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March 2016

Coil Master 521 Tab Review

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Coil Master has managed to establish itself as an important company in the vaping industry with top of the line accessories. Coil Master’s impact in the vaping world is quite important as they have offered us a better and quicker way to build. This is mainly due to the release of some interesting products, out of which I would like to mention the Coil Master DIY Kit V2, that I have reviewed a while ago. In  today’s review I will also be featuring other accessories from Coil Master however the focus will be on this little tool – The Coil Master 521 Tab.

What is a Coil Master 521 Tab?

The Coil Master 521 Tab is essentially a multi-function tool  that enables you to rebuild coils for your atomizers in a safe and quick way. The fact that it is so versatile it will certainly make it even more appealing to take it away with you, this tool ca replace all of the below in a small and compact package:

  • An ohm reader
  • A voltage meter for mechanical mods/regulated mods
  • A coil rebuilder/testing deck
  • A table Mod

Box contents

Coil Master 521 TabPackaging for this device looks top notch, the device arrived in an eye appealing red and black presentation box with the Coil Master logo embossed on the top of the box and 521 lettering on the sides. All the accessories are nicely tucked in and easily reachable.

 

The box that I have received contained the following:

  • 1 x Coil Master 521 Tab
  • 1 x Snap-on adaptor for voltage readings
  • 1 x micro USB charging cable
  • 2 x alligator test leads
  • 1 x user manual
  • 1 x promotional giveaway leaflet

Coil Master 521 Tab

Look and feel

The first thing that caught my attention was it’s design, it’s a beautiful device with a small form factor. The size of the device is spot on for it’s purpose, it’s not too small to make it difficult to build on or too big to leave it at home. The device is 84.5mm long X 69.5mm wide x 49.5mm in depth. Size wise it is comparable to an ohm meter but slightly bigger. The overall material used is hard plastic (ABS) for the device and the shape is ‘box style’.

On the top of you device you will have your building deck with the integrated 510 connection, which looks recessed into the aluminium top cap, the 510 brass pin is spring loaded and it has made a connection with all the atomizers I have tested. The device also features an LED display on top of the 521 tab, the display is nice an bright and shows the necessary information (ohms/voltage). The previous version of the 521 tab featured an OLED display that also showed a battery meter and had a couple of graphics when you were in firing mode, the version I have on review is the newer model that doesn’t have the OLED display.

Coil Master 521 TabI favor the old OLED display but there is merit in keeping things simple (for instance it saves battery life). Next to the display you will find a big firing button that sits nice and firm and has a pleasant sound to it. On the left part of the display you also have a blue LED to let you know that you are in firing mode. On the right side of the device you have your mode selector (burn/off/reader) and down below you have your micro USB port for charging. Coil Master 521 Tab

The left side of the device has Coil Master 521 embossed that adds to the design and details put into the device. On the bottom side you have the battery compartment that is fixed into place with two tabs to prevent the cover from sliding off and magnets to prevent it from falling and to allow you to easily replace your 18650 battery without tools. The battery cover also has 4 rubber pads to prevent the 521 tab from moving on your table or any surface when you are doing your builds.

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Video: Vaping vs Smoking

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Aspire Cleito Review

Aspire Cleito

For today I have a new sub-ohm tank to show you – the Aspire Cleito. Aspire have been on the market for quite some time now and have produced several successful tanks like the Aspire Triton and the Atlantis. With the Cleito, Aspire have managed to come-up with something new, the first thing you will notice with this tank is the fact that the chimney section is the actual coil head. At first I was a bit hesitant about the new design since I thought this will give you a lot of spit-back but I was pleasantly surprised to see that this is not the case.

The coil head in this tank is big with massive juice ports, the design is totally new and the Aspire Cleito coil heads are not compatible with any of the previous Aspire sub-ohm tanks. Before we go into the full review, let’s have a quick look at the box contents and specifications for this sub-ohm tank:

Box contents:

  • 1 x Aspire Cleito tank
  • 1 x Pyrex spare glass
  • 1 x Vape band
  • 4 x Rubber cuffs
  • 1 x 0.4 Ohm Clapton coil (range 40 – 60 W)
  • 1 x 0.2 Ohm Clapton coil (range 55 – 70 W)
  • 1 x Warranty Card

Quick Specs:

  • Diameter: 22 mm, 58 mm in height without the drip tip and 510 base
  • Pyrex glass tank
  • 304 stainless steel construction
  • Wide bore Delrin drip tip
  • Tank Capacity: 3.5 ml
  • 2 airflow holes (9mm by 2mm)
  • Top fill design
  • Gold plated 510 pin
  • Available in 2 colors: black and stainless steel

Aspire Cleito

 

Build Quality

The materials used in the Aspire Cleito tank are good (304 stainless steel) and the finish is spot on, you won’t see any rough edges or threads and the entire tank came perfectly clean (no machining oil or funny smells).

The tank I have on review is the stainless steel version and so far I haven’t noticed any scratches from the daily wearAspire Cleito and tear. I have used this tank daily for over a week or so and didn’t encounter any leaks so far, although there were a couple of times when I have filled the tank with the bottom airflow wide open and would have expected it to leak. The 510 pin is nicely centered and it has made a connection with all my mods, I wouldn’t use this on a mechanical mod since the 510 pin does not protrude well enough and it is not adjustable.

Due to its bottom airflow design you would expect condensation to build up however with the Aspire Cleito this was not the case, I haven’t noticed any condensation even after long periods of use.

Looks

I have really enjoyed this tanks during my time with it and one of it’s strong points would be it’s design and simplicity, the coil heads have a nice design, I really enjoy the orange o-rings around them I think this adds a bit of color to the tank and attracts your attention on these. In terms of design, function follows form, the top cap for example has a nice pattern embossed into it so that you can easily unscrew the top cap for filling your tank. On top of the bottom airflow ring you have Aspire embossed and I don’t know, perhaps it was just pure coincidence but regardless of the mod I have been using the logo was always facing the front of the mod, this added a nice touch in terms of the looks and design of the tank. The cuff caps included with the tank were also a nice addition, the purpose of these cuff is to dissipate heat at the top of the tank and for design purposes to match the tank with your mod. You have 4 different colors to choose from (orange, black, red and blue), I have also found these particularly useful when I wanted to remind myself of what e-juice I had in the tank, especially if you are have 2 similar tanks with different e-juices in them. Besides the different rubber cuffs for your top cap you also receive a vape band, the vape band is nice however I am not a huge fan of these but receiving this with the kit is a plus especially for people who enjoy having these on their tanks.

Vaping experience 

So far I have found this tank to outperform a lot of the sub-ohm tanks I have reviewed before, it produces massive and flavorful clouds. The coil head I have enjoyed the most was the 0.4 Ohms Clapton, as I mentioned before the coil head is huge with big juice ports, the vertical design also helps it with reducing the amount of gunk building up too fast on your coil head. For me the perfect wattage for the 0.4 Ohms Clapton was around 43-45 W, above that the vape was too hot for my liking however the coil heads have performed remarkably even when I have chain vaped, the top of the tank does get a bit warm when you chain vape it however it isn’t something to worry about (with the rubber cuff off the tank).

Aspire Cleito

For me the 0.4 Ohm Clapton was the perfect fit for this tank as it didn’t require a long ramp up time and you could enjoy both worlds, a hotter vape or a cooler one depending on your liking. Concerning airflow control, on this tank you have a lot of airflow – the airflow control gives you the possibility of producing some pretty big clouds and the fact these are full of flavor to me this tank is a definite must have.

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70W UD Balrog Kit Review

UD Balrog

Today I will be doing a review on a kit from UD (Youde), by now I think you are already familiar with the products from UD, I did a review a while ago on the Zephyrus V2 RTA (rebuildable tank atomizer) . UD are well know for their atomizers (Bellus, Goliath, Goblin Mini, Zephyrus) and accessories in the vaping community, this is their first try in the box mod market and to be honest at first view I was quite impressed with what they came out. Let’s see how this little box handles things in the long run and if it is worth the purchase.

The look and feel

UD BalrogThe design of the device is excellent, what I really enjoy is the fact that UD has tried to come up with something different from what the other manufactures are doing in terms of design. They managed to bring a set of design features which are new to the market and this always pleases me when I see companies innovating. First thing that popped out in terms of the design was the condensation collection ring and the second thing which is also a first on the market would be the purlicue button. By definition purlicue means “the space between one’s forefinger and thumb”, I would translate this as “the button can be pressed in almost any way possible” 🙂

UD Balrog vs Evic VTCWhat I really enjoyed in terms of feel was the way the device stayed in my hand, to be honest this is one of the most comfortable small devices I have used in a while, I see myself comparing this a lot to my Evic Mini VTC and it does feel much more comfortable in the hand as compared to the Evic VTC which is comparable in size. Design wise, I really enjoyed the fact that UD have decided to go with a simple sleek all black look, there isn’t a lot of branding on the device except a simple “Balrog” logo at the top of the firing button and the UD logo at the bottom of the device. In terms of dimensions the device is a little shorter in comparison with the eJoytech VTC Mini, the UD Balrog dimensions are 78 mm tall, 38 mm wide and 23 mm in depth. The UD Balrog is a box shaped device however it does feature rounded corners that take away from the angular shape we see in a lot of devices on the market today.

Another added feature of the device is the possibility of connecting a lanyard if you would like to carry your mod around your neck, this can easily be done by simply screwing on the lanyard at the top of the device where this has a small hole designed specifically for this.

UD BalrogThe condensation ring I have mentioned earlier sits on top of the 510 connection, the 510 connection is stainless steel threaded with brass coating on the 510 pin, the pin is spring loaded so you won’t have any connection issues with your atomizers.  The condensation ring is a reverse threaded (you will have to turn this counter-clockwise to unscrew it) metallic enclosure surrounding the 510 pin with several oval shaped holes which is design to soak up any eliquid or condensation from your atomizers. The condensation ring has worked flawlessly and has saved the mod from several “messes” due to my error :). The condensation ring is user replaceable, the cotton padding can be changed easily, and UD has even included a spare absorbing cotton ring.

UD BalrogThe purlicue button has a nice feel when firing the device, and the fact that you can fire the device in any way possible comes as an added bonus. I didn’t have any issues with the firing button, it is nice and clicky and you can basically fire the device without searching for the firing button when you are holding the mod in your hand. If you have the button facing the palm you can simply fire the device by squeezing the mod. The design of the button is quite interesting, the button is protruding and has a square sided section with a nicely designed fire graphic, so far I haven’t had any issues with the button being protruding.

The screen of the device is small however it is very bright and easy to read,  the information displayed is clear and straightforward. All your basic information is displayed here: battery meter, wattage setting, coil resistance, type of resistance, voltage and temperature. The device also has an option to reverse your screen or to go into stealth mode (screen turned off). Below the screen you will find two metal function buttons (these do not have any markings on them e.g. “+”, “-“) and a USB port for charging, I am not too sure if the device is firmware upgradeable as I couldn’t find anything in the manual about this. At the bottom of the device you will also find some vent holes for your battery.

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