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 vaping hardware and e-liquids that are 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.
This month I’ve been really liking the Hobo Customs Driftank on a Critival Box v3. The Driftank has amazing flavor, holds a decent amount of juice, and is the easiest to build of all the Hobos. The Crit Box v3 has a pretty interesting shape that is more comfortable to hold than it may seem, not to mention it holds two 18650 batteries. I believe I was fourth on a list of 12, so I had a decent selection of wood. I also decided to go with a DNA75 instead of an SXJ v2 since I already have quite a few mods with that chip.
My current build is a dual 0.4mm Sweet Spot Vapors titanium wire, eight wraps around a three-millimeter screwdriver. Lately, this has been my wire of choice. The flavor is slightly better than stainless steel and it works a lot better in TC mode due to its steeper TCR curve.
For juice, I’m back on one of my all time favorites, Pistachio RY4 by Charlie Noble. The name only gives you a slight idea of what it really tastes like. I get quite a bit of sugar cookie with a touch of brown sugar, butterscotch, pistachio, and caramel. The tobacco is very light and not too noticeable; if you’re interested in desert, bakery, or tobacco flavors, you need to give this juice a try.
As some of you may already know, Hoberto has decided to shut down Hobo Customs. This handcheck is dedicated to him and the great things he has done for the vape community. He not only produced outstanding gear that got better after each revision, he stood behind his products and always made sure his customers were happy. I would like to wish Hoberto the best of luck in his future endeavors.
This month I am using one of my favorite combinations, the Twisted Messes RDA with the Sub Ohm Innovations Shorty Mechanical Mod. At some point, I stopped trying to keep up with all of the new products sweeping the market. I love the simplicity of a good mechanical mod, especially this one in particular. I know you are getting bored of this thing but I just can’t seem to pick up anything else anymore.
Recently I have been building all of my coils from SS316, just in case I decide that I want to do some temp control vaping once in a while. There is nothing like that blast of flavor you get from a nice 0.2-ohm build on a mech with some stainless steel wire, although this is pretty much the opposite of a “stealthy” vape setup. Oh well, you get used to blowing huge clouds in public eventually.
The juice I am vaping on is called Apple Pop by Zamplebox. It tastes just like a caramel-coated apple with a touch of brown sugar. When I reviewed the entire Z-line, I thought my favorite was Grilled Pineapple, but after purchasing some more of the Apple Pop, I don’t even know anymore. Apple is not an easy flavor to recreate for some reason, so Zamplebox did an awesome job! I tried a bunch of other apple flavors that either taste more like pear or are just plain nasty. This one is neither of those and I am already done with my second 30 mL bottle as I am writing this.
This month I have gone back to using the IPV 5 and Crown II — it’s been my workhorse combo.
The IPV5 itself is a nice mod, even with its asinine battery door (that slides off far too easily). The finish also get scratched easily — making it a perfect “beater” — but in general, I love the feel of the mod in my hand. The power is right on, and there is no waiting for it (meaning that it doesn’t have a slow ramp). I don’t use TC or anything special on the mod — and I can barely remember all of its features besides regular power to the coil. That is all I need! Just about 95 to 104 watts on the Crown II with the .25-ohm coils, and I am all good!
The Crown II is one helluva nice tank, but the coil heads of my favorite resistance (the .25-ohm heads) don’t last nearly as long as the original Crown (at least in my experience). But, even with shorter lifespans to the coils, I think this subohm tank is likely the most well-made, and strong-performing tanks I’ve ever used. I’ve not used as many as Chris and Alex have (the subohm tank bros.!), but I’ve tried my fair share. After all I’ve tried, I still like the original Crown and the Crown II the most.
Last month I picked up a Dicodes No. 6 box mod. In terms of performance, it vapes like a dream for the wattages that I use. Many vapers laud the Dicodes chip as offering “smoother” performance than Evolv and YiHi chips. It’s something that’s hard to understand unless you try it yourself. For me, it’s nice, but not a huge deal. As for the box itself, the build quality is much better than the majority of Chinese box mods (go Germany!). It’s super-comfortable in your right hand…which would be awesome if I wasn’t a lefty. The Dicodes menu system is annoying and primitive, relying on a number of clicks instead of an easy-to-navigate menu. This isn’t a problem if you use the same atomizers with the same wattages, but if you change settings often, it can be frustrating.
The atomizer on the Dicodes No. 6 is a Psyclone Vapes Hadaly. It’s one of the best flavor atomizers that I’ve ever used, but the build quality isn’t the best. In my excitement covering the Hadaly, I ordered two of them and ended up getting another from a friend. The fit and finish is slightly different on all three; for example, the same cap feels different on all three decks. While the flavor is undeniably outstanding, I’ve been enjoying the VapourArt GP Dripper more. With the single-coil reduced-chamber cap, the flavor is just as good and I have the option for easy dual-coil builds when I want to vape that way. While the GP Dripper is more expensive than the Hadaly, the build quality is superior.
Lastly, the e-liquid I’ve been enjoying is Gingers from Ahlusion. The company is, by far, my favorite e-liquid maker in the world. Gingers does a fantastic job at replicating the bittersweetness and tanginess of quality ginger ale (think Boylan Bottling, not Canada Dry). I chose to get it in 90/10 VG/PG since I’m dripping and I occasionally enjoy being obnoxious with clouds. Too bad that priest in the confessional didn’t enjoy it.