Of all the developments in the e-cigarette world probably the most significant is the all-in-one atomizer tank or clearomizer as they are known. Long term vapers will recall the hit and miss days 5 years ago. If short battery life wasn’t enough to pull your hair out, getting a consistent “hit” proved more than tedious.
The vaping scene has come along way since the wool filled mouthpiece which tended to be either too wet or too dry. Most hardcore users ditched the wool and dripped instead and this provided the best solution. The “CE” range of clearomizers were a real breakthrough and carto style tanks even better – fill up the tank and merrily vape away with no need to take a bottle of juice when out and about.
Further enhancements led to the systems such as the KangerTech Mini Protank II which we’ll be looking at today.
The Apollo Vtube 3.0 is the latest incarnation of the ever popular Vtube (also known as the Lavatube or Lambo to you and me). As the version number indicates this is the third revision of the Apollo Vtube. The original Lavatube design was pretty much an overnight success – the first low cost variable voltage device meant vapers on a budget could experience the delights of Variable Voltage (VV) without spending a small fortune. I had one, still do. The product was let down by the plastic end caps, but overall a decent introduction to advanced PV’s and ground breaking to a certain extent.
With numerous complaints about the cheap feel, the v1.0 tube quickly got a face lift. A couple of years back Apollo commissioned a unique limited edition stainless steel Vtube. This would be known as the v2.0 and while the previous example (v1.0) and the v2.0 had identical performance (they both utilised the same on-board electronics) significant external modifications such as a floating (spring loaded) centre pin, built-in ego cone threading, all metal end caps and a choice of chrome or stainless steel bodies added to a growing pedigree.
Its been a while since I reviewed an e-liquid – when I find something I like, I stick with it and Apollo’s Tobacco flavour has been doing it for me recently! That said I was curious about their “Classic Tobacco”, so picked up a 24mg, 30ml bottle to try (30ml was a bit adventurous – should have tried a 10ml sampler first). I also ordered a 30ml bottle of their regular “Tobacco” just in case I didn’t like it.
In direct comparison the two bottles couldn’t be more different. While the regular tobacco e-liquid had a familiar lemony shade the classic version was distinct – a vibrant, if not artificial pinkish orange. Unscrewing the childproof cap it was evident this was going to be a flavourful e-liquid. Apollo describes this as a classic full bodied American tobacco blend, but to my nose it has a soapiness to it with a touch of coffee and I didn’t get any tobacco nuances at all. When I think of classic American tobacco my mind conjures up Virginia’s and Burleys, rich earthy Kentucky tones, but not here.
With the latest developments in cartomizer and clearomizer technology, I have gradually weaned myself off direct atomizer dripping and moved into the tank scene! Dripping (as its known) is the old school approach – “dripping” a few drops of eliquid directly into a waiting atomizer, rather than filling a tank. As a vaping purist, there really is no better way to experience e-liquid flavour. This method has its drawbacks. While it is fine lounging around in front of the TV, when out and about or driving its not so convenient.
Regular readers will recall that I generally use a couple of devices. Namely an Apollo Vtube and eGo topped with a CE4 – my go to clearomizer solution. I hadn’t really considered “proper” tank options as I was happy enough with the CE4’s. To cut a long story short, I decided to purchase a couple of Dual Coil Tank (DCT) cartomizers from Apollo just to see what they are like and these are my impressions.
Honestly, you really cannot go wrong with an eGo e-cigarette, especially when it is teamed up with a solid clearomizer. I’ve reviewed a similar product before, but not this particular kit which comes from Panda ecigs, USA.
As most eGo starter kits are very similar, choosing the right one usually boils down to two things. Price and what you get by way of extras!
Over the last few months I have explored a number of electronic cigarettes (or personal vaporizers if you prefer), ranging from advanced models to the basic disposable. Today’s review product fills the gap between the two.
Down to basics.
So you have tried a disposable and liked it, however, you need something that will last a bit longer, can be refilled and recharged, but don’t want the hassle of an advanced model that requires a more hands on approach (just yet). Maybe you prefer a cigarette sized device? That makes perfect sense. Psychology, plays a part when quitting and anything that helps that process is a good thing.
This narrows down the field considerably and to be honest one of the best kits I’ve found so far hails from pandaecigs.com.
The Panda ecigs Evolve Kit is an entry level 3.7v PV squarely aimed at newcomers to the wonderful world of vaping. It contains everything required to really kick start a smoke free lifestyle.
Keen readers may have noticed that I often make reference to my stainless steel Vtube having a somewhat airy draw due to the connection design. Side by side with a regular Lavatube I’d hazard a guess that the draw is 50% lighter – somewhat reminiscent of sucking air through a straw! When I used regular atomizers, this was overcome with an eGo cone, it tightened the draw and was great, but when it came to using a Dual Coil Tank (DCT), the airy nature returned.
Since I road tested the Apollo Superior eGo Kit late last year I have become hooked on CE4 clearomizer’s, so much so that I haven’t used a regular atomizer since then. Anyway, I thought I better get my hands on an adaptor so that I can use them with my stainless steel Vtube. So I headed off to Apollo and ordered one.
The CE4 has a recessed 510 connector and a metal skirt, which means their use is limited to standard eGo style devices, but an eGo adaptor opens up a whole new world of opportunities enabling this popular clearomizer to be used on just about anything, including of course the Vtube variable voltage mod.
The Apollo disposable electronic cigarette is not something I use on a regular basis as I have a fair amount of vaping kit that fulfils my personal needs (see other reviews). However, I’ve been meaning to review one for a while but never got around to it. So today, I’ll explain what these are all about.
If you are new to the world of electronic cigarettes and the vaping scene in general lets get down to basics. Most ecig users start out on something fairly basic. I know I did. 5 years ago, ecigs were extremely primitive and most, if not all, replicated a real cigarette in looks if not performance. Over the years, and thanks to the personal innovation of a number of ecig users, various “mods” started to appear. Chinese manufacturers quickly picked up on these and started mass producing more durable and longer lasting products.
You see the problem with the earliest ecigs was size. After all, these things were nigh on identical to a cigarette dimensionally, thus battery capacity and ultimately life was limited to say the least – a typical battery lasting anywhere between 30 mins to 2 hours (the latter, if lucky). In addition, they didn’t hold a decent charge after a few months, so a hefty battery arsenal was always needed.
Don’t quote me on this, but I believe this e-liquid flavour is named after the famous calabash pipe smoking detective Sherlock Holmes – even Liberro recommend this juice for your e-pipe! So this should be interesting. Why? Well, if you peruse my other reviews, you’ll notice that I’m rather partial to a tobacco pipe (naughty, naughty, I know).
I opened the small black box and removed the plastic 10ml sample bottle. The liquid is a deep shade of orange and of thin consistency. I unscrewed the childproof cap and took a deep breath. Not much to report there. A slight cigar like aroma, but nothing overpowering. Filling a CE4 clearomizer the character became more apparent and reminded me of a generic Sahara blend – one which, I must confess, is not a favourite of mine.