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Overall   (4.0)
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Solidly built Good vapor/taste Bottom fill Adjustable 510 pin Large juice capacity Smaller compact design
CONS
Whistling
After nearly two months of constant use, my opinion (and review) of this RTA has changed and I think it's appropriate to do a follow-up review after such extensive use and experience with the Russian 91% clone. Initially, I had a major concern regarding the narrower juice channels on this device because I experienced a dry burn with my first set-up. However, after making a minor modification in the cotton wicking, I have not had a single dry burn or issue. I only use one juice, which is a DIY tobacco with a 60PG/40VG mix. A significantly thicker VG mix might require a further wick modification, but I still do not see any real issue with this. It's true that the threading was not as smooth as the 3.1 ES when received, but after a few days of use the threading is now just as smooth. The only real issue that has not changed is the intermittent whistling and, frankly, I've just gotten used to that. At this point, the Russian 91% clone is my go to RTA and the one that I use 90% of the time. Out of curiosity, and for backup, I've ordered the Kayfun Lite Styled RTA and I'm very curios to see how that will stack up.
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Overall   (4.2)
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Excellent build quality Superior flavor
CONS
NR-R-NR requirement Not the easiest coil build
I already own the first Ithaka FT clone (FASTTECH SKU: 1407800) and it's neck-in-neck with the Kayfun 3.1 as being my favorite RBA. Whether both of these Ithaka clones are from the same manufacturer, I have no idea, but this one definitely has some improvements. As good as the first one is, this one seems to have even smoother threading. One of my main complaints about the first was the AFC ring, which was so loose I had to use teflon tape to tighten it up, and it still moves too easily. On this one, the AFC ring is much tighter and I don't think any modification will be necessary. There are a couple other very minor differences and overall I believe this is an improved version. It did arrive with one broken o-ring and fortunately I had one on-hand that replaced it. Since the Ithaka requires NR-R-NR wire, it is admittedly more troublesome to coil - but, in my estimation, well worth it. I don't believe any of the pre-made NR-R-NR wire from FT is long enough for the Ithaka and, in any case, I can't recommend them because they are made with nichrome resistance wire and they have a foul taste. I use kanthal(R) and nickel(NR) wire and I'm in the process of building a small wire welder to make things easier. But, twisting your wire together works and it's not that much more trouble. Again, because of the superior flavor provided by the Ithaka, it's a small inconvenience for the benefit received. My recommendation to anyone looking to buy their first high performance RBA is to get the Kayfun first, learn to build coils, then graduate to the Ithaka.
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Overall   (4.0)
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This is my second styled Avocado, and they both work fine. I'm still working with them, using different style coils and configurations. Not my favorite atty, but it's in my rotation. Easy to coils and wick.
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Overall   (4.5)
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Smooth threading Excellent top fill system Adjustable air flow Adjustable juice flow
CONS
Occasional minor seepage
The quest for the perfect atomizer is long, expensive, and filled with disappointment. I stopped counting at fifty atty's. After my last buying binge, I gave it a rest for a few months and just recently purchased some of the newer RTA's to hit the market. The Bachelor is one of them and, though it isn't perfect, it's a huge improvement over all the other single coil atomizers I have. Up to now, my favorite single coil was the very flawed Lemo 2, which produces good vapor and very good flavor, but leaks like a sieve. I'm not a huge cloudz guy, but I do like a fair amount of vapor, and IMO the Bachelor produces an ample amount. During my 47 years of smoking cigarettes, I switched brands perhaps 3 times. I'm the same way with vaping, and only vape my own home-made 30/70 tobacco juice. The flavor is very good with this RTA and I've had no issues with my 70% VG juice. Until now, every single RBA/RTA/Clearomizer I've used has eventually leak, no matter how it was wicked. What has impressed me the most with the Bachelor is that it really hasn't leaked. What I do get after extended use is a small amount of seepage, which I suspect is the result of condensation primarily, and is far more manageable and acceptable. Many of these newer atomizers offer adjustable juice flow control, which I have come to truly appreciate, and having AFC is just standard now days. The top fill system on the Bachelor is a breeze to use. Just make sure you shut of the juice and air flow controls before opening to fill. I use both single and dual coil atomizers, but prefer the single coil for simplicity, as long as I can get good vapor and flavor. My Lemo 2 is now permanently retired.
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Overall   (3.7)
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Well constructed Very wide and deep channels Great airflow
CONS
Too expensive Airflow non-adjustable (but, still good for me) Screw heads too small
Despite the price, I'm very pleased with this replacement base, which absolutely fixes the primary issue with all Kayfun RTA's. It would have been nice if the airflow had some adjustment capability, but I have no problem the airflow it provides. Some die-hard Kayfun users may actually think it is too open, but I shifted away from the Kayfun a while ago and now prefer a much more open draw. This base really breathes new life into the Kayfun for me and I will put it back into rotation. I built a 2.5mm ID coil using 25ga Kanthal, 10 wraps, which came out to .9 ohm. Unfortunately, I had to replace the screws that come with this base with larger head screws to accommodate thicker wire. The channels on this thing are exceptionally wide and deep, so I figured it would be wise to wick this with some cotton actually down into the channel. So far, I've had no dry hits or leaking. Since I have quite a lot invested in the 12 Kayfun RTA's I've purchased over the years, I was certainly looking for a way to improve airflow so I could continue using them. In addition to the Monster V2, I also ordered the dual airhole base(SKU: 2095803). After using both now, IMO, I can tell you that the Monster V2 base is a far better option if substantially greater airflow is the desire. That said, I can't see investing another $9.61 to upgrade each Kayfun I have. If the price drops, depending on how much, I will buy more.
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