Sigelei Kaos Spectrum Review: First Impressions, Performance, Pros and Cons

Sigelei Kaos Spectrum Review

Sigelei is a well-known company in the vaping industry and has released many devices which have become the favorites of many vapers. Some of their box mods such as the original Sigelei 150w is still going strong for some vapers. Now, they have released their newest device, the Kaos Spectrum 230 TC Box Mod which features a unique LED ring, temperature control, a large color display screen and much more. How does this new box mod compare to the tons of other dual 18650 devices on the market? We’ll see in this review!

Before getting any further, I would like to thank Breazy for sending this box mod our way for the purposes of this review. I’ll go over my first impressions, usage, performance, pros and cons, and conclude with whether or not I recommend the Sigelei Kaos Spectrum!

Sigelei Kaos Spectrum Review

First Impressions

The Kaos Spectrum Box Mod comes in a relatively simple yet attractive box. Once you slide open the packaging you are immediately greeted with the device itself, and underneath houses the included micro USB cable and user manual. The color received is the blue variant, but there are other colors available such as black, white/black (also known as the “Stormtrooper color”) and gunmetal. The blue finish is more of a dark blue, and one I’ve yet to see with other devices.

Upon holding the Sigelei Kaos Spectrum it felt comfortable right away. All of the edges are smooth, and everything just feels well rounded. The overall size is good for a dual 18650 box mod in my opinion. The design itself is slightly similar to the Sigelei 213, but there are some differences to it. This box mod is primarily constructed of zinc alloy; therefore it is quite light without any 18650 batteries installed. On the front of this device is where the LED color light bezel, and the screen in the middle. The wattage up and down buttons are located right above the screen.

Sigelei Kaos Spectrum Review

On the back of the device, there is a piece of leatherette, and it does add some comfort while you are holding it. I’m not to keen on the looks of it, but it does feel great when holding the mod in your hands. On the top of the box mod, there is a section in black that highlights the name “Spectrum”, which I do think is a nice touch. There is a micro USB port located at the side of the vape mod, where you can upgrade the firmware or charge the batteries. However, we do highly recommend you charge your 18650 batteries with an external vape battery charger.

One thing I did notice right away with the Sigelei Kaos Spectrum is that when there are no batteries installed, the battery door is quite loose. This is a con to me, but when there are batteries installed, it tightens up with little to no play. I would’ve liked the battery door to be a bit more solid without batteries installed.

Overall, my first impressions of the Sigelei Kaos Spectrum was great! There was one small con that was mentioned, but it wasn’t a deal breaker by any means.

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Usage

As mentioned previously, the Sigelei Kaos Spectrum is quite comfortable to hold as all of the edges are rounded. There are no sharp points whatsoever on this box mod, which is a huge pro in my opinion. Also, this dual 18650 box mod isn’t large nor is it too small. Personally, it’s the right size for this type of device, which makes it even more comfortable to hold. The fire button is nice and clicky as well, which I know is something many vapers enjoy.

This device is also very easy to carry in the pocket, and I had no issues with it whatsoever. For our female subscribers, you’ll have no worries lugging this in your purse. For those vapers looking for something ultra compact, then this might not be for you.

Inserting the batteries is extremely easy, and the battery door simply opens by pushing and sliding the door forward. The positive and negatives are clearly marked, and your 18650 batteries easily slide into position. Closing the battery door is as easy as opening it, and once the batteries are secured into place, the battery door also becomes more secure. Five clicks will turn the Kaos Spectrum on and off.

Once you do turn on the device, you’re greeted with a beautiful color display screen (0.96 inch). It’s incredibly easy to see, and read. Depending on the wattage, the wattage number will go from green to yellow to red. The screen itself displays your set wattage, what mode you are in, resistance, amperage, battery bar and percentage, volts of both your batteries, and the applied voltage (determined by the resistance and wattage). Holding the wattage up and fire button will allow you to adjust your preheat setting. In addition, holding the wattage down and fire button will lock the buttons.

Sigelei Kaos Spectrum Review

Three clicks will bring you into the menu where you can access your temperature control functions, and customize the LED light ring. You can turn the light ring completely off, light up when using, or always on. The colors for the LED light include blue, red, yellow, green, purple, and cyan. The cyan color is definitely the brightest of the bunch.

The temperature control options are SS, Ti, Ni200 and a TCR mode. If you click the TCR mode, you can select from 5 different settings, once you do choose one, you can then adjust the TCR value. This is a very simple to use menu system, which is a huge pro in my book. Another pro is that you can lock your resistance by clicking the wattage up and down buttons.

I do want to mention that the menu system can be a bit sluggish at times, and takes a bit to register 3 or 5 clicks. Even though it’s very easy to navigate, this was certainly an annoyance when it occurred. So, for me, this is a con. Something else to mention is that there is some button rattle, but it’s not unbearable by any means.

Atomizers up to 25mm will sit flush with no overhang. In addition, all of my atomizers I’ve attached, including some with very protruding 510 pins sat flush with zero gaps. This is yet again another pro for this device!

All in all, using the Sigelei Kaos Spectrum 230w Box Mod has been a pleasure, even though I did have an annoyance of the menu system being a bit sluggish at times. This was a very comfortable dual 18650 device and was just easy to use.

Performance

The Sigelei Kaos Spectrum has a maximum wattage output of 230w, and a maximum voltage output of 7.5v. I don’t have the necessary equipment to test whether or not this device can actually hit that high of a wattage, but at the wattage I would vape this device at (between 50w and 100w), it felt pretty close to the power it was delivering. I must say that the wattage did feel a bit weaker in comparison to a DNA250 or YiHi SX 450J. However, it didn’t feel that much weaker, just about 5w-7w below the wattage I set it to.

With that being said, it wasn’t much of an issue for me, and you may not even notice it too much while vaping. Once you do hit the fire button, it fires almost immediately. It’s not the fastest firing I have experience with a dual 18650 device, but it is pretty fast. However, I did have some misfires happen, where I would press the fire button and nothing would happen. This is definitely a con in my book. Thankfully, this didn’t happen too much, only once in a while. Regardless, it’s still a con to be mentioned.

As mentioned earlier, the Sigelei Kaos Spectrum features temperature control for Ni200, Ti and SS wire (304, 316, 317). There is also a TCR mode with 5 different memory presets, which is a great addition to any device. I did test this device in SS temperature control mode, and it worked fine. It didn’t work as great as a DNA250 device, but it did work pretty well, especially in TCR mode. I much preferred the TCR mode in comparison to the standard SS temperature control mode this device has.

Sigelei Kaos Spectrum Review

The minimum firing resistance of this device is 0.1 ohm, which is enough for the majority of the vapers out there. I did test this device with a 0.1 ohm resistance, and it fired it with zero issues.

The battery life of the Sigelei Kaos Spectrum was pretty good, especially with 2 Samsung 30Q 18650 batteries. I could easily get through most of the day with the LED light turned completely off. However, once you turn the LED light on, your battery life will suffer a bit, which is to be expected. If you do decide to leave this feature on, I do recommend bringing a spare set of 18650 batteries.

All in all, the performance of the Sigelei Kaos Spectrum was great. It wasn’t the absolute best performing dual 18650 device, but when considering its price, it did perform quite well.

Product Features:

  • Requires 2 High Drain 18650 Batteries (Not Included)
  • Maximum Wattage Output: 230w
  • Maximum Voltage Output: 7.5v
  • Temperature Control (Ni200, Ti, SS, TCR)
  • 0.96 Inch TFT Color Display Screen
  • 6 Color LED Light Ring
  • Minimum Firing Resistance: 0.1 ohm
  • Resistance Lock
  • Zinc Alloy Construction
  • 2.5A Max Charge Current On-Board Charging
  • Leatherette Back
  • Many Safety Features
  • Micro USB Cable & User Manual Included
  • Variety of Colors available

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easy to see color display screen
  • Atomizers up to 25mm sit flush with zero overhang
  • 6 Color LED Light Ring
  • TCR Mode & Multiple Temperature Control Functions
  • Firmware Upgradeable
  • Preheat function

Cons

  • Had a few misfires
  • The battery door is a bit loose without any batteries installed
  • Battery life will suffer when the LED light is on
  • Minor button rattle

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Sigelei Kaos Spectrum is a good dual 18650 device that offers a unique feature, the customizable LED light ring. While some vapers will surely find this gimmicky, some vapers may actually find it attractive. This device has tons of other features as well such as multiple temperature control functions, resistance lock, large color display screen, preheat function and more.

As mentioned previously, it’s not the best performing dual 18650 device on the market, but for the price, it does perform great. In addition, there were some minor quirks, but nothing that were a complete deal breakers. In wattage mode, which is what I used mainly, it had zero issues and simply worked.

If you’re a fan of the LED light ring or looking for a unique dual 18650 device that has tons of features and is comfortable in the hands, then you can’t go wrong with the Sigelei Kaos Spectrum 230w TC Box Mod, especially when you consider its price.

We hope you find this review helpful in finding the right device to fit all of your vaping needs! Feel free to leave any questions or comments down below! Thanks for reading!

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Teslacigs Wye II 215W Mod Preview – Wye More Power!

The Wye II 215W Mod By Teslacigs Previewed

The Teslacigs Wye II 215W mod as the name implies is a new version of the original Teslacigs Wye and Wye 85W.wye ii poster

The original Wye went up to 200W using 2×18650 batteries – so the Wye II has 15W more power with the same batteries.

As with the previous models the mod is designed to be super lightweight made from ABS and PC plastic materials. The paintwork has a graduated two tone style in some versions of the mod.wye ii blue purple

There are the usual user modes – KA (which is Variable Wattage for Tesla chips), Temperature control and TCR. There are also 3 memory spaces for storing your own configurations and 4 taste modes to choose from.wye 2 white

On the side of the mod is the 0.96in screen which is surrounded by the fire button above and the adjustment buttons and USB port below.

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You can buy the mod on its own or there is a kit available with the Teslacigs Resin Tank – standard or 2ml – which is a mesh coiled sub ohm tank.tesla resin tank

There are 5 colours to choose from – Red/Black, Blue/Gold, Purple/Blue, White and Black.wye 2 colours

Kit Includes

  • Teslacigs Wye II 215W mod
  • USB Cable
  • User manual

The mod is also available in kit form with either the Standard Tesla Resin Tank or the Tesla Resin 2ml tank.

Tesla Wye II 215W Mod Specs

  • Size: 86x56x30mm
  • Battery: 2×18650 (not included)
  • Material: PC and ABS plastic
  • Display: 0.96in
  • Output: 7-215W
  • Resistance range: 0.1-3ohm (KA VW Mode) / 0.05-1ohm (TC Modes)
  • Modes: KA (VW), TC (SS316, Ni200, Ti), TCR
  • Taste modes: Norm/Hard/Soft/User
  • 3 memory modes
  • Temperature range: 100-300°C / 200-600°F

wye ii specs

I love the look of this but it does look a bit square and chunky for holding in the hand. But it should be pretty lightweight to counteract the bulky shape.

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Joyetech Cuboid Mod Review

The Joyetech Cuboid mod is the latest in a quite long list of excellent products from Joyetech. Joyetech has been involved in the vaping equipment scene for several years and supplies some of the most well-known brands and devices. 2016 is promising to be a big year for the vaping industry with some fantastic products heading to market. The Joyetech Cuboid mod is one of the first such highly anticipated products.

We got hold of this mod earlier than most users and have tested it for several weeks now. Sit back and relax while we go through some of the finer points of the Cuboid!

Joyetech Cuboid Mod Review

What’s in the Kit?

  • 1x Joyetech Cuboid Mod
  • 1x Micro USB Cable
  • 1x User Manual
  • 1x Warranty Card

Joyetech Cuboid Kit

Features & Specifications

Width: 42.0mm
Depth: 28.0mm
Height: 91.5mm
Material: Stainless Steel/Plastic
Output Wattage: 1-150W
Resistance Range: 0.05-1.5ohm for Variable Temperature mode & 0.1-3.5ohm for Variable Wattage mode
Temperature Control: Nickel; Titanium; Stainless Steel 316 and TCR Mode
Temperature Control Range: 100 – 315°C / 200 – 600°F
Connection: Spring-loaded 510
Batteries:  2x 18650 (not included in the kit)
Additional Features: Upgradable Firmware; 0.96-inch OLED Screen; Dual Battery Display Bar; Slip-Open Battery Cover; Micro USB Port for Firmware Upgrades and Charging; Reverse Battery Polarity Protection
Average Price: $40-$50

First Impression

When we first got a good look at the Joyetech Cuboid, we were instantly surprised at just how small and compact this mod is. For a dual battery mod, packing this much punch, 150W out of the box or 200W after an update, it’s amazingly small and sleek.

Joyetech Cuboid Packaging

There are a number of different colors and finishes available to choose from currently – black, gray and silver. We received ours in silver.

Overall, the build quality of the Cuboid is both visually and physically appealing. It is a compact but “heavy duty” mod which appears to be strong enough to last you quite a long time.

What We Enjoyed About the Joyetech Cuboid Mod

Outstanding design & build quality

The overall appearance and design of the Joyetech Cuboid mod seemed quite stunning to us. It is surprisingly small, almost as small as the majority of single 18650 mods currently available on the market, and fits very nicely in your hand while vaping. Yes, the small form factor means that it is a heavy little thing (more than 300g together with batteries), but that’s definitely not an issue – it makes the device feel even more compact in your hand.

The display is quite large, bright and clear, and there’s plenty of information available through it – there are even separate battery level indicators for each of the 18650s, so that you can make sure what’s really going on with your batteries.

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Heaps of power & features for temperature control vaping

The Joyetech Cuboid mod has taken small mods with big power to a new level. Joyetechpromised us that something new and exciting was on the horizon and didn’t fail to disappoint.

The Cuboid features dual 18650 cell replaceable batteries. You can switch them out quickly and easily when you need to – there is a slip-open battery lid with “+” and “-” marks, which will help you make sure that the 18650s are inserted correctly.

Joyetech Cuboid Battery Door

This mod comes straight out of the box ready to use at 150W maximum wattage. When you perform a firmware update, however, your maximum wattage is increased to a massive 200W. And let us tell you – the update is really simple and straightforward, allowing you to satisfy your urge for even bigger power in a matter of minutes.

The Joyetech Cuboid mod supports both TC and VW modes which allow users to vape in their preferable mode. Built in safety modes adjust to your required usage and limits your wattage accordingly. This means that users can’t use high power incorrectly and can help prevent accidents or damage to the mod.

Apart from TC modes for nickel and titanium coils, the Cuboid also features the new Joyetech Temp-SS316 mode for temperature control vaping with stainless steel coils. We simply love this mode and have been using it with many different SS coils. But that’s not all this mod has to offer in terms of temperature control – it also allows more advanced vapers to customize the Temperature Coefficient of Resistance, or TCR, to further improve their vaping experience.

There’s one more thing to mention: although the Cuboid allows charging the batteries through the micro USB port, Joyetech themselves don’t recommend doing so. For safety purposes, we could only agree and recommend you getting an external 18650 charger.

Joyetech Cuboid Micro USB Port

What We Didn’t Enjoy About the Joyetech Cuboid Mod

We don’t have many issues to list here that we didn’t like about the Joyetech Cuboid, but please keep in mind that there are always going to be different things that users prefer and/or expect out of their mods.

Minor inconveniences with the display & buttons

As mentioned above, the screen is bright and well-readable in indoor lighting conditions. However, despite of its quite large size, the readings are almost impossible to see in direct sunlight. Of course, a whole lot of other mods and other electronic devices have the same issue, but we think that this would be the right time for electronic cigarette manufacturers to bring some innovation in this aspect.

Another minor issue is that the black plastic around the screen can be scratched or damaged relatively easily. If you plan on having it look pristine, then you will need to pay close attention to how you care for it. And, finally, we didn’t exactly like the setting buttons (which actually is a single uniform button) – for a new user who still hasn’t adapted to this device, this button can be difficult to find in poor lightning conditions.

Also, some other users have reported issues where the buttons on the Cuboid get stuck or actually fail to function. As such, this hasn’t been reported as a common problem, but we will keep you updated.

Joyetech Cuboid Mod

Battery lid occasionally doesn’t open

This is another minor issue we noticed with our Cuboid. Without much nitpicking, it seems that on our mod, the button which locks the battery lid in place sometimes doesn’t work as it’s supposed to – it tends to get stuck if there are no batteries in the mod. If this happens, one simply needs to tinker around it with their fingers a little while longer to make it open. That’s definitely not a deal-breaker for us, but might get a bit annoying over time.

Final Thoughts

The Joyetech Cuboid is truly a well thought-out device which, at least for us, always delivers outstanding performance. It is a true vaping workhorse, encased in a surprisingly small and ergonomically convenient box, which is both straightforward enough to use for beginners and also packed with features that more experienced vapers will definitely appreciate. It is an outstanding device if you’re into temperature vaping.

Joyetech Cuboid

Design wise, the Cuboid is a compact, modern and great-looking mod, with a likable metallic finish and a large screen which gives you detailed readings of pretty much everything you need to know.

When it comes to cons, there’s really not much to talk about. And, when taking into account the exceptionally affordable price tag, we are quite certain that you really can’t go wrong with purchasing the Cuboid.

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Joyetech Exceed D19 Starter Kit Review

The Joyetech Exceed D19 Starter Kit – Cue Corny Joke About “Exceed-ing Expectations”…

The Joyetech Exceed D19 starter kit is a new release by a well-known brand who have played a huge part in the development of vaping equipment over the years. Joyetech seem to be developing devices which are MTL and DTL compatible – which I really applaud as a mainly MTL vaper.

The previous Joyetech device I reviewed the CuBox AIO worked wonderfully for both and I still enjoy using it – so let’s see if the Exceed is as good.

Exceed D19 colour range

This is a two piece device – the Exceed D19 battery unit and the Exceed D19 tank. The tank and battery can also be bought separately if you need spares or want to use each part with a different device.

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What’s In The Box

The Joyetech Exceed D19 Starter Kit includes everything apart from E-liquid to get you up and running. Plus some spares to help you maintain it.

  • Exceed D19 battery
  • Exceed D19 atomiser tank
  • EX Series 0.5ohm DL Coil Head
  • EX Series 1.2ohm MTL Coil Head
  • USB cable
  • User manuals for the battery unit and the D19 atomiser tank
  • Warranty card
  • Warning card
  • Spare parts (O-ring seals and a spare tank glass)

Exceed D19 box contents

Features

  • Size: 19 x 76mm
  • Battery capacity: 1500mAh – Built in battery (not replaceable)
  • Weight: 73.0g
  • Coil: NiCr
  • Applicable heads: EX series heads for DTL/MTL vaping
  • Max output: 40W (with battery fully charged in Direct Output Mode)
  • Colour: silver, black, white, dark orange, black/white
  • Direct output and constant voltage output
  • Top LED light indicator ring
  • Refined airflow control system
  • Detachable structure, easy to clean
  • Safety features : over-charging, over-current and over-discharging protection.
  • Coil resistance limits : 0.2 ohm to 3.5 ohm.

Exceed D19 Tank

  • Coil: EX 1.2ohm MTL head (8 – 15W) / EX 0.5ohm DTL head (20 – 35W)
  • Adjustable bottom airflow
  • Size :19 x 42mm (not including the 510 thread)
  • Capacity: 2ml
  • Coil Changeable: Yes
  • Connection Thread: 510
  • Filling Method: Top Filling

Exceed D19 components

Build Quality & Design

I received two Joyetech Exceed D19 starter kits to review – the Black/White colour and the Dark Orange colour. The black and white version is really beautiful and it’s so much smaller in height and diameter than I expected. I think it looks pretty classy.

I didn’t think I would like the orange version when looking at the manufacturer photos. But in the flesh it really is beautiful. It does look the business.

In real life this looks way better than the promotional photos – which is really rare!

Joyetech Exceed D19 Dark Orange

There is a light which is a ring around the top of the battery. I really like this it looks great. The light ring colour is dependent on which output mode you have set the battery to.

There are two instruction leaflets – one for the battery and one for the Exceed D19 tank. The battery leaflet is written in the smallest print known to man – it’s hurting my eyes – so I downloaded a PDF version from the Joyetech website to read in comfort! It is very basic no illustrations and only the bare minimum of information.

The tank leaflet is much clearer and includes a start-up diagram.

Also enclosed is a yellow instruction card – one side gives tips for airflow settings and the other gives priming and filling tips.

Exceed D19 tips

The Tank:

Exceed D19 Tank Orange

The tank is part of the Exceed D range of tanks by Joyetech. There is also the D22 tankavailable. The number represents the diameter – the D19 is a 19mm diameter tank and the D22 is a 22mm diameter tank.

The tank external components are either a very hard plastic or a coated metal – except for the tank glass.

The tank glass is clear and makes the liquid level very obvious.

A small mouthpiece which for me is ideal – but with this being a MTL and DTL device – DTL people might find this too small.

The tank has a standard 510 connection on the base so could be used on many other devices. If used on a vape pen style device – make sure it is 19mm diameter or wider or you will have some overhang.

The tank is well constructed – I filled it several hours ago and have already knocked it over once and no leaks.

The top cap and mouthpiece unscrew easily and the tank is extremely easy to dismantle if you want to wash it out or change the glass.

Exceed D19 Tank Dismantle

It does look great but in real life the black/white version tank has a completely black tank top and bottom so the Joyetech and Exceed branding shown in the manufacturer image is pretty much invisible unless you tilt it to the light. On the orange version the branding is really clear and looks great.

The Battery:

Exceed D19 Battery

The battery is a metal construction with a paint finish. The black/white version has a beautiful graduated paint effect which I really love. The Joyetech and Exceed branding are clear on either side of the battery and don’t detract from its beauty at all.

Exceed D19 Battery indicator

Exceed D19 battery statusThe ring of lights at the top of the battery flash to indicate the battery charge remaining. As the battery level decreases the light flashes more rapidly. At full to 60% charge the light is illuminated fully when you depress the fire button.

When the battery is fully discharged and the voltage is below 3.3V the fire button backlight will flash 40 times and the device will turn itself off until recharged.

To charge the inbuilt battery connect the supplied USB charger to the port on the battery and plug the other end into a suitable USB outlet. The light will go out when fully charged.

Exceed D19 charging with USB

There are two output modes – a constant output (where the device regulates to make sure that the battery output stays the same – despite the charge level) or direct output (where the device will be pushing out more power on a fully charged battery and less as it discharges.)

In The Hand

Exceed D19 in the handJust look at how cute this is. It makes me want to jump up in a Reeves & Mortimer way shouting “it’s a beauty!”

It is light but sturdy, perfect size for my hand and the fire button feels just as it should. Nothing shakes or rattles. The fire button makes a solid sounding click as you use it.

How Does the Joyetech Exceed D19 Starter Kit Perform?

Basic operation

5 clicks of the fire button to turn this on and off. The light will flash 5 times to confirm.

To switch between constant output and direct output mode :

  • Power off the battery (5 clicks of the fire button)
  • Press and hold the fire button – the ring will light up – direct output mode (white light) and constant voltage output mode (orange light).
  • Release the fire button when the applicable light is showing.
  • Power up the battery (5 clicks of the fire button).

To explain why you would want to alter the output mode – Mechanical mods use a direct output – where all the available battery voltage is supplied to the coil. This can fluctuate according to battery charge – as the battery is discharged the performance will be very weak. Regulated mods regulate the battery output (constant output) to keep it the same regardless of the state of charge.

When the voltage drops below a specified point the battery is shut off until the device is charged. So this device can perform the functions of a mechanical mod and a regulated mod to add to its versatility.

Exceed D19 mode adjustment

How To Fill The D19 Tank

Exceed D19 filling

  • Unscrew the mouthpiece.
  • The filling holes are the smile shaped slots either side of the centre tube.
  • Squeeze or drop E-liquid into the smile slots until the liquid is at the correct level.
  • Replace the mouthpiece.

How To Change The EX Coil Head

If you notice a horrible burnt taste or poor output this usually indicates the coil head requires replacing. However make sure to check the tank level as often an empty tank will cause the same problem. Also if in direct output mode and the battery charge is low this will reduce performance.

You don’t have to have an empty tank in order to change the coil – just make sure to keep the tank upright to avoid spillage.

D19 tank components

  • Unscrew the mouthpiece.
  • Unscrew the top of the tank (not the bottom bit where the airflow is!)
  • The coil screws onto the underside of the top cap of the tank. If a coil is installed this simply unscrews.
  • Install the top cap onto the glass tank.
  • Replace the mouthpiece.
  • Fill the tank to the correct level.
  • Leave the tank for 5-10 minutes for the liquid to soak into the coil. Also before using take a couple of inhales on the mouthpiece without activating the fire button.

Airflow Adjustment

Exceed D19 Airflow Adjustment

Just below the glass portion of the tank is an adjustable ring. You turn this to expose either holes or the large slot. With the large slot exposed you will get full airflow – which is mainly for direct to lung inhales. The holes are for mouth to lung vaping and you can tailor this by exposing more or less holes.

You can actually go as far as shutting the airflow off completely – so it really does offer lots of adjustment – which is brilliant. You can make a really restricted MTL airflow right up to a really airy DTL airflow – well done Joyetech!!

Exceed D19

Flavour & Cloud Production

I used an 80% VG 6mg nicotine E- liquid for the 0.5 ohm coil – as sub ohm coils generally work better with a lower nicotine strength and are good at absorbing high VG E-liquid.

I used a 50/50% VG/PG Heizen liquid for the 1.2 ohm coil.

I have also tried the tank on another mod on its own to see how the tank performs.

EX Coil Range

EX coils by Joyetech

This uses the EX 0.5ohm direct-lung coil head (best at 28W) and EX 1.2ohm mouth-to-lung coil head (best at 12W). Both coil heads were supplied in the kit. The 0.5 ohm coil is gold and the 1.2 ohm coil is silver.

These coil heads are also compatible with the Exceed D22 tank.

The coil heads come in packs of five for a great price. Apart from E-liquid these are the only consumable you will need to buy during the natural lifetime of the whole device.

I will update this review after more prolonged use with how well the coils last in real life.

1.2 ohm EX Coil

The 1.2 ohm coil is designed for MTL vaping using the airflow on the holes rather than slot setting.

I filled the tank – I used the orange device for the 1.2ohm coil – and left it to sit for a while to soak up the e-liquid.

After that it was lovely to use – no dry hits, an occasional pop but otherwise so lovely. Again this is a very cool vapour – which I am not used to – I do prefer a warm vapour – I think it does help the taste come through. So the taste wasn’t as strong as some devices- but you could still taste the liquid fine.

With 50/50 VG/PG liquid the vapour was exactly as expected – no big clouds but a normal volume for that type of liquid on a Plus Ohm coil.

The mouthpiece and airflow were spot on for MTL with this coil. Using the tank with this coil on another device gave the same performance.

I would recommend the constant output power mode for this coil.

0.5 ohm Clapton EX Coil

I used the black/white device with this coil.

This is designed for DTL vaping with the airflow wide open.

I used high VG liquid with this and found a couple of dry hits to start with so left it to sit for a while longer.

Constant Output Mode with 0.5 ohm Coil

14th October 2017

A really cool vapour which means the taste is a bit muted. Had a bit of spitting and gurgling too.

With the airflow fully open there wasn’t much vapour to be honest. However closing the airflow down to about half the DTL slot setting produced a better volume. I have used this high VG liquid in other devices and had a lot more vapour from them. So this is slightly below average for that.

I found myself still using this as MTL – I didn’t seem to get much performance using it DTL. I had to take pretty long inhales to get a throat hit or a lot of vapour. The device and tank get quite hot but the vapour is still really cool.

I have another Joyetech device the CuBox AIO which uses 0.6 ohm DTL coils and that performs way better than these 0.5 ohm – so these are slightly disappointing to me?

15th October 2017

The above was written yesterday – after leaving this overnight and also giving it a good charge – it is way way better! It must suffer from drop in performance even in constant output mode -which has surprised me. Maybe the coil soaked up the liquid more leaving it over night? I really don’t know what has happened but somehow the over night vaping fairy has weaved her magic on this!

Now the only other variable since last night is I added a small amount of 50/50 VG/PG unflavoured 12mg nicotine E liquid into my tank – just to up the nicotine level a bit for me. I wonder if it was struggling with the 80% VG and just thinning it slightly has made the performance better? But I used the 80% VG liquid in this tank on my mod and it was fine at 25W.

I feel a bit harsh now – but that was my experience at first with this. So give it a full charge and leave it sat for a day and then you will be very pleased!

Direct Output Mode with 0.5 ohm Coil

The 0.5 ohm coil does perform a lot better with the Direct Output power mode.

It was much better flavour and vapour production -but this doesnt last long as the battery charge drops it decreases in performance. So it’s not a mode I would use all the time. I found it made me cough with the battery fully charged.

Even the next day when the constant output performance improved – the direct output performance was the same.

When I used the tank on another device the performance was completely different…

The Exceed D19 Tank Performance

I tried this tank with the 0.5 ohm coil on my Pico Mega mod – it says the 0.5 ohm coil is best at 28W. At 25W this little beauty came alive! Huge vapour production and much better taste. Which in itself tells me that the Exceed D19 battery isnt kicking out the power for this coil.

With the 1.2ohm coil at 12W on my mod I found very little difference in performance so the battery of the Exceed is much happier running the higher ohm coil.

In fact I would go so far as falling in love with the D19 tank and 0.5 ohm coil on my mod – it’s wonderful!

Battery Life

I found myself using this mostly in the regulated (constant) output mode. It was too fierce for me with the direct output when the battery was fully charged and then too weak as the battery discharged.

I did find myself questioning why this does need the output modes. The answer came when using the 0.5 ohm coil which didnt perform well in constant output. The 1.2 ohm coil performs wonderfully in constant output.

I will update this review with my opinion of the battery life as I haven’t got an accurate opinion as yet as I have been swapping between the two devices and output modes for this review.

What I Like

I mean just look at it – it is gorgeous. It looks classy and isn’t tacky or looking like it is a vaping toy.

It’s a simple easy and very effective vaping device with so many options to tailor it to your preference.

What I Dislike

I’m not a fan of some devices battery capacity display. I feel if it hasn’t got a screen then the old fashioned Green light for full charge and orange and red as the battery charge decreases is easier to interpret. The flashing lights on this display the battery charge and it’s easy to mis-interpret.

Final Review Verdict

The Joyetech Exceed D19 is a great bit of kit, better than average as you do get lots of airflow adjustment.

This is a good price and you can use the tank on other devices and other tanks on this battery. So there is room for customisation.

This kit works well as a starter MTL device with the 1.2 ohm coils. In fact it’s great.

After leaving this over night and fully charging the 0.5 coil performance was hugely improved. I also added some thinner liquid to the tank – this may have helped – the 80% VG liquid may be too thick for this coil at this power level?

Using the D19 tank with 0.5 ohm coil on another device with a higher output was even better. I do recommend the D19 tank and 0.5ohm coil used on another higher output device.

It is super easy to use – I wasn’t keen on the battery display method but it works when you know what to look for and it is easy for a newbie to get to grips with.

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Think Vape Finder DNA250 Mod Review

For me to get excited about a three-battery Mod, it needs to be something pretty special. We’ve all seen these Mods – triangle-type shape, large footprint, etc. – and they all have similar looks and feels. But, other than the wonderful Modefined Prism from earlier this year, none have really advanced the experience. Think Vape has responded with a hearty, “Challenge accepted” and introduced a three-battery Mod with the world’s most advanced chipset available.

Is it a leaps and bounds improvement over similarly shaped devices? No. But if you like this form factor, and want the endless customization that DNA boards provide, you need to give the Finder DNA250 a serious look, since it might be the best three-battery Mod I’ve tested.

Initial impressions of the Think Vape Finder DNA250 Mod

Like we mentioned, there’s only so much manufacturers can do with a triple-battery format. The space requirement necessitates the shape of the Mod, and – save for a giant cube – there isn’t much else that can be done to make this type of device powerful and comfortable. (the only exception I know for a differently shaped triple-cell Mod is the S-Body VapeDroid DNA250 we recently reviewed)

Of course, the Finder DNA250 is an expensive vape Mod, so Think Vape adorned it well. The leather grip on my test Model was striking, without being overbearing. And the heavily grooved, chiseled 510 plate jumps off the top of the Mod, with an almost mechanical, automotive vibe.

This Finder DNA250’s top plate is raised, but is wide enough to accommodate most atomizers, with only the 30mm tanks presenting any overhang. Keep in mind that smaller (<22mm) atomizers will be dwarfed by the sheer size of the Mod.

Another item of note, due to the deep grooves around the 510 plate, there tends to be a lot of condensation underneath/adjacent to tanks and RDAs. Have tissues handy if chain vaping at high wattages.

The entire device is understandably tall – 89mm without an atomizer, to be exact. But it’s solid throughout, with bulletproof zinc alloy construction wherever metal is needed. The large, hexagon-shaped fire key, and well-place up/down buttons do what they need to without rattle, and feel completely responsive no matter how you hold the Mod.

Like I mentioned in the preview, a Mod as advanced as the Finder DNA250 would have benefited from an enter/action key, but the DNA250 chipset – for all its advanced performance – remains an operational dinosaur, with a high barrier to entry for newcomers. Hence, no button.

Operating the Think Vape Finder DNA250 Mod

By this point, we’ve reviewed the operation and appearance of DNA systems countless times, so we won’t go too far into detail here. But, suffice it to say, the presence of a DNA chipset – especially the updated and powerful DNA250 – will either be a selling point or an obstacle, depending on the user. Beginners and those who want simplified operations should probably look to something else.

More advanced users seeking top-flight customization – both on the device and through the Escribe PC/Mac platform – the Finder DNA250 is as good an option as any on the market today.

It’s not pretty, it’s not intuitive, and it’s not for those who want one-finger operations. But DNA boards just flat out work.

The standard 0.96-inch DNA display is bright and familiar, with the usual information displayed on screen – wattage, voltage, temperature, and battery power. You’ll also see which Mode you’re in, which includes wattage Mode, full TC suite, and a slew of custom profiles.

Navigating the menu system is standard DNA fare. By that, we mean it requires a series of button combinations and long presses to navigate through the dense menu trees. As I’ve said before, once the user becomes familiar with the system, it become second nature. But newcomers will want to Google “DNA 250 cheat sheet” to speed up the process.

As always, the Escribe platform remains the pinnacle of vape Mod customization, and the latest version continues this tradition. Much like the onboard controls, Escribe is dense, with a lot of customizations well above a new user’s understanding. But the GUI is intuitive enough that newcomers will soon learn how to make proper adjustments to wattage and temperature curves, and see the resulting changes in vape quality.

(Yes, users can also use Escribe to customize launch screens when powering up the Finder DNA250. These bitmaps never seem to fade in popularity.)

On a physical level, the Finder DNA250 feels outstanding in the hand, with all operational buttons easily accessed in any grip. Though it’s a larger Mod, the Finder is extremely ergonomic, and the textured leather cover feels excellent – preventing slipping and sliding, while adding a little luxury to the otherwise metallic device.

The battery door – a feature I rarely discuss – is a highlight. A SLEW of magnets hold the batteries in place like a vise grip, but the door never becomes difficult to operate. Plus, there’s no rattle to be found. The Finder DNA250 is a high-end Mod, and touches like this go a long way toward portraying it that way.

Vaping the Think Vape Finder DNA250 Mod

Think Vape Finder DNA250 Mod Review – Spinfuel VAPEPower – smooth, effortless power. Unlike many DNA Mods, which throttle the chip’s potential in exchange for optimal battery efficiency, the Finder DNA250 lets the chip run free. That said, protections are in place to ensure the chip’s output never exceeds a coil’s limitations. Instead, the Finder will determine the coil’s resistance and automatically limit the temperature to ensure things never get too hot.

Using a series of Kanthal coils – both prebuilt and my own on RTAs – the Finder DNA250 had precisely zero problems reading and adjusting on the fly. I took it (briefly) to 250 watts, and was shocked at how well the device stepped up its game without ever getting wonky or erratic. I doubt many vapers are going to use the device at these levels for too long, but if any high-powered chipset has the ability, I’d bet on the DNA250.

Temperature control on the Finder DNA250 is predictably awesome. Naturally, Escribemakes customization as precise as the user wants, but the Mod itself has plenty of custom save slots so vapers can quickly store profiles, rather than making the same adjustments every time they swap atomizers.

In fact, even as a more advanced user, I found myself relying on these slots much more than Escribe. Convenience is paramount, and the vape quality at these settings was more than good enough.

One unfortunate note was the performance of the onboard 2-amp charging on my test Model. In my preview, I was concerned about how a three-battery Mod would handle drawing such power through a USB cable, and sure enough, the Finder got hot. Real hot.

In fact, I found the heat so unbearable when charging, I removed it from the cable and let it cool near a window. To its credit, there were no warnings, nor did performance suffer, even when firing a few seconds after disconnecting. But this is not a recommended feature – use good sense and charge your 18650s externally.

But once they are charged, you’ll be good for a while. Using three freshly charged 18650s, my test Model gave me nearly 7 hours of uninterrupted power before it even flickered. And this was putting the Finder through a wide range of scenarios. I imagine under normal use, at reasonable wattages, the Finder DNA250 will give users even more.

Wrapping up

The Think Vape Finder is not for everyone. The dramatic, bold design choices and monstrous size already make that clear. But the demanding chipset and operations might also raise additional concerns from those unfamiliar with DNA chipsets. But those who can handle it will find a lot to love in the Think Vape Finder DNA250 Mod.

Whether you want pure, undiluted power, or laser-precise temperature control, there are simply no better chipsets available. And there are few better uses of the chipset than the commanding Think Vape Finder DNA250. If you have the means, and desire the power, give this one a very close look.

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STEEL VAPE COMPASS RDA REVIEW

FIRST IMPRESSION OUT OF THE BOX:

What? What the heck is this? This has got to be one of the most unique decks I have ever seen. Steel Vape is calling it a Roulette wheel type of deck. It is extremely interesting and I almost can’t stop looking at it. It’s the thing that jumps out at you on this RDA as soon as you pull off the top cap. Let’s dive down and check this thing out.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX:

  • Compass RDA
  • Extra Top Cap
  • 2 Drip Tips
  • Spare O’rings
  • Tri Tool
  • User Manual

Steel Vape Compass RDA Review

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:

Normally, I start at the top of the RDA and work my way down. For this review, I am going to make a quick comment about the Tri Tool that is included with the Compass RDA. It’s a unique little Tri Tool because not only does it have a Phillips and flat head screwdriver on it, but it also has a coil building rod on one end. I thought that was unique enough for me to mention it in this review. It really is a nice little tool and I find myself using it a lot when I build this RDA and others. Nice job, Steel Vape!

Getting back to the top of this atomizer, we have two drip tips, a stainless steel one and a Ultem one. Both are chuff-style caps with the Ultem one being the longer of the two. The stainless steel drip tip is shorter and has a narrower interior. Both are 810 style drip tips. All of my other Goon-style drip tips fit this RDA nice and snug. Out of the two, I do prefer the Ultem drip tip because it is wider and taller. I have never really been a fan of stainless steel drip tips but I do appreciate the fact that Steel Vape did include two drip tips. It’s a nice touch and I’m glad to see a lot of manufacturers including more than one drip tip lately. It shows that they are listening to their customers.

Steel Vape Compass RDA Review

Not only did Steel Vape include two drip tips in the Compass package, but they also included two top caps. 1 top cap is colored and is made out of aluminum. The aluminum top cap does have adjustable airflow on it. The other top cap is made out of stainless steel and you cannot adjust the airflow. You can only run it wide open. I believe Steel Vape is calling this its competition top cap. Both have very smooth side airflow. Of course, I do get more flavor from the aluminum cap when I cut the airflow down. The aluminum cap also has a removable AFC that the stainless steel does not have. The stainless steel top cap is all one piece whereas the aluminum top cap separates into two pieces. On the inside of the AFC piece, it has a very conical design with little holes all around the curvature at the top. Steelvape says that this aids in producing great flavor. The aluminum top cap, even when juiced up, the tolerances on the AFC ring are really, really, tight. I’ve used this RDA for quite some time now before this review and they have really not loosened up that much. I wish the tolerance on them was just more forgiving. With the aluminum top cap, there are no issues because it is not adjustable and it is what it is, just a top cap. The base of the RDA is gold plated so when you use the stainless steel top cap, there is a nice contrast to it. It looks especially nice when you use the Ultem drip tip along with it.

Steel Vape Compass RDA Review

On the bottom of both top caps, there is a cutout or little divot that lines up with a cut out on the base of the RDA. Kind of like a Notch system. This little divot is actually a pretty ingenious touch because what it does is it ensures that you can only put both top caps on one way. What that means is no matter which top cap you use, your airflow slot will always be centered right in front of your coil. I love when manufacturers do simple things like this that just work. It’s this kind of things that make it obvious to the user that this is a very well thought out RDA.

Both top caps do have the same branding on them. On one side between the air slots are the words Compass written vertically from the bottom up. On the other side between the air slots, you have Steel Vape in script written horizontally. Both types of branding are subtle and not in your face at all.

Steel Vape Compass RDA Review

The bottom of the base has one pretty decent sized oring and just like the orings on the top cap, it is very tight at first. Even when juiced up, it still takes a bit of effort to put the top cap on. The bottom of the base is serialized and there is some Steel Vape branding around the edges. We do have an adjustable gold plated 510 pin and the threading around it seems to be gold plated as well. The threads on the 510 are very smooth and this atomizer does sit flush on every device I have used it on so far. There is a negative screw present as well. Unfortunately, there is no squonking pin for the Steel Vape compass. The machining on this whole RDA is smooth and nicely done.

THE DECK:

I’m really not sure if I’ve ever seen a deck like this before. Maybe somebody else made one like this but since I’ve been vaping, this is the first of its kind that I’ve seen. I give Steel Vape tons of credit for doing something different and coming up with something really innovative. Big ups to Steel Vape on that.

Steel Vape Compass RDA Review

Like I said in the beginning of this review, this deck has what Steel Vape is calling a Roulette-style deck. Since the deck is so new, please be patient with me when explaining this here. What we have is basically two wheels on each side of the deck. Each wheel can be hand turned and it operates a clamp in the middle of the deck. The clamp is actually split into two terminals by the screw of the wheel. The interior of the wheel does have a slot for a flat head screwdriver. Each wheel operates each side independently. Both wheels have some very heavy knurling on them that makes gripping and turning them very easy. The top part of the deck that you drip on is totally flat. To be honest, I would have liked to have seen some type of bevel on the top so it would be able to disperse juice evenly when you drip down the middle. Otherwise, though, this might be the most innovative deck of the year so far. The whole deck is gold plated and the machining on the deck itself is pretty damn good. While it really isn’t a tool-less deck, it does come damn close to it. You do need to snug down your leads with a flathead screwdriver after installation.

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BUILDING AND WICKING:

Building and wicking this deck is a little different than most of the traditional decks so bear with me as I go through the procedure. The first thing you need to do is loosen the Roulette wheels. Once you do that, you will open up the terminals on the deck. You will see the clamp start to pull to the sides of the deck when loosening. Place your coils in the terminals and make sure you put them between both metal pieces and not the peek insulator. In the middle of the deck separating the two clamps, we have a peek insulator. It’s a rather large piece of peek and you do have to make sure that you do not place your leads against that insulator because it will melt. I’ve seen another reviewer do just that and he did melt the insulator. There is metal on both sides of the insulator so you have to be sure that you trap your coil between the metal part that is against the insulator and the clamp part on the other side of the terminal.

Steel Vape Compass RDA Review

While this deck is extremely innovative, the design of it does take up a ton of space in this RDA. I do like this wheel design because it allows you to hand tighten your leads and cut them. Then, if you need more room to mount your coil on the other side, you can simply unscrew the wheels, pull the cut coil out, and place your uncut coil into the terminals. It’s just a lot faster when compared to doing the same type of building on a regular type of velocity style deck. This is just great for those situations where those beefy coils get in your way and you can’t cut the leads off the second coil that you mounted. Once the coil is mounted, you wick your coil like you would in a normal RDA.

The juice well on the compass is pretty deep and it’s kind of hard to actually over drip on. I trim my cotton so it touches the bottom of the RDA. Dripping down the middle is also the way I like to use this RDA. While the top of the deck is really flat, the juice does seem to disperse quite evenly when I do drip down the middle. So far, I have not had a problem with that at all. If you do drip down the middle and get the majority of your juice on one side, there is space along the edges right underneath the Roulette wheels for your juice to travel and flow. I am assuming that eventually, the juice on one side will make its way to the other. Like I said, so far, dripping down the middle has not been an issue at all.

HOW DOES IT VAPE?

Because of the two different configurations that you can set this RDA up in, I really wanted to take my time in getting to know this innovative and unique RDA. I have tried many different builds on both configurations and I do have to say that I do like the aluminum top cap better because of the adjustable airflow. I do get a fantastic vape off of the stainless steel top cap but I really do like the ability to adjust my air flow. Both top caps will give you great flavor but the Comp Cloud Cap is much airier and more cloudy.

Flavor-wise, I have to say that the compass is pretty good. It’s not the ‘end all be all’ but it is definitely a flavor RDA that can chuck the clouds with the best of them. My favorite way to use the Compass RDA is with the aluminum top cap and the Ultem drip tip. I find that this type of setup gives me the ability to dial in the vape that I like.

Right now, I have the Steel Vape Compass RDA sitting on my Lost Vape Triade ohming out at .15 ohms at 75 Watts. I get a very thick, lush, flavorful, cloudy vape. I have thoroughly been enjoying my Compass RDA this way. I have dual kanthal Juggernaut coils in there right now and the flavor and clouds I get are just fantastic.

CONCLUSION:

If you’re looking for something different that is new and innovative, you will probably want to give the Steel Vape Compass RDA a good hard look. Not only that, but I really like supporting companies that do new things. Even if that new thing may not be the greatest. I do like supporting companies like this because that’s how you keep innovation going in our community. The Compass RDA is easy to build and very unique. So if that is the kind of RDA that is up your alley, I would give Steel Vape a shot at your business. Just the design of the deck itself earned them a shot in my book.

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