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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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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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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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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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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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The e-juice

eliquid, ejuice,

The e-juice/e-liquid or juice as some of use like to call it is probably the most important element of your vaping device. The e-juice is the liquid we put in our atomizers (RDAs/RTAs), this gets heated up by the coil(s) inside the atomizer and turned into an aerosol or commonly called vapor.

E-juice usually is composed of the following ingredients: Propylene Glycol or PG, Vegetable Glycerine or VG, Nicotine (optional), and Flavoring.

Propylene Glycol or PG how most of us like to call it. This is an organic compound, it is viscous and colourless, nearly odourless but  has a faintly sweet taste.  PG has been found to be generally safe and is widely used in consumer products, food, pharmaceuticals, etc. PG can is also used in some food processing techniques and this is labelled as the E number E1520Propylene Glycol is the pharmaceutical industry in asthma inhalers and nebulizers. Do not confuse Propylene Glycol with Ethylene glycol, Ethylene glycol is commonly used as a coolant and heat transfer agent. Ethylene glycol is TOXIC so do not confuse this with Propylene Glycol.

In vaping PG is the compound that gives us the “throat hit” sensation, PG is also used to carry the flavoring of our e-juice due to its bonding properties.

Vegetable Glycerine or VG, is a sugar alcohol compound widely used in pharmaceutical formulations. Sugar alcohol has nothing to do with sugar or alcohol, contrary to what the name may suggest. Sugar alcohol is not an alcoholic beverage or a sugar. Sugar alcohol are white water-soluble solids that can occur naturally or can be produced artificially from sugars.

This compound usually has applications in the food products, pharmaceutical and personal care products.  VG will give less throat hit however it will produce more vapor. VG is a viscous liquid, it is colorless and odorless.

Some people might have allergic reactions to PG however so far there have been none reported for VG. If you know you are allergic to any of the compounds than do not vape before asking your practitioner. On the market you will also find PG-free liquids if you notice that you don’t get along great with liquids that do contain PG.

Flavoring 

In vaping, the flavorings are usually food grade flavorings. Flavorings are useful since they enhance the vaping experience and are often a key element in helping people quit regular cigars. If you don’t like the taste or feel of something it very likely that you will not want to use or try that. Most known e-liquid companies in the business use food grade flavorings that are approved by the US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP). Before vaping on an e-juice always check the ingredients to ensure there are NO compounds like diacetyl or other harmful chemicals.

Some companies may choose to only list the 4 key ingredients: PG, VG, Nicotine and Flavorings. If you are unsure on what the flavoring contains ask before vaping on that particular e-juice. Some manufactures will include the full list of ingredients for the flavoring.

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Vaping a growing trend

At first when I was introduced to vaping my first thoughts were this is too good to be true. After doing a lot of research and reading over studies and articles I wasn’t able to say for certain that the long time effects of vaping are either bad or good. In a way let’s be honest, if we would be vaping on shady e-liquids or using box mods that don’t come from a well known source we are taking a few more risks on board. If we play it safe and use are judgement, common sense and the resources we have available I am certain we can minimize a lot of the potential hazards.

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Must read vape articles

Before starting into vaping, I wanted to do a bit of research to understand how safe and how would vaping compare to regular cigars. My honest opinion would be that if you have never smoked then DO NOT START VAPING, however if you are an ex-smoker than I would definitely have a look over these articles and give vaping a try:

Ecigs Inconvenient truth

E-cigarettes around 95% less harmful than regular tobacco

Public Health England – E-cigarettes safer than smoking

Behind the Vapor

I will be updating the list on an ongoing basis with articles I find interesting and that are from a reliable and trustworthy source.

If you are interested in having a look over ecig studies that have been done over the past year(s), below you will have a list with links:

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Back to the basics (Quick Guide)

Introduction

Making the switch – You decided to make the switch after seeing friends or acquaintances vape. At first this may seem easy, but trust me the market is full of products that may or may not give you what you are looking for in an alternative to regular cigars. Overall if you would want to try all of these out for most us this would really put a big dent in our budget. I will try to explain as briefly and as simple as possible what has worked for me. Now we are all different so what I favor may not suit your needs. Before investing any money in this I would highly recommend you visit a vape shop to try a couple of devices and tanks before making the jump in this world. The internet will help you but it is also confusing, that is why having the real experience with a vape device will help you more than doing research on the internet.

What is a vape or ecig mod/device?

Usually vape mods or ecig devices are comprised of the following components:

  • Battery or box
  • Atomizers
  • E-Juice

Batteries or box mods come in different size and shape. You can have devices with built-in batteries or devices with removable 18650 batteries. Now vaping has advanced a lot lately and you can find all sorts of devices, I will not go over the entire list but will mention  these 2 big categories:

  • mechanical mods (usually they are comprised of a battery and switch, no fancy chips or electronics here). I would not recommend these to people who will want to start vaping as these do not offer any safety features.
  • electronic mods  (these do contain electronic chips in them and most of them have safety features built-in e.g. short circuit protection, low atomizer, battery reverse polarity)

Electronic mods, as I said these come in different shapes and sizes. Some of them have built in batteries or removable batteries – their capacity varies from product to product. This is an important aspect to take into consideration when vaping, if you are a heavy vaper than you will need something mods with a bigger battery capacity. The nice thing with electronic mods is the fact that most of these come packed with features,  most of them have these features included:

  • variable wattage control (allows you to adjust the wattage or power)
  • variable temperature control (allows you to adjust the temperature of you vape)

Variable wattage, now depending on the type of coil you are using you can use one of the above options (either variable wattage or variable temperature). In some setups you will have to bear in mind that variable wattage is strictly a major NO NO (if your coils are temperature sensing Nickel coils). Most mods will allow you to chose different settings depending on the type(material) of the coils used in your atomizers.

Variable temperature, this feature allows you to adjust the temperature of you vape on a given range (eg. 100-315℃/ 200-600°F). As soon as your coil hits the temperature you have set, the device will enter in temperature protection mode. For this feature to work properly, you will have to lock your coil resistance on you device. Most devices have this feature available, you will want to lock your coil resistance at room temperature. Coil resistance lock helps the device to deliver you consistent vapes at the temperature you selected (cooler vapes or hotter depending on your licking)

I this article I will not be covering mechanical mods.

Atomizers, same as with batteries these come in different shapes and sizes. But for now I will be covering these 2 main categories:

  • RDA’s (Rebuildable dripper atomizers)
  • RTA’s (Rebuildable tank atomizers)

RTA’s (Rebuildable tank atomizers), these usually comprise of the following:

  • Base, this will be screwed onto your tank and will also hold the mount for you coils.
  • Tank, this is where you e-liquid is stored
  • Chimney
  • A drip tip (mouthpiece)

Some RTA’s will also offer you the option to use a rebuildable deck so instead of using premade coil heads you will have the option of building your own coils.

RDA’s (Rebuildable dripper atomizers), these are similar to RTA’s however they do not usually have a tank, chimney or prebuilt coil heads. For these you will have to build your own coils (recommended for advanced users). RDA’s have liquid wells from where the cotton feeds liquid to the coil and makes the necessary vapor. Since there is no tank you will have to drip e-liquid onto the coils and wick(cotton) when the coil and wick starts to get dry.

For both RDA’s and RTA’s there a lot of variations, as I said these come in different shapes and sizes and obviously I haven’t tried them all 🙂 The above info is just what I have picked up during my journey into vaping. If you feel you will like to know more on any of these particular bits please feel free to contact me and I will try to help you out with what I know.

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