- Created: 01 November 2010
The Copper. My very first PV. When I started looking into getting some sort of electronic cigarette, it didn't take me long to stumble across the wonderful world of mods. Besides looking way cooler, they offer tangible, real world benefits over the e-cigs that look like cigarettes.
I didn't even know if vaping was for me yet, so I didn't want to get in too deep right off the bat. After a while though, I started to realize that for not a lot more money than some Chinese-made piece of gear I could get a quality piece of hardware. If I liked vaping I would be replacing that Chinese gear anyway, so I eventually decided on The Copper. I chose the 510 version.
The Copper is AtmosUSA's signature mod. He offers it in the original, straight from under the kitchen sink configuration complete with hex nuts on both ends, or a sleeker rounded version. I opted for the rounded version of The Copper.
The Copper is a very utilitarian piece of gear. There is something very understated and toolbox about it. It is just about the perfect size for my hand, and I have grown accustomed to its form and function, much like an old pair of work boots or an old truck. The Copper doesn't utilize a side or bottom mounted button. Instead, the atomizer screws into a steel post that protrudes from the brass housing of the unit, and pushing the whole assembly down is what engages the atomizer and battery.
Now in theory, this makes for a very natural vaping exercise, as you should be able to press The Copper to your lips and vape without having to push any buttons. Whether by accident or design doing so on my Copper doesn't quite pull it off. I discussed this with Rick, the proprietor of AtmosUSA, when I first got my Copper, but by the time I gave it another day I had grown so accustomed to plunging the assembly with my thumb and forefinger that I didn't care anymore. It feels like the most natural thing in the world.
The Copper uses a 14500 rechargeable battery when running at 3.7v, and during a day of heavy vaping two get me through the entire day. During my work week when I have less opportunities to vape, I get a couple of days off one battery. This is huge. My wife has a regular 510 kit, and while that little cigarette-looking thing vapes very nicely, a battery is dead somewhere in between 60 and 90 minutes. I am buying her an eGo passthrough, because keeping her 510 charged and ready to go is taking up too much of my time. The Copper has no such limitation and is made to use.
Aside from the great battery life The Copper vapes like a champ, producing warm, thick vapor at 3.7v. This is more a function of the 510 hardware than the device, but The Copper does not get in the way in any shape or form.
The only drawback to The Copper is that some may find its looks overly utilitarian or masculine. It is not the world's sexiest piece of high tech. The brass finish tarnishes the moment you first look at it. You could drop it off a building or drive a bulldozer over it and keep vaping though, and that is something to admire. If you couldn't tell, I really like my Copper. I am sure I will end up buying some sexy stainless steel mod that looks more elegant sometime, but I have a feeling that my Copper will always be my go-to device.
So that's it. I highly endorse The Copper, especially at the low price Rick is offering them for. The AtmosUSA website has a live chat feature, so if you have a question about The Copper and Rick is online you can ask the man himself. I did, and I'm glad I bought one.