Squonk boxes, also called Bottom-Feeders, can be terrific. The boxes are to be used with RDAs, but with no dripping. A simple squeeze of the eliquid bottle inside the squonk box sends a shot of eliquid up through the 510 connector and onto the deck of the RDA.
I was an early adopter and a big fan of squonkers. Within a year of my starting to vape in October 2010, I owned ten bottom-feeder boxes. Over the next two years, I acquired seven more. In my stable were three Phids, five REOs, and four Vapage mods, arguably the most popular of all the squonkers ever made (REOs especially are still cherished by a veritable army of “REOnauts.”).
With the explosion of great RDAs and the development of temperature control technology over the past two years, a major comeback of squonking seemed both natural and inevitable, but that’s taken awhile. Now, finally, the resurgence is underway. Various manufacturers are coming out with higher-power, temp-controlled Bottom-Feeder Kits.
Council of Vapor has joined that party with its Wraith Squonker Kit, which includes the 80-watt TC single-18650 Wraith squonk mod and the Wraith bottom-fed RDA.
For more information about squonking, read my full review here at Vaping360 of Kanger’s first squonking kit, the inexpensive but seriously flawed Dripbox.
The main competition right now for the CoV Wraith Squonker 80W TC Kit is the Kanger Dripbox 160 TC Kit. The Kanger has one standout feature: the design of the eliquid bottle connector inside the mod is brilliant — simple, easy, leak-proof, and non-messy. Kanger’s design for the connector is superior to Council of Vapor’s. Kanger wins on raw power — 160 watts provided by two 18650s versus 80 watts and only a single 18650 for the CoV Wraith.
In every other way, however, the Council of Vapor Wraith Kit wins, beating the Kanger Kit hands down. Kanger’s 160W TC squonk box has a flaky power curve with questionable temp control, and a magnetized bottom cover for the bottle that tends to fall off. By contrast, CoV’s Wraith 80W TC box is rock solid in both wattage and temp control modes, is ergonomically and aesthetically more pleasing, and has a hinged bottom door for the bottle and battery that’s altogether better than the Kanger design. Finally, the Council of Vapor Wraith bottom-fed RDA seems to me higher quality than the Kanger RDA. That last point isn’t a deal-breaker, though, since I feel that both squonk kits perform better with a third-party bottom-fed atomizer. I use and recommend a Velocity 2 RDA. A vaping kit shouldn’t require additional purchases, and the CoV Wraith Kit doesn’t.
I love the performance of the Council of Vapor Wraith set-up. As I wrote above, I prefer to use a Velocity 2 RDA, but CoV’s included Wraith bottom-fed atomizer is no slouch. You don’t need to buy a better bottom-fed RDA than the Wraith; I just happen to have one that I like.
Some vapers wonder or worry about over-squonking. Can you flood the atomizer? The Council of Vapor Wraith set-up is designed so that any excess eliquid flows back into the bottle, so flooding isn’t a problem.
While there’s something to be said for the zen-like ritual of repetitive dripping, the practical convenience of squonking is hard to beat. There’s no stopping to remove a top cap to drip, no eliquid bottle cap to remove and put back on, and no concern about over-dripping. Just squeeze-squeeze, vape-vape-vape, squeeze-squeeze, vape-vape-vape. Easy-peasy, Japanesey.
If you already love bottom-feeders or just want to experience what squonking is all about, the CoV Wraith Kit is as good as it gets right now, with ample power and competent, reliable temperature control. The Wraith Kit may be a bit expensive for some frugal vapers, but the $75 price tag is justified by the superb performance.