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.
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.
Personally speaking of all the Apollo tobacco flavour e-liquids I’ve tried recently its somewhat ironic that my favourite is the one left till last! And funnily enough its just the regular “Tobacco” at that.
All the juices reviewed so far have been 24mg (extra high) strength and no change here. It ticks all the boxes not too strong, nor too weak and the ideal choice for throat hit and average nicotine needs.
Opening up the childproof cap, the aroma is less striking than RY4 and definitely less pungent than Sahara. Its decidedly tobacco (sounds stupid I know considering it is tobacco flavour), but it really does have a whiff of fresh tobacco leaves. There is a sweet edge to it, but not overpowering from a scent perspective.
Visually, it has a lemony hue and is slightly thinner than both the RY4 and Sahara e-liquids. Again it’s a Propylene Glycol (PG) based juice with added Glycerin. Its very well suited for use in a clearomizer as thicker juices tend to restrict the internal wicks absorption rate. This juice seems to flow effortlessly and produces plenty of thick vapour as a result.
What can be said about the eGo e-cigarette that hasn’t been said before? When the eGo was launched it quickly revolutionized the vaping scene much in the same way as the 510 atomizer destroyed the good old 910. The eGo pretty much swept away all other conventional e-cig designs and still dominates the starter segment of the market. No wonder really – up till this point ecigs were unreliable, inconsistent and often frustrating.
This was the e-cigarette to be seen with. Its sleek lines, cool manual button and long life battery made it an overnight success perfectly at home in the hands of veterans and beginners alike. Its small dimensions meant you could slip it in a pocket, head out for the day with no worries. With the advent of cartomizers, tank systems and clearomizers things just kept getting better (no need to even carry a bottle of juice anymore).
The Apollo CE4 is the latest generation of refillable clearomizers and having used one for a while I can confirm it blows previous versions out of the water!
In my experience using clearomizers has always been a bit of a disaster. In fact the last time I tried a CE3 more than three out of the five I purchased had major leaking and wicking issues. So I was really interested to see how the Apollo CE4 (sometimes referred to as the Stardust) would perform.
Visually it’s a really nicely designed bit of kit. Its almost a shame it’s a “disposable” item – no time for sentimentality though! Lets take a closer look.
RY4 is a very popular e-liquid combining a subtle blend of tobacco, vanilla and caramel flavours. Its an ideal starter liquid, as its not at all harsh and produces a decent amount of vapour.
The somewhat unusual “RY4” designation originates from the company Ruyan (hence the “RY“), but these days numerous variations are produced by different manufacturers all with their own take on the “RY” theme. Incidentally, you may find RY1, RY2, RY3 and RY4 for sale elsewhere which range in delicacy and sweetness, but RY4 is by far the most popular and the best all-rounder in my opinion.
I’ve tried RY4 before, but not Apollo’s version of this classic.