GeekVape Creed RTA – Tank with replaceable blowing

The company GeekVape acquired a novelty. It looks quite ordinary in appearance, but inside it there is a small “secret”. In order not to warm up your interest for too long, immediately begin to get acquainted.

I present to you – GeekVape Creed RTA .
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Body material: stainless steel
Atomizer type: RTA

Capacity: 4.5 / 6.5ml
Diameter: 25mm fit / 30mm maximum
Height: 50mm with drip type
Connector: 510, pin gold-plated
Weight: unknown
Color: see photo below
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Package contents
– Creed RTA
– replaceable internal domes 3pcs
– additional 810th type drip
– 510th type drip
– adapter for 510th type drip (probably)
– key-screwdriver
– spare oring
– spare screws
– spare glass
– user manual The
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exterior of our hero is modest. Not the most outstanding design, diluted with a decent number of colors. In general, the tank looks quite decent, but without frustration, without a spark. However, all the fun is waiting for you inside.
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GeekVape Creed RTA - Tank with replaceable blowing ...
Preset drip type 810th, it is made of Ultem. The additional one, of the same dimension, is made of dolrin. There is an adapter for the 510th brethren; the 510th instance is also present in the box.
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The cover with relief knurls is fixed with a threaded joint. Under it are visible large filling holes in the amount of two pieces.
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The capacity is not the largest, but it can be increased due to the complete glass bubble.
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Deca at first glance looks quite ordinary.
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Two racks, according to the type of velocity, each with one hole for the installation of two spirals. Fixing the last counter and correct.
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Under the spirals can be seen two round holes of the lower blower on each side. Places for laying wool left quite a lot. Limiters are available – it will not fall under the thread.
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And now the promised surprise. Surely you have noticed another large air supply hole in the end of the deck. It is responsible for the side airflow.
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So if you want only the lower airflow, then put on a solid inner dome. If you want to add another side, then cling to one of the two internal domes with holes, and choose which one you like. The geometry of the holes they have a little different.
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GeekVape Creed RTA - Tank with replaceable blowing ...
GeekVape Creed RTA - Tank with replaceable blowing ...
GeekVape Creed RTA - Tank with replaceable blowing ...
Tightening adjustment worked standard – slewing ring with four notches. But the air intake holes are three.
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Pin is gilded and stands out enough.
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GeekVape Creed RTA - Tank with replaceable blowing ...

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Sigelei Moonshot review

Sigelei/Suprimo Moonshot

A collaboration between vaping powerhouses Sigelei and US based manufacturer Suprimo Vape, the Moonshot is a tiny little RTA powerhouse that is stated to handle up to a whopping 200W! The Moonshot was not only designed to chuck out big vapour from its generous airflow, but also to provide superior flavour production from this small rebuildable machine.

Alongside its high wattage capabilities the Moonshot is a 22mm tank with one of the smallest profiles on the market, a removable two post dual coil RTA deck optimised for big coils and easier wicking saturation, huge adjustable airflow, a comfortable wide bore Delrin drip tip, top filling with a 2ml capacity and high quality materials used in the manufacturing of this tank.

There’s been a lot of buzz around the Moonshot since its release so here are my thoughts…

Specs

  • 22mm width
  • Rated for use at 30-200W
  • 2ml capacity
  • Removable two post RTA deck
  • Innovative wicking deck for improved wicking saturation
  • Top filling
  • Comfortable wide bore Delrin drip tip
  • 304 grade Stainless Steel construction
  • Pyrex glass tank section
  • PEEK insulators for high heat resistance
  • Large adjustable airflow
  • Active cooling technology

What’s in the box?

Top marks for packaging here! The Moonshot is packaged in one of the coolest presentation tins you are likely to come across, with a really funky decal. Inside the packaging is the Moonshot RTA itself, with a spare Pyrex glass tank section, two different sizes of hex key, spare post screws and o-ring seals.

Looks and build quality

With a 2ml capacity and 22mm width, the Moonshot is a small low profile RTA manufactured from 304 grade Stainless Steel, with a Pyrex glass tank section, PEEK insulators for high heat resistance and a small wide bore Delrin drip tip. Just be careful when using the Delrin drip tip at high wattage, as you don’t want to burn your lips on the top of the tank! The drip tip is fixed however you can use a 510 threaded drip tip by inserting it into the fixed Delrin wide bore tip. It’s a great looker, and a good fit for pretty much any mod you wish to use it with.

The Moonshot is a top filling RTA, to fill you simply twist off and remove the top cap to reveal two huge fill ports at the top. These are massive and you can simply dump juice straight in from your bottle to fill this in no time at all if you wish. All the threading is dead smooth and manufacturing looks top notch. You access the build deck by unscrewing the tank section from the base, which will come away smoothly, and removing the outer chimney section. The build deck will actually pop out from the base of the Moonshot, more to come on building the Moonshot below…

Airflow

There is a huge amount of airflow to be found with the Moonshot, with two massive adjustable cyclops airflow slots on either side of the base. The airflow control is superb, very smooth and easy to use, allowing you to finely adjust these two slots as you wish. The Moonshot is a very airy tank and absolutely one for the lung inhalers!

Building the Moonshot

Now the Moonshot is by no means an easy tank to build at first, and it definitely requires a lot of concentration and patience first time around, this is one for the more advanced rebuilders out there. Reason being is that the two post dual coil deck itself comes out from the base, which personally I am no fan of at all, and it only stays fixed if the outer chamber is screwed in which makes building nigh on impossible with this fitted. If the deck is in the base, it will spin when you try and insert your coils, so the easiest way to build is to hold the deck with one hand whilst trying to insert your coil legs into the post holes, which requires a great degree of trial and error to get them to seat properly. The huge 5mm airflow holes at either end of the deck are raised as well, so when you finally fit your coils into the post holes you need to raise your coils up and over this too, whilst being mindful of your coils touching the airflow holes and the chamber too. It can be pretty troublesome fitting those large diameter dual coils needed to withstand 200w of power!

After a couple of builds things start to become second nature, and thankfully wicking is a breeze with the Moonshot. My preferred dual coil build is 10 wraps of 316L Stainless Steel with an internal diameter of 3mm, which comes out at a resistance of 0.55ohm, wicked with Kendo Vape Cotton Gold Edition. These large coils allow me to use the Moonshot at both low and high wattages.

Performance

One thing the Moonshot does incredibly well is performing on both the flavour and vapour fronts. I’ve got to admit to not expecting a hell of a lot from this tank when it came to flavour, but the flavour from this tank is phenomenal, almost dripper standard. It has a really smooth flavour delivery even at high wattage, and not once have I ever felt the flavour to ever be flat or muted, and I really feel that this tank is amongst the best RTAs out there in the flavour department.

Clouds produced by the Moonshot are absolutely superb. There’s a massive amount of airflow available and if cloud chasing is your thing, the Moonshot definitely delivers on this front. It’s capable of handling very high wattages but with the airflow on offer here, you really do not need to fire massive amounts of wattage through it to produce huge clouds of tasty vapour. It seems to deliver big clouds with ease, and the huge airflow definitely plays a big part in this.

Wicking is outstanding with the Moonshot, you can use max VG juice with this tank with no fear at all, the large wicking holes keep your wicks constantly fed with juice which is perfect for high wattage vaping too. The Moonshot does however get through juice phenomenally quickly, the capacity is only 2ml and it is also one hell of a thirsty tank, meaning constant refilling when in heavy use.

Conclusion

I’ll admit to being blown away by the Moonshot, and this is one tank that has stayed a regular part of my rotation since I got it. It may be a devil to build but I can forget all that when performance wise, I cannot fault it at all, it just delivers superbly well on the flavour and cloud front and it is incredibly versatile to boot as well, performing exceedingly well at low or high wattages. It’s a great looker too and this small little package is one I have grown to absolutely love!

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Sigelei Snow Wolf Vfeng 230w Review

Snow Wolf Vfeng is made of zinc alloys, stainless steel and plastic, it has a 1.3 TFT color screen, a custom Snow Wolf inscription backlighting from nine color options to choose from, raises from 0.05 Ohms in any mode, works on two 18650 mAh batteries.

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Equipment

Comes in a metal box, it contains a box-mod and USB-cable, device passport. 
The device on the review is very similar to Sigelei MT . At least similar features look through.

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Dimensions:
Height: 87 mm 
Width: 46 mm 
Thickness: 34 mm 
Weight: 177 g

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The case of the new model is metal, the main part is made of zinc alloy, in the side faces of stainless steel. The buttons in the device – fire, mine and plus are also made of metal. The connector with a diameter of 22 mm is able to seat atomizers up to 27 mm, since it is located in the central part of the mod.

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Pin is well springing. 
The front panel contains a fire button, made in the form of a hexagon, above which there is a backlight. 
Below is a color screen. Unfortunately, the screen is not protected by glass and when pressed on it with a finger, it flexes. 
After the screen, the buttons minus and plus and the port for charging the device and the ability to update the firmware.

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At the bottom of the battery cover. The inside of the cover has a contact group. Under the cover, the balance weight of the charge and practically, with small errors, the boxing mode equally charges the batteries. On the lid, we can say that its quality is average. It hangs on the hinges, and the contact group on the lid itself usually leads to the failure of the latching mechanism. Well, all this with time, in the process of at least an annual use of the device. 
The device is designed for power up to 230 W and runs on two 18650 mAh batteries.

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Specifications
Power : 10 W-230 W 
Temperature modes: 100 -300 / 200 ℉ -570 ℉ 
Maximum output current 40 A 
Mode modes: POWER / SS (304/316/317) / Ti / Ni200 / TCR 
Supported resistance: from 0.05 ohms on all modes; 
Battery charging current: 2.5 A

The display shows information about the selected soaring mode, power in watts, time, winding resistance, voltage, battery charge (top left of the screen, curved element).

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For a complete picture of the battery charge, click on fire and the “+” button.
Simultaneous pressing of fire and “-” will block “-” and “+”.
To select the desired mode of operation of the mod, you need to click on fire three times.
There are four modes in the menu: Mod, LED, SET, EXIT. In LED mode, there are nine options for choosing the color of the backlight and above the fire button.
There are three options for choosing the illumination of this backlight:
– the backlight will work during the soaring period,
it is permanently
lit , the backlight can be turned off altogether.

Overall impression

I liked the work of the board, clicking on fire instantly, despite the hex shape of the button, is well pressed from any position. Buttons do not hang out and do not ring.
The screen is informative, everything is clearly displayed and there is no confusion when navigating through the modes.
Ergonomics on the “four”, in the hand well lies, does not slip out of the hands, but the lateral faces with a long hold stick into the hand, which is not always pleasant. But this is more of a cavil. In general, a suitable device.

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Review:Target 75 VTC kit by Vaporesso

At a time when the market is flooded every day with a new offer of box and clearomizer sub-ohm, it becomes difficult for manufacturers to stand out and offer a real innovation in the vape. If at the reception of this kit , I was more than skeptical, my curiosity was very quickly stitched.

The “game changer”

The Box

A futuristic design, with a very good ergonomics and on the edge, a button “trigger”, an OLED screen, two adjustment buttons and a mini USB port for charging, so far nothing new under the sun.

DSC05682Embarking a 18650 in a very compact format, the box delivers up to 75W and offers the temperature control function, now standard in the industry. It has the standard protections of the current electro box against short circuits, the overload and the under-discharge of the batteries as well as the battery reversal .

The battery door is extremely well held with two powerful magnets and a lug, which prevents any form of play. Very comfortable and light, it turns out to be a very good box, powerful, with nice finishes and compact.

Offered in several colors, it will seduce vapers fans of innovative designs and compactness.

The tank

This is where the Target tank really innovates. Seen from the outside, it looks like all these big brothers, Pyrex tank, airflow ring at the base, and massive resistance inside. With a diameter of 22mm and a capacity of 3.5ml, again the disguise is perfect.

DSC05684It is when one begins to be interested in what constitutes the resistance that the mask falls. Here, no coils , no cotton, but a porous ceramic placed in the center and surrounded by cotton for waterproofing.

The ceramic is indeed agglomerated around the resistor, which makes it possible to have a distribution of the heat of the resistive wire uniformly distributed throughout the ceramic. All this is fine, but for what result? the steam production is relatively incredible, even at reasonable powers (20 / 30W), the taste of e-liquid is really pure, without the aftertaste of metal or cotton, even on a new resistance.

The DSC05685life of the resistance is quite incredible too. After 35ml e-liquid in 80% VG , it still works like the first day and shows no signs of weakness or a significant loss of flavor.

This kit is still absent from French shops, I have not, at the time of writing this article, definitive price for the different parts of this kit, but in view of prices on foreign shops, we can ‘wait at a selling price around around € 80 for the complete kit.

In summary

Positive points :

  • Design
  • Performance of the 75W box and temperature control
  • Choice of colors
  • Durability and flavors of ceramic resistance
  • Compactness and autonomy

Negatives :

  • Price of replacement heads ??

Conclusion

If the Box target VTC does not bring much in the box family, the clearomizer associated with it is a major development in terms of atomization, construction and durability.

Its price should remain very accessible to the general public, and its performance combined with a devastating design and a compactness rare enough for the power offered will undoubtedly make it a future hit .

It remains to know now the price of resistance CCELL, which, if it is too high, could kill a beautiful idea in the bud.

Vaporesso Veco One Review

Very compact but perfectible

The kit Veco One is a tubular electronic cigarette with a length of only 10.8 cm for 22 mm in diameter. It is composed of a 1 500 mAh battery and of a clearomizer Veco Tank with 2 ml capacity. Vaporesso includes in this pack two EUC series resistances in 0.3 Ω, one in ceramic, the other in Clapton.
The battery is very simple. The square Fire switch jiggles when shaking the battery, unfortunately. At the opposite side, one finds the USB plug to charge the battery. It is also equipped with a 510 connection on the top to screw a clearomizer. The finish is in brushed stainless steel. Veco One’s usability is rather good and its compact size makes it a good choice of device to be taken everywhere.

Bad news: no Passthrough mode

With 1 500 mAh, the Veco One’s battery autonomy is not an asset. It is difficult to vape all day long with 0.3 Ω resistances, especially when there is not Passthrough mode that would allow charging the battery when vaping. This is surprising and regrettable since most of the devices on the market possess this function. You must then unplug the USB each time you puff on the Veco One. Not that easy.

Another issue is the LED that surrounds the power switch and indicates the battery charge. It starts blinking at when the remaining charge comes lower than 10 % and continues to blink until the battery is flat. It is too bad since the brand doesn’t offer a Passthrough mode.

Technical review

The technical features of Vaporesso’s kit Veco One are:

  • Diameter: 22 mm
  • Length: 108 mm
  • Battery alone: 64 mm
  • Weight: 95 g
  • Built-in battery: 1 500 mAh
  • USB charging
  • Maximum power: 40 W
  • Minimum resistance: 0.3 Ω
  • Material: Pyrex (tank), Stainless steel and Delrin (drip-tip)
  • Connectivity: 510
  • Top Airflow, adjustable
  • Top filling
  • Colors : Black or Silver

The Veco One package includes:

  • 1x Veco One 1 500 mAh battery,
  • 1x Veco Tank by Vaporesso,
  • 1x Ceramic EUC series resistance in 0.3 Ω preinstalled
  • 1x  Traditional Clapton EUC series resistance in 0.3 Ω
  • 1x micro USB charging cable
  • 1x user manual

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Veco Tank, a well designed clearomizer

The clearomizer has a dual cyclopean airflow on top of the tank, it is adjustable by rotating the ring. It is sold for its abence of leakage and I confirm that is is pleasant not to be obliged to use paper towel all the time. The draught rapidly turns to aerial but, wide open, a slight airflow restriction exists.

The drip-tip is in Delrin. It is wide (10 mm) but a bit short with the lips touching top cap. Fortunately, the connectivity in 510 allows switching to a more usable mouth piece.

To fill up the tank, you only have to grab the notched top cap on the tank. Then you can use a pipette to insert the e-liquid between the Pyrex and the chimney. It is wide enough. If the resistance is new, allow it to soak for 3 minutes before using the e-cigarette.

The resistance is easily plugged after the tank is removed, this operation requires to grab the notched base of the tank. If a resistance is in place, take it off and replace it with a new one. Just plug it in the central metallic holder, no need to screw it. If there is still some liquid inside, do the operation upside down.

Vaping: it is aerial but density and flavors are there

With Veco Vaporesso’s ceramic EUC series resistance in 0.3 Ω, the vapor produced by the Veco is of excellent quality. The flavors are well rendered. Even with the airflow holes wide open, the flavors are just a little bit more diluted. In my expert opinion, the best setting is when the airflow holes are half open, which provides a warm vapor, dense and tasty.

With Veco Vaporesso’s Traditional Clapton EUC series resistance in 0.3 Ω, the feeling is very close, a little bit more agressive with a more pronounced hit. Let’s recall that the EUC series resistance are relatively cheap, about € 18 for a pack of 10.

At use, it is relatively quiet provided that the airflow is not more open than one third. Beyond, it whistles. The Drip-tip doesn’t heat, even when chaining puffs, thanks to the Delrin that does the job. Vaporesso’s Veco One is then designed for aerial vaping without however being ready for cloud chasing.

In summary

The “+”:

  • Good vaping quality
  • Very compact
  • Easy to use
  • No leakage, no seepage
  • Small price
  • Small price of resistances

The “-“:

  • No Passthrough function
  • Tank capacity of 2 ml (too short for greedy coils)
  • Average finishing quality
  • Minimal drip-tip
  • Low autonomy

Conclusions

As a whole, the kit Veco One’s advantages outweigh its disadvantages and its compactness is making is an everyday companion with a very good vaping quality for a small price. Its small autonomy is exacerbated by the absence of a Passthrough mode to vape while charging. To avoid this issue, do prefer the kit Veco One Plus that, although more bulky (24.5 mm in diameter), possesses a 3 000 mAh battery, a passthrough mode and twice the tank capacity (4 ml) of the Veco One. A “Plus” that adds coherence with low and greedy resistances.

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Vaporesso Aurora Vape Kit Review- Zippo in Disguise?

Take one look at the Vaporesso Aurora and all you’ll be able to think of is a zippo lighter. From the size to the design, the Aurora looks exactly like one. If you’re like us, you may see this and assume that this vape is a gimmick that won’t actually work well. Let’s just say we were pleasantly surprised when we actually got around to using it. Keep reading to find out why…

Review: Vaporesso Aurora

Vaporesso Aurora Review

Manufacturing Quality

The manufacturing quality for this is excellent. There’s a ton of things that it doesn’t have, and I’ll go over them in a second, but first I want to focus on all the reasons this thing is awesome.

For starters, the design is very cool and it works well. The top flips open just like a zippo, and the only thing under it is a curved mouthpiece. You have to twist the mouthpiece so that it is pointing outwards, but then all you have to do is take a draw to get vapor. There are no buttons or settings, it’s all activated by the suction. I love this feature.

The size is also great. The dimensions are 70.4×42.5×14.6mm. Translated to inches, you’ve got a device that is about 2 ¾” tall and just over ½” thick. You’d think that would mean that there is pretty much no battery in this at all, but they managed to fit one with an 800mAh capacity. This is pretty small by vape standards, but big considering the size.
Vaporesso Aurora Available Colors

The tank in this is held in via magnets. All you have to do to access it is pull up on the mouthpiece. At just 1.2ml, the tank is pretty small, and it also fills from the bottom. If you’re relatively new to vaping, you may only be familiar with top-fill designs. To fill this, you just pull the whole tank out, flip it over, and unscrew the CCELL coil. It’s really not hard.

There’s no power flexibility on this, and the battery is internal. You can’t adjust the airflow, and there’s only one type of coil that works in it. Normally this would be a combination that would have me running, but despite the things it lacks, I still like this vape and think Vaporesso did a good job making it.

Flavor Quality

The flavor from this was very good. The vapor production was also better than I expected, although you’re only going to be able to do mouth-to-lung (MTL) style vaping. For those of you who are new to vaping, MTL is the style that is similar to how you would smoke a cigarette, making it the preferred method for people who are first making the switch.

As far as draw resistance goes, I think they did a great job calibrating this. It works very well even though you can’t adjust the airflow or coils. You can’t get this and expect to go win cloud competitions, but it seriously does better than you would expect from such a small and inconspicuous vape

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Power Flexibility

There is no power flexibility with this at all. You can’t change anything, including the voltage. You just flip the top and go. This is true of most starter kits anyway, but this one is way more sleek and fun to use.

If you want power flexibility, you’re going to have to spend more money and get something bigger.

Ease of Use

The only thing that could possibly make this more convenient to use is a top-fill design, but it already is easier than the vast majority of vapes.Like I said above, all you have to do is flip the top and take a draw. The heat is engaged by the suction of your draw, so you don’t have to fiddle around with any buttons or settings.
Vaporesso Aurora deconstructedRemoving the tank is even incredibly simple thanks to the magnetic connection. Filling from the bottom may delay you by a whole 5 seconds when compared to top-filling. In my opinion, it’s not enough to worry or gripe about.

Portability

The portability is fantastic. I already mentioned the dimensions, but I’ll repeat them again. This is just 2 ¾” tall and just over ½” thick. The width is about 1 ⅔”. That technically makes it a little bigger than a zippo lighter (I checked), but not by much.

You can slide this into any pocket and easily forget that it is there. As far as comfort and convenience goes, this is at or near the top of the charts.

Overall Experience

This should come as no surprise if you’ve read the review, but I really like the Vaporesso Aurora.

This is a perfect vape for when you need a stealthy or portable option for something you are going out to do. In my case, that would be hiking, but pretty much any time you want to carry your vape in your pocket or be discreet, this would be a good choice.

The mouth to lung draw style also makes this a good choice for people looking to switch to vaping from smoking. The small tank size and limited battery life may get old after a while, but it wouldn’t be a bad place to start.

At the very least, this is cheap and cool. It’s worth the money just to use it as a conversation starter at parties.

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Smoant Knight V1 Kit Review

In The Box

This is a starter kit that comes packaged in a nice 2 piece “Gift” box, and as such includes the Smoant Knight V1 mod, as well as the Talos V1 tank. It is not a complete kit, as there is no battery, or juice included, but it is a fairly comprehensive kit. Included you will get the mod, the tank, a .5 stainless steel 316L coil, an RBA adapter, clapton wire, spare seals, and some organic cotton wicking.

Initial Impressions

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Opening the box I was greeted by the Knight mod nestled protectively in it’s foam cradle. Picking it up was the biggest surprise of all though, the mod is exceptionally heavy for it’s compact size. Despite the weight, it is sleek and easily pocket sized with the side by side design. Already pre-mounted in the Knight is the included Talos tank. Unlike the Knight, it’s size belies it’s weight, although in the opposite direction. The tank feels cheap, lightweight, and insubstantial compared to the mod. The tank is color matched in the same white as the Knight, and together they look superb. Do they perform as well as they look? Read on to find out.

 

So far, I have been describing the contents of the kit as a whole. For the remainder of this review I will be looking at the Smoant Knight v1 and the Talon tank as separate components, almost as if they were two individual reviews, however I will bring them back together for the conclusion

Specifications

  • Side by Side Stealth vaping mod
  • 1-60W output power
  • 0.5-7.0V output voltage
  • Take one 18650 battery
  • Can access to adjust Tank airflow control ring conveniently
  • Can hold the max 23mm diameters Tank/RBA/RTA
  • Temperature control modes support Nickel/Titanium/SS
  • Spring loaded 510 pins and SS connector
  • Pass-through available
  • Side Screen display
  • Support Atomizer resistance low to 0.1ohm
  • Low Resistance Protection
  • Over-time Protection
  • Reverse Polarity Protection
  • Overheating Protection

Fit and Finish

The Knight V1 takes some obvious inspiration from the Mini Ecigs XVOStick, but it is clearly not a clone of the device. It looks more like a combination of the XVOStick, and the Continental Black Oak mods, with some of the styling touches of the Yihi SX Mini. Overall, it takes many of the best design elements of them all, combined into a very small form factor, suitable for pocket carry. I have to say that it is downright sexy in my humble opinion. I was not sure what I would think about the color, but overall, I really like the white.

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The white is not a traditional flat or glossy white, rather it is a sort of opalescent shimmery pearl white and just exudes quality. The finish on mine seems to be very durable, I’m pretty hard on my gear, and after a couple weeks usage, there are only two tiny “nicks” on the bottom and some very light scratching on the right side, all of which were caused by my own stupidity and are NOT a mark against Smoant’s quality finish. As a nice touch, Smoant even included a domed white rubber cap to cover the battery cap, and keep with the color scheme.

 

The body of the Smoant Knight V1 seems to be made of a single piece of material (I believe it is zinc alloy), with the controls, display, 510 connector and USB port all mounted into it. The only visible seams are around the battery tube and the control panel where the buttons are mounted. The battery tube is integral to the mod, and the stainless screw on battery cap looks good, and is well ventilated in the event of a battery failure. To keep with the aesthetics of the mod, there is a form fitted, domed white cap to cover the battery cap. Keep this point in mind, I’m going to discuss it further below.

 

The buttons in the control panel, which is inset on the front of the mod, appear to be stainless steel. The are nicely tapered and shaped to have a quality feel to them. The buttons are clicky and responsive, providing good tactile feedback. The only real issue with the buttons is the button rattle, which is just maddening since it is only the fire button that rattles. I wish they had mounted it like the up and down adjustment buttons, as those don’t rattle at all.

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The 510 connector is stainless steel with a spring loaded center pin. It is a little different than most other mods, as it has an allen head screw inset into the face of it. This screw actually serves an important purpose that we will discuss below in the usage of the mod. Otherwise, it has 4 air channels for bottom airflow tanks and it looks to be well made. Directly above the 510 connector is a tank guard, integrated into the design of the mod, much like the Continental Black Oak mod.

 

This Smoant Knight V1 was clearly designed to be a small mod, and as such I wouldn’t expect it to have a large display. The review sample I received has a very small 2 line display, but it is functional and shows you all the relevant information you need to vape. The one I received has the display mounted a little crooked, and I don’t know if that is consistent with every one of these or just mine, but either way it really speaks to Smoant’s quality control processes. When a review sample is sent direct from the manufacturer, I wouldn’t expect to find a single flaw, yet somehow it was overlooked.

Usage

It is a little counter intuitive to install a battery in this mod, make sure you pay careful attention to which way you put the battery in. Unlike most single battery mods, this one goes in upside down, so that the positive end is at the bottom, and the negative end is at the top. The positive “pin” is NOT spring loaded, so be cautious not to over tighten the battery cap, otherwise you may end up damaging or destroying your battery. Just make sure you tighten it down until it is snug, then stop. Now lets go back to the well ventilated battery cap, once the domed rubber cover is installed, all battery ventilation is plugged. What happens if your battery vents because you tightened the cap down too tight, or worse yet over powered it with a bad coil build?

 

In the best case scenario, the rubber cap will pop off with great force, and become a dangerous projectile. If that doesn’t happen, then it’s possible that the explosive force of the battery  will turn the mod into shrapnel as the mod deconstructs itself in your hand. To avoid this, you could use the mod without  the cap,  which will affect the way it looks, but may be safer to a degree. In the case of a bad build that overpowers the battery, it is very likely that you will be vaping when the battery vents, and all of that explosive force will vent directly into your face. depending on how you are holding the mod, it could vent into your cheek, or directly into your eyes. Either way, there is a potential for serious injury.

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Once you have properly installed the battery and screwed in the cap (remember, only until it is snug), then you need to install your tank and “set” the resistance of your coil. To do this, hold down the up and down buttons until it senses the coil, which will then lock in the proper resistance.

 

The menu is pretty simplistic, hit the fire button three times and it will take you to the mode selection where you can choose between Variable Wattage, Variable Voltage, Nickel Temperature Control, Titanium Temperature Control and Stainless Steel 316L Temperature Control. Unfortunately there are no custom TCR settings, so if you use any coil material other than NI, TI, or SS-316L, then you will probably have to use VW or VV modes with it.

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Temperature Control

In the TC modes, when you lock in your resistance, this will also set the “Joules” to 60 automatically. You can leave it here if you like, temperature sensing should limit it only to what is necessary to get to your preferred temperature. Personally, I prefer to set mine lower, so to change it hold down the fire button and the plus button at the same time until the display changes from temperature to joules. Once in joules, use the up and down buttons to cycle to the setting you want, I usually go for some where between 30 and 40, which works well for me.

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There seems to be a weird glitch sometimes though, the mod sporadically “forgets” the joules setting and jumps to max joules. I can’t figure out what causes this, nor can I reproduce the behavior, it just seems to happen at random. Despite this glitch, temperature control seems to be pretty accurate. Every hit is consistent, there is no pulsing sensation like you find in most of the cheaper temperature control chip sets coming out of China. There is also a missing component that would make this kit so much more versatile. It could really benefit from an RDA adapter to allow the use of “traditionally” shorter RDAs with this mod.

Performance

The chip set used in this mod is a Smoant proprietary board design. It seems to perform as advertised in their published specifications, although there are a few areas where it could be somewhat improved. For starters, there is a USB port on the side of the mod for charging, they could have also included an ability to use it for firmware updates. The second point of improvement would be the addition of manual TCR modes. If it had these modes, it would be a true contender against some of the hottest mods on the market, instead of just being a good starter kit.

 

The third point of improvement is power management. The mod will only go to 60 watts max, so there is no reason for it to eat batteries as fast as it does. Head to head against my JoyeTech eVic VTC with identical settings, the same battery will only last about 2/3rd to 3/4th of the run time. This is pretty bad and definitely could be improved.

 

Despite the performance improvements that could be made, the chip does perform very consistently for the features it has. I’ve already compared it’s power management against the JoyeTech chip set, and now I will compare it’s performance. Unlike the power management though, this Smoant chip set performs every bit as admirably as every mod I own with the Wismec/Joyetech chip set for the features it does have.

Talos Tank

This is the second part of the “kit” review and it’s where I will go in depth on the included Talos sub tank.

Specifications

  • Tank Size: 22mm (Diameters) *40.5mm (Height) Not include drip tip
  • Tank Capacity: 4.5ML
  • Top Side Filling Juice, cleaner and easier.
  • 5 Different Types of coil heads to satisfy different vapers demands
    0.3 ohm Kanthal A1 dual coils
    0.5 ohm SS316L coil head
    0.5 ohm Clapton coil head
    0.5 ohm Titanium coil head
    0.5 ohm pre-built RBA coil
  • Wick materials: 100% USA made SS316L wire and Japanese organic cotton
  • Can be also to accept Kanger Coils
  • 304SS + Pyrex Glass tube
  • Easy to Clean, all components can be disassembled
  • Adjustable Airflow Control system
  • Also can accept Kanger coils

Fit and Finish

Much like the Knight V1 takes it’s design queues from other mods, the Talos V1 does the same. The Talos is a combination of the Freemax Starre, Joyetech Cubis, and Kanger TopTank. Basically, the base is similar to the Starre, and the tank section takes it’s inspiration from the Cubis, while the top, the threading of the base, and the coils are from the TopTank. Where it fails to deliver is in the quality feel of the tank, the Talos just feels cheap where the others have a more quality feel to them. While the threading does it’s job, none of it is nearly as smooth as I would have hoped, an indicator that the machining could have been a little cleaner.

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Smoant has their own coils and they mimic their Kanger counterparts, but they feel inferior to the originals. Both versions, however, work in this tank. Smoant also has their own RBA deck for the tank, and it seems to be identical to the Kanger deck. The finish on the Smoant Talos V1 is color matched to the mod, and seems to be every bit as durable. There are some nice “chrome” accents between the tank and the top and bottom, giving it a classic and very stylish look overall.

 

It is so close to Kanger specs that most of the parts are interchangeable with the TopTank parts. In fairness, mixing and matching between Kanger and Smoant *may* have undesired results, but for the most part it should work. The quality of the tank does not feel quite as nice as the aforementioned TopTank, with one exception, it’s been working pretty well. We will get into the specifics of the exception a little later in the review.

 

The base of the tank works like the Freemax Starre, there are two slots for airflow with a pin in either air slot to keep the ring from spinning freely. The design of the Talos V1 glass tank section is very reminiscent of the Joyetech Cubis tank with dual viewing windows to see your juice level. The top piece has a knurled “nub”, for lack of a better term, where the drip tip goes. The knurling serves a dual purpose, it holds the drip tip, and serves to provide a grippable surface to open the top and fill the tank. Pre-mounted in the nub on top is a stubby silver drip tip that goes well with the Talos tank’s chrome accents.

Usage

The tank is pretty easy to use, simply screw a coil into the base, screw the base onto the glass tank, fill it with juice, screw on the top, and you are ready to go. For best results, as with any new coil, make sure you prime it prior to installation. At 4.5 ml, the Talos V1 holds a really good amount of juice for a tank it’s size. It was clearly engineered to be as small as possible with maximum capacity. Vapor production is on par with the Kanger Subtank and TopTank. The flavor from it is about equal as well, which should be expected since the coils are interchangeable.

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Now lets talk about that one exception. The only real issue I’ve had so far with the Talos has been with trying to use an RBA deck. The problem is not only with the included RBA deck, but also the Kanger RBA deck as well. It seems that the center pin in the base of the tank is just a little on the short side. When used with a pre-built coil, it works perfectly, however as soon as I switch to an RBA deck, the pin no longer makes contact with the center pin on the mod.

 

Initially I thought it was the Knight V1 that was the problem, but then realized that the tank had the same issue on several different mods. It took a lot of work to narrow it down to the center pin, but switching back and forth between a pre-built coil and the RBA deck was how I finally figured out what was happening. The pre-built coil worked perfectly in the tank on every mod I own, while the RBA deck only worked in a couple of mods. The threads that screw into the tank base are a little shorter on the RBA decks (both Smoant and Kanger are identical), than the threads on the pre-built coil, by about 1-1.5 mm. This seems to be just enough to cause sporadic connections on some of my mods, including the Knight V1.

Conclusion

Here is where I am going to circle back around and combine the two parts (or mini reviews) back into a single combination that covers the entire kit.

 

Smoant got a LOT of things right with the Knight V1 Kit. While the Tank and the mod are separate pieces, they combine into a sum that is greater than the individual parts. Each part has it’s strengths and weaknesses, which I will recap here in the context of the complete kit.

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On the positive side, here are the highlights.

The Talos V1 and the Knight V1 share a unified color and finish that works really well. The color is consistent across them, and the stainless/chrome accents on each piece really help  to tie them together as a singular design. It’s a simple setup, for a good starter kit, but powerful enough for an intermediate or advanced vaper to enjoy it. The Knight V1 has a small feature set, but that actually works in it’s favor. It may be a small feature set, but every feature works exactly as expected.

 

Together the set is still small enough to easily carry in a pocket and very comfortable to hold. The Talos tank has some pieces that are interchangeable with the Kanger TopTank and can use the standard Kanger Subtank coils. The integrated tank guard on the mod looks great and provides a safety net for the tank if the mod falls or drops. Temperature control is solid and functional, albeit slightly limited, but it’s as consistent as my best mods. The adjustable 510 plate for airflow is sheer brilliance, and works really well with every single tank I tried on it.

 

Now for the negative bits, there are quite a few of them.

 

Lets start with the worst fault, as it could potentially be dangerous. I’m talking about placement of the battery cap and venting, coupled with the lack of a spring loaded positive contact, which could lead to serious injury if the battery gets damaged and vents, as it points directly at your face.

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Next on the list is the button rattle. Thankfully it is only the fire button that rattles, not all of them, but it could have been avoided. The screen for the display is really small by today’s standards, and unfortunately, mine is mounted a touch crooked. It’s HEAVY, possibly too heavy for many people. The center pin in the Talos tank is a touch too short to use the RBA base reliably, although the pre-made coils have a slightly longer base and work with no issues.

 

Functionally, the singular glitch that causes the joules to randomly max out is annoying, but since temperature control works, it doesn’t pose any real concerns. The lack of an RDA extension does limit the use of the mod to tanks only, but as a basic starter kit, that isn’t necessarily a horrible thing. Finally, I’m not sure why they didn’t make the mod capable of firmware updates, with a USB port, it seems like it would have been easy to make it update-able.

 

Despite the number of “flaws” I found, Smoant has a pretty good kit here. They took the time to ensure that every feature is consistent and works as expected. Even though there are a large number of “issues”, the bulk of them are more annoyances than problems. What really hurts Smoant most is the safety concern I have with the battery venting, almost every other fault can be chalked up to either quality control issues or poor design decisions. Overall, I like this kit a lot because it is a good, solid setup that will grow as the vaper does, to a point anyway. I do wish they had included the ability to upgrade it so that it would stay relevant, and maybe added an RDA adapter to the kit. Those are the little things that would have brought the Smoant Knight V1 kit to a whole new level.

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