- Created: 16 December 2010
I have been wanting an 18650 battery mod. The thought of going all day without ever having to reach for a fresh battery is appealing. I also craved something more elegant, something with a beautiful finish. No knock against my Copper, but it's a more utilitarian, workman-like device.
I had been looking at the Precise, the Prodigy and The Precious for some time. I ultimately decided I liked The Precious' top button better than the button on the end setup employed by the other two, and I was planning on ordering one sometime after the holidays.
Then about ten days ago Tim from Hot Vapes unveiled The Bombshell on ECF. Good lord, here was an extraordinarily reasonably priced mod that was very close to what I was interested in. It was a mod I could get now that wouldn't make me feel like I was stealing from little Igor's Christmas stocking. I could always pick up a sexy stainless device later. In the meantime here was a little stocking stuffer just for me.
So three days later The Bombshell arrived at Castle Vapenstein. I have been using it for seven days now, which is long enough to get to know it intimately. So without further adieu let us enter The Lab and examine this unique and cost efficient PV.
The Bombshell is an aluminum device. It is quite large. I have not had a Silver Bullet in my hands, but judging from photos and YouTube videos it's about that size. Some may find the size of this device prohibitive. I like it. I am a big guy with big guy sized hands, so it's a nice fit for me.
Hot Vapes doesn't specify that The Bombshell is billet aluminum. It could be, because I don't see any indication of casting marks, but it also could be a casting that has been milled. It appears to be billet aluminum though. The quality of the finish is very good. I chose to get mine in naked aluminum, and it is quite a good looking apparatus.
There is a small vent hole in the bottom of The Bombshell. I have been using mine at 3.7v with both standard and low resistance atomizers. I like the ability to go 6v with my devices, but haven't been compelled to do so yet. Yesterday I had a bad vaping day and used a low res atty for most of the day. No amount of flavor or throat hit was making me happy yesterday, and I intend to buy some CR123 batteries and a couple of HV attys for my Bombshell for just such occasions. Today my senses are restored and 3.7v is doing the job. I like 3.7v because I feel that it lets all of the juice come through, especially when I evaluate so many. It's nice however to have the HV option, and I will use this as a 6v device in the future when I need the extra sizzle.
The button on The Bombshell is of the electronic variety. Mechanical would be preferred, but with the overall cost of the device the potential failure of the button would be long after you've gotten your money's worth from it. It's in a recessed hollow below the atomizer, and it is a very small brass button. The feel of it is not overtly click-y, but it does give you tactile feedback when it's depressed. I do like that the button is smaller, but I would have liked one with a more substantial feel to it. If The Bombshell has an Achilles' Heel, it's the button, however at the price point of this device I am not distressed by it.
I also find that there is about a half second delay between depressing the button and the firing of the atomizer. On my Copper the reaction is instantaneous, so it was noticeable. However, we are only talking about a half second here, so it does not hinder the experience provided by the device. After using it for a week I find that I depress the button as the drip tip is travelling toward my mouth, and I never give it a second thought.
The atomizer connector is either press-fit or screwed into the aluminum body of The Bombshell. There is a small gap between the atty and the body when the atomizer is seated. I would have liked to see an atomizer connector with a slightly taller tower and deeper air grooves. The Bombshell has a little stiffer draw than I'm used to. Not a bad thing in and of itself, I just prefer a draw that is lighter.
The included tapered anodized aluminum drip tip is a nice tip and matches the finish of The Bombshell well. It has a wide enough mouth that juice doesn't get stuck near the top. Using a stainless atty, the device has a very cohesive and finished look.
Performance. The Bombshell at 3.7v vapes like a 3.7v device. It doesn't make you breakfast or wash your car, it does what it's designed to do. The draw is stiffer than my Copper, which is a slight detraction for me, but that is a personal preference and your response might be the opposite of mine. What this device gives you is good looks, the ability to vape heavily all day on one battery, and the option of 6v if you want it. Oh, and it is substantially cheaper than any other PV that gives you these qualities. That alone makes The Bombshell a stunning success.
The Hot Vapes Bombshell has become my everyday device at Castle Vapenstein, with my Copper now residing in my PV case for when I venture out into the hinterlands. I don't hesitate to recommend this device to Vapenstein readers. I find it to be an excellent PV, regardless of cost. The low price just makes it that much better, and it will especially appeal to those who aren't willing to pony up over $150 for one of the status PVs. If I have any additional observations to pass on as my relationship with The Bombshell goes long term, I will write a supplemental review to share them with you. I doubt that this will keep me from eventually buying The Precious, which I've dreamt about for so long, but in the meantime this "Poor Man's Precious" is giving me great satisfaction. Heartily endorsed.