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DaveRickey
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Overall   (4.5)
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Light for an 18650 mod Instructions that make sense
CONS
Battery compartment maybe too long
Got this as my first APV, replacing a Smoktech 18650 Ego-compatible. Definitely loving the power control, and the clean taste of tanks compared to cartomizers. It lets flush-fitting tanks like the X10 get air, which I understand is an issue with some rigs. Only problem I've noticed is that if it gets bumped hard, it resets, I think this is because the IMR battery is fairly short and doesn't compress the spring much. It gets bumped and the battery falls out of contact with the top post. I have some magnets coming in my next FT shipment, I'm thinking two or three of those will solve the problem.
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Overall   (5.0)
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Durable, Good M2L, Well Machined, iClear 30s Core Compatible
CONS
Stovepipe Drip Tip
I'm an old-school M2L vaper, and stuck with the iClear 30 as my ideal mix of coil and draw for a long time. This is essentially a stainless and glass version of the iClear 30s, it can even use the cores from that system (silica rather than organic cotton wicks, will probably hold up better in long term storage). I have stocked up on this and the T22 (same design but slightly larger) as well as a bunch of cores (both the T18 and iClear 30s versions). Build quality is very high, the threads are smooth and leak-proof, and the cores fit in well with no leakage as long as you make sure the bottom ring is tight. The only negative, coming from the iClears, is the stovepipe style drip tip. However, the opening is 510 compatible, and https://www.fasttech.com/products/1428800 is the closest thing to the iClear gimballed tips.
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DaveRickey
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Overall   (5.0)
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Very bright, compact, reliable.
CONS
Heats up after 15 minutes
This is a really excellent little light. I lack the equipment to properly measure the light output, but it is easily comparable to a two-AA LED Maglite, and far superior to an old two-cell incandescent. The lights I have that are brighter are running on Li-ion cells, this just has a standard AAA. I carry it around clipped to my pocket, and it has always just worked. One time when I had used it for an extended period, it became very warm to the touch and noticeably dimmer, but this was after at least 15 minutes to half an hour of use. The case is very solid and fits together almost seemlessly, I expect I could run it over with a truck and see no real damage to the light itself (the clip would probably be destroyed, though).
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Overall   (4.5)
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Compatible with authentic cores, spring loaded pin
CONS
Tricky to thread, extra resistance, included core poor quality
Got a few of these to try out, at less than half the price of authentic figured they were worth a try. Glad I did, they are a good deal. Overall construction isn't quite as good as the authentics, threads are a little loose and hard to start. But they seem to hold and seal well when tightened, and are compatibly interchangeable with parts and cores from the real thing. The included core is not quite identical to authentic, the rubber top seal is differently shaped, the winding of the coil looked sloppy, and the wicks don't look like they would seal, either (all of this may be why people are complaining of leaks). I didn't even try to use it, just swapped in an authentic core. After a couple of house of use, starting overfilled (about 3.5ml), I haven't had any leaks. The springloaded center pin is probably better in most ways than the stock fixed pin, I won't have to constantly fiddle with adjusting my rig's center screw. But it does add about 0.3-0.4 ohms of resistance, requiring me to slightly turn up the power and probably generating some more waste heat. A tradeoff I am willing to live with. But I use 2.1 ohm cores, someone using lower resistance cores might have more of a problem. Draw is fine, maybe a little more open and airy than authentic but not disconcertingly so (and may be simply because the sprung center pin doesn't lock tight like the fixed pin). I'm happy with these, and will be ordering more. Just don't waste time with the included core.
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Overall   (4.7)
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Ruggedized, consistent power delivery
CONS
Flashlight has loose connection, very bulky
As a rig, this has worked great, it delivers a very consistent output with 2.1 Ohm iClear 30's, and a Subtank V2 (various resistances from 0.5 to 1.8). It's my normal around the house rig now, and has survived several drops without the cringe-inducing 'THUD' I always dreaded with my stainless steel models. The only problem I have had is that there appears to be a loose connection for the flashlight LED, it sometimes does not come on, or comes on very weakly but then goes to full power after a tap against my palm. It also tends to flicker a bit when it is working. But the flashlight function wasn't a major consideration, I mention it only because it might be an indicator of shoddy QA. Probably if I ever disassemble it I will be able to repair the problem, but so far I haven't bothered. It's a very large mod for an 18650 model, about the size of a deck of cards and quite heavy. Too big for carrying around in the pockets of normal pants, but it goes into sweats without a problem. I am quite pleased with it overall.
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