- Created: 28 February 2011
If you're anything like me, standard resistance 510 atomizers were enough to get you to join the party, but it didn't take long before they didn't cut it anymore. I remember being scared the first time I heard a low resistance atomizer fire, and now I roll out of bed in the morning and vape low res before I've poured my first cup of coffee.
Low resistance atomizers deliver more of that cigarette-like impact you begin to miss once you become acclimated to vaping. A good low resistance atomizer performs within spitting distance of what a 5v device will give you, the difference being even more heat at 5v, and less strain on your batteries at 5v. If low resistance atomizers had been available from the get-go, we might not have as many high voltage options as we have today.
I have vaped almost all of the 510 low res atty choices. The following are my non-scientific, unquantified impressions. For more detailed analysis of atomizers I will refer Vapenstein readers to my esteemed colleague basilray's work. Dig through the VapeTV Live archive here for some of basilray's weekly VapeTV segments, which for the last month or so have had a definite atty-centric focus. Good stuff and required viewing.
Following are my experiences with various 510 low res attys:
Joye (1.5 ohm) The benchmark for comparison. I used nothing but Joye brand attys in The Lab for a long time. Joyes work well and have a decent build quality, but I don't use them anymore. Joye attys seem prone to clogging, and I've always had to resort to de-wicking and de-bridging them to extend their service life. I also feel that the output of these attys falls off after the first week, leaving you feeling cheated for the rest of their lifespan and ultimately replacing them prematurely because they deliver an unsatisfactory vape. I generally would get about three weeks out of one of these before it would get replaced with a new one. Good, but not great.
Bauway (1.7 ohm) These low res attys fire like the wrath of God. I swear you can hear a Bauway low res atty in the next room. Unfortunately the build quality is terrible. They leak without overdripping. Sloppy tolerances. Worse, their performance goes from stellar to completely dead in about a week, and sometimes not even that. I need more than a few days out of an atty. Performance is killer while they last.
Cisco (1.5 ohm) I started using these right after a frustrating run with Bauways. Initially I was a little put off that they didn't fire as hot as the Bauway, but after using them for a while they've become my favorite. The build quality is visually superior to other attys. They just look heavy duty in comparison to Joyes and Bauways. They fit nicely in my mods' atty connectors, never having any play or wiggle. The intensity of discharge is close to the Bauway, and hotter than a Joye for sure, but the big draw here is longevity. Cisco attys perform over the long haul. I am vaping a three week old Cisco 1.5 ohm right now, and it performs like I just fired it up for the first time. Nice, free draw, and really good sizzle. Overall the Cisco is my recommendation. At $9 a pop they carry a premium, but you get what you pay for.
SLB (1.7 ohm) I am a relatively new SLB user, but if the last week is any indication these are going to be a mainstay here at The Lab along with the Ciscos. These also have a nice looking build quality, and their performance is better than Joye brand. So far longevity doesn't seem to be an issue, and the one I've had in service for the last two weeks is performing as well as you could ask. Generally can be found for around $7 a pop, so they represent a really good value. I haven't had one in use to intelligently comment on longevity, but so far I've been really happy with SLB.
I have not used Boge or Smoke Tech atomizers, but I'm pretty much done experimenting for now. For me, the extra premium required to run Cisco attys is worth it for the performance and longevity they deliver. I am also very happy with SLB so far, and those are the two brands I am sticking with for low res duty here in The Lab.