March Team Handcheck!

Here's some of the vape gear that the Vaping360 team has been enjoying this month.

March Handcheck Sam

Welcome to Vaping360’s monthly “handcheck” feature. Every month, the Vaping360 team will write a bit about the vape gear they’ve been enjoying on their personal time. These are not subjective reviews, but personal accounts of the vape gear that’s making the Vaping360 team happy. After you’ve checked out each writer’s picks for the month, please feel free to post a handcheck of your favorite setup in the comments section.

Chris Kendell

Aspire Plato
Aspire Plato

This month, since completing the review, I have been vaping on the delightful little Aspire Plato. Aspire kindly etched our logo into this device and it looks pretty sweet in my opinion! If only all the Platos had our logo on them.

The Plato is Aspire’s latest AIO (all-in-one) device. It can be vaped either as a sub-ohm device with a direct-lung style draw or using the higher resistance coils vaping mouth-to-lung.

I found myself really enjoying the 0.4ohm Clapton coils. These vape very similarly to the coils in the Aspire Cleito. They produce fantastic flavor and clouds and last a long time (around two weeks).

The Plato is a very convenient and compact size, making it a handy device to put in your pocket and take out and about with you. The single 18650 battery is very easy to access, and overall the Plato really trumps the Kanger Nebox as an AIO device (I am sure Kanger will follow up with a v2 soon). I look forward to the Innokin AIO that is coming soon, to see how it compares to the Aspire Plato.

Alex Kendell

March Handcheck Alex

So for this month I swapped from the Innokin Endura T18 to the brand new Aspire K3 (testing it for the upcoming review). This is Aspire’s followup to the K1 glassomizer kit. I am still trying to figure out if this is Aspire’s attempt at a new Nautilus. Maybe, maybe not? I don’t think so….

The K3 is an MTL (mouth-to-lung) device and is a great piece of gear, but sadly it has a few downsides. The 1,200 mAh battery lasts quite long compared to the Endura’s 1,000 mAh battery and it seems that Aspire has modified the old Nautilus BVC’s with four larger juice holes. Sadly, there is no top fill on this bad boy and no airflow control! Hello Aspire! What are you doing? You are not meant to jump back to 2014….

Despite the lack of airflow control and top fill, I really like the modified BVC coils. The flavor is great and the vapor production for an MTL device is very satisfactory. There are no wicking issues even on higher VG (80 percent) e-liquid. The airflow is IMO slightly on the “open” side. The Endura had a nice and restricted draw whereas the K3 is quite a bit more open.

For me as a MTL vaper I like the K3. Would I take it over the Endura? Despite it looking nicer with it’s “carbon fiber” finish, probably not. Is it the perfect MTL device? No, not without airflow control and top fill.

Raymond Padilla

March Handcheck Raymond

While regulated box mods and sub-ohm tanks are the hotness with mainstream vapers these days, I’ve been vaping old school for a good chunk of this month with a mechanical mod. There’s a story behind my March 2016 handcheck selection, you see. About a year ago, my brother was in town visiting. I let him borrow my precious copper AmeraVape Manhattan mechanical mod. After a night of drinks, the Manhattan received several gnarly scratches, including one that went up the entire body of the mod. That made me sad.

Fast forward to one year later and my Manhattan has been restored and looks better than ever, thanks to Kalied Custom Designs. The company does custom multilayer patinas for any metal mod. The finish is beautiful and durable. I loved my Manhattan from the day I got it, but now that it has a one-of-a-kind look, I love it even more.

As for the atomizer, I’ve been using the 128 Original by UIS Vapes. It’s a relatively inexpensive rebuildable dripping atomizer (RDA) that comes with two decks. UIS Vapes designed it by borrowing features from its favorite drippers and combining them into one unit. It’s manufactured by Cigreen to keep the cost down. With the two decks included in the base unit and the optional slam cap, I have two drippers for a very low price. I usually keep one of the decks around 0.5-ohms for flavor, with the other at 0.2 for a bit more vapor. The versatility totally works for my multiple-vaping-personality disorder (MVPD).

Dave Kriegel

March Handcheck Dave

I have been enjoying the SMOK Treebox this month, which is easily one of my favorite mods these days. The buttons remind me of one of those high-end wood-grain stereos. It is ridiculously lightweight and durable — I learned that when I dropped it once and it survived with only a little scratch. The temp control is on point too, if you’re into that sort of thing. The best part though is obviously the way it looks!

The UD Goliath V2 was actually the first tank that I reviewed here at Vaping360. At first, I thought it sucked because of the machining, which has been improved, but taking it apart was real sketchy. That being said, the flavor I get off of this thing with just a single Clapton is phenomenal! I wouldn’t say go out and buy this model, but I’m pretty sure the new Bellus kicks relatively the same amount of ass. As a matter of fact, the wire that was used for the Clapton build was also made by UD. I guess I have come full circle.

Sam Bass-Cooper

March Handcheck Sam

This month I have been a heavy user of some of my mechanical mods! Whilst I love my Limitless and the cotton candy Able Mod I have for their performance, my go-to mod of this month — “Mech Mod March” as I’m calling it — has been the V3tronix V3 Flip. I absolutely love the engravings on this device, it looks stunning visually and performs amazingly! Topped off with my 13 Heavens 9 Hells this has been a joy to vape with and I’ve definitely fallen back in love with my mechs again!

Kyle Formeck

March Handcheck Kyle

This setup has been my daily carry for quite some time now. I usually bring a Genesis atomizer with me when driving around, but whenever dripping is convenient, I will use this.

The NarDA has been my favorite RDA since I first received it back in December.  The flavor from it is unreal and the dense vapor production gives it a pleasant kick. I used to vape at 40 watts using a dual 26-gauge build that came to around 0.47 ohms, but recently have been enjoying a single 22-gauge coil at around 0.43 ohms and 42.2 watts. It’s also nice being able to build it from start to finish in under ten minutes, especially on those busy mornings when a rebuild is mandatory.

Powering the NarDA is the YiHi SX Mini ML Class in black. I fell in love with this box the first time I held one, it feels so incredible in the hand. It’s small, has nice curves, and the finish on the black version has a really nice texture to it. The drip tip is a 2.0 Hybrid from Nolli Designs and has the perfect sized bore for me. Overall, my week (or even month) would certainly be ruined if I ever lost this setup.

Raymond Padilla
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  • Blackg

    Who else has heard of China’s overnight shutdown of the vaping industry

    • That’s a gag, Sir.

      • Blackg

        One heck of a gag it made it to the New York Times. Been quite a bit back and forth, and I haven’t been able to get a solid answer about it.

        • Check again, Sir. That’s not The New York Times website. Look at the URL.

  • Bill Herbst

    I’ve been having a great time lately pairing the iJoy Solo Mini and the iCloudCig’s Moradin RTA.

    iJoy is making strides with the refinement of their Taste Control system, which prevents dry hits on coils made of any type of wire, Perhaps that’s too much fake authority; let me say simply that, as someone who’s not been won over by Temp Control, I like iJoy’s Taste Control a lot.

    The Moradin RTA is one sweet little mini-tank. With its innovative ceramic deck and chamber, the Moradin is easy to build, easy to fill, and provides a wonderful vape. Paired with the Solo Mini, the setup is compact and makes me quite happy right now.

    These are great days for enthusiast vapers. We can choose from so much terrific hardware.

    • The Moradin looks pretty cool (except for the knurling). How are you building it?

      • Bill Herbst

        I used the pre-made coils that were included in the parts package. I’m not sure what kind of wire they were (Kanthal? Stainless?), but they appeared to be 26-gauge spaced coils with a 2mm diameter. Even on the mini-sized deck, however, larger or Clapton coils would work because of the ceramic deck and chamber cap, so contact of the coil and chamber cap doesn’t cause a short. That makes the Moradin much easier to build.

        The trick was the wicking. Rather than the legs being short and thinned, common practice for most RDAs/RTAs, the wick ends need to be long and stuffed into the channels to prevent leaking. Even with more cotton (or, in my case, rayon) in the channels, however, wicking e-liquid to the coils wasn’t impeded. No dry hits at all. Go figure.