It’s been a bad couple weeks

Alright, so I just needed to get this off my chest after this slew of unfortunate events. For the past 2 months the battery door on my IPV 8 has been loose and would pop open at the slightest bump. So, last week I'm in my local shop, I mention the issue to the clerk and he notices I'm missing a screw. At this point I'm thinking "perfect! I'll just get a replacement, tighten the others and my problems are solved!" So a couple days pass and I decide that I'm going to fix my mod once and for all when I get home from work. So, I get home, set my mod on the kitchen counter next to the coffee maker and head to the garage to get my tools. On my way back in I hear a crash and my wife yell. As I come around the corner my wife hands me my mod and says "I think I broke it." Sure enough, when she knocked it off the counter the battery door popped, it landed bottom down and snapped my entire battery door clean off… I sigh, take it as a sign, and decide to order a new Smok Alien Kit.

Still with me? Alright, here's where it gets good. My package arrived today. I'm super excited, since I'm tired of using my broken IPV 8 that I've now heartily taped the battery door back on with electrical tape. So, I open up my package, take a look at my new mod. It's the black and gunmetal version. Looks good. Decide to try out the baby beast it comes with. So I prime the coil and clean the other parts while it's absorbing. Now that everything's clean, I'm screwing the tank back together when suddenly it pops out of my hand, hits the tile and shatters the glass… After letting loose a slew of profanities and cleaning up a bit of glass, I chalk it up to some sort of tank breaking record. (About 60 seconds flat, never a single time fired). I grab the replacement glass, clean it with the precision of a surgeon on Aderol and get the tank ready to go. At this point, I'm thinking "OK. Minor setback, but you're in the clear now. No more annoying broken battery door." I grab my new mod, pop in 2 18650s and go to close the battery door. But, it doesn't seem to fit. After a quick Google search I discover that you need to use a good bit of force to get the door into place. Before you ask, yes I was using flat top bats. So, I give it a little elbow grease and the door slides into place. Immediately followed by a pop I look down and notice that one side of the battery door is locked and the other popped up. I push it back into place. POP. Frustrated, I try again. POP again POP POP POP UGH!! After multiple attempts, and the opening of a bottle of wine, I decide to take a closer look. Turns out, there's a flaw with this battery door.. On one side the little piece that locks to the base is shaved down at an angle preventing the door from staying closed with any pressure from the batteries… So, here I sit with my glass of wine, a roll of electrical tape, and the pieces of my IPV 8 before me. My Alien back in the box, awaiting a response from the online vendor's customer service team. Hope you guys are having a better week than me…

TLDR; My mod had a broken battery door. I ordered a new one. When it arrived i dropped the tank which shattered then discovered that the new mod also had a broken battery door…

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Used a mech mod for the first time in 3 years – i’m blown away by the battery life

I haven't used a mechanical mod since the hay days of the Nemesis and Caravela. Recently I picked up a titanium Admiral clone just because it's titanium, and it's great to see how far mechs have come. Clutch switch designs with basically no dead spots or heating, delrin tube liners to accommodate safer top down battery insertion (battery vents away from face), and improved methods to adjust for atomizer and battery connection. There isn't the same choice of mechs these days as there was 3 years ago, but the lower number of choices is made up for with the design, saftey, and quality of many current mechs.

What really surprised me was how long my batteries are lasting. I'm a MTL vaper so I don't use elaborate low sub-ohm build. With my 0.7 ohm 26g SS spaced coil I am getting almost 24 hours of regular vaping before the vapor falls off. For comparison, my DNA 75 would last about 16-18 hours on the same charge. And considering I'd let the battery voltage go lower with the DNA than with a mech, its even more impressive.

I realize the first gen DNA 75's aren't the most efficient boards, but I never thought I see such an difference in battery life by using a mech. This has brought me down memory lane and I couldn't help but order a semi-mechanical squonker to help get back in the swing of things (I've never used a squonker before). So far I'm not missing temp control at all. The simplicity and form of mechanical tube mods is hard to beat – even with cutting edge temp control boards.

tldr; I'm getting noticeably better battery life out of my mechanical mod than I did from a first gen DNA75, and this surprises me a bit.

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Questions About Single vs Dual Coils

Hey guys, I've been really curious about this question for a while. I have done a few searches, read up on some other forums and including Reddit, but I just can't find a definite answer.

The question basically is: Why do single coil builds theoretically give more flavor than dual coils? My understanding is that, if you use dual coils, you're getting more surface area by having another set of coils vaporizing your e <a href="”>juice. So in turn, you're vaporizing more e <a href="”>juice which should mean your getting more flavor.

Then, why would others say single coils are for flavor chasing and dual coils would be for cloud chasing? Shouldn't the amount of vapor mean you're just vaporizing more e liquid and in turn getting more flavor? And that the flavor difference would come down more on the atomizer you're using? Rather than the amount of coils you have (Assuming we have the same build on both the single and dual coils, the only difference is the number of…well..coils)

Single coil=Less vapor=less flavor

Dual coils=more e <a href="”>juice vaporized=more flavor

Blaargh! I'm confused. Well, anyways, this is where I currently am. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Funny thing happened today.

I always keep my window cracked just a bit when driving and vaping I stopped at a light and some dude pulled up in the lane next to me and signaled me to roll down the window and I'm thinking "WTF does this guy want". So I roll down the window and he says "I don't know what your smoking but it smells delicious". We both laugh and I tell him it's a vape, light turns red and we go on our way… Had a good laugh about it and thought it was pretty cool.

Edit. I meant "light turns green and we go on our way". Lol

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Review: Wotofo Troll RTA

I’m a little behind in the times in just now checking out the Troll RTA, but I heard so much good from people I trust I had to check it out.

The Troll RTA utilizes the GTA atomizer style to move the deck closer to the mouthpiece to provide better flavor. It has an new style of deck as well.


Matchy matchy

deck and top fill



The Troll RTA has some subtle flair to it outside of the obvious flair that comes with the rainbow version. The Troll logo is indented into the barrel and the black top cap offers some contrast to the rest of the atomizer. The raised deck in the middle of the tank offers a unique look compared to everything being hidden at the bottom.


As many others have said, the Troll RTA provides great flavor and vapor but not without fault. It has a nice 5ml capacity that is easily refilled via the mouthpiece that unscrews. There are some nice resin options for a new mouthpiece as well through FastTech. At 24mm wide it will fit nicely on top of most mods and has a nice sized build deck.

The build deck is a bit interesting. The spacing is more or less the same as a velocity style deck but it has metal that goes all the way across the length of the deck. Sandwiched between the metal is the insulator. There have been quite a few reports of burnt or melted insulators on the Troll RTA. Most of these are either coils too close to the insulator, or custom high wattage builds. With my basic 24g dual coil build I haven’t had any issues. It definitely could be a problem though and one you must be cognizant of when building. Wotofo includes an extra insulator but if you like high wattage large diameter crazy coils in RTAs this may not be for you. The deck uses tiny phillips screws that I absolutely loathe. This should not be a thing, period. They’re also recessed so far in that I am forced to use the included driver rather than my trusty precision bit set because the precision bit is too wide.

The top cap is similarly designed to the Mage in that it screws on and seals the fill ports in lieu of an individual top cap and drip tip. It unscrews much easier than the mage though. The airflow ports are direct ports which is a nice change. Rather than a large open area at the bottom where the airflow comes from the airflow is direct to each side of the deck. I have had a few issues with the o-ring beneath the top cap coming loose when filling which is a bit of an annoyance.

There was/is a bit of a learning curve with wicking the Troll RTA. The wicks are angled back and the deck style is just a bit more different than the typical RTA. After some fiddling I got it to work. I found that unlike most RTAs, I had the best result with a bit of cotton sticking through the bottom of the hole and I had to use a cotton roll just a tad wider than the coil. I seem to suck at wicking this RTA. I’ve used if off and on for over a month and every time I leaks the first time. This requires me to reopen and adjust the wicks. Never rewick, just finesse them and then it’s fine.


I’ll probably keep the Troll RTA around as it suits my vaping style. While it seems versatile for different vaping vaping styles, I would advise extra caution when using large custom coils due to the insulator issue. After a month with a standard build, I have had no issues at all with the insulator. Flavor is great and i really have few major complaints about anything other than the stupidly tiny phillips screws they chose to use; although the top cap o-ring is becoming more annoying. The Troll RTA had its heyday for short period of time but now I’d probably only recommend it if you are looking for something a bit different and don’t mind being hindered by more basic or lower wattage builds. There are a lot of similarities between this and the Azeroth or Battlestar RTAs. I think the Azeroth RTA edges out the Troll RTA overall but is a little more expensive. I haven’t used the Battlestar yet.

The Troll RTA was provided for review by Gearbest and is current available for $23 but they also have the Azeroth and Battlestar RTAs too. Reviews are my own opinion based on experience and never embellished.

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Steve Kennedy is a comedian.

My Roundhouse 2 got sent out for a Cerakote refinishing a week or so ago, and I packed her up with a note like a worried parent would send with their kid to a sleepover. I mentioned she liked to be held and sung to, and that she hated marshmallows.

Kennedy notified me of her arrival there, and said they were thinking about dressing her up in a Barbie skirt and taking her out for a night on the town before shipping her back out to me.

This is how my Roundhouse 2 came back.

I'm still laughing. Ladies and gentlemen, this is service at its finest.

EDIT: Forget Limitless sleeves, this is the future of personalization.

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