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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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Zephyrus V2 RTA by Youde

Zephyrus V2

Today, I will be doing a review on an RTA (rebuildable tank atomizer)  made by Youde (UD). Youde is a company well know for their quality range of products in the vaping community. Over the past period they have released quite a few successful atomizers like the Bellus, Goblin, Goliath and last but not least the Zephyrus. The atomizer that I will be reviewing today is the Zephyrus V2, this version is an improvement to previous model the Zephyrus V1. During this review we will also be looking at the differences between the two tanks V2 vs. V1.

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Box contents

  • 1 x UD Zephyrus sub-ohm tank
  • 1 x drip tip
  • 1 x  Pyrex spare glass
  • 2 x sets of spare O-rings (blue and red)
  • 1 x OCC coilhead 0.3Ohms
  • 1 x RBA deck preinstalled in the tank
  • 1 x single coil adapter – ceramic (preinstalled in the RBA deck)
  • 1 x set of o-rings for the drip tip and airflow control ring

Quick Specs:

  • 304 grade stainless steel construction
  • Pyrex glass tank
  • 22 mm in diameter and 49 mm in height without the drip tip and 510 base
  • 4 airflow holes 7.5 mm x 2 mm
  • Easy top fill design (twist to open filling holes)
  • Rifled chimney and drip tip
  • 0.3 Ohm OCC prebuilt coilhead included
  • RBA deck with 4 posts that can support both single coil (ceramic adapter included) and dual coil builds
  • RBA deck features 2 bottom airflow holes (5 mm x 2 mm), larger than the V1
  • Available in two colours: black and stainless steel

Build Quality

Zephyrus V2 The materials used in this tank are quite good (304 stainless steel)  and the finish is nice, I didn’t notice any rough edges or threads and the tank came perfectly clean (no machining oil whatsoever).

Mine tank came in stainless steel and so far it has stood the “test of time” fairly well. I have abused this tank quite a bit since for almost 1 month  it has been my daily vape. I didn’t encounter any leaks with the Zephyrus V2 as compared to V1 which would leak from time to time even with the prebuilt OCC heads (coils). The 510 pin on this tank is non-adjustable, I wouldn’t recommend the usage of this tank on the hybrid. The 510 pin is mounted around a rubber gasket, this can be removed however I would not recommend this since over time the rubber gasket can get loose and your 510 pin will begin to move side-ways.

I didn’t have any issues with pairing this tank to any of my mods, it has made a connection with all of them. The Zephyrus V2 also features  a unique design to prevent condensation, with the previous version I have had some issues with condensation building up near the airflow holes. The tank can be taken fully apart, even the airflow control ring can be removed for cleaning.

Looks

I have to be honest with you this is a good looking tank, especially with the preinstalled black O-rings. I also like the fact that their branding is quite subtle and looks very appealing to the eye. The tank also features a quick and easy top fill design, much more easier to fill now as opposed to version 1 where you had to take the small rubber gasket off and try to fill the tank through 2 small holes, in most cases I needed a medical syringe for a clean fill.

Zephyrus V2 and V1

The airflow control ring has also been redesigned to prevent condensation at the bottom of the tank. For a tank that has a 6ml capacity this is fairly compact and low profile. What I really miss from the previous version is the heatsink, I really like the look and functionality of the heatsink however with this redesign this is no longer possible because this will make top filling a bit tricky, you would have to take off the heatsink with the drip tip and then open up the filling ports.

 

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New York Court Rules – Vaping is NOT Smoking!

cigarette

People often mistake vaping to smoking, I still feel that we haven’t yet managed to promote vaping enough so that people understand that the two (vaping and smoking) cannot be used interchangeably. It will take a bit of time to get there and for more people to see vaping devices to truly understand that what is coming out of a vaping device is not smoke.  A recent event has brought things into court, a vaper was cited for using a vaping device on a subway platform. A New York judge has ruled the fact that vaping is not smoking, New York Law defines smoking as “the burning of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco”, this excludes vaping devices.

The court pointed gravelout the fact that “an electronic cigarette neither burns nor contains tobacco” and that “Instead, the use of such a device, which is commonly referred to as ‘vaping,’ involves the inhalation of vaporized e-cigarette liquid consisting of water, nicotine, a base of propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin and occasionally, flavoring.”

In this case the State has argued the fact that the ban on vaping should be understood and there was no need for specific prohibition on vaping devices due to the fact that the courts of New York have yet to make a determination as to whether electronic cigarettes are to be viewed any differently under these sections than tobacco cigarettes.”.

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The Sapor RDA by Wotofo

Sapor RDA

Today, I will be doing a review on a dripper (RDA) made by Wotofo. Wotofo is a company well know for making authentic vaping gear at an affordable price point and the Sapor RDA makes no exception, this little thing is cheap and it is good value for the money if you are on the market for a good and affordable dripper. This RDA is well build, the deck is big and it has adjustable top airflow.

Clouds

Yep, with this little one you can create some big clouds depending on you coil setup 🙂 The RDA can only be run in dual coil mode, you do not have the option of closing one side of the airflow to run it as a single coil setup.

Flavor

Flavor is really nice, I have tried a couple of setups (twisted clapton, Kanthal, Nichrome) and on almost all of these the flavor was good. Now, I wouldn’t rate this as a flavor chasing atomizers since this is not the case there are better alternatives on the market but at a different price point.

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The ZampleBox

ZampleBox

I thought of sharing with you my first impression of the ZampleBox subscription service after giving it a try. The package has finally arrived at the beginning of February, after placing my order at the end of December last year. To be honest I was a bit disappointed to wait so much for it, however I understand this is not ZampleBox’s fault, it seems the US Post Office isn’t moving too fast for packages outside the US so take this into consideration when you are applying for a subscription.

What is ZampleBox?

Zamplebox is an e-liquid subscription service and is one of the largest in the US.  Subscriptions run monthly and the e-juices are delivered to you via mail. The nice thing about the Zamplebox service is the fact that you can customize what e-liquid flavors you like or dislike using flavor profiles. The service is very easy to use and it is user friendly. The whole process to getting your e-liquids from them is only 8 quick and easy steps away.

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Coil Master DYI Kit V2 Review

Today I will be doing a review on the Coil Master Do It Yourself Kit version 2. The reason why you would want to purchase a coiling kit would be to make your own coils, in my case I didn’t have any tools laying around that would be suitable to coil builds. Instead of buying individual tools (screwdrivers, pliers, scissors, etc)  I have found this kit to be suitable for all kinds of builds at a good price point. You can use the kit to build on RDAs and RTAs with no fuss at all – it’s plain simple, especially if you have made coils before for your atomizers. If you haven’t made any coils before, don’t worry I will be posting soon some tutorials on how to build on various RDAs and RTAs.

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