Drag series to the Vinci series, along with some of their other devices like the Finic and of course the Vmate.
Some of the above devices have been considered all-time greats in the E-Cigarette industry, but we’ve got to say that for us, the Argus Pro has definitely shot straight to the top as a contender for not just one of Voopoo’s best devices, but one of the best Pod Devices of 2020. Of course, this is down to personal preference but we’ve been so impressed with this kit.
Argus Pro – Design & Build
The design and build of this mod is impeccable; made from a zinc-alloy material with a leather grip, the Argus looks the part and is ergonomically fantastic. The buttons on the Argus Pro are nice and smooth with a good press (not too loose and not too rigid).
Because of the material used, it’s a pretty heavy pod system. Weighing in at approximately 168g, it’s definitely got a bit of weight to it, so for those looking for something you can really feel in your hand, this is perfect. Thankfully, I like my mods with plenty of weight so this is right up my street.
Measurements for this mod are 124mm (H) x 35mm (W) x 31mm (D). It has a 0.96inch colour screen to display all your settings which we will get into in the next section.
One very welcomed sight is the inclusion of a Type-C charge port on the Argus Pro. The charge rate of this is a 2 Amp charge, holding up to the standard of fast charging which again is great to see. When you couple this with the massive 3000mAh battery, you have huge battery life and quick recharge time.
A final nice touch with the design is the small bar located near the top of the device which can be used for lanyards to keep your kit safe from potentially damaging falls!
Argus Pro – Functions
Turn the device on – 5 Clicks of the fire button
Adjust Wattage – Press/hold the + or – buttons
Lock Device – Press and hold the fire button and + button
Reset Puff Counter – Press and hold the fire button and – button
Change Modes – Press the fire button 3 times quickly
The Argus Pro has four modes to choose from, these are as follows:
Smart mode: Auto-detects what wattage you should be vaping depending on the coil (Represented by an “S”).
RBA Mode: User-defined wattage – adjust freely from 5W-80W (Represented by an “R”).
Double Ignition Mode: Allows the user to power the device using either the fire button, or with breath/draw activation (Represented by an “A&P”).
Manual Mode: Button activated vaping only without the option to use breath activation (Represented by a “P”).
As you’ve seen from the images this kit comes with the hugely popular PnP Pod Tank. I’ve talked about this tank in a previous review, so I won’t go too much in depth. The PnP Pod tank is an adaptation/conversion of the pod found on the Drag X & Drag S pod kits into a 510 threaded tank. It has adjustable airflow, push/pull coil installation, and is compatible with the full range of PnP coils to accommodate a wide range of vaping performances with fantastic flavour and longevity. If you want to know more about the PnP Pod Tank, check out my Drag Mini Refresh Review for more details.
I think personally this kit is solid all-round; there isn’t really anything with it I can fault. The design and functionality are both great and I really like the hit from the kit as well.
Let us know what you think of the Argus Pro Kit on Facebook and Instagram and if you’re interested in getting one for yourself, check the store and order yours today!
Apologies for last week as we missed the review but with the Christmas period upon us, it has been a little hectic with the shop!
Good day, and welcome back to another blog post. This week we will be looking at Nic Salts, what they are, how they’re different to freebase nicotine and if they are right for you.
What Is Freebase?
Before looking at Nic Salts, we need to first understand what the ‘normal’ nicotine is in normal E-Liquid. The nicotine used in E-Liquid since the vaping industry began is called ‘Freebase’ Nicotine.
Freebase Nicotine is considered a traditional form of nicotine as it has in fact been used since the 60’s. A method was discovered by Phillip Morris (the owner of Marlboro) whereby nicotine could be made more potent by removing its protons (using ammonia) to make it more bioavailable in the body (be absorbed easily). The chemical nature of nicotine is a weak base with negatively charged particles that seek positively charged particles (protons) to become stable and ionised. Ions are not easily vapourised and do not absorb into the body easily. The removal of the protons takes away the positive charge to reduce the nicotine down to a free state/base (hence ‘freebase’) which is absorbed into the body much more efficiently. Freebase nicotine has a high pH level, which means it has a strong throat hit; something a lot of new vapers like as it emulates cigarettes.
So, with Freebased covered, we will look at how Salt Nicotine is created and what advantages it has over Freebase.
The word ‘Salt’ comes from nicotine’s chemical composition, which is as you’ve probably guessed, a salt. Don’t worry you’re not going to be putting physical salt into your tank, it’s the same nicotine as above but it’s not de-protonised, instead it undergoes a different process before making its way into your E-Liquid.
If the natural nicotine salt was to be added to an E-Liquid and vapourised, it would need to be vaped at extremely high temperatures to be effective. The secret ingredient for nic salts is benzoic acid. Adding this acid to the nicotine salt significantly reduces the temperature needed to effectively vapourise the nicotine, and increases its bioavailability so it is absorbed into the body more efficiently. That’s not all, perhaps the most recognised change is that the acid lowers the pH level of the nicotine which massively lessens the throat hit. This nicotine gives a smooth throat hit instead of the harsh throat hit that comes with freebase. The main advantage of this is that some users need a high nicotine strength for nicotine satisfaction but cannot always tolerate the harsh throat hit of freebase nicotine. Nicotine Salts allow the user to vape the high nicotine strengths with a smooth throat hit.
What Devices Should I Use?
When it boils down to it, Nic Salts are better in the mouth-to-lung (MTL) kits because they are very potent and could delivery more nicotine than needed in a high powered direct-lung (DL) setup. Additionally, a lot of Nic Salt e-liquids are made at a 50/50 ratio which works best in MTL.
However, if you want to use salts in a DL device, all is not lost because you can use Nic Salt shots with your short fills. Just add them in as you would usually do when adding freebase nic shots to your favourite short fill. This way, you are still getting quicker nicotine absorption compared to freebase and you aren’t getting as much throat hit either.
To round this up, if you are looking for something to satisfy your cravings better, check out Nic Salts.
In my personal use, I have found them to be strong and more effective at calming the nicotine cravings over freebase.
We have a good selection of flavours on our website, check out all the Nic Salt ranges here.
We hope you found this information useful. You can let us know your thoughts on Nic Salts on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
Hello and welcome to a little look at the Vaptio Fragg Mod! In this post, we will be looking at the Fragg mod from Vaptio, from the specs to general thoughts about the device!
1 x FRAGG Mod 1 x USB Type-C Cable 1 x User Manual 1 x Lanyard
The design of this mod is small, compact and lightweight. It’s perfect for those who are looking for the extra power but don’t want something bulky and awkward to carry. The mod also comes with a lanyard which helps keep your mod from having a tumble if you are a tad on the clumsy side. The diameter of the 510 plate is just shy of 23mm and the mod stands at 78mm tall.
The material the Fragg is made from is a zinc alloy with plastic and Faux leather to keep the mod lightweight. The screen is located on the side just under the fire button and control buttons. The screen itself is a 0.69inch OLED screen which is nice and bright, I had no problems seeing the screen in any lighting.
The buttons are a good size for the mod; they do have a slight texture to them which is good to see, my only issue with the buttons is that they aren’t as clicky as I prefer. I know it’s a small detail but I like to know when I’ve pressed something, I mean you know you’ve pressed the mod as it reacts quickly to the corresponding button but I just wanted a little more of a click with the button. As I say though, that’s just personal preference.
A final note on the design is the charge port which is located underneath the control buttons and uses a type-c charger. I will talk more on this in the next section.
The Fragg comes with a few different modes and has some adjustability as well. I’ll list the controls of the mod and then discuss each mode on the mod below.
Turning the device on/off – five clicks of the fire button
Adjust Wattage – use the two buttons below the fire button
Access menu – Press the fire button three times.
Lock the device – Press and hold both adjustment buttons simultaneously.
Flip the screen – Press and hold both adjustment buttons simultaneously (note, the device will lock first, then after locking/unlocking it will flip).
Fire – Press and hold the fire button
The Vaptio Fragg also comes with a few different modes to operate in, below is a list of these modes.
VW – This is standard wattage mode, the max output is 60w.
VV – This is voltage mode, the max output is 4v.
Pre – A pre-heat mode, the max output is 15w.
By – Bypass mode, this works depending on the battery voltage and resistance of the coil. The less battery you have, the less output you’ll get.
Settings – Adjust settings for sleep timer up to 20 seconds & vape time up to 10 seconds.
The Fragg mod has a maximum and minimum resistance that ranges between 0.2 Ohm to 1.8 Ohm. The battery capacity is 2000mAh for all day vaping on low-medium wattage, and as mentioned before with the Type-C charging capabilities the Fragg charges up rapidly!
Pros and Cons
As always, I’ll list what my pros and cons for this device are and explain my reasoning.
Lightweight and compact – It’s super light, weighing in at just 132g this is the perfect device for someone who doesn’t want something too big and bulky.
Plenty of different modes – I think with this device, there’s something for everyone here to use.
Fast charge – I would expect the device to charge from flat to full in less than an hour. I’ll update the blog when I find out for definite.
Pre-heat mode – To be honest, I think Vaptio missed a better option here, they could have gone for a curve mode to pre-heat coils which the user could have adjusted accordingly.
510 Plate – The 510 plate is tiny which considering a lot of recent tanks are around the 24mm+ mark. A lot of tanks will overhang the plate.
So there we have it, the Vaptio Fragg mod, I think it is a decent mod for what you pay for it. If I was to pair this up with a tank, I would go for something like the Tecc Slider 2 for direct-lung, or the Innokin Zlide tank for a mouth-to-lung experience. If you are looking to get one, check out the link to get yours today!
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We are officially back in lockdown! Stay safe everyone.
This week it’s going to be a quick post about the lockdown and what we will be doing from the 5th of November till the 2nd of December (End date may be subject to change).
So with the lockdown, as you may have heard in the news, all non-essential shops must be closed to the public, however, if a business is able to provide an online service or click and collect then they may remain operational so long as they do not allow customers in-store. Just like last time, we will be sending orders out for delivery via Royal Mail and DPD, but unlike last time our click and collect service can remain open! Below we will be going over how Click and Collect is going to work and how you can get ahold of all your E-Cig essentials.
So as always, our website is available to place your order. When it comes to wanting to collect your order from our store, simply select the “Click & Collect from our Alfreton Store” at the last stage of checkout (you still need to fill out address details before getting to this stage). This is completely free to do so if you live local to the store then it saves you money on postage and time waiting for your favourite flavours or new kit to arrive!
Once you have completed your order, you can start making your way down to the shop as the turn around time for collection is pretty fast – we can get your order ready within minutes.
Once the order has been picked and checked, we will notify you via e-mail (please make sure it’s correct at checkout) that your order is ready! From there, simply press the doorbell on the front of the shop and provide your order number & name, or a copy of the invoice from your confirmation email at hand.
If for any reason you cannot use our website, don’t panic, as we can also take orders over the phone as well (it’s probably easier this way in all honesty)!
To place a telephone order, simply call the shop (01773 687 073) and we will take your order and payment over the phone.
When it comes to collecting your order, we will give you an order number which you can quote to us along with your name so we can then hand over the order to you. Again please press the door bell upon arrival.
If you can’t collect from store, then don’t panic as we are still operating delivery with Royal Mail and DPD. These options are still available on the website or over the phone for if you are either shielding or are too far from the store.
So whether you need a new kit or just a top-up on supplies, then we are still here ready to help.
If you have any queries about ordering then feel free to contact us.
We will be available for Click & Collect seven days a week at normal opening times, any order placed by our website for delivery will be dispatched on the same day providing the order was placed before 3pm, Monday to Friday.
Thanks again for reading and we hope you are all staying safe.
Good day readers, hope this finds you all well. Today we are going to be looking at the Innokin Adept Mod. We will go over the specs and features of the mod and what my personal opinion is of the mod itself.
Specs of the Adept
The Adept Mod is a 3000mAh battery with a max output of 17w. That wasn’t a typo, this mod is considered a mouth-to-lung (MTL) device so only has a low max output. This means the battery life of the Adept is fantastic. The mod is also made from IP67 materials which means that the device is shock resistant, dust resistant and water resistant which is ideal for those who are prone to a drop or two. The resistance range of the mod is from 0.4-3.0Ohm which means that those who want to use low resistance coils with this mode are not going to be able to use them. It stands around 85mm tall and about 44mm wide which means it’s not overly bulky but is still more bulky than the average MTL kit.
Looking at the mod, we are greeted with a silicone looking material which is finished with a polished metal plate at the top and bottom of the mod. At the front of the mod we have the controls and fire button. The fire button is a decent size and in my opinion is quite ‘clicky’. As I’ve stated before this is a major bonus when I’m looking for a mod because I like to know I have pressed the button correctly. At the bottom of the mod there is another button which is the wattage selection button. We will get into the features of this button in the next section. At the bottom of the mod you’ll see the charge port which uses a Micro USB port and is covered with a snug bung to protect the port from dust and water.
Overall I think the mod itself is very nice to look at, and when it comes to comfort, I’ve got to say it is comfortable and snug in the hand. It’s not too bulky like some mods I’ve had, but again its size is substantial enough to not lose it easily.
To turn the Adept device on/off, press the fire button three times. When using the device, it uses bright LED lights to indicate battery life and power settings along with the strange looking symbols you’ll find under the mod itself (<] & [>). These represent the type of coil you have. With the Adept mod, there is an onboard detection system available which will pick up what the resistance the coil is. If it’s above 1.oOhm, it will use the 11-14w scale, then if it’s below 1.0Ohm, it will use the 14-17w. Do remember the minimum resistance of the mod is 0.4ohm which means anything below that wont fire due to the regulators that are also installed on the device. To change the wattage on the device, simply press the button at the bottom and cycle through the different wattages.
So with the Adept, it’s clear to see that this is a device made specifically for MTL vaping. Although the Zlide is the original tank to go with this device, I’ve been using the GS Drive tank rated at 0.75ohm and it works great. It’s good to see there’s a mod now with high mAh which is bulit for the MTL community in mind. My only real criticism on this is that I would have loved to see this mod use a Type-C Port as opposed to a Micro USB Port. With the Type-C, it would have been more efficient at charging the device meaning you wouldn’t have to wait as long for it to be fully charged to use. This would make a fantastic combo of huge battery life and rapid charge time! Other than that, I can’t see why you wouldn’t want the Adept. It’s sleek, comfortable and an all around solid device to use as a daily driver.
Apologies in delay, I thought I’d set this post up for auto-publish; turns out I didn’t but thanks for checking in for the next blog post. I thought I would switch up from the reviews and go for a bit of a tutorial for using RBAs (Rebuildable Atomisers). I’ll discuss what RBAs are and the pros and cons of using them. Then to finish off, I’ll include a video tutorial of building coils onto an RBA as well.
What is an RBA?
RBA stands for Rebuildable Atomiser. This is the general term for any tank/top that you build your own coils for. Rebuildables are divided into three main groups;
RDA – Rebuildable Dripping Atomiser – These are referred to as ‘drippers’ in the vaping community. There’s no tank as such as you’ll drip liquid directly onto the coils. The flavour from drippers is great but do remember you’ll need to regularly drip a small amount of liquid each time which some people consider tedious.
RTA – Rebuildable Tank Atomiser – These work similar to standard tanks but there’s a deck where you can install coils instead of just screwing in pre-made coils like you usually would. The flavour is again a lot better quality than standard tanks and has the bonus of actually holding a decent capacity of liquid unlike RDAs.
RBA – Rebuildable Atomiser – These are sometimes available for stock tanks such as the TFV8 cloud beast from Smok. They are usually used to convert your tank that takes stock coils into an RTA which is a great way to get into rebuildables.
So with these three options, it might be hard to decide which would be best for you to use. The way I would look at this would be to decide when you tend to use your E-Cigarette the most. My habits are usually in the car going to work and back and when I’m home. For this reason, I prefer to use an RTA because I can’t use a dripper while driving as I would be distracted so I usually fill my tank full before I set off and it’ll last me the whole drive to work. I did however use RDA’s before and I do enjoy the vapour production and flavour much more than an RTA, but it depends on what your personal needs are (the RTA is just far more practical for me).
Pros and Cons For RDA/RTA
So as always I think it’s important to see what the pros and cons of using both RDA/RTA style tanks. Below I have listed them in their own categories.
Great Cloud Production.
Allows you to try different Flavours rather than waiting till the tanks empty.
Can be hard to build at first
Requires more attention for dripping
Great Cloud Production
Can hold E-Liquid in a tank
When wicking the coils, the cotton needs to be spot on
Can leak if the wick is too thin
Won’t pull correctly if the wick is too thick
Looking at the cons lists for both RDA and RTA’s looks bad but rest assured, these are cons which tend to happen less once you have gotten used to building and wicking coils. It is a bit of a learning curve but with practice and patience, you’ll not see these problems at all!
Another pro for using rebuildable style tanks and drippers is that it is more cost-effective than using stock coils. Although the start-up might be a little bit expensive, the long term savings over buying coils every 1-2 weeks is much higher.
What you’ll need to start using an RBA
As I said in the previous paragraph, you’ll need a few things to help you get started with RBA style tanks, below is a list of components you’ll need