The Vladdin Slide is a selectable-voltage AIO kit in a similar form as the Asvape Micro. But unlike the Micro, the Slide resin panel can’t be removed or lost. If you drop it, you won’t have to worry about picking up the pieces.
The Vladdin Slide is a compact kit with one resin panel that slides down to reveal a 2 mL cartridge with replaceable coils and adjustable airflow. The kit comes with two coils: 1.2-ohm regular coils for MTL, and a 0.8-ohm mesh coil for DL. There are three selectable voltages up to 3.7 V with a max output of 12 W, and it’s powered by a 1000 mAh battery.
Price: $37.90 (at Vladdin)
Colors: Resin-Phantom Purple, Resin-Fury Red, Resin-Siren Blue, Resin-Goblin Green
The Vladdin Slide is an AIO after my heart! One of the things that irks me the most with kits like this is weak magnets on battery doors, removable panels, or any piece that pops out the second the device hits the floor. And with a lot of kits, you don’t even need to drop them. Just apply a little too much pressure and your kit is in pieces. That’s annoying!
The Vladdin Slide is a kit much like the Asvape Micro, except the resin door stays attached to the device. Just pressing downward with a little pressure from your thumb, the resin door slides down on a magnetized track system and stops about halfway down. The panel slides down and makes an audible open and shut sound. The force needed to slide down the panel seems just about right. It has not once accidentally slid down on its own in my pocket, so I have no qualms with it.
There’s only one resin panel on the aluminum-alloy chassis, unlike other similar devices that have two resin panels. Everything else is really nice. The button is clicky and in a perfect spot up along the side of the device, and the air intakes are up top along the corners, which pretty much prevent gripping and hitting the device from ever choking the airflow.
Lastly, the pods are held in snug and get inserted laterally, just like most of the others in its class. The pod stays in about as firmly as in the Rincoe Tix, contrasted from the Asvape Micro where the pods would fall out (on mine) if the panel was removed or missing. That’s another plus! But of course, that’s just extra insurance because the panel on this one will never be lost anyway. The only design flaw that I can find is that the pods non-removable tip is a little wide for MTL, and the cartridge may need to be removed to see where you set the airflow, because the airflow base that the coil screws into often has the slot opening on the non-visible side of the cartridge.
Like almost all vapes, the Slide requires a quick five-click of the fire button to turn on the device. There is a row of LEDs along the side of the Slide that correspond to the battery power levels. But the bottom one is what will correspond to the power setting.
It comes with three selectable voltage settings, indicated by the bottom LED. To select your power setting, you have to give a quick three-click of the fire button.
Red: 3.3 V
Green: 3.5 V
Blue: 3.7 V
I don’t test voltage like Anthony Victor, but I can say that according to my mouth, each voltage feels different powering the coils. Each setting feels about like how I’d expect them to feel. None seem weak or over-powered.
Refilling the 2 mL Slide cartridge happens up near the top of the pod with a little rubber stopper that’s anchored into the pod. It can be pulled all the way out, but not very easily. Plus, Vladdin included a spare in case yours gets lost.
Installing a coil is standard fare. Just remove the cartridge and unscrew the airflow base. Screw in the new head and insert back into the cartridge.
The cartridges have a cylindrical tip that’s non-removable. It’s got a 6 mm ID which is too wide for an ideal MTL tip, but it doesn’t seem to stifle the quality of the MTL coil. Furthermore, it works great with the DL coil—though the most airflow you’re going to get even with that coil is a restricted lung hit.
Overall, this is one of my favorite Pal-style, i.e., Billte Box-style, devices I’ve used this year. The two coils both satisfy the hits they claim to provide. It’s not flavor machine by any means, but it’s good nevertheless…especially with the mesh coil.
1.2-ohm regular coil: This coil head has a slightly narrower ID than the mesh coil, which is why I think the tip ID isn’t as much of an issue. This is a bonafide MTL coil when you adjust the airflow down a bit. Otherwise, it’s more of a loose MTL with the airflow wide open. I think it shines with a tight draw.
I’ve been using up to 60 VG nic salts or regular nic, anywhere from 24 mg to 50 mg. It’s got a really nice throat hit and the flavor is decent for an MTL vape. The power setting, I feel is best for this coil is the red setting (3.3 V). When I take longer hits at the blue (3.7 V) or the green (3.5 V), the coil starts to taste to roasty. Not burnt, but stressed beyond its limit. I recommend staying at 3.3 V. It’s still warm even at that level.
0.8-ohm mesh coil: This coil is definitely a different experience than the regular coil. Although I am mostly an MTL vaper, this is my favorite coil. They both have fast ramps and wick quickly, but this is the coil to drop your nicotine levels. I keep my airflow on the mesh coil all the way open for a restricted lung hit. It doesn’t have enough airflow to take a big and fast rip, but a slow relaxed restricted lung hit on this coil is quite pleasurable.
I’ve used 70 VG and it’s fine, but most of my 70 VG is 3 mg. The restricted lung hit of these coils is better with slightly higher nicotine, but not too high. That’s why I’ve been using Dinner Lady 30 mg nic salts mixed with Dinner Lady zero nic juice directly in the pod. I don’t know what level it’s at or even the PG/VG ratio. It’s somewhere close 60 VG, and the nic is probably around 15 mg. I keep mine at blue (3.7 V). The only real gripe I have with this coil is that only having a max of 3.7 V feels a bit too cool. There’s more headroom that could push this coil to perform even better.
The 1000 mAh battery is good but standard for these kinds of devices. It lasts a good while for me when I use the MTL coils with high nic, simply because I take fewer and shorter hits. With the DL coil, it’s just average for battery life because I tend to rip it constantly.
Along the side of the device, there are three LEDs that glow white when you take a hit (the bottom LED is for your power setting). These three lights correspond to available battery power.
70%-100%: all three lights on
35%-70% two lights on
0%-35%: one light
Out of power: red LED flashes 10 times
The Slide unfortunately doesn’t have pass-thru charging, so you’re going to have to wait until it finishes charging, which is over 45 minutes for the battery to finish charging. Of course, you could unplug it to take a hit, but I’d prefer it to have pass-thru charging. Also, this device has a micro USB charge port. I would’ve preferred it to have a USB-C, although I won’t call that a con.
I don’t have much bad to say about this device. With others like it, there was always something that bothered me about the design. Either the tip, the cartridges, or the panels had weak tolerances. In some cases, like the Asvape Micro, all of those parts had weak tolerances! But with the Vladdin Slide, the build quality and design, along with the vape quality of the two included coils, is close to being without fault. If you drop the Slide, nothing happens. Just pick it up and get back to vaping.
The biggest con I have is that the mesh coil feels underpowered at max 3.7 V. Still, I enjoy using that coil and will continue using this device even after this review gets published. That wasn’t the case with the Micro.