- Created: 20 April 2011
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.
The Silver Bullet is approximately 1/8" taller and 1/16" less in diameter than my trusty old Bombshell. The difference translates into something that feels wonderful in your hand. The silver vein finish is delightfully tactile, and will never show a fingerprint. I still don't know if this mod is powder coated, painted or a combination, but the finish seems very durable.
The Silver Bullet takes shorter IMR batteries like it's made for them. AW IMRs rattled around a little in The Bombshell, as the spring wasn't quite tall enough for the shorter battery. Not an issue here.
Speaking of that spring, I have read that it may add a little oomph to your vape. The "hot" spring now standard on the Silver Bullet and Omega may or may not have a lower resistance, making your mod a little hotter than other 3.7v devices. I can believe it. My Copper has always hit harder than the other devices in the house. Not anymore. The Silver Bullet provides the best vape I've ever had. There's a reason this is the benchmark tube mod. It kicks ass. I get a much more satisfying draw off this device, and the vapor production is visibly better than our Copper, Bombshell or eGo. I need to invest in a multimeter so I can give numerical data to back up this claim, but I am telling you this thing hits better than anything I've vaped on. No comparison, the Silver Bullet is a monster.
This mod cleared up two new-ish attys that I thought were clogged. They vape like new now. I was about to condemn SLB LRs as junk and never use one again because I'd vape one for a day and then it would start getting that clogged thing going. All I can figure is that they weren't getting enough current before, because now they work great. Flavor is back, the draw is free and they pour out the vapor. I had been having what seemed like not a bad vaping day but a bad vaping month. Since I took this mod out of the package and slapped a battery in it I have enjoyed vaping as much as I ever have.
The body screws together with a very solid feel. This is a nicely machined tube. There is nothing loose or sloppy about it.
The button, as I mentioned previously, has about a 1/16" of travel before it bottoms. It's a nice size. I would like a tactile click, but that is a very small complaint. It's the nicest button I've used on a mod. The recess more than makes up for that small complaint, as you can throw this in your pocket and not worry about it firing.
Folks, I am going to make this short and sweet. I love my Silver Bullet. I love my Silver Bullet so much that I am awarding the first ever Vapenstein It's Alive! Award for a piece of hardware. The Silver Bullet is the mod that sets the standard for all other mods. In looks, feel and function it is superior to everything else I've used, and it is the new standard device here at The Lab. You simply cannot go wrong with one of these in your kit. I'm so happy to have this device. Well done Chad, thank you.