I had been experiencing some device frustration lately, and I finally broke down and decided to add another piece of equipment to The Lab.
For a while now I had been interested in a status device. The Precise, the Prodigy and The Precious had all been on my radar for a while. Now that VV mods are starting to trickle into the market it's harder justifying the +$150 price tag on some of these mods when all they are is a combo 3.7/6v device. I had high hopes for the new The Precious, but first they announced they'd be aluminum instead of stainless, and then Scott Bonner's review of it made it look pretty poor.
So some hardware frustration forced my hand, and there really wasn't anything out there that made me feel like I couldn't live without it. I ended up focusing on the Prodigy and AltSmoke's Silver Bullet, both tried and true with large fan bases.
I already had 18650 batteries aplenty. That coupled with a more desirable button location and some prodding from friends on Twitter who know what they're talking about finally led me to order a Silver Bullet. I gave you my initial impressions the other day, here are my operational observations.
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Some of you may be wondering why it's been so long since I published the first part of my KVS Triple V review and then haven't published the follow-up.
Well, it's because I no longer have my KVS Triple V, but it's not because I found any fault in the mod. It is time to put a bow on this review and post my final thoughts, both about the mod and about 5v vaping.
The Triple V really had me excited from the first time I saw it. I had been longing for a new tube mod, and I really hoped that 5v was the answer for my recurring feeling that 3.7v at LR wasn't always enough for me.
The status devices like the Precise and the Precious (which looks like it's turned out to be kind of a dud anyway) were more money than I felt like parting with, and the Triple V represented a fantastic value at only $75. I also liked that it uses a mechanical button, eliminating one of the things that can potentially make the device a paper weight.
I screwed up my Bloog MaxXFusion. I made it a little less than 48 hours before I killed the battery filling a carto. I was bent. It's a $20 battery. Wasn't their fault though, it was mine. My entire vaping life has revolved around sealed battery 510 mods. I just wasn't thinking about the consequences of getting juice in an automatic battery, because I had never used one before.
I tried to express that in the addendum to my MaxXFusion review. I can't blame Bloog for a KR8 newbie mistake. So when leaford offered to send me new batteries, I declined. He had already been nice enough to send me the unit to evaluate, and I didn't want to take advantage of his generosity.
I did keep thinking about how well those Bloog cartos performed though, and two weeks ago I broke down and ordered a KR8-510 adapter so I could use them with my hardware. I've been carrying them in my PV case this last week, and I thought it warranted this revisit.
The Bloog cartos perform. I don't have a multimeter, so I can't test their output, but where I said in the original review that they hit harder than a 510 at 3.7v, I can now say that I feel they hit slightly harder than a 510 LR atty at 3.7v. Really amazing. If a 510 LR puts out around 4.2v, then my guess is that these run close to 4.5v territory, or at least that's how they perform. I haven't burned one up yet, so I can't comment on longevity, but the performance of these cartos is simply impressive.
I have thought about a high voltage mod for a while. I really wanted something in stainless steel, but I was put off by the end buttons of the Prodigy and Precise, and the new Precious ended up being a very expensive aluminum mod instead of stainless.
Now that I've settled in on using Cisco 1.5 ohm and SLB 1.7 ohm attys, I am happy about 97% of the time at 3.7v. I used to think about it a lot more when I used Joye attys exclusively, but the Ciscos and SLBs have remedied most of my complaints.
However, every now and then I still have a day when I would like a little more intensity than I get from this combination. That's why I kept thinking about 5v. When I first saw the Kalamazoo Vapor Shop Triple V, I knew that this mod would probably end up in my hands. The combination of sexy aluminum tube mod, high voltage and low buy-in price ($75) all contributed toward piquing my interest.
So now that I've had the Triple V for almost a week it's time to post my impressions and a few poorly taken pics. I will be comparing the Triple V to The Bombshell, which is my everyday mod. The Bombshell has almost the same dimensions as a Silver Bullet, which many of you have or have used.
I expressed some skepticism over Bloog's MaxXFusion KR8-based ecig in an ECF forum thread. The thread in question read like an affiliate ad, and I politely pointed out the humor in one of the lines from the original post considering the context.
Next thing I knew I had a PM from leaford, one of the people behind Bloog, in my inbox. He very politely stood up for his product and offered to send me an evaluation unit. I am always willing to review anything vaping related, so I thanked him and said I was looking forward to it. I am always impressed by people who keep their cool under fire. People in general are far too quick to forget their manners on the internet, and leaford's calm and persuasive manner of speaking won me over immediately, especially after I had indirectly cast aspersions on his product.
The Bloog MaxXFusion showed up at Castle Vapenstein yesterday. I am having a rough go of it vaping-wise this week, as The Creature infected me with the crud and my taste buds are out of commission and my throat is killing me. If nothing else, this taught me to have some menthol juice on hand for days like this. As a result, juice reviews are stacking up til I am back in the saddle, but I was so impressed with the MaxXFusion I thought I would take the opportunity and do my evaluation of it. I opened the box after it had been in from the cold for a while, screwed a carto on the battery and took a blast, and the result was far more satisfying than I was expecting.
So today we head to The Lab for the infrequent hardware review. Let's put this little KR8-based device through some critical observation and see how it stacks up on its own merits and against those of the venerable 510. Before we enter, I want to state that this is the first KR8 I've had my hands on. My entire vaping life has revolved around 510 hardware.
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