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.
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Ok, I have had one of these sitting in The Lab for a while, and I just got around to firing it up yesterday for the first time. My Copper is capable of 6v with the right batteries, but I just hadn't been compelled to cross that bridge.
I had some milkshake thick VG juice that I thought might be good with a low resistance atty, and I've been playing with it since then. Like I thought, it steps on the flavors of a lot of juice. However, with the right juice, emulating high voltage vaping via a low res atty is a kick, and I am having a hard time putting a standard atty back on my device.
Skip the physics lesson, in a nutshell a low res atty emulates high voltage vaping because the lower resistance allows the atty to burn hotter. The downside of this is that flavors aren't as vibrant because they're being burnt to a cinder, your atty won't last as long as a standard atty, and batteries discharge faster. Oh, and speaking of batteries, don't try this unless you are using a mod that has 14500 or better batteries. This will fry your standard 510 batteries, and I wouldn't trust an eGo battery to keep up either.
Ok, it isn't really a PV case, but now it is.
The problem faced by the vaper that isn't using a cigarette-like device and one of the PCCs is that you need something to carry your gear around in when you leave the house. I usually work double shifts on the weekends and can be away from home a couple nights a week, so I needed to figure out something better than a plastic grocery bag for throwing all my stuff in when I left the house.
I wasn't really seeing anything that looked like it would hold all I needed it to without being unreasonably large. Then I realized the perfect case had been right in front of me for some time, thanks to a couple of my friends at work who are diabetics.
My friends have to have something to hold their diabetic supplies in when they're at work. I had worked overtimes with these guys, who are on the shift that follows my shift, and I had noticed their supply cases, which I thought were pretty cool.
Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein wasn't looking to quit tobacco. The morning I popped a battery into my Copper for the first time and loaded the sub par juice I had ordered, she took one blast and said "Order me one.".
I was only too happy to oblige. I love my wife, and Castle Vapenstein would be very empty without her. She did stipulate that she wanted her device to look like a cigarette. After looking into the KR8 and the 510, and becoming increasingly more happy with the 510 as I used my Copper, I convinced her to go the manual battery route and got her a 510 kit. I've tried to make this as easy as possible for her by also getting her a 510 Smart PCC, and by and large she has stayed the course.
I say by and large because the transition to vaping has not been without frustration for her. Even with the PCC it is a challenge keeping 510 batteries charged. I finally took advantage of her frustration and convinced her to let me order her an eGo USB passthrough to use at home. I explained to her that would allow her to keep her 510 kit topped off and ready to go when she was away from the Castle, and she could use the eGo battery without draining it at home. Even when dead, the eGo passthrough would function when plugged into a powered USB port. She consented, and we received her new eGo USB Passthrough from Liberty Flights a few days ago.
The day I first put a battery into my Copper and loaded a cartridge, Mrs. Doctor Vapenstein took one blast and said "Get me one.". I was happy to oblige. Giving up cigarettes after smoking her entire adult life was a stretch, and she did stipulate that she wanted her device to look like a cigarette. Happy with how 510 hardware worked, I decided on a standard 510 kit for her. I also knew that she wouldn't have the patience to fiddle around with gear, so I knew I had to figure out how to make this transition as easy as possible for her.
I looked at the Joye PCC, but was immediately put off by how little it held. One battery? Deal breaker. That, and people seemed to think the completely square metal box was hard on purse interiors. There was only one other option evident, and that was the 510 Smart PCC Kit from Mad Vapes.
The 510 Smart PCC Kit holds two batteries, which is a must. 510 batteries drain if you look at them. One just isn't enough. Only one of the battery slots charges, so you keep a charged battery in one slot and charge your other battery in the other slot. The PCC has six other slots for cartridges, cartomizers and/or atomizers. We pack hers with an atty and five cartridges. It's the size of a pack of cigarettes, and holds just about everything you need. If you carry a small bottle of juice with you, you're pretty much set for a day out.
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