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Authentic Eleaf iStick 100W Variable Voltage / Wattage APV Box Mod
Authentic Eleaf iStick 100W Variable Voltage / Wattage APV Box Mod

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Overall   (5.0)
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I now own three of these. One unexpectedly became my daily workhorse for months after my IPV4 packed it in, and the other two I bought to stick in my "emergency vape gear" cupboard. All three have seen moderate to heavy use by multiple people, including being dropped, banged around, stepped on, etc (I have very klutzy friends and family). They're all still ticking, with virtually zero signs of wear. Yes, the buttons are a little rattly. No, I don't think the screen display is entirely accurate (e.g. 50 watts feels more like 40 watts, and it probably is). But for a durable banger mod that can take some serious abuse and keep going, and can supply sufficient power for most vapers' needs, I don't think there's better out there for the price. I think anyone who vapes at 80 watts or under and can live without temp control should have at least one of these stowed away. It's not the best mod out there, but it's a fantastic backup mod.
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Overall   (4.0)
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PROS
works as intended beefy flathead screws solid o-rings 510 cap and widebore cap are both well made and fit snugly adjustable copper 510 nice wide post holes
CONS
machining is rough - see details below
I've wanted a freakshow for a while, and grabbed this version cause I've got plenty of stainless and black attys and I'm a sucker for anything a little different. I don't regret it one bit; the pictures do not do the color of this atty justice. It functions perfectly well and the quality of the vape itself exceeded my expectations, however this is not an atty you can vape out of the box. Here's what was required to get mine running: 1) Like most clones, it reeked of machine oil. About 20 minutes in the ultrasonic later, it was finally clean. If you don't have an ultrasonic cleaner, plan on having to boil this one and/or give it a long, long soak in alcohol. 2) The adjustable copper pin is definitely copper (not copper plated) and definitely adjustable... but mine was gouged up badly enough that there were copper shards hanging off it. I carefully removed it and sanded the worst of the damage off with some ultra fine grit sandpaper. 3) Even after a thorough cleaning, here were shards of steel choking both airholes on the deck, and from both directions (top and side). I got the larger ones out with a pin and blew the remaining tiny bits out with some canned air, then tossed it back in the ultrasonic and blew it out again to be safe. Was it worth it? To me, yes. It's a well designed atty, and once cleaned up, it's a great vape... it's just been poorly *machined* in several respects. On that note, if tool marks in/on the well bother you, this one will make you nuts. I don't care what it looks like on the inside, and it looks bloody brilliant from the outside, so it doesn't bother me at all. The wide post holes and chunky-but-flat screws make this one of the easier atomizers I've built to date; if you've done a center post dual coil build before, you can build this without issue. It is dual coil only, no single coil option on this version unless you plan to plug one of the air slots in some way. Everything fits snugly, and I'd really have to try to get this one to leak. Both the 510 cap and the widebore cap are very nice, and, along with the barrel, are cleanly machined. The driptip the 510 cap comes with is a cheap bit of clear plastic that had a bit of velcro(?!) stuck on the inside of it... with or without the velcro (which was obviously not intentional, and was easily fished out), I'd plan on using a different tip if you're going the 510 route, just because the included one is probably the cheapest, least interesting tip I've ever seen. Having said that, it works fine, so if you don't have any other drip tips and you don't want to use the chuff style cap, it'll do the job. Bottom line, if you want a blue freakshow and you're willing to take the time to clean one up, this is a great purchase. If you don't care about the color or you don't want to faff around with cleaning this one, there are other versions which have been finished much less slapdash.
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Overall   (3.2)
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PROS
R188 bearing nice weight and build quality
CONS
Bearing is glued, nylon cage
This is a nice spinner for the price. It's well detailed, has a nice weight in the hand, and spins well. I wouldn't suggest it as a first or only spinner; due to the nylon cage, it's a fairly noisy spin, and because the bearing is glued in, replacing it with a better quality bearing is more of an operation than it would be if there were a bearing retaining ring. That said, I'm not rushing to de-glue mine, because for what it is, it's a nice little piece. The feedback from the nylon cage is very different from that of a SS cage or a cageless bearing, and as a person who likes tactile feedback, I kind of enjoy that variety. Keep in mind that because there's no retention ring, you'd have to loctite in any replacement bearing as well in order to prevent the bearing from slipping around. There is a minimal amount of wobble for a bar spinner, particularly one this long. Overall, if you're eying this one as an interesting clone to add to a collection, it's worth picking up. Comes in a plain tin with a plastic window, not the kasfly one shown, but I'm fine with that.
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I was skeptical about these after finding the LG HE4s just ok compared to my old VTC4s. I'm now a believer - these are the best batteries money can buy for regulated mods (there are better options for mechs). I run these in all my regulated setups nowadays.
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Glass arrived shattered on this but I'd ordered spare glass anyway so that wasn't a concern for me. For some reason, the threads on this tank are both softer and crunchier than on my otherwise-identical black one, meaning it's easy to crossthread this one if I'm not careful. For cheap gear I can take in public without having to worry about it (which is what I bought it for), it works fine. Still prefer the black one, though.
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