Friday, June 17, 2016

iStick Pico Mod A Short Review


I bought this from Good Fumes Araneta Center Cubao last Saturday, June 11, so I've been using it for a week now.


Pros:

- the weight of the unit with the battery and the Mad Hatter atomizer makes up for its size. I am aware that there's something in my hand and there's little tendency for  you to drop it accidentally.

- the battery lasts for about 8 hours before it goes low batt. I'm a moderate vaper.

- firing at 25W, with a resistance of 0.60 Ohms gives decent clouds and the taste of the juice is good. I was actually able to make one 50mL bottle last the entire week.



- there's a firing timer. I don't fire for more than 5 seconds, but if in case you're the type to vape deep, the unit cuts off power if you press it for longer than 10 seconds.


Cons:

- because of the Zinc alloy material used in its construction, the unit does get a bit warm if you chain vape.

- when the battery's power is too low, you can't turn the unit off. What you have to do is to unscrew the discharged battery. It's like a hard restart for your PC/Mobile phone.

- the unit turns on by itself when you put in a fresh battery. I would have appreciated if I have to turn it on manually after putting the battery

And dang, is it small!


Overall though, the Pico Mod with my Mad Hatter atty is worth the purchase. It's got the heft that I am so used to, especially after I switched from full mechanical stainless steel mods. Once you get the right build, you can actually make the juice last because you get a full taste of the flavor. And the cloud production, pretty decent. I'm enjoying the darn thing!

If you want to ask me questions, please don't hesitate to send me an email.

Stores that may carry this unit include

Denkat Robinson's Galleria

Green Puff Megamall

Vape or Crave Cubao Shoe Expo

Mistwood Vape Cafe

Brightest Blessings!

Halie

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Mad Hatter Mini Kit


So, I have been using this full mechanical electronic cigarette for a month now. It was bought last  May as an early birthday present for me by my husband. Yehey! I have a new shiny mech! He bought it for about Php 2,000 (roughly USD 45) from Mistwood Vape Cafe in Eastwood City, Libis. 

Why did he buy it for me? My old unit, a torpedo mod and my ERA atomizer (both served me for 3 years or more) are both dying on their feet. It has been misfiring (meaning that even if the atomizer is properly screwed on, well coiled and wicked, it wouldn't fire). Also, the ERA has loose threads and we needed to use a long nose pliers in order to tighten the screws perfectly.  Aside from that, since the ERA is really old, the insulator is now at its last days and there are no available parts for it anymore. Saddening, but then again, it lasted for 3 years without me needing to replace any of its parts. Good buy!

What did it come with?

The package contains the following:

1 Mad Hatter Stainless Steel Full Mechanical Hybrid Tube
1 Mad Hatter Stainless Steel Mini Atomizer
1 Wide Bore Drip Tip
2 pieces of Hex Keys
Spare O rings
Spare Screws

Batteries and Charger were of course separate (but since I had been using a full mech mod for 3 years, I have them at a ready at home)

Let's talk about the body:

It's a straight single tube which means that conductivity is far better than my old torpedo mod which consisted of two tubes, one of which is threaded which allowed me to use different sized batteries from an 18350 to an 18650. (That's the only advantage that I have seen so far)

The Mad Hatter system is a Hybrid, meaning that there is no 510 connector that would separate the atomizer from the battery. So, the base would be in direct contact with the battery that is inside the tube.

At the base of the tube, you will find the firing switch. The downside, there is no locking mechanism for it. Meaning, the only thing that you need to do is press the button and as long as your battery is charged and the atomizer coils are working, you can start vaping! The downside would be, if you're not careful with the adjustments, you might end up with a unit that auto fires, so care must be taken when putting this thing inside your bag or pocket.

The switch is copper so it does conduct electricity quite well. However, it can get hot especially when you chain vape.

The Atomizer

It has an engraving of the Mad Hatter Logo which is quite cool if you ask me. The cap has 3 air holes that you can switch around in order to give you better air flow control. Personally, I use a single air hole set up which gives me decent flavor and cloud production.

It has a flip top cap which makes direct dripping easier. You don't need to worry about where you put your top cap or your drip tip when you have to soak your coils and cotton after enjoying a good chain vape. The mesh that you see is also a spit back shield. I can enjoy a good vape without the juice going inside my mouth and burning my tongue. 

At the base of the atomizer you will see this


It is also copper plated that gives it the best conductivity for a more enjoyable vape experience.

My Overall Impression of the Mad Hatter Mini System:

It's a cheap alternative especially for those who would like to start vaping. For Php 2,000, you would get a good sturdy stainless steel body with an atomizer! All you need to do is buy a bottle of e-juice, a set of batteries and a charger and you're good to go.

The good thing about stainless steel mods is that it is study in its simplicity. You don't have to worry about any circuit boards breaking in case you drop your PV (personal vaporizer) accidentally. The one thing that you do have to worry about is if it drops on someone's head, foot, hands because it will definitely hurt.

As for this system, I do not have any issues with it. It hasn't misfired nor auto-fired in the whole month that I have been using it. The flavor is just right, as long as you know the sweet spot for the coil build based on the kind of juice that you are using. The spit back shield works, as I have yet to experience getting burnt by warm juice entering my mouth. It is easy to build, just make sure that you either don't loose the Hex Key or you have a spare one of the same size with you all the time. The only thing that I noticed though was that the whole top cap of the atomizer is kinda loose on the body. Be careful with it, you don't want it flying off of the base.

The switch is easy to press. And it's adjustable depending on the height that you need for your battery to connect with the base of the atomizer. 

I have dropped it and it still fires. The upside, the top cap of the atomizer now sits well and snug on the base. But, I do not recommend you to drop your unit just to make it fit. 

It's a good starter kit for those who would like to try vaping. Even for the more advanced users who are just looking for a back-up kit, that could take some abuse, this one is worth the price.

If you want to ask me about this system, don't hesitate to contact me. Shoot me an email.

Brightest Blessings!

Halie

Monday, June 13, 2016

Vaping 101: The Whats and Hows

My husband and I have been vaping (using electronic cigarettes) for the past 4 years.  So far, we have had good x-ray results and we have yet to encounter any issues connected to it. 

Over the years, we have collected a number of units that we have enjoyed using, as well as helping us to quit smoking.


The What:

The units are all stainless steel full mechanical mods (except for the one on the far right). This means that they do not need nor have any wires in them in order to be used. All you need to have are batteries, a well built (coiled and wicked) atomizer and you're good to go. 

The bullet and torpedo mods have served us for a number of years, three to be exact. Last May, my husband bought me my 3rd full mechanical electronic cigarette (2nd from the left) called the Mad Hatter Mini Kit, a hybrid mod. When you say hybrid, the tank or atomizer that you use is directly in contact with the battery. This unit was bought from Mistwood Vape Cafe located in Eastwood City, Libis. 

After a month and several sleepless nights, we both decided that it was time to upgrade our units to what is called the Variable Wattage mods (the one on the far right). The simple reason, we wanted something that would tell us how much resistance our atomizers have. We also wanted something that would be far safer to use compared to the basic full mechanical mods.

The How:

The decision to get into vaping was easy. We just needed someone to point us towards the right direction. Someone who would help us get the information that we should be aware of in order to help us quit smoking. As we have started with really simple units, we hung around vape shops, talked with shop owners and staff who were more than willing to help educate us with regard to vaping.

Why am I posting this? It's to give back to those who have helped us live far better lives. If you need more information regarding vaping and the units that may suit your needs, feel free to email me and I would be more than happy to answer your queries.


Brightest Blessings!


Halie


Friday, June 10, 2016

Encom VoidRay Review

Hubby has traded units with me. He originally had the Torpedo Mod along with the Reactor atomizer. I thought, it they didn't go well together, so I gave him my Bullet Mod and I used his along with my ERA.  Recently, we noticed a burning smell and we realized it was the Bullet and it auto-fired on us. We ended up frying one battery, though thankfully, the atomizer's still intact.

After this incident, we decided that it was time for him to get a new mod. Stainless steel tubes are a little out of style and since we're no newbies (we've been vaping for 4 years now), we thought about getting him a Variable Wattage mod. 

Why do you ask? We wanted a better vaping experience. Decent clouds, better tasting juice, and to save batteries. When we got to Vape or Crave (Cubao Shoe Expo branch, he saw what seemed to be a tough VW mod). It was a new release called the Encom VoidRay. He was sold on it the moment the shop keeper dropped the unit from a certain height. So, after a week of deliberating, he finally said yes to purchasing it.


The Pros:

  • It is lightweight and easy to handle
  • Tough, he had intentionally banged it on the table and dropped it onto the mat at home, and well, it still fires!
  • It fits in the hand perfectly since it is neither too small nor too large
  • On his Haze, using a standard build of single kanthal (.50) at 9 loops with a resistance of .72 Ohms, you can crank up the wattage up to 36(W) without getting the coils too hot. You still enjoy a good vaping experience with decent clouds and a great deal of flavor.


For the Cons:

  • The Haze atomizer does not sit as flush onto the deck of the unit. No worries though, it does not affect the performance of the unit. However, if you're the type who does not like seeing a gap between the atomizer base the unit, this may be a small issue for you.
  • After using it for about two weeks, he noticed that it turns off on its own. Probably a safety feature of the unit to protect it from accidental firing when inside the bag or pocket. 
  • The battery release button can be accidentally pressed since it is located on the side where your fingers may rest while vaping.
  • There were some issues with the battery compartment. He had to make certain adjustments in order to avoid getting the "over current" warning. Although after he made them, it has not displayed the error again.
So far, it seems like everything's working well. We just have to wait and see if it's going to show signs or wear and tear in the next couple of months.  Will we recommend it? If you're the type who drops his/her mod accidentally for what ever reasons, we would suggest that you try this mod out. It's tough and hey! it does live up to expectations that was set by the manufacturer! 

If you want to ask us about the performance of the void ray, please email me.

Brightest Blessings!


Halie


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