In the world of vaping, the name Taifun is synonymous with intricate, high-end atomizers. Famously manufactured in small production runs, Taifun gear often sells out within a week of release. But German engineering comes at a price, of course. It’s never long before a cut-price clone comes out, attempting to mimic the feature range of a Taifun. That’s not surprising, when this device sets you back the princely sum of 139€…
The Taifun BT dropped late last month. It’s designed by Thomas Brückmann, and manufactured by German company Smokerstore. The few reviews that exist of it are mostly in French and German. This atomizer, nothing short of revolutionary, takes an older concept from rebuildable construction and revamps it, in a new and innovative way. We’re talking about… stainless steel.
Simply put, the Taifun BT uses three SS cables to draw e-liquid up from the tank onto a raised deck. The deck features two build posts (doubling as e-liquid fill channels), which hold SS mesh in a fixed position. Cotton is stuffed into place, completing a coil with a vast surface area.
Back in October 2010, a member of E-cigarette forum by the name of Raidy posted details of a new atomizer he’d developed. It used a rolled-up tube of stainless steel mesh as wicking material. He called his design Genisis. It was a completely new idea in vaping at the time. Although Raidy never received any financial credit for his innovation, the concept caught on and other manufacturers began making Genisis (genesis) atomizers. The Taifun BT nods in Raidy’s direction and takes vaping innovation another step (or two) into the future.
If the Taifun BT looks daunting to the uninitiated, that may be because it consists of 12 separate parts – and that’s before you build the coil! This is, without a doubt, an atomizer for those who take pleasure in tinkering. You have a 5 mL tank, with a stainless steel cage surrounding it. The threaded positive pin runs the length of the tank through the central duct, and is secured in place by the plate that encloses the tank.
That plate – the first of two – has a hollow metal tube protruding out of it, and four even spaced holes, which are openings into the tank. The second plate – the deck surface – slots over the first tube, adds a second, and is secured into position by tightening the positive pin at the base of the atomizer.
As for the deck itself, you have a kidney-shaped inlet with three feed holes into the tank, and two slotted metal chimneys sticking out. Confused yet? Well, the chimneys serve as posts with slots for securing stainless steel mesh into place. Many people use 300 SS mesh, although I’ve heard Thomas Brückmann say you can use other grades. The mesh is secured by two hollowed pins which slot into the chimneys and double as juice inlets.
Meanwhile, those three feed holes are filled with stainless steel cables. Three of these come supplied in the kit. They look to be about 7 mm in diameter. The cables function as capillaries, that draw e-liquid up out of the tank and onto the deck… All that e-liquid needs to be absorbed by something. Exact methods differ, but essentially cotton fills out the space above the deck and needs to be stuffed fairly densely. That’s because if any section of the curved mesh isn’t making decent contact with cotton, you get hotspots and potentially dry hits.
Judging by videos I’ve seen, even Brückmann’s own, there is an element of trial and error to getting this right. As the cotton absorbs liquid (about 2 mL in fact), it expands. Too tight and you’ve built yourself a filter, which will mute taste. Too thin and… we know what happens.
So, why would anyone who doesn’t have a cotton farm out back want to try out this atomizer? The answer, it seems, is twofold: vapor and flavor. German reviewers, such as Dampf Wolke, report consistent vaping pleasure from 70 up to 157 watts. The temperature of the vape seems to be cooler, watt-for-watt, compared to other coil systems.
The BT’s top cap features 8-way airflow control that can be closed off concurrently. The wide-bore delrin drip tip threads onto the top cap. As Todd says, this is not really a tank for restricted lung hits. With that bore and airflow, the Taifun BT is aimed at the cloudy end of the market. And cloud things up it most definitely does.
From all reports, the 5 mL capacity is barely enough to keep up with demand. The Taifun BT is a juice guzzler. Just how long your cotton last before it needs to be replaced is another factor. On the other hand, stainless steel’s longevity is unquestioned. Both the cables and the mesh can be easily cleaned, and if used correctly, this will be a system that gives the vaper unrivalled performance… just have lots of cotton ready.
Nowhere! The Taifun BT sold out within weeks of release and seems to be enjoying rave reviews in Germany right now. There’s no news as yet if SmokerStore will do another production run. A product with similar construction, the Corona V8, is also sold out. While available, it was priced in the same range.
But if there’s a niche, you know China will try and fill it. They are already on their way with products (clones) expected to drop early June. I’ve seen prospective prices around six times cheaper than the original — though that says nothing about the quality. No matter how you slice it, clones and other China products built off this design may be the only way a wider audience gets to tinker with this system.